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

A couple of days of southerly winds resulted in a Black Kite over Aldeburgh 22nd, and three sightings of Red-rumped Swallow in Suffolk. One was seen to fly over Landguard NR 22nd and again 25th and one flew south over Dunwich Heath NT 23rd.

Other scarce birds included a Hoopoe on the golf course at Felixstowe Ferry 18th and another in a garden near Polstead 26th. A Wrynecks was at Landguard NR 14th.

A Purple Heron was at Minsmere RSPB 28th. A Spoonbill flew over Dunwich Heath NT 26th and was at Minsmere RSPB the next day.

Two Common Cranes flew north over Martlesham Heath and Leiston 28th and then were seen the next day over Eastbridge.

Only a few Garganey so far with up to seven at Lakenheath Fen RSPB and a drake was at Trimley Marshes SWT 25th.

In contrast to many counties in East Anglia there was just a handful of Ring Ouzels in Suffolk at Minsmere RSPB and Benacre.

Uncommon migrants included a singing Golden Oriole at Westleton Green 26th and a Roseate Tern flew past Landguard NR 30th. A Montagu's Harrier was at Hen Reed Bed NR 22nd and the first Osprey this year in Suffolk one was at Oulton Broad 4th followed by others at Pipps Ford 21st, Felixstowe 23rd, Waldringfield 27th, Barnham 21st and Blythburgh 26th.

Earliest dates for spring migrants to Grasshopper Warbler Oulton Broad 9th, Lesser Whitethroat Fagbury 11th, an Arctic Tern Weybread Pits 15th , Black Tern Lackford Lakes SWT & two at Great Livermere Lake 15th, Whitethroat at Loompit Lake 15th, Pomarine & Great Skua Kessingland 27th

The Long-billed Dowitcher on the Stour Estuary until 13th. The only Velvet Scoter were two past Kessingland 4th. One Black Brant was seen around the River Orwell at Shotley Marshes and Loompit Lake 7th.

Great Northern Divers were seen at Kessingland 3rd and Minsmere RSPB 12th. Two Black-throated Diver flew past Kessingland 3rd and singles flew past there 11th &12th.

Other highlights from Suffolk

Beccles Marshes first Reed Warbler for the year in Suffolk 20th

Dunwich Heath first Hobby for the year in East Anglia 3rd

Lackford Lakes SWT first Wood Sandpiper for the year in Suffolk 29th

Landguard NR first Redstart for the year in Suffolk 13th, first Little Tern for the year in Suffolk 24th

Lowestoft Shag

Sizewell Firecrest

Suffolk Water Park, Bramford Black Tern

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