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Sightings 2008

Key: Blue = Uncommon.  Amber = Scarce.  Red = Rare.  Green = Mega for site 

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Mar 08

1st - The 6 Whitefronted Geese still showing and on the scrape were 3 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 3 Blk T Godwits and 2 Ringed Plover. GG. The Snow Bunting was seen along the seawall also 2 Stonechats. 25 Linnets at the farm. PBr

2nd - A male Merlin was seen by the site entrance and the 6 Whitefronts are still present, 4 Ruff on the scrape. Along the seawall the Snow Bunting is also still present and 2 Purple Sandpipers were on the rocks. AD.

4th - 6 Whitefronted Geese still present today, 5 Ruff , 10 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3 Blk T Godwits and 2 White Wagtails. SC/PRD

5th - The Whitefronts still with the Greylags, 6 Ruff, 3 Dunlin and 1 Blk T Godwit on the scrape. 11 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrushes at the farm. GG

6th - Blk T Godwits up to 12 today, also 6 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plovers and 6 Whitefronted Geese. KA/AEC/GG 

7th - A midday visit produced 12 Blk T Godwits, 7 Ruff, 7 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover,19 Shelduck but only 2 Whitefronted Geese were seen. SC/PC 

8th - A visit today produced 2 Whitefronted Geese, 7 Ruff, 10 Blk T Godwits and 8 Dunlin. PRD 

9th - News for today was 8 Purple Sandpipers dropped in along the seawall rocks for a short while before moving off, a Littaralis Rock Pipit also along the seawall. PRD. The scrape held  1 adult Med Gull, 5 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Golden Plovers,  1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling and a drke Pintail, also 2 Redwing and 2 Stonechats, PRD. Similar counts reported by MC/JB with the addition of a Peregrine over the scrape and the Snow Bunting still along the seawall.

10th - Gale force conditions made birding difficult but a short seawatch at 1100 hrs produced a 1W Little Gull, 2 Red throated Divers and a Great crested Grebe. GG. Later on the scrape was 8 Ruff, 10 Blk T Godwits, 10 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Whitefronted Geese. A 90 minute seawatch over high tide produced nothing!!!!! PRD/KA/GG.

11th - From the hide a Jack Snipe was seen feeding briefly this morning before going into the grassy clumps, no further sighting despite looking.On the scrape were 14 Blk T Godwits, 16 Dunlin, 6 Ruff and a Grey Wagtail by the sewage farm gates. GG. At the farm was a single Corn Bunting, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker &15+ Redwings. KA

15th - Star birds today were 2 Firecrests in the approach road bushes and 9 Snow Buntings that flew along the seawall. A Little Egret was on the approach road pools and on the scrape were a pair of Pintail, 3 Ruff, 5 Redshanks, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Ringed Plovers and 14 Snipe, but no sign of the "jack" from earlier in the week. GG

16th - A male Black Redstart showed for a while along the seawall this morning. PRD. Along the approach road 3 Firecrests and 2 Chiffchaffs, another Firecrest was in the bushes N of the carpark. On the scrape were 4 Ruff, 6 Redshanks, 11 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Gadwall and a Little Owl. KA/GG

17th - A short early morning seawatch produced 1 drake Eider and 4 Red throated Divers, all N. AD. The scrape and surrounding fields are holding a lot of water and the few birds that are about are well spread out, seen were 14 Snipe, 9 Dunlin, 1 Blk T Godwit, 6 Redshanks and 2 Oystercatchers, also seen were 2 Stonechats. KA 

19th - A Firecrest again in the bushes N of the carpark. GG/KA/JBS. On the scrape were 3 Ruff, 13 Dunlin, 1 sum plum Blk T Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers, 17 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Gadwall. At sea a Great C Grebe flew N. GG/KA. 2 Purple Sandpipers were reported to be by Pat's kiosk. 

20th - An elusive Firecrest was in the bushes at the Sewage Farm entrance, the scrape held 1 Ruff, 1 Blk T Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 9 Snipe. The poor run on ducks continues with only 2 Gadwall being noteworthy. GG. 8 Purple Sandpipers were along the seawall by the 2nd gun turret rocks. KA. A Great Northern Diver flew towards Frinton, but little else during a brief seawatch. GG/KA

21st - A morning visit in strong windy conditions produced 4 Ruff, 2 Redshanks, 7 Dunlin, 10+ Snipe, 1 Bk T Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Gadwall and 1 Coot. KA

22nd - News today is the arrival of our first Wheatear of the year (nb: this wheatear is the 100th species on the yearlist), also 5 Purple Sandpipers seen. JN

24th - 2 Firecrest's again in the bushes N of the carpark. GG/AD/PRD/PR/LR. 3 Chiffchaffs also present.The scrape held 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshanks, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Golden Plovers and a pair of Pintail. A Water Rail was heard calling behind the Sewage Farm and a Grey Wagtail was seen coming in off the sea. GG/AD. Late afternoon a Wheatear was along the seawall. AD/PRD.

25th - A 90% frozen scrape seems to have pushed off the waders with only 1 Dunlin seen, also 7 Gadwall. 2 singing Chiffchaffs along the approach road but little else around. GG.

26th - 2 singing Chiffchaff's and 3 Goldcrest's around the bushes and on the scrape were 7 Redshanks, 1 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plovers and a single Dunlin. GG

27th - This morning a Little Egret again on the approach road floods, the scrape held 1 Ruff, 8 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers and 8 Gadwall..A Water Rail and Little Grebe were seen in front of the hide. SC.

28th - 3 Firecrest's in the carpark bushes this morning and on the scrape were 4 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover's, 6 Redshanks and 1 Snipe. A fresh dead Water Rail was seen in the approach road woods. GG.

29th - Quiet in the bushes this morning with only 2 Goldcrest's and 1 Chiffchaff noted. The scrape held 1 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 5 Snipe, 11 Redshanks and the pair of Pintail again. GG

30th - A better day today with a female Ring Ouzel and House Martin at the paddocks along Church Lane. JBS. The carpark bushes had 5 Firecrest's, 1 Chiffchaff and a singing Willow Warbler, also 2 Siskins flew N. GG/KA. The scrape was slow with only 1 Ruff, 10 Dunlin and 2 Snipe noted, a walk along the seawall produced 3 Wheatear's. PRD

31st - A Firecrest was seen in the bushes N of the carpark, The scrape held 1 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 10 Redshanks, 12+ Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Turnstones and 2 Gadwall. The paddocks at Church Lane had 40+ Redwings and 6 Mistle Thrushes, but no sign of the Ring Ouzel. KA

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