Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for August 2011
by Robin Chittenden
South-easterly winds and rain on 23rd August resulted in an Icterine Warbler Minsmere RSPB (until 24th), a Red-backed Shrikes at Lowestoft, a Dotterel Landguard NR and a Red-necked Phalarope at Ampton Lake at Great Livermere. Next day there was a Wryneck at Pakefield and Minsmere RSPB and the following day Wrynecks were at Thorpeness 26th (until 29th) and Corton 26th.
Most of the rare birds were only seen for a short time: a Citrine Wagtail at Boyton Marshes RSPB 28th, a juvenile Woodchat Shrike at Pipps Ford 20th, six Bee-eaters flew over Ashbocking 21st, a Hoopoe at Helmingham 27th, a Black Kite over Stutton Mill 8th, a Montagu’s Harrier over Ipswich 1st and Roseate Tern flew south past Landguard NR 23rd. A juvenile Purple Heron stayed a little longer at Benacre Broad 16th-17th.
The first five Pied Flycatcher of the autumn were at Bawdsey, Orfordness and Minsmere RSPB 6th. A male Red-backed Shrike at Castle Marshes SWT stayed until 5th having originally been found in July. The female Ferruginous Duck remained Minsmere RSPB until 12th.
Covehithe Broad had an interesting selection of waders with a maximum count of seventeen Curlew Sandpipers 27th. A post-breeding flock of up to twenty Stone-Curlew were Cavenham Heath NWT 13th.
Early returning winter visitors included a Black-throated Diver past Kessingland 25th and a Purple Sandpiper Landguard NR 27th.
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