Snow Buntings - Kessingland - November 2004 - ©Andrew Easton
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RED-THROATED DIVER Gavia stellata
Kessingland - 1st (27 N, 182 S, 15 on sea), 2nd (31 N, 4 S, 2 o/s), 3rd (37 N, 4 S), 4th (7 N, 32 S, 2 o/s), 5th (29 N, 25 S, 2 o/s), 6th (37 N, 29 S, 11 o/s), 7th (61 N, 36 S, 16 o/s), 8th (39 N, 6 S, 8 o/s), 9th (22 N, 6 S, 4 o/s), 10th (12 N, 7 S, 4 o/s), 11th (16 N, 16 S, 62 o/s), 12th (5 N, 18 S, 14 o/s), 13th (5 N, 5 S, 5 o/s), 14th (6 N, 3 S, 6 o/s), 15th (15 N, 10 S, 15 o/s), 16th (38 N, 10 S, 1 o/s), 17th (58 N, 1 S, 24 o/s), 18th (11 N, 22 S, 3 o/s), 19th (15 N, 3 S), 20th (53 N, 51 S, 1 o/s), 21st (8 N, 5 S, 3 o/s), 22nd (3 N, 33 S, 6 o/s), 23rd (7 N, 4 S, 2 o/s), 24th (33 N, 14 S, 5 o/s), 25th (33 N, 90 S, 9 o/s), 26th (16 N, 12 S), 27th (20 N, 19 S, 1 o/s), 28th (11 N, 50 S, 2 o/s), 29th (14 N, 25 S, 3 o/s), 30th (10 N, 2 S, 1 o/s), 31st (19 N, 37 S, 2 o/s).
Ness Point - 13th (1 S).
BLACK-THROATED DIVER Gavia arctica
Kessingland - 6th (1 N).
Ness Point - 17th (1 o/s).
DIVER sp. Gaviidae
Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 3rd (1 S), 15th (1 N), 26th (1 S).
LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis
Three were in Hamilton Dock on the 3rd.
GREAT CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus
Kessingland - 1st (1 o/s), 3rd (1 N), 4th (1 N, 2 S, 1 o/s), 5th (1 N, 1 S), 6th (2 N), 7th (5 S, 6 o/s), 8th (5 S, 2 o/s), 9th (1 S), 10th (1 o/s), 11th (3 o/s), 12th (2 o/s), 13th (4 o/s), 14th (1 S, 1 o/s), 15th (1 o/s), 16th (3 o/s), 22nd (1 o/s), 31st (2 N).
Hamilton Dock - 5th (1).
GANNET Morus bassanus
Kessingland - 1st (2 N), 3rd (1 N), 8th (1 N), 9th (2 N), 10th (2 N), 12th (2 N), 16th (3 N), 17th (4 N, 2 S), 18th (1 N), 19th (5 N, 4 S), 20th (1 N), 22nd (2 N), 24th (7 N).
Ness Point - 12th (4 S, 6 N), 18th (4 N).
CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
Kessingland - 1st (2 N, 2 S), 2nd (3 N, 2 S), 4th (1 N, 1 S), 5th (2 N, 1 S), 6th (1 N, 2 S), 7th (2 N, 1 S), 8th (1 N), 9th (1 N, 1 S), 12th (1 N), 13th (1 N), 14th (3 S), 15th (3 N, 3 S), 16th (2 N), 17th (1 N, 2 S), 19th (1 N), 20th (2 N), 21st (3 N), 23rd (1 S), 24th (2 S), 25th (1 N, 3 S), 26th (1 N, 1 S), 27th (1 N, 1 S), 28th (1 S), 29th (1 N, 1 S), 31st (1 N, 1 S).
Hamilton Dock - 1st (1).
Ness Point - 4th (2 S), 12th (1 N), 13th (3 S), 31st (3).
SHAG Phalacrocorax aristotelis
One first winter bird, bearing a white plastic ring was in Hamilton Dock on the 1st. It roosted on the South Pier in the evening. It proved to have been ringed as a chick on the Isle of May, Scotland in July this year.
Two first winter birds were at the western end of Lake Lothing on the morning of the 5th. Five were present on the 24th, with one in Hamilton Dock and four towards the western end of Lake Lothing. One even has a presentable crest!
All five were roosting at Leathes Ham at dusk on the 25th.
Shag - Lowestoft - December 2004 - ©Andrew Easton
LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Six were on marshes along Breydon South Wall on the afternoon of the 12th, with one there on the 18th and two on the 30th.
WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus
At 13:55 on the 21st one flew in off the sea at Kessingland and headed towards the levels.
On the 19th nine flew west over Kessingland sewage works.
BEWICK'S SWAN Cygnus (columbianus) bewickii
A flock of 15 flew westwards over Parkhill, Oulton on the 5th.
A family party of four flew south over Kessingland on the 11th.
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE Anser brachyrhynchus
Over 8000 have been noted leaving roost at dawn from RSPB Berney Marshes reserve, Norfolk, recently. On the 6th and 7th up to 7000 have settled on Belton Marshes shortly after dawn, though it's not clear how long they remain there for though.
17 flew south over Whiskin Close, Oulton on the 19th.
TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE Anser (fabalis) serrirostris
A flock of 14 flew north over Gapton Marshes on the 30th, and continued on over Breydon Water.
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Anser albifrons
One flew north over Gapton Marshes with a flock of Tundra Bean Geese on the 30th.
CANADA GOOSE Branta canadensis
Somerleyton Marshes - 30th (182).
Kessingland Levels - 30th (44).
BARNACLE GOOSE Branta leucopsis
A skein of 54 flew in from the north west at Pakefield on the 30th before continuing south past Kessingland. They were accompanied by a single Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus.
DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE Branta bernicla bernicla
Kessingland - 1st (1 N, 14 S), 2nd (1 N), 3rd (2 N), 10th (13 S), 12th (3 S), 18th (8 S), 21st (1 S).
Ness Point - 1st (20 S).
EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen aegyptiacus
Leathes Ham - 29th (2).
Lake Lothing - 29th (1).
Lound - 30th (12).
Somerleyton Marshes - 30th (2).
SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna
Kessingland - 9th (2 S), 10th (16 S), 12th (11 S), 14th (9 S), 17th (1 N), 19th (1 S), 20th (5 N), 28th (1 S).
Ness Point - 13th (3 S).
WIGEON Anas penelope
Kessingland - 1st (28 S, 11 o/s), 6th (27 N), 8th (22 S), 9th (7 S), 10th (17 S), 11th (3 N), 12th (80 S, 20 o/s), 28th (30 N).
Ness Point - 12th (70 N).
GADWALL Anas strepera
Lound Waterworks - 18th (2).
Leathes Ham - 24th (2).
TEAL Anas crecca
Kessingland - 8th (4 S), 10th (11 S), 14th (3 S), 22nd (13 S), 29th (5 S), 31st (2 S).
Burgh Castle - 12th (14).
PINTAIL Anas acuta
Kessingland - 1st (1 S).
SHOVELER Anas clypeata
Kessingland - 10th (4 N, 1 S).
Lound Waterworks - 18th (2).
Leathes Ham - 24th (26).
POCHARD Aythya ferina
Leathes Ham - 24th (11).
Kessingland - 21st (4 N).
TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula
Kessingland - 14th (2 S).
Leathes Ham - 24th (10).
COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima
Kessingland - 1st (25 N), 2nd (21 N), 9th (3 N), 10th (3 N), 12th (1 N), 19th (2 N, 1 o/s).
Ness Point - 1st (13 N).
COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra
Kessingland - 1st (15 N, 1 S), 3rd (40 N), 4th (4 S), 5th (12 N), 6th (7 N, 5 S), 7th (134 S), 8th (40 N, 1 S), 9th (2 N), 10th (1 N, 26 S), 13th (1 N), 16th (5 S), 17th (2 N, 9 S), 19th (1 N), 20th (2 N), 22nd (4 S), 25th (6 N, 18 S, 3 o/s), 26th (4 N), 27th (2 S).
VELVET SCOTER Melanitta fusca
Kessingland - 10th (1 S), 15th (1 S).
GOLDENEYE Bucephala clangula
One was at Lound Waterworks, on the 3rd. Yes, that's right, a halfway decent duck at Lound Waterworks!
Kessingland - 10th (1 S), 12th (1 S), 14th (1 S), 19th (1 N).
Goldeneye - Lound Waterworks - December 2004 - © Mike Parker
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Mergus serrator
Kessingland - 8th (1 S), 10th (5 S).
MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus
Carlton Marshes - 12th (1), 23rd (1).
Belton Marshes - 12th (1), 18th (2).
Somerleyton Marshes - 30th (1).
Fritton Marsh - 12th (2).
HEN HARRIER Circus cyaneus
Two males were seen at Burgh Castle on the 11th. One male was seen at Gapton Marshes on the 18th.
Fritton Marsh - 2 juveniles on the 12th.
GREY PARTRIDGE Perdix perdix
Eight were in fields to the south of Stirrups Lane, Corton on the 30th.
WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus
One was heard at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 5th. At least two were calling from the reedbed near Kessingland Sewage Works on the 11th, with one on the 29th. One was heard at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus ostralegus
North Beach, Lowestoft - 4th (1).
Hamilton Dock - 4th (1), 5th (1).
Kessingland - 4th (1 N).
Peto Way, Lowestoft - 11th, one feeding on the roundabout near B&Q.
Lake Lothing - 24th (1), 26th (1).
Ness Point - 25th (2).
AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta
Burgh Castle - 12th (3).
RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
Hamilton Dock - 4th (1).
North Beach, Lowestoft - 11th (2).
Ness Point - 25th (1 S), 31st (7).
Lake Lothing - 26th (3).
GOLDEN PLOVER Pluvialis apricaria
One was with 80 Lapwings at Coopers Lane, Kessingland on the 26th. Twelve were in the same area on the 27th, with 15 on the 29th.
On the 26th 225 were on a field adjacent to 'Five Acres' at the north end of Kessingland.
KNOT Calidris canutus
Two were along the south shore at Breydon Water on the 30th.
LAPWING Vanellus vanellus
Kessingland - 10th (3 S), 14th (1 S), 26th (80 at Coopers Lane), 27th (88 at Coopers Lane).
SANDERLING Calidris alba
South Beach, Lowestoft - 1st (12), 5th (2), 7th (2), 24th (1).
Hamilton Dock - 1st, (4), 3rd (1), 4th (3).
Ness Point - 25th (3).
PURPLE SANDPIPER Calidris maritima
North Beach/Ness Point - 1st (3), 4th (3), 5th (3), 11th (4), 13th (3), 14th (2), 18th (5), 25th (5), 26th (3), 31st (3).
DUNLIN Calidris alpina
Burgh Castle - 12th (89).
CURLEW Numenius arquata
Kessingland - 10th (1 S).
REDSHANK Tringa totanus
Kessingland - 9th (1 N), 24th (1 S).
COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
Four were flushed by a fleeing Chinese Water Deer at Carlton Marshes on the 12th.
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa
Burgh Castle - 12th (103).
TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
South Beach, Lowestoft - 1st (59 came in to roost), 5th (85 came in to roost), 29th (30).
Hamilton Dock - 1st (12), 3rd (4), 4th (10).
North Beach/Ness Point - 4th (6), 11th (12), 13th (1), 14th (2), 25th (3), 31st (4).
MEDITERRANEAN GULL Larus melanocephalus
One adult flew north over Holly Road, Oulton Broad on the 11th. An adult flew south past Kessingland on the 15th. An adult was at Ness Point on the 24th.
Kessingland - 15th (1 adult S), 18th (1 adult S), 23rd (2 S, one adult, one 2nd winter), 26th (1 adult S), 31st (1 adult S then N).
Pakefield - 31st (2, 2nd-winter near Jolly Sailors pub).
KITTIWAKE Rissa tridactyla
Kessingland - 3rd (1 N), 4th (1 N), 5th (1 S), 7th (1 N, 1 S), 9th (1 N), 11th (5 N), 14th (1 S), 16th (3 S), 17th (15 S), 18th (9 N, 18 S), 19th (1 N, 5 S), 22nd (10 N, 2 S), 23rd (15 N, 3 S), 24th (8 N, 6 S), 26th (39 N, 1 S), 27th (6 N), 28th (2 N, 22 S), 29th (2 N), 30th (4 S), 31st (54 N, 12 S).
Ness Point - 24th (1 S).
GUILLEMOT Uria aalge
Two were on the sea off Ness Point on the 11th.
AUK sp. Alcidae
Kessingland - 1st (57 N, 5 S 1 o/s), 2nd (1 o/s), 4th (7 N, 1 S), 5th (5 N, 5 S), 6th (7 N, 5 S), 7th (10 N), 8th (1 N), 9th (7 N, 1 S), 10th (4 N, 2 S), 11th (2 N, 1 o/s), 13th (1 S), 14th (3 N, 3 S, 3 o/s), 15th (1 N, 2 S, 1 o/s), 16th (2 N, 2 S), 17th (3 N, 2 S), 18th (6 N, 2 S), 19th (3 N), 20th (3 N), 21st (5 S), 23rd (5 N, 1 o/s), 24th (7 N, 30 S), 25th (2 N, 1 S), 26th (1 N), 27th (1 N), 28th (5 N, 3 S), 29th (2 N, 1 S), 30th (2 N).
BARN OWL Tyto alba
Single birds were seen at Carlton Marshes on the 5th and 23rd. One was seen at Gapton Marshes, Bradwell on the 27th.
Short-eared Owl - Carlton Marshes - November 2004 - ©Andrew Easton
LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
Two were near Corton new sewage works on the 30th.
SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus
One was at Gapton Marshes, Bradwell on the 4th. One was at Carlton Marshes at dusk on the 5th. Five were seen along the South Wall of Breydon Water on the 11th. Two were at Gapton Marshes on the 12th, with at least five there on the 27th.
KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
One belligerent individual in Hamilton Dock on the 3rd was having a go at Turnstones that had the temerity to venture past it.
Lake Lothing - 5th (3), 24th (2), 25th (2), 26th (1).
Oulton Broad - 5th (1), 11th (1), 26th (1).
North Cove - 18th (1).
Kirkley Fen - 18th (1).
Kingfisher - Lake Lothing - December 2004 - ©Andrew Easton
GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos major
Three were seen in Holly Road, Oulton Broad on the 11th. One flew westwards over Gapton Marshes, Bradwell, on the 27th. Three were at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
ROCK PIPIT Anthus petrosus
Ness Point - 3rd (2), 14th (1), 31st (2).
North Beach, Lowestoft - 4th (1), 5th (1).
Burgh Castle - 12th (1).
GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
Oulton Broad - 5th (1), 12th (1), 26th (1).
Kessingland Sewage Works - 11th (2), 28th (1), 29th (2).
PIED WAGTAIL Motacilla alba yarrellii
Kessingland Sewage Works - 11th (62), 29th (20).
STONECHAT Saxicola torquata
Four were at Carlton Marshes on the 5th, with one there on the 12th and 30th.
REDWING Turdus iliacus
Twelve were at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti
One was seen and heard at Carlton Marshes on the 12th.
CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita
At least two were at Kessingland Sewage Work on the 11th, with three there on the 18th, and at least one on the 30th.
One was in bushes near Mutford Lock bridge, Oulton Broad, opposite the Wherry Hotel on the 25th and 26th. One was also seen at Carlton Marshes on the 25th.
DUSKY WARBLER Phylloscopus fuscatus
On the afternoon of the 2nd one was discovered lurking on the scrub covered slope above the beach at Kessingland, approximately 50 metres north of where the road meets the beach. Still present from the 3rd to the 9th in the same area, though it can be very elusive at times. It also ventures into the gardens above, but these are private, and most are not visible from the path anyway.
Not unexpectedly, it had relocated to the nearby Sewage Works on the 10th and remained in the area until at least the 21st (it was trapped and ringed on the 13th). It ranges widely from the hedgerow of the Sewage Works itself, over to the far side of the adjacent reedbed. At times it shows extremely well, but then again, it often disappears for ages into the reedbed itself.
On the 28th and 29th is was seen back in the area of High Path near the bus stop on the cliff face again. On the 30th and 31st it started off there but soon headed off back to the sewage works area and then in the nearby reedbed. This makes it very difficult to catch up with at times. Good luck!
Another December Dusky for Kessingland after the one at the Sewage Works from December 30th 2002 to 6th January 2003! Even more surprisingly another (unringed) Dusky Warbler was found farther south along the Suffolk coast at Bawdsey on the 15th!
Dusky Warbler - Kessingland - December 2004 - ©Robert Wincup
GOLDCREST Regulus regulus
On the 30th single birds were noted at Lound Waterworks and Rushmere.
LONG-TAILED TIT Aegithalos caudatus
A flock of nine were see at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th. One of the group stayed behind at the bird feeders to feast on one of the fatballs, the remainder showed no interest in it whatsoever and continued on their way.
MARSH TIT Parus palustris
4+ were at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th, with at least five on the 18th.
COAL TIT Parus ater
One was at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th. One was at Block Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
TREECREEPER Certhia familiaris
North Cove Nature Reserve - 6th (1), 18th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 12th (1).
St. Olaves - 30th (1 at Blocka Lane).
Lound Waterworks - 30th (1).
JAY Garrulus glandarius
One in a cliff top garden at Kessingland on the 27th was the first to visit there for a long while. The cold snap no doubt forcing it to wander a bit farther afield than usual in search of sustenance.
JACKDAW Corvus monedula
45 were in fields at Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville on the 12th, including an individual showing characteristics of the nominate Scandinavian race.
BRAMBLING Fringilla montifringilla
One was feeding at a bird table in a garden in Kessingland on the 11th. Four were at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
St. Olaves - 12 in trees opposite Bell Inn pub on the 12th.
BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Two were at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th. A flock of seven were at Carlton Marshes on the 12th. One was at Kessingland sewage works on the 29th. Two were at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.
GREENFINCH Carduelis chloris
Ness Point - 31st (18).
REDPOLL Carduelis flammea
Blocka Lane, Fritton - 12th (9).
SNOW BUNTING Plectrophenax nivalis
Kessingland - 1st (60), 2nd (70+), 3rd (60), 4th (90+), 5th (60), 6th (60), 7th (100), 8th (80), 11th (80), 12th (80), 13th (1), 14th (3), 15th (60), 16th (60), 17th (60), 18th (60), 19th (60), 20th (60), 26th (70), 27th (73), 31st (73).
Ness Point - 1st (1), 3rd (1), 19th (1), 25th (1).
33 new birds were trapped and ringed at Kessingland on the 4th. In addition one individual from two weeks ago was re-trapped as was a male from last winter.
REED BUNTING Emberiza schoeniclus
On the 30th single birds were noted at Carlton Marshes and at Rushmere.
CORN BUNTING Miliaria calandra
Five were at Carlton Marshes on the 12th, sitting on overhead wires near Sprat's Water. Seven were noted there on the 30th.
BIRDS RECORDED IN LIZARD LAND DURING 2004:
Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Fulmar, European Storm-petrel, Leach's Storm-petrel, Gannet, Cormorant, Eurasian Shag, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Mute Swan, Bewick's Swan, Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Ross's Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Mandarin, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Smew, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Osprey, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge, Pheasant, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Common Crane, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Purple Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, Ruff, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Grey Phalarope, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, Long-tailed Skua, Great Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Sabine's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Little Auk, Feral Dove, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Lark, Sky Lark, Richard's Pipit, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, (White Wagtail), Bohemian Waxwing, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Nightingale, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Greenish Warbler, Pallas's Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wood Warbler, Chiffchaff, (Siberian Chiffchaff), Dusky Warbler, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Twite, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Hawfinch, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting.