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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" has changed for several species this year 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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JULY 2013

1st - A very bright, sunny start to the day and the new month and some early coastline temperatures of +16 degrees.  Wind direction of WSW and of light to moderate strength, up to 12mph.  The sun continued and wind strength increased as the day went on.  No reports returned.

2nd - A bright start turned to a cloud-covered morning although the coastline temperature before mid-day had reached +17 degrees.  Winds varied SSE/S/SSE of speeds c13mph, while rain appeared later in the day.  No reports returned.

3rd - After on/off rain through the night, the morning was drizzly for a while to start with.  It was dry and muggy by 09.00hrs with temperature readings by this time, already at +17 degrees.  From here on in, the day varied with sun, cloud and on/off drizzle, along with WSW through W winds of c10mph.  Noted from the board today, there were 20 Blk T Godwits and 1 LRP on the scrape during one particular survey. PRD.  A brief, late afternoon visit to the main hide reported that a Greenshank 'dropped in and out' of the scrape area, the 2 Oystercatcher chicks from the island had relocated themselves to the edges of the scrape and that 18+ Blk T Godwits were still viewable.  Seen to be fishing off the sluice were a pair of Common Terns. SC.

4th - Cloud-cover through the earlier part of the morning was followed by bright sun and blue skies, while the morning temperatures of +22 degrees increased further during the afternoon.  Wind direction remained mostly WSW and of light to moderate (up to c12mph).  Avocets (+3) and Oystercatchers (+1) were noted during an early evening ringing session. SC/PNt/LW.  

5th - A hot and sunny day with coastline temperatures of a minimum of +19 degrees and again mostly light to moderate winds which by the early evening were of an ESE direction.  No reports returned.

6th - Very hot today - glorious sunshine, blue skies and temperatures that reached at least +26 degrees.  Light to moderate E through ESE winds with some extra gusting.  As to be expected, there was little around the site today although noted species included 3 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 20 Blk T Godwits and 28 Avocets (+10). IM.

7th - And the glorious weather continues.......... giving temperatures in the high 20's alongside the bright sun and blue skies.  Winds varied E through ENE being initially barely a breeze but increasing later to c16mph with extra gusting.  Two observers made morning visits to the site and supplied their subsequent report.  A Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Linnets were noted, as were two families of Whitethroats (4 in each) - the latter birds being in bushes beyond the sluice. MR.  Visible on/over the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline were a Little Egret (juv), 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Sand Martins, c15 Swallows, c20 Swifts and a Marsh Harrier, while a single Wigeon was part the Duck count that also included 4 Teal and 3 Shelducks (+4).  The Wader count at this time provided 1 Greenshank, 1 juvenile LRP, 2 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers (+2), 4 Redshanks (+2), 27 Blk T Godwits and 30 Avocets (+9*).  *Of note, the Avo' youngsters included 6 small new chicks opposed to some older ones previously noted but not seen at this survey. IM/MR.

8th - As the forecasters predicted, the weather again proving to be dry, sunny and very bright.  ENE through NE winds through into the afternoon of varying speeds 9mph up to 17mph and quite a bit of on/off gusting.  Temperature readings of 20+ degrees, no doubt it's been much warmer in areas out of the winds.  At least three observers were on and around the site and surveying included a short sea-watching session.  Compared to yesterday, there were a few additions of Wader species as well as some increased numbers of these and the Teal on and around the scrape area.  Today's counts from the main hide were of 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 3 LRP's, 40 Avocets (+12) and 52 Blk T Godwits, 2 Common Gulls, 1 Wigeon and 8 Teal.  Also viewed from this point were singles of Yellow WagtailKestrel and Marsh Harrier. MR/IM/PRD.  The brief time spent viewing off-shore gave just 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Whimbrel with both respective birds heading N. IM/PRD.   

9th - Another very bright, sunny, hot day and still with winds variable ENE/NE.  Variable strength winds too, mostly moderate of c14mph but dropping at times to very light and also a fair amount of gusting.  A couple of species were noted on the way to the hide this morning, these being a female Kestrel and near the mounds, a 'noisy' juvenile Green Woodpecker.  Another increase of Blk T Godwits was seen on the scrape today with their numbers at 60, while the Avocets were at 37 viewable adults and 12 young.  Other Wader counts were 1 Dunlin, 2 LRP's, 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 2 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpipers and 5 Redshanks (+1).  1 Wigeon was amongst 4 Shelducks (+10 that included 6 new ducklings), 7 Teal and 9 Canada Geese.  Rounding up the counts for the scrape and areas both surrounding and viewable from the hide were 2 LBB, 3 GBB, 15 Herring and c100 Blk Headed Gulls, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Skylarks and lastly, 6 Meadow Pipits. MR

10th - NE winds of variable speeds 11mph through 17+mph today and apart from a short period of cloud, the day remained dry, bright and warm.  Two observers, at least, visited the site today and whilst there were no notable species for the trees and hedgerows, the scrape showed an increase of Avocets with a count of 50 (+9) of which a couple of these birds were seen to be wearing coloured rings that were not those recently ringed by members of our own Haven team (updates on these when info becomes available).  The joint report gave other totals and species for the scrape and it's surrounding area of 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Redshanks, 34 Blk T Godwits, 1 Med Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wigeon, 6 Shelducks (+10) and 7 Teal. IM/MR

11th - The sun definitely took it's time in appearing properly this morning!  Initially, cool temperatures and cloud-cover along with NE winds of moderate strength with quite a bit of gusting going on.  The temperature remained much lower than of recent days.  From the first report of today, the viewing across the scrape, it's surrounding areas and the skyline provided 126 Blk Headed Gulls, 2 Shelducks (+6), 10 Teal, the 9 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 LRP's, 37 Avocets (+9) and 42 Blk T Godwits.  Birds of Prey from this viewpoint were singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier. IM/MR.  Additions for slightly later were of a Wigeon, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Tern and 2 Med Gulls (adS+1S). IM/PRD.  The wander back past the sluice cottages supplied good views of 5 Kestrels (2ad+3juv) 'sunning themselves' on the roof of the two cottages. IM.

12th - A very grey and cool morning but the sun appeared for the duration of the afternoon.  Winds varied E through SE of c9mph initially and decreasing later to c4mph, while the temperature had increased from the morning.  At least two observers were on the site today and noted a slight change in numbers again on the scrape and it's immediate vicinity.  Counts included 2 Dunlin, 3 LRP's, 4 Common Sandpipers, 6 Oystercatchers (apparently very vocal indeed), 37 Blk T Godwits and some 46 adult Avocets with 9 chicks.  Also noted were 1 Common Gull, 3+ Yellow Wagtails, 9 Teal, 8 Greylag Geese and with the youngsters now flying around successfully - the family of 9 Canada Geese.  The viewable skyline and hedgerows from the main hide provided singles of Cuckoo, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harriers and 70+ Swifts. IM/PRD.

13th - A bright morning from very early on, along with initial temperature readings of +15 degrees (increasing by 09.00hrs) and Southerly winds of barely a breeze to 5mph.  Later winds reached 9mph and the temperature increased substantially.  No reports returned.

14th - The early morning brought SE winds of 8mph through 10mph and with a bit of cloud-cover, the temperature readings sat at +17 degrees.  Mid-morning saw the temperature up at +20 while slightly later the wind direction moved to E.  No reports returned.    

15th - S through SE winds throughout until early evening when they moved to Easterlies - all of which being mostly of barely a breeze to light.  A very bright, hot day with temperatures again in excess of +20 degrees.  At least three observers were on and around the site during this glorious day.  Earlier morning viewing from the hide included counts of an adult Med Gull, a colour-ringed Herring Gull, 1 Wigeon and 5 Teal, also a Barn Owl.  The likes of the Avocets, Blk T Godwits, etc seen at this time were also viewed later and included in the second report. MR.  Waders during the second viewing provided totals of 2 Common Sandpipers, 39 Blk T Godwits and 60 Avocets (+9), all alongside 10 Canada and 13 Greylag Geese.  Also seen from the hide were 3 Yellow Wagtails (ad+2juvs), a Common Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. IM/MR.  Additional for the scrape was a juvenile Dunlin that was located c15.00hrs. (A noted early arrival on the Haven site for a juv of this particular species - a Schinnzi Dunlin). PRD.   

16th - SE winds again this morning - well, if you could even call it a breeze - it was SE.  By early afternoon the breeze had picked up to become winds of c8mph.  Temperature readings again exceeded +20 degrees.  Three observers on the site again today sending a combined report of the counts and species viewed from the main hide.  Totals included singles of LRP, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers, 32 Blk T Godwits and 61 Avocets (+9), also an adult Med Gull, 10 Canada and 13 Greylag Geese, c12 Yellow Wagtails and a Marsh Harrier. IM/MR/PRD.

17th - A hot one!  By 07.15hrs the temperature was already showing at +18 degrees.  ESE early light winds had moved to E by mid-day and continued to vary from 4mph through 11mph with some gusting of c14mph.  Reading the report from this morning, the observer was very much sweltering in the coastal heat as he surveyed the site areas.  Still, he found that a few more species were out and about for a while with 'new family groups' being located of 12+ L-T Tits and 6 Blue Tits near the Dipping Pond (lower carpark), close by the Mounds/Brook bushes were both Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, while 2 of the juvenile Kestrels were noted as 'loafing around, waiting for a meal'.  A slight change in counts across the scrape, it's surrounding grazing marsh and localised reedbeds/thickets with counts of 3+ Yellow Wagtails (juvs), 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Reed Warblers and 6 Meadow Pipits, also 4 Shelducks (+6), 10 Canada Geese and 5 Grey Herons.  Waders in this vicinity were 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshanks, 4 Oystercatchers, 32 Blk T Godwits and 62 Avocets (+9).  'Colour-ringed' birds numbered '8' this morning and were noted as including 3 Avocets ringed recently by our own team, more Avo's, a Blk T Godwit and one of the Suffolk ringed Herring Gulls. (Details of today's ringed sightings will be updated as soon as poss). MR

18th - Another warm day with the coastline temperature reading +17 degrees by 06.30hrs, while the winds this morning being of a NE direction with speeds of 12+mph and gusting of up to 18mph.  A slight turn of direction and increase of speed a bit later was to ENE, 21mph and 24mph respectively.  Observations from 07.00hrs and through into mid-morning included 3 Turnstones and a Common Sandpiper along the seawall/coast and 3 Sandwich Terns that flew N.  Of note on the scrape and it's surround were a further 4 Common Sandpipers, singles of LRP (adult) and Curlew, while a Whimbrel flew through.  3 Redshanks included a 'very interesting' juvenile that 'even structurally when alongside the others........appeared so different' but when it eventually flew, was a Redshank none-the-less. PBr

19th - At least two observers were on the site today and their joint report gave counts/species as viewed from the main hide.  Singles of Marsh Harrier and Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtails and c30 Sand Martins were noted, while Waders comprised 3 Common Sandpipers, 5 Oystercatchers, 34 Blk T Godwit and 71 Avocets (+8) all alongside 2 Teal, 10 Canada and 29 Greylag GeeseIM/PRD.

20th - Mostly a grey, cloud-covered day with coastline temperatures just about reaching +17 degrees.  The sun broke through on odd occasions.  ENE winds of up to 22mph and gusting of up to 25mph.  Surveying today included the walk through/from the carpark, the area near to Tariq, off-shore viewing from the sluice and observations from the main hide.  A Little Owl was atop the normal tree, 4 Kestrels were in the carpark vicinity and c50 Lapwings were fly-overs.  Heading N off-shore, were 2 Curlew.  The scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skylines supplied 1 Little Egret, 1 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 28 Blk T Godwits, 75 Avocets (+10), 4 Shelducks (+10), 6 Yellow Wagtails (juvs) and 50+ Swifts.  A juvenile Cuckoo was also noted. IM

21st - More cloud-cover again today with NE winds that varied 14mph through 20mph and gusting of up to 23mph.  Cooler coastal temperatures - reaching at most +16 degrees.  The Little Owl was holding position on the tree again today and 2 of the juvenile Kestrels were around.  Brief off-shore viewing from the sluice gave a Northerly bound Sandwich Tern and a Med Gull (juv) that flew in to land on the sea quite close to shore.  The scrape during today's survey, provided a Common and 2 more Sandwich Terns, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpipers, 32 Blk T Godwits, 70 Avocets (+9), 4 Shelducks (+10), 6 Teal and 9 Canada Geese.  Also viewed from the hide were 5+ Yellow Wagtails (juvs) and a Marsh Harrier. IM/PL.

22nd - Very bright from very early this morning and winds that remained pretty much NNE/NE for the duration.  Winds light to moderate (12mph max) and occasional gusting up to 15mph.  Temperature readings at 07.00hrs were already at +17 degrees.  The autumn movement finally decided to drop the first Wood Sandpiper* of this current year onto the Haven scrape today.  Alongside this wader were counts of 5 Common Sandpipers, 42 Blk T Godwits, c60 Avocets (+8) and 4 Shelducks (+10), also 2 Little Egrets (1 juv).  The localised thicket, reedbeds and skyline at this time, provided 1 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, c30 Sand Martins (amongst c70 hirundines), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Marsh Harrier.  Also reported were 12 Yellow Wagtails. PRD/MR.  A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen close to the lay-by. MR.

23rd - Following a very stormy night that yielded plenty of thunder, lightning and some heavy rain, the dawn break was a glorious 'sky on fire'.  A few more rumbles of thunder, lightning flashes and more rain occurred prior to 06.00hrs but already the temperature was at +20 degrees.  Winds by mid-day were moderate (up to 15mph) ESE with gusting reaching 19mph.  A morning visit to the main hide found a few changes in numbers and species from yesterday and also included the viewing of 2 Corn Buntings that sat clearly on the brambles, singing away for a few minutes.  2 Reed Buntings and 3 Reed Warblers were in this vicinity too, while 4 Goldfinches were on surrounding thistles.  Some 40+/- Swallows were noted, while 1 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns were fly-through birds.  On the scrape and it's surrounding grazing marsh were 2 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 50 Blk T Godwits, 60 Avocets (+8), 4 Shelducks (+10) and 9 Canada Geese. MR.  

24th - A turn of wind direction again through the night to SSE, moving later to SSW.  Overall, wind speeds reached 22mph with extra blasts up to 25mph, while the temperature along the coastline reached at least +21 degrees.  A very bright, warm day.  A few notables from today during a session by Ringing Team members, included those of a Common Buzzard, a Marsh Harrier, both Common and Green Sandpipers and a number of Blk T Godwits, while the track back to the Farm, supplied a singing Corn Bunting. SC.  

25th - Reported as much the same on the bird front as yesterday, the counts for the scrape and surrounding vicinity were of 2 Greenshank (both flew in, then out again), 3 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers, 49 Blk T Godwits, 4 Shelducks (+10), 6 Teal and 35 Greylag Geese, with a single Kestrel noted too.  Very noticeable today was the lack of Avocet numbers that were down to 14 adults and 10 juveniles.  While a few could have been out of view beyond the island vegetation, the area was observed for some time and no increase over 14 adults was made. MR.   

26th - Temperature readings for the coast were of +19+ degrees with some WSW very variable winds.  At times barely a breeze, speeds reached up to 20mph with 23mph gusting.  No reports returned.

27th - SSW winds this morning which were variable 7mph through 14mph and those extra blasts coming in at 16mph.  A few spits of rain were around during the day in odd areas and while the coastline temperature gave a reading of +17 degrees, less than 10miles away 'as the proverbial Crow flies' the temperature was in excess of +28 degrees.  No reports returned.

28th - Following a night of fairly constant and sometimes very heavy rain, the early morning saw the rain fizzle out to give a very pleasant, if somewhat breezy, warm day of +20 degrees.  The Southerly winds reached speeds of 28mph and gusting of 33mph.  During the morning there were at least three observers on and around the site.  Prior to reaching the hide, 2 Sanderlings were along the beach near to the sluice. PL/MR.  Another slight variation in Wader species on the scrape today with the joint report showing 1 Green Sandpiper, only 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 LRP's (both juvs), 5 Dunlin, a total of 7 Common Sandpipers and 18 Avocets (+10).  An adult Med Gull was in the area, as were 7+ Yellow Wagtails and on the thistles were some 8 Goldfinches. PL/IM/MR

29th - Definitely a very windy day today with initial SW winds reaching up to 31mph and gusting of up to 36mph.  These speeds remained evident throughout and into the late evening although the direction varied by this time round to WSW and occasionally through to W.  Another coastline temperature reading of +20+ degrees.  The survey and walk towards the hide, located a single Turnstone on the sluice rocks.  Observations from the hide during this morning, provided counts of 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 2 LRP's, 5 Dunlin, 12 Avocets (6ad+6juv), 49 Blk T Godwits with Sandpipers represented by 1 Wood, 3 Green and 6 Common.  The Duck totals were of 2 Shelducks (+6) and 5 Teal.  c15 Goldfinches were viewed in the vicinity. IM/MR.       

30th - Well they kept promising more rain and today has certainly seen most of the morning and the early afternoon with the wet stuff - the ground does however need it !  Needless to say, mostly grey and cloud-covered!!  Initial Westerly winds were of speeds up to 33+mph and a turn in direction to both S and then back to SW saw little change in these speeds, while gusting reached just shy of 40mph.  The temperature along the coast eventually reached +20 degrees, the rain finally stopped and a glorious evening ensued.  A joint report for the species viewed/located from the main hide gave details of 2 Wood, 3 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers on the scrape, along with 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 3 LRP's, 4 Oystercatchers, c60 Blk T Godwits and 5 Teal.  A single Little Egret was noted and so was a Kestrel.  The Avocet numbers were down again - just 6 adults and 6 juveniles. IM/MR(NB: The juvenile Avo 'GB/GB' was not seen during the entire survey time).

31st - Variable winds moving from SW to W, down to S and back to SW.  Quite a breezy day with general speeds reaching 23mph and gusting of up to 27mph.  Coastline temperatures of +20 degrees.  Two observers were around the site but nothing new could be found, proving the Wood Sands' of earlier in the month to be the only new 2013 Year Tick for July.  Viewing from the hide provided counts of 2 LRP's (ad+juv), 2 Green and 5 Common Sandpipers, 5 Avocets (+6), 8 Dunlin and 46 Blk T Godwits, along with 7 Common Terns, 6 Teal and 3 Shelducks (+10).  Also noted were 4 Yellow Wagtails, c13 Goldfinches and a single Kestrel, while c20 Sand Martins and a few Swallows flew through the site. IM/MR.  Around the bushes, in/on and over were a few Whitethroats, 2 juvenile Green Woodpeckers and a Sparrowhawk. MR.

As at 31st July, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 157.