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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 11 Aug 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry overcast and warm
2 Dunlin (Still), 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal [Brian Bolton]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Cloudy, warm. Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Monday 10 Aug 2020
Tilbury, 10:30 to 11:00, Fine and sunny, E breeze, falling tide
11 Common Tern (Single flock up river), 8 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of fort) [Paul Larkin]
Laindon, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Robin, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 09:00 to 13:00, Hot, clear, moderate breeze
1 Greenshank (A little upriver of A137), 20 Teal (Upriver of A137), 1 Egyptian Goose (Upriver of A137), 80 Black-tailed Godwit (Dotted about in small groups from Co-op Fiveways to just upriver of A137) [Simon Banks]
Rayne, 08:15 to 08:15, Sunny clear
1 Crossbill (Overhead calling) [Andrew Goodey]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:30 to 07:30, Sunny, becoming warm. Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Greenfinch (At least. Including at least two juvs.), 2 Goldfinch (Adults.), 1 Bullfinch (Male.), 2 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 05:30 to 07:30, Broken cloud NE breeze, HT
94 Common Tern (Up river), 3 Sandwich Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 05:15 to 11:00
1 Curlew Sandpiper (Adult moulting out of summer plumage), 2 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile ), 3 Marsh Harrier (2cy Male, 1 juv, 1 adult female), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Kestrel, 9 Redshank, 2 Ruff, 90 Lapwing, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 Buzzard, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern, 3 Goldeneye, 7 Green Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade] Buzzard at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
Sunday 09 Aug 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 16:30 to 18:30, Lodge Lane. Very hot.
1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Redshank, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammer, 74 Gadwall [David Allen]
Tilbury, 15:00 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, NE breeze, almost HT
13 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of ferry terminal), 2 Redshank (On foreshore in front of ferry terminal) [Paul Larkin]
Hamford Water, 13:30 to 13:40, Hot, clear, moderate breeze
1 Turtle Dove (Forgot to include in report. One at Beaumont Quay car park purring. ) [Simon Banks]
Hamford Water, 10:00 to 13:46, Hot, clear, moderate breeze
1 Kingfisher (About 1/3 of way from Beaumont Quay to Island Lane), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Female interacting with low-flying Swallows, near Beaumont Quay end), 25 Swallow (Two very active tight groups, one at Beaumont Quay car park and the other a bit further on), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (At Beaumont Quay end) [Simon Banks]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 09:45, Sunny, some cloud. Hot.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Swallow (Approx. Mobile flock of hirundines.), 25 House Martin (Approx. See above.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny, some cloud. Hot.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 07:45 to 12:30, Sun/cloud
3 Pochard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 10:00
2 Pied Flycatcher (singles on undercliff below Connaught Avenue (before it got too busy!) and in The Crescent Gardens (favouring sycamores in garden of number 6). Also at least two at The Naze and one at Holland Haven this morning ) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tilbury, 06:30 to 08:00, Overcast, some rain, light ENE wind, falling tide
42 Common Tern (Up river), 1 Arctic Tern (Adult up river) [Paul Larkin]
Bridgemarsh Island, Crouch Estuary, 06:30 to 06:30
1 Osprey (On post close to the brick building. Roosted overnight & departed East, after I had left.), 1 Buzzard (On dead tree in fields to north), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Green Sandpiper (Heading in to blue house farm reserve), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat (Pair along seawall), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Linnet [Tony Kennelly]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 05:00 to 09:00
2 Barn Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Heading East along seawall), 1 Buzzard, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (Eastern seawall), 3 Whimbrel (Along the seawall), 40 Curlew, 30 Stock Dove, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (Heard by 3rd hide from car park), 1 Garganey (Seen on the fleet from eastern seawall), 40 Sand Martin (Feeding flock, mobile over the reserve), 10 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Golden Plover (Landed in pool by 1st hide) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 08 Aug 2020
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 17:30 to 18:00, Very hot. New gates have been added and all car parking is shut by 6pm.
14 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer [David Allen]
Tilbury, 14:30 to 16:30, High cloud, light E wind, rising tide
367 Common Tern (Mainly up river but 91 settled on the hand rail of the old P Stn jetty), 3 Arctic Tern (Adult and juv up river with Common, juv on the P Stn jetty), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Over the old P Stn site), 1 Hobby (Low over the river to Kent flushing terns off the jetty on the way, although they resettled) [Paul Larkin]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 14:00 to 17:00, Cloud & hazy sun. Hot.
1 Marsh Harrier (Adult female.), 1 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 3 Ruff, 40 Redshank (Approx.), 5 Spotted Redshank (At least. Various stages of moult or winter plumage.), 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Near sluice.), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles.), 6 Swallow (At least.), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 11:15 to 11:30, Cloudy, warm. One peach faced lovebird in trees near my back garden.
2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Witham, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny, humid
1 Red Kite ( Heading south east (together with a Hurricane?)) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:50 to 11:50, Warm, moderate wind, clear
7 Common Tern (A few from both causeways - estimated 7), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (Layer Breton causeway, east side, good condition), 1 Green Sandpiper (Layer Breton causeway, SW corner), 1 Great White Egret (Layer de la Haye causeway, NW corner) [Simon Banks]
Rayne, 09:45 to 09:45, Sunny, 1/8 cloud
1 Tree Pipit (Calling overhead) [Andrew Goodey]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:45, Cloudy, some sun. Hot.
1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (Calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 06:30 to 08:30, Overcast, occasional showers, light N wind, falling tide
192 Common Tern (Up river, largest flock 77), 1 Tufted Duck (Drake up river then out again), 3 Shoveler (Including a drake up river then out again), 2 Arctic Tern (Juveniles up river), 2 Curlew (Up river), 1 Whimbrel (Up river withCurlew), 1 Sandwich Tern (Up river with Common Terns) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 09:30, Sunny Point to JW Reserve and back - rain first thing, quickly clearing then overcast and warm, still
40 House Martin (+), 2 Whimbrel, 24 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler (3 with the tit flock), 3 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles, together), 19 Swallow (South), 1 Green Sandpiper (Sewage works ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Swift (South) [Brian Combes]
Friday 07 Aug 2020
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 18:40 to 19:40, A first visit to the south Essex seawatching mecca as (unusually) in the area!
40 Common Tern (+), 4 Black Tern (adults generally still in summer plumage), 10 Mediterranean Gull [Paul Brayshaw]
Shrub End, 16:45 to 17:00
1 Hobby (circling low over the house) [Oliver Cottis]
Witham, 15:00 to 15:45, Sunny, humid 34 degrees
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Tilbury, 14:30 to 15:30, Fine and sunny, rising tide, light ENE wind
543 Common Tern (Initial flock of 50 up river then a flock of 493 resting on the river drifted up with the tide and lost to view up river.) [Paul Larkin]
Laindon, 10:30 to 11:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
1 Red Kite (Drifting south.), 1 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 08:30 to 08:30, Sunny, no wind
1 Whinchat (On footbridge between RSPB car park and compound ) [Jan Lewis]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, hot.
5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Bullfinch (At least. Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 07:30 to 08:30, Sunny, no wind
1 Wheatear (Between car park and RSPB compound), 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Ringed Plover (From screens) [Jan Lewis]
Braintree, 06:30 to 16:30
2 Crossbill (flew over heading S whilst processing Moth trap) [Neil Murphy]
Tilbury, 06:30 to 08:15, Find and sunny, light S wind, falling tide
960 Common Tern (Largest flock 280. Most high up river a few back down, some SW into Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 05:45 to 09:00, Plus escaped White-cheeked Pintail
1 Garganey, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Greenshank, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Buzzard, 1 Black Swan [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 06 Aug 2020
Heybridge Basin, 16:00 to 18:00, Beautiful weather
2 Cetti's Warbler, 22 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover, 504 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 2 Linnet, 60 Redshank [David Allen]
Epping, 14:15 to 15:15, Sunny, breezy
1 Hobby (One bird around for five minutes, came back again an hour later. It seems juvenile House Martins are now in season!) [Roger Emmens]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 12:45, Overcast, light SSW wind, rising tide
22 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 411 Avocet, 829 Black-tailed Godwit, 81 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin (Three juvs), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 61 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Buzzard, 4 Grey Plover, 127 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type), 3 Stonechat, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Shoveler, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Grebe (Plus one juvenile and a downy young), 55 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank [Paul Larkin]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry and overcast
2 Dunlin (On mud below gate), 1 Green Sandpiper (On island), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal [Brian Bolton] Dunlin at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 06 Aug 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , Dunlin at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 06 Aug 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , Green Sandpiper at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 06 Aug 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , Green Sandpiper at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 06 Aug 2020, (Brian Bolton, )
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:15, Cloudy, muggy, warm. Marks Hill.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 05 Aug 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 19:30 to 20:45, very warm, cloudy and windy, all sightings from Peldon viewing area.
21 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 10 Common Tern (inc' 2 juv. ), 12 Lapwing, 1 Common Gull (adult), 83 Black-headed Gull (inc' 2 juv.), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier (female came down to drink), 6 Great Crested Grebe (inc' 2 juv.), 1 Garganey (eclipsed female/juvenile too distant), 62 Pochard, 28 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard (female, also many Teal, Shoveler, Mallard and Gadwall), 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Green Woodpecker (over), 3 Chiffchaff (calling) [Ashley Gooding]
Billericay, 14:30 to 14:45, Sunny - Breezy
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Heard whilst garden birding - Perched in top of an oak tree.) [John Smart]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:40 to 10:45, Cloudy, warm, brisk SW wind.
30 Greylag Goose (+.), 18 Mute Swan (Three pair with 7, 3 and 2 young, ), 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Female.), 7 Tufted Duck (Female with 6 young.), 2 Little Grebe, 34 Great Crested Grebe (Including 10 young.), 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Owl, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Warbler (Some half-hearted song.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, warm. Becoming sunny.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker (Including one juv.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 30 Goldfinch (Approx. Mostly juveniles.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 04 Aug 2020
Great Braxted, 14:30 to 17:00, Lovely.
5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 adults, 3 juveniles, one being fed a red admiral!), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Bullfinch (showed well on Park wall), 2 Goldcrest [David Allen]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands.
2 Sparrowhawk (Adult & juv. ), 4 Green Woodpecker (Including a juv.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 03 Aug 2020
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:15, Sunshine, light breeze
1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult, feeding at water's edge at south of Lodge Bay), 4 Red-crested Pochard (Lodge Bay), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Lodge Bay), 4 Common Sandpiper (Rawl Hide), 2 Mandarin Duck (Lodge Bay) [James Hudson]
Copford, 12:30 to 13:00
1 Crossbill (Flying and calling East/West over church), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Adult still in trees behind church) [Barbara Leport]
Braintree, 12:30 to 12:35, Hot and overcast
1 Buzzard (Buzzard high over Notley Road being mobbed by a very vocal gull.) [Martin Iddon]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:30 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Bar-headed Goose (On grazing meadow.), 7 Common Sandpiper, 30 Common Tern, 2 Garganey (Female or eclipse male(s). Right of Oak Hide.), 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit [David Curle]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 12:00
7 Great White Egret (1 LBC, 3 WIG BAY, 3LDLH), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LDLH), 1 Greenshank (Wig bay) [Barbara Leport]
Beckton, 09:30 to 12:00, Sun/cloud
1 Buzzard, 5 Common Sandpiper, 12 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 20 Common Tern (+), 1 Blackcap [Gary A James]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:15, Some cloud, occasional sun. Cool. Plotlands only.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Stapleford Tawney, 05:00 to 06:30, Cloudy - light wind
3 Little Owl (1 fledged juvenile and 1 adult near presumed nest tree, 1 adult near Tawney Hall), 1 Tawny Owl (Single bird keewicking just before sunrise), 4 Bullfinch (Adult male and female with at least 2 fledged young), 1 Buzzard, 20 Stock Dove (20+ in various recently harvested fields), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Single bird seen in flight), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Linnet, 1 Whitethroat [Nicholas Weston]
Sunday 02 Aug 2020
Hutton, 16:00 to 19:30, Sunny, warm 23f ,Garden
2 Song Thrush (Pair ? nesting in garden) [Ron Colson] Song Thrush at Hutton on 02 Aug 2020, (Ron Colson) , Song Thrush at Hutton on 02 Aug 2020, (Ron Colson) , Song Thrush at Hutton on 02 Aug 2020, (Ron Colson)
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 17:30, Hot.
4 Great White Egret, 1 Ruddy Shelduck (unringed female), 1 Cattle Egret (roosting low in Layer Breton heronry ), 1 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 16 Little Egret, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Little Ringed Plover (LdlH causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black Swan, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [David Allen]
Markshall Wood, Coggeshall, 11:30 to 17:30, Sunny
3 Red Kite (Circling together), 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven (Pair flew over cronking loudly), 30 House Martin, 3 Green Woodpecker (Three seen and many more heard), 11 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer (All sightings from the Markshall Estate) [David Curle] Red Kite at Markshall Wood, Coggeshall on 02 Aug 2020, (David Curle) , Green Woodpecker at Markshall Wood, Coggeshall on 02 Aug 2020, (David Curle)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny and warm. Selected avian highlights.
2 Red-crested Pochard (Female & Juvenile. Oak Hide), 8 Common Tern (+, Minimum of 4 fledged youngsters.), 1 Red Kite (Rawl Hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (Rawl Hide), 8 Common Sandpiper (+), 1 Green Sandpiper (Fremnell's Causeway), 30 Great Crested Grebe (+), 100 Tufted Duck (+), 7 Egyptian Goose, 6 Lapwing (+), 3 Swallow, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Rawl Hide) [Andrew Allen]
Writtle, 09:30 to 11:30, Slight breeze, sunny, 20 degrees
2 Grey Heron (by Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher (flying along River Can ), 3 Lapwing (by Titchmarsh Reservoir), 16 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Whitethroat, 10 House Martin (flying over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Greenfinch [Winifred Simmonds] Grey Heron at Writtle on 02 Aug 2020, (Winifred Simmonds)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny, warm.
3 Buzzard, 7 Green Woodpecker (At least. Including two juvs.), 4 Swallow (At least.), 5 House Martin (At least.), 3 Whitethroat (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 09:00 to 09:15, Partly cloudy
1 Sparrowhawk (Soaring) [Roger Emmens]
Beckton, 08:15 to 12:30, Sunny/warm
1 Hobby, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Oystercatcher, 13 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, warm.
1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 50 Goldfinch (Approx. Mostly juveniles.), 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:45 to 13:30, Fine and sunny, W wind, rising tide
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 123 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 53 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 75 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 911 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 365 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 3 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female near the VC), 3 Common Sandpiper (Stanford Creek), 8 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 97 Coot (22 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 90 Tufted Duck (Three, plus four downy young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus one downy young, Golden Gates), 3 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Two, plus two well grown young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus one downy young, Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Juvenile on the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 10:30, sunny, stiff breeze
181 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Swift, 15 Common Tern (all adults), 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Lapwing (9 from church, 11 from L.D.L.H causeway), 12 Little Egret (6 from church, 6 from LDLH causeway), 3 Yellow Wagtail (3 over calling from church, 6+ L.D.L.H causeway), 28 Cormorant (in feeding frenzy. All the above from Abberton church), 15 Pied Wagtail, 163 Mute Swan, 2 Chiffchaff (calling), 200 Pochard (+), 50 Tufted Duck (+), 2 Great White Egret, 94 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard, all the above from Layer D.L.H. causeway) [Ashley Gooding]
TL7205, 07:30 to 09:15, sunny, few clouds warm
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (calling and then flew towards Baddow recreation ground), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling) [Sean Gregory]
Saturday 01 Aug 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 17:00, Very hot.
4 Great White Egret, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Green Sandpiper, 24 Egyptian Goose [David Allen]
TL7205, 10:00 to 16:00, sunny warm; observations at various times of the day
1 Red Kite (flew west), 1 Sparrowhawk, 25 Swift (at least), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Robin (adult + juvenile) [Sean Gregory]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, some cloud, very warm. Stone Point
7 Whimbrel (together), 2 Song Thrush (JW reserve), 70 Sandwich Tern (+), 65 Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 76 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (by tower) [Martin Richards]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 12:00, Sun & cloud. Warm, breezy. All sightings Willow Park.
4 Green Woodpecker (Including at least two juvs.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Long Wood.), 2 Nuthatch (Long Wood. My first record from this location.), 15 Goldfinch (At least.), 3 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 16:30, Partly cloudy, wind westerly light to moderate. 26c
2 Little Grebe (Wigbourgh bay viewing hide), 25 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide, and both Causeways), 40 Teal (LB Causeway and Wigbourgh bay viewing hide), 2 Wigeon (♂♀LB Causeway - In eclipse plumage ), 1 Mandarin Duck (♂LB Causeway - In eclipse plumage ), 3 Goldeneye (♀LB Causeway), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (♀LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 4 Buzzard (At least), 1 Sparrowhawk (♀LB Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (♀Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Hobby (Billets Farm), 1 Kestrel (Over the Reserve), 1 Oystercatcher (Wigbourgh bay viewing hide), 50 Lapwing (At least), 2 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Green Sandpiper (Possibly 5- LB Causeway - On large island ), 2 Common Sandpiper (LB Causeway - On large island ), 1 Greenshank (Wigbourgh bay viewing hide), 1 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Blackcap (Old Road), 5 Whitethroat, 15 Yellow Wagtail (Billets farm and LDLH Causeway) [Mick Woodruff]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 07:45 to 09:15, Sunny, some cloud. Warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (Menacing swifts.), 21 Swift (At least.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 10:45, overcast first thing then sunny, warm, NW wind, high tide - 10 species in song
2 Chiffchaff, 33 Swift (+, 13 south first thing, 20+ south end of Walton Hall Marshes ), 60 House Martin (+, 20 + drifting south first thing, 40+ high over sewage works mid-morning, drifting off west), 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles ), 5 Whimbrel, 23 Turnstone, 27 Sandwich Tern (On beach), 96 Sanderling (Stone Point ), 27 Dunlin, 18 Canada Goose (In off), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Towards Stone Point ), 4 Common Sandpiper (1 towards Stone Point, 3 Walton Hall Marshes/Walton Channel), 1 Buzzard, 36 Swallow (Small groups, some drifting north others west), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek ), 1 Reed Warbler (Half-heartedly singing), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Red Kite (Soaring over Walton Hall Marshes, gained height and drifted off to the west - uncommon here ) [Brian Combes]
Maldon, 05:00 to 07:00
1 Black Redstart (Female dropping off beam full of food at industrial estate. Haven't located nest yet but it it's within a working area! ), 2 Whimbrel (Northey island causeway. Possibly more as I didn't have my telescope.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female close to limbourne creek.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Located by looking at a noisy lesser black-backed gull over a field, peregrine pops up to immediately make a failed chase for a lapwing before heading east.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Feeding in drying out borrow duke by dump pool), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (30 feeding in dump pool), 1 Common Gull (My first of summer/autumn migration), 1 Red-legged Partridge (On roof top of a house by footpath along Limebrook way, it's probably avoiding a pair of fox cubs nearby!), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Calling by limbourne creek) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 31 Jul 2020
Boreham, 16:00 to 17:55, Light S/SW breeze; very warm; increasing cloud from S; Boreham garden patch sky watch + 10 butterfly species logged.
4 Lapwing (flock high west at 16.45. First patch sighting for 2.5 weeks. ), 1 Hobby (Flycatching high overhead often amongst B.H. Gulls. seen 3 times. Several recent sightings over grden), 1 Marsh Harrier (One apparent juv(no sign of moult) very high S. at 17.10. Only saw it as watching for Swifts. ), 155 Swift (All between S and SW incredibly high and rapid movement. largest flock 55. ), 11 Sand Martin (Flock quite high south-east as a group at 16.15), 3 Swallow (All juvs south together at 17.25), 9 House Martin (Apparent feeding activity of presumably recently fledged juvs. in flight. 4 pairs within 400m of garden.), 1 Turtle Dove (Male first seen at the end of April still visiting. Previous latest record was the 7th July 5 yearsa go. ), 5 Blackbird (pair fledged 3 young this am, 3rd brood in Ivy covered stump in garden. ), 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull (All adults, mostly singles high S/SW during afternoon, 2 already in wing moult. Difefrent hbehaviour from local breeders.), 8 Common Gull (8 adults fly-catching amongst 180 Black-headed Gulls mid-afternoon. ) [Graham Ekins]
Laindon, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
1 Hobby, 6 Swift, 2 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, becoming hot.
7 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Linnet (Singing Male.), 1 Bullfinch (At least. Calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 30 Jul 2020
Epping, 19:45 to 19:45, Warm & sunny
3 Ring-necked Parakeet (I'd stopped reporting them, but felt I should qualify it! Reckon I've seen on a daily basis since my last records early June. Obviously a small colony is resident here. Usually seen around west end of Hemnall Street/Bell Common/Lower Bury Lane area...but they do move around...Crows Road, Kendal Avenue also regularly seen or heard) [Graham Pentelow]
Holland Haven, 15:00 to 16:00, on Scrape
20 Lapwing (+), 9 Avocet, 7 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), 1 Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher [Liz Huxley]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, sunny fantastic day. Stone Point
1 Song Thrush (JW reserve ), 1 Green Woodpecker (JW reserve), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Stone Point lagoon), 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Sanderling (+), 12 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 90 Sandwich Tern (+), 4 Common Tern, 9 Turnstone [Martin Richards]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:30 to 11:00, Sunny hot. Golden Gate Lakes area.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male perched upon fence across from the railway line.) [Andrew Cox]
Hullbridge, 10:00 to 10:30, High Tide Bright
1 Red Kite [M Savage]
Beckton, 09:30 to 11:30, Sunny/warm
1 Oystercatcher, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd year) [Gary A James]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 12:00, warm and sunny
100 Barnacle Goose (circa. Horsey Island), 20 Little Egret (Horsey Island), 60 Oystercatcher (Horsey Island; more elsewhere.), 11 Ringed Plover (Stone Point. 5 pairs; 1 juvenile; 2 pairs calling to young in cover.), 3 Whimbrel (Stone Point), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek.), 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper (Walton Channel.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Stone Point), 64 Sandwich Tern, 3 Little Tern (Stone Point - overhead.), 2 Common Tern, 15 Swift (southern end of marshes), 4 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles.), 3 Kestrel (2 juveniles), 2 Reed Warbler (one in weak song + juvenile), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (juveniles), 6 Whitethroat (juveniles), 50 House Sparrow (+ at southern end of marshes), 2 Yellow Wagtail (juveniles), 7 Meadow Pipit (two family parties + male in song flight.), 24 Linnet (five families + 2 pairs.) [Martin Peers]
Epping, 09:00 to 09:00, Warm & sunny
1 Nuthatch (Calling from a tree on Hemnall Street/Pelly Court. Also heard one on Kendal Avenue/Station Road junction earlier in the week) [Graham Pentelow]
Wednesday 29 Jul 2020
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:30 to 16:30, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile.), 14 Little Egret, 13 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 7 Spotted Redshank (Two summer plumage.), 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:00 to 15:00, warm, SW breeze, low tide
12 Little Egret, 4 Spoonbill, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 40 Avocet, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 25 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 7 Common Sandpiper [John McLaughlin]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 14:00, broken cloud, but warm - Stone Point walk
1 Sparrowhawk, 90 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Knot, 70 Sanderling (+), 25 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone, 2 Whimbrel, 75 Sandwich Tern [Martin Richards]
Holland Haven, 10:00 to 12:00
20 Swallow (incl juvs), 2 Sand Martin, 10 Whitethroat (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Linnet (+ incl juvs), 1 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard, 11 Avocet, 2 Wheatear [Liz Huxley]
Ingrebourne Valley, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm. Some cloud around.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Kestrel, 65 Lapwing (Viewpoint.), 6 Green Woodpecker (Including two in Bonnetts Wood.), 1 Skylark (Carrying food to the middle of a wheatfield.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males (rather desultory), Bonnetts Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (Pair, one carrying some feathers in it's beak. Took them into a thick hedge.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair, Bonnetts Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
The Hythe, Colchester, 07:00 to 08:00, High tide
12 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kestrel [Michael Padmore]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 06:30 to 07:00
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female. Earlier in the year there was a drake at Chig, Sooner or later they will figure out how to meet up and we will see some RCP ducklings...), 50 Swift [John Buchanan]