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October 2010

1st - Strong winds this morning, early at SSW but turning through S to SSE by c09.00hrs.  Gusts were recorded locally during the day at 33+mph.  Mostly grey skies but a few bright patches since the earlier rain.  The scrape actually had a couple of wader species on it today - 2 of each Ruff and Blk T Godwits being noted on there.  Singles of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were on/over the site, as were 3 Common Buzzards.  3 Skylarks were also seen. JK

2nd - A fairly bright, dry day through until mid-afternoon when all became grey, temperature cooled and by late afternoon, rain appeared.  Winds began light to moderate SE, stronger for the afternoon into the evening.  The highlight on site today, was most definitely that of a Barred Warbler.  This is the 9th record of such a bird for the Haven and nine years since the last, recorded in September 2001.  The bird appeared in the nets, was subsequently rung, released near to the sewage farm and flew beyond the feeding station. PNt/AEC/JBS/SC/PC/PL/JK/IM/MR/AD/KA et al.  Other noted birds on site, were a Merlin, Grey Wagtail, 1+ Sparrowhawks, 3 Med Gulls and an early afternoon steady stream of Swallows heading S. PL/IM/AEC/KA/AD

3rd - Not too bad a morning and it remained dry until early afternoon, when drizzle turned to heavy rain and was then more or less constant into the evening.  The predominate winds being strong S.  No reports returned.

4th - Very grey and overcast with rain to start the day but this later became more of an on/off drizzle.  Winds remained quite light through the morning and by lunchtime had swung round to N and were only moderately stronger.  Rain returned again late in the day.  A visit to site this afternoon, searched the trees and bushes from the dipping pond along to the sluice area, providing counts of 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap and a single Lesser Whitethroat.  Along the route 2 Wheatear were also located, while off-shore, 5 Brent Geese headed S. MR.

5th - Dull, on/off drizzle that at times turned to heavy rain and some moderate to strong winds, that varied through the day, S to SSW.  No reports returned.

6th - Rain again to start - although this eased by 07.00hrs, it did not stop totally and the sky remained very overcast.  Winds this morning were very strong S to SSW, with gusts recorded locally at c40mph.  After a torrential downpour, the afternoon then brightened considerably and the rain ceased!  Only a slight change of wind direction to SW.  Site coverage today found next to nothing of note, although 42 Golden Plover on the far fields were disturbed and flew when a Common Buzzard descended. MR.

7th - A pleasant day, dry with light to moderate ESE winds that later turned to Easterlies.  Located today was the first record for the Haven of a BAIRD's SANDPIPER.  Found by Mick Rodwell and Pete Bruce, the bird was very elusive but remained at most times with a single Dunlin.  Initial views had seen them on the closer muddy strips but both birds proceeded to frequent the far side of the scrape and spent more time amongst and beyond the grass tufts than on the muddy shore.  Eventually, both birds flew to just beyond the main island, giving the observers in the hide, some very good views.  Also giving some fantastic viewing late this afternoon, was a juvenile Merlin that flew out from near to the hide and perched atop the mud mounds to the right.  Slightly further afield and perched in the dead tree was a Common Buzzard, while beyond the scrape, was a flock of 40+ Goldfinch.  A Cetti's Warbler was noted, as were increased numbers of both Thrush and Finch species. MR/PB/PNt/SC/JK/JBS/PR/LR/KA/AD/GRy/PL.      

8th - Total cloud cover for the morning, although it did brighten and winds were moderate Easterlies to start, strengthening as the day went on.  Still on the scrape this morning was the Baird's Sandpiper, still elusive behind the tufts at times but showed well when out.  Also noted was a Garganey. JBS.  A Greenshank was a noted flyover across the scrape and a single Wheatear was along the seawall. PBr. c16.00hrs saw some splendid views of the Baird's, while beyond the scrape, the juv Merlin was atop a fence post.  In then brisk winds, a couple of Swallows were noted by the sewage cottages. AP

9th - A mix of cloud and some on/off sunny periods along with moderate to strong E winds.  The Baird's Sandpiper was again showing on the scrape this morning and attracted a constant stream of admirers throughout the day.  The Garganey still remains and a Snow Bunting was at the Frinton end of the site, by the first golf tee.  Other birds seen were singles of Peregrine, Common Buzzard, Arctic Skua, Med Gull, Cetti's Warbler and Red Breasted Merganser. Also noted were 1 Redwing, 3+ Brambling, 11 Siskins, 20+ Swallows,23 Brent Geese and 100+ Goldfinches.

10th - A warm and mostly bright day with winds turning from ESE through to ENE.  Coverage from morning until evening today saw that the Baird's Sandpiper was still resident on the scrape.  A Ringed Plover was also in the vicinity, along with a Garganey, 3 Shoveler, 50+ Wigeon and numerous Teal and Greylag Geese while 4 Brent Geese flew over.  An influx of Goldcrests were noticeable with 30+ on site, with other counts being 1 Merlin, 1 Snow Bunting, 100+ Goldfinch, singles of Whinchat and Brambling, 20+ Skylark, 4+ Wheatear, 4+ Redwing and 6 Song Thrush.  The site also had 1+ Ring Ouzel noted today.  Two short seawatching sessions, morning and afternoon, gave totals of 1 Arctic Skua and 6 Brent Geese N, a Blk-T Diver was seen on the sea and birds that headed S were 61+ Brent Geese and 1 ad Med Gull. GG/MR/JBS/KA/AD.  At 15.00hrs, initially picked up on call, what was believed to be a  Red Throated Pipit (JBS et al.) flew over the site and appeared to land beyond the carpark.  Searches of the area unfortunately failed to re-locate the bird and as no defining details could be given, this bird, can at most, only be classed as a probable and therefore is not counted by hollandhavenbirding.com.  Late afternoon, across from the site approach road and over the grazing marsh, good views were had of both a male Hen Harrier and a Merlin. SC/PC.

11th - Some strong NE winds this morning along with mainly blue skies and bright sun.  Conditions very much constant thoughout the day.  The Baird's Sandpiper was on the scrape for it's fifth day.  Also located on the scrape, were 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, a Garganey and 80+ Wigeon.  Surveying the trees and bushes across the site, gave a Firecrest by the carpark, a Ring Ouzel, a Redstart and 4 Brambling, 30+ of each Goldcrest and Goldfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush and a single Wheatear. JBS/MR/PB.  From the Frinton end of site, covering the golf course and seawall areas this morning, a Snow Bunting, 2 Rock Pipits and 25 Meadow Pipits were about, whilst fly-overs included finches, Skylarks and Redwings.  A male Hen Harrier was seen across the fields. PBr.  An additional report was of a Peregrine and also Siskins over the site today.

12th - Some dark cloud cover during the morning and again late afternoon but very bright when the sun broke through.  Cooler temperatures today with moderate to strong winds that began ENE turning slightly during the day to end at NNE by the evening.  Visits to site today also included for a WeBS Count.  Across the fields beyond the Golf Course, the male Hen Harrier was viewed once more this morning, as were at least 4 Common Buzzards and singles of Peregrine and Kestrel.  Around the site and fly-overs, were some 250+ Goldfinch, 10+ Siskin, 20 Linnet, 2 of each Redpoll and Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 40+ Goldcrest and 5 Song Thrush.  The scrape and surrounding areas were still playing host to the Baird's Sandpiper along with 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 2 Turnstones, 13 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew, 200 Lapwing, 5 Shoveler, 108 Wigeon, 160 Teal, a 1W Med Gull and 190 Greylag Geese, while Blk Headed, Herring, L B B and G B B Gulls numbered 41, 5, 5 and 2 respectively. PBr/JBS/MR/SC.  

13th - A chilly but dry, grey morning with moderate to strong NNW winds to start.  By mid-morning the winds had become moderate NE and by dusk, were Northerlies.  Last October 13th (2009), saw the 7th site record of Bearded Tits, just a pair of them - today saw the 8th site record when 9 Bearded Tits came from the reedbed, near to the second turret, then proceeded to fly South.  The Baird's Sandpiper was on the scrape, whilst others noted on/over the site were singles of Cetti's Warbler, Ring Ouzel and Redwing, 15+ Goldcrest, 350+ Goldfinch, 4 Turnstones and 39 Golden PloverJBS/MR.  A single Stonechat was an additional report. BS.    

14th - Grey cloud cover throughout the day with NNW winds being light to moderate to start, becoming moderate to strong later in the day.   Drizzle made several attempts and temperatures were again somewhat cool.  At 09.30hrs a Jack Snipe was showing well on the scrape while also noted were 1 Snipe, 23 Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing and 5 ShovelerMR.  At 10.25hrs, the Baird's Sandpiper was observed as it flew in from elsewhere, to land on the scrape -not content with just being elusive, it's definitely wandering further afield!  In from the South, came a "massive" female Peregrine, in/off the sea came both a S E Owl and a Grey Wagtail, 6 Swallows flew over S, the fields held 100+ Golden Plover and a Ruff was noted, as was an imm male Marsh Harrier.  A total of 6 Sparrowhawks were surveyed during this visit  "6 including 4 females possibly of continental origin, due to size comparison against the Crows chasing them". AT/SG.  Around the rest of the site, trees/bushes/reedbeds etc, counts were 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, +/- 11 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 50+ Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 6 of each Skylark and Reed Bunting and singles of Stonechat and Whinchat. MR/AT/SG/JBS.  Viewing from the hide c16.00hrs, saw the Baird's take up from the scrape and head strongly N in the direction of Gt. Holland Church, the bird had not returned by 17.00hrs.  New in for this afternoon was a Blk T Godwit. JBS.  

15th - Overcast but dry with some light to moderate NW winds throughout the morning.  Slightly variable and stronger winds for the afternoon but again mainly NW.  A visit to the hide c10.50hrs gave sightings and counts of a fem Hen Harrier, singles of Sparrowhawk, Jay and Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 40+ Lapwings, 20+ Goldfinch and 3 Skylark. JK.  The Baird's Sandpiper was on the scrape at 14.03hrs, although it was seen to be very mobile, whilst at 16.00hrs, the Ringtail Hen Harrier was once more on view. JBS.  

16th - Bright to start although short-lived as cloud cover moved in.  Some on/off bright spells throughout the day as well as some attempts of light drizzle.  Winds were chilly and strong Northerlies, turning to NE and remaining as such going into dusk.  Wind gusts were reported locally of up to 34.1mph.  The highlights reported for the site today were the Baird's Sandpiper on the scrape this morning, along with a single Common Gull and a Curlew. JK.  A fem Redstart was initially near the sewage farm and then seen late afternoon in the car park area.  A Merlin was seen from the hide, whilst it sat in the arable, also noted were 8 Golden Plovers. GG/JBS.

17th - Some patchy blue sky amongst the grey cloud with NNE moderate winds for the morning.  The afternoon saw more blue sky for a while until it became overcast once more with some additional slight drizzle.  For it's eleventh consecutive day, the Baird's Sandpiper was again on the scrape, viewable on and off throughout.  5 Brent Geese dropped in briefly to the area and a Common Buzzard was noted as it roosted in the hedgerow beyond. MR/PRD/NH et al.  At 14.00hrs, showing very well in the far right hand corner, was a Jack Snipe. NH.

18th - Wintery days are definitely with us and although bright at times, it remained very cool!!  Winds were variable through SW and sometimes quite strong.  Reports for across the site today covered morning through to evening.  On the scrape and the surrounding grazing marsh was the Baird's Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 90+ Golden Plover, 100+ Lapwing, 8 Shoveler, 100+ Teal, 163 Wigeon and 200+ Greylag Geese.  Seen just in front of the hide were 2 Bearded Tits while also noted was a single Sparrowhawk. MR/PB/PRD/JK/RShf.  Species on and amongst the trees, bushes and reedbeds, along with fly-overs, totalled 2+ Goldcrest, 30+ Goldfinch, 3 of each Lesser Redpoll and Siskin, 2 Reed Buntings, 6 Meadow Pipits, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, c60 Swallows (heading S in small groups during the morning), 40+ House Martins (heading S late afternoon) and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker.  A juv/fem Black Redstart was on the rocks towards the beach huts, 2 Rock Pipits and 4 Turnstones were observed, whilst 18 Starlings and several Skylarks were viewed coming in/off the sea.  Heading S off-shore were 12 Brent Geese. MR/PRD/JBS/KA.     

19th - A very cold, bright morning with some moderate NW winds, turned by early afternoon to being very overcast with stronger NW winds.  Mid-afternoon saw a torrential downpour followed by mixed but mainly very dark skies and on/off drizzle - the evening brought more heavy rain.  At 10.32hrs, the Baird's Sandpiper was again viewed from the hide, it being once again resident on the scrape.  Across the scrape and grazing marsh were 8 Shoveler, 100+ Wigeon, 120+ Teal and numerous Greylag Geese, while birds of prey were 3 Common Buzzards and a fem Peregrine.  In the reedbed in front of the hide were 2 Stonechat and 7+ Bearded Tits, with another 3 Bearded Tits also being located further along the site, in reedbeds near to the golf course. MR/PRD.  A Black Redstart was along the seawall, 2+ Siskin were fly-overs and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker was also seen. PRD.  Around the trees, bushes and grassed areas today, there were of note, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush and other fly-overs included 20+ Goldfinch that were headed S. MR.   

20th - A very bright start again this morning but so very very cold!  Conditions remained much the same into the middle of the afternoon, along with the moderate to strong NW winds.  On the scrape, the Baird's Sandpiper was the "only" bird of note (it has now been on site for a fortnight), while in front of the hide were 16 Bearded Tits +/- another 4 near the bridlepath bridge - these were later seen heading inland over the golf course.  The juv/fem Black Redstart was again towards the Frinton end of the seawall, 20 Redwings were noted, as was also, a single Fieldfare.  Birds of prey featured well in sightings from this morning through to early afternoon, with at least 2 Common Buzzards on and over the site, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines (both of these at one point, in the air together), a fem Merlin and a single KestrelJBS/PBr.  Further coverage gave additions of 10 Fieldfare and singles of Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and Goldcrest. SC.   News came in this morning of a juv Rough Legged Buzzard over the Haven, giving some very good views to one observer, it was then seen to be mobbed by Crows (c11.00hrs) and a second observer managed to get some good flight views. JBS/PBr.  The R Legged was not actually seen to leave the site or the viewable airspace but searches by several, across the relevant site area, could not re-locate the bird.  Before today's bird (being the 5th site record), this species was last recorded as a confirmed sighting, almost eight years ago in November 2002.      

21st - Mainly a bright day throughout, although some dark clouds were apparent late afternoon.  Westerly winds, that increased in strength over the day, helped to keep the temperature cold.  Another good day for an elusive site record with the locating of a Hooded Crow.  The site's 4th confirmed record, with the previous three being Feb'92, Apr'96 and Apr'06.  Picked out as the bird landed on a chimney - on the boundary of the Haven recording area - the bird took flight, flying strongly in a NE direction over the Haven coastline, heading towards Frinton. (It was subsequently recorded there as well).  Thrush and finch movement was noted today, with 200+ Goldfinch flying over S, 2 Siskin, 1 Ring Ouzel, 20+ Blackbirds, 5 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare and a single Song Thrush counted.  Also 2 Grey Wagtails and 3 Goldcrests, while on the fields and close vicinity were 203 Golden Plover and 100+ Lapwing.  Singles of Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were viewable, whereas Bearded Tits could only be heard this morning and could not actually be seen, let alone counted.  During this visit, there was no sign at all of the Baird's. JBS/MR.  Calling as it flew S overhead, during site coverage early afternoon, was a Yellowhammer. PRD.  A return visit later in the afternoon, gave the additions of 2 Merlin (1fem+1male). JBS

22nd - Another dry, bright start and as now expected, another cold one!  The daylight hours remained much the same, although the mainly W light to moderate winds, had become N by dusk.  Site coverage from first light through to 10.45hrs, covered from the carpark areas, up to the Frinton end, also including the viewing of the scrape and surrounding fields/grazing marsh.  Early on, were 4 Snow Buntings in the carpark, whilst later and near to Tariq, was a fem Ring Ouzel.  There was a noticeable influx of Blackbirds with some 50+ noted and also good numbers of both Redwing and Fieldfare.  2 of each Brambling and Siskin were seen, whilst flocks totalling c1500 Goldfinch and c200 Linnets were all moving S.  3 Common Buzzards were on/over the site prior to 10.30hrs and 150 Golden Plovers were residing on the fields.  Bearded Tits were interesting numbers today, with the presumption of 19 birds on/over the site during this visit.  5 of the Beardies left the reedbed in front of the hide at 09.00hrs and headed very strongly S and out of view, a short time later 10 Beardies flew over, again strongly S and out of view, while 4 birds were then located in the reeds, by the small (Dartford W) bridge just c200yds to the right of the hide.  While there were no signs of any particular Warblers around the site, there was a very elusive Acro sp. in the first reedbed where the site initially joins the golf course. JBS.  Additional reports from late morning into early afternoon, gave 2 Turnstones on the sluice and singles of both Merlin and Green Sandpiper. JK/PB.     

23rd - Heavy rain that continued through the night and into the morning, finally eased by c08.30hrs.  Although still very overcast at 09.30hrs with moderate to strong SW winds, the day had brightened considerably by mid-morning.   Late afternoon into early evening brought a couple of showers and the winds, gaining strength, turned to WNW.  A short seawatch just as the rain stopped produced 1 bird, an Arctic Tern was watched as it fished offshore.  The scrape held 1 Redshank and a single Blk T Godwit.  2 Bearded Tits were in the far reedbeds.  A late Blackcap was found in the nets. GG.  2 Common Buzzards were also on site during the day. JK

24th - A very bright, "fresh" morning with light to moderate chilly NW winds.  Conditions remained much the same for the duration, although the skies went very dark and threatened a downpour late afternoon.  A Rough Legged Buzzard drifted in from the W (PB/IM), later it performed well for those in the hide.  Other raptors noted were a ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrels.  A walk along the seawall to Frinton, produced 3 late Swallows, 48 Siskin, 24 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Brambling, 20+ Chaffinch, 9 Linnet, c200 Goldfinches, 1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare and 3 Redwings all heading S.  7 Bearded Tits were present in the 1st reedbed. GG.  Late afternoon a Treecreeper was located by the Boating Club compound, this is the first on site for many years and a great find. IM.  Although elusive it was relocated in the carpark bushes. GG/JBS.  A S E Owl was seen late on. IM.

25th - Another very bright morning, bitterly cold with some light NNW winds.  The day remained dry, winds by nightfall were at SW.  A Rough Legged Buzzard was again over the fields and grazing marsh (10.45hrs) and was viewed from the hide.  On the scrape and grazing areas, were 3 Blk T Godwits, 4 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 174 Teal and 50+ LapwingJBS/MR/IM.  The Treecreeper was located again, just prior to lunchtime, being in the wooded area near to Tariq. AM/MR/IM.  Afternoon visits, saw at one point, 3 S E Owls together over the grazing/arable land - there may very well have been more than just the three on site today, with singles having been noted elsewhere around the site.  Yet another Haven Year List tick was a flock of Waxwing on the wires over the carpark c16.15hrs, the birds then flew to nearby hawthorns before they left the site and headed inland.  This flock numbered 9, reports also came in of two other flocks of 12 + 8, so a total of 29 Waxwings today.  A male Snow Bunting was on the seawall, as was one of 2 Brambling seen today, 50+ Skylarks were on/over the site (44+ of these, were a single flock in/off the sea), both a Barn Owl and Peregrine were viewed, as were a single Purple Sandpiper and 6 Turnstones.  Landing close inshore near the sluice, late afternoon, was a Little Auk which then proceeded to drift back NE along the coast. PRD/IM/PBr.  A good variety of other species were also noted throughout the day and included totals of 8+ Bearded Tits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 2+ Goldcrest, 12+ Siskin, 100+ Chaffinch, 50+ Blackbirds, 10+ Fieldfare, 12+ Redwing, 1+ Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 Kestrels. JBS/IM/MR/AM/KA/PBr/PRD.  An additional report gave that a Common Sandpiper was on the rocks below the seawall.    

26th - A dry start this morning but the threatened rain did happen and was in for most of the afternoon and well into the evening.  Winds began as moderate SW, turning slightly to SSW by nightfall and gained strength as the day went on.  A Little Auk headed S past the Haven around mid-day. Nik.  Early morning saw a single Snow Bunting and 2 Swallows. JBS.  The scrape held 3 Curlew and 12 Shoveler and relocated prior to lunch, was the Treecreeper (IM/MR), it was seen again c16.00hrs. JBS.  Off-shore, 2 Brent Geese headed N. MR.

27th - After a grey, dismal and damp early morning with moderate SW winds, mid-morning into the afternoon turned to being bright and dry with some very brisk SW winds.  By 15.45hrs, rain had again arrived and continued to drizzle on and off into the evening.  The Treecreeper was still on site this morning in the area near to Tariq. IM.  Noted this morning were singles of S E Owl, Barn Owl, Common BuzzardSparrowhawk, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin, 4 Fieldfare, 30+ Blackbirds and 5 TurnstonesBearded Tits were heard only. IM/MR/JBS.  Also seen along the seafront were both a Little Gull and a Sanderling. BS.  Turnstones were up to a count of 7 by the afternoon. IM.  Near the Boating Club compound were 4+ Goldcrests, while singles of Merlin and Kestrel were noted near to the hide. KA.  A late afternoon cycle ride, viewed a male Snow Bunting along the seawall route, whilst a Common Buzzard was seen perched beyond the golf course. PBr.   

28th - Overcast today, a couple of afternoon attempts at drizzle and moderate to strong winds that moved WSW through to SSW.  Coverage of the site throughout today, did include that of viewing across the scrape, however, there was little of any real note with reports giving 3 Curlew and 2 Blk T Godwits, 4+ Shoveler, 125+ Wigeon and 200+ Teal. PRD.  Fly-overs, all heading S, were 45+ Siskin, 15+ Redpoll (JBS/PRD) and at least 9 Swallows (MR/IM).  Near to the second turret and in the reedbeds close by, were a single Snow Bunting and 4 Bearded Tits respectively. BS.  The trees, bushes and surrounding areas, provided counts of a single Blackcap, a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrests, 17+ Redwing and 40+ Blackbirds, while also observed were 4+ Reed Buntings and 7 Turnstone. IM/MR.  Additional species were 2 Sanderling, a single Sparrowhawk and seen as it drifted S, close in-shore, was a 1W Red T Diver. PRD.

29th - Some strong Southerly winds this morning and it was still not exactly light as at 07.45hrs.  The day remained very grey throughout and the S winds remained strong.   No reports returned.

30th - Mostly a reasonable day weatherwise - for the time of year!  Mainly dry and bright throughout, although a shower briefly interrupted mid-afternoon.  Winds were moderate to strong SW.  A visit this morning taking in the rear edge of the site, gave an imm Peregrine that was happy to just sit on the ploughed field, a Grey Wagtail was a fly-over, as was a Curlew, while Linnets and Skylarks in this area numbered 22+ and 10+ respectively.  A Little Egret and Redwing were also noted. BS.  Coverage this afternoon, provided views of 3 S E Owls over the grazing marshes. MR/IM. Additional sightings this morning, were 4 Waxwings in/off, the Treecreeper was heard by the boat compound, a single Barn Owl and 5 Bearded Tits were seen from the hide, while 6 Swallows flew W, as did 30+ Siskins, 10 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Brambling and 50+ Goldfinch.  A walk along the seawall produced a 2w Med Gull. GG/TP/SC/PNt/IM/JBS.  

31st - A mix of weather to end the month.  At times very bright and mild, some on/off rain - including a couple of heavier downpours - chilly as the afternoon went on and moderate winds that turned during the day, from SE to NNE.  Coverage across the site took place morning and afternoon, taking in the areas from the carpark through to the Frinton end and vice-versa, also incorporating visits to the hide.  Observed along the seafront earlier in the day, were 2 Sanderling, 7 Turnstones, 1 Rock Pipit and 6 Skylarks, while 3 Swallows were seen, appearing to fly N. MR.  The scrape and grazing marsh, hosted 3 Blk T Godwits, 5 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 5 Shoveler, 100+ Wigeon and 300+ Teal.  2 Common Buzzards and a single S E Owl were viewable across the same areas. MR/IM/JK/JBS.  A Black Redstart was also noted near the hide.  The afternoon reports added the Snow Bunting, again along the seawall, also 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Brambling, 1 Barn Owl and the count was up to 2 S E Owls. JBS/PBr/BS.    


As at 31st October, the Haven 2010 Year List stands at 178.