(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).
Site Year Tick*
1st - Three 'Haven Year Ticks' were located today, the first of which was a Ringed Plover* which was seen on the Sluice this morning. IM/PL. Observations during a 'run' through the site - in from the Frinton end - yielded of particular note, a male Whinchat* by the Golf Course 'dump' at c08.00hrs, which was with Wheatears on the inward journey but not seen at the return, also a Ringed Plover (possibly the Sluice bird), 2 Purple Sandpipers, a minimum of 64 Whimbrel (on the Golf Course), 3 Little Egrets, a S E Owl and the Rough-legged Buzzard. PBr. A wander to the second turret provided the third Year Tick as 2 Little Terns* headed S along the front. SW/IM/MR. Little Egret numbers increased to a count of 5 during viewing from the hide. IM. Across the scrape and grazing marsh - also as viewed from the main hide - noted counts included 1 Common Tern, 2 Coot and 2 Grey Herons, along with 4 Oystercatchers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 9 Dunlin, 10+ Redshanks, 23 Whimbrel, 30 Avocets (inc. 3 colour-ringed birds) and the first 4 Lapwing chicks of this current year. The Wildlife front gave of interest, 1 Adder, 1 Slow Worm and along the Approach Road, a miniature Grass Snake. MR.
2nd - Cool, overcast and slightly breezy, which increased to strong winds later in the day, also some mid-morning drizzle for this Bank Holiday Monday and downpours going into the evening........ well that's a surprise.... not! During an early afternoon visit (12.30-14.30hrs) there were of particular note, singles of Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Marsh Harrier and Purple Sandpiper, also 4 Whimbrel and 6 Turnstones. SN.
3rd - A visit that incorporated a quick look around the bushes, saw the likes of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common and Lesser Whitethroats all nest-building and alongside the Sedge Warblers that are already 'holding territory' there was a noted increase of Reed Warblers. The Sluice held singles of Purple Sandpiper and Ringed Plover, as well as 8 Dunlin, while on the seawall were 6 Turnstones. Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave 1 S E Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrels and 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, a single Coot, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Whimbrel, 10+ Redshanks, 12 Blk-T Godwits and 31 Avocets (inc. GB/GN, GB/GY & NB/YO). Also viewed from the main hide were a Cetti's Warbler and 2 Grey Wagtails. IM/MR. An afternoon visit provided a Curlew Sandpiper* (14.31hrs) but this unfortunately flew off with some c17 Dunlin that had been with it on the scrape and there was no further sign by 15.00hrs. PRD. Further observations yielded a Grey Plover and 2 S E Owls. MR.
As at 31st May 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at 145.
ALL photos remain the copyright of the photographer and/or the particular websites or publications they may appear within. From top of page downwards, the photos are by: Mick Rodwell (Ringed Plover 01-05-2016). Mick Rodwell (Slow Worm 01-05-2016 left). Mick Rodwell (Grass Snake 01-05-2016 left).
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