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June 09

1st - Strong N winds, hot and sunny.  The scrape produced little of note today with 16 Avocets still on there, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers and 1 Gadwall. A female Marsh Harrier was again seen over the site. Also 1 of each Little Egret and Barn Owl. MR.  

2nd - Warm but again strong winds.  Viewed from the hide during two visits were 14 Avocets, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers and 20 Shelduck with 20 young.  A female Marsh Harrier was over the fields as was a Barn Owl. MR.

3rd - Strong winds, overcast and cool for an evening visit. The scrape held 12 Avocets, 2 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plovers of note, with the two Shelduck broods numbering 19.  A Cuckoo was along the hedgerows beyond the scrape. KA

4th - Overcast with sunny intervals.  Visits throughout today saw much the same across the scrape with 1 Barn Owl, the drake Gadwall, 14 Avocets, 3+ Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin.  An adult female Marsh Harrier and a Sparrowhawk were seen on site, while the Cetti's Warbler was once again singing at the rear of the sewage farm cottages. 3+ Corn Buntings were noted at the farm. MR/PRD/JBS

5th - Overcast all day, with rain throughout most of it.  A Hobby was noted this evening over the carpark. JBS.

6th - Slight cloud cover, warm with strong NE winds.  This morning both male and female Marsh Harriers were over Holland Marsh, the female appeared again later over the scrape.  The Cetti's Warbler was singing well and was seen briefly by the sewage farm, while a flock of 30+ Long Tailed Tits were noted as were 15+ Swifts. The scrape still short on variety with only 3 Ringed Plovers, 18 Shelduck with their off-spring and 16 Avocets to acknowledge. KA.

7th - Heavy rain all morning, the afternoon warm and bright.  No changes to the birds on the scrape from yesterday.  2 Garden Warblers were along the approach road and a Cuckoo was nearby. JBS

8th - Generally bright, some cloud and breezy ENE winds.  Additional on the scrape late this afternoon were a summer plumage Spotted Redshank and 4 Blk T Godwits.  2 Marsh Harriers were seen in flight, 1 fem/1 imm. A single Swift was also noted. JBS.

9th - Generally overcast, some sun, rain later.  Morning and afternoon visits saw 16 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe and 5 Blk T Godwits on the scrape with 6+ Swift noted over the marsh. MR.  Early evening along the approach road 4 Blackcaps, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and a Sparrowhawk were seen. A Cuckoo was again on the fence post.  Additional for the scrape were 3 Oystercatchers and 1pr each of Gadwall and Teal.  An influx of Swifts was a brilliant sight as they came in/off and a conservative 400+ could be seen across the Haven to Frinton and over the fields to Holland Marshes. At this time 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 fem/1 imm, also drifted into view. KA.     

10th - Mainly overcast with light winds.  Viewed from the hide this morning were 1 Blk T Godwit, 18 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher and both the pair of Gadwall and of Teal.  Only 8 Shelduck were noted with 19 ducklings. The Cetti's Warbler was singing behind the carpark and across the fields Swifts were plentiful. MR.   

11th - Heavy rain early morning, on/off rain/sun all day with W winds.  The scrape produced little different during an early visit, with 18 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe, 7 Shelduck, a female Shoveler and 7 Oystercatchers of note. Also seen were 19+ SwiftsKA. Additions for mid-morning and evening were 2 Cuckoos, 1 Little Egret, a female Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, 1 Gadwall and c50 Swifts. MR/JBS/KA.

12th - Reported today were 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Blk T Godwits and 3 Ringed Plovers. VB/PB.

13th - 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Dunlin and 9 Blk T Godwits were noted today. JK.

14th - Hot, bright with a slight breeze.  Viewed from the hide this morning were 12 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Curlew and a Marsh HarrierMR.  Afternoon additions were 1 Dunlin, 2 Gadwall, 5 Teal and 1 Barn Owl.  Behind the sewage farm, the Cetti's Warbler was again singing. 1 Little Egret and a Cuckoo were also noted. MR/JBS. The farm area provided 3 singing Corn Buntings. GG.

15th - A warm day, ending in brilliant storms with torrential rain and hailstones.  Visits today gave sightings from the hide of 14 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers, 6 Oystercatchers and a Marsh Harrier. 1 of each Cuckoo and Little Egret were also noted as were 3 Blackcaps and across the fields, still numerous Swifts. MR/KA/GG/PRDAn unfortunate find was that of a dead Barn Owl along the road - it's ring details have been forwarded.

16th - A hot day that still saw piles of hailstones from the evening before.  The scrape this morning held 1 Spotted Redshank, 20 Avocets, 1 Snipe and 2 Oystercatchers. A Marsh Harrier was also viewed. A later visit produced additions of 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 summer plumage Blk T Godwits. MR.

17th - Another warm day but little to note on site with the scrape providing 16 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew and 2 Blk T Godwits, these were not the Godwits of 16th. The Cetti's Warbler was again singing behind the sluice. MR.   

18th -  A Wood Sandpiper and a Limosa Blk T Godwit were the highlights today, also on the scrape were 16 Avocets + 2 juvs and 16 Shelduck with 19 juvs.  A female Marsh Harrier and a Barn Owl made appearances and on the arable were 2 Corn Buntings.  4+ Sand Martins and 60+ Swift were also present. PRD.

19th - Brisk WNW winds and sunny today. On the scrape were summer plumaged Ruff and Spotted Redshank, a Limosa Blk T Godwit and 3 Ringed Plovers. GG.

20th - W winds. The Cetti's Warbler was again singing around the Sewage Farm while on the scrape were 4 Blk T Godwits and a single Snipe. 2 elusive Little Egrets were in the ditches and a Cuckoo flew W. GG.

21st - Light S winds, overcast with sunny intervals and some drizzle. The Snipe was still present on the scrape but nothing else noteworthy.  A singing Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps were along the approach road with both Common and Lesser Whitethroats seen in small numbers. KA

22nd - Warm and dry with some breeze.  4+ House Martins were noted today as were 120+ Swifts seen above the fields.  2 young Sedge Warbler broods were new additions, however the scrape remained quiet with 16 Avocets and 12 Shelduck with their offspring, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers and a female Shoveler. PRD

23rd - Additional on the scrape today was a Green Sandpiper and although brief stays by both, singles of Curlew and Greenshank were also noted. PRD.

24th - Sunny with a NE wind.  Viewed from the hide, the scrape hosted 8 Blk T Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers and 5 Teal over and above the regular birds, with a female Marsh Harrier also seen. MR.  Additional for this evening were a Wood Sandpiper on the scrape, the Cetti's Warbler was singing by the carpark and Marsh Harriers numbered 3. JBS/GG.

25th - Again NE winds and sunny.  On the scrape this morning were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Blk T Godwits, 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Ringed Plovers. Teal numbers have increased to 12 and 2 Marsh Harriers were crusing over the arable. GG/MR/PRD. Late afternoon additions were 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew and at sea a Fulmar flew S. MR/KA.  Up at the farm 4 singing Corn Buntings were noted. GG.

 

 The Barn Owl found dead on the road (B1032) on the 15th June was ringed near Walton marina as a chick on 28.6.08 bearing a bto ring GC44368.

 

26th - Hazy sunshine with NE winds. An early morning visit was a waste of time due to 2 over protective Avocets running riot by chasing everything that moved. Birds that were noted were 1 Blk T Godwit, 3 Ringed Plovers and a female Gadwall, Teal numbers down to 5.  In the meadows were 3 Curlews and 6 Oystercatchers, also a Cuckoo was singing. GG. 

27th - Light W winds, early mist that cleared from the site but not the sea.  In very dull first light, 8 Blk T Godwits dropped in on a then quiet scrape. IM.  A few additions just slightly later, included 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, a Curlew and 3+ Sand Martins while across the fields a Barn Owl was hunting.  7 Teal, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers, 10 Shelduck plus 19 ducklings and 8 Avocets with 3 chicks were also on the scrape.  The 2 Avocet chicks (now 25 days old) were not to be seen this morning.  Several Common and Lesser Whitethroats were viewed  behind the carpark and down through the approach road to Holland Marshes but otherwise nothing else of note. KA.   An evening visit saw an increase of Blk T Godwits to 13. MR.

28th - Mist prevailing again today, winds were light SE.  The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper, a juv LRP, a male Ruff with most of his ruff intact, a single Common Tern, 5 Blk T Godwits, an eclipse drake Gadwall, 3 Ringed Plovers and 3 drake Teal.  8 Avocets with chicks 2+2 were noted as were 15+ Sand Martins. PRD

29th - Very light E winds and sunny. Not much on the scrape with 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 Common Tern, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Gadwall noted. 3 additional Common Terns flew N and a distant Marsh Harrier was on the wing. A Cuckoo is still doing the rounds and singing birds included 8+ Reed Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps. GG.

30th - Easterly winds with a low cool mist all day. The scrape early morning had 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Blk T Godwits, 12 Avocets, 3 Ringed Plovers and a Little Egret. The female Marsh Harrier performed well flying within feet of the hide, a further 11 Blk T Godwits circled overhead but carried on W. MR. Mid morning additions were an adult Med Gull, 2 Sandwich Terns (1 juv) and a Greenshank. GG. Just outside the recording area over at Holland Marsh a Quail was flushed, but could not be relocated despite some effort. PRD.

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