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GREAT CRESTED GREBE
Podiceps cristatus
****
Lound
- 2nd (ad), 10th (ad).
Burgh Castle - 2nd (2 ad's), 16th (4 ad's), 31st (2).
Kessingland - 3rd ( 2 on sea), 13th (1 o/s), 16th (1 o/s), 31st (1 S).
Hamilton Dock - 8th (1).



FULMAR Fulmarus glacialis
****
Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 2nd (1 N), 3rd (2 N), 4th (1 N), 5th (1 N), 6th (1 S), 7th (7 N), 8th (4 N, 1 S), 9th (6 N, 1 S), 10th (4 N), 12th (1 S), 14th (19 N), 15th (10 N, 1 S), 16th (3 N), 17th (2 N), 18th (1 N), 19th (2 S), 20th (1 N), 21st (2 N, 2 S), 22nd (3 N,1 S), 23rd (5 N, 1 S), 24th (1 N, 1 S), 25th (2 N, 1 S), 26th (2 N, 1 S), 27th (2 N, 1 S), 28th (3 N), 29th (2 N, 1 S), 30th (3 N, 1 S), 31st (3 N).
Ness Point - 22nd (4 N).



CORY'S SHEARWATER Calonectris diomedea
One flew south past Kessingland on the 23rd at 18:05.




SOOTY SHEARWATER Puffinus griseus ****
Ness Point - 22nd (4 N), 30th (1 N).

Kessingland - 22nd (1 N).



SHEARWATER sp.
Ness Point - 22nd (4 N). Sooty or Manx but very, very distant.



GANNET Morus bassanus ****
Kessingland - 1st (48 N, 2 S), 2nd (48 N, 1S), 3rd (48 N, 1 S), 4th (95 N, 1 S), 5th (100 N), 6th (33 N), 7th (125 N, 3 S), 8th (79 N, 1 S), 9th (71 N, 5 S), 10th (63 N, 2 S), 11th (254 N, 5 S, 29 feeding), 12th (52 N, 12 S, 3 feeding), 13th (29 N, 58 S), 14th (66 N, 1 S, 5 feeding), 15th (113 N, 2 S, 1 feeding), 16th (35 N), 17th (59 N, 5 S, 5 feeding), 18th (92 N, 8 S, 9 feeding), 19th (21 N), 20th (32 N), 20th (32 N), 21st (7 N, 1 S), 22nd (56 N, 2 S), 23rd (2 N, 1 S), 24th (19 N, 13 S, 12 feeding), 25th (79 N, 2 S), 26th (1 N, 1 S), 27th (1 N), 28th (52 N), 29th (50 N), 30th (2 N), 31st (7 N, 3 S).
Ness Point - 8th (2 N), 10th (2 N, 1 S), 20th (2), 22nd (25 N + many lingering to fish), 29th (several).
Corton - 26th (2 N).



CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
****
Lowestoft North Beach
- 2nd (4).
Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 3rd (1 N), 4th (2 S), 5th (2 N, 1 S), 6th (2 N, 2 S), 7th (2 N, 2 S), 9th (1 S), 11th (11 N), 13th (3 S), 15th (1 S), 17th (1 S), 18th (1 S), 20th (2 S), 21st (1 N), 24th (3 N), 25th (1 N), 28th (1 S), 30th (5 S).



LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Burgh Castle Flats - 1st (3), 2nd (4), 16th (4), 22nd (3), 26th (8), 31st (5).
Breydon South Shore - 17th (3), 22nd (2), 24th (3), 28th (5).



PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea
****
Arguably bird of the month so far. A juvenile found on marshes along Breydon South Wall at 14:55 on the 14th has led one or two Lizard's a merry dance since! Those quick of the mark early morning on the 15th managed to get excellent views at Fisher's Marsh. Up until about 10:00 it was seen about 10 times in flight, on the ground in a cattle field, on a fence and briefly on the new pool near the pump house. After this the bird became very elusive and wasn't seen again until late evening. Some confusion did arise briefly when a juvenile Grey Heron appeared against the light on the same gate the Purple Heron had earlier.

On the 16th it was seen at 08:40 near the windmill east of the pump house. On the 17th it was again seen near the windpump early morning, but in the afternoon was nearer Humberstone Farm. In the evening at 19:35 it was seen in flight briefly, but distantly, behind the field with the cows in, when viewed along the western ditch of that field. At 20:10 it got up for a longer flight but flew even farther away to Gapton Marshes landing in the vicinity of the marshes in front of Bradwell Hall.

The heron put in a very good performance on the 21st being seen very well in flight and on the ground. On the afternoon of the 24th it was seen very well in flight close to the South Wall near the windpump four times in 3 hours. It may have been seen more but ominous black clouds, overhead thunder and lightning sent the Lizards running!!!!!

On the 25th noted in flight in the morning and afternoon by the windpump. On the 29th it was seen in flight by the windpump at 10:20 remaining til the months end.

Purple Heron ©James Brown
Purple Heron - Breydon South Wall - August 24, 2004
© F. Kin-Gate (aka James Brown).



GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus

The long staying bird at Berney was still present on the 12th. Having wandered away from here on the 3rd when it was seen at Minsmere, it was back on Berney on the 10th when it was watched flying in from the south at 07:30.

On the 1st it was seen roosting with cormorants on Burgh Castle Flats. More recently it has spent the best part of both afternoons on the 11th, 12th and 13th feeding on the exposed mud in the tidal inlet below Burgh Castle itself affording very good views.

Despite good observer coverage there was no sign from the 14th - 18th although one did turn up in the Netherlands on the 15th, is it really that wide ranging? Either way it reappeared on the evening of the 19th when it was found feeding with large gulls in fields along Breydon South Wall at TG 496 066 from 19:10-19:50 at least. On the 20th it was still present in the same field. Last year's long staying Sabine's Gull wasn't this elusive!!!

Still present on the 25th when it was in the field behind the cows, 100m past the first stile during the morning. In the afternoon it was on the playing fields by the rugby club!!!

On the 28th it finally slipped up and allowed several observers to catch up with it when stayed on the Burgh Castle mudflats for over three hours before flying north back to Berney Marshes mid-afternoon. The lighting conditions weren't brilliant, but as it is now unresplendent in non-breeding plumage there isn't much in the way of colour to see on it anyway!

For the fourth consecutive day it gave itself up and was enjoyed by many at close quarters on the 31st. Present roosting in the inlet at high tide before wandering out onto the mud as the tide receded.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis (with Mallards) - Burgh Castle - 28th August 2004 - ©Andrew Easton


BARNACLE GOOSE
Branta leucopsis
Over three hundred were at Lound Waterworks on the 29th, accompanied by four Bar-headed Geese Anser indicus.



SHELDUCK
Tadorna tadorna ****
Kessingland - 8th (3 S), 15th (4 S), 16th (1 S), 17th (5 S), 20th (1 S), 22nd (22 S), 24th (1 N, 1 S).



WIGEON
Anas penelope ****
An unseasonal record came from Blundeston Village lake on the 16th.
Kessingland
- 24th (3 S).



GADWALL
Anas strepera ****
Two flew south past Kessingland on the 10th and 24th.



TEAL
Anas crecca ****
Kessingland - 3rd (22 S), 4th (2 S), 5th (11 S), 6th (2 N, 39 S), 7th (8 S), 8th (67 S), 9th (84 S), 10th (37 S), 11th (20 S), 12th (7 S), 14th (14 N, 32 S), 15th (7 S), 16th (3 S), 18th (22 S), 19th (2 S), 21st (1 S), 23rd (2 S), 24th (108 S), 25th (7 S), 26th (27 N, 6 S), 29th (2 N, 2 S), 31st (9 N, 28 S).



TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula
****
Kessingland - 1s (1 N), 9th (1 S), 31st (1 S).



COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima ****
The first-summer male was still in Hamilton Dock on the 12th, 20th and 22nd.
Ness Point - 22nd (3 N).
Kessingland
- 22nd (3 N same as above).



COMMON SCOTER
Melanitta nigra
****
Kessingland - 1st (6 N, 1 S, 15 o/s), 2nd (20 N, 103 S), 3rd (41 S), 4th (1 N, 8 S), 5th (8 N), 6th (5 N, 22 S, 1 o/s), 7th (6 N, 6 S), 8th (1 N, 24 S), 10th (1 N, 33 S), 11th (56 N, 10 S), 12th (12 N, 7 S, 8 o/s), 13th (1 N), 14th (38 N, 4 S), 15th (2 N), 16th (6 S), 19th (1 S), 22nd (8 N, 20 S), 23rd (11 S), 24th (20 S), 25th (1 S), 26th (2 N), 28th (2 N), 29th (1 N, 3 S), 31st (1 N).
Ness Point - 12th (14 S), 22nd (4 N, 2 S).



VELVET SCOTER Melanitta nigra ****
Kessingland - 10th (2 S), 24th (2 S).



OSPREY Pandion haliaetus
After been seen briefly at Breydon Water on the 13th one put on an excellent showing over Burgh Castle on the afternoon of the 14th. After flying in from the north at 14:30 the bird patrolled the rivers around Haddiscoe Island and Burgh Castle for about half an hour. At 16:00 it drifted in high from the east over Burgh Castle ruins once again circling the estuary before heading off north.

On the 15th was seen from Breydon South Wall fishing in the main channel where it caught a fish and flew off north.

Osprey
Osprey - Burgh Castle - 14th August 2004 - ©Andrew Easton


MARSH HARRIER
Circus aeruginosus ****
Breydon South Wall
- 2nd (2), 15th (4), 16th (2), 22nd (3), 24th (female), 29th (male), 31st (2).
Barnby and Carlton Marshes - 8th (2).
Kessingland - 11th (one flew in from the sea).



HOBBY
Falco subbuteo
****
Kessingland - One was watched whipping around the sewage works area on at least five occasions on the 1st, probably the same bird each time. Again noted at the sewage works on the 10th. One flew south along the beach there on the 3rd and 10th, 24th (2 S together).
Burgh Castle
- 2nd (2), 28th (1), 31st (2 at dusk).
Gunton Hall
- 9th (1).
Corton - 10th (1).
Breydon South Wall - 21st (1), 24th (1).
Kirkley
- 26th (1 preying on Swifts).



PEREGRINE
Falco peregrinus ****
One flew in off the sea at Ness Point on the 31st.



GREY PARTRIDGE
Perdix perdix
Four (2 ad, 2 young) were seen near the old sewage works at Corton on the 10th.



WATER RAIL
Rallus aquaticus
Burgh Castle is a good place to catch up with this species locally at low tide. On the evening of the 2nd two juveniles were chasing each other around in an inlet of the reedbed, an adult was seen and a further two birds heard. Single juveniles were seen on the 10th, 22nd and 31st.



OYSTERCATCHER
Haematopus ostralegus
****
Kessingland - 1st (3 N), 2nd (1 S), 3rd (1 N, 11 S), 4th (3 S), 5th (2 S), 6th (13 N, 1 S), 7th (1 S), 8th (2 S), 9th (13 S), 10th (30 S), 11th (16 S), 12th (3 N, 4 S), 13th (1 N, 14 S), 14th (5 N, 27 S), 16th (1 N), 18th (3 S), 19th (10 S), 20th (1 N, 1 S), 21st (4 S), 23rd (1 N, 4 S), 24th (1 S), 25th (8 S), 26th (1 N, 4 S), 29th (2 S), 31st (2 S).
Lound Waterworks
- 7th, 10th (1).
Lowestoft - 18th (1 S), 22nd (2 S), 23rd (12 S).



AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta
Breydon South Shore
- 17th (20).



GOLDEN PLOVER
Pluvialis apricaria ****
One flew west over Kessingland sewage works on the 1st. One was also circling over there on the 7th.
Kessingland - 9th (3 S), 14th (1 N, 1 S), 16th (1 S), 24th (3 S), 25th (1 S), 28th (2 S).
Corton
- 10th (1 N).
Gunton Beach - 10th (1 S).
Breydon South Wall - 15th (12 W).
Burgh Castle Flats - 26th (2 over).



GREY PLOVER
Pluvialis squatarola ****
Kessingland - 1st (3 N), 9th (8 S), 10th (5 S), 11th (9 S), 12th (22 S), 13th (8 S), 14th (11 N, 11 S), 17th (1 S), 18th (40 S), 19th (12 S), 20th (3 S), 22nd (1 S), 23rd (6 S), 24th (5 S), 25th (1 S), 26th (1 N, 3 S), 27th (1 S), 29th (4 S).
Pakefield - 10th (1 S).
Lowestoft - 18th (3 S), 23rd (2 S), 29th (3 S).



LAPWING
Vanellus vanellus
Burgh Castle Flats - 14th (35).
Kessingland
- 9th (6 flew in from the sea).


KNOT
Calidris canutus
****
Ness Point - 8th (ad on jetty), 10th (1 S), 18th (2 S).
Hamilton Dock - 11th (adult and juvenile).
Kessingland
- 11th (1 S), 12th (1 S), 13th (3 S), 14th (3 N), 25th (2 S), 31st (15 S).
Breydon South Shore - 29th (20).
Burgh Castle Flats - 31st (13).

Sanderling  ©Andrew Easton
Sanderling - Lowestoft - 8th August 2004 - ©Andrew Easton


SANDERLING
Calidris alba

One (pictured above), in faded and worn summer plumage, was feeding along the North Beach, Lowestoft on the 8th. Two were there on the 12th.
Ness Point
- 10th (1 S), 22nd (1 on Point + 7 S).
Hopton
- 12th (2 on the beach).
Kessingland - 13th (5 S), 15th (11 S), 16th (8 S, 4 o/b).



CURLEW SANDPIPER
Calidris ferruginea
Breydon South Shore
- 28th (3), 29th (2).
Burgh Castle Flats - 31st (juv).



DUNLIN
Calidris alpina
****
A juvenile was feeding at Ness Point itself on the 8th.

Kessingland - 2nd (15 S), 6th (9 S), 7th (3 S), 9th (8 S), 11th (4 S), 12th (10 S), 15th (6 S), 18th (1 S), 19th (12 S), 25th (7 S), 31st (4 S).
Ness Point - 10th (c30 S), 22nd (1 S).



RUFF
Philomachus pugnax
Burgh Castle Flats - 1st (42), 2nd (26), 10th (7), 16th (25), 28th (4), 31st (3).
Breydon South Shore
- 1st (1).



CURLEW
Numenius arquata ****
Kessingland - 1st (2 N, 2 S), 5th (1 N), 6th (1 N), 7th (1 N), 9th (3 S), 10th (1 S), 11th (2 S), 12th (1 S), 15th (1 S), 18th (1 S), 19th (2 S), 23rd (1 S).
Breydon South Shore - 23rd (107 feeding in flooded fields).



WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus ****
Kessingland - 1st (4 S), 2nd (3 N, 60 S), 8th (11 S), 9th (2 S), 14th (1 N, 2 S), 15th (1 S), 24th (2 S), 25th (2 S), 26th (3 S), 28th (1 S), 29th (3 S).
Kessingland sewage works - 11th (6 S).
Burgh Castle - 1st (5 W).
Breydon South Shore - 2nd (1), 15th (2).
Corton
- 10th (4 S).
Hopton
- 12th (2 on the beach).



COMMON SNIPE
Gallinago gallinago ****
20 were seen in flight at Burgh Castle on the evening of the 2nd with two there on the 10th..
Breydon South Shore - 23rd (10 in flight), 29th (12).
Burgh Castle - 26th (8), 31st (4).



BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa ****
Breydon South Shore
- 2nd (85, one colour ringed; details submitted), 29th (300+ included 9 with colour rings).
Ness Point - 22nd (4 W).

Black-tailed Godwit ©Robert Wilton

This colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit was on Breydon South Shore on August 3rd
©Robert Wilton


BAR-TAILED GODWIT
Limosa laponnica ****
Kessingland
- 1st (3 N), 5th (1 S), 9th (1 S), 12th (1 S), 13th (4 S), 14th (2 S), 18th (1 S), 29th (8 S), 30th (1 S).
Corton
- 10th (1 S).



REDSHANK
Tringa totanus ****
Ness Point - 10th (2 S).
Hamilton Dock - 11th (1).
Kessingland - 10th (1 S), 11th (15 S), 14th (1 S), 15th (28 S), 17th (9 S), 18th (2 S), 19th (2 S), 20th (7 S), 21st (1 S), 23rd (16 S), 25th (27 S), 26th (1 S), 28th (14 S), 29th (1 S), 31st (16 N, 4 S).
Burgh Castle Flats - 31st (158).

On July 24 and 25 four leg-flagged juvenile's were seen on Burgh Castle Flats, three of the birds were locally bred:

'AJ' was ringed near Reedham on the 31-05-04 and was sighted at Norton on the 22-06-04.
'AT' was ringed near Reedham on the 25-05-04 and was also sighted at Norton on the 22-06-04.
'SC' was ringed at Berney Marshes RSPB on the 14-06-04.



SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus ****
Burgh Castle Flats - 14th (3), 16th (3), 28th (3), 31st (2).
Breydon South Shore - 16th (1), 29th (1).



GREENSHANK
Tringa nebularia ****
Breydon South Shore
- 2nd (2), 15th (2), 16th (1).
Kessingland
- 11th (2 S), 14th (1 S), 23rd (1 S).
Burgh Castle Flats - 26th (9), 28th (5).



WOOD SANDPIPER
Tringa glareola
The newly created pool along Breydon South Wall marshes have instantly proved to be excellent. This species has long been a blocker on one or two Lizard Lists. However, here they have been recorded as follows over the last couple of days 14th (12), 15th (8), 16th (8), 20th (7).



GREEN SANDPIPER
Tringa ochropus
Good numbers have once again been recorded. It's seems reasonable to assume that the different dates refer to different birds. Cantley BF, Norfolk has had 50+ day counts recently!!!
Burgh Castle Flats
- 2nd (1 over).
Kirkley Fen - 2nd one in the new Kingfisher Dyke was a new bird for the site, 8th (1).
Kessingland sewage works
- 5th (1), 10th (1).
Laurel Road, South Lowestoft - 8th ( 1 over).
Breydon South Wall - 15th (2), 23rd (1), 28th (1).



COMMON SANDPIPER
Actitis hypoleucos
Burgh Castle Flats - 2nd (3), 10th (5).
Lound Water Works - 2nd (1), 7th (6), 10th (1).
Gunton Hall Lake - 9th (4).
Ness Point - 11th (2 on rocks).
Hamilton Dock - 11th (1).
Breydon South Wall - 15th (3), 16th (2).



TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres ****
Hamilton Dock
- 8th (6).
Breydon South Wall - 15th (1), 29th (6).

Kessingland - 10th (2 S), 13th (8 S), 14th (16 N), 25th (3 S).
Ness Point - 22nd (18), 23rd (1 S).



GREAT SKUA Catharacta skua ****
Kessingland - 3rd (1 N), 4th (1 N), 7th (1 N), 12th (1 S), 14th (9 N [including one group of 3 and one of 5], 1 S), 15th (2 N), 19th (3 N), 22nd (1 N), 23rd (1 N, 1 S), 28th (1 N).
Ness Point - 7th (1 N), 22nd (1 N).


POMARINE SKUA Stercorarius pomarinus
Kessingland - 4th (1 N), 6th (1 N).


ARCTIC SKUA Stercorarius parasiticus ****
Kessingland - 1st (1 N), 2nd (3 N), 4th (4 N), 10th (1 N), 12th (2 S, 1 o/s), 13th (2 N, 2 o/s), 14th (1 S), 15th (1 N), 19th (1 N), 22nd (1 N), 24th (1 N), 25th (1 S), 28th (3 S), 31st (1 N).
One was lingering close in offshore at Hopton on the 12th.
Ness Point - 22nd (4 N), 23rd (1 N).
Corton - 26th (one lingering throughout day).



SKUA spp. ****
Kessingland - 21st (1 N).



MEDITERRANEAN GULL
Larus melanocephalus
Ness Point - A heavily moulting second summer bird with a green colour ring was flying around between Ness Point and the North Beach on the 8th. (Green colour rings are used in France and Belgium).
Pakefield
- 10th juv. moulting to 1st winter + 2nd-yr on beach.
Gunton-Ness Point - juv. patrolling the beach during the afternoon.
Breydon South Wall - 15th (1 second winter), 21st (ad.).
Lowestoft South Beach - 18th (ad. + 1st-yr).



LITTLE GULL
Larus minutus ****
Kessingland - 1st (11 N, 1 S, 2 o/s), 2nd (1 N, 1 S), 3rd (5 N), 4th (1 N, 1 S), 5th (1 S), 7th (1 N), 8th (1 N), 9th (1 N, 1 S), 11th (2 S), 12th (1 N, 6 S), 13th (3 N), 14th (5 N), 15th (5 N, 1 S), 16th (1 feeding), 17th (1 N), 18th (2 S), 21st (1 N, 3 S), 22nd (1 N), 24th (1 N), 26th (3 N), 27th (1 N, 1 S), 28th (6 N), 30th (2 N).
Lowestoft North Beach - 7th (5 adults), 8th (3 ads), 10th (8), 12th (4 ads, 1 juvenile on groynes), 18th (8 on groynes).
Ness Point - 8th (1 N), 23rd (5 S), 22nd (ad + juv. on sea south).

Little Gull ©Robert Wincup

flycatching Little Gull - Lowestoft North Denes - August 2004 - ©Robert Wincup


YELLOW-LEGGED GULL Larus michahellis
An adult was again on Burgh Castle mudflats on the 1st and 31st.
The regular adult was seen along Lowestoft North Beach on the 2nd, 18th and 23rd.



KITTIWAKE
Rissa tridactyla ****
Kessingland
- 1st (4 N, 3 S, 1 o/s), 2nd (4 N, 1 S), 3rd (5 N, 14 S), 4th (6 N, 3 S), 5th (10 N, 5 S), 6th (2 N), 7th (7 N, 6 S), 8th (8 N, 16 S), 9th (9 N, 6 S), 10th (7 N, 28 S), 11th (6 N, 5 S), 12th (2 N), 13th (1 S), 14th (13 N, 7 S), 15th (8 N, 5 S), 16th (2 N, 13 S), 17th (1 N, 12 S), 18th (1 N, 20 S), 19th (1 S), 20th (1 N, 8 S), 21st (5 N, 3 S), 22nd (5 S), 23rd (2 S), 24th (1 S), 25th (2 N, 2 S), 26th (2 S).



SANDWICH TERN
Sterna sandvicensis ****
Kessingland - 1st (22 N, 33 S), 2nd (24 N, 23 S), 3rd (22 N, 8 S), 4th (10 N, 9 S), 5th (13 N, 11 S), 6th (4 N, 4 S), 7th (15 N, 6 S), 8th (5 N, 1 S), 9th (10 N, 6 S), 10th (5 N, 9 S), 11th (8 N, 1 S), 12th (6 N, 15 S), 13th (5 N, 7 S), 14th (12 N, 16 S), 15th (6 N, 4 S), 16th (9 S), 17th (6 N, 2 S), 18th (5 N, 8 S), 19th (2 N, 16 S), 20th (16 S), 21st (3 N, 13 S), 22nd (9 N, 1 S), 23rd (11 N, 7 S), 24th (28 N, 4 S), 25th (3 N), 26th (1 N, 12 S), 27th (2 N, 3 S), 28th (7 N, 2 S), 29th (15 N, 1 S), 30th (2 N, 4 S), 31st (6 N, 5 S).
Ness Point - 23rd (13 N).



LITTLE TERN
Sterna albifrons
Kessingland - 1st (2 N, 2 S), 2nd (6 N), 3rd (6 N, 2 S), 4th (3 N, 1 S), 5th (9 N, 2 S), 6th (1 N, 11 S), 7th (6 N, 4 S), 8th (7 S), 9th (29 S),
10th (3 N, 19 S), 12th (1 N), 13th (2 N), 14th (2 N), 17th (4 N, 1 S).

Despite being a daily feature off Kessingland Little Terns remain extremely scarce off Lowestoft North North Beach. The raw figures for July 2004 don't take into account duplication of individuals but do indicate that Kessingland is the favoured stretch of coast in the area, there's not much in it though is there!?!?!

Lowestoft North Beach - 1 S, 1 feeding.
Kessingland - 191 N, 264 S, 69 feeding.

Little Tern  ©Robert Wincup

Little Tern - Benacre - July 2004 - ©Robert Wincup


"COMMIC" TERN
Sterna hirundo/paradisaea ****
Kessingland - 1st (43 N, 15 S), 2nd (17 N, 36 S), 3rd (17 N, 35 S), 4th (9 N, 53 S), 5th (8 N, 42 S), 6th (7 N, 32 S), 7th (29 N, 20 S), 8th (15 N, 73 S), 9th (34 N, 65 S), 10th (8 N, 296 S), 11th (17 N, 20 S), 12th (2 N, 65 S), 13th (32 N, 52 S), 14th (206 N, 265 S), 15th (75 N, 37 S), 16th (68 N, 50 S), 17th (40 N, 61 S), 18th (26 N, 66 S), 19th (41 N, 38 S), 20th (29 N, 269 S), 21st (4 N, 17 S), 22nd (38 N, 14 S), 23rd (8 N, 47 S), 24th (62 N, 13 S), 25th (22 N, 11 S), 26th (7 N, 97 S), 27th (75 N, 8 S), 28th (27 N, 45 S), 29th (14 N, 4 S), 30th (8 N, 21 S), 31st (5 N, 39 S).
Ness Point - 23rd (10 N).



ARCTIC TERN Sterna paradisaea
Ness Point - 10th (juv. lingering close inshore).
Lowestoft North Beach - 14th (ad. on groynes).



BLACK TERN Chlidonias niger ****
Very good numbers have been seen along the east coast in recent days. An impressive 140 were noted off Sizewell and 53 at Benacre Broad, Suffolk on the 10th with several other reports from elsewhere. The same day 5 flew south past Pakefield in the evening, later being seen off Kessingland. At Ness Point a juvenile flew south with a few Common Terns.
Ness Point - 14th (ad. S), 22nd (1 N), 29th (1 N).
Kessingland - 10th (5 S), 11th (3 S), 12th (3 S), 13th (2 S), 14th (2 S), 23rd (3 S, 2 N), 24th (2 S), 30th (7 S).



TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia turtur
One was seen at Burgh Castle on the 2nd and 26th.



CUCKOO
Cuculus canorus
Juveniles were at Burgh Castle 2nd; Carlton Colville 8th; Corton old sewage works 10th-11th; Breydon South Wall 16th; Ash Farm, Mutford 20th.

Cuckoo ©Andrew Easton
Juvenile Cuckoo - Carlton Colville - 8th August 2004 - ©Andrew Easton

BARN OWL Tyto alba
Two were hunting over Fisher's Marsh, Breydon South Wall on the 15th.
One was at Burgh Castle Marsh on the 22nd.



TAWNY OWL Strix aluco ****
One was calling in Burgh Castle Churchyard on the evening of the 26th and 31st.



SHORT-EARED OWL
Asio flammeus
Two were hunting over the marshes along Breydon South Wall on the 26th, at least one was still present on the 28th..



SWIFT Apus apus
Several small groups were watched heading leisurely south over Kessingland on the 7th. They were often accompanied by family parties of Swallows and House Martins also now on their way to Africa. Once again good numbers were on the move on the 9th and 10th.

Early morning on the 13th saw a notable movement over the town. 216 were counted heading south over the disused railtrack between Yarmouth Road and Lowestoft Cemetery. This total included a group of 110 over the cemetery. The same day c2000 passed over Kessingland sewage works in the first few hours of the day.

The sense of migration was once again in the air on the 16th. Southbound parties consisting of up to 100 birds were passing over Corton, Lowestoft and Pakefield throughout the day. It would be foolish to speculate at how many actually passed through.

A flock of at least 50 was lingering over Corton or much of the morning of the 28th.



KINGFISHER
Alcedo atthis ****
Kirkley Fen, "Kingfisher Dyke"
- 2nd (1), 7th (1), 12th (1), 14th (1), 15th (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 5th (1).
Burgh Castle
- 14th (1), 26th (1), 31st (1).



GREEN WOODPECKER
Picus viridis
One narrowly escaped being caught by a female Sparrowhawk in Kirkley Cemetery on the 6th. Also noted at Gunton on the 19th and Corton on the 23rd and 28th.



GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos major
Noted at Corton and Burgh Castle on the 28th.




SWALLOW
Hirundo rustica
Although the heat of the British summer is only just beginning to kick in, many birds are already heading for their wintering grounds in Africa. Family parties were seen heading south at Kessingland on the 7th and at Ness Point on the 7th and 8th, where they often stop for a brief rest on the railings there. Once again good numbers were on the move on the 9th and 10th.



HOUSE MARTIN
Delichon urbica
Several groups were seen heading south over Kessingland on the 7th. Once again good numbers were on the move on the 9th and 10th. Once again good numbers were on the move on the 9th and 10th.



YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava ****
Corton - 28th (1 S, 2 in clifftop fields), 28th (1 S).
349 were counted arriving at the Burgh Castle post-breeding communal roost on the 2nd which had increased from 202 on July 25th. What's most encouraging is that many of the birds are juvenile's. With adults seen carrying food in the area recently the flock will almost certainly increase.

426 arrived on the evening of the 26th. In dull conditions many undoubtedly arrived undetected against grey skies. Many were heard flying in but not seen.
If you get the chance this site is well worth a visit, and very pleasant in the evenings.

412 arrived on the evening of the 31st.



NIGHTINGALE Luscinia megarhynchos
One migrant was trapped and ringed at Kessingland on the 7th. We would never have known it was there otherwise. Two were present on the 13th.



BLACK REDSTART
Phoenicuros ochruros
A juvenile was seen along Warren Lane, Gorleston on the 12th.



WHEATEAR
Oenanthe oenanthe
The first returning migrant was at Ness Point on the 4th after which recorded in the area as follows:
Lowestoft North Denes - 10th (3), 11th (3), 12th (1), 14th (2), 20th (3) and 23rd (1).
Gunton Beach
- 10th (3), 22nd (2).
Hamilton Dock
- 11th (2).
Breydon South Wall
- 15th (1), 16th (2), 17th (1), 19th (1), 28th (1), 29th (1).
Ness Point
- 21st (1).



WHINCHAT
Saxicola rubetra
The appearance of eight on the 10th is a clear indication that autumn migration is well underway. They're not the talk of the town they are the chat of the town!
Lowestoft North Denes
- 10th (2), 11th (2).
Gunton Beach
- 10th (2).
Corton MoD
- 10th (2).
Lowestoft Cemetery
- 10th (2).
Kessingland sewage works
- 13th (1).



CETTI'S WARBLER
Cettia cetti
One was singing at Burgh Castle on the 1st. Others were heard calling at Kessingland and Lound Waterworks on the 7th.



LESSER WHITETHROAT
Sylvia curruca
Migrants were noted at Gunton Beach and Lowestoft Cemetery on the 10th.
Warren Lane, Gorleston - 14th (1).
Corton - 22nd (1).
10 were counted along the disused railtrack between Yarmouth Road and Lowestoft Cemetery early morning on the 13th. The recently opened stretch of cycle track between the Yarmouth Road and Waveney Sport's Centre looks excellent and is full of birds. It won't be too long before something good is turned up here. Watch this space.....



WHITETHROAT
Sylvia communis
Over 100 have now been caught and ringed at Kessingland Sewage works this year.
Several migrants were along coastal scrub on the 10th including 4 at Corton MoD.
Lowestoft Cemetery - 13th (6 family party).



GARDEN WARBLER
Sylvia borin
One was along Warren Lane, Gorleston on the 12th.
One was along the disused railtrack near Yarmouth Road on the 13th.



SEDGE WARBLER
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Good numbers have been caught and ringed at Kessingland sewage works so far this year where this singing male was photographed.

Sedge Warbler ©Robert Wincup

Sedge Warbler - Kessingland - July, 2004 - ©Robert Wincup


GREENISH WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides
News of one calling frequently, and showing occasionally at Warren Lane, Gorleston broke too late in the day on the 11th for Lowestoft birders to twitch. An extensive search on the 12th proved fruitless. This species was always on the cards with five seen in Scotland on the 12th, some of which stayed for 2-3 days. Oh well there's still time to get another one!!!



CHIFFCHAFF
Phylloscopus collybita
Numerous juveniles were calling at Kessingland on the 1st. Two family parties were noted at Corton disused railtrack on the 10th.



WILLOW WARBLER
Phylloscopus trochilus
Two first winter birds were trapped and ringed at Kessingland on the 1st, and a third bird was heard singing. Presumed to be migrants rather than locally bred birds as there have been woefully few in evidence during the breeding season.
Warren Lane, Gorleston - 14th (1).



PIED FLYCATCHER Ficedula hypoleuca
The first of the autumn was seen along the disused railway track at Corton on the 3rd after which noted as follows:

Kessingland sewage works - 5th (1).
Corton disused railtrack - 10th (8), 12th (2), 15th (2).
Corton MoD - 10th (3).
Broadland Sands holiday park, Corton - 10th (3).
Gunton disused railtrack - 10th (4), 11th (2), 12th (2).
Lowestoft North Denes - 10th (2).
Lowestoft Cemetery - 12th (2 John Turner hedge), 13th (1, diff. from y'day, near bridge along disused railtrack).
Yarmouth Road allotments/disused railtrack - 13th (1).

This has been one of the best starts to the autumn for this species for years. In recent times it hasn't been unusual not to see double figures in an entire autumn! Therefore, the healthy total of 22 up to the 10th is good going. Further up the east coast numbers have been impressive. For instance on the 10th Spurn, East Yorkshire hosted 100+ and Blakeney Point, Norfolk 65. These two sites also scored 4 Icterine Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 3 Wryneck and 2 Red-backed Shrike between them on the 10th. Good birds have been peppered along the east coast and it makes you wonder what's lurking in our area? Hopefully someone will hit the jackpot soon. Good luck!!!



SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa striata
Lowestoft North Denes - A migrant was along the slope on the 20th.



BEARDED TIT Panurus biarmicus
Heard calling at Burgh Castle on the 2nd and Breydon South Wall on the 2nd and 15th.



TREECREEPER
Certhia familiaris
One that flew into a window at St. Olaves was a garden tick for the observer on the 19th.



HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
An impressive flock of 103 were at the southern perimeter fence of Radar Lodge (formerly Corton MoD) on the 10th. This flock included large numbers of juveniles. A smaller flock is present just north of Corton village itself, although this had increased to over 100 at the old sewage works site on the 28th.

A group of 50+ were along the disused railtrack near the St. Margaret's Road bridge on the 13th.




BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula
A young Bullfinch was killed when it flew into the cottage window at Ash Farm on the 22nd, the same window a adult male killed itself a few years ago.