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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Thursday 13 May 2021
Maldon, 09:00 to 09:30, Overcast, light E wind. Elms Farm Park.
1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 1 Coot (Feeding one young.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Three singing males, one female.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Magpie, 4 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Greenfinch (Two singing + two together.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 12 May 2021
Dovercourt, 19:40 to 19:50, Pale cloud spreading, moderate temperature, little wind
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Sat in pear tree in my garden. Surely recent arrival. ) [Simon Banks]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 17:30 to 20:45
11 Nightingale, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Turtle Dove (Heard purring by Jim Hume and Elsbeth Gotts.), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:15 to 16:00, Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo (Billets Farm. ), 10 Yellow Wagtail (Circa.), 1 Blackcap (Male, Billers Farm. ), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.), 3 Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 100 Swift (At least.), 30 Swallow (At least.), 6 Linnet, 11 Skylark, 24 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 6 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye (Pair.), 12 Common Tern (At least.), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Great White Egret [David Hale] Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 12 May 2021, (David Hale)
Great Totham, 11:50 to 11:55, Partly cloudy, light S wind.
3 Buzzard (Together over Gt.Totham South. ) [Malcolm Corbett]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny, tide on the way in. Painted lady flew rapidly north
1 Hobby, 11 Great Crested Grebe (in Clements Green Creek), 2 Cuckoo, 7 Pochard (including the one with a nasal saddle), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Nightingale (still on territory at Frankland Fields NR), 1 Greenshank [Alan Shearring]
Dovercourt, 10:40 to 10:43, Clear sky, a little cool, not much wind
2 Swift (Two birds quite low over Manor Road, Dovercourt) [Simon Banks]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:40 to 12:00, S breeze, dry, sun & cloud. Sightings with Brenda from car park & top of steps to sea wall.
1 Barn Owl (Showing at 09 45 in meadow next to car park.), 4 Cuckoo (Pair chasing around meadow, 2 others calling from other locations.), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Linnet, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard only.), 10 Swift (Plus), 10 Swallow (Plus.), 1 Common Tern, 3 Shelduck, 1 Lapwing, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only.) [David Hale] Barn Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 12 May 2021, (David Hale)
Ashdon, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
1 Cuckoo (In flight calling), 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 1 Brown Hare [Phil Harling ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher (First seen entance to cudmore grove park AF .then seen east of hide to first bench over looking grazing field. DU), 1 Nightingale (Singing only in hedge back of pond (no access)DU), 2 Fulmar (F/o cudmore grove park AF ), 1 Corn Bunting (Cross lane SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 08:25 to 08:26, Overcast
1 Hobby (Flew over Baden Powell Close) [David Pallash]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:16 to 09:20, Fine sunny spells
2 Whitethroat (Singing around main gate), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Pochard (Male), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (One on nest on island), 3 Common Tern (On island, one on nest), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Dunnock (Singing by gate), 1 Great Tit [Paul Everett]
Westley Heights, 07:45 to 10:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow (Pair, Langdon Hall Farm(near Hall Wood).), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch (Visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood. The latter had a beakful of green caterpillars.), 1 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 06:30 to 08:15
1 Hobby, 2 Garden Warbler (pair), 10 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swallow (Landing and collecting mud from a small puddle), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Linnet (pair), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Not sure why these are marked as scarce - they're sadly all over this area) [Jon Clark]
TL8935, 06:15 to 14:00, Sunny becoming Overcast Wind Light Southerly TempMax 14C
2 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Blackcap (4 Males 2 Females), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Marsh Tit [Peter Dwyer]
Shenfield, 05:15 to 06:15, Sunny, some cloud. First Turtle Dove survey, no surprise to draw a blank here
4 Yellow Wagtail (Surprised to find these so close to home), 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Jon Clark]
Tuesday 11 May 2021
Maldon, 16:10 to 16:45, Sun and cloud, moderate S wind. Elms Farm Park.
1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing. ), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 4 Blackbird (Singing), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:00, Warm and light breeze (18.00-19.00 visit)
4 Hobby (incl 3 together SE of LdlH c/w), 3 Cuckoo (incl female below Layer church), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 150 Swift (Large number feeding over reservoir), 12 Swallow [Sean Nixon] Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Swift at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Swallow at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 16:00
1 Wheatear (Youth camp DU), 1 Cuckoo (Boating lake DU), 1 Whimbrel (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 4 House Martin (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 1 Reed Warbler (Boating lake youth camp DU ), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing cross lane DU ), 1 Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island SE), 70 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Danbury Common, 11:00 to 11:00, Sun, rain and thunder. Good views of a green tiger beetle
17 Nightingale (singing on territories), 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Garden Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Writtle, 09:45 to 10:30
1 Reed Warbler (Singing from unusual habitat, above Titchmarsh Reservoir. Viewed briefly as well. Possible site record?), 1 Yellowhammer (heard at the college.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing at the college.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard [Oliver Cottis]
Epping, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male) [Roger Emmens]
Wickford, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, broken cloud
2 Greenfinch (Male and female pair on my sunflower heart feeder. 1st ones I have seen in my garden for 14 years) [Les Finn]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:15, Sun & clouds. Warm.
1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Red Kite [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 09:45, Sunny, warm, v.light S wind. Painted Lady also seen (F.o.Y.).
1 Cuckoo (Calling from scrub adj. Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Gt.Totham Hall.), 3 Swallow (Gt.Totham Hall.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing. Usual territory, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 09:30, Sunny
2 Garden Warbler (Both singing and showing well. One by dipping pond one by meadow viewing screen ) [Jan Lewis]
High Ongar, 05:15 to 05:15, Good
1 Cuckoo (Heard Cuckoo from Nine Ashes Road Blackmore) [Neil Warner]
Monday 10 May 2021
Copford, 21:30 to 22:53, Cool and a12 very quiet.
1 Tawny Owl (Tawny owl heard since 21:30 on Queensbury avenue calling for the 4th night now.) [Daryl Morgan]
High Ongar, 15:00 to 15:00, Good
2 Red Kite (Clear Sighting above Norton Mandeville) [Neil Warner]
Copford, 12:00 to 13:00, Partly cloudy
1 Wheatear (Male ), 2 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Nico Devereaux]
Rochford, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing very well for majority of visit) [James Hudson] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 10 May 2021, (James Hudson)
Great Totham, 10:00 to 10:05, Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
1 Red Kite (Low over Gt.Totham South. My first local sighting for a week.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 17:00, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 17 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Good Easter, 09:00 to 09:05
1 Quail ("singing" in cornfield.....first local record) [Martin Henry]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:20 to 09:05, Fine, overcast
1 Blackcap, 4 Canada Goose (1 pair with 1 gosling; 1 pair with 4 gosling), 1 Gadwall (male), 1 Oystercatcher (On nest on island), 2 Whitethroat (at least - in hedgerow alongside road), 1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Egyptian Goose (including 1 pair with 4 gosling) [Paul Everett] Egyptian Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Whitethroat at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Whitethroat at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 12:00, Sun & clouds, breezy. Some light showers.
5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow (Dry Street meadow. Probably two pairs.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (One singing male, Coombe Wood. One in Hall Wood.), 7 Nuthatch (Four occupied nest holes: Coombe Wood & The Park had pairs taking food & removing fecal sacs. Horsepaddock had at least one bird visiting nest hole. Another pair seen adding finishing touches to a nest hole in a small copse near to the main car park. New site/ territory. Last years nest hole in Hall Wood appears to be unoccupied. ), 1 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male. Calling & drumming in the three oak trees standing in the meadow across Dry Street from Coombe Wood. Flew into Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 07:40 to 07:40, Light cloud, breezy
3 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road/Margaret Road junction) [Graham Pentelow]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry
4 Common Sandpiper (All on east shore around tyres ), 6 Egyptian Goose (Pair plus 4 x chicks), 2 Common Tern (On island), 2 Shelduck (Pair), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Still By layby) [Brian Bolton]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 09:15, Selected sightings + Yellow-billed Teal (escape)
3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black Swan, 1 Mandarin Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Writtle, 05:45 to 07:00
1 Kingfisher (on the river), 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo (calling in the distance), 1 Little Grebe (titchmarsh reservoire), 1 Grey Heron (titchmarsh reservoire) [Oliver Cottis]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
30 Sand Martin (Plus off cudmore grove MC), 1 Greenshank (Cudmore grove MC), 4 Cuckoo (2Cudmore grove MC ,2 strood channel DU ), 1 Green Hairstreak (Strood channel DU ), 1 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 5 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 3 Painted Lady (2 strood DU, 1 Cudmore grove MC), 3 Lapwing (Chicks on park grazing field MC), 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Strood (DU)), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house flooded geese field MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 09 May 2021
Writtle, 19:30 to 19:50, Broken cloud
1 Cuckoo (Heard calling along the River Wid nr. Skeggs. Farm.) [Andrew Allen]
Heybridge Basin, 17:30 to 19:00, Sunny, clear, warm
4 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Canada Goose (including pair with 8 goslings), 3 Goldfinch, 20 Shelduck (+), 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Black Brant, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose [Paul Everett] Common Tern at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Canada Goose at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Goldfinch at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black Brant at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black Brant at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Heybridge Basin on 09 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Epping, 17:30 to 17:30
2 Swift (wheeling over Crows Road in direction of High Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Rochford, 13:00 to 16:00, Warm, sunny
1 Woodchat Shrike (Showing very well at times. Stunning bird.) [Karl Price] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 09 May 2021, (Karl Price)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 12:55 to 13:00, Cloudy with odd patch of clear sky.
2 Swift (Over house tile kiln estate slowly moving north.), 1 Long-tailed Tit (Flew over garden.), 1 Greenfinch (Flew over garden.) [Kevin Cook]
Danbury Common, 10:45 to 12:30
5 Nightingale, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard [Oliver Cottis]
Friday Wood, 10:30 to 13:00, Sunny becoming cloudy
1 Firecrest (male singing for c20 minutes in suitable breeding habitat), 5 Garden Warbler (singing males in general area of sandpit and nearby heathland), 1 Mistle Thrush (pair on heath by Cherry Tree Lane ), 6 Whitethroat, 6 Nightingale (singing males either side of Cherry Tree Lane. In good numbers this year) [Andrew Goodey]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 14:15, Mixed sun and cloud, quite windy 18 Deg's. Selected sightings.
1 Cuckoo (heard and seen several times), 63 Avocet (probably more), 23 Common Tern (at least), 30 Grey Plover (at least), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel (at least), 1 Knot (full summer plumage), 2 Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard, 6 Marsh Harrier (3 pairs, one male took coot chick.), 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Hobby (distantly fly catching), 1 Golden Oriole (Male flew in over Salcott channel and fed from low bushes on bank, then flew back.), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Spoonbill (2 immatures and adult) [Ashley Gooding]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, overcast, cool. Good number of Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaff and Cetti's. Painted Lady at the point
75 Ringed Plover (+), 1 Knot, 30 Sanderling, 5 Wheatear (3 hide wall, 2 on cliff just north of tower), 1 Little Tern (Horsey, opposite the point), 1 Sandwich Tern (Walton Channel), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Dunlin (+ Stone Point lagoon over high tide.) [Martin Richards]
Writtle, 09:30 to 12:30, Warm but breezy. Only certain species recorded. Several Orange-tips on the wing.
1 Common Sandpiper (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Swift (+), 2 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard Only), 2 Moorhen (1 youngster.), 1 Kingfisher (River Can.) [Andrew Allen]
Wrabness, 09:30 to 11:30
6 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 8 Nightingale (estimated number of singing males), 10 Swift, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer [Simon Cox] Nightingale at Wrabness on 09 May 2021, (Simon Cox)
TQ5993, 09:00 to 20:00
1 House Martin (Returning breeding bird at Brentwood School), 6 Swift (Screeching over Brentwood town centre this evening, returning breeding birds) [Andrew Stroud]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
3 Wheatear (1 golf house SE, 2 strood hill AF), 1 Greenshank (Cudmore grazing field SE), 1 Common Gull (Cudmore grazing field SE (tatty)), 20 Sand Martin (Plus off cudmore grove SE), 1 Whitethroat (8+ cudmore grove SE.), 1 Willow Warbler (Behind dabchicks sailing club DU), 5 Cuckoo (1 the lane DU,2 maydays SE, 1 langenhoe SE,1 strood AF), 4 Avocet (2prs maydays MC ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Strood channel AF ), 7 Reed Warbler (7 strood AF,), 2 Yellowhammer (A pr maydays SE ), 2 Canada Goose (A pr Cudmore grazing field SE), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2prs maydays SE), 28 Whimbrel (Pye fleet DU ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Golf house SE), 8 Common Tern (Pye fleet DU ), 5 Painted Lady (1 Strood MT , 4 maydays SE ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Maydays MC ), 2 Pochard (Oyster fishery DU ), 8 Grey Plover (Pye fleet DU ), 3 Gadwall (Bower hall marshes F/O DU), 29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (2 cudmore grove SE , 27 Pye fleet DU ), 12 Dunlin (Off pye fleet DU ), 2 Teal (Golf house flooded fields DU SE), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Side of firs chase caravan park AF), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house pools SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Danbury Common, 09:00 to 13:00
9 Nightingale [Martin Henry] Nightingale at Danbury Common on 09 May 2021, (Martin Henry)
Good Easter, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Goldcrest (frequent visitor to garden pond this week) [Martin Henry]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00, Clear, warm
6 Swift (Back over swift boxes about a week later than last year) [Kevin Poulton]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sun/cloud
2 Buzzard, 20 Common Tern, 5 Swift, 18 Swallow, 7 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, quite warm.
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (At least. Singing males, arable field next to car park.), 1 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Pair carrying material into nest site; singing male elsewhere.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Writtle, 07:30 to 20:15
2 Common Sandpiper (Titschmarsh reservoir), 1 Cuckoo (flew past Titschmarsh reservoir calling), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Titschmarsh res), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Coot, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 7 Mallard [Oliver Cottis]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:15 to 11:30, Broken cloud, SSW wind, HT
1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 2 Nightingale (One in Butts Lane/entrance road, the other at the east end of the Golden Gates alder wood), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on the VC approach road, one pair with one fledged juv), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (One each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 18 Pochard (Including nine drakes Golden Gates), 23 Tufted Duck (18, including 10 drakes, Golden Gates, five, including three drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 28 Coot (16 Golden Gates, 12 on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Common Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Swift (Golden Gates), 1 Wheatear (On the tip road near Golden Gates), 1 Hobby (Over the tip), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Cetti's Warbler (One by the outer car park, two Golden Gates, one near the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Stanford Warren, 07:00 to 08:00, Broken cloud, SSW wind, rising tide
1 Nightingale (Near Stanford Creek), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:45 to 16:30, Dry and mainly overcast with a few sunny spells. Wind South Westerly moderate. 19c
1 Little Grebe (LDLH Causeway), 2 Gadwall (♂♀ LDLH Causeway), 5 Shoveler (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Goldeneye (♀ LB Causeway), 2 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Sparrowhawk (♀ Old Road), 1 Hobby (LDLH Causeway), 2 Oystercatcher (LDLH Causeway), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 9 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), 1 Spotted Redshank (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 3 Cuckoo (♂♂♀ Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 150 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 10 House Martin (LB Causeway), 1 Wheatear (♂ LDLH Causeway), 3 Nightingale (Old Road), 3 Garden Warbler (Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Reserve), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 3 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway+Woodmouse Trail), 1 Green Woodpecker (Reserve - Heard only), 1 Song Thrush (Woodmouse Trail - Heard only), 1 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway - Heard only ... 80 Species seen and Heard) [Mick Woodruff]
Blake's Wood, near Danbury, 04:45 to 05:45, Dawn chorus walk highlights. Muntjac deer & pipistrelle bat also present
1 Tawny Owl, 2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 08 May 2021
Epping, 19:10 to 19:10, Heavy overcast, strong southerly winds
1 Hobby (Heading low and fast northerly) [Roger Emmens]
Halstead, 14:00 to 15:30, Cloudy and mild with a brisk south-westerly wind.
1 Garden Warbler (A male, in song, showing intermittently in my garden. The first occurrence for this site since moving here in 2011.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:00 to 13:00, Showers clearing, stiff S/SW wind
1 Golden Oriole (Male), 2 Spoonbill [Sean Nixon] Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Golden Oriole at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 08 May 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Tiptree, 10:15 to 10:15, Raining. Moderate S wind.
1 Nightingale (Singing. Just SW of car park, Tiptree Heath.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 13:00
2000 Swift, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Nightingale, 1 Garganey (Drake), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
5 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU), 3 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 6 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 40 Dunlin (Strood channel ), 10 Grey Plover (Strood channel ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (A pr Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Boreham, 06:15 to 07:10, "Boreham Patch" Increasingly heavy rain, wind light SSE; heavily overcast; Short circuit after emptying moth traps
1 Turtle Dove (New bird in garden at 07.45. 4th bird this spring & 2nd female. ), 1 Wheatear (Bright and large male presumably leucorhoa; distantly on top field. NFY as missed one seen by dog walker in April.), 1 Common Sandpiper (On Trifarm Pit at 06.30. NFY.), 1 Tufted Duck (Male on Trifarm. 1st for 6 days.), 1 Kingfisher (1 flew along brook at 06.55. 1st sighting for 6 days. ) [Graham Ekins]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 10:00, S wind, cool, overcast, dry at first then persistent driving rain at times heavy, rising tide; 18 species in song
4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 19 Swallow (6 south, 13 sewage works ), 3 Greenshank (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Yellowhammer (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Swift (First of the year for me, high south), 3 Little Tern (Walton Channel ), 2 Wheatear (1 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 63 Dunlin (Cormorant Creek, mainly in summer plumage), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ) [Brian Combes]
Writtle, 05:30 to 07:15
1 Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (pair feeding in a field), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 2 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove (2 in a field, one in an oak), 7 Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, 9 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 9 Blackbird, 7 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Mallard, 5 Dunnock, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 16 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Wren [Oliver Cottis]
Friday 07 May 2021
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny with chilly wind
2 Spoonbill (Feeding in channel near Joyce's Head) [Ian Gooday]
Epping, 12:00 to 12:10, Bright, breezy, some cloud
1 Swift (my 1st hirundine of the year, ahead of Swallows or House Martins. Heading west across Tower Road & Lower Swaines junction) [Graham Pentelow]
Good Easter, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Goldcrest [Martin Henry] Goldcrest at Good Easter on 07 May 2021, (Martin Henry)
Great Totham, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:00 to 19:00, via River Walk
8 Buzzard (+), 2 Sparrowhawk (+), 4 Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper (In different locations), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler (Heard only), 1 Sedge Warbler (New for site?), 10 Swift (+ Mostly heading NW in 2 & 3s), 3 Red Kite (Possibly 4 ), 3 Kingfisher (2 flying and at least one other heard in different locations), 1 Egyptian Goose [David L Smith]
Wormingford, Colchester, 09:30 to 12:00, All from airfield perimeter road
5 Wheatear (including 4 together ), 6 Corn Bunting (singing males), 8 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swift, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Skylark [Glen Moore] Wheatear at Wormingford, Colchester on 07 May 2021, (Glen Moore) , Wheatear at Wormingford, Colchester on 07 May 2021, (Glen Moore) , Corn Bunting at Wormingford, Colchester on 07 May 2021, (Glen Moore)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:30
1 Wheatear (coopers beach DU), 1 Cuckoo (Coopers beach DU), 2 Whimbrel (Coopers beach DU), 2 Common Tern (Coopers beach DU), 4 Sanderling (1 full summer 3 in change SE off cudmore grove SE), 9 Turnstone (Off cudmore grove SE), 55 Oystercatcher (Off cudmore grove SE), 25 Ringed Plover (Plus off cudmore grove steps to point SE), 45 Dunlin (+ in summer off cudmore SE), 2 Egyptian Goose (A pr golf house flooded fields MT) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 17:30, Dry, sun & cloud, cool W breeze, 14c. Sightings with Brenda.
4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Nightingale (Seen crossing the old road in pairs, many more heard. ), 4 Blackcap (2 pairs.), 8 Whitethroat, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Common Tern (Circa.), 20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa.), 1 Cuckoo (Plus another heard.), 100 Swift (Plus.), 2 House Martin, 20 Swallow (Plus.), 4 Common Sandpiper (LBC.), 1 Wheatear (Male. Billets screen.), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair. Billets screen.), 10 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Chiffchaff (Seen, more heard.), 1 Wren, 10 Chaffinch (At least), 2 Blue Tit, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mandarin Duck (Drakes. NE corner of LBC. ) [David Hale] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Mandarin Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 07 May 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Great Leighs, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mute Swan [David Saville] Sedge Warbler at Great Leighs on 07 May 2021, (David Saville) , Treecreeper at Great Leighs on 07 May 2021, (David Saville) , Mute Swan at Great Leighs on 07 May 2021, (David Saville)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:30 to 10:30, Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
4 Red-legged Partridge, 30 Greylag Goose (+. Adults, inc. eight pairs with young.), 15 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 2 Pochard (Pair.), 21 Tufted Duck, 50 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Feeding over carp lake throughout visit.), 1 Cuckoo, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard (Together, harassed by a crow.), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 100 Swallow (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with martins), 100 House Martin (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with swallows), 1 Long-tailed Tit (Adult feeding recent fledgling.), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Pair), 2 Goldfinch (Pair.), 1 Mallard (Female with six young.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (High above swifts but no attack seen.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 08:20 to 08:50, Sunny, Fine and dry- Tri farm Pit area
1 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair + goslings), 1 Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, cool. Great Berry & Plotlands ridge.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male. Adjacent arable.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:09 to 08:10, Fine, sunny
1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher (pair), 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackcap, 2 Linnet [Paul Everett] Swallow at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 07 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Chiffchaff at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 07 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Thursday 06 May 2021
West Hanningfield, 20:15 to 21:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (1 Roe Deer, 14 Muntjac Deer, 8 Brown Hare) [Philip Chalk]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:30 to 20:00
3 Hobby (From wigborough hide all working up & down far bank.), 1 Mandarin Duck (Male sitting on roots of fallen down trees north east LBCW), 1 Common Sandpiper (LB causeway ), 10 Greenshank (Plus from Wigborough hide) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tiptree, 16:30 to 16:30, Sunny, light NW wind.
1 Willow Warbler (Singing. Tiptree Heath.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Writtle, 16:00 to 18:00
1 Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (pair), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 8 Whitethroat (2 pairs and 4 more singing males), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 20 Linnet (roughly), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 2 Green Woodpecker (one was at the college), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (singing at the college), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch [Oliver Cottis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:30 to 16:30, Light rain, sunny spells, light wind (permit area)
21 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Blackcap (2 f, 9 singing m), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Common Tern, 200 Swallow (At least), 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 1 Cuckoo (Male), 3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Hobby, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Jan Lewis]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 12:20 to 14:15, Sun and cloud
1 Nightingale, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Common Tern (+), 200 Swallow (+), 100 House Martin (+), 30 Sand Martin (+), 1 Kestrel (+), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Buzzard (+), 15 Swift (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Graham Barber ]
Wrabness, 11:00 to 13:00
4 Swallow, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (+), 9 Nightingale (8 males, 1 female with a male), 30 Sand Martin (circa), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Egyptian Goose [Liz Huxley]
Chigborough Lakes, 11:00 to 12:20, Sun and cloud
2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swallow (+), 1 Cuckoo, 10 House Martin (+), 2 Greenfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Graham Barber ]
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny South west corner
1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (in full song), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling from reedbed), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Fishers Green, Lea Valley, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Cuckoo, 1000 Swift (too many to count, along with groups of House Martins and Swallows), 1 Nightingale (near the bittern hide), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Gadwall (pair) [Paul Gymer] Swift at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 May 2021, (Paul Gymer)
East Tilbury, 09:15 to 14:30, Sunny early, showers later, WNW wind, falling tide
2 Stonechat (Pair on the old landfill), 2 Gadwall, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males on the old landfill and the field behind the car park), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 70 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Sanderling (By bird), 1 Willow Warbler (In partial song by the fort), 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Oystercatcher, 18 Common Gull (Including one adult), 1 Canada Goose, 13 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Avocet, 6 Swift, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (3rd cy), 2 Curlew, 1 Herring Gull (Amelanstic bird), 2 Dunlin (Bp birds), 1 Teal, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling) [Paul Larkin] Herring Gull at East Tilbury on 06 May 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
Vange Marsh RSPB, 09:00 to 14:00, Sun & cloud. Then cloudier with very light rain.
5 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler (Pair.), 5 Pochard (At least.), 4 Tufted Duck (Two pairs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 32 Avocet (At least.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Greenshank (Saline lagoon.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Saline lagoon. SP.), 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (Saline lagoon. Then creek.), 2 Common Tern, 30 Swift (At least.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Main lagoon, northern edge.), 50 Swallow (At least. Big mixed flock of hirundines.), 10 House Martin (At least.), 15 Sand Martin (At least.), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing males.), 18 Reed Warbler (singing males.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 5 Reed Bunting (Pair plus three males.), 1 Cuckoo (Male calling briefly.), 1 Nightingale (Singing briefly from old tip.), 4 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Western end.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Cetti's Warbler [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Willow Warbler (New in feldy view cemetery SE ), 3 Cuckoo (1 copt hall way ,2 strood channel SE), 1 Great White Egret (F/o firs chase caravan park SE), 1 Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 120 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 12 Whimbrel (1 strood channel SE 11 F/o firs chase garden DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, cloudy
1 Coot, 20 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose [Michael Davies] Coot at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 06 May 2021, (Michael Davies)
Harlow, 08:30 to 08:30, Sunny and mild
1 Lesser Whitethroat (1 singing male) [Jan Swan]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 15:30, Sunny early, showers later, WNW wind, rising tide
2 Canada Goose (On the river), 3 Whimbrel (On foreshore east of the fort), 2 Greylag Goose (Over west), 5 Wheatear (Three in the fort, two on the new landfill), 1 Mute Swan (In the fort), 8 Shelduck (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 3 Common Sandpiper (One in the fort, two on the foreshore near the new landfill), 4 Oystercatcher (On foreshore east of the fort), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (In the STW and near the new landfill), 1 Common Gull (2cy in the fort), 1 Yellow Wagtail (With Wheatears), 5 Mallard (Two in the fort, three on the foreshore), 2 Dunlin (East of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:30, Sunny, chilly.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Pair.), 2 Nuthatch (Both visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny but chilly
1 Garden Warbler (By gate), 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (By layby), 3 Chiffchaff [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 05 May 2021
Rochford, 16:00 to 17:00, Overcast, spitting rain, breezy
1 Woodchat Shrike (Flitting between bushes, eating various insects, showing well) [Matt Trevillion] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion)
Maldon, 16:00 to 16:50, Sun and cloud, light SW wind, brief showers. Elms Farm Park.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Kestrel, 20 Jackdaw, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:30 to 16:00, Canvey wick
6 Nightingale, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 13:30 to 14:00, Sunny periods then showers. WNW wind.
2 Raven (Pair flying over working gravel pits area at 1.35pm, mobbed by 2 Carrion crows for a short time, then they circled together gaining height quite rapidly and moved off SE. ), 1 Common Sandpiper (along E edge of main pit.) [George Brown]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Blackcap, 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby (poss 2), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Lapwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Liz Huxley]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:30 to 14:30, Sunny and windy
1 Cuckoo (Seen both sides of the river wall before and after the main car park) [Paul Richardson]
Manningtree, 12:10 to 12:10
1 Red Kite (drifted S across the river and over the E end of the town) [Liz Huxley]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 11:00 to 14:00, Partly cloudy, wind North Westerly veering to South Westerly-Moderate
4 Gadwall (2x♂-2x♀), 2 Tufted Duck (♂♀), 1 Eider (♀), 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (♂♀), 2 Whimbrel (Hamford Water), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Pool on Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 6 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear (♀-Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 2 Sedge Warbler (Heard another 4), 18 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only), 2 Reed Warbler (Heard only), 23 Knot (Hamford Water), 1 Lapwing, 50 Dunlin (At least), 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit (Grazing Marsh - John Weston Reserve), 5 Barnacle Goose, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only - John Weston Reserve) [Mick Woodruff]
Saffron Walden, 11:00 to 11:30, Cloudy
200 House Martin (Over sewer works, magical ) [Phil Harling ]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 11:00, Quick visit/Sunny but cold wind.
1 Turtle Dove (Flying), 6 Nightingale (Actually saw three of them), 4 Whitethroat, 1 Bullfinch (Male) [Peter Brittain]
Rochford, 10:15 to 13:30, Cool with sun and cloud
1 Woodchat Shrike (Showing well but at a distance.) [Paul Chamberlain] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Chamberlain) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Chamberlain) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Chamberlain)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 10:00 to 13:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 7 Whimbrel (At least.), 3 Greenshank (Lagoon), 3 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Female, in flight.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:00
10 House Martin (Plus maydays SE), 100 Swallow (Plus cudmore grove SE), 1 Green Sandpiper (Maydays SE), 1 Common Sandpiper (Maydays SE), 1 Greenshank (Maydays SE ), 1 Cuckoo (Maydays ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Maydays), 2 Canada Goose (F/o maydays SE ), 2 Greylag Goose (F/o maydays SE ), 3 Reed Bunting (Males maydays SE ), 22 Whimbrel (7 maydays SE. 15 strood channel DU ), 2 Hobby (Strood channel DU ), 12 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel DU ), 1 Fieldfare (Golf house flooded fields MC), 6 Sedge Warbler (1 strood channel DU, 5 cudmore grove MC), 6 Reed Warbler (3 strood channel DU, 3 cudmore grove MC), 2 Avocet (A pr golf house flooded saltings MC), 10 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove MC), 30 Ringed Plover (Plus off cudmore grove SE), 1 Woodcock (Flushed from orchard on dairy lane AF), 2 Meadow Pipit (Maydays SE ), 125 Dunlin (100 strood channel DU, 25 cudmore grove SE), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, cloudy, windy
2 Jay, 4 Coot, 3 Moorhen [Michael Davies] Jay at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2021, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2021, (Michael Davies)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights
1 Whinchat (Adult male), 3 Wheatear, 1 Hobby, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Bearded Tit, 11 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Boreham, 08:50 to 09:25, Sunny, chilly
2 Egyptian Goose (pair with Goslings), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 1 Red-legged Partridge (plus one stoat around trees in layby) [Paul Everett] Egyptian Goose at Boreham on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Ringed Plover at Boreham on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Swallow at Boreham on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:20, Sunny, chilly.
4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. Vicinity of Rookery Wood.), 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny but chilly
2 Yellow Wagtail (Flew from bank over to fields ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (One by layby and one in scrub by bridge ), 1 Reed Warbler (One singing by lake/ pond) [Brian Bolton] Yellow Wagtail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 May 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Yellow Wagtail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 May 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Yellow Wagtail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 May 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Lesser Whitethroat at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 05 May 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Rochford, 06:45 to 07:45, Chilly, Sunny
1 Woodchat Shrike (Still showing well) [Paul Everett] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 05 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Hutton, 05:49 to 08:35, Hutton Country Park. Cool, clear sky. 4-7 degrees.
33 Blackcap (29 male, 4 female), 6 Jay, 20 Whitethroat, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Skylark, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Chiffchaff, 10 Greenfinch, 3 House Sparrow [James Hudson]
Tuesday 04 May 2021
Great Totham, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Starling taken in back garden but escaped when hawk disturbed. Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon, 16:00 to 16:30, Sun and cloud. Mod. W wind. Elms Farm Park.
1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. By C&B Navigation.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Nightingale (Singing. E of lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Rochford, 11:30 to 12:30, Gusty winds & rain
1 Woodchat Shrike (Seen from arable field at distance in Horse Paddock ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 11:30 to 12:30, Windy sunshine and showers
1 Yellow Wagtail (Feeding on lawn) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Braintree, 09:40 to 09:40, Bright with partial cloud. A brisk westerly wind.
1 Hobby (Moving west over the A120 bypass.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy, Plotlands.
1 Buzzard, 3 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 09:30 to 09:45, Windy, cool, partly sunny
2 Siskin (Two males at nyger seed feeder) [Roger Emmens] Siskin at Epping on 04 May 2021, (Roger Emmens)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Strood channel DU
1 Wheatear (SW corner Strood channel ), 3 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 2 Hobby (Over firs chase caravan site ), 2 House Martin (Feldy view DU ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU), 1 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 4 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 07:50 to 09:30, Cloudy, moderate blustery W wind, brief showers.
1 Mute Swan (Male driving off Canada Goose. Totham Pit.), 1 Red Kite (Low over Gt. Totham South, 07:50.), 2 Swallow (Gt. Totham Hall.), 1 Pied Wagtail (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.), 2 Yellowhammer (Present at same Church Road location as last year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 05:50 to 06:30, Patch Birding; Trifarm Pit: Force 3/4 W; Overcast recent shower. Back again from 07.30.
1 Sanderling (Mobile; near summer plumage; no sign at 07.50. New for Site. ), 1 Dunlin (Summer plumage schinzii race 07.50; not present at 05.50. ), 13 Egyptian Goose (2 adults and 11 young; lost just one gosling one in 2.5 weeks. ), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Has been missing for 6 days. ) [Graham Ekins] Dunlin at Boreham on 04 May 2021, (Graham Ekins) , Dunlin at Boreham on 04 May 2021, (Graham Ekins) , Egyptian Goose at Boreham on 04 May 2021, (Graham Ekins) , Little Ringed Plover at Boreham on 04 May 2021, (Graham Ekins)
Monday 03 May 2021
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 18:00 to 20:00, Very windy
4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Avocet, 5 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern [Philip Chalk]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 15:30 to 15:40
1 Grey Wagtail (Female, feeding by pond near C.P. boundary. Also 1 Grey Wagtail in Stanford-le-Hope garage block, 21 March 2021) [Jon Hunter]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 15:00 to 17:00, Very windy
4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Grey Plover, 35 Dunlin, 8 Linnet [Philip Chalk]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 14:30 to 15:30, Cloudy
5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Tern, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 150 Swallow (+), 50 House Martin (+), 20 Sand Martin (+), 6 Swift, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Chiffchaff [Graham Barber ]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 14:30 to 15:15, Dry and windy
11 Common Tern (Probably more), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing close to layby ), 1 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher (Pair), 30 Sand Martin (At least ), 10 Swallow (At least ), 10 House Martin ( At least ) [Brian Bolton]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:00 to 16:00, Overcast, wind getting up
1 Little Egret, 100 Swift (at least. Followed swallows in), 200 Swallow (Lots), 10 House Martin (with swallows), 1 Oystercatcher (On island), 5 Common Tern (pair prospecting on raft), 1 Marsh Harrier (male hunting over reedbed), 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Red-crested Pochard (4 males, 3 females) [Ian Swanson]
Chigborough Lakes, 13:00 to 14:30, Cloudy
1 Cuckoo (Seen and heard at usual area ), 4 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Graham Barber ]
Wickford, 12:15 to 14:20, Walk from Shotgate to Dollyman's Farm footpaths - highlights only. Cloudy with strong wind.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Large bird, presumably female, flying and landing around pylons near "Splatoon" car park.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (At least 2 possibly 3), 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff [Martin Singleton]
Chigborough Lakes, 12:00 to 13:30, Cool and windy.
2 Cuckoo (Male and female. Very obliging, sighted on numerous occasions.), 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant [Tony Thomas]
Hullbridge, 11:00 to 13:00, Cloudy Overcast
1 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo (Audio direction of Battlesbridge), 9 Whimbrel, 6 Little Egret, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit [M Savage]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 10:30 to 11:15, Overcast but bright. Windy
2 Pochard (1 with four mallards drakes, 1 with pair of mallards), 2 Common Tern, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Greylag Goose (pair with 7 goslings) [Paul Everett] Pochard at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 03 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Rochford, 10:15 to 11:00, Sunny but windy
1 Woodchat Shrike (Male still showing well in hedge off Mill lane) [Brian Bolton]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny and windy
8 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Reed Warbler (Along river), 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Bullfinch [Yvonne Watling]
Mersea Island, 10:00 to 10:40
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Gyants marsh. Footpath shop lane to meeting lane very mobile found by Martin cock ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU), 1 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU), 2 Avocet (Strood channel DU), 1 Knot (Strood channel (poor condition)DU), 10 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 4 Grey Plover (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:00, Variable, sunny then rainy, windy too!
7 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warbler, 50 Lapwing, 20 Redshank, 12 Avocet [Matt Trevillion] Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Ruff at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Ruff at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Ruff at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 May 2021, (Matt Trevillion)
Danbury, 09:00 to 10:00, EWT Backwarden - Overcast but bright.
5 Blackcap (Various sightings - 3 males and 2 femlaes), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff (Heard only), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only) [Paul Everett] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Danbury on 03 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Great Totham, 09:00 to 09:10, Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
1 Red Kite (Low over Gt.Totham South. My 16th local record since six seen on 8th April. Further sighting at 14:00.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, cool. Clouding over.
4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Singing males.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males. ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. Northern end of WoodlandTrust's Old Park.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 10 Tufted Duck (Five pairs. Private pond north of Hatch Farm.) [Andrew Cox]
Shrub End, 06:00 to 08:15, dawn chorus walk
2 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greylag Goose, 1 Kestrel, 5 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Meadow Pipit [Oliver Cottis]
Fordham, 05:30 to 06:45, Thin, broken cloud
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing in same hedge as for the last few days), 1 Cuckoo (Ranging along Colne valley), 1 Wheatear [Steve Hallam]
Sunday 02 May 2021
Colchester, 19:00 to 19:05, Clear
5 Swift (Above breeding site , St Albrights, New Farm Rd, Stanway) [Graham Barber ]
Fuller Street, River Ter, 18:00 to 20:30
1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Nightingale, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 14 Red-legged Partridge ((2 Wild Boar in Sandy Wood, 7 Muntjac Deer) ) [Philip Chalk]
Manningtree, 16:40 to 17:00, Fine, clear, slight wind/chilly
21 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 4 Shelduck [Paul Everett] Black Swan at Manningtree on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett)
Bradwell-on-Sea, 15:00 to 17:00, Sunny. Showers. Light wind.
21 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler (Heard only), 2 Mute Swan, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Swallow, 2 Rook, 2 Pheasant, 1 Cuckoo (Heard only), 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Cormorant, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Raven, 2 Chaffinch, 10 House Sparrow, 1 Moorhen [Philip Davie]
TL4808, 15:00 to 17:00, Overcast and cold
1 Lesser Whitethroat (1 singing male), 2 Blackcap (Two males in same area as Lesser Whitethroat) [Jan Swan]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:30, overcast but warm
1 Cuckoo (on fence post by grazing meadow viewing west from the causeway ), 100 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Black-headed Gull, 1 Red-crested Pochard (male) [Andrew Stroud]
Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green, 14:30 to 17:00
1 Cuckoo, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Red-legged Partridge ((4 Brown Hare, 1 Roe Deer, 3 Muntjac Deer)), 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Long-eared Owl (Male calling, north track) [Philip Chalk]
Rochford, 10:39 to 14:30, Sunny spells
1 Woodchat Shrike (Cracking male, giving superb views) [Karl Price] Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 02 May 2021, (Karl Price) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 02 May 2021, (Karl Price) , Woodchat Shrike at Rochford on 02 May 2021, (Karl Price)
Rochford, 10:15 to 11:45, Broken Cloud with a slight breeze. Only certain species recorded.
1 Woodchat Shrike (Male. Park along Mill Lane, then follow public footpath west, then follow hedge southwards to view horse paddock.), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only) [Andrew Allen]
TL7205, 10:00 to 17:15, mainly sunny variable amounts of cloud; observations 1000-1215 and 16:00-1715
4 Buzzard (at least), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Raven (west at 1640), 1 Red Kite (South (32nd garden record)), 1 Osprey (SE at 1645 potentially towards Hanningfield Res) [Sean Gregory]
Shrub End, 10:00 to 17:00
1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (possibly the same bird twice. Stooping distantly above Colchester), 4 Sparrowhawk (3 females and 1 male. Probably the same female repeated), 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Stock Dove (pair in my tree) [Oliver Cottis]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 09:45 to 10:25, Sunny and clear
2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair on fishing lake), 50 Black-headed Gull (+ some nesting on the island ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Lone bird feeding in the margins ), 1 Oystercatcher (On nest near shoreline of island) [Paul Everett] Great Crested Grebe at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Oystercatcher at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 May 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 14:00, Sun & clouds, quite warm. Heavy shower early pm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (Squealing in reeds, main viewpoint.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Pair, flew off of Saline.), 2 Whimbrel (Saline.), 6 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 4 Common Tern, 6 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Including two males & one female near Old barn. Also a pair plus one other from the Manorway.), 7 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 5 Dunlin (Main viewpoint.), 2 Black-necked Grebe (Main lagoon, seen from old windpump viewpoint.), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling from path to Saline lagoon.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least. Showing well from main viewpoint. ) [Andrew Cox]
Benfleet, 09:15 to 09:20, Sunny, quite warm.
1 Grasshopper Warbler (Male reeling in full view perched on top of a hawthorn. Approx half way along footpath to Bowers, near sewage works.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Pair in creek.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
2 Swift (Empress drive SE ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (1 meeting lane SE, 1 maydays MC , 1 strood Reservoir SE), 7 Whitethroat (4 strood AF, 1 meeting lane ,1 shop lane SE), 6 Common Tern (2 strood channel AF, 4 pye fleet DU ), 5 Cuckoo (1 strood hill layby SE, 1 strood channel AF, 3 maydays/Reeves hall DU ), 6 Buzzard (Strood channel AF ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel AF ,2 Bowers farm DU ), 24 Whimbrel (6 Plus strood channel AF ,3 strood DU ,15 pye fleet DU ), 4 Blackcap (2 female, feldy view cemetery JB, 2 Male strood fishing Reservoir SE, ), 2 Mute Swan (A pr strood fishing Reservoir SE), 3 Reed Warbler (Maydays DU), 7 Sedge Warbler (4 Maydays DU, 1 golf house dyke, 1 strood, 1 golf house sluice DU), 2 Corn Bunting (Maydays DU), 14 Grey Plover (Pye fleet DU ), 1 Garden Warbler (10mins only from strood layby looking into fishing Reservoir SE DU), 4 Avocet (2prs breeding golf house pools DU), 1 Greenshank (Golf house pools DU), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Pye fleet DU ), 4 Greylag Goose (2pr with chicks DU), 4 Mediterranean Gull (2prs over Mersea Ave IB), 2 Meadow Pipit (Maydays DU ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Large over west Mersea IB) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunshine with cloud.
5 Greenshank (wig Bay (1 at billets) ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Billets ), 1 Wheatear (Billets.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (Billets field), 3 Hobby (Ldlh. Distant birds), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lbc), 2 Reed Warbler (Lbc. Heard only), 1 Arctic Tern (Billets ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Lbc. Heard only ) [Matthew Davison]
Copford, 09:00 to 11:00, Selected highlights
1 Nightingale (Singing), 3 Mandarin Duck (2 males and 1 female), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Swift [Steve Grimwade]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sun/cloud, light west wind
2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Gary A James]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Sun & cloud. Willow Park.
1 Nightingale (Brief burst of song, usual area), 12 Mallard (Female with a brood of 11.) [Andrew Cox]
Bridgemarsh Island, Crouch Estuary, 07:30 to 09:30, Cool. Still. Sunny.
8 Oystercatcher, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron [Philip Davie]
Stanford Warren, 07:30 to 08:30, Broken cloud, light variable wind, LT
4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (In song by the creek), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Paul Larkin]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 07:20 to 07:21, Sunny
1 Hoopoe (Seen in flight (heading west) from ground in area with no public access by bird ringing group. ) [David Pallash]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:00 to 13:05, Broken cloud, variable wind, showers, LT
1 Nightingale (Still in Butts Lane by reserve entrance), 1 Little Egret (Stanford Creek), 8 Greylag Goose (Three by the VC, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males on the VC approach road), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male on the VC approach road), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males. One each by Stanford Creek, next to the VC and near the pit to the south of the tip), 26 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 33 Tufted Duck (Nine, five drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 15 drakes, Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including four drakes, Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 5 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Swift (Golden Gates), 1 Shoveler (Drake Golden Gates), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing males. Two by the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male Golden Gates), 8 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 6 Swallow (Over the tip), 6 Sand Martin (Over the tip), 5 Red-legged Partridge (On the tip), 1 House Martin (Over Stanford), 2 Hobby (Over the tip), 54 Shelduck (Mucking flats), 7 Oystercatcher (Mucking flats), 3 Curlew (Mucking flats), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Pochard x Tufted Duck on the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Whimbrel (Mucking Flats), 8 Common Tern (Mucking Flats), 1 Buzzard (Over the tip), 1 Short-eared Owl (On the tip), 1 Long-eared Owl, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Near the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Backwarden, Danbury, 01:15 to 01:30
5 Nightingale (Entrance on Bicknacre Road, heard only, it's dark. Dozens singing across Danbury Ridge) [Philip Chalk]
Saturday 01 May 2021
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:00 to 21:00
2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale, 5 Sedge Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 27 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Brent Goose, 40 Stock Dove, 2 Common Tern, 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Short-eared Owl, 9 Cetti's Warbler [Philip Chalk]
Birch, 16:30 to 16:30
1 Raven (Low flying NW over B1022) [David L Smith]
Writtle, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 House Martin, 20 Swallow (flock of hirundines low over the college gravel pit), 10 Herring Gull (including regular leucistic bird), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Greenfinch (all birds Writtle college) [Andrew Stroud]
Wrabness, 12:00 to 15:30, Sunny spells, quite warm at times, moderate northerly breeze. More people than usual. 22 doggy bags.
6 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (2 seen, but many (10?) singing males all over the reserve.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Kestrel, 1 Willow Warbler (heard distantly west from west end of reserve.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch (Male and female.), 3 Turtle Dove ((2 in a pair)), 2 Bullfinch (Male and female) [Kevin Colling]
Boreham, 12:00 to 12:30, Boreham garden; increasing cloud, cool with a light N.
2 Turtle Dove (male first seen on 21st April appeared at 12.00 with a female. She stayed in Clematis for several minutes nbefore coming doen to feed. He reguarly stopped feeding to display to her. ), 2 Blackcap (Pair now coming daily to drink and bathe in our pond. ), 4 Starling (2 juvs have fledged this morning from one of our nest boxes. Other pair still feeding noisy young.) [Graham Ekins] Turtle Dove at Boreham on 01 May 2021, (Graham Ekins)
Great Totham, 11:40 to 11:45, Sun and cloud, calm.
2 Red Kite (Together high over Gt. Totham South, heading towards Wickham Bishops.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday Wood, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny; 6/8 windy
1 Spotted Flycatcher [Andrew Goodey]
Nazeing GP, Lea Valley, 10:30 to 11:30, Nazeing Meads Weir
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Gadwall (male) [Paul Gymer]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Cuckoo (First heard and seen of the year) [Emma Robinson]
Fordham, 09:45 to 09:45, Sunny
1 Red Kite (Gliding low over the road) [Steve Hallam]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
20 Whitethroat (Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC ), 6 Lesser Whitethroat ( 5 Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC , 1 strood channel JB), 6 Blackcap (Shop to oyster MC), 6 Green Woodpecker (Shop to oyster MC ), 2 Hobby (Strood channel DU), 9 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 30 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel (DU) ), 1 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Reed Warbler (1 strood channel, 1 strood fishing Reservoir DU), 2 Red-legged Partridge (A pr shop lane SE ), 1 House Martin (Strood channel JB), 8 Chiffchaff (Plus shop lane to oyster fishery MC ), 1 Red Kite (Strood channel SE), 4 Cetti's Warbler (3 Shop to oyster MC ,1 strood fishing Reservoir DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Shrub End, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Nightingale, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Linnet, 3 Chiffchaff [Oliver Cottis]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:00, Bright with a breeze. Selected avian highlights.
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing by entrance to carpark), 1 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Reed Warbler (+), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wheatear (On Bowers Down), 1 Glossy Ibis (On Bowers Down), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Heard only), 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Little Ringed Plover [Andrew Allen]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, cold. Plotlands.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Tylers Common, Upminster, 07:00 to 18:15
2 Nightingale (Males singing in short bursts from dense cover), 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat (birds dotted all over the comon), 2 Swallow (around the horse stables ), 3 Linnet, 3 Chiffchaff [Andrew Stroud]
Naze, The, 05:50 to 10:00, frosty first thing, light N wind, mainly clear, mild, ebbing tide; 22 species in song
33 Whitethroat (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing, first of the year), 17 Swallow (15 north ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 4 Sand Martin (North ), 1 House Martin (North ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Wheatear (1 car park, 2 Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Whimbrel, 4 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall (Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 1 Yellowhammer (Unusual here, John Weston Reserve, then west), 6 Mediterranean Gull (Three pairs ), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 soaring very high over Horsey Island ), 10 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Shoveler, 6 Chiffchaff (2 singing ), 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 the common, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 4 in and around John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 30 Apr 2021
Danbury Common, 18:00 to 19:45, Cloudy with sunny spells
8 Nightingale (Singing males at least across the full width of the reserve), 2 Bullfinch [David Pallash]
Wrabness, 15:45 to 17:15, Around EWT site
2 Sand Martin, 2 Nightingale (Presumed female perched near singing male and 3+ others singing), 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer (Heard only ), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bee-eater (Heard only, over Sand Martin cliff - no visual and hence unconfirmed ), 1 Ring Ouzel (Female in horse paddocks), 1 Turtle Dove (Perched, purring and displaying) [David L Smith]
Holland Haven, 14:30 to 16:00
42 Avocet (on Scrape), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Wheatear (male), 5 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) [Liz Huxley]
North Weald, 14:30 to 14:35
5 Swift (Small group heading north) [Roger Emmens]
TQ6293, 14:15 to 14:45, Sunny with somw cloud with NW wind, viewed from Middle Road , Ingrave
3 Raven (Calling flying East before breking up and landing in fields), 2 Goldcrest [Clive Tanner]
Danbury, 13:40 to 13:41, Chilly but sunny
2 Turtle Dove (Two flew over Maldon road) [David Pallash]
Tendring, 12:30 to 12:45, Heavy broken cloud, bright spells, light chilly breeze, dry.
5 Buzzard (Group of five cycling just below cloud base, occasionally separating then regrouping) [Tony Faulkner]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 12:15 to 13:00, Sun & cloud. Warm.
1 Whimbrel (Marina.), 1 Nightingale (Singing Male. First corner after turning right from Green Centre.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 16:00, Sunny with cloud building up.
20 Common Tern (Around reserve numbers building up ), 12 Greenshank (At least. Wig bay), 30 Swift (And more. Abberton church), 1 Sand Martin (Abberton church), 20 Swallow (Abberton church), 4 House Martin (Abberton Church ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets), 1 Wheatear (Bilets), 4 Nightingale (1 at Abb Church, 1 Billets, 2 Breton), 1 Sedge Warbler (Abb Church ), 1 Reed Warbler (Footpath to WIG BAY screen. ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Abb church), 10 Whitethroat (At least around cauesways), 2 Blackcap, 6 Yellowhammer (Abb church), 1 Cattle Egret (In with cows opp Garr House Farm late afternoon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Opposite Billets screen), 2 Black Tern (Maybe more. Very distant from Abberton church), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway) [Barbara Leport]
TL7721, 10:30 to 10:32
1 Black Redstart (By McDonald’s ) [Michael East]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (+), 10 Whitethroat, 4 Swallow (+), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 2 Kestrel, 3 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 1 Eider (female), 2 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Lapwing, 400 Dunlin (approx), 3 Cetti's Warbler [Liz Huxley]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 10:00 to 10:00, Sunny low tide
1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 4 Common Tern (fishing in Crouch), 3 Turnstone (summer plumage), 9 Whimbrel, 5 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 10 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 5 Golden Plover (summer plumage on fields), 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 42 Swift (in one group heading north high up, feeding as they went.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 2 Grey Wagtail (breeding pair), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Marsh Farm pools), 1 Arctic Tern (fishing in Crouch) [Alan Shearring]
Tiptree, 09:50 to 09:50, Sunny.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Tiptree Heath.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Waltham Abbey, 09:30 to 14:00, Overcast, chilly, gentle wind.
2 Little Egret, 1 Swallow, 4 Magpie, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite, 1 Grey Wagtail [Thomas Simon]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
1 Cuckoo (1 strood SE/DU , ), 4 Swift (3 Whittaker way AF, 1 empress drive SE ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Path golf house to seawall SE), 2 Avocet (A pr breeding golf house pools SE), 2 Whimbrel (Golf house pools SE), 1 Sedge Warbler (Golf house dyke SE), 1 Reed Warbler (Golf house sluice SE), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off cudmore grove SE/Du), 6 Pochard (3prs golf house dyke/cudmore dyke SE), 12 Tufted Duck (6prs golf house dyke/cudmore dyke SE), 4 Common Tern (Golf house pools DU), 4 Lapwing (1 adult, 3 chicks cudmore grazing fields SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
3 Mute Swan, 2 Greenshank, 9 Greylag Goose, 1 Coot [Michael Davies] Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 30 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greenshank at Wivenhoe on 30 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 30 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Wivenhoe on 30 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 09:00 to 12:00, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Buzzard (Pair on the old tip.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (Squealing, western end.), 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male, dropping onto western end for a couple of minutes.), 14 Swift (At least. Hawking over old tip.), 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 15 Reed Warbler (At least. Singing males. Six western end, rest eastern.), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing males. All eastern end.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Goldfinch (At least.), 6 Reed Bunting (At least. Pair plus male western end. At least three males eastern end.), 5 Bearded Tit (At least. Male eastern end. Four western end including two males, one female.), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 07:45 to 08:00
1 Ring Ouzel (Female in garden) [Clive Atkins]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:30, Sunny, cold. Coombe Wood/The Park.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 07:00 to 12:00, cold start frost. warming light wind sunny 14c by 12pm low tide
40 Brent Goose, 1 Coot, 4 Knot, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher, 24 Shelduck, 4 Common Tern, 150 Herring Gull (out on distant gravel bar), 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull (flyovers and on Stour), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 75 Sand Martin (best count of swarming group around cliff ), 10 Swallow, 3 Kestrel, 18 Whitethroat (singing males), 7 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 15 Linnet, 13 Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Yellowhammer (singing birds), 12 Nightingale (10 singing males) [Malcolm Riddler]