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Pho­tographs show­ing what ap­peared to be a fe­male Or­phean War­bler in Newmarket, Suf­folk (on 8 Jan­uary) sparked a twitch on 9th. The bird was re­found, but the cam­era had ‘lied’ and it turned out to be a much smaller, more del­i­cate war­bler than it ini­tially ap­peared in pho­tos (when its head was damp mak­ing its bill look long). It was re-iden­ti­fied as Lesser Whitethroat, prob­a­bly one of the east­ern races.


HIGH­LIGHTS: The Ring-necked Duck re­mained at Pax­ton Pits. A Long-tailed Duck was at Deep­ing High Bank (from 29th). A Rough-legged Buz­zard was near Thor­ney (from 10th). The Cat­tle Egret re­mained at the Nene Washes. A Great Grey Shrike was seen reg­u­larly at Wicken Fen. Seven Spoon­bills flew over Bur­well Fen (5th). Fif­teen Short-eared Owls were there. A few tun­dra Bean Geese were found, in­clud­ing three at Pri­ors Fen. A Kit­ti­wake (16th) and Lit­tle Gull (21st) were at Ferry Mead­ows CP. Three Great North­ern Divers, a Red-necked Grebe, Com­mon Scoter, two Glau­cous Gulls (8th) and an Ice­land Gull (13th) were at Grafham Wa­ter. Glau­cous Gulls were also at Ferry Mead­ows CP (7th), Water­beach, Mil­ton Tip, Cam­bridge Re­search Park, Lit­tle­port, Fen Dray­ton Lakes and Dogsthorpe Tip. Ice­land Gulls were at Mil­ton (19th), Cam­bridgeshire Re­search Park (20th-21st) and Dogsthorpe Tip (21st). Fen Dray­ton Lakes logged a Siberian Chif­fchaff, three Scaup and five Smew. An­other Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Cam­bridgeshire Re­search Park (7th). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk


METROPOLI­TAN ES­SEX: A Yel­low-browed War­bler was on Wanstead Flats. Firecrests were at four sites. Thirty Chif­fchaffs, two Black Red­starts and a Siberian Chif­fchaff were in the Beck­ton/creek­mouth area. A Siberian Chif­fchaff, Red Kite, Short-eared Owls and Lit­tle Owls were at Fair­lop. A Black Red­start and Swal­low were at Waltham­stow Fil­ter Beds. The Reser­voirs held two Black-necked Grebes, a Scaup and 44 Lit­tle Egrets. Two Glau­cous Gulls were noted. A Bit­tern, Slavo­nian Grebe, two Smew and sev­eral Goosanders were at Seventy Acres Lake. A Slavo­nian Grebe and six Black-necked Grebes were on the Wil­liam Gir­ling Reser­voir. The In­gre­bourne Val­ley held a Bit­tern, Great Grey Shrike, Scaup and Mer­lin. Ten Caspian Gulls were be­tween the Thames Bar­rier and the River Lee. Waxwings in­cluded 35 in Harold Hill, 25 in Ave­ley, 75 at Lake­side and 46 in Col­lier Row. MID-ES­SEX: The Black­wa­ter held five Great North­ern Divers, a Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 450 Great Crested Grebes, two Black-necked Grebes, two Slavo­nian Grebes, 18 Long-tailed Ducks, 52 Com­mon Scot­ers, 25 Scaup, 100 Gold­eneyes, 50 Red-breasted Mer­gansers and a Shag. The Colne had a Black-throated Diver and 12 Goosanders. There were 365 Avo­cets at Fin­gringhoe. Black Brants were at Brightlingsea and Hey­bridge. Mersea had a Glossy Ibis, Black Brant and La­p­land Bunt­ing. Old Hall Marshes had 42 Marsh Har­ri­ers, eight White­fronts and 181 Pin­tails. Ab­ber­ton held 24 Scaup, two Long-tailed Ducks, a Slavo­nian Grebe, 27 Goosanders, eight Smew, a Ring-necked Duck, Bewick’s Swan, Bit­tern and 16 Bar­na­cle Geese. A Pur­ple Sand­piper was at Gold­hanger. Eleven Goosanders were in Chelms­ford. There were 27 Waxwings in Colch­ester. NORTH ES­SEX: The Stour held four Slavo­nian Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe, two Eiders, a Shag, 38 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, 64 Gold­eneyes and three Vel­vet Scot­ers. There were 22 White­fronts at Broom­house Flash, Lang­ham. A Great North­ern Diver and two Wa­ter Pip­its were at Colne Point. Wig­boro Wick Farm, St Osyth held seven La­p­land Buntings. A Black Red­start was in Clac­ton. Eight Snow Buntings were at Jay­wick. Frin­ton logged three Waxwings, 244 Kit­ti­wakes, Red-throated Divers and 532 Cor­morants. The Hooded Crow re­mained at Bul­mer. RAIN­HAM MARSHES: High­lights in­cluded a Waxwing, 28 Avo­cets, a Lit­tle Stint, Turn­stone, Wood­cock, Jack Snipe, Golden Plovers, a Kit­ti­wake, Lit­tle Gull, three Caspian Gulls, four Mediter­ranean Gulls, two Glau­cous Gulls, Marsh Har­ri­ers, Mer­lins, Brent Geese, a Bar­na­cle Goose, four Short-eared Owls, two Bullfinches and three Ravens. SOUTH-EAST ES­SEX: A Lesser White-front, 24 Rus­sian White­fronts and a Black Brant were on MOD Foul­ness. Bow­ers Marsh logged 18 White­fronts, a Pink­foot, nine Bar­na­cle Geese, nine Bewick’s Swans, a Red-crested Pochard, Smew, six Caspian Gulls, two Ice­land Gulls and a Glau­cous Gull. Wal­lasea Wet­lands had three Hen Har­ri­ers, nine Short-eared Owls, three Mer­lins, four Twite, seven Bewick’s Swans, a Black Brant, Pur­ple Sand­piper and Mealy Red­poll. Seven Short-eared Owls and two Vel­vet Scot­ers were at South Fam­bridge. An Eider, Great North­ern Diver, Shag and Mer­lin were at Blue House Farm. Brad­well BO recorded 31 White­fronts, 2,000 dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, a pale-bel­lied bird and a Hen Har­rier. All three divers and 127 Great Crested Grebes were be­tween Gun­ners Park and Can­vey Point. A Shag, Vel­vet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck re­mained off Southend. A Great Skua was off Gun­ners, with 27 Mediter­ranean Gulls on the Pier. A Glossy Ibis was at Vange Marshes. East Til­bury had an Ice­land Gull and 16 Com­mon Scot­ers. A Bewick’s Swan was at Han­ning­field Reser­voir. Waxwings in­cluded four around Rayleigh, 58 at Pit­sea and 20 on Foul­ness. Howard Vaughan


HIGH­LIGHTS: The Todd’s Canada Goose was seen again at Clippesby (8th-9th) and at Fl­itcham (16th). A Fer­rug­i­nous Duck was at Holme Dunes (2nd-27th). Sea-duck max­ima at Titch­well, Holme and Bran­caster were 154 Long-tailed Ducks and 82 Vel­vet Scot­ers. Also there were two Black-throated Divers, Great North­ern Divers, Slavo­nian Grebes and Red-necked Grebes. Tun­dra Bean Geese were seen in good num­bers around the coastal fringe. A Great North­ern Diver was at Martham Broad (3rd-11th). There were 39 Shore Larks at

Holkham Gap, 34 at Bran­caster (14th), a few at Salt­house and Blak­eney Point and two at Hap­pis­burgh (23rd). Two Black Red­starts were at Sher­ing­ham. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Holme Dunes. Great Grey Shrikes were at New Holkham (8th and 18th), Nar Val­ley Fish­eries (from 22nd) and Sparham Pools (from 22nd). A Hooded Crow was at Mautby Lodge. A Rough-legged Buz­zard was around Had­dis­coe Is­land and Ber­ney Marshes. Five Glau­cous Gulls were in the Sher­ing­ham area with oth­ers at Great Cress­ing­ham and Wel­ney. An Ice­land Gull was at Mautby Lodge (from 31st). Both species were found in­land at Thet­ford. Four Cat­tle Egrets re­mained at Halver­gate (to 18th), with two at Gap­ton Marshes (8th-17th). BREYDON WA­TER: High­lights in­cluded two Cat­tle Egrets, eight Short-eared Owls, a Spoon­bill, Scaup, Shag, Rough-legged Buz­zard, Caspian Gull and Yel­low-legged Gull. Max­ima were eight Whooper Swans, 8,800 Pink­feet, 415 White­fronts, 22,000 Wi­geon, 2,000 Teal, 615 Shov­el­ers, 206 Pin­tails, ten Marsh Har­ri­ers, five Pere­grines, a Hen Har­rier, Mer­lin, 63 Lit­tle Egrets, 170 Avo­cets, 4,000 Lap­wings, 22,000 Golden Plovers, 63 Grey Plovers, 4,000 Dun­lin, 66 Knot, 950 Red­shanks, 2,100 Black-tailed God­wits, two Spot­ted Red­shanks, 40 Snipe, a Jack Snipe, Ruff, King­fisher, five Stonechats and four Barn Owls. NOA HOLME BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY: Max­ima in­cluded a Wood­cock, Goosander, Kit­ti­wake, Glau­cous Gull, Pere­grine, Green­shank, Bram­bling, Barn Owl, King­fisher, Mer­lin, Shag, Waxwing, Lit­tle Gull, Yel­lowham­mer, Short-eared Owl, 14 Vel­vet Scot­ers, three Bar­na­cle Geese, two Wa­ter Rails, 130 Golden Plovers, 55 Curlews, two Rock Pip­its, five La­p­land Buntings, 500 Com­mon Scot­ers, nine Gan­nets, three Great Skuas, five Ful­mars, six Great Crested Grebes, 15 Whooper Swans, four Bearded Tits and five Scaup. There were 350 Lap­wings, 26 Red­shanks, two Cetti’s War­blers, 53 Twite, eight Eiders, 3,500 Pink­feet, 275 Brent Geese, four Stonechats, three taiga Bean Geese, two Spot­ted Red­shanks, six Snipe, 28 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, two Black-throated Divers, three Great North­ern Divers, two Red-necked Grebes, four Slavo­nian Grebes, five Ra­zor­bills, two Guille­mots, 11 Red-throated Divers, two Cross­bills, 40 Black­birds, two Siskins, 500 Field­fares, 50 Snow Buntings, 18 White­fronts, 131 Long-tailed Ducks and 14 Gold­eneyes. NOA REDWELL MARSH: There was a Barn Owl, two Dun­lin, three Marsh Har­ri­ers, a Snipe, 80 Wi­geon and 55 Teal. CLEY AREA: High­lights in­cluded five Glau­cous Gulls, two Great North­ern Divers, a Spoon­bill, Caspian Gull, Smew, Black-throated Diver, White-billed Diver, Ice­land Gull, Bit­tern, Yel­low-legged Gull, Siberian Chif­fchaff, Slavo­nian Grebe, nine tun­dra Bean Geese, three Wa­ter Pip­its, 60 Snow Buntings, 93 European White­fronts, four Twite, four Vel­vet Scot­ers, four La­p­land Buntings and four Bar­na­cle Geese. Pete Al­lard, So­phie Barker (Nor­folk Or­nithol­o­gists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, www. noa.org.uk), and Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www. bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk


HIGH­LIGHTS: A Pal­las’s War­bler was at Kess­ing­land (6th-12th). A Lit­tle Bunt­ing was at Knet­tishall (9th-20th). The Great Grey Shrike re­mained at Sut­ton Com­mon. Dun­wich logged a few Long-tailed Ducks and Vel­vet Scot­ers, eight Scaup, a Black-necked Grebe and 40 Twite. Eight Long-tailed Ducks were off Hazel­wood Marshes, with an­other on the reser­voir at Aldring­ham Walks. The River Alde held a Great North­ern Diver. Three Slavo­nian Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe were at Al­ton Wa­ter Reser­voir. A few tun­dra Bean Geese were at var­i­ous sites. The River Stour held a Red-necked Grebe, seven Slavo­nian Grebes and three Vel­vet Scot­ers. A Black-throated Diver and Great North­ern Diver were on the River Or­well. The Smew re­mained at Thor­ing­ton Street Reser­voir, as did the Cat­tle Egret at Iken. Glau­cous Gulls were at Land­guard, Mins­mere, Bram­ford, Oul­ton Broad, Dun­wich and Holles­ley Marshes. Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news, please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700 245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

Male Black Red­start, Cromer, Nor­folk, 23 Jan­uary

Adult Glau­cous Gull, Sher­ing­ham, Nor­folk, 18 Jan­uary

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