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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Wednesday 28 Jul 2021
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 12:00 to 15:15, Sun, cloud & heavy showers. Brisk S wind. 20c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Pochard (Females. ), 2 Tufted Duck (Females.), 6 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Coot, 2 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 12 Swallow (Circa. Gatekeeper Butterflies, 1 Marbled White.), 4 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Skylark, 18 Mallard, 1 Lapwing, 15 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 House Sparrow (Juveniles.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Eating a kill on distant power pole. ) [David Hale]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 13:00
50 Swallow, 50 House Martin (Low cloud , both sightings over garden briefly ) [Phil Harling ]
Tuesday 27 Jul 2021
Hamford Water, 15:30 to 17:30, boat trip
10 Swallow (+), 20 Turnstone (approx), 2 Marsh Harrier (+), 10 Little Egret (+), 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Oystercatcher (+), 10 Curlew (+), 40 Sandwich Tern (approx, incl juvs), 4 Little Tern, 12 Mediterranean Gull (+ incl 1+ juv), 60 Redshank (+), 30 Grey Plover (+), 30 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 12 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Eider (1 male, 1 female), 3 Whimbrel (+), 2 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin (+) [Liz Huxley] Eider at Hamford Water on 27 Jul 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Layer Breton, 11:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, cloudy
3 Spoonbill, 30 Greylag Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron [Michael Davies] Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, warm.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Swallow (Approx. Hatch Farm area. Some juvs.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:40 to 09:40, Cloudy.
1 Little Owl (Usual perch, Church Road.), 2 Green Woodpecker (One, South Wood. One, Pan Grove.), 2 Whitethroat (Together, contact calling and carrying food. Sains Farm drive.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 12:00, W3-SW2 8/8 occ light showers. Selected totals, movement to south
1353 Swift (Over coastal strip), 244 Sand Martin, 46 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 26 Jul 2021
Colchester, 20:20 to 20:25
20 Swift (+ St Albrights breeding area new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Great Totham, 17:30 to 17:35
7 Mute Swan (Pair with five young, inc. one leucistic cygnet. Totham Pit. (Confirmation of previous third party report).) [Malcolm Corbett]
Southend Pier, 15:00 to 16:15, Warm, light breeze, high tide 15:05
1 Peregrine Falcon (chasing feral pigeons near end of pier then flew towards Adventure Island), 1 Common Tern (on jetty close to Turnstones), 100 Turnstone (approx count roosting on slipway), 10 Mediterranean Gull (approx count) [James Hudson] Turnstone at Southend Pier on 26 Jul 2021, (James Hudson)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunshine and Humid. Only certain species recorded.
1 Common Gull (Point Hide), 4 Oystercatcher (Point Hide), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult from Oak Hide), 2 Common Sandpiper (Point Hide), 30 Mute Swan (+), 200 Coot (+), 2 Little Egret (Rawl Hide), 1 Little Grebe (Rawl Hide), 10 Pochard (2 broods of ducklings.), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide) [Andrew Allen]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 10:50 to 14:30, Cloudy, some sun. Warm, becoming hot.
7 Pochard (Female with six well grown young.), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew, 34 Redshank (At least.), 2 Spotted Redshank (WP.), 8 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Bearded Tit (Juvs, western end.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 09:30 to 11:30, Cloudy/warm
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern (+), 4 Arctic Tern (upriver), 1 Sandwich Tern (downriver), 40 Swift (+), 15 House Martin [Gary A James]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:00
4 Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall marshes pool AF), 9 Whimbrel ((Plus)5 pye fleet AF, 4 cudmore grove SE ), 40 Curlew (Plus pye fleet AF ), 30 Grey Plover (Plus pye fleet AF ), 100 Redshank (Plus 50+ pye fleet AF. 50+ cudmore grove SE ), 2 Greenshank (Pye fleet AF ), 15 Turnstone (Plus 10+ cudmore grove SE, 5 pye fleet AF ), 1 Corn Bunting (Reeves/Maydays AF), 1 Yellowhammer (Reeves hall /maydays AF), 1 Marsh Harrier (Pye fleet AF ), 11 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 12 Mediterranean Gull (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 2 Common Tern (Cudmore grove SE), 4 Little Tern (Off cudmore grove SE), 20 Lapwing (Pye fleet AF ), 50 Dunlin (Plus 45+ cudmore grove SE, 5 pye fleet AF ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 25 Jul 2021
Layer Breton, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, clouds
4 Spoonbill, 7 Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Common Tern, 7 Egyptian Goose [Michael Davies] Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Holland Haven, 09:00 to 09:30
2 Wood Sandpiper (On scrape, found by Pete loud) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Overcast, warm.
7 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 05:00 to 09:45, Low tide & overcast. Walk from Salcott village to Joyces Head Fleet & back
2 Whimbrel (Salcott channel), 8 Spotted Redshank (Salcott Channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (1m & 2f/juv hunting all over reserve), 3 Ruff (Pools), 1 Common Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper (Pools), 2 Green Sandpiper (Pools), 1 Greenshank (Salcott channel), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Salcott channel), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male), 4 Yellow Wagtail (fledglings along salcott channel seawall), 2 Bearded Tit (Heard at southern end of short walk) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 24 Jul 2021
Shrub End, 19:00 to 20:15
5 Corn Bunting (a family, with 3 chicks!), 18 Skylark, 100 Swift (minimum count), 13 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 9 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit (including at-least 2 individuals parachuting) [Oliver Cottis]
Birch, 18:40 to 18:48, Overcast, warm, dry
1 Yellowhammer (Singing) [Paul Everett] Yellowhammer at Birch on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett)
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:40, Overcast, warm and dry
15 Pochard (+), 5 Great Crested Grebe (including young), 4 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cormorant (+), 6 Lapwing, 5 Egyptian Goose [Paul Everett] Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Cormorant at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Lapwing at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett)
Stapleford Tawney, 16:00 to 17:00, Warm humid
1 Buzzard (Juvenile perching on telegraph pole each day), 6 Goldfinch, 4 Swallow (Have nested in farmyard), 2 Skylark (Over barley field ) [Ann Darnell]
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00
15 Starling, 8 Swallow [Michael Davies] Starling at Wivenhoe on 24 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Swallow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast, warm and dry
2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 1 Pochard, 4 Cormorant (1 on island, 3 on platform), 7 Common Tern, 6 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 4 chicks), 30 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Pied Wagtail (1 adult , 2 juv), 16 Greylag Goose (Flyover), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 2 Blue Tit (juv.) [Paul Everett]
Colchester, 10:00 to 11:30, (Cymbeline Meadows)
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk (heard only, from in dense woodland), 1 House Martin, 3 Swift, 3 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Jay, 2 Stock Dove, 8 Carrion Crow, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Wren, 9 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 76 Wood Pigeon, 6 Magpie, 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs. Unlikely to be the same pair twice unless they moved very far), 1 Kingfisher (heard only) [Oliver Cottis]
Chipping Ongar, 09:00 to 13:00, Warm sunny evening
20 Swift (Very high over car park ) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 16:00, Overcast with spots of rain and thunder, then becoming partly cloudy and warm.
25 Little Egret, 20 Gadwall (At Least - LB Causeway ), 500 Canada Goose (Estimated), 1 Hobby (Bay Hide Bay), 4 Common Sandpiper (Both Causeways), 1 Tawny Owl (Wood mouse Trail - West), 1 Song Thrush (LB Causeway ), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway ), 5 Yellow Wagtail (Wood mouse Trail - West), 2 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only -Butterflies include Purple Emperor, Comma, Meadow Brown, Grayling, Wall Brown, ), 2 Great White Egret (Possibly 3? -LDLH Causeway), 22 Teal (LB Causeway ), 40 Lapwing (At least), 1 Black Swan (Gwen's Hide), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Bullfinch (♂♀ - Wood mouse Trail - West) [Mick Woodruff]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 09:45, strong NE wind, overcast, warm, rising tide; 10 species in song
2 Reed Warbler (Singing), 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Sand Martin (Around colony), 33 Sanderling (On beach by tidal lagoons), 64 Sandwich Tern (51 roosting Cormorant Creek ), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles), 122 Black-tailed Godwit (+, including 75 feeding/roosting on Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Grey Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper (2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 Walton Channel ), 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel/Cormorant Creek ), 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Dunlin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 23 Jul 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:00 to 17:00
5 Little Egret (much disturbance from 6+ youths) [Martin Henry]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 18:00
27 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 430 Canada Goose, 130 Greylag Goose, 55 Mute Swan, 37 Pochard, 107 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe (including one chick), 3 Stock Dove, 50 Coot, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 19 Common Tern, 45 Cormorant, 3 Swallow, 4 Whitethroat, 11 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 50 Gadwall (plus), 1 Great White Egret, 13 Lapwing, 5 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 11 Egyptian Goose, 1 Black Swan, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Oliver Cottis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny spells
53 Great Crested Grebe (Counted - maybe more), 8 Pochard, 300 Tufted Duck (Likely this quantity understated), 200 Coot (Likely this quantity understated), 20 Mute Swan (Likely this quantity understated), 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 Greylag Goose, 40 Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose (Spectacular bird even if an escape), 1 Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard in woods), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard in woods), 50 Mallard (Numerous), 50 Black-headed Gull (Numerous ), 1 Chiffchaff (Heard in woods ), 6 Red-crested Pochard (In Eclipse - near Fishing lodge), 20 Egyptian Goose [Paul Dawtrey] Bar-headed Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (Paul Dawtrey)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:00, Dry, sun & cloud cooling E breeze 22c. Sightings with Brenda.
17 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Common Tern (At least.), 50 Linnet (Flock, Billets Farm.), 6 Swallow, 3 Stock Dove (Billets Farm.), 5 Skylark (Juveniles.), 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover (LDHC. East end. ), 1 Black Swan (LDHC. ) [David Hale] Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale) , Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale) , Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whinchat (Well marked summer male strood hill (first field from layby 25m from dyke on top of wheat, just as seawall straighten out.)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 22 Jul 2021
Mersea Island, 18:00 to 20:00
1 Grey Heron (Strood channel SE ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flyover strood channel SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Harlow, 17:30 to 17:30
200 Swift (large flock feeding on flying ants over the Old town.), 1 Peregrine Falcon [Alan Harris]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, very warm
2 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling [Michael Davies] Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 22 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 22 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wickford, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, hot, calm. Garden sightings with Brenda.
40 Swift (Conservative estimate over garden most days. Usual number of summer birds.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Chased away by circa 20 plus Swift. Happens here every summer. ), 3 Blackbird (2 juveniles & one male taking Mealworms to it's 2nd brood. ), 20 House Sparrow (Circa. A successful breeding season in our porches again. ), 2 Goldfinch (Pair, regular visitors to our Sunflower Hearts. Often with juveniles in tow. ), 1 Great Tit (Pair bred in usual porch, young fledged about a month ago. ), 4 Collared Dove (Still nest behind Satellite dishes much to the delight of local Magpie's.) [David Hale] Blackbird at Wickford on 22 Jul 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Shenfield, 08:35 to 08:35, Warm, sunny, no wind
1 Red Kite (drifted north-east over Sebastian Avenue) [James Hudson]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
5 Common Sandpiper (Still), 1 Kingfisher (Male On fishing lake) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 21 Jul 2021
Friday Wood, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny warm
1 Red Kite (Over Miltary corrective training centre into wood), 2 Bullfinch (Calling birds) [Andrew Goodey]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 15:00, Very hot - all sightings on beach towards Stone Point
26 Whimbrel (flying south in V formation and calling), 10 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 25 Knot (summer plumage), 31 Sanderling (summer plumage), 11 Dunlin (summer plumage), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern [Martin Richards]
Donyland Wood, 11:15 to 13:15, Sunny warm
1 Hobby (Watched hawking for dragonflies just by weir lane), 2 Nuthatch [Andrew Goodey]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Little Tern (Off stone point DU ), 300 Sand Martin (Plus cudmore grove DU ), 12 Mediterranean Gull (Off cudmore grove DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 11:00, Selected highlights
9 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Bearded Tit [Steve Grimwade]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny hot.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Common Tern, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 08:45, Selected highlights
6 Cattle Egret (5 adults in breeding plumage and 1 juvenile), 1 Great White Egret, 2 Bullfinch (Male and Female), 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Mandarin Duck (Eclipse drakes) [Steve Grimwade] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
Tuesday 20 Jul 2021
Chipping Ongar, 20:45 to 21:00, Very warm dusk
25 Swift (Screaming high over Sainsbury’s. Saw last week too) [Ann Darnell]
Stapleford Tawney, 20:30 to 20:30, Warm dusk
1 Little Owl (Perched on post) [Ann Darnell]
Epping, 14:00 to 14:00, Hot, sunny, still
80 Jackdaw (Feeding flock) [Roger Emmens]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, hot. Marks Hill.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whinchat (Well coloured male strood channel DU/SE), 1 Willow Warbler (Side of firs chase caravan park DU ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Adult with young strood channel SE), 3 Corn Bunting (Plus strood channel SE), 6 Linnet (Plus strood channel SE ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Adult with young strood channel SE ), 1 Whitethroat (Strood channel SE ), 1 Meadow Pipit (Strood channel SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:35 to 09:20, Sunny, hot.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 07:55 to 07:55, Sunny, warm, light SE wind.
1 Little Owl (Flew from tree cavity when passer-by attempted to take photo.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
4 Common Sandpiper (Still) [Brian Bolton]
TL8609, 06:05 to 07:35, Sunny, warm, light SE wind. Turtle Dove Survey.
12 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting (Brief song.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 05:30 to 07:30
5 Turtle Dove (2 males purring and two and one in flight), 10 Nightingale (whistling and croaking), 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel [Richard Allen]
Monday 19 Jul 2021
Kelvedon Hatch, 17:50 to 17:55
1 Raven (Over garden, chased by locally resident Carrion Crow.) [David Jobbins]
Dovercourt, 15:50 to 15:50, Hot, clear, little wind
1 Hobby (Over A 120 between Ramsey and Parkeston roundabouts.) [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 15:30 to 16:00, Sunny, some cloud. Hot. Plotlands ridge.
1 Kestrel (Hovering in the distance.), 1 Hobby (Hunting insects. Mobbed by swifts at one point.), 17 Swift (At least.), 1 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 13:00 to 16:00, Dry, sunny, breeze, hot; low tide at 13:40. Walk to Stone Point and return.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Ringed Plover (at least), 2 Knot (summer plumage), 60 Sanderling (at least, all in summer plumage), 12 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage, mainly males), 4 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone (summer plumage), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern (at least, flyovers or on the sea), 2 Little Tern (from Stone Point), 2 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin (near John Weston reserve), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Dunlin (summer plumage) [Paul Hargreaves]
Ashdon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny
2 Red Kite (Circling over garden ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Phil Harling ]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Very warm, sunny
2 Treecreeper, 7 Mute Swan [Michael Davies] Treecreeper at Wivenhoe on 19 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 19 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Greenshank (Strood channel DU), 130 Redshank (Plus strood channel DU ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Strood channel DU), 1 Buzzard (Strood channel DU), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (First returning strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:10, Sunny, warm. Coombe Wood/The Park only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
4 Common Sandpiper (Possibly 5?), 1 Green Sandpiper (Still on East shore around tyres ), 1 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair), 2 Lapwing [Brian Bolton]
Sunday 18 Jul 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 13:28 to 14:20, Sunny, hot, clear
3 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 7 Common Tern (+), 3 Mute Swan (On fishing lake), 1 Grey Heron, 31 Canada Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Pied Wagtail [Paul Everett]
Great Totham, 11:10 to 11:15, Clear sky, sunny, hotter!
25 Swift (+. Noisily together over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Colchester, 11:00 to 14:30, both over Colchester Institute
1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard [Oliver Cottis]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 12:15, Sunny, hot.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Swallow, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Maldon, 09:15 to 09:15, Clear sky, sunny, hot.
1 Kingfisher (Flew from platform on lake. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Maydays farm from seawall DOUGAL URQUHART
1 Sandwich Tern (Flyby ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Males ), 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Shelduck (Adult with 9 young ), 2 Corn Bunting (Males ), 1 Meadow Pipit (Parachuting ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Broomhouse, Langham, 08:40 to 09:40, warm and sunny
1 Shelduck, 20 Gadwall (including female + 3 ducklings and 2 females + 4 & 3 juvs), 2 Tufted Duck (males), 1 Buzzard, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Green Woodpecker (adult + juv), 3 Reed Warbler (at least; feeding young in nests.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat (2 family groups), 6 Pied Wagtail (juveniles at lagoons), 4 Linnet (family party), 2 Reed Bunting (singing males), 2 Greenfinch (adult + young), 1 Kingfisher (also 2 Small Red-eyed Damselflies) [Martin Peers]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Roman River Valley, 08:00 to 09:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Kingfisher [Oliver Cottis]
Saturday 17 Jul 2021
Billericay, 21:00 to 21:15, Blue sky - No wind
10 Swift (Swifts above their traditional breeding location.) [John Smart]
TQ5993, 19:15 to 19:55, Warm and sunny
2 Mediterranean Gull (At least 2 adults. One North east at 19:15 with Black headed Gulls following flying and swarm, then 2 adult returning west with 20 B H Gull 30 mins later. Brentwood Town centre.), 12 Swift, 20 Black-headed Gull [Andrew Stroud]
TQ5993, 17:05 to 17:06, Bright sunshine, hot
2 Raven (2 birds cronking as they circled rooftops Westwood Ave Nth towards London Rd. One had shoddy appearance , juvenile ??) [Paul Kingston]
Felsted, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny and hot
40 Swift (Probably more flying and screaching around flitch green near Felsted from garden ), 50 House Martin (Probably more flying around flitch green near Felsted from garden) [Brian Bolton]
Colchester, 12:25 to 12:30
20 Swift (+,St Albrights new farm Road stanway screaming party over breeding site ) [Graham Barber ]
Shrub End, 11:30 to 12:30
2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Nightingale (flew from bushes), 2 Linnet, 1 Buzzard [Oliver Cottis] Meadow Pipit at Shrub End on 17 Jul 2021, (Oliver Cottis)
Holland-on-Sea, 11:00 to 11:30
1 Brent Goose (Observer: Brian Goodey. Single bird c30 feet offshore, appeared fit and well) [Andrew Goodey]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby (Ray Island JB) [Stephen Entwistle]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 09:00 to 10:30, Sunny and hot
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail [Brian Bolton]
Laindon, 08:30 to 08:45, Clear, warm. Back garden.
100 Black-headed Gull (At least. Looked to be feeding on & following a swarm of flying insects, probably ants.), 15 Mediterranean Gull (At least. With black headed gulls.), 10 Swift [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 05:30 to 09:30, warm, clear, N wind, ebbing tide; 15 species in song
5 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Whitethroat, 20 Sand Martin (+, around colony), 2 Sparrowhawk, 24 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 1 Buzzard, 61 Black-tailed Godwit (Including a flock of 19 arriving from high to the west), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 40 Swift (+, over town to the east of decoy ponds), 16 Grey Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Reed Warbler (Singing), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Layer-de-la-Haye, 03:00 to 14:00, Hot and sunny.
1 Spotted Flycatcher (juvenile calling and showing at bottom of garden), 1 Little Owl (calling from Roman River area 3AM), 1 Kestrel (hovering over my garden. Also a silver-washed fritillary), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile on fat balls!), 3 Greenfinch (one juvenile), 26 Swift (screaming over garden. No evidence of them nesting in the estate this year for the first time) [David Allen]
Nags Head Lane Fishery, Brentwood, 02:30 to 02:45
1 Barn Owl (Flew over car at junction between M25 and A12. Albino badger Hartswood Road at railway bridge. Large Fallow Deer stag and six others along A12 Ingatestone) [Philip Chalk]
Friday 16 Jul 2021
Wrabness, 14:30 to 15:30, Sunny.Tide Out
3 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard (As usual, being mobbed by Gulls and Crows.), 3 Lapwing, 1 Turtle Dove (From Sea Wall. Only heard and saw this one.) [Peter Brittain]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 09:45 to 10:45, Sunny, warm.
2 Oystercatcher (Adult with one well grown young.), 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Roman River Valley, 09:30 to 11:00
2 Kingfisher (pair flew past calling loudly), 1 Peregrine Falcon (high on thermals), 3 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Oliver Cottis] Peregrine Falcon at Roman River Valley on 16 Jul 2021, (Oliver Cottis) , Buzzard at Roman River Valley on 16 Jul 2021, (Oliver Cottis)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny , warm
1 Song Thrush, 1 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Song Thrush at Wivenhoe on 16 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 16 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great White Egret (F/O strood SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, warm.
1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
1 Green Sandpiper (On East shore around tyres), 1 Common Sandpiper (Still) [Brian Bolton]