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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*

MAY 2016

1st - Three 'Haven Year Ticks' were located today, the first of which was Ringed Plover* which was seen on the Sluice this morning. IM/PL.  Observations during a 'run' through the site - in from the Frinton end - yielded of particular note, a male Whinchat* by the Golf Course 'dump' at c08.00hrs, which was with Wheatears on the inward journey but not seen at the return, also a Ringed Plover (possibly the Sluice bird), 2 Purple Sandpipers, a minimum of 64 Whimbrel (on the Golf Course), 3 Little Egrets, a E Owl and the Rough-legged BuzzardPBr.  A wander to the second turret provided the third Year Tick as 2 Little Terns* headed S along the front. SW/IM/MR.  Little Egret numbers increased to a count of 5 during viewing from the hide. IM.  Across the scrape and grazing marsh - also as viewed from the main hide - noted counts included 1 Common Tern, 2 Coot and 2 Grey Herons, along with 4 Oystercatchers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 9 Dunlin, 10+ Redshanks, 23 Whimbrel, 30 Avocets (inc. 3 colour-ringed birds) and the first 4 Lapwing chicks of this current year.  The Wildlife front gave of interest, 1 Adder, 1 Slow Worm and along the Approach Road, a miniature Grass SnakeMR

2nd - Cool, overcast and slightly breezy, which increased to strong winds later in the day, also some mid-morning drizzle for this Bank Holiday Monday and downpours going into the evening........  well that's a surprise.... not!  During an early afternoon visit (12.30-14.30hrs) there were of particular note, singles of WheatearYellow WagtailMarsh Harrier and Purple Sandpiper, also 4 Whimbrel and 6 TurnstonesSN.

3rd - A visit that incorporated a quick look around the bushes, saw the likes of ChiffchaffBlackcapCommon and Lesser Whitethroats all nest-building and alongside the Sedge Warblers that are already 'holding territory' there was a noted increase of Reed Warblers.  The Sluice held singles of Purple Sandpiper and Ringed Plover, as well as 8 Dunlin, while on the seawall were 6 Turnstones.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave 1 S E Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrels and 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, a single Coot, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Whimbrel, 10+ Redshanks, 12 Blk-T Godwits and 31 Avocets (inc. GB/GN, GB/GY & NB/YO).  Also viewed from the main hide were a Cetti's Warbler and 2 Grey WagtailsIM/MR.  An afternoon visit provided a Curlew Sandpiper* (14.31hrs) but this unfortunately flew off with some c17 Dunlin that had been with it on the scrape and there was no further sign by 15.00hrs. PRD.  Further observations yielded a Grey Plover and 2 S E OwlsMR.

4th/5th - No reports returned.

6th - A Spoonbill was viewed c15.00hrs but only remained on the site for about 30 minutes. IS

7th - At least three surveys took place on site today.  Observations from 05.30hrs through to 12.00hrs, provided a 1S Little Gull on the scrape as well as 3 Ruff of note, 10+ Whimbrel, 3 Med Gulls (inc. 1x 1S), singles of both Grey and Yellow Wagtails, a CuckooSparrowhawk and a female Marsh Harrier, while 3 S E Owls were over the grazing marsh. DS/PL.  A Yellow-legged Gull was seen to be in/on the Sewage Farm. PL.  Additional counts were of 1 Dunlin, 2 Blk T Godwits and 26 Avocets (inc. NB/YO) on and across the scrape, while Marsh Harriers had increased to 2 and two of the S E Owls were visible at this time. MR.

8th - Some five or more birders surveyed the site today with reference to the 'bushes were quiet again... with nothing found of note' (PL/DS), while there were several species to observe across the scrape and grazing marsh and of particular interest, was that a Kittiwake spent time on the pond area to the right of the main hide.  Counts across the scrape through the morning, included 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2 Knot, 3 Ruff, 4 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks, 19 Blk T Godwits and 22 Avocets, while additions (including some short-stay species) proved to be a further 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 4 Bar-T Godwits, 9 Whimbrel, a Common Gull and 4 Med Gulls.  Singles of Marsh Harrier and S E Owl were also viewed. PL/TS/PNs/DS/MR.

9th - No reports returned.

10th - The rain put paid to surveying the trees and bushes, so once settled in the main hide, the observations for today were across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh.  A S E Owl, 2 Swifts, 4 House Martins and 60+ Swallows were over and around the area, while the Waders included a Bar-T Godwit (initially), 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Grey Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, 16 Blk T Godwits, 20+ Redshanks (9 dropped in at 10.30hrs) and 26 Avocets (inc. 2x colour ringed birds).  Also noted were 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Gull, 2 adult Med Gulls and 165 Black-headed GullsMR.

11th/12th - No reports returned.

13th - Of particular note today was a Turtle Dove* that was near the large rock on the Greensward at 09.30hrs. PRD.

14th - An addition to the Haven 2016 Year List today, a Wood Sandpiper* was on the scrape at 09.00hrs. MR.

15th - As at 09.53hrs this morning, views included those of a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Common SandpipersPRD.

16th - On the scrape during this morning's visit, there were 2 Little Terns (09.14hrs) but they flew out and away over the main hide a few minutes later at 09.20hrs. MR.

17th - Once again there were of particular note, 2 Little Terns on the scrape as at 08.42hrs. MR.  The Little Terns were also viewed during an afternoon visit to the site (14.45-15.30hrs) which also noted a Cetti's Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Skylarks and 6+ Swallows, 16 Avocets, 18 Redshanks, 1 Gadwall, 10 Shelducks and a Marsh Harrier (imm). LH.

18th/19th - No reports returned.

20th - Another addition to the Haven 2016 Year List today, being a Spotted Flycatcher* that was located between the Sluice and the Pump as at 10.21hrs. MR.

21st - No reports returned.

22nd - Another two Haven 2016 Year Ticks were added to the list today.  Early morning saw 2 Barnacle Geese* (PL) fly through, while a Fulmar* was observed as it flew over the mounds slightly later in the morning.  On site for a few days, a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull finally stood itself in a position for the ring to be read! PL/MR.

23rd - No reports returned.

24th - Still amongst the Avocets on the scrape, were two colour-ringed birds, one being 'Haven Bird' GB/GY, the other NB/YO which was ringed not too far away and within Tendring. MR 

25th/26th/27th - No reports returned.

28th - No reports from the main site today, although members of the ringing team were in-situ and whilst there were few birds for them to ring, they did include Blue and Great TitsBlackbird and Blackcap species. PNt/LW.

29th - No reports returned.

30th - As at 10.30hrs on the scrape this morning, views were being had of a 'cracking' male RuffPRD


As at 31st May 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at 145.

ALL photos remain the copyright of the photographer and/or the particular websites or publications they may appear within.  From top of page downwards, the photos are by: Mick Rodwell (Ringed Plover 01-05-2016).  Mick Rodwell (Slow Worm 01-05-2016 left).  Mick Rodwell (Grass Snake 01-05-2016 left).