January is a busy month for those who like to kick off their year lists, scarce and rare birds have to be seen and time also has to be devoted to chasing species that will become plentiful later in the year.
Wildfowl records were sparse this month, two Garganey at Minsmere on the 15th and a Pink-footed Goose at Reydon on the 22nd were the pick. May is not usually a month associated with a lot of action offshore so four Manx Shearwaters south off Dunwich
The male Eastern Yellow Wagtail continued to frequent Peto’s marsh at Carlton marshes on a few dates throughout the month, Water Pipits were also reported from here (3) and at Minsmere (2). day of January is traditionally the day when many birders like to get out in the field and start their year lists, little did everybody know how short-lived