Red-footed Falcon - Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Suffolk Little Tern Group needs you!
The Suffolk Little Tern Group works to protect Little Terns in Suffolk by locating, fencing and monitoring birds nesting on our beaches. The group is made up of conservation organisations (RSPB, SWT, NT, Natural England) and other Local Biodiversity Action Plan stakeholders. The group have a number of flying fences which can be deployed to protect colonies vulnerable to predation and disturbance.
Little Terns arrive on the Suffolk Coast in mid-late April. Courtship usually takes place in areas with a plentiful food supply and nesting will follow near by. The identification of these potential nesting sites early in the breeding season is vital in order to ensure that the most vulnerable colonies are protected.
We request the assistance of BINS members in locating Little Terns on the Suffolk Coast in the approaching breeding season. The more pairs of eyes the better!
Please text details of your Little Tern sightings to Robin Harvey on 07813821163. Please include clear information on location (grid reference if possible for less well known sites), the number of birds involved and behaviour (eg. courtship/food passing). Any information will be gratefully received, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
As the season progresses we hope to build up a clear picture of every potential and confirmed nesting site. There may be opportunities for BINS members to provide additional assistance with the ongoing monitoring of certain colonies.
Many thanks for your assistance. Together we can ensure that this charismatic species has a future in Suffolk and beyond.
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Friday 31st May 2013.
Minsmere - The Great White Egret was again seen on pools behind South hide though generally elusive + 4 Spoonbill on the levels and an Osprey over.
Knoddishall - Red Kite over the village at 12:15hrs.
Boyton - Single Pink-footed Goose on Boyton Marshes.
Felixstowe - The reeling Grasshopper Warbler remain along the tomline wall at the ferry.
Brettenham - Red Kite again seen in the village feeding on a pigeon carcass.
Red Kite - David & Margie Carter.
Lakenheath - The SAVI'S WARBLER continues to sing and show occasionally by West Wood at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Thursday 30th May 2013.
Minsmere - The SAVI'S WARBLER was heard singing intermittently later afternoon West of Bittern hide though distant. A Great White Egret was present on North levels before moving to the konik field, also Spoonbill and immature Little Gull noted around the reserve. Three 1st summer Caspian Gulls were present on South scrape this evening + Garganey.
Boyton - No sign of the Wryneck at Banter's Barn in brief search early morning.
Bawdsey - Red Kite over East Lane at 06:25hrs.
Lakenheath - SAVI'S WARBLER still singing and showing on & off near West Wood.
Wednesday 29th May 2013.
Minsmere - The SAVI'S WARBLER was again heard again distantly from Bittern hide.
Boyton - A Wryneck was seen this evening by Banter's Barn at 18:00hrs and again at 19:15hrs though very elusive.
Bawdsey - A Swift sp (PACIFIC SWIFT?) complete with a white rump was seen over the lagoons at East Lane for 40 minutes from 15:33hrs before drifting off North towards Shingle Street.
PACIFIC SWIFT ? - Jim Mountain.
Lakenheath - The SAVI'S WARBLER was again heard this morning (09:00hrs) + adult male Red-footed Falcon still present.
Tuesday 28th May 2013.
Walberswick - Spoonbill present on Tinkers Marsh.
Felixstowe - The Grasshopper Warbler was again present and showing well along the tomline wall, Felixstowe Ferry by the Pottamus boat house.
Grasshopper Warbler - Will Brame.
Laxfield - Red Kite seen near Cake Street.
Lakenheath - The SAVI'S WARBLER was again heard 200 yards West of West Wood + the adult male Red-footed Falcon seen.
Monday 27th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - Red Kite West over Bungay at 15:45hrs.
Red Kite - Harry Read.
Felixstowe - A Wood Warbler was trapped and ringed in the heligoland trap this morning at Landguard.
Wood Warbler - Scott Mayson.
Lakenheath - The singing SAVI'S WARBLER was again present and showing well in reeds 200 yards West of West Wood + the adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show well.
Savi's Warbler - Ashley Gooding & Red-footed Falcon - Jeff Higgott.
Sunday 26th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - Whinchat on Beccles Marsh.
Southwold - The male Red-backed Shrike remain in sheep fields at Easton Bavents. Please keep to public rights of way and do not enter in to fields.
Walberswick - A male Red-backed Shrike was present on Westwood Marsh 1 1/2 miles West of the wind pump close to the footpath at 10:15hrs.
Boyton - A Probable adult Purple Heron was seen high South from the river wall at Boyton Dock at 05:40hrs and appeared to ditch between Boyton Hall and Hollesley.
Felixstowe - A Grasshopper Warbler was seen along the tomline wall at the ferry by Pottamus boathouse.
Grasshopper Warbler - Allan King.
Wherstead - Red Kite over A137 at 16:15hrs.
Lakenheath - The SAVI'S WARBLER was again seen and heard at Lakenheath Fen RSPB c200 yards West of West Wood + the adult male Red-footed Falcon remain & male Golden Oriole singing. A probable Bee-ater was heard only over Joist Fen at 09:47hrs.
Saturday 25th May 2013.
Southwold - An adult male Red-backed Shrike was found by the along the fence line on the West side of the sheep paddocks at Easton Bavents at 08:50hrs and was still present early evening at least.
Minsmere - A female Golden Oriole was reported near Canopy hide at 16:10hrs.
Felixstowe - Great Northern Diver North off Landguard + Shag briefly on the jetty.
Lakenheath - A SAVI'S WARBLER was heard and seen opposite West Wood at 08:00hrs and then was heard intermittently up until mid morning then showing on & off again from 15:25hrs 100 yards beyond New Fen. The stunning adult male Red-footed Falcon continued to please all-comers as it showed amazingly well just East of West wood today, also Golden Oriole heard, up to 4 Common Crane seen and several Grasshopper Warblers noted.
Red-footed Falcon - Harry Read (left) and Allan King aka 'Rab'
West Stow - Red Kite over West Stow country park at 13:15hrs.
Friday 24th May 2013.
Minsmere - The SAVI'S WARBLER was again heard during the early hours from Bittern hide.
Lakenheath - Red-footed Falcon still Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Thursday 23rd May 2013.
Blythburgh - An Osprey was seen West over the Blyth valley at Mells Hamlet @TM.410.769.
Minsmere - 5 Spoonbill remain on the levels.
Lakenheath - The long staying and often confiding adult male Red-footed Falcon remain at Lakenheath Fen RSPB + Golden Oriole seen in flight at 07:45hrs.
Wednesday 22nd May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - 1st summer male Montagu's Harrier again seen along the South wall at Breydon Water.
Minsmere - 5 Spoonbill remain on the levels.
Lakenheath - Adult male Red-footed Falcon remains at Lakenheath Fen RSPB + adult Common Crane.
Tuesday 21st May 2013.
Walberswick - Short-eared Owl present on Tinkers + Sanderling.
Minsmere - 5 Spoonbill present on the levels, Little Stint on East scrape = 2 Arctic Tern rptd on Is.mere.
Assington - A female Red-footed Falcon was seen at 17:30hrs 5 miles SE of Sudbury + 2/3 mile E of Assington by A134 / Marshalls Green junction then flew South toward paddock.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show well at Lakenheath Fen RSPB + Golden Oriole.
Monday 20th May 2013.
Walberswick - Spoonbill, Little Stint and Garganey noted on Tinkers Marsh today.
Minsmere - 5 Spoonbill present on East scrape.
Sizewell - 2 Spoonbill + drake Garganey seen on the Sizewell estate.
Felixstowe - Female Common Redstart by the mining station at Landguard + drake Goosander North offshore.
Lakeneheath - Adult male Red-footed Falcon still Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Sunday 19th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - A Woodchat Shrike was found on the denes oval at 07:45hrs in dead bush by the East entrance and still present mid afternoon at least + the adult male Red-backed Shrike was again present. A 1st summer Montagu's Harrier was seen from the South wall at Breydon between Humberstone Farm and pumphouse + 3 Arctic Tern thru. Great Northern Diver North past Kessingland at 09:30hrs.
Woodchat and Red-backed Shrikes - both Pete Ransome.
Trimley - Spoonbill over Trimley Marsh SWT.
Spoonbill - Allan King.
Lakenheath - The long-staying adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Saturday 18th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - An adult male Red-backed Shrike was found this evening in isolated bramble clump just North of the denes oval. Ringtail Montagu's Harrier was present and showing well from the South wall at Breydon Water by the pumphouse at 09:55hrs til 11:40hrs when flew North over the estuary.
Walberswick - The 8 Spoonbill remain on Tinkers Marsh.
Butley - A Raven was seen over Burrow Hill then flew over the river towards Gedgrave.
Felixstowe - A male Red-backed Shrike was found at Landguard at 15:10hrs, also noted, Black Tern South offshore + Black Redstart.
Trimley - A Temmincks Stint was noted at Trimley Marsh SWT from Cobb hide late morning and still present this evening.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show well at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Red-footed Falcon - Barry Woodhouse.
Friday 17th May 2013.
Walberswick - 8 Spoonbill (6 adult) were present on Tinkers Marsh between 15:00-16:30hrs at least.
Minsmere - A 2nd calender Caspian Gull on South scrape early morning + YL Gull.
Boyton - A Temmincks Stint was seen briefly on the flash before flying off SE.
Temmincks Stint (record shot!) - Lee Woods.
Trimley - An Arctic Tern was seen in Thorpe Bay.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon was again present at Lakenheath Fen RSPB + male Golden Oriole heard singing from the 2nd plantation.
Thursday 16th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - Female Montagu's Harrier seen East of Berney Marshes at 11:00hrs viewed from Breydon North Wall.
Minsmere - Adult Caspian Gull on South scrape early morning + drake Garganey on the koink field.
Felixstowe - Both Firecrest and Tree Pipit seen within the compound at Landguard.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show well at Lakenheath Fen RSPB amongst the Hobbies. The first returning Golden Oriole was heard singing today.
Hobby and Red-footed Falcon - Ian Goodall.
Wednesday 15th May 2013.
Minsmere - Spoonbill on the levels.
Hollesley - Spoonbill present on Hollesley Marsh this evening.
Spoonbill - Mick Vince (taken at near-by Boyton).
Felixstowe - A Honey Buzzard was seen to come in off at Landguard early afternoon, also offshore from Landguard were; 2 Pom Skuas, 2 Manx Shearwater & 2 Arctic Tern which were all noted North + Whinchat on the butts. An adult Pom Skua complete with spoons was noted North off Undercliffe at 14:20hrs.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Tuesday 14th May 2013.
Walberswick - A juvenile Glaucous Gull was rptd from Tinkers Marsh on the 2nd pool beyond the bailey bridge.
Minsmere - A Temmincks Stint was discovered late afternoon from West hide on the South bund + summer plumage Curlew Sandpiper present.
Otley - A Honey Buzzard was seen West over Otley college at 09:50hrs.
Felixstowe - Both Marsh and Wood Warbler were caught together in the same net this morning at Landguard and remained on site though generally elusive.
Marsh Warbler - Paul Oldfield.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon remain at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Monday 13th May 2013.
Minsmere - No sign of the SAVI'S WARBLER today between West hide & South belt cross-roads. 4 Spoonbill seen on South scrape + Common Crane over.
North Warren - 2 Wood Sandpiper on South Marsh early morning.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show over Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Sunday 12th May 2013.
Benacre - 3 Spoonbill seen South over Benacre Broad.
Minsmere - A male SAVI'S WARBLER was heard singing between West hide and South belt cross-roads from 07:20hrs til early evening at least + Spoonbill on the levels.
North Warren - Spoonbill on South Marsh early morning only, though no sign of the Cattle Egret.
Orford - A Pectoral Sandpiper was seen briefly on Orfordness NT before flying off South.
Pectoral Sandpiper - David Crawshaw.
Trimley - Wood Sand present on Trimley Marsh SWT.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show well by Joist Fen Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Saturday 11th May 2013.
Southwold - 3 Pom Skua's were seen North offshore at 07:10hrs + Puffin North at 06:52hrs.
Minsmere - A Cattle Egret was discovered on South levels this morning, then flew high South at 11:45hrs + 3 Spoonbill around the reserve.
North Warren - The Cattle Egret that was seen on the levels at Minsmere (above) was seen on South Marsh at 15:15hrs.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon continues to show at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Adult male Red-footed Falcon - John Richardson.
Boyton - Spoonbill briefly at Boyton Marsh.
Stour Est - A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was noted in Seafield Bay.
Flatford - Red Kite South at 08:15hrs.
Long Melford - Spotted Flycatcher seen at the entrance along Kentwell Hall Avenue.
Friday 10th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - A Honey Buzzard was seen over St.Olaves at 11:30hrs.
Minsmere - 6 Spoonbill were today seen around the reserve.
Lakenheath - The adult male Red-footed Falcon was again present at Lakenheath Fen RSPB seen over reedbed between 1st and 3rd plantations.
Felixstowe - Single Black Tern West over Landguard at 05:50hrs.
Thursday 9th May 2013.
Minsmere - Female Ferruginous Duck still behind South hide tho elusive + 3 Spoonbill on East scrape.
Boyton - Good number of Whimbrel on Boyton Marsh.
Whimbrel - John Richardson.
Trimley - Wood Sand on Trimley Marsh SWT.
Lakenheath - A Montagu's Harrier was rptd West over Lakenheath Fen RSPB at 09:15hrs.
Wednesday 8th May 2013.
Minsmere - The Purple Heron was again seen today behind both West and South hides, also the long-staying female Ferruginous Duck was seen on pool behind South although elusive at times. On the levels, 1 Spoonbill remain + 3 Spotted Redshanks.
Hollesley - 2 Honey Buzzard seen East over Lower Hollesley this afternoon.
Felixstowe - A Grey Partridge was an exceptional record at Landguard.
Lakenheath - The Red-footed Falcon was again present and showing well from Joist Fen watchpoint this afternoon.
Red-footed Falcon - Bill Baston.
Tuesday 7th May 2013.
Minsmere - Fem Ferruginous Duck still on pools behind South hide + 2 Spoonbill on the levels, which were seen to fly North over Sizewell at midday. A Purple Heron was rptd on Is.mere late afternoon.
North Warren - 2 Spoonbill on South Marsh at 10:30hrs.
Boyton - 2 Blue-headed Wagtail (1 male) were seen on Boyton Marsh + 4 Wood Sands briefly then flew South.
Cattawade - Wood Sand still on the roadside pool by the Brantham roundabout.
Great Livermere - Black Tern & 2 Arctic Tern on Broadwater Lake this evening.
Brettenham - Red Kite seen again over the village this afternoon.
Lakenheath - The male Red-footed Falcon was again present and showing well from the watchpoint at Joist Fen, Lakenheath Fen RSPB + 23 Hobby.
Monday 6th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - Red Kite over Kessingland levels at 19:00hrs.
Walberswick - Drake Garganey still on Tinkers Marsh this evening + Spoonbill, Little Gull & 3 Bar-wits noted.
Minsmere - 1 Great White Egret remain in the reedbeds.
Thorpeness - A male Hen Harrier seen North from the caravan park.
Knoddishall - Red Kite passed over at 12:30hrs.
Great Glenham - An Eagle sp, possibly SHORT-TOED was seen circling over Pound Farm at 10:00hrs then drifted off NE + Golden Oriole rptd.
Felixstowe - Upto 26 Arctic Tern seen North off Landguard by 11:00hrs.
Trimley St.Mary - A Rough-legged Buzzard was rptd North over the primary school at 11:30hrs.
Livermere - 2 Black Tern on Broadwater Lake til early afternoon only.
Lackford - Arctic Tern seen at Lackford Lakes SWT & drake Red-crested Pochard noted + Red Kite over.
Lakenheath - The male Red-footed Falcon continued to show well this morning and again this evening from Joist Fen watchpoint + Purple Heron seen early morning only.
Red-footed Falcon & Hobby - Bill Baston.
Sunday 5th May 2013.
Minsmere - The female Ferruginous Duck remain on the pool behind South hide today.
Boyton - A Temmicks Stint was found on the flash at Boyton Marsh at 15.32hrs and was still present early evening at least.
Woodbridge - Grasshopper Warbler (possibly 2 birds) singing beside the riverside walk just north of Kyson Hill at TM271477.
Nacton - Red Kite seen over Nacton village late afternoon.
Cattawade - The Wood Sandpiper remained on the roadside pool by the Brantham roundabout.
Flatford - Red Kite seen over the village early afternoon.
Lakenheath - The male Red-footed Falcon was again present and showing well over Joist Fen watchpoint from 10:30hrs along with c25 Hobbies + 2 Common Crane & Grasshopper Warbler noted.
Red-footed Falcon - Keith Bilverstone.
Saturday 4th May 2013.
Lowestoft Area - Red Kite SW over Hopton railtrack.
Minsmere - The female Ferruginous Duck continues to show on pool behind South hide + Garganey on the reserve.
Sizewell - 4 Black Redstart seen by Sizewell A.
Leiston - Red Kite South over at 10:22hrs.
Hollesley - A Nightjar was heard early churring on Hollesley Common.
Felixstowe - Firecrest trapped & ringed at Landguard.
Cattawade - The Wood Sand remain on pools by the Brantham roundabout.
Lakenheath - Male Red-footed Falcon seen again WNW of Lakenheath over fields by Sedge Fen at 14:30hrs.
Friday 3rd May 2013.
Walberswick - Drake Garganey still on Tinkers Marsh + 2 Spotted Redshank & 4 Whimbrel.
Minsmere - Female Ferruginous Duck still behind South hide.
Boyton - 2 Common Crane were seen to fly South over Boyton Marsh.
Common Cranes - Peter Kennerley.
Cattawade - Wood Sand still by the roadside pool.
Lakenheath - Both Purple Heron (08:00hrs) and male Red-footed Falcon (12:55hrs) seen over Lakenheath Fen RSPB.
Thursday 2nd May 2013.
Minsmere - 2 Great White Egret were again seen on the reserve + fem Ferruginous Duck behind South hide & 2 Garganey (1 drake) on South levels.
Bawdsey - Hawfinch again seen in the grounds of Bawdsey Hall.
Levington - No sign today of the male Golden Oriole at Levington Lagoon.
Cattawade - 2 Wood Sands still on roadside pool by Brantham roundabout.
Haverhill - Unconfirmed report of 2 BLACK STORK'S over the town late morning.
Brettenham - 2 Red Kites seen over the village this morning.
Wednesday 1st May 2013.
Southwold - A Hooded Crow was seen South over Easton Bavents at 11:25hrs.
Walberswick - Drake Garganey on Tinkers Marsh.
Minsmere - Unconfirmed report of 2 BLACK STORK'S South at 17:05hrs. Great White Egret seen on North levels this evening, also Ring Ouzel rptd again on Saunders Hill and Red Kite over.
Thorpeness - Firecrest at Thorpeness caravan site early morning.
Boyton - Wood Sand seen on the flash at Boyton Marsh.
Hollesley - A Spoonbill was present on Hollesley Marsh this evening.
Felixstowe - 2 Black Redstart on the point at Landguard.
Levington - The male Golden Golden was again seen by Levington Lagoon then flew towards the sewage works at 12:40hrs. Please note; Levington Lagoon is a SWT nature reserve, therefore please keep to the footpaths at all times.
Cattawade - 2 Wood Sands on the pool by the Brantham roundabout.
Lakenheath - Unconfirmed report of a Purple Heron at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.