At Westleton the party of 8 Whooper Swans remained along Lymball’s Lane, from mid month they were joined by 7 Bewick’s Swans. Up to 3 Pink-footed Geese were present in the Aldringham and North Warren area early in the month and 161 White-fronted Geese were counted at North Warren on 17th, 2 Tundra Bean Geese were again reported at Walberswick on the 2nd. The star bird of February, a fine drake Ring-necked Duck, was discovered on an agricultural reservoir on 5th and remained until the end of the month. Viewing this bird involved a bit of a challenge and many birders who believed their tree climbing days were long behind them, suddenly found themselves half way up a Sycamore trying to balance themselves and their binoculars. 2 Scaup were also present on this reservoir and a drake Scaup was at Redgrave lake 11th to 13th at least. A female Garganey was at Carlton marshes on the 26th. On the 19th a Black-throated Diver flew north past Dunwich. A Glossy Ibis flew east over the A12 at Blythburgh on the 3rd, this bird was then discovered at Walberswick on the 6th and was still present at the end of the month, the Glossy Ibis at Carlton marshes reappeared mid month and also remained until the month end. 2 Spoonbills were at North Warren on the 8th and 3 flew over Carlton marshes on the 20th. White-tailed Eagle G463 was reported from the Westleton/Dunwich area on the 1st, Hen Harriers were seen at Westleton and from the Waveney forest ‘mound’ and a Merlin was seen at North Warren on the 16th. The Minsmere Lesser Yellowlegs continued throughout the month, also at Minsmere a Jack Snipe was visible (or invisible!) in front of the North hide, typically playing ‘now you see me now you don’t’. A maximum count of 13 Purple Sandpipers was achieved at the Ness point on the 11th and Spotted Redshanks were observed at Dunwich/Walberswick. The second winter Glaucous Gull continued to be reported at the Blyth estuary 7th to 17th and a Little Gull was on the scrape at Minsmere on the afternoon of the 22nd. A single Short-eared Owl was at Walberswick on the 14th, a Long-eared Owl was seen hunting at Spexhall on the night of the 21st.
A Water Pipit was frequenting an area of cut reeds at the Hen Reedbeds 12th and 13th and 3 were at Carlton Marshes on the 27th. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Thorpeness sewage works 3rd to 8th at least with a Firecrest there on the 3rd. Twite were still being seen by those who fancied a stroll along the shingle at Dunwich with 5 on the 7th, Hawfinches continued to be seen at Sotterley with a peak of 16 on the 12th. Snow Bunting numbers were down this month compared to January but 40 were still present at Kessingland on the 10th. Raven sightings seem to be on the increase in our area with 2 at Flixton on the 14th and 2 at Minsmere on the 22nd, worth listening out for that distinctive ‘cronk’.