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Key: Plain Text- Resident/Regular VisitorGreen -Likely to be AnnualAmber -Less than AnnualRed -Rarity. CAPITALS -New bird for site.

(The above "Colour Coding" changed for several species in 2013 due to some being now a more regular species at the Haven - which has got to be good, whilst others are unfortunately not seen/recorded here as much as they used to be. This coding is purely defined by ourselves for the Haven site). 

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Site Year Tick*

APRIL 2017

1st - A few observers on and around the site today and two more species were additions to the Year List and with some Wildlife additions to the reports too, nature is confirming that 'Spring' is definitely here.  Viewing across the scrape found that with a few exceptions, the majority was much as per March had ended.  Over and above the counts from yesterday there was a single Snipe and 3 Med Gulls (the latter being 2x Ad + 1x 1S), while the Avocets had decreased in numbers to just 5 but these included the Haven bird GB/YR.  Notable this morning were 3+ male  Blackcaps, all being in song.  On the Wildlife front, there were more Butterflies about, 2 Slow-Worms were seen and during just this one observer's survey, there were 10+ Adders along his route. MR.  A Sedge Warbler* was located between the main hide and the moth sanctuary. PL.  An additional report was of a flyover Siskin*IM/PL.  

2nd - A Ringing Session took place today and this consisted of seven species including ChiffchaffWren and Reed Bunting.  Species also reported during this time, were singles of KestrelSparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzards and 2 Med Gulls.  Wildlife additions were of 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Peacock ButterfliesPNt/LW.  Seen during other surveys today, a Yellow Wagtail* dropped in for a few minutes, the Avocet count was up to 35 and included Haven birds GB/GN + GB/GY, a total of 6 Common Buzzards were viewed high over the arable and a Marsh Harrier was possibly the earlier noted bird.  The return walk gave a Sand Martin* which was seen to fly in/off. PL/MR.

3rd - Of particular note this morning, a pair of Garganey* were located as at 10.36hrs. PRD.  The trees along the Approach Road yielded a Redwing (09.25hrs), while a Brent Goose flew S offshore (c11.30hrs) and a Common Buzzardflew over slightly later (11.45hrs). GB.  The morning also saw a Ringing Session going on...... albeit a 'slow one', it did however include a Kestrel originally ringed in 2011 by PNt and four other species. SC.  The Garganey were still on-site late afternoon (15.30-16.30hrs) along with 5 Shoveler (3 drakes) and 14 Shelducks, 2 Avocets and a Grey Heron, while other additions for the day were 2 Reed Buntings and 8+ SkylarksLH.

4th/5th/6th - No reports returned.

7th - Early afternoon reports gave a Redstart* (IM) located at c12.30hrs in a hedge at the bottom of the ploughed field beyond the first Farm paddocks.  As at 13.15hrs, the bird was still showing well on/off half way along the footpath between Gt. Holland Hall and the west end of the Golf Course. IM/PRD.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Several observers were on and around the site today and one particular survey was for the WeBS count.  Ducks and Geese consisted 5 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 8 Mallards, 22 Shoveler, 31 Shelducks and 38 Teal with 12 Canada Geese. Waders were 2 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers, 8+ Redshanks, 12+ Lapwings and 24 Avocets, while the Gulls numbered 1 LBB, 2 Common, 4 Med Gulls - being 2x pr visiting the scrape, 40 Herring and 170 Black-headed.  Also reported were 2 Little Grebes and 2 Mute Swans, as well as singles of Wheatear (fem), Peregrine and KestrelSC.  A count of 2 Swallows were also advised. (via SC).  A single male Yellow Wagtail was seen briefly from the main hide. PRD

10th - Three Haven 2017 Year ticks were within reports for today - with the arrival of 5+ Willow Warblers* this morning (including 1 bird in amongst the rocks by the Golf Course and at least 3 singing in the carpark), a Whimbrel*  was heard as it flew through the site and at 13.50hrs, a Lesser Whitethroat* was located opposite the Approach Road.  Additional notes were of 3 WheatearsPRD.

11th - Not too much in the way of notable species around the bushes this morning but there were a few Willow Warblers amongst the Blackcaps and ChiffchaffsIM/TS/DW/MR.  The scrape area supplied counts of 2 Little Grebes, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers, 10 Redshanks, c15 Lapwings and 17 Avocets (inc. Haven birds GB/GY, GB/GN & GB/YR), 3 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, c18 Shoveler, c20 Teal and 23 Shelducks, along with 13 Canada Geese.  Also in the area were singles of Kestrel and Peregrine, while a Sand Martin was seen to fly over.  At c11.38hrs, a Spoonbill* was seen - located in the middle of the pool to the right of the main hide. PRD/IM/TS/DW/ML/MR/LR/PR.  The Wildlife front gave views of a Common Lizard along the route to the hide before the observers were then able to watch a 'scrap between 2 male Adders' after which the 'winner returned to the female for mating'. DW/TS/MR.

12th - Around the site's perimeter this morning were 2 Lesser Whitethroats near to the 'road bridge', 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Swallows and 3 Wheatears were on/around the Farm Paddocks and the rear of the Golf Course held a  Willow Warbler and 2 Whimbrel of particular note. PRD.

13th - No reports returned.

14th - A morning survey saw a Grasshopper Warbler* located (11.34hrs) along towards the Frinton end of site - the bird was singing and showing from the brambles situated below the 'seawall' turret.  Some 3 Reed Warblers* were also on the site. PRD.  During a Ringing Session - which involved six species that included both Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting - there were sightings of 1 Snipe, 2 Mistle Thrush (the latter on the site boundary) and 2 Med Gulls of note. Other Wildlife records were of a Weasel and also 4+ Peacock ButterfliesPNt/LW

15th - A morning survey added House Martin* to the Year List when 2 were seen with the Swallows along the seawall area.  Of particular note (08.56hrs), there were 2 Dunlin on the scrape, while 3 Wheatears, 4 Med Gulls and 2  Whimbrel were located across the Golf Course.  There was no sign of yesterday's Gropper at this time. MR.  A Sedge Warbler was located (and ringed) early this morning. SC.

16th No reports returned.

17th - The Grasshopper Warbler was heard this morning (ML) and later in the day, this bird was ringed. ML/PRD/MR/SC. Of note, a Common Sandpiper* was located on the scrape. DW.  A Greenshank* was another additional species to the  Haven 2017 Year List today. Vtr.

18th - Morning through lunch-time surveying found the Grasshopper Warbler to be still in-situ and reeling.  An adult Peregrine was seen to be terrorising the scrape, while this and the surrounding area held 3 Wigeon (still hanging in there), 25 Avocets and 12 Whimbrel.  Of further note around and over the site, were 1 Wheatear (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge, 3 Willow and several Reed Warblers, several ChiffchaffsBlackcaps and SwallowsPRD.

19th - A wander to the second turret first thing. found the Grasshopper Warbler in audible mode and showing well on/off with - in close vicinity - 2 Reed and 3 Sedge Warblers.  Good numbers of Linnets were noted generally and a Common Whitethroat* was located on the way to the hide (brambles between Moth Sanctuary and main hide).  Also on/around/over the site this morning were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcaps and 12 Swallows, while the Wildlife front gave 2 Grass SnakesMR.  Surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh (from the main hide) provided 2 Little Grebes, 2 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks and 15 Avocets, 2 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 12  Shoveler, 24 Teal and 37 Shelducks, alongside 3 Common Gulls, 1 Canada and 8 Greylag Geese.  Singles of Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier were also notedPRD/MR.

20th - An evening visit to the site provided a Black Redstart* for the Year List - the bird was seen to be within the TDC compound (behind the boating club at c17.56hrs). MR

21st - No reports returned.

22nd - The first Cuckoo* of the 'Haven Year' was in the fields beyond the Memorials this morning (08.31hrs). IM. The same or a second Cuckoo was later seen by members of the Ringing Team, who also had noted sightings of 1 Whimbrel, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Common Buzzards and heard only, 1 Common Whitethroat.  The Ringing Session itself comprised ten species (12 birds) including those of Cetti's and Sedge WarblersLesser Whitethroat and L-T TitPNt/LW/GG.

23rd - Of particular note this morning (09.51hrs) a pair of Tufted Ducks* were seen to be on the pond area to the right of the main scrape. IM

24th - Initially this morning's survey for one observer began up at the Farm where a Cuckoo flew over, 1 Corn Bunting was noted and 5 Wheatears were in the paddocks (no sign of a hoped for R/Ouzel). MR.  Back on the main site and prior to a 'coffee break' the Dell area held Common and Lesser WhitethroatsChiffchaffBlackcap and Willow Warbler.... after coffee, a Garden Warbler* (IM) was located in the bushes by the Sailing Club compound (lower carpark) at 10.30hrs, while the hedge (Manor Way) near to the pylon held a male Redstart (MR) as at 10.33hrs. IM/MR.  At this time a survey was also going on further into and across the site where the second of today's Year Ticks was added when a Swift* was seen over the scrape as well as both House and Sand Martins, 2 Blk T Godwits were counted and a Cuckoo was heard.  A count of 22 Whimbrel were on the Golf Course, the Grasshopper Warbler was reeling, a single Yellow Wagtail flew over and up to 7 Wheatears were along the seawall route.  Across the site there were noted counts of 3 Willow Warblers and 5+ Lesser WhitethroatsPRD.  Additional counts, also for this morning, included 2 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 3 male Reed Buntings, 1 Swift (+/- previous report), 6 Swallows, 1 Kestrel  and 2 Med Gulls (ads), 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 6 Teal and c30 Shelducks plus 3 AvocetsLH.

25th - Of particular note this morning (09.10hrs), a Spotted Redshank* was located on the scrape. PRD.

26th - An early morning visit located 47 Whimbrel on the Golf Course, while a Grasshopper Warbler was heard to be reeling from the northern area of the site (towards Frinton) but there was no 'sight or sound subsequently'. PBr. A Spoonbill dropped onto the scrape at 10.29hrs. MR.  

27th - A Pied Flycatcher* (female type) was located in the Dell briefly (c10.45hrs) but could not be relocated as at 12noon.  A Lesser Whitethroat was ringedSC.  The Pied Fly' re-appeared in the Dell at 14.40hrs. PRD.  The Golf Course held 27 Whimbrel this evening, as well as an adult Med Gull and a Yellow Wagtail. PBr.

28th - Of particular note today, a Garden Warbler was singing and seen near to the viewing platform (Memorials), while a Common Sandpiper was viewed by the brook/scrape area. PRD.

29th - During a Ringing Session early this morning, there were sightings of a Cuckoo, 2 Corn Buntings (LW) and 4 House Martins, while a Greenshank was a heard only.  On the Wildlife front, 1 Green Veined White, 2 Orange Tips and 3 Peacock Butterflies were notable.  The ringing session itself involved fifteen species (22 birds) including Common and Lesser WhitethroatsLinnetChiffchaff and Sedge WarblerPNt/LW.

30th - This month of April ended with another four species being added today to the Haven 2017 Year List.  Early this morning, the Golf Course yielded 38 Whimbrel and on the beach opposite, there were 5 Bar T Godwits*. PBr.  At c11.20hrs a single Bar-T Godwit was alongside 4 Greenshanks on the main scrape, while some forty-five minutes or so later at 12.07hrs, there were the additions in this area of a summer plumaged Knot* and 4 Grey Plovers*.  The afternoon addition was of 2 Common Terns* that were seen to fly over the Sluice.  IM.  


As at 30th April 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 133. 

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