Bird observations in Norfolk and Suffolk on May 5th-11th, 2018, with photographs, by Glenn Morris Go to Glenn's Home Page

 

This is a list of birds I saw from our base in Leiston near Minsmere.

It is preceded by a list of the main birdwatching sites.

  • Min = RSPB Minsmere

    Titch = RSPB Titchwell

    Leiston = fields at Westward Ho/Buckleswood

    DH = Dunwich Heath NT

    WH = Westleton Heath

    Size = Beach near Sizewell nuclear power station

    NW-West = RSPB North Warren from the Leiston-Aldeburgh road end

    NW-East = RSPB North Warren from the Thorpeness-Aldeburgh road end

    Dingle = RSPB Dingle Marshes at Dunwich

    Thorpe = Thorpeness Meare and Village

    AldGC = Aldringham Golf Course on the road to Thorpeness

    Ick = Ickworth NT near BurySE


    1. Mute Swan (Min, Titch, max 25 at Thorpe)

    2. Greylag Goose (Min, Titch, Dingle)

    3. Canada Goose (Min, Titch)

    4. Barnacle Goose (Min, Titch)

    5.Egyptian Goose (2 at Thorpe)

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    6. Brent Goose (8 at Titch)

    7. Shelduck(Widespread)

    8. Gadwall (Min, Titch)

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    9. Mallard(Widespread)

    10. Pochard (1 female at Titch)

    11. Tufted Duck (Titch)

    12. Shoveler (Min, Titch)

    13. Teal(Titch)

    14. Common Scoter(150+ on sea at DH)

    15. Red-legged Partidge (1 at Leiston)

    16. Pheasant (widespread)

    17. Stone Curlew (Pair at Min)

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    18. Little Grebe (Min, Titch)

    19. Great Crested Grebe (Min, Titch)

    20. Cormorant (Coastal)

    21. Little Egret (small numbers)

    22. Grey Heron (the odd single)

    23. Spoonbill(1 at Titch)

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    24. Bittern (1 seen, several heard at Min)

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    25. Sparrowhawk (1 in flight at Min)

    26. Buzzard (several along the coastal heaths)

    27. Marsh Harrier (several pairs at Min & Titch, 1 at NW-East)

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    28. Kestrel (singles at DH, Min, Titch, Leiston)

    29. Hobby (up to 6 together over the reeds at Min)

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    30. Moorhen (widespread)

    31. Coot (widespread)

    32. Avocet (many pairs at Min & Titch)

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    33. Oystercatcher (Pairs widespread)

    34. Lapwing (pairs displaying at Min, Titch, Dingle, NW-East)

    35. Redshank (Displaying at Min, Titch, Dingle, NW-East)

    36. Ringed Plover (1 at Dingle)

    37. Blacktailed Godwit (50 at Titch, 2 at Min)

    38. Bartailed Godwit (1 at Dingle)

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    39. Ruff (1 at Titch)

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    40. Dunlin (1 at Min)

    41. Common Sandpiper (1 at Titch)

    42. Greenshank (1 at Titch)

    43. Redshank (Displaying at Min, Titch, Dingle, NW-East)

    44. Little Tern (2 at Size, 1 at Dingle)

    45. Sandwich Tern (10 at Min, 70 at Titch)

    46. Common Tern (55 at Min, 5 at Titch)

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    47. Kittiwake  (300 at Size)

    48. Mediterranean Gull (nesting at Min & Titch)

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    49. Blackheaded Gull (abundant)

    50. Lesser Blackbacked Gull (a few)

    51. Herring Gull (a few)

    52. Great Blackbacked Gull(1 at NW-East)

    53. Feral Pigeon (Leiston)

    54. Stock Dove (Min & Titch)

    55. Wood Pigeon(widespread)

    56. Collared Dove(2 at Leiston)

    57. Turtle Dove(1 seen and heard at AldGC)

    58. Cuckoo (heard often throughout)

    59. Tawny Owl (seen at Min, heard at WH)

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    60. Swift (2 at Leiston and Thorpe)

    61. Green Woodpecker (Min)

    62. Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 at Leiston)

    63. Magpie (widespread)

    64. Jay (Min, Leiston)

    65. Jackdaw (widespread)

    66. Rook (many at NW-west)

    67. Carrion Crow (widespread)

    68. Goldcrest (1 at AldGC)

    69. Blue Tit (common)

    70. Great Tit (common)

    71. Coal Tit (DH & WH)

    72. Bearded Tit (6 seen at Titch)

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    73. Skylark (Dingle, WH, DH, Min, Titch, Leiston)

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    74. Woodlark (WH, DH)

    75. Sand Martin (100+ at Min)

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    76. Barn Swallow (widespread)

    77. House Martin (2 at Leiston)

    78. Cetti's Warbler (3 at NW-West, 1 at NW-East and EB)

    79. Longtailed Tit (Titch, NW-East)

    80. Chiffchaff (common)

    81. Blackcap (common)

    82. Garden Warbler (common)

    83. Lesser Whitethroat (1 at NW-East)

    84. Whitethroat (common)

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    85. Dartford Warbler (up to 6 at DH)

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    86. Savi's Warbler (1 singing at Min [Island Mere])

    87. Sedge Warbler (Titch, Min)

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    88. Reed Warbler (Titch, Min)

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    89. Wren (common)

    90. Starling (Titch, Leiston)

    91. Blackbird (common)

    92. Song Thrush (seen at AldGC and IckNT)

    93. Mistle Thrush (1 at AldGC)

    94. Robin (common)

    95. Nightingale (heard at NW-East and WH)

    96. Stonechat (DH, Dingle)

    97. Dunnock (common)

    98. House Sparrow (2 at Leiston)

    99. Meadow Pipit (1 at Titch)

    100. Pied Wagtail (Titch)

    101. Chaffinch (common)

    102. Hawfinch (10 in flight at DH )

    103. Greenfich (widespread)

    104. Goldfinch(common)

    105. Linnet (common)

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    106. Yellowhammer (2 at WH)

    107. Reed Bunting (common)