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Key:Plain Text- Resident/Regular Visitor.Green -Likely to be Annual. Amber -Less than Annual. Red -Rarity. CAPITALS -New bird for site.

(The above "Colour Coding" has changed for several species this year 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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AUGUST 2013

1st - A very hot day indeed!  Supposedly the hottest 1st August in 10 years - by 08.00hrs the temperature reading for the coastline was at +20 degrees - this increased later and slightly inland it was extremely hot at +31 degrees. Initial SE winds of 7mph - 15mph with gusting at up to 17mph, became ESE with the respective increases to 19mph and 22mph.  Two observers surveyed the Dell and the carpark trees, bushes and hedgerows along the route to the hide, noting 2 Blackcaps and 6 Common Whitethroats within these areas.  In the vicinity of the hide were 1 Sedge Warbler, c30 Goldfinches and 4+ Yellow Wagtails with a Sparrowhawk also noted.  Across the scrape and its surrounding grazing marsh the counts were of 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 6 Avocets (+5), 62 Blk T Godwits and 2 Little Egrets. IM/MR.

2nd - Following a very warm night, 07.00hrs saw the temperature already at +23 degrees.  SSW winds this morning of up to c17mph with some extra blasts of up to 23mph.  Thunder and lightning was apparent on/off during the day as were periods of very sudden and heavy rain!  Generally quite sunny though.  Probably the best bird of today and always a favourite to see by most, was a Kingfisher viewed from the hide.  A single Yellow Wagtail and c20 Sand Martins were also viewed from this point.  The scrape and its surrounding grazing marsh provided counts of 1 LRP, 1 Wood, 2 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Avocets (+6), 50 Blk T Godwits and finally of note there were 8 Teal. IM.

3rd - Following some very early rain, the morning continued with bright sun and coastal temperatures of +20 degrees.  WSW strong winds of up to 28mph and a fair amount of gusting of up to 33mph.  Singles of Whimbrel, Turnstone, LRP and Greenshank were viewable on the scrape area today, amongst 2 Dunlin, 4 Avocets (+6) and 59 Blk T Godwits with Sandpipers represented - as per yesterday - by 1 Wood, 2 Green and 6 Common.  Also in the area were 20 Teal and 15 Greylag Geese of note. IM.  Additional birds were a single Marsh Harrier and 1 Yellow Wagtail. SV

4th - A glorious morning, bright, sunny, blue skies, coastline temperatures before 09.00hrs of +19 degrees but still those strong winds.  With a direction of SSW the winds were variable c14mph through 22mph along with gusting of up to 25mph.  Despite the winds, it was a very hot day locally.  An early look around the Dell provided views of 2 Lesser and 4 Common Whitethroats along with 2+ Willow Warblers.  Surveying from the hide this morning found that Wood Sandpipers had increased to 2, Green Sandpipers were again at 2 while Common Sandpipers were up to 7.  Singles of LRP and Dunlin were noted, as were 2 Greenshanks, 4 Avocets (+6), 54 Blk T Godwits, 22 Teal and 45 Greylag Geese.  In the vicinity and flying over/through the area were 2 Yellow Wagtails, c30 Goldfinches, 20+ Sand Martins and showing very well in front of the hide, a juvenile Kestrel. IM.

5th - A cloudy start gave way to the sun by 07.30hrs but still warm at +19 degrees along the coast (increased to +20+ by mid-day).  SSE winds of up to 23mph and gusting of 26mph - so still no-let up in the stronger winds.  A small amount of rain cmid-day was nothing compared to the downfall that occurred early evening - after which, the latter part of the evening was very pleasant.  A visit to the hide during this morning located 2 Wood, 1 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, alongside 1 adult LRP, 3 Avocets (+6), 4 Oystercatchers and 5 Blk T Godwits.  Ducks and Geese during this survey were 10 Teal and an increase of Greylag Geese to 83.  In the nearby vicinity of the hide were c25 Goldfinches and singles of both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. MR.

6th - Initial NNW winds of up to 17mph (and gusting of up to 22mph) changed to Easterlies of similar strengths until the evening, when at times there was barely a breeze.  Cooler temperatures of +17 degrees.  A short time spent on the site this morning supplied a Willow Warbler in the hedgerows near to the mounds, also a Greenfinch and a few Common Whitethroats.  In the vicinity of and flying over the hide were 15 Goldfinches, c20 Sand Martins and c30 Swallows, while the scrape area itself gave the Ducks and Geese as 2 Shoveler, c15 Teal and 76 Greylags.  Waders during this survey were 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 LRP's, 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 adult Avocets and 6 juveniles (the latter of which still including 2 of the Haven ringed chicks) and finally of note, c22 Blk T Godwits. MR.

7th - Strong winds again this morning with NE of 21mph and plenty of gusting of at least 24mph.  Cloud-covered skies and again temperature readings of +17 degrees.  Visiting the hide found the scrape to be somewhat disturbed by 'ditching' going on but counts made, did include 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 LRP's with a Green Sandpiper dropping in to the area at 09.20hrs. MR.  Despite hopes of some good off-shore movement, the only notables were singles of Common Tern and Sanderling.  A ringing session included several Finches and Tits. SC.

8th - A bright, sunny morning with Northerly winds - lighter than of late - at speeds variable 7mph through 10mph and some gusting of up to 13mph (08.00hrs).  By the afternoon, SE winds were prevailing of up to 14mph and gusting of c18mph.  Initial reports gave that a few more birds were around the bushes this morning and also that a juvenile Turtle Dove* was seen to be on the wires near the Owl's tree before it flew towards the Sewage Farm at c08.30hrs.  Numbers and species had definitely increased for this morning's survey with The Dell/Sailing Club bushes, the Memorials and also the Mounds through to the hide, supplying 2 Lesser (1,1,0) and 9 Common (4,1,4) Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps (1,1,0), 3 Willow Warblers (2,0,1) and 4 Reed Warblers (0,4,0) in the respective three areas.  In the localised areas of the hide a further 2 Reed Warblers were viewed, as were 1 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Meadow Pipits and 12 Goldfinches, while c30 Swallows were over/through the vicinity.  Ditching was continuing today so still some expected disturbances, however the scrape yielded singles of LRP and Redshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 7 Lapwings, 9 Canada and 125 Greylag Geese, whilst a single adult Avocet was noted alongside 4 juveniles that still included the last two of our own colour-ringed chicks. MR.

9th - A little bit of early rain during a grey, cloud-covered morning with SW winds of up to 25mph and gusting of c29mph.  Coastline temperature readings reaching +18 degrees before a slight drop.  No reports returned.

10th - Even though the day was mostly cloudy with intermittent 'hot' breaks with the bright sun, it was generally very pleasant.  Morning WNW winds were of c15mph and gusting of up to 19mph alongside a coastline temperature of +17 degrees.  No reports returned.

11th - A bright morning with a temperature of +18 degrees by 08.30hrs (+21 degrees later in the day) complete with Westerly winds varying 9mph through 20mph and gusting of up to 24mph.  A site visit gave details of species viewed from the hide, counts of which were 1 LRP, 3 Oystercatchers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 8 Blk T Godwits, 9 Canada and 113 Greylag Geese and c30 Teal.  A total of 7 Avocets being adults and juveniles again included the last two Haven 2013 ringed chicks.  Of note there were 2 Sand Martins seen. IM.

12th - A grey and cool early morning (+16 degrees) with some moderate strength NW winds - up to 12mph and gusting of up to 16mph.  The sun was trying to make a break for it c07.45hrs.  Winds remained NW throughout, though they increased/varied to 20mph and 24mph respectively and the temperature reached a coastline high of +20 degrees.  At least three observers were on and around the site during the day with a combined report given for the Dell and its surrounding bushes and also the counts made from the main hide.  The former produced 1 Lesser and 5 Common Whitethroats along with 6+ Willow Warblers.  Ducks and Geese on and around the scrape area were 64 Teal, 9 Canada and 120 Greylags, while the Waders consisted of 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin and 4 Blk T Godwits, also 5 Avocets (inc. 2 x Haven '13 ringed) and 8 Common Sandpipers.  The localised vicinity and viewable skyline at this time also yielded 6 Yellow Wagtails, a Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harriers. MR/PRD/IM

13th - A cool start again this morning with NNW winds variable up to 15mph and gusting of up to 21mph along with early temperature readings of +15 degrees.  Winds and temperature later became WNW, 18mph, 26mph and +19 degrees respectively.  Two observers surveyed the site today and found that the Dell areas held 1 Willow, 2 Reed and 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Lesser and 6 Common Whitethroats of note.  Heading to the main hide, the mounds held 1+ Whinchat, while the Sluice bushes yielded 2 Linnets and another 4 Common Whitethroats.  The counts and species as viewed from the hide gave 2 Kestrels, c30 House Martins and a good number of Swallows, along with 5+ Yellow and 9 Pied Wagtails.  136 Greylag Geese were around the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh and Waders comprised 1 Ruff, 1 LRP, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 2 Avocets (+4) and 7 Common Sandpipers.  Both the remaining juvenile ringed Avocets were seen to be flying around the vicinity during today's survey. IM/MR.

14th - A brighter morning with light to moderate NW winds - variable 4mph through 13mph with gusting at times up to 17mph (by evening the winds were more Southerly).  Early coastline temperature readings of +17 degrees.  A few more species and some higher numbers were noted this morning with the area over the road (opp. Approach Road), the Dell and the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) providing singles of Song Thrush and Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatears, 2 Reed Warblers, 5 Lesser and 10+ Common Whitethroats along with a total of 10 Willow Warblers.  Continuing to the main hide, the views across the scrape, grazing marsh and skyline yielded singles of Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 9 Canada and 102 Greylag Geese, c60 Teal, 1 LRP, 2 Snipe, 2 Turnstones, 4 Blk T Godwits, 7 Avocets (inc.GB/GN+GB/GW) , 7 Common Sandpipers and finally of note there were 14 Dunlin. IM/MR

NB: Of interest, Avocet GB/GB ringed at the Haven 04-07-13 was last seen at this site 29-07-13.  This Avocet was subsequently viewed and photographed 10+11-08-13 at Orfordness, Suffolk (M.Marsh/D.Crawshaw).  The details of the Haven ringed Avocets are being collated by members of the Haven Ringing Team at present and will soon be available within our website as per our other ringing/controls/recovery info.     

15th - After the early morning rain the skies brightened to include some intermittent sun along with coastline temperature readings of +18 degrees.  Initial SW winds being variable up to 22mph with gusting of up to 25mph.  An afternoon report was of a Curlew Sandpiper* located amongst 14 Dunlin at 15.35hrs. PRD.  

16th - A grey start with intermittent rain, although some breaks in the skyline.  SW winds of up to 24mph and gusting of up to 28mph along with coastline temperatures of +19 degrees.  Visiting and surveying from the hide during today included views of 6 Swifts, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Little Egrets.  Wader counts for on and around the scrape were of 1 LRP, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 5 Snipe, a combined adult and juvenile total of 6 Avocets (inc. GB/GN+GB/GW), also 1 Green and 7 Common Sandpipers, 9 Blk T Godwits and 16 Dunlin.  Additions included 82 Teal, 10 Canada and c140 Greylag Geese.  The return route to the carpark area, saw a Whinchat and 4 Wheatears on the turret immediately above the hide, while the carpark supplied a single Kestrel and a very juvenile Sparrowhawk. IM.

17th - Intermittent sun and cloud-cover along with SSW strong winds of 19+mph and gusting of 22+mph and coastline temperature readings of +17 degrees for the morning.  Afternoon into evening saw wind direction move to WSW with increased speeds to 34+mph and 41+mph respectively and the temperature reached +19 degrees.  Morning and afternoon visits were made today giving counts of 5 Lesser and 10+ Common Whitethroats along with 12+ Willow Warblers around the site generally.  Viewing from the hide (with little difference morning to afternoon) gave 1 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 3 Ruff, 5 Avocets (inc. ringed), 7 Blk T Godwits, 15 Dunlin, 9 Canada Geese and 65 Teal.  Also noted were a single Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Egret and 2 Marsh Harriers. PL/MR.  Early evening views off-shore added 4 Grey Plovers (2+2 S) while a Yellow Wagtail was on the Greensward. AD.

(NB: Should it have survived, there is an escaped Diamond Dove in the Holland-on-Sea area wearing a pink ring.  Although quite tame, it had eluded being caught.  Apparently still around on Sunday afternoon).

18th - A day of mixed cloud and bright blue skies and temperatures variable up to +21 degrees.  By the evening the wind direction was at W and speeds throughout had varied 12mph through 37mph with added gusting of up to 42mph.  Enjoying a pleasant morning on the site were at least three observers.  The bushes/thicket beside the Sailing Club compound "were alive first thing" with totals of 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 7 Common Whitethroats and 7 Blackbirds.  Generally around the rest of the site further additions to these were 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers and 4 Reed Warblers, also 4+ Kestrels and fly-overs of 4 Sand Martins.  A juvenile Med Gull flew S off-shore.  Surveying from the hide provided counts of 1 LRP, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 6 Common Sandpipers, 6 Blk T Godwits and 6 Avocets (inc. ringed) and 18 Dunlin, alongside 62 Teal and c100 Greylag Geese.  Views at this time also gave 1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker - the latter species has not been noted too many times this current Haven year.  The wildlife side gave of particular note, 4+ Clouded Yellow Butterflies near to the mounds. PL/IM/MR.  

19th - A cool +14 degrees temperature reading at 06.45hrs was alongside NNW light to moderate winds of 5mph through 15mph, while gusting was of speeds up to 18mph (Later changes: +21 degrees, WNW of 16+mph and 21+mph respectively).  A general mixed day of cloud-cover, blue skies and intermittent sun.  After various sites around the area and also just across the water at Landguard have all been reporting several of this species, a Pied Flycatcher* at 09.14hrs (see gallery) was located in the bushes near to the Radar Tower this morning.  Also noted during this survey were 10+ Lesser and c20 Common Whitethroats as well as 7 Willow Warblers (5 on mounds) and 3 Yellow Wagtails (main hide).  A few slight changes to numbers/species on and around the scrape - as viewed from the hide - the report held totals of 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 LRP, 4 Ruff, 5 Redshanks (juvs), 6 Snipe, 6 Common Sandpipers, 6 Avocets (inc. ringed), 7 Blk T Godwits and 21 Dunlin.  Duck and Geese counts were of 2 Shoveler, 6 Shelducks, c100 Teal and 136 Greylags.  In the vicinity of the hide were 2 Clouded Yellow Butterflies.  A return visit to the Dell and up to the Memorials, located a further 3 Pied Flycatchers by 19.00hrs, 1 at the former and 2 in the right hand bushes looking down to the Little Owl's tree. MR.  Also an evening visit (c18.15 to 20.30hrs) from the Greensward, past the Sewage Farm, Mounds, to the hide and a short seawatch gave Common and Lesser Whitethroats, 2+ Kestrels, Swallows in abundance and some 20+ Sand Martins.  Views across the scrape and immediate area, noted increases of Snipe up to 11, Ruff to 5, Blk T Godwits to 14+ and along the rear edge of the scrape, a Wheatear.  There were NO Avocets at all in the vicinity this evening.  The seawatch was fairly quiet of birds to say the least, although 2 Common Sandpipers flew onto the Sluice Rocks and 2 Oystercatchers flew in/off.  Several moths were seen however, including a Magpie Moth as it fluttered its way on-shore and disappeared into the immediate thicket. KA/AD.     

20th - Initial light NNW winds turned by 09.00hrs to NNE of speeds 4mph through 9mph with occasional gusting of up to 13mph and turned again later to a direction of SSE of up to 20mph and gusting of up to 23mph.  Whilst very humid at times the coastal temperature readings stayed pretty much around +20 degrees.  An early morning survey of the scrape gave Wader counts of 1 LRP, 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 4 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpipers, 20 Dunlin and 23 Lapwings and as per last night's report, no sign of any Avocets.  Also in the vicinity of the scrape were 2 Shoveler, 7 Shelducks, c60 Teal, 114 Greylag Geese and of note, a single Yellow Wagtail. MR.  Reported on the board for slightly later around the site were details of 2 Blackcaps, 8+ Lesser and 15+ Common Whitethroats, 10+ Willow Warblers, also 3 Whinchats (thistles to right of the hide), a Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. PRD.  A return visit this afternoon, added 3 Greenshanks to the day's totals for the scrape. DR/MR.

21st - The earlier morning WNW winds changed direction to SSE prior to mid-day with variable speeds up to 17mph and gusting of up to 19mph.  Generally a bright, sunny day with coastline temperatures reaching +19 degrees.  On and around the site generally this morning were singles of WheatearSong Thrush and Kestrel, 4 Reed and 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Lesser and 12 Common Whitethroats, as well as 3 Sparrowhawks (ad+2 juvs in wooded area).  A Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, 4 Sand Martins, c10 House Martins and c40 Swallows were viewed from the hide during this survey, while counts for the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh included 2 Little Egrets, 45 Teal and 122 Greylag Geese.  Waders at this point were 2 LRP's, 3 Snipe, 4 Ruff, 4 Blk T Godwits, 4 Common Sandpipers, 9 Dunlin and 30+ Lapwings. IM/MR.  Noted additions from mid-day onwards were 7 Wheatears on the first turret, singles of Common Tern and Med Gull (the latter on the sea) were in the vicinity of the second turret and a count of 21 Blk T Godwits flew onto the scrape at 13.20hrs. IM.  Of a Wildlife note, a single Clouded Yellow was seen near the mounds on dandelions by the blocks. MR.

22nd - After a humid night with some fairly constant rain, the skies were grey this morning....... and the rain continued pretty much throughout the day.  Initial early Westerlies turned by 08.00hrs to SW of variable speeds up to 12mph with gusting of up to 14mph.  At least three observers were on the site today - mostly viewing from the hide to shelter from the downpours.  The viewable skyline gave a Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harriers while the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh provided singles of Spotted RedshankLRP and Greenshank, 3 Ringed Plovers, 4 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpipers, 9 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, 10 Blk T Godwit, 60+ Teal and finally 120+ Greylag Geese. IM/PRD/MR.

23rd - E through ESE winds for early this morning, of light to moderate speeds (up to 12mph) with some gusting of up to 15mph.  Bright, sunny and early coastline temperatures of +18 degrees by 06.45hrs.  Several birders were on and around the site, some from very early morning to early afternoon and included members of the Ringing Team.  A quick search of trees, bushes and hedgerows from the Dell to the hide provided 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser and 4 Common Whitethroats, a Little Owl and a juvenile Sparrowhawk.  A Marsh Harrier was viewed from the hide, while the scrape itself held singles of LRP, Ringed Plover and Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, c90 Teal and 145 Greylag Geese. IM/PRD. A Garden Warbler was in the area close to Tariq at c12.55hrs. PRD.  A Pied Flycatcher was seen near the memorials at c11.00hrs - this may or may not have been the bird ringed earlier by the team, as views were too brief to glimpse any ring. SC. 2 Sandwich Tern flew N. GG/PRD.

24th - Rain, rain and more rain............... a very grey, wet day with few pauses in the downpours!  Initial NNW winds turned later to Easterlies before returning to a direction of NNW.  Wind speeds varied greatly from absolutely no breeze at all, to strong winds of 30mph.  Gusting reached up to c34mph.  At least three observers visited the site and included sea-watching from 06.10-07.30hrs, viewing across the scrape from 07.40hrs on/off through the morning and an afternoon visit to the Farm areas.  The seawatch yielded 74 Common Terns (S), 3 Wigeon (S), 8 Teal (N), 13 Oystercatchers (8S+5N) and also a juvenile Med Gull. PL/SC.  Using the higher of the totals from the reports, the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave counts of 1 LRP, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 5 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 6 Dunlin, 2 Shelducks (juvs), 105 Teal and 154 Greylag Geese.  Singles of Yellow Wagtail and Marsh Harrier were also noted. PL/IM/SC.  The Farm provided counts of 6+ Corn Buntings in the field beyond the paddocks while atop the paddock fence posts were some 2 Whinchats and 6 Wheatears. IM  (Please note that when areas at the Farm are included in our reports, these said areas are viewed from public right of ways/footpaths).   

25th - After another night of rain, this finally eased c06.30hrs to give bright sun and blue skies.  Will it last the day?  Initial wind direction and speeds of E, up to 17mph and gusting up to 21mph.  Early temperature readings showing +18 degrees.  At least five observers were on and around the site at the same and alternative times throughout the day.  With the hopes of something good passing off-shore, there were at least two seawatching sessions (a.m.+p.m.), the trees, bushes and hedgerows were surveyed along the route, the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and subsequent skyline were viewed from the hide and an afternoon visit was made to the Farm.  Reports included totals of 1 Garden Warbler (Dell), 1 Sedge, 1 Reed and 4 Willow Warblers, 7 Lesser (2xDell) and 10 Common Whitethroats (3xDell), 8+ Whinchats (Farm) and 12+ Wheatears (Farm).  Birds of Prey were represented by 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harriers and 3+ Sparrowhawks.  Counts from the main hide included 1 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 3 Ruff and 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, 7 Green Sandpipers, 8 Shoveler, c150 Teal and c150 Greylag Geese.  Upon leaving the hide, 6 Golden Plovers were fly-overs S.  The early morning seawatch failed to live up to any expectations with just 2 Gannets of any note - these headed N.  Afternoon seawatching provided a few species to report and included a juvenile Arctic Tern* (N), 7 Common Terns (5+2 N), 2 Gannets (N), 2 Dunlin (N), 1 Brent Goose that landed on the sluice before continuing N and 3 Common Scoters that flew S. PL/PRD/IM/SC/MR.  Rounding up the species for today was a Pied Flycatcher that was along the "right-hand edge of the bushes - looking from the roadside, back towards the Owl's tree". PL/MR.            

26th - Initial winds varied NNW through NNE of speeds c14mph with gusting of up to 17mph alongside a coastal temperature of +16 degrees (06.30hrs).  By 09.00hrs the winds were slightly more settled at NE and the temperature was already up at +19 degrees.  At 07.38hrs a Wryneck* was located in the Dell (toilet block area) and was present throughout the day. JBS.  A second Wryneck was located c11.05hrs in trees/bushes N of the Sewage Farm and remained in this and the Mounds area until at least mid-day. SC/PC/PNt.  The Dell also hosted a Garden Warbler (SC) this morning, while late morning a Pied Flycatcher (PC) was briefly in the area just N of the Sewage Farm.  Surveying the scrape areas from the hide provided counts of 1 Dunlin and 1 Curlew, 2 of each TurnstoneBlk T Godwit and Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 4 Greenshanks and 5 Snipe alongside 6+ Shoveler, c120 Teal and c170 Greylag Geese.  Also seen from this point were 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Common Buzzard and 1 Marsh Harrier.  Around the site - noted but not counted - were Lesser and Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.  On the Wildlife side, at least 2 Clouded Yellows were located. MR/PNt/IM/SC/PC.   

27th - A cool start this morning and slightly hazy in some areas.  Blue skies and bright sun followed along with winds variable in both speed and direction - being of c3mph up to 16mph, gusts of up to 18mph and changeable NNW through NE.  At least six observers visited/travelled through the site today.  The Wryneck was again showing in the bushes next to the Sailing Club Compound.  In and around this area were also 1 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatchers and of the counts of 1 Garden Warbler, 10+ Willow Warblers, 12+ Lesser and 14+ Common Whitethroats - most of these birds were in the same and immediate vicinity.  A Redstart* (PRD) was viewed briefly behind the memorials and a Kingfisher was noted at the sluice.  The scrape was definitely quiet today with Waders being just 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe and 23 Lapwings of note, alongside 7 Cormorants, 6 Shoveler, 100+ Teal and c100 Greylag Geese.  Flying over and through were some 30+/- House MartinsPRD/IM/PL/TS/MR.  An early evening (16.00-17.00hrs) cycle ride through the Haven provided additions for the day of 8+ Wheatears along the seawall (N of hide), at least 100 Sand Martins with a mix of up to 20 Swallows and House Martins that were 'slowly moving North and feeding over the area' and the final of today's counts, 5 Cormorants were heading N off-shore. PBr.

28th - Bright, sunny and very warm with coastline temperatures reaching +19 degrees.  Initial NNW winds moved round to SE and were mostly light to moderate with speeds up to c14mph and occasional gusting of up to 17mph.  Quite a few birders were on and around the Haven at various times through the day.  The Wryneck (see Gallery) was still on site (by the Sailing Club Compound) and by this evening (17.10hrs) it was wearing a bright new Haven ring. PNt/PR/LR.  Viewing from the hide gave 7 Snipe and 25 Lapwings, 3 Wigeon, 60+ Teal, 9 Canada and 151 Greylag Geese, while singles of Yellow Wagtail and Marsh Harrier were in the vicinity and skyline. IM/MR.  10 Blk T Godwits were noted fly-overs. PRD/PL.  Trees, hedgerows and areas through to the hide, supplied counts of 1 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed and 8 Willow Warblers, 8 Lesser and 10 Common Whitethroats, also 1 Kestrel and 3 Sparrowhawks. MR.

29th - A change of wind direction for this morning to light WSW (4mph through c10mph), bright sun, dry and very warm - it reached at least +23 degrees around this area today.  The walk from the carpark and including the Dell,  onwards through to the main hide yielded counts of 2 Blackcaps, 3 Reed and 8 Willow Warblers, 6 Lesser and 10+ Common Whitethroats as well as 6 Wheatears.  A single Common Tern was also noted.  The scrape at 10.00hrs held 2 Little Stints alongside 2 Common Sandpipers, 17 Snipe, 33 Dunlin and 43 Lapwings.  The scrape and grazing marsh also held 60+ Teal, 120 Greylag Geese and 1 Yellow Wagtail, while the visible skyline from the hide gave 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Marsh Harrier and 3 Common BuzzardsIM/PL/MR.  An early evening wander to survey the Golf Course areas through to the Farm gave some additions that included a total of 18 House Sparrows at the Paddocks.  Other sightings were of a Yellow Wagtail (S) over the Golf Course, 2 Linnets (fields), 2 Willow Warblers (farm pond), a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. PBr.

30th - Another glorious day of bright sun, blue skies and very warm temperatures of +21+ degrees.  The initial NW through WNW winds of light to moderate that included some gusting of up to 18mph, turned to SW and of moderate to strong speeds of 22mph and gusting up to 26mph.  Several birders were on and around the site today and included a Ringing Session, surveillance of the bushes, hedgerows, scrape, grazing marsh and the Farm - although the Farm was very disturbed with the tractor working in the fields.  Early evening observations also took place.  The Dell to the hide provided 1 Garden and 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser and 5 Common Whitethroats, with 3 Wheatears also being seen along the way.  Waders on the scrape areas included the 2 Little Stints, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blk T Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 5 Snipe and c70 Lapwings, while c60 Teal and 100+ Greylag Geese were also in the vicinity.  A Yellow Wagtail and 2 Marsh Harriers were viewed and noted from the hide. IM/PRD.  Southerly movement of hirundines was observed this morning (c07.00 to 11.00hrs) and the counts of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows were at c40, c50 and c400 respectively. PRD/IM/GG.  The 18 House Sparrows were again by the Farm Paddocks and these were the only notable species at the time. GG.  Accidently flushed from the lower seawall path alongside the Golf Course (just South of the bridlepath) at 16.58hrs was the Haven's third Wryneck of this year.  The Wryneck was seen to fly over the ditch into reeds/edge of the Golf Course.  During this survey, there were also 5+ Wheatears along the seawall and 2 Yellow Wagtails on the Golf Course. PBr. A Grey Wagtail was noted around the Sewage Farm. GG 

31st - A hot, bright day with temperatures exceeding +20 degrees, along with Northerly winds of up to 21+mph and gusting of up to c26mph.  Surveying from the hide during the day provided counts of 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Stints, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 12 Snipe and 71 Lapwings alongside 1 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 150+ Greylag Geese.  A Yellow Wagtail was noted from this point, as were 2 Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk and a Marsh Harrier. IM.  Evening site visits by three observers noted an increase of Snipe up to 19+, both Little Stints were occupying the far right of the scrape area, Dunlin were down to 2 and of 2 Grey Herons - one was happily stood guard on the Tern Raft. MR/AD/KA.  The walk from the main hide to the Frinton end and back finishing just before dusk, added 4 Whinchats (1 prior to 2nd hide + 3 on path/posts beyond), 2+ Wheatears (along seawall/both ends of site) and an Oystercatcher flew N off-shore as did 3 CormorantsAD/KA.  On a Wildlife note, in the earlier evening sun at the top of the carpark, there were at least 19 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies (only 2 females) of which most were hanging from the trees and bushes, while around the corner Common Darters were very visible. AD/KA.    

As at 31st August, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 163.

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