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Recent Sightings

Key: Plain Text- Resident/Regular VisitorGreen -Likely to be AnnualAmber -Less than AnnualRed -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 2016

1st/2nd/3rd - No reports returned.

4th - Of particular note today, an Eider (duck) was viewed as she drifted on the sea in a Southerly direction towards the Sluice area. PRD.

5th - No reports returned.

6th - Observations and a Ringing Session took place today, the latter from 07.00-08.30hrs including Common WhitethroatReed and Sedge Warbler species, while a juvenile Marsh Harrier was viewed during this time. SC. Surveying from the main hide provided of note, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Dunlin, 16 Blk T Godwits and 63 Avocets (plus a few chicks). SC/MR/PRD

7th - Again today there was a survey from the main hide (MR) that noted three of the 'Haven' Avocets on the scrape, while a Ringing Session yielded six species and a total of 18 birds overall.  Also seen were a single Grey Wagtail that appeared from the Sewage Farm and a Chiffchaff in the close vicinity. SC.  

8th - An evening visit yielded of note, a Common Sandpiper on the scrape, a Sandwich Tern that flew over calling, a Marsh Harrier that was over the rear fields and both a Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail that were viewed along the farm track.  In a fleet beyond the scrape a Shelduck creche consisted of at least 33 ducklings. SC/LW.

9th - Views across the scrape prior to dusk this evening, gave particular notes of 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, 6 Avocets and 68 Blk T GodwitsPBr.

10th/11th - No reports returned.

12th - On the scrape this morning (prior to 10.20hrs), a juvenile LRP* made it onto the Haven 2016 Year List and was alongside counts of 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 34+ Blk T Godwits and some 61 AvocetsMR.

13th - A few observers were on and around the site today with views that included those of a Whinchat (PRD) in the reedbed by the second hide, the fantastic sight of a Reed Warbler chick (ML) as it fledged the nest (parents were seen to be busy taking food to the nest too), while surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, from the main hide, there was a small variety of noted species.  Counts included 1 LRP (juv), 1 Dunlin (juv), a moulting male Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 30+ Blk T Godwits, 60+ Avocets (inc. 2 x colour-ringed birds) and 6 Shoveler.  Also in the vicinity were 2 Grey Herons and 2 Marsh HarriersMR/PRD/ML.

14th - During a Ringing Session this morning (06.45-09.45hrs) that involved three species and a total of 13 birds, there were also views had of 2 Common Buzzards along the rear hedgerows. SC.

15th - A morning visit to the main hide (09.20hrs) located both a Garganey* and a cracking summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper on the scrape. PRD.  As at 18.15hrs, both the aforementioned were still on the scrape and were alongside 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin and 12 Blk T Godwits of note. SC.  Additional counts across the site during the afternoon, gave 1 LRP (juv), 25 Avocets (+juvs), 1 Little Egret, 1 Shoveler (duck) and 19 Teal, as well as a juvenile Whinchat, 2 Reed Buntings (male), 2 Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, 10 Linnets, 8 Swallows, 1 Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier (prob. juv). LH.

16th - Viewing across the scrape - from the seawall - at c08.20hrs, there were 2 Dunlin flying around, at least 61 Blk T Godwits in the vicinity and also a Marsh Harrier.  A Whinchat was noted by the Golf Course Dump and 3 Yellow Wagtails had been seen on the Golf Course. PBr.  Surveying the scrape area from the main hide (as at 10.20hrs), the counts were of 1 LRP, 2 Dunlin (quite possibly the same two from earlier), 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 33 Avocets and 56 of the Blk T Godwits were still insitu, as was the GarganeyMR.   

17th - A Ringing Session took place during the earlier part of today and included some ten species, 2 juvenile Cetti's Warblers and of particular interest, five birds that related back to HHB ringing records of 2015. PNt/LW.

18th - On a bright, sunny and very warm morning, the first report in for the day was that a Wood Sandpiper was on the scrape as at 09.28hrs.  This Wader was alongside 2 Dunlin, 2 Ruff and 2 Redshanks, 5 Common Sandpipers, 12 Avocets (+juvs), 114 Blk T Godwits and also 3 Shoveler.  Amongst the Blk T Godwits was a colour-ringed bird and a single Mute Swan seen at this time, was also wearing a colour-ring. PRD/MR.  During this morning's Ringing Session (06.45-09.15hrs) there were some seven species involved - that today included Sand Martin (2 birds) - while viewing from the nearby area, also gave 3 Yellow Wagtails, 25+ Sand Martins and 50+ SwallowsSC.

19th - Today's visit to the main hide gave counts across the scrape, grazing marsh and visible skyline, of 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns (ad+juv), also 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers and 17 Avocets (+chicks).  However, the most notable species on the scrape was Blk T Godwit and there was a grand total of 138 of these birds. MR.

20th - The viewing from the main hide today, found that there were still high numbers of Blk T Godwits with 104 located around the scrape during this survey.  Alongside the Blk T Godwits were singles of Dunlin and Redshank, 2 Bar-T Godwits, 2 Ruff, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 29 Avocets (+chicks) and 2 G B B Gulls.  Singles of both Whimbrel and Golden Plover were seen to fly in and then out again, while the surrounding area held 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 Common Buzzards.  On the Wildlife front, surveying has also noted a few Wasp Spiders this recent week. MR.

21st/22nd - No reports returned.

23rd - A few birders were on and around the site today and proved the Blk T Godwits to be once again in numbers above 100 on the scrape.  The viewing from the main hide, yielded counts of 1 Redshank, 2 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 30+ Avocets and 116 Blk T Godwits, also singles of SparrowhawkMarsh Harrier and Common BuzzardIM/PL.  Located on the Mounds at 15.32hrs, was a Black RedstartJH.

24th - A Ringing Session took place today by two of the team members, involving some ten species including Reed and Sedge WarblersLinnets and Common Whitethroats and a total of 46 birds..... while a Red-legged Partridge was also on the scene during this time. PNt/LW

25th - Of particular note during a visit today was that the first of this year's reported Haven 'autumn passage' Wheatears was located, the bird was on the newly cut meadow by the first turret.  Also in the near vicinity were 2 Whinchats - these being an adult with a juvenile. DP.

26th - Viewing across the scrape and surrounding areas - from the main hide - during the morning, yielded counts that included 1 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 LRPs (ad+juv), 3+ Common Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, c22 Avocets and 108 Blk T Godwits.  Also viewed were 6 Teal, 11 Canada and 18 Greylag Geese.  Birds of Prey consisted of 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Common Buzzards and 3 KestrelsMR.  Noted during a Ringing Session (that included 5 Swallows) from 07.00-10.00hrs, there were additional sightings of 29 Curlew and a juvenile Green WoodpeckerSC/PC.  Located on the scrape during the afternoon, a 1S Caspian Gull* was present from 14.00hrs to at least 16.00hrs. The bird was roosting on the main island (far right) at the latter time. PRD.

27th - Viewing this morning (09.19hrs) found that the 1S Caspian Gull was still in-situ on the scrape area.  Also in this vicinity, a Garganey. PRD.  A juvenile Med Gull was located on the scrape this afternoon (14.00hrs). SC.  A late evening visit to the main hide proved fruitful when a Pectoral Sandpiper* (DS) was located (20.45-21.15hrs) at the rear of the scrape.  The last of this species reported for the Haven was in 2013 - an April bird made the Year List that year. Hopefully tonight's Pec Sand  will stay overnight for further viewing tomorrow. PRD/DS.

28th - During an early morning visit to the main hide, the Pectoral Sandpiper was found still to be on view and was alongside noted counts of 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 24 Avocets and 94 Blk T Godwits, while also still on the scrape area was the GarganeyMR.  Additional counts as at 09.35 to 11.00hrs, included that the Dunlin were now at 4 (inc. a juvenile) and across the vicinity were 2 Marsh HarriersSN.

29th - As at 07.36hrs this morning, there was no sign of the Pec Sand.  A Spotted Redshank* that dropped in at this time, decided to fly out again 08.35hrs in a SW direction and was lost to view. MR.

30th - Of particular note this evening was a Fulmar that was seen to be flying S as at 20.00hrs. DS.

31st - Several observers were out and about on the site today and Ringing sessions were also undertaken early this morning.  A Brent Goose flew over the site towards Frinton at 06.00hrs (PNt/LW), while from 06.45-09.45hrs, 3 Sand Martins, 30 Swallows, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Kestrels and 2 Marsh Harriers (SC/PC) were viewed.  The Ringing Sessions yielded twelve species and a total of 46 birds, including Cetti'sWillowReed and Sedge Warblers, Wren and Common WhitethroatPNt/LW/SC/PC.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding area proved to find all was much as in recent days - although an LRP was a new arrival today.  The Blk T Godwits numbered 75 and included within them was a colour-ringed bird (present c1 week). SC/PC/MR/ML.   

As at 31st July 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at 152.


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