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

Monday 16 Sep 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 16:15 to 18:15, Grey, but mild
2 Spoonbill (Juvs LB c/way), 2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo (Billets Screen), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, )
Sunday 15 Sep 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:00, LB mid afternoon
2 Spoonbill, 7 Great White Egret [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 16:00, warm, pleasant - from seawall
5 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 150 Grey Plover (+ looking for high tide roost), 1 Buzzard [Martin Richards]
Epping, 11:00 to 12:30, Sunny, warm, light winds
80 Rook, 90 Jackdaw (Actual count of rooks and jackdaws probably much higher, not all flock visible feeding on fields), 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe [Roger Emmens]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny
118 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Osprey (On post, Marshouse Outfall), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2050 Oystercatcher (Very few Arctic waders back yet ), 1 Grey Phalarope (On sea, Marshhouse Outfal. In view 3-4 minutesl), 200 House Martin (PPower Station - feeding on midge swarm ), 10 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 37 Reed Bunting [Graham Smith]
Beckton, 08:15 to 12:30, Sunny clear SW wind
1 Little Egret, 6 Teal, 3 Common Sandpiper, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Gary A James]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 10:00, Sunny, chilly. Becoming warmer.
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 7 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 14 Sep 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:10 to 15:50, sunny, light winds, warm. Cauesways only; other sightings; different maxima
2 Common Tern (adult + juvenile), 1 Common Sandpiper (LBC (with 3 green sandpipers)), 8 Buzzard (at least), 1 Wheatear (LBC), 2 Whinchat (LdLH c'way towards Billets Farm), 2 Greenshank (at least), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing LBC), 1 Cuckoo (in trees behind spoonbills), 1 Grey Wagtail (LBC), 1 Common Gull (LBC), 2 Mediterranean Gull (LBC - adult and 2nd winter birds) [Mark Gregory]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 17:30, Sunny, chilly breeze.
30 Grey Plover (On mudflats as tide ebbed. Many more seen in flight. Some still in full summer plumage.), 60 Curlew (Approx.), 1 Arctic Skua (Chasing terns near green buoy.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 20 Sandwich Tern (At least. Many juvs.), 10 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Eider (Immature males.) [Andrew Cox]
Geedon Saltings, Colne Estuary, 13:00 to 13:00, high tide
1 Eider (female eider in south geedon creek) [David Underwood]
Holland Haven, 10:50 to 12:50, sunny, light winds, warm; other sightings to shrike
10 Buzzard (over marshes including white-rumped and pale headed bird), 3 Avocet (scrape), 1 Snipe (scrape), 3 Stonechat (near hide), 1 Reed Warbler (scrape), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (near hide), 1 Whitethroat [Mark Gregory]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 16:45, Dry, hot, sunny, light breeze, max 28c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Spoonbill (LBC, juveniles. See proof photo.), 2 Kingfisher (LBC. Overflow bridge area.), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (3 LBC, rest Wig Bay.), 1 Grey Wagtail (LBC. ), 4 Chiffchaff (LBC), 1 Willow Warbler (LBC), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (LBC. Good views of all small birds in dried out overflow area.), 4 Green Sandpiper (LBC.), 5 Great White Egret (Large white Egret, big yellow dagger of a bill. ), 16 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard (LBC.), 1 Kestrel, 3 Greenshank (1 LDHC, 2 Wig Bay.), 8 Grey Heron, 10 Egyptian Goose (Plus.), 20 Lapwing (Circa.), 15 Ruff (Wig Bay.), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail (Females, Wig Bay.), 50 Shoveler (Circa.), 1 Cattle Egret (Billets screen, on Reservoir bank, later feeding amongst cattle in opposite meadow. Short stocky, white, yellow bill. ), 1 Wheatear (Adult male, Wig Bay fence.), 1 Stonechat (Male. Wig Bay fence.), 1 Whinchat (Female. Wig Bay fence.) [David Hale] Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Egyptian Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, chilly. Becoming warmer.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Juvenile.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sunny light north wind
1 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, 3 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Merlin (male), 1 Hobby, 1 Redshank, 3 Whinchat, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, chilly. Becoming warmer.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Crossbill (Heard calling overhead.) [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 09:15, Sunny and calm
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 4 Curlew Sandpiper (All juv, in group behind co-op. Phone died so couldn't take pic!), 1 Osprey (Flew east sending everything into mad panic!), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female being chased by crow), 7 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 1 Grey Wagtail [Matt Turner]
Holland Haven, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Red-backed Shrike (1st winter showing incredibly well in Dell and surrounding scrub), 1 Mistle Thrush (North), 1 Gannet (Adult north), 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk (Made attempt to catch Red-backed Shrike but failed!), 15 Dunnock [Steve Grimwade]
Rayne, 07:00 to 07:30, Sunny light breeze
1 Hobby [Chris Turner]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 12:40, northerly wind, clear, warm, rising tide
12 Goldcrest (First of the autumn ), 10 Chiffchaff (Including 1 singing), 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Grey Heron (7 south together first thing and 1 very high west), 12 Whitethroat, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 11 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail (South), 2 Mistle Thrush (South, very uncommon here), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 5 Wheatear (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Whinchat (Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 13 Sep 2019
Holland Haven, 14:30 to 16:30, Excellent
1 Red-backed Shrike (Very good views), 5 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit [Peter Brittain]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 14:00 to 16:45, Dry, hot & sunny, light breeze, 26c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide & Marina.
2 Peregrine Falcon (1 Bird plucking Starling low on salt marsh pylon.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, over salt marsh.), 1 Kestrel, 10 Spotted Redshank (9 on scrape, 1 Marina mud.), 3 Ruff (Scrape.), 4 Cattle Egret (On salt marsh opposite Marina. See proof photo.), 8 Little Egret (2 scrape, 6 Marina.), 1 Redshank (Marina.), 1 Curlew (Marina.), 2 Shoveler (Pair on scrape.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Marina.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Marina.), 80 Lapwing (Circa, scrape.) [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 13 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Burnham-on-Crouch, 13:00 to 13:30, Sunny. Two Wall butterflies
1 Buzzard, 1 Crossbill (one flew west calling following the Crouch), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Swallow [Alan Shearring]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 12:30 to 13:30, Dry, hot & sunny, light breeze 26c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen. Reservoir dried out !.
1 Kestrel (6 Clouded Yellow, many Small White Butterfly.), 1 Buzzard, 20 Pied Wagtail (Circa.), 3 Common Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 Goldfinch, 8 House Sparrow (Poor sightings due to empty reservoir.) [David Hale]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 16:00, warm - from seawall
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 1 Buzzard [Martin Richards]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 13:00, Superb weather
1 Red-backed Shrike (The first-winter giving incredible views in the Dell), 1 Little Egret, 198 Greylag Goose, 7 Canada Goose, 45 Teal, 2 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Avocet, 10 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 8 Whinchat (In scrub in area of vandalised hide), 10 Wheatear (Between sluice and vandalised hide), 2 Stonechat (Pair by sewage works), 70 Linnet, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 110 Starling [Lee G R Evans]
Colne Pt, 10:45 to 11:15
1 Osprey (Over north end of saltmarsh) [Clive Atkins]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:00 to 13:00, NW-E3-4, 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south. Very quiet after the day before!
2 Siskin, 3 Tree Sparrow, 1 Swift, 6 Buzzard, 45 Meadow Pipit, 59 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
TM0519, 08:00 to 11:15, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Green Woodpecker (At least. One poss. two juveniles.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 8 Blackcap (Mostly females/ jugs.), 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 7 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 12 Sep 2019
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 17:00 to 18:30, Sun & cloud.
1 Kestrel, 78 Lapwing (At least.), 1 Snipe, 1 Ruff (Male.), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Cox]
Stanford Warren, 17:00 to 18:00
4 Kingfisher (Regulars on the fishing lakes, one juvenile.), 1 Sparrowhawk [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:30 to 18:30, Warm and breezy
5 Greenshank (From LDLHC in channel on far right), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Seen from Wigborough hide along far bank and then coming around to unsuccessfully to catch waders/ducks in Wig bay), 6 Great White Egret (5 in or under tree West of LB causeway and one still feeding to right of LB c’way) [Paul Kingston] Greenshank at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Sep 2019, (Paul Kingston) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Sep 2019, (Paul Kingston)
Holland Haven, 13:00 to 15:30, Sunshine, with occasional cloud
5 Whinchat (In bushes near wooden hide), 6 Wheatear (One on sea wall, others in grass between hides), 1 Red-backed Shrike (Juvenile showing well in the Dell) [Paul Kingston] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 12 Sep 2019, (Paul Kingston) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 12 Sep 2019, (Paul Kingston)
Leigh-on-Sea, 12:00 to 13:00, High tide
7 Swallow (heading south), 90 Little Egret (on Two Tree island saltmarsh), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Sandwich Tern [Alan Shearring]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 16:00, breezy, warm - from seawall
5 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Swallow (+ moving south in small groups), 50 Sandwich Tern (+ resting on shoreline opp JW reserve) [Martin Richards]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:05 to 11:30, Sunny, warm, fresh SW wind. Small Copper also seen. With Graham Barber.
15 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with five well grown young.), 3 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck (circa.), 25 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Female.), 1 Hobby (Chasing hirundines.), 40 Sand Martin (circa. In mixed hirundine movement to SW with similar numbers of Swallow and House Martin.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chigborough Lakes, 08:45 to 10:05, And 11:30 to 12:05. Sunny, warm, strengthening SW wind. With Graham Barber.
30 Gadwall (circa.), 1 Wigeon (Pochard Lake.), 9 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret (Main Lake. At foot of heronry with Little Egrets. (Large egret with yellow bill).), 22 Little Egret (Seven Main Lake, fifteen Pochard Lake.), 8 Cormorant (Pochard Lake.), 1 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing. Many others contact calling.), 1 Small Copper (Comma also seen.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Colne Pt, 08:15 to 10:00
1000 Swallow (in 90mins, continuous passage west still going as I left), 10 Sand Martin, 100 House Martin, 100 Meadow Pipit (west), 1 Grey Wagtail (west), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Linnet, 1 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 2 Sparrowhawk (juv m & f), 2 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Yellowhammer (near hut, unusual here?), 1 Blue Tit (in sueda near hut), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (one appeared to come in off, 2 near sewage wks) [Richard Allen]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 12:00, W1 0/8, movement to south. Selected totals. Swallow count continued by the family after I had to leave!
164 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 137 Sand Martin, 54 House Martin, 2373 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 11 Sep 2019
Stanford Warren, 18:00 to 19:00
3 Kingfisher (Regular on the fishing lakes diving, a juvenile bobbing & one at the sluice) [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:45
1 Manx Shearwater (Distantly off Causeway, then drifted into Hide Bay and later seen towards Wigborough Bay), 2 Spoonbill, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female) [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 16:00, Mild, breezy and overcaste
1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Spoonbill, 5 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 10 Lapwing [Sean Nixon] Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon, )
Stow Marsh, 14:00 to 16:30, Tide going out. Strong SW wind, rain and sun.
1 Willow Warbler (in a Marsh Farm hedge), 1150 Starling (some in fields and mobile flocks), 120 Golden Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 85 Teal, 3 Ringed Plover, 110 Swallow (low across fields heading west), 2 Sand Martin (heading west), 18 Wigeon, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Yellow Wagtail (on saltmarsh with meadow pipits), 1 Grey Wagtail (flew west along Crouch) [Alan Shearring]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast but mild.
1 Manx Shearwater [Paul Chamberlain] Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender) , Manx Shearwater at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, Canon  7Dmk2 500mm lens + 1.4 extender)
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny and warm, then cloud and light drizzle
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Stonechat [Sean Nixon] Spotted Flycatcher at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Spotted Flycatcher at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 11 Sep 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 16:30, Sunny. Pleasant.
1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Spoonbill, 4 Great White Egret, 8 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm), 17 Ruff, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kingfisher (LB causeway), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 22 Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Tern, 10 Pintail (Billets Farm) [David Allen]
Tuesday 10 Sep 2019
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 18:00 to 19:00, Breezy
1 Little Owl, 1 Whimbrel, 25 Corn Bunting, 30 Goldfinch, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 Curlew [David Allen]
Kelvedon Hatch, 14:20 to 14:30
2 Raven (Calling loudly from BT mast) [David Jobbins]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 13:00, Warm and still, gathering cloud.
50 Ringed Plover (Hawbush Creek roost.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Saltcoats reed marsh.) [Robert Pease]
TQ5894, 12:00 to 12:15, Sunny with cloud and light SW wind.
2 Raven (Flying West to East calling and tumbling in flight. towards Shenfield) [Clive Tanner]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 17:45, Dry, mostly overcast, some sun. Light breeze. Max 24c. Sightings with Brenda, Reserve & both causeways.
1 Tree Sparrow (Our first for Essex. On top of power pole at Billets Farm car park entrance.), 20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa, Billets Farm.), 50 Goldfinch (A Charm of 50 plus, Billets Farm.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least. Billets Farm.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm screen.), 50 Swallow (Circa.), 10 Sand Martin (Circa.), 7 House Martin, 1 Green Sandpiper (LBC), 5 Common Sandpiper (Causeways.), 3 Greenshank (LDHC.), 1 Snipe (LDHC.), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Great White Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 40 Egyptian Goose (Plus.), 2 Spoonbill (Island hide. Distant proof photo.), 20 Lapwing, 1 Black Swan, 30 Pied Wagtail (Circa.), 1 Common Tern, 50 Great Crested Grebe (At least.), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair. Hunting around pump station. Failed attempt to take a Wood Pigeon.), 4 Buzzard [David Hale] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale) , Greenshank at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale) , Greenshank at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale) , Greenshank at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Sep 2019, (David Hale)
Holland Haven, 09:45 to 12:45, Mainly sunny, warm, light breeze
1 Red-backed Shrike (Bushes to west of the Dell), 2 Whinchat (Near Frinton Golf Club), 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Sand Martin (30+), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat (c10), 1 Snipe, 3 Turnstone [David Wrycraft] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 10 Sep 2019, (David Wrycraft)
Tilbury, 08:15 to 09:00, Broken cloud, light W wind, rising tide
3 Common Tern (Up river), 2 Sandwich Tern (Up river then out again 10 mins later) [Paul Larkin]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry and misty
2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Yellow Wagtail (Possibly 10? Inc juvs on island), 10 Teal [Brian Bolton]
Monday 09 Sep 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 17:45, Raining. 12 degrees. It felt colder.
2 Spoonbill (flew South from Layer Breton causeway at 4:30 pm), 5 Great White Egret, 2 Mandarin Duck (pair asleep under tree at Layer Breton causeway), 1 Peregrine Falcon (mobbed by a crow and then sat in tree at LB causeway), 18 Ruff (Billets Farm), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (pair at LB causeway), 18 Egyptian Goose, 17 Moorhen, 200 Swallow (plus), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (LdlH causeway), 32 Lapwing, 7 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron [David Allen]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 13:45 to 14:15, Overcast, slight rain.
1 Kingfisher (By Cattawade bridge), 1 Grey Heron (Also by Cattawade bridge, notably taking an eel, c300mm in length. Eventually eaten.) [Paul Saward]
Holland Haven, 13:00 to 13:30, cool,12c ,overcast, drizzle
1 Red-backed Shrike (Bushes nr. sluice), 1 Swift [Ron Colson] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 09 Sep 2019, (Ron Colson) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 09 Sep 2019, (Ron Colson) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 09 Sep 2019, (Ron Colson)
Abberton Reservoir, 12:45 to 13:15, Overcast with drizzle
3 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill [Paul Chamberlain] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:45 to 16:00, Wet.
2 Spoonbill (Juv LBC), 3 Great White Egret (LBC.1 LDLH.1Wig bay), 1 Wood Sandpiper (LBC), 2 Green Sandpiper (LBC), 6 Yellow Wagtail (LDLH), 100 Swallow (+House Martin,Sand Martin), 10 Ruff (Wig bay), 6 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay), 2 Common Sandpiper (LDLH), 2 Greenshank (LDLH), 30 Pintail (+Wig Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Wig Bay), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC) [Barbara Leport]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast with rain.
1 Red-backed Shrike [Paul Chamberlain] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 09 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, ) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 09 Sep 2019, (Paul Chamberlain, )
TQ6293, 10:00 to 10:15, Light rain with gentle southerly wind
2 Raven (Feeding , flying and calling on fields between Middle Road and Hanging Hill Lane , Brentwood) [Clive Tanner]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 09:30, Wet!
6 Great White Egret (5 between Causeways & 1 Wigborough Bay), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 18 Ruff, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 250 Swallow [Steve Grimwade]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 09:00, Cloudy with light rain, SE breeze, rising tide
8 Common Tern (Single flock up river and out again), 1 Arctic Tern (Juv up and out with flock of Commons), 1 Tufted Duck (One up river then over the sea wall into the moat), 29 Mallard (On STW outfall), 12 Teal (First of the Autumn on STW outfall), 9 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 14:00, S4-5 later SW2. Selected totals, movement to south
302 Teal, 114 Wigeon, 28 Common Scoter, 22 Shelduck, 16 Shoveler, 1 Great Skua (North), 1 Guillemot, 55 Dunlin [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 08 Sep 2019
Holland Haven, 17:45 to 18:15
1 Red-backed Shrike (juv quite mobile around mounds) [Liz Huxley] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 08 Sep 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Holland Haven, 17:30 to 19:30
1 Red-backed Shrike (1w bird, thanks to all on what's app group for heads up), 2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat (Male and female), 7 Curlew, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Common Scoter (Thanks to Matt Lonsdale for the spot), 6 Sandwich Tern (Flying low north), 1 Gannet (Juv bird picked up following scoter) [Matt Turner] Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 08 Sep 2019, (Matt Turner) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 08 Sep 2019, (Matt Turner) , Red-backed Shrike at Holland Haven on 08 Sep 2019, (Matt Turner) , Wheatear at Holland Haven on 08 Sep 2019, (Matt Turner)
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 17:00, In addition to Yvonne Watlings sightings
1 Black Tern (Juvenile), 73 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult female), 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Ruff, 37 Black-tailed Godwit (Inc colour-ringed bird), 1 Buzzard, 120 Goldfinch [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny
2 Spoonbill (Layer breton causeway ), 5 Great White Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 5 Green Sandpiper, 50 Egyptian Goose, 1 Meadow Pipit, 30 Yellow Wagtail (Billets farm), 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Common Tern [Yvonne Watling]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 16:00, pleasant - all from seawall
200 Golden Plover (+), 4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel [Martin Richards]
Tendring, 09:30 to 09:30, Chilly but full sun, dry.
100 Starling (On power lines above field at end of Parsonage Lane. (Approx count)) [Tony Faulkner]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:15 to 15:45
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 2 Buzzard, 32 Golden Plover, 1 Little Owl (Othona hedgerow), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 1 Kestrel, 70 Swallow (+), 20 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Othona pond area), 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 30 Yellow Wagtail (+), 20 Pied Wagtail (+) [John Sutherby]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:15 to 12:00, warm, sunny
1 Spotted Flycatcher (between Margaretting Raod and the Horse & Groom), 14 House Martin (steady flow of birds moving south), 15 Swallow (3 or 4 still around the farm on the common and other moving through south), 2 Linnet (flew over south), 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Sparrowhawk (females - immatures soaring low over the common), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (perched on top of conifer. A nice view for the people on the bird walk), 30 Lapwing (visible in teh distance flying over fields of Margaretting Tye), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Robin (possibly some autumn incease in numbers), 1 Blackbird [Andrew Stroud]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Eider (Drifting down with the tide), 12 Common Tern (Up river), 1 Raven (Over the river) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, becoming warm.
5 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wix, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Redstart (Approx 400m along Spinnels Lane from Bradfield Road), 7 Meadow Pipit (Flying over W, first of the autumn for me), 1 Yellowhammer [James Davidson]
Beckton, 08:30 to 13:00, Sunny
6 Little Egret, 4 Teal, 1 Osprey (over East 10.15), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 20 Common Tern, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap [Gary A James]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 14:00, Fine and sunny, NNW wind, falling tode
47 Teal (One on the pit to the south of the tip, four Golden Gates, the rest in the managed retreat), 54 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 347 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 92 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 202 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 1004 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv over the managed retreat), 2 Buzzard (Over the tip), 225 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 136 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Shoveler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 12 Mute Swan (One on the Thames, the rest Golden Gates), 110 Tufted Duck (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 160 Coot (Ten on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Wigeon (Imm drake on Golden Gates, two in the managed retreat), 21 Gadwall (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Yellow-legged Gull (One on Golden Gates, the rest in the managed retreat), 1 Water Rail (Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (One on the Thames, two plus four juvs on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1804 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Greenshank (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, chilly.
3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Broomhouse, Langham, 07:45 to 09:00, sunny and cool
15 Wigeon, 34 Gadwall, 140 Teal (circa), 1 Pintail (female or immature), 2 Shoveler, 40 Lapwing, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 150 Black-headed Gull (circa), 1 Kingfisher, 10 House Martin ([+ 50 with 2 Sand Martins at the lagoons]), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit (first autumn passage here this year) [Martin Peers]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, Combined totals from Frinton and Holland Haven around triathlon supporting! Selected totals for offshore movement
45 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Brent Goose, 1 Kittiwake, 26 Sandwich Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua (Superb close adult S past the Haven @ 0724. Subsequently seen by Matt Lonsdale off Albany Gardens Clacton), 1 Great Skua (N), 102 Meadow Pipit, 9 Gannet (N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 07 Sep 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:45 to 19:45, High tide, setting sun
1 Kingfisher (By breached area to north), 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Greenshank, 50 Redshank (circa), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Coal Tit (With small blue and great tit flock), 1 Avocet [Matt Turner]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:45 to 16:00, Sunny dry and windy
2 Turtle Dove (Along track and wires from fishing gate) [Brian Bolton]
Holland Haven, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Wryneck (One still present in the Dell (rather busy with triathlon) on seaward side of toilet blocks (no sign on 8 Sep)) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tilbury, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny, strong NNW wind, rising tide
33 Common Tern (Two flocks 26&7 up river), 1 Hobby (Over from Kent), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over from Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Tendring, 14:30 to 14:45, Light breeze, sunny spells, cooler than of late.
14 House Sparrow (Feeding and dust batheing under rose bushes in back garden.) [Tony Faulkner]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:00 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Mute Swan, 1 Kestrel, 200 Grey Plover (Approx.), 8 Turnstone, 20 Greenshank (At least.), 4 Sandwich Tern (Possibly six. At least one juvenile.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 16:00, Sunny and windy
2 Black Tern, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Ruff, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier [Yvonne Watling]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:45 to 16:45, Dry, sun & cloud, Brisk NW breeze. 18 to 22 c. Sightings with Brenda. Sea wall & 3 hides.
50 Swallow (Plus, feeding all over reserve.), 25 Sand Martin (Circa.), 1 House Martin, 11 Yellow Wagtail (6 from middle hide, 5 from first hide.), 2 Wheatear (First hide.), 250 Teal (Circa. Put up from first hide scrape by M Harrier.), 15 Mallard (Last hide.), 2 Whinchat (Distant from first hide.), 10 Pied Wagtail (First & middle hide.), 1 Meadow Pipit (Sea wall. ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 1 Hobby (Failed attempt to take a Sand Martin, sea wall.), 3 Kestrel, 8 Grey Heron, 100 Starling (Circa. Roving flock.), 1 Oystercatcher (Only bird on river with the obvious B H Gulls.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Little Egret [David Hale] Pied Wagtail at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 07 Sep 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 08:15 to 09:15
5 Golden Plover (On usual fields), 18 Yellowhammer [Ian Tarbin]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:00, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 19:00, Selected totals, movement to south
44 Sandwich Tern (35N 9S), 88 Meadow Pipit, 9 Chiffchaff, 596 Swallow, 10 Gannet (N), 31 Swift, 566 House Martin (N - strong pulse as cloud came in from N then lots feeding along the frotn), 4 Hobby (singles in off/south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (in off), 1 Osprey (Circling high over town drifting south before moving back inland and being lost to view. Seen earlier by Darrell Stile @ The Naze), 1 Sparrowhawk (in off), 1 Arctic Skua [Paul Brayshaw]
TL9700, 07:00 to 18:00, Thames Barge Trip on Rivers Blackwater & Colne
1 Osprey (Circling over Colne Point), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female Bradwell Power Station), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult and 1st cal yr), 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Gannet (Off East Mersea), 1 Little Tern (Juvenile), 13 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 28 Common Tern, 350 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot, 5 Avocet, 40 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 14 Little Egret, 70 Grey Plover [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 12:15, clear first thing gradually clouding over, cool, brisk north westerly wind, high tide
11 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 28 Meadow Pipit (First real sign of passage this autumn for this species), 7 Chiffchaff (Same comment as for meadow pipit, 1 singing), 4 Wheatear (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whinchat (Walton Hall Marshes ), 3 Green Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Osprey (In off and across Walton Hall Marshes for Darrell Stile. He alerted me (I was on the sea wall along Walton Channel) and I watched it as it flew over the Channel. It continued west gaining considerable height.) [Brian Combes]
Friday 06 Sep 2019
TQ5993, 19:00 to 19:00
6 House Martin (small flock over Bay Tree Centre, Brentwood just as it was getting dark) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 18:00, Cloudy, stiff breeze and rain later
1 Wheatear, 1 Redstart (Seen briefly in flight, hedgeline behind Gwen Hide), 1 Greenshank (Hide bay), 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide bay), 1 Common Sandpiper (SW corner LDHC), 3 Great White Egret (SE corner LBC, viewed from LDHC), 61 Egyptian Goose (Wig Bay), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Billets), 8 Ruff (Wig Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over Wig Bay) [Matt Turner]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 14:15 to 15:00, Dry and windy
2 Turtle Dove, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 10 Teal, 6 House Martin (+), 10 Swallow (+), 6 Sand Martin (+) [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 06 Sep 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 13:00 to 16:45, Cloudy, breezy. Some light rain.
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 500 Avocet (At least.), 3 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 16 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch, 8 Turnstone [Andrew Cox]
Loughton, 13:00 to 13:15, Chilly light breeze
3 Common Gull [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Stow Marsh, 12:00 to 15:30, Low tide. Fresh to strong SW wind and rain
42 House Martin (heading low south), 57 Sand Martin (heading low south), 352 Swallow (heading low south), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 123 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover (summer plumage), 1 Merlin (female battling low south against the wind), 1 Wheatear, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Little Stint (juv in with a group of redshank in Stow Creek), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv male), 1 Sparrowhawk (hunting low along the borrowdykes), 45 Curlew, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 42 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 500 Starling (mobile flocks), 1 Ruff (juv female) [Alan Shearring]
Grays, 09:00 to 09:30, Overcast, SW wind, falling tide
1 Guillemot (One in nbp drifting down river) [Paul Larkin] Guillemot at Grays on 06 Sep 2019, (Paul Larkin, )
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, chilly.
3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Arctic Skua (pale adult chasing waders 9.10-9.20 along Colne before headed up river disappearing over Wivenhoe), 20 Swallow (west), 2 Shoveler (flew over, unusual here), 4 Chiffchaff [Richard Allen]
Little Waltham, 06:45 to 08:15, dry, cloudy
1 Lesser Whitethroat [David Saville] Lesser Whitethroat at Little Waltham on 06 Sep 2019, (David Saville)
Thursday 05 Sep 2019
TQ5894, 18:45 to 19:00, Calm bright evening with good light.
2 Raven (Flew overhead calling and good view of wedge tail, heading South over Brentwood) [Clive Tanner]
Wrabness, 14:30 to 14:30, Sunny / very quiet
1 Turtle Dove (Seen) [Peter Brittain]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:45 to 12:30, Sunny, breezy
6 Little Egret, 20 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Golden Plover, 40 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Whinchat, 3 Whitethroat (common darter, migrant hawker, hairy dragonfly, emperor dragonfly) [John McLaughlin]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:35 to 15:30, mainly sunny;NW winds easing during the day
110 Great Crested Grebe (at least - one mobile flock from island hide), 5 Great White Egret (2 LBC, 2 LdLHC, 1 Wigborough bay), 60 Wigeon (at least), 5 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (juvenile male), 3 Greenshank, 14 Ruff (Wigborough bay), 10 Mediterranean Gull (Wigborough bay - roosting on dry mud (8 adults 2 first winters)), 2 Wheatear (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Whinchat (Billets Farm screen), 1 Goldeneye (female close in east side of LBC), 7 Yellow Wagtail (Billets farm) [Mark Gregory]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (over garden 14.30) [Richard Allen]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 16:00, Fine and sun, NW wind, falling then rising tide
185 Ringed Plover, 115 Dunlin, 21 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Juvs), 79 Curlew, 165 Grey Plover, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 91 Shelduck, 1 Little Stint, 2907 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Golden Plover, 429 Common Tern (Movement started at 1300hrs and none seen after 1430hrs. Largest flock 168. All lingered in Mucking Bay before flying up river.) [Paul Larkin] Cattle Egret at East Tilbury on 05 Sep 2019, (Paul Larkin, )
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:30, Sunny, breezy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow, 12 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 04 Sep 2019
Geedon Saltings, Colne Estuary, 19:00 to 19:30, Windy
1 Osprey (Perching for approx 20minutes and looking as if it was feeding then headed towards the estuary.) [Chris Stuttle]
Margaretting, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Red Kite (mobbed by Jackdaws and drifting west) [Martin Henry]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 15:00 to 15:30, Sunny, some clouds. Breezy. Dunton Plotlands.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Had quite a fierce tussle with the sparrowhawk. No obvious injuries to either.) [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Osprey (on post on Geedon Marsh, and later fishing along channel), 1 Red Kite (over Geedon Marsh, and later over visitor centre), 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50 Mallard (+ on Lake), 20 Teal (+ on Lake), 200 Grey Plover (c), 50 Knot (c) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 12:00, overcast after rain then sunny periods; brisk westerly wind
64 Egyptian Goose (mostly Wig Bay), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 50 Gadwall (+), 8 Pintail (LB c/way), 470 Pochard (+ incomplete count), 26 Little Egret, 5 Great White Egret (east of LB c/way), 4 Little Grebe (+: family of 3 LB; 1 calling LDLH), 300 Great Crested Grebe (+: mostly Wig Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 80 Lapwing (circa.), 1 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper (LDLH), 2 Green Sandpiper (LB), 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern (in front of pumping station), 3 Kestrel (juvs), 10 Sand Martin (+), 100 Swallow (circa. 60 moved straight through.), 20 House Martin (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing LB), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 40 Yellow Wagtail (circa. 37 Billet's/LDLH; 3 LB.), 50 Pied Wagtail (circa.), 1 White Wagtail (sp male - Billets), 40 Goldfinch (+), 25 Linnet (circa.), 2 Red-crested Pochard (pair in Wig Bay) [Martin Peers]
Mount Bures, 09:05 to 13:05, cloudy
200 Common Gull (circa. on plough) [Martin Peers]
Stansted Airport Lagoons, 08:00 to 09:50, Constant Drizzle, overcast, light westerly.
27 Little Grebe (influx), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer [Mike Harris]