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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Abberton Reservoir
Sunday 21 Jul, 08:00 to 11:00, cloudy at first then sunny intervals, little wind.
150 Mute Swan (also pair Black Swan Hide Bay), 23 Egyptian Goose, 50 Gadwall (+, including at least 4 broods juvs), 360 Pochard (+), 12 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Wig Bay), 1 Buzzard (young calling LB), 1000 Coot (circa), 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juvs Wig Bay), 21 Lapwing (Hide Bay (min 10 juvs)), 124 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper (Wig Bay), 2 Greenshank (Wig Bay), 30 Common Tern (+), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Hide Bay), 1 Common Gull (my first return), 2 Willow Warbler (singing near VC), 15 Whitethroat (+ juvs), 12 Yellow Wagtail (juvs. Also noted Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly VC.) [Martin Peers]
Saturday 20 Jul, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny and breezy
50 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 100 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Corn Bunting, 7 Yellow Wagtail [Yvonne Watling]
Thursday 18 Jul, 09:30 to 10:00, Raining
1 Common Sandpiper (LBC ) [Antony Braun]
Tuesday 16 Jul, 17:15 to 18:00, Sunny and pleasant
2 Ruddy Shelduck (LdlH causeway), 1 Great White Egret (Billets Farm), 102 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm), 5 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm, at least 3 juveniles), 21 Egyptian Goose, 15 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher [David Allen]
Tuesday 16 Jul, 06:45 to 08:30, + Purple Hairstreak
2 Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 31 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 13 Jul, 10:30 to 11:45, overcast and warm
2 Ruddy Shelduck [Paul Chamberlain] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Saturday 13 Jul, 07:00 to 14:00, Overcast with a few sunny spells

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

[Mick Woodruff]
Tuesday 09 Jul, 11:15 to 18:30, Dry, overcast, light S breeze, max 24c. Sightings with Brenda.
30 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ruddy Shelduck ( Female. LDHC.), 4 Common Sandpiper (LDHC.), 1 Mandarin Duck (Female, LBC.), 700 Coot (At least. Wigborough Bay.), 200 Mute Swan (Plus.), 4 Little Ringed Plover (1 adult, 3 juveniles. LDHC.), 1 Great White Egret (Wigborough Bay. Much larger than Little Egret, large yellow bill.), 37 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Shoveler (Female.), 1 Little Grebe, 200 Canada Goose (Plus.), 12 Swallow (Circa.), 20 Swift (Circa), 1 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin (Plus.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male. Wig Bay.), 1 Buzzard (Wig Bay.), 2 Kestrel (Wig Bay.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa, 1 juvenile.), 1 Ruff (Billet's Farm screen.), 78 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay.), 3 Stock Dove [David Hale] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Tuesday 09 Jul, 10:30 to 15:20, overcast cool
1 Great White Egret (Billets Farm Screen), 20 Little Egret (at least ), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 30 Egyptian Goose (at least), 1 Marsh Harrier (male Billets Farm Screen), 3 Buzzard (circa), 1 Hobby (Hide Bay hide), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Hide Bay hide ), 4 Greenshank (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm screen), 3 Little Ringed Plover (1 Billets Farm Screen, 2 LDLH Causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), 1 Whinchat (Hide Bay hide), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (Billets Farm Screen), 1 Yellowhammer (On telegraph wires between causeways), 2 Black Swan (Island hide) [Sean Gregory] Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory) , Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory) , Whinchat at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Jul 2019, (Sean Gregory)
Tuesday 09 Jul, 07:30 to 10:30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Hobby (Adult), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 14 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo (Adult), 11 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 237 Lapwing, 56 Little Egret, 9 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 08 Jul, 13:15 to 14:30, Calm and warm, some cloud
1 Common Sandpiper (West side of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (Distant view, east of Layer Breton causeway on south side of reservoir with other ducks/geese of several species) [Paul Hargreaves]
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT
Wednesday 17 Jul, 13:30 to 14:45, Bright but rather cloudy with fresh breeze
1 Cattle Egret (From Lake Hide, on a dead tree to the right. Very clear view.), 15 Little Egret (Also fom Lake Hide but not mixed with the Cattle Egret.), 1 Grey Heron (Sharing the tree with Cattle Egret), 6 Red-legged Partridge [Brian Dodd]
Alresford
Wednesday 17 Jul, 08:00 to 09:00, low tide at the creek
18 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 242 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 200 Redshank (including one well grown chick), 25 Shelduck (4 broods of 2,3,5,7), 2 Yellow Wagtail (over calling), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 2 Marsh Harrier (male passed food to juv in flight) [Richard Allen]
Tuesday 16 Jul, 17:45 to 20:45, Sightings from Alresford Creek, sunny evening with some cloud
2 Little Owl (Roosting together in distant tree, thanks to local birder 'Chris' for pointing them out. If he reads this, join EBwS - it's great!), 1 Hobby (Had a go at a blackbird then settled in bare tree for 30 seconds before flying off), 3 Grey Partridge (2 seen, 1 heard), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male seen 3 times, last 2 carrying prey - maybe a young duck...), 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard singing), 1 Yellowhammer, 8 Linnet (1 male making a repeating single two tone call v. similar to bullfinch), 4 Green Woodpecker (at least inc minimum 1 juv) [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Marsh Harrier at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner) , Whimbrel at Alresford on 16 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Beckton
Sunday 21 Jul, 09:45 to 13:15, Cloudy some sun
2 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 12 Common Sandpiper, 16 Arctic Tern (upriver), 8 Swift, 20 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Gary A James]
Saturday 13 Jul, 08:30 to 10:30, Sun/Cloud North wind
8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull (Adult), 11 Swift, 8 House Martin [Gary A James]
Sunday 07 Jul, 08:00 to 13:00, Cloudy NE wind
2 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 8 Swift, 8 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Marbled White [Gary A James]
Beeleigh
Wednesday 10 Jul, 19:30 to 20:00, High tide.
2 Egyptian Goose (Golf course outflow, heading downstream.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Flying downstream.), 4 Green Woodpecker (Golf course.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, nr. Falls House.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing. Beeleigh Falls.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing. Golf course outflow and Museum of Power.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny
1 Tufted Duck (female + 5 ducklings), 1 Little Grebe (territory), 6 Moorhen (juvs in 4 broods), 1 Kestrel, 5 Swallow (pair + 3 young), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Nuthatch (+ adult with juv), 2 Treecreeper (calling) [Martin Peers]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:15 to 13:00
1 Cattle Egret (Adult non breeding (so definitely not one of the Chigborough birds). Seen from 2nd hide from 10:15 to 13:00 at least. Frequenting the dry vegetation beyond the edge of the water snapping up the odd prey item.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 42 Avocet, 5 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults, 3 juvs.), 124 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel (Both adult males having a very loud "disagreement" on the fence outside the 2nd hide.), 3 Yellowhammer [John Sutherby]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB)
Friday 12 Jul, 11:00 to 12:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
3 Little Ringed Plover (At least.), 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern (All carrying fish towards Wat Tyler.) [Andrew Cox]
Braintree
Wednesday 17 Jul, 11:00 to 11:00, Hot and humid
10 Swift (In usual location in town. Christchurch Medical Centre, London Rd.) [Martin Iddon]
Monday 08 Jul, 15:00 to 15:00, Humid overcast
8 Swift (Orchard Drive. Sadly none using nest boxes at town museum.) [Martin Iddon]
Monday 08 Jul, 10:00 to 10:00, Warm overcast humid
5 Swift (Junction of Clare Rd and London Rd) [Martin Iddon]
Broomhouse, Langham
Saturday 20 Jul, 18:45 to 19:30, sunny and breezy
8 Gadwall (two broods still), 1 Little Egret, 175 Lapwing (inc 60+ juvs (they've bred well somewhere!)), 2 Dunlin (sp adults), 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher [Martin Peers]
Monday 15 Jul, 19:20 to 20:20, clear and sunny after cloud
2 Shelduck (pair), 8 Gadwall (fem + 4 juvs (as June); fem + 2 ducklings (new)), 3 Lapwing (juvs (presumably from 2 breeding pairs May/June)), 28 Black-tailed Godwit (majority still in bp (Icelandic race)), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (river), 2 Sedge Warbler (nests/young), 4 Reed Warbler (nests/young), 5 Linnet (pair + 3 juvs), 4 Reed Bunting (nests/young) [Martin Peers]
Bures
Saturday 13 Jul, 06:15 to 06:30, Overcast

1 Red Kite (Flying West)

[Mick Woodruff]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
Thursday 18 Jul, 17:15 to 17:30, Clear, sunny, little breeze.
1 Red Kite (Actually seen from Flatford side of the river, but it went off over Judas Gap, hence in Essex!) [Paul Saward] Red Kite at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 18 Jul 2019, (Paul Saward)
Wednesday 17 Jul, 19:15 to 20:15, All sightings from road, low tide, setting sun.
1 Marsh Harrier (Female seen twice), 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Swift, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Gull (1 adult, 1 juv), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Common Tern (Adult hunting, 2 juv in flight), 1 Curlew (v distant flying high west), 4 Greenshank (flew overhead east calling), 1 Black Swan, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Long-tailed Tit (delightful flock calling and moving through hedgerow), 1 Whimbrel (on breached area to north), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (both summer males), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On chimney at Mistley Quay a mile away - I could see it so I'm counting it!) [Matt Turner] Black Swan at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 17 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Saturday 13 Jul, 18:45 to 19:45, sightings from bridge and splodge, all the usual bh gulls, lapwing, mallard etc there
1 Peregrine Falcon (Sat on pylon north of river then flew east), 1 Greenshank, 4 Egyptian Goose (3 adult, 1 juv), 50 Swallow (lovely group swooping, calling and feeding low over bridge at 19.45), 4 Common Tern (2 adult, 2 juv on north bank looking a bit sheepish!), 12 Little Egret, 5 Black-tailed Godwit (male in breeding plumage feeding then 4 overhead east later) [Matt Turner] Common Tern at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 13 Jul 2019, (Matt Turner)
Sunday 07 Jul, 17:15 to 18:15, All sightings from bridge/splodge, high tide but receeding
2 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Swallow, 20 Mallard (6 young), 11 Little Egret, 150 Canada Goose, 4 Gadwall, 10 Oystercatcher, 5 Greylag Goose (+1 grey/can hybrid), 3 Common Tern, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Collared Dove, 5 Shelduck, 2 Pied Wagtail, 180 Black-headed Gull, 6 Linnet, 6 Swift, 1 Song Thrush (Heard a couple of brief phrases), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier (pair soaring high), 12 Jackdaw, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird, 25 Rook, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Moorhen, 30 Starling, 1 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Stock Dove, 15 Wood Pigeon [Matt Turner]
Chalkney Wood
Tuesday 16 Jul, 09:00 to 09:00
3 Raven (Flew out of wood towards Chappel. Calling often) [Glen Moore]
Chelmsford City Centre
Tuesday 16 Jul, 08:00 to 08:00, sunny, few clouds warm
1 Peregrine Falcon (flying north over Highbridge Road near the Meadows - calling) [Mark Gregory]
Chigborough Lakes
Saturday 20 Jul, 11:15 to 12:15, Sunny and hot
1 Cattle Egret (adult.), 6 Little Egret, 8 Cormorant [Sean Nixon] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 20 Jul 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Thursday 18 Jul, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast
1 Hobby (One over the main lake), 4 Little Egret [Antony Braun]
Saturday 13 Jul, 13:30 to 15:45
3 Cattle Egret (Young in and around nest), 1 Kingfisher (Flew across Pochard Lake), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Adult with two young), 4 Little Grebe [Thomas Gilbert]
Saturday 13 Jul, 12:30 to 13:30, Overcast and warm
4 Cattle Egret [Paul Chamberlain] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 13 Jul 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Thursday 11 Jul, 17:15 to 18:15, Very warm and sunny
2 Cattle Egret (Adults plus at least 2 fledgling), 1 Common Tern, 4 Little Egret (At least) [Brian Bolton] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 11 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 11 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:25 to 11:00, And 12:25 to 13:20. Busy! Sightings with Graham Barber. Two terrapin seen on Gadwall Lake.
6 Mute Swan (Three pair. One Teal Pond, seven young. One Bean Mere, three young. One Pochard Lake, three (previously four) young.), 1 Pochard (Female with three young, Main Lake.), 1 Tufted Duck (Female with nine young, Pochard Lake.), 1 Cattle Egret (Adult, breeding plumage, in heronry but some distance from nest with young.), 2 Buzzard (Spiralling together north of reserve.), 2 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake. Seen at same time. Two terrapin now present.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (Female.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 10 Jul, 12:30 to 15:15, Dry, overcast, humid, calm. Max 28c. Sightings with Brenda.
5 Cattle Egret (Adult with 4 large young on nest, tree's at back of Main lake. 2 proof photo's provided.), 2 Kingfisher (Probable pair on Gadwall Lake. Male showing off his fishing skills.), 6 Chiffchaff (1 seen, 5 more heard.), 4 Reed Warbler (Large dark coloured Turtle / Terrapin on Gadwall lake.), 4 Mute Swan (Pair with 2 Cygnets on fishing lake.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only. Many Butterflies on the wing.), 1 Common Tern (Fishing lake.) [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 10 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Cattle Egret at Chigborough Lakes on 10 Jul 2019, (David Hale)
Tuesday 09 Jul, 10:05 to 11:45, Cloudy, light S. wind.
4 Mute Swan (One pair with seven young, Teal Pond (from Main Lake) and one pair with three young, Bean Mere.), 130 Mallard (circa. 90+ Pochard Lake, 40+ Main Lake.), 4 Tufted Duck (Females with four young, Pochard Lake, three and one young, Main Lake, and circa five young, meadow.), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Adult with one young, Gadwall Lake.), 1 Cattle Egret (Adult with two young visible in heronry from metal gate. (Sighting of three adult at same location on 27/6 previously withheld on request. Description as then.)), 4 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret (+.), 20 Cormorant (+.), 1 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 11 Chiffchaff (Seven singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 16 Goldfinch (Together.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 09 Jul, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Cattle Egret (Pair feeding 4 well grown young in nest on island), 9 Little Egret (At least 4 active nests), 4 Grey Heron, 5 Pochard (Adult female with 4 well grown juveniles), 5 Gadwall, 21 Greylag Goose, 2 Swift, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker [Lee G R Evans]
Colchester
Sunday 07 Jul, 08:00 to 08:15
2 Bullfinch (Male and Female feeding on Amelanchier berries in garden) [Steve Grimwade]
Colne Pt
Monday 15 Jul, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Hobby (prob 1st sum, on hay bales), 1 Whimbrel (hay bale field), 1 Cuckoo (juv), 1 Golden Plover (flew over calling) [Richard Allen]
Cressing, near Braintree
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny, humid
1 Red Kite (Flying south east, seems to be a regular flight path), 4 Green Woodpecker (2 adults, 2 noisy juveniles) [Paul Shuttleworth]
East Tilbury
Thursday 11 Jul, 08:00 to 12:30, Overcast, sunny later, light W wind, rising tide
12 Mediterranean Gull (All adults bar one 1st summer), 35 Lapwing, 125 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type), 29 Common Tern (Over the Thames), 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, 28 Curlew, 689 Avocet, 89 Black-tailed Godwit [Paul Larkin]
Epping
Tuesday 16 Jul, 16:00 to 16:10, Sunny, warm, light winds
1 Hobby (First of the year here, they usually turn up in July for the juv House Martin crop!) [Roger Emmens]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT
Thursday 18 Jul, 13:00 to 15:00
35 Greenshank (Scrape), 2 Spotted Redshank (Scrape), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Thursday 18 Jul, 10:30 to 15:30, Rain & Shine
30 Greenshank (Intertidal ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Intertidal ), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Intertidal ), 1 Turtle Dove (Calling near Kingfisher hide), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult female and two juveniles, intertidal area), 50 Avocet (Intertidal ), 1 Bullfinch (Male), 1 Hobby (From Robbies hide) [Antony Braun]
Tuesday 16 Jul, 09:00 to 17:00, 5 Purple Emperors, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, White-letter & Purple Hairstreak, Willow Emerald, Sm Red-eyed Damsel
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 31 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 600 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Bullfinch, 9 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Kestrel (2 family groups), 120 Swift, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Tern [Steve Grimwade]
Frinton-on-Sea
Friday 12 Jul, 08:45 to 09:00, Dry warm
12 Swift (Screaming over hight street shop) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Good Easter
Monday 08 Jul, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Red Kite (low over my chimney pots gained height headed off NW) [Martin Henry]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Friday 12 Jul, 16:00 to 17:20, mainly sunny, warm; NW breeze
1 Red Kite (flying south), 1 Hobby (flying south), 1 Kestrel [Sean Gregory]
Thursday 11 Jul, 15:00 to 16:30, sunny, light winds, warm
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Hobby, 1 Blackcap (female), 1 Coal Tit (juvenile) [Sean Gregory]
Sunday 07 Jul, 19:24 to 19:28, Sunny
1 Honey Buzzard (Glided east over house and circled twice before continuing. First I’ve seen in the area. ) [David Pallash]
Great Holland Pits NR
Tuesday 09 Jul, 14:00 to 16:00
2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff (+ incl juvs), 1 Bullfinch (female), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mandarin Duck (on Lake - all appeared to be juvs) [Liz Huxley]
Great Totham
Thursday 11 Jul, 20:50 to 21:00
23 Swift (At least. Screaming over Gt. Totham South. Most seen together so far this year at this location) [Malcolm Corbett]
Halstead
Monday 15 Jul, 12:30 to 12:35, Cloudy
1 Whimbrel (Circling and calling going North/South) [Barbara Leport]
Hanningfield Reservoir
Sunday 21 Jul, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Black-necked Grebe (Ad and juv from causeway ), 2 Common Sandpiper [David Jobbins]
Saturday 20 Jul, 17:15 to 18:00, All sightings from causeway
2 Black-necked Grebe (Adult summer plumage and juv/winter plumage ), 50 Pochard (Including 8 young), 50 Tufted Duck, 200 Coot, 20 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Common Tern, 8 Lapwing, 4 Little Grebe (pair with 2 young), 1 Great Crested Grebe [Thomas Gilbert] Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 20 Jul 2019, (Thomas Gilbert)
Tuesday 16 Jul, 10:00 to 16:00, Dry, hot, sun & cloud. Calm 26c. Sightings with Brenda.
5 Little Ringed Plover (Point hide.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Point & Lyster hide.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Rawl hide.), 10 Red-crested Pochard (9 female, 1 drake, Oak hide.), 8 Pochard (4 drakes, 3 females with 8, 3, & 1 duckling.), 20 Common Tern (Circa including juveniles.), 1 Common Gull, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 12 Great Black-backed Gull (Muntjac Deer, VC.), 1 Mallard (Female with 13 juveniles, pond near VC.), 1 Buzzard (West Bank.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (VC feeders.), 100 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 3 Teal (Females.), 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret (Variety of Butterflies on the wing.), 2 Little Grebe (Lyster hide.), 5 Egyptian Goose (Oak hide.), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay (Rawl hide) [David Hale] Pochard at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Common Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale) , Great Crested Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Jul 2019, (David Hale)
Henny Street
Monday 08 Jul, 09:30 to 10:00, sunny and warm
1 Spotted Flycatcher (catching flies in usual large garden; contact calls heard) [Martin Peers]
Kelvedon
Thursday 18 Jul, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Red Kite (Flew east over A12 towards Braxted Park) [Steve Grimwade]
Kelvedon Hatch
Sunday 21 Jul, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Raven (Calling from BT mast) [David Jobbins]
Lamarsh
Monday 08 Jul, 10:30 to 11:15, sunny and warm
1 Buzzard (young bird calling - all records Daws Hall), 3 House Martin (only 3 occupied nests now), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (nest along railway line) [Martin Peers]
Langdon Hills NR EWT
Saturday 13 Jul, 14:00 to 17:00, Cloudy, some sun. Warm, breezy. Willow Park.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch (At least. Male plus at least one other.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 13 Jul, 07:15 to 07:45, Sun & cloud. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Common Tern (Fishing the lake. Both headed NW with their catches.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least two juveniles.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 12 Jul, 09:00 to 09:45, Sun & cloud. Warm. Willow Park.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 08 Jul, 07:30 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Warm. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one juv.), 12 Swift, 15 Swallow (Approx. Hawking for insects over the lake & adjacent meadows.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (At least.), 1 Common Tern (Fishing the lake. Flew off NW with catch.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 07 Jul, 15:45 to 16:00, Warm, sunny spells
4 Sparrowhawk (Juveniles seen and heard. Also two Purple Emperor seen high in ash trees behind memorial bench) [Karl Price]
Langham
Saturday 20 Jul, 19:40 to 20:10, sunny
4 Tufted Duck (3 juvs seen this evening), 4 Kestrel (pair with 2 fledged young), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail (juvs), 40 Pied Wagtail (including c30 juvs) [Martin Peers]
Monday 15 Jul, 20:25 to 20:55, clear and sunny
2 Egyptian Goose (ad + juv - all records from lagoons), 4 Shelduck (pair + 2 half-grown young), 4 Gadwall (fem + 3 half-grown young), 4 Tufted Duck (pair + 2 juvs), 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 House Martin (mainly juvs), 2 Yellow Wagtail (juvs), 20 Pied Wagtail (adults + juvs) [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
Thursday 11 Jul, 11:00 to 12:25, With Graham Barber.
2 Mute Swan (Pair with five young), 20 Great Crested Grebe (+. At least five occupied nests.), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 09 Jul, 08:50 to 10:05, Cloudy, light S. wind.
100 Greylag Goose (+.), 8 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with five young.), 2 Mallard (Females with five and four young.), 16 Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck, 28 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one well grown young and five on nests.), 50 Coot (+.), 2 Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Seen and briefly heard.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon
Thursday 18 Jul, 09:00 to 13:30, Sea wall walk, Maldon Recycling Centre to Mayland. Overcast, some light rain, heavy shower 11:30 to 12:10, moderate W. wind.
3 Little Grebe (Pair with one young. Dump Pool.), 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (Lawling Hall Farm.), 7 Curlew (Five, Mundon Creek.), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Summer plumage. Four opp. Dump Pool, nine, Mundon Creek.), 1 Common Sandpiper (New Hall No.1, TL8904), 2 Turtle Dove (Flew from and returned to hedgerow just beyond Northey causeway.), 30 Swift (+. Brick house No.1 TL9004. Moving south as they fed.), 4 Kestrel (Three male.), 30 Skylark (+. Many singing.), 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin (Lawling Hall Farm.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Lawling Hall Farm.), 2 Reed Warbler (Nr. Mundon Creek), 1 Song Thrush (Singing, Dump Road.), 60 House Sparrow (circa. Lawling Hall Farm.), 7 Yellow Wagtail (Inc. pair with juvenile.), 4 Linnet (Brick House No.3 TL9004), 6 Corn Bunting (Five singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 1 Clouded Yellow (Stunning male, near Brick House No.2 TL9004. Flew from sea wall and settled in crop of linseed (?) Gatekeepers throughout walk.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
Sunday 21 Jul, 10:30 to 11:30, High cloud, bright.
1 Red Kite (Quite low over my garden on the eastern edge of the town. (Do not leave your Guinnea Pigs in the garden.)) [Robert Pease]
Moverons, near Brightlingsea
Monday 15 Jul, 19:00 to 20:00
1 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail [Richard Allen]
Navestock
Friday 12 Jul, 21:00 to 21:15
1 Tawny Owl (By Dudbrook House ) [Andrew Stroud]
Naze, The
Saturday 20 Jul, 06:15 to 11:15, brisk westerly wind, warm, mainly overcast with some sharp showers; low tide, rising
3 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 23 Swift (South), 3 Chiffchaff, 12 Swallow (South), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Whimbrel, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruddy Shelduck (Roosting at Stone Point - only the second time I have seen this species at the Naze; first time was a single bird in March 2015), 22 House Martin (Over Walton Hall Marshes ), 3 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler (Halfheartedly singing) [Brian Combes]
Saturday 13 Jul, 06:00 to 11:15, overcast, mild, light northerly wind, high tide
3 Whitethroat (Singing), 127 Swift (North, small groups mainly flying low), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 14 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 3 Cuckoo (2 south across saltings near Stone Point, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper [Brian Combes]
Monday 08 Jul, 09:45 to 12:30, From car-park to Stone Point overlooking Horsey Island and return; tide coming in on return
1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Hobby, 10 Ringed Plover (possibly more), 1 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 10 Sandwich Tern (including a few juveniles), 1 Common Tern, 25 Little Tern (at least), 10 Whitethroat (mostly juveniles) [Paul Hargreaves]
Pebmarsh
Tuesday 09 Jul, 09:20 to 11:45, overcast
130 Greylag Goose (Prestons Lake), 70 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe (one nest), 1 Buzzard (young bird calling), 3 Swift (flying round church tower), 1 Kestrel (fresh juv), 1 Marsh Tit (near Prestons Lake), 50 Blue Tit (two juv flocks, including 5 Coal Tit & c30 Great Tits), 10 House Martin (including several juvs), 2 Garden Warbler (active nests), 1 Reed Warbler (seemingly taken up new territory at Spoon's Hall), 1 Nuthatch (juv in mixed flock), 6 Treecreeper (3+3 juvs in two flocks), 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs), 2 Yellowhammer (pair at Prestons Lake), 2 Reed Bunting (pair building nest at Spoon's Hall - presumably the pair that seem to have deserted Prestons Lake) [Martin Peers]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Friday 12 Jul, 10:00 to 13:20, sunny, light winds, warm
1 Wigeon (Aveley Pools), 1 Red Kite (near pylons - seen off by male marsh harrier), 5 Marsh Harrier (2 male, 1 female, 2 juv), 1 Curlew (Aveley Pools), 2 Bearded Tit (2 juveniles Target pools) [Sean Gregory]
Rayne
Thursday 11 Jul, 06:45 to 06:45, Drizzle 8/8
2 Yellow Wagtail (High over village calling heading south) [Andrew Goodey]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted
Wednesday 10 Jul, 09:00 to 10:30, Warm Overcast
1 Turtle Dove (Feeding in garden) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Rowney Wood, Debden
Thursday 18 Jul, 17:00 to 18:00, Overcast brief sunny spells
4 Marsh Tit, 2 Yellowhammer (Pair near entrance opposite Carver) [Stephen Dutton]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
Friday 19 Jul, 07:15 to 08:00, Overcast and mild
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair? ), 1 Common Sandpiper (No sign of Turtle dove yesterday or today but it was seen by George Brown on eve of 17th ) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 17 Jul, 06:45 to 08:00, Sunshine and cloud with a slight breeze
1 Turtle Dove (My first ever sighting so a Lifer for me, sitting on overhead power lines and spotted shortly after I arrived. (Good to meet Brian Bolton and confirm still there) ), 4 Long-tailed Tit (Juveniles with Blue Tit in bush ), 3 Blue Tit (With LTTs), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern (Feeding on small pit ), 3 Stock Dove (On power lines), 2 Linnet, 2 Lapwing [Paul Fletcher] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Long-tailed Tit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Lapwing at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Jul 2019, (Paul Fletcher)
Tuesday 16 Jul, 07:30 to 08:00, Warm and sunny light wind
1 Turtle Dove (On fishing pit edge then wires at back(1st sighting this year by me) flew off towards paddock at back of fields) [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 16 Jul 2019, (Brian Bolton)
South House Farm, Maldon
Sunday 07 Jul, 06:30 to 07:15, Walk along sea wall from Prom Park after some rain. A few signs of early dispersal/ passage
2 Chiffchaff (By Dump), 1 Sand Martin (Dump Pool), 3 Green Sandpiper (Dump Pool), 1 Redshank (Dump Pool) [John Buchanan]
South Woodham Ferrers
Tuesday 16 Jul, 12:00 to 14:00, Clear, warm and sunny.
40 Swift (At least. Over my garden through the past week. With so many flying ants taking to the air, I am sure it is these on which the Swifts are feasting.) [Robert Pease]
Saturday 13 Jul, 09:00 to 09:00, Cloudy and overcast
12 Swift (+ circling overhead as I drove through Woodham Ferrers village near church/ public house) [Paul Fletcher]
Southend-on-Sea
Thursday 11 Jul, 11:15 to 15:00, Becoming sunny, warm. Pier.
11 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults, three 2nd summers, three 1st summers. Many more in melee of feeding gulls & terns off the piers end.), 5 Sandwich Tern (At least.), 20 Common Tern (At least. Many catching & carrying fish westward.) [Andrew Cox]
Sudbury, Suffolk
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:15 to 09:15, sunny
25 Swift (Batt's Hall between Bulmer & Sudbury: good breeding season here.) [Martin Peers]
Tendring
Sunday 21 Jul, 09:00 to 09:00, Very light breeze, high thin cloud, warm
60 House Sparrow (Flushed from hedge-row whilst on dog walk beside field of corn in Wolfs Hall Lane.) [Tony Faulkner]
The Hythe, Colchester
Wednesday 10 Jul, 16:00 to 16:15
4 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Lapwing [Michael Padmore]
Thorndon CP (North)
Sunday 14 Jul, 08:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, cool. Showers. Becoming warmer.
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least. At least one juvenile.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
Thursday 18 Jul, 10:45 to 13:30, Rain clearing turning dry with a light W breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda from hide.
200 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus.), 50 Redshank (Circa.), 30 Avocet (Plus.), 2 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 30 Shelduck (At least.), 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 2 Little Egret, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Skylark, 3 Dunnock, 12 Lapwing [David Hale]
Sunday 14 Jul, 08:15 to 13:00, Dull and overcast, rain early, NE breeze, rising tide
1 Corn Bunting (On the VC approach road), 1 Stonechat (Male on the VC approach road), 1136 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 76 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 181 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult in the managed retreat), 86 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 37 Mallard (Mucking Bay), 3 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 6 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 17 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 15 Mute Swan (Two in Mucking Bay, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 1 Greenshank (In the managed retreat), 1 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 2 Little Egret (One each Mucking Bat and Golden Gates), 129 Coot (24 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 48 Tufted Duck (47 Golden Gates, plus a brood of seven, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip), 26 Pochard (Three, plus one young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 63 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 15 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 11 Jul, 11:00 to 11:30
7 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Tufted Duck (Plus a brood of seven on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Sunday 07 Jul, 08:00 to 14:45, Overcast, light E wind, rising tide
180 Sand Martin (150 over Golden Gates, the rest near the VC), 9 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 71 Coot (18 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 29 Tufted Duck (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Pochard (Three, plus one young, on the pit to the south of the tip, one Golden Gates), 65 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 26 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (One each, the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Plus two young, on the pit to the south of the tip), 25 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 37 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 3 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 698 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 75 Avocet (In the managed retreat), 90 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 3 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 1 Egyptian Goose (In the managed retreat), 3 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the approach road to the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Tilbury
Tuesday 09 Jul, 14:30 to 15:30, Overcast, warm, virtually no wind, rising tide
18 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort, first of the Autumn.), 121 Wood Pigeon (Continuous trickle flying SW into Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT
Tuesday 09 Jul, 09:45 to 12:15, Cloudy, cool.
2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male & adult female.), 2 Kestrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank (Possibly more.), 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (At least. Including an adult with one fledged young.), 1 Turtle Dove (Near Mells Farm.), 25 House Martin (25 nests on buildings near marina. Many birds around the vicinity & over the marshes.) [Andrew Cox]
TQ5993
Saturday 13 Jul, 07:30 to 08:00
9 House Martin (Over Primrose Hill, Brentwood), 4 Swift [Andrew Stroud]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
Saturday 20 Jul, 14:00 to 16:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
1 Hobby (Immature, harassing curlers & starlings on the eastern salt marsh.), 24 Avocet, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Non- breeding plumage.), 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB
Saturday 20 Jul, 11:45 to 13:45, Sun & cloud, warm, breezy. Then storm with heavy showers.
1 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Curlew, 17 Redshank (At least.), 4 Spotted Redshank (Feeding in the saline lagoon. Now moulting.), 1 Greenshank (Possibly two.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern (Caught fish & headed for Wat Tyler), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 18 Jul, 17:30 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
7 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 25 Lapwing (At least.), 9 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 30 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 3 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 11 Jul, 08:15 to 10:00, Cloudy, warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile.), 1 Kestrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Curlew, 4 Spotted Redshank (At least. Beginning to moult out of summer plumage.), 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 07 Jul, 14:00 to 17:15, Sun & cloud. Warm, breezy.
1 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult female & two juveniles.), 2 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Lapwing (Including one juv.), 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 50 Redshank (Approx.), 3 Spotted Redshank (At least. Summer plumage.), 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher [Andrew Cox]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB
Thursday 18 Jul, 13:45 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze, 24c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
4 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (At least), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 15 Lapwing, 12 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 1 Shoveler (Female.), 8 Mallard, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Skylark, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 2 Stock Dove [David Hale]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham
Sunday 21 Jul, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, slight breeze
1 Kingfisher, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Whitethroat (Juvenile) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wivenhoe
Friday 12 Jul, 07:00 to 08:00
2 Common Sandpiper (on river below Wivenhoe Wood), 1 Greenshank, 22 Black-tailed Godwit (on river below Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Thursday 11 Jul, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby (over garden after flying ants) [Richard Allen]
Wormingford, Colchester
Thursday 18 Jul, 07:45 to 09:15, overcast then rain
2 Grey Heron (adult + juvenile - all records from airfield), 4 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 2 half-grown young), 3 Coot (pair with one young), 2 Lapwing (adult + juv), 6 Swallow (family party), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat (+: 4 family parties), 1 Sedge Warbler (passage bird), 6 Yellow Wagtail (4 territorial males [2018=4] + 2 juvs), 25 House Sparrow (with Linnets etc.), 4 Meadow Pipit (family party?), 24 Linnet (4 families + 4 pairs), 3 Reed Bunting (family party), 8 Corn Bunting (males - some with active nests) [Martin Peers]
Wrabness
Sunday 21 Jul, 10:30 to 12:00, Excellent. Tide Out
3 Turtle Dove, 15 Sand Martin (The majority of the Sand Martins have gone,just a few left,still feeding young.), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 1 Blackcap (Female), 1 Green Woodpecker [Peter Brittain]
Wednesday 17 Jul, 11:30 to 12:00, Very Hot but also very quiet
2 Turtle Dove (Both heard and seen,possibly a third bird.) [Peter Brittain]
Thursday 11 Jul, 16:00 to 16:00, Excellent
80 Sand Martin (I have never seen so many Sand Martins,although I say 80 there could well be 100), 1 Turtle Dove (Heard and seen in tree near car park) [Peter Brittain]
Wednesday 10 Jul, 10:30 to 12:30, sunny, light winds, warm
2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Gull, 4 Turtle Dove (2 seen at least another 2 purring), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (calling), 1 Yellowhammer (male) [Mark Gregory]