Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Thorndon CP (North) 12 May 2021 06:30 - 08:15 Jon Clark Hobby, 2 Garden Warbler (pair), 10 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swallow (Landing and collecting mud from a small puddle), Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Linnet (pair), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Not sure why these are marked as scarce - they're sadly all over this area)
Westley Heights 12 May 2021 07:45 - 10:45 Sun & clouds. Breezy. Andrew Cox 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow (Pair, Langdon Hall Farm(near Hall Wood).), Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Coal Tit, Treecreeper (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch (Visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood. The latter had a beakful of green caterpillars.), Goldfinch (At least.), Greenfinch
Shenfield 12 May 2021 05:15 - 06:15 Sunny, some cloud. First Turtle Dove survey, no surprise to draw a blank here Jon Clark 4 Yellow Wagtail (Surprised to find these so close to home), 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff
Great Totham 12 May 2021 11:50 - 11:55 Partly cloudy, light S wind. Malcolm Corbett 3 Buzzard (Together over Gt.Totham South. )
Ashdon 12 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Cloudy Phil Harling Cuckoo (In flight calling), 3 Skylark, Swallow, Song Thrush (Singing ), Brown Hare
Mersea Island 12 May 2021 09:00 - 11:00 Stephen Entwistle Spotted Flycatcher (First seen entance to cudmore grove park AF .then seen east of hide to first bench over looking grazing field. DU), Nightingale (Singing only in hedge back of pond (no access)DU), 2 Fulmar (F/o cudmore grove park AF ), Corn Bunting (Cross lane SE )
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 12 May 2021 08:16 - 09:20 Fine sunny spells Paul Everett 2 Whitethroat (Singing around main gate), Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Pochard (Male), Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (One on nest on island), 3 Common Tern (On island, one on nest), Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Dunnock (Singing by gate), Great Tit
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 12 May 2021 08:25 - 08:26 Overcast David Pallash Hobby (Flew over Baden Powell Close)
Maldon 11 May 2021 16:10 - 16:45 Sun and cloud, moderate S wind. Elms Farm Park. Malcolm Corbett Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing. ), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), Whitethroat (Singing.), 4 Blackbird (Singing), Greenfinch (Singing.)
High Ongar 11 May 2021 05:15 - 05:15 Good Neil Warner Cuckoo (Heard Cuckoo from Nine Ashes Road Blackmore)
Thorndon CP (South) 11 May 2021 09:00 - 10:15 Sun & clouds. Warm. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Red Kite, 3 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch, Linnet
Writtle 11 May 2021 09:45 - 10:30 Oliver Cottis Reed Warbler (Singing from unusual habitat, above Titchmarsh Reservoir. Viewed briefly as well. Possible site record?), Yellowhammer (heard at the college.), Lesser Whitethroat (singing at the college.), Kestrel, Buzzard
Great Totham 11 May 2021 09:00 - 09:45 Sunny, warm, v.light S wind. Painted Lady also seen (F.o.Y.). Malcolm Corbett Cuckoo (Calling from scrub adj. Totham Pit.), Buzzard (Gt.Totham Hall.), 3 Swallow (Gt.Totham Hall.), Yellowhammer (Singing. Usual territory, Church Road.)
Hanningfield Reservoir 11 May 2021 09:00 - 09:30 Sunny Jan Lewis 2 Garden Warbler (Both singing and showing well. One by dipping pond one by meadow viewing screen )
Mersea Island 11 May 2021 11:00 - 16:00 Stephen Entwistle Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island SE), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE), 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE), Wheatear (Youth camp DU), Cuckoo (Boating lake DU), Whimbrel (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 4 House Martin (Boating lake youth camp DU ), Reed Warbler (Boating lake youth camp DU ), Corn Bunting (Singing cross lane DU )
Danbury Common 11 May 2021 11:00 - 11:00 Sun, rain and thunder. Good views of a green tiger beetle Alan Shearring 17 Nightingale (singing on territories), 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Cuckoo, 2 Garden Warbler
Wickford 11 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny, broken cloud Les Finn 2 Greenfinch (Male and female pair on my sunflower heart feeder. 1st ones I have seen in my garden for 14 years)
Abberton Reservoir 11 May 2021 13:00 - 13:00 Warm and light breeze (18.00-19.00 visit) Sean Nixon 4 Hobby (incl 3 together SE of LdlH c/w), 3 Cuckoo (incl female below Layer church), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Swift (Large number feeding over reservoir), 12 Swallow
Mersea Island 10 May 2021 00:00 - 00:00 Stephen Entwistle 30 Sand Martin (Plus off cudmore grove MC), Greenshank (Cudmore grove MC), 4 Cuckoo (2Cudmore grove MC ,2 strood channel DU ), Green Hairstreak (Strood channel DU ), Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 5 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 3 Lapwing (Chicks on park grazing field MC), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house flooded geese field MC), 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Strood (DU)), 3 Painted Lady (2 strood DU, 1 Cudmore grove MC)
Abberton Reservoir 10 May 2021 07:00 - 09:15 Selected sightings + Yellow-billed Teal (escape) Steve Grimwade 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, Great White Egret, Black Swan, Mandarin Duck, 2 Nightingale
High Ongar 10 May 2021 15:00 - 15:00 Good Neil Warner 2 Red Kite (Clear Sighting above Norton Mandeville)
Rochford 10 May 2021 10:30 - 13:00 James Hudson Woodchat Shrike (male showing very well for majority of visit)
Copford 10 May 2021 21:30 - 22:53 Cool and a12 very quiet. Daryl Morgan Tawny Owl (Tawny owl heard since 21:30 on Queensbury avenue calling for the 4th night now.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 10 May 2021 09:30 - 17:00 Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk Steve Grimwade 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 17 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel
Copford 10 May 2021 12:00 - 13:00 Partly cloudy Nico Devereaux Wheatear (Male ), 2 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat
Epping 10 May 2021 07:40 - 07:40 Light cloud, breezy Graham Pentelow 3 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road/Margaret Road junction)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 10 May 2021 07:15 - 08:00 Dry Brian Bolton 4 Common Sandpiper (All on east shore around tyres ), 6 Egyptian Goose (Pair plus 4 x chicks), 2 Common Tern (On island), 2 Shelduck (Pair), Lesser Whitethroat (Still By layby)
Writtle 10 May 2021 05:45 - 07:00 Oliver Cottis Kingfisher (on the river), Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo (calling in the distance), Little Grebe (titchmarsh reservoire), Grey Heron (titchmarsh reservoire)
Good Easter 10 May 2021 09:00 - 09:05 Martin Henry Quail ("singing" in cornfield.....first local record)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 10 May 2021 08:20 - 09:05 Fine, overcast Paul Everett Blackcap, 3 Egyptian Goose (including 1 pair with 4 gosling), 4 Canada Goose (1 pair with 1 gosling; 1 pair with 4 gosling), Gadwall (male), Oystercatcher (On nest on island), Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Whitethroat (at least - in hedgerow alongside road), Buzzard
Great Totham 10 May 2021 10:00 - 10:05 Cloudy, moderate SW wind. Malcolm Corbett Red Kite (Low over Gt.Totham South. My first local sighting for a week.)
Westley Heights 10 May 2021 08:00 - 12:00 Sun & clouds, breezy. Some light showers. Andrew Cox 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow (Dry Street meadow. Probably two pairs.), Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (One singing male, Coombe Wood. One in Hall Wood.), 7 Nuthatch (Four occupied nest holes: Coombe Wood & The Park had pairs taking food & removing fecal sacs. Horsepaddock had at least one bird visiting nest hole. Another pair seen adding finishing touches to a nest hole in a small copse near to the main car park. New site/ territory. Last years nest hole in Hall Wood appears to be unoccupied. ), Goldfinch
Danbury Common 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Martin Henry 9 Nightingale
Good Easter 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Martin Henry Goldcrest (frequent visitor to garden pond this week)
Thorndon CP (South) 09 May 2021 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, quite warm. Andrew Cox 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (At least. Singing males, arable field next to car park.), Swallow, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Pair carrying material into nest site; singing male elsewhere.), Nuthatch
Writtle 09 May 2021 09:30 - 12:30 Warm but breezy. Only certain species recorded. Several Orange-tips on the wing. Andrew Allen Common Sandpiper (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Swift (+), 2 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard Only), 2 Moorhen (1 youngster.), Kingfisher (River Can.)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 09 May 2021 12:55 - 13:00 Cloudy with odd patch of clear sky. Kevin Cook 2 Swift (Over house tile kiln estate slowly moving north.), Long-tailed Tit (Flew over garden.), Greenfinch (Flew over garden.)
Blake's Wood, near Danbury 09 May 2021 04:45 - 05:45 Dawn chorus walk highlights. Muntjac deer & pipistrelle bat also present Tony Kennelly Tawny Owl, 2 Nightingale, Garden Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09 May 2021 10:00 - 14:15 Mixed sun and cloud, quite windy 18 Deg's. Selected sightings. Ashley Gooding Cuckoo (heard and seen several times), 63 Avocet (probably more), 23 Common Tern (at least), 30 Grey Plover (at least), Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel (at least), Knot (full summer plumage), 2 Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard, 6 Marsh Harrier (3 pairs, one male took coot chick.), Kestrel (male), Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Hobby (distantly fly catching), Golden Oriole (Male flew in over Salcott channel and fed from low bushes on bank, then flew back.), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Spoonbill (2 immatures and adult)
Beckton 09 May 2021 08:15 - 13:00 Sun/cloud Gary A James 2 Buzzard, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Tern, 20 Common Tern, 5 Swift, 18 Swallow, 7 Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler (Singing), Reed Bunting
Naze, The 09 May 2021 10:00 - 14:00 overcast, cool. Good number of Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaff and Cetti's. Painted Lady at the point Martin Richards 75 Ringed Plover (+), Knot, 30 Sanderling, 5 Wheatear (3 hide wall, 2 on cliff just north of tower), Little Tern (Horsey, opposite the point), Sandwich Tern (Walton Channel), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Dunlin (+ Stone Point lagoon over high tide.), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit
Friday Wood 09 May 2021 10:30 - 13:00 Sunny becoming cloudy Andrew Goodey Firecrest (male singing for c20 minutes in suitable breeding habitat), 5 Garden Warbler (singing males in general area of sandpit and nearby heathland), Mistle Thrush (pair on heath by Cherry Tree Lane ), 6 Whitethroat, 6 Nightingale (singing males either side of Cherry Tree Lane. In good numbers this year)
Epping 09 May 2021 17:30 - 17:30 Graham Pentelow 2 Swift (wheeling over Crows Road in direction of High Street)
Wrabness 09 May 2021 09:30 - 11:30 Simon Cox 6 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 8 Nightingale (estimated number of singing males), 10 Swift, 8 Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer
Abberton Reservoir 09 May 2021 06:45 - 16:30 Dry and mainly overcast with a few sunny spells. Wind South Westerly moderate. 19c Mick Woodruff Little Grebe (LDLH Causeway), 2 Gadwall (♂♀ LDLH Causeway), 5 Shoveler (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), Goldeneye (♀ LB Causeway), 2 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), Sparrowhawk (♀ Old Road), Hobby (LDLH Causeway), 2 Oystercatcher (LDLH Causeway), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 9 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), Spotted Redshank (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 3 Cuckoo (♂♂♀ Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 150 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 10 House Martin (LB Causeway), Wheatear (♂ LDLH Causeway), 3 Nightingale (Old Road), 3 Garden Warbler (Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Reserve), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 3 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway+Woodmouse Trail), Green Woodpecker (Reserve - Heard only), Song Thrush (Woodmouse Trail - Heard only), Reed Warbler (LB Causeway - Heard only ... 80 Species seen and Heard)
Broomfield, Chelmsford 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Clear, warm Kevin Poulton 6 Swift (Back over swift boxes about a week later than last year)
Writtle 09 May 2021 19:30 - 19:50 Broken cloud Andrew Allen Cuckoo (Heard calling along the River Wid nr. Skeggs. Farm.)
Writtle 09 May 2021 07:30 - 20:15 Oliver Cottis 2 Common Sandpiper (Titschmarsh reservoir), Cuckoo (flew past Titschmarsh reservoir calling), Yellow Wagtail (Titschmarsh res), Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Coot, 7 Mallard, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap
Danbury Common 09 May 2021 10:45 - 12:30 Oliver Cottis 5 Nightingale, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard