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June 2011   

1st - A bright, warm day throughout, along with blue skies, some cloud and light SW winds.  Wind strength increased late in the day.  A Cuckoo was again on site during today's visit, as was a Chiffchaff singing along the approach road and a Lesser Whitethroat by the Sluice Cottages.  2 Little Owls, a Sparrowhawk and 4 Blackcaps were noted, while on the scrape the adult Avocets numbered 26 and their viewable off-spring at 24+.  2 Coot (+1), 2 Oystercatchers, a single Cormorant and 10 Shelduck (+1) were also in this vicinity.  The walk along the seawall, provided the additional sightings of 3 Sandwich Terns* as they headed N.  Nothing out of the ordinary for today, however, a good number of young birds and "loads" of ducklings were evident across the site. MR.

2nd - Very bright and very warm from early morning complete with some light Easterly winds.  A slight increase in wind strength as at late morning, cooled the temperature a little bit but the afternoon was again warm.  No reports returned.  

3rd - Some grey, overcast skies to start the day - these disappeared as the morning went on, to give blue skies and a few white clouds.  Wind direction being ENE through NE and strong.  A visit to the hide, viewing across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and airspace, provided counts of 24 Avocets (+20), 6 Lapwings (+1), 4 Redshank (+1), a pair of Oystercatchers, 3 Teal of which two were drakes and a total of 14 Shelduck (+3).  A Little Owl was in the vicinity, while over this area were a mix of c100+ Swift and House Martins. JK

4th - An extremely blustery day throughout, with wind direction being of NNE.  Blue sky, a few white clouds and a very bright sun, all alongside some very warm temperatures - despite the strong winds.  (Today was recorded as the hottest day of the year for the UK so far).  No reports returned.

5th - The temperature was today, nowhere near yesterday's - the skies were very overcast from early on and by the beginning of the afternoon the rain started!  On/off downpours then continued through and into the evening, while the wind strength and direction, fluctuated from moderate to strong and also between NE and NNE.  No reports returned.

6th - After a night of pretty much constant heavy rain, the dawn broke with overcast skies!  The rain was lighter but still on/off from c06.30hrs, continuing through to the early afternoon.  Early Northerly winds were of moderate strength, these however, had eased to "light/breeze" by mid-morning.  The afternoon and evening saw more on/off showers and little change in the winds.  A cold, damp visit to the site this morning where viewing took place from the hide, across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh areas.  Teal numbers were at 5 (4 drakes), Shelduck were at 12 (+3) and Shovelers at 2.  The waders noted, were 5 Blk T Godwits, 8 Redshank (+2) and 20+ Avocets (+18), along with 10 Lapwings (+3) and 2 Oystercatchers.  A single Kestrel was seen, while Swifts, Swallows and House Martins, numbered 4, 6 and 14 respectively. MR.

7th - Some strong SSE winds through the morning, mainly bright for the duration, with the occasional overcast session but it remained dry.  Wind strength was slighty lighter 'afternoon into evening' but direction turned to SW.  No reports returned.

8th - A very bright early morning, grey clouds moved in by c10.00hrs and temperatures - a bit on the cool side initially, warmed slighty as the day went on.  Winds were and remained, SW and of mainly moderate strength.  The first report in for the site today and viewed from the hide, was that of a fem/imm Crossbill* that flew through heading SW at c10.40hrs.  Away from the hide and slightly later in the day, 4 summer plumaged Sanderlings were on the beach towards the Frinton end of site. PRD.  On, around and over the scrape and grazing marsh of note, were 10 Shelduck (+3), 10 Redshank (+2), 14 Lapwing (+3), 18 Avocets (+20) and 2 Oystercatchers, while 3 Blk T Godwits were fleeting visitors.  Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were at numbers of 20+, 6 and 30+ respectively.  In and around the trees, bushes and hedgerows of the carpark, were singles of Cuckoo, Little Owl, Kestrel and Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 10+ Whitethroats.  Located along the approach road were 3 Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. MR/PRD.     

9th - The day started quite bright with light WSW winds but as the day moved on, the cloud cover moved in and the winds turned to S and of moderate strength.  The rain tried a few times during the day but nothing really came of this.  Of note during a morning visit, a female Marsh Harrier was over the site, a pair of 2S Med Gulls were over the Golf Course and 4+ Corn Buntings were on the arable. PRD

10th - Mainly overcast through the morning with several attempts yet again by the rain!  A cool but not cold day with light to moderate SSW winds, that became more moderate to strong, by mid-day.  More rain attempts during the afternoon but brighter.  No reports returned.

11th - A very mixed weather day all round - cool to start but later warming up and a few being caught by the strength of the sun.  Winds were mainly moderate to strong Southerlies, while the rain, which held off for the majority of the day across the Haven area, fell quite heavily for a short time in the afternoon, returning later in the evening with a small storm.  (Heavy rain, hailstones, thunder & lightening had been moving around all the borders of Holland & Holland Haven all day).  A Cuckoo was heard during a visit to the hide today, with 2 Sedge Warblers and 4 Linnets also being noted.  Species on the scrape area included 5 Blk T Godwits, 6 Redshanks (+1), Shelducks (+3) and the pair of Swans (+3 poss 4). JK.   

12th - it was a bright morning to start and fairly warm, alongside some moderate to strong SSW winds.  Grey cloud cover was moving in by 09.30hrs and continued on to wipe out any previous blue skies.  Rain ensued in all forms - drizzle through to heavy - from late morning onwards!  Wind direction turned S, SSE and S again, with wind speeds of up to c35mph and wind gusts (recorded locally) up to 40+mph.  The scrape was reported as very quiet this morning, although 3 Blk T Godwits were noted, as well as the count of now 7 cygnets for the pair of Swans. JK.  

13th - Warm but quite breezy today, bright at times, although there was some grey cloud around.  The mainly moderate winds began as SW, turning by late afternoon to NW.  No reports returned.

14th - Very bright, an initially warm morning turned to a very hot afternoon and evening.  Winds were light to moderate with some slightly stronger gusts.  Viewable on and across the scrape and surrounding area today, were 3 Tufted Ducks (2 drakes), a pair of Shoveler, 2 Teal and 8 Shelduck (+3), 4 Greylag Geese (+8) and 2 Common Terns. Also noted were 5 Redshank (+1), 4 Lapwings and around the reedbeds/bushes were 3 Reed Warblers. JK.

15th - After a very warm and muggy night, the day began slightly cooler than yesterday but by late morning, it was once again very warm.  Light cloud-cover during the morning, gradually disappeared to leave mainly blue skies until very late afternoon and into the evening, when on/off rain appeared.  Wind strength and direction mostly light to moderate and SSW.  No reports returned.

16th - Warm and again slightly muggy today, with plenty of cloud-cover and at times some very heavy downpours!!  The occasional break-through of a brighter sky but as at early afternoon, that was very limited.........   Wind direction was of WSW and of moderate strength.  No reports returned. 

17th - A chilly start to the morning, along with some moderate to strong SSW winds and a cloud-covered sky.  The day went on to become extremely wet, the winds turned to SE and increased substantially in strength, while gusts recorded locally reached in excess of 40mph.  Viewable from the hide this morning, apart from a very obliging 1S Hobby - which was nicely in front of the hide, the resident Avocets were at 20 (+22), Redshank at 12 (+2), Teal at 6 (5 drakes), Shelduck at 10 (+2), alongside 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings and 1 Curlew.  At this time, only 5 cygnets could be seen with the pair of Swans.  Also noted today, were 2 Cuckoo, 40+ Swift and 8+ House Martins, a Sedge Warbler and a couple of singing Lesser Whitethroats and Blackcap. PRD/JK.    

18th - A day of very strong Westerly winds, gusts again close to the 40mph and plenty of the wet stuff.  Dodging the showers, a late afternoon visit produced very little, with just the 5 drake Teal of any note. GG.

19th - Very much a mixed weather bag today - sometimes hot and bright, sometimes various shades of total cloud-cover, other times drizzle, showers or heavy rain.............. nothing was a constant!  Wind direction began as N and of moderate to strong, turning later to W and very strong before calming slightly by late evening.  No reports returned. 

20th - Light SSE through S winds for most of the day, turning to SSW and moderate by the evening.  Generally a bright, warm day with blue skies - the evening brought rain again.  A morning visit located 1 Cuckoo, 2 Little Owls, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and numerous Finches, Tits and Whitethroats around the car park area, while the scrape held 18 Avocets (+16), 15+ Redshank (+4), 10+ Lapwing (+2), 6 Shelduck (+2) and a Common Tern.  Also 6 Greylag Geese and a Bar Headed Goose.  Walking to the Frinton end of the site, gave additions of 3 Sedge and 10+ Reed Warblers, 4 Reed Buntings, 8 Linnets and 6 Skylarks. MR.

21st - After quite a muggy night, it was a very warm start to the longest day of the year, alongside moderate SW winds and cloud-covered skies.  The sun tried to break through but intermittent and sometimes heavy rain, stopped the sun's success until late afternoon.  No reports returned. 

22nd - Light to moderate SW winds and temperatures around +15 degrees and yet again, plenty of grey cloud initially.  Heavy showers alternating with torrential rain, falling from mid-morning through to early afternoon was then replaced with sun and pretty much blue skies, along with a humidity factor.  The evening cooled considerably.  No reports returned.

23rd - A bright start to the day, blue skies with some white cloud (and the occasional very dark ones), alongside light to moderate Westerlies.  Rain once more came into play during the day and included hailstones on a couple of occasions.  Wind direction turned just slightly to WNW by the evening.  No reports returned.

24th - A warm day throughout with temperatures of +17 degrees, a bit on the cloudy side at times and light to moderate W winds.  The evening brought the rain again!  A visit and subsequent survey around the site this afternoon, noted a few species but nothing out of the ordinary and basically all as expected for this time of the year.  An imm male Marsh Harrier was viewed, as was an adult Med Gull, while the resident Avocets numbered 40+ including their young, with the only other waders present being 12+ Redshanks (+4+).  A pair of Gadwall, a pair of Shoveler and 8 Teal were located, also 10 Shelduck - but there was no sign of their previously seen young. PRD.    

25th - Fairly overcast through the morning but brightening into the afternoon.  Very warm and sometimes humid temperatures of around +22 degrees.  Winds of WSW direction and of moderate strength.  No reports returned.

26th - An overcast but warm start to the day, complete with a Southerly breeze.  By mid-morning the skies were blue, the sun very hot and bright, while the temperatures were again up at +22 degrees.  A slight shift in the wind direction by late afternoon to SSE and it's strength increased to light, occasionally moderate.  No reports returned.

27th - The day began as very bright and hot, along with some light to moderate SE warm winds.  Well before lunchtime, the temperatures were at +26 degrees and were in excess of this by mid-afternoon.  Wind strength and direction, had by early evening, become very light ENE.  On and around the scrape today, the Avocet numbers had dropped to a viewable total of 27 (ad+young), while 2 Oystercatchers were noted alongside 6 Teal and 9 Shelduck (+2).  Whilst a Whimbrel was heard but not seen, 6 Curlew were located on the marsh, with further surveillance giving singles of both Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo, 2 Little Owls, 3 Kestrels (juvs) and 6 Goldfinch.  Heading NE along the coastal route, were 2 Sandwich Terns. PRD/MR

28th - After another muggy night, the morning was again hot and humid with quickly rising temperatures and just some light E winds.  Early afternoon saw the start of the predicted stormy weather, with very dark skies, a few rumbles, the occasional lightning flash and some on/off rain.  The storm came to a head at c16.00hrs (for approx. 1hour) with torrential rain causing flash flooding of many local roads, all complete with some pretty serious thunder and lightning.  The evening was cool with light to moderate NNW winds.  No reports returned.

29th - Initially a bit grey and cool but bright sun before 06.00hrs, along with light to moderate NW winds.  The day continued on to be hot and sunny throughout, with the winds varying from a light breeze to those of moderate strength.  No reports returned.

30th - Another glorious morning with bright sun and some light W winds.  Mainly blue skies and white clouds, apart from some odd grey clouds from late morning into mid-afternoon, during which a two minute attempt by rain was literally just that!  The evening was bright and dry.  A pleasant walk and survey of the site today, gave no surprise species but a good round-up of numbers for the end of this month.  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing area were 2 Blk T Godwits, 6 Redshank (+3), 4 Lapwing (+1), 29 Avocets (ad+young), a fem Gadwall, 9 Shelduck, 20 Teal and 4 Grey Herons (2ad+2juv).  Swallows, Swifts and Sand Martins were noted as 20+, 10+ and 6 respectively, while around the trees, bushes and reedbeds were some 8 Common and 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Reed and 3 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Buntings, 6 Linnets and 2 Blackcap.  Also on site were 2 of each Cuckoo and Little Owl, while 2 juvenile Kestrels were out and about today with a single adult. MR.  

As at 30th June, the Haven 2011 Year List stands at 155. 

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