November 2018

  Snow Bunting
- Breydon South Wall
Andrew Easton

The RED-RUMPED SWALLOW that departed from from Cley Marshes on the morning of the 9th was seen around Gorleston pier plain later that afternoon, and was relocated at Kessingland Beach on the afternoon of the 10th. 

A highly mobile DUSKY WARBLER was found at Kessingland sewage works on the 2nd and was still present on the 10th at least, though it can be very elusive at times.

Four CATTLE EGRETS roosted at Whitecast Marsh, Carlton Marshes on the evenings of the 2nd, 6th and 9th at least, with one present on the reserve again on the 3rd to 10th at least with all four on the reserve on the 7th.

Seven GOOSANDERS were on Oulton Broad on the 1st to 7th, with six on the 8th, and the
RING-NECKED PARAKEET continued to be seen and heard at Nicholas Everitt Park regularly up to the 5th at least.

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: 20:30 10th December

CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis
After two on November 30th it was back to one on the reserve from the 1st to 10th at least at Carlton Marshes
, but at dusk on the 2nd, 6th and the 9th at least a total of four flew to roost in Whitecast Marsh.

On the 7th all four were together on the reserve during the day. Presumably the three that normally spend the day elsewhere didn't fancy a long commute in the rain.

Three had been present there on November 24th. Where these three go to on most days remains a mystery so far, but at dusk on the 9th they flew in from the south west so they are presumably spending their time somewhere along the Waveney Valley between Barnby and Beccles.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton

LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Breydon South Wall - 1st (3).
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (3+ to roost), 4th (2 to roost), 6th (3 to roost), 8th (2), 9th (2 to roost).
Herringfleet Marshes - 8th (2).

Breydon South Wall - 1st (1).


Anser albifrons
Burgh Castle Marshes
- 1st (15).

Anser brachyrhynchus
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 3rd (7).
Somerleyton Marshes
- 8th (120).
Camps Heath Marshes
- 9th (32).

Anas crecca

Carlton Marshes - 2nd (2).
Oulton Marshes - 2nd (6).
Herringfleet Marshes - 8th (64).

WIGEON Anas penelope
Oulton Marshes - 2nd (55).

GOOSANDER Mergus merganser
Oulton Broad - 1st to 7th (1 male, 6 redheads), 8th (1 male, 5 redheads).
Peto's Marsh, Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1 male, 5 redheads) Presumed same as Oulton Broad.

Haddiscoe Island (Norfolk) - 1st (1), 2nd (1).

RED KITE Milvus milvus
Carlton Marshes - 9th (1).

MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus
Carlton Marshes - 6th (5+ to roost), 8th (8+ to roost).

AVOCET Recurvirosta avosetta
Burgh Castle Flats
- 1st (106).

Vanellus vanellus
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (107).

Calidris maritima
Ness Point
- 8th (1), 9th (7).

DUNLIN Calidris alpina
Carlton Marshes - 1st (2).

SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
Carlton/Oulton Marshes - 9th (136).

WOODCOCK Scolopax rusticolus
Oulton Marshes - 9th (1).

CURLEW Numenius arquata
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 2nd (1 over).

SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus
Breydon South Flats - 1st (1).

TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
Ness Point - 8th (32).

Lowestoft Bridge
An old postcard view from the early 20th of the swing bridge over Lowestoft Harbour.

RING-NECKED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri
Nicholas Everitt Park - 1st to 4th (1 female).

BARN OWL Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes - 7th (3).
Camps Heath Marshes - 9th (1).

SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus
Kessingland Sluice - 2nd (2).
Haddiscoe Island, (Norfolk) - 4th (7).
Carlton Marshes - 4th (1).

Goosanders - Oulton Broad Peter Ransome

WATER PIPIT Anthus spinoletta
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (1).

GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
Oulton Broad - 1st (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 2nd (2), 4th (4), 9th (1).

Cecropis daurica
One that had been at Cley Marshes from 5th December until the morning of the 9th was found around the pier plain area at Gorleston on the afternoon of the 9th. It was next seen at Kessingland Beach on the afternoon of the 10th where it performed for most of the afternoon opposite the Sailors Home pub, feeding over the houses and the beach itself.

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow - Kessingland Beach  Andrew Easton
Red-rumped Swallow

Bombycilla garrulus
Gunton Warren
- 8th (1 over).

Saxicola rubicola
Lowestoft North Denes
- 2nd (2).
Carlton Marshes - 8th (1), 9th (1).

Phoenicurus ochruros
Ness Point
- 9th (2), 10th (2).

Sylvia atricapilla
Kessingland sewage works - 2nd (1).


Phylloscopus fuscatus
One was found at Kessingland sewage works on the morning of the 2nd and was still present on the 10th. It proved highly mobile but was at least fairly vocal to help keep reasonable track of it. It was found in the hedgerow by the first metal gates to the sewage works but did cross to the other side and in to the reedbed before returning. It has tended to be very elusive most of the time.

On the afternoon of the 6th at least it was spending most of its time in the thicket on the opposite side of the main track just beyond the first metal gates, and was silent for long periods.

Dusky Warbler
Dusky Warbler - Kessingland sewage works  Andrew Easton

HAFF Phylloscopus collybita
Leathes Ham - 1st (3), 2nd (3).
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (1), 6th (1).
Burgh Castle - 1st (1).
Lowestoft North Denes
- 2nd (1).

Kessingland sewage works - 2nd (3+), 6th (5+), 9th (14).

GOLDCREST Regulus regulus
Jeldwen, Lake Lothing - 9th (26).
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (2), 9th (2).


FIRECREST Regulus ignicapilla
Corton Wood - 2nd (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 6th (1), 9th (1).

BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Kessingland sewage works - 2nd (3), 9th (2).

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