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JUNE 2012  

1st - A cloudy start to the early morning but this cleared slightly during the next few hours to allow some brief sunny spells before clouding over again.  The morning winds were of light to moderate NW through NNW - these changed (along with the colour of the cloud-cover) going into early afternoon to ENE and the speed definitely picked-up!  18mph winds with gusting of 22+mph brought a band of rain in-off the sea that while viewed with interest by one observer, made for a retreat to shelter!  An early start provided a male Bullfinch* at c06.00hrs. GG.  A Med Gull was calling this morning and a Cuckoo was notable on the site. GG/PRD.  With one opposite the Approach Road and one near the top of the Service Road, the site again held 2 Cetti's Warblers, while on a very quiet scrape there were 8 Avocets, 5 Oystercatchers, 2 Gadwall and 2 Common Terns.  An hour or so prior to 15.00hrs spent surveying from the Farm area down towards the Haven itself, supplied counts of 5+ Corn Buntings and 2 Marsh Harriers of which one of the latter was a 1Y male and also an interesting number of Mallards that were on the Farm Pond - some 21 of these, being 19 drakes and 2 females. GG.    

2nd - What a grey start to the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend!  Plenty of cloud-cover, winds and a little bit of rain too.  At least the afternoon brightened to give some sun and the temperature warmed considerably for a while, dropping quickly with the evening high winds.  The highlights of the day were 2 Red Kites that were seen to soar over the marshes at 14.35hrs - at the time a Marsh Harrier was also in the air.  Of note for the scrape area were a Little Egret, 5 Avocets and 2 Common Terns, whilst feeding along the beach were 7 Sanderlings. IM/MR.

3rd - Rain, rain and more rain, along with high winds again and some cool temperatures! So still just a typical British Bank Holiday.  No reports returned.

4th - A fairly grey start again with some strong NNE through NE winds (17mph to 33+mph) and the additional gusting of up to and occasionally in excess of 37mph.  The temperature readings were at +10 degrees by 10.00hrs and the sun had finally decided to break through!  Intermittent sun and cloud then continued throughout the whole day with a little bit of rain - but thankfully not too much rain.  The site was said to be generally very quiet during today's visits from morning through and into the afternoon.  Notable for the trees and bushes were just a single Chiffchaff that was singing in the carpark area and a Little Owl that was atop it's favourite tree.  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were 3 Avocets, 1 Dunlin and a Little Egret, whilst further surveying from the hide supplied some good views of 2 Marsh Harriers. PRD/IM.   

5th - There was plenty of cloud-cover going into mid-morning, along with SSE moderate winds, gusting of 18mph and the temperature gauge showing +12 degrees.  After this however, the rest of the day turned into a mostly bright and at times very warm one - at least until the early evening!  The rain that followed just continued through the night.  No reports returned.  

6th - After last night's and this morning's early rain, it brightened to give blue skies, some white clouds and the sun.  The Westerly winds before 07.00hrs were very variable, from 12mph through 31mph with gusting of up to 35mph.  By late afternoon, the wind direction had moved to SSW but were still of variable speeds as per earlier.  +16 degrees was the highest (noted) reading during the day and a few spots of rain occurred.  Surveying throughout the morning located 3 Blackcaps and a single Chiffchaff "still singing around the bushes" alongside a few Whitethroats and 1 Cuckoo, whilst both Swifts and Swallows were noted on/over the site.  Reed and Sedge Warblers and a Reed Bunting were viewable from the hide, as were Meadow Pipits - as they collected grubs most likely for their young.  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were 2 of each Little Egret and Oystercatcher, 3 Avocets, 1 Common Tern, 2 Cormorants, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Greylag and 2 (+1) Canada Geese.  Birds of Prey during these observations were 2 Marsh Harriers. MR

7th - Cloud-cover for the start of this morning with temperatures of +13 degrees and winds of a SSE direction.  Variable wind speeds (before 07.00hrs) from 15mph through 21mph, along with gusting of up to 25mph.  By 14.00hrs the promised rain had begun and this proceeded to be torrential until c18.00hrs and was accompanied by increased wind speeds of up to 33mph.  No reports returned.

8th - After a very blustery night, the morning winds by 07.00hrs were of a SSW direction, of speeds in excess of 37mph and gusting of 43mph.  It was also raining again at this time.  By late afternoon, still at SW/SSW, the gusting had reached 46mph and despite the high winds, the temperature was at +15 degrees.  No reports returned.

9th - Westerly winds for today, varying in speed from 21mph through 35mph with gusting of up to 42mph (slightly lesser winds for the afternoon but not by much).  With some sun, blue skies and mostly white clouds, the temperature once again was in the region of +15 degrees.  Prior to 16.00hrs, a couple of rather pathetic attempts of rain were just that!  No reports returned. 

10th - Very bright and sunny this morning with the temperature by 09.30hrs at +13 degrees.  SSW winds were (up to this time) mostly barely a breeze and variation was only to light strength - the extra blasts being a maximum of 16mph.  By the early evening, the wind direction had swung to ESE with speeds of up to 13mph.  Viewing from the hide gave counts of 5 Avocets, 2 Oystercatchers, 10 Shelduck along with 5 ducklings, 1 Little Egret, 2 juvenile Grey Herons, 2 Mute Swans,  1 Greylag and 2 (+1) Canada Geese.  Also surveyed at this time, were 2 Marsh Harriers. MR.

11th - Rain basically throughout the day from dawn til dusk and beyond!  Constantly very grey and overcast even on the odd occasion of a slight let-up of the wet stuff.  Wind direction was at NE by the evening and although there had been periods of lighter strength winds, they were recorded locally as going up to 24+mph with gusting of 30mph.  As per yesterday, today's visit to the hide was fairly brief but did give a few additions to the species and counts.  6 Gadwall and a pair of Teal were over and above the listings for the 10th, while the Avocets total was of 6 today - also including a colour-ringed bird that is already known to the site.  (No sightings of the Little Egret today).  Over and around the Sewage Farm, whilst on route to hide, 15 Swifts were notables as were 8+ Swallows. MR.  

12th - The rain continues this morning alongside some NE through NNE moderate to strong winds (being variable up to 27+mph) with gusting of some 33mph.  There was some let-up of rain but it remained mostly grey throughout.  No reports returned.

13th - In contrast to the last two days, the morning from early on was bright and sunny with blue skies and white clouds, alongside some light (6mph to 11mph) NNW winds.  Late morning saw a few grey clouds creeping across, while the early part of the afternoon saw a change in wind direction to S through SSW and a very slight increase of speed too.  There was occasional gusting that varied up to 15mph but generally a very pleasant and fairly warm day until gone 14.00hrs.  A morning survey of the site (including viewing from the hide) gave the counts for the scrape and surrounding area of a drake Garganey (see Gallery) at 09.15hrs alongside 7 Teal (6 drakes), 8 Shelducks (+5), 1 Greylag and 2 (+1) Canada Geese, 2 Oystercatchers and a single Little Egret.  Also in this vicinity were Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and both Sedge and Reed Warblers, all of which were notable in their feeding of their respective young.  A Marsh Harrier was also seen from the hide.  The rest of the site held a Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers, a single Lesser Whitethroat, "lots" of Common Whitethroats, singles of Little Owl and Kestrel and rounding up this report, were 3 Cuckoos that were all in the same viewable area. MR

14th - And a consecutive morning of bright sun and blue skies although the winds were slightly higher today with early speeds of 11mph through 15mph and some gusting of up to 18mph.  Wind direction took a turn through the night to be ESE to start the day - this was more Easterly by mid-afternoon, by which time the wind speed was again higher at c20mph with gusting of 25+mph.  Morning observations gave that whilst there was no sign of Garganey, Teal or Little Egret, species and their numbers appeared to be much as per yesterday around the site with four additions.  5 Ringed Plovers, 5 Avocets and a single Sparrowhawk were the notable extras from the hide (as at 11.00hrs), with the final morning addition being a Chiffchaff that was heard only. MR.  Reported in for c13.00hrs, was the second "Year Bird" for this month of June - a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank* was located on the scrape.  Species number 158 for the Haven 2012 Year List. HE.   

15th - After some early morning rain the day progressed to be mostly fairly pleasant if slightly on the breezy side.  Winds of a SSW direction varied through the morning from 14mph to 30mph with gusting of up to 35mph.  The latter part of the day saw an increase in these speeds, some rain late afternoon and then rain again during the evening.  The temperature held around +15 degrees.  No reports returned.

16th - After a brief bright spell early morning, the grey clouds took over again although by 09.00hrs there were several cracks of brighter skies beyond..... (a small amount of rain then fell prior to the day brightening considerably). Wind direction remained as SSW and morning speeds were of 24mph through 31+mph with those extra blasts being of 37mph - these increased for the afternoon up to 34mph and 40+mph respectively.  A morning survey included viewing across the scrape area from the hide, giving counts and species as 5 Avocet, 3 Dunlin and 2 Oystercatchers.  Also seen from this location were singles of Little Egret, Sandwich Tern and Marsh Harrier.  Off-shore provided 2 Little Terns that were feeding beyond the sluice area. IM

17th - A very intermittent day as far as the weather was concerned - changeable skies from blue to murky greys, occasional appearances by the sun, variable wind speeds - all making for a fluctuating temperature gauge and ending finally with some late evening rain!  No reports returned. 

18th - On/off rain started the day and re-appeared a couple of times during the rest of the morning, whilst the skies were basically cloud-covered throughout and at times extremely dark.  Winds of a NW through WNW direction were of light to moderate strength for the early morning, changing to the higher end of moderate for the latter part and onward into the afternoon - complete with gusting of up to 20mph.  The temperature again held around +15 degrees.  At least two observers were on and around the site before lunchtime providing an early a.m. sighting of a Spotted Redshank (IM) on the scrape, which having been located, then promptly decided to stay out of the viewable areas for the rest of the morning!  A Little Egret was notable from the hide again today, as were 2 Grey Herons, a 2Y Med Gull, 8 Shelducks (inc. ducklings), 8+ Redshanks, 2 Oystercatchers and a marked increase in Avocets to a total of 17 on the scrape at today's surveys.  Also seen across the scrape's immediate vicinity and the surrounding grazing marsh were singles of Marsh Harrier and Kestrel, while singles of Little Owl and Cuckoo were elsewhere on site. MR/IM.  Three additional species further to a 13.00hrs run from Frinton through the Haven site were 2 Curlews, 1 Whimbrel and a Little Tern. PBr.  

19th - A glorious day with bright sun, mostly blue skies and temperatures in excess of +15 degrees.  SW winds were of moderate strength, along with occasional gusting of up to 17mph.  No reports returned.

20th - Another bright and sunny morning that continued into the afternoon, although there was a change of wind direction for today - ENE light (7mph) winds before 09.00hrs with a few extra blasts of c10mph, all increasing slightly as the day wore on.  The temperature held mostly around +15 degrees.  Morning observations through to about mid-day proved that the site is currently hosting very many juvenile birds, including Blue and Great Tits, Robins, Shelducks (5xjuvs), Canada Goose (1xjuv), Grey Herons (3xjuvs), Herring Gulls (not quite the chicks hoped for on the Tern Raft!!) and also noted today, was the fact of young in the Kestrel's Box.  Of course over the recent weeks, many Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings and the like have also been seen to be feeding many youngsters.  Adult species around the trees, bushes and hedgerows that were counted during this morning included a Cetti's Warbler singing from behind Tariq/Memorials, 4 Blackcaps (also in song), 5 Reed Warblers, 3 Cuckoos and a Little Owl.  The adult birds that were viewed from the hide were noted as 2 Canada Geese, 4 Shelducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Lapwings, 8+ Redshanks and with another climb in their numbers, some 26 Avocets.  A Marsh Harrier was seen in the vicinity and completed the round-up of this particular survey. MR.   

21st - The longest day of the year was definitely a very changeable one weather-wise - grey cloud-cover across the whole of the viewable skyline as at 07.00hrs with wind direction at this time at SE, of moderate to strong (18mph to 23+mph) with gusting of up to 29mph.  Rain continued from last night/early hours through for a while this morning, then sun, a bit more rain, more sun together with temperature readings of +17 degrees...... then just prior to early evening it all went downhill again!  More rain ensued, SW high winds (36+mph) and gusting of 42mph.  Today's observations included 20+ Swifts, 15+ Swallows, a Marsh Harrier, a 2S Med Gull and again on site was a single Little EgretAlso recorded were 8+ Redshanks, 30 Avocets (numbers up again), 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Canada Geese (+1), 4 Shelducks (+5) and of note the Herring Gull (+2). MR  

22nd - And another day of very intermittent rain and sun, alongside a good mix of blue and grey skies and plenty of cloud variation!  Wind direction remained mostly at SW, turning slightly at times to SSW, was of initial general speeds up to 36mph, increasing through the day to 38+mph and these were complete with endless gusting of up to and in excess of 45mph.  It was however, also another warm day with the temperature reaching at least +16 degrees along the coast.  Today's report covered observations from 09.00-11.30hrs, of which most of this time was spent viewing from the hide.  Waders of note on and across the scrape area were an adult summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 30 Avocets and 2 Oystercatchers, whilst the Duck counts consisted of 5 Teal (all drakes) and the 4 Shelducks with their 5 ducklings.  A Little Egret was in the vicinity, as were 2 Marsh Harriers (fem + sub-ad male), also a single House Martin and seen as they headed S, were 50+ Swifts.  Out to sea in the gale-force winds "1 Curlew and 2 Whimbrel were struggling South off-shore". PRD.  An evening report for the Farm area (18.00-19.00hrs) gave of particular note, singles of both Hobby and Cuckoo. PBr.

23rd - The sun was apparent for most of the morning with mostly blue skies, whilst the grey clouds started moving in for the afternoon - also incorporating some of the wet stuff.  WSW winds were variable from 20mph through 27+mph with extra blasts of up to 32mph.  Still fairly warm today with readings of +16 degrees.  A morning jog through the site (c08.30-09.30hrs) noted that at least 5 Blk T Godwits were on the scrape, whilst intermittent viewing also saw a total of 17 Curlews as they flew S. PBr.  A visit to the hide this afternoon saw that the Spotted Redshank was still on the scrape area, alongside the earlier noted Blk T Godwits, 2 Curlews, 28 Avocets and a single Med Gull. MR.   

24th - Mostly a very warm (+18 degrees) day with alot of sun........... a few "hit 'n' miss" episodes with sudden and torrential downpours but generally quite a pleasant one!  Wind direction moved from WSW this morning to NW for the afternoon and then on into the evening, reaching speeds of up to 36+mph with earlier gusting of c41mph, increasing this afternoon to 44+mph.  Two visits were undertaken today, one during the morning and another for the afternoon.  Viewing from the hide across the scrape, initially provided the Spotted Redshank, 1 L R P, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits, 30 Avocets and 3 Oystercatchers, alongside 1 pair Teal and 2 Canada Geese (+1).  Observations also from the hide, supplied a Hobby and 2 Marsh Harriers, whilst over the arable were 70+ Swifts.  The latter survey gave the additions of 3 Med Gulls (ad + 2x2S) and an increase of Blk T Godwits to a total of 8. MR.  

25th - Bright and sunny with the exception of a few grey clouds at times.  NW winds of speeds mostly at the lower end of moderate up to c16mph, along with very occasional gusting of up to 21+mph.  Another warm morning where readings at 08.00hrs were already at +15 degrees.  Initial reports at 10.15hrs, gave that species across the scrape - viewed from the hide - were singles of Spotted Redshank and L R P, 19 Blk T Godwits and 25 AvocetsMR.

26th - Slightly cloudy to begin with but this was followed quickly by fairly clear blue skies and bright sun, along with readings of +16 degrees.  Mainly light (5mph-9mph) S winds for the morning with just slight variation to either side of this point.  Viewing across the scrape and around the site provided counts of 28 Avocets, 8 Blk T Godwits and 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese and 4 Grey Herons, also both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  Singing near the lay-by (main road), were both a Blackcap and a Lesser WhitethroatSC.  Additional reports were of the Spotted Redshank and a Little Egret. Ct

27th - Early morning was overcast with light drizzle but very warm and although the skies remained cloudy, the sun was making attempts within a short time.  By 09.00hrs the temperature was reading +19 degrees and by 13.00hrs it had increased to at least +21 degrees.  Wind direction initially held at Westerlies (WSW by early afternoon), fluctuating from a light breeze through to c17mph (gusting: variable 10mph - 20mph).  Mid-evening and on/off during the night saw some very dirty/dusty rain!  Reported in for an early visit to the site today (07.00-09.00hrs), the scrape and it's surrounding vicinity gave counts of 2 Green Sandpipers, the Spotted Redshank, 9 Blk T Godwits, 2 of each Curlew and Oystercatcher, the 2 Canada Geese (+1), 2 Shelduck (+5) and increasing in numbers once again, were 40 Avocets.  A Greenshank was also noted - this bird was seen to fly in and then flew off to other regions!  The only Bird of Prey around at this time was a juvenile male Marsh Harrier. MR.  

28th - A glorious and extremely warm, sweltering day with the temperature reaching at least +25 degrees.  A bit of a breeze on the coast but just slightly inland, there was almost no movement at all.  There were however, many short periods of drizzle - mostly only of two, maybe three minutes at a time but as per the rain from the previous night, it contained plenty of dust! (Sure to be lots of car-cleaning going on).  A morning visit to the Haven and the viewing from the hide at 09.45hrs saw a considerable increase in Blk T Godwit numbers today, with a total of 43 of them on the scrape.  Avocets were still at a count of 40 and the Spotted Redshank was also still on show.  Other notable species at this time were a Little Egret, the 2 Canada Geese (+1), 2 Shelducks (+5), singles of Marsh Harrier and Kestrel, whilst on the thistles were some 12 Goldfinches.  In the area near to the memorials "2 very young Green Woodpeckers were being fed by mum and dad". MR.

29th - By 07.30hrs, the temperature readings were already at +17 degrees and reached a maximum of +19 degrees later in the day (along the coastline).  Bright sun and mostly blue skies throughout the day - a few grey clouds and a couple of rain spits failed to come to anything.  Strong SSW winds this morning, varied 24mph through 28mph, alongside gusting of up to 33mph but these increased further for the afternoon - remaining at SSW - with speeds going up to 34+mph and 42mph respectively.  An hour spent surveying on and from the site early this afternoon reported "....lots of waders but not much variety....!".  Blk T Godwit and Avocet numbers had increased, with the Blkwits at a total of 62 and the Avo's at 47.  A single Redshank was noted, as were 4 Whimbrel and 3 Curlews - the latter two species both headed through in a Southerly direction.  The pair of Shelduck were on the scrape with their 5 ducklings but the gosling belonging to the pair of Canada Geese was not viewable at the time.  Rounding up this report, an immature male Marsh Harrier was also in the vicinity. PRD.  Evening additions were of 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Little Egret and a 1S male Marsh Harrier. GG.

30th - Although it remained bright throughout the day, the skies were at times somewhat mixed with grey and white cloud but it stayed dry.  The winds varied SSW through WSW being generally quite strong for the duration, with speeds fluctuating from 16mph up to 31+mph but erred more from the higher 20's upwards.  Gusting was of speeds up to 36mph.  The temperature along the coastline reached 18+ degrees.  Early morning and the Spotted Redshank was still present. SC.  Mid-afternoon from the hide were 41 Avocets, 26 Blk T Godwits, 1 Little Egret, 3 Redshanks, 3 Curlews, a 1S Med Gull and an adult female Marsh Harrier. GG.

As at 30th June, the Haven 2012 Year List stands at 158.