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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 2017

1st - A visit to the Main Hide this morning, provided of note: OystercatcherLapwing and Redshank, 10 Avocets, a total (at one point in time & included a colour-ringed bird) of 45 Blk T Godwits and also 3 Teal across the scrape areas.  Also viewed were singles of KestrelSparrowhawk and Common Buzzard.  The Wildlife front gave the better excitement during this survey, with 'lots of Dragonfly activity' by/at the Dipping Pond and included the species of Red-veined Darter and both Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers.  A couple of Terrapins were in a rather amorous mood, while over on the main scrape, a bit of bird-life panic was caused by a Grass Snake that decided to have a swim between the Island and the Tern Raft. MR.

2nd/3rd/4th/5th - No reports returned.

6th - A glorious if slightly breezy morning, that during a site survey, provided of note an adult Med Gull, 1pr Common Terns and 6 Teal alongside a juvenile Ringed Plover, 2 adult LRPs and 2 Blk T Godwits on and around the scrape area, while offshore viewing gave 2 Brent Geese (early passage) heading SW. PRD.  The Med Gull, amongst  Black-headed Gulls during the morning, was a colour-ringed bird and proved to have been ringed in Germany. MR

7th - No reports returned.

8th - Three observers surveyed the site during this morning on yet another very hot day.  The Dell and Carpark areas held 2 Blackcaps (singing), also Chiffchaff and 2+ Common and Lesser Whitethroats - all appearing to have done well with breeding on site this year.  Reed and Sedge Warblers were viewable in front of the Main Hide. Both the latter species have again been nesting across the site this year.  The main Scrape yielded 1 Yellow-legged Gull(adult), 1 Med Gull (adult), 3 G B B and 7 L B B along with both Herring and Black-headed Gulls, while c12noon saw the addition of 3 Sandwich Terns that dropped in amongst the various Gulls.  Of Wader note, there were 2 Redshank (nearly fully grown), 8 Blk-T Godwits (inc. 2x juvs) and 3 Curlew.  Shelduck numbers were of 2 adults and 6 juveniles and a Teal count totalled 5.  A Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity. PL/IM/ML.

9th - Several observers were on and around the site over the course of today and a two-hour Ringing Session took place during the morning.  Three species and a count of eight birds were involved in the ringing and included a juvenile Sedge WarblerSC.  A Black Swan on the pool to the right of the Main Hide was a 'first' for the site - good to see it there but unfortunately not a tick-able addition to anyone's Year Listing!  (For those new to birding, the Black Swan is a native of Australia.  Brought to the UK as 'ornamental' birds for private collections, it is these that have over time, 'escaped' into the countryside and to-date, are not listed on BOU ).  The main scrape and surrounding areas provided counts of 1 Ruff (ad. male), 2 Avocets, 2 Dunlin (ad), 2 LRP's (also adult birds) and 12  Blk-T Godwits (inc. 2 x juvs).  Again the Marsh Harrier of the last few days was in the vicinity, as were 2  Common Buzzards.  With concern across the region generally for the lack of Swifts/Swift movement and nesting this 2017 year, a notable count was given of c100+ Swifts feeding across the back fields during the morning's viewing.  In front of the Second hide, a Little Grebe also made it onto this report.  In the sunny weather, the  Wildlife front yielded a bit more interest, with 2 'very showy' Water Voles and several Small Red-eyed Damselflies in/at the Dipping Pond (lower Carpark), while 2 Common Darter, 2 Ruddy Darter and 5 Emperor Dragonflies were also present on site. PL/PRD/ML/MR.   Wildlife additions during a small survey on this very bright, sunny evening, included 4+ Black-tailed Skimmers (Dragonfly), 6+ Blue-tailed Damselflies (inc. 1x fem. form  violacea), with Butterfly species including those of CommaSmall SkipperLarge Skipper, Gatekeeper and  Meadow BrownKA/AD.

10th - No reports returned.

11th - Definitely a mixed bag of weather today that culminated in very heavy rain going into and through the evening. The viewing across the scrape and surrounding area this morning, provided 3 Grey Herons, 14 Canada Geese, 2  Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Redshank and 20 Blk T Godwits.  Alongside these, the Gulls  numbered some 2 Med, 5 L B B, 24 Herring and 54 Black-headed. (latter two species also included two colour-ringed birds).  Birds of Prey from this viewpoint were 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk and 3 Kestrels, while first thing and reported as today's 'star of the show' was a Peregrine that initially seen sitting on the PLA Pylon, made 'a couple of flights to upset everything around'.  The Wildlife front included notes of a Red Fox and 2 Brown Hares  that were on the scrape area and observed at the Dipping Pond (lower Carpark), was once again a Water VoleMR.

12th/13th/14th/15th - No reports returned.

16th - A quick afternoon look around the Dipping Pond (just before a downpour) yielded a few Wildlife notes that included both a Southern Hawker and a male Emperor Dragonfly along with several Small Red-Eyed Damselflies, while a Water Vole and a Terrapin were also seen. AD.

17th - During a Ringing Session this morning (06.20-09.20hrs) there were at one point, c40+ Swallows in the relative reed-bed area (impossible to ascertain if a group was hanging around or if there were different birds moving through).  Calling from nearby was a Little Grebe.  The session itself involved a total of sixteen birds of five species - these included Sand MartinSedge and Reed WarblersSC.  Wildlife notes today, included a Banded Demoiselle (for those who don't know these, they are a rather beautiful Damselfly) and also a Water VoleMR.

18th - No bird reports returned today, however both Brown Hawker and Emperor Dragonflies were seen on site. MR.

19th - No reports returned.

20th - Visits to the site today were reported for this morning and this evening with notes also made of the increasing water levels on the scrape - further to the recent and quite magnificent storms with torrential rain and also on/off heavy showers.  Viewing from the main hide this morning, yielded 2 LRP's (ad+juv) first thing (PRD) along with 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk-T Godwits and 6 Redshanks.  Amongst a number of both Black-headed and Herring Gulls, were a juvenile Med Gull, 1 G B B and 3 L B BPRD/MR.  An evening survey found that the Blk-T Godwits had increased to a count of 7 and two additional noted site species were singles of Kingfisher and Cuckoo (juvenile). PL.

21st - No reports returned.

22nd - Viewing across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline from the Main Hide this morning, provided noted counts of 1 Yellow Wagtail (juv), 1 Med Gull (ad), 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzards and 3 Marsh Harriers, while the Waders included 3 LRP's (ad+2juv), 7 Blk-T Godwits, 9 Common Sandpipers and 22 RedshanksPL/IM/ML.  Seen to be heading N on its lonesome during a seawatch session was a Brent Goose, while the species flying S were 1 Gannet, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Sanderlings and c40 WhimbrelPL/IM.

23rd - A morning survey for across the main scrape, provided noted counts of Teal and 6 Shelducks, alongside 1  DunlinLRP's, 6 Common Sandpipers and 12 Blk-T Godwits with a single Common Tern dropping in for a rest.  Also viewable during this time were a Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harriers. PL.

24th - No reports returned.

25th - Visits today were during the morning and also this evening.  A Haven 2017 Year Tick was in the form of Wood Sandpiper* this morning and a count of 4 of them at that.  Alongside these, were 5 Common Sandpipers, 11 Blk-T Godwits and 8 Common Gulls (adults), while 2 Common Terns dropped in, then back out again. MR.  Noted additions for the morning were 3 Redshanks (inc.2 juvs), 32 Lapwings and 4 Shoveler, while singles of Yellow Wagtail (juv) and  Reed Bunting (fem) were also viewed. LH.  As at 20.30hrs this evening, the 4 Wood Sandpipers were still in the vicinity and 2 LRP's were also on show.  Quartering the marsh at this time was a S E OwlPL.  Over and above the already mentioned species for today, a female Marsh Harrier was viewed this afternoon and on the scrape (16.00hrs) were 3 Sandwich Terns (2ad+juv).  The Wildlife front gave 2 Holly Blue Butterflies, one being along the Approach Road, the other along the path near to the Sewage Farm/plantation. GB

26th - No reports returned.

27th - A visit to site today also included the clearing of one of the net rides and a quick dash back to the main hide from that task, literally just prior to one of the sudden downpours!  The scrape yielded another Haven 2017 Year Tick with views of an adult Little Stint*, alongside 1 Turnstone, 1 LRP (ad), 3 Common and 4 Wood Sandpipers, 6  Dunlin and 6 Blk-T Godwits, also a Common Tern and 3 Teal.  A Marsh Harrier was also in the vicinity. PRD.  This evening gave the addition of a Whimbrel as it flew over, also 1 Curlew, while the Wood Sandpipers were down to just 1 visible bird and Blk-T Godwits down to 3, LRP's were up to 2 and as at 18.00hrs, the Little Stint was still there. PL.

28th - A survey this afternoon, found that the Little Stint (adult) was still on the scrape and was alongside noted counts of 1 Snipe, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 4 Common Sandpipers and now, a very good Haven total of 6 Wood Sandpipers, also 7 Dunlin and 3 TealPRD.

29th - Several observers visited the site today and found there was again a small but good selection of Waders to see on the scrape.  With the recent downpours, the scrape is filling nicely and raising hopes for a few more species to drop in and maybe stay awhile.  This morning's views from the Main Hide, yielded counts of 1 Little Stint, 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk-T Godwits and still some 6 Wood Sandpipers, while a Marsh Harrier (dark juvenile) was in the vicinity. MR/PBr.  The Wildlife front gave a Red FoxMR.  Late afternoon into early evening (16.30-18.00hrs) proved a slight change of birds in/out over the course of the day with additions of 5 Blk-T Godwits (now at 10), another Dunlin (now at 5) and Wood Sandpipers down to 5.  Counts of 2 Curlew and 6 Whimbrel were seen to fly to the Golf Course, while also on the scrape area were 2 Teal and a juvenile Yellow Wagtail.  Three juvenile  Sparrowhawks were raised on a site nest this year, presumably 1 of which, was that viewed on a post inside the Sewage Farm. PL.

30th - At least five observers surveyed areas of the site during today.  The first Haven report of this species for the 2017 Autumn passage, Wheatear - at the rear of the scrape - was included in the morning reports.  The adult  Little Stint was still in-situ as were the 6 Wood Sandpipers, all of which were alongside 4 Common Sandpipers, 5  Blk-T Godwits and 7 Dunlin, also 2 Teal of note.  Viewed across the back of the marsh was a Marsh Harrier.  The  Wildlife front proved fruitful around the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) with the Water Vole putting in a couple of appearances while observations were being had of a few Small Red-eyed Damselflies as well as 1 Ruddy Darter, 2  Common Darters and 2 Brown Hawker DragonfliesPL/MR/ML/TS.  Views across the scrape (13.40-14.30hrs) gave the additions of 6+ Redshanks, an increase of Dunlin to 10 and Teal to 3, while decreases were noted for Blk-T Godwits,  Wood and Common Sandpipers, down to 2, 5 and 3 respectively. IM.

31st - Viewing from the Main Hide this morning was slightly later than normal but straight away gave pleasing views of some 7 Wood Sandpipers across the scrape.  An extremely good number of these for the Haven site and even better the fact that a week ago the first '4' of this 2017 dropped in and itself a good count, their numbers then increased to '6' some four days ago and now to '7' this morning.  The Little Stint was again on show for the fifth day, alongside 1 Green and 4 Common Sandpipers, 15+ Dunlin and the species of both Lapwing and Redshank being in close vicinity, as were the resident Ducks and Geese.  Also observed from the hide were a single Wheatear and 2 Marsh HarriersMR. The return wander to the carpark via a stop at the Mounds, provided views of a "super juvenile Wheatear". MR/PRD.  

As at 31st July 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 150. 


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