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 - After a very mild October, the month of November began with a fairly warm morning that while grey clouds were apparent and included some very dubious dark ones, on the whole the conditions were quite pleasant - if a little bit on the blustery side across the site. A few observers were on and around the site today (from early) and there were also Ringing Sessions going on. During one of these sessions, a fly-by flock of Brent Geese was seen to include a Pale-bellied, while 3 Little Egrets flew in together, a Peregrine was viewed and 4 Stonechats and some 8 Reed Buntings were also noted on the report. SC. During the afternoon (14.45hrs), a S E O was observed as it hunted in/over the areas towards the Golf Club. MRsl.
2nd - A mostly grey day with SSW/SW winds that reached c21mph and while not cold, the temperature was noticeable in its drop from early afternoon. The later than expected 'morning' drizzle turned to heavy rain which proceeded to be on/off for most of the afternoon into the evening. No reports returned.
3rd - After rain through most of the night, this continued - very heavy at times - until at least 07.30hrs by which time it had eased to on/off drizzle..... the heavier wet stuff came back again later on! The early dawn winds were of a SSW direction and speeds of up to 22mph with a coastline temperature of +12 degrees but seemingly colder with the wind chill. By early afternoon, the now S winds had seen increases up to 35+mph and gusting in excess of 41mph..... and a drop in temperature. No reports returned.
4th - Cool but bright by 08.00hrs with WNW winds of up to 16mph and gusting slightly higher of 18+mph. The coastline temperature at this time was of +9 degrees. A few observers visited during the day, covering from one end to the other of the main site - albeit a bit quiet of birds generally amongst the trees, bushes and hedgerows. A Cetti's Warbler was heard over the road this morning (opp. Approach Road), while initially seen on the wires over the Memorials before they then flew and fed over the scrape, were 3 Swallows. Across the scrape and surrounding area - from the main hide - were counts of 2 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 5 Blk T Godwits and 164 Lapwings, 3 Shoveler, 3 Shelducks, 102 Teal and 177 Wigeon, while the Geese consisted of 22 Brents, c200 Greylags and still, the Emperor. During these observations from the hide, a second Cetti's Warbler was heard (behind the Sewage Farm) and 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzards and a total of 27 Stock Doves were also noted. MR/TS/PRD. A single Wheatear (Greenland) was located along the track by the Golf Course 'Dump' - this is a noticeable rough ground and small mound area on the edge of the main Course. PRD. Deciding that the day definitely warranted a site visit from the Frinton end (to the second turret), the rewards reaped included those of watching 2 S E O's across the fields, both hunting and 'at least three catches of small rodents' were viewed. Of note, one of these Owls was 'much paler than the other, the darker bird appearing to have very fresh feathers'. At this time, the Wheatear was by the 'dump', 3 Stonechats were in the vicinity, c20 Reed Buntings were notable and squealing from the ditch alongside the Golf Course, was a Water Rail. Off-shore counts gave 1 Gt. Crested Grebe and also 2 Common Scoters and 7 Brent Geese heading N. PBr.
5th - Variable but mostly N winds of up to 13mph and some extra blasts of up to 17mph, alongside rain and cooler conditions of +7 degrees. No reports returned.
6th - The early morning saw defrosting and scraping of vehicle windows and the temperature a little bit later at 07.00hrs was still trying to reach +4 degrees! NW winds at this time of c13mph and gusting of up to 19mph. Late evening saw some very strong winds. A pleasant late morning cycle ride from the Frinton end through to the beach area (N of Sluice) with our youngest Haven member, located 3 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks by the Raised Golf Tee and a Rock Pipit by the third turret. Off-shore sightings included a Gannet (N), 1 Red-T Diver (S), 24 Common Scoter (S), 34 Brent Geese (also S), while Wigeon and other Brents were in the vicinity. Returning to the Frinton end, a Black Redstart (near the beach huts) was visible from the site. PBr/KBr.
7th - The strong winds per yesterday late evening, continued through the night and into the early morning, being of up to 39mph and gusting of at least 48mph - a change of direction overnight however, to S. Rain was also fairly constant through and into the morning giving a grey dismal start to the day, if slightly warmer at +12 degrees. A seawatching session from 09.00 to 11.30hrs in 'not so good weather conditions' saw that several species were on the move. Flying S were counts of 1 Grey Plover, 5 Shelducks, 8 Shoveler, 94 Common Scoter, 49 Brent Geese and some 173 small waders that were mostly Knot but did include a few Dunlin. The Northbound birds during this time consisted of 1 Gannet (3Y), 1 Brent Goose and a small Skua sp. that was seen briefly (early in the session). An adult Med Gull was amongst the regular Gulls by the Outfall Buoy. A 'cracking' male Ring Ouzel (PRD) was located in the Dell at 11.05hrs. PRD/MR. An afternoon walk (15.00 - 16.30hrs) to the main hide and the subsequent surveying across the main scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, yielded 1 Dunlin, 22 Blk T Godwits, 176 Lapwings, 2 Shelducks, c250 Wigeon, c300 Teal, 77 Brent and c200 Greylag Geese (inc. Emperor). A Kestrel was also noted from the hide, while the return wander saw 6 Purple Sandpipers roosting on the Sluice Rocks. MR.
8th - A dry start to today along with Southerly winds of variable speeds 14mph through 25mph and extra blasts of up to c29mph. Another 'warm' start saw a coastline temperature of +11 degrees prior to 07.00hrs (increasing to +13 later). The wind speeds also increased up to 36mph and gusting considerably up to 46mph - direction swung SW to SSW and by evening back to S. Heavy rain appeared for late evening. Seawatching from 08.20 to 10.10hrs yielded of note 4 Diver sp. heading S and an Eider (duck) on the sea prior to the higher winds, also 2 Pomarine Skuas, thought to have been sitting on the water before taking flight and 'coming up to... briefly' the first of 5 Gannets (1+4 all N) before the said Skuas flew around the turbines then out to sea. LD.
9th - Yesterday's late evening heavy rain continued right through the night and into the morning, finally easing and stopping just prior to 09.00hrs. Wind direction before this time was at N, turned to WSW by noon and to SW by the evening. The former had speeds of up to 24mph and gusting of up to and in excess of 30mph, while the latter varied from c3mph up to 11mph and gusting up to c18mph. The coastline temperature reached a maximum of +12 degrees out of the winds. Surveying during a wander through to the Frinton end of the site and back, gave of note 2 Turnstones on the Sluice and 7 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks by the second turret, while c500 Brent Geese were seen to be drifting off-shore. Near to the second hide were 2 Stonechats and hunting across the grazing marsh (between the scrape and the Golf Course) were 2 S E O's. IM.
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