Bird Sightings 2017

31 December 2017 to 6 January 2018

Two Whooper Swans were present at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 1 January and a Bewick’s Swan and 121 Mute Swans were seen at the same site on 6 January. Fly-over…

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24 to 30 December 2017

A Hoopoe was reported flying south over the river at Harleston, 30 December. Three Water Pipits and two Stonechats were noted at Carlton Marshes, a Chiffchaff at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe and a…

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17 to 23 December 2017

Three Water Pipits were seen at Carlton Marshes, 23 December. A Grey Wagtail was noted at Beccles and two Stonechats at Carlton Marshes, 17 December. Bearded Tits were recorded at…

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10 to 16 December 2017

A Merlin was seen at Haddiscoe Island, 15 December, three Marsh Harriers at Carlton Marshes, 14 December and a Barn Owl at Beccles Common, 16 December. A male Blackcap was…

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3 to 9 December 2017

A Jack Snipe and a Woodcock were seen at Roydon Fen, 6 December, with further Woodcock present at Oulton Marshes, 4 December and Fritton Marshes, 9 December and four Redshanks…

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26 November to 2 December 2017

A Long-eared Owl was roosting in St James South Elmham churchyard on 1 December and a Barn Owl was noted at Burgh Castle, 2 December. Marsh Harriers were reported from…

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19 to 25 November 2017

A ringtail Hen Harrier and a Peregrine were seen at Haddiscoe Island, 19 November and a Marsh Harrier at Oulton Marshes, 25 November. Two Lesser Redpolls were noted at Lopham…

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12 to 18 November 2017

A Hawfinch was seen in a garden at Beccles, 17 November, while a female Ring-necked Parakeet fed in gardens along Hall Road, Oulton, 14 and 15 November. A Lesser Redpoll…

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5 to 11 November 2017

Single Bramblings were seen at Redgrave Fen, 6 November and Ditchingham, 9 November, a Lesser Redpoll at North Cove SWT reserve, 10 November and three Water Pipits at Carlton Marshes,…

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29 October to 4 November 2017

Notable passerines recorded at Carlton Marshes included five Water Pipits and 11 Cetti’s Warblers, 30 October, 18 Bearded Tits, 31 October and eight Lesser Redpolls and five Stonechats, 1 November.…

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22 to 28 October 2017

A Great Grey Shrike was seen at Oulton Marshes, 27 October. At nearby Carlton Marshes, the first Fieldfare of the autumn was recorded on 23 October, along with 40 Bearded…

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15 to 21 October 2017

The first Hawfinches from a major national influx reached the valley on 15 October, with one noted over Haddiscoe Island and it, or another, flew south over nearby Thorpe-next Haddiscoe.…

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8 to 14 October 2017

Yellow-browed Warblers were seen at Burgh Castle, 10 October and Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 14 October. There was a significant arrival of Redwings on 8 October, with 150 over Carlton Marshes, 37 west…

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1 to 7 October 2017

Two Little Stints remained at Carlton Marshes, 1 October, while other waders at this site included three Ruffs, three Ringed Plovers, three Black-tailed Godwits and two Dunlin, 14 Snipe, 1…

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24 to 30 September 2017

The star waders were three Little Stints at Carlton Marshes, 30 September, while other waders present at this site included seven Ringed Plovers, two Dunlin and 12 Snipe, 24 September…

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17 to 23 September 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and nine Dunlin, 17 September, seven Ringed Plovers, 21 September and four Ruffs, 22 September. Elsewhere, five Curlews…

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10 to 16 September 2017

A juvenile Honey Buzzard was seen at Carlton and Oulton Marshes early morning on 12 September. Also at Carlton Marshes, a Hobby was noted on 10 September, three Marsh Harriers…

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3 to 9 September 2017

Whinchats were present at Carlton Marshes (four), 3 September and Thorpe Marshes, Haddiscoe (three), 6 September, with single Stonechats noted at Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 3 September. Three Grey…

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27 August to 2 September 2017

A Tree Pipit was an unusual record for Carlton Marshes, 2 September. Carlton Marshes also hosted a Yellow Wagtail, 30 August and seven Whinchats and a Wheatear, 31 August. Kingfishers…

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20 to 27 August 2017

A Whinchat was seen at Carlton Marshes, 24 August, while other noteworthy sightings at Carlton Marshes included a Yellow Wagtail, 23 August and a Cetti’s Warbler and two Kingfishers, 25…

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13 to 19 August 2017

Single Hobbies were seen at Carlton Marshes, 16 August and Worlingham, 19 August, while two Barn Owls were noted at Carlton Marshes, 13 August. Waders at Carlton Marshes included three…

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6 to 12 August 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and three Redshanks, 6 August, while two…

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30 July to 5 August 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included three Green Sandpipers, 30 July, seven Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and two Dunlin, 2 August and an adult Little Ringed Plover, 3 August. Elsewhere,…

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23 to 29 July 2017

Waders at Carlton Marshes included four Wood Sandpipers, ten Black-tailed Godwits and a Redshank, 23 July, a Greenshank, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, three Green Sandpipers and three Common Sandpipers,…

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16 to 22 July 2017

Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Burgh Castle (ten) and Carlton Marshes and two nesting pairs of Spotted Flycatchers at Beccles, 20 July. A juvenile Cuckoo was seen at Carlton Marshes,…

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9 to 15 July 2017

Single Hobbies were seen at Carlton Marshes, 9 July, Worlingham Marshes, 10 July, Beccles Marshes, 11 July, Somerleyton Marshes, 14 July and Flixton GP and Redgrave Fen, 15 July. Barn…

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2 to 8 July 2017

A Spoonbill flew high north-east over Castle Marsh, North Cove, 5 July and three Little Egrets were present at Carlton Marshes, 8 July. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Beccles,…

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25 June to 1 July 2017

A male Red-backed Shrike was present at Burgh Castle Marshes, 25 and 26 June. Two Turtle Doves were seen at Weybread GP and a Grey Wagtail at nearby Weybread Mill,…

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18 to 24 June 2017

A Turtle Dove was seen at St James South Elmham, 21 June, a Spotted Flycatcher at Beccles Common, 24 June and two Yellow Wagtails at Carlton Marshes, 18 June. Cuckoos…

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11 to 17 June 2017

Hobbies were seen at Carlton Marshes, 12 June, Oulton Marshes, 14 June and Lopham Fen (two), 15 June. Red Kites were recorded at Beccles and Oulton Marshes/Carlton Marshes/Barnby, 14 June…

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4 to 10 June 2017

Spotted Flycatchers were seen at Worlingham Marshes, 8 June and Beccles Common (two), 10 June. A Yellow Wagtail was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 4 June and a Grey Wagtail at…

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28 May to 3 June 2017

A first-summer Night Heron was seen in flight at Carlton Marshes during the evening of 31 May, with a Cattle Egret briefly present on the scrape at the same site…

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21 to 27 May 2017

A Ring Ouzel was seen at Lopham Fen, 24 May. Turtle Doves were recorded at Thorpe Abbotts and Weybread GP, 24 May and Spotted Flycatchers at Beccles Common (two), 22…

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14 to 20 May 2017

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Carlton Marshes, 15 May and a Grasshopper Warbler was heard at the same site on 17 May. Yellow Wagtails were recorded at Oulton Marshes…

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7 to 13 May 2017

A male and a female Red-footed Falcon flew over Carlton Marshes late morning on 10 May. Other raptor highlights included a male Hen Harrier which flew east over Worlingham Marshes,…

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30 April to 6 May 2017

There was an impressive movement of terns on 30 April, with seven Black Terns and a Little Tern recorded at Weybread GP, while at Carlton Marshes, two Little Terns were…

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23 to 29 April 2017

A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen and heard drumming at St James South Elmham, 27 to 29 April. Passerine highlights at Carlton Marshes included a male Blue-headed Wagtail, a…

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16 to 22 April 2017

A male Black-winged Stilt was present at Carlton Marshes, 20 April. Other waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, 17 April, a Whimbrel, 18 April, seven Black-tailed Godwits and five…

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9 to 15 April 2017

Two Cranes circled over Carlton Marshes late morning on 10 April before heading off west. Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes (two), 11 April, Weybread GP (two), 12 April…

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2 to 8 April 2017

A Raven flew north-west over Carlton Marshes early afternoon on 7 April. The first Grasshopper Warbler (4 April) and Yellow Wagtail (6 April) of the year were also recorded at…

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26 March to 1 April 2017

The year’s first Sedge Warbler (Haddiscoe Island, 31 March), Swallow (two at Beccles and two at Worlingham, 1 April) and Willow Warbler (three at Carlton Marshes, two at Oulton Marshes…

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19 to 25 March 2017

A pair of Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes, 21 March, with the male staying to the end of the week. Also at Carlton Marshes, the Red-throated Diver from last…

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12 to 18 March 2017

A Raven drifted north over Carlton Marshes mid-morning on 16 March. A Red-throated Diver was found at Carlton Marshes on 16 March with fishing net entangled round its legs. The…

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5 to 11 March 2017

Six Crossbills were seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a female Ring-necked Parakeet by Oulton Community Centre, 11 March. Counts of Waxwings included 22 at Bungay, 6 March, seven at…

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26 February to 4 March 2017

A Crane flew north over Roydon Road, Diss mid afternoon on 26th February and a Great White Egret flew over Oulton Marshes, 4 March. Little Egrets were noted at Oulton…

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19 to 25 February 2017

Sightings of Waxwings included 25 at Oulton, 20 February and 21 at Bungay, 24 February. A flock of 28 Lesser Redpolls was seen at Waveney Forest, Fritton and a Grey…

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12 to 18 February 2017

A flock of 21 Waxwings was seen off Beccles Road, Bungay, 16 and 17 February. A Black Redstart was recorded along Top Road, Ilketshall St Lawrence, 16 February, a Grey…

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5 to 11 February 2017

Three Waxwings were seen in a club member’s garden at Worlingham, 6 February, while nearby in Beccles, 12 Waxwings were seen along Banham Road, 9 and 10 February. A Stonechat…

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29 January to 4 February 2017

Six Tundra Bean Geese were present between Carlton Marshes and Barnby Marshes, 30 January and five Brent Geese at Haddiscoe Island, 31 January. White-fronted Geese were noted at Castle Marsh,…

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22 to 28 January 2017

Six Goosanders were present on the river at North Cove, 22 January and five Goosanders on the river at Beccles, 26 January. A male Mandarin was noted on the river…

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15 to 21 January 2017

Four Waxwings were seen at the junction of Coney Hill and Ellough Road, Worlingham until 17 January and a Firecrest was seen at Fisher Row, Oulton, 20 January. Three Bramblings…

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8 to 14 January 2017

Three Waxwings were seen in Worlingham at the junction of Coney Hill and Ellough Road, 12 and 13 January, increasing to five, 14 January. Bramblings were noted at North Cove…

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1 to 7 January 2017

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