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April 2024 Sightings

April 30th

Walberswick: two Waxwings in trees by the village hall.

Minsmere: a Spoonbill and the Black Redstart still present.

Eastbridge: a WHITE STORK by the marshes near the Eels Foot Inn.

Saxmundham: 3+ Waxwings again in the square behind Waitrose.

North Warren: a Spoonbill on South Marsh.

Aldeburgh Marshes: the DOTTEREL again on the furthest pools plus a Short-eared Owl.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present.

Shingle Street: two Short-eared Owls in the area.

RAF Mildenhall: an Osprey flew low over south-west towards West Row.

April 29th

A WHITE STORK was tracked south at a few locations:

> Lound Lakes: heading south (14:15). 

Reydon: low south over St. Felix (16:18) before heading slowly south towards Blythburgh (16:38).

Walberswick: turned south to head south-west of the village (16:41).

Minsmere: south over the reserve (17:01).

Southwold: Blue-headed Wagtail on the marsh behind the Harbour Inn.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore.

Minsmere: a Spoonbill on South Scrape and a Black Redstart on the western end of the North Wall.

Saxmundham: 10 Waxwings again in the square behind Waitrose.

Aldeburgh Marshes: the DOTTEREL again on the furthest pools plus a Short-eared Owl and 32 Whimbrel.

Alde Estuary: two Short-eared Owls at Hazlewood with two also present at Iken

Shingle Street: three Short-eared Owls around the hay bale field.

Felixstowe: a Whinchat, a Redstart and a Black Redstart on the reserve at Landguard plus the Tree Pipit again in the Observatory compound. At Felixstowe Ferry a Short-eared Owl and a Whinchat.

April 28th

Lowestoft: five Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point.

 

Purple Sandpiper at Ness Point credit David Borderick.

Walberswick: Long-tailed Duck again offshore in the scoter flock

Saxmundham: 13 Waxwings again in the square behind Waitrose.

Aldeburgh Marshes: DOTTEREL on the furthest pools plus a Little Ringed Plover, two White Wagtails and 30+ Whimbrel.

Dotterel on Aldeburgh Marshes credit Val Lockwood.

Alde Estuary: the Osprey still at Hazlewood Marshes plus a Short-eared Owl.

Boyton Marsh: a Cattle Egret in the cattle field opposite the flash

Hollesley Marsh: redhead Goosander, the Glossy Ibis still present and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Shingle Street: two Short-eared Owls present.

Felixstowe: two Whinchats on the Point, a male Redstart and a female Ring Ouzel on the reserve at Landguard plus a Tree Pipit in the Observatory compound. A Wryneck also reported.

 

April 27th

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad and a Ring Ouzel at Beach Farm.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore plus a Long-tailed Duck.

Saxmundham: 14 Waxwings again in the square behind Waitrose.

Alde Estuary: an Osprey seen from Hazlewood Marshes plus a Short-eared Owl.

Hollesley Marsh: redhead Goosander, the Glossy Ibis still present and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Shingle Street: Short-eared Owl.

Felixstowe: Redstart and a Ring Ouzel on the reserve at Landguard.

Lakenheath Fen: White Stork over Joist Fen and then over Brandon Fen.

April 26th

Carlton Marsh: an immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE circled over Peto's Marsh, then viewed distantly high over the Somerleyton/Blundeston area and then towards Herringfleet viewed from Haddiscoe.

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad and two Ring Ouzels at Beach Farm.

Easton Bavents: a Ring Ouzel again present.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore.

Minsmere: three Common Cranes flew north.

Saxmundham: 18 Waxwings again in the square behind Waitrose.

Alde Estuary: an Osprey seen from Hazlewood Marshes plus over 25 Whimbrel.

Hollesley Marsh: redhead Goosander, the Glossy Ibis still present and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Shingle Street: Short-eared Owl.

Bawdsey: Channel Wagtail and two White Wagtails at East Lane.

East Bergholt: both PECTORAL SANDPIPER and Wood Sandpiper present on White Horse Marsh.

Bury St. Edmunds: three Waxwings near Moreton Hall.

Cavenham: Garganey on the flash.

April 25th

Carlton Marsh: the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad and two Cattle Egrets flew south.

Easton Bavents: a Ring Ouzel present.

Blyth Estuary: 10 Whimbrel east of the White Hart pub.

Minsmere: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE high over East Scrape and three Common Cranes flew in from the south and landed by Lucky Pool.

Saxmundham: 18 Waxwings in the square behind Waitrose.

North Warren: two Firecrests along the old railway track.

Hollesley Marsh: one Short-eared Owl, the Glossy Ibis still present and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Butley: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE heading north between Butley and Chillesford.

Livermere Lake: the drake RING-NECKED DUCK again present.

 

April 24th

Carlton Marsh: the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad.

Aldeburgh Marshes: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over.

Hollesley Marsh: three Short-eared Owls, the Glossy Ibis still present, two Ravens, redhead Goosander, four Little Ringed Plovers and a Water Pipit in a a field between the scrape and the sluice.

Shingle Street: two Short-eared Owls between Shingle Street and East Lane.

Felixstowe: Black Redstart on Landguard Fort.

Livermere Lake: a drake RING-NECKED DUCK present.

April 23rd

Carlton Marsh: the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad.

North Warren: a drake Garganey roosting on South Marsh.

Alde Estuary: an Osprey seen from Hazlewood Marshes.

Hollesley Marsh: a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the scrape, a Short-eared Owl by the saltings, the Glossy Ibis still present, redhead Goosander and two Little Ringed Plovers.

April 22nd

Carlton Marsh: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: the summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe again on Benacre Broad.

Walberswick: PURPLE HERON at Dingle Hill.

Minsmere: a ringtail Hen Harrier over the main reedbed and three Spoonbill on the scrape.

Hollesley Marsh: two Cattle Egrets, a Crane over, the Glossy Ibis still present, plus Spoonbill, redhead Goosander, two Blue-headed Wagtails and a Short-eared Owl.

Shingle Street: two Short-eared Owl between Shingle Street and East Lane.

April 21st

Lowestoft: the Great Skua at Walberswick was also tracked past Ness Point.

Carlton Marsh: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh plus two Garganey (f, m) and a Wood Sandpiper.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore with a Common Scoter flock and a Great Skua north.

Dunwich: a Sooty Shearwater flew north.

Minsmere: a drake Garganey on East Scrape.

Westleton: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew south over the heath.

North Warren: a male Pied Flycatcher briefly on the track at the Sheepwash crossing.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present.

Felixstowe: Common Crane circling over the clubhouse at Felixstowe Ferry.

April 20th

Carlton Marsh: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: a Ring Ouzel at Beach Farm and a summer-plumaged Slavonian Grebe on Benacre Broad.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore with a Common Scoter flock.

Minsmere: a male Ring Ouzel on Vault Hill, two Garganey between North and West hides and one Crane south of the sluice bushes.

Aldringham: first Nightjar of the Spring seen in flight around midday on Aldringham Walks.

North Warren: two Spoonbill from North Marsh viewing platform.

Havergate Island: DOTTEREL present on the reserve.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present, plus redhead Goosander, a White Wagtail and a Little Ringed Plover.

Felixstowe: a male Ring Ouzel in the compound at LBO.

Foxhole Heath: one Ring Ouzel still present.

April 19th

Carlton Marsh: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: a Ring Ouzel in the paddock at Beach Farm.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore with a Common Scoter flock.

Blythburgh: a Hen Harrier by the water tower.

Minsmere: a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE at the east end of the North Wall plus a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over Island Mere then north.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present and two Blue-headed Wagtails.

Bawdsey: two Blue-headed Wagtails in ploughed fields by the concrete track at East Lane.

Felixstowe: two Black-throated Divers south off Landguard.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) still present on Gifford's Flash.

Foxhole Heath: three Ring Ouzels (1f, 2m) present.

April 18th

Carlton Marsh: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL on Peto's Marsh just before the Turnpike Hide plus a Little Ringed Plover.

Kessingland: a male Ring Ouzel just north of the sluice.

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore with a Common Scoter flock.

Minsmere: a male Ring Ouzel on Vault Hill.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present in the flooded field opposite the café.

Raydon: a female Ring Ouzel in a weedy field west of Sandpits Lane, between Raydon and Higham.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) still present on Gifford's Flash.

April 17th

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER again offshore with a Common Scoter flock.

Minsmere: Garganey present on East Scrape.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present in the flooded field opposite the café.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) still present on Gifford's Flash.

April 16th

Walberswick: a first-winter drake SURF SCOTER offshore with a Common Scoter flock.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) still present on Gifford's Flash.

 

April 15th

Covehithe: a Ring Ouzel south of Covehithe Broad.

Minsmere: Ring Ouzel from the North Wall.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) still present on Gifford's Flash.

 

April 14th

A WHITE STORK was tracked south at a few locations:

> Carlton Marsh: feeding on Share Marsh (08:22). 

> Barnby Broad: circling over (08:58).

> Benacre: south over the area (09:13).

Reydon: circling over the village (09:34).

Southwold: west over St Felix School towards Hen Reedbeds (09:45).

Dunwich: over the Heath heading south (10:08).

Minsmere: directly over the reserve (10:15).

Benacre: a Ring Ouzel at Beach Farm.

Southwold: one Blue-headed Wagtail still on the marsh behind the burnt out fish and chip shop.

Minsmere: Ring Ouzel by the sluice and a Little Ringed Plover on South Scrape.

Westleton: a Ring Ouzel by the quarry.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis, a redhead Goosander and three Spoonbill.

Trimley Marsh: a Cattle Egret on the permanent flood.

Shelley: two LESSER SCAUP (1m, 1f) on Gifford's Flash.

April 13th

Oulton Broad: nine Cranes circling before heading south.

Carlton Marsh: a Whinchat west of the Octagon viewing platform on Share Marsh. Seven of the Cranes seen at Oulton Broad flew west from the north end of Peto's Marsh.

Southwold: a female SERIN by the campsite and two Blue-headed Wagtails on the marsh behind the burnt out fish and chip shop.

Hen Reedbeds: a Cattle Egret seen from the bittern viewing platform.

Minsmere: a male Redstart in the North bushes, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from the North Wall and a Short-eared Owl by the chapel, .

Sizewell: two Cranes circling north of the power station.

Orfordness: two Spoonbill on the NT reserve.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present in the flooded field opposite the café.

Felixstowe: two Black Redstarts at Landguard.

Newbourne: the first two Swifts of the year between Newbourne and Waldringfield.

Lackford Lakesa Ring Ouzel at the reserve.

April 12th

Carlton Marsh: a Cattle Egret on Peto's Marsh.

Walberswick: a drake Eider at the ferry.

Minsmere: a ringtail Hen Harrier at the back of Island Mere plus Crane.

Boyton Marsh: four Little Stints on the reserve.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis and two Little Ringed Plovers.

April 11th

Carlton Marsh: the PURPLE HERON again on Share Marsh and Peto's Marsh.

Southwold: Blue-headed Wagtail on the eastern town marsh and a Spoonbill on the north-east flash.

Minsmere: Ring Ouzel on the beach then flew towards Dunwich coastguards.

Westleton: Ring Ouzel in flight on Westleton Heath.

Shingle Street: Short-eared Owl noted.

Felixstowe: two Short-eared Owls at Old Felixstowe golf course.

Alton Water: Hawfinch flew south over the dam.

Lakenheath Fen: two Garganey still on the small wash by East Wood.

April 10th

Carlton Marsh: PURPLE HERON on Peto's Marsh, then later on Share Marsh.

Wangford: five Cattle Egrets again with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

Walberswick: a drake Eider at the ferry.

Dunwicha Short-eared Owl north over Dunwich Heath.

Westleton: Ring Ouzel at the quarry on Westleton Heath.

Boyton Marsh: three Little Stints on the reserve.

Hollesley Marsh: two Glossy Ibis still present, a Little Ringed Plover and a female Goosander.

Felixstowe: a male Redstart at Dovedale Gardens.

April 9th

Iken: Cattle Egret along Ferry Road.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present.

Debenham: Cattle Egret again in the field opposite the vets.

April 8th

Kessingland: Ring Ouzel on the south beach.

Benacre: two Blue-headed Wagtails and a White Wagtail in a tilled field south-west of Beach Farm plus a Ring Ouzel along the track by the air raid shelter.

Wangford: four Cattle Egrets again with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

North Warren: Cattle Egret flew south over the reedbeds.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present and two Cattle Egrets in the flooded field opposite the café plus the first Lesser Whitethroat of Spring.

Felixstowe: Black Redstart at the fort.

Trimley Marsh: a Hen Harrier at the reserve.

Debenham: Cattle Egret again in the field opposite the vets.

Rougham: 35 Waxwings by Mount Road, east of the new houses on Rougham airfield.

April 7th

Carlton Marsh: two Spoonbill on Peto's Marsh.

Walberswick: two Curlew Sandpipers on the Blyth estuary.

Minsmere: a male Eider on East Scrape.

Westleton: two Cranes over Yoxford Road.

North Warren: Spoonbill south over North Marsh.

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present in the flooded field opposite the café.

Felixstowe: two Black Redstarts at the fort.

Newbourne: a male Ring Ouzel reported.

Needham Market: PALLAS'S WARBLER at the sewage works (it had first been noted on March 30th).

Debenham: Cattle Egret again in the field opposite the vets.

April 6th

Corton: Ring Ouzel in the churchyard.

Carlton Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler at Sprats Water and a drake Garganey on Peto's Marsh.

Benacre: two Ring Ouzels at Beach Farm.

Wangford: five Cattle Egrets again with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

Southwold: Ring Ouzel in the sheep paddocks north of the pier and two Purple Sandpipers on the sea defences.

Reydon: the first Willow Warbler of the Spring singing at the end of Three Marsh Lane.

Minsmere: a Blue-headed Wagtail around the Konik ponies at the sluice, two Cranes flew east behind Island Mere and four Little Gulls on East Scrape.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Water Pipit, three White Wagtails and a redhead Goosander on the reserve.

Thetford: Ring Ouzel at Nunnery Lakes plus Cuckoo and Reed Warbler.

 

April 5th

Wangford: at least three Cattle Egrets still present.

Hen Reedbeds: Water Pipit present.

Westleton: the first Nightingale of Spring.

Hollesley Marsh: a redhead Goosander and two Little Ringed Plovers.

Woodbridge: the first Nightingale of Spring.

Felixstowe: a male Ring Ouzel on the common in front of Landguard Obs.

Hadleigh: the first Common Whitethroat of Spring near Pond Hall industrial estate.

April 4th

Hollesley Marsh: the Glossy Ibis still present.

Great Blakenham: the first Hobby of the year hawking over fields between Claydon and Great Blakenham near the B1113.

Lakenheath Fen: three Garganey (2m,1f) on the small wash by East Wood.

April 3rd

Lowestoft: 14 Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point.

Wangford: four Cattle Egrets again with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

Minsmeretwo Cranes in reedy fields to the south.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis, a drake Garganey, a redhead Goosander and a Little Ringed Plover.

Brantham: a WHITE STORK flew low over Brantham Hall / church.

Little Cornard: a Little Ringed Plover at Shalford Meadow.

April 2nd

Kessingland: Raven on the Levels.

Wangford: four Cattle Egrets again with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

Blythburgh: an Osprey in a Poplar tree on the north side of the  estuary.

Minsmeretwo Cranes flying east past Island Mere.

Aldringham: two WHITE STORKS flew south-west over Aldringham Walks at 14:20.

Thorpenessa Short-eared Owl at the old caravan park.

Aldeburgh Marsh: a Little Ringed Plover and a White Wagtail on the main flash.

Claydona Crane heading north.

Pipps Ford: a drake Garganey present.

April 1st

Lowestoft: eight Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point and an Osprey flew north over Crown Meadow.

Wangford: four Cattle Egrets with cattle opposite the entrance to Henham quarry.

Southwold: 11 White Wagtails and a Little Ringed Plover on a pool.

North Warren: Whimbrel in off.

Snape: Ring Ouzel near Facons Bottom Farm.

Boyton Marsh: Glossy Ibis present.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis, a redhead Goosander and a Little Ringed Plover.

Felixstowe: two Black Redstarts at Landguard and a Short-eared Owl at Kingsfleet.

Alton Water: two Slavonian Grebes off Tattingstone Place.

Little Cornard: a pair of Garganey at Shalford Meadow in the sewage work lagoons.

Lackford Lakes: two Little Gulls on the sailing lake.

Lakenheath Fen: three Garganey (2m,1f) on the small wash by East Wood.

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