Snow Buntings - Kessingland - November 2004 - ©Andrew Easton
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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).

Gavia arctica

Kessingland - 6th (1 N).
Ness Point - 17th (1 o/s).


Kessingland - 1st (1 S), 3rd (1 S), 15th (1 N), 26th (1 S).

Tachybaptus ruficollis
Three were in Hamilton Dock on the 3rd.

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).

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).

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).

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 ©Andrew Easton
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.

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.

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.

Anser (fabalis) serrirostris

A flock of 14 flew north over Gapton Marshes on the 30th, and continued on over Breydon Water.


One flew north over Gapton Marshes with a flock of Tundra Bean Geese on the 30th.

Branta canadensis

Somerleyton Marshes
- 30th (182).
Kessingland Levels - 30th (44).

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.

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).

Alopochen aegyptiacus

Leathes Ham
- 29th (2).
Lake Lothing
- 29th (1).
- 30th (12).
Somerleyton Marshes - 30th (2).

Tadorna tadorna

- 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).

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).

Anas strepera

Lound Waterworks - 18th (2).
Leathes Ham - 24th (2).

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).

Anas acuta

Kessingland - 1st (1 S).

Anas clypeata

Kessingland - 10th (4 N, 1 S).
Lound Waterworks - 18th (2).
Leathes Ham - 24th (26).

Aythya ferina

Leathes Ham - 24th (11).
Kessingland - 21st (4 N).

Aythya fuligula

Kessingland - 14th (2 S).
Leathes Ham - 24th (10).

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).

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).

Melanitta fusca

Kessingland -
10th (1 S), 15th (1 S).

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 © Mike Parker
Goldeneye - Lound Waterworks - December 2004 - © Mike Parker

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).

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.

Perdix perdix

Eight were in fields to the south of Stirrups Lane, Corton on the 30th.

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.

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).

Charadrius hiaticula

Hamilton Dock - 4th (1).
North Beach, Lowestoft - 11th (2).
Ness Point -
25th (1 S), 31st (7).
Lake Lothing
- 26th (3).

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.

Calidris canutus

Two were along the south shore at Breydon Water on the 30th.

Vanellus vanellus

Kessingland - 10th (3 S), 14th (1 S), 26th (80 at Coopers Lane), 27th (88 at Coopers Lane).

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).

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).

Calidris alpina
Burgh Castle
- 12th (89).

Numenius arquata
Kessingland - 10th (1 S).

REDSHANK Tringa totanus

Kessingland - 9th (1 N), 24th (1 S).

Gallinago gallinago
Four were flushed by a fleeing Chinese Water Deer at Carlton Marshes on the 12th.

Limosa limosa
Burgh Castle
- 12th (103).

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).

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).

Rissa tridactyla

- 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

- 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).

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 ©Andrew Easton
Short-eared Owl - Carlton Marshes - November 2004 - ©Andrew Easton

LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
Two were near Corton new sewage works on the 30th.

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.

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 ©Andrew Easton
Kingfisher - Lake Lothing - December 2004 - ©Andrew Easton

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.

Anthus petrosus

Ness Point - 3rd (2), 14th (1), 31st (2).
North Beach, Lowestoft - 4th (1), 5th (1).
Burgh Castle - 12th (1).

Motacilla cinerea

Oulton Broad - 5th (1), 12th (1), 26th (1).
Kessingland Sewage Works
- 11th (2), 28th (1), 29th (2).

Motacilla alba yarrellii

Kessingland Sewage Works
- 11th (62), 29th (20).

Saxicola torquata

Four were at Carlton Marshes on the 5th, with one there on the 12th and 30th.

Turdus iliacus

Twelve were at Blocka Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.

Cettia cetti

One was seen and heard at Carlton Marshes on the 12th.

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.

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 ©Robert Wincup
Dusky Warbler - Kessingland - December 2004 - ©Robert Wincup

GOLDCREST Regulus regulus
On the 30th single birds were noted at Lound Waterworks and Rushmere.

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.

Parus palustris

4+ were at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th, with at least five on the 18th.

Parus ater

One was at North Cove Nature Reserve on the 6th. One was at Block Lane, St. Olaves on the 30th.

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).

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.

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.

Fringilla montifr
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.

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.

Carduelis chloris

Ness Point
- 31st (18).

REDPOLL Carduelis flammea

Blocka Lane, Fritton - 12th (9).

Plectrophenax nivalis

- 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.

RN 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.

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.