The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Saturday 23 Oct 2021
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 10:50 to 11:10, Cloudy, cool.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 6 Skylark (At least. Flying over.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 3 Bullfinch (Male plus two others.), 19 Siskin (Flying over.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 10:30 to 12:00, Found by Dougal urquhart seen also SE.AF
8 Cattle Egret (From seawall on reeves hall marsh inwith cows.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Rayne, 06:30 to 11:00, Full cloud, S warm
40 Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, 2 Skylark, 29 Redwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 16 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 13 Linnet, 25 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer [Andrew Goodey]
Friday 22 Oct 2021
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:10
Little Owl (Back on regular perch. Church Road.), Kestrel (Male. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 15:25 to 16:35, Bright, chilly - all sightings from causeway
100 Canada Goose (+), 150+ Greylag Goose, Gadwall, Teal (Male), 2 Little Grebe, 13 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 60 Lapwing, 21 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100 Cormorant (+), Buzzard (Over fields to South of causeway), 3 Pied Wagtail, 22 Tufted Duck [Paul Everett] Canada Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-headed Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 14:30 to 18:15, Sunny, breezy.
4 Water Rail (At least. Calling towards dusk.), 4 Avocet, 355 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 3 Ruff, Little Stint (Showing well in front of middle viewing mound.), 4 Redshank, 9 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 215 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 9 Common Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Female.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Mobbing buzzards at one point.), 2 Bearded Tit (Flew along main ditch & into the fringe of reeds.), 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 2 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 13:50 to 17:00
4 Red-breasted Merganser (Off Coopers beach ), Mediterranean Gull (On sea off Coopers beach SE. ), 3 Gannet (Adults going west passed Coopers beach 14.48pm SE . (13.50pm to 14.20pm a message from colin mackenzie grieve he had up to 7 off east Old hall. He also had guillemot, red throated diver & 6 red-breasted mergansers there.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Chelmsford City Centre, 12:30 to 12:30
Red Kite (kiting over Parkway) [Martin Henry]
Copford, 12:00 to 13:45
4 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Jay, House Martin (very unexpected. Heading low south), 7 Long-tailed Tit [Oliver Cottis]
South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 12:30, A little overcast, bright with light breeze from SW. Two hours before high tide Clements Green Creek was half filled.
Cattle Egret (This bird flew over the creek in the direction of Marsh Farm.), Little Egret (A bird with an orange colour ring with black letter on left tibia and a yellow colour ring on the right tibia. I was unable the read the letters inscription.), Kingfisher (Clements Green Creek. A bird in flight. Gender was not determined.) [Robert Pease]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 11:30 to 15:30, High tide c 14:20 - highlights
Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Substantial numbers), Common Scoter, 2 Great Skua, Red-throated Diver, 80 Little Egret (+), Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Rock Pipit [David L Smith]
Thorndon CP (North), 10:45 to 12:15, Sunny, breezy. Cool.
Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch (At least.), Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:20 to 12:40, Windy, some clouds, not raining. Water level medium-low.
16 Egyptian Goose (Layer Breton causeway), 12 Goldeneye (Estimate. Very distant - in front of dam), 2 Goosander (Pair, LDH causeway), 2 Stock Dove (In and around dead oaks from Hide Bay hide), 2 Common Gull (Hide Bay hide), 21 Grey Heron (Mostly from Hide Bay hide), 28 Great White Egret (Mostly from Hide Bay hide), 4 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (Adult female. Hide Bay hide.), 20 Goldfinch (Estimate) [Simon Banks]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Large cloud bank, later clearing to the SE, SW wind
107 Teal (On foreshore near the STW outfall), 736 Wood Pigeon (Initially moving SW then turning SE over the river) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 15:00, W4-6 2-4/8 wind freshening rapidly in the morning
11 Pink-footed Goose (N/in 0920-0923), 1164 Wood Pigeon (in 14 groups. First few groups headed north before u-turning. Some birds headed out to sea a long way before aborting and arriving at height (could easily have been considered arrivals)), 2 Woodcock (singles in off), 2 Sparrowhawk (singles in off), Buzzard (in off), Short-eared Owl, Peregrine Falcon (imm male), Ring Ouzel, 141 Meadow Pipit, 87 Chaffinch, 19 Brambling, 232 Linnet, 1308 Goldfinch (103 groups), 66 Siskin, 20 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 21 Oct 2021
TL9230, 15:30 to 16:00, Sunny
Green Sandpiper (On side of irrigation lagoon on the south side of the airfield), Peregrine Falcon (Female, checking out the finches feeding in seed strips on the north side of the airfield) [Steve Hallam]
Wix, 11:20 to 11:20, Fresh NW breeze
2 Swallow (Flew through SW) [James Davidson]
Beckton, 09:30 to 12:00, Cloudy, fresh NW wind
Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 24 Redshank, Sabine's Gull (Adult upriver @ 09.48), 2 Little Egret, Buzzard [Gary A James]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 16:00, Seen by Dougal urquhart/Martin cock & Andy field at cudmore Grove to golf house. Strong winds nearly covered stone point.
Water Rail, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 150 Redshank, Swallow, Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (A pr.), 4 Siskin (2 park,2 firs chase, ) [Stephen Entwistle]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:30, Strong WNW wind, variable cloud, rising tide
4 Mute Swan, 59 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 33 Wigeon, 66 Teal, 18 Little Grebe, 780 Avocet, 102 Grey Plover, 53 Curlew, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 483 Dunlin, Little Stint, 5 Redshank, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (Female type), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 19 Magpie (Single flock), 3 Stonechat, 13 Brambling (Single flock feeding in leaf litter), 3 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 11:00, strong westerly wind, overcast with some sharp showers, cool, high tide
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, feeding on foreshore), 150 Wood Pigeon (+, feeding on fields west of the double hedge ), Snipe (West), Guillemot (On the sea), Sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve ), Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 45 Starling (West), 9 Blackbird, Fieldfare (West), 6 Redwing (West), 5 Song Thrush, 18 Meadow Pipit, 25 Goldfinch (South), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 17:00, NW6 0-8/8 occ showers
4 Greylag Goose (watched in from the horizon to the SE), Woodcock (in off), Little Gull, 17 Guillemot (north), Fulmar, Hen Harrier (ringtail south out to sea), Short-eared Owl, Ring Ouzel (male in off), 67 Meadow Pipit, 57 Linnet, 507 Goldfinch, 53 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (@ 0809), 9 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 20 Oct 2021
Hanningfield Reservoir, 16:45 to 17:00, Bright and dry.
Black-necked Grebe (Seen from causeway favouring NW end.) [David Curle] Black-necked Grebe at Hanningfield Reservoir on 20 Oct 2021, (David Curle)
Abberton Reservoir, 16:40 to 17:05, Dry, bright, windy LBC

7 Egyptian Goose, Baikal Teal (Cross breed with Teal), 2 Teal (Pair. ), 3 Moorhen, 2 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch

[Paul Everett] Eurasian x Baikal Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 20 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Witham, 15:30 to 15:45, River Walk
2 Mandarin Duck (Pair on duck pond), Sparrowhawk (Male) [David L Smith]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:30 to 16:20, Dry, bright, very windy
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 50 Wigeon (+), 100 Teal (+), 4 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 7 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker [Paul Everett] Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 20 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Turnstone at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 20 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Grey Plover at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 20 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Thorndon CP (South), 14:30 to 15:15, Sun & clouds. Breezy, warm.
Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 14:00 to 16:30, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk
18 Snipe, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 14:00
2 Egyptian Goose, 8 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 30 Pintail, 9 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH Causeway), 8 Goldeneye, Goosander (LDLH Causeway, 10:00), 130 Ringed Plover, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ruff, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper (hide bay), 2 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, Common Tern (probably same individual, seen from Island Hide and Wig Bay), 10 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier (fem type), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven (flew north from Layer Church), 20 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting [Oliver Cottis]
Great Totham, 10:00 to 10:01, Great Totham South.
Sparrowhawk (Juvenile briefly rested on feeding station after unsuccessful attempt at local House Sparrows that visit in numbers up to 40 at a time.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal urquhart
2 Siskin (Firs chase ) [Stephen Entwistle]
The Naze at Walton, 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk
2 Mediterranean Gull, Red-throated Diver, Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Rock Pipit [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 19 Oct 2021
Wrabness, 14:45 to 16:00, Overcast
80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimated ), 8 Shelduck, 150 Wigeon (At least), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 7 Curlew, 15 Little Egret, Kestrel, Jay [Peter Brittain]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:30 to 16:30, Sun & clouds. Warm; gusty breeze.
360 Grey Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 80 Ringed Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 25 Turnstone (Ròsting on a boat near the slipway.), 500 Dunlin (At least. East of slipway.), Greenshank (Lagoon.), 72 Black-headed Gull (Slipway area. More elsewhere.), 30 Common Gull (Slipway area. More elsewhere.), Kestrel (Immature.), Peregrine Falcon (Adult.), 2 Rock Pipit (Near slipway.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 12:00, high tide 12.30pm. windy SW
200 Golden Plover (+), 20 Ringed Plover (+), 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), Ruff, 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel [Liz Huxley]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen Dougal urquhart Strood channel
2 Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, 20 Blackbird (Plus), Stonechat, Small Copper (Worn my west Mersea garden SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny very windy

10 Greylag Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 6 Shoveler, 20 Teal, Coot, 3 Lapwing, 20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100 Tufted Duck

[Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Mute Swan at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Shoveler at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Eurasian x Baikal Teal at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 19 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) ,         Yellow-billed Teal        Tue 19 Oct (Michael Davies)
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:00, very mild, overcast but mainly dry, strong SW wind
300 Wood Pigeon (+, including 250+ feeding in the fields west of double hedge), 2 Gannet (South, 1 adult, 1 immature), Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark (West), Swallow (South), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch and 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 8 Chiffchaff (Including at least 4 with one of the tit flocks ), 7 Goldcrest, 10 Blackbird, 21 Redwing (Moving inland, including a flock of 14), 2 Song Thrush, 15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch (South), 7 Goldfinch (South), 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Monday 18 Oct 2021
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 16:00 to 16:00
5 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Kestrel, 150 Jackdaw (at-least), 17 Blue Tit, 35 Skylark (roughly), 10 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (quite late. With some long-tailed tits), 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, Brambling (closely associating with a pair of chaffinch, amongst a larger flock of tits (Butcher's Wood)), 4 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch [Oliver Cottis]
East Tilbury, 12:30 to 12:35, Overcast south wind
White Stork (Seen circling low and moving west near Bowater’s Farm the bird has primary missing from the right wing) [Paul Larkin]
Dovercourt, 12:00 to 12:02
Jay (One bird flying west, high, just behind my garden. Not a usual Dovercourt/Harwich bird. Strongly suspect it had just come in off the North Sea.) [Simon Banks]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 16:30, High tide c11:40 - highlights
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ ), 2 Water Rail (One seen and another heard), 5 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Buzzard (+), Kingfisher, 3 Kestrel (+), Merlin (Male - Geedon Marsh), Stonechat [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Sightings Dougal urquhart/Martin cock.
Red-throated Diver (Off Coopers beach DU.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Maydays. ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Maydays. ), 2 Buzzard (Maydays. ), Little Owl (Maydays. ), 2 Kingfisher (Maydays seawall sluice MC.), Peregrine Falcon (Rewsells marsh DU. ), Mistle Thrush (Cudmore carpark SE.), Rock Pipit (Coopers beach.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, breezy, cloudy

2 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 4 House Sparrow

[Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 18 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Wivenhoe on 18 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 18 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Stonechat at Wivenhoe on 18 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies)
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, mild, mainly overcast, southerly wind
285 Wood Pigeon (+, including a flock of 40+ in off ), Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 north of escarpment and 2 John Weston Reserve ), Pallas's Warbler (Undercliff below Sunny Point, favouring a stand of birch but mobile and very elusive, seen at 8:40 when calling a lot and 11:00 when it wasn’t. An absolute delight (Thanks Nik!)), 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 85 Starling (In off), 19 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch (South), 2 Redpoll sp. (South), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 17 Oct 2021
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:30, With Matt Turner
4 Cattle Egret, 29 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Mersea Island, 14:00 to 14:15, Seen by Dougal urquhart
6 Cattle Egret (Seen from Mersea side of pye fleet, flown west from Langenhoe ranges ,after one seen sitting on a cow.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Dovercourt, 12:50 to 14:30, Mainly sunny, but a few drops of rain. Tide fairly far out. Brisk wind from SW easing.
188 Brent Goose, Stock Dove, Kestrel (Male), Yellow-browed Warbler (In bushes behind seawall from caravan park to Bramble Island, SW of reservoir and just before footpath to Little Oakley. Very actively and noisily feeding at about 1:15; not to be seen on my return later.), Stonechat, 20 Linnet [Simon Banks]
Copford, 11:00 to 12:00, Pits Wood
Mandarin Duck (Female on pond), 2 Mallard, 200 Wood Pigeon (large flocks over the farmland), 2 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, Jay, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 3 Meadow Pipit, Linnet [Oliver Cottis]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:53 to 10:53, Clear, brisk wind from SSW.
55 Wigeon (flew south between 10.12 and 10.16), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gannet (Flew south, 10.20) [Simon Banks]
Wormingford, Colchester, 09:45 to 10:45
4 Little Grebe, 120 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit, 550 Linnet, 30 Corn Bunting, 10 Yellowhammer [Neil Murphy]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:30, Sightings by dougal urquhart/Andy field. Second update
2 Knot (Ivy dock. ), 4 Green Sandpiper (3 reeves hall, 1 maydays. ), Greenshank (Strood ), 16 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe point roost AF.), 2 Buzzard (Langenhoe point .), Short-eared Owl (Over on Langenhoe DU.), 2 Merlin (Langenhoe point roost AF. 1 hard coast road DU.), Peregrine Falcon (Langenhoe point roost AF.), Reed Warbler (Ivy dock. ), 1000 Starling (Reeves hall marsh. ), 2 Stonechat (A pr golf house.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Bradwell-on-Sea, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights from EBwS Field Trip
6 Common Scoter, Water Rail, 5 Mediterranean Gull, Gannet, 2 Marsh Harrier, Merlin (1cy male), Peregrine Falcon, 2 Bearded Tit, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Brambling, 12 Corn Bunting [Steve Grimwade]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:00 to 14:15, Overcast, light SSE wind, over the HT
2 Mute Swan (In the managed retreat), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 177 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 25 Shoveler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 45 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 29 Mallard (In the managed retreat), Pintail (Female with Shelduck in Mucking Bay), 171 Teal (In the managed retreat), 14 Pochard (Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), Water Rail (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 171 Avocet (Mucking Bay), Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 48 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 208 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 5 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 41 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat and Stanford Creek), Peregrine Falcon (Over the VC), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 7 Stonechat (Pairs by the VC, the VC approach road, by the railway line and a male by the pit to the south of the tip), 39 Tufted Duck (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:40, Cloudy, cool.
2 Egyptian Goose (Flying over.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Heard calling, Rookery Wood.), Green Woodpecker, 17 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Near Hatch Farm. Perched on a horse trough.), Goldfinch (At least. Car park.), 2 Yellowhammer (Car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 16 Oct 2021
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water, 17:15 to 18:30
2 Water Rail (Calling from reeds and borrowdyke), 4 Cattle Egret (Little Oakley quay roost - rather a surprise given local scarcity), Great White Egret (Little Oakley quay roost), 43 Little Egret (Little Oakley quay roost), 15 Marsh Harrier (Bramble island roost - interestingly no ad or subad males), 5 Buzzard, Tawny Owl, 3 Kestrel, 4 Bearded Tit (In reedbed) [Paul Brayshaw]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:15 to 17:15, Fine and dry
269 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, Pintail, 9 Little Grebe, 12 Cormorant, Grey Heron [Paul Everett]
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 14:30 to 16:00
3 Red-legged Partridge, 60 Lapwing (flock in flight), 2 Sparrowhawk (pair circling together), Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 70 Skylark (enormous flock on the fields), Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail (flying over. Good local record), 3 Meadow Pipit, Linnet [Oliver Cottis]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 16:00, Mild
20 Egyptian Goose, 50 Pintail, 30 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 3 Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ruff, 8 Snipe (Around reservoir ), 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank (Wig bay), 400 Cormorant (Rough estimate ), Cattle Egret (In cow field ), 25 Great White Egret (Wigbay), 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard [Yvonne Watling]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, cloudy, low tide
40 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, 8 Lapwing, Curlew, 4 Redshank, 4 Magpie [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Teal at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Magpie at Wivenhoe on 16 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Sightings by DU (,unless added extra).
300 Golden Plover (Rewsells marsh. ), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells marsh. ), Little Owl (Cross lane. ), Short-eared Owl (High Over rewsells marsh.), Merlin (Waldegraves. ), Cetti's Warbler (Youth camp. ), Rock Pipit (Rewsells marsh. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Harwich, 08:00 to 11:00, 2/8 then clouded over
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Jay, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Yellow-browed Warbler (In amongst tit flock; a year to the day since I had one here), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Siskin [Andrew Goodey]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Cloudy, cool.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Heading north.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 10 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush (At least. Close to car park.), 3 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 4 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:30, S1-2 later sw3 8/8
439 Wigeon, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Sandwich Tern (2n 4s), 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Guillemot, 32 Red-throated Diver (29s 3n), Black-throated Diver, 54 Gannet (46n 8s), 2 Sparrowhawk (Singles in off), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (High flying singles), 27 Jay, 36 Skylark, 181 Starling, 5 Grey Wagtail, 74 Meadow Pipit, 282 Chaffinch, 35 Brambling, 146 Linnet, 1095 Goldfinch (In 73 flocks. Passage stopped my 1215), 87 Siskin, 24 Reed Bunting, 3 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:40, gentle SE wind swinging round to SW, mainly overcast, mild, high tide
287 Wood Pigeon (+), 153 Oystercatcher (Roosting on Stone Point ), 2 Red-throated Diver (South), Great White Egret (West over Walton Channel and Horsey Island ), 4 Sparrowhawk (Including 2 moving slowly south just offshore, first thing), 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (West over marshes, probably freshly in), 8 Jay, 19 Skylark (In off ), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 3 John Weston Reserve and 1 by the drain on the northern edge of Walton Hall Marshes (not heard here before)), 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 321 Starling (In off and continuing west, mainly in small groups mid morning onwards ), 3 Redwing, 2 Stonechat (Pair, just north of decoy ponds), 27 Meadow Pipit, 15 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting [Brian Combes]
Friday 15 Oct 2021
Beeleigh, 17:30 to 17:30
Cattle Egret (In field with cows between weir and museum of power.) [David Torrice]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:00, Selected sightings between carpark and scrape viewpoint
2 Snipe (Both in flight, one calling), Greenshank (Very vocal bird on scrape then flew south), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and distant female type), Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Stonechat (2 pairs) [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 16:30

Teal (Hybrid Eurasian x Baikal Teal still present), 3 Red-crested Pochard (All fem/imm), 27 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 10 Little Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, 4 Ringed Plover, 11 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Common Tern (Juvenile), Spoonbill, 36 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat (Pair), Siskin

[Daryl Rhymes] Eurasian x Baikal Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Eurasian x Baikal Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes)
TL9812, 10:30 to 14:30, Dull start, brightening up early afternoon.
Brent Goose (One on the Bale Field), 20 Grey Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Hen Harrier (Female harassed by carrion crow. Flew from Abbots Hall over reserve towards Tollesbury.), Peregrine Falcon (Possibly two. Distant views), 3 Stonechat [Antony Braun]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:30
3 Pintail (Flypass cudmore Grove SE.), 300 Golden Plover (Plus off golf house seawall SE. ), 120 Black-tailed Godwit (Strood ), 100 Dunlin (Plus off golf house seawall SE. ), 2 Greenshank (Strood channel DU. ), Guillemot (Off golf house seawall SE. ), Red-throated Diver (Off golf house seawall SE. ), Great White Egret (Flyover Strood SE.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Strood ), 4 Buzzard (Strood ), 2 Bearded Tit (A pr cudmore Grove pond hire MC.), Grey Wagtail (Flyover feldy view DU.), Rock Pipit (Strood ), 4 Siskin (Feldy view SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, low tide
40 Canada Goose, 4 Redshank, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 8 House Sparrow [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Wivenhoe on 15 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 15 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 15 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 15 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 15 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies)
Thursday 14 Oct 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:30 to 18:00, Cloudy
3 Shoveler (Male & 2 females (9 this morning) ), 9 Wigeon (Males & females), Pintail (Female ( thanks G Brown) ), 2 Teal [Brian Bolton] Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Oct 2021, (Brian Bolton)
Halstead, 12:57 to 13:01, Mild and overcast with a moderate SW breeze.
Raven (Flew strongly north-west, over arable fields south of town, calling and being mobbed by other corvids.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 12:30 to 14:00, Cloudy with sunshine at times. Light SW wind.
5 Shoveler, Pintail (feeding near Shovelers some of the time), Little Egret, 2 Red Kite (flew over NW together at 12.40pm), Buzzard, 2 Kestrel [George Brown] Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Oct 2021, (George Brown) , Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Oct 2021, (George Brown)
TL4305, 11:15 to 13:00, Overcast.
2 Skylark, 2 Brambling, Goldfinch, 7 Yellowhammer [Thomas Simon]
The Naze at Walton, 10:00 to 12:50, Starting mild, clear, sunny, little wind. Wind got up, some clouds came in and it was cooler. Tide middling.
27 Brent Goose, 3 Grey Plover, Turnstone, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Jay (Group of 4 seen circling around 12:00 before flying south, quite high for Jays. Could have been locals, but I fancy not. ), 2 Swallow (Hawking at landslip), 13 Robin, 7 Goldfinch [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Off cudmore Grove DU. ), 22 Shoveler (From cudmore hide DU SE. ), 2 Gadwall (A pr cudmore Grove DU. ), 2 Water Rail (Calling only cudmore Grove pond DU SE.), 15 Great Crested Grebe (Off cudmore Grove DU.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (From cudmore Grove hide SE DU.), 2 Bearded Tit (A pr cudmore Grove pond from hide DU SE), 4 Swallow (Cudmore Grove DU. ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore Grove DU. ), 2 Goldcrest (MC Mersea garden ), Redwing (Cudmore Grove pond from hide DU SE.), Stonechat (Stone point East Mersea DU. ), 2 Rock Pipit (Stone point DU. ), Lesser Redpoll (Cudmore Grove flowover DU. ), 3 Siskin (Cudmore Grove pond from hide DU. ), Tufted Duck (Males cudmore Grove DU. ), 16 Clouded Yellow (Plus cudmore Grove DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:00, Broken cloud, W wind, falling tide
2 Mute Swan, 97 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 27 Wigeon, 281 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 28 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1004 Avocet, 100 Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, 94 Curlew, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 919 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Egret, Ring-necked Parakeet, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs), Rock Pipit, 5 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 17:00, W1-NW3 8-0/8
9 Jay, 41 Blackbird, Brambling, 325 Goldfinch, 6 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
TM2622, 07:30 to 12:00, The only additional species to Brian’s report
2+ Bearded Tit (Heard only, flying over John Weston Reserve) [Glen Moore]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 10:30, westerly wind, mild, mainly overcast
190 Wood Pigeon (+, groups moving around the site, some moving inland ), 2 Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker (High to the west, probably in off), 2 Green Woodpecker, 13 Jay (Including group of 6), 8 Skylark, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 common, 1 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), Yellow-browed Warbler (John Weston Reserve - in the hedge to the eastern side of the track running from the seawall to the sewage works. Briefly showed very well - an absolute delight (2 very poor photos attached!)), 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 13 Blackbird, 8 Redwing, 9 Song Thrush, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Brambling, 10 Siskin, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Naze, The on 14 Oct 2021, (Brian Combes) , Naze, The on 14 Oct 2021, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 13 Oct 2021
Great Notley, 22:00 to 22:05, Clear, chilly
Little Owl (Heard calling - possibly two) [Paul Everett]
Naze, The, 13:30 to 16:00, walk along Walton Channel
15 Grey Partridge (dust-bathing - Walton Hall Marshes), 5 Little Grebe, 5 Avocet, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (+), Grey Heron, Buzzard, Jay, 4 Skylark, 4 Redwing, Song Thrush, 20 Meadow Pipit (+), 5 Brambling, Reed Bunting [Liz Huxley]
Witham, 12:15 to 12:30, Town centre
Sparrowhawk (Female ), 8 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Halstead, 11:45 to 11:50, Sunny, mild and still with partial cloud cover.
Brambling (Seen and heard, perched in an oak tree, before flying strongly north.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:00, highlights
Scaup (female, LDLHCauseway), 8 Goldeneye, 2 Golden Plover (Wig bay), 32 Black-tailed Godwit (minimum), 14 Ruff, 2 Dunlin (Gwen's hide briefly), 3 Snipe, Common Sandpiper (LBC), Green Sandpiper (Billets), 2 Spotted Redshank (Wig bay), 3 Cattle Egret (Garr farm), 29 Great White Egret, Sparrowhawk, 5 Marsh Harrier (at-least 4 individuals), 10 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Island Hide and LBC), 10 Skylark, 160 Redwing (over Layer village), 5 Stonechat, Wheatear, 15 Meadow Pipit (minimum), Reed Bunting [Oliver Cottis]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:45 to 14:45
Barnacle Goose, Scaup (LDLH causeway), 21 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 6 Ringed Plover, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint (Peldon bay), 5 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull (Adult Wig bay), Spoonbill (Juv off Abberton church), 35 Great White Egret, 350 Redwing (Flying west, flocks up to 110), 2 Brambling, Redpoll sp. [Daryl Rhymes]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:10 to 11:10, Cloudy and cold to start, turning sunny and mild. Calm.
10 Mute Swan (Inc. family of eight.), 34 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall, 68 Wigeon, 28 Mallard, 18 Pochard, 12 Moorhen, 30 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 17 Robin, 40 Goldfinch (circa. One flock just east of reserve.), Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
2 Common Scoter (Off cudmore Grove AF. ), 320 Golden Plover (Rewsells marsh. ), Marsh Harrier (Cudmore Grove AF. ), Tawny Owl (Cudmore Grove. ), 4 Swallow (East Mersea ), 10 Long-tailed Tit (Cudmore Grove. ), 5 Chiffchaff (2 East Mersea , 3 feldy view. ), 2 Blackcap (Feldy view. ), 28 Redwing (3 maydays MC, 25 feldy view DU. ), Mistle Thrush (1 Feldy view. 1 cudmore Grove. ), Stonechat (Strood. ), Rock Pipit (Strood. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunnymead Farm, 09:00 to 13:00, cloudy
Brambling (feeding in garden bed) [Moira Jackson] Brambling at Sunnymead Farm on 13 Oct 2021, (Moira Jackson)
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 09:00
7 Fieldfare, 1000 Redwing (at least NW), 20 Song Thrush, 14 Brambling (NW with Redwings) [Richard Allen]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:45 to 08:45
4 Little Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 30 Redwing (3 separate groups, all heading west), 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Tufted Duck [Matt Turner]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 15:00, NW1-2 2/8 cloud clearing
331 Wood Pigeon (flocks coming in from W-NW, circling and then heading N), 3 Guillemot (North), Razorbill (close offshore drifting north), 16 Jay, 5 Swallow, 143 Redwing, 7 Tree Sparrow, 5 Rock Pipit, 50 Chaffinch, 25 Brambling, 872 Goldfinch, 32 Siskin, 29 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, Westerly wind, mainly overcast, chilly first thing
250 Wood Pigeon (++, several large flocks, but difficult to assess numbers, while as some flocks carried on inland, others moved around the site), 17 Lapwing (In off and west, in four groups), Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 20 Jay (+, mainly moving west, including groups of 8 and 6), 3 Skylark, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 common, 1 by cricket pitch and 2 John Weston Reserve ), 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 16 Blackbird, Fieldfare (My first of the autumn ), 5 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Wagtail, 13 Pied Wagtail, 27 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling (Mainly over but 4 landed briefly), 5 Greenfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting [Brian Combes] Naze, The on 13 Oct 2021, (Brian Combes) , Naze, The on 13 Oct 2021, (Brian Combes)
Shrub End, 07:00 to 07:35
Green Woodpecker (New garden tick) [Oliver Cottis]
Rayne, 06:00 to 07:30, 1/8 cloud
6 Skylark, 45 Redwing, 18 Meadow Pipit, Brambling, 4 Linnet [Andrew Goodey]
Tuesday 12 Oct 2021
Great Totham, 16:30 to 16:30
Sparrowhawk (Female. Flew fast and low over arable field and put up two birds, one of which it took.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Little Waltham, 15:00 to 16:00, overcasr
2 Red Kite [David Saville] Red Kite at Little Waltham on 12 Oct 2021, (David Saville) , Red Kite at Little Waltham on 12 Oct 2021, (David Saville)
Stanway Green, 14:40 to 14:45, Sunny.
White Stork (unringed, circled Warren Lane and eventually landed near the Tarmac entrance. Viewed from footpath TL946.230), 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit [David Allen]
Wrabness, 14:30 to 15:30, Cloudy.
Dark-bellied Brent Goose (200 (Good estimate )), 80 Wigeon (Estimate ), 5 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Stonechat (Male) [Peter Brittain]
Great Holland Pits NR, 14:20 to 15:30
Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel (+), 700 Redwing (+ in total; flocks heading W over reserve, with some dropping in briefly ), 6 Song Thrush [Liz Huxley]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 16:30, High tide c 17:00 - highlights
Curlew Sandpiper, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling males), 45 Redwing (+ Mobile flock), Stonechat, House Sparrow [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
6 Common Scoter (4.30pm Seawatch off Coopers beach MC SE), Greenshank (Morning flew up Strood channel DU.), Red-throated Diver (4.35pm(full summer)seawatch off Coopers beach SE MC.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:50 to 11:40, Cloud and sun, light NW wind.
122 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 32 Mute Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall, 24 Mallard, 2 Pochard, Moorhen, 104 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel (Female.), 6 Jay, Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 5 Robin, Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer, 25 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:30 to 09:30, Selected sightings from both causeways
6 Gadwall, 4 Pochard (Seldom seen on the reservoir), 4 Stock Dove, Little Grebe (1), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Jay (1), 4 Greenfinch, 2 Tufted Duck [Matt Turner]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 17:00, N2-4 initially 0/8 then weather front 8/8
Great Skua, Arctic Skua, 44 Blackbird (in off and west), 18 Fieldfare (in off and west), 720 Redwing (in off and west), 48 Song Thrush (in off and west), 123 Chaffinch (in off and west), 34 Brambling (in off and west), 454 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:00, NW wind, overcast, cool first thing
Jack Snipe (West over common, first thing), Guillemot (On sea first thing), Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk (+, several sightings, including one bird circling offshore before drifting south), Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least 1 on site), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (West), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 common, 1 escarpment, 1 by main sycamore clump, 1 south of John Weston Reserve and 2 in it), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, Redwing (West, first for me of the autumn, several others flying over the house this afternoon ), 15 Pied Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipit, 2 Brambling, 72 Goldfinch (+, in groups mainly moving south), 5 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Monday 11 Oct 2021
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 15:40 to 18:25, Sun and cloud, light NW wind. Sunset 18:12.
38 Canada Goose (Plus one hybrid.), 39 Mute Swan, 8 Egyptian Goose, 16 Gadwall, 70 Mallard (circa.), 4 Moorhen, 136 Coot, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Snipe, 3 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Barn Owl (With prey.), Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Female.), 2 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 14 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Robin, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 33 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:20 to 15:55, Calm. Excellent visibility. 1-2/8 cloud cover.
2050 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On mudflats at eastern end of island), 11 Avocet (Monty’s Lookout ), 101 Ringed Plover (From Monty’s Lookout), 400 Curlew (Several hundreds but too distant to count accurately ), 150 Redshank (Monty’s Lookout ), 12 Greenshank (Monty’s Lookout), 25 Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon (Adult male, seen twice.) [Andrew Dodd]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 12:00 to 15:45, Dry & sunny. Light NW breeze, rising tide.
200 Shelduck (Circa.), 30 Wigeon (Circa.), 40 Mallard (Plus), 70 Teal (Plus), Oystercatcher, 100 Avocet (Plus.), 25 Lapwing, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Little Egret, Kestrel, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, Wren, 100 Starling (Single flock. ), Robin, Stonechat (Male. ), 3 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch [David Hale] Great Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Robin at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Stonechat at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Stonechat at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Dunnock at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Oct 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:00 to 16:30, via River Walk - highlights
Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk (Females), 2 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (Peak count), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, Raven (Being mobbed by Buzzards) [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
Pintail (Off shop lane seawall SE. ), 11 Avocet (Strood channel DU. ), 5 Ringed Plover (Off shop lane seawall SE. ), 35 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus off shop lane seawall SE. ), 52 Turnstone (On pontoon off oyster fishery SE. ), 70 Dunlin (Plus off shop lane seawall SE.), Greenshank (Strood channel DU. ), Marsh Harrier (Off shop lane seawall SE. ), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Strood channel DU. ), Chiffchaff (Ivy dock to stone point MC. ), Blackcap (Male ivy dock to stone point MC. ), 2 Stonechat (1 ivy dock to stone point MC., 1 Strood channel DU. ), 2 Grey Wagtail (1 flyover Ivy dock to stone point MC, 1 flyover feldy view DU.), 3 Rock Pipit (1 ivy dock to stone point MC. 2 Strood channel DU.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
2 Red Kite (Over village centre) [Mark Pegrum]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind
6 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Jay [Michael Davies] Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 11 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 11 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 11 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 11 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies) , Jay at Wivenhoe on 11 Oct 2021, (Michael Davies)
Sunday 10 Oct 2021
Abberton Reservoir, 16:20 to 18:05, Fine and sunny

12 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall (Male), 6 Teal (4 female, 2 male. Plus one yellow billed teal), 10 Pochard, 8 Lapwing, 3 Cattle Egret (LBC ), Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret (Ldhc), Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail

[Paul Everett] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Yellow-billed Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Lapwing at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 17:00
Grey Plover, 24 Ringed Plover, 19 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, 17 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 3 Cattle Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Stonechat, Wheatear (pale looking bird in Wig bay) [Daryl Rhymes] Wheatear at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Wheatear at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes)
Holland Haven, 13:30 to 14:45, Dry sunny
10 Greylag Goose (On pond ), 5 Stonechat (Near top hide slow moving to Frinton ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 17:00, Sunny
20 Wigeon, 30 Pintail, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 75 Golden Plover, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ruff, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Redshank (Wig bay), 4 Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, 500 Cormorant (Around reserve ), 3 Cattle Egret (Lb causeway ), 21 Great White Egret (Hide bay ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, Skylark, 3 House Martin, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit [Yvonne Watling]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, dull, drizzle
70 Wigeon (+), 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, 13 Sandwich Tern, Red-throated Diver (close inshore towards Stone Point), Marsh Harrier (Stone Point), 3 Swallow (over beach heading north), Stonechat (Stone Point) [Martin Richards]
Chelmsford City Centre, 10:30 to 10:30, Overcast
Cetti's Warbler (Heard burst of song along canel adjacent to great Baddow car park) [Brian Bolton]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:30
Red-legged Partridge (Bowers hall farm from seawall SE.), 15 Grey Partridge (Bowers hall farm from seawall 2 DU, 13 SE.), 1000 Golden Plover (Off reeves hall seawall DU. ), 500 Dunlin (Off reeves hall seawall DU. ), 2 Sandwich Tern (1 off reeves hall seawall DU. 1 off Coopers beach SE. ), Common Tern (Off reeves hall seawall DU. ), Sparrowhawk (Bowers hall farm from seawall SE. ), Marsh Harrier (Wing tagged on Langenhoe DU. ), Peregrine Falcon (Sitting on fence post behind pewit Island pye fleet DU. ), 4 Chiffchaff (3 Bowers hall farm SE. 1 little paddocks MT.), 500 Starling (Inc 1 Leucistic reeves hall marsh DU.), 4 Rock Pipit (1 Off reeves hall seawall DU. 3 Strood channel DU.), 130 Linnet (100 Strood channel DU. 25 Bowers hall farm from seawall SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00
Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Grey Wagtail (x2 feeding on bank of River Stort) [Mark Pegrum]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:00, Overcast, light NNW wind, rising tide
2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 189 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 39 Shoveler (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Gadwall (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 39 Wigeon (Two Golden Gates, the rest in the managed retreat), 196 Teal (Mucking Bay), 17 Pochard (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), Water Rail (Golden Gates), 2 Moorhen (Golden Gates), 20 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Little Grebe (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Four on the Thames, one Golden Gates), 279 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 3 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 44 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), Dunlin (In the managed retreat), Green Sandpiper (In Stanford Creek), 64 Redshank (In Stanford Creek), Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 3 Little Egret (Two in the creek, one in the managed retreat), Kingfisher (Golden Gates), 4 Cetti's Warbler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Stonechat (Pairs next to the VC approach road and by the railway line), 40 Tufted Duck (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:30 to 12:30
Great White Egret (Flew over sycamore clump), Dartford Warbler (At top of undercliff below Sunny Point), Whinchat, Brambling [Glen Moore]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 14:00
Mediterranean Gull (adult), 8 Sandwich Tern, Great White Egret (West past JW reserve), 9 Swallow, Song Thrush, Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Brambling (One flock N), 18 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting [Daryl Rhymes] Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 10 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 10 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 10 Oct 2021, (Daryl Rhymes)
Harwich, 07:00 to 12:00, Sunny and clear. E turning foggy; Beacon Hill Fort
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 6 Skylark, 3 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (singing bird, site tick for me), 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 14 Goldfinch, 12 Siskin, Redpoll sp. (one flying over) [Andrew Goodey]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:00, misty and chilly first thing, then clear before clouding over, light westerly wind
Jack Snipe (Heard it from the reserve, when Glen and Ken kindly flushed it from the tidal lagoons!), Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay (High in off and west), 2 Skylark (South), Swallow (South, only hirundine of the weekend), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 escarpment, 1 by main sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Chiffchaff (1 singing ), 6 Blackcap, Firecrest (East of cricket pitch ), 4 Goldcrest, 15 Blackbird (+), 7 Song Thrush, 48 Meadow Pipit (+, 10+ feeding in western paddock of John Weston Reserve, others mainly in off and west/south), 4 Siskin (South), 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]