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Wood Sandpiper - Carlton Marshes  Andrew Easton

A SPOONBILL was at Carlton Marshes on the morning of the 27th.

A NIGHTINGALE was singing at Corton new sewage works on the 22nd. A RED KITE flew over Carlton Marshes on the 21st and 23rd. A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was at Corton old sewage works on the 19th and 20th, and two were at Beccles Common on the 22nd.

A WOOD SANDPIPER was at Carlton Marshes on the 16th. A pair of GARGANEY were at Lound Lakes on the 14th.


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UPDATED
: 20:00 May 27th




SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST

SUFFOLK BROADS APPEAL

Carlton Marshes

Regular readers will have noticed sightings from Carlton and Oulton Marshes appearing increasingly frequently over the last four years. This increase has been brought about by the creation of scrapes in small, formerly just grass, fields on both of these reserves by the SWT Broads Warden Matt Gooch and his dedicated team of volunteers.

Waders and wildfowl that formerly just flew over, or at best maybe stopped off to feed in a ditch for a few hours, now often stay for days in these newly created havens. Shoveler, Lapwing and Redshank are now successfully rearing young around these scrape fields. 

For years we in Lowestoft we have dreamed that Peto's Marsh might one day be brought back to life as a nature reserve and now this dream is within sight, with the added bonus of Share Marsh also becoming available to purchase at the same time.

The plans are to create a new reedbed, which will be the largest in the Broads, and new scrapes and dykes. All that is needed now are the funds to buy the land and begin the restoration of this corner of the Broads.

Clicking on the map above will open a new window to take you to the Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Suffolk Broads Appeal pages, with more details of their vision for the area and their donation page.

Please donate what you can to help make views like that below become regular sights in a premier nature reserve on the outskirts of Lowestoft.

Spoonbills and Little Egrets
Carlton Marshes - 11th May 2016
Two Spoonbills feed on the new scrape while two belligerent Little Egrets argue over territory in the background.


RED-THROATED DIVER Gavia stellata
Ness Point
- 4th (1 S).



GANNET
Morus bassanus
Ness Point
- 1st (4 S).




FULMAR
Fulmarus glacialis
Lowestoft South Beach
- 6th (1 N).

Fulmar
Fulmar - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

LITTLE EGRET
Egretta garzetta
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2), 4th (2), 5th (3), 6th (2), 7th (2), 10th (2).

Leathes Ham - 11th (1), 12th (1).



SPOONBILL Platalaea leucorodia
One was at Carlton Marshes on the morning of the 27th up to 09:45 when it flew off north eastwards.



WIGEON Anas penelope
Carlton Marshes - 11th (1), 12th (1).

Spoonbill
Spoonbill - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton

TEAL Anas crecca
Carlton Marshes - 11th (2), 12th (1), 13th (2).
A drake with a nasal saddle at Carlton Marshes on the 11th and 12th had been ringed near Lisbon in Portugal in late February 2017.



GARGANEY Anas querquedula
Carlton Marshes - 1st (drake), 2nd (drake), 3rd (2 drakes), 4th (2 drakes), 5th (2 drakes), 6th (2 drakes), 9th (1 drake).
Lound Lakes - 14th (pair).



COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima
Hamilton Dock - 1st (1), 10th (3).

Eider
Eider - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

OSPREY Pandion haliaeetus
One flew north east over Carlton Marshes and Oulton Broad on the 5th.
One flew north over Stevens Street, Lowestoft at 15:07 on the 10th.



RED KITE Milvus milvus
Carlton Marshes - 21st (1), 23rd (1).



SPARROWHAWK Accipiter nisus
St. Olaves - 13th (1), 20th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 20th (1), 21st (1).



BUZZARD Buteo buteo

Marsh Lane, North Cove
- 11th (1).

Carlton Marshes - 21st (5).
St. Olaves - 12th (1), 13th (2), 14th (1), 21st (1).



KESTREL Falco tinnunculus
St. Olaves - 7th (1), 13th (1).



HOBBY Falco subbuteo
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (1), 6th (1), 7th (1+), 10th (2+), 20th (3+), 21st (1).

Marsh Lane, North Cove
- 11th (1).
St. Olaves
- 13th (1), 21st (1).



RED-FOOTED FALCON
Falco vespertinus
A male and female flew together over the scrape at Carlton Marshes on the morning of the 10th.



PEREGRINE
Falco peregrinus
Carlton Marshes
- 5th (1), 6th (1), 10th (1), 12th (1).
Castle Marshes, North Cove
- 11th (1).



GREY PARTRIDGE
Perdix perdix
Cucumber Lane, Beccles
- 1st (2).


Red Kite
Red Kite - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton

COMMON CRANE
Grus grus
Three flew over Carlton Marshes on the morning of the 10th.



AVOCET Recurvirosta avosetta
Carlton Marshes - 6th (1), 7th (1), 13th (2).



GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola
Carlton Marshes - 7th (1).



RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (2), 3rd (2), 4th (2), 5th (2), 6th (1), 7th (1), 10th (2), 11th (7), 12th (4), 13th (1), 22nd (7).



LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (2), 3rd (2), 4th (1), 5th (1), 6th (2), 12th (1), 13th (1), 16th (1).



DUNLIN Calidris alpina
Carlton Marshes - 1st (6), 2nd (1), 3rd (1), 10th (1), 27th (1).



TEMMINCK'S STINT Calidris temminckii
Carlton Marshes - 9th & 10th (1).

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton

SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
Carlton Marshes
- 2nd (1), 4th (1), 5th (1), 7th (2), 9th (5), 10th (2), 26th (1).



BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (2), 11th (16), 12th (6), 13th (6), 20th (26), 25th (35), 26th (35).



BAR-TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica
Carlton Marshes - 1st (3), 2nd (2), 3rd (1), 4th (1), 5th (3).




WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopeus
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 6th (12).
Carlton Marshes
- 7th (9 NE).



SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1), 3rd (1), 4th (1), 5th (1), 9th (1).



GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (1), 6th (1), 7th (1), 9th (1), 11th (2), 13th (2), 16th (1).



WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
Carlton Marshes - 1st (2), 2nd (1), 3rd (1), 4th (1), 5th (1), 16th (1), 25th (1).



GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
Carlton Marshes - 7th (1).



COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
Ness Point - 1st (1).
Carlton Marshes - 5th (1), 6th (1), 11th (1).
Oulton Marshes - 5th (1), 13th (1).
Kessingland Sluice - 5th (6).



TURNSTONE
Arenaria interpres
Carlton Marshes
- 7th (1).



GREAT SKUA
Stercorarius skua
Ness Point - 1st (1 S).



ARCTIC SKUA Stercorarius parasiticus
Ness Point - 1st (1 N).



GLAUCOUS GULL Larus hyberboreus
An immature (first or second summer) was at Gorleston Beach on the morning of the 26th.



LITTLE TERN Sternula albifrons
Kessingland Sluice - 6th (2).



SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvichensis
Ness Point - 4th (1 N).



COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo
Carlton Marshes - 11th (2), 20th (1), 21st (2).
Kessingland sewage works - 20th (2 S).



ARCTIC TERN Sterna paradisaea
Carlton Marshes - 6th (1 E).



COMMIC TERN Sterna hirundo/paradisaea
Ness Point - 1st (15+ N).


Denes Oval
A very early 20th century postcard view from Belle Vue Park looking north eastward over the allotments that later became the Denes Oval recreation grounds.

SWIFT Apus apus
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (2), 4th (3), 5th (8), 6th (40+), 7th (15+).



CUCKOO Cuculus canorus
Carlton Marshes
- 2nd (2), 4th (3), 5th (3), 6th (2), 7th (3), 12th (2), 13th (1), 24th (3), 25th (4).
St. Olaves - 7th (1), 12th (1), 13th (1), 20th (1), 21st (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (1), 20th (2).



STOCK DOVE Columba oenas
St. Olaves - 12th (3), 20th (3).



GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos major
St. Olaves - 12th (1).



BARN OWL
Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes
- 13th (2).



LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
Beccles Marshes - 5th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 10th (1), 21st (2).



SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus
Carlton Marshes - 6th (1), 10th (1), 13th (1).



SAND MARTIN Riparia riparia
Carlton Marshes - 4th (25), 5th (6), 6th (11).
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (c. 75), 13th (c. 50), 20th (12+).



HOUSE MARTIN Delichon urbica
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (c. 10), 20th (5).
Carlton Marshes - 12th (12), 13th (12), 17th (30+).



SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (c. 25), 13th (c. 10), 20th (c. 15).



TREE PIPIT Anthus trivialis
Corton disused railtrack - 7th (1 N).



GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (1), 20th (2).
Somerleyton Hall - 21st (pair collecting food).



BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL Motacilla flava flava
Carlton Marshes
- 2nd (female), 13th (male).



YELLOW WAGTAIL
Motacilla flava flavissima
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (2), 2nd (1), 3rd (4), 4th (1), 5th (2), 6th (4), 7th (3), 10th (2), 11th (3), 13th (3), 16th (2), 21st (2).

Oulton Marshes - 13th (1).



WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba alba
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2), 4th (1).



PIED WAGTAIL Motacilla alba yarrellii
St. Olaves - 7th (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 20th (2).
 


BOHEMIAN WAXWING Bombycilla garrulus
Beccles Road, Gorleston - 8th (1), 9th (2), 10th (2)



NIGHTINGALE
Luscinia megarhynchos
Corton new sewage works
- 22nd (1).




NORTHERN WHEATEAR Oenanthe oenanthe
Corton old sewage works - 7th (2).
New Road, Bradwell - 7th (1).
Lowestoft North Denes - 19th (1), 21st (1).



COMMON STONECHAT Saxicola rubicola
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1), 5th (1), 10th (1), 20th (2).

A pair of Stonechats has bred at each of Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes this year, the first time for many years. The last record we can find is of a pair that reared two young at Carlton Marshes 18 years ago, in 1999.


Whinchat
Whinchat - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton (phonescoped)

WHINCHAT Saxicola rubetra
Corton old sewage works - 7th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 7th (1).



BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros
Ness Point/Hamilton Dock - 1st (1).



REDSTART Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Ness Point - 1st (1 male).
Corton old sewage works - 7th (1).



RING OUZEL Turdus torquatus
Two flew over Carlton Marshes together on the morning of the 4th.



SONG THRUSH Turdus philomelus
St. Olaves - 17th (2 singing).



MISTLE THRUSH Turdus viscivorus
Camps Heath - 10th (2).



CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (1), 13th (3), 20th (5).
Carlton Marshes - 7th (12).

 


GRASSHOPPER WARBLER Locustella naevia
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (7 singing), 2nd (4), 3rd (2), 4th (2), 5th (2), 7th (2), 9th (5 singing), 10th (2), 13th (1), 26th (2 singing).



REED WARBLER Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (4), 20th (4).



SEDGE WARBLER Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (2), 20th (4).




GARDEN WARBLER Sylvia borin
Carlton Marshes - 5th (1 singing).
Beccles Marshes - 6th (1 singing).
Marsh Lane, North Cove
- 11th (2).

Kessingland sewage works
- 20th (1).




BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla
Beccles Marshes - 6th (c. 15 singing).
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (4).




LESSER WHITETHROAT Sylvia curruca
Kessingland sewage works
- 6th (1), 13th (1).
Corton disused railtrack
- 7th (1).
Carlton Marshes
- 7th (1).



WHITETHROAT Sylvia communis
Kessingland sewage works - 13th (4), 20th (2).




WILLOW WARBLER Phylloscopus trochilus
Beccles Marshes - 6th (6 singing).
Kessingland sewage works
- 20th (1).




SPOTTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa striata
Carlton Marshes
- 13th (1).
Corton old sewage works
- 19th (1), 20th (1).
Beccles Common - 22nd (pair).



BEARDED TIT Panurus biarmicus
Oulton Marshes
- 13th (pair).



COAL TIT
Periparus ater
St. Olaves
- 13th (feeding young).



TREECREEPER Certhia familiaris
St. Olaves
- 7th (pair feeding young), 13th (1).



GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis
St. Olaves
- 7th (3).



BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Beccles Marshes - 6th (1).
Carlton Marshes
- 12th (2).



OTHER WILDLIFE

HARBOUR PORPOISE
Ness Point - 1st (1).








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