Essex Birdwatching Society Bird News

Records submitted in the last 14 days, most recent first. Amber indicates local or uncommon, red indicates EBwS requires notes, bold red indicates EBwS requires a description, green indicates category D (reasonable doubt of natural occurrence) or category E (escapes or non-sustaining introductions).

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge google map for Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
This is a map showing Cattawade Marsh/Splodge with the surrounding 1 km OS grid square
   
, 19:00 to 19:45, Overcast, all sightings from bridge

6 Egyptian Goose (Male had a go at Shelduck pair with young, adult led him away upstream), 8 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron (Flew over together), 2 Kestrel (Pair hunting N field and male made several attempts at bush (nest inside?). He ended up catching a beetle instead!), 1 Whimbrel (Heard calling upstream), 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Gull (1cy bird of last few days joined by 2 adults) [Matt Turner]

Hanningfield Reservoir google map for Hanningfield Reservoir
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, 10:30 to 15:20, Dry, nice cloud cover & a cooling W breeze. Max 24c. Sightings with Brenda.

9 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck (M & F juveniles), 1 Gadwall (Drake. Sightings from Rawl & Lyster hide only.), 1 Teal (female.), 20 Pochard (circa. 2 juveniles doing well.), 300 Tufted Duck (plus. Lyster hide.), 30 Great Crested Grebe (circa. ), 10 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 25 Lapwing (circa.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Rawl hide.), 8 Common Tern (circa, 1 chick on raft from Rawl hide.) [David Hale]

Monday 16 July 2018

Alresford google map for Alresford
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, 21:00 to 21:45, creek

8 Shelduck (pair plus new brood of 6 small young), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Richard Allen]

Wickford google map for Wickford
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, 20:00 to 20:30, Dry, hot, 26c. Light breeze at last. Sightings with Brenda.

30 Swift (circa, over house every day, numbers build of an evening.) [David Hale]

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge google map for Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
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, 19:00 to 20:00, Another sunny evening

6 Egyptian Goose (Most I've seen here), 6 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel (Feeding on N bank near bridge), 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Gull (Single bird been around for a few days) [Matt Turner]

Kelvedon Hatch google map for Kelvedon Hatch
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, 14:30 to 15:00

3 Hobby, 30 Swift (moving west) [David Jobbins]

Rowney Wood, Debden google map for Rowney Wood, Debden
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, 12:00 to 12:00, 25 Deg some clouds light breeze

4 Bullfinch (Family group North side of woods) [Stephen Dutton]

Tilbury google map for Tilbury
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, 10:30 to 10:30, Hot and sunny, light WNW wind, LT

255 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore just E of the P Stn), 28 Swift [Paul Larkin]

Stansted Mountfitchett google map for Stansted Mountfitchett
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, 06:00 to 06:05, bright clear and warm

6 Swift (Screamers over station ) [Michael Rimmell]

Sunday 15 July 2018

Copt Hall, Little Wigborough google map for Copt Hall, Little Wigborough
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, 18:00 to 20:00, Pleasant. Sunny.

2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (viewed from sea wall), 1 Common Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 60 Goldfinch (mainly down lane), 3 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting [David Allen]

Colchester google map for Colchester
This is a map showing Colchester with the surrounding 1 km OS grid square
   
, 08:30 to 09:30, Hot sunny.

1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallow, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 9 Coal Tit (All sightings at friday woods) [Karl Kennedy]

Brightlingsea google map for Brightlingsea
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, 08:00 to 08:00

8 Herring Gull (+, at least 4 pairs with well grown young on Cindery Island) [Richard Allen]

Weald CP, near South Weald google map for Weald CP, near South Weald
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, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm.

1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Coal Tit (At least.), 14 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least), 1 Bullfinch [Andrew Cox]

Wivenhoe google map for Wivenhoe
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, 08:00 to 08:00

4 Herring Gull (pair with 2 well grown young on roof next to Horse and Groom pub) [Richard Allen]

Rayne google map for Rayne
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, 07:00 to 08:00, Warm and very still

20 Swift (+, Flying over medley road (chris turner)) [Chris Turner]

Saturday 14 July 2018

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge google map for Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
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, 19:00 to 20:00, Sunny evening

2 Black Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin (Full summer plumage), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Female), 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 2 Whitethroat (Pair feeding young) [Matt Turner]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 18:35 to 18:35, Hot, sunny and clear

1 Peregrine Falcon (Circling high), 50 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (+) [Thomas Gilbert]

Galleywood, near Chelmsford google map for Galleywood, near Chelmsford
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, 14:50 to 14:55, Hot & Sunny with slight breeze

1 Red Kite (Seen flying over my house on Tile Kin Estate with David Atkins) [Janice Bright]

Ramsden Heath google map for Ramsden Heath
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, 14:30 to 17:00, Hot, sunny

2 Kestrel, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jay, 10 Magpie (+), 10 Jackdaw (+), 5 Carrion Crow (+) [Thomas Gilbert]

Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea google map for Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
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, 12:30 to 14:30, Sunny, warm.

16 Oystercatcher (At least.), 10 Lapwing (At least.), 76 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 50 Curlew (At least. Eastern end.), 60 Redshank (At least.), 12 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Including an adult with a recently fledged youngster. Most still in summer plumage. One beginning moult.), 500 Black-headed Gull (Approx.), 3 Common Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern (At least. Including an adult with a well grown youngster.) [Andrew Cox]

The Hythe, Colchester google map for The Hythe, Colchester
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, 09:15 to 10:30, Bright sunny.dry..

3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (University side of hythe on pylon towards wivenhoe ), 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Greenshank, 10 Swift (2 over lagoons 8 distant), 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail (Possibly juve), 6 Whitethroat (Possibly more), 2 Greenfinch (1 adult 1 juvinile), 8 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet (At least.), 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.) [Karl Kennedy]

Langdon Hills NR EWT google map for Langdon Hills NR EWT
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, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm. Dunton Poltlands.

2 Common Tern [Andrew Cox]

Naze, The google map for Naze, The
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, 05:45 to 10:00, warm; sunny periods; low tide, flooding; 17 species in song

1 Honey Buzzard (soaring over Hamford Water, gained height and drifted off towards the north-west - nice surprise for July), 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 11 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sedge Warbler (singing), 5 Reed Warbler (singing), 9 Blackcap (singing), 7 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Red Fox (by farm buildings first thing) [Brian Combes]

Friday 13 July 2018

Abberton Reservoir google map for Abberton Reservoir
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, 20:30 to 21:00

Egyptian Geese with young (Matt Turner) (85912 bytes) Male Egyptian standing guard (Matt Turner) (109358 bytes) 11 Egyptian Goose (Pair with 9 young swam to bank then male stood guard. Really bad phone scoped pics, sorry), 5 Little Ringed Plover (3 Ad, 2 Juv) [Matt Turner]

Fingringhoe GP google map for Fingringhoe GP
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, 19:50 to 21:15, warm and clear light breeze

9 Greylag Goose (circa), 4 Tufted Duck (circa, 2 pairs), 1 Red-legged Partridge (circa), 1 Kestrel (circa, distant), 1 Peregrine Falcon (circa, over), 2 Moorhen (circa), 4 Little Ringed Plover (circa, 1 male, 3 juveniles), 20 Lapwing (circa, 3 adults, 3 well grown young, 1 new chick and 13 over), 4 Green Sandpiper (circa), 1 Stock Dove (circa), 1 Turtle Dove (circa, heard), 3 Green Woodpecker (adult female, juvenile female, one heard), 30 Sand Martin (+, 2 occupied nest holes), 1 Swallow (heard), 2 Blackbird (circa), 4 Magpie (circa), 6 Carrion Crow (circa), 4 Goldfinch (circa), 6 Linnet (circa) [Ashley Gooding]

Maldon google map for Maldon
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, 12:15 to 12:20, HW light SSE breeze sunny and warm

1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew across river from end of Prom to Heybridge Pits) [Paul Jeffries]

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge google map for Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
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, 12:00 to 14:00

5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper [Steve Moore]

Thorndon CP (North) google map for Thorndon CP (North)
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, 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny, warm.

2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]

Stow Marsh google map for Stow Marsh
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, 10:30 to 13:30, Warm, cool E breeze tide coming in. Four southern migrant hawkers at Saltcoats

7 Gadwall (Males), 1 Garganey (Female), 22 Little Egret, 44 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Breeding plumage), 7 Whimbrel, 62 Curlew, 5 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 19 Sand Martin (Heading in a group north), 32 Swallow (Feeding in a group over saltmarsh), 1 White Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (Juv), 7 Corn Bunting (Including one juv) [Alan Shearring]

Beckton google map for Beckton
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, 09:30 to 11:30, Suuny/warm, light South wind

2 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Common Sandpiper, 1 Caspian Gull (3CY), 6 Swift [Gary A James]

Thursday 12 July 2018

Langford, near Maldon google map for Langford, near Maldon
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, 20:40 to 21:20, Warm

4 Mute Swan (two adults and two cygnets on River Chelmer), 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern (mobbing buzzard from ESW land over cattle field and River Chelmer), 1 Turtle Dove (heard; not seen along River Chelmer) [Stephen Shelley]

The Hythe, Colchester google map for The Hythe, Colchester
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, 19:15 to 20:30, Sunny evening

3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female passed over lagoon, sent everything up), Juv LR Plover (Matt Turner) (141395 bytes) 5 Little Ringed Plover (2 Adult, 3 Juv), 3 Curlew, Green Sand Pair (Matt Turner) (102713 bytes) 12 Green Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler (Heard), Decorating Crow (Matt Turner) (54617 bytes) 1 Carrion Crow (Picking flaking paint/lacquer off sign then discarding, who needs Ronseal!), Yellowhammer singing (Matt Turner) (61991 bytes) 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting [Matt Turner]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 18:00 to 18:10, Sunny hot.

6 Swift (Over Salisbury avenue. Also a hummingbird moth on our lavender at front of house..life tick for me.) [Karl Kennedy]

Vange Marsh RSPB google map for Vange Marsh RSPB
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, 17:10 to 19:10, Sunny, warm.

2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing (At least.), 2 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Tern, 10 Swift (At least.), 20 Swallow (At least.), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]

Halstead google map for Halstead
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, 14:25 to 14:30, Cloudy with some sun, humid light breeze

14 Swift (screaming party over Co-op car Park in town centre) [Peter Dwyer]

Braintree google map for Braintree
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, 12:45 to 12:50, Hot and humid

3 Buzzard (Circling and mewing low over Hoppits Bridge on Notley Rd) [Martin Iddon]

Ashdon google map for Ashdon
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, 12:10 to 12:15, Sun, warm, high cloud, ;ight breeze

6 Buzzard (Group of 6 riding thermals over meadow adjacent Beeches Nursery) [Alan Bidwell]

Hanningfield Reservoir google map for Hanningfield Reservoir
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, 10:30 to 13:00, overcast, initially mild, light winds; 2 purple hairsteaks

10 Egyptian Goose, 7 Teal, 21 Red-crested Pochard (at least on bank by restaurant), 2 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Common Gull, 1 Cuckoo [Mark Gregory]

East Tilbury google map for East Tilbury
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, 08:10 to 11:50, Dull and overcast, light N wind, rising tide

21 Canada Goose (On the mud), 301 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 1 Buzzard, 843 Avocet (Including a few juvs), 2 Ringed Plover (Adult with full grown juv), 2 Grey Plover, 46 Lapwing, 243 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 73 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull (1st summer), 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Long-eared Owl (Called four times, sounded like a male), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Juv), 3 Stonechat (Cock with 2 juvs), 29 House Sparrow [Paul Larkin]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny hot

6 Swift (Over Salisbury avenue. Also a hummingbird moth on our lavender at front of house..life tick for me.) [Karl Kennedy]

Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford google map for Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
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, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry overcast

1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 1 Green Sandpiper (Flew out of site at 7.40) [Brian Bolton]

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) google map for Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
This is a map showing Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) with the surrounding 1 km OS grid square
   

About Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
TQ6980
, 14:10 to 14:30, overcast, mild: Outer Car Park only

1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap [Mark Gregory]

Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT google map for Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT
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, 11:00 to 12:30, Overcast , cool wind high tide

1 Spotted Redshank (Retreat site), 1 Greenshank [Tim Barritt]

Boxted google map for Boxted
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, 10:45 to 11:00, overcast

2 Black Swan (small pool near Boxted Hall (captive?)]), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (adult catching flies near usual nesting site at Boxted Hall) [Martin Peers]

Rainham Marshes NR RSPB google map for Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
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, 10:30 to 13:30, overcast, mild

1 Tufted Duck (male), 30 Little Egret (at least), 6 Marsh Harrier (male, and 5 others including one with unusual markings on wing), 1 Buzzard (hovering over tip), 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Dunlin (Aveley Pools), 4 Ruff (Aveley Pools), 14 Black-tailed Godwit (Aveley Pools), 1 Green Sandpiper (Aveley Pools), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult summer Aveley Pools), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing briefly), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit (calling) [Mark Gregory]

Ardleigh Reservoir google map for Ardleigh Reservoir
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, 09:45 to 10:30, overcast and cool

13 Mute Swan (2 families (5 + 4 cygnets)), 25 Mallard (2 new broods (6 + 4)), 1 Little Grebe (independent juv), 9 Great Crested Grebe (only one juv), 20 Moorhen (circa, including 5 broods (10 young)), 16 Coot (3 broods (4 young)), 16 Herring Gull (also 20 Lesser Blacks), 4 Common Tern (2 pairs), 8 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker (+, one juv seen), 40 Sand Martin (circa, several young calling and old site still has a few active nests), 2 Reed Warbler (males on territory), 1 Garden Warbler (+, alarm calls from nest site) [Martin Peers]

Hanningfield Reservoir google map for Hanningfield Reservoir
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, 09:30 to 15:00, Dry, cloud, cooling NE breeze, 18 to 20c. Sightings with Brenda.

3 Shelduck (2 of them juveniles.), 1 Teal (female.), 5 Mallard (female with 4 tiny ducklings. Rawl hide. Fox wading out from Rawl hide in hope of a Coot.), 22 Red-crested Pochard (Point hide.), 8 Pochard (ducklings, 1 female still has 2 growing young, The other female has lost 2, now only has 1.), 8 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Golden Plover (Oak hide. Water low, now plenty of beach & mud for waders etc. ), 30 Lapwing (circa.), 1 Ruff ( With 1 foot missing !. Did not appear to concern the bird. Point hide.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Point hide.), 10 Common Tern (circa, 2 chicks on raft from Lyster hide.), 20 Swift (circa, Point hide.), 11 Swallow (Over meadow, mostly juveniles.), 1 Treecreeper [David Hale]

The Hythe, Colchester google map for The Hythe, Colchester
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, 09:15 to 10:30, overcast, 17C, cool N breeze, high tide

1 Gadwall, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, 6 Swallow (young birds), 1 Song Thrush (in full song) [Michael Lane]

Broomhouse, Langham google map for Broomhouse, Langham
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, 08:30 to 09:35, overcast, cool

4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Little Grebe (winter plumage adult), 5 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron (2 ads + 2 juvs), 15 Lapwing (all juvs), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (adult flew down river), 5 Swift (family party), 2 Kingfisher, 25 Swallow (many juvs), 10 House Martin (ads + juvs), 1 Yellow Wagtail (juv) [Martin Peers]

Tuesday 10 July 2018

TL4911 google map for TL4911
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About TL4911
OS 1km grid square TL4911
(4Km ENE of Harlow), 21:00 to 21:30, Fine evening

60 Swift (Screaming flock over 'swift-friendly' housing scheme at Fitzwilliam Court, Churchgate Street. Birds entering nests below eaves. Best colony I've seen for years.) [Toby Spall]

Sible Hedingham google map for Sible Hedingham
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, 09:30 to 09:40, Cloudy , cool and breezy , all sightings over weathersfield village .

1 Red Kite (Low over fields behind weathersfield fire station ), 15 Swift (+\-), 10 Swallow (+\-), 20 House Martin (+/-) [Tony Marsala]

Beeleigh google map for Beeleigh
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, 09:00 to 11:00

1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lesser Whitethroat [Paul Gymer]

Tilbury google map for Tilbury
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, 08:00 to 08:00, NW wind, overcast.

112 Swift, 27 Sand Martin [Paul Larkin]

Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford google map for Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
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, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry overcast warm light wind

Little ringed plover juvenile (Brian Bolton) (87479 bytes) 2 Little Ringed Plover (Adults also 2 juvs yestetday), 1 Common Sandpiper, Common tern juvenile (Brian Bolton) (106640 bytes) 6 Common Tern (6-8 , Adults plus a couple of juvs. ) [Brian Bolton]

Writtle google map for Writtle
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, 07:30 to 07:30

1 Little Owl (on overhead wires this morning on Margaretting Road by Montpellier's Farm. The first time I've seen one in this area for around a year) [Andrew Stroud]

Monday 09 July 2018

Layer-de-la-Haye google map for Layer-de-la-Haye
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, 21:20 to 21:50, Pleasant

20 Swift (Adults and young flying above the house + 3 pipistrelles.) [David Allen]

Maldon google map for Maldon
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, 19:00 to 20:00, Evening walk

2 Teal (On Dump Pool), 105 Black-tailed Godwit (All waders on edge of river by Dump Pool), 2 Curlew, 30 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Gull (Adults), 2000 Starling (1-2000 in fields by Dump Pool) [John Buchanan]

Copford SW, near Stanway google map for Copford SW, near Stanway
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, 14:55 to 16:10, Humid.

1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail (a very poor total), 2 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit [David Allen]

TL7009 google map for TL7009
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About TL7009
OS 1km grid square TL7009
(2.5Km N of Chelmsford), 12:05 to 12:10, Fine,some low cloud, very warm.

16 Swift [Bruce Brown]

Sudbury, Suffolk google map for Sudbury, Suffolk
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, 09:40 to 09:40, very warm

20 Swift (adults + young flying round usual nesting sites at Kitchen Hill (Batt Hall) near Bulmer) [Martin Peers]

Sible Hedingham google map for Sible Hedingham
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, 08:50 to 08:55, Warming up , scattered clouds

1 Red Kite (Drifting low over weathersfield village towards sibble headingham ) [Tony Marsala]

Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury google map for Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury
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, 08:00 to 09:30, sunny and very warm

8 Mallard (7 ducklings - pool below church), 1 Buzzard (young bird calling), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpecker (adult + young bird; male calling elsewhere), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (2 males in song + 1 young bird), 1 Garden Warbler (+, alarm calls heard), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (adults catching flies over pond opposite hall entrance), 1 Nuthatch (+, calls heard (distant)) [Martin Peers]

Good Easter google map for Good Easter
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, 08:00 to 08:00

14 Swift [Martin Henry]

Sunday 08 July 2018

Fryerning, near Ingatestone google map for Fryerning, near Ingatestone
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, 18:30 to 18:45

1 Spotted Flycatcher (on overhead wires by the pair of cottages along Ivy Barn Lane TL652023 with a white palisade fence and low brick wall. it was there on an evening last week as well.) [Andrew Stroud]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 16:00 to 16:00, Another hot sunny day

2 Peregrine Falcon (Adults sitting on Jumbo, 1 calling), 4 Goldfinch (4 chicks on ground near river at bottom of North Hill. Unable to fly and 1 flapped into busy road, managed to rescue with help of passer by. Left it with the others, checked later and no sign or splats in road - fingers crossed!) [Matt Turner]

Abberton Reservoir google map for Abberton Reservoir
This is a map showing Abberton Reservoir with the surrounding 1 km OS grid square
   
, 14:00 to 15:00, Hot.

48 Egyptian Goose, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover [David Allen]

Tiptree google map for Tiptree
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, 13:45 to 13:50, Sunshine and cloud.Warm

1 Black Redstart (Female/Imm.On garage roof and in back garden in Morley Road.) [Richard Atkinson]

South Woodham Ferrers google map for South Woodham Ferrers
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, 12:45 to 12:50, Sunny and hot

1 Red Kite (One soaring in tight circle over gardens along Albert Road.) [Robert Pease]

Langdon Hills NR EWT google map for Langdon Hills NR EWT
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, 12:00 to 15:00, Sunny, warm. Willow Park

1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Bullfinch [Andrew Cox]

Stanway GP google map for Stanway GP
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, 12:00 to 12:15, (SW of Colchester Zoo)

1 Red Kite [David L Smith]

Dedham google map for Dedham
This is a map showing Dedham with the surrounding 1 km OS grid square
   
, 10:00 to 10:25, Bright sunny.dry..

1 Kestrel, 1 Swift, 1 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 4 Goldfinch [Karl Kennedy]

Beckton google map for Beckton
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, 08:30 to 12:00, Sunny, warm

6 Oystercatcher (3 pairs breeding), 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 100 Lesser Black-backed Gull (+, 65 pairs breeding), 100 Herring Gull (+, 57 pairs breeding), 2 Great Black-backed Gull (1 pair breeding), 1 Swallow [Gary A James]

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) google map for Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
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About Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
TQ6980
, 08:30 to 12:55, Hot and sunny, light E wind, falling tide

7 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 34 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 16 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 8 Pochard (Six drakes Golden Gates), 33 Tufted Duck (10, six drakes, plus a brood of six downy young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, 13 drakes, plus three young, Golden Gates), 5 Little Grebe (Including a well grown independent chick on the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 4 Little Egret (Including a colour ringed bird in the managed retreat), 112 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Plus one well grown young on the pit to the south of the tip), 29 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 41 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 1 Common Gull (In the managed retreat), 6 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay) [Paul Larkin]

Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea google map for Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
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, 08:30 to 10:30, Hot and sunny

10 Mallard (+ including young), 2 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 200 Curlew (+), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 4 Swift, 4 Swallow (+), Wren about to be released after ringing (Lesley Collins) (40692 bytes) 2 Wren (being ringed by DW), 1 Robin (being ringed by DW), 1 Blackbird, 1 Reed Warbler (being ringed by DW), Blackcap about to be released after ringing (Lesley Collins) (55815 bytes) 3 Blackcap (being ringed by DW), 3 Whitethroat (being ringed by DW), 6 Magpie, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch (+) [Lesley Collins]

Saturday 07 July 2018

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 20:00 to 20:05

1 Peregrine Falcon (Diving over butt road.such speed) [Karl Kennedy]

South Woodham Ferrers google map for South Woodham Ferrers
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, 19:30 to 19:45, South west area

1 Whimbrel (East along Crouch), 1 Tawny Owl (Roosting in bushes/trees) [Alan Shearring]

Abberton Reservoir google map for Abberton Reservoir
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, 17:45 to 19:00, Hot. Layer Breton causeway was very smelly.

250 Greylag Goose, 1100 Canada Goose (yawn!), 54 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard (on pylon beyond Layer Breton causeway), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Greenshank (Billets Farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail (one juvenile), 1 Chiffchaff [David Allen]

Richmond's Green, Thaxted google map for Richmond's Green, Thaxted
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, 17:15 to 17:30, Very hot

1 Turtle Dove (Feeding on mixed seeds in garden) [Elizabeth Leeder]

Fryerning, near Ingatestone google map for Fryerning, near Ingatestone
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, 15:45 to 15:45, Hot, sunny

3 Red Kite (Seen previously high over fields near A12 then again over the A12. ) [Jillian Wiffen]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 13:00 to 13:00, Sunny and hot, highwoods cp near Asda

1 Red Kite (Circling with Buzzard), 1 Buzzard [Matt Turner]

Abberton Reservoir google map for Abberton Reservoir
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, 12:00 to 15:00, Sunny

1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Red-crested Pochard (Lbc), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting [Yvonne Watling Hu]

Galleywood, near Chelmsford google map for Galleywood, near Chelmsford
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, 12:00 to 21:00, All on Tile Kiln

1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 20 Wood Pigeon (+), 10 Collared Dove (+), 30 Swift (+, A few flying into nests, others were flying very low, screaming.), 2 Swallow, 5 Blackbird (+, All singing ), 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blue Tit (+), 2 Great Tit, 50 Starling (+), 2 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch (+), 10 Large White (+), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma [Thomas Gilbert]

The Hythe, Colchester google map for The Hythe, Colchester
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, 10:30 to 12:00, Sunny, hot

1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Avocet, 8 Little Ringed Plover (6 adult, 2 juv), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (2 male full breeding plum), 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellowhammer (Male) [Matt Turner]

TL8446 google map for TL8446
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About TL8446
OS 1km grid square TL8446
(6Km NNW of Sudbury), 10:30 to 11:45, hot and sunny

3 Mute Swan (pair + cygnet. All records Foxearth meadows reserve), 5 Mallard (3 half-grown juvs), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Moorhen (3 broods), 2 Coot (pair + nest), 2 Green Woodpecker (+, including at least one juvenile), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (male at bridge), 1 Reed Warbler (alarm calls), 8 Blackcap (singers - territorial), 1 Garden Warbler (alarm calls), 3 Whitethroat (feeding young + 2 males outside reserve), 6 Chiffchaff (singers - territorial), 4 Marsh Tit (adults with young), 3 Coal Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer (male outside reserve), 2 Reed Bunting (males in territory) [Martin Peers]

TL4502 google map for TL4502
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About TL4502
OS 1km grid square TL4502
(8Km S of Harlow), 10:00 to 10:15, (NW Epping) hot, sunny

1 Hobby (Actively hunting the Swifts and House Martins), 40 Swift (Regular feeding flock above Epping Forest ridge ), 20 House Martin (Regular feeding flock above Epping Forest ridge ) [Roger Emmens]

Thorndon CP (North) google map for Thorndon CP (North)
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, 08:20 to 10:20, Sunny, warm.

1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit (At least.), 10 Nuthatch (At least. At least three broods.), 4 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Linnet (Pair) [Andrew Cox]

Hanningfield Reservoir google map for Hanningfield Reservoir
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, 08:00 to 08:00

50 Greylag Goose (+, +), Canada Goose at Hanningfield Reservoire by Thomas Gilbert (Thomas Gilbert) (50737 bytes) 1 Canada Goose, 50 Mallard (+), Pochard at Hanningfield Reservoir by Thomas Gilbert (Thomas Gilbert) (24097 bytes) Pochard at Hanningfield Reservoir by Thomas Gilbert (Thomas Gilbert) (53051 bytes) 12 Pochard (4 Males, 2 Females and 4 Juveniles.), 4 Tufted Duck (+), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen (+), 50 Coot (+, +), 100 Black-headed Gull (+), 4 Common Tern, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Long-tailed Tit (+) [Thomas Gilbert]

Naze, The google map for Naze, The
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, 05:30 to 10:40, hazy and overcast first thing then mainly clear; warm; still initially then a southerly breeze; high tide ebbing; 19 species in song; no water left in Stone Point Lagoon and very little on Walton Hall Marshes

1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Dunlin, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes), 1 Common Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes), 2 Turnstone, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing, 2 escarpment, 1 John Weston Reserve), 3 Sedge Warbler (singing), 5 Reed Warbler (singing), 7 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 8 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]

Friday 06 July 2018

TL6808 google map for TL6808
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About TL6808
OS 1km grid square TL6808
(2.5Km NW of Chelmsford), 13:40 to 13:55, Dry & Sunny

Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (124348 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (124348 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (121911 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (121911 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (124220 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (124220 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (123454 bytes) Turtle Dove (Stuart Anderson) (123454 bytes) 1 Turtle Dove (Chignal Road in back garden beneath feeders) [Stuart Anderson]

Bocking google map for Bocking
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, 13:00 to 13:00

20 Swift (one group screaming over house) [Ian Tarbin]

Terling google map for Terling
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, 12:55 to 13:40, Hot, sunny and humid

10 Swift (Hawking over village. One disappeared under eaves, nesting presumed. ), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (On fence of village tennis club) [John Hart]

Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead google map for Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead
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, 09:50 to 09:55

1 Red Kite [Ian Tarbin]

Hanningfield Reservoir google map for Hanningfield Reservoir
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, 09:30 to 12:00, Sunny, warm.

2 Red-crested Pochard (Pair. Male in eclipse.), 6 Pochard (Two females, each with two young.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Avocet, 45 Lapwing (At least.), 2 Redshank, 17 Common Tern (At least. Including at least two downy young.), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Nuthatch (Calling, near visitor centre.) [Andrew Cox]

Lamarsh google map for Lamarsh
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, 08:30 to 09:30, warm and sunny

1 Kestrel (all records from Daws Hall), 2 Green Woodpecker (+, adult and at least one juv present), 1 Song Thrush (young bird), 1 Goldcrest (male), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (+, pair taking food to (unseen) nest or young), 1 Coal Tit [Martin Peers]

Thursday 05 July 2018

Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge google map for Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
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, 18:10 to 19:10

40 Mute Swan (circa.), 50 Greylag Goose (+.), 30 Canada Goose (circa.), 6 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one juvenile.), 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel (Female.), 3 Black-headed Gull (Inc. one juvenile.), 1 Common Tern, 12 Swallow (+.), 2 Reed Warbler (Pair feeding young.), 4 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male.) [Malcolm Corbett]

Abberton Reservoir google map for Abberton Reservoir
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, 17:30 to 18:30, Sunny Evening

28 Egyptian Goose (LBC), Red Crested Pochard (Matt Turner) (51160 bytes) Red Crested Pochard (Matt Turner) (54596 bytes) Female Red Crested (Matt Turner) (96072 bytes) Red Crested Pochard (Matt Turner) (51135 bytes) 5 Red-crested Pochard (LBC, 4m(1 eclipse), 1f), 8 Little Ringed Plover (6 Adults, 2 Juv), Greenshank (Matt Turner) (43357 bytes) 2 Greenshank (Wig Bay), 2 Yellow Wagtail (LBC) [Matt Turner]

TL6808 google map for TL6808
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About TL6808
OS 1km grid square TL6808
(2.5Km NW of Chelmsford), 17:30 to 17:35, Humid

1 Turtle Dove (Chignal Road - Juvenile in garden beneath feeders -my first ever sighting!) [Stuart Anderson]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB google map for Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
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About Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
A permit is required to use the small car park. Apply in advance to oldhallmarshes@rspb.org.uk. Alternative parking is available in Tollesbury
, 10:30 to 15:00, warm, sunny, light E breeze

3 Marsh Harrier (1 male), 60 Avocet, 3 Ruff, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 70 Common Tern, 8 Little Tern (+ 4 decoys!) [John McLaughlin]

Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT google map for Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT
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, 09:00 to 12:00, Very warm,sunny periods,

Drying out after fishing (Peter Heath) (80982 bytes) Trying to swallow an eel (Peter Heath) (101530 bytes) 1 Cormorant (Fishing in lake), 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv over east end of lake), 2 Turtle Dove (Calling in dead trees on lake), 1 Reed Warbler (In front of lake hide) [Peter Heath]

East Tilbury google map for East Tilbury
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, 08:15 to 13:00, Hot and sunny, light W wind, LT

17 Canada Goose (On the mud in Mucking Bay), 340 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck (With six downy young), 2 Little Egret, 16 Oystercatcher, 247 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 24 Lapwing, 112 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 33 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult over south), 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Turtle Dove (Purring), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Juv), 1 Corn Bunting (In song) [Paul Larkin]

Colchester google map for Colchester
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, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny

1 House Martin (First one I've seen this year, nesting in Highwoods estate, used to see hundreds.) [David Gotts]

Langdon Hills NR EWT google map for Langdon Hills NR EWT
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, 08:00 to 13:00, Sun & cloud. Warm. Marks Hill & Willow Park.

1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker (Marks Hill), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males. Marks Hill), 3 Treecreeper (At least. Marks Hill. Adults with young), 2 Bullfinch (At least. Willow Park.) [Andrew Cox]

Copford google map for Copford
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, 07:35 to 07:35, Bright and sunny

1 Red Kite [Emma Robinson]

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