Holland Haven Birding

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Recent Sightings

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). 

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Site Year Tick*


1st - No reports returned.

2nd - Viewing across the site today gave counts that as at 11.30hrs included 1 Pink-footed, 1 White-fronted, 5 Egyptian and 23 Barnacle Geese. MR.

3rd - Of note today, 28 Barnacle Geese were seen to fly to the field beyond the Golf Course while birds of prey consisted of a single Kestrel and 2 Peregrines - the latter being a male and a female. LH

4th- No reports returned. 

5th - Late morning notes included 1 Pink-footed and 2 White-fronted Geese, while flying over the grazing marsh towards Frinton, a S E Owl was viewed. MR.

6th - No reports returned. 

7th - A Merlin* was an addition to the Haven 2016 Year List today. MR.

8th - No reports returned.

9th - Amongst the Greylag Geese this morning there were the Pink-footed, just the 1 White-fronted, 5 Barnacle and some 45 Brent Geese of particular note. MR.

10th/11th - No reports returned.

12th - A survey of the site today gave the following totals of 1 Shoveler, 21 Mallards (Little Holland Hall), 230 Wigeon, 405 Teal, 32 Greylag Geese and 700+ Brent Geese (the latter on the field at the Frinton end).  Also 1 Turnstone, 2 Blk-T Godwits, 61 Lapwings and 17 Moorhens, 4 LBB, 15 Black-headed, 15 GBB and 105 Herring Gulls.  A Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrels were the only visible birds of prey. SC/PC.  A single Blackcap was located along the Approach Road. MR

13th/14th/15th/16th/17th/18th - No reports returned.

19th - A single White-fronted Goose was back amongst c100 Greylag Geese today (11.00-13.00hrs) and 4 Shoveler were amongst a number of Teal and Wigeon.  Waders included 3 Curlew and 4 Turnstones, while around the site were singles of Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit and Green Woodpecker, 2+ Kestrels and 4 Stonechats (2prs). LH.  

20th/21st - No reports returned.

22nd - Still in with the Greylag Geese this morning were the single White-fronted and single Pink-footed Geese, while over on the arable land up towards Gt. Holland, there were another 11 White-fronted Geese. MR.  An afternoon visit (14.00-15.45hrs) yielded counts of 5 Shoveler (males), 200+ Teal, 200+ Wigeon and 1000+ Brent Geese, 1 Snipe, c50 Lapwings, 22 Moorhens, 1 Kingfisher, c30 Skylarks, 2 Kestrels, 2 Peregrines (male + a female with prey) and 2 Common Buzzard.  On the Wildlife front, a Red Fox was viewed. LH

23rd - Again this morning, 1 White-fronted and 1 Pink-footed were in with the Greylag Geese viewable from the main hide and over on the arable were once more the additional 11 White-fronted Geese. MR.

24th - No reports returned.

25th - Views across the site gave that the 11 White-fronted Geese were still on the arable and of particular note this festive day, a S E Owl was also seen. PBr

26th/27th/28th - No reports returned.

29th - A visit to the site provided of interest, 3 Pink-footed Geese that dropped onto the scrape for a few minutes - one of these birds was wearing a 'white neck collar' and proved to be part of the Svalbard breeding group and these birds are not normally seen this side of the North Sea. (History to be added). MR.

30th/31st - No reports returned.

As at 31st December 2016 the Haven 2016 Year List stands at 185.


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