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

The Minsmere area was a focus for American waders during July. The most unusual was a Semipalmated Sandpiper for just a morning on the 18th. This was the fourth record for Suffolk and only the second for Minsmere RSPB, the last being in 1986. A White-rumped Sandpiper stayed longer 13th-20th. There was a small arrival of Pectoral Sandpipers to East Anglia including one at Minsmere RSPB 17th-18th and again 22nd and another was at Trimley Marshes SWT 20th and perhaps the same bird at Levington Creek 23rd.

Nearby there was a Lesser Yellowlegs at Southwold 12th-13th. Perhaps this was the bird at Cley NWT until 7th when seen to fly east with Redshank.

A Whiskered Tern flew south at Sizewell 27th. A Bee-eater was present in the early evening at Boyton Marshes RSPB 8th and one lingered the next morning at Landguard NR. Another was reported at Minsmere RSPB 11th.

A Great White Egret was at Trimley Marshes SWT 27th.

A Cory’s Shearwater glided past Southwold 5th and the first Sooty Shearwater for the autumn flew north past Kessingland 22nd. Roseate Terns were seen at Minsmere RSPB, Benacre Broad, Kessingland, Dunwich and Gunton.

A juvenile Black-necked Grebe was at Minsmere RSPB. The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was at Landguard NR 31st.

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