LOCAL NEWS - FEBRUARY 2002
Last updated 7:00pm 03/03/02
First winter Common or Mew Gull Larus canus at Oulton Broad
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WEEK ENDING MARCH 3, 2002
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata
46 were seen in flight off Kessingland during two short seawatching spells on the 28th. All but two were heading north, 28 Auks and five very distant Gannets Morus bassanus were also noted.
ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD Buteo lagopus
The adult female at Haddiscoe Marshes was still present on the 2nd March at least. A ringtail Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus is currently being seen regularly in the same area.
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Ten were at Ness Point on March 3rd.
POMARINE SKUA Stercorarius pomarinus
One, probably a first year, showing a slightly pale belly but no appreciable tail extension was seen at Kessingland at 10:25am on the 26th, initially flying south it then settled on the sea. What was probably the same bird was also seen there on the 27th and 28th.
Arctic Skua S. parasiticus
One pale morph probably third year type showing a good tail extension flew south past Kessingland at 10:20am on the 26th.
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus
A summer plumaged adult flew south past Kessingland on the 26th.
CASPIAN GULL L. cachinnans
An adult was reported in the Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville flock on March 3rd.
Yellow-legged Gull L. michahellis
A third winter bird was in the Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville flock on the 25th
GLAUCOUS GULL L. hyperboreus
A first winter bird was seen off Lowestoft Harbour mouth on the 28th, and in the Harbour on the 1st to 3rd March.