WBC Sightings

7 to 13 April 2013

There was an impressive movement of Red Kites, with records from Syleham, North Cove, Carlton Colville (four) and Haddiscoe, 7 April, Blundeston, 8 April, and Carlton Colville (two), 10 April. Other raptors included a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 7 April, a male Hen Harrier also at Carlton Marshes, 9 April, and notable counts of Buzzards from Flixton GP (five), Castle Marsh, North Cove (five) and Carlton Marshes (nine), 7 April. Barn Owls were reported from Earsham, 11 April, Castle Marsh, 12 April, and Ditchingham Hall, 13 April.

Passerine migration finally gained momentum. The highlight was a male Ring Ouzel at Beccles Common, 13 April, with the first Swallow (Carlton Marshes, 8 April), Sand Martin (two, Ditchingham Hall, 13 April) and Yellow Wagtail, (three, Carlton Marshes, also 13 April) all recorded during the week. Winter visitors were also on the move with 12 Waxwings at Beccles railway station and 200 Redwings at Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville, 13 April. Carlton Marshes hosted a Water Pipit, 7 April, six White Wagtails, 8 April, two Stonechats, 12 April, and a Lesser Redpoll, 12 April, while a Lesser Redpoll was also present at Weybread GP, 8 April. A Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher were seen at Ditchingham Hall, 13 April, with further Kingfishers noted at Flixton (near Bungay), 7 April, and Weybread GP, 9 April.

Notable waders included a Green Sandpiper and a Dunlin at Flixton GP, a Curlew at Castle Marsh, and two Ruffs and two Redshanks at Carlton Marshes, 7 April. Woodcock were seen at Beccles (five) and Carlton Marshes (three), 7 April, and Ditchingham Hall, 13 April. Little Egrets were noted at Flixton (near Bungay) (two) and Carlton Marshes, 7 April, Weybread (two), 9 April, and Somerleyton, 13 April. Finally, a Brent Goose was an unusual record at Carlton Marshes, 9 and 10 April.