Tuesday 07 Dec 2021
Thorndon CP (North), 10:00 to 11:15, Cloudy, cold. Some breeze.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper, 2 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cressing, near Braintree, 09:45 to 11:00, Cold, breezy
200 Lapwing (Put up from adjacent arable field...2 flocks of c. 100 each), Red Kite (All sightings at Cressing Temple Barns.) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Hamford Water, 09:30 to 11:40, strong and strengthening SW wind, overcast, cold, rising tide; south shore
1300 Brent Goose (+), 75 Avocet, 3 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon [Brian Combes]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00, Windy, cold and overcast
20 Redwing (Flying south into Quaker graveyard.) [Kevin Poulton]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, STROOD CHANNEL seen by dougal urquhart
24 Mediterranean Gull, Black-throated Diver (15th day in Strood channel around boats last mooring, just passed bends on seawall start of straight ,east of firs chase caravan park. ), 2 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Stonechat [Stephen Entwistle]
Brightlingsea, 09:00 to 12:00
2 Hen Harrier (Male and Ringtail @ Moverons Farm @ 09:45-10:00.) [Darrell Stile]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:00, Overcast, frosty.
11 Blackbird (Horse paddock, adj. St.Peter's), 14 Redwing (Three, horse paddock adj. St.Peter's. Eleven flying west.), Mistle Thrush (Flying west.), 40 House Sparrow (circa. On feeders, Prince of Wales Road.), Pied Wagtail (Flying north.), 30 Goldfinch (+. Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 06 Dec 2021
Chignall Smeally, 17:45 to 17:46, Dark
Barn Owl [Kevin Poulton]
Billericay, 13:00 to 13:10, Raining and cold
15 Greenfinch (Mixed in with a lesser number of Goldfinches and Chaffinches) [John Smart]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:50 to 15:05, Cloudy, sporadic rain, breezy, cold.
Water Rail (Calling.), 13 Avocet, 500 Lapwing (Approx.), 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 10 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2000 Herring Gull (At least. All commoner gulls present.), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Female.), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, STROOD CHANNEL seen by dougal urquhart
Black-throated Diver (14th day at last boat mooring,from seawall, at east of firs chase caravan park . Just passed bent going east before long straight. Not as far as sluice. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Thick mist. Cold.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing (At least), Song Thrush (At least.), 15 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:30 to 11:45, brisk SW wind, cold, clear first thing then dense fog clearing slowly, rising tide
2 Shoveler (Stone Point Lagoon ), 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point ), Green Woodpecker, Merlin (By Stone Point Lagoon, later hunting over saltmarsh ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing John Weston Reserve ), Chiffchaff (With tit flock), 2 Goldcrest (With tit flock), 107 Starling (In off - several groups), 29 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Linnet, 2 Siskin (+, heard flying over through the fog ), Red Fox (Sauntering along sea wall beside Cormorant Creek ), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Short-eared Owl at Naze, The on 06 Dec 2021, (Brian Combes) , Merlin at Naze, The on 06 Dec 2021, (Brian Combes) , Merlin at Naze, The on 06 Dec 2021, (Brian Combes)
Great Totham, 02:50 to 02:55
Tawny Owl (Calling. Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 05 Dec 2021
Silver End, 17:00 to 17:00
Woodcock (one flew over road just outside village whilst I was driving) [Andrew Goodey]
Elsenham, 16:10 to 16:20, Cloudy damp
Barn Owl (First time seen here in over 15 years) [Anthony Gales]
Mountnessing, 11:30 to 11:45
Red Kite [David Jobbins]
Great Totham, 09:05 to 10:05, Overcast, drizzle.
Kestrel (Male.), 100 Starling (circa. Arable field.), 30 House Sparrow (+. Feeders. Prince of Wales Road.), 7 Linnet (Arable field.), 50 Goldfinch (circa. Adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 16:45, Partly Cloudy
5 Wood Pigeon (On wires.), 7 Collared Dove (On wires.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Flying passed houses.), 11 Magpie (Flying and calling around.), 3 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 6 Blue Tit (On feeders.), 2 Great Tit (On feeders.), Blackcap (Male on feeders. First I’ve seen here since April.), 28 Starling (In small flocks.), 3 Blackbird (Under feeders.), Robin, 17 House Sparrow (On feeders.), 2 Dunnock (Unders feeders.), 21 Goldfinch (Flock flying around.) [Zane Sargent ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 16:30, All seen by Dougal urquhart (shop lane to stone point east Mersea, )
8 Red-breasted Merganser, Water Rail (Calling shop lane dyke. ), 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Sanderling (Stone point/cudmore Grove. ), 10 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe roost. ), Hen Harrier (Male 3.25pm flew low NE over Langenhoe point. ), 3 Stonechat (1 Golf house/cudmore. A pr from shop lane seawall. ), Brambling (Calling fish pond wood. ), Snow Bunting (On stone point east Mersea,) [Stephen Entwistle]
Copford, 09:00 to 13:00, Garden Sightings
4 Pheasant, 3 Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kestrel (Male with ring on each leg (escaped falconers bird?)), Magpie, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 14:00
4 Bewick's Swan (3 ads Hide bay, 1 ad Abberton church), 3 Red-crested Pochard (Drake and 2 females), 8 Scaup (3 imm drakes 5 female types), Long-tailed Duck (Towards pumping station), 38 Goosander, Red-necked Grebe (LDLH), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Mid reservoir/LDLH area), Black-necked Grebe (Mid reservoir with a Slavonian Grebe), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone (Peldon bay), 5 Ruff, 50 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 3 Cattle Egret (Opposite Billets Farm), 10 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Treecreeper (Lodge Lane), Rock Pipit (LDLH), Bullfinch (Lodge Lane) [Daryl Rhymes] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Dec 2021, (Daryl Rhymes)
The Naze at Walton, 08:00 to 13:00
Eider, Black-throated Diver, 3 Shag [Darrell Stile]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy. Showers. Plotlands/Great Berry.
2 Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 14 Goldfinch (At least. Eight from the lake, at least six from the edge of Lincewood.), Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 04 Dec 2021
Coggeshall, 14:45 to 15:20, Sunny,Cold
Sparrowhawk (Flying over.), Red Kite (Flying over.), 2 Buzzard (Flying on fields near A120.), Green Woodpecker (Flying around in open patch in graveyard.), 4 Blue Tit, Great Tit (Calling. ), 46 Starling (Mobbing Sparrowhawk.), 17 Blackbird (Many in graveyard.), 3 Redwing (Within flock of Blackbirds.), 22 Goldfinch (Mobbing Sparrowhawk.) [Zane Sargent ]
Great Leighs, 14:45 to 14:50, Fine, bright
3 Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 11:30 to 15:30, Selected sightings from 3.5m round walk
Mandarin Duck (Drake west of Lodge Lane, site tick), Shoveler (Drake), 14 Goosander (14 seen together, possibly more as four birds seen later but can't be sure they weren't from main flock), 11 Little Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret (In west end by Dragonfly hotel), 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 16 Blackbird (Numbers increased over last week), 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Siskin (Heard only then distant group of 5 finch sp. shortly after), 15 Tufted Duck [Matt Turner]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:55 to 11:45, Sunny
2 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 30 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 17 Herring Gull, Little Egret, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Wren, 7 Starling, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, 3 Tufted Duck [David Pallash]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 10:50 to 11:28, Fine, bright
110 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon (+), 3 Moorhen (On fishing lake), 2 Little Grebe, 6 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Kestrel [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 15:15, Bright and dry.

3 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay), 6 Scaup (Four female, two 1st winter male. Layer de le Haye causeway.), Long-tailed Duck (Layer de le Haye causeway.), 12 Goldeneye, 15 Goosander, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Rock Pipit (Layer de le Haye causeway.)

[David Curle] Bewicks Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Goldeneye at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Goldeneye at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle) , Rock Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 04 Dec 2021, (David Curle)
Great Leighs, 09:45 to 09:45, Fine, bright
Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:40 to 13:00, Sunny, breezy.
Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush, Hawfinch (Male, from Woodland Trust area near Rookery Wood. One of the regular haunts in 2017/2018 winter. ), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 16:30
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel Sean Nixon.), Black Brant (Strood channel Sean Nixon.), 11 Pintail (3 cobmarsh Island SE. 7 Langenhoe creek DU. 1 Reeves hall creek DU.), 10 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet DU. ), Snipe (Maydays / reeves hall DU. ), Guillemot (Mersea quarter's from coast rd (st peters marsh AF SE MC.), Razorbill (11.15am ,East of cobmarsh Island then Mersea quarters found Andy Field. Then Colin Mac saw it fly from mersea quarter's ,and land off Tollesbury Wick (2.15pm). (Sixth record for Mersea, the first since 7/1/1986 off west Mersea)), 2 Red-throated Diver (1 Victoria esplanade, 1 off st peters AF ,SN ,C MAC.), 2 Great Northern Diver (2 Victoria esplanade/ off st peters AF.SN,CM.), Shag (Off st peters marsh AF. MC. SE.), 6 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe/ maydays DU. ), Hen Harrier (Male flew west over maydays saltings DU.), 2 Short-eared Owl (1 Langenhoe, 1 maydays seawall DU.), 4 Fieldfare (Over on Langenhoe marshes DU. ), Redwing (Maydays DU. ), 2 Stonechat (A pr maydays seawall DU. ), 2 Brambling (Maydays set a side from seawall DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 15:30, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
5000 Golden Plover, 1000 Knot, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel, Merlin (Female mobbing Marsh Harrier), Stonechat [Steve Grimwade] Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Hen Harrier at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Stonechat at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Great Totham, 06:30 to 06:35
Tawny Owl (Calling. Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 03 Dec 2021
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 14:30 to 16:20, Cloudy,Cold
2 Mute Swan (At Geedon Hide.), 14 Shelduck (At Geedon Hide.), 6 Gadwall (On little pond behind Visiter Centre.), 62 Wigeon (At Geedon Hide.), 150+ Mallard (At Geedon Hide.), 34 Teal (At Geedon Hide.), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Pair. Distant at Geedon Hide.), Little Grebe (On little pond behind Visiter Centre.), 175+ Oystercatcher (At Geedon Hide.), Avocet (Flying down estuary at Geedon Hide.), 41 Golden Plover (Small groups at Geedons Hide.), Grey Plover (Single near Golden Plovers at Geedon Hide.), Whimbrel (At Geedon Hide.), 7 Curlew (At Geedon Hide.), 7 Bar-tailed Godwit (At Geedon Hide.), 100+ Black-tailed Godwit (At Geedon Hide.), Knot (Near Dunlin at Geedon Hide.), 7 Dunlin (Small group. At Geedon Hide.), 21 Redshank (At Geedon Hide.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Pair. At Geedon Hide.), 8 Cormorant (Flying over at Geeson Hide.), 2 Little Egret (At Geedon Hide.), Barn Owl (Flying on fields in front of Visiter Centre.) [Zane Sargent ]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:00 to 14:30, Cloudy, mild. Lincewood.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Colne Pt, 13:30 to 16:00
400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c), 4 Little Grebe, 10 Sanderling (c), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel (+), Stonechat (+ 1), 15 House Sparrow (+), Rock Pipit (+) [Liz Huxley]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 15:00, dull, drizzle
22 Red-legged Partridge (flock disturbed from seawall), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (below tower with Brent flock), Red-breasted Merganser (male, Walton Channel), Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel), 2 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point), Peregrine Falcon (Stone Point lagoon) [Martin Richards]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Clear skies, 2 degrees and windy
3 Bewick's Swan (3 from bay hide), 4 Egyptian Goose (From causeway), 3 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye (From Causeway), 1000 Tufted Duck (From Causeway) [Alan Chown]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 10:00, Misty and Drizzly
Bewick's Swan (Adult feeding with Wigeon), Red-necked Grebe (Juv looking bird still in Peldon Bay, viewable from Abberton Church), 5 Ruff, Dunlin, Marsh Harrier (Male) [Simon Patient]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
100 Pintail, 1200 Golden Plover, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails), 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, Merlin (Female), 2 Stonechat, 9 Corn Bunting [Steve Grimwade] Hen Harrier at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 03 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Marsh Harrier at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 03 Dec 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 15:30
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 10 Red-breasted Merganser (Maydays pye fleet MC. ), 10 Great Crested Grebe (Off rewsells DU. ), 90 Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells marsh saltings DU. ), 50 Sanderling (20 rewsells, 30 waldegraves single island DU. ), 2 Greenshank (Rewsells marsh saltings DU. ), 10 Mediterranean Gull (Off rewsells/waldegraves DU ), Red-throated Diver (Off rewsells marsh DU. ), Black-throated Diver (Flew west passed Victoria esplanade SE.), Great Northern Diver (Off Victoria esplanade SE.), 5 Marsh Harrier (Maydays MC. ), 3 Buzzard (Maydays MC. ), Merlin (Female caught wader rewsells marsh saltings DU. ), 2 Redwing (Cross lane DU. (1 Chinese water deer between maydays & reeves hall MC. one seen at old hall about a month ago. One seen & photographed at copt hall couple days later on the 8th November. )) [Stephen Entwistle]
Markshall Wood, Coggeshall, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy,Cold
16 Canada Goose (On little golf course.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair. At golf range.), 6 Mallard (On little pond on little golf course.), Green Woodpecker (On little golf course.), Jay (Flying over on driving range.), 3 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit (In tit flocks.), 2 Great Tit (In tit Flocks.), Skylark (Flying up and over on little golf course.-), 2 Goldcrest (Pair calling and flittering in trees.), Blackbird (On little golf course.), Robin (In bushes.), Grey Wagtail (On fishing lake next to driving range.), Bullfinch (In tit flock.), 7 Goldfinch (Flock fly over on little golf course.) [Zane Sargent ]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:15, Overcast, mild. Damp.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 3 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush (At least), Mistle Thrush, Hawfinch (Rookery Wood area.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 02 Dec 2021
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:45 to 15:45, High tide c10:00 - highlights
5 Red-breasted Merganser (East of Rat Island), 2 Water Rail (Scrape), Sparrowhawk, 5 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Bullfinch [David L Smith]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 11:20 to 11:50, Cold, quite windy, sunny. Tide fairly high
Pintail, Little Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Knot, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard (Flew low over estuary) [Simon Banks]
Mistley, 10:20 to 11:00, Cold, windy, sunny
Egyptian Goose (Lake by Essex Way near Mistley Heath), 5 Long-tailed Tit [Simon Banks]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 09:20 to 13:00, Sunny, cold wind away from shelter of the wall.
5 Eider (Single plus group of four. All imm.), 3 Grey Plover, 200 Turnstone (Approx. Small jetty.), 87 Sanderling (At least. Small jetty & nearby seawall path. Later they were on the mud by the point as the tide ebbed.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult plus 2nd winter.), 2 Guillemot (At least one very close.), 2 Razorbill (At least. Quite close.), Red-throated Diver [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 15:30, About 3pm Martin cock had a Arctic or Pomarine skua fly upriver,circled up high ,then flew east.Please anyone else see this skua
2 Red-legged Partridge (Blue row(bowers hall farm) SE.), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 15 Little Grebe (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 48 Sanderling (Off shore rewsells marsh DU. ), Greenshank (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 25 Mediterranean Gull (Plus, rewsells marsh DU. ), Red-throated Diver (Off shore rewsells marsh DU.), Cetti's Warbler (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 2 Stonechat (A pr stone point MC. ), 3 Rock Pipit (Stone point MC. ), 40 Linnet (Rewsells marsh DU. ), Snow Bunting (Am , Stone point east Mersea MC.) [Stephen Entwistle]
East Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold windy, high tide

20 Brent Goose, 10 Wigeon, 12 Pochard, 10 Lapwing, Curlew, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, 3 Kestrel, 4 Robin

[Michael Davies] Brent Goose at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Brent Goose at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Wigeon at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Wigeon at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Wigeon at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Turnstone at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Turnstone at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Sanderling at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies) , Robin at East Mersea on 02 Dec 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wrabness, 08:50 to 09:30, Cold (just a little ice), windy from NW, tide high
100 Brent Goose, Pintail (Drake), Snipe (Put up in stubble field between Wrabness and Bradfield), Merlin (Probably female. Put up ducks, gulls and waders.) [Simon Banks]
Wednesday 01 Dec 2021
West Mersea, 14:00 to 15:15, walk along Strood Channel N from Dabchicks
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 6 Little Grebe, 40 Avocet (+), Black-throated Diver (diving among boat moorings), 300 Cormorant (+ leaving the estuary and heading N) [Liz Huxley] Black-throated Diver at West Mersea on 01 Dec 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Witham, 11:30 to 11:30
Harris's Hawk (River Walk) [David L Smith]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00
50 Avocet (+), 100 Lapwing (+), 600 Golden Plover (+), Great White Egret (Geedon Marsh), 10 Little Egret (+), Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:05 to 12:00, Cloudy, gusty moderate W wind.
5 Pheasant, 103 Greylag Goose, 24 Mute Swan, Shoveler (Male.), 30 Gadwall, 24 Mallard, Goldeneye (Female.), 20 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (circa.), 30 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 4 Moorhen, 118 Coot, 5 Little Grebe, 30 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 50 Herring Gull (circa.), 3 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 3 Jay, 4 Magpie, 40 Carrion Crow (circa.), 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Skylark, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 16 Blackbird, 36 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 7 Yellowhammer, 8 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 16:00
6 Red-legged Partridge (Maydays SE. ), Red-throated Diver (Am ,Off st peters ,coast road DU ), Black-throated Diver (9th day along Strood channel seen by Liz Huxley.), Great Northern Diver (Am Off st peters, coast road DU. Poss same bird again pm off Victoria esplanade (two sugars cafe) SE.), Redwing (Maydays MC. ), 100 Chaffinch (Maydays seawall MC. ), 2 Brambling (From seawall in dyke at set a side maydays MC.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:10 to 09:30, Sun & cloud. Mild. Becoming cloudier with some light rain & rising breeze.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail (By woodland pool.), 2 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Coggeshall, 08:00 to 15:50, Partly Sunny
5 Collared Dove (On signal poles on top of the house.), 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, Red Kite (Getting mobbed by Black Headed Gulls.), 2 Magpie, 3 Blue Tit (On feeders.), Great Tit (On feeders.), Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare (With the Redwing flock.), 16 Redwing (Flock flying towards Earls Colne.), 2 House Sparrow (On feeders.), 2 Dunnock (Pair. One singing.), 7 Goldfinch (Flock flying towards centre of village.) [Zane Sargent ]
Naze, The, 07:40 to 11:00, mainly overcast, mild, strong NW wind, high tide ebbing
4 Red-legged Partridge (Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Common Scoter (3 north and 1, more unusually, on Walton Channel (where it meets The Twizzle) then flew north towards Stone Point ), 5 Little Grebe (Walton Channel ), Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel ), 4 Red-throated Diver (North), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Appeared to be in off ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 east of cricket pitch and 2 John Weston Reserve ), 11 Blackbird, 2 Stonechat (Pair on Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 30 Nov 2021
Naze, The, 14:30 to 15:30
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with dark bellied brents on foreshore below cliffs), 100 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 20 Sanderling, Rock Pipit [Liz Huxley] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Naze, The on 30 Nov 2021, (Liz Huxley, )
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 16:30, brief visit
3 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay), 4 Scaup (3 females, 1 male. LDLH Causeway), 8 Goosander, Slavonian Grebe (Island Hide), 7 Golden Plover, Ruff, Snipe, 5 Redshank, 6 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit [Oliver Cottis]
Copford, 12:15 to 12:15, Over village hall
Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:00, W breeze, overcast, heavy cloud, 10c. Sightings with Brenda.

3 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay.), 100 Shoveler (At least.), 2 Gadwall (Pair), 20 Wigeon, 15 Pintail, 40 Teal (Plus.), 4 Red-crested Pochard (Drake, 3 females. LBC.), 50 Pochard (Circa.), 20 Goldeneye (Plus.), 10 Goosander (Circa.), 50 Lapwing, 4 Golden Plover (Hide Bay), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (Hide Bay.), 2 Redshank (LDHC.), 8 Common Gull, 6 Grey Heron, 8 Great White Egret, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Raven (Hide Bay. ), Grey Wagtail (LDHC.), 100 Tufted Duck (At least)

[David Hale] Bewicks Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 30 Nov 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 30 Nov 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 30 Nov 2021, (David Hale) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 30 Nov 2021, (David Hale)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:20 to 10:35, Cloudy, milder. Becoming breezy. Golden Gate lakes.
3 Goldeneye (Male & two females.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, Lesser Redpoll (Over, calling.), 8 Goldfinch, Siskin (At least.), 28 Tufted Duck (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00
6 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet MC.), Greenshank (Maydays MC.), 5 Marsh Harrier (Seen from maydays seawall MC.), Peregrine Falcon (seen from Maydays seawall MC.), 3 Stonechat (2 grazing fields cudmore Grove DU. 1 maydays MC.), Rock Pipit (Maydays MC. ), 7 Corn Bunting (Maydays MC. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Goosander (pair on river), Merlin (hunting over river), 2 Stonechat (pair Barrier Marsh) [Richard Allen]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dull, overcast, low tide
Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Curlew at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 30 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies)
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:00, Overcast, mild.
Little Owl (In usual Oak, Church Road.), Kestrel, 30 House Sparrow (+. On feeders, Prince of Wales Road.), 25 Pied Wagtail (circa. On autumn sown field, just E. of St. Peter's.), 30 Goldfinch (circa. Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hamford Water, 08:00 to 11:00, drizzle clearing, overcast, mild, SW wind, high tide ebbing; south shore
1200 Brent Goose (++, mobile, mainly in response to birds of prey and gas gun bird scarers), Red-breasted Merganser (Kirby Creek), 4 Little Grebe (South of Skipper’s Island), Red-necked Grebe (Kirby Creek, west of Horsey Island, very nice), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Kirby Creek ), 74 Avocet (Roosting at high tide ), 160 Lapwing (++, mainly in fields adjoining estuary ), 760 Golden Plover (+, in fields adjoining estuary), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon (Hunting over fields), 25 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 34 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Brown Hare [Brian Combes]
Monday 29 Nov 2021
Great Leighs, 16:20 to 16:30, Dry, cold
Barn Owl (Hunting in field ) [Paul Everett]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 13:30 to 16:00
800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 4 Little Grebe, 20 Golden Plover (+), 1000 Cormorant (+. squadrons overhead towards Abberton Reservoir), 4 Marsh Harrier (3 ad male, 1 ad female), Buzzard, 2 Barn Owl, 3 Kestrel (+), Redwing, Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, Reed Bunting [Liz Huxley]
High Ongar, 13:00 to 13:05, icy
2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Neil Warner]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 12:30
3 Bewick's Swan (adults. Hide Bay), 2 Egyptian Goose, 30 Goldeneye (+), Goosander (male), 5 Stock Dove, Slavonian Grebe (Island Hide), Black-necked Grebe (Island Hide), 12 Black-tailed Godwit ( ), 2 Ruff (Hide Bay), 3 Dunlin (Hide Bay), 3 Great White Egret (Hide Bay), Green Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Hayes Hill Farm, Lea Valley, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunny. Cold.
8 Brambling (At least 8 birds with large finch flock in area of Hayes Hill Farm and Holyfield Farm - Fishers Green.) [Nicholas Weston]
Wivenhoe, 10:15 to 11:15, Fine but cold; most sightings refer to flooded field by Keeler's Lane
15 Shoveler ( ), 110 Gadwall ( ), 2 Wigeon ( ), 10 Mallard, 6+ Teal ( ), 19 Goosander (Large fish pond. 10 female, 9 male), 5+ Moorhen ( ), 50+ Coot ( ), 4 Little Grebe ( ), Great Crested Grebe [Graham Upton]
Westley Heights, 09:50 to 11:40, Sunny, cold.
3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 9 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 11:55, Sunny, light NW wind, overnight frost.
3 Pheasant, 29 Mute Swan, 9 Egyptian Goose, Shoveler (Male.), 31 Gadwall, 21 Mallard, Goosander (Female. Carp Lake.), 9 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 9 Moorhen, 111 Coot, 14 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lapwing, 2 Curlew (Flew up from meadow.), 3 Snipe, 30 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 3 Cormorant, Barn Owl, Kestrel, 4 Jay, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw (circa.), 20 Carrion Crow (circa.), 11 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 2 Skylark, 6 Starling, 22 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 16 Goldfinch, 13 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:05 to 09:35, Sunny, cold.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
250 Wigeon (Strood channel DU. Possible 2 cattle egrets on Langenhoe marshes MC.), 350 Teal (Strood channel DU. ), Goldeneye (Female pye fleet MC.), 6 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet MC.), 70 Black-tailed Godwit (Strood channel DU. ), 10 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU. ), Black-throated Diver (2nd day a different bird along the pye fleet seen off maydays point ,(less white patch than strood bird). No sign of Strood bird today ( could still be there). MC.), 7 Marsh Harrier (Seen from seawall off maydays MC. ), Stonechat (Strood channel DU. ), Tufted Duck (Flypass pye fleet MC.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, dry, cold, low tide

6 Canada Goose, Red-throated Diver, Lapwing, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 2 Little Egret

[Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Red-throated Diver at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Red-throated Diver at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Red-throated Diver at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 29 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies)
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:05, Sunny, cold.
Shoveler (Male, lake.), 4 Teal (Lake, three males, one female.), 6 Goosander (Lake, three females; three males- one of these an immature.), Kestrel, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:30 to 12:15, heavy frost, cold, mainly clear, sharp NW wind, cold; some storm damage to smaller trees in main sycamore clump
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Feeding with Brents on foreshore east of tidal lagoon first thing, 1 later, flying south along the beach with Brents south of Stone Point, may be a second bird), 100 Wood Pigeon (+, single flock heading north first thing), 110 Cormorant (+, roosting on the tip of Stone Point, several hundred more on the north shore of Hamford Water), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point ), Merlin (By Stone Point Lagoon ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of John Weston Reserve and 1 in it), 17 Starling, 16 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch [Brian Combes] Short-eared Owl at Naze, The on 29 Nov 2021, (Brian Combes) , Short-eared Owl at Naze, The on 29 Nov 2021, (Brian Combes) , Short-eared Owl at Naze, The on 29 Nov 2021, (Brian Combes)
Sunday 28 Nov 2021
Birch, 14:40 to 14:50, Cold, dry - On field Maldon Road, Birch. Flew off low towards Copford, unable to re-locate

5 Whooper Swan (2 adults and 2 juvenile)

[Paul Everett] Whooper Swans 28 Nov 2021 (Paul Everett) , Whooper Swans 28 Nov 2021 (Paul Everett) , Whooper Swans 28 Nov 2021 (Paul Everett) , Whooper Swans 28 Nov 2021 (Paul Everett)
Salcott, 14:30 to 16:15
2 Little Stint (Very close views, separated from other waders on mud), Snipe, Spotted Redshank, 2 Hen Harrier (Both ringtails, close views), Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (Distant views on Copt Hall), Kingfisher, 7 Kestrel, 3 Peregrine Falcon [Philip Chalk]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny but cold
19 Mute Swan, 3 Bewick's Swan (At Hide Bay Hide on little Island.), Baikal Teal (Hybrid with Eurasian Teal. At Hide Bay Hide.), 33 Wigeon (At Hide Bay Hide on the grass over the back.), 25+ Pintail (Most at Hide Bay Hide but a pair at LDHC.), 40+ Teal, 60 Pochard (With Tufted Ducks.), 3 Scaup (1 at LBC. 2 at LDHC.), 24 Goldeneye (Many dotted around the reservoir.), 8 Goosander (At LDHC.), 26 Great Crested Grebe (Mostly at LDHC.), 3 Lapwing (At LDHC.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On right hand side of LDHC.), 16 Redshank (Dotted around at LDHC.), 4 Cattle Egret (In trees next to LBC.), 4 Grey Heron, 6 Great White Egret (2 at LBC. 4 flying around the reserve.), 4 Twite (Small flock near little park on reserve.), 500+ Tufted Duck [Zane Sargent ]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 14:30, Bright, cold and windy - not all species recorded

3 Bewick's Swan (Hide bay), 2 Shoveler (Hide Bay), 5 Pintail, 30 Teal (+), Red-crested Pochard (LdlH causeway), 2 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, Redshank (LdlH causeway), 2 Great White Egret, 5 Blue Tit (+), Goldfinch, Corn Bunting

[Paul Everett] Bewicks Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Paul Everett) , Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Paul Everett) , Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Paul Everett) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Paul Everett) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Paul Everett)
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 16:00, Selected sightings
Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Peregrine Falcon [Matt Turner] Turnstone at Holland Haven on 28 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 28 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Red-throated Diver at Holland Haven on 28 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 15:30, highlights
310 Brent Goose, 150 Shelduck (minimum), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Oystercatcher, 126 Avocet, 30 Grey Plover (minimum), 50 Curlew, 55 Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, 13 Knot, 170 Dunlin, 70 Redshank (minimum), 20 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (flew into nest box, behind Intertidal area), 3 Kestrel [Oliver Cottis]
University of Essex, Colchester, 11:00 to 12:00, Fine
7 Goosander [Graham Upton]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:40, Cold, windy, no precipitation, mostly clear.
2 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay hide), 6 Egyptian Goose (All paired), 13 Pintail, 41 Goldeneye (Mostly towards dam (26 in flock)), 6 Goosander (2 Hide Bay hide, 4 LDH causeway, east side), 250 Lapwing (Estimate. Mostly from Hide Bay hide), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Hide Bay hide), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cattle Egret (Layer Breton causeway, west side), 8 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit (Reserve, near visitor centre), Chaffinch (Female on Layer Breton causeway) [Simon Banks]
TL7305, 10:30 to 11:30
5 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Stock Dove, 27 Wood Pigeon, 4 Coot, Snipe, 32 Black-headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, Cormorant, 6 Magpie, 17 Carrion Crow, 2 Skylark, 5 Starling, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit [David Pallash]
Birch, 10:15 to 11:04
5 Whooper Swan (2 adults 3 juveniles, lane north of Maldon road.from cross road birch to hardy green first field on left.still there when is left.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 10:00 to 11:00
4 Wigeon (3m, 1f), 6 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Siskin (Heard) [Matt Turner] Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 28 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner)
The Strood, Mersea Island, 09:30 to 10:30, 2c, sunny & strong NW-N wind
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200 Wigeon, 50 Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, Snipe, Sparrowhawk (hunting starlings over the fields), Marsh Harrier (male flying over the causeway as I drove home), Buzzard (being mobbed by the crows), 2 Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit [Tony Kennelly]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:15, Cold and clear
Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Avocet, Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 106 Redshank, Meadow Pipit [Gary A James]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
10 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet DU. ), 2 Black-throated Diver ((1) 6th day still along Strood channel around last boat mooring. It dives alot.DU. (1) a second bird found along the pye fleet (with less white patch above legs ). DU.), Short-eared Owl (Flushed reeves hall seawall DU. ), Kingfisher (Maydays sluice DU.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Point Clear, St Osyth, 09:00 to 13:00
Hen Harrier (ringtail female flew towards Howlands Marsh) [Richard Allen]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, cold wind, low tide
2 Teal, Curlew, 20 Redshank, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret (Eating a fish), Blackbird, Robin [Michael Davies] Teal at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Blackbird at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 28 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies)
Holland Haven, 09:00 to 12:00, Sunny and windy
Ringed Plover, Turnstone, 11 Purple Sandpiper (On sluice ), 2 Peregrine Falcon [Yvonne Watling]
Dovercourt, 08:50 to 08:55, Cold, windy, clear
10 Red-legged Partridge (In gap between part of Little Oakley continuous with Dovercourt and the far bit.), Sparrowhawk (Almost certainly male, hunting, Little Oakley) [Simon Banks]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 09:45, Sunny, mod. NW wind, cold.
Little Owl (In usual Oak, Church Road.), 30 House Sparrow (+. Regularly on feeders, Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 09:00, Sunny, cold wind. Plotlands.
9 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 6 Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Copford, 08:35 to 08:35
5 Whooper Swan (Family part of 2 adults and 3 juveniles in stubble field south of village) [Steve Grimwade] Whooper Swan at Copford on 28 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:10 to 13:45, Sunny, WNW wind, LT
3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 71 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 16 Shoveler (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates ), 11 Gadwall (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 36 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 30 Teal (One Golden Gates, the rest Stanford Creek), 12 Pochard (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Including a drake, Golden Gates), Water Rail (Golden Gates), 2 Moorhen (On the pit to the south of the tip), 43 Coot (26 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 597 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 9 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 59 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 998 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 302 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), Snipe (Golden Gates), 39 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 5 Kittiwake (Single flock up river), Buzzard (Over the tip), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair on rocks in the managed retreat), Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair Golden Gates), 50 Tufted Duck (Five on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Holland Haven, 07:45 to 09:00, 1c, overcast & strong NW-N wind
50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (feeding on fields & some flew in from sea), 11 Purple Sandpiper (flew from south to sluice to feed om sea wall), 10 Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill (flying north), Red-throated Diver (fishing by sea wall adjacent to golf course), 2 Great Northern Diver (possibly 3 flying north) [Tony Kennelly]
The Naze at Walton, 07:00 to 13:00
Jack Snipe (In-off. Due West @ 08:50.) [Darrell Stile]
Saturday 27 Nov 2021
St Osyth, 11:30 to 12:00, breezy, sunny
40 Brent Goose (on beach adjacent to caravan park - then flew inland), 3 Sanderling (on beach adjacent to caravan park), 2 Red-throated Diver (on sea) [Moira Jackson]
Coggeshall, 11:00 to 13:30, Partly sunny
Wood Pigeon (Underneath feeders.), 3 Collared Dove (In bushes near feeders.), 4 Blue Tit (On feeders.), 2 Great Tit (On feeders.), 2 Robin (Pair flittering around.), Dunnock (Underneath feeders.) [Zane Sargent ]
Holland Haven, 10:00 to 11:00, breezy, cold
7 Purple Sandpiper (around sluice), Red-throated Diver (flying south), 2 Stonechat [Moira Jackson]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 15:30, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
2 Common Scoter, 9 Snipe, Caspian Gull (1st winter), Yellow-legged Gull (Adult), 2 Cattle Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Raven, Dartford Warbler, 2 Water Pipit, Rock Pipit [Steve Grimwade] Cattle Egret at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 27 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Common Scoter at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 27 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Dartford Warbler at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 27 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Caspian Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 27 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, From maydays seawall (pye fleet)seen by Dougal Urquhart
10 Red-breasted Merganser, 2000 Wood Pigeon (Plus f/o shop lane.), 140 Avocet, Woodcock (Flushed on pheasant shoot by wild fowlers private wood NE shop lane.), 5 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (Ringtail flew east over fields. ), 2 Stonechat (A pr), 10 Corn Bunting (Plus ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Halstead, 09:00 to 13:00
20 Siskin (Flew onto Alder trees in front of house. First this winter. ) [Barbara Leport]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:50 to 08:30, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
Green Woodpecker, 16 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Friday 26 Nov 2021
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 15:30, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
16 Pintail (Eight pairs.), Water Rail, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Flying over, making for Wat Tyler/Vange.), 3 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 26 Redshank, Sparrowhawk (Male.), 3 Marsh Harrier (Male, female & immature.), Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Tufted Duck [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 16:00, Rising tide, NW breeze, cold, overcast.
5 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Water Rail (Heard only), 22 Turnstone (Unusually high count for FW.), 10 Marsh Harrier (Geedon Saltings), 2 Kingfisher (Scrape), Merlin (Geedon Saltings), Peregrine Falcon (Geedon Saltings), 4 Bullfinch (4m 1f from Crawshaw Hide) [Ken Hudgell]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:15 to 09:15, Cold, rain and windy
30 Blackbird (A single flock flew in from the east and crash landed into the Nature Reserve behind my house, during bad weather.. An hour later they were very vocal in the trees and bushes obviously migrants.) [Alan Shearring]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding Guided walk. (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
3 Bewick's Swan, 4 Scaup, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Cattle Egret, 9 Great White Egret, Kingfisher, Fieldfare [Steve Grimwade] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
TL4304, 09:00 to 13:00
10 Fieldfare (Mixed flock with Redwing in Churchyard ), 20 Redwing (Mixed flock with Fieldfare in Churchyard ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Strood channel seen by Martin Cock
Black-throated Diver (4th day Strood channel between sluice opposite ray Island, at last boat mooring, before bend towards firs chase caravan park. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 25 Nov 2021
Great Totham, 15:35 to 15:40
Red Kite (From east into South Wood.), Buzzard (Calling as flew into South Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Matching Church, 15:30 to 16:00, Sunny clear
20 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag Goose (on pond), 17 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Red Kite, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet (mobbing two Red Kites perched in pond side trees) [Andrew Goodey]
Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford, 15:00 to 15:00, Fine calm
Marsh Harrier (Male. Paused briefly, then carried on south) [Graham Upton]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 14:30, Sunny, fresh breeze
Hen Harrier (Male, seen four times over c.30 minutes, quartering low over rough grass to the west ofthe windmill water pump) [Steve Hallam]
Wrabness, 12:45 to 14:00, Cool, clear; tide high
Eider (Male), Great Crested Grebe, Bullfinch [Simon Banks]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 12:30 to 16:00, Sunny, warm in front of the wall. Cold wind elsewhere.
2 Scaup (Pair. First seen at some distance. Later they drifted closer with the tide & could be seen well.), 12 Grey Plover (At least.), 15 Sanderling (Approx. Flying east, close to the seawall.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), Guillemot (Flying upriver. A few more auks further offshore.), Razorbill (Fishing very close in to the point.), 2 Red-throated Diver (At least.), Rock Pipit [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:20 to 12:40
Slavonian Grebe (Seen well from west end of causeway) [James Hudson]
Halstead, 11:13 to 11:15, Sunny, cloudless and cold with a brisk northerly wind.
Raven (Calling individual flying steadily north-west over arable fields from Greenstead Green towards Halstead.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Mersea Island, 10:00 to 17:30, Strood channel 500yds east of firs chase caravan park.
7 Red-legged Partridge (Maydays SE. ), 10 Grey Partridge (Bowers hall farm from seawall SE. ), 10 Avocet (Plus), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus), Black-throated Diver (Strood channel, in its third day seen from seawall at last boat mooring,beween sluice to large bend before firs chase caravan park. SE DU.), White Stork (11am came from Strood Hill direction flew along Strood channel towards copt hall direction. Seen by SE DU plus 3 other birders.), Redwing (Maydays SE. ), Stonechat (Female Strood channel same area seawall as diver seen.), Meadow Pipit (Maydays SE. ), Rock Pipit, 3 Corn Bunting (Up to 10 there behind seawall (same area).) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:00, Sunny yet cold
3 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay), 4 Egyptian Goose, 30 Pintail, 9 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH Causeway, 16:00), 3 Scaup (2 females and 1 male, LDLH Causeway), 14 Goosander, 3 Little Grebe, Red-necked Grebe (close in, LDLH Causeway), 2 Slavonian Grebe (very distant from Island Hide), 2 Ruff, 19 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, White Stork (circled over the reserve at 10:15, before heading towards Old Hall), 8 Cattle Egret (With cattle, across the road from Billet's Farm), 7 Great White Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 500 Jackdaw, Rock Pipit, Black Swan (Wig Bay) [Oliver Cottis] Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Oliver Cottis)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:45, Selected sightings

3 Bewick's Swan (Hide Bay), 8 Red-crested Pochard (Distant from Abberton Church), 3 Scaup (1m, 2f east of LDHC), 34 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, Red-necked Grebe (Showing nicely SW corner LDHc), 3 Great White Egret, 2 Stonechat (Abberton Church viewpoint)

[Matt Turner] Bewicks Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner)
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 16:00, Sunny,Cold
2 Kittiwake (Pair. First I’ve ever seen in Coggeshall!), 90+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (With Great black backed gulls.), 3 Buzzard (1 pair. 1 getting mobbed by rooks.), 4 Magpie (Small flock.), 16 Rook, 7 Blue Tit (On feeders.), 2 Great Tit (On feeders.), 2 Blackbird (Underneath feeders.), Robin (Underneath feeders.), Dunnock (Underneath feeders.) [Zane Sargent ]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold strong wind
Red-necked Grebe, 5 Cattle Egret, 50 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies)
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold strong wind
50 Greylag Goose, 100 Shoveler, 20 Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Shoveler at Layer Breton on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 25 Nov 2021, (Michael Davies)
Maldon, 09:00 to 09:30, All sightings Elms Farm Park Lake.
8 Gadwall, 28 Mallard, 8 Teal, 14 Coot, Grey Heron, 4 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:45, Fine and sunny, W wind, rising tide
2 Mute Swan, 7 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 225 Teal, 4 Pochard, 16 Little Grebe, 90 Grey Plover, 60 Curlew, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 747 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 25 Redshank, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Male), Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs), 5 Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, cold. Plotlands.
3 Wigeon (Circled the lake a couple of tines before flying off westwards.), Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush (Over.), 40 Goldfinch (At least. Alders fringing the lake.), 9 Siskin (At least. Alders.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:20 to 12:00, cool, overcast first thing quickly clearing, cold NW wind, rising tide
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Feeding with Brents on foreshore below cliff), 150 Wood Pigeon (+, flock moving NW first thing), Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point ), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point ), Merlin (Towards Stone Point ), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 escarpment, 1 John Weston Reserve ), 11 Starling (North), 14 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 13 Goldfinch (Mainly north ), 2 Siskin (North ), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Naze, The on 25 Nov 2021, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 24 Nov 2021
Hamford Water, 15:00 to 16:30, overcast, cool, light wind, high tide; south shore
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (Hunting over Horsey Island ), 2 Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Quay Lane), 2 Goldcrest (Quay Lane) [Brian Combes]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 15:00 to 15:15, Watching from old hall distant ,off shingle head point by Colin mackenzie grieve
Goldeneye (Male Tollesbury fleet. ), Smew (Red head salcott 400m east of Abbotts hall breach.), 2 Guillemot, Puffin (Possible went south channel dirction.), Great Northern Diver (Tollesbury fleet.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:30
3 Scaup (LDLH late pm flew to raft .), White Stork (Field left ot track to rows farm .just north passed entrance to centre.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 12:00, Fine and still
6 Purple Sandpiper [Graham Upton] Holland Haven on 24 Nov 2021, (Graham Upton)
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 11:05, BLACK THROATED DIVER Strood channel, east of firs chase caravan park at seawall bend.at last boat mooring.
3 Common Scoter (Females off st peters marsh.coast road.DU.), Red-breasted Merganser (Off St Peters DU.), 10 Great Crested Grebe (Off st Peters DU.), 8 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off st Peters. ), 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Off st Peters. ), Black-throated Diver (Strood channel MC / AF.), Great Northern Diver (Off Seaview beach ,mid pm MC.), 400 Cormorant (Off st Peters heading to Abberton. ), 2 Rock Pipit (St Peters marsh. ), 10 Corn Bunting (Strood channel dyke MC AF.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 15:15
4 Bewick's Swan (Adults), Scaup (Female east of LDLH), Long-tailed Duck (In Goldeneye flock off island hide), 31 Goosander, Red-necked Grebe (Juvenile in Peldon bay, 2nd bird seen by othets between causeways), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Off island hide), 11 Ruff, 40 Dunlin, 5 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 19 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Cattle Egret (Garr house farm), 8 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, Fieldfare, 2 Redwing [Daryl Rhymes] Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Daryl Rhymes)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 09:10 to 12:00, Cloudy, slightly misty. Cold.
44 Shoveler, 103 Wigeon, 43 Teal, 2 Water Rail (At least two calling.), 3 Little Grebe (Saline.), 20 Avocet, 480 Lapwing (Approx.), 4 Curlew, 22 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. 15 on saltmarsh adjacent to saline.), Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Spotted Redshank (Feeding in saline.), 200 Black-headed Gull, 14 Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Adult female.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (In bramble bush next to saline viewpoint. Very close & confiding.), Grey Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 6 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
21 Barnacle Goose (plus the usual dodgy Canacles (Canada x Barnacle hybrids)), 7 Avocet, Sparrowhawk, 4 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (Female), 2 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl, Merlin (Female), 2 Raven, 15 Bearded Tit, 5 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit, 5 Corn Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer [Steve Grimwade] Raven at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 24 Nov 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Selected sightings from both causeways
Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, Fieldfare, Brambling (Winter plumage male in Siskin flock, heavily cropped record shot), 30 Siskin (Active flock feeding in the treetops), Tufted Duck [Matt Turner] Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Green Sandpiper at Ardleigh Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Brambling at Ardleigh Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner) , Siskin at Ardleigh Reservoir on 24 Nov 2021, (Matt Turner)