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September 2010

1st - A warm, bright and dry morning to start the month.  N winds being quite light.  Mid-afternoon weather conditions were still much the same, although the wind direction turned to ESE, then turned again to SE for the early evening.  The first report in this morning gave that there was still a Pied Flycatcher on site c08.20hrs, located in the hedge to the right of the pond. MR.  A further morning report, gave details of 4 Common Sandpipers, 9 Dunlin and a single Wigeon being the main noted birds on the scrape, while a single Wheatear was also on site. MJ.  Both a single Swift over the site and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker in the Dell, were additions for today. MR.  No reports confirmed any further viewing of the Pied Fly, after 10am this morning.

2nd - Very bright and dry again today, although temperatures were cooler than yesterday.  NE through E winds were light to moderate from morning to afternoon, increasing in strength by the evening.  Although the conditions were very good today, nothing out of the ordinary could be seen or located during site coverage or seawatching.  Trees, bushes and reedbeds through to the hide supplied 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow and 4 Reed Warblers and 11 of each Common and Lesser Whitethroat.  Singles of Hobby and Wheatear were also noted. MR.  The Gt. Spotted Woodpecker was again on site. PRD.  Walking along to the end of site, past the golf course etc, gave additions of 35+ Linnet, 3 Reed Buntings, 4+ Whinchat and 6 further Wheatears, while along the beach were 2 Turnstones.  Viewing from the hide saw that the scrape was hosting 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 3 Curlew, the Avocet, 75 Lapwing, 5 Cormorant, 1 Wigeon, 200+ Teal and 225 Greylag Geese.  Seawatching from 15.00-16.30hrs produced just 5 Common Terns of note, these were heading N, while a Cormorant left the scrape to head straight out to sea. MR/PRD

3rd - Conditions much as yesterday to start the day, bright, dry and some moderate NE turning E winds.  Migrants today were 1 male Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Whinchats, 5 Wheatears, 6+ each of both Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Sand Martins and 50+ Swallows.  2 Cettis Warblers were noted, while out at sea, 2 Sandwich Terns flew NW.  The scrape was disappointing with just 1 juv Ruff, 1 juv LRP, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Ringed Plover and 5 Snipe being noteworthy.  A Common Buzzard was also seen. PRD/GG

4th - Another glorious, bright, if somewhat breezy morning with the winds being SE.  With numerous reports and high counts being recorded throughout the UK the last couple of days, the Haven this morning, was able to also report a Lapland Bunting, just the one, being located north of the hide at 08.15hrs. PBr.  Minutes later, a report was also in of a Wryneck, this bird was located by the toilet block but was being elusive. GG et al.  Seen from the seawall were 11 Whinchats and 9 Wheatears. PBr/GG. At sea 5 Sandwich and 2 Common Terns flew NW.  An additional report added 4 Yellow Wagtails on the golf course, 3 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel and a Golden Plover on/over the fields, while the areas from the Frinton end up to the sluice, held c55 Linnet, c45 Meadow Pipits, 1 Reed, 1 Willow and 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Chiffchaff and 8 Reed Buntings.  A Gt. Spotted Woodpecker flew high S and 6 House Martins, 70 Swallows and 4+ Sand Martins were also noted.  A single Ruff was in the vicinity of the scrape, as were c200 Teal, 2 Wigeon and 160 Greylag Geese.  Further off-shore movements were 4 Sandwich Terns S and 2 Gannets N. PBr

5th - Bright, dry and again light to moderate SE winds for early morning, although the winds strengthened as the day went on and they fluctuated through ESE to E.  A quick morning report confirmed that the Wryneck was still on site c08.00hrs. MR.  The Wryneck was still by the toilet block and showing well at 17.28hrs. JBS.  Late morning gave another good bird for the site, when a juv Long Tailed Skua flew over the Clacton Sailing Club compound and headed towards Holland-on-Sea. PL/MR.  A run from the Frinton end up to the gate/turret above the hide, including taking note of the golf course area and out to sea, supplied totals of 4 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 4 Linnets, 8 Meadow Pipits and 8 Swallows, with the off-shore birds being 4 Sanderling S and 4 Sandwich Terns that were feeding. PBr.  Early morning singles of Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were both seen by the Sewage Farm entrance. GG/PNt.  The scrape was again very quiet, with just 3 Common Sandpipers, 4 Snipe, 2 Wigeon and 3 Sandwich Terns of particular note.  A Marsh Harrier was viewed across the site, 16 Pied Wagtails were on the Greensward, while off-shore 3 Arctic Skuas headed S and a juv Gannet flew N. MR.  The long staying single Avocet, appears to have finally deserted the Haven!

6th - Dry and very bright to start the day but it later clouded over and rain had appeared by early evening.  Some very strong ESE winds prevailed throughout and gusts recorded locally, exceeded 32mph.  Mid morning and located near to Tariq were both a Cetti's Warbler and a male Redstart, with 2 Whinchat close by.  Also a second Redstart further up on the pathways and another Cetti's Warbler around the toilet block area. JBS.  Along the route to the Frinton end, 3+ Wheatears were seen. PBr.  The Wryneck was on site for it's third day - being just a bit elusive at times but showed really well this afternoon.  Seawatching gave a total of 3 Sooty Shearwaters N past the Haven, with other species noted being a Fulmar and 3 Gannets N, 15+ Common Scoter and 6 of each Sandwich and Common Terns.  The scrape held only 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Curlew and 1 Sandwich Tern of note, again very disappointing, although viewed from the hide, a Common Buzzard was good to see.  Around the rest of the site during the day, the Redstart total increased to 5+ and other counts included 2 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler and both Lesser and Common Whitethroats at 6 of each. GG/SC/MR/PRD/LGRE

7th - After a night of heavy rain, this morning was quite bright although the clouds were still a bit grey.  Rain however, did not make any further appearance during the day.  Wind direction turned overnight to SE but maintained strength, with gusts again of over 30mph.  The Wryneck was again on site, while located c12.30hrs on the scrape, was a Pectoral Sandpiper, (nice find Mick) also a Little Stint.  These three respective birds were showing well, through to at least 18.30hrs.  Other species on the scrape, included 2+ Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 9+ Wigeon, 2 Sandwich Terns and a juv Med Gull.  Both a fem Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard were also noted.  Around the rest of the site, some 4+ Redstarts were seen, also 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Blackcap, 6 Lesser and 5 Common Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, 10+ Wheatears and 6+ WhinchatMR/SC/KA/AD/AK/PBr.

8th - Mostly grey and overcast for the duration and a little bit cooler than yesterday.  Winds began as moderate strength NNE, turning by mid-afternoon to NW and continuing as such, into the evening.  The Wryneck was once more in the dell and showing nicely, while the rest of the trees and bushes around the site, held of note 3 Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 of each Lesser and Common Whitethroats and 1 Little Owl, with 4 Wheatears also being seen.  The waders on the scrape today, were 1 of each Little Stint, LRP and Ruff, 3 Common Sandpipers and 8 Snipe.  There was unfortunately, no sign at all of the Pec.  10+ Wigeon were amongst numerous Teal and Greylag Geese, on and around the scrape and grazing marsh.  Both a fem Marsh Harrier and a Common Buzzard were again on view. MR/JK.  

9th - Again cloud cover to start but some patches of blue sky amongst the grey.  The sun did appear but the day returned to being overcast with some rain.  Winds during the morning, NW and moderate.  And on it's sixth day - the Wryneck was viewable this morning and being quite photogenic, however, it could not be located late afternoon.  With good coverage across the site today, 2 Cetti's Warblers, both a fem/imm and a male Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warblers, 8+ Blackcap, 6 Lesser and 10+ Whitethroats were seen, as were 3+ Yellow Wagtails, 5+ Whinchat, 14+ Wheatear and singles of both Green and Gt. Spotted Woodpeckers, while some 250+ House Martins were moving through.  Viewing from the hide at various times today, saw an overall total of 1 juv Little Stint, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 4+ Snipe, 3 Curlew, 2 Egyptian Geese, 10+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal and 285 Greylag Geese.  Also seen from the hide were 2 Common Buzzards, both of these being in the distant hedgerows across the fields. MR/PRD.   

10th - Rain to start and generally miserable out there this morning and winds were strong SW.  The weather did improve for the afternoon, although the winds strengthened.  2 Egyptian Geese were again located on the scrape this morning. PRD.  At c10.30hrs, an Osprey was viewed as it flew over the Haven site and headed S out to sea. PJ.  The Wryneck was relocated by early afternoon and was still in the toilet block/dell area at 13.50hrs.  The Little Stint was on the scrape as at lunchtime but apart from this bird, it was very quiet with just 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and 5 Snipe of any note, however, 9 Greenshank were seen as they flew straight through.  3 Marsh Harriers were showing across the site. JK.    (N.B. The Osprey is bird no. 161 on the Haven Year List 2010).

11th - A very grey, overcast day throughout, with fairly constant strong SW winds.  Wind gusts recorded locally of 32+mph.  The Wryneck was again alternating between the toilet block and dell areas today.  The scrape, during an afternoon visit, provided views of now 3 Little Stints but there was not too much else to look at, with just 1 of each Common Sandpiper and Dunlin, also 4 Snipe, 10 Wigeon and the expected numerous Teal and Greylag Geese.MR

12th - For the record, the claim of a Tawny Pipit on the pager service was made by a visitor to the site and not one of the regulars.........  A glorious morning, slightly cool and some moderate NW winds.  Coverage of the site was throughout the day, starting with an early morning and a movement of Swallow, Sand and House Martins, with a total of several hundred being witnessed, also 4 Swifts.  Moving through, were 6 Spotted Flycatchers, 15+ each of Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 30+ Willow Chiffs, 8+ Blackcap and 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Yellow and 3 Grey Wagtails.  A Lapland Bunting was seen briefly before flying W.  The Wryneck was again showing in the toilet block area, as was a single Redstart.  (This was the ninth & last day that the Wryneck was seen).  Along the seawall and fences were 34 Wheatear, 9 Whinchats and a flock of 40+ Linnets.  The 3 Little Stints, 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Egyptian Geese were still on the scrape, plus 1 Dunlin and 3 Snipe.  Raptors seen were 3 Common Buzzards and 3 Marsh Harriers, also 3 Sparrowhawks together and 2 Kestrels.  Off-shore of note, was a single Gannet heading N. GG/PL/MR/IM/AD. 

13th - After a fabulous dawn sky, the morning until c09.30hrs proved to be very bright, cloud cover then appeared and remained throughout.  A slight attempt at drizzle was noticed later in the day.  Light to moderate morning W winds, had by mid-afternoon, become SW moderate to strong and continued as such into the early evening.  Viewing from the hide during several visits this morning, provided sightings of 1 Hobby, 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Marsh Harriers, a very pleasing sight of 6 Lapland Buntings (09.40hrs) as they headed S over the scrape, also 3 Swift and a Yellow Wagtail.  Actually on the scrape itself and the nearby grazing marsh, were now 4 Little Stints, a single Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, a 1st W Med Gull, again 2 Egyptian Geese, all alongside 102 Teal and 310 Greylag Geese.  4 Mute Swans made their way over the site early on and a single Brent Goose headed S.  Trees, bushes, fences, reedbeds and the seawall - across the site to Frinton and back - supplied 1 of each Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and Stonechat, 2 of each Whinchat and Reed Bunting, 6 Wheatears, 3 Common and 4 Lesser Whitethroats and 3 Willow Chiffs.  A Robin was noted on the rocks, on the beach side of the wall.......... while a Sparrowhawk was in the near vicinity! MR/PRD/AEC.     

14th - Not too nice a day, very overcast with very strong WSW winds.  The threatened rain became light showers a couple of times during the afternoon but going into evening, definitely heavy downpours.  Coverage of the site, over the morning and early afternoon periods, found that very little was showing in the trees and bushes with just singles of Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat and just 2 of each Chiffchaff and Lesser WhitethroatSwallows and House Martins were again moving through in good numbers, while 1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and a fem Marsh Harrier were all over/on site.  The scrape and immediate vicinity provided counts of 4 Little Stints, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe and 2 Curlew, 13 Wigeon, 133 Teal, 5 Cormorant, the 2 Egyptian Geese (until at least 11.15hrs), 300+ Greylag Geese and also from the hide, were 7 Goldfinch. MR/JK.  Further afternoon coverage, added 2 juv Arctic Terns that were seen heading S past the sluice at 16.30hrs. PRD.

15th - Very bright with mainly blue skies for most of the day.  Strong W winds this morning became even stronger for the afternoon and well into the evening.  Gusts recorded locally of 41+mph.  A morning search of the trees and bushes gave little of note, although the 2 Cetti's Warblers were both located.  2 Lesser and 3 Common Whitethroats were seen, as were 7 Willow Chiffs.  A single Wheatear was on site.  The scrape area today, provided a very slight change of species and counts, with 3 Little Stints, 1 Knot, 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin and 85 Lapwing, also 14 Wigeon and 100+ Teal.  Once again a fem Marsh Harrier was out over the site, while a Peregrine, giving a superb display, was causing plenty of grief for those on the scrape. MR

16th - A very chilly start today, the sun was quite bright when it was out and the rain was hit and miss.  Winds began as moderate strength WNW and ended the day as NW and strong.  The guys were certainly busy out there today with some good species for the Haven and another Haven 2010 Year Tick.  A great start to a morning visit, was a wander past the mounds and seeing that just off-shore, was an Osprey.  The bird drifted S, out towards the Wind Farm. MR.  The mounds themselves (between sewage farm and sluice) at 13.30hrs played host to a Lapland Bunting, which showed well at the time. PRD.  A S E Owl on site, was the new addition to the current year listing. JK.  For the second time within three weeks, a good Haven total of Common Buzzards were seen "on/over and leaving" the site.  Seven were viewed today from the hide, with a split of 4 + 3 drifting towards the sea. MR/JK/PRD.  Also heading over and straight through, were 2 Swift. JBS.  In, on and around the hedgerows, trees, fences and seawall, were 10+ Wheatear, a single Whinchat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 of each Lesser and Common Whitethroats.  A Hobby, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Kestrels and a Little Owl were viewable from the hide while the scrape areas were being observed.  The scrape itself and grazing marsh, providing counts of 5 Little Stints, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 9 Wigeon, 140+ Teal all alongside 2 Egyptian and 288+ Greylag Geese. MR/PRD/JBS/JK. Not a bad day at all. 

17th - Bright sun, moderate NW winds and a cold morning.  The day remained much the same throughout, although the temperature did rise slightly for the afternoon before dropping quickly going into the evening.  The highlights of today's species, were a Common Buzzard, a Hobby, 1 Little Owl and on the scrape 2 SnipeSwallow and Martins' were again, noticably moving over and through the site. JK.

18th - A dry day, still cooler than of late - it's definitely got that autumn feeling now!  The winds began the day as NW, moving to W and by early evening to SW, with the strength being mainly moderate throughout.  A culmination of several visits across the site at various times, provided counts for the scrape as 2 Little Stints, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Redshank and 1+ White Wagtails, while also viewed from the hide, was a single Marsh Harrier. SC/AEC/JK.  Both Hobby and Swift were seen over the ringing compound and early movement through the site this morning, included 150+ House Martins, 50+ Swallows and 30+ Meadow Pipits, while amongst the trees and bushes were c8 Blackcap. SC.  Heard on site, were at least 3 Cetti's Warblers (AEC) and a Peregrine was also reported today.  An additional report gave sightings of 1 ad Med Gull (offshore), singles of Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler and Little Owl, while 2 of each Chiffchaff and Wheatear were noted, as were 3 Whinchat. GS.

19th - Mainly overcast throughout with some SW winds that increased in strength as the day went on.  Temperatures were not too bad but as per expected for this time of year, early evening saw a rapid drop to cold.  Rain made a few "attempts".  Coverage today included the spectacular sight of a Merlin that chased 5 Dunlin over the marsh, then it switched to "climbing and diving" through a flock of Starlings. JK.  Also viewed from the hide, were 2 Little Stints, 1 Blk T Godwit, 2 Knot, 1 Snipe, 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 2 Egyptian and 106 Greylag Geese and always a good bird for note at the Haven, was a Common Buzzard. JK/MR.  Across the rest of the site, a good sized Tit flock was duly noted, while 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroats also made the count.  A steady stream of both Swallows and House Martins were again noticeable. MR.   

20th - Quite bright when the sun was out this morning but clouded over for the early afternoon.  Moderate to strong WSW winds to start, turning to W and much stronger, this afternoon.  Out and about searching for prey, across the fields this morning, were singles of Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard.  A Cetti's Warbler was calling in front of the hide, while a second Cetti's was located elsewhere on site, as were 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 5 Blackcap.  Viewing across the vicinity of the scrape and grazing marsh, gave once again, 2 Little Stints, also a Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 3+ Med Gulls, 6 Wigeon and numerous Teal and Greylag Geese. MR.  Further coverage confirmed 5 Med Gulls on site (4ad +a 2W) and going into the afternoon, some off-shore movement was of 30+ Terns heading S, details of which were 1 Arctic Tern, a few Sandwich and the rest Commic. SC.  An additional report also gave that of a S E Owl, seen as it flew over the feeding station towards the hide. PNt

21st - Bright, dry, mainly blue skies and some very light NNW winds for the morning and the only changes, were that the wind direction turned to SSE by mid-afternoon.  Temperatures remained quite warm today.  Afternoon visits to the hide, provided views of a single Green Sandpiper, 5 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 14 Teal, 2 Sandwich Terns and some 500-600 GullsMR/JBS/JK.  3 Common Buzzards and a single Marsh Harrier were also noted. JK.  The trees and bushes were generally very quiet this afternoon, although a walk to the far end of site, did at least add some species along the fences, reedbeds and seawall areas, with 4+ Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 4 Reed Bunting and a few of each Meadow Pipit and Linnet. MR/JBS.  An evening wander across the site, supplied 8 Snipe on the scrape, 200+ Lapwing just beyond, a single Oystercatcher and a count of 480 Greylag Geese. KA/AD.    

22nd - A misty start this morning with some light SSE winds and warm.  Breaking through very well, the sun was nicely out by mid-morning.  By evening, the winds were moderate to strong WSW and temperatures still good.  No reports returned.

23rd - Quite heavy cloud cover this morning with some moderate SSE winds, changed to heavy cloud cover with on/off rain and moderate SSW winds, for the afternoon.  Searching the trees and bushes this morning, located singles of Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap and 3 Lesser Whitethroat, while the reedbeds, fences and seawall along to the second turret, provided 4 Whinchat, 1 of each Stonechat and Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting and 20+ Linnet.  Birds of prey, again included Common Buzzard, 2 of these this morning, also 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Kestrel.  Waders were almost non-existent on the scrape, with just 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Snipe noted.  The 200+ Gulls on there, did however, include 5 Med Gulls (1ad, 2W, 3x1W) but the 300+ Greylag Geese were just Greylags!  The Teal count was 70+ and Wigeon numbered 2.  Throughout the morning coverage, there was a steady stream across the site, of Swallows and a few House Martins. MR.   

24th - Overcast again, slightly cooler today with some moderate NNW winds for the morning.  The afternoon brought not only some very strong winds (still NNW) but some heavy on/off rain as well.  Going into the evening, wind direction had changed to NE and still strong.  No reports returned.

25th - Overall, mostly a bright day with just a couple of grey overcast occasions and some very strong NNW winds that prevailed throughout, making the day also slightly chilly.  This afternoon from 14.30 to 16.00hrs, was designated for seawatching and provided of note, 45+ Gannets of which at least 28 headed N and 17 S, also 2 Arctic Skuas, both of these going S. MR/IM Nothing noted today for the trees, bushes etc on site - the annual Triathlon being on site both today and tomorrow

26th - Although the day looked to be fairly bright at the start, it soon turned into a day of virtually non-stop rain with some very strong NW winds.  Not too good for the second day of the local Triathlon but good for some bird movement with three ticks for the Haven 2010 Year List.  A survey of the scrape area today, supplied just 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Dunlin on the wader front, whilst Med Gulls were at a good total of 10.  A Grey Wagtail, a Whinchat and 2 Chiffchaff were also noted on site and Little Gulls numbered 3.  Seawatching was again on the agenda and very nicely, provided the bird of the day - a Pomarine SkuaPL/IM.  Continued seawatching, added 1 Arctic Skua, 40+ Gannets and a single Brent Goose going N, while 2 Brent Geese, a Sparrowhawk and 9 Wigeon headed S.  On the sluice was a single Turnstone. PL/IM/MR.  Visitors to the site earlier in the day, gave reports of 2 Velvet Scoters, 6 Common Scoters, 2 Eider and a single Redwing

27th - After yesterday's and last night's persistent rain, this morning turned quite bright and there was even some blue sky amongst the cloud and the sun was out - until c10.00hrs!  From then on, grey and overcast with light winds varying NW through NNW and by early evening, rain had once again set in.  Coverage across the site today, took in a visit to the hide, a walk to the Frinton end and a search of the trees and shrubbery on route.  Both a Peregrine and a Common Buzzard were viewable from the hide, as were 6 Med Gulls (1ad, 2x2W, 3x1W), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 of each SnipeDunlin and Ruff (the Ruff only stayed briefly), also 184 Lapwing, 26 Wigeon, 100+ Teal and 300+ Greylag Geese.  Along the seawall and reedbeds, there were of note 3 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat and 4 Reed Buntings.  The rest of the site was very quiet with just 2 of each Chiffchaff and Blackcap, however, heading over the marsh this afternoon and being pursued by Crows, was a S E Owl. MR.

28th - Total cloud coverage in various shades of grey with drizzle and sometimes heavy rain, through most of the day, along with prevailing light to moderate NNE winds.  Searching the site this morning, even in the pouring rain, did prove to locate plenty of "new in" Robins, Dunnocks and Blackbirds and also a total of 4 Siskin and a Pied Flycatcher but unfortunately, not the "hoped for" birds and numbers that were seen earlier, outside of the site boundary at Frinton.  Regular species noted around the bushes, were 6+ Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 3 Cetti's Warblers, whilst the scrape was very sparce of waders indeed - just 2 Dunlin amongst the normal Teal, Wigeon, Gulls and Greylag Geese.  Both a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were also seen during this morning's coverage. MR/JBS.  A later report did add a further 30+ Siskin. JBS.  Very little change at all was found on the passerine front, during a return visit this afternoon and observations turned to seawatching from 14.45 to 15.45hrs.  During this hour, 21 Common Scoter and 503 Brent Geese headed S with the Northbound birds being 16 Gannets and 9 Brent Geese. MR/PB.  

29th - Although a slightly brighter morning than yesterday, again there was cloud cover and some on/off drizzle.  Winds through the morning were light SSW.  By evening the on/off drizzle had become heavy rain.  No reports returned.

30th - Quite warm and very bright during the morning with blue sky amongst the clouds and some moderate WNW winds.  Slightly more cloud cover for the afternoon and cooler, the winds having moved to W.  An early morning visit gave nothing out of the ordinary amongst the trees, bushes and reedbeds, although 2 Song Thrush were noted, along with 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 of each Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Warbler, singles of Reed Bunting and Wheatear and 10 Goldfinch.  On the scrape - just 1 Dunlin and 51 Wigeon of any detail, whilst a Common Buzzard flew over the area. MR.  Seen over the site at 11.50hrs and again at 12.40hrs was a Ringtail Hen Harrier.  Apart from the Harrier - a very good Haven bird, only singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were noted during this visit. JK.  To finish up this month, an afternoon search along the approach road, added 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Chiffchaff and a single Blackcap. MR.  

As at 30th September, the Haven 2010 Year List stands at 165.                                


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