Bird Sightings 2013

29 December to 4 January 2014

The Glossy Ibis remained at Oulton Marshes all week, while single Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 2 January, and Oulton Marshes, 4 January. The two Rough-legged Buzzards were…

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22 to 28 December 2013

The Glossy Ibis remained at Oulton Marshes throughout the week. Whooper Swans were seen flying over Castle Marsh, North Cove (ten) and Oulton Marshes (six), 26 December, and a count…

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15 to 21 December 2013

A Glossy Ibis was found at Oulton Marshes, 19 December and was present again on the 21st. The two Rough-legged Buzzards remained at Haddiscoe Island all week and were supported…

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8 to 14 December 2013

The two Rough-legged Buzzards first seen last week remained at Haddiscoe Island all week. Other raptors at Haddiscoe Island included two Peregrines, 9 December and a ringtail Hen Harrier and…

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1 to 7 December 2013

Two Rough-legged Buzzards were present at Haddiscoe Island, 7 December, together with two Peregrines, two Marsh Harriers and a Barn Owl, while two Marsh Harriers were also noted at Castle…

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24 to 30 November

A male Hen Harrier was present at Westhorpe from 25 to 29 November. A count of Marsh Harriers coming into roost at Burgh Castle totalled 24 on 24 November, with…

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17 to 23 November

A Black Redstart was present along Foxglove Close, Worlingham from 17 to 21 November. A Chiffchaff and two Bearded Tits were seen at Carlton Marshes, 17 November, while Cetti’s Warblers…

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10 to 16 November

A flock of six Crossbills was present at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 12 November, while a count of 110 Stock Doves was made at Thorpe-with-Haddiscoe, 12 November. Notable wildfowl included a…

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3 to 9 November

Firecrests were seen in gardens at Burgh Castle, 3 November and Worlingham (two), 9 November. A Kingfisher and a Cetti’s Warbler were noted at Beccles Marshes, 7 November. Notable wildfowl…

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27 October to 2 November

Notable waders included two Jack Snipe at Oulton Marshes, 1 November and a single Jack Snipe and 12 Ruff at Thorpe-with-Haddiscoe, 2 November. Little Egrets were noted at Castle Marshes,…

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20 to 26 October

The Great White Egret was again present at Aldeby shooting lakes, 20 October. A Red-breasted Merganser was seen at Burgh Castle, 21 October and a flock of 30 Pink-footed Geese…

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13 to 19 October

A Great White Egret was present Aldeby shooting lakes, 15 and 17 October. A Greenshank was recorded at Burgh Castle Flats, 19 October. A Brambling together with the first Fieldfares…

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6 to 12 October

Notable passerine migrants at Burgh Castle included a Wheatear, 9 October and a Yellow-browed Warbler and two Ring Ouzels, 12 October, while a very late Reed Warbler was seen at…

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29 September to 5 October

A juvenile Pomarine Skua was chasing Herring Gulls over Burgh Castle Marshes, 3 October. A Yellow-browed Warbler was present at Burgh Castle, 30 September. A very late Reed Warbler was…

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22 to 28 September

A Yellow-browed Warbler was trapped and ringed at Burgh Castle, 26 September. The first Redwings of the autumn, a flock of six flying west, were recorded at Beccles, 27 September.…

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15 to 21 September

Wader highlights included juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Burgh Castle Flats on 15 September (two), 17 September, 19 September (three) and 20 September (two) and at Earsham GP, 20 and 21…

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8 to 14 September

Migrant passerines included a Whinchat at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 8 September and a Wheatear at the same location the following day, while a late Sand Martin was seen at Beccles Marshes, 12…

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1 to 7 September

Waders at Carlton Marshes included ten Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits, four Greenshanks and a Dunlin, 1 September. Elsewhere, a Whimbrel was seen at Burgh Castle Flats, 1 September, two Green…

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25 to 31 August

Waders at Carlton Marshes included two Black-tailed Godwits and two Green Sandpipers, 25 August, and seven Ruff and four Greenshank, 27 August. Elsewhere, a Greenshank and five Green Sandpipers were…

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18 to 24 August

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper, two Curlews and two Green Sandpipers, 18 August, and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Ruff, ten Greenshanks and 30 Snipe, 22…

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11 to 17 August

A Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 11 to 13 and 15 August. An impressive count of 60 Egyptian Geese was made at Burgh Castle, 11 August, and three Little…

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4 to 10 August 2013

Three Cranes were present at Belton Marshes, 7 August. An immature Spoonbill circled over the scrape at Carlton Marshes before flying off north late morning on 10 August, and two…

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28 July to 3 August 2013

Wood Sandpipers were present at Carlton Marshes all week, with six on 28 and 29 July, two on 30 and 31 July and 3 August, and one on 1 and…

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21 to 27 July 2013

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Whimbrel, three Curlews and a Dunlin, 21 July, a Whimbrel, 23 July, nine Green Sandpipers, 24 July, a Wood Sandpiper, a Ruff and three…

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14 to 20 July 2013

A male Red-backed Shrike was present by the castle ruins at Burgh Castle, 15 July. Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Golden Plover, 14 July, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers,…

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7 to 13 July 2013

A Red Kite was seen at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and a Peregrine at Carlton Marshes, 7 July, while two Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 9 July. Waders at Carlton Marshes…

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30 June to 6 July 2013

A Crane flew north over Barnby at mid-day on 30 June. The Great White Egret was seen daily at Carlton Marshes until 5 July, while high counts of Little Egrets…

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23 to 29 June 2013

A Great White Egret was present on the scrape at Carlton Marshes, 29 June, while Little Egrets were logged at Carlton Marshes (ten) and Earsham GP (four), 29 June. The…

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16 to 22 June 2013

A Red Kite was seen over Gillingham Marshes, 16 June, and another, along with a Marsh Harrier, was seen at Worlingham, 22 June. Hobbies were noted at Ashby (two) and…

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9 to 15 June 2013

The highlight of the week was a Quail flushed at Redgrave Fen, 14 June. There was a small influx of Red Kites at the end of the week with individuals…

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2 to 8 June 2013

Two immature Cranes commuted between Castle Marsh, North Cove and Carlton Marshes, 2 June, and a Spoonbill circled over Castle Marsh on the same day. Little Egrets were noted at…

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26 May to 1 June 2013

Two Cranes were again seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 31 May, and a Little Egret was present at Carlton Marshes, 26 May. A Whinchat was a good find at…

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19 to 25 May 2013

Two Cranes were feeding at Castle Marsh, North Cove late afternoon on 23 May. Little Egrets were present at Castle Marsh (three), 23 May, and Carlton Marshes, 26 May. An…

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12 to 18 May 2013

Hobbies were seen at Herringfleet Marshes (two) and Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 May, and Worlingham, 18 May, with Barn Owls reported from Oulton Marshes, 12 May, and Beccles Marshes, 16…

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5 to 11 May 2013

A Honey Buzzard flew north over St Olaves at 11.30am on 10 May. Hobbies were noted at Carlton Marshes, 6 May, Castle Marsh, North Cove, 10 May, and Beccles Marshes…

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28 April to 4 May 2013

Three Cranes circled over the Waveney river centre at Burgh St Peter early afternoon on 3 May. Eight Arctic Terns and six Sandwich Terns were noted at Burgh Castle, 30…

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21 to 27 April 2013

Carlton Marshes attracted the pick of the passerine migrants this week with a female Ring Ouzel on 21 April, single Blue-headed Wagtails on 21 to 23 and 27 April, a…

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14 to 20 April 2013

An Alpine Swift was an excellent find over Lopham Fen in the evening of 17 April. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Burgh Castle, 19 April, while three male Blue-headed…

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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.…

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31 March to 6 April 2013

A second calendar-year White-tailed Eagle flew high south over Burgh Castle at 1.20pm on 6 April during its tour of coastal Norfolk and Suffolk. A Red Kite flew north east…

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24 to 30 March 2013

There was little sign of spring! Two Rough-legged Buzzards were again present at Haddiscoe Island, 25 March, and a male Hen Harrier was seen at Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, a Merlin…

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17 to 23 March 2013

Two Rough-legged Buzzards were again seen at Haddiscoe Island, 20 March. Haddiscoe Island also hosted a ringtail Hen Harrier, 17 March, and a Peregrine, 20 March. A Short- eared Owl…

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10 to 16 March 2013

A Rough-legged Buzzard was still present at Haddiscoe Island, 10 March, and a Peregrine was seen at the same site on 15 March. Buzzards were noted at Beccles Marshes (two),…

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3 to 9 March 2013

There was a large easterly movement of Bewick’s Swans on 3 March with birds noted at Bungay (80), Barsham Marshes (six), Haddiscoe Island (four), Belton (200) and Burgh Castle (113),…

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24 February to 2 March

Three Rough-legged Buzzards were present at Haddiscoe Island, 25 February, with two on 26 February and 1 March, and one flew into roost at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 2 March. Other…

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17 to 23 February 2013

A first-winter Glaucous Gull was a good find at Carlton Marshes, 17 February. It was seen briefly again on 20 February, along with a third-winter Yellow-legged Gull. Two Rough-legged Buzzards…

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10 to 16 February 2013

A Rough-legged Buzzard was again present on Haddiscoe Island all week, and was joined by a second bird on 11 to 14 February. Merlins were seen along Marsh Lane, Flixton,…

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3 to 9 February 2013

Two Rough-legged Buzzards were present at Haddiscoe Island, 3 to 6 February, with one remaining to the end of the week, and a Red Kite flew west over Thorpe Marshes,…

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27 January to 2 February 2013

The Rough-legged Buzzard remained at Haddiscoe Island all week and was joined by a second bird on 30 January and 2 February. A Red Kite was seen along the A143…

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20 to 26 January 2013

A Great White Egret was seen by the river at Barnby Marshes, 24 January. When disturbed it flew over to Short Dam Level, Burgh St Peter, before heading towards Castle…

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13 to 19 January 2013

A Firecrest was trapped and ringed at Barsham Marshes, 13 January (see the News page for a photo), and three Tree Sparrows were present at North Cove SWT reserve, 15…

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6 to 12 January 2013

The long-staying Rough-legged Buzzard at Haddiscoe Island remained all week and was joined by a second, 12 January, while Peregrines were noted at Haddiscoe Island on 8 (two) and 12…

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30 December 2012 to 5 January 2013

A flock of seven Waxwings was seen along The Street, Gillingham, 1 January, and a flock of 17 was seen in a hedge beside the B1074 between Blundeston and Somerleyton,…

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