(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).
Archive: Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Site Year Tick*
1st/2nd - No reports returned.
3rd - Surveying from the main hide provided views of 1 Grey Heron, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 3 Snipe, 12 Curlew and c70 Lapwings alongside 2 Pintails* (1pr), 2 Shelducks, 3 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, c300 Teal and c500 Wigeon. The Geese are still featuring well on the Haven surveys with counts of 1 Pink-foot, 9 White-fronts, 12 Canada, c70 Greylag and c500 Brent Geese today. The Brent were mostly staying on the arable and occasionally dropping onto the scrape - one of these (scrape) birds proved to be a Black Brant (1W). MR/DW/IM. The return walk from the hide added 2 Stonechats by the first turret and a Grey Wagtail in the Sewage Farm. A couple of colour-ringed Herring Gulls were also at the Sewage Farm. MR.
4th - Viewing from the main hide (11.35-12.50hrs) yielded counts of 2 Blk-T Godwits, c200 Lapwings, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shelducks, 150 Teal, 300 Wigeon, 1 Pink-footed, 9 White-fronted, 16 Canada and c150 Greylag Geese. IM.
5th - Surveying today gave that yesterday's species were still around today - changes in some numbers and a few additional species. Of note, Blk-T Godwits were up to 3, Gadwall were at 3 and Shelducks were up to 6, there were also 1 Snipe, 20 Golden Plovers, 25 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Marsh Harrier. IM/PL/ML. A short seawatch gave only some 30+ Red-throated Divers. IM.
6th/7th/8th/9th - No reports returned.
10th - Morning and afternoon visits took place today and two 'Haven Year Ticks' were added. The Geese still very much in evidence on and around the site, consisted of at least 7 White-fronted, 14 Canada, c60 Greylags (recently taken to feeding on the arable just the other side of the road - by the 'chippings' lay-by) and the Brent flock which has itself become more spread out. This morning, c350 of the Brents - including a single Black Brant - descended upon the scrape for a while. Visible from the main hide were also counts of 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 20 Curlew, 310 Lapwings, 2 Shelducks, 5 Shoveler, c300 Teal, c500 Wigeon and a single Kestrel. Wishing to view any R-T Divers sitting on the sea, proved lucky at c09.40hrs when close off-shore, a pair of Velvet Scoters* flew S. Slightly later during a one-hour 'quiet' seawatch, a Guillemot* flew N, 3 Red-throated Divers were noted and 'lots of' Cormorants were seen to fly back and forth. MR. Surveying this afternoon (12.45-14.45hrs) gave particular notes that included a Kingfisher that was over the road, a Grey Wagtail at the Sewage Farm and both Redwing and Song Thrush in the carpark areas. On and around the scrape at this time were 450 Brent Geese and also a Pale Bellied Brent (the flock unfortunately spooked before the Brant could be located), Canada Geese were down to 2, while Curlew were up to a count of 40, Wigeon were up to 720 and the Lapwing flock had decreased to a count of 195. SC.
11th - No reports returned.
12th - A run around the site (in from/back to the Frinton end) gave of note, a Purple Sandpiper on the sluice and a Snow Bunting* on the beach area below the raised Golf Tee. PBr.
13th - Surveying this morning found that all was much the same as in recent days with the Brent Geese being 'in and out' once again, while a Pink-footed, 8 White-fronted and 12 Canada Geese were in amongst the Greylag Geese and the resident Ducks were in good numbers. Viewed mid-morning - on the arable - were 2 Peregrines (1pr). MR.
14th - Of particular note today, a Fulmar* heading SW became an addition to the Haven 2017 Year List while being viewed as it flew, literally, over the observer's head at 16.07hrs. PRD.
15th/16th/17th/18th - No reports returned.
19th - No reports returned as yet.
As at 28th February 2017 the Haven 2017 Year List stands at ---.
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