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April 2011   

1st - Mostly warm, bright and sunny today, with at times, some very blustery winds and gusts that reached 30+ mph locally.  The wind direction was mainly S.  Reports came in for both afternoon and early evening for on and across the site.  14 Avocet were noted on the scrape, as were 2 of each Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank, 1 Blk T Godwit and 27 Shelduck.  The Marsh Harrier (with a presumed damaged leg) was hunting across the scrape and the grazing marsh on either side of it. PRD/AD.  A two hour wander along towards the Frinton end of site and back, prior to dusk, provided views of 2 Ringed Plovers on the sluice, 6 Purple Sandpipers and 8 Turnstones on the concrete groyne by the rocks, 2 Reed Buntings, a Barn Owl quartering the meadow and a Little Owl in it's normal tree. IM.  

2nd - A glorious morning - bright, sunny and fairly warm.  Mid-afternoon and there was some clouding over but still a very good day weather-wise (some rain during the evening).  Wind direction fluctuated SSW through SSE and vice-versa, it also varied in strength from moderate to strong and included gusts of c24mph.  Notes in initially, were of 2 Chiffchaff along the approach road, a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker beyond the Dell, an adult Med Gull on the Golf Course, a Gt. Crested Grebe that flew S off-shore and 4 Brent Geese that flew N.  2 Wheatear were on the farm track, 3 Mistle Thrush and 4 Goldfinch were seen and a Robin was on the hand, then in the bush!! AD.  Around the site in general and on the scrape, were 2 Reed Buntings, several individual Linnets, 8 Swallows, 30+ Skylarks, a Little Owl, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Kestrel.  On and around the scrape and adjoining grazing marsh, the numbers and species were 4 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Blk T Godwit, 12 Redshank, 7 Turnstones, 2 Oystercatchers, 11 Avocets and 2 Ringed Plovers.  Also 20 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon and 15 Teal. AD/MR/IM.

3rd - Another superb day, mostly very bright, warm, blue skies with patches of white cloud and SW winds that varied from light to moderate strength.  Late afternoon saw a few grey clouds appear and again, late evening saw some rain.  Site coverage began early this morning and through various visits, went on until late afternoon.  Some definite movement being noted today and a few new 2011 site ticks.  Before 09.00hrs, 2 Willow Warblers* were located just across the road within the site boundary, singles of Blackcap* and Chiffchaff were along the approach road and a Black Redstart and a Wheatear were both in the Dell. MR/IM.  At 14.30hrs, a fem Redstart* was seen near to the "Golf Course Workshop", while a White Wagtail was on the Golf Course and a fly-over Siskin headed N. PRD.  Later in the afternoon, 2 Canada Geese* were another Site Year Tick. AD.  Around the rest of the site, the bushes held 4 Chiffchaff (5+ on site), 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Mistle and 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and 1 Little Owl.  2 Med Gulls flew overhead.  Surveying between the hide and the seawall areas, gave a further 6 Wheatear, also 6 Linnets, 5 Reed Buntings (+earlier 3), with some good numbers of both Skylark and Meadow Pipit seen in the vicinity.  10+ Swallows were all seen to be heading S.  Across the scrape and viewable grazing marsh, there were wader totals of 37 Avocets, a single Blk T Godwit, 2 of each Snipe and Ringed Plover, 12+ Redshank, 8 Turnstones and 4 Oystercatchers.  Also viewed, were 24+ Shelduck, 2 Greylag Geese, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel. MR/IM/PRD/AD.

4th - A bright start to the day and warm, although cloud cover moved in for the early part of the afternoon and along with some moderate to strong winds, varying SW through W, the temperature appeared to drop.  By late afternoon, it was definitely much cooler and the clouds alot darker, wind direction also returned to SW.  A site visit from 09.15 to 13.15hrs included views of a Common Buzzard back on/over the site, a fem/1S male Black Redstart on the seawall between the raised Golf Tee and the turret, while species flying in/off along the front, were a single Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipits and several Linnet.  On the scrape was an adult Yellow-legged Gull, alongside 2 Ruff, 15+ Redshank, 7 Avocets, 3 Curlew, 1 Blk T Godwit and 6 Turnstones.  The duck count being 20+ Shelduck, 10+ Teal and just 3 Wigeon.  4 Oystercatchers were also noted. PRD.  Additional sightings, from a late afternoon wander, were 2 of each Snipe and Ringed PloverTeal were at 18 and Shelduck at 24.  Common Buzzards numbered 2 during this late visit, while Oystercatchers were up one to 5 (2xsluice+2xrocks+1xGreensward). MR

5th - After four days of some good weather, it was back to a rainy start today along with total grey cloud cover.  Strong SW winds prevailed throughout and included gusts locally of c36mph.  Although the rain eased to just a drizzle c10.30hrs, this was short-lived, as the rain took hold again until the afternoon.  The temperature also cooled considerably as the day went on.  The hopes of the morning conditions dropping some summer migrants into the site, were left a bit flat after nothing of any particular note could be located.  Viewing from the hide, supplied totals of 2 Ringed Plovers, 9 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Mute Swan, 18 Shelduck, 12 Teal and 3 Wigeon, also singles of Pied and White Wagtail and 3 Reed Buntings.  6 Linnet were fly-overs, while off-shore species, were a Shelduck heading S and 2 Cormorants. MR/PRD.  

6th - After yesterday's rain, today was superb!  The hottest day so far this year!! - with coastal temperatures around the +18 degrees and slightly inland reaching +23 degrees.  Sunny, blue skies with wisps of white cloud and warm SW winds.  Wind strength was mainly moderate to strong.  A morning survey of the site, gave 2 Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and a fem Blackcap across the road, while the walk through to the seawall, produced 5+ Wheatear, 6 Skylark and 8 Meadow Pipits.  Fly-overs were noted of 6 Swallows and 4 Canada Geese.  Viewing from the hide during this visit, saw 2 of each Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 1 Blk T Godwit, 8 Turnstone, 12 Avocets and 12+ Redshank, all alongside 20+ Shelduck, 14 Teal, again just 3 Wigeon and also 3 Greylag Geese. MR.  Approx 45 minutes spent around the Farm area at mid-day, gave both Little Grebe and Coot on the pond and 2 Chiffchaff nearby, while the wander along the main paths towards the tracks, supplied 2 Linnet, 10+ Skylark, a fem Merlin and a single Kestrel. A Swallow flew S over the paddocks and a Common Buzzard was seen across the rear of the Haven site. KA.  Back onto the main site for the afternoon and there were additions of 3 Dunlin on the scrape, the access road and carpark areas held both a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff and a further 6 Swallows were viewed.  On the grazing marsh next to the scrape were 6 Wheatear, these +/- the earlier birds. PRD.  Reported for the evening, were 2 Swallows actually on the sluice, a cracking male Wheatear by the hide and also a Little Owl. AD.  

7th - Bright, warm and very sunny again today.  Winds varied light to moderate throughout, ending the day as very light ESE. The sea was notably calm and a slight mist way above the turbines during the day, descended to a rolling sea-mist prior to dusk, with the turbines then, barely visible.  The first of today's reports, gave sightings on and across the scrape, of 2 Med Gulls, 18 Redshank, 33 Avocets, 2 of each Curlew and Oystercatcher, 27 Shelduck and 13 Teal.  A single Little Owl was seen and 1 Chiffchaff. JK.  Several hours spent on site by two further observers, gave coverage of the farm and paddocks, the areas across and up from the approach road (within the boundaries), the scrape and then all viewable areas from the first turret.  Their combined reports, produced 3+ Blackcaps, 5+ Willow Warblers and 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Sparrowhawks (all 3 in view at one time), 2 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins*, 1 Yellow Wagtail* and a Common Buzzard.  2 Snipe and 3 of each Ringed Plover and Wigeon were noted and Avocet totals were up to 38 at this point.  The highlight of the day, was a Ring-tailed Hen Harrier that gave both the observers, some excellent views as it covered and re-covered the grazing marsh and hedgerows. AD/PRD.  A brief look out to sea this evening, supplied just 5 Shelduck heading N. AD/KA.    

8th - An absolutely glorious day again - blue skies, bright sun and some light to moderate winds, which at times were barely even a breeze.  Wind direction this morning was at NNW, by mid-afternoon it was SW and come the evening, the direction had turned right through to E.  A site visit from 08.15-10.45hrs this morning, found the site to be relatively quiet after the last few days' reports.  The access road and carpark areas held 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler, while 2 Wheatear were atop the first turret.  Viewing the species on and around the scrape, gave 2 of each Ringed Plover, Blk T Godwit and Curlew, 35 Avocets, 10+ Redshank, 1pr Mute Swans and 9 Teal.  The 3 Wigeon were still hanging in there too!! PRD.  Walking in from the Frinton end of site and going across the Golf Course footpath up to the Farm, supplied 1 Med Gull on the Course, a Chiffchaff by the "workshop" and 2 Wheatears (m+f).  Near to the farm, both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were heard. AD

9th - Stronger winds today certainly made it feel much cooler along the coast than the last two days, however, in sunny sheltered areas, it was again very warm.  Wind direction was variable through the morning but going into the middle of the afternoon, it was holding mainly ENE.  A site visit, mainly to the hide, gave morning numbers and species on the scrape, as 42 Avocets, 10 Redshank, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers and a total of 31 Shelduck.  Also noted were 6 Swallows and a resident Little OwlJK.  Afternoon additions to the scrape were a single Snipe, 14 Teal and 3 Wigeon, while a Red Legged Partridge was outside the hide.  2 Linnet were also seen. AD.  A further update for today, was that of 2 Purple Sandpipers on the sluice. MR

10th - Not so much of the blue sky was on view this morning but it was very bright.  Moderate winds that varied E through ENE through the morning, continued much the same into the afternoon.  Again, very warm in sheltered areas but cool at times in the coastal winds.  A morning run (pre 09.17hrs) from the Frinton end of site, along the seawall and including viewing across the scrape, was the first report in for today.  On and around the Golf Course were 2 Wheatear, 2 Green Woodpeckers, a single Sparrowhawk and 4 R-L Partridge, while 2 Oystercatchers were on the rocks, a Cormorant headed N off-shore and some 58 Linnets and 4 Meadow Pipits were noted as "either moving North or groups along the wall - part of a good movement this morning with probably 275+ past Frinton so far".  Also from the wall, a Whitethroat* was seen in the bushes.  The scrape held, at this time, 23 Avocet, 2 of each Sanderling and Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 16 Teal and 4 Wigeon. PBr.  The second site report today, saw an increase of Redshank on the scrape - up to 12, while 2 Blk T Godwits were additional, as were 6 Oystercatchers on this area.  Also noted were 24 Shelduck and 8 Greylag Geese, while over the scrape and grazing marsh were 6 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins.  Coverage of the bushes and shrubbery, beginning with the area opposite the site entrance and going through to the hide, supplied 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, a single Song Thrush, 2 Little Owls, 1pr Sparrowhawks and 1pr Kestrels.  The areas from the hide to the seawall, gave 12 Skylarks, 2 Reed Buntings and 6 Meadow Pipits (+/- earlier birds) and down on the front, were 7 Turnstones. MR/IM.  The third report (PRD) of the day added a singing male Whitethroat in the hawthorns next to the road bridge and also 2 singing Corn Buntings but the highlight of this visit, was that of a Grey Partridge* (PRD) that flushed from the SW of the Golf Course/footpath (14.30hrs).  Although this species is designated by www.hollandhavenbirding.com as a "Green bird - likely to be annual", sightings of these birds have become extremely few and very far between!    

11th - Bright and warm with light winds during the morning.  The temperature had increased considerably by late morning and it was very hot by early afternoon.  The NNW winds remained as light to moderate strength but by late afternoon, it was much cooler and rain fell before dusk.  Surveying the site for four hours (10.30-14.30hrs), gave highlights that included the first Whimbrel* of this Haven Year - the bird was calling as it flew over and headed towards the Golf Course.  7 Turnstones were located on the rocks by the sluice, while a 1W Med Gull and a summer plumaged Dunlin were seen on the scrape.  Also on the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, were 2 of each Snipe, Ringed Plover, Blk T Godwits and Oystercatcher, 10+ Redshank and some 48 Avocet, alongside 12+ Teal and those 3 Wigeon!  Generally around the site, it appeared pretty quiet and was desolate of any migrants, bar "2 male Blackcaps and a handful of Swallows". PRD.  

12th - A bit of a mixed weather day, although it did stay dry.  Bright, light cloud cover, grey cloud cover, blue skies, full sun, chilly at times and some strong WNW winds and wind gusts in excess of 28mph - very varied!!  The first report of the day came in at 11.07hrs and was that of a Water Pipit* located just off to the right, outside of the hide. At 11.47hrs, a second Water Pipit was there too!  A Sedge Warbler* was also found this morning. JK/PRD.  Late afternoon, going into early evening, species noted were 3 Wheatears, 2 Sand Martins and a Swallow, singles of both Barn And Little Owl, a Reed Bunting, a Sedge Warbler was still about, 2 of each Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 3 Blk T Godwits and 29 Avocets.  Both observers this evening, were pleasantly surprised when they caught sight, not of a feathered species in/on the water but of an Otter along the brook! AD/MR.  One of the morning visits, 09.00hrs through to 14.00hrs, also noted a drake Gadwall, 10+ Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1pr Coot, a Snipe, a 1W Med Gull and a total of 2 White Wagtails, while a Whitethroat was near to the sluice and 2 Yellow Wagtails were flyovers. PRD.    

13th - From daybreak, it remained slightly overcast and cool, more or less until the early afternoon, when it did brighten up nicely.  Wind direction and strength began as WNW and was fairly light - with the occasional heavier strength gust or two during the morning.  By evening the winds had become SSW and moderate to strong.  A report in for mid-afternoon, gave details of 2 Whimbrel that were viewed from the hide.  A few Teal and a couple of Wigeon were also around at this time. PNt.  Details of other site visits today, included a "Spring-time" site record of some 50 adult Avocets on the scrape, also a Reed Warbler* that was another Site Year Tick. PRD/MR/JBS.  From the area just opposite the site entrance through to the Dell, totals of 10 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Song Thrush were noted, while the carpark area, supplied singles of Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, also 2 further Blackcaps were seen.  Alongside the Avocets on and around the scrape, numbers and species included 4 Coot, 9 Blk T Godwits (7 of which, dropped in, then left again), 25 Shelduck, 2 Wheatears, 6 Linnet, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Swallows.  Surveying along the route to the Frinton end of site, added 4 more Wheatears and another Sedge Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks, a Mistle Thrush and another Little Owl.  3 Canada Geese were seen on site today and later, during return evening visits, a drake Gadwall was on the scrape and brilliant views were had of a Barn OwlPRD/MR

14th - Not too bad a day weatherwise, with patchy blue skies, some sun and moderate (sometimes strong) SSW through SW winds.  Surveying today (09.30hrs through 15.00hrs), began at the farm, included checking around the site areas of Holland Brook, viewing across the scrape and generally across the site itself.  The farm offered a single Corn Bunting, a fly-over House Martin* and a Wheatear on the bridle path.  A drake Gadwall was located on the brook (other side of B1032) and 2 Reed Warblers were also favouring Holland Brook.  Today's located site migrants, were 8+ Blackcaps, 4+ Whitethroats and a single Chiffchaff, while on and around the scrape/grazing marsh, the wader numbers and species were 1 of each Blk T Godwit and Snipe, 2 of each Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel and Oystercatcher and 36 Avocets.  15+ Teal and the 3 Wigeon were also noted. PRD 

15th - A rainy start to the day but this cleared fairly quickly, to leave the day reasonably pleasant with moderate winds.  Further to a visit today, the totals reported were 38 Avocets, 8 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 2 of each Blk T Godwit, Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 8 Shelduck, 1pr Shoveler, 12 Teal and a single Wigeon.  Also noted were 4 Coot and 2 Reed Warblers. JK.

16th - A warm, bright morning with light to moderate S winds.  The afternoon brought various cloud-cover, some of it was rather dark and this eventually resulted in rainfall.  The wind direction shifted by dusk to SW.  Running along the seawall (from the Frinton end of site to the area just above the scrape), provided views of a Rock Pipit on the wall, 4 Swallows and 21 Linnets that were moving S, while off-shore a Fulmar* and 2 Oystercatchers also headed S.  2 other Oystercatchers were on the rocks alongside 3 Turnstones.  The scrape area held 3 Blk T Godwits, 4 Redshank, 6 Shelduck, 6 Teal and a single Wigeon, also 33 Avocets (+2 further Avocets that flew in/off).  A Barn Owl was also in this vicinity. PBr.  An additional report for today, was that of a drake Eider that flew S over the sluice area. JK.

17th - Initially warm with some cloud-cover, it soon became a glorious day with bright sun and good temperatures.  Winds were light and sometimes barely a breeze - through the morning these were mainly SSW.  Surveying around the site today, included coverage of both the scrape and farm areas.  Avocet were at a total of 31, Snipe and Blk T Godwit were at 1 of each, whilst there were 2 of both Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher.  14 Teal were counted, alongside a single drake Wigeon and 3 Coot.  Around the trees, bushes and reedbeds throughout, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warblers, 7 Blackcap, a single Willow Warbler.  2 Corn Buntings were noted near the farm and a flock of some 38 Linnet were at the end of the paddocks.  Also 9 R-L Partridges. AD

18th - The day began cloud-covered and locally it was somewhat hazy.  Bright sunny cracks appeared through the cloud after a short while and eventually made for a good day.  Light to moderate winds were ENE as at 08.00hrs, finishing the day at a direction of ESE.  A brief initial report for the scrape this morning was of 3 Gadwall being present. JK.  Other observers began early this morning, taking in the area across the road, up and through the approach road, into and around the Dell, the sluice area, viewing from the hide and then onto the Frinton end of the site.  Singles of Lesser Whitethroat*, Sedge Warbler and Chiffchaff, alongwith 3 Blackcaps were in the first two areas, another 5 Blackcaps, 12+ Linnet, 1 Whitethroat, a Song Thrush and Little Owl were noted from the Dell to the sluice, as were 4 Swallows.  The scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and reedbeds, held singles of Snipe, Blk T Godwit, Grey Heron (juv), Wigeon and Sedge Warbler, 2 of each Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Reed Bunting, 10+ Redshank, 10 Teal, 9 Shelduck and the Avocet count was 36.  Additional species from the walk to the Frinton end were Turnstones, Reed Buntings, Wheatears and Sand Martins, respectively 4, 4, 2 and 2, some 8+ Skylarks, a single Goldfinch was a Northern bound fly-over, while Meadow Pipits and Linnets were in the vicinity. MR/PRD.  A single Corn Bunting was on show during an evening visit to the Farm, while also noted were 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch and 14 Linnet, 1 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush (2ad+1young) and 6 Swallows. MR.

19th - It was quite warm through the morning, the sun being in evidence but in "fits & starts" above patchy skies that held a good mix of cloud colour!  The afternoon was much brighter and got considerably warmer, as the skies cleared of the earlier cloud.  Wind direction was SSE and was of light to moderate strength.  A mid-morning report gave that of 2 Sedge Warblers displaying, in full voice, in the brambles/reedbed in front of the Golf Course, while 2 Reed Buntings were also noted in the area and 2 Mistle Thrush were on the fairway. LJ.  Site observations from 08.30hrs to 13.00hrs, supplied further data of 47 Avocets on the scrape, alongside 2 of each Ringed Plover and Snipe, 8+ Redshanks, 4 Turnstones, a pair of Gadwall, 8+ Teal and a drake Wigeon.  Generally around the site, were 3+ Reed Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 5 Sedge Warblers (+/- previously listed) and 8+ Blackcaps.  At 12.15hrs, flying NE close inshore, then landing off-shore, were 3 Eider of which these were a 1S drake and 2 ducks. PRD.  A Water Rail was also noted today. JBS.

20th - A glorious day throughout with bright sun, mainly blue skies and some very light SE winds.  Warm to start, the temperature increased nicely by mid-day and it was hot for the afternoon (some areas inland, reached +26 degrees).  Around the site, it was noted as quiet with the trees, bushes and reedbeds yielding just 8 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Linnets and a single Chiffchaff.  Viewing from the hide, supplied singles of Snipe, Curlew and Shoveler, 41 Avocets, 15+ Redshank, 4 Turnstones, 3 Whimbrel and 2 Oystercatchers, 19 Shelduck and 15 Greylag Geese.  Also 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Warblers.  (No counts of either Teal or Wigeon during this visit). MR   

21st - A cool, light Easterly breeze this morning and it was very bright, with the sun making substantial efforts in a slightly hazy sky before 08.00hrs.  The day turned into a very hot and glorious one.  No reports were returned for the Haven site today.   ( NB: At dusk, just outside the Haven recording area, a Grasshopper Warbler was heard & briefly seen at Frinton "in scrubby area adjacent the ditch between Frinton Golf Clubhouse/seawall" by Paul Brayshaw).

22nd - Just superb weather today - a brilliant start to the Easter weekend.  A bit hazy but otherwise, bright sun, hot and some light winds being of an ENE direction.  The first report in for today, was that of both a Spotted Redshank* and a Green Sandpiper* being viewable on the scrape c10.00hrs. PRD.  At 13.05hrs 1+ Rough Legged Buzzards* flew over the Haven, heading in a SW direction.  Also noted around the site was a Common Buzzard, while additional for the scrape were a single Dunlin and 2 Med Gulls. PRD/JBS.  A third inventory of today's species, included 38 Avocets, 11+ Redshank, 2 of each Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 9 Shelduck and 6 Teal, all of which were on and around the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, also 1 White Wagtail.  The site in general (excluding the farm) held 2 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcaps and 14+ Whitethroat, while the farm areas supplied 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Goldfinch, 11 Linnets and 2 Mistle Thrush. MR.  Off-shore, 2 Brent Geese were seen to head N. IM

23rd - And another fantastic day of sun, heat and very little breeze (direction varying E through NE).  So far, the weather for this Easter Weekend has been the hottest on record for Britain!  Early afternoon, observations across the site gave the highlight of the Rough Legged Buzzard for the second day - the bird headed beyond the far fields and continued towards the Church next to Gt. Holland Hall.  Also on and over the site were 2 Common Buzzards, while on the scrape was once again a Spotted Redshank. JBS.

24th - The predicted very hot weather was with us for another day.  Blue skies, bright sun and some very light winds - these as per the last two days, being of E through NE direction.  Surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh (prior to 14.00hrs), gave counts of the waders as 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 14 Redshank and 36 Avocets.  Also noted were 2 Coot, 23 Shelduck and 5 TealJK/IM. (There have been no reports of any wigeon on site since the 19th April).  A report in for this evening on site, was the first Cuckoo* for the Haven this year. PNt.  An additional report for today, was of "eight" Buzzards in the air together (presumed all Common), these were distantly viewable from the turret above the hide. PRD/JBS.  

25th - Bank Holiday Monday followed the previous three Easter Weekend days and again gave us glorious weather.  The winds, from morning through to the early afternoon, were just slightly stronger than the more recent "breeze" and there was a very slight change in direction, varying from ENE through NNE.  The latter part of the afternoon brought with it, stronger winds still - these being Northerly - also gusts of c20mph.  Several observers were on site during the day from early morning to late afternoon.  An early visit saw a Fulmar head past the Haven, 9 Wheatears on the Golf Course and also 1 Little Egret that flushed from a ditch. JBS.  Viewing from the hide included sights of the first 4 Lapwing chicks (2+2) of this year, with other noted species on and around the scrape being singles of Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling and Blk T Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, 18 Redshank and 26 Avocets, a drake Gadwall, 18 Shelduck and 16 Teal.  The reedbeds and bushes in this area, supplied 1 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers.  Birds of prey were represented by 2 Common Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel, while migrants on site (from the area opposite the site entrance through to the hide) were 9 Blackcaps, 12+ Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaff and a further 3 Reed Warblers. PRD/MR/IM.  Additional for the scrape (early afternoon) were 4 Yellow Wagtails and a single White Wagtail. JK.

26th - Not so hot today, still very bright but the initial moderate to strong NNW winds were a little bit chilly.  By late afternoon and going into the evening, the wind strength had picked up even more and direction had turned to NNE.  Morning gusts locally, were c23mph, by late evening these were c29mph.  A single Hobby* is a nice bird to see but late this morning, there were 2 of them - high over the scrape, another Site Year Tick.  A Cuckoo was between the carpark bushes and the ringing compound, while located on the Golf Course were 2 Wheatears. PRD.  Across the scrape today, wader counts were 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 of each Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher, 15+ Redshank and 28 Avocets, with viewable Lapwing chicks at +/-15.  The duck count gave 3 Gadwall (2drakes+1), 26 Shelduck and 12 Teal, while additional in this area were 3 Yellow Wagtails.  A S E Owl was noted on site today (last reported SEO being over four weeks ago) and a Barn Owl was visible too. MR/PRD.    

27th - After some rainfall last night, today was dry throughout and mainly bright.  NE strong winds prevailed through the morning, changing direction very slightly to NNE for the afternoon into dusk.  Gusts were locally again at c29mph but there were many more of them.  Another sighting of a Hobby - just the one today - was at c13.00hrs, viewed from the hide, towards the church, while a Marsh Harrier was also in this vicinity. IM.  Several observers were out and about today but apart from a single L R P* - be it a year tick - there was little change on or around the scrape area further to yesterday's counts.  There were additions of 5 Turnstones and 2 Shoveler but Gadwall today - numbered just 1 drake. PRD/MR/IM

28th - Strong winds were out there today and they were in abundance!  Not only were these winds strong but they were very variable as well - from "morning through dusk" no direction was a constant NNE, NNW, ENE, N........ !?!  There was a slight drop of rain late in the afternoon (locally) but otherwise dry.  Within the report for on and from the site today, it was noted as "quiet".  A two hour seawatch gave the highlight of a single Fulmar heading N at c13.00hrs, while prior to this, a single House Martin had been around the sluice area.  Viewable across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were totals of 1 White and 2 Yellow Wagtails, 36 Avocet and 5 Turnstones, individuals of drake Shoveler and Gadwall, with Teal during this visit, down to just 6. PRD.  Additional sightings were of 1 Hobby and a flock of 25 House Martins, all seen over the scrape area. JBS.

29th - A night of torrential rain over some of the area, gave way to a grey start this morning but by c09.30hrs the sun was thankfully, making it's appearance.  The day became much brighter, it remained dry and the initial NE moderate winds, increased to very strong as the afternoon went into early evening.  An early morning visit provided three new Site Year Ticks, all of which were on the scrape.  A Wood Sandpiper*, 3 Bar T Godwits* and 8 Greenshank* were seen briefly, alongside 4 Blk T Godwits and 2 Ringed Plovers.  Also in this vicinity were singles of both Yellow and White Wagtails.  8 Wheatears were located on the Golf Course, a Barn Owl was noted and a fly-past was provided by a flock of 31 Whimbrel. JBS.  A further report for slightly later this morning and going into the afternoon, included views at c13.00hrs, of 2 Arctic Terns* heading S, while a Canada Goose was on the sea, just off of the sluice.  3 Gadwall were noted on the scrape with 6 Teal and 22 Shelduck.  Waders during this visit, were 36 Avocet and 5 Turnstones, while a total of 12 Blk T Godwits (on the scrape for 20 minutes before leaving in a NE direction) and 4 Bar T Godwits (3 of these also flew NE) were "over and above" the previously mentioned earlier morning birds. PRD.  3 additional Whimbrel were noted over the scrape and an additional species was that of a Garden Warbler*, seen but not singing, in the carpark bushes. AM.  An evening wander on site, supplied a single Bar T Godwit on the scrape and 3 Greenshanks, while viewing off-shore gave 2 Gannet, 1 Bar T Godwit and 2 Whimbrel heading N. MR

30th - It was a little bit breezy to say the least this morning.......... Winds of c27mph and gusts locally recorded by 09.00hrs of c32mph, these continued through the day reaching 33mph.  Wind direction varied from E through ENE during the morning, alternating during the afternoon and into the evening to include NE.  Bright sun dominated the day but the strong winds made the temperature appear chilly at times.  Initial reports in for today's sightings were those of a Common Sandpiper* on the scrape and 8+ Knot* flying NE alongside 4 Bar T Godwits. PRD.  Further reports added just the 2 resident Ringed Plovers on the scrape together with the also currently residing Avocets and Redshanks, also a single Yellow Wagtail.  On route towards the Frinton end of site, a total of 8 Commic Terns were noted as they headed N off-shore. PRD/PBr.     

As at 30th April, the Haven 2011 Year List stands at 141.         

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