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Recent Sightings

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 2015

1st - A glorious early morning but there was no sign of yesterday's Phalarope during viewing from 05.50-06.55hrs.  Of note at this time were 9 Redshanks, 26 Blk T Godwits, 38 Avocets and 5 Shelducks (+10), as well as 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Swifts and some 15 House Martins across this and the surrounding area.  On route, heading N offshore were 2 OystercatchersKA.  Additions from a second survey only slightly later, were of 2 adult Med Gulls that flew around the scrape for a couple of minutes and 2 Common Terns that landed on the raft for a while.  Of some 90+ Herring Gulls in the vicinity, three were colour-ringed and the Haven Avocet GB/GY was also noted. MR.  A single Siskin was a fly-over in the Dell area. AEC.

2nd - After a night of very high winds and rain, there was virtually no let-up of the winds throughout the day or into the evening.  With the exception of 2 Ringed Plovers, it was just the regular culprits that were viewable from the hide during one particular survey.  Counts included 3 Grey Herons, 2 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks, c20 Lapwings, 26 Blk T Godwits and 28 Avocets (inc. GB/GY), also 3 Shoveler, 8 Shelducks (+10) and 11 Canada Geese (+7) of note.  The Gulls numbered 3 L B B, 43 Herring (inc. 1x colour-ringed) and 61 Black-headed. MR.

3rd - A much brighter day and definitely lighter, if variable direction, winds!  An evening visit provided both a Grasshopper Warbler and a Barn Owl of particular note. MR.

4th - There were no particular bird species to note over and above the regulars today, although views of a juvenile Chiffchaff 'waiting to be fed' were enjoyable.  On the Wildlife side, it was noted as a good day for Butterflies and located amongst these was a Green Hairstreak. MR.

5th - Observations from the main hide gave counts of 1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 4 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks, 10+ Lapwings, 21 Avocets (a lower count than of late/included GB-GY) and a total of 62 Blk T Godwits.  Also noted were 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal (all drakes), 3 Shoveler, 16 Shelducks (+10) and 2 Canada Geese (+7).  A single Common Tern was in this vicinity, as were 2 Med Gulls (adults), 20 Herring Gulls (including a returning colour-ringed bird) and c50 Blk-headed Gulls.  Singles of Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard were also viewable. MR.

6th - A survey this morning (06.00-09.15hrs) included species from both the scrape and various areas of the site.  At least four observers/ringing team were on and around the site at this time. SC/PNt/GG/LW.  The counts for this morning duration included, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen (+1), 32 Avocets (+1), 43 Blk T Godwits, 4 Med Gulls (2xad + 2x2S), 1 Gadwall, 4 Mallard (+12 quite large ducklings), 12 Shelducks (+10) and 12 Canada Geese (+7).  Also within the report were 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Siskin (fly-overs), 4 juvenile L-T Tits, 5 Blackcaps (inc. 4 juvs. GG), 2 Barn Owls and 15+ Swifts. SC/et al

7th - Weather-wise, very hot and mostly blue skies and sunny - the occasional grey cloud floating through.  No reports returned.

8th - A much cooler day with some strong NE winds and again mostly very sunny - a couple of occasions giving very dark skies indeed.  No reports returned.

9th - Another cool day with some blustery winds but mostly sunny and bright.  No reports returned.

10th - Sunny but again some fairly constant strong NE winds.  There has been very little variation in species and counts for across the scrape this last few days but of particular note this morning (10.15hrs), an adult LRP* was located in this vicinity - becoming number 143 on the Haven 2015 Year List.  Of general interest - as viewed from the main hide - there were also 2 Little Egrets, 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks, 28 Blk T Godwits, 34 Avocets (inc. 2x colour-ringed), 1 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler (+6 ducklings), 18 Shelducks (+10 and plus a new brood of 7), and 2 Canada Geese with their 7 goslings.  There are still some 60+ Blk-headed Gulls remaining on the scrape and raft areas, while the survey also noted 1 G B B, 3 L B B and 20 Herring Gulls across the scrape and the skyline viewing gave a female Marsh Harrier.  Two colour-ringed Herring Gulls were on the Sluice - both rings visible for reading and reporting. MR.

11th - The strong winds definitely not letting up this week - NE through ENE direction winds again for today but still mostly sunny and bright (if a bit chilly in the winds/shade).  A short visit to the main hide this morning resulted in the locating of a Curlew Sandpiper* - this small wader was initially seen as it disappeared behind the reeds and then remained out of view for some 15 minutes before it flew to the rear of the scrape.... only to be attacked by 4 of the Blk T Godwits and subsequently took flight and could not be relocated.  A Greenshank was also in the vicinity for a brief time, seen while searching for the Curlew Sandpiper, this bird headed away high towards Frinton.  Prior to 10.00hrs, the other species in this area were again, much as per yesterday. MR/TS/PRD

12th - From c09.00hrs and throughout the day, what was finally concluded to be a Marsh Warbler* held much interest within the area by the Memorials.  See link for Report of the Marsh Warbler, not Blyth's.    

13th - A Bee-eater* was seen to fly in a SW direction over the carpark at c12.19hrs.  This is the third and a very good record for the Haven site - single birds were previously recorded in 1992 and 1997. IM.  A site visit (c15.30 to 17.30hrs) saw a steady stream of Swifts - all movement Southbound - including one individual that had "an indistinct pale belly - but was in every other sense, a Common Swift".  A total of 476 Swifts were noted, along with singles of Oystercatcher, Little Egret and a 2yr Med Gull, as well as 2 Kestrels. PBr.

14th - A 'striking male' Stonechat was seen near to the Golf Course. PL/MRPhoto and further information below regarding this Stonechat.   During this particular wander through the site to the Frinton end, a summer plumaged Sanderling was on the sluice, 4 Sandwich Terns were viewed, Grasshopper Warblers numbered 2 and the report indicated that the variation of young birds was very good.  Sedge Warbler (1), Reed Warblers (10), Reed Buntings (12+ singing males), Skylarks (c10), Linnets (c12) and Meadow Pipits (c15) were all reported. MR/PL.  An early evening visit saw some notable Swift movement with 20+ over the carpark at 16.45hrs, some 120+ in/off over the area between the hides at 18.36hrs and a further c200 in/off while viewing from the Greensward/top carpark 19.15-19.30hrs - all were heading N.  Across the scrape and grazing marsh were 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Redshank, 18 Blk T Godwits (3 flew in to join initial 15), 34 Avocets (+3+1+1), 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 12 Shelducks (+10+3, the latter 3 being very new and tiny), the 2 Canada Geese with their brood and 2 Red-legged Partridges of note.  The reedbeds - viewed from the hide and during a wander towards the Frinton end - holding numerous Reed Buntings, while Reed Warblers, 3 House Sparrows (Greensward bushes) and 7 Linnets (2+5) were also included within the report. KA.

Stonechat: ‘’A startlingly bright male Stonechat sp. was seen briefly (but photographed-by M.R.) in the area of the small refuse dump next to Frinton Golf Course this afternoon.  Unfortunately the bird flew across the golf course and was lost to view.  Subsequent searches later that afternoon and the following days failed to relocate the bird. Examination of the photographs determines that this is clearly not a standard UK hibernans.  The Continental form rubicola becomes the natural default, however, the pale flanks, extensive white neck patches and overall ‘crisp’ feel to the under parts  combined to provide a rather striking appearance strongly suggestive of Siberian Stonechat.  Regrettably the detailed colouration of the under wing and/or upper tail coverts were neither noted in the field or are apparent from the photographs taken. As such, it was suspected that a formal claim of Siberian Stonechat would be challenging.  This in turn has been supported by Stonechat expert Magnus Hellstrom who, after examination of the photographs has stated....’’frustrating, but I don’t think there is any chance to ID this bird with certainty’’.

15th - Initial reports for today were of a 1S Little Gull* that was located on the scrape c 10.57hrs.  A few Swifts were seen to be coasting over the site.  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were counts of 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshank, 15 Blk T Godwits and c32 Avocets (plus a new brood of 2 Avo chicks - taking the young to a total of 7 this current year).  Of interest, three colour-ringed Avocets were amongst the adult birds.  Also noted were a single Little Egret, 6 Cormorants and 5 Sandwich Terns alongside 5 L B B, 20 Herring and c40 Black-headed Gulls, while skyline viewing added 1 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harriers and 4 Common BuzzardsShelducks, Shoveler and Canada Geese were all noted for their young as well today, with 6 Shelducks having between them, some 20 ducklings (10+7+3), the "Shoveler mum brought her family out of the reeds to reveal 9 ducklings" and the pair of Canada Geese have been doing well and still have their 7 goslings - now getting quite large. MR/PRD

16th - Of note today, were the first 2 Black-headed Gull chicks on the raft. MR.

17th, 18th - No reports returned.

19th - Seen and photographed today, was a female Tufted Duck with 7 ducklings!  Pleasant viewing and also a nice breeding record for the site. (Photo to follow). MR.

20th, 21st - No reports returned.

22nd - To date, there are now 7 Blk-headed Gull chicks on the raft, adult Avocet numbers increased from the recent +/-30 to 54 (at this survey) and Avo young are quite possibly at 11 or 12 but only the larger few of these chicks are at present easily viewed.  At least three colour-ringed Avocets (ad) have been in/out of the scrape area over the last few days. MR.

23rd - No reports returned.

24th - Of particular note on/over the site today were 1 Sandwich Tern (briefly over the scrape), 1 Little Egret, 20 Blk T Godwits, c50 Avocets (inc. young & GB-GN), 4 Teal and singles of both Kestrel and Common Buzzard. SC.

25th, 26th, 27th - No reports returned.

28th - Whilst there has been little change in the totals of the current feathered residents this last week, there was of particular note on the scrape today, a single L R P. MR

29th - On the Wildlife side of things, particular attention was paid to that of a Bee Orchid located on the site. MR.

30th - No reports returned.

As at 30th June 2015 the Haven 2015 Year List stands at: 147.