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

Following two Penduline Tits at Minsmere RSPB 14th, three were at Walberswick from 20th. Is this species poised to breed, at last?

Early scarce summer migrants included a White Stork which drifted north-west over Thorrington Street Reservoir 27th and one flew over Lackford Lakes SWT 27th. A Hoopoe was at Corton 31st and a Purple Heron flew over Ipswich 31st.

A Canvasback or Canvasback/Pochard hybrid was at Lackford Lakes SWT 21st-27th. It briefly popped up on Great Livermere Lake 26th.

A drake Ferruginous Duck with a hybrid drake Ferruginous Duck/Pochard was found at Loompit Lake and then commuted between there and the nearby Trimley Marshes SWT from 18th. A Green-winged Teal was at Mickle Mere 16th.

The Cattle Egret from Norfolk was re-found near Bures 9th-26th. A Great White Egret was at Barsham Marshes 1st and another lingered at North Warren RSPB and probably the same bird was seen at Minsmere RSPB. Two Common Cranes flew over Waveney Forest 15th.

A Great Grey Shrikes were still at Lakenheath Fen RSPB and one was seen at Cavenham Heath 4th and another at Berners Heath 15th. A Rough-legged Buzzard was at Reydon 15th.

The Black-throated Diver remained at Oulton Broad. A Great Northern Diver alighted briefly on the pits at Bawdsey 7th.

An Iceland Gull was at Lakenheath and another was at Bawdsey 29th. Up to two Glaucous Gulls were at Southwold and singles were at Minsmere RSPB, North Warren RSPB, Kessingland, Lowestoft and Orfordness.

A Raven seems to have found Suffolk to its liking being seen at North Warren RSPB 7th, Benacre Broad 16th and Covehithe 22nd. This could be the same bird seen in February. A Hooded Crow was at Levington 16th and another was at Corton 31st.

Early dates in for summer visitors in Suffolk were; Sand Martin North Warren RSPB 9th, Swallow Lakenheath Fen RSPB 13th, Wheatear Walberswick 14th, Little Ringed Plover at Cavenham Pits 14th and Trimley Marshes SWT 14th, three pairs of Garganey Loompit Lake 18th, House Martin Bramford 19th and Spoonbill Minsmere RSPB 30th. The Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper were still at Melton until 20th and 10th respectively.

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