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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 16 Nov 2019
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 14:45, Bright
2 Cattle Egret (with sheep in Old Hall Lane) [David Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 16:00, Still, grey and cold
1 Little Auk (Distantly from Island Hide), 7 Scaup (E of ldlH c/way), 1 Ring-necked Duck (Drake E of ldlH c/w), 29 Goosander (E of LdlH c/way), 1 Smew (Redhead E of LdlH c/w), 1 Bewick's Swan (Wig. Bay), 1 Stonechat (Wig. Bay), 4 Great White Egret, 20 Pintail (Wig. Bay), 23 Goldeneye [Sean Nixon] Little Auk at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Little Auk at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Bewick's Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon, )
Mountnessing, 12:15 to 12:30, Dry, cloudy, cool
8 Grey Partridge (Covey of 8 in field. 1st for me in ages) [Paul Kingston]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:45 to 16:00, Overcast, high tide c14:15 (all sightings from Crawshaw Hide)
6 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Red-breasted Merganser (Distant ), 3 Bullfinch [David L Smith]
Hamford Water, 11:00 to 13:30
1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa), 30 Little Grebe (circa), 50 Pintail (circa), 300 Avocet (+), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 500 Knot (+), 500 Golden Plover (circa), 2 Sanderling, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 800 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (female), 1 Common Scoter, 2 Rock Pipit (+) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Dull
1 Little Auk (On main reservoir from ldlh causeway though distant ) [Yvonne Watling]
Westley Heights, 08:45 to 10:30, Overcast, damp, cool.
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Blackbird (Feeding on a hawthorn Bush. Many more around the area.), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 08:00 to 11:30
2 Shore Lark (Stone Point lagoon ), 13 Snow Bunting (Stone Point lagoon), 1 Pomarine Skua (North, distant. Seen earlier at Holland Haven.) [Glen Moore] Shore Lark at Naze, The on 16 Nov 2019, (Glen Moore) , Shore Lark at Naze, The on 16 Nov 2019, (Glen Moore) , Snow Bunting at Naze, The on 16 Nov 2019, (Glen Moore) , Snow Bunting at Naze, The on 16 Nov 2019, (Glen Moore)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Overcast, damp, cool. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Friday 15 Nov 2019
Boxted, 13:45 to 14:00, light rain
2 Gadwall (pair), 10 Moorhen, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Siskin (garden feeders) [Martin Peers]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 12:45 to 13:30, overcast
9 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 7 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (2 still in juv plumage), 24 Coot, 2 Green Woodpecker, 30 Fieldfare (also one Redwing), 1 Grey Wagtail [Martin Peers]
West Mersea, 11:00 to 13:30, Dull, rainy.
1 Great Northern Diver (flew towards Dabchicks), 40 Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 27 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Iceland Gull (second winter flew over the cormorants on their small island beyond Seaview caravan park and briefly settled on it) [David Allen]
Langham, 10:30 to 12:00, overcast
8 Teal (Broomhouse flash), 50 Mallard, 1 Green Sandpiper (ww reservoir), 20 Common Gull (Broomhouse flash), 11 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer [Martin Peers]
Westley Heights, 09:30 to 10:30, Overcast, damp, breezy, mild.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:15 to 10:30, Overcast, light breeze
1 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail, initially distant at eastern end of Peldon Bay from the viewing screen east of Lodge Lane gate. Then flew closer by about 400m, perched and then caught a large rodent which it then devoured.), 1 Goosander (Male, Peldon bay), 4 Goldeneye [John Fell]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 09:30, Overcast, damp, breezy, mild. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 12:30, NE2-6, occ showers. Early watch then looks to sea during the morning. Selected totals
1 Common Scoter (31N 62S), 8 Eider (N (1+7 - group of 8 at Holland Haven lost one before reaching Frinton!)), 51 Wigeon (12N 39S), 4 Goldeneye (N), 1 Kittiwake (N), 366 Starling (in off), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (1N 3S), 3 Great Skua (N), 2 Pomarine Skua (S @ 1000 and 1028, latter bird then sat on sea, former also seen at Holland Haven), 1 Song Thrush (in off), 1 Little Auk (N @ 1046, also seen at Holland Haven), 5 Shoveler (N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Warley, 07:30 to 07:45
8 Redwing, 30 Jackdaw (Woodland Road cemetery. Awaking from roost.) [Andrew Stroud]
Thursday 14 Nov 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:30, All sightings from St Andrews Church
5 Goosander (2m, 3f), 3 Goldeneye (1m, 2f), 13 Pintail, 7 Corn Bunting, 1 Goldcrest (Heard only), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 3 Mistle Thrush [Matt Turner]
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 14:30, Sunny with broken cloud, light ESE wind, rising tide
17 Little Grebe, 3530 Dunlin, 37 Curlew, 48 Grey Plover, 94 Shelduck, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 43 Teal, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs), 581 Avocet, 55 Linnet, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type), 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 40 Redshank [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy, then sunny. Cool. Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male.), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Stock Dove, 20 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 13 Nov 2019
Epping, 20:45 to 21:00
30 Pied Wagtail (Roost in Epping High Street (tree outside Speakeasy) - at least 30 birds, possibly many more as tree still substantially in leaf so hard to see roosting birds) [Roger Emmens]
Roxwell, 14:30 to 15:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile sitting on telegraph pole.) [Matthew Davison]
Wrabness, 14:00 to 15:30, Sunny. Tide going out.
1 Buzzard (Primrose Lane on Post ), 30 Chaffinch (C), 3 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 10 Blackbird, 6 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch (Male), 5 Goldfinch, 20 Redshank (C), 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Dunlin, 6 Turnstone, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Egret, 250 Brent Goose (C) [Peter Brittain]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 13:00 to 15:00, Sun the rain late afternoon. Up date to earlier post.
1 Hen Harrier (Adult male), 2 Merlin (Two bird chasing Pipits.), 1 Redpoll sp. (Fly-over.), 2 Redwing [Robert Pease]
Dovercourt, 11:00 to 11:00
4 Sanderling (First I’ve seen this autumn) [Peter Brittain]
Clavering, 10:30 to 10:35
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (4 flew overhead) [Simon Taylor]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 14:45
100 Shelduck (+), 12 Turnstone (+), 500 Knot (+), 200 Golden Plover (+), 200 Avocet (+), 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (+), 8 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher (Lake), 10 Siskin (+ in alders by Lake), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 1 Kestrel (male) [Liz Huxley]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:00 to 13:00, Mild and sunny
1 Dartford Warbler (A female along the sea wall by the Obs.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (An immature male hunting over the roosting wader flocks.), 1 Merlin (Chasing pipits over the salt marsh.), 1 Little Owl (Othona hedge.), 2 Stonechat (A pair in company with Dartford Warbler.), 1 Kestrel (An adult male Hunting the salt marsh.), 2 Buzzard (Soaring over Sandbeach Farm.) [Robert Pease]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:15, Sunny, cold.
1 Kestrel, 5 Siskin, 20 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 12 Nov 2019
Warley Place NR, 11:30 to 13:30, Dry sunny to start turning overcast & wet, 10c, cold wind chill. Sightings with Brenda. First hide only.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Robin, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 10 Blue Tit (Circa.), 5 Great Tit, 3 Moorhen, 2 Magpie [David Hale]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:30 to 08:30, Sunny and calm
40 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest (Heard only), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe (1w), 3 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard [Matt Turner]
Monday 11 Nov 2019
Stanford Warren, 16:30 to 16:45
2 Kingfisher (Very vocal on lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
5 Marsh Harrier (Coming to roost near the Fingringhoe gravel quay) [Michael Padmore]
Great Totham, 06:30 to 06:35, Gt. Totham South.
1 Tawny Owl (Calling from South Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 10 Nov 2019
Hamford Water, 15:30 to 17:00, Viewing from below LIttle Oakley
15 Marsh Harrier (into Bramble Island roost (6 males)), 2 Hen Harrier (male showed v well 1620-1626, briefly joined by a ringtail), 2 Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler (sm in borrow dyke to west of Little Oakley Quay), 1 Barn Owl, 24 Little Egret (to roost in conifers north of Little Oakley Quay), 2 Bearded Tit (in borrowdyke reeds where footpath joins the seawall (closest accessible point to Bramble Is along seawall)) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:30, Cold and sunny
25 Goosander, 1 Hen Harrier (Ring tail briefly at Abberton church ), 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 10 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Scaup (Ldlh causeway ), 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Smew (Red head ldlh causeway ), 20 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 10 Great White Egret (All over the reservoir ) [Yvonne Watling]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Waxwing (On bushes between carpark and orchard ) [Barbara Leport] Waxwing at Holland Haven on 10 Nov 2019, (Barbara Leport)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:45 to 15:15
2 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 20 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ring tail (probably juv male)), 1 Little Owl (Othona hedgerow.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 male & 1 female on Obs feeders.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 20 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 1 Dartford Warbler ( Female frequenting Suaeda bushes around Obs area.), 1 Goldcrest, 10 Robin [John Sutherby]
Dovercourt, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Little Auk (Stranded on garden patio, later died in care) [Simon Cox]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 09:00 to 10:00, All sightings from behind Co-op, High tide and calm
1 Kingfisher, 19 Knot, 17 Turnstone, 31 Ringed Plover, 300 Shelduck (+), 12 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black Swan, 1 Greenshank, 120 Redshank, 150 Dunlin, 1 Skylark, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew [Matt Turner] Kingfisher at Lawford, near Manningtree on 10 Nov 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:45 to 15:00, Fine and sunny, light NNE wind, rising tide, managed retreat half covered.
42 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat.), 7 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat.), 631 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat.), 268 Shelduck (In the managed retreat.), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat.), 314 Avocet (In the managed retreat.), 202 Redshank (In the managed retreat.), 261 Dunlin (In the managed retreat.), 1 Knot (In the managed retreat.), 38 Curlew (In the managed retreat.), 45 Wigeon (In the managed retreat.), 24 Teal (Two on the pit to the south of the tip the rest in the managed retreat.), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Two each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the tip), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the road to the VC), 107 Tufted Duck (13 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Females, one each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 136 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 24 Shoveler (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Gadwall (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 16 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 09 Nov 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:05 to 14:45, Layer-de-la-Haye Causeway only
3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redshank, 3 Goosander (males), 1 Smew (mobile redhead), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Scaup (mainly females) [Sean Gregory]
Stapleford Tawney, 14:00 to 14:00, Overcast breezy
1 Red Kite (There has been (sadly) a shoot nearby that morning ) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 14:15, Beautiful
1 Great White Egret, 2 Bewick's Swan (asleep in Wigborough Bay), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Pair on Layer de la Haye causeway), 6 Scaup (LDLH causeway all female), 7 Ruff (Wigborough Bay), 20 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 2 Goosander (sleeping males), 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard [David Allen]
Harwich, 12:00 to 12:00, sunny, fine cold (sightings from Landguard Point). Hide tide retreating.
1 Purple Sandpiper (flew from Essex side to jetty at Landguard point), 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbed over Harwich mobile tower by crows) [Sean Gregory]
Wrabness, 11:30 to 13:00
12 Goldfinch (+), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 10 Red-breasted Merganser (+), 10 Great Crested Grebe (+), 2 Common Scoter (females), 2 Goldeneye, 2 Redwing (+) [Liz Huxley]
TQ5993, 09:00 to 15:00
2 Raven (Pair flew low west over my garden. Croaking as they flew over - they are lou!), 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Redwing (All birds Kings Chase/Westbury Road area, Brentwood ) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 11:30, Cold, sunny, slight wind
2 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay distant from screen), 1 Long-tailed Duck (East from LDLH causeway), 1 Great White Egret (Hide Bay), 12 Goosander (East From LB causeway) [Andrew Wilson]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Foggy, cold.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 6 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 12:00, cold first thing with some frost, clear, westerly wind, high tide
8 Lapwing (West first thing), 19 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Scoter, 8 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 220 Wood Pigeon (+, a few groups west first thing), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1, unusually, by farm pond, 1 undercliff, 1 north of escarpment, 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 1 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 19 Goldcrest, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 4 Song Thrush, 29 Blackbird, 2 Firecrest (John Weston Reserve ), 1 Merlin (Saltmarsh towards Stone Point ), 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Flew into Hamford Water), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stone Point ), 2 Red-throated Diver (1 south and 1 Stone Point ), 1 Black-throated Diver (Stone Point ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 08 Nov 2019
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 13:00 to 16:15, Mainly dry, short light shower, overcast, cold W breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Short-eared Owl (Showed well for 25 minutes, sea wall opposite car park.), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail. Showing well from car park.), 5 Marsh Harrier (2 males 3 females. Probably more.), 6 Kestrel (At least.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 200 Golden Plover (Circa.), 200 Lapwing (Plus.), 40 Shelduck (Plus.), 50 Wigeon (Circa.), 2 Stonechat (Pair, sea wall. ), 8 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 6 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 12 Pheasant, 13 Mallard, 1 Robin, 2 Moorhen, 500 Starling (Circa. ) [David Hale]
Chigwell, 12:30 to 13:00, Dry sun mild
6 Mistle Thrush (In horse field at end of Grange farm opposite riding stables), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 4 Wood Pigeon [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Bright sunny start, soon misting over with light rain early p.m.
2 Bewick's Swan (Wig. Bay), 2 Long-tailed Duck (East of LC), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Male and female from Island Hide), 13 Goosander (LBC), 5 Great White Egret (Hide Bay) [John Thorogood]
Beckton, 08:45 to 10:45, Sun/cloud, light north wind.
1 Common Scoter, 1 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Redwing [Gary A James]
Little Waltham, 08:00 to 08:15, sunny
4 Jay [David Saville] Jay at Little Waltham on 08 Nov 2019, (David Saville)
Naze, The, 07:30 to 13:00, Fairly calm, receding tide
12 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon (made 2 passes over salt marsh), 30 Long-tailed Tit (+ several small flocks), 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (Pair by brook near sea wall), 20 Sanderling, 450 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (No sign of Black Brant), 15 Grey Plover, 1 Rock Pipit (Heard), 2 Knot, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler (All heard only), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay [Matt Turner]
Thursday 07 Nov 2019
Stanford Warren, 16:45 to 17:00
1 Kingfisher (Very vocal on lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:45 to 15:30
17 Goosander (7 Layer de la Haye causeway + 10 Layer Breton causeway), 1000 Teal (+), 1 Scaup (2 females E of LdlHC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (1 male E of LdlHC), 2 Long-tailed Duck (distant pair E of LdlHC), 10 Goldeneye (+), 500 Lapwing (+ Wigborough Bay), 3 Ruff (Wig Bay), 2 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 3 Bewick's Swan (3 adults Wig Bay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd year bird Wig Bay), 14 Egyptian Goose (Wig Bay) [Liz Huxley] Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Nov 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Bewick's Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Nov 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Bewick's Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Nov 2019, (Liz Huxley)
East Tilbury, 12:00 to 15:15, Fine and sunny, SW wind, LT. Notable for the lack of waders.
59 Teal, 28 Redshank, 55 Curlew, 385 Dunlin, 66 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Little Grebe, 129 Shelduck, 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male), 3 Knot [Paul Larkin]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:45 to 12:15, With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Small lake.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Linnet (Possibly more. With goldfinch flock.), 25 Goldfinch (circa.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury, 10:15 to 12:15, rain clearing then sunny
1 Sparrowhawk (all records from Paul's Hall. Evidence of recent pigeon kill.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (first winter bird near nesting site on church tower.), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Marsh Tit (Langley Wood. ), 40 Skylark (stubbles), 1 Nuthatch (with Marsh Tits), 100 Starling (circa - passage to west), 30 Fieldfare (+), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit, 8 Greenfinch (feeding on yew berries near church), 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer [Martin Peers]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, SW wind, falling tide
12 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near ferry terminal), 5 Curlew (On foreshore near ferry terminal), 21 Redshank (On foreshore near ferry terminal), 10 Lapwing (On foreshore near ferry terminal), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 156 Teal (46 in the fort, 39 on the STW outfall, 71 on foreshore near the new landfill), 16 Little Grebe (In the fort), 49 Mallard (13 in the fort, 36 on the STW outfall), 2 Gadwall (On the STW outfall), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 2 Wigeon (With Teal on foreshore near the new landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:30 to 10:10, And 12:15 to 13:00. With Graham Barber.
1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Buzzard (Pursued by corvid.), 3 Bullfinch (One male, two female.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 06 Nov 2019
Elsenham, 15:15 to 15:15, Cloudy
1 Sparrowhawk (Male on feeder) [Anthony Gales] Sparrowhawk at Elsenham on 06 Nov 2019, (Anthony Gales)
Naze, The, 10:30 to 11:30, Sunny and still
1 Black Brant (Along foreshore below tower), 105 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Grey Plover, 5 Sanderling, 2 Buzzard [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at Naze, The on 06 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at Naze, The on 06 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at Naze, The on 06 Nov 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:45 to 15:15
15 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard (Kettle of 5 birds drifted south.), 600 Lapwing (+), 900 Golden Plover, 1 Little Owl (Othona hedgerow), 2 Short-eared Owl (1 high south, 1 hunting Lure Field/Marsh), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Imm male), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Othona pond area.), 1 Dartford Warbler (Female frequenting suaeda and bushes along sea wall in front of Othona thicket.), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat (1 male, 1 female), 1 White Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit [John Sutherby]
Tuesday 05 Nov 2019
Tilbury, 13:00 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, light NNE wind, rising tide
1 Great Skua (On the water in Lower Gravesend Reach, later flew down river past East Tilbury), 104 Teal (On foreshore near the fort), 32 Mallard (On STW outfall) [Paul Larkin]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 15:15, Bright & clear after heavy mist. 9c Wind 8mph North
1 Curlew (lots on foreshore), 80 Avocet (on foreshore), 35 Bar-tailed Godwit (on foreshore), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (circa on foreshore), 2 Great White Egret (flew towards Wivenhoe), 4 Buzzard, 9 Golden Plover (intertidal ), 1 Slavonian Grebe (on river), 2000 Dunlin (circa on foreshore), 500 Knot (circa on foreshore), 2 Great Crested Grebe (on river), 1 Grey Plover (several ), 10 Wigeon, 1 Lapwing (100+ intertidal ), 2 Marsh Harrier (opposite Robbies Hide), 1 Redshank (several), 50 Brent Goose (very few !!), 2 Cetti's Warbler (shouting), 1 Little Egret (several ), 6 Ringed Plover (on foreshore), 5 Oystercatcher (on foreshore) [Michael Rimmell]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:15 to 15:15, Misty & cold to start , clearing to a sunny day with cloud, light NW breeze, 10c. Sightings with Brenda.
10 Black-tailed Godwit (Causeway.), 6 Ruff (Causeway.), 50 Lapwing (At least.), 6 Common Gull (Causeway.), 3 Dunlin (Causway.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Rawl hide. ), 8 Pintail (Rawl hide. 5 Drakes, 3 females.), 6 Goldeneye (3 pair. Rawl hide.), 100 Wigeon (Circa. Rawl hide.), 100 Teal (Plus.), 3 Tufted Duck (Only !.), 20 Mallard, 6 Moorhen (Family on Grazing Meadow.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Grazing Meadow.), 50 Meadow Pipit (Mobile flock, Rawl hide.), 6 Robin, 7 Linnet, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female. All raptors over W bank.), 35 Mute Swan (Plus.), 8 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe [David Hale] Robin at Hanningfield Reservoir on 05 Nov 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 17:00, N2 occ light showers pm. Selected totals, movement to south
6 Swallow (following 13 on 04/11 and 14 on 03/11), 509 Common Scoter (9 flocks from 1430 to dusk 1-125), 3 Eider, 1 Sooty Shearwater (North fairly close in @ 1625 - rather unexpected given the conditions!) [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 04 Nov 2019
Wrabness, 14:00 to 15:00
7 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goldeneye, 60 Knot, 15 Turnstone, 50 Dunlin, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Water Rail (Heard only), 4 Greenfinch, 1 Rock Pipit, 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush [Matt Turner]
Holland Haven, 09:45 to 11:45
1 Rock Pipit, 6 Stonechat (3 pairs), 1 Snow Bunting (flew N along seawall by golf course towards Frinton), 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Curlew, 100 Teal (+), 2 Shoveler, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Swallow (flew S), 3 Reed Bunting [Liz Huxley]
Holland Haven, 08:00 to 13:00, Pouring rain clearing to grey skies
2 Rock Pipit, 7 Stonechat, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Heard only), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Redwing, 1 Hen Harrier (Ring tail behind scrape), 8 Curlew, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler (Both female), 2 Little Grebe, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail (Heard only), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Swallow [Matt Turner]