9 to 15 August 2015
A juvenile Purple Heron was released at Carlton Marshes during the evening of 11 August having earlier that afternoon landed exhausted on a boat 16 miles off Southwold. Although elusive, it spent the remainder of the week on the marshes, apparently unaffected by its eventful and stressful journey. Little Egrets were noted at Burgh Castle (12) and Belton Marshes (seven), 9 August and Carlton Marshes (seven), 15 August.
This week’s wader highlights at Carlton Marshes included a Little Stint, five Ruff, two Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper, 12 August, a Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover and ten Dunlin, 13 August and two Wood Sandpipers, six Greenshanks and a Redshank, 14 August. A Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, 50 Curlews and two Redshanks were present at Belton Marshes, 9 August. Elsewhere, three Green Sandpipers were noted at Haddiscoe Island, 9 August, 24 Black-tailed Godwits at Aldeby shooting lakes, 10 August, a Common Sandpiper at North Cove, 13 August and a Golden Plover at St James South Elmham and a Whimbrel at Burgh Castle, 15 August.
The first Whinchat of the ‘autumn’ was present at Beccles Marshes, 11 August. A Grasshopper Warbler was noted at Belton Marshes, 9 August, juvenile Cuckoos were seen at Carlton Marshes, 10 August and Herringfleet Marshes, 12 August, while Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Glebe Marshes, Burgh Castle (75 roosted), 9 August and Belton Marshes (five), 15 August. A juvenile Grey Wagtail was seen at St Olaves, 12 August, Bearded Tits at Belton Marshes (five), 9 August and Herringfleet Marshes, 12 August and Kingfishers at Belton Marshes and Carlton Marshes, 15 August.
Hobbies were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 14 August and Somerleyton, 15 August and three Buzzards at St Olaves, 14 August. Finally, Barn Owls were reported from Belton Marshes (two), 9 August and Carlton Marshes (two), 12 August.
Photo of Purple Heron © Shutterstock/Geanina Bechea