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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*


1st - In NNE winds today, it was a long day of seawatching for one observer (07.30-16.00hrs) that proved to add another two Haven 2017 Year List ticks in the form of 1 Razorbill* (N 10.32hrs) and 2 Great Northern Divers*.  With the majority of movement heading N, the session also yielded 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Guillemot, 3 Little Auks (2N being at 08.31hrs & 13.32hrs + 1S at 08.00hrs), 2 Great Crested Grebes3 Gannets5 Kittiwakes, 2 Great Skuas (Bonxies), 10 Red-throated Divers and 55 Brent Geese.  The ducks consisted of 1 Shoveler, 4 Pintails, 6 Shelducks, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Eider, 46 Wigeon, 48 Common Scoters and 120 Teal.  From way out (Turbines) a Red Kite was seen to fly in/off. DS

2nd/3rd - No reports returned.

4th - Surveying the site (09.20-13.15hrs) proved to have the observer on the 'run around' when 1 Lapland Bunting (possibly 2 in total) decided to play at being very flighty and elusive.  Originally 'between the rough ground near the Turret above the Main Hide' the bird/s made headway along the site 'all the way up to the bridal path that crosses the Golf Course' being heard five times and glimpsed on route.  Other species of note, included a male Stonechat (ringed), 1+ Rock Pipit and a S E Owl, also 3 Blk-T Godwits, 3 Shoveler, 5 Pink-footed, 15 Brent and 29 Canada Geese.  There were the regular winter culprits of Teal, Wigeon and Greylag Geese also on show. PRD.

5th - Seawatching by two observers, took place late this morning from near to the third Turret (closer to the Frinton end of site).  A trio of Diver species were noted with the counts being of 1 Great Northern, 2 Black-throated and 5 Red-throated, while 2 Common Scoters and 14 Brent Geese were also on the list.  Singles of Rock Pipit, Little Egret and Turnstone were viewed, as were 2 Purple Sandpipers.  Not an expected species to be (initially) located 'below the seawall' but 2 Red-legged Partridges then upped and settled on the top. IM/MR

6th - No reports returned.

7th - TBA

8th - TBA

9th/10th - No reports returned.

11th -



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


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