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March 2011   

1st - Moderate to strong NNE winds, very dull and overcast, some on/off rain, cold........... and basically it was not very nice out there at all!  The winds moved slightly by early evening to NE and the temperature remained around the +3 degree mark for the duration.  No reports returned.

2nd - Still dry just prior to mid-day but definitely chilly with very blustery NE winds.  Bright with blue sky on show amongst the off-white cloud cover.  Conditions varied little throughout but the temperature was down to a bitterly cold +1 degree by the evening.  Viewing across the scrape this morning (using the turret to give a bit of shelter from the wind), the wader count gave 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstones, 2 Oystercatchers and 40 Lapwing, while the Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal numbered 11, 350+ and 40+ respectively with Greylag Geese totalling 3.  Walking to the Frinton end of site, added 3 Purple Sandpipers along the front and a single Mistle Thrush on the Golf Course.  Surveying the bushes and the grazing marsh areas gave singles of both Goldcrest and Song Thrush, 2 House Sparrows, 5 Fieldfare and 3 Curlews, 1 S E Owl, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks and 2 Kestrels. MR.  

3rd - Quite a bright day throughout but with temperatures remaining low, it was still a very cold one!  Wind direction maintained itself at NE with it's strength varying moderate to strong but erring more to "strong".  Late evening saw the addition of ice on many vehicles.  No reports returned.

4th - Another bright day and if in a sheltered but sunny area, it actually felt warm.  Winds varied NE through ENE, were of mainly moderate strength but dropped to light at times and occasionally gave a strong gust or two.  A brief visit, late afternoon, produced 6 Turnstones on the sluice while the scrape held 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Blk T Godwits, 3 Turnstone and 17 Shelduck of note. GG/PRD.

5th - After a night of heavy frost, it was a cold, grey, overcast morning that continued as such into the afternoon.  Moderate NNE through NE winds and some added drizzle........... and the temperature dropped yet again before dark.  Surveying around the site this slightly damp afternoon, returned a report that included singles of S E OwlBarn Owl, Kestrel and Goldcrest and also 13 Curlew.  Of note on and around the scrape were 2 Avocet* and 2 of each Snipe, Blk T Godwit and Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstones and 9 Shelduck. MR/IM.

6th - Bitterly cold across the site this morning and conditions generally through the day being quite grim once again - overcast with NE light to moderate winds and temperatures barely reaching +4 degrees.  Two observers covered the site today, giving totals for the scrape and surrounding area during this visit, as 2 of each Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Blk T Godwits, a single drake Shoveler and 19 Shelduck.  As per the norm for these areas, both Teal and Wigeon were around but no counts were taken.  Across the site - on and over the grazing marshes - were 2 Common Buzzards, 1 S E Owl and 3 Barn Owls, while 40+ Curlew and 2 Goldcrests were also located.  A half-hour spent seawatching (11.30-12.00hrs) provided 3 Cormorants and 5 Red T Divers heading N. MR/IM.  A further seawatching session from 12.15-13.45hrs added a few more species and numbers, with a Blk T Diver seen drifting NE on the tide, another 3 Red T Divers (2 on the sea + 1 NE), 3 Common Scoter also flew NE while a Gt C Grebe headed SW.  Amongst the gulls off-shore, including those feeding around the outfall, were an adult S Med Gull*, 25+ Common and 6 L B B Gulls. PRD

7th - Bright sun, blue skies and fairly warm considering the last few days.  Mainly moderate strength ESE winds for the duration.  A site visit from 10.00-13.30hrs today, provided views of 6 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Sanderling along the seawall, a S E Owl over the grazing marsh opposite Tariq and a Barn Owl near to the Golf Course.  The scrape held 4 Turnstones, 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 3 Blk T Godwits and 31 Curlew, alongside a pair Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, 40+ Teal and 200+ Wigeon.  A pair of House Sparrows were today on the feeders - this is the first time since the feeders went up, that this species has been seen on them. PRD.

8th - A glorious morning with bright sun, light SW winds and pleasant temperatures - these conditions continued on into the afternoon, albeit just slightly cooler.  Observations throughout the site and reported for today were from 09.45hrs to 13.45hrs.  On the scrape was a male winter-plumaged Ruff*, alongside 2 of each Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Turnstone and also 3 Blk T Godwits.  Duck counts during this time were 1pr Shoveler, 6 Shelduck, 45 Teal and c300 Wigeon.  Further across the site on grazing marsh near to the Golf Course were 12 Curlew while a Common Buzzard was perched on a Hawthorn Bush.  Numbering 5 today, the Purple Sandpipers were again along the seawall.  Within our boundaries, just across the other side of the B1032, a single Little Egret was seen, while slightly later, another notable species for the day, was a Siskin*, heard as it flew over the carpark calling. PRD.   

9th - Another bright sunny morning, mainly blue skies and some white cloud.  The earlier "occasional" grey clouds unfortunately increased their spread by early afternoon, giving mainly overcast conditions!  Westerly winds of moderate strength with some gusting of c27mph locally.  Reports in for both morning and afternoon today with the morning observations including sightings of 1 Common Buzzard, 1 S E Owl (see gallery) and 2 Barn Owls.  Across the grazing marsh and the scrape areas were singles of Oystercatcher and Little Grebe, 2 of each Dunlin and Ringed Plover, 3 Blk T Godwits, 5 Shoveler, 14 Shelduck, 30+ Teal and 350+ Wigeon.  On the wildlife front, an Adder was also seen today - the first noted on site this year. MR.  The afternoon session (15.00-17.00hrs) was mainly on seawatching which unfortunately gave nothing of any note, in fact nothing at all!  Along the seawall however, were 7 of each Sanderling and Turnstones, 6 Purple Sandpipers and 2 Ringed Plovers (+/- the morning RP's).  Between the mounds and the sluice, a fem Stonechat* was located. PRD.

10th - A bit grey at times this morning but otherwise dry and bright with temperatures of +10degrees.  Some strong WSW winds around, complete with gusts of c43mph locally.  The afternoon conditions were much the same with just a slight and short-lived attempt of rain.  Located this morning, near to the farm, was a male Peregrine* - havoc with the pigeons? - while also noted were 8 Redwings. PRD.  A quick lunch-break viewing, saw 2 Brent Geese heading S off-shore and looking in the opposite direction, a single Little Egret flew over the grazing marsh towards the B1032. KA.  A WeBS count also took place this morning, of which the following totals and species are excerpts from this.  Singles of Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 5 Blk T Godwits and 25 Lapwing, 2 Shoveler, 15 Shelduck, 25 Teal and 320 Wigeon.  A huge number of Gulls were seen by all observers today - one lucky person (Simon) got to count them!!!!  Not too bad with 5 Common, 10 L B B, 1 G B B and 140 Herring Gulls but Black Headed Gulls, there were 2700 of them. SC.  An additional report gave that the S E Owl was again over the grazing marsh opposite Tariq and that the Stonechat was also still about. PRD/PNt.

11th - Bright and sunny again through the morning and quite warm, although it became slightly overcast and just a bit chilly during the afternoon.  Mainly moderate winds throughout, beginning the day as WSW and ending as SSW.  Gusts locally being c25mph.  Two independent visits to the Haven today, provided the combined details of the fem Stonechat and a Linnet, 1 Purple Sandpiper on the rocky groyne, a Common Buzzard towards the Golf Course, while at mid-morning both an imm + ad fem Marsh Harriers were "terrorising everything and giving fantastic views".  The scrape and sluice areas held 11 Avocet (inc. 1 x colour-ringed), 7 Blk T Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Shoveler and 24 Shelduck.  Still alot of gulls around but nowhere near yesterday's count, with a 1W Med Gull located on the island today and also 650+ Blk Headed and 3 L B B Gulls of note. PRD/PBr.

12th - SSE moderate and occasionally strong chilly winds this morning - these varied to SE by early afternoon and S by the evening.  Generally quite bright and as the day went on, there was eventually more blue sky than cloud.  After being closed since 28-2-11 for re-painting, the hide was this morning, open once again.  Today's visit also included viewing from/at the farm, where 2 Fieldfare and 4 Redwing were seen and noted in the paddocks.  Along the site approach road was a Firecrest, while the S E Owl was in a bush located behind Tariq and a Little Owl favoured the bushes opposite some newly planted trees.  5 Oystercatchers and 4 Purple Sandpipers were on the rocks by the sluice and on the actual beach were 3 Sanderling.  The scrape and surrounding grazing marsh held 12 Avocets, 6 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret and 10+ Curlew, also 2+ Shoveler and 17 Shelduck.  A Sparrowhawk concluded this report. IM.

13th -  After the previous evening and night of light to sometimes heavy rain, the morning was warm but overcast.  Winds were mainly light to moderate, initially SW but moving to a NW direction.  Late afternoon and once more going into the evening, drizzle was followed by some heavier on/off rain and notably, the temperature remained fairly constant throughout.  Observations across the site, gave the S E Owl again in the bush as per yesterday and on the sluice and associated rocks, were 2 Ringed Plovers and 6 Purple Sandpipers. IM.  Slightly later during the visits, 10 Sanderling (7+3) were along the beach and 7 Turnstones were located on the rocks, while on the sea itself, was an ad Med Gull.  On bushes near the Golf Course, a male Stonechat was viewed (just a few days after a female was seen further up the site). IM/PRD.

14th -  A very sunny and bright morning with light NE winds, blue sky and a few white clouds, turned this afternoon to become very cool, with moderate NE winds and a very overcast light grey sky.  Late afternoon there was some drizzle and the promised fog, closed in on the area.  Across the scrape this morning were a total of 26 Avocets along with 6 Blk T Godwits, 4 Turnstones, a drake Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 25+ Teal and 150+ Wigeon.  Also noted on the scrape (briefly late morning) "a pair of argentatus Herring Gulls** with striking straw/lemon yellow tarsus". PRD/MW.   Viewed over the grazing marsh/scrape were both a Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier (1st year male), while a single Golden Plover called as it flew through and a Little Egret flushed from ditches near to the Golf Course.  Throughout the morning, small flocks (max 25 per flock) of Chaffinch were all heading in a NE direction giving observed passage numbers of 185+.  On the rocks by the sluice was a single Purple Sandpiper. PRD.  

  **Photos taken at the time (Gallery) and the observers' noted "identifying details" of the two Gulls, were reviewed and also forwarded to Steve Arlow(Links).  The result being that these 2 Herring Gulls are "presumed to be of the form omissus originating from the eastern Baltic".   "Probably each winter the UK gets about 50 of these birds with about 5% being of the bright legged variety......courtesy S.Arlow."  

15th - Light to moderate Easterly winds along with plenty of fog throughout the morning.  The winds had turned to NE by late afternoon and conditions were still hazy at best but at least the sun had made a break through.  A quick survey on site this afternoon, confirmed that the S E Owl was still dominating it's perch in the hawthorn (opposite Tariq), while the scrape revealed 2 Blk T Godwits and 27 Shelduck of note but no Avocets in sight.  On the sluice were 2 Ringed Plovers and an Oystercatcher was on the greensward. PRD.

16th - A chilly, overcast morning with some moderate "biting" NE winds and locally it was still very hazy.  Going into the afternoon, the winds were somewhat stronger but held the direction of NE until late afternoon, moving then to NNE.  Coverage this morning, took into account the trees and bushes, the scrape and it's surrounding grazing marsh and included a walk to the Frinton end of the site.  Both the S E Owl and a Little Owl were located, as were singles of both Firecrest and Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush and a Kestrel.  23 Avocet were back on the scrape (inc. 2xcol.ring), 5 Blk T Godwits, 5 Turnstones, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Redshank, also 4 Shoveler, 18 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 250+ Wigeon and 1 Little Grebe.  A single Sparrowhawk was viewed from the hide.  Whilst walking towards Frinton, additional species were a Barn Owl, 1 Little Egret, 7 Curlew and 4 Oystercatchers. MR.    

17th -  A dreary, overcast, cold day with light NNW morning winds, that became NW for the afternoon.  Several attempts of drizzle throughout but nothing lasting too long.  A morning cycle ride from the Frinton end through to the scrape, gave some regular viewing of species as well as "....the unusual sight of a tired Coot sitting on the rocks on the seawall.......... it eventually plopped onto the sea and went back to sleep - presumably a tired migrant?".  Across/on the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were 3 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstones, 10 Curlew, 74 Lapwing, a single Cormorant, a drake Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 25 Shelduck, 23 Teal, 200+ Wigeon and 5 Mallards.  Also of note, there were some 450 Starlings, while along the rear hedgerows were a Common Buzzard and 1 ad fem Marsh Harrier. 2 of each Oystercatcher and Med Gull (ad+2yr - both summer plumaged) were located near to the sluice.  An imm/fem Black Redstart was on and around the beach huts/Golf Course - at very much the Frinton end of the site. PBr. Additional sightings, also a morning visit, provided a Chiffchaff* between the mounds and the cottages, 2 Goldfinch over, a fem House Sparrow near the radar tower (yes, a Sparrow - they are actually quite a rarity on the Haven site).  A Firecrest flew over the first of the boat-yards and extra for the scrape, was a single Redshank. AEC.  Further variety was noted (09.15-15.00hrs) with 4 Corn Buntings and c15 Goldfinch at the farm, a Fieldfare and 4 Redwing in the carpark, the S E Owl still holding territory and 30 Curlew (+/- the earlier 10) across the grazing marsh.  Along the approach road were both a Chiffchaff and Firecrest - again these +/- the earlier located birds. PRD.

18th - Rain throughout the morning but it became slightly brighter and the rain eased, as it headed into the afternoon.  By 14.00hrs however, the rain was back with more force and continued on/off for the rest of the day.  There were predominantly light Northerly winds and it was not overly cold.  No reports returned. 

19th - After a heavy over-night frost, it became a glorious day with bright sunshine and it was reasonably warm.  Winds began SSE, turning to SSW by the afternoon.  The early morning produced a female Merlin, the S E Owl and a Common Buzzard, 2 Barn Owls and 3 Sparrowhawks.  2 Rock Pipits were noted along the seawall. PL.  A Firecrest was seen at the start of the approach road. GG.  An ad Med Gull was located on the Golf Course (c08.30hrs) and on the rocks towards the Frinton end of site, was a Purple Sandpiper. PBr.  The scrape and sluice areas, held 7 Golden Plover, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Ringed Plovers, 7 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatchers and 4 Curlew, while moving NE were 16+ vocal Siskins. GG/PRD.  By far the best bird of the day was a 1W Glaucous Gull* that drifted over the observers' heads in a SW direction around 13.00hrs. GG/PNt/TP 

20th - Following another very cold night (also the night of the Moon being the closest to earth since 1992), the morning brought with it, light SSW winds in very cool and mainly cloud-covered condtions.  The weather remained as such until early evening, with just a slight shift of wind direction to SW.  A morning run, from the Frinton end, gave the report of an ad fem Marsh Harrier around the grazing marsh, along with a Common Buzzard and 2 Barn Owls.  2 Meadow Pipits were seen to fly in/off, while heading N off-shore were 2 of each Red T Divers and Oystercatchers, 4 Shelduck and nice and close, were 5 Common Scoter. PBr.  Additional sightings from a visit to the farm, were a fem Merlin sitting on the arable, a singing Corn Bunting by the paddocks, 6 Fieldfare and a Redwing.  The scrape held 13 Avocets, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 Oystercatchers and 5 Turnstones. GG.  Late afternoon, an adult Spoonbill* dropped onto the scrape for c40minutes before heading NE. MC   

21st - Initially a bright and warm start to the morning, overcast and cool by 08.00hrs then more blue sky and some sun by 09.30hrs.  Light SW to SSW winds continued through most of the day, which itself, improved in warmth quite considerably.  In from the Frinton end of site and along to the grazing marsh between 07.15-07.45hrs, a Common Buzzard was viewed in the hedgerows, while 4 noted Redshank were seen to be displaying, as were 2 adult pairs of Med Gull on the Golf Course.  A total of 7 Med Gulls were on this area, these being 4ad + 2x2yr + 1x1yr.  A single Brent Goose flew S. PBr.

22nd - A cool start along with plenty of cloud cover this morning but it warmed up by 09.00hrs and eventually the sun shone through - making once again for a reasonable day.  A very light and initially a WNW breeze, became an ENE breeze later on.  Site coverage today was from 09.15 to 13.30hrs during which a Firecrest was located along the approach road and views were had of a Common Buzzard that was once again on the hawthorns, in the area towards the Golf Course.  Surveying across the scrape and associated grazing marsh, provided counts of 5 Blk T Godwits, 18 Avocets, 6 of each Curlew and Redshank, 5 Turnstones and 2 Oystercatchers, while the noted duck species, were 17 Shelduck, 10+ Teal and 80 Wigeon. PRD.

23rd - Definitely a very pleasant day - light ENE winds, blue skies, sun and fairly warm (although a bit cool in the shade).  Going into early evening, the wind direction changed to NE and temperatures dropped to +5 degrees.  Viewing the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh from the hide today, gave wader numbers and species as 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Snipe, 4 Curlew, 6 of each Redshank and Blk T Godwit and 20 Avocets, all being alongside 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 imm Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Shelduck, 20+ Teal and 100+ Wigeon, also a noted flock of c250 Starlings.  There were 2 Sparrowhawks around, one near the scrape and the other in the wood by the access road.  Walking on through to the Frinton end of site, supplied sightings of 2 Reed Buntings, 8 Skylarks and 10 Meadow Pipits, also singles of S E Owl, Merlin (fem) and Kestrel, while heading N off-shore, were 11 Oystercatchers.  A Little Owl was located and noted fly-overs were of 4 Siskin (1+3) and 3 Goldfinch. MR/AEC.

24th - A very bright, sunny morning with light ENE winds and temperatures of +11 degrees that all continued as such into the afternoon.  A very brief look at lunchtime - from next to the Sailing Club - gave all of 40+ Wigeon sitting just off-shore and both a flock of 16+ Greenfinch and a single Skylark being extremely vocal around the Dell. KA.  

25th - And again, another bright, sunny day with mainly blue skies, although cloud became more evident during the afternoon.  Winds were light and of a SE direction.  A morning report gave a Wheatear* being near to the raised Golf Tee, i.e located towards the Frinton end of site. (A couple of others were also noted along the beach but were just beyond the Haven boundary). PBr.  Snatching 45 minutes on site (c14.00hrs) supplied views of 8 Turnstones on the rocks to the left of the Boating Club and 2 Oystercatchers on the sluice, while a quick view looking from the mounds across the scrape gave 16+ Avocet and 14+ Shelduck of note.  A Sparrowhawk, at great speed, shot low through the wood by the access road and as pretty much normal, a Green Woodpecker was also in this area. KA

26th - The bright start to the morning unfortunately changed fairly quickly, becoming overcast and chilly.  Some moderate strength winds - that increased to strong by mid-day - varied E through ENE and back again throughout.  A visit to the hide this morning saw 28 Avocets on the scrape, alongside 6 Blk T Godwits, 4 Redshank (this number down from 14 on an earlier a.m. count. GG.), 3 Dunlin, 2 of each Ringed Plover and Turnstone and 42 Shelduck.  Located near the carpark was a Little Owl. JK.  Viewable on the sea were 3 Gt Crested Grebes, while a pair of Shoveler, 4 Cormorants and a single Brent Goose all flew N.  Along the seawall, a Chiffchaff was in song and amongst the Blk Headed Gulls on the Golf Course, were 4 Med Gulls (2ad + 2x2W). GG.  Additional reports covering mid-day through to late afternoon, gave further species and numbers as 4 Sanderling, 27 Curlew, 8 Turnstones, Wigeon at 90+ and 4 Common Gulls.  2 Goldcrests were near to Tariq, while the farm area provided 2 Mistle Thrush and perched nicely together for some great viewing, 4 of each Siskin and Goldfinch. AD/MR.

27th - Overall, it was quite a bright day throughout with mainly moderate strength Easterly winds.  By late afternoon the wind direction had changed to NE.  Temperature-wise, it definitely was not as warm out there as it looked!!  Site coverage today, took in the areas of the carpark, across the scrape and grazing marsh, along to the Frinton end and also the farm.  A Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests and both Little Owl and Kestrel were around the carpark and totals of 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker and again 4 Goldfinch and 2 Mistle Thrush were around the farm.  The route along the seawall/past the Golf Course provided singles of Black Redstart, Linnet and Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Med Gulls (2ad+2yr+1yr) and a further 3 Mistle Thrush.  The variety on the scrape was viewed from the hide, with counts of 40+ Lapwing, 18 Avocets, 8 Curlew, 6 Turnstones, 5 of each Redshank and Blk T Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers, singles of Snipe and Little Grebe, also Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon numbering 22, 30+ and 100+ respectively.  A Common Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawks were in this vicinity too. MR/IM

28th - A very pleasant day, light ESE winds until a mid-afternoon turn to SE, sunny and clear skies.  Once again though - slightly cool out there.  Surveying across the site this morning, included views of a Common Buzzard soaring in the distance, a Little Owl around the carpark, fly-overs by some 10+ Linnets (individual birds), a male Stonechat between the hide and Golf Course, while on the Course itself were 2 ad Med Gulls - one in full summer plumage and the other partially.  On and around the scrape, species were much as per yesterday but some slightly different numbers - 30 Avocets, 6+ Redshank, 4 Blk T Godwits, 2 of both Curlew and Ringed Plover, a single Dunlin, 24 Shelduck, 12+ Teal and 55+ Wigeon. PRD.  Updated reports, added that of a Barn Owl towards the back of the grazing marsh/near to Golf Course and also a SanderlingAEC/IM.           

29th - A gorgeous morning throughout, that continued as such into the afternoon.  Bright with temperatures of around +11 degrees - until c15.00hrs, when it cooled slightly.  Winds were light SE and these at times, were barely a breeze.  The first report in for today, was of a Wheatear seen on site this morning (JHall) and a further report was given of a Swallow* heading N over the scrape.  The highlights of a third report from coverage across the site, scrape and a look out over the sea, gave 3 Wheatear (+/- the earlier bird), 14 Blk T Godwits, a Siskin was a fly-over and 2 Eider were off-shore. PRD

30th - Grey and overcast during the morning alongwith some light SW winds, however, there were a couple of quite lame attempts by the sun!  The promised rain arrived for the afternoon, although even this, was itself a bit "hit and miss" up to c16.30hrs, after which the drizzle set in for the remainder of the day.  Wind direction turned to SSW, strength increased to moderate and the occasional gusts were locally c28mph.  Morning surveillance of the site, provided a Chiffchaff by the sewage farm, 2 Med Gulls (ad + 1W) on the Golf Course and 3prs Oystercatchers (2prs x rocks + 1pr x scrape).  Other than the Oiks, on the scrape were 16 Avocets, 3 Dunlin, 2 Blk T Godwits and 1pr Ringed Plovers.  2 Swallows were also noted. SC/GB.   

31st - A miserable start to the day, overcast and wet but this was slightly dryer and brighter by mid-morning.  The afternoon brought with it, some indecisive weather initially, followed by bright sun and a bit of warmth, for the rest of the duration.  Winds were strong WSW with occasional gusts - these recorded locally in the region of 40+mph.  Several reports were received for today - these came from various visits (07.53hrs through to the afternoon) giving some good site coverage.  Two species not located at all today were Avocets and Wheatear!   As at the first report of the scrape area, there were 17 Redshanks noted and even though there was disturbance across this vicinity, these still remained as at this viewing, along with 2 of each Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Blk T Godwit and Oystercatcher and also a single Greylag Goose.  On the field next to the scrape were a total of 11 Shelduck - this figure increased to 20, then 38 later on.  Teal and Wigeon numbered 15 and 30 +/- throughout.  A fem Sparrowhawk was seen perched along the reedbed posts this morning, with a total of 3 individual Sparrowhawks at least on site today.  On the rocks by the seawall, there were initially 7 Turnstones, while slightly later on, there was an addition of 3 Purple Sandpipers.  An afternoon report included 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Ringed Plovers on the sluice (both of these +/- earlier birds on the scrape).  There was an early fly-over reported, for over the Dell, of a possible Black Redstart, while a fem/1S male was later found in the Dell and another Blk Red (probable 1S male with trace of pale edgings to inner primaries) was on the raised Golf Tee along the seawall - definitely 2 and possibly even 3 Black Redstarts for today.  3 Chiffchaff were located, 2 along the access road and 1 by the farm pond, 2 Goldcrests were also along the access road and a Corn Bunting was noted at Great Holland Hall.  The Marsh Harrier, with the presumed damaged leg, was seen once again over the grazing marsh and the last of todays species, was a Swallow feeding near and around the cows at the back of the scrape. AEC/JK/PRD/MR.  

As at 31st March, the Haven 2011 Year List stands at 113.

 

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