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Recent Sightings

Key: Plain Text- Resident/Regular VisitorGreen -Likely to be AnnualAmber -Less than AnnualRed -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 2018 

1st - No reports returned.

2nd - After a rainy start to the day, the skies cleared and both sun and heat ensued.  A survey of the site proved it to be 'fairly quiet' (per normal for the time of year) but there were still species to be noted.  Offshore viewing gave 2 Sandwich Terns flying S, while the main Scrape and surrounding area held 1 Little Egret, 4 Redshanks, 6 Avocets, 1 Shoveler and 9 Gadwall.  A female Tufted Duck was located in front of the second hide.  Generally around the site, there were several of each Reed and Sedge Warblers, both Lesser and Common Whitethroats, also 2 Blackcaps   (singing), 2 Cetti's Warblers and 2 Cuckoo, with overhead/through movement of 5 House Martins and 6 Swifts.  The Wildlife front fared well during this visit, particularly yielding a Painted Lady and 4 Common Blue Butterflies, 2 male Banded Demoiselles (Damselflies) and some 5 Hairy DragonfliesPL.

3rd - A very vocal Cuckoo was noted during a short Ringing Session this morning - the latter saw the ringing of 1   Sedge Warbler and 3 Reed WarblersSC.

4th - Number 153 on the Haven 2018 Year List is that of Red Kite*.  The bird was seen at 13.45hrs over the Farm Paddocks and it proceeded to drift 'towards the seawall, pursued by many Crows'. PRD.

5th/6th/7th - No reports returned.

8th - Of Wildlife interest, a Green Hairstreak Butterfly was viewed today. MR

9th - At least three observers visited the site today and their surveys produced a few Common Whitethroats,   Reed and Sedge Warblers around the site, along with Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler (of which both were singing) plus views of 3+ Common Buzzards.  Observations from the Main Hide yielded of note, 2 Sandwich Terns (flew in briefly), 3 Little Egrets, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 5 Dunlin (flew over) and 10 Avocets, 3 Teal and 9   Gadwall, also 2 Cuckoo, 20+ Swift and a Marsh Harrier.  Flying N, 2 Sandwich Terns were the only species of interest off-shore (a total of 4 of these for the day's report).  The Wildlife front gave the Haven year its first   Large Skipper Butterfly, while 4+ Hairy Dragonflies were still in-situ. IM/ML/PL.

10th - Surveying the site today, proved to find the species much as per yesterday - still 2 Blk-T Godwits, 3 Teal and the Marsh Harrier all in the vicinity, while a change of numbers for the Avocets that had decreased to a count of 6, the Gadwall had increased to 12 and a good Haven count of Little Egrets, upon finding the latter had increased to 6.  There were 3 Shoveler also reported for today, some 6 House Martins and 25 Swifts, a single Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcaps and rounding up the noted observations, 2 SparrowhawksIM/MR/PL.

11th - Of Wildlife interest, a Large Skipper Butterfly was on the notes and a rather fine specimen too. MR.

12th/13th/14th/15th - No reports returned.

16th - Of note, 17 Avocets were viewed. MR

17th - Surveying today added LRP* to the Haven 2018 Year List when this, a single bird, was viewed "lurking around the back of the Scrape".  Whilst still quiet on the site generally, notes gave that some of the Avocets have returned (a total of 17 yesterday - 16th June) and that also the water levels for the Scrape have now dropped.  The counts and species observed from the Main Hide, consisted of the LRP, 1 Blk-T Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwings, 4   Redshanks and 11 Avocets, alongside 2 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 8 Gadwall and 17 Shelducks (7+10), also 18 Canada Geese   (2+8 & 2+6).  Singles of Grey HeronCuckoo and Kestrel were noted, as were 5 Swifts and 10+ SwallowsMR

18th - No reports returned.

19th - Today's site survey revealed the species on the scrape to be much the same as 17th but no LRP although additions were of a Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlews and 2 adult Med Gulls (the latter being "cracking birds").  The   Wildlife front gave sightings of Banded DemoiselleEmperor and Hairy Dragonflies with the surprise species of a   Norfolk Hawker (aka 'Green-eyed Hawker'). MR.

20th - A Report for this morning was that the Norfolk Hawker was still present (MR) and a visit this afternoon gave that there are at least 3 Norfolk Hawkers on the site. CA.  (From Main Hide, go past the Moth Sanctuary and head beyond this to the Kirby Brook and the Gated Bridge.  At all times please keep to public right of ways and Haven Country Park areas).  Evening visits gave that there were now 2 Green Sandpipers (PL) on the Scrape, while a Sandwich Tern flew S offshore, there was an evident, steady stream of Swifts, also predominantly S and a Cuckoo was heard.  A colourful addition to the Wildlife front this evening, was that of 3 Pyramidal Orchid spikes. PL/KA/AD

21st - No reports returned.

22nd - Too windy and cool on the site for any Dragonflies during an early evening visit but a further 12 spikes of   Pyramidal and 3 of Bee Orchids were located elsewhere in more sheltered areas.  The flock of L-T Tits held several juveniles in the area by the Memorials and proved most comical to watch, while CommaMeadow BrownsSmall Skippers, an Essex Skipper and Red Admiral Butterflies were in this vicinity. KA/AD.

23rd - A morning visit yielded noted counts across the Scrape of 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing chicks (almost fully grown) and 27 Avocets, 1 Shoveler with 4 ducklings, 2 Gadwall and 9 Teal, while a Sand Martin, 1 Marsh Harrier and small numbers of Swifts were also viewed during this survey.  The Wildlife front proved fruitful with a Norfolk Hawker   still on the site, along with 1 Southern HawkerBlack-tailed Skimmer, 1 HairyCommon Darter and Emperor Dragonflies, as well as a Banded DemoisellePL.      

24th - Today's visit provided of note, singles of Green Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank on the Scrape, with the latter being a summer plumaged bird.  The Norfolk Hawker was again showing. PL.

25th - No reports returned.

26th - On another sunny, if breezy, day of the current heatwave, a late afternoon visit (15.00-17.00hrs) provided 2   Cetti's Warblers (heard singing) and 3 Common Terns (over) while at the Viewing Platform by the Memorials and a count of 5 Greenfinches (inc. 3 juvs) seen on the feeders by the Sewage Farm.  The scrape held of note, 2 Grey Herons, c22 Avocets and c25 Blk-T GodwitsRC.

27th - No reports returned.

28th - A morning survey on yet another bright, very warm day, found that the normal culprits were around with noted counts for the Scrape, being singles of Spotted RedshankCommon and Green Sandpipers alongside some 40 Blk-T Godwits and 42 AvocetsMR.

29th - No reports returned.

30th - A site visit and subsequent report, gave that with the "Scrape water levels looking good" the difference noticeably provided "at last a decent number of waders".  There was also a surprise Duck to be observed on the Scrape today.  Waders consisted singles of Common and Green Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Ruff (all 3 being adult males), 4 Redshanks, 10 Lapwings, 50 Avocets and 60 Blk-T Godwits, while the Ducks were a drake Pochard, 1   Shelduck (+8 near fully grown ducklings), 2 Gadwall and 20 Teal.  Also viewed were 1 Little Egret, 2 Swifts and 3   Sand Martins, as well as a Marsh Harrier.  Rounding up the day's and the month's sightings, the Wildlife front yielded 2 Norfolk Hawkers (still in-situ) and 2 Emperor DragonfliesPL.   

As at 30th June 2018 the Haven 2018 Year List stands at 154. 


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