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Green Woodpecker - Lowestoft - December - © Andrew Easton

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Hamilton Dock - 1st to 6th (1), 24th to 25th (1).
Kessingland - 1st (1 S, 1 o/s), 2nd (38 N, 27 S, 14 o/s), 3rd (29 N, 1 S), 4th (1 N, 7 S, 5 o/s), 5th (20 N, 22 S, 21 o/s), 6th (23 N, 4 S, 2 o/s), 7th (44 N, 9 S, 2 o/s), 8th (6 N, 1 S), 9th (32 N, 13 S, 1 o/s), 10th (2 N, 2 S), 11th (10 N, 11 S, 1 o/s), 12th (25 N, 17 S, 1 o/s), 13th (122 N, 11 S, 5 o/s), 14th (2 N, 4 S, 3 o/s), 15th (74 N, 4 S, 3 o/s), 16th (8 N), 17th (26 N, 1 S), 18th (15 N, 1 S), 19th (1 N, 1 o/s), 21st (4 N, 2 S, 2 o/s), 22nd (1 N, 1 o/s), 23rd (1 N, 1 S, 1 o/s), 24th (6 N, 2 o/s), 25th (1 o/s), 26th (1 N, 5 S, 1 o/s), 27th (2 N, 1 S, 1 o/s), 28th (3 N).
Ness Point - 13th (20 N, 30 S).

Gavia arctica

Kessingland - 4th (1 N), 13th (1 N), 26th (1 o/s), 28th (1 N).

Gavia immer
One was still on Lake Lothing on the 2nd, and on the 3rd to 6th it had moved to Hamilton Dock. On the 6th two were present at one stage.
One was back on Lake Lothing viewable from the railway bridge on the 11th to the 17th.

DIVER spp.

Kessingland - 3rd (1 N), 6th (1 N), 8th (2 N), 17th (1 N).

Podiceps cristatus

Kessingland - 5th (1 on sea), 18th (4 S, 1 o/s), 24th (5 N, 3 o/s), 25th (1 o/s), 27th (2 N, 11 o/s), 28th (2 N, 1 o/s).
Oulton Broad - 11th (4), 17th (2).

Tachybaptus ruficollis

Lake Lothing
- 17th (14), 24th (9).

Fulmarus glacialis

Kessingland - 24th (1 N, 1 S), 27th (6 N), 28th (1 N).
Gunton Warren - 27th (1 N).

Morus bassanus

Kessingland - 6th (1 N), 7th (1 N), 8th (69 N), 9th (2 N), 10th (4 N), 11th (56 N, 18 S), 12th (1 N), 13th (1 N), 15th (3 N), 28th (46 N).

CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
Kessingland - 4th (1 S), 5th (1 o/s), 7th (2 S), 10th (1 o/s), 11th (1 S), 16th (1 o/s), 17th (1 S), 20th (1 N), 21st (2 S, 1 o/s), 22nd (1 S).

SHAG Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Lake Lothing - 2nd (1), 3rd (1), 4th (2).
Hamilton Dock - 4th (1), 16th (2), 17th (1), 24th (1), 25th (3).

LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Herringfleet Marshes - 3rd (1).
Somerleyton Marshes - 13th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 18th (1).

GREY HERON Ardea cinerea

One flew in off the sea at Gunton Warren on the 26th and continued westwards inland.
Two flew south westwards together over Corton on the 27th.

MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor

97 were between Carlton Marshes and Castle Marshes, Barnby on the 3rd, with the great majority at Barnby.
Lake Lothing - 24th (2). They later flew to Leathes Ham.

Cygnus (columbianus) bewickii

Just across the border in Norfolk eight, plus a Black Swan, were on Gillingham Marshes on the 16th and 17th.

Cygnus sp

A "V" formation of around 12 swans, probably Bewick's, flew westwards over Southtown, Gorleston at 7:45 on the morning on the 26th.

Anser brachyrhynchus

15 were on the sea of Kessingland on the 17th.

Anser anser
Herringfleet Marshes - 3rd (12).

Branta canadensis
Castle Marshes, Barnby - 3rd (6).
Herringfleet Marshes
- 3rd (82).
Kessingland Levels - 4th (3).

BARNACLE GOOSE Branta leucopsis

50 were at Lound Waterworks on the 24th.

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE Branta (bernicla) bernicla

Kessingland - 11th (4 S), 12th (1 S), 15th (2 S), 22nd (4 S), 24th (1 S), 25th (2 S), 26th (4 S).

EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen aegyptiacus
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2).
Castle Marshes, Barnby
- 3rd (2).
Herringfleet Marshes - 3rd (2).
Oulton Broad - 13th (2), 17th (2).
Lake Lothing - 17th (2).
Blundeston - 24th (2).

SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna

Herringfleet Marshes
- 3rd (4).
Kessingland - 9th (1 S), 11th (1 S), 13th (1 N, 2 S), 16th (1 S), 21st (1 S), 22nd (1 S).

WIGEON Anas penelope

Kessingland - 2nd (10 N, 28 S), 4th (17 o/s), 10th (2 S), 12th (1 S), 19th (2 S), 21st (2 o/s), 23rd (2 S), 26th (5 S), 27th (2 N).
Kessingland Levels - 18th (97).

GADWALL Anas strepera

Castle Marshes, Barnby - 3rd (2).
Leathes Ham - 4th (2).
Lound Waterworks - 13th (49), 24th (23).
Kessingland - 23rd (4 S).

TEAL Anas crecca

Castle Marshes, Barnby - 3rd (8).
Herringfleet Marshes - 3rd (14).
Carlton Marshes - 17th (displaying).
Kessingland - 19th (12 S).

SHOVELER Anas clypeata

Leathes Ham - 13th (29).
Lound Waterworks - 13th (49), 24th (2).

TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula
Lound Waterworks - 13th (3), 24th (9).
Oulton Broad - 17th (1).

COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima
Kessingland - 11th (2 N), 22nd (2 N).

LONG-TAILED DUCK Clangula hyemalis
The female was seen in the dykes near Share Mill at Carlton Marshes again, on the 1st.

COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra

Kessingland - 12th (32 S), 13th (2 N), 15th (20 N, 16 S), 17th (1 S), 18th (1 S), 19th (1 N, 6 S), 21st (20 S), 28th (2 N).

Mergus serrator

One flew north past Pakefield on the 17th.

Mergus merganser
One female was at the eastern end of Lound Waterworks on the 18th.

Circus aeruginosus
A female was at Carlton Marshes on the 3rd.
An immature male was at Fritton Marshes on the 3rd.
Two were at Somerleyton Marshes on the 13th.
One was at Henstead on the 15th.
One was at North Cove on the 17th.

HEN HARRIER Circus cyaneus
A first winter ringtail was at Fritton Marshes on the 3rd.


One was seen at Herringfleet on the 3rd.
One was at Mutford on the 17th.

Red Kite ©Dick Walden
Red Kite - Sotterley - December 2006 - ©Dick Walden
Just outside our area, but well worth a visit with two Kites and several Common Buzzards in the area.

Just across the border in Norfolk, one was at Thorpe Marshes near Haddiscoe on the 16th. It later flew southwards.

Haematopus ostralegus

Lake Lothing - 11th (2), 17th (2).
Somerleyton Marshes - 13th (1).
Lound Waterworks - 24th (2).
Lowestoft North Denes - 24th (1).
Kessingland - 18th (1 N), 25th (1 S).

Charadrius hiaticula

Two were on the beach at Kessingland on the 12th and 17th.

Calidris canutus
One was along Lake Lothing on the 3rd.

Calidris alba

Hamilton Dock - 3rd (1), 4th (1), 11th (1), 17th (1).
Pakefield - 4th (1).
Lowestoft South Beach - 17th (1).

PURPLE SANDPIPER Calidris maritima

Ness Point/North Beach - 3rd (7), 4th (6), 6th (7), 11th (3), 13th (7), 17th (7), 24th (7), 25th (5).

DUNLIN Calidris alpina

One flew south past Kessingland on the 28th.

COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
Two were flushed at Carlton Marshes on the 3rd.

Scolopax rusticola

One was flushed at Corton new sewage works on the 10th.
One was flushed from a roadside ditch at Mutford on the 17th.
Three were flushed in Nebb Wood, Flixton on the 17th.
One was at Carlton Marshes on the 18th.
Three were flushed at Corton new sewage works on the 10th.

Tringa totanus

Kessingland - 20th (1 S), 22nd (9 S).

Tringa ochropus

One was seen at Castle Marshes, Barnby on the 18th.

Arenaria interpres

Lowestoft North Beach - 1st (34).
Hamilton Dock - 4th (18).
Kessingland - 4th (1 S), 25th (1 S), 26th (2 N), 28th (1 S).
Ness Point
- 24th (20).

Stercorarius skua

One flew south past Kessingland on the 19th.

Larus melanocephalus

One second winter bird was along Lowestoft North Beach on the 3rd.
Pakefield - 4th (1 adult, 1 first winter), 11th (2 first winters), 17th (3 adults, 1 first winter), 18th (1 adult, 1 first winter).
Kessingland - 6th (1 N, 1 S : not the same bird), 7th (1 N), 8th (1 N).
Gorleston - 22nd (3 including a colour ringed adult seen there in December).

Larus minutus

Kessingland - 10th (1 adult + 1 first winter S).
Ness Point - 10th (2 adults S).

Great Black-backed Gull ©Andrew Easton
Gulliver's latest victim - February 2007- ©Andrew Easton

A headless corpse lay below Gulliver, the slice and dice turbine at Ness Point, on the 17th.
Alongside the steady increase in numbers of wind turbines built, the volume of CO2 emitted and the human population also continue to rise inexorably. These heavily subsidised cash cows seem better at killing birds and raising money for their operators through the sale of Renewable Obligation Certificates, than their supposed purpose. Corton and Kessingland seem likely to be the next places to be blighted by this get rich quick scam.
In the first year of operation the Scroby Sands wind farm produced less than a third of the electricity it was predicted to. A triumph of "spin" over reality!

Rissa tridactyla

Kessingland - 3rd (1 N), 10th (1 S), 11th (26 N, 4 S), 12th (7 N, 5 S), 13th (1 N, 5 S), 16th (1 S), 17th (1 S), 20th (1 N, 1 S),27th (1 N).
Ness Point - 10th (2 adults).
Hamilton Dock - 11th (2), 17th (1), 24th (1).
Claremont Pier - 17th (1).

AUK sp.

Kessingland - 6th (2 N), 7th (1 N), 8th (1 N), 13th (1 N, 2 S), 17th (1 N), 28th (1 N).

Tyto alba

One was seen at Lound waterworks on the 13th.
Four were seen at Carlton Marshes on the 18th.

Athene noctua

Corton new sewage works - 10th (1), 13th (1).
North Cove - 17th (pair).
Lound Waterworks - 24th (1).

Alcedo atthis

Lake Lothing - 3rd (1), 4th (1), 13th (1), 17th (1).
Oulton Broad - 10th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 17th (1).

Picus viridis
Corton new sewage works - 10th (3), 13th (1).
Fisher Row - 13th (1).
Beccles Marsh Trail - 17th (1).

Dendrocopos major

Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 18th (1+).
Oulton Broad - 3rd (1).
Corton new sewage works - 10th (1).
Marsh Lane, North Cove - 17th (1).
North Cove nature reserve - 17th (1).
Warrenhouse Wood - 21st (1).

MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (38), 18th (14).

ROCK PIPIT Anthus petrosus

Hamilton Dock/Lowestoft Harbour - 17th (4).
Ness Point - 24th (1).

GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea

One was along the stream beside the Linear Park near the Sports Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft on the 2nd.
One flew south eastwards over Stevens Street, Lowestoft on the 11th.
One was at Corton new sewage works on the 13th.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 11th and 18th.

Motacilla alba

Gisleham - 1st (40).
Kessingland sewage works - 18th (40+).

BOHEMIAN WAXWING Bombycilla garrulus

One appeared briefly in a garden in Selby Street, Lowestoft on the 14th. It was seen again there and in the nearby Avondale Road area on the 15th.
Two were seen on the allotments at St. Margarets, Lowestoft on the 24th.

BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros
One was seen by the wind turbine near Ness Point on the 4th.
A very smart adult male was around Hamilton Dock on the 11th. Previously an immature male and a female type bird have been present there this winter.
An adult male was seen at CEFAS at Pakefield on the 22nd.

Saxicola torquata

Castle Mashes, Barnby - 16th (2).
Carlton Marshes
- 17th (5), 18th (6).

Turdus philomelus

Six together at Corton new sewage works on the 10th seem likely to be wintering birds preparing to return to Europe, as were 12 seen there on the 24th.

Turdus pilaris

A flock of 80 flew coastwards over Henstead on the 16th.
Beccles Marsh Trail
- 17th (20+).
North Cove
- 17th (9).
Carlton Colville
- 17th (20).
Carlton Marshes
- 18th (42).

Turdus iliacus

North Cove - 4th (6).
Fisher Row - 13th (5).
Beccles Marsh Trail - 17th (2).
Mutford - 17th (1).
Lowestoft - 24th - 28th (small numbers of migrants leaving for Europe have been heard calling overnight).

CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti

At least five were heard at Carlton Marshes on the 1st.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 11th and 18th.

CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita

Two were at Kessingland sewage works on the 18th.
One was at Gunton Warren on the 24th.

On the 11th, in preparation for National Nest Box week (14th-21st February) we put up 7 nest boxes at Corton disused railtrack. Hopefully some of them will soon be occupied, and we hope to add more in the future.

Over the last few years an intrepid band of Lounge Lizards have built and put up 94 nestboxes in Mutford Wood and a further 15 around Ash Farm and Beulah Hall at Mutford. Next weekend a further 11 will be put up there taking the total there to 120, plus the 7 at Corton.

MARSH TIT Parus palustris
Flixton Decoy - 13th (3).
Worlingham bypass - 17th (1).
Marsh Lane, North Cove - 17th (1).
North Cove nature reserve - 17th (2+).

COAL TIT Parus ater

North Cove nature reserve - 17th (2+ singing).
Lound Waterworks - 24th (3+).

Certhia familiaris

Flixton Decoy - 13th (1).
Wicker Well, Somerleyton - 13th (1).
Marsh Lane, Worlingham - 17th (pair).
Marsh Lane, North Cove - 17th (singing).
North Cove nature reserve - 17th (singing).

Garrulus glandarius

Carlton Marshes - 18th (2).
Gunton Warren/Links Road
- 21st (1).

Carduelis chloris

Gunton Warren/Links Road - 21st (6).
Lowestoft North Denes - 24th (9).

SISKIN Carduelis spinus

North Cove nature reserve
- 4th (2+), 17th (2).
Flixton Decoy - 13th (2).

Carduelis cannabina

Carlton Marshes - 18th (14).
Gunton Warren/Links Road - 21st (8).
Lowestoft North Denes - 24th (12).

Carduelis cabaret

North Cove nature reserve - 4th (8+), 17th (4+).

BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Sprats Water Lane, Carlton Colville - 1st (5), 17th (7).
North Cove - 4th (1), 17th (2).

SNOW BUNTING Plectrophenax nivalis

Kessingland Beach - 5th (16), 5th (8), 9th (12), 20th (12), 28th (20).

YELLOWHAMMER Emberiza citrinella

Mutford - 17th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 18th (2).
Gunton Warren - 21st (1 first returning bird to take up territory).

REED BUNTING Emberiza schoeniclus

Beccles Marsh Trail - 17th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 17th (1), 18th (2).

CORN BUNTING Miliaria calandra
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was watched drinking from a puddle inside the ambulance station at Beacon Park, Gorleston just before midnight on February 20th, it then flew further into the building. Overwintering by adults has been recorded along the south coast of the UK in recent years, but this one is considerably further north than usual. Though it may be one that has already migrated from a wintering site farther to the south. In his 1999 CD on the Sussex butterflies and moths, Colin Pratt FRES, says that in Sussex the adult "has been seen in every week of the year except for the first and third weeks of December, and the last three weeks of January" (see 1st link below)

A Red Admiral was on the wing at Gunton Warren on the 3rd. One was also seen at Benacre Hall on the same date.

Harbour Porpoise @ Connor Darby
Harbour Porpoise - February 2007- ©Connor Darby

Pakefield - 11th (1 dead on the beach).
Ness Point
- 13th (1).

Kessingland - 19th (1 N), 22nd (1 S), 26th (1 N).

Kessingland - 18th (1).

Haddiscoe (Norfolk) - 3rd (1).
- 17th (1 dead on the road).

Carlton Marshes - 17th (1).