The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Friday 24 May 2024
TL7305, 09:20 to 10:00, Sunny with some cloud
Little Egret, Buzzard, 7 Reed Warbler, Wheatear [Sean Gregory]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, warm.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Plus active nest.), Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel (Male & female. Presumed pair as male carried prey item to a likely nest site.), 3 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 5 Nuthatch (At least. Family party not far from nest hole east of the lake.), Treecreeper, 3 Yellowhammer (From hedge next to car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 23 May 2024
Colchester, 18:30 to 18:35
Red Kite (Over garden new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:30 to 15:00, sunny and still
8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 15 Red-crested Pochard (14 drakes, 1 female), 4 Pochard, 300 Swift (+), Cuckoo (heard near VC), Oystercatcher (island), 10 Common Tern, Sparrowhawk (west bank), Marsh Harrier (male over west bank), Red Kite (west bank), 6 Buzzard (west bank), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, Garden Warbler (singing in Peninsular Wood), 2 Goldcrest, Chaffinch (male) [Ben Mapp]
Moverons, near Brightlingsea, 09:00 to 13:00
Cuckoo (singing), Turtle Dove (singing at top of lane near farm), 4 Oystercatcher (2+ pairs), 5 Lapwing (2+pairs, one half grown chick), 15 Grey Plover (on river), Whimbrel (on river), Knot (on river), 6 Redshank (3+ pairs), 2 Barn Owl (pair carrying food), Tawny Owl (calling), Nightingale (singing by lake), Yellowhammer (2 males singing) [Richard Allen]
Fingringhoe GP, 09:00 to 13:00
Yellow Wagtail (South Green) [Richard Allen]
East Tilbury, 08:50 to 12:50, Overcast with W wind, rising tide
5 Mute Swan, 76 Shelduck (Plus two well grown young), 5 Shoveler (Three drakes), 3 Pochard (Plus five downy young), Cuckoo (Male), 4 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing (Plus two downy young), 25 Ringed Plover (At least one showing features of the race tundrae), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, 4 Redshank (Plus two downy young), Mediterranean Gull (Adult), Common Tern, Buzzard, Nightingale, Stonechat (Male plus one young), 7 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 12:50, Light to moderate WSW to W wind. 8/8 cloud until sun breaks at conclusion. 14 to 17c. With Graham Barber.
Red-legged Partridge, 3 Pheasant, 5 Greylag Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard, 2 Pochard (Pair.), 50 Swift (circa.), Cuckoo (Calling.), 5 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, 30 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 2 Collared Dove, Moorhen, 9 Coot (Plus brood of four.), Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Plus brood of two.), Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 3 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Jay, 7 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 11 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit (One singing.), 7 Skylark (Six singing.), 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (circa.), 40 House Martin (circa.), 2 Chiffchaff (One singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (One singing.), 4 Whitethroat (Three singing.), 4 Wren (Singing.), 50 Starling (circa.), 3 Blackbird (One singing.), 8 Robin (Six singing. One feeding fledgling.), House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch (Two singing.), 5 Linnet (One carrying food.), 7 Goldfinch (One singing.), Reed Bunting (Male carrying food.), 11 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 22 May 2024
Billericay, 16:35 to 17:20, sightings from Lake Meadows, light rain
44 Canada Goose (inc Canada x Greylag hybrid), Sparrowhawk (just outside park over Perry St), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch (calling in woods), Treecreeper (calling in line of pines near woods), Pied Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch (around cafe) [Ben Mapp]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 11:30, Cloudy/drizzle. NW wind, rising tide
12 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, 33 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Raven, 4 Sand Martin [Gary A James]
Naze, The, 06:10 to 13:30, rain eventually clearing then showery, northerly wind, mild, high tide c. 12:00
4 Barnacle Goose, Garganey (Lovely drake on Walton Hall Marshes ), 14 Gadwall, 6 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 8 Avocet, 11 Turnstone, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (Stone Point Lagoon), 24 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Little Gull (First summer bird still on Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, 20+ Sand Martin, 18 Swallow (10 north), 15+ House Martin, 9 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 9 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing), 5 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 15 Whitethroat (Singing), Song Thrush (Singing), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Curlew Sandpiper at Naze, The on 22 May 2024, (Brian Combes) , Curlew Sandpiper at Naze, The on 22 May 2024, (Brian Combes)
Tuesday 21 May 2024
Naze, The, 14:00 to 15:15, Continuous rain
Great Reed Warbler (Decoy ponds. Elusive but singing/calling sporadically, and periodically showing very well. Stunning bird and great find by Darrell Stile, last one here was on 2/5/20) [Brian Combes]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:30 to 11:00, Overcast, mild. Then light rain.
20 Swift (At least.), Cuckoo (Male.), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 House Martin (At least.), 3 Corn Bunting (Two singing males plus one other.) [Andrew Cox]
Doddinghurst, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry and sunny
Cuckoo (Heard for the past 5 days, a rarity in this area in recent years.), 12 Jackdaw, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch [Gary Boyes]
Holland Haven, 06:30 to 11:45, low cloud with some rain, light wind, mild, rising tide; walk from Frinton to Haven and back via farm - 23 species in song
Garganey (Drake on flood), Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 2 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 2 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover (On scrape), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Wood Sandpiper (On flood first thing), Grey Heron, Buzzard, 22 Swallow, 9 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing), 4 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 10 Whitethroat (Singing), Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Blue-headed Wagtail (Lovely male on the scrape), 12 Linnet, Corn Bunting (Singing), 4 Reed Bunting (Singing) [Brian Combes]
Monday 20 May 2024
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 17:00 to 20:00, Sunny warm
5 Barnacle Goose, 2 Cuckoo, 50 Avocet, 45 Lapwing, 5 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail, 5 Corn Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting [Bob Hoskinz]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 15:20, Sunny.
3 Canada Goose, Shelduck, 2 Garganey (Initially asleep in the centre of Billets Flood, opposite the farm), 5 Mallard, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 29 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets flood), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail [David Allen]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 14:30 to 16:00, Saltcoats only, Hot, great day for odonata
6 Swift (heading north), 2 Cuckoo (pair), Marsh Harrier, Hobby (arrived with the swifts), Willow Warbler (calling) [Alan Shearring]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:00 to 15:15, Sunny, chilly breeze. All sightings from lagoon unless otherwise specified.
400 Brent Goose (At least. East of slipway.), 4 Shelduck (Two pairs.), Cuckoo (Male calling from eastern end.), 10 Oystercatcher (Four appeared to be sitting on nests.), 5 Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gull (Mostly 1st summers some adults.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults. One on the slipway could have been one of these.), 4 Common Tern (Flying along the creek towards the Point.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny. Clear sky.
2 Swift (First I've seen over village (Gt.Totham South) this year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Writtle Forest, 08:03 to 10:30, Sun/cloud. Warm.
1+ Canada Goose, 1+ Swift, Grey Heron, Buzzard, 1+ Jackdaw, 1+ Rook, 1+ Carrion Crow, 1+ Blue Tit, 1+ Great Tit, 1+ Long-tailed Tit, 1+ Chiffchaff, 1+ Blackcap, 1+ Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 1+ Wren (Heard not seen), 1+ Blackbird, Song Thrush (Heard not seen), Mistle Thrush (Heard not seen), 1+ Robin, 1+ House Sparrow [Brian Priestley]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, cool. Becoming warm.
Cuckoo (Calling male.), 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Plus two active nests.), Green Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch (At least. Plus one young coming to nest entrance to be fed. Pair coming with food to another nest hole.), Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:00, overcast first thing then clear, warm, northerly wind, rising tide; 21 species in song
4 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 5 Swift (3 north), Cuckoo, 6 Avocet, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Gull (Both first summer, Walton Hall Marshes), 5 Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, 15+ Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 double hedge, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 12 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 13 Reed Warbler (Singing), 8 Blackcap (Singing), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 18 Whitethroat (Singing), 4 Linnet, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 19 May 2024
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, some cloud. Warm. Plotlands.
Cuckoo (Male calling.), Tawny Owl (Showed well after flying into the tree next to me. Top of the ridge near the big elms.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nest. Third located here.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
Essex Regiment Way GC, Colchester, 13:00 to 13:00, Hot and Sunny
6 Swift [David Gotts]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:30 to 11:30, Sunny/warm. North Wind
5 Swift, 3 Common Tern, Great White Egret (over the river.), Little Egret, Buzzard, Hobby, 4 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin [Gary A James]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny, becoming warm. Plotlands.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two active nests.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Different territories.), 12 Long-tailed Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 18 May 2024
Holland Haven, 17:30 to 18:00
Red-backed Shrike (Male found by Pete Davis present along fence line between scrape and lay-by on Clacton road. Best viewed from layby but also visible from pillbox above scrape) [Paul Brayshaw]
Holland Haven, 16:00 to 16:40, viewed from layby on B1032
Hobby, Red-backed Shrike (male), Yellow Wagtail [Liz Huxley] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 18 May 2024, (Liz Huxley)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:30 to 16:45, Sunny,Only Highlights!
Barnacle Goose (One with Greylags ,on pits before reserve. ), 2 Cuckoo (Both singing on opposite parts of reserve.), 3 Turtle Dove (In middle of reserve.), 22 Grey Plover (From Geedon Bay Hide. ), Curlew Sandpiper (In Summer Plumage ,from Geedon Bay Hide. Was with Grey Plovers and Dunlin. ), 2 Dunlin (Seen from Geedon Bay Hide.), 4 Common Tern (On estuary.), Red Kite, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 30+ Sand Martin (On pits ,before reserve.), 5 Swallow, 5+ Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Warbler (4 on Kits Pond and 2 from Kingfisher Hide.), 8+ Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Nightingale (Only 2 seen out of the 6 heard.) [Zane Sargent ] Barnacle Goose at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Turtle Dove at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Grey Plover at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Reed Warbler at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Blackcap at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Nightingale at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 18 May 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 16:00, Cloudy becoming sunnier. Warm.
2 Barnacle Goose, Red-crested Pochard (Male.), Cuckoo (Female calling.), 5 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 3 Common Tern (At least.), Hobby, 6 Yellow Wagtail (At least.), Yellowhammer (Singing male, near car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Writtle, 09:30 to 12:30, Broken cloud with light breeze. Only certain species recorded here.
20 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir ), 2 Mute Swan, 2 Swift, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher (Flew around Titchmarsh Reservoir several times before gaining height and heading off ), Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Skylark (Heard only ), 4 House Martin (Writtle College ), Grey Wagtail (River Can ) [Andrew Allen]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:40, Overcast, cool. Becoming warmer.
2 Swift, Cuckoo (Male calling.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. One active nest.), Green Woodpecker, 2 Hobby, 3 Swallow, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.), Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 11:00, Misty first thing then clear, northerly wind, warm, high tide c.09:00
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 15 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shoveler, 22 Gadwall, 29 Swift (25 north first thing, low to the north), Cuckoo (Singing ), 8 Avocet, 10 Ringed Plover (Including pair with brood of 4 chicks, first young of the year ), Whimbrel, 2 Little Tern, Fulmar (North), 2 Marsh Harrier, 25+ Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 11 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 8 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 11 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 12 Reed Warbler (Singing), 11 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 16 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Yellow Wagtail, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Ringed Plover at Naze, The on 18 May 2024, (Brian Combes, )
Friday 17 May 2024
Billericay, 16:00 to 17:40, sightings from Queen's Park Country Park
4 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 11 Swallow, 21 Chiffchaff, 22 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, Nightingale (two brief bursts of song east of blackberry scrub), Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch (calling in blackberry scrub) [Ben Mapp]
Rayne, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny, calm, a few clouds
2 Grey Partridge (Can't swear to this as I only had the briefest glimpse of one bird's head and I've never heard one call before, but they didn't sound like red legged partridges. I saw a recent report of them a couple of miles away on the other side of Rayne so it's not impossible.), Cuckoo (Didn't see it, only heard it. My first this year.), Yellow Wagtail (On telegraph wire, calling. I've seen very few around here.) [James Harvey]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:35 to 18:00, Sunny, dry, warm
22 Greylag Goose, 86+ Mute Swan (Including 2 ringed birds. Reported and update awaited.), 16 Egyptian Goose, 2 Garganey (Pair seen far side of Hide bay), 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Mallard (Only counted those with ducklings- 1 with 8, 1 with a single duckling.), Cuckoo (rear of LBC calling), 3 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, 50 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Tern, 16 Cormorant (+), 2 Cattle Egret (In heronry LBC), 7 Grey Heron (+), 7 Little Egret (+), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Female- on feeders at centre), Kestrel (over reserve), 8 Rook, Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit (Hide bay), 2 Skylark (1 seen, 1 heard), Cetti's Warbler (heard LBC), Chiffchaff (Heard), Garden Warbler (heard), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (1 Hide bay, 1 LBC), Whitethroat (LBC), 4 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch (M- LBC), 2 Goldfinch [Paul Everett] Garganey at Abberton Reservoir on 17 May 2024, (Paul Everett)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:50 to 12:20, Sunny. Thin cloud 5/8. V.light SW wind. 15 to 18c.
2 Pheasant, Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose (Plus one brood.), 2 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard, 2 Pochard (Pair.), 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 3 Moorhen, 7 Coot (Plus three broods.), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Plus one brood.), 2 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cormorant, Grey Heron (Flew over.), Little Egret (Flew over.), Buzzard, Barn Owl, 10 Magpie, Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit (Three singing.), 6 Skylark (Singing.), 5 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing.), Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Five singing.), 5 Wren (Singing.), 15 Starling, 2 Blackbird (One singing.), 10 Robin (Singing.), House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock (One singing.), Greenfinch (Singing.), 20 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
TL6812, 08:45 to 11:45, Cloud and sun. Warm. Light northerly wind
2 Greylag Goose, 10 Mallard, 3 Swift, Cuckoo (Heard not seen), 20+ Wood Pigeon, 6 Coot, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 5 Magpie, 10 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 4+ Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2+ Skylark, Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff (1 seen others heard), 2 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Heard not seen), Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Wren (Heard not seen), 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 3+ Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting [Brian Priestley]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 12:45, clear, warm, southerly wind, high tide c. 08:00
15 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 4 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing ), Great Crested Grebe (North), 12 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Turnstone, 9 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 5 Sandwich Tern, 9 Little Tern, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 20+ Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 12 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 south of sycamore clump, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve, 3 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 12 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing), 11 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 16 Whitethroat (Singing ), Song Thrush (Singing ), 9 Linnet, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Thursday 16 May 2024
Rayne, 17:10 to 18:20
Pheasant (heard), Mallard (male - flew over), Swift, 7 Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Little Owl, Green Woodpecker (heard), Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, Skylark, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (1 seen 1 heard), Whitethroat (heard), 2 Wren (heard), 5 Starling, 4 Blackbird (3M 1F), 2 Robin (1 seen 1 heard), 5 House Sparrow [Paul Everett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Overcast, light rain.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch (At least. Pair gathering food, plus another taking food to one of the nest holes.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 15 May 2024
High Ongar, 16:00 to 16:00, good
Red Kite (above garden in Nine Ashes) [Neil Warner]
Holland Haven, 15:00 to 16:00
30+ Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 2 Cuckoo (chasing), 14 Avocet, 1+ Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8+ Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting (male) [Liz Huxley]
Hamford Water, 14:45 to 17:00, Clear, mild, southerly wind, flooding tide; south shore
Cuckoo (Singing), 4 Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, 16 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Tern, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite (Drifted west), 3 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Tufted Duck [Brian Combes]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 14:10 to 16:50, Sunny, some cloud. Warm but chilly breeze. All sightings from Green Centre hide.
6 Greylag Goose (Pair with four young.), 8 Pochard (Female & seven males.), 2 Cuckoo (Males. ), Water Rail (Calling.), 5 Little Grebe (Pair with three young in tow.), 5 Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male & immature male.), Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 2 Hobby, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Swallow (At least.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
High Ongar, 14:00 to 14:00, good
Redwing (briefly in garden in Nine Ashes) [Neil Warner]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:20 to 13:50, Sunny, some cloud. Warm.
3 Shoveler (Males.), 10 Pochard, 4 Lapwing (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 12:30, Overcast, early rain gradually clearing, mild, southerly wind
18 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, 4 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 15 Avocet, 74 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 36 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 19 Jackdaw (Flock by tower first thing), 8 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 10 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 common, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 escarpment, 1 south of sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve, 2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 8 Chiffchaff (Singing), 17 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 15 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 10 Blackcap (Singing), 7 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 19 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 4 Linnet, Siskin (Over), 4 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 09:35, Cloudy, light breeze
2 Pink-footed Goose (With Greylags feeding in field west of car park), 3 Wigeon, 5 Swift, 5 Cuckoo, 115 Stock Dove, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Mediterranean Gull (At least), 5 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (Male), Buzzard, 2 Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer [James Hudson] Pink-footed Goose at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 15 May 2024, (James Hudson)
Maldon, 06:00 to 08:00, Walk along Maldon wick & fields south of limebrook way Cool & overcast, very damp vegetation from previous night's rainfall
2 Cuckoo (1 singing male along Maldon wick & another in the fields south of the limebrook way & headed east towards limbourne creek ), 2 Swallow (By the farm barns ), 12 Long-tailed Tit (Fledglings in family group along Maldon wick), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing males in the limebrook reeds), 6 Corn Bunting (1 singing male in the housing estate construction site south of limebrook farm & 4 singing males south of limebrook way), 8 Yellowhammer (2 pairs each east & west of Maldon wick ) [Tony Kennelly]
Tuesday 14 May 2024
Naze, The, 06:30 to 12:30, Overcast with long periods of rain, mild, light southerly wind, ebbing tide
Garganey (On Walton Hall Marshes; superb drake mobile around main flood), 5 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 12+ Swift, Cuckoo (Singing ), 9 Avocet, 61 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Briefly on Walton Hall Marshes; lovely summer plumage), 19 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Little Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 9 Sand Martin, 8+ House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 1 John Weston Reserve, 3 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 Decoy Ponds), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 13 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing), 10 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 21 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (1 singing, 1 juvenile ), 5 Siskin (North), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Garganey at Naze, The on 14 May 2024, (Brian Combes) , Curlew Sandpiper at Naze, The on 14 May 2024, (Brian Combes)
Monday 13 May 2024
Wrabness, 19:00 to 20:30
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Turtle Dove (2 seen 2 heard), 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (heard), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat (heard), Chaffinch [Paul Everett]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 18:30 to 18:45, Woodland next to River Chelmer
Nightingale (Male still singing ) [David Pallash]
Great Holland Pits NR, 14:45 to 16:45
Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 4+ Blackcap, Song Thrush [Liz Huxley]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:40 to 18:00, Cloudy, chilly breeze. Becoming sunnier & warmer.
2 Wigeon (Pair.), Cuckoo (Possibly two.), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 10 Common Tern (At least. Including a pair courting/mating.), Marsh Harrier (Adult male.), Kestrel (Male.), Hobby, 4 Yellow Wagtail (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 10:00 to 12:30
13 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Cuckoo, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Turtle Dove, 1+ Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Kestrel, 20+ Sand Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Whitethroat, 4+ Wren, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 5 Nightingale (heard), Yellowhammer (male), Reed Bunting (male) [Liz Huxley] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 13 May 2024, (Liz Huxley)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:45 to 10:00, Warm, cloud and sun. Light southerly wind
26 Canada Goose (15 Goslings), Greylag Goose (On nest), 2 Mute Swan, 6 Mallard, 4 Moorhen (2 chicks), 8 Coot (3 chicks), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, c300 Black-headed Gull (at least 56 on nests), 2 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Heard not seen), Wren (Heard not seen), 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin, Dunnock, 28 Tufted Duck [Brian Priestley]
Naze, The, 08:30 to 12:45, clear, warm, southerly wind
14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 19 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 2 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 2 Little Grebe, 5 Avocet, Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 20+ Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 16 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 12 Reed Warbler (Singing), 11 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing), 14 Tufted Duck [Brian Combes]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 08:30
Cuckoo (Calling from South Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
North Weald, 08:15 to 14:10, Bright, breezy
5 Swift (Weald Common, first sighting in village this spring), Cuckoo (Calling Weald Common. first of spring ), Little Egret (Cripsey Brook), Kestrel (Abandoned golf course), 7 Skylark (6 at abandoned golf course), 2 Swallow, 9 Chiffchaff (7 at abandoned golf course), 8 Blackcap (5 abandoned golf course, 3 Weald Common), 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Abandoned golf course), 7 Whitethroat, 5 Song Thrush, Bullfinch, 4 Linnet, 6 Yellowhammer (Abandoned golf course), Reed Bunting [Paul William]
Wrabness, 06:20 to 08:00, clear, mild, southerly wind; EWT reserve
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Turtle Dove (Purring, possibly 3), Green Woodpecker, 60+ Sand Martin (Around colony and hunting over marsh), 5 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 6 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 6 Whitethroat (Singing), 4 Song Thrush (Singing), 7 Nightingale (Singing), 2 Yellowhammer (Singing), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 13 May 2024, (Brian Combes) , Nightingale at Wrabness on 13 May 2024, (Brian Combes)
Sunday 12 May 2024
Bateman's Tower, Brightlingsea, 09:00 to 13:00
32 Whimbrel (NE largest flock 16) [Richard Allen]
Donyland Wood, 07:40 to 09:50
Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Nightingale (singing males (part of survey)), Chaffinch (singing male), Bullfinch [Andy Goodey]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:30 to 11:30, Fine and sunny, light NE wind
2 Red-legged Partridge (One near the VC and On the tip), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 17 Pochard (Six, four drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including eight drakes, Golden Gates), 2 Swift (Golden Gates), Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 24 Coot (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 8 Great Crested Grebe (A pair on a nest on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Mediterranean Gull (NE over Golden Gates, all adults), 2 Cormorant (Golden Gates), 2 Peregrine Falcon (A pair on the cranes), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (One near the VC and Golden Gates), 3 Stonechat (A pair by the VC and a male with two young on the approach road), 18 Tufted Duck (A pair on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including eight drakes, Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny, warm. Great Berry/Plotlands.
2 Pochard (Pair.), 2 Swift, 14 Black-headed Gull (Five near the lake, nine hawking for insects near Great Berry.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult with BH gulls near Great Berry.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Female foraging on nearby arable field. Nest hole located.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 7 Whitethroat (Pair plus five other singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
North Weald, 06:30 to 07:20, Bright.
6 Egyptian Goose (2 adults, 4 young), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Railway cutting), Green Woodpecker (Weald Common), Kestrel (Weald Common), 4 Skylark (Singing over arable and livestock fields), 3 Swallow (Over livestock fields), 6 Chiffchaff (At least, widespread), 3 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler (2 at railway cutting, singing), 5 Whitethroat, 8 Wren (Widespread including 3 at railway cutting), 3 Song Thrush, 3 Greenfinch [Paul William]
Layer-de-la-Haye, 05:00 to 07:30
Cuckoo (Chest Wood), 2 Garden Warbler (singing males Chest Wood), Nuthatch (Chest Wood), 4 Treecreeper (singing males ) [Andy Goodey]
Saturday 11 May 2024
Earls Colne, 12:45 to 13:45, Warm and sunny with a gentle easterly breeze. Glorious day!
Cetti's Warbler (Singing male along River Colne.), Nightingale (Singing male along River Colne.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Bright & breezy. Only certain species recorded here. Triathlon event in progress
4 Red-crested Pochard (+), Oystercatcher (Point Hide), 6 Common Tern (+), 3 Black Tern (Summer plumaged birds from Point Hide), 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only ) [Andrew Allen]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:00
2 Red-legged Partridge (Maydays yard SE), 2 Greylag Goose (F/o maydays SE ), 3 Swift (Empress Drive SE ), 3 Cuckoo (2 maydays, 1 Langenhoe SE ), 5 Lapwing (Maydays/reeves hall DU ), 8 Whimbrel (Off maydays DU ), Common Tern (Maydays DU ), 4 Marsh Harrier (Off maydays seawall DU ), Buzzard (Maydays SE), 2 Hobby (Over on Langenhoe from maydays seawall DU ), Sand Martin (Maydays DU ), 9 House Martin (8 maydays farm house SE DU , 1 broom hill RL.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Maydays SE ), 4 Reed Warbler (Maydays SE), 3 Whitethroat (Maydays SE ), Nightingale (Maydays SE), 2 Stonechat (A pr with possibly 1 juv maydays SE, DU), Corn Bunting (Singing maydays DU ), Yellowhammer (M maydays SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Misty, cool. Clearing & becoming warm.
2 Egyptian Goose (Hatch Farm pond.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 5 Whitethroat, Goldcrest (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair bringing food to nest hole & removing fecal sacs.), 5 Song Thrush (Four singing males.), Grey Wagtail (Hatch Farm pond.), 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair, Hatch Farm pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 12:00, Early fog, remaining misty, cool, low tide, easterly wind
24 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 28 Barnacle Goose, 12 Gadwall, 7 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing ), 8 Avocet, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (Still Walton Hall Marshes ), Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, 8 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 10 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 double hedge, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 north of sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve, 2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 14 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 12 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 10 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 23 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 05:45 to 09:00, Misty & cool
Garganey (Drake on flooded fields ), 2 Cuckoo (By car park & singing male by Lower fleet hide ), Water Rail (Calling opposite lower fleet hide ), 18 Ringed Plover (On flooded fields ), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Round marsh ), Greenshank (On flooded fields ), Marsh Harrier (Female seen from lower fleet hide, very pale cream crown looked almost white), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing by car park), 4 Yellow Wagtail [Tony Kennelly]