Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Shrub End 04 Jul 2020 08:00 - 08:45 overcast Oliver Cottis 2 Little Owl (pair)
Thorndon CP (South) 04 Jul 2020 08:15 - 09:45 Cloudy, breezy, warm. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Tern (Perched on protruding post.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males, pavillion meadow & adjacent arable.), 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin (At least. Hawking above properties on western edge.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (In flight. Headed for Jury Hill.)
Writtle 04 Jul 2020 09:00 - 09:30 Cloudy, breezy Winifred Simmonds 41 Swift (Flying south west towards Writtle), Kestrel (Making a kill in "Horse" Field, flying off towards Old Chelmsfordians), Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch (Female, on Bowls Green, Tower Gardens, not commonly seen here)
Colchester 04 Jul 2020 01:30 - 02:30 Walk at Cymbeline Meadows, by the station. Oliver Cottis 3 Reed Bunting (two seen, a third heard), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 10 House Martin (atleast), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (female), Blackcap (heard), 30 Starling (flock), 5 Swallow (atleast), 5 Swift (atleast), 3 Skylark, 2 Moorhen (1 juv)
Naze, The 04 Jul 2020 06:30 - 10:00 mild, overcast, mainly dry, strong SW wind, rising tide, 17 species in song Brian Combes 15 Whitethroat (Singing ), 104 Swift (First thing, low and in small groups or individually, south or south-west), Chinese Muntjac, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dispersing juvenile), Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 42 Sandwich Tern (4 south, 8 on beach and 30 roosting on marsh ), Chiffchaff (Singing ), Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), Buzzard, 129 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek - stunning), 7 Dunlin, 8 Avocet, 4 Little Tern, Sparrowhawk
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest 04 Jul 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Mild overcast dry Melvin Shepherd-Wells 9 Mandarin Duck (6 Juvenile, 3 Adult Female ), 5 Moorhen (4 Juvenile 1 Adult ), 4 Blackcap (2 Juvenile 2 Adults ), 6 Wren, 2 Magpie
Epping 04 Jul 2020 14:00 - 14:05 Melvin Shepherd-Wells Red Kite (Back of High Street above Pelly Court)
Ingrebourne Valley 03 Jul 2020 08:15 - 11:15 Cloudy, then sunny. Warm. Andrew Cox Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets.), 9 Mallard (Female with eight young.), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Hobby (Possibly two.), 2 Kestrel, Common Tern (Flying over, carrying fish. Heading NE.), 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (Two singing males.), 3 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin (At least.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Juvs.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.)
Writtle 03 Jul 2020 09:30 - 11:30 Blowy, sunny, sightings by David Winifred Simmonds Kestrel, Cormorant (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Swift (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Lapwing (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), Greenfinch, Little Egret (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Grebe (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 House Martin (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), Buzzard (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), Blackcap (At Beach's Weir)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 03 Jul 2020 12:00 - 16:00 windy Drew Lyness 7 Cattle Egret (McClure's Marsh), Spoonbill, 10 Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 200 Black-tailed Godwit
Abberton Reservoir 03 Jul 2020 17:00 - 18:00 windy, light rain. Drew Lyness Great White Egret (Layer Breton Causeway), Ruff (summer plumage from Layer Breton Causeway)
Abberton Reservoir 03 Jul 2020 16:30 - 18:30 Strong wind from west, selected sightings Matt Turner Yellow Wagtail (Heard LBC), 70 Pochard (+), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay, 1 LDHC), Hobby (In tree in Hide Bay), Ruff, 2 Garganey (Very distant in Hide Bay from church, probable pair with male in eclipse. 90% sure, small, longish grey bills, eyestripes, dabbling at edge although too distant to be 100%), 25 Egyptian Goose (+ mix of adults and young birds)
Maldon 03 Jul 2020 16:30 - 17:00 Tony Kennelly Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 4 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, Blackcap (Singing male)
Thorndon CP (North) 02 Jul 2020 08:00 - 10:00 Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudy. Andrew Cox 4 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, House Martin, Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Goldcrest (Two singing males.), Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Singing males.), 2 Bullfinch (At least.)
Elsenham 02 Jul 2020 16:30 - 16:45 Showers Anthony Gales 4 Red Kite
East Tilbury 02 Jul 2020 08:00 - 11:00 Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 95 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Sand Martin, 106 Shelduck, 39 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 95 Avocet, 10 Tufted Duck, Pochard, 8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, Mediterranean Gull (Adult), Grey Plover, Little Egret
Witham 02 Jul 2020 18:00 - 18:00 Over town centre David L Smith Red Kite (Carrying something, being mobbed by 2 LBBGs, flew low, heading south east), 2 Swift
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 02 Jul 2020 12:15 - 16:15 Showers, at times very heavy. David Allen Spoonbill (sleeping near Joyces, flew off towards Copt Hall. Probably the bird I saw yesterday at Abberton), 6 Bearded Tit (5 juveniles with black patches and one adult female all formed at the top of the reeds after a massive shower), 8 Spotted Redshank (all near the windmill), 10 Grey Plover (Salcott channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (some juveniles), 125 Avocet (several near adult juveniles), 50 Common Tern (many juveniles), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 14 Swift
Braintree 02 Jul 2020 20:00 - 20:00 Neil Murphy 4 Sparrowhawk (Pr finally eggs hatched & at least 2 white downy young being fed in large willow tree beyond back garden)
Witham 01 Jul 2020 10:15 - 10:15 Sunny, moderate breeze Paul Shuttleworth Red Kite
Westley Heights 01 Jul 2020 07:30 - 08:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker (At least one adult & one young calling.), 5 Swallow (Two adults with three young.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Adult with young. Feeding on wild cherries.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Some feeding on wild cherries.), 2 Whitethroat (At least.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 01 Jul 2020 08:00 - 10:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles calling, Willow Park.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Four Willow Park, one Lincewood.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.), 4 Treecreeper (At least. One Willow Park, three Lincewood, including juv.), Nuthatch (Mark's Hill.), 5 Goldfinch (Four adults, one young. Willow Park. Feeding on thistles.)
Naze, The 01 Jul 2020 11:00 - 15:00 mild, cloudy Martin Richards 49 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant creek all in fine plumage), Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Avocet (2 juv), Marsh Harrier, 21 Sandwich Tern (together in small flock)
Vange Marsh RSPB 01 Jul 2020 13:45 - 17:00 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, warm. Andrew Cox Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 2 Common Tern, 7 Pied Wagtail (Two adults with five young.), 50 Swift (Approx.), 4 House Martin (At least.), 2 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Mele & female; opposite ends of the reserve.)
Ardleigh Reservoir 01 Jul 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Selected sightings from both causeways Matt Turner Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Swift (Low-mid level feeding and skimming water), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Adult and juv, juv disappeared into tree then adult back and forth feeding), 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, one juv), 4 Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard)
Abberton Reservoir 01 Jul 2020 17:00 - 17:20 Dry but rain around. Ian Dewsnap Spoonbill (Was behind the concrete barrier by heron nesting area then flew towards main causeway on the other side ), 2 Mandarin Duck (Under tree edge below herons nests), Hobby (Flew from wigborough bay side across reservoir past visitors centre), 40 Sand Martin (At least)
Broomfield, Chelmsford 01 Jul 2020 17:00 - 17:30 Cloudy. Bruce Brown 4 Swift
Broomfield, Chelmsford 01 Jul 2020 12:30 - 13:00 Cloudy. Bruce Brown 2 Swift, Sparrowhawk
Boreham 01 Jul 2020 06:00 - 08:00 Force 2/3 SW & overcast, dry; Boreham Patch birding Graham Ekins 4 Crossbill (Calling flock flew west over garden at 06.25; last sighting was 10 years ago. ), Black-tailed Godwit (male of islandica race on Trifarm Pit at 07.30 but no sign at 08.30 but someone swimming!), 120 Swift (08.00-Active feeding on western edge of village. largest group for several years. Local population 12. ), Kingfisher (By Little Baddow bridge at 07.45 on 1st July. )
Abberton Reservoir 01 Jul 2020 12:30 - 16:00 Fair, but poured later when spoonbill flew. David Allen Spoonbill (Layer Breton causeway where it flew the entire length), Peregrine Falcon (In familiar tree from Layer Church), Great White Egret (seems to favour same spot from Layer Church), 50 Sand Martin, 3 Mandarin Duck (no adult male plumage), Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (one juvenile with adults), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (one friendly juvenile), Willow Warbler, 9 Little Egret
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 01 Jul 2020 06:00 - 08:00 Basking adder on gabion basket of a footbridge Tony Kennelly 2 Grasshopper Warbler (2 males reeling in scrub field in South East corner), 3 Common Sandpiper (From viewing point), 2 Green Sandpiper (Along stream by tip), Grey Wagtail, 8 Bearded Tit (2 family groups, including 1 by viewing point), 2 Mediterranean Gull (On nesting island with black-headed gulls), Black-necked Grebe
Langdon Hills NR EWT 30 Jun 2020 07:30 - 08:45 Cloudy, breezy. Lincewood & Mark's Hill. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper (Singing.), Nuthatch (At least. Lincewood.), 15 Swift, Whitethroat (Singing Male.)
Braintree 30 Jun 2020 09:30 - 09:31 Drizzly Martin Iddon Kestrel (First sighting here....near junction of Godlings and Notley Rd on Hoppits Mead reserve.)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham 30 Jun 2020 09:00 - 11:00 Cloudy, drizzly Paul Shuttleworth Kingfisher, 12 Swift (Hawking for insects over rivers), 2 Song Thrush, Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat (Singing/churring), Chiffchaff (Calling), Sparrowhawk (Unsuccessful pursuit of starling), 2 Little Egret
Kelvedon Hatch 30 Jun 2020 04:45 - 05:00 David Jobbins Raven (One calling from the BT mast at 04.45 this morning.)
Stapleford Tawney 30 Jun 2020 12:00 - 15:00 Cloudy, Drizzle Nicholas Weston 2 Little Owl (1 Adult & 1 Juvenile), 5 Yellow Wagtail (2+ Adults & 3 Juveniles in fields either side of footpath at TQ 509987), Lesser Whitethroat (Calling bird in bushes close to the Mole Trap pub), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer, Buzzard, Kestrel
Great Totham 30 Jun 2020 09:00 - 10:00 Malcolm Corbett 70 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Several groups of up to 30 sighted between Church Rd. and Broad Street Green while walking Jake.)
Holland Haven 30 Jun 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Liz Huxley 4 Reed Bunting (males), 8 Reed Warbler (at least 2 families), 10 Linnet, 9 Shelduck, 12 Avocet (incl juvs), 3 Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (incl a Dutch-ringed limosa), 200 Swift (+ feeding low over marshes during rain), 7 Oystercatcher (incl pair with 3 chicks), 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 Mediterranean Gull (max count 20 but plenty of coming and going), 2 Sandwich Tern
Abberton Reservoir 30 Jun 2020 09:15 - 14:45 Cool, overcast with showers, light breeze. 16 to 18c. Sightings with Brenda. Wig Bay & LDH Causeway only. David Hale Great White Egret (Wig Bay. ), 5 Little Egret, 10 Common Tern (Circa.), 100 Swift (Plus.), House Martin, 10 Swallow, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Circled Wig Bay.), 2 Oystercatcher (Wig Bay.), 20 Lapwing (Circa.), 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (LDHC.), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least, mostly juveniles.), 2 Kestrel, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 6 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa. 2 Pair with 1 & 2 young. ), 50 Mallard (Circa. 4 Ducklings.)
Holland Haven 30 Jun 2020 13:00 - 13:00 Grey, still and light drizzle, clearing. Sean Nixon 5 Black-tailed Godwit (4 islandica birds and 1 Dutch colour-ringed limosa (sightings 14.25-15.25)), 11 Avocet, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, Kingfisher
Little Baddow 30 Jun 2020 17:00 - 17:15 Cloudy, mild Ross Wilkins 200 Swift (Anywhere between 200-300, maybe more. Impossible to count. All feeding above fields between Baddow and Nounsley. Have never seen anything like it!)
Marks Tey 30 Jun 2020 01:00 - 01:30 Warm but cloudy Oliver Cottis Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat (heard), Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap (heard), Whitethroat, Kestrel
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 30 Jun 2020 10:00 - 13:00 low tide, cool, squally showers Winifred Simmonds Turtle Dove (Heard behind car park at 12.45), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Many in summer plumage), 20 Common Tern (Several nesting on islands on scrape), 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark (rising and singing), 20 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, Marsh Harrier
Thorndon CP (North) 29 Jun 2020 08:15 - 09:45 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy. Andrew Cox 8 Egyptian Goose (Three adults with five downy young. Private pond near Hatch Farm.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (At least.), Coal Tit, Treecreeper (Singing Male, briefly.), 8 Nuthatch (At least.)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 29 Jun 2020 09:00 - 11:00 Cloudy, sunny intervals, blustery SW wind. Malcolm Corbett 6 Mute Swan (+. Three pair with young.), Egyptian Goose, Mallard (+. Female with five recent young.), 30 Pochard (circa.), 25 Tufted Duck (circa.), 17 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. four nesting.), 6 Little Egret, Buzzard, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 50 Swift (+.), 200 Rook (circa. On meadow.), 10 Sand Martin (circa.), 20 House Martin (circa. No swallows.), Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Brief song.), 3 Pied Wagtail (One carrying food.)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 29 Jun 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Cloudy, some sun. Very windy. Andrew Cox 2 Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier (Adult male, moulting.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (At least.), Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 8 Common Tern (At least.), 2 House Martin, Bearded Tit (At least. Pinging near viewpoint.)
Ardleigh Reservoir 29 Jun 2020 18:30 - 19:00 Dry and overcast with stiff W breeze, brief look off both causeways Matt Turner 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail, 8 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, Kingfisher, 6 Greylag Goose (2 adult, 4 young), Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Singing males), Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Swallow, Little Egret, 10 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail (Adult and juv)
Frinton-on-Sea 29 Jun 2020 04:30 - 21:00 SW6-7 8/8 clearing then variable cloud during the day. Selected totals, movement to south Paul Brayshaw 17180 Swift (Superb passage over sea and coastal strip. Peak movement from 0430-0610 with c12,000, then pulses totalling 2,200 0615-0705 when passage stopped as cloud cleared. Next band of cloud 0800-0915 and 1571, 437 during glances during the day (little passage evident), then 972 1830-2000), 67 Siskin (5 flocks - 4, 33, 8, 8, 14), 23 Crossbill (single flock @ 0621), 2 Hobby (south @ 0652 and hunting Swift over fields towards Great Holland in evening), 32 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 29 Jun 2020 15:00 - 16:00 Cloudy with some sunshine and quite strong WSW wind. George Brown Black-tailed Godwit (Adult, feeding at muddy edge, 3 to 3.15p.m.), Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 8 Tufted Duck (Female with 7 small ducklings.)
Coggeshall 29 Jun 2020 17:30 - 18:30 Bradwell GPs Neil Murphy Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 Prs), 6 Common Tern (3 Prs), 4 Little Grebe (2 Prs), 12 Lapwing, 50 Sand Martin (breeding nearby in sand quarry ?), 6 Mute Swan (Pr + 4 well grown cygnets)