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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). 

Archive:  Jan   Feb   Mar  Apr   May   June   July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec 

Site Year Tick*


1st/2nd - No reports returned.

3rd - Surveying from the main hide provided views of 1 Grey Heron, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 3 Snipe, 12 Curlew and c70  Lapwings alongside 2 Pintails* (1pr), 2 Shelducks, 3 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, c300 Teal and c500 Wigeon.  The Geese are still featuring well on the Haven surveys with counts of 1 Pink-foot, 9 White-fronts, 12 Canada, c70 Greylag and c500 Brent Geese today.  The Brent were mostly staying on the arable and occasionally dropping onto the scrape - one of these (scrape) birds proved to be a Black Brant (1W)MR/DW/IM.  The return walk from the hide added 2 Stonechats by the first turret and a Grey Wagtail in the Sewage Farm.  A couple of colour-ringed Herring Gulls were also at the Sewage Farm. MR.  

4th - Viewing from the main hide (11.35-12.50hrs) yielded counts of 2 Blk-T Godwits, c200 Lapwings, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shelducks, 150 Teal, 300 Wigeon, 1 Pink-footed, 9 White-fronted, 16 Canada and c150 Greylag GeeseIM.   

5th - Surveying today gave that yesterday's species were still around today - changes in some numbers and a few additional species.  Of note, Blk-T Godwits were up to 3, Gadwall were at 3 and Shelducks were up to 6, there were also 1 Snipe, 20 Golden Plovers, 25 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Marsh HarrierIM/PL/ML.  A short seawatch gave only some 30+ Red-throated DiversIM.     

6th/7th/8th/9th - No reports returned.

10th - Morning and afternoon visits took place today and two 'Haven Year Ticks' were added.  The Geese still very much in evidence on and around the site, consisted of at least 7 White-fronted, 14 Canada, c60 Greylags (recently taken to feeding on the arable just the other side of the road - by the 'chippings' lay-by) and the Brent flock which has itself become more spread out.  This morning, c350 of the Brents - including a single Black Brant - descended upon the scrape for a while.  Visible from the main hide were also counts of 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 20 Curlew, 310  Lapwings, 2 Shelducks, 5 Shoveler, c300 Teal, c500 Wigeon and a single Kestrel.  Wishing to view any R-T Divers sitting on the sea, proved lucky at c09.40hrs when close off-shore, a pair of Velvet Scoters* flew S.  Slightly later during a one-hour 'quiet' seawatch, a Guillemot* flew N, 3 Red-throated Divers were noted and 'lots of 'Cormorants were seen to fly back and forth. MR.  Surveying this afternoon (12.45-14.45hrs) gave particular notes that included a Kingfisher that was over the road, a Grey Wagtail at the Sewage Farm and both Redwing and Song Thrush in the carpark areas.  On and around the scrape at this time were 450 Brent Geese and also a Pale Bellied Brent (the flock unfortunately spooked before the Brant could be located), Canada Geese were down to 2, while  Curlew were up to a count of 40, Wigeon were up to 720 and the Lapwing flock had decreased to a count of 195. SC.

11th - No reports returned.

12th - A run around the site (in from/back to the Frinton end) gave of note, a Purple Sandpiper on the sluice and a Snow Bunting* on the beach area below the raised Golf Tee. PBr

13th - Surveying this morning found that all was much the same as in recent days with the Brent Geese being 'in and out' once again, while a Pink-footed, 8 White-fronted and 12 Canada Geese were in amongst the Greylag Geese and the resident Ducks were in good numbers.  Viewed mid-morning - on the arable - were 2 Peregrines (1pr). MR.

14th - Of particular note today, a Fulmar* heading SW became an addition to the Haven 2017 Year List while being viewed as it flew, literally, over the observer's head at 16.07hrs. PRD.

15th - Off-shore viewing included that of a Guillemot seen to be drifting S today.  Cormorants and Red-throated Divers being noted as 'lots moving about or sitting on the sea'. MR

16th - Of particular note today, a Purple Sandpiper was viewed on the Sluice rocks, while the White-fronted Geese were down to a count of just 4 and of further note, the last sighting of the Pink-foot was on the 14th Feb. MR.

17th - Notable on the Wildlife front today - a count of 8 Brown Hares were viewed on the arable. MR.

18th - While it has been a quiet week so far around the site, the birds are starting to become more vocal with their singing around the bushes - noticeably the species of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, while some 4 Song Thrushes have been noted 'holding territories'.  Noticeable by their absence - the main flock of Brent Geese were not around today.  Also reported for today's survey were 2 Great Crested GrebesMR.       

19th - Chasing each other around the bushes near to Sluice Cottages this morning were 2 Goldcrests (1pr), while the viewing from the main hide gave little change across the scrape, grazing marsh and arable.  Counts for the latter areas included 4 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler and 8 Shelduck amongst the Teal and Wigeon, with 2 Blk T Godwits, 3 Snipe, a few Golden Plover and the LapwingsMR

20th - Both a colour-ringed GBB Gull and a Herring Gull were noted today. MR.

21st - A colour-ringed Herring Gull (different to yesterday's bird) was seen on the site. MR

22nd - A 1W Caspian Gull* was located on the main scrape at 11.03hrs this morning. PRD.

23rd - Just a slight 'breeze' during today's survey, not!  Very strong gale force winds and at times, torrential rain and hailstones too, while 'Storm Doris' created havoc across the UK today.  Dodging the rain when possible and picking up a personal year tick in the form of a Med Gull (carpark), one observer visited the main hide this morning and found that the Pink-footed Goose was back amongst some 78 Greylag Geese, while 15 Canada Geese were also in the vicinity.  Waders and Ducks consisted of 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Curlew and 46 Lapwings, 5 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 11 Shelducks, c80 Teal and c150 Wigeon.  Gulls included 2 Common, 8 LBB and 8 GBB among lots of Black-headed and HerringMR.

24th - Of particular note today, a single Corn Bunting* became a site Year Tick when it was located on a hedge at the far end of the paddocks as you go beyond the Farm pond. IM.  NB: Please keep to all public footpaths when in this area, thank you.

25th - No reports returned.

26th - A survey today gave of particular note, 2 Great Spotted and 3 Green Woodpeckers up at the Farm, while 2 Linnets* were fly-overs here too.  Some 32 Curlew were by the Golf Course, the Pink-footed Goose and 3 Blk-T Godwits were on the main scrape and off-shore views included a Red-throated Diver (N).  In the vicinity of the first turret were 2 Stonechats and a further 2 Green Woodpeckers were in the main compound, as were 2 GoldcrestsGG.

27th - No reports returned.

28th - Of particular note today, 2 Purple Sandpipers were viewed along the front. MC.  The Farm paddocks (beyond the pond) held a Fieldfare* and 3 Song Thrushes as at 12.55hrs. IM.  A Fieldfare was still in the paddocks as at 13.58hrs. PRD.  Surveying from the hide yielded counts of 1 Pink-footed Goose, 19 Canada and c50 Greylag Geese, 7 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 11 Shelducks, c80 Teal and c300 Wigeon, along with 1 Snipe and 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Blk-T Godwits.  Amongst the Gulls were 2 colour-ringed Herring Gulls.  Sitting on the sea today were c10 Cormorants, 12+ Red-throated Divers and a single Great-crested GrebeMR.


As at 28th February 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 91.


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