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April 2012  

1st - A bright and sunny start to the month this morning if a tad chilly, however the temperature is much as should be expected for the time of year - we were just spoilt somewhat for the last week of March with some very warm days.  The strength of the NW winds up to 09.00hrs being quite light and locally recorded gusting being not much stronger.  By early afternoon the wind direction had changed to Southerly with speeds of c10mph, whilst the evening saw a turn again, this time to Westerlies of speed and gusting, 16mph and 18mph respectively.  The trees, bushes and hedgerows around the site, held of note 4+ Chiffchaffs and 2 Cetti's Warblers during the observations today - the latter birds were at the end of March, being located as one over the road and one by the Sewage Works.  Visiting the hide and surveying the scrape and it's surrounding area gave singles of Blk T Godwit and Snipe, 8+ Redshanks and 51 Avocets, alongside the pair of Gadwall, 4 Shoveler (3 drakes), 16 Shelducks, 20+ Teal and 70+ WigeonGeese in this vicinity were reported as 5 Canada and 40+ Greylags. IM/MR.  An additional report gave that 5 Turnstones were along the front, feeding amongst the seaweed, a Reed Bunting and 3 Linnets were noted, whilst c10.00hrs, the Cetti's Warbler near to Tariq, showed very well for a couple of minutes as did 2 Firecrests. GCn/SCn.

2nd - It was on the grey side to start the day although the sun had been trying from the early hours.  The earlier winds were predominantly NW, varying from light to moderate with occasional gusting of up to 17mph.  By early afternoon, the wind direction had swung round to SW but speeds were still varying as per the morning.  A pleasant day with temperatures reaching a maximum of +12 degrees.  Initial reports for just after mid-day on site, gave that a fem/imm Black Redstart was in the Dell (a different bird to last week's), while on the scrape was a single L R P of note and there had been a brief visit by 7 Knot (winter plumaged). PRD.  Generally around the site this morning were 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Owls, 2 Sparrowhawks and 2 Cetti's Warblers.  One of the Cetti's is still over the road, while the second bird - presumed to be just one - appears to move through and around the areas from the memorials to the Sewage Works.  44 Avocets were on the scrape alongside the L R P, 2 Oystercatchers and 17+ Redshanks, with this and the surrounding area also holding 2 Gadwall, 18 Shelducks, 2 Canada and 40+ Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swans and with numbers now dwindling quite quickly, c20 Teal and c50 Wigeon.  4 Reed Buntings were also noted from the hide during this survey. PRD/MR/IM.  Afternoon observations saw the additions of 2 adult Med Gulls on the scrape and that of a Water Rail which took flight when chased by a Moorhen!  The earlier fem/imm Black Red was still viewable in the Dell as at 17.45hrs. IM/MR.  

3rd - Initially a bright morning but by 10.00hrs, the skies were overcast and the sun was struggling.  Temperatures being, this morning, in the region of +9 degrees and some light NNW winds with the occasional extra strength blasts of c13mph.  Mid-afternoon saw a bit more sun for a while before the grey skies took hold again and by the early evening it was quite cool, winds had increased and gusting was up to 22mph.  Rain appeared during the late evening.  At least three observers were on site today as was at least one of the Cetti's Warblers (opposite the Approach Road) and a Water Rail was also noted over the road.  The hedgerows and trees around the site, supplied a single Little Owl and some 5+ Chiffchaffs.  Views across the scrape and grazing marsh, as per yesterday saw a count of 44 Avocets, 2 Oystercatchers, 17+ Redshanks, 2 Gadwall and c20+ Teal, along with a couple of colour-ringed Gulls, while the totals were slightly different for Canada Geese, Shelducks and Wigeon - these were today at 5, 20+ and c30 respectively.  3 Shoveler and 4 Blk T Godwits were also viewable from the hide, as was an adult female Marsh Harrier. PRD/MR/IM.

4th - After a night of several cloud-bursts and some following heavy rain, the morning began on the dismal side with a continuation of the wet stuff - not, thankfully, for too long though.  Blue skies, sun and "mostly" white clouds made for a very pleasant duration.  Prior to nightfall, the WNW winds varied from a very light breeze through to 26mph and associated gusting was of speeds up to 34+mph.  After dark, the winds were of E through ENE in direction and they had ramped up the general speeds to between 17mph and 26mph.  2 Song Thrushes and 3 Redwings were located over the road this morning, as was once again the Cetti's Warbler, while observed across the main site were a further 2 Song Thrushes, 4+ Chiffchaffs, a single Goldcrest and seen as it flew over, was the first noted Siskin* (PRD/IM) of this Haven Year.  Surveying the scrape and grazing marsh from the hide, concluded that it was very quiet out there, although two "new to the site" colour-ringed Herring Gulls were noted.  Ducks today were the 2 Gadwall, 4 Shovelers with just 12 Wigeon and 14 Teal, the Geese were 2 Canada and 9 Greylags, whilst Wader species totalled 4 of each Blk T Godwits and Oystercatchers alongside 17+ Redshanks and 14 AvocetsMR/PRD/IM

5th - What an 'orrible, freezing cold day!  Grey and overcast with biting E through ENE strong winds of c26mph, alongside gusting in excess of 31mph!  Not a day that you want to be out and about but if you are/were, as per one observer this morning, the site visit was shortened somewhat - although he did still survey until 11.00hrs.  The area opposite the Approach Road still held a calling Cetti's Warbler, whilst the route back through the main site to the hide (and a bit of warmth and protection from the winds), provided 1 Chiffchaff (heard) and 2 Little Owls.  The scrape and the surrounding vicinity supplied counts of 4 of each Blk T Godwits and Oystercatchers once again, Avocets were up by 2 from yesterday's 14 to 16 today, Redshanks were at 20+ and there were also 2 Curlew and a single Turnstone this morning.  Ducks and Geese totalled 4 Shovelers, 12 Teal, 20+ Wigeon, 22 Shelduck, 2 Canada and 24 Greylags.  A general mix of the normal Gulls in the area, also included three colour-ringed birds. MR/IM.  

6th - Mostly a very bright day although chilly out of the sun or in the wind.  Going into the early evening, there were a few rain spots before the the heavier rain fell slightly later in the evening.  Temperatures dropped quite quickly upon sunset.  A morning visit by one observer provided another Haven Year tick - being that of a male Merlin*.  The Merlin was seen to be mobbing a Marsh Harrier.  Also during this visit, a single Swallow was noted. AlfM.  Other observations for generally around the site, gave the 2 Cetti's Warblers still in-situ, while a single Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaffs and 6+ Linnets were noted birds.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding area supplied 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 18+ Redshanks and 36 Avocets, along with 4 Shoveler, 16 Shelducks, 2 Canada and 26 Greylag Geese. MR/IM

7th - A very mixed day throughout!  Sun, rain, grey clouds followed by blue skies and white clouds, more rain, sun etc. Mostly strong NNE through NE winds of speeds up to c21mph and gusting of 25mph.  Surveying the site, morning through afternoon, noted a superb male Wheatear atop a tree close to the Little Owls' normal roost, the Wheatear then flitted down to feed around the newly growing bushes.  A female Blackcap and a further Wheatear were around the mounds.  A short sea-watch supplied 2 Gannets that flew N but nothing else of any note.  Little change to the species on the scrape today although numbers had slightly altered with the totals for this visit being of 3 Blk T Godwits, c20 Redshanks, 26 Avocets, 3 Shoveler, c 30 Wigeon, 2 Canada and 32 Greylag Geese. IM.    

8th - Don't we all know it's the Easter Bank Holiday........... normal "bank hol's weather".  On/off drizzle in-the-air for most of the day with more definite drizzle for the latter part of the afternoon, followed - as it went into early evening - by definite rain!  Obviously a mostly grey overcast sky, alongside some fluctuation in temperatures but it was nought too warm today.  At least three observers made visits to the site and the following species and counts are the overall details from the reports.  Along with a single Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs was the Cetti's Warbler over the road and once again this Cetti's was in song.  Searching the areas of the Dell, carpark and near to Tariq, the bushes and hedgerows gave another 2 Chiffchaffs and the second Cetti's Warbler was heard but not seen (near Tariq).  9 Common Gulls were noted on the scrape today, while Ducks here and on the surrounding grazing marsh were a drake Shoveler, 10 Teal, 12 Shelducks and c30 Wigeon with Geese being 27 Greylags and once more the 2 Canada. Five species of Wader made the notepads and these consisted of 1 Snipe, 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 15+ Redshanks and 24 Avocets. IM/PRD/MR

9th - And worse weather for the Bank Holiday Monday with rain continuing on from the overnight downpours.  Some occasional lapses in the wet stuff but pretty much constant throughout the day until at least 16.00hrs, when there was a little bit of brightness in the cloud-cover.  SW strong winds of c22mph and gusts of up to 27mph became stronger for mid to late afternoon, when speeds increased to 27+mph and gusting was recorded locally at 32mph.  A slight turn in wind direction saw this at SSW for a while before turning again, back to SW.  One observer wrapped up warmly and donned his waterproofs for a site survey this morning and along the way also located another Haven Year Tick.  The Approach Road held singles of Chiffchaff and Blackcap in song, whilst sightings from the shelter of the hide, included those of a Yellow Wagtail* and a Sparrowhawk.  Waders on the scrape for this duration were 2 L R P's, a single Ringed Plover and a Snipe, also 20+ Redshanks and 4 of each Blk T Godwits, Oystercatchers and Avocets (Avo' numbers changing alot over the last couple of weeks - high, low & nil).  A pair of Gadwall alongside a pair of Shovelers, 14 Teal, 26 Shelduck and c30 Wigeon were the Duck counts for this morning.  Colour-ringed Gulls being noted again today and there were also a couple located yesterday. MR.  Another observer decided to survey in the rain this afternoon and took the route from the Farm down to the seawall and with a couple of "Ouzels" up the road at St. Osyth, this was an obvious target bird for this survey but .....not a viewable one on the Haven site today!!  However, the notable species were some 8 Fieldfares that were located in the horse paddocks, a single Corn Bunting and a flock of around 100 Linnets on the arable.  Having reached the seawall, on the rocks below the Golf Course were 5 Purple Sandpipers - always good to see these birds and especially at the Haven. PRD

10th - After another rainy night, the morning turned into a very bright, sunny one to begin the day.  Winds were a bit on the strong side, fluctuating from 16mph through 34+mph alongside gusting - that prior to 08.00hrs - was reaching speeds of 39mph.  Wind direction varied from W to WSW.  Two observers on and around the site today, noted the 2 Cetti's Warblers, 5+ Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap (heard), whilst 3 Swallows and a Med Gull were fly-overs/through.  The 2 Canada Geese were again on the scrape, along with just a few Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers, 7 Wigeon, 18 Teal and 22 Shelduck.  The Wader totals on the scrape at this time were 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 16+ Redshanks and 29 Avocets. PRD/MR.  Additional species were more Waders, being seen 13.00-13.30hrs and these were a single Purple Sandpiper on the sluice and 15+ Grey Plovers - being two flocks of 10+ and 5+. PRD

11th - A glorious sunny morning, blue skies and white clouds with S through SSW winds.  The winds at times being fairly light at c9mph with some gusting of up to 19mph.  Temperatures were for this morning, around +10 degrees.  The first report in for today, was that of a Common Sandpiper* , Haven Year Bird number 120, located on the scrape approx. mid-day. HE.  Also notable for the vicinity of the scrape and hide, were some 9+ Wheatears that were to the right of the hide, while the Avocet total on the scrape was at 58.  Other species in this area, consisted of 4 Blk T Godwits and 20+ Redshanks, 2 Shovelers, 12 Shelducks, a few of each Wigeon and Teal, 4 Canada and 16 Greylag Geese.  The site in general held the 2 Cetti's Warblers (both in their recent respective locations), 4+ Chiffchaffs, 6 of both Reed Buntings and Skylarks, 8 of each Linnets and Meadow Pipits, a single Kestrel and fly-overs/fly-through were of 2 Goldfinches and a Swallow.  Along the Approach Road, there were 3 vocal Blackcaps. MR/PRD.

12th - Northerly light to moderate winds were in evidence this morning, along with some gusting of up to and in excess of 18mph.  The winds turned for the afternoon to Westerlies but remained of pretty much the same strengths.  Slightly overcast skies throughout with some blue skies beyond - the grey clouds did let some rain fall briefly!  (Looks at this moment - mid-afternoon - that there may be more wet stuff to fall shortly.........) The first reports in for the day, were of 2 male Ring Ouzels* together (see Gallery), located at the back of the Golf Course.  The Cetti's Warbler near to Tariq, was showing very well this morning and the second Cetti's was still in-situ over the road.  The bushes and hedgerows, including along the Approach Road, provided 1 Willow Warbler*, 4 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps and a single Kestrel.  A S E Owl was viewable over/on the marsh, as were 10+ Wheatears, whilst the scrape and it's surrounding areas, held 1 Snipe, 5 Blk T Godwits, 18+ Redshanks, 42 Avocets, 5 Shovelers, just 2 Wigeon and 14 Teal, also 26 Shelducks and a 2S Med GullPRD/MR.  Additional for today's reports, were 3 Swallows in/off over the sluice then they flew along the brook c10.30hrs. LJ.  Also a further 9+ Wheatears were located at the farm. PRD.

13th - Opposite the Approach Road this morning was a Sedge Warbler* in song, whilst a Willow Warbler was singing near to the Dipping Pond and a further 1+ Willow Warbler/s were in the hawthorns between the sluice and the hide.  3+ Chiffchaffs were noted as was a Blackcap - the latter bird was along the access road.  2 Med Gulls, being an adult and a 2S, were across the grazing marsh, a Sand Martin* (over the scrape) and 4+ Swallows were seen, as were 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 42 Avocet, 3 Wigeon, a single drake Shoveler and 2 Canada Geese. PRD.  Today also saw the sighting of a male Ring Ouzel although not until the evening.  This particular bird was within our Haven boundaries up at Gt. Holland Hall Farm, along the track in the paddocks and was located at c18.20hrs.  Also noted just after this, was a S E Owl quartering the fields towards the Golf Course. A female Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity, a Corn Bunting was across in the rape field, c65 Linnets were flitting about and 450+ Wood Pigeons were noted.  Moving back and forth to/from Hamford Waters were 2 Curlews, 3 Golden Plovers and 6 Shelduck. PBr.

14th - The first report in for today, was another new Haven Year Tick in the form of a Redstart*GG. The bird was originally (singing) on the mounds and along the hedgerows of the Sewage Works before it moved down through the site to the Dell.  The Redstart remained in the Dell until at least 16.00hrs.  The 2 Cetti's Warblers were in their regular haunts, while viewing from the hide during mid-afternoon, gave 5+ Wheatears of note.  Across the scrape were c30 Avocets, 3 Blk T Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers, an adult Med Gull, 2 Canada and 28 Greylag Geese.  The Duck counts were of 2 Wigeon, 10 Teal and 14 Shelduck. IM.  

15th - This morning provided, albeit heard only, a Cuckoo* on/around the site, the Cetti's Warbler was still over the road and the bushes in general gave 3 Blackcaps and 4 Chiffchaffs.  Surveying from the hide supplied 23 Avocets, 12 Redshanks, 3 Blk T Godwits and 20 Shelduck, with 4 Wheatears, 2 Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk being in the vicinity too. IM/MR.  An afternoon visit to the farm and a wander thereof gave 3 Wheatears and a "very impressive flock" of some 200+ Linnets that were on the ploughed field. IM.

16th - Along the beach/waters edges today were a single Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers and 4 Turnstones, whilst viewing across the scrape supplied 3 Blk T Godwits, 40 Avocets, 15+ Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers, also a drake Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 20 Shelducks, 2 Canada and 20+ Greylag Geese.  Also in the vicinity of the hide/scrape were 4+ Wheatears and a single Reed Warbler*.  Around the site in general were 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs and both the Cetti's Warblers (one over the road and one near to Tariq) were again noted. MR.

17th - A blustery day throughout so the bushes and hedgerows were not surveyed for obvious reasons.  In/off and over the sluice area came 3 House Martins* and brief visitors to the scrape were 5 Bar-Tailed Godwits* (see Gallery) - both these species being Haven Year Ticks.  2 Gadwall were on/around the scrape, alongside a single Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 10+ Teal and 12 Shelducks, with Waders being 1 Snipe, 5 Turnstones, 4 Blk T Godwits, 10 Avocets and 10+ Redshanks. IM/MR.  An afternoon visit and survey from the hide, provided 3 Med Gulls being 2x adults and a 1S bird. IM/PRD

18th -  A survey from the hide across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave nothing of exceptional note.  The counts today were of a single Grey Plover, 5 Avocets, 3 Blk T Godwits, 4 Oystercatchers and 12+ Redshanks, also 8 Teal, 10 Shelducks, (no Wigeon were noted), 4 Canada and 20 Greylag Geese.  A short seawatch yielded absolutely nothing from the Haven. MR.    (For a couple of our birders (KA/AD), the seawatching did much better with Manx counts of several hundred, Gannets and Fulmars also numerous, several large flocks of Curlew and both Guilles and Razorbills......... but don't panic guys... they were all off the coast at Porthgwarra,Cornwall !!! ) 

19th - For "Jim"   CHEERS! from us all at Holland Haven Birding.com

19th - On a very cold morning, just an hour or so was spent on the site, which took in the walk to the hide and the viewing from said hide.  The bushes and hedgerows gave 3 of each Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, whilst the scrape and surrounding area provided singles of Shoveler, Wigeon, Curlew, Dunlin, Little Egret and Wheatear, 2 of each Oystercatcher and Canada Geese, 3 Blk T Godwits, 12 Greylag Geese, 14 Teal, 14+ Redshanks and 16 Avocets. MR

20th - Morning and evening surveys - along with our youngest HHB.com member gave the following reports.  From the morning bike ride, 08.45-09.45hrs, it was seen to be very quiet along the seawall with just a single Turnstone and 2 Oystercatchers on the beach, while 5 Cormorants were off-shore and another 2 were seen to head N (many had already passed Frinton early in the morning).  Viewed from the seawall, the scrape at the time held 3 Blk T Godwits, 25 Avocets, 2 Oystercatchers, a male Shoveler and 16 Greylag Geese of note.  A Swallow flew over the sluice and a total of 16 Linnets flew South in 2's and 3's.  Observations around the Farm from 18.00-19.00hrs were hampered somewhat with "more focus on dodging the hail than birding" but still provided 220 Linnets (80 + 140), 340 Wood Pigeons and 4 Green Woodpeckers, the latter being in the paddocks.  The area around the Farm pond was hosting a fledged Long-Tailed Tit family, whilst 2 Swallows appeared to be "back on territory" around the buildings. PBr/KBr.

21st - Surveying the site by one observer gave highlights of a Whinchat* on the bridle path between the Farm and the Golf Course and also a further Haven Year Tick in the form of 2 Whitethroats*.  A total of 9 Wheatears were located, being 4 on the Golf Course and another 5 on the mounds. PRD.

22nd - Observations today, from mid-morning into the afternoon (10.45 - 14.00hrs) included distant views - from the first turret - of a Bonxie*.  This Great Skua was "loitering off-shore" and had been originally picked out by the Frinton Obs.  Around the site of note, were some 2 Blackcaps, singles of Sedge and Reed Warblers and 2 Wheatears, whilst 6+ Swallows were seen to fly over.  The scrape and surrounding area supplied counts of 4 Blk T Godwits, 13 Avocets, a drake Shoveler, 10+ Teal, 12 Shelducks and 6 Canada Geese. PRD.

23rd - Three more Year Ticks were seen/located today being those of a Garden Warbler* around the site and 3 Lesser Whitethroats*, while flying through along the marsh and then out to sea were 2 Whimbrel*.  The trees, bushes and hedgerows also held singles of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, 9+ Blackcaps and both the Cetti's Warblers were in their locations of one over the road and the other near to Tariq.  Surveying from the hide supplied Wader counts of 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 12+ Redshanks, 20 Avocets and also included the first of this year's Lapwing chicks (4+).  2 Canada and 16 Greylag Geese were also on the scrape as were 10 Shelduck. (Neither Teal nor Wigeon were recorded today).  Singles of both Wheatear and Reed Bunting were also in this vicinity. MR.

24th - The most notable birds of today's observations were of the Wheatears with a very good number of 27+ being located in just four areas.  These were 4 on the Greensward, 4 near the Hide, 6+ along the Seawall and 13+ that were altogether on the Golf Course - these were recorded on the route through the site.  Upon the return walk, at least half of the Wheatears had gone, giving the assumption that the rain had dropped the birds in and that many had then dispersed as soon as they could.  Also noted during the morning were singles of Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat (the latter heard only).  A pair of Gadwall were on the scrape during this survey, alongside 8 Shelduck, 10+ Teal, 1 L R P, 3 Blk T Godwits and 14 Avocets.  8+ Swallows also made the report. PRD.  A Bar T Godwit had appeared on the scrape by the afternoon, as had a Common Sandpiper, whilst other birds of note at this time were 12+ Swallows and a single House Martin. MR.

25th - In some horrendous weather this morning, two observers went down to the hide to survey the scrape and provided reports of 2 Whimbrel that flew over, also a single Bar T Godwit, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers, 12+ Redshanks, 20 Shelduck, 4 Canada and 16 Greylag Geese.  2 Wheatears were also in the vicinity. MR/IM.  During the afternoon, another observer decided on a visit to do some seawatching.  At 16.40hrs, heading NE, was a Manx Shearwater* which was in fact, the only bird seen to pass by the Haven coast in some 90 minutes of seawatching. PRD.

26th - A full morning of on/off heavy rain and very strong winds.  The wind direction was of SW and speeds were up to 38+mph, while the gusting was very regular and was up to 46mph.  The afternoon was much brighter with some bright sun and blue skies but the winds failed to decrease by much at all.  The morning survey gave the 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs for the trees and bushes, while the scrape and surrounding area held a single L R P (see Gallery), 2 Oystercatchers, 16 Avocets and 20+ Redshanks.  Also in this vicinity were 10 Shelduck, 2 Canada and 16 Greylag Geese, singles of Sparrowhawk and S E Owl and 3 Wheatears.  A brief (c09.30hrs) seawatching session gave a Manx Shearwater of note, while the rocks and beach played host to 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Turnstones. MR/IM.  Early afternoon saw 2 Swifts head over the scrape and shortly afterwards, 2 Sandwich Terns* flew into this area and proceeded to land on the main island. IM.  Further additions from another survey, gave an adult Yellow-Legged Gull that stayed only briefly on the scrape, 1 Swift* that flew over the arable, 3 Wheatears (+/- earlier birds) were noted and in the Golf Course area, a Yellow Wagtail was heard only.  Viewing out across the sea, 2 Commic Terns (poss. Arctic) were very distant and heading South. PRD.

27th - Strong winds again today, although not as fast as yesterday's!  The W through WSW morning winds had speeds of up to 30+mph and gusting varied up to 36mph.  At least two observers were on and around the site during today and supplied a combined report.  Noted "Birds of Prey" were a Common Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk, whilst the return of Swifts and House Martins continued with 4 (over the grazing marsh) and 1 respectively, a male Yellow Wagtail was seen briefly on the back of the scrape and 4 Wheatears were located to the right of the hide.  Wader species for the day included 24 Avocet and a single Blk T Godwit, also a Whimbrel that headed N and 3 Grey Plovers that flew S.  Southbound as well, were 25+ Common Scoters being a flock of 15+ and another of 10+.  Counts were given of 4 Canada Geese (is it the same two that keep disappearing??), also 6+ Teal, 22 Shelducks and a single Wigeon (drake).  Six species of Warbler were located/viewed throughout the day being 2 Cetti's (residing in their known territories), 1 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 5+ Blackcaps and finally, a single Chiffchaff. PRD/IM.  A few additions from a quick but pleasant visit this evening were of 2 S E Owls, 8 Pied Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail that was fly-catching over the new pond and 6+ Wheatears that may or may not have included earlier counted birds. MR

28th - After a night of fairly constant rain, the morning continued pretty much in the same vain.  Grey skies, mostly "on" than "off" rain and by mid-afternoon, still little change alongside NE winds of 25mph through 29mph and variable gusting of 26mph through 38mph.  By early evening, the winds were still strong but the subsequent gusting had increased and was reaching speeds of 43mph.  Viewing from the hide in the dismal conditions this afternoon, supplied of note, counts of 1 Blk T Godwit, 42 Avocets, 2 Sandwich Terns, a pair of Shoveler, 18 Shelducks and 4 Cormorants.  3 Swifts were seen to fly over and Swallow numbers of 20+ were feeding over the scrape. MR

29th - And the rain continues.............  Grey, cool and miserable out there again - with ENE winds of up to 39+mph and locally recorded gusting of up to 49mph and all before mid-day!  A turn-about for the afternoon and when the rain had stopped....... blue skies with some grey and white cloud, along with a slight change in wind direction to ESE and some much calmer winds that were mostly varying 10mph through 16mph.  At c17.05hrs, an initial quick report gave that a male Ring Ouzel was showing near to Tariq/memorials (and even obliged for a couple of photos).  Wandering and observing after the rain had stopped proved the better option for this afternoon, which as previously noted, included the early evening locating of the Ring Ouzel.  The first viewing point this afternoon was from the hide, giving, across the scrape and surrounding area, singles of Common Sandpiper, Bar-T Godwit, Blk T Godwit and Whimbrel, 23 Avocets and 3 Wheatears.  2 S E Owls were also viewable - these were both to the rear of the Golf Course.  Along the route back to Tariq, the trees, bushes and hedgerows supplied 3 of each Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroats and singles of Willow Warbler, Little Owl and Cetti's Warbler - the latter still holding territory by the brook and memorials.  Rounding up the report for today were fly-overs of 2 Swifts and seen as they flew NE along the marsh, were 2 Barn OwlsMR.   

30th - After a brighter start this morning, the sky was once again overcast by 09.30hrs.  SE winds varying from 11mph through 21+mph, together with variable gusting of up to 24+mph.  Rain was intermittent for a while before the sun decided to give a few hours of some very bright and warm weather......... it didn't last..... the rain returned with a vengeance come the evening and continued well into the night.  Reports in for c08.00hrs today, gave that the Ring Ouzel (male) was still in the grassed area just beyond the carpark.  A Cuckoo was also on the notes. MR.  A Red Kite* was seen as it flew over the carpark at 12.50hrs, heading low inland.  Ring Ouzel status at this time was of 1+. PRD.  Other species that were noted for generally around the site this morning totalled 5 Lesser and 8 Common Whitethroats, 3 of each Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, the 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Little Owls and singles of Willow and Reed Warblers, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding areas supplied singles of Yellow Wagtail, Sedge and Reed Warblers, 4 Wheatears, also 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Whimbrel, 38 Avocets, 4 Canada and 16 Greylag Geese (these Geese seem to be quite settled as residents at the moment), whilst Ducks at this time were a single Wigeon, 4 Teal and 32 Shelducks.  Continuing the route to Frinton and back, provided 10+ Reed Buntings, a flyover of 6 Goldfinches and some good numbers of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. MR/IM/PRD.  A lunch-time run along the seawall - coming in from and returning too - the Frinton end of site, added some off-shore movement of 3 Oystercatchers heading S, whilst 2 Bar-T Godwits and a Sandwich Tern were flying N.  Feeding around/along the seawall were some 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins and 12+ Linnets. PBr.  An afternoon survey around the Farm area gave 7 Fieldfares and 6 Wheatears, all these being present in the paddocks. IM.  Back on the main Haven site slightly later in the afternoon, a female Redstart was located in the hawthorns next to the Clacton Sailing Club boat/yacht compound and a female Marsh Harrier was seen to fly over the marsh. IM/MR/PRD

As at 30th April, the Haven 2012 Year List stands at 139     

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