The Minsmere area was pretty much the only place to view winter swans as the year came to its end, Whooper Swans were seen about the reserve on several dates with a maximum of 7 on the 29th. What almost certainly involved the same party of birds took up daytime residence along Lymball’s Lane at Westleton towards the months end, with a maximum of 9 birds reported here. Bewick’s Swans were scarcer with 8 on the South scrape on 24th and 7 on the Island Mere on the 29th, a further 16 flew west over Bungay on the 11th. Winter geese were also rather scarce this month, a single Tundra Bean Goose flying over Aldeburgh town marshes on 22nd being the best, 280 European White-fronted Geese were counted at North Warren on the 21st. 2 Velvet Scoters flew north at Southwold on the 3rd, possibly the same birds also flew north past Walberswick the next day, another 2 flew north past Southwold on the 25th. The usual wintering population of Goosanders were seen mainly at Thorpeness meare and Minsmere, the maximum being 10 at the former site on the 14th. A female Smew was observed flying up the riverAlde on the 11th, this was the only report of this popular sawbill. Generally game birds do not feature much in these monthly roundups, so with no reports of Capercaillie in Dunwich forest the best was a covey of 10 Grey Partridges at Beccles on the 5th. Red-throated Divers are pretty much resident off the Suffolk coast this time of year, the occasional Great Northern Diver was reported offshore and one which was seen on the river Alde on the 9th remained throughout the month. A Slavonian Grebe was seen on Covehithe broad on the 11th before flying out to sea. The 5th witnessed a coastal movement of Shags with the following totals recorded, 8 at Southwold, 4 at Minsmere, 4 at North Warren and 2 at Slaughden, although this may involve a small amount of duplication. A Cattle Egret was present on Aldeburgh marshes from the 11th remaining until the end of the month and being joined by a second on 30th-31st, Great Egrets were reported from several sites with 2 normally present at Dingle marshes. There were very few reports of raptors, most notable was a ringtail Hen Harrier seen on at least five dates towards the end of the month at Westleton heath, this appears to be following a pattern of a bird present here last winter leading to speculation that it could be the same bird, a male Hen Harrier was reported at Sibton on the 24th. Wader reports for the month included a Grey Phalarope at Aldeburgh marshes 1st-2nd, an unseasonal Curlew Sandpiper at Hazelwood marsh on the 30th, 3 Jack Snipe at Flixton gravel pits 19th and 6 Purple Sandpipers at the Ness point, Lowestoft on the 20th. The only gull reports for the period involved an Iceland Gull at Oulton Broad on the 5th and at Lake Lothing on the 18th, with a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Minsmere 30th-31st. At Oulton Broad a Little Auk was present 5th-7th affording many people very close views of this northern waif, elsewhere Little Auks were reported passing offshore at Thorpeness (1st), Minsmere (2nd), Lowestoft (5th). Much rarer was a Black Guillemot which flew north past southwold on the 5th with a Puffin north on the 7th, also at Southwold. A single Short-eared Owl was seen over the Corporation marshes at Walberswick on the 17th. A Shorelark was present on Kessingland north beach 12th, another at Walberswick also on the 12th and a third at North Warren on the 22nd. Water Pipits were seen at Sizewell levels, Aldeburgh marshes and Easton broad. A Hume’s Warbler was discovered at the southern end of North Warren on the 26th-27th and several Siberian Chiffchaffs were discovered as follows, 2 at Leathes Ham, lowestoft (19th), Carlton marshes (28th) with 2 there (30th) and Southwold sewage works (31st). Ravens were seen on Slaughden beach on the 19th and 2 reported at Sibton on the 24th. Twite were seen on several dates at Dunwich/Dingle marshes during the month mainly involving 2 to 5 birds although 14 were reported on the 30th, at Sotterley 11 Hawfinches were seen on the 20th. Snow Buntings featured strongly in December with maximum counts of 30 at Kessingland (12th), 18 at Dunwich (15th), 20 at Aldeburgh marshes (22nd) and c50 at Kessingland (22nd). Finally a Lapland Bunting was present on Kessingland north beach 17th-21st.