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

An elusive Squacco Heron was at Felixstowe Ferry 18th-20th. Despite its three day stay was only seen briefly each day by a total of just three birdwatchers.

A singing male Common Rosefinch was at Minsmere RSPB 30th.

A golden period mid May saw the arrival of a selection of scarce migrants. A Melodious Warbler was at Landguard NR 17th-18th and Orfordness 17th. Icterine Warblers were at Landguard NR 14th-15th, Shingle Street 14th-15th and Thorpeness 14th-15th. A Marsh Warbler was at Minsmere RSPB 14th and a Short-toed Lark was at Landguard NR 13th. A Thrush Nightingale was reported at Thorpeness 16th. A Red-backed Shrike Trimley Marshes SWT 14th and a White-winged Black Tern was at Great Livermere lake 14th.

Other goodies were a Bee-eater at Lound 11th and Butley 6th,

A Hoopoe at Trimley St. Martin 11th and a Tawny Pipit Sutton Heath 3rd. A Purple Heron was at Lakenheath Fen RSPB 4th-7th and again 24th and one was still at Minsmere RSPB until 1st & 30th-31st.

A Red-rumped Swallow was at Landguard 3rd. Another Marsh Warbler was at North Warren RSPB 30th-31st. Two Common Cranes were over Botesdale 31st.

Apart from the Golden Orioles at Lakenheath Fen RSPB one was at Wickham Market 31st.

A migrant Montagu’s Harrier was at Southwold 2nd and passage Honey Buzzards were seen over Minsmere RSPB 20th, Nacton 22nd and Trimley 24th. A Black Kite was at Stowupland 3rd, another at Rendlesham Forest 21st and Haughley New Street 31st. A Temminck’s Stint was at Minsmere RSPB 17th-18th and a Great White Egret was at Herringfleet 7th.

A Striped Hawkmoth at Landguard 27th was the third for the site.

A newly emerged Norfolk Hawker dragonfly was at Minsmere RSPB. This was the first confirmed breeding record at this reserve.

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