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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Monday 01 Mar 2021
TL9324, 20:45 to 20:45
1 White-fronted Goose (Heard calling over the house (unknown number) (An unexpected garden tick)) [Steve Grimwade]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 10:00 to 13:00, Cold and overcast
6 Stock Dove (Feeding in garden), 12 Yellowhammer (Feeding in garden most days) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Sunday 28 Feb 2021
Colchester, 16:15 to 16:30, Sunny
3 Buzzard (Circling low over Braiswick and Colchester Golf Club) [Steve Hallam]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:00 to 14:00, sunny, hazy, gentle breeze. tide going out
1 Red-breasted Merganser (poor picture quality but believe this to be a red breasted merganser), 2 Great Crested Grebe (not a great pic but have been trying to snap these for a while.), 1 Shelduck, 200 Curlew (The sunlight across the pools made for some amazing silhouettes of resting curlews) [Claire Panting] Red-breasted Merganser at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Red-breasted Merganser at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Red-breasted Merganser at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Red-breasted Merganser at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Great Crested Grebe at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Shelduck at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Curlew at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Curlew at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Curlew at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Curlew at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Curlew at Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 28 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting)
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
5 Buzzard (Circling village), 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel [Mark Pegrum]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch [Michael Davies] Blackcap at Wivenhoe on 28 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Chaffinch at Wivenhoe on 28 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Great Totham, 08:50 to 09:50, Fog slowly lifting, fresh.
2 Goosander (Females, Totham Pit.), 1 Kestrel (Sheepcoates Farm), 5 Skylark (Singing, arable fields.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing. One, Totham Pit, one Brook Close.), 8 Goldfinch (Totham Pit.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hutton, 06:55 to 10:00, Hutton Country Park. Misty
65 Redwing (minimum count. Lots of birds flying around), 5 Song Thrush, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Fieldfare, 17 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 4 Bullfinch [James Hudson]
Saturday 27 Feb 2021
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, 16:00 to 17:00, Mild, sunny.
2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Rook, 8 Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 12 Wood Pigeon, 4 Magpie [Philip Davie]
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:15, Cold but very sunny
2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel (Resident ), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard calling ) [Ann Darnell]
Kirby-le-Soken, 14:40 to 16:10, Backwaters. lovely sunny spring day. tide out
1 Kestrel, 5000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 6 Mediterranean Gull (+, breeding adults), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellowhammer (male), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Jay [Liz Huxley]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 14:00 to 14:45, Sunny, Dry
5 Buzzard, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 pair +1), 1 Little Grebe, 22 Tufted Duck, 15 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Long-tailed Tit (missing its long tail), 5 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck (Pair), 20 Black-headed Gull ((+)), 2 Oystercatcher [Paul Everett]
Halstead, 13:30 to 14:00, Sunny
1 Brambling (Seen along Star Stile) [Anthony Wells]
Doddinghurst, 11:00 to 11:30, Bright, clear blue sky. Clearly a good day for Raptors!
2 Buzzard (Displaying), 1 Peregrine Falcon (High, occasionally dropping at speed and being harassed by a Sparrowhawk), 1 Sparrowhawk (Harassing the Peregrine), 1 Red Kite (Flyover heading North West), 2 Goldcrest (In conifer), 7 Blue Tit (Several birds prospecting), 1 Nuthatch (Calling from high in tree ), 1 Kestrel, 7 Jackdaw (Mobbing the raptors), 11 Magpie, 5 Wood Pigeon, 3 Chaffinch [Gary Boyes]
TM0224, 10:15 to 11:30, Sunny, calm, mild (sighting from Salary Brook Trail)
1 Cetti's Warbler (Good sighting in and around bramble scrub to rear of Avon Way House , called several times and flew between bushes.) [Paul Hargreaves]
Colne Pt, 10:00 to 16:00, Sunny Warm light SSE
6 Linnet, 12 Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe (calling / song), 6 Gadwall (flooded field), 21 Shelduck (flooded field and salt marsh), 7 Shoveler (salt marsh lagoon scrap), 2 Red-throated Diver (well off shore), 2 Kestrel (fields and powerlines), 2 Marsh Harrier (displaying farmland), 22 Knot (salt marsh scrap), 17 Grey Plover (salt marsh scrap), 500 Golden Plover (flew on to salt marsh flushed by Spitfire ), 180 Curlew (flew in over farmland ), 45 Turnstone (along shoreline), 20 Redshank, 40 Ringed Plover (displaying at least 8 pairs throughout), 65 Sanderling, 120 Oystercatcher (roosting on beach at Colne point), 4 Reed Bunting (2 pairs males reluctant song), 150 Jackdaw (distant around around farm), 62 Carrion Crow, 30 Rook, 250 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull [Malcolm Riddler] Curlew at Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Ringed Plover at Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Ringed Plover at Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sanderling at Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Reed Bunting at Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Colne Pt on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Writtle, 09:30 to 11:45, Sunny, still, 10 degrees. with David
1 Lapwing (On far bank of Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming by River Can, seen and heard), 10 Redwing (In College Fields), 1 Greenfinch, 3 Tufted Duck (On Reservoir), 1 Buzzard (Flying over Reservoir), 200 Linnet (In set aside field off Lawford Lane, thanks to Nick Green), 20 Reed Bunting (In set aside field), 20 Yellowhammer (In set aside field) [Winifred Simmonds] Reed Bunting at Writtle on 27 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Yellowhammer at Writtle on 27 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Yellowhammer at Writtle on 27 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:30 to 11:00, Clear skies, cool, very pleasant.
1174 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (A flock on East Marsh. Counted from photograph.), 1 Black Brant (One in with the large Brant flock on East Marsh. Photograph available.), 1 Water Rail (One calling from the reed in the borrow dyke.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (One calling from reeds.), 1 Corn Bunting (East Marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Wrabness, 09:20 to 12:15, Mild, sunny, tide high
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming from somewhere between floods and woodland burial site.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 2 Green Woodpecker (Yaffling), 2 Yellowhammer (Males singing near woodland burial car park), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Shoveler (Drake on floods), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kestrel (Female), 7 Dunnock (6 singing on reserve.) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 15:30
1 Stonechat (Fm strood channel SE), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Youth camp DU), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Rewsalls marsh DU ), 4 Slavonian Grebe (Off coopers beach caravan park DU ), 1 Yellowhammer (West of east Mersea church DU), 1 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
TM1412, 09:00 to 13:00, Low Tide sunny warm
4 Sanderling, 7 Turnstone, 139 Herring Gull, 3 Skylark, 2 Cormorant, 7 Pied Wagtail (3 pairs ), 104 Black-headed Gull, 6 Starling (nest building) [Malcolm Riddler] Sanderling at TM1412 on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Pied Wagtail at TM1412 on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , TM1412 on 27 Feb 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Warley Place NR, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Firecrest (Very close views. At least 1 more but too high in canopy!), 6 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming) [Jon Clark]
Westley Heights, 08:15 to 11:00, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer.
5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling briefly from Hall Wood.), 5 Goldcrest (At least. Includi g two singing males.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (Male, vocal & active in Coombe Wood; pair vocal & active in Hall Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
TL7205, 08:00 to 15:30, sunny, mild, light breeze; observations at various times. Highlights of 25 species seen from garden
3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Greenfinch (pre-roost flock), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult female SE) [Sean Gregory]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:45 to 07:45, NW0-1 4/8 high cloud. Selected totals, movement to the north. First good push of departing birds
1181 Starling, 186 Wood Pigeon, 225 Chaffinch, 39 Siskin, 16 Rook, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellowhammer [Paul Brayshaw] Starling at Frinton-on-Sea on 27 Feb 2021, (Paul Brayshaw) , Wood Pigeon at Frinton-on-Sea on 27 Feb 2021, (Paul Brayshaw)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:15 to 11:00, Cold to start with. Sunny and warm.
1 Chiffchaff (Singing near visitor centre), 20 Redwing (+) [David Pallash]
Friday 26 Feb 2021
Great Totham, 16:00 to 17:00, Sunny, light N. wind.
1 Goosander (Female. Totham Pit.), 100 Fieldfare (+. Forrester Park golf course.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Spickets Brook, Spickets Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey, 14:00 to 14:10, Sunny mild
2 Grey Wagtail (Breach barns mobile home site), 1 Red Kite (Breach barns mobile home site), 6 Goldfinch (Breach barns mobile home site), 4 Red-legged Partridge (Breach barns mobile home site) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
High Ongar, 14:00 to 14:00, Good
1 Chiffchaff (Clear sighting perched in shrub singing in back garden) [Neil Warner]
High Ongar, 14:00 to 14:00, Good
1 Chiffchaff (Clear sighting perched in shrub singing in back garden) [Neil Warner]
Roman River Valley, 10:30 to 11:30, hot, sunny, no clouds
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest (1 singing, 1 with coal tits), 1 Buzzard (heard), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Long-tailed Tit [Oliver Cottis]
TQ7899, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny
1 Little Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Canada Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe [Andrew Ducat]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:30 to 11:15, Sunny, light N. wind. Lots of common birdsong.
4 Mute Swan, 3 Shoveler (2m.), 1 Gadwall, 100 Mallard (circa.), 19 Pochard, 70 Tufted Duck (circa.), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Cormorant (circa. Some nesting.), 8 Grey Heron (Some nesting.), 1 Buzzard (Harassed by crows.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male and female), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Jay (Pair.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (Three groups.), 5 Greenfinch (One singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Brightlingsea, 09:15 to 09:25, Tide out
4 Black-tailed Godwit (Feeding on mud), 2 Oystercatcher (Feeding on mud), 6 Mallard (Feeding on mud), 2 Redshank (Feeding on mud), 1 Little Egret (On the stretch of water next to horse fiekd opposite), 2 Black-headed Gull (On mud) [Susie Jenkins]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:30
1 Chiffchaff (Strood channel MC), 60 Corn Bunting (Strood channel MC ), 7 Pochard (Cudmore grove pond SE), 6 Gadwall (3pr cudmore grove park pond SE), 9 Redwing (Cudmore grove (SE)), 25 Knot (Cudmore grove (SE) ), 26 Greenfinch (Cudmore grove park roost SE), 1 Barn Owl (Maydays farm MC), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Strood channel DUl), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Strood channel (DU) ), 1 Stonechat (Fm strood channel DU ), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Collared Dove [Michael Davies] Collared Dove at Wivenhoe on 26 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Chiffchaff (singing in garden) [Richard Allen]
Colchester, 09:00 to 13:00, Salary Brook/Churn Wood area
7 Red Kite (drifting east), 12 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 50 Redwing [Richard Allen]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 11:00, Find and sunny, rising tide, variable light wind
26 Teal (On STW outfall), 4 Avocet (To the east of the fort), 2 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 1 Redshank (By the ferry terminal), 2 Gadwall (Gravesend Reach), 13 Wigeon (Gravesend Reach), 1 Red Kite (Over west), 8 Buzzard (Local pairs chasing off passing dispersing birds), 2 Oystercatcher (To the east of the fort), 2 Sparrowhawk (Over east) [Paul Larkin]
West Bergholt, 09:00 to 10:00, Walk along Essex Way from Eight Ash Green to West Bergholt and Fordham
3 Red Kite, 31 Buzzard (Kettles of 9 & 12 were probably migrants which all drifted northeast plus at least 5 other pairs (resident birds)), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kingfisher (Perched on roadbridge briefly near Fordham), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 200 Fieldfare (Large flock near Fordham), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel, 14 Skylark [Steve Grimwade]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:15, Sunny, chilly. Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk (Female. Attacked a group of magpies. Unsuccessful.), 1 Kestrel (Perched on an oak branch, feeding on unknown prey item.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 25 Feb 2021
High Ongar, 15:00 to 15:00, Good
1 Red Kite (Gliding over Nine Ashes Road, Nine Ashes) [Neil Warner]
Doddinghurst, 14:30 to 16:00, Dull, cloudy, fairly warm. Fields between Doddinghurst Rd & Days Lane
1 Red Kite (2 sightings a mile apart (probably same bird)), 2 Green Woodpecker (At least 2 heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing), 120 Fieldfare ( flock of 120-150c flying around trees & fields), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Red-legged Partridge (Seen 2 previous days in same field) [Ian Swanson]
Stanford Warren, 13:00 to 14:00, Overcast
14 Coot (Fishing lakes), 7 Mallard (Fishing lakes), 6 Canada Goose (Fishing lakes), 2 Tufted Duck (Fishing lakes), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lakes), 2 Moorhen (1 on fishing lake, 1 on pond in reedbed), 2 Cormorant (On pylon by fishing lakes), 10 Wood Pigeon (Along border of reedbed north of footpath), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Trees on western border of lakes), 1 Greenfinch (Trees on western border of lakes), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 5 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (On wooden pylon in reedbed south of the lakes), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Robin [Jamie Thornton]
Burnham-on-Crouch, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler (First singing bird this year, Burnham Wick), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Photographed in a Burnham garden at lunchtime today) [Steven Swaby]
Copford, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male flew wesr), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 150 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 600 Black-headed Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Maldon, 09:15 to 09:45, Overcast, mild. Elms Farm Park.
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff (Calling.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey, 09:00 to 13:00, Mild overcast
4 Yellowhammer (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)), 3 Red Kite (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)), 5 Red-legged Partridge (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Bearded Tit (Strood channel AF), 2 Corn Bunting (Strood channel AF ), 2 Great Northern Diver (Coopers beach DU 1 Victoria esplanade DU ), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Coopers beach DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Copford SW, near Stanway, 09:00 to 09:45
100 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 31 Chaffinch [Steve Grimwade]
Westley Heights, 08:30 to 11:30, Cloudy, mild.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Looked to be a male, by size.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Pair.), 24 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch (Coombe Wood/ Hall Wood territories.), 1 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Tawny Owl (Calling to each other, Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:15, Coudy, mild. Plotlands ridge field.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Redwing [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 24 Feb 2021
Brightlingsea, 16:55 to 16:55
1 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart [Darrell Stile]
Woodford Green, 15:30 to 15:35, Blustery, mild for time of year, clear sky, dry
1 Red Kite (A single bird being mobbed by gulls flying Northwards) [Nick Taylor]
Harlow, 15:15 to 15:45, Town Park adventure playground area
1 Red Kite (flew south), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch (calling), 1 Song Thrush (singing) [James Hudson]
Maydays Farm, Mersea Island, 14:00 to 15:30
1 Barn Owl (Maydays MC), 12 Pintail (Maydays MC), 4 Marsh Harrier (Maydays MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Laindon, 12:30 to 13:30, Sun & clouds. Quite warm. Back garden.
1 Red Kite (South.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Mobbing Buzzard. Seen several times.), 7 Greenfinch (At least.), 6 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 10:40 to 11:10, Sun & cloud, light S. wind. Sadly also found eight dead red fox in various stages of decay, some very recent, dumped together
3 Buzzard (Over South Wood. Possibly Lofts Farm birds seen earlier.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Halstead, 10:00 to 10:10, Mild and bright with a moderate southerly breeze.
1 Blackcap (the singing male still present in my garden) [Jeremy Hurley]
Shrub End, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk [Oliver Cottis]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:50 to 10:30, Sun & cloud, light S.wind.
3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Canada Goose (Damaged wing.), 2 Greylag Goose, 20 Mute Swan, 1 Shoveler (Male.), 8 Mallard, 70 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 21 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair displaying.), 120 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Buzzard (Two pair?), 8 Skylark (Six singing.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Together.), 1 Greenfinch (Calling.), 6 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 16:00
3 White-fronted Goose (Over garden, due SW), 2 Whooper Swan (Over garden, due WNW toward University ) [Glyn Evans]
Bardfield, 08:00 to 08:30, sunny, fairly mild - huge flock in field
150 Fieldfare [Matt Trevillion]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Sun, some cloud. Breezy, mild. Plotlands ridge.
1 Buzzard (Seen over the open land to the west.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap (Singing male, close to the entrance to 'Duckingham Palace' pond), 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Great Notley, 07:03 to 09:30, Sunny and dry
8 Long-tailed Tit (including a group of 4), 10 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Dunnock (displaying), 1 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker (in flight), 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch [Paul Everett] Long-tailed Tit at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett)
Tuesday 23 Feb 2021
Stapleford Tawney, 17:45 to 17:45, Dusk windy
1 Little Owl (Just coming out of roost) [Ann Darnell]
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, 17:30 to 18:30, Dusk
2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron [Philip Davie]
Epping, 15:00 to 16:30, Breezy, mild
2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 20 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff (Tantalisingly, not a good enough view, but looked a bit Tristis like.) [Roger Emmens]
Great Notley, 13:00 to 13:45, sunny, dry slight wind
1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Siskin (Female in bushes near to Reed bed) [Paul Everett]
Doddinghurst, 12:00 to 12:00, Fair breezy
2 Buzzard (Flying together ) [Ann Darnell]
Fingringhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap [Richard Allen]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
4 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 1 Buzzard (Cudmore grove DU), 1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 1500 Wigeon (Cudmore grove (DU)), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 24 Snipe (Cudmore grove DU), 5 Pochard (Cudmore grove park pond DU), 1 Starling (Leucistic cudmore grove park DU), 5 Red-breasted Merganser (Cudmore grove DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, light but strengthening S. wind.
3 Goosander (3f flew up from Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Harassed by jackdaws.), 3 Jay (Pair + one. South Wood.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing, South Wood. One, Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 22 Feb 2021
Copford, 17:30 to 18:10
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl (Male calling at dusk), 2 Little Owl (Pair calling), 1 Little Egret, 3 Song Thrush (Singing males) [Steve Grimwade]
Doddinghurst, 14:00 to 16:00, Dull, warm
1 Siskin, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wren (all above in garden this morning), 2 Starling (rare visitor to garden: first time more than 1!), 1 Tawny Owl (heard briefly first wood, Days Lane at 2pm!), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Yellowhammer (all at top of adjacent trees, calling. Days Lane), 1 Red Kite (Fields nr Doddinghurst Rd), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flying, Swallows Cross a.m.) [Ian Swanson]
Halstead, 11:30 to 11:40, Mild, light cloud and a gentle breeze.
1 Blackcap (a male in sub-song, heard only, in my garden. ) [Jeremy Hurley]
TL6807, 09:30 to 10:00, Warm and bright. Sightings by David
3 Little Egret (1 on ground, 2 in trees), 1 Green Woodpecker [Winifred Simmonds] Little Egret at TL6807 on 22 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Green Woodpecker at TL6807 on 22 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Westley Heights, 08:30 to 12:00, Cloudy, mild.
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Pair, Coombe Wood. Displaying plus calling & drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 9 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Now starting to pair up.), 2 Treecreeper (Both heard singing. Hall Wood & Coombe Wood.), 2 Nuthatch (Coombe Wood & horse paddock.), 30 Chaffinch (Approx. Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Rayne, 07:30 to 13:00, Full cloud; mild
1 Merlin (Female seen twice harassing Skylarks over arable), 9 Yellowhammer (Singing males), 10 Skylark (Singing males), 1 Little Grebe (On small farm reservoir ), 1 Reed Bunting (Small farm reservoir), 10 Greylag Goose, 8 Canada Goose, 8 Rook (Nests in small rookery), 5 Siskin (Shalford green) [Andrew Goodey]
Sunday 21 Feb 2021
Stanford Warren, 17:45 to 17:45
1 Barn Owl (Flying over reedbed south of the fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Halstead, 16:15 to 16:15, Mild with sunny periods and a gentle breeze. A pleasant, spring-like afternoon.
1 Stonechat (a female along a hedgerow, in fields south of town. A personal first sighting of this species for the area.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Great Totham, 15:50 to 15:50, Bright, mild.
1 Red Kite (Over B1022 nr. Gt. Mountains Farm. ) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, 15:30 to 17:00, Dry, sunny.
1 Little Grebe, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Cormorant, 9 Rook, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 3 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Wood Pigeon (30+), 1 Skylark [Philip Davie]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 14:45 to 15:45, Warm and sunny
8 Skylark, 23 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 3 Robin, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Wren, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 60 Black-headed Gull (+), 5 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Gull (Rare for patch ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Starling, 50 Wood Pigeon (+), 7 Cormorant, 30 Carrion Crow (+), 10 Magpie [David Pallash]
Fordham, 14:30 to 14:30, Cloudy
1 Chiffchaff (Very visible in top of small birch tree) [Steve Hallam]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 13:30 to 14:30, Sunny, dry and clear
6 Mallard (3 pairs), 19 Greylag Goose, 5 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Goose (On fishing lake), 4 Cormorant, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit [Paul Everett] Canada Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Cormorant at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett)
Brightlingsea, 12:00 to 17:00
2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Woodcock [Darrell Stile]
Stapleford Tawney, 12:00 to 14:00, Very mild light winds bright
1 Skylark (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 3 Robin (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 7 Blue Tit (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 20 Fieldfare (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 1 Wren (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 4 Buzzard (Kettling above arable field ), 2 Red Kite (Kettling with Buzzards), 2 Blackbird (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 4 Goldfinch (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Good Easter, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Red Kite (first locally since Oct 29th and 26th locally since 2008 !) [Martin Henry]
Witham, 11:00 to 11:00, Cloudy/sunny, warm
1 Bullfinch (Male, over Blue Mills bridge) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Halstead, 10:30 to 10:45, Sunny Intervals , Light Southerly Wind, Temp 11 C
2 Siskin (On feeders, Sunflower Hearts), 5 Goldfinch (On feeders feeding on Sunflower Hearts ignoring Niger) [Peter Dwyer]
TM0224, 09:45 to 11:45, Sunny, calm, mild (all sightings in Salary Brook valley between Goldcrest Close and Clingoe Hill on exercise walk from home)
1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (Heard squealing, then saw it at edge of brook), 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff (In trees near where water rail observed), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, near where water rail observed) [Paul Hargreaves]
Great Totham, 09:15 to 09:30, Mild. All Totham Pit.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wormingford, Colchester, 09:00 to 13:00, Thin, broken cloud
1 Corn Bunting (Singing persistently from the top of a bush next to an irrigation lagoon on the airfield) [Steve Hallam]
Writtle, 09:00 to 11:00, Warm 12C; Bright. Only highlights
1 Wren, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Redwing, 8 Linnet, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Jay, 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Goldfinch [Winifred Simmonds]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, mild. Plotlands/Lincewood path.
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 8 Song Thrush (All singing.), 2 Long-tailed Tit [Andrew Cox]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 08:00 to 10:00, low tide, grey skies, gentle breeze 8C
1 Barn Owl (Beautiful owl very busy hunting), 100 Lapwing (Lapwings taking flight (numbers too many to count)) [Claire Panting] Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Lapwing at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting)
Navestock, 07:45 to 11:00, Mild, little wind
6 Brambling (in tall trees along Old Road), 3 Yellowhammer (from footpaths around Alma pub), 4 Linnet (from footpaths around Alma pub) [James Hudson]
Saturday 20 Feb 2021
Great Leighs, 15:15 to 17:45, Patch Birding , Great Leighs racecourse area, weather fine, dry and warm
1 Green Woodpecker (Heard in Lyndeswood), 23 Rook (Flew over from Race course towards London Road), 1 Bullfinch ((Male) with blue tits), 1 Chaffinch ((Male) ), 1 Wren, 3 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Coot (On gravel pit lake nearest to footpath), 2 Mallard (Pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Pheasant ((Cock)), 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock [Paul Everett]
Writtle, 15:00 to 16:30, Bright clear skies. Only certain species recorded.
1 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Wigeon (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Gadwall (Pair on Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (+, Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Allen]
Doddinghurst, 15:00 to 15:15
1 Great White Egret (still in arable field just east of Arllaide Boarding Kennels, Wyatts Green), 1 Red Kite (by sewage treatment works, Wyatts Green ) [Andrew Stroud]
Shrub End, 14:00 to 15:00, All sightings Westlands country park exercise walk, 14 Degrees, cloud with sun, windy from South.
25 Robin (all singing males), 23 Blue Tit, 10 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 35 Wood Pigeon, 2 Dunnock (singing males), 10 Great Tit, 2 Starling, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit (pair gathering nest material), 3 Collared Dove, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll (flying between feeding areas), 1 Song Thrush (singing male) [Ashley Gooding]
Braintree, 12:30 to 12:30, Fine, clear and warm
4 Red Kite (In flight in area above A120), 1 Buzzard (In flight being mobbed by Corvids) [Paul Everett]
Doddinghurst, 11:00 to 11:30, Warm, spring-like, clear sky.
4 Buzzard (Circling and displaying.), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (regular fly-overs), 1 Wren, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Redwing, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush (Singing from perch high in tree), 3 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 1 Jay [Gary Boyes]
Naze, The, 06:50 to 10:30, mild; S wind; light cloud; ebbing tide; 11 species singing
4 Song Thrush (Singing ), 4 Barnacle Goose (North), 2 Barn Owl (At least 2, 1 quartering the common first thing and 2 John Weston Reserve/Walton Hall Marshes ), 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of escarpment and 3 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Woodcock (Flushed from John Weston Reserve ), 1 Grey Heron (Flew high and east, got over the sea then changed its mind, turned round and headed W), 5 Skylark (South) [Brian Combes]
Friday 19 Feb 2021
Doddinghurst, 17:00 to 17:15
1 Great White Egret (by ditch in arable field just east of Arlaide Boarding Kennels between Wyatts Green and Swallows Cross.) [Andrew Stroud]
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Red Kite (Checking out horse paddocks Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Heybridge Basin, 14:00 to 15:00, Overcast, dry
1 Bar-tailed Godwit (30+), 1 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher [David Webb]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 13:00, Mild, breezy and overcast
2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimate. These birds were grazing east marsh, which is the eastern most field on Marsh Farm. ), 20 Curlew (Feed on a wet meadow.), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimate. Feeding on a wet meadow with curlew.), 2 Stonechat (A pair. I believe this pair have been here all winter.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from reed bed.) [Robert Pease]
Witham, 11:00 to 11:00, Town Centre
1 Red Kite (Drifting east) [David L Smith]
Wrabness, 10:00 to 13:00, Fairly mild, no precipitation, mostly overcast, tide well out but coming in
2 Gadwall (Pair. On floods alongside reserve. Year tick!), 1 Shoveler (Female on floods.), 1 Pintail (Male on floods.), 130 Wigeon (Estimate. On floods, plus some on estuary.), 150 Teal (Estimate - on floods.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe (Flew from shore to floods. Year tick.), 400 Dunlin (Estimate. On estuary.), 200 Knot (Estimate. On estuary.), 11 Red-breasted Merganser (On estuary), 12 Goldeneye (On estuary), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimate. On estuary.), 7 Skylark (Singing.), 35 Lapwing (Estimate. Some on estuary, some on floods.) [Simon Banks]
Great Totham, 09:10 to 09:45
5 Goosander (2m, 3f. Totham Pit.), 2 Little Grebe (Totham Pit.), 4 Skylark (Singing. Arable fields.), 8 Redwing (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudt, windy
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Blue Tit [Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Blue Tit at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Witham, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy.
1 Blackcap (Apart from sightings in November and December of male and female blackaps ive currently logged this female in my garden every day since 31st December, jealously guarding the sunflower seeds!) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, some sun. Chilly breeze.
2 Goosander (Pair on the lake.), 1 Kestrel, 10 Black-headed Gull (Lake.), 17 Common Gull (Feeding on Old Park area.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove (At least. Two pairs.), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (At least.), 1 Skylark (Singing from arable field adjacent car park.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Small stream in woods north of lake.), 100 Redwing (At least.), 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Two singing.), 1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Kingfisher (Lake.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 18 Feb 2021
Copford, 17:40 to 18:00
2 Little Owl (Pair calling in potential nesting habitat), 2 Tawny Owl (Pair heard in Copford Sewage Works), 2 Little Egret, 3 Song Thrush [Steve Grimwade]
Stapleford Tawney, 16:15 to 16:45, Fair but cold
6 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard (Resident), 2 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite [Ann Darnell]
Little Waltham, 16:00 to 16:15, sunny, dusk
1 Red Kite [David Saville] Red Kite at Little Waltham on 18 Feb 2021, (David Saville)
Naze, The, 14:40 to 17:00, sunny! high tide 3.50pm
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Woodcock, 30 Turnstone (+), 60 Sanderling (+), 10 Dunlin (+), 20 Ringed Plover (+), 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Liz Huxley] Purple Sandpiper at Naze, The on 18 Feb 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:45 to 15:00, 10 degrees. Sunshine. Light wind
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (with Canada Geese in field next to causeway), 1 White-fronted Goose (1st winter feeding with Greylags on grazing marsh close to pond by track to RAWL hide), 2 Egyptian Goose [James Hudson] White-fronted Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Feb 2021, (James Hudson) , White-fronted Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Feb 2021, (James Hudson)
Colchester, 13:00 to 13:05, Overcast, windy - Cymbeline Meadows
1 Great White Egret [Matt Trevillion]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 10:45, Sunny then overcast. S. breeze.
1 Canada Goose (Damaged wing.), 12 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal (Trout lake.), 5 Red-crested Pochard (4m, 1f. Trout lake.), 98 Pochard (90% males.), 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye (Female. Carp lake.), 64 Coot, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Lapwing (Flew over.), 2 Common Gull, 3 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay (Pair.), 100 Carrion Crow (circa.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Chaffinch (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Raven (One flew from mast, second calling and visible near top. Am going to suspend reports for a few weeks.) [David Jobbins]
Wednesday 17 Feb 2021
Doddinghurst, 14:30 to 16:30, Dull, drizzle.
1 Buzzard, 250 Common Gull (Approx. On fields along Warren Lane, with a few Lesser black backed, herring and black headed gulls), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flying over fields), 1 Green Woodpecker (On Playing Field.), 20 Pied Wagtail (Approx,, with meadow pipits), 10 Meadow Pipit (Approx) [Ian Swanson]
Laindon, 13:30 to 15:00, Overcast, breezy. Back garden.
2 Robin, 1 Blackbird (Male.), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 21 Greenfinch (At least.), 14 Goldfinch (At least.), 6 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Kelvedon Hatch, 12:45 to 12:45, Dull, light showers
1 Red Kite [Ian Swanson]
Billericay, 10:40 to 12:30, Lake Meadows
60 Redwing (60+ in one flock feeding in leaf litter. Many others flying around.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair on lake), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Tufted Duck (On lake) [James Hudson]
Great Totham, 09:50 to 10:00, Overcast.
7 Goosander (3m, 4f. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Over St. Peter's Church.), 8 Redwing (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Dull
1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male attacking bird feeders) [Mark Pegrum]
Black Notley, 09:00 to 13:00, Mainly dull, mild, SW wind.
4 Lesser Redpoll (at Niger feeders in garden) [George Brown]
Maldon, 09:00 to 09:30, Overcast, light rain. Elms Farm Park.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush (Singing.), 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch (Calling.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 11:15, Cloudy, breezy, some light rain. Mild. Plotlands.
10 Tufted Duck (Seven males, three females.), 2 Mute Swan (Pair. No sign of last years cygnets.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 2 Fieldfare (Flying over.), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Goldfinch (At least. Six near the lake. Three feeding on elm buds at the top of the ridge could have been some of these birds.), 10 Siskin (At least. Feeding on alder seeds by the lake. First this winter.) [Andrew Cox]