Felixstowe Birding.

Birding the Felixstowe Penninsula by Paul Oldfield.

April 2017

1st April.

A visit to Landguard with Paul Holmes early morning produced singles of Swallow, Black Redstart and a couple of Chiffchaffs and very little else. We then went to Trimley Marshes where the 'long billed' Caspian Gull was seen on the Reservoir. Also of note were a Little Egret, three Marsh Harriers, at least six Buzzards, Sparrowhawk and Cetti's Warbler. Later on this afternoon the adult Little Gull was seen on 'The Scrape.

March 2017

25th March

The second winter Iceland Gull was again roosting in the Dock viewable from Viewpoint Road at some point this afternoon. Very Little at Landguard with just singles of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Brambling seen (LBO web).

24th March

The second winter Iceland Gull was again roosting in the Dock viewable from Viewpoint Road. sea-watching from Landguard produced northbound movements of four Red-throated Divers, two Fulmar, 166 Gannet and a Knot. Two Great Skua's were noted in the estuary mouth. Grounded migrants included two Black Redstart and singles of both Chiffchaff and Goldcrest (Paul Holmes and LBO web).

At Trimley Marshes a Firecrest was seen and the adult Little Gull was seen again at Loompit Lake (per BINs).

23rd March

A Iceland Gull was seen from Landguard in the estuary mouth this morning and again this afternoon when it was roosting just over the fence in the Docks from Viewpoint Road. Sea-watching from Landguard also produced northbound movements of five Gannet, five Barnacle Geese, four Common Scoter and a Great Skua. Yesterdays Black Redstart was still present.

22nd March

At Landguard this morning sea-watching produced five northbound and two southbound Gannets, one northbound Fulmar and 15 southbound Barnacle Geese. Grounded migrants included singles of Black Redstart, Chiffchaff and Firecrest.

21st March

At Trimley Marshes four Garganey were seen from the Viewpoint on 'The Bund' and a Ruff was present (Nigel Odin) Along the approach track a Black Redstart was seen (Will Brame). Birds noted at Landguard included a Woodcock and a few Chiffchaffs.

20th March

At Landguard sea-watching produced southbound movements of one Common Scoter, four Grey Plover, two Dunlin and seven Turnstone. Vis mig noted was southbound movements of three Meadow Pipits and 36 Siskin.

19th March

The Little Gull was still present at Loompit Lake.

Grounded migrants at Landguard included five Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Two Siskin flew south.

18th March

The adult Little Gull is still present on Loompit Lake.

At Landguard sea-watching produced two Gannet south and 184 Brent Geese north. Also a handful of Red-throated Divers were seen. Grounded migrants included a Wheatear and Chiffchaff.

17th March

At Landguard the first female Wheatear of the spring was noted along with a couple of Chiffchaffs. Of note was a immature/female Merlin that flew south over the Reserve. out to sea a couple of Red-throated Divers were seen. 

The adult Little Gull remains at Loompit Lake.

16th March

News from around the patch today. At Loompit Lake the adult Little Gull remains. At Landguard migrants noted included singles of Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart, redwing, three Chiffchaff and a Brambling.


15th March

At Landguard this morning presumably yesterdays Wheatear was still present at the southern end of the Reserve. Other birds around included singles of both Redwing and Fieldfare, and two Goldcrest. Out to sea two red-throated Divers, one Gannet and a Common Scoter were seen.

At Loompit Lake an adult Little Gull was seen (Will Brame). 

Another male Wheatear was along Felixstowe Prom at the southern end by the Martello Tower.

14th March

A few birds at Landguard today. Birds of note included the sites earliest ever Swallow and the first Wheatear of the year. Other noteworthies were six Redwing, one Fieldfare and two Chiffchaffs. Southbound movements off-shore included eight Red-throated Divers, one Great Crested Grebe, 12 Knot and six Dunlin while northbound birds noted were a Great Northern Diver and Common Scoter (LBO web and Will Brame).

13th March

A few raptors over Felixstowe Docks this morning with singles of Red Kite, Buzzard and the pair of Peregrines plus a visiting male of the latter species making a visit (Will Brame et al). At Landguard grounded migrants included 28 Redwing, one Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and Brambling. Vis mig noted were a southbound Grey Wagtail and four Siskin while a Rock Pipit flew north. The only other birds of note were 50 northbound Golden Plover offshore (LBO web).

11th March

A bit more spring like at Landguard this morning with migrants noted being a Black Redstart, two Chiffchaffs, at least four Goldcrest and a Firecrest. Southbound vis mig noted were singles of both Wood Lark and Siskin.

10th March

A couple of hours spent at Trimley Marshes with Paul Holmes. 12 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were present with other birds of note being an adult Yellow-legged Gull, Merlin (Steve Piotrowski and Eric Patrick et al) and a couple of Bearded Tits.

At Landguard a Great Skua was noted offshore (Nigel Odin).

9th March

At Landguard southbound 'vis mig' included a Grey Wagtail and 13 Siskin. 45 Redwings were present first thing this morning at least and two Sanderling were seen on the beach.

8th March

The only news comes from Landguard where sea-watching produced northbound movements of one Fulmar, 102 Barnacle Geese and a Kittiwake while those recorded flying south were five Gannet, a drake Goosander, 22 Brent and 19 Barnacle Geese, 17 Golden Plover and a Great Skua (per LBO web). 11 Sanderling were on the beach this evening.

7th March

A few hours spent at Landguard this morning. The pair of Peregrines were performing well on the Dock lighting towers and occasionally flying around. Other birds of note included two adult Mediterranean Gulls and a couple of northbound Red-throated Divers. A few Gulls were loafing on the Dock near the Viewpoint car Park and included a Yellow-legged Gull (right didgy).

Other news from around the patch includes an impressive 30+ Buzzards noted from Levington Creek along with three Marsh Harriers, one Sparrowhawk and three Kestrels. A Water Rail was also seen. At The Sludge Pits near the Seven Hills roundabout a Green Sandpiper was present (Will Brame).

6th March

The only news of any note today concerns a ring-tail Hen Harrier seen along the salt marsh at Hemley on the River Deben (Ernie Lucking). At Landguard 71 Barnacle Geese flew south and the pair of Peregrines were loitering on the Dock.

5th March

At Landguard sea-watching produced northbound movements of two Fulmar and 52 Brent Geese. Southbound birds included 10 Gannet, eight Barnacle Geese, two Brent geese and a Kittiwake. The first Grey wagtail of 'the spring' flew south and a Mistle Thrush was present first thing at least (LBO web).

4th March

At Fagbury Cliff a Siberian Chiffchaff was seen briefly and was heard calling.

3rd March

A few hours in the field this morning with Paul Holmes. Our first location was sea-watching from Felixstowe Ferry opposite 'The Knolls'. A fine male red-breasted Merganser was in the main channel and a couple of Red-throated Divers were also seen. We then went to Trimley Marshes where five Eurasian White-fronted Geese were seen on the Reservoir along with a male and female Goldeneye and 41 Pochard. Other birds of note around the Reserve were two Little Egrets, 47 Golden Plover and singles of Buzzard and Marsh Harrier.

2nd March

At Landguard movements offshore included 37 Brent Geese north with southbound birds being one Red-throated Diver, nine Brent Geese and singles of Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Common Scoter.

At Trimley Marshes 12 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were seen (per BINs).

1st March

At Landguard the only movements offshore were singles of red-throated Diver and Great Crested Grebe. Three Ringed Plovers were present on the Reserve and a Peregrine and Fieldfare were seen (LBO web).

February 2017

25th February

An entertaining morning spent sea-watching from the Observatory at Landguard with Paul Holmes and Nigel. The highlight was undoubtedly the five female Scaup that flew south close inshore at around 09.30am. A species that I have not seen on the patch for a few years. Other birds of note included 50 southbound Red-throated Divers, eight Gannets following a ship into Port, southbound singles of both Common Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser, three adult Mediterranean Gulls and one Avocet. The Peregrine was also seen early this morning.

Else-where six Tundra Bean Geese were seen at Trimley Marshes (per BINs).

24th February

Some record didgy's of the Tundra Bean Geese on the Reservoir showing considerable variation in bill colour.

A few hours spent at Trimley Marshes this morning with Paul Holmes. The 14 Tundra Bean Geese were still present along with three Eurasian White-fronts and 39 Barnacle Geese. Other birds of note were a Little Egret, five Great Crested Grebes, 37 Pochard, singles of Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, five Black-tailed Godwits and a Bearded Tit.

At Landguard 10 Red-throated Divers flew north with five south (LBO web).

23rd February

Sea-watching at Landguard produced northbound movements of seven Red-throated Divers, nine Gannets, four Fulmars and a Guillemot while southbound birds noted were two Red-throated Divers, four Gannet, singles of Knot and Curlew and two Guillemots.

22nd February

At Landguard sea-watching produced northbound movements of three Red-throated Divers and two Fulmars. Southbound movements were of a Common Scoter, four Golden Plover and a Curlew.

21st February

The only news today comes from Landguard where the first Fulmar of the year was noted off-shore as well as the first Harbour Porpoise.

20th February

At Landguard this morning four Redwing and two Fieldfare were noted first thing at least and five Siskin flew south. Offshore 13 Gannet followed on of the ships as it made its way into Port and singles of both Purple Sandpiper and Rock Pipit were seen around 'The Point' (LBO web).

19th February

The only news of any note concerns the 14 Tundra Bean Geese that were again present at Trimley Marshes (Ernie Lucking).

18th February

The Great Northern Diver was again seen from Levington Creek and a Red Kite flew over here (Justin and Ellie Zantboer). At Landguard the first Fulmar of the year was seen with other movements out to sea being 12 northbound and three southbound Red-throated Divers and four northbound Common Scoter.

17th February

Southbound movements offshore at Landguard this morning included two Red-throated Divers, 48 Brent Geese and 151 Barnacle Geese. Lingering offshore were singles of Red-throated Diver, Great crested Grebe and Guillemot. A Purple Sandpiper was noted on 'The Point' (LBO web).

16th February

A couple of hours spent out in the field this afternoon. An hour or so sea-watching from the Observatory at Landguard produced a southbound Long-tailed Duck, seven northbound Common Scoter, three Red-throated Divers and two adult Kittiwakes which followed the DFDS boat into Port. Other birds of note included three adult Mediterranean Gulls blogging along the beach together and the male Peregrine. Four Turnstone were also seen. A look through the Gulls along Felixstowe Prom produced a first winter Mediterranean Gull.

15th February

A morning spent at Landguard. Sea watching produced seven northbound Red-throated Divers, 68 northbound and 76 southbound Barnacle Geese and 10 northbound Common Scoter. At least two adult Mediterranean Gulls were blogging with the one didgied above and below lingering on the beach for a while. Other birds of note included a Shag, the male Peregrine which was perched on one of the lighting towers on the Dock and a Guillemot that paddled its way south close offshore. Two male Ringed Plovers were also on the Reserve and were both flight displaying late morning.

Other news from around the patch includes the Great Northern and Black-throated Divers that were both seen on the River Orwell from Levington Creek (per BINs).

14th February

A walk to 'The Point' at Landguard this afternoon with Tina from the Viewpoint Car Park produced the first winter Glaucous Gull, the Purple Sandpiper didgied below, one Guillemot, above and a littoralis Rock Pipit. This morning an adult Iceland Gull was seen off 'The Dock' in the mouth of the River Orwell around 8 oclock (Nigel Odin).

13th February

At Landguard the Glaucous Gull was again seen this morning along with a Rock Pipit (LBO web). On the River Orwell opposite the Stoke Sailing Club at Freston the Black-throated Diver was seen (BINs).

12th February

On the River Orwell the Great Northern Diver was seen from Levington Creek while the Black-throated Diver was off the Stoke sailing Club at Freston.

11th February

At Deben Lodge 31 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were again seen (per BINs). Landguard produced singles of Purple Sandpiper and Rock Pipit.

10th February

Sea-watching at Landguard produced northbound movements of 34 Red-throated Divers, two Gannet, two Eider, 17 Barnacle Geese and singles of Guillemot and Razorbill. in addition a further 12 Red-throated Divers flew south. Other birds of note were a couple of Egyptian Geese and singles of Purple Sandpiper and Rock Pipit.

9th February

At Landguard sea-watching produced northbound movements of 19 Red-throated Divers, two Eider and singles of Common and Velvet Scoter. The Purple Sandpiper was again on the beach along the Orwell Estuary (LBO web). By Deben Lodge 32 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were present (BINs).

8th February

Sea-watching at Landguard produced two northbound Gannets along with 19 Red-throated Divers. Southbound birds were three Red-throated Divers and a Red-breasted Merganser. A Purple Sandpiper was on the shingle beach near to the Rangers Cottage on the shore of the Orwell Estuary (LBO web).

7th February

The only news today concerns a first winter Glaucous Gull at Landguard this morning (LBO web).

6th February

The Great Northern Diver was present in Thorpe Bay on the River Orwell this morning (Will Brame). At Landguard a Shag was seen offshore (LBO web).

5th February

At Trimley Marshes the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were again present along with four Eurasian White-fronted Geese (Ernie Lucking and Dave Langlois). At the Seven Hills Sludge Pits a Green sandpiper was noted. On the River Orwell from Nacton Shore a Great Northern Diver was seen along with a Shag with presumably another Shag noted off Levington Marina (Paul Holmes).

4th February

A few hours out and about with Paul Holmes this morning. After a quick look through the Gulls at various locations along the Felixstowe sea front we went to Trimley Marshes where the only Gull of note, a fourth winter/summer Yellow-legged Gull was noted helpfully preening on the Gull perch on the Reservoir. Other birds of note were a Little Egret, the 14 Tundra Bean Geese, 42 Barnacle Geese, 34 Pochard, a male and female Goldeneye, two Marsh Harriers and a Kingfisher. Around 60 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were seen on the Reserve earlier this morning.

Record didgy's of the Yellow-legged Gull with a Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

2nd February

A couple of hours spent at Landguard with Paul Holmes and Nigel Odin. The highlight was a Black-necked Grebe close inshore off 'The Point' which was seen from the Observatory. Unfortunately after a quick dash to The Point to hopefully get some didgy's the bird could not be relocated. Other birds of note were a couple of Red-throated Divers and two adult Mediterranean Gulls.

1st February

The 14 Tundra Bean Geese remain at Trimley Marshes (per BINs).

January 2017

31st January

Sea watching from Landguard produced 12 northbound and 31 southbound Red-throated Divers and nine southbound Common Scoter (LBO web). Else-where on the patch the 'ring-tail' Hen Harrier was again seen around Kings Fleet and the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were seen at Trimley Marshes(BINs).

30th January

The only news of any note concerns two jack Snipe at Levington Lagoon (BINs) and three Sanderling on the beach at Landguard (LBO web).

29th January

At Trimley Marshes the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were still present  along with 28 Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 39 Barnacle Geese and the Red-crested Pochard (Ernie Lucking).

28th January

A smart very confiding adult male Black Redstart was feeding around 70 Shed on Felixstowe Docks today just after mid-day.

Other news from around the patch includes the Glaucous Gull again at Landguard along with a Red-throated Diver and Rock Pipit (LBO web). At Trimley Marshes a Red-crested Pochard was on the Reservoir with other birds around the Reserve being 14 Tundra Bean Geese, 23 Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 42 Barnacle Geese and a Caspian Gull (Paul Holmes).The Black-throated Diver was again on the River Orwell viewable from 'The Strand' (per BINs).

27th January

The Great Northern Diver was on the River Orwell viewable from Pin Mill (per BINs).

26th January

At Landguard the Purple Sandpiper was still present along with a Rock Pipit (LBO web).

25th January

A Purple Sandpiper at Landguard is the only news of note (LBO web).

24th January

At Landguard a Purple Sandpiper was seen at 'The Point' just after high tide. On the River Orwell both the Black-throated and Great Northern Divers were again off Pin Mill (BINs) while at Trimley Marshes the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were again present along with two Eurasian White-fronted Geese, 36 Barnacle Geese and a Water Rail (Nigel Odin and Will Brame).

23rd January

Two first winter Glaucous Gulls were reported from Landguard this afternoon (LBO web) with another seen again  at Brightwell Hall Farm (per BINs).

22nd January

At Trimley Marshes 12 Tundra Bean Geese were seen (Ernie Lucking). At Brightwell Hall Farm a Glaucous Gull was again seen loafing in fields (per BINs). Both the Great Northern  and Black-throated Divers were again on the River Orwell off Pin Mill (BINs).

21st January

The Black-throated Diver was again on the River Orwell off Pin Mill (BINs) and the first winter Glaucous Gull was seen again at Landguard (LBO web).

20th January

On the River Orwell the Black-throated and Great Northern Divers were again off Pin Mill  viewable from Levington Creek. A first winter Glaucous Gull was loafing in a field near Bucklesham at TM255428 (Paul Holmes).On the River Deben at Waldringfield a Velvet Scoter was seen (per BINs). The first winter Glaucous Gull was again seen at Landguard (LBO web).

19th January

A morning and early afternoon out in the field with Paul Holmes. We started of at Landguard where there is not much to report from this morning other than a Red-throated Diver offshore and five adult Mediterranean Gulls. This afternoon however  Paul went back and found a Black Redstart at The Point and Justin Zantboer saw the Glaucous Gull following the Stena Ferry into Port. Our next port of call was Trimley Marshes where we found the 14 Tundra Bean Geese in with the Greylag flock at the back of the Summer Flood. Also of note were two Eurasian White-fronted Geese that flew in from over the River Orwell while we were there and 38 Barnacle Geese. Other birds included 17 Avocet on the shore of the River Orwell and a female Marsh Harrier and two Little Egrets on the Reserve. We then made our way towards Levington Marina. At Stratton Hall Farm a large flock of Thrushes were noted on the field on the right hand side of the road leading to the Marina. Totals were c25 Fieldfare, six Redwing, around 10 Song Thrushes and a Mistle Thrush.  The shore of the River Orwell was as usual busy with feeding waders which included good numbers of Ringed and Grey Plovers, 350+ Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit along with a few Knot and Redshank. On the River Orwell a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers were seen along with two pairs of Goldeneye. Another Little Egret was also seen. 

The only other news concerns the Great Northern Diver which was again seen from Pin Mill this morning (Will Brame).

18th January

A morning spent at Landguard. The first winter Glaucous Gull was again noted off-shore along with the moulting immature Yellow-legged Gull  didgied below, Also five adult Mediterranean Gulls and a Rock Pipit were seen. Other news includes the Black-throated Diver that was still on the River Orwell opposite Colton Creek (Will Brame).

17th January

The wintering first winter Glaucous Gull was again present at Landguard with other birds of note seen during the day being a southbound Goosander, one Purple Sandpiper and a Rock Pipit (LBO web). The Great Northern and Black-throated Diver were again seen on the River Orwell off Pin Mill and at Trimley Marshes the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were again present (Will Brame). From the viewpoint at Marsh Lane the ring-tail Hen Harrier was again seen (Ernie Lucking).

16th January

At Landguard the first winter Glaucous Gull was again seen along with a southbound Bean Goose. On the River Orwell opposite Pin Mill (presumably viewable from Nacton Shore) both single Great Northern and Black-throated Divers were seen.

15th January

At Landguard a Great Northern Diver was in the Orwell Estuary mouth before flying up the River Orwell mid morning. Other birds also seen at Landguard this morning were the first winter Glaucous Gull, eight Gannets and 76 Kittiwakes. By the A14 Orwell Bridge at 'The Strand' the Black-throated Diver was again present (per BINs).

14th January

The wintering first winter Glaucous Gull was again off Landguard today with other birds off-shore being six southbound Common Scoter and a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers (Paul Holmes et al). At Trimley Marshes the 14 Tundra Bean Geese were again present (Will Brame and Paul Holmes).

13th January

First winter Glaucous Gull again at Landguard along with a Great Skua and a Guillemot off-shore. At Nacton around the Seven Hills A14 round-about 20 Waxwings were seen. The Black-throated Diver was still present on the River Orwell from The Strand.

12th January

The first winter Glaucous Gull was again seen at Landguard. Other birds of note here were a southbound Marsh Harrier, Red-throated Diver and Grey Plover. The Black-throated Diver continues to be seen from The Strand.

11th January

News today. At Landguard one first winter Glaucous Gull was seen this morning along with a Great Northern Diver and a couple of Guillemots. Else-where the Black-throated Diver was again on the River Orwell viewable from The Strand and a Shag was also seen here.

10th January

At Landguard two first winter Glaucous Gulls were present offshore. Other birds of note were three Gannet, nine southbound Eurasian White-fronted Geese and a Great Skua (Nigel Odin). At Trimley Marshes 14 Tundra Bean Geese were again seen with other birds of note being 34 Barnacles Geese and the wintering Ruff (Nigel Odin). The Black-throated Diver was again noted on the River Orwell between the Orwell Bridge and Stoke Sailing Club. Also one Shag around the Orwell Bridge (per BINs).

9th January

At Landguard today a first winter Glaucous Gull was noted along with a southbound Velvet Scoter. At least 12 Kittiwakes were loitering offshore with a further 63 birds heading south. Both the Great Northern and Black-throated Divers remain on the River Orwell downstream of the Orwell Bridge ranging from opposite Freston to Pin Mill.

8th January

On the River Orwell from Woolverstone Marina a Black-throated Diver was noted during the day (Will Brame and Lee Woods) Also present early on was a Great Northern Diver (Paul Holmes) with the latter bird being seen from Pin Mill early this afternoon along with a Shag (Will Brame). Other news includes the ring-tail Hen Harrier around Kings Fleet and Falkenham Marshes (Will Brame).

7th January

Today's news included the first winter Glaucous Gull at Landguard and a Great Northern Diver on the River Orwell from Nacton Shore (Paul Holmes). At Trimley Marshes the Ruff was again on the Winter Flood and six Jack Snipe were observed around Trimley Retreat (Justin Zantboer et al).

6th January

Local patch news today. At Landguard the first winter Glaucous Gull was again seen with the other highlight of the day being a Great Northern Diver. More normal fare included northbound movements of eleven Red-throated Divers and 11 Common Scoter with southbound birds noted being eight Red-throated Divers, three Gannet, 81 Shelduck, 13 Wigeon, 29 Pintail, 16 Teal and singles of Red-breasted Merganser and Guillemot (Nigel Odin, Will Brame et al). Else-where two Shags were by the A14 Orwell Bridge (per BINs) and the ring-tail Hen Harrier was again seen from the Marsh Lane watchpoint (Justin Zantboer and Paul Holmes).


5th January

News from around the patch today. Around the River Deben 140 Eurasian White-fronted Geese were seen on Falkenham Marshes and two Whooper Swans were noted at Falkenham Creek before they flew up-river towards Waldringfield. At Marsh Lane watch-point a Merlin was seen. Around the River Orwell 100+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese flew north west over Trimley Marshes where 14 Tundra Bean Geese were present on the Reserves Reservoir. Also on the Orwell and Great Northern Diver was seen offshore from Levington Creek and three jack Snipe were on the Salt Marsh at Trimley Retreat. The first winter Glaucous Gull was again seen from Landguard this morning as it followed The Stenna Britannica out of port. Also at least 16 Red-throated Divers were seen offshore.

Tundra Bean Geese on the Reservoir at Trimley Marshes with Grey-lags. Didigy by Will Brame.

4th January

No news either way on the Duck at Trimley though the general consensus is that it was probably just an odd Pochard. 

News from around the patch today includes the first winter Glaucous Gull offshore at Landguard again this morning and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier seen from Marsh Lane this afternoon (Will Brame)

3rd January

A few hours spent sea-watching  with Paul Holmes overlooking 'The Knolls' at Felixstowe Ferry from around nine oclock produced at least 20 sightings of Red-throated Divers feeding offshore with a maximum of seven seen flying south together. Other birds of note were a single northbound Gannet and Goldeneye and seven southbound Common Scoter. We then headed for Trimley Marshes were a few hours were spent  from the Reservoir Hide. Birds  of note were 32 Barnacle Geese, 37 Pochard (I looked at all of them, honest. see below), three Marsh Harriers (adult male and female and immature), a Water Rail and a Ruff.


At Landguard this morning sea-watching produced several Red-throated Divers, three Gannets north, four Long-tailed Ducks south, 12 Common Scoter and a first winter Glaucous Gull (Nigel Odin and Will Brame).


As we were leaving Trimley Marshes Will Brame was already present in one of the Scrape Hides and was later joined by Nigel Odin, both of whom had a much more interesting visit to the site than we did. There species tally included a Great Northern Diver that few down the River Orwell and headed off towards Shotley and the River Stour, 107 Eurasian White-fronted Geese, one Bean Goose and the potential drake Canvasback or possible hybrid didgied below which appeared on the Reservoir just before dusk late this afternoon. I have spoken to both Nigel and Will and their main concerns are that the bird appears to have pale sides to the bill and that the head seemed somewhat dark as well, though this may be down to eclipse or first winter plumage? Also the bird appeared to be on the small size for Canvasback. Jizz of the head and bill does look good for this species though. Hopefully the bird will be present  tomorrow morning in better light conditions.

2nd January

An excellent few hours in the field with Paul Holmes around Felixstowe Ferry and Kings Fleet/Falkenham Marshes. The highlight was a skeen of 103 Eurasian White-fronted Geese along with at least six Bean Geese which flew in high from the south west while we were at Kings Fleet. The largest skeen of White-fronts that I have seen on the patch. At least some were seen to land over the River Deben on Ramsholt Marshes. Other birds of note during the morning were a northbound Red-throated Diver offshore from 'The Knolls', one Rock Pipit, a couple of Stonechats and a Cetti's Warbler along the River Wall along-side Felixstowe Ferry Salt Marsh, 36 Avocets on the shore of the River Deben, and 101 Mute Swans, c200 Brent Geese and a Buzzard on Falkenham Marshes.


News from else-where around the patch includes at Trimley Marshes, 70+ Eurasian White-fronted Geese and one Bean Goose flew over with a further five White-fronts present. Also present around the Reserve were 24 Barnacle Geese, singles of Water Rail and Kingfisher, two Bearded Tits and a Cetti's Warbler. At the viewpoint at Marsh Lane a Waxwing was noted (Justin and Ellie Zantboer). At Kirton a Raven flew over (per BINs).

1st January

At Landguard this morning a immature Glaucous Gull was noted off-shore (Will Brame). Other birds of note were a couple of Red-throated Divers and a Gannet. Just down stream from the Orwell Bridge two Slavonian Grebes were present on the River Orwell from 'The Strand' which presumably would be viewable from the footpath along the River from Bridge Wood (per BINs).

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