Sunday 21 Jul 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 11:30, Fine rain,Overcast,sunny and humid
30 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe (At centre), Lapwing, 25 Little Tern, 3 Cattle Egret (LBC), 6 Great White Egret (Hide bay hide wig hide and LBC), 20 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Female near hide bay hide), 2 Marsh Harrier (1 LBC and 1 hide bay hide), Red Kite (Over farmland near LBC), Buzzard, 10 House Martin [Bob Hoskinz]
Saturday 20 Jul 2024
Bradfield, 15:00 to 15:00
Osprey (Feeding (successfully) on The Stour Estuary north of Nether Hall, then flew towards Stutton, delightful) [Brian Combes]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 16:00, Sun & cloud. Warm. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One juv.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch (All Willow Park (two Long Wood).), Treecreeper (Willow Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 19 Jul 2024
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 10:30 to 15:00, Sunny, hot. All records from lagoon unless otherwise specified.
180 Oystercatcher (At least.), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 250 Redshank (At least.), 15 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (Two from slipway.), 4 Common Gull (Slipway area.), Sandwich Tern (Slipway area.), 14 Common Tern (11 adults, one 1st summer,ntwo newly hatched young. Two more birds sitting on nests.) [Andrew Cox]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:00 to 12:00, Clear, hot. Little wind.
2 Sandwich Tern (Off Walton just before the Naze), Green Woodpecker (On telegraph pole on approach to Walton from Harwich), Hobby (Cliffrs near the tower, briefly), 5 Swallow (Around the tower area), Whitethroat (Singing, bushes just past the tower) [Simon Banks]
Heybridge GP, 09:00 to 17:00, High tide c12:00 - highlights
10+ Swift, 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Kestrel, 6+ Bearded Tit (Juveniles and others heard, in 4 locations), 4+ Sand Martin (Low, heading SE), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), Stonechat [David L Smith]
TL6613, 08:20 to 10:40, Hot, light wind. A few of the spots listed
11 Mallard (1 adult with 10 Ducklings), 11 Moorhen (4 adults, 7 chicks), Common Sandpiper (Beside one of the farm reservoirs.), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 7 Yellowhammer [Brian Priestley]
Great Totham, 08:10 to 08:15, Sunny. Clear sky.
22 Swift (Noisily together briefly over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 08:50, Sunny, warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (At least.), Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 18 Jul 2024
Finchingfield, 12:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny
2 Kingfisher (On Finchingfield Brook, which hardly seems big enough to support them. I've seen many kingfishers over the years but I think this is the first time I've seen two together.) [James Harvey]
Great Totham, 11:55 to 11:55
16 Swift (Over Gt.Totham South heading SW.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chelmsford City Centre, 10:10 to 10:15
25 Swift (Flying and screaming over King's Road. Humid and warm) [Winifred Simmonds]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 16:30, High tide c10:30 - highlights
2+ Turtle Dove (Seen & heard), 6+ Avocet, Whimbrel, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, Red Kite, Buzzard, 3 Kingfisher (Sightings at Trout Pools, Lake and Kingfisher hide), 2 Kestrel, Hobby, Yellowhammer (Heard near VC) [David L Smith]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 11:00, Sun/cloud, warm
2 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern (immature), 2 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, Hobby, Reed Warbler [Gary A James]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 11:40, Sunny. 4/8 cloud. V.light SSW wind. 18 to 22c. With Graham Barber.
Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan (Plus three cygnets.), 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 15 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 2 Moorhen, 66 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (One pair displaying and pair with recent brood of two.), 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Female with prey.), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Kestrel (Male.), Jay, 10 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 7 Swallow, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler (Three singing.), Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 8 Wren (Six singing.), 8 Blackbird (One singing.), Song Thrush, 9 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, Chaffinch (Female.), 13 Greenfinch (Three singing.), 11 Linnet (Including one carrying nest material.), 2 Goldfinch, 8 Tufted Duck (Plus two broods, 4 and 1.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 17 Jul 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:15, Layer Breton Causeway
42 Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, 7 Spoonbill, 6+ Cattle Egret (at nests in heronry), Great White Egret [Liz Huxley]
Witham, 11:45 to 12:00, Over town centre
5 Swift (Silent mode), Sparrowhawk (Female ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (At least. Possibly two broods.), 4 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 07:30 to 07:30, Sunny. Clear sky.
18 Swift (Together feeding over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 10:15, Clear, warm, northerly wind, high tide
25+ Swift (3 north), 2 Little Grebe (Juvs), Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Turnstone, 26 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (North of Cormorant Creek ), 45 Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juvs), 20+ Sand Martin, 27 Swallow (Trickling north first thing), Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Whitethroat (Singing ), 60+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 20+ House Sparrow (Post-breeding flock, southern edge of Walton Hall Marshes) [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 16 Jul 2024
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:15 to 18:30, Fine some cloud
12 Swift (Patching Hall Lane) [Bruce Brown]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 17:45, Sun & clouds. Brief sharp shower. Warm.
Garganey (Female.), 2 Oystercatcher, 12 Avocet (Eight adults, four young, mixed ages.), 16 Lapwing, 9 Curlew, 150 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 2 Ruff (Males.), Green Sandpiper, 37 Redshank (At least.), Wood Sandpiper (Western end of main lagoon.), Spotted Redshank (Starting to moult.), Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:20 to 10:50, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Kestrel, Hobby, 500 Starling (Est.), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 08:50
18 Swift (Briefly together over Gt.Totham South before splitting up to leave the regular three.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:20, mainly clear, mild, westerly wind, high tide ebbing
41 Barnacle Goose (Horsey Island), 13 Swift (South), Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Turnstone, 21 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Little Gull (First summer bird, mobile between Walton Hall Marshes and Cormorant Creek ), 50 Sandwich Tern (24 juvs), 2 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (Hunting over Horsey Island ), Green Woodpecker, 40+ Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing), 2 Blackcap (Singing), Whitethroat (Singing), 60+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 9 Pied Wagtail, 33 Linnet [Brian Combes]
Monday 15 Jul 2024
Colchester, 19:00 to 19:05
Red Kite (Over garden new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:00 to 18:10, overcast
2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) [Bruce Brown]
Elmstead, 10:00 to 13:00, Warm with light cloud
Water Rail ((Heard only)), 5 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker ((Heard)), Kestrel, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, Skylark, 5 Swallow, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer [Richard Salenius ]
Sunday 14 Jul 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 17:00, Obs from both causeways and reserve - not all species recorded
45 Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck (LBC), Swift, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpiper (LBC- in flight), 4 Common Tern (LBC), 2 Spoonbill (LBC), 4 Cattle Egret (clearly seen - yellow bills and beige markings-LBC), 7 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret (LBC), 23 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (heard- Reserve), Blackbird, 17 Pied Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch (Reserve) [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:40 to 14:40, Partly Sunny,Only Highlights!
Ruddy Shelduck (On the East Side of LBC,showed very well. ), 14 Common Tern, 3 Spoonbill (From LBC.), 4 Cattle Egret (From LBC.), 5 Great White Egret (2 from LBC and 3 from Wig Bay Screen.), 3 Kestrel, Reed Warbler (In pond reeds next to visitor centre.), Grey Wagtail (Flew over visitor centre towards LDHC. ), 8 Linnet [Zane Sargent ] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Partly cloudy, sunny, warm
Red-crested Pochard [Catherine Studd]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:00 to 14:15, Warm, sunny to start then clouding over.
6 Wigeon (5 males and 1 female.), 14 Avocet (Plus 2 young chicks.), 40+ Lapwing, 16 Curlew, 102 Black-tailed Godwit (In a mix of plumages.), Common Sandpiper, 60+ Redshank, 6 Spotted Redshank (Moulting adults.), Little Gull (1st summer.), 11 Marsh Harrier (At least, definitely 2 different males and females and at least 7 juveniles.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Males.), Hobby, 10 Bearded Tit (4 flew over and at least another 6 heard.), Cetti's Warbler (Singing male.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing males at least.), 6 Stonechat (2 pairs one with 2 juveniles.), Corn Bunting (Singing male.) [Ashley Gooding]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:00 to 12:00, Broken sun - warm
Greenshank (Clements Green Creek), 5 Corn Bunting (Singing males around the eastern field of Marsh Farm) [Robert Pease]
Colchester, 08:00 to 08:05
22 Swift (Screech party over the breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Finchingfield, 07:00 to 12:00, Sunny cloudy later
2 Red Kite (probable pair in usual area probably breeding ), 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher (A bird watched coming into Gt Howe Wood, perching and calling for about a minute then flying off high from wood for quite a distance) [Andy Goodey]
Saturday 13 Jul 2024
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 18:50 to 20:00
8 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Turtle Dove (1 seen 3 heard around site), 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Redshank, Cormorant, 2 Tawny Owl (at 2200hrs 1 seen 1 heard - poss young calling), 2 Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Reed Warbler (2 seen 1 heard), Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
TQ7692, 16:00 to 17:00, Overcast
12 Swift (At least. Screech party above the house), Greenfinch (Female. On bird feeder clearly showing signs of trichomonosis. Sterilised feeding station and bird bath again. Gutted as it's the first one in the garden for over a year.) [Les Finn]
North Fambridge, 14:50 to 17:30, Blue House Farm EWT Reserve,Overcast,Only Highlights from a very active reserve!
17 Barnacle Goose (Including 8 juveniles present. ), 12 Avocet (Including 2 juveniles.), 50+ Black-tailed Godwit (Many summer plumaged adults. ), 2 Ruff (In middle part of reserve on water. ), 2 Green Sandpiper (1 from 1st Hide and 1 in middle of reserve on water. ), 10 Common Tern (Including 2 juveniles (one learning to fish).), Marsh Harrier (Juvenile from this year flying around. ), Barn Owl (In 1 of the owl boxes.), 4 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 8 Meadow Pipit (Including 5 juveniles.), 2 Corn Bunting (Including 1 showing very well along fence line. ), 5 Reed Bunting, Black Swan [Zane Sargent ] Barnacle Goose at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Tern at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Corn Bunting at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:56 to 09:46, Moderate wind from west. Cloud cover 5/8. Visibility good.
7 Wood Pigeon (7 south during 8:58 - 9:17), Arctic Skua (Dark phase, far out, flying south, picked up at 9:12 and followed in scope) [Simon Banks]
Holland Haven, 06:30 to 09:20, overcast with light rain, southerly wind, cool, ebbing tide
17 Swift (South), 4 Oystercatcher, 41 Avocet, 16 Lapwing, 14 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 21 Swallow, 6 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing), 40+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 17 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnet, 2 Siskin (South), 5 Reed Bunting (Singing) [Brian Combes]
Friday 12 Jul 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:45 to 17:45, Sun & cloud. Chilly northely breeze.
Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-tailed Godwit (SP), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 20 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Birdbrook, 13:00 to 15:00, Cloudy, light winds.
Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding 2 young in nest under next-door neighbours porch.) [Barry Williams] Spotted Flycatcher at Birdbrook on 12 Jul 2024, (Barry Williams)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 13:00, Low tide 11.20. Cloud with occasional sun. 15-18deg. Strongish NE wind. A few of the spots here
Barnacle Goose, 15 Oystercatcher, 31 Avocet, 16 Lapwing, 14 Curlew (Flew over), 72 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Sedge Warbler (Others heard), Reed Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Reed Bunting, Black Swan [Brian Priestley] Black-tailed Godwit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Jul 2024, (Brian Priestley)
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 11:50, Cloudy, north wind
Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (adult), 24 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, Little Egret [Gary A James]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 14:00
250 Canada Goose (Plus ), 120 Greylag Goose (Plus ), 100 Mute Swan (Plus), Common Sandpiper (LBCW W ,(second one seen by others)), 11 Spoonbill (Roosting on small island LBCW W mid day), 8 Cattle Egret (In nesting trees LBCW W), 5 Great White Egret, 18 Goldfinch (On feeders visitor centre ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, cold. Then clearing a little & warming up.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juv.), 5 Green Woodpecker (Inc one juv.), Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (Pair feeding a fledged brood of three.), Yellowhammer (Pastures.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:00, northerly wind, cool, overcast with showers, ebbing tide
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (South), 5 Avocet, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Turnstone, 7 Sanderling (First of the autumn, fairly early; adults in breeding plumage), 14 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (First summer bird still, Walton Hall Marshes), 20+ Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, 40+ Sand Martin, 37 Swallow (SW over the marshes), 8 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), Reed Warbler (Singing), Blackcap (Singing), 5 Whitethroat (Singing), 150+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 38+ Linnet (Post-breeding flock of 30+ on Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Thursday 11 Jul 2024
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:00 to 18:10, In front of Large Black Cloud.
10 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) [Bruce Brown]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 17:15 to 20:30
9 Greylag Goose, 5 Mute Swan (1 adult with 4 cignets), 12 Shelduck (2 adults plus 10), 3 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Collared Dove, 16 Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (juvenile), 6 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 9 Redshank, Spotted Redshank, 11 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (male - good views - pale grey upper wings with black tips. flew over and towards Blackwater), Kestrel, Hobby, Magpie, Blue Tit, Skylark, Swallow, 12 House Martin (near marina and from hide), Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 25 Starling (+), Blackbird, 15 House Sparrow (near marina), 4 Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Tufted Duck [Paul Everett] Great Crested Grebe at Tollesbury Wick NR EWT on 11 Jul 2024, (Paul Everett) , Spotted Redshank at Tollesbury Wick NR EWT on 11 Jul 2024, (Paul Everett) , Hobby at Tollesbury Wick NR EWT on 11 Jul 2024, (Paul Everett)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 15:00 to 16:35
8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Egyptian Goose, 19 Shelduck, Teal, 20 Pochard (+), Moorhen, 4 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 59 Oystercatcher, 15 Avocet, 12 Lapwing, 5 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 5 Redshank, 5 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 2 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), Whitethroat (heard), Stonechat, Pied Wagtail [Paul Everett]
North Weald, 12:00 to 14:30, Prolonged sunny periods
3 Red Kite (Circling slowly over village, reappeared several times over hour or so), 3 Buzzard (Weald Common, circling on thermals), Kestrel (Weald Common), Raven (Over Weald Common, mobbed briefly by resident Carrion Crow pair, drifted away), Skylark (Briefly singing over Weald Common), 3 Bullfinch (Weald Common, male and female seen, 3rd bird calling nearby) [Paul William]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:00 to 16:00, via River Walk, downstream from Chipping Hill - highlights (also White-legged Damselfly)
30+ Swift (Screaming parties over Whetmead and River Walk ), Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 6+ Buzzard, 4+ Kingfisher (1 seen & at least 3 others heard), Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 6+ Swallow, 6+ House Martin, 4+ Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Whimbrel (Reeves hall marsh AF ), Bar-tailed Godwit (Reeves hall marsh very pale possibly Leucistic AF), 4 Black-tailed Godwit (From Reeves hall seawall AF ), 2 Turnstone (Reeves hall marsh AF ), Common Sandpiper (Strood channel sluice DU), 2 Common Tern (Pye fleet reeves hall AF ), 6 Marsh Harrier (From Reeves hall seawall AF (2/3 juv)), Corn Bunting (Singing reeves hall AF ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 12:10, Variable cloud cover, 4/8 to 7/8. Light W wind. 16-20c. With Graham Barber.
Pheasant, 5 Greylag Goose, 3 Mute Swan (Plus four young.), 17 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 6 Swift, 25 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (circa.), 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Moorhen, 68 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 13 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Skylark (Singing.), 12 Swallow, House Martin, Chiffchaff (Singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Two singing males, two females.), 4 Whitethroat (One singing.), 6 Wren (Five singing.), 2 Blackbird (One singing.), Robin, 3 House Sparrow (One carrying food.), Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch (Singing.), 3 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch (Two singing.), 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Tufted Duck (Plus brood of five.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Totham, 07:30 to 07:35
18 Swift (High over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 10 Jul 2024
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 17:40 to 17:45, overcast.
Swift (Patching Hll Lane, FOY over Garden.) [Bruce Brown]
Colchester, 13:15 to 13:20
Sparrowhawk (Seen over garden carrying prey ,new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Colchester, 11:30 to 11:40
5 Red Kite (Between Butchers wood and the zoo ) [Graham Barber ]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:05, Sun & cloud. Becoming warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Spotted Flycatcher [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 09:30, Overcast gradually clearing, ebbing tide, mild, southerly wind
2 Teal (South), 22 Swift (South), 3 Little Grebe (Juvs), 8 Avocet, 3 Grey Plover, 12 Curlew, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Turnstone, 21 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Little Gull, 52 Sandwich Tern (18 juvs), 6 Little Tern, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl (Over Horsey Island), Green Woodpecker, 30+ Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Whitethroat (Singing), 50+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), Grey Wagtail (South) [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 09 Jul 2024
Colchester, 10:00 to 10:05
Hobby (Hunting swifts over garden new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:10 to 10:30, Overcast, light rain. Cool.
5 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper (At least.), Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Strood, 09:00 to 20:00
2 Green Sandpiper (Flew over feldy side from Strood channel seawall DU ), Barn Owl (On Strood causeway railings in evening MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:10, overcast with long periods of rain, light wind, low tide, cool
21 Swift (South), 3 Little Grebe (Juvs), 22 Avocet, 5 Whimbrel (Group of 3 south), 13 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper (First of the autumn ), Little Gull (First summer bird still on Cormorant Creek ), 24 Sandwich Tern, Buzzard, Barn Owl, 30+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 4 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 7 Linnet, 5 Tufted Duck (3 ducklings) [Brian Combes]
Monday 08 Jul 2024
Wrabness, 13:50 to 14:50, Overcast, a little cool. Almost windless at start, becoming windier. Tide quite high.
Turtle Dove (Purring from just south of chalets, away from established breeding site. Bird on the move, or?), 4 Little Egret, Buzzard (Calling repeatedly. Display?), Green Woodpecker, 40 Sand Martin (Some very high, some low. Post=breeding gathering, not at colony site) [Simon Banks]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:45 to 17:15, Cloudy, some sun. Warm, thought getting cooler.
12 Oystercatcher (Lagoon. Including two well grown juvs.), 2 Whimbrel (At least. Across from slipway.), 90 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 120 Redshank (At least. Lagoon.), 8 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 20 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 4 Sandwich Tern (Three adults, one juv.), 9 Common Tern (Including two pairs with nests on the lagoon.), Hobby [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 12:00, Overcast
Shoveler ( One broods. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 2 Gadwall (Two broods. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 8 Mallard (Eight broods. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 2 Pochard (Two broods. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 8 Oystercatcher (Eight pairs and 12 young. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff. ), 50 Avocet (50 pairs and 70 young. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 25 Lapwing (25 pairs and 35 young. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper (Via D Wagstaff), 6 Green Sandpiper, 30 Redshank (30 pairs and 40 young. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), Greenshank (Via D Wagstaff), Marsh Harrier (Adult female), 4 Buzzard (Surrounding area.), Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 5 Skylark (At least. The fields were full of Skylark song.), Song Thrush (Singing around the car park area.), Reed Bunting (Singing male), 2 Tufted Duck (Five broods. - Breeding total from D. Wagstaff.), Black Swan [Robert Pease]
Colchester, 08:30 to 08:35
16 Swift (Over breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Great Totham, 07:35 to 07:40, Sunny. Clear sky.
10 Swift (Feeding over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:00, clear, rising tide, warm, southerly wind
Barnacle Goose (Stone Point Lagoon ), 14 Swift (4 south), 2 Cuckoo (1 juv on common first thing, 1 adult female Stone Point), 3 Little Grebe (Juvs), 15 Avocet, 8 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin, Greenshank (Over), 56 Sandwich Tern (26 juvs), 4 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, 50+ Sand Martin (Colony busy with plenty of juvs), 9 Swallow, 12 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), Reed Warbler (Singing), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 7 Whitethroat (Singing ), 30+ Starling, 2 Song Thrush (Singing), Grey Wagtail (South), Meadow Pipit (South ), 6 Linnet [Brian Combes]