Lingering wildfowl included 120 European White-fronted Geese at Aldeburgh Town marshes on the 3rd and ninety-nine at North Warren on the 11th, twenty Bewick’s Swans were seen on the sea off Lowestoft on the 19th. The Smew remained on the river Alde until at least the 3rd, a drake Garganey was at Minsmere on the 19th and offshore at Dunwich this months Velvet Scoter count peaked at fourteen on the 3rd. A Great Northern Diver flew north past Ness Point on the 4th and a Red-necked Grebe flew north past Dunwich on the 1st.
A White Stork was discovered near to the A12 at Kessingland Levels on the morning of the 17th, wearing a black leg ring this bird was found to originate from a dutch reintroduction scheme. It was present in the early morning only for the next two days before flying off and on the 19th it was tracked south over Wrentham, Southwold and Walberswick, it was reportedly back on the levels on the 22nd. The Glossy Ibis was still present at Aldeburgh Town marshes early in the month. March proved to be a very lean month for raptor reports with a Merlin at Southwold on 25th being the pick. 3 Cranes were seen over Walberswick on the 15th, what was presumably the same three were seen at Minsmere on the 20th and 21st. The first Sandwich Tern of the year was on the scrape at Minsmere on the 26th.
On the morning of the 24th a Great Spotted Cuckoo was discovered at Easton Bavents in an area with no general access, seen by only a lucky few the bird soon departed. An Alpine Swift was reported at Minsmere on the 23rd, a very early Common Swift was seen over Oulton Broad on the morning of the 20th. The first hirundines appeared during the month with a Sand Martin at Pakefield on the 14th and a Sand Martin and two Swallows at Minsmere on the 15th. Another harbinger of spring, the White Wagtail, began to appear with the first at Peto’s marsh on the 11th, twenty-nine at Benacre on the 20th was a good count. The Eastern Yellow Wagtail was still present at Peto’s marsh on the 1st-2nd. Five Waxwings remained at Carlton Colville early in the month and four were seen at Oulton Broad on the 21st. The first Northern Wheatear of the year popped up at Sizewell during the afternoon of the 5th, another was seen at Benacre on the 17th. Firecrests also began to appear in this months reports with three at Benacre on 18th, two at Southwold on 20th and three at Lowestoft on 25th. Two very obliging Twite were present just north of the Dunwich beach car park 4th to the 22nd at least. A Lapland Bunting in clifftop fields at Easton Bavents on the 30th was joined by a second bird the next day.