Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for January 2009
by Robin Chittenden


A male Penduline Tit was at Lakenheath Fen RSPB from 26th-29th. Although a first for the reserve this species is almost annual in Suffolk. A Great Grey Shrike continued to winter at Lakenheath Fen RSPB and two were reported there on one day 20th and up to four Common Cranes were there.

The Lesser Yellowlegs was initially only seen occasionally at Southwold and Walberswick, but by the end of the month its feeding locations were found. It covered a fairly large home range and was even found in Wolsey’s Creek two miles west of Southwold.

A Great White Egret was at Dunwich, Mickle Mere 20th, Minsmere RSPB 20th, Felixstowe Ferry 26th and Castle Marshes SWT 30th. Other Minsmere RSPB highlights were a drake Green-winged Teal from 13th, a Glaucous Gull and three to four Velvet Scoter.

Three Taiga Bean Goose and a Tundra Bean Goose were at Reydon Marshes. Up to two Tundra Bean Goose were North Warren RSPB and Minsmere RSPB and a single was at Bawdsey.

The Iceland Gull at Lowestoft was seen at Ness Point and Oulton Broad but more often at Leathes Ham and a Glaucous Gull was seen there and Oulton Broad on a couple of occasions. Other Glaucous Gulls included one that flew north past Kessingland 7th, one at Sizewell and Trimley Marshes SWT. The only other Iceland Gull flew north past Felixstowe 31st.

There was a great count of six Slavonian Grebes logged at Holbrook Creek and up to two were at Alton Water reservoir nearby. The two Long-tailed Ducks were still on the Stour estuary.

A Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were at Melton. A Black Redstart popped up at Dunwich Heath NT towards the end of the month. Nearby north of Dunwich were a Lapland Bunting and up to thirty Twite. Many Waxwings continued to be seen with a maximum count of sixty-seven at Kesgrave.


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