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

A Great Grey Shrike was still at Lakenheath Fen RSPB and up to four Common Cranes were there. Another Great Grey Shrike was found just north of Brettenham from 14th. Another Common Crane was at Minsmere RSPB 20th. Other Minsmere highlights were a drake Green-winged Teal, a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe 27th and a Glaucous Gull. A Glaucous Gull was also at Southwold Harbour 28th.

The Lesser Yellowlegs became easy to see moving to some pools at Walberswick, although freezing conditions moved it but perhaps not that far. A Dark-breasted Barn Owl was found at Blythburgh 20th.

A Great White Egret was at Castle Marshes & Somerleyton until 16th, Needham Market 16th-17th and North Warren RSPB. A Black-throated Diver was found at Oulton Broad. A Rough-legged Buzzard was at Semer Hill near Hadleigh 3rd.

An Iceland Gull was at Lowestoft, Leathes Ham, Lakenheath and Felixstowe. A Black Brant was at Sudbourne and Falkenham Marshes. The two Long-tailed Ducks were still on the Stour estuary along with up to six Slavonian Grebes and three Scaup.

North of Dunwich were a Lapland Bunting and up to thirty Twite. Many Waxwings continued to be seen with a maximum count of seventy-two at Rendlesham 19th.

A Raven flew north over Lower Holbrook 14th. This species is expanding eastwards from their marginal upland retreat. More records of this corvid are to be expected, if it remains unmolested.

The Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were still at Melton.

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