June '17 Birds

Little Egrets - Carlton Marshes  Andrew Easton

A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER was at Carlton Marshes on the 16th.

A RAZORBILL was fishing close inshore along Lowestoft North beach on the 9th.

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: 20:00 July 18th



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.

LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis
Carlton Marshes
- 5th (2), 9th (1), 17th (1).

GANNET Morus bassanus
Ness Point
- 3rd (2 N), 8th (2 S), 9th (9 N).

Egretta garzetta
Carlton Marshes - 8th (3), 9th (2), 18th (3).
Leathes Ham - 14th (3).

BITTERN Botaurus stellaris
Carlton Marshes - 2nd (1 in flight Peto's Marsh).

SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia
One flew high over Barnby/Castle Marshes on the 5th and headed north eastward.

TEAL Anas crecca
Carlton Marshes
- 8th (4).

Melanitta nigra
- 2nd (90+ on the sea).

EIDER Somateria mollissima
Pakefield - 4th (3 on the sea).
Lowestoft Harbour - 9th (3).

Eiders - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

HOBBY Falco subbuteo
New Road, Bradwell - 3rd (1), 8th (1).
- 4th (2).
Carlton Marshes - 8th (1).

Haematopus ostralegus
Ness Point - 3rd (3).
Carlton Marshes - 9th (1), 18th (1).

Charadrius dubius
Carlton Marshes
- 16th (1 juvenile).

Philomachus pugnax
Carlton Marshes
- 6th (1).

Numenius arquata
Ness Point
- 8th (1 N).

GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
Carlton Marshes - 5th (3), 6th (1), 18th (1).

Gunton Warren
A view from 1880 overlooking Warrenhouse Cottages with the military volunteer encampment on Gunton Warren beyond.

Arenaria interpres
Ness Point/Lowestoft North Beach - 3rd (4), 9th (17).

MEDITERRANEAN GULL Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Gunton Beach - 1st (5).
Lowestoft South Beach - 4th (27).
Gorleston Beach - 7th (47), 8th (24).
Ness Point - 8th (4).

Hydrocoloeus minutus
Corton Cliffs - 2nd (3 1st summers N).
Gorleston Beach - 7th (1), 8th (3).

SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvichensis
Corton Cliffs - 2nd (3).
Gorleston Beach - 8th (1).

COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo
Gorleston Beach - 8th (2).

Razorbill - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

RAZORBILL Alca torda
Lowestoft North Beach - 9th (1).

BARN OWL Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes - 8th (1).

LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
The pair at Carlton Marshes now have one juvenile.

CUCKOO Cuculus canorus
Carlton Marshes - (1 juvenile).

KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
Carlton Marshes - 18th (1).
Kessingland sewage works - 15th (1).

North Cove - 7th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 8th (1), 18th (1).

BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla
Kessingland sewage works
- 8th (9), 15th (8).

WHITETHROAT Sylvia communis
Kessingland sewage works
- 8th (2), 15th (3).

Little Owl
Little Owl - Carlton Marshes Andrew Easton

Sylvia curruca
Kessingland sewage works - 15th (1)

CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita
Kessingland sewage works
- 8th (8), 15th (8).

GOLDCREST Regulus regulus
Kessingland sewage works
- 8th (2).

BEARDED TIT Panurus biarmicus
Carlton Marshes
- 8th (pair), 15th (juvenile).

A Hummingbird Hawk-Moth was at New Road, Bradwell on the 2nd and 8th.

                          predictions for Lowestoft


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