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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 2018 

1st - A rewarding hour for one observer, prior to 09.00hrs this morning - surveying around and viewing from the Memorials area - that yielded of note, a Haven 2018 Year Tick in the form of a Green Sandpiper* that flew over the car park bushes and then returned to the marsh, as well as Hobby that was seen to fly over the Sewage Farm. IM.  A second Year Tick, was that of a Pied Flycatcher* that was located on the return wander from the hide, the bird being in the area by the orchard at this time.  The trees and bushes also provided the species of ChiffchaffLesser   and Common WhitethroatsWillow and Cetti's Warblers.  The earlier viewing from the Main Hide, across the Scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and visible skyline, gave 2 Mute Swans, 2 Cormorants, 1 Curlew4   OystercatchersLapwings, 8+ Redshanks and 15 Avocets (unfortunately, the deluge of rain yesterday, appears to have destroyed several nests of the latter birds).  The Ducks consisted 3 Tufted, 5 Shoveler, 6+ Teal, 7 Gadwall and 37 Shelducks, alongside 2 Greylag and 4 Canada Geese.  Birds of Prey in the vicinity were singles of Kestrel,   SparrowhawkCommon Buzzard and Marsh Harrier, also a Hobby that may have been +/- the earlier bird over the Sewage Farm.  Singles of CuckooYellow WagtailReed and Sedge Warblers, 5 House Martins and c10 Swallows also being seen from this viewpoint.  A count of 3 Wheatears on the Greensward were added to the day's list as the observer was leaving the site.  The Wildlife front proved to be fruitful in the sunshine (although still somewhat chilly in the early morning breeze), with a Red Fox seen from the main Hide, a baby Adder of just 200mm (8") long being located on the Mounds and some eight species of butterfly.  Singles of BrimstoneOrange Tip and Holly Blue Butterflies (the latter two both new for the Year on the site) were noted, along with good numbers of Green-veined WhiteSmall White,PeacockComma and Specked WoodMR.  

2nd/3rd - No reports returned.

4th - A glorious day weather-wise and its looking to be hot and sunny over the 'whole' of this up-coming Bank Holiday weekend!  This morning (07.15-10.15hrs) a Ringing Session took place at the Reed-bed where seven birds of four species were newly ringed - these being singles of Meadow PipitCommon Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, along with 4 Sedge Warblers.  Surveying gave of note, a Cetti's Warbler (singing by the Dipping Pond, Lower Carpark), a   Cuckoo and a S E Owl.  A count of 2 Wheatears seen N of the ride, were most likely additional to 2 Wheatears (MR)  also reported during the morning. SC/PC.

5th - A very warm, bright, sunny Saturday to start the Bank Holiday weekend.  Surveying this morning, provided noted species around the trees and bushes of a Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5   Blackcaps and 10+ Common Whitethroats, as well as a Cuckoo.  Observations across the Scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline, yielded particular counts of 1 Little Grebe, 1 Med Gull (1S), 1 Spotted Redshank, 9 Blk-T Godwits  and 10 Avocets, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall and a single Brent Goose.  This viewpoint also gave 1 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Wheatears, 1 S E Owl and a Marsh HarrierPL.

6th - Another very warm, sunny day - although observers reported that the earlier morning NE breeze was a bit chilly over on the site - two days of fabulous weather on a Bank Holiday Weekend!  The species on and around the Scrape and vicinity this morning were much as per yesterday, with counts being of 2 Little Grebes, 1 Ruff (new in this morning), the Spotted Redshank was still in-situ, 1 Blk-T Godwit, only 3 Avocets (and confirmation that all the nests from prior to the torrential rains of last weekend, had all unfortunately failed), 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Tufted Ducks, 5 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 60 Shelducks and a single Brent Goose.  Singles of S E Owl and Marsh Harrier were also viewed during this time.  Of particular note, were some 40 Dunlin 'resting on the Sluice Rocks', 8 Whimbrel on the Golf Course and 1 Cuckoo.  Generally around the site were several of each ChiffchaffBlackcapReed and Sedge WarblersCommon Whitethroat and Cetti's WarblersPL/PRD.

7th - Bank Holiday Monday and yes, the forecasters got it right for another bright, very hot, sunny day!  Surveying today added two species to the Haven 2018 Year List, both of which were last recorded on/from the site in 2016.  A count of 8 Little Terns* were viewed during a seawatch session and a Coot* was seen on the Scrape.  The seawatch from 07.30-09.30hrs also provided 2 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns, 8 Oystercatchers and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers.  The Scrape - still very high water levels - also gave of note 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin (both the latter dropped in briefly), 10 Avocets, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Ducks, 10 Gadwall and again, a single Brent Goose.   Cuckoo numbers had increased to 2 for today's survey, while over/through the site were a Swift, a Sand Martin and a Marsh HarrierPL.  Additional for this morning's report was a Willow Warbler, while an evening seawatch gave singles of Gannet and Fulmar both flying S, 1 Little, 2+ Common and 3 'close in' Arctic Terns* (also 10+ Commics) heading N, as were 9+ Oystercatchers, 12 Whimbrel and 13 Bar-T GodwitsML.  

8th - Another glorious day, that during morning observations, found that the Coot was still on the Scrape and was at the time, notably alongside 1 Ringed Plover, 1pr Oystercatchers and 16 Avocets, 1 Wigeon (drake), 1pr Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 35+ Shelducks, 1 Brent and 8 Canada Geese, as well as 1pr Common Terns and the pair of Mute Swans.  A Marsh Harrier (1S) and 2 Common Buzzards were viewed from the Main Hide too.  The Golf Course held some 5 to 8 Whimbrel, a Sandwich Tern was a fly-past N off-shore and the Sluice Rocks held 1 Purple Sandpiper and 5   Turnstones.  The bushes generally yielded several BlackcapsChiffchaffsCommon Whitethroats and the odd Lesser Whitethroat, with 4 Sedge and 15+ Reed Warblers and c15 Reed Buntings rounding up the morning's report. PRD.

9th - At least four observers visited the site during yet another bright, sunny day.  The 'usual suspects' were viewed in all areas between the Dipping Pond (lower carpark) and reaching the Main Hide but there was nothing over/above the expected to add to the report.  Surveying across the Scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline provided counts of 1 Common Sandpiper (dropped in during this time and stayed into the afternoon), 2 Dunlin, 4 Lapwings and 4 Redshanks, 1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall and 28 Shelducks, alongside 1 Brent (described as a colourless bird), 6 Canada and 12 Greylag Geese.  The pair of Mute Swans were seen, as were 4 Common Gulls, 2   Little Grebes and surprisingly, the observers viewed 2 Coot on the Scrape today. MR/DW/JH.  The return wander to the Sluice, yielded 5 Sanderling on the rocks before these then took up and flew S. PRD/MR.  Additions were singles of Turnstone and Purple SandpiperPRD.

10th/11th - No reports returned.

12th - Today's visits and surveys began with some early morning offshore viewing that yielded of note, 3 Common Terns, also 7 Little Terns (flying S = 2+3+2), a count of 18 Common Scoters N and a further 3 of the latter heading S.  The Scrape and surrounding areas provided 2 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel and 3 Avocets, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Tufted Ducks, 10 Gadwall and 30+ Shelducks.  A Cuckoo, 5 Swifts and 8 House Martins were also in/over this vicinity.  A single Turnstone was located on the rocks, while a Wheatear was by the Sluice.  The species across the rest of the site consisted of 1 Sedge, 3 Cetti's and 5+ Reed Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 10+ Blackcaps (singing), 10+ Common Whitethroats, as well as 3 SparrowhawksIM/PL 

13th - A good day on site for two observers with the highlights including those of a Garden Warbler* and a Spotted Flycatcher*, both of which were located during an afternoon survey of the Farm.  The Farm areas also provided 2   Coal Tits, a Mistle Thrush and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker.  Earlier this morning, off-shore viewing gave of particular note, singles of Gannet and Sanderling, 5 Whimbrel and 10 Oystercatchers (1+9), 4 Little Terns and 14   Common Terns (8+1+5).  Across the scrape and surrounding areas as viewed from the Main Hide, supplied noted counts of 2 Little Grebes, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Ducks and c8 Gadwall, also a Med Gull, 2   Sedge and 3 Reed Warblers.  During the wander across the site generally, other particular counts were of 1   Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaff and 8+ Common Whitethroats, also 3+   Cuckoo.  Singles of Hobby and Sparrowhawk, as well as 2 Common Buzzards were also observed from the main site.  While heading back to the car-park, a total of 6 Turnstones were visible on the Sluice. IM/PL.    The Holland Haven site today (13-05-2018), yielded a total listed species count of 81, collated by observers IM and PL.  The full list being those of: GannetLittle GrebeCormorantGrey Heron and Mute SwanGreylagCanada and Brent Geese,   ShelduckMallardShoveler,TuftedGadwall and WigeonKestrelSparrowhawkHobby and Common BuzzardRed-legged Partridge and Pheasant.  Coot and MoorhenOystercatcherSanderlingTurnstoneLapwingCommon SandpiperRedshank and WhimbrelHerringCommonL B BBlack-headedG B B and Med GullsLittle and Common TernsStock Dove,Collared DoveWood PigeonCuckoo and SwiftGreen and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.   SkylarkSwallow and House MartinMeadow PipitPied WagtailWrenDunnockRobinWheatearBlackbirdSong Thrush and Mistle Thrush,   Cetti'sReedSedge and Garden WarblerBlackcapLesser and Common Whitethroat,   Chiffchaff and Spotted FlycatcherBlueGreatLong-Tailed and Coal TitsJayMagpieJackdawRookCarrion Crow and StarlingHouse SparrowChaffinchGoldfinch and GreenfinchLinnet and Reed Bunting.

14th/15th/16th - No reports returned.

17th - An early evening visit reported of note, singles of Teal and Wigeon, 2 Coot, 2 Avocets and 5+ Redshanks across the Scrape, also 10+ Swallows in the vicinity.  Offshore sightings provided 1 Swift (in/off), 2 Arctic Skuas* (17.15 & 17.50hrs) and 3 Common Terns N. ML

18th - The site gave nothing out of the ordinary for those surveying the area during this morning.  Noted counts were of 1 Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe and Coot, 2 Lapwings, 3 Oystercatchers and 4   Redshanks, alongside 1 drake Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 14 Mallard (+5), 28 Shelducks and 9 Canada Geese.  Also in the vicinity were singles of Cuckoo (singing), Marsh Harrier and Common BuzzardSC/PC/JH.

19th - No reports returned.

20th - Surveying by two observers included viewing some off-shore movement that provided of note, 1 Little Tern   and 2 Common Sandpipers flying S, while 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Turnstones headed N.  Observations across the Scrape and surrounding area - from the Main Hide - included counts of 2 Redshanks, 7 Gadwall and 30 Shelducks, also 2 Sedge and 4+ Reed Warblers, 1 Kestrel and a Common BuzzardIM/PL.  

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

24th - A five-hour seawatch from the site was the order of the morning - with the session including views of eleven species of particular note.  Featured Terns were those of 7 Little, 7 Common and 8 Sandwich Terns, the waders consisted 1 Bar-T Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Grey Plovers, 6 Sanderling and 10 Oystercatchers, while the additions of 1 Gannet, 2 Fulmar and 4 Shelducks rounded up the report. IM.  Evening visits added Black Tern* to the Year List (16 of them N, 19.20hrs) and also noted singles of both Little and Common Terns amongst the former flock, while flying S, there were 3 OystercatchersObs/TBC.

25th - No reports returned.

26th - A Wheatear (a very wet one) was seen on the seawall at c08.00hrs. PBr

27th - A session of seawatching began the day's observations and further continued late morning by the cafe - below the Clacton Sailing Club.  Overall, the offshore noted counts and species were 1 Kittiwake (Ad), 2 Gannets (Ad), 3   Little Terns (single birds) and 8 Sandwich Terns (2+6), 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling (2+10) and also a single Swift.  Viewing across the Scrape area yielded 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Avocets, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck (drake), 2 Wigeon and 6 Gadwall, as well as an adult Med Gull.  A Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats plus 4 Reed Warblers   were seen on site during the surveys, while on/over birds included 2 House Martins and a Common BuzzardIM/ML/PL.  An extra addition to the day's report and also to the Haven 2018 Year List - further to a walk from the Frinton end of the site through to the Tower (06.00-07.00hrs) - was that of a Turtle Dove* that appearing to be in/off, then flew over the Golf Course towards Gt. Holland.  Of interest, a Grey Squirrel ran along the top of the sea defence from the third turret to the Raised Golf Tee before it headed 'inland over the Golf Course'.  This is not a unique happening but neither is it the norm - several observers have seen Squirrels along this area and one observer noticed and also noted the date of one of these such occurrences as far back as September 1987. PBr.  

28th - It's not too often that we get two consecutive Bank Holidays that are glorious, hot and sunny.... but overall, this long weekend has been another very good (& definitely hot) one for the area!  Today, Bank Holiday Monday, saw at least three observers on and around the Haven site.  Noted species during a seawatch session, included those of a Fulmar, a Med Gull and 2 Little Terns, 12 Sanderling, 8 Shelducks and 92 Brent Geese.  A visit to the Main Hide to survey the Scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, yielded singles of Greenshank and Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 2 Avocets, along with 8 Gadwall and 12 Shelducks (the latter = 20 total for today's records).  Viewing from the first Turret, gave 2 Sandwich Terns that were on route to the Scrape "before turning and flying out to sea". IM/ML/PL.  

29th/30th/31st - No reports returned.   

As at 31st May 2018 the Haven 2018 Year List stands at 152. 

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