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February 2024 Sightings

February 29th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

Minsmere: Two Goosander on East Scrape and 12 Whooper Swans on the South Levels. 

Sizewell: three Black Redstarts by the power station.

Leiston: 12 Waxwings flew over the town towards Saxmundham.

Iken: two Cattle Egrets at Hill Farm and a further two along Sandy Lane.

Witnesham: four Ravens o low east over the village.

February 28th

Lowestoft: 14 Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point.

Kessingland: 40 Snow Buntings ranging widely along the beach.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

Easton: four Purple Sandpipers on the sea wall.

North Warren: the RING-NECKED DUCK  on south marsh.

Alde Estuary: two Smew from Hazlewood hide.

Hollesley Marsh: Short-eared Owl from the viewing platform.

Alton Water: two Slavonian Grebes opposite Tattingstone Wonder.

Icklingham: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE from the reintroduction scheme, G625, flew north north-east and seen later on the Icklingham to Lakenheath road.

February 27th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

Southwold: two Purple Sandpipers north of the pier. Black Redstart by the Harbour Inn.

Dunwich: Long-tailed Duck again on the sea viewable from the beach car park.

Minsmere: 12 Whooper Swans on South Levels plus two Caspian Gulls and three Water Pipits.

North Warren: the RING-NECKED DUCK and three Goosander roosted on south marsh plus five Spoonbill.

Alde Estuary: female Smew from Hazlewood hide.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis still present.

Felixstowe: a Short-eared Owl at Kingsfleet.

Little Livermere: a Tree Sparrow along Seven Hills Lane.

February 26th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

North Warren: the RING-NECKED DUCK and eight Goosander roosted on south marsh. Earlier 122+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh and three Caspian Gulls on south marsh.

Pipps Ford: three Goosander on West flooded pit.

February 25th

Dunwich: Long-tailed Duck again on the sea viewable from the beach car park.

Southwold: five Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Alde Estuary: two Smew from Hazlewood hide plus Short-eared Owl, two Water Pipit and Caspian Gull.

Alton Water: two Slavonian Grebes again from Tattingstone Place.

Great Cornard: Waxwing again on Carsons Drive.

Lakenheath: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over the RAF base.

February 24th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

Dunwich: Long-tailed Duck on the sea viewable from the beach car park.

Minsmere: Two Cranes on Island Mere and 12 Whooper Swans on East Scrape. 

Hollesley Marsh: two Spoonbill, two Eurasian White-fronted Geese and a female Goosander.

Bury St. Edmunds: five Waxwings on Rougham Tower Avenue.

Raydon: Short-eared Owl over the disused airfield.

Great Cornard: Waxwing again on Carsons Drive.

 

February 23rd

A couple of species were tracked at a few locations:

A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (not satellite-tagged).

> Minsmere: heading towards the Coastguard Cottages over the reserve. 

> Westleton: heading north over the heath.

Wangford: low over the quarry. Then gaining height heading towards Reydon and finally over Potters Bridge.

Tunstall: seen in a field near the village.

Three Cranes.

> Carlton Marsh: south.

> Kessingland: heading towards the turbines.

> Benacre: continuing south over Beach Farm and then the Broad. 

> Covehithe: continuing south.

Wangford: south over Potters Bridge.

> Minsmere: south over the reserve. 

North-east Suffolk: NIGHT HERON on private land.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh. 

Benacre: Just south of Beach Farm 42 Snow Buntings.

Dunwich: Long-tailed Duck on the sea.

Minsmere: The three Cranes south over the reserve. 

Iken: five Cattle Egrets along Sandy Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis again on the flash opposite the café.

Felixstowe: Short-eared Owl near the Ferry.

Trimley Marshes: a Great Northern Diver on the river off the reserve.

Freston: a Great Northern Diver off Stoke Sailing Club.

February 22nd

Lowestoft: 12 Purple Sandpipers on rocks at Links Road.

Kessingland: Short-eared Owl, Jack Snipe and a probable Lapland Bunting by the shore pools.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

North Warren: nine Goosander flew north and 273 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

February 21st

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the flash opposite the café.

February 20th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

North Warren: pair of Goosander on south marsh and c.80 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Hollesley Marsh: four Spoonbill.

February 19th

Kessingland: 45 Snow Buntings on the beach opposite Heathlands Holiday Park.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

North Warren: 22 Goosander came into roost, Spoonbill plus RING-NECKED DUCK reported.

Hollesley Marsh: four Spoonbill, ringtail Hen Harrier and a lone Goosander

 

February 18th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

North Warren: two Goosander, Spoonbill and 150+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Iken: five Cattle Egrets along Sandy Lane.

February 17th

Kessingland: 30+ Snow Buntings on the beach opposite Heathlands caravan park.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Minsmere: eleven Whooper Swans on Island Mere.

North Warren: 17 Goosander flew north over the reedbed early morning and 350+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis.

Bawdsey: Purple Sandpiper at East Lane.

Shottisham: Short-eared Owl along the minor road to Hollesley.

Alton Water: four Scaup reported.

February 16th

Kessingland: Jack Snipe at the shore pools.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

Leiston: 11 Waxwings on the north-west corner of Recreational Park feeding on Mistletoe.

Boyton Marsh: 70 Eurasian White-fronted Geese. 

Hollesley Marsh: four Bewick's Swans on the scrape plus two Spoonbill.

Chelmondiston: 30+ Corn Buntings along Lings Lane.

Lower Holbrook: a Great Northern Diver in Holbrook Bay.

Shotley: a Great Northern Diver and two Slavonian Grebes on the river.

February 15th

Kessingland: Jack Snipe at the shore pools.

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on Peto's Marsh.  

Walberswick: flock of Snow Buntings along the beach at Corporation Marsh.

Leiston: 11 Waxwings at Park Hill.

Boyton Marsh: Short-eared Owl and Merlin.

Bawdsey: ringtail Hen Harrier on the marshes and two Purple Sandpipers at East Lane.

Great Cornard: Waxwing again on Carsons Drive.

February 14th

Carlton Marsh: the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was back on Peto's Marsh associating with a flock of Black-tailed Godwits.  

Leiston: 13 Waxwings viewed at Valley Gardens early morning before flying west.

Iken: four Cattle Egrets with Highland Cattle along Sandy Lane.

February 13th

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Minsmere: ten Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

Leiston: 12 Waxwings outside the library.

Thorpeness: two Goosander on the Meare.

North Warren: c.40 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

February 12th

Kessingland: the Lapland Bunting again in the usual area on north beach, north of red house. Long-eared Owl in the morning plus c.50 Snow Buntings also.

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Alde Estuary: female Smew again on the river opposite Aldeburgh Marshes.

Iken: four Cattle Egrets with Highland Cattle along Sandy Lane.

Boyton Marsh: Short-eared Owl at Burrow Hill.

Hollesley Marsh: Short-eared Owl from the viewing platform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short-eared Owl at Burrow Hill credit John Richardson.

 

February 11th

Burgh Castle: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on the flats. Best viewed at lower tides, at high tide it moves to the eastern end of Breydon Water.

Fritton Lake: 30 Great Egrets roosted.

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver again on Lake Lothing. Eight Purple Sandpipers on sea defences at Links Road.

Kessingland: the Lapland Bunting again in the usual area on north beach, north of red house plus a number of Snow Buntings.

 

Snow Bunting at Kessingland credit Les Cater.

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Easton Bavents: two Twite reported amongst Linnets at Easton Farm.

Dunwich: Snow Buntings again at the feeding station and two Velvet Scoters from the beach car park.

Minsmere: two Spoonbill on East Scrape. A Black-necked Grebe on the sea.

Havergate Island: two Little Stints and five Spoonbill. 

Hollesley Marsh: two Short-eared Owls and a female Hen Harrier.

Felixstowe: two Short-eared Owls at Kingsfleet and a Jack Snipe by the ferry sea wall.

Alton Water: Scaup and two Slavonian Grebes again from Tattingstone Wonder.

February 10th

Burgh Castle: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on the flats.

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver again on Lake Lothing.  

Kessingland: the Lapland Bunting again in the usual area on north beach.

Benacre: Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Walberswick: three Slavonian Grebes distantly off Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: 30+ Snow Buntings at the feeding station along the shingle beach plus a female Long-tailed Duck offshore with a Common Scoter flock and two Velvet Scoters from the beach car park.

Minsmere: Merlin from Bittern Hide at dusk.

Westleton: eleven Bewick's Swans south over Westleton Heath.

Thorpeness: RING-NECKED DUCK still present on the Meare plus nine Goosander.

North Warren: 81 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis viewable from the café and c.482 Eurasian White-fronted Geese from Mill Lane.

Trimley Marsh: Water Pipit on the Summer Flood.

Alton Water: Scaup and two Slavonian Grebes from Tattingstone Wonder.

Great Cornard: a Waxwing on Carsons Drive.

February 9th

Burgh Castle: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER again on the flats.

Kessingland: the Lapland Bunting again in the usual area.

Minsmere: eleven Bewick's Swans and twelve Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

Levington: a Glossy Ibis on Levington Lagoon.

Ipswich: five Waxwings again present at Colchester Road allotment (no public access) but can viewed along Valley Road at times.

Alton Water: Scaup and two Slavonian Grebes from Tattingstone Wonder.

February 8th

No news today

February 7th

Burgh Castle: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER on the flats. Earlier it had been at the east end of Breydon Water.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Minsmere: eleven Bewick's Swans on East Scrape, three Whooper Swans on Island Mere plus Water Pipit from North Hide.

Hollesley Marsh: Short-eared Owl from the pill box and ringtail Hen Harrier low over the scrape.

Felixstowe: Short-eared Owl near the stile at the Ferry.

Trimley Marsh: Water Pipit on the Winter Flood.

Alton Water: Scaup and two Slavonian Grebes from Larchwood hide.

February 6th

Lowestoft: Great Northern Diver in Hamilton Dock.

Kessingland: a Lapland Bunting feeding south of the shore pools near Sea Buckthorn.

Minsmere: 11 Bewick's Swans and six Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

Alton Water: Scaup from Larchwood hide and two Slavonian Grebes from Tattingstone Wonder.

February 5th

Lowestoft: male Black Redstart at Ness Point near the wind turbine.

Kessingland: a Lapland Bunting and c.50 Snow Buntings along the beach in line with the mobile homes.

Frostenden: two Cranes over heading towards Sotterley.

Minsmere: 11 Bewick's Swans, nine Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

Boyton Marsh: three Ruff and c.250 Eurasian White-fronted Geese at Mill Lane.

Alton Water: two Slavonian Grebes from Tattingstone Wonder.

Great Barton: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flying north over fields.

Westley: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE just south-west of the Horringer/Barrow crossroads.

Mayday Farm: Mealy Redpoll with a flock of c.25 Lesser Redpolls plus good numbers of Crossbill.

February 4th

Lowestoft: one Great Northern Diver on Lake Lothing and a second in Hamilton Dock.  

Kessingland: a Lapland Bunting and c.50 Snow Buntings along the beach.

Carlton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans flew west.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad plus four Goldeneye.

Minsmere: 12 Bewick's Swans, nine Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

North Warren: Spoonbill on south marsh.

Boyton Marsh: a Short-eared Owl and seven Ruff. At least 420 Eurasian White-fronted Geese between Boyton and Hollesley.

Alton Water: two Slavonian Grebes and a Scaup from Larchwood hide.

Ixworth: the Sussex WHITE-TAILED EAGLE at Micklemere.

Stowlangtoft: an early Osprey over the site.

Great Livermere: a probable WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over the lakes drifting south-west.

Great Cornard: a Waxwing on Carsons Drive.

February 3rd

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Southwold: three Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Dunwich: a Velvet Scoter offshore.

Sizewell: two female-type Black Redstarts near the power station.

Boyton: two Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane and c.200 Eurasian White-fronted Geese.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis again on the reserve.

Woodbridge: two Waxwings briefly in Elmshurst Park before flying off.

Felixstowe: a Short-eared Owl at Kingsfleet heading towards Falkenham Creek.

Wherstead: two Ravens at Jimmy's Farm.

Ixworth: two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES at Micklemere. The original bird, seen near Woolpit and surrounding area at the end of 2023 and then nearby at Stowlangtoft more recently is a wild bird that had been ringed in the Netherlands. This has been joined by a second bird that comes from the White-tailed Eagle reintroduction scheme in the Isle of Wight and is the first offspring born in England for 240 years. This has been designated G625 and has fitted with a satellite tag. More information here - fledging success.

 

February 2nd

Carlton Marsh: a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER on Peto's Marsh plus a Ruff.  

Kessingland: a Lapland Bunting and 45 Snow Buntings along the beach.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck still on the Broad.

Iken: Cattle Egret on the north side of Sandy Lane with cattle.

Boyton Marsh: eleven Bewick's Swans, ringtail Hen Harrier, four Ruff plus a Firecrest by Banters Barn.

Melton: Curlew Sandpiper on the River Deben opposite the sewage works.

Wherstead: a Great Northern Diver by Orwell Bridge and a Red-breasted Merganser upstream.

Ipswich: seven Waxwings along Valley Road/Colchester Road though mobile.

Stour Estuary: two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

Aspall:Cattle Egret feeding in fields near the cider factory.

Ixworth: a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE in a tree at Micklemere.

February 1st

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver still on Lake Lothing.  

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck on the Broad.

Walberswick: a Water Pipit in a cut reed area near Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: 60 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach and five Spotted Redshanks in the pools.

Minsmere: 2 Cranes on the South Levels.

Sizewell: two female-type Black Redstarts near the power station.

Thorpeness: RING-NECKED DUCK still present on the Meare.

Alde Estuary: female Smew and a Scaup from Hazlewood hide.

Chelmondiston: ringtail Hen Harrier flew over Cranes Creek.

Ixworth:WHITE-TAILED EAGLE over Micklemere.

Stowlangtoft: two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES along Kiln Lane. (Please keep to the public rights of way).

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