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Snow Bunting
- Lowestoft
Peter Ransome


A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD roosted at Waveney Forest on the evenings of the 20th and 21st.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING spent most of the day feeding on berries along Stevens Street in Lowestoft on the 12th. It was present again briefly on the 13th. One was also seen at Burgh Castle on the 14th, and at Stubbs Wood, Gunton on the 18th.

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UPDATED
: 21:00 January 21st




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.


GREAT NORTHERN DIVER Gavia immer
The adult on Lake Lothing was still present on the 13th at least, though it did visit Oulton Broad again on the 6th at least.



RED-THROATED DIVER Gavia stellata
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 3rd (20 N, 1 S), 7th (77).
Oulton Broad
- 6th & 7th (1).
Pakefield - 20th (469 S).



LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis
Lake Lothing - 1st (4).
Oulton Broad - 7th (1).



GREAT CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus
Oulton Broad - 1st (1), 7th (3), 17th (3).



FULMAR Fulmarus glacialis
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 7th (14).
Kessingland - 7th (3 N).



GANNET Morus bassanus
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 7th (11).



SHAG Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Lake Lothing - 1st (2), 2nd (1), 7th (1), 10th (2), 13th (1), ,14th (1).



LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Carlton Marshes - 1st (2).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 2nd (2).
Tom Crisp Way, South Lowestoft - 11th (1 over).

Blundeston Marshes
- 21st (1).




GREY HERON Ardea cinerea
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2), 17th (6).
Lound Lakes - 13th (1).



MUTE SWAN Cygnus olor

Carlton Marshes
- 3rd (30), 17th (20)
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 5th (70), 6th (121).




WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 1st (2), 5th (1), 6th (1).



BEWICK'S SWAN Cygnus (columbianus) bewickii
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 6th (1).
 


PINK-FOOTED GOOSE Anser brachyrhynchus
Somerleyton - 1st (c. 200 over).

Carlton Marshes - 3rd (60 over).
St. Olaves - 13th (300+ N0, 60 S), 20th (200 SE), 21st (70 N).



WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Anser albifrons
Oulton/Carlton Marshes - 11th (heard overhead in mist)



GREYLAG GOOSE Anser anser
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2).
Oulton Broad - 7th (3), 20th (157).



CANADA GOOSE Branta canadensis
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (2).



DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE Branta bernicla bernicla
Carlton Marshes - 12th & 14th (1).



EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen aegyptiacus
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 7th (2).



SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (4), 5th (3), 7th (1), 17th (1), 20th (17), 21st (17).



WIGEON Anas penelope
Oulton Marshes - 6th (c. 20), 11th (170), 17th (200+).

Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point
- 7th (203).

Pakefield - 20th (50 S).



PINTAIL Anas acuta
Leathes Ham - 1st (1), 14th (4), 20th (11).



TEAL Anas crecca
Oulton Marshes - 6th (c. 20), 11th (20), 17th (30+).
Leathes Ham - 20th (7).



GADWALL Anas strepera
Leathes Ham - 20th (300).



MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 7th (5).



SHOVELER Anas clypeata
Leathes Ham - 13th (82), 20th (82).



TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula
Leathes Ham - 13th (1), 20th (3).



POCHARD Aythya ferina
Leathes Ham - 20th (1), 21st (1).



COMMON EIDER Somateria mollissima
Lowestoft Harbour - 20th (drake), 21st (drake).



COMMON SCOTER Melanitta nigra
Kessingland - 1st (1 N).
Lake Lothing - 1st to 4th (female).
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 3rd (23 N).
Pakefield - 20th (21 on the sea).

Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver - Oulton Broad Andrew Easton


MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus
Carlton Marshes - 1st (2), 2nd (3), 3rd (4), 5th (3), 11th (1), 17th (2), 20th (3).

Castle Marshes, North Cove
- 2nd (1), 6th (1), 7th (1).




BUZZARD Buteo buteo
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 2nd (1), 6th (1), 7th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 7th (1), 20th (1).
Oulton Marshes - 6th (2), 11th (2).
Blundeston Marshes - 21st (1).




ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD Buteo lagopus
One came in from Haddiscoe Island to Waveney Forest to roost on the evening of the 20th and 21st.



SPARROWHAWK Accipiter nisus
North Cove - 1st (1).
St. Olaves - 2nd (1), 3rd (1), 20th (1).
Mutford - 7th (1).
Waveney Forest - 20th (1).



MERLIN Falco columbarius
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1), 5th (1).



PEREGRINE Falco peregrinus
Lake Lothing (Grain Silo) - 1st (1), 2nd (1), 13th (pair), 14th (1), 20th (pair).



WATER RAIL Rallus aquaticus
Carlton Marshes - 1st (3, 2nd (5).
Leathes Ham - 2nd (1), 14th (1), 20th (3).
Oulton Marshes - 11th (2).



LAPWING Vanellus vanellus
Oulton Marshes - 1st (c. 3000 over).
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (17).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 8th (c. 200).



GOLDEN PLOVER Pluvialis apricaria
Ellough - 3rd (c. 30).
North Cove - 7th (c. 60).
Gisleham - 20th (300+).




RINGED PLOVER Charadrius hiaticula
Kessingland Beach - 1st (10).



SANDERLING Calidris alba
Kessingland Beach - 1st (4), 3rd (1).



PURPLE SANDPIPER Calidris maritima
Ness Point/Lowestoft North Beach - 1st (6), 13th (8), 14th (4), 21st (2).
South Pier - 7th (3).



REDSHANK Tringa totanus
Lake Lothing - 1st (15), 7th (13).

Kirkley Ham - 12th (4).
Carlton Marshes - 17th (4), 20th (3).

Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull - Kessingland Levels Andrew Easton (phonescoped)

SNIPE
Gallinago gallinago
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (1), 2nd (20), 3rd (2), 7th (20).
Oulton Marshes
- 11th (1).



WOODCOCK
Scolopax rusticola
Gunton Warren - 1st (1).



GREEN SANDPIPER
Tringa ochropus
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (1), 5th (1).



COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
Mutford Lock Basin -  1st (1), 2nd (1), 7th (1), 14th (1), 18th (1).



TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
Mutford Lock Basin - 1st (7), 4th (14).



MEDITERRANEAN GULL Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Gunton Beach - 1st (4).
Ness Point - 3rd ( 2 N).



ICELAND GULL Larus glaucoides

Kessingland Levels - 1st & 7th (juv/1st winter).
Kessingland sewage works - 13th
(juv/1st winter).
Leathes Ham - 14th (juv/1st winter).



KITTIWAKE Rissa tridactyla
Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point - 3rd (33 N, 7 S), 7th (3).



GUILLEMOT Uria aalge

Lowestoft North Beach/Ness Point
- 7th (1).


Gorleston Pier
An old postcard view of Gorleston Pier.



BARN OWL Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (4), 5th (3).



TAWNY OWL
Strix aluco
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (1).
St. Olaves - 11th (1).



SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus
Oulton Marshes - 5th (4).
Carlton Marshes - 5th (1).
Waveney Forest
- 20th (1).



LITTLE OWL
Athene noctua
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (1).



WOOD PIGEON Columba palumbus
Ness Point - 3rd (1 in off the sea).

Water Pipit
Water Pipit - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton (phonescoped)

KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
Carlton Marshes - 1st (2+), 2nd (1), 20th (1).
Mutford Lock Basin - 1st (1), 18th (1).
Lake Lothing - 1st (1), 14th (1).
Hamilton Dock - 1st (1).

Oulton Marshes - 11th (1).
Kirkley Ham - 12th (1).



GREEN WOODPECKER Picus viridis
Dip Farm, Gunton - 1st (1).

Oulton Marshes
- 11th (1).

St. Olaves - 13th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 20th (1).



GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos major
Barnby - 1st (1).
North Cove Nature Reserve - 2nd (2).
St. Olaves - 11th (1), 13th (1), 20th (1), 21st (1).


 


GREY WAGTAIL
Motacilla cinerea

North Cove - 1st (1).

Riverside Road, Lowestoft - 1st (1).
Mutford Lock Basin
- 2nd (1).
Stevens Street - 2nd (1), 11th (1).
Kessingland sewage works
- 7th (1), 18th (1).



PIED WAGTAIL
Motacilla alba yarrellii
Carlton Marshes
- 2nd (25), 3rd (6).

St. Olaves
- 3rd (1).




WATER PIPIT
Anthus spinoletta
Carlton Marshes
- 1st (3), 2nd (3+), 3rd (1), 11th (1), 17th (2).



MEADOW PIPIT Anthus pratensis
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1), 2nd (2).


Waxwing
Bohemian Waxwing - Lowestoft Andrew Easton


BOHEMIAN WAXWING
Bombycilla garrulus
One was present on and off throughout the day on the 12th in Stevens Street, Lowestoft. It was feeding on berries towards the northern end near its junction with Norwich Road. It appeared to fly off to roost at 15:55, although five minutes later it, or another, flew over heading off in the same direction. It was present again early morning only on the 13th.

Burgh Castle, Mill Road/Market Road - 14th (1).
Stubbs Wood, Gunton - 18th (1).



EUROPEAN STONECHAT
Saxicola rubicola
Castle Marshes, North Cove
- 1st (1), 6th (4), 7th (2).
Carlton Marshes - 3rd (1), 6th (2), 17th (1).
Oulton Marshes - 6th (3).



BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros
Hamilton Road - 7th (1).
Ness Point - 21st (1).



REDWING
Turdus iliacus
North Cove
- 1st (4).

Oulton Marshes - 6th (4), 11th (22).



BLACKBIRD
Turdus merula
St. Olaves
- 2nd (8), 20th (9), 21st (15).



SONG THRUSH
Turdus philomelus
Barnby
- 1st (1).
Carlton M
arshes
- 1st (1).



FIELDFARE
Turdus pilaris
North Cove - 1st (3).
Ellough
- 1st (12).

Castle Marshes, North Cove - 6th (26).
Carlton Marshes
- 6th (10), 17th (42), 20th (10).
Oulton Marshes - 6th (c. 150).
Lowestoft North Denes
- 7th (6).



MISTLE THRUSH
Turdus viscivorus
North Cove
- 1st (1 singing).
Carlton Marshes
- 5th (4).
St. Olaves - 13th (3).



CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti
Oulton Marshes
- 6th (6), 11th (3).



DARTFORD WARBLER Sylvia undata
Gunton Warren
- 1st (1), 11th (1), 13th (1).



BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla

Gunton Warren - 1st (male).



CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita
Kessingland Cliffs - 1st (1).
Denes Oval
- 1st (1).
Leathes Ham - 1st (3)
, 2nd (1).
Kessingland sewage works
- 7th (1), 18th (1).

Carlton Marshes - 11th (1), 20th (1).



GOLDCREST Regulus regulus
Carlton Marshes - 1st (1).
Corton Wood - 1st (1), 13th (10+).
Kessingland sewage works - 17th (1).



FIRECREST Regulus ignicapilla
Corton Wood - 1st (2), 7th (2), 13th (4+).



BEARDED TIT Panurus biarmicus
Carlton M
arshes 1st (2+), 7th (2).
Castle Marshes, North Cove - 2nd (2), 7th (2).
 


MARSH TIT Parus palustris

North Cove
Nature Reserve - 1st (2+). 7th (2+).



NUTHATCH Sitta europaea
Corton Wood - 7th (1), 13th (1).



TREECREEPER Certhia familiaris

North Cove
Nature Reserve -1st (1), 2nd (1).
Corton Wood - 1st (1), 13th (2).

Oulton Marshes
- 11th (1).

St. Olaves - 21st (1).



BRAMBLING
Fringilla montifringilla
Mutford
- 1st (1).
St. Olaves - 20th (1).



CHAFFINCH Fringilla coelebs
St. Olaves - 3rd (7), 20th (6), 21st (5).



GOLDFINCH Carduelis carduelis
St. Olaves
- 3rd (16), 20th (12), 21st (5).



SISKIN Carduelis spinus
North Cove Nature Reserve - 2nd (20).
St. Olaves - 3rd (1), 21st (1).
Carlton Marshes - 6th (1).

Gunton Meadow
- 13th (1).
Flixton/Blundeston - 20th (35).




REDPOLL Carduelis flammea
North Cove
Nature Reserve - 1st (3), 2nd (1).
Carlton Marshes - 7th (5).
Flixton/Blundeston - 20th (3).



GREENFINCH Chloris chloris
St. Olaves - 21st (1).



BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Barnby - 1st (2).
Carlton Marshes - 6th (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 7th (1).
Oulton Marshes
- 11th (1).

Gunton Meadow - 13th (pair).
Pakefield Cliffs - 20th (1).
Parkhill - 21st (3).



SNOW BUNTING Plectrophenax nivalis
Kessingland Beach - 1st (2), 3rd (2), 6th (2), 7th (2).



REED BUNTING Emberiza schoeniclus
Mutford - 1st (7).



YELLOWHAMMER Emberiza citrinella
Mutford - 1st (2).



OTHER WILDLIFE

RED DEER
Blocka Lane, St. Olaves - 2nd (12).


COMMON SEAL
Oulton Broad - 5th (1).



OTTER
Oulton Dyke - 9th (1), 11th (1).




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