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Kittiwakes - Lowestoft - June 2006 - ©Andrew Easton

Podiceps nigricollis
One was on the sea off Kessingland on the 25th.

Fulmarus glacialis ****
Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 3rd (1 N), 7th (1 N), 15th (2 N), 20th (1 N), 23rd (1 N), 28th (1 N, 2 S).
Lowestoft North Beach - 17th (1 N).
One was prospecting along the cliffs at Corton on the 28th.

GANNET Morus bassanus ****
Kessingland - 1st (11 N), 2nd (3 N), 3rd (22 N, 10 S), 4th (21 N, 6 S), 5th (13 N, 1 S), 6th (9 N, 1 S), 7th (9 N, 11 S), 8th (35 N, 10 S), 9th (48 N, 6 S), 10th (13 N, 13 S), 11th (11 N, 8 S), 13th (7 N), 14th (7 N, 1 S), 15th (27 N, 1 S), 16th (4 N, 1 S), 17th (36 N), 18th (14 N), 19th (4 N), 20th (12 N), 21st (12 N, 1 S), 22nd (3 N, 3 S), 23rd (29 N), 24th (14 N, 18 S), 25th (1 N), 26th (21 N), 27th (26 N, 6 S), 28th (13 N), 29th (43 N, 1 S), 30th (10 N, 1 feeding), 31st (26 N, 3 S).
Ness Point
- 1st (8 N), 5th (4 N), 28th (3 N).
Lowestoft South Beach - 27th (20 N).
An adult sitting very close in on the sea at Ness Point on the 3rd appeared to have swallowed some orange plastic string. This bird was still present at dusk on the 4th, and appeared to have lost the string hanging from its gape. When it flapped its wings though there was very extensive feather loss and damage to the inner right wing. Also revealed were the mostly black secondaries indicating it is not a full adult but probably a fourth summer bird. Gannets seen this close inshore are unfortunately rarely in good heath.

Gannet ©Andrew EastonGannet ©Andrew Easton
Gannet - Ness Point - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo ****
Kessingland - 2nd (1 S), 7th (1 S), 8th (1 N), 17th (1 N), 18th (1 N), 20th (5 N), 23rd (1 S), 25th (4 N), 27th (3 N), 28th (1 S).
Ness Point
- 2nd (1 S).

GREY HERON Ardea cinerea

Two Grey Herons attempting to fly north over central Lowestoft, under cover of virtual darkness at 22:18 on the 3rd, were vociferously and physically challenged by the local nesting Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The assaults were successful as both herons fairly quickly capitulated and flew back southwards, though with gulls nesting on roofs throughout the town wherever they went they would probably receive a similar reception!
Seven, mainly locally bred juveniles, were at Blundeston Marshes on the 6th.

MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor
Oulton Broad -14th (35).

Anser anser

Oulton Broad - 14th (38).

Branta canadensis
Nine were on Oulton Broad on the 14th.

SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna
Kessingland - 3rd (10 N), 9th (1 S), 18th (4 N, 1 S), 19th (1 S).

TEAL Anas crecca ****
Kessingland - 1st (3 S), 2nd (1 S), 3rd (3 S), 16th (8 S), 17th (4 S), 20th (4 S), 21st (8 S), 22nd (1 S), 30th (7 S).

Anas strepera
A pair were at Leathes Ham on the 2nd.
Kessingland - 9th (7 S), 16th (9 S), 24th (5 S).

COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima ****
One drifted north on the sea past Kessingland on the 29th.

COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra ****
Kessingland - 1st (8 N), 3rd (36 S), 4th (7 N, 23 S), 6th (2 N, 2 S, 15 o/s), 8th (8 N), 9th (11 S), 12th (45 S), 13th (50 S), 14th (6 S), 15th (32 S, 5 o/s), 16th (20 N), 18th (4 N), 20th (29 N, 34 S), 22nd (1 N), 23rd (1 N, 1 S), 24th (17 N, 48 S), 25th (4 o/s), 26th (5 N, 45 S, 2 o/s), 27th (1 S, 62 o/s), 28th (9 S), 29th (16 N, 12 S, 3 o/s), 30th (9 N, 2 o/s).
Ness Point - 14th (5 N).

OSPREY Pandion haliaetus
One flying northwards low over Laurel Road, Kirkley on the 23rd made up for being a good boy and staying at home to do some gardening and decorating (after a brief Yellow-winged Darter twitch)!

RED-FOOTED FALCON Falco vespertinus
A first summer male was seen near the harbour mouth at Gorleston at 6:37 on the 7th; it then drifted off to the south.

HOBBY Falco subbuteo

Two were hunting over crops at Blundeston Marshes on the 4th.

OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus ****
Three were flying around over cliff top fields at Corton on the 8th.
- 3rd (1 N, 1 S), 7th (1 S), 11th (1 S), 12th (2 S), 13th (3 N, 1 S), 17th (1 S), 19th (4 N), 20th (2 S), 21st (2 S), 22nd (1 S), 23rd (7 S), 24th (2 N, 14 S), 25th (1 S), 26th (5 S), 27th (1 S), 29th (4 S), 30th (10 S), 31st (2 N, 1 S).
Leathes Ham - 28th (2).
Lowestoft North Beach - 30th (6 S).

Ringed Plover ©Andrew Easton
Ringed Plover (catching dinner) - Hamilton Dock - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
Two were in Hamilton Dock on the 3rd, 13th and 14th.

GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola ****
Kessingland - 28th (1 N), 29th (3 S), 31st (1 S).

KNOT Calidris canutus ****
Two flew south past Kessingland on the 6th, with another two south past there on the 28th.
One very tame individual was feeding along the tideline in children's corner on Lowestoft South Beach on the 28th despite the crowds and aircraft noise.

DUNLIN Calidris alpina ****
Kessingland - 6th (6 S), 22nd (1 S), 23rd (4 S), 27th (3 S), 28th (2 S), 29th (12 S).

BAR-TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica ****
Kessingland - 9th (1 S), 11th (1 S), 27th (1 S), 29th (4 S), 30th (1 N, 4 S).

WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus
Kessingland - 6th (1 S), 8th (1 S), 9th (1 S), 11th (1 S), 12th (1 S), 18th (1 S), 20th (1 S), 21st (1 N, 1 S), 22nd (1 S), 23rd (2 S), 25th (2 S), 26th (88 S), 27th (24 S), 29th (34 S), 30th (2 S), 31st (1 S).
Corton - 8th (1 S).
Ness Point/North Beach - 17th (1 N), 30th (12 S).

CURLEW Numenius arquata
Kessingland - 1st (1 N), 3rd (6 S), 5th (3 S), 6th (8 S), 7th (1 S), 8th (4 S), 9th (3 S), 11th (2 S), 12th (16 S), 15th (4 S), 16th (7 S), 19th (1 S), 19th (1 S), 20th (2 S), 21st (6 S), 23rd (12 S), 29th (1 S), 30th (6 S).

REDSHANK Tringa totanus
One was at Ness Point on the 12th, it then flew south and was then seen on the South Beach and the rock breakwater by the South Pier.
Kessingland - 8th (1 S), 9th (1 S), 10th (14 S), 12th (1 S), 20th (1 S), 23rd (3 S), 26th (2 S).
Lowestoft North Beach - 22nd (3 S).

GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia ****
One was calling overhead over Sussex Road, Lowestoft, on the 1st.
One flew south past Kessingland on the 6th, with another south there on the 29th.

GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
Two were flying around calling over the marshes along the Breydon South Wall on the 16th.
One was seen ay Kirkley Fen on the 21st.

COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
One was in Mutford Lock basin along Lake Lothing on the 22nd and 31st; one was seen at Gunton on the 23rd and one was along Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th.

TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres ****
Ness Point - 1st (4), 7th (1).
Hamilton Dock
- 4th (5), 5th (2), 14th (9), 16th (5).
Kessingland - 29th (1 S).
Lowestoft North Beach - 31st (3).

Stercorarius pomarinus ****
One flew north past Kessingland on the 24th.
Three subadults (probably second summers) flew north together past Kessingland on the evening of the 28th, shortly afterwards they settled on the sea together off Lowestoft North Beach before continuing northwards a short while later.

Stercorarius parasiticus ****
Kessingland - 12th (1 dark phase north), 21st (2 pale phase north), 24th (1 dark phase S), 28th (1 dark phase o/s), 29th (2 pale phase N), 30th (1 pale phase N).
Lowestoft North Beach - 24th (5 - 2 pale phase adults + juvenile south; and 2 adults, pale and dark phase lingering on sea), 30th (2 adults).
Lowestoft South Beach - 27th (3 N).

Mediterranean Gull ©Andrew Easton
Mediterranean Gull - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

MEDITERRANEAN GULL Larus melanocephalus ****
One green ringed adult was with Black-headed Gulls at Links Road car park on the 1st and at Ness Point on the 5th. A Lowestoft regular now it seems; having spent the last two winters in Lowestoft it looks like it's back for another already.
An adult, possibly the same as the above, flew north past Ness Point on the 2nd.
One adult along the North Beach on the 14th could again be the same individual as above.
One rather tatty first summer was scavenging amongst the Airshow crowds on Lowestoft South Beach on the 27th.
One very smart juvenile was ant catching along Lowestoft North Beach on the 28th.
One juvenile flew north past Kessingland on the 29th.
One tatty second summer-winter individual was ant catching along Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th.

LITTLE GULL Larus minutus ****
Kessingland - 3rd (1 adult N), 7th (2 adults S), 13th(1 adult N), 21st (1 adult N), 22nd (1 S), 29th (1 S), 30th (1 N).
Lowestoft North Beach - 17th (1 adult S), 24th (1 adult), 27th (2 adults), 30th (6 adults, 2 first summers).
Gunton Beach - 28th (1).
Links Road Car Park - 31st (1).

BLACK-HEADED GULL Larus ridibundus
Increasing numbers of juveniles, such as the one pictured below, are appearing along the coast now.

Black-headed Gull ©Andrew Easton
Juvenile Black-headed Gull - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

An unfledged juvenile was noted on a roof in Beccles early in the month, so breeding is taking place there now as well as Lowestoft.

Larus argentatus
One juvenile was making its first tentative flight south over Ness Point on the 2nd, another was watched flying south at Corton on the 8th, most chicks in the town seem far less advanced than this.
The local gulls soon got used to the aircraft flying around during the two day air show along Lowestoft South Beach on the 27th and 28th. On the 28th those on the Claremont Pier didn't even bat an eyelid during the Harrier display!

Larus (cachinnans) michahellis ****
Old faithful had returned again to Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th. This very large individual was first noted in September 1997, and so has now been returning for ten years. As it was a full adult when first seen it is now at least 14 years old. Last year it was first noted on July 17th so we were beginning to wonder if it would be returning this year.

Rissa tridactyla ****
Kessingland - 1st (11 N, 5 S), 2nd (1 N, 1 S), 3rd (18 N, 3 S), 4th (11 N, 4 S), 5th (6 S), 6th (3 N, 8 S), 7th (3 N, 30 S), 8th (7 N, 28 S), 9th (6 N, 10 S), 10th (10 N, 17 S), 11th (12 N, 69 S), 12th (11 S), 13th (16 N, 28 S), 14th (9 N, 11 S), 15th (12 N, 13 S), 16th (6 N, 2 S), 17th (12 N, 1 S), 18th (5 N, 4 S), 19th (6 N, 2 S), 20th (7 N, 28 S), 22nd (6 N, 48 S), 23rd (4 N, 48 S), 24th (24 N, 27 S), 25th (3 N, 7 S), 26th (9 N, 56 S), 27th (5 N, 76 S), 28th (12 N, 9 S), 29th (5 N, 19 S), 30th (1 N, 27 S), 31st (4 N, 14 S).

SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvichensis ****
Kessingland - 1st (9 N, 3 S), 2nd (2 N, 3 S), 3rd (13 N, 7 S), 4th (8 N, 2 S), 5th (3 N, 6 S), 6th (4 N, 6 S), 7th (1 N, 1 S), 8th (4 N, 4 S), 9th (5 N, 4 S), 11th (4 S), 13th (7 S), 15th (34 N, 7 S), 16th (9 N, 2 S), 17th (13 N, 4 S), 18th (2 S), 19th (5 N, 4 S), 20th (17 N, 8 S), 21st (2 N, 3 S), 22nd (8 N, 13 S), 23rd (12 N, 16 S), 24th (29 N, 20 S), 25th (28 N, 13 S), 26th (26 N, 24 S), 27th (19 N, 42 S), 28th (25 N, 17 S), 29th (6 N, 41 S), 30th (15 N, 22 S), 31st (6 N, 32 S).
Ness Point
- 1st (3 N).

Sterna dougalli ****
A ringed adult was perched on the groynes along Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th was an all too rare sight in Lowestoft, but departed soon after. An even bigger surprise was an unringed second individual on another groyne soon afterwards; this luckily stayed around a bit longer before departing southwards out to sea. Both individuals are pictured below.

Roseate & Common Tern ©James Wright
Roseate Tern (right) and Common Tern - Lowestoft - July 2006
©James Wright
Roseate & Sandwich Tern ©Andrew Easton
Roseate Tern (right) and Sandwich Tern - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

Sterna hirundo ****
13 were perched on the groynes along Lowestoft North Beach on the 28th. Fledged juveniles are appearing there now along with the adults.

ARCTIC TERN Sterna paradisaea ****
One was perched on the groynes along Lowestoft North Beach on the 28th.

'COMMIC' TERN Sterna hirundo/paradisaea ****
Kessingland - 3rd (1 N, 1 S), 4th (3 N), 5th (2 N), 6th (5 N, 1 S), 7th (3 N), 8th (2 N, 7 S), 9th (3 N), 11th (3 N, 2 S), 13th (2 N), 14th (1 N), 15th (2 N), 16th (5 S), 17th (2 S), 19th (4 S), 20th (7 N, 12 S), 21st (1 N, 4 S), 22nd (4 N, 9 S), 23rd (10 N, 4 S), 24th (3 N, 4 S), 25th (5 N, 2 S), 26th (25 N, 12 S), 27th (21 S), 28th (9 N, 19 S), 29th (5 N, 31 S), 30th (24 N, 28 S), 31st (13 N, 43 S).

LITTLE TERN Sterna albifrons ****
Kessingland - 1st (4 N, 2 S), 2nd (1 N, 2 S), 3rd (6 N, 3 S), 4th (1 N, 4 S), 5th (4 N), 6th (2 N), 7th (1 N), 8th (4 S), 9th (2 N, 5 S), 10th (1 S), 11th (1 S), 13th (3 S), 21st (3 N, 4 S), 22nd (1 S), 23rd (1 S), 24th (3 N), 25th (7 N), 27th (2 S), 28th (14 N, 18 S), 29th (4 N, 4 S), 30th (3 N), 31st (1 N).

Chlidonias niger ****
One was seen feeding offshore at Kessingland on the 27th.
Eight were noted past Gorleston on the 29th.
One was feeding offshore along Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th.

AUK sp. Alcidae
Kessingland - 3rd (1 N), 6th (2 N), 10th (1 N), 15th (2 N).

STOCK DOVE Columba oenas
Leathes Ham - 1st (2).

TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia turtur
One was singing in Beccles Cemetery on the 13th.

[ PARROT sp.
After the Ring-necked Parakeet and unidentified red headed and breasted Parakeet seen last month comes news of a yellow headed type Amazon Parrot sitting on television aerials in Oulton Broad. With Red-billed Quelea and a Weaver Finch as well there seems to have been a mass breakout recently! ]

Agapornis roseicollis
Hot on the heels of the previous parrots comes a sighting of this diminutive species at Parkhill on the 22nd. ]

Cuculus canorus

One was still singing at Carlton Marshes on the 4th, and a juvenile was seen there on the 17th.

LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
One was along the disused railtrack at Corton on the 4th.
One was heard calling at Gunton on the 23rd.
One was seen at Coopers Lane, Kessingland on the 26th.

A flock of 60 flew south past Kessingland on the 9th.
Several hundred ware ant catching over the sea off Lowestoft North Beach on the evening of the 30th.

KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
One was at Leathes Ham on the 2nd.
One was at Kirkley Fen on the 21st.

Sand Martins ©Derek Beamish
Sand Martins - Corton - July 2006
©Derek Beamish

SAND MARTIN Riparia riparia ****
The colony north of Corton has about 150 active nests out of c.290 holes.
50, out of 250-300 birds present, were trapped and ringed at Corton on the 28th, in additon one that had been ringed at Belton was also caught there.

MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis
A pair were feeding young at the North Denes on the 14th, no mean feat considering how disturbed the area is.

YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava flavissima
One male was bathing at Corton new sewage works pond on the 1st.
At least one fledged juvenile was flying around calling over cliff top fields at Corton on the 8th.

Black Redstart ©Robert Wincup
Juvenile Black Redstart - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Robert Wincup

BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros
One young male was singing at Hamilton Road on the 4th and 7th, and on the 5th there proved to be a pair feeding at least one juvenile there (see ball of fluff above!). Probably the same bird has been heard singing at the harbour mouth on the 12th and in Wilde Street near Ness Point on the 14th. A second pair bred in the SLP complex as well this year.


One was singing at Carlton Marshes on the 17th.
Still singing in the mornings at Oulton Marshes up to the 25th at least.


Gunton Warren - 11th (2).

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa striata ****
Two were seen at Beccles Common on the 1st and 2nd.
A pair were feeding four young in Normanston park on the 27th.

STARLING Sturnus vulgaris

A piebald individual was with a pre-roost gathering on the gasometer at Ness Point on the 17th. Any relation to the white Starling present in Kessingland last winter and spring we wonder.

Piebald Starling ©Andrew Easton
Piebald Starling - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

GREENFINCH Carduelis chloris
Gunton Warren - 11th (2).

Carduelis cannabina

Gunton Warren
- 11th (12).

[ RED-BILLED QUELEA Quelea quelea ****
One was at a bird feeder in a Kessingland garden on the 28th, up until the Red Arrows scared it off as they arrived for the Lowestoft Seafront Airshow! It was back in the area again on the 30th though. Presumably the same individual seen in June in Oulton Broad. ]

BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula
One was seen in Beccles Cemetery on the 13th.

YELLOWHAMMER Emberiza citrinella
Three were at Wadling Lane, Blundeston on the 10th.

Gunton Warren - 11th (4).
Carlton Marshes - 17th (1).


Grey Seal
Kessingland - 3rd (1), 6th (1), 7th (1), 9th (1), 10th (1), 15th (2), 16th (1), 18th (1), 21st (2), 23rd (1), 25th (1), 30th (1).

Common Seal
Kessingland - 7th (1).

Harbour Porpoise
Ness Point - 20th (2), 28th (2), 30th (2).
Kessingland - 22nd (2 feeding), 23rd (1 S), 26th (2 S), 27th (2 feeding), 30th (1 S).

Water Vole
Beccles Common - 2nd (1).

Cream-streaked Ladybird ©Robert Wilton
Cream-streaked Ladybird - Lowestoft - July 2006
©Robert Wilton

Harlequin Ladybirds Harmonia axyridis are in evidence again this year with one larva wandering around on a dustbin lid in Stevens Street on the 9th and several adults seen in Belle Vue Park on the 14th. What was initially thought to be a Harlequin Ladybird on the sea wall along Lowestoft North Beach on the 30th proved to be a close relative, the Cream-streaked Ladybird Harmonia quadripunctata it may have been a new immigrant rather than locally bred, as Butterflies were certainly arriving in off the sea during that day. The species began colonising the UK after first appearing in Suffolk in the late 1930's.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth was still visiting gardens in Kessingland up to the 19th at least. The one at Gunton feeding at Honeysuckle flowers was seen again on the 12th, another was seen in a Gunton garden on the 17th. Much rarer though was a Striped Hawk-moth trapped in Kessingland overnight on the 2nd. Other Hawk-moth species trapped there on the 2nd and 3rd were Eyed, Lime, Poplar, Elephant and Small Elephant.

Striped Hawk-moth ©Chris Darby
Striped Hawk-moth - Kessingland - July 2006
©Chris Darby

On the 1st at least three male and one female Red-veined Darters were still at the Corton new sewage works pond. A Brown Hawker was along the nearby disused railway line, along with a very fresh Ringlet butterfly.

The first White Admiral butterflies of the year were noted in Mutford Wood on the 3rd.

Purple Hairstreak
butterflies were noted in Gunton Wood on the 18th and on Beccles Common on the 22nd. White-letter Hairstreaks were seen at Beccles Common on the 12th, 22nd and 23rd after probables early in the month. Peacock and Painted Lady butterflies were see arriving in off the sea along Lowestoft north beach on the evening of the 19th at least, at the same time a large immigration of Silver Y moths was taking place.

A Brown Argus butterfly was seen at Corton new sewage works on the 23rd, 25th and 30th. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was at Corton new sewage works on the 25th and at Gunton orchid meadow on the 2
6th and 29th.

Present at the Corton new sewage works pond on the 2nd were Emperor (4+), Norfolk Hawker (1), Black-tailed Skimmer (numerous), Broad-bodied Chaser (3+), Red-veined Darter (3+), Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red-eyed Damselfly, and Variable Damselfly.

Female Red-veined Darter ©Andrew Easton
Red-veined Darter (female) - Corton - July 2006
©Andrew Easton

On the 23rd Beccles Marsh Trail Lakes hosted Emperor (2), Black-tailed Skimmer (c. 6), Large Red-eyed Damselfly (30+ including several pairs ovipositing),
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (10+), and Azure, Common Blue, and Blue-tailed Damselflies were also present. On the marshes nearby Emerald Damselfly and Brown Hawker were also present.

One male Red-veined Darters was still at the Corton new sewage works pond on the 4th, with four there on the 23rd. Two males and a female were seen at a pond at Gunton on the 11th, with three males and a female there on the 22nd, two males were still there on the 25th. At least two males were at Leathes Ham on the 28th.

On the 22nd a female Yellow-winged Darter was seen at the Gunton orchid meadow near Tesco, later a male was located around the pond on the opposite side of the road. Outside our area one was also seen on the 22nd at Reydon, near Southwold. On the 23rd at least two males were present around the pond at Gunton, with at least one still there on the 26th. The last in the area was seen at the same pond on July 20th 2003.

Female Red-veined Darter ©Andrew Easton
Female Red-veined Darter ©Andrew Easton
Yellow-winged Darters (female top - male bottom) - Gunton - July 2006
©Ricky Fairhead

The first Migrant Hawkers were on the wing on the 22nd and 23rd.

Small Red-eyed Damselflies are still common and widespread, being noted at Beccles Marshes, Corton new sewage works, Gunton, and Leathes Ham at least, from the 22nd.

Present at Leathes Ham on the 28th were Emperor (1), Southern Hawker (1), Black-tailed Skimmer (2), Red-veined Darter (2), Ruddy Darter (2), Common Darter (5+), Common Blue Damselfly (5+), Blue-tailed Damselfly (1) and Small Red-eyed Damselfly (100+ males plus a few females).

A Southern Hawker at Carlton Marshes on the 30th was munching away on a Silver Y with the discarded wings falling onto the observers. It certainly won't go hungry with 1000's of Silver Y's around at the moment.