Essex Birding Summer/Autumn 2019

In addition to regular features such as the Chairman’s Watchpoint, Wood’s Warblings and latest news, this edition includes articles on.

Swift Nest Box Project

John Smart updates us on the latest Swift project at Colchester Sixth Form College.

Birdwatching in Vancouver

John and Diana Camp tell us about their birdwatching trip with Limosa Holidays to Vancouver in September 2018, where they logged 150 species of birds plus Orcas, Sea and River Otters and Black Bear.

‘Then and Now’

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Kathleen Hoy’s personal nature diaries and note books going back to the early 1940s who lived in the north-east of Chelmsford and her account of the summer migrants recorded in 1949, the year that ‘Essex Birdwatching and Preservation Society’ was founded.

A bird in the net is worth several in the bush...

David Wilkinson updates us on the Two Tree Island Constant Effort Site survey and the species seen in their second year of recording in 2018.

RSPB Little Tern Cruise

Mark Bridges tell us about his evening boat trip with RSPB, what could be nicer than a pleasant sunny summer evening on the water looking for birds...

Owl travels across Ontario

An article from Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre, which highlights how important it is to send in your sightings together with any ring recoveries made.

Patch Bash

Glyn Evans tells us about a days birding on his local patch in January. Which shows just how very rewarding patch watching can be, with the data collected being so important to gauge trends for sites over time, at different times of year.

Indoor Meetings

  • Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, 11th Jan 2019 – Duncan Macdonald from ‘Speyside Wildlife’ shared more of his experiences gained from trips to the beautiful Wyoming State in north-west America.
  • Sociable Lapwing, 1st Feb 2019 – Rob Sheldon the Chairman of the ‘Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia’ delivered a very interesting, thought provoking talk about the Social Lapwing with excellent photographs and commentary.
  • Goshawk and Whinchat, 1st March 2019 – Dr Ian Henderson Senior Research Ecologist International Research with the British Trust for Ornithology gave us two very interesting talks about two species that have their different issues and needs.
  • Owls of the World, 5th April 2019 – Dr Michael Leach a full time author and wildlife photographer, delivered another superb presentation full of interesting facts, some humour, all supported with a brilliant selection of photographs.

Field Trips

Reports on the Field Trips organised by the society:

  • Abberton Reservoir & Fingringhoe Wick EWT Reserves, 20th Jan 2019
  • Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve, 17th Feb 2019
  • Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve, 17th March 2019
  • The ‘Brecklands’, 14th April 2019
  • Normandy Marsh to Keyhaven Marsh, Hampshire, 19th May 2019
  • Old Lodge SWT Reserve, 9th June 2019

Fixture Programme 2019/20


Bird Reports November 2018 – April 2019

Bird reports from around the county including Abberton Reservoir, Bradwell and Dengie Peninsula, Foulness Island, Hanningfield Reservoir, Langdon Hills and Thameside Nature Park, Maldon area, Mersea Island, Metropolitan Essex and Lea Valley, North-east Essex, RSPB Rainham Marshes, Southend area, Wat Tyler and Vange Marshes.

2019 Summer/Autumn