Birdline East Anglia bird news for Suffolk for November 2007
by Robin Chittenden
A Penduline Tit was at Minsmere RSPB 4th-6th but was generally elusive. Much more satisfactory for those wishing to see this gorgeous discrete species were the family party of up to four Penduline Tits at Dingle Marshes Walberswick 12th-25th. The group comprised of two adults and two first winter birds. They spent time munching the seeds of Sea Aster right by a footpath and allowed fantastic close views. For a selection of photographs please type 'Penduline Tit' in the search box at harlequinpictures.co.uk or click on http://www.harlequinpictures.co.uk/content/gallery.aspx?searchText=penduline tit (Click on any of the images to enlarge)
The Lesser Yellowlegs found at the end of October remained at Minsmere RSPB until 9th. A Great White Egret was at Dingle Marshes Walberswick 20th. A Black Brant was at Holbrook Bay 19th
There was a large passage of Pomarine Skuas during the first half of the month and associated with this seabird movement were Little Auks, Grey Phalaropes, Velvet Scoter, a few Arctic Skua and Great Skua, Great Northern and Black-throated Divers and Scaup. Although Suffolk had generally smaller counts of seabirds than Norfolk, there were several more Storm Petrels counted flying past Suffolk.
'Inland' seabirds were a Black-throated Diver in Lowestoft Docks 14th-22nd, a Little Auk on River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry 11th and one at Benacre Pits, a Grey Phalarope was at Benacre Pits briefly 12th and a Slavonian Grebe was at Alton Water 24th.
A few Glaucous Gulls were seen including a lingering bird at Lowestoft. It was also seen at Benacre Broad and Walberswick 10th-30th at least and another coming to roost at Lackford Lakes SWT 18th-30th at least.
The only Great Grey Shrike was one by Levington Creek 1st and the only and last Yellow-browed Warbler for the year, so far, was inland at Cavenham Heath NNR 5th. Other late summer migrants included a Lesser Whitethroat at Benacre 28th, a House Martin Thorpeness & Landguard 3rd and Minsmere RSPB 15th, an Arctic Tern at Stutton Mill 11th, a Hobby was at Oulton 6th and a Swallow was at Minsmere RSPB 16th & 25th and Dingle 12th. Nineteen Waxwings flew south over Cattawade 23rd.
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