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Sightings 2008

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Aug 08

1st - Early morning and the original  Pectoral Sandpiper is still present but no sign of the probable juvenile, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 LRP juv, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpipers, 3 Snipe, 2 Avocets and 2 Ringed Plover. A short seawatch produced  5 Gannets, 9 Sandwich Terns and 7 Commic Terns.  GG.                                                  Additional birds for the afternoon were 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Sandwich Terns and 6 Common Terns all on the scrape. AEC/JK.


2nd - A session of seawatching this morning produced 3 Arctic Terns, 7 Sandwich Terns, 17 Common Terns, 1 Common Scoter, 3 Turnstones and 1 Gannet flew S. GG.  No sign today of the Pectoral Sandpiper, but on the scrape were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 6 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe, 2 Avocets, 1 Ringed Plover, 20 Sandwich Terns and 1 Common Tern. GG/JK/KA/PRD/PB/VB/MR.  A seawatch over high tide saw a dark phase Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Terns, 14 Common Terns, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 5 Turnstones, and 3 Oystercatchers all fly S. KA/PRD/GG


3rd - Despite a request to stop the wind pump on Tuesday,the water levels continue to rise and we have lost most of the muddy fringes, with the forecast rainfall it will end up with a duck pond!                                                                                                                  Seen today were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Blk T Godwits, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 4 Avocets,2 Ringed Plover and 9 Sandwich Terns. Seawatching for a short period produced  8 Sandwich Terns,6 Common Terns,8 Sanderling, 2 Blk T Godwits,7 Turnstones and 6 Oystercatchers, mainly flew S. KA/VC/TC/GG.   


4th - Today on the scrape were 1 adult Yellow legged Gull,  1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 4 Avocets, 9 Sandwich and 7 Common Terns. A Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were seen around the toilet block also several Chiffs were about. SC/KA. Seawatching for 15 minutes produced  1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Terns and 1 Oystercatcher. KA  


5th - The wind pump was turned off yesterday, a few day to late as the water levels are now too high and with plenty of rain due prospects are not encouraging. The scrape held   1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 3 Avocets,1 Ringed Plover (+ 4 on the beach) and 1 Sandwich Tern. Seawatching for a short period produced  14 Sandwich Terns, 20 Common Terns , 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Ringed Plover. KA. The first returning Wheatear was seen by the gun turret. PB/KA.     


6th - A few migrants today with 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap and several each of Lesser and Common Whitethroats. The Wheatear was still by the turret and on the scrape were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 7 Blk T Godwits, 2 Dunlin, 3 Avocets, 4 Ringed Plover on the beach inc 2 juvs. 11 Common Terns flew S.  GG. This afternoon Blk T Godwits were up to 11 and Dunlin  3, also a juv Marsh Harrier and 4 Sandwich Terns. KA


7th - A juvenile Razorbill sitting on the sea by the sailing club was a surprise find this morning. GG. The scrape held  1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 5 Snipe, 4 Dunlin and 4 Sandwich Terns.Up to 20 Common Terns and c10 Sandwich Terns were feeding around the sluice most of the day.The bushes were quieter with 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap,3 Lesser and 4 Common Whitethroats. GG/KA . 2 Wheatear were reported along the seawall. The Razorbill re appeared in the evening by the sluice also 14 Arctic Terns flew S. PRD/KA/PN.    


8th - Much the same this morning but with reduced numbers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 4 Snipe, 2 Dunlin,1 Curlew and 2 Sandwich Terns. Around the sluice were 2 Common and 3 Sandwich Terns and 1 Ringed Plover. KA. The Razorbill was again by the sluice this evening also 3 juv Marsh Harriers were over the scrape fields. MR. A seawatch this morning saw 4 Common Scoter, 7 Turnstone and 50+ Oystercatchers S.AD.


9th -  An early morning visit paid off with 2 Little Stints and 1 Spotted Redshank seen. AEC. Other birds seen were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 juv LRP, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe, 2 Dunlin,1 Whimbrel,12 Sandwich Terns,1 Kingfisher, 3+ Wheatear a male White Wagtail and a juv Marsh Harrier. AEC/JK/KA/LH/MR/PRD/CJ. Out at sea 5 Gannets,4 Common Scoter and 1 Skua sp flew S. AEC/LH. The Razorbill was still present. PRD/CJ.


10th -  Water levels on the scrape are high this morning due to the recent rainfall, birds seen were 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin,now 28 Sandwich Terns and a juv Marsh Harrier still drifting around.The sluice area had 3 Common and 4 Sandwich Terns feeding. KA The 2 Little Stints are still present but very elusive. JK. An impressive 70+ Sandwich Terns were noted on the scrape, with c30%  being juveniles. PRD.    


11th - This morning the 2 Little Stints were still showing on occassions also 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers,2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin,1 Whimbrel, Sandwich Terns numbers still high with 40+ seen with 7 Commons. KA/PB.   


12th - The scrape levels remain high, seen were 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 32+ Sandwich Terns and 2 Common. KA. Seawatching between 1700-1900 hrs produced 30 Grey Plovers, 2 Golden Pover, 5 Gannets, 5 Oystercatchers, 7 Swifts all S, and  tern movement of c50 Sandwich and c20 Common. KA/PRD.


13th- This morning the scrape held 1 LRP, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 54 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns, a single Sand Martin flew through. A 30 minute seawatch gave 1 Gannet, 1 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Swifts and c40 distant Terns all S. KA.


14th -  50+ Sandwich Terns on the scrape this morning. No waders seen. PB. In the evening the scrape held 1 Green and 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Snipe,13 Blk T Godwits and a 2w Med Gull. PRD.


15th - This morning 3 Crossbills flew south over the carpark. An influx of migrants around the bushes with 10+ each of Chiffchaff, Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Blackcaps. 20+ Sand Martins were feeding around the sluice with swallows early on. GG. During the day the scrape produced a newly arrived Wood Sandpiper and juv Ruff, also 1 Green and 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Snipe, 8 Blk T Godwits, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 19+ Sandwich and 2 Common Terns. 3 Wheatear and 5 juv Knots were seen along the seawall. KA/JK. 


16th - A 50 minute seawatch this morning and 5 Arctic Skuas (dark phase), 25+ Common Scoters, 4 Turnstones, 1 Grey Plover and 15 Oystercatchers were seen flying S. The scrape held 1 juv Knot, 1 juv Little Gull, 1 juv Ruff, 2 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Blk T Godwits, 6 Dunlin and a Little Egret. The first returning Whinchat were seen with 3 around the hide thistles. GG. This afternoons addittions were the reappearance of the Wood Sandpiper, 4 LRP's (2 adults), now 2 Ruff, 3 Curlews and the juv Marsh Harrier. PRD/CJ/GG.


17th - A superb day, started with a seawatch from 0735-1025 hrs. With 2 Arctic Skuas (dark phase), 520+ Common Scoter, 1 Gannet, 34 Grey Plovers, 1 Manx Shearwater (thanks to Paul Brayshaw), 6 Whimbrel, 1 Guillemot, 1 ad Kittiwake, 14 Bar T Godwits, 17 Oystercatchers, 16 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone, 1 Greenshank and 21 Swift all moving S. GG.                                                                                                                                                                         Then onto the scrape were a Temminck's Stint was found by Peter Newson, the bird proved to be elusive though, also present were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Knot,2 juv Ruff, 2 LRP's, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks, 1 Snipe, 10 Blk T Godwits, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 10+ Sandwich Terns. 3 Wheatears were on the mound PNs/GG. Addittionally 14 Wheatears and 1 Whinchat were seen between the sluice and the golf course  and a Garden Warbler. The  best was saved to last with Karen Aldous spotting a "1st" for the Haven in the form of a  Storm Petrel, we observed it as it flew close in while heading S, also 41 Grey Plovers, 8 Sanderlings, 6 Dunlin, 2 Turnstones and 6 Oystercatchers. KA/GG. Many Sandwich and Common Terns were seen during the visits but no counts were made.


18th - The Temminck's Stint is still present but very elusive, also noted were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Knot,1 juv Ruff, 2 LRP's, 6+ Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin,  8 Blk T Godwits, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatchers and 47 Sandwich Terns. SC/JK/KA. 2 short seawatching session produced 1 Gannet, 15 Grey Plovers, 1 Curlew and a steady tern movement of Sandwich and Commics.KA/SC.  80+ Swifts S in the evening. KA.


19th - The Temminck's Stint was is still present with,1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 1 juv Knot, 3 LRP's,4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 10 Blk T Godwits, Teal numbers increasing with 50+ noted. PB/PRD.At sea 3 Common Scoter flew S. SC.


20th -  The sea was quiet with only a few Grey Plovers of interest. The scrap levels are looking good and held 1 Temminck's Stint (showing well), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 juv Knot, 5 Ruff and 14 Yellow Watail flew over S, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 10 Blk T Godwits, 4 Redshanks, 27 Sandwich Terns, 50+ Sand Martins and 25+ Swift.A walk towards the golf course gave 3 calling Crossbills flying S, 9 Whinchats and 20+ Wheatears.The juv Marsh Harrier was again over the fields. KA/GG.


21st - 1 Temminck's Stint (again showing well), 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Dunlin, 5 Redshanks, 1 Snipe, 12 Blk T Godwits,1 Common and 31 Sandwich Terns, 4 Yellow Wagtails and juv Marsh Harrier.KA.                                                                                  A tit flock around the ticket machine held 23+ Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 fem/Imm Pied Flycatcher. Overhead more noisy Crossbills flying S with 14 seen (13 +1). Whinchats and Wheatears totals were 6 and 15 respectively. On the sea was a 2nd S Med Gull.  A Garden Warbler and 3 Reed Warblers were in the approach road bushes. GG


22nd - A quick visit this morning revealed the Temminck's Stint is still present and showing well on and off, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshanks, 1 Snipe, 11 Blk T Godwits and a single Golden Plover, The 1st returning Wigeon was noted. 10+ Wheatears were noted between the mound and the hide. KA. The bushes held 3 Blackcaps, 3 each of Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 5 Willow Warblers,2 Reed Warblers, 1 Little Owl and a male G S Woodpecker.GG. 


23rd - Reports in are that the Temminck's has gone, but on the scrape were 2 Wood Sandpipers, 1 Sanderling, 2 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, 10 Blk T Godwits, 7 Redshanks, 3 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Common, 5 Sandwich Terns and a Barn Owl. AEC/PNs/KA/JK/PBr. The best birds of the day were 12 perched Tree Sparrows, unfortunatley they did not stay for long, a Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher by the toilet block. PNs. The mobile tit flock held small numbers of Willow Warblers, Chiffs, Lesser and Common Whitethroats. KA. A Pied Flycatcher was also seen today. AEC. Noted along the seawall were 12 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Wheatears and 3 Whinchats. PBr.


24th - The sea produced the best birds of the day with 2 Sooty Shearwaters ( 1 + 1) heading S early. PB/JBS. Then mid afternoon viewing from the sluice looking towards Frinton a juv Long tailed Skua and a Arctic Skua were watched chasing the terns, both birds then dropped and sat on the sea. JBS. Addittionally 11 Grey Plovers and 12 Oystercatchers flew S. KA. A Purple Sandpiper was on the sluice. JBS. The scrape held 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Spotted Redshanks, 1 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpipers in and out, 4 Common Sandpipers, 6 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 7 Common and 6 Sandwich Terns. JK/KA


25th - An early seawatch 0540-0640 gave 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 4 Arctic Terns (close in) 40+ Common/Commic terns, 3 Grey Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers and a Tufted Duck all S, 2 Common Scoter N. GG. Late morning on the scrape were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 1 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, also 9 Blk T Godwits and 1 Snipe. KA. Early evening a Pied Flycatcher was noted. PN .  An evening seawatch 1800-1925 was better with an adult Pomarine Skua going N, 1-2 dark phase Arctic Skua's chasing the terns. Again a few (6) Arctic's amongst the terns, also a v. distant Shearwater was seen, probable Manx. GG/KA/JBS        


26th - Todays early morning seawatch was a non event with only 2 Grey Plovers S. GG. 2 visits to the scrape produced  1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 x 2w Med Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Ruff, 1 Green and 4+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, 9 Blk T Godwits and 3 Snipe. KA. The higlights being 5 Tree Sparrows and an elusive Pied Flycatcher. Other birds of note were 4 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears and flyover Little Egret, 2 Greenshanks, Crossbills heard but not seen and the juv Marsh Harrier through. GG


27th - Today around the bushes were 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser and 1 Common Whitethroat. The scrape held  1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 14 Redshanks, 15 Blk T Godwits, 5 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plovers and 3 Sandwich Terns. KA. A Common Buzzard was also seen. JK.


28th - A bit of a clear out on the today with the scrape holding 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 4 Snipe, 2 Redshanks and 2 Ringed Plovers. KA/PRD. Around the bushes during the day were small numbers of Willow Warblers and both "throats". A walk along the seawall produce 9 Whinchats and 20+ Wheatears. PRD. Early evening and 3 Spotted Flycatchers were seen.PRD/KA. Other birds noted were 3 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Swifts. KA. Not a lot at sea. 

29th - A lot of birds around today, the bushes held 30+ Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler,2 Common Redstarts, 15+ Lesser and 3 Common Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs. Along the seawall were 40+ Wheatears, 9 Whinchats, 22 Linnets and 20+ Meadow Pipits. Flyovers included 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 5 Green Sandpipers and 3 Hobbies. On the scrape was 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 LRP's, 2-5 Green Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 7 Common Sandpipers, 11 Blk T Godwits, 6+ Snipe, 2 Redshanks.GG/SC/KA/PRD/JK/PB/VB/JBS/MR  Late afternoon a Sooty Shearwater flew S (thanks again Paul B), good numbers of Common/Commcs with a few Sandwich also moving S. GG/PRD/KA

30th - Easterly winds paid dividends with 2 Wrynecks being found, the first one was in the shrub by the sailing club compound, this bird attracted a steady trickle of admirers throughout the day. PB/VB/GG/KA/PBr/PRD/PR/LR. The second was found late afternoon during a walk to the farm, this bird showed well on the coastal path by golf course. AD/KA/GG/PRD.                                                                                                                                                            Reports from the scrape were 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Sanderlings, 4 Dunlin, 6+ Redshanks, 7+ Blk T Godwits and 2 Snipe. AD/MR. A Redstart was still showing well, also late afternoon a juv Hen Harrier was over the scrape with the juv Marsh Harrier. PRD/GG/KA

31st - 1 Wryneck still present by the sailing club compound but elusive compaired to yesterday. Migrants had a mass clear out over night resulting in no Wheatear or Whinchats being seen. 2 calling Crossbills flew S early morning. GG/PB. The bushes were also queit with 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 4 each of Common and Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Reed Warblers. 1 Redstart remains and shows well on and off. The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 LRP's, 2 Redshanks, 11 Blk T Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 4+ Common Sandpipers and 4+ Snipe. A Common Buzzard was seen flying out to sea. KA/PRD/CJ/PB/VB/JK/GG. A Hobby was also seen flying S. JBS.


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