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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 2018 

1st - Noted species today were 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Water Rail, 4 Blk-T Godwits, 5+ Gadwall and 20+ ShovelerML

2nd - After constant rain throughout the night, the wet weather continued for a while this morning.  A site visit and survey - after the rain - found that the species were much as those of late but did, albeit the bird was at speed and brief viewing was had, add another to the Haven 2018 Year List.  Checking the 'disturbance over the arable' yielded aMerlin* that was heading N.  The Scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, as viewed from the Main Hide, gave noted counts of 2 Stonechats, 4 Blk-T Godwits and 4 Redshanks, 8 Gadwall, 20+ Teal, 30+ Shoveler and 50+ Wigeon.  The Carpark bushes provided singles of Goldcrest and FirecrestPL.  An additional report gave an increase of Redshanks   to 7, also 2 Cetti's Warblers (heard only - 1 being in the Dell), 2 Chiffchaff (wooded area by five-bar gate) with 2 Goldcrests and 2 Firecrests - the latter two species being +/- the earlier birds.  Around the site generally were some 10+ Reed BuntingsML.

3rd - An afternoon visit and survey (after the rain), yielded the notable species of 1 Firecrest and 1 Goldcrest which while not together, were in the trees in the small clearing by the metal gate, 1pr Linnets (male singing well) along the seawall beside the Golf Course, 3 Cetti's Warblers singing in the locations of the patch of reeds beside the main road (near Approach Road entrance), another 'quite a way in' beside the Approach Road and the third by the Main Hide and a count of 3 Stonechats were a male at the Mounds and a pair on the bushes between the Main and Second Hides.  Of note on the Scrape were 2 Blk-T Godwits and 8 Redshanks, while a flyover Peregrine (14.50hrs) went over the scrape and headed inland over the fields.  A Purple Sandpiper made it onto the report at 16.20hrs, being viewed on the breakwater 'beyond' the Second Hide.  With 'not much out to sea' a Common Seal with its head above the water was a Wildlife addition. GB.

4th - No reports returned.

5th - On a Wildlife note, both Adder and Grass Snake were observed today. MR.

6th - A report received 09-04, gave noted species for today of 1 Snipe and 14 Blk-T Godwits, a 'heard only' Sedge Warbler* singing by the Main Hide, 3 Siskins (N), a Redstart sp. (hedge at rear of Golf Course), 3 Swallows, 2 Mistle Thrushes (Farm) and on a hedge - bridle-path/Golf Course shed area - were 2 Little OwlsML.

7th - A mid to late afternoon visit today, provided a Cetti's Warbler by the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) and singles of Chiffchaff and Blackcap around the Car Park bushes.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave counts of 1 Blk-T Godwit, 2 Avocets, 6 Redshanks and 15 Curlew, along with 4 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 45 Shoveler   and 50+ Teal of note.  Also seen in this vicinity were 4 Swallows, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Peregrines - the latter being both a male and a female that were "resting up on the ploughed arable".  The return walk from the Main Hide supplied the addition of 4 TurnstonesPL.  An evening survey added a Haven 2018 Year Tick in the form of a Spoonbill* that was seen to drop into the rear of the scrape (18.10hrs) before taking off to fly N up the coast by 18.25hrs.  Also viewed this evening was a S E OwlMM.  An additional report received 09/04 for a visit during today, gave that a   Lesser Redpoll* flew S, a Chiffchaff (+/- the already reported bird), 3+ Cetti's Warblers (again +/- the bird already mentioned), 6 Blackcaps (+/- 1 for day's total), 20+ Siskins (N), also 10+ Swallows, 1 White and 4+ Grey Wagtails (the former being right of the Main Hide, the latter of which, 3 number were flyovers).  The Sewage Farm and the hedgerows to the right of the Main Hide/towards the Moth Sanctuary, were the two locations supplied for 2 (imm)   Black Redstarts, the latter vicinity also gave a Mistle Thrush.  The last additions today being 5+ AvocetsML.

8th - Noted species were singles of S E Owl and Blackcap, 1+ Cetti's Warbler and 2 Firecrests, a single Avocet and 50+ ShovelerML

9th - Today saw another species addition for the Haven 2018 Year List and as one has not been seen on/over the Haven site since 2015, today's male Bullfinch* was very much appreciated.  The bird was seen at 11.30hrs near the Five-bar gate (service road) briefly before it flew off over the Memorials. JH.  

10th - A late morning into early afternoon survey (11.15-13.15hrs) provided the observer with a Ring Ouzel* (the bird was said to be a 'cracking male').  The report included counts of 1 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrests, 1 Willow Warbler*, 2+Blackcaps, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Buntings, 2+ Skylarks and 6+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Wheatear and also 2 Stock Doves.  Waders and Ducks consisted of 1 Avocet, 1 Bar-T Godwit, 2 Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 10+ Teal, 20+ Shoveler and 20+ Shelducks.  A Kestrel was also noted and some 400+ Blk-headed Gulls   were on the scrape during this time. LH.  A walk up to the Golf Course this afternoon provided views of 2 Wheatears, while the Car Park bushes still held a Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps of particular note. SC/PC/+1

11th - The first of this Haven Year's Common Whitethroats* was located this morning - the bird being the other side of the brook below the Memorials.  A Sedge Warbler, several Willow Warblers and 12 Blackcaps were also noted, as were the odd Siskin over. PRD.

12th - With foggy conditions across the area, morning surveys yielded of particular note, 2 Firecrests along the Approach Road, 1 Blackcap, 3+ Willow Warblers, 4+ Chiffchaff and 25+ Siskin (N), 1 Stonechat2+ Tree Pipits* (N),   Redwing (in/off), a brief Ring Ouzel (over carpark), a Water Rail in the carpark ditch and 5 SwallowsPRD/ML.  During the afternoon, further observations gave a male Yellow Wagtail* that was on the Golf Course, the locating again (from outside the gates) of a Coal Tit at Gt. Holland Church and also 2 Mistle ThrushesPRD.  An evening visit flushed a Common Redpoll (Mealy)* while walking towards the Haven area from Frinton - the bird remaining 'Frinton side' of the boundary, with the observer reporting that he, himself moved into the Haven area, to view the bird at distance from within the boundaries.  At this time a Black Redstart that had flushed with the Mealy was also viewed.   ML. Additional reports for today, proved to add 1 Common Whitethroat and 5 Goldcrests, an increase in the count of   Stonechats up to 2 (+/- the earlier bird) and also 2 AvocetsDA.                

13th - Today saw a 'shortish' Ringing Session take place where four birds of three species were ringed.  These were singles of Firecrest and Blue Tit along with 2 ChiffchaffsSC/PC/MM.  A WeBS count also took place today and provided counts and species consisting of 1 Curlew, 1 Blk-T Godwit, 6 Avocets and 8 Redshanks, 3 Mallards, 3 Tufted Ducks (2x drakes), 12 Gadwall, 14 Shelducks, 16 Wigeon, 35 Teal and 63 Shoveler, alongside 8 Common, 55 Herring   and 294 Black-headed GullsMR.

14th - The first report in today was that of a male Redstart* that became number 127 on the Haven 2018 Year List  and was located by the Memorials at c09.20hrs and was still viewable at 13.33hrs (IM) this afternoon.  The trees and bushes in this vicinity also held 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff and 8 Blackcaps, while 2 Swallows and 3 Siskins   were flyovers/through.  Progressing the route (gravel road) towards the Mounds, a Coal Tit flew out from the bushes.  Viewing across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline from the Main Hide, yielded counts of 1   Little Grebe, 1 Blk-T Godwit and 1 Bar-T Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Avocets and 6 Redshanks, alongside 2 Med Gulls   and c10 Gadwall.  Also noted were 2 Wheatears and the Birds of Prey consisted PeregrineSparrowhawk and   Common Buzzard.  Observed below the seawall by the Sluice were 6 Turnstones and offshore views supplied a Red-throated Diver heading N. IM/PL/MR/ML/MM.  This afternoon saw the addition of a Redwing to the day's species. GU.  Bearing a 'Suffolk' ring, Herring Gull 'ZLB' was also on the scrape today. MR.

15th - A foggy one over on the site today and per that of an observer leaving the site as at 13.30hrs, it 'still hadn't lifted'.  Early surveying of the Dell provided 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and a count of 3 Fieldfares in this vicinity, while the carpark bushes held 1 Firecrest, a further 2 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps of note.  Moving up the site, a second Cetti's Warbler and the first of today's 2 Water Rails were both located in the brook below the Memorials, onward to the Sewage Farm and the addition of a Mistle Thrush.  Singles of both Purple Sandpiper and   Turnstone were at the Sluice.  The main Scrape yielded a Haven 2018 Year Tick in the form of a drake Tufted Duck* which was alongside 6 Gadwall, 20 Teal and 40+ Shoveler as well as 5 Avocets.  This area also gave the second of the day's Water Rails, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff (day total=4) and some 10 SwallowsPL/MR/IM/ML/PRD.

16th - Today's surveys added a couple more birds for the Haven 2018 Year List - the additions being House Martin*(over the scrape/right of Main Hide) and a Lesser Whitethroat* (near to the ringing compound).  Of particular note, other species consisted a Coal Tit that was still by Gt. Holland Church and a Mistle Thrush by/on the Farm, a Black Redstart and 2 Wheatears on the Golf Course (the former being by the work-shed), also 5 Swallows, a single Brent Goose and 4 Avocets.  A Spoonbill was seen to be roosting at the rear of the scrape this evening (colour-ringed/3 rings both legs but due to its roosting position only the left leg colours could be obtained-yellow/green/blue). ML/PRD.  Reports further included 2 Lesser Redpolls, while the Wildlife front included views of Adder and Grass SnakeMR.

17th - A morning visit yielded the second Bullfinch sighting of the year, a female by the five-bar gate that was viewable on/off 10.00-10.40hrs.  Singles of Firecrest (wood/top of carpark) and Black Redstart (imm. at Mounds then flew to Greensward), 4+ Chiffchaff and 5 Blackcaps were notable, as were a Sand Martin* (S over/near Platform towards Approach Road) and a Swallow.  The survey also included 4 Whimbrel (S), 8 Avocets and 2 Med GullsML

18th - Surveying today reported that the bushes were "quite quiet" with a slight increase of Lesser Whitethroats to c5, these being alongside 'small' numbers of BlackcapChiffchaffGreenfinchGoldfinchLinnet and Reed Bunting.  Observations from the Main Hide yielded 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings, 8 Redshanks and 11 Avocet (including the Haven's Colour-ringed bird GB/GY - ringed as pullus July 2013), also 2 Mute Swans (island nest), 4 Greylag and 10   Canada Geese.  The Ducks consisted of a single Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, c20 Teal and 39 Shelducks, while amongst the Black-headed and Herring Gulls were some 3 Med Gulls (2Ad+1W).  The Wildlife front provided a few more Butterflies around the site - being notably a Speckled Wood, 6+ Comma and 10+ PeacockMR.

19th - A Haven 2018 Year Tick today, was that of a Common Sandpiper* this morning seen on the Sluice Rocks.  Much else bird-wise was similar to that of yesterday.  The Wildlife front supplied PeacockCommaSmall Tortoiseshell,   Large White and Brimstone Butterflies (the Brimstone being the first on site this year for the observer). MR.

20th - The report today, again yielded a new bird for the Haven 2018 Year List.  This one, a Nightingale* was a most welcome species - the last time a Nightingale was either heard or seen/reported for the records, was back in 2013, a too long a gap of five years.  This morning's bird (c09.50hrs) was heard singing along the Approach Road before it was briefly viewable between the 'second ramp' and the Clacton Sailing Club Compound (lower carpark). MR.

21st - A glorious day weather-wise that saw at least three observers surveying the site where "plenty of migrants were on show this morning".  Counts and species included those of 2 Reed Warblers*, 2 Sedge Warblers, 4 Common   and 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs and 12+ Blackcaps.  The scrape held 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 20+ Shoveler, 25 Teal and 42 Shelducks, 1 Whimbrel (over) and 14 Avocets of note.  Also viewed from the Main Hide were 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martins and several Swallows, 2 Sparrowhawks and 2 Common Buzzards.  Viewed as it flew N past the Sluice was a Fulmar*PL/ML/MR

22nd - A Cuckoo* (MR) by the lay-by (chippings) was the only bird reported for today and becomes number 136 on the   Haven 2018 Year List.  A further report (rec 25-04-18) gave details of a Greenshank* flying over/out to sea. ML.  On the Wildlife front, a Green-Veined White Butterfly was a worthy notable for the day. MR

23rd - At least five observers were on and around the site today and the first viewing by one of them, from the Main Hide, provided a Spotted Redshank* that was along the rear edge of the scrape, while in amongst the Gulls, was the   colour-ringed NTGG Herring Gull, code M2MT. MR.  The other noted counts and species across this vicinity during this morning, included a single Snipe (PRD), 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings, c10 Redshanks and 20 Avocets (the latter including the Haven's GB/GY), also 1 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 25 Teal and 52 Shelducks, 2 Mute Swans and 6 Canada Geese.  A single Reed Warbler and 7 Wheatear were seen from this viewpoint, as were 2 Sand and 10+   House Martins and 10+ SwallowsPRD/TS/DW/JH/MR.  A wander from the Main Hide to the Second Hide and back along to the Greensward, yielded 1 Sedge Warbler (Moth Sanctuary), a few of each Meadow PipitsSkylarks and Reed Buntings, a single Wheatear (pylon/Clacton Sailing Club) and also 3 Yellow Wagtails (seen earlier in the latter vicinity/PRD).  The Wildlife front gave that of a Slow Worm for an addition to the day's report. MR

24th - With the return of cold winds (and a brief spell of rain locally) it was a definite change in the weather to the last few days, however, the wander around the site noted that "a lot more Common Whitethroats had arrived" and generally the species of Lesser WhitethroatChiffchaffLinnetReed BuntingReedSedge and Cetti's Warblers,   along with a "good number" of Greenfinches were all seen and included within the report.  Viewing from the Main Hide also provided an interesting show-down when 4 out of 6 Canada Geese had 'a bit of a bust-up with the cob Swan..... and it got quite heated for a while!".  The Canada's were trying to nest on the Island and understandably, the pair of   Mute Swans - already nesting on there - took considerable umbrage.  Waders and Ducks on and around the scrape, consisted 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Lapwings, 3 Dunlin (in/out), 4 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks and 20 Avocets, 1   Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 25 Teal and 62 Shelducks.  Flyovers/fly-through counts during this time, were of 4 Swifts*, 20+ Swallows and 50+ House MartinsMR.  Additions were 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 4+ Blackcaps, 40+ Swallows and 75+ House Martins - the latter two species +/- the previous report. ML

25th - No reports returned.

26th - During a one-hour observation of the Scrape and the surrounding area from the Main Hide (11.00-12.00hrs), the noted counts were of 1 Dunlin, 16 Avocets, 3 Tufted Ducks, 10 Gadwall and 46 Shelducks, along with a Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sand and c30 House Martins, a Sparrowhawk and a Marsh HarrierIM.

27th - No reports returned.

28th - At least four observers were on and around the site today with both morning and evening visits taking place and a seawatch session was included from 07.30-09.00hrs.  The seawatch yielded of note, 1 Fulmar, 2 Common Terns*, 5 Oystercatchers and 5 Whimbrel.  Also in/off were 2 (1pr) of today's 4 Tufted Ducks (1pr also on scrape).  A Hobby* was seen as it flew N over the Platform (near the Memorials) this morning at c10.00hrs, while a Mandarin Duck* (drake) flew over the Approach Road (latterly heading over main road).  The trees and hedgerows generally around the site, held 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow and 3 Cetti's Warblers, 10+ Blackcaps and 15+ Common Whitethroats, while the scrape and surrounding marsh added 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Wheatear and 4 Yellow Wagtails.  Waders and Ducks on/in the scrape and vicinity, consisted 2 Dunlin, 2 Bar-T Godwits, 2 Blk-T Godwits and 14 Avocets (several pairs looking hopeful for this year), 1 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 12 Teal and 60+ Shelducks.  Viewing from the Main Hide also provided counts of 1 Swift (briefly), 2 Sand Martins, 70+ House Martins and 150/200 Swallows, also a Cuckoo that was calling from the rear of the marsh.  The evening survey found that there were 'still lots of'   Swallows and House Martins as well as the additions of a further 2 Swifts, 1 Wheatear, a total of 13 Yellow Wagtails in front of the Scrape (+/- the earlier birds), a count of 40 Whimbrel on the Golf Course and rounding up today's thirty notable species, Great Crested Grebe that was viewed while it rested just offshore. IM/MR/ML/PL.

29th - A cold day for three observers who were on the site for surveying this morning.  A seawatch session took place from 08.30-10.30hrs and supplied of note, 2 Sandwich Terns, 3 Fulmar and 5 Gannets (ads), 2 Whimbrel, 29 Bar-T Godwits and 2 Gadwall.  Viewing across the Scrape and surrounding grazing marsh yielded 2 Common Terns, 1 Curlew, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shoveler and a further 8 Gadwall for the day's counts.  This vicinity also gave 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers, a single House Martin and some 40 Swallows.  The bushes and hedgerows generally around the site, provided 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow and 2 Cetti's Warblers, 4   Blackcaps and 6 Common WhitethroatsPL/IM/MR.

30th - No reports returned. 

As at 30th April 2018 the Haven 2018 Year List stands at 142. 


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