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BIRD

REPORT

431. SPOTTED REDSHANK.—Recorded every m o n t h in coastal d i s t r i c t s . H i g h e s t n u m b e r s u p to 15 July - Aug. at M i n s m e r e (RSPB). and 9 o n O c t . 3 I s t , Walberswick ( G B G B . P R W ) . 438.

LITTLE

RINGED

PLOVER.—A

pair

hatched probably J u n e 8th ( P R W , T F ) . 440/1.

bred

successfully,

3

chicks

A few o t h e r records received.

GOLDEN PLOVER.—54, R e y d o n , A p r i l 9 t h .

About

200

Little

Waldingfield, second week D e c . (FBB). 449. LAPWING.—18 flew in f r o m sea, Walberswick, Nov. I s t , a n d 84 on' 3rd ( G J ) . 451. AVOCET.—At Havergate 40 pairs bred. T h r e e clutches infertile. Over 120 chicks hatched, and 95 - 105 reached free-flying State. Somebirds remained verv late, 5 seen late Oct., 2 Nov. 13th - 24th, and 1 D e c . I s t - 4 t h . F o r füll report see Bird Protection, 1952, published by R S P B . 462 BLACK TERN.—Several scattered records in addition to :—6 at Reydon April 29th ( G B G B , P R W ) , 7 at M i n s m e r e M a y 17th ( R S P B ) , one a u t u m n record, a j. at B u r y Aug. 26th - S e p t 5th ( H J B ) . 464.

W H I T E - W I N G E D BLACK T E R N . — O n e a t M i n s m e r e 2 1 s t M a y ( R S P B ) .

467. SANDWICH TERN.—Early arrival at Havergate, 4 o n April 9 t h . A week later 50 present. About 40 pairs b r e d . O n J u l y 9th 100 adults. and 52 y o u n g counted ( R S P B ) . M a n y birds seen u p and d o w n coast throughout summer. 469. COMMON TERN.—At Walberswick 14 nests counted on J u n e 1 5 t h , b u t u p to Sept. 7th only 2 v o u n g seen in flight. Several nests bullt u p 2 - 3 inches high with dead reed stems ( P R W , G B G B ) . Late straggler, Oct. 26th - 28th, Havergate (RSPB). 471. LITTLE TERN.—About 40 pairs bred Walberswick. First chicks seen J u n e 14th. O n July 20th c. 125 birds seen, b u t only 3 juveniles. (PRW, GBGB). 477

LITTLE

GULL.—At

26th - 27th ( R S P B ) . GJ,

JD,

Minsmere

an

imm.

May.

12th

and

again

A n i m m . , Benacre, Sept. 14th - 16th ( P R W , F K C ,

LFC).

478. BLACKHEADED GULL.—At Woolpit, near Bury, mixed flock of gulls estimated at 15,000 on field newly spread with fish m a n u r e ( A W P R ) . O n R . Orwell 1 0 , 0 0 0 - 2 0 , 0 0 0 estimated Oct. 1 2 t h - N o v . Ist ( J T F ) . 481.

COMMON

GULL—C.

482

HERRING

G U L L — 1 , 0 0 0 - 1,500

500 on

R.

Orwell on

R.

Oct.

12th-18th

Orwell

Ocl.

(JTF).

12th - 26th

(JTF). 487 GLAUCOUS GULL.—One or two, p u r e w h i t e phase, regulär in L o w e s t o f t H a r b o u r N o v . and Dec. ( L F C ) . A few o t h e r records. 483. KITTIWAKE.—On J u n e 15th an adult and 3 in moult, Walberswick ( G B G B , P R W ) . T w o adults and one in moult, M i n s m e r e , same date ( F K C ) ' O n J u n e 17th 82 flew d o w n coast f r o m N . and settled o n and a r o u n d S o u t h w o l d H a r b o u r Pier. A b o u t 15 w e r e adults, one pair of which locked bills and r u b b e d bills d o w n each o t h e r ' s necks. R e m a i n d e r all in heavy m o u l t , p r e s u m a b l y first s u m m e r birds ( G B G B ) . 491.

GREAT SKUA.—Sept. 4th, one chasing terns off Walberswick ( G J ) .

493.

ARCTIC

SKUA.—One,

Walberswick,

July

31st

(MSVO).

One,

Easton, Aug. 31st ( P C K ) . 495 16 RAZORBILL.—One ad. and one j. off Y a r m o u t h July 5th ( L F C ) . A j. swimming in Buss Creek, R e y d o n , Aug. 8th ( G B G B , P R W ) . 2 offshore Benacre, Sept. 27th ( P R W ) . 2 Nov. 18th and one D e c . 31st in river off Havergate ( R S P B ) . 503. PUFFIN.—A juvenile corpse near Easton, J a n . 27th ( G B G B ) . One

offshore, Minsmere,

Aug.

14th

(RSPB).

Suffolk Bird Report for 1952