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Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) (Libary photograph)

Suffolk bird news May 2021

A singing male Woodchat Shrike was at Bawdsey 23rd and at Kessingland 28th. Could this have been the same bird seen earlier in Essex? The singing male Iberian Chiffchaff remained at Foxhall Heath. A Red-rumped Swallow flew over Hollesley Marshes 7th.


Iken had a run of good birds: Kentish Plover 3rd-4th, Broad-billed Sandpiper 5th-6th, Glossy Ibis flew south 6th and a Caspian Tern 14th. The latter was seen the next day at Aldeburgh 15th.


A displaying Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Carlton Marshes 6th-7th and a Pectoral Sandpiper was at Minsmere 18th. Two Black-winged Stilts were at Trimley Marshes.


The Hoopoe was at Carlton Marshes until 1st, and others were seen at Woodbridge 14th and Gazeley 15th.  At Minsmere there was a Golden Oriole on and off 17th-25th and a Pied Flycatcher 3rd. A Golden Oriole was briefly at Bawdsey 25th and another at Trimley Marshes 29th, but hopefully, and more importantly a Golden Oriole was singing at the former breeding site at Lakenheath. A Marsh Warbler was singing at Southwold 31st and a Wood Warbler was at Southwold sewage works 15th.


A Black Kite was over Carlton Marshes and the same or others were over Reydon 2nd and Minsmere 5th. A female Red-footed Falcon was at Trimley Marshes 10th.and a Montagu’s Harrier was at Tinker’s Marshes 25th. Single Honey Buzzards flew south over Eastbridge 13th and Aldeburgh 13th, and it or another was over Dunwich Heath 14th and North Warren 26th.


Up to two Temminck’s Stints were at Trimley Marshes until 18th. Also, at Trimley Marshes were a Glossy Ibis 9th-10th and a Tundra Bean Goose 9th. Nearby a Roseate Tern flew north past Landguard 23rd. A Glossy Ibis was at Ramsholt 3rd-10th and one flew north over Havergate Island 3rd.

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