Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for January 2010
by Robin Chittenden

The rivers in south Suffolk attracted a number of interesting birds. At least four Great Northern Divers continued to be seen on the River Orwell throughout January and commuted occasionally to the nearby Alton Water reservoir. Also on the Orwell were a Red-necked Grebe and a couple of Black-necked Grebes, including a confiding one at Levington Marina, a Slavonian Grebe and several Shag.

The River Deben had a Slavonian Grebe, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper. Eleven Tundra Bean Geese flew over Kirton Creek 30th. On the River Stour were up to four Slavonian Grebes, four Black-necked Grebe, a Red-necked Grebe, five Great Northern Divers and two Scaup.

A Black-throated Diver settled in at Lake Lothing and a Black-necked Grebe was in Hamilton Docks 13th and nearby the Shorelark stayed at Kessingland.

A Green-winged Teal was at Minsmere RSPB at the beginning and end of the January. The maximum count of Eurasian White-fronted Geese at North Warren RSPB was four hundred and forty 30th. A couple of Tundra Bean Geese were at Boyton Marshes RSPB 24th and six were at Lackford Lakes SWT from 31st.

A lingering Glaucous Gull was at North Warren RSPB and then Aldeburgh and another was at Landguard NR 3rd and Felixstowe 6th.

A Rough-legged Buzzard was watched at Uggeshall 4th. The only Waxwings were twenty Beccles 7th-8th and one at Lowestoft 23rd. The number of Water Pipits at Southwold peaked at seventeen 29th. Up to five Common Cranes were at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

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