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June 2010

1st - A bit cool today and very overcast, with a light NNE breeze.  A new month and species are still the same across the site, although juveniles, other than those already on the scrape, are as expected, now being noted (i.e the many juv L T Tits - some of the future birds for the ringing team?).  Around the site bushes and trees today, were 5 Blackcaps and 2 Little Owls, the Cetti's Warbler and the Nightingale, both of the latter in fine song, while also noted was a single Kestrel.  Viewing from the hide, gave 1 Common Tern, 1pr Shoveler, 14 Shelduck, 10 Redshank, 18 Avocets (+27+), 2 Ringed Plovers and 10+ Swallows.  Including coverage to the far end of the site, totals of Reed and Sedge Warblers were 15 and 4 respectively, Reed Bunting at 10, along with 12 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark and 4 Linnet. MR.

2nd - Very grey up to c09.00hrs, after which, the sun eventually succeeded in breaking through and the day became very bright with light SE winds.  Noted for the scrape today, were a Common Tern, 10+ Redshank, again 14 Shelduck but only 1 Ringed Plover and Avocet numbers were at 22 (+30+).  A single Yellow Wagtail and 20+ Swifts were also on/over the site, while the bushes were still hosting 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Owls and the Nightingale. MR

3rd - A glorious day throughout, with bright sun and light SE winds.  A visit to the hide proved to show "no change" on the scrape from yesterday, with the Avocets still out-numbering all else.  2 Marsh Harriers and 3 Kestrels were viewed across the site, with the trees and bushes again holding the 2 Little Owls and the Cetti's Warbler.  The Nightingale is still in-situ but reports state, that the bird is today and was yesterday "much quieter". MR.  

4th - The day was already very bright and warm by 05.30hrs and there was a virtually non-existant SE breeze.  It was weatherwise, a fantastic day throughout.  No reports returned. 

5th - Another hot day with very light ENE winds - these did increase slightly as the day went on.  Not too much around to note, although 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal (2 drakes) and a pair of Shoveler were amongst the usual scrape residents.  A Little Egret had a look at the scrape but continued E, while elsewhere on site, 2 Cetti's Warblers were located. GG. 

6th - A very warm day, being somewhat overcast for most of it but extremely bright when the sun did break through.  Winds were light Easterlies throughout.  The day's humidity culminated in heavy rain and thunder storms late in the afternoon/early evening.  2 Yellow Wagtails on the scrape were the highlight this morning. GG.

7th - Warm, bright and light WNW winds during the morning.  Occasional cloud cover did appear but it remained dry until the evening, when rain then persisted throughout.  No reports returned.

8th - Grey skies, light to moderate SSE winds and rain this morning, followed by sun and some chilly S to SSW winds into the afternoon and evening.  A visit to site today, again saw no change to the scrape area, apart from 2 Common Terns that were taking notice of the Raft.  Avocet numbers were noted at 20 (+30+). MR.

9th - Slightly overcast during the morning.  Cool to start and a very light SE breeze but gaining humidity through the day and some sunny spells.  Wind direction turned to NE by nightfall.  Viewing across the scrape this morning, saw that the only addition to yesterday's counts, was another Common Tern.  The three of these birds were on the Raft and it was clear that "3 was definitely a crowd".   Seen, while it fished nearby to the sluice, was a single Little Tern. MR.   An albeit brief visit early this afternoon, to the area by the Sailing Club, noted 3 Oystercatchers heading S, fly-overs of 2 Swifts and 1 Swallow, atop the bushes close by was a single Whitethroat and across the grazing marsh was 1 Marsh Harrier. KA.    

10th - A grey and dismal start, that more or less, continued through the day with moderate to strong NE winds.  Across, over and beyond the scrape area this morning, were noted 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kestrel, again a single Marsh Harrier, also 30+ Swifts, 10+ Swallows and a single House Martin, while the wader counts were of 24 Avocets (+34), 1 Ringed Plover, 10+ Redshank and for a short time only, 2 Spotted RedshankCommon Terns were back to just 2 number and Shelducks were at 20. MR.  A late visit produced a Hobby over the scrape and at sea a single Gannet, 2 Curlew and 5 Commic Terns flew NE. GG.   

11th - Very wet to begin the day, drying out slightly by mid-morning but remaining overcast.  Variable strength NNW winds.  No reports returned for the site in general, although additions were made to birds, on the Haven ringing list, by some of the team this afternoon.     

12th - A strong breeze, overcast and cool this morning, becoming brighter as the day went on but still grey clouds about.  The wind direction began as N, turning to NE during the afternoon.  A short visit this morning, 2 Cetti's Warblers were heard and a Nightingale was seen twice.  The scrape remained unchanged, while at sea 3 Gannets flew NW. GG.

13th - A slightly overcast morning although from mid-day through the afternoon, it became very bright and at times very hot.  The occassional spot of drizzle barely reached the ground.  No reports returned.

14th - A glorious morning with very little cloud around and light winds.  The afternoon remained warm but became very overcast later in the day with the winds - ENE throughout - gaining strength.  No reports returned.

15th - Very bright and mainly blue skies from morning into late afternoon.  Strong winds being once again ENE, although turning to NNE by nightfall and also bringing a considerable drop in temperature.  Recorded locally, were gusts of c33mph.  No reports returned.

16th - Another day of mainly bright sun and blue skies, with very strong NE winds.  No reports returned.

17th - Strong ENE winds for most of the day but bright and dry.  Viewing from the hide today, gave counts of 20 Avocets (+22), 1 Ringed Plover, Redshank (+1), Lapwings (+1), 20 Shelduck (+8), 1 Common Tern and the now very large Greylag goslings, are still numbering 7.  Also seen were 2 Marsh Harriers, 1 Cormorant, 40+ Swifts, 12 Swallows and 6 House Martins. PRD/MR.

18th - A very bright start to the day but somewhat overcast by 07.45hrs.  Winds being moderate to strong Northerlies. No reports returned. 

19th - Blustery winds with scattered showers throughout the day.  A short visit and little to report, except that the Kestrels have now fledged and they were sitting on the roof of the Sluice Cottages. GG.

20th - At the farm, an adult female Marsh Harrier was over the wheat fields and 3+ Corn Buntings were still singing. The scrape remains unchanged, and at sea a Fulmar drifted NE. GG.

21st - Bright and warm with light E winds and a few hazy clouds.  No reports returned.

22nd - No reports returned.

23rd - Very hot and humid, extremely bright and just a slight SSW breeze.  No reports returned.

24th - Another very bright, warm day.  Again just a light breeze, which began as NW but later turned to SSW. Reported for today alongside the Avocets, were 2 Ringed Plovers on the scrape and counts for "chicks and ducklings" being 8 of Redshank, 4 of Lapwing and 7 of Shelduck.  2 Kestrels, 2 Linnets and a Sedge Warbler were also on the report.  Of particular note were 3 Blk T Godwits over/on the scrape, of which, 2 of these were of the continental race "Limosa". JK/PRD.    

25th - No reports returned. 

26th - Sunny and bright with a NE wind.  Reported over the course of today, were 1 of each Nightingale, Hobby, Cuckoo and Sandwich Tern and a singing Corn Bunting that was on the brambles to the right of the hide.  3 Ringed Plovers were noted on the scrape, while 2 Marsh Harriers, an adult female and a juvenile, were also seen. GG/AD/PNt.

27th - A light E wind and plenty of sunshine.  The first of two reports today saw 11 Blk T Godwits dropping onto the scrape, although 8 departed shortly after.  A Little Egret was in a ditch to the rear, 2 eclipse Teal were noted, as were 7 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers, a single Common Tern and again present and viewed from the hide was a female Marsh Harrier.  The still resident Avocets and young, numbered 18 (+26 with a couple of these trying out their flying - or not!!) and the two Shelduck broods numbered 8 and 9.  Also on site were the 3 juv Kestrels and a Little OwlMR/PL/JK.  The second of the reports, gave Cetti's Warbler's that were heard singing by the memorials and also across the road from the site approach road.  At sea 3 Sandwich Terns headed SW. GG.  

28th - Hot and sunny with a light S wind.  Near to the memorials were 4 fledged Cetti's Warblers being fed by the adults. AEC/MR/GG.  The Nightingale was seen to be feeding 1 young. GG.  The scrape was much the same, with a Little Egret and a Marsh Harrier being noted, as were 10 Curlew that dropped onto the back meadow. JK/GG 






29th - Light winds throughout the day were WSW.  Slightly cooler to start and a "slight shower" was followed quickly by a very heavy downpour.  The day then became once more, hot, humid and very bright.  A morning visit and little change to the site occupants, with as per the last two days, both a Marsh Harrier and a Little Egret being on show, along with the 2 Teal and also a Barn Owl.  3 Curlew were in the vicinity of the scrape and a further 4 Curlew were seen heading S during a short seawatch. MR.

30th - Another warm day with a reasonable strength SW breeze.  No reports returned.


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