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Friday 1st February 2019

Onshore wind which deterred Cormorants but provided a bit of action in the form of southbound 18 Red-throated Diver, 16 Common Scoter & 2 Wigeon with northbound 22 Red-throats, 2 Gannet, Great-crested Grebe, Fulmar & first winter Little Gull which did a U turn and headed back to the river-mouth. At least 10 Kitts following ships & 3 Meds behind the Stenna Hollandica. On site bleak, damp & not particularly pleasant.

Thursday 31st January 2019

Crystal clear, no wind & a sharp frost to start the day. Cormorants beat me out this morning as deicing the car took longer than expected and on such a fine morning they had gone out by 7am. On site not a hint of any movements with the best to offer 2 Linnet, 2 Stonechat & Goldcrest.

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Light dusting of snow overnight with the only sign of any cold weather movement being 3 Goosander heading south. 2,100 Cormorant went out fishing early. Offshore southbound 4 Red-throated Diver with northbound 37 Red-throats & a Guillemot. 3 Turnstone along the riverbank concludes the voting.

Tuesday 29th January 2019

This particular Med Gull is a car park glutton that has been with us several years.

2,150 Cormorants went out fishing first thing. 45 minutes seawatch produced a handful of Kitts, Red-throated Divers & a Guillemot coming and going. On site a Water Rail in the observatory compound is quite likely the one last seen on xmas day that has been skulking away.

Lavenham Bird Club Talk

Lavenham Bird Club have asked me to advertise a talk being given by David Lindo "The Urban Birder" at 7.30 pm on Saturday 2nd February at Lavenham Village Hall. Free to non-members, but please register if you intend to go.


Apologies but the link to the annual newsletter of the Bird Observatories Council newsletter put on the blog the other day was invalid. This has been corrected & is repeated below:

Monday 28th January 2019

2,200 Cormorants started heading out fishing at 0705 hrs which is far to early on a cold, clear windy morning. Bright sunshine so little time spent looking at the sea with just a handful of Red-throated Diver noted. A walk around the site produced the wintering pair of Stonechat at the north end. The Collared Doves may have started nesting as only dad on show.

2018 Annual Reports

2018 annual reports on Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths & Miscellaneous records are now available on the archive section of or via the Home Page button above.

Sunday 27th January 2019

Southbound 93 Red-throated Diver, 17 Brent, Common Scoter, Great-crested Grebe & Guillemot with northbound 22 Red-throats, 2 Guillemot & Common Scoter plus 25 Kitts & a Guillemot offshore. On site cold & windy after the early morning rain cleared.