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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*

MARCH 2017

1st - A visit to the Farm this morning found that the Thrush species of Mistle, Song, Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird were all in evidence and over and above these, both a Grey Wagtail and a Corn Bunting were noted.  Prior to the wander to the main hide, a Water Rail gave brief views over the road (opp. Approach Road).  Surveying from the hide gave similar counts to those of yesterday with the species being those of Pink-footed Goose (1), Canada (19) and Greylag GeeseShovelerGadwall (7), Teal (c80), Wigeon (c300) and Shelduck, Blk-T Godwit, Oystercatcher and Snipe.  A pleasant surprise on the scrape however for today, was that the first of this year's Avocets* were seen - a count of 2 of these birds.  Sitting off-shore and again per yesterday, there were c10 Cormorants and 12+ Red-throated DiversMR.

2nd - No actual count for today (and no Avocets either) but 2 colour-ringed Herring Gulls were noted. MR.

3rd - Viewed from the main hide during today's visit the species included 1 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 4 Blk-T Godwits and 86 Lapwings, 9 Cormorants, 7 Gadwall, 8 Shelducks, 11 Shoveler, c40 Teal and c300 Wigeon, alongside 1 Pink-footed, 14 Canada and 75 Greylag Geese.  Singles of both Kestrel and Common Buzzard and a colour-ringed LBB Gull were also noted. MR.

4th/5th - No reports returned.

6th - Of particular note this morning and being a Haven 2017 Year Tick, a Jack Snipe* was showing 'very well' from the main hide as at 10.02hrs. PRD.  An afternoon visit provided views of 2 Jays, a Green Woodpecker and a Common Buzzard at the wood by the Approach Road, while the Pink-footed Goose was still amongst the Greylag Geese which were during this survey, on the fields to the right of the main hide.  A count of 3 Blk-T Godwits were notable on the scrape, 2 Oystercatchers were on the breakwater and at 15.30hrs, there were singles of Rock Pipit (Scandinavian) and Grey Wagtail with 2 Pied Wagtails "all keeping together along the seawall near the breakwater" (past the hide & where one can overlook the reedbed beside the seawall). GB.  A colour-ringed Herring Gull was noted today. MR.

7th - A colour-ringed Black-headed Gull was noted today. MR.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Viewing across the scrape as at 10.18hrs, a single Dunlin* was noted, along with a count of 22 Avocets (at this time, including colour-ringed Avo's GB/GN and NB/YO).  A colour-ringed Herring Gull was also on site. MR.  The humble Mallards got a look-in on the counts today with 9 of them being included amongst 2 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 21Shelducks, 45 Teal and 415 Wigeon.  The Geese consisted of 1 Pink-footed, 14 Canada and 60 Greylag, while 4 Brent Geese were seen to fly N.  Wader numbers were of the Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Snipe, 4 Blk-T Godwits, an increase to 24 Avocets (inc. 3 colour-ringed birds - tba) and 28 Lapwings.  Additional species were 2 Grey Herons, 4Cormorants and 8 Moorhens, also 1 LBB, 2 Common, 45 Herring and 325 Black-Headed GullsSC/PC.

10th - No reports returned.

11th - A Haven 2017 Year List tick was in the form of a Chiffchaff* that was located between the sluice and the main hide this morning.  This was followed by two more Year birds with both a Redshank* and a Yellow-legged Gull*  located on the scrape. MR/IM/PL.  A colour-ringed Herring Gull was seen and noted today. MR.

12th - A morning walk through the site (in from the Frinton end), provided views of a Bittern* that flew over the grazing marsh to the reedbed - in front of the second hide (c07.45hrs).  A count of 22 Avocets were on the main scrape, while a Purple Sandpiper was with a single Turnstone by the sluice. PBr/KBr.  An afternoon visit to the main hide, yielded counts across the scrape and grazing marsh of 6 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 22 Shelducks, c40 Teal and c300 Wigeon, 1 Pink-footed, 16 Canada and 52 Greylag Geese.  The Gulls were 3 LBB, 17 Herring and 176 Black-headed during this survey and included a colour-ringed Herring Gull (an NTGG bird).  Also viewed were singles of both Common Buzzard and SE OwlMR.  

13th -  No reports returned.

14th -  An addition to the Haven 2017 Year List this morning (08.50hrs) was a Firecrest* that was  located along the Approach Road.  Views from the main hide yielded noted counts of 2 Little Grebes, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 15 Avocets and c50 Curlew, 7 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 24 Shelducks, 70 Teal and 250 Wigeon.  A Common Buzzard was also viewable. IM

15th - Several observers were on and around the site this morning and a ringing session also took place.  Viewed from the main hide (09.50hrs), a male Bearded Tit* was in the reeds and by 10.34hrs, a pair of them were on show. A couple of Chiffchaffs were also seen during a wander. PRD.  The ringing session, starting this year's ringing activities, involved nine species and 15 birds - the first of which was a Chiffchaff and with at least another two of these in the close vicinity and the previously reported two birds, at least 5 Chiffchaffs were on the site today.  Other species during the session included GoldcrestL-T TitHouse Sparrow and Sparrowhawk (male).  Also noted were a female Sparrowhawk and 2 colour-ringed Herring GullsSC

16th - Of particular note today were two Haven 2017 Year Ticks in the forms of 3 Ruff* located at the rear of the scrape (10.16hrs) and a short time later, a Little Gull*MR.

17th - At least 2 Bearded Tits were viewed this morning - these were in amongst the reedbed 'inside the seawall just south of the bridal path across the Golf Course'. PBr

18th - No reports returned.

19th - Of particular note today a Cetti's Warbler* was singing alongside the Golf Course (just N of the raised tee) and 4 Linnets were in the vicinity.  Apart from these two species, there was little to be seen during this survey/route along the seawall from the Frinton end. PBr.

20th - An adult Yellow-legged Gull was viewed on the scrape for a while. PRD.  Slightly later viewing from the main hide gave counts of 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Little Grebes and 3 Common Gulls, all being alongside 1 Snipe, 2Oystercatchers, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 4 Redshanks, 13 Avocets (inc. GB/GY & NB/YO) and 24 Curlew.  Ducks and Geese consisted of 8 Gadwall, 16 Shelducks, 17 Shoveler, a few Teal, 'a good number of Wigeon and still insitu, 14 Canada GeesePRD/PNt/MR.  A wander through to the third turret, gave the additions of 2 Skylarks and 3 TurnstonesPRD/MR.

21st/22nd/23rd - No main reports returned but 'Haven' colour-ringed Avocets were noted on 21st and 23rd and there were colour-ringed Herring Gulls on view on these two dates too. MR.

24th - Of particular note this morning (09.48hrs), singles of both Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff were located in front of the main hide, while a Ruff and 15 Avocets were on the scrape. MR.

25th - The sun was shining today but the winds were cool and pretty high.  Located along the Approach Road this morning (c09.52hrs) were 2 Firecrests showing well in the clearing. IM.  These were still viewable mid-morning (MR) and at least one Firecrest was showing extremely well in the trees behind the Approach Road as at 12.54hrs. PRD.  Having gone straight to the main hide this morning (doubled back later to view the 'crests), the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh and the arable, provided counts that included 2 Little Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 6 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 22 Shelducks, c40 Teal, 180 Wigeon, 1 Pink-footed, 15 Canada and c25 Greylag Geese.  The Waders numbered 2Oystercatchers, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 8 Redshanks, c30 Lapwings and 32 Avocets (inc. GB/YR), while the Gulls in this vicinity, consisted 2 Common, 2 GBB, 4 LBB, 22 Herring and 278 Black-headed.  Both a Chiffchaff and a Cetti's Warbler were noted. MR.  Also viewed from the main hide, a Peregrine was located over on the arable. S.

26th - (Clocks moved forward one hour). No reports returned.

27th - At mid-day, a 1W Caspian Gull was viewable on the main scrape. SC/PRD/MR.

28th - Generally a misty, murky day and not too much in the way of bird life to be seen around the trees and bushes. Singles of Firecrest and Goldcrest along with 3 Chiffchaffs were notable in the Approach Road woods, while viewing from the main hide, hindered by the mist, the scrape 'looked much the same as the last few days'. MR/IM/DW.  

29th - An addition to the Haven 2017 Year List was in the form of Blackcap* today, when a pair of them were located along the Approach Road/adjacent to the Sailing Club Compound at c09.23hrs. IM.

30th - No reports returned.

31st - Rounding up the end of the month, visits to the site today also located and subsequently added another two species for the Year List.  Across the scrape and surrounding area - as viewed from the main hide - the counts included 3 Little Grebes, 3 Blk-T Godwits, 4 Oystercatchers, 10 Redshanks and 12 Avocets, 6 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 24 Shelducks, 40 Teal and c80 Wigeon, alongside 1 Pink-footed, 12 Greylag and 13 Canada Geese.  Also seen from the hide were Linnets and a single Swallow* (a second Swallow was seen along the seawall a bit later). MR.  The area near to the Raised Golf Tee was where a female Wheatear* was located. PRD/MR.   


As at 31st March 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 106. 

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