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