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

An out of season Black-throated Diver flew past Kessingland 10th and two Balearic Shearwaters flew past there 12th. Birders at Lowestoft, Ness Point had a Puffin 20th and two Roseate Terns 20th. Up to six Roseate Terns were on and off at Minsmere RSPB during the month. Some pairs were even witnessed displaying.

A Purple Heron was at Minsmere RSPB 16th. A Great White Egret was seen at several sites; Dingle Marshes 11th, Benacre 14th,19th & 25th, Minsmere RSPB 4th, 11th &14th and Hen Reedbeds NR 15th, 20th & 28th. Or could there by two or more wandering birds?

Scarce late migrants included a Woodchat Shrike near Orford 21st, a Bee-eater over Dingle Marshes 1st, Stowmarket 11thand Sutton heath 27th, a Marsh Warbler at Landguard NR 6th & 11th and a Red-backed Shrike at Dingle Marshes 1st. To the delight of many visitors a pair of Golden Orioles could be seen at Lakenheath Fen RSPB feeding at least two young, which fledged on 23rd.

A Montagu’s Harrier was seen over Orfordness 6th and it was also reported later at nearby sites. Photographs of the bird did show some pro-Pallid features! A Honey Buzzards was seen over North Warren RSPB 8th, Lowestoft 19th and Minsmere RSPB 25th.

Two Common Cranes flew over North Cove 14th and Carlton Colville 20th.

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