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Recent Sightings

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" 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*

FEBRUARY 2016 

1st - No reports returned.

2nd - A 90 minute seawatch session took place and notes from this included some 300+ Red-throated Divers heading S and a 'few Guillemots and a Gt. Crested Grebe' that were also seen.  On the site was also an NTGG colour-ringed Herring Gull. MR.

3rd - Of particular note this morning (07.30 to 08.00hrs) the Rough-Legged Buzzard was seen soaring over both the second hide and the Golf Course, while a 20+ flock of Curlew flew over then dropped onto the Golf Course. BS.  Colour-ringed Herring Gulls (2) again featured in the notebooks. MR

4th - Surveying from the main hide during today, yielded singles of Barn Owl, Common Buzzard and Rough-legged Buzzard as well as 2 Kestrels, while the Gulls consisted of 3 Common and 77 Black-headed of note.  The scrape itself and the surrounding grazing marsh held 3 Grey Herons, 26 Blk T Godwits, 42 Curlew and c250 Lapwings, 5 Shelducks, 22 Shoveler, c60 Teal, c400 Wigeon, 2 Canada and 79 Greylag Geese. MR.

5th - No reports returned.

6th - Two observers carried out a seawatch during today and included in the report were a Goosander* flying close in as it headed S, 2 Kittiwakes (adults), 3 Common Scoters, 5 Gannets (adults) as well as numerous Red-throated Divers and Auks - of the latter species, all those that were within i.d. range, were Guillemots.  At the far end of the site, there were 2 Rock Pipits of note. GG/PL.  Additional species included 2 Snipe, 27 Blk T Godwits, 54 Curlew and 4 Gadwall (2xdrake). GG

7th & 8th - No reports returned.

9th - Of particular note today were the Rough-legged Buzzard (on a post beyond the Golf Course), 1 Rock Pipit on the rocks prior to full tide and 6 Red-throated Divers off-shore towards the turbines. BL.

10th - At least two observers on the site this morning and a WeBS count took place during this time.  A fairly quick visit in the sunshine provided views of the Rough-legged Buzzard - showing very well along the seawall during the whole visit, also 2 Common Buzzards (the latter both together along the rear hedgerows) and near to the sluice were 2 Purple Sandpipers. MR.  Across the site during the WeBS count, the survey yielded singles of Green Woodpecker, KestrelGrey Heron, Cormorant and Red-Throated Diver, 4 Moorhens, 21 Blk T Wits, 26 Curlew and 390 Lapwings, 8 Mallards, 11 Shelduck (6xScrape+5xSouth), 15 Shoveler, 50 Teal and 515 Wigeon, 4 Canada and 76 Greylag Geese.  Reported Gulls were of 1 G B B, 2 L B B, 75 Herring and 90 Black-headed with two NTGG colour-ringed Herring Gulls included. SC.

11th - While it turned into a nice, bright but cool day, the morning was very frosty and extremely chilly!  The area over the road (opposite the Approach Road) was 'full of bird-song' this morning and included a Cetti's Warbler and 3+ Song Thrushes.  The Sluice area held 1 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpipers, the brambles near to the first turret held 3 Stonechats and the resident Rough-legged Buzzard (since 20th October 2015) - not as active as yesterday - was seen to be sitting atop a fence post along the rear hedgerows.  Viewing across the area from the main hide, provided 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzards, also 3 Grey Herons, 2 Canada and c90 Greylag Geese and notable Duck species that consisted 2 Gadwall, 5 Shelducks, 22 Shoveler, c80 Teal and c400 Wigeon.  The Wader counts included a Haven 2016 Year List Tick and were of 3 Ruff*, 34 Blk T Godwits, 46 Curlew and c300 Lapwings. MR.

12th/17th - All much the same around the site - no actual counts returned.

18th - A relatively quick visit this morning included a half-hour of seawatching for which this yielded 2 Shelducks flying S while 18+ Red-throated Divers were sitting on the sea (between Sailing Club and Outfall Buoy).  At this time the Sluice area held a single Turnstone and 2 Purple Sandpipers and a further 4 Turnstones were on the Greensward.  Hunting along the seawall towards Frinton were the Rough-legged Buzzard and also 2 Kestrels, while again there was little to note of any changes on the scrape apart from an increase in the number of Canada Geese that are now up to a total of 12. MR.

19th - Surveying from 09.10 to 13.30hrs provided of particular note, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, the Rough-legged Buzzard (distant along the hedgerows) and 2 Common Buzzards, also 8 Snipe, 13 Curlew and 150 Brent Geese, a single Stonechat, 65 Linnet and 10 Stock Doves. SN.

20th - Reported this morning (RBA), the Rough-legged Buzzard is still on site and as at today, this juvenile bird has now been resident at the Haven for a total of four months, having originally arrived on site 20th Oct 2015.

21st - During a survey from the Carpark through to the Frinton end of site and the return wander in high winds with on/off sun, there was little of particular note.  A Stonechat (male) was just beyond the third turret, a Reed Bunting appeared by the Golf Course Dump, several Skylarks were extremely vocal, a Little Grebe was in front of the second hide, 3 Purple Sandpipers flew S along the shoreline and a Red-throated Diver was drifting on the sea close to the Boating Club rocks.  Of note from the main hide were a single Common Buzzard atop a rear fence post, 1 Kestrel, 2 Grey Herons and among the regular culprits across the scrape and surrounding area were some 32+ Blk T Godwits.  Both a Common Gull and a G B B Gull were on the pool beyond the Memorials, while a couple of mixed Tit flocks moved along both the Service Road and along and across the Approach Road. KA/AD.

22nd - Today's observations began with a seawatch (short session) across a calm sea where 2 Cormorants were seen to be feeding close in and a few Red-Throated Divers were visible - surveying at distance, the latter birds increased to 28+ with additional species being of 2 Great-crested Grebes and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers.  Once again, the 3 Purple Sandpipers were on the seawall, N of the Sluice (see photo).  The Rough-legged Buzzard was showing today, as were 2 Kestrels (all seen from the main hide), while across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh the Geese consisted of 13 Canada, 15 Brent and 74 Greylag and the Duck counts were 4 Gadwall, 9 Shelducks, 18 Shoveler, c50 Teal and c450 Wigeon.  A Common Gull, 15 Herring and 66 Black-headed Gulls, were alongside 1 Redshank*, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Blk T Godwits, 45 Curlew and c400 Lapwings. MR.

23rd/24th - No reports returned.

25th - A mostly bright if chilly day!  Several observers visited the site today and albeit a very slow start in bird numbers for the Haven's ringing team, the first of this 2016 Year's sessions took place.  Once again the 3 Purple Sandpipers were around the Sluice area, while 2 Cormorants were feeding off-shore as were 4+ Red-throated Divers.  Viewing further along the site gave the Rough-legged Buzzard atop a post towards the Golf Course. MR.  Surveying from the main hide provided 1 Oystercatcher, 26 Blk T Godwits, 32 Curlew and c450 Lapwings alongside 2 Gadwall, 11 Shelducks, 16 Shoveler, c50 Teal and c400 Wigeon, as well as 11 Canada and 49 Greylag Geese.  A Kingfisher was seen from this point and 2 of each Kestrel and Common Buzzard were noted. PR/LR/MR.  A Goldcrest was among the birds during the ringing session.  Further additions for the site, included three Year Ticks and were of 1 S E O* that was flushed by the second hide, a Marsh Harrier through the site and 5 Siskins* in/off, while notable species located in the Farm Paddocks were those of 1 Fieldfare*, 2 Mistle and 5 Song Thrushes. GG.

26th - No reports returned.

27th - A visit to the site 10.20-13.00hrs provided of note, the juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard and a single Common Buzzard, as well as 2 Purple Sandpipers, while off-shore notes were of 2 Gannets and 5 Red-throated Divers. SG.

28th - The Rough-legged Buzzard was reported as being on the site this morning. RBA.

29th - Of particular note today, a drake Velvet Scoter* was viewed on the sea (from the Sluice) at 12.20hrs. PRD

As at 29th February 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at: 101.

ALL photos remain the copyright of the photographer and/or the particular websites or publications they may appear within.  From top of page downwards, the photos are by: Mick Rodwell (Purple Sandpipers).   

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