WBC Sightings

8 to 14 February 2015

A redhead Smew was present at Burgh Castle and a Scaup at Flixton GP, 8 February. Six Tundra Bean Geese and 600 Pink-footed Geese flew north-east at dusk over Waveney Forest, Fritton and 50 White-fronted Geese flew west and seven Whooper Swans flew east over Haddiscoe Island on the same day. Also on 8 February, Bewick’s Swans were recorded at Fritton Marshes (35) and Gillingham Marshes (four).

A Rough-legged Buzzard was recorded regularly throughout the week at Haddiscoe Island. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included a Merlin, a Peregrine and ten Short-eared Owls, 8 February, one male and one ringtail Hen Harrier, 11 Marsh Harriers and five Buzzards, 10 February and five Barn Owls, 14 February. Marsh Harriers were also reported from Belton Marshes (38 roosted), Castle Marsh, North Cove and Gillingham, 8 February and Beccles Marshes, 10 February and Barn Owls from Belton Marshes (two), Beccles Marshes and Fisher Row, Oulton, 8 February.

A Chiffchaff was seen at Belton, a Nuthatch at Dunburgh Hill and three Stonechats at Haddiscoe Island, 8 February, while a flock of 300 Fieldfares was present at North Cove, 10 February and six Tree Sparrows at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 February. Bearded Tits were noted at Burgh Castle (four) and Fritton Marshes, 8 February and Kingfishers at Weybread GP (two), 8 February and Beccles Quay and Redgrave Fen, 10 February.

Notable waders included three Green Sandpipers at Carlton Marshes, five Woodcock at Waveney Forest and an Avocet at Burgh Castle, 8 February and 200 Golden Plovers and 1000 Lapwings at Haddiscoe Island, 13 February.

A Bittern was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 14 February, while Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (three), Belton Marshes (two) and Castle Marsh, 8 February and Beccles Marshes, 10 February. Finally, a first-winter Caspian Gull was reported at Aldeby landfill site, 8 February.

Photo of Smew © Craig Shaw

Photo of Smew © Craig Shaw