Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for January 2007
by Robin Chittenden

An adult Ross's Gull that flew past Landguard NR 1st was only the second ever for Suffolk. The first in Suffolk was last year at Lowestoft. Once the cork is out of the bottle..

A female Ring-necked Duck was found at Trimley Trout Lake 14th-16th. In the area were up to two Black Brant at Shotley Marshes 13th-23rd and singles were at Trimley Marshes SWT 2nd-12th and Chelmondiston 21st.

There have still been only a few Tundra Bean Geese compared to recent years. Two were at North Warren RSPB 8th & 31st, one at Trimley Trout Lake 14th-15th and one at Hemley 15th-19th.

Lound Waterworks had a one day Yellow-browed Warbler 1st. A colour-ringed White Stork was there 12th-14th when it flew into some overhead wires and broke both its legs. It was taken into care but was, sadly, put down. Two Common Cranes flew north over Minsmere RSPB 25th, then over Blythburgh 26th and one flew south-west over Stoke by Nayland 28th. A Great White Egret was at Walberswick 14th-22nd at least. A Spoonbill was at Minsmere RSPB 25th.

Up to two Great Northern Divers were on Lake Lothing 1st-31st at least and one was nearby at Oulton Broad 25th. There were up to two on the River Deben in Waldringfield/Hemley area until 31st at least and one was again in Seafield Bay on River Stour until 31st at least. A Black-throated Diver was off Landguard NR 4th& 16th, one off Southwold 16th and another was off Minsmere RSPB 25th A Red-throated Diver was at Hamilton Docks Lowestoft 20th-31st at least .

A Long-tailed Duck at Carlton Colville SWT found at the end of December was still present to the end of January. Inland up to two Slavonian Grebes remained at Alton Water reservoir.

An Arctic Skua flew past Southwold 1st and a Great Skua was off there 16th-17th and one another was off Kessingland 19th. An Iceland Gull was at North Warren RSPB 31st and a possible Ring-billed Gull was seen off Thorpeness 28th

So far there have been few Waxwings. In Suffolk one was in Ipswich 30th and up to four were at Westleton 1st-14th.

Other highlights from Suffolk

Benacre Pits Scaup until 28th at least

Blythburgh Blyth Estuary up to six Caspian Gull (one 1w, two 2w, one 3w, two adult), 29 Bewick's Swan 1st-23rd

Carlton Marshes two Jack Snipe 3rd

Ipswich two Shags wet docks 22nd

Landguard NR Shag 4th, 36 Eurasian White-fronted Geese 27th

Lowestoft up to four Purple Sandpiper, Shag Hamilton Docks and Lake Lothing 1st-8th, up to two Black Redstarts Ness Point/Hamilton Docks area

Minsmere RSPB 1w Caspian Gull 14th, 2w Caspian Gull 23rd, Firecrest 23rd-25th, Smew 23rd-29th, Water Pipit 25th, 250 Eurasian White-fronted Goose 25th, Long-tailed Duck 27th, Shag 28th

Shingle Street Snow Bunting 21st

Southwold Puffin 23rd

Reydon two Pink-footed Geese 1st

Southwold Pomarine Skua 20th, 2w Caspian Gull on the boating lake 20th

Trimley Marshes SWT two Scaup 7th

Walberswick Marshes NNR 40 Twite

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