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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 15:00 to 17:00, Clearing after the passing of Storm Dennis; Rising Tide HT 18:15; Sightings from Mucking Flats Hide; Selected totals
55 Shelduck 36 Wigeon 17 Teal 5 Oystercatcher 423 Avocet (Flight upriver towards HT Roost) 200 Lapwing (c. Distant towards Cliffe) 2 Grey Plover 3 Curlew 9 Turnstone (Roosting on Landfill Barge by Yellow Barrel Mooring) 419 Dunlin (Flight from Stanford Wharf (RSPB) upriver towards HT Roost (at least 5 other similar uncounted flights from locations downriver)) 200 Redshank (c. in Flight within RSPB Stanford Wharf) 1 Marsh Harrier (Distant Flew S over river) 1 Barn Owl (Hunting Mucking creek 16:55) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male: Hide Feeders) 9 Greenfinch (Hide Feeders (peanuts)) [Steve Swinney]

Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 16:45, Heavy rain, clearing
3 Long-tailed Duck (indulging in some calling) 2 Scaup 2 Smew 2 Whooper Swan 2 Great White Egret 5 Goosander 15 Goldeneye [Sean Nixon]

Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 17:00, End of storm Dennis interspersed with occasional glimpses of the sun
2 Smew (2 Redhead off LBC) 2 Whooper Swan (In field SW of LBC) 3 Great White Egret (Roosting between causeways) 2 Scaup (Pair with Aythya flock east of LDHC) 3 Long-tailed Duck (In same Aythya flock) 1 Merlin (Stunningly marked male on distant post at Wig Bay, flew south) 1 Goosander (Female east of LDHC) [Matt Turner]


Writtle 16:15 to 16:45, Northwest Chelmsford Garden, Rain finally stopped
1 Barn Owl (Hunting in meadow behind house ) 2 Mallard (In flooded field) 1 Kestrel (Male) 2 Moorhen (In flooded field) 15 Magpie (+, pre-roost gathering.) [Andrew Allen]

Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries

Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 09:00 to 12:00, EBwS February Field Trip. Well done to those who turned out on such a horrendous conditions. Selected sightings
3 Hen Harrier (Adult female, 1cy Male and 1 cy Female (May have been a fourth bird too!)) 1 Merlin (Female on posts) 4 Kestrel 2 Great White Egret 1 Stonechat 20 Skylark 5 Corn Bunting 1 Raven (Distantly over southern sea wall) 2 Marsh Harrier 5 Pintail 500 Golden Plover 500 Lapwing 2 Snipe [Steve Grimwade]


Doddinghurst 11:00 to 11:00,
2 Bullfinch (Pair in hedge in my father's garden) [Andrew Stroud]

Weald CP, near South Weald

Weald CP, near South Weald 12:30 to 12:30,
2 Goosander (Pair visible on lower lake as I drove slowly along Weald Road) [Andrew Stroud]


TL5406 13:00 to 13:15,
200 Jackdaw 200 Rook 100 Carrion Crow (Mixed forbid flock, probably more than the 500 birds, in horse paddocks between Moreton and Shelley) [Andrew Stroud]

Great Totham

Great Totham 09:45 to 10:15, Brief period with no rain. Wind much reduced.
6 Goosander (Four male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) 1 Cormorant (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South. Fairly irregular here.) 1 Buzzard (Just north of Captains Wood. Rooks in attendance.) 5 Magpie (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) 40 House Sparrow (circa. At feeders, Prince of Wales Rd.) [Malcolm Corbett]

Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea

Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 13:45 to 16:45, Cloudy. Windy. Rain.
2 Little Grebe 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.) 1 Kestrel 2 Oystercatcher (Marina.) 22 Curlew (Marina & creek.) 24 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina. One moulting into summer plumage.) 8 Redshank (At least. Marina & creek.) 1 Greenshank (Creek.) 4 Spotted Redshank (Creek.) 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. Past hide.) 1 Common Gull (Past hide.) 2 Bullfinch (At least. In scrub opposite gun cotton pond.) [Andrew Cox]

Langdon Hills NR EWT

Langdon Hills NR EWT 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, windy.
1 Sparrowhawk 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.) 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]