Holland Haven Birding

Official Site Of The Holland Haven Birding Group ©

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). 

Archive:  Jan   Feb   Mar  Apr   May   June   July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec 

Site Year Tick*

JUNE 2017

1st/2nd - No reports returned.

3rd - Early morning saw a Red-backed Shrike* (female) flew onto the Golf Course at 06.40hrs, having initially been seen on the bushes/hedges at the end of Frinton Greensward/start of the Golf Course.  The bird was probably that which appeared to be back on the hedgerow later on but no further sightings were reported.  At the early viewing, a Fulmar (S) was noted, as were 12 Brent Geese heading N. PBr.

4th through to 18th - As to be expected at this time of year and in this current exceptional heat (many days being c23C/24C & higher), the Haven site is very quiet of bird-life.  "The scrape has looked great water-wise over the last few weeks but the birds just don't seem interested, no nesting Avocets nor Black-headed Gulls and no sign of any Blk T Godwits at the times of viewing by various observers.  Lots of Shelduck ducklings, two families of Canada Geese and 3 Teal" being pretty much the sum total to note. MR.  Of particular note on the Wildlife front, a Wasp Spider was located on site on 12th June - this being the first of these noted for this current year. MR.

19th - Of particular note today, a juvenile Stonechat was seen - very unusual for a juvenile of this species to be on the site at this time of year.  The bird was located between the Main hide and the Moth Sanctuary area. PRD.  

20th - A Spotted Redshank in summer plumage was on the scrape this morning (island area & beyond), as were 1pr Redshank with 3 chicks. Per most ponds and scrapes generally in this heat, the water levels are decreasing. DW/MR. The Wildlife front included a Southern Emerald Damselfly. MR

21st - The Longest Day of the Year...... and what a very hot day too, recorded as the hottest June day in the UK for some 41 years.  No reports returned.

22nd/23rd - No reports returned.

24th - A visit to the Main Hide this morning provided an adult LRP, 5 Blk T Godwits and 11 Avocets of note. PL.

25th/26th/27th - No reports returned.

28th - Surveying the site this morning provided a Haven 2017 Year Tick in the form of a Green Sandpiper*.  Overall, an increase of species viewable across the Haven's areas, including singles of Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank, 4 Avocets, 5 Curlew, 10+ Redshanks (+5 young) and 24 Blk T Godwits, 1 Shoveler (fem), 5+ adult Shelducks (+5+ young) and 2prs Canada Geese (+10 goslings total).  A Sand Martin was noted, as were several Swifts and an immature Marsh Harrier.  While no breeding of Black-headed Gulls has taken place at the Haven site this year, there were for the first time this current 2017, 2 juveniles of this species on the site during this survey. PRD.

29th - 


As at 30th June 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at ---. 


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: 

NB: Whilst it is endeavoured to update this & other associated pages on a daily basis, please bear in mind that work & other commitments may & do at times delay these updates.  At all times & wherever you are birding, should you know you are viewing a good bird for the site, area or even country, please try to inform other birders asap by whatever means available - including if the bird takes flight from where you have been observing it. (The latter can save unnecessary journeys for many).  If you do not have a contact for any of the area's local birders then the likes of the Pager services will assist & if deemed, they will release the news.