COVID-19:  New Government guidelines allow one person to meet one other person from outside their household outdoors - as long as they stay more than 2m apart. We are allowed to spend more time outdoors for multiple times a day with no time limit and are free to drive as far as we like to outdoor open spaces. Please continue to record your sightings whether at home or as part of your exercise. Also should you observe any rare species during this time it would be advisable not to post these at this time in order to prevent unwanted attention. By all means forward them to the county recorder or make a note to enter them when restrictions are lifted.

The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
  • Headline News highlights interesting birds categorised as locally scarce or where the EBwS requires full notes/descriptions
  • Reports provides the full details of the sightings submitted to this website as well as other records e.g. from the East London Birders Forum
  • Table provides the same information as Reports but in a tabular format
  • Photos highlights the latest photos that have been uploaded to the website

Amber indicates a local or uncommon species, red indicates EBwS requires notes, bold red indicates EBwS requires a description.

EBwS Headline Bird News

Wednesday 28 Oct
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Doddinghurst: 2 Ring-necked Parakeet
Abberton Reservoir: 15 Great White Egret, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Goosander, 1 Hooded Crow, 4 Egyptian Goose
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 10 Cattle Egret
East Mersea: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Cetti's Warbler
Tuesday 27 Oct
Wix: 5 Crossbill
Monday 26 Oct
Thorndon CP (South): 2 Crossbill
Thorndon CP (North): 1 Lesser Redpoll
Naze, The: 4 Crossbill, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow, 1 Firecrest
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury: 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Cetti's Warbler
Coryton: 1 Great Grey Shrike, 2 Cetti's Warbler
Abberton Reservoir: 20 Great White Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Goosander, 1 Black Swan
Sunday 25 Oct
Whetmead NR, nr Witham: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher
Vange Marsh RSPB: 1 Bearded Tit
TL9607: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great White Egret
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT): 36 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Spoonbill
Bedfords Park EWT, Havering-atte-Bower: 26 Ring-necked Parakeet
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Goose
Saturday 24 Oct
Naze, The: 7 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Cetti's Warbler
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon
Friday 23 Oct
Roydon: 1 Kingfisher
Westley Heights: 2 Lesser Redpoll
Langdon Hills NR EWT: 1 Lesser Redpoll
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 6 Cattle Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT: 7 Crossbill, 110 Redpoll sp., 1 Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Cetti's Warbler
Stow Marsh: 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Cetti's Warbler
Thursday 22 Oct
Rayne: 1 Crossbill
Thorndon CP (South): 1 Lesser Redpoll
Thorndon CP (North): 3 Lesser Redpoll
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Bittern, 20 Great White Egret, 9 Goosander
Holland Haven: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
Hanningfield Reservoir: 1 Raven, 1 Black-necked Grebe
East Mersea: 1 Honey Buzzard, 20 Snow Bunting
Gosfield: 5 Crossbill, 1 Marsh Tit
East Tilbury: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Merlin, 1 Kingfisher
Tuesday 20 Oct
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge: 3 Egyptian Goose
Maldon: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO): 2 Peregrine Falcon
Vange Marsh RSPB: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Bearded Tit
Rayne: 1 Raven
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary: 1 Great White Egret
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea: 1 Cattle Egret
Althorne: 1 Merlin, 1 Kingfisher
Monday 19 Oct
Good Easter: 1 Red Kite
Langdon Hills NR EWT: 1 Lesser Redpoll
Writtle: 1 Kingfisher
South Woodham Ferrers: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Grey Partridge
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers: 2 Cetti's Warbler