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Stonechat - Carlton Marshes  Andrew Easton

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE was along Breydon South Wall on the 25th and 26th.

A RED KITE flew over Carlton Marshes on the 22nd to 24th. Others were noted at Herringfleet Marshes and Bradwell on the 23rd, and Ellough on the 28th.

A BITTERN flew over Carlton Marshes on the 20th.

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: 21:00 June 29th



Carlton Marshes

Regular readers will have noticed sightings from Carlton and Oulton Marshes appearing increasingly frequently over the last four years. This increase has been brought about by the creation of scrapes in small, formerly just grass, fields on both of these reserves by the SWT Broads Warden Matt Gooch and his dedicated team of volunteers.

Waders and wildfowl that formerly just flew over, or at best maybe stopped off to feed in a ditch for a few hours, now often stay for days in these newly created havens. Shoveler, Lapwing and Redshank are now successfully rearing young around these scrape fields. 

For years we in Lowestoft we have dreamed that Peto's Marsh might one day be brought back to life as a nature reserve and now this dream is within sight, with the added bonus of Share Marsh also becoming available to purchase at the same time.

The plans are to create a new reedbed, which will be the largest in the Broads, and new scrapes and dykes. All that is needed now are the funds to buy the land and begin the restoration of this corner of the Broads.

Clicking on the map above will open a new window to take you to the Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Suffolk Broads Appeal pages, with more details of their vision for the area and their donation page.

Please donate what you can to help make views like that below become regular sights in a premier nature reserve on the outskirts of Lowestoft.

Spoonbills and Little Egrets
Carlton Marshes - 11th May 2016
Two Spoonbills feed on the new scrape while two belligerent Little Egrets argue over territory in the background.

GANNET Morus bassanus
- 7th (c. 50).
Ness Point
- 8th (10 N, 15 S), 29th (2 S).

Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Two first summers were in Lowestoft Harbour on the 25th.

Fulmarus glacialis
Ness Point
- 6th (8 S).

MANX SHEARWATER Puffinus puffinus
Corton - 7th (3 S).
Ness Point - 8th (2 S)

Fulmar - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Carlton Marshes - 19th (3), 20th (2), 29th (3).

BITTERN Botaurus stellaris
Carlton Marshes - 20th (1 flew high across Peto's Marsh towards Oulton Marshes).

SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia
Two were at Carlton Marshes on the morning of the 3rd.

CANADA GOOSE Branta canadensis
Pakefield - 5th (35 N).

Branta leucopsis
Lowestoft North Beach
- 11th (20 S).

Anas crecca
Carlton Marshes
- 19th (6), 20th (2), 29th (2).

Anas strepera
Carlton Marshes - 18th (15), 20th (11), 29th (15).

Anas clypeata
Carlton Marshes
- 10th ( female with brood of 11 newly hatched ducklings).

EIDER Somateria mollissima
Lowestoft South Beach/Harbour - 25th (3).

Eiders - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

RED KITE Milvus milvus
Corton - 12th (1 over westward).
Oulton Marshes - 14th (1 flew over towards Barnby to feed around fields being mown for hay).
Carlton Marshes/Barnby - 16th (1), 22nd (1), 23rd (1), 24th (1).
Somerleyton - 17th (1).
New Road, Bradwell - 23rd (1).
Waveney Forest
- 23rd (1).
Herringfleet Marshes
- 24th (1).
Ellough Church - 28th (1).

Buteo buteo
St. Olaves
- 1st (1), 4th (1).

Accipiter nisus
St. Olaves - 2nd (1), 4th (1).
Carlton Marshes - 19th (1).

Falco vespertinus
Breydon South Wall
- 16th (1 female).
Wicker Well, Somerleyton
- 17th (1 adult male).

Falco subbuteo
St. Olaves
- 4th (1).
Carlton Marshes
- 12th (1), 14th (1), 23rd (1).
New Road, Bradwell - 155th (1), 16th (1), 17th (1).
Waveney Forest - 23rd (1).

AVOCET Recurvirosta avosetta
Oulton Marshes - 4th (2).

SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
Carlton Marshes
- 8th (1 drumming).

Carlton Marshes - 4th (25), 5th (24), 8th (12), 9th (2), 15th (11), 16th (1), 20th (8), 22nd (11), 29th (4).

CURLEW Numenius arquata
Carlton Marshes - 20th (1), 29th (1).
Ness Point - 29th (1 S).

SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus
Carlton Marshes - 22nd (2).

GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
Carlton Marshes - 10th (1), 15th (2), 16th (1).

Arenaria interpres
Ness Point/Lowestoft North Beach
- 8th (6), 19th (1), 29th (21).
Lowestoft South Beach - 10th (2).

MEDITERRANEAN GULL Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Ness Point - 18th (2 S), 25th (1 N), 29th (3 N).
Kessingland Beach - 24th (6 S).
Lowestoft North Beach - 29th (colour ringed returning bird E861 -  has been wintering in Lowestoft since 2004).

KITTIWAKE Rissa tridactyla
Corton - 7th (c. 300).

LITTLE TERN Sternula albifrons
Corton - 7th (1).

SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandvichensis
Corton - 7th (2).
Lowestoft North Beach - 29th (4).

COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo
Corton - 7th (2).

GUILLEMOT Uria aalge
Ness Point - 7th(5 N).

An old postcard view of the luxurious accommodation at Corton Caravans. Long gone and the area now lies within the Corton new sewage works complex.

CUCKOO Cuculus canorus
St. Olaves
- 1st (1), 2nd (1).
Carlton M
- 10th (1), 19th (1), 20th (1), 22nd (3), 24th (1), 25th (2).

St. Olaves - 1st (1), 2nd (1).
Carlton Marshes
- 10th (1), 20th (3).

BARN OWL Tyto alba
Carlton Marshes - 9th (3), 19th (1), 20th (1).

LITTLE OWL Athene noctua
Carlton Marshes - 8th (1), 20th (1).
Heathlands, Kessingland - 10th (1).

TAWNY OWL Strix aluco
Waveney Forest - 2nd (1).
St. Olaves - 4th (1).

Motacilla flava flavissima
New Road, Bradwell
- 1st (1).
Carlton Marshes
- 9th (1), 10th (1), 18th (pair), 19th (1), 24th (2).

COMMON STONECHAT Saxicola rubicola
Carlton Marshes - 5th (pair with 2 juveniles), 18th (1).

A pair of Stonechats has bred at each of Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes this year, the first time for many years. The last record we can find is of a pair that reared two young at Carlton Marshes 18 years ago, in 1999.

Shag - Lowestoft Andrew Easton

Carlton Marshes
- 21st (2), 22nd (1).

BLACKCAP Sylvia atricapilla
St. Olaves - 1st (2).

WILLOW WARBLER Phylloscopus trochilus
Kessingland sewage works
- 10th (1 singing).

CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita
St. Olaves
- 1st (2+).

Red-backed Shrike - Breydon South Wall Andrew Easton

RED-BACKED SHRIKE Lanius collurio
A male was near the pump house along Breydon South Wall on the 25th and 26th.

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