Please note there is currently a severe tick problem at Old Hall Marshes. Dog walkers should avoid and birdwatchers need to make regular checks to legs and avoid any strands of grass hanging over the footpath. This is a really bad infestation.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 17 Aug 2019
Alresford, 18:30 to 20:30
3 Hobby (Hawking above woods and showing very well), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 100 Goldfinch (Flock of 100 plus) [Chris Stuttle]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 18:15 to 18:30
2 Egyptian Goose (New for patch), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Linnet [David Pallash]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:00 to 17:30, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Kestrel, 15 Teal, 12 Oystercatcher (Lagoon.), 50 Avocet (Lagoon), 50 Ringed Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 50 Grey Plover (At least. Across from slipway, roosting on salt marsh. Many in summer plumage.), 26 Lapwing (Lagoon.), 11 Dunlin (At least. East of slipway.), 7 Knot (Roosting on lagoon with Godwits. Four in summer plumage.), 2 Turnstone (Flew across to Canvey side from near slipway.), 2 Whimbrel (At least.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of slipway. Winter plumage/ juvenile.), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Roosting on lagoon.), 16 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Lagoon.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult, from slipway.), 5 Common Gull (Slipway.), 1 Common Tern (Close to slipway. Many more across creek, roosting on wooden jetty.), 5 Sandwich Tern (One very close to slipway. Others roosting across creek; or in flight.), 3 Little Tern (Across from slipway, fishing saltmarsh edge & channels.), 4 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Including a still nicely coloured male having a dust bath in the slipway car park.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Flew over lagoon.), 30 Goldfinch (At least, landward side of bridge. Mostly juveniles.), 5 Greenfinch (Landward side of bridge.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:35 to 16:15, sunny, clouding over; breezy
2 Great White Egret (Hide Bay Hide), 2 Red-crested Pochard (male + female, Wigborough bay), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Ring-necked Duck (male eclipse LdLH c'way SE corner), 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay Hide), 5 Common Sandpiper (at least), 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank (Gwen's Hide), 1 Whimbrel (Wigborough Bay), 2 Mediterranean Gull (juveniles Gwen's Hide), 2 Swift, 1 Wheatear (Wigborough Bay), 5 Yellow Wagtail (at least) [Mark Gregory]
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Raven (Calling from BT mast), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (At least.), 10 House Martin (At least.), 4 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 07:45 to 11:00
1 Raven (Flew over Sand pit Lane northwards calling (probably one of the Kelvedon Hatch birds)), 1 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (Group of 4, & 2 together. Lots of calling going on), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 2 Willow Warbler (1 in swallows just west of Sand pit Lane, & 1 at South Weald Cricket ground), 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 3 Swift, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Two large mobile tit flocks. One in the valves are and the other in the sandpits) [Andrew Stroud]
Friday 16 Aug 2019
Holland Haven, 14:15 to 15:30, rather wet & windy!
2 Willow Warbler (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 15 Avocet (most juvs), 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [Liz Huxley]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:35 to 11:35, Overcast, moderate SW wind.
8 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 21 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk (Males, up together.), 17 Moorhen, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby (Perched by Gadwall Lake.), 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 12:15, Clouding over, breeze picking up, starting to rain at end of visit
8 Little Egret (Hide Bay), 2 Great White Egret (Hide Bay), 3 Cattle Egret (Adult in breeding plumage, 2 juveniles all in tree south west of LDLHC), 1 Egyptian Goose (In flight in Hide Bay), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (On reservoir bank, south-east corner of LDLHC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (On reservoir bank, south-east corner of LDLHC with coot and tufted duck), 2 Ringed Plover (One on north side of Hide Bay, one in Wigborough Bay), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (At least, in Wigborough Bay), 1 Greenshank (Wigborough Bay), 4 Green Sandpiper (North side of Hide Bay), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Distant, on bund to left of viewing screen in Wigborough Bay), 2 Common Sandpiper (North side of Hide Bay), 1 Common Gull (Wigborough Bay), 1 Swift (Many over reservoir with swallows and sand martins), 4 Stock Dove (North side of Hide Bay) [Paul Hargreaves]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:15 to 13:15, SW breeze, overcast, light showers pm. Sightings with Brenda.
7 Common Sandpiper (Rawl hide.), 1 Greenshank (Rawl hide.), 50 Swift (Circa.), 20 House Martin (Circa.), 100 Sand Martin (Plus. ), 1 Turnstone (Point hide.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak hide.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Oak hide.), 3 Little Grebe (Oak hide.), 15 Red-crested Pochard (Circa. Oak hide.), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Point hide.), 1 Common Tern, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing (Oak hide.) [David Hale] Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 10:15, Cloudy, warmish. Breezy.
5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swallow (At least. Feeding over Westley Heights, often at ground level. Many juvs.), 30 House Martin (At least. Feeding over Westley Heights. Mostly higher up than the swallows.), 1 Sand Martin (At least one among the other hirundines.), 1 Whitethroat (Male.), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Male & female.), 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 10 Goldfinch (Several juvs.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:55 to 09:35, And 11:35 to 11:55. Overcast, moderate SW wind.
26 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two juveniles.), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Swift, 40 Swallow (+.), 50 House Martin (+. Circa twenty moved SW.), 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, W1-SW5, cloudy, rain from early pm. Selected totals, movement to south
15 Willow Warbler (influx on undercliff early am), 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Skua [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 15 Aug 2019
The Hythe, Colchester, 17:30 to 19:15, Dry and calm, lagoon bone dry
2 Peregrine Falcon (Both sat on tallest pylon, looked like male and female from distance), 24 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Being mobbed by a crow), 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Swift, 7 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 100 Starling, 2 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing [Matt Turner] Buzzard at The Hythe, Colchester on 15 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Sparrowhawk at The Hythe, Colchester on 15 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 17:00 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron [Andrew Cox]
Sudbury, Suffolk, 12:00 to 14:00, cloudy then sunny; breezy
8 Mute Swan (pair + 4 cygnets & pair: all records GLEMSFORD PITS), 20 Moorhen (including 8 juvs + 2 small chicks), 1 Herring Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (one juv.), 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Tit (+), 1 Whitethroat (juv), 1 Nuthatch (calling), 2 Bullfinch (juvs) [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:50 to 13:15, Cloudy, sunny intervals, fresh W. wind. Lots of hirundine and warbler movement. With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Large lake.), 23 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Tern, 3 Swift, 1 Kingfisher (Male.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 100 Sand Martin (circa. Two separate flocks during visit, most feeding low over lake.), 3 Swallow, 150 House Martin (+. Three separate flocks during visit, most feeding high over lakes.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+. Among mixed warbler flock.), 5 Willow Warbler (+. Conservative estimate. Among mixed warbler flock moving E to W along hedgerows.), 40 Chiffchaff (circa. Conservative estimate. Had counted 13 individuals before encountering mixed warbler flock working their way W along hedgerows.), 2 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat (+. Conservative estimate. Among mixed warbler flock moving W. along hedgerows.), 1 Song Thrush [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 14:00, Cloudy, stiff W breeze, high tide
10 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 35 Avocet, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 8 Ruff, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 12 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper, 40 Common Tern (about 30% juveniles), 1 Wheatear, 2 Bearded Tit [John McLaughlin]
Wrabness, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast and windy
12 Sand Martin (C12 + 3 young at the entrance of a hole), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 15 Goldfinch (Adults with young), 1 Buzzard (Calling,over car park.) [Peter Brittain]
Chigborough Lakes, 08:40 to 10:50, And 13:15 to 14:00. Overcast, becoming brighter, fresh W. wind. With Graham Barber.
3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Willow Warbler (Possibly two. Brief song heard.), 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 12:30, Overcast, W wind, rising tide
33 Yellow-legged Gull, 105 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 114 Ringed Plover, 165 Dunlin, 48 Lapwing, 11 Knot (All grey birds bar one), 48 Grey Plover, 3567 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Juv), 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Little Grebe (Plus one downy young), 97 Shelduck (Plus a crèche of four), 5 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SW1-4, selected totals, movement to south
12 Mediterranean Gull (including three juveniles), 1 Tree Pipit (@ 1302) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 14 Aug 2019
TL7006, 17:30 to 17:45, no rain after heavy showers
6 Swift (Birds low over Central Park, Chelmsford as the storm clouds cleared briefly), 3 House Martin [Andrew Stroud]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy turning to rain. All sightings from walk to 1st hide, all waders on Scrape
8 Skylark (+ In second field), 40 Starling (+ mobile ), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Pied Wagtail, 6 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (Female and large ducklings), 1 Greenfinch (Car park area), 1 Goldfinch (On feeders at car park), 1 Robin (Near feeders at car park), 12 Curlew (+ Overhead dropping into field to far left of hide) [Paul Fletcher] Common Sandpiper at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 14 Aug 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Wood Sandpiper at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 14 Aug 2019, (Paul Fletcher)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry, warm and overcast
4 Common Sandpiper (At least), 2 Greenshank (On West shore), 1 Snipe (On West shore), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Female type & juv on South shore) [Brian Bolton] Greenshank at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Greenshank at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Snipe at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Rayne, 06:45 to 06:45, Clear sunny
1 Tree Pipit (One flew over village calling three times) [Andrew Goodey]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SW1-6, rain setting in during pm. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
2 Black-tailed Godwit (a scarce seawatch record), 21 Redshank (a good day total), 2 Arctic Skua (offshore @ 0600 then north, my first autumn birds), 1 Fulmar (north), 1 Black Tern (@ 1354), 1 Kittiwake (north), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit (@ 0707), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 131 Swift [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 13 Aug 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:30 to 19:00
7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank [Matt Turner]
Wrabness, 16:00 to 17:30, Sunny and pleasant
2 Turtle Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 8 Pied Wagtail, 30 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Goldfinch [David Allen]
Tilbury, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunshine, some cloud, warm with SW 3 breeze, ebbing/low tide
1975 Avocet (on foreshore from Coalhouse Fort to Mucking Bay, counted from Cliffe), 58 Grey Plover (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, counted from Cliffe), 120 Curlew (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, counted from Cliffe), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, one flying across to Higham Bight), 210 Black-tailed Godwit (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, before arrival of roosting birds from Cliffe) [Murray Orchard]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:30 to 17:00, Sun and cloud.
1 Wheatear (Along river wall.), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Whinchat (Along fence line between hides two and three.), 1 Kestrel (Hide one.), 3 Buzzard [David Curle] Wheatear at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Corn Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Whinchat at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Whinchat at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Kestrel at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 11:30 to 13:30, High Tide. Also 3 Clouded Yellows.
150 Canada Goose, 30 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, 6 Pochard (2FF + 4Y), 15 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 50 Swallow (Minimum), 100 Yellow Wagtail (Minimum), 2 Wheatear [Mike Harris]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 11:00 to 15:00, High tide SW breeze sunny. 5 Southern migrant hawkers
12 Swallow, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby (chasing a pied wagtail unsuccessfully around scrape), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Marsh Harrier (one with red wing tags, to far away to read.), 2 Whinchat, 1 Ruff, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 10 Teal, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Avocet, 3 Wheatear [Alan Shearring]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, sunning spells, 18c
1 Common Sandpiper (From a boat trip out nr Horsey Island), 8 Barnacle Goose (Horsey Island) [Ron Colson] Common Sandpiper at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Common Sandpiper at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Barnacle Goose at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Barnacle Goose at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:50 to 16:50, Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze, max 24c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Wheatear (Juveniles, Billets Farm.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Billets Farm.), 10 Swallow (Circa. Pair with 2 juveniles Billets Farm.), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide, far bank.), 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail (LBC.), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay hide, 1 Wig Bay screen.), 8 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 50 Sand Martin (Circa, Billets Farm.), 1 Ruff (Gwens hide.), 12 Egyptian Goose, 3 Greenshank, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Pair, Wig Bay screen.), 12 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay screen.), 2 Buzzard (2 Brown Hare.), 3 Kestrel (1 juvenile Gannet, fly over on route at Maldon.), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (LDHC.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 12 Stock Dove (At least.) [David Hale]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:10 to 11:15, Sunny, warm, light to fresh W. wind.
10 Little Grebe (Inc. two young.), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one juvenile.), 3 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret (Nine Pochard Lake, seven Main Lake.), 25 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard (Heard only.), 16 Moorhen, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch (Male.), 1 Greenfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:50 to 09:10, Sunny, light W. wind.
21 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two juveniles.), 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin (circa.), 7 Swallow, 30 House Martin (circa.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
South Woodham Ferrers, 07:15 to 08:15, Clear overnight and a clear sunny early morning.
6 Lesser Whitethroat (One adult and five juveniles working the hawthorn and brambles around Saltcoats marsh.), 8 Reed Warbler (Saltcoats marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Saltcoats marsh. Three calling birds in three separate areas.), 1 Buzzard (Saltcoats grazing meadows) [Robert Pease]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry and sunny & chilly
6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turtle Dove (On usual wires then flushed by Sparrowhawk) [Brian Bolton]
Monday 12 Aug 2019
Wix, 15:30 to 16:00, Overcast
1 Cuckoo (Juv flew along back of gardens ), 1 Hobby (Regularly 1 or 2 about for last couple of weeks), 1 Yellow Wagtail (+ Still about) [James Davidson]
Wrabness, 14:00 to 15:00, Fine - walking Essex Way
10 Lapwing (River Stour - low tide), 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Whitethroat [Stuart Anderson]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 09:30, Broken cloud then heavy rain with nil visibility, HT
5 Common Tern (Single flock up river), 1 Arctic Tern (Up river with Common a Tern flock) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 18:30, SW-NW1-3, occ showers. Selected totals movement to south. Early morning arrival of warblers on the undercliff
23 Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 102 Sand Martin, 55 Swallow, 205 Swift, 30 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 24 Golden Plover [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 11 Aug 2019
Mistley, 19:00 to 20:30, From Quay and walls
7 Greenshank, 80 Turnstone, 7 Common Tern (4 adult, 3 juv), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Swan [Matt Turner]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:00 to 18:30, Sightings from bridge and splodge
2 Green Sandpiper (Feeding on splodge), 3 Common Sandpiper (Bathing and preening east of bridge), 2 Hobby (High to the west, looked in hunting mode - lots of swallows around.), 1 Swift [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:40 to 16:30, Warm but very windy
8 Egyptian Goose (7 LBC, 1 Island Hide ), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (On bank E of LDLH), 1 Shelduck (Juvenile at Wig Bay), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Females E of LBC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (With Tufted Ducks close in at SE end of LDLH), 2 Great White Egret (One either side of LBC), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay), 2 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (2 LBC, 1 distant from Island Hide), 30 Stock Dove (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Whitethroat (Scrub near VC) [Ben Mapp]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny and breezy
1 Great White Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30 Egyptian Goose [Yvonne Watling]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 12:30, Bright & warm with a breeze
1 Wood Sandpiper (Oak Hide), 5 Egyptian Goose (Oak Hide), 6 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak Hide), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Oak Hide), 1 Buzzard (Rawl Hide), 100 Tufted Duck (+, Fremnells Causeway), 20 Lapwing (+, Fremnells Causeway), 20 Common Sandpiper (+, Mainly from Rawl Hide, but also noted from both Oak & Point Hide), 5 Grey Heron (Rawl Hide), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak Hide), 5 Sand Martin (+, Fremnells Causeway) [Andrew Allen]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:15, Broken cloud, strong W wind, falling tide
91 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 5 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 2 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 8 Knot (In the managed retreat, including two juvs and four red birds), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat, bp birds), 3273 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat, including the first juv), 31 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 1 Dunlin (In the managed retreat, juv), 15 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 151 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Little Egret (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 35 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 129 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Mute Swan (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 63 Tufted Duck (Golden Gates), 11 Pochard (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 24 Canada Goose (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sun/cloud Sw wind
12 Common Tern, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 09:15, Warm, sunny
2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest (Tit flock on the Belvedere) [Andrew Stroud]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 10 Aug 2019
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:45 to 18:00, Sunny with strong SW wind.
5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail (one a typical juv.; the other a grey and white type with c8 Pied wagtails along muddy edge on W side of main pit. ) [George Brown]
TQ5893, 09:00 to 09:45
3 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldfinch (All birds London Road Cemetery Brentwood. Most sheltering in the lee of the conifers.) [Andrew Stroud]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SW7-9 occ showers. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
2 Fulmar (north), 14 Sandwich Tern, 24 Common Tern (north), 1 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 217 Swift, 2 Wheatear [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 09 Aug 2019
Mistley, 18:00 to 18:00, Mistley Quay. Sunny intervals, breezy. A cancelled train meant I missed the incoming tide along the Walls and most of the waders
1 Little Tern (Adult on the mud bar by the quay. Not seen this far up the river before), 4 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern (Over river), 100 Black-headed Gull (+ also a few Herring and LBb), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank [James Davidson]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 18:30, Windy, variable with some sun.
1 Wood Sandpiper (from Gwen Hide and LdlH causeway), 1 Cattle Egret (adult in dead tree on LdlH causeway with GW Egret and 8 little egrets), 2 Great White Egret (one LdlH causeway and one from Layer church), 4 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm including 2 young), 2 Green Sandpiper (Layer Breton causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (Layer Breton causeway), 10 Swift (Abberton Church over pumping station), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Abberton Church graveyard), 2 Kestrel, 12 Sand Martin (Billets Farm), 16 Little Egret [David Allen]
Tilbury, 10:15 to 11:15, Broken cloud, strong S wind, falling tide
22 Common Tern (Up river, largest flock 19) [Paul Larkin]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:00, Dry, sun & cloud, warm, 24c / 26c. SW breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
3 Garganey (Females in eclipse. Oak hide.), 12 Red-crested Pochard (Females. Oak hide.), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak hide.), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Oak hide. Far bank right of fishing lodge from the hide.), 16 Common Sandpiper (14 from Rawl hide, 2 from Oak hide.), 8 Shoveler (Oak hide, all females.), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Oak hide.), 1 Redshank (Point hide.), 1 Hobby (Over W bank tree tops.), 8 House Martin (Circa, distant from Oak hide.), 10 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 100 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 50 Great Crested Grebe (Circa, Rawl hide, far bank.), 100 Mute Swan (At least.), 2 Tufted Duck (Adult females one with 5 ducklings the other with 16 tiny ducklings.), 50 Mallard (Circa.), 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 12 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 10 Common Tern (Few juveniles.), 500 Coot (Plus.), 4 Egyptian Goose (Point hide.) [David Hale] Yellow-legged Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Tufted Duck at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Tufted Duck at Hanningfield Reservoir on 09 Aug 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:00, Cloud & sun. Warm.
3 Garganey (From Oak Hide.), 3 Red-crested Pochard (At least. From Oak Hide.), 17 Tufted Duck (Female with 16 young, RAWL Hide.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Oak Hide.), 1 Redshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper (Oak Hide, far right hand bank.), 4 Green Sandpiper (RAWL Hide.), 8 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak Hide.), 10 Common Tern (At least. Including at least one young being fed on raft.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, warm. Dunton Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 9 Goldfinch (At least. Including at least one juvenile.), 1 Bullfinch (At least. Calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SE-S5-6, rain clearing. Select totals, movement to south
389 Swift, 18 Whimbrel, 131 Oystercatcher, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit, 24 Grey Plover, 33 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 1 Little Gull (per Matt Lonsdale), 2 Black Tern (@ 0838) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 08 Aug 2019
TM1626, 18:45 to 18:45, Dry sunny warm
1 Hobby (Flying over garden towards Harwich ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Alresford, 18:00 to 20:30, High tide when I arrived, sunny and calm
1 Turtle Dove (Flew south over car as I got out), 1 Marsh Harrier (Distant south of river), 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (At mill pond), 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Grey Partridge (Flushed from near footpath, red tail and 'scaly' wing pattern visible - flew 50 yards whilst calling), 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Whitethroat, 150 Goldfinch (Lovely flock flying around wild meadow farmland), 40 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 5 Stock Dove [Matt Turner] Greenshank at Alresford on 08 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner)
Stanford Warren, 17:45 to 18:30, Sunny
2 Kingfisher (Regulars on the fishing lakes, I dont think they are a pair.) [Mark Fisher]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 17:00 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Warm. All sightings from saline lagoon.
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Lapwing (At least.), 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Curlew (At least. Roosting on the dry flood.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:45 to 17:15, sunny and warm strong wind
14 Yellow Wagtail (minimum, + birds calling all around.Billets farm screen), 2 Common Sandpiper (billets farm screen), 4 Garganey (eclipsed birds, 1 male +3 fem/juv wigborough bay hide), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (wig' bay hide), 1 Greenshank (wig' bay hide), 2 Little Ringed Plover (wig' bay hide), 7 Cattle Egret (1 full breeding plumage, 2 adults, 1 non breeding and 3 juveniles LDLH causway), 1 Green Sandpiper (LDLH causeway) [Ashley Gooding]
Stow Marsh, 13:00 to 16:00, Hot, low tide SW wind picking up. Egg laying pair of southern migrant hawkers.
94 Swallow (heading low south including a flock of 91), 1 Dunlin (summer plumage), 1 Wheatear, 5 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 28 Stock Dove, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Yellow Wagtail (along seawall), 400 Starling (flock on the saltmarsh), 380 Redshank, 3 Buzzard, 1 Raven (soaring with one of the buzzards) [Alan Shearring]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 11:30 to 13:05, Sunny, hot, variable SW breeze. With Graham Barber.
1 Tufted Duck (Female with circa 17 recent young.), 5 Little Grebe (+.), 23 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (circa.), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (+.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:45 to 17:00, + up to 7 SOUTHERN MIGRANT HAWKER DRAGONFLIES
53 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult moulting), 400 Grey Plover, 45 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot (juvenile), 4 Dunlin, 1 Coal Tit, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel [Steve Grimwade]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:00, Hot/ Tide Out
2 Turtle Dove (Heard Only), 12 Sand Martin (c 12 still feeding young), 2 Goldfinch, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker (Juv), 1 Jay, 4 Swallow, 6 House Martin [Peter Brittain]
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:00 to 10:15, Dry, sunny with patchy high cloud. Wind SW.
8 Buzzard (Obvious easterly passage with two parties (of four and three) high with resident bird at lower altitude) [David Jobbins]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Light winds, hot, sunny & clear
6 Cattle Egret (3 adults and 3 juveniles west of de la Haye causeway), 21 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret (Feeding together by inlet near pumping station (north end)), 578 Pochard (Total count between causeways and west of Layer Breton), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ruddy Shelduck (Both moulting adults present but separate!), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kingfisher [Lee G R Evans]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:00 to 11:30, And 13:05 to 14:15. Sunny, becoming hot, variable SW breeze. With Graham Barber.
5 Little Grebe (Pochard Lake.), 1 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (+.), 8 House Martin, 3 Willow Warbler (+.), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Brimstone (Male.), 3 Purple Hairstreak (Thanks to Terry.) [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 13:15, Fine and sunny, light W wind, falling tide
12 Yellow Wagtail, 36 Yellow-legged Gull (In field), 107 Lapwing (In field), 26 Little Egret, 46 Grey Plover, 27 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 2322 Black-tailed Godwit, 71 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Buzzard, 64 Shelduck, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Stonechat (Male), 32 Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:00 to 07:30, Sunny and dry slight wind
5 Common Sandpiper (2 on East shore 3 on West shore), 1 Green Sandpiper (On West shore), 2 Common Tern [Brian Bolton] Green Sandpiper at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 08 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 10:30
1 Ring-necked Duck (Adult drake in eclipse plumage east of Layer de la haye cway), 6 Cattle Egret (2 adults in breeding plumage, 1 non-breeding plumaged adult and 3 juveniles), 1 Great White Egret, 3 Greenshank, 11 Common Sandpiper, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male and adult female), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Black Swan, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 350 Sand Martin, 16 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 60 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Wednesday 07 Aug 2019
Kelvedon Hatch, 16:30 to 18:45
2 Swift (over Ongar Road) [Andrew Stroud]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:30 to 15:30, Overcast and warm.
1 Garganey (From Oak Hide.), 1 Wood Sandpiper (On beach between Oak Hide and Fishermans Lodge.), 6 Common Sandpiper, 9 Red-crested Pochard (On beach adjacent to Fishermans Lodge.) [David Curle] Garganey at Hanningfield Reservoir on 07 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Wood Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 07 Aug 2019, (David Curle)
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, 09:00 to 11:00, sunny but breezy
2 Mute Swan (pair), 5 Gadwall (female + 4 ducklings disappeared into wooded marginal vegetation on my approach - my first at Goldingham Hall [Bulmer]), 4 Mallard (Belchamp Walter pool - 3 half-grown juvs), 1 Red-legged Partridge (Bulmer - in flight), 1 Sparrowhawk (juv male Belchamp Walter church), 1 Buzzard (calling juv Goldingham Hall), 7 Moorhen (fully grown juvs - 2 Goldingham Hall), 1 Little Owl (juv flushed off ground near Goldingham Hall), 2 Green Woodpecker (juvs), 1 Kestrel (adult male), 3 Whitethroat (juvs), 2 Bullfinch (near church - contact calls. Also Purple Hairstreak + 14 other spp butterflies and 6 spp dragonflies) [Martin Peers]
Felsted, 07:00 to 07:00, Dry
1 Hobby (Flying low along Bright Road in Flitch green) [Brian Bolton]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 23:00, Watched to 0620, then evening. Selected totals, movement to south
128 Oystercatcher (passage continuing after dark with at least five very noisy flocks noted up to 2300) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 06 Aug 2019
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 12:30 to 15:30, Dry, warm, sun & cloud, S breeze. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Marsh Harrier (Females, together.), 7 Avocet, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Lapwing, 3 Teal, 3 Swallow, 10 Goldfinch, 10 Stock Dove (Circa.), 200 Starling (Circa. In a tight flock working the meadow.), 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 10 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 8 Mallard [David Hale]
Lexden, 11:45 to 12:15, Sightings from Gathering Grounds NR whilst walking dog
1 Treecreeper (Heard calling several times), 1 Green Woodpecker (Called twice), 3 Swift (Feeding high above woods), 2 Sparrowhawk (Possibly 3. 1 juv calling constantly and seen in flight along with 1 possibly 2 adults circling above tree canopy) [Matt Turner]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 11:10 to 11:50, sunny but breezy
3 Great Crested Grebe (adult + 2 juvs), 3 Common Sandpiper, 30 Herring Gull (+ adults & juvs; also c50 Lesser Black-backed adults & juvs), 3 Reed Warbler (juvs noted at three points. Eight species of dragonflies.) [Martin Peers]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:00, Sunny and windy
4 Cattle Egret (Ldlh causeway ), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great White Egret, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig bay), 2 Little Ringed Plover [Yvonne Watling]
Langham, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny but breezy
8 Gadwall (2 ads + 6 juvs Broomhouse), 3 Teal (ad + 2 attendant fledged young - Broomhouse), 3 Tufted Duck (juvs @ lagoons), 7 Little Grebe (2 pairs + 3 juvs farm reservoir), 1 Buzzard (young bird calling), 3 Moorhen (adult + 2 chicks Broomhouse), 110 Lapwing (Broomhouse), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Broomhouse), 1 Common Sandpiper (farm reservoir), 5 Green Sandpiper (Broomhouse), 1 Common Tern (Broomhouse), 1 Kestrel (this year's young - Broomhouse), 2 Whitethroat (juvs), 2 Sedge Warbler (+ juvs), 12 Reed Warbler (+ juvs at Broomhouse flash), 1 Nuthatch (calling near church.) [Martin Peers]
Tilbury, 08:30 to 09:00, SW wind, broken cloud
55 Sand Martin (Migrant flock hawking insects over the fort fo 20 mins then moved off SW) [Paul Larkin]
Layer-de-la-Haye, 02:25 to 02:30, Dark, warm 17 degrees.
1 Tawny Owl (bellowing at me from next door's roof) [David Allen]
Monday 05 Aug 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 17:30, Sunny and pleasant.
4 Cattle Egret (2 adults and 2 juvenile LdlH causeway in roost tree with 7 little egrets), 1 Ruddy Shelduck [David Allen]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 16:40
3 Pintail (eclipsed at Irongate Flash), 4 Marsh Harrier (viewed from Old Hall but flying over Abbots Farm), 90 Grey Plover, 4 Spotted Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 16 Curlew, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Ruff, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 290 Greylag Goose, 8 Avocet, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 55 Common Tern, 3 Shelduck, 3 Meadow Pipit, 13 Oystercatcher, 15 Swallow, 2 Kestrel [David Allen]
Stratford, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (sat on west facing side of tower block on Carpenetrs Estate (visible from London bound train). They'r often on these tower blocks if you get a chance to look on your commute.) [Andrew Stroud]