The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Sunday 22 May 2022
Wrabness, 14:30 to 15:30, Fine
Cuckoo (Seen roosting at same position as last week and photographed. Although I know where to find this bird I have not heard it call and Ive not been able to confirm if it’s a M or F) [Peter Brittain]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, warm. Plotlands.
Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail (Female feeding fledged young.) [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 11:00 to 14:30, Warm and sunny
2 Pheasant (Two males fighting ), 2 Turtle Dove, Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Jay, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Chiffchaff, 9 Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (One singing in car park but hidden), 4 Dunnock, 5 Goldfinch [Richard Salenius ]
Great Totham, 09:15 to 09:15, Sunny, warm.
Little Owl (In usual Oak tree, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:00 to 13:15, Fine and sunny, E breeze, falling tide
2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 50 Shelduck (Mucking Flats), 2 Gadwall (Pair on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Pochard (Four, three drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including two drakes, Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 6 Moorhen (Two on the pit to the south of the tip,the rest Golden Gates), 25 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Oystercatcher (Mucking Flats), 13 Curlew (Mucking Flats), Sparrowhawk (Golden Gates), Red Kite (Over south), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Mainly Golden Gates. Plus a recently fledged young there.), 3 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 6 Stonechat (Pairs near the VC, at the west end of the approach road, and by the railway line), Corn Bunting (In song on the VC approach road), 28 Tufted Duck (Two, one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 10:30, Sunny
Barn Owl, 5 Swallow, Goldfinch [Phil Harling ]
Manningtree, 08:00 to 16:00, River Stour to Flatford and return - highlights
3 Cuckoo (+ Heard), 2 Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (+), 2 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, Nightingale (Heard), Bullfinch (Female) [David L Smith]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:15, Sunny, warm.
2 Black-headed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 11 Whitethroat (Pair with at least three young close to visitor centre. Six other singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Stanford Warren, 07:00 to 08:00, Fine and sunny, E breeze, falling tide
3 Canada Goose (In Stanford Creek), Pochard (Drake), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), Buzzard, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Tufted Duck (Pair) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 09:00, W1 becoming SE by 0800, high cloud, v hazy. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated
627 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (18 flocks heading east and away, all prior to 0630 (folloiwng 363 and 244 over the past two days)), 18 Common Scoter, Red-rumped Swallow (Single north over the Greensward at 0834) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 21 May 2022
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 16:35 to 17:00, Sunny, southerly breeze about 1 hour before high tide
Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstone, Black Guillemot (Fantastic summer plumage bird just east of Goggs Berth), 12 Carrion Crow, 40 Starling, 2 Linnet [Richard Mander]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:10 to 15:50, Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
Mandarin Duck (Male at LBC.), Cuckoo (Male flying and also singing. At LBC.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair at LDHC.), Greenshank (Quite far away before flying away. At LDHC.), Spoonbill (At LBC in trees. ), Great White Egret (At LBC on branch.), Hobby (Flying near Wig Bay.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (1 at LBC and 4 at LDHC.), Black Swan (Distant at LBC.) [Zane Sargent ] Mandarin Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Cuckoo at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 21 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Abberton Reservoir, 13:35 to 15:00, mainly sunny, light winds, mild. Causeways only; notable sightings from LBC - different those reported by others
2 Goldeneye (females), 2 Spoonbill, 2 Great White Egret, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Hobby, Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Mark Gregory]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:30, mainly sunny, mild. Low tide incoming
50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Turtle Dove, Mediterranean Gull (heard), Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer [Mark Gregory]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:00 to 12:00, Muggy, periods of sun
2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat (+), 2 Reed Bunting [David Pallash]
Layer Breton, 09:30 to 11:00, Sunny, light breeze
20 Greylag Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Cuckoo, 2 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, Cormorant, Spoonbill, 6 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, 6 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shelduck at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shoveler at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cuckoo at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Whitethroat at Layer Breton on 21 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:30, DU= Dougal Urquhart, AF = Andy
2 Grey Partridge (A pr maydays DU), Gadwall (Maydays DU ), 7 Pochard (1 maydays DU, 6 golf house area AF), 2 Cuckoo (Maydays DU ), 2 Lapwing (Poss 3 large chicks reeves hall pool AF), 4 Whimbrel (Maydays DU ), Little Tern (Off stone point distant AF), 6 Common Tern (2 maydays DU, 4 reeves hall to stone point AF), 2 Marsh Harrier (Reeves hall AF ), 2 Buzzard (Reeves hall marshes AF), Hobby (Shop lane AF ), Cetti's Warbler (St Peters meadow well SE ), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Family shop lane AF ), 2 Reed Warbler (Reeves hall to stone point AF), Lesser Whitethroat (East Mersea ), 10 Whitethroat (Plus reeves hall to stone point AF ), Spotted Flycatcher (Briefly shop lane AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Heybridge GP, 08:30 to 16:00, High tide c17:30 - highlights (also 2 Painted Lady)
30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 9 Cuckoo (+ sightings and others heard (2+ females and at least 4 males)), Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Female), 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard (+), Kestrel, 6 Cetti's Warbler (+ singing males), Lesser Whitethroat [David L Smith]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 08:30 to 11:45
Pheasant, 8 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 5 Swift, 3 Cuckoo (1 calling male seen plus 2 other calling males heard), Wood Pigeon, 7 Moorhen, 5 Coot (including 1 juvenile), Little Grebe, 11 Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (female), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, 2 Swallow, 5 Cetti's Warbler (5 singing males heard), 6 Chiffchaff (1 singing male heard plus at least 5 others heard), 8 Reed Warbler (1 singing male seen, at least 5 other singing males heard, 2 other birds seen), 6 Blackcap (3 singing males seen plus at least 3 others heard), 27 Whitethroat (16 singing male seen, at least 5 other singing males heard, 6 other birds seen ), Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, 5 Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting (male) [Richard Chew]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Light cloud with some sun. Cool at first, becoming warmer.
7 Moorhen (Adult with six young Hatch Farm Pond.), Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Active nest. Adult nearby.), 2 Skylark (Singing males. One near Hatch Farm; another arable adjacent car park.), Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), 3 Mistle Thrush (Including singing male.), Goldfinch (At least.), Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.), 8 Tufted Duck (Paur plus male on the lake. Four males plus one female on Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 07:21 to 09:37, Fine, dry, slight breeze
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Hide 2), 38 Canada Goose (+), Barnacle Goose (BIF), 35 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, Pochard (Male), Cuckoo (BIF calling), Little Grebe, 8 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet (Hide 2), 3 Lapwing, Curlew, 4 Common Tern (Appeared to be nesting with Avocets on small island at Hide 2), 5 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Jackdaw, 8 Skylark, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Heard), Chiffchaff (heard around car park), 2 Blackbird (Male), 2 Robin, 5 Corn Bunting (at least 2 appeared to be juveniles), 2 Reed Bunting (Male- singing) [Paul Everett] Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 21 May 2022, (Paul Everett) , Skylark at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 21 May 2022, (Paul Everett)
Naze, The, 06:00 to 11:00, warm, mainly clear, westerly wind, ebbing tide; 20 species in song
2 Garganey (Males, Walton Hall Marshes, flooded northern section), 2 Swift (North), Cuckoo (Singing ), Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel ), 7 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank (Cormorant Creek ), 6 Mediterranean Gull, Cattle Egret (Walton Hall Marshes, flooded northern section), 2 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret (2 south first thing, 11 on Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 23 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (Double hedge ), Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Garganey at Naze, The on 21 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Garganey at Naze, The on 21 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Cattle Egret at Naze, The on 21 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Cattle Egret at Naze, The on 21 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Friday 20 May 2022
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal Urquhart
Cuckoo (Golf house area ), 7 Avocet (Golf house saltings pools ), 20 Sanderling (Some in full summer plumage ), 6 Common Tern (Off golf house, / stone point ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 19 May 2022
Colchester, 20:30 to 20:45
12 Swift (Over breeding site) [Graham Barber ]
Wrabness, 16:30 to 17:30, Warm, clear; EWT reserve
3 Turtle Dove (At least one purring and displaying ), 3 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Blackcap (Singing ), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 10 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 3 Nightingale (Singing), Yellowhammer (Singing) [Brian Combes] Nightingale at Wrabness on 19 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Great Totham, 16:30 to 17:15, Sunny, warm, light W wind.
Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit area.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Scrub adj. Totham Pit.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), Nightingale (Singing. Hall Road adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:15 to 16:15, Warm (20C), sunny, high tide. Sightings with David. Highlights
7 Mute Swan (Adult with 6 cygnets), 2 Cuckoo (1 seen and heard; 1 just heard), 20 Avocet (Some with chicks), 20 Lapwing (Some with chicks), 2 Grey Heron (Flying together), Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl (Flying in field by car park), Kestrel, Blackcap, Whitethroat [Winifred Simmonds]
Frinton-on-Sea, 13:00 to 14:00
Mediterranean Gull (Full summer adult west end on seafront SE), 2 House Martin (House Martins & swallows flying around toilets west (tennis club end. SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 12:00 to 17:00, Seen by MC = Martin Cock
36 Swift (Strood fields DU), 5 Cuckoo (3 ray Island, 2 firs chase caravan park DU), 2 Sandwich Tern (Flyover stone point MC), 8 Little Tern (Seen off east Mersea stone point MC), 3 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Along Strood channel DU ), Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Bunting (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 17:00, High tide c15:20 (also 4+ Green Hairstreak and 1 Painted Lady)
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose, 2 Swift, Cuckoo (1 male seen and at least 2 others heard), 9 Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover (Furneaux Lane), 4 Curlew (+), 4 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (Heard only), Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (+), 3 Kestrel, 50 Sand Martin (+ Furneaux Lane), 10 Swallow (+), Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ), Garden Warbler (1 male seen and at least 3 others heard), Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only), 2 Song Thrush (+), 8 Nightingale (+ singing males), Bullfinch (Heard only) [David L Smith]
Coggeshall, 11:00 to 12:30, Overcast before sun came out
Swift, Cuckoo (Heard, not seen), 12 House Martin, 6 House Sparrow, Greenfinch (Heard, not seen) [Nico Devereaux]
TL4803, 10:30 to 10:45, Sunny
Firecrest (Singing away, moved south of Epping Ongar Railway in to Green Acres Burial Ground.) [Thomas Simon]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 09:00, overcast with showers, warm, southerly wind; 21 species in song
2 Cuckoo (1 singing ), 4 Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl (Quartering the common first thing - first for a while), 5 Sand Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 11 Whitethroat (Singing ), 3 Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (NE corner of common ), Wheatear (On the common ) [Brian Combes]
Wednesday 18 May 2022
Beeleigh, 15:00 to 15:15, Sunny with a warm breeze.
Nightingale (Nightingale see moving between low hedges and calling. ) [Michael Lane]
Wrabness, 13:45 to 16:30, Sunny. High Tide
Cuckoo (Male), 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Jay, 3 Whitethroat [Peter Brittain]
Chignall St James, 10:30 to 11:30, Warm, gentle breeze
2 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff (Heard), Whitethroat (Heard), Wheatear, Yellowhammer [Stuart Anderson]
Billericay, 10:00 to 10:15, Cloudless blue sky
2 Swift (Hawking insects high over the town) [John Smart]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Cuckoo (Martins west Mersea garden MC), 2 Sparrowhawk (Cudmore Grove pond hide SE ), Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore Grove pond hide SE ), 2 Blackcap (2 singing cudmore Grove pond hide SE, nearby 10+ azures damselflies. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
5 Egyptian Goose (2 adults & 3 surviving youngsters ), 2 Oystercatcher (2 adults 2 chicks on island), 16 Common Tern (Probably more ), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing close to monument ), Whitethroat [Brian Bolton]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:30, warm, clear, southerly wind, rising tide; 21 species in song
Cuckoo (Singing), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 21 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Song Thrush (Singing), Spotted Flycatcher (South of John Weston Reserve ), Wheatear [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 17 May 2022
Colchester, 17:00 to 17:15
5 Peregrine Falcon (Two adults, incl. established female ringed at Maastricht in 2015, feeding three chicks. Swift primaries found under Jumbo (water tower).) [Michael Padmore]
Kelvedon Hatch, 13:45 to 13:45, Very warm. Clear sky.
Red Kite (flew south-west over The Old Brentwoods Club at 13:45) [James Hudson]
Layer Breton, 09:30 to 11:30

4 Canada Goose, 40 Greylag Goose, 10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Tern, 6 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, Great White Egret, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Tufted Duck, Black Swan

[Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shelduck at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shelduck at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 17 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:30
3 Canada Goose (Golf house saltings pools SE), Greylag Goose (Golf house dyke SE), Gadwall (Strood channel DU ), 3 Pochard (1 Strood channel DU , 1pr golf house dyke SE ), 3 Cuckoo (1 Strood channel DU , 2 golf house SE), 2 Avocet (Golf house saltings pools SE), 4 Little Tern (Off cudmore Grove over on colne point SE), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Golf house track SE ), Green Woodpecker (Golf house track SE ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Along Strood channel DU), Blackcap (Feldy view cemetery DU ), Garden Warbler (Singing elusive in birches Feldy view cemetery found DU, seen SE), Mistle Thrush (Golf house track SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Halstead, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Swift (Probable nesting site. Has been used for a few years. ) [Barbara Leport]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:55 to 11:30, Sun and cloud, light S wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge (Home Field.), Pheasant, 25 Greylag Goose (Adults. Plus four broods of 4,4,2 and 1 young.), 17 Mute Swan (Adults, inc. one on nest and pair with five young.), 13 Mallard (Adults inc. two females with young (2,2)), Cuckoo (Calling.), 18 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 4 Moorhen, 30 Coot (Inc. two on nests and three pairs with young, 2,2 and 2), 4 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lapwing (Lake Field.), 50 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 3 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard (Together.), Green Woodpecker, Jay, 10 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit (Two singing. One carrying food.), 4 Skylark (Singing.), 3 Swallow (One, Northlands. Two around farm buildings.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 12 Reed Warbler (Eight, Trout Lake. Three, Silt Lake. One, Holding Pond), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Four singing.), 8 Wren (Singing.), 30 Starling (circa. ), 4 Blackbird (One singing.), 11 Robin (Ten singing.), 3 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock (Two singing.), Chaffinch (Singing.), Greenfinch (Singing.), 6 Goldfinch (One singing.), 30 Tufted Duck (Inc. at least ten pairs) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 07:30 to 07:30, Sunny
Corn Bunting (Male singing from telegraph wires on Hammonds Road, almost same place I saw one/him last year!) [Ross Wilkins]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 11:00, warm, mainly clear, southerly wind, rising tide; 22 species in song
2 Cuckoo (1 calling), 4 Mediterranean Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 12 Swallow, 8 Cetti's Warbler (1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 by cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 12 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 31 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 double hedge, 1 on the common), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Cuckoo at Naze, The on 17 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 17 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Hutton, 05:23 to 08:14, Hutton Country Park. Mist first thing then clear & bright. Very light breeze. 12-17 degrees.
13 Swift (feeding over Hutton), Black-headed Gull (flew over), Little Egret (flew over), 8 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (flew south-east along Rayleigh Road from Hutton), 7 Skylark, Swallow (feeding over Hutton), 2 House Martin (feeding over Hutton), 20 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 19 Whitethroat, 10 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 Greenfinch, Yellowhammer [James Hudson]
Writtle, 04:30 to 05:10, Broken cloud
Cuckoo (Along river Wid, opposite Skeggs Farm. First heard calling on Sunday 15th May ) [Andrew Allen]
Friday Wood, 04:15 to 04:30
Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Nightingale [Simon Patient]
Monday 16 May 2022
Great Notley, 21:00 to 21:00, Fading light, fine and dry, warm
5 Swift (Possibly more. Low pass over village. No sign at usual nesting site. ) [Paul Everett]
Coggeshall, 17:30 to 18:45, Partly Cloudy, Only Highlights!!!
13 Swift (Around Graveyard.), Swallow (Seems to be hanging around near Graveyard.), House Martin (Above Graveyard.), Chiffchaff (Only heard.) [Zane Sargent ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Gadwall (Along Strood channel DU), 32 Swift (Strood DU), 3 Avocet (Strood channel DU ), 6 Swallow (Shop lane SE also 4+ holly blue, m brimstone, lots orange tip,red admiral ), 2 Chiffchaff (Shop lane SE ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Males Strood channel DU ), 4 Blackcap (Shop lane SE), Lesser Whitethroat (Shop lane SE ), Nightingale (Singing shop lane MC SE), 5 Yellow Wagtail (A pr meeting lane MT also painted lady, 3 Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Raven (Looks like the Kelvedon Hatch Ravens have fledged. At least four - presumed two adults and two juveniles - were active on the BT mast yesterday morning, with much calling and short flights. Today (May 17) there has been no activity and it is assumed they have dispersed. I have not posted news while they were nesting but assume it is OK now. The site is very secure.) [David Jobbins]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, warm, clear becoming overcast, SW wind, rising tide; 21 species in song
18 Swift (2 north, 16 over town), 2 Cuckoo (1 singing ), 4 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 58 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper (1 seen, 1 heard), Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow (10 north including a group of 7), 4 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 by cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 10 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 28 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 double hedge, 1 sycamore clump ), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), 2 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 15 May 2022
Wrabness, 13:45 to 13:46, Overcast and Drizzle
2 Swift (Over Garden ), 3 Turtle Dove (First time I’ve seen all three together.), 3 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Blackbird (Maybe more most Unusual ) [Peter Brittain]
Copford, 13:00 to 13:00
Nightingale [Emma Robinson]
Stour Reserve, 10:25 to 13:20, Cloudy, Only Highlights!!!
400+ Brent Goose (All over estuary.), 3 Stock Dove (Flew together over fields.), Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (All seen.), 5 Jay (Very noisy but all seen.), 3 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper [Zane Sargent ] Brent Goose at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Brent Goose at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Stock Dove at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Buzzard at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
The Naze at Walton, 09:45 to 13:00, Cool, windy. Slight drizzle just before and after visit. Tide quite high and rising.
8 Ringed Plover, Curlew, 11 Turnstone (All waders except Curlew were feeding along tideline.), 24 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, Kestrel, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 8 Whitethroat (singing) [Simon Banks]
Southminster, 09:00 to 15:00, Sunny with odd light shower
2 Cuckoo, Turtle Dove (Purring intermittently and showing well from power lines) [Tony Thomas]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloud/Rain, East wind.
30 Swift, Cuckoo, Kittiwake (Imm), 15 Common Tern, Buzzard [Gary A James]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
12 Swift (Flying around church ) [Phil Harling ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal Urquhart
4 Red-legged Partridge (2 Bowers hall farm, 2 Strood. ), Shoveler (Bowers hall marsh ), 8 Pochard (4 Oyster fishery, 4 Strood channel ), 26 Swift (Strood channel ), 10 Whimbrel (Along Strood channel ), Common Sandpiper (Off maydays seawall ), Hobby (Over on Langenhoe behind pewit Island ), Sedge Warbler (Along Strood channel ), Yellow Wagtail (Bowers hall marsh ), 4 Yellowhammer (2prs Bowers hall seawall ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday Wood, 07:00 to 13:00, Dull, cloud, drizzle
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck (pair), 4 Mallard, 4 Cuckoo (including one female), 2 Stock Dove, Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Tawny Owl (calling at 11.25), Kingfisher (along river south of wood), 18 Rook (Abberton Manor), Raven, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 12 Garden Warbler (singing males southern area of wood and Berechurch ), Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 13 Nightingale (singing males, at least 32 singing males in general area), Siskin (flew over Berechurch Marsh calling), 2 Reed Bunting [Andrew Goodey]
Billericay, 06:50 to 08:30, organised morning walk around Lake Meadows park
10 Mallard (inc pale yellow duckling), 2 Swift, 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 3 young), Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 2 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 2 Nuthatch (possibly more), Chaffinch [Ben Mapp]
Saturday 14 May 2022
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 19:00 to 19:30, Fine, slight breeze
4 Canada Goose (1 pair with 1 gosling plus a lone adult.), 2 Mute Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose (Pair and 3 young), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Black-headed Gull (+ and 4 chicks on Island), 17 Common Tern (nesting on island), Chiffchaff (Heard), 16 Tufted Duck [Paul Everett]
Copford, 17:00 to 18:00
Cuckoo, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [Emma Robinson]
Stanway Green, 11:00 to 16:30, sightings from Colchester Zoo, mainly flyovers
3 Canada Goose, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 8 Buzzard (+), 20 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (males in nature area), Whitethroat (nature area), 4 Greenfinch [Ben Mapp]
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 11:30, AF= Andy field, DU = Dougal Urquhart
2 Grey Partridge (Maydays MC ), 4 Swift (Express drive SE), 2 Cuckoo (1 Male shop lane seawall AF , 1 maydays DU ), 4 Whimbrel (Coopers beach saltings AF), 2 Common Tern (Off maydays DU ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Shop lane to meeting lane AF), 11 Buzzard (1 Shop lane to meeting lane AF , 10+ over on Langenhoe DU), Hobby (Over on Langenhoe DU), 6 Reed Warbler (Maydays DU ), 8 Whitethroat (Shop lane to meeting lane AF ), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Entrance to reeves hall farm from galv gate SE), Corn Bunting (Maydays DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Maldon, 10:00 to 15:00
20 Swift (pair entered nesting space in high street building), Red Kite (seen over St.Peter's Hospital (am) & over my garden (pm)), 2 Buzzard (pair circling over maldon seen from my garden), Peregrine Falcon (seen over fullbridge heading towards heybridge) [Tony Kennelly]
Langford, near Maldon, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, warm
7 Mallard (mother still with six ducklings), 2 Cuckoo (at least; one seen close-to in trees along canal before being chased off by jackdaw with a second heard calling at the same time; another seen later in the canal trees from Ulting Lane), Grey Heron, Buzzard (heard, not seen), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (heard, not seen), 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat (at least) [Stephen Shelley]
Beckton, 07:30 to 10:30, Sun/Cloud Light wind
Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 15 Common Tern, Buzzard, Skylark [Gary A James]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:00, warm, SW breeze, clear, rising tide; 24 species in song
3 Swift (In off), Cuckoo (Singing ), 5 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (On Walton Hall Marshes, just south of main east-west drain, first spring birds here for me since 2017), 4 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 cricket pitch, 1 decoy ponds, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 3 Blackcap (Singing ), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 28 Whitethroat (Singing ), Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (East of decoy ponds), Nightingale (Singing Sunny Point ), 4 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 05:00 to 06:30
Cuckoo (singing male by othona), 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (2 fast hunting flights through), Kestrel (female on the chapel), Lesser Whitethroat (singing male near to the pond), Wheatear (female on pillbox between carpark & Obs), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Corn Bunting [Tony Kennelly]
Latchingdon, 04:35 to 04:40
Little Owl (on telegraph pole between fambridge road & LADS) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 13 May 2022
Great Totham, 16:20 to 16:25
3 Swift (Feeding. First over village this year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:30 to 15:45, Sunny, warm but fresh west wind. Lots of hairy dragonflies and small heath butterflies. Tide going out
Brent Goose (Brandy Hole), 8 Pochard (in the borrowdyke down from 36 last week), Cuckoo, 6 Great Crested Grebe (on the Crouch), Whimbrel, 2 Common Tern (fishing in borrowdyke), Arctic Tern (fishing with the common terns), Swallow, Corn Bunting (on territory) [Alan Shearring]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, breezy. Becoming sunny & warm. Plotlands.
5 Swift (At least.), 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, 13 Swallow (At least.), 14 House Martin (At least.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 16:30, Clear, breezy. High tide 11:55
Canada Goose (Margaret Hide), 4 Greylag Goose (Kingfisher Hide), 2 Mute Swan (From Crawshaw Hide), 40 Shelduck (At least From Margaret hide), 10+ Mallard, 2 Pochard (Kingfisher hide), 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, Little Grebe (Thurstable Hide), 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover (From Margaret Hide), 20+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern (Margaret Hide), 2 Cormorant (Margaret Hide), Grey Heron (Thurstable Hide), 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male by nest box by Crawshaw hide), 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler (Heard only), 6 Chiffchaff (At least throughout reserve), 2 Reed Warbler (Males, heard only at Kingfisher hide and pond), Blackcap, 6 Wren (Males at least heard only singing throughout reserve), Blackbird, 6 Nightingale (Males heard only singing throughout reserve), 4 Chaffinch, Greenfinch (Seen from Robbie's hide), Goldfinch, 3 Tufted Duck [Kevin Poulton]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 13:15, mainly cloudy, SW breeze, high tide just going out (short walk)
Cuckoo, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, 4 Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat [Sean Gregory]
Copford, 10:30 to 10:30
Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00, DU= Dougal urquhart
2 Greylag Goose (Cudmore Grove pond SE ), 4 Pochard (Cudmore Grove pond , plus 3 brimstone SE SE), 2 Avocet (A pr rewsells natural side lake DU), 2 Common Sandpiper (Rewsells saltings & natural side lake DU), 2 Common Tern (A pr rewsells natural side lake DU), 2 Sand Martin (Rewsells area), House Martin (Cross lane DU , 2 green hairstreaks firs chase garden DU ), Reed Warbler (Rewsells area DU), 6 Whitethroat (Singing cudmore Grove SE also hairy dragonfly SE), Wheatear (Rewsells area DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 15:30
Swift, Cuckoo (Female bubbling call heard), Turtle Dove (Purring but not seen), 9 Grey Plover, 12+ Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Hobby [John Thorogood]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 11:30, mild, brisk westerly wind, mainly clear, high tide; 20 species in song
8 Barnacle Goose (South, over sea), 12 Shelduck (South, over sea), Garganey (Male, Walton Hall Marshes ), Pochard, 11 Swift (In off), Cuckoo (Singing ), 14 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, Red Kite (North over John Weston Reserve and towards Stone Point ), 5 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 5 Willow Warbler (3 singing ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 6 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 27 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Spotted Flycatcher (2 Sunny Point, 2 sycamore clump, 1 John Weston Reserve, 2 east of decoy ponds, second significant fall in three days, other birds elsewhere on site), Nightingale (Singing below Sunny Point ), Redstart (Female, south of the new sea-wall), 10 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Thursday 12 May 2022
The Naze at Walton, 17:20 to 19:40, Fine, bright
Kestrel, 3 Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Swallow, Whitethroat, Whinchat (male) [Paul Everett]
Maldon, 16:15 to 16:15
Cuckoo (Calling. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Harwich, 15:45 to 15:45
2 Swift (Over garden, first for me this year), Buzzard (Also over garden) [Peter Brittain]
Laindon, 15:15 to 16:00, Sun, some cloud. Warm.
15 Swift, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 4 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:20 to 15:05, sunny, mild, sw winds
2 Goldeneye (females - LBC), Little Ringed Plover (LdLH ), Common Sandpiper (LdLH ), 2 Great White Egret (LBC), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail (lbc), Grey Wagtail (LBC), 2 Black Swan (Billets Farm) [Sean Gregory]
Shenfield, 10:30 to 16:30, Sebastian Avenue
7 Swift (1 flew south-west morning, screaming party of 6 early afternoon then 6 seen again late afternoon. Likely same birds), Red Kite (flew north-west at 16:20) [James Hudson]
Heybridge GP, 10:30 to 15:30, High tide c.10:30 - highlights (also 4+ Green Hairstreak & 2 Small Heath)
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ Still about), 10 Swift (+ Over Bentall Centre), 2 Cuckoo (Maybe a third calling male?), 20 Common Tern (+), Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 6 Swallow (+), House Martin (Just the one), 6 Cetti's Warbler (+), 10 Sedge Warbler (+), 10 Reed Warbler (+) [David L Smith]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:30 to 13:00, sunny, mild sw winds; tide high and outgoing
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Cuckoo, 4 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 2 Little Tern, 4 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (possibly two), Lesser Whitethroat [Sean Gregory]
Layer Breton, 10:30 to 12:00, Sunny, cloudy, dry
10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldeneye, Moorhen, Coot, 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, 2 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Goldeneye at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Skylark at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Heybridge Basin, 09:47 to 12:20, Tide high, cloud cover less than half, moderate wind, moderate temperature
30 Brent Goose, Pochard (male), 40 Common Tern, Kestrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 3 Whitethroat (singing), Greenfinch (singing) [Simon Banks]
Beckton, 09:30 to 12:30, Sun/Cloud SW wind
2 Swift, 500 Herring Gull (+. Mainly imms), Osprey (Over west @ 10.22), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 3 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 4 House Martin [Gary A James]
Westley Heights, 09:30 to 12:00, Sunny, warm.
Swift, 3 Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Swallow, House Martin, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 7 Nuthatch (From four nests. No sign of activity at the fifth.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:06 to 12:30, Fine, Bright
2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), Pochard (M), 2 Goldeneye (Female- LBC), Cuckoo (heard LBC), 18 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 M 1 F), 5 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (heard LBC), 2 Whitethroat, Reed Bunting (M) [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal urquhart Cudmore Grove county park by Dougal urquhart
4 Pochard (Pond), 8 Swift (4 over firs chase garden DU. 4 Empress drive SE), 5 Lapwing (Grazing fields ), 9 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 20 Dunlin, 7 Sand Martin (Cliffs), Sedge Warbler (Pond) [Stephen Entwistle]
Langford, near Maldon, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny and fresh
7 Mallard (female with six ducklings on shrinking pond in cow field), 2 Cuckoo (one seen perched and in flight, with at least one (possibly two) more also calling simultaneously), Little Egret (in flight), Swallow (in flight), Reed Warbler (in a willow tree along the canal, near to the stile into the cow field), 5 Whitethroat (at least) [Stephen Shelley]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 08:20, Also seen. Red Fox at Totham Pit.
Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, chilly.
Buzzard (Mobbed by male kestrel.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male. Mobbed buzzard.), Swallow, Garden Warbler (Singing male. Near Rookery Wood.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
Coggeshall, 07:50 to 21:00, Mostly Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
25+ Swift (Many around Coggeshall and possibly more.), 2 Cuckoo (1 near School and 1 at the Abbey. Both seen.), Sparrowhawk (Female flying low.), Red Kite (Flying extremely low and getting mobbed by Rooks.), 5 Buzzard (4 flying together.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 at the Abbey Farm and 1 at the River.), 2 Green Woodpecker (At the Abbey Fields.), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Low near the Abbey Farm.), 5 Swallow (Pair on school field and 3 at the Abbey Fields.), 14 House Martin (In the Main Village.), 3 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (At the River.), 4 Linnet (On school field.) [Zane Sargent ] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Peregrine Falcon at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , House Martin at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Song Thrush at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Song Thrush at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Grey Wagtail at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Ashdon, 07:00 to 13:00, Sunny
Cuckoo (Calling), Grey Heron (In flight) [Phil Harling ]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 10:29, warm, SW wind, clear, high tide; 24 species in song
5 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), Grey Heron (In off), 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 10 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing), 9 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 23 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (Double hedge), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), Whinchat (Below Sunny Point ), 4 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Lesser Whitethroat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 11 May 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 19:40 to 20:20, Sunny,All sightings from LBC, Only Highlights!!!
Little Ringed Plover (On causeway before flying towards LDHC.), 16 Common Tern (Photobombing Black Swan.), Yellow Wagtail, Black Swan (Distant but came close after a while.), Hooded Merganser (Male with Tufted Ducks originally before moving on it’s own.) [Zane Sargent ] Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Saffron Walden, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
20 Swift, 16 House Martin ((Approx)) [Phil Harling ]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
Cuckoo (calling Wivenhoe Wood), Osprey (low over garden and Wivenhoe wood mobbed by gulls, headed NE 08.20), Bullfinch (calling Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, overcast and cold
Little Ringed Plover, Black Swan, Hooded Merganser [Paul Chamberlain] Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal Urquhart seawall along Strood channel
20 Swift (Strood hill. ), 10 Whimbrel, Hobby [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 08:30 to 09:30, Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge (On autumn sown wheat field.), Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit.), Yellowhammer (Female. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, warm, strong and gusty SW wind, overcast; 21 species in song
24 Swift (12 north and great to hear 12 screaming over the town), Cuckoo (Singing ), 10 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Knot, 12 Dunlin, 3 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 4 Spotted Flycatcher (3 double hedge, 1 John Weston Reserve, always lovely to see, other birds also on site), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), Whinchat (Double hedge, briefly ), 2 Wheatear [Brian Combes] Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 05:30 to 18:00, Showers
Nightingale (Singing in garden early mornings and evenings) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Tuesday 10 May 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 20:00 to 20:30, Fine and dry
9 Egyptian Goose (One pair and 7 young), Mandarin Duck ((M)- LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair - LdlHc), Great White Egret (LBC), Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), Nightingale (heard - LdlHc), Pied Wagtail [Paul Everett]
TL7006, 19:00 to 19:05, Bit cloudy
Ring-necked Parakeet (Solo overhead, first one I've seen in Chelmsford ) [James Bremner]
Witham, 17:30 to 17:30, Town centre
Swift (then 2 later on ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Wrabness, 17:00 to 18:00, Sunny and warm
2 Turtle Dove (One showing well & display flight), 10 Sand Martin (At least ), 6 Swallow (Probably more ), 6 House Martin (Probably more), Lesser Whitethroat (By car park), Yellowhammer [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, ) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, ) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, )
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 16:00 to 18:00, Clear, breezy
3 Swift (Back over boxes. One day later than last year.) [Kevin Poulton]
Mersea Island, 15:30 to 17:30, From Maydays seawall (windy)
2 Greylag Goose (Over on Langenhoe marshes ), 33 Shelduck, 3 Curlew, Great White Egret (On saltings ), Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat [Stephen Entwistle]
Tendring, 14:55 to 15:00, Partial cloud, dry, light variable breeze.
2 Grey Partridge (In pea field next to Wolfs Hall Farm.) [Tony Faulkner]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:00 to 16:00, Bright and dry.
3 Swift, Cuckoo, 8 Ringed Plover (From sea wall.), Great White Egret (Summer plumaged adult from middle hide.), Hobby [David Curle] Great White Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 May 2022, (David Curle)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, mild. Light rain.
3 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit (Singing male.), 4 Swallow, 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. North end of the Old Park, near the pond.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males. ), Goldcrest (Singing male.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), Yellowhammer (Singing male. Car park hedge.), 6 Tufted Duck (Three pairs, Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Dovercourt, 08:00 to 08:30
Gannet (Looked very exhausted, someone must have reported it and it was taken into care.) [Peter Brittain]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:40 to 11:00, Cloudy, light to moderate SW wind, brief light shower.
2 Pheasant, 13 Greylag Goose, 33 Mute Swan (Adults, inc. one on nest and pair with five young.), 23 Mallard (Adults, inc. female with three young.), 30 Swift (+.), 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 40 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 7 Moorhen, 27 Coot (Adults, inc. two pairs with young, ), 10 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 7 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit (Inc, two feeding young at nest.), 9 Great Tit (Two singing.), 5 Skylark (Three singing.), 13 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), Chiffchaff (Singing.), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing. Five, Trout Lake. Two, Carp Lake. Four, Silt Lake.), 4 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing.), 11 Wren (Singing.), 30 Starling (circa.), 8 Blackbird (Two singing.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing.), 12 Robin (Ten singing), 4 Dunnock (Two singing.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.), 15 Tufted Duck, Black Swan (Carp Lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:15, warm, overcast with some light rain, brisk southerly wind; 23 species in song
24 Swift (8 in off first thing, 16 north ), Cuckoo (Singing ), Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 23 Dunlin, Buzzard, 2 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve ), Wood Warbler (Singing mid-morning John Weston Reserve, keeping to cover but showing well periodically, delightful), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 24 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Nightingale (Singing below Sunny Point ), 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Over), Siskin (North), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Bicknacre, 04:15 to 04:30, Dawn Chorus in full song heard from bed room window
2 Tawny Owl (Male and female calling to each other quiet close) [Paul Fletcher]