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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*


1st - No reports returned.

2nd - During a morning survey, a Great White Egret "graced the grazing marsh" briefly before heading "over the road and appeared to land distantly towards Sladbury's Lane".  A count of 5 Pink-footed Geese were again on the site, while the carpark bushes held a very showy male Brambling (probably the same bird seen of the feeders a bit later) and a Lesser Redpoll was a flyover. PRD.  A Ringing Session (from early a.m.) along the rear hedgerows, involved some twenty-five birds of eleven species, including GoldcrestCetti's WarblerStonechat and Song Thrush.  Also seen during the session was a FieldfarePNt/LW.

3rd - During a 'shortish' Ringing Session this morning, some fifteen birds were involved - these being of four species that included Wren and Lesser Redpoll.  Including the bird ringed, a count of 4 Lesser Redpolls were seen during this time and the end of the session saw 4 Bearded Tits moving through the reedbed. SC.  Towards the Frinton end of the site, 3 Stonechats were noted. TS.

4th - The highlights of a seawatching session (07.00-13.00hrs) included a single Black-throated Diver*, 4 Guillemots, 5 Great Skuas (Bonxies), 77 Common Scoters and a count of 2 S E OwlsDS.

5th - At least four observers were on and around the site during the morning and early afternoon (08.00-13.45hrs) with seawatching featuring from 12.00-13.45hrs.  With so many of this particular species currently being seen across the county and country (and already seen at both the Naze and Frinton), a Hawfinch* (S at 09.05hrs) was finally reported for the Haven today.  The only accepted record for this species previously at the site, is that of the bird that the late Tariq Watson found in April 1989.  A Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpolls and 3 Siskin were also noted. ML.  The wanders and the surveys across the site during the morning, yielded 1 Little OwlKingfisherSnow Bunting that was along the seawall opposite the Golf Course (+3 more Snow Buntings in/off later) and 2 Stonechats, while the trees and bushes held of note, RedwingsBlackcap and 6 Goldcrests.  The 5 Pink-footed Geese were once again reported.  The time spent seawatching (from near the Sluice), added another Haven 2017 Year List tick in the form of 2 Goosanders* with the other notable birds being 1 Med Gull (ad), 1 Black-throated Diver (S), 4 Gannets (N) and 2 Siskins in/off.  Seen along the seawall, were 4 Rock PipitsPRD/ML/MR/PL

6th - A two hour Ringing Session was held this morning - this involved twenty-three birds of seven species, including   GoldcrestBlackbird and WrenSC/PC

7th - With 'movements primarily to the S', seawatching from 07.00-16.00hrs in S winds today, provided counts of 1 Goldeneye, 2 Gadwall, 6 Eider, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Pintail, 86 Common Scoters, 54 Teal and a total of 134 Wigeon.  Also, the notable species of 2 Guillemots, 2 Great Skuas (Bonxies), 5 Great Crested Grebes and 25   Lapwings.  Some 300+ Goldfinches were seen to fly in/off, while at 07.30hrs, a Tern sp. was viewed 'lingering S'. DS

8th - Reported from an afternoon visit - in from the Frinton end of site - it was found that 2 Snow Buntings (1pr) were along the seawall N of the 'embedded' turret (since 5th). PBr.  Of note during another site visit, at 13.15hrs the 5 Pink-footed Geese were seen to fly W over the B1032 (main marshes road) where they subsequently landed in the stubble field NW of the lay-by/gravel dump. GB.      

9th - A few observers were on and around the site today with off-shore viewing and on-site counts made.  A five hour seawatch (08.40-13.40hrs) produced further site records of Hawfinch, 2 of them SE today (1x 10.02hrs+1x 13.10hrs) also 1 Gannet, 4 Turnstones, 29 Lapwings (in/off), 40 Knot, c40 Golden Plovers and 50 Dunlin.  Noted Ducks and Geese proved to be 3 Goldeneye, 10 Eider, 77 Wigeon, 132 Common Scoters and 55 Brent GeeseIM/PRD/ML/MR.  A visit and survey (10.30-15.20hrs) supplied 1 Blk-T Godwit (scrape), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Rock Pipit and 3 Stonechats   on/around the site, while along the front and off-shore viewing from the seawall, added 2 Purple Sandpipers (rocks opposite the second hide), 1 Red-throated Diver (S), 6 Goldeneye (S) and 8 Eider (S) - the latter two species being +/- the aforementioned birds. BL.  The pager gave that a Snow Bunting was again near the turret opposite the Golf Course at 13.22hrs. RBA.

10th - A couple of site wanders and independent surveys throughout this morning, provided a few highlights including a Snow Bunting that was around the Sluice area, a Rock Pipit and a male Stonechat towards the Frinton end of the site, also 4 Turnstones.  Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh yielded counts of 6+ Blk-T Godwits (at one point) and 286 Lapwings, 2 Shoveler (drakes), 25 Mallards, 150 Wigeon and 485 Teal, while singles of Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier (male) also graced the vicinity and a Kestrel made the notes too.  Visible migration - noted as light - included double figure GoldfinchChaffinch, a few Skylarks and a single Linnet.  Between the times 08.00-1015hrs (SC), there were no geese to be viewed. PRD/SC.

11th - Of particular note at 11.00hrs, a Caspian Gull (2W) was located on the scrape, viewed from the Main Hide. SN.

12th - The pathway along the front yielded 3 Snow Buntings of particular note late this afternoon (16.35hrs). DS.

13th - At least three observers were on the site today, with a wander and survey this morning and also two seawatch sessions taking place.  The on-site species of particular note were those of a Grey Wagtail on the roof of Sluice Cottages, 2 Snow Buntings towards the Frinton end of the site and also 2 Stonechats.  The 'best bird' was a fine drake Pintail that was on the pond to the right of the Main Hide. PRD.  The first seawatch (07.00-12.30hrs) in NW winds, gave some sixteen species including singles of Rock PipitRedwing and Little Egret.  A single Grey Plover, 16   Lapwings, 2 Red-throated Divers, 9 Guillemots and 14 Gannets were also noted, along with counts of 1 Eider (drake), 2 Goldeneye, 3 Shelducks, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Wigeon, 79 Teal and 225 Common Scoters and some 37   Brent GeeseDS/IM.  The second seawatch (14.10-15.55hrs) added 1 Goosander to the day's overall species and additional counts of 1 Goldeneye, 50 Common Scoters and 10 Brent GeeseIM

14th - During a four hour seawatch by three observers this morning (08.00-12.00hrs), singles of Great Skua (Bonxie) and Great-Crested Grebe were noted, as were 2 Gannets and 3 Red-throated Divers.  The Waders, Ducks and Geese, comprised 2 Oystercatchers, 5 Turnstones, 12 Dunlin, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Eider, 29 Common Scoters, c40 Wigeon and a total of 38 Brent GeeseIM/PRD/ML

15th/16th/17th/18th - No reports returned.

19th - A WeBS count took place 'either side of' 09.00hrs this morning from the Main Hide and provided the observer with totals of 3 Blk T Godwits and 35 Lapwings, 36 Mallards, c150 Wigeon and c550 Teal as well as 17 Greylag Geese.  A single Turnstone was an addition at the Sluice. SC.  Reported (to SC) for c07.30 to just before 09.00hrs were details of 7 Brent Geese (dropped in for 15 mins onto the scrape) 1 Kingfisher, 2 Curlew and c200 Golden Plover (the latter not located during the WeBS count). Vtr

20th - Four observers carried out a joint seawatching session from 10.30hrs to 14.30hrs today which yielded eight species of particular note, included within which, were counts of 6 Turnstones and 20 Dunlin, 1 Goldeneye and 50   Common Scoters, singles of Red-throated and Black-throated Divers, 5 Gannets and 18 Brent Geese.  During this time, a probable Pomarine Skua was also viewed. IM/PRD/PNt/JH.  Viewed by a single observer, were a count of 2 Slavonian Grebes* that were seen to be drifting SW off of the Clacton Sailing Club area (Club-house above Dell). IM

21st - This morning proved to be quiet of birds across the site with highlights being the drake Pintail still viewable on the pond (right of Main Hide) and 1+ Bearded Tits in the reed-beds right up at the Frinton end, while off-shore yielded a Great Skua (Bonxie).  Other counts included 4 Blk-T Godwits, a single Shoveler (fem), c200 Wigeon and 500 Teal across the scrape, as well as the 5 Pink-footed Geese that were initially on the grazing marsh prior to them heading up to the arable. PRD

22nd/23rd/24th/25th/26th/27th - No reports returned.

28th - A wander to the Main Hide today with surveying along the beach area on route and upon the return, provided 2 Sanderling on the beach (in front of the Boating Club) while a single Purple Sandpiper was on the Sluice Rocks with some c30 Gulls including amongst them, a colour-ringed Herring Gull (Suffolk).  Across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, the waders totalled 2 Curlew, 3 Blk-T Godwits and c80 Lapwings with the ducks and geese consisting of 208 Wigeon and 510 Teal, 28 Canada and 105 Greylags Geese.  Among the Black-headed and Herring Gulls in this vicinity, were a noted count of 9 G B B.  Birds of Prey were singles of Peregrine (on the arable), Kestrel and Common Buzzard.  The return walk found a single Turnstone plus a Sanderling on the Sluice with the delight for the observer, of a Kingfisher sitting on the Sluice Rocks. MR.

29th - No reports returned.

30th - The month of November ends with a report from a seawatching session that took place from 07.30-15.00hrs.  No additions for the Haven 2017 Year List but a good variety that included 6 Fieldfares that flew in/off, as well as 1 Little Auk (S at 12.45hrs) - unfortunately, the latter bird was also seen to meet its fate with the Gulls.  Fourteen further species of particular note, were those of 2 Guillemots, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Med Gulls, 4 Gannets, 7 Great Skuas (Bonxies) and some 17 Red-throated Divers, along with 4 Brent Geese, 2 Eider, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Shelducks, 5 Teal, 5 Pintails, 18 Wigeon and 46 Common Scoters. DS.     

As at 30th November 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at 181. 

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