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Bird News - Table of Recent Sightings

Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Tuesday 31 Mar Good Easter 1 Raven (third sighting locally this year) Martin Henry 12:45 to 12:45
Tuesday 31 Mar Whetmead NR, nr Witham 1 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Harris's Hawk, 4 Blackcap (3 singing males, 1 female) David L Smith 11:45 to 13:00 via River Walk
Tuesday 31 Mar Thaxted 20 Fieldfare (All sightings on morning walk west of Thaxted), 5 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (With Chaffinches), 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff Stephen Dutton 11:30 to 12:30 Sunny periods 8deg Northerly breeze
Tuesday 31 Mar Dobbs Weir, Nazeing 3 Cetti's Warbler Paul Gymer 11:15 to 12:00
Tuesday 31 Mar Kelvedon Hatch 2 Red Kite (Flying E at rooftop height five minutes apart), 2 Raven (Calling from BT mast and in fight (arrived from west)), 1 Buzzard David Jobbins 09:40 to 10:10
Tuesday 31 Mar Little Waltham 1 Redwing David Saville 09:00 to 09:30 sunny Redwing at Little Waltham on 31 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Tuesday 31 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Green Woodpecker (One calling from Butlers Grove area. Two calling Lincewood proper. One feeding on recreation ground.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Chaffinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:15 Sunny, cold. Lincewood only.
Tuesday 31 Mar Maldon 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from bushes along canal by Tesco car park), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing from car park) Brian Bolton 07:45 to 08:00 Bitter cold wind dry & sunny
Tuesday 31 Mar Westley Heights 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (Calling.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. All drumming/ calling.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair, nest hole.) Andrew Cox 07:15 to 08:00 Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
Monday 30 Mar Kelvedon Hatch 1 Red Kite (SW over village, seen from my garden. Third seen today.) David Jobbins 17:15 to 17:20
Monday 30 Mar Great Totham 2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 9 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 4 Buzzard (Pair over Captains Wood saw off a third which then joined a fourth in display flight over South Wood.), 200 Black-headed Gull (circa. Following tractor at Lofts Farm.), 3 Skylark (Singing. Two at Sains Farm, one north of South Wood.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 1 Greenfinch (Calling. Totham Pit.), 25 Siskin (circa. Flying to and from tree between fields north of South Wood. Very vocal group.) Malcolm Corbett 15:30 to 17:00 Just walking Jake the dog.
Monday 30 Mar Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Swallow (My first of year (apart from Abberton bird of course!)), 1 Buzzard (Tried to convince myself it was a very small eagle!), 7 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with 5 young) Matt Turner 14:30 to 15:00 Fruitless half hour hoping for White Tailed Eagle to fly over.... Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 30 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Monday 30 Mar Wix 1 White-tailed Eagle (Juv glided quite high NW between here and Wrabness, seen shortly afterwards by others over Lawford), 1 Brambling (Female, in garden earlier in the day) James Davidson 13:35 to 13:40 Cloudy White-tailed Eagle at Wix on 30 Mar 2020, (James Davidson) ,
Monday 30 Mar TL9324 1 Buzzard, 1 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 12:30 Exercise walk from home to Copford Church and back
Monday 30 Mar Margaretting 1 Red Kite (Heading east - different individual from earlier sighting over Mountnessing. Both sightings from car on essential shopping trip.) David Jobbins 10:45 to 10:46
Monday 30 Mar Good Easter 125 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap (singing) Martin Henry 10:00 to 10:00
Monday 30 Mar Mountnessing 1 Red Kite (Heading north) David Jobbins 09:45 to 09:46
Monday 30 Mar Great Leighs 2 Goldcrest (Todays star birds inspecting the garden conifer before moving on also 3 greenfinch showing most of the day. Species count from the house today was 25 plus 2 red kite spotted from the end of the road whilst on way to tesco at great notley. ) David Torrice 08:30 to 19:00 Sunshine and showers, sightings from kitchen looking over back garden, fields and woods.
Monday 30 Mar Tilbury 598 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Knot (With Black-tailed Godwits), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type over from Kent) Paul Larkin 07:30 to 09:00 Over cast, NNW wind, falling tide
Monday 30 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 288 Red-throated Diver (steady passage mid-am to mid-pm. I will have missed many more as most scans revealed multiple birds passing), 1 Gannet, 1 Great Skua (@1449), 46 Chaffinch (early morning drizzle seemed to halt passage today) Paul Brayshaw 06:30 to 18:00 NE2-4, variable cloud, occ light rain. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Selected totals, movement to north
Sunday 29 Mar Great Leighs 11 Pied Wagtail (Groups of 5 and 6 just flew over probably heading for roost in small tree outside main entrance to tesco at great notley. Several dozen there some nights.) David Torrice 19:15 to 19:15 Calm evening
Sunday 29 Mar Witham 4 Song Thrush (Definite separate sightings), 1 Grey Heron (Trying to land in hail storm), 1 Kingfisher Paul Shuttleworth 14:00 to 15:00 Wind, hail, sun, wind sun, hail. Local patch River Walk
Sunday 29 Mar Great Leighs 3 Greenfinch (Garden feeders), 2 Goldfinch (Garden feeders), 4 Chaffinch (Under feeders), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Garden feeders), 6 House Sparrow (Using feeders), 1 Dunnock (Under feeders), 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird (Under feeders), 9 Jackdaw (On and under feeders), 2 Rook (Under feeders), 1 Collared Dove (Under feeders), 6 Pheasant (On ploughed field), 150 Wood Pigeon (Plus a few hundred assorted jackdaws, rooks, crows and gulls on ploughed field.), 12 Magpie (Group on edge of field and wood), 9 Buzzard (At various times over fields and woods, one very pale one almost white from underneath except for carpals and necklace.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Couple of passes causing mass panic amongst the gulls pigeons and corvids.), 1 Grey Heron (Flyby), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (In field), 2 Herring Gull (In field) David Torrice 10:00 to 18:30 Wintery showers sunny evening. All sightings from kitchen window over garden, fields and woods.
Sunday 29 Mar Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead 1 Blackcap (Male) Ian Tarbin 09:00 to 09:15
Sunday 29 Mar Wickford 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming on telegraph pole in St David’s Way) David Petts 08:15 to 08:15 Clear
Sunday 29 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Tufted Duck (Three males, one female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 11 Redwing, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk Andrew Cox 07:45 to 08:45 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Sunday 29 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin Paul Brayshaw 06:30 to 17:00 NE6-8, wintry showers. Early watch then went inside! Glances to sea during rest of the day. Movement to North, selected total
Saturday 28 Mar South Weald 1 Linnet (Fly over), 1 Tawny Owl (Called briefly from conifers in garden of Langtons, Sandpit Lane - all birds on my once a day exercise), 10 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard Andrew Stroud 14:30 to 15:30
Saturday 28 Mar Ingatestone 1 Red Kite (Flew ovetr garden heading east.) Graham Smith 10:00 to 10:00
Saturday 28 Mar TL9324 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Goldcrest (Singing), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail Steve Grimwade 08:45 to 09:45 Walk home to Copford Church and back
Saturday 28 Mar Tilbury 995 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the new landfill) Paul Larkin 07:00 to 08:30 Fine and sunny, NE breeze, LT
Saturday 28 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 1466 Chaffinch (in 80 groups of up to 105), 24 Brambling (including groups of 8 and 12 that paused on undercliff trees before moving on), 113 Siskin (in 14 group of up to 30), 42 Carrion Crow (in off or moving over the sea), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male with large prey (Woodpigeon) hounded out to sea by the local Herring Gulls), 1 Fulmar Paul Brayshaw 05:30 to 17:00 N3-4 0/8 becoming NE 4-5 8/8 for a time. Selected totals, movement to north
Friday 27 Mar TL9324 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male), 1 Mallard (Male), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 27 Wood Pigeon, 3 Pheasant, 14 Chaffinch (All high northeast ), 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 15:00 Garden sightings
Friday 27 Mar Broomhouse, Langham 2 Shoveler (Pair), 10 Teal, 7 Shelduck, 2 Red Kite (Possibly 3 birds, 1 seen early then 1 poss 2 seen over an hour later), 7 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Barnacle Goose (In mixed Greylag/Canada flock. Probably dodgy but considering the current situation I'm counting it!), 42 Mute Swan, 4 Chiffchaff, 22 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Skylark Matt Turner 11:00 to 13:00 Local birding/exercise in glorious sunshine Red Kite at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , , ,
Friday 27 Mar Wivenhoe 1 Little Egret, 1 Robin Michael Davies 09:30 to 10:00 Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 27 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) ,
Friday 27 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 145 Red-throated Diver (steady movement as the wind picked up mid-late morning to early pm), 18 Little Gull (tight flock of adults close N @ 1335 - rather unexpected!), 2059 Chaffinch (in 98 groups up to 130 strong. 1477 by 0700, 1910 by 0740), 59 Goldfinch, 345 Wood Pigeon, 4 Redwing, 59 Carrion Crow (moving either over the sea or arriving in off (as per other Corvids)), 14 Rook, 26 Jackdaw, 72 Siskin, 11 Meadow Pipit, 41 Greenfinch, 16 Brambling, 4 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whimbrel (calling bird N @ 0618), 1 Merlin (female N), 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm male in off sea @ 0640), 1 Sparrowhawk (big fem in off sea), 1 Wheatear (male) Paul Brayshaw 05:40 to 17:00 N1-NE4-5, 0/8 murky at sea. Concerted watch to 0800. Selected totals, movement to north
Thursday 26 Mar Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing individuals (not seen) at 3 locations ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female spotted twice, poss same bird), 50 Avocet (Numerous pairs on lagoon and surrounding area), 3 White-fronted Goose (With Greylags and Canada’s in fields East of lagoon. ), 1 Merlin (Female hunting in same fields as geese then over towards Canvey Marsh. ), 1 Reed Bunting (Smart male on tip side of reserve) Paul Kingston 14:00 to 17:30 Sunny but breezy
Thursday 26 Mar Laindon 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults; circled over house.) Andrew Cox 13:15 to 13:30 Sunny, warm. Breezy.
Thursday 26 Mar TL9324 9 Buzzard (2 local pairs plus 5 presumed migrants all heading northeast), 3 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Carrion Crow (I pair nesting), 12 Herring Gull (All heading northeast), 7 Black-headed Gull (All heading northeast ), 5 Stock Dove, 3 Starling, 2 Greenfinch (On feeders), 6 Goldfinch (On feeders), 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Pheasant Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 15:00 Garden birding
Thursday 26 Mar Friday Wood 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker Yvonne Watling 11:00 to 12:00 Sunny
Thursday 26 Mar Tilbury 467 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore near the new landfill) Paul Larkin 09:00 to 10:00 Fine and sunny, light E breeze, rising tide
Thursday 26 Mar Tendring 2 Grey Partridge (Pair , wondering round my vegatable garden) Tony Faulkner 08:30 to 08:45 Very high thin cloud, bright, dry with a light breeze, still chilly.
Thursday 26 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:15 Sunny, cool. Lincewood only.
Thursday 26 Mar Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Blackcap Andrew Cox 07:15 to 08:00 Sunny, cool. Hall Wood only.
Thursday 26 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 765 Chaffinch (266 by 0555, 510 by 0610, 710 by 0815), 101 Siskin (45 by 0555, 80 by 0610), 26 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet, 173 Red-throated Diver (strong passage 1330-1500), 1 Great Northern Diver (winter plumaged bird @ 1348), 15 Gannet Paul Brayshaw 05:30 to 17:00 NE2-4 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north. Early watch then glances from lunchtime
Wednesday 25 Mar Ardleigh Reservoir 5 Goosander (1m, 4f), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler (2 pairs), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail Matt Turner 16:45 to 17:45
Wednesday 25 Mar Great Holland 2 Black Redstart (male + female around paddocks near the church) Liz Huxley 15:30 to 16:00 Black Redstart at Great Holland on 25 Mar 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Wednesday 25 Mar Kirby-le-Soken 2 Siskin (on bird feeder containing sunflower hearts.) Ron Colson 14:00 to 14:10 Sunshine,bright 8c
Wednesday 25 Mar Doddinghurst 1 Raven (Fly over, heading SE, from Kelvedon Hatch where a pair are seen/heard frequently.), 3 Greenfinch (Infrequent visitor nowadays), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (Feeding), 5 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit (Regular pair), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dunnock, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pheasant (Cock), 1 Chaffinch (Surprisingly rare for the past 3 months), 1 Blackcap (Heard only), 5 Magpie (Nest building), 1 Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard (Flyover), 3 Jackdaw (Flyover), 5 Buzzard (Soaring around all day, two resident birds and three poss. migrants.) Gary Boyes 13:00 to 14:00 Still Spring Day, Blue sky, minimal breeze
Wednesday 25 Mar TL9324 4 Buzzard (Local pair plus two interlopers), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Siskin (Flew high west ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 11:00
Wednesday 25 Mar Wivenhoe 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Starling, 2 Greylag Goose Michael Davies 08:45 to 09:00 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , ,
Wednesday 25 Mar Shrub End 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating, male was drumming last week.), 2 Chiffchaff (Two males singing) Oliver Cottis 08:30 to 09:00 Sunny
Wednesday 25 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap Andrew Cox 06:45 to 07:30 Sunny, cool. Poltlands.
Wednesday 25 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 532 Black-headed Gull (strong late pm passage), 3 Sandwich Tern (@ 1629), 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Black Redstart (fem in Old Parish Churchyard (end of Connaught Avenue @ 1715)), 51 Chaffinch Paul Brayshaw 05:45 to 17:00 SE3-NE2 0/8. Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, movement to the north
Tuesday 24 Mar Abberton Reservoir 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Serious fight taking place. Three's a crowd), 1 Buzzard, 6 Egyptian Goose David Allen 14:30 to 16:00 Sunny. Causeways. Fly ridden. A good walk with the wife. Still 2 dead road killed pheasants!
Tuesday 24 Mar Leyton Flats 1 Osprey (Over garden going north, mobbed by Gulls towards Leyton Flats) Gary A James 14:15 to 14:15 Sunny/clear
Tuesday 24 Mar Fairstead, near Terling 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female circled over galleygate wood alongside the pylons then set its wings and glided off towards fullers cross), 5 Buzzard (At least a dozen sightings of pairs and individuals as i exercised my legs across the fields but some must have been of the same birds.), 4 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker David Torrice 13:30 to 16:00 Sunny, light breeze
Tuesday 24 Mar Naze, The 1 Buzzard, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Black Redstart (f, JW reserve), 2 Chiffchaff Martin Richards 12:00 to 16:00 lighter wind, very bright. Small Tortoiseshells on the wing around seawall.
Tuesday 24 Mar Laindon 2 Buzzard (At least. ), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming nearby. Occasional visits to feeders.), 2 Blue Tit (At least. Including pair showing interest in nest hole in neighbours house.), 2 Great Tit (At least.), 1 Robin, 4 Greenfinch (At least. Two pairs.), 7 Goldfinch (At least. Several singing.), 5 Chaffinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 12:00 to 15:30 Sunny, becoming warm. Back garden.
Tuesday 24 Mar TL9324 3 Buzzard (Pair displaying and 1 high north), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 24 Mar Writtle 2 Egyptian Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Kestrel (Female), 6 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 6 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir) Andrew Allen 10:45 to 11:15 Clear blue skies with an easterly breeze. First Comma and Brimstone butterfly of 2020 observed
Tuesday 24 Mar Halstead 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female on peanut feeder briefly again), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing along river), 1 Blackcap (Singing on allotment), 1 Greenfinch (On allotment) Barbara Leport 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday 24 Mar Little Waltham 1 Fieldfare David Saville 08:00 to 09:00 sunny Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 24 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Tuesday 24 Mar Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:30 Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
Tuesday 24 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker Andrew Cox 07:45 to 08:00 Sunny, chilly. Lincewood only.
Monday 23 Mar University of Essex, Colchester 1 Cetti's Warbler (Call heard near the river) Graham Upton 15:00 to 15:00 Fine.
Monday 23 Mar Terling 2 Red Kite (Pair sharing a thermal and interacting with 2 buzzards. All 4 slowly drifting towards boreham. Couple of minutes later either side of fullers cross came across 4 more buzzards and another red kite.gh up) David Torrice 13:45 to 13:45 Bright sunshine
Monday 23 Mar Kelvedon Hatch 1 Raven (Sparring with Common Buzzard), 1 Buzzard David Jobbins 13:00 to 13:05
Monday 23 Mar Wivenhoe 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Egret Michael Davies 12:30 to 13:00 Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 23 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) ,
Monday 23 Mar Copford SW, near Stanway 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 1 Blackcap (Singing male), 20 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest (Singing) Steve Grimwade 12:00 to 13:45
Monday 23 Mar Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 221 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel, 70 Lapwing, 12 Linnet, 2 Marsh Harrier Alan Shearman 10:30 to 15:15 Bright and sunny with a cold easterly wind Black-necked Grebe at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 23 Mar 2020, (Alan Shearman) ,
Monday 23 Mar Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating. Soft call beforehand. First for me.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling very briefly), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Stock Dove Martin Iddon 09:45 to 10:45 Bright cloudless sky with a cold wind.
Monday 23 Mar Great Baddow, Chelmsford 2 Woodcock (In flight heading north) David Pallash 09:00 to 13:00
Monday 23 Mar Naze, The 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, Walton Channel), 1 Buzzard, 10 Tufted Duck (five pairs), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ mainly over Horsey) Martin Richards 09:00 to 13:00 bright, wind not quite as horrendous as last two days. From seawall
Monday 23 Mar Great Totham 2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Green Woodpecker (South Wood.), 1 Kestrel (Male. Totham Pit.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 2 Pied Wagtail (Playing Field.) Malcolm Corbett 08:45 to 09:45 Blue sky. Cold SE wind.
Monday 23 Mar Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 53 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Two on the tip the rest Mucking Bay), 1657 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 5 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 67 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 58 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over to Kent), 141 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 61 Teal (39 Stanford Creek, 12 Golden Gates, 10 on the pit to the south of the tip), 23 Greylag Goose (Eight on the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (On the pit to the south of the tip), 30 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Goldeneye (Fems, Golden Gates), 72 Tufted Duck (31 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Three each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Kingfisher (Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Two near the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (GoldenGates), 60 Rook (45 occupied nests Golden Gates) Paul Larkin 08:30 to 13:45 Fine and sunny, strong ENE wind, rising tide
Monday 23 Mar Ardleigh Reservoir 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing from same area as last week), 3 Chiffchaff (All singing), 7 Goosander (3m, 4f), 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove (heard only), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only) Matt Turner 08:00 to 08:30 Sightings from both causeways Goosander at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , ,
Monday 23 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Goldcrest Andrew Cox 07:30 to 09:00 Sunny, cool.
Sunday 22 Mar Abberton Reservoir 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail (Billets Farm), 1 Goosander, 3 Skylark David Allen 17:30 to 18:30 Sunny. Getting colder. Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (David Allen) ,
Sunday 22 Mar Abberton Reservoir 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail (Looked like female, thanks to David Curle for heads up. Pic is best I could digiscope in blustery conditions. Showed pale rump clearly at one point), 1 Snipe Matt Turner 16:00 to 17:30 Quick look off LDHC, sunny but v windy & left camera at home! White Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Sunday 22 Mar Stapleford Tawney 1 Grey Wagtail (Near very large puddle in farmyard ) Ann Darnell 15:00 to 15:15 Bright sunny but cold
Sunday 22 Mar Stondon Massey 1 Red Kite (Viewed from old road between Church Road, Kelvedon Hatch & Tipps Cross), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper Andrew Stroud 13:45 to 14:45
Sunday 22 Mar Nazeing GP, Lea Valley 2 Egyptian Goose (with five downy goslings on north basin) Alan Harris 13:30 to 13:30
Sunday 22 Mar Mistley 2 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 47 Knot Paul Chamberlain 12:30 to 15:00 Sunny with cool breeze. Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , , , ,
Sunday 22 Mar Naze, The 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females, Stone Point), 40 Ringed Plover (+ Stone Point lagoon with a few Dunlin), 50 Shelduck (+ flooded fields with nice assortment of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller and Gadwall), 4 Goldcrest, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose Martin Richards 10:00 to 15:00 strong easterly wind, but bright. Still haven't seen a Wheatear since early one three weeks ago.
Sunday 22 Mar Mistley 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female), 4 Pintail (2 pairs), 1 Goldeneye (female), 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black Swan Matt Turner 09:30 to 10:30 Sightings from Quay, high tide, water choppy Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Sunday 22 Mar Thorndon CP (North) 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch (Including a pair active close to a previously used nest site.), 2 Greenfinch Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
Sunday 22 Mar TQ5894 2 Lesser Redpoll (On sunflower seed feeder with Goldfinch) Clive Tanner 08:30 to 09:15 Sunny, dry with strong , cold NE wind
Sunday 22 Mar Thorndon CP (South) 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 15 Chaffinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
Sunday 22 Mar Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 2 Red Kite (Hunting low over north Marsh, flushing everything!), 1 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males, 1 female), 150 Brent Goose (circa - flushed by Kites), 1 Egyptian Goose, 6 Curlew, 1 Reed Bunting, 60 Redshank (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only), 2 Pintail (Distant pair north Hogmarsh), 6 Avocet, 4 Knot Matt Turner 07:30 to 09:30 Sunny but windy, sightings from white bridge to Co-op Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) ,
Saturday 21 Mar Wix 1 Hen Harrier (Adult male briefly quartered game cover strip to east of Bradfield Road but mobbed by a crow then flew NW) James Davidson 17:45 to 18:00 clear Hen Harrier at Wix on 21 Mar 2020, (James Davidson) ,
Saturday 21 Mar Abberton Reservoir 4 Little Ringed Plover (South-east Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Yellow Wagtail (South-east Layer de le Haye causeway) David Curle 15:00 to 15:30 Bright, dry and blowing a hooley Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Mar 2020, (David Curle) , , ,
Saturday 21 Mar Witham 2 Red Kite (Over Newland St, heading east) David L Smith 15:00 to 15:00
Saturday 21 Mar TL5306 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Mallard, 1 Jack Snipe (Flushed from damp pond), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 10 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 25 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow Melvin Shepherd-Wells 14:00 to 15:00 Sunny chilly dry Cormorant at TL5306 on 21 Mar 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) ,
Saturday 21 Mar Whetmead NR, nr Witham 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 5 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch Nick Boxall 13:30 to 14:45 Sunny, breezy
Saturday 21 Mar Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Quick glimpse, main path and left of seat), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Perhaps more, 3 in Criers Wood, ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff (Few more heard through the day ), 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock Nick Boxall 10:30 to 13:00 Sunny, breezy.
Saturday 21 Mar Abberton Reservoir 2 Kestrel, 1 Goldeneye (LDLH Cway), 2 Chaffinch, 2 Egyptian Goose (LB Cway) Nick Boxall 09:00 to 09:45 Sunny, cold, strong breeze.
Saturday 21 Mar Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 8 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Lincewood.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:00 Sunny, breezy.
Saturday 21 Mar Norsey Wood, Billericay 8 Chiffchaff (most singing well), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 3 Treecreeper (including probable pair), 2 Nuthatch (probable pair) Simon Satchell 07:45 to 10:15
Saturday 21 Mar Abberton Reservoir 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LDLH ), 1 Raven (Flew east over nature reserve at 9.00am), 1 Red Kite (Flew west over a Peldon Bay), 2 Whooper Swan (LB Cway), 16 Goosander, 20 Sand Martin (Abberton Church), 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Egyptian Goose, 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm Male ), 7 Kestrel, 40 Corn Bunting (Abberton Church ), 17 Yellowhammer (Abberton Church and LB cway), 9 Buzzard, 60 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch (Female LB cway), 14 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (LB cway), 1 Kingfisher (LB cway), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 15 Wigeon Steve Grimwade 06:45 to 17:00 Selected sightings with Mick Woodruff
Saturday 21 Mar Naze, The 8 Chiffchaff (6 singing), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on common, 3 north of escarpment, 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 3 Firecrest (2 east of the cricket pitch, 1 in main sycamore clump ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Meadow Pipit (South), 43 Ringed Plover (Roosting on Stone Point Lagoon ), 1 Merlin (Flew low and at hunting speed over Walton Hall Marshes and Cormorant Creek and on towards Stone Point ), 1 Chinese Muntjac Brian Combes 05:50 to 12:15 mainly clear, cool, cold and strong SE wind, high tide; 12 species in song
Saturday 21 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 67 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (@0614), 7 Fulmar, 1 Shag (ad @ 0643), 114 Gannet (All full adults, including one with "Squacco Heron" type plumage @ 0702 - heavy streaking on head, neck, chest and across back!), 1 Great Skua (@0703), 4 Kittiwake, 14 Chiffchaff (distinct arrival 9-11 with birds heading inland quickly), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Black Redstart (Fem type flew N along sea front and not re-located @ 1220) Paul Brayshaw 05:45 to 17:30 ENE6 cold wind, 2-0/8. Movement to north, sea passage largely over by 0715. Selected totals
Friday 20 Mar Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 3 Cattle Egret (Flew in to roost with a couple little egret), 1 Barn Owl, 200 Brent Goose (+ ), 9 Avocet David Pallash 17:30 to 18:30 Cold. Windy. Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 20 Mar 2020, (David Pallash, )
Friday 20 Mar Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Druminng), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 5 Buzzard Steve Grimwade 12:15 to 13:15
Friday 20 Mar Great Totham 3 Buzzard (Over Captains Wood. Pair seeing off another?) Malcolm Corbett 12:10 to 12:15
Friday 20 Mar Ulting 2 Mandarin Duck (Pair on the backwater that bypasses rickets lock on the chelmer.), 1 Red Kite (Between great leighs and fullers cross. Almost a daily occurrence here.) David Torrice 12:00 to 16:00 Cold east wind
Friday 20 Mar Braxted Park 1 Red Kite, 7 Buzzard Steve Grimwade 12:00 to 12:00
Friday 20 Mar West Canvey Marshes RSPB 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male. Made several swoops over meadow snatching a Teal which escaped it's aggressor.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, up with the Peregrine seeking flushed birds.), 1 Kestrel, 200 Wigeon (Circa.), 100 Shelduck (Circa.), 50 Shoveler (Circa. ), 20 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 10 Gadwall, 4 Pochard (2 pair.), 6 Mallard, 6 Common Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 12 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 2 Curlew, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Skylark, 50 Canada Goose (Plus.), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mute Swan, 100 Starling (Single flock.) David Hale 11:45 to 14:45 Dry, cloudy, cold E breeze, 10c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen. Tufted Duck at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 20 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) ,
Friday 20 Mar Harlow 1 Red Kite Paul Gymer 11:30 to 12:00
Friday 20 Mar Battlesbridge 1 Red Kite (Up over the A130, mobbed by single Crow.) David Hale 11:30 to 11:30 Dry, cloudy, cold E breeze.
Friday 20 Mar Kelvedon Hatch 1 Raven (Mobbing buzzard), 2 Buzzard David Jobbins 10:45 to 13:00
Friday 20 Mar Colne Pt 1 Merlin (caught a pipit), 2 Peregrine Falcon (ad f chasing imm male), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff Richard Allen 10:30 to 12:00
Friday 20 Mar Copford 2 Sparrowhawk (Male and female displaying), 3 Buzzard, 2 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Pheasant (Male and 4 females) Steve Grimwade 10:00 to 10:00 Sightings from garden
Friday 20 Mar Chigborough Lakes 4 Mute Swan (Pair Main Lake and Pochard Lake.), 8 Pochard (Pochard Lake.), 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe (Pair Pochard Lake.), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair Gadwall Lake.), 8 Grey Heron (Occupied nests in heronry.), 1 Little Egret, 40 Cormorant (circa. 19 occupied nests in heronry.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 9 Robin (Singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:30 to 11:15 Overcast, fresh NE wind.
Friday 20 Mar Thorndon CP (South) 4 Buzzard (Looked to be two pairs.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 20 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:15 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
Friday 20 Mar Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 4 Mute Swan (Two pair.), 4 Shelduck (Two pair.), 4 Shoveler (Two pair.), 7 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck (+.), 12 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. three pair displaying.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 150 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay (Pair.), 12 Magpie (+.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:05 to 09:30 And 11:15 to 12:00. Overcast, fresh NE wind.
Friday 20 Mar Great Baddow, Chelmsford 6 Chiffchaff (At least), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 20 Skylark (At least) David Pallash 09:00 to 13:00
Friday 20 Mar Hatfield Peverel 1 Sparrowhawk (The carnage continues, this time the prey is a Greenfinch. Two Sparrowhawks pay regular visits here and have taken a good number of small birds over the last few months.) Ken Hudgell 09:00 to 09:00 Dry, overcast, cold Sparrowhawk at Hatfield Peverel on 20 Mar 2020, (Ken Hudgell) ,
Friday 20 Mar Thorndon CP (North) 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff (All singing males.), 3 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Three pairs), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Both singing males.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing male.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
Friday 20 Mar TQ5993 2 Chiffchaff (Singing St Faiths Park ), 1 Bullfinch (St Faiths pk), 1 Greenfinch (St Faiths pk), 1 Blackcap (Singing La Plata wood), 2 Raven (Pair heading east over my garden 8am, one with missing primary on left wing), 1 Red Kite (Over Brentwood Hish St 11.45, then probably same bird Kings Chase midday) Andrew Stroud 06:45 to 12:30 Sunny spells
Friday 20 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 426 Chaffinch (in 50 flocks), 7 Chiffchaff (undercliff and gardens, small arrival early am), 1 Fulmar, 356 Red-throated Diver (331 before 0730), 5 Great Northern Diver, 10 Siskin, 15 Great Tit (High flying groups of 3,4,6,2,2), 50 Goldfinch, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 29 Gannet, 15 Greenfinch, 1 Hawfinch (@ 0702 with a group of 25 Chaffinch), 7 Rook (in off or moving E well offshore), 54 Carrion Crow (in off or moving E well offshore), 2 Firecrest (undercliff by Connaught Avenue toilet block 1315-1330), 1 Goldcrest (undercliff by Connaught Avenue toilet block 1315-1330) Paul Brayshaw 05:45 to 15:00 Busy early watch 0545-0730, then intermittent glances to sea. NE2-SE4 8-0/8. Movement to north unless stated, selected totals
Thursday 19 Mar Naze, The 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Merlin (Stone Point lagoon) Martin Richards 13:00 to 16:00 overcast, cool breeze
Thursday 19 Mar East Tilbury 289 Teal, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, 14 Oystercatcher, 129 Grey Plover, 24 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 158 Shelduck, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 1555 Dunlin, 5 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Knot Paul Larkin 12:30 to 15:15 Overcast, ENE breeze, falling tide. Walk from Tilbury ferry terminal to Mucking Bay
Thursday 19 Mar Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming occasionally from opposite sides of the wood. Didnt manage to see one.), 2 Woodcock (2 seperate birds flushed whilst looking for woodpecker, east side of wood.) David Torrice 12:00 to 13:30 Cold and grey
Thursday 19 Mar Weeleyhall Wood 5 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+ plenty of drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Buzzard, 4 Long-tailed Tit (2 pairs), 2 Jay Liz Huxley 11:30 to 13:00 Nuthatch at Weeleyhall Wood on 19 Mar 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Thursday 19 Mar Wickford 1 Red Kite (Over my garden ) David Petts 10:10 to 10:10 Overcast
Thursday 19 Mar Tilbury 3 Wheatear (Male and two fems in the fort), 9 Canada Goose (Seven in the fort, two on the foreshore E of the P Stn), 7 Mallard (In the fort), 2 Chiffchaff (In song in the fort), 3 Gadwall (In the fort), 7 Mute Swan (In the fort), 2 Little Ringed Plover (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 84 Wood Pigeon (In the fort), 6 Shelduck (Two in the fort the rest on the foreshore E of the P Stn), 5 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore between the ferry terminal and Coalhouse Point), 34 Teal (On the foreshore between the ferry terminal and Coalhouse Point), 3 Avocet (On the foreshore E of the P Stn), 1 Turnstone (On the foreshore E of the P Stn), 6 Ringed Plover (Three pairs around the new landfill), 297 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the old landfill), 15 Wigeon (On foreshore near the old landfill), 3 Curlew (On foreshore E of P Stn), 37 Linnet (Pre roost gathering in trees inside the fort) Paul Larkin 10:00 to 16:00 Overcast, ENE breeze, falling tide. Walk from the Tilbury ferry terminal to Mucking Bay
Thursday 19 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 5 Fulmar, 43 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (sp @ 0740, presumed same as offshore Holland Haven earlier (per Matt Lonsdale)), 728 Chaffinch (48 flocks up to 75 strong. Movement largely ceased by 0730 (or went high and out of sight)), 1 Brambling (at least amongst Chaffinch flocks!), 12 Barnacle Goose, 35 Greenfinch (excellent early spring total), 62 Goldfinch (early for numbers), 36 Chiffchaff (+ lots arriving off the sea from first light, moving rapidly inland but with lots of singing on arrival!), 2 Firecrest (single heading inland through seafront gardens, second bird on undercliff just north of Connaught Avenue zig zag path), 22 Meadow Pipit (in off), 1 Snipe (in off), 2 Blackcap, 1 Black Redstart (Fem on beach by Whalings beach huts (found by Matt Lonsdale)), 2 Redwing Paul Brayshaw 05:45 to 15:00 Early watch v busy! NE1-2 8/8 following light rain pre-dawn (weather front moving S). Selected totals, movement to north
Wednesday 18 Mar Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 2 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 70 Brent Goose, 1 Yellowhammer (Singing male), 50 Golden Plover, 20 Stock Dove Steve Grimwade 16:45 to 18:15
Wednesday 18 Mar Abberton Reservoir 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander (Male and female), 1 Oystercatcher Nick Boxall 16:00 to 18:00 Overcast
Wednesday 18 Mar Great Totham 1 Osprey (Cautionary note: seen from distance with naked eye only. Large bird with dark upper body and wings contrasting with largely white under body and wings but with dark wing tips. Flew towards Bog Grove/ Totham Pit area in an un-buzzard like fashion, giving initial impression of large gull. Briefly flew along edge of Bog Grove before turning sharply away (anglers present) and backtracking to and flying into South Wood. Unable to locate thereafter.) Malcolm Corbett 16:00 to 16:05 Mild, bright, light breeze.
Wednesday 18 Mar Copford SW, near Stanway 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker Emma Robinson 13:15 to 13:45 Mild
Wednesday 18 Mar Kelvedon Hatch 1 Chiffchaff (In our garden, feeding actively in shrubs and flycatching) David Jobbins 13:15 to 13:30
Wednesday 18 Mar Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male and female, left of main path and back of the wood, side to the gardens, showing well then gone.), 4 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Chiffchaff (More heard through the day.), 1 Chaffinch, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Wren (More heard through the day), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker Nick Boxall 09:30 to 14:00 Overcast.
Wednesday 18 Mar Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 2 Sand Martin (Flew north through reserve and over the River Crouch), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 2 Corn Bunting, 35 Avocet, 40 Skylark (Singing birds), 17 Brent Goose, 100 Starling, 18 Little Egret Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 16:00 Selected highlights
Wednesday 18 Mar Naze, The 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Barn Owl (JW reserve), 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier Martin Richards 09:00 to 13:00 mild, breezy. A few Barnacle Geese on Horsey and plenty of Cetti calls from JW reserve
Wednesday 18 Mar Frinton-on-Sea 2 Black Redstart (Female @ 0720, then imm male briefly 0920-0924 being heading inland), 1 Wheatear, 32 White / Pied Wagtail (in off the sea as the cloud rolled in ), 2 White Wagtail (temporarliy grounded on the Greensward @ 0710), 34 Chaffinch Paul Brayshaw 09:00 to 13:00 NW2 2/8 rapidly becomnig 8/8. Selected totals
Wednesday 18 Mar Stanford-le-Hope 2 Greenfinch (MF - First Garden sighting since April 2016) Steve Swinney 08:00 to 08:15
Tuesday 17 Mar Brightlingsea 1 Chiffchaff (One male singing in the woods by the water treatment area), 2 Tufted Duck (Both males, didin't see any females), 2 Shoveler (Pair), 2 Pochard (Pair), 3 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 2 Greylag Goose, 20 Shelduck (18 in one quarry, 2 in another), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard but not seen, singing from bushes on the quarry banks), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling whilst flying between trees) Oliver Cottis 12:15 to 13:00 Sunny and warm with a few clouds
Tuesday 17 Mar Shrub End 1 Red Kite (Gliding low, heading from Prettygate direction towards Gosbecks) Oliver Cottis 11:00 to 12:00 Mild, overcast
Tuesday 17 Mar Copford 4 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail Steve Grimwade 11:00 to 11:00
Tuesday 17 Mar Great Totham 5 Buzzard (Over Gt. Totham South. Reliable third party report.) Malcolm Corbett 10:20 to 10:30 Sunny, light SW wind.
Tuesday 17 Mar Witham 7 Buzzard (Displaying & sparring), 2 Sparrowhawk (Females - territorial dispute? ) David L Smith 10:00 to 10:15
Tuesday 17 Mar Epping 4 Waxwing (I was walking along Lindsey Street and was alerted by about five calls in fairly quick succession, coming from the trees in a garden behind a tall fence. I know Waxwing calls and this was clearly that. Then I saw four birds emerge and fly off south, and these were just right for Waxwing size and jizz, dark warm brownish. As it had been a while since I last heard it, I opened the Collins Bird Guide app on my phone and played the call - exactly as I'd heard it. I've no doubt about the id.) Roger Emmens 09:35 to 09:40 Cloudy but bright
Tuesday 17 Mar Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Canada Goose (Apparently paired with a Greylag.), 4 Mute Swan (Two pair.), 7 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. at least two pair.), 1 Buzzard, 200 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Both heard only.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 2 Reed Bunting (Males.) Malcolm Corbett 08:50 to 11:30 Cloudy at first, then sunny. Light SW wind. One Peacock butterfly seen.
Tuesday 17 Mar Cressing, near Braintree 3 Red Kite (One at 8.30 and one at 12.45pm....being mobbed and one as i write this over Witham 2.00pm) Paul Shuttleworth 08:30 to 13:00 Sunny, breezy
Tuesday 17 Mar Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Marsh Harrier (Fine male quartering reedbed), 15 Avocet (Looking a bit territorial near breeding area), 100 Redshank (Nice flock feeding on mudflat), 1 Buzzard (Perched near red barn), 3 Stock Dove, 2 Red Kite (Over woods to north, slowly drifting east) Matt Turner 07:30 to 08:00 Sightings from bridge
Tuesday 17 Mar Kirby Cross 1 Corn Bunting (Sneating Hall Lane, first singing here this spring ) Brian Combes 06:50 to 06:50