(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/2nd/3rd - No reports returned.
4th - Of particular note today, an Eider (duck) was viewed as she drifted on the sea in a Southerly direction towards the Sluice area. PRD.
5th - No reports returned.
6th - Observations and a Ringing Session took place today, the latter from 07.00-08.30hrs including Common Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge Warbler species, while a juvenile Marsh Harrier was viewed during this time. SC. Surveying from the main hide provided of note, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Dunlin, 16 Blk T Godwits and 63 Avocets (plus a few chicks). SC/MR/PRD.
7th - Again today there was a survey from the main hide (MR) that noted three of the 'Haven' Avocets on the scrape, while a Ringing Session yielded six species and a total of 18 birds overall. Also seen were a single Grey Wagtail that appeared from the Sewage Farm and a Chiffchaff in the close vicinity. SC.
8th - An evening visit yielded of note, a Common Sandpiper on the scrape, a Sandwich Tern that flew over calling, a Marsh Harrier that was over the rear fields and both a Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail that were viewed along the farm track. In a fleet beyond the scrape a Shelduck creche consisted of at least 33 ducklings. SC/LW.
9th - Views across the scrape prior to dusk this evening, gave particular notes of 2 Green Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, 6 Avocets and 68 Blk T Godwits. PBr.
10th/11th - No reports returned.
12th - On the scrape this morning (prior to 10.20hrs), a juvenile LRP* made it onto the Haven 2016 Year List and was alongside counts of 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Dunlin, 34+ Blk T Godwits and some 61 Avocets. MR.
13th - A few observers were on and around the site today with views that included those of a Whinchat (PRD) in the reedbed by the second hide, the fantastic sight of a Reed Warbler chick (ML) as it fledged the nest (parents were seen to be busy taking food to the nest too), while surveying across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, from the main hide, there was a small variety of noted species. Counts included 1 LRP (juv), 1 Dunlin (juv), a moulting male Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 30+ Blk T Godwits, 60+ Avocets (inc. 2 x colour-ringed birds) and 6 Shoveler. Also in the vicinity were 2 Grey Herons and 2 Marsh Harriers. MR/PRD/ML.
14th - During a Ringing Session this morning (06.45-09.45hrs) that involved three species and a total of 13 birds, there were also views had of 2 Common Buzzards along the rear hedgerows. SC.
15th - A morning visit to the main hide (09.20hrs) located both a Garganey* and a cracking summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper on the scrape. PRD. As at 18.15hrs, both the aforementioned were still on the scrape and were alongside 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 5 Dunlin and 12 Blk T Godwits of note. SC. Additional counts across the site during the afternoon, gave 1 LRP (juv), 25 Avocets (+juvs), 1 Little Egret, 1 Shoveler (duck) and 19 Teal, as well as a juvenile Whinchat, 2 Reed Buntings (male), 2 Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, 10 Linnets, 8 Swallows, 1 Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier (prob. juv). LH.
16th - Viewing across the scrape - from the seawall - at c08.20hrs, there were 2 Dunlin flying around, at least 61 Blk T Godwits in the vicinity and also a Marsh Harrier. A Whinchat was noted by the Golf Course Dump and 3 Yellow Wagtails had been seen on the Golf Course. PBr. Surveying the scrape area from the main hide (as at 10.20hrs), the counts were of 1 LRP, 2 Dunlin (quite possibly the same two from earlier), 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 33 Avocets and 56 of the Blk T Godwits were still insitu, as was the Garganey. MR.
17th - A Ringing Session took place during the earlier part of today and included some ten species, 2 juvenile Cetti's Warblers and of particular interest, five birds that related back to HHB ringing records of 2015. PNt/LW.
18th - On a bright, sunny and very warm morning, the first report in for the day was that a Wood Sandpiper was on the scrape as at 09.28hrs. This Wader was alongside 2 Dunlin, 2 Ruff and 2 Redshanks, 5 Common Sandpipers, 12 Avocets (+juvs), 114 Blk T Godwits and also 3 Shoveler. Amongst the Blk T Godwits was a colour-ringed bird and a single Mute Swan seen at this time, was also wearing a colour-ring. PRD/MR. During this morning's Ringing Session (06.45-09.15hrs) there were some seven species involved - that today included Sand Martin (2 birds) - while viewing from the nearby area, also gave 3 Yellow Wagtails, 25+ Sand Martins and 50+ Swallows. SC.
As at 31st July 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at ---.
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