(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 - The first report in for November was that of a Black Redstart at 09.06hrs seen for a short time to be near the beach cafe (below Sailing Club) before it was lost to view by c09.18hrs. MR. Mid-afternoon saw a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks opposite the Golf Course. LH.
2nd - A definite drop in temperatures this morning! Viewed on the scrape c11.00hrs was the Bean Goose (Tundra) and 2 Pink-footed Geese* all of which then flew and dropped onto the field just beyond but out of/lost to view. MR.
3rd - Back on the scrape this morning (c10.45hrs) were the Bean (Tundra) and Pink-footed Geese. MR. Noted at c15.18hrs were 4 Whooper Swans* as they flew South past the Sluice. IM. A Woodcock was also seen today, while off-shore additions were that of a Goosander (duck) initially viewed as she headed S close in. PRD. The latter bird was later re-located in the same area as a Little Auk* that was sitting close offshore between the Gunfleet Boating and Clacton Sailing Clubs. MR/PR/LR.
4th - No reports returned.
5th - During an afternoon run through the site with the three girls (although two were under cycle-power), there were noted views of a Grey Wagtail on the beach, 2 Stonechats on the edge of the Golf Course, 2 Rock Pipits on the rocks opposite the Golf Course and around the Sluice there were 2 Turnstones. The Greylag Geese spent time in flight but nothing stood out to be anything other. The grazing marsh areas held 1 S E Owl, 1 Common Buzzard (the very dark bird) and also an immature Marsh Harrier. PBr/et.al.
6th - To be added.
7th - To be added.
8th - Of particular note, a single White-Fronted Goose was again amongst the Greylag Geese this morning. MR. This afternoon saw a male Snow Bunting* present on the seawall - between the second hide and the Golf Course - the bird was still viewable as at 14.20hrs, while the arable field below Gt. Holland Hall held some 450+ Golden Plovers - this being a very good count for the Haven records. PRD.
9th/10th/11th - No reports returned.
12th - Seawatching today in SSE/S winds (06.45-16.00hrs) gave counts of 4 Curlew, 18 Gannets, 5 Red-throated Divers and 2 Great Skuas (Bonxie), as well as 3 Golden-eye, 3 Pintail, 4 Eider, 18 Shelducks, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers and 43 Common Scoter. DS. Additional sightings from a visit (11.25-13.30hrs) were of 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 4 Purple Sandpipers and a White-fronted Goose that flew in with the Greylag Geese. SS/NM. +To be added.
13th - Viewing from the main hide this morning (09.30-11.00hrs) gave the observers noted counts of 1 Pink-footed and 1 White-fronted Geese, 2 Blk-T Godwits and 16 Snipe, also 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 S E Owls. PL/IM/ML.
As at 30th November 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at ---.
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