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


The first Glossy Ibis in Suffolk was seen at Hen Reedbeds SWT 8th but then others quickly appeared with up to three Boyton Marshes RSPB 10th-27th, two over Minsmere RSPB 10th and singles over Newmarket 17th, Bury St. Edmunds 20th, Bawdsey 19th and Kessingland 21st. One at Hollesley Marshes 19th-21st moved to the nearby at Boyton Marshes RSPB and sported a ring with initials PJP on it and was found to have been seen earlier in Cambridgeshire.

Scarce migrants included the seventh Lesser Grey Shrike for Suffolk that only spent a day at Trimley Marshes SWT 14th, an Arctic Warbler 1st-2nd and a Greenish Warbler 17th-18th were both found at Landguard NR and both birds were ringed there. The Arctic Warbler was perhaps surprisingly only the fourth record for the county and the first record for Landguard. The Greenish Warbler showed some interesting plumage details that bought Two-barred Greenish or Green Warbler into the equation when coming to identify the bird. An Icterine Warbler was at Minsmere RSPB 19th & 22nd and Yellow-browed Warblers were at Shingle Street 17th-19th, Lound 18th, Ipswich 20th and Kessingland 25th.

A tame Ortolan Bunting was found at Corton 20th-26th and a Richard’s Pipit flew north there 19th. A Tawny pipit flew south at Landguard NR 24th. A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Landguard NR 14th, Thorpeness 15th and Minsmere RSPB 18th. A Wryneck was at Orford Ness NT 7th-19th and Hen Reedbeds NR 20th and the only Red-backed Shrike was at Trimley Marshes SWT 21st.

The only scarce waders were a Pectoral Sandpiper at Bawdsey 6th and Covehithe Broad 30th and two sightings of Red-necked Phalarope also at Bawdsey 9th & 19th.

A Purple Heron in off the sea at Southwold 10th and the Great White Egret was again at Hen Reedbeds NR and Minsmere RSPB. Up to seventeen Spoonbills were in the Orford area 6th.

A Honey Buzzard flew over Pipps Ford 5th and another over Corton 19th. A Hooded Crow was seen a couple of times in the Sizewell/Thorpeness area.

With north-easterly winds for several days in September some good seabirds were spotted. Several Cory’s Shearwaters were identified and a tired or poorly Manx Shearwater was at the Hen Reedbeds NR 6th.


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