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

Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Thursday 28 Jan Wivenhoe 1 Firecrest (male in garden) Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Wednesday 27 Jan Doddinghurst 10 Meadow Pipit (Approx. Field along Warren Lane), 30 Pied Wagtail (At least. With Meadow Pipits and 1 goldfinch. ) Ian Swanson 15:15 to 15:25 Dull, overcast. Fairly warm
Wednesday 27 Jan Hanningfield Reservoir

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

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