Suffolk Birding with BINS

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APRIL HIGHLIGHTS


Sunday 30th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 7 Black Terns on Ocean Pit, Weybread + Little Tern. Wood Sand Carlton Marshes + 35 Arctic Tern went thru SE & 3 Pom Skuas North off Corton late afternoon (16:55hrs).

Dunwich - Male Ring Ouzel seen on the heath.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER still from Island Mere + 8 Pom Skuas North.

Sizewell - 6 Pom Skuas North offshore + Bonxie.

Iken - The 2 Cattle Egret paid another visit to Hill Farm today.

Orfordness - 3 Black-winged Stilts on the NT reserve at 16:00hrs (see below).

Boyton - 3 Black-winged Stilts were discovered on the flash shortly before 08:00hrs, 2 birds flew South at 09:30hrs (see below) with a single bird remaining until 15:20hrs when it flew North along with the 2 birds that visited Hollesley.

Hollesley - 2 Black-winged Stilts (1 male) on the scrape at Hollesley (same as the Boyton birds) + 2 Little Stint & Wood Sandpiper.

Bawdsey - Little Stint at East Lane.

Felixstowe - 21 Arctic Terns North off Landguard.

Micklemere - The Glossy Ibis continued to show today, initially from the hide then from the road-bridge + 1st summer Little Gull.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis was again seen on the RSPB reserve + 2 Black Tern.

Saturday 29th April 2017.

Minsmere - The SAVI'S WARBLER remains audible from Island Mere throughout the day. The 1st summer Ring-billed Gull was reported from North hide at 08:10hrs then flew South.

Boyton - Ringtail Hen Harrier at Boyton Marsh.

Hollesley - Wood Sand, Little Stint & 2 LRP on the scrape.

Bawdsey - 2 LRP & 5 Corn Bunting at East Lane.

Felixstowe - 2 Ring Ouzel at LBO.

Micklemere - The Glossy Ibis remains.

Friday 28th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 2 drake Garganey on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Southwold - 2 Grasshopper Warblers heard reeling along North Road.

Westleton - Turtle Dove again on the heath.

Minsmere - A 1st summer Ring-billed Gull was found on the scrape at 08:50. The bird (which consist's of the 1st for Minsmere) remained on view until 10:45hrs when flew out to sea but did return to South scrape at 15:10hrs. The SAVI'S WARBLER was again heard reeling from Island Mere.

Aldringham - Ring Ouzel seen by the pillboxes at Aldringham Walks.

Hollesley - Wood Sand at Hollesley Marshes.

Bawdsey - A completely albino Lapland Bunting was seen and heard at Bawdsey Ferry by feeders then flew towards the cafe boathouse.

Melton - c40 Waxwing by the railway station this morning.

Felixstowe - 3 Ring Ouzel at Landguard.

Micklemere - The Glossy Ibis is still present.

Thursday 27th April 2017.

Southwold - 2 Ring Ouzel & Short-eared Owl noted.

Thorpeness - A singing male Wood Warbler was seen and heard North of sewage works in wood opposite the old railway platform.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh + 4 Goosander on pool  by old cottages.

Hollesley - 2 Wood Sands on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Melton - 30 Waxwing seen by the railway station.

Felixstowe - 2 Ring Ouzel at Landguard + Whinchat. Whinchat at Kingsfleet + 2 Hobby.

Ipswich - Male Black Redstart along the waterfront singing from the wine rack.

Needham Market - 2 Great Egrets at Pipps Ford.

Ixworth - Adult Glossy Ibis found on the scrape at Micklemere early afternoon and was showing well.

Wednesday 26th April 2017.

Melton - 60+ Waxwing early morning by the railway station though mobile.

Felixstowe - 2 Ring Ouzel remain at Landguard.

Stour Estuary - A White-tailed Eagle was seen on the salt marsh viewable from Stutton Ness 17:20-17:25hrs then flew towards Brantham, the bird was then picked up seen sitting in tree looking West from Stutton to Stutton Mill.

Denington - Turtle Dove seen in a garden within the village.

Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Westleton - Turtle Dove seen along the Blythburgh Road at 09:45hrs. 2 Ring Ouzel in field left of hedge beyond 5 bar metal gate.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER still Island Mere + 2 Ring Ouzel Vault Hill.

Hollesley - Wood Sand still at Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Melton - 19 Waxwing seen in Ash trees & drinking in ditch by the railway station

Felixstowe - 2 Ring Ouzel at Landguard.

Ipswich - c40 Waxwing seen in Sherrington Park early morning.

Alton Water - 3 Common Swift.

Monday 24th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - An Ortolan Bunting was seen along the clifftop at Corton then flushed by dog walkers at 09:50hrs.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER still singing from Island Mere.

Aldringham - Female Ring Ouzel in NW corner of Aldringham Walks.

Hollesley - Spoonbill South over the RSPB reserve + Wood Sand & female Goosander present.

Felixstowe - 2 Ring Ouzel at Landguard early morning.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis still at Lakenheath Fen + 7 Hobby, 15 Swift & 2 Cuckoo.

Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Common Crane South over Carlton Marshes at 12:35hrs + Blue-headed Wagtail. 3 Ring Ouzels (all males) seen by Kessingland sluice & 3 Ring Ouzel by Benacre sluice.

Southwold - 2 Common Crane were seen to fly South over Reydon at 12:50hrs.

Blythburgh - 2 Common Crane seen circling then drifted SE over Blyth estuary at 13:07hrs.

Hinton - 2cy Caspian Gull & 3 2cy Y L Gulls Hinton pigfields + Turtle Dove.

Westleton - Turtle Dove heard on the Southern side of the heath.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER continues to sing from the reedbed by Island Mere (heard only) + 3 Spoonbill North over the visitor centre.

Iken - 2 Cattle Egret now in summer plumage still by Hill Farm

Butley - 2 Common Crane seen circling Burrow Hill at 14:50hrs prior to landing in fields for approx 10 minutes before heading of NW and lost to view at 15:05hrs + Great Egret seen by Burrow Hill this morning.

Hollesley - Wood Sand at Hollesley Marshes + 3cy Caspian Gull.

Shingle Street - Male Ring Ouzel by Battery cottage + Short-eared Owl.

Sutton - Ring Ouzel seen on Sutton Heath.

Melton - 15 Waxwing seen feeding this evening on Alder Catkins Close to the steps up the river wall opposite the railway station, earlier they had been seen by Melton cross roads.

Felixstowe - 3 Ring Ouzel (2 male & 1 female) present at Landguard.

Great Livermere - Common Swift noted this morning.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis & Great Egret remain at Lakenheath Heath Fen RSPB.

Saturday 22nd April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Wryneck along path to Ivy Farm, Carlton Marshes this morning + drake Garganey on the reserve.

Southwold - Male Ring Ouzel seen by the boating lake at 08:20hrs.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER still singing from Island Mere + Grasshopper Warbler showing well along the North wall.

North Warren - Spoonbill present on South Marsh late morning.

Hollesley - Wood Sand on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Shingle Street - Male Ring Ouzel South of Battery cottage though elusive.

Felixstowe - Long-tailed Duck South off Landguard.

Capel St. Mary - 20 Waxwing low SW over village at midday.

Lackford - Turtle Dove at the SWT reserve.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis still on New Cut Fen + Great Egret.

Friday 21st April 2017.

Minsmere - SAVI'S WARBLER still present from Island Mere + Grasshopper Warbler at the seaward end of North wall. Ring Ouzel in South scrape + Gt EgretMandarin Duck present on West scrape.

Havergate - A Dotterel was seen on Havergate Island RSPB then flew high North at 13:30hrs.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl.

Thursday 20th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - A BLACK-WINGED STILT was discovered on the scrape at Carlton Marshes mid afternoon and remained until the early evening at least.

Westleton - White-tailed Eagle North seen high over Westleton Heath at 11:19hrs.

Minsmere - The SAVI'S WARBLER remains audible from Island Mere and showing on occasions, also White-tailed Eagle North over Whin Hill at 11:15hrs, 2 Shorelark by the sluice, 2 Ring Ouzel along the North Wall and finally 2 Caspian Gull (both 2nd winter) on East scrape.

Iken - 2 Cattle Egret remain in the vicinity of Hill Farm.

Boyton - Great Egret on the flash then flew South at 09:30hrs.

Shingle Street - Cuckoo seen to fly inland late morning.

Deben Estuary - A White-tailed Eagle was see East of Kirton circling over the estuary before drifting North at 10:35hrs + Osprey North at 11:20hrs.

Trimley - An Osprey was seen over the retreat at 10:55hrs + drake Garganey seen from the viewing platform

Wednesday 19th April 2017.

Minsmere - A SAVI'S WARBLER was heard reeling from Island Mere and showing well on occasions (possibly present 3 days) + male Ring Ouzel along the North wall.

Shingle Street - Whimbrel & 2 White Wagtails noted.

Felixstowe - Up to 40 Wheatear on the common at Landguard + White Wagtail & Woodlark noted.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis still on the RSPB reserve.

Tuesday 18th April 2017.

Minsmere - A Spoonbill was seen over the reserve + Grasshopper Warbler from Island Mere.

Great Livermere - No sign of the 2cy American Herring Gull today.

Monday 17th April 2017.

Southwold - A male Ring Ouzel was seen in garden at the Reydon end of path from Easton Bavents. 4 Little-ringed Plover on pool in NE corner of Town Marsh.

Minsmere - Male Ring Ouzel from North wall. A hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull was noted on South levels.

North Warren - Grasshopper Warbler noted.

Iken - 2 Cattle Egret present in fields opposite Hill Farm late afternoon.

Boyton - Ringtail Hen Harrier Boyton Marshes.

Woodbridge - 30 Waxwing briefly on Beaconsfield Road mid morning.

Trimley Marshes - The Red-rumped Swallow was again over the reservoir + drake Garganey from the viewing platform.

Alton Water - Turtle Dove noted today.

Great Livermere - No sign of the 2cy American Herring Gull today but 2 3cy Iceland Gulls + 3 Caspian Gull noted in the area.

Great Cornard - Presumed escape White Stork in horse field by Greys Hall.

Lakenheath - The Glossy Ibis was present on New Cut Fen.

Sunday 16th April 2017.

Hollesley - 3cy Glaucous Gull + 2 2cy Caspian Gulls on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Woodbridge - 6 Waxwing at the North end of Fen Meadow off Seckford Street.

Trimley Marshes - A Red-rumped Swallow was seen over the reservoir at the SWT reserve between 16:40-19:20hrs.

Bramford - Jack Snipe seen at Paper Mill Lane reedbed.

Great Livermere - The 2cy AMERICAN HERRING GULL was again noted in fields North of the pig fields between 18:56 - 19:00hrs then flew East, also noted throughout the day were 2 Iceland Gulls, Glaucous Gull, 3 2cy Caspian Gulls and a Raven at 16:45hrs. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Livermere Lake.

Combs Ford - Grasshopper Warbler reeling from Combs water meadows.

Little Cornard - The presumed escape White Stork remains in the horse fields at Sackers Green behind Newton Green Golf club.

Saturday 15th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Water Pipit Carlton Marshes.

Minsmere - Caspian Gull seen on the scrape.

Snape - Glaucous Gull seen NW of Snape on Botany Marsh early afternoon.

Iken - 2 Cattle Egret remain in the vicinity of Hill Farm.

Boyton - A Red-rumped Swallow was seen to fly West along the river wall at 15:40hrs, also a Harrier sp was noted + 2 Jack Snipe & Spoonbill on the flash.

Woodbridge - 17 Waxwing seen at the end of St. Johns Terrace early afternoon though mobile.

Combs Ford - Grasshopper Warbler present at Combs church meadow.

Great Livermere - A 2nd calendar year AMERICAN HERRING GULL was discovered on pig fields North of Livermere lake at 18:57hrs and remained until 19:35hrs when flew off. This first for Suffolk was seen by a handful of lucky birders.

Little Cornard - The presumed escaped White Stork was still present in horse paddocks near Greys Hall. The bird has atypical wing damage + pigmentation.

Lawshall - Grasshopper Warbler heard 'reeling' from Golden Wood at 05:30hrs.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis still present at the RSPB reserve.

Friday 14th April 2017.

Heveningham - Wryneck seen at the North end of the village at 18:00hrs by the roadside then flew over fields.

Dunwich - Ring Ouzel seen along track from Mount Pleasant.

Minsmere - Up to 4 Caspian Gull around the reserve today (2 1st winter + 3rd & 4th winter birds). Ring Ouzel along North wall & Black-throated Diver offshore.

Sizewell - 2 Black Redstart by Sizewell B.

Iken - 2 Cattle Egret by Hill Farm.

Felixstowe - The Little-ringed Plover remains on the common at LBO + White Wagtail.

Thursday 13th April 2017.

Westleton - Nightingale's were heard on Westleton Heath opposite Kings Farm, near Ralph's Mill and at the East end of Hardpiece Lane.

Minsmere - Ring Ouzel along North wall + Black Redstart by the Sand Martin colony in the old car park.

Sizewell - Garden Warbler seen in scrub along the footpath to the beach South of Sizewell Hall.

Boyton - The Jack Snipe remains on the flash.

Hollesley - White Wagtail on the flooded meadow.

Deben Estuary - Red Kite over Kingsfleet heading towards Kirton.

Felixstowe - The Little-ringed Plover was again noted on the common early morning + Woodlark.

Ipswich - c30 Waxwing again by The George, Colchester Road late morning though mobile.

Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Hollesley - 32 Waxwing seen on Parsons Hill at 06:50hrs.

Shingle Street - Great Egret South prior to 08:00hrs.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands on the sea defences at East Lane + 2 White Wagtails in the area.

Martlesham - No sign of the drake Garganey by the sewage works.

Felixstowe - Firecrest trapped at LBO + Black Redstart on site.

Lakenheath Fen - Glossy Ibis still on the RSPB reserve.

Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Minsmere - Male Hen Harrier South over the reserve + Common Crane seen to fly North over Bittern hide at 12:30hrs.

Woodbridge - Raven (heard only) over Sandy Lane at 17:15hrs.

Martlesham - Drake Garganey still on the reed fringed pool by the sewage works.

Felixstowe - Common Redstart, Black Redstart & LRP all on the common at Landguard this morning.

Lakenheath Fen - Glossy Ibis still on Hockwold Fen.

Monday 10th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - The male Kentish Plover was seen again from the South wall early morning then from the hide situated on the North bank, no sign of the drake American Wigeon. 2 Common Crane circled Carlton Marshes late morning + 4 Water Pipit & Short-eared Owl on the SWT reserve.

Bawdsey - 2 Red Kite seen over RAF site heading South.

Martlesham - Drake Garganey still on pool by the sewage works.

Felixstowe - 2 Common Redstart & 2 Black Redstart seen at Landguard + Little-ringed Plover, near-by female Black Redstart see in gardens along Valley Walk.

Sunday 9th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - An American Wigeon (drake) and male Kentish Plover were seen at Breydon Water and both viewable from the South wall. 2 Ring Ouzel briefly by Corton new sewage works early morning. 2 Black Redstart at Hamilton Dock.

Wrentham - Escaped Black Kite  seen at Blackfoot Farm.

Walberswick - Garganey & Little-ringed Plover at Tinkers Marsh + Whimbrel on the Blyth Estuary.

Sibton - White Stork seen over the village and appeared to land in fields North of Darsham.

Minsmere - Black Tern on Island Mere. 2 1st winter Caspian Gull on South levels.

Boyton - The Jack Snipe continues to show on the flash at Boyton though elusive + 5 Garganey (4 drake) were viewable from the river wall looking South in a dyke.

Hollesley - Drake Garganey & Little-ringed Plover seen Hollesley Marshes. 10 Waxwing Parsons Hill.

Martlesham - Drake Garagney on pool by sewage works.

Felixstowe - Little-ringed Plover on the common at LBO + White Wagtail & Whimbrel noted.

Ipswich - 29 Waxwing East over Gretna Gardens at 17:50hrs. Nightingale heard singing at 3am at Nacton campsite.

Great Livermere - Drake Garganey, Common Tern & 3 Little Gull noted.

Ampton - 4 Little Gull + Common Tern seen on Ampton Water between 14:00-14:45hrs.

Saturday 8th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Short-eared Owl and up to 7 Water Pipits on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Westleton - A Raven was seen to fly South over the Heath during the afternoon.

Hollesley - Male Blue-headed Wagtail at Hollesley Marshes.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart still present at Landguard.

Levington - 2 Short-eared Owls at the creek this evening.

Ipswich - 29 Waxwing seen mid morning feeding on mistletoe by the Colchester Rd / Sidegate Lane roundabout.

Little Cornard - The White Stork of unknown origin was still present in horse fields at Sackers Green, Newton TL909.399 until early afternoon when flew off.

Lakenheath - Both the Glossy Ibis and Great Egret remained at Lakenheath Fen RSPB on Hockwold Wash.

Friday 7th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - A Raven was seen NW over Carlton Marshes early afternoon + 2 Water Pipits on the scrape & 2 Short-eared Owls.

Sizewell - Black Redstart by the power station.

Boyton - Jack Snipe still on the flash.

Hollesley - 2 LRP Hollesley Marshes + male Blue-headed Wagtail.

Ipswich - 12 Waxwing seen on Colchester Road by The George.

Little Cornard - White Stork of unknown origin still present at Sackers Green in fields by Greys Hall.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis still present at Lakenheath Fen RSPB + Great Egret.

Thursday 6th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Water Pipit on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Reydon - 2 Red Kite over Smere Marshes.

Minsmere - A Black Kite was seen North over the workshop just prior to 11:00hrs, also Great Egret, drake Mandarin, 2 Garganey on South levels, Spoonbill (briefly), 5 Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 101 Med Gulls & Sandwich Tern.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh early morning.

Boyton - 6 Pink-footed Geese remain on Boyton Marshes + 2 Garganey (1 drake) & Great Egret.

Hollesley - Red Kite over the village.

Felixstowe - Firecrest trapped at LBO early morning.

Little Cornard - The White Stork (unknown origin) remains at Sackers Green in horse field by Greys Hall.

Lakenheath - Glossy Ibis seen at the West end of New Fen North at Lakenheath RSPB.

Wednesday 5th April 2017.

Boyton - 2 Jack Snipe again on the flash 1 seen roosting on the small island early morning + drake Garganey, female Merlin & Great Egret over. 6 Pink-footed Geese still on the marshes.

Hollesley - Drake Garganey Hollesley Marshes.

Bawdsey - Purple Sand at East Lane.

Cornard Tye - The White Stork that was present at Wickham Market recently, was re-located in horse paddocks at Sackers Green South of Cormard Tye and has been present since Sunday 2nd April 2017 at least.

Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Probable Hooded Crow South over Stirrups Lane, Corton heading towards Gunton this morning. Red Kite low over Wenhaston at 17:15hrs.

North Warren -Great Egret on South Marsh.

Boyton - 6 Pink-footed Geese on Boyton Marsh + Merlin.

Hollesley - 2nd winter Glaucous Gull present on the scrape at Hollesley Marsh RSPB + 2nd winter Caspian Gull & 2 White Wagtails.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart singing from Tomline House, Felixstowe Dock, near-by Black Redstart & White Wagtail at Landguard.

Stoke-by Nayland - 2 Avocet inland at Gifford's Hall flash.

Monday 3rd April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 5 Water Pipit on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Minsmere - Osprey North over the car park at 11:25hrs.

Snape - 2nd summer Glaucous Gull NW of Snape on Botany Marshes at 14:15hrs.

Boyton - Jack Snipe still showing well on the flash.

Hollesley - 1st winter Caspian Gull on the scrape + 2 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gulls & drake Garganey present.

Melton - 30+ Waxwing seen by the traffic lights near the school prior to 09:00hrs.

Woodbridge - 37 Waxwing seen on Churchill Close late afternoon.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart at Landguard.

Brecks - Little Gulls were seen at Broad water lake, Livermere (2) and Lackford Lakes (2).

Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 21 Waxwing along Garden Lane, Worlingham though mobile. 2 Black Redstart at Ness Point by coastguards.

Wenhaston - Black Redstart in gardens adjacent to the bowling green.

Southwold - Red Kite low over the harbour.

Minsmere - Today's highlight's included; Ring Ouzel by North bushes, 2 Garganey (1 drake) on West scrape, 2 Smew (1 drake) on chapel fields pools, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (all 2nd winter) on East scrape, Sandwich Tern & Yellow Wagtail.

Boyton - Jack Snipe again present & showing well on the flash + drake Garganey.
Hollesley - Water Pipit on the scrape + Yellow Wagtail.

Bawdsey - Black Redstart & Short-eared Owl at East Lane + Purple Sand.

Melton - 46 Waxwing on The Street adjacent to No 4 at 18:00hrs. 17 Waxwing coming down bathe to bird bath in garden along Deben Road mid afternoon.

Felixstowe - Single Black Redstart on the common at Landguard early morning.

Lackford - Reed Warbler seen at Lackford Lakes.

Saturday 1st April 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 4 Water Pipits on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Southwold - 1st winter Caspian Gull on pool in NE corner of Town Marsh early morning. Red Kite over Hen Reedbeds.

Dunwich - 2 Great Egrets on pools West of Dingle Hills.

Westleton - Black Redstart at the rutting fields on the heath + Red Kite.

Minsmere - Water Pipit on the scrape + 2 Garganey (1 drake) from North hide + Red Kite.

Hacheston - Red Kite over.

Boyton - Great Egret again at Boyton Marshes though mobile + Jack Snipe & Hen Harrier.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl.

Felixstowe - 2 Black Redstart at Landguard.

Trimley - Adult Little Gull remains on Loompit Lake

Great Livermere - Drake Garganey on Broad water Lake + Little-ringed Plover.

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike seen at Brandon Country Park though mobile.

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