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Black Kite (Library photograph)

Suffolk bird news May 2024


An unidentified species of Pratincole was briefly over RSPB Boyton Marshes 24th.


A Black Kite flew north over RSPB Minsmere 13th & 29th and others were seen over Snape Warren 29th and Aldeburgh 29th. A Montagu’s Harrier flew over Westleton Common 15th, RSPB Minsmere 19th and Aldeburgh Town Marshes 21st. A European Honey-buzzard flew south-east over RSPB Minsmere 24th.


A Hoopoe was at Southwold 2nd and then at Wangford Quarry by Hen Reedbeds 5th-7th. A European Bee-eater was detected flying over Hen Reedbeds NR 7th, Thorpeness 18th and Ipswich 22nd. A singing male Golden Oriole was at RSPB Minsmere 5th and another was at Bonny Wood, Barking 23rd.


There were a handful of Red-backed Shrikes with single birds at Lound 22nd, Castle Marshes 23rd, Corton old sewage works 25th, RSPB Minsmere 26th and Upper Hollesley Common until 27th.


Perhaps more intriguing was a report of a Wryneck heard at RSPB Minsmere 5th. A Wood Warbler was at Sizewell 18th. There was a small arrival of Pied Flycatchers with single birds at Southwold 4th, RSPB Minsmere 9th, Landguard NR 13th and Sotterley 13th.


A Purple Heron was at RSPB Minsmere 13th-16th and was possibly seen there first on 8th. The Dotterel was at Aldeburgh Town Marshes until 5th and a Pectoral Sandpiper was at Cattawade 26th.


There were several Temminck’s Stints found including birds at SWT Trimley Marshes 3rd & 12th, up to two at RSPB Minsmere 10th-13th, up to two at Aldeburgh Town Marshes 12th-22nd and three were on Tinkers Pools, Walberswick 12th.


A drake Surf Scoter was offshore at Walberswick until 7th and was seen the fly north past RSPB Minsmere 1st. A drake Long-tailed Duck was offshore at Dunwich & RSPB Minsmere 16th and Walberswick 18th.


A Roseate Tern was at RSPB Minsmere 23rd. The Glossy Ibis remained at RSPB Hollesley Marshes, occasionally visiting nearby RSPB Boyton Marshes and one at RSPB Minsmere 30th.

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