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 13 May Maldon 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 1 Coot (Feeding one young.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Three singing males, one female.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Magpie, 4 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Greenfinch (Two singing + two together.) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 09:30 Overcast, light E wind. Elms Farm Park.
Wednesday 12 May Dovercourt 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Sat in pear tree in my garden. Surely recent arrival. ) Simon Banks 19:40 to 19:50 Pale cloud spreading, moderate temperature, little wind
Wednesday 12 May Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 11 Nightingale, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Turtle Dove (Heard purring by Jim Hume and Elsbeth Gotts.), 1 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 17:30 to 20:45
Wednesday 12 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo (Billets Farm. ), 10 Yellow Wagtail (Circa.), 1 Blackcap (Male, Billers Farm. ), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.), 3 Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 100 Swift (At least.), 30 Swallow (At least.), 6 Linnet, 11 Skylark, 24 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 6 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye (Pair.), 12 Common Tern (At least.), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Great White Egret David Hale 12:15 to 16:00 Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze. Sightings with Brenda. Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 12 May 2021, (David Hale)
Wednesday 12 May Great Totham 3 Buzzard (Together over Gt.Totham South. ) Malcolm Corbett 11:50 to 11:55 Partly cloudy, light S wind.
Wednesday 12 May Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 1 Hobby, 11 Great Crested Grebe (in Clements Green Creek), 2 Cuckoo, 7 Pochard (including the one with a nasal saddle), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Nightingale (still on territory at Frankland Fields NR), 1 Greenshank Alan Shearring 11:00 to 11:00 Sunny, tide on the way in. Painted lady flew rapidly north
Wednesday 12 May Dovercourt 2 Swift (Two birds quite low over Manor Road, Dovercourt) Simon Banks 10:40 to 10:43 Clear sky, a little cool, not much wind
Wednesday 12 May Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Barn Owl (Showing at 09 45 in meadow next to car park.), 4 Cuckoo (Pair chasing around meadow, 2 others calling from other locations.), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Linnet, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Swift (Plus), 10 Swallow (Plus.), 1 Common Tern, 3 Shelduck, 1 Lapwing, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only.) David Hale 09:40 to 12:00 S breeze, dry, sun & cloud. Sightings with Brenda from car park & top of steps to sea wall. Barn Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 12 May 2021, (David Hale)
Wednesday 12 May Ashdon 1 Cuckoo (In flight calling), 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 1 Brown Hare Phil Harling 09:00 to 13:00 Cloudy
Wednesday 12 May Mersea Island 1 Spotted Flycatcher (First seen entance to cudmore grove park AF .then seen east of hide to first bench over looking grazing field. DU), 1 Nightingale (Singing only in hedge back of pond (no access)DU), 2 Fulmar (F/o cudmore grove park AF ), 1 Corn Bunting (Cross lane SE ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 11:00
Wednesday 12 May Great Baddow, Chelmsford 1 Hobby (Flew over Baden Powell Close) David Pallash 08:25 to 08:26 Overcast
Wednesday 12 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Whitethroat (Singing around main gate), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Pochard (Male), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (One on nest on island), 3 Common Tern (On island, one on nest), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Dunnock (Singing by gate), 1 Great Tit Paul Everett 08:16 to 09:20 Fine sunny spells
Wednesday 12 May Westley Heights 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow (Pair, Langdon Hall Farm(near Hall Wood).), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch (Visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood. The latter had a beakful of green caterpillars.), 1 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch Andrew Cox 07:45 to 10:45 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Wednesday 12 May Thorndon CP (North) 1 Hobby, 2 Garden Warbler (pair), 10 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swallow (Landing and collecting mud from a small puddle), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Linnet (pair), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Not sure why these are marked as scarce - they're sadly all over this area) Jon Clark 06:30 to 08:15
Wednesday 12 May TL8935 2 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Blackcap (4 Males 2 Females), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Marsh Tit Peter Dwyer 06:15 to 14:00 Sunny becoming Overcast Wind Light Southerly TempMax 14C
Wednesday 12 May Shenfield 4 Yellow Wagtail (Surprised to find these so close to home), 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff Jon Clark 05:15 to 06:15 Sunny, some cloud. First Turtle Dove survey, no surprise to draw a blank here
Tuesday 11 May Maldon 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing. ), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 4 Blackbird (Singing), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 16:10 to 16:45 Sun and cloud, moderate S wind. Elms Farm Park.
Tuesday 11 May Abberton Reservoir 4 Hobby (incl 3 together SE of LdlH c/w), 3 Cuckoo (incl female below Layer church), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Swift (Large number feeding over reservoir), 12 Swallow Sean Nixon 13:00 to 13:00 Warm and light breeze (18.00-19.00 visit) Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , , , , , , ,
Tuesday 11 May Mersea Island 1 Wheatear (Youth camp DU), 1 Cuckoo (Boating lake DU), 1 Whimbrel (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 4 House Martin (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 1 Reed Warbler (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing cross lane DU ), 1 Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island SE), 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE) Stephen Entwistle 11:00 to 16:00
Tuesday 11 May Danbury Common 17 Nightingale (singing on territories), 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Garden Warbler Alan Shearring 11:00 to 11:00 Sun, rain and thunder. Good views of a green tiger beetle
Tuesday 11 May Writtle 1 Reed Warbler (Singing from unusual habitat, above Titchmarsh Reservoir. Viewed briefly as well. Possible site record?), 1 Yellowhammer (heard at the college.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing at the college.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard Oliver Cottis 09:45 to 10:30
Tuesday 11 May Epping 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male) Roger Emmens 09:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 11 May Wickford 2 Greenfinch (Male and female pair on my sunflower heart feeder. 1st ones I have seen in my garden for 14 years) Les Finn 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny, broken cloud
Tuesday 11 May Thorndon CP (South) 1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Red Kite Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:15 Sun & clouds. Warm.
Tuesday 11 May Great Totham 1 Cuckoo (Calling from scrub adj. Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Gt.Totham Hall.), 3 Swallow (Gt.Totham Hall.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing. Usual territory, Church Road.) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 09:45 Sunny, warm, v.light S wind. Painted Lady also seen (F.o.Y.).
Tuesday 11 May Hanningfield Reservoir 2 Garden Warbler (Both singing and showing well. One by dipping pond one by meadow viewing screen ) Jan Lewis 09:00 to 09:30 Sunny
Tuesday 11 May High Ongar 1 Cuckoo (Heard Cuckoo from Nine Ashes Road Blackmore) Neil Warner 05:15 to 05:15 Good
Monday 10 May Copford 1 Tawny Owl (Tawny owl heard since 21:30 on Queensbury avenue calling for the 4th night now.) Daryl Morgan 21:30 to 22:53 Cool and a12 very quiet.
Monday 10 May High Ongar 2 Red Kite (Clear Sighting above Norton Mandeville) Neil Warner 15:00 to 15:00 Good
Monday 10 May Copford 1 Wheatear (Male ), 2 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat Nico Devereaux 12:00 to 13:00 Partly cloudy
Monday 10 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing very well for majority of visit) James Hudson 10:30 to 13:00 Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 10 May 2021, (James Hudson)
Monday 10 May Great Totham 1 Red Kite (Low over Gt.Totham South. My first local sighting for a week.) Malcolm Corbett 10:00 to 10:05 Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
Monday 10 May Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 17 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 09:30 to 17:00 Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk
Monday 10 May Good Easter 1 Quail ("singing" in cornfield.....first local record) Martin Henry 09:00 to 09:05
Monday 10 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Blackcap, 4 Canada Goose (1 pair with 1 gosling; 1 pair with 4 gosling), 1 Gadwall (male), 1 Oystercatcher (On nest on island), 2 Whitethroat (at least - in hedgerow alongside road), 1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Egyptian Goose (including 1 pair with 4 gosling) Paul Everett 08:20 to 09:05 Fine, overcast Egyptian Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , ,
Monday 10 May Westley Heights 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow (Dry Street meadow. Probably two pairs.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (One singing male, Coombe Wood. One in Hall Wood.), 7 Nuthatch (Four occupied nest holes: Coombe Wood & The Park had pairs taking food & removing fecal sacs. Horsepaddock had at least one bird visiting nest hole. Another pair seen adding finishing touches to a nest hole in a small copse near to the main car park. New site/ territory. Last years nest hole in Hall Wood appears to be unoccupied. ), 1 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male. Calling & drumming in the three oak trees standing in the meadow across Dry Street from Coombe Wood. Flew into Coombe Wood.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 12:00 Sun & clouds, breezy. Some light showers.
Monday 10 May Epping 3 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road/Margaret Road junction) Graham Pentelow 07:40 to 07:40 Light cloud, breezy
Monday 10 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 4 Common Sandpiper (All on east shore around tyres ), 6 Egyptian Goose (Pair plus 4 x chicks), 2 Common Tern (On island), 2 Shelduck (Pair), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Still By layby) Brian Bolton 07:15 to 08:00 Dry
Monday 10 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black Swan, 1 Mandarin Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 07:00 to 09:15 Selected sightings + Yellow-billed Teal (escape)
Monday 10 May Writtle 1 Kingfisher (on the river), 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo (calling in the distance), 1 Little Grebe (titchmarsh reservoire), 1 Grey Heron (titchmarsh reservoire) Oliver Cottis 05:45 to 07:00
Monday 10 May Mersea Island 30 Sand Martin (Plus off cudmore grove MC), 1 Greenshank (Cudmore grove MC), 4 Cuckoo (2Cudmore grove MC ,2 strood channel DU ), 1 Green Hairstreak (Strood channel DU ), 1 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 5 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 3 Painted Lady (2 strood DU, 1 Cudmore grove MC), 3 Lapwing (Chicks on park grazing field MC), 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Strood (DU)), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house flooded geese field MC) Stephen Entwistle 00:00 to 00:00
Sunday 09 May Writtle 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling along the River Wid nr. Skeggs. Farm.) Andrew Allen 19:30 to 19:50 Broken cloud
Sunday 09 May Heybridge Basin 4 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Canada Goose (including pair with 8 goslings), 3 Goldfinch, 20 Shelduck (+), 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Black Brant, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose Paul Everett 17:30 to 19:00 Sunny, clear, warm Common Tern at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , , , , ,
Sunday 09 May Epping 2 Swift (wheeling over Crows Road in direction of High Street) Graham Pentelow 17:30 to 17:30
Sunday 09 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Showing very well at times. Stunning bird.) Karl Price 13:00 to 16:00 Warm, sunny Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 09 May 2021, (Karl Price)
Sunday 09 May Galleywood, near Chelmsford 2 Swift (Over house tile kiln estate slowly moving north.), 1 Long-tailed Tit (Flew over garden.), 1 Greenfinch (Flew over garden.) Kevin Cook 12:55 to 13:00 Cloudy with odd patch of clear sky.
Sunday 09 May Danbury Common 5 Nightingale, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard Oliver Cottis 10:45 to 12:30
Sunday 09 May Friday Wood 1 Firecrest (male singing for c20 minutes in suitable breeding habitat), 5 Garden Warbler (singing males in general area of sandpit and nearby heathland), 1 Mistle Thrush (pair on heath by Cherry Tree Lane ), 6 Whitethroat, 6 Nightingale (singing males either side of Cherry Tree Lane. In good numbers this year) Andrew Goodey 10:30 to 13:00 Sunny becoming cloudy
Sunday 09 May Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Cuckoo (heard and seen several times), 63 Avocet (probably more), 23 Common Tern (at least), 30 Grey Plover (at least), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel (at least), 1 Knot (full summer plumage), 2 Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard, 6 Marsh Harrier (3 pairs, one male took coot chick.), 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Hobby (distantly fly catching), 1 Golden Oriole (Male flew in over Salcott channel and fed from low bushes on bank, then flew back.), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Spoonbill (2 immatures and adult) Ashley Gooding 10:00 to 14:15 Mixed sun and cloud, quite windy 18 Deg's. Selected sightings.
Sunday 09 May Naze, The 75 Ringed Plover (+), 1 Knot, 30 Sanderling, 5 Wheatear (3 hide wall, 2 on cliff just north of tower), 1 Little Tern (Horsey, opposite the point), 1 Sandwich Tern (Walton Channel), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Dunlin (+ Stone Point lagoon over high tide.) Martin Richards 10:00 to 14:00 overcast, cool. Good number of Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaff and Cetti's. Painted Lady at the point
Sunday 09 May Writtle 1 Common Sandpiper (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Swift (+), 2 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard Only), 2 Moorhen (1 youngster.), 1 Kingfisher (River Can.) Andrew Allen 09:30 to 12:30 Warm but breezy. Only certain species recorded. Several Orange-tips on the wing.
Sunday 09 May Wrabness 6 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 8 Nightingale (estimated number of singing males), 10 Swift, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer Simon Cox 09:30 to 11:30 Nightingale at Wrabness on 09 May 2021, (Simon Cox)
Sunday 09 May TQ5993 1 House Martin (Returning breeding bird at Brentwood School), 6 Swift (Screeching over Brentwood town centre this evening, returning breeding birds) Andrew Stroud 09:00 to 20:00
Sunday 09 May Mersea Island 3 Wheatear (1 golf house SE, 2 strood hill AF), 1 Greenshank (Cudmore grazing field SE), 1 Common Gull (Cudmore grazing field SE (tatty)), 20 Sand Martin (Plus off cudmore grove SE), 1 Whitethroat (8+ cudmore grove SE.), 1 Willow Warbler (Behind dabchicks sailing club DU), 5 Cuckoo (1 the lane DU,2 maydays SE, 1 langenhoe SE,1 strood AF), 4 Avocet (2prs maydays MC ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Strood channel AF ), 7 Reed Warbler (7 strood AF,), 2 Yellowhammer (A pr maydays SE ), 2 Canada Goose (A pr Cudmore grazing field SE), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2prs maydays SE), 28 Whimbrel (Pye fleet DU ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Golf house SE), 8 Common Tern (Pye fleet DU ), 5 Painted Lady (1 Strood MT , 4 maydays SE ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Maydays MC ), 2 Pochard (Oyster fishery DU ), 8 Grey Plover (Pye fleet DU ), 3 Gadwall (Bower hall marshes F/O DU), 29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (2 cudmore grove SE , 27 Pye fleet DU ), 12 Dunlin (Off pye fleet DU ), 2 Teal (Golf house flooded fields DU SE), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Side of firs chase caravan park AF), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house pools SE ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday 09 May Danbury Common 9 Nightingale Martin Henry 09:00 to 13:00 Nightingale at Danbury Common on 09 May 2021, (Martin Henry)
Sunday 09 May Good Easter 1 Goldcrest (frequent visitor to garden pond this week) Martin Henry 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 09 May Broomfield, Chelmsford 6 Swift (Back over swift boxes about a week later than last year) Kevin Poulton 09:00 to 13:00 Clear, warm
Sunday 09 May Beckton 2 Buzzard, 20 Common Tern, 5 Swift, 18 Swallow, 7 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) Gary A James 08:15 to 13:00 Sun/cloud
Sunday 09 May Thorndon CP (South) 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (At least. Singing males, arable field next to car park.), 1 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Pair carrying material into nest site; singing male elsewhere.), 1 Nuthatch Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Sunny, quite warm.
Sunday 09 May Writtle 2 Common Sandpiper (Titschmarsh reservoir), 1 Cuckoo (flew past Titschmarsh reservoir calling), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Titschmarsh res), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Coot, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 7 Mallard Oliver Cottis 07:30 to 20:15
Sunday 09 May Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 2 Nightingale (One in Butts Lane/entrance road, the other at the east end of the Golden Gates alder wood), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on the VC approach road, one pair with one fledged juv), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (One each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 18 Pochard (Including nine drakes Golden Gates), 23 Tufted Duck (18, including 10 drakes, Golden Gates, five, including three drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 28 Coot (16 Golden Gates, 12 on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Common Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Swift (Golden Gates), 1 Wheatear (On the tip road near Golden Gates), 1 Hobby (Over the tip), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Cetti's Warbler (One by the outer car park, two Golden Gates, one near the pit to the south of the tip) Paul Larkin 07:15 to 11:30 Broken cloud, SSW wind, HT
Sunday 09 May Stanford Warren 1 Nightingale (Near Stanford Creek), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler Paul Larkin 07:00 to 08:00 Broken cloud, SSW wind, rising tide
Sunday 09 May Abberton Reservoir 1 Little Grebe (LDLH Causeway), 2 Gadwall (♂♀ LDLH Causeway), 5 Shoveler (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Goldeneye (♀ LB Causeway), 2 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Sparrowhawk (♀ Old Road), 1 Hobby (LDLH Causeway), 2 Oystercatcher (LDLH Causeway), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 9 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), 1 Spotted Redshank (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 3 Cuckoo (♂♂♀ Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 150 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 10 House Martin (LB Causeway), 1 Wheatear (♂ LDLH Causeway), 3 Nightingale (Old Road), 3 Garden Warbler (Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Reserve), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 3 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway+Woodmouse Trail), 1 Green Woodpecker (Reserve - Heard only), 1 Song Thrush (Woodmouse Trail - Heard only), 1 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway - Heard only ... 80 Species seen and Heard) Mick Woodruff 06:45 to 16:30 Dry and mainly overcast with a few sunny spells. Wind South Westerly moderate. 19c
Sunday 09 May Blake's Wood, near Danbury 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher Tony Kennelly 04:45 to 05:45 Dawn chorus walk highlights. Muntjac deer & pipistrelle bat also present
Saturday 08 May Epping 1 Hobby (Heading low and fast northerly) Roger Emmens 19:10 to 19:10 Heavy overcast, strong southerly winds
Saturday 08 May Halstead 1 Garden Warbler (A male, in song, showing intermittently in my garden. The first occurrence for this site since moving here in 2011.) Jeremy Hurley 14:00 to 15:30 Cloudy and mild with a brisk south-westerly wind.
Saturday 08 May Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Golden Oriole (Male), 2 Spoonbill Sean Nixon 12:00 to 13:00 Showers clearing, stiff S/SW wind Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , , , ,
Saturday 08 May Tiptree 1 Nightingale (Singing. Just SW of car park, Tiptree Heath.) Malcolm Corbett 10:15 to 10:15 Raining. Moderate S wind.
Saturday 08 May Abberton Reservoir 2000 Swift, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Nightingale, 1 Garganey (Drake), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 09:30 to 13:00
Saturday 08 May Mersea Island 5 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU), 3 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 6 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 40 Dunlin (Strood channel ), 10 Grey Plover (Strood channel ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (A pr Strood channel DU) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 13:00
Saturday 08 May Boreham 1 Turtle Dove (New bird in garden at 07.45. 4th bird this spring & 2nd female. ), 1 Wheatear (Bright and large male presumably leucorhoa; distantly on top field. NFY as missed one seen by dog walker in April.), 1 Common Sandpiper (On Trifarm Pit at 06.30. NFY.), 1 Tufted Duck (Male on Trifarm. 1st for 6 days.), 1 Kingfisher (1 flew along brook at 06.55. 1st sighting for 6 days. ) Graham Ekins 06:15 to 07:10 "Boreham Patch" Increasingly heavy rain, wind light SSE; heavily overcast; Short circuit after emptying moth traps
Saturday 08 May Naze, The 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 19 Swallow (6 south, 13 sewage works ), 3 Greenshank (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Yellowhammer (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Swift (First of the year for me, high south), 3 Little Tern (Walton Channel ), 2 Wheatear (1 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 63 Dunlin (Cormorant Creek, mainly in summer plumage), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ) Brian Combes 05:45 to 10:00 S wind, cool, overcast, dry at first then persistent driving rain at times heavy, rising tide; 18 species in song
Saturday 08 May Writtle 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (pair feeding in a field), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 2 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove (2 in a field, one in an oak), 7 Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, 9 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 9 Blackbird, 7 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Mallard, 5 Dunnock, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 16 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Wren Oliver Cottis 05:30 to 07:15
Friday 07 May Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 2 Spoonbill (Feeding in channel near Joyce's Head) Ian Gooday 14:00 to 15:00 Sunny with chilly wind
Friday 07 May Epping 1 Swift (my 1st hirundine of the year, ahead of Swallows or House Martins. Heading west across Tower Road & Lower Swaines junction) Graham Pentelow 12:00 to 12:10 Bright, breezy, some cloud
Friday 07 May Good Easter 1 Goldcrest Martin Henry 11:00 to 13:00 Goldcrest at Good Easter on 07 May 2021, (Martin Henry)
Friday 07 May Great Totham 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. St. Peter's Church.) Malcolm Corbett 11:00 to 11:00
Friday 07 May Whetmead NR, nr Witham 8 Buzzard (+), 2 Sparrowhawk (+), 4 Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper (In different locations), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler (Heard only), 1 Sedge Warbler (New for site?), 10 Swift (+ Mostly heading NW in 2 & 3s), 3 Red Kite (Possibly 4 ), 3 Kingfisher (2 flying and at least one other heard in different locations), 1 Egyptian Goose David L Smith 10:00 to 19:00 via River Walk
Friday 07 May Wormingford, Colchester 5 Wheatear (including 4 together ), 6 Corn Bunting (singing males), 8 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swift, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Skylark Glen Moore 09:30 to 12:00 All from airfield perimeter road Wheatear at Wormingford, Colchester on 07 May 2021, (Glen Moore) , ,
Friday 07 May Mersea Island 1 Wheatear (coopers beach DU), 1 Cuckoo (Coopers beach DU), 2 Whimbrel (Coopers beach DU), 2 Common Tern (Coopers beach DU), 4 Sanderling (1 full summer 3 in change SE off cudmore grove SE), 9 Turnstone (Off cudmore grove SE), 55 Oystercatcher (Off cudmore grove SE), 25 Ringed Plover (Plus off cudmore grove steps to point SE), 45 Dunlin (+ in summer off cudmore SE), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house flooded fields MT) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 19:30
Friday 07 May Abberton Reservoir 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Nightingale (Seen crossing the old road in pairs, many more heard. ), 4 Blackcap (2 pairs.), 8 Whitethroat, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Common Tern (Circa.), 20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa.), 1 Cuckoo (Plus another heard.), 100 Swift (Plus.), 2 House Martin, 20 Swallow (Plus.), 4 Common Sandpiper (LBC.), 1 Wheatear (Male. Billets screen.), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair. Billets screen.), 10 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Chiffchaff (Seen, more heard.), 1 Wren, 10 Chaffinch (At least), 2 Blue Tit, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mandarin Duck (Drakes. NE corner of LBC. ) David Hale 09:00 to 17:30 Dry, sun & cloud, cool W breeze, 14c. Sightings with Brenda. Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , , , , ,
Friday 07 May Great Leighs 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mute Swan David Saville 09:00 to 13:00 sunny Sedge Warbler at Great Leighs on 07 May 2021, (David Saville) , ,
Friday 07 May Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 4 Red-legged Partridge, 30 Greylag Goose (+. Adults, inc. eight pairs with young.), 15 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 2 Pochard (Pair.), 21 Tufted Duck, 50 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Feeding over carp lake throughout visit.), 1 Cuckoo, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard (Together, harassed by a crow.), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 100 Swallow (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with martins), 100 House Martin (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with swallows), 1 Long-tailed Tit (Adult feeding recent fledgling.), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Pair), 2 Goldfinch (Pair.), 1 Mallard (Female with six young.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (High above swifts but no attack seen.) Malcolm Corbett 08:30 to 10:30 Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
Friday 07 May Boreham 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair + goslings), 1 Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch Paul Everett 08:20 to 08:50 Sunny, Fine and dry- Tri farm Pit area
Friday 07 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male. Adjacent arable.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 07:15 to 08:00 Sunny, cool. Great Berry & Plotlands ridge.
Friday 07 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher (pair), 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Linnet Paul Everett 07:09 to 08:10 Fine, sunny Swallow at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 07 May 2021, (Paul Everett) ,
Thursday 06 May West Hanningfield 1 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (1 Roe Deer, 14 Muntjac Deer, 8 Brown Hare) Philip Chalk 20:15 to 21:00
Thursday 06 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Hobby (From wigborough hide all working up & down far bank.), 1 Mandarin Duck (Male sitting on roots of fallen down trees north east LBCW), 1 Common Sandpiper (LB causeway ), 10 Greenshank (Plus from Wigborough hide) Stephen Entwistle 17:30 to 20:00
Thursday 06 May Tiptree 1 Willow Warbler (Singing. Tiptree Heath.) Malcolm Corbett 16:30 to 16:30 Sunny, light NW wind.
Thursday 06 May Writtle 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (pair), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 8 Whitethroat (2 pairs and 4 more singing males), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 20 Linnet (roughly), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 2 Green Woodpecker (one was at the college), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (singing at the college), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch Oliver Cottis 16:00 to 18:00
Thursday 06 May Hanningfield Reservoir 21 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Blackcap (2 f, 9 singing m), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Common Tern, 200 Swallow (At least), 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 1 Cuckoo (Male), 3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Hobby, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) Jan Lewis 13:30 to 16:30 Light rain, sunny spells, light wind (permit area)
Thursday 06 May Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Nightingale, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Common Tern (+), 200 Swallow (+), 100 House Martin (+), 30 Sand Martin (+), 1 Kestrel (+), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Buzzard (+), 15 Swift (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler Graham Barber 12:20 to 14:15 Sun and cloud
Thursday 06 May Wrabness 4 Swallow, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (+), 9 Nightingale (8 males, 1 female with a male), 30 Sand Martin (circa), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Egyptian Goose Liz Huxley 11:00 to 13:00
Thursday 06 May Chigborough Lakes 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swallow (+), 1 Cuckoo, 10 House Martin (+), 2 Greenfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler Graham Barber 11:00 to 12:20 Sun and cloud
Thursday 06 May South Woodham Ferrers 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (in full song), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling from reedbed), 2 Cetti's Warbler Alan Shearring 11:00 to 11:00 Sunny South west corner
Thursday 06 May Fishers Green, Lea Valley 1 Cuckoo, 1000 Swift (too many to count, along with groups of House Martins and Swallows), 1 Nightingale (near the bittern hide), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Gadwall (pair) Paul Gymer 10:00 to 11:30 Swift at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 May 2021, (Paul Gymer)
Thursday 06 May East Tilbury 2 Stonechat (Pair on the old landfill), 2 Gadwall, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males on the old landfill and the field behind the car park), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 70 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Sanderling (By bird), 1 Willow Warbler (In partial song by the fort), 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Oystercatcher, 18 Common Gull (Including one adult), 1 Canada Goose, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Avocet, 6 Swift, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd cy), 2 Curlew, 1 Herring Gull (Amelanstic bird), 2 Dunlin (Bp birds), 1 Teal, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling) Paul Larkin 09:15 to 14:30 Sunny early, showers later, WNW wind, falling tide Herring Gull at East Tilbury on 06 May 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
Thursday 06 May Vange Marsh RSPB 5 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler (Pair.), 5 Pochard (At least.), 4 Tufted Duck (Two pairs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 32 Avocet (At least.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Greenshank (Saline lagoon.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Saline lagoon. SP.), 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (Saline lagoon. Then creek.), 2 Common Tern, 30 Swift (At least.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Main lagoon, northern edge.), 50 Swallow (At least. Big mixed flock of hirundines.), 10 House Martin (At least.), 15 Sand Martin (At least.), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing males.), 18 Reed Warbler (singing males.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 5 Reed Bunting (Pair plus three males.), 1 Cuckoo (Male calling briefly.), 1 Nightingale (Singing briefly from old tip.), 4 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Western end.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Cetti's Warbler Andrew Cox 09:00 to 14:00 Sun & cloud. Then cloudier with very light rain.
Thursday 06 May Mersea Island 1 Willow Warbler (New in feldy view cemetery SE ), 3 Cuckoo (1 copt hall way ,2 strood channel SE), 1 Great White Egret (F/o firs chase caravan park SE), 1 Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 120 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 12 Whimbrel (1 strood channel SE 11 F/o firs chase garden DU ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 13:00
Thursday 06 May Layer Breton 1 Coot, 20 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose Michael Davies 09:00 to 13:00 Dry, cloudy Coot at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , , , ,
Thursday 06 May Harlow 1 Lesser Whitethroat (1 singing male) Jan Swan 08:30 to 08:30 Sunny and mild
Thursday 06 May Tilbury 2 Canada Goose (On the river), 3 Whimbrel (On foreshore east of the fort), 2 Greylag Goose (Over west), 5 Wheatear (Three in the fort, two on the new landfill), 1 Mute Swan (In the fort), 8 Shelduck (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 3 Common Sandpiper (One in the fort, two on the foreshore near the new landfill), 4 Oystercatcher (On foreshore east of the fort), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (In the STW and near the new landfill), 1 Common Gull (2cy in the fort), 1 Yellow Wagtail (With Wheatears), 5 Mallard (Two in the fort, three on the foreshore), 2 Dunlin (East of the fort) Paul Larkin 07:30 to 15:30 Sunny early, showers later, WNW wind, rising tide
Thursday 06 May Westley Heights 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Pair.), 2 Nuthatch (Both visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:30 Sunny, chilly.
Thursday 06 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Garden Warbler (By gate), 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (By layby), 3 Chiffchaff Brian Bolton 07:30 to 08:00 Sunny but chilly
Wednesday 05 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Flitting between bushes, eating various insects, showing well) Matt Trevillion 16:00 to 17:00 Overcast, spitting rain, breezy Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , ,
Wednesday 05 May Maldon 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Kestrel, 20 Jackdaw, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 16:00 to 16:50 Sun and cloud, light SW wind, brief showers. Elms Farm Park.
Wednesday 05 May Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 6 Nightingale, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 13:30 to 16:00 Canvey wick
Wednesday 05 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Raven (Pair flying over working gravel pits area at 1.35pm, mobbed by 2 Carrion crows for a short time, then they circled together gaining height quite rapidly and moved off SE. ), 1 Common Sandpiper (along E edge of main pit.) George Brown 13:30 to 14:00 Sunny periods then showers. WNW wind.
Wednesday 05 May Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Blackcap, 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby (poss 2), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Lapwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler Liz Huxley 13:00 to 14:00
Wednesday 05 May Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 1 Cuckoo (Seen both sides of the river wall before and after the main car park) Paul Richardson 12:30 to 14:30 Sunny and windy
Wednesday 05 May Manningtree 1 Red Kite (drifted S across the river and over the E end of the town) Liz Huxley 12:10 to 12:10
Wednesday 05 May Walton-on-The-Naze 4 Gadwall (2x♂-2x♀), 2 Tufted Duck (♂♀), 1 Eider (♀), 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (♂♀), 2 Whimbrel (Hamford Water), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Pool on Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 6 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear (♀-Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 2 Sedge Warbler (Heard another 4), 18 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only), 2 Reed Warbler (Heard only), 23 Knot (Hamford Water), 1 Lapwing, 50 Dunlin (At least), 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit (Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 5 Barnacle Goose, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only - John Weston Reserve) Mick Woodruff 11:00 to 14:00 Partly cloudy, wind North Westerly veering to South Westerly-Moderate
Wednesday 05 May Saffron Walden 200 House Martin (Over sewer works, magical ) Phil Harling 11:00 to 11:30 Cloudy
Wednesday 05 May Wrabness 1 Turtle Dove (Flying), 6 Nightingale (Actually saw three of them), 4 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch (Male) Peter Brittain 10:30 to 11:00 Quick visit/Sunny but cold wind.
Wednesday 05 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Showing well but at a distance.) Paul Chamberlain 10:15 to 13:30 Cool with sun and cloud Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Chamberlain) , ,
Wednesday 05 May Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 1 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 7 Whimbrel (At least.), 3 Greenshank (Lagoon), 3 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Female, in flight.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 10:00 to 13:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Wednesday 05 May Mersea Island 10 House Martin (Plus maydays SE), 100 Swallow (Plus cudmore grove SE), 1 Green Sandpiper (Maydays SE), 1 Common Sandpiper (Maydays SE), 1 Greenshank (Maydays SE ), 1 Cuckoo (Maydays ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Maydays), 2 Canada Goose (F/o maydays SE ), 2 Greylag Goose (F/o maydays SE ), 3 Reed Bunting (Males maydays SE ), 22 Whimbrel (7 maydays SE. 15 strood channel DU ), 2 Hobby (Strood channel DU ), 12 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel DU ), 1 Fieldfare (Golf house flooded fields MC), 6 Sedge Warbler (1 strood channel DU, 5 cudmore grove MC), 6 Reed Warbler (3 strood channel DU, 3 cudmore grove MC), 2 Avocet (A pr golf house flooded saltings MC), 10 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove MC), 30 Ringed Plover (Plus off cudmore grove SE), 1 Woodcock (Flushed from orchard on dairy lane AF), 2 Meadow Pipit (Maydays SE ), 125 Dunlin (100 strood channel DU, 25 cudmore grove SE), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Strood channel DU ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 19:00
Wednesday 05 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Whinchat (Adult male), 3 Wheatear, 1 Hobby, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Bearded Tit, 11 Cetti's Warbler Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 13:00 Selected highlights
Wednesday 05 May Wivenhoe 2 Jay, 4 Coot, 3 Moorhen Michael Davies 09:00 to 13:00 Dry, cloudy, windy Jay at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , ,
Wednesday 05 May Boreham 2 Egyptian Goose (pair with Goslings), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 1 Red-legged Partridge (plus one stoat around trees in layby) Paul Everett 08:50 to 09:25 Sunny, chilly Egyptian Goose at Boreham on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , ,
Wednesday 05 May Thorndon CP (South) 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. Vicinity of Rookery Wood.), 1 Treecreeper Andrew Cox 08:10 to 09:20 Sunny, chilly.
Wednesday 05 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Yellow Wagtail (Flew from bank over to fields ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (One by layby and one in scrub by bridge ), 1 Reed Warbler (One singing by lake/ pond) Brian Bolton 07:30 to 08:00 Sunny but chilly Yellow Wagtail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 May 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , , ,
Wednesday 05 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Still showing well) Paul Everett 06:45 to 07:45 Chilly, Sunny Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett) ,
Wednesday 05 May Hutton 33 Blackcap (29 male, 4 female), 6 Jay, 20 Whitethroat, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Skylark, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Chiffchaff, 10 Greenfinch, 3 House Sparrow James Hudson 05:49 to 08:35 Hutton Country Park. Cool, clear sky. 4-7 degrees.
Tuesday 04 May Great Totham 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Starling taken in back garden but escaped when hawk disturbed. Gt.Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 18:00 to 18:00
Tuesday 04 May Maldon 1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. By C&B Navigation.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Nightingale (Singing. E of lake.) Malcolm Corbett 16:00 to 16:30 Sun and cloud. Mod. W wind. Elms Farm Park.
Tuesday 04 May Richmond's Green, Thaxted 1 Yellow Wagtail (Feeding on lawn) Elizabeth Leeder 11:30 to 12:30 Windy sunshine and showers
Tuesday 04 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Seen from arable field at distance in Horse Paddock ) Melvin Shepherd-Wells 11:30 to 12:30 Gusty winds & rain
Tuesday 04 May Braintree 1 Hobby (Moving west over the A120 bypass.) Jeremy Hurley 09:40 to 09:40 Bright with partial cloud. A brisk westerly wind.
Tuesday 04 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 3 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 09:30 to 10:30 Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy, Plotlands.
Tuesday 04 May Epping 2 Siskin (Two males at nyger seed feeder) Roger Emmens 09:30 to 09:45 Windy, cool, partly sunny Siskin at Epping on 04 May 2021, (Roger Emmens)
Tuesday 04 May Mersea Island 1 Wheatear (SW corner Strood channel ), 3 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 2 Hobby (Over firs chase caravan site ), 2 House Martin (Feldy view DU ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU), 1 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 4 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 13:00 Strood channel DU
Tuesday 04 May Great Totham 1 Mute Swan (Male driving off Canada Goose. Totham Pit.), 1 Red Kite (Low over Gt. Totham South, 07:50.), 2 Swallow (Gt. Totham Hall.), 1 Pied Wagtail (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.), 2 Yellowhammer (Present at same Church Road location as last year.) Malcolm Corbett 07:50 to 09:30 Cloudy, moderate blustery W wind, brief showers.
Tuesday 04 May Boreham 1 Sanderling (Mobile; near summer plumage; no sign at 07.50. New for Site. ), 1 Dunlin (Summer plumage schinzii race 07.50; not present at 05.50. ), 13 Egyptian Goose (2 adults and 11 young; lost just one gosling one in 2.5 weeks. ), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Has been missing for 6 days. ) Graham Ekins 05:50 to 06:30 Patch Birding; Trifarm Pit: Force 3/4 W; Overcast recent shower. Back again from 07.30. Dunlin at Boreham on 04 May 2021, (Graham Ekins) , , ,
Monday 03 May Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Avocet, 5 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern Philip Chalk 18:00 to 20:00 Very windy
Monday 03 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Grey Wagtail (Female, feeding by pond near C.P. boundary. Also 1 Grey Wagtail in Stanford-le-Hope garage block, 21 March 2021) Jon Hunter 15:30 to 15:40
Monday 03 May Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Grey Plover, 35 Dunlin, 8 Linnet Philip Chalk 15:00 to 17:00 Very windy
Monday 03 May Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Tern, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 150 Swallow (+), 50 House Martin (+), 20 Sand Martin (+), 6 Swift, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Chiffchaff Graham Barber 14:30 to 15:30 Cloudy
Monday 03 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 11 Common Tern (Probably more), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing close to layby ), 1 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher (Pair), 30 Sand Martin (At least ), 10 Swallow (At least ), 10 House Martin ( At least ) Brian Bolton 14:30 to 15:15 Dry and windy
Monday 03 May Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Little Egret, 100 Swift (at least. Followed swallows in), 200 Swallow (Lots), 10 House Martin (with swallows), 1 Oystercatcher (On island), 5 Common Tern (pair prospecting on raft), 1 Marsh Harrier (male hunting over reedbed), 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Red-crested Pochard (4 males, 3 females) Ian Swanson 14:00 to 16:00 Overcast, wind getting up
Monday 03 May Chigborough Lakes 1 Cuckoo (Seen and heard at usual area ), 4 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler Graham Barber 13:00 to 14:30 Cloudy
Monday 03 May Wickford 1 Peregrine Falcon (Large bird, presumably female, flying and landing around pylons near "Splatoon" car park.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (At least 2 possibly 3), 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff Martin Singleton 12:15 to 14:20 Walk from Shotgate to Dollyman's Farm footpaths - highlights only. Cloudy with strong wind.
Monday 03 May Chigborough Lakes 2 Cuckoo (Male and female. Very obliging, sighted on numerous occasions.), 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant Tony Thomas 12:00 to 13:30 Cool and windy.
Monday 03 May Hullbridge 1 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo (Audio direction of Battlesbridge), 9 Whimbrel, 6 Little Egret, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit M Savage 11:00 to 13:00 Cloudy Overcast
Monday 03 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Pochard (1 with four mallards drakes, 1 with pair of mallards), 2 Common Tern, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Greylag Goose (pair with 7 goslings) Paul Everett 10:30 to 11:15 Overcast but bright. Windy Pochard at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 03 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Monday 03 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Male still showing well in hedge off Mill lane) Brian Bolton 10:15 to 11:00 Sunny but windy
Monday 03 May Friday Wood 8 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Reed Warbler (Along river), 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Bullfinch Yvonne Watling 10:00 to 12:00 Sunny and windy
Monday 03 May Mersea Island 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Gyants marsh. Footpath shop lane to meeting lane very mobile found by Martin cock ) Stephen Entwistle 10:00 to 10:40
Monday 03 May Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 7 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warbler, 50 Lapwing, 20 Redshank, 12 Avocet Matt Trevillion 09:00 to 13:00 Variable, sunny then rainy, windy too! Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , , , , , ,
Monday 03 May Mersea Island 1 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU), 1 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 2 Avocet (Strood channel DU), 1 Knot (Strood channel (poor condition)DU), 10 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 4 Grey Plover (Strood channel DU) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 13:00
Monday 03 May Danbury 5 Blackcap (Various sightings - 3 males and 2 femlaes), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff (Heard only), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only) Paul Everett 09:00 to 10:00 EWT Backwarden - Overcast but bright. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Danbury on 03 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Monday 03 May Great Totham 1 Red Kite (Low over Gt.Totham South. My 16th local record since six seen on 8th April. Further sighting at 14:00.) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 09:10 Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
Monday 03 May Thorndon CP (South) 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Singing males.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males. ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. Northern end of WoodlandTrust's Old Park.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 10 Tufted Duck (Five pairs. Private pond north of Hatch Farm.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:30 Sunny, cool. Clouding over.
Monday 03 May Shrub End 2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greylag Goose, 1 Kestrel, 5 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit Oliver Cottis 06:00 to 08:15 dawn chorus walk
Monday 03 May Fordham 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing in same hedge as for the last few days), 1 Cuckoo (Ranging along Colne valley), 1 Wheatear Steve Hallam 05:30 to 06:45 Thin, broken cloud
Sunday 02 May Colchester 5 Swift (Above breeding site , St Albrights, New Farm Rd, Stanway) Graham Barber 19:00 to 19:05 Clear
Sunday 02 May Fuller Street, River Ter 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Nightingale, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 14 Red-legged Partridge ((2 Wild Boar in Sandy Wood, 7 Muntjac Deer) ) Philip Chalk 18:00 to 20:30
Sunday 02 May Manningtree 21 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 4 Shelduck Paul Everett 16:40 to 17:00 Fine, clear, slight wind/chilly Black Swan at Manningtree on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Sunday 02 May Bradwell-on-Sea 21 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler (Heard only), 2 Mute Swan, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Swallow, 2 Rook, 2 Pheasant, 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Cormorant, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Raven, 2 Chaffinch, 10 House Sparrow, 1 Moorhen Philip Davie 15:00 to 17:00 Sunny. Showers. Light wind.
Sunday 02 May TL4808 1 Lesser Whitethroat (1 singing male), 2 Blackcap (Two males in same area as Lesser Whitethroat) Jan Swan 15:00 to 17:00 Overcast and cold
Sunday 02 May Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Cuckoo (on fence post by grazing meadow viewing west from the causeway ), 100 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Black-headed Gull, 1 Red-crested Pochard (male) Andrew Stroud 14:45 to 15:30 overcast but warm
Sunday 02 May Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green 1 Cuckoo, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Red-legged Partridge ((4 Brown Hare, 1 Roe Deer, 3 Muntjac Deer)), 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Long-eared Owl (Male calling, north track) Philip Chalk 14:30 to 17:00
Sunday 02 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Cracking male, giving superb views) Karl Price 10:39 to 14:30 Sunny spells Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 02 May 2021, (Karl Price) , ,
Sunday 02 May Rochford 1 Woodchat Shrike (Male. Park along Mill Lane, then follow public footpath west, then follow hedge southwards to view horse paddock.), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only) Andrew Allen 10:15 to 11:45 Broken Cloud with a slight breeze. Only certain species recorded.
Sunday 02 May TL7205 4 Buzzard (at least), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Raven (west at 1640), 1 Red Kite (South (32nd garden record)), 1 Osprey (SE at 1645 potentially towards Hanningfield Res) Sean Gregory 10:00 to 17:15 mainly sunny variable amounts of cloud; observations 1000-1215 and 16:00-1715
Sunday 02 May Shrub End 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (possibly the same bird twice. Stooping distantly above Colchester), 4 Sparrowhawk (3 females and 1 male. Probably the same female repeated), 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Stock Dove (pair in my tree) Oliver Cottis 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday 02 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair on fishing lake), 50 Black-headed Gull (+ some nesting on the island ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Lone bird feeding in the margins ), 1 Oystercatcher (On nest near shoreline of island) Paul Everett 09:45 to 10:25 Sunny and clear Great Crested Grebe at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , , ,
Sunday 02 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (Squealing in reeds, main viewpoint.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Pair, flew off of Saline.), 2 Whimbrel (Saline.), 6 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 4 Common Tern, 6 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Including two males & one female near Old barn. Also a pair plus one other from the Manorway.), 7 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 5 Dunlin (Main viewpoint.), 2 Black-necked Grebe (Main lagoon, seen from old windpump viewpoint.), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling from path to Saline lagoon.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least. Showing well from main viewpoint. ) Andrew Cox 09:30 to 14:00 Sun & clouds, quite warm. Heavy shower early pm.
Sunday 02 May Benfleet 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Male reeling in full view perched on top of a hawthorn. Approx half way along footpath to Bowers, near sewage works.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Pair in creek.) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 09:20 Sunny, quite warm.
Sunday 02 May Mersea Island 2 Swift (Empress drive SE ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (1 meeting lane SE, 1 maydays MC , 1 strood Reservoir SE), 7 Whitethroat (4 strood AF, 1 meeting lane ,1 shop lane SE), 6 Common Tern (2 strood channel AF, 4 pye fleet DU ), 5 Cuckoo (1 strood hill layby SE, 1 strood channel AF, 3 maydays/Reeves hall DU ), 6 Buzzard (Strood channel AF ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel AF ,2 Bowers farm DU ), 24 Whimbrel (6 Plus strood channel AF ,3 strood DU ,15 pye fleet DU ), 4 Blackcap (2 female, feldy view cemetery JB, 2 Male strood fishing Reservoir SE, ), 2 Mute Swan (A pr strood fishing Reservoir SE), 3 Reed Warbler (Maydays DU), 7 Sedge Warbler (4 Maydays DU, 1 golf house dyke, 1 strood, 1 golf house sluice DU), 2 Corn Bunting (Maydays DU), 14 Grey Plover (Pye fleet DU ), 1 Garden Warbler (10mins only from strood layby looking into fishing Reservoir SE DU), 4 Avocet (2prs breeding golf house pools DU), 1 Greenshank (Golf house pools DU), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Pye fleet DU ), 4 Greylag Goose (2pr with chicks DU), 4 Mediterranean Gull (2prs over Mersea Ave IB), 2 Meadow Pipit (Maydays DU ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Large over west Mersea IB) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday 02 May Abberton Reservoir 5 Greenshank (wig Bay (1 at billets) ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Billets ), 1 Wheatear (Billets.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (Billets field), 3 Hobby (Ldlh. Distant birds), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lbc), 2 Reed Warbler (Lbc. Heard only), 1 Arctic Tern (Billets ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Lbc. Heard only ) Matthew Davison 09:00 to 13:00 Sunshine with cloud.
Sunday 02 May Copford 1 Nightingale (Singing), 3 Mandarin Duck (2 males and 1 female), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Swift Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 11:00 Selected highlights
Sunday 02 May Beckton 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing) Gary A James 08:15 to 13:00 Sun/cloud, light west wind
Sunday 02 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Nightingale (Brief burst of song, usual area), 12 Mallard (Female with a brood of 11.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:30 Sun & cloud. Willow Park.
Sunday 02 May Bridgemarsh Island, Crouch Estuary 8 Oystercatcher, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron Philip Davie 07:30 to 09:30 Cool. Still. Sunny.
Sunday 02 May Stanford Warren 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (In song by the creek), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet Paul Larkin 07:30 to 08:30 Broken cloud, light variable wind, LT
Sunday 02 May Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 1 Hoopoe (Seen in flight (heading west) from ground in area with no public access by bird ringing group. ) David Pallash 07:20 to 07:21 Sunny
Sunday 02 May Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Nightingale (Still in Butts Lane by reserve entrance), 1 Little Egret (Stanford Creek), 8 Greylag Goose (Three by the VC, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males on the VC approach road), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male on the VC approach road), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males. One each by Stanford Creek, next to the VC and near the pit to the south of the tip), 26 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 33 Tufted Duck (Nine, five drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 15 drakes, Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including four drakes, Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 5 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Swift (Golden Gates), 1 Shoveler (Drake Golden Gates), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing males. Two by the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male Golden Gates), 8 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 6 Swallow (Over the tip), 6 Sand Martin (Over the tip), 5 Red-legged Partridge (On the tip), 1 House Martin (Over Stanford), 2 Hobby (Over the tip), 54 Shelduck (Mucking flats), 7 Oystercatcher (Mucking flats), 3 Curlew (Mucking flats), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Pochard x Tufted Duck on the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Whimbrel (Mucking Flats), 8 Common Tern (Mucking Flats), 1 Buzzard (Over the tip), 1 Short-eared Owl (On the tip), 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Near the VC) Paul Larkin 07:00 to 13:05 Broken cloud, variable wind, showers, LT
Sunday 02 May Backwarden, Danbury 5 Nightingale (Entrance on Bicknacre Road, heard only, it's dark. Dozens singing across Danbury Ridge) Philip Chalk 01:15 to 01:30
Saturday 01 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale, 5 Sedge Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 27 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Brent Goose, 40 Stock Dove, 2 Common Tern, 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Short-eared Owl, 9 Cetti's Warbler Philip Chalk 18:00 to 21:00
Saturday 01 May Birch 1 Raven (Low flying NW over B1022) David L Smith 16:30 to 16:30
Saturday 01 May Writtle 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 House Martin, 20 Swallow (flock of hirundines low over the college gravel pit), 10 Herring Gull (including regular leucistic bird), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Greenfinch (all birds Writtle college) Andrew Stroud 16:00 to 16:15
Saturday 01 May Wrabness 6 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (2 seen, but many (10?) singing males all over the reserve.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, 1 Willow Warbler (heard distantly west from west end of reserve.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch (Male and female.), 3 Turtle Dove ((2 in a pair)), 2 Bullfinch (Male and female) Kevin Colling 12:00 to 15:30 Sunny spells, quite warm at times, moderate northerly breeze. More people than usual. 22 doggy bags.
Saturday 01 May Boreham 2 Turtle Dove (male first seen on 21st April appeared at 12.00 with a female. She stayed in Clematis for several minutes nbefore coming doen to feed. He reguarly stopped feeding to display to her. ), 2 Blackcap (Pair now coming daily to drink and bathe in our pond. ), 4 Starling (2 juvs have fledged this morning from one of our nest boxes. Other pair still feeding noisy young.) Graham Ekins 12:00 to 12:30 Boreham garden; increasing cloud, cool with a light N. Turtle Dove at Boreham on 01 May 2021, (Graham Ekins)
Saturday 01 May Great Totham 2 Red Kite (Together high over Gt. Totham South, heading towards Wickham Bishops.) Malcolm Corbett 11:40 to 11:45 Sun and cloud, calm.
Saturday 01 May Friday Wood 1 Spotted Flycatcher Andrew Goodey 11:00 to 13:00 Sunny; 6/8 windy
Saturday 01 May Nazeing GP, Lea Valley 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Gadwall (male) Paul Gymer 10:30 to 11:30 Nazeing Meads Weir
Saturday 01 May Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 1 Cuckoo (First heard and seen of the year) Emma Robinson 10:30 to 10:30
Saturday 01 May Fordham 1 Red Kite (Gliding low over the road) Steve Hallam 09:45 to 09:45 Sunny
Saturday 01 May Mersea Island 20 Whitethroat (Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC ), 6 Lesser Whitethroat ( 5 Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC , 1 strood channel JB), 6 Blackcap (Shop to oyster MC), 6 Green Woodpecker (Shop to oyster MC ), 2 Hobby (Strood channel DU), 9 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 30 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel (DU) ), 1 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Reed Warbler (1 strood channel, 1 strood fishing Reservoir DU), 2 Red-legged Partridge (A pr shop lane SE ), 1 House Martin (Strood channel JB), 8 Chiffchaff (Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC ), 1 Red Kite (Strood channel SE), 4 Cetti's Warbler (3 Shop to oyster MC ,1 strood fishing Reservoir DU. ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 18:00
Saturday 01 May Shrub End 1 Nightingale, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Linnet, 3 Chiffchaff Oliver Cottis 09:00 to 13:00
Saturday 01 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing by entrance to carpark), 1 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Reed Warbler (+), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wheatear (On Bowers Down), 1 Glossy Ibis (On Bowers Down), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Heard only), 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Little Ringed Plover Andrew Allen 08:00 to 11:00 Bright with a breeze. Selected avian highlights.
Saturday 01 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:45 Sunny, cold. Plotlands.
Saturday 01 May Tylers Common, Upminster 2 Nightingale (Males singing in short bursts from dense cover), 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat (birds dotted all over the comon), 2 Swallow (around the horse stables ), 3 Linnet, 3 Chiffchaff Andrew Stroud 07:00 to 18:15
Saturday 01 May Naze, The 33 Whitethroat (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing, first of the year), 17 Swallow (15 north ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 4 Sand Martin (North ), 1 House Martin (North ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Wheatear (1 car park, 2 Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Whimbrel, 4 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall (Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 1 Yellowhammer (Unusual here, John Weston Reserve, then west), 6 Mediterranean Gull (Three pairs ), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 soaring very high over Horsey Island ), 10 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Shoveler, 6 Chiffchaff (2 singing ), 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 the common, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 4 in and around John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ) Brian Combes 05:50 to 10:00 frosty first thing, light N wind, mainly clear, mild, ebbing tide; 22 species in song
Friday 30 Apr Danbury Common 8 Nightingale (Singing males at least across the full width of the reserve), 2 Bullfinch David Pallash 18:00 to 19:45 Cloudy with sunny spells
Friday 30 Apr Wrabness 2 Sand Martin, 2 Nightingale (Presumed female perched near singing male and 3+ others singing), 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer (Heard only ), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bee-eater (Heard only, over Sand Martin cliff - no visual and hence unconfirmed ), 1 Ring Ouzel (Female in horse paddocks), 1 Turtle Dove (Perched, purring and displaying) David L Smith 15:45 to 17:15 Around EWT site
Friday 30 Apr Holland Haven 42 Avocet (on Scrape), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Wheatear (male), 5 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) Liz Huxley 14:30 to 16:00
Friday 30 Apr North Weald 5 Swift (Small group heading north) Roger Emmens 14:30 to 14:35
Friday 30 Apr TQ6293 3 Raven (Calling flying East before breking up and landing in fields), 2 Goldcrest Clive Tanner 14:15 to 14:45 Sunny with somw cloud with NW wind, viewed from Middle Road , Ingrave
Friday 30 Apr Danbury 2 Turtle Dove (Two flew over Maldon road) David Pallash 13:40 to 13:41 Chilly but sunny
Friday 30 Apr Tendring 5 Buzzard (Group of five cycling just below cloud base, occasionally separating then regrouping) Tony Faulkner 12:30 to 12:45 Heavy broken cloud, bright spells, light chilly breeze, dry.
Friday 30 Apr Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Whimbrel (Marina.), 1 Nightingale (Singing Male. First corner after turning right from Green Centre.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 12:15 to 13:00 Sun & cloud. Warm.
Friday 30 Apr Abberton Reservoir 20 Common Tern (Around reserve numbers building up ), 12 Greenshank (At least. Wig bay), 30 Swift (And more. Abberton church), 1 Sand Martin (Abberton church), 20 Swallow (Abberton church), 4 House Martin (Abberton Church ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets), 1 Wheatear (Bilets), 4 Nightingale (1 at Abb Church, 1 Billets, 2 Breton), 1 Sedge Warbler (Abb Church ), 1 Reed Warbler (Footpath to WIG BAY screen. ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Abb church), 10 Whitethroat (At least around cauesways), 2 Blackcap, 6 Yellowhammer (Abb church), 1 Cattle Egret (In with cows opp Garr House Farm late afternoon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Opposite Billets screen), 2 Black Tern (Maybe more. Very distant from Abberton church), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway) Barbara Leport 10:30 to 16:00 Sunny with cloud building up.
Friday 30 Apr TL7721 1 Black Redstart (By McDonald’s ) Michael East 10:30 to 10:32
Friday 30 Apr Naze, The 1 Buzzard (+), 10 Whitethroat, 4 Swallow (+), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 2 Kestrel, 3 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 1 Eider (female), 2 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Lapwing, 400 Dunlin (approx), 3 Cetti's Warbler Liz Huxley 10:00 to 12:00
Friday 30 Apr Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 4 Common Tern (fishing in Crouch), 3 Turnstone (summer plumage), 9 Whimbrel, 5 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 10 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 5 Golden Plover (summer plumage on fields), 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 42 Swift (in one group heading north high up, feeding as they went.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 2 Grey Wagtail (breeding pair), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Marsh Farm pools), 1 Arctic Tern (fishing in Crouch) Alan Shearring 10:00 to 10:00 Sunny low tide
Friday 30 Apr Tiptree 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Tiptree Heath.) Malcolm Corbett 09:50 to 09:50 Sunny.
Friday 30 Apr Waltham Abbey 2 Little Egret, 1 Swallow, 4 Magpie, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite, 1 Grey Wagtail Thomas Simon 09:30 to 14:00 Overcast, chilly, gentle wind.
Friday 30 Apr Mersea Island 1 Cuckoo (1 strood SE/DU , ), 4 Swift (3 Whittaker way AF, 1 empress drive SE ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Path golf house to seawall SE), 2 Avocet (A pr breeding golf house pools SE), 2 Whimbrel (Golf house pools SE), 1 Sedge Warbler (Golf house dyke SE), 1 Reed Warbler (Golf house sluice SE), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off cudmore grove SE/Du), 6 Pochard (3prs golf house dyke/cudmore dyke SE), 12 Tufted Duck (6prs golf house dyke/cudmore dyke SE), 4 Common Tern (Golf house pools DU), 4 Lapwing (1 adult, 3 chicks cudmore grazing fields SE) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 18:00
Friday 30 Apr Wivenhoe 3 Mute Swan, 2 Greenshank, 9 Greylag Goose, 1 Coot Michael Davies 09:00 to 13:00 Dry, sunny Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 30 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , , ,
Friday 30 Apr Vange Marsh RSPB 2 Buzzard (Pair on the old tip.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (Squealing, western end.), 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male, dropping onto western end for a couple of minutes.), 14 Swift (At least. Hawking over old tip.), 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 15 Reed Warbler (At least. Singing males. Six western end, rest eastern.), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing males. All eastern end.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Goldfinch (At least.), 6 Reed Bunting (At least. Pair plus male western end. At least three males eastern end.), 5 Bearded Tit (At least. Male eastern end. Four western end including two males, one female.), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 09:00 to 12:00 Sun & clouds. Warm.
Friday 30 Apr WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Ring Ouzel (Female in garden) Clive Atkins 07:45 to 08:00
Friday 30 Apr Westley Heights 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:30 Sunny, cold. Coombe Wood/The Park.
Friday 30 Apr Wrabness 40 Brent Goose, 1 Coot, 4 Knot, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher, 24 Shelduck, 4 Common Tern, 150 Herring Gull (out on distant gravel bar), 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull (flyovers and on Stour), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 75 Sand Martin (best count of swarming group around cliff ), 10 Swallow, 3 Kestrel, 18 Whitethroat (singing males), 7 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 15 Linnet, 13 Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Yellowhammer (singing birds), 12 Nightingale (10 singing males) Malcolm Riddler 07:00 to 12:00 cold start frost. warming light wind sunny 14c by 12pm low tide
Thursday 29 Apr Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Males on territory ), 2 Tawny Owl (1 Pr), 2 Kestrel (1 Pr) Neil Murphy 19:30 to 20:30
Thursday 29 Apr The Hythe, Colchester 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 1 Nightingale, 2 Whitethroat Michael Padmore 17:00 to 17:15
Thursday 29 Apr Stansted Mountfitchett 1 Hobby (Over village ) Andrew Goodey 15:40 to 15:40 Sunny 4/8
Thursday 29 Apr Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 25 Whimbrel (minimum count. More on saltings), 5 Spotted Redshank, 7 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Pintail, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose James Hudson 14:30 to 16:45 Cold breeze, sunny intervals
Thursday 29 Apr Tiptree 3 Red Kite (3 separate birds as I drove through) Daryl Rhymes 13:15 to 13:15
Thursday 29 Apr Wrabness 2 Turtle Dove (Heard only ) Peter Brittain 12:00 to 12:00 Overcast
Thursday 29 Apr Little Waltham 2 Red Kite (Drifting North) Stuart Anderson 10:45 to 10:45 Bright & Breezy
Thursday 29 Apr Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 2 Pintail (Pair.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (Adult.), 1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel (Purfleet scrape.), 1 Ruff (Males.), 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit Andrew Cox 10:30 to 12:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Thursday 29 Apr Abberton Reservoir 6 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 3 Hobby (Wig Bay.), 2 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern (Circa.), 15 Yellow Wagtail (One male showing distinctive blue head, likely " Channel Wagtail".), 15 Swallow (At least), 10 House Martin (Circa.), 50 Swift (At least.), 2 Whitethroat (Nest building pair.), 2 Wheatear (Males, Billets Screen. ), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 12 Skylark (At least. ), 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Stock Dove, 10 Great Crested Grebe (Circa. ), 2 Linnet (Pair. ), 1 Snipe, 2 Cattle Egret (With cattle near Wig Meat sales. ), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird (Males.), 3 Mallard (Female's with 2 broods of 14 & one of 6 ducklings.), 1 Red Kite David Hale 10:00 to 16:50 Cool NE breeze, sun & cloud, dry. 14c. Sightings with Brenda, LDHC, Billets farm & Wig Bay. Whitethroat at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , , , , , ,
Thursday 29 Apr East Tilbury 4 Whimbrel, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 44 Shelduck, 61 Common Gull (Including three adults), 3 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler (Pair), 11 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 39 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Tufted Duck (Pair on the river), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swift, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Avocet, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults over), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male flying down river with kill), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (2cy bird colour ringed in Sandsvagen Norway on 120720), 1 Caspian Gull (2cy year colour ringed bird ringed in Braunsbedra Germany on 200620 but, as with all UK records from E Europe, almost certainly an hybrid), 79 Teal, 17 Dunlin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover Paul Larkin 10:00 to 15:30 Fine and sunny, cloudy later, rising tide
Thursday 29 Apr Abberton Reservoir 3 Hobby, 2 Black Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Marsh Harrier Trevor Bufton 10:00 to 15:30 Cloudy
Thursday 29 Apr Abberton Reservoir 23 Greenshank, 2 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Wheatear, 3 Common Gull, 1 White Stork (Presumably a wandering Knepp bird), 2 Red Kite, 2 Little Gull (Adult and first-summer), 2 Arctic Tern (A few seen amongst the Commons) Daryl Rhymes 10:00 to 13:00 Abberton Reservoir on 29 Apr 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) ,
Thursday 29 Apr Dobbs Weir, Nazeing 1 Common Tern, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (including an obvious pair), 12 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Swallow, 4 Grey Heron (Three nests visible on the island, with one well-grown juvenile; no sign of any egrets), 2 Pochard (pair), 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Willow Warbler (near Dobbs Weir (same spot as last year)), 15 Egyptian Goose (including a family with eight goslings), 1 Bullfinch (near Dobbs Weir), 3 Cetti's Warbler Paul Gymer 09:15 to 10:45 Around Glen Faba Lake Egyptian Goose at Dobbs Weir, Nazeing on 29 Apr 2021, (Paul Gymer)
Thursday 29 Apr Mersea Island 1 Cuckoo (Maydays SE), 2 Whitethroat (1 Maydays SE, golf house seawall SE), 40 Swallow (4 maydays SE, 30+ cudmore grove SE, 6 Reeves hall AF), 4 Marsh Harrier (3 Reeves hall marshes (AF), 1 maydays SE ), 1 Reed Bunting (1 m maydays SE,), 1 House Martin (Reeves hall AF), 1 Sand Martin (Reeves hall AF), 3 Reed Warbler (Golf house/cudmore Grove SE), 2 Sedge Warbler (Golf house/cudmore SE), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Golf house path to seawall SE), 12 Tufted Duck (6prs golf house dyke/cudmore Dyke SE), 6 Pochard (3prs golf house dyke/cudmore dyke SE), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off cudmore grove park SE), 2 Avocet (A pr breeding on golf house pools SE), 2 Whimbrel (Golf house pools SE ), 2 Chiffchaff (Reeves hall ), 4 Lapwing (1 adult with 3 chicks SE) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 20:00
Thursday 29 Apr Clavering 1 Red Kite Chris Turner 08:30 to 09:00 Sun very fresh wind
Thursday 29 Apr Tilbury 5 Whimbrel (On foreshore between the ferry terminal and the new landfill), 9 Shelduck (Four in the fort the rest on the foreshore), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 1 Mute Swan (In the moat), 1 Mediterranean Gull (One over), 2 Oystercatcher (On the new landfill), 2 Ringed Plover (On the new landfill), 2 Wheatear (A pair on the new landfill), 1 Curlew (On the foreshore near the new landfill), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (One each in the STW and the new landfill), 1 Redshank (On the foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Common Sandpiper (On the foreshore near the fort), 6 Mallard (In the fort), 1 Egyptian Goose (In the fort) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 16:00 Fine and sunny, cloudy later, rising tide
Thursday 29 Apr Thorndon CP (South) 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Nuthatch, 6 Goldfinch (At least.), 12 Linnet (Ten on pavillion meadow. Pair elsewhere.), 1 Yellowhammer (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:15 Sunny, cold.
Thursday 29 Apr Fordham 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing in a Blackthorn hedge, over a tiny stream, surrounded by horse paddocks) Steve Hallam 08:00 to 08:00 Sunny
Thursday 29 Apr Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 5 Mute Swan, 1 Blackcap, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair), 2 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose (Incl pair with 7 gosling), 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Jay, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Red Kite, 2 Egyptian Goose Paul Everett 07:15 to 08:35 Sunny, clear
Thursday 29 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Goldeneye (female from Layer Breton causeway), 1 Hobby (over visitor centre, 2nd or same bird between causeways later ), 6 Greenshank (Wigborough Bay), 2 Common Sandpiper (Layer Breton causeway), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Billets Farm screen), 1 Cuckoo (in trees west side of Layer Breton causeway then flew south), 10 Yellow Wagtail (at least 10 seen around reservoir), 9 Nightingale (5+ Old Road, 1 Abberton Church, 1 north-west of LDLH causeway, 1 in hedge at Billets Farm screen, 1 north-east of LB causeway), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (at least 4 singing around reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler (singing north-west of LDLH causeway), 1 Reed Warbler (singing from hedge by Wigborough screen), 2 Whimbrel (Billets Farm screen), 2 Oystercatcher (in field SE of LB causeway), 2 Cattle Egret (in field with cattle behind barns at Garr House Farm (south side of B1026))), 1 White Stork (apparently unringed bird flew into Wigborough Bay from east then headed north at around 11:40), 1 Red Kite (over visitor centre, 2nd or same bird over Wigborough Bay later), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Layer de la Haye causeway) James Hudson 06:45 to 13:15