Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 03 Dec 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Cold and sunny, splodge frozen Matt Turner 2 Peregrine Falcon (Young male and adult female on pylon), Greenshank, 5 Stock Dove, Snipe, Goldcrest (Heard only)
Tilbury 03 Dec 2019 11:00 - 12:00 Fine and sunny, light SW wind, low tide Paul Larkin 43 Avocet (On foreshore), 15 Teal (On foreshore), 32 Mallard (On foreshore)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 03 Dec 2019 10:00 - 11:30 Sunny, quite warm though chilly breeze. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Stonechat (Pair, close to centre.), Black Redstart (Close to centre, edge of play area.), 2 Greenfinch
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 03 Dec 2019 12:10 - 16:20 Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, 10c dropping to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from sea wall just up from car park. David Hale 5 Short-eared Owl (First one showing at 14 15.), 3 Hen Harrier (Ringtails.), 6 Marsh Harrier (At least.), Merlin, 6 Kestrel (At least. ), 200 Golden Plover (Plus. conservative estimate.), 200 Lapwing (Circa.), 100 Dunlin (Plus. ), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair.), 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 100 Wigeon (Circa.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 02 Dec 2019 07:45 - 09:15 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 12 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 18 Goldfinch (At least.), Bullfinch (Male.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 02 Dec 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Bright and cold winter morning, all sightings from white bridge Matt Turner Buzzard (In rapid flight east), Peregrine Falcon (Very distant on pylon through bins only, looked like female size), 2 Egyptian Goose (Feeding on splodge), 23 Little Grebe (All diving close to white bridge), 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret
TL7106 02 Dec 2019 08:15 - 08:15 bright, still and cold after frost Mark Gregory Sparrowhawk (female flew north across river, north of ERO, upsetting the black-headed gulls)
Goldhanger 02 Dec 2019 09:45 - 14:00 Bright and clear Mike Hardwick Rock Pipit (Showing really well on seawall), Peregrine Falcon (Female hunting river edge isolated a redshank and stooped 10 / 12 times unsuccessfully. Redshank eventually forced down and ditched in river. Peregrine made a similar number of attempts to take bird from surface but each time redshank dipped under. Eventually peregrine moved off doubt if redshank would get airborne againm), Marsh Harrier (Female hunting over meadows), 2 Stonechat (At least two hunting among cows), 12 Turnstone (Doing what turnstones do on shoreline. )
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 02 Dec 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Sunny, cold, gentle NW wind. Very wet underfoot. Malcolm Corbett 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), Goldeneye (Male. Carp lake. Only duck present apart from two Tufted and a few Mallard.), Great Crested Grebe (Only one seen.), 3 Herring Gull, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Trout lake island.), 5 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch (Pair), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.)
Thorndon CP (South) 01 Dec 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 4 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch
Thorndon CP (North) 01 Dec 2019 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.)
Hanningfield Reservoir 01 Dec 2019 09:00 - 13:00 David Jobbins Long-tailed Duck (Female/juv type), 2 Goosander, Peregrine Falcon, 10 Black-tailed Godwit
Beckton 01 Dec 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Cloudy North wind Gary A James Pochard, Curlew, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Fieldfare
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 01 Dec 2019 09:00 - 16:00 Selected highlights Steve Grimwade 4 Hen Harrier (Adult male, adult female, 1cy male and 1cy female), 7 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female hunting together ), 2 Merlin (Females), 15 Marsh Harrier, 12 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, Glaucous Gull (2nd/3rd cy flew east up River Crouch), 6 Stonechat, 3000 Golden Plover, 600 Wigeon, 70 Pintail, 40 Black-tailed Godwit
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 01 Dec 2019 13:45 - 16:45 Cloudy, some sun. Light showers. Andrew Cox 23 Wigeon (At least. Creek.), 40 Teal (At least. Creek.), 60 Shoveler (Approx. End of the fleet.), Kestrel (Male.), Water Rail, 100 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Some feeding on the creek; other flying over towards Vange.), 11 Curlew (Creek.), 8 Redshank (At least. Creek.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Creek. Possibly three. One appeared to have an injured leg.), 2 Barn Owl (Over Green Centre car park at dusk.), Green Woodpecker
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 01 Dec 2019 08:30 - 14:45 Cold and sunny, NNE wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders by the outer car park), Sparrowhawk (Over the managed retreat), 93 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 15 Lapwing (Mucking Bay), 1497 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 789 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 189 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 67 Teal (Mucking Bay), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Singles in Mucking Bat and Golden Gates, two on the pit to the south of the tip), 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river then out again), 108 Tufted Duck (Eleven on the tip to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 112 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 9 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), Little Grebe (Golden Gates), Goldeneye (Female on Golden Gates), 12 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 9 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat, including one in partial breeding plumage), 18 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1024 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), Red-throated Diver (On the Thames, eventually flew down river), 12 Common Scoter (Up river then on the water off Blyth Sands), Mediterranean Gull (Adult into the managed retreat), 2 Stonechat (Pair by the VC)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 01 Dec 2019 14:30 - 16:00 Cold. Clear. David Allen Slavonian Grebe, Little Owl, Rock Pipit, 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Dunlin, 10 Knot, Turnstone, 6 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females very close in), Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Harrier
Abberton Reservoir 01 Dec 2019 11:30 - 14:15 Cold. Clear. David Allen 5 Cattle Egret (Opposite side of road to Billets Farm, distantly with feeding cattle), 6 Bewick's Swan (Great Wigborough Bay. 3 awake, 3 asleep.), Stonechat, 2000 Tufted Duck (plus!!!), 2 Great White Egret, Egyptian Goose, 4 Ruff, 160 Lapwing, Buzzard
Langdon Hills NR EWT 30 Nov 2019 07:30 - 08:30 Frosty, cold. Lincewood & Mark's Hill. Andrew Cox 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Treecreeper, Nuthatch (Lincewood.)
Westley Heights 30 Nov 2019 08:30 - 09:45 Frosty, sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 3 Goldcrest, Treecreeper
Abberton Reservoir 30 Nov 2019 10:30 - 12:30 Nice when sun out, chilly when it went in! Emma Robinson Long-tailed Duck (LDHC), 3 Great White Egret (Billets Farm), 5 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 5 Cattle Egret (Field opposite Billets Farm), Marsh Harrier (Billets Farm ), 2 Goosander (LBC)
Naze, The 30 Nov 2019 07:15 - 12:45 cold with frost, clear first thing then overcast with some showers, easterly wind, low tide rising Brian Combes 12 Common Scoter (South ), 3 Red-throated Diver (North), 7 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin (South), 5 Sparrowhawk (+, 5 in the air at the same time over escarpment first thing, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 over Decoy Ponds), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 37 Blackbird, Snipe, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), Merlin (Stone Point ), Marsh Harrier, 92 Lapwing (Roosting by Walton Channel ), Buzzard, Chinese Muntjac, 32 Avocet (Roosting by Walton Channel), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (By Decoy Ponds), Red Fox (Walton Hall Marshes )
East Tilbury 30 Nov 2019 08:30 - 14:00 Fog early then fog at times inhibiting observing, light E wind, stronger later, rising tide Paul Larkin 57 Grey Plover, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type), Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk (Male and female), 3 Snipe, 188 Teal, 59 Common Scoter (Flock of 39 joined by another 20), Velvet Scoter (Female with 39 Common), 12 Little Grebe, 122 Black-tailed Godwit, 581 Avocet, 53 Curlew, 14 Ringed Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot
Naze, The 30 Nov 2019 11:00 - 15:00 mainly bright and very pleasant. Martin Richards 16 Snow Bunting (Stone Point - flew in from Horsey)
Colchester 30 Nov 2019 14:00 - 15:00 Sunny, but cold Sean Nixon Chiffchaff, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 30 Nov 2019 09:45 - 12:45 cold; light showers, bright spells Sean Gregory 25 Greylag Goose, Sparrowhawk (immature male seen several times), 2 Lapwing, 3 Fieldfare, Redwing, Coal Tit, 12 Goldfinch, Grey Heron
Layer-de-la-Haye 30 Nov 2019 11:00 - 11:45 Mark Webb Cattle Egret (Wig bay), 6 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay)
Vange Marsh RSPB 30 Nov 2019 14:15 - 16:15 Sunny, some cloud. Chilly. Andrew Cox 2 Little Grebe, 30 Wigeon (At least.), 20 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), Sparrowhawk, 151 Lapwing (At least.), 2 Dunlin, Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit (Feeding on strip of saltmarshon Vange Creek at high tide.), Ruff, 9 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 175 Black-headed Gull (At least. ), 7 Common Gull, 17 Stock Dove, Barn Owl (Hunting across the creek on old tip; @15:30.), Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.)
Witham 30 Nov 2019 11:00 - 11:15 David L Smith 3 Mandarin Duck
Frinton-on-Sea 30 Nov 2019 07:30 - 14:30 Variable cloud, occ showers in am, N0-E3, movement to south unless stated Paul Brayshaw 220 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 122 Cormorant (55S 67N), Shag, 42 Wigeon, 22 Eider (N single flock, 8 adult males), Goosander (male), 3 Long-tailed Duck (N @ 1319, assumed bird seen on sea offshore Holland Haven by Max Martin earlier), 711 Common Scoter (709S 2N in 40 groups), 3 Great Crested Grebe (2N 1S), Red-necked Grebe (N), Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua (1S @ 1210, 1N @ 1342), 2 Guillemot (N), Kittiwake (v scarce so far this autumn), Arctic Tern (juv N @ 0955, first picked up at Holland Haven by Max Martin), 11 Gannet (N)
Thorndon CP (South) 29 Nov 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, chilly. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 5 Yellowhammer
Thorndon CP (North) 29 Nov 2019 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, chilly. Andrew Cox 6 Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 4 Bullfinch (Two pairs.)
Wrabness 29 Nov 2019 14:15 - 15:15 Cold but sunny Tide on the ebb - very quiet Peter Brittain Kingfisher (Near Sluice), 50 Wigeon (c), 30 Redshank (c), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Chaffinch (c Near Horse gate)
Stow Marsh 29 Nov 2019 13:30 - 16:00 Sunny, high tide Alan Shearring 150 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin, 35 Grey Plover, 100 Golden Plover, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Buzzard (on fields), 1500 Lapwing, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier (female and juv hunting), 2 Stonechat (pair), Peregrine Falcon (young male made a dusk raid on the roosting waders)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 29 Nov 2019 13:00 - 16:45 Sunny, chilly. Andrew Cox 23 Wigeon (At least. Creek.), 12 Teal (Scrape. Many more on the creek.), 40 Shoveler (At least. Scrape.), 17 Gadwall (Scrape.), Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Adult male.), Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon (Looked like a female. Second pylon right of goalposts.), Water Rail (Calling.), 100 Lapwing (At least.), 35 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. In flight over creek.), Green Sandpiper (Scrape.), 5 Fieldfare, 2 Bearded Tit
Abberton Reservoir 29 Nov 2019 13:00 - 15:45 Clear and sunny with light N wind. Colder. George Brown Black Swan (W of Layer Breton causeway), 6 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay - all adults.), 50 Goosander (Layer de la Haye causeway (50+)), 2 Scaup (Imm. male and female out E of Layer de la Haye causeway), 5 Cattle Egret (with black cattle on fields opposite Billets Farm), Marsh Harrier (Adult male hunting over Hide Bay), Peregrine Falcon (Imm. hunting over Hide Bay and also perched near top of pylon opposite hide. ), Ruff (along bank out SE of Layer de la Haye causeway)
Abberton Reservoir 29 Nov 2019 11:00 - 12:00 Simon Cox 5 Bewick's Swan (Wig. Bay at 1200), Long-tailed Duck (LDLH causeway), 55 Goosander (LDLH causeway), Scaup (LDLH causeway ( may have been more)), 6 Ruff (Wig. Bay), 3 Great White Egret, 5 Cattle Egret (Seen by other observers oppo Billet's Farm but flew off minutes before our arrival)
Abberton Reservoir 29 Nov 2019 10:45 - 16:15 Dry, bright sunshine, clear sky, light breeze. 6 to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from LDH causeway & Billets Farm only. David Hale 5 Cattle Egret (With cattle opposite Billets Farm. ), 10 Great White Egret (Billets Farm screen. Birds together, nearest bank.), 4 Bewick's Swan (Billets Farm screen. Birds in Wig Bay.), Marsh Harrier (Female.), Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Stonechat (Pair, LDHC.), 50 Goosander (Plus. Birds now accepting watchers & not spooking away. Close encounters.), 30 Goldeneye (Circa.), 3 Scaup (Females.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Side by side, LDHC.), 500 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 500 Teal (Plus.), 30 Wigeon (Plus.), 40 Shoveler (Plus.), 3 Pintail (2 drakes 1 female.), 30 Pochard (Plus.), 6 Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 2 Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Egyptian Goose, 12 Common Gull, 15 Pied Wagtail (Circa.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 29 Nov 2019 09:50 - 15:10 Bright, calm and sunny, high tide 13:40 John Fell Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over seed crop field close to visitor center. Excellent views), Merlin (Male, perched on trees at the lower edge of the seed crop field and also sporadically hunting over the saltings), Marsh Harrier (Female from visitor centre), Sparrowhawk (Female, Hazel Ridge area), Peregrine Falcon (Flew over South Green Lane), 400 Avocet ((Approx) All wader numbers for inter-tidal area unless specified otherwise), 500 Knot (Several large flocks, very mobile so number estimates approximate), 150 Dunlin, 70 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 50 Redshank, Greenshank, Goosander (Female, inter-tidal area), 60 Golden Plover, 400 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Grey Plover, 12 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew (Estuary and saltings), 12 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, Kingfisher (Crawshaw hide), Barn Owl (Crawshaw hide), 4 Stonechat (Meadows near Margaret Hide)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 29 Nov 2019 15:10 - 15:15 Bright, calm and sunny, high tide 13:40 John Fell 4 Stonechat (Correction to previous post - my apologies - 54 Stonechats is a bit of a stretch)
Witham 29 Nov 2019 11:00 - 15:00 Along River Walk David L Smith Harris's Hawk, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (+), Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Garden), 3 Mistle Thrush (Garden), Song Thrush, Redwing (Garden), 4 Coal Tit (+), 4 Fieldfare, 5 Goldcrest (+ (with Long-tailed Tit groups))
Frinton-on-Sea 29 Nov 2019 07:00 - 13:00 NW-N2-3 0/8. Still some diurnal migration with larks and pipits arriving in off Paul Brayshaw 2 Snow Bunting (S over greensward, presumed same birds then on seawall/golf course by raised tee), 32 Skylark, 24 Meadow Pipit
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 29 Nov 2019 11:45 - 14:30 Bright and clear, cold with very little breeze. Nick Boxall 2 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, 3 Cormorant (Flew over head, circled for a moment.), 5 Wren, 2 Treecreeper, Pheasant (Always see one around the center of the woods.), 3 Great Tit (+Uncounted), 3 Blue Tit (+Uncounted), 7 Blackbird
Colne Pt 27 Nov 2019 11:30 - 14:30 Grey, damp then rain, high tide at 12.30 Matt Turner 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 35 Curlew, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Large female on a bush, got excited for a moment!), 2 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier (2m, 1f, 1 juv), Merlin, Rock Pipit, 40 Skylark (+), 30 Meadow Pipit (+), 2 Reed Bunting, Spotted Redshank (Flew past then couldn't relocate), 200 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 6 Snipe
Writtle 27 Nov 2019 13:00 - 13:00 Graham Smith Merlin (Male repeatedly dive bombing female Kestrel over Loubees tea rooms!)