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Recent Sightings

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*


1st - Starting off a new month, there were surveys and a Ringing Session taking place on the site today.  The Ringing Session (06.45-09.15hrs) involved four species and some seventeen birds, one of these being a Reed Warbler that had previously been recorded by the Team in both 2015 and 2016.  A juvenile Willow Warbler was also involved in today's session and now sports a shiny new ring.  Early observations gave that c150 Swifts flew through the site by 07.00hrs, while 100+ Swallows plus the odd Sand and House Martins were also noted.  A juvenile Wheatear, a Green Woodpecker and 3 Kestrels made the report, as did a Little Grebe and a Green Sandpiper - the latter two species being located by the Second Hide. SC/PC.  The main scrape yielded LRP, 4 Wood Sandpipers and 9 Dunlin. (There was no sign of the Little Stint). SC/PC/MR.  Very likely to be a 'different bird' to that involved in the Ringing Session, was the report of another juvenile Willow WarblerMR

2nd - An evening visit (17.00-18.30hrs) gave today's report which included a juvenile Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats in and around the carpark bushes.  Over on the scrape, there were notably a single LRP  (adult), 2 Common and 4 Wood Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin and 6 Golden Plovers - the latter 6 Plovers being in summer plumage.  The scrape area also held 2 Yellow Wagtails, while during the time on site, some 30+ each of Sand Martins  and Swifts were seen to trickle South. PL.

3rd - Reported on the pager at c09.55hrs this morning, was a Spotted Redshank along with 7 Wood Sandpipers on the scrape. RBA.

4th - An evening run (in from the Frinton end of site) produced of note, 3 Turnstones on the beach near to the Sluice, 4 Med Gulls on the Golf Course and 8 Wheatears - the latter of which were a juvenile on the seawall and a count of 7 that were on the Golf Course. PBr

5th - No reports returned.

6th - Both a Ringing Session and a site survey were carried out during this morning.  The Ringing Session involved three species, a total of eight birds and included a Garden Warbler.  Some 2+ Willow Warblers in this vicinity played wise to the nets and evaded the Team! SC/PC.  During the overall site observations, the bushes proved to hold more interesting and notable counts this morning, including 8+ Lesser and 10+ Common Whitethroats, as well as 10+ Willow Warblers.  The scrape however, during this particular survey, showed a downturn in numbers to just singles of Dunlin,  Wood and Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and 2 Blk-T Godwits alongside 1 Shoveler.  A Marsh Harrier was viewed across the fields and a juvenile Wheatear along the seawall.  The Wildlife front yielded 4 Clouded Yellow Butterflies (between Second Hide and seawall) with another notable Butterfly on site, being that of Brown Argus.  Both Common and Ruddy DartersEmperor and 2 Migrant Hawker Dragonflies were all seen this morning. PL.    

7th - A Ringing Session, morning and evening surveys were all reported for today.  The Ringing Session lasted for several hours but despite many birds being in the nearby vicinity, 'tweeting' must have been the order of the morning to steer clear of the compound!  It may have also had something to do with a couple of Sparrowhawks that were, after all this time, the only two birds to be trapped in the nets.  The first a 2CY female (almost certainly Mum) 'deposited a dead bird' - her prey - prior to landing in the net, the second Sparrowhawk was a juvenile.  During the session, there were some 99 Greylag Geese, 1 Blk-T Godwit, 1 Wood and 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and 35 Lapwings across the scrape. PNt.  Further viewing from the Main Hide found increases of Blk-T Godwits and Wood Sandpipers to now 2 of each and the addition of 3 Dunlin.  Also noted were a Grey Heron, 6 Cormorants, 3 Teal, 5  Shelducks and 7 Canada Geese.  A wander along to the third turret during this observer's survey, gave just 1  Wheatear on the seawall.  Generally around the site's trees and bushes, numbers were reported as lower than those of yesterday but included the species of Cetti'sWillow and Reed WarblersCommon and Lesser Whitethroats,  Goldfinches and Linnets.  The Wildlife front yielded a good variety of Butterflies today, including Clouded Yellow,  Painted LadyRed Admiral, PeacockSpeckled WoodMeadow Brown, GatekeeperSmall TortoiseshellSmall White and Common BlueMR.  Garden Warbler was again viewed. ML.  Additional noted species for the area by the Five-Bar Gate, so not too far from the aforementioned compound, were several BlackcapChiffchaffGreenfinch, a variety of Tits, the odd Blackbird and Dunnock for good measure, as well as the Garden WarblerPRD.  An evening walk (17.15-19.15hrs) taken along the rear hedgerows to the Memorials gave 1 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers (the latter G-Wblrs being together in a Alder tree by Tariq), 3 Chiffchaffs and some 20 Willow Warblers.  A single Wheatear was again on the seawall, while 2 juvenile Stonechats and a flock of 40+ Linnets were by/in the area of the Second Hide.  Changes had occurred again on the scrape by this evening, with  Wood and Common SandpipersSnipe and Blk-T Godwits down to just one of each.  Scrape additions proved to be of 2 Yellow Wagtails and flyovers of CurlewPL.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Several observers were on the site today and a Ringing Session too.  The scrape during the morning held a single Wood Sandpiper that only showed itself occasionally, also 2 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Snipe, 10+  Dunlin and 10+ Blk-T Godwits, while 2 Greenshanks and 3 Redshanks flew in then out again.  Prior to the rain, there was a noted movement of some 100 Sand and 300 House Martins along with 200 SwallowsPRD/ML/MR.  Members of the Ringing Team (after a very quiet session on 7th) were a little bit more impressed with their variety of birds along the rear hedgerows this morning.  A total of twelve species and some 41 birds were involved, including BlueGreat and  L-T TitsChaffinchWillow and Reed Warblers and a count of 13 Common Whitethroats.  As well as the previously mentioned passage of House Martins, additional birds viewed were 1 Grey Wagtail and a Golden Plover.  PNt/LW.  An evening visit and the scrape yielded 3 Wood Sandpipers and of further note, 2 Common Gulls (juv + adult). DS.

10th - A seawatch from 07.15-09.15hrs this morning, supplied counts of 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 3 Grey Plovers, 39 Gannets and c55 Common Scoter, along with a few of each Common and Sandwich TernsSC/DS.  Further additional note to seawatching this morning, was a juvenile Kittiwake that was seen to fly N. DS.  A visit late afternoon into the early evening (16.00-18.30hrs at least) again gave a bit of variety across various areas the site.  The first hour spent around the Dell, yielded 1 Redstart, 1 Reed and 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Lesser and 6 Common Whitethroats.  A Hobby flew over during this time and either this same bird or a second Hobby was seen two hours later (distantly) over the rear of the scrape.  Singles of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, along with 2 Willow Warblers were noted by the Memorials.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding marsh (17.30-18.30hrs) provided counts of 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1  Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 juvenile Blk-T Godwits and 16 Teal.  Along the seafront, a Wheatear was on the seawall and 4 Sandwich Terns were seen to be feeding off the Sluice. PL.

11th - A morning Ringing Session (06.45-10.15hrs) supplied some seven species and an overall total of thirty-three birds - all of which proved to be juveniles.  The species of Reed BuntingSedge Warbler and Sand Martin were included within this report. SC/PC/HE.  A mid-afternoon seawatch (14.30-16.00hrs) gave five species of particular note, being 1 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns (all 6 aforementioned birds flying S) and at one  point, c40 Common Scoter that were all heading N together. IM/PL.

12th - Several observers were on and around the site during the course of the day and into the evening.  Species information for 08.00hrs onward through the whole morning was on a joint report from three observers.  Both the Dell and the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) were very quiet at 08.00hrs with notes of 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats, as well as a fly-over Sparrowhawk, while heading up towards the Sewage Farm, the Five-Bar gate area gave 2 Blackcaps.  Viewed from the Main Hide, the scrape and surrounding area, held a small variety that included 2 Little Egrets, singles of RuffWood and Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk-T Godwits, 8 Dunlin, 50+ Lapwings and 14+ Teal.  The observers took a route along to the Second Hide before heading back to the Sluice area and picked up a Haven 2017 Year Tick in the process.  At c11.30hrs, 2 Whinchats* were located between the Main and Second Hides.  Added to this particular day's listing were also 2 Stonechats (juvs), 5 Wheatear, another Willow Warbler and 2 more Common Whitethroats.  A single Swift was seen to be milling around while it slowly moved S, numbers of Sand  and House Martins were of 30+ and 200+ respectively and there were 'lots' of Swallows.  Feeding off of the Sluice area were 3 Common TernsPL/IM/MR.  A Yellow Wagtail was an evening addition. MR.  A further evening survey - being mainly concentrated just prior to the Second Hide, across to the seawall and to the start of the Golf Course - added another Lesser Whitethroat, the Whinchats were at a count of 3 this evening, while 2 Wheatears may have been +/- the morning count.  Meadow Pipits were numerous, some 30+ Linnets were constantly back/forth over the area, while the Sand and House Martins per the Swallows were still in good numbers.  The Wildlife front yielded a Wasp Spider,  Emperor Dragonfly and 2 Blue-Tailed DamselfliesLatticed Heath MothSmall White Butterflies (lots) and in one 'very small patch' in the concentrated area, there were 8+ Common Blue Butterflies (male+fem). AD/KA.

13th - Located in the Dell at c09.33hrs this morning, were both a male Redstart and a Spotted FlycatcherPL. Across the site generally this morning, a combined report from four observers, supplied counts of 2 Reed Warblers, 5 of each Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 6 Common and 8 Lesser Whitethroats along with some 10+ Willow Warblers around the trees and hedgerows.  Surveying the scrape and viewable skyline from the main Hide, produced totals of 1 Ruff, 1 Wood and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 7 Dunlin and 74 Lapwings alongside 2 Shoveler, while a single  Marsh Harrier was also in the vicinity.  Additions to this report came from time spent by the Sluice and gave a  Kingfisher, 2 Wheatears and 2 Hobby, also Terns in the form of 4 Sandwich and 9 CommonPL/IM/ML/TS.  Located near to the Second Hide today was a single WhinchatPR/LR.

14th - Two Ringing Sessions (three areas) took place this morning, during which time, other observations were also noted. The first of these (two areas) saw a total of five species and twenty-six birds involved, including both Sedge Warbler and Whinchat.  Observations gave that in the vicinity of the Second Hide/thereabouts, there were at least 3 Whinchats at the time, also 20+ Linnets, c35 Goldfinches, while Swallows 'maybe 40+ in all' were trickling through. A Greenshank was heard and a Marsh Harrier was also noted. SC.  The second Ringing Session (area at the rear of the main site) involved eleven species and 39 birds, including WillowReed and Cetti's Warblers - the latter presumed to be a 'Haven bred' youngster, also DunnockLesser and Common Whitethroats.  A Corn Bunting was singing in the vicinity and the Wildlife front yielded a Hummingbird Hawk MothPNt/LW.  Surveying from 10.00-12.15hrs on the site gave particular additional notes, being singles of Ruff and both Wood and Common Sandpipers, also Sparrowhawk and 1+ Kestrel.  Some 16 Pied Wagtails were counted and the Wildlife front gave notables of a Clouded Yellow Butterfly  and 3 Water VolesLH.   

15th - A site visit and survey during late afternoon (15.30-16.45hrs), gave noted counts of 1 Ruff, 1 Common and 2  Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints (adults), 4 Blk-T Godwits, 11 Dunlin and c60 Lapwings, alongside 2 Grey Herons, 12+ Teal and 120+ Greylag Geese.  Also viewed were singles of Kestrel and Marsh Harrier (fem), 2 Whinchats and some 18 GoldfinchesLH.  Reported on the pager service, a Wood Sandpiper and a juvenile Caspian Gull were on the scrape c10.56hrs. RBA.

16th - During a site visit (11.45-13.25hrs) - in from our neighbouring county of Suffolk - the scrape provided the observer with counts of 1 Curlew, 1 LRP (juv), 1 Wood and 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 6 Blk-T Godwits  and 7 Dunlin of note.  A Lesser Whitethroat was located near to the viewing platform (Memorials). RH.

17th - A couple of hours spent viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh this morning (Main Hide), provided counts of 1 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 1 Wood and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Stints, 8 Blk T Godwits and 15+  Dunlin, while 2 Whimbrel were flyovers.  Also 14+ Teal, c140 Greylag Geese, a 1W Med Gull and a Marsh Harrier  (sub-ad fem).  Views offshore gave 2 Sandwich Terns and 5 'Comic Terns' flying N - the latter almost certainly Arctic Terns due to flight action and the very brief views of 'evenly pale and fully winged' plumage but unfortunately too brief to confirm this species, which, while seen annually from the site (with a noted exception of 2012), they are few and far between. PRD.  (Of interest but of no benefit to the Haven observer, there were high counts in excess of 120 Arctic Terns past Rainham today).

18th - A late afternoon/early evening visit (16.30-18.00hrs) to the Main Hide, yielded counts of (still) singles of Wood SandpiperRuff and Snipe, also located were singles of LRP (juv), Dunlin and Redshank, alongside 8 Blk T Godwits and 25 Teal.  Birds of Prey viewed across the vicinity from this hide were 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard.  A single Goldcrest was noted at the Sewage Farm. PL.

19th - A visit to site during this morning, gave five noted species around the main bushes and hedgerows, being 1  Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 Common and 6 Lesser Whitethroats, while near to the scrape was a  Whinchat.  The scrape area held a Wader count of 1 LRP, 1 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Snipe, 4 Blk-T Godwits, 7  Dunlin and 7 Redshanks.  Also in this vicinity was a juvenile Med Gull.  The wander towards the Second Hide (by reed-beds) and observed near to here, were a further 3+ Whinchat, as well as a single Stonechat and 3 Wheatears.  PL.  Coming in from the Frinton end, an evening run through the site gave a further report, being of 8 Curlew and 16 Whimbrel on the Golf Course, while 2 Common Sandpipers were on the adjacent seawall rocks.  Whinchats were down to a count of 2 by the Second Hide and a Wood Sandpiper was additional for the scrape.  The run through S, gave a single Wheatear on the seawall - the returning N run found that this species had increased to 9 along the seawall and another 6 on the Golf Course (Wheatear total 15). PBr.   

20th - An early morning visit to the site (in from the Frinton end) provided notable counts of 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2  Wheatears and 14 Whimbrel on the Golf Course, also 1 Ringed Plover and 4 Turnstones on the beach, while some 4  Sandwich and 22 Common Terns were moving N offshore. PBr.  A Ringing Session this morning (in fairly breezy conditions) also included surveying from the area, while surveys from the Dell 'through to and including from' the Main Hide were also undertaken.  The Ringing Session involved six species and some 20 birds, including Swallows and  Sedge Warblers.  Views were had of 1 Little Grebe, c35 Linnets and c60 Goldfinches, 1 Sand and c10 House Martins, 60+ Swallows, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Kestrels.  A flock of 34 Redshank were seen to fly S. SC.  A female  Redstart was located during the morning. MR.  The Dell and Carpark area trees and bushes held counts of 1  Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps and 10 Willow Warblers with singles of Great Spotted Woodpecker and Swift also noted.  Across the scrape were totals of 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 11 Blk T Godwits and 16 Teal with surrounding and skyline areas providing singles of Hobby (juvenile), Peregrine and Marsh Harrier (the latter possibly same bird as previously mentioned).  The Wildlife front afforded a Clouded Yellow Butterfly outside the Main Hide.PL.  By early evening the Blk T Godwits had decreased to 9, while additions on the Wildlife notes were of Migrant Hawker DragonfliesKA/AD.  

21st/22nd - No reports returned.

23rd - Several observers were on and around the site today and while some two hours were spent around the bushes and hedgerows they "gave no indication of any great fall of migrants over night".  Notable and good to see around the Dell, were a flock of 20+ House Sparrows as well as a flock of some 15+ Goldfinches.  The onward route gave 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Lesser and 6 Common Whitethroats and a comment of that was "about it!".  A Turnstone was viewable on the Sluice along the way. MR.  Viewing from the Main Hide provided singles of Common Sandpiper and Ruff  (juv), 3 Snipe and 11 Blk T Godwits, alongside 23 Teal, 1 Little Egret and 2 Grey Herons.  The Herring Gulls on the scrape held amongst them, two Colour-ringed birds - both NTGG Gulls. MR/DW/JH.  The return wander to the Service Road, added both a Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler to the day's counts, when they were located c12.00hrs by the Five-Bar Gate (just down from the Cottages/Boating Club compound). PRD/MR.

24th - A glorious morning (that bodes well for Day 1 of the Airshow) and an early bike ride plus dog, gave several species counts to start the day off.  The seawall and Golf Course areas supplied 13 Curlew, 1 Whinchat (by GC Dump), 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears and Reed Warblers (the latter also around GC Dump).  "A very active feeding area" were the bushes/hedgerows between the Main and Second Hides, supplying notes of 1 Spotted Flycatcher, a further 3 Whinchats, 3 Lesser and 8+ Common Whitethroats.  The Swallow passage "heavy Southbound" over the Haven itself was c350+ (at this point early a.m., Swallow observations Frinton+Haven being of over 1000 so far). PBr.

25th - Another glorious day and the second day of the Clacton Airshow event.  Surveys and a Ringing Session were early morning ones and at least four observers were on the site.  The Ringing Session involved some 49 birds and eight species overall, including Sand MartinSedge WarblerReed Bunting and Blue Tit.  During this time, notable views were also had of 1 Wheatear, 2+ Whinchats, 2 Swifts and 'several hundred' SwallowsSC/PC.  Surveying the bushes and hedgerows from 07.00hrs, found them to be "very productive" for a while but bird-life was definitely "much less evident" after 09.00hrs.  These areas held some eight species of note with singles of Spotted Flycatcher and  Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Common Whitethroats, 3 Goldcrests, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 10+ Blackcaps and 30+ Willow Warblers.  Flyovers/through movement, gave 10+ Swifts along with per previously noted, "plenty" of  Swallows and also House Martins.  Additional records for this particular survey were of 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and singles of both Sparrowhawk and Marsh HarrierPL.  A further wander and observations, found a very quiet scrape area this morning with just 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 11 Blk T Godwits to report.  The cut meadow near to the Second Hide held 4 Yellow Wagtails (+/- the two on prior report) and along the seawall, the Wildlife front yielded 2 Clouded Yellow ButterfliesMR.

26th - Making a bit of a change for the normal August Bank holiday weekends, it was yet another glorious day.  The bushes and hedgerows were not quite so rewarding this morning with smaller numbers recorded - just singles of  Blackcap and Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Common and 5 Lesser Whitethroats.  A Kingfisher was seen however, as were 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  A Swift was noted, along with 1 Sand and 40+ House Martins, also some 150+ Swallows.  The scrape is somewhat sorry for itself at the moment, being "very dry with just a small deeper channel on the front edge" and today held 2 Common Sandpipers, 8 Blk T Godwits and 30 Teal.  The wander and observations through to the Second Hide, supplied 1 StonechatWhinchatsWheatears and 3 Yellow Wagtails, while birds of prey during this site visit, were a Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 Common BuzzardsPL/MR.

27th - Observations during a Ringing Session this morning, yielded 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whinchats and at least 3 Yellow Wagtails, 60+ House Martins (of which c12 were "at one point perched on top shelf of the net!") and also Swallows that numbered some 350+.  The Ringing Session involved 29 birds and a total of eight species, that included both Reed and Sedge WarblersYellow Wagtail and Common WhitethroatSC/PC.

28th - Several observers were on and around the site during this bright, sunny and very warm day (Bank Hol Monday) but there were not too many birds for them to actually view.  Just 1 Willow Warbler, 3+ Lesser Whitethroats and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker reported for the Dell and nearby bushes. IM/MR.  Across the scrape areas were 32 Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers and 6 Blk T Godwits, while Kingfisher and Hobby (distant) were also noted.  The wander from the Main Hide through to and along the edge of the Golf Course, via the Second Hide, added a single Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Whinchats, 10 Wheatears and 45+ Linnets (flock). ML/PL/MR.

29th - On site from 06.30hrs to 11.30hrs this morning, a Ringing Session took place that involved 67 birds and eight species, including GoldfinchReed BuntingSand Martin and Swallow (35 of the latter).  Over the course of this five hours, the area yielded little of further note but did include a single Wheatear, 2 Whinchats, 40+ Goldfinches, 40+  House Martins and while "never more than 50 at once" Swallows were "probably several hundred through". SC/PC.

30th/31st - No reports returned.

As at 31st August 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 151. 


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