Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Abberton Reservoir Friday 17 Aug 2018 13:00 - 16:00 John Thorogood 2 Black Tern
Stow Marsh Friday 17 Aug 2018 14:00 - 16:30 Tide coming in SW breeze. Very quite Alan Shearring 15 Little Grebe (Mainly juv on Saltcoats pool), 250 Redshank, Marsh Harrier, 5 Whimbrel, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Yellow Wagtail, Buzzard, 18 Swallow (heading south), Greenshank, 100 Curlew, 25 Little Egret, 12 Golden Plover, 4 Teal, Yellow-legged Gull (3rd year)
The Naze at Walton Friday 17 Aug 2018 09:30 - 15:00 warm and sunny, breezy, encroaching cloud Martin Peers 3 Avocet (pair adults + juv), 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 100 Curlew (Walton channel roost), Curlew Sandpiper, 170 Dunlin, 4 Gadwall (eclipse drake, female + 2 juvs), Greenshank, 3 Kestrel (single juv), 2 Knot, 6 Little Grebe (3 pairs, no young), 45 Ringed Plover (5 juvs at usual site), 90 Sanderling (towards Stone Point), 10 Sandwich Tern, 6 Sedge Warbler (including family party of 4), 15 Tufted Duck (mostly juvs), 2 Whimbrel, 4 Willow Warbler (one in song; also 2 Clouded Yellows)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge Friday 17 Aug 2018 13:30 - 18:15 Dry, sun & cloud, light SW breeze. Max 25c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 30 Yellow Wagtail (circa. With grazing cattle, middle hide.), 50 Teal (circa), Peregrine Falcon (First hide. ), 4 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 12 Meadow Pipit (circa.), 8 Curlew (middle hide.), 30 Lapwing (circa.)
Hanningfield Reservoir Thursday 16 Aug 2018 10:00 - 10:30 David Jobbins 3 Black-necked Grebe (Adult and two juveniles from RAWL hide again this morning), 30 Black-tailed Godwit
Naze, The Thursday 16 Aug 2018 06:15 - 10:00 mild; overcast; southerly breeze; ebbing tide Brian Combes 11 Sandwich Tern, 5 Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 52 Sanderling, 2 Knot, 15 Turnstone, 12 Grey Plover, 35 Dunlin, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 House Martin (+, low over Walton Hall Marshes and sewage works), 2 Yellow Wagtail (sewage works), Blackcap
Chigborough Lakes Thursday 16 Aug 2018 08:15 - 10:30 And 11:30 to 11:50. Overcast, light drizzle at times, later heavy rain. Malcolm Corbett 7 Mute Swan (Pair with five well grown young. Main lake.), 7 Little Egret (Main Lake.), Buzzard (Heard only.), Green Woodpecker (At least.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), Blackcap (Male.), 7 Chiffchaff (+.)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge Thursday 16 Aug 2018 10:30 - 11:30 Light rain becoming heavy. Lots of activity. Nos. quoted bare minimum, many more birds involved. Four stoat also seen. Malcolm Corbett 80 Little Egret (circa. Main lake.), 2 Blackcap (Male and female.), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff (+.), Willow Warbler (+.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 10 Blue Tit (+.), 5 Great Tit (+.), 2 Goldfinch (+.), 3 Reed Bunting (+.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Thursday 16 Aug 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Mild, showery, HT 1530 John McLaughlin 20 Little Egret, 10 Avocet, 50 Grey Plover (many in breeding plumage), 2 Knot (bright individuals), Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Spotted Redshank, 60 Greenshank, 2 Little Tern, 4 Common Tern
Vange Marsh RSPB Thursday 16 Aug 2018 17:00 - 19:00 Cloud, some sun. Cool. Andrew Cox Marsh Harrier (Male), Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 10 Curlew, 10 Redshank (At least), 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Bearded Tit, Garganey
Wigborough Bay, Abberton Reservoir Thursday 16 Aug 2018 18:00 - 19:00 Matt Turner Garganey (Female), 2 Egyptian Goose, Black Swan, Peregrine Falcon (Half hearted attempt at Teal then flew E)
Langham Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 09:30 - 11:00 overcast Martin Peers Common Sandpiper (Docura's Farm reservoir), 2 Coot (adult + juvenile - all records Broomhouse flash unless stated), Grey Wagtail (lagoons - juvenile), 4 Kestrel (2 juveniles), Kingfisher (juvenile), 11 Little Grebe (3 juveniles - Docura's Farm res.), 12 Moorhen (8 juvs.), Reed Warbler, 6 Sand Martin, 70 Starling, 8 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck (second brood (2) at lagoons), Whitethroat (Docura's Farm res.)
Abberton Reservoir Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 06:30 - 13:00 Steve Grimwade 2 Kingfisher (Layer Breton cway), 9 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 3 Garganey (Wigborough Bay (feeding on weedy edge)), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Great White Egret (Between causeways), 2 Marsh Harrier (1st year male and 2nd year male), 3 Black Tern (1 Hide Bay, 2 Lodge Lane vewpoint), 27 Swift (Abberton Church), Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (juveniles hunting over Wigborough Bay), 5 Red-crested Pochard (2 eclipse males & 3 females Wigborough Bay), Black Swan (Wigborough Bay), 3 Common Gull, 50 Yellow Wagtail, 17 Common Tern
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 13:30 - 15:00 All sightings from Laurie's Hide (old scrape) Steve Grimwade 57 Greenshank (roosting at high tide), 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Redshank, Hobby (Flew south), 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff
Stanford Warren Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 19:00 - 20:00 Mark Fisher Kingfisher
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 18:00 - 19:00 Mark Fisher 3 Swift, 7 Swallow
Mistley Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 18:00 - 18:15 Falling tide, birds returning to mud James Davidson Greenshank, 70 Redshank (+), 6 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover (Still in almost fsp), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 8 Turnstone, 7 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher
Abberton Reservoir Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 14:30 - 15:30 Richard Allen 2 Black Tern (from Abbertoon Church), 2 Wheatear (Abberton Church), 2 Common Sandpiper (Abberton Church), 3 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH), Great White Egret (LDLH)
Boreham Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 06:30 - 07:30 Early morning run, mild at 16.5C, wind a light W and no cloud. Moth trapping has taken up all of my time for the last 2 months. Graham Ekins 55 Linnet (First flock of the autumn on unploughted stubble), Wheatear (On stubble east of village, 1st of autumn), 15 Chaffinch (Unusual to have a flock this early. Appeared to be feeding on Hemlock), 25 Goldfinch (Feeding with the Chaffinches), 3 Yellowhammer (Feeding with Goldfinches and Chaffinches), 10 House Martin (3 nests on one house east end of village. Did not start nest building until beginning of June. 2nd brood just hatched. )
Hanningfield Reservoir Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 David Jobbins 3 Black-necked Grebe
Beckton SW Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 07:40 - 10:15 Low Tide David Morrison Egyptian Goose, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Juveniles), Yellow-legged Gull (Juvenile), 12 Swift, Buzzard, 20 Sand Martin, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 7 Little Egret, 11 Common Tern
Heybridge GP Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 09:35 - 12:00 High tide 15:45. Malcolm Corbett 5 Mute Swan (Pair with three well grown young on C and B Navigation.), 50 Greylag Goose (+), 200 Canada Goose (circa.), 13 Little Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 150 Black-tailed Godwit (circa. Nos. increasing throughout visit.), Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern (Including two juveniles.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (One seen, one heard only.), Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 150 Starling (circa.)
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 12:00 - 12:30 Cloudy, W wind rising tide. Counts only made of birds round Coalhouse Point Paul Larkin 72 Ringed Plover, 29 Dunlin, Knot (Red bird)
Tilbury Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 08:30 - 13:30 Cloudy, W wind LT Paul Larkin 470 Black-tailed Godwit (14 on the foreshore near the fort, the rest east of the P Stn up to Coalhouse Point), 7 Shelduck (On foreshore near the fort), 14 Little Egret (Two in the fort, the rest on foreshore by the new landfill), Grey Heron (In the fort), 7 Common Sandpiper (One in the fort the rest on foreshore by the new landfill), 66 Mallard (Six in the fort the rest on the STW oufall), Peregrine Falcon (Flying west over the new landfill), 4 Curlew (On foreshore just east of the P Stn), 2 Oystercatcher (On foreshore just east of the P Stn), 2 Avocet (On foreshore just east of the P Stn), Whimbrel (On foreshore by the new landfill), Wheatear (On the new landfill), Black-headed Gull (Colour ringed bird on P Stn outfall jetty. Ringed in Poland)
Abberton Reservoir Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 13:00 - 17:00 Warm sunny at times John Thorogood Glossy Ibis (Seen close to Gwen Hide)
Langdon Hills NR EWT Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny, some cloud. Warm Dunton Plotlands Andrew Cox Hobby (Looked to be an immature.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (Possibly three.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 18:30 - 19:30 Matt Turner Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper (On Splodge), Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 45 Black-tailed Godwit
Sible Hedingham Monday 13 Aug 2018 07:45 - 08:00 Sunny with a lot of cloud Chris Turner Hobby (Nr priestfields fm castle hedingham), 30 Swallow (Same field as hobby), Jay, Pied Wagtail
Tilbury Monday 13 Aug 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Sunny with broken cloud, light W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 2 Peregrine Falcon (One on a pylon, the other on P Stn. By size a pair), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 54 Mallard (On STW outfall), Swift, 2 Sparrowhawk (Soaring and sparring together Slowly drifting E. By size a pair)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge Monday 13 Aug 2018 14:00 - 15:00 Steve Moore 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (1 Splodge, 1 Red Barn)
Brightlingsea Monday 13 Aug 2018 11:00 - 11:30 Simon Cox Red-backed Shrike (present since 9th, found by Darrell Stile)
Heybridge Basin Sunday 12 Aug 2018 06:45 - 08:15 Low tide Tony Kennelly 231 Little Egret (22 feeding in 1 low tide stream of the river together), 18 Cormorant (8 feeding line abreast in river), Greenshank, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Gull, 20 Common Tern (still 2 half grown chicks on one of the GP islands), 10 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow (roosting on yachts (on decks with starlings in their rigging) outside lock tearooms), 4 Grey Plover (summer plumage), Dunlin (summer plumage), 6 Golden Plover (coming out of summer plumage), 100 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, Willow Warbler (singing in Daisy Meadow carpark), Kestrel (Northey Island), 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing
Sible Hedingham Sunday 12 Aug 2018 13:00 - 13:15 Dull little rain Chris Turner Hobby (Priestfields farm castle hedingham)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) Sunday 12 Aug 2018 08:30 - 13:30 Overcast, some rain, S wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 141 Coot (20 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 10 Great Crested Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus three half grown young, one full grown and two downy young, on Golden Gates), 56 Tufted Duck (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates plus two half grown young), 23 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 98 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 4 Teal (Golden Gates), 11 Gadwall (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 10 Little Grebe (Eight, plus 3 downy young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), Shoveler (Golden Gates), 6 Avocet (In the managed retreat), 2 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 621 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 94 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 3 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 6 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 83 Common Tern (Up river 1230-1330hrs)
Abberton Reservoir Sunday 12 Aug 2018 17:30 - 20:00 sightings from screens at end Lodge Lane David Bradnum Ring-necked Duck (drake coming out of eclipse), Ferruginous Duck (with large flock moulting Aythyas, along near shore between two screens), Garganey, Greenshank
Beckton Sunday 12 Aug 2018 08:00 - 13:00 Cloudy/some light rain Gary A James 6 Oystercatcher, 12 Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (1 Juv), Kittiwake (Immature), 110 Linnet (1 flock)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge Sunday 12 Aug 2018 10:30 - 14:00 BHF to Althorne. Warm, humid and cloudy with SW breeze. Also Brown Argus (1) seen by seawall near Althorne. Steven Swaby 2 Hobby (Both sitting on Round Marsh for over an hour before flying off), 5 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 7 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper (Crouch), Whimbrel, 10 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (Althorne), Sand Martin, 3 Greenshank (Crouch), 9 Golden Plover (Crouch), 100 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 40 Little Egret
Tilbury Saturday 11 Aug 2018 08:00 - 09:15 Fine and sunny, light S wind Paul Larkin Raven (On pylon behind the P Stn. Lots of calling so another individual probably in the area.)
Little Waltham Saturday 11 Aug 2018 12:15 - 13:30 David Saville Red Kite
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) Saturday 11 Aug 2018 08:45 - 10:30 Bright sunshine & temperature rising Andrew Allen Stone Curlew (On island viewed from double benches), Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, 8 Black-tailed Godwit (+ including 1 colour ringed bird), Glossy Ibis (On Island for a short while, before departing high southeast.), 3 Yellow Wagtail (+), 6 Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, 4 Swallow, Cormorant, 2 Ruff, Grey Heron
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Saturday 11 Aug 2018 10:00 - 13:30 Warm and sunny Emma Robinson 50 Greenshank (+), 30 Grey Plover (+), 2 Golden Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), Spotted Redshank, 50 Avocet (+)
Heybridge GP Saturday 11 Aug 2018 09:45 - 14:15 Paul Gymer 2 Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe
Abberton Reservoir Saturday 11 Aug 2018 09:00 - 11:00 Ian Tarbin 5 Red-crested Pochard (4 m Ecliipse , 1 f , LDLH Center), Great White Egret
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) Saturday 11 Aug 2018 13:00 - 15:00 Pleasant. David Allen Stone Curlew (On island), Hobby, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) Saturday 11 Aug 2018 10:15 - 11:45 sunny, still 21 deg C + Mark Gregory 4 Buzzard (two south of freshwater lagoon; two north of car park), Marsh Harrier (south of saline lagoon), 15 Avocet (saline lagoon)
Hanningfield Reservoir Saturday 11 Aug 2018 12:00 - 12:45 sunny light winds; Fremnells Causeway only Mark Gregory 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, Buzzard, 3 Red-crested Pochard
Thorndon CP (North) Saturday 11 Aug 2018 08:00 - 09:45 Sunny, becoming warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Swallow (Approx), 15 House Martin (Approx), 6 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch, Bullfinch
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea Saturday 11 Aug 2018 12:00 - 16:30 Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudy & cooler with breeze. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, 250 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx), 100 Oystercatcher (Approx), 22 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel (At least), Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern, 8 Turnstone, Yellow Wagtail
Benfleet Saturday 11 Aug 2018 17:30 - 17:30 Cloudy, breeze. Near station. Andrew Cox Hobby
Abberton Reservoir Saturday 11 Aug 2018 12:15 - 17:00 Dry, light S breeze, overcast late pm, max 24c, cooling. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale Great White Egret (New Bay hide.), Common Sandpiper (New Bay hide.), 10 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 100 Mute Swan (circa, pair with 5 cygnets.), 10 Swallow, 10 Yellow Wagtail (flock, New Bay hide.), 30 Lapwing (circa, 1 juvenile.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Tern (1 bird a juvenile.), 2 Buzzard (Wig Bay.), 2 Kestrel
Burnham-on-Crouch Saturday 11 Aug 2018 10:00 - 12:00 Warm with sunny spells after yesterday's rain. Clouded Yellow and Wall Brown at Burnham Wick. Steven Swaby 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Swift (Local breeders have all cleared out in the past week), Mediterranean Gull
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB Saturday 11 Aug 2018 12:00 - 14:00 Sunny with some cloud cover - warm - slight breeze John Smart 25 Swift (Several small parties at great height passing over the reserve and over the Thames estuary.)
Mistley Friday 10 Aug 2018 06:40 - 06:50 James Davidson Yellow-legged Gull (River Stour, (presumed returning) adult along walls by culvert from Mistley Place Park)
Naze, The Friday 10 Aug 2018 06:00 - 09:00 mild; clear; southerly breeze; high tide Brian Combes 5 Blackcap (1 singing), 15 Willow Warbler (1 briefly in song), 20 Whitethroat, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 12 Sanderling, Green Sandpiper (on the smaller of the tidal lagoons), Sparrowhawk
Cely Woods, Thames Chase Friday 10 Aug 2018 09:00 - 09:45 Sun & cloud Andrew Cox Hobby, 6 Green Woodpecker, 8 Goldfinch (At least. Mostly young, feeding in birch.), 3 Willow Warbler (One singing.)
Westley Heights Friday 10 Aug 2018 11:30 - 13:30 Cloudy, showers, some heavy. Andrew Cox Hobby, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Swallow (At least), 10 House Martin (At least)
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury Friday 10 Aug 2018 08:15 - 12:30 Fine and sunny, showers later, W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 425 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Ringed Plover, 17 Dunlin, 118 Curlew, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Sand Martin, 1629 Avocet, 2 Sandwich Tern (Up river), 18 Grey Plover, Arctic Tern (Nice adult flew along tide line), 120 Common Tern (Up river, no large flocks but a steady string of ones and twos throughout the period), Whimbrel
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) Friday 10 Aug 2018 11:00 - 12:00 Raining Lee G R Evans Glossy Ibis (Showing well from observation benches), 5 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Mute Swan (Pair with 8 cygnets), Stone Curlew (Showing well on island (photographed)), 20 Little Grebe, 30 Teal, 8 Pochard (Mostly juveniles), 60 Tufted Duck (Including good numbers of well grown juveniles), 424 Coot, 36 Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Hobby, 24 Swift, 42 House Martin, 3 Reed Warbler, Starling
Vange Marsh RSPB Friday 10 Aug 2018 13:00 - 13:45 Raining Lee G R Evans 9 Spotted Redshank, 6 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 8 Little Egret
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT Friday 10 Aug 2018 09:30 - 11:45 cool and bright turning dull and windy Ashley Gooding Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff (2 females, 1 male all juveniles), 4 Lapwing, Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Pied Wagtail, Kestrel (male ( all birds from hide))
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Friday 10 Aug 2018 10:00 - 13:00 sunshine & showers Liz Huxley 19 Ringed Plover, 55 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 65 Avocet, Common Sandpiper, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 50 Grey Plover (+), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (+), 9 Little Grebe
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford Friday 10 Aug 2018 15:00 - 15:30 Clearing up after a heavy shower. George Brown Black-tailed Godwit (adult), Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 2 Teal
Chigborough Lakes Friday 10 Aug 2018 19:00 - 20:40 Occasional brief shower, some thunder. Main Lake only. Malcolm Corbett 7 Mute Swan (Pair with five well grown young.), 150 Greylag Goose (circa. Three flocks flying south in quick succession.), 30 Mallard (circa. Including female with brood of two.), 66 Cormorant (Roosting at heronry), 21 Little Egret (Two at start of visit, seven flew in. All flew towards Lofts Farm roost site as did 12 flyovers.), 5 Grey Heron (None present at conclusion of visit having all flown south.), Cetti's Warbler (Heard three times from same location.)
Abberton Reservoir Friday 10 Aug 2018 13:45 - 15:45 Rainy! Eventually too much of it. David Allen 5 Little Ringed Plover (Wigborough Bay), 2 Ruff (Wigborough Bay), 2 Wood Sandpiper (Wigborough Bay), Little Stint (Wigborough Bay), 14 Egyptian Goose, 350 Cormorant (Wigborough Bay), Red-legged Partridge, 3 Common Sandpiper (2 Wigborough Bay, 1 Layer Breton causeway)
Stow Marsh Friday 10 Aug 2018 10:00 - 12:00 High tide. SW breeze and rain Alan Shearring 2 House Martin, Water Rail, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Ringed Plover, 75 Swallow (in small groups heading west), Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 47 Golden Plover, Great White Egret (in borrow dyke then flew off SW at 11.15), 750 Starling (on the fields and heading west in small groups), 11 Black-tailed Godwit
Tilbury Thursday 09 Aug 2018 07:00 - 08:00 Dull, overcast, light NW wind, rising tide Paul Larkin Peregrine Falcon (On P Stn), 11 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 47 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Oystercatcher (On foreshore by the fort), 2 Mute Swan (On STW outfall)
Ramsey, near Harwich Thursday 09 Aug 2018 08:15 - 08:15 Overcast Peter Brittain 2 Common Tern, 10 Turnstone
Sunnymead Farm Thursday 09 Aug 2018 09:00 - 10:00 dull Moira Jackson Sparrowhawk (on raspberries waiting for the Blut tits !!)
Naze, The Thursday 09 Aug 2018 06:30 - 10:00 mild; overcast; westerly breeze, swinging north; high tide Brian Combes 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles), 8 Turnstone, 11 Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap (1 singing), Cetti's Warbler (singing, John Weston Reserve), Chinese Muntjac, 4 Yellow Wagtail (1 sewage works, 3 on grass north of Tower), 15 Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff
Wigborough Bay, Abberton Reservoir Thursday 09 Aug 2018 15:00 - 16:00 Overcast with constant rain Matt Turner 3 Ruff, 2 Wigeon (Pair, male eclipse), 2 Goldeneye (distant, 1 female with probable imm/eclipse male), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Both Juv), Meadow Pipit, Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover (1 adult, 1 juv)
Naze, The Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 06:30 - 09:30 warm; overcast; westerly breeze; high tide Brian Combes 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juveniles), 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap (2 singing), 17 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (singing, escarpment), 9 Sanderling, Marsh Harrier, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 75 House Martin (+, over sewage works and Walton Hall Marshes), Green Sandpiper (sewage works), 23 Swift (north), Short-eared Owl (flushed from the bank of the larger of the tidal lagoons - have not had an August record at the Naze before)
Newport Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 16:00 - 16:00 Dry some clods 23 deg Stephen Dutton Red Kite (Drifting over farmland )
Stanford Warren Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 18:00 - 19:00 Mark Fisher Kingfisher (Also first one of the year at Mucking Sluice), 7 Egyptian Goose (5 young plus Water Vole on the creek)
Frinton-on-Sea Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 16:20 - 17:00 seawall by golf course Liz Huxley 2 Wheatear, Common Sandpiper
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 10:00 - 12:00 intertidal area Liz Huxley Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Redshank, 100 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 40 Avocet, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Clouded Yellow
Fingringhoe GP Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 10:45 - 11:30 warm with fresh breeze Ashley Gooding 20 Sand Martin (+9 occupied nests, sadly some of the bank has collapsed.), 3 Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 40 Goldfinch (many juveniles in flock), 6 Linnet, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Rook, 3 Moorhen (adult and 2 juveniles), 16 Greylag Goose, 8 Little Grebe (3 adults, 5 very young chicks.)
Colne Pt Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 14:30 - 16:00 sunny breezy Moira Jackson 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Jetty Hide), 2 Common Sandpiper (along river bank), 2 Wheatear (by sea wall), 5 Yellow Wagtail (family group), Greenshank (jetty hide)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 18:55 - 20:40 Warm, brisk SW wind. Also seen, Red Fox and five Brown Hare. Malcolm Corbett 38 Mute Swan (Including pair with three well grown young.), 24 Canada Goose, 29 Great Crested Grebe, 59 Little Egret (At roost. Only four present at start of visit, remainder arriving between 20:00 and 20:35 from easterly direction. Some harassment from Magpies that temporarily shared roost.), 20 Grey Heron (circa. All but six were flyovers only towards Chigborough Lakes.), 4 Common Tern, Kingfisher ( ), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Reed Warbler (Heard only.), 3 Chiffchaff (Heard only.), 12 Magpie
Richmond's Green, Thaxted Wednesday 08 Aug 2018 09:30 - 09:45 Bright and light wind Elizabeth Leeder Wheatear (Sitting on cultivated land)
Tilbury Tuesday 07 Aug 2018 07:00 - 08:00 Sunny and warm, light S wind, HT Paul Larkin 5 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 64 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort), 2 Mute Swan (On foreshore by the ferry terminal), Sandwich Tern (Flew down river), 2 Swift (Over the fort)
Good Easter Tuesday 07 Aug 2018 09:15 - 09:16 Martin Henry Red Kite (drifting slowly east)
Hanningfield Reservoir Tuesday 07 Aug 2018 09:30 - 12:00 David Jobbins Golden Plover, 2 Turnstone, Redshank, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Green Sandpiper
Beeleigh Tuesday 07 Aug 2018 19:15 - 19:20 High tide 21:33 Malcolm Corbett 4 Grey Wagtail (Beeleigh Weir)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT Tuesday 07 Aug 2018 10:30 - 17:00 Warm, dry. Low tide Ken Hudgell 60 Grey Plover (Intertidal area and river), 5 Ringed Plover (Intertidal area), 2 Golden Plover (Intertidal area), Peregrine Falcon (Flushed Marsh Harrier from saltmarsh gulley.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Geedon Saltings), Kestrel, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+ In small groups along river and intertidal area), Avocet (Intertidal area), Snipe (New reedbed pool), Common Sandpiper (New reedbed pool), 8 Reed Warbler, 3 Spotted Redshank (Intertidal area), 20 Greenshank (+ Intertidal area), Grey Wagtail (New reedbed pool), Yellow Wagtail (Visitor centre), 5 Moorhen (Kit's Pond, adults with 3 chicks hatched in the last few days), Knot (Intertidal area)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford Monday 06 Aug 2018 07:30 - 08:00 Dry sunny and warm Brian Bolton 3 Egyptian Goose (Still on island), 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Flew from fishing lake calling and off site), Common Tern
Stanford Warren Monday 06 Aug 2018 15:45 - 16:15 Jon Hunter 7 Egyptian Goose (2 adults with 5 (young---3 weeks?) goslings on Warren fishing lake), Hobby (Hunting dragonflies)
Colne Pt Monday 06 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Chris Balchin 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Two juvs on Jetty pools at 08:00)
Stanford Warren Monday 06 Aug 2018 17:00 - 18:00 Mark Fisher Kingfisher (Another birder saw some Kingfisher fledglings 9th July)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge Monday 06 Aug 2018 18:45 - 19:45 Lovely sunny evening, sightings on flooded field just NE of bridge Matt Turner 24 Little Egret, 13 Redshank, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Shoveler
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge Monday 06 Aug 2018 19:00 - 20:35 Very warm and still. Five Brown Hare also seen. Malcolm Corbett 37 Mute Swan (Including pair with three young.), 28 Great Crested Grebe, 57 Little Egret (At roost. Only six present at start of visit.), 4 Common Tern, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 14 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Carrion Crow
Abberton Reservoir Sunday 05 Aug 2018 06:15 - 07:15 Layer Breton Causeway Tony Kennelly Kingfisher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turtle Dove (purring male amongst heronry), Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 6 Egyptian Goose, 30 Lapwing, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, Sand Martin
Abberton Reservoir Sunday 05 Aug 2018 07:15 - 08:15 Layer de la Haye causeway Tony Kennelly 3 Red-crested Pochard (eclipse males), Great White Egret, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Song Thrush (singing male)
Beckton Sunday 05 Aug 2018 08:00 - 12:00 Sunny and hot, light east breezw Gary A James Little Egret, Garganey (female, seen well), 2 Shoveler, Hobby, Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, Swift, Swallow, 18 House Martin, Willow Warbler
Hanningfield Reservoir Sunday 05 Aug 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Bright sunshine & warm Andrew Allen Glossy Ibis (Rawl Hide), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Adults from Oak Hide), Oystercatcher (Oak Hide), 8 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide), Garganey (Rawl Hide), Turnstone (Point Hide), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Point Hide), Redshank (Oak Hide), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Green Sandpiper (+), 3 Common Sandpiper (+), 2 Shelduck (Rawl Hide)
Weald CP, near South Weald Sunday 05 Aug 2018 08:00 - 10:00 Sunny, warm Andrew Cox Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Possibly two), 2 Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (At least), 6 Coal Tit (At least), 4 Treecreeper, 12 Nuthatch, Bullfinch
Abberton Reservoir Sunday 05 Aug 2018 15:00 - 18:00 Hot. David Allen Great White Egret, Sanderling, Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Ruff, Sand Martin, 2 Kingfisher, 15 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Egyptian Goose, 1140 Coot, 3201 Canada Goose, Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Lapwing
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge Sunday 05 Aug 2018 15:40 - 19:20 Sunny, hot, light E wind. High tide ~ 19.00. 4+ Wasp Spiders immediately behind 3rd hide. Simon Satchell 200 Rook (+), 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Shelduck, 22 Little Egret (+), 65 Teal, 80 Lapwing (+), 60 Stock Dove (+), 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 4 Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Avocet, Greenshank, Bearded Tit (male), 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier (female and ragged male), 4 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) Sunday 05 Aug 2018 08:30 - 13:30 Hot and sunny, light E wind, falling tide Paul Larkin 942 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 140 Goldfinch (Flock round the hide first thing), 71 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 55 Curlew (Mucking Bay), Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 4 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 2 Common Sandpiper (One Golden Gates the other in the managed retreat), 41 Shelduck (Rafting on the river), 4 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Roosting on the tip), 5 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 64 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 14 Canada Goose (Galden Gates), 174 Coot (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including a well grown juv, on Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 55 Tufted Duck (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 7 Teal (Golden Gates), Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 10 Little Grebe (Including several juvs on the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 4 Knot (Nice red ones in Mucking Bay), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 27 Avocet (Mucking Bay)
Abberton Reservoir Sunday 05 Aug 2018 16:00 - 17:00 Matt Turner Marsh Harrier (Dark juv quartering meadow behind Island hide. Flew E)
The Hythe, Colchester Sunday 05 Aug 2018 19:00 - 19:00 Matt Turner 50 Goldfinch (Small flock (charm) flying together and settling on bushes), Yellowhammer (Male), 300 Black-headed Gull (+ on dry lagoon)
Colne Pt Sunday 05 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Chris Balchin 2 Arctic Skua (One light phase one dark phase gaining height over house at 08:25. 128th species for house list)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge Saturday 04 Aug 2018 08:00 - 08:30 Sunny morning, all sightings from bridge Matt Turner Green Sandpiper (On splodge), 9 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, 4 Kestrel (Adult pair on near fence posts and 2 (juv?) males very far side play fighting), 2 Little Grebe
Tilbury Saturday 04 Aug 2018 07:30 - 09:00 Broken cloud, NW wind, HT Paul Larkin 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair hunting behind the fort), 65 Common Tern (Up river, largest flock 32), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore just to the east of P Stn), Little Egret (On foreshore just to the east of the P Stn), 2 Grey Heron (On foreshore just to the east of the P Stn), 10 Teal (Single flock up river then over to Kent)
Little Waltham Saturday 04 Aug 2018 09:00 - 10:00 Dry, Sunny Stuart Anderson Grey Heron, Buzzard, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap
Abberton Reservoir Saturday 04 Aug 2018 08:00 - 12:00 Bright sunshine with a warm gentle breeze Andrew Allen 2 Wood Sandpiper (1 Layer Breton Causeway, 1 Hide Bay), 3 Green Sandpiper (Layer Breton Causeway), Common Sandpiper (Layer Breton Causeway), Great White Egret (East of Layer de la Haye Causeway), 2 Ruff (Hide Bay Hide), Ferruginous Duck (Moulting Drake, from Hide Bay Hide), Kingfisher (Layer Breton Causeway), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Layer Breton Causeway), Red Kite (In flight from Hide Bay Hide), Black Swan (Gwen's Hide), Wigeon (East of Layer de la Haye Causeway), 2 Common Tern (Layer Breton Causeway)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford Saturday 04 Aug 2018 14:00 - 15:45 Sunny & hot but with a fresh breeze Peter Heath 2 Common Tern (Feeding over lake), Common Sandpiper (Feeding on southern side of lake), Kestrel (Flew over)
Thorndon CP (North) Saturday 04 Aug 2018 08:00 - 10:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox Red Kite, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, Bullfinch
Abberton Reservoir Saturday 04 Aug 2018 19:00 - 20:00 Sunny evening, all sightings from LBC Matt Turner 2 Great White Egret (Together on spit to SW of LBC, one flew off towards Wig Bay), 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper
Abberton Reservoir Saturday 04 Aug 2018 16:00 - 17:00 Sunny and hot. David Curle 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Layer Breton Causeway feeding in bushes in dry area below weir.)
Colne Pt Saturday 04 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Chris Balchin Pied Flycatcher (Female type in sewage farm bushes at 09:00)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford Friday 03 Aug 2018 07:30 - 08:00 Hot and sunny Brian Bolton 3 Egyptian Goose (Still on island), 3 Common Sandpiper (On South side)
Wormingford, Colchester Friday 03 Aug 2018 08:30 - 11:00 sunny and very warm Martin Peers 7 Tufted Duck (female with 6 young - farm reservoirs ), 11 Little Grebe (5 adults + 6 young - farm reservoirs), 2 Lapwing (adult with juv), Green Sandpiper (large farm reservoir), Greenshank (small farm reservoir), 4 Common Gull (my first returning birds), 2 Green Woodpecker (adult + juvenile), Chiffchaff, Blackcap (all records from airfield), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 9 Yellow Wagtail (6 juvs), 4 Pied Wagtail (all juvs), 21 Linnet (5 pairs + 7 juvs; 2 failed pairs), Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting (juv), Corn Bunting (calls heard only)
Mount Bures Friday 03 Aug 2018 10:00 - 10:15 sunny and very warm Martin Peers 2 Green Woodpecker (adult and juv anting), Kestrel (juvenile), 8 Swallow (2 family parties), Mistle Thrush (first winter bird), 12 Linnet (3 pairs with 6 juvs), 4 Bullfinch (pair with 2 youngsters), Yellowhammer
Takeley Friday 03 Aug 2018 13:00 - 13:45 Very hot and sunny Chris Turner Kestrel (All sightings by warish hall), 2 Yellowhammer (A pair), 2 Whitethroat (A pair)
Colchester Friday 03 Aug 2018 20:50 - 20:52 Ashley Gooding Peregrine Falcon (one flew low over house, hedge drive, whilst searching for Swifts, 0 by the way.)
Wigborough Bay, Abberton Reservoir Friday 03 Aug 2018 19:30 - 20:30 Matt Turner 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Wigeon, 80 Mallard (circa), 20 Tufted Duck (circa), 50 Shoveler (circa), 500 Coot (circa), 20 Gadwall (circa), Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, Great White Egret (Flying towards LBC at 20.30)
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB Friday 03 Aug 2018 10:00 - 13:00 Sunny, hot. Andrew Cox Kestrel, Hobby, Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, Bearded Tit (At least)
Colne Pt Friday 03 Aug 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Chris Balchin 2 Pied Flycatcher (Female types around house 06:00)