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High­lights

Fol­low­ing last month’s re­ports of Dark-eyed Jun­cos in gar­dens across the coun­try, an­other ap­peared at Stal­ham, Nor­folk, early in the month, but was only re­ported af­ter the event. The main bird news for the re­gion con­cerned breed­ing Black-winged Stilts, with breed­ing pairs at Pot­ter Heigham, Nor­folk, where up to four young were seen; and at RSPB Ouse Washes, Cambs, where there were two young.

CAM­BRIDGESHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A pair of Black-winged Stilts bred at Ouse Washes, with two young fledged. A Tem­minck’s Stint was there (30th). A Red-footed Fal­con was at Fowlmere (20th-21st). A Savi’s War­bler was at Wicken Fen (from 1st). An Arc­tic Skua flew over Thor­ney Toll (29th). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 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 3336946 or 07941 333 970, www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk ES­SEX MET­RO­POL­I­TAN ES­SEX: Red Kites were seen daily in the first 10 days, be­fore go­ing quiet (to 17th) when four flew over the In­gre­bourne Val­ley. Caspian Gulls, Yel­low-legged Gulls and an Ice­land Gull (4th) were be­tween Bark­ing Bay and Thames Bar­rier Park. A Gannet flew north over Ley­ton (6th). A Sand­wich Tern on the King Ge­orge V Reser­voir was un­sea­sonal (4th), with a Mediter­ranean Gull there (18th). A brood of Red-crested Pochards was dis­cov­ered in the In­gre­bourne Val­ley. MID ES­SEX: Pere­grines bred for the first time in Colch­ester with three young suc­cess­fully raised. Red Kites were seen reg­u­larly in the area. An Osprey flew over Mersea (3rd). A Black Tern and 450 Great Crested Grebes were at Ab­ber­ton Reser­voir (29th). NORTH ES­SEX: Martin Peers’ field­work in the up­per reaches of the Stour and Colne pro­duced some su­perb data on species such as Yel­lowham­mer, Sky Lark, Corn Bunting, Grey Par­tridge, Spot­ted Fly­catcher and Marsh Tit. A Red-backed Shrike was at Frin­ton (3rd). Sea­watch­ing there (6th-7th) pro­duced 5,000 Swifts, eight Ful­mars, a Gannet, Ra­zor­bill and Storm Petrel. Two Curlew Sand­pipers were at The Naze (1st), with two at Colne Point (11th). A Hen Har­rier and 15 Mediter­ranean Gulls were also at the Point (16th). A Black Red­start was at Brightlingsea (24th). RAIN­HAM MARSHES: There were seven high fly­ing south­bound Bar­na­cle Geese (1st). Re­turn wader pas­sage pro­duced a Knot (20th) and the first Green Sandpiper (24th), fol­lowed by Whim­brel, Ruff, both races of Black-tailed Godwit, Green­shank and Com­mon Sandpiper. A Quail was heard again. Mediter­ranean Gulls peaked at five (20th). Marsh Har­ri­ers and Bearded Tits fared well. Gar­ganeys bred. SOUTH EAST ES­SEX: The con­tin­ued in­crease in Red Kites was felt across the area. Breed­ing Long-eared Owls were at two sites. Mediter­ranean Gulls peaked at 40 off Southend Pier, with a sim­i­lar num­ber at Wal­lasea. Vange Marshes held a Gar­ganey (12th). A he­patic-phase Cuckoo was at East Til­bury. An Alpine Swift flew over In­grave and Hut­ton (22nd). There were two broods of Red-crested Pochards among the 29 birds at Han­ning­field Reser­voir (13th). Howard Vaughan NOR­FOLK HIGH­LIGHTS: Pot­ter Heigham Marshes held three Black-winged Stilts plus four young, a Cat­tle Egret, Night Heron (to 10th), Black Kite (4th) and a Mon­tagu’s Har­rier (27th). The Savi’s War­bler re­mained at Hick­ling Broad. A White-winged Black Tern was at Win­ter­ton (8th and 10th). Two more Black-winged Stilts were at Holme and an­other at Cley Marshes (3rd). A Red-backed Shrike was at Brey­don Wa­ter

(25th-26th). Marsh War­blers were at Bee­ston Com­mon (19th) and Up­ton Fen (27th). A Serin was at Sher­ing­ham Bird Ob­ser­va­tory (3rd) with a Red-footed Fal­con there (1st). A Roseate Tern was at Cley (13th), with a Glossy Ibis there (2nd). A Red-necked Phalarope was at Wel­ney (7th-9th). The White-tailed Ea­gle was re­ported again at Lan­g­ley Green (17th). Honey Buz­zards flew over Kelling Heath (5th), with two there (30th), Fel­brigg (8th), Ket­tle­stone (9th), Wighton (10th), Hemp­stead (11th), Taver­ham (13th) and Pot­ter Heigham (30th). BREY­DON WA­TER: High­lights were a Red-footed Fal­con (16th), Kit­ti­wake (23rd), Black Tern (18th), eight Com­mon Scot­ers (16th), four Spoon­bills (30th) and two Cross­bills (4th). Marsh Har­ri­ers were nu­mer­ous. Pere­grines and Lit­tle Gulls were seen sev­eral times. Breed­ing birds in­cluded nine pairs of Bearded Tits and pos­si­bly 26 pairs of Lit­tle Egrets. Cuck­oos were noted on six dates. Max­ima in­cluded 89 Lit­tle Egrets, 222 Shel­ducks, 24 Gad­wall, 11 Shov­el­ers, 21 Tufted Ducks, a Gar­ganey, two dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, four Wi­geon, 51 Avo­cets, 55 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 24 Ringed Plovers, 14 Grey Plovers, 27 Dunlin, 61 Black-tailed God­wits, 148 Curlews, 93 Red­shanks, five Whim­brels, a Curlew Sandpiper (1st), seven Knot and 40 Mediter­ranean Gulls. NOA HOLME BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY: Max­ima in­cluded 20 Com­mon Scot­ers, three Lit­tle Terns, 45 Sand­wich Terns, two Com­mon Terns, six Mediter­ranean Gulls, two Tur­tle Doves, two Bullfinches, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Cetti’s War­bler, Hobby, Barn Owl, Red Kite, 40 Black-tailed God­wits, five Spoon­bills, three Cuck­oos, two Bearded Tits, two Grasshopper War­blers, three Stonechats, a Grey Wag­tail, Treecreeper, Arc­tic Skua and Nuthatch. NOA REDWELL MARSH: There were 38 Black-tailed God­wits (4th), eight Avo­cets (14th), four Red­shanks (4th), two Cuck­oos, two Tur­tle Doves (24th), a Cetti’s War­bler and a Barn Owl. CLEY AREA: High­lights in­cluded a Nightin­gale, Short-eared Owl, two Gar­ganeys, 16 Lit­tle Gulls, seven Spoon­bills, three Yel­low-legged Gulls, a Black Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, Spot­ted Red­shank and Bit­tern. 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 700245 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 3336946 or 07941 333 970, www. bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

SUF­FOLK

HIGH­LIGHTS: The first Ibe­rian Chif­fchaff for Suf­folk was at Land­guard (1st). There was a claim of an­other later in the day at Mins­mere. Land­guard also held a Green­ish War­bler (20th-21st) and a Serin (19th). A Red-footed Fal­con was at North War­ren (to 12th), vis­it­ing Mins­mere on five dates. Oth­ers were at Wal­ber­swick (10th) and Somer­ley­ton (19th). Two Savi’s War­blers were at Mins­mere, with a Marsh War­bler there (17th) and a Pur­ple Heron (4th-8th and from 26th). Three Bee-eaters were at Bly­ford (10th). A Rose-coloured Star­ling was in an Ip­swich gar­den (2nd-3rd). A Marsh War­bler was at Bran­tham (1st). A Wood War­bler was at Brandon (to 5th). A Black Kite flew over Or­ford­ness (4th). A Honey Buz­zard was over North War­ren (19th). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 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 3336946 or 07941 333 970, www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.co.uk

Spoon­bill, Cley, Nor­folk, 22 June

Black-winged Stilt, Cley, Nor­folk, 3 June

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