Suffolk Birding with BINS

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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS


Sunday 31st.

Lowestoft Area - The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was again seen and heard along the footpath adjacent to the tennis courts at Leathes Ham today. Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marsh Somerleyton + 3 Water Pipit.

Heveningham - A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was seen at 08:00hrs then flew West.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) from the mound near North hide.

North Warren - Great Egret on South Marsh.

Boyton - Drake Garganey at Boyton Marshes.

Felixtowe - Jack Snipe seen at LBO this morning.

Martlesham - The male Ring Ouzel was again seen on the heath on private grounds near the Police HQ.

Lakenheath - 2 Garganey (1 drake) at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

Saturday 30th.

Lowestoft Area - The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was again present at Leathes Ham this early morning though generally elusive. The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL remains on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton + 7 Water Pipit & Jack Snipe noted.

Southwold - 2 Firecrest in Waters Copse, Gun Hill + 2 female type Black Redstart in the camp site + Firecrest.

Minsmere - Jack Snipe on Island Mere. Sandwich Tern on the scrape this morning.

Shingle Street - Firecrest & Black Redstart present this morning + Short-eared Owl.

Boyton - Drake Garganey again on the flash + 5 Pink-footed Geese still.

Hollesley - Drake Garganey on Hollesley Marsh RSPB.

Chillesford - A Mealy Redpoll was reported this morning.

Bawdsey - The 4 Shorelark were again seen at East Lane though mobile and ranging up towards Shingle Street.

Felixstowe - Firecrest on Peewit Hill.

Needham Market - Firecrest at Pipps Ford 350 yards upstream from the lock.

Stonham - RAVEN over Brewery Farm just after 09:00hrs.

Ixworth - The 3cy KUMLIENS GULL came in to roost again this evening at Micklemere, also 2 Caspian & Yellow-legged Gull noted.. (photo Darren Underwood).

Friday 29th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was again seen on Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton today. The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF continues to sing at Leathes Ham between the car park and tennis courts. 2 Black Redstart seen in the compound just North of the caravan park on North Denes. Female Black Redstart still at Heritage Green.

Minsmere - A Common Crane was seen over the reserve at midday.

Boyton - Drake Garganey still on the flooded meadow + Spoonbill & 5 Pink-footed Geese still.

Hollesley - Drake Garganey seen on meadow adjacent to the car park.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark were again seen on the beach by the saline lagoon.

Hollesley - c30 Waxwing seen on Upper Hollesley Common at 17:45hrs.

Ixworth - 3cy KUMLIENS GULL again on Micklemere at 18:30hrs.

Thursday 28th.

Lowestoft Area - The singing SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF remains 100 metres North of the tennis courts at Leathes Ham + 2 Garganey (1 drake). Black Redstart seen at The Hollies Kessingland.

Walberswick - An adult Spoonbill was present on Tinkers Marsh + 4 Twite on salting's nearby.

North Warren - 2 Great Egret & 2 Spoonbill on the marshes + Black Redstart along the disused rail-track.

Boyton - 5 Pink-footed Geese on the marshes.

Hollesley - Great Egret still present on the flooded meadow + 3 Garganey (1 drake) noted.

Bawdsey - A ring-tail Hen Harrier seen at East Lane + 2 Shorelark by the saline lagoon.

Ixworth - The 3cy KUMLIENS GULL put in another showing in this evening's Gull roost + Green Sand.

Wednesday 27th.

Lowestoft Area - Female Black Redstart still Heritage Green.

Reydon - Great Egret Hen Reedbeds.

Minsmere - 4 Whooper Swan & 3 Smew on the reserve + Black Redstart by the car park.

Eastbridge - CATTLE EGRET seen by Eastbridge Farm presumably the same bird seen by Leiston Abbey Farm on 22nd March.

North Warren - 3 Great Egret on South Marsh + Spoonbill on North Marsh.

Snape - Spoonbill on Botany Marshes.

Boyton - 2 Spoonbill on the marshes + 5 Pink-footed Geese.

Hollesley - Great Egret on the marshes and water meadow just South of the scrape.

Shingle Street - Firecrest by the allotments+ Woodcock.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark remain at East Lane by the martello tower.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart still LBO + 3 Wheatear.

Wherstead - Sedge Warbler seen along Bobbits Lane Belstead Water Meadows.

Stowmarket - Firecrest heard singing by Muntons bridge in the town.

Ixworth - The KUMLIENS GULL was again seen in the Gull roost at Micklemere from 17:35hrs.

Tuesday 26th.

Lowestoft Area - A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was heard singing from reed mace by the tennis courts at Leathes Ham this morning. 2 female Black Redstart still Heritage Green, Kessingland.

Benacre - Female Black Redstart still on rocks by the sluice.

North Warren - The first Sedge Warbler of the spring was reported from South Marsh.

Boyton - 2 Spoonbill (adult & 1st winter) at Boyton Marshes + 5 Pink-footed Geese.

Shingle Street - A Firecrest was seen by the allotment car park, but no sign of the Whinchat that was reported earlier during the day, also Short-eared Owl & Hen Harrier noted.

Bawdsey - The 4 Shorelark that were first reported in November 2018 remain at East Lane adjacent to the martello tower.

Hollesley - Female Black Redstart on Upper Hollesley Common this afternoon.

Felixstowe - Purple Sand at the point + Black Redstart.

Great Finborough - RAVEN South over Pilgrims Way at 15:50hrs.

Monday 25th.

Lowestoft Area - A probable GLOSSY IBIS was seen circling Pakefield before drifting North at 13:30hrs. 2 Female Black Redstart still Heritage Green.

Southwold - No sign of the limosa Godwit on the flash in the NE corner of Town Marshes but Little-ringed Plover noted.

Walberswick - The GLOSSY IBIS was again seen in the field just est of the harbour car park at 08:30hrs.

Minsmere - GLOSSY IBIS on West scrape this morning before flying South, also Osprey North over the reserve this morning & 2 Smew (1 drake) from North hide.

North Warren - GLOSSY IBIS on South Marsh at 12:45hrs then flew North at 13:40hrs.

Sunday 24th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still remains on Herringfleet Marsh Somerleyton. Black Redstart Heritage Green Kessingland.

Benacre - 2 Black Redstart, Firecrest & Red Kite seen this morning.

Southwold - 4 Firecrest in the town + colour-ringed Limosa Godwit on flash in NE corner of Town Marshes.

Walberswick - GLOSSY IBIS still in field West of the car park through-out the morning.

Minsmere - GLOSSY IBIS on the scrape from 12:19hrs (Walberswick bird?) + drake Smew

Thorpeness - 3 Great Egrets on the Meare + redhead Goosander.

North Warren - 2 Great Egret & Spoonbill on South Marsh + Swallow.

Orfordness - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still on the NT reserve + 2 ring-tail Hen Harriers & Great Egret noted.

Felixstowe - No sign today of the the Red-flanked Bluetail but Black Redstart noted.

Micklemere - 3cy KUMLIENS GULL again in the Gull roost this evening + 1st winter Caspian Gull, also 2 Little-ringed Plover on the scrape.

Lakenheath - Drake Garganey on the RSPB reserve.

Saturday 23rd.

Lowestoft Area - The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE ventured into Suffolk air space this morning with the bird from earlier this week seen over Peto's Marsh Carlton Marsh SWT shortly after 10:00hrs before drifting back North. An extremely early Common Whitethroat was reported at Marsh Farm Worlingham.

Benacre - Black Redstart on the rocks by the sluice.

Walberswick = The GLOSSY IBIS continues to show well in field West of the car park.

Havergate - Osprey seen West over the RSPB island mid morning + ringtail Hen Harrier seen North at 14:50hrs.

Bawdsey - The 4 Shorelark remain at East Lane.

Felixstowe - A RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was discovered at 10:07hrs in the nets at Landguard. The bird (1st spring record for Suffolk) was processed and released soon after and was seen briefly on the seaward side of the compound at 11:15hrs only (photo Will Brame) + 2 Firecrest (photo Peter Lakey) & 3 Wheatears on site. 

Micklemere - 3cy KUMLIENS GULL again in the Gull roost this evening.

Friday 22nd March.

Walberswick - GLOSSY IBIS continues to show well in field by car park.

Westleton - Ringtail Hen Harrier seen over the common just after 17:00hrs heading towards Minsmere. 

Leiston - A CATTLE EGRET was noted amongst cattle by Upper Abbey Farm. early afternoon.

North Warren - 5 Great Egrets on South.

Felixstowe - Firecrest, Black Redstart & 3 Wheatears at LBO. + Great Northern Diver South offshore.

Thursday 21st.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Wheatear on North Denes.

Walberswick - The GLOSSY IBIS continues to show well in field by the car park. (photo Peter Lakey)

Minsmere - Highlights from around the reserve today included; Little-ringed Plover on lucky pool, drake Smew on pool by North hide, 4 Whooper Swan on South scrape & 14 Eurasian White-fronted Geese over.

North Warren - 4 Great Egret on South Marsh.

Alde Estuary - Water Pipit on marshes.

Havergate - 2 Caspian Gull (both 1st winter) + Pale-bellied Brent Goose on the RSPB island.

Shingle Street - Black Redstart near the martello tower + Short-eared Owl noted.

Willisham - Female Merlin seen along Wiilisham - Somersham Road.

Boxford - Cuckoo reported in the village.

Wednesday 20th.

Southwold - Firecrest still at the campsite.

Walberswick - The GLOSSY IBIS continues to show weel in fields behind the car park.

Dunwich - 3 Great Egrets by the shore pools.

Thorpeness - 2 Great Egret on the Meare + Goosander

North Warren - 2 Great Egret on South Marsh.

Shingle Street - Black Redstart by the tennis court + 4 Wheatear.

Bawdsey - No sign of the Shorelarks at East Lane but Purple Sand on the sea defences & Firecrest seen along the concrete track.

Woodbridge - RAVEN North-East over the town at 10:55hrs

Felixstowe - 3 Firecrest at LBO + 2 Wheatear. 2 Firecrest noted at Peewit Hill.

Lakenheath - 2 Great Egret on the RSPB reserve.

Tuesday 19th.

Lowestoft Area - The long-staying drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton from river bank by Smock Mill + 4 Water Pipits.

Covehithe - Water Pipit on Covehithe Broad.

Southwold - Male Snow Bunting South over the denes early afternoon + 2 Caspian Gulls (ad & 1w) on flash & Firecrest at the campsite.

Walberswick - The GLOSSY IBIS continues to show well just South of the harbour in North field (photo Jim Mountain).

Minsmere - 4 Spoonbill North over the scrape mid morning + 3 Smew (1 drake) still on pool from Bittern hide, 2 Goosander on East scrape & 4 Whooper Swan on reedbed pools.

North Warren - 5 Great Egrets on South Marsh + 2 Wheatear on the beach.

Havergate - 4 Spoonbill on Havergate Island RSPB + 1w Caspian Gull.

Hollesley - Firecrest Hollesley Marsh RSPB

Bawdsey - The 4 Shorelark remain on the beach North of East Lane by the saline lagoon + Wheatear.


Woodbridge - A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen over Peterhouse Crescent at 13:55hrs heading towards Deben Estuary, presumed same bird that was seen NE over Wivenhoe, Essex at 13:05hrs.

Felixstowe - 5 Firecrest seen at LBO today (photo Will Btame).

Trimley - Bewicks Swan North at 10:30hrs.

Brecks - Mealy Redpoll 1/2 mile East of Brandon along Little Ouse river.

Monday 18th.

Lowestoft Area - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marshes.

Walberswick - GLOSSY IBIS still present and showing well on meadow near the ferry crossing at TM.499.749. (photo Andrew Moon).

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still on the beach side of the 2nd saline lagoon from East Lane. (Car Park is once again open)

Felixstowe - 2 Wheatear on the common at LBO + Firecrest on the icky ridge.

Martlesham - Ring Ouzel Martlesham Heath on private land near police headquarters present since mid Jan 2019.

Brecks - RAVEN SE over Icklingham Plain + Wheatear on Cavenham Heath. (photo Barry Woodhouse).

Sunday 17th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was present and showing from the wood at Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton. 4 Common Crossbill over Corton early morning.

Walberswick - GLOSSY IBIS in fields South of the harbour early afternoon at least and showing well.

Minsmere - Smew on the reserve + Firecrest at the slucice bushes.

Southwold - Wheatear seen on the denes early morning then presumably the same bird seen on Town Marsh/Golf course. 2 Common Crossbill South over the flash.

Sizewell - 2nd winter Caspian Gull off the outfall + 2 White Wagtails on the beach.

Thorpeness - Great Egret on the Meare + 6 Goosander.

North Warren - 3 Great Egret on South Marsh.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still at East Lane.

Felixstowe - Great Northern Diver & Bonxie offshore at LBO +  Firecrest & White Wagtail.

Alton Water - 3 redhead Goosander viewable from Lemons Hill bridge.

Stonham - Red Kite over Brewery Farm

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still in clearing by ride 7 at TL.820.822. Wheatear present on the heath at Cavenham & 3cy Caspian Gull on the near-by pits + Sand Martin.

Saturday 16th

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was again seen on Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton + 13 Water Pipits. Singletons of Swallow and Sand Martin at Kessingland.

Minsmere - 2 Smew (1 drake) on the reserve.

Aldeburgh - 65 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on Town Marshes.

Felixstowe - Purple Sand on the point at LBO.

Trimley Marshes - Great Egret on the SWT reserve before flying South across the river

Ipswich - 23 Waxwing along Heath Road mid morning.

Ixworth - The 3cy KUMLIENS GULL was again seen within the Gull roost at Micklemere this evening.

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still Thetford Forest 3.5 miles SE of Brandon + 1 mile North of Elveden in clearing by ride 7 at TL.820.822

Friday 15th.

Minsmere - Highlights from around the reserve included 2 Firecrest in bushes behind East hide + 5 Whooper Swan behind South hide. 1 redhead Smew was seen from North hide and 3cy Caspian Gull from West hide.

Eastbridge - HOODED CROW over the village viewed distantly from East hide, Minsmere.

North Warren - 2 Great Egrets on South Marsh.

Bawdsey - The 4 Shorelark continue to show on the beach by the saline lagoon at East Lane.

Felixstowe - 2 Firecrest trapped at LBO + 2 Bonxie offshore.

Thursday 14th.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Firecrest at Hubbard's Loke, Gunton.

Ipswich - 20 Waxwing again Heath Rd / Foxhall Rd roundabout.

Felixstowe - Firecrest at LBO.

Wednesday 13th.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) on pool viewable from the mound by North hide.

North Warren - 6 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on North Marsh + 3 House Martins noted.

Felixstowe - Firecrest at LBO + Bonxie offshore.

Ipswich - Jack Snipe still on Bobbits Lane meadow. (photo Peter Lakey).

Tuesday 12th.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) still viewable from the mound near North hide. (photo Jim Mountain).

Thorpeness - 5 Great Egrets now on the Meare

Monday 11th.

Lowestoft Area - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marshes on flood  North of the wind mill. Short-eared Owl Carlton Marshes. 2 Purple Sandpiper at Ness Point.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) on pool viewable from the mound, 5 Whooper Swan on South Girder and 2 Firecrest sluice bushes.

Thorpeness - 4 Great Egrets on the Meare + 5 Goosander. (photo Jim Mountain)

Deben Estuary - Black Redstart Sheepgate Lane, Falkenham.

Felixstowe - Red Kite over Blofield Road.

Orwell Estuary - 2 Water Pipit at Levington Creek.

Ipswich Jack Snipe still present at Belstead wet meadows Bobbits Lane.

Alton Water - Redhead Goosander from Larchwood.

Sunday 10th.

Lowestoft Area - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still present and showing well on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton.

Blythburgh - The escaped drake Hooded Merganser still on the Blyth Estuary just East of the A12.

Thorpeness - 3 Great Egrets again on the Meare + c15 Goosander.

Ipswich - Jack Snipe again Belstead Brook 200 yards West of Bobbits Lane car park.

Micklmere - The 3cy KUMLIENS GULL was again in the Gull roost from 17:20hrs. (same bird as seen at Lackford Lakes SWT during February).

Cavenham - 3cy Caspian Gull on Cavenham Pits early morning.

Saturday 9th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton + c27 Water Pipits present. 2 House Martin seen over Corton Cliffs.

Dunwich - House Martin over Dunwich Heath car park.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) on West scrape (photo Peter Lakey) + 3 Firecrest in the sluice bushes.

Thorpeness - 2 Great Egrets on the Meare + 16 Goosander (3 drake) noted.

North Warren - 2cy Caspian Gull on South Marsh.

Boyton - 5 Pink-footed Geese still n Boyton Marshes.

Felixstowe - Purple Sand at LBO on the point.

Trimley SWT - 2 Tundra Bean Geese on the reserve + 8 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Orwell Estuary - Water Pipit Levington Creek + Shag on the river.

Ixworth - 3cy KUMLIENS GULL in this evening;s Gull roost at Micklemere.

Friday 8th.

Lowestoft Area - CATTLE EGRET early morning then flew South + Short-eared Owl. GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marshes.

Covehithe - Water Pipit by the broad.

Walberswick - GLOSSY IBIS seen on Walberswick Marshes at 16:00hrs then flew South at 16:45hrs.

North Warren - 3 Great Egret on North Marsh + 3cy Casppian Gull

Sudbourne - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD seen by the BBC building on Orfordness + Ringtail Hen Harrier over Sudbourne Marsh.

Boyton - 5 Pink-footed Geese Boyton Marsh. 3 Whooper Swan just South of Boyton Hall Farm

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark East Lane.

Trimley SWT - 8 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Ipswich - Jack Snipe Bobbits Lane pool. 20 Waxwing still Heath Road.

Alton Water - Red-throated Diver East of Lemons Hill bridge.

Bury St Edmunds - 6 Waxwing again on Tavern Lane.

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still present in clearing by ride 7 Thetford Foreset.

Thursday 7th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton. 3 Purple Sandpiper at Ness Point.

Hollesley - 5 Common Crossbill on Upper Hollesley Common.

Ipswich - 2 Jack Snipe on Bobbits Meadow, Belstead Brook viewed from poolside screen.

Brecks - 2 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker Santon Downham.

Wednesday 6th.

Lowestoft Area - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton viewed from river bank 100yards NW of windpump. Use estate car park + walk through wood at TM.467.983.

Blythburgh - Great Egret on pools this afternoon.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) on pools behind North hide.

Bawdsey - 4 Shorelark still East Lane, favouring beach area by the saline lagoon.

Trimley SWT - The 8 Eurasian White-fronted Geese remain in the SWT reserve.

Tuesday 5th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton (photo Jim Mountain) + 17 Water Pipits present. The escaped Black Kite continues to show over Kitchen Wood Wrentham + 2 Red Kite.

Minsmere - Unconfirmed report of a GLOSSY IBIS on South scrape early afternoon before flying North. 3 Smew (1 drake) still on the reserve.

Orfordness - ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was again noted on the NT reserve South of the BBC building

Boyton - 5 Pink-footed Geese Boyton Marshes.

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

Trimley SWT - 8 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the reserve.

Alton Water - Red-throated Diver still on the reservoir West of Lemoms Hill bridge.

Baylam - RAVEN over the village at 07:40hrs.

Monday 4th.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton + 6 Water Pipit.

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) on the reserve.

Alton Water - The Red-throated Diver continues to show West of Lemons Hill bridge + 4 redhead Goosander. (photo Michael Lawerance)

Brecks - Great Grey Shrike still Thetford Forest in clearing by ride 7 at TL.820.822.

Cavenham - The Ruddy Shelduck was again on the pits in the SE corner.

Sunday 3rd.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on Herringfleet Marsh, Somerleyton. CATTLE EGRET again present early morning at Carlton Marsh SWT + Great Egret & Water Pipit noted.

Minsmere - 2 Smew still on the reserve + 2 Caspian Gull, 3 Whooper Swan & 2 Sand Martins noted.

North Warren - Great Egret on South Marsh + 84 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Ipswich - 20 Waxwing on Bixley Road early afternoon.

Cavenham - Ruddy Shelduck on the pits.

Saturday 2nd.

Lowestoft Area - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still Herringfleet Marshes + 26 Water Pipits. Both CATTLE EGRET and Great Egret on the scrape at Carlton Marshes during the day. 14 Purple Sands were noted at Ness Point (the highest count this winter)

Minsmere - 3 Smew (1 drake) still on the reserve.

North Warren - 2 Spoonbill still present on South Marsh.

Snape - Great Egret Botany Marshes.

Chillesford - Male Hen Harrier seen just South of Chillesford Lodge.

Bawdsey - The long staying Shorelarks (4) remain by the saline lagoon North of the East Lane by the martello tower.

Orwell Estuary - Water Pipit Levington Creek  + 2 Shag (ad & juv) in Thorpe Bay and Jack Snipe at the managed retreat.

Stour Estuary - The drake Smew continues to show from the river wall by the Co-Op at Manningtree.



Micklemere - Ruddy Shelduck present for 2nd day.

Lakenheath - 3+ Water Pipit at the RSPB reserve.

Friday 1st.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL remains on Herringfleet Marshes viewable from the wood + up to 16 Water Pipits reported. Great Egret seen over Carlton Marshes at 06:50hrs + Jack Snipe & 5 Water Pipits. 8 Common Cranes N/NW over Fen Park at 07:45hrs.

Minsmere - 2 Smew on the reserve today + 2 Whooper Swan.

Thorpeness - 11 Goosander (3 drakes) onthe Meare.

North Warren - 2 Great Egret & 2 Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Orwell Estuary - A RAVEN was seen over Loompit Lake towards Wades Lane  at 15:35hrs + 2 Shag in Thorpe Bay.

Alton Water - Red-throated Diver still West of Lemons Hill bridge but no sign of either the Great Northern or Black-throated Divers seen recently.

Bury St Edmunds - 6 Waxwing again on Casa restaurant, Risbygate Street.

Brecks - 2 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker Santon Downham.

Lakenheath - 2 Common Crane at the RSPB reserve.