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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Wednesday 22 Jan 2020
Stanford Warren, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Witham, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Mandarin Duck (Male), 1 Blackcap (Male), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
TQ6194, 15:45 to 16:15, Very still with heavy cloud and light drizzle
11 Lesser Redpoll (Flying around tops of Birch and feeding) [Clive Tanner]
Heybridge Basin, 14:30 to 16:00, Low tide, cloudy, flat calm
1 Marsh Harrier (Female or juvenile with gap in tail feathers, sat on a bush beside the lake for a while then flew off over Northey island.), 4 Pintail (2 pairs beside low water channel beyond the boat pontoon.), 1 Greenshank (In front of the bench on corner of sea wall), 150 Avocet (Stopped counting at 150), 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Golden Plover (Plus, flock sits in front of the dutch barge moored off Northey island), 20 Ringed Plover (Probably a lot more in amongst the dunlins both sides of the low water channel. Far too many other ducks and waders to list. The path along the sea wall is very muddy in places but parking is free in daisy meadow car park, well worth a visit at low tide.) [David Torrice]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Overcast, cool, little breeze, misty viewing.
1 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough bay), 1 Great White Egret (South end of lbc), 1 Buzzard (South end of lbc, perched in tree), 14 White-fronted Goose (South end lbc), 20 Red-breasted Merganser (East of ldlhc.), 1 Scaup (Female, east of ldlhc) [Paul Saward]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Kingfisher [Mark Fisher]
Thaxted, 10:00 to 10:15, 5 deg damp misty no wind
1 Bullfinch (Male visiting gardens, first seen around the town for about a year. Also Reed Bunting in garden, maybe effected by the cold spell) [Stephen Dutton]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade (MC)(AF)), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Coopers beach AF MC), 1 Fieldfare (Maydays farm AF MC), 2 Hen Harrier (Male & ringtail maydays AF MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 21 Jan 2020
Stanford Warren, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Totham Pit, Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Elsenham, 14:15 to 14:20, Bright and clear 3/10 cloud cover 4c Wind 5 west
1 Raven (Picked up calling then flying in direction of Stan air ) [Michael Rimmell]
Mistley, 12:45 to 13:45, bright and cold
250 Avocet (circa), 8 Ringed Plover (Cattawade), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 750 Black-tailed Godwit (circa [+150 on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Knot (+ [mostly on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Dunlin (circa [as for Knot]), 200 Redshank (+), 1 Greenshank [Martin Peers]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 13:30, Cold still sunny. Much ice LBC end
3 Long-tailed Duck (East of LDHC), 1 Scaup (F. East of LDHC), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (on LDHC wall est side), 50 Goldeneye (Wigborogh bay and Est of LDHC) [David Dives]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:20 to 16:15, Low tide, flat calm, lagoons partly iced over.
1 Hen Harrier (Male hunting over far end of reserve), 4 Stonechat (1 pair around the beach and another beside short walk causeway), 2 Barn Owl (Hunting along short walk causeway.), 1 Great Northern Diver (On the estuary between mersea island and the power station, I didnt see it but did manage a common seal very close to shore.) [David Torrice]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 15:45, Falling tide
5 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great White Egret, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Kingfisher [David L Smith]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Kingfisher (By the inlet) [Mark Fisher]
Fingringhoe Mill, 11:45 to 12:00
2 Water Pipit (+), 30 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Bullfinch (Male ) [David L Smith]
Warley Place NR, 11:00 to 15:30, Dry & bright, calm, 6c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Coal Tit, 1 Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Great Tit (At least.), 10 Blue Tit (At least.), 3 Moorhen, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird (M & F.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Twice landed on feeders having missed it's prey.), 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin [David Hale] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Nuthatch at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Nuthatch at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Coal Tit at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Moorhen at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Jackdaw at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wrabness, 10:15 to 11:45, bright and sunny
86 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 26 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe (+ 4 more in Suffolk water [Holcombe Bay].) [Martin Peers]
Doddinghurst, 08:30 to 08:30
30 Fieldfare (On ploughed field along Frog Street) [Andrew Stroud]
Monday 20 Jan 2020
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:50, Dry, calm, clear sunny sky. Cold 6c. Sightings with Brenda from W end of causeway.
1 Goosander (Fly by female.), 200 Wigeon (Circa, on grazing meadow.), 50 Greylag Goose (Circa.), 1 White-fronted Goose (Flew in with 7 Greylag, landing out of site behind meadow hedge.), 50 Canada Goose (Circa.), 16 Common Gull (On fence posts.), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Jay, 8 Fieldfare (At least. Feeding on worms behind meadow hedge. ), 1 Blackbird (Female.), 1 Robin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 4 Mallard (2 pair. ), 4 Great Crested Grebe [David Hale]
Wivenhoe, 14:30 to 14:45, Low tide, sunny, cold
1 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2020, (Michael Davies)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:30 to 15:15, Sun and cloud then sunny later.
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel [Paul Chamberlain] Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:45 to 17:00, Highlights: BHF to Burnham along the Crouch. Cold, clear and very still conditions.
1 Marsh Harrier (Hunting on reserve and over Bridgemarsh Island), 7 Buzzard (3 reserve, 3 Althorne, 1 Creeksea), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 45 Avocet, 1 Short-eared Owl (E end of reserve; briefly mobbing the Marsh Harrier), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Bearded Tit (BWA hide) [Steven Swaby]
TQ6293, 09:45 to 13:15, Very light westerly wind, cold and sunny
30 Fieldfare (Flying West to East as a loose flock then landing in local fields), 1 Mistle Thrush (Territory singing), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Calling as flew North) [Clive Tanner]
Wivenhoe, 09:15 to 09:30
1 Firecrest (in holly with tit flock Alresford Grange wood), 7 Goosander (flew over) [Richard Allen]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Grey Heron [Matt Turner] Kingfisher at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
12 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman)), 1 Water Rail (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 19 Jan 2020
Colne Pt, 15:45 to 16:45, 3 Chinese Water Deer
1 Little Owl (at sewage works), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Snipe [Richard Allen]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 15:00 to 17:00, Sunny but cold
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail - likely adult female) [Mark Buckley]
East Mersea, 15:00 to 17:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), 1 Merlin (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), 1 Hen Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF), 13 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, cold.
10 Barnacle Goose, 20 Pintail (At least.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Immatures.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly from adjacent reeds.), 1 Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Witham, 11:30 to 13:00, River Walk
200 Pied Wagtail (+ AW Plant), 2 Grey Wagtail (River Walk & AW Plant), 2 Meadow Pipit (AW Plant), 2 Little Egret, 1 Harris's Hawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (River Walk & Town Park), 1 Blackcap (Male - garden feeders) [David L Smith]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cold, but very nice day - from seawall
1 Short-eared Owl, 35 Avocet (at mouth of Twizzle), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ majority in single flock in Walton Channel between Eagles hard and concrete barge) [Martin Richards]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunny and bright, light breeze, chilly.
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over fields around Abberton Church. ), 50 Corn Bunting (Being spooked by hen harrier. ), 4 Stonechat, 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Pintail (Male in with wigeon), 20 Wigeon, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit [Kevin Colling]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny, cold.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrush (At least.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny ,cold breeze
6 Goosander (Point Hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male distant reed bed Rawl Hide), 15 Goldeneye, 8 White-fronted Goose (Field next to causeway) [Matthew Davison]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny, cold. Lincewood & Marks Hill.
1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Coal Tit (Mark's Hill.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing, Lincewood.), 2 Nuthatch (One each in Lincewood & Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:45 to 15:15, Bright and sunny, light NW wind, LT
1 Stonechat (Near the creek), 165 Tufted Duck (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 16 Pochard (Nine on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 48 Coot (17 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 118 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 11 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Two each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 31 Gadwall (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Raven (W over Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Buzzard (On the tip), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Water Rail (In the alder wood), 1 Goldeneye (Female on GoldenGates), 25 Ringed Plover (Mucking Bay), 630 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 219 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 1296 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 692 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 126 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), 132 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 38 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders in the outer car park) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 10:30
2 Whooper Swan (LBC flew to W), 16 White-fronted Goose (Fields to SW of LBC), 3 Smew (LBC Red heads), 1 Water Rail (Heard calling LBC), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay), 1 Buzzard (Wig bay), 1 Golden Plover (With 100 lapwing wig bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair billets farm screen), 1 Swallow (LdlHC), 1 Chiffchaff (Trees W of LdlHC), 2 Great White Egret (Trees W of LdlHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlHC), 1 Black-throated Diver (E of LdlHC), 1 Green Sandpiper (LdlHC), 1000 Teal, 500 Wigeon, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goosander (LdlH), 1 Marsh Harrier (M LdlH), 50 Great Crested Grebe (2 in breeding plumage) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 18 Jan 2020
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 16:45, Sunny, cold.
14 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon (At least.), 5 Teal (On flood. More on creek.), 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 21 Shoveler, 4 Pintail (Two pairs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female/imm.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 400 Lapwing (Approx.), 6 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 400 Black-headed Gull (Approx.), 20 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
West Mersea, 13:15 to 16:00, Lower Kingsland Road and Victoria Esplanade, rising tide
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Sanderling (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cold, but lovely day
1 Merlin (Stone Point), 30 Bar-tailed Godwit (near Stone Point), 300 Cormorant (roosts on Pye Sands and Oakley beach) [Martin Richards]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:30, bright and sunny
15 White-fronted Goose (Layer Breton c/way [13 adults]), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 6 Egyptian Goose (3 pairs), 10 Pintail, 170 Goldeneye (+), 9 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 60 Skylark (+, VC & Billets), 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair Billets screen), 20 Meadow Pipit (+, Billets) [Martin Peers]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Blackcap (Firs chase garden (DU) male) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, cold.
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper (Including a pair investigating possible nest site.), 5 Nuthatch (Including what appeared to be two pairs.), 4 Siskin (At least. Feeding in alders.), 1 Lesser Redpoll (At least. Heard in flight.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy then sunshine, calm
1 Great White Egret (Hunting at very far end then flew east), 6 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret [Matt Turner] Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Heron at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
East Tilbury, 07:45 to 12:45, Cold, fine and sunny, falling tide
52 Linnet, 1 Twite (With Linnet flock), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 343 Grey Plover, 2 Barn Owl, 643 Black-tailed Godwit, 312 Teal, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew down river), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), 1 Buzzard, 10 Oystercatcher, 86 Curlew, 14 Wigeon (On the river), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 9 Knot, 15 Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:40 to 10:30, clear, cold, north-westerly breeze, ebbing tide - very quiet
1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Marsh Harrier, 37 Skylark (+, feeding on marsh between tidal lagoons and Stone Point ), 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Heron [Brian Combes]
Friday 17 Jan 2020
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (pair fast NW over Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Mersea Strood, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Kingfisher (Strood channel DU), 1 Stonechat (Strood (DU)male), 6 Reed Bunting (Strood channel DU), 1 Buzzard (Strood channel DU), 105 Shelduck (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Mild.
5 Egyptian Goose, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Male plus one other calling nearby. Edge of Childerditch Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Colchester, 09:00 to 09:05
1 Black Redstart (Female in Silverton's yard, Haven Rd.) [Phil Carter]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Mild.
5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 2 Kestrel (Male & female.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 16 Jan 2020
Braxted Park, 14:15 to 15:45, warm.sunny/cloudy with slight breeze.
1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Malcolm Cresswell]
Fingringhoe, 14:00 to 15:00, Grey, light drizzle and some sunshine
3 Chiffchaff (At least 2 common chiffchaff and 1 Tristis-type at Sewage Farm found by Richard Allen. Not calling.), 1 Grey Wagtail [Sean Nixon] Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast with some light rain
2 Goosander (both female), 19 Goldeneye, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 120 Common Gull (+), 3 Buzzard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Jay [Matt Turner]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 12:45 to 13:45, Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 20 Teal (Circa.), 20 Shoveler (Circa. ), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stock Dove, 10 Cormorant (Not one gull on or over scrape.) [David Hale]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher (By the inlet & then in the inlet tunnel. I could hear it calling.), 1 Grey Wagtail (On the outlet bridge) [Mark Fisher]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 10:00 to 12:30, Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
1 Marsh Harrier (Male. After quartering the marsh he eventually caught a wader of some kind.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1000 Lapwing (Large flock up over Bowers Marsh.), 200 Wigeon (Circa.), 50 Teal (Circa.), 6 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (2 pair.), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Skylark, 20 Goldfinch (At least.), 300 Starling (At least. Mobile flocks.), 4 Moorhen, 9 Barnacle Goose, 1 Green Sandpiper (Flushed by M Harrier.), 2 Curlew, 100 Canada Goose (Circa.), 20 Greylag Goose, 4 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull (Circa.) [David Hale]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:05 to 11:20, Bright. Light but increasing S. wind.
8 Canada Goose, 49 Greylag Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose (Together on ploughed field.), 1 Shoveler (Silt lake.), 5 Gadwall (Silt lake.), 3 Pochard (Carp lake.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa. Carp lake.), 4 Little Grebe (Carp lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Trout lake. Displaying.), 1 Great White Egret (Flew over from north. Appeared to drop into Chig. Lakes E.W.T. (Clearly much larger than Little Egret with yellow bill)), 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Skylark (At least three singing.), 12 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
East Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00
30 Fieldfare (Meetings lane DU), 1 Redwing (Meetings lane D) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 15 Jan 2020
Burnham-on-Crouch, 14:00 to 16:00, Highlights: Burnham Wick to the mouth of the Roach at high tide
1 Short-eared Owl (On seawall; flew towards Wallasea), 1 Barn Owl, 2500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimate. Numbers are building up rapidly on the wheat fields; approx 25% juvs), 1 Whimbrel (Overwintering bird still present this year), 2 Stonechat, 90 Corn Bunting [Steven Swaby]
Mistley, 12:45 to 13:30
1 Black Guillemot (Found by Adrian Kettle & entered Essex waters behind the Co-op), 1 Kingfisher [Simon Cox]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:15 to 12:45
1 Kingfisher (Along the island), 1 Little Egret [Mark Fisher]
TL6907, 11:00 to 11:15, Dull and wet 6C
4 Redwing [Winifred Simmonds]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Hen Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF ringtail ), 16 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF ), 15 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet AF), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Pye fleet AF), 200 Avocet (Pye fleet AF ), 2000 Knot (Pye fleet AF ), 3 Great Northern Diver (Off shore st Peter's beach DU), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Packing shed Island DU), 1 Rock Pipit (Packing shed Island DU), 6 Reed Bunting (St Peter's beach DU), 1 Red-throated Diver (Victoria esplanade AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 14 Jan 2020
Fingringhoe, 09:00 to 09:15
1 Chiffchaff (Prob Siberian "tristis" at sewage works from Ferry Lane footpath in first elder on left in compound, pale grey chiffchaff with well marked off white supercilium, no hint of olive green, Simon Patient's photos show chestnut on ear coverts, but didn't call ) [Richard Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:50 to 10:30, Overcast, calm, brief hazy rain to start.
6 Canada Goose, 84 Greylag Goose (Trout lake, inc. one very pale individual.), 8 Mute Swan, 6 Egyptian Goose (Carp lake.), 3 Gadwall (Silt lake.), 1 Pochard (Carp lake.), 82 Tufted Duck (81 Carp lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Trout lake, displaying.), 5 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chaffinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Calm and dry, overcast. Sightings from Lodge Lane causeway
2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Goosander (2 pairs), 40 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe [Matt Turner] Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 14 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Goosander at Ardleigh Reservoir on 14 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Monday 13 Jan 2020
Boreham, 12:30 to 12:35, Strengthening SW wind with inccreasing cloud
1 Red Kite (Immature soaring high over Church and drifting NE. 1st patch record in 2020 and 3rd in Essex today. ) [Graham Ekins]
Great Braxted, 11:20 to 11:25, Strong SW wind with light and variable cloud
2 Red Kite (A pair of adults appeared to be in display above the entrance road to Great Braxted Hall) [Graham Ekins]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 13:00, Dry and bright, becoming windy.
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Bullfinch, 400 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Greenshank, 40 Golden Plover, 50 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone, 150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Brent Goose [Michael Padmore]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 10:15 to 15:00, Dry , sunny, clouding over pm. S breeze,10c. Sightings with Brenda. VC to Ken Barrett hide & back.
12 Snipe (Purfleet scrape.), 20 Pintail (Circa.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 30 Shoveler (Circa.), 3 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa. ), 1 Grey Heron (River.), 1 Little Egret (River.), 1000 Lapwing (Circa.), 2 Pochard (Drakes.), 10 Gadwall (Ken Barrett hide.), 50 Teal (Circa.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 2 female.), 1 Barn Owl (Showing in usual box.), 2 Kestrel, 500 Starling (Plus. Large flock over tip), 1000 Black-headed Gull (Plus. Huge mixed gull flocks over tip.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Ken Barrett hide.), 1 Robin (Feeding from hand without hesitation. ) [David Hale] Grey Wagtail at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 13 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Wagtail at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 13 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Wagtail at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 13 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Robin at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 13 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Robin at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 13 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Holland Haven, 09:45 to 11:30
3 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice), 2 Kestrel, 400 Lapwing (circa), 16 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 11 Curlew, 9 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only) [Liz Huxley]
Mersea Strood, 09:00 to 13:00
22 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Strood (DU)), 70 Shelduck (Strood channel DU), 1 Rock Pipit (Strood channel DU), 18 Avocet (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Hatfield Forest, 08:00 to 09:00
4 Hawfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 8 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (Singing males), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males), 9 Pied Wagtail [Tony Kennelly]
TQ5993, 07:30 to 07:30
40 Pied Wagtail (in birches by Highway House, Brentwood Station, preparing to leave the nightime roost) [Andrew Stroud]
Sunday 12 Jan 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 15:15 to 16:15, Abberton Church. Cold, clear.
1 Smew (one redhead near the weir), 15 Goosander, 1 Yellowhammer, 60 Lapwing [David Allen]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 15:00 to 16:45, Sun & cloud. Windy.
6 Pintail (Three pairs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stooping at lapwing. Unsuccessful.), 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Water Pipit (At least. Saltmarsh near sluice.), 1 Bearded Tit (Calling from eastern reeds.), 1 Reed Bunting [Andrew Cox]
East Mersea, 13:00 to 14:30, Blustery with some sunshine
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cudmore Grove CP), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 15 Sanderling, 6 Skylark, 11 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore Grove CP), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (circa.) [Sean Nixon] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Sanderling at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , White-fronted Goose at East Mersea on 12 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 15:30, Sunny and windy
5 Great White Egret, 1 White-fronted Goose, 4 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay), 2 Cattle Egret (Field next to school Lane viewed from wig screen ), 5 Pintail, 1 Black-throated Diver (Wig bay), 1 Swallow, 2 Scaup, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Black Swan, 100 Goldeneye [Yvonne Watling]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cloudy, strong wind - at Stone Point over high tide. Good number of Skylark, Meadow and Rock pipits
1 Merlin, 150 Oystercatcher (+ high tide roost), 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 70 Grey Plover (+ on lagoon) [Martin Richards]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 13:30, Strong SW winds
3 Purple Sandpiper (Feeding near sluice, nice close views), 2 Stonechat (Pair on mounds), 10 Snipe (at least), 1 Guillemot (Flying north), 20 Red-throated Diver (+), 3 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Large female), 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (5 south), 2 Pintail (Pair south), 1 Coal Tit (On feeders), 1 Water Rail (Heard) [Matt Turner] Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 12 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 12 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 12 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 12 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner)
Good Easter, 10:30 to 10:30
135 Yellowhammer [Martin Henry]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 13:45, Overcast, strong SW wind, HT
32 Coot (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 86 Tufted Duck (25 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 113 Wigeon (Three Golden Gates the rest in Mucking Bay), 14 Turnstone (Roosting on the breach), 27 Pochard (Nine on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 42 Teal (One Golden Gates, 16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Creek), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Females, Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 44 Gadwall (25 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted Duck X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 42 Curlew (Roosting on salt marsh), 15 Fieldfare (Flock over the outer car park), 3 Oystercatcher (Roosting on the breach), 143 Dunlin (Roosting on the breach), 62 Shelduck (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 10:00, Sun & cloud. Windy.
1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 25 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (At least. Including one inspecting a previously used nesthole. Another nearby; presumably a pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Heybridge Basin, 07:45 to 09:00
200 Avocet, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Dunlin, 200 Redshank, 10 Oystercatcher, 200 Golden Plover, 10 Grey Plover, 10 Curlew, 200 Lapwing, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 3 Pintail (My first of this winter) [Tony Kennelly]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Merlin (Reeves hall marshes (DU)AF), 17 Red-breasted Merganser (Rewsalls marsh (DU)AF), 2 Stonechat (Reeves hall marshes 1pr (DU)AF), 10 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove (DU)AF), 1 Water Rail (Cudmore grove park pond(seen by AF DU), 30 Sanderling (Cudmore grove AF DU), 1 Black Brant (Strood channel seen by Charlie williams), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel seen by Charlie Williams ), 1 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade JON B) [Stephen Entwistle]
Saturday 11 Jan 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 15:45
1 Cattle Egret (Billets Farm), 1 Black-throated Diver (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Swallow (Billets Farm and Layer de la Haye causeway), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail, Billets Farm Screen), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 1 Scaup (drake, Layer de la Haye causeway), 2 Smew (redheads, Layer Breton causeway), 6 White-fronted Goose (+, field south of Layer Breton Causeway), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Layer de la Haye Causeway), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female) [Simon Satchell]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:15 to 16:15, Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy.
2 Pintail (Pair flew over the slipway, heading SW.), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Female flew low past the slipway & settled on the water. Swam upstream.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:45 to 16:00, Blustery and grey
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Scaup, 1 Smew, 11 White-fronted Goose, 68 Corn Bunting (+), 10 Yellowhammer, 1 Swallow [Sean Nixon] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , White-fronted Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Good Easter, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Raven (second sighting locally recently) [Martin Henry]
Wivenhoe, 10:45 to 11:00
1 Raven (calling and doing back flip display over Wivenhoe Wood,(large corvid with deep resonant call long wedge shape tail)) [Richard Allen]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 10:30 to 14:00, sunny spells, SW breeze, tide incoming to high
2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Red-breasted Merganser (at least), 1 Buzzard (Woodrolfe Road car park), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Woodrolfe Road car park), 4 Rock Pipit (at least) [Mark Gregory]
Westley Heights, 09:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, breezy.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush (Singing. ), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Hall Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 12:00, Windy, overcast, rising tide
4 Little Egret, 387 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 5 Oystercatcher, 112 Wigeon (On the river), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 319 Grey Plover, 1 Stonechat, 5 Knot, 1442 Avocet, 21 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Scoter (On the river) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:30, Cloudy, breezy. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
33 Black-headed Gull (Feeding on recreation ground.), 5 Common Gull (Feeding on recreation ground.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush (Singing.), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper (Possibly four.), 20 Goldfinch (Feeding high in ash trees, Mark's Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade (AF)), 1 Coal Tit (Firs chase garden (DU)), 1 Blackcap (Firs chase garden (DU) female), 20 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU), 10 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 1000 Wigeon (Cudmore grove DU ), 350 Black-tailed Godwit (Cudmore grove DU), 100 Redshank (Cudmore grove DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 10 Jan 2020
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 15:00 to 15:00, mild
1 Barn Owl (viewed from Tollesbury Wick) [Mark Gregory]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 15:30, Clear bright sunny day. Wind North Westerly light
1 Swallow (LDLH Causeway), 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH Causeway), 2 Scaup (LDLH Causeway 1 male+1 female), 1 Black-throated Diver (Island Hide), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Bay hide bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Gwen's Hide 1 male), 10 Fieldfare (Reserve), 2 Great White Egret (Bay hide bay) [Mick Woodruff]
West Mersea, 13:30 to 14:45, From Victoria Esplanade
1 Great Northern Diver [Barbara Leport]
Terling, 12:45 to 13:30, Sunny. Light NW wind. Cooler.
1 Raven (flew over S calling at 12.45p.m. ), 4 Siskin (at least 4 with c15 Goldfinches feeding in alders.) [George Brown]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 12:30 to 16:00, high tide retreating; mild
2 Great Northern Diver (near Mersea), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Goldeneye (male), 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 172 Avocet, 27 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bearded Tit (calling near Shinglehead Point), 2 Rock Pipit [Mark Gregory]
Stow Marsh, 12:30 to 15:30, Tide going out. Sunny and mild
2 Redwing (first for the area this winter!), 15 Chaffinch (in sunflower field on Marsh Farm), 35 Blue Tit (with the chaffinchs above), 23 Magpie (in sheep field), 1100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (very mobile and restless), 4 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (family party), 2 Black Brant (a pair), 1 Water Rail, 270 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Merlin (juv male), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Shoveler, 1000 Dunlin, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Peregrine Falcon (one chasing pigeons unsuccesfully over Brandy Hole and the usual large female perched in the usual place on the fields), 2 Stonechat, 11 Stock Dove, 2 Buzzard (perched on fences and occasionally hunting the fields), 55 Corn Bunting (gathering on bushes pre roost), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv male) [Alan Shearring]
Silver End, 12:00 to 13:00
14 Goosander (on Rivenhall lakes) [Alan Harris]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:30 to 16:00, Dry, overcast to start turning clear & bright. Cool SW breeze. 8c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Goosander (Pair, Rawl hide.), 10 Goldeneye (5 pair.), 300 Wigeon (Plus. Usual winter numbers.), 50 Gadwall (Circa.), 200 Teal (At least.), 20 Mallard, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male. Perched on W bank tree top. Often seen atop same tree.), 1 Buzzard (W bank tree tops.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, over W bank reeds.), 1 Goldcrest (2 Red Fox, together from Rawl hide.), 1 Wren (1 Muntjac Deer, Rawl hide.), 1 Robin [David Hale] Gadwall at Hanningfield Reservoir on 10 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Robin at Hanningfield Reservoir on 10 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:00, Dry with cool breeze
3 Great White Egret (1 Breton/1Layer/1Wig Bay), 1 Swallow (Still feeding along LDLH causeway), 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH causeway), 10 Goosander (LDLH), 1 Cattle Egret (with sheep Billets farm), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigbourgh Bay), 1 Smew (LDLH), 10 White-fronted Goose (Field near LB causeway) [Barbara Leport]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 09:45 to 10:30, mainly overcast; breezy
650 Shelduck (circa), 27 Pintail, 37 Goldeneye (Mistley), 11 Red-breasted Merganser (Mistley), 154 Avocet, 750 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Mistley - second winter) [Martin Peers]
East Mersea, 09:30 to 12:30, Overcast - Wind North Westerly light
100 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 200 Teal, 1500 Wigeon, 2 Eider, 10 White-fronted Goose, 150 Brent Goose, 45 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 20 Turnstone, 100 Curlew, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, 23 Sanderling, 1 Avocet, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Rock Pipit (RSPB Colchester members group trip - Many thanks to Dougal) [Mick Woodruff]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Cloudy, cool.
2 Mute Swan, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
East Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00, White cheeked pintail cudmore grove DU
18 Gadwall (Cudmore grove DU), 10 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 4 Slavonian Grebe (Cudmore grove DU), 2 Eider (Cudmore grove (DU)), 23 Sanderling (Stone point DU) [Stephen Entwistle]