Suffolk Birding with BINS

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Waxwing - Andrew Moon.


DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Monday 31st December.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Cattle Egret again on the SWT reserve this morning before flying South.

Southwold - 2 Waxwing seen by Might's bridge late morning.

Reydon - Common Crane North at 14:36hrs (same as Minsmere bird)

Minsmere - Common Crane North over the reserve at 14:25hrs.

Leiston - 9 Bewicks Swan still in fields opposite the leisure centre.

North Warren - 2 adult Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Butley - Single Whooper Swan still Ferry Farm.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark remain on the beach by the saline lagoon + Black-throated Diver offshore & Purple Sand on the sea defences.

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese still in fields off Gulpher Road + 2 White-fronted Geese briefly. Purple Sand at LBO.

Kesgrave - Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling still Bugsby Way.

Sunday 30th.

Lowestoft Area - Cattle Egret early morning at Carlton Marshes then flew South. 30 Snow Bunting on Kessingland beach.

Southwold - 4 Snow Bunting in the denes at 14:55hrs then flew South.

Reydon - 3 Waxwing along The Drive. 

Minsmere - 4 Waxwing briefly in North bushes then flew South. 9 Bewicks Swan on the reserve.

Leiston - 4 Bewicks Swan in fields opposite the leisure centre.

Hollesley - Ringtail Hen Harrier over fields by Warren Hill.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still East Lane by the saline lagoon.

Woodbridge - Single Waxwing along Orchard Close briefly. (photo John Richardson)

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese still in fields off Gulpher Road + 2 White-fronted Geese of which one is showing characteristics of Greenland.

Alton Water - Drake Greater Scaup still on the reservoir by Tattingstone Manor.

Saturday 29th.

Leiston - 9 Bewicks Swan (7 adults & 2 juvs) in fields opposite the leisure centre.

North Warren - 2 adult Spoonbill SW over South Marsh at 09:15hrs then later seen on Hazelwood Marshes.

Hollesley - 2 Tundra Bean Geese & 6 EWFG on the RSPB reserve.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still on the beach by the saline lagoon at East Lane.

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese & 2  EWFG in fields at the ferry viewed from Gulpher Road.

Friday 28th.

Lowestoft Area - 3 Cattle Egrets at Carlton Marsh SWT. (photo David Bryant).

Minsmere - Black-throated Diver present amongst c500 Red-throated Diver just North of the sluice.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still East Lane.

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese & 2 Eurasian White-fronted Geese in fields at the ferry viewed from Gulpher Road.

Alton Water - Black-necked Grebe still viewable from the dam. Drake Greater Scaup seen from Tattingstone Manor.

Chelmodiston - Corn Bunting seen along Brick Kiln Lane

Needham Market - Raven NE over Pipps Ford at 09:40hrs towards the chicken farm.

Elmsett - Corn Bunting seen amongst Yellowhammers along Hadleigh Road at TM.055.463

Thursday 27th.

Lowestoft Area - The Cattle Egret was today showing well at Carlton Marsh SWT.

Dunwich - 2 Great Egret on the shore pools + 9 Goosander South.

Leiston - 9 Bewicks Swan opposite the leisure centre.

North Warren - 2 Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Orfordness - Rough-legged Buzzard again over Lantern Marshes + ringtail Hen Harrier.

Hollesley - Ringtail Hen Harrier at Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark remain on the beach by the saline lagoon but no sign of the Common Scoter. (photo Darren Underwood)

Trimley Marshes - 4 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the SWT reserve.

Kesgrave - The juvenile Rose-coloured Starling continues to show along Bugsby Way. Grange Farm.

Wednesday 26th.

Lowestoft Area - Cattle Egret again in the SWT reserve at Carlton Marshes. 7 Purple Sands at Ness Point.

Leiston - 4 Bewicks Swan (2 adults & 2 juvs) were still present at the end of Red House Lane.

North Warren - Single Bewicks Swan on North Marsh + several White-fronted Geese.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese flew North from the RSPB reserve mid morning.

Boyton - Rough-legged Buzzard seen early afternoon.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still at East Lane + Common Scoter still on the saline lagoon. A Long-eared Owl was reported prior to dusk in hedgerow beyond the lagoons then flew towards the concrete track.

Alton Water - Black-necked Grebe at the dam end of the reservoir.

Tattingstone - A Firecrest was present near the Old Rectory along the footpath 30 yards beyond the fruit & veg stall.

Tuesday 25th.

Lowestoft Area - Water Pipit seen at Carlton Marshes SWT.

Boyton - 4 adult EWFG Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese (same as Felixstowe birds) + 2 Caspian Gulls.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark now at East Lane on the beach by the saline lagoon + Common Scoter still.

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese seen in fields off Gulpher Lane just after 14:00hrs. Shag South off LBO.

Orwell Estuary - Shag present on the river viewed from Stoke sailing club, Freston.

Kesgrave - The juvenile Rose-coloured Starling is present on Bugsby Way.

Monday 24th.

Lowestpft Area - Cattle Egret again at Carlton Marsh SWT. 2 Waxwing seen briefly at Corton new sewage works. Ring-necked Parakeet still in Nicholas Everitt Park.

Leiston - 2 Tundra Bean Geese & 9 Bewicks Swan were again in fields opposite the leisure centre.

Hollesley - 30 Snow Bunting seen at Hollesley Marsh RSPB before flying over towards Orfordness.

Ipswich - A White Wagtail was seen along Foundation Street.

Sunday 23rd.

Leiston - 2 Tundra Bean Geese in fields opposite Lesiton leosure centre + 9 Bewicks Swan.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still East Lane + Common Scoter.

Felixstowe - 4 Tundra Bean Geese seen from Gulpher Road / Ferry Road from gate. Shag South off LBO then flew in to the river.

Kesgrave - Rose-coloured Starling again Bugsby Way though mobile.

Saturday 22nd.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Hawfinch Sotterely Park this morning.

North Warren - 122 EWFG on Noth Marsh.

Orfordness - Rough-legged Buzzard over the NT reserve then flew North at 11:00hrs.

Friday 21st.

Minsmere - 7 Whooper Swan behind South hide.

Leiston - 9 Bewicks Swan & 2 Pink-footed Geese at the east end of Red House Lane just beyond the Hopkins building site.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh + c120 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on North Marsh.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese seen from the screen late morning just North of the reserve in sugar beet field + Caspian Gull.

Thursday 20th.

Butley - Single Whooper Swan in fields by Butley Ferry.

Hollesley - The 4 Tundra Bean Geese were again present on the scrape at Hollesey Marsh RSPB seen from the viewing platform.

Bawdsey - The 3 Shorelark remain on the beach by the martello tower and the Common Scoter continues to show on the saline lagoon.

Kesgrave - Rose-coloured Starling seen again along Bugsby Way.

Wednesday 19th.

Minsmere - Caspian Gull on the reserve.

North Warren - 55 EWFG on North Marsh.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still on the beach at East Lane by the saline lagoon + Common Scoter.

Kesgrave - The Rose-coloured Starling continues to show along Bugsby Way.

Thorington Street - 2 Bewicks Swan (both adults) east of Thorington Street still by B1068 in beet field at end of Marsh Road.

Tuesday 18th.

Minsmere - Black-throated Diver reported offshore + Caspian Gull & 7 Whooper Swan on the reserve.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese on the RSPB reserve.

Felixstowe - Pom Skua seen off LBO.

Orwell Estuary - Great Northern Diver on the river viewable from Levington Marina.

Monday 17th.

Gedgrave - Short-eared Owl Gedgrave Marshes.

Havergate - Ringtail Hen Harrier seen late afternoon on the RSPB reserve.

Hollesley - Male Hen Harrier over Upper Hollesley Common. 7 White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still on the beach by the martello tower + Common Scoter on the saline lagoon.

Orwell Estuary - Great Northern Diver off Levington Marina.

Kesgrave - The Rose-coloured Starling continues to show along Bugsby Way in bushes adjacent to nr.43.

Sunday 16th.

Lowestoft Area - 3+ Water Pipit at Carlton Marsh SWT + 2 Short-eared Owl.

Dunwich - 2 Great Egrets on Dingle Marshes.

North Warren - 24 EWFG on North Marsh.

Sudbourne - 5 Short-eared Owl, ringtail Hen Harrier & Merlin noted.

Hollesley - 9 EWFG Hollesley Marsh.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelarks, Common Scoter & Purple Sand all present at East Lane.

Kesgrave - Rose-coloured Starling still along Bugsby Way.

Orwell Estuary - Ring-necked Parakeet over Levington Marina towards Stratton Hall.

Thorington Street - The 2 Bewicks Swan remain in fields B1068 / Marsh Road.

Saturday 15th.

Minsmere - Redhead Smew still on East scrape.

Bawdsey - The 3 Shorelark remain on the beach North of the lagoons at East Lane though mobile + Common Scoter. (photo Lee Woods).

Felixstowe - The 4 Tundra Bean Geese were again seen in arable fields viewable from Gulpher Road at TM.312.364.

Orwell Estuary - Great Northern Diver on the river viewable from Levington Creek + Water Pipit still.

Friday 14th.

Minsmere - Redhead Smew on East scrape though no sign of the Grey Phalarope.

Butley - Single Whooper Swan viewable in fields between Butley - Boyton.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still present on the beach North of the lagoons.

Kesgrave - The Rose-coloured Starling was seen along Bugsby Way in the garden of nr.43.

Stour Estuary - Slavonian Grebe on the estuary between buoys 4 & 5.

Thursday 13th.

Minsmere - A Grey Phalarope was a surprise find on West scrape late morning.

North Warren - 51 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on North Marsh,

Blaxhall - Ringtail Hen Harrier South over Blaxhall Common.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still on the beach + 2 Common Scoter on the salt water lagoon. Ringtail Hen Harrier West over Bawdsey Marshes heading West towards Ramsholt.

Kesgrave - The Rose-coloured Starling remain in private gardens along Bugsby Avenue.

Wednesday 12th.

Walberswick - A Common Crane was noted at Tinkers Marsh in agricultural crop.

Minsmere - Great Egret on the reserve.

Orfordness - Rough-legged Buzzard on the NT reserve viewed from the river wall at Orford.

Hollesley - 7 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the RSPB reserve.

Bawdsey - The 3 Shorelark remain on the beach at East Lane by the 1st saline lagoon + fem Common Scoter

Tuesday 11th.

Minsmere - Long-eared Owl seen by Island Mere at dusk.

Orford - Rough-legged Buzzard seen from the river wall at Orford then flew toward Sudbourne + ringtail Hen Harrier seen.

Havergate - 4 Bewicks Swan West over the RSPB reserve at 11:00hrs.

Gedgrave - Short-eared Owl at the South end of Gedgrave Marshes.

Boyton - 4 Bewicks Swan over Butley Marshes towards Butley Creek.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese showing well from the viewing platform at the RSPB reserve + 5 Pink-footed Geese over.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still present North of East Lane by the first martello tower on seaward side of the lagoon. Water Pipit briefly by the 2nd lagoon before flying North.

Thorington Street - 2 Bewicks Swan still just East of Thorington Street in beet field at junction of B1068 & Marsh Road.

Monday 10th.

Lowestoft Area - The Red-rumped Swallow that was seen briefly at Gorleston yesterday was re-found this afternoon along Kessingland beach where it showed well throughout the afternoon, near-by the Dusky Warbler remained elusive as ever, 2 Black Redstart at Ness Point. (photo Andrew Moon).

Bawdsey - The 3 Shorelark continue to show on the beach between East Lane - Shingle Street.

Stratford St. Mary - An unconfirmed report of a Snowy Owl was forth-coming at Hall Farm at 10:30.

Thorington Street - 2 Bewicks Swan in ploughed field viewable from the end of Marsh Lane.

Sunday 9th.

Lowestoft Area - A Red-rumped Swallow was reported along Gorleston sea front at 13:50hrs.  The Dusky Warbler remains along the approach track to the sewage works at Kessingland. Access From Church Road. 4 Cattle Egret roosted again at Carlton Marshes on Whitecast Marsh. 7 Purple Sands at Ness Point + 2 Black Redstart in the SLP yard.

Minsmere - Great Egret seen from North wall late afternoon.

Havergate - Rough-legged Buzzard still on the RSPB reserve presumed the same bird was then seen on near-by Orfordness.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still by the lagoon near the martello tower at East Lane.

Kesgrave - The Rose-coloured Starling continues to show in private garden along Bugsby Way. (photo Matthew Deans)

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still West of Brandon Park Heath in new clearfell by Poachers Way cycle trail at TL.767.640. 3 Great Egret Lakenheath RSPB. Caspian Gull in the Gull roost at Lackford Lakes SWT.

Saturday 8th.

Lowestoft Area - The Dusky Warbler continues to show at Kessingland sewage works although remains generally elusive. 4 Cattle Egrets remain at Carlton Marsh SWT. (photo Chris Courtney). Waxwing over Gunton mid afternoon

Minsmere - Great Egret shsowing well on West scrape.

Boyton - 4 Tundra Bean Geese on Boyton Marshes.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still East Lane on beach near the martello tower by the beach lagoon.

Orwell Estuary - Water Pipit & Jack Snipe seen at Levington Creek.

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still Brandon Heath Park at TL.767.640.


Friday 7th.

Lowestoft Area - The 4 Cattle Egret were again present on the scrape at Carlton Marsh SWT.

Reydon - 4 Waxwing over Wangford Road at 10:25hrs.

Kesgarve - Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling still present in a private garden this morning.

Lackford - Caspian Gull at the SWT reserve at Lackford Lakes.

Great Skuas seen today off Southwold (3), Minsmere (2) & LBO (5).

Thursday 6th.

Lowestoft Area - The Dusky Warbler continue's to show along the track to the sewage works by the 1st gates though generally elusive. Access from Church Road. Cattle Egret still Carlton Marsh.

Easton - Water Pipit seen at Easton Broad.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still on the beach just North of the lagoons at East Lane + 2 Purple Sands present. 40+ Pink-footed Geese South over Bawdsey Hall early morning. (photo David Carter).

Wednesday 5th.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark still on the beach at East Lane.

Felixstowe - The 4 Tundra Bean Geese were again on arable fields by Gulpher Rd / Ferry Rd junction. (same as the Hollesley birds).

Orwell Estuary - 2 Short-eared Owls Levington Creek.

Tuesday 4th.

Lowestoft Area - Dusky Warbler still present at Kessingland sewage works by the first set of gates on right though generally very elusive. Cattle Egret Carlton Marshes. 7 Goosander still on Oulton Broad + Ring-necked Parakeet still Nicholas Everitt Park.

Hollesley - 4 Tundra Bean Geese again on the scrape at the RSPB reserve.

Bawdsey - 3 Shorelark between the martello towers at East Lane + SEO.

Levington - Water Pipit seen along the creek. (photo Will Brame).

Monday 3rd.

Lowestoft Area - The Dusky Warbler was again seen at Kessingland seage works though remains generally elusive. 1 Cattle Egret remains at Carlton Marshes + Water Pipit. (Please view only from the permitted paths and do not enter on to the marsh) 7 Goosander (1 drake) remain on Oulton Broad.

Minsmere - 2 Caspian Gull on the reserve + Hen Harrier, Greater Scaup & 7 Whooper Swan noted. Offshore both Puffin & Velvet Scoter noted.

Hollesley - 3 Caspian Gull on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Boyton - 45 Pink-footed Geese just SE of Boyton Hall Farm on winter wheat.

Bawdsey - Purple Sand noted from East Lane.

Stour Estuary - Smew viewable from Cattawade bridge.

Sunday 2nd.

Lowestoft Area - A Dusky Warbler was discovered by the sewage works at Kessingland. The bird remained through-out the day though mainly elusive and was heard to occasionally call. 4 Cattle Egret on the scrape at Carlton Marsh SWT. Ring-necked Parakeet still in Nicholas Everitt Park. 6 Goosander on Oulton Broad. 2 Short-eared Owl on the beach at Kessingland.

Minsmere - Drake Greater Scaup still + 6 Whooper Swan on konik field.

Sizewell - 2 Waxwing South over gardens at Sizewell Hall + 3 Crossbill North.

Butley - Single Whooper Swan at Butley Ferry.

Hollesley - Lapland Bunting over the RSPB reserve calling, also 49 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Tundra Bean Geese & 3cy Caspian Gull.

Felixstowe - The 4 Tundra Bean Geese were again in fields at the ferry.

Trimley Marsh SWT - 3 Caspian Gull on the SWT reserve.

Kesgrave - Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling still on Bugsby Way..

Stour Estuary - Smew still on the estuary viewable from The Co-op at Manningtree.

Saturday 1st.

Lowestoft Area - Cattle Egret still on the SWT reserve at Carlton Marshes + Water Pipit. Great Northern Diver North off Kessingland.

Minsmere - A Puffin was seen close offshore heading South early morning.

Felixstowe - A Pomarine Skua was seen North offshore from LBO + 2 Little Gulls & 2 Bonxies were noted. At the ferry, a sub adult type Caspian Gull was seen on the knolls.