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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Abberton Reservoir
Saturday 12 Sep, 07:30 to 16:00, Partly cloudy with good sunny spells.Wind: South Westerly moderate.22c
1 Little Grebe (LB Causeway), 34 Little Egret (LDLH Causeway), 7 Great White Egret (LDLH Causeway), 1 Cattle Egret (LDLH Causeway), 35 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 18 Egyptian Goose, 1 Black Swan (LDLH Causeway), 3 Buzzard (LDLH Causeway), 2 Sparrowhawk (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (♀LB Causeway), 1 Hobby (Bay Hide Bay), 1 Peregrine Falcon (♀Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 2 Kestrel (Reserve), 1 Snipe (LB Causeway), 135 Black-tailed Godwit (Bay Hide Bay - Plus more LDLH Causeway and other 2 hides), 2 Green Sandpiper (LB Causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (LB Causeway), 2 Ruff (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing hide), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 4 Swallow (LB Causeway), 3 Sand Martin (LB Causeway), 1 Wheatear (♀ LDLH Causeway), 1 Stonechat (♀ Island Hide), 10 Blackcap (At least), 10 Whitethroat, 20 Chiffchaff (At least -Fleeting Glimpses), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least - Mainly LDLH Causeway), 1 Grey Wagtail (LB Causeway) [Mick Woodruff]
Thursday 10 Sep, 09:00 to 14:00, Layer Breton only
2 Mandarin Duck (Drakes), 6 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Swan, 9 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 10 Sep, 08:00 to 10:45, sunny and mild, light breeze turning cloudy.
14 Ringed Plover (church), 20 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (church), 2 Chiffchaff (church, LDLH singing), 15 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (church), 2 Common Sandpiper (church, LDLH), 14 Common Tern (church), 58 Black-headed Gull (church), 1 Common Gull (adult church), 3 Swallow, 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 8 Great White Egret (6 LDLH, 2 wig' bay), 3 Goldeneye (LDLH), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (LDLH), 2 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH), 2 Green Sandpiper (LDLH), 30 Great Crested Grebe (+) [Ashley Gooding]
Thursday 10 Sep, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Bittern (Track at layer bretton seen by phil (farmer) & Glenn Moore (very tame)), 1 Gannet (Juv flyover about 5.40pm seen by Glenn Evans ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 08 Sep, 09:30 to 14:45, Dry, humid & overcast, turning very warm. 18c rising to 24c plus. Light breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa. Billets Farm & screen & LDHC. ), 20 Linnet (At least. Billets screen.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least, with Linnet.), 10 Swallow (At least, Billets Farm.), 10 Sand Martin (Circa, Wig Bay.), 6 Great White Egret (Large yellow bill, towering over Little Egret.), 7 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (Wig Bay.), 1 Black Swan (Wig Bay.), 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Hide Bay.), 4 Ruff (Hide Bay.), 1 Yellowhammer (Road side hedge, Hide Bay.), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (LDHC.), 20 Pintail (At least. Wig Bay.), 30 Wigeon (At least. Wig Bay. ), 50 Gadwall (Plus. Wig Bay.), 50 Shoveler (Plus. Wig Bay & LDHC.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 1 Blackcap (Male. School Lane.), 1 Green Woodpecker (School Lane.), 2 Stock Dove (Small White Butterflies everywhere. ), 8 Egyptian Goose [David Hale] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Monday 07 Sep, 06:30 to 10:00
1 Spoonbill, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Juveniles), 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Great White Egret, 1 Goosander (Female), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Ruff, 5 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 06 Sep, 10:40 to 11:35, Little wind, some cloud cover
1 Green Sandpiper (SW corner from Layer Breton causeway), 30 Egyptian Goose ((estimate) both causeways), 5 Great White Egret (Both causeways), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adult, Layer Breton causeway) [Simon Banks]
Friday 04 Sep, 16:30 to 18:00, Cloudy with sun breaking through.
5 Curlew Sandpiper (1 juv from Abberton Church and 4 juv Wig Bay), 3 Little Stint (juvs from Abberton church), 1 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 35 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 9 Ruff, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great White Egret, 40 Wigeon, 2 Pintail [Sean Nixon] Curlew Sandpiper at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Curlew Sandpiper at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Little Stint at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Friday 04 Sep, 09:45 to 14:30, sunny intervals
8 Red-crested Pochard (Wigborough Bay), 4 Ringed Plover (Billets screen), 2 Little Ringed Plover (adult + juv), 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper (Layer Breton c/way), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank (Abberton church), 1 Black Tern (seen from Billets screen), 2 Peregrine Falcon (male Abberton church; juvenile Wigborough Bay), 30 Sand Martin (Wigborough Bay), 50 Swallow (circa (30 Billets Farm)), 1 Wheatear, 28 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 100 Linnet (circa - 50 Billets; 50 Abberton church), 10 Great White Egret [Martin Peers]
Ardleigh Reservoir
Friday 18 Sep, 08:00 to 08:30, Sightings from Lodge Lane in good conditions
1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Stock Dove [Matt Turner]
Friday 11 Sep, 18:30 to 19:00, Sightings from both causeways
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron [Matt Turner]
Bardfield
Saturday 05 Sep, 15:15 to 15:15, Warm, overcast
1 Red Kite (flying overhead) [Graham Dalby] Red Kite at Bardfield on 05 Sep 2020, (Graham Dalby)
Bateman's Tower, Brightlingsea
Wednesday 09 Sep, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Wheatear, 60 Avocet (approx), 120 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Knot, 4 Whitethroat (+), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 6 Common Tern (+), 1 Osprey (distant on post on Geedon Marsh), 3 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 300 Starling (+), 5 Turnstone [Liz Huxley]
Tuesday 08 Sep, 10:00 to 15:30
2 Wheatear, 100 Avocet (approx), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (+), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Osprey (distant on post, Geedon Marsh), 3 Swallow, 20 Common Tern (approx), 1 Arctic Skua (on the water, then flew off over E Mersea), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Reed Bunting, 20 Linnet (approx), 4 Great Crested Grebe [Liz Huxley]
Beckton
Thursday 17 Sep, 09:30 to 12:15, Sun/cloud, brisk NE wind
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Kittiwake (adult), 1 Common Tern, 1 Swallow [Gary A James]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy, light NE wind
1 Garganey, 1 Whinchat, 4 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Sunday 13 Sep, 08:00 to 13:00, Sunny
4 Little Egret, 40 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler [Gary A James]
Saturday 12 Sep, 08:00 to 12:30, Cloudy
1 Spoonbill, 4 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 6 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Friday 11 Sep, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy;
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Billericay
Saturday 05 Sep, 16:30 to 16:45, Sunny and a medium breeze
1 Hobby (Garden birding - Flew directly overhead at a medium height) [John Smart]
Blackmore
Saturday 05 Sep, 14:30 to 14:35
1 Red Kite (Initially on the ground in a field, then flew up into a tall tree) [Graham Dalby] Red Kite at Blackmore on 05 Sep 2020, (Graham Dalby)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge
Wednesday 09 Sep, 08:30 to 17:00
1 Raven, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Merlin (1cy male), 4 Siskin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby, 5 Bearded Tit, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Kestrel, 16 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 70 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Curlew, 80 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 06 Sep, 15:35 to 18:55
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Yellow Wagtail (+), 5 Linnet, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female), 8 Skylark, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Wheatear, 4 Snipe, 6 Whinchat, 1 Sedge Warbler [Simon Satchell]
Boxted
Saturday 12 Sep, 11:45 to 12:05, sunny intervals
5 Mute Swan (pair with 3 juvs), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit [Martin Peers]
Braintree
Friday 18 Sep, 18:00 to 19:00, Sunset, clear sky, small breeze
3 Red Kite [Matt Trevillion] Red Kite at Braintree on 18 Sep 2020, (Matt Trevillion) , Red Kite at Braintree on 18 Sep 2020, (Matt Trevillion)
Broomfield, Chelmsford
Monday 14 Sep, 07:30 to 08:00, Clear, warm
3 Green Woodpecker (At least 2 Juveniles and 1 adult bird tending them) [Kevin Poulton]
Sunday 13 Sep, 09:00 to 10:00, Clear, breezy
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Calling from trees in my back garden, sighted as well) [Kevin Poulton]
Broomhouse, Langham
Saturday 12 Sep, 08:30 to 09:45, sunny intervals
54 Canada Goose, 300 Greylag Goose (circa), 4 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 80 Mallard (circa), 90 Teal (+), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (males), 2 Bullfinch [Martin Peers]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary
Friday 18 Sep, 13:00 to 16:45, Sunny, warm. Easterly breeze.
1 Gannet (Juvenile, upriver.), 15 Common Scoter (Mobile around the eastern buoys.), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (Heading south as the tide ebbed.), 3 Arctic Skua (Two juveniles harasing terns & gulls around the eastern buoys. One pale phase adult upriver; quite close.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 4 Sandwich Tern (At least.), 10 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 17 Sep, 09:15 to 13:30, Sun & clouds. Warm, easterly breeze.
1 Manx Shearwater (Upriver.), 7 Brent Goose, 1 Osprey (Heading south. Quite distant.), 20 Grey Plover (At least.), 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Arctic Skua (At least.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 1 Sandwich Tern (Resting on mud before tide came in.), 1 Guillemot (East. Quite close.), 1 Short-eared Owl (Across river.) [Andrew Cox]
Chigborough Lakes
Wednesday 09 Sep, 09:30 to 11:25
14 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon (Pochard Lake.), 13 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk (Up high together.), 16 Moorhen, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby (Hawking insects over Main Lake.), 4 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler (By Pochard Lake. Heard only.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler [Malcolm Corbett]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury
Saturday 12 Sep, 08:45 to 14:00, Falling tide
90 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 25 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Meadow Pipit, 45 Goldfinch, 800 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 160 Grey Plover, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Raven [Sean Huggins]
Saturday 05 Sep, 08:30 to 13:00, Tide low, later rising
4 Curlew Sandpiper (Juvs), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Juv), 8 Yellow Wagtail (Seven feeding among cattle), 7 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper (On pit) [Sean Huggins]
Colne Pt
Sunday 06 Sep, 17:30 to 19:30, Sunshine, no wind
3 Short-eared Owl (Two flew out to sea towards Dengie; one other remained hunting near warden's hut), 20 Sanderling, 1 Whinchat, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Turnstone, 6 Curlew, 1 Kestrel [Michael Padmore]
Creekmouth, near Beckton
Wednesday 09 Sep, 10:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
30 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 12 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Gary A James]
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island
Thursday 17 Sep, 09:30 to 12:00, Sunny intermittent sunshine strong wind. Cudmore to pyefleet channel.
1 Buzzard, 11 Turnstone, 388 Redshank (inc' high tide count 342), 27 Little Egret (inc'15 in trees over pond), 1 Swallow, 20 Lapwing (+), 1 Eider (female), 60 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 7 Sandwich Tern (inc' 1 juv'), 5 Cormorant, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Avocet, 7 Shelduck, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 10 Dunlin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, 30 Linnet (+), 2 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Long-tailed Tit (+) [Ashley Gooding]
Debden
Wednesday 16 Sep, 09:00 to 13:00, 21deg sunny periods
2 Grey Wagtail (Juveniles at the east end of Debden Water), 1 Nuthatch (Calling ), 6 Moorhen (Adult and juveniles ) [Stephen Dutton]
Dovercourt
Thursday 17 Sep, 10:30 to 12:10, Blustery, dry
12 Purple Sandpiper (Small flock, Irlam's Point), 45 Dunlin (Irlam's Point and towards caravan park), 1 Ringed Plover (Irlam's Point), 20 Turnstone, 7 Common Scoter (Group flew north from The Naze area), 1 Kestrel, 8 Linnet (On rough ground by car park/recucling centre) [Simon Banks]
East Tilbury
Thursday 17 Sep, 07:45 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, strong NE wind, rising tide
132 Ringed Plover, 164 Dunlin, 3 Little Stint, 134 Curlew, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 188 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon (Flock with three Teal), 47 Teal, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 122 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 1643 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv), 13 Common Tern (Flocks of 4 & 9), 2 Manx Shearwater (One am, one pm), 7 Shoveler, 1 Gannet (Juv) [Paul Larkin]
Epping
Monday 07 Sep, 18:30 to 18:30
3 Greenfinch (All juveniles ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Frinton-on-Sea
Wednesday 16 Sep, 06:30 to 19:00, NE1-6 initially 8/8, 0/8 for most of day then cloud front to 8/8 at 18:15. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated
118 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chiffchaff, 572 Siskin (62 flocks of 2-28 birds. Highest day count, exceeding 558 on 25/09/08. 1698 counted so far in September), 34 Dunnock (Notable increase on undercliff, some birds noted in off the sea), 10 Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 9 Mediterranean Gull (south - first for some time), 44 Sandwich Tern (strong evening movement) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 15 Sep, 06:30 to 09:00, E1 0/8 mod vis. Selected totals, movement to south
115 Siskin, 4 Brent Goose [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 14 Sep, 06:30 to 09:00, S-SE0 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
24 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 13 Sep, 06:30 to 14:00, SW3-5 variable cloud then 0/8. Movement to south
116 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 52 Siskin, 2 Spoonbill (@ 0724 (seen 40 minutes earlier at Landguard)), 5 Marsh Harrier (1,1,3), 2 Buzzard, 2 Swift, 1 Short-eared Owl (@ 1208) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 12 Sep, 06:15 to 12:00, W-NW4-5 4-8/8. Selected totals, movement to south
250 Siskin, 83 Meadow Pipit, 1 Hobby, 74 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 11 Sep, 06:15 to 09:00, SW0-1 8-0/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
40 Yellow Wagtail, 178 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whinchat (in off, briefly on undercliff before heading south), 59 Siskin, 1 Red-throated Diver (north) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 10 Sep, 06:15 to 17:30, N1 2/8 then variable. Selected totals, movement to south
104 Meadow Pipit, 74 Siskin, 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 Buzzard, 1 Osprey (south out to sea @ 0754, seen earlier over Walton Hall Marsh by Darrell Stile), 7 Swift, 3 Short-eared Owl (together close inshore @ 1720. Continuing the early and high numbers of this species) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 09 Sep, 06:15 to 11:00, W-SW2 4/8, selected totals, movement to south
1081 Swallow, 335 Meadow Pipit, 10 Grey Wagtail, 192 Siskin, 3 Tree Sparrow (@ 0658), 10 Crossbill (+ @ 0735), 1 Short-eared Owl ("Eared" owl south offshore @ 0720), 158 House Martin [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 07 Sep, 06:00 to 18:00, SW1 6-8/8, selected totals, movement to south
506 Swallow, 85 House Martin, 62 Meadow Pipit, 33 Siskin, 7 Swift [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 06 Sep, 06:00 to 18:00, WNW2-3 0-4/8. Selected totals, movement to south
518 Swallow, 30 Chiffchaff, 52 Meadow Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Crossbill (0710), 14 Swift, 283 House Martin, 16 Sand Martin [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 05 Sep, 06:15 to 09:45, NW3 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
19 Yellow Wagtail, 98 Siskin, 796 Swallow, 989 House Martin, 8 Grey Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Sand Martin, 185 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 6 Swift, 2 Short-eared Owl, 7 Buzzard [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 04 Sep, 09:34 to 10:19, Mild, cloud cover 1/8, light wind from south switching to SW
10 Swallow (All moving south, came through as 1, 8, 1, but last was at 10:00), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Flew south, landed, fed and pushed on) [Simon Banks]
Friday 04 Sep, 06:00 to 18:00, SW3 variable cloud. Selected totals, movement to south
14 Wheatear (6 Greensward, 8 GC), 487 Swallow, 108 Siskin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Short-eared Owl ((also 3 over southern end of GC/Holland Haven in evening)), 4 Little Owl (family party at southern end of Greensward/edge of GC i nevening) [Paul Brayshaw]
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey
Thursday 10 Sep, 11:00 to 11:00, Warm sunny
3 Buzzard (Riding thermal up high), 1 Red Kite (Riding high with Buzzard ), 1 Sparrowhawk [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford
Saturday 05 Sep, 09:30 to 11:30, Sunny intervals.
1 Red Kite (Drifted east), 6 Greenfinch (Probably more.), 4 Chiffchaff (calling from various locations.), 2 Blackcap (Calling.), 3 Buzzard (Circling.), 4 Moorhen (2 adult 2 young) [Kevin Cook]
Geedon Saltings, Colne Estuary
Monday 07 Sep, 13:00 to 16:00, high tide 1600
1 Osprey (watched an osprey catch and eat a sizeable fish, probably a mullet, these remote creeks seem to be a stopping off point at this time of year.) [David Underwood]
Goldhanger
Tuesday 08 Sep, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Cetti's Warbler (By sea wall. One near playing field, one near sailing club. Both heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 06 Sep, 15:40 to 15:40, Sunny, warm. High tide.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only beside sea wall, Goldhanger S.C.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Saturday 12 Sep, 10:30 to 11:15
1 Kingfisher (In tiny stream next to fishing lake. ), 2 Stonechat [David Pallash]
Great Totham
Wednesday 16 Sep, 16:00 to 17:00, Sunny, warm, light breeze.
6 Mute Swan (Adult with five juveniles. Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Over South Wood.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Totham Pit.), 1 Merlin (Male. Flew over sugar beet field N of South Wood and perched on telegraph pole.), 1 Chiffchaff (Bog Grove.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 08:15 to 08:30, Sunny,calm.
1 Kestrel (Male. E of St. Peter's Church.), 2 Willow Warbler (Together. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 10 Sep, 09:25 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Very pleasant.
18 Linnet (18 to 26, two flocks sighted among sugar beet east of St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 08 Sep, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Tawny Owl (Calling from gardens, Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hamford Water
Thursday 10 Sep, 09:55 to 15:35, Warm, cloud cover 2/8 - 4/8, moderate breeze
1 Ruff, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover (summer plumage), 2 Wheatear, 20 Common Gull (one flock), 3 Pintail, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) [Simon Banks]
Hanningfield Reservoir
Friday 18 Sep, 09:35 to 16:35, Dry & sunny, brisk E breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Kingfisher (Male. Causeway Lagoon. ), 3 Dunlin (Point hide. ), 25 Great Black-backed Gull (Plus.), 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Plus.), 10 Herring Gull (Circa.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak hide. Female's.), 15 Little Grebe (Circa.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (Plus.), 1 Raven (Rawl hide. Large Corvid, far bigger than the Carrion Crow perched above it. Large strong black bill), 1 Hobby (Rawl hide.), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Probable pair interacting over W bank.), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Oak hide. Male on shore.), 1 Bar-headed Goose (Rawl hide. Showed when roosting Geese disturbed by Red Fox.), 4 Ruff (Rawl hide.), 20 Lapwing (Circa. ), 50 Shoveler (Circa.), 15 Pintail (Rawl hide.), 18 Wigeon (Rawl hide.), 2 Goosander (Females. Rawl hide.), 1 Scaup (Female, Tufted Duck hybrid.), 6 Grey Heron [David Hale] Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Shoveler at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pintail at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thursday 17 Sep, 10:00 to 15:00
500 Tufted Duck (+), 9 Red-crested Pochard (from causeway), 40 Great Crested Grebe (+), 4 Coal Tit (+), 20 Pintail (+), 1 Red Kite (from RAWL Hide), 3 Egyptian Goose (Point Hide), 1 Osprey (from Point Hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (from Point Hide), 1 Ruff (Oak Hide), 1 Bar-headed Goose (Oak Hide), 1 Chiffchaff [Liz Huxley]
Monday 14 Sep, 14:00 to 18:40, Fox creating mayhem between Point and RAWL Hides
1 Common Sandpiper (RAWL Hide), 1 Ruff (RAWL and Point Hides, probably the same bird), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult, Oak Hide), 2 Dunlin (Point Hide), 1 Snipe (Point Hide), 2 Garganey (Fishing Lodge Bay), 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, 2 Hobby (causeway), 1 Kingfisher (fishing by causeway, then flew towards RAWL Hide), 1 Grey Wagtail (causeway) [Simon Satchell]
Friday 11 Sep, 10:10 to 13:00, Fremnells Causeway only; overcast
2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon, 10 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (first winter), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven (far bank), 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Sean Gregory]
Friday 11 Sep, 10:05 to 13:00, Mostly cloudy - sunny spells
1 Garganey (Female still present in front of Rawle Hide), 1 Hobby (In flight from Rawle Hide), 3 Common Sandpiper (3+ from Rawle Hide), 5 Pintail (From Oak Hide) [Nicholas Weston]
Friday 11 Sep, 08:00 to 18:00, Morning & evening vists to causeway either side of work.
1 Osprey (Sitting in tree, eating a fish. South of fremnalls causeway / downham road), 9 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Coal Tit, 500 Coot [Tony Kennelly]
Thursday 10 Sep, 12:00 to 13:15, Fremnells Causeway only; mainly sunny light NW winds
9 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Osprey (over south lagoon for 10 minutes from 13:00), 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 5 Avocet (on main island), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (heard), 2 Little Egret [Sean Gregory]
Thursday 10 Sep, 11:30 to 17:00, Sunny & warm
5 Avocet (RAWL hide), 3 Dunlin (RAWL hide), 4 Ringed Plover (Point Hide), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby (Causeway), 1 Wigeon (Lyster Hide), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide) [James Hudson]
Wednesday 09 Sep, 10:00 to 13:45, sunny then clouding over, wind increasing over reservoir.
1 Osprey (10.20 caught fish in front of rawl hide, was over causeway as i left 13.45), 3 Buzzard (over west bank trees), 1 Sparrowhawk (over west bank), 1 Marsh Harrier (west bank), 2 Garganey (2 maybe 3 from rawl), 3 Common Sandpiper (from rawl), 1 Wigeon (from rawl) [Colin Sparkes]
Monday 07 Sep, 14:10 to 15:40, some light clouds, mild. Fremnells Causeway only
1 Black-necked Grebe (distantly towards RAWL Hide), 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Sand Martin (at least), 5 Chiffchaff [Sean Gregory]
Friday 04 Sep, 12:00 to 14:00, Overcast, occasionally brighter, slight breeze
100 Tufted Duck (circa. (Causeway)), 12 Lapwing ((10 Point 2 Rawl)), 1 Little Egret ((Rawl)), 5 Common Sandpiper ((Rawl)), 1 Shoveler ((Juv. Rawl)), 1 Grey Heron ((Rawl)), 20 Great Crested Grebe ((Rawl & Point)), 100 Cormorant (circa. (Point)) [Seamus Benson]
Friday 04 Sep, 09:00 to 15:30, Dry, overcast, WSW breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda.
3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 100 Sand Martin (Circa, Causeway.), 30 House Martin (Circa.), 50 Lapwing (At least, Causeway.), 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover (2 adults 5 juvenile. Oak hide.), 14 Common Tern (Oak hide. 10 juveniles.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Point hide.), 12 Little Grebe (Oak hide.), 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 15 Shoveler (Circa.), 30 Tufted Duck (Plus.) [David Hale] Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Egret at Hanningfield Reservoir on 04 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Harwich
Friday 11 Sep, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Female,in off the sea,may have come from Felixstowe) [Peter Brittain]
Heybridge Basin
Sunday 13 Sep, 06:15 to 09:15
1 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Avocet, 150 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 50 Golden Plover, 10 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 500 Redshank, 100 Dunlin, 20 Little Egret, 30 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 20 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Wigeon [Tony Kennelly]
Holland Haven
Thursday 17 Sep, 07:15 to 11:45, NE moderate, sunny with cloud cover. 3 hour seawatch with quick look at scrape from pillbox
1 Manx Shearwater (Flying north, good views), 5 Gannet, 30 Common Scoter (+), 15 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 4 Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Stonechat, 5 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 2 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Guillemot, 1 Red-throated Diver (Breeding plumage close in) [Matt Turner]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 14:30 to 16:45
2 Mediterranean Gull (1cy and adult), 2 Common Gull (1cy), 2 Stonechat, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 30 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 14 Sep, 12:15 to 15:00, Warm sunny
2 Stonechat (On second hide roof), 4 Swallow (Flying over golf course), 1 Wheatear (On sea wall ), 2 Meadow Pipit (On golf course ), 3 Pied Wagtail (On golf course ), 10 Starling (Small group flying over reedbed ), 3 House Martin (Flying over sea wall ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Friday 04 Sep, 10:00 to 12:00
40 Swallow (small groups heading S), 24 Siskin (+ in 2 groups heading S), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift, 3 Ruff (on Scrape), 6 Wheatear (+), 5 Whinchat (+), 2 Stonechat (+), 4 Buzzard (+) [Liz Huxley]
Laindon
Wednesday 16 Sep, 07:45 to 08:00, Cloudy, warm.
1 Hobby (Flew over house.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 15 Sep, 14:15 to 15:15, Sunny, hot, humid. Some light cloud. Back garden.
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT
Sunday 13 Sep, 08:30 to 10:00, Sunny. Warm. Some breeze. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker (Including a juvenile in Lincewood.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including two together in Lincewood.), 3 Nuthatch (At least one in Lincewood & at least two in Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 12 Sep, 08:00 to 09:30, Sun & clouds. Cool, breezy. Becoming warmer. Lincewood & Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (Hunting over & around Lake Meadows area.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Langham
Saturday 12 Sep, 11:00 to 11:30, cloudy
5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-legged Partridge (+), 3 Buzzard (one juv calling), 1 Blackcap, 2 Yellow Wagtail (juvs with other wagtails at waterworks lagoons), 1 Grey Wagtail (juv), 30 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 White Wagtail (sp male), 4 Meadow Pipit [Martin Peers]
Leez Reservoir
Monday 07 Sep, 14:15 to 16:15, Cloudy; SW wind.
2 Hobby (Hawking for insects over E part of reservoir and surrounding trees), 1 Kingfisher ((probably 2 as seen in two places)), 40 Tufted Duck, 15 Little Grebe [George Brown]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
Monday 14 Sep, 08:45 to 11:15, Sunny, clear sky, calm.
14 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with seven established young.), 2 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 80 Tufted Duck (circa.), 7 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. five juvs.), 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (Also one long dead in harvested wheat field. Cause of death unknown.), 100 Coot (circa.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard and seen.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 09 Sep, 08:55 to 09:30, And 11:25 to 12:15.
17 Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose, 9 Pochard, 95 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Moorhen, 100 Coot (circa.), 12 Collared Dove, 4 Jay, 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 07 Sep, 09:00 to 11:30, Cloudy, warm, v. light SW wind. One lengthy shower.
28 Mute Swan (Inc. twelve juveniles.), 10 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, 19 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. eight juveniles.), 80 Coot (circa.), 1 Common Gull, 20 Collared Dove (+.), 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Siskin [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon
Sunday 13 Sep, 16:00 to 18:00, Garden sightings
1 Red Kite (seen from garden but it was over the town centre on Saturday 12th), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (Several passes over), 1 Sparrowhawk (Several passes over), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female heading east), 4 Swallow (Heading south), 1 Coal Tit (Visiting garden feeders), 1 Chiffchaff [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 05 Sep, 06:00 to 08:00, Morning walk Maldon to & from beeleigh weir. Low tide
1 Black Redstart (female/juvenile In yard of derelict building by flour mill & opposite boat yard at fullbridge. Viewable (when it eventually pops up) from public footpath of anchorage hill & chandlers quay), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Common Gull (In prom Park), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail (Beeleigh weir), 8 Little Egret (Feeding in low tide pools of river), 4 Little Grebe, 3 Reed Warbler (Calling from reedbeds along golf course), 10 Chiffchaff (Probably more, heard calling along walk), 2 House Martin, 4 Teal, 200 Black-headed Gull (Plenty of small flocks heading West & others feeding in river.) [Tony Kennelly]
Manningtree
Friday 11 Sep, 14:30 to 17:00, Sunny,light breeze
500 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimated), 50 Canada Goose (Estimated), 20 Ringed Plover, 30 Little Egret (Estimated), 4 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Cormorant, 1 Common Tern, 1 Osprey (Good sighting at 5pm) [Peter Brittain]
Thursday 10 Sep, 14:00 to 16:30, walk along the river W from the Co-op
60 Little Egret (approx), 500 Black-tailed Godwit (approx total), 50 Avocet (approx), 3 Swallow, 10 Pied Wagtail (+), 3 Greenshank, 40 Lapwing (+), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Ruff, 1 Osprey (near rail bridge and flew towards Stutton), 2 Common Tern [Liz Huxley]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
Tuesday 08 Sep, 13:45 to 15:45, Tide coming in. Sunny and muggy
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 118 Ringed Plover, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 1 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit (East Marsh reedbed), 105 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Grey Plover [Alan Shearring]
Friday 04 Sep, 11:00 to 12:00, W breeze tide coming in
1 Willow Warbler, 70 Sand Martin (heading south), 100 Swallow (heading south), 80 Teal, 180 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Water Rail, 700 Starling, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25 Ringed Plover [Alan Shearring]
Mistley
Tuesday 08 Sep, 12:15 to 13:00, Hottish, clear skies, little breeze. Tide partly up.
1 Osprey (Thanks to the birder who advised that it was still around. It flew in from Stutton Mill direction but remained on the north shore. Several terns harried it towards Cattawade. It returned and went down on the old BX Plastics area. Later sighting from the Co-Op of it flying over the Walls after which it disappeared. Did not attempt to fish at all.), 1 Knot (Only one seen but reports from others of more), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Not counted but lots!), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (One only noted), 1 Redshank (Many amongst Godwits, not counted), 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstone (Amongst Godwits, not counted), 20 Little Egret (On islet across from Co-op,), 25 Cormorant (On islet across from Co-op,) [Paul Saward] Osprey at Mistley on 08 Sep 2020, (Paul Saward)
Saturday 05 Sep, 16:15 to 17:00, Wader numbers seem to be building up.
1 Osprey (Seen from Walls. Thought it was going to dive then mobbed by crow. ), 10 Grey Plover (At least in Summer plumage) [Barbara Leport]
Naze, The
Friday 18 Sep, 06:30 to 13:45
1 Leach's Petrel (North (thanks to Simon Cox & Pete Loud for finding 2 of them off Holland Haven and Paul Brayshaw for picking them up off Frinton)), 1 Great Skua (South), 2 Gannet (North ), 3 Common Scoter, 22 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wheatear, 75 Siskin (North in small groups ), 2 Lesser Redpoll (North), 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (South), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Jay, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Pintail (North), 11 Wigeon (South) [Steve Grimwade]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 08:30 to 14:00
460 Siskin (All moving north in flocks of 10-15. My largest ever number recorded in Essex!), 3 Gannet (North), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 19 Sanderling, 17 Turnstone, 1 Snipe, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Tree Sparrow (North), 70 Meadow Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 8 House Martin, 14 Swallow, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 60 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 15 Sep, 11:00 to 14:00, hot, clear sky - perfect day
1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Merlin (low and fast over salt marsh towards point), 33 Sanderling, 40 Oystercatcher (+ Stone Point lagoon) [Martin Richards]
Tuesday 15 Sep, 09:20 to 13:30, High Tide, bright, sunny and warm. Nor-easterly breeze. Sightings with John Slee
4 Brent Goose (3 + 1 S), 2 Gannet (Juvs S, close inshore together), 5 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel (M & F), 35 Oystercatcher, 30 Ringed Plover, 13 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 20 Turnstone, 2 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua (Pale ph Juv S @ 11:25), 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Skylark, 1 Swallow (N), 2 House Martin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Long-tailed Tit (Min), 2 Jay, 4 Greenfinch [Mike Harris]
Sunday 13 Sep, 11:00 to 15:00, clear sky, pleasant breeze
1 Peregrine Falcon (swooped on Green Sandpiper over Walton Channel, causing it to ditch and dive. Continuous attacks exhausted the sandpiper and it was eventually siezed and carried off to Horsey. Fantastic and sad at the same time.), 1 Wheatear (sea wall), 6 Sandwich Tern (beach towards the point), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (beach towards the point - 2 in smart plumage still) [Martin Richards]
Saturday 12 Sep, 11:00 to 14:00, windy, broken cloud
4 Yellow Wagtail (by tower), 1 Peregrine Falcon (near Stone Point), 29 Sandwich Tern (group on beach), 35 Bar-tailed Godwit (flying toward Horsey), 2 Wheatear (sea wall), 1 Green Sandpiper (sea wall) [Martin Richards]
Saturday 12 Sep, 06:00 to 12:00, mild, mainly overcast, N wind swinging W and strengthening, high tide ebbing
8 Chiffchaff, 34 Pied Wagtail (19 by Tower, 15 Walton Hall Marshes ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (By Tower ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 21 House Martin (9 south, 12 north ), 39 Meadow Pipit (12 south, 3 north, 24 Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whimbrel, 13 Blackcap, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Willow Warbler, 25 Siskin (13 south (2,2,7,2) one group of 12 north ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 24 Turnstone, 1 Garden Warbler (By sewage works north entrance), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatear (One by tidal lagoons, one Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Buzzard, 15 Swallow (A trickle south), 2 Yellowhammer (Uncommon here, south end of Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Saturday 05 Sep, 06:00 to 12:15, cool first thing, clear gradually clouding over, strong northerly wind, rising tide
15 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 89 Swallow (Mainly south and west), 2 Swift (South), 10 Wheatear (+, 1 by Tower, at least 9 on Walton Hall Marshes ), 48 Pied Wagtail (33 by Tower ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 by Tower, 1 west and 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Siskin (West, groups of 2 and 5), 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles ), 3 Grey Wagtail (West), 91 House Martin (Mainly south and west), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Meadow Pipit (3 south, 18 Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redstart (Female type, John Weston Reserve, in northern stand of trees in west paddock ), 6 Buzzard (4 soaring over Walton Hall Marsh and 2 high north of Horsey Island), 2 Chiffchaff, 158 Bar-tailed Godwit (On shore towards Stone Point ), 34 Sanderling, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby (South ), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Sedge Warbler, 44 Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 04 Sep, 13:00 to 16:00, cloudy, strong wind. Sea wall
4 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 19 Shelduck, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Martin Richards]
Friday 04 Sep, 10:50 to 13:00, Mild, cloud cover 1/8 to start with but clouding over, light wind.
2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover (On shore towards point with Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (On shore towards point with other waders, mainly Dunlin), 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Redstart (In grove facing track to John Weston), 5 House Martin [Simon Banks]
Nazeing, Lea Valley
Thursday 10 Sep, 10:45 to 11:00
1 Kingfisher, 7 Gadwall [Paul Gymer]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Monday 14 Sep, 10:45 to 16:30, From Tollesbury
1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard (+), 3 Marsh Harrier (+), 6 Kestrel (+), 6 Hobby (+), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel (Heard only), 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 8 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill (Flying), 2 Kingfisher, 8 Wheatear, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Bearded Tit (Others heard), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ) [David L Smith]
Monday 07 Sep, 10:45 to 16:15, Via Tollesbury (mainly as per Steve Grimwade)
1 Kingfisher (From seawall approach), 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), 1 Snipe [David L Smith]
Monday 07 Sep, 10:20 to 15:45
9 Cattle Egret, 6 Spoonbill, 1 Whinchat, 1 Cuckoo (Juvenile), 3 Bearded Tit, 4 Hobby, 5 Kestrel, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (Juveniles), 33 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 350 Golden Plover, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade] Cuckoo at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 07 Sep 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
Thursday 10 Sep, 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny dry and mild
3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Teal (Maybe more? ), 8 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard (Posing on high gate ) [Brian Bolton] Buzzard at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Sep 2020, (Brian Bolton, )
Wednesday 09 Sep, 09:55 to 10:00, Light S, scattered cloud, excellent visibility.
5 Red Kite (Interacting as a group over the southern edge of the pit; 3 then drifted east and 2 west. Largest ever group in the Boreham area. ) [Graham Ekins]
Salcott
Sunday 06 Sep, 10:00 to 12:30
3 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 6 Spoonbill (2Ad + 4 juvs - family ?), 6 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 125 Golden Plover, 150 Grey Plover, 100 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 44 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 250 Redshank, 1 Common Tern (Juv), 1 Skylark, 60 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 150 Starling, 4 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting [Neil Murphy]
South Woodham Ferrers
Friday 04 Sep, 09:45 to 10:45, Walk north of the town. Sunny spells and a W breeze
10 Swallow, 12 Robin, 1 Goshawk (female initially sparing with a carrion crow and then with a female sparrowhawk), 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (surprised on a ploughed field on a hill, flew up to a tree ), 4 Buzzard (including two juvs together in the fields), 1 Red Kite (associating with the common buzzards), 3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat [Alan Shearring]
Stansted Airport Lagoons
Friday 04 Sep, 07:45 to 09:05, Light Sou'westerly, sunny periods, dry.
23 Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff (Juv.M), 10 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff [Mike Harris]
Stanway GP
Saturday 05 Sep, 10:45 to 16:45, at Colchester Zoo
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
Stapleford Tawney
Thursday 10 Sep, 13:00 to 16:30, Sunny. No wind.
20 Siskin (Flying North), 4 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch [Nicholas Weston]
Stow Marsh
Thursday 10 Sep, 13:45 to 15:45, Warm and sunny. Tide coming in. Clouded yellow heading west along seawall
8 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff (juvs), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Grey Plover, 90 Golden Plover, 1 Hobby (flew in and plonked itself down on the mud scaring off all the golden plover), 3 Yellow Wagtail (all the cattle have gone), 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Swallow [Alan Shearring]
Terling
Friday 18 Sep, 12:45 to 12:50, Hot and windy, bright sun
1 Red Kite (Low above road just outside village) [Martin Iddon]
The Strood, Mersea Island
Sunday 06 Sep, 11:50 to 12:15, Little wind, cloudy
1 Little Stint (Near causeway end), 9 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel (Heard only), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (Adult) [Simon Banks]
Thorndon CP (North)
Friday 18 Sep, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, becoming warmer. Breezy.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (Flying over Childerditch Meadow area.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Juv. Childerditch Meadow.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 09:00 to 09:45, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (Male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Monday 14 Sep, 09:00 to 09:45, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (At least. Both males.), 1 Coal Tit, 10 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 11 Sep, 09:00 to 09:45, Cloudy, cool. Starting to warm up
5 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South)
Friday 18 Sep, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cool. Breezy.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling, close.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Near lake.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 14 Sep, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm.
16 Egyptian Goose (All in flight.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 11 Sep, 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy,cool.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 17 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Heard calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
Sunday 13 Sep, 07:45 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, light W wind, HT
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 20 Meadow Pipit (Flock around the head of the creek), 1 Common Sandpiper (Stanford Creek), 4 Stonechat (Near the VC), 347 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 56 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 30 Teal (Stanford Creek), 72 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 55 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 1 Barnacle Goose (Golden Gates), 39 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates.), 5 Pochard (Golden Gates), 46 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus one downy young, Golden Gates.), 94 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 67 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Coot (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Golden Gates), 3 Buzzard (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Tilbury
Friday 18 Sep, 14:30 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, strong NE wind, HT
8 Common Scoter (Single flock drifting up with the tide), 2 Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 3 Wigeon (Up river), 1 Teal (On STW outfall, first of the autumn) [Paul Larkin]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 14:00 to 15:00, Broken cloud, light NE breeze
1 Common Scoter (Drake drifting down with the tide), 2 Common Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Wednesday 16 Sep, 07:00 to 08:00, Broken cloud, light NE, LT
5 Sandwich Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
TL6907
Saturday 12 Sep, 08:55 to 09:00, Sunny, still, several fish seen in River Can, sightings with David
1 Kingfisher (flying west along River Can just past weir ), 1 Grey Wagtail (resting beside River Can just past weir), 2 Moorhen (In River Can just past weir) [Winifred Simmonds]
TL7205
Sunday 06 Sep, 07:30 to 12:30, sunny with some clouds; observation at various times
2 Red Kite (9th and 10th 2020 garden records), 5 Buzzard (soaring with kites), 3 Sparrowhawk (3rd species of raptor in a 10 minutes spell around 11:00), 1 Chiffchaff (early morning garden visitor), 3 Swift (south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (seen c 17:00) [Sean Gregory]
Saturday 05 Sep, 09:30 to 16:00, sunny, then clouding over. Observations at various times
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swift (south) [Sean Gregory]
TL8005
Monday 14 Sep, 16:30 to 16:30, Hot and sunny.
2 Buzzard (Flying together into Thrift Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
TQ5993
Sunday 06 Sep, 07:00 to 11:00
5 Meadow Pipit (Flew south over Kings Chase), 1 Swallow [Andrew Stroud]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
Wednesday 16 Sep, 13:45 to 16:45, Sun & clouds. Warm, breezy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 200 Grey Plover (Approx. Most on creek, one on lagoon.), 1 Dunlin (Lagoon. Summer plumage.), 15 Knot (Lagoon. All winter plumage.), 8 Turnstone (Near slipway. Mobbing sparrowhawk.), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Flying away from their roost, in large groups.), 24 Greenshank, 1 Sandwich Tern (Adult.) [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB
Saturday 12 Sep, 12:45 to 14:45, Sun & clouds. Warm. Light breeze. All small waders showing wellclose to 2nd viewing mound.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 18 Curlew, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Wakering Stairs
Sunday 13 Sep, 09:55 to 12:10, Falling tide, bright and sunny, SW breeze. Wall Brown and Common Lizard on seawall.
20 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Imm.), 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (Imm.), 11 Mediterranean Gull (All W/P Ads.), 30 Swallow (All juvs SW into headwind), 14 Meadow Pipit (All SW into headwing), 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [Mike Harris]
Warley
Sunday 06 Sep, 16:00 to 18:00
1 Redstart (Male along hedge between paddocks. Footpath 131 from Dark Lane towards M25), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (In hedge near Redstart - paddock by Boyles Court), 1 Wheatear (In field on ridge immediately south), 1 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Andrew Stroud]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea
Saturday 12 Sep, 15:00 to 16:15, Sun & cloud. Warm.
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Usual marina pylon.), 100 Lapwing (Approx. Scrape.), 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 10 Sep, 10:30 to 11:35, mainly sunny; viewing at Marina
1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Raven (flew towards Vange Marsh), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Sean Gregory]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB
Tuesday 15 Sep, 10:30 to 13:00, Clear sky, hot , light breeze, 30c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 7 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus. ), 2 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Herring Gull, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Whimbrel (Fly over. ), 20 Shoveler (Circa. ), 10 Teal, 2 Mute Swan, 25 Greylag Goose (At least.), 50 Starling (Plus. ), 7 Pied Wagtail [David Hale] Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wednesday 09 Sep, 13:30 to 15:30, Dry, warm, overcast. Light breeze. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Shoveler (Circa.), 20 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel (1 Brimstone Butterfly.), 5 Black-tailed Godwit [David Hale]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham
Friday 18 Sep, 13:45 to 17:30, via River Walk
2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff [David L Smith]
Thursday 10 Sep, 10:00 to 18:00, via River Walk
1 Kingfisher (4 sightings of possibly the same bird, carrying fish to late brood? ), 5 Buzzard (At least 5 individuals), 1 Red Kite, 4 Sparrowhawk (At least 4 individuals), 3 Kestrel (+), 1 Hobby (3 sightings), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swallow, 6 House Martin (+ Flying SW, High), 1 Treecreeper [David L Smith]
Wrabness
Friday 18 Sep, 13:30 to 14:30, Breezy. High Tide. Very quiet this afternoon
1 Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 2 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit (Small party.), 3 Buzzard [Peter Brittain]
Friday 11 Sep, 14:10 to 14:45, Warm, clear
1 Red Kite (Wrabness reserve, rose from ground and soared), 1 Kestrel (Wrabness reserve, female or juv), 1 Chiffchaff (Wrabness reserve), 3 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage) [Simon Banks]
Tuesday 08 Sep, 14:45 to 15:00, Ovetcast
1 Turtle Dove (From Sea Wall in bare tree), 5 Long-tailed Tit [Peter Brittain]