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Key:Plain Text- Resident/Regular Visitor.Green -Likely to be Annual. Amber -Less than Annual. Red -Rarity. CAPITALS -New bird for site.

(The above "Colour Coding" has changed for several species this year 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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JUNE 2013

1st - By 09.00hrs the temperature was already at +14 degrees with winds of NNW.  By late afternoon the wind direction was reading NE and overall speeds varied 11mph up to 17mph and gusting had also been variable from 12mph to 20mph.  Late afternoon saw a few spits of rain.  Bird-wise the new month started much as the month of May ended, with the trees, bushes and general hedgerows from over the road, through the carpark and down to the area immediately by the hide, providing 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Whitethroats, 1 Cetti's, 1 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers (latter two species near the hide), also singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.  The scrape and it's surrounding grazing marsh during one surveillance, supplied counts of 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 10 Redshanks, 30 Avocets, 2 Med Gulls, 7 Shelducks and 1pr(+7) Canada Geese.  Of note there were 4+ Swifts seen over this area.  The wander back past the sluice located a total of 22 Sanderlings along the beach. IM.  A further afternoon viewing of the scrape added 3 Blk T Godwits and found that the Ringed Plovers had increased their numbers to 4. MP.

2nd - A glorious day, which apart from a silly session yesterday afternoon, made for a bright, sunny and warm weekend - the second in succession........ and we have definitely been lacking in those so far this year!!  At least two observers were on and around the site today with sightings that included 1 Little Stint that was feeding alongside a single Dunlin for a while before the two birds took flight and left the scrape.  Viewing from the hide also gave notable counts of an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Redshanks and 25 Avocets, 20 Shelducks, 8 (+7) Canada and 2 Greylag Geese, also singles of Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier.  The localised reedbeds and thicket yielded 1 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers.  A Little Owl that showed very nicely from the Sewage Farm and 3 Swifts that flew over the carpark rounded up the return wander and the day's reports. IM/PRD

3rd - Another sunny day although rather blustery at times with some NE through ENE winds of up to 21mph and gusting of 24+mph.  Coastline temperature readings were of +12 degrees.  Three observers visited the site and their combined reports again found the bushes to be fairly quiet - the Cetti's Warbler did honour two of the observers with a brief view near the memorials before disappearing again.  A Chiffchaff was seen near to the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) whilst 2 Blackcaps were singing from the Approach Road. IM/MR.  A Barnacle Goose had joined the 2 (+7) Canada Geese on the scrape where 2 Shelducks were the only ducks of note today.  Waders were a single Ringed Plover, 4 Blk T Godwits, 5 Redshanks and some 39 Avocets, while 5 Swifts and 8 Swallows were about and 2 Med Gulls flew over the site calling.  Close to the hide were 2 Linnets, 2 Reed Buntings and 2 Reed Warblers. MR/IM/PL.

4th - A superb day of bright sun, blue skies and warm temperatures but again strong ENE winds of up to 26mph and gusting of c29mph.  Observations found that 3 of each Whitethroats and Reed Warblers were in the area over the road, while the Approach Road held 2 Blackcaps (singing), the Dell and Dipping Pond areas yielded singles of House Sparrow and Chiffchaff with 2 more Whitethroats and near to Tariq were the Cetti's Warbler and a Little Owl.  A Sparrowhawk flew over. MR.  Located on the sluice were 5 Sanderlings with a single Dunlin. PRD.  Surveying from the hide by two observers, saw that 3 drake Teal had appeared on the scrape area and were alongside 8 Shelducks, 2 (+7) Canada and 2 Greylag Geese, also 1 Bar T Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Redshanks, 6 Blk T Godwits and 26 Avocets.  Seen to fly through/over/skyline from this point, were a Marsh Harrier, a Sandwich Tern (calling), 5 Swifts and 12 Swallows, while the immediate reedbeds, thicket and similar gave 2 Linnets, 2 Reed Warblers and 3 Reed Buntings. PRD/MR

5th - Again some blustery ENE winds prevailing throughout, of speeds in excess of 18mph and gusting of over 20mph.  Still those blue skies and the sun around to give another glorious weather day.  Temperatures along the coast were of +12 degrees.  A brief survey of the bushes and hedgerows today again provided counts of 3 Reed Warblers (singing) over the road and 2 Blackcaps along the Approach Road.  On route past the sluice to the hide, a Common Tern was seen to fly N close to the shore, while the later return journey located 4 Sanderlings along the beach.  Singles of Kestrel and Marsh Harrier were viewable from the hide, as were 7 Swifts and 20 Swallows, also a further day count of 2 Reed Warblers.  Ducks and Geese were just 4 Shelducks and the pair of Canada Geese with their 7 off-spring.  Waders again included 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Bar T Godwit and 6 Blk T Godwits, alongside 24 Avocets and 11 Redshanks, the latter having 3 chicks on show for the duration. MR.

6th - Sunny, bright and warm (+11 degrees by 08.00hrs) with mostly strong ENE winds that were in excess of 19mph along with gusting of 24+mph.  No reports returned.

7th - Another bright, sunny morning but again the ENE winds proving strong at 22+mph and gusting of 27mph by 08.00hrs.  The temperature along the coastline at this time was at +12 degrees and there was little change in this reading during the rest of the day.  By mid-afternoon the wind strength had increased to 27mph and the fairly constant gusting was in excess of 31mph.  Observations from 09.00-11.15hrs - mostly from the hide - gave counts of a Grey Plover in summer plumage, a Turnstone, 15+ Redshanks (+3) and 30 Avocets.  A few Ducks species on the scrape this morning with a drake Tufted Duck, 2 drake Teal and 7 drake Shoveler, along with 6 Shelducks and a brood of 7 of their ducklings.  The pair of Canada Geese were in-situ with their 7 'now large young' and of note to this brood, 7 was the original count of the goslings and all thus surviving so far.  The carpark and other areas of the site have various nesting birds as expected in the habitat and this survey noted a Lesser Whitethroat brood being fed. PRD

8th - A mostly grey, dull and much cooler day today with those strong NE winds still prevailing.  General speeds reached 27mph and the very regular gusting was in excess of 30mph.  No reports returned.

9th - Complete with drizzle at times, the day remained grey with plenty of dull cloud-cover and a distinct lack of the sun!  Still those strong North Easterlies failing to let up.  At least two observers surveyed the site today, noting 2 Blackcaps again singing along the Approach Road while the Cetti's Warbler was heard near to Tariq. MR.  A brief seawatching session supplied 2 Common Terns and 2 Gannets. PL.  Observations from the hide yielded singles of Sedge and 1 Reed Warblers, 2 Linnets, 1 House Martin, 12+ Swallows and a Marsh Harrier with the scrape area itself providing counts of a summer plumaged Turnstone, 8 Redshanks (+3), 10 Lapwings (+2) and 18 Avocets, 2 drake Teal, 3 Shelducks (+7) and 2 Canada Geese (+7). MR/PL

10th - Some lighter winds today of c8mph along with a slight change of direction to SE through ESE and although quite a grey morning, the afternoon eventually brightened to give some sun in a blue sky.  After a gap of 46 years, the third recorded Hoopoe* (MR) for the site was seen briefly this morning by one observer (& the Water Authority guy at the works).  Mick could not believe his eyes when he saw the Hoopoe on the grass to the inside left of the Sewage Farm entrance c09.30hrs.  Unfortunately, within minutes the bird took flight to the left beyond the Sewage Farm and even though several birders were on site within a very short space of time, the bird could not be relocated anywhere.   The birds of 1966 and 1967 at least stayed for a day or more, not so today's bird??  Well Done to Mick..... but the rest of us are definitely hoping that another 'Haven Hoopoe' is not going to be another 46 year wait!!  Generally around the site this morning were 1 Cetti's (heard), 1 Sedge and 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Common Whitethroats, 2 Linnets and 2 Little Owls (the latter being the initial birds to catch Mick's eye by the Sewage Farm).  The scrape and surrounding marsh gave 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Lapwings (+2), 10 Redshanks (+3), 18 Avocets, 4 Shelducks (+7) and the pair of Canada Geese (+7). MR.  A Sparrowhawk was noted in the area. SC/PC.  Further additional species included 20+ Swallows, a Green Woodpecker giving some severe warnings to all in close proximity, a young Greenfinch, a Kestrel and heard calling across the marsh, a Med Gull. KA/PRD

11th - A cool morning with early cloud-cover and moderate ESE winds of up to 14mph.  Gusting prior to 08.00hrs reaching up to 17mph.  Winds later increased to 19mph and 23mph respectively and the sun did show willing for a while before the clouds moved in again.  The bushes, hedgerows and reedbeds over the road and outside the main hide gave 1 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats,  1 Cetti's (heard near Tariq), 3 Sedge and 5 Reed Warblers, while the scrape and it's immediate surroundings provided counts of 3 Oystercatchers, 6 Redshanks (+3), 20 Avocets, 2 drake Teal, 10 Shelducks (+6) and 2 Canada Geese (+7). IM/MR.  Of note, the ringing areas (07.30-c11.30hrs) yielded a Wren, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Greenfinches, 3 Dunnocks and 5 Robins that included re-traps of 1 Blackbird and 1 Dunnock. SC

12th - Generally a very grey day with rain during the latter part of the afternoon and into the early evening.  A change of wind direction for today with strong SW through S winds of up to 27mph and gusting at times in excess of 33mph.  Surveying prior to lunchtime gave just two species of any particular note - these being a Green Sandpiper* that was viewable from the hide and the fly-past of a Whimbrel heading S off-shore. PRD

13th - Stronger winds than of yesterday but still of a SW direction - general speeds at times exceeded 35mph and gusting was at 41+mph.  Quite a warm day, fairly constant cloud-cover (extremely dark at times), some rain and in the very occasional blue patches of sky, a small amount of sun .  At least two observers carried out a survey from the hide today that gave counts of 1 Common Tern, 3 GBB, 5 LBB, 5 Black-Headed and 24 Herring Gulls, also 1 Spotted Redshank (dropped in at 09.00hrs), 1 Lapwing (+1), 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshanks and 24 Avocets.  The family of 9 Canada Geese were still on site and the Shelducks had notably increased to 28, being 12 adults, 6 juvs from the first broods and 10 new ducklings.  Rounding up the report were 2 Skylarks, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Meadow Pipits, 8 Swallows and 24 Swifts that were also viewed from the hide. IM/MR.

14th - SW winds again today of varying speeds up to 20mph and those extra blasts of c25mph.  Coastline temperature readings for the morning of +13 degrees.  Some early sun but cloud-cover again took over.  No reports returned.

15th - A mixed weather day that started fairly bright (and warm) through the morning but culminated in torrential rain!  Wind direction varied W through WNW and back down through W to WSW.   Wind speed and gusting being of 30+mph and 39+mph respectively.  Two observers wandered the site today with the initial walk over the road and along the Approach Road giving 2 Common Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps (singing). PL.  Surveying from the hide provided just three species of Wader of any note - these being 2 Oystercatchers, 4+ Redshanks and 28 Avocets. The 2 (+7) Canada Geese were recorded, as were 8 (+5) Shelducks, 2 Teal, 5 GBB and 6 LBB Gulls.  Also viewed were 2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harriers and 2 House Martins.  A noticeable movement of Swifts with 250+ over today - other Essex areas also noting increases. PL/IM.  (Just over the water, Suffolk saw the locating of the 'MEGA' Pacific Swift).

16th - Mostly a glorious day with some occasional drizzle and coastline temperatures reaching +15 degrees.  Wind direction moved to SSE and speeds were very variable from barely a breeze to 27+mph with occasional gusting of up to 33mph.  The site, as expected this time of year, was again fairly quiet although a Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps were singing along the Approach Road, the Dell held 2 Whitethroats and the Cetti's Warbler was apparent near to Tariq.  A Kestrel, 3 Marsh Harriers and 20 Swifts were viewable from the hide during today's survey, whilst the scrape and it's surrounding area yielded a Little Egret, 4 Redshanks, 32 Avocets and the 9 Canada Geese of any note. IM/PL.

17th - Another change of wind direction this morning - a move round to Easterlies.  Moderate strength winds of 15mph and extra blasts of 18+mph increased to 23mph and 29mph respectively, along with a move to NE by late afternoon.  Cloud-covered skies through the morning gave way to some blue later on and a maximum coastline temperature of +14 degrees.  Not too much of any note on the site this afternoon except for a Little Tern* that flew NE at 16.37hrs. PRD

18th - Variable winds speeds today of between 7mph and 21mph with gusting of up to 25mph - direction mostly ENE.  Very patchy skies at times and coastline temperatures of +14 degrees.  A morning wander to survey the trees, bushes and hedgerows was followed by a look across the scrape and it's surrounding grazing marsh and the skyline.  A single Chiffchaff was singing along the Approach Road, as was the first of 2 Blackcaps, the second was near to Tariq.  The counts from the hide included 2 Marsh Harriers, 3 Swifts and 5 Swallows, also 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers.  Viewable Waders today consisted of 1 Lapwing (+1), 2 Oystercatchers (+1), 4 Redshanks (+1), 9 Blk T Godwits and 38 Avocets.  Completing the report were 5 Teal, 5 Shelducks (+5) and the 9 Canada Geese. MR.

19th - Rain was in play first thing this morning but this did clear fairly early on, even if it left the skies quite grey for some time.  Northerly winds were initially of 5mph through 9mph and the extra blasts were of c12mph.  A warm day with coastline temperatures of +17 degrees and a few miles inland the early evening readings were at +23 degrees.  During this morning's observations, 2 Marsh Harriers were in the vicinity again, counts of Swifts and Swallows were 8 of each and 10 House Martins were noted.  The reedbeds and thicket viewed from the hide held 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Reed Warblers and 2 Sedge Warblers (+1).  4 Teal, 5 Shelducks (+5) and 9 Canada Geese were on and around the scrape areas while there was a slight change to the Wader species and counts from yesterday.  Waders numbered 1 LRP, 1 Curlew, 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 5 Lapwings (+1), 7 Redshanks (+2) and 24 Avocets (+3). MR.

20th - A warm but mixed weather day with on/off rain that was sometimes torrential.  Some sun and brighter skies but mostly grey cloud-cover and misty patches - the latter by the evening were pretty much wide spread across the local area.  No reports returned.

21st - Rain started the day and again cloud-cover across the area.  Coastline temperature readings of +15 degrees before 08.00hrs, Westerly winds of variable speeds 12mph through 21mph and occasional gusting of up to 25mph.  No reports returned.

22nd - Early rain and grey skies were followed by blue skies and the appearance of the sun but by 15.00hrs it was back to grey!  By mid-afternoon the strong SSW winds had reached speeds of 37mph and gusting was in excess of 42mph.  The temperature readings reached a maximum of +16 degrees along the coast.  No reports returned.

23rd - Another grey start that was followed by patchy blue skies with alot of mixed cloud and on/off rain but again the temperature readings were quite good at +17 degrees.  Strong winds prevailed - W through WNW today - of up to 32mph and gusting of 37+mph.  Observations found that there was little much change around the site from the earlier part of the week, although close inshore, a drake Common Scoter was seen drifting past on the tide.  The scrape, the surrounding area and the viewable skyline from the hide, gave counts of 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 3 Blk T Godwits, 3 Lapwings (+1), 9 Redshanks (+1), 38 Avocets (+4+2), also 3 Teal, 5 Shelducks (+5) and the family of 9 Canada Geese.  Singles of Common Buzzard and Kestrel were noted along with 3 House Martins, c15 Swallows and c40 Swifts. MR.  

24th - Generally a pleasant day with some mostly NW winds of up to 22mph and the extra blasts of up to 28mph.  The surveying today, as to be expected, proved again to find much the same on the site.  Species over the scrape area and in the viewable vicinity included 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, c20 Swifts, c15 Swallows and 3 House Martins, while on the scrape/grazing marsh were again 3 Teal, 5 Shelducks (+5) and the 9 Canada Geese.  With the exception of an increase of Blk T Godwits to 7, the Wader counts were the same as yesterday with 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 3 Lapwings (+1), 9 Redshanks (+1) and 38 Avocets (+4+2).  On the general wildlife side opposed to the feathered species, a Fox was seen as it wandered the rear of the scrape. MR.

25th - The temperature was already at +12 degrees at 07.00hrs and by 10.00hrs was reading +14 along the coastline.  A bright morning but still alot of cloud around and again NW winds but of much lesser strengths than the last few days - light to moderate at 6mph through 12mph and gusting of up to 16mph.  At least two observers visited the site today.  Beginning over the road (opposite Approach Road) a Chaffinch and 2 Common Whitethroats were located (MR), while close to Tariq, a Cetti's Warbler (IM) was heard briefly.  The scrape and the surrounding grazing marsh held of note 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers (+1), 4 Redshanks (+2), 10 Blk T Godwits, 25 Avocet (+6), alongside 6 Shelducks (+4) and 2 Common Terns.  Also viewable from the hide during this survey were singles of Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard, 2 Sand Martins and 30+ Swifts. IM/MR

26th - Generally a bright, warm day with the coastline temperature reaching +19 degrees.  Wind direction by the evening being of N through NW with speeds variable throughout the day from 8mph up to 20mph with gusting up to 25mph.  Intermittent rain from early evening. No reports returned as yet. 

27th - Warm again today with temperatures of +17 degrees, light to moderate NNW winds of up to 12mph during the morning that increased to 18mph for the afternoon and gusting throughout of up to 23mph.  Plenty of grey cloud throughout and rain occurred both early and late in the day.  Observations during today's survey found that the Cetti's Warbler was calling from the Memorials area close to the Little Owl's tree, while 2 juvenile Green Woodpeckers (very vocal) were among some of the many young birds noted in this area.  Between the carparks and the main hide there were counts of 1 Kestrel, 1 Blackcap (singing), 4 Linnets, 5 Reed Warblers and 8 Common Whitethroats Species viewed from the hide included 1 Greenshank, 2 Oystercatchers (+2), 4 Lapwings (+1), 4 Blk T Godwits, 9 Redshanks (+2) and 23 Avocets (+4), also 2 Shelducks (+4) and 8 Teal.  The thicket and reedbeds close by, provided 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Reed and 3 Sedge Warblers, with fly-overs/through and the visible skyline adding 1 House and 2 Sand Martins, c20 Swallows, c30 Swifts and a Marsh HarrierIM/MR.  The Wildlife front noted that the Fox was in the vicinity again - seen to walk from the pump area, across to and then over the bridge, where it disappeared into the thistles. MR.

28th - Whilst a fairly warm one (+14+ degrees), it was also a day that saw drizzle and heavy rain.  WNW winds varied in speed from 8mph through 11mph during the morning with gusting of c13mph at this time.  Several observers were on and around the site today.  Near to Tariq, the Cetti's Warbler was again heard and in the nearby vicinity were a family of 6 Green Woodpeckers - at least 4 of the latter were also seen (SC) by the Sewage Farm.  The scrape, it's surrounding grazing marsh and the skyline viewable from the hide, gave counts of 2 Whimbrel (over), 2 Oystercatchers (+1), 2 Blk T Godwits, c8 Redshanks, 20 Avocets (+5), 6 Shelducks (+4) and 7 Teal, also 1 Common Tern, an adult Common Gull, 3+ Sand Martins, 50+ Swifts and a 1 Cuckoo. IM/PRD.  During the return wander to the carpark area, a Hobby was seen to fly over and towards the Dipping Pond (lower carpark). IM.  Singles of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were additions for the day - the Sprawk narrowly missed being part of the mornings ringing session! SC

29th - After the recent rain it was good to see a dry and sunny day again.  Generally fairly warm, erring on hot but a sudden and chilly drop for early evening.  No reports returned.

30th - Dry, bright and very warm!  Coastline temperatures in excess of +24 degrees alongside SSE through SSW variable strength winds (16 - 23mph) and gusting of c28mph.  No reports returned. 

As at 30th June, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 156.