Suffolk Birding with BINS

Subtitle

Shorelarks - Shingle Street


DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

December 31st

Westleton – 8 Whooper Swan on Lymballs Lane.

Alde Estuary – 2 Cattle Egret amongst the cattle at Hill Farm Town Marshes

Waveney AreaSIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF Carlton Marshes.

Deben EstuaryPale-bellied Brent Goose amongst 450 DBBGesse + 2 adult Whooper Swan

Minsmere – Juvenile Glaucous Gull again on North Girder


December 30th

Westleton – Ringtail Hen Harrier still present over the heath + 9 Whooper Swan along Lymballs Lane.

Alde Estuary – 2 Cattle Egret on Town Marshes by Hill Farm. Curlew Sand Hazelwood Marshes viewable from this hide this afternoon

Minsmere – Juvenile Glaucous Gull on south scrape then flew south at 1415hrs + 9 Whooper Swan at dusk on Island Mere.

Little Stonham – 2 Raven over at 1142hrs

Dunwich – 14 Twite north of beach car park though mobile.

North WarrenGreat Egret on south marsh + c40 EWFG & 3 Goosander on Thorpeness Meare

MicklemereGreat Egret present


December 29th

Minsmere – 7 Bewicks + 7 Whooper Swan all on Island Mere

North WarrenGreat Egret on South Marsh

Waveney AreaSIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF Carlton Marshes SWT. Black Redstart at Ness Point. 40 Snow Bunting Kessingland North Beach.


December 28th

Westleton – Ringtail Hen Harrier again over the heath

North Warren – 20 EWFG on North Marsh

Waveney Area – Possible SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF Carlton Marshes late afternoon


December 27th

Waveney Area – 3 Grey Partridge seen along Cucumber Lane, Beccles.

Aldeburgh – The HUMES WARBLER was again present and calling well along the disused rail-track just off Church Farm Road though mobile.

Minsmere – 7 Bewick’s Swan (4 juv) in flight towards Is.mere


December 26th

North Warren – 14 EWFG on North Marsh

Alde EstuaryGreat Northern Diver viewable from Slaughden yacht club

Aldeburgh – A HUMES WARBLER was present and calling along the disused rail-track just off Church Farm Road


December 25th

Westleton – Ringtail Hen Harrier again over the heath

Southwold – 2 Velvet Scoter north at 0830hrs + 2 EWFG on the flash & 3 Purple Sands north of the pier


December 24th

Little StonhamRaven over at 0920hrs

Waveney Area – 2 Hawfinch Sotterley Park in the dell

North Warren – 12 EWFG on North Marsh

Minsmere – 8 Bewicks Swan on south scrape (colour-ringed individual 354e) previously noted at Abberton Reservoir.

Felixstowe – Adult Whooper Swan off LBO + Velvet Scoter and Snow Bunting noted.


December 23rd

Felixstowe Velvet Scoter south off LBO

Westleton – Ringtail Hen Harrier over the heath.


December 22nd

FelixstoweVelvet Scoter, Shag + Great Northern Diver south off LBO

Westleton – Ringtail Hen Harrier by the quarry

Boyton – 3 EWFG at Boyton Marshes

Alde Estuary – 20 Snow Bunting on Town Marshes

Waveney Area – 50 Snow Bunting by Kessingland shore pools


December 21st

Waveney Area - SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF in reeds by the tennis courts at Leathes Ham. Lapland Bunting still by Kessingland shore pools + Snow Bunting

Dunwich – 3 Twite ¾ ml north of beach car park + 20 Snow Bunting.

Felixstowe – 7 Whooper Swan in off at LBO + BLACK-THROATED DIVER close south offshore then into the river mouth

BenacreGreat Egret on the broad.

Lakenheath – 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS at Lakenheath Fen RSPB between visitor centre and river wall

North Warren – 280 EWFG on North Marsh


December 20th

Felixstowe – 5 Snow Bunting at LBO + Great Northern Diver north.

Waveney Area – 11 Hawfinch Sotterley Park flew east over the church. 6 Purple Sands at Ness Point + Black Redstart. Lapland Bunting still by Kessingland shore pools + 2 Snow Bunting.


December 19th

Waveney Area – 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Leathes Ham. Bean Goose sp over Carlton Marshes SWT. Lapland Bunting still at Kessingland shore pool + 6 Snow Bunting. 3 Jack Snipe on the far east pit at Flixton GP’s. Shag at the Lowestoft harbour mouth entrance

Hollesley – 15 EWFG on Hollesley Marshes

Alde EstuaryCattle Egret still on Town Marshes + 2 Snow Bunting

Deben Estuary – 2 Whooper Swan still Kingsfleet

Orwell Estuary – 2 Jack Snipe on the saltings at Loompit Lake


December 18th

Waveney AreaLapland Bunting still Kessingland North beach + 2 Snow Bunting & Jack Snipe. Iceland Gull on Lake Lothing viewable from the pedestrian bridge

Minsmere – 3 Whooper Swan on Island Mere

Hollesley – 30 EWFG on Hollesley Marshes.

Orwell EstuaryGreat Northern Diver viewable from Stoke Sailing Club, Freston. 1w Shag roosting on buoy just upstream from the bridge

Southwold – 3 Purple Sands north of the pier


December 17th

Waveney AreaLapland Bunting Kessingland beach north pools + 4 Snow Bunting and Jack Snipe.

Dunwich – 5+ Twite north of beach car park + 14 Snow Bunting & Great Egret, also Short-eared Owl over Corporation Marshes


December 16th

Hollesley – 5 Shorelark at the river mouth though elusive + 9 EWFG on Hollesley Marshes.

Dunwich – 5 Twite by the shore pools

Orwell EstuaryBLACK-THROATED DIVER upstream from Levington Creek

Southwold – 2 Purple Sands north of the pier, near-by Water Pipit at Easton Broad.

Orwell EstuaryRed-necked Grebe off Pin Mill + 2 Shag off Woolverstone.


December 15th

Orwell Estuary BLACK-THROATED DIVER and Great Northern Diver still of Levington

HollesleyRaven over Hollesley Marsh RSPB towards Boyton

Southwold – 3 Purple Sands north of the pier

Alde EstuaryCattle Egret amongst cattle on the west side of Town Marshes + 14 EWFG

Dunwich – 3 Twite by the shore pools+ 18 Snow Bunting & 2 Great Egret

Minsmere – 3 adult Whooper Swan on south scrape.


December 14th

Orwell Estuary – Both Great Northern and BLACK-THROATED DIVERS present off Levington. Red-necked Grebe viewable off Trimley Marshes

Alde EstuaryCattle Egret still present on Town Marshes.

Thorpeness – 10 Goosander on the Meare

Chelmodiston – 25 Corn Bunting along Lings Lane

Saturday 11th.

Covehithe - Slavonian Grebe on the broad then flew onto the sea. + 1w Shag north offshore.

CDunwich - 16 Snow Bunting, 5 Twite, 2 Great Egret + 2 Spotted Redshanks the highlights from Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere - 3 Whooper Swan on Is.mere.

Alde Estuary - Great Northern Diver still on the river + Cattle Egret, Water Pipit & 49 EWFG on the marshes and a Raven over. A female Smew was seen to fly upriver.

Slaughden - Merlin seen south of the Martello Tower early + 2 Velvet Scoter offshore & 1w Shag.

Deben Estuary - 2 Whooper Swan still at Falkenham Marshes + ringtail Hen Harrier through.

Orwell Estuary - BLACK-THROATED DIVER again off Levington Creek this morning.

Friday 10th.

Benacre - Single Snow Bunting by the pits.

Aldringham - 4 Goosander over the village.

Orfordness - Ringtail Hen Harrier north over the NT reserve at 1120hrs (viewed from Hollesley Marshes).

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still present at Hollesley Marshes + single Snow Bunting.

Bawdsey - Great Northern Diver south off East Lane at 1220hrs.

Deben Estuary - 2 adult Whooper Swan still present at Falkenham Marshes (photo Will Brame)

Stour Estuary - Great Northern Diver off Stutton Ness / Ewarton this morning + Red-necked Grebe flew upriver from Shotley Marina into the Orwell late morning + Shag.

Thursday 9th.

Southwold - 3 Purple Sands on sea defences north of the pier.

Dunwich - 16 Snow Bunting still on the beach by Dingle Hills + 2 Twite.

Alde Estuary - Great Northern Diver seen upriver from Slaughden.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still at the river at Hollesley Marsh RSPB

Felixstowe - Adult Shag north offshore viewed from LBO.

Orwell Estuary - Great Northern Diver on the river from Levington Creek + Red-throated Diver & Shag noted. 

Wednesday 8th.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark again at the southern end of Orfordness viewed from the river wall from Hollesley Marshes.

Shingle Street - 2 Snow Bunting still 800 yards north of the bungalow on the beach.

Tuesday 7th.

Waveney Area - The confiding Little Auk continued to show well in Oulton Broad viewable from the Wherry Hotel.

Southwold - Puffin north offshore at 11:23hrs.

Sizewell - Water Pipit on the levels.

Shingle Street - 5 Shorelark now on the NE shingle spit north of the car park + 2 Snow Bunting.

Felixstowe - BLACK-THROATED DIVER briefly on the river viewed from LBO before flying towards Dovercourt + Purple Sand on the point.

Monday 6th.

Waveney Area - The Little Auk was again present and showing well on Oulton Broad viewable from the Wherry Hotel.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark continue to show on the shingle ridge though mobile.

Felixstowe - 4 Shag seen off LBO + 2 Snow Bunting along the strand line.

Sunday 5th.

Waveney Area - Little Auk north off Ness Point 11:25hrs. Little Auk on Oulton Broad + Iceland Gull present this afternoon. Shag south at 09:38hrs + Shag on sea close inshore viewable from North denes caravan park

Southwold - A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen north offshore at 11:57hrs approx. 1km offshore + 8 Shag noted by midday. 

Dunwich - 15 Snow Bunting on beach by Dingle Hill.

Minsmere - 4 Shag south offshore by 09:11hrs.

North Warren - 4 Shag offshore including a Green ringed individual. by 10:16hrs + c60 EWFG on North Marsh.

Slaughden - 2 Shag south between 10:50 - 11:20hrs.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still on the shingle ridge viewable from Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Shingle Street - Shag south offshore at 11:33hrs.

Deben Estuary - 3 immature Shag in the river mouth off Bawdsey Manor.

Saturday 4th.

Waveney Area - Redhead Goosander Oulton Broad viewed from Caldecott Road side.

Walberswick - 2 Velvet Scoter north at 0915hrs.

Thorpeness - 9 Goosander on the Meare.

Alde Estuary - Ringtail Hen Harrier seen from Slaughden Martello Tower.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still on the shingle ridge + 4 EWFG flew over the flash at Hollesley Marshes RSPB & SEO in off.

Deben Estuary - No sign of the adult Whooper Swan at Falkenham Marshes but Snow Bunting noted.

Felixstowe - 2 Shag (ad + juv) off LBO + ad Shag in the river

Friday 3rd.

Benacre - 2 Snow Bunting still on the cliff face north of the broad.

Southwold - Great Northern Diver south at 1040hrs + 2 Velvet Scoter north. 3 Snow Bunting in the denes + 2 Purple Sands north of the pier.

Blyth Estuary - Great Egret Hen Reedbeds + Spotted Redshank.

Alde Estuary - No sign of the 1st winter Grey Phalarope but 50 EWFG remain & 2 Water Pipit present.

Deben Estuary - 2 Whooper Swan amongst the Mute Swan on Falkenham Marshes

Felixstowe - Adult Glaucous Gull noted offshore at LBO late morning + 2 Shag south then into the river.

Thursday 2nd.

Minsmere - Great Northern Diver south and Little Auk north between 1030 - 1200hrs.

Alde Estuary - The 1st winter Grey Phalarope continues to show on Town Marsh though mobile, also 58 EWFG present (photo c/o David Walsh)

Blaxhall - Hen Harrier seen over Blaxhall Common.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still present on the shingle ridge at the southern most tip of Ordfordness viewed from Hollesley Marshes.

Chelmodiston - 28 Corn Buntings along Lings Lane.

Wednesday 1st

Benacre - 2 Snow Bunting along cliff face north of the broad.

Covehithe - Great Egret on the broad.

Southwold - Purple Sand on sea defences north of the pier + 2 Water Pipit on Easton Broad

Thorpeness - Little Auk south offshore at 1000hrs.

Alde Estuary - Grey Phalarope still on Town Marshes on flood west of the allotments.

Snape - 2 Water Pipit Abbey Farm.

Hollesley - 5 Shorelark still on the shingle ridge viewed from the river wall though mobile.

Felixstowe - Immature Shag off the point.