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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" 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*

JULY 2014

1st - Mostly blue skies with some white cloud formations and a very bright sun.  ESE light to moderate winds with gusting of no more than 14mph.  Coastline temperature readings of +16 degrees.  No reports returned.

2nd - Generally a gorgeous dry, day.  Afternoon wind direction of SSE was by the evening at WSW with speeds up to 21mph and gusting that reached 25mph.  Coastline temperature readings exceeded +18 degrees.  A Grasshopper Warbler was 'singing and showing occasionally in the grass/reeds c200yards in front of the second hide during late morning at least'. PRD.

3rd - Initial Westerly winds changed to SSE in direction and speeds varied throughout from c6mph up to 19mph with gusting slightly higher at 21+mph.  A bright, sunny day with the temperature along the coastline reading +19+ degrees.  A visit to the site first thing this morning, gave 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin on the scrape along with counts of 1 LRP, 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Blk T Godwits and 62 AvocetsTeal numbered 11 during this survey and singles of Yellow Wagtail and Marsh Harrier were also noted. MR

4th - Another bright, sunny and warm morning and again the temperature showing at +19+ degrees.  Wind direction being S/SSE and whilst warm winds and mostly light speeds (+/- 6mph), the variables were up as high as 23mph and gusting of 26mph.  The count for Avocets on the scrape today was up at 70, while Blk T Godwits numbered 27, Redshanks at 10 and a single LRPTeal had increased to a total of 15.  Birds of Prey during this survey were 3 Kestrels, 1 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. MR.

5th - After rain throughout the night, this continued into the morning and on/off through the whole day.  Occasional spells of bright sun and a little bit of blue sky were amongst the mostly very dark clouds.  Another warm one though with the coastline temperature being in excess of +20 degrees (inland being well into the mid and high 20's).  SW winds varied up to 30+mph and gusting up to and in excess of 37mph.  Another increase of Avocets today, now up to a count of 75.  These were alongside 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 15 Blk T Godwits and 2 Teal of note, while singles of Kestrel and Marsh Harrier were in the vicinity.  Of interest on the Wildlife side, 4 Brown Hares were seen 'racing around the marsh'. MR.

6th - And the wet stuff continued again through the night and into today.  Slightly brighter skies but cloud-covered with the on/off rain that this morning was more on than off!  WNW through NW winds that so far, have been variable from barely a breeze up to 18mph with gusting at times of 21+mph.  Not quite so warm on the coast but still a good +16+ degrees.  Initial reports in for 09.37hrs were of 4 LRPs on the main scrape alongside 31 Blk T Godwits, 70 Avocets and a single Wigeon.  An additional LRP dropped in a bit later - so a total of 5 today. MR.

7th - Variable wind direction today, from initial WNW round to SSE.  Speeds were recorded along the coast from 6mph up to 22+mph with gusting at times reaching 26mph.  A bright, sunny and warm day where the temperature readings again for the coast were at +18+ degrees.  Surveying across the scrape, grazing marsh, brook and skyline from the main hide, found that whilst the LRPs had disappeared, the number of birds in these areas was notable.  Wader counts gave 4 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 42 Blk T Godwits and 77 Avocets -the latter being one of the highest counts of these birds on site at one time.  Ducks and Geese totalled 11 Teal, 11 Shelducks and 'a family day out' of 11 Canada Geese (see Gallery).  The Gulls were 1 G B B, 2 L B B, 3 Herring and 102 Blk Headed, while 8 Sandwich Terns also made the notebook, as did 2 Little Egrets, 1 Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier. MR.  

8th - Bright from early this morning, along with coastline temperature readings of +15 degrees by 07.00hrs (max. later in the day being +19 degrees).  Initial winds of NNW of c11mph and gusting of up to 15mph, changed direction and fluctuated in speed both up and down but returned to NNW of lighter speeds by late evening.  Unfortunately, the morning sun 'did a runner' and left mostly overcast and dark cloudy skies that in turn dumped some heavy on/off rain and added some thunder and lightning for good measure!  At least two observers visited the site today where the Avocet numbers had remained at a count of 77 overnight.  A single Dunlin was present, as were 4 Oystercatchers, 4 LRPs re-appeared (increasing to 6 slightly later. PRD), also 12 Redshanks and 33 Blk T Godwits, a pair of Tufted Ducks and 8 Teal.  Other species included 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Gulls, 3 Kestrels and a Marsh Harrier. MR/PRD.  A Wildlife note for today was that of a Great Green Bush Cricket (see our Wildlife Gallery). MR.

9th - A day of mostly strong winds - NNW through NNE - of speeds up to 35mph and additional gusting of 41+mph.  A mix of bright sun, cloud and occasional rain with the coastline temperature reaching +19 degrees.  Observations today across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave noted counts of 3 LRPs, 3 Common Sandpipers, 34 Blk T Godwits and 72 Avocets, alongside 2 Wigeon and 12 Teal.  The wander back from the main hide included a brief seawatching session that provided 3 Gannets moving S. PRD/IM/MR.

10th - A few spits of rain during the afternoon of a day that was quite humid at times.  Generally a bit overcast with N/NNE strong winds varying 24mph through 31mph and gusting of 40+mph.  Today's site visit and subsequent report, included a seawatch (07.45 to 08.15hrs) and viewing from the main hide.  The initial half-hour, provided a steady stream of Blk Headed Gulls moving in/off, while the species remaining off-shore were 1 Curlew, 3 Sandwich Terns, 4 Teal, 39 Common Scoter and 10 Gannets all heading S and a count of 5 Gannets that flew N.  The scrape and the surrounding vicinity again held 3 LRPs, also 4 Dunlin, 35 Blk T Godwits, 74 Avocets, a single Wigeon, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Shoveler and c20 TealGulls on and around the scrape area numbered 3 L B B, 8 Herring and 150+ Blk Headed and Terns numbered 2 Common and 6 Sandwich. MR.

11th - Another mostly overcast day with some occasional spits of rain but again a warm one.  Viewing from the main hide this morning yielded singles of LRP and Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 14 Blk T Godwits, 74 Avocets, 1 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns, along with 2 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler and 26 Teal.  Both a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were in the vicinity. MR.  More signs of autumn passage this afternoon with 2 Greenshanks on site, while the count for Sandwich Terns had increased to 5 and included that of a juvenile bird. PRD

12th - A warm day with cloud-cover evident through the morning but brightening for the afternoon - then complete with sun and blue skies.  Humidity high at times and dry.  At least four observers were on the site today and a ringing session also took place.  The reported counts and species included those visible across the scrape and surrounding grazing/marsh areas.  A male Marsh Harrier, a Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Yellow Wagtails were noted, as were 2 Common and 5 Sandwich Terns.  The Wader species included singles of SnipeWhimbrel and Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 3 LRPs, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Oystercatchers, 8 Dunlin, c15 Redshanks, 22 Blk T Godwits and c70 Avocets. PL/PRD/PNt/GG.  This afternoon, a Common Tern that was briefly on the scrape before flying out to sea, proved to be of interest to the two observers and for the site itself.  The report confirmed that the Tern was a 1st summer bird 'portlandica' and as such, "is unusual to see in the UK or at their other breeding ranges.  The vast majority spend their first, non-breeding summer in the winter quarters". PRD/GG.  On a Wildlife note, a Pine Hawk-Moth was located by the ringing team today and seen by a few other observers too.  A moth that could so easily be missed..... see our Wildlife Gallery. GG/PNt/LW/SC/MR.

13th - After rain through the night, the morning even when the rain eased, remained cloud-covered with just a few brighter spells and WSW very light to sometimes moderate (c13mph) winds prior to c11.1500hrs, after which the sun finally tried to make a concerted effort to break through........  Some on/off rain returned slightly later - including one particularly very heavy downpour - leaving the rest of the day into evening, mixed but still warm.  Coastline temperature readings reached +18 degrees.  Surveying from the main hide today included singles of Sandwich Tern, Snipe and LRP, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 7 Blk T Godwits and 74 Avocets.  Ducks of note being 2 Shoveler and 12 Teal. MR 

14th - A warm (+19 degrees on the coastline), slightly humid and mostly bright day with initial SW winds of up to 19mph and gusting of 21+mph.  Surveying from the main hide this morning - prior to and from 08.51hrs - gave that there were 2 Wood Sandpipers* across the scrape area along with 1 LRP, 1 Snipe, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 11 Lapwings, 12 Redshanks, 15 Blk T Godwits and 78 Avocets.  Duck counts yielded 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and 15 Teal.  Skyline viewing gave 1 Marsh Harrier, also 2 Kestrels and a Falcon sp. that was possibly a juvenile Peregrine. MR.  A lunchtime visit (12.00-13.00hrs) gave that the Avocet total was at 81 and included one juvenile bird, while Blk T Godwits had increased to 16.  Singles of Oystercatcher and Sandwich Tern were also noted, as were 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Pied Wagtails, 20 Swallows and a Sparrowhawk. LH.

15th - Rain early this morning but cleared to give bright sun and coastline temperature readings of +20+ degrees.  Slightly inland - quite humid at times.  SW winds again today, varying from very light through to strong (almost still up to 20+mph) with extra gusting of up to 25mph.  No reports returned.

16th - S through SSE winds that varied from light to moderate (9mph up to 16mph) with extra blasts of up to 19mph.  A dry, sunny day, blue skies and coastline temperatures that reached a minimum of +19+ degrees.  Surveying the site this morning gave views of a S E Owl flying over the cut meadow, while other species of note included 1 LRP, 3 Common Sandpipers, 37 Blk T Godwits and 67 Avocets. MR

17th - Initial winds (breeze) varied up to 7mph but did increase later in the day, while direction was E through ESE.  Another sunny and warm day with early coastline temperatures of +20 degrees.  Observations from the hide today included counts of 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk, also 1 Little Egret, 2 LRPs, 2 Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Snipe, 36 Blk T Godwits and 68 Avocets.  Duck totals for this survey were a drake Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal and 11 Shelducks. MR.

18th - Slightly stronger initial winds this morning being of up to 11mph, again E/ESE in direction.  Early temperature readings of +19 degrees increased to a minimum of +24 degrees later.  No reports returned.

19th - A very humid day at times, with the temperature reaching in excess of +26 degrees and ending with an evening of storms and heavy rain.  Visits by at least three observers today gave site totals across the scrape of 1 LRP, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 5 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers, 36 Lapwings, 73 Avocets and a high count of 73 Blk T Godwits.  Also noted were 2 Common Gulls, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Kestrels. PL/PNt/MR.  A Hobby was also viewed. PNt.  On a Wildlife note, a Brown Argus Butterfly was seen and photographed (see Gallery). MR.

20th - Variable wind direction from SSW through WSW with speeds from light up to 18mph with gusting at times reaching 21mph.  Another warm day - initial temperature readings of +20+ degrees before 09.00hrs - but mostly cloud-covered with a small storm early afternoon but the rain with it was torrential.  Surveying from the hide this afternoon yielded a Garganey* (see Gallery) alongside singles of LRP and Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin.  A Hobby was seen again during these observations. PRD.  Additional counts and species were 3 Snipe, 36 Lapwings, 76 Avocets, 80+ Blk T Godwits - for which the latter species had increased from 59 in the morning - also 2 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Marsh Harrier and always a pleasure to see, a Kingfisher. PRD/PL/IM/MR.

21st - Temperatures again high and the coastline areas reached +24+ degrees but not quite as humid as the last few days.  Mostly blue skies, bright sun and some occasional grey cloud with wind direction variable through N and speeds varying greatly from barely a breeze up to 21+mph.  The Garganey was still on the scrape area this morning and was alongside a Ruff, 2 juvenile LRPs, 6 Common Sandpipers and 8 Dunlin of note, while the count of 65 Blk T Godwits included 3+ continental 'limosa' birds.  Still over and around the site was a Hobby. PRD.  House Sparrows were notable this morning, while Wildlife observations included that of a Brown Argus Butterfly and a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly. SC/PC.   

22nd - A grey start to the morning with winds again of a Northerly direction and variable from very light up to 16mph with occasional gusting of up to 22mph.  The early coastline temperature readings of +19 degrees seemingly cooler in the winds, increased later to +22 degrees as the day brightened.  Two visits were made today by one observer with the earlier of the two spent as a half-hour seawatch.  Species flying N at this time were singles of Curlew, Whimbrel and Gannet (adult) and 7 Common Scoters, while heading S were a single Common Scoter and an Oystercatcher.  Feeding off the sluice during this survey were 2 Sandwich Terns.  The return visit later in the day (to the main hide) found that both Avocets and Blk T Godwits were of similar numbers to recent days and of note there were 2 LRPs, 6+ Common Sandpipers and 12+ Dunlin, with singles of Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel also viewed.  On a Wildlife note a Water Vole was seen........ as it was taken by a Grey Heron that had caught the Vole from the bay in front of the hide.  This was the second time within three days that this same thing had been witnessed - not good news for the Water Voles. MR.  

23rd - Winds of ENE through N in direction, of speeds up to 21mph and gusting of up to 26mph.  Coastline temperature readings of +21+ degrees - much warmer just a few miles inland.  No reports returned.

24th - Another warm day with coastline temperatures in excess of +21 degrees with some NE winds that varied up to c14mph and some extra blasts of 18+mph.  At least three observers were on and around the site today with a joint report for the viewing from the main hide.  Sandpipers were represented by 1 Wood, 3 Green and 6+ Common, while other waders of note included 1 LRP, 2 Snipe, 9 Dunlin, 62 Blk T Godwits and 76 Avocets.  Counts of 4 Shoveler and 9 Teal were noted, as were 3 Kestrels and a Marsh Harrier. PRD/IM/MR.  A juvenile Wheatear was located near to the second hide. PRD.

25th - Wind direction variable ENE/NE with at times barely a breeze, other times the speeds reaching 14mph on a very hot, humid day.  Visiting the site today found that an early wander around the Dell provided counts of 2 Lesser and 3 Common Whitethroats, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch and 8 Chaffinches as well as a very notable 12+ House Sparrows.  The Approach Road gave a 'family of' Chiffchaffs and the Dipping Pond area, a 'family of' Reed Warblers.  Moving through to the main hide, there were no signs of yesterday's Green or Wood Sands but there were still 5 Common Sandpipers in-situ - these were alongside a single LRP, 3 Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 34 Lapwings, 72 Avocets and 73 Blk T Godwits, also 7 Shoveler and just a single juvenile Shelduck from the Haven brood.  On the brook were some 15 Canada Geese, while the surrounding grazing land and skyline, provided 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Kestrels and again a Marsh Harrier. MR

26th - Bright sun and mostly blue skies again today - just a few miles inland from the Haven coastline, the temperatures exceeded +27 degrees (other parts of the UK exceeding +30 degrees).  Very dry and humid.  No reports returned.

27th - Little change in the weather for today - dry, hot (in excess of +22 degrees along the coast and +26+ degrees inland), mostly bright but occasional cloud, winds mostly light to moderate until later in the day.  Observations from the main hide today, revealed only a slight variation in counts and species from a couple of days ago.  Marsh Harriers numbered 3 today, being an adult and two juveniles, a single Kestrel was noted and Yellow Wagtails in the vicinity were at a total of 3.  The Wader counts yielded 2 LRPs, 2 Curlews 3 Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 67 Avocets and 82 Blk T Godwits.  Ducks and Geese consisted of 2 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler and 15 Canada Geese.  A Grey Heron was seen to take yet another Water Vole...... and per the observer's report comment, to which many would agree, 'either one (Heron) is getting very smart or the other (Voles) have had a very good breeding year'! MR.  

28th - Some of the wet stuff today with a short spell of on/off drizzle late morning then some heavier rain for the early evening and then on/off into the night.  The day's temperature along the coast being slightly lower than recent days - at +19+ degrees.  Again times of barely any breeze at all, while stronger winds when they prevailed, were of 23+mph and gusting of up to 29mph (Northerly by late evening).  Surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh prior to 09.11hrs this morning, yielded counts of 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 3 LRPs, 4 Dunlin, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 55 Blk T Godwits and 57 Avocets, alongside 2 Sandwich Terns. MR.  An afternoon survey found that there was an increase to 7 of LRPs. PRD.

29th - Prior to 06.30hrs the winds were NNW of light to moderate with gusting that reached 22mph.  A cooler start too at +16 degrees, increasing to +21 degrees later in the day, while the wind direction turned to Easterlies - by mid-evening the winds were virtually still.  Generally the day was bright and sunny with a variation of cloud.  Surveying the site - particularly from the main hide - yielded singles of Wheatear and Barn Owl as well as a total of 3 Marsh Harriers.  On and around the scrape and grazing marsh, there were of note 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3 LRPs, 6 Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin, along with 55 Avocets and 63 Blk T GodwitsIM/MR.  

30th - Initial slightly variable Northerly winds turned to SW later in the day with speeds of up to 19mph and gusting of up to 23mph.  Coastline temperatures reached +22 degrees on a day of on/off bright sun and some cloud in mostly blue skies.  No reports returned.

31st - Mostly blue skies and bright with S/SSE winds of variable speeds up to 22mph and on/off gusting of c25mph.  Coastline temperature readings of +21+ degrees but quite humid at times slightly inland.  Reported for today was that a Red Kite was seen - just after noon - to be quartering the fields below Gt. Holland Hall (i.e. N of the main hide). PRD.


As at 31st July, the Haven 2014 Year List stands at: 155.