Key: Plain text- Resident/Regular visitor. Green- Likely to be annual. Amber- Less than annual. Red- Rarity. CAPITALS- New bird for site.
1st - Dry with S winds, rain later. The bird of the day was an adult Spoonbill over the site at 07.30hrs heading W. GG/PRD. The scrape held some improved wader numbers with 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, 1 Ruff, 1 juv LRP, 42 Blk T Godwits, 4 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 11 Whimbrel, 14 Curlew and 2 Avocets. 2 adult Sandwich Terns, 10+ Yellow Wagtails and a fem Marsh Harrier were also noted. IM/GG/JK/PB. A movement south of c350 Swifts was noted late afternoon. KA. Additions on the scrape were an adult Med Gull, a 1st S Kittiwake and a Golden Plover dropped in briefly. MR/PNt/KA.
2nd - Dry with SW winds. Viewing across the scrape today produced 4 Wood Sandpipers, 3 of which were briefly in/out heading S, 2 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 1 Ruff, 1 juv LRP, 4 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 14 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 24+ Blk T Godwits, 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Avocets +1juv, 4 of each Redshank and Oystercatchers, 2 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 7 Canada and 81+ Greylag Geese. A Med Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtails and a Marsh Harrier were also noted. A Spotted Flycatcher was between the sluice and the hide. MR. A Peregrine flew over the hide this morning. JBS.
3rd - Warm and dry with S winds. Early morning 1 Wheatear, 6 Willow Warblers, 1 Lesser and c8 Common Whitethroats were noted. SC/PC. Numbers were up again on the scrape for the day with 2 Ruff (1m/1fem), 3 juv LRPs, 2 Green and 8 Common Sandpipers, 8 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 43 Blk T Godwits, 4 of each Snipe and Ringed Plovers, 12 Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatchers. 3 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 2 juv Shelducks, 27 Canada and 120+ Greylag Geese were also viewed from the hide along with 4 Sandwich Terns, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Sparrowhawks and a juv fem Peregrine. On the sluice were 2 Sanderling. PRD/MR.
4th - Occassional light showers with S winds. A male Crossbill was on the golf course this morning. 2 imm Wheatears were noted as was a Garden Warbler that was behind the sluice cottages. Viewed across the scrape were 2 Green and 6+ Common Sandpipers, 3 juv LRPs, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 35+ Blk T Godwits, 8+ Whimbrel, 13+ Curlew, 1 Golden Plover, 3 adult Ringed Plovers, 1 Avocet +1juv, 17 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 juv Shelduck and 19 Canada Geese. A juv fem Peregrine, a female Marsh Harrier and 2 Yellow Wagtails were also seen. An imm Gannet flew NE at 1pm while birds headed S over the site and off-shore, included 80+ Swifts, 6+ Yellow Wagtails, 3 Bar T Godwits, 20 Oystercatchers and 6 Teal. 1 Common and 6 Sandwich Terns made appearances. PRD. A single Ruff was an afternoon addition for the scrape while near the golf course a Tree Pipit was located. MC.
5th - Slightly overcast, very light S winds and very humid. Early on the scrape were 5 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, a fem Ruff, 2 juv LRPs, 1 Avocet +1juv, 16 Teal, 3+ Oystercatchers, 5 Herons and 1 Yellow Wagtail. Again a juv fem Peregrine was scrutinising the scrape while both a fem Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk were across the grazing marsh. KA. By 9am there were still no Blk T Godwits at all, although 2 Whimbrel had dropped in, a single Greenshank made a brief stop and Greylag Geese were at 134+. A Ringed Plover was on the sluice. KA/MR. During the afternoon 2 Wheatears were still around as was the Garden Warbler in the west corner of the carpark bushes. PRD.
6th - Very hot with slight E winds. The pump was put back on this morning to rejuvenate the water and levels. Views from the hide yielded the fem Ruff, 4+ Green and 4+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, a juv Avocet, 2 Common Gulls and 4 Teal, with Greylag Geese at 154+. Again no sign of any Blk T Godwits this morning. Singles of Marsh Harrier and Sparrowhawk were also noted. MR. The route from the farm through to the sluice/hide and taking in the golf course, proved quiet with a Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatears, 2 Sand Martins and 9+ Yellow Wagtails being seen. Additions on the scrape were 1 juv each of LRP and Shelduck, while Common Sandpipers were at 7 and Ringed Plovers at 3. PRD. This evening a Chiffchaff was opposite the sluice cottages and 4 Willow Warblers were behind the carpark. JBS.
7th - Very warm with a NW breeze. Viewed from the hide this morning were 6+ Green and 8+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 1 Blk T Godwit, 3 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 juv Avocet, 10 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 1 juv Shelduck, 7 Herons, 35 Canada and 175+ Greylag Geese. The Peregrine, a fem Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Terns and 3 Sand Martins were also noted across the scrape. On the grazing marsh behind the sluice cottages were 13+ Curlew. KA.
8th - Very hot, bright and light S winds. Throughout the morning into early afternoon, the scrape area provided an adult Med Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 11 Common Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 juv Avocet, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3+ Snipe, 2 Dunlin and 36 Canada Geese. 8+ Yellow Wagtails, 30+ Sand Martins and 2 fem Marsh Harriers were noted. A Wheatear frequented the turret/mounds while fly-overs were 3 Sandwich Terns and a Goldfinch. GG/PNt/KA/JBS/JK.
9th - Hot with a SSE breeze. Visits to the hide from morning into early afternoon produced 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green and 9+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Snipe, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Avocet +1 juv, 1 Redshank, 20 Teal, 5 Shoveler and 160+ Greylag Geese. 20+ Yellow Wagtails were noted and 2 fem Marsh Harriers were over the grazing marsh. IM/GG/JK/MR/AD/KA. This evening a Cuckoo was on site. JBS.
10th - Cooler to start with S winds, becoming very hot later on. An early visit to the hide produced 3 Green and 7+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 1 Blk T Godwit that dropped in for a while, 4 Ringed Plovers, 12 Curlew, 1 juv Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 25 Canada and 195+ Greylag Geese. The Peregrine was at the rear of the scrape as was a single Wheatear and 3 Marsh Harriers were over the grazing marsh. A Chiffchaff was by the carpark. KA. Additional during the afternoon were 6 Whimbrel on the golf course and a single Whinchat. LH.
11th - Another very hot day, some light NW winds. A Wheatear was by the sluice cottages early morning. SC. Views slightly later from the hide provided 1 Ruff, 2 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Blk T Godwits, 3 Snipe, 6 Ringed Plovers, 35 Teal, 22+ Canada and 111 Greylag Geese. The juv Peregrine was again in the area and 7+ Yellow Wagtails were also noted. MR/PB/PRD.
12th - Cool, overcast with W winds and at times heavy rain. A morning visit and viewed from the hide before the first down-pour, were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, 13 Blk T Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, the juv Shelduck, 34 Teal and 5 Yellow Wagtails. The juv Peregrine and a single Marsh Harrier were also seen. MR. An afternoon visit including a search of the trees and bushes along the approach road and carpark, saw 8 Willow Warblers, 6 Lesser and 8 Common Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat. 2 Whimbrel and both an adult and juv Med Gulls were also noted. PRD.
13th - Hot and dry, light NW winds, overcast at times. A Blackcap, 3 Willow Warblers and 2 of each Lesser and Common Whitethroats were located near the toilet block this morning, while the scrape held 1 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, 2 of each Dunlin, Snipe and Ringed Plovers, 6 Shoveler, 26 Teal, the juv Shelduck and 204 Greylag Geese. A single Marsh Harrier was noted. MR. Including the farm area this afternoon, 5 Whinchat, 5 Wheatears, 5+ Yellow Wagtails and 10 Sand Martins were seen. On the scrape Dunlin were up to 8, Snipe 5 and Teal 30+. Distant and brief views of a Ring-tailed Harrier, a probable Montagu's mid-afternoon but no further sign by 5.30pm. PRD. Evening saw the addition of 6 Avocets on the scrape, Green Sandpipers were at 4 and Common Sandpipers at 7. JBS.
14th - Dry and bright with SSW winds. 2 hours viewing from the hide this morning produced little of note, 3+ Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Shoveler, 32 Teal and 1 juv Shelduck. Also 5 Yellow Wagtails and for a second day 1 alba White Wagtail. A single fem Marsh Harrier was seen but no sign of yesterday's Ring-tail Harrier. Along the fences sat 1 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear were on the seawall. PRD.
15th - W winds turning SW and bright. Numbers were poor on the scrape with the only waders seen being 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 Ruff, a juv Knot, 1 Green and 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and a juv Dunlin. Yellow Wagtails were in excess of 12 and a single Wheatear was along the sea wall. The star birds of the day were an adult and juvenile Peregrines that were both seen from the hide and gave great views. JK/IS/GG.
16th - Bright with blustery WSW winds. A few more birds on the scrape during today with the juv Knot still present, 2 juv LRPs, 4 + 1juv Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Dunlin. Also 4 Snipe and 10 Blk T Godwits, 6 of which stayed only briefly this morning. A Common Buzzard and a male Marsh Harrier were seen as were 5+ Yellow Wagtails and 2 Swifts. Along the fences to Frinton and back along the seawall proved very quiet with only 3 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear of note. An hour plus of seawatching provided only 1 Sanderling and 3 Grey Plovers all headed S. IM/GG/MR/KA/PRD.
17th - Dry and bright with slight WSW winds. An early morning viewing across the scrape area saw 7 Redshank, 3 of each Blk T Godwits and Common Sandpipers, 2 juv LRPs, 2 + 1juv Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler and 58 Teal. A very noisy arrival of 197+ Greylag Geese was noted while 2 male Marsh Harriers were across the grazing marsh, one on either side of the scrape. KA.
18th - A very hot, bright day with SW winds. During an afternoon visit the scrape held singles of Blk T Godwit, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover and Snipe, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2juv LRPs, 30+ Teal, a Wigeon and 150 Greylag Geese. Also viewed from the hide 1 Wheatear and a Marsh Harrier. Along the seawall were a Whinchat and 3 Wheatear while behind the carpark 50+ Swallows were on the wires. MR. Checking out the carpark trees and bushes provided sightings of 6 of each Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap, while Goldcrest views included 1 juv. 3 Yellow Wagtails were noted and on the scrape juv LRPs were up at 3. PRD.
19th - Again a very hot, bright day with SW winds. Viewed from the hide this morning were 4 Common Sandpipers, 2juv LRPs, 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 2 of each Snipe and Ringed Plovers, 52 Teal and 157 Greylag Geese. Also noted were 3 Marsh Harriers and 3+ Yellow Wagtails. Along the fences and seawall were 3 Whinchats and 5+ Wheatears. MR/IM. A late evening visit found a Common Redstart near the carpark. IM.
20th - SSW winds, hot with some cloud throughout and a brief morning shower. A Pied Flycatcher was located in the carpark bushes this morning. MR. A Common Redstart was also still in the same area. Viewing across the scrape yielded 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 2 juv LRPs, 4 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 4 Blk T Godwits, 1 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plovers and for a brief moment 3 Turnstones. 2 Shoveler, 68+ Teal and 165 Greylag Geese. A single Marsh Harrier was noted. MR/PRD. Off-shore and heading SW were 11 Ringed Plovers, 16 Grey Plovers, 3 Dunlin and 32 Teal. 3 Wheatear and a single Whinchat were seen, while 12 Swifts went S. Most unusual was a Corn Bunting sat on thistles briefly near the toilet block. 10+ Goldfinch, singles of Chiffchaff, Lesser and Common Whitethroat also 2 Willow Warblers were other noted species. PRD.
21st - Warm, bright and a strong WSW breeze. The scrape itself appeared very quiet this morning with 1juv LRP, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 50+ Teal and 4 Shoveler. Also noted were 4+ Yellow Wagtails, 10+ House Martins and a good movement of Swallows. On the greensward bushes were 2 Common Redstarts while the toilet block area produced 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Willow Warbler and again 10+ Goldfinch were seen. KA. Afternoon additions were 1 juv fem Peregrine and 2 Marsh Harriers (1juv fem and a 1st S male), 2 juv Med Gulls, 2 Snipe, 10+ Sand Martins and Teal were up at 100+. PRD.
22nd - Bright with a light WSW wind. A movement of common migrants was evident with 2 Common Redstarts, c20 Lesser and 10 Common Whitethroats, 15 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Wheatears and 5 Whinchats seen. The scrape held 2 juv LRPs, 3 Ringed Plovers (1 juv), 3 Common and Green Sandpipers. 6 Blk T Godwits and a single Snipe were also present. Again the 1st S male Marsh Harrier was seen. IM/GG/PB/VB/SC/PRD.
23rd - Hot, bright and good SSE winds. Without doubt the bird of the day was a male Montagu's Harrier. Seen very well this morning, while it quartered the fields adjacent to the hide and along to the Frinton corner and back again, a truly superb bird. The scrape up to early afternoon held 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 juv LRPs, 1 Snipe and 1 Wigeon of note. A single Wheatear on the turret. PL/GG/SC/PC/PRD/CJ/JBS/KA/PBr/PNs. Late afternoon 3 Black Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Grey Plover flew S past the Haven while near the golf course were 2 Whinchats and 4 Corn Buntings. PRD/CJ. Early evening additions were 2 Curlew Sandpipers (1ad/1juv), 1 Whimbrel and 9 Ringed Plovers. GG/JBS/PRD. 4 Golden Plovers also dropped in later. MR.
24th - SSE winds, very humid, a mainly overcast morning but bright afternoon. Still on the scrape today were 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 juv LRPs and 9 Ringed Plovers. Also 1 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 each of Redshank and Snipe, a single Wigeon, 67 Teal and 212 Greylag Geese. A single Marsh Harrier was noted. 7 Curlew and briefly 7 Shelduck were addtional from the hide this afternoon. MR/PRD. 6 Corn Buntings were again near the golf course, a single Swift flew over and 4 Med Gulls (1adW+3 juvs) were seen. An afternoon seawatch from 15.30 to 17.30 provided 2 Grey Herons, 13 Grey Plovers, 3 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers and 12 Common Scoter (10drake+2fem) all headed S while going N were a total of 8 Sandwich Terns. PRD.
25th - Cool with SW winds and on/off overcast/sun. A morning visit to the hide saw 1 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers on the scrape along with 2 juv LRPs, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe, 4 Ringed Plovers, 32 Lapwing, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 65 Teal. The juv Peregrine appears to have improved slightly in it's quest for prey, although a Pigeon only lost a few feathers in an air attack, a Red-legged Partridge on the field was not so lucky! Singles of Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were also noted. MR. Late afternoon details from the carpark and seawall gave 2 Yellow and 20+ alba White Wagtails, 9 Wheatears and 5 Whinchats. PRD/MR. A belated report of a juv Ring-tail, perceived by the single observer to be a Montagu's Harrier, was received for this evening. RP.
26th - Mostly bright with strong S turning to SSW winds. Viewed across the scrape this morning were 2 Little Stints, 2 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Blk T Godwits, 19 Curlew, 1 of each Wigeon and Shoveler, 81 Teal and 244 Greylag Geese. The juv Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier were also noted. MR/PRD. Seawatching this afternoon provided 1 Fulmar headed NE, 1 Common Scoter on the sea, 2 Oystercatchers and 1 Sanderling going SE while 3 Cormorants came in/off very high. PRD/MR/SC. This evening both Little Stints were still viewable. Additions on the scrape being a single Knot that dropped in, 1 juv LRP, 2 Snipe and Shoveler were at 6. KA.
27th - Overcast to start, hot and humid later, with strong WSW winds throughout. Morning visits to the hide saw the 2 Little Stints still there, 3 Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 of each Knot, juv LRP, Ringed Plover and Blk T Godwit, 3 Snipe, 22 Curlew, 2 Shoveler, 63 Teal and 208 Greylag Geese. The juv Peregrine was also noted. MR/PRD. During the afternoon, counts of 1 imm male Marsh Harrier, a juv Med Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Swifts were also noted. PRD. The Red Arrows were also displaying!! Evening visits gave just the addition of 1 Little Egret. KA/JBS.
28th - Mainly overcast with W winds, afternoon into evening saw a couple of small storms with heavy rain. A morning visit to site produced the 2 Little Stints, 1 Knot, 1juv LRP, 3 of each Blk T Godwits, Dunlin, Common Sandpipers and Shoveler, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlews and 2 Oystercatchers. An imm male Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, a single Swift, 3 Whinchat and 3 Corn Buntings were also noted. PRD. Late afternoon and just after the heavy showers, viewing from the hide produced an unexpected sighting of a BITTERN, initially on the ridge at the back of the scrape and then flew into the main reedbed in front of the hide but not seen again by dusk. GG. 2 Hobby were seen mobbing the juv Peregrine, a Little Egret stayed for a while and both a juv Med Gull and a Whimbrel were also noted. SC/PC/KA/MR/PRD/GG.
29th - An early start in blustery WSW winds. A ringtial Hen Harrier flew over the sewage farm and off over the sea.IM/GG. Along the fences were 9 Whinchats and 5 Wheatears were on the mound. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were the best of the birds around the bushes and on the scrape were 1 Little Stint, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers,3 Snipe and 7 Blk T Godwits. GG.
30th - SSW winds, very strong at times, dry and bright. Very little change on the scrape this morning with 1 Little Stint still on show, 6 Blk T Godwits, 3 Ringed Plovers (1ad+2juv), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe and 13 Dunlin dropped in. MR/GG/KA. A Spotted Flycatcher was near the sluice cottages. MR. An imm male Marsh Harrier flew over the scrape, a 60+ flock of Lapwings over the fields, while the fences and seawall provided 7+ Whinchats and 2 Wheatears. GG/KA. The juv Peregrine was reported for this morning.
31st - Bank Holiday Monday began cool and overcast with SW winds though by mid-day was hot and bright. A very quiet scrape again today, holding just the 1 Little Stint, 5 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe, 43 Teal, 3 Shoveler and 220 Greylag Geese. The juv Peregrine sat for some time beyond the scrape, the imm male Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity as were 3+ Whinchat. MR/IM/KA/JK. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were located along the track from the sluice cottages. MR/IM/GG/KA. The Bittern was seen again late afternoon from the hide. It showed a few times before it flew approx half way up the reed bed and disappeared once more into the reeds. Late evening, flushed by a heron, it was seen moving about the scrape and feeding. MC/JB/PRD/JBS/PR/LR/KA/PNs. 1 Wheatear on the mounds, 4 Oystercatchers and heading S, 4 Shelducks were also noted. KA/JBS/PNt.