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Key:Plain Text- Resident/Regular Visitor.Green -Likely to be Annual. Amber -Less than Annual. Red -Rarity. CAPITALS -New bird for site.

(The above "Colour Coding" has changed for several species this year 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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MAY 2013

1st - A very bright, sunny and dry day to start the new month, complete with mostly moderate ENE winds.  Wind speeds varied 12mph through 19mph and were assisted by gusting of variable speeds up to 23mph.  The early temperature at 07.30hrs of +7 degrees only gained a couple more degrees during the day.  At least three observers were on and around the site.  Over the road, the Approach Road and on through to the hide gave similar counts to those of 30th April with totals of 1 Little Owl, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser and 8 Common Whitethroats, 5 Blackcaps (all singing App. Rd + Tariq) and 6 Reed Warblers that were also in song (over road/Tariq/wind pump). IM/MRSwallows, Sand and House Martins numbered 10+, 1 and 4 respectively, as viewed from the hide, with 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Linnets, a Common Buzzard and a Kestrel also being noted from this viewpoint.  Singles of Snipe, Blk T Godwit and Common Sandpiper were on the scrape area, along with 11 Avocets and c20 Redshanks (inc. GRN20), 1 Shoveler, 2 Shelducks, 5 Teal and 2 Canada Geese. IM/MR/PRD.

2nd - Very bright and sunny from early this morning with NE through NNE winds.  Similar wind speeds as of yesterday being of up to 17mph and gusting of 24mph.  Temperature readings being of +9 degrees but 'cool' in the wind. Today the surveying of the trees, bushes and hedgerows again began with the area over the road and continued through the site to the hide.  A few birds of note but these were in low numbers with 1 Little Owl, 3 Jays, 1 Cetti's and 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Common and 5 Lesser Whitethroats.  2 Oystercatchers were viewed along the route.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh from the hide, supplied counts of 2 Canada and 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 7 Teal and 14 Shelducks, while the Waders comprised just 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 11 Avocets and c20 Redshanks.  Also from this point, the marsh, reeds, localised hedgerows and skyline gave 2 Yellow, 1 Blue-headed and 2 White Wagtails, 3 Linnets and 4 Reed Buntings, c20 Swallows, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.  Seawatching for a 30 minute session added a single Whimbrel (heading N) to the day's species. IM/MR.

3rd - The morning progressed quickly to another bright, sunny day that reached a coastline temperature of +12 degrees.  Winds and speeds were initially E of a light to moderate 7mph/10mph with gusting of up to 14mph - by the evening, direction had changed to SSE and stronger speeds of 20mph and 24mph respectively.  At least two observers were on the site during today and the joint report, whilst much as per yesterday, did hold a couple of different species and variable counts.  The trees, bushes and general areas supplied the Little Owl, 3 Wheatears, 1 Cetti's and again 5 Reed Warblers, also 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Common and 6 Lesser Whitethroats.  Heard only as it flew over the site was a Redpoll.  The walk to the hide also supplied 4 Oystercatchers.  The scrape and it's surrounding area gave amongst it's counts a Bar-T Godwit in summer plumage and 2 Canada Geese (+7 Goslings).  Also in this vicinity were 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrel, 11 Avocets and 20+ Redshanks, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 7 Teal and 12 Shelducks.  A Common Buzzard was viewed, as were 2 Yellow Wagtails.  Back to the carpark and Greensward areas, singles of both Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were in flight. IM/PRD.

4th - A mix of weather today from blue to grey skies, sun and on/off rain alongside a temperature of +12 degrees.  S through SW winds, these were also very variable through the day - from 6mph up to 28mph and gusting up to 35mph.  Over the road through to the hide this morning was a bit quieter but provided the observer with 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Warblers, 4 Whitethroats and 5 Jays.  The area around the hide, the reedbeds and nearby bushes gave additions of a Whinchat*, singles of Cetti's and Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Buntings and 2 Yellow Wagtails, while over the scrape area were 12+ Swallows.  Waders on and around the scrape - viewed from the hide - were 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 10 Avocets, c20 Redshanks and a good count of 26 Dunlin.  Also noted, were 7 Teal, 8 Shelducks, 2 Canada Geese (+7) and 4 Greylag GeeseIM.

5th - A bright day from the early hours with some light morning winds.  Wind speeds varied through the day from 4mph up to 16mph and occasional gusting reached 18mph.  A glorious day generally with plenty of sun!  A morning visit, albeit a short one, provided views of 2 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs and 6 Reed Warblers on the route to the hide from the area across the road.  A survey of the scrape and surrounding area supplied counts of 2 Sedge Warblers, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 12 Avocets and c15 Redshanks, also 2 Gadwall, 9 Shelducks, 4 Greylag and 4 Canada Geese (+7) and still on site, 5 TealIM.

6th - Bank Holiday Monday - sure??  Glorious weather again today with bright sun and blue skies from early morning.  S through SE winds that varied from a slight breeze up to 14mph with occasional extra gusts of up to 16mph.  At least three observers were on and around the site, covering from the Farm down to the hide and from the Approach Road through to the hide.  The route 'Farm to hide' supplied 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser and c25 Common Whitethroats, 3 Corn Buntings and a Sand Martin, also 1 Hobby*, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Common Buzzard, while offshore viewing gave an adult Kittiwake*. PL.  The trees, bushes and hedgerows in from the carpark end, provided singles of Cuckoo and Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Common Whitethroats, 8 Blackcaps and a total of 10 Reed Warblers. IM/MR.  On the scrape areas, the 7 goslings were all accounted for with the 2 Canada Geese, the Teal were down to a count of 2 and of 6 Bar-T Godwits on view, 3 of them were in summer plumage.  Other species observed from the hide, included 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 15+ Redshanks, 19 Avocets, 16 Shelducks, 4 Greylag Geese and 3 Grey Herons.  Also in the vicinity were 3 Wheatears and a single Yellow Wagtail. IM/MR/PL

7th - Cloud cover this morning but warm with some ESE through E light winds - barely a breeze through to 9mph with a few occasional extra gusts of 11mph.  Later in the day, the wind direction turned to NE and of speeds respectively up to 19mph and 23mph.  From the area over the road through to the hide, two observers noted a Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs and 6 Reed Warblers, also 9 Jays and a roaming Cuckoo.  Waders on and across the scrape area during this survey included singles of Snipe and Whimbrel, 2 Turnstones, 5 Oystercatchers, 11 Avocets, c20 Redshanks and an increased total from yesterday of 9 Bar-T Godwits.  A single Little Egret was noted, as were 9 Greylag and 4 (+7) Canada Geese, 6 Teal and 15 Shelducks.  In this same vicinity and across the skyline were a Sedge Warbler, 2 Swifts, c15 Swallows, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Common Buzzard. MR/IM.

8th - A fairly bright early morning gave way to rain by 08.00hrs.  The initial downpour lasted just an hour and left the day with mixed skies.  SSE winds for the morning were of 7mph through 12mph and gusting was up to 15mph.  No reports returned.

9th - A bright but blustery day with SW winds that reached 30mph and gusting in excess of 33mph.  It was quite a warm day throughout.  At least three observers surveyed areas of the site and it's coastline today, one of who recorded a Common Tern* flying North. PRD.  Early searching of the trees, bushes and hedgerows proved difficult in the high winds, providing just 2 Common Whitethroats in the Dell, 1 Chiffchaff by the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) and 5+ Reed Warblers along the regular route. MR.  Reports that covered the scrape and surrounding vicinity from early morning until c11.40hrs, supplied counts of 1 Snipe, 2 Turnstones, 2 Blk T Godwits, 4 Oystercatchers, c10 Lapwings (most likely more in the area), 12 Avocets, 12 Dunlin and 17+ Redshanks.  Also noted were c250 Herring Gulls, 1pr Teal, 15 Shelducks, 2prs Canada Geese with the 'quickly growing' 7 goslings (see Gallery) and 6 adult Moorhens of which one of the latter had 2 viewable chicks.  Viewing from the hide also included sightings of 18+ Swallows, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Common Buzzard.  Heard from the hide, a Cetti's Warbler was deemed to be in the proximity of the close-by Sewage Farm. MR/SC.  On a general wildlife note, there were singles of Holly Blue and Green-veined White, along with 2 Speckled Wood Butterflies. SC.

10th - Alot of grey sky around, especially during the morning and although the basic temperature readings were of +13 degrees, the strong Westerly winds kept the coastline areas very cool.  Wind speeds varied 23mph through 35mph and fairly constant gusting reached 40mph.  Observing from the hide today gave of note 2 Turnstones, 19 Blk T Godwits, 1 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk and a House Martin. PRD.  A one-hour seawatching session yielded 2 House Martins and 3 Swifts in/off and 4 Oystercatchers (3S+1N). IM

11th - Initially some grey clouds amongst some white ones with rain appearing c11.00hrs for a brief spell, leaving the skies once more a mix of blue, grey and white.  The early winds were WSW, moderate to strong (18mph - 25mph) with gusting of up to 30mph.  Several observers visited the site at various times through the day and early evening.  A Cuckoo was heard today, 4 Reed Buntings, 1 Sedge and 1 Cetti's Warblers were near the hide and from here, a Sparrowhawk, 1 House Martin and c25 Swallows were noted, as were 10 G B B Gulls, 1 Teal, 15 Shelducks and the 4 Canada Geese (+7).  2 Oystercatchers were on the field over the road, whilst the Wader count on the scrape was of 1 Snipe, 1 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 8 Blk T Godwits, c15 Redshanks and 16 Avocets.  Making an appearance this morning and making on/off appearances throughout the day were 2 Grey Partridges* (see Gallery).  Grey Partridges have in recent years, been far from a regular sighting at the Haven and it is even more of a rarity to see two at once, let alone the fact of being viewable in one area for the day! PL/IM/GG/MR/AD.  A good addition for the afternoon was that of an adult Little Gull feeding over the scrape and as this one proved - superb birds in summer plumage. MR.

12th - Mostly quite warm and very bright until the rain appeared late in the day.  The winds however were strong throughout of speeds up to 27mph and gusting of 32mph - direction remained Westerly for the duration.  From early this morning some four observers visited the site and a later return was made by at least one.  From over the road and through to the hide the counts were of 1 Cuckoo, 3 Blackcaps and 4 Common Whitethroats, while the scrape and surrounding areas supplied 2 Little Egrets, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Blk T Godwits, c10 Avocets, 18 Shelducks and 4 Canada Geese (+7).  Singles of Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were in this area, while a Whimbrel was noted when it flew over the sluice. PRD/IM/MR/PL.  During the afternoon, a visit up to the Farm located a Corn Bunting, a Mistle Thrush and c20 Linnets in the paddocks near to the pond, a Yellow Wagtail (having a bath in a puddle by the pond) and a Hobby that flew 'over the Farm buildings towards the woods'. IM.    

13th - WNW winds through the day, again fairly strong at 25mph up to 29mph with gusting that at times was in excess of 33mph.  Grey skies and rain were a part of the morning's weather.  Viewing from the hide c09.20hrs saw a drake Garganey drop onto the scrape area to join, amongst others, 6 Shelducks and 4 Canada Geese (+7).  Waders in this vicinity comprised a Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Turnstones, 3 Blk T Godwits, 5 Dunlin, 8 Avocets and c10 Redshanks.  The localised area and skyline from the hide, added 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Buntings, 5 Swifts and c30 Swallows.  The hedge and bush areas of the carpark supplied 2 Blackcaps, 2 House Sparrows, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Common Whitethroats. IM.   

14th - A mixed bag weather-wise that gave some blue skies and sun but also plenty of grey cloud and a lot of rain.  A change of wind direction this morning to S through SSW and variable speeds of 15mph up to 23mph with initial gusting of up to 27mph.  The direction changed again late in the day, to SE of stronger speeds.  At least two observers were on and around the site today.  A quick survey of the bushes and hedgerow areas on route to the hide supplied a few species of note, including a Willow Warbler near the Dipping Pond, 2 Reed Warblers over the road, 2 Lesser (Dell) and 6 Common Whitethroats (4 Dell+2 over road), while a Sparrowhawk was seen to fly over and the male Kestrel of the pair was passing food to the female.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave a drake Teal, 20 Shelducks and 2prs Canada Geese (+7 goslings), also 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 7 Dunlin, 10+ Redshank, 12 Avocets and a brief visitor was a single Greenshank.  Also noted from the hide were 1 Cetti's (heard), 1 Reed and 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Swifts and 8 Swallows. MR.  During another survey 4 Sandwich Terns* were added to the day's counts. PRD

15th - Very strong winds throughout the day that gave coastline readings of 36+mph with gusting of 54+mph - the direction of which, by the evening was variable SSW through SW.  Rain also featured again with a few torrential downpours but the sun also came out for a while.  A joint report from two observers gave the counts for on and around the scrape area this morning, as 1 Little Stint*, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Avocets, c10 Redshanks and 14 Blk T Godwits, also a Yellow-legged Gull (2S), 1 Teal, 1pr Gadwall, 16 Shelducks, 2 Greylag and 2 (+7) Canada Geese.  A Cetti's Warbler, 12 Swifts, 25+ Swallows and 1 Marsh Harrier were noted from the hide too. IM/PRD.

16th - A bright and sunny day with the exception of a few very dark clouds this morning!  Fairly warm until late afternoon when the initial SSE winds had turned to ESE and had also strengthened to 16+mph and gusting of 19mph.  Surveying the scrape c08.55hrs saw a drake Pochard* drop into the area. IM.  Viewing the Farm Paddocks late afternoon (16.50hrs), a dull female Black Redstart was located. PRD.

17th - Some grey skies for the duration along with NNE through NE winds - of moderate strengths through the morning, varying 7mph to 13mph with some occasional gusting of up to 16mph.  Speeds increased later in the day to those of up to 16mph and 19mph respectively.  Surveying from 08.20hrs to c11.20hrs by one observer, found that the trees, bushes and hedgerows were lacking in birds and gave of note, just a Chiffchaff and 2 Common Whitethroats along with a fly-over of 8 Goldfinches.  The scrape and surrounding areas were also fairly quiet of notable species although 2 Barnacle Geese were viewed.  The 7 Canada Goose goslings were all accounted for and 4 adult birds were close by.  In the vicinity were also counts of 1 Teal, 17 Shelducks, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Blk T Godwits, 12 Redshanks and 16 Avocets.  Birds of Prey on/over the site consisted of a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and a Common Buzzard. IM.  Additional sightings were of 2 Bar T Godwits that were located on the scrape. PRD.

18th - Westerlies were the initial winds this morning before changing to SSE.  Speeds of up to 18mph and gusting of 21+mph were reached throughout.  Generally it was a grey day with some sun.  A visit to the site later in the day gave a notable sighting of a Spotted Flycatcher* which was seen briefly in the Sewage Farm's hedge - in the area between the sluice and the hide. MR.

19th - Variable wind speeds today, from just a breeze up to 18mph and some additional gusting that were all of an Easterly direction.  Bright, very sunny and slightly inland the temperature reached +17 degrees.  No reports returned.

20th - NNW winds of mostly moderate strengths (11mph up to 19+mph) with additional gusting of 24+mph.  Grey skies did bring some rain and the temperature appeared a very cool +12 degrees especially during the morning.  Late afternoon brighter skies and the sun!  Some very quiet hedgerows on route to the hide during a morning survey with a Cetti's Warbler near to Tariq and just a few Whitethroats and Blackcaps heard 'deep in the bushes' elsewhere.  The area close to and viewable from the hide was slightly better with 1 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 3 Linnets, also 6 Meadow Pipits and 6 Skylarks.  8 Swallows were also recorded, as was a single Kestrel.  The scrape itself and it's surrounding grazing marsh gave counts of 1 Knot, 2 Oystercatchers, 9+ Redshanks, 20 Avocets, 3 Cormorants, 15 Shelducks and 2prs Canada Geese (+7). MR.  

21st - A cold morning complete with drizzle and N through NNE winds of 22+mph and gusting of up to 28mph.  The grey skies did give way to some blue a bit later on and the sun shone during late afternoon.  At least two observers were on the site this morning and again the bushes failed to give anything barring the Cetti's Warbler near to Tariq that along with a Cuckoo in this area, were only heard.  Seawatching proved to be more fruitful with a session from 09.00-10.00hrs providing a Fulmar* heading S, 7 Common Terns flying N and a total of 18 Gannets (8S+10N) of which one - relatively close - dived twice to the appreciation of the observers.  Singles of Peregrine, Common Buzzard and Kestrel were all viewable from the hide this morning, along with totals of 2 Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Linnets and 10+ Swallows.  The 2prs Canada Geese (+7), 15 Shelducks, 1 Knot and 2 Oystercatchers were again on the scrape area with 1 Dunlin, 8+ Redshanks, 22 Avocets and at today's count, 2 Greylag Geese. IM/MR.

22nd - A cloud-covered sky but blue showing at times, although generally a pleasant morning.  NNW winds of up to 14mph and gusting of up to 18mph.  Rain also featured today.  Several observers made visits to the site throughout and notes were made that 'a few Whitethroats were showing themselves....... with the Tit's and Finches', while heard only were both the Cuckoo and the Cetti's Warbler in the vicinity near to Tariq. IM/MR.  Gracing the scrape area today were a Knot, 4 Common Sandpipers, 25 Avocets, 2 Little Egrets, 10+ Shelducks, 8 Greylag and 2prs (+7) Canada Geese.  The immediate bushes and reedbeds near the hide, held singles of Reed and Sedge Warblers, also 3 Linnets.  The route back to the carpark areas, supplied 2 Little Owls by the Sewage Farm entrance and seen to fly SW for a distance (seafront) and then turn to fly NE over the marsh, were 2 Barnacle Geese. MR/IM/PRD/PR/LR.   

23rd - Some very grey clouds around this morning (and a brief rainfall) amongst a patchy blue sky that also included views of the sun!  NNW winds of moderate to strong (up to 23mph) with gusting of up to 27mph all before 10.00hrs.  Initial reports gave that 2 Little Stints dropped onto the scrape as at 10.10hrs.  Waders already on the scrape at this time were 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers and 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Blk T Godwits, 10+ Redshanks and 15 Avocets.  The first of this year's Lapwing chicks were also reported - being 4 from the same nest.  Ducks and Geese of note, numbered a drake Shoveler, 7 Shelducks, 12 Greylag and 1pr (+7) Canada Geese.  The reedbed areas gave counts of 1 Reed and 2 Sedge Warblers.  Singles of Common Buzzard and Marsh Harrier were viewed from the hide, whilst the male Kestrel of the known nesting pair, was seen again taking food back to the nest. IM/MR.  With the exception of the Cetti's Warbler (near Tariq) there was nothing of any particular note in or around the bushes and hedgerows this morning. MR.  A quick visit to the hide 11.45-12.00hrs could not re-locate the Little Stints, while one of the Common Sandpipers was still visible, as were the 4 Blk T Godwits amongst the previously recorded birds. SC

24th - Cold, raining and strong Westerly winds from early morning through in the afternoon.  A slight break in the weather saw the sun come out but this was still against some very dark skies.  By mid-afternoon the winds were a SSE direction.  Observing from the hide prior to lunchtime gave counts of 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6+ Redshanks and 18 Avocets alongside or in close proximity of 1 Little Egret, 8 Shelducks and the pair of Canada Geese (+7).  The immediate reedbeds and thicket held as per yesterday, 2 Sedge and 1 Reed Warbler. IM.

25th - They promised some good weather for this Bank Holiday weekend and today was certainly bright, sunny and warm.  The NW winds were mostly of around 12mph but the gusting along the coast was certainly strong at times, reaching 27mph.  At least two observers were on and around the site this morning, surveying from the area over the road through to and including the viewing from the hide.  Counts of 1 Cetti's Warbler (near Tariq), 10 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps (latter two species singing along the Approach Road) were noted for the duration, while 2 Swifts were also seen.  The Birds of Prey on today's report consisted of 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Common Buzzard.  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were totals of 10 G B B Gulls, 2 Canada (+7) and 15 Greylag Geese, a single Common Sandpiper, c10 Redshanks, 14 Avocets and 14 ShelducksIM/PL.

26th - Although there was a fair amount of cloud cover this morning, this did not hang around too long and again, the sun came out to give a glorious day with some early NW winds of c12mph that dropped to c5mph along with a slight change of direction to WNW.  The temperature reached +17 degrees.  No actual site reports returned, although a Colour-ringed Herring Gull was noted today. MR.

27th - Another bright, sunny, warm day (+16 degrees for the coastline) making for a whole Bank Holiday Weekend of some fantastic weather.  Winds of a S through SE direction were of speeds up to 19mph at times with gusting that reached 34mph.  A Spotted Flycatcher was seen over the road (opp. Approach Road) at c07.19hrs and both a Cuckoo and a couple of Common Whitethroats were heard calling from across the marsh area.  The Approach Road itself held a single Chiffchaff, 3 further Whitethroats and 3 male Blackcaps, the latter in song.  The Cetti's Warbler was again heard near to Tariq and both singles of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were noted. MR.  Viewing across the scrape area by three observers, gave a joint report of 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Redshanks and 24 Avocets, a Med Gull, 9 Shelducks, 2 Barnacle, 2 (+7) Canada and 15 Greylag Geese.  The immediate reedbeds, thicket and surrounding marsh yielded 2 Linnets, 3 Reed Warblers, 6 Skylarks and 6 Meadow Pipits. PRD/IM/MR.   

28th - A cooler morning with some overcast skies and a couple of attempts of rain before 09.30hrs - after this the rain was pretty much non-stop and very heavy at times!  SE through ESE winds of variable strengths - from a breeze up to 21mph - along with occasional gusting of up to 24mph.  At least three observers were on and around the site on this damp and dismal day.  The bushes, hedgerows and reedbeds gave just 2 Common Whitethroats, 1 Cetti's, a Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers, while flying over and around were counts of 6 House Martins and c10 Swallows.  The scrape was also quiet of birds with notes of 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Blk T Godwits, 28 Avocets, 3 Shelducks and 4 Canada Geese (+7).  Along the beach were 4 Sanderlings. MR/IM/PL.

29th - Another turn of wind direction for this morning to NE of light to moderate speeds (3mph to 12mph) with some gusting of c14mph.  Overcast, drizzly and cool.  Initial reports gave that a drake Garganey was on the scrape at 09.00hrs and this duck was still viewable on there as at 17.00hrs. MR/SC.  The early survey that began in the area over the road, found that the Cuckoo was still over the marsh (seen on the wires), while 2 Reed Warblers and 3 Common Whitethroats were in the immediate area.  The Approach Road added 3 more Whitethroats as well as 2 male Blackcaps both of which were in song.  The Cetti's Warbler (heard only) was in the hedgerow just S of the Owl's tree and L-T Tits were in and around the memorials in two small flocks. MR.  Hirundines were definitely more evident this morning with 6+ Sand and c60 House Martins seen, also c70 Swallows and c70 Swifts.  Viewable from the hide were a Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 each of Reed BuntingsLinnets, Reed and Sedge Warblers and a total of 6 Meadow Pipits.  The scrape and it's immediate grazing marsh held 2 Oystercatchers, 7 Redshanks, 9 Blk T Godwits, 23 Avocets and 2 Med Gulls, along with the Garganey, 7 Shelducks, 2 (+7) Canada and 6 Greylag Geese.  Along the beach were 6 Sanderlings, two of these in summer plumage. PL/IM/MR.  The early evening observations also gave 24 Swifts of note. SC.  A Little Owl was additional for the evening. HE.  (Of note 2 of the Blk T Godwits were Colour-Ringed. MR).

30th - A grey, overcast morning with NW through N winds of 11mph up to 19mph along with gusting of up to 26mph.  Three observers at least were again on and around the site and their combined report included a survey of some very quiet bushes and hedgerows, viewing across the scrape, a short wander to the second turret and a half-hour seawatch. Noted species were 1 Lesser and 5 Common Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Cetti's, 1 Sedge and 7 Reed Warblers (Sedge+2 Reed were by the hide), 6 House Martins, c10 Swallows and a Kestrel (latter three from the hide).  Ducks and Geese viewed from the hide were a single drake Shoveler, 4 Shelducks and the 2 (+7) Canada Geese.  Waders on the scrape area were 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Redshanks and 21 Avocets, whilst the seawatch noted a further 2 Oystercatchers (S) and 2 Common Sandpipers that also flew S after a brief stop on the sluice rocks.  1 Common and 3 Sandwich (2+1) Terns headed N and a Red-T Diver drifting S on the tide, later flew N. PL/IM/MR.   

31st - A very warm day that reached temperatures along the coast of +17 degrees.  The initial morning winds were of ESE with variable wind speeds during the day, from a breeze to 24mph and gusting of up to 27mph.  The areas from over the road through the carpark this morning gave 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Common Whitethroats and 1 Cetti's Warbler, while 6 Jays were seen to fly over the carpark entrance to briefly land in the trees of the Dell.  Surveying from the hide provided counts of 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Redshanks, 26 Avocets, 14 Shelducks and 2 (+7) Canada Geese, also 2 Reed Warblers and singles of Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. IM.  

As at 31st May, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 153.

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