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 21 Jul 2019
Kelvedon Hatch, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Raven (Calling from BT mast) [David Jobbins]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:00, Excellent. Tide Out
3 Turtle Dove, 15 Sand Martin (The majority of the Sand Martins have gone,just a few left,still feeding young.), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 1 Blackcap (Female), 1 Green Woodpecker [Peter Brittain]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 10:30 to 11:30, High cloud, bright.
1 Red Kite (Quite low over my garden on the eastern edge of the town. (Do not leave your Guinnea Pigs in the garden.)) [Robert Pease]
Beckton, 09:45 to 13:15, Cloudy some sun
2 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 12 Common Sandpiper, 16 Arctic Tern (upriver), 8 Swift, 20 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Gary A James]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Black-necked Grebe (Ad and juv from causeway ), 2 Common Sandpiper [David Jobbins]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, slight breeze
1 Kingfisher, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat (Juvenile) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Tendring, 09:00 to 09:00, Very light breeze, high thin cloud, warm
60 House Sparrow (Flushed from hedge-row whilst on dog walk beside field of corn in Wolfs Hall Lane.) [Tony Faulkner]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 11:00, cloudy at first then sunny intervals, little wind.
150 Mute Swan (also pair Black Swan Hide Bay), 23 Egyptian Goose, 50 Gadwall (+, including at least 4 broods juvs), 360 Pochard (+), 12 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Wig Bay), 1 Buzzard (young calling LB), 1000 Coot (circa), 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juvs Wig Bay), 21 Lapwing (Hide Bay (min 10 juvs)), 124 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper (Wig Bay), 2 Greenshank (Wig Bay), 30 Common Tern (+), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Hide Bay), 1 Common Gull (my first return), 2 Willow Warbler (singing near VC), 15 Whitethroat (+ juvs), 12 Yellow Wagtail (juvs. Also noted Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly VC.) [Martin Peers]
Saturday 20 Jul 2019
Langham, 19:40 to 20:10, sunny
4 Tufted Duck (3 juvs seen this evening), 4 Kestrel (pair with 2 fledged young), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail (juvs), 40 Pied Wagtail (including c30 juvs) [Martin Peers]
Broomhouse, Langham, 18:45 to 19:30, sunny and breezy
8 Gadwall (two broods still), 1 Little Egret, 175 Lapwing (inc 60+ juvs (they've bred well somewhere!)), 2 Dunlin (sp adults), 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher [Martin Peers]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 17:15 to 18:00, All sightings from causeway
2 Black-necked Grebe (Adult summer plumage and juv/winter plumage ), 50 Pochard (Including 8 young), 50 Tufted Duck, 200 Coot, 20 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Common Tern, 8 Lapwing, 4 Little Grebe (pair with 2 young), 1 Great Crested Grebe [Thomas Gilbert] Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 20 Jul 2019, (Thomas Gilbert)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 14:00 to 16:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
1 Hobby (Immature, harassing curlers & starlings on the eastern salt marsh.), 24 Avocet, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Non- breeding plumage.), 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 11:45 to 13:45, Sun & cloud, warm, breezy. Then storm with heavy showers.
1 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Curlew, 17 Redshank (At least.), 4 Spotted Redshank (Feeding in the saline lagoon. Now moulting.), 1 Greenshank (Possibly two.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern (Caught fish & headed for Wat Tyler), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Chigborough Lakes, 11:15 to 12:15, Sunny and hot
1 Cattle Egret (adult.), 6 Little Egret, 8 Cormorant [Sean Nixon] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny and breezy
50 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 100 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Corn Bunting, 7 Yellow Wagtail [Yvonne Watling]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 11:15, brisk westerly wind, warm, mainly overcast with some sharp showers; low tide, rising
3 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 23 Swift (South), 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Swallow (South), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Whimbrel, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruddy Shelduck (Roosting at Stone Point - only the second time I have seen this species at the Naze; first time was a single bird in March 2015), 22 House Martin (Over Walton Hall Marshes ), 3 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler (Halfheartedly singing) [Brian Combes]
Friday 19 Jul 2019
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Overcast and mild
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair? ), 1 Common Sandpiper (No sign of Turtle dove yesterday or today but it was seen by George Brown on eve of 17th ) [Brian Bolton]
Thursday 18 Jul 2019
Vange Marsh RSPB, 17:30 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
7 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 25 Lapwing (At least.), 9 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 30 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 3 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 17:15 to 17:30, Clear, sunny, little breeze.
1 Red Kite (Actually seen from Flatford side of the river, but it went off over Judas Gap, hence in Essex!) [Paul Saward] Red Kite at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 18 Jul 2019, (Paul Saward)
Rowney Wood, Debden, 17:00 to 18:00, Overcast brief sunny spells
4 Marsh Tit, 2 Yellowhammer (Pair near entrance opposite Carver) [Stephen Dutton]
Kelvedon, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Red Kite (Flew east over A12 towards Braxted Park) [Steve Grimwade]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 13:45 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze, 24c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
4 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (At least), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 15 Lapwing, 12 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 1 Shoveler (Female.), 8 Mallard, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Skylark, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 2 Stock Dove [David Hale]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:00 to 15:00
35 Greenshank (Scrape), 2 Spotted Redshank (Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:45 to 13:30, Rain clearing turning dry with a light W breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda from hide.
200 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus.), 50 Redshank (Circa.), 30 Avocet (Plus.), 2 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 30 Shelduck (At least.), 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 2 Little Egret, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Skylark, 3 Dunnock, 12 Lapwing [David Hale]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:30 to 15:30, Rain & Shine
30 Greenshank (Intertidal ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Intertidal ), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Intertidal ), 1 Turtle Dove (Calling near Kingfisher hide), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult female and two juveniles, intertidal area), 50 Avocet (Intertidal ), 1 Bullfinch (Male), 1 Hobby (From Robbies hide) [Antony Braun]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 10:00, Raining
1 Common Sandpiper (LBC ) [Antony Braun]
Maldon, 09:00 to 13:30, Sea wall walk, Maldon Recycling Centre to Mayland. Overcast, some light rain, heavy shower 11:30 to 12:10, moderate W. wind.
3 Little Grebe (Pair with one young. Dump Pool.), 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (Lawling Hall Farm.), 7 Curlew (Five, Mundon Creek.), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Summer plumage. Four opp. Dump Pool, nine, Mundon Creek.), 1 Common Sandpiper (New Hall No.1, TL8904), 2 Turtle Dove (Flew from and returned to hedgerow just beyond Northey causeway.), 30 Swift (+. Brick house No.1 TL9004. Moving south as they fed.), 4 Kestrel (Three male.), 30 Skylark (+. Many singing.), 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin (Lawling Hall Farm.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Lawling Hall Farm.), 2 Reed Warbler (Nr. Mundon Creek), 1 Song Thrush (Singing, Dump Road.), 60 House Sparrow (circa. Lawling Hall Farm.), 7 Yellow Wagtail (Inc. pair with juvenile.), 4 Linnet (Brick House No.3 TL9004), 6 Corn Bunting (Five singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 1 Clouded Yellow (Stunning male, near Brick House No.2 TL9004. Flew from sea wall and settled in crop of linseed (?) Gatekeepers throughout walk.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chigborough Lakes, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast
1 Hobby (One over the main lake), 4 Little Egret [Antony Braun]
Wormingford, Colchester, 07:45 to 09:15, overcast then rain
2 Grey Heron (adult + juvenile - all records from airfield), 4 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 2 half-grown young), 3 Coot (pair with one young), 2 Lapwing (adult + juv), 6 Swallow (family party), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat (+: 4 family parties), 1 Sedge Warbler (passage bird), 6 Yellow Wagtail (4 territorial males [2018=4] + 2 juvs), 25 House Sparrow (with Linnets etc.), 4 Meadow Pipit (family party?), 24 Linnet (4 families + 4 pairs), 3 Reed Bunting (family party), 8 Corn Bunting (males - some with active nests) [Martin Peers]
Wednesday 17 Jul 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 19:15 to 20:15, All sightings from road, low tide, setting sun.
1 Marsh Harrier (Female seen twice), 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Swift, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Gull (1 adult, 1 juv), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Common Tern (Adult hunting, 2 juv in flight), 1 Curlew (v distant flying high west), 4 Greenshank (flew overhead east calling), 1 Black Swan, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Long-tailed Tit (delightful flock calling and moving through hedgerow), 1 Whimbrel (on breached area to north), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (both summer males), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On chimney at Mistley Quay a mile away - I could see it so I'm counting it!) [Matt Turner] Black Swan at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 17 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT, 13:30 to 14:45, Bright but rather cloudy with fresh breeze
1 Cattle Egret (From Lake Hide, on a dead tree to the right. Very clear view.), 15 Little Egret (Also fom Lake Hide but not mixed with the Cattle Egret.), 1 Grey Heron (Sharing the tree with Cattle Egret), 6 Red-legged Partridge [Brian Dodd]
Wrabness, 11:30 to 12:00, Very Hot but also very quiet
2 Turtle Dove (Both heard and seen,possibly a third bird.) [Peter Brittain]
Braintree, 11:00 to 11:00, Hot and humid
10 Swift (In usual location in town. Christchurch Medical Centre, London Rd.) [Martin Iddon]
Alresford, 08:00 to 09:00, low tide at the creek
18 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 242 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 200 Redshank (including one well grown chick), 25 Shelduck (4 broods of 2,3,5,7), 2 Yellow Wagtail (over calling), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 2 Marsh Harrier (male passed food to juv in flight) [Richard Allen]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 06:45 to 08:00, Sunshine and cloud with a slight breeze
1 Turtle Dove (My first ever sighting so a Lifer for me, sitting on overhead power lines and spotted shortly after I arrived. (Good to meet Brian Bolton and confirm still there) ), 4 Long-tailed Tit (Juveniles with Blue Tit in bush ), 3 Blue Tit (With LTTs), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern (Feeding on small pit ), 3 Stock Dove (On power lines), 2 Linnet, 2 Lapwing [Paul Fletcher] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Long-tailed Tit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Lapwing at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher)
Tuesday 16 Jul 2019
Alresford, 17:45 to 20:45, Sightings from Alresford Creek, sunny evening with some cloud
2 Little Owl (Roosting together in distant tree, thanks to local birder 'Chris' for pointing them out. If he reads this, join EBwS - it's great!), 1 Hobby (Had a go at a blackbird then settled in bare tree for 30 seconds before flying off), 3 Grey Partridge (2 seen, 1 heard), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male seen 3 times, last 2 carrying prey - maybe a young duck...), 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard singing), 1 Yellowhammer, 8 Linnet (1 male making a repeating single two tone call v. similar to bullfinch), 4 Green Woodpecker (at least inc minimum 1 juv) [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Whimbrel at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Abberton Reservoir, 17:15 to 18:00, Sunny and pleasant
2 Ruddy Shelduck (LdlH causeway), 1 Great White Egret (Billets Farm), 102 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm), 5 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm, at least 3 juveniles), 21 Egyptian Goose, 15 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher [David Allen]
Epping, 16:00 to 16:10, Sunny, warm, light winds
1 Hobby (First of the year here, they usually turn up in July for the juv House Martin crop!) [Roger Emmens]
South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 14:00, Clear, warm and sunny.
40 Swift (At least. Over my garden through the past week. With so many flying ants taking to the air, I am sure it is these on which the Swifts are feasting.) [Robert Pease]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:00, Dry, hot, sun & cloud. Calm 26c. Sightings with Brenda.
5 Little Ringed Plover (Point hide.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Point & Lyster hide.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Rawl hide.), 10 Red-crested Pochard (9 female, 1 drake, Oak hide.), 8 Pochard (4 drakes, 3 females with 8, 3, & 1 duckling.), 20 Common Tern (Circa including juveniles.), 1 Common Gull, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 12 Great Black-backed Gull (Muntjac Deer, VC.), 1 Mallard (Female with 13 juveniles, pond near VC.), 1 Buzzard (West Bank.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (VC feeders.), 100 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 3 Teal (Females.), 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret (Variety of Butterflies on the wing.), 2 Little Grebe (Lyster hide.), 5 Egyptian Goose (Oak hide.), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay (Rawl hide) [David Hale] Pochard at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Common Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Great Crested Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 17:00, 5 Purple Emperors, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, White-letter & Purple Hairstreak, Willow Emerald, Sm Red-eyed Damsel
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 31 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 600 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bullfinch, 9 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Kestrel (2 family groups), 120 Swift, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Tern [Steve Grimwade]
Chalkney Wood, 09:00 to 09:00
3 Raven (Flew out of wood towards Chappel. Calling often) [Glen Moore]
Chelmsford City Centre, 08:00 to 08:00, sunny, few clouds warm
1 Peregrine Falcon (flying north over Highbridge Road near the Meadows - calling) [Mark Gregory]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Warm and sunny light wind
1 Turtle Dove (On fishing pit edge then wires at back(1st sighting this year by me) flew off towards paddock at back of fields) [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 16 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Abberton Reservoir, 06:45 to 08:30, + Purple Hairstreak
2 Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 31 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 15 Jul 2019
Langham, 20:25 to 20:55, clear and sunny
2 Egyptian Goose (ad + juv - all records from lagoons), 4 Shelduck (pair + 2 half-grown young), 4 Gadwall (fem + 3 half-grown young), 4 Tufted Duck (pair + 2 juvs), 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 House Martin (mainly juvs), 2 Yellow Wagtail (juvs), 20 Pied Wagtail (adults + juvs) [Martin Peers]
Broomhouse, Langham, 19:20 to 20:20, clear and sunny after cloud
2 Shelduck (pair), 8 Gadwall (fem + 4 juvs (as June); fem + 2 ducklings (new)), 3 Lapwing (juvs (presumably from 2 breeding pairs May/June)), 28 Black-tailed Godwit (majority still in bp (Icelandic race)), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (river), 2 Sedge Warbler (nests/young), 4 Reed Warbler (nests/young), 5 Linnet (pair + 3 juvs), 4 Reed Bunting (nests/young) [Martin Peers]
Moverons, near Brightlingsea, 19:00 to 20:00
1 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail [Richard Allen]
Halstead, 12:30 to 12:35, Cloudy
1 Whimbrel (Circling and calling going North/South) [Barbara Leport]
Colne Pt, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Hobby (prob 1st sum, on hay bales), 1 Whimbrel (hay bale field), 1 Cuckoo (juv), 1 Golden Plover (flew over calling) [Richard Allen]
Sunday 14 Jul 2019
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:00, Dull and overcast, rain early, NE breeze, rising tide
1 Corn Bunting (On the VC approach road), 1 Stonechat (Male on the VC approach road), 1136 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 76 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 181 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult in the managed retreat), 86 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 37 Mallard (Mucking Bay), 3 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 6 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 17 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 15 Mute Swan (Two in Mucking Bay, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 1 Greenshank (In the managed retreat), 1 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 2 Little Egret (One each Mucking Bat and Golden Gates), 129 Coot (24 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 48 Tufted Duck (47 Golden Gates, plus a brood of seven, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip), 26 Pochard (Three, plus one young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 63 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 15 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, cool. Showers. Becoming warmer.
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least. At least one juvenile.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 13 Jul 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:45 to 19:45, sightings from bridge and splodge, all the usual bh gulls, lapwing, mallard etc there
1 Peregrine Falcon (Sat on pylon north of river then flew east), 1 Greenshank, 4 Egyptian Goose (3 adult, 1 juv), 50 Swallow (lovely group swooping, calling and feeding low over bridge at 19.45), 4 Common Tern (2 adult, 2 juv on north bank looking a bit sheepish!), 12 Little Egret, 5 Black-tailed Godwit (male in breeding plumage feeding then 4 overhead east later) [Matt Turner] Common Tern at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 13 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:00 to 17:00, Cloudy, some sun. Warm, breezy. Willow Park.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch (At least. Male plus at least one other.) [Andrew Cox]
Chigborough Lakes, 13:30 to 15:45
3 Cattle Egret (Young in and around nest), 1 Kingfisher (Flew across Pochard Lake), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Adult with two young), 4 Little Grebe [Thomas Gilbert]
Chigborough Lakes, 12:30 to 13:30, Overcast and warm
4 Cattle Egret [Paul Chamberlain] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 11:45, overcast and warm
2 Ruddy Shelduck [Paul Chamberlain] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:00 to 09:00, Cloudy and overcast
12 Swift (+ circling overhead as I drove through Woodham Ferrers village near church/ public house) [Paul Fletcher]
Beckton, 08:30 to 10:30, Sun/Cloud North wind
8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull (Adult), 11 Swift, 8 House Martin [Gary A James]
TQ5993, 07:30 to 08:00
9 House Martin (Over Primrose Hill, Brentwood), 4 Swift [Andrew Stroud]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 07:45, Sun & cloud. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Common Tern (Fishing the lake. Both headed NW with their catches.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least two juveniles.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 14:00, Overcast with a few sunny spells

2 Little Grebe (Visitor Centre), 25 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (LB Causeway), 20 Teal (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 9 Wigeon (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 2 Ruddy Shelduck (LB Causeway), 2 Black Swan (Island Bay Hide), 1 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 2 Oystercatcher (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 1 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 2 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), 2 Whinchat (Gwen's Hide), 4 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway / Visitor Centre), 11 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm / LB Causeway), 2 Yellowhammer (Billets Farm), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Old Road)

[Mick Woodruff]
Bures, 06:15 to 06:30, Overcast

1 Red Kite (Flying West)

[Mick Woodruff]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 11:15, overcast, mild, light northerly wind, high tide
3 Whitethroat (Singing), 127 Swift (North, small groups mainly flying low), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 14 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 3 Cuckoo (2 south across saltings near Stone Point, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper [Brian Combes]
Friday 12 Jul 2019
Navestock, 21:00 to 21:15
1 Tawny Owl (By Dudbrook House ) [Andrew Stroud]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 16:00 to 17:20, mainly sunny, warm; NW breeze
1 Red Kite (flying south), 1 Hobby (flying south), 1 Kestrel [Sean Gregory]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
3 Little Ringed Plover (At least.), 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern (All carrying fish towards Wat Tyler.) [Andrew Cox]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 13:20, sunny, light winds, warm
1 Wigeon (Aveley Pools), 1 Red Kite (near pylons - seen off by male marsh harrier), 5 Marsh Harrier (2 male, 1 female, 2 juv), 1 Curlew (Aveley Pools), 2 Bearded Tit (2 juveniles Target pools) [Sean Gregory]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:00 to 09:45, Sun & cloud. Warm. Willow Park.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:45 to 09:00, Dry warm
12 Swift (Screaming over hight street shop) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Wivenhoe, 07:00 to 08:00
2 Common Sandpiper (on river below Wivenhoe Wood), 1 Greenshank, 22 Black-tailed Godwit (on river below Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Thursday 11 Jul 2019
Great Totham, 20:50 to 21:00
23 Swift (At least. Screaming over Gt. Totham South. Most seen together so far this year at this location) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chigborough Lakes, 17:15 to 18:15, Very warm and sunny
2 Cattle Egret (Adults plus at least 2 fledgling), 1 Common Tern, 4 Little Egret (At least) [Brian Bolton] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 11 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 11 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Wrabness, 16:00 to 16:00, Excellent
80 Sand Martin (I have never seen so many Sand Martins,although I say 80 there could well be 100), 1 Turtle Dove (Heard and seen in tree near car park) [Peter Brittain]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 15:00 to 16:30, sunny, light winds, warm
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Hobby, 1 Blackcap (female), 1 Coal Tit (juvenile) [Sean Gregory]
Southend-on-Sea, 11:15 to 15:00, Becoming sunny, warm. Pier.
11 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults, three 2nd summers, three 1st summers. Many more in melee of feeding gulls & terns off the piers end.), 5 Sandwich Tern (At least.), 20 Common Tern (At least. Many catching & carrying fish westward.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 11:00 to 12:25, With Graham Barber.
2 Mute Swan (Pair with five young), 20 Great Crested Grebe (+. At least five occupied nests.), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 11:00 to 11:30
7 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Tufted Duck (Plus a brood of seven on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny
1 Tufted Duck (female + 5 ducklings), 1 Little Grebe (territory), 6 Moorhen (juvs in 4 broods), 1 Kestrel, 5 Swallow (pair + 3 young), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Nuthatch (+ adult with juv), 2 Treecreeper (calling) [Martin Peers]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:25 to 11:00, And 12:25 to 13:20. Busy! Sightings with Graham Barber. Two terrapin seen on Gadwall Lake.
6 Mute Swan (Three pair. One Teal Pond, seven young. One Bean Mere, three young. One Pochard Lake, three (previously four) young.), 1 Pochard (Female with three young, Main Lake.), 1 Tufted Duck (Female with nine young, Pochard Lake.), 1 Cattle Egret (Adult, breeding plumage, in heronry but some distance from nest with young.), 2 Buzzard (Spiralling together north of reserve.), 2 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake. Seen at same time. Two terrapin now present.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (Female.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:15 to 13:00
1 Cattle Egret (Adult non breeding (so definitely not one of the Chigborough birds). Seen from 2nd hide from 10:15 to 13:00 at least. Frequenting the dry vegetation beyond the edge of the water snapping up the odd prey item.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 42 Avocet, 5 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults, 3 juvs.), 124 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel (Both adult males having a very loud "disagreement" on the fence outside the 2nd hide.), 3 Yellowhammer [John Sutherby]
Sudbury, Suffolk, 09:15 to 09:15, sunny
25 Swift (Batt's Hall between Bulmer & Sudbury: good breeding season here.) [Martin Peers]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby (over garden after flying ants) [Richard Allen]
Cressing, near Braintree, 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny, humid
1 Red Kite (Flying south east, seems to be a regular flight path), 4 Green Woodpecker (2 adults, 2 noisy juveniles) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 08:15 to 10:00, Cloudy, warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile.), 1 Kestrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Curlew, 4 Spotted Redshank (At least. Beginning to moult out of summer plumage.), 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 12:30, Overcast, sunny later, light W wind, rising tide
12 Mediterranean Gull (All adults bar one 1st summer), 35 Lapwing, 125 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type), 29 Common Tern (Over the Thames), 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, 28 Curlew, 689 Avocet, 89 Black-tailed Godwit [Paul Larkin]
Rayne, 06:45 to 06:45, Drizzle 8/8
2 Yellow Wagtail (High over village calling heading south) [Andrew Goodey]
Wednesday 10 Jul 2019
Beeleigh, 19:30 to 20:00, High tide.
2 Egyptian Goose (Golf course outflow, heading downstream.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Flying downstream.), 4 Green Woodpecker (Golf course.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, nr. Falls House.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing. Beeleigh Falls.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing. Golf course outflow and Museum of Power.) [Malcolm Corbett]
The Hythe, Colchester, 16:00 to 16:15
4 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Lapwing [Michael Padmore]
Chigborough Lakes, 12:30 to 15:15, Dry, overcast, humid, calm. Max 28c. Sightings with Brenda.
5 Cattle Egret (Adult with 4 large young on nest, tree's at back of Main lake. 2 proof photo's provided.), 2 Kingfisher (Probable pair on Gadwall Lake. Male showing off his fishing skills.), 6 Chiffchaff (1 seen, 5 more heard.), 4 Reed Warbler (Large dark coloured Turtle / Terrapin on Gadwall lake.), 4 Mute Swan (Pair with 2 Cygnets on fishing lake.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only. Many Butterflies on the wing.), 1 Common Tern (Fishing lake.) [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 10 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 10 Jul 2019, (David Hale)
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:30, sunny, light winds, warm
2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Gull, 4 Turtle Dove (2 seen at least another 2 purring), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (calling), 1 Yellowhammer (male) [Mark Gregory]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 09:00 to 10:30, Warm Overcast
1 Turtle Dove (Feeding in garden) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Tuesday 09 Jul 2019
Tilbury, 14:30 to 15:30, Overcast, warm, virtually no wind, rising tide
18 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort, first of the Autumn.), 121 Wood Pigeon (Continuous trickle flying SW into Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Great Holland Pits NR, 14:00 to 16:00
2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff (+ incl juvs), 1 Bullfinch (female), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mandarin Duck (on Lake - all appeared to be juvs) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:15 to 18:30, Dry, overcast, light S breeze, max 24c. Sightings with Brenda.
30 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ruddy Shelduck ( Female. LDHC.), 4 Common Sandpiper (LDHC.), 1 Mandarin Duck (Female, LBC.), 700 Coot (At least. Wigborough Bay.), 200 Mute Swan (Plus.), 4 Little Ringed Plover (1 adult, 3 juveniles. LDHC.), 1 Great White Egret (Wigborough Bay. Much larger than Little Egret, large yellow bill.), 37 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Shoveler (Female.), 1 Little Grebe, 200 Canada Goose (Plus.), 12 Swallow (Circa.), 20 Swift (Circa), 1 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin (Plus.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male. Wig Bay.), 1 Buzzard (Wig Bay.), 2 Kestrel (Wig Bay.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa, 1 juvenile.), 1 Ruff (Billet's Farm screen.), 78 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay.), 3 Stock Dove [David Hale] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:20, overcast cool
1 Great White Egret (Billets Farm Screen), 20 Little Egret (at least ), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 30 Egyptian Goose (at least), 1 Marsh Harrier (male Billets Farm Screen), 3 Buzzard (circa), 1 Hobby (Hide Bay hide), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Hide Bay hide ), 4 Greenshank (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm screen), 3 Little Ringed Plover (1 Billets Farm Screen, 2 LDLH Causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), 1 Whinchat (Hide Bay hide), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Yellowhammer (On telegraph wires between causeways), 2 Black Swan (Island hide) [Sean Gregory] Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory) , Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory) , Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory)
Chigborough Lakes, 10:05 to 11:45, Cloudy, light S. wind.
4 Mute Swan (One pair with seven young, Teal Pond (from Main Lake) and one pair with three young, Bean Mere.), 130 Mallard (circa. 90+ Pochard Lake, 40+ Main Lake.), 4 Tufted Duck (Females with four young, Pochard Lake, three and one young, Main Lake, and circa five young, meadow.), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Adult with one young, Gadwall Lake.), 1 Cattle Egret (Adult with two young visible in heronry from metal gate. (Sighting of three adult at same location on 27/6 previously withheld on request. Description as then.)), 4 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret (+.), 20 Cormorant (+.), 1 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 11 Chiffchaff (Seven singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 16 Goldfinch (Together.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 09:45 to 12:15, Cloudy, cool.
2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male & adult female.), 2 Kestrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank (Possibly more.), 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (At least. Including an adult with one fledged young.), 1 Turtle Dove (Near Mells Farm.), 25 House Martin (25 nests on buildings near marina. Many birds around the vicinity & over the marshes.) [Andrew Cox]
Pebmarsh, 09:20 to 11:45, overcast
130 Greylag Goose (Prestons Lake), 70 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe (one nest), 1 Buzzard (young bird calling), 3 Swift (flying round church tower), 1 Kestrel (fresh juv), 1 Marsh Tit (near Prestons Lake), 50 Blue Tit (two juv flocks, including 5 Coal Tit & c30 Great Tits), 10 House Martin (including several juvs), 2 Garden Warbler (active nests), 1 Reed Warbler (seemingly taken up new territory at Spoon's Hall), 1 Nuthatch (juv in mixed flock), 6 Treecreeper (3+3 juvs in two flocks), 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs), 2 Yellowhammer (pair at Prestons Lake), 2 Reed Bunting (pair building nest at Spoon's Hall - presumably the pair that seem to have deserted Prestons Lake) [Martin Peers]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Cattle Egret (Pair feeding 4 well grown young in nest on island), 9 Little Egret (At least 4 active nests), 4 Grey Heron, 5 Pochard (Adult female with 4 well grown juveniles), 5 Gadwall, 21 Greylag Goose, 2 Swift, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker [Lee G R Evans]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:50 to 10:05, Cloudy, light S. wind.
100 Greylag Goose (+.), 8 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with five young.), 2 Mallard (Females with five and four young.), 16 Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck, 28 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one well grown young and five on nests.), 50 Coot (+.), 2 Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Seen and briefly heard.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 10:30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Hobby (Adult), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 14 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo (Adult), 11 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 237 Lapwing, 56 Little Egret, 9 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 08 Jul 2019
Braintree, 15:00 to 15:00, Humid overcast
8 Swift (Orchard Drive. Sadly none using nest boxes at town museum.) [Martin Iddon]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:15 to 14:30, Calm and warm, some cloud
1 Common Sandpiper (West side of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (Distant view, east of Layer Breton causeway on south side of reservoir with other ducks/geese of several species) [Paul Hargreaves]
Lamarsh, 10:30 to 11:15, sunny and warm
1 Buzzard (young bird calling - all records Daws Hall), 3 House Martin (only 3 occupied nests now), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (nest along railway line) [Martin Peers]
Braintree, 10:00 to 10:00, Warm overcast humid
5 Swift (Junction of Clare Rd and London Rd) [Martin Iddon]
Naze, The, 09:45 to 12:30, From car-park to Stone Point overlooking Horsey Island and return; tide coming in on return
1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Hobby, 10 Ringed Plover (possibly more), 1 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 10 Sandwich Tern (including a few juveniles), 1 Common Tern, 25 Little Tern (at least), 10 Whitethroat (mostly juveniles) [Paul Hargreaves]
Henny Street, 09:30 to 10:00, sunny and warm
1 Spotted Flycatcher (catching flies in usual large garden; contact calls heard) [Martin Peers]
Good Easter, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Red Kite (low over my chimney pots gained height headed off NW) [Martin Henry]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Warm. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one juv.), 12 Swift, 15 Swallow (Approx. Hawking for insects over the lake & adjacent meadows.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (At least.), 1 Common Tern (Fishing the lake. Flew off NW with catch.) [Andrew Cox]