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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:30 to 13:00, Dry, breezy on river wall. Rising Tide
16 Avocet, 24 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 24 Brent Goose, 60 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull [Stuart Anderson]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:30 to 10:15, Overcast, still, 12degs. Very few birds about.
1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male. Emerging from Saltcoats red marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Monday 19 Oct 2020
Writtle, 15:00 to 15:15, overcast
1 Kingfisher (flew over road, towards lake/streams) [Oliver Cottis]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:00 to 14:30, High tide
2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (usual pair, all the first winters of 16/10 have moved on), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 100 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret (roosting on saltmarsh), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 900 Starling [Alan Shearring]
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny with a south breeze. Walk along bridle path towards Wellinditch
5 Buzzard, 9 Robin, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (flew from hedge to oak tree branch, called once and disappeared forever), 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff [Alan Shearring]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:15 to 11:45, Sunny, warm. Breezy. Lincewood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least. Exploring inside a tree hole for at least a minute at one point.), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Flying over.) [Andrew Cox]
Good Easter, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (drifting north), 190 Linnet (second largest flock locally) [Martin Henry]
Nazeing, Lea Valley, 08:45 to 09:15
4 Lesser Redpoll [Thomas Simon]
Sunday 18 Oct 2020
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 15:50 to 16:00
1 Snow Bunting (Still south of stone point near steps to point), 1 Rock Pipit (With snow burning ), 1 Meadow Pipit (With snow Bunting ) [Stephen Entwistle]
South Woodham Ferrers, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Woodlark (flying NE then more E, very vocal ) [Alan Shearring]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:45 to 17:15, Cloudy, occasional sun. Mild.
1 Little Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret (In flight past saline viewpoint.), 45 Wigeon (At least.), 39 Teal, 36 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (At least.), 288 Lapwing (At least.), 12 Snipe (Flock in flight.), 10 Curlew, 189 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 21 Redshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 200 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 5 Common Gull (At least.), 16 Herring Gull (At least.), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher (Active & noisy around the creek/sline lagoon area.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Abstraction ditch.) [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:00 to 14:00, Still and clear. Some occasional sun
4 Marsh Harrier (One male), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Merlin (Female/juvenile ), 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Shoveler, 40 Shelduck, 15 Grey Plover, 3500 Golden Plover (Estimate count), 100 Dunlin, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 25 Skylark, 20 Wigeon, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 27 Ringed Plover, 8 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan, 7 Grey Heron, 20 Pintail (20+), 43 Buzzard (In a single thermal, moving north at the east end of reserve), 20 Canada Goose, 15 Herring Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Snipe [Ian Dewsnap]
Mistley, 11:20 to 12:05, Overcast, mild
1 Corn Bunting (TM1230 near remains of St Mary's Church, on wires with 20 Linnets in are where there were 1-2 singing males last two years), 2 Stock Dove (TM1131 near artificial lake) [Simon Banks]
Frinton-on-Sea, 10:45 to 13:00, Occasional sunny spell. Viewing along lane south of Tennis Club towards pumping station.
1 Dusky Warbler (A vocal bird, that showed well on and off.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock [Andrew Allen]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:30 to 11:00, Mild, overcast and still.
4 Cetti's Warbler (3 around Saltcoats reed marsh and and one I in the orchard area.), 800 Wigeon (At least. Clements Green Creek.), 2 Water Rail (Heard only. One in Saltcoats Reed marsh and one in reed on East Marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Wrabness, 10:05 to 10:30, Overcast, mild
19 Red-breasted Merganser (Two groups both downriver of Wrabness reserve), 2 Stonechat (Just east of Wrabness chalets) [Simon Banks]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 12:30, Broken cloud, lightW wind, rising tide
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 10 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 59 Tufted Duck (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 22 Pochard (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 91 Teal (Two on Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 18 Shoveler (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 38 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 14 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 562 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 51 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 157 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 3 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 134 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 20 Curlew (In the managed retreat.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 8 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 33 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Beckton, 07:45 to 13:00, Cloudy no wind
1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 17 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Saturday 17 Oct 2020
Fingringhoe Mill, 14:00 to 15:45, dull and overcast, wind light, high tide.
9 Pied Wagtail (min'), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (over), 2 Little Egret, 8 Jay (lots of activity around Oaks), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 28 Teal, 9 Magpie, 1 Curlew, 31 Lapwing, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron [Ashley Gooding]
Frinton-on-Sea, 13:00 to 13:00, Still and sunny
1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin (3-4.30pm visit)), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard [Sean Nixon] Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 09:30 to 11:30, Overcast
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Cormorant (flying over), 1 Stonechat, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel [Emma Robinson]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, cool.
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 40 Starling (Horse paddock near Hatch Farm.), 20 Chaffinch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ulting, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Red Kite seen flying over Maldon road near Ulting. ) [Michael Lane]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 08:30 to 11:00
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Still present for 5th day in trees adjacent toddler play area) [Robin Peppaitt]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy,cool.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (At least.), 4 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 12 Chaffinch (At least.), 10 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, overcast first thing then some sun, light N wind, cool, flooding tide - some finch and thrush movement, mainly first thing
70 Goldcrest (+), 2 Brambling (1, below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond), 15 Song Thrush (Mainly west), 43 Redwing (Mainly west), 81 Goldfinch (Mainly south), 27 Chaffinch (Mainly south), 9 Siskin (South), 16 Lesser Redpoll (South), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 11 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark (West), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 42 Swallow (N, a trickle in small groups from mid morning on), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (S), 3 Firecrest (2 with goldcrests, 1 below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond + one John Weston Reserve (in the hand, thanks to Simon and Pat Cox)), 1 Dusky Warbler (East edge of cricket pitch in low scrub; initially calling from cover, then gave some brief but decent views before moving north into deeper cover. Did not call or show again, over the next half an hour or later in the morning.) [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 10:00
1 Dusky Warbler (Still present this morning along hedge on west side of lane running south from tennis club towards Anglian Water pumping station. Best viewed from field edge. Access via the tennis club car park (which they are happy for birders to use). A message has been left for the farmer so please be respectful along the field edge which is private land ) [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 16 Oct 2020
Frinton-on-Sea, 16:00 to 18:15
1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin in an area with no public access, still present at dusk. If present in the morning then access arrangements will be made and location shared) [Paul Brayshaw]
Stow Marsh, 14:00 to 16:00, Tide going out NE wind. Partridge shoot
10 Meadow Pipit (feeding on saltings), 29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Turnstone, 6 Stonechat (pair and the others were 1st winters), 2 Buzzard (hunting fields), 29 Linnet, 1 Merlin (female), 890 Wigeon (appeared from the east as tide went out), 25 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:40 to 15:00, NW breeze, dry, overcast, 12 c. Sightings with Brenda from Marina car park area. Approaching low tide.
3 Cattle Egret (On Salt Marsh across Creek. Showing well. Proof photo's.), 20 Redshank (Circa.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 1 Buzzard (On Salt Marsh post.), 6 Wigeon (3 pair.), 10 Teal (Circa.), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 16 Oct 2020, (David Hale) , Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 16 Oct 2020, (David Hale)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:30 to 14:00, High tide NE wind
2 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Stonechat (all looked like 1st winters), 2 Sparrowhawk, 500 Starling, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Snipe, 20 Linnet, 160 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush [Alan Shearring]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:00 to 16:00, Cloudy, mild. Becoming colder.
2 Great Crested Grebe (East of the slipway.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 23 Oystercatcher (Lagoon.), 91 Avocet (Lagoon), 100 Ringed Plover (Lagoon.), 25 Grey Plover (Lagoon.), 20 Golden Plover (Approx. Saltmarsh bordering Canvey.), 35 Lapwing (Lagoon.), 250 Dunlin (Lagoon.), 16 Knot (Lagoon.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Lagoon.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 9 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 2 Kingfisher (Eastern satmarsh (from coastguards) & lagoon. Latter seen to catch & eat quite a large fish. One of these (or a third) hovering close to the seawall between lagoon & car park. ), 3 Rock Pipit (Near slipway.), 1 Stonechat (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:50 to 13:20, NW breeze, overcast, dry, 12c. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from vandalised hide !.
25 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank (Circa.), 30 Curlew (Plus.), 2 Avocet, 150 Shelduck (At least.), 28 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier (Kent bank side. ), 6 Greenfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit (Circa.), 50 Linnet (Estimated flock. ), 30 Goldfinch (At least. ), 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Stonechat (Pair & single male. ), 2 Little Egret, 5 Brent Goose [David Hale]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:45 to 17:00
1 Scaup (Flew into the river), 9 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Auk (12:45 First seen by Dave Wagstaff occasionally landing on the sea whilst passing the Obs and then seen by Cindy Lawes and myself flying past Sales Point and then into the river.), 5 Swallow, 10 Goldcrest, 300 Chaffinch (+ going north in groups of 20 or so? Strange considering the big southerly movement in previous days.), 30 Siskin (Going north? Once again strange.) [John Sutherby]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 15:00, Little sun or wind but pleasant
5 Cattle Egret (With cattle on short walk), 1 Pink-footed Goose (With Greylag long walk), 2 Eider (Main estuary), 2 Green Sandpiper (Long walk), 6 Rock Pipit (Long walk) [Mike Hardwick]
South Hanningfield, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny - Breezy
4 Red-crested Pochard (From the southern causeway - 4Ms + 4Fs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Across from the Fishing Lodge loafing with other gull species), 24 Great Black-backed Gull (Loafing on shore across from the Fishing Lodge), 5 Ruff, 175 Starling (In flight in a loose flock - Seen from the southern causeway), 35 Lapwing (In flight - Seen from the southern causeway) [John Smart]
Mistley, 08:30 to 17:15, from Manningtree
1 Shag (Juvenile - SW of railway bridge), 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 2 Kingfisher (Maybe 3 individuals?), 10 Swallow (Heading SW), 3 Snipe (Splodge), 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 10 Pintail [David L Smith]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Ring Ouzel [Clive Atkins]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light NW wind, LT
144 Teal (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Curlew (On foreshore in front of the fort), 15 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Harwich, 07:30 to 11:30, 4/8 cloud
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Briefly in Beacon Hill fort area with tit flock. Also heard to call ), 30 Goldcrest (Mostly in Beacon Hill park), 20 Blackbird (In park), 7 Siskin, 2 Redpoll sp. [Andrew Goodey]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Cloudy, mild. Plotlands.
1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (Showing well by the lake. Often perched quite high in trees.), 1 Swallow, 20 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Noisy flock.), 7 Chaffinch (At least.), 3 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch (At least.), 15 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 14:00, 0700-0945, 1330-1400. Selected totals from undercliff - fantastic arrival of crests
115 Goldcrest (+ notable arrival early am with 50+ birds moving inland, still 65+ between Connaught Avenue and Queens Road at lunchtime), 1 Firecrest (+ zig-zag path to beach below Connaught Avenue at lunchtime), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in tamarisk behind beach huts between 3rd and 4th Avenue 0910-0920.) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 15 Oct 2020
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 12:00 to 14:30
2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (Heard only), 10 Siskin (+) [David L Smith]
Kelvedon Hatch, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Drifting east to N of village), 1 Raven (Calling from BT mast) [David Jobbins]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 25 Goldcrest (+), 1 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing (c), 1 Jay (+), 1 Swallow (+), 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Woodcock, 1 Pallas's Warbler (with goldcrests in sycamore clump), 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Brambling, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c), 10 Siskin (c), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Crossbill (c, over N), 1 Kestrel [Liz Huxley]
Stebbing, 10:00 to 10:00
4 Red Kite (over A120 at Stebbingford Bridge) [Neil Murphy]
East Tilbury, 09:30 to 13:45, Broken cloud, NNE wind, HT
15 Little Grebe, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 68 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 834 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, 23 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river), 2 Marsh Harrier (Juv and female type over from Kent), 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Shoveler, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:00, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
5 Skylark (At least. Some interchange with South.), 2 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 6 Redwing (Some interchange with South.), 2 Treecreeper (One singing.), 1 Brambling [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
3 Green Woodpecker, 20 Skylark (At least.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Male.), 53 Redwing (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (In flight.), 1 Tree Pipit (Flying over, calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Sightings from A12 end of reservoir
3 Chiffchaff (Calling), 4 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 1 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Grebe [Matt Turner]
Deal Hall, Dengie, 07:30 to 15:00, NE wind, bright spells with cloud, high/falling tide. Highlights (seen with Dave Wagstaff and Chris Harris)
70 Wigeon (+), 15 Pintail, 3 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander (Drake offshore flying N), 23 Swallow, 3 Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbird (+), 17 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing (+), 7 Chiffchaff, 80 Goldcrest (+ Most in Deal Hall thicket and Coney Hall garden; two on the seawall), 1 Firecrest (Coney Hall garden), 2000 Starling (+), 4 Brambling, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin [Steven Swaby]
Rayne, 07:30 to 08:00, Showers, 4/8
1 Brambling (My first of autumn here), 2 Redpoll sp., 15 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet, 1 Siskin, 40 Redwing [Andrew Goodey]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 10:00, +glances to sea during the day. Selected totals
464 Goldfinch (N), 38 Siskin (N), 40 Redpoll sp. (N), 24 Goldcrest (+ undercliff and gardens), 1 Firecrest (undercliff, early am only), 25 Swallow (N), 4 Eider (N), 4 Short-eared Owl (S offshore together @ 1044 - amazing sight!) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020
Tilbury, 15:00 to 16:00, Showery, stiff NNE wind, LT
41 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Two flocks, 25&16 up river), 24 Common Scoter (Single flock into Gravesend reach then dropped on the water) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 12:52 to 13:52, Fairly mild, wind off sea dropping, bursts of heavy rain
180 Brent Goose (166 south, 14 north, mostly a long way out), 6 Chaffinch (One party in off sea), 6 Redwing (One party in off sea), 1 Song Thrush (Possible recent arrival as some such suspected at The Naze), 3 Greenfinch (Probably local) [Simon Banks]
Naze, The, 09:35 to 12:35, Mostly overcast, mild, brisk wind off sea, high tide
9 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chaffinch (Lone bird seen rising skylark-like to great height and then departing south.), 1 Migrant Hawker [Simon Banks]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 09:15 to 14:15, Sun & cloud. NE breeze.
1 Red-throated Diver (East, distant.), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet (At least. All juvs.), 9 Pintail (At least. Mixed in with wigeon.), 2 Eider (Males, east. Quite close.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Around the point.), 25 Grey Plover (At least.), 130 Turnstone (From small jetty.), 3 Arctic Skua (PP adult upriver, chsing gull at one point. Two DP/juv, also upriver.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Two adults, two 2nd winters.), 1 Kittiwake (Adult, downriver.), 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill (At least one. Several other auk sp.), 1 Short-eared Owl (Flying west on Kent side.), 3 Grey Wagtail (Around small jetty.), 2 Raven (Flew past at close range.) [Andrew Cox]
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast, occasional drops of rain, light breeze
2 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 100 Curlew, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Gadwall, 6 Pied Wagtail, 150 Dunlin, 45 Redshank, 11 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 House Sparrow, 40 Brent Goose, 60 Wigeon [Matt Trevillion]
Naze, The, 07:30 to 14:30, Breezy, wet later
1 Pallas's Warbler (Mobile, ranging between sycamore clump and John Weston Reserve), 1 Ring Ouzel (Flew west over farm at 08:15) [Glen Moore] Pallas's Warbler at Naze, The on 14 Oct 2020, (Glen Moore)
Tilbury, 07:30 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, NE wind, rising tide
7 Gannet (Up river then out again), 1 Common Scoter (Drifting up with the tide), 2 Raven (Harassing a Buzzard) [Paul Larkin]
Hutton, 07:20 to 11:25, Hutton Country Park. Lots of birds moving
1 Peregrine Falcon, 99 Redwing (36 on site, 63 flyovers), 21 Fieldfare, 24 Chaffinch (mostly flying north), 21 Skylark (flying over), 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting (male flew over), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Bullfinch (female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Buzzard, 11 Jay [James Hudson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:00, Clear, cool. Plotlands to Lincewood.
10 Skylark (At least.), 10 Redwing (At least.), 10 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 18:00, E5-3 Watches 7-8.45, 12.30-1.45 plus casual glances. Wildfowl peak early pm before showers stopped all movement (to south)
268 Redwing (large numbers on undercliff, in off and over coastal strip following heavy nocturnal movement), 59 Blackbird, 54 Song Thrush, 2790 Brent Goose (2766S 24N - only three groups >50, most Brambling, 6 Arctic Skua (N), 5 Short-eared Owl, 308 Common Scoter (303S 5N), 153 Teal (131S 22N plus c200 duck sp probably this sp), 497 Wigeon, 65 Pintail (62S 3N), 188 Chaffinch (mainly in off), 4 Razorbill (N), 5 Guillemot (N also 4 large auk sp), 2 Common Tern (N (Commics)), 2 Eider (males), 399 Starling (in off), 2 Swallow, 3 Sandwich Tern (N), 1 Goosander [Paul Brayshaw]
Burnham-on-Crouch, 07:00 to 10:00, Light NE wind, sunny spells
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Old caravan park, Riverside Park), 1 Ring Ouzel (Old caravan park, Riverside Park), 2 Brambling, 21 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 40 Blackbird (+), 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Siskin [Steven Swaby]
Tuesday 13 Oct 2020
West Bergholt, 18:00 to 18:30, Visibility good, light wind from the north
7 Redwing (Unseen Redwings overhead heard from 7 different locations only three of which were overhead. Others could be heard on a wide front. ) [Jeff Martin]
Billericay, 11:00 to 13:00, In the incessant rain
10 Greenfinch (At the sunflower feeder in the incessant rain) [John Smart]
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Snow Bunting (Stone point found by Andy field. (I guess same bird as last week)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 10:30 to 11:15, Overcast, light rain.
1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile.), 3 Curlew, 4 Redshank (At least.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Timbermans Creek.), 1 Kingfisher (Marina.), 1 Stonechat (Male, marina saltmarsh.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:15 to 10:15
28 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (3N 25S), 16 Gannet (8N 8S), 1 Common Scoter (2 females S), 1 Great Skua (S 10.10am), 1 Cormorant (S), 1 Green Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:45 to 08:30, Sightings from the A12 end of the reservoir, cloud cover and light drizzle
4 Goldcrest (At least four birds calling in the bushes), 5 Blackbird (Small group circling overhead), 20 Redwing (Heading west), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Goosander (Adult female ), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female flushed from small copse) [Matt Turner]
Monday 12 Oct 2020
Laindon, 16:00 to 16:30, Overcast
1 Sparrowhawk (Caught a starling from the bird feeder) [Karen Brennan] Sparrowhawk at Laindon on 12 Oct 2020, (Karen Brennan)
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Tree Sparrow (Feeding with House Sparrows in garden), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Around house early afternoon only), 10 Gannet (2,6,2 no adults) [Chris Balchin] Tree Sparrow at Colne Pt on 12 Oct 2020, (Chris Balchin) , Tree Sparrow at Colne Pt on 12 Oct 2020, (Chris Balchin) , Yellow-browed Warbler at Colne Pt on 12 Oct 2020, (Chris Balchin)
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast, low wind
3 Goldcrest (Looping round bushes near brown placard stone), 2 Cetti's Warbler (JW Reserve), 2 Whinchat, 5 Dunlin (Hamford Water), 3 Curlew (Hamford Water), 10 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit (Car park), 5 Ringed Plover (Hamford Water), 2 Kestrel [Matt Trevillion]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:45 to 10:30, Cloudy, cool. Becoming warmer.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Redwing (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One with an acorn, the other trying to extract beechmast.), 20 Goldfinch (At least.), 8 Siskin (At least.), 3 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 09:15, then glances to sea from behind the desk. Movement to south. Selected totals
167 Redwing, 59 Gannet (55N 4S), 527 Goldfinch, 97 Siskin, 91 Linnet, 80 Redpoll sp., 62 Lapwing (4 flocks in off), 208 Starling ( in off), 50 Chaffinch (in off), 1 Fieldfare (in off), 2504 Brent Goose (2498S 6N - passage picking up in the pm before the rain), 1 Arctic Skua (north) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 11 Oct 2020
Tendring, 17:45 to 17:45, Part cloudy, light breeze, light fading
150 Starling (Murmuration of c150 over farm land to south of B1035 through village) [Tony Faulkner]
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:15, Drizzle cloudy
2 Red Kite (Flying together over fields) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:40 to 14:10, Mild, changeable - blue sky and storm clouds; not windy
1 Raven (Layer Breton causeway, west side, swooped to take dead fish from surface, exit mobbed by Black-headed Gulls.), 6 Great White Egret (3 Billet's Farm; 3 Layer de la Haye causeway), 2 Pintail (1 drake, 1 duck: Layer de la Haye causeway), 18 Black-tailed Godwit (Layer de la Haye causeway), 1 Kestrel (Billet's Farm) [Simon Banks]
Billericay, 11:30 to 13:00, Sightings from Queen's Park Country Park - no sign of YBW reported earlier on this week
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Redwing (+), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Jay, 2 Greenfinch [Ben Mapp]
Epping, 11:00 to 12:30, (Swaines Green) Bright, dry
1 Redwing (Flyover is first for the Autumn at Swaines Green), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Roger Emmens]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 10:00 to 11:30, sunny
2 Crossbill (flying over woods near Foxdown Cottage), 4 Fieldfare, 1 Skylark, 80 Redwing (A good passage of birds this morning), 11 Meadow Pipit [Andrew Stroud]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00
200 Redwing (Flying over firs chase in flocks up to 60 (DU)), 1 Redstart (Female in feldy view cemetery east hedge DU SE AF), 1 Redstart (Male in bottom large oak tree near bend in main reed bed 200yards passed firs chase end strood channel third day DU AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Halstead, 09:00 to 13:00, 915-1030
500 Redwing (c flying across in front of house westly. ), 30 Fieldfare (Small flock of 20 rest mixed in with Redwing) [Barbara Leport]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer.
1 Green Woodpecker, 24 Redwing (At least.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:30, Fine and sunny, WNW wind, LT
3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Two at the outer car park, one Golden Gates), 4 Stonechat (A pair on the tip, another on the VC approach road), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type high west), 30 Linnet (On the tip), 45 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 37 Curlew (In Mucking Bay), 5 Mute Swan (Adult plus four juvs on the river, later seen over the tip), 28 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 17 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Tufted Duck (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Pochard (Golden Gates), 7 Coot (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (One each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 24 Teal (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 1 Aythya sp. (Drake Redhead type Tufted Duck X Pochard), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 55 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 717 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 386 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 236 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 14 Turnstone (Five Mucking Bay, the rest resting on a buoy), 5 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 1 Goldeneye (Female from up river landed then took off inland over the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer.
32 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Skylark (At least.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Swallow (Hawking low around cattle.), 40 Redwing (Approx.), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer (Near Jury Hill.), 1 Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 18:00, Away 08:00 to 11:30 Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
423 Goldfinch, 107 Siskin, 79 Linnet, 1 Great Skua, 995 Redwing (heavy passage inland plus 250 in hedgerows by tennis club), 1 Short-eared Owl, 63 Redpoll sp., 34 Song Thrush, 42 Gannet (N during afternoon), 1 Razorbill (N @ 1725) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 10 Oct 2020
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:30, Dull overcast
4 Pied Wagtail (In farmyard), 1 Buzzard (Resident sits on telegraph pole), 30 Goldfinch (Large flock in hedgerows ) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:30, Sunny and windy with odd showers
5 Great White Egret, 3 Goldeneye, 20 Little Egret, 10 Egyptian Goose, 100 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 10 Ruff, 7 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Goosander, 20 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 6 Little Grebe [Yvonne Watling]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 09:30 to 11:00, Bright and sunny
2 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Jay [Emma Robinson]
Beckton, 08:30 to 12:30, Cloudy NW wind
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 24 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 House Martin, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:00, Overcast, NNW wind, falling tide
20 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 3 Stonechat (Two males), 337 Shelduck, 81 Curlew, 145 Grey Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 421 Dunlin, 269 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Pintail, 100 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 37 Mallard, 1 Pochard, 618 Avocet, 1 Knot, 5 Turnstone, 3 Little Stint ( Juvs), 3 Mute Swan (Two juvs), 16 Ringed Plover, 1 Barn Owl [Paul Larkin] Little Stint at East Tilbury on 10 Oct 2020, (Paul Larkin, )
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 08:15 to 09:45, Sunny, cold. Becomung warmer.
3 Egyptian Goose (In flight.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Male.), 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Calling, unseen.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 12:00, W3-5, selected totals, movement to south. Includes counts along seawall to Holland Haven
193 Meadow Pipit, 582 Goldfinch, 257 Linnet, 220 Siskin, 21 Redpoll sp., 2 Brambling, 204 Skylark, 2 Woodlark (singles @ 0854 and 1017), 6 Tree Sparrow, 1 Cattle Egret (in off sea then south, landed briefly in field behind scrape at Holland Haven before departing high north towards Hamford Water. Still a rare bird here - only the second even sighting) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 06:45 to 11:00, clear gradually clouding over, cold, fresh NW wind, ebbing tide; limited movement, not a single hirundine
13 Chiffchaff, 9 Pied Wagtail, 19 Meadow Pipit, 3 Lesser Redpoll (South), 2 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 23 Goldfinch (South), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 by escarpment, 3 in or near John Weston Reserve ), 10 Siskin (South), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 87 Brent Goose (On shore) [Brian Combes]
Friday 09 Oct 2020
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:45 to 16:30, Sunny, quite warm. Becoming cloudy with heavy showers & colder. Rising tide.
1 Buzzard, 17 Ringed Plover (Near slipway.), 72 Grey Plover (At least. Near slipway. A couple still in full SP.), 40 Dunlin (At least. Near slipway.), 3 Knot (Near slipway.), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Passing over slipway in several groups. Heading east.), 11 Turnstone (At least. Near slipway.), 7 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 1 Kingfisher (Flew into saltmarsh from across slipway.), 2 Stonechat (Pair from path back to station.) [Andrew Cox]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:30 to 13:00
1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Swallow (Heading SW), 6 Skylark (Heading SW?), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only) [David L Smith]
Warley Place NR, 10:45 to 14:00, Dry & sunny, clouding over. 14 c in shelter of woods. Main gate now locked daily at 6pm, opened at 9am due to vandalism !.
1 Treecreeper (Vandalism evident by broken hide windows & debris in first pond. 5 Bar gate damaged.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird (Males. Poor sightings here today. ) [David Hale]
Laindon, 10:45 to 11:15, Sunny, breezy. Back garden.
2 Skylark (Flew over NW.), 1 House Martin (Heading north.), 30 Chaffinch (At least. Frequent groups heading NW.) [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 10:30 to 12:00, Bright, sunny
4 Meadow Pipit (First apparently wintering birds feeding on ploughed field), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 20 Long-tailed Tit (Several parties in Swaines Green), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Roger Emmens]
Wivenhoe, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny light breeze
1 Redshank (with a worm), 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant (Flying up River Colne), 1 Robin [Michael Davies] Redshank at Wivenhoe on 09 Oct 2020, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 09 Oct 2020, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 09 Oct 2020, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 09 Oct 2020, (Michael Davies)
Colne Pt, 10:00 to 12:00, vis-mig S, hirundines heading straight across the estuary, but finches, etc following the coast
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Swallow (+), 2 House Martin (+), 800 Goldfinch (+), 30 Skylark (+), 40 Meadow Pipit (+), 20 Stonechat (+ around warden's hut), 8 Siskin (+), 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Lapwing (+), 30 Golden Plover (+), 10 Wigeon, 1 Merlin (female/imm. seen twice), 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 1 Kestrel, 10 Linnet (+), 1 Reed Bunting [Liz Huxley]
Beckton, 09:45 to 13:00, Sun/cloud
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv), 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 420 Chaffinch (all NW), 40 Goldfinch, 11 Lesser Redpoll [Gary A James]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:45 to 11:45, Sunny, blue sky, light W wind.
44 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 60 Mallard (+.), 40 Pochard (circa.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa.), 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard (Up together.), 10 Moorhen (+.), 1 Kingfisher (Male.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Took pigeon on harrowed field before flying off with prey, calling as it did so as being harassed by corvids.), 8 Swallow (Moving south.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only from regular location.), 20 Long-tailed Tit (+. One flock, farmhouse garden.), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Pied Wagtail (+. Harrowed field.), 10 Meadow Pipit (circa. Harrowed field.), 20 Linnet (+. Harrowed field.) [Malcolm Corbett]
South Hanningfield, 09:15 to 13:00, Sunny - Breezy
1 Goldeneye (Male), 5 Ruff, 1 Common Tern, 12 Skylark (Arriving in a tight flock from afar and dropping on shoreline to bathe and preen), 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 13 Great Black-backed Gull [John Smart]
Wix, 08:30 to 14:00, west wind, became overcast with showers - regular glances outside - first day with no hirundines, also no Siskin
30 Chaffinch (+ small flocks moving W or NW throughout, didnt see any Brambling amongst them), 41 Linnet (tried to settle in field but were disturbed), 16 Skylark (Single flock W), 20 Goldfinch (circa Garden), 17 House Sparrow (Garden), 3 Greenfinch (Garden), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 10 Long-tailed Tit (circa), 1 Coal Tit (Irregular visitor), 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cormorant (SW ), 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 9 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Yellowhammer [James Davidson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 09:30, Sunny, cool. Plotlands & Lincewood.
5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 08:15 to 10:45
2 Coal Tit (Rare here on coast, only second record), 2 Woodlark (Over NW), 18 Redpoll sp., 25 Siskin [Clive Atkins]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 11:00, SW2-4, selected totals, movement to south
390 Meadow Pipit, 2480 Goldfinch, 692 Siskin, 122 Redpoll sp., 505 Linnet, 235 Swallow, 1 Hen Harrier (male north high over the coastal strip), 223 Skylark, 22 Stonechat (marked influx along GC edge, further 10 towards Holland Haven), 1 Tree Pipit, 264 Chaffinch, 2 Crossbill, 6 Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier [Paul Brayshaw]
South Woodham Ferrers, 03:00 to 03:30, Dark
2 Tawny Owl (Heard only. A female calling persistently. Joined briefly by a male duetting. This all took place in the pinus radiata on my front lawn.) [Robert Pease]
Thursday 08 Oct 2020
Stapleford Tawney, 19:00 to 19:10, Dusk
1 Little Owl (Resident in old barn) [Ann Darnell]
Roydon, 17:00 to 17:00
3 Swallow [Roger Emmens]
Tendring, 16:45 to 16:45, Overcast, some bright intervals, occasional showers, light breeze
21 Jackdaw (Gathering in top branches of Silver Birch tree ) [Tony Faulkner]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:00 to 15:30
10 Skylark (+), 2 Stonechat (pair), 12 Linnet (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 12 House Martin (+), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 40 Golden Plover (+), 100 Lapwing (+), 2 Turnstone, 3 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (+) [Liz Huxley]
Writtle, 12:00 to 13:00, overcast
1 Mandarin Duck (stunning male on the duck pond. He's been there for at least a couple of weeks now.) [Oliver Cottis]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy. Some light rain. Mild. Lincewood & Marks Hill.
1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Overcast & windy
2 Green Sandpiper (On fishing lake ), 70 Wigeon (At least), 4 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 1 Little Egret [Brian Bolton] Green Sandpiper at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 08 Oct 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 09:15, Selected totals, movement to south
1390 House Martin (including c1200 thorugh 0820-0840 just ahead of some rain), 8 Sand Martin, 69 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 07 Oct 2020
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 16:00 to 17:30
1 Snow Bunting (Directly bottom park .first single area .up to 100yd north from pipe railing on tarmac to sea .could move to stone point..), 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Meadow Pipit (All flighty with snow Bunting.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Goldhanger, 15:50 to 15:50, Breezy. 30 mins to high tide.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling loudly from hedge by seawall S of Sailing Club.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 15:30 to 17:30
1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Blackcap (Male), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Grey Wagtail (+), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin [David L Smith] Cetti's Warbler at Whetmead NR, nr Witham on 07 Oct 2020, (David L Smith)
Wrabness, 13:30 to 15:00, Sunny and Breezy, Nearly High Tide
40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 2 Wigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker [Peter Brittain]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny mild windy
1 Great White Egret, 6 Little Egret, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (Abberton church ), 300 Coot (2 large rafts 150c in each), 2 Canada Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kestrel [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:00 to 17:00
14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (juv male), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Sales Point), 20 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest (Obs garden), 4 Goldcrest, 15 Robin, 7 Stonechat (3 males, 4 females), 30 House Sparrow [John Sutherby]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, cool, windy. Many Cettis all over
1 Short-eared Owl (on cliff just north of tower), 3 Wheatear (sea wall), 15 Siskin (over JW reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker (on cliff), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (JW reserve), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Swallow, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Martin Richards]
Beckton, 09:45 to 12:00, Sunny
1 Merlin (male), 20 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Gary A James]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:30 to 14:30, Dry, sun & cloud. W breeze. 12c. Sightings with Brenda from Causeway & Rawl hide only.
1 Green Sandpiper (Causeway lagoon.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Caueseway lagoon.), 30 House Martin (Plus. Causeway.), 10 Swallow (Circa. Causeway.), 3 Ruff, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 15 Little Grebe (Tight group in front of Rawl hide.), 50 Lapwing (Circa. ), 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 6 Pintail, 1 Common Gull, 6 Wigeon [David Hale] Little Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 07 Oct 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 14:00, Becoming sunny & warm, with scattered clouds. Breezy.
2 Teal (Flying over car park with a flock of mallards.), 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (Lake.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Skylark (At least. Arable field adjacent to car park.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Stonechat (Four males, two females. Rough grassland area west of Ruin Wood.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap (Female.), 4 Chiffchaff (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper, 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 6 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch (At least.), 8 Linnet (At least.), 20 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Yellowhammer [Andrew Cox]
East Mersea, 09:00 to 11:00, Chilly light breeze sunny
2 Skylark, 50 Goldfinch (Big groups of small passerine moving east to west further out ), 1 Common Gull, 9 Shoveler (On small pond), 1 Teal (Female on small pond), 12 Mallard (On small pond), 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Swallow, 3 Blackbird, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Harwich, 09:00 to 09:00, Sunny
9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail [Peter Brittain]
Naze, The, 08:30 to 16:45
1 Little Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin (Adult female eating Sanderling on saltmarsh), 3 Kestrel, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sand Martin (Late record ), 1 Whitethroat, 30 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting (In off the sea), 12 Song Thrush, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 80 House Martin, 50 Swallow, 1 Brambling [Steve Grimwade]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 08:30 to 13:00, Bright & breezy - species as per Steve Grimwade
1 Wheatear, 3 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling [Stuart Anderson] Wheatear at Walton-on-The-Naze on 07 Oct 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Buzzard at Walton-on-The-Naze on 07 Oct 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Merlin at Walton-on-The-Naze on 07 Oct 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Ringed Plover at Walton-on-The-Naze on 07 Oct 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Thorndon CP (North), 08:30 to 09:00, Cloudy.
4 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
The Hythe, Colchester, 08:00 to 11:00
2 Whinchat, 1 Ring Ouzel, 5 Stonechat [Phil Carter]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:45 to 12:00, W3 4/8 7-9am watch then glances from behind the desk. Movement to south. Fantastic mixed finch passage - more distant not ID'd
348 Meadow Pipit, 1793 Goldfinch (104 flocks 1-66), 94 White / Pied Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 262 Linnet (30 flocks 3-23), 148 Redpoll sp. (19 flocks 2-20), 918 Siskin (74 flocks 2-45), 485 Swallow, 122 House Martin, 12 Wheatear, 5 Brambling, 25 Greenfinch, 5 Grey Wagtail, 94 Skylark, 52 Dunnock (including a group of 16 ), 109 Blue Tit (high flying birds over the seawall), 54 Great Tit (high flying birds over the seawall), 2 Crossbill, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart (Fem/imm at Whalings beach hutws), 1 Sparrowhawk (in off) [Paul Brayshaw]