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).
Site Year Tick*
1st - On what has been reported as the "hottest July day ever", the start of this month saw 3 Green Sandpipers* being located on the scrape c09.20hrs. Initially there were 2, then within minutes - the third appeared. A count of some 72 adult Avocets (+ chicks) proved very noteworthy, while also reported were 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Sandwich Terns and 5+ Swifts. PRD. On site between 07.00-12.45hrs, a ringing session provided a variety of the regular site species and included birds previously ringed in 2013 and 2014. SC.
2nd - A glorious morning with temperature readings before 08.00hrs of 21+ degrees, along with variable S through NW directional winds. A few on/off showers appeared for early afternoon but otherwise, still very warm! Noted at 06.30hrs "and most likely the same pair again" at 08.30hrs were 1pr adult Med Gulls. SC. Surveying across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and skyline today, provided counts of 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Lapwings, 3 Redshanks, 31 Blk T Godwits and another increase of Avocets - to a count of 80 adults and at least 9 juveniles. The 9 Canada Geese, a fem Shoveler (+ducklings), 2 Shelducks (+ many young) and 22 Teal were visible as were 5 L B B, c20 Herring and c50 Blk-headed Gulls - the latter did include 5 chicks on the raft and 2 on the Island. A Common Buzzard and c40 Swifts (moving through) were noted, while the Sluice held a Common Tern which later flew SW. A colour-ringed Herring Gull was seen on the scrape. MR.
3rd - Again, high temperatures and very bright, alongside some breezy NE winds. No reports returned.
4th - Following the predicted rain and stormy weather overnight, the temperatures today reached in excess of +24 degrees prior to mid-day and there was little, if any change to this by early evening. Light to moderate SSW/SW winds. A morning run through the site and back again to the Frinton end (07.45-09.00hrs) provided a few notable species including a Fulmar* that flew S. Apparent on the scrape during this time were some 70+ Avocets, while reported birds also heading S were 12 Curlew, 14 Sand Martins and 48 Swifts. PBr/SBr.
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