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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 - The 14 Canada Geese from yesterday (31/01/18) were again noted for the main scrape. MR.

2nd - Today provided a Haven 2018 Year Tick in the form of a Barn Owl* - the bird being beyond the scrape at the time, while on a post in front of the Main Hide was a KingfisherJH.

3rd - No reports returned as yet. 

4th - A site visit and survey this morning reported that it was "much the same as of late" (see January info).  The numbers of Wigeon and Teal on the scrape appear to be decreasing but "still plenty" currently remain with noted counts today of 5 Shelducks, 6 Shoveler and 15 Canada Geese in the vicinity and some 15 Curlew that were located on the marsh.  The brook beyond the Sluice yielded both a Little Grebe and a Kingfisher, while further site additions were singles of GoldcrestRock Pipit and SparrowhawkPL.

5th - A site visit in very cold conditions today, did add another Haven 2018 Year Tick to the list - this one being that of a Pink-footed Goose* which was amongst some c80 Greylag Geese.  Canada Geese numbered 16, being the 15 of yesterday and another single bird that has been in with the Greylags since at least 27th January.  During this survey, c300 Brent Geese including a Black Brant, dropped in for a wash and brush up.  The scrape area generally, held counts of 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, c300 Teal and c450 Wigeon, while 30+ Curlew were noted and the over on the arable, there were c300 Lapwings.  Singles of both Kestrel and Common Buzzard were in the vicinity. MR.

6th - No reports returned.

7th - Snow covered most of the County first thing but nothing too drastic for the immediate local areas - a few snow flurries occurred during the morning and into early afternoon.  Hence it was another very cold site visit this morning which found that the Pink-footed Goose was still amongst the Greylag Geese and that the number of Canada Geesehad increased to 29.  All else appeared much the same as per the previous count. MR.  A late afternoon survey (15.00-16.00hrs) again noted the Pink-foot with the Greylags and at the time they were at the rear of the main scrape.  To the right of the Main Hide and "performing nicely" was a Barn Owl over the marsh.  A single Sanderling flew towards Holland-on-Sea along the beach and a count of 5 Turnstones were on the Sluice. PL.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - In still very cold and wet weather, this morning's survey was a during a short visit.  The Sluice - on the way to the Main Hide and on the way back again - yielded for the observer, a Ringed Plover* that became number 91 on theHaven 2018 Year List.  There were no sightings during this visit of either Canada's or Brent but the Pink-footed Goose was once more in-situ, as were some 90+ Greylag Geese.  Included in the counts for across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were 2 Blk-T Godwits, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shelducks, 6 Shoveler, c200 Teal and c400 Wigeon.  Also noted, was that the Wildlife front provided a Red Fox in the vicinity. MR.

10th - At least five observers were on and around the site during a grey, on/off rainy morning.  Of note, there was once again a Ringed Plover on the Sluice, while along the seawall close to this vicinity, a count of 1 Purple Sandpiperand 4 Turnstones were located.  Viewed near to the Second Hide was a single Stonechat and singles of both Little Egret and Common Buzzard featured in the report for across the scrape and surrounding area.  The scrape and grazing marsh also yielded 2 Blk-T Godwits and 15 Curlew, 12 Shoveler, 300 Wigeon and 500 Teal, the Pink-footed Goose and some 100+ Brent GeesePL/MR/IM/ML/JH.

11th - During today's observations, the Pink-footed Goose was still on site and there were Blk-T Godwits3Gadwall and 8 Shoveler of note - the Teal and Wigeon numbers being as per those of the 10th.  To the right of the Main Hide, visibly perched in the channel, was the Kingfisher, while near to the Second Hide were 1pr StonechatsPL.

12th/13th - No reports returned.

14th - The morning did for a while, give some brighter weather and a bit of sun - it failed however, to yield anything new for the Year List, nor any sign of the recent Pink-foot with the report stating "very much standard fare".  The counts during the morning survey were of 1 Grey Heron, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 8 Curlew and 355 Lapwings, 1 Gadwall, 1Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 10 Mallards, only 30 Teal, 240 Wigeon and 91 Greylag GeeseSC

15th/16th - No reports returned.

17th - At least three observers visited the site on this pleasant, sunny morning.  The scrape and surrounding areas yielded similar species to a few days ago but there were some changes in the totals.  Counts were of 3 Blk-T Godwitsand 20 Curlew, along with 8 Shelducks and 9 Shoveler, while the Teal were up again at some 200 and the Wigeon were still in good numbers.  Also included in the viewing at this time, were 10 Canada Geese.  A wander and survey from the Main Hide through to the start of the Golf Course and the return walk, gave a single Reed Bunting, 1pr Stonechatsand 40+ Meadow Pipits of note. PL/ML/JH.

18th/19th/20th/21st/22nd/23rd/24th - No reports returned.

25th - Visiting the Haven this morning (10.00-12.00hrs), the observer surveyed the areas along the walk to the Main Hide, then onward up to the Golf Course and the subsequent return journey.  Singles of GoldcrestSparrowhawk,Common Buzzard and Little Egret were of particular note, while the Waders included 4 Blk-T Godwits, 35 Golden Plovers, 70 Curlew and 130 Lapwings.  The Ducks and Geese comprised counts of 1 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 70 Teal and 350+ Wigeon, 20 Canada and 40 Greylag GeesePL.   

26th - The threatened heavy snow for across the UK was not too bad in the local area initially but it was certainly hit'n'miss in many others.  The evening and heading into the late hours saw heavier snowfalls and a definite plunge in temperature.  No site reports returned. 

27th - On/off snow continued from late last night and supplied us all with a white blanket across Tendring, across most of Essex and across many other counties too.  The threatened 'Beast from the East' had arrived.  Not a day to be out unless absolutely necessary.  No site reports returned.

28th - A further continuation of on/off snow and very, very low temperatures indeed - not helped with the stronger winds giving the extra wind-chill factor.  Going into the evening and later hours, bitterly cold, extremely icy, still some on/off snowfalls and even stronger winds.  Storm 'Emma' is promised for tomorrow - so with no chance of it warming up and defrosting overnight, a sure bet for 1st March is a freezing, snow-covered start.  No site reports returned.   

As at 28th February 2018 the Haven 2018 Year List stands at 91. 

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