Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) Dunwich Suffolk GB UK September 1998 cp crs 130dpi.jpg

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) Dunwich Suffolk September 1998 (Libary photograph)

Suffolk bird news August 2021

A Black Stork flew north over Snape 12th. A couple of days later it was spotted flying over Lowestoft and was tracked south as if flew over Kirkley, Kessingland, Iken, Gedgrave, Felixstowe and Shotley before heading into Essex airspace 14th. It returned the next day when it was seen to head north over Holbrook 15th.


A Caspian Tern was offshore at Southwold 24th and a Roseate Tern flew north at Lowestoft 31st.  Some good seabirds were seen passing in the last week of August including several Long-tailed Skuas, a couple of Balearic Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel.


Highlights at Minsmere RSPB were a Bee-eater 18th, White-rumped Sandpiper 19th-23rd, a Red-necked Phalarope 4th, a Pectoral Sandpiper until 15th and a Glossy Ibis 14th- 20th. A Glossy Ibis was also at Westwood Marshes 13th.


A Spotted Crake was at Snape at Botany Marshes 19th and a Glossy Ibis was there 23rd-31st at least. A first summer Glaucous Gull was again seen on the Blythburgh Estuary opposite Hen Reedbeds 21st having initially been seen there 16th July.


A Marsh Warbler was trapped and ringed at Hollesley 1st. A Wood Warbler was at Bawdsey picnic area 15th-16th and another was trapped at Trimley Marshes Wood Warbler 16th. A Wryneck was at Gunton Warren 22nd and Hollesley 27th-28th. A Honey Buzzard flew over Kessingland 14th.


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