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

The female Ring-necked Duck found in Suffolk at Loompit Lake, Levington was re-discovered at Wilford Bridge Melton 8th-10th. Surely it must have moved again to another nearby pool?

A Black Brant was seen around the River Orwell at Trimley Marshes SWT 2nd & 12th and then Shotley Marshes 24th. Two Tundra Bean Geese were at Trimley Marshes SWT & Loompit Lake 12th-18th and four were at North Warren RSPB 13th-25th.

Divers were often a feature of the bird news on Birdline East Anglia. Up to two Great Northern Divers remained at Hamilton Docks and Lake Lothing until 17th and there were up to two on the River Deben in Waldringfield/Hemley area until 2nd. Away from the coast, just, the Red-throated Diver was still at Lowestoft Hamilton Docks all month. A Slavonian Grebe was on the River Deben at Hemley and Shottisham 2nd-18th and up to six were on River Stour at Holbrook Bay 18th-25th

The Great White Egret was seen again at Walberswick 7th but remained mostly very elusive. Wintering Bittern were seen in Suffolk at Lackford Lakes SWT and Trimley Marshes SWT. Signs of early spring movement included a Spoonbill at North Warren 21st-25th.

The only Rough-legged Buzzard reported in Suffolk was one that flew over Potters Bridge 3rd.

Waxwings increased slightly during February but on the whole there were not many about compared to recent years. In Suffolk there were up to eight Martlesham Heath 5th-15th, two at Yoxford 10th, up to two Lowestoft 14th-24th and up to five at Reydon 23rd-26th.

Other sightings included

Benacre Pits Scaup

Carlton Marshes Jack Snipe

High Lodge Forest Centre Firecrest & 20 Common Crossbills

Ipswich Shag

Landguard NR Great Northern Diver

Lowestoft maximum seven Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point, Lake Lothing/Hamilton Docks up to three Shag, up to three Black Redstart, two Little Gulls

Minsmere RSPB Smew, Water Pipit, Jack Snipe, 2w Caspian Gull

Pipps Ford Firecrest

Sotterley Hawfinch

Trimley Marshes SWT 28 Pink-footed Geese & eleven Eurasian White-fronted Geese

Walberswick Marshes NNR Snow Buntings & Twite

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