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. A few sightings of Garganey were reported with a maximum of 4 at Carlton Marshes on the 31st, a single European White-fronted Goose remained at North Warren until the 14th at least. A Quail was discovered singing on Lowestoft North denes on the morning of the 28th, it continued singing in to the evening but remained unseen throughout the day. Purple Herons were seen at Lound lakes and Minsmere on the 12th with the latter bird also seen the next day, what was very possibly the same bird as seen at Minsmere was present at Walberswick on the 26th-27th and back at Minsmere on the 29th. Spoonbills were seen at North Warren 8th, 3 north over Lowestoft Ness point 13th and 2 at Minsmere on the same day, single at Minsmere 16th, 4 at Hazlewood marshes 22nd and 2 at North Warren 27th. A Cattle Egret flew north over Minsmere on the 23rd and two were present on the South levels at Minsmere 24th. The 2 Glossy Ibis that had been present at Minsmere in late April remained in to early May, their numbers then increased during the course of the month to a total of 6 present on the last day of May. Considering the time of year raptor records were few with the best being Osprey at Minsmere 8th, Black Kite at Wangford 14th and Honey Buzzard over Carlton Colville 27th. Common Cranes continued to be seen at several coastal sites surely involving a small core of the same 2-3 birds although 5 were seen at Dunwich on the 24th. The Lesser Yellowlegs that had been present at Minsmere was relocated on Southwold marshes on the 3rd where it remained until the 8th, 6 Wood Sandpipers were seen on Peto’s marsh at Carlton Marshes on the 3rd, 3 Wood Sandpipers were present at Southwold on 12th-13th along with a single Little Stint with other Little Stints seen at Flixton gravel pits on 10th and Carlton Marshes 11th. Curlew Sandpipers were seen at Walberswick 14th with 2 at Minsmere 15-16th. A possible Pacific Golden Plover was present on Minsmere West scrape for about 80 minutes during the late afternoon of the 5th. A Glaucous Gull was seen flying north from Lowestoft North beach on the 19th, Roseate Terns were seen at Minsmere 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd with 2 present on the 31st, a single Great Skua flew south offshore at Minsmere on the 25th.
On the afternoon of the 8th a Bee-eater was heard overhead at Sizewell, on the 15th 5 Bee-eaters were tracked flying north at North Warren 08:20, Sizewell at 08:30 and Minsmere at 08:50 but these sightings were eclipsed by the amazing record of 17 Bee-eaters feeding from overhead cables near Fressingfield village late in the afternoon of the same day. Another 3 Bee-eaters flew north over Westwood marshes at Walberswick on 21st. A Red-rumped Swallow was seen flying south along the cliffs at Kessingland on the 12th, the next day 2 Red-rumped Swallows flew south past Dunwich Coastguard cottages. After last months rush of Ring Ouzels 4 still remained at Minsmere on the 3rd and on the same day a Whinchat was present at North Warren, also on the 3rd a Pied Flycatcher was seen near Mount Pleasant at Westleton. Singing spring Wood Warblers are always a real pleasure to see and if you were lucky enough to catch up with any of them singles were at Sizewell and Aldeburgh on 4th and Easton Bavents on 5th. Golden Oriole day fell on the 14th with one reported at Dunwich heath, one singing by Eastbridge village in the morning and another, possibly the Eastbridge bird, heard in Minsmere South belt during the afternoon.