(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 - Of particular note during an evening visit to the site, there were 2 LRPs viewed on the scrape. DS.
2nd - Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh during a morning visit (prior to 10.38hrs), yielded counts that included 1 LRP, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, 9 Blk T Godwits and 23 Avocets. Also noted were 4 Shoveler and 8 Teal, while a Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity. MR.
3rd/4th - No reports returned.
5th - Several birders wandered around the site today with observations concentrated on the trees, bushes and hedgerows. An initial report supplying a Spotted Flycatcher at c08.20hrs by the Raised Platform (Memorials). SW. The Spot-Fly was still around for the afternoon with additional reports of 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser and 3 Common Whitethroats and 8+ Willow Warblers. A Haven 2016 Year Tick was in the form of a Garden Warbler* (PRD) that was located around the Memorials area during mid-afternoon. MR/PL/PRD.
6th - During a morning Ringing Session in which some 36 birds were involved, the ten species included those of Cetti's Warbler (adult), Sedge and Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroat and Swallows. PNt/LW.
7th - Of particular note today, a Wood Warbler* was located by the Dipping Pond just prior to 08.00hrs but was only showing on/off for a short time. PL.
8th - No reports returned.
9th - Viewing across the scrape (lots of mud) and the surrounding fresh cut grass and grazing marsh this morning, there were counts of 1 juvenile Redshank, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpipers, 11 Dunlin, 26 Blk T Godwits and some 40+ Lapwings alongside 6 Teal. MR. An early Ringing Session involved three species (Sedge & Reed Warblers + Reed Buntings) with additional sightings being of a Wheatear, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Marsh Harriers of note. SC.
10th - No reports returned.
11th - Observations across the scrape and surrounding area during this morning, yielded counts of 1 Greenshank, 3 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff (2 ad+juv), 4 Blk T Godwits, 7 Avocets, 15 Dunlin and c40 Lapwings, alongside 1 Shoveler, 17 Teal, 25 Canada and 78 Greylag Geese. At the rear of the scrape a single Wheatear was located, while Birds of Prey consisted 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels and 2 Marsh Harriers. MR/ML/DP.
12th - No reports returned.
13th - Located during an early morning survey, number 155 for this current year's Haven List was that of a Little Stint*. ML. Slightly later observations found the Little Stint to still be on the scrape alongside 2 Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff (2 ad+juv), 7 Avocets, 8 Dunlin and 12 Blk T Godwits. Also noted were 24 Teal, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Yellow Wagtail with singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier in the vicinity. MR.
14th - Various visits by several observers throughout today and two ringing sessions also took place. Of particular note this morning, amongst good numbers of birds seen around both the Dipping Pond and Dell areas, there were some 30+ Willow Warblers. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Common and Lesser Whitethroats, L-T Tits and Reed Warbler species were all noted in these areas. The wander through to the main hide also gave 2 Ringed Plovers (juvs) and 2 Sanderlings on the Sluice. Viewing across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh at this time yielded the juvenile Little Stint, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Green and 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 5 Avocets and 7 Dunlin. Singles of both Kestrel and Marsh Harrier were also viewed from this hide. MR/PL. During one ringing session (06.30-11.30hrs) that involved 34 birds of seven species - including Swallows and a Linnet - there were additional sightings of c25 Whimbrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels and 1 Marsh Harrier (the latter two species +/- those from the main hide). SC. The other ringing session involved 56 birds of ten species and included Sedge, Reed, Willow and Cetti's Warblers. PNt/LW. An afternoon visit (15.15-17.00hrs) yielded further additions of 2 Wheatears, 7 Pied Wagtails, c20 Swallows, 20 + Lapwings, 10+ Teal and 2 Common Buzzards, while Snipe at this time were up to 3 and an adult female Marsh Harrier was in the vicinity. LH.
15th - A morning visit to the main hide, supplied views (prior to 10.43hrs) of the Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers and c60 Lapwings of note, all being across the scrape area which with the recent and continuing very hot weather conditions is now very low of water. On the Wildlife front, a Red Fox was during this survey, keeping the birds on the island 'very much on their toes!'. MR.
16th/17th - No reports returned.
18th - During a quick afternoon visit, a Wheatear was seen to be on the Shelter on the Greensward, while the counts from the main hide included singles of Little Stint, Ruff (juv) and Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers and 11 Teal. MR. In addition, there were counts of 1 Curlew, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatears (by turret), 10+ House Martins and c20 Swallows during other observations. BL.
19th - Initial surveying across the scrape (pre 10.13hrs) found that there was no sign of the Stint so far this morning. Species noted at this time included 1 Ruff (juv), 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Dunlin, while on the thistles to the right of the main hide were 2 Whinchats. MR. During a morning Ringing Session (06.45-10.15hrs) there was found to be a 'constant flow of warblers moving through' and the session itself involved some 63 birds of six species - including Common Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (this being a juvenile bird) and Swallow. A Whimbrel was 'heard only' early this morning and a Wheatear was noted by the turret. SC.
20th - During a morning run (in from the Frinton end of site) notes were of 4 Wheatears along the seawall, a Sedge Warbler and on the Golf Course was a Whimbrel. PBr. Another morning visit located 2 Whinchats between the turret and the Moth Sanctuary, while the very dry scrape held a juvenile Ruff and 2 Common Sandpipers. MR. NB. The main scrape is due to have works on/across it to improve it, so the area will remain dry until these have been carried out. The work is expected to start within the next fortnight.
21st - A few more noted species on and around the scrape this morning, including the juvenile Ruff, 2 LRPs, 2 Common Sandpipers and 11 Cormorants alongside some Black-headed Gulls. MR. Spending an hour or so on the site this evening gave views of a Mallard with 5 ducklings (fleet beyond the second hide) and 2 Wheatears in the same vicinity, while the scrape at this time held singles of both Common Sandpiper and Redshank. SC/PC.
22nd - Of note, a Little Stint was located on the scrape this evening. DS.
23rd - Prior to 09.20hrs, a Redstart* was viewable in the Dell and some 20+ Willow Warblers were also noted. PRD. A morning Ringing Session (06.30-09.30hrs) involved some 25 birds and the species included Swallows. SC.
24th - During an evening visit and a short Ringing Session (22 birds and two species), there were singles of Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard on view, as well as 2 Snipe and 3 Common Sandpipers (LW). PNt/LW.
25th - Day one of Clacton Airshow. Of particular note this evening (18.18hrs) a Pied Flycatcher* was located in the oak tree behind the Raised Platform - near to the Memorials. MR.
26th - Day two of Clacton Airshow. During a morning visit to the site, it was found to be relatively quiet of birds to note until a fine juvenile Caspian Gull was located on the scrape - however, the bird decided to take flight (11.40hrs) just as the finder was about to put the news out. Other species noted were just a Common Sandpiper, 2 LRPs, 3 Whinchats and a juvenile Marsh Harrier (tagged - info tba). PRD.
NB: (1) Clacton Airshow is this Thurs 25th & Fri 26th August - so traffic in/out of Clacton in all directions will most likely be a tad busy to say the least!!
NB: (2) The Triathlon weekend is 10th & 11th Sept. 2016 - so please be aware of the parking situations (& noise levels) at the Haven during this event if you are visiting the site. The event usually utilises the majority of the carpark & Greensward areas, Clacton Sailing Club & the surrounding area/beach, as well as the Service road up to the Sewage Farm, the Sluice and the Radar Tower.
As at 31st August 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at ---.
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