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

Dusky Warbler is almost annual in Suffolk and has even overwintered in the county so one at Gunton Warren 2nd-9th was not entirely unexpected. Also regular in the county was a Penduline Tit, which was heard at Minsmere RSPB mid-month: unless of course another unseen birder was using playback.

There was a good count of seven Firecrest at Bawdsey. Up to three Shorelark were ranging between at Kessingland and Benacre Broad and another was at Stutton Ness.

The Great White Egret remained at Minsmere RSPB and up to two Great White Egrets were at Hockwold Washes viewable from Lakenheath Fen RSPB. Two Tundra Bean Geese flew south at Landguard NR 25th.

The Stour Estuary had a build up of seabirds with up to four Great Northern Divers, Red-necked Grebe and two Slavonian Grebes. There were Great North Divers seen on several rivers including the Alde, Deben and Orwell. A Grey Phalarope was at Southwold 19th and one flew south past Landguard NR 20th.

The wintering Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper returned to Melton. What is about the Rover Deben that attracts these two during the winter? A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen at Minsmere RSPB, Kessingland and Lowestoft.

Late summer visitors included at Shingle Street two Swallows 25th, a Ring Ouzel 10th and two Wheatears 2nd and a House Martin was at Corton 17th.

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