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Sightings 2008

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

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May 08

1st - The Garganey are still present but can be elusive, also seen were 2 Avocets, 1 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 1 LRP, 1 Common Tern, 2 House Martins and a Yellow Wagtail, birds heard singing were 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 9 Common Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 8 Reed Warblers and 2 Sedge Warblers. GG.

2nd - A brief visit this morning and the scrape was quiet with only 2 Avocets, 1 Ruff, 7 Blk T Godwits, 6 Dunlin and a single Yellow Wagtail being noteworthy. A Cuckoo was calling form behind the Sewage Farm and 2 Sanderlings were on the sluice. GG. Not much change this afternoon except Dunlin numbers were up to 19 and a Common Tern seen. PRD.

3rd - A late morning visit produced 2 brief Spotted Redshanks, 4 Avocets, 1 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 27 Blk T Godwits, 9 Dunlin, 2 Common Terns and a Yellow Wagtail. The first of the Lapwing chicks were seen with c8 running around the meadows. KA.                                                                                                             In addition 16 Whimbrel on the golf course and a pair of Eider off shore. PRD/CJ.

4th - Todays birds on the scrape were 1 Little Gull, 1 Knot, 1 Bar T Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Avocets, 2 Greenshanks, 22 Blk T Godwits, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern and a female Pintail. KA/PRD           

5th - A little disappointing today, birds on the scrape were 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Sanderlings, 3 Ruff, 2 Avocets, 1 Greenshank, 5 Blk T Godwits, 6 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern, female Pintail, also a Hobby, 2 female Marsh Harriers, 1 Swift, 1 Wheatear and 1 Yellow Wagtail. PL/KA/PRD/JBS/AD/GG.  

6th - 2 Wood Sandpipers on the scrape were the birds of the day also 3 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Avocets, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 Common Tern and a Wheatear. GG. Mid afternoon 3 Little Terns feeding off the sluice. SC. 2 Sandwich Terns flew N. KA.

7th - Early morning on the scrape were 1 Wood Sandpiper3 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Avocets, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 Common Tern and 1 Cuckoo. GG

8th - This morning 2 Greenshanks, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Avocets, 2 Common Tern, 1 female Pintail and 1 Cuckoo. KA/PR/LR/GG. This evening 1 Wood Sandpiper and a Little Gull from the hide. AD.

9th - Today on the scrape, a fine Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Ruff, 3 Avocets, 2 Common Tern, 1 female Pintail, 1 Ist S Little Gull, 1 Little Egret. GG/PR/LR/SC/PC/KA/PRD. A single male Siskin flew N over the car park. GG.                                                                        A report of a Grey headed Wagtail also this morning.

10th - A bit of a clear out over night but still on the scrape were 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Greenshanks, and 2 Avocets. The Grey headed Wagtaill was still present in the meadow to the right of the reed bed. SC/GG/PB/KA/VB.        A probable Cory's Shearwater was seen at distance shearing towards Frinton at 0635 hrs. PL

11th - Quiet again with only 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Ruff and a Dunlin noteworthy. KA/PRD/CJ/GG/JBS           The Grey headed Wagtail was the bird generating most interest and drawing in a few admirers

13th - A Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper on the scrape today also 4 Avocets, 1 Whimbrel, 1 female Pintail and the 1st summer Little Gull is still present. PRD/SC/PB.

14th - 2 Visits today, this morning the Little Stint was still present also an adult Med Gull, 5 Avocets, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Pintail, 2 Common Terns, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear. GG. This afternoon 2 Wood Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, a Water Pipit and a male Marsh Harrrier were new additions. GG/KA.

15th - This morning was quiet, on the scrape were 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Sanderling being most noteworthy. RA

 16th - An early morning visit paid dividends with the highlight being 152 Commic Terns and 1 Little Tern going N  between 0705 - 0720 hrs, an unseasonal Purple Sandpiper on the far rocks. The scrape had 20 Blk T Godwits, 4 Avocets, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear. KA. Early evening 2 Common Sandpipers and the long staying rufus Ruff and female Pintail were again seen. KA/PRD.

 17th - Only birds reported were 2 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns flying N. A single Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Terns on the scrape. SC. An evening visit produced 1 Little Owl, 2 Avocets, 1 Pintail, 2 Gadwall and the Common Sandpiper still. KA

18th - Very little about today, the Common Sandpiper being the highlight, also the 2 Avocets and Pintail showing. A Yellow Wagtail was also present. JBS/KA/PNs

19th -Birds on the scrape were the same as the last couple of days, up at the farm mid afternoon a Spotted Flycatcher was showing well around the pond. GG/KA/PR/LR.  A short early evening seawatch produced 2 Common Scoter S and 1 Sandwich Tern N. GG.

20th - The scrape is still quiet, across the road on Holland Marsh this morning were 2 Turtle Doves and a high flying Hobby. GG. This afternoon 3 Wheatears on the golf course and at see 2 Sandwich and 4 Common Terns flew N. KA.

21st - An early start with a seawatch produced 22 Common,1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Gannet and a Brent Goose N also 14 Oystercatchers S.The scrape had 1 Bar T Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Pintail and 8 Oystercatchers. GG.

23rd - A pair of  Garganey on the scrape this morning and the Bar T Godwit is still present. GG. This afternoon 4 Sandwich, 2 Common and 1 Little Tern flew N, also 2 Dunlin on the scrape. KA.

24th - A seawatch the morning was not as expected despite the strong NE/E winds, 1 adult Kittiwake, 1 Gannet, 22+ Brent Geese, 8 Common and 5 Sandwich Terns N. GG/KA. On the scrape the Garganey were still present also 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, Pintail and a Yellow Wagtail being noteworthy. KA/CJ/PRD/GG.

25th - An evening visit produced, 2 Bar T Godwits, 6 Avocets and 2 Common Sandpipers noted. AD.

26th - Today on the scrape were 1 Ruff, 1 Bar T Godwit, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Avocets, 1 Pintail and a Little Owl. PRD.

28th - Early morning and a look out to sea yeilded 9 Gannets and 19 Common Terns N. AD. Mid afternoon and on the scrape were 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Avocets, 1 Turtle Dove and a Wheatear, also at sea 1 adult Med Gull and a Fulmar flew S. SC/PS. A short seawatch early evening produced 1 Fulmar S and 100+ Brent Geese N. AD/KA. A singing Corn Bunting was up at the farm. GG.

Little coverage and no news returned for the end of the month.

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