WBC Sightings

9 to 15 December 2018

Four Cattle Egrets flew into roost at Carlton Marshes at dusk on 9 December. Two Cattle Egrets were also noted at Carlton Marshes from 10 to 12 December and one on 13 December, with one at nearby Castle Marsh, North Cove on 14 December. Great White Egrets were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 9 December and Carlton Marshes, 11 December and Little Egrets at Homersfield, 9 December, Beccles Common and Herringfleet Marshes, 10 December and Carlton Marshes (three), Worlingham (two), 15 December.

Two first-winter Rough-legged Buzzards, a Peregrine, ten Marsh Harriers, eight Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl were recorded at Haddiscoe Island, 9 December. A Red Kite flew over Carlton Marshes, 9 December and Marsh Harriers were noted at Redgrave Fen and Oulton Marshes, 9 December, Herringfleet Marshes, 10 December, Carlton Marshes (four), 12 December and Burgh Castle (two), 15 December. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting at Carlton Marshes, 10 December, while Barn Owls were reported from Carlton Marshes (three) and Oulton Marshes, 9 December and Herringfleet Marshes, 10 December.

Four Goosanders were seen on the river at Worlingham, 12 December and four also flew west along Oulton Dyke, 15 December, while Pink-footed Geese were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (385), 9 December and Oulton (40), 10 December.

Waders at Haddiscoe Island on 9 December included 1230 Lapwings, 120 Golden Plovers, 144 Curlews, a Spotted Redshank and a (Common) Redshank, while elsewhere a Curlew and 11 Black-tailed Godwits were seen at Herringfleet Marshes, 10 December and a (Common) Redshank at Burgh Castle, 15 December. A combined count of 136 Snipe was made at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, 9 December, while Woodcock were noted at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two) and Oulton Marshes, 9 December and Lopham Fen, 12 December.

A Cetti’s Warbler was noted at Lopham Fen and two Water Pipits at Haddiscoe Island, 9 December and a Grey Wagtail at Beccles Common, 11 December. Stonechats were recorded at Carlton Marshes, 9 December and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe (two), 10 December, Bearded Tits at Lopham Fen (two), 9 December and Herringfleet Marshes (two), 10 December and Kingfishers at Homersfield, 9 December and Herringfleet Marshes, 10 December.

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