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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Thursday 28 Jan 2021
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest (male in garden) [Richard Allen]
Wednesday 27 Jan 2021
Doddinghurst, 15:15 to 15:25, Dull, overcast. Fairly warm
10 Meadow Pipit (Approx. Field along Warren Lane), 30 Pied Wagtail (At least. With Meadow Pipits and 1 goldfinch. ) [Ian Swanson]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 12:00, Dry, calm & mild, 10c. Sightings from Causeway with Brenda.

1 Black-throated Diver (Distant proof photo.), 60 Lapwing, 8 Goldeneye (4 pair.), 1 Goosander (Drake.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 2 Mistle Thrush (On meadow opposite fishery. ), 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird (Pair.), 2 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron

[David Hale] Black-throated Diver at Hanningfield Reservoir on 27 Jan 2021, (David Hale)
Stanway GP, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Teal, 4 Coot, 30 Lapwing, 14 Skylark (Singing birds), 50 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch (Male), 4 Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 90 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 9 Redwing [Steve Grimwade]
Birch Lake, 10:45 to 10:45, All seen on a walk from home
1 Little Egret, 4 Mute Swan, 2 Buzzard, 3 Coal Tit [Steve Grimwade]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:15 to 11:00, Dry,cool and sun clearing mist away.
10 Redwing (Birds feeding on next door neighbours holly berries.) [Malcolm Cresswell]
Birch, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Cormorant, 4 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 110 Fieldfare [Steve Grimwade]
Copford SW, near Stanway, 09:00 to 09:00
300 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 18 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch (Female), 1 Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit [Steve Grimwade]
Ulting, 08:30 to 12:30, Walk from Nounsley to Ulting via footpaths past Ulting Hall. Misty to start, clearing to bright warm sunshine.
7 Black-headed Gull, 25 Blue Tit (+), 15 Great Tit (+), 2 Little Grebe (1 Nounsley gravel pit, other Bumfords Lane fishing lake), 10 Mallard (+), 5 Coot, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 1 Kestrel, 30 Jackdaw (+), 20 Blackbird (+), 10 Carrion Crow (+), 15 Robin (+), 1 Goosander (Female on fishing lake), 20 Chaffinch (+), 1 Brambling (In flock of chaffinch near Ulting Hall), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Yellowhammer (+), 100 Linnet (+ various flocks seen throughout walk), 30 House Sparrow (circa), 4 Reed Bunting (2 male, 2 female), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 6 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 18 Pheasant, 75 Greylag Goose, 10 Moorhen, 4 Skylark (All singing males), 2 Canada Goose, 1 Teal (On Nounsley gravel pit), 3 Jay [Ross Wilkins]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Misty, murky, muddy. Milder but still cool. Lincewood & Marks Hill.
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Song Thrush (At least. All singing.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (Marks Hill. One singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 26 Jan 2021
Great Totham, 14:15 to 14:15, Overcast, drizzle.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Landed briefly under unoccupied bird feeders, Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
South Woodham Ferrers, 14:00 to 14:05, Rain and cold.
1 Blackcap (A female on callicarpa berries in my garden.) [Robert Pease]
Black Notley, 13:00 to 15:00, Dull and cold with some drizzle. Walk alongside River Brain below Brain Valley Avenue.
4 Pheasant, 3 Stock Dove (2 cooing in different places), 80 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Moorhen, 10 Black-headed Gull (1 in horse paddock, others flying over), 2 Common Gull (1 flying over, 1 in horse paddock), 2 Herring Gull (flying over), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 3 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 18 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 1 Skylark, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Starling, 10 Blackbird, 26 Fieldfare (some feeding in horse paddock ), 1 Redwing (1 or 2 among Fieldfares), 6 Robin, 10 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 10 Siskin (feeding together in alders) [George Brown]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:00 to 11:45, Cloudy, cold. Plotlands.
1 Kestrel, 36 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren (Together.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 11:00 to 11:05, Overcast, calm.
11 Goosander (4males. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:30 to 12:30, walk along Walton Channel
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat (male), 2 Rock Pipit, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 22 Avocet, 10 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier (poss 3), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 500 Wood Pigeon (+) [Liz Huxley]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:15 to 10:30, Overcast, calm. Red fox also seen.
9 Red-legged Partridge, 100 Greylag Goose (+.), 12 Mute Swan, 10 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 100 Mallard (circa.), 5 Red-crested Pochard (4 males. Trout lake.), 80 Pochard (circa. 80% males.), 120 Tufted Duck (circa. 80% males.), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 150 Lapwing (circa.), 1 Herring Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 100 Rook (+.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Fieldfare, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Female.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 08:00 to 09:00
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Monday 25 Jan 2021
Doddinghurst, 16:00 to 16:00, Sunny
2 Green Woodpecker (Playing Field. ), 6 Yellowhammer (In hedge on Playing Field Doddinghurst Road) [Ian Swanson]
Billericay, 14:45 to 17:25, Footpaths and roads west to, and north of, Mountnessing Church
15 Blackbird, 8 Robin, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 12 Great Tit, 16 Blue Tit, 2 Redwing, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Mallard, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch (Male), 3 Fieldfare, 15 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Skylark, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk [Simon Satchell]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny, clear skies and cold.
44 Avocet (Feeding on a falling tide at the east end of Clements Green Creek.), 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (An estimate of the flock on East Marsh. Too many to count while walking.) [Robert Pease]
Rayne, 14:00 to 14:00, Fine
5 Bullfinch (Five, 3M, 2F, together seems to be a good number nowadays, though I saw seven in the same place a couple of years ago. Only birds of note on entire walk.) [James Harvey]
Kelvedon Hatch, 11:30 to 11:40
3 Raven (Around BT mast. Regular pair showing some aggression to intruder?) [David Jobbins]
TM0325, 10:45 to 11:00, Sunny and clear, calm, cold
1 Raven (Seen at 10:50 from Salary Brook pathway, flying south-west away from me down valley towards The Hythe, it called twice, all-black bird much larger than crow/rook.) [Paul Hargreaves]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 10:30 to 12:00, Frosty, some snow cover, bright
120 Redwing (scattered flocks feeding on forest floor), 30 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker [Roger Emmens]
Wrabness, 09:40 to 13:10, Sunny, cold, ice on puddles and most of flood at Wrabness, tide roughly midway
2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goldeneye (Female), 1 Bullfinch (In shaded track seaward side of woodland burial ground), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 7 Chaffinch, 9 Pintail [Simon Banks]
Shrub End, 09:30 to 11:00, Bright and sunny -1, all sightings Westlands country park, exercise walk.
14 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 18 Redwing (+9 over), 29 Blue Tit (minimum), 2 Jay, 7 Magpie, 9 Goldfinch (minimum), 15 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 2 Fieldfare (over), 33 Wood Pigeon, 8 Long-tailed Tit (surprisingly few), 8 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrow, 6 Carrion Crow (+4 over), 1 Jackdaw (over), 7 Starling (over), 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin (low over calling), 9 Lesser Redpoll (all feeding exclusively on birch ) [Ashley Gooding]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold
1 Red Kite (Circling village hall), 1 Buzzard (One hunting in gardens, seen twice), 1 Nuthatch (Behind churchyard), 40 Fieldfare (In surrounding fields) [Mark Pegrum]
Copford, 09:00 to 11:00, Local patch walk
502 Linnet (2 flocks (242) and (260+)), 3 Egyptian Goose (Flew south (a patch tick)), 3 Song Thrush, 70 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 3 Skylark, 300 Starling, 250 Carrion Crow, 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting [Steve Grimwade] Linnet at Copford on 25 Jan 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Egyptian Goose at Copford on 25 Jan 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Fieldfare at Copford on 25 Jan 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
Boreham, 08:05 to 10:00, Very light SE, sunny and clear; heavy frost. Boreham Patch Birding
131 Tufted Duck (Abother record count on Trifarm Pit), 1 Pochard (F ), 3 Goosander (2MM,1F; flew west up river NFY), 2 Kingfisher (Boreham Brook and Chelmer by bridge), 75 Golden Plover (On stubble, new in), 3 Sparrowhawk (Different birds in garden over last week AdM, immM, F.), 34 Goldfinch (Peak count over last 2 days; none elsewhere), 3 Yellowhammer (On stubble with Skylarks), 15 Skylark (On stubble; no Mipits found), 2 Woodcock (2 birds in different locations), 1 Jack Snipe (In flooded Chenopodiaecae Boreham Meads; 2nd this winter, rare here (NFY)), 2 Snipe (On Boreham Meads, first for a week.), 15 Fieldfare (First for a week.), 12 Song Thrush (On Boreham Meads; vary wary, presumed winter visitors. No Redwings), 1 Treecreeper (In tit flock near Boreham Brook (NFY)), 1 Water Rail (On edge of Boreham Brook, 4th location this winter), 25 Reed Bunting (Record count near Boreham Brook feeding on shooting break), 4 Herring Gull (adult argentatus on flood ice early am. ) [Graham Ekins]
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, cold.
1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 6 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 24 Jan 2021
Laindon, 15:00 to 15:15, Overcast, light rain. Cold.
20 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Doddinghurst, 14:00 to 15:00, Cloudy after early snow cleared
100 Redwing (Flocks of 20c (Dagwood Lane) and 100c (Brook Lane)) [Ian Swanson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:30 to 14:30, Cold, grey, sleet
2 Nuthatch (Enjoying the peanuts by the feeders in Mark's Hill), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair by feeders), 4 Bullfinch (Chuffed to see two pairs in Mark's Hill, used to see them more frequently) [Karl Price]
Wivenhoe, 13:00 to 16:00, Walk Wivenhoe through woods to University and back along River Colne. Cold, some rain and sleet
12 Little Grebe (on Colne), 2 Cormorant (on Colne), 110 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 40 Lapwing, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Redshank, 12 Dunlin, 6 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Redwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Meadow Pipit (On Marsh), 1 Rock Pipit (On foreshore), 1 Jay [Marsh Stitchman]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 11:00 to 12:00, Cold and overcast
16 Starling, 4 Goosander (Two pairs together East end of fishing lake. ), 14 Fieldfare, 34 Redwing, 80 Black-headed Gull (+), 14 Herring Gull, 6 Cormorant, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 8 Magpie, 30 Carrion Crow (+), 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 2 Wren, 3 Robin, 50 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Collared Dove, 15 House Sparrow (+), 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Green Woodpecker [David Pallash]
Markshall Wood, Coggeshall, 10:30 to 13:00, Bungate wood, just north of Coggeshall
2 Woodcock, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Raven, 30 Redwing [Neil Murphy]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:30 to 12:30, Some ice on Chig main lake. Brief shower of icy hail.
10 Shoveler, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Buzzard, 80 Pochard (Lots of Pochard still, 80% drakes), 5 Red-crested Pochard (Still 4 drakes and a duck, present since at least 19th Jan), 100 Greylag Goose (Large flock on field behind Back Pit but no sign of White-fronts today), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Bullfinch (At Chigborough Lakes (one of them 'singing')), 10 Redwing (At Chigborough Lakes), 4 Siskin (At Chigborough Lakes) [John Buchanan]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 13:30, Cold
5 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker [Yvonne Watling]
Great Totham, 09:30 to 10:00, Hard frost.
11 Goosander (7m. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming. Totham Pit.), 40 Fieldfare (circa. Adj Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
The Naze at Walton, 09:00 to 13:00, cloudy, tide going out
30 Teal, 30 Redshank, 30 Avocet, 1 Red-necked Grebe (photo not great but a fellow walker recognised this so said I would post), 10 Shelduck [Claire Panting] Teal at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Teal at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Teal at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Avocet at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Shelduck at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Shelduck at The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , The Naze at Walton on 24 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting)
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast, light wind
4 Bullfinch (2 males; 2 females at Uppend), 1 Sparrowhawk (1 male attacking bird feeders twice in morning), 50 Fieldfare (Flock on the ‘Downs’), 10 Siskin (In Alders on River Stort at Manuden) [Mark Pegrum]
Laindon, 08:45 to 11:45, Cloudy, cold. Back garden.
1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird (Female.), 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 11:30, Cold, overcast. With Peter Worland.
2 Buzzard, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldeneye (1 male, 2 female, on Heronry Shaw), 10 Shoveler (Heronry Shaw), 17 Pochard (Heronry Shaw), 40 Tufted Duck (At least, Heronry Shaw), 8 Siskin (On alders by causeway at Heronry Shaw), 2 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female, near Sandpit, flying east), 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Gull (Sandpit), 2 Little Grebe (DSW), 20 Grey Plover (At least, on foreshore adjacent to DSW), 1000 Dunlin (At least, on foreshore adjacent to DSW), 400 Black-tailed Godwit (At least, on foreshore adjacent to DSW), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 71 Curlew, 200 Avocet (At least), 2 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 20 Teal (Mucking Creek), 30 Redwing (Approx.), 30 Fieldfare (Approx.) [Jamie Thornton]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:45 to 16:15, S0-5 0-8/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated.
2214 Red-throated Diver (+, initially 200+o/s, southbound movement of 2214S from 1000-1430 (falling tide), then 146N primarily after 1430. Another new Essex total), 29 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck (male south @ 1214), 14 Kittiwake (11S 3N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 23 Jan 2021
Doddinghurst, 13:30 to 15:30, Sunny
4 Common Gull (In field by farm along Warren Lane), 30 Meadow Pipit (At least, in field next door), 10 Pied Wagtail (With Meadow Pipits), 50 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Flock flying over wood nr Doddinghurt Road), 10 Collared Dove (Wishfield Farm, Days Lane), 5 Fieldfare (Wishfield Farm, Days Lane), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Days Lane, flying and calling), 10 Long-tailed Tit (c. Frpg St/Warren Lane), 3 Jay (Days Lane) [Ian Swanson]
Alresford, 12:00 to 16:00, Walk Wivenhoe to Alresford. Cold, light breeze to start ending in snow shower. Most sightings Alresford creek unless stated.
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On arable Brightlingsea side of Alresford creek), 8 Shelduck, 150 Teal, 50 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall (around 9 pairs in courtship activity, Alresford fishing lakes ), 12 Cormorant, 30 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 6 Grey Plover, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Lapwing, 1 Avocet, 50 Linnet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker [Marsh Stitchman]
Thorndon CP (North), 12:00 to 13:00, 4c, bright & sunny
4 Raven (Flying over (NW) & calling) [Jon Clark]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 13:10, Light cloud, not too cold, not windy, tide well out and falling.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Pair), 1 Goldeneye (Female), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Skylark [Simon Banks]
Heybridge Basin, 10:30 to 13:00, Overcast, cold
14 Pintail (Small groups of males and females, in close to the river margins), 50 Wigeon (Flock feeding on grass behind yacht club), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Male and Female feeding in middle of main channel), 6 Ringed Plover (Small group around Osea causeway ), 50 Brent Goose (Great views of small groups flying up and down the river) [Ben Green]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, dull, cold, but no wind
200 Bar-tailed Godwit (+ Pye sands), 2 Marsh Harrier (Horsey), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, Stone Point), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stone Point), 8 Pintail (flying over the Point - unusual here), 2 Goldcrest [Martin Richards]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast, light wind
2 Buzzard (Hunting squirrels in garden), 1 Red Kite (Over village) [Mark Pegrum]
Rayne, 09:00 to 12:45, Cloudy bright
427 Linnet (Three close knit groups total), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Pied Wagtail (Sewage works ), 1 Little Owl (Sewage works ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff (Both collybita and calling, 1 sewage works, 1 riverside trees), 1 Buzzard, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 52 Rook, 25 Fieldfare, 1 Bullfinch [Andrew Goodey]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, some weak sun. Chilly. Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Both drumming.), 3 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 14:00, SW-W2-3 8/8. Selected totals.
475 Red-throated Diver (Minimum. Total of 205N (most before 0930), then 475S (235 between 1115-1145), peak of 210 o/s early am) [Paul Brayshaw]
Rayne, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Skylark, 41 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 4 Siskin [Neil Murphy]
TQ6903, 07:30 to 08:00
2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Blackbird, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Mallard, 2 Greylag Goose (all birds at Shenfield Common ) [Andrew Stroud]
Friday 22 Jan 2021
Thorndon CP (North), 13:00 to 17:00, Bright, dry, not too cold
1 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk (2 F ( one chased by Magpie) 1M with small bird prey . ), 35 Long-tailed Tit (Seen in 3 large tit flocks around the park. ), 1 Coal Tit (With one of the LT Tit flocks), 1 Treecreeper (With Coal tit in LT Tit flock), 2 Goosander (M+F on lake in Thorndon Sth), 100 Redwing (Several small flocks all around the site. Larger flock of 40+ in Old park getting ready to roost ), 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair flying near Thorndon farm ), 25 Ring-necked Parakeet (8 “pairs” in woods near Heron pond. Others joining roost late on), 2 Kestrel (1 North, 1 South), 8 Grey Heron (Approx 8 seen coming and going from Heronry which was quite loud with plenty of squabbling and beak clapping. ) [Paul Kingston]
Witham, 11:00 to 14:00, West of Ebenezer Close
40 Fieldfare (+), 6 Redwing (+), 4 Mistle Thrush (Singing), 1 Song Thrush, 60 Linnet (+), 20 Goldfinch (+), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret [David L Smith]
Kelvedon Hatch, 11:00 to 11:30
2 Raven (Calling from BT mast and flying), 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Long-tailed Tit [David Jobbins]
Great Totham, 10:10 to 10:15, Clear, sunnny, still.
16 Redwing (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Dovercourt, 09:30 to 13:30, Bright, clear, little wind, moderate temperature, warming. Tide way out at start, halfway out by end
2 Great White Egret (One at base of Irlam's Point; one on saltmarsh half-way to caravans), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard (Near edge of Bramble Island. Also 2 Roe Deer.), 1 Sanderling, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (10 on Irlam's Point, 1 nearer recycling centre), 50 Ringed Plover, 500 Brent Goose (One flock I estimated in flight at 180 landed. I did a count (not easy because they were bunched together and moving) and reached a total of...179!), 11 Linnet (Irlam's Point), 1 Reed Bunting (Female. 12 in same area a week ago.), 3 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Snatches of song), 8 Common Gull, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel (Male) [Simon Banks]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 11:15, Sunny, becoming quite warm.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing male, Coombe Wood.), 1 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (Pair, Coombe Wood, close to last years nest site. Male very vocal (singing) & mobile around the territory. Second male was also singing & mobile, from woods close to water tower. Probably from Hall Wood territory.), 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 09:15, Clear sunrise, cool. Plotlands & Lincewood.
2 Sparrowhawk (One each in both locations.), 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Six Lincewood.), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper (One Plotlands (singing); one Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 21 Jan 2021
Great Totham, 15:30 to 16:00, Gt. Totham South.
6 Goosander (3m. Totham Pit (M.A.S.).), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming. Totham Pit. ), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Totham Pit.), 15 Siskin (+. St. Peter's churchyard.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Doddinghurst, 14:00 to 15:30, Windy. Cloudy with sunny intervals.
1 Buzzard (Fields between Brook Lane & Doddinghurst Road. ), 90 Fieldfare (2 flocks of 50c (with few Redwings) and 40c. One flock put up by buzzard), 5 Redwing (A few with first Fieldfare flock), 6 Long-tailed Tit (Small party visiting our garden regularly), 2 Bullfinch (Male and female, Days Lane), 50 Carrion Crow (At least, together in field along Days Lane) [Ian Swanson]
Nazeing GP, Lea Valley, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Ring-necked Duck (female, on Green Lane Fishing lakes) [Alan Harris]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 10:45 to 11:00, Cloudy with sunny intervals and gusty winds
3 Buzzard (2 Flew low over house (Tile Kiln) mobbed by carrion crows then drifted slowly West then a single drifted higher over house heading south.) [Kevin Cook]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 11:00, sunny
1 Blackcap [David Saville] Blackcap at Little Waltham on 21 Jan 2021, (David Saville)
Netherhall GP, Lea Valley, 09:00 to 10:00
2 White-fronted Goose (adult and juv) [Alan Harris]
Westley Heights, 08:15 to 08:45, Clear, sunny. Cool. Hall Wood only.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:15, Clear, cool. Lincewood.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Skylark (Over adjacent arable.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 15:00, S8-9 overnight, W4-5 0-4/8. Concerted watch to 0830 then glances to sea Selected totals, movement to south
44 Red-throated Diver, 83 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua (immature @ 1244) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 20 Jan 2021
Laindon, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, cool. Back garden.
12 Chaffinch (At least.), 15 Greenfinch (At least.), 14 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 08:45 to 09:00, Cloudy, some light rain. Back garden.
8 Greenfinch (At least.), 30 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Long-tailed Tit [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:45 to 15:00, S5 8/8 occ rain. Concerted watch to 0900 then glances to sea during the day. Movement to the south unless stated
1712 Red-throated Diver (Essex record count, majority before 0900), 121 Kittiwake, 1 Great Skua, 4 Guillemot (plus 2 large auk sp), 2 Gannet (North) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 19 Jan 2021
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:30 to 11:15, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, mild. Plotlands.
1 Kestrel (Female.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 09:15 to 09:30, Cloudy, breezy. Back garden & environs.
20 Greenfinch (At least.), 23 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 18 Jan 2021
Great Totham, 15:50 to 16:15
9 Goosander (4m. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.), 300 Jackdaw (+. Over Gt. Totham South heading S.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tilbury, 14:30 to 15:00, Overcast, SW wind, HT
1 Marsh Harrier (Male over Kent), 16 White-fronted Goose (Large flock of c 40 geese got up over Cliffe/Higham 16 of which flew over the river and eventual NE towards East Tilbury/Mucking) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:00 to 15:00, Cloudy, chilly. Lincewood.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
TM1412, 12:00 to 15:00, hazy sunshine moderate SW wind Temp 5c
45 Brent Goose (again movements west toward Colne NR and distant 200 geese flew over Seawick), 3 Tundra Bean Goose (East at high tide ), 1 Red-throated Diver (very very Distant offshore flew east (the wind farms must interfere with movements), 36 Kittiwake (west offshore One oiled bird), 1 Common Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 24 Sanderling (at roost, numbers well down), 5 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plover (within a small but established roost on the rock groynes either side of bay), 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 50 Starling, 12 House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 70 Cormorant (5 feeding in bay 60+ in to groups flew east well off shore again at rotor blade height of wind turbines ), 3 Carrion Crow (usual group), 2 Linnet [Malcolm Riddler] Sanderling at TM1412 on 18 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Pied Wagtail at TM1412 on 18 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Pied Wagtail at TM1412 on 18 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Rochford, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Black Redstart (Southend Airport Business Park - Showed well on boarded compound wall for 2 minutes), 1 Grey Wagtail (Flew over.) [Robin Peppiatt]
Birch, 09:00 to 13:00, Local patch walk
7 Sparrowhawk (Including pair displaying), 5 Buzzard, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Coal Tit, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 70 Lapwing, 23 Mallard [Steve Grimwade]
Rayne, 08:00 to 10:00, 5/8 bright; different part of village from yesterday
1 Little Owl (Different bird from yesterday; calling from tree in garden centre then flew off), 2 Treecreeper (along Flitch Way in tit flock), 1 Coal Tit (In tit flock ), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Tit flock), 18 Chaffinch (Flock on arable by Flitch Way), 6 Blue Tit, 4 Goldcrest (In tit flock) [Andrew Goodey]
South Woodham Ferrers, 04:15 to 04:35, Dark.
2 Tawny Owl (Two birds calling within my garden. One bird hooting and, at the same time, the other was crooning. (Alternate song).) [Robert Pease]
Sunday 17 Jan 2021
Wormingford, Colchester, 15:15 to 15:15, Cloudy
1 Bullfinch (Male) [Steve Hallam]
Great Notley, 14:00 to 14:40, Cold, clear.
2 Robin, 2 Blackbird (Male and female seen seperately), 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch [Paul Everett]
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 15:00, Circular walk Wivenhoe to Alresford Creek via Alresford Grange
150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Teal, 1 Goosander (Alresford fishing lakes), 2 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, 60 Lapwing, 33 Avocet, 15 Redshank, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 45 Curlew (44 on arable field Wivenhoe), 7 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Linnet [Marsh Stitchman]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Great White Egret (Flew north over house) [Clive Atkins]
Laindon, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny, some light cloud. Breezy, cold. Back garden.
2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Greenfinch (At least.), 11 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Rochford, 11:00 to 12:00, SUnny, cold, slight breeze
1 Black Redstart [Matt Trevillion] Black Redstart at Rochford on 17 Jan 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Black Redstart at Rochford on 17 Jan 2021, (Matt Trevillion)
Wrabness, 10:50 to 12:20, Clear, sunny, quite mild, little wind, tide halfway, extensive floods
1 Grey Heron (By floods to east of reserve), 4 Pintail (On estuary), 1 Sparrowhawk (Edge of hamlet at western edge of Wrabness, near woodland burial ground), 33 Redshank (By flood to east of reserve), 1 Raven (Inland side of horse field by reserve), 1 Mediterranean Gull (On flood to east of reserve), 1 Buzzard (Flew in front of hide on reserve) [Simon Banks]
Stour Reserve, 10:25 to 10:40, Clear, bright, little wind
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, chilly. Plotlands.
1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (Pair, displaying.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Both drumming.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Boreham, 07:50 to 09:15, Boreham patch Birding; flood receding but still very muddy; Light SW breeze and sunny. Great circuit.
220 Greylag Goose (First flock on patch since Christmas shoot), 7 Shoveler (On flood, new in overnight; Gadwall from yesterday have gone.), 5 Teal (No change), 72 Tufted Duck (I thought 52 yesterday was great but this is another record, on Trifarm Pit), 1 Pochard (F still with T. Ducks), 65 Pied Wagtail (On edge of flood, largest winter flock so far.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Ad M half-hearted stoop on B.H. Gulls), 1 Woodcock (Flushed from brambles by Chelmer by fishermen near bridge.), 8 Snipe (Increase on yesterday; Western Mead.), 30 Wigeon (Trifarm Pit), 12 Meadow Pipit (Halved in numbers from yesterday; edge of flooded Boreham Mead. No sign of Reed Bunting. ), 15 Skylark (On stubble and first fro 10 days.), 1 Blackcap (M still feeding on apples in garden.), 2 Coal Tit (Now resident at garden feeders this winter. Previous years infrequent.) [Graham Ekins]
Rayne, 07:20 to 09:15, Sunny clear; Oak Meadow Reserve
1 Red Kite, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl (Heard calling), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Goodey]
Saturday 16 Jan 2021
Great Notley, 21:45 to 22:00, Cold, damp.
1 Tawny Owl (Heard calling) [Paul Everett]
Boreham, 11:00 to 12:30, Light SE, heavily overcast; sleet then light rain; Boreham patch Birding Circuit; still considerable flooding
1 Little Egret (Flew east down river at 11.30 (2nd rcord for 2021)), 52 Tufted Duck (On Trifarm Pit, a record count for patch), 1 Pochard (Female still present), 5 Teal (No change since 7th Jan), 12 Gadwall (New in), 7 Snipe (New arrivals), 25 Meadow Pipit (Numbers have doubled since 14th. ), 18 Redwing (Little change since 7th January. No Fieldfare recorded), 1 Red Kite (Distant bird circling over stubble and drifting N. (NFY)), 32 Wigeon (No change from 14th), 7 Egyptian Goose (On flood (NFY)), 1 Blackcap (Male still feeding on apples in garden) [Graham Ekins]
Halstead, 09:00 to 13:00, Grim.Best birds we've had for a while
6 Redwing (On Cotoneaster in garden being mobbed by over possessive Blackbird), 8 Lesser Redpoll (On Silver Birch tree just outside garden), 2 Siskin (Male and female on sunflower hearts) [Barbara Leport]
Great Totham, 08:55 to 09:00, Snowing.
6 Goosander (3m. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 10:15, Overcast, snow, then sleet fading to rain. Cold. Plotlands, Lincewood & Marks Hill.
1 Common Gull (Recreation ground.), 9 Black-headed Gull (Recreation ground.), 4 Green Woodpecker (Including three feeding on recreation ground.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 3 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Three different flocks.), 1 Nuthatch (Lincewood.), 45 Magpie (Feeding on recreation ground.), 60 Starling (Recreation ground.), 5 Goldfinch (Edge of recreation ground.), 2 Bullfinch (At least. Heard calling in Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 15 Jan 2021
Waltham Abbey, 15:00 to 15:10, Light Drizzle (All sightings for field beyond Holyfield farm Crooked Mile Road)
1 White-fronted Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ), 1 Greylag Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ), 1 Canada Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:15 to 14:45, Cloudy, starting to clear. Cold. Plotlands.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 14:10 to 15:30, Cloudy
500 Fieldfare (In horse field Deadmans Lane. ), 300 Starling (In field with fieldfare), 1 Moorhen (In horse field.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (In bush.), 1 Jay (In road) [Kevin Cook]
Great Notley, 13:05 to 13:16, Cold, clear.
1 Bullfinch (Male( In bushes on footpath between London Road and Green)), 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird (male and female), 1 Blue Tit [Paul Everett]
Stanford-le-Hope, 12:00 to 13:15, Stanford Wharf RSPB. Overcast
1 Kestrel (Female, by information board, at one point literally on it! ), 1 Pied Wagtail (By information board), 1 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Reeds along ditch), 2 Stonechat (Reeds along ditch), 2 Redwing, 2 Canada Goose, 13 Mallard (11 on balancing pond, 2 other side of ditch), 4 Moorhen (2 on balancing pond, 2 other side of ditch), 4 Coot (Balancing pond), 2 Little Grebe (Balancing pond), 18 Corn Bunting (Near balancing pond), 1 Yellowhammer (Near balancing pond), 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Snipe (Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 1 Cormorant (Near Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 30 Curlew (At least, flying near Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 300 Avocet (Atleast, on mudflats), 100 Redshank (Atleast, on mudflats), 10 Shelduck (On Mudflats), 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Jamie Thornton] Kestrel at Stanford-le-Hope on 15 Jan 2021, (Jamie Thornton)
TM1512, 11:00 to 15:00, Brief sunny periods light variable wind still cold. - high tide count check
5 Brent Goose (east to clacton then Uturn back along beach), 50 Cormorant (west), 1 Great Northern Diver (harassed by gulls flew south west in the direction of mersea), 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 130 Herring Gull (feeding on fish at surface 500m out), 1 Common Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Turnstone (high tide roost groyne), 6 Ringed Plover, 28 Sanderling (well down on peak c55 at the end of 2020), 1 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylark (beach dunes), 6 House Sparrow (community centre grounds), 70 Starling, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 3 Carrion Crow [Malcolm Riddler] Turnstone at TM1512 on 15 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sanderling at TM1512 on 15 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sanderling at TM1512 on 15 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sparrowhawk at TM1512 on 15 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Tilbury, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast, light NW wind, rising tide
249 Teal (29 on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest on the river in Gravesend Reach), 39 Avocet (Nine on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest just east of the old P Stn site), 1 Redshank (On the foreshore by the ferry terminal), 33 Shelduck (Three on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest east of the old P Stn site), 1 Oystercatcher (East of the old P Stn site), 6 Gadwall (On the river in Gravesend Reach) [Paul Larkin]
Copford, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Male mobbing Common Buzzard), 170 Linnet, 15 Reed Bunting, 8 Yellowhammer, 20 Chaffinch [Steve Grimwade]
Laindon, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast. Cold. Back garden & environs.
1 Dunnock, 2 Robin (Presumably a pair.), 3 Blackbird (Pair plus another male.), 3 Redwing (At least.), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 House Sparrow (Female.), 8 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Leigh-on-Sea, 09:00 to 09:20, Cloudy
15 Little Egret (Meadows north of railway line between Leigh-on-Sea and Benfleet) [Andrew Dodd]
Rayne, 07:30 to 12:15, Full cloud, bright
1 Barn Owl (Hunting in meadow by flooded river), 1 Grey Wagtail, 34 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose (On pond edge along Fairy Hall Lane), 1 Kestrel (Great Notley CP), 160 Redwing (Various small flocks), 1 Chiffchaff (Great Notley CP), 85 Fieldfare (Various small flocks) [Andrew Goodey]