Systematic List of Rare Birds

Systematic List of Rare Birds
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This is a list (including some rare races but excluding escapees) for which 25 or fewer records can be traced. If a species is a BBRC rarity with less than 25 British records when found this is highlighted as are firsts for Suffolk. All national rarities have been accepted by BBRC.


QUAIL Coturnix coturnix

Two records.

1994 23rd May

2004 2nd May

BLACK BRANT Branta bernicla nigricans

One record of a bird flying past with Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Others have possibly been overlooked.

2014 13th October

PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE Branta bernicla hrota

15 records of birds flying past amongst flocks of Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Others have possibly been overlooked.

1989 22nd November

1991 28th September

1994 23rd October

1997 14th January

         3rd November

2006 9th October

2011 16th September

2012 28th May

         31st May

         17th December

2013 two 11th November

20th November

2014 7th May

2017 two 30th December

2019 19th September

RED-BREASTED GOOSE Branta ruficollis

Two records, one of a bird flying past with Brent Geese that was known to be wintering on the nearby estuary and another in 2015 whose origin is open to speculation. Others of suspect origin are included in the escapes report.

2000 17th January

2015 30th September

TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE Anser serrirostris

17 records of “Bean Geese” in flight over the area are all presumed to be this species but this is not confirmed.

1988 six 17th November

1989 14th October

1992 30th March

1998 16 22nd January

2002 13 19th October

2007 two 14th November

2009 two 8th November

         two 25th November

2011 20th January

2013 13th April

2016 8th January

         11th January

         two 13th February

         20th December

2017 16th January

2018 28th October

2019 21st November

WHOOPER SWAN Cygnus cygnus

14 records of birds in flight over the area.

1982 6th November

1985 two 4th January

2002 two 19th October

2004 four 28th January

2007 five 16th December

2008 five 13th December

2009 seven 3rd November

2010 24th November

2011 six 29th October

         three 7th November

         13th December

2017 4th October

2019 two 27th October

         28th October

EGYPTIAN GOOSE Alopochen aegyptiaca

Nine records.

2004 6th May

2006 3rd April

2010 4th December

2012 three 31st March

2013 two 19th April

         13th September

2015 two 31st March (one a hybrid with a domestic goose)

2017 two 10th February

         2nd December

GARGANEY Spatula querquedula

Nine records of birds flying past.

1990 13th April

1992 8th April

         9th November

1997 two 4th May

2002 7th May

2004 10th September

2005 4th June

2011 6th August

2016 16th September


One record of a bird flying south close inshore.

1990 5th September

SMEW Mergellus albellus

12 records either associated with cold weather movements or autumn passage.

1985 18th January

         22nd January

1989 16th November

1991 10th February

         eight 11th February

         three 12th February

1992 27th October

1997 9th January

         4th November

2004 22nd January

2010 three 10th February

2011 three 25th October

NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus europaeus

Seven records.

1981 7th October

1982 6th September

1983 20th August

1990 8th June

         4th September

1996 6th to 7th September

2007 6th September

ALPINE SWIFT Tachymarptis melba

Two records.

1991 11th July

2002 6th June

[PALLID SWIFT Apus pallidus

Two records. A "swift sp." on 2nd November 2008 was probably this species but could not be confirmed. One 31st October 2011 was rejected by BBRC.]

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO Coccyzus americanus

One record.

1989 25th October

SPOTTED CRAKE Porzana porzana

One record of a bird in the scrub by the cottage gate.

1993 27th September

COOT Fulica atra

11 records, with the second probably dying up river before being washed up on the riverbank. The February & December records are all associated with severe winter weather conditions.

1980 18th September

1985 29th January (dead)

1987 four 1st February

                1st April

1990 25th July

1991 11th February

         14th February

         18th February

1994 15th October

2009 22nd December

2011 29th October

CRANE Grus grus

Four records of 14 individuals in flight.

1988 three 29th October

1990 four 8th October

2002 six 12th September

2010 one 15th March

LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis

Six records, including two picked up dead on the riverbank that had probably died up river before being washed up on site and one found in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe and released on the river during the same cold winter weather of February 1991.

1986 5th October

1991 11th February (dead)

         12th February (released) presumed same 13th

         20th February (dead)

1992 9th November

2016 17th September

SLAVONIAN GREBE Podiceps auritus

Ten records although four of these probably of the same bird.

1984 14th November

1992 15th November

2011 three 12th November

2014 10th & 19th January, 1st & 3rd February (presumed same)

          25th November

2016 5th January

         21st March

BLACK-NECKED GREBE Podiceps nigricollis

Nine records, including a flock of eight flying south close inshore. The March to August records were of summer plumaged birds sitting on the sea.

1994 eight 30th September

1995 14th April

1996 7th April

2002 11th August

2005 23rd March

2010 14th July

2014 13th August

2016 5th October

2017 2nd February

STONE CURLEW Burhinus oedicnemus

Five records.

1989 19th August

1998 2nd May

2012 10th April

2018 14th April

2019 3rd April


One record.

2012 11th June

KENTISH PLOVER Charadrius alexandrinus

Three records of birds “obtained” pre 1930’s, dates not known, plus two recent records.

2008 female 20th January

2016 male 2nd June

DOTTEREL Charadrius morinellus

11 records.

1984 two 20th to 23rd May

1990 1st May

1997 24th September

2002 16th August

2007 two 5th May

2008 25th May

         7th to 18th September

         13th September

2011 23rd August

2013 two 24th August

2014 22nd April

TEMMINCK’S STINT Calidris temminckii

Three records of four birds, the 1984 bird seen on the beach and the others in flight.

1984 17th May

2001 15th May

2004 two 15th May

BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Calidris subruficollis

One record of a bird that landed on the reserve for less than a minute.

2016 12th September

GREY PHALAROPE Phalaropus fulicarius

20 records. At least two other unidentified phalaropes in the last 20 years (one October & one December record) were also quite probably this species.

1983 23rd October

1988 13th February

1989 31st October

2000 31st October to 5th November

         2nd November

2002 10th November

         24th November

2004 24th November

2005 11th November

2006 30th October

         15th & presumed same 19th November

2007 26th September

         30th September

2008 6th September

2009 20th November

2010 1st October

2011 6th October

         9th October

2015 5th November

MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis

One record of a bird flying south over the reserve during a large passage of Swallows.

1998 19th September

WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola

11 records of birds in flight over the area.

1982 9th August

1986 7th September

1987 21st June

         25th August

1995 10th September

2002 17th August

2009 7th August

2013 three 24th August

2016 4th August

2019 27th July

         5th August

SABINE’S GULL Xema sabini

Twelve records of eleven individuals. All juveniles except the 1991 bird which was an adult or first summer bird.

1987 16th October

         18th October

         20th October

1991 31st August & probably same 3rd September

1996 19th September

2004 2nd October

         27th October

2007 24th September

2008 1st November

2016 5th October

         7th October

ICELAND GULL Larus glaucoides

At least 19 individuals including a bird present in Felixstowe every winter from January 1984 to April 1992 that regularly visited Landguard. Other records prior to the formation of the bird observatory possibly exist.

1983 immature 19th December

1984 first-winter on 20 dates 14th February to 7th May (possibly same as above)

          immature 28th & 29th April (additional bird)

          second-winter 9th December (same as one of above birds)

1985 second-winter 5th, 6th January, 17th March & 7th April (same as above)

1986 third-winter on 18 dates 3rd January to 29th April (same as above)

         adult 11th & 19th November & 7th December (same as above)

1987 adult on 25 dates 14th January to 14th April (same as above)

         adult on seven dates 11th October to 3rd December (same as above)

         first-winter 28th November

1988 adult on 20 dates 5th January to 20th March (same as above)

         first-winter 19th January

         adult 19th November (same as above)

1989 adult on 42 dates 2nd January to 28th April (same as above)

         adult on six dates 12th October to 1st November (same as above)

1990 adult 13th February, four dates April & 15th May (same as above)

         adult 4th & 11th November (same as above)

1991 adult on eleven dates January to 11th April (same as above)

         adult on five dates 23rd October to years end (same as above)

1992 adult on six dates to 3rd April (same as above)

         first-winter 12th February

1997 second-winter 21st March & 3rd April

1999 third-winter 28th February

2000 adult 8th March

2004 adult 15th & 28th October & 24th November

2005 second-winter 20th & 21st February

2012 third-winter 20th February

         adult 7th to 9th March

         first-winter 12th to 14th March

2013 adult 17th March

2014 adult 21st to 23rd March

2017 adult 14th February

         second-winter 23rd to 26th March

         first-winter 19th November to 8th December

2018 second-summer 26th May

CASPIAN GULL Larus cachinnans

19 recent birds.

2004 28th January (second-winter)

2007 26th September (second-winter)

         8th & 12th October (first-winter)

         28th December (first-winter)

2008 23rd March (first-winter)

         2nd April (second-winter)

         17th April (first-winter)

         27th April (first-winter)

         19th October (second-winter)

         three 8th December (first-winters)

         25th December (first-winter)

2010 5th November (first-winter)

2012 24th to 25th March (second-winter)

         26th July & 10th August (first-summer)

2014 18th to 21st & 25th March (first-summer)

         4th September (first-winter)

2017 21st September to 11th October (second-winter)

         11th November (near-adult)

GULL-BILLED TERN Gelochelidon nilotica

Three records of four birds.

1991 28th May

1997 two 1st May

2005 14th June

ROSEATE TERN Sterna dougallii

21 records.

1990 9th September

1991 19th August

1992 1st August

         11th September

2004 17th September

2005 16th May

2006 14th September

2007 30th April

         1st May

         8th & 10th June

         23rd August

2008 17th May

2011 23rd August

2012 23rd May

2013 21st June

2015 14th to 15th May

         11th August

2016 30th May

         Two 4th June

         23rd July

WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybrida

One record.

1995 12th June

PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

16 records but described previously as “rare passage” so others may exist. The 2011 records were all records of birds flying north on three consecutive days.

1988 30th October

1990 20th April

         15th October

2007 11th November

2010 11th November

2011 7th November

         8th November

         9th November

2012 20th September

2017 20th November

         29th November

         13th December

         14th December

2018 11th November

2019 9th November

         15th November


One record of a tide line corpse. The bird was of the race indicus that was presumably ship assisted and died long before it was thrown overboard from a ship in the docks.

1993 17th February (dead)

STORM PETREL Hydrobates pelagicus

Seven records of eight individuals including two old records of birds dead at the lighthouse and one released having boarded a ship.

1883 two September (dead at lighthouse)

1985 30th October

1989 2nd November (released)

1998 25th October

2006 24th May

2013 31st December

2019 20th September

CORY’S SHEARWATER Calonectris borealis

Four records of five birds during the same time of the year.

2004 12th October

         13th October

         two 14th October

2011 9th October


Two records, the first of an individual scavenging behind a trawler coming into the river mouth.

1990 22nd September

2011 16th September

BALEARIC SHEARWATER Puffinus mauretanicus

Four records

2008 3rd February

2010 6th September

2013 6th February

2019 23rd August

BLACK STORK Ciconia nigra

One record flying south into Essex.

2015 28th August

GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus

One record of a bird in flight.

2009 6th October

SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia

15 records including the first site record of one sitting on the reserve following heavy rain.

1975 22nd to 23rd April

1982 one on a date between 11th & 14th November

1987 10th June

1988 25th September

2007 13th October

2008 two 23rd September

2011 30th April

2015 24th March

         three 8th September

         three 18th September

         three 30th September

2017 29th June

2018 six 22nd September

2019 28th September

         17th October

BITTERN Botaurus stellaris

One record of a bird flushed from the reserve and flying off south.

1997 23rd September

NIGHT HERON Nycticorax nycticorax

One record of a bird flying out to sea.

1996 12th August

CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis

Two records.

2011 2nd December

2018 26th May


12 records of birds flying over, the first seen later at Trimley Marshes.

2004 4th June

2007 25th September

2010 24th November

2014 13th April

2016 3rd December

2017 5th October

         two 13th October

         26th October

         12th December

2018 13th October

         20th October

2019 three 5th September

HONEY BUZZARD Pernis apivorus

14 records of 22 (or 25) individuals. The three additional birds in 2008 were very distant but were probably this species.

1988 15th May

1989 15th September

         two 24th September

1999 3rd October

2000 1st October

         two 15th October

2001 12th October

2008 five 13th September

         two 14th September

         one (possibly four) 28th September

2010 1st September

2013 29th April

         15th May

2014 11th September

MONTAGU’S HARRIER Circus pygargus

Seven records, five records of “ringtails” plus males in 2005 & 2011.

1977 13th August

1995 9th May

1999 19th May

2003 14th May

2005 26th May

2011 26th April

2012 10th May

RED KITE Milvus milvus

12 records, including one from a re-introduction project.

1988 20th March

2000 23rd March

2001 19th May (wing tagged from Chilterns re-introduction scheme)

2003 21st March

2006 1st August

2009 25th July

2010 2nd March

2013 29th March

2015 two 25th March

2017 13th March

2018 23rd April

         25th April

BLACK KITE Milvus migrans

One record.

2016 26th July

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE Haliaeetus albicilla

One record.

2015 23rd March


Two records, the first flying south and the one the following day flying in off the sea and inland.

1994 26th October

         27th October

DARK-BREASTED BARN OWL Tyto alba guttata

One record of a juvenile that presumably hitched a lift to Felixstowe on a ship from the near continent. Recent analysis of photographs taken at the time does not conclusively prove the identification.

1997 11th June

SNOWY OWL Bubo scandiacus

Two records. The 2001 bird was present for several weeks in the area but was only known to be in the recording area on the date below. The 1885 record is of a bird shot at the lighthouse that existed in those days.

1885 9th February (shot)

2001 25th October

TAWNY OWL Strix aluco

One or three birds. It is conceivable that the 1995 records could also refer to the long staying bird.

1989 7th October intermittently to 19th January 1994

1995 21st March

         2nd, 16th & 27th August (presumed same)

HOOPOE Upupa epops

Six "recent" records although another sighting of two to three birds present during the days of army occupation in the last century (late 1940’s/1950’s) is undocumented. The 1992 bird moved north to the area around Sangamo’s factory until 14th.

1987 1st September

1988 28th to 29th April

1992 11th to 12th September

2009 15th April

2018 19th October

2019 23rd June

BEE-EATER Merops apiaster

Six records.

2002 21st July

2004 2nd May

2005 20th June

2008 9th July

2014 6th May

2019 two 24th June


Nine records. One of the birds below had been ringed previously at Fagbury Cliff on the other side of the docks.

1983 13th August

1984 14th February

         8th September

1985 14th October

1987 15th September

1990 14th September

1993 22nd June

         3rd August

         4th October

RED-FOOTED FALCON Falco vespertinus

Four records, the first a first year male that spent several hours feeding on site.

1992 30th May

2007 28th June

2015 16th June

2019 13th September

GREAT GREY SHRIKE Lanius excubitor

19 records. All of the 1984 birds moved inland soon after they were seen as did the individuals in 1991, 1993, 2001 & 2015. The 2007 bird also moved inland soon after it stopped raining that day.

1978 1st October

1979 15th to 18th October

1984 5th October

         6th October

         two 7th October

1991 17th October

1993 22nd October

1995 12th October

2001 9th November

2007 28th September

2013 13th to 21st October

2014 17th to 18th October

2015 12th October

         15th October

         two 19th October

2016 3rd October

5th October

2017 30th October

2019 22nd October

STEPPE GREY SHRIKE Lanius excubitor pallidirostris

One record, the third British record. First Suffolk record.

1986 6th December

WOODCHAT SHRIKE Lanius senator

Two records of juveniles.

1977 17th to 21st August

1994 14th to 16th September

GOLDEN ORIOLE Oriolus oriolus

Five records.

1984 20th May

         31st May

1998 28th & 29th May

2005 16th May

2008 3rd June

CHOUGH Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

One record, the only Suffolk record, although its authenticity has been questioned.

1888 two 2nd April

NORDIC/EASTERN JACKDAW Corvus monedula monedula

Five records of birds showing characteristics of the above. The first of a trapped bird, others have possibly been overlooked amongst migrant Jackdaws flying over.

1994 14th to 15th October

2011 29th to 30th March

2015 16th May

2018 5th March

2019 23rd October

HOODED CROW Corvus cornix

Eight records. The species was formerly common on the Suffolk coast in winter so other older records may exist. The 2017 was later seen on several dates in south Felixstowe.

1981 15th May

         26th October

1985 30th October

1995 12th April

1999 17th October

2012 7th October

         11th December

2017 16th May

RAVEN Corvus corax

Four records.

1884 two 22nd June

1886 two 16th December

1993 28th October

1996 5th March

MARSH TIT Poecile palustris

Four records.

1987 20th June

2005 22nd June

2009 16th June

2014 9th September

WILLOW TIT Poecile montanus

Five records.

1980 19th September

1983 25th September

1988 26th June

2000 22nd April

2009 14th June

BEARDED TIT Panurus biarmicus

Five records. Another record in September/October 1973 is proving impossible to date with any accuracy.

1887 16th February

1988 12th October

2010 15th October

2017 ten 19th October

2019 two 27th October

CRESTED LARK Galerida cristata

One record, the 20th British record. First Suffolk record.

1996 2nd & 9th October

SHORT-TOED LARK Calandrella brachydactyla

Four records.

1992 23rd to 25th September

1996 21st to 22nd May

1997 29th June to 1st July

2001 8th to 10th May

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Cecropis daurica

12 records of 13 birds.

1987 two 28th October

1994 26th October

2007 22nd April

         25th April

         1st May

2009 3rd May

2011 14th May

2012 11th May

2013 26th September

2015 7th June

2017 9th May

2018 21st April

CETTI’S WARBLER Cettia cetti

Nine records.

1989 6th May

1996 9th October

1997 16th to 19th May

2010 6th May

2013 29th October

2017 4th April

27th September to 3rd October

2018 16th July

2019 19th April

WESTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER Phylloscopus bonelli

Three records (although the first record was not assigned to “Western”, it is probably this species).

1981 13th September

1996 2nd to 20th October

2000 27th to 29th May

RADDE’S WARBLER Phylloscopus schwarzi

Five records.

1991 8th to 9th October

1995 15th October

2004 27th October

2006 10th to 12th October

2016 6th October

DUSKY WARBLER Phylloscopus fuscatus

Four records. The 1987 bird was the first for Suffolk.

1987 27th October to 1st November

2001 23rd to 29th October

2004 20th October to 4th November

2014 16th to 20th November

IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus ibericus

One record. First Suffolk record.

2017 1st June

GREENISH WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides

Six records, four singing males, one not singing in June and an autumn bird.

1992 28th May

1997 8th July

2009 17th to 18th September

2012 26th May

2014 27th May

2017 20th to 21st June

ARCTIC WARBLER Phylloscopus borealis

Two records.

2009 1st to 2nd September

2016 20th to 21st September

GREAT REED WARBLER Acrocephalus arundinaceus

One record of one singing for three days.

2017 7th to 9th May

PADDYFIELD WARBLER Acrocephalus agricola

One record, the 16th British record. First Suffolk record.

1988 11th June

BLYTH’S REED WARBLER Acrocephalus dumetorum

One record.

2016 10th October

MARSH WARBLER Acrocephalus palustris

23 records of 24 individuals. On 23rd May 1994 a third individual was also present just outside the recording area on the junction of View Point Road & Carr Road.

1987 9th to 10th June

1990 28th July

1991 29th to 31st May

1992 30th May

         3rd June

1994 two 23rd May

         24th May (different to above)

1997 5th June

1999 19th to 20th May

2003 2nd June

2004 29th to 30th June

2005 4th September

2008 30th May

         31st May

         3rd June

         8th June

2009 6th June

         11th June

2012 26th May

         28th May

         29th May

2013 14th May

2015 14th June

BOOTED WARBLER Iduna caligata

One record, the first for Suffolk as a previous record claimed for Suffolk is listed in the national archive for Norfolk

2011 16th October

MELODIOUS WARBLER Hippolais polyglotta

Eight records, all adults. The 2009 bird moved to just outside the recording area the following day.

1983 7th to 13th May

1995 31st May

1996 30th May

1997 14th June

1998 17th June

2000 27th July

2001 1st July

2009 17th May

LANCEOLATED WARBLER Locustella lanceolata

One record. First Suffolk record.

1997 26th September

SAVI’S WARBLER Locustella luscinioides

One record. The validity of this record has been questioned with many observers suggesting it was actually a Grasshopper Warbler trapped at the time.

1989 23rd to 24th April


Eight records.

1995 16th May

2004 3rd October

2008 22nd October

2009 4th November

2013 2nd November

2016 10th October

2017 10th October

2019 16th October

SPECTACLED WARBLER Sylvia conspicillata

One record, the second British record. First Suffolk record.

1997 26th April to 2nd May

WESTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER Sylvia cantillans cantillans

Three records, all males. The 1987 bird was the first for Suffolk.

1987 8th to 10th June

1988 23rd to 24th April

2008 29th to 30th May

EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER Sylvia cantillans albistriata

Four records of five birds, all males except for two females in 1993. The 1986 bird was the first for Suffolk. Another in August/September 2014 was just outside the recording area.

1986 26th September to 2nd October

1989 30th May

1993 two 28th May

2013 26th to 27th April

SARDINIAN WARBLER Sylvia melanocephala

One record of a male. First Suffolk record.

1994 20th May

NUTHATCH Sitta europaea

Four records.

1999 2nd April

2006 25th June

2013 26th June

2014 6th June

TREECREEPER Certhia familiaris

19 records. 17 juveniles plus a spring bird. The 2003 bird showed characteristics of the nominate race C.f.familiaris.

1987 31st July to 1st August

1988 18th to 19th October

1990 3rd August

1997 14th to 15th September

2002 25th June

2003 18th October

2004 26th June

2006 4th September

2007 27th to 28th June

2009 27th June

24th September

2010 8th to 14th April

         11th October

2011 22nd June

         4th July

2016 22nd June

         3rd July

27th to 31st July

2017 15th to 16th June

SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER Certhia brachydactyla

One record. The first for Suffolk.

2011 24th March to 6th April


Nine birds.

1993 juv 4th to 9th September

2001 adult 12th June

         juv 16th to 17th October

2003 juv 28th September

2005 juv 7th to 8th September

2006 juv 2nd October

2012 first-summer 25th May

2018 2nd to 4th June

         3rd June

THRUSH NIGHTINGALE Luscinia luscinia

Three records. The 1984 bird was the first for Suffolk.

1984 13th to 14th May

1995 27th August to 15th September

1997 28th to 29th September

RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL Tarsiger cyanurus

Three records. The first of an adult male, the 15th British record. First for Suffolk.

1994 26th October

2011 14th November

2019 23rd March


17 records, six in spring & 11 in autumn.

1977 9th May

         21st October

1984 5th to 7th October

1988 14th October

1990 8th October

1992 30th May

         7th June

1993 11th June

1995 12th June

1999 19th May

2002 10th September

         15th September

2005 16th to 17th October

2007 2nd October

2009 14th September

2014 15th September

2019 22nd September


Two records of unknown race.

1979 13th October

1984 7th to 10th October

SIBERIAN STONECHAT Saxicola maurus hemprichii

One record of a first winter male, the second British record of the race hemprichii. First Suffolk Record.

1993 11th September

STEJNEGER’S STONECHAT Saxicola stejnegeri

One record of a first winter male, the second British record. First Suffolk record.

2016 6th to 7th October

ISABELLINE WHEATEAR Oenanthe isabellina

Two records, the 19th & 22nd British records.

2001 21st September

2005 4th October

DESERT WHEATEAR Oenanthe deserti

One record of a first-winter male, the 15th British record. First Suffolk record.

1987 20th to 24th October

PIED WHEATEAR Oenanthe pleschanka

One record of an adult male.

2015 2nd to 3rd November

SPANISH SPARROW Passer hispaniolensis

One male. The ninth British record. First Suffolk record.

2012 24th August, 1st to 2nd, 6th & 10th to 14th September

BLACK-HEADED WAGTAIL Motacilla flava feldegg

One record, the fourth British record. First Suffolk record.

1985 30th June

GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL Motacilla flava thunbergi

At least 17 individuals recorded, all males.

1987 29th April

1989 14th May

1992 four 30th May three to 31st & one to 1st June

         3rd to 4th June

1994 two 15th September one to 16th

1995 17th to 18th September

1998 17th May

1999 6th to 7th May

2005 1st to 2nd May

2007 30th May

2013 6th September

2014 26th May

2018 11th June

CITRINE WAGTAIL Motacilla citreola

One record of an adult female.

2008 29th August

RICHARD’S PIPIT Anthus richardi

Ten records of 11 birds.

1977 24th to 26th September

         22nd October

1980 20th to 24th October

1988 21st October

1994 3rd October

         two 16th November

1996 30th October

1998 29th September

2000 15th October

2011 1st October

BLYTH’S PIPIT Anthus godlewskii

One record, the sixth British record. First Suffolk record.

1994 4th to 10th November

TAWNY PIPIT Anthus campestris

14 records.

1979 13th October

1980 21st September

1982 16th September

1989 12th to 19th September

1991 28th May

1992 22nd to 25th August

1993 16th September

1994 16th October

1997 6th August

2004 10th September

2009 24th September

2011 24th September

2012 6th May

2018 30th August

RED-THROATED PIPIT Anthus cervinus

Three records. Others flying over have possibly been overlooked.

2013 29th October

2014 23rd September

2017 27th to 30th September

WATER PIPIT Anthus spinoletta

Three records.

1978 1st April

2003 17th April

2019 21st April

NORTHERN BULLFINCH Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula

One record of a male. Others may have been present in the past but were not documented. A Bullfinch 17th November 2014 was possibly this race based on its call.

2002 7th to 9th November

TRUMPETER FINCH Bucanetes githagineus

One record, the eight British record.

2005 21st to 26th May.

COMMON ROSEFINCH Carpodaceus erythrina

11 records including adult males in 1996 & 2004. The only definite juvenile was the bird trapped in 2002.

1995 8th June

1996 8th July

1997 21st & 24th July

2001 26th August

2002 12th September

2004 14th August

2006 17th September

2008 29th May

         4th June

2010 25th May

2014 27th May

2018 31st May

LITTLE BUNTING Emberiza pusilla

Five records.

1986 10th October

1987 19th October

2006 18th to 19th October

2012 24th April

2018 17th October

RUSTIC BUNTING Emberiza rustica

Two records.

1992 3rd October

2008 23rd to 24th September


Two records, although the second individual was an adult male & showed signs of incarceration and was probably a wild bird transported into Europe by man. The 1993 bird was the first for Suffolk.

1993 4th September

1999 12th August

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Zonotrichia albicollis

One record

2014 19th June

LARK SPARROW Chondestes grammacus

One record, the first British record. First Suffolk record.

1981 30th June to 8th July


Compiled by Nigel Odin, Landguard Bird Observatory, View Point Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3TW.


Updated & revised January 2020


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