Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for March 2008
by Robin Chittenden

Two Penduline Tits were seen again at Minsmere RSPB 24th-26th having been first heard only there 22nd. A male White-spotted Bluethroat was seen by a non-birder in a street at Lowestoft outside a cafe 26th. Can you believe it? Suffolk birders were fortunate another turned up at Minsmere RSPB 27th-30th.

The Great Grey Shrike at Cavenham Heath was present until 23rd and one was at Weather Heath 30th. A Shorelark popped in at Landguard 31st.

A Great White Egret was seen to fly north at Minsmere RSPB 26th. A Juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Minsmere RSPB, Sizewell & Southwold 11th -25th at least and was also seen at North Warren RSPB 14th.

The overwintering Black-throated Diver was still at Hamilton Docks at Lowestoft 25th and nearby a Common Scoter was at Oulton Broad 20th. A Slavonian Grebe at Alton Water was starting to get summer plumage 20th. The Tundra Bean Goose remained at Wherstead until 27th at least and one was at North Warren RSPB 3rd. A Black Brant was at Trimley Marshes SWT and Shotley.

There was an influx of Black Redstarts with fourteen birds between Fagbury and Minsmere RSPB including four at Shingle Street 17th, several of which then lingered for a several days. An multiple arrival of Firecrests at the end of the month resulted in a count of eight at Landguard NR 30th.

Returning summer visitors included three Sand Martin at Lackford Lakes SWT 8th, a Quail Cavenham Quarry 10th, a Wheatear at Benacre Pits 13th, a Swallow was at Suffolk Water Park, Bramford 16th, Garganey at Minsmere RSPB 20th, a Yellow Wagtail Aldeburgh 24th, two Sandwich Terns at Minsmere RSPB 25th, a Stone-curlew flew in off the sea at Kessingland 29th and a House Martin and Willow Warbler at Minsmere RSPB 30th.

A Siberian Chiffchaff was at West Stow sewage works 8th-15th. Two Woodlark were at Gunton Warren 7th and eighteen Common Scoters were found at Lackford Lakes SWT 27th

This article is written by Robin Chittenden from Birdline East Anglia.

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