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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Friday 18 Sep 2020
Braintree, 18:00 to 19:00, Sunset, clear sky, small breeze
3 Red Kite [Matt Trevillion] Red Kite at Braintree on 18 Sep 2020, (Matt Trevillion) , Red Kite at Braintree on 18 Sep 2020, (Matt Trevillion)
Tilbury, 14:30 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, strong NE wind, HT
8 Common Scoter (Single flock drifting up with the tide), 2 Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 3 Wigeon (Up river), 1 Teal (On STW outfall, first of the autumn) [Paul Larkin]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 13:45 to 17:30, via River Walk
2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff [David L Smith]
Wrabness, 13:30 to 14:30, Breezy. High Tide. Very quiet this afternoon
1 Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 2 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit (Small party.), 3 Buzzard [Peter Brittain]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 16:45, Sunny, warm. Easterly breeze.
1 Gannet (Juvenile, upriver.), 15 Common Scoter (Mobile around the eastern buoys.), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (Heading south as the tide ebbed.), 3 Arctic Skua (Two juveniles harasing terns & gulls around the eastern buoys. One pale phase adult upriver; quite close.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 4 Sandwich Tern (At least.), 10 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Terling, 12:45 to 12:50, Hot and windy, bright sun
1 Red Kite (Low above road just outside village) [Martin Iddon]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:35 to 16:35, Dry & sunny, brisk E breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Kingfisher (Male. Causeway Lagoon. ), 3 Dunlin (Point hide. ), 25 Great Black-backed Gull (Plus.), 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Plus.), 10 Herring Gull (Circa.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak hide. Female's.), 15 Little Grebe (Circa.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (Plus.), 1 Raven (Rawl hide. Large Corvid, far bigger than the Carrion Crow perched above it. Large strong black bill), 1 Hobby (Rawl hide.), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Probable pair interacting over W bank.), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Oak hide. Male on shore.), 1 Bar-headed Goose (Rawl hide. Showed when roosting Geese disturbed by Red Fox.), 4 Ruff (Rawl hide.), 20 Lapwing (Circa. ), 50 Shoveler (Circa.), 15 Pintail (Rawl hide.), 18 Wigeon (Rawl hide.), 2 Goosander (Females. Rawl hide.), 1 Scaup (Female, Tufted Duck hybrid.), 6 Grey Heron [David Hale] Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Shoveler at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pintail at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Grey Heron at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, becoming warmer. Breezy.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (Flying over Childerditch Meadow area.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Juv. Childerditch Meadow.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cool. Breezy.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling, close.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Near lake.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Sightings from Lodge Lane in good conditions
1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Stock Dove [Matt Turner]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 13:45
1 Leach's Petrel (North (thanks to Simon Cox & Pete Loud for finding 2 of them off Holland Haven and Paul Brayshaw for picking them up off Frinton)), 1 Great Skua (South), 2 Gannet (North ), 3 Common Scoter, 22 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wheatear, 75 Siskin (North in small groups ), 2 Lesser Redpoll (North), 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (South), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Jay, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Pintail (North), 11 Wigeon (South) [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 17 Sep 2020
Dovercourt, 10:30 to 12:10, Blustery, dry
12 Purple Sandpiper (Small flock, Irlam's Point), 45 Dunlin (Irlam's Point and towards caravan park), 1 Ringed Plover (Irlam's Point), 20 Turnstone, 7 Common Scoter (Group flew north from The Naze area), 1 Kestrel, 8 Linnet (On rough ground by car park/recucling centre) [Simon Banks]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 15:00
500 Tufted Duck (+), 9 Red-crested Pochard (from causeway), 40 Great Crested Grebe (+), 4 Coal Tit (+), 20 Pintail (+), 1 Red Kite (from RAWL Hide), 3 Egyptian Goose (Point Hide), 1 Osprey (from Point Hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (from Point Hide), 1 Ruff (Oak Hide), 1 Bar-headed Goose (Oak Hide), 1 Chiffchaff [Liz Huxley]
Beckton, 09:30 to 12:15, Sun/cloud, brisk NE wind
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Kittiwake (adult), 1 Common Tern, 1 Swallow [Gary A James]
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 09:30 to 12:00, Sunny intermittent sunshine strong wind. Cudmore to pyefleet channel.
1 Buzzard, 11 Turnstone, 388 Redshank (inc' high tide count 342), 27 Little Egret (inc'15 in trees over pond), 1 Swallow, 20 Lapwing (+), 1 Eider (female), 60 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 7 Sandwich Tern (inc' 1 juv'), 5 Cormorant, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Avocet, 7 Shelduck, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 10 Dunlin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, 30 Linnet (+), 2 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Long-tailed Tit (+) [Ashley Gooding]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 09:15 to 13:30, Sun & clouds. Warm, easterly breeze.
1 Manx Shearwater (Upriver.), 7 Brent Goose, 1 Osprey (Heading south. Quite distant.), 20 Grey Plover (At least.), 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Arctic Skua (At least.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 1 Sandwich Tern (Resting on mud before tide came in.), 1 Guillemot (East. Quite close.), 1 Short-eared Owl (Across river.) [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 07:45 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, strong NE wind, rising tide
132 Ringed Plover, 164 Dunlin, 3 Little Stint, 134 Curlew, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 188 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon (Flock with three Teal), 47 Teal, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 122 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 1643 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv), 13 Common Tern (Flocks of 4 & 9), 2 Manx Shearwater (One am, one pm), 7 Shoveler, 1 Gannet (Juv) [Paul Larkin]
Holland Haven, 07:15 to 11:45, NE moderate, sunny with cloud cover. 3 hour seawatch with quick look at scrape from pillbox
1 Manx Shearwater (Flying north, good views), 5 Gannet, 30 Common Scoter (+), 15 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 4 Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Stonechat, 5 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 2 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Guillemot, 1 Red-throated Diver (Breeding plumage close in) [Matt Turner]
Wednesday 16 Sep 2020
Great Totham, 16:00 to 17:00, Sunny, warm, light breeze.
6 Mute Swan (Adult with five juveniles. Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Over South Wood.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Totham Pit.), 1 Merlin (Male. Flew over sugar beet field N of South Wood and perched on telegraph pole.), 1 Chiffchaff (Bog Grove.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Holland Haven, 14:30 to 16:45
2 Mediterranean Gull (1cy and adult), 2 Common Gull (1cy), 2 Stonechat, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 30 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Tilbury, 14:00 to 15:00, Broken cloud, light NE breeze
1 Common Scoter (Drake drifting down with the tide), 2 Common Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:45 to 16:45, Sun & clouds. Warm, breezy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 200 Grey Plover (Approx. Most on creek, one on lagoon.), 1 Dunlin (Lagoon. Summer plumage.), 15 Knot (Lagoon. All winter plumage.), 8 Turnstone (Near slipway. Mobbing sparrowhawk.), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Flying away from their roost, in large groups.), 24 Greenshank, 1 Sandwich Tern (Adult.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy, light NE wind
1 Garganey, 1 Whinchat, 4 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Debden, 09:00 to 13:00, 21deg sunny periods
2 Grey Wagtail (Juveniles at the east end of Debden Water), 1 Nuthatch (Calling ), 6 Moorhen (Adult and juveniles ) [Stephen Dutton]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 09:45, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (Male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 08:30 to 14:00
460 Siskin (All moving north in flocks of 10-15. My largest ever number recorded in Essex!), 3 Gannet (North), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 19 Sanderling, 17 Turnstone, 1 Snipe, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Tree Sparrow (North), 70 Meadow Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 8 House Martin, 14 Swallow, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 60 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet [Steve Grimwade]
Great Totham, 08:15 to 08:30, Sunny,calm.
1 Kestrel (Male. E of St. Peter's Church.), 2 Willow Warbler (Together. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 07:45 to 08:00, Cloudy, warm.
1 Hobby (Flew over house.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 08:00, Broken cloud, light NE, LT
5 Sandwich Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 19:00, NE1-6 initially 8/8, 0/8 for most of day then cloud front to 8/8 at 18:15. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated
118 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chiffchaff, 572 Siskin (62 flocks of 2-28 birds. Highest day count, exceeding 558 on 25/09/08. 1698 counted so far in September), 34 Dunnock (Notable increase on undercliff, some birds noted in off the sea), 10 Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 9 Mediterranean Gull (south - first for some time), 44 Sandwich Tern (strong evening movement) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 15 Sep 2020
Laindon, 14:15 to 15:15, Sunny, hot, humid. Some light cloud. Back garden.
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 14:00, hot, clear sky - perfect day
1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Merlin (low and fast over salt marsh towards point), 33 Sanderling, 40 Oystercatcher (+ Stone Point lagoon) [Martin Richards]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 10:30 to 13:00, Clear sky, hot , light breeze, 30c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 7 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus. ), 2 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Herring Gull, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Whimbrel (Fly over. ), 20 Shoveler (Circa. ), 10 Teal, 2 Mute Swan, 25 Greylag Goose (At least.), 50 Starling (Plus. ), 7 Pied Wagtail [David Hale] Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 15 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Naze, The, 09:20 to 13:30, High Tide, bright, sunny and warm. Nor-easterly breeze. Sightings with John Slee
4 Brent Goose (3 + 1 S), 2 Gannet (Juvs S, close inshore together), 5 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel (M & F), 35 Oystercatcher, 30 Ringed Plover, 13 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 20 Turnstone, 2 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua (Pale ph Juv S @ 11:25), 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Skylark, 1 Swallow (N), 2 House Martin, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Long-tailed Tit (Min), 2 Jay, 4 Greenfinch [Mike Harris]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 09:00, E1 0/8 mod vis. Selected totals, movement to south
115 Siskin, 4 Brent Goose [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 14 Sep 2020
TL8005, 16:30 to 16:30, Hot and sunny.
2 Buzzard (Flying together into Thrift Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:00 to 18:40, Fox creating mayhem between Point and RAWL Hides
1 Common Sandpiper (RAWL Hide), 1 Ruff (RAWL and Point Hides, probably the same bird), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult, Oak Hide), 2 Dunlin (Point Hide), 1 Snipe (Point Hide), 2 Garganey (Fishing Lodge Bay), 4 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, 2 Hobby (causeway), 1 Kingfisher (fishing by causeway, then flew towards RAWL Hide), 1 Grey Wagtail (causeway) [Simon Satchell]
Holland Haven, 12:15 to 15:00, Warm sunny
2 Stonechat (On second hide roof), 4 Swallow (Flying over golf course), 1 Wheatear (On sea wall ), 2 Meadow Pipit (On golf course ), 3 Pied Wagtail (On golf course ), 10 Starling (Small group flying over reedbed ), 3 House Martin (Flying over sea wall ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:45 to 16:30, From Tollesbury
1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard (+), 3 Marsh Harrier (+), 6 Kestrel (+), 6 Hobby (+), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel (Heard only), 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 8 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill (Flying), 2 Kingfisher, 8 Wheatear, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Bearded Tit (Others heard), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ) [David L Smith]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 09:45, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (At least. Both males.), 1 Coal Tit, 10 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 11:15, Sunny, clear sky, calm.
14 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with seven established young.), 2 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 80 Tufted Duck (circa.), 7 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. five juvs.), 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (Also one long dead in harvested wheat field. Cause of death unknown.), 100 Coot (circa.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard and seen.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm.
16 Egyptian Goose (All in flight.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Clear, warm
3 Green Woodpecker (At least 2 Juveniles and 1 adult bird tending them) [Kevin Poulton]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 09:00, S-SE0 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
24 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 13 Sep 2020
Maldon, 16:00 to 18:00, Garden sightings
1 Red Kite (seen from garden but it was over the town centre on Saturday 12th), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (Several passes over), 1 Sparrowhawk (Several passes over), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female heading east), 4 Swallow (Heading south), 1 Coal Tit (Visiting garden feeders), 1 Chiffchaff [Tony Kennelly]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, clear sky, pleasant breeze
1 Peregrine Falcon (swooped on Green Sandpiper over Walton Channel, causing it to ditch and dive. Continuous attacks exhausted the sandpiper and it was eventually siezed and carried off to Horsey. Fantastic and sad at the same time.), 1 Wheatear (sea wall), 6 Sandwich Tern (beach towards the point), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (beach towards the point - 2 in smart plumage still) [Martin Richards]
Wakering Stairs, 09:55 to 12:10, Falling tide, bright and sunny, SW breeze. Wall Brown and Common Lizard on seawall.
20 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Imm.), 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (Imm.), 11 Mediterranean Gull (All W/P Ads.), 30 Swallow (All juvs SW into headwind), 14 Meadow Pipit (All SW into headwing), 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [Mike Harris]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 10:00, Clear, breezy
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Calling from trees in my back garden, sighted as well) [Kevin Poulton]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 10:00, Sunny. Warm. Some breeze. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker (Including a juvenile in Lincewood.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including two together in Lincewood.), 3 Nuthatch (At least one in Lincewood & at least two in Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 08:00 to 13:00, Sunny
4 Little Egret, 40 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler [Gary A James]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:45 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, light W wind, HT
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 20 Meadow Pipit (Flock around the head of the creek), 1 Common Sandpiper (Stanford Creek), 4 Stonechat (Near the VC), 347 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 56 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 30 Teal (Stanford Creek), 72 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 55 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 1 Barnacle Goose (Golden Gates), 39 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates.), 5 Pochard (Golden Gates), 46 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus one downy young, Golden Gates.), 94 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 67 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Coot (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Golden Gates), 3 Buzzard (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 14:00, SW3-5 variable cloud then 0/8. Movement to south
116 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 52 Siskin, 2 Spoonbill (@ 0724 (seen 40 minutes earlier at Landguard)), 5 Marsh Harrier (1,1,3), 2 Buzzard, 2 Swift, 1 Short-eared Owl (@ 1208) [Paul Brayshaw]
Heybridge Basin, 06:15 to 09:15
1 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Avocet, 150 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 50 Golden Plover, 10 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 500 Redshank, 100 Dunlin, 20 Little Egret, 30 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 20 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Wigeon [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 12 Sep 2020
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 15:00 to 16:15, Sun & cloud. Warm.
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Usual marina pylon.), 100 Lapwing (Approx. Scrape.), 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:45 to 14:45, Sun & clouds. Warm. Light breeze. All small waders showing wellclose to 2nd viewing mound.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 18 Curlew, 118 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Boxted, 11:45 to 12:05, sunny intervals
5 Mute Swan (pair with 3 juvs), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit [Martin Peers]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 14:00, windy, broken cloud
4 Yellow Wagtail (by tower), 1 Peregrine Falcon (near Stone Point), 29 Sandwich Tern (group on beach), 35 Bar-tailed Godwit (flying toward Horsey), 2 Wheatear (sea wall), 1 Green Sandpiper (sea wall) [Martin Richards]
Langham, 11:00 to 11:30, cloudy
5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-legged Partridge (+), 3 Buzzard (one juv calling), 1 Blackcap, 2 Yellow Wagtail (juvs with other wagtails at waterworks lagoons), 1 Grey Wagtail (juv), 30 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 White Wagtail (sp male), 4 Meadow Pipit [Martin Peers]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:30 to 11:15
1 Kingfisher (In tiny stream next to fishing lake. ), 2 Stonechat [David Pallash]
TL6907, 08:55 to 09:00, Sunny, still, several fish seen in River Can, sightings with David
1 Kingfisher (flying west along River Can just past weir ), 1 Grey Wagtail (resting beside River Can just past weir), 2 Moorhen (In River Can just past weir) [Winifred Simmonds]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 08:45 to 14:00, Falling tide
90 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 25 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Meadow Pipit, 45 Goldfinch, 800 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 160 Grey Plover, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Raven [Sean Huggins]
Broomhouse, Langham, 08:30 to 09:45, sunny intervals
54 Canada Goose, 300 Greylag Goose (circa), 4 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 80 Mallard (circa), 90 Teal (+), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (males), 2 Bullfinch [Martin Peers]
Beckton, 08:00 to 12:30, Cloudy
1 Spoonbill, 4 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 6 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:30, Sun & clouds. Cool, breezy. Becoming warmer. Lincewood & Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (Hunting over & around Lake Meadows area.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 16:00, Partly cloudy with good sunny spells.Wind: South Westerly moderate.22c
1 Little Grebe (LB Causeway), 34 Little Egret (LDLH Causeway), 7 Great White Egret (LDLH Causeway), 1 Cattle Egret (LDLH Causeway), 35 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 18 Egyptian Goose, 1 Black Swan (LDLH Causeway), 3 Buzzard (LDLH Causeway), 2 Sparrowhawk (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (♀LB Causeway), 1 Hobby (Bay Hide Bay), 1 Peregrine Falcon (♀Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 2 Kestrel (Reserve), 1 Snipe (LB Causeway), 135 Black-tailed Godwit (Bay Hide Bay - Plus more LDLH Causeway and other 2 hides), 2 Green Sandpiper (LB Causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (LB Causeway), 2 Ruff (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing hide), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 4 Swallow (LB Causeway), 3 Sand Martin (LB Causeway), 1 Wheatear (♀ LDLH Causeway), 1 Stonechat (♀ Island Hide), 10 Blackcap (At least), 10 Whitethroat, 20 Chiffchaff (At least -Fleeting Glimpses), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least - Mainly LDLH Causeway), 1 Grey Wagtail (LB Causeway) [Mick Woodruff]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 12:00, W-NW4-5 4-8/8. Selected totals, movement to south
250 Siskin, 83 Meadow Pipit, 1 Hobby, 74 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:00, mild, mainly overcast, N wind swinging W and strengthening, high tide ebbing
8 Chiffchaff, 34 Pied Wagtail (19 by Tower, 15 Walton Hall Marshes ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (By Tower ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 21 House Martin (9 south, 12 north ), 39 Meadow Pipit (12 south, 3 north, 24 Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whimbrel, 13 Blackcap, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Willow Warbler, 25 Siskin (13 south (2,2,7,2) one group of 12 north ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 24 Turnstone, 1 Garden Warbler (By sewage works north entrance), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatear (One by tidal lagoons, one Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Buzzard, 15 Swallow (A trickle south), 2 Yellowhammer (Uncommon here, south end of Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 11 Sep 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 18:30 to 19:00, Sightings from both causeways
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron [Matt Turner]
Manningtree, 14:30 to 17:00, Sunny,light breeze
500 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimated), 50 Canada Goose (Estimated), 20 Ringed Plover, 30 Little Egret (Estimated), 4 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Cormorant, 1 Common Tern, 1 Osprey (Good sighting at 5pm) [Peter Brittain]
Wrabness, 14:10 to 14:45, Warm, clear
1 Red Kite (Wrabness reserve, rose from ground and soared), 1 Kestrel (Wrabness reserve, female or juv), 1 Chiffchaff (Wrabness reserve), 3 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage) [Simon Banks]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:10 to 13:00, Fremnells Causeway only; overcast
2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon, 10 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (first winter), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven (far bank), 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Sean Gregory]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:05 to 13:00, Mostly cloudy - sunny spells
1 Garganey (Female still present in front of Rawle Hide), 1 Hobby (In flight from Rawle Hide), 3 Common Sandpiper (3+ from Rawle Hide), 5 Pintail (From Oak Hide) [Nicholas Weston]
Beckton, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy;
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 09:45, Cloudy, cool. Starting to warm up
5 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Harwich, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Female,in off the sea,may have come from Felixstowe) [Peter Brittain]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy,cool.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 17 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Heard calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 08:00 to 18:00, Morning & evening vists to causeway either side of work.
1 Osprey (Sitting in tree, eating a fish. South of fremnalls causeway / downham road), 9 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Coal Tit, 500 Coot [Tony Kennelly]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 09:00, SW0-1 8-0/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
40 Yellow Wagtail, 178 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whinchat (in off, briefly on undercliff before heading south), 59 Siskin, 1 Red-throated Diver (north) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 10 Sep 2020
Manningtree, 14:00 to 16:30, walk along the river W from the Co-op
60 Little Egret (approx), 500 Black-tailed Godwit (approx total), 50 Avocet (approx), 3 Swallow, 10 Pied Wagtail (+), 3 Greenshank, 40 Lapwing (+), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Ruff, 1 Osprey (near rail bridge and flew towards Stutton), 2 Common Tern [Liz Huxley]
Stow Marsh, 13:45 to 15:45, Warm and sunny. Tide coming in. Clouded yellow heading west along seawall
8 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff (juvs), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Grey Plover, 90 Golden Plover, 1 Hobby (flew in and plonked itself down on the mud scaring off all the golden plover), 3 Yellow Wagtail (all the cattle have gone), 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Swallow [Alan Shearring]
Stapleford Tawney, 13:00 to 16:30, Sunny. No wind.
20 Siskin (Flying North), 4 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch [Nicholas Weston]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:15, Fremnells Causeway only; mainly sunny light NW winds
9 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Osprey (over south lagoon for 10 minutes from 13:00), 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 5 Avocet (on main island), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (heard), 2 Little Egret [Sean Gregory]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:30 to 17:00, Sunny & warm
5 Avocet (RAWL hide), 3 Dunlin (RAWL hide), 4 Ringed Plover (Point Hide), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby (Causeway), 1 Wigeon (Lyster Hide), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide) [James Hudson]
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey, 11:00 to 11:00, Warm sunny
3 Buzzard (Riding thermal up high), 1 Red Kite (Riding high with Buzzard ), 1 Sparrowhawk [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Nazeing, Lea Valley, 10:45 to 11:00
1 Kingfisher, 7 Gadwall [Paul Gymer]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 10:30 to 11:35, mainly sunny; viewing at Marina
1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Raven (flew towards Vange Marsh), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Sean Gregory]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:00 to 18:00, via River Walk
1 Kingfisher (4 sightings of possibly the same bird, carrying fish to late brood? ), 5 Buzzard (At least 5 individuals), 1 Red Kite, 4 Sparrowhawk (At least 4 individuals), 3 Kestrel (+), 1 Hobby (3 sightings), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swallow, 6 House Martin (+ Flying SW, High), 1 Treecreeper [David L Smith]
Hamford Water, 09:55 to 15:35, Warm, cloud cover 2/8 - 4/8, moderate breeze
1 Ruff, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover (summer plumage), 2 Wheatear, 20 Common Gull (one flock), 3 Pintail, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult) [Simon Banks]
Great Totham, 09:25 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Very pleasant.
18 Linnet (18 to 26, two flocks sighted among sugar beet east of St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 14:00, Layer Breton only
2 Mandarin Duck (Drakes), 6 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Swan, 9 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny dry and mild
3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Teal (Maybe more? ), 8 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard (Posing on high gate ) [Brian Bolton] Buzzard at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Sep 2020, (Brian Bolton, )
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 10:45, sunny and mild, light breeze turning cloudy.
14 Ringed Plover (church), 20 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (church), 2 Chiffchaff (church, LDLH singing), 15 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (church), 2 Common Sandpiper (church, LDLH), 14 Common Tern (church), 58 Black-headed Gull (church), 1 Common Gull (adult church), 3 Swallow, 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 8 Great White Egret (6 LDLH, 2 wig' bay), 3 Goldeneye (LDLH), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (LDLH), 2 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH), 2 Green Sandpiper (LDLH), 30 Great Crested Grebe (+) [Ashley Gooding]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 17:30, N1 2/8 then variable. Selected totals, movement to south
104 Meadow Pipit, 74 Siskin, 5 Grey Wagtail, 4 Buzzard, 1 Osprey (south out to sea @ 0754, seen earlier over Walton Hall Marsh by Darrell Stile), 7 Swift, 3 Short-eared Owl (together close inshore @ 1720. Continuing the early and high numbers of this species) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Bittern (Track at layer bretton seen by phil (farmer) & Glenn Moore (very tame)), 1 Gannet (Juv flyover about 5.40pm seen by Glenn Evans ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 09 Sep 2020
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 13:30 to 15:30, Dry, warm, overcast. Light breeze. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Shoveler (Circa.), 20 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel (1 Brimstone Butterfly.), 5 Black-tailed Godwit [David Hale]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:45, sunny then clouding over, wind increasing over reservoir.
1 Osprey (10.20 caught fish in front of rawl hide, was over causeway as i left 13.45), 3 Buzzard (over west bank trees), 1 Sparrowhawk (over west bank), 1 Marsh Harrier (west bank), 2 Garganey (2 maybe 3 from rawl), 3 Common Sandpiper (from rawl), 1 Wigeon (from rawl) [Colin Sparkes]
Creekmouth, near Beckton, 10:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
30 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 12 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Gary A James]
Bateman's Tower, Brightlingsea, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Wheatear, 60 Avocet (approx), 120 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Knot, 4 Whitethroat (+), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 6 Common Tern (+), 1 Osprey (distant on post on Geedon Marsh), 3 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 300 Starling (+), 5 Turnstone [Liz Huxley]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 09:55 to 10:00, Light S, scattered cloud, excellent visibility.
5 Red Kite (Interacting as a group over the southern edge of the pit; 3 then drifted east and 2 west. Largest ever group in the Boreham area. ) [Graham Ekins]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:30 to 11:25
14 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon (Pochard Lake.), 13 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk (Up high together.), 16 Moorhen, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby (Hawking insects over Main Lake.), 4 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler (By Pochard Lake. Heard only.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler [Malcolm Corbett]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:55 to 09:30, And 11:25 to 12:15.
17 Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose, 9 Pochard, 95 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Moorhen, 100 Coot (circa.), 12 Collared Dove, 4 Jay, 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Malcolm Corbett]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 08:30 to 17:00
1 Raven, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Merlin (1cy male), 4 Siskin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Hobby, 5 Bearded Tit, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Kestrel, 16 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 70 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Curlew, 80 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 11:00, W-SW2 4/8, selected totals, movement to south
1081 Swallow, 335 Meadow Pipit, 10 Grey Wagtail, 192 Siskin, 3 Tree Sparrow (@ 0658), 10 Crossbill (+ @ 0735), 1 Short-eared Owl ("Eared" owl south offshore @ 0720), 158 House Martin [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 08 Sep 2020
Goldhanger, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Cetti's Warbler (By sea wall. One near playing field, one near sailing club. Both heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Tawny Owl (Calling from gardens, Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wrabness, 14:45 to 15:00, Ovetcast
1 Turtle Dove (From Sea Wall in bare tree), 5 Long-tailed Tit [Peter Brittain]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:45 to 15:45, Tide coming in. Sunny and muggy
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 118 Ringed Plover, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 1 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit (East Marsh reedbed), 105 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Grey Plover [Alan Shearring]
Mistley, 12:15 to 13:00, Hottish, clear skies, little breeze. Tide partly up.
1 Osprey (Thanks to the birder who advised that it was still around. It flew in from Stutton Mill direction but remained on the north shore. Several terns harried it towards Cattawade. It returned and went down on the old BX Plastics area. Later sighting from the Co-Op of it flying over the Walls after which it disappeared. Did not attempt to fish at all.), 1 Knot (Only one seen but reports from others of more), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Not counted but lots!), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (One only noted), 1 Redshank (Many amongst Godwits, not counted), 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstone (Amongst Godwits, not counted), 20 Little Egret (On islet across from Co-op,), 25 Cormorant (On islet across from Co-op,) [Paul Saward] Osprey at Mistley on 08 Sep 2020, (Paul Saward)
Bateman's Tower, Brightlingsea, 10:00 to 15:30
2 Wheatear, 100 Avocet (approx), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (+), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Osprey (distant on post, Geedon Marsh), 3 Swallow, 20 Common Tern (approx), 1 Arctic Skua (on the water, then flew off over E Mersea), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Reed Bunting, 20 Linnet (approx), 4 Great Crested Grebe [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 14:45, Dry, humid & overcast, turning very warm. 18c rising to 24c plus. Light breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa. Billets Farm & screen & LDHC. ), 20 Linnet (At least. Billets screen.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least, with Linnet.), 10 Swallow (At least, Billets Farm.), 10 Sand Martin (Circa, Wig Bay.), 6 Great White Egret (Large yellow bill, towering over Little Egret.), 7 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (Wig Bay.), 1 Black Swan (Wig Bay.), 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Hide Bay.), 4 Ruff (Hide Bay.), 1 Yellowhammer (Road side hedge, Hide Bay.), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (LDHC.), 20 Pintail (At least. Wig Bay.), 30 Wigeon (At least. Wig Bay. ), 50 Gadwall (Plus. Wig Bay.), 50 Shoveler (Plus. Wig Bay & LDHC.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 1 Blackcap (Male. School Lane.), 1 Green Woodpecker (School Lane.), 2 Stock Dove (Small White Butterflies everywhere. ), 8 Egyptian Goose [David Hale] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Sep 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Monday 07 Sep 2020
Epping, 18:30 to 18:30
3 Greenfinch (All juveniles ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Leez Reservoir, 14:15 to 16:15, Cloudy; SW wind.
2 Hobby (Hawking for insects over E part of reservoir and surrounding trees), 1 Kingfisher ((probably 2 as seen in two places)), 40 Tufted Duck, 15 Little Grebe [George Brown]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:10 to 15:40, some light clouds, mild. Fremnells Causeway only
1 Black-necked Grebe (distantly towards RAWL Hide), 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Sand Martin (at least), 5 Chiffchaff [Sean Gregory]
Geedon Saltings, Colne Estuary, 13:00 to 16:00, high tide 1600
1 Osprey (watched an osprey catch and eat a sizeable fish, probably a mullet, these remote creeks seem to be a stopping off point at this time of year.) [David Underwood]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:45 to 16:15, Via Tollesbury (mainly as per Steve Grimwade)
1 Kingfisher (From seawall approach), 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), 1 Snipe [David L Smith]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:20 to 15:45
9 Cattle Egret, 6 Spoonbill, 1 Whinchat, 1 Cuckoo (Juvenile), 3 Bearded Tit, 4 Hobby, 5 Kestrel, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (Juveniles), 33 Spotted Redshank, 17 Greenshank, 350 Golden Plover, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade] Cuckoo at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 07 Sep 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:00 to 11:30, Cloudy, warm, v. light SW wind. One lengthy shower.
28 Mute Swan (Inc. twelve juveniles.), 10 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, 19 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. eight juveniles.), 80 Coot (circa.), 1 Common Gull, 20 Collared Dove (+.), 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Siskin [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 10:00
1 Spoonbill, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Juveniles), 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Great White Egret, 1 Goosander (Female), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Ruff, 5 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, SW1 6-8/8, selected totals, movement to south
506 Swallow, 85 House Martin, 62 Meadow Pipit, 33 Siskin, 7 Swift [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 06 Sep 2020
Colne Pt, 17:30 to 19:30, Sunshine, no wind
3 Short-eared Owl (Two flew out to sea towards Dengie; one other remained hunting near warden's hut), 20 Sanderling, 1 Whinchat, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Turnstone, 6 Curlew, 1 Kestrel [Michael Padmore]
Warley, 16:00 to 18:00
1 Redstart (Male along hedge between paddocks. Footpath 131 from Dark Lane towards M25), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (In hedge near Redstart - paddock by Boyles Court), 1 Wheatear (In field on ridge immediately south), 1 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Andrew Stroud]
Goldhanger, 15:40 to 15:40, Sunny, warm. High tide.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only beside sea wall, Goldhanger S.C.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 15:35 to 18:55
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Yellow Wagtail (+), 5 Linnet, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female), 8 Skylark, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Wheatear, 4 Snipe, 6 Whinchat, 1 Sedge Warbler [Simon Satchell]
The Strood, Mersea Island, 11:50 to 12:15, Little wind, cloudy
1 Little Stint (Near causeway end), 9 Golden Plover, 1 Whimbrel (Heard only), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (Adult) [Simon Banks]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:40 to 11:35, Little wind, some cloud cover
1 Green Sandpiper (SW corner from Layer Breton causeway), 30 Egyptian Goose ((estimate) both causeways), 5 Great White Egret (Both causeways), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adult, Layer Breton causeway) [Simon Banks]
Salcott, 10:00 to 12:30
3 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 6 Spoonbill (2Ad + 4 juvs - family ?), 6 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 125 Golden Plover, 150 Grey Plover, 100 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 44 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 250 Redshank, 1 Common Tern (Juv), 1 Skylark, 60 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 150 Starling, 4 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting [Neil Murphy]
TL7205, 07:30 to 12:30, sunny with some clouds; observation at various times
2 Red Kite (9th and 10th 2020 garden records), 5 Buzzard (soaring with kites), 3 Sparrowhawk (3rd species of raptor in a 10 minutes spell around 11:00), 1 Chiffchaff (early morning garden visitor), 3 Swift (south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (seen c 17:00) [Sean Gregory]
TQ5993, 07:00 to 11:00
5 Meadow Pipit (Flew south over Kings Chase), 1 Swallow [Andrew Stroud]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, WNW2-3 0-4/8. Selected totals, movement to south
518 Swallow, 30 Chiffchaff, 52 Meadow Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Crossbill (0710), 14 Swift, 283 House Martin, 16 Sand Martin [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 05 Sep 2020
Billericay, 16:30 to 16:45, Sunny and a medium breeze
1 Hobby (Garden birding - Flew directly overhead at a medium height) [John Smart]
Mistley, 16:15 to 17:00, Wader numbers seem to be building up.
1 Osprey (Seen from Walls. Thought it was going to dive then mobbed by crow. ), 10 Grey Plover (At least in Summer plumage) [Barbara Leport]
Bardfield, 15:15 to 15:15, Warm, overcast
1 Red Kite (flying overhead) [Graham Dalby] Red Kite at Bardfield on 05 Sep 2020, (Graham Dalby)
Blackmore, 14:30 to 14:35
1 Red Kite (Initially on the ground in a field, then flew up into a tall tree) [Graham Dalby] Red Kite at Blackmore on 05 Sep 2020, (Graham Dalby)
Stanway GP, 10:45 to 16:45, at Colchester Zoo
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
TL7205, 09:30 to 16:00, sunny, then clouding over. Observations at various times
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swift (south) [Sean Gregory]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:30 to 11:30, Sunny intervals.
1 Red Kite (Drifted east), 6 Greenfinch (Probably more.), 4 Chiffchaff (calling from various locations.), 2 Blackcap (Calling.), 3 Buzzard (Circling.), 4 Moorhen (2 adult 2 young) [Kevin Cook]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 08:30 to 13:00, Tide low, later rising
4 Curlew Sandpiper (Juvs), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Juv), 8 Yellow Wagtail (Seven feeding among cattle), 7 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper (On pit) [Sean Huggins]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 09:45, NW3 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
19 Yellow Wagtail, 98 Siskin, 796 Swallow, 989 House Martin, 8 Grey Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 15 Sand Martin, 185 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 6 Swift, 2 Short-eared Owl, 7 Buzzard [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:15, cool first thing, clear gradually clouding over, strong northerly wind, rising tide
15 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 89 Swallow (Mainly south and west), 2 Swift (South), 10 Wheatear (+, 1 by Tower, at least 9 on Walton Hall Marshes ), 48 Pied Wagtail (33 by Tower ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 by Tower, 1 west and 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Siskin (West, groups of 2 and 5), 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles ), 3 Grey Wagtail (West), 91 House Martin (Mainly south and west), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Meadow Pipit (3 south, 18 Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redstart (Female type, John Weston Reserve, in northern stand of trees in west paddock ), 6 Buzzard (4 soaring over Walton Hall Marsh and 2 high north of Horsey Island), 2 Chiffchaff, 158 Bar-tailed Godwit (On shore towards Stone Point ), 34 Sanderling, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby (South ), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Sedge Warbler, 44 Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Maldon, 06:00 to 08:00, Morning walk Maldon to & from beeleigh weir. Low tide
1 Black Redstart (female/juvenile In yard of derelict building by flour mill & opposite boat yard at fullbridge. Viewable (when it eventually pops up) from public footpath of anchorage hill & chandlers quay), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Common Gull (In prom Park), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail (Beeleigh weir), 8 Little Egret (Feeding in low tide pools of river), 4 Little Grebe, 3 Reed Warbler (Calling from reedbeds along golf course), 10 Chiffchaff (Probably more, heard calling along walk), 2 House Martin, 4 Teal, 200 Black-headed Gull (Plenty of small flocks heading West & others feeding in river.) [Tony Kennelly]