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 - No reports returned.
2nd - A Grasshopper Warbler was 'singing and showing occasionally in the grass/reeds c200yards in front of the second hide during late morning at least'. PRD.
3rd - Initial Westerly winds changed to SSE in direction and speeds varied throughout from c6mph up to 19mph with gusting slightly higher at 21+mph. A bright, sunny day with the temperature along the coastline reading +19+ degrees. A visit to the site first thing this morning, gave 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin on the scrape along with counts of 1 LRP, 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Blk T Godwits and 62 Avocets. Teal numbered 11 during this survey and singles of Yellow Wagtail and Marsh Harrier were also noted. MR.
4th - Another bright, sunny and warm morning and again the temperature showing at +19+ degrees. Wind direction being S/SSE and whilst warm winds and mostly light speeds (+/- 6mph), the variables were up as high as 23mph and gusting of 26mph. The count for Avocets on the scrape today was up at 70, while Blk T Godwits numbered 27, Redshanks at 10 and a single LRP. Teal had increased to a total of 15. Birds of Prey during this survey were 3 Kestrels, 1 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier. MR.
5th - After rain throughout the night, this continued into the morning and on/off through the whole day. Occasional spells of bright sun and a little bit of blue sky were amongst the mostly very dark clouds. Another warm one though with the coastline temperature being in excess of +20 degrees (inland being well into the mid and high 20's). SW winds varied up to 30+mph and gusting up to and in excess of 37mph. Another increase of Avocets today, now up to a count of 75. These were alongside 2 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 15 Blk T Godwits and 2 Teal of note, while singles of Kestrel and Marsh Harrier were in the vicinity. Of interest on the Wildlife side, 4 Brown Hares were seen 'racing around the marsh'. MR.
6th - And the wet stuff continued again through the night and into today. Slightly brighter skies but cloud-covered with the on/off rain that this morning was more on than off! WNW through NW winds that so far, have been variable from barely a breeze up to 18mph with gusting at times of 21+mph. Not quite so warm on the coast but still a good +16+ degrees. Initial reports in for 09.37hrs were of 4 LRPs on the main scrape alongside 31 Blk T Godwits, 70 Avocets and a single Wigeon. An additional LRP dropped in a bit later - so a total of 5 today. MR.
7th - Variable wind direction today, from initial WNW round to SSE. Speeds were recorded along the coast from 6mph up to 22+mph with gusting at times reaching 26mph. A bright, sunny and warm day where the temperature readings again for the coast were at +18+ degrees. Surveying across the scrape, grazing marsh, brook and skyline from the main hide, found that whilst the LRPs had disappeared, the number of birds in these areas was notable. Wader counts gave 4 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks, 42 Blk T Godwits and 77 Avocets -the latter being one of the highest counts of these birds on site at one time. Ducks and Geese totalled 11 Teal, 11 Shelducks and 'a family day out' of 11 Canada Geese (photo to follow in Gallery). The Gulls were 1 G B B, 2 L B B, 3 Herring and 102 Blk Headed, while 8 Sandwich Terns also made the notebook, as did 2 Little Egrets, 1 Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier. MR.
8th - Bright from early this morning, along with coastline temperature readings of +15 degrees by 07.00hrs (max. later in the day being +19 degrees). Initial winds of NNW of c11mph and gusting of up to 15mph, changed direction and fluctuated in speed both up and down but returned to NNW of lighter speeds by late evening. Unfortunately, the morning sun 'did a runner' and left mostly overcast and dark cloudy skies that in turn dumped some heavy on/off rain and added some thunder and lightning for good measure! At least two observers visited the site today where the Avocet numbers had remained at a count of 77 overnight. A single Dunlin was present, as were 4 Oystercatchers, 4 LRPs re-appeared (increasing to 6 slightly later. PRD), also 12 Redshanks and 33 Blk T Godwits, a pair of Tufted Ducks and 8 Teal. Other species included 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Gulls, 3 Kestrels and a Marsh Harrier. MR/PRD. A Wildlife note for today was that of a Great Green Bush Cricket (photo to be added). MR.
9th - A day of mostly strong winds - NNW through NNE - of speeds up to 35mph and additional gusting of 41+mph. A mix of bright sun, cloud and occasional rain with the coastline temperature reaching +19 degrees. Observations today across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh gave noted counts of 3 LRPs, 3 Common Sandpipers, 34 Blk T Godwits and 72 Avocets, alongside 2 Wigeon and 12 Teal. The wander back from the main hide included a brief seawatching session that provided 3 Gannets moving S. PRD/IM/MR.
10th - A few spits of rain during the afternoon of a day that was quite humid at times. Generally a bit overcast with N/NNE strong winds varying 24mph through 31mph and gusting of 40+mph. Today's site visit and subsequent report, included a seawatch (07.45 to 08.15hrs) and viewing from the main hide. The initial half-hour, provided a steady stream of Blk Headed Gulls moving in/off, while the species remaining off-shore were 1 Curlew, 3 Sandwich Terns, 4 Teal, 39 Common Scoter and 10 Gannets all heading S and a count of 5 Gannets that flew N. The scrape and the surrounding vicinity again held 3 LRPs, also 4 Dunlin, 35 Blk T Godwits, 74 Avocets, a single Wigeon, 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Shoveler and c20 Teal. Gulls on and around the scrape area numbered 3 L B B, 8 Herring and 150+ Blk Headed and Terns numbered 2 Common and 6 Sandwich. MR.
11th - Another mostly overcast day with some occasional spits of rain but again a warm one. Viewing from the main hide this morning yielded singles of LRP and Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 14 Blk T Godwits, 74 Avocets, 1 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns, along with 2 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler and 26 Teal. Both a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were in the vicinity. MR. More signs of autumn passage this afternoon with 2 Greenshanks on site, while the count for Sandwich Terns had increased to 5 and included that of a juvenile bird. PRD.
12th - A warm day with cloud-cover evident through the morning but brightening for the afternoon - then complete with sun and blue skies. Humidity high at times and dry. At least four observers were on the site today and a ringing session also took place. The reported counts and species included those visible across the scrape and surrounding grazing/marsh areas. A male Marsh Harrier, a Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo and 2 Yellow Wagtails were noted, as were 2 Common and 5 Sandwich Terns. The Wader species included singles of Snipe, Whimbrel and Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 3 LRPs, 3 Common Sandpipers and 3 Oystercatchers, 8 Dunlin, c15 Redshanks, 22 Blk T Godwits and c70 Avocets. PL/PRD/PNt/GG. This afternoon, a Common Tern that was briefly on the scrape before flying out to sea, proved to be of interest to the two observers and for the site itself. The report confirmed that the Tern was a 1st summer bird 'portlandica' and as such, "is unusual to see in the UK or at their other breeding ranges. The vast majority spend their first, non-breeding summer in the winter quarters". PRD/GG.
13th - After rain through the night, the morning even when the rain eased, remained cloud-covered with just a few brighter spells and WSW very light to sometimes moderate (c13mph) winds prior to c11.1500hrs, after which the sun finally tried to make a concerted effort to break through........ Some on/off rain returned slightly later - including one particularly very heavy downpour - leaving the rest of the day into evening, mixed but still warm. Coastline temperature readings reached +18 degrees. Surveying from the main hide today included singles of Sandwich Tern, Snipe and LRP, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers, 7 Blk T Godwits and 74 Avocets. Ducks of note being 2 Shoveler and 12 Teal. MR.
14th - A warm (+19 degrees on the coastline), slightly humid and mostly bright day with initial SW winds of up to 19mph and gusting of 21+mph. Surveying from the main hide this morning - prior to and from 08.51hrs - gave that there were 2 Wood Sandpipers across the scrape area along with 1 LRP, 1 Snipe, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 11 Lapwings, 12 Redshanks, 15 Blk T Godwits and 78 Avocets. Duck counts yielded 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler and 15 Teal. Skyline viewing gave 1 Marsh Harrier, also 2 Kestrels and a Falcon sp. that was possibly a juvenile Peregrine. MR. A lunchtime visit (12.00-13.00hrs) gave that the Avocet total was at 81 and included one juvenile bird, while Blk T Godwits had increased to 16. Singles of Oystercatcher and Sandwich Tern were also noted, as were 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Pied Wagtails, 20 Swallows and a Sparrowhawk. LH.
15th - Rain early this morning but cleared to give bright sun and coastline temperature readings of +20+ degrees. Slightly inland - quite humid at times. SW winds again today, varying from very light through to strong (almost still up to 20+mph) with extra gusting of up to 25mph. No reports returned.
16th - S through SSE winds that varied from light to moderate (9mph up to 16mph) with extra blasts of up to 19mph. A dry, sunny day, blue skies and coastline temperatures that reached a minimum of +19+ degrees. Surveying the site this morning gave views of a S E Owl flying over the cut meadow, while other species of note included 1 LRP, 3 Common Sandpipers, 37 Blk T Godwits and 67 Avocets. MR.
17th - Initial winds (breeze) varied up to 7mph but did increase later in the day, while direction was E through ESE. Another sunny and warm day with early coastline temperatures of +20 degrees. Observations from the hide today included counts of 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk, also 1 Little Egret, 2 LRPs, 2 Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Snipe, 36 Blk T Godwits and 68 Avocets. Duck totals for this survey were a drake Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal and 11 Shelducks. MR.
18th - Slightly stronger initial winds this morning being of up to 11mph, again E/ESE in direction. Early temperature readings of +19 degrees increased to a minimum of +24 degrees later. No reports returned.
19th - A very humid day at times, with the temperature reaching in excess of +26 degrees and ending with an evening of storms and heavy rain. Visits by at least three observers today gave site totals across the scrape of 1 LRP, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshanks, 5 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers, 36 Lapwings, 73 Avocets and a high count of 73 Blk T Godwits. Also noted were 2 Common Gulls, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier and 2 Kestrels. PL/PNt/MR. A Hobby was also viewed. PNt.
20th - Variable wind direction from SSW through WSW with speeds from light up to 18mph with gusting at times reaching 21mph. Another warm day - initial temperature readings of +20+ degrees before 09.00hrs - but mostly cloud-covered with a small storm early afternoon but the rain with it was torrential. Surveying from the hide this afternoon yielded a Garganey alongside singles of LRP and Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpipers and 11 Dunlin. A Hobby was seen again during these observations. PRD. Additional counts and species were 3 Snipe, 36 Lapwings, 76 Avocets, 80+ Blk T Godwits - for which the latter species had increased from 59 in the morning - also 2 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Sandwich Terns, a Marsh Harrier and always a pleasure to see, a Kingfisher. PRD/PL/IM/MR.
21st - Temperatures again high and the coastline areas reached +24+ degrees but not quite as humid as the last few days. Mostly blue skies, bright sun and some occasional grey cloud with wind direction variable through N and speeds varying greatly from barely a breeze up to 21+mph. The Garganey was still on the scrape area this morning and was alongside a Ruff, 2 juvenile LRPs, 6 Common Sandpipers and 8 Dunlin of note, while the count of 65 Blk T Godwits included 3+ continental 'limosa' birds. Still over and around the site was a Hobby. PRD. House Sparrows were notable this morning, while Wildlife observations included that of a Brown Argus Butterfly and a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly. SC/PC.
22nd - A grey start to the morning with winds again of a Northerly direction and variable from very light up to 16mph with occasional gusting of up to 22mph. The early coastline temperature readings of +19 degrees seemingly cooler in the winds, increased later to +22 degrees as the day brightened. Two visits were made today by one observer with the earlier of the two spent as a half-hour seawatch. Species flying N at this time were singles of Curlew, Whimbrel and Gannet (adult) and 7 Common Scoters, while heading S were a single Common Scoter and an Oystercatcher. Feeding off the sluice during this survey were 2 Sandwich Terns. The return visit later in the day (to the main hide) found that both Avocets and Blk T Godwits were of similar numbers to recent days and of note there were 2 LRPs, 6+ Common Sandpipers and 12+ Dunlin, with singles of Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel also viewed. On a Wildlife note a Water Vole was seen........ as it was taken by a Grey Heron that had caught the Vole from the bay in front of the hide. This was the second time within three days that this same thing had been witnessed - not good news for the Water Voles. MR.
1st – No reports returned.
2nd – The initial ENE directional winds turned by the evening to NNE with speeds through the day of up to and exceeding 22mph while gusting was at c27mph. On/off rain during a mostly drab, overcast day.
3rd – Quite a cool day generally, reaching just +5 degrees with the wind-chill factor from ENE/ESE winds that varied ‘from a breeze up to 14mph’ along with gusting of 18mph. A Garden Warbler* was the receiver of a new shiny ring today and also another Haven 2014 Year bird during a ringing session. PN. Taking in the views across the scrape and grazing marsh from the main hide yielded counts of 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Bar-T Godwits and 26 Avocets, alongside 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler and 12 Shelducks. Also seen during this survey were 3 Common Buzzards. An early evening (17.02hrs) seawatch supplied 2 Eider* (1 pair) that were flying N. IM.
4th – Mostly a bright day with some SSW winds of c14mph and the extra blasts reaching 17mph. The temperature remained around +10 degrees. The highlighted bird of today was a Great White Egret* (PRD), for which the news went out immediately via pagers and phones and several birders made it to the site to add this bird to their Haven Life Lists. Initially seen c15.05hrs, the GWE (in breeding plumage) was viewable from the hide before it disappeared into a ditch – from here it was again seen in flight before the bird landed in a ditch by the Golf Course at 16.15hrs. (see Gallery for GWE). PRD/MR/SC/DS.
5th – Several observers were around the site on this Bank Holiday Monday. Of note, seen to be flying N off-shore was a Fulmar. PL. A Garden Warbler was in the vicinity near to the Sewage Farm, as were some newly fledged ‘1J’ Robins and also a Chiffchaff. On the scrape were 2 Dunlin amongst the regular selection. This survey also took in observations at the Farm, giving a female Gt. Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Corn Buntings, along the tracks were 6+ Common Whitethroats, by the pond were 2 Blackcaps and in the area were also 4 Yellow Wagtails. GG.
6th – Variable speed SW/WSW winds today – from 8mph up to 24mph and relative gusting from 9mph up to 30mph, complete with a mixed bag of on/off showers, cloud, sun and blue skies. Temperature readings for the coast reached a high of +17 degrees. No reports returned.
7th – Of particular note today, was the report of a Swift* over the site – another Haven 2014 Year Tick. PRD.
8th – Rain during today’s survey kept the observer mostly in the hide. A variation of species were on offer though and gave counts of 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, c15 Redshanks, c20 Lapwings with c5 chicks viewable at the time and 26 Avocets. The Duck species were of 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler and 23 Shelducks, while 2 Greylag and 6 Canada Geese (+1 gosling) were also on the scrape and grazing marsh. A Cormorant was also on the scrape – these have been absent of late. Over and around the vicinity were 20+ Swallows. General observations of the reed-beds and localised hedgerows yielded 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers and rounding up the report, 2 Reed Buntings. MR.
9th – A colour-ringed Dunlin was one of two noted “schinzii” Dunlin on the scrape this morning. PRD.
10th – No reports returned.
11th – Observations by two were from the main hide today – mainly to keep dry during the onslaught of the rain and strong winds. The totals reported were of a Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Sanderlings, 2 Curlew, 9 Dunlin and 20 Avocets that were across the scrape and grazing marsh, along with 2 Wigeon, 12 Shelducks and also a Common Gull. Overhead, there were some 12+ Swifts recorded. IM/PL.
12th – The first report in for today was that of an Osprey* that was seen over the grazing marsh before drifting off in a SW direction towards Clacton. MR. Surveying over the road (opp. Approach Road) this morning gave 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 of each Chiffchaff and Blackcap, while observations in the Dell a short time later, located a Siskin* that was on top of a fir tree. MR. Seawatching for a while from the sluice area supplied 1 Bar-T Godwit, 5 Common Terns and c50 Common Scoters – all these birds were seen to head S. Moving on to the main hide, viewing across the scrape, grazing marsh and skyline, yielded 1 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew and 30 Avocets, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon and 27 Shelducks, also 10+ Swifts. IM/MR.
13th – Today saw two more birds for the Haven 2014 Year List and several observers on and around the site. The ‘day’ bird/s appeared to be the Spotted-Flycatcher* with 2 reported before 09.37hrs. The first was in the elder beyond the 5-bar gate, the second Spot-Fly was on the mounds area. A later report gave that 3 were located on site before noon. IM/MR. Also around the site generally were singles of Cetti’s Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers and some 10+ Common Whitethroats. A Whinchat* was seen from the main hide as were 4 Sedge Warblers, while a Wheatear was on the mounds upon the return wander back to the Service road and a Sparrowhawk flew low across this road. Counts made from the hide included 1 Dunlin per yesterday, 24 Blk T Godwits, 34 Avocets, again there were 2 Gadwall, Wigeon had increased to 3 and Shelducks numbered 28. Also viewed from the main hide were 2 Common Buzzards. IM/MR. By mid-afternoon, there were two Spotted-Flycatchers together by the new trees on the grass slope that is on the way up from the carpark. Presumably these were the earlier birds - given the location. (see Gallery for Spot-Fly). DS.
14th – Initial NW through WNW winds of up to 12mph along with additional blasts of up to 15mph later became slightly stronger E with gusting of up to 18mph. Bright skies from very early this morning which were complimented by the sun, of which, remained throughout the day. Temperature readings for the coastline reached +14 degrees. The first report in gave that 3 Whinchats were located on the fence to the far right of the main hide and 2 Little Terns* flew N. PRD. Additional for the day were a single Common Sandpiper of note on the scrape and amongst some 30+ Avocets were the Haven’s own GB/GY and another locally ringed bird. The same or two more Little Terns were noted as feeding off the sluice area on the wander through to the hide first thing. (There were no signs of any Flycatchers during this survey). MR.
15th – Another day of mostly sun and blue skies with variable strength winds from a breeze (c3mph) up to 13mph with some gusting of up to 15mph. Wind direction by mid-evening was holding at SE, while the coastline temperature dropped noticeably from its earlier +14 degrees. An hour's survey from the Frinton end of site through to the hide (09.00-10.00hrs) gave views of 2 Little Terns fishing off-shore opposite the Golf Course while 2 Cormorants flew N. Brief views were had of a Barn Owl out hunting and Wheatears numbered 3 along the route of which there were 2 males and a female. (2 opposite Golf Course + 1 by the hide). PBr.
16th - A glorious morning with sun and blue skies and a temperature of +11 degrees before 09.00hrs. Very light SE winds of 2mph through 4mph and very little in the way of gusting (5mph), changed for later in the day to SSW of speeds up to 10mph and gusting of 12mph. Reported for 12noon on the scrape, a Temminck's Stint* was a welcome bird for the year. Missing from last year's (2013) listings, Temminck's Stint has with today's bird, now been included on the records for nine different years since the first report of Temminck's Stint here in 2001. Also of note, the majority of these records have been in the month of May. PRD. Additional reports for on and around the site were counts of both a Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier, also 1 Med Gull (adult) and 5 Common Gulls, a single Greenshank, 4 Dunlin and 38 Avocets, 5 Shoveler (+8 ducklings) and 22 Shelducks. IM/PRD.
17th - The temperature along the coastline was at +14 degrees before 09.00hrs and the day proceeded to be a warm one. Initial winds were SSW of some 6mph through 10mph and just slightly higher occasional gusting, while the evening saw the direction at SE. At least five observers were on and around the site at various times today from morning into the afternoon and from the report received - there was obviously movement in/out throughout. A ringing session also took place. Particular notes were of a single Grey Plover (PRD), 2 Greenshank (PNt/GG), 3 Ringed Plovers (PRD/MR/GG), 1 adult Med Gull (PRD/GG) and 2 x 1s Med Gulls (SC/PNt/GG), while 2 Dunlin and a Little Egret stayed around and were on view for everybody. PRD/SC/PNt/MR/GG. Singles of Wheatear and Common Buzzard were amongst the counts (PRD/GG/MR), as were 2 Little Terns (PNt/GG). Over and above, some 40+ Cormorants flew N while the 8 Shoveler ducklings were again seen and a count of 3 small Redshank chicks was made. GG.
18th - Another glorious day of sun and temperature readings for our coastline of +15+ degrees. Variable winds from SE through ESE with speeds up to c14mph and again, gusting just slightly higher. No reports returned as yet.
19th - Initial winds being of barely a breeze up to 5mph with a few extra blasts of c7mph and a direction of SE. Before 07.00hrs the coastline temperature readings gave +15 degrees and the sun was bright......... so could be another superb day weather-wise. A morning run (c08.00hrs), along the seawall and Golf Course areas from the Frinton end and then the return journey, supplied little in the way of birds apart from a single singing Reed Warbler of note, 3 Oystercatchers that were flying around noisily and 5 Shelducks that were originally on the Golf Course before they flew towards the scrape. PBr. On a Wildlife note, an immature Broad-Bodied Chaser was seen and photographed at the Dipping Pond. MR.
20th - The SW winds of up to 18mph with gusting of up to 23mph, turned direction for later in the day to S. There was some early rainfall in local areas just a mile or two away from the site but occasional showers and a couple of heavier downpours collared the Haven later in the day. Just after 08.00hrs 3 Turtle Doves* were seen to fly over the Golf Course before landing in the field N of the bridle-path towards the farm. PBr. Whilst the Doves could not be relocated from the Farm/public tracks, a Hobby* was seen, as were 2 Corn Buntings. IM. The visit made between 08.00-09.00hrs also provided singles of Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper on the scrape, a Cuckoo, 2 Barnacle Geese that flew over and onwards up the coast (c08.45hrs) while off-shore movements gave a Common Tern (N) and 104 Brent Geese (38+44+22). PBr. Further observations across the scrape and grazing marsh, yielded 4 Oystercatchers, 10+ Redshanks, 20+ Lapwings (+c8 chicks), 34 Avocets (2 Haven Colour-ringed included) and a second Common Sandpiper (see Gallery) made an appearance. Ducks and Geese of note were 2 Shoveler (+8), 10 Shelducks, 4 Greylag and 8 Canada Geese (+1). The localised hedgerows and reed-beds gave counts of 2 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers and 3 Reed Buntings. MR.
21st - Initial winds this morning were of a NNW direction before turning to ESE slightly later. Locally recorded speeds gave that there was a variation from c7mph up to 13mph while those extra blasts were of up to 15mph until early afternoon when speeds increased up to 17mph and 20mph respectively. Again there were a few on/off light showers for the afternoon and some heavier downpours for a while too! The coastline temperature readings for the day reached a maximum of +15 degrees. At least two observers visited the site and their surveys resulted in counts for the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh (from the hide) of 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Oystercatchers and 46 Avocets, 24 Shelducks, and 2 Little Terns. Seen to fly (together) along the rear of the scrape were 2 Cuckoo, while 3 Little Egrets flew over and out to sea. Rounding up the report were 2 Yellow Wagtails that were also viewable from the main hide. IM/MR.
22nd - Along with some early rain, the SW winds were strong at speeds of 25mph through 37mph alongside gusting of some 42mph. The temperature along the coast was (prior to 08.00hrs) at +14 degrees. The day remained warm, if overcast at times before the downpours started again during the evening. Surveys today included one up at the Farm and a second that covered areas of the main site. Although expected at this time of year, it is good to see that the observer was able to add to the report that Swifts, Swallows and House Martins were indeed in 'good numbers' over the Farm and its buildings. The Farm Pond and associated tree line gave 1 Water Rail and 1 Spotted Flycatcher, while other additions were 3 Gt. Spotted Woodpeckers (1ad+2juv) and 2 Corn Buntings. IM. The main site yielded counts of 1 Cetti's Warbler (beyond the Sewage Farm), 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, c6 Blackcaps and 'lots of' Common Whitethroats. A Gadwall, 2 Wigeon (1pr), 2 Shoveler (+8) and 14 Shelducks along with 8 Canada Geese (+1) were across the main scrape and surrounding grazing marsh, as were totals of 1 Little Tern and 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatchers, c12 Redshanks, c20 Lapwings (+8) and 46 Avocets - the latter of which, included four colour-ringed birds. The localised reed-beds and hedgerows as viewed from the hide at this time, gave 2 Linnets, 2 Reed and 2 Sedge Warblers and 5 Reed Buntings, while over and near this vicinity were c30 House Martins, c30 Swallows and 5 Swifts. MR.
23rd - Before 08.00hrs this morning, the Southerly winds were moderate to strong with speeds of up to 27mph and that extra gusting reaching 31mph. Variable temperatures up to this time having already been at +15 degrees, the gusting had at this point, dropped back to +13 degrees. A visit to the main hide today gave noted counts of 3 Dunlin and 50 Avocets, 14 Shelducks, 1 Med Gull (2cy) and a single Brent Goose, while amongst the Canada Geese there were 5 new goslings. A Cuckoo was also on the report from the hide and in the vicinity over/near the scrape were also c15 House Martins and c20 Swifts. IM.
24th - A mixed morning of mostly rain (heavy at times) with variable overcast and blue skies with appearances by the sun and also some fast moving variations of both grey and white clouds. S through SSW winds, these variable in speeds - from 17mph up to 26+mph - along with considerable gusting of up to 32mph. The temperature along the coast being of +14 degrees. No reports returned.
25th - A glorious day with temperatures along the coastline holding at +14 degrees and generally bright and sunny. Wind direction varied S through SSE of speeds also variable (13mph - 26mph) and gusting that at times reached 31+mph. No reports returned.
26th - Overall a very warm Bank Holiday Monday with temperatures reaching +16+ degrees locally. Blue skies and bright sun with some intermittent grey clouds and accompanying on/off showers (some heavier than others). The evening saw heavy rain that continued well into the night! Initial wind direction was of N/NNE, changing prior to close of day to Easterlies. Wind speeds varied throughout from c4mph up to at least 20mph and those extra blasts were up to 25mph. No reports returned.
27th - After a night of virtually constant rain that finally eased by c06.00hrs, the grey overcast morning skies do not look too hopeful of a sunny day at all. Initial winds being variable from NNW through to ENE, speeds up to 18mph and gusting of up to 22mph, while the coastline temperature by this time was at +14 degrees. The early a.m. skies didn't disappoint...... and while the rain stopped for a time, some on/off light showers and later some heavier downpours occurred. Wind direction by mid-evening was holding mostly at N. A short sea-watch session gave one observer views of 2 Little and 4 Sandwich Terns off-shore. IM. Surveying this morning from the Approach Road through to the main hide gave little of particular note but several Whitethroats were seen along the route and counts were made of 1 Lesser Whitethroat (hedge by wind-pump), 1 Chiffchaff (Approach Rd) and 2 Blackcaps (also Approach Rd). Looking from the sluice, 2 Sandwich Terns were seen to fly N. Observations from the main hide, added 1 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Linnets, also 12 Swifts, c30 House Martins and c40 Swallows. On and across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were totals of 3 Little Egrets, 3 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler (+8), 18 Shelducks and 7 Canada Geese (+1+6), while the Waders consisted of c10 Lapwings (+6), c10 Redshanks, 46 Avocets (including colour-ringed individuals) and rounding up the birds on the scrape areas were a count of 10 Blk T Godwits that dropped onto the scrape at 10.15hrs. MR.
28th - A turn in wind direction through today round from Northerlies to SSE, of light speeds (3mph up to 11mph) and gusting of barely 13mph. Another mixed bag of weather - with rain to start, mostly grey skies throughout, a few light showers but warm at +14 degrees. At least two observers were on and around the site and reported their subsequent survey per taking in the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh areas and visible skyline from the main hide. Wader counts included 10 Blk T Godwits and 48 Avocets, Ducks comprised 2 Tufted Ducks, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon and 11 Shelducks, the 7 Canada Geese were noted with their goslings (+1+6) and a single Little Egret was also located. A Marsh Harrier and c30 Swifts completed the report. IM/MR.
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