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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Monday 09 Dec 2019
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 14:30, Dry, sunny, NW wind, 8c. Most birds sheltering tight to W bank. Sightings With Brenda from Rawl, Lyster hides & Causeway.
12 Goosander (9 drakes, 3 females.), 10 Goldeneye (Circa.), 200 Wigeon (Circa. Grazing meadow.), 1000 Coot (At least.), 100 Teal (Circa. ), 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 6 Mallard (3 pair. ), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 5 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Plus. ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Wind felled tree across woodland footpath !.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Looking like a juvenile. Failed sortie in front of Rawl hide.), 2 Buzzard (Red Fox & Muntjac Deer, Rawl hide.), 3 Jay, 4 Mute Swan [David Hale]
Sunday 08 Dec 2019
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 14:15 to 16:00, Dry and overcast and very cold wind
1 Hen Harrier (Female type ), 1 Short-eared Owl (Distantly over seawall), 2 Great White Egret [Brian Bolton]
Wickford, 09:15 to 09:15, Sunny and breezy
1 Blackcap (Male in my garden . Now had wintering blackcaps for 17 years in a row) [David Petts]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 08:15 to 09:30, Sunny, chilly. Some breeze.
1 Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker (Including one with no tail.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail (Golf course.), 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (At least.), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golf course.) [Andrew Cox]
The Hythe, Colchester, 08:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 2 Stonechat [Alf Mullins]
Saturday 07 Dec 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:00, Mild and dry
1 Scaup (East of LDLH Causeway. Thanks Sean for the heads up,), 1 Black-necked Grebe (East of LDLH Causeway.) [David Curle] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (David Curle) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (David Curle)
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 15:45, Sun & clouds. Chilly. Low tide.
26 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stooping at waders.), 45 Grey Plover (At least.), 2000 Knot (At least.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:00, Mild, still and grey
2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Scaup, 29 Goosander (Lodge Lane), 7 Goldeneye, 4 Great White Egret, 41 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Bullfinch, 23 Skylark [Sean Nixon] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Fieldfare at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Stonechat at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon)
West Mersea, 12:00 to 12:15, Grey, mild
1 Black Brant [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:30 to 12:30, cloudy, mild, windy
1 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Redwing [Sean Gregory]
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 13:00
5 Snow Bunting [Chris Balchin] Snow Bunting at Colne Pt on 07 Dec 2019, (Chris Balchin)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel (Female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (Calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 10 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:20 to 12:30, cool, overcast, brisk westerly wind, ebbing tide
1 Chiffchaff (Double hedge ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin (Near Stone Point Lagoon, later this bird or another Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair sitting on Horsey Island seawall across from Stone Point ), 15 Snow Bunting (Tip of Stone Point, flew in from Horsey, fed for a while, flew back to Horsey and then after a few minutes returned to the Point), 1 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 18 Little Grebe (Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 06 Dec 2019
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:45 to 16:30, Cloud & sun. Breezy, showers, some heavy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, over the old tip. Tussling with peregrine.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Looked like an immature female. Tussling with marsh harrier over the old tip.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (Calling near hide.), 150 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 31 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), 1 Spotted Redshank (Flushed from creek by marsh harrier.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly near hide.) [Andrew Cox]
Manningtree, 13:45 to 14:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female, age not determined (birds which frequent the pylons reported by Matt T) showing very well quite low over river just behind Coop) [James Davidson]
The Hythe, Colchester, 11:00 to 12:00
4 Water Rail [Alf Mullins]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:45 to 11:45, Cloudy, breezy, mild. Lincewood only.
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 05 Dec 2019
Tilbury, 10:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud, light SW wind, LT
21 Avocet (On foreshore), 107 Teal (90 on foreshore, 27 in the fort), 2 Buzzard (Sparring over the old P Stn site, one eventually flew over to Kent), 1 Shelduck (On foreshore), 18 Lapwing (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 6 Redshank (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 50 Goldfinch (In the fort), 30 Linnet (In the fort), 43 Canada Goose (In the fort), 5 Greylag Goose (In the fort), 1 Grey Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Snipe (In the fort), 31 Little Grebe (In the moat), 1 Little Egret (In the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:35 to 13:30, Becoming brighter, light SW wind. With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male, carp lake. An almost duck free site of late.), 3 Sparrowhawk (One male. Two female, one of which carrying blackbird.), 1 Buzzard, 70 Lapwing (circa. On arable field just east of Lofts Farm perimeter.), 1 Snipe (Trout lake.), 1 Kestrel, 100 Rook (+. South of South Wood.), 60 Carrion Crow (circa. On ploughed field.), 10 Skylark (+. With lapwings.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 1 Goldcrest, 40 Starling (+. With lapwings.), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20 House Sparrow (circa.), 6 Meadow Pipit (+. With skylarks.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:00 to 13:00, Calm, cold and a bit misty
30 Fieldfare, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier (Stunning female hunting then perched to west), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Raven (1/2 second very distant glimpse in flight from behind, thought it was a raptor but kronked as it disappeared) [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 05 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner)
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Swallow [Alf Mullins]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 08:00 to 09:00, Cold frosty morning, quick look before visit to Wat Tyler with Terry Malby
80 Lapwing, 4 Common Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon [Matt Turner]
Wednesday 04 Dec 2019
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:15 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk (Imm male.), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (Hunting over Obs saltmarsh, dropped down and caught something, then flew inland carrying the prey.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel (1 male. 1 female.), 1 Merlin (Imm male.), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat (1 male, 1 female.), 1 Twite (On sea wall between Othona and Sales Point.) [John Sutherby]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 14:00, bright sunshine; cold
2 Bewick's Swan (Wig Bay), 54 Pintail, 295 Shoveler, 100 Pochard (+), 6 Scaup (drake + 5 females), 45 Goldeneye, 36 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret (4 between Hide Bay and road), 250 Great Crested Grebe (circa), 1 Marsh Harrier (male across road towards VC), 1 Sparrowhawk (female Billets), 500 Lapwing (+), 5 Ruff (with Lapwings at Billets), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank (others reported 3), 50 Common Gull (Layer Breton), 2 Kestrel (first winter birds), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Grey Wagtail (Billets), 100 Linnet (circa near church; also c40 Skylarks) [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:50 to 11:50, Sunny, light SW wind.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Shoveler (Female, Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male, Carp lake.), 10 Grey Heron (+.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 12 Lapwing (On ploughed field.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 14 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 1 Chiffchaff (East end of Public Footpath.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair. Garden area.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 03 Dec 2019
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:10 to 16:20, Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, 10c dropping to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from sea wall just up from car park.
5 Short-eared Owl (First one showing at 14 15.), 3 Hen Harrier (Ringtails.), 6 Marsh Harrier (At least.), 1 Merlin, 6 Kestrel (At least. ), 200 Golden Plover (Plus. conservative estimate.), 200 Lapwing (Circa.), 100 Dunlin (Plus. ), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair.), 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 100 Wigeon (Circa.) [David Hale]
Tilbury, 11:00 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, light SW wind, low tide
43 Avocet (On foreshore), 15 Teal (On foreshore), 32 Mallard (On foreshore) [Paul Larkin]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:00 to 11:30, Sunny, quite warm though chilly breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Stonechat (Pair, close to centre.), 1 Black Redstart (Close to centre, edge of play area.), 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 09:00, Cold and sunny, splodge frozen
2 Peregrine Falcon (Young male and adult female on pylon), 1 Greenshank, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest (Heard only) [Matt Turner]
Monday 02 Dec 2019
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold, gentle NW wind. Very wet underfoot.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male. Carp lake. Only duck present apart from two Tufted and a few Mallard.), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Only one seen.), 3 Herring Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (Trout lake island.), 5 Fieldfare, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch (Pair), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Goldhanger, 09:45 to 14:00, Bright and clear
1 Rock Pipit (Showing really well on seawall), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female hunting river edge isolated a redshank and stooped 10 / 12 times unsuccessfully. Redshank eventually forced down and ditched in river. Peregrine made a similar number of attempts to take bird from surface but each time redshank dipped under. Eventually peregrine moved off doubt if redshank would get airborne againm), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female hunting over meadows), 2 Stonechat (At least two hunting among cows), 12 Turnstone (Doing what turnstones do on shoreline. ) [Mike Hardwick]
TL7106, 08:15 to 08:15, bright, still and cold after frost
1 Sparrowhawk (female flew north across river, north of ERO, upsetting the black-headed gulls) [Mark Gregory]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 08:30, Bright and cold winter morning, all sightings from white bridge
1 Buzzard (In rapid flight east), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Very distant on pylon through bins only, looked like female size), 2 Egyptian Goose (Feeding on splodge), 23 Little Grebe (All diving close to white bridge), 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret [Matt Turner]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 09:15, Sunny, cold.
2 Green Woodpecker, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 18 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 01 Dec 2019
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 14:30 to 16:00, Cold. Clear.
1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Little Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Dunlin, 10 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 6 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females very close in), 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Harrier [David Allen]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:45 to 16:45, Cloudy, some sun. Light showers.
23 Wigeon (At least. Creek.), 40 Teal (At least. Creek.), 60 Shoveler (Approx. End of the fleet.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Water Rail, 100 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Some feeding on the creek; other flying over towards Vange.), 11 Curlew (Creek.), 8 Redshank (At least. Creek.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Creek. Possibly three. One appeared to have an injured leg.), 2 Barn Owl (Over Green Centre car park at dusk.), 1 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 14:15, Cold. Clear.
5 Cattle Egret (Opposite side of road to Billets Farm, distantly with feeding cattle), 6 Bewick's Swan (Great Wigborough Bay. 3 awake, 3 asleep.), 1 Stonechat, 2000 Tufted Duck (plus!!!), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Ruff, 160 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard [David Allen]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
4 Hen Harrier (Adult male, adult female, 1cy male and 1cy female), 7 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female hunting together ), 2 Merlin (Females), 15 Marsh Harrier, 12 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Glaucous Gull (2nd/3rd cy flew east up River Crouch), 6 Stonechat, 3000 Golden Plover, 600 Wigeon, 70 Pintail, 40 Black-tailed Godwit [Steve Grimwade]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Long-tailed Duck (Female/juv type), 2 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Black-tailed Godwit [David Jobbins]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy North wind
1 Pochard, 1 Curlew, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Fieldfare [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, cold.
1 Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:45, Cold and sunny, NNE wind, rising tide
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders by the outer car park), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the managed retreat), 93 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 15 Lapwing (Mucking Bay), 1497 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 789 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 189 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 67 Teal (Mucking Bay), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Singles in Mucking Bat and Golden Gates, two on the pit to the south of the tip), 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river then out again), 108 Tufted Duck (Eleven on the tip to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 112 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 9 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female on Golden Gates), 12 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 9 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat, including one in partial breeding plumage), 18 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1024 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 1 Red-throated Diver (On the Thames, eventually flew down river), 12 Common Scoter (Up river then on the water off Blyth Sands), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult into the managed retreat), 2 Stonechat (Pair by the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cold.
4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 30 Nov 2019
Vange Marsh RSPB, 14:15 to 16:15, Sunny, some cloud. Chilly.
2 Little Grebe, 30 Wigeon (At least.), 20 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 151 Lapwing (At least.), 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit (Feeding on strip of saltmarshon Vange Creek at high tide.), 1 Ruff, 9 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 175 Black-headed Gull (At least. ), 7 Common Gull, 17 Stock Dove, 1 Barn Owl (Hunting across the creek on old tip; @15:30.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Colchester, 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny, but cold
1 Chiffchaff, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe [Sean Nixon] Chiffchaff at Colchester on 30 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Colchester on 30 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, mainly bright and very pleasant.
16 Snow Bunting (Stone Point - flew in from Horsey) [Martin Richards]
Layer-de-la-Haye, 11:00 to 11:45
1 Cattle Egret (Wig bay), 6 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay) [Mark Webb]
Witham, 11:00 to 11:15
3 Mandarin Duck [David L Smith]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:30, Nice when sun out, chilly when it went in!
1 Long-tailed Duck (LDHC), 3 Great White Egret (Billets Farm), 5 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 5 Cattle Egret (Field opposite Billets Farm), 1 Marsh Harrier (Billets Farm ), 2 Goosander (LBC) [Emma Robinson] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 30 Nov 2019, (Emma Robinson)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:45 to 12:45, cold; light showers, bright spells
25 Greylag Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk (immature male seen several times), 2 Lapwing, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron [Sean Gregory]
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 14:00, Fog early then fog at times inhibiting observing, light E wind, stronger later, rising tide
57 Grey Plover, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type), 1 Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk (Male and female), 3 Snipe, 188 Teal, 59 Common Scoter (Flock of 39 joined by another 20), 1 Velvet Scoter (Female with 39 Common), 12 Little Grebe, 122 Black-tailed Godwit, 581 Avocet, 53 Curlew, 14 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot [Paul Larkin]
Westley Heights, 08:30 to 09:45, Frosty, sunny, cold.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 3 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 14:30, Variable cloud, occ showers in am, N0-E3, movement to south unless stated
220 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 122 Cormorant (55S 67N), 1 Shag, 42 Wigeon, 22 Eider (N single flock, 8 adult males), 1 Goosander (male), 3 Long-tailed Duck (N @ 1319, assumed bird seen on sea offshore Holland Haven by Max Martin earlier), 711 Common Scoter (709S 2N in 40 groups), 3 Great Crested Grebe (2N 1S), 1 Red-necked Grebe (N), 1 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua (1S @ 1210, 1N @ 1342), 2 Guillemot (N), 1 Kittiwake (v scarce so far this autumn), 1 Arctic Tern (juv N @ 0955, first picked up at Holland Haven by Max Martin), 11 Gannet (N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:30, Frosty, cold. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 12:45, cold with frost, clear first thing then overcast with some showers, easterly wind, low tide rising
12 Common Scoter (South ), 3 Red-throated Diver (North), 7 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin (South), 5 Sparrowhawk (+, 5 in the air at the same time over escarpment first thing, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 over Decoy Ponds), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 37 Blackbird, 1 Snipe, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Merlin (Stone Point ), 1 Marsh Harrier, 92 Lapwing (Roosting by Walton Channel ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 32 Avocet (Roosting by Walton Channel), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (By Decoy Ponds), 1 Red Fox (Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 29 Nov 2019
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 15:10 to 15:15, Bright, calm and sunny, high tide 13:40
4 Stonechat (Correction to previous post - my apologies - 54 Stonechats is a bit of a stretch) [John Fell]
Wrabness, 14:15 to 15:15, Cold but sunny Tide on the ebb - very quiet
1 Kingfisher (Near Sluice), 50 Wigeon (c), 30 Redshank (c), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Chaffinch (c Near Horse gate) [Peter Brittain]
Stow Marsh, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny, high tide
150 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin, 35 Grey Plover, 100 Golden Plover, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Buzzard (on fields), 1500 Lapwing, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier (female and juv hunting), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Peregrine Falcon (young male made a dusk raid on the roosting waders) [Alan Shearring]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:00 to 16:45, Sunny, chilly.
23 Wigeon (At least. Creek.), 12 Teal (Scrape. Many more on the creek.), 40 Shoveler (At least. Scrape.), 17 Gadwall (Scrape.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Looked like a female. Second pylon right of goalposts.), 1 Water Rail (Calling.), 100 Lapwing (At least.), 35 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. In flight over creek.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Scrape.), 5 Fieldfare, 2 Bearded Tit [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:45, Clear and sunny with light N wind. Colder.
1 Black Swan (W of Layer Breton causeway), 6 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay - all adults.), 50 Goosander (Layer de la Haye causeway (50+)), 2 Scaup (Imm. male and female out E of Layer de la Haye causeway), 5 Cattle Egret (with black cattle on fields opposite Billets Farm), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male hunting over Hide Bay), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Imm. hunting over Hide Bay and also perched near top of pylon opposite hide. ), 1 Ruff (along bank out SE of Layer de la Haye causeway) [George Brown]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 11:45 to 14:30, Bright and clear, cold with very little breeze.
2 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Buzzard, 3 Cormorant (Flew over head, circled for a moment.), 5 Wren, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Pheasant (Always see one around the center of the woods.), 3 Great Tit (+Uncounted), 3 Blue Tit (+Uncounted), 7 Blackbird [Nick Boxall]
Witham, 11:00 to 15:00, Along River Walk
1 Harris's Hawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff (Garden), 3 Mistle Thrush (Garden), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing (Garden), 4 Coal Tit (+), 4 Fieldfare, 5 Goldcrest (+ (with Long-tailed Tit groups)) [David L Smith]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 12:00
5 Bewick's Swan (Wig. Bay at 1200), 1 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH causeway), 55 Goosander (LDLH causeway), 1 Scaup (LDLH causeway ( may have been more)), 6 Ruff (Wig. Bay), 3 Great White Egret, 5 Cattle Egret (Seen by other observers oppo Billet's Farm but flew off minutes before our arrival) [Simon Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:45 to 16:15, Dry, bright sunshine, clear sky, light breeze. 6 to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from LDH causeway & Billets Farm only.
5 Cattle Egret (With cattle opposite Billets Farm. ), 10 Great White Egret (Billets Farm screen. Birds together, nearest bank.), 4 Bewick's Swan (Billets Farm screen. Birds in Wig Bay.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat (Pair, LDHC.), 50 Goosander (Plus. Birds now accepting watchers & not spooking away. Close encounters.), 30 Goldeneye (Circa.), 3 Scaup (Females.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Side by side, LDHC.), 500 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 500 Teal (Plus.), 30 Wigeon (Plus.), 40 Shoveler (Plus.), 3 Pintail (2 drakes 1 female.), 30 Pochard (Plus.), 6 Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Egyptian Goose, 12 Common Gull, 15 Pied Wagtail (Circa.) [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Gadwall at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Common Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:50 to 15:10, Bright, calm and sunny, high tide 13:40
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over seed crop field close to visitor center. Excellent views), 1 Merlin (Male, perched on trees at the lower edge of the seed crop field and also sporadically hunting over the saltings), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female from visitor centre), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female, Hazel Ridge area), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flew over South Green Lane), 400 Avocet ((Approx) All wader numbers for inter-tidal area unless specified otherwise), 500 Knot (Several large flocks, very mobile so number estimates approximate), 150 Dunlin, 70 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 50 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Goosander (Female, inter-tidal area), 60 Golden Plover, 400 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Grey Plover, 12 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew (Estuary and saltings), 12 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher (Crawshaw hide), 1 Barn Owl (Crawshaw hide), 4 Stonechat (Meadows near Margaret Hide) [John Fell]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, chilly.
6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 4 Bullfinch (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, chilly.
1 Buzzard, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 5 Yellowhammer [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 13:00, NW-N2-3 0/8. Still some diurnal migration with larks and pipits arriving in off
2 Snow Bunting (S over greensward, presumed same birds then on seawall/golf course by raised tee), 32 Skylark, 24 Meadow Pipit [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
Writtle, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Merlin (Male repeatedly dive bombing female Kestrel over Loubees tea rooms!) [Graham Smith]
Colne Pt, 11:30 to 14:30, Grey, damp then rain, high tide at 12.30
150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 35 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Large female on a bush, got excited for a moment!), 2 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier (2m, 1f, 1 juv), 1 Merlin, 1 Rock Pipit, 40 Skylark (+), 30 Meadow Pipit (+), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Spotted Redshank (Flew past then couldn't relocate), 200 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 6 Snipe [Matt Turner] Merlin at Colne Pt on 27 Nov 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Merlin at Colne Pt on 27 Nov 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Tuesday 26 Nov 2019
The Hythe, Colchester, 15:00 to 16:00, Overcast, mid tide
2 Peregrine Falcon (m&f on pylon to north), 1 Stonechat (f near lagoon), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 300 Teal (+ on lagoon), 30 Curlew, 40 Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit [Matt Turner]
Frinton-on-Sea, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Velvet Scoter (S) [Paul Brayshaw]
TL7106, 08:00 to 08:15, dull, overcast, mild
1 Mistle Thrush (on B&M roof), 3 Chiffchaff (in willow outside Essex Record Office with tit flock) [Mark Gregory]