Please note there is currently a severe tick problem at Old Hall Marshes. Dog walkers should avoid and birdwatchers need to make regular checks to legs and avoid any strands of grass hanging over the footpath. This is a really bad infestation.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Sunday 16 Jun 2019
Great Waltham, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny
2 Bullfinch (Assumed a pair as flew off together) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, breezy. Some light rain.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 8 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing Male, lower lake.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 15 Jun 2019
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 20:15 to 20:15
1 Red-backed Shrike (Male still this evening) [Clive Atkins]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 16:15 to 17:15, Cloudy, breezy.
2 Mediterranean Gull (One adult plus the usual hybrid.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Cuckoo (Male & female. Possibly a second Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 15:45 to 16:30, Warm, overcast and breezy.
1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only.) [Nick Boxall]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 13:45 to 13:45
1 Red-backed Shrike (Nice male ) [Clive Atkins]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:45 to 16:00, Cloud & sunny intervals. Breezy.
12 Teal (Males; one female.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby (Hunting dragonflies from the ditch.), 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Appeared to be display lighting.), 40 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (Summer plumage. Far SE corner, then feeding all along the back of the flood. Resting occasionally.), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern (Flying over , heading north. One carrying a fish.), 1 Cuckoo (Male, somewhere on the old tip.), 10 Swift (At least.), 4 Bearded Tit (At. Least. Male carrying food & at least one young.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, light SW breeze. Warm 20c. Sightings with Brenda.
7 Little Ringed Plover (3 adults 4 tiny chicks. Usual corner on LDH Causeway.), 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Common Tern (Circa.), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least. ), 50 Sand Martin (Plus. Hide Bay hide.), 10 Swallow (Circa.), 10 House Martin (Circa.), 1 Black Swan (New Bay hide.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide.), 1 Cuckoo (Seen & heard, LDHC.), 1 Nightingale (Old road, VC entrance.), 1 Blackcap (Male. Old road.), 1 Chiffchaff (Seen, few more heard. Old Road.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Old Road.), 4 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, Hide Bay hide.), 2 Kestrel, 5 Shoveler (3 drakes, 2 female.), 6 Teal (Drakes.), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Fly over's, Billets Farm.), 100 Mute Swan (Circa. Pair with 2 small Cygnets.), 5 Egyptian Goose, 20 Skylark (At least.) [David Hale] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Jun 2019, (David Hale) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Jun 2019, (David Hale)
Nayland, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny then cloudy
1 Cuckoo (male calling - all records Nayland & Little Horkesley), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Skylark (males), 2 Swallow (pair), 6 Chiffchaff (males - several families), 6 Blackcap (males - some with young), 1 Garden Warbler (male), 10 Whitethroat (males - most with nests or young), 1 Reed Warbler (male), 2 Grey Wagtail (+), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 3 Yellowhammer (males) [Martin Peers]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:15 to 15:00, Warm, cloudy with Sunny intervals, moderate breeze.
1 Red Kite (Gliding over grazing area near car park.), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (In flight around Flying Fields, heard another across saltings towards Tollesbury.), 1 Curlew, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Immediate Car park area and Reed beds by wooden steps leading to the sea wall.), 1 Sedge Warbler, 13 Avocet (+), 6 Redshank, 3 Swallow, 10 Lapwing (+), 10 Oystercatcher (+), 5 Common Tern, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only, car park area), 4 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Little Egret, 10 Shelduck (+ ), 10 Pochard (+), 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 10 Greylag Goose (+), 10 Canada Goose (+) [Nick Boxall]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny, becoming cloudier & breezy.
2 Buzzard, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 5 Swallow (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch (Pair.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.. ) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, some clouds. Warm.
1 Kestrel (Female, chasing crow.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Chipping Ongar, 08:00 to 08:15, Warm, some cloud but bright.
2 Whitethroat (Near reserve car park, Bobbingworth Nature Reserve) [Nick Boxall]
Friday 14 Jun 2019
Wrabness, 19:00 to 21:00, Sunny evening, slight breeze
40 Sand Martin (+), 12 Swallow, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Bullfinch (both males), 4 Turtle Dove (At least 4 on site, possibly more), 3 Common Tern, 10 Linnet, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Matt Turner] Bullfinch at Wrabness on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Bullfinch at Wrabness on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner)
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 17:00, Bright, mild and breezy.
1 Ring-necked Duck (Layer Breton Causeway ) [David Curle] Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jun 2019, (David Curle) , Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jun 2019, (David Curle) , Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jun 2019, (David Curle)
Ardleigh Reservoir, 13:20 to 13:55, sunny but breezy
100 Greylag Goose (+, including many juvs), 40 Canada Goose (pair + 6 juvs & 30+ adults), 4 Gadwall (duck with 3 fully grown juvs), 1 Tufted Duck (male), 8 Great Crested Grebe (4 pairs; 2 nests seen), 2 Common Tern, 6 Sand Martin (a few persist despite destruction of nesting cliff by contractors in March), 1 Garden Warbler (territorial male), 3 Reed Warbler (territorial males), 2 Bullfinch (pair, probably with nest) [Martin Peers]
Broomhouse, Langham, 11:45 to 13:00, sunny intervals, breezy
8 Mute Swan (pair + 6 cygnets (2 'Polish' types)), 10 Shelduck (no sign of duckling today), 5 Gadwall (duck with 4 ducklings ), 8 Coot (including pair + 4 juvs [Docura's Farm]), 2 Oystercatcher (pair with nest in crops [another pair at lagoons]), 24 Lapwing (20 failed breeders (many in moult); pair with chicks in crops), 2 Redshank (pair with suspected young in cover), 2 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warbler (male in song; female? alarming), 1 Sedge Warbler (+ feeding young in nest), 1 Yellow Wagtail (in barley [Docura's Farm]), 1 Grey Wagtail (+ female with calling young at pump station. Also noted one adult + one hind Fallow Deer) [Martin Peers]
Great Horkesley, 09:45 to 10:30, overcast, breezy
6 Canada Goose (pair with 4 goslings - all wildfowl records from lakes near Ridgnalls), 36 Mallard (including two broods), 8 Tufted Duck (6 males), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge (pair flushed near Ridgnalls), 3 Little Grebe (trilling males), 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair), 3 Moorhen (broods), 9 Coot (including pair + 3 fully grown juvs), 6 Stock Dove (3 pairs), 1 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (5 pairs), 4 Chiffchaff (territories), 5 Blackcap (territories), 3 Whitethroat (territories), 3 Reed Warbler (territorial males - Ridgnalls), 3 Spotted Flycatcher (pair in large garden corner Green Lane; singing male in large garden Holly Lane opposite Coveneys), 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (male Ridgnalls) [Martin Peers]
Boxted, 08:30 to 11:15, cloudy, with occasional sunny spells; breezy
3 Mallard (brood), 2 Buzzard, 1 Turtle Dove (Boxted Hall - male purring), 1 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (5 pairs - all with nests), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (territories, at least one with nest [2018= 2]), 7 Whitethroat (territories - all with nests [8]), 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (pair with nest at Boxted Hall), 2 Bullfinch (pair with nest) [Martin Peers]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 10:15, Sun & cloud. Breezy. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Male singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 07:45 to 09:30, Cloudy with sunny intervals. Breezy.
3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 10 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 7 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
TL6808, 07:45 to 08:00, Overcast
1 Turtle Dove (Visiting back garden in West Chelmsford) [Stuart Anderson] Turtle Dove at TL6808 on 14 Jun 2019, (Stuart Anderson) , Turtle Dove at TL6808 on 14 Jun 2019, (Stuart Anderson)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 08:30, stiff southerly breeze, overcast
2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female in same area as before), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv male flew low over bridge then onto pylon), 1 Kestrel, 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, 1 young), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males north and south of bridge), 1 Red-legged Partridge (north marsh), 2 Stock Dove, 22 Avocet [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Peregrine Falcon at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Egyptian Goose at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Thursday 13 Jun 2019
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 20:00 to 21:15, Cold & Windy - RSPB boat trip out of West Mersea
4 Little Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, 30 Black-headed Gull (At least), 30 Herring Gull (At least) [Stuart Anderson]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 19:30 to 20:30, Sightings from Lodge Lane causeway
3 Great Crested Grebe (Female on nest with male close by and another bird opposite side), 1 Grey Heron (Landed near the female GCG and the male came to her rescue and saw the heron off!), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 15 Swift (Feeding very low over water at 20:30, I could hear their wings over my head), 2 Common Tern, 25 Sand Martin (+), 1 Kingfisher (Very brief glimpse low over waters edge near causeway), 2 Blackcap (singing males ), 3 Cormorant, 50 Jackdaw (+ noisy roost frequently taking to the air), 1 Bullfinch (called twice) [Matt Turner]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 19:00 to 19:15, Windy
1 Turtle Dove (Observed in back garden by my wife Christine (2nd visit in a week)) [Stuart Anderson]
Colchester, 17:45 to 17:45
1 Turtle Dove (Had top down in light rain as collecting bookcase. Not too happy until I heard t/d purring at a12/a120 junction!) [Matt Turner]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 17:15 to 18:30, Cloudy, breezy.
1 Marsh Harrier (Adult Male.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 60 Black-headed Gull (At least 60 young, many well grown.), 20 Common Tern (At least. Including at least four hatched young.), 4 Cuckoo (Three males, one female.), 4 Swift, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least. Male & at least three young.) [Andrew Cox]
Harlow, 16:45 to 16:45, Rain, warm breeze and overcast.
1 Red Kite (Gliding overhead, heading south over Templefields.) [Nick Boxall]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:40 to 10:55, Overcast, sunny spells, brisk S. wind, dry. Red Admiral and Painted Lady butterfles also seen.
200 Greylag Goose (circa. On and around small lake.), 7 Mute Swan (Inc. one nesting.), 2 Shelduck, 2 Mallard (Females with six and seven well grown young.), 28 Pochard (22 male.), 9 Tufted Duck (Eight male.), 12 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 30 Coot (circa.), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 5 Swift, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Swallow, 10 House Martin (+.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 12 Jun 2019
Hanningfield Reservoir, 20:45 to 21:15, Much rain during the day - Overcast - Threat of more rain.
200 Swift (Approx 200 - Feeding high over the Visitor Centre during a maternity bat Roost count. Only a small patch of sky could be seen.) [John Smart]
Tuesday 11 Jun 2019
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 14:00 to 15:40, Increasing cloud, sunny spells, dry and humid.
30 Canada Goose (+.), 120 Greylag Goose (+.), 7 Mute Swan (Inc. one on nest.), 13 Pochard (Nine male.), 24 Tufted Duck (Only two female.), 2 Little Grebe (Pair.), 11 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair displaying.), 12 Grey Heron (circa.), 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Leighs, 10:30 to 11:00, Dry but overcast
5 Yellowhammer (Along side of lane), 30 Long-tailed Tit (Large, noisy very mobile flock in hedgerow next to St Johns Church) [Martin Iddon]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:45 to 08:30, Water level high but falling, calm and cloudy. Young greylag, canada, blue tit and oystercatcher seen
1 Peregrine Falcon (Young male having his breakfast on regular pylon), 1 Kestrel, 28 Avocet (16 adult, 12 young), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male heard), 4 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, 2 young), 1 Black Swan, 2 Tufted Duck (male and female), 30 Gadwall (out of sight initially but sent up by distant jogger), 1 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting ( both males on marsh), 1 Sedge Warbler (on marsh), 12 Cormorant [Matt Turner] Cormorant at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 11 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 07:45, Dry and overcast
1 Spoonbill (Flew low around island at 7.20 mobbed by BH gulls then off low over trees N/E didn't land. ), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Along West bank) [Brian Bolton]
Sunday 09 Jun 2019
Stapleford Tawney, 16:00 to 16:45, Fair warm
4 Pied Wagtail (Regular ), 6 Goldfinch, 10 Swallow (Nesting in farmyard), 4 Skylark (In arable fields ), 10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Hovering ), 10 Dunnock, 2 Moorhen (With a chick ), 12 Mallard [Ann Darnell]
South House Farm, Maldon, 12:30 to 13:00, Fine and sunny with light breeze
1 Teal (drake Cinnamon Teal feeding in fresh water fleet, viewable from sea wall) [Murray Orchard]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
2 Kestrel, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Stondon Massey, 08:00 to 09:30
2 Cuckoo (two birds between Hallsford Bridge and Langford Bridge - one flew along the hedge line as another was calling), 2 Garden Warbler (Great Myles - 2 singing), 1 Reed Warbler (Great Myles - singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Little Owl, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet, 3 Swallow, 21 Swift, 5 Stock Dove (BBS Breeding bird survey - 38 species) [Andrew Stroud]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
2 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Wormingford, Colchester, 07:45 to 11:15, warm and sunny with some cloud later
1 Red-legged Partridge (Lodge Hills), 4 Stock Dove (Wormingford total 8 territories [average= 6]), 1 Cuckoo (male - Lodge Hills), 2 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker (Wormingford total 4 territories [5]), 1 Kestrel (Lodge Hills), 6 Swallow (7 territories [8]), 5 House Martin (territories [7]), 11 Chiffchaff (total territories [15]), 10 Blackcap (total territories= 15 [14]), 10 Whitethroat (territories; total= 22 [21]), 5 Reed Warbler (territorial males: my best ever here), 3 Mistle Thrush (territories [3]), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Linnet (5 pairs - total= 15 pairs [14]), 1 Bullfinch (male), 13 Yellowhammer (territories; total= 21 [22]), 4 Reed Bunting (territorial males) [Martin Peers]
Maldon, 07:30 to 08:30, Fine and sunny, light breeze
2 Shelduck (pair with 8 large ducklings in Heybridge Creek), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing males in upper reaches of Heybridge Creek), 18 Swift (flying around over the town) [Murray Orchard]
Heybridge GP, 07:30 to 08:30, Fine and sunny with light breeze
420 Black-headed Gull (minimum number of breeding pairs with many young seen. Birds present on ten islands and a raft.), 17 Common Tern (total of sitting birds/AON with one chick seen. All except one pair on 3 small/low bare islands in middle/south side of pit.), 2 Avocet (a pair breeding on one of the small low/bare islands with a sitting bird seen), 2 Cuckoo (male and female heard calling) [Murray Orchard]
Saturday 08 Jun 2019
Doddinghurst, 20:45 to 21:00, Fairly dull. Mild
2 Swift (Had swifts caller volume on to attract to swift boxes) [Ann Darnell]
Wrabness, 19:00 to 20:30, broken sunshine with a westerly breeze
1 Cuckoo (Calling regularly), 2 Nightingale (2 heard singing in far west of reserve), 1 Bullfinch (single call heard), 1 Yellowhammer (Cracking male singing at close range), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Turtle Dove (All heard/seen from main path nw of car park) [Matt Turner] Yellowhammer at Wrabness on 08 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Buzzard at Wrabness on 08 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 08 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner)
Colchester, 18:15 to 18:30, Breezy and cool
2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and chick in nest alcove), 5 Swift [Sean Nixon] Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Swift at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Swift at Colchester on 08 Jun 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Mountnessing, 17:30 to 17:45, Sightings from St Giles Church and farmland area
1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel (Hunting together), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Flew over calling), 1 Skylark (Very vocal), 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap (+), 10 House Sparrow (+), 3 Linnet (Males singing on overhead wires) [Ben Mapp]
Crowsheath Wood, near Hanningfield Reservoir, 16:30 to 17:10, Warm
1 Pheasant (Heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap (+, pair seen well), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay [Ben Mapp]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:25, Warm but windy
8 Egyptian Goose (1 Causeway, 3 Meadow Pool and 4 Rawl Hide), 1 Swan Goose (Causeway), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (With Egyptian Geese at Rawl Hide), 20 Red-crested Pochard (+, mainly drakes), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Gull, 1000 Swift (+, all over reservoir), 3 Swallow (Causeway), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler (Singing by woodland clearing in Chestnut Wood) [Ben Mapp]
Thorndon CP (South), 15:00 to 16:00, Sun & cloud. Windy.
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch (Pair. Male singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 09:50 to 13:30, Mild, very windy
20 Pochard (+, many young on Butts Scrape), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Ken Barrett Hide), 5 Little Grebe (1 with 3 young by river wall turnstile, 1 other heard), 8 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Marsh Harrier (Over Target Pools), 1 Oystercatcher (Flew along river), 5 Avocet (1 on Purfleet Scrape, pair with 2 young on Butts Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Near woodland feeders), 50 Sand Martin (+, Butts Scrape), 4 Blackcap (At least), 5 Whitethroat (At least), 3 Sedge Warbler (Showed fairly well), 6 Cetti's Warbler (At least), 1 Linnet [Ben Mapp]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:15, Cloudy, windy. Some rain.
2 Common Tern (One flew off westward, the other caught a fish & departed NE. One returned @ 45 min later.), 1 Kestrel (Male, hovering near the lake.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 09:45, strong westerly wind, overcast with some rain, cool; ebbing tide
5 Blackcap (Singing), 6 Whitethroat (Singing ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 50 Swift (+, moving south in small groups many flying low), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Fulmar (South), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Friday 07 Jun 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 17:00 to 17:30, Quick look after rain had stopped, water level high. usual waders and gulls present
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile male on same pylon, third time in a week presume same bird), 1 Kestrel (Hovering briefly near peregrine), 25 Avocet (14 adult, 11 young), 10 Oystercatcher (at least 4 young seen) [Matt Turner]
TL4710, 10:30 to 12:30, Warm, overcast, breezy and intermittent rain.
4 Reed Bunting (Reed beds next to brenthall and barnsley wood.), 4 Treecreeper, 3 Blackcap (One female.), 2 Wren (Heard a few more throughout wood.), 2 Chiffchaff (Heard only.), 8 Great Tit (3x juvenile.), 4 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 2 Carrion Crow (Heard more.), 9 Wood Pigeon, 1 Dunnock, 2 Goldfinch [Nick Boxall]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy. Dunton Plotlands.
7 Mallard (Female with six young.), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair.), 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull (At least.), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (At least.), 1 Common Tern (Caught fish & flew off.), 1 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Male, carrying nest material.), 1 Goldfinch (Singing Male) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 06 Jun 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 19:00 to 19:30, Bright, warm, low tide.
1 Common Sandpiper (Initially on North Marsh.) [Paul Saward]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:30 to 21:00, All sightings from north marsh
2 Marsh Harrier (Male carrying prey joined by female), 1 Barn Owl (Flew overhead carrying vole then presumably same bird hunting again 20 minutes later), 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Cuckoo (Male flew overhead then heard calling), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Nightingale (heard 2 distant brief snatches of song), 12 Swift, 2 Red-legged Partridge (Both heard), 1 Stock Dove [Matt Turner] Sedge Warbler at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 06 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 17:00 to 18:30, Sun & cloud.
1 Marsh Harrier (Distant female.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (Pair.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Usual hybrid with bh gull.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Cuckoo (Male & female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bearded Tit [Andrew Cox]
Chigborough Lakes, 14:30 to 16:00
2 Mute Swan (Pair with four young, Bean Mere. (Previously reported as three young).), 2 Gadwall (Main Lake.), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair with six young, Gadwall Lake.), 2 Little Grebe (Pair with one young, nest building, Main Lake.), 16 Little Egret (+. Heronry.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 13:10 to 14:30
8 Mute Swan (Inc. pair nesting, large lake and territorial male, small lake.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Small lake.), 4 Pochard (Two male.), 20 Grey Heron (circa. (No anglers present on large lake).), 2 Buzzard [Malcolm Corbett]
Langley, near Clavering, 12:00 to 13:30
2 Buzzard (Both sightings lower langley), 1 Red Kite [Chris Turner]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:15 to 16:00, Dry, warm, sun & cloud, breezy. 22c. Sightings with Brenda from first & middle hides.
1 Cuckoo (Heard from first hide.), 10 Little Egret (All very mobile.), 6 Grey Heron, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Swallow, 20 Swift (Circa.), 10 Pied Wagtail (Circa, mostly juveniles.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (Middle hide.), 8 Avocet (Middle hide.), 15 Lapwing (Circa.), 4 Pochard (3 drakes 1 female.), 6 Skylark, 2 Greenfinch (Feeders.), 4 Robin (Adult & 3 juveniles, feeders.), 2 Tufted Duck (1 pair.), 100 Starling (Circa.Small flocks of juveniles.) [David Hale] Oystercatcher at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 06 Jun 2019, (David Hale) , Pied Wagtail at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 06 Jun 2019, (David Hale)
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 12:30, Sunny with showers, W wind, LT
1 Cuckoo (Male), 6 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 29 Avocet, 316 Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 11 Lapwing, 83 Black-tailed Godwit (Mainly in nbp), 6 Pochard (Drakes), 8 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck (Four drakes), 7 Little Ringed Plover (Including three juvs), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (In nbp) [Paul Larkin]
Kirby Cross, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Cattle Egret (Breeding plumaged bird flew from Hamford Water direction towards Holland on Sea) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 05 Jun 2019
Great Yeldham, 10:00 to 11:15, cloudy with sunny spells
4 Red-legged Partridge (2 pairs - all records from Ridgewell airfield at Ashen), 6 Buzzard (3 pairs), 2 Stock Dove (pairs [2018= 1]), 4 Swift, 2 Kestrel (territorial males - Ashen & Tilbury-juxta-Clare), 1 Hobby (male hunting low over airfield), 2 Jay (pair), 16 Skylark (males [15]), 2 Swallow (territories), 4 Chiffchaff (males [3]), 5 Blackcap (males [3]), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (territories, at least two with nests), 7 Whitethroat (males (all with nests)), 2 Reed Warbler (males in hedgerows (my first here)), 2 Song Thrush, 8 Linnet (pairs [7]), 3 Bullfinch (pair + male elsewhere), 11 Yellowhammer (males [12]), 4 Reed Bunting (territorial males in oilseed rape [1]) [Martin Peers]
Heybridge GP, 09:15 to 11:00
2 Cuckoo (males), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (probably more, some juveniles), 2 Avocet (pair, on one of the small islands), 1 Turtle Dove (purring) [Paul Gymer]
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury, 08:30 to 09:45, sunny but cool
1 Red-legged Partridge (all records from Paul's Hall area), 1 Little Grebe (territorial male), 2 Buzzard (singles), 2 Stock Dove (territories [2018= 3]), 2 Turtle Dove (purring males [2]), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (male), 8 Skylark (males [6]), 1 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff (males [5]), 5 Blackcap ([6]), 5 Whitethroat (males), 2 Reed Warbler (males [3]), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail (as last year - male in field beans), 4 Linnet (2 pairs), 4 Yellowhammer (males [5]), 1 Reed Bunting (male in same field as Yellow Wagtail) [Martin Peers]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Cloudy
1 Redshank (On West Bank of pit below gate), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair but flew off at 7.50am), 6 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern [Brian Bolton] Redshank at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 Jun 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Naze, The, 06:15 to 11:00, Cloudy with intermittent sunshine, SW breeze
6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kestrel, 33 Little Tern (fishing Hamford water off stone point), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Curlew, 14 Ringed Plover, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone [Matt Turner] Ringed Plover at Naze, The on 05 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Sanderling at Naze, The on 05 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , Sanderling at Naze, The on 05 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner)
Tuesday 04 Jun 2019
Maldon, 10:45 to 11:00, Dry & overcast
1 Cetti's Warbler (Burst of song in scrub opposite green recycling depot in bates road) [Brian Bolton]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:30 to 15:15, Dry at first, overcast. Rain by 12 30, light E breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Buzzard (W bank.), 1 Hobby (W bank.), 19 Red-crested Pochard (17 drakes, 2 females.), 20 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 4 Pochard (3 drakes, 1 female.), 30 Mallard (Circa.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 1 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (Circa. Few on nests on Rafts.), 200 Swift (Plus. ), 10 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 30 Gadwall (Circa.), 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Lapwing, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Rawl hide.) [David Hale] Tufted Duck at Hanningfield Reservoir on 04 Jun 2019, (David Hale) , Mistle Thrush at Hanningfield Reservoir on 04 Jun 2019, (David Hale)
Henny Street, 07:30 to 10:15, sunny then cloud
1 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove (males/pairs), 1 Cuckoo (male), 4 Swift, 1 Raven (flew over calling), 3 Swallow (territories [2017= 3]), 11 Chiffchaff (males [13]), 12 Blackcap (males [10]), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (pair with nest), 12 Whitethroat (males [10]), 2 Reed Warbler (males - one in hedge long way from water), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail (pair feeding (hidden) young), 10 Linnet (5 pairs), 7 Yellowhammer (males/pairs [6]), 1 Reed Bunting (singing male in oilseed rape) [Martin Peers]
Monday 03 Jun 2019
Chigborough Lakes, 10:50 to 12:45, Cloudy, sunny spells, fresh SW wind.
6 Mute Swan (Three pair with young, three(Bean Mere), eight (Main Lake) and three (Pochard Lake).), 1 Mallard (Female with four young (Pochard Lake).), 6 Little Grebe (Pairs on Main, Pochard and Gadwall Lakes), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair nesting, Gadwall Lake..), 10 Grey Heron (+. Heronry.), 17 Little Egret (+. Heronry.), 25 Cormorant (+. Heronry.), 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 11 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 11 Wren (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Holland, 10:00 to 11:00, footpaths from church towards golf course
4 Swallow, 7 Corn Bunting (5+ males singing; 2 females collecting nest material near singing males), 3 Skylark (+), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 20 Swift (+), 3 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, 2 Greenfinch [Liz Huxley] Corn Bunting at Great Holland on 03 Jun 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:40 to 10:50, And 12:45 to 13:45. Cloudy, sunny intervals, fresh SW wind.
40 Canada Goose (circa.), 150 Greylag Goose (circa.), 4 Mute Swan (Inc. pair nesting.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Small lake.), 3 Mallard (Females with broods of two, six and nine.), 9 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. three pair (one displaying).), 15 Grey Heron (circa.), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby, 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Pebmarsh, 08:30 to 11:00, sunny but breezy
14 Canada Goose (included two (fully grown) family groups), 70 Greylag Goose (included several (fully grown) family groups), 30 Mallard (one new brood), 7 Tufted Duck (three females), 6 Great Crested Grebe (three pairs, one nest), 1 Little Owl (being mobbed by Blackcaps & others), 5 Swift (back at the church tower), 3 Green Woodpecker (territories [2018= 3]), 2 Coal Tit (young birds at two locations), 3 Swallow (territories [3]), 3 House Martin (nests), 11 Chiffchaff (males on territory [13]), 16 Blackcap (males [15]), 4 Garden Warbler (males [4]), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (male in new location), 6 Whitethroat (males [7]), 1 Reed Warbler (male [1]), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Song Thrush (including two fledged young), 3 Bullfinch (territories [3]), 2 Reed Bunting (pair at Preston's Lake. Also three species of chaser dragonflies and 3 White-legged Damsels.) [Martin Peers]
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 10:00
2 Turtle Dove (pair flew over at Cockaynes Wood), 2 Tawny Owl (2 young calling in Wivenhoe Wood), 2 Herring Gull (pair nesting on chimney near Horse and Groom Pub) [Richard Allen]
Navestock, 08:00 to 08:10, Still, cloudy (Incidentally, passing the same area, from 6.15pm - 6.20pm, three Kite were still in the area).
4 Red Kite (Soaring over fields, opposite Brentwood Golf Club, down towards the old Chequers Pub on Noak Hill.), 11 Buzzard (Seven in flight, with the Red Kite, and 4 on the field.) [Gary Boyes]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 08:15, Sunshine with westerly breeze, usual wader and gulls
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing near picnic area), 2 Stock Dove, 22 Avocet (13 adult, 9 young), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On usual pylon), 1 Whitethroat (Singing male near splodge), 1 Blackcap (Singing male picnic area), 1 Linnet (Near splodge) [Matt Turner]