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" has changed for several species this year 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 - Generally warm and fairly bright but a lot of cloud cover. WNW through NW winds being variable in speed up to 22mph and gusting of up to 26mph from morning into early afternoon then slightly lighter winds for the latter part of the afternoon into the early evening. Observations during the wander from the Dell through to the main hide supplied totals of 2 Blackcaps, 6+ Willow Warblers, 10+ L-T Tits, a Little Owl and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker. Once again the 2 Little Stints were viewable on the scrape (from the hide) with counts of 1 LRP, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Shoveler, 83 Teal and 120+ Greylag Geese also being in this vicinity. The skyline from this viewpoint gave singles of Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard. IM/MR. Views from the Frinton end of the site provided a Hobby that was seen to come down to the recently cut wheat field before soaring towards Holland Woods. BS. A late run through the site just prior to 20.15hrs gave a Little Owl on the seawall (S of Whalings) and 4 'very noisy' Common Sandpipers on rocks N of the sluice. PBr.
2nd - A chilly +12 degrees at 06.00hrs this morning along with WNW moderate 14mph through 17mph winds and gusting of up to 21mph. The day proved to be very bright, very hot and humid (+24+ degrees) with a slight increase to wind speeds at times and a turn of direction to NNW. Visits during the morning reported brief views of a Pied Flycatcher (MR) in the hedgerows between the hide and sluice while a Spotted Flycatcher was seen 'working its way along the hedges and out onto the mounds' with counts of 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats and a total of 3 Wheatears also being in these areas. The 2 Little Stints were still on the scrape, alongside five other Wader species namely 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 6 Snipe and 58 Lapwings. The scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and reedbeds also held 1 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, c60 Teal, a Yellow Wagtail and a Reed Warbler. A steady movement of Swallows was noted, together with 6 House and c20 Sand Martins. PRD/MR. Observations from the Frinton end of site via the seawall, past the Golf Course and heading towards the sluice, yielded 2 Wheatears, a Whinchat (near 2nd hide) and 30+ Swallows (S). At c12 noon, a probable Wryneck flew from the 'area by the second hide into the grazing marsh' but no further sightings of same. PBr. An evening addition was that of a Cuckoo (juv). PL.
3rd - The early NNW winds of barely a breeze up to c8mph (with some extra blasts of up to c11mph) changed direction by mid-morning to Easterlies of similar speeds, then later changed again to SSE with occasional speed increases but mostly they remained light. Coastline temperature readings of +19 degrees and at times very humid. Initial reports this morning provided details of 8 Blk T Godwits (fly-overs) and 5 Wheatears (PL), while viewing across a very quiet scrape - from the hide - supplied counts of 1 LRP, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin at the time. Birds of Prey around were 2 Sparrowhawks and 2 Marsh Harriers. PL/MR. A Guillemot was seen at the Sluice at 12.33hrs, moving South. Other off-shore movement included 1 Whimbrel (S), 1 Sandwich Tern and a Med Gull, the latter landing on the sea. BS. The scrape from mid-day gave 2 Little Stints (1xjuv) which were different birds to those in this area the past few days. A Whimbrel was also in this vicinity. PRD.
4th - Again another bright, warm and sometimes humid day (+19+ degrees along the coast) with wind speeds remaining light but varying up to 13mph with just slightly higher gusting of up to 16mph. Wind direction was variable for the early morning before settling at Easterlies. It was indeed a very quiet Haven site today with 'just a handful of Willow Warblers, Lesser and Common Whitethroats' around the bushes and hedgerows, along with a Little Owl. Viewing from the hide failed to provide any excitement with 1 LRP, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and 6 Snipe, 1 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, c70 Teal and c80 Greylag Geese being the counts for the scrape and surrounding area. MR.
5th - A glorious hot day with ESE through SE light winds of up to 7mph and gusting barely reaching 10mph. The coastline temperature readings being +20+ degrees. Whilst the weather is superb, the birds are few on the site. A morning survey located 1 Little Owl, 1 juvenile Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Lesser and 6 Common Whitethroats around the bushes and hedgerows through to the hide. Upon reaching the sluice, 2 Whimbrel were heard calling as they flew S in the mist. Across the scrape and grazing marsh, as viewed from the hide, there were singles of LRP, Redshank and Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe and 23 Lapwings, along with 6 Wigeon, c80 Teal and c80 Greylag Geese. A Marsh Harrier was also noted from this point. MR.
6th - After a humid night, the morning was a touch hazy and the day generally followed with on/off rain mingled with bright sun. Coastline temperatures were in the region of +18 degrees, while initial NW winds of up to 14mph and gusting of c18mph later became SW of up to 26mph and gusting of c29mph. A joint report from two observers today gave that counts across the scrape, grazing marsh and visible skyline from the hide, were of 1 Dunlin, 1 LRP, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and 6 Snipe, along with 5 Wigeon and c60 Teal. The report was completed with 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Kestrel and 2 Common Buzzards. The bushes were not surveyed due to the general disruption (as was expected) of the site being prepared for the popular "Triathlon" event. PRD/IM.
7th - Early rain this morning was followed by a mostly bright day of sun, blue skies, some cloud and temperatures of +17 degrees. Wind direction and speed varied S through SW, up to 28mph and the extra blasts reached 33mph. Morning observations by two birders were again mostly from the hide on account of the weekend's events that started this morning and were by all accounts, being well supported by entrants and their families. The wander to the hide via the sluice areas, did however provide sightings of 8 Whimbrel and 60 Wigeon that were all seen to be flying 'high South' offshore. The LRP and 2 Common Sandpipers were still on the scrape area and had been joined by 2 Spotted Redshanks, while other counts included 3 Snipe and 80 Teal. Also viewed from the hide were 3 Whinchats, 7 Sand Martins and 1 Kestrel. IM/PL.
8th - Definitely a cooler day at +15 degrees with SSW through WSW winds of up to 16mph and gusting up to 20mph. On the second day of the "Triathlon" it was mostly a bright morning but some mid-day showers appeared around the area, leaving the skies a bit 'hit and miss' for the afternoon. At least two observers were on site this morning and reported counts from their survey across the scrape and surrounding area, as viewed from the hide. Again a single LRP was in the vicinity, alongside 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers and 65 Teal of note. Also in this area were 2 Wheatears, 5 Whinchats and 1 Yellow Wagtail, while 20+ Sand Martins were milling over and through. Birds of Prey were singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard. IM/PL.
9th - Cool, grey skies and wet! Coastline temperature readings of +13 degrees and on/off rain through the morning, along with SW variable speed winds from c7mph up to 16mph and gusting of up to 19mph (later winds were NW). The observations today took in the views from the main hide and a short seawatching session from the Greensward shelter. The scrape and surrounding areas were quiet apart from singles of Little Egret and LRP, 2 Common Sandpipers and 20 Teal, with notes made of 20+ House Martins over/through and a Sparrowhawk. The seawatch gave additions of a Turnstone flying N, 12 Wigeon flying S and a Kingfisher. The latter bird was heard calling, then was seen to fly out to one of the wooden posts just offshore before it flew off in the direction of the sluice. IM.
10th - Well the summer appears to have gone! More rain, grey skies, very cool and some NW winds that while they were exceptionally strong during the morning (c14mph through 20mph) the afternoon and into the evening saw wind speeds accelerate up to c40mph. The sun did try for a short time but it was not very successful. No reports returned.
11th - NW winds again today of c16mph and some stronger gusting. Mostly grey skies, the occasional hint of the sun, lower temperatures and more promises of the wet stuff - so pretty much as to be expected 'Autumn weather'. A few birders visited the site today giving morning, early and late afternoon reports. The walk to the hide noted 2 Sandwich Terns flying out to sea, whilst the scrape areas held 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 6 Ringed Plovers, c120 Lapwings and 54 Teal, with views also had from the hide of 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and a Marsh Harrier. Seawatching just slightly later provided an Arctic Skua heading N and a single Redshank that flew in/off. IM/MR. Details were received as follows: "CORNCRAKE* flew in from sea 12pm and landed on rocks at end of sluice. Viewable briefly from Gunfleet Sailing Club before disappearing amongst rocks on North East side of sluice. Not seen again 'til 13.05 when flushed by rising tide and flew low over seawall in general direction of windmill (i.e. water-pump) near scrape". IM. A two hour seawatch from the Greensward shelter (16.00-18.00hrs) supplied 1 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Common and 3 Sandwich Terns that were all flying N, while a further Sandwich and 2 Common Terns flew S, as did 1 Grey Plover, 3 Oystercatchers and 3 Common Scoters. IM/PRD.
12th – Grey clouds alternated with some sun through the morning and into the early afternoon, while winds remained light Westerlies of speeds up to 10mph. Slightly warmer today at +16 degrees along the coastline. The areas from the Dell through to the Sluice were noted as 'quiet' today with counts provided of 1 Blackcap, 6 of each Lesser and Common Whitethroats, 2 Wheatears and a juvenile Green Woodpecker. The scrape was pretty much desolate by all accounts - more or less as expected with works currently being undertaken in this vicinity. Of note were just 100+ Lapwings, c40 Teal and a few Greylag Geese. IM/MR. The marshland and seawall areas from the sluice through to the second turret were "a little better" and yielded 1 Chiffchaff, 2 more Common Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Reed Buntings and 7 Whinchats, also 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard and a Marsh Harrier - the latter four species seen over the Golf Course, Farm and the Fields respectively. There were Wildlife notes during this survey, being of 2 Clouded Yellow Butterflies. PBr/IM/TS/MR. Seawall and marsh additions were a Wheatear along the former and some 56 Meadow Pipits that were mostly 'disturbed off the grazing marsh'. A Purple Sandpiper was seen (12.36hrs) on the rocks - just before the Golf Tee at the Frinton end of site, while a Cormorant flew S. PBr.
13th - W through WNW winds for this morning with speeds of up to 8mph. Generally a lot of cloud around with some rain but slightly warmer with daytime temperatures in the region of +17 degrees. The evenings' not only bringing a noticeable drop in temperature now but it is also virtually dark by 19.45hrs. No reports returned.
14th - After a night of on/off rain, a fine drizzle continued into the morning before finally easing, although threats of more to come, hung around. NW through NNW winds of c12mph and temperature readings around +14 degrees on a definite cloud-covered day. 5 Sandwich Terns were seen to be feeding offshore (from the Greensward Shelter) early this morning. IM/PL. Quiet across the scrape, the area yielded just 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Snipe, 9 Wigeon, 92 Teal and 66 Greylag Geese of any particular note, at this point of the observer's survey. After viewing from the main hide, two additions to the report were from the return journey past the sluice, where a Kingfisher was behind the sluice gates and a Wheatear was on the seawall nearby. IM.
15th - With temperatures of around +14 degrees, the morning was bright with blue skies. The afternoon clouded over somewhat and brought rain, whilst the initial SW winds of 11mph through 26mph became much stronger. At least four observers visited the site during the day. Today's views across the scrape and surrounding vicinity noted a single Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 75 Lapwings, 6 Sandwich Terns, 2 Little Egrets, 12 Wigeon, 41 Teal and 34 Greylag Geese. Also noted were 3 Kestrels. Observations saw 2 Grey Wagtails fly S along the front after they took flight from the underside of the seawall, 3 Wheatears atop the seawall by the first turret and off-shore, 14 Sandwich Terns (over and above those on the scrape) 'feeding and flying N'. Of particular note, Meadow Pipits were moving through S in good numbers - one flock of 200+ being flushed by a Sparrowhawk from the meadow to the right of the hide. Other Southerly movement (steady) was of Sand and House Martins plus Swallows, across the fields and coast. The bushes around the mounds supplied counts of 2 Chiffchaffs and c20 L-T Tits, a Little Owl was located (dead tree)and the hedgerows around the Dell gave 1 Lesser and 2 Common Whitethroats along with 2 Whinchats. PL/IM/MR. A seawatch from the Greensward shelter (13.00-14.30hrs) supplied views of 4 Sandwich Terns S (the same returning N a short time later) and 1 Arctic Skua that also flew S. LD.
16th - Another bright and sunny early morning, slightly cooler at +13 degrees and some Westerly strong winds of 19mph with gusting over and above. Noted as quiet and 'chilly out of the sun', a Little Owl near the Memorials and 2 Wheatears (Sluice) were basically 'it' until reaching the scrape. Unfortunately, there was little on the scrape either - with 3 Snipe, 60+ Lapwings, 15 Wigeon, 43 Teal and 34 Greylag Geese being the counts for the vicinity, although a Kingfisher (PRD) was seen at one point. A single Whinchat was added when a walk was made to the second turret, whilst Birds of Prey were notables of 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrels and 2 Sparrowhawks. PRD/MR.
17th - The day began with a superb dawn sky and for a while it was dry and quite warm but grey skies and rain moved in for the afternoon. By evening time, the wind direction and speed was of NE and at just c3mph, very light. Coming in from the Frinton end of site this morning, a walk and subsequent survey through to the Dipping pond (carpark) and back to Frinton, supplied views including that of a Swift that was with House Martins moving over/above the Golf Course. 2 Sand Martins were noted, as were singles of Chiffchaff (Dipping Pond) and Whinchat, 2 Wheatears that were along the seawall, 10+ Meadow Pipits, 3 Kestrels (ad.male+2juvs), 1 Sparrowhawk and a Marsh Harrier. Viewing across the scrape and associated grazing marsh, gave counts of 2 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 35 Lapwings, 8 Wigeon and 18 Teal, all alongside 3 Cormorants, 17 Canada and 43 Greylag Geese. BS.
18th - A bright and mostly sunny morning with temperature readings again of around +14 degrees and NW winds that varied 11mph through 13mph. At least three observers were on and around the site today and there was also a bit more bird-life around some of the bushes. The bushes and thicket pertaining to the Sailing Club Compound provided singles of Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers and 6 Common Whitethroats, while the continued route to the Sluice added 1 Little Owl and a Kestrel, a Sandwich Tern that was atop one of the off-shore Sailing Club buoys and also 22 Wigeon that were sat upon the sea. MR. The main hide supplied counts of 3 Snipe, 82 Lapwings, c60 Teal and 56 Greylag Geese across the scrape and immediate vicinity, with further viewing from this point, yielding 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, a Marsh Harrier and - sitting on the arable field - a Peregrine. The wander towards the second hide, surveyed singles of Whinchat and Wheatear, while noted upon the return walk to the sluice, 17 Canada Geese had dropped onto the scrape after the observers had left the main hide. BS/TS/MR.
19th - A dry morning was followed by on/off rain that continued into the afternoon and the evening. The temperature held for a while at +15 degrees and today's winds were mostly SW of 14+mph. An initial report gave details of 8 Sandwich Terns that briefly dropped onto the scrape this morning, while a single Snipe, 80 Lapwings, 2 Pintails (2xducks), 15 Wigeon, 46 Teal and 8 Cormorants were also in this vicinity. Other species noted for the site, included singles of Green Woodpecker, Wheatear and Grey Wagtail, 5 Chaffinches, 25 Meadow Pipits, 3 Sand and 45 House Martins. SC. Another visit (slightly later) to the main hide found that Snipe and Lapwings had increased to 3 and 90+, Wigeon, Teal and Greylag Geese had increased to 19, c60 and 47 respectively, while 2 Dunlin dropped in to the vicinity. Seen from the sluice, 26 Wigeon flew in a Southerly direction. MR.
20th - Changeable wind directions today varied WNW/W/WSW but all were mostly light, being of speeds up to c8mph. The area temperature readings were +17 degrees and the morning was bright with blue skies and some white clouds. A Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, a fly-over Siskin, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps and 6 Chiffchaffs were the noted species during the survey from the carpark through to the hide today. PRD. Off-shore, the green outflow buoy viewed from the sluice, yielded 2 Sandwich Terns while 8 Med Gulls (2x1W+2W+5ad) were on the scrape area. The scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and the skyline - viewable from the main hide - also provided counts of 4 Snipe, 114 Lapwings, 19 Wigeon, 54 Teal and 127 Greylag Geese, 2 Stonechats, 3 Whinchats, 2 Sand Martins and singles of both Kestrel and Common Buzzard. IM/PRD.
21st - Bright but slightly cool during the morning, alongside WSW through SW winds of varying speeds up to 11mph. Several birders made visits to the site today and a Ringing Session also took place. Very early views on site gave both a Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher. GG. Among the notes for the survey from the Dell to the main hide, were counts of a Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps. The scrape, surrounding grazing marsh, thicket and brook, provided 2 Little Stints, 3 Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 110 Lapwings, 1 Sandwich Tern, and 2 Med Gulls. The Ducks and Geese comprised 24 Wigeon, 90 Teal and 86 Greylags. Birds of Prey during these observations were singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard and also 2 Marsh Harriers. A Kingfisher and 2+ Stonechats were seen. Across the site throughout the morning, there was a noticeable Southerly passage some of 200+ Meadow Pipits, 200+ Swallows and 400+ House Martins - a single Sand Martin was viewed from the hide. PL/IM/PRD/GG. Mid-afternoon saw a brief seawatch that gave a total of 32 Brent Geese (9+23) that flew S, while a single count of 21 Cormorants flew inland and headed beyond memorials. PRD/IM/GG.
22nd - A fairly misty start to the day along with some very light Westerly winds, although the afternoon saw a change in direction to SSW with speeds of c5mph to 7mph. Cloud-covered skies remained for the majority of the day but lots of blue - complete with sun - crept in for the early evening. A pleasant temperature throughout and dry. At 08.45hrs a Corncrake was located by Pete Newson along the track between the Sewage Farm and the Sluice. The bird wandered the left-hand verge and the larger grassed patch on this track before its disappearance. The immediate news brought several birders straight to the site and more soon after - but as at 11.45hrs the bird had not been further seen nor relocated. This is presumed to be a different bird to that of last week. PNs. Notable species for the scrape, grazing marsh, fields and skyline during the day, included singles of Little Stint and Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 6 Curlew Sandpipers, 7 Snipe, 120 Lapwings, 3 Med Gulls, c20 Wigeon, 72 Teal, 97 Greylag Geese, also 1 Peregrine and 2+ Kestrels. IM/PNs/SC/PC/et.al. A Spotted Flycatcher was viewable at 14.28hrs in the right-hand bushes 'leading down to the Owl's tree'. IM. While watching and waiting patiently along the track, several observers had views of a Grey Wagtail that flew overhead a few times, while the Southerly passage of Swallows was mostly at a steady flow. Not quite the 'hoped for' viewing by many this morning - but better than nought! PRD/JBS/KA/MC/PR/LR et al.
23rd - Mostly a bright day and fairly warm at +17 degrees locally. Light winds that varied through S to SE were at the latter for the early (and sunny) evening. Initial reports were of at least 1 Grey Wagtail in the Sewage Farm area, a male Sparrowhawk was near the Sluice, while early morning fly-over movement included 12 Meadow Pipits and one count of c50 Swallows. SC. A survey of the bushes and hedgerows gave singles of Song Thrush and Chiffchaff along with 3 Whitethroats (all Dell area), while overhead passage (S) included 15 House Martins and c80 Swallows and c30 Meadow Pipits - the latter two species +/- the early report. IM/MR. The scrape yielded 1 Little Stint, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 6 Snipe and 110 Lapwings, alongside singles of Wigeon and Shoveler, c60 Teal, 102 Greylag Geese and 2 Med Gulls. TS/IM/MR. Additional sightings for the site were of a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker and a Lesser Whitethroat. MG.
24th - Another misty start today with a sun that tried to break through from very early and eventually succeeded. The morning winds were very light Easterlies that varied from c2mph to 6mph, while later in the day the direction moved SE and back to E. A pleasant temperature locally - reaching at least +17 degrees. At least two observers surveyed the site today, beginning with the walk along the Approach Road, continuing on to the main hide from where the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh were then viewed. a Little Owl, 1 Wheatear (sluice rocks), 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Grey Wagtails were noted during the walk, whilst a Whinchat and Kingfisher were recorded from the hide. Wader counts were of 1 Little Stint, 1 Blk T Godwit, 1 Curlew, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 9 Dunlin and 124 Lapwings with Ducks and Geese numbering 22 Wigeon, c30 Teal and 122 Greylag Geese. Singles of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Common Buzzard rounded up the day's reports. IM/PRD.
25th - A dull cloud-covered early morning which was cool but not cold, brightened considerably to give a pleasant day with overall temperatures reaching +17 degrees. The initial NE very light winds turned through S to SW by the early part of the afternoon. Several observers visited the site with a Spotted Flycatcher and a Gt. Spotted Woodpecker being early notables in the area of the Dell. From this point through to the sluice, fly-overs included 2 Grey Wagtails, 11 Linnets and 27 Siskin, while the hedgerows yielded a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcaps and 6 Chiffchaffs. From the sluice, off-shore movement consisted at the time of 21 Common Scoter (S), 9 Brent Geese (N) and just drifting along were c50 Wigeon. The Little Stint and 5 Curlew Sandpipers were still viewable on the scrape and were alongside 9 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 125 Lapwings, c80 Teal and 150 Greylag Geese. A Common Buzzard was also seen from the main hide. PRD/IM/MR.
26th - A bright, sunny and warm morning (c+16 degrees) with initial NNE winds of speeds 9mph through 11mph. The winds turned as expected to Easterlies for the afternoon. At least three observers searched and viewed the site during today but the bushes were noted as 'still quiet' although Chiffchaffs had increased in numbers to 7+ along the route to the hide. Singles of Little Owl and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Jays were also reported. Once again the Little Stint was on the scrape, along with a Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, 128 Lapwings, 25 Wigeon, c80 Teal and 136 Greylag Geese. The skyline from the hide yielded 1 Kestrel and 4 Common Buzzards. TS/IM/MR.
27th - A mottled blue, grey and white sky for a while this morning, clearing slightly later to give a bright and sunny outlook. A temperature of c+14 degrees with Easterly winds for the duration, being of 13+mph with some higher gusting. Singles of Little Stint and juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were reported for the scrape, as were 3 Dunlin and 4 Snipe. A Kingfisher was again in the vicinity, a Wheatear was on the sluice rocks, the bushes/thicket below the Sewage Farm provided a Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaffs, while 30 Meadow Pipits and c500 Starlings were noted. MP. Further reports received, supplied additions of a Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Siskin (fly-overs) and a single Wheatear that was in the carpark area. PRD. Across the scrape, counts of c50 Wigeon, c60 Teal and 170 Greylag Geese were alongside 72 Lapwings and an increase of both Dunlin and Snipe to 5 and 8 respectively. Singles of Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were also noted. IM. Off-shore movement of 25 Brent Geese was seen during a short seawatching session. IM/PRD.
28th - Some strong E winds today of 20mph and gusting of 23+mph. Some mixed skies at times but a fair amount of sun along with temperature readings of +15 degrees. Slightly inland away from the gusting, it was a couple of degrees warmer. A Grey Wagtail (fly-over) was the only bird of note during an early walk to survey the trees and bushes - this was near to the Sewage Farm. PL. From the hide at 09.14hrs, it was reported that there were now 2 Little Stints on the scrape with an increase also this morning of Curlew Sandpipers - these at a count of 3. IM. Further counts across the scrape and surrounding grazing marsh included 1 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Snipe, 93 Lapwings, again c50 Wigeon and c60 Teal, alongside 1 Brent and 160 Greylag Geese. Both a Kestrel and the Kingfisher were viewable in the area. PL/IM. The return walk from the hide past the mounds gave sightings of 5 Swallows that were heading in a NE direction - they will no doubt turn around at some stage and fly back S. IM. An hour's seawatch (13.30-14.30hrs) provided 2 Arctic Skuas (1x dark phase) and 4 juvenile Gannets heading NE up the coast, while frustratingly for the observer, also heading NE was a distant Auk sp., probably a Puffin. PRD.
29th - Mostly a bright, sunny and dry day with some 23mph Easterly winds with some extra blasts that were in excess of 30mph. Coastline temperature readings gave +15 degrees. An early morning seawatching session (06.30-08.30hrs) supplied counts of 1 Arctic Tern and 3 Cormorants that flew N, 13 Teal that flew S, 209 Brent Geese (202S+7N) and a Guillemot that was briefly on the sea close off-shore. SC. A visit to the hide this morning took in the views across the scrape, surrounding grazing marsh and visible skyline from this point. Just 1 Little Stint for today but there were still 3 Curlew Sandpipers and both these species were alongside singles of Ringed Plover and Ruff, 4 Snipe, 9 Dunlin and 52 Lapwings, also c50 Wigeon, c70 Teal and c180 Greylag Geese. Both a Kestrel and a Common Buzzard were viewed, as was a single Swallow. IM. Slightly later, a search of the trees and bushes near the Memorials gave additions for the day's species of 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser and 1 Common Whitethroat. IM/PRD.
30th - Winds varied slightly today from E through ESE with locally recorded speeds of 19mph and gusting of up to 26mph, while the temperature was recorded at +16 degrees along the coastline. Several observers were on and around the site today and viewing included a two hour seawatch. The noted off-shore movement of six species (07.25 - 09.25hrs) gave a Red-T Diver, 4 Teal and c60 Common Scoter all flying South, 2 Guillemots and 2 Curlews that flew North and a total of 359 Brent Geese (321S+38N). IM/MR. Within the hour, a very brief look out to sea added another Southerly movement of 150 Brent Geese. Movement was limited around the trees and bushes again today with the Memorial's area yielding just 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 3+ Chiffchaffs, although particular note for here was of 10+ Robins. MR/IM/PRD. A Kingfisher was viewable from the hide, as were 7 Swallows and a Sparrowhawk. The Wader count for the last day of the month included the Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and 4 Dunlin, while the Ducks numbered 1 Shoveler, 1 Pintail (duck), 46 Teal and c50 Wigeon. MR/IM/PRD/GB. As at 30th September, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 164.
As at 30th September, the Haven 2013 Year List stands at 164.