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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 2017

1st - An early morning visit - coming in from the Frinton end of site and viewing the Golf Course areas - there was a single Grey Plover (in summer plumage) along with 12 Bar T Godwits (7 x males) and some 54 WhimbrelPBr.

2nd - Albeit a bit light on the bird numbers this morning, some 4 birds were included within a Ringing Session and  Sedge Warbler was one of the species. SC.  The Grasshopper Warbler was singing (07.15-07.45hrs) and while a single Wheatear was seen to be perched on the second hide, there had been 3+ of these prior to this time towards the Frinton end of the Haven. SC/TS/MR.  A Spotted Redshank was reported as being on site. MR/ML/TS/(via SC).

3rd - In unpleasant weather conditions, a seawatch session took place from the Sluice area (11.00-12.00hrs) giving the observer two Haven Year Ticks in the form of an adult Kittiwake* and 2 Sandwich Terns*, as well as a summer plumaged Bar-T Godwit and 9 Whimbrel.  These noted birds were all flying NE. PRD.

4th - No reports returned.

5th - Of particular note this morning, 5 Knot in summer plumage dropped into the site (10.34hrs) but only stayed for about half an hour, 2 Greenshanks had been on the scrape first thing (flew out shortly after) and the Spotted Redshank remained insitu. MR.

6th - Viewing across the main scrape today gave counts of 1 Little Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Lapwings, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Turnstones (the latter only briefly for a few minutes), 6 Redshanks and 9 Avocets, alongside 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 4 Shoveler and 40 Shelducks, also 5 Canada Geese.  Additional species included 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawks with other fly-overs/overhead movement being of SwallowsHouse  and Sand MartinsSwift and 5 Sandwich Terns.  The Wildlife front gave a few Butterflies including both Orange Tip(s) and Small CopperMR.  During late afternoon, a Ringed Plover* (Tundra) was located and became the next addition to the Haven 2017 Year ListPRD.  An evening visit supplied noted views of 2 Wheatears, 7 Bar-T Godwits  and 51 Whimbrel - all on Golf Course areas. PBr.

7th - A few observers on and around the site today.  During a survey from 10.40-12.20hrs, counts were noted of 1 Cuckoo (heard), singles of Green WoodpeckerJay and Swift, also a Cetti's Warbler that was singing along the brook from the main hide, singles of TealWigeon and Shoveler (all drakes), 2 Gadwall (1pr) and 24 Shelducks (inc. 2 on the sea).  Waders noted at this time were a Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and the Spotted Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 9 Avocets (inc. GB-GY) and 10 Redshanks.  Vocal were the species of Lesser and Common WhitethroatsBlackcap,ChiffchaffReed and Sedge Warblers - all noticeably in song.  A Fox along the rear of the scrape was a noted Wildlife addition. SC/PC.  A Little Egret and 2 Blk T Godwits were also reported as 'dropping in briefly' today. TS.  An evening visit (Golf Course area) gave counts of 1 Grey Plover (winter plumage), 3 Bar-T Godwits, 42 Whimbrel and 2 Yellow WagtailsPBr.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Viewing on and from the site early this morning, yielded 3 Bar T Godwits and 61 Whimbrel while 14 Common Terns flew N offshore. PBr.

10th - A Haven 2017 Year Tick was added as at 13.16hrs today, with the locating of a Curlew Sandpiper* (IM) at the rear of the scrape.  This bird was still viewable as at 17.15hrs, along with notables at this time of a single Ruff and a Common SandpiperSC.

11th - Of note this evening, there were 36 Whimbrel on the Golf Course. PBr.

12th - Seen briefly at 08.32hrs, a Brambling* was in the carpark bushes. IM.  Viewed across the Golf Course this morning were some 5 Shelducks and 18 Whimbrel, while on the beach (opp. G-Course) there were singles of Grey Plover and Greenshank, 4 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plovers and 8 DunlinPBr.  Viewing from the main hide today gave counts of 1 Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron, 1 LRP* (for 10 minutes), 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 male Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Avocets and 10 Redshanks, plus 2 Shoveler, 28 Shelducks, 4 Greylag and 5 Canada Geese of note.  The trees and bushes were reported as being generally very quiet at the moment.  On the Wildlife front, a Red Fox was wandering the rear of the scrape for a while and slightly later when the observer was checking the brook and lay-by areas, a Water Vole (brook) and a Mole (lay-by) were also seen. A Hobby* flew over the road/across the marshes at this time too. MR.      

13th - Of particular note today, the additions to yesterday's ducks and geese were of 2 Teal and 2 Gadwall, while  noted Waders were a single Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 8 Redshanks and 10 AvocetsMR.

14th - Flying over the site in a SW direction towards Holland-on-Sea at 11.00hrs, a Red Kite* made it onto the Haven Year List. MR.  Several observers were on and around the site today.  Reported counts for 11.15-12.50hrs were of 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshanks, 4 Avocets and 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Mallards, 42 Shelducks, 2 Greylag Geese and 6 Canada Geese with 7 goslings.  Gulls consisted 1 Med Gull (1S), 1 Common, 4 LBB, 35 Black-headed and 135 Herring  (the latter including a colour-ringed Gull ZDS).  A flock of 20 Turnstones were in the Sluice area and both Little Grebe and Green Woodpecker were heard on site.  It was also noted that there were NO Lapwings to be seen!  On the Wildlife front, a 'nice male' Brimstone Butterfly was viewed. SC.

15th - No reports returned.

16th - A visit to the Farm this morning, yielded a Spotted Flycatcher* (11.11hrs) for the observer, the bird was located in the trees at the rear of the Farm Pond. IM.

17th -  No reports returned.

18th - A visit to the Farm during the early part of the afternoon, again proved fruitful for adding to the Haven Year List.  A Grey Partridge* was located in the Paddocks and a drake Mandarin Duck* was seen to be on the Farm Pond at c13.43hrs. Also of particular note during this survey were that a Spotted Flycatcher was along the hedgerow at the rear of the Golf Course, a male Wheatear was at the Raised Golf Tee, 7 Whimbrel were on the Golf Course and flying NE close inshore were 2 Sandwich TernsPRD.  

19th - No reports returned. 

20th - Viewing across the road this morning provided 1pr Shelducks with 11 ducklings, 1pr Avocets (feeding) and a single Little Egret of particular note. SC.  A ringing session took place on the main site and involved some 31 birds of eight species, including 9 Jackdaw pulli, Cetti's Warbler (2no.), Lesser and Common Whitethroats and amongst the Reed Warblers, one that had been previously ringed in Portugal. PNt/LW.

21st/22nd/23rd - No reports returned.

24th - A morning ringing session (07.30-09.30hrs) involved 8 birds of six species and included Grasshopper Warbler,  Reed Bunting and Linnet.  A Cuckoo heard to be singing from the Golf Course direction - was viewed briefly.  All else being much per the usual. SC/PC.  Over the road this morning, a Hobby was notable and with the very warm weather, the Wildlife front supplied a Green Hairstreak Butterfly, a Four-spotted Chaser and 2 Hairy Dragonflies in this area.  The Dipping Pond gave both Azure and Large Red DamselfliesMR.

25th - The Farm Pond once again held a drake Mandarin DuckIM.

26th/27th/28th/29th - No reports returned.

30th - Another Haven 2017 Year Tick was in the form of a Black Tern* just prior to mid-day.  Not an annual species to be seen and noted from/over the site.  This Tern was seen to fly S while being observed from the shelter by the Clacton Sailing Club (above Dell). IM.

31st - Initially viewed as they flew N past the Clacton Sailing Club (c10.00hrs), a pair of Eider* were then a short time later seen to be drifting on the sea, out beyond the Sluice. IM

As at 31st May 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 146. 

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