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White-spotted Bluethroat - Minsmere RSPB - March 2008 © Rob Wilton
The one that got away. Will we get another chance in April or May ?
BBC Weather 5 day forecast for Lowestoft
LOWESTOFT LOUNGE LIZARDS
Tide predictions for Lowestoft

The breeding bird survey period for the BTO Atlas began on 1st April.

BTO Bird Atlas - taking part


A Serin was seen and heard as it flew north over the Denes Oval on the 28th.

A Spoonbill flew south at Kessingland on the 27th.

Two Black Kites were in the area on the 26th. One flew south from Aldeby landfill site to the Castle Marshes and Barnby Broad area, and the other was between Herringfleet and Ashby.

To confuse matters even more there is also a hybrid Red x Black Kite floating around coastal south Suffolk as well.

The pace of migration picked up noticeably around the 19th and 20th, helped no doubt by the persistent easterlies pushing many birds across the North Sea. The first individuals of most of the warbler species have now arrived, and the first Turtle Doves arrived on the 21st.

The first Cuckoo arrived on St. George's Day, and a Hobby and a Common Sandpiper were seen on the 24th.

The first Swifts arrived late on the 26th and several more were present, mainly over the marshes, on the 27th.


RED-THROATED DIVER Gavia stellata
Kessingland
- 2nd (28 N, 18 S, 24 on sea), 3rd (36 N, 4 S, 2 on sea), 4th (165 N, 3 S, 2 on sea), 5th (2 N, 13 S, 2 on sea), 6th (84 N, 7 S), 7th (20 N, 3 S, 14 on sea), 8th (13 N, 2 S, 1 on sea), 9th (14 N, 3 on sea), 10th (3 N, 1 S), 12th (1 S), 13th (5 N), 14th (4 S), 15th (1 N), 16th (14 N, 3 S, 3 on sea), 17th (2 N, 1 S), 18th (10 N, 1 S), 19th (2 N, 4 S), 20th (2 N, 2 on sea), 21st (2 N), 22nd (1 N, 1 S), 23rd (1 N), 24th (1 N), 28th (1 N), 29th (1 S).
Ness Point - 13th (1 on the sea), 19th (1 N).



BLACK-THROATED DIVER
Gavia arctica

Kessingland - 6th (3 N), 8th (1 N), 14th (1 N).



DIVER sp.

Kessingland - 6th (4 N), 10th (1 N), 13th (2 N), 16th (1 N).



FULMAR
Fulmarus glacialis
Kessingland - 4th (2 N), 7th (6 N), 8th (1 N), 10th (1 N), 11th (6 N, 2 S), 12th (3 S), 14th (3 N), 15th (2 N), 16th (15 N), 17th (5 N), 18th (27 N), 19th (18 N), 20th (8 N), 21st (17 N), 22nd (8 N, 1 S), 23rd (8 N, 1 S), 24th (18 N, 3 S), 25th (4 N), 26th (4 N), 27th (6 N, 2 S), 28th (5 N), 29th (3 N, 3 S), 30th (10 N, 3 S).
Ness Point - 19th (1 N), 28th (1 S).



GANNET Morus bassanus
Kessingland - 1st (1 N), 3rd (8 N), 4th (27 N), 5th (2 N), 6th (39 N, 1 S), 7th (124 N, 1 S), 8th (28 N), 9th (21 N, 1 S), 10th (48 N), 11th (43 N, 1 S), 12th (58 S), 14th (5 N), 15th (6 N, 1 S), 16th (5 N, 5 S), 17th (2 N, 12 S), 18th (4 N, 7 S), 19th (20 N, 2 S), 20th (28 N), 21st (9 N), 22nd (11 N), 23rd (1 N, 1 S), 24th (2 N), 25th (1 N), 26th (1 N), 27th (2 N), 28th (1 S), 29th (2 N, 2 S), 30th (3 N, 13 S).
Ness Point - 19th (3 N).



CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
Kessingland - 2nd (1 N), 4th (1 N, 1 S), 5th (2 N, 1 S), 8th (4 N), 9th (3 N), 10th (1 S), 11th (3 N, 2 S), 12th (1 S), 13th (2 S), 14th (1 N), 15th (1 N, 1 S), 18th (1 N, 1 S), 21st (1 N), 22nd (1 N), 23rd (1 N), 25th (5 N), 26th (2 N), 28th (1 S), 29th (1 N, 1 S).



SHAG
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Three were roosting on the Kittiwake wall in Lowestoft Harbour on the evenings of the 1st and 2nd, with two there on the 4th and 6th, and one on the 18th and 22nd.

Three were roosting again on the 10th and 14th, but this included a breeding plumage adult that hadn't been there previously. So there appears to be two regular birds with passing migrating individuals stopping off now and then.

With Kittiwakes often thwarting their landing attempts by flying out to intercept them as they fly in, getting on to the ledges is only half the battle. Once there the displaced Kittiwakes frequently grab a wing and drag them off again ! It can take several attempts before they successfully settle in for the night.

Shag © Mike Parker
Shag - Gorleston - March 2008 © Mike Parker

LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
One was at Somerleyton Marshes on the 1st.
Two were at Herringfleet Marshes on the 6th.
Two were at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 12th.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.



GREY HERON
Ardea cinerea
One was fishing along Kirkley Brook on the 15th.
One flew south, being mobbed by gulls, over Lowestoft North Denes on the 23rd.



[ WHITE STORK
Ciconia ciconia
On the morning of the 12th one flew westwards over Gapton Marshes and shortly after was seen heading north over Burgh Castle. Quite probably a wanderer from the free flying population at Thrigby Hall which are prone to wandering this corner of Broadland in the spring. ]



SPOONBILL
Platalea leucorodia
One flew south over the Kessingland Levels on the 27th.



PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Anser brachyrhynchus
Three flew north over Lowestoft on the 25th.



GREYLAG GOOSE
Anser anser
Four were at Leathes Ham on the 22nd, though probably not for long as the male Mute Swan of the pair breeding there was persistently chasing them, and a lone Canada Goose, to drive them away.



CANADA GOOSE Branta canadensis
A pair were nest building at Carlton Marshes on the 20th.
One was at Leathes Ham on the 22nd.
One flew south past Kessingland on the 26th.



BARNACLE GOOSE
Branta leucopsis
14 were at Lound water works on the 6th.



DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE
Branta (bernicla) bernicla
One was on the Kessingland Levels on the 1st.
Kessingland - 2nd (2 N), 3rd (2 N), 4th (4 N), 16th (9 S), 19th (2 N), 20th (3 N, 2 S).



EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen egyptiacus
Leathes Ham
- 6th-10th (pair with seven newly hatched young), 22nd (pair no young).
Lound village pond
- 6th - 10th (pair with five newly hatched young).



SHELDUCK
Tadorna tadorna
Kessingland - 1st (2 S), 5th (1 S), 12th (2 S), 16th (3 N, 7 S), 21st (5 N), 22nd (2 S).
Herringfleet Marshes
- 6th (6).
Ness Point - 28th (5 S).



[ MUSCOVY Cairina moschata
One was still at Lound village pond on the 29th. ]



WIGEON Anas penelope
Leathes Ham - 10th (3).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 26th (1).



GADWALL
Anas strepera
Kessingland sewage works - 1st (2), 22nd (2).
Leathes Ham - 2nd (2), 6th (5), 8th (3), 10th (3), 22nd (1).
Waveney Meadow to Barsham Wash - 4th (5 pairs).
Herringfleet Marshes - 6th (12).
Barsham Marshes - 27th (2 pairs).



TEAL
Anas crecca
Kessingland sewage works - 5th (2 pairs), 9th (6).
Carlton Marshes - 5th (2), 11th (5).



PINTAIL
Anas acuta
Leathes Ham - 6th (2), 8th (3), 9th (7), 11th (7), 22nd (4), 29th (6), 30th (4).



GARGANEY
Anas querquedula
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.



SHOVELER
Anas clypeata
Leathes Ham
- 2nd (3), 8th (7), 22nd (2).
Kessingland - 5th (2 N), 28th (2 S).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 26th (4).



TUFTED DUCK
Aythya fuligula
Leathes Ham - 2nd (2), 5th (2), 6th (3), 8th (6), 22nd (2).
Kessingland - 11th (1 S).



EIDER
Somateria mollissima
One flew north past Kessingland on the 21st.



COMMON SCOTER
Melanitta nigra
Kessingland
- 1st (1 S), 5th (4 N), 7th (3 N, 11 S), 8th (20 N), 10th (4 N), 11th (8 S), 12th (4 S), 14th (1 N), 16th (7 N, 4 S), 18th (4 S), 19th (2 N), 20th (2 N), 22nd (8 S), 24th (2 N), 29th (3 S), 30th (1 N).



BLACK KITE
Milvus migrans
One was seen at Fisher Row/Oulton Marshes on the 4th.

One flew across the River Waveney near Roos' Hall, Beccles on the evening of the 21st, heading in the Gillingham direction.

One has also been visiting the Aldeby landfill site just across the border on the 24th to 26th. On the 26th there was also a bird showing hybrid characteristics of Red and Black Kites (pictures and details are below).

The 26th proved a bumper day for Black Kites, with at least two in the area:

At 9:15 on the 26th one was seen at Oulton Marshes, presumably one of the two individuals seen later in the day.

Then at around 11:00 one that had flown in from the north to visit Aldeby landfill carried on south across the River Waveney to Castle Marshes, North Cove and was lost to view in the Barnby Broad area.

Black Kite © Andrew Easton
Black Kite © Andrew Easton
Black Kites - Aldeby/Castle Marshes (left) Ashby (right) - April 2008 © Andrew Easton
Black Kite © Andrew Easton Black Kite © Andrew Easton

At around 13:30 one flew eastwards across the road at Herringfleet, where it subsequently joined two Red Kites for a while, before carrying on eastwards towards Ashby. It wasn't the bird seen at Castle Marshes and Aldeby, and proved on plumage features to be the bird first seen at Boyton on the 8th. It remained in that general area until at least 16:20.

On the 27th one flew south at Hopton at 12:25 and one also flew south over Beccles at 15:20.

There has also been a hybrid Red x Black Kite floating around the Suffolk coast between Boyton and Minsmere at least, in recent days.

The loss of four from London Zoo at the end of March obviously clouds the issue of the provenance of all the Black Kites in East Anglia at the moment.

Hybrid Black x Red Kite © Andrew Easton
Hybrid Black x Red Kite ? - Aldeby Landfill - April 2008 Andrew Easton

The upperparts of this Kite, which I didn't manage to get any photos of, including the tail, were dark brown as in a Black Kite. The tail was shallowly forked, about mid way between Black and Red, and remained forked even when spread. The underparts were a brownish buff colour, with the underwing coverts a contrastingly bright chestnut. The undersides of the primaries were strikingly white (mostly in shadow in the photos) with faint dark barring, as in Red Kite. The head was also very white (the dark eye patch in the photos is only a shadow effect, there were no "black ears").

Such hybridisation between these two species isn't particularly rare, and has been recorded in Denmark and Sweden at least and even here in the UK in the last couple of years.



RED KITE Milvus milvus
One was watched circling over Kessingland Church on the 22nd.
Two were seen at Herringfleet on the 26th, and were joined for a while by one of the Black Kites, which was tiny in comparison.
One was seen at Belton at 8:15 on the 27th.



MARSH HARRIER
Circus aeruginosus
One was hunting over fields at Mutford on the 1st.
Nine were noted on a boat journey along the Waveney between Somerleyton and Burgh Castle/Berney Marshes on the 1st.
One was seen at Kessingland sewage works on the 3rd.
Two were at Barsham Drain on the 4th.
Two females and a male were at Carlton Marshes on the 5th.
At least six were between St. Olaves and Somerleyton on the 6th.
One flew south over Lowestoft North Denes at 11:40 on the 27th.
Four were at Barsham Drain on the 4th, and 27th.



HEN HARRIER Circus cyaneus
Individuals were seen on a boat journey along the Waveney at Burgh Castle and near Somerleyton Railway Bridge on the 1st.
A male flew across the road near the Dukes Head pub at Somerleyton on the 30th.



COMMON BUZZARD Buteo buteo
One flew north over Romany Road, Oulton Broad on the 3rd.
Two, possibly three, passed over high at Barsham Drain on the 4th.
One flew south high over Kessingland on the 5th.
One was at Herringfleet on the 26th.
One was at Ashby on the 26th, with two there on the 27th.



GOSHAWK
Accipiter gentilis
One was seen on a boat journey along the Waveney on the 1st, as it crossed the river between Burgh St. Peter and Carlton Marshes.
One flew eastwards over Oulton Broad on the 16th.



SPARROWHAWK
Accipiter nisus
One was trapped and ringed at Kessingland on the 29th.
Two were seen near the Dukes Head pub at Somerleyton on the 30th.



HOBBY
Falco subbuteo
One flew south over Norwich Road in central Lowestoft on the 24th.
Two were at Ashby on the 26th.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 27th.



PEREGRINE
Falco peregrinus
One was seen at Barsham Drain on the 4th.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 27th, with presumably the same bird, a juvenile, being seen at Sprats Water, Carlton Marshes on the 28th.



WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus
One was again seen feeding around the spring at Gunton Warren just to the north of Warrenhouse Wood on the 2nd to 8th.
One was again at Leathes Ham on the 5th and 6th.
Two were heard at Whitecast Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the 5th.
One was heard at Fisher Row on the 5th.
One was heard at Burgh Castle on the 13th.

Water Rail  © Andrew Easton
Water Rail - Leathes Ham - April 2008 © Andrew Easton

OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus
Kessingland - 3rd (2 N), 6th (2 N), 7th (1 S), 9th (1 N), 15th (3 N, 1 S), 22nd (1 N), 23rd (6 S), 24th (7 S), 27th (1 N, 5 S), 28th (5 S), 29th (1 N).
Herringfleet Marshes - 6th (2).
Lound - 6th (2).
Ness Point - 28th (1 S).
Somerleyton - 29th (2).



AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta
Kessingland - 11th (1 S), 25th (1 N).



STONE CURLEW Burhinus oedicnemus ***
One was flushed from a field at Mutford on the 25th.



RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
Kessingland - 4th (2 S), 11th (2 S), 14th (2 S), 20th (2 N), 22nd (3 N), 23rd (2 N, 1 S), 26th (2 o/b).
Hamilton Dock - 22nd (2).
One flew south over Corton sewage works on the 27th.



GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola
One flew south past Kessingland on the 23rd.



KNOT Calidris canutus
Breydon South Flats - 13th (8).



SANDERLING Calidris alba
Seven were at Ness Point on the 18th before flying off south.
Two flew south past Kessingland on the 26th.



PURPLE SANDPIPER Calidris maritima
Ness Point - 1st (9), 10th (4), 13th (8).
Lowestoft North Beach - 10th (5), 27th (3), 28th (2).
Hamilton Dock - 18th (2).
Lowestoft South Pier - 22nd (2).



DUNLIN
Calidris alpina
Kessingland - 11th (1 S), 22nd (1 N), 23rd (25 N), 28th (3 S).
Breydon South Flats - 13th (230).
Lowestoft North Beach - 27th (2 S), 28th (6 S).



SNIPE
Gallinago gallinago
Three were flushed by a hunting Barn Owl at Carlton Marshes on the 11th.



WOODCOCK
Scolopax rusticola
One was seen at Fisher Row on the 5th.



BLACK-TAILED GODWIT
Limosa limosa
Breydon South Flats - 13th (80).
Burgh Castle - 13th (332).

Bar-tailed Godwit © Andrew Easton
Bar-tailed Godwit - Denes Oval - April 2008 © Andrew Easton

BAR-TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica
Breydon South Flats
- 13th (13).
Ness Point - 13th (1 S).
Kessingland
- 20th (4 N).
One was at the Denes Oval on the morning of the 24th, feasting well on leatherjackets.



WHIMBREL
Numenius phaeopus
Breydon South Flats - 13th (1).
Ness Point - 13th (1 S).
Kessingland - 15th (2 N), 20th (1 N), 22nd (2 N), 23rd (1 N), 28th (1 N).
Mutford - 16th (3 E).
Carlton Marshes
- 20th (7 N), 24th (2 N).
Beccles Common - 20th (8 S).
Kessingland sewage works - 24th (2 S), 29th (1 N).
Ashby
- 26th (6 S).
Barsham Drain
- 27th (9).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 26th (9).



CURLEW
Numenius arquata
Kessingland - 1st (3 S), 2nd (1 N), 12th (2 S), 16th (1 S), 20th (1 N, 1 S), 23rd (1 N), 24th (2 S), 25th (1 N), 26th (1 S), 27th (1 S), 28th (1 N), 30th (1 S).
Burgh Castle - 13th (5).
Kessingland sewage works - 24th (1 E).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 26th (21).



GREEN SANDPIPER
Tringa ochropus
One was along the River Waveney at St. Olaves on the 1st.
One was at Barsham Drain on the 4th.
Two, possible three, were at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 12th.
One was at Carlton Marshes on the 20th.



WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
Three were on the marshes along the south wall at Breydon Water on the 26th.



COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
One was around Lowestoft Harbour and the South Pier on the evening of the 24th.
One was along the wooden groynes between Corton and Hopton on the 27th.
One was on the rocks along Lowestoft North Beach on the 28th.
One was at Leathes Ham on the evening of the 28th to 30th.



TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
Lowestoft South Pier - 1st (32), 4th (55), 22nd (42), 30th (40).
Lake Lothing - 9th (13).
Ness Point - 10th (4), 18th (5).
Lowestoft North Beach - 10th (7), 16th (14), 27th (8).
Burgh Castle - 13th (1).
Hamilton Dock - 18th (11).
Kessingland - 30th (2 S).

The Dutch colour ringed individual, first seen in October 2007, was still present on the 28th.


ARCTIC SKUA Stercorarius parasiticus
One flew north past Kessingland on the 30th.



GREAT SKUA
Stercorarius skua
One flew north past Kessingland on the 12th, with two more past on the 18th, one on the 19th and another on the 29th.



MEDITERRANEAN GULL Larus melanocephalus
Kessingland - 2nd (1 N).



YELLOW-LEGGED GULL Larus michahellis
One was at Beacon Park, Gorleston on the 21st, and was apparently paired with a Lesser Black-backed Gull.



GLAUCOUS GULL Larus hyperboreus
The faded first winter bird that has been lingering around the mouth of the River Yare at Gorleston Pier from the 12th March was still present on the 19th. It ranges along the river between the Pier and northwards about as far as the Somerfield supermarket along Riverside Road, and frequently crosses between Norfolk and Suffolk.



KITTIWAKE
Rissa tridactyla
Kessingland - 1st (1 N), 4th (4 N, 1 S), 5th (2 N, 2 S), 6th (12 N, 1 S), 7th (9 N), 8th (4 N, 3 S), 9th (1 S), 10th (6 N, 4 S), 11th (3 N, 3 S), 12th (5 N, 3 S), 13th (7 N, 5 S), 14th (9 N, 5 S), 15th (14 N), 16th (7 N, 8 S), 17th (21 N, 4 S), 18th (37 N, 2 S), 19th (38 N, 5 S), 20th (44 N, 17 S), 21st (30 N, 6 S), 22nd (34 N, 8 S), 23rd (7 N, 5 S), 24th (15 N, 11 S), 25th (10 N, 18 S), 26th (14 N, 7 S), 27th (2 N, 13 S), 28th (5 N, 6 S), 29th (13 N, 7 S), 30th (12 N, 7 S).



SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvicensis
Kessingland - 20th (2 N, 1 S), 21st (1 N), 22nd (5 N), 23rd (1 N), 24th (2 N), 25th (2 N), 26th (1 N), 27th (1 N), 30th (2 S).



COMMON TERN
Sterna hirundo
Kessingland - 13th (1 N), 16th (1 S).
Three were flying around displaying over Oulton Broad on the 22nd.
One was along Lake Lothing on the 25th.
Two flew high over the centre of Lowestoft towards Ness Point on the morning of the 28th.



COMMIC TERN Sterna hirundo/paradisaea
Kessingland - 20th (5 N, 1 S), 21st (1 N), 22nd (3 N), 23rd (1 N), 24th (2 N), 29th (3 N), 30th (1 N, 1 S).



LITTLE TERN Sterna albifrons
Two flew north past Kessingland on the 28th.



AUK sp.
Alcidae
One flew north past Kessingland on the 26th.



TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia turtur
Two were at Mutford on the 21st.
One was at Belton Common on the 23rd.



CUCKOO Cuculus canorus
One was at Belton Marshes on the 23rd.
One was at Carlton Marshes on the 24th.
One was at Barsham Drain on the 27th.
One was at Carlton Marshes on the 28th.
One was at Puddingmoor, Beccles on the 28th.
One was singing near the Dukes Head pub at Somerleyton on the 29th.



BARN OWL Tyto alba
One was at Barsham Drain on the 4th, and 27th.
Two were at Carlton Marshes on the 9th.
One flew across the A12 at Corton on the 10th heading, appropriately, in the direction of Barn Owl Lodge.
One was hunting around Ellough Airfield on the 12th.
One was hunting along Wadehall Old Dam Track at North Cove on the 12th.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.



LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
One was seen at Kessingland on the 27th.



TAWNY OWL Strix aluco
Two were at Mutford on the 21st.



SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus
One flew north over Romany Road, Oulton Broad on the 3rd.
One was at Corton new sewage works on the 21st.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.



SWIFT Apus apus
Four were over Oulton on the evening of the 26th.
One was at Caldecott Road, Oulton Broad on the morning of the 27th, and seven were there in the evening.
One was at Leathes Ham on the 27th, with six there on the 28th, and 10+ on the 30th.
At least 8 were feeding over Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 27th.
c.15 were over the River Waveney at Puddingmoor, Beccles on the 28th.



KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
Three were noisily squabbling over territory at Leathes Ham on the 10th.
One was along the river Waveney at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.



GREEN WOODPECKER Picus viridis
Gunton Warren - 4th (1), 9th (1), 15th (1).
Gunton Wood - 4th (1).
Fisher Row, Oulton - 21st (2).
Kessingland - 27th (2).



GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos major
Two were along "Flycatcher Lane" beside the Denes Oval on the 2nd.
Three were seen together at Gunton Wood on the 4th.
One was at Gunton Warren on the 4th and 15th.
One was at Leathes Ham on the 10th.
One was drumming, and excavating a nest hole, at Lound village pond on the 10th.



SAND MARTIN Riparia riparia
Two flew west at Carlton Marshes on the 5th.
Nine flew eastwards at Oulton Marshes on the 6th.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 9th.
One was feeding over the beach at Kessingland on the 10th.
c30 were around the cliffs north of Corton on the 10th.
c.20 were at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
Nest building was obviously nearing completion at the Corton colony on the 27th, as many birds were collecting grass to line their nests.
Lowestoft North Denes - 28th (5 S).
c.50 were at Kessingland sewage works on the 29th.



SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
Three flew north at Kessingland on the 5th.
Two flew north at Fisher Row, Oulton on the 5th.
Two were at Lound water works on the 6th.
Seven were at Kessingland sewage works on the 9th.
One flew north at Gunton Warren on the 10th.
Two headed south at Burgh Castle marshes on the 13th.
40+ were at Barsham Drain on the 19th.
One flew north at Hopton on the 19th.
One was at Gunton Warren on the 20th.
One flew north at Hopton on the 21st.
Two flew north over Lowestoft North Denes on the 22nd.
c.10 were at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd, with c.20 there on the 29th.
Lowestoft North Denes - 24th (2 N, 2 S), 27th (6+ S), (9 S).



HOUSE MARTIN Delichon urbica
Two were at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
c.10 were at Kessingland sewage works on the 29th.
One feeding over the beach at Kessingland on the 27th.



TREE PIPIT Anthus trivialis
One flew north at Gunton on the 21st.



YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
One flew over Dip Farm, Gunton on the morning of the 21st.
One flew south over Lowestoft North Denes on the 23rd.
Two flew south at Ashby on the 26th.
One flew north, and it or another flew south shortly afterwards, over Lowestoft North Denes on the 27th.
One flew south over Lowestoft North Denes on the 28th.



GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
Beccles sewage works
- 1st (2).
Kessingland sewage works - 1st (3), 3rd (3), 9th (1).
Waveney Meadow, Beccles - 4th (1).
Leathes Ham - 8th (pair).

Grey Wagtail © Rob Wilton
Grey Wagtail - Kessingland sewage works - March 2008 © Rob Wilton

WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba alba
Three were at Kessingland sewage works on the 1st, and one was on the Kessingland Levels the same day.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 9th.
One was along Breydon South Wall on the 12th.
One was at Leathes Ham on the 26th.
One was on the Denes Oval on the 27th.



PIED WAGTAIL
Motacilla alba yarellii
12 were at Beccles sewage works on the 1st.
Six were at Kessingland sewage works on the 3rd.
Seven were at Kessingland sewage works on the 9th.
Four were at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.



NIGHTINGALE
Luscinia megarhynchos
One was singing at Fisher Row, Oulton, on the 20th.



BLACK REDSTART
Phoenicurus ochruros
Two females were around the Denes Oval area on the 1st.
One female was in gardens bordering Kessingland Beach on the 1st.
A female was on the cliff in front of the CEFAS complex at Pakefield on the 3rd.
One young male was singing at Hamilton Dock on the 5th and the same bird was singing at Ness Point on the 6th.
One was seen at Pinbush Road on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate on the 7th.
Two were around the net posts on Lowestoft North Denes on the 8th.
One female was in gardens at Stevens Street, Lowestoft on the 10th.
One female was at the Denes Oval on the 11th.
One was along Breydon South Wall on the 12th.
One was at Hamilton Dock on the 13th.
One was singing at Hamilton Dock on the 23rd.
One was at the Denes Oval on the 25th.
One was singing from roofs in Lowestoft town centre on the morning of the 28th.

Redstart © Chris Darby
Redstart - Kessingland - April 2008 © Chris Darby

REDSTART Phoenicurus phoenicurus
A male was in a garden in Kessingland on the 20th.




STONECHAT
Saxicola torquata
Gunton Warren - 18th (1).



WHEATEAR
Oenanthe oenanthe
One was at Gunton Warren on the 9th.
Lowestoft North Denes - 20th (4), 21st (1), 22nd (2), 23rd (1), 25th (3), 27th (1), 29th (1).
One was at Whitecast Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the 20th.

Ring Ouzel  © Chris Darby
Ring Ouzel - Kessingland/Benacre - April 2008 © Chris Darby

RING OUZEL Turdus torquatus
A very smart male was frequentin
g both sides of the River Hundred at Kessingland/Benacre on the 17th and 18th.
One was also along the south wall of Breydon Water on the 18th.
One was at Lound water works on the 20th.
A male was on a school playing field in south Lowestoft on the 21st.
One flew westwards over Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.



FIELDFARE Turdus pilaris
Eleven flew north at Kessingland sewage works on the 3rd.
One was at Herringfleet on the 6th.
Three or four were near the visitor centre at Carlton Marshes on the 28th.
One was at Belton on the 29th.



REDWING
Turdus iliacus
Denes Oval -
1st (4), 16th (1).
Two flew west at Carlton Marshes on the 5th.
One was at Herringfleet on the 6th.



MISTLE THRUSH Turdus viscivorus
A pair were on the Denes Oval on the 24th were taking food away to a nest, a definite breeding record for the BTO breeding atlas for that tetrad!



CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 3rd, with three there on the 4th, 9th and 22nd.
Waveney House Hotel to Barsham Wash - 4th (8 singing)
Whitecast Marsh and Fisher Row area - 5th (10+ singing).
Kessingland sewage works & Levels - 27th (5).

Grasshopper Warbler  © Andrew Easton
Grasshopper Warbler - Carlton Marshes - April 2008 © Andrew Easton

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER Locustella naevia
Two were singing at Carlton Marshes on the 10th, with one at least still there on the 11th and 20th.
One was singing at Fisher Row, Oulton, on the 21st.
At least five were singing at Fisher Row, Oulton on the 23rd.
At least four were singing at Carlton Marshes on the 24th.
One was heard at Barsham Drain on the 28th.



SEDGE WARBLER Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
At least one was at Fisher Row on the 4th and 5th.
Two were singing at Whitecast Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the 5th and 11th, with three there on the 9th.
Two were at Kessingland sewage works on the 24th.
Several were singing at Barsham Drain on the 27th.
Kessingland sewage works & Levels - 27th (3), 29th (3).



REED WARBLER Acrocephalus scirpaceus
One was singing from bushes on Lowestoft North Denes on the morning of the 21st.
One was at Castle Marshes, North Cove on the 26th.
Two were singing at Herringfleet Marshes on the 27th.
One was singing at Barsham Drain on the 27th.
One was singing from bushes in the Birds Eye car park north of Ness Point on the morning of the 28th.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 29th.



LESSER WHITETHROAT Sylvia curruca
One was at Gunton on the 20th.
Two were trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
Two were at Kessingland sewage works on the 24th.
One was singing on Lowestoft North Denes on the 28th.
Three were singing at Gunton Warren on the 28th.



WHITETHROAT Sylvia communis
One was at Mutford on the 18th.
One was trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
One was at Belton Common on the 23rd.
One was on Lowestoft North Denes on the 23rd.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 24th.
Several were on Lowestoft North Denes on the 25th.
Several were singing at Herringfleet Hills on the 26th and 27th.
Three were singing at Barsham Drain on the 27th.
Kessingland sewage works & Levels - 27th (5), 29th (5).

Three re-trapped at Kessingland on the 29th had been ringed there in August 2004 and June and July 2007 respectively. A good example of site fidelity.



GARDEN WARBLER
Sylvia borin
One was at Herringfleet Hills on the 27th.
One was at Kessingland on the 27th.
One was at Carlton Marshes on the 28th.
One was trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 29th.



BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla
A male was in a garden in Barnby on the 1st.
A female was along "Flycatcher Lane" beside the Denes Oval on the 2nd.
A female was trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 3rd.
At least three males were at Gunton Wood on the 4th.
A male was Kessingland sewage works on the 4th.
One was singing at Barsham on the 4th.
3 singing males were at Puddingmoor, Beccles on the 4th.
Four were trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 9th.
One was at Gunton Warren on the 15th.
One was along "Flycatcher Lane" beside the Denes Oval on the 20th.
6+ were singing at Beccles Common on the 20th.
Four were trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
A pair were at Herringfleet Hills on the 27th.
Kessingland sewage works & Levels - 27th (6).



CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita
Beccles sewage works - 1st (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 1st (3), 3rd (3), 9th (4), 22nd (17), 24th (4).
Gunton Warren - 2nd (3), 4th (4), 9th (2),15th (3), 20th (4).
Leathes Ham - 2nd (1), 9th (1), 20th (2).
Gunton Wood - 4th (5+).
Carlton Marshes - 5th (2).
Gunton (Dip Farm shelterbelt) - 9th (2).
Beccles Common - 20th (5+).
Fisher Row, Oulton - 21st (2).
Kessingland sewage works & Levels - 27th (7).

The 17 trapped and ringed at Kessingland on the 22nd including an abietinus type bird appeared to be part of a mini fall of this species.



WILLOW WARBLER
Phylloscopus trochilus
One was at Bungay Common on the 1st.
At least one was at Fisher Row on the 4th, with at least three there on the 5th.
Two were at Carlton Marshes on the 5th.
One was at Herringfleet Hills on the 6th.
3+ were singing at Beccles Common on the 20th.
Two were at Fisher Row, Oulton, on the 21st.
One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.
One was by the railway footbridge at Lake Lothing on the 24th.
Three were at Kessingland sewage works on the 24th.
Several were singing at Herringfleet Hills on the 26th and 27th.



GOLDCREST
Regulus regulus
Four were trapped and ringed at Kessingland sewage works on the 22nd.

Firecrest © Andrew Easton
Firecrest - Warrenhouse Wood - March 2008 © Andrew Easton

FIRECREST Regulus ignicapillus
Kessingland sewage works - 1st (2), 3rd (2 trapped and ringed), 4th (1), 9th (2).
Corton Wood - 3rd (2).
Gunton Wood
- 4th (1).
Arnolds Walk
- 4th (1).
Warrenhouse Wood
- 4th (2), 8th (1).



BEARDED TIT
Panurus biarmicus
Seen on at boat journey along the Waveney on the 1st, near Somerleyton and between St. Olaves and Burgh Castle.
Several were along the dykes at Breydon South Wall on the 13th.



MARSH TIT
Parus palustris
A pair were at Waveney Meadow, Beccles on the 4th.



PENDULINE TIT
Remiz pendulinus
Two males first seen at Fisher Row, Oulton on the 4th, were seen again on the 8th, but this time just to the south at Carlton Marshes.

A very welcome, though not unexpected, addition to the Lounge Lizard list; will Cattle Egret be next ?



JAY
Garrulus glandarius
Five were seen together at Gunton, and presumably a different group of five at Corton, on the 11th.
Five were at Gunton Warren on the 15th.
Two were at Lound Waterworks on the 26th.



CARRION CROW
Corvus corone
22 flew in off the sea over Lowestoft Harbour at 6:00 on the 28th, with a further seven in off the sea at Gunton Warren an hour later.



CHAFFINCH
Fringilla coelebs
Lowestoft North Denes - 1st (315 S).
Kessingland sewage works - 22nd (10).



BRAMBLING
Fringilla montifringilla
"Flycatcher Lane" Denes Oval -
1st (1).
Oulton Broad (Chestnut Avenue) - 5th (up to 5 at garden feeders).
Kessingland (High Path) - 5th (1), 6th (1), 21st (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 22nd (3).
Mutford - 26th (1).

Brambling © Lisa Nield
Brambling - Oulton Broad - April 2008 © Lisa Nield
Several were visiting gardens throughout the area during the second half of March and early April..

SERIN Serinus serinus
After one heard only flying south high over the Denes Oval on the morning of the 25th one was seen and heard flying low north over the Denes Oval on the evening of the 28th.



GREENFINCH
Carduelis chloris
Kessingland sewage works - 3rd (10), 6th (18 N), 22nd (12).
Gunton Warren - 9th (4), 15th (6).



GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis
Gunton Warren - 2nd (1), 4th (14).
Kessingland sewage works - 3rd (6), 22nd (15).



SISKIN Carduelis spinus
Lowestoft North Denes - 1st (130 S), 4th (1 S), 6th (47 N), 28th (4 S).
Waveney Meadow, Beccles - 4th (1).
Kessingland
- 5th (20 at garden feeders), 21st (2 at garden feeders), 28th (1 singing).
Lowestoft (Renoir Place) - up to 4 visiting garden feeders until the 15th at least.



LINNET
Carduelis cannabina
Kessingland sewage works - 3rd (2), 4th (9), 22nd (15).
Lowestoft North Denes - 9th (20), 15th (25), 23rd (30), 24th (25).
Gunton Warren - 9th (17), 15th (15).
Carlton Marshes - 11th (2).
Denes Oval - 20th (29), 22nd (15).



BULLFINCH
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Kessingland sewage works - 4th (1), 9th (1).
Gunton Wood - 4th (1).
Herringfleet Hills - 6th (1 singing male).



YELLOWHAMMER
Emberiza citrinella
Gunton Warren
- 2nd (1), 3rd (3), 9th (2).



REED BUNTING
Emberiza schoeniclus
Four males were at Kessingland sewage works on the 1st, with three there on the 3rd, and two on the 9th.
One was in a Mutford garden on the 4th and 19th.
Waveney Meadow to Barsham Wash
- 4th (15 territories).
Lound waterworks - 6th (1 male).



NON-BIRD NEWS


RED DEER
Ashby - Three stags were in fields at Ashby on the 26th.


CHINESE WATER DEER
Castle Marshes, North Cove -
26th (1).


GREY SEAL
Lowestoft South Beach -
22nd (1 S).


COMMON SEAL
Kessingland
- 22nd (1).


HARBOUR PORPOISE
Ness Point -
13th (1).

Kessingland - 18th (1 N), 21st (1 feeding), 25th (1 N), 27th (1 N).