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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
Good Easter, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Raven (third sighting locally this year) [Martin Henry]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:45 to 13:00, via River Walk
1 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Harris's Hawk, 4 Blackcap (3 singing males, 1 female) [David L Smith]
Thaxted, 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny periods 8deg Northerly breeze
20 Fieldfare (All sightings on morning walk west of Thaxted), 5 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (With Chaffinches), 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff [Stephen Dutton]
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing, 11:15 to 12:00
3 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Gymer]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:40 to 10:10
2 Red Kite (Flying E at rooftop height five minutes apart), 2 Raven (Calling from BT mast and in fight (arrived from west)), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 09:30, sunny
1 Redwing [David Saville] Redwing at Little Waltham on 31 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Sunny, cold. Lincewood only.
4 Green Woodpecker (One calling from Butlers Grove area. Two calling Lincewood proper. One feeding on recreation ground.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Maldon, 07:45 to 08:00, Bitter cold wind dry & sunny
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from bushes along canal by Tesco car park), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing from car park) [Brian Bolton]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (Calling.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. All drumming/ calling.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair, nest hole.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 30 Mar 2020
Kelvedon Hatch, 17:15 to 17:20
1 Red Kite (SW over village, seen from my garden. Third seen today.) [David Jobbins]
Great Totham, 15:30 to 17:00, Just walking Jake the dog.
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 9 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 4 Buzzard (Pair over Captains Wood saw off a third which then joined a fourth in display flight over South Wood.), 200 Black-headed Gull (circa. Following tractor at Lofts Farm.), 3 Skylark (Singing. Two at Sains Farm, one north of South Wood.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 1 Greenfinch (Calling. Totham Pit.), 25 Siskin (circa. Flying to and from tree between fields north of South Wood. Very vocal group.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:00, Fruitless half hour hoping for White Tailed Eagle to fly over....
1 Swallow (My first of year (apart from Abberton bird of course!)), 1 Buzzard (Tried to convince myself it was a very small eagle!), 7 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with 5 young) [Matt Turner] Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 30 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Wix, 13:35 to 13:40, Cloudy
1 White-tailed Eagle (Juv glided quite high NW between here and Wrabness, seen shortly afterwards by others over Lawford), 1 Brambling (Female, in garden earlier in the day) [James Davidson] White-tailed Eagle at Wix on 30 Mar 2020, (James Davidson) , White-tailed Eagle at Wix on 30 Mar 2020, (James Davidson)
TL9324, 11:00 to 12:30, Exercise walk from home to Copford Church and back
1 Buzzard, 1 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Margaretting, 10:45 to 10:46
1 Red Kite (Heading east - different individual from earlier sighting over Mountnessing. Both sightings from car on essential shopping trip.) [David Jobbins]
Good Easter, 10:00 to 10:00
125 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Martin Henry]
Mountnessing, 09:45 to 09:46
1 Red Kite (Heading north) [David Jobbins]
Great Leighs, 08:30 to 19:00, Sunshine and showers, sightings from kitchen looking over back garden, fields and woods.
2 Goldcrest (Todays star birds inspecting the garden conifer before moving on also 3 greenfinch showing most of the day. Species count from the house today was 25 plus 2 red kite spotted from the end of the road whilst on way to tesco at great notley. ) [David Torrice]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 09:00, Over cast, NNW wind, falling tide
598 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Knot (With Black-tailed Godwits), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type over from Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 18:00, NE2-4, variable cloud, occ light rain. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Selected totals, movement to north
288 Red-throated Diver (steady passage mid-am to mid-pm. I will have missed many more as most scans revealed multiple birds passing), 1 Gannet, 1 Great Skua (@1449), 46 Chaffinch (early morning drizzle seemed to halt passage today) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 29 Mar 2020
Great Leighs, 19:15 to 19:15, Calm evening
11 Pied Wagtail (Groups of 5 and 6 just flew over probably heading for roost in small tree outside main entrance to tesco at great notley. Several dozen there some nights.) [David Torrice]
Witham, 14:00 to 15:00, Wind, hail, sun, wind sun, hail. Local patch River Walk
4 Song Thrush (Definite separate sightings), 1 Grey Heron (Trying to land in hail storm), 1 Kingfisher [Paul Shuttleworth]
Great Leighs, 10:00 to 18:30, Wintery showers sunny evening. All sightings from kitchen window over garden, fields and woods.
3 Greenfinch (Garden feeders), 2 Goldfinch (Garden feeders), 4 Chaffinch (Under feeders), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Garden feeders), 6 House Sparrow (Using feeders), 1 Dunnock (Under feeders), 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird (Under feeders), 9 Jackdaw (On and under feeders), 2 Rook (Under feeders), 1 Collared Dove (Under feeders), 6 Pheasant (On ploughed field), 150 Wood Pigeon (Plus a few hundred assorted jackdaws, rooks, crows and gulls on ploughed field.), 12 Magpie (Group on edge of field and wood), 9 Buzzard (At various times over fields and woods, one very pale one almost white from underneath except for carpals and necklace.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Couple of passes causing mass panic amongst the gulls pigeons and corvids.), 1 Grey Heron (Flyby), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (In field), 2 Herring Gull (In field) [David Torrice]
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 09:00 to 09:15
1 Blackcap (Male) [Ian Tarbin]
Wickford, 08:15 to 08:15, Clear
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming on telegraph pole in St David’s Way) [David Petts]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
4 Tufted Duck (Three males, one female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 11 Redwing, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 17:00, NE6-8, wintry showers. Early watch then went inside! Glances to sea during rest of the day. Movement to North, selected total
13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 28 Mar 2020
South Weald, 14:30 to 15:30
1 Linnet (Fly over), 1 Tawny Owl (Called briefly from conifers in garden of Langtons, Sandpit Lane - all birds on my once a day exercise), 10 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard [Andrew Stroud]
Ingatestone, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (Flew ovetr garden heading east.) [Graham Smith]
TL9324, 08:45 to 09:45, Walk home to Copford Church and back
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Goldcrest (Singing), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 08:30, Fine and sunny, NE breeze, LT
995 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the new landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 17:00, N3-4 0/8 becoming NE 4-5 8/8 for a time. Selected totals, movement to north
1466 Chaffinch (in 80 groups of up to 105), 24 Brambling (including groups of 8 and 12 that paused on undercliff trees before moving on), 113 Siskin (in 14 group of up to 30), 42 Carrion Crow (in off or moving over the sea), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male with large prey (Woodpigeon) hounded out to sea by the local Herring Gulls), 1 Fulmar [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 27 Mar 2020
TL9324, 11:00 to 15:00, Garden sightings
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male), 1 Mallard (Male), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 27 Wood Pigeon, 3 Pheasant, 14 Chaffinch (All high northeast ), 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren [Steve Grimwade]
Broomhouse, Langham, 11:00 to 13:00, Local birding/exercise in glorious sunshine
2 Shoveler (Pair), 10 Teal, 7 Shelduck, 2 Red Kite (Possibly 3 birds, 1 seen early then 1 poss 2 seen over an hour later), 7 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Barnacle Goose (In mixed Greylag/Canada flock. Probably dodgy but considering the current situation I'm counting it!), 42 Mute Swan, 4 Chiffchaff, 22 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Skylark [Matt Turner] Red Kite at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Meadow Pipit at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Barnacle Goose at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Chiffchaff at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Robin [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 27 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 27 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:40 to 17:00, N1-NE4-5, 0/8 murky at sea. Concerted watch to 0800. Selected totals, movement to north
145 Red-throated Diver (steady movement as the wind picked up mid-late morning to early pm), 18 Little Gull (tight flock of adults close N @ 1335 - rather unexpected!), 2059 Chaffinch (in 98 groups up to 130 strong. 1477 by 0700, 1910 by 0740), 59 Goldfinch, 345 Wood Pigeon, 4 Redwing, 59 Carrion Crow (moving either over the sea or arriving in off (as per other Corvids)), 14 Rook, 26 Jackdaw, 72 Siskin, 11 Meadow Pipit, 41 Greenfinch, 16 Brambling, 4 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whimbrel (calling bird N @ 0618), 1 Merlin (female N), 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm male in off sea @ 0640), 1 Sparrowhawk (big fem in off sea), 1 Wheatear (male) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 26 Mar 2020
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 17:30, Sunny but breezy
3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing individuals (not seen) at 3 locations ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female spotted twice, poss same bird), 50 Avocet (Numerous pairs on lagoon and surrounding area), 3 White-fronted Goose (With Greylags and Canada’s in fields East of lagoon. ), 1 Merlin (Female hunting in same fields as geese then over towards Canvey Marsh. ), 1 Reed Bunting (Smart male on tip side of reserve) [Paul Kingston]
Laindon, 13:15 to 13:30, Sunny, warm. Breezy.
2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults; circled over house.) [Andrew Cox]
TL9324, 11:00 to 15:00, Garden birding
9 Buzzard (2 local pairs plus 5 presumed migrants all heading northeast), 3 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Carrion Crow (I pair nesting), 12 Herring Gull (All heading northeast), 7 Black-headed Gull (All heading northeast ), 5 Stock Dove, 3 Starling, 2 Greenfinch (On feeders), 6 Goldfinch (On feeders), 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Pheasant [Steve Grimwade]
Friday Wood, 11:00 to 12:00, Sunny
9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Yvonne Watling]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 10:00, Fine and sunny, light E breeze, rising tide
467 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore near the new landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Tendring, 08:30 to 08:45, Very high thin cloud, bright, dry with a light breeze, still chilly.
2 Grey Partridge (Pair , wondering round my vegatable garden) [Tony Faulkner]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Sunny, cool. Lincewood only.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, cool. Hall Wood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Blackcap [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 17:00, NE2-4 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north. Early watch then glances from lunchtime
765 Chaffinch (266 by 0555, 510 by 0610, 710 by 0815), 101 Siskin (45 by 0555, 80 by 0610), 26 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet, 173 Red-throated Diver (strong passage 1330-1500), 1 Great Northern Diver (winter plumaged bird @ 1348), 15 Gannet [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 25 Mar 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 16:45 to 17:45
5 Goosander (1m, 4f), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler (2 pairs), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail [Matt Turner]
Great Holland, 15:30 to 16:00
2 Black Redstart (male + female around paddocks near the church) [Liz Huxley] Black Redstart at Great Holland on 25 Mar 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Kirby-le-Soken, 14:00 to 14:10, Sunshine,bright 8c
2 Siskin (on bird feeder containing sunflower hearts.) [Ron Colson]
Doddinghurst, 13:00 to 14:00, Still Spring Day, Blue sky, minimal breeze
1 Raven (Fly over, heading SE, from Kelvedon Hatch where a pair are seen/heard frequently.), 3 Greenfinch (Infrequent visitor nowadays), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (Feeding), 5 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit (Regular pair), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dunnock, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pheasant (Cock), 1 Chaffinch (Surprisingly rare for the past 3 months), 1 Blackcap (Heard only), 5 Magpie (Nest building), 1 Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard (Flyover), 3 Jackdaw (Flyover), 5 Buzzard (Soaring around all day, two resident birds and three poss. migrants.) [Gary Boyes]
TL9324, 11:00 to 11:00
4 Buzzard (Local pair plus two interlopers), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Siskin (Flew high west ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade]
Wivenhoe, 08:45 to 09:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Starling, 2 Greylag Goose [Michael Davies] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Shrub End, 08:30 to 09:00, Sunny
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating, male was drumming last week.), 2 Chiffchaff (Two males singing) [Oliver Cottis]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 07:30, Sunny, cool. Poltlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 17:00, SE3-NE2 0/8. Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, movement to the north
532 Black-headed Gull (strong late pm passage), 3 Sandwich Tern (@ 1629), 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Black Redstart (fem in Old Parish Churchyard (end of Connaught Avenue @ 1715)), 51 Chaffinch [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 24 Mar 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:00, Sunny. Causeways. Fly ridden. A good walk with the wife. Still 2 dead road killed pheasants!
1 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Serious fight taking place. Three's a crowd), 1 Buzzard, 6 Egyptian Goose [David Allen]
Leyton Flats, 14:15 to 14:15, Sunny/clear
1 Osprey (Over garden going north, mobbed by Gulls towards Leyton Flats) [Gary A James]
Fairstead, near Terling, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny, light breeze
1 Peregrine Falcon (Female circled over galleygate wood alongside the pylons then set its wings and glided off towards fullers cross), 5 Buzzard (At least a dozen sightings of pairs and individuals as i exercised my legs across the fields but some must have been of the same birds.), 4 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [David Torrice]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 16:00, lighter wind, very bright. Small Tortoiseshells on the wing around seawall.
1 Buzzard, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Black Redstart (f, JW reserve), 2 Chiffchaff [Martin Richards]
Laindon, 12:00 to 15:30, Sunny, becoming warm. Back garden.
2 Buzzard (At least. ), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming nearby. Occasional visits to feeders.), 2 Blue Tit (At least. Including pair showing interest in nest hole in neighbours house.), 2 Great Tit (At least.), 1 Robin, 4 Greenfinch (At least. Two pairs.), 7 Goldfinch (At least. Several singing.), 5 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
TL9324, 11:00 to 13:00
3 Buzzard (Pair displaying and 1 high north), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Writtle, 10:45 to 11:15, Clear blue skies with an easterly breeze. First Comma and Brimstone butterfly of 2020 observed
2 Egyptian Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Kestrel (Female), 6 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 6 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Halstead, 09:00 to 17:00
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female on peanut feeder briefly again), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing along river), 1 Blackcap (Singing on allotment), 1 Greenfinch (On allotment) [Barbara Leport]
Little Waltham, 08:00 to 09:00, sunny
1 Fieldfare [David Saville] Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 24 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Lincewood only.
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Monday 23 Mar 2020
University of Essex, Colchester, 15:00 to 15:00, Fine.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Call heard near the river) [Graham Upton]
Terling, 13:45 to 13:45, Bright sunshine
2 Red Kite (Pair sharing a thermal and interacting with 2 buzzards. All 4 slowly drifting towards boreham. Couple of minutes later either side of fullers cross came across 4 more buzzards and another red kite.gh up) [David Torrice]
Kelvedon Hatch, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Raven (Sparring with Common Buzzard), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 23 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 23 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Copford SW, near Stanway, 12:00 to 13:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 1 Blackcap (Singing male), 20 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest (Singing) [Steve Grimwade]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 15:15, Bright and sunny with a cold easterly wind
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 221 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel, 70 Lapwing, 12 Linnet, 2 Marsh Harrier [Alan Shearman] Black-necked Grebe at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 23 Mar 2020, (Alan Shearman) , Lapwing at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 23 Mar 2020, (Alan Shearman)
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 09:45 to 10:45, Bright cloudless sky with a cold wind.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating. Soft call beforehand. First for me.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling very briefly), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Stock Dove [Martin Iddon]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Woodcock (In flight heading north) [David Pallash]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, bright, wind not quite as horrendous as last two days. From seawall
2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, Walton Channel), 1 Buzzard, 10 Tufted Duck (five pairs), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ mainly over Horsey) [Martin Richards]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 09:45, Blue sky. Cold SE wind.
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Green Woodpecker (South Wood.), 1 Kestrel (Male. Totham Pit.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 2 Pied Wagtail (Playing Field.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 13:45, Fine and sunny, strong ENE wind, rising tide
53 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Two on the tip the rest Mucking Bay), 1657 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 5 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 67 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 58 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over to Kent), 141 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 61 Teal (39 Stanford Creek, 12 Golden Gates, 10 on the pit to the south of the tip), 23 Greylag Goose (Eight on the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (On the pit to the south of the tip), 30 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Goldeneye (Fems, Golden Gates), 72 Tufted Duck (31 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Three each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Kingfisher (Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Two near the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (GoldenGates), 60 Rook (45 occupied nests Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Sightings from both causeways
3 Grey Heron, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing from same area as last week), 3 Chiffchaff (All singing), 7 Goosander (3m, 4f), 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove (heard only), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only) [Matt Turner] Goosander at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Green Sandpiper at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny, cool.
1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 22 Mar 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 17:30 to 18:30, Sunny. Getting colder.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail (Billets Farm), 1 Goosander, 3 Skylark [David Allen] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (David Allen) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (David Allen)
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 17:30, Quick look off LDHC, sunny but v windy & left camera at home!
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail (Looked like female, thanks to David Curle for heads up. Pic is best I could digiscope in blustery conditions. Showed pale rump clearly at one point), 1 Snipe [Matt Turner] White Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:15, Bright sunny but cold
1 Grey Wagtail (Near very large puddle in farmyard ) [Ann Darnell]
Stondon Massey, 13:45 to 14:45
1 Red Kite (Viewed from old road between Church Road, Kelvedon Hatch & Tipps Cross), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Stroud]
Nazeing GP, Lea Valley, 13:30 to 13:30
2 Egyptian Goose (with five downy goslings on north basin) [Alan Harris]
Mistley, 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny with cool breeze.
2 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 47 Knot [Paul Chamberlain] Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Naze, The, 10:00 to 15:00, strong easterly wind, but bright. Still haven't seen a Wheatear since early one three weeks ago.
2 Red-breasted Merganser (females, Stone Point), 40 Ringed Plover (+ Stone Point lagoon with a few Dunlin), 50 Shelduck (+ flooded fields with nice assortment of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller and Gadwall), 4 Goldcrest, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Martin Richards]
Mistley, 09:30 to 10:30, Sightings from Quay, high tide, water choppy
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female), 4 Pintail (2 pairs), 1 Goldeneye (female), 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black Swan [Matt Turner] Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch (Including a pair active close to a previously used nest site.), 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
TQ5894, 08:30 to 09:15, Sunny, dry with strong , cold NE wind
2 Lesser Redpoll (On sunflower seed feeder with Goldfinch) [Clive Tanner]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 15 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 09:30, Sunny but windy, sightings from white bridge to Co-op
2 Red Kite (Hunting low over north Marsh, flushing everything!), 1 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males, 1 female), 150 Brent Goose (circa - flushed by Kites), 1 Egyptian Goose, 6 Curlew, 1 Reed Bunting, 60 Redshank (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only), 2 Pintail (Distant pair north Hogmarsh), 6 Avocet, 4 Knot [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Saturday 21 Mar 2020
Wix, 17:45 to 18:00, clear
1 Hen Harrier (Adult male briefly quartered game cover strip to east of Bradfield Road but mobbed by a crow then flew NW) [James Davidson] Hen Harrier at Wix on 21 Mar 2020, (James Davidson) , Hen Harrier at Wix on 21 Mar 2020, (James Davidson)
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 15:30, Bright, dry and blowing a hooley
4 Little Ringed Plover (South-east Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Yellow Wagtail (South-east Layer de le Haye causeway) [David Curle] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Mar 2020, (David Curle) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Mar 2020, (David Curle) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Mar 2020, (David Curle) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Mar 2020, (David Curle)
Witham, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Red Kite (Over Newland St, heading east) [David L Smith]
TL5306, 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny chilly dry
2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Mallard, 1 Jack Snipe (Flushed from damp pond), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 10 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 25 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow [Melvin Shepherd-Wells] Cormorant at TL5306 on 21 Mar 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Cormorant at TL5306 on 21 Mar 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 13:30 to 14:45, Sunny, breezy
1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 5 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch [Nick Boxall]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 10:30 to 13:00, Sunny, breezy.
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Quick glimpse, main path and left of seat), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Perhaps more, 3 in Criers Wood, ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff (Few more heard through the day ), 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock [Nick Boxall]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 09:45, Sunny, cold, strong breeze.
2 Kestrel, 1 Goldeneye (LDLH Cway), 2 Chaffinch, 2 Egyptian Goose (LB Cway) [Nick Boxall]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 8 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Norsey Wood, Billericay, 07:45 to 10:15
8 Chiffchaff (most singing well), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 3 Treecreeper (including probable pair), 2 Nuthatch (probable pair) [Simon Satchell]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:45 to 17:00, Selected sightings with Mick Woodruff
4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LDLH ), 1 Raven (Flew east over nature reserve at 9.00am), 1 Red Kite (Flew west over a Peldon Bay), 2 Whooper Swan (LB Cway), 16 Goosander, 20 Sand Martin (Abberton Church), 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Egyptian Goose, 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm Male ), 7 Kestrel, 40 Corn Bunting (Abberton Church ), 17 Yellowhammer (Abberton Church and LB cway), 9 Buzzard, 60 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch (Female LB cway), 14 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (LB cway), 1 Kingfisher (LB cway), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 15 Wigeon [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 05:50 to 12:15, mainly clear, cool, cold and strong SE wind, high tide; 12 species in song
8 Chiffchaff (6 singing), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on common, 3 north of escarpment, 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 3 Firecrest (2 east of the cricket pitch, 1 in main sycamore clump ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Meadow Pipit (South), 43 Ringed Plover (Roosting on Stone Point Lagoon ), 1 Merlin (Flew low and at hunting speed over Walton Hall Marshes and Cormorant Creek and on towards Stone Point ), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 17:30, ENE6 cold wind, 2-0/8. Movement to north, sea passage largely over by 0715. Selected totals
67 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (@0614), 7 Fulmar, 1 Shag (ad @ 0643), 114 Gannet (All full adults, including one with "Squacco Heron" type plumage @ 0702 - heavy streaking on head, neck, chest and across back!), 1 Great Skua (@0703), 4 Kittiwake, 14 Chiffchaff (distinct arrival 9-11 with birds heading inland quickly), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Black Redstart (Fem type flew N along sea front and not re-located @ 1220) [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 20 Mar 2020
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 17:30 to 18:30, Cold. Windy.
3 Cattle Egret (Flew in to roost with a couple little egret), 1 Barn Owl, 200 Brent Goose (+ ), 9 Avocet [David Pallash] Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 20 Mar 2020, (David Pallash, )
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 12:15 to 13:15
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Druminng), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 5 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Great Totham, 12:10 to 12:15
3 Buzzard (Over Captains Wood. Pair seeing off another?) [Malcolm Corbett]
Ulting, 12:00 to 16:00, Cold east wind
2 Mandarin Duck (Pair on the backwater that bypasses rickets lock on the chelmer.), 1 Red Kite (Between great leighs and fullers cross. Almost a daily occurrence here.) [David Torrice]
Braxted Park, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Red Kite, 7 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 11:45 to 14:45, Dry, cloudy, cold E breeze, 10c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Male. Made several swoops over meadow snatching a Teal which escaped it's aggressor.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, up with the Peregrine seeking flushed birds.), 1 Kestrel, 200 Wigeon (Circa.), 100 Shelduck (Circa.), 50 Shoveler (Circa. ), 20 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 10 Gadwall, 4 Pochard (2 pair.), 6 Mallard, 6 Common Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 12 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 2 Curlew, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Skylark, 50 Canada Goose (Plus.), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mute Swan, 100 Starling (Single flock.) [David Hale] Tufted Duck at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 20 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pied Wagtail at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 20 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Harlow, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Red Kite [Paul Gymer]
Battlesbridge, 11:30 to 11:30, Dry, cloudy, cold E breeze.
1 Red Kite (Up over the A130, mobbed by single Crow.) [David Hale]
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:45 to 13:00
1 Raven (Mobbing buzzard), 2 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Colne Pt, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Merlin (caught a pipit), 2 Peregrine Falcon (ad f chasing imm male), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff [Richard Allen]
Copford, 10:00 to 10:00, Sightings from garden
2 Sparrowhawk (Male and female displaying), 3 Buzzard, 2 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Pheasant (Male and 4 females) [Steve Grimwade]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:30 to 11:15, Overcast, fresh NE wind.
4 Mute Swan (Pair Main Lake and Pochard Lake.), 8 Pochard (Pochard Lake.), 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe (Pair Pochard Lake.), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair Gadwall Lake.), 8 Grey Heron (Occupied nests in heronry.), 1 Little Egret, 40 Cormorant (circa. 19 occupied nests in heronry.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 9 Robin (Singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
4 Buzzard (Looked to be two pairs.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 20 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:05 to 09:30, And 11:15 to 12:00. Overcast, fresh NE wind.
4 Mute Swan (Two pair.), 4 Shelduck (Two pair.), 4 Shoveler (Two pair.), 7 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck (+.), 12 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. three pair displaying.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 150 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay (Pair.), 12 Magpie (+.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Chiffchaff (At least), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 20 Skylark (At least) [David Pallash]
Hatfield Peverel, 09:00 to 09:00, Dry, overcast, cold
1 Sparrowhawk (The carnage continues, this time the prey is a Greenfinch. Two Sparrowhawks pay regular visits here and have taken a good number of small birds over the last few months.) [Ken Hudgell] Sparrowhawk at Hatfield Peverel on 20 Mar 2020, (Ken Hudgell) , Sparrowhawk at Hatfield Peverel on 20 Mar 2020, (Ken Hudgell)
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff (All singing males.), 3 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Three pairs), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Both singing males.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
TQ5993, 06:45 to 12:30, Sunny spells
2 Chiffchaff (Singing St Faiths Park ), 1 Bullfinch (St Faiths pk), 1 Greenfinch (St Faiths pk), 1 Blackcap (Singing La Plata wood), 2 Raven (Pair heading east over my garden 8am, one with missing primary on left wing), 1 Red Kite (Over Brentwood Hish St 11.45, then probably same bird Kings Chase midday) [Andrew Stroud]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 15:00, Busy early watch 0545-0730, then intermittent glances to sea. NE2-SE4 8-0/8. Movement to north unless stated, selected totals
426 Chaffinch (in 50 flocks), 7 Chiffchaff (undercliff and gardens, small arrival early am), 1 Fulmar, 356 Red-throated Diver (331 before 0730), 5 Great Northern Diver, 10 Siskin, 15 Great Tit (High flying groups of 3,4,6,2,2), 50 Goldfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 29 Gannet, 15 Greenfinch, 1 Hawfinch (@ 0702 with a group of 25 Chaffinch), 7 Rook (in off or moving E well offshore), 54 Carrion Crow (in off or moving E well offshore), 2 Firecrest (undercliff by Connaught Avenue toilet block 1315-1330), 1 Goldcrest (undercliff by Connaught Avenue toilet block 1315-1330) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 19 Mar 2020
Naze, The, 13:00 to 16:00, overcast, cool breeze
1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Merlin (Stone Point lagoon) [Martin Richards]
East Tilbury, 12:30 to 15:15, Overcast, ENE breeze, falling tide. Walk from Tilbury ferry terminal to Mucking Bay
289 Teal, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, 14 Oystercatcher, 129 Grey Plover, 24 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 158 Shelduck, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 1555 Dunlin, 5 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Knot [Paul Larkin]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 12:00 to 13:30, Cold and grey
2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming occasionally from opposite sides of the wood. Didnt manage to see one.), 2 Woodcock (2 seperate birds flushed whilst looking for woodpecker, east side of wood.) [David Torrice]
Weeleyhall Wood, 11:30 to 13:00
5 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+ plenty of drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Buzzard, 4 Long-tailed Tit (2 pairs), 2 Jay [Liz Huxley] Nuthatch at Weeleyhall Wood on 19 Mar 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Wickford, 10:10 to 10:10, Overcast
1 Red Kite (Over my garden ) [David Petts]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 16:00, Overcast, ENE breeze, falling tide. Walk from the Tilbury ferry terminal to Mucking Bay
3 Wheatear (Male and two fems in the fort), 9 Canada Goose (Seven in the fort, two on the foreshore E of the P Stn), 7 Mallard (In the fort), 2 Chiffchaff (In song in the fort), 3 Gadwall (In the fort), 7 Mute Swan (In the fort), 2 Little Ringed Plover (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 84 Wood Pigeon (In the fort), 6 Shelduck (Two in the fort the rest on the foreshore E of the P Stn), 5 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore between the ferry terminal and Coalhouse Point), 34 Teal (On the foreshore between the ferry terminal and Coalhouse Point), 3 Avocet (On the foreshore E of the P Stn), 1 Turnstone (On the foreshore E of the P Stn), 6 Ringed Plover (Three pairs around the new landfill), 297 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the old landfill), 15 Wigeon (On foreshore near the old landfill), 3 Curlew (On foreshore E of P Stn), 37 Linnet (Pre roost gathering in trees inside the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 15:00, Early watch v busy! NE1-2 8/8 following light rain pre-dawn (weather front moving S). Selected totals, movement to north
5 Fulmar, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (sp @ 0740, presumed same as offshore Holland Haven earlier (per Matt Lonsdale)), 728 Chaffinch (48 flocks up to 75 strong. Movement largely ceased by 0730 (or went high and out of sight)), 1 Brambling (at least amongst Chaffinch flocks!), 12 Barnacle Goose, 35 Greenfinch (excellent early spring total), 62 Goldfinch (early for numbers), 36 Chiffchaff (+ lots arriving off the sea from first light, moving rapidly inland but with lots of singing on arrival!), 2 Firecrest (single heading inland through seafront gardens, second bird on undercliff just north of Connaught Avenue zig zag path), 22 Meadow Pipit (in off), 1 Snipe (in off), 2 Blackcap, 1 Black Redstart (Fem on beach by Whalings beach huts (found by Matt Lonsdale)), 2 Redwing [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 18 Mar 2020
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 16:45 to 18:15
2 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 70 Brent Goose, 1 Yellowhammer (Singing male), 50 Golden Plover, 20 Stock Dove [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 18:00, Overcast
1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander (Male and female), 1 Oystercatcher [Nick Boxall]
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:05, Mild, bright, light breeze.
1 Osprey (Cautionary note: seen from distance with naked eye only. Large bird with dark upper body and wings contrasting with largely white under body and wings but with dark wing tips. Flew towards Bog Grove/ Totham Pit area in an un-buzzard like fashion, giving initial impression of large gull. Briefly flew along edge of Bog Grove before turning sharply away (anglers present) and backtracking to and flying into South Wood. Unable to locate thereafter.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Copford SW, near Stanway, 13:15 to 13:45, Mild
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker [Emma Robinson]
Kelvedon Hatch, 13:15 to 13:30
1 Chiffchaff (In our garden, feeding actively in shrubs and flycatching) [David Jobbins]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 09:30 to 14:00, Overcast.
2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male and female, left of main path and back of the wood, side to the gardens, showing well then gone.), 4 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Chiffchaff (More heard through the day.), 1 Chaffinch, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Wren (More heard through the day), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Nick Boxall]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
2 Sand Martin (Flew north through reserve and over the River Crouch), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 2 Corn Bunting, 35 Avocet, 40 Skylark (Singing birds), 17 Brent Goose, 100 Starling, 18 Little Egret [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, mild, breezy. A few Barnacle Geese on Horsey and plenty of Cetti calls from JW reserve
1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Barn Owl (JW reserve), 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier [Martin Richards]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:00 to 13:00, NW2 2/8 rapidly becomnig 8/8. Selected totals
2 Black Redstart (Female @ 0720, then imm male briefly 0920-0924 being heading inland), 1 Wheatear, 32 White / Pied Wagtail (in off the sea as the cloud rolled in ), 2 White Wagtail (temporarliy grounded on the Greensward @ 0710), 34 Chaffinch [Paul Brayshaw]
Stanford-le-Hope, 08:00 to 08:15
2 Greenfinch (MF - First Garden sighting since April 2016) [Steve Swinney]