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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Friday 31st March 2017.

Minsmere - 2 Garganey (1 drake) on the scrape + 2cy Caspian Gull. Water Pipit Island Mere.

Boyton - Great Egret seen at Boyton Marshes then flew towards Burrow Hill mid afternoon. Jack Snipe on the flash + 7 Pink-footed Geese on the marshes.

Lakenheath - Great Egret North of New Fen North this morning.

Thursday 30th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstarts were today seen at North Denes with 3 birds by the Southern end of the caravan park & singletons noted at Ness Point early morning & Corton New sewage works.

Southwold - 4 Pink-footed Geese on Town Marsh.

Wickham Market - The White Stork left it's roost site (railway station) at 06:29hrs and then fed in oil seed rape field SE of the station.

Hollesley - No sign of the male Great Grey Shrike on Upper Hollesley Common but Red Kite over.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl seen this evening.

Bawdsey - Male Ring Ouzel seen at East Lane this evening.

Felixstowe - Willow Warbler, Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear & Merlin seen at Landguard early morning.

Trimley - Adult Little Gull Loompit Lake.

Alton Water - Sedge Warbler by Larchwood.

Dramsden - Red Kite noted.

Wednesday 29th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Drake Garganey & Water Pipit present on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Minsmere - Ring Ouzel seen by the sluice + 4 Red Kite South.

North Warren - Sedge Warbler rptd early morning

Wickham Market - An un-ringed White Stork was seen in fields next to the River Deben viewable from Southbound A12 (Wickham Market bypass) at 16:15hrs, the bird, missing many secondaries from both wings was then seen to fly NE at 17:07hrs and land in field being ploughed 2km NE of A12 roadbridge. The bird roosted on the roof of Wickham Market railway station.

Hollesley - 11 Waxwing seen on Parsons Hill early morning.

Bawdsey - Jack Snipe seen on the 1st lagoon at East Lane 

Felixstowe - Sandwich Tern seen offshore from Landguard.

Trimley - Adult Little Gull still at Loompit Lake.

Alton Water - Red Kite over Lemons Hill bridge.

Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstart still at the Heritage Green Kessingland. Drake Garganey & Water Pipit on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Southwold - Black Redstart on the campsite this morning.

Bawdsey - 2 Purp Sands at East Lane also noted were Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart & Water Pipit + Firecrest seen along the concrete track

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike remains on Upper Hollesley Common.

Trimley - 2 adult Little Gull on the SWT reserve + Ruff.

Stour Estuary - 5 Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe & 2 Velvet Scoter on the estuary from Stutton ness.

Needham Market - Great Egret seen at Pipps Ford in Oak tree by lock + Red Kite over & 20 Sand Martin by the pits.

Great Livermere - Little Gull on Broad water Lake

Monday 27th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Drake Garganey still on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Southwold - 2 Caspian Gull (2cy & 3cy) birds present on the NE corner of Town Marsh. Little-ringed Plover on the practice green + White Wagtail by the flash.

Thropeness - 4 Goosander on the mere.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still Upper Hollesley Common. 26 Waxwing seen opposite the Sherpard & Dog & village store. A 3rd calendar year Caspian Gull was seen on the scrape at Hollesley Marsh RSPB + adult Yellow-legged Gull, Little-ringed Plover & c19 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane + Ruff on the 1st lagoon.

Trimley - 4 adult Little Gulls on Loompit Lake.

Sunday 26th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Firecrest showing well at Corton allotments. Black Redstart Heritage Green, Kessingland.

Reydon - 2 Garganey (1 drake) on the pools at Hen Reed-beds viewed from the 1st hide.

Walberswick - 2 White Wagtails seen on North field.

Minsmere - Great Egret on the reserve.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still Upper Hollesley Common. Drake Garganey on the scrape at Hollesley RSPB & 23 Waxwing seen on Parsons Hill.

Bawdsey - Firecrest's seen at East Lane and the picnic site.

Woodbridge - 15 Waxwing along The Avenue behind the community centre.

Felixstowe - 2nd winter Iceland Gull again seen from Landguard in the river mouth + Ring Ouzel seen early morning only.

Trimley - Adult Little Gull still at Loompit Lake. 

Lakenheath - 2 Great Egrets at Lakenheath RSPB

Saturday 25th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstart still by Heritage Green, Kessingland. Drake Garganey Carlton Marshes.

Walberswick - 3 Short-eared Owls noted at Tinkers Marsh.

Minsmere - 4 Smew on South levels.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Boyton - 7 Pink-footed Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still on Upper Hollesley Common. 14 Waxwing opposite the Shepard & Dog.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl.

Santon Downham - 2 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker downriver of bridge + Firecrest seen by the post office.

Friday 24th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstarts were seen at Ness Point & Heritage Green, Kessingland. Drake Garganey on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Minsmere - 4 Smew on South levels.

Sizewell - Hawfinch seen in the car park at TM.475.627.

North Warren - Spoonbill seen on South Marsh.

Iken - Cattle Egret still frequenting the land by Hill Farm & showing well.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike remain on Upper Hollesley Common.

Melton - 16 Waxwing by the tile centre early morning.

Felixstowe - The 2nd winter Iceland Gull was once again seen following shipping into and out of the port, then seen roosting within the dock complex viewable from Viewpoint Road. 2 Black Redstarts at Landguard.

Trimley - A Firecrest was seen at Trimley Marshes by The Pilgrim. The adult Little Gull continues to take up residence on Loompit Lake.

Thursday 23rd March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstart on Heritage Green. Drake Garganey + 3 Water Pipit on the scrape at Carlton Marshes.

Southwold - 2 Red Kite over the town then South over Walberswick at 15:25hrs, near-by 2 Red Kite seen over Smere Marshes, Reydon at 16:45hrs.

Badingham - A White Stork of unknown origin was seen in fields by The Bowling Green late afternoon.

Iken - The Cattle Egret remains in the general vicinity of Hill Farm and showing well.

Boyton - 2 drake Garganey on the flash this morning.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike remains on Upper Hollesley Common + Hobby over. Please keep to public footpaths and do not enter the heath.

Melton - Red Kite NE over Melton Park at 11:35hrs.

Felixstowe - An Iceland Gull was seen prior to 08:30 in the mouth of the Orwell following shipping in and out of the port viewable from Landguard + Black Redstart.

Needham Market - Little-ringed Plover present on the gravel pits at Pipps Ford.

Santon Downham - A Black-bellied Dipper was seen briefly by the bridge around 08:40hrs before flying up river, also 3 Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers noted.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - A female Ring-necked Parakeet was seen to fly over the Blur Boar PH Oulton Street at 11:54hrs. Drake Garganey & 3 Water Pipit on the scrape at Carlton Marshes. 2 Black Redstart seen at Heritage Green, Kessingland.

Reydon - 2 Red Kite over Smere Marshes.

Minsmere - 1st winter Glaucous Gull seen on Island Mere early afternoon.

Iken - Cattle Egret still showing by Hill Farm.

Havergate - 2 Firecrest on the RSPB reserve.

Boyton - 7 Pink-footed Geese on Boyton Marshes + 5 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still present on Upper Hollesley Common. A Sandwich Tern was seen on the scrape at Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Melton - 75 Waxwings seen by Melton crossroads this morning.

Felixstowe - Both Firecrest & Black Redstart seen at Landguard.

Tuesday 21st March 2017.

Reydon - 5 Red Kite South over Reydon Smere.

Minsmere - Great Egret on Island Mere + Water Pipit. 2 Garganey (1 drake) on North scrape.

Iken - Cattle Egret still present in cattle field by Ferry Rd / Sandy Lane junction.

Hollesley - 1 Waxwing seen opposite the village store early morning. Great Grey Shrike still on Upper Hollesley Common.

Trimley Marshes - Black Redstart seen along the approach to the SWT reserve by shed 70.

Coddenham - Red Kite seen over School Road near the rookery

Monday 20th March 2017.

Reydon - 4 Red Kite West over Smere Marshes.

Minsmere - 4 Smew (2 drake) & 4 Garganey (2 drake) around the reserve.

Iken - The Cattle Egret was again present and showing well today by Hill Farm.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike continues to show well on Upper Hollesley Common, near-by 7 Waxwing by the village store. Drake Garganey at Hollesley Marsh RSPB + 2nd winter Caspian Gull & 22 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Woodbridge - Red Kite West over the town.

Sunday 19th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Probable White-tailed Eagle seen along Brampton - Ringstead Road during the afternoon. Red-throated Diver remains on Carlton Marshes + Water Pipit.

Westleton - Ring-tail Hen Harrier over the heath at 11:15hrs,

Minsmere - 2 Garganey (1 drake) on North Marsh.

Iken - The long-staying Cattle Egret remains by Hill Farm and continues to show well.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike continues to show well on Upper Hollesley Common opposite Red Lodge.

Trimley - Ad Little Gull still Loompit Lake.

Brecks - Male Lesser-spotted Woodpecker 1/2 mile downriver from bridge. 20 Waxwing seen on Linnet Crescent, Brandon at 08:41hrs.

Saturday 18th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Red-throated Diver on Cralton Marshes. Wheatear seen at Kessingland sluice.

Minsmere - 4 Garganey (2 drakes) seen on North hide + 3 Jack Snipe. 2 Smew (1 drake) on West scrape

Boyton - 10 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike continues to show well on Upper Hollesley Common 400 yards SW of Red Lodge + Red Kite over. 25 Waxwing still showing by the village stores.

Bawdsey - Black Redstart seen along the cliffs + singing Firecrest at the quay.

Woodbridge - 46 Waxwing seen on Old Barrick Road mid afternoon, earlier 35 Waxwing presumably of the same flock were seen on Barton Road.

Felixstowe - Wheatear seen at Landguard.

Trimley - Adult winter Little Gull still on Loompit Lake.

Friday 17th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 7 Waxwing seen on Darby Road, Beccles. 7 Waxwing seen along Onehouse Lane, Harleston.

Worlingham - 20 Waxwing seen on Cedar Road mid morning.

Minsmere - 3 Caspian Gull on the scrape. Drake Garganey on the konik field.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still on Upper Hollesley Common + Red Kite South. 32 Waxwing still by the village stores.

Felixstowe - Merlin South at Landguard.

Trimley - Adult winter Little Gull still on Loompit Lake.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker still being seen down river of bridge + c60 Brambling.

Lakenheath - 2 Garganey (1 drake) + 2 Common Crane & 4 Sand Martin.

Thursday 16th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Raven over Carlton Marshes mid morning + Red Kite.

Minsmere - Great Egret, 4 ad Little Gulls & Water Pipit on Is.mere. 2 Smew (1 drake) on South levels.

Snape - Cattle Egret seen West of Snape on Botany Marsh at 08:30hrs.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still on Upper Hollesley Common. Great Egret seen on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart noted at Landguard.

Trimley - Adult winter Little Gull on Loompit Lake.

Ipswich - 14 Waxwing remain at the junction of Colchester Rd / Sidegate Lane feeding on mistletoe.

Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Easton Bavents - Short-eared Owl along the promenade.

Boyton - 3 Garganey (2 drake) on the flash at Boyton Marshes + 6 Pink-footed Geese & 15 EWFG.

Hollesley - 22 Waxwing remain by the villages stores. Great Grey Shrike still on Upper Hollesley Common though mobile. (Please keep to the footpaths).

Woodbridge - 30+ Waxwing by Peterhouse Crescent though mobile.

Felixstowe - Wheatear still at the Southern end of the reserve at Landguard.

Trimley - Adult winter Little Gull seen at Loompit Lake.

Ipswich - 17 Waxwing feeding on mistletoe by the Colchester Rd / Sidegate Lane roundabout early morning.

Lakenheath - 2 Garganey (1 drake) viewable from the view point at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Minsmere - Jack Snipe from North hide + 3 Smew (2 drake) around the reserve.

Sizewell - Quail reportably flushed by the power station + Black Redstart by the boats.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike still present on Upper Hollesley Common though mobile. (Please view from designated footways and do not wonder on the heath). 29 Waxwing still by the village store.

Felixstowe - Male Wheatear on the common at Landguard + Great Northern Diver North.

Ipswich - 15 Waxwing again by Colchester Road / Sidegate Lane roundabout feeding on mistletoe.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker down river of bridge.

Monday 13th March 2017.

Westleton - Ring-tail Hen Harrier over the heath.

Minsmere - 3 Jack Snipe from North hide + 2nd winter Caspian Gull. 2 Bewicks Swan were seen to fly NE over the reserve.

Boyton - 9 Pink-footed Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike continues to show well on Upper Hollesley Common, near-by 35 Waxwing still present by the village store. 60 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Woodbridge - 20 Waxwing seen in oak tree by 25 Grundisburgh Road.

Felixstowe - Red Kite over the dock complex.

Sunday 12th March 2017.

Dunwich - 3 Great Egrets on Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere - 2nd winter Caspian Gull on West scrape + 2 Smew on lucky pool.

Iken - Cattle Egret still present and showing well at Hill Farm.

Ordfordness - 4 Wheatear on the NT reserve.

Havergate - Short-eared Owl noted.

Hollesley - The Great Grey Shrike remains on Upper Hollesley Common though mobile. 37 Waxwing still by the village stores by Swallow Close. 3 Garganey (2 drake) at Hollesley Marsh RSPB + 60 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Deben Estuary - Spotted Redshank seen from Ramsholt on Lodge Marsh.

Woodbridge - 35+ Waxwing seen over St Edmunds Close mid morning of which presumably 15 birds from this flock were seen on Oxford Drive shortly afterwards.

Needham Market - Swallow NW over Pipps Ford.

Thorington Street - Drake Garganey seen on Giffords Park flood.

Sandton Downham - 2 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker downriver from bridge.

Saturday 11th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Slavonian Grebe still on Oulton Broad. 16 Waxwing seen flycatching on Cedar Drive, Beccles.

Southwold - 2 Caspian Gull (1st & 2nd winters) seen along the harbour at 16:20hrs.

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) on West scrape.

Boyton - 8 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Eurasian White-fronted Geese & 2 Short-eared Owls on Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - Great Grey Shrike seen on Upper Hollesley Common opposite Red Lodge cottage. 37 Waxwing seen on Swallow Close.

Woodbridge - 42 Waxwing seen along Old Barrick Road today.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane.

Felixstowe - Firecrest & ad male Black Redstart seen at Landguard + Woodlark South.

Friday 10th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Slavonian Grebe remains on Oulton Broad.

Dunwich - 4 Long-tailed Duck (1 drake) offshore and showing well at 09:00hrs.

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) seen displaying on the reserve today + Caspian Gull on East scrape.

Hollesley - 20 Waxwing still present in the village.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane.

Trimley Marshes - 12 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the reserve + Merlin & adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker seen downriver of bridge this morning.

Thursday 9th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Slavonian Grebe still on Oulton Broad though elusive.

Minsmere - 4 Red Kite South over Island Mere.

Iken - The long staying Cattle Egret remain in fields by Hill Farm.

Boyton - 9 Pink-footed & 92 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Livermere - Jack Snipe noted.

Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 20 Waxwing early morning on Gresham Avenue by the Ole Frank public house, near-by Slavonian Grebe on Oulton Broad. 2 House Martin by the Cefas building, Pakefield.

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) on East scrape.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Hollesley - 36 Waxwing seen in the village this morning.

Tuesday 7th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 20 Waxwing by the Ole Frank PH Oulton early morning, near-by the Slavonian Grebe remains on Oulton Broad.

Walberswick - Water Pipit on Tinkers Marsh + 2 Bewicks Swan by the bailey bridge.

Minsmere - 4 Smew (2 drake) on East scrape + 7 Goosander roosted overnight.

Hollesley - Red Kite North over the reserve.

Alton Water - Slavonian Grebe seen from Larchwood.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker seen both sides of the river from where the footpath diverts and fallen tree.

Monday 6th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - Slavonian Grebe still on Oulton Broad viewable from the yacht club. 50+ Waxwing seen along Gresham Avenue, Oulton. 20 Waxwing seen on Farms Close, Bungay, near-by 2 Waxwing seen feeding on apples in the garden of 96 Beccles Road

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) on East scrape + YLG.

Boyton - 28 Waxwing in poplars SE of village.

Hollesley - Adult male Hen Harrier North at 15:15hrs.

Deben Estuary - Ringtail Hen Harrier seen at Hemley.

Ipswich - 36 Waxwing seen in Sherington Park today.

Sunday 5th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 63 Waxwing Gresham Avenue near The Ole Frank public house. Slavonian Grebe still on Oulton Broad. 18 Waxwing on Kents Lane, Bungay.

Reydon - 2 Bewicks Swan South over the village.

Minsmere - 4 Smew (2 drake) on the reserve + Great Egret.

North Warren - 4 Spoonbill + 214 Eurasian White-fronted Geese noted.

Alde Estuary - Spotted Redshank seen at Hazelwood Marshes.

Snape - Raven (seen and heard) over ladybird nurseries at 14:30hrs.

Boyton - 4 Pink-footed & 4 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Ipswich - 30 Waxwing seen in Sherington Park this morning and probably the same flock were later noted along Colchester Road by Westbury Road junction.

Saturday 4th March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 71 Waxwing Gresham Avenue, Oulton Marsh though mobile. 2 House Martin by Kirkley House. Slavonian Grebe on Oulton Broad. 2 Spoonbill South over Kessingland sluice.

Westleton - 2 ringtail Hen Harriers seen being mobbed by corvids.

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) on Island Mere + 4 Long-tailed Duck North offshore. 3 Spoonbill on South levels + 2 2nd winter Caspian Gull including the Ukrainian rung individual,

Iken - Cattle Egret still by Hill Farm.

Hollesley - 1st winter Caspian Gull + 80 Eurasian White-fronted Geese and up to 8 Ruff on the RSPB reserve.

Boyton - 9 Pink-footed Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane.

Fagbury Cliff - Siberian Chiffchaff seen and heard by shed 70.

Alton Water - Slavonian & Black-necked Grebes still on the reservoir + female Greater Scaup.

Elveden - Great Grey Shrike still on Berners Heath though mobile and elusive. Please view only from A11 lay-by and do not enter on to the heath.

Santon Downham - 3 Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers noted.

Friday 3rd March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 62 Waxwing seen early on Gresham Avenue, Oulton early morning near The Ole Frank public house though mobile.

Minsmere - Long-tailed Duck on Island Mere + 2 Smew on the reserve.

Thursday 2nd March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - up to 50 Waxwing along Gresham Avenue by the Ole Frank public house though mobile. 2 House Martin's remain in the general vicinity of the Cefas building at Pakefield.

Walberswick - Great Egret on Westwood Marshes + 2 Bewicks Swan along approach road to village.

Dunwich - 5 Long-tailed Duck + drake Velvet Scoter still offshore.

Minsmere - 3 Red Kite over the visitor centre

Iken - The long-staying Cattle Egret remains at Hill Farm.

Trimley - 12 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the SWT reserve.

Alton Water - Black-necked Grebe viewable from Larchwood.

Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Lowestoft Area - 25 Waxwing along Gresham Avenue, Oulton Broad opposite The Ole Frank public house this afternoon. House Martin still by the Cefas building + Black Redstart.

Walberswick - 2 Red Kite over the playing fields.

Dunwich - 5 Long-tailed Duck offshore + drake Velvet Scoter.

Minsmere - Juvenile Glaucous Gull again on the scrape + 2 Smew (1 drake) on the chapel pool.

Sizewell - 10 Waxwing just West of Sizewell Hall this afternoon.

North Warren - 230 Eurasian White-fronted Geese (incl 3 neck collared bird) Pink-footed Goose & 2 Spoonbill noted.

Alde Estuary - Great Egret, Great Northern Diver & 2 Long-tailed Duck.

Iken - Cattle Egret still at Hill Farm.

Hollesley - 60 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape.

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