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Gavia stellata
Kessingland - 1st (6 N, 18 S, 4 on sea), 2nd (16 N, 6 S, 2 o/s), 3rd (3 N, 17 S, 1 o/s), 4th (7 N, 7 S), 5th (12 N, 8 S), 6th (14 N, 5 S, 2 o/s), 7th (3 N, 2 S), 8th (11 N, 3 S), 9th (44 N, 28 S), 10th (6 N, 1 S), 11th (15 N), 12th (10 N, 3 S), 13th (9 N, 2 S, 2 o/s), 14th (12 N, 6 S), 15th (13 S), 16th (3 N, 3 S), 17th (1 N, 5 S, 1 o/s), 18th (4 N, 7 S), 19th (5 N, 19 S, 1 o/s), 20th (21 N, 3 S, 1 o/s), 21st (12 N, 13 S), 22nd (69 N, 5 S, 2 o/s), 23rd (18 N, 2 S, 3 o/s), 24th (9 N, 1 S), 25th (16 N, 3 S, 2 o/s), 26th (26 N, 4 S), 27th (2 N, 1 S), 28th (3 N), 29th (45 N, 2 S), 30th (33 N, 28 S, 1 o/s), 31st (11 N, 16 S, 2 o/s).
Ness Point - 22nd (1 N), 23rd (1 N).

Gavia immer
On the 3rd at 10:50 one flew south
at Kessingland close to the beach.

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Hamilton Dock
- 2nd (1), 22nd (1).
Leathes Ham - 28th (3).

Podiceps cristatus

Kessingland - Recorded on 12 dates.
Highest Day Count = 33 (33 S) on the 8th.
Monthly total = 59 (6 N, 48 S, 5 o/s).

Fulmarus glacialis
Singles flew north past Kessingland on the 25th and 29th.

Morus bassanus
Kessingland - 1st (8 N), 2nd (1 N), 5th (1 N), 7th (1 N), 8th (3 N), 10th (1 N), 11th (1 N), 17th (2 N), 20th (2 N), 22nd (2 N), 23rd (1 S), 28th (1 N), 29th (8 N), 30th (2 N), 31st (1 N).

Phalacrocorax carbo
Lake Lothing - 3rd (1).
Kessingland - 4th (1 S), 5th (1 S), 7th (1 N), 9th (1 o/s), 10th (2 S), 11th (1 S, 1 o/s), 12th (1 N, 1 S), 14th (1 N), 18th (1 N), 24th (2 N, 1 S), 25th (1 N, 1 S), 29th (1 N).

SHAG Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Up to five Shag's were present during the month. During the day they were usually fishing along Lake Lothing between the old Brooke Yachts ship yard and Mutford Lock. Four of the five roosted at Leathes Ham, with the other bird roosting on the Kittiwake Wall in Lowestoft Harbour.

The latter site used to be the favoured site in town. However, the dead trees in the middle of Leathes Ham have proven very popular in the last two winters.
Leathes Ham
- 1st (2), 6th (4), 16th (2), 23rd (2 roosting), 30th (3 roosting).
Lake Lothing - 2nd (1 ad), 3rd (3 ad + 2 1st-winters), 9th (2), 20th (2), 28th (2).
Lowestoft Harbour Kittiwake Wall - 1st (1 roosting), 6th (1 roosting), 16th (1 roosting).
Oulton Broad - 9th (1 1st winter).
Hamilton Dock - 15th (1).
Kessingland - 29th (1 S).

Shag ©Mike Parker
Shag - Lake Lothing - January 3rd, 2005 - ©Mike Parker

LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

Noted along Breydon South Wall on the 3rd (2), and at Burgh Castle on the 15th (1).

Plegadis falcinellus

Still there!!! After being seen at dawn flying east from Berney Marshes "Arnie" Ibis was back at Burgh Castle on the afternoon of the 3rd until 14:50 when it flew west. On the 11th it was at RSPB Berney Marshes on the Norfolk side of the estuary. On the 15th it was at the west end of Breydon Water at 07:55 and on the 16th it was present briefly on Burgh Castle Flats with Lapwings at 08:00. As always proving difficult to catch up with but it's still there!!!

On the 23rd it was again on the mudflats at Burgh Castle in the morning but departed southwards along the River Waveney. Late afternoon it was relocated feeding in the horse paddocks at Willow Farm, Belton and was easily viewable from the Angles Way footpath that runs alongside the fields.

Present again in the horse paddocks on the 24th. On the 26th it was initially in the horse paddocks, but later flew south onto the adjacent fields on Belton Marshes. On the 28th and 29th it was on Belton Marshes, though again often distant. On the 30th it swapped between Belton Marshes and Haddiscoe Island on opposite sides of the River Waveney several times. When on Haddiscoe Island it could sometimes be viewed from Burgh Castle from the south end of the Castle itself.

Glossy Ibis ©Andrew Easton
Glossy Ibis - Belton - January 2005 - ©Andrew Easton

MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor
12 were on marshes between Somerleyton and Fisher Row on the 4th with a Black Swan on Herringfleet Marshes the same day.
20 were on Herringfleet Marshes on the 6th.

WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus
15 flew west over Holly Road, Oulton Broad on the 3rd.

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE Anser brachyrhynchus

200+ flew south past Kessingland approximately 500 metres from the beach at 09:15 on the 5th .
170 were on Somerleyton Marsh on the 8th.
c.1500 were feeding at Belton Marshes on the 9th.
c.2000 Blundeston Marshes on the 12th.
A lone bird was on Belton Marshes on the 23rd.
c.3000 were in flight over Belton Marshes on the 25th.
2000+ were on Belton Marshes on the 29th, included two piebald partially leucistic individuals.

TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE Anser (fabalis) serrirostris

Nine were present on Herringfleet Marsh (TM465975) on the 4th and 5th. Eight were still present on the 6th and 7th. They were next seen flying off to the north in the early morning on the 9th.

Bean Geese ©Robert Wilton
Bean Geese - Herringfleet Marsh - January 6, 2005 - ©Robert Wilton

Two were with the c.1500 Pink-footed Geese at Belton Marshes on the 9th. Four flew south high over Kessingland on the 30th.

Branta canadensis
94 were at Somerleyton Marshes on the 10th.

Branta bernicla bernicla
Pakefield - 5th (6 S).
Kessingland - 10th (2 S), 14th (3 N), 16th (5 S).

Alopochen aegyptiacus
Leathes Ham
- 1st (2), 16th (2), 20th (2), 23rd (2), 28th (3), 30th (2).
Burgh Castle
- 3rd (2).
Herringfleet Marsh
- 6th (4).
Lound Water Works
- 6th (2), 8th (2).
Hundred Acre Field, Gunton Wood
- 8th (1).
- 12th (2 on the playing field).
Kirkley Fen
- 12th (2).
Hamilton Dock - 16th (2).
Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville - 28th (14).

Tadorna tadorna
- 5th (1 S), 14th (1 S), 16th (4 S), 25th (1 S).

Aix galericulata
One female was on Gunton Hall lake on the 9th. View from the car park at the adjacent Tesco superstore.]

Anas penelope

Kessingland - 1st (11 N, 22 S), 8th (5 S), 15th (17 S), 24th (9 N),29th (6 N).
Leathes Ham - 3rd (1).

GADWALL Anas strepera
Leathes Ham - 2nd (2).
Lound Water Works - 8th (10).

TEAL Anas crecca

Kessingland - 15th (12 S), 24th (13 N), 29th (8 S).
Burgh Castle - 30th (30).

Anas acuta

Kessingland - 18th (1 S), 25th (3 N), 31st (1 N).

Anas clypeata

Leathes Ham - 4th (80++).
Lound - 9th (4 on the village pond).

[SCAUP Aythya marila
Just south of our area the six long staying Scaup were still on Benacre Pits on the 29th at least.]

Common Eider ©Tim Brown
Common Eider - Lowestoft Harbour - January 2005 - ©Tim Brown

COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima
Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 23rd (2 N), 24th (2 N), 25th (1 N), 29th (1 N).
Lowestoft Harbour - 8th & 9th (male), best viewed from Waveney Road or Lowestoft South Pier, although it was also seen in Hamilton Dock on the 9th.

Melanitta nigra

Kessingland - 1st (6 S), 2nd (5 S), 8th (1 S), 10th (29 N), 11th (3 N), 13th (11 N), 14th (18 N), 15th (1 N), 22nd (2 N), 23rd (2 N), 25th (1 N), 28th (4 N), 29th (6 N, 1 S), 30th (6 N), 31st (2 S).

VELVET SCOTER Melanitta fusca

Ness Point / Kessingland - One flew south past Ness Point close inshore on the 16th, shortly afterwards it was seen flying past Kessingland only about 10 metres offshore.

Bucephala clangula

Kessingland - 14th (1 o/s), 15th (1 S, 1 o/s), 16th (1 S), 22nd (1 drake on River Hundred).

MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus

Breydon South Wall - 3rd (1 1st-yr female), 9th (3), 22nd (1).
Belton Marshes - 9th (2), 23rd (1 female), 26th (1 male).

HEN HARRIER Circus cyaneus
Breydon South Wall - 1st (ad. male), 5th (ad. male), 9th (ad. female).
Belton Marshes - 23rd (1 ringtail).

Buteo buteo

One has been in the Barnby/Mutford area for several weeks. Just south of our area there is also a long staying Common Buzzard on the Benacre Hall estate which occasionally wanders across the A12 into adjacent fields, so keep an eye out as you pass.]

Accipiter nisus
South Lowestoft
- 3rd (1 drifting north).
- 3rd (1 west over A12).
near Mutford
- 3rd (1).
Kessingland Beach
- 8th (male on beach eying up Snow Buntings!).
Somerleyton railway station
- 9th.
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).
Leathes Ham - 30th (1).

Alectoris rufa
Lound Water Works
- 8th (8).

Perdix perdix
Gapton Marshes - 1st (2).
Stirrups Lane, Corton - 1st (2).

Rallus aquaticus

On the 9th one was along the stream beside the Linear Park/Cycle Track behind Marham Road.
One was seen at Burgh Castle on the 15th, and two were heard there on the 22nd and 28th.

One was heard at Holly Road, Oulton Broad on the 23rd.

Haematopus ostralegus

Lake Lothing
- 9th.
- 25th (1 N).

Recurvirostra avosetta

Burgh Castle - 3rd (100), 9th (84).

Charadrius hiaticula

Lake Lothing
- 3rd (2).
Hamilton Dock
- 3rd (1), 15th (5), 22nd (4).
Lowestoft South Beach
- 8th (1).

Pluvialis apricaria
Breydon South Wall - 3rd (100).

Vanellus vanellus

Breydon South Wall - 3rd, 1000 feeding in fields.
Belton Marshes - 26th (c.300).

Calidris alba
Ness Point -
3rd (1), 8th (1), 22nd (1).
Hamilton Dock
- 1st (2), 6th (2).
Lowestoft South Beach
- 8th (1), 13th (10), 20th (1), 22nd (6).

Calidris maritima

North Beach/Ness Point - 1st (3), 2nd (3), 3rd (2), 4th (5), 8th (3), 9th (4), 12th (3), 15th (1), 19th (5), 21st (10), 22nd (10), 23rd (8), 25th (7), 26th (4), 28th (8), 31st (6).
Hamilton Dock - 3rd (1).

The increase to ten on the 21st is presumably due to the recurring cold snaps in northern England and Scotland pushing birds farther south at that time.

Purple Sandpiper ©Andrew Easton
Purple Sandpiper - Ness Point - January 2005 - ©Andrew Easton

Numenius arquata
Breydon South Wall - 3rd (several in fields).
Kessingland - 22nd (one in of sea then south).
Belton Marshes - 23rd (6), 25th (1), 26th (5).

Lymnocryptes minimus
Two flushed from a field at Mutford while it was being ploughed on the 13th.

Gallinago gallinago
Gapton Marsh, Bradwell - 3rd (1).

Scolopax rusticola
One was seen at Blundeston Marshes on the 9th.

Limosa limosa
Breydon South Wall
- 3rd (5), 9th (2).

Tringa totanus
Lake Lothing - 3rd (3), 9th (14), 28th (3).

Tringa erythropus
Burgh Castle Flats - 16th (1).

Tringa ochropus

Two were noted at Blundeston Marshes, near Wicker Well on the 9th. Three were flushed from alongside The Cut at St. Olaves/Haddiscoe on the 30th.

Actitis hypoleucos
One was feeding in Mutford Lock Basin, Lake Lothing on the 9th.

Arenaria interpres
Lake Lothing - 3rd (1), 9th (5).
Hamilton Dock - 3rd (1), 15th (4).
Oulton Broad - 2nd (2), 9th (5).
Lowestoft South Beach - 8th (1), 20th (4), 22nd (36).
Kessingland - 12th (18 feeding in the winter wheat field above the sewage works), 30th (2 N).
Ness Point - 12th (11).

Turnstone ©Andrew Easton
Turnstone - Ness Point - January 2005 - ©Andrew Easton

Larus melanocephalus

32 were seen at Great Yarmouth Beach, Norfolk, on the 2nd (Birdguides), closer to home 6 were at Pakefield near the Jolly Sailors pub on the 2nd. This site seems to be a regular haunt for this species nowadays.
Pakefield - 2nd (6), 9th (4) [1st. winter, 2nd. winter + 2 ads], 16th (4) [1st. winter, 2nd. Winter + 2 ads], 20th (1 adult), 23rd (3) [2nd. Winter + 2 ads].
Kessingland - 8th (1 adult S), 9th(1 adult S), 11th (1 adult S), 14th (1 adult S), 18th (1 adult N).
Ness Point - 20th (2 adults), 22nd (1 adult), 30th (1 adult).
Hamilton Dock - 22nd (1 adult).
Links Road Car Park - 28th (1 adult).
On the 31st one adult was foot paddling for worms with other gulls on the roundabout at the junction of Katwijk Way and St. Peters Street

Larus minutus
Two flew north past Kessingland on the 25th.

Rissa tridactyla

Kessingland - 1st (3 N, 40 S), 2nd (3 N, 32 S), 3rd (9 N, 9 S), 4th (29 N, 13 S), 5th (2 N), 6th (4 N), 7th (16 N, 30 S), 8th (18 N, 101 S), 9th (190 N, 41 S plus good numbers following distant boats), 10th (48 N, 48 S), 11th (5 N, 3 S), 12th (80 S), 13th (54 N, 6 S), 14th (24 N), 15th (8 S), 17th (11 N, 10 S), 18th (26 N, 14 S), 19th (10 S), 20th (4 N, 2 S), 21st (3 N, 11 S), 23rd (2 N, 14 S), 24th (18 N, 1 S), 25th (1 N), 26th (17 N), 28th (10 N, 1 S), 29th (7 N), 30th (1 N),
31st (2 N, 20 S).
Ness Point - 15th (1 S), 16th (1).

Uria aalge
Three apparently healthy individuals, including one in full summer plumage, drifted north close inshore past Ness Point and Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th.

Alle alle
One was on Benacre Pits just to the south of our border on the 24th. One found on a building site in Darsham on the 29th was released on Benacre Pits, but had disappeared from there soon after.]

Little Auk ©Mike Parker
Little Auk - Benacre Pits - January 24th 2005 - ©Mike Parker

PUFFIN Fratercula arctica
At 10:15 on the 30th a Puffin flew north past Kessingland accompanied by a Guillemot.

AUK sp.

Kessingland - 1st (1 N, 6 S), 2nd (7 N), 4th (4 N, 2 S, 1 o/s), 5th (6 N, 5 S), 6th (2 N, 1 S), 7th (1 N, 1 S), 8th (3 N, 8 S), 9th (39 N, 12 S), 10th (1 N, 5 S), 12th (6 N, 2 S), 13th (1 S), 14th (10 N, 3 S), 15th (1 N), 17th (3 N, 3 S), 18th (4 N, 1 S), 19th (3 N, 3 S), 20th (4 N, 2 S), 21st (4 N, 5 S), 23rd (10 N), 24th (7 N), 25th (11 N, 3 S), 26th (36 N, 1 S, 1 o/s), 27th (2 N, 1 o/s), 28th (1 N), 29th (14 N, 1 S, 1 o/s), 30th (34 N), 31st (37 N, 4 S 1 o/s).

Columba oenas
A flock of 35 was at Share Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the 9th. A flock of ten were at Belton Marshes on the 26th.

Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1), 9th (1), 16th (1).
Gapton Marsh - 5th (1).
Belton Marshes - 26th (1), 28th (1).

LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
Lound water works - 1st (1).

Strix aluco
One was in a garden at Carlton Colville on January 23rd.

Asio flammeus

All winter this species has been giving exceptional views in the Gapton Marsh area of Breydon South Wall. Recent visits have suggested that on days when there is no wind birds are hunting early afternoon onwards. On the 3rd two were quartering marshes at midday.
Gapton Marsh, Bradwell
- 1st (2), 3rd (4), 5th (1), 9th (4), 16th (3), 22nd (3).

Short-eared Owl ©Andrew easton
Short-eared Owl - Gapton Marshes - January 22nd 2005 - ©Andrew Easton

KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
Lake Lothing - 3rd (2), 20th (1), 28th (1).
Oulton Broad - 2nd (1).
Lowestoft Road, Carlton - 19th (1 north across the road towards the drainage pond).


Marsh Lane - 3rd (1).
Lound Water Works - 6th (1).
Carlton Marsh - 6th (1).
Belton Marshes - 9th (2).
Burgh Castle - 15th (1).
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).

Back Lane, Burgh Castle - 3rd (2).
North Cove - 3rd (1 on feeders).
Marsh Lane - 3rd (1).
- 22nd (2).
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).
Corton Woods - 28th (1).
Gunton Woods - 28th (1).

Alauda arvensis
Kessingland Levels
- 2nd (8 in stubble field).
Kessingland Beach
- 3rd (6).
Carlton Marshes
- 9th (74).

Anthus petrosus

Ness Point - 2nd (2), 12th (1), 16th (2), 28th (1), 30th (2).
Lowestoft Harbour - 22nd (1).

Motacilla cinerea

Waveney Dock, Lowestoft Harbour - 2nd (1).
Kessingland Sewage Works
- 3rd (1), 7th (1), 8th (1), 12th (1), 19th (1), 22nd (1), 28th (1).
Kessingland Sluice - 1st (1).
Oulton Broad - 23rd (1), 30th (1).
Woods Loke East, Lowestoft - 31st (1).

Motacilla alba yarrelli

Kessingland sewage works
- 28th (12), 20th (20).

Bombycilla garrulus
Three were seen perched in trees along the Linear Park/Cycle Track behind Marham Road on the 9th. A single bird was seen in flight there later in the day.

Saxicola torquata

Carlton Marsh - 6th (2), 9th (2), 16th (2).
Herringfleet Marsh - 6th (1).

Turdus philomelus

Four were seen in Gunton Woods on the 28th, one of which was in song.

Turdus iliacus
One was heard calling over Lowestoft South Pier at 05:00 on the 1st.
One was in a garden at Prior's Close, Gunton on the 8th.
Four were in Lowestoft Cemetery on the 18th and 19th.
Somerleyton - 22nd (12).

Turdus pilaris
Blundeston Marshes
- 9th (50).
Belton Marshes
- 9th (2).
Somerleyton - 22nd (2).

MISTLE THRUSH Turdus viscivorus
Lound waterworks - 8th (1).
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (3).
Belton - 30th (2 singing).

Cettia cetti

Heard singing at Harper's Lane, Gapton Marshes, Bradwell on the 3rd and 9th: also at Blocka Lane, Ashby on the 4th.

Phylloscopus collybita

Noted at Kessingland sewage works on the 1st (1), 2nd (1), 3rd (2), 7th (1), 12th (1), 19th (1), 30th (3).
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).
Stevens Street, Lowestoft - 28th (1).

Two of the three individuals at Kessingland sewage works on the 30th were singing frequently. There seem to be several of these around this winter, but where are all the Blackcaps ?

Dusky Warbler ©Robert Wincup
Dusky Warbler - Kessingland - January 2005 - ©Robert Wincup

DUSKY WARBLER Phylloscopus fuscatus
Just as we'd all been hoping, the Kessingland Dusky Warbler made it into the New Year being seen early morning on the 1st, and remained throughout the whole month, being seen daily up to the 31st along the cliff.

The best time to see this bird is early morning when the sun is on the slope. In the afternoon it often appears to slink off into inland gardens when it becomes impossible to locate. Walk north along seawall from the beach bus shelter opposite the Sailors Home pub for approx. 200 yards. For most of the month it has favoured the area between the two sets of steps with railings.

This is the second December record for Kessingland after one at the sewage works from 30/12/02 - 06/01/03.

Regulus regulus

Back Lane, Burgh Castle
- 3rd (1).
Kessingland Levels
- 2nd (2).
Kessingland sewage works
- 30th (2).
Burgh Castle
- 15th (3).
Carlton Marshes
- 16th (1).
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (2).
One spent five minutes on a peanut feeder in a garden in Holly Road, Oulton Broad on the 22nd.

Panurus biarmicus

Heard calling from reeds alongside the River Waveney at Burgh Castle on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 30th; and three were heard and seen along the river at Waveney Forest, Fritton on the 23rd.
The good breeding season in 2004 has resulted in larger numbers being present this winter than for we have seen for quite a while.

MARSH TIT Parus palustris
4 were on feeders at North Cove Reserve on the 3rd.
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).

Corvus frugilegus
A pre-roost flock at Flixton Hall farm, near Lowestoft, was c 2000 strong on the 3rd.

Corvus corone x C. cornix

One was on the beach at Kessingland on the 22nd. More frequently seen around the Beach Farm area at Benacre just south of the River Hundred. Another regular resident individual was at Burgh Castle on the 30th.

Fringilla montifringilla

One was seen at Somerleyton playing field on the 22nd.
Waveney Forest, Fritton - 23rd (1).

Carduelis carduelis
Carlton Marsh
- 6th (40).
Kessingland sewage works
- 8th (8).

Carduelis spinus
Blocka Lane, Ashby - 4th (20).

Carduelis cannabina
North Denes, Lowestoft
- 14th (16).

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

near Mutford - 2nd (female).
Back Lane, Burgh Castle - 3rd (heard).
Kessingland sewage works
- 3rd (pr).
High Path, Kessingland
- 8th (male).
Carlton Marshes
- 9th (4).
Corton - 28th (4).

Emberiza citrinella
Marsh Lane, Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2), 6th (15), 16th (10).
Coopers Lane, Kessingland - 12th (10).

SNOW BUNTING Plectrophenax nivalis

- 1st (68), 2nd (60), 3rd (c100, 18 ringed), 5th (100), 7th (100), 8th (70), 6th-17th (60-80), 18th-21st (80-100), 22nd (70), 23rd (70+), 24th (80-100), 25th - 28th (50-60), 30th (80-100).
Breydon South Wall - 3rd (26).

REED BUNTING Emberiza schoeniclus
One heard along Breydon South Wall on the 3rd. Another was heard at Burgh Castle on the 9th. Two were at Carlton Marshes on the 16th.
A large flock, maybe up to 200, were noted on set aside land near Game Covert, Somerleyton on the 20th.

CORN BUNTING Miliaria calandra
Two were at Share Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the 9th, with 8 there on the 16th.