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Recent Sightings

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 2015

1st - On what has been reported as the "hottest July day ever", the start of this month saw 3 Green Sandpipers* being located on the scrape c09.20hrs.  Initially there were 2, then within minutes - the third appeared.  A count of some 72 adult Avocets (+ chicks) proved very noteworthy, while also reported were 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Sandwich Terns and 5+ SwiftsPRD. On site between 07.00-12.45hrs, a ringing session provided a variety of the regular site species and included birds previously ringed in 2013 and 2014. SC.

2nd - A glorious morning with temperature readings before 08.00hrs of 21+ degrees, along with variable S through NW directional winds.  A few on/off showers appeared for early afternoon but otherwise, still very warm!  Noted at 06.30hrs "and most likely the same pair again" at 08.30hrs were 1pr adult Med Gulls. SC.  Surveying across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline today, provided counts of 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Lapwings, 3 Redshanks, 31 Blk T Godwits and another increase of Avocets - to a count of 80 adults and at least 9 juveniles.  The 9 Canada Geese, a fem Shoveler (+ducklings), 2 Shelducks (+ many young) and 22 Teal were visible as were 5 L B B, c20 Herring and c50 Blk-headed Gulls - the latter did include 5 chicks on the raft and 2 on the Island.  A Common Buzzard and c40 Swifts (moving through) were noted, while the Sluice held a Common Tern which later flew SW.  A colour-ringed Herring Gull was seen on the scrape. MR.

3rd - Again, high temperatures and very bright, alongside some breezy NE winds.  No reports returned.

4th - Following the predicted rain and stormy weather overnight, the temperatures today reached in excess of +24 degrees prior to mid-day and there was little, if any change to this by early evening.  Light to moderate SSW/SW winds.  A morning run through the site and back again to the Frinton end (07.45-09.00hrs) provided a few notable species including a Fulmar* that flew S.  Apparent on the scrape during this time were some 70+ Avocets, while reported birds also heading S were 12 Curlew, 14 Sand Martins and 48 Swifts. PBr/SBr.

5th - After the sometimes heavy rain of the morning, the day progressed to be another warm one with mostly bright sunny skies - a few dark grey clouds featuring throughout.  Light to moderate winds.  No reports returned.

6th - Following a slightly cooler night, the morning brought moderate SW winds, temperatures of +18 (looking to reach +20 by mid-day) and a very mixed cloud selection with blue skies and the sun beyond.  No reports returned.

7th - The light to moderate SW winds continue this morning, along with early temperature readings of +18.  Fairly bright but cloud cover quite dominant (c08.00hrs) with the sun trying to make a break for it!  Of particular note, located on the scrape at c14.15hrs were 4 Ruff. PRD.

8th - Observations from the main hide today gave counts across the scrape and surrounding area of 16 Teal and 8 Canada Geese, along with 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew and 1 Common Sandpiper, 27 Blk T Godwits and a grand total of 107 adult Avocets (+ chicks).  Over and through the site were c250 Swifts during this survey. IM/MR.

9th - A very warm if slightly breezy day at times - which by the evening had winds of a Southerly direction and the temperature was still at +18 degrees.  No reports returned.

10th - Another very warm, bright sunny day with light to moderate winds (holding SE as at evening).  No reports returned.

11th - An extremely hot and sunny day with temperatures in excess of +25 degrees!  Of note, during a ringing session was a Spanish control Reed Warbler PN.

12th - After some overnight on/off rain, this morning saw more of the same for a short while but generally still quite warm, just less of the sun and more of the clouds throughout the day.  No reports returned.

13th - Of particular note on the scrape today were 3 juvenile L R P's and a single Ringed Plover that dropped in for a short while before they were chased off the vicinity.  The Avocets (with c5 smallish chicks) at the left hand end of the scrape definitely in charge of this area! PRD.

14th - No reports returned.

15th - A survey of the scrape and surrounding area today, yielded counts of 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshanks (each dropping in and then out at individual times), 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, 4 Curlew,  32 Blk T Godwits and 59 Avocets (+young).  Also, singles of Common Tern, Common Gull, Shoveler and Wigeon, 2 Shelducks (+ ducklings) , 5 Teal and 8 Canada Geese.  Both a Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier were viewed. MR.

16th - No general site reports were returned but members of the ringing team were on site, see Ringing. SC/LW

17th - No reports returned.

18th - Several observers were on and around the site and a ringing session also took place.  During the various surveys, 2 Red Kites were viewed (MR/PL), while a Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harriers were other raptor counts for the day.  Wader species included 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 38 Blk T Godwits and 79 Avocets - the latter including 3 near-fledged young, also 'Haven' birds GB-GN and GB-YB.  Duck counts included a single Wigeon, 6 Teal and 9 Shelducks of which these were a pair with 6 juveniles and a "lone juvenile, well separate from the brood". SC/MR/PL/JH.  A juvenile Green Woodpecker and 4 Chiffchaffs were among the species during the ringing session. PN.  A family cycle ride and run through the site this morning, noted  2 Siskin, 12 Swifts and 24 Sand Martins moving South through/over the Haven, while hunting over the newly cut grazing marsh were a Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzards (probably the 2 previously mentioned today). PBr &co.  

19th - An early morning visit (in the rain) supplied 4 Common Sandpipers that were located on the sluice rocks, while from the main hide the counts included 1 Wigeon and 11 Teal, 2 Med Gulls (1xAd+1xjuv), 1 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers, 15 Curlew, 25 Blk T Godwits and 78 Avocets on the scrape areas.  Also noted were 2 Sand Martins and 10+ Swifts, as well as 1 Barn Owl, 1 S E O , 1 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. PL.  Slightly later in the morning, a single Green Sandpiper was located on the scrape and a colour-ringed Blk T Godwit was noted. MR.

20th, 21st - No reports returned.

22nd - Surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh from the main hide, provided counts of 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 39 Blk T Godwits (including at least 1 limosa. PRD) and 60 Avocets (+ young), all alongside 1 Shoveler, 2 Shelducks (+ juveniles), 4 Teal, 8 Canada and 24 Greylag Geese.  Some 30+ Sand Martins were amongst the Swallows and a single Marsh Harrier was also viewable. MR/PRD. On the Wildlife front, a Clouded Yellow Butterfly was located. MR.

23rd - During an early morning ringing session (06.30-09.30hrs) with an interesting re-trap, it was also noted that some 40+ Swallows were moving through and that a Barn Owl was seen to be out hunting for c1hour. SC.  A returning colour-ringed Herring Gull was located on the Sewage Farm. MR.

24th - A change of wind direction and rain today!  A Little Stint* was located this morning and this bird, along with a Redshank and 4 Dunlin, joined the 4 Common Sandpipers, 35 Blk T Godwits and 62 Avocets already visible on the scrape.  A Med Gull (juv) and 2 Common Buzzards were also viewed from the main hide.  On the route back from the hide, a single Whimbrel was on the Sluice rocks, while a Grey Wagtail (PRD) flew over the carpark and headed towards the Sewage Farm. MR/PRD.

25th - The Little Stint was still viewable on the rear of the scrape as at 09.00hrs this morning. IM.  The Blk T Godwit and Avocet counts were of 64 and 65 respectively, while 17 Swifts were of particular note.  On the Wildlife front, a Pygmy Shrew was seen near the hide. SC/PC.

26th, 27th - No reports returned.

28th - A morning visit and site survey gave 3 colour-ringed birds - being a Blk T Godwit and 2 Herring Gulls, one of the latter being a returning bird.  The scrape and surrounding vicinity gave 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin, 10 Lapwings, 54 Blk T Godwits and 57 Avocets, as well as 1 Wigeon, 2 Shelducks (+young), 5 Teal and 8 Canada Geese.  A Common Buzzard was in the area and it was reported that there was a "good hirundine movement... mainly Sand Martins... with Swallows, Swifts and House Martins noted".  The Wildlife front gave the observer the day's highlight, upon his finding of the first of this year's Wasp Spiders on the site. (see photo).MR.

29th - No reports returned.

30th - An early morning ringing session took place today, during which it was noted that there was "not much obvious passage", c15 Swallows were seen to move through and a Common Buzzard was in the vicinity. SC.  Viewing from the main hide c09.15hrs, a Wood Sandpiper* was located on the scrape. MR/PRD.

31st - Of particular note, 2 Wood Sandpipers flew in to land on the scrape this morning at c11.25hrs. PRD.  Both the Wood Sandpipers were still on the scrape during an evening visit. MR.

As at 31st July 2015 the Haven 2015 Year List stands at: 151.