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 - A chilly but dry early morning with some views of the sun, proceeded to change for the rest of the morning with on/off showers. Initial NNW winds were of variable moderate speeds 10mph through 14mph with some gusting of up to 19mph. The afternoon was brighter and dry but there was a severe temperature drop for the evening. At least three observers made visits to the site and a survey of the Farm was included. The Coot was still in-situ on the Farm Pond and at the far end of the Paddocks were a pair of Stonechats. Initial species counts across the scrape and grazing marsh gave 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, c20 Curlew, 5 Gadwall, 26 Shelducks, 30+ Shoveler, 1 Brent and 11 Canada Geese. Also noted whilst viewing from the main hide were singles of Sparrowhawk and Little Grebe. IM. Slightly later, a Ringed Plover and 6 Turnstones were on the sluice, a Gt. Crested Grebe was seen to drift on the tide and flying S were 2 Red-T Divers. In his tree was the Little Owl. IM/MR. An additional report (15.00-17.00hrs) added singles of Firecrest, Barn Owl and Kestrel to the day's species and noted that Lapwings at this time were at a total of 129, while Shoveler were up to a count of 46. LH.
2nd - After a very frosty night, another chilly start was followed by variable cloud (sometimes very grey) and also intermittent sun throughout. Earlier wind directions of WSW through SSW were at S as at dusk and the earlier speeds of up to 27mph with gusting of up to 32mph had increased, again by dusk, to 31mph and 40mph respectively. Today's views from the hide yielded singles of Little Egret and Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstones, 18 Curlew and 80 Lapwings all alongside 6 Gadwall, 13 Shelducks, 25 Shoveler, c150 Teal and c300 Wigeon, 9 Greylag and again the 11 Canada Geese. The walk along the route to the third turret added a Med Gull that was in amongst 'lots of' Common and Blk H Gulls on the Golf Course and also of note, 4 Meadow Pipits were along the way. Colour-ringed Gulls were located during this and yesterday's survey. MR. (Gull info as yet to be added to relevant page).
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