Bird Sightings 2015

27 December 2015 to 2 January 2016

The wintering Lesser Yellowlegs at Breydon Water put in appearances at Burgh Castle Flats on 29 and 31 December and 1 January. Other waders at Burgh Castle Flats included 216…

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20 to 26 December 2015

Waders at Burgh Castle on 20 December included a Spotted Redshank, eight Avocets, 220 Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Curlews and 60 Common Redshanks, while other records at the same site on…

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13 to 19 December 2015

Two Bearded Tits were seen at Carlton Marshes, 14 December, two Chiffchaffs at Beccles, 16 December, a Grey Wagtail at Flixton GP, 17 December and another Grey Wagtail together with…

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6 to 12 December 2015

Five Short-eared Owls were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 9 December, with reports of Barn Owls received from Haddiscoe Island, 6 December, Burgh Castle, 7 December, Beccles Marshes (two) and Castle…

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29 November to 5 December 2015

Lesser Redpolls were present at Blundeston (three), Dunburgh Hill and Somerleyton, 2 December and Bearded Tits at Herringfleet Marshes (four), 4 December and Haddiscoe Island (four), 5 December. A Kingfisher…

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22 to 28 November 2015

A Firecrest was present in a garden at Barnby, 22 and 24 November and a Lesser Redpoll in a garden at Ditchingham, 23 November. Two Bearded Tits were noted at…

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15 to 21 November 2015

A Woodcock was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton, 21 November, while a Redshank and 21 Snipe were noted at Carlton Marshes, 15 November. The first Goosanders of the autumn were…

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8 to 14 November 2015

A Penduline Tit flew south-east over St Olaves bridge at 9.15am on 8 November, providing the highlight of the week. A Chiffchaff, four Cetti’s Warblers, two Stonechats and 12 Bearded…

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1 to 7 November 2015

A Rock Pipit was noted at Burgh Castle Flats, 1 November; a Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and four Lesser Redpolls and two Grey Wagtails at Beccles, 2…

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25 to 31 October 2015

The Great Grey Shrike was again present at Barnby Marshes, 25 October. Lesser Redpolls were recorded at Carlton Marshes (15), 25 October and Beccles Marshes, 28 October; Grey Wagtails at…

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18 to 24 October 2015

A Great Grey Shrike was present at Barnby Marshes, 24 October. A Black Redstart was seen along Field View Gardens, Beccles, 18 October; a Tree Sparrow at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 21 October;…

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11 to 17 October 2015

Two Merlins were seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton at dusk on 11 October. Marsh Harriers were recorded at Haddiscoe Island (eight), 11 October and Burgh Castle, 15 October and Barn…

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4 to 10 October 2015

A flock of 170 Pink-footed Geese flew south at St Olaves, 10 October, while 390 Canada Geese and 333 Greylag Geese were present at Redgrave Fen, 8 October. Little Egrets…

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27 September to 3 October 2015

A Ring-necked Parakeet flew north over Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe, 28 September. The first Fieldfare of the autumn was seen at Gillingham, 29 September, while late records of summer migrants included…

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20 to 26 September 2015

15 Siskins flew north over Oulton Marshes, 20 September and four Lesser Redpolls were noted at Blundeston the following day. A late Sedge Warbler was seen at Glebe Marsh, Burgh…

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13 to 19 September 2015

A juvenile Red-footed Falcon flew over Churchfarm Marshes, Burgh Castle at dusk on 19 September. Hobbies were seen at St Olaves, 13 September, Beccles, 15 September, Burgh Castle and Waveney…

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6 to 12 September 2015

Raptor highlights included an Osprey at Broome GP, 6 September and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Beccles Marshes, 11 September. Hobbies were seen at Worlingham Marshes (two) and Carlton Marshes,…

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30 August to 5 September 2015

Two Tree Sparrows were surprise visitors to a garden feeder in Beccles, 30 August. A Wheatear was present at Carlton Marshes, 5 September, while late-staying summer visitors included two Swifts…

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23 to 29 August 2015

A Redstart was seen in a garden at Carlton Colville, 28 August. Further passerine highlights included five Whinchats and two Wheatears at Carlton Marshes and two Whinchats at Oulton Marshes,…

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16 to 22 August 2015

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Little Stint, a Wood Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, three Little Ringed Plovers, two Greenshanks, a Green Sandpiper and 12 Snipe, 16 August, three Black-tailed…

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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,…

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2 to 8 August 2015

The summer wader fest at Carlton Marshes continued with eight Green Sandpipers and two Redshanks, 5 August, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, four Ruffs, six Greenshanks and three Little Ringed Plovers, 7…

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26 July to 1 August 2015

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Wood Sandpiper and four Greenshanks, 29 July, six Black-tailed Godwits and five Dunlins, 30 July and three Ruffs, three Green Sandpipers and three Redshanks,…

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19 to 25 July 2015

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff and three Green Sandpipers, 20 July and two Greenshanks, 21 July. Elsewhere, 40 Black-tailed Godwits were present at Aldeby shooting lakes and a…

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12 to 18 July 2015

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits, three Greenshanks and two Little Ringed Plovers, 13 July, two Redshanks, 14 July, 12 Green Sandpipers, 15 July and an…

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5 to 11 July 2015

An Osprey was seen at Burgh Castle, 5 July and at Carlton Marshes the following day. Other raptors included Hobbies at Beccles Marshes (four) and Carlton Marshes, 7 July, Belton…

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28 June to 4 July 2015

A singing Marsh Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 3 July was undoubtedly this week’s star bird. Two adult Spotted Flycatchers accompanied by three juveniles were seen in a Club member’s garden…

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21 to 27 June 2015

Wader migration intensified, with Carlton Marshes hosting five Avocets, 25 to 27 June, two Redshanks, 26 June and one Spotted Redshank, one Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers, 27 June. Elsewhere,…

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14 to 20 June 2015

Red Kites were recorded at Carlton Colville, 17 June and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 20 June, with three Buzzards also noted at Carlton Colville, 17 June. Hobbies were seen at Lopham Fen and…

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7 to 13 June 2015

A pair of Spotted Flycatchers was present at Weybread churchyard, 7 June. A Turtle Dove was purring at Herringfleet, 11 June and Cuckoos were recorded at St Olaves, 7 June,…

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31 May to 6 June 2015

Turtle Doves were recorded at Beccles Marshes, 4 June and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 5 June and Cuckoos at Carlton Marshes (three) and Beccles Marshes, 1 June, Outney Common, Bungay, 3 June and…

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24 to 30 May 2015

A Peregrine was perched on the tower of St Mary’s Church, Bungay, 25 May. Red Kites were seen at Belton, 27 May, Gillingham, 28 May and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 29 May, Hobbies…

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17 to 23 May 2015

Turtle Doves were seen at Beccles and Carlton Colville, 17 May, Withersdale (two), 21 May and Oulton Marshes, 23 May, with Cuckoos noted at Oulton Marshes (two) and Beccles, 17…

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10 to 16 May 2015

Notable passerines included a Firecrest at Lopham Fen, 10 May and a Wheatear at Carlton Marshes the following day. The first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was recorded at Burgh…

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3 to 9 May 2015

Raptor highlights were an Osprey, which flew south-west over Burgh Castle, 7 May and a first-summer Rough-legged Buzzard, which flew south over Carlton Marshes, 9 May. Hobbies were seen at…

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26 April to 2 May 2015

A pair of Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 26 April. A pair of Mandarin was seen at St Olaves, 28 April, with a male Mandarin at nearby Fritton Lake,…

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19 to 25 April 2015

Wader passage gained momentum with Whimbrel noted at Burgh Castle Flats, 19 April, Beccles Marshes (15) and Castle Marsh, North Cove (two), 22 April and Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes,…

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12 to 18 April 2015

A male Ring Ouzel was seen at Blundeston Marshes, 18 April. Other migrants included the first Grasshopper Warbler (at Fisher Row, Oulton, 13 April), Whitethroat (at Outney Common, Bungay, 13…

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5 to 11 April 2015

Two Cranes flew south-west over Carlton Marshes, 11 April, while Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (five) and Burgh Marshes, Burgh St Peter (two), 5 April, Lopham Fen (three),…

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29 March to 4 April 2015

Sightings of Long-eared Owls in the area are rare, so one that appeared in a garden at St James South Elmham on 30 March was a real treat for one…

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22 to 28 March 2015

This week’s highlights included a White Stork at Earsham, 26 March and two male Garganeys at Redgrave Fen, 27 March. Wader migration gained momentum with a Bar-tailed Godwit, 220 Black-tailed…

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15 to 21 March 2015

An immature White-tailed Eagle, which had been roaming East Anglia since 14 March, was observed by one very lucky club member flying north over the centre of Bungay at 12.30pm…

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8 to 14 March 2015

Two Cranes were seen at Haddiscoe Marshes, 11 March, while Little Egrets were noted at Haddiscoe Island (two) and Fritton Marshes, 8 March and Carlton Marshes (two), 10 March. Two…

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1 to 7 March 2015

A Red Kite flew over Sprat’s Water, Carlton Colville on the morning of 6 March. Raptors at Haddiscoe Island on the following day included a Rough-legged Buzzard, three ringtail Hen…

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22 to 28 February 2015

A Rough-legged Buzzard was seen intermittently at Haddiscoe Island throughout the week, while other raptors at this site included a male Hen Harrier, 22 February and two Peregrines, three Marsh…

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15 to 21 February 2015

An incredible 15 Short-eared Owls were counted at Haddiscoe Island, 17 February, while Barn Owls were noted at South Lopham, 15 February, Outney Common, Bungay and Somerleyton, 17 February, Fritton…

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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,…

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1 to 7 February 2015

A first-winter Glaucous Gull was present at Aldeby landfill site, 7 February. A single Scaup remained at Beccles Quay until the end of the week, with two up to 3…

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25 to 31 January 2015

Two Scaup remained at Beccles Quay throughout the week and were joined by a third, 26 January. The previously reported group of eight Whooper Swans were present at Aldeby shooting…

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18 to 24 January 2015

Three Scaup at Beccles Quay, 22 January, were an excellent find by a club member, with two present until the end of the week. Two Tundra Bean Goose were seen…

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11 to 17 January 2015

  A Tundra Bean Goose and a Brent Goose were present at Flixton Marshes (near Lowestoft), 11 January, while counts of Pink-footed Geese included 1500 at Wheatacre Marshes, 13 January,…

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4 to 10 January 2015

A flock of 100 Bewick’s Swans flew north-west over Bungay, 4 January, while two Bewick’s Swans were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 8 January. A Water Pipit was seen at…

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28 December 2014 to 3 January 2015

Hen Harriers were seen at Haddiscoe Island (male and ringtail) and Belton Marshes (male), 29 December, Marsh Harriers were recorded at Beccles Marshes, 28 December, Belton Marshes, Herringfleet Marshes (two)…

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