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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

Wednesday 27 May 2020
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 11:45 to 13:00, sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
7 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Goldhanger, 09:15 to 09:20, Warm with light breeze
1 Cuckoo (Near mooring area) [Martin Iddon]
Goldhanger, 09:00 to 10:30, Warm with light breeze
1 Turtle Dove (Calling near moorings) [Martin Iddon]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest near visitor centre site; 2nd for Plotlands, 5th for EWT reserve.) [Andrew Cox]
Beeleigh, 06:45 to 07:00, Beeleigh Weir
1 Teal (Drake), 2 Mute Swan (Pair with cygnets), 1 Goldcrest (Singing male), 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jay, 2 Reed Warbler [Tony Kennelly]
Maldon, 05:00 to 08:00
1 Corn Bunting (Singing male on telegraph wires in fields between mundon & Fambridge roads, heard then seen from Limebrook way.), 1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof tops of industrial estate), 20 Swift, 1 Kestrel (Male hunting over seawall by Tesco), 1 Cuckoo (Heard over elms farm park & golf course) [Tony Kennelly]
Tuesday 26 May 2020
Braintree, 13:30 to 13:30, Hot and very humid
8 Swift (Calling high over garden in Notley Rd. Better late than never. A strong case can be made for some boxes on or near St.Michaels church.) [Martin Iddon]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny
20 Little Egret (On nests), 10 Grey Heron, 1 Cattle Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 50 Cormorant (On nest), 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 20 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Swan, 50 Mute Swan [Yvonne Watling]
Epping, 10:20 to 10:40, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Red Kite (Drifting high above Swaines Green & away east of Epping), 1 Cormorant (Flying east over Watermelon playing fields) [Graham Pentelow]
Copford, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Red Kite (West towards Navestock), 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap [David Jobbins]
Rayne, 07:45 to 07:45, Sunny clear
1 Reed Warbler (Singing in garden (garden tick)), 1 Blue Tit (Adults feeding fledged young on greenfly one honeysuckle), 8 Swift (Screaming party over garden) [Andrew Goodey]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 15:00, Clear blue sky becoming partly cloudy 25c
20 Little Egret (At Least), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (LDLH Causeway), 1 Buzzard (Woodmouse trail), 1 Sparrowhawk (LDLH Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female -Perched on Visitors centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Cuckoo (At least - including a very Rufus female), 1 Mistle Thrush (LDLH Causeway), 1 Song Thrush (Woodmouse trail), 3 Nightingale (Old road -glimpses across the road, plus at least another 2 singing males), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Garden Warbler (At least ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (At least), 10 Yellow Wagtail (At least), 2 Bullfinch (Old Road), 7 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway and Woodmouse trail - 69 Species recorded) [Mick Woodruff]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including one active nest in Marks Hill; 4th for EWT reserve.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 20:45, Ne-NE3 0-8/8 high cloud. Selected totals
1 Red-footed Falcon (1st summer male from 2028-2032 over coastal strip before being seen off to the north by the local Kestrel. I have retrieving the washing to thank for this sighting!), 5 Mediterranean Gull (minimum count of adults along beach and greensward during the day) [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 25 May 2020
Epping, 19:30 to 20:00, Calm, warm, light cloud
6 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road, just south of junction with Lindsey Street), 4 Swift (same location) [Graham Pentelow]
TQ5993, 17:00 to 19:00, Sunny
1 Red Kite (Drifted east over garden), 12 Swift (Small groups around Brentwood station area) [Andrew Stroud]
TL9622, 16:00 to 16:15, Very warm and sunny
1 Nightingale (In song in a location used for a number of seasons) [John Thorogood]
Epping, 13:30 to 14:00, Sunny, very warm, light cloud
1 Swallow (Shaftesbury Farm), 1 Buzzard (Drifting west towards B181/B182 junction west of Lindsey Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 11:50 to 11:50, Sunny with the odd cloud.
1 House Martin (Circled the garden a couple of times.), 6 Swift (Circling over territory on the estate all the time now.) [Kevin Cook]
Wickford, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot, low breeze
2 Buzzard (2 Circling high over the wick estate. 1 was being mobbed by a crow) [Les Finn]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 11:00 to 11:30, Hot and still
1 Cuckoo (Outside the wood) [Martin Iddon]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 10:45 to 13:00, sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
3 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 10:30 to 10:30, Hot and still
1 Treecreeper, 1 Blackcap (Feeding young in nest very low to ground) [Martin Iddon]
Copford, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Nightingale (Distant brief song) [Emma Robinson]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:25 to 09:30, Sunny & Clear sky
1 Red Kite (Flying high over house on Tile Kiln Estate) [Janice Bright] Red Kite at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 25 May 2020, (Janice Bright) , Red Kite at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 25 May 2020, (Janice Bright)
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny. Beach walk along Seaview to Waldegraves. Low tide.
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo (heard distantly), 1 Great White Egret (On the shoreline. Views were with binoculars only but sure of ID), 2 Whitethroat (both heard) [Oliver Cottis]
Wrabness, 08:00 to 12:00, Warm and sunny
3 Turtle Dove (At least 3 birds seen/heard, maybe more), 3 Nightingale, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 10 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo [Matt Turner] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Little Egret at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Cuckoo at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner)
Heybridge GP, 07:30 to 08:00, Search for nesting larger gulls. In past were on roof of Recycling Centre, this year on smaller rooves to west of The Causeway
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Colony is mixed but LBB predominates. At least 17 prs vs at least 6 prs of Herring Gull), 6 Herring Gull [John Buchanan]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands & Great Berry
1 Kestrel (Near Tescos.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult carrying food, active nest.), 2 Swallow (Probable nest site on Lower Dunton Road.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least. At least one family party, close to lake.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00, SE1 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north
119 Brent Goose (Four flocks, two of which swam north!), 1 Serin (Calling bird N over the back garden @ 1420) [Paul Brayshaw]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:45 to 08:30
6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Garganey (Drake on main pool), 4 Bearded Tit (2 pairs, 1 with fledglings), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), 1 Buzzard (On pylon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 6 Oystercatcher (Pair with chicks), 10 Lapwing (Pairs with chicks), 3 Wigeon (1 drake & 2 ducks), 3 Water Rail, 1 Swift (3 Drinking passes in front of me, my first seen) [Tony Kennelly]
Sunday 24 May 2020
Epping, 19:45 to 20:45, Sunny, calm, warm
1 Red Kite (Drifting west over Swaines Green towards Bury Lane), 6 Blackcap (at least, multiple sites on the footpath loop following the perimeter of field inside of B181 & B182 west of Shaftesbury Farm), 2 Song Thrush (same location), 3 Skylark (same location) [Graham Pentelow]
Tiptree, 17:00 to 17:00, Overcast, warm. Tiptree Heath EWT.
1 Nightingale (Singing, near carpark.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (North), 15:30 to 16:30, Sun, some cloud. Warm.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two active nests.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 14:30 to 14:30, Overcast.
3 Swift (Together over Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Colchester, 12:30 to 12:45
1 Red Kite (Over Hilly Fields), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Balkerne Hill) [Sean Nixon]
TL7205, 12:15 to 13:00, overcast, breezy
1 Red Kite (drifted east - mobbed by two black-headed gulls), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel [Sean Gregory]
Writtle, 10:30 to 13:00, Bright with a breeze. Red Fox, Grey Squirrel & Rabbits seen. Selected avian highlights.
1 Red Kite (Over Writtle College ), 1 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 1 Kestrel (Sturgeons Farm), 2 Song Thrush (Heard Only) [Andrew Allen]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny and windy
5 Nightingale, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Jay, 8 Swift, 2 Swallow [Yvonne Watling]
Copford, 09:30 to 11:00, Local patch walk
1 Red Kite (Thanks to Emma Robinson for finding it and for the call!), 9 Swift, 5 House Martin, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest [Steve Grimwade]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 21:00
1 Barn Owl (Flying on grass field near fishing lake ), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite (Flew east ) [David Pallash]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy & warm
1 Red Kite (Feeding in garden on scraps) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 09:25, Cloudy.
2 Mute Swan (Pair with recent cygnets. Totham Pit.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Bog Grove.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), 2 Yellowhammer (M & F, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:45, Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
1 Peregrine Falcon (Over the tip), 1 Buzzard (Over the tip), 33 Swift (Over the tip), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 56 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including six drakes, Golden Gates), 34 Tufted Duck (12, eight drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates), 23 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Including two males Golden Gates), 32 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 31 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 2 Avocet (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Braintree, 08:00 to 08:00, Warm and breezy
1 Jay (Flew across Notley Road from Hoppits Mead reserve) [Martin Iddon]
Westley Heights, 07:00 to 09:15, Cloudy, cool. Becoming sunnier& warmer.
2 Buzzard (Adult with nearby nest. One young calling.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two calling in Hall Wood. One active nest behind the Crown. Fourth found in C. Park this season.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 3 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.. ), 6 Nuthatch (Pair visiting nest hole in The Park. At least one young visible at entrance. Adult collecting food in Coombe Wood. At least one adult & one fledged young in Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least. Pair, Dry Street meadow.), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 20:00, W5-6 8/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
2 Fulmar (North), 34 Brent Goose (North), 312 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 14 Sand Martin, 102 Swift, 5 Crossbill, 2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Pochard (Male @ 1511 - less than annual passing offshore) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 05:30 to 08:30
7 Nightingale (1 LBC, 2 LdlHC, 4 old road), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Goldeneye (2 females west of LBC), 1 Cattle Egret (LBC heronry), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair LdlHC), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over LdlHC), 1 Wigeon (Drake East of LBC), 2 Cuckoo (1 at each causeway), 1 Yellowhammer (Male LBC weir) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 23 May 2020
Colchester, 18:00 to 18:00, Sunny - very windy
1 Hobby (Hunting over Keepers Green and golf course) [Steve Hallam]
Tiptree, 16:10 to 16:50, Tiptree Heath EWT
1 Red Kite (Driven east by single corvid.), 5 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 18:00, Sunny with cloud, strong breeze, all sightings LDHC unless stated
3 Nightingale (Heard), 5 Grey Heron, 40 Swift (+), 2 Goldeneye (Females off LBC), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), 1 Cuckoo (Heard LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard (Heard only), 4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Cattle Egret (Adult breeding plumage in Egret roost LBC) [Matt Turner] Swift at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Corn Bunting at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Abridge, 14:00 to 15:00, Theydon mount / Hobbs Cross
1 Yellowhammer, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Red Kite, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy with sunny intervals strong winds.
1 Cuckoo (Seen from garden, calling as it flew over houses towards Lathcoats orchards.), 4 Swift (Flew over house.) [Kevin Cook]
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (Soaring high up on very strong southerly wind) [Michael Davies] Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 23 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 10:30, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Red Kite, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One active nest, top of Hall Wood. Third nest located this year so far.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush (Including an adult with two young. Two other singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (Pair with at least two fledged young. Close to nest hole, horse paddock territory.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:00 to 08:30
2 Cuckoo (Calling simultaneously from South Wood and Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swallow (Just a pair now at Sains Hall.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny, breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 05:15 to 10:45, Mainly sunny, strong westerly wind, rising tide, warm - 22 species singing
26 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo (Singing ), 4 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 1 Nightingale (Singing, north-west corner of common, brief subdued song, bird had been present a few days), 8 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (1 south of John Weston Reserve, 3 together north of sewage works ), 28 House Martin (North in small groups ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Little Tern, 2 Sanderling, 4 Barnacle Goose (With greylags on Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet [Brian Combes]
Friday 22 May 2020
Laindon, 18:00 to 21:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
2 Swift, 1 Wren (Singing Male.), 6 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 10:00 to 11:00, Mostly sunny, stiff breeze
72 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on school playing fields), 400 Starling (Feeding on school playing fields) [Roger Emmens]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:00 to 09:30, Dry and sunny & windy
14 Common Tern (6 possible pairs plus two others ), 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair with 3 chicks), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing [Brian Bolton] Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 22 May 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Oystercatcher at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 22 May 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy, warm. Some sun.
3 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two occupied nests.), 4 Swallow (Two pairs, Dry Street site.), 5 Song Thrush (At least. Two singing males, one juv.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Two singing males.), 3 Nuthatch (At least. One adult visiting nest in The Park. At least two in trees close to nest site near paddock.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00, SE-SW3 8/8. Selected totals
223 Brent Goose (N), 1 Fulmar (S) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 21 May 2020
Copford, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Cuckoo (Heard) [Emma Robinson]
Epping, 19:45 to 20:00, Cloudy, fine, very muggy

5 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Junction of Epping High Road & Lower Bury Lane, heading West)

[Graham Pentelow]
Epping, 19:30 to 19:30, Cloudy, fine, very muggy
4 Swift (Top of Crows Road & High Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Beeleigh, 19:00 to 19:05
2 Mute Swan (Pair with ten very recent cygnets. Elms Farm Park lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
TQ6596, 18:45 to 21:00, some sightings TQ6597, TQ66977, TQ6698 and TQ6596. West of Billericay.
2 Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, 12 Skylark, 9 Yellowhammer, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Owl [Simon Satchell]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 13:00, Hot, sunny
3 Nightingale (Confirmation of breeding in Willow Park) [Karl Price] Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, )
Hullbridge, 10:30 to 10:40, Warm and Sunny, Light Breeze
1 Lapwing (Solitary sighting near Battlesbridge, opposite Beeches sluices), 9 Little Egret (Various, including in Willow tree on SWF side of R Crouch) [M Savage]
Thaxted, 09:00 to 13:00, 24 deg sunny light breeze
1 Garden Warbler (Singing by river between Folly Mill and Duton Hill), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker [Stephen Dutton]
Colchester, 09:00 to 11:00, Hot and Sunny. Walk through Cymbeline meadows
1 Cuckoo, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing on the edge of a water meadow), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 2 Moorhen [Oliver Cottis]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:35 to 10:25, Sunny, warm.
4 Greylag Goose (Two pair with young), 4 Mute Swan (Pair with two(?) young and pair nesting.), 1 Egyptian Goose (Adult with two well grown young.), 1 Shelduck (On barn roof.), 2 Mallard (Females with eight and one young.), 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe (No young seen.), 2 Buzzard (Pair.), 2 Coot (With broods of four and one.), 1 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo (Calling. One seen, another heard from Chig. Lakes.), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Swift, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 12:30, Overcast early, fine later, light W wind, rising tide
2 Cuckoo (Male chasing female), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 10 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Stonechat (Male), 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard (Drake), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Tiptree, 07:00 to 10:30, Warm, cloudy then cleared. EWT Tiptree Heath
3 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Song Thrush (+ (some juveniles)), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (heard only), 7 Blackcap (all singing males), 2 Garden Warbler (both singing males), 4 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Blackbird, 1 Nightingale (heard only), 5 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo (male and female, two more males sighted but could have been same bird), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Wood Pigeon, 4 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 2 Swallow [Ross Wilkins]
Copford, 07:00 to 08:30, Walk around local patch
2 Nightingale (Singing males in two new locations), 8 Song Thrush (Singing males (an increase in numbers locally)), 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 1 Lapwing (A lockdown patch tick!), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Sun & cloud. Warm, muggy. Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Beeleigh, 06:00 to 07:00, Footbridge to / from beeleigh Abbey is closed. Muntjac fawn seen!
1 Grey Wagtail (Male at weir), 1 Teal (Make below weir), 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Tern (Carrying food), 1 Tawny Owl (Beeleigh Abbey car park), 1 Cuckoo (Singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Maldon, 05:00 to 16:10
1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 1 Red Kite (Heading N), 5 Buzzard (Circling together over Fambridge road before separating. Found by call so possible territorial dispute), 2 Cuckoo (Golf course / elms farm park), 12 Reed Warbler (Riverside reed beds from Tesco to beeleigh weir), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Feeding in low tide pools by Tesco), 1 Hobby (Stooping dive into poets estate!) [Tony Kennelly]
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Laindon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
2 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (West. Same bird as yesterday, with missing inner primary.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults north, at some distance.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 4 Swift (At least.), 1 House Martin, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Mundon, 11:30 to 11:30, Sunny, hot
1 Red Kite (Over Purleigh village) [Ian Swanson]
Epping, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Crows Road) [Graham Pentelow]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 10:45
1 Grey Wagtail (On roof of St Nicholas's Church), 1 Willow Warbler (Beacon Hill), 1 Meadow Pipit [David Jobbins]
Holyfield Hall Farm, Lea Valley, 08:45 to 10:00
1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler (and numerous Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs), 1 Skylark, 1 Cuckoo (at least), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swallow (There seem very few in the Lea Valley), 12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher (Pair plus one chick, on island on Holyfield Lake), 4 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (and several Common Whitethroats) [Paul Gymer]
Great Totham, 08:00 to 09:00, Warm, sunny.
1 Cuckoo (Calling. Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Yellowhammer (Singing. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two active nests in Lincewood.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males. Mark's Hill.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Mark's Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 19 May 2020
Beeleigh, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Near the lake, Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Doddinghurst, 16:30 to 17:30, Warm & sunny
2 Mandarin Duck (Pair by pond in woods. Also seen there yesterday), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (In field off Brook Lane. Flew into trees. noisily), 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff ((1 seen, 2 more heard)) [Ian Swanson]
Epping, 15:30 to 16:00, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Whilst sitting in the Cemetery. Along with other obs as follows. Have noted a lot of Jackdaws since moving to Epping. Mind, they seem to have expanded along with Magpies everywhere), 12 Jackdaw (+ ), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Buzzard (Drifting over the fields S of cemetery), 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap [Graham Pentelow]
Holland Haven, 15:00 to 19:00, Sunny and calm, selected sightings
1 Cuckoo (Heard in ringing compound then flew over scrape), 2 Common Sandpiper, 21 Avocet (18 adult, 3 chicks), 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit (Briefly in flight over boardwalk), 2 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard from hide), 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard [Matt Turner]
Laindon, 14:30 to 14:30, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
1 Red Kite (Quite low, heading NW.) [Andrew Cox]
Thaxted, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny22 deg
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling at 14:00 then seen flying back around the town outskirts at 16:00), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Circling undulating flight above cereal field) [Stephen Dutton]
Shrub End, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Red Kite [Oliver Cottis]
Toot Hill, 12:45 to 12:45, Very warm sunny
1 Red Kite (Near S Tawney church), 1 Little Owl (In Oak in black cows Field 1/3 mile beyond Hawksmere Springs EWT Reserve) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Colne Pt, 11:30 to 14:30, Warm sun, ebbing tide.
1 Eider (Male, came up onto beach to preen.), 2 Little Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier [Michael Padmore]
Elmdon, 11:00 to 11:15, Warm 20 deg sunny
2 Corn Bunting (About a mile north on road to GT Chrishall) [Stephen Dutton]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 10:00 to 10:00, Clear skies
1 Cuckoo (Heard from front garden distant though , assume same bird as heard 18/05/2020 behind Abercorn nursery.), 7 Swift (at least, possibly 9.) [Kevin Cook]
Ingatestone, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby (Over garden) [Graham Smith]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 11:00, Warm, sunny, moderate breeze
1 Cuckoo (Calling on west side. Heard from causeway.) [Andrew Wilson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker (Lincewood.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least. From three broods. One Lincewood, two Plotlands.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Dunmow, 06:15 to 06:30, Sunny with light breeze.
1 Red Kite [Paul Chamberlain]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00, SW1 0/8 warm. Selected totals
1 Hawfinch (South @ 0618), 92 Brent Goose (North) [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 18 May 2020
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing, 20:45 to 21:30
1 Nightingale (same spot as on 7th May, at southern end of Glen Faba), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Cuckoo (males calling) [Paul Gymer]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 20:30 to 21:00
2 Cuckoo (Pair ) [David Pallash]
Danbury, 17:00 to 19:00, Sunny
3 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler [David Pallash]
Kelvedon Hatch, 14:15 to 14:30
1 Hobby (South over my garden towards Doddinghurst), 1 Greenfinch [David Jobbins]
Cornmill Meadows, Lea Valley, 14:00 to 16:00, Very hot sunny
4 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lapwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), 4 Blackcap, 2 Red Kite [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Holland Haven, 13:00 to 13:00
2 Temminck's Stint (Found by Pete Loud, on scrape until 1308 when flew north with five Ringed Plover) [Paul Brayshaw]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 12:10 to 12:15, Clear with odd patches of cloud.
1 Red Kite (High over garden drifting East.), 4 Swift (2 pairs possibly more. Hopefully resident as have seen them every day for at least a week.) [Kevin Cook]
Braintree, 12:00 to 12:00, Dry and sunny
1 Lesser Whitethroat (One singing from scrub South of B&Q in car park) [Brian Bolton]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 11:30 to 13:00, sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
4 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Doddinghurst, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny, warm
1 Red Kite (Being mobbed by Crow. Flying over behind our house. ) [Ian Swanson]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 10:30 to 11:30, Fine
2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Roger Emmens]
Epping, 10:00 to 10:00, Sunny, breezy, high level clouds
3 Buzzard (high over Swaines Green area), 20 Starling (All seem to have fledge at once, lots of shouting for food all around my locale. Crows Road, Lower Swaines, Lower Bury Lane) [Graham Pentelow]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:30 to 11:45, Clear with odd patches of cloud.
1 Cuckoo (Heard only from 10:50-11:45 mobile), 6 Greenfinch (6 pairs at least), 6 Chiffchaff (6 males calling at least), 10 Blackcap (Males calling), 2 Whitethroat (Males calling), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling) [Kevin Cook]
Wrabness, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny with light breeze.

2 Nightingale, 2 Turtle Dove, 50 Sand Martin, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard

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Great Totham, 08:30 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Very pleasant.
1 Song Thrush (Singing, South Wood.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing, South Wood.), 3 Yellowhammer (Territories, Church Road. 300 to 500yds east of St. Peter's ) [Malcolm Corbett]
Westley Heights, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, warm.
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 17 May 2020
Langford, near Maldon, 14:00 to 16:30
1 Turtle Dove (Along Chelmer canal approx 200 metres west of reservoir intake), 2 Red Kite (one south at 15.15 and one low over Maldon Golf Club at 16.15), 4 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern [Andrew Woodhouse]
Rayne, 13:00 to 13:00, Sunny warm
2 Hobby (Two birds chasing each other over garden), 1 Stock Dove (Calling bird) [Andrew Goodey]
Tilbury Fort, 12:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud, light S wind
2 Oystercatcher, 20 Shelduck (Plus a crèche of 12), 6 Mallard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 1 Grey Heron (Juvenile), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Paul Larkin]
Witham, 12:00 to 12:30, Near Chipping Hill
2 Cuckoo (Female and male - both heard and seen) [David L Smith]
Witham, 10:30 to 10:30, Town Centre
1 Red Kite [David L Smith]
TL7205, 10:00 to 13:00, sunny warm
1 Red Kite (drifted west with buzzard), 2 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit (including juvenile) [Sean Gregory]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 10:30, Exercise run with the dogs to and around The Naze
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Along western side of the common) [Paul Brayshaw]
Great Totham, 09:10 to 09:15, Warming up.
3 Yellowhammer (Two singing males, one female. 1/4 mile east of St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon, 08:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby (Over garden), 1 Kestrel (Over garden), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over garden), 1 Buzzard (Over garden), 1 Red Kite (Over garden), 2 Pied Wagtail (Adult feeding fledgling in Maldon yacht club), 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Still on river Blackwater) [Tony Kennelly]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 11:45, Extensive cloud sheet, light S wind, rising tide. nb no access to the main reserve. The reserve is shut and the gates locked.
5 Cuckoo (Three on the main reserve including a female, one Golden Gates), 310 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 25 Common Tern (Mucking Bay), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Main reserve), 1 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 2 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing on the wires on main reserve), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Crown house), 1 Red-legged Partridge (Crown House), 2 Kingfisher (One Golden Gates, one flying across fields by railway line), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 32 Tufted Duck (24 (13 drakes) Golden Gates, 8 (4 drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 14 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 6 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 10 Pochard (Including 5 drakes Golden Gates), 38 Coot (30 Golden Gates, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Over the railway line), 6 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male Golden Gates), 12 Swift (Golden Gates), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing males Golden Gates), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing males Golden Gates), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Red Kite (A rather tatty individual low over the pit to the south of the tip heading west) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher (in Crescent Gardens) [Paul Brayshaw]
Hazeleigh Wood, 06:00 to 08:00, BBS between purleigh & hazeleigh
2 Cuckoo (Singing male), 10 Shelduck (All sitting on a giant haystack), 14 Stock Dove, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler (Singing male in wood opposite vets), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing male), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 16 May 2020
TL8608, 19:45 to 20:00
6 Swift (At least. Over Lawling Estate, Heybridge.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Lower Sheering, 18:30 to 19:00, Blue skies and still
2 Stock Dove (First time seen in garden in over 30 years) [Margaret Whitfield]
Nazeing GP, Lea Valley, 16:00 to 17:00
2 Black-headed Gull (1 nesting pair on Nursery lane GP), 4 Common Tern (2 nesting pairs on nursery lane GP) [Alan Harris]
Laindon, 15:00 to 15:00, Cloud & sun. Warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (North.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Carrying prey.), 8 Swift, 3 Blue Tit (Pair next door with at least one fledged young.) [Andrew Cox]
Shrub End, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (circling low over my house, before swooping into someones garden), 2 Sparrowhawk (male and a female), 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Swift (atleast 10 individuals) [Oliver Cottis]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light NW wind, HT
2 Raven (Over low south to Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Writtle, 09:00 to 09:00, Broken Cloud with a light breeze. Selected avian highlights only.
1 Little Owl (Writtle College), 1 Little Egret (River Wid), 1 Yellowhammer (Sturgeons Farm), 3 Black-headed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 2 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 House Martin (Writtle College), 1 Linnet (Male), 1 Buzzard, 2 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir.) [Andrew Allen]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 08:30, Cloudy, some sun. Willow Park & Mark's Hill.
4 Song Thrush (Three singing males.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males. Five Willow Park.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Red-legged Partridge (Scurrying across Marven's horse paddocks.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Sains Hall.), 2 Corn Bunting (Singing, Sains Farm.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 07:15, Cloudy, some sun.
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Coombe Wood.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 1 Nuthatch (Bringing food to nest hole. Third nest in The Park. Possibly both the pair doing so.) [Andrew Cox]
Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green, 07:00 to 13:00
2 Kestrel (Pr in Barn Owl box), 1 Cuckoo (Male on territory), 1 Little Owl (at Stisted), 2 Goldcrest (Pr), 8 Blackcap (Males on territories), 5 Garden Warbler (Males on territories), 4 Whitethroat (Males on territories), 1 Nuthatch (Male on territory), 2 Song Thrush (Males on territories) [Neil Murphy]
Friday 15 May 2020
Writtle, 17:45 to 17:45, Pleasant temperature and still.
2 Cuckoo (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only.), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 Herring Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Song Thrush (Heard only), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chaffinch (Male, in song.) [Andrew Allen]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Drifted west), 2 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (At least), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret (Flying south), 2 Garden Warbler (Heard only), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [David L Smith]
Laindon, 14:30 to 14:30, Sunny, hot. All from back garden.
1 Buzzard (Flew low over garden.), 1 Red Kite (Drifted west.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Swift (At least.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
TM0325, 12:30 to 12:30, Sunny, calm, mild (all sightings from Salary Brook Trail between end of Sandpiper Close and bottom of Sheerwater Mews (sic))
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling, then saw still calling in flight southwards (don't often hear them here)) [Paul Hargreaves]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 12:30 to 12:30, Sunny, warm.
2 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo (Two males. Possibly a female too.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Reed Warbler (At least. Singing males.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Highwood, Mill Green, 12:00 to 12:00, Redindyke Farm - Writtle Park House bridleway.
2 Garden Warbler (Singing males), 5 Blackcap (Singing males), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males), 2 Pied Wagtail (Pair feeding young in garden of Writtle Park House), 1 Red Kite (Soaring over woods) [Graham Smith]
Witham, 11:30 to 11:30, Over Town Centre
1 Red Kite (Being mobbed by Jackdaw), 4 Swift [David L Smith]
Chignall St James, 11:15 to 11:15, Bright and still
2 Turtle Dove (Two purring at the same time, possibly a third bird also. One seen in flight. Area of tall trees, scrub, wetland between Chignall Hall Farm and workings.) [Alan Roscoe]
Hullbridge, 10:30 to 10:30, Warm/Sunny location near Sluice/Reservoir 1st sighting of Cuckoo for me this year
1 Cuckoo (1st sighting for me this year location near to sluice gates/reservoir) [M Savage]
Tilbury, 10:30 to 10:30, Fine and sunny, light E wind, falling tide
16 Swift (Over the fort), 1 Hobby (Over to Kent), 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type over to Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Colchester, 09:00 to 09:00, Walking the Essex Way via Hillhouse Wood
3 Cuckoo (1 Eight Ash Green and 2 between West Bergholt and Fordham), 1 Bullfinch, 3 Buzzard, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Nightingale (Hillhouse Wood), 16 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 2 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker [Steve Grimwade]
TL8211, 09:00 to 09:00, And TL8212.
17 Greylag Goose (Three pair with eleven young (6, 4 and 1) R. Blackwater.), 1 Cuckoo (Wickham Place.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Benton Hall Golf Course.), 2 Song Thrush (Flying together. Benton Hall Golf Course.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Shrub End, 09:00 to 09:00, Hot and sunny
1 Peregrine Falcon (Gliding above my house), 1 Red Kite (Flying toward stanway), 1 Buzzard (mobbed by 4 Jackdaw, 2 Crow), 1 Sparrowhawk [Oliver Cottis]
Westley Heights, 06:45 to 06:45, Sunny, becoming warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 3 Swallow (At least. Dry Street territory.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch (Pair bringing food (caterpillars & insects)& removing fecal sacs, paddock nest. One bringing food to nest in Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least. Feeding in Dry Street meadow.) [Andrew Cox]