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

The rarest birds in Suffolk during October were a female Pied Wheatear that dropped in for a day at Shingle Street 19th and a Red-flanked Bluetail that spent a week at Minsmere RSPB 14th-21st.

A Radde’s Warbler skulked around at Thorpeness 22nd-23rd and another was at Lowestoft 29th. Yellow-browed Warblers were at Minsmere RSPB, Walberswick, Sizewell, Dunwich, Kirkley cemetery, Lowestoft, Brettenham, Corton, Bawdsey, Landguard, Kessingland SW and Kesgrave. Up to two wandering Dartford Warblers were at Gunton Warren 14th. A Red-breasted Flycatcher was at Sizewell 10th.

A Glossy Ibis flew south over Pakefield and landed at Town Marshes at Southwold before heading off to Walberswick 4th. Perhaps the same flew out to sea at Landguard NR 6th. Others were seen at Minsmere RSPB 18th and Cavenham Pits 10th. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Covehithe 1st.

Shorelark was at Felixstowe Ferry GC from 13th and one was at Landguard NR 15th. Up to forty Twite arrived to winter at Dingle Marshes north of Dunwich from 26th.

The Great White Egret remained at Minsmere RSPB and there were two there 27th. Another Great White Egret was viewable from Lakenheath Fen RSPB from 16th and it was joined by another bird 28th. Another was at Shingle Street 17th and one flew over Havergate Island RSPB 28th. Three Spoonbills also flew over there the same day. Two Common Cranes were at Lakenheath Fen RSPB.

A late Whinchat was at Landguard 22nd and there was a remarkable movement of five hundred Lesser Redpoll south at Landguard NR 26th.

A Honey Buzzard over Wickham Market 1st and there was an unusual sight of three Rough-legged Buzzards flew north-west over Mutford 18th.

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