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March 2010

1st - A total change to the weather today, dry and very bright with morning WNW winds, that by dusk, had changed direction to SSW.  Overall, a glorious day to get out and take advantage of, with several visitors to the Haven doing just that.  Besides the bird species, the general comments relate to the extremely flooded marshland and the "water meadow" usually called the scrape.  Watch them ducks - you never know!!  The site had coverage from morning into afternoon and from both ends of it and while the species were fairly constant throughout, the numbers did vary slightly.  A Grey Wagtail was seen on the Sewage Works this morning. GG.  On the golf course at mid-day was an adult Med Gull (not one of the two recently at Frinton greensward - moult). PB.  Singles of Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Barn Owl were all noted.  Across the scrape and surrounding areas were totals of 2 Dunlin, 7 Turnstones, 3 Ringed Plovers, 4 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew and 40+ Lapwing.  Counts also included 7 Gadwall, 14 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 120+ Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 2 Little Grebes and 108 Greylag Geese.  Located on the sluice were +/- 2 Ringed Plovers during the afternoon. GG/AEC/PB/PRD/JK/MR.  

2nd - Another fantastic morning with the sun in a clear blue sky and very light NNW winds.  Mid-afternoon saw some cloud appear but it remained dry and bright, however, winds turned to ENE by late afternoon and it became decidedly chilly.  Viewing from the hide, mid to late morning, a Common Buzzard was soaring in the distance and observations on this bird, clarified it to be a different individual to the pale Buzzard seen at the Haven over this recent winter period.  Other notables on the scrape were 4 Avocets. PRD.  A separate visit this morning saw a Grey Wagtail flying over the golf course and the surrounding fields held 3 Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush and 5 Skylarks.  Additional for the scrape were 4 of each Ringed Plovers and Turnstones, 2 Dunlin, a Redshank and 36+ Lapwing.  Also 19 Shelduck, 64+ Teal, 48+ Greylag Geese and 4 Pied Wagtails. BS.  

3rd - A bitterly cold early morning.  E winds, slightly overcast and as the morning went on, the sun tried it's best to break through.  Wind direction remained Easterly and conditions stayed dry but cold all day.  A very early walk in from the Frinton end and a single Sanderling was located on the shore, while on the golf course were 4 Jays, 1 Song and 1 Mistle Thrush.  The surrounding fields were also extremely quiet, with only 2 Red Legged Partridge and a Grey Heron being visible. BS.  A late morning visit to the hide provided views across the Lake, oops! the Scrape, of 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 6 Turnstones, 7 Curlew and 110+ Lapwing, 9 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 14 Shelduck and 101 Greylag Geese.  Also noted were 6 Skylarks and singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.  Some of the flood water on the marshland has receded but not to any extent as yet and numerous Wigeon, Teal, Gulls and Corvids were spread far and wide over these areas. MR.   

4th - Generally brighter but still cold with ENE winds during the day.  These winds changed to NNE going into an icy cold evening.  A visit to the hide this morning and the Wigeon and Teal were on a take-over bid across the scrape with their numbers being 200+ and 450+ respectively.  8 Gadwall, 14 Shelduck, 17 Shoveler were the other ducks on there, along with 88 Greylag Geese.  A wader count provided 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Golden Plover, 5 Turnstones, 2 Snipe, 16 Curlew and 80+ Lapwing.  A single Little Grebe was noted, as were a pair of Kestrels, 8 Skylarks and 3 Meadow Pipits.  Gulls were once again numerous across the site and included 2 colour-ringed Herring Gulls. MR

5th - Another bitterly cold start to the morning, warming slightly during the day but a rapid drop in temperature again as dusk approached.  Bright with mainly blue skies and light to moderate winds, that varied to and from WNW and NW continually.  Some 250+ Wigeon had returned to sitting on the sea for today's visit, as opposed to being on the scrape or the flooded marshland this last few days.  Located along the shore were 2 Ringed Plovers, whilst 2 Purple Sandpipers were seen on the rocks.  Gulls and geese out-numbered all that was "not" on the scrape today, with 84 Greylag Geese, 1 Common Gull, 16 Herring, 8 Blk Headed and 5 L B B Gulls.  Amongst these were 2 of each Gadwall and Shelduck, also noted were 2 Red Legged Partridge!  Across the surrounding fields were 17 Curlew, 44+ Lapwings, 6 Skylarks and 4 Mistle Thrush. BS

6th - Extremely bright this morning, a few clouds to start but a much increased cloud cover by mid-day.  Again very cold with moderate to strong NE winds that continued into early afternoon.  Early morning on the scrape saw highlights of 1 Blk T Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 30+ Curlew and 6 Gadwall.  A Woodcock appeared to come in/off the sea and headed inland. PL.  Along the beach were 7 Sanderling and a single Oystercatcher while 13 (9+4) Siskins headed N. GG.  An afternoon's viewing across the scrape and the surrounding marshland added 3 Golden Plovers, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 6 Turnstones, 40+ Lapwings and Dunlin numbers were up to 6.  Others noted were 14 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 208 Wigeon, 80+ Teal and 80+ Greylag Geese, with singles of Barn Owl and Kestrel were also in the vicinity.  Once more Gulls were numerous and again two were noted with coloured rings (Pitsea). MR.

7th - A glorious day, bright sun and blue skies, just very, very cold with some Easterly winds.  The winds remained a fairly constant E, while the cold got decidedly colder!!  Coverage this morning, was from the hide and also of the farm area.  The Paddock held 9 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and a single Mistle Thrush, while the very quiet hedgerows held  just 5 House Sparrows.  The fields provided a count of 10 Red Legged Partridge. BS.  The scrape and it's surrounding area supplied counts of 1 Ruff, 12 Golden Plover, 30+ Lapwing, 60+ Teal, 186 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe and a male Kestrel. MR.

8th - Slightly cool to start, bright with some cloud cover and NE winds.  The day stayed dry and the winds remained somewhat fresh.  Visits today began with a search of the paddocks and farm areas, then included checking out the bushes/hedgerows around the carpark, viewing along the beach and also from the hide.  7 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Mistle and 1 Song Thrush were in the vicinity of the paddocks, while the arable held 100+ Golden Plover.  A Woodpecker was heard drumming but not located.  A single Little Owl was in the carpark area and the beach/sluice held 6 Sanderling and 2 of each Turnstones and Oystercatchers. MR.  The scrape and surrounding marsh provided totals of 54 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 30+ Lapwing, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 3 Shelduck with Wigeon, Teal and Greylag Geese numbers being much as the last few days.  Singles of Barn Owl and Kestrel were again noted.  No colour-ringed Gulls were seen amongst the variety today, however a 3W Yellow Legged Gull was viewed from 12.15-14.15hrs. MR/PRD.

9th - Overcast from morning into afternoon with variable strength ENE winds (recorded locally - light breeze going up to gusts of c28mph).  Not quite so cold as yesterday but still chilly.  Some rain during the afternoon but also some patches of blue sky!  A visit to the hide at mid-day failed to produce anything of particular interest, however, Curlew numbers were up to 74, the Shoveler count was up to 4 and 1 Blk T Godwit was also noted.  Viewed again in the vicinity, was a single Barn Owl. SC.  A further report coming in from the Frinton end, gave sightings of a Little Egret across the fields, also 10 Stock Doves, 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Skylarks and 4 Red Legged Partridge.  Seen flying towards the sewage works was a Grey Wagtail, while additions for the scrape were 6 Shelduck, 21 Teal, 15+ Lapwing and a Common Gull.  A pair of Kestrels were in the area and a male Sparrowhawk perched itself on the fence in front of the hide. BS.  The paddocks and farm areas were also searched with 7 Fieldfare and 6 Redwings located at the paddocks.  From the seawall by the golf course, 2 Red T Divers were viewed on the sea, close inshore. PRDNB. Works on the scrape are still continuing.   

10th - Another overcast cold day that just got colder as the day went on.  Variable but mostly strong NE winds.  A morning visit coming in from the Frinton end, covered the golf course and surrounding fields, the shoreline and the scrape.  Numbers and species on the scrape were 2 Avocet, 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, c61 Curlew, 1 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gulls, 2 Gadwall, 8 Shelduck, 200+ Wigeon and 6 Greylag Geese.  Singles of Barn Owl, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were also noted across this area.  A single Little Egret was again seen on the surrounding fields and further notables were 3 Turnstones, 31 Lapwing, 8 Stock Doves, 6 Skylarks and 100+ Starlings. BS.  Additional sightings provided 1 Dunlin, Gadwall numbers up to 7, Curlew up to 68 and a note was made reference to a Turnstone with a ring (left). PRD.

11th - Very grey out there although the sun made a bright but fairly brief appearance mid-morning.  Moderate to strong N to ENE winds insisted on keeping the chill in the air but it was at least, still dry going into late afternoon.  A quest to find a Gt.Spotted Woodpecker for a Haven year list, saw today's coverage begin again at the farm and resulted in the locating of 2 Gt Spotted and a single Green Woodpecker!  10 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush and 3 Redwing were seen on and around the paddocks/farm, while a flock of 9 Redwing were along Church Lane within our boundaries.  Moving on down to the hide, views across the scrape gave counts of 2 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 1 of each Dunlin, Redshank and Blk T Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers, 56 Curlew and 90+ Lapwing.  The duck numbers were 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 10 Shelduck, 300+ Wigeon and 30+ Teal with amongst these, just 10 Greylag Geese.  Also making the notebook, were 140+ Starlings, singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and a superb Barn Owl, with a further note made that the Digger "was not" on the scrape today. MR.  A further report was of a Woodcock that flushed from the plantation area, a single Redwing on the golf course and an adult Yellow Legged Gull that "dropped in to bathe" from 15.05-15.10 hrs, before it flew towards Frinton.  Curlew and Lapwing had increased in viewable numbers, to 66 and 110 respectively. PRD.

12th - The day started with rain and although this eased, it remained overcast throughout with more intermittent rain later.  An early morning walk to the hide, passing the golf course on the way, provided views of 26 Golden Plover, 6 Skylarks, 4 Stock Doves and singles of Mistle Thrush, Kestrel and Reed Bunting over and in the surrounding fields.  Across the scrape were 200+ Wigeon, 32 Teal, 2 Shoveler and 12 Shelduck alongside the wader count of 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew and 7 Lapwing.  8 Herring Gulls were also noted. BS

13th - A mixed although fresh morning with cloud cover, some sun and then overcast again with wind direction and strength varying throughout but mainly WNW to NW (a direction swing to SW briefly during the afternoon).  Early morning and a phone call came in from Paul Brayshaw at Frinton BO, about movement on the sea - how right he was!  A watch from 0730-1000hrs produced 16 Great Northern, 2 Black Throated and 30+ Red Throated Divers mainly moving N past the Haven.  Also a flock of 71 Cormorants dropped on the sea to feed, while others noted and again moving N, were 15 Brent Geese, 16 Oystercatchers, 3 Dunlin and 3 Curlew.  Around the sluice were 2 Purple Sandpipers, 6 Turnstone and 2 Ringed PloversGG.  2 drake Goldeneye were seen on the sea for a while before heading S and 2 Redshank flew N. TP.  Prior to the main seawatch of this morning, a quick look on the scrape provided of note 2 Blk T Godwits and 2 Canada Geese and also noteworthy was this year's second sighting of Siskin, with 2 of these flying N. GGNB. This morning's count of Gt N Diver is greater than the collective total of all  previous records for the Haven.

14th - Bright and fresh conditions that lasted throughout the morning into late afternoon, when unfortunately, the rain decided to spoil an otherwise beautiful day.  Wind direction went into the evening as NW.  No reports returned.

15th - A glorious and dry morning, being again very bright and even the temperature being slightly warmer!! Variable strength winds - locally reported up to c40mph - with direction WNW to NW.  Coverage this morning took in views along the seawall, across the scrape and also checked the hedgerows.  A Rock Pipit(MR) was located along the seawall, while a search of the far hedges provided a female Merlin(PRD)Merlin being the 100th species to be noted on the Haven 2010 Year List.  Watching from the hide, some 120+ Herring Gulls were among the numerous mixed flock, while the Wigeon and Teal numbers were at 236 and 70+ respectively.  4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall and 9 Shelduck were the other duck species this morning.  2 Avocets were part of the wader collection on the scrape, along with 1 of each Redshank, Blk T Godwit and Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 22 Curlew and 80+ Lapwing.  Singles of both Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were also noted. MR/PRDNB. It appears that the changes are beginning in the area of the sluice, with a new formation of rocks now in the sea, just beyond the end of the sluice.  

16th - Probably the best weather day of the year so far - bright, dry and considering all the recent very low temperatures, it was fairly warm throughout.  Also very noticeable now are the lighter evenings - clocks move forward 28th of this month!  Visits today were both morning and early afternoon and included the farm area.  3 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 3+ Linnets and 2 Corn Buntings were located from the farm trails and a Barn Owl was viewed along the back of the Golf Course. PRD.  Around the scrape this morning, the waders were 6 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 of each Dunlin and Oystercatchers, 30+ Curlew, 50+ Lapwing, 1 Redshank and a single Snipe.  2 Gadwall were noted, along with 3 Shoveler, 20 Shelduck, 60+ Teal, 350+ Wigeon, 1 Brent Goose and 6 Greylag Geese.  3 Reed Buntings, 1 Little Grebe, a male Marsh Harrier and 1 Kestrel were also viewable from the hide. MR/PRD.  A run along and around the Haven early afternoon, took in sightings of a single Meadow Pipit on the seawall, a single Sanderling on the beach while offshore were 115 Wigeon +/- this morning's scrape count.  2 Curlew were on the fields and over the Golf Course, a Sparrowhawk was seen. PBr.  The new rock pile off the sluice is still growing!  

17th - A bit cool this morning but bright, even with the cloud cover.  Mainly light winds moving S to SW and again in general, a nice day to be out.  The farm was first port of call this morning and provided counts of 12 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Corn Bunting and 1 of each Green and Gt. Spot Woodpeckers.  Onto the Haven itself and a search of the grazing marshes and along the beach gave totals of 8 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylarks and singles of Reed Bunting and Barn Owl, with the shore birds being 1 Sanderling and 4 Turnstones.  A Little Grebe was again noted from the hide, as were 7 Avocet, 1 Little Egret, 2 of each Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Turnstone along with 60+ Lapwing.  As per yesterday, there were 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 20 Shelduck and 60+ Teal, whilst other counts for today's notes were 300+ Wigeon, 6 Stock Doves and another good mix of Gulls including 50+ Herring Gulls. MR.  During a separate morning visit, a male Stonechat was on the fencing near to the first turret and a Little Owl was in the vicinity.  A female Marsh Harrier and also a Sparrowhawk were seen to be over the scrape, while across the fields were 30 Curlew.  A single Blk T Godwit was noted on the scrape, Oystercatchers were at 3, Herring Gulls at this point were at 73 and LBB Gulls numbered 5. BS.  Into the afternoon for further coverage and additions for the scrape, from 13.30-16.15hrs, were a 2W Med Gull and a 3W Yellow Legged Gull. PRD

18th - A pleasant start to the day, very little breeze (S), cloud cover but the sun doing it's best to break through.  The day remained dry until late evening.  Reports today came from two coinciding visits which included a superb male Stonechat along the seawall, with counts across the fields of 8 Skylarks, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Reed Buntings, 500+ Woodpigeon and 200+ Starling.  Flying S along the coastline and at one point, actually flying inside the seawall, was a Fulmar.  Off-shore and heading N, were +/- 4 Red Throated Divers, while viewing along the shore line gave 4 Turnstones and 1 Sanderling.  On and around the scrape were 2 of each Avocet, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Snipe and Oystercatcher (+/- 1 Oik on the beach), also 37 Curlew, 6 Turnstones, 17 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, a male Shoveler and a single Common Gull.  Also viewed from the hide was a SparrowhawkPBr/MR.   Located in the carpark were a pair of Kestrels and 1 Grey Wagtail. MR.

19th - A mixed weather day - some of it fairly bright but mainly overcast with WSW winds and temperatures again taking a nose-dive in the afternoon.  The only reported sightings for today, were 2 male Wheatears being on the golf course and along the seawall, while notes for the scrape area, were that the Avocet count was up from yesterday's 2, to a total of 8 this morning. PRD.

20th - Brisk S winds, overcast throughout and occasional on/off drizzle.  A Firecrest, located in the bushes by the memorials early morning, was one of the more noteworthy birds of today.  This find was followed by a walk along the seawall, to the Frinton end of site and further produced 2 Wheatear, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 adult Med Gulls and 37 Curlew, while 4 Turnstones with 2 Sanderling were on the beach.  A Bar T Godwit was viewed as it flew S.  During this site coverage, the scrape held 6 Avocets, 8 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 4 Snipe, 1 Blk T Godwit and 2 Oystercatcher with ducks of note being just 4 Gadwall.  At the farm, a flock of 45 Fieldfare and 4 Redwing were enjoyable. GG.

21st - A fresh bright morning that continued nicely into the afternoon and it was still quite light, although much colder at 18.30hrs (Dusk/dark being c19.00hrs).  Winds were SSW and mostly light to moderate.  No reports returned. 

22nd - Very bright this morning, cloud cover with patches of blue sky.  A slight chill in the air and S winds.  The day continued fine with the winds later turning to SW.  Just before 10.00hrs a "cracking male" Black Redstart (see gallery) was located by the toilet block. PRD.  A search along the seawall, from the Sailing Club through to the Frinton end of site and taking into account the views across the Golf Course and fields, provided 5 Wheatear, 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Linnet, 6+ Skylarks and 3 Mistle Thrush.  The return journey included a visit to the hide, where the scrape area gave wader counts of 2 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Blk T Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 10 Redshank, 40+ Lapwing and 2 Oystercatchers.  2 Canada Geese and a single Brent Goose were noted along with 4 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, 40 Teal and 250 Wigeon.  Birds of prey for the notebook today, were 2 Sparrowhawks and a 1S Marsh HarrierPRD/MR.  The Black Redstart by mid afternoon, had re-located to the boat compound but was still viewable and in the same vicinity was a singing Chiffchaff. SC.  

23rd - An absolutely glorious morning, sunny, mostly blue skies and a light SW breeze.  The temperature wasn't too bad either.  By afternoon, it had cooled down considerably, the cloud cover was grey and the winds had picked up and also turned to SSE.  Coverage started at the farm and Gt. Holland Hall this morning - resulting with a fem Black Redstart being located in the donkey paddock before 09.25hrs. PRD.  A sudden break from searching the Haven, due to a sighting of an Alpine Swift at the Naze, was resumed by lunchtime, when a visit to the hide produced counts of 12 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Redshank and 19 Curlew, also 4 Shoveler, 17 Shelduck, 50 Teal and 200+ Wigeon. MR

24th - Generally overcast throughout although the sun did make some appearances.  The temperature was a bit hit and miss, along with the afternoon drizzle.  Southerly winds prevailed.  A morning search of the toilet block area and the carpark bushes held nothing out of the ordinary - 2 House Sparrows being the highlight of the former!  A pair of Kestrels were about, as was a Sparrowhawk.  Onwards to the hide, where waders on show were 9 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 1 Blk T Godwit and 60+ Lapwing, while the duck count was 3 Shoveler, 15 Shelduck, 40+ Teal and 150+ Wigeon.  3 Greylag Geese were noted.  A walk to Frinton supplied views of 10 Meadow Pipits and 8 Skylark with just 1 Wheatear being located during this morning's visit.  3 Turnstone and 2 Oystercatchers were also seen along the way.  During a sunny spell, 2 Adders were sunning themselves near to the mounds. MR.   

25th - Very grey all day, with light winds varying from SSW through to SSE and ending as SE going into early evening.  Not overly cold but on/off drizzle throughout.  Coverage across site today included a walk down from the farm area with views of only 2 Corn Buntings on this particular route. PRD.  Both a Sparrowhawk and a fem Kestrel were seen over the site, while the carpark trees and bushes were somewhat desolate - plenty of noise around the pay machine but only that of the road re-surfacing equipment. MR.  The scrape and the immediate vicinity held a single Snipe, 6 Avocets, 2 of each Ringed Plovers and Oystercatchers, 9 Redshank and 50+ Lapwing.  Again there were 3 Shoveler, Shelduck were up to 26 as at this visit, alongside 30+ Teal and 130 Wigeon.  A further 170 Wigeon were noted, these were sitting off-shore. MR/PRD.   

26th - S winds on a moderately warm day, overcast at times but mostly bright.  14.00hrs and the first Swallow of the season was seen over the scrape during an afternoon visit.  Both a Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were also noted, while the scrape itself, held 6 Avocets, 1 Redshank and 2 Snipe, with 30 Curlew in the vicinity.  2 drake Shoveler were counted, as were 24 Shelduck.  On and around the sluice were 2 of each Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover. JK.

27th - A very bright morning that dulled slightly going through to mid-day and into the afternoon, although the sun kept trying to maintain it's presence.  Winds at SW.  NB. Clocks go forward by 1 hour tonight.  Late reports in for today for the site, gave 9 Avocets, 8+ Redshank and a White Wagtail for the scrape area, while the sluice held 2 Purple SandpipersAEC/JK.  2+ Firecrests were located near the memorials (Tariq), a male Blackcap was along the approach road and a further 3 Purple Sandpipers were along the beach. GG.  +/- 1 Firecrest was seen earlier in the day, by the boat compound. AM.

28th - Again very bright with some cloud cover and slightly breezy with W to WSW winds.  An energetic visit to the Haven c09.00hrs with a run along the seawall, coming in from the Frinton end and included the taking in of the view across the scrape area.  Given species were 3 Wheatears, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 8 Meadow Pipits, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Avocet (3 of which flew almost immediately), 23 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 1 Blk T Godwit and 4 Oystercatchers (2 beach + 2 scrape).  Considerably fewer ducks around - only c40 Wigeon and 3 male Shoveler noted, with no visible signs of any such on the sea.  The sluice area held 6 Turnstones and 2 Ringed Plovers. PBr.  An additional report was of a Little Owl by the memorials, a Barn Owl, 30+ Lapwing, Shoveler numbers were up to 4, with 16 Shelduck and 32 Teal also noted. MR

29th - A dull and miserable start to the day with drizzle that turned into heavier rain and SSE light winds.  By early afternoon, it was dryer and brighter - then the rain started all over again and continued into the evening, with winds finishing as SSW.  A mid-afternoon visit to the hide supplied details of waders as being 16 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plovers and 2 Oystercatchers, 40+ Curlew and 30+ LapwingTeal and Wigeon numbers were again lower with 20+ and 10+ respectively, while Shelducks today, numbered 26.  Numerous Gulls were in the vicinity and included some 43 LBB and 23 Herring Gulls. MR

30th - Torrential downpours started the day along with SSE winds but by 11.00hrs, brighter, dryer and WNW winds.  Late afternoon brought more rain and the winds were back to SSW for nightfall.  A walk around some of the site and a visit to the hide after lunchtime, located a Chiffchaff in the bushes, while both a Barn Owl and Kestrel were across the marshland, as viewed from the memorials.  The Avocet numbers were up to 18 today, with other waders on the scrape being 10+ Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 3 Turnstones, a Blk T Godwit and 2 Oystercatchers.  Only 22 Shelduck were visible during this coverage, with other ducks of note being just 14 Wigeon and 20 Teal.  A single Swallow was seen, as it flew in the vicinity over the scrape.  Viewable over and around the grazing marsh, were 2 Linnet, a single Wheatear, 4 of each Meadow Pipit and Skylark and 2 Pied Wagtails. MR.

31st - Yuk!  What a horrible day to end the month.  Rain that was quite heavy at times this morning and on/off drizzle and rain this afternoon.  High winds throughout the day that went into the evening showing at W through WNW.  Wind gusts were reported locally up to c59 mph.  Cold? Definitely!  No reports returned.  

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