Suffolk Birding with BINS



White-winged Black Tern - Bill Baston.




Friday 31st August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Long-tailed Skua North off Corton between 06:00-08:00hrs. Juv Long-tailed Skua North off Ness Point at 06:55hrs + Sooty Shearwater & Fulmar North at 06:34hrs.

Kessingland - 2 Long-tailed Skuas seen dip feeding South offshore at 07:05hrs.

Southwold - Seawatching between 06:00-08:40hrs produced 1 Long-tailed Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 4 Fulmar & 7 Sooty Shearwaters. A further watch from 12:00-14:40pm produced 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua + juv Med Gull.

Blyth Est - Little Stint, 41 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sand, 6 Common Sand, 4 Greenshank & 1 Knot were the highlights from Tinkers Marsh.

Minsmere - Highlights from the receently opened wader trail included Wood Sand, 4 Ruff, 12 Spot Reds, 5 Greenshank & Garganey, also Common Redstart seen in the car park.

Thorpeness - A dark phase juv Honey Buzzard was seen North at 16:15hrs.

Shingle Street - 4+ Whinchat seen around the tennis courts.

Whinchat - Eddie Marsh.

Bawdsey - A dake phase juvenile Honey Buzzard was seen NE over Bawdsey Cliff and continued it's journey Southwards.

Felixstowe - A Manx Shearwater was seen South off Landguard & 2 Black Terns were seen near-by from 'The Butts'.

Thursday 30th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - 12 Arctic Skua (incl close flock of 7), 4 Skua sp and 1 probable Long-tailed Skua seen off Ness Point this evening. 7 Crossbill South over North denes early morning + YL Gull on the oval.

Kessingland - 4 Long-tailed Skuas offshore + several hundred Terns incl 2 Arctic Tern South offshore.

Blyth Est - 5 Ruff, 8 Green Sand, 6 Common Sand, 5 Greenshank, 35+ Dunlin, LRP, Spot Red & Whinchat were noted at Tinkers Marsh.

Dunwich - 2 Black Tern offshore amongst the 100's of Commic Terns streaming South.

Minsmere - A Spoonbill was seen over the reserve + Wood Sand on North levels & upto 4 Garganey were noted of which 3 were on Is.mere.

Sizewell - 6 Long-tailed Skua South offshore this evening.

Thorpeness - 14 Long-tailed Skua South offshore between 17:30-19:30hrs also 3 Arctic Skua, 8 Skua sp, 4 Black Tern, 8+ Arctic Tern, c4000 Commic Tern, 4 Fulmar & 2 Ruff.

Orford - Merlin, Peregrine, Hobby & 8 Whinchat on Orfordness NT reserve.

Shingle St - Long-tailed Skua offshore between 19:00-20:00hrs + singles of both Arctic & Black Tern noted.

Bawdsey - A juvenile Montagu's Harrier was seen to fly low South over Bawdsey Manor towards the Deben Est at 10:40hrs.

Felixstowe - 3 Long-tailed Skua South off Undercliffe at 19:40hrs.

Wednesday 29th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - An Osprey was seen over Bradwell at 09:57hrs heading towards Lound. 10 Common Crossbill South over Pakefield.

Blyth Est - An Osprey was seen to catche a fish late morning before heading towards Westwood Lodge.

Minsmere - 3 juv Curlew Sands were seen briefly from the public viewing platform before flying off South at 10:15hrs + Wood Sand on North levels.

Lackford - An Osprey was seen E/NE over Lackford Lakes at 10:00hrs.

Tuesday 28th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Tree Pipit over North denes early morning

Minsmere - 4 Wood Sand, 2 Green Sand, 3 Spot Reds & Greenshank all viewable from the recently opened wader trail. 2 Garganey on Is.mere but no sign of the Ferruginous Duck.

Shingle Street - 3 Whinchat seen by the tennis court + a good number of common migrants evident.

Whinchat - Allan King 'Rab'

Stour Est - Juv Little Stint seen at Stutton Mill.

Little Stint - Chris Baines.

Monday 27th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Sooty Shearwater North off Corton at 08:25hrs. Yellow-legged Gull on the Oval.

Sizewell - Arctic Skua offshore + c70 Little Gull off the rigs.

Blyth Est - 3 Spotted Redshank were the highlight from Tinkers Marsh.

Boyton - 7 Curlew Sand on the river's edge by Boyton Dock at 15:10hrs + Garganey still on the flash.

Garganey - John Richardson.

Shingle Street - 2 Pied Flycatchers present.

Felixstowe - 7 Tree Sparrow, Whinchat, Tree Pipit + 5 Wheatear at Landguard & Razorbill offshore, also Long-tailed Skua reported.

Levington - 6 Greenshank & c450 Golden Plover at Levington Creek.

Stour Est - Curlew Sand Stutton Mill + Yellow-legged Gull.

Sunday 26th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - The Pied Flycatcher was again seen along the top loop trail in Sparrows Nest Park, near-by Whinchat on North denes + 2 Whinchat by the net posts. Pied Fly on Beccles Marsh.

Whinchat - Danny Porter.

Thorpeness - 10 Long-tailed Skua seen from the disused caravan park.

Boyton - Garganey still on the flash.

Bawdsey - Whinchat seen at East Lane.

Trimley - 2 Wood Sands Trimley Marsh SWT.

Saturday 25th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Whinchat & 13 Crossbill South over North denes + Pied Fly seen along the top loop path in Sparrows Nest Park.

Westleton - 3 Whinchat on Westleton Heath.

Felixstowe - No sign of the male SPANISH SPARROW today at Landguard despite extensive searching.

Trimley - Merlin seen briefly by the visitor centre this afternoon.

Friday 24th August 2012.

Minsmere - Purple Sand on the beach just South of East hide, also Spotted & Pied Flycatcher in North bushes. The North levels wader trail is open again please access via gate South of the konik field.

Felixstowe - A male SPANISH SPARROW (first for the county) was briefly seen and photographed by one lucky observer in brambles in front of the Obs around 10:00hrs, despite extensive searching the bird which was probably ship assisted was not seen again, also noted were 3 Whinchat on the common and single Black Tern South offshore.


Spanish Sparrow - John Richardson.

Thursday 23rd August 2012.

Felixstowe - Whinchat seen at Landguard.

Trimley - LRP, 3 Greenshank, 2 Spot Reds were seen on Trimley Marsh SWT + Wood Sand behind the reservoir.

Juv Cuckoo - Shingle St - John Richardson.

Wednesday 22nd August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Yellow-legged Gull seen on the denes oval.

Reydon - Osprey South over Reydon Smere this evening.

Minsmere - The Ferruginous Duck continues to show on Is.mere though generally elusive, also 3 Ruddy Shelduck was seen to fly high South over the reserve.

Shingle Street - 3 Whinchat seen late morning South of the last bungalow.

Felixstowe - Single Whinchat noted at Landguard.

Tuesday 21st August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Pied Flycatcher in the alleyway East of London Road South.

Boyton - Garganey, Wood Sand, Spotted Redshank, 5 Green Sand & Greenshank seen at Boyton Marshes early am.

Shingle Street - Whinchat still by the tennis courts.

Felixstowe - A Short-eared Owl was noted at Landguard.

Monday 20th August 2012.

Covehithe - 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull on Covehithe Broad.

Blyth Est - A Honey Buzzard was seen over Hen Reedbeds at 11:43hrs and was observed drifting slowly SE and lost to view, also present on the high tide roost were 450+ Redshank, 150+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 ad Curlew Sand, 1 Spot Red, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Knot & a Common Sand. Tinkers held 7 Spot Reds, 9 Greenshank, 10 Common Sand, 5 Green Sand, 5 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, juv Med Gull & c65 Little Egrets.

Sizewell - 40+ Little Gull & 11 Little Terns (9 juvs) off the outfall.

Boyton - Wood Sand again on the flash at Boyton Marshes + LRP.

Bawdsey - Whinchat seen at East Lane.

Felixstowe - Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart, 2 Nightingale and a good fall of Willow Warbler thought to be 25 birds were present at Landguard this morning.

Redstart - Will Brame.

Sunday 19th August 2012.

Minsmere - The Ferruginous Duck was again seen on Is.mere albeit distantly, also 2 Garganey, LRP, 4 Spotted Redshanks & 4 Greenshank viewable from the public viewing platform.

Hollesley - A male Red-spotted Bluethroat was trapped & ringed at Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Shingle Street - Whinchat seen by the tennis courts.

Whinchat - John Richardson.

Ipswich - 2 Common Crossbill over Foxhall Road.

Saturday 18th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Pied Fly at the West end of Cleveland Road in scyamores along disused railtrack. Yellow-legged Gull seen along North beach today. 4 Whinchat seen along the cliff face at Pakefield.

Minsmere - Spoonbill, 2 Little Stint & 5 Greenshank present on East scrape.

Boyton - Wood Sand seen on the flash at Boyton + Whinchat along the seawall.


Whinchat & Wood Sandpiper - John Richardson.

Bawdsey - 2 Pied Fly + Redstart remain in the grounds of Bawdsey Hall.

Felixstowe - 2 Pied Flycatcher at Landguard this morning.

Trimley - 4 Ruff, 3 Spot Red, 2 Greenshank & 3 Green Sands on Trimley Marsh SWT, near-by c640 Golden Plover & Arctic Tern noted at Levington Creek.

Golden Plover - Barry Woodhouse.

Friday 17th August 2012.

Dunwich - An Osprey was seen South at 15:00hrs.

Minsmere - 3 Wood Sand on the levels + Spoonbill, 2 Spot Reds, 2 Greenshank, Sanderling & upto 43 Little Egret noted.

Felixstowe - 5 Arctic Skua were seen offshore today at Landguard of which 4 were seen to mob a Marsh Harrier, also 2 Arctic Terns, 30 Whimbrel & 2 Bar-tailed Godwit noted.

Thursday 16th August 2012.

Minsmere - Wood Sandpipers (2) present on East scrape and (1) on South levels, also 2 Little Stint briefly on lucky pool late morning, 2 Garganey & Spoonbill on the scrape and Pied Fly along the North wall early morning.

Trimley - 7 Green & 2 Common Sands + 4 Greenshank & 1 Ruff on Trimley Marsh SWT.

Stowmarket - 4 Common Crossbill West over Tothill.

Wednesday 15th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Whinchat on in carpark at South end of Whapload Road.

Kessingland - Sooty Shearwater North at 09:40hrs.

Minsmere - Juv Wood Sand on South levels + 7 Spoonbill, 4 Greenshank & 2 Spot Red. Juv Curlew Sand on South scrape.

Bawdsey - Common Redstart seen along the cliffs + Arctic Skua offshore. 2 Pied Fly at Bawdsey Hall.

Felixstowe - 2 Black Terns (1 North + 1 feeding on the point) + 2 Arctic Tern (adult & juv) seen off Landguard this morning.

Trimley - The moulting adult Black Tern is still on Loompit Lake, near-by 1 juv Wood Sand remain on Trimley Marsh SWT.


Black Tern - Chris Baines (left) & Will Brame.

Levington - Spotted Redshank, 45 Grey Plover, 357 Golden Plover & single Bar-tailed Godwit on Levington Creek.

Stonham - Red Kite North over Stonham Parva at 12:45hrs.

Tuesday 14th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - 2 moulting adult Black Terns were seen from Breydon South wall opposite the farm.

Southwold - Pied Fly seen at the sewage works.

Blyth Est - Wood Sand, 5 Spot Red, 8 Ruff, 4 LRP, 8 Green Sand, 12 Common Sand & 3 Greenshank on Tinkers Marsh, near-by adult Curlew Sand on the stuary.

Minsmere - 7 Spoonbill & 9 Curlew Sand on the levels on lucky pool. A Long-tailed Skua was seen drifting South on the sea at 17:15hrs.

Sizewell - 2 juv Arctic Tern + 57 Little Gull off the rigs.

Orford - 8 Curlew Sand, 10 Ruff, Spot Red, 4 Greenshank, 10 Green Sands, 6 Common Sands, 3 LRP, 275+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Spoonbill & 3 Whinchat on Orfordness NT.

Bawdsey - Pied Fly & Hobby seen at Bawdsey Hall.

Trimley - 2 juv Wood Sands on Trimley Marsh SWT, near-by Black Tern on Loompit Lake.

Monday 13th August 2012.

Kessingland - Pied Fly seen by the sewage works.

Blyth Est - Wood Sand still on Tinkers Marsh + 5 Green & 7 Common Sands.

Minsmere - The Ferruginous Duck continues to show on Is.mere, also noted around the reserve, GLOSSY IBIS on the levels along with 6 Spoonbill, 11 Greenshank, 3 Spot Red & 2 Green Sand + moulting adult Curlew Sand, 6 Green Sands & Common Sand, 2 Spot Reds & 2 Greenshank on the scrape. A Pied Fly was seen by East hide and showing well. Offshore 3 Black Tern were noted South.

Slaughden - 4 Black Terns South offshore at 17:30hrs + Bonxie North.

Shingle Street - Pied Fly seen this afternoon.

Havergate - 3 Curlew Sands seen on Havergate Island RSPB + Spoonbill, 4 Ruff, Spot Red & good number of common waders noted.

Bawdsey - 4 Pied Flys seen in the grounds of Bawdsey Hall.

Felixstowe - 2 Pied Flycatchers present at Landguard this morning.

Trimley - Highlights from Trimley Marsh SWT included Wood Sandpiper, 30+ Little Egret, Spot Red, 4 Greenshank, 3 Common & 7 Green Sands.

Sunday 12th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - Whinchat seen along phase 2 of North denes caravan site.

Minsmere - Single Pom Skua offshore, on Is.mere the Ferruginous Duck was again seen though elusive + 5 Spoonbill & 2 Garganey.

Sizewell - A juvenile Montagu's Harrier was seen West over Sizewell at 16:00hrs.

Felixstowe - A Barred Warbler was seen in brambles on the beach opposite the icky ridge, Landguard at 09:15hrs only, also Pied Fly on site + singles of Pom & Arctic Skua noted along with Black Tern offshore.

Saturday 11th August 2012.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Arctic Skua North off Ness Point + drake Greater Scaup North off Corton.

Blyth Est - Wood Sand still on Tinkers Marsh + 3 Spot Reds, 6 Ruff, juv LRP, juv Garganey, 15 Common Sand & 8 Green Sands present.

Minsmere - No sign today of the Pec Sand on lucky pool, but 5 Spoonbill present on the levels and a Wood Warbler by West hide were noted. The Ferruginous Duck was again on Is.mere but is elusive as either.

Sizewell - 2 1st year Arctic Tern off the rigs + 15 Little GullsGreat Skua noted.

Thorpeness - 4 Pom, 10 Arctic & 1 Great Skua offshore.

Shingle Street - 5 Whinchat + 2 Wheatear seen today.

Felixstowe - Single Great Skua North offshore + Arctic Tern.

Friday 10th August 2012.

Minsmere - The Pectoral Sandpiper was again seen on 'lucky pool' + 21 Little Gull. The Ferruginous Duck was again seen on Is.mere + 5 Spoonbill present on the levels this afternoon.

Spoonbills - John Richardson.

Sizewell - 3 juv Arctic Tern off the rigs + 6 Little Gull.

Felixstowe - 2 Pied Flys & Whinchat at Landguard + Arctic Tern offshore.

Stour Est - Little Stint at Stutton Mill early morning.

Thursday 9th August 2012.

Benacre - Spotted Redshank seen on the Broad.

Blyth Est - Wood Sand present on Tinkers Marsh + 2 Spot Red, Whimbrel & Knot on the estuary.

Minsmere - 5 Spoonbill were present and showing well on West scrape late morning + Short-eared Owl seen briefly.

Spoonbills - John Richardson.

Sizewell - c50 Little Gull off the rigs + singles of both Arctic & Black Tern present.

Orford - Pectoral Sandpiper seen on Orfordness NT reserve.

Bawdsey - Single Pied Fly seen at East Lane at midday + 2 Wheatear & 6 Common Sands on the sea defence rocks.

Felixstowe - upto 5 Pied Flycatchers were present at Landguard today.

Wednesday 8th August 2012.

Minsmere - A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen briefly on 'lucky pool' before flying off South, also 5 Spoonbill on East scrape then flew towards Is.mere.

Felixstowe - A Wood Warbler was trapped at Landguard early morning and was still present mid afternoon though generally elsuvive.

Tuesday 7th August 2012.

Blyth Est - A Wood Sand was present on Tinkers Marsh.

Minsmere - 4 Spoonbill were seen on East scrape this morning.

Sizewell - c70 Little Gull + juv Arctic Tern off the rigs.

Bury st.Edmunds - 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull on Howard Primary playing fields this evening.

Monday 6th August 2012.

Ipswich - A probable Black Kite was seen West over North Ipswich at 14:45hrs.

Sunday 5th August 2012.

Westwood Marshes - A Red Kite flew over heading south.

Minsmere - 2 Spoonbills were present on East scrape this morning and the Ferruginous Duck continued its stay on Island mere.


Spoonbill - Danny Porter & Ferruginous Duck - Stephen Horwell.

Sizewell - 37 Little Gull + juv Arctic Tern off the rigs late afternoon.

Orfordness - 1 Pied Flycatcher  and a single Curlew Sandpiper were present today.

Havegate - Little Stint was present amongst the 300+ Dunlin, also 2 Curlew Sands & 12 Spoonbill present.

Little Stint - David Fairhurst

Landguard- The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was seen this morning whilst a Black Redstart was also recorded.

Pied Fly - Allan King.

Saturday 4th August 2012.

Minsmere - The Ferruginous Duck remains on Island mere. 

North Warren- A Wood Sanpiper was seen on south marsh.

Havergate - 8 Spoonbills  and 3 Curlew Sandpipers on the Island. 

Landguard- A Wood Warbler was seen in the holm oaks in front of the observatory this morning.

Friday 3rd August 2012.

Boyton - An Osprey  flew over heading South west.

Thursday 2nd August 2012.

Dunwich - 2 Spoonbill North at 18:15hrs.

Sizewell - 23 Little Gull + juv Arctic Tern off the rigs.

Orwell Estuary - 1 Curlew Sandpiper was noted at Levington creek.

Wednesday 1st August 2012.

Minsmere - The Ferruginous Duck was again seen on Is.mere this morning, the bird has been present for 8+ days but is very elusive.

Sizewell - 11 Little Gulls offshore.

Havergate - 4 Curlew Sand, Little Stint & 270 Dunlin + increasing number of Bar-wits, Grey Plover & Ringed Plover on Havergate Island RSPB this morning.

Bar-tailed Godwit - David Fairhurst.


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