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Sept 08

1st - Although elusive, the Wryneck is still present around the sailing club compound bushes. PB/SN. The bushes held the odd migrant with Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser and Common Whitethroat being seen.. The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper still, 2 Green and 4+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 1 LRP, 1 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 7+ Snipe and 7 Blk T Godwits. KA/LH/JK. 2 short sea watches produced very little of interest. Other birds of note were 1 Arctic Skua and 8 Wheatears. BB.

2nd - No news on the Wryneck today. A morning seawatch in horrid conditions paid dividends when at 0810 hrs a flock of 4 Velvet and 7 Common Scoters flew S, only other bird of note was 1 Grey Plover. The scrape looks good and produced 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green and 6 Common Sandpipers, Blk T Godwits,3 Ruff, 2 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, 10+ Snipe, 21 Golden Plovers briefly, 3 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear and Wigeon are now up to 6. KA.

3rd - The Wryneck is still present but can be difficult. JBS/GG, 2-3 Redstarts, inc a 1w male. GG, and a male Firecrest KA, being the pick of the bits. The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 LRP4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin,Blk T Godwits, 4 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 10+ Snipe and a Pintail.GG/PB/PRD.

4th - The Wryneck is still present and was showing more frequently this morning. PB/VB/KA/AT/GG, 2 Redstarts, also seen in the same area. PB. On the scrape were 1 LRP, 4 Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin,Blk T Godwits, 4 Ruff and  Snipe.KA/PB/VB. A ringtail Hen Harrier was hunting over the scrape. AT. A Fulmar flew S late afternoon. AD

5th - Once the heavy rain had stopped a visit to the scrape produced 4 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 3+ Common Sandpipers, 5 Blk T Godwits, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, 5 Sandwich Terns and 2 Wigeon.The mound had 3 Wheatears and at sea c20 Commic Terns were moving back and forth. SC/KA.

6th - On the scrape this morning were 16 Common Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Blk T Godwits, 4 Ruff, 4+ Common Sandpipers, 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe and 1 LRP. Giving excellent views the ringtail Hen Harrier was again out hunting.  Seawatching produced 2 Swifts, 3 Grey Plover plus small movements of both Sandwich and Common Terns . PRD/KA/CJ. Early evening additions to the scrape were 3 Wood Sandpipers. PNt   Sandwich Tern numbers now at 16. MR

7th - Birds of prey featured well today on site and off-shore with 6 Hobby, the ring-tail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, 2+ Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk.The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 3 Blk T Godwits, 1 LRP, 1 Ringed Plover, Wigeon and Snipe. 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, 9 Sandwich Terns and 1 adult Med Gull.  Fly-overs, all S included 15 Siskins, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Swifts and 40+ Sand Martins. Noted for the rest of the site and seawatch were 1 adult Yellow-Legged Gull, 15+ Wheatear, 6 Whinchats, c10 Common and 4 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Scoter S. PRD/KA/AD.   Additional reports for today included 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and a further 6 Whinchat.  Seawatch extras were 1 Little and 3 Arctic Terns, 1 Golden Plover S, 2 Eider S, 12 Wigeon and 1 Common Sandpiper. GEv/ADbs 

8th - A fem/Imm Merlin in off the sea, was the first bird of note early today. GG. The scrape, not too much variety on there this morning, with 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin and 4 Snipe.  Along the fences and reed beds were 4 Wheatears, 9 Whinchats and 3 Reed Buntings.  The bushes provided 6+ Blackcaps, 6+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Willow and 2 Reed Warblers. The Ring-tail Hen Harrier was seen several times during the morning and fly-overs, all S included 100+ Sand Martins amongst the Swallows, 36 Siskins, 4 Swifts and 7 Yellow WagtailsGG/KA. Also noted was a 1w male RedstartBB 

9th - Most of the time was spent on seawatching where the highlights were 5 Arctic Skuas S, 5 Gannets, 14 Common Scoter S, 4 Teal S, 3 Common Terns and 1 Shelduck. A search of the bushes and a short visit to the hide this morning gave the following birds of note, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 3 Blk T Godwits and 2 Snipe. KA.  An additional seawatch this evening saw 10 Common and 2 Sandwich Terns heading S. PRD.

10th - The morning began with a seawatching session up to and over high tide, with apart from 1 Gannet, all birds headed S. Along with a steady trickle of Commic Terns, were 8 Wigeon, 10 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Eider, 1 Little Tern, 4 Teal and 10 OystercatchersWhitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap were visible in small numbers in and around the bushes.  The scrape produced 2 Wigeon, 2 Blk T Godwits, 3 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpipers, 5+ Snipe, 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Wheatear and in the brook 1 Little Grebe.  1 Little Egret flew over. KA

11th - Visits late afternoon into early evening, failed to produce anything different to yesterday in and around the bushes.  4 Wheatear and 1 Turnstone from mounds to beach. KA.  2 Swifts noted S. PB/VB  The scrape held 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpipers, 7+ Snipe, 3 Ruff, 2 Blk T Godwits and 2 Wigeon.  2 Spotted Redshanks dropped in for about 10 minutes then headed S. KA/PRD

12th - A rather damp start to the morning visits but lots of movement within the trees and bushes. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen at the bushes opposite the top end of the carpark. KA/MR/AD  The scrape held 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Blk T Godwits, 4 Ruff, 14+ Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper and 20 Wigeon.  A Spotted Flycatcher was also seen from the hide, as were 2 Wheatear and 1 Whinchat. KA/MR .  A visit from mid-day produced 1 Pied Flycatcher briefly, E of the pay machine.  Other migrants seen were 22+ Blackcaps, 15 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Common Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 male Redstart, 11 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 14 Siskins, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 4 Swallows, a noisy Whimbrel and 2 Hobby. A flock of 48 Wigeon flew S.  Afternoon additions on the scrape were 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and Green Sandpipers increased to 4.  Early evening 2 Spotted Flyctachers still at the top end and 2 more by the toilet block, so at least 4 present and at sea 1 imm Gannet N, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal and a steady trickle of Commic Terns S. GG

13th- After yesterdays fall we were not sure what to expect today, but it was better.  Started off with a tit flock along the approach road giving me a brief sighting of what I believe was a Wood Warbler, but not seen again so that will go down as a probable. GG.   Then the migrants started to move through, with 80+ Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers, 11 Lesser throats, 4 Whitethroats, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 5 Spotted Flycathers, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1-2 Redstarts, 3 Goldcrest, 17 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears and 49 Siskins. AT/KA/RB/AD/PL/GG.  With a phone call of moving raptors at Landguard we started to search the sky and were rewarded with 5 Honey Buzzards, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Buzzard sp, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, 4 Sparrowhawks and 4 Kestrels. GG/PRD/KA.  The scrape was viewed from the turret and 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Snipe and 2 x 2w Med Gulls were noted. PL/KA/PRD/MR/GG.  Seawatching early evening produced 2 Arctic Skuas (1 pale phase) going N and 11+ Black Terns feeding and lingering off shore, also 2 Little Terns, 4 Common Scoters and 30 Brent Geese S. PRD/KA/GG/MR/PNs.  

14th - Less birds about today but it started off with a Honey Buzzard flying off the land and over the sea towards the Kent coast.  84 Siskins headed S in small groups. GG.  The scrape early on held 3 Ruff,1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Blk T Godwits, 3 Snipe and 5 Sandwich Terns. KA/AD.  Late morning 1 Pied Flycatcher and 4 Spotted Flycatchers were seen in the car park bushes. KA/GG.  1 other Spotted Flycatcher was seen along the approach road. GG.  Other reports were of 12 Chiffchaff, 3 each of Lesser and Common Whitethroats and 3-4 Wheatears.  Out at sea an adult Long Tailed Skua flew S.PRD, other sea birds were 4 Common Scoters, 1 imm Gannet and 10 Brent Geese all S.PRD/AD. 2 Redstarts were seen late evening with 1 showing characteristics of Ehrenbergs Redstart. PRD/AD/KA/GG/JBS                  (See Gallery) 

15th - In evidence this morning were at least 6 Redstarts including  a male showing characteristics of Ehrenbergs Redstart.  Also 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a few of each Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and 1 Willow WarblerSiskins flew over N. KA/PRD/SC/PB.  The scrape was very quiet late morning with 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blk T Godwits, 2 Snipe and 1 Common Tern. 3 Wheatears were seen near the mounds. KA.  1 Grey Wagtail also a noted fly-over. PNs  This evening 7 Redstarts were seen. AD

16th - A very brief visit this evening gave sightings around the greensward bushes and behind the sewage farm of 3 Redstarts, 2 Wheatears,Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers and 1 Marsh Harrier. KA  

17th - Early morning on the scrape were 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Blk T Godwits, 1 Golden Plover and 4+ Snipe.  A Green Sandpiper was seen over the sewage farm. GG.  Mid morning one lucky observer flushed a Richards Pipit while out jogging, the bird was heard and viewed for several minutes but could not be relocated despite searching. PBr.  Still a good number of migrants about, a walk along the seawall and around the bushes produced 30+ Wheatears, 5 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 5+ Redstarts, 2-3 Pied Flycatchers, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Common and 5+ Lesser Whitethroats, also 4 Goldcrests. Fly overs were 85+ Meadow Pipits and 4 Yellow Wagtails. KA/GG.  9 Siskins were also reported.  A 15 minute seawatch early evening produced just 1 bird!, a Honey Buzzard flew in off the sea, quickly mobbed by the corvids and headed off W. GG/KA.   

18th - Today much the same on the scrape with 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper,  1 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 1 Golden Plover, 4+ Snipe and a Greenshank early evening. The bushes held  4 Redstarts, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Common and 7 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Blackcap, also 1 Firecrest seen and 8 Goldcrests. Fly overs were 1 Yellow Wagtail, 49 Siskins and 1 Grey Wagtail. GG/PB/VB/KA/SC/PC.  2 Whinchats, 10+ Wheatears were noted. JBS.  A Merlin flew in off the sea early morning. GG.

19th - A short visit this morning, birds noted were 92 Siskins heading N in small groups, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 40+ House Martins going S.  There were 4 Grey Wagtails around the Sewage Farm area. In the bushes were 2 Redstarts, 8+ Chiffchaff, 1 Common and 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps and several Goldcrests.GG.  3 Wheatears were around the mound. KA.  Gull numbers on the scrape were up with an impressive 400+ Black headed Gulls present. GG.

20th - On the scrape today, numbers of Curlew Sandpipers were up to 5 and they were feeding well alongside 2 juvenile Little Stints, 3 Ruff, 6+ Snipe and 1 Turnstone.  Air displays were given by 2 juvenile Hobbys and on the brambles in front of the hide were 4 Stonechats.PRD/KA/CJ/JK/PR/LR/JHvS.  1 Tree Pipit flew over the hide. PRD  Around the rest of the site the following birds were noted 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstarts, 10+ Chiffchaff, 7 Wheatears, 4 Whinchats, 2 further Stonechats, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Sandwich Terns.KA/PRD/CJ. 1 Redpoll was a morning flyover. PRD/CJ.  Other reports included 1 Peregrine, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail and a brief visit to the scrape of 1 Spotted Redshank. PB/VB/PBr/MR/JHvS.

21st - A Peregrine was again reported this morning as was 1 Tree Pipit.  This afternoon's fly-overs included 1 Honey Buzzard, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobbys and a late single Swift JBS.  Seen on the scrape were 5 Curlew Sandpipers, now 3 Little Stints, 13+ Snipe and 2 Blk T Godwits. Bushes and fence lines to and from the scrape were holding some 3 Wheatears, 9+ Whinchat and 4 Stonechats. KA/JBS.  Also noted today was 1 Kingfisher along the brook.

22nd - Much cooler today, the bushes were less busy with 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 10+ Goldcrests being the noteworthy ones. KA.  2 brief looks out to sea, with 7 Gannets, 5 Common Scoter, 15 Brent Geese, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine and 2 very distant Skua sp were noted.  2 Grey Wagtails were on the beach, 4 Wheatears along the seawall and 8 Stonechats and 2 Whinchats were seen, mainly by the hide. GG. Small groups of Siskin totalling 97 all flew N.  On the scrape were 5 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 2 juv Little Stints and 2 SnipeKA/PB.

23rd - Seawatching this morning and a surprise sighting when 2 Spoonbills flew towards Frinton at 08.31 hrs, 2 Arctic Skuas, 1 drake Eider, 20 Gannets and 15+ Wigeon were also noted. GG.  On the scrape were 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 3 Little Stints, 2 Blk T Godwits and a Barn Owl. A single Wheatear was also seen. AS.

24th - An early morning visit provided just 3 Blk T Godwits on the scrape, whilst seen from the site were 2 Barn Owls, 5 juv Gannets, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 adult Med Gull. AS.   Mid-morning 1 Snipe was additional for the scrape and 12+ Whinchats were on the fences viewed from the hide.  1 Redstart was seen by the sewage farm and 2 Wheatears opposite. KA  The bushes later in the day, held 1 Pied Flycatcher, 12 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaff and a few migrant Song Thrushes.  Also noted were a further Gannet, Common Scoter and Med Gull. RA

25th - Noted for today along the approach road and greensward bushes, were a good sized Tit flock, 3 Redstarts, 6+ Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Whitethroats, 4+ Chiffchaffs and numerous Robins.  3 Wheatears were around the sluice area and the highlights of the scrape were 6 Snipe. KA.  1 Pied Flycatcher was seen E of the ticket machine earlier this morning. PB   Other reports for the site included a "cracking" male Redstart and 4 Blackcaps. AS 

26th - Reported for early this morning were 20+ Goldcrests, 1 Redstart, a few Chiffchaff and a fly-over of 40+ Siskins. AS.  Late afternoon sightings included 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Stonechats, 5 Whinchats, and 21+ Wheatears.  Feeding near the hide were 40+ Goldfinch and at least 7 Goldcrests were outside the sewage farm.  With some of the reeds and thistles now cut down on the main island of the scrape, it was much easier to see that there were only 2 Blk T Godwits and 5 Snipe of note.  The cows have moved into the scrape field today so hopefully views across the grassed area should be better soon. KA.  Sightings along the seawall provided 2 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Reed Buntings, at least 32 Siskins and 28+ Goldfinch. Also noted were c220 Meadow Pipits. PBr.  1 Hobby was on site. JK

27th - Giving several brief views this morning a Cetti's Warbler was indeed a good site find. PL.  The scrape still holding 2 Blk T Godwits and 5+ Snipe, had additions of 1 juv Little Stint and 1 adult Med Gull. PL/MR.  The following were noted throughout the site from morning to mid afternoon, 1 Redstart, 8+ Goldcrests, 6+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Reed Warbler, 14 Stonechats, 7 Whinchats, 14+ Wheatears, 1 Little Owl and 1 Hobby.KA/PL/MR

28th - A cold, misty start today.  A search of the trees and bushes resulted in 7 Blackcaps, 6+ Lesser Whitethroats, 22+ Goldcrests, 1 Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, 1 Redstart and 1-2 Little Owl.   Being severely mobbed by crows, a S E Owl was seen late morning and is the first noted of this Haven year. KA/AD.  Viewed across the scrape area were 3 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl and 15 Wigeon. AEC/KA/AD.  A much warmer afternoon saw 1 Pied Flycatcher near the toilet block and through the site to the golf course were 20+ Wheatears, 12 Stonechats and 4 Whinchats. KA.  1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Firecrest, 2 further Redstarts and 1 Yellow Wagtail were noted. JBS.  1 Grey Wagtail was also seen. MR.

29th - A morning visit provided 41+ Goldfinch including a flock of 26 on the greensward.  The bushes held 3 Chiffchaff, 14+ Goldcrests, and 1 of each Firecrest, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap.  50+ Housemartins flew S.  4 Wheatears were noted and both Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers were on site.  A very brief look at the scrape showed it to be mainly covered with several hundred Black Headed Gulls with 1 Snipe.  1 Stonechat was in front of the hide. KA 

30th - A rather damp day to end the month with little being seen on the site and seawatching produced nothing at all.  Viewed beyond the scrape were 2 Barn Owls and 10 Swallows over. SG   The bushes along the approach road provided just 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests. Marsh Harrier was hunting over the field. KA 

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