Suffolk Bird News for February 2024

Suffolk Bird News
Smew

A Long-billed Dowitcher was on Peto’s Marsh at SWT Carlton Marshes from 2nd and presumably the same bird ventured into Norfolk at Breydon Water for three days during February. The drake Ring-necked Duck commuted between The Meare at Thorpeness and RSPB North Warren throughout February.

A wild Dutch-ringed White-tailed Eagle was again in the area of Ixworth and Stowlangtoft and was joined by a juvenile White-tailed Eagle, whose parents were released Isle of Wight birds. What was presumed to be the wild White-tailed Eagle was at Tunstall and then flew north over RSPB Minsmere, Westleton Heath, Wangford, Potters Bridge and Southwold 23rd. The origin of one that flew north-east over Icklingham was uncertain 28th.

A Long-tailed Duck was at Benacre Broad until 20th. Up to two Great Northern Divers were on Lake Lothing & Hamilton Dock until 10th and one Great Northern Divers was on the River Orwell off the Wherstead Strand 2nd and another off Trimley Marshes 23rd.

Up to two Smew were on the River Alde from SWT Hazlewood Marshes. Two Slavonian Grebes were on River Stour at Stutton Ness until 2nd and then at Alton Water Reservoir from 4th. A Black-necked Grebe was offshore at RSPB Minsmere 10th.

A Glossy Ibis remained at RSPB Hollesley Marshes and one was at Levington Lagoon 9th. A Lapland Bunting was at Kessingland until 12th.

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