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August 2010

1st - Mainly overcast with some occasional brighter spells and on/off rain from late morning through into the evening.  Wind direction of SW.  No sign of yesterday's Garganey today but viewed from the hide this morning were 1 Green and 9 Common Sandpipers, 1 LRP, 3 Ringed Plovers, 7 Dunlin, 4 Blk T Godwits and 5 Snipe.  A single Whinchat was still on the thistles.  A walk down to the golf course produced just 1 Wheatear, while at sea, 8 Whimbrel were moving SW and 2 Sandwich Terns flew NE. GG.

2nd - Light to moderate NW winds starting the day, along with a grey cloudy sky.  Very little change in the weather by mid-afternoon but slightly warmer than the morning.  The scrape and surrounding areas were viewed from the hide this morning and provided counts of 2 Green and 5+ Common Sandpipers, 11 Dunlin, 3 LRP, 2 Ringed Plovers, 6 Snipe and 3 Whimbrel, while only staying for a short time were 3 Blk T Godwits.  4 Shelduck (+12), 10 Teal and 3 Shoveler made the first duck count of the month.  Also noted were 4 Goldfinch and 3 Marsh Harriers on/over the site.  After the Avocet reports that began this Haven year on 2nd March and reached the highest count of 24 adults and 34 juveniles on 10th June, this morning's Avocet count, was just "one" bird. MR/PL.      

3rd - Very bright, very warm and just a slight NW breeze started the day, however, by mid-day the winds were light SW, then S and slightly stronger by mid-afternoon, returning to W by the evening.  The trees, bushes, reedbeds and scrape were covered by today's report and included sightings of 1 Little Grebe with 2 young, along the brook.  The trees and bushes held 3 Willow Warblers, 10+ Common and 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 30+ Greenfinch and a single Little Owl and again noted, were the 2 juv Green Woodpeckers.  The visit to the hide produced sightings of 2 Whinchat and 4 juv Goldfinch on the thistles, while the scrape and immediate vicinity gave 20 Dunlin, 2 LRP, 4 Blk T Godwits, 3 Green and 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Terns, 10 Teal and 77 Greylag Geese.  Overnight, 5 Avocets had returned (and at least were not chasing all in sight!!) giving a morning total of 6. MR.  

4th - Comparitively a cooler day with moderate WNW winds and on/off rain that culminated in a late afternoon storm.  A quick early morning visit to the hide and scrutinising of the scrape area, provided totals of 26 Dunlin, 1 LRP, 3 Ringed Plovers, 4 Snipe, 2 Green and 5+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Whimbrels and the Avocets - back to just the one!  Also noted were 5 Teal, 6 Shoveler and 16 Shelduck (ad/juvs combined), 3 Grey Herons and a single Cormorant. MR

5th - A very bright and chilly start but warming by mid-morning.  Mainly blue skies with the odd white cloud and wind direction of NW, of moderate strength, changed to overcast skies for late afternoon.  No reports returned.

6th - Warm, very sunny and a few clouds, with light SW winds until mid-afternoon.  From then on and going into the evening it was overcast skies, stronger S winds and on/off rain.  Coverage today gave sightings of 2 Willow Warblers and a Little Owl in the carpark area, while the areas around the hide and scrape held a single Sedge Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Wheatear.  The waders on the scrape during this visit, were 4 Dunlin, 1 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 1 of each Blk T GodwitSnipe and Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing and 2 Avocets, while the ducks were 2 Shoveler and 3 Teal.  Also noted were a Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 24 Blk Headed and 4 LBB Gulls. JK

7th - Overcast with on/off rain throughout the morning but by early afternoon, bright sun and good temperatures with just a few grey "threatening clouds" that held until early evening.  Variable strength winds, mainly SW.  5 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Green and 4+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe and 7 Shoveler were seen from the hide. PL/SC.  A single Garden Warbler was by Tariq. PL.

8th - A warm, bright day going into mid-afternoon, with at times, blustery NW winds and some cloud.  A juvenile Wood Sandpiper was the 2nd of the year.  Also on the scrape were 1 Avocet, 9 Dunlin, 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, a single LRP, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Snipe, while a female Marsh Harrier drifted NE.  One Yellow Wagtail and 2 Wheatears were also noted. AEC/GG.

9th - A bright morning, mostly a white cloudy sky and moderate SSW winds.  Not too much change through to the evening and temperatures remained warm until dark.  Coverage was good across the site today and three combined reports gave variety.  The bird of the day was a Yellowhammer, picked out by Pete Loud, as it flew across the scrape and headed towards the sewage farm.  This species is a rarity at the Haven, with the last two recorded sightings being March 2002 and October 2009!!  Viewing from the hide, saw a young Hobby giving a superb flight display, also a single Marsh Harrier, 2 Sandwich Terns and on the thistles were 15+ Goldfinch.  Wader counts gave 20 Dunlin, 4 Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Snipe and 3 of each Curlew and Whimbrel.  17 Teal, 3 Shoveler and 130+ Greylag Geese were also noted on and around the scrape area.  The trees, bushes, reedbeds and the mounds were surveyed, giving 1 Little Owl, 1 juv Green Woodpecker, 12+ Whitethroat, 4+ Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 Reed and 2 Sedge Warblers, a single Wheatear that was seen on the mounds and a Garden Warbler that was located in the carpark bushes. MR/PL/PRD.   

10th - Rain throughout the morning, easing by lunchtime but leaving the skies very overcast for the afternoon.  Late afternoon and just for good measure, there was another downpour, this was followed by drizzle, continuing into the evening.  Relatively warm and some moderate to strong NW winds.  Once again and after the morning rain, there were some 10+ Common and 4 Lesser Whitethroats, a single Garden and 3 Willow Warblers in the trees/bushes near the memorials, while viewing from the hide provided singles of Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, 15 Sand Martins, 35 House Martins and 2 Yellow Wagtails.  The scrape and it's immediate vicinity held 3 Sandwich and 8 Common Terns, 4 of each Ringed Plover and Curlew, 3 of both Green Sandpiper and Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpipers, 10 Dunlin and singles of Greenshank and Avocet.  A Bar T Godwit(PRD), was also noted, as were 7 Shoveler, 25+ Teal and 205+ Greylag GeeseMR/PRD

11th - Moderate WSW winds through into early afternoon.  The day itself, being generally warm through to dark, with a mostly cloud covered sky throughout.  Several visits to the site today covered the trees, bushes and the scrape areas.  Sightings included that of a single Ruff(JK/PRD) and once again the Garden Warbler(PR/LR).  A Gt. Spotted Woodpecker was noted, along with 1 Little Owl, 3 Willow Warblers, 12 Linnet, 8 Reed Warblers, 12+ Common and 3 Lesser Whitethroats and also 2 Wheatear. MR.  Across the scrape, viewed from the hide, the waders were 1 Wood, 2 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 12+ Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers and a single Avocet.  22 Teal and 152+ Greylag Geese were counted, with other notables in the vicinity being 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Barn Owls, 1 Little Egret, a single Yellow Wagtail and 15+ Goldfinch. MR/JK.  

12th - A bit on the dull side out there during the morning with mostly grey skies, although the sun made an effort to break through, expected rain did happen later and continued to be on/off from late morning.  Normal summer really!!.  Winds that began moderate W, varied in strength and direction, to SW and back to W.  A short visit in the morning and then a return to site later in the afternoon, gave reports of the Wood, 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers on the scrape, along with 2 of each LRP and Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 2 Avocets, 4 Sandwich Terns, 30 Teal and 6 Shoveler.  Also 3 Canada Geese amongst 140+ Greylag Geese.  Singles of Marsh Harrier and Barn Owl were noted.  The later additions were of 2 Whimbrel and 10 Blk T Godwits.  Around the rest of the site, much as the last few days with 1 Little Owl, 4 Willow and 6 Reed Warblers, 6 Common and 3 Lesser Whitethroats, an increase of Goldfinch to 20+, Linnets were at 18 and Blackcaps at 2. MR

13th - A cool, grey and dismal start again this morning with winds being light to moderate WNW.  Heavy rain featured several times from late morning through to late afternoon, with some hailstones and thunder thrown in as well.  Wind direction and strength remained much the same into the evening.  A visit to the hide to view the scrape area and across the grazing marsh, gave totals of once again 1 Wood, 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, all alongside 7 Dunlin, 2 of each Snipe, Ringed Plover and Curlew, 1 juv LRP, 20 Lapwing, 32 Teal and 3 Shoveler.  One of each Barn Owl and Little Owl were noted, as were 2 Wheatears. JK.  Additional reports for the rest of the site gave 2 Cetti's Warblers (one being near the dipping pond by the ticket machine and the other in the brook area near to Tariq), the Garden Warbler, this again near Tariq, also 12+ Common and 4+ Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whinchat, c5 Willow Warblers, a single Yellow Wagtail, 7+ Wheatears (+/-2 scrape area) and a juv Common Tern.  A single Avocet was located while Dunlin and Snipe numbers increased to 8+ and 3 respectively.  3 Golden Plover flew over heading SW. PRD/PL.

14th - Mostly strong winds, varying NE through N to NW, quite humid at times with on/off and sometimes heavy rain.  Coverage of the scrape area today, gave totals of 1 Wood and 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Ruff, 6+ Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Avocet and a very good count of Green Sandpipers, with this species numbering 13.  A Marsh Harrier was also viewed from the hide. JK/MR/PRD/PNt.

15th - Again a blustery day with mainly N to NW winds, cooler and grey with some drizzle.  An early search of the trees and bushes, located a Redstart in the toilet block area this morning, unfortunately, the bird was only viewable for a short time.  From this area to the hide, a single Willow Warbler was found but Common/Lesser Whitethroats, Tits and Finches were few and far between.  A Marsh Harrier was once more viewable from the hide, as were singles of Kestrel, Yellow Wagtail and Sandwich Tern.  29 Canada Geese came in to join the c200 Greylag Geese, while Teal numbers were up to 70+ and the Shoveler count remained at 3.  Wood and Common Sandpipers were at 1 and 5 respectively, Green Sandpipers had reduced from yesterday, down to just 3 today.  Other waders included 1 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 5 Snipe.  Both early and late morning coverage to the Golf Course and back, resulted in views of a Hobby, 2 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear, 10 Linnet and 3 Whimbrel.  A colour ringed Herring Gull was also noted today, amongst the gulls on the scrape. An updated report for today, added a further Redstart (fem) and a Spotted Flycatcher, in the hedgerow near to the mast, late in the afternoon. MR/GG/PRD/PNt.  

16th - Overcast and grey, cool and some very strong NNW winds.  Wind direction varied mid-afternoon to WNW.  The bushes and trees were given a miss this morning - the blustery conditions creating havoc with viewing!!  From inside the hide (wind direction, no doubt still gave some aggro through the shutters), the counts for waders were 2 Wood Sandpipers, 5 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 1 LRP, 3 Greenshank, 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Snipe and the single Avocet.  90+ Teal were around and about the scrape, while the numerous Greylag Geese were all over the grazing marsh.  Birds of prey were 2 Marsh Harriers and singles of both Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.  An early evening return visit, saw 18 Sandwich Terns, that between feeding, were commuting from the scrape to off-shore.MR.  

17th - Dull weather again today, although the winds were not quite as strong as yesterday.  W winds prevailed this morning, turning to WSW later into the afternoon.  A juv Little Stint was located on the scrape mid-morning and was amongst 3 of each Wood and Common Sandpipers, 1 of each Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Avocet and Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Snipe and 2 CurlewLapwing numbers have been increasing this last week and are now at 50+, Greylag Geese at 240+, with the Gulls around the area today being 49 Blk Headed, 2 Herring and 14 L B B.  A single Marsh Harrier(2S male) was viewed, as were 1 of each Yellow Wagtail and Sedge Warbler.  A large flock of juv Blue and L T Tits were by the memorials but the bushes were still reasonably quiet with just 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Common and 2 Lesser Whitethroats noted.  Other notable species today, were 4 Swift, 35 Sand Martins and 1 Common Tern heading S. MR/PRD/PR/LR.

18th - Alternating grey and blue skies today - being very bright when the sun did appear.  Warm with mainly moderate strength SW winds.  The Little Stint was viewable for it's second day on the scrape and also noted as per yesterday, were 3 Wood, 1 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers.  4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Avocet and 45 Lapwing made the count for the rest of the waders today.  Numbers for Greylag and Canada Geese amounted to 200+ and 23 respectively, while viewing the skylines, gave 1 Marsh Harrier.  The bushes and trees gave nothing of particular note over/above recent days. MR.

19th - A bright warm morning with light to moderate WSW winds.  Going into the afternoon, turning a bit cooler with some grey skies and a slight change to wind direction to SSW.  Further to coverage this morning, that incorporated an August "WeBS" count, the waders showing on and around the scrape area were 1 Little Stint, 2 Wood, 1 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 2 of each Snipe and Ringed Plover, 1 Avocet and 43 Lapwing.  Also in the vicinity were a single Turnstone, 9 Redshank, 10 Moorhen, 2 Grey Herons and 160 Greylag Geese, with duck numbers being Teal at 64, Shelduck at 2 and Mallards at just 4.  30 Blk Headed, 12 L B B and 45 Herring Gulls were noted, while the only terns to be seen were 3 Sandwich Terns.  A single Wheatear was located. SC/PC/JK.      

20th - A very warm, bright start to the day with light SW winds.  Slightly stronger winds by mid-day and some short-lived cloud cover.  Blue skies and still very bright going into the evening.  Viewing across the scrape today, confirmed that the Little Stint was there for it's fourth day, while the Wood, Green and Common Sandpiper viewable numbers, had changed to 1, 2 and 2 respectively.  7 Dunlin, singles of Ringed Plover and Avocet, 4 Curlew, 32 Lapwing, 4 Sandwich Terns and 34 Teal, along with again 70+ Gulls, all made the balance of today's initial report. JK.  A cycle ride to Frinton produced 4 Whinchat and 7 Wheatears. PL.

21st - Another good day weatherwise, warm, mainly sunny and some occasional cloud.  Variable strength SSW winds that tended, later in the day, to be more moderate to strong.  2 Wood Sandpipers were still running about, with 1 Green and 3 Common. 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe and 1 Avocet were also present.  A Hobby and an imm Marsh Harrier drifted through.  Singles of Redstart, Yellow Wagtail and Garden Warbler were also noted. GG.  Additional sightings were of 2 Whinchat and 7 Wheatears. AM.

22nd - After a cool, grey start with some drizzle included, the morning brightened for a while before turning cloudy again going into the afternoon and subsequently bringing some more rain.  Winds very light this morning, gaining occasional strength as the day went on, again being S through SW.  Reports from Frinton of a good Tern passage, was witnessed from the Haven, with many Sandwich and Commic's moving SW, unfortunately most were at a great distance.  One close bird, heading N, was a fine Arctic Tern, other bits noticed were 1 Grey Plover and 5 Oystercatchers. The scrape held 1 Wood and 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Avocet and a total of 6 Redshanks were also seen.  Raptors were represented by Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. MR/GG/JK.  An extra report for this afternoon for 14.00-16.00hrs, added 3 Bar T Godwits that circled the scrape before heading S, singles of Sand Martin and Wheatear, numerous Swallows over and an imm Marsh Harrier was making a bad job of it's attempts to catch prey.  Wood and Common Sandpipers and Snipe, had increased their viewable numbers on the scrape, to 2, 6 and 4 respectively. GS-Wiv

23rd - After a night of constant rain, the morning started very overcast, still some rain but more of an on/off drizzle.  The afternoon did bring another downpour!  Early winds were quite strong WSW and by late evening had turned to WNW with gusts recorded locally of up to c41mph.  As happened yesterday, there was a good off-shore, though distant, passage of birds this morning.  Today's species included 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Gannet, 200+ Common Scoter, 100+ Knot, 9 Common Terns and 9 Oystercatchers.  A 30mins evening seawatch session 16.30 to 17.00hrs, gave a single Bar T Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover and 3 Oystercatchers, with all of the noted birds heading S.  Viewing across the scrape produced 3 Wood, 2 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Bar T Godwit, 10 Dunlin, 4 Snipe and 9 Redshank alongside 55+ Teal and 100+ Greylag Geese.  A Spotted Flycatcher was noted on site as were 8 Common and 4 Lesser Whitethroats and 3 Willow Warblers, while overhead Southerly movement included 8 Swifts and numerous Swallows and Sand Martins. MR/PRD

24th - A bright, dry but somewhat blustery morning with winds beginning W then moving through SW.  The afternoon into evening saw mainly grey skies and still strong winds that turned again, through W to WNW.  c46mph gusts being recorded locally.  Coverage across the site today, faired better in searches of the trees and bushes than in seawatching.  Off-shore saw the sum total of 2 Cormorants heading S, while on land, an imm/fem Redstart was near to the ticket/pay machine, 2 Spotted Flycatchers were behind the dipping pool, with a third Spot Fly located on the way to the hide.  Also en-route, were 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Common Whitethroats, 30+ Greenfinch, 3 Wheatear and a single Whinchat. MR.  The scrape and surrounding grazing marsh held 3 Common Sandpipers, 8 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 1 of each Snipe, Avocet and Redshank, 11 Sandwich Terns, 40+ Teal and 162+ Greylag Geese.  Any Wood or Green Sandpipers were either not viewable or have flown. MR/PRD/JK.  Surveying the areas to the Frinton end and back, added 6 Wheatear and 3 Whinchat, both of these counts being over and above the earlier noted birds. MR/PRD

25th - Another bright and dry start with some "mainly white" clouds about.  The predicted rain certainly did come down and continued into the night!  Moderate SW winds this morning turning S during the afternoon.  A morning report c11.30hrs gave 2 Tree Sparrows located between the feeding station (outside the sewage farm) and the ringing compound, while a Spotted Redshank was noted as it headed S over the site and the scrape played host, to amongst others, a Wood Sandpiper, a Ruff and a juv LRPPRD.  Prior to this, an imm. male Marsh Harrier was viewed from the hide, 201 Greylag Geese and 55+ Teal were on and around the scrape area, with waders noted being 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Snipe, 2 Curlew and the one "still remaining" Avocet, alongside 54 Lapwing.  The counts for the trees, bushes, fences and reedbeds were good again today, with 8 Willow Warblers, 4 of each Blackcap and Sedge Warblers, 15+ Common and 12 Lesser Whitethroats, 12+ Wheatear and 4 Whinchat. MR.  

26th - Rain was very heavy throughout last night with no easing up until c08.30hrs this morning.  Wind direction 09.00hrs at WSW and of moderate strength with temperatures being not cold but not too hot either.  Heavy rain and stronger winds returned later in the day and again it rained into the night.  Coverage of the site however, took place both morning and afternoon with seawatch sessions on both occasions.  The morning watch saw of note, 27 Common Terns and 3 Sandwich Terns heading S off-shore c09.00hrs, while the scrape held 2 of each Ruff, Dunlin, Green and Common Sandpipers, a juv LRP and 3 Curlew.  Also viewed was a single fem Marsh Harrier and 234 Greylag Geese.  Again a few species on the way from the pay machine to the hide, the notables being 5 Willow Warblers, 14 Common and 7 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Wheatear and a single Whinchat. MR.  A Hobby was also reported. PRD/PNt.  An overall total of c90mins seawatching this afternoon, gave 2 Arctic Skuas, a Skua sp., 1 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich and 90+ Common Terns with +/- 20 Commics.  Other off-shore counts included 3 Grey Plover and a Curlew.SC/MR.

27th - Raining again at first light with some strong N winds.  Drier by mid-day but staying overcast and much cooler into the afternoon with the occasional spots of light drizzle.  Apart from the Red Arrows displaying for their second day along the coast and the likes of the Lancaster with the Spitfire in close range, no "feathered flying species" have been reported for today.

28th - Apart from the NW fairly strong winds, quite a glorious morning, very bright and dry - Although very strange considering that it's Bank Holiday weekend!!  The rest of the day remained dry until early evening when rainfall was obvious but not too long lasting.  Winds stayed at the stronger end of the scale, turning more to WNW.  A quick afternoon visit to view the scrape, gave amongst others, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 juv LRP and 6 Dunlin.  A single Marsh Harrier was also out and about. MR.  Two independent reports also came in today, of a "rare Haven total" of eight Common Buzzards, that were all seen soaring together over the site. 

29th - Quite bright throughout but some very strong W to WSW winds prevailing all day.  A couple of torrential downpours during the afternoon.  A c30min visit to the hide at lunchtime, produced 1+ Common Sandpiper, a juv LRP, 5 Dunlin and 4 Curlew, while both a Green Sandpiper and a Sandwich Tern only stayed very briefly.  Fly-overs were Sand Martins, House Martins and a noticeable movement of Swallows.  18 Greylag Geese were noted as they flew from the scrape area. AP.

30th - Again a bright morning, continuing into the afternoon, though rather cool with very strong NW through N winds.  Mainly blue skies with some clouds of the white fluffy variety, umm, some grey ones about as well!!  Visiting the site this morning and viewing across the scrape from the hide, gave 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 6 Dunlin and a single Grey Plover.  Also 3 Snipe and 1 of each LRP, Spotted Redshank and Avocet.  Singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were in the area. MJ/MR.  A very early morning view of the scrape vicinity provided counts of 228 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 57 Mallard and 276 Greylag Geese. AEC.  2 Wheatears were located in the area near to the Toilet block. MJ.  The trees, bushes and reedbeds produced 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 of each Goldfinch and Common Whitethroat, while Lesser Whitethroats numbered 5.  Again some very noticeable overhead movement of Swallows, Sand and House Martins, with 3 Swift also seen.  A late afternoon seawatch (15.30-16.30hrs) supplied 2 juv Gannets, 15 Sandwich Terns going N and 12 Common Terns heading S.  A probable L T Skua was noted. MR.  An additional report, gave that of a Purple Sandpiper on the sluice c12.30hrs and what was presumed to be the same bird, on the rocks near the Frinton end of the site, later in the afternoon. PRD.    

31st - Extremely bright to start the day, dry and initially very cool but turning very warm in the sun for the afternoon.  Overall a very pleasant day to end this August month.  Moderate winds this morning were NNW, turning to NE by early afternoon and finishing as ENE going into dark.  A Pied Flycatcher was located in the Elder, in the area between the sluice and the mounds c12.15hrs. PRD.  The trees, bushes, fences and reedbeds supplied some good species and counts for the Haven this morning, with the aforementioned Pied Fly, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Redstart, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Willow Warblers, 14 Lesser and 16 Common Whitethroats, 3 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Little Owl.  A single Yellow Wagtail was a fly-over.  The first 2 Wigeon of the autumn season, were seen on the scrape during the morning visit to the hide and these were alongside 3 of each Common Sandpiper, Snipe and Curlew and 1 of each LRP, Dunlin and the "still resident" Avocet!!  A return visit this afternoon, taking in the walk to the Frinton end of site and back, gave additions of 3 Whinchat and 5 further Wheatear and also located 2 Redstarts that were also over and above this morning's bird (these two, being to the right of the sewage farm gate).  The Pied Fly was still showing well as at 15.45hrs. MR.  An additional report was of a Curlew Sandpiper still on the scrape until c10.00hrs.  There were unfortunately, no further sightings of it during today.  

The Pied Flycatcher of today, 31st Aug, brings the Holland Haven 2010 Year List to it's current total of 154.


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