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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" changed for several species in 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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Site Year Tick*

JUNE 2014

1st – Very warm and sunny to start the new month - along with initial NW winds that turned to Easterlies for later in the day.  The first report today was a Wildlife observation in the form of a Green Hairstreak Butterfly.  The butterfly was located on the brambles (c09.35hrs) near the toilet block. PNs.  Today was also when the first of this year's Avocet chicks was seen - the youngster was on the main island. IM.   


2nd - The morning ensued with light, warm South Easterly winds but the skies remained overcast throughout.  A morning wander to the main hide saw that the first Avocet brood now consisted of two chicks and both of these were away from the nest with the parents.  Wader counts for the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were of 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Blk T Godwits (until 09.45hrs when 5 flew), 12+ Redshanks, 18 Lapwings and 46 Avocets (+2). A single Little Egret, 1 Tufted Duck, 12 Shelducks and 7 Canada Geese (+1+6) were also noted and skyline viewing gave a Marsh Harrier and 8 Swallows.  A Cetti's Warbler was heard (beyond the Sewage Farm) while Reed and Sedge Warblers, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark were included in the report. MR.  


3rd - Rain for the early morning and again at mid-day but bright and sunny for the afternoon and evening, along with a coastline temperature of +17 degrees.  SSW/SW winds prevailed of up to 21mph and some occasional extra blasts of up to 24mph.  No reports returned.


4th - Grey and overcast, complete with on/off rain and a cooler day of just +14 degrees.  Southerly winds that varied from c9mph through to 22mph and gusting of up to 25mph.  Surveying across the scrape and grazing marsh during today's visit yielded of note 5 Blk T Godwits, 36 Avocets (+3), 23 Shelducks (+9), 2 adult Med Gulls and a single Marsh Harrier. MR


5th - Quite a warm day with the local temperature being in excess of +17 degrees.  The winds were variable in direction and speed - W through WNW, 9mph through 30mph and stronger gusts at up to 35mph.  Notable counts across the scrape were of 3 Blk T Godwits, 46 Avocets (+3) and 16 Shelducks (+9), while 5 Ringed Plovers dropped in during observations from the first turret. MR


6th - No reports returned.


7th - A bit of a mix of weather today with early rain, followed by bright, dry spells before on/off rain returned.  Wind direction of S/SSW turned to WSW and the initial c25mph speeds, increased to at least 35mph and gusting increased from 29mph up to 39mph.  The localised temperature also increased from an early +17 degrees to that in excess of +21 degrees.  No reports returned.


8th - From a breeze up to 12mph and gusting of up to 16mph - the SSW winds were welcome on a warm day that was at +17 degrees prior to 08.00hrs.  A Little Stint* was viewed on the scrape at 08.57hrs. SB.  Surveying from 10.20hrs to 12noon, gave a single Dunlin and 8 Blk T Godwits of note. PRD.  


9th - The star species of today was MARSH WARBLER*.  Located in nettles near the Frinton end of the site by Pete Davis - when the male bird was heard singing (11.40hrs).  Many observers were lucky enough to gain views during the day and through to 21.48hrs on a warm, light, pleasant summers evening.  Showing on/off throughout, there was "a nice variety of mimicry, including Great Tit, Blackbird, Swallow, Whitethroat, Skylark, Bearded Tit, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and (with two observers independently thinking they heard it) possibly Sunbird".  Of note, Marsh Warbler (see Gallery) was a 'predicted bird'(PNs) on our group chart, so a new prediction (PNs) to be added and also a possible change of prediction (PRD)PRD/MR/PL/PNt/PBr/KA/CM/JBS/AD/DS/PNs/et al.    Other news for the Haven site being a report as surveyed from the main hide during the morning.  Initially a Little Stint was on the mud in the middle of the scrape along with 3 Dunlin but these after a short time, took up with a Starling flock and both the Stint and Dunlin were lost to view.  Just prior to leaving the hide c11.40hrs, a Little Stint was seen at the rear of the scrape - most likely the earlier bird.  Waders of note were 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 12 Redshanks, 15 Lapwings and 37 Avocets (+3), while Ducks included 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal and 18 Shelducks (+9).  As noted, there was 'a good show of hirundines' with Sand and House Martins, Swallows and Swifts, all within the vicinity. MR.


10th - Wind direction was holding at W by the evening, having varied in speed from 14mph through 23mph with gusting of up to 27mph.  A mostly bright, sunny and hot day with the local temperature exceeding +19 degrees.  No reports returned.


11th - A bright, sunny day again - slightly cooler at +17 degrees - along with initial WSW then SSW winds of 9mph through 19mph and gusting at times reaching 22mph.  At the rear of the golf course at 09.50hrs were 2 Grey Partridges. HE.


12th - No reports returned.


13th - A hot, bright, sunny day with a very slight Westerly breeze for the afternoon.  No reports returned.


14th - Cloud-cover started the day but it was very warm at +17 degrees with barely a breeze from the NNW/N winds.  Later wind speeds reached 14mph before dropping again to c8mph for the evening.  Briefly seen near the Sewage Farm this morning was a Coal Tit* (GG) whilst other species today, 2 Barn Owls, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and a Blackcap. GG/PNt


15th - Some early rain and a few minor drizzles on a generally overcast day.  The sun occasionally made a break through, while the coastline temperature reached +15 degrees.  NE/ENE winds prevailed of moderate to strong and gusting was variable up to 24mph.  No reports returned.


16th - NE/E directional winds from moderate (c11mph) to strong (24+mph) with stronger gusting of up to 31mph.  A brighter day than yesterday but a fair amount of cloud was still hanging around with coastline temperature readings of +15 degrees.  Observations from the main hide yielded 3 Little Egrets, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits and 50 Avocets (+3), also 16 Teal and 12 Shelducks (+9) of note. IM.


17th - No reports returned.


18th - Initially but only briefly, it was very bright but overcast grey skies took over and it later appeared to be much cooler than the day's +15 degrees.  Variable strengths from 6mph up to 18mph with extra blasts of up to 22mph from the NNE/NE directional winds.  Initial reports gave a single LRP and a Common Sandpiper on the scrape as at 10.20hrs. PRD.  Further species counts for the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh included 8 Blk T Godwits, 49 Avocets (+3), 15 Teal and 18 Shelducks (+9).  In full breeding plumage, a male Ruff was a very brief 3 minute visitor. IM/PRD.


19th - Temperature readings were of +16 degrees along the coastline and wind direction for the afternoon held at NNE with variable speeds from 7mph up to and exceeding 21mph (gusting just slightly higher at 23mph).  Drizzle at times and some heavier rain were on/off for the afternoon.  No reports returned.


20th - Wind direction moved from E to S while remaining very light (c4mph) through to moderate (c13mph) with gusting of up to 15mph.  The temperature along the coast held at +16 degrees but felt as if was much warmer.  No reports returned.


21st - A dry ,very bright and hot day with the local coastline temperature reaching +22 degrees. Wind direction turned from SW through to ENE and varied from 12mph up to 20mph with gusting up to 24mph.  No reports returned.


22nd - Another bright, hot, sunny day with SE winds of c13mph and a few extra blasts of 15mph.  The coastline temperatures were in excess of +20 degrees while slightly inland this was at +25mph.  No reports returned.


23rd - SSE winds prevailed with similar strengths to yesterday of c13mph.  Alternating cloud and sun with the temperature around +17 degrees.  No reports returned.


24th - A bright, sunny day became an overcast grey one and the coastline temperature dropped from +17 degrees to +15 degrees.  Easterly winds were initially up to 12mph and gusting of up to 16mph - these increased prior to the evening to 19+mph and 21+mph respectively.  No reports returned.


25th - After rain during the night, the skies were mixed with some sunny intervals and a temperature along the coast of +14 degrees.  Winds were ENE through NE, up to and in excess of 18mph while gusting reached some 22mph.  Of note on the scrape and surrounding area today, were singles of both Common and Green Sandpipers, while c100 Swifts were over the Rape field. MR.


26th - Mixed skies again today - bright but some cloud - while the temperature sat much as per yesterday.  Wind direction moved from ENE to ESE (by 15.00hrs) being very light initially, increasing to 13mph with some gusting of up to 16mph.  Noted today, were that the Blk T Godwits on the scrape numbered 50. MR.


27th - After a night and early morning of rain, the day subsequently remained grey.  S through SSE winds of light to moderate (7mph - 13mph) with gusting of up to 16mph and local temperature readings of +15+ degrees.  Evening visits jointly reported a further young Avocet - bringing this year's known chick count to 4. SC/PC/PNt/LW.   


28th - Wildlife observations for today included the viewing of some Five Spot Burnet moths (see Gallery). MR.


29th - Mostly a bright morning but some grey clouds hung around and late morning into early afternoon these gave some on/off drizzle.  Mid-afternoon and early evening saw some very heavy downpours.  Temperatures were cooler than of late.  No reports returned.


30th - By mid-afternoon the wind direction was at SE and speeds were at 14mph with slightly higher gusting of 17mph.  The day generally was mostly bright and sunny but grey clouds moved in at times.  No reports returned.  Overall this month, 3 species were added to the Haven 2014 Year list.

As at 30th June, the Haven 2014 Year List stands at: 153.