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Nov 08

1st - A very wet and typical wintery start to November! Trees and bush areas provided 10+ Redwings, 30+ Blackbirds, 10+ Song Thrushes and 3 Goldcrests.  The scrape held 2 Snipe, 150 Wigeon and very briefly 3 Turnstones while 27 Curlews were in the field behind.  Seawatching gave 2 Pintail, 3 Eider 2m/1fem, 8 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin all N. Also noted were 1 juv Gannet, 41 Common Scoter S, only small movements of Brent Geese both N and S and 2 Sanderlings on the beach. PRD/KA/AD/MR.   

2nd - Opposite conditions to yesterday brought a superb day for the Haven.  A fem/imm Common Rosefinch was a brilliant find for Pete Davis and Adrian Doling early afternoon, giving excellent views for a minute or so in the middle tree of the toilet block area, before it flew strongly NW and was eventually lost from sight.  An Osprey was seen by Jim Kendle as it headed SW over a then very agitated scrape.  Other species of note today included 3+ Firecrests, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Bullfinch, a Cetti's Warbler heard but not seen, 3 Siskins over, 2 White Wagtails, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Sanderlings, 30+ Redwing, 8 Stonechats and 1 Kingfisher. KA/AD/PRD/JK.

3rd - A very brief visit late afternoon saw 2 Red Breasted Mergansers and 7 Shovelers flying N. GG.

4th - A good day weather and bird wise with the Cetti's Warbler seen in the approach road woods, 3 Bean Geese dropped onto the scrape for approx 1.5 hours before flying off NE, 11 White fronted Geese ( 4 juvs) were also on the scrape and a further 7 flew N. Flyovers included 3 Siskins, Lesser Redpolls and 3 Swallows. A fem/imm Black Redstart was by the 1st gun turret and 7+ Stonechats were noted. Mid-day a fine Waxwing was in the Sewage Farm area bushes briefly, and at sea 3 Eider (1 drake) flew N. GG/KA/PB/VB/JK.

5th - On/off drizzle this morning with very little breeze.  11 White fronted Geese were still viewable from the hide, as were 35 Curlew, 3 Stonechats and an increase of Wigeon to 231. The approach road trees only produced 2 Goldcrests of note. KA.  A S E Owl was reported between the hide and the golf course.  

6th - This morning from the hide there was an increase to 12 White fronted Geese (4 juvs). AD

7th - Viewing from the hide this morning produced an increase in Teal and Wigeon numbers also 4 Gadwall and a single Shelduck. 2 Swallows were feeding for a while before heading S. The 12 White fronted Geese (4 juvs) are still present. A Snow Bunting flew NW and around the sluice were 2 Purple Sandpipers with 7 Turnstones. 40+ Redwings were around the bushes but little else. GG.  

8th - Apart from good numbers of Redwing this morning, the trees and bushes were very quiet. The scrape area held 10 White fronted Geese, 1 Ruff, 1 Swallow and perched for a while was a fem Merlin.  13 Cormorants briefly flew in, then away from the scrape.  Early afternoon proved even better on there with the discovery of a 1w Caspian Gull.  Off-shore movement, watched for an hour before dusk, gave only 1 juv Gannet, 20+ Wigeon and 17+ Knot all headed S, whilst 1 Sanderling and 4 Turnstones were on the shoreline. KA/GG/PRD/PNt/JK/AD.

9th - Today the trees and bushes were again quiet.  Viewed from the hide a juv Marsh Harrier was hunting as were 3 Sparrowhawks. Also noted across the scrape area were 10 White fronted Geese, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Owl and 44 Curlew. Around the sluice were 2 Purple Sandpipers, 7 Turnstones and 1 Sanderling. A session of seawatching produced 1 fem Goldeneye, 5 Red Breasted Mergansers, 4 Tufted Duck (1 fem) and 38 Knot all headed S. AD/KA/PRD/GG.

10th - When the weather finally broke late afternoon, an hour seawatch yielded only the sight of 10 Cormorants together, heading strongly out to sea. KA.

11th - Dry and bright but strong SW winds over midday visits.  Both the scrape and the area to the right of the reed bed are well flooded after yesterday's torrential rain.  3 Ruff were on view along with 6 White fronted Geese (2 juvs), 44 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, and 244+ Wigeon. 1 Barn Owl was quartering the fields, 1 Stonechat was near to the hide and a single Turnstone by the sluice. The carpark bushes held nothing of note. KA/JK.

12th -  A southward passage this morning with 1 Brambling, 13 Redpolls, 6 Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 14 Linnet and 324 Stock Doves noted, also 1 Stonechat and 9 GoldcrestRA. A quick look from the hide late afternoon revealed the 6 White fronted Geese still being present, but only 1 Ruff. Shelduck numbers have risen to 7 KA

13th - This mornings passage was short lived c90 minutes, with 500+ Wood Pigeons, 8 Stock Doves, 5 Lesser Redpolls, 13 Siskins, 4 Linnets, 1 Brambling, 16 Chaffinches, 35 Goldfinches, 6 Greenfinches, 4 Skylarks, 2 Grey Wagtails and 85 Meadow Pipits noted. A Snow Bunting was feeding along the coastal path. GG. The scrape area held 10 White fronted Geese, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 11 Shelduck and 54 Curlew. A short seawatch produced only 2 Knot S being noteworthy. KA.

14th - The only flyovers noted early this morning were 3 Redpoll and 2 Siskin.  The bushes and trees, although still very quiet, did hold 10 Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff along with several Redwings and a Gt.Spot Woodpecker.  Not much change on the scrape today with 10 White fronted Geese, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 50 Curlew and 11 Shelduck.  2 Purple Sandpipers were also noted, as were 2 Stonechats. KA/SC/PC*.  

15th - Noted passage birds this morning included 7 Siskins, 81 Goldfinches, 11 Greenfinches and 4 Skylarks. Along the reed beds and the mounds were a total of 10 Stonechats. Viewable from the hide the 10 White fronted Geese were still in residence, 1 Pink footed Goose was amongst the Greylags and Curlew numbers were down to 35.  Off-shore sightings included 5 Common Scoter and 39 Brent Geese all S. MR/KA*.

16th - After a very wet morning, a dryer afternoon saw the appearance of the sites third record of Egyptian Geese with 7 of them seen at the rear of the scrape.  Also on view again were 1 Pink footed and 10 White fronted Geese1 Blk T Godwit, 3 Snipe, 46 Curlew and 21 Shelduck were also noted. A Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats were in front of the hide, 1 Grey Wagtail was by the sluice farm, 5 Purple Sandpipers were on the rocks by the 2nd turret and 29 Brent Geese were headed S off-shore.  KA/AD/JBS*.

17th - A very icy start today.  A dawn break look at the scrape produced only 1 Brent, 10 White fronted and 51 Canada Geese alongside 22 Shelduck. Later additions included 2 Blk T Godwits and 7 Curlew.  Passage birds included 2 Lapland Buntings early morning headed S, also 2 Siskin, 7 Snow Buntings in/off and 1 of each Redpoll and Brambling.  1 Purple Sandpiper was near the sluice and the bushes held 10+ Goldcrests and 1 Chiffchaff.  Catching the tail end of a good passage of birds headed S past Frinton, a seawatch gave good views of 1 Red-T Diver, 1 Goosander, 2 Gt.Crested Grebes, 85 Common Scoter and 7 Velvet Scoter - a flock of 4 with 5 Common and 3 with 7. KA/GG/PBr.    

18th - A morning visit saw 1 of each Purple Sandpiper, Sanderling and Turnstone between the sluice and 2nd turret, along the reed beds were 8 Stonechats and 1 Little Grebe was in the brook.  The scrape area held 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Pink footed Goose, 41 Curlew and 300+ Wigeon.  1 Little Owl and 3 Goldcrests were also noted. KA.

19th - Dry with a slight breeze this morning but very little activity to note.  1 Blk T Godwit, 42 Curlew and 3 Stonechats were viewable from the hide.  122 Wigeon were on the sea at the end of the sluice and 1 Turnstone was on it.  2 Redwing and 4 Goldcrests were also seen. KA.

20th - Again dry but with WNW winds.  Only 2 Blk T Godwits and 18 Curlew of note on the scrape this morning, with 18 of each Shelduck and Shoveler.  There were c300 Wigeon on the sea opposite the golf-course and along the reed beds just 7 Stonechats. KA.   

21st - Cold with a blustery wind made things difficult, only birds of note were 10 Blk T Godwits on the scrape and a grey goose sp flying N, probably a Pink Foot. GG.

22nd- Freezing with a NW wind, early morning a probable GW Egret was seen at distance flying SE. GE. 2 Redpolls flew over the carpark area. A walk along the seawall produced 1 Redshank, 1 Sanderling and 2 Purple Sandpipers.GE/GG. On the scrape was a female Pintail, adult Med Gull and 9 Blk T Godwits SC/KA/JK/GG.6 Stonechats were also noted.PRD. Early afternoon Peter Newton spotted a white winger heading towards the scrape, it was located and was a fine 2w Iceland Gull, it preened then sat in the field with Herring Gulls before heading off SW after c40 minutes. PNt/KA/PRD/AD/GG.

23rd - Arctic type conditions this morning, started with a seawatch and it paid dividends in the form of a Slavonian Grebe sitting on the sea, Moving S along the coast were a male Goldeneye, 3 Pintail, 20+ Common Scoter, 4 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Purple Sandpipers and 15+ Dunlin.GG/AD/KA. A dash to the hide for protection from the weather was a good move, a 1w Iceland Gull was sitting amongst the larger gulls. (amazingly yesterdays bird was the first record for the site in 10 years and then a second bird the next day-Crazy!).GG/SC/GE. Another seawatch as the weather broke was as not as good as expected with only 4 Common Scoter, 7 Shelduck, 22 Brent Geese, 1 Knot, 10 Dunlin all moving S, also an adult Med Gull and a distant Auk sp. GE/GG. A walk along the seawall late afternoon saw 11 Whitefronts and 1 Pink Footed Goose in the meadows, 2 Sanderling on the beach and 2 Stonechats. GG/PRD.

24th - Wet, icy cold and strong winds!  A seawatch this morning with reasonable visibility for a while, included  sightings of 1 Great Crested Grebe N, 18 Teal, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Shelduck and Dunlin. GG/KA.  Also noted were 7 Blk T Godwits, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Redshank. SC/PB.

25th - The scrape mid-morning held 9 Blk T Godwits, 1 Snipe, 3 Curlew and 1 Brent Goose. KA/JK. 15 Golden Plover were seen in the fields beyond the scrape. JK.  6 Brent Geese S and 1 Purple Sandpiper were noted off-shore. KA

26th - Calm with occasional light drizzle this morning, very few birds about though with the highlights being 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, overhead 1 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll. 11 Blk T Godwits,2 Snipe and a Pink footed Goose on the scrape. GG.  1 Goldcrest and 2 Turnstone were also noted. KA.

27th - A brisk SW wind this morning. A walk along the seawall produced 2 adult Bewick's Swans flying in off, also 4 Stonechats noted. 8 White fronted Geese and a single Pink foot were also seen. GG. 10 Blk T Godwits were on the scrape and out to sea a G C Grebe and 2 Eider flew S. KA.

28th - Non-stop rain during a late afternoon visit to the hide.  Birds noted for the scrape area included 2 Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, 14 Blk T Godwits, 1 Brent Goose and 1 Little Grebe.  3 Turnstones were on the sluice. A single Pheasant being noted eating under the feeders. KA.

29th - Bitterly cold for today's visits.  A Jay followed by a Great Tit were the first birds to be seen actually on the feeders, with both a Robin and Pheasant also at the feeding station. KA/AD.  The scrape held 14 Blk T Godwits, 13 Shoveler and 272 Teal.  A S E Owl was perched by the reed bed for a while before taking flight nearer to the golf course.  Among Greylags in the fields beyond the brook were 5 Egyptian Geese and 1 Pink Footed Goose while further beyond these were 11 Whitefronts.  Other birds of note were 1 of each Purple Sandpiper, Little Owl, Barn Owl and Gt C Grebe, 3 Stonechats and 403 Wigeon. AD/KA/PRD

30th - A seawatch (09.20-13.00) in cold NE winds provided a variety of movement off-shore including 1 Great Skua, 56 Kittiwake, c1000 Common and 5 Med Gulls, 1 ad Gannet and 3 Red-T Divers all N/NE.  2 Purple Sandpipers, 11 Common and 3 Velvet Scoter, 4 Eider, 1 fem/imm Long-tailed Duck and 7 Bewick's Swans all headed S.  2 very distant Auk sp. N were noted.  1 Chiffchaff was by the boating club. GE.  Visits to the scrape produced 1 Water Rail, 1 Redshank, 16 Blk T Godwits, 2 Curlew, 1 Pink footed and 7 Brent Geese.  3 Stonechats were seen and off-shore a further 3 Eider S this afternoon. AD/KA/JK

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