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July 2010

1st - Continuing on from a hot "end of June", July started very warm and bright.  Light winds began WSW then turned through the day to SSE.  No reports returned.

2nd - Bright, dry and very hot with light SSE winds during the morning.  No reports returned.

3rd - Another hot and humid day with some breeze.  No reports returned.

4th - Very bright, hot and humid to start, with Westerly winds taking it just slightly cooler into the evening.  No reports returned.

5th - Again, bright and humid early in the day with very light NW winds.  By mid-day the breeze had turned to a Southerly direction and the sky had become slightly overcast.  Visits made today, covered the site in general, including viewing across the scrape.  Singles of Cetti's Warbler, CuckooBlackcap and juv Kestrel were noted, as were 2 Little Owls, 8 Reed Warblers and 6 of each Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.  Totals for Swift, Sand Martin and Swallow, were 60+, 4 and 10+ respectively.  The scrape, which has seen very little change this last few weeks, held 46 Avocets (being mixed adults and young), 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Curlew, also Redshank and Lapwing with a few chicks, 4 Shelduck (+14) and briefly a single Whimbrel.  2 Common Terns were again on the raft, while a bit further afield, was an adult fem Marsh Harrier. PRD/MR/BS/PBr

6th - Cooler throughout the morning but warmed up during the afternoon, with a moderate breeze throughout.  No reports returned as yet.

7th - Very overcast from early morning, followed by on/off showers from c09.00hrs with the skies brightening slightly by noon.  The afternoon became considerably warm once again.  Moderate to strong SW winds prevailing.  Morning coverage, gave a Common Sandpiper over and above the scrape details of yesterday.  A look out to sea, provided 3 Gannets heading S. MR.    

8th - Cloud cover to start but the sun appeared by mid-morning to give another hot day.  Early wind direction being WSW and a fairly light breeze at that.  No reports returned.

9th & 10th - Both days being extremely hot and humid with light S to SE winds throughout.  Temperatures reaching to +28C across East Anglia.  No reports returned.

11th - A slightly overcast start to the day, gave way quickly, to blue skies and high temperatures, with moderate to strong S winds.  No reports returned.

12th - Rain to begin the day, along with some very grey skies that dominated through to dusk.  On/off showers continued, with early afternoon seeing more heavy rain.  Mostly warm, with at times, a gentle NE breeze, although the temperature dipped very quickly going into the evening.  Coverage across the site included viewing of the scrape, which actually had a few different species on it today!  Whilst wader movement has notably increased at other County sites this last week, the "protective" adult Avocets at the Haven, along with their young, are now beginning to disperse, leaving our scrape a "slightly more friendly" place for visiting birds!  The counts from the hide were as follows: 1 of each Green and Common Sandpipers, Blk T Godwit and Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers (2juvs), 6 Golden Plovers, 18 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers, 30+ Avocets, 4 Shelduck (+13) and 30+ Blk H Gulls.  A Hobby was a good bird to see - also from the hide - as were both fem and imm. male Marsh Harriers.  A Cuckoo was again on site as was a single Cetti's Warbler and a Corn Bunting.  6 Swift, 20+ Sand Martin and 60+ Swallows were noted. MR/PRD

13th - Another rainy start and not quite so warm.  Early morning winds were light NE but these became moderate to strong by mid-morning.  Viewing of the scrape, 08.30 to 09.30hrs, provided singles again of Green and Common Sandpipers, along with 1 of each Dunlin, Curlew and Brent Goose, while the Avocets totalled 36 and the combined count of the two Shelduck broods* was 11 (*N.B. +/-6 are noted as lost over the last 2 week period).  Also on show today was a Yellow Wagtail and once more, a Cuckoo. SC. 

 A Barn Owl chick (GN23030) ringed in one of the boxes at the Golf-course end of the Haven on 21/06/01 has been recaptured breeding, by David Wilkin at Cooks Green, Little Clacton on 20/06/06 & 06/07/10 so 9 yrs old & still going strong.     


14th - Warmer this morning with very little breeze coming from the SSE.  Initially very grey skies but the sun broke through, providing a pleasant day until mid-afternoon, then very dark clouds, rain and a couple of thunder "rumbles", followed by on/off drizzle into a brighter evening.  Winds remained SSE but increased in strength considerably.  A morning visit came across the first Wood Sandpiper of this Haven year, as the bird graced the scrape area, alongside singles of Green and Common Sandpiper, LRP, Dunlin and a Common Tern.  2 Ringed Plovers (1 juv) and 26+ Avocets were also noted.  Other species viewable from the hide were a Marsh Harrier (fem), a Corn Bunting and heading S, 20+ Sand Martins. MR.   

15th - Very strong SSW winds prevailed today, along with a mix of dark clouds and some bright sun.  Viewing from the hide during the morning, saw an increase of Common Sandpipers to 5+, while Wood and Green Sandpipers remained at 1 of each.  Also on the scrape were singles of LRP, Dunlin and Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plovers, 24+ Avocets and again a single Common Tern. MR.    

16th - Quite a bright day throughout, various cloud formations in shades of white to dark grey.  Again very strong winds indeed, that began WSW and finished the day at SSW, with gusts reported locally as up to c46mph.  No reports returned.

17th - Very bright with some cloud and mainly a blue sky.  Westerly winds moderate to strong.  A steady trickle of Swift and Sand Martin was in evidence this morning.  2 Adult Med Gulls flew NW past the sluice, while on the scrape were 1 LRP, 1 Green and 6+ Common Sandpipers and also 5 Dunlin.  2 Blk T Godwits were amongst the Avocets.  Still present were Marsh Harrier, Common Tern and Corn Bunting. GG/PNt/TP.  An evening report added 2 Little Egrets, over and above the day's earlier findings. Leon.  Another additional sighting was of a Kingfisher. JK.

18th - Again bright, although the sky was mainly cloud covered until the afternoon. Temperatures warming up once more.  Moderate SW winds prevailed during the morning, turning to S after mid-day.  A bit of a raptor fest this morning with a distant Red Kite flying W, also 1 Peregrine, 2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harriers and a couple of Kestrels.  The scrape held 5 Common Sandpipers, 1 LRP, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Blk T Godwit and a Whimbrel.  A Little Egret dropped into a ditch and disappeared.  4 Sandwich Terns were noted, 1 being on the scrape and 3 flying W.  A further 7 Blk T Godwits circled overhead but then headed off W.  The first Turtle Dove of the year, was seen taking a drink, before flying NE. GG/MR/PL.

19th - Bright, mainly blue skies, very hot and light to moderate S winds.  Viewing across the scrape, gave numbers of Dunlin at 5, Common Sandpipers at 4, singles of LRP, Ringed Plover and Greenshank, 7 Redshanks and 4 Shelduck (+10).  Again on/over the site were 2 Hobby and 1 of the Marsh Harriers.  A single Common Tern was noted. JK

20th - Cloud cover to start but very warm with a Southerly breeze.  By early afternoon the light winds were SE and the sky was much brighter.  Coverage across the site saw noticeable movement once more and also a good number of juvenile birds.  The carpark bushes supplied a mixed 20+ of juv Great, Blue and L T Tits, as well as a juv Kestrel and 1 Little Owl.  Moving to the mounds and sluice areas where 30+ Sand Martins were viewed, along with c70 Swallows (many of the Swallows being juvs).  The bushes from here to the hide were holding 6 of each Greenfinch, Linnet and juv Blue Tits, with 4 of Goldfinch and a single Chiffchaff.  The scrape still has 24 resident Avocets, again 1 LRP and 4 Common Sandpipers.  Also 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Curlew and briefly, 10 Lapwing dropped in, then headed W.  An adult Med Gull was on view with 40+ Blk Headed and 7 Lesser B B Gulls.  The Shelduck count was of 4 adults (+13).  Offshore activity was also noted today, with 3 Sandwich Terns, 1 Cormorant and 2 Oystercatchers all heading S, while staying around and about the rocks, was a single Common TernMR

21st - A glorious and sunny morning, blue sky with the odd white cloud and light to moderate SSW winds.  Cloud-cover dominated the skies by mid-afternoon and brought rain by c16.15hrs.  Winds strengthened but remained SSW.  An early morning view from the hide saw a good selection of birds with 2 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Common and 1 Green Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 12 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns, 30+ Greylag Geese, 175+ Blk Headed Gulls and also a male Peregrine. MR.  Albeit a quick look out over the scrape at c13.00hrs, the 2 Snipe were showing extremely well and very close in, 4 Common Sandpipers were still in-situ, singles of Curlew and Oystercatcher were noted, Avocets were at 31 and Redshank at 4, while a moulting male Ruff gave only very brief views, after it was "spooked" by a fem Marsh Harrier!!  Also included in the sightings, were a male Kestrel, 40+ Sand Martins and back once again on the scrape, some 7+ Teal. PBr

22nd - As per yesterday, a hot, bright start with SSW moderate winds and it remained as so until c16.45hrs.  "It rained" would be a definite understatement - "torrential downpour" much closer to the mark!!  After c45mins, the weather once more returned to being warm with cool light winds.  Coverage today was during the morning and included in the report, were 1 Corn Bunting, 6 of each Goldfinch and Linnet and also 1 Hobby.  Juvenile birds were again plentiful including a Green Woodpecker near to the memorials.  4 Common Sandpipers, 1 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 6 Dunlin and 2 Curlew were on and around the scrape with the Avocets and Shelducks.  A Common Gull and a Common Tern were amongst c150 Blk Headed Gulls. MR.   

23rd - Slightly cloudy this morning but warm, becoming very bright later in the day.  Winds being very light and turning NW through NNW.  A Curlew Sandpiper (the first of this year) was on the scrape this morning, along with 1 LRP, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Snipe, 4 Redshanks and 3 Lapwing.  A single Med Gull was amongst 200+ Blk Headed Gulls and a Common Tern was also viewed.  A duck count gave 3 Shoveler and 4 Shelduck (+10).  3 Marsh Harriers and a single Kestrel were noted and the Swallows and Sand Martins were scattered very well by a Hobby.  The Corn Bunting was still in the vicinity. JK

24th - Hot, extremely bright and some very light SSW winds.  The Curlew Sandpiper was on the scrape for it's second day today, with numbers for Green and Common Sandpipers at 1 and 4 respectively, alongside 6 of each Redshank and Lapwing, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Little Gull.  2 Greenshanks were also noted, as were 2 Marsh Harriers and a single Kestrel. JK/PL.       

25th - Grey to start, although very warm with just a gentle WNW breeze.  Humid through the day with a lunchtime short-lived downpour and winds at NNW going into dark.  Noted on the board for today was the Curlew Sandpiper (it's third day) and also seen were 3 Greenshanks. AEC.

26th - Another grey morning, slightly cooler with NW light to moderate winds.  Very humid going into the afternoon but became slightly cooler again into the evening with "rain in the air".  A visit to the hide provided views across the scrape and surrounding area that included sightings of 1 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Green and now 5 Common Sandpipers, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 5 Lapwing and 2 Dunlin.  The Shelduck count being 4 (+13).  The sluice played host to 2 Turnstones. JK.

27th - Cloud cover throughout the morning and into the afternoon, making for a mostly humid day again.  Light winds through into mid-afternoon were SW and the occasional rain was basically just very light drizzle.  By late afternoon, the skies were brighter and wind direction was at NW.  Not too much change to yesterday's viewing, with numbers given for today as 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 1 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing and 4 Shelduck (+12).  A few extras proved to be 2 Blk T Godwits, 4 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Gulls and 3 Shoveler.  Singles of Marsh Harrier, Little Owl and Heron were noted, as were 6 LBB and 80+ Blk Headed Gulls and 15 resident Mallards. JK.  An additional report was of a flock of c25 Sanderling heading S, close inshore, while the rear of the scrape area/grazing marsh held 8 Whimbrel and the LRP's were up at 2 number. PRD.

28th - Very bright, hot, some grey tinged white clouds and a very light NNW through NW breeze.  Morning coverage of the site today and viewed from the hide were 4 LRP, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 6 Dunlin, 2 Curlew and 1 Greenshank, together with now 7+ Common Sandpipers and just 1 Green Sandpiper.  The Avocet numbers being down to 21 (adult & juv combined).  A fem Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity. MR/SC.  Throughout the bush and tree areas was a single Little Owl and still very notable were the good numbers of juvenile birds, including 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, and numerous Tits and Finches. MR.

29th - Somewhat cool to start the day, overcast with the sun trying to break through and some moderate NW winds.  Warmer as it got further into the day and winds remained fairly moderate.  Time spent in the hide today, saw the scrape hosting singles of LRP, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and a Common Tern, while Common Sandpipers were at 5+, Ringed Plover and Snipe at 2 of each, Dunlin numbered 6 and the Avocets were at 16.  Shoveler were noted at an increase of 3 to a total of 6. MR

30th - Warmer again this morning, bright with hazy skies and light to moderate NW winds.  The sun did make for a very hot afternoon, although black clouds also featured and culminated in rain going into the night.  Combining two reports for across the site today of which also included the first 2 reported Wheatears of the "Haven" autumn passage.  A juv Willow Warbler, a fem/imm Blackcap, 1 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers were amongst the noted species for the trees, bushes and reedbeds, while a "not so fortunate" find, were of the remains of a dead (poss 2wks) female Marsh Harrier.  An immature Marsh Harrier, was however, viewed being very much alive.  The scrape and surrounding grazing marsh - varied slightly in numbers through the day - gave totals of 2 of each Blk T Godwits, Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Oystercatchers, 6+ Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin, 1 LRP, 3 Ringed Plovers and 20 Lapwing with the Avocets at 5 (+4).  Both a Common Tern and a Sandwich Tern were reported on the scrape, while the duck count gave a single Teal, 10 Shoveler and 4 Shelduck (+12). JK/PRD.            

31st - Dull & overcast, drizzle and some SSW winds for the morning.  The afternoon brightened and warmed slightly with the moderate winds turning through S.  A Garganey showed well in front of the hide this morning, while also noted were 2 Little Egrets, 7 Whimbrel, 7 Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpipers and 3 Ringed Plovers. AM et al. 2 Whinchat were seen on the thistles to the right of ditch. PRD.   


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