Wednesday 17 Aug 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 16:00
2 Garganey, 17 Swift, Little Ringed Plover, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (Juv), 12 Spoonbill, 7 Cattle Egret, 14 Great White Egret, 3 Buzzard, Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 2 Black Swan [Steve Grimwade]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 12:30 to 17:00, Sunny, warm. Then cloudier & cooler.
10 Ringed Plover (Small flock past the point.), 20 Whimbrel (Flock in flight, heading SE.), Little Gull (Imm.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (At least one adult, maybe more. One juv.), 18 Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern (Adult. Across the river.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Arctic Skua (Dp. ), Cory's Shearwater (One upriver. Came back down a short while later, following a ship.), Gannet (1st summer.), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Settled briefly on breakwater.) [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 09:40 to 11:00
3 Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, Wheatear [Steve Grimwade]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Clear, bright and warm.
6 Avocet, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sandpiper (Great Pound viewing point.), Greenshank, Spoonbill, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, 5 Swallow [David Curle] Wood Sandpiper at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 17 Aug 2022, (David Curle) , Sparrowhawk at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 17 Aug 2022, (David Curle) , Hobby at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 17 Aug 2022, (David Curle)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Swift (Over firs chase garden DU ), 6 Little Grebe (Rewsells natural side boating lake SE), 27 Golden Plover (Strood channel DU ), 29 Grey Plover (Strood channel DU ), 2 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU ), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus,Dabchicks sailing club along Strood channel DU ), Knot (Strood channel DU ), 250 Redshank (Plus Strood channel DU ), Greenshank (Strood channel DU ), Common Tern (Strood channel DU ), 5 Sand Martin (Strood channel DU ), 80 Swallow (Plus Strood channel DU ), 7 Willow Warbler (6 Plus, early Feldy view cemetery, 1 firs chase garden DU DU ), Spotted Flycatcher (Seen once Feldy view cemetery DU ), Whinchat (Possible!!! 6th day at bottom end Strood hill stubble field DU), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel , Chinese water deer at Central ditch(first time) DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
2 Green Woodpecker [David Saville] Green Woodpecker at Little Waltham on 17 Aug 2022, (David Saville) , Green Woodpecker at Little Waltham on 17 Aug 2022, (David Saville)
The Naze at Walton, 09:00 to 13:00
Cuckoo, Whimbrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Pied Flycatcher (5 in clifftop trees, 3 by sewage farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Goodey]
The Naze at Walton, 06:25 to 09:25
17 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Green Woodpecker, Hobby, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 4 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart (Fem/imm), 8 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 11:15, low cloud gradually clearing, north wind swinging east, warm
21 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sparrowhawk (Including 1 drifting south first thing), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 37 Swallow (10 north first thing, rest south), 26 House Martin (+), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 85 Starling (NW in three flocks), 4 Pied Flycatcher (At least 4, 2 east of the top of the escarpment, 1 east of cricket pitch, 1 Sunny Point, 1 western edge of sycamore clump then flew north was probably a fifth ), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 03:30 to 03:32, Still, dark
Tawny Owl (Heard towards Quaker Cemetery at 03:30 am.) [Kevin Poulton]
Tuesday 16 Aug 2022
Mill Meadows, Billericay, 17:55 to 18:20
Pied Flycatcher (On east side of hedge between Coles and Wantsfield. Showing well, sallying bewtween hedge and neighbouring oaks. Very visible wing bars, dark brown back, pale front almost yellowish throat - juvenile male? ) [Neil Sumner]
Billericay, 17:45 to 17:45
Goshawk (Glided over police station then west. Jizz distinguished from female sprawk: Hawk shape broad wings, long tail, flight initially reminded of Buzzard, but not as large, strong and bold flight above trees. Woodpigeon scattered and carrion crows feeding on grass flew to cover. ) [Neil Sumner]
Holland Haven, 15:15 to 17:00
Buzzard, Sedge Warbler (juv), 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat (family group), 5 Wheatear, 20+ Meadow Pipit [Liz Huxley]
Southey Creek, Blackwater Estuary, 14:30 to 17:00, Low water at Limbourne Creek and mud around the margins
2 Shoveler (Dump Pool- also drake Silver Pintail (form of Bahama/ White-cheeked)), 15 Golden Plover, 5 Snipe (Limbourne Creek), 5 Green Sandpiper (Limbourne Creek), Spotted Redshank (Limbourne Creek), Buzzard, 2 Yellow Wagtail (juvs) [John Buchanan]
Billericay, 13:30 to 13:40, Muggy, dull, rain
Willow Warbler (Regular visitor to garden over last few days feeding in borders.) [Andrew Wilson]
Great Totham, 11:05 to 11:08, Cloudy, light rain, light SW wind.
152 Blue Tit (Mixed flock of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit flew in a steady stream briefly into garden from NW before moving on SE over a three minute spell. Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 20:00, Second report (update,)
106 Golden Plover (Plus could be 150+ Coopers beach saltings SE ), 10 Ringed Plover (Coopers beach saltings SE ), Whimbrel (Coopers beach saltings SE ), 37 Curlew (Coopers beach SE ), 9 Dunlin (Coopers beach saltings SE), Common Gull (Coopers beach SE ), Stonechat (Juv Strood channel central ditch AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Layer Breton, 10:30 to 11:30, Dry, warm, little breeze
2 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, 4 Spoonbill, 8 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Shoveler at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shoveler at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Chaffinch at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 16 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 12:45
4 Avocet, 6 Golden Plover, 100+ Grey Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 3+ Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Common Tern (pair feeding 1 juvenile on raft), 10+ Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 6+ Bearded Tit (Joyces), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4+ Yellow Wagtail [Liz Huxley]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:30 to 11:00, Sun & cloud. Then cloudier with very light rain. Warm
3 Green Woodpecker (Inc. one juv.), Coal Tit, 10 Swallow (At least.), 30 House Martin (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Elsenham, 09:00 to 16:25, Cloudy,On Golf Course, Only Highlights!!!
Red Kite, Black Kite (Seen from 09:52-09:56 then disappeared. Before disappearing, headed South-West quite quickly. Not seen after I first saw it first sadly.), 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker (Including 3 juveniles!), Kestrel, Coal Tit, Wheatear (With Pied Wagtails! A bit unusual on a Golf Course!), 4 Grey Wagtail (Including 2 Juveniles.), 3 Chaffinch [Zane Sargent ]
Colchester, 09:00 to 10:00, Warm
Pied Flycatcher (Briefly in garden ) [Yvonne Watling]
Mersea Island, 07:00 to 13:00
6 Green Sandpiper (Flew from Strood channel saltings toward copt hall AF), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Feldy view cemetery ), Jay (Feldy view cemetery ), 20 Willow Warbler (Plus could easily be more feldy view cemetery AF SE DU JN MC), Pied Flycatcher (Found by Andy Field seen by SE,DU,JN,MC in feldy view cemetery still there.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:15, overcast, warm, still first thing then southerly wind, rising tide
16 Swift (South), 13 Avocet, Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 89 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin (South), 41 Swallow (Mainly south), 80 House Martin (+, including 50+ together over Walton Hall Marshes - some very high and drifting north), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 by farm pond, 1 sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 8 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler (1 passage bird and 3 still in the reeds), 2 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 170 Starling (+, 22 feeding by Tower, 150+ Walton Hall Marshes ), 5 Pied Flycatcher (+, 1 double hedge, 2 east of cricket pitch, 1+ sycamore clump and 1 in hedge west of sycamore clump ), Wheatear, 12 Yellow Wagtail (1 by Tower, 6 over mainly south, 5 Walton Hall Marshes ), 9 Pied Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit (One heard and one seen flying south calling, over common), 25 Linnet (Flock on Walton Hall Marshes ), 32 Goldfinch (Flock south) [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:40 to 20:00, SW0-2, rain early pm. Early watch then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
18 Swift, 38 Oystercatcher, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 40 Common Tern (north. Best total of the autumn so far), 3 Black Tern (north with Common Terns during the rian @ 1401), Fulmar, 12 Yellow Wagtail (north - in contrast to Brian's observations at The Naze!), Tree Pipit (@ 0705) [Paul Brayshaw]
Great Totham, 00:05 to 07:45
Tawny Owl (Calling just after midnight, Prince of Wales Road.), 20 Goldfinch (circa. 07:45, St.Peter's Churchyard.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 15 Aug 2022
Halstead, 17:45 to 17:50, Overcast after heavy rain shower
Pied Flycatcher (Bird present briefly in garden after heavy rain. Second Star Stile record.) [Anthony Wells]
TL4236, 17:00 to 17:30
4 Wheatear [Hugo Rainey]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 16:00 to 16:00, Cloudy.
2 Raven (Cronking, high and fast over Tile Kiln est heading North East.) [Kevin Cook]
Tilbury, 14:30 to 15:30, Thunderstorms, WSW wind, rising tide
4 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort), 19 Mallard (On foreshore by the fort), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 11 Common Tern (Single flock up river) [Paul Larkin]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:00 to 16:30, Sunny, hot, then thunderstorms with heavy rain showers.
35 Grey Plover (Flock in flight over saltmarsh opposite lagoon. More on saltmarsh itself.), 4 Ringed Plover (At least. In flight only.), 2 Whimbrel (At least. Settled among godwits.), 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Mistky adults. Handful of juvs.), 2 Knot (Sp in flight with dunlins & ringed plovers.), 2 Dunlin (On lagoon. More in flight.), 3 Common Sandpiper, 8 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 2 Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, 4 Yellow Wagtail (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:03 to 13:20, Warm, humid, varying cloud cover, little wind, no rain. Reservoir level fairly low.
24 Egyptian Goose (Mostly LB causeway, W side), Slavonian Grebe (Hide Bay hide), 80 Lapwing (estimate), 19 Black-tailed Godwit (LB causeway, W side), 3 Common Sandpiper (LB causeway, E side), 4 Green Sandpiper (LB causeway, W side), Greenshank (Hide Bay hide), 30 Common Tern (estimate), 12 Spoonbill (LB causeway, W side), 9 Great White Egret (5 Hide Bay hide; 4 LB causeway, E side), 25 Little Egret (estimate), Green Woodpecker (Track between causeways), Swallow (Billet's Farm), 3 Chiffchaff (1 reserve, 2 by track between causeways), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billet's Farm), 2 Black Swan (Island hide (distant)) [Simon Banks]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
Reed Warbler (in garden, a garden tick), Firecrest (heard and seen in ivy in wood at bottom of garden) [Richard Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:45 to 12:30
Little Ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 14 Spoonbill, 11 Cattle Egret, 13 Great White Egret, 29 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Tawny Owl, Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Wheatear, 12 Yellow Wagtail [Oliver Cottis] Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Aug 2022, (Oliver Cottis) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Aug 2022, (Oliver Cottis)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:30, Sun, some cloud. Becoming warm. Plotlands.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Swallow, Willow Warbler (At least.), Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 07:00 to 16:00, DU= Dougal Urquhart, MC=Martin Cock, SE= me
Avocet (Off shop lane SE), Golden Plover (Maydays MC ), 20 Grey Plover (Plus maydays MC ), 71 Black-tailed Godwit (Off shop lane SE), Common Sandpiper (Maydays MC ), 10 Common Tern (Off shop lane SE), 2 Marsh Harrier (1 maydays MC, 1 Langenhoe SE), Buzzard (Strood channel SE ), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 gyants, 1 maydays SE), 3 Hobby (3 Maydays MC, poss same 1 off reeves hall SE ), 25 Skylark (Strood channel DU ), Cetti's Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 5 Willow Warbler (4 Strood channel DU, 1 maydays MC ), Chiffchaff (Maydays MC ), 2 Sedge Warbler (1 Strood channel DU , 1 maydays MC), 5 Reed Warbler (4 Strood channel DU , 1 maydays MC), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (1 Strood channel DU , 1 Maydays MC), 4 Whitethroat (3 Strood channel DU , 1 maydays MC), Whinchat (Central ditch Strood channel DU SE), 2 Stonechat (Juv Strood channel DU ), 50 House Sparrow (Strood channel DU ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), 15 Chaffinch (Maydays SE ), 7 Greenfinch (5 Maydays , 2 meeting lane SE), 100 Linnet (Strood channel DU ), 10 Goldfinch (Strood channel DU ), 11 Corn Bunting (10 Strood channel DU , 1 maydays SE), 11 Reed Bunting (10 Strood channel DU , 1 maydays MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 12:15, mild, overcast, light SW wind, rising tide
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 37 Swallow (Mainly south), 23 House Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 by the farm pond, 1 sycamore clump, 1 by cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, Song Thrush (Juvenile ), 4 Pied Flycatcher (1 hedge west of sycamore clump, 1 John Weston Reserve, 2 east of cricket pitch ), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 9 Linnet, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 20:30, SW0-NW2 8/8 high cloud, early rain offshore clearing. Main watch to 0830. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
9 Wigeon, 283 Teal, 47 Common Scoter, 58 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 103 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, 6 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 8 Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 17 Sandwich Tern (north), Grey Heron, 54 Swallow, 15 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 14 Aug 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 18:30 to 20:15, Heavy cloud, 26 Deg.
2 Little Ringed Plover (LBCW), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (LBCW), 4 Common Sandpiper ( LDLH 2, LBCW 2), Green Sandpiper (LBCW), 11 Cattle Egret (At least, 3 adults feeding 6 young and at least 2 non breeding.), 15 Great White Egret (13 wig' bay screen, 2 LBCW), Buzzard (Juvenile from wig'bay screen.) [Ashley Gooding]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 17:00 to 20:30, Short walk after high tide covering Irongate, Joyce's Head Fleet (JHF), McClure's dyke and Salcott channel (SC).
120 Teal (JHF), 3 Pochard (JHF), 30 Avocet (JHF), 26 Grey Plover (SC breach all sumplum), 3 Whimbrel (Ship Ahoy and creek saltings), 80 Black-tailed Godwit (JHF), 9 Ruff (JHF), 7 Snipe (JHF and McClure's), 5 Common Sandpiper (all over including Ship Ahoy), 3 Green Sandpiper (JHF and over marsh), 90 Redshank (OH creek ), 18 Spotted Redshank (JHF), 2 Greenshank (JHF), 500 Black-headed Gull (feeding bonanza on flying ants on marsh), 5 Common Tern (2 juveniles still on raft), Spoonbill (feeding in middle of SC later at low tide), Marsh Harrier (female over McClures), 5 Bearded Tit (juveniles in JHF track reeds), Sedge Warbler (Salcott field reeds), 2 Reed Warbler (JHF), Whitethroat (carpark), 30 Yellow Wagtail (all over and along seawall sides), Chaffinch (car park), 2 Tufted Duck (JHF) [Paul Rowe]
Layer-de-la-Haye, 10:40 to 10:40
White Stork (Circling over village (presumed recently present Stanway Bird)) [Steve Grimwade]
Wivenhoe, 10:00 to 11:30, Dry, Hot, low tide
Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow [Michael Davies] Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Jackdaw at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Jackdaw at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 14 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies)
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 11:00, Dry, very warm, light breeze, low tide
Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow [Michael Davies]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Red Kite (Over Strood causeway 1am then later one feeding in stubble field below bowls club (only our 2nd record landed on island DU), 9 Long-tailed Tit (Shop lane SE ), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Entrance to reeves hall SE), 8 Goldfinch (Entrance to reeves hall SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Good Easter, 09:00 to 09:00
Clouded Yellow [Martin Henry]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 08:45, Fine and sunny, light E wind, falling tide.
4 Egyptian Goose (Two adults and two well grown young on foreshore by the fort), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 15 Common Tern (Single flock up river) [Paul Larkin]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 07:07 to 11:50, Warm and gradually hotter. Clear. Causeway, Lodge area and EWT
57 Canada Goose (+), 59 Greylag Goose, 27 Mute Swan (+), 2 Shelduck (Juveniles), 5 Pochard (males), Stock Dove, 5 Moorhen, Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe (+), 16 Lapwing (+), Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Black-headed Gull (+), 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, 50 Cormorant (+), 4 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker (1 heard, 1 seen - appeared to be juvenile ), 2 Magpie, 17 Carrion Crow, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (at least 2 appeared to be juveniles), Lesser Whitethroat (With Blackcaps), Robin, Dunnock (juvenile), 3 Pied Wagtail, 100 Tufted Duck (+) [Paul Everett] Stock Dove at Hanningfield Reservoir on 14 Aug 2022, (Paul Everett) , Great Black-backed Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 14 Aug 2022, (Paul Everett) , Yellow-legged Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 14 Aug 2022, (Paul Everett) , Lesser Black-backed Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 14 Aug 2022, (Paul Everett) , Blackcap at Hanningfield Reservoir on 14 Aug 2022, (Paul Everett)
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, E0-2 0-8/8. Selected totals
Black Tern (Slowly north 0714-0717), 2 Pied Flycatcher (2+. New arrivals in esplanade gardens 11.15-12.30 and undercliff 12.15-12.30), 19 Yellow Wagtail (Small groups in off during the morning) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 05:50 to 09:40, warm, clear, light easterly wind, low tide
Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 22 Swallow, 50 House Martin (+), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 farm pond, 1 on the common, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 7 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (John Weston Reserve ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, 2 Pied Flycatcher (+, 1 near farm pond, at least one in sycamore clump ), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Pied Wagtail, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Billericay, 03:30 to 04:00, Warm night with slight breeze
Little Owl (Repeatedly calling nearby early in the morning - Garden birding) [John Smart]
Saturday 13 Aug 2022
Wrabness, 11:30 to 13:00, No cloud, no wind, becoming hot, tide high
9 Lesser Black-backed Gull (7 reserve (6 adult, 1 imm); 2 by chalets), 4 Little Egret (3 reserve, 1 near chalets), Sparrowhawk (Female near chalets), Green Woodpecker (reserve), 8 Sand Martin (6 reserve, 2 near chalets), 2 Chiffchaff (reserve), 2 Whitethroat (reserve) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00
12 Greenshank (Off maydays seawall DU), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel SE ), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Strood channel SE ), Grey Heron (Strood channel SE ), Sparrowhawk (Young calling fish pond wood AF ), 33 Swallow (25 Plus Strood channel SE , 8 shop lane AF ), Chiffchaff (Shop lane AF ), Whinchat (Maydays DU ), 2 Stonechat (Central ditch Strood channel SE), 6 Linnet (Plus Strood channel SE ), 11 Corn Bunting (Central ditch Strood Channel SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 07:45, Sunny, warm. Plotlands.
2 Kingfisher (From the lake.) [Andrew Cox]
TM2523, 06:00 to 13:00, Lowish tide, gentle breeze, warm

5 Black-tailed Godwit (Family of five. Saw a couple last year but there are quite a few more this year)

[Claire Panting] Black-tailed Godwit at TM2523 on 13 Aug 2022, (Claire Panting) , Black-tailed Godwit at TM2523 on 13 Aug 2022, (Claire Panting)
Stone Point, The Naze, 06:00 to 13:00, Lowish, warm, gentle breeze

3 Sandwich Tern (The numbers here just keep growing year on year. I only saw a few out hunting this morning but there are 100+ roosting on the old breakwaters. Lovely against the orange morning sky)

[Claire Panting] Sandwich Tern at The Naze on 13 Aug 2022, (Claire Panting) , Sandwich Tern at The Naze on 13 Aug 2022, (Claire Panting) , Sandwich Tern at The Naze on 13 Aug 2022, (Claire Panting)
Friday 12 Aug 2022
Beazley End, 19:30 to 20:45
Hobby, 9 Mistle Thrush (All together along elc cable ) [Ian Tarbin]
Stanway Green, 19:00 to 20:00
80 Canada Goose, 27 Mallard, 13 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, Buzzard, Little Owl (Hard only), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Linnet [Oliver Cottis]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 18:40 to 20:40, Near low tide and all seen from Hide
9 Greylag Goose, 8 Teal, 15 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (small Reeve), 2 Snipe, 10 Green Sandpiper (some on scrape occasionally and then later a group of 10 flying around Big Fleet main pool), 10 Redshank, 8 Cattle Egret (all adults drinking together from cattle trough on Wick), 2 Kestrel, Hobby (low over scrape then on to south channel), 10 Swallow (late over scrape), Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 120 Starling (wash up on scrape), 5 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Rowe]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 15:00 to 19:10, high tide ~14:00, permissive path to hides closed
3 Oystercatcher, 3 Whimbrel, 30 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 8 Skylark, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail (+, probably more feeding among the distant cattle) [Simon Satchell]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 10:15 to 16:15, Sunny, hot. Pleasant breeze.
40 Golden Plover (At least. Mudflats opposite slipway.), 100 Grey Plover (At least. Saltmardh opposite.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Lagoon.), Curlew Sandpiper (Adult on lagoon. Still mostly in sp. ), 15 Dunlin (Lagoon.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lagoon.), 14 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 2 Sandwich Tern (Showing well just off southern side of island.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:30, DU= Dougal Urquhart, MC= Martin Cock, AF= Andy Field, SE= Steve Entwistle
3 Grey Plover (Maydays MC ), Whimbrel (Maydays MC ), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Dabclicks sailing club to Strood DU ), 2 Common Sandpiper (Maydays creek MC ), 8 Green Sandpiper (1 maydays creek, 7 over Langenhoe MC), 7 Greenshank (From maydays seawall MC ), Sparrowhawk (Little paddocks MT), 2 Marsh Harrier (Maydays MC ), 2 Buzzard (Maydays MC ), Cetti's Warbler (Maydays MC ), 9 Willow Warbler (4 seawall Strood, 3 feldy view, 2 emptess drive SE), Whinchat (Strood channel central ditch /seawall DU ), 3 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 06:40 to 07:30, Sunny, warm, light NE wind.
3 Buzzard (One adult in flight and juveniles calling from South Wood and Pan Grove. ), Green Woodpecker (Calling from Spickets Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 11 Aug 2022
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 17:50 to 20:45, At low tide..Irongate, JHF and McClure's dyke visited.
8 Shoveler (2 on Irongate and 6 flew in to JHF), 30 Teal (all over), 25 Avocet (JHF), Curlew (OH creek), 70 Black-tailed Godwit (JHF), 5 Ruff (JHF incl Reeve), 2 Dunlin (JHF), 5 Snipe (JHF), 5 Common Sandpiper (3 at Ship Ahoy and 2 on JHF), 8 Spotted Redshank (JHF including one near sum plum), 2 Greenshank (OH creek), 350 Black-headed Gull (late in on JHF), 5 Common Tern (2 juvs being fed on rafts), 6 Cattle Egret (All adults, one earlier over JHF and then later 5 flew in from Tollesbury over JHF and then north over Salcott Channel), 13 Little Egret (OH creek), Marsh Harrier (female at back of JHF), Barn Owl (on Irongate fence off seawall gate), 2 Kestrel (all over), 11 Bearded Tit (mostly juveniles, 5 together on top of Irongate reeds and 6 together on top of JHF track reeds), 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only all over), 2 Sedge Warbler (all over), Reed Warbler (Car park ride), 20 Yellow Wagtail (all over), Meadow Pipit (JHF seawall), 3 Reed Bunting (all over) [Paul Rowe]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 17:00, Falling tide, clear sky, light breeze, very hot.
12 Avocet, 25 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 12 Dunlin, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 10 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel [Ken Hudgell]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 10:15 to 13:30, Hot, sunny, high tide 12.30
7 Whimbrel, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, Greenshank, Common Tern, 2 Cattle Egret, 30 Little Egret (at least), 36 Yellow Wagtail [John McLaughlin]
Westley Heights, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot.
Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, DU= Dougal Urquhart, MC = Martin Cock
Swift (Strood channel DU ), 12 Willow Warbler (10 Plus along walk firs chase to Strood channel DU, 2 west Mersea garden MC ), Stonechat (Strood channel DU ), Wheatear (Chase to Bowers hall farm shop SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, hot.
3 Green Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (At least.), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 5 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 07:30 to 12:00, Sunny, NE breeze, rising tide
47 Canada Goose, 103 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose (Including pale headed individual, possible hybrid with Ruddy Shelduck?), 132 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 51 Gadwall, Pintail, 27 Teal, 12 Pochard, 22 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (Plus one young), 949 Avocet, 21 Lapwing, 18 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 31 Curlew, 83 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 22 Little Egret, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Wednesday 10 Aug 2022
Great Holland, 16:00 to 17:00, Found by locals
Redstart (Female in farm horse paddocks ), Whinchat (In farm horse paddocks) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 13:40 to 17:00, Very hot, sunny. Tide out. Short Walk. Most records either on Salcott Channel (S), or large freshwater pool on opp side (J)
3 Stock Dove (Over fields), 2 Little Grebe (J), Great Crested Grebe (S), 6 Oystercatcher (S), 20 Avocet (Approx, J), 50 Lapwing (Approx, S, J), 30 Golden Plover (S), 100 Grey Plover (+, S), Whimbrel (S. On own Salcott, flew upriver), 3 Curlew (S, J), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (J), 9 Ruff (J), 3 Dunlin (S), 2 Snipe (J), Common Sandpiper (J), 100 Redshank (Many, S, J), 10 Spotted Redshank (10c S, 8c J), 3 Greenshank (S), Common Tern (1 on mud, Salcott), 20 Swallow (Approx, over car park), 3 Yellow Wagtail (J) [Ian Swanson]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 11:15, Sunny,Only LBC, Only Highlights!!!
3 Common Sandpiper (Came very close on causeway!), Mediterranean Gull (Going into winter plumage.), 5 Common Tern (Unusual to see 1 very close. Got fed once when we were there. ), 3 Spoonbill (All adults!), 6 Cattle Egret, 4 Great White Egret, White Wagtail (On tree that is submerged in the water!) [Zane Sargent ] Common Sandpiper at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Sandpiper at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , White Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Layer Breton, 10:00 to 11:00, Dry, very warm, light breeze
Barnacle Goose, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cormorant, 9 Spoonbill, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, 6 Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Barnacle Goose at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Barnacle Goose at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 10:00, Dry, very warm, light breeze
2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Lapwing, 4 Great White Egret, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:20 to 12:30, Light breeze. Clear sky. Around 26 degrees

Ruddy Shelduck (Female in front of Rawl hide, also visible from Point hide), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Point hide), 5 Curlew (Point Hide), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (One close to causeway, one from fishing lodge), Common Sandpiper (Point hide), Green Sandpiper (From fishing lodge), Redshank (Point hide), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Adults close to Oak hide viewed from fishing lodge ), Hobby (Juvenile in front of Rawl hide)

[James Hudson] Yellow-legged Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (James Hudson, ) , Cape Shelduck at Hanningfield Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (James Hudson, ) , Cape Shelduck at Hanningfield Reservoir on 10 Aug 2022, (James Hudson, )
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Swift (West Mersea garden MC ), 40 Ringed Plover (On cobmarsh Island DU), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus behind Dabclicks sailing club to Strood DU), Swallow (Rusty (our rusty coloured )still in around Dabclicks sailing club DU), 4 Willow Warbler (3 plus feldy view, 1 firs chase garden DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, light NE breeze. Rising tide.
Oystercatcher (Recently fledged chick feeding on foreshore. Presumably progeny of the pair that’s been in the fort.), 41 Common Tern (Single flock up river) [Paul Larkin]
Great Totham, 07:00 to 07:55, Warming up.
Little Owl (In usual Oak, Church Road.), Green Woodpecker (Spickets Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Leighs, 06:49 to 06:55, Dry, bright
Red Kite (BIF), Green Woodpecker (BIF and calling) [Paul Everett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:20 to 20:00, Ne0-3 0/8
9 Willow Warbler (Influx across seafront and gardens ), Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher (Old parish churchyard bottom of Connaught avenue late pm) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 09 Aug 2022
Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green, 19:00 to 20:00, Warm, still evening walk
Tawny Owl, Marsh Tit (west end) [James Astley]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 17:10 to 20:35, Short walk before high tide covering Irongate, Joyce's Head Fleet (JHF), McClure's gate and Salcott channel.
7 Teal (JHF), 25 Swift (all over), 2 Stock Dove (on Seaman's), Turtle Dove (purring from main copse on walkout), 25 Avocet (JHF), 15 Grey Plover (Salcott channel), 3 Ringed Plover (JHF and McClure's dyke incl luv), 5 Whimbrel (over Joyce's saltings), 120 Black-tailed Godwit (JHF including 18 year old recently arrived R-YO//W), 5 Ruff (JHF), 40 Dunlin (Mostly McClure's dyke), 2 Common Sandpiper (along Ship Ahoy quay), 12 Green Sandpiper (all over including flying groups of 3 and 4), 40 Redshank (Salcott channel), 10 Spotted Redshank (JHF), 3 Greenshank (Salcott channel), 14 Little Egret (OH creek), Buzzard (over Seaman's (admin office fields)), 2 Barn Owl (Car park area), 2 Kestrel (all over), 2 Bearded Tit (Joyce's Head sluice), 40 Swallow (late over car park and Seaman's), Cetti's Warbler (heard along Crescent), 3 Sedge Warbler (all over), 20 Yellow Wagtail (all over), 4 Linnet (along short walk track) [Paul Rowe]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Ringed Plover (Off cudmore Grove SE), 5 Sanderling (Some summer off cudmore Grove SE ), Common Tern (Off cudmore Grove SE), Sparrowhawk (Fishpond wood DU), 3 Buzzard (Ad & juv gyants marsh DU, 2 clouded yellow ), Swallow (Gyants marsh DU, 20+ common blue), 6 Willow Warbler (Plus gyants marsh DU , chinese water deer), Lesser Whitethroat (Gyants marsh DU, 3 brown argus ), Wheatear (Shop lane DU), Yellowhammer (Gyants marsh DU , purple hairstreak, ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:15, Sunny, warm.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit (At least.), 5 Swallow (At least.), 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Misty with slight chill
2 Common Sandpiper (Possibly 3?), 6 Yellow Wagtail (2 adults 4 juvs) [Brian Bolton]
Monday 08 Aug 2022
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 18:30 to 20:15, High tide and all seen from and around hide
2 Little Grebe (incl juv), 20 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 7 Cattle Egret (behind scrape with cows, all yellow billed and some orange crested.), 3 Little Egret, Kestrel, 120 Starling (washing), 2 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Rowe]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:45 to 12:20, Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
Barnacle Goose (At LBC.), 2 Green Sandpiper (At LBC.), 2 Spoonbill (1 adult and 1 juvenile!), 5 Cattle Egret (4 at LBC and 1 flying over at Wig Bay.), 9 Great White Egret (6 at LBC and 3 at Wig Bay.), Buzzard (Flying LDHC.), 21 Yellow Wagtail (All at Wig Bay.) [Zane Sargent ] Barnacle Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 10:30 to 13:30, Sunny hot.
6 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male plus imm.), 20 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Mostly juvs,) [Andrew Cox]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 10:00 to 11:00, Warm, sunny with light easterly breeze
Whinchat (South side of the SSI), 2 Wheatear (South side of the SSI) [Richard Mander]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal Urquhart at Cudmore Grove
3 Ringed Plover (Adult with 2 young), Redshank (Leucistic ), 6 Mediterranean Gull (Cudmore Grove ), 6 Sand Martin (Cudmore Grove ), 10 House Martin (Cudmore Grove 50+ small red eye damselflies ), Willow Warbler (Cudmore Grove, /willow emerald ), 3 Yellow Wagtail [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 07 Aug 2022
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 18:00 to 19:00, High tide and all seen from and around hide
12 Teal, 25 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover (juvey), 30 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (small Reeve), 9 Snipe (together), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Cattle Egret (adults flying around Wick and appeared to cross the Blackwater), 10 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 2 Reed Warbler (juvey), 4 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Rowe]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 17:20, Hot, dry
Barnacle Goose (LBC), 4 Egyptian Goose (LBC), 4 Moorhen (1 adult with at least 3 young on pond at centre), 4 Little Grebe (1 adult feeding 3 young on pond at centre), Little Ringed Plover (Juvenile LBC), 7 Common Tern, 13 Spoonbill (On island at LBC), 5 Great White Egret (LBC) [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:10 to 11:30, Clear blue sky, warm and still. LBCW
8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 13 Spoonbill (Including 2 juveniles ), 2 Cattle Egret (On nest), 6 Little Egret [Ashley Gooding]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Teal (Cudmore Grove MC ), 2 Swift (Over west Mersea garden MC ), Water Rail (Seen from cudmore Grove hide MC), 6 Avocet (East Mersea MC ), 2 Ringed Plover (Stone point MC ), 5 Sanderling (Off cudmore Grove MC ), 3 Willow Warbler (1 Firs chase garden, 2 strood DU), 10 Reed Warbler (East Mersea MC), 6 Lesser Whitethroat (East Mersea MC), Stonechat (Strood channel/ 2 southern migrant hawkers DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
South Weald, 08:45 to 09:00, sunny
2 Raven (flew over lower grave yard towards A12. Probably the same 2 birds then over my garden in Brentwood at 12.15, cronking overhead ) [Andrew Stroud]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 08:00 to 11:00, Clear blue sky, warm and still, short walk Tide dropping.
11 Oystercatcher, 61 Avocet, 14 Lapwing, 19 Golden Plover, 91 Grey Plover (Most in stunning summer plumage.), Whimbrel, 104 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 32 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Common Tern (2 adults and flightless juv' baking in the sun.), 16 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (Including 1 juvenile.), 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker (Heared ), 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 4 Bearded Tit (Heared in reeds at JHF and iron gate.), 7 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 20 Yellow Wagtail (Absolute minimum, birds calling all over.), 6 Pied Wagtail [Ashley Gooding]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, warm.
Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 9 Swallow (At least.), 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:30 to 13:00
28 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 294 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 28 Shelduck (Mucking Flats), Shoveler (Golden Gates), 19 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 2 Teal (Golden Gates), 15 Pochard (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Moorhen (Five plus two juveniles Golden Gates, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip.), 36 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Little Grebe (Two plus one young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates ), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Two plus two young Golden Gates, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip.), Whimbrel (Mucking Flats), 41 Curlew (Mucking Flats), 29 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Flats), 7 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Flats), Common Tern (Golden Gates), Grey Heron (Golden Gates), 8 Little Egret (Two Golden Gates, six in the managed retreat), Buzzard (On the tip), Kestrel (On the tip), 3 Stonechat (Male by the railway line with two juveniles), 75 Tufted Duck (67 plus a brood of four downy young Golden Gates, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip.) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 06 Aug 2022
North Fambridge, 16:50 to 19:00, Sunny, Blue House Farm EWT Site,Only Highlights!!!
Golden Plover, 2 Snipe (3rd Hide.), 4 Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (3rd Hide.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Juvenile and Adult.), 4 Kestrel, 2 Sedge Warbler (Adult and 1 young bird!), Reed Warbler, 3 Linnet, 9 Corn Bunting (Small flock near 3rd Hide.) [Zane Sargent ] Golden Plover at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Snipe at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Green Sandpiper at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Green Sandpiper at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Green Woodpecker at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Kestrel at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Sedge Warbler at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Corn Bunting at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Corn Bunting at North Fambridge on 06 Aug 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 15:40 to 20:40, near high tide
3 Shoveler (Irongate), Turtle Dove (Purring along entrance track on walk in and walk out), 82 Avocet (Joyce's saltings ), 110 Grey Plover (On Joyce's saltings.), 5 Whimbrel (over saltings), 210 Curlew (flew in to Joyce's saltings and dispersed), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (JHF at peak tide), Knot (moulting out of sum plum with Grey Plover), 6 Ruff (JHF), 20 Dunlin (all over), 5 Common Sandpiper (all over including Ship Ahoy), 4 Green Sandpiper (all over), 18 Spotted Redshank (Irongate and JHF), 2 Greenshank (all over), 3 Common Tern (chicks still on raft), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), Barn Owl (Car park), Hobby (back of JHF), Peregrine Falcon (large female over main reed bed), 5 Bearded Tit (Irongate, Joyce's sluice and McClure's reeds), Chiffchaff (in crescent), Reed Warbler (Irongate reeds), 2 Whitethroat (in crescent), 6 Yellow Wagtail (all over) [Paul Rowe]
Hamford Water, 10:20 to 15:10, Warm, becoming hot. Blue sky, not windy. Tide well out.
Shelduck, 5 Stock Dove, 30 Lapwing (Scattered around on ones and twos), 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Heron, Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel (Female), 4 Sedge Warbler (1 adult with at least 3 recently-fledged young (second brood?)), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:01
2 Whimbrel (Maydays seawall DU ), 2 Common Sandpiper (Maydays creek DU ), Greenshank (From Maydays seawall DU ), 3 Jay (Firs chase cemetery SE), 3 Willow Warbler (Feldy view cemetery/side of firs chase caravan park SE, 1 maydays DU), Chiffchaff (Feldy view cemetery/side of firs chase caravan park SE), Sedge Warbler (Maydays dyke DU ), Lesser Whitethroat (Side of firs chase caravan park/feldy view SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Beckton, 08:00 to 12:00, Sunny/light NW wind
6 Swift, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, Hobby, 40 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 50 Linnet [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, warm.
Sparrowhawk (Juv calling.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 7 Swallow (At least), 5 House Martin (At least.), Willow Warbler, Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
South Weald, 07:00 to 08:00, sunny and still
5 Stock Dove, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (btwn Belvedere & woods), Kestrel, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Swallow, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Wheatear (along high metal deer fence on footpath btwn Rochetts and M25) [Andrew Stroud]
Maldon, 05:00 to 10:00, Chilly start then clear blue skies
4 Swift (over garden, numbers dropping down & silent), Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (adult mobbing buzzard noisily along Maldon Wick), 3 Hobby, 4 House Martin, 30 Pied Wagtail (on Prom Park playing field), Yellowhammer [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 05 Aug 2022
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 20:00 to 21:30
Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Barn Owl, Kestrel, Hobby [Tony Kennelly]
Layer Breton, 12:30 to 13:30, Dry, warm, strong breeze
150 Canada Goose, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 12 Spoonbill, 6 Great White Egret [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Sandpiper at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Sandpiper at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Sandpiper at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 05 Aug 2022, (Michael Davies)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:15 to 16:15, High tide c17:50 - highlights
5 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, Knot, Snipe, Spotted Redshank, 3+ Buzzard, 2+ Kestrel, Coal Tit, 2 Bullfinch [David L Smith]
Stow Marsh, 10:00 to 12:45, Pleasant summers day, NW wind Low tide.
2 Turtle Dove (flew rapidly low over the Crouch towards Brandy Hole), Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 160 Redshank, Black-headed Gull (floating along on the Crouch minding its on business, sudden huge splash and it was gone. One happy common seal), Common Tern, 10 Little Egret, Buzzard, Raven (around all morning hunting the fields and saltmarsh), 12 Swallow (heading low west), Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Yellow Wagtail [Alan Shearring]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:30 to 11:00, Hot, breezy
2 Buzzard, 3 Kingfisher (A single then two on a branch) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:29
Whimbrel (Strood channel DU ), 250 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus Strood channel DU ), 9 Greenshank (F/o firs chase garden DU ), Great White Egret (F/0 Strood channel causeway SE), Peregrine Falcon (Strood channel DU ), 4 Willow Warbler (3 feldy view cemetery, 1 firs chase garden DU ), 2 Stonechat (Centre ditch Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, breezy.
Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (Two adults, two juveniles.), Kestrel, 20 Swallow (At least.), 8 House Martin (At least.), Willow Warbler, Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]