A Garganey was present at Carlton Marshes SWT on the 3rd, a Goosander which flew north past Sizewell on the 19th was an unusual date and c300 Common Scoters were noted offshore at Minsmere 25th and 29th.
The most notable wildfowl record of the month concerned a drake Ring-necked Duck seen on the Island mere at Minsmere on the 2nd, could this possibly have been the same bird that had been present at nearby Aldringham until at least 13th March.
Not many wild swans lingered in to April but 2 Whooper Swans were still at Minsmere on the 3rd and 3 White-fronted Geese at North Warren on the 11th, the pair of Smew also lingered at Minsmere until the 3rd.
During the earlier days of the month the 8 Whooper Swans and 7 Bewick’s Swans continued to frequent the fields along Lymball’s Lane at Westleton, the same birds were also occasionally seen at Minsmere.
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.