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January 09

1st - A Happy New Year to you all, lets hope it's a bird filled one.    A "dawn to dusk" visit produced 64 species across the entire site on a very cold, grey day with slight winds.  Birds included were 2 Firecrests near the toilet block, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Sanderling, 4 Turnstones and 1 Dunlin along the seafront, while on the sewage farm was an adult Yellow legged Gull.  1 Pink footed, 27 White fronted, 1 Brent and 5 Canada Geese were noted, as were Little OwlBarn Owl, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Little Grebes, 1 Snipe, 14 Blk T Godwits, 17 CurlewGoldcrests, Stonechats and Golden Plovers.  Located on the Farm pond was a drake Tufted Duck. AD/KA.   A later report was given of a Bullfinch MJ. taking the species count to 65 for the day.

2nd - A quick afternoon visit to the hide gave views across the scrape of the Pink footed Goose, 27 White fronted Geese, 23 Blk T Godwits and 3 Redshank.  2 Firecrests were still around the toilet block area.  A brief seawatch produced nothing of any note. KA.

3rd - Very bright, bitterly cold, dry with very little breeze.  The scrape was still totally frozen into the afternoon so nothing to view on it but 2 Water Rails were showing very well on the partially frozen brook.  17 White fronted Geese along with 5 Blk T Godwits were seen on the approach road fields, the Pink footed and 3 Brent Geese were noted, as were 2 Stonechats, c65 Curlew, 2 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Sanderling and 3 Turnstones.  1 Firecrest was located near the toilet block and 1 Bullfinch was behind the approach road. KA/PRD/JDv/JK.

4th - Freezing cold during all visits today.  1 Woodcock flew over the carpark this morning. JBS.  2 Fieldfares were reported. SC.  A single Redwing was seen at the farm.  17 Curlew, 12 Blk T Godwits, 7 Brent Geese, 1 Snipe, Little Owl and Kestrel were all viewable from the hide - the scrape still in a frozen state.  Another single Redwing was noted on the approach road while near the sluice were 1 of each Turnstone and Stonechat. KA/AD.

6th - A visit in bitterly cold conditions provided very few sightings today.  Noted birds included 2 Stonechats, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Snipe, 9 Blk T Godwits and singles of each Sanderling, Redshank and Coot. PRD.

7th - The pond, ditches, brook and scrape were still frozen.  An early start proved fruitful with 2 Jack Snipe and 1 Woodcock. AD.  Also noted were Fieldfare, RedwingKestrel, 5+ Goldcrests and 11 Blk T Godwits. Woodcock appeared again later in the day. AD/PRD/KA.

8th - Conditions slightly milder but very foggy through out.  An early visit saw 1 Firecrest again in the toilet block area while several Goldcrests were amongst a large L T Tit flock along the approach road. AD.  A visit over midday provided 2 Stonechats in front of a nearly invisible scrape and on the shoreline were 5 Turnstones and 2 Sanderling with 1 Purple Sandpiper. KA.  

9th - Fog again, getting more dense into the afternoon. The main birds of note being 1 Woodcock flying around the carpark area and 1 Firecrest still occupying the toilet block evergreens. A Bullfinch was heard but not seen. PRD

10th - Bitterly cold but bright with slight mist over the fields.  Sightings included in a morning visit were 3 Woodcock, 3 Turnstones, 1 Redshank, 6 Blk T Godwits, 23 Curlew, 1 Sanderling and a single Stonechat. KA.  This afternoon saw  another Woodcock at the other end of the site, Curlew numbers were up to 85 and a single Purple Sandpiper was along the front. PRD.

11th - Bright and dry.  An early start saw 1 Woodcock on the approach road.  During the morning, sightings across the scrape area included an adult Yellow legged Gull, 1 adult Med Gull, 18 Blk T Godwits, 41 Golden Plover, 33 Curlew, 2 Turnstones, 2 Stock Doves with singles of Sanderling, Redshank and Stonechat.  A Purple Sandpiper was at the sluice, while by the road bridge were 12 Gadwall. AD

12th - Cold, drizzle with strong S winds.  A drake Tufted Duck was on the brook this morning while along the approach road of note, were 2 Bullfinch and 1 FirecrestGG.  The scrape has virtually thawed today and viewed across it were an adult Yellow legged Gull, 3 Gadwall, 25 Blk T Godwits and 33+ Curlew. GG/KA.  A S E Owl was reported for today. Leon.

13th - Conditions generally mild.  The highlights of today were 6 Waxwings - seen flying over the carpark, they then perched briefly in trees along the approach road before heading SW.  Included in sightings from the hide were 1 adult Yellow legged Gull, a 2w Med Gull, 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall, 22 Blk T Godwits, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank and 1 Reed Bunting.  Others noted across the entire site included 1 Firecrest, 1 Woodcock, 7 Sanderling, 4 Redwing, 12 Linnet, 2 Skylarks, 250+ Golden Plover and a Tufted Duck. KA/GG/PRD

14th - A fog bound site today did not stop the viewing of a male Bullfinch. PRD. 

15th - A visit in bitterly cold conditions found the site to be reasonably quiet, with amongst the few birds of note 25 Blk T Godwits, 12 Shoveler, 8 Curlew, 4 Turnstone and 2 Stonechats. PRD.

16th - Dull weather and dull birding, with 29 Blk T Godwits, 6 Sanderling and 2 Bullfinches being the highlights. GG.

17th - A brilliant start to the day when the first bird of note and very vocal it was too, was a single Ring-necked Parakeet.  Mobbed by corvids, it was seen several times along Church Lane, before it appeared to head W and was lost to view.  Shortly afterwards and having to shelter from a down-pour, as the rain eased, we saw the second superb bird of the day as a Great White Egret flew across the Haven and the farmland and continued to head N. GG/KA.  Other birds noted across the site included a Gt.Spotted Woodpecker, 8+ Redwings, Fieldfares, 35 Blk T Godwits, 22+ Curlew, 19 Canada Geese, also 2 of each Snipe, Turnstone and Stonechat. KA/GG/AD.

18th - Bright but bitterly cold with very strong W winds.  A Jack Snipe was seen for a short while to the right of the hide. JBS.  3 Gt.Spotted Woodpeckers were located at the farm. AD.  During the morning into early afternoon, other birds viewed from the hide included 36 Blk T Godwits, 1 Redshank, 19 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Turnstone and 2 Stonechats. 2 Turnstones were also on the sluice. JBS/AD/KA/PNs.

19th - Nothing out of the ordinary today.  33 Blk T Godwits, 2 Sanderling, 1 of each Turnstone, Stonechat and Goldcrest were noted. Wigeon and Teal numbers remain high at 800+ and 400+ respectively.  15+ Common Gulls were also seen. PRD.

20th - A visit to the farm provided views of 1 Barn Owl and 3 Redwing.  A seawatch gave 4 Red T Divers headed N. PRD

21st - Mild with slight SSW winds.  Most of the time was spent seawatching today which started well with 1 of each Red Throated, Black Throated and Gt.Northern Divers flying S together. These three in a line, literally one behind the other and all in one scope sight, gave superb comparison viewing. GG.  A total of 22 Red T Divers were noted along with 5 Common Scoter, 1 Guillemot, 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Turnstone, 5 Diver sp. and a very impressive sight was of 46 Sanderling flying on/off the sluice for a short while.  Info from Paul at Frinton put us onto a Marsh Harrier coming in towards and then past the Haven.  With the exception of 4 divers, all were heading S today. GG/KA.  The scrape and fields held 37 Blk T Godwits, 11 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 2 Stonechats, 1 Redshank and Barn Owl. GG/JK/KA.  

22nd - A dull day with brisk SW winds.  Seawatching this morning saw everything again moving S with an adult Kittiwake, Fulmar and 19 Red T Divers being noted. GG/PRD. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was viewed on the scrape, with 1pr Gadwall and 24+ Blk T Godwits also noted. PRD.

23rd - A day of rain, snow and changeable winds.  An hour spent in and around the farm area yielded 150+ Golden Plover, 3 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing of note. PRD.

24th - Bright, freezing and a slight SW breeze.  An early visit provided 4 Purple Sandpipers with 2 Turnstones on the sluice.  A semi-frozen scrape held amongst others, 1pr Gadwall, 32 Blk T Godwits, 1 Pink footed Goose, 8 Curlew, 23 Shoveler and 4 Turnstones.  6 Goldfinch flew over the carpark. KA.

25th - Heavy rain, cold with strong SSW winds.  Early morning and across the scrape was much the same as yesterday with 1pr Gadwall, 1 Pink footed Goose, 35 Blk T Godwits, 6 Turnstones and 12 Curlew. KA.  2 R-T Divers were reported. GEv/A.  Mid to late morning, a seawatch provided 2+ Kittiwakes, an adult Med Gull, 1 Black Throated and 6 Red T Divers.  171 Golden Plover were across the fields. AD.

26th - Today's noted birds included 4 Eider and 3 Brent Geese heading N, 3 Red T Divers on the sea and 10 Common Scoter headed S.  2 Ringed Plover were on the beach, 1 Pink footed Goose, 2 Gadwall, 44 Curlew, 8 Turnstone with  23+ Blk T Godwits were on the scrape, while 2 Stonechats and 35+ Meadow Pipits were seen between the hide and the golf course. PRD.

27th - Cold but bright with a light SSW wind and a very calm sea.  Quiet across the entire site today with the scrape holding 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Gadwall, 19 Blk T Godwits, 1 Golden Plover and 9 Turnstones. 2 Ringed Plovers were also located.  Two sessions at seawatching produced 3 R-B Mergansers (1d+2fem), 1 Red T Diver, 3 Shelduck, 1 Dunlin, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Diver sp. all S. Also noted were 2 Purple SandpipersGG/PRD/KA.

28th - Dull with drizzle and a SSW wind, little movement at sea with only 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling and a Turnstone noted. KA. The scrape was much the same with 1 Pink Footed Goose, 2 Gadwall, 26 Blk T Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 4 Turnstones. 2 Ringed Plovers and a single Stonechat seen. GG.

29th - Dry, very bright with brisk icy S winds.  This morning from the hide were noted 1 Water Rail, again 1 Pink footed Goose, 1pr Gadwall, 1 Turnstone and 24+ Blk T Godwits.  A single Turnstone was on the sluice. KA. Seen later in the day, a single juv White fronted Goose was among Greylags. PRD.

30th - Dry, freezing cold with strong S winds.  A Grey Wagtail was noted by the sewage farm this morning. GG.  The scrape - birds much as per yesterday morning with 1 Pink footed Goose, 1 Water Rail, 2 Gadwall, 44 Blk T Godwits, 4 Turnstones and 61+ Curlew. GG/KA.  On the shore 6+ Sanderling were noted. KA.

31st - Bitterly cold, dry with strong E winds.  Morning visits saw 10 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper and 5 Turnstones on the shore.  An adult Yellow legged Gull was located on the sewage farm and the scrape held of note 1pr Gadwall, 1 Pink footed Goose, 49 Blk T Godwits, 1 Snipe, 3 Turnstones and 10 Shelduck. AD/GG/JK/KA.

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