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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). 

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Site Year Tick*

MAY 2017

1st - An early morning visit - coming in from the Frinton end of site and viewing the Golf Course areas - there was a single Grey Plover (in summer plumage) along with 12 Bar T Godwits (7 x males) and some 54 Whimbrel. PBr.

2nd - Albeit a bit light on the bird numbers this morning, some 4 birds were included within a Ringing Session and Sedge Warbler was one of the species. SC.  The Grasshopper Warbler was singing (07.15-07.45hrs) and while a single Wheatear was seen to be perched on the second hide, there had been 3+ of these prior to this time towards the Frinton end of the Haven. SC/TS/MR.  A Spotted Redshank was reported as being on site. MR/ML/TS/(via SC).

3rd - In unpleasant weather conditions, a seawatch session took place from the Sluice area (11.00-12.00hrs) giving the observer two Haven Year Ticks in the form of an adult Kittiwake* and 2 Sandwich Terns*, as well as a summer plumaged Bar-T Godwit and 9 Whimbrel.  These noted birds were all flying NE. PRD.

4th - No reports returned.

5th - Of particular note this morning, 5 Knot in summer plumage dropped into the site (10.34hrs) but only stayed for about half an hour, 2 Greenshanks had been on the scrape first thing (flew out shortly after) and the Spotted Redshank remained insitu. MR.

6th - Viewing across the main scrape today gave counts of 1 Little Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Lapwings, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Turnstones (the latter only briefly for a few minutes), 6 Redshanks and 9 Avocets, alongside 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 4 Shoveler and 40 Shelducks, also 5 Canada Geese.  Additional species included 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawks with other fly-overs/overhead movement being of Swallows, House and Sand Martins, Swift and 5 Sandwich Terns.  The Wildlife front gave a few Butterflies including both Orange Tip(s) and Small Copper. MR.  During late afternoon, a Ringed Plover* (Tundra) was located and became the next addition to the Haven 2017 Year List. PRD.  An evening visit supplied noted views of 2 Wheatears, 7 Bar-T Godwits and 51 Whimbrel - all on Golf Course areas. PBr.

7th - A few observers on and around the site today.  During a survey from 10.40-12.20hrs, counts were noted of 1 Cuckoo (heard), singles of Green Woodpecker, Jay and Swift, also a Cetti's Warbler that was singing along the brook from the main hide, singles of Teal, Wigeon and Shoveler (all drakes), 2 Gadwall (1pr) and 24 Shelducks (inc. 2 on the sea).  Waders noted at this time were a Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and the Spotted Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 9 Avocets (inc. GB-GY) and 10 Redshanks.  Vocal were the species of Lesser and Common Whitethroats, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed and Sedge Warblers - all noticeably in song.  A Fox along the rear of the scrape was a noted Wildlife addition. SC/PC.  A Little Egret and 2 Blk T Godwits were also reported as 'dropping in briefly' today. TS.  An evening visit (Golf Course area) gave counts of 1 Grey Plover (winter plumage), 3 Bar-T Godwits, 42 Whimbrel and 2 Yellow Wagtails. PBr.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Viewing on and from the site early this morning, yielded 3 Bar T Godwits and 61 Whimbrel while 14 Common Terns flew N offshore. PBr.

10th - A Haven 2017 Year Tick was added as at 13.16hrs today, with the locating of a Curlew Sandpiper* (IM) at the rear of the scrape.  This bird was still viewable as at 17.15hrs, along with notables at this time of a single Ruff and a Common Sandpiper. SC.

11th - No reports returned. 




As at 31st May 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at ---. 

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