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January 2024 Sightings

January 31st

Kessingland: the Lapland Bunting along the beach below the Red House.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck again on Benacre Broad.

Minsmere: three Velvet Scoters flew north offshore plus five Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

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

Boyton Marsh: 10 Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane and 250 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on an arable field and a further 275 at Boyton Marsh.

Minsmere: three Velvet Scoters flew north offshore plus five Whooper Swans on East Scrape.

Falkenham: two Whooper Swans inland of the creek.

Melton: a Curlew Sandpiper along the River Deben between Dock Lane and the sewage works.

Stowlangtoft: two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES again along Kiln Lane.

January 30th

Kessingland: 25 Snow Buntings and a Lapland Bunting along the beach north of the Sailors Home pub .

Walberswick: 25 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Hollesley Marsh: Short-eared Owl and a Glossy Ibis present.

Melton: a Curlew Sandpiper along the River Deben between Dock Lane and the sewage works.

Wherstead: four Great Northern Divers from the Strand and two Ravens over calling.

Lower Holbrook: two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

Bramford: 15 Waxwings seen briefly near the school before flying north.

Stowlangtoft: two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES again along Kiln Lane.

January 29th

Kessingland: 36 Snow Buntings along the beach north of the Sailors Home pub.

Walberswick: c.70 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Thorpeness: RING-NECKED DUCK again present on the Meare and five Goosanders.

Melton: a Curlew Sandpiper along the River Deben between Dock Lane and the sewage works.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers by the Orwell Bridge.

Stowlangtoft: one WHITE-TAILED EAGLE along Kiln Lane.

Lakenheath Fen: three Cranes, a Cattle Egret and two Ravens on the reserve.

January 28th

Lowestoft: two Great Northern Divers and a Shag on Lake Lothing.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck on Benacre Broad.

Southwold: five Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: c.70 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach.

Minsmere: one Mealy Redpoll by the Rhododendron tunnel and a ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide. Eight Whooper Swans on East Scrape and and an adult Caspian Gull

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

Lower Holbrook: three Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

Stowlangtoft: one WHITE-TAILED EAGLE along Kiln Lane.

January 27th

Lowestoft: Great Northern Diver and a Shag on Lake Lothing.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck on Benacre Broad.

Covehithe: eight Waxwings by a wood near Covehithe Mill Lane.

Southwold: five Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: 22 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach.

Dunwich: two Whooper Swans over.

Minsmere: two ringtail Hen Harriers from Bittern Hide.

Wherstead:Great Northern Diver from the Strand.

Hadleigh: two Waxwings between Morrisons and the fire station.

Micklemere: five Goosanders present.

Stowlangtoft: two WHITE-TAILED EAGLES along Kiln Lane.

Newton: two Waxwings along the A1071 opposite the turning to Siam Hall.

Little Cornard: a WHITE STORK  at Shalford Meadow.

January 26th

Lowestoft: two Great Northern Divers and a Shag on Lake Lothing.

Kessingland: 35 Snow Buntings along the beach.

Benacre: a Long-tailed Duck on Benacre Broad.

Minsmere: ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide, three Waxwings in bushes on the North Wall and two Bewick's Swans on East Scrape.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew, four Scaup and a Water Pipit from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Bawdsey: two Purple Sandpipers off East Lane.

Ipswich: a Ring-necked Parakeet in Ipswich cemetery.

Stutton: five Scaup of Stutton Ness and two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

Stowlangtoft: a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE along Kiln Lane.

January 25th

Kessingland: c.40 Snow Buntings along the beach and a Lapland Bunting opposite the Red House, north of Rider Haggard Lane. 

Benacre: an adult Long-tailed Duck showing very well, close to the shore from Benacre Broad.

Dunwich: two Velvet ScotersLong-tailed Duck offshore plus Hen Harrier and five Snow Buntings

Minsmere: ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river from Hazlewood Marsh.

Mistley: seven Scaup (3m, 4f), from Mistley Quay, on the Suffolk side of the estuary.

Little Cornard: a WHITE STORK sitting on a tree at Little Mere.

January 24th

Dunwich: two Velvet Scoters offshore.

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

Stowlangtoft: a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE along Kiln Lane then flew towards Wyken Hall.

Bury St. Edmunds: six Waxwings on Skyliner Way.

 

January 23rd

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

North Warren: 60+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh plus a Spoonbill.

Stowlangtoft: a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE present.

Mildenhall: two Waxwings in a garden.

January 22nd

Minsmere: two Whooper Swans and a Water Pipit at Island Mere plus a Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Hollesley Marsh: female Goosander present plus four Bewick's Swans.

Nacton: the Red-necked Grebe again off Nacton shores.

January 21st

Dunwich: one+ Long-tailed Ducks offshore from Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere: six Whooper Swans on East Scrape plus a Firecrest in Holm Oaks along the north bushes.

Bawdsey: Purple Sandpiper on a salt lagoon at East Lane.

Nacton: one Red-necked Grebe again reported off Nacton shores.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand.

Stowmarket: 18 Waxwings over Aspen Grove.

Ixworth: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE seen north-east of the village.

Bury St. Edmunds: six Waxwings on Tassel Road.

January 20th

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh plus two Crane over.

Dunwich: two Long-tailed Ducks offshore from Dingle Marshes.

Walberswick: a LESSER YELLOWLEGS again on pig fields by Blythburgh Water Tower. 

Minsmere: one Bewick's Swans, Yellow-legged Gull and eight Goosanders on East Scrape. Whooper Swan and a Water Pipit at Island Mere.

Bawdsey: three Purple Sandpipers off East Lane.

Felixstowe: a Waxwing flew north over Cricket Hill Road.

Nacton: one Red-necked Grebe off Nacton shores.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand under the Orwell Bridge.

January 19th

Herringfleet Marsh: one Cattle Egret present then flew north-east.

Kessingland: c.40 Snow Buntings along the beach.

Walberswick: c.25 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: two Long-tailed Ducks offshore from Dingle Marshes.

Minsmere: two Mealy Redpoll by the rhododendron tunnel. Six Bewick's Swans on East Scrape plus nine Whooper Swans and a Water Pipit at Island Mere.

North Warren: Water Pipit from the viewing platform.

Alde Estuary: one female Smew on the river from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Felixstowe:Cattle Egret at Kingsfleet and flew over the river.

Nacton: one Red-necked Grebe off Nacton shores.

Chelmondiston: one Great Northern Diver off Pin Mill.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers under the Orwell Bridge.

Ewarton: 42 Corn Buntings, ringtail Hen Harrier and a Slavonian Grebe on the river.

Stutton: four Scaup towards Wrabness and two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

Lackford Lakes: Scaup on the sailing lake.

Long Melford:SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at the sewage works.

 

January 18th

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver on Lake Lothing.

Oulton: HOODED CROW photographed in the village.

Walberswick: Water Pipit in a flooded meadow north-east of the Bailey Bridge.

Minsmere: three Water Pipits at Island Mere, two Bewick's Swans on East Scrape plus ringtail Hen Harrier.

Freston: one Great Northern Diver from Stoke Sailing Club.

Wherstead: one Great Northern Diver from the Strand under the Orwell Bridge.

Ipswich: a Ring-necked Parakeet in Ipswich cemetery.

Mayday Farm: two Hawfinch present.

January 17th

Herringfleet Marsh: five Cattle Egrets present.

Kessingland: 25+ Snow Buntings along the beach.

Southwold: Black-throated Diver on the sea north of the pier.

Walberswick: c.30 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Minsmere: a RING-NECKED DUCK again East Scrape plus two Bewick's Swans.

Iken: four Cattle Egrets near Sandy Lane and Hill Farm Road.

Stutton: two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay.

January 16th

Kessingland: c.50 Snow Buntings along the beach plus two Jack Snipe.

Southwold: four Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: a LESSER YELLOWLEGS on pig fields by Blythburgh Water Tower. 

Minsmere: a RING-NECKED DUCK on East Scrape plus two Bewick's Swans, three Whooper Swans over and two Goosanders on the sea.

Westleton: Raven over the heath.

Alde Estuary: four (3m, 1f) Scaup on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Mayday Farm: a Mealy Redpoll plus 40+ Brambling.

January 15th

Aldeburgh Marsh: two Bewick's Swans flew south over.

Alde Estuary: four (3m, 1f) Scaup and one female Smew on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Blaxhall: two Whooper Swans in a field viewable from School Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis still present.

Ipswich: 20+ Waxwings along Bixley Road.

January 14th

Fritton: 10 Cattle Egrets on Fritton Marshes.

Frostenden: a ringtail Hen Harrier over.

Southwold: nine Eurasian White-fronted Geese east Quay Lane.

Walberswick: a LESSER YELLOWLEGS on pig fields by Blythburgh Water Tower. 50 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh. A ringtail Hen Harrier roosted on Westwood Marshes,

Minsmere: a Firecrest in a Holm Oak by Digger Alley and four  Whooper Swans on Island Mere plus a ringtail Hen Harrier.

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

Alde Estuary: four (3m, 1f) Scaup and two female Smew on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Iken: seven Cattle Egrets near Sandy Lane and Hill Farm Road.

Blaxhall: two Whooper Swans in a field viewable from School Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Falkenham: Short-eared Owl along the sea wall.

Waldringfield: a Slavonian Grebe on the river below Stonner Point.

Kesgrave: c.30 Waxwings on Gosling Place.

Stutton: two Slavonian Grebes in Holbrook Bay plus a Shag on the river.

January 13th

Fritton: eight Cattle Egrets around the puddles on Fritton Marshes.

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver on Lake Lothing and a first-winter Little Gull on the rocks at Ness Point.

Southwold: five Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: 50 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: two Velvet Scoters offshore.

Slaughden: Purple Sandpiper on the groynes near the Martello Tower.

Alde Estuary: four (3m, 1f) Scaup and two female Smew on the river viewed from the hide at Hazlewood Marsh.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: three Caspian Gulls and eight Yellow-legged Gulls present.

Freston: two Great Northern Divers from Stoke Sailing Club plus a Long-tailed Duck reported.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand.

Ipswich: 20 Waxwings by Princethorpe Road and Bixley Road.

Lavenham: ringtail Hen Harrier seen over fields along Bridge Street Road.

January 12th

Walberswick: 87 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: at least three Velvet Scoters from the beach.

Thorpeness: eight Goosanders on the Meare.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Ipswich: a Raven flew over Holywells Park.

Chelmondiston: a Corn Bunting on the wires along Lings Lane.

Stutton: two Slavonian Grebes on the river below Stutton church.

January 11th

Walberswick: c.70 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: a drake Velvet Scoter from the beach.

Minsmere: ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Ipswich: a Waxwing along Heath Road opposite the hospital.

Wherstead: one Great Northern Diver upstream from Orwell Bridge.

Felixstowe: Pale-bellied Brent Goose viewed from the stile at Felixstowe Ferry.

January 10th

Minsmere: ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Covehithe: eight Waxwings along Mill Lane.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Ipswich: 25 Waxwings by Penshurst Road and Bixley Road.

 

January 9th

Kessingland: c.30 Snow Buntings along the beach.

Frostenden: a ringtail Hen Harrier over.

Minsmere: Scaup on Island Mere and a ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Aldeburgh Marsh: 85 Eurasian White-fronted Geese present.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river viewed from the Brick Dock.

Iken: six Cattle Egrets near Sandy Lane.

Boyton: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Trimley:Great Northern Diver on the river from Trimley Marsh visitor centre.

Ipswich: c.22 Waxwings along Heath Road.

January 8th

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn. Two Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Minsmere: four Whooper Swans roosting on Island Mere, ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide.

Iken: six Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis still present.

Felixstowe: at Landguard Velvet Scoter flew north close in, a Glaucous Gull followed the Stena Line Ferry out and a Slavonian Grebe on the sea.

January 7th

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver on Lake Lothing.

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn and then flew high north-west.

Walberswick: 70 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach by Corporation Marsh.

Dunwich: two Velvet Scoters from the beach.

Minsmere: four Whooper Swans roosting on Island Mere, ringtail Hen Harrier from Bittern Hide and a Velvet Scoter north offshore.

Iken: three Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis opposite the car park.

Woodbridge: single Waxwing along Warwick Avenue.

Levington: a Shag off the marina and a ringtail Hen Harrier at the Creek.

Wherstead: one Great Northern Diver by Orwell Bridge.

January 6th

Worlingham: two Short-eared Owls over Worlingham marshes.

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn. Five Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: 80 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach.

Minsmere: four Whooper Swans from East Hide.

North Warren: 25 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Iken: five Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane, 204 Eurasian White-fronted Geese and a Spoonbill.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the reserve.

Freston: one Great Northern Diver from Stoke Sailing Club.

January 5th

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn.

Minsmere: Slavonian Grebe on the sea just south of the sluice.

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

Iken: four Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the reserve.

Boyton: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand.

Sproughton: seven Waxwings in trees opposite the Wild Man pub.

Long Melford:SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at the sewage works.

 

January 4th

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn.

Walberswick: 20 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach.

Iken: five Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the reserve scrape and a female Goosander.

Shingle Street: two Short-eared Owls.

Freston: two Great Northern Divers from Stoke Sailing Club.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand.

Sproughton: seven Waxwings in trees opposite the Wild Man pub.

January 3rd

Kessingland: c.70 Snow Buntings on the beach.

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn.

Dunwich: two Velvet Scoters from the beach car park.

Minsmere: Hen Harrier at Island Mere, 17+ Goosander on the scrape, two Whooper Swans from East Hide plus a Glaucous Gull on the south levels. .

Thorpeness: RING-NECKED DUCK still present on the Meare plus two redhead Goosanders.

North Warren: c.80 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river viewed from the Brick Dock.

Iken: eight Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane and 80+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese looking north.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the reserve scrape.

Freston: two Great Northern Divers from Stoke Sailing Club.

Wherstead: two Great Northern Divers from the Strand under the Orwell Bridge.

 

January 2nd

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver in Hamilton Dock and three Purple Sandpipers at Ness Point. 

Minsmere: Hen Harrier at Island Mere.

Westleton: Caspian Gull in a field near the village

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

Iken: six Cattle Egrets in a field with Highland cattle along Hill Farm Road.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis on the reserve scrape.

Wherstead:Great Northern Diver from the Strand.

January 1st

Lowestoft: a Great Northern Diver in Hamilton Dock.  

Kessingland: 30 Snow Buntings by the shore pools.

Worlingham: two Short-eared Owls over Worlingham marshes.

Ellough: eight Grey Partridges in a field north of College Lane.

Southwold: the LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Town Marshes north of the Harbour Inn and two Eurasian White-fronted Geese. Four Purple Sandpipers north of the pier.

Walberswick: c.30 Snow Buntings along the shingle beach.

Blyth estuary: Short-eared Owl distantly from the A12 bridge.

Minsmere: 30 Goosanders flew over Island Mere at dawn plus Hen Harrier at Island Mere.

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

North Warren: 124 Eurasian White-fronted Geese on north marsh.

Aldeburgh Marsh: 25 Eurasian White-fronted Geese present.

Alde Estuary: two female Smew on the river from Hazlewood hide.

Boyton Marsh: four Bewick's Swans along Mill Lane and a Short-eared Owl.

Hollesley Marsh: Glossy Ibis flew south mid-morning.

Rendlesham: 12+ Brambling in a field from Hollesley Road.

Freston: two Great Northern Divers from Stoke Sailing Club.

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