1 August - 31 August
August is the month when migration starts to become evident, particularly waders and seabirds. Starting off with wildfowl the only reports of note concerned a Ruddy Shelduck on Southwold marshes 22nd-23rd and three Velvet Scoters north off Thorpeness on the 27th. The first Sooty Shearwater appeared offshore on the 18th at Corton, this was followed by a Balearic Shearwater south at Minsmere on the 23rd with another or the same seen off Thorpeness with a Storm Petrel also being seen there. More Sooty Shearwaters were reported as follows, Thorpeness on the 27th, Corton on the 28th, Lowestoft and Southwold on 30th. On the 12th a Black Stork was seen over Snape maltings, what was almost certainly the same bird was tracked down the Suffolk coast from Lowestoft to Shotley on the 14th. A Purple Heron was seen at Carlton marshes on the 2nd, Spoonbills at Hazelwood marsh peaked at 34 on the 9th. A Glossy Ibis was at Walberswick on the 13th, Minsmere 14th-20th and Botany marsh, Snape 23rd-31st, three Great Egrets were at the latter site on the 24th. Raptor reports were few, Honey Buzzard north at Kessingland and Osprey north over Lowestoft, both on the 14th and Osprey at Minsmere on the 28th. A typically elusive Spotted Crake was seen at Botany marsh, Snape on the 19th.
Minsmere’s second White-rumped Sandpiper of the year was present 1st-10th, occasionally it was seen in the company of a Pectoral Sandpiperwhich was present 1st-11th. Curlew Sandpipers were also seen at Minsmere on a few dates with occasionally two birds present, Wood Sandpipers at Carlton marshes peaked at three on the 15th and nine Little Stints were at Tinker’s marsh, Walberswick on the 31st. The end of August produced a rush of reports of Long-tailed Skua as follows, singles at Southwold and Minsmere on 26th and Thorpeness 27th, three at Corton and Kessingland and two at Southwold and Thorpeness on the 28th, singles at Corton and Southwold on 30th. Arctic Skua counts peaked at five off Lowestoft and fourteen off Southwold on the 28th, maximum count of Great Skuas was four at Thorpeness on 27th. Lucky sea watchers at Southwold were treated with a Caspian Tern offshore on the 24th, Arctic Terns and Black Terns featured on several sea watching lists with maximum counts of ten Arctic Terns off Southwold and four Black Terns off Thorpeness on the 28th. Roseate Terns were seen on Minsmere scrape on 2nd and north past Lowestoft on 31st. 194 Mediterranean Gulls were counted at Corton new sewage works on 18th, thirty Little Gulls were offshore at Kessingland on 14th, two Caspian Gulls at Walberswick on the 15th and a first summer was seen on the Blyth estuary on 21st. The bulk of scarcer passerine reports involved mainly Pied Flycatchers, Common Redstarts and Whinchats. Most notable reports involved a Bee-eater over Minsmere on the 18th an Icterine Warbler, also at Minsmere, reported in the dunes on the 13th,Wryneck at Gunton Warren on the 22nd.