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

The most unusual sighting in June was a singing male Thrush Nightingale at Dunwich Heath NT & Minsmere RSPB 5th-8th. Although it would show well from time to time it was more often heard. A Bee-eater flew twice over there 8th with another over Minsmere RSPB 14th. Other highlights were a Lesser Yellowlegs 15th and then again 28th, a male Red-backed Shrike 3rd, up to two Roseate Terns 4th-10th and a Night Heron 11th-12th and reported again nearby Sizewell 24th.

A Black Stork flew high south at North Warren RSPB 8th. Other highlights there were a male Red-backed Shrike 4th and a Great White Egret 4th-8th. Two Great White Egrets flew south-west over Rendlesham 28th.

One or two Red-footed Falcons were still at Lakenheath Fen RSPB until 16th at least and a singing male Great Reed Warbler was there 8th-9th.

Languard NR had a run of scarce migrants with a Marsh Warbler 3rd and another 8th, a Golden Oriole 3rd, a male Red-backed Shrike 4th, a Common Rosefinch 4th and a Bee-eater heard heading north 5th. At Shingle Street the female Red-backed Shrike remained until 1st and there were two Golden Orioles there 1st.

A male Common Rosefinch was seen in flight at Southwold 8th. A Red-backed Shrike was at Benacre 5th. A White Stork flew over Kessingland 14th, perhaps the free flying bird from Thrigby but there again perhaps not. A Roseate Tern flew north past Lowestoft 7th.

First summer male Montagu’s Harrier north over Orfordness 1st and a female was there 6th-8th and a ‘ring-tail’ was at Minsmere RSPB 10th & 16th. A Honey Buzzard was over Wickham Market 9th.

Up to two singing Spotted Crakes were heard at Minsmere RSPB and Trimley Marshes SWT in June.

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