National Rarities in Suffolk – 2017/2018

National Rarities in Suffolk – 2018

Descriptions of all 18 National Rarities, involving 14 species, which were reported in Suffolk during 2018 have been submitted to the British Birds Rarities Committee.  All bar one of the records remain ‘in circulation’.

Accepted records

  • ‘Coues’s Arctic Redpoll’ Acanthis hornemanni exilipes: Hazlewood Common, Friston, November 28th 2017 to April 11th 2018 (M L Cornish et al.).

Records in circulation

  • Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca: Minsmere RSPB, September 24th to October 19th.
  • American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus : Carlton Marshes SWT, April 7th to May 16th.
  • Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus: Minsmere RSPB, October 24th.
  • Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva: Aldeburgh Marshes, September 20th.
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla: Minsmere RSPB, August 18th-23rd.
  • Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes: Shingle Street, October 3rd-6th, then Hollesley Marshes RSPB, October 6th-18th.
  • Tengmalm’s Owl Aegolius funereus: Hollesley, October 10th-14th.
  • Pallid Swift Apus pallidus: two birds, Thorpeness, November 11th.
  • Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis: Lowestoft, September 13th.
  • Booted Warbler Iduna caligata: Ness Point, Lowestoft, September 6th-7th.
  • Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides:
  1. Minsmere RSPB, April 6th to July 27th.
  2. Minsmere RSPB, second bird, June 1st to July 27th.
  3. Westwood Marshes, Walberswick, May 9th.
  • Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris: Landguard, August 30th.
  • Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus: Boyton Marshes RSPB, May 11th.
  • ‘Coues’s Arctic Redpoll’ Acanthis hornemanni exilipes:
  1. Undisclosed location, March 3rd to 16th.
  2. Upper Hollesley Common, April 5th-7th.

 

National Rarities in Suffolk – 2017

10 National Rarities, involving eight species, occurred in Suffolk during 2017; all records have been formally accepted by BBRC and published in both the October 2018 edition of British Birds and the 2017 Suffolk Bird Report.

Accepted records

  • Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola: Aldeburgh Marshes, adult, July 13th (C Boot, M L Cornish et al.), presumed same Orfordness, July 19th–23rd (P & J Cobb, D Crawshaw, D Fairhurst, M C Marsh).
  • American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus: Great Livermere, first-winter, April 15th–16th (P M Wilson et al.). 1st record for Suffolk.
  • Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia: Burgh Castle, adult, August 22nd (R Wilton).
  • Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus: Landguard, male in song, June 1st (P J Holmes, M May, N Odin et al.).  1st record for Suffolk.
  • Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus: Landguard, male in song, May 7th–9th (W J Brame et al.).
  • Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides:
  1. Minsmere RSPB, male in song, April 18th to July 17th (R Harvey, I Salkeld et al.).
  2. Minsmere RSPB, second bird, male in song, June 14th to July 11th (I Salkeld et al.).
  3. Lakenheath Fen RSPB, male in song, May 11th–29th (H Page, D White et al.).
  • Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus: Landguard, first-winter, September 27th–30th (W J Brame, N Odin, S H Piotrowski et al.)
  • ‘Coues’s Arctic Redpoll’ Acanthis hornemanni exilipes: Hazlewood Common, Friston, November 28th to April 11th 2018 (M L Cornish et al.).