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Recent Sightings

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" 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*


1st - The first report in for November was that of a Black Redstart at 09.06hrs seen for a short time to be near the beach cafe (below Sailing Club) before it was lost to view by c09.18hrs. MR.  Mid-afternoon saw a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks opposite the Golf Course. LH.

2nd - A definite drop in temperatures this morning!  Viewed on the scrape c11.00hrs was the Bean Goose (Tundra) and 2 Pink-footed Geese* all of which then flew and dropped onto the field just beyond but out of/lost to view. MR.

3rd - Back on the scrape this morning (c10.45hrs) were the Bean (Tundra) and Pink-footed Geese. MR.  Noted at c15.18hrs were 4 Whooper Swans* as they flew South past the Sluice. IM.  A Woodcock was also seen today, while off-shore additions were that of a Goosander (duck) initially viewed as she headed S close in. PRD.  The latter bird was later re-located in the same area as a Little Auk* that was sitting close offshore between the Gunfleet Boating and Clacton Sailing Clubs. MR/PR/LR.

4th - No reports returned.

5th - During an afternoon run through the site with the three girls (although two were under cycle-power), there were noted views of a Grey Wagtail on the beach, 2 Stonechats on the edge of the Golf Course, 2 Rock Pipits on the rocks opposite the Golf Course and around the Sluice there were 2 Turnstones.  The Greylag Geese spent time in flight but nothing stood out to be anything other.  The grazing marsh areas held 1 S E Owl, 1 Common Buzzard (the very dark bird) and also an immature Marsh Harrier. PBr/et.al

6th - During a day of seawatching, the noted counts and species consisted of 3 Guillemots, 1 Long-tailed Duck* (N 11.20hrs), 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Shelducks, 2 Goldeneye (duck & drake) and 80 Common Scoter, also 1 Peregrine (in/off), 1 House Martin and 7 Swallows (all S). DS

7th - The rain has helped to bring the levels up on the scrape again and on a bright but very cold morning, viewing from the main hide supplied counts of 1 adult White-fronted Goose amongst the Greylag Geese, 1 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, c50 Wigeon and c100 Teal, along with 1 L B B and 2 Common Gulls amongst the Black-headed and Herring Gulls.  Also viewed were singles of Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard and Barn Owl (box).  A Herring Gull and a Black-headed Gull were seen to be bearing colour-rings.  During two short seawatching sessions the noted counts were of 1 Little Egret, 4 Gannets and c30 Brent Geese all N, while 1 Shelduck, c20 Brent Geese and c30 Common Scoter flew S. MR.  Seawatching from 07.00-16.00hrs yielded noted counts of 2 Little Egrets (may include the previously noted bird), 2 Little Auks (1 on sea+1N at 10.05hrs), 1 Guillemot (N), 1 Pomarine Skua (S), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 15 Gannets (minimum), 1 Goldeneye (duck), 4 Tufted Ducks, 7 Shelducks, 12 Pintails, 13 Eider (inc. 7 drakes) and 109 Common Scoter.  A Peregrine was also noted, as was a Redpoll sp. DS.   

8th - Of particular note, a single White-Fronted Goose was again amongst the Greylag Geese this morning. MR.  This afternoon saw a male Snow Bunting* present on the seawall - between the second hide and the Golf Course - the bird was still viewable as at 14.20hrs, while the arable field below Gt. Holland Hall held some 450+ Golden Plovers - this being a very good count for the Haven records. PRD.  

9th/10th/11th - No reports returned.

12th - Seawatching today in SSE/S winds (06.45-16.00hrs) gave counts of 4 Curlew, 18 Gannets, 5 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Skuas (Bonxie), as well as 3 Golden-eye, 3 Pintail, 4 Eider, 18 Shelducks, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers and 43 Common Scoter. DS.  Additional sightings from a visit (11.25-13.30hrs) were of 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 4 Purple Sandpipers and a White-fronted Goose that flew in with the Greylag Geese. SS/NM.  A run through the site early afternoon from the Frinton end, gave additions of 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechats, 2 Rock Pipits and 4 Purple Sandpipers. PBr/SBr.

13th - Viewing from the main hide this morning (09.30-11.00hrs) gave the observers noted counts of 1 Pink-footed and 1 White-fronted Geese, 2 Blk-T Godwits and 16 Snipe, also 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 S E Owls. PL/IM/ML.

14th/15th - No reports returned.

16th - A mid to late morning visit supplied noted counts of 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Rock Pipit and 4+ Stonechats, also 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Shoveler, 95+ Wigeon and 280+ Teal along with singles of both a White-fronted Goose and a Pink-footed Goose amongst the Greylag Geese. LH.  

17th - Per RBA message, a probable Rough-Legged Buzzard was seen over the marsh at 11.25hrs. RBA.

18th - Viewing from the main hide during this morning, both 1 Pink-footed and 1 White-fronted were seen to be still amongst some 220 Greylag Geese, while the Ducks consisted of 1 Shoveler, 96 Wigeon and 144 Teal.  Also across the area were 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 1 Blk-T Godwit, 294 Lapwings, 2 GBB, 3 LBB, 46 Herring and 80 Black-headed Gulls.  Singles of Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were noted.  Continuing a walk through to the third turret, additions were of 1 Turnstone and 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylarks, 2 Rock Pipits and 5 Stonechats. MR.    

19th - No reports returned.

20th - A seawatching session through the morning (06.45-12.00hrs) yielded particular noted counts of 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Bar-T Godwit, 2 Guillemots, 3 Gannets, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (S) the latter being close in-shore at 08.42hrs, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 12 Common Scoter. DS.

21st/22nd - No reports returned.

23rd - Per the pager, viewed from the main hide at 15.45hrs, 2+ S E Owls were distant birds. RBA

24th- Seawatching was the order of the day for one observer (06.45-16.00hrs) and there were selected totals of 1 Long-tailed Duck (S at 08.40hrs), 3 Pintails, 20 Eider, 79 Wigeon and 80 Common Scoter (the majority of the Scoter flying N), 2 Guillemots, 2 Kittiwakes (1W), 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Gannets and 13 Red-throated Divers. DS.  

25th - On the scrape this morning were 2 Egyptian Geese* located at 09.30hrs. MR.

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

29th - On a cold but bright morning, surveying the site gave counts of 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat (the latter bird being on the mounds upon the return walk), 1 Peregrine (a juvenile putting on a superb display), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Kestrels.  On and around the scrape as viewed from the main hide, were totals of 1 Blk-T Godwit, 3 Snipe, 4 Curlew, 55 Golden Plover (the latter on there as at 12.20hrs) and c100 Lapwings, along with c300 Wigeon, c350 Teal, 1 Pink-footed, 1 White-fronted and c150 Greylag Geese, while 200 Brent Geese dropped in for a few minutes 'for a wash' and just prior to mid-day, 28 Barnacle Geese touched down on the scrape.  The water level on the scrape has again risen and is now a bit more enticing for those feathered friends.  There were 2 Turnstones located along the front. MR.     

30th - Rounding up the month of November, a site visit this morning (10.00-12.00hrs) supplied once again the Pink-footed, the White-fronted and 28 Barnacle Geese, as well as c140 Greylag and c1200 Brent Geese (the Brents in the fields beyond the Golf Course).  Counts of 300+ Wigeon and 400+ Teal were noted, as were a Jack Snipe (in flight over the marsh), 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Stonechats (1pr) and 2 Kestrels. LH.

As at 30th November 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at 184.


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