Suffolk Birding with BINS

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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Bird news update:


On Wednesday 25th March 2020, BINS made the decision to reduce it's normal news output, but these are not normal times. But, as nobody should be birding any distance away from their homes, the only news being broadcast should be from the immediate airspace around your house/garden or from your 'exercise' walk.


Please follow the Government's guidance and STAY AT HOME, DO NOT TRAVEL and STAY SAFE.


Suffolk BINS.

Tuesday 31st.

Wenhaston - Black Redstart noted.

Minsmere - Smew still on South levels _ drake Garganey still present.

Aldringham - Red Kite over Aldringham Walks.

North Warren - Black Redstart along the old railway track + 2 Great Egret on the marshes. 

Hollesley - Black Redstart still Oak Hill

Hadleigh - 2 Red Kite North over the town at 11:00hrs.

Leavenheath - 2 Red Kite Spouse's Vale + Raven over at 07:00hrs.

Monday 30th.

Southwold - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still present.

Sizewell - 3w Caspian Gull on the beach.

Saxmundham - 2 Black Redstart Prior's Grange estate.

Boyton - WHITE-TAILED EAGLE seen over Boyton Marshes.

Hollesley - Black Redstart still Oak Hill.

Stour Estuary - A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen West along the estuary being noted high NW over Wrabness then West over Lawford.

Sapiston - Red Kite seen over the village green at 18:50hrs.

Sunday 29th.

Lowestoft Area - A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was reported North over Barsham at 15:38hrs.

Minsmere - Drake Garganey on South levels + redhead Smew & 3 Caspian Gull.

Hollesley - Black Redstart still present at Oak Hill.

Saturday 28th.

Lowestoft Area - Red Kite over Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham at 10:50hrs.

Wrentham - Red Kite seen at 09:10hrs.

Southwold - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on the flash. 2 Caspian Gull (1w & 2w) on Town Marshes on the NE flash.

Westleton - 2 juvenile WHITE-TAILED EAGLES reported over the heath at 12:30hrs.

Benhall - Red Kite over Low Road at 08:20hrs.

Hollesley - Black Redstart still in the village at Oak Hill.

Hadleigh - 2 Common Crane seen circling high SW over Layham. Red Kite NE over the Morrison's supermarket.

Elmswell - 2 Common Crane NW over the village mid afternoon

Friday 27th.

Lowestoft Area - WHITE-TAILED EAGLE North over Oulton Broad at 15:00hrs and headed East. Black Redstart Barsham in SE corner of sewage works. Shag Oulton Broad on jetty at Mutford Lock. 2 Red Kite Flixton, Bungay + Jack Snipe.

Westleton - WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over the village this morning. Ring-tail Hen Harrier over the heath.

Felixstowe - Black Redstart fem/1w Lincoln Terrace this afternoon.

Leavenheath - Red Kite.

Thursday 26th.

Lowestoft Area - Black Redstart fem/1 male Gunton village + Short-eared Owl over.

Reydon - 2 Red Kite.

Southwold - 2w Caspian Gull along the harbour mouth.

Aldeburgh - Black Redstart at the school play area + Red Kite over.

Ewarton - Ring-tail Hen Harrier through.

Stoke-by-Nayland - 5 Red Kite.

Huntingfield - Red Kite.

South Elmham - Black Redstart at All Saints.

Wednesday 25th.

Lowestoft Area - Great Egret Flixton GP's, Bungay.

Hollesley - Black Redstart seen on the prison roof + c75 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape.

Woodbridge - Garganey flew over the town overnight (identified from sound recording).

Felixstowe - Continental Coal Tit at LBO + 5 Black Redstarts.

Tuesday 24th.

Lowestoft Area - Jack Snipe seen at Flixton GP's, Bungay + Red Kite and Little-ringed Plover.

Aldeburgh - Black Redstart in the town.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl noted and Black Redstart still by the tennis court.

Felixstowe - A Cattle Egret was seen on the point over LBO then flew inland + 2 Black Redstart present.

Monday 23rd.

Lowestoft Area - 5 White Wagtail Kessingland sewage works.

Benacre - No sign today of the long-staying juvenile Great Northern Diver.

Covehithe - Water Pipit by the broad

Southwold - The apparent drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continued to show well on the flash West o the bailey bridge track today.

Minsmere - Sandwich Tern on East scrape (first report this year).

North Warren - Water Pipit in fsp on South Marsh + 7 Ruff & White Wagtail.

Alde Estuary - 2 Water Pipit (both fsp) + Great Egret, Black Redstart, White Wagtail & 3 Ruff.

Hollesley - Singing male Black Redstart again on roof tops at Oak Hill.

Shingle Street - Black Redstart again by the tennis court though mobile.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing near the rugby club.

Trimley - Red Kite over Loompit Lake.

Dedham - Red Kite over Dedham Vale A12 late morning.

Stoke-by-Nayland - 4 Red Kite over Hollies Nayland at 08:40hrs.

Ixworth - The male Black Redstart was again present and showing well on the at Micklemere by the Suffolk Trust buildings adjacent to Pakenham Mill (photo Barry Woodhouse).

Sunday 22nd.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Shag Mutford Lock Basin.

Southwold - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on the flash West o the track the leads to the bailey bridge.

Westleton - Black Redstart seen at Mount Pleasant.

Minsmere - Up to 4 Caspian Gull noted on the scrape + Common Crane from Bittern hide at 08:30hrs. 2 Common Crane were seen over Island Mere at 09:35hrs heading high NW.

Hollesley - Adult male Black Redstart seen on rooftops within the village. 45 Eurasian White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marsh RSPB. Red Kite over Hollesley Common.

Shingle Street - Black Redstart by the tennis court.

Ixworth - Adult male Black Restart seen by the mill at Micklemere.

Cavenham - Raven over the pits at 08:00hrs.

Santon Downham - 2 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker seen NW of the road-bridge.

Saturday 21st.

Benacre - The long-staying juvenile Great Northern Diver continues to show on the Broad.

Southwold - A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was present on the flash West of the bailey bridge footpath + 2nd winter Caspian Gull and Water Pipit noted.

Dunwich - 2 Great Egrets Dingle Marshes.

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

Hollesley - 85 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape.

Shingle Street - 3 Black Redstart present this morning + a single Swallow through.

Bawdsey - Firecrest seen by the picnic site this morning.

Bromeswell - Single Waxwing seen in the garden of Clay Pond bungalow late afternoon.

Stoke-by-Nayland - 2 Red Kite seen by the golf course early afternoon.

Lakenheath - Water Pipit noted on the RSPB reserve but no sign of the drake Garganey that was reported on the 18th.

Friday 20th.

Lowestoft Area - 4 Snow Bunting on the beach at Kessingland beach.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Covehithe - Tundra Bean Goose still in field North of the Broad + Water Pipit.

Thorpeness - 6 Goosander (2 drake) on the Meare + Firecrest at the Old Caravan Park.

Hollesley - 68 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape + 8 Caspian Gull & Great Egret.

Shingle Street - Female Black Restart.

Bawdsey - 2 Firecrest at the picnic site.

Felixstowe - Short-eared Owl South through LBO + Firecrest.

Tattingstone - 2 Raven over Tattingstone Place.

Thursday 19th.

Southwold - 2 Firecrest in Waters Copse + Black Redstart by the boating lake.

North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh + Red Kite over early morning.

Aldeburgh - 2 Firecrest & 2 Black Redstart around the town + Great Egret on Town Marshes & Spoonbill.

Gedgrave - Spoonbill seen to fly from Gedgrave to Orfordness.

Shingle Street - 2 Black Redstart noted + Firecrest by the allotments.

Bawdsey - Red Kite over East Lane.

Wednesday 18th.

Lowestoft Area - Female Black Redstart Heritage Green.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Minsmere - Redhead Smew & Great Egret on South levels pool. Short-eared Owl over the scrape then South + 1st winter Caspian Gull on West scrape.

Thorpeness - 3 Goosander on the Meare.

Alde Estuary - Spoonbill at Hazelwood Marshes.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing still in the garden of Clay Pond bungalow though mobile.

Shingle Street - Female Merlin noted early morning + 2 Black Redstart.

Hollesley - 3 Caspian Gull on the scrape + 5 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Felixstowe - 2 Firecrest + Wheatear at LBO.

Lakenheath - Drake Garganey reported.

Tuesday 17th.

Lowestoft Area - Red Kite West over the town. Black Redstart Kessingland sluice.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad + 10 White Wagtail along the cliff top field + 8 White Wagtail in fields SW of the track to Beach Farm.

Covehithe - Single Tundra Bean Goose still at the Broad + Water Pipit.

Southwold - Male Black Redstart and Firecrest seen around the town this morning.

Hollesley - 82 Eurasian White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marsh RSPB

Shingle Street - Female Black Redstart still by the tennis court.

Needham Market - Red Kite over Pipps Ford.

Cavenham - 4 Wheatear on Cavenham Heath.

Monday 16th.

The first arrival of Wheatear's occurred in the county today with birds noted at the following locations;

Lowestoft North Denes, Carlton Marshes, Benacre Sluice (4) , Covehithe Broad, Minsmere North Wall and Cavenham Haeth

Lowestoft Area - Merlin Haddiscoe Marshes. Spoonbill Carlton Marsh SWT

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver remains on the Broad.

Covehithe - Water Pipit on the Broad + Tundra Bean Goose.

Wangford - 4 Waxwing still at the junction by the football field again this morning.

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

Hollesley - Great Egret still present + c140 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Shingle Street - Short-eared Owl by the pumping station. Black Redstart by the tennis court + Water Pipit noted.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing still present in the garden of Clay Pond Bungalow though mobile.

Ipswich - Red Kite over ASDA Whitehouse at 11:30hrs and Norwich Road at 12:40hrs.

Needham Market - Redhead Goosander Pipps Ford.

Sunday 15th.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Wangford - 4 Waxwing still present at the junction of Norfolk Road and High Street.

Dunwich - Great Egret Dingle Marshes.

Alde Estuary - Spoonbill Hazelwood Marshes + 2 Water Pipits.

Hollesley - 1+ Great Egret on the RSPB reserve + 133 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. Red Kite over the village.

Shingle Street - 3 adult Whooper Swan still present.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing still along the B1084 today, in the garden of Clay Pond bungalow though mobile. Please park carefully and respect residents privacy. 

Felixstowe - Long-tailed Duck South offshore from LBO.

Ipswich - Single Waxwing West over Colchester Road at 07:40hrs.

Stour Estuary - An extremely early Cuckoo was heard and seen at Stutton (Cattsfiled) this morning.

Hadleigh - Raven West over Pond Hall Road Industrial Estate this afternoon.

Great Livermere - Ring Ouzel present in scrub of Church Walk (Livermere Lake).

Santon Downham - Raven over the village.

Saturday 14th.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Wangford - 4 Waxwing still present at the junction of Norfolk Road and High Street. Red Kite south over the A12 at Wrentham.

Thorpeness - 3 Goosander (2 drake) on the meare.

North Warren - 3 female Goosander North over South Marsh.

Aldeburgh - 3 Water Pipits on Town Marsh + Great Egret & 13 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Hollesey - 2 Whooper Swan on the scrape + 123 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. Great Egret on the winter flood & 2 Firecrest along the track to Beech Farm.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing again in trees at Clay Pond Cottage though mobile (please respect residents privacy).

Felixstowe - Firecrest trapped at LBO.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese still viewable from Searson's Farm car park + 3cy Caspian Gull on the reservoir.

Needham Market - Female Goosander Shamford Mere.

Santon Downham - 4 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker 3/4ml NW of the road-bridge.

Friday 13th.

Lowestoft Area - 4 Common Crane early morning West over Worlingham Marshes towards Beccles.

Wangford - 4 Waxwing still present (photo Andrew Moon).

Dunwich - 2 Snow Bunting on the beach North of beach car park

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

Alde Estuary - Spoonbill Hazelwood Marshes.

Shingle Street - 3 Whooper Swan still Oxley Dairy + Short-eared Owl by the tennis court.

Hollesley - Red Kite over Upper Hollesley Common. Great Egret Hollesley Marsh RSPB + c100 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing again along the B1084 in the garden of Clay Pond Cottage though mobile.

Felixstowe - Red Kite over LBO + Snow Bunting still on the common.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese still by the irrigation reservoir viewed from Searson's Farm.

East Bergholt - 2 Red Kite seen at Fen Bridge.

Ipswich - Red Kite over the Orwell Bridge at 08:30hrs.

Bramford - Red Kite over the village 14:15hrs.

Stowmarket - Red Kite over Combs Lane at 12:40hrs.

Cavenham - 2 Common Crane NW over Cavenham Heath at 13:09hrs.

Thursday 12th.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Wangford - 4 Waxwing still present by the corner of High Street / Norfolk Road.

Wrentham - Red Kite over Kitchen Wood.

Minsmere - The presumed hybrid drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was showing well from North hide + 3 Smew (1 drake) still on the scrape.

Hollesley - 158 Eurasian White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marshes. Adult Caspian Gull seen this evening.

Shingle Street - 3 adult Whooper Swan still by Oxley Dairy.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing again in the garden of Clay Pond Cottage.

Melton - Red Kite over Yarmouth Road at 09:47hrs.

Felixstowe - BLACK-THROATED DIVER South off LBO then landed on the sea.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese still by the irrigation reservoir viewed from Searson's Farm

Stour Estuary - 3 Red Kite over Cattawade.

East Bergholt - 2 Red Kite over Hadleigh Road this morning.

Stoke-by Nayland - 6 Red Kites seen.

Wednesday 11th.
Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still present + 2 Red Kites.
Covehithe - Tundra Bean Goose still by the Broad
Wangford - 4 Waxwing present along the High Street - Pound Corner by the football pitch throughout the day.
Minsmere - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL/Eurasian Teal hybrid was showing well on South scrape this afternoon + 2 Smew (1 drake) remain.
Felixstowe - Snow Bunting still LBO.
Haughley - Red Kite seen at Haughley Bends.

Tuesday 10th.

Minsmere - 2 Smew still on the scrape.

Eastbridge - Single Waxwing in the village by the bridge this afternoon.

Easton - A male Black Redstart was seen in the village of Easton near Woodbridge.

Bromeswell - The 11 Waxwing were again in the garden of Clay-pot Cottage today viewed along the B1084 (photo Andrew Moon).

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese still by the irrigation reservoir viewed from Searson's Farm + Eurasian White-fronted Goose.

Lakenheath - 2 Common Crane + 2 Great Egret Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

Leavenheath - 5 Waxwing seen in trees opposite the reservoir at Spouse's Vale SWT reserve. 

Stoke-by Nayland - 9 Red Kite seen together.

Monday 9th.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad + 1st summer YL Gull.

Covehithe - White Wagtail in West end of the field SW of Covehithe Church + Water Pipit still at the Broad.

Minsmere - Spoonbill viewed from North hide + Smew still on the scrape.

Sizewell - Male Black Redstart seen at Sizewell A.

Hollesley - 183 Eurasian White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marshes + 2 Pink-footed Geese.

Shingle Street - 3 adult Whooper Swan still by Oxley Dairy & 2 Corn Bunting in meadow behind Battery Cottage.

Bawdsey - Firecrest at the picnic site.

Bromeswell - 11 Waxwing still along the B1084 at Claypoind Cottage.

Felixstowe - Snow Bunting still at LBO.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese still near the irrigation reservoir viewed from Searson's Farm.


Sunday 8th.

Lowestoft Area - 9 Purple Sands at Ness Point. Firecrest Fisher Row Oulton Broad. 8 Snow Bunting still on Kessingland beach.

Minsmere - The hybrid drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to show on East scrape + 3 Smew (1 drake) & 1st winter Caspian Gull noted.

Sizewell - Male Black Redstart Siewell A.

Hollesley - c100 Eurasian White-fronted Geese Hollesley Marshes + Black Redstart on rooftops at Oak Hill.

Butley - 8 Waxwing between Bromeswell - Butley along B1084 by Clay Pond Cottages.

Felixstowe - Firecrest trapped at LBO + Snow Bunting on the beach & Bonxie offshore.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese in field alongside the reservoir viewed from Searson's Farm car park.

Ixworth - The first Sand Martin of the spring was seen at Micklemere this morning.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker again West of the road-bridge.

Saturday 7th.

Lowestoft Area - 8 Snow Bunting on the beach by the shore pools this afternoon. Short-eared Owl & 2 Water Pipit Carlton Marsh SWT.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Walberswick - Great Egret Tinkers Marsh + Water Pipit.

Dunwich - 3 Great Egrets Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere - The presumed hybrid GREEN-WINGED TEAL was on South scrape today viewed from public viewing platform + 6 Whooper Swan & 2 Smew (1 drake) on East scrape.

Sizewell - Male Black Redstart at the Southern end of Sizewell A.

Rendlesham - 11 Waxwing on the Rendlesham Forest estate.

Bawdsey - 2 Purple Sands at East Lane.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese North of Searson's Farm + White Wagtail. Water Pipit on the reserve.

Felixstowe - 2 Snow Bunting still LBO.

Stour Estuary - 2 Common Crane West over Lower Holbrook at 13:45, the birds where then tracked NW over Ipswich at Chantry Park 14:10hrs then over Whitehouse estate at 14:21hrs.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker just North-West of the road-bridge at Santon Downham.

Friday 6th.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Water Pipit Herringfleet Marshes, Somerleyton 200 yards South of the windmill. Red Kite over Kessingland & Wrentham.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad. 

Dunwich - 12 Twite still present at Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere - The presumed hybrid GREEN-WINGED TEAL (showing both vertical and horizontal strips) continues to show on the scrape + 3 Smew (1 drake) & 6 Whooper Swan.

Sizewell - 2 Black Redstart (male & female) in the compound of Sizewell A.

Hollesley - 4 Caspian Gulls on the scrape this evening + 110 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. A White Wagtail in horse fields at Poplar Park.

Felixstowe - 2 Snow Bunting still at the Southern end of the beach + 1 Purple Sand on the point.

Orwell Estuary - A 2nd calendar year Caspian Gull was seen in Ipswich dock opposite the Orwell bulk terminal + 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. 2 Red Kite over Orwell bridge at 14:35hrs.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker again 1/2ml NW of the road-bridge.

Lakenheath - Ring-tail Hen Harrier, 4 Common Cranes, 2 Water Pipits, 2 Red Kite & Great Egret seen at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

Thursday 5th.

Minsmere - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL which is showing a horizontal strip as well as a vertical strip is now presumed to be a hybrid. 3 Smew (1 drake) still on East scrape, Water Pipit on South scrape and 6 Whooper Swan behind West scrape.

Felixstowe - Single Bonxie North off LBO.

Stour Estuary - Great Northern Diver in Holbrook Bay.

Wednesday 4th.

Lowestoft Area - 2 Shag Lake Lothing on orange buoy at the East end of Brook Marine.

Benacre - Great Northern Diver still on the broad as is the lone Tundra Bean Goose in fields North of Covehithe Broad.

Reydon - Great Egret Hen Reedbeds then flew on to the estuary.

Minsmere - Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on East scrape + 3 Smew, 6 Whooper Swan and Caspian Gull.

Hollesley - c100 Eurasian White-fronted Geese still on the scrape, near-by 3 adult Whooper Swan at Oxley Dairy, Shingle Street + 2 Short-eared Owls.

Felixstowe - 2 Snow Bunting still LBO + single Purple Sandpiper.

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Geese remain on the SWT reserve.

Santon Downham - Lesser-spotted Woodpecker again West o the bridge.

Tuesday 3rd.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad, near-by the lone Tundra Bean Goose continues to show in fields just North of Covehithe Broad.

Minsmere - Water Pipit on South scrape.

Hollesley - 114 Eurasian White-fronted Geese still on the scrape at Hollesley Marsh RSPB + Mealy Redpoll opposite the track on to the Suffolk Punch woodland trail.

Boyton - Great Egret Boyton Marshes.

Woodbridge - Single Waxwing seen along the A12 in trees by Dobbies garden centre.

Deben Estuary - 1st winter BLACK BRANT again Gosford Hall, Falkenham Marshes.

Monday 2nd.

Lowestoft Area - Short-eared Owl Carlton Marshes SWT.

Benacre - Juvenile Great Northern Diver still on the Broad.

Covehithe - Tundra Bean Goose seen in just North of the Broad.

Minsmere - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was once again present on East scrape and even seen displaying.

Darsham - Red Kite seen over the village.

Hollesley - 114 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on the scrape at Hollesley Marshes.

Deben Estuary - The 1st winter BLACK BRANT continues to show on Falkenham Marshes (photo Will Brame). Red Kite seen over Ramsholt Marshes.

Felixstowe -2 Snow Bunting still on the common at LBO.

Sunday 1st.

Lowestoft Area - The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was again viewable from Breydon South wall opposite the wind pump early aternoon. Shag Lake Lothing on the orange buoy just East of Brook Marine.

Minsmere - 1st winter Caspian Gull on South levels.

Bawdsey - 1+ Firecrest at the picnic site.

Deben Estuary - 1st winter BLACK BRANT still amongst the Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the mud at Falkenham 

Trimley Marshes - 2 Tundra Bean Gesse from the viewing platform + single Eurasian White-fronted Goose.

Stour Estuary - 2 Red Kite West over Cattawade white bridge at 12:30hrs.

Santon Downham - 2 Common Cranes South at 09:20hrs.

Lakenheath - 2 Great Egrets Lakenheath Fen RSPB + 4 Common Cranes.