The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Monday 27 Sep 2021
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 15:30 to 17:00
4 Buzzard, Kingfisher, 23 House Martin (Drifting south, whilst feeding), 3 Grey Wagtail (AW Plant) [David L Smith]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 14:45, Sunny, windy
Ruff, 4 Little Stint, 2 Greenshank [Jan Lewis]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:30 to 15:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Hobby (Adult & juv, again feeding over & around Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 13:00 to 15:00
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Raven (Calling), Firecrest, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper [David L Smith]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Cloudy, rain.
Hobby (Adult flying across the ridge field ( Top Meadow).) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 26 Sep 2021
Epping, 17:30 to 17:50, Sunny, mild, SSW2-3
30 Swallow (Tight flock, much twittering, looks like pre-roost gathering) [Roger Emmens]
TQ8282, 16:00 to 17:00
Brent Goose, Turnstone, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Razorbill, Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, Gannet [Steve Swinney] Great Skua at TQ8282 on 26 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney) , Manx Shearwater at TQ8282 on 26 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney) , Manx Shearwater at TQ8282 on 26 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 15:15 to 19:15
2 Brent Goose, 15 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, Water Rail, 5 Oystercatcher, 100 Avocet, 50 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 150 Curlew (roughly), 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (roughly), 2 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 150 Redshank (roughly), Greenshank, 4 Spoonbill, 14 Cattle Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 9 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 4 Bearded Tit, 10 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler (heard briefly), 3 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 40 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting [Oliver Cottis]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 16:00, Fine, overcast with some sunny periods
24 Mute Swan, 25 Shoveler (+), 15 Mallard (+), 7 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 38 Cormorant (+), 10 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, 40 Little Egret (+), Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 3 Starling, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail (+) [Paul Everett] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Lapwing at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Starling at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Teal at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:45 to 15:30, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy. Lincewood.
Sparrowhawk (Stooped at some magpies, which chased it. Also tussling with a hobby at times.), 5 Buzzard (Circling in the distance over Church Lane area.), 3 Hobby (Adult & two juvs hunting insects over Lincewood & adjacent fields/ hedgerows. Present the whole time.), 2 Swallow (Unmolested.) [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:00 to 14:00, Dull, cloudy, dry, light wind, incoming tide
American Golden Plover (Adult moulting ) [Jim Hume] American Golden Plover at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 26 Sep 2021, (Jim Hume)
TQ6779, 12:00 to 12:30
Ring-necked Parakeet [Steve Swinney] Ring-necked Parakeet at TQ6779 on 26 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney)
The Naze at Walton, 11:10 to 13:50, Fairly warm. Mostly sunny, but brief drizzle towards end. Tide high and rising.
Red-legged Partridge, 50 Brent Goose (Flew south close in), 7 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern (With Black-headed Gulls. Mostly clustered on shore, but a few flying around.), Cetti's Warbler (Singing in John Weston), Chiffchaff [Simon Banks]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 16:00, Cloudy with slight breeze
70 Avocet, 50 Golden Plover, American Golden Plover (Thanks to Jim Hume all waders seen on intertidal area), 10 Grey Plover, 30 Ringed Plover, 20 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, 10 Knot, 20 Dunlin, 10 Greenshank, Red-throated Diver (On river), Osprey, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush [Yvonne Watling]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cloudy, warm
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ groups of up to 70 birds all headed south), Eider (resident female), 13 Golden Plover, 17 Grey Plover, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Sandwich Tern, Guillemot (Off Stone Point), Gannet (immature far offshore), 2 Wheatear [Martin Richards]
Westley Heights, 10:45 to 13:45, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
13 Cormorant (Overhead, moving south.), Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 30 House Martin (At least.), Nuthatch, 3 Meadow Pipit [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:34 to 10:44, Little wind, some clouds, mist out to sea
8 Brent Goose (south), 25 Wigeon (south, high), 2 Mallard (north, high), Teal (flying south, low), Peregrine Falcon (Flew purposefully south close in at 9:42. Probable immature.), 10 Swallow (south), 37 Meadow Pipit (35 south, 2 in off sea), 20 Goldfinch (south, but just over land, so possibly a local movement) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:00
8 Gadwall (4 cudmore pond, 4 golf house SE.), 60 Wigeon (30 off cudmore seawall, 30 off golf house seawall SE.), 15 Teal (Off cudmore seawall SE. ), 200 Oystercatcher (Off cudmore seawall SE. ), 2 Grey Plover (Off golf house seawall SE. ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off reeves hall seawall Pye fleet DU. ), 197 Turnstone (Plus off cudmore seawall SE. ), Knot (Off reeves hall DU. ), Dunlin (Off cudmore seawall SE. ), Snipe (Off reeves hall DU. ), 12 Mediterranean Gull (Pye fleet DU. ), 7 Sandwich Tern (Pye fleet DU. ), 10 Common Tern (Pye fleet DU.), 2 Osprey (Both briefly together behind pewit Island pye fleet,leaving juv male still sitting on post behind pewit DU.), Sand Martin (Along pye fleet DU. ), 50 Swallow (Along pye fleet DU.), House Martin (Along pye fleet DU. ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 golf house path SE, 1 Strood fishing lakes DU. ), Blackcap (Cudmore Grove pond SE.), 6 Stonechat (Strood channel middle ditch DU.), Wheatear (Reeves hall seawall DU.), 10 Yellow Wagtail (Reeves hall/maydays DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, light wind, tide making
Lapwing, 2 Redshank, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Carrion Crow [Michael Davies] Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 26 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 26 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Lesser Black-backed Gull at Wivenhoe on 26 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 26 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 26 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 09:00 to 11:00
120 Golden Plover, 100 Common Gull (Behind plough ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Wren, Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Yellowhammer [Ian Tarbin]
Wivenhoe, 07:00 to 13:00, Dull, misty
6 Whooper Swan (All juveniles), Whimbrel (Alresford Creek), Green Sandpiper (Called over Alresford Creek), 12 Greenshank (Alresford Creek), Common Tern (Juvenile, creek mouth), 2 Osprey (One on Geedon Saltings eating a fish and another fishing on lower Colne at the same time, scattering waders.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Across creek around Ford Lane), Yellow Wagtail (Over Plumptons ), Brambling (Called a couple of times from hedge) [Glyn Evans]
East Tilbury, 07:00 to 11:00
Pheasant, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, C50 Shelduck, 81 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 14 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 300+ Teal, 4 Pochard, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, C300 Avocet, Lapwing, Grey Plover, C30 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 10+ Great Black-backed Gull, 10+ Herring Gull, 30+ Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 4 Jay, 7 Magpie, 4 Rook, 2 Raven, C20 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, C100 Swallow, C20 House Martin, c10 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 200+ Starling, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Robin, 3 Stonechat, 10 House Sparrow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Meadow Pipit, C250 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [Steve Swinney]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 18:30, S1-SW4 8-0/8, good vis becoming moderate. Movement to south unless stated. Selected totals
1325 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (1N in am, 1324S in 48 flocks from 1330-dark), 36 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 80 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Guillemot, 5 Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver (close summer plumaged bird), Fulmar (North), 30 Gannet (26 North, 4 south), 34 Swallow, Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Grey Wagtail, 311 Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, 14 Linnet (first movement for a couple of weeks) [Paul Brayshaw]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 06:30 to 12:00, Selected highlights
Water Rail, 19 Yellow-legged Gull, Gannet, 2 Raven, Sand Martin, Tree Sparrow (Found by Paul Wood) [Steve Grimwade]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 03:15 to 18:00
19 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 23 Common Tern, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Razorbill, Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 25 Sep 2021
Elmstead, 17:00 to 17:30, sunny
4 Swallow [Martin Gathercole]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 15:00 to 18:30, Fine.
Water Rail, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, Little Stint (juvenile feeding along edge at Irongate), 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Cattle Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler [David Allen]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 14:30 to 16:30, Sun cloud, still
Pheasant, 10 Greylag Goose, c300 Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Oystercatcher, c200 Avocet, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Cormorant, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 0 Goldcrest, Wren, 20 Starling, Blackbird, Robin, 6 Linnet [Steve Swinney]
Laindon, 12:30 to 13:30, Overcast, mild.
Buzzard, 40 House Martin, 5 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Dovercourt, 10:30 to 11:10, Fairly warm and sunny; tide high
Gadwall (Drake), 11 Sandwich Tern (Mostly by shore off caravan park. One tight group: two or three flying round. ), Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Simon Banks]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 09:30 to 14:00, Grey, sill
Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 10 Mallard, 10 Pintail, 20 Teal, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, 100+ Coot, Little Grebe, 5 Lapwing, 0 Grey Plover, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Cattle Egret (photo submitted), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret (photo submitted), 10 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, 2 Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 150+ Starling, Blackbird, Whinchat (photo submitted) [Steve Swinney] Cattle Egret at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 25 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney) , Great White Egret at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 25 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney) , Whinchat at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 25 Sep 2021, (Steve Swinney)
Broomhouse, Langham, 09:30 to 10:45, overcast
150 Canada Goose, 230 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 38 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 60 Mallard, 16 Teal, Water Rail, Little Grebe (juvenile), 6 Common Gull, 2 Little Egret, Raven (flew over calling and landed in distant field), 12 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting [Martin Peers]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
30 Teal (Maydays SE), Water Rail (Calling from cudmore pond AF.), 250 Oystercatcher (Off cudmore seawall AF.), 60 Golden Plover (Off reeves hall SE.), 200 Grey Plover (Off reeves hall DU. ), 157 Black-tailed Godwit (Off cudmore seawall AF.), 2 Knot (Reeves hall marsh DU.), 30 Dunlin (Off maydays/Reeves hall DU. ), Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall pool DU.), 4 Greenshank (Maydays DU. ), 10 Mediterranean Gull (Maydays/reeves hall DU. ), 2 Sandwich Tern (Off Stone point AF.), 3 Grey Heron (Maydays DU SE. ), Osprey (Am on fence post behind pewit Island DU, seen again 4pm on crewsfix post on geeden marshes SE.), Sparrowhawk (Maydays SE. ), 5 Marsh Harrier (Off maydays DU. ), 5 Buzzard (Off maydays seawall DU. ), Little Owl (Maydays paddock seen from seawall SE, ), Kingfisher (Cudmore Grove pond AF.), 3 Kestrel (Maydays SE. ), Peregrine Falcon (Off maydays DU.), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore/golf house AF. ), 6 Chiffchaff (Golf house AF, ), Lesser Whitethroat (Golf house AF. ), Starling (Leucistic in flock starlings maydays DU.), Stonechat (Stone point AF.), 2 Wheatear (Maydays/reeves hall DU.), 30 Meadow Pipit (Plus off cudmore AF,), 2 Corn Bunting (Maydays DU SE.), 2 Yellowhammer (Males maydays DU SE.), 4 Reed Bunting (Maydays SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 16:45
5 Red-crested Pochard (4 females 1 drake), 2 Goldeneye, Goosander, Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ruff, Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, 24 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, 5 Swallow, Reed Warbler (singing!), Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
North Ockendon, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast and cloudy, but warm
3 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 5 Wood Pigeon, Black-headed Gull (Flew overhead heading East), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw (Flew overhead), 2 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Wren, 20 Starling, 6 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, Goldfinch [Clive Tanner]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast, no wind, half tide
4 Mallard, 10 Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 6 House Sparrow [Michael Davies] Mallard at Wivenhoe on 25 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Wood Pigeon at Wivenhoe on 25 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 25 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 25 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 25 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Elmstead, 09:00 to 13:00, cloudy then sunny
8 Mute Swan, 76 Mallard, 85 Wood Pigeon, 7 Collared Dove, 8 Little Grebe, 15 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 7 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 185 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Wren, 110 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 9 Robin, 25 House Sparrow, Dunnock, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 12 Linnet, 9 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, 2 Tufted Duck [Martin Gathercole]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Cloudy, misty. Plotlands Top Meadow.
11 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 13:30
Goosander, Grey Plover (Juvenile), Ringed Plover, 110 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper (Juv in Peldon bay), 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 3 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Coal Tit (Singing Abberton church), 5 Swallow, Tree Pipit (Close to Abberton church, flew over calling then dropped in to grass) [Daryl Rhymes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 18:15, Misty early, then slowly clearing. Early watch then again from mid afternoon. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated
2 Common Scoter, Whimbrel (on GC with Curlew), Purple Sandpiper (on rocks, GC seawall pm), Mediterranean Gull (south), 6 Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, 4 Common Tern (South), Guillemot (offshore drifting south), 4 Gannet, 4 Jay (seemed to come in off early am through the mist - first for the year I believe), Rock Pipit (GC seawall) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:40, early mist gradually clearing then some sun, mild, SW wind, rising tide
Sparrowhawk, 39 Swallow (+, including a flock of 20+ in off, through the mist, feeding over the reserve before drifting south), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 9 Chiffchaff (1 singing ), 15 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat (Male and two females on the common ), 11 Meadow Pipit, 26 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Friday 24 Sep 2021
Hanningfield Reservoir, 18:00 to 18:10
Common Sandpiper [Steve Swinney]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:15 to 17:30
Common Sandpiper, 3 Great White Egret [Steve Swinney]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:00 to 18:05, Fine , warm, sunny
5 Canada Goose, 130 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Gadwall (2 Males in full plumage ), 2 Wigeon (Eclipse ), 4 Mallard (3 males in full plumage and 1 female), 3 Teal, Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Red Kite (Distant over Brent hall area), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, Tufted Duck [Paul Everett] Gadwall at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 24 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 17:00, Sunny light SW breeze
Brent Goose, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Wood Pigeon, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Avocet, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin, Little Stint, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 2 Bearded Tit, 6 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Wren, Starling, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Tufted Duck [Steve Swinney]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 12:00 to 17:00
8 Mediterranean Gull (7 on pier, 1 on sea - 6 ads 1 2nd-winter 1 1st winter) [Daryl Rhymes]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 11:30 to 12:00, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
Cattle Egret (Marina, left hand side. Perched upon a boat at one point.), 6 Little Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel (Mobbing the buzzard.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 11:00 to 12:00
Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Lapwing, Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper, Snipe, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting [Steve Swinney]
Colne Pt, 11:00 to 11:30
7 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 500 Starling, 2 Stonechat, Wheatear [Richard Allen]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:38 to 17:00, Selected highlights with Matt Turner, David Smith & Elaine & Steve Swinney
Red-breasted Goose (Presumed escape on Joyce's Fleet), Egyptian Goose, Little Stint (juvenile), 3 Spoonbill (other observers reported 5 birds), 14 Cattle Egret, Short-eared Owl, 3 Hobby, Peregrine Falcon [Steve Grimwade]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 11:15, Becoming warm & sunny. Breezy.
2 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Snipe, Green Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel (At least.), 7 Bearded Tit, 4 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (At least. Singing.), 2 Stonechat, 50 Goldfinch (At least.), Reed Bunting [Andrew Cox]
Alresford, 09:30 to 11:00, misty
5 Mallard, 6 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Wren, 3 Robin, 3 Meadow Pipit [Martin Gathercole]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, warm, light wind,
3 Little Stint (Very small and very busy amongst the Wigeon ) [Tim Hayward]
Fingringhoe GP, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
4 Greylag Goose, 8 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 6 Coot, Great Crested Grebe, 55 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Grey Heron, 45 Rook, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldfinch [Martin Gathercole]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, low tide, misty
13 Canada Goose, 12 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 26 Teal, 31 Avocet, 40 Lapwing, 20 Ringed Plover, 13 Curlew, 620 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 220 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 15 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, 5 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 57 Rook, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 10 House Sparrow, 10 Meadow Pipit, 17 Linnet, 9 Goldfinch [Martin Gathercole]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
Hobby (over garden) [Richard Allen]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Shoveler (Golf house pools SE), 30 Wigeon (Golf house seawall SE ), 32 Teal (7 Golf house pools SE, 25 Strood channel DU. ), Great Crested Grebe (Strood channel DU. ), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Off cudmore seawall SE ), 7 Turnstone (Off cudmore seawall SE), Greenshank (Strood channel DU. ), Osprey (On fence behind pewit Island MC.), 100 Swallow (Plus oyster fishery MC ), House Martin (Oyster fishery MC ), 10 Chiffchaff (Plus with mixed flock of tits in feldy view cemetery DU.), 5 Stonechat (1 oyster fishery MC, 4 Strood channel (1 fm 3m)DU. ), 40 Meadow Pipit (20 oyster fishery MC, 20 Strood channel DU. ), 3 Clouded Yellow (2 Strood channel DU, 1 golf house track SE., 1/2 water vole crossed the golf house paddock dyke SE. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 13:00, tide coming in, sunny
2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Pheasant, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 7 Mallard, 11 Teal, 2 Pochard, 15 Wood Pigeon, 7 Collared Dove, 4 Moorhen, 10 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 9 Oystercatcher, 110 Avocet, 10 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 330 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 12 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Cormorant, 44 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 7 Magpie, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 5 Wren, 6 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Tufted Duck [Martin Gathercole]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:00 to 09:30
30 Teal, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 5 Redshank, 5 Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Blackbird [Steve Swinney]
Elmstead, 07:00 to 08:00, misty
4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Common Gull, 2 Magpie, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, Robin, 6 House Sparrow, Dunnock [Martin Gathercole]
TQ6778, 07:00 to 08:00
Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Dunnock, Goldfinch [Steve Swinney]
Naze, The, 06:40 to 11:15, misty and cold first thing gradually lifting, NW wind, rising tide
8 Brent Goose, Grey Heron (South, just offshore ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of sycamores, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 15 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 11 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 9 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat (Pair on the common), 18 Pied Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, 23 Linnet, 28 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting [Brian Combes]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 06:15 to 10:00, Selected highlights
17 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Great Braxted, 05:20 to 05:20
Tawny Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Copford, 05:05 to 05:05
Little Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 23 Sep 2021
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 17:30 to 19:25, Clear sky, light W. wind. Sunset 18:53.
250 Greylag Goose (+. Flew in and departed during visit.), 46 Mute Swan (31 Trout Lake, 15 carp Lake. ), 11 Egyptian Goose (Carp Lake.), 2 Pintail (Females. Carp Lake.), 56 Little Egret (To roost on Carp Lake island, all just prior to dusk.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Male and female.), 2 Tawny Owl (Possibly three.), 2 Kingfisher (Possibly three.), Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 17:00 to 17:00
Redstart (1st winter male in gardens, Witton Wood Road) [Liz Huxley]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 14:30 to 16:30, Sunny with some cloud
3 Pheasant, 25 Canada Goose, 6 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, Wood Pigeon, 12 Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven (Pair on Grass Farm Lagoon), Wheatear, 40 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, Corn Bunting [Richard Mander]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:45 to 16:00, Sun & clouds. Warm. Breezy.
Water Rail (Calling.), 5 Avocet, 15 Lapwing, 23 Curlew, 138 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 11 Snipe (At least.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Saline.), 5 Greenshank, Great White Egret, 6 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher (Creek near sluice.), Kestrel [Andrew Cox]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:15 to 17:00, Dry, sun & cloud, W breeze, 20c. High tide sightings with Brenda.
500 Brent Goose (Circa. Off East end of island, seen from slipway.), 4 Wigeon (Females. All sightings on West end scrape unless stated otherwise.), 6 Teal (1 drake.), 50 Oystercatcher (From slipway over Canvey side.), 60 Avocet, 12 Lapwing, 3 Grey Plover, 50 Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew (From slipway. ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa on West end scrape.), Turnstone, 2 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 200 Redshank (Plus), 13 Greenshank, 8 Common Gull (Slipway area.), 16 Little Egret, Kestrel [David Hale] Avocet at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 23 Sep 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 23 Sep 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 23 Sep 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 23 Sep 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-tailed Godwit at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 23 Sep 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wrabness, 10:58 to 13:20, Warm, but wind rising during my visit. Tide high and rising. Sunny.
7 Brent Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Lapwing, Grey Plover, Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 32 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel (One male, one female), 7 Long-tailed Tit (One party - with Blue Tits and Chiffchaff), Chiffchaff (On reserve with LT Tits), Blackcap (On reserve) [Simon Banks]
Colne Pt, 10:00 to 12:30
60 Lapwing (+), 5 Golden Plover, 6 Little Egret (+), 2 Marsh Harrier (juveniles), 2 Buzzard (incl 1 juvenile pale morph - stunning bird!), 2 Kestrel, 20 Swallow (+ small groups S), 25 House Martin (+ S), 2000 Starling (+), Yellow Wagtail (S), 6 Meadow Pipit (+ S), 20 Linnet (+) [Liz Huxley]
Mersea Island, 09:01 to 17:00, MC = Martin cock
Osprey (Pm seen from maydays seawall MC), 4 Buzzard (Seen from maydays seawall MC), Hobby (Meeting lane MC), Blackcap (Meeting lane MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Strood channel Dougal urquhart
8 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 300 Golden Plover (Strood causeway end), 2 Greenshank, Merlin (Over Strood road ), 3 Stonechat (2 m 1fm east of firs chase (reed bed Corner )), Wheatear [Stephen Entwistle]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:00, Fine and sunny, WSW wind, LT
2 Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose, 201 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 21 Wigeon, 134 Teal, 5 Pochard, 17 Little Grebe, 1184 Avocet, 100 Grey Plover, 87 Curlew, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Gannet (Juvenile low over the foreshore up river), 4 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 108 Goldfinch, 7 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:40 to 09:50, clear, SW wind, warm, rising tide
3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Swallow (South), 3 House Martin (South), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, one escarpment, one north of sycamores, three in John Weston Reserve ), 18 Chiffchaff (seemed to be arriving through the morning, at least 4 with the tit flock and one singing), 6 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 11 Pied Wagtail, 32 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Naze, The on 23 Sep 2021, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021
Wivenhoe, 15:35 to 15:35
Gannet (Imm., flying north near football ground) [Keith Brooke]
Holland Haven, 13:30 to 16:00, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk
11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 200 Swallow, Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
TM1626, 12:10 to 12:13, Sunny warm
2 Hobby (2 hobby flying over house towards horsley cross ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 16:30, High tide c14:00 - Selected highlights
3 Brent Goose, Common Tern, Guillemot (Southern end of Geedon Bay - being attacked unsuccessfully by Marsh Harrier ), Red-throated Diver (Near entrance to Alresford Creek), Osprey (Hunting in Geedon Creek), 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard (Peak count), 3 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (+), Cetti's Warbler (Heard) [David L Smith]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:10 to 12:30, sunny warm, incoming tide
3 Avocet, 30 Golden Plover, 100 Grey Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint (Iron Gate), Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank (Iron Gate), 8 Greenshank, Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Sean Gregory]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:10 to 12:30, sunny warm, incoming tide
3 Avocet, 30 Golden Plover, 100 Grey Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stint (Iron Gate), Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank (Iron Gate), 8 Greenshank, Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Sean Gregory]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 14:00, Bright and warm
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Pintail (Females), 10 Little Grebe, Ruff (From Point hide) [Antony Braun] Ruff at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Sep 2021, (Antony Braun)
Walton-on-The-Naze, 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk
Eider (Long-staying female), Turtle Dove (1cy bird seen by John Weston reserve), Mediterranean Gull (Adult), Sparrowhawk, Ring-necked Parakeet (One flew north over the Naze (later seen by Darrell Stile) A Naze tick for me!), 2 Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Off cudmore Grove DU MC), 2 Shoveler (Cudmore Grove DU ), 2 Gadwall (Cudmore Grove DU), 100 Wigeon (Plus oyster fishery to cudmore Grove MC DU), 12 Teal (Cudmore Grove DU), Water Rail (Calling only from cudmore Grove pond DU ), 36 Avocet (Cudmore Grove DU ), Bar-tailed Godwit (Cudmore Grove DU ), 5 Sandwich Tern (Oyster fishery to stone point MC), 60 Little Egret (Cudmore Grove DU ), Kingfisher (Ivy dock dyke MC), 100 Swallow (Oyster fishery to stone point MC ), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Oyster fishery to golf house MC), 2 Chiffchaff (Oyster fishery MC ), Lesser Whitethroat (Oyster fishery MC), Whitethroat (Oyster fishery MC), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Oyster fishery to stone point MC), 14 Clouded Yellow (Plus on uncut grazing fields off tamac cudmore Grove seawall DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, low tide River Colne
Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, Little Egret, Jay [Michael Davies] Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 22 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 22 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 22 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 22 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Jay at Wivenhoe on 22 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Barrier Marsh
500 Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 15 Meadow Pipit [Richard Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:35 to 11:40, Clear blue sky, v. light SW wind.
Red-legged Partridge, 30 Canada Goose, 300 Greylag Goose (circa.), 46 Mute Swan, 18 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, 11 Wigeon, 55 Mallard, 7 Pochard, 5 Moorhen, 181 Coot, 16 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Jay, 7 Magpie, 14 Blue Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 18 Robin, 4 Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch (Male.), 6 Linnet, 8 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry and warm
2 Wigeon, 0 Pintail (No sign in poor light), 8 Teal, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (On fishing lake) [Brian Bolton]
Rayne, 07:00 to 10:00, Sunny, clear
3 Chiffchaff (One singing, one being chased by Robin), 2 Goldcrest (in garden), 10 Meadow Pipit (Over village) [Andrew Goodey]
Tuesday 21 Sep 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:30 to 18:00, Dry and warm
Pintail (Eclipse type with mallards (poor distant photos) ), 2 Common Sandpiper (Flew over), Green Sandpiper (Flew over) [Brian Bolton] Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Sep 2021, (Brian Bolton) , Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Sep 2021, (Brian Bolton)
Frinton-on-Sea, 17:00 to 17:00
Redstart (in gardens Witton Wood Road) [Liz Huxley]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 15:15 to 15:15
Grey Wagtail (S over Aldi car park) [Liz Huxley]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:30 to 15:30
22 Greenshank, Osprey (On post being harassed by gull), Red Kite, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Graham Barber ]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 12:00 to 16:00, via River Walk
Common Sandpiper (AW Plant), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite (Yellow wing tags - 4F?), 9 Buzzard (Peak count), Kingfisher (Heard only), Raven (Distant but size & diamond-shaped tail evident - first record for site? ), 3 Grey Wagtail (AW Plant ) [David L Smith]
Great Totham, 11:50 to 12:40
Sparrowhawk (Just N of Captain's Wood. Male mobbed by Jackdaws at 11:50 and again at 12:40. Probably same bird.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:30 to 10:15, Sunny, warm.
Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Skylark (At least.), 5 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 3 Stonechat (Pair plus male.), 5 Meadow Pipit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
15 Avocet (Pye fleet SB), 82 Ringed Plover (Tern Island off waldegraves SE), Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall pool SB), 8 Great Black-backed Gull (Tern Island SE), Osprey (9.52am still around midday, SB had it in front of pewit Island at 9.50am and MC had it fishing in front of oyster fishery at mid day.), Sand Martin (Strood channel DU ), 50 Swallow (Strood channel DU ), Willow Warbler (Firs chase garden DU), 5 Chiffchaff (Plus side of firs chase caravan park (we call flycatcher corner)DU), Stonechat (male Strood channel (firs chase end).DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, high tide
4 Mallard, 50 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret (Hard to photograph as behind a blanket of trees with only a small gap.) [Michael Davies] Mallard at Wivenhoe on 21 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 21 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 21 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Broken cloud, light variable wind, falling tide
6 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort), 54 Teal (On foreshore by the fort), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:40 to 11:00, mainly clear, becoming warm, light wind, rising tide
8 Brent Goose, 3 Sparrowhawk (One west, probably in off), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Hobby (South over the common, probably in off), 8 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of sycamores, 2 John Weston Reserve ), Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff (Two singing ), 17 Blackcap, 12 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 32 Starling, Redstart (Bird in same bush for the fourth day, a bit more showy today), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail (2 south, 1 over sewage works), 15 Pied Wagtail, 63 Meadow Pipit [Brian Combes] Naze, The on 21 Sep 2021, (Brian Combes)
Great Totham, 05:30 to 05:40
2 Tawny Owl (One calling earlier in the night then later, call and response. Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 20 Sep 2021
Wrabness, 14:00 to 15:30, Overcast
64 Mute Swan, 2 Wigeon (M & F), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 14 Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker (By second hide, drumming ), Kestrel, 60 Carrion Crow (Estimated, on shore.), Blackcap (F), 2 Dunnock, Black Swan [Peter Brittain]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 11:45 to 16:15, Cloudy, some sun. Becoming warm.
500 Brent Goose (Approx. Eastern end.), 112 Wigeon (At least.), 50 Avocet (Lagoon.), 160 Golden Plover (Approx. Across from slipway.), 180 Grey Plover (At least. Roosting on saltmarsh across from slipway. Later scattered on mud eastwards. Some still full SP.), 8 Ringed Plover (Lagoon.), 500 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Lagoon.), Dunlin (SP. Lagoon.), 28 Greenshank (Lagoon. Later a few on mud eastwards.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult with gull flock near slipway.), 8 Common Gull (Slipway.), 3 Sandwich Tern (Slipway area. Two adults, one juv.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
TQ6978, 11:00 to 13:00, Low Cloud. NNW0g5; 14c HT 12:45
2 Egyptian Goose (New Scrape), 6 Shoveler (1 Sandpit, 3 Fleet, 2 New Scrape), 19 Wigeon, 3 Water Rail (Heard in 3 distinct locations), 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 Fleet & 1 Sand pit), 17 Ringed Plover (New Scrape), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (New Scrape), Dunlin (New Scrape), Little Stint (New Scrape), Green Sandpiper (poss 2 New Scrape), Greenshank (New Scrape), Kittiwake (Adult Bird Thames mid channel), 13 Yellow-legged Gull (New Scrape), 4 Common Tern (upriver), 2 Sparrowhawk (Hi Over South), Marsh Harrier (Imm.), Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Yellow Wagtail (New Scrape), Rock Pipit (First of autumn) [Steve Swinney]
Birchanger, 11:00 to 11:00, Dull full cloud
Osprey (One over Birchanger Wood towards Bishop’s Stortford being mobbed by corvids ) [Andrew Goodey]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:30 to 13:30, Overcast - Wind North Easterly light 19c/66f
8 Brent Goose (Hamford Water), 10 Teal, 5 Avocet (John Weston reserve), 10 Curlew, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit (John Weston reserve), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimated - Hamford Water), 7 Sanderling (Stone Point), Great White Egret, 10 Little Egret, 3 Swallow (John Weston reserve), 5 House Martin (Naze Tower), 4 Wheatear (♀ Hamford Water x2 - John Weston reserve x2), 20 Meadow Pipit (At least with numbers increasing!) [Mick Woodruff]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:15 to 13:00, North wind. Walk around patch north then through Saltcoats and Marsh Farm home.
2 Water Rail (Saltcoats), 400 Lapwing (heading inland), Snipe, Spotted Redshank (Clements Green Creek), 2 Buzzard (resident birds), 6 Cetti's Warbler (in various locations), 9 Chiffchaff (one singing), Reed Warbler (Saltcoats), Blackcap, Goldcrest (in tit flock), 26 Robin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer (first for this site since 2014) [Alan Shearring]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, STROOD CHANNEL seen by dougal urquhart
200 Golden Plover, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1000 Starling (1 Leucistic ), 2 Stonechat (A pr ), Yellow Wagtail [Stephen Entwistle]
Colchester, 08:00 to 08:15
3 Grey Wagtail (moving around the river, Castle Park) [Oliver Cottis]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:15, Overcast, breezy, cool.
Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:40 to 10:30, overcast, northerly wind, mild, rising tide
7 Brent Goose (North), Guillemot (On the sea first thing, close in and drifting towards Walton ), 2 Grey Heron (West, probably in off), Buzzard (Low in off and west), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 south of John Weston Reserve and 3 in it), 4 Chiffchaff (1 singing briefly ), Reed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, Redstart (Female in exactly the same bush as Saturday - presumably the same bird - one of two on site today), Stonechat (On the common ), Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 52 Meadow Pipit, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 19 Sep 2021
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:30
Garganey (fem type ), 60 Lapwing, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper (juv.), Greenshank, 4 Great White Egret [Marsh Stitchman]
Mersea Island, 13:00 to 13:15, This is my 301 entry visit this year( isn't that sad)
2 Osprey (1 eating fish on post,another flying along pye fleet towards maydays watched by Dougal Urquhart ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:30, Also Clouded Yellow Lodge Lane
6 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover (Juv), 32 Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper (Juv Wig bay), 2 Green Sandpiper, White Stork (Soaring over causeways, presumably the Stanway bird), 22 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile) [Daryl Rhymes]
TM1132, 09:45 to 11:45, Selected sightings before high tide
25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Wigeon, 130 Avocet, 120 Curlew, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 250 Redshank, Common Tern, 30 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Large juv female harassing Shelduck) [Matt Turner] Wigeon at TM1132 on 19 Sep 2021, (Matt Turner) , Black-tailed Godwit at TM1132 on 19 Sep 2021, (Matt Turner)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
Shoveler (Eclipse male Cudmore grove pond SE,), 4 Gadwall (Cudmore Grove pond SE), 22 Wigeon (5 cudmore pond + 17 flyover SE), 2 Teal (Natural boating lake MC ), 25 Stock Dove (Reeves Hall marsh DU), 2 Little Grebe (Natural boating lake MC ), 25 Golden Plover (Strood channel DU ), 9 Ringed Plover (Rewsells marsh saltings , MC), Black-tailed Godwit (Natural boating lake MC), 28 Turnstone (Natural boating lake youth camp MC), Dunlin (Rewsells marsh salting MC), Common Sandpiper (Natural boating lake MC ), 152 Redshank (Natural boating lake MC), 2 Greenshank (1 Bowers hall marsh DU, 1 Strood channel DU ), 15 Common Tern (Pye fleet DU), 2 Marsh Harrier (1 Strood channel DU, 1 (red wing tagged presumed norfolk juvenile / Langenhoe DU.), 50 Swallow (Strood channel DU ), Whinchat (Strood channel DU ), 3 Wheatear (1 waldegraves seawall MT, 1 Strood channel DU, reeves hall marsh DU,), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Reeves hall marsh DU), 25 Chaffinch (Maydays grain barn SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Cloud/mist/no wind
3 Common Sandpiper, Iceland Gull (Adult), 29 Common Tern, Guillemot (downriver ), Little Egret, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:20, Cloudy, mild.
3 Green Woodpecker, 20 Long-tailed Tit (At least. From three mixed flocks.), Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:35, Sunny early, overcast later, light SE wind, HT
8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Greylag Goose (Mucking Bay), 261 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 28 Shoveler (Five on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 10 Gadwall (Four Golden Gates, six on the pit to the south of the tip), 26 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 93 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 70 Teal (Two each on Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip, the rest in the managed retreat), 7 Pochard (Golden Gates), 3 Moorhen (One Golden Gates, two on the pit to the south of the tip), 31 Coot (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Little Grebe (Five plus one striped juv on the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Singles Mucking Bay and the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates.), 38 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 16 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 82 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), Green Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), 81 Redshank (Mucking Bay), Sandwich Tern (Flying inland west over the tip calling), Guillemot (Mucking Bay), Sparrowhawk (Near the VC), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 4 Stonechat (Pairs near the VC and by the railway line), 75 Linnet (On wires by the VC), 33 Tufted Duck (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 08:00 to 11:00, Sunny / Overcast
Grey Plover, Curlew, 20 Redshank, 7 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 4 Bearded Tit (Juvenile and adults), 4 Wheatear [Matt Trevillion] Grey Plover at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Sep 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Bearded Tit at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Sep 2021, (Matt Trevillion)
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 09:15, Low water levels & lots of dead fish along the east side of LBC. Are the oxygen levels too low?
Garganey (Billets farm screen), 50 Wigeon (Wig Bay & billets farm), 60 Pintail (Wig Bay & billets farm), Ringed Plover (LBC), 20 Ruff (Wig Bay view point), Pectoral Sandpiper (Wig Bay view point, feeding with the Ruffs), Common Sandpiper (LBC), Green Sandpiper (LBC), 4 Common Tern (Over LdlHC seen from billets farm), 12 Great White Egret (Seen leaving the LBC roost at dawn), 40 Little Egret (Probably more, roosting off LBC), Marsh Harrier (F billets farm screen), 4 Swallow (Farm south of wig Bay view point), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Billets farm & Wig Bay) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 18 Sep 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:20 to 17:30, Light cloud. SE wind.
3 Shoveler (feeding together in shallow weedy water on W side of main pit), Little Egret [George Brown]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:00
100+ Wigeon, 100+ Pintail, 4 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay), 23 Ruff (Wig Bay), Pectoral Sandpiper (Wigboro Bay), 8 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (M & cream crown Billets Farm Screen) [John Slee]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 12:45 to 15:15, Dry, calm, hot & sunny, light breeze. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
4 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 6 Little Grebe, 30 Lapwing (Circa. ), 9 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank, 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch [David Hale]
Stapleford Tawney, 11:30 to 12:30, Warm sunny dry no wind
5 Stock Dove, 3 Red Kite, Buzzard, Kingfisher (All records EWT Hawksmere Springs reserve ), Great Spotted Woodpecker [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 12:15, sunny, few clouds warm
Garganey (Wigborough bay), Common Sandpiper (LB Causeway), 2 Green Sandpiper (LB Causeway), Mediterranean Gull (first winter - flew north from over LdLH causeway), 2 Common Tern, 18 Great White Egret (10 on the causeways, 8 Wigborough bay), Sparrowhawk (Wigborough bay), Marsh Harrier [Mark Gregory]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, from midday, clear sky and warm
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ mainly heading south in groups of 5 - 30 birds), 21 Grey Plover (flying south), 50 Ringed Plover (+), Bar-tailed Godwit (with Grey Plover), 2 Knot (with grey plover), 100 Sanderling (+), 100 Dunlin (+), 5 Sandwich Tern, Marsh Harrier (Stone Point), 2 Wheatear (on beach opp J W reserve) [Martin Richards]
Manningtree, 09:30 to 16:30, High tide c10:50 - downstream to Mistley Quay and then upstream above Cattawade Bridge
20 Ringed Plover (+), 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (+ inc 3 CR birds), 3 Turnstone, Dunlin (Escaped Peregrine's attentions), Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank (+), Mediterranean Gull (Roosting on fields behind Mistely Walls, with BHGs, then Mistley Quay, briefly ), 2 Osprey (1 distantly, towards Stutton, 1 briefly on pylon nr. Cattawade Bridge), 8 Buzzard (+), Kingfisher, 3 Kestrel (+), 2 Hobby (Upstream from Cattawade Bridge, Suffolk side), Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile chasing a Dunlin and possibly the same bird chasing Osprey off pylon) [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
2 Shoveler (Golf house AF), 20 Wigeon (Golf house marsh AF), 12 Teal (Golf house AF), 100 Grey Plover (Ivy dock AF ), 126 Ringed Plover (Ivy dock AF ), 100 Curlew (Ivy dock AF ), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit (Ivy dock AF ), 176 Black-tailed Godwit (Ivy dock AF), 140 Turnstone (Ivy dock AF ), 20 Knot (Ivy dock AF ), 62 Dunlin (Ivy dock AF), 150 Redshank (Ivy dock AF ), 6 Sandwich Tern (Ivy dock AF ), Osprey (Fishing in pye fleet 4.15pm off reeves hall SE), Sparrowhawk (Golf house AF), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Nr golf house AF), Wheatear (Ivy dock AF ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Ivy dock AF ), 20 Linnet (Stone point AF ), 2 Yellowhammer (Males maydays seawall SE), 2 Reed Bunting (Maydays seawall SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
30 Greylag Goose, 6 Shoveler, Pochard, 50 Black-headed Gull, 10 Cormorant, 5 Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Shoveler at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pochard at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 18 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Stanway Green, 08:30 to 08:30, Broken cloud. Only certain species recorded.
White Stork (One of unknown origin in its favoured field below the landfill site.) [Andrew Allen]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 09:00, Broken cloud, light SE wind, rising tide
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river), 6 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 28 Wigeon (Single flock up river), 40 Mallard (On foreshore in front of the fort), 59 Teal (On foreshore in front of the fort), 12 Avocet (East of the old P Stn jetty), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 7 Sandwich Tern (Up river with Common Terns), 181 Common Tern (Flocks of 26 up then down, 104 up river, 51 up high and SW) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:40 to 12:50, SE wind, mainly overcast first thing - gradually clearing, warm, high tide
83 Brent Goose (South in small groups), Pintail (South), Eider, 101 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone, 64 Sanderling, 256 Dunlin (Stone Point lagoon ), 10 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 9 Swallow (South), 4 House Martin (South), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 undercliff, 1 escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 north end of Walton Marshes, 1 decoy ponds and 1 500m north of them), 5 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Redstart (Female, just SW of John Weston in hedge on west side of new flood embankment ), 5 Wheatear (3 by tidal lagoons, 2 towards Stone Point ), 15 Pied Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit (Mainly south), 4 Siskin (South) [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 19:00, Initially light SSW1 then SSE, later E3. Good visibility initially then mod. Movement to south unless stated. Selected totals
553 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (good early push, flock sizes generally increasing as the day wore on), Shoveler, 383 Wigeon, 20 Pintail (8N 12S), 112 Teal, 23 Grey Plover, 45 Sandwich Tern (N), 49 Common Tern (N), 3 Arctic Skua, 33 Gannet (28N 5S) [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 17 Sep 2021
Great Totham, 17:30 to 17:30
Sparrowhawk (Harassed by small flock of starlings. Gt.Totham South.), Buzzard (Over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Stanway Green, 17:00 to 17:30
22 Canada Goose, 8 Teal, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Little Grebe, 90 Lapwing, 50 Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1000 Herring Gull, White Stork (distantly visible from the quarry for a couple of minutes), Buzzard, House Martin, Tufted Duck [Oliver Cottis]
Braintree, 15:00 to 15:00
3 Crossbill (flew over garden calling) [Neil Murphy]
Peldon, 14:00 to 17:30
Dotterel (Winter adult, photos by jack hoy ,seen briefly on track from his 4×4.we on mersea are keeping watching all golden plover & lapwing flocks on strood as it moved could still be in area.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Stanway Green, 14:00 to 16:30, sunny, warm
White Stork (seen well between 1550 and 1615, flew off onto landfill), Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 20 Carrion Crow (+), 2 Meadow Pipit (+) [Paul Everett] White Stork at Stanway Green on 17 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett) , White Stork at Stanway Green on 17 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett) , White Stork at Stanway Green on 17 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett) , White Stork at Stanway Green on 17 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett) , White Stork at Stanway Green on 17 Sep 2021, (Paul Everett)
Westley Heights, 12:00 to 14:30, Sunny, some clouds. Breezy.
Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 3 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Hobby (Adult, caught small unidentified bird, which it ate on the wing.), 10 Swallow (At least.), 15 House Martin (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00, Dry, cloudy, light wind, low tide River Colne
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Redshank, 50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 4 Magpie [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies) , Magpie at Wivenhoe on 17 Sep 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 20:00
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (With pale-bellied brent SE,), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Seen from seawall golf house over on brightingsea sewage pipeSE), 4 Coot (1 adult with 3 very young chicks,cudmore/golf dyke SE), 25 Golden Plover (Plus rewsalls marsh saltings SE ), 10 Grey Plover (Off cudmore grove SE ), 130 Ringed Plover (Off waldegraves DU ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Natural boating lake DU ), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (9 off cudmore grove SE, 4 natural boating lake DU. ), 30 Turnstone (Off cudmore grove SE ), Sanderling (Tern island off waldergraves DU), Common Sandpiper (Natural boating lake DU ), 114 Redshank (Natural boating lake DU ), 18 Mediterranean Gull (Off cudmore grove SE ), Hobby (Cross lane DU ), 70 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Calling & showed well golf house Barrow dyke SE), 2 Willow Warbler (Rewsalls marsh saltings from coopers beach seawall SE ), Lesser Whitethroat (Rewsalls marsh saltings SE ), Whitethroat (Rewsalls marsh saltings SE ), 120 Starling (Plus rewsalls marsh saltings SE ), 8 Wheatear (Youth camp playing field DU ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Youth camp DU ), 30 Meadow Pipit (Plus along coast off youth camp DU ), 150 Linnet (Rewsalls marsh saltings SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 15:00
Oystercatcher (Leucistic individual on Intertidal area.), c140 Avocet (On Intertidal area), 26 Greenshank (On Scrape at high tide. Numbers seen elsewhere on reserve would indicate higher numbers present.), 2 Sandwich Tern (Possibly 3 over the estuary), Osprey (Approached from the direction of Alresford Creek chased by a flock of Avocet. Hovered briefly over the river in front of Robbies hide, then flew off lazily over Geedon saltings towards Mersea. Posts along Pyefleet Channel checked for perched bird but no sign.), 2 Buzzard (3 seen by another observer together with a Sparrowhawk), Whinchat [John Thorogood]
TQ7090, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
Kingfisher (Was on the island opposite. Dived and caught a fish while we were there) [Les Finn]
Alresford, 09:00 to 13:00, Alresford Creek
10 Greenshank, Sandwich Tern, 40 Swallow [Richard Allen]
Thursday 16 Sep 2021
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 18:00 to 19:50
43 Mute Swan (27 Trout Lake, 16 Carp Lake.), 24 Egyptian Goose (Carp Lake. At least 21 flew north during visit.), 111 Little Egret (To roost on Carp Lake Island.), 2 Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Stanway GP, 15:40 to 16:00, Selected highlights
White Stork (Recently present bird showing well by rubbish tip), 2 Buzzard, 8 Mistle Thrush [Steve Grimwade] White Stork at Stanway GP on 16 Sep 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , White Stork at Stanway GP on 16 Sep 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , White Stork at Stanway GP on 16 Sep 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , White Stork at Stanway GP on 16 Sep 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 15:00, forgot to add it to my other list
2 Water Rail (calling at irongate) [Oliver Cottis]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 13:45 to 17:45, highlights
15 Shelduck, 60 Wigeon (roughly), 5 Oystercatcher, 50 Avocet, 20 Golden Plover, 50 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 150 Curlew (roughly), 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Little Stint (irongate), 3 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 150 Redshank (roughly), Common Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Spoonbill (presumably the Abberton birds, asleep on the far end of reserve), 14 Cattle Egret (12 with one group of cattle and 2 with another. Hard to count accurately as they move around a lot), 3 Grey Heron, 50 Little Egret (at-least), 4 Marsh Harrier (at-least), Buzzard, 10 Kestrel (all hovering adults at different parts of the reserve), Hobby (hawking dragonflies), 7 Bearded Tit (heard only), 3 Cetti's Warbler, Wheatear (far end of long walk), 25 Yellow Wagtail (roughly), 20 Meadow Pipit (roughly), 3 Reed Bunting [Oliver Cottis]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 12:15 to 14:15
8 Egyptian Goose, 10 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, Red Kite, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 20 Swallow, Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Greenfinch [Graham Barber ]
Chigborough Lakes, 11:00 to 14:30
26 Gadwall, 12 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff [Graham Barber ]
Wix, 11:00 to 13:15
3 Peregrine Falcon (3 soaring together gently sparring and slowly moving east, all appeared to be juvs), 2 Mistle Thrush, Yellow Wagtail (1+ still about), Grey Wagtail (Heard flying over), 30 Meadow Pipit (+ regularly heard passing over) [James Davidson]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:15 to 11:00, Sunny, warm.
Water Rail (Calling, southern end of the fleet.), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Calling, across the fleet.), Kestrel, 12 Bearded Tit (At least. Southern end of the fleet. Noisy & active.), 20 Swallow (At least.), 3 Blackcap (Two males, one female.), Grey Wagtail (Marina.), 33 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 20:00
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Off ivy dock SE (first back for winter).), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Off ivy dock SE), Shoveler (Fm golf house saltings pools SE), 9 Teal (Golf house saltings pools SE ), 23 Lapwing (Fields behind ivy dock SE ), 200 Golden Plover (Rewsalls marsh saltings DU ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off ivy dock SE ), 40 Turnstone (Plus off ivy dock SE ), 3 Knot (Off Ivy dock SE), 30 Dunlin (Plus off ivy dock SE ), Common Sandpiper (Natural boating lake youth camp DU ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Rewsalls marsh saltings DU ), Great Black-backed Gull (Off ivy dock SE ), 350 Herring Gull (Offshore rewsalls marsh DU ), 4 Sandwich Tern (2 Offshore rewsalls marsh DU , 2 off ivy dock SE. ), 20 Common Tern (Offshore rewsalls marsh DU ), 20 Little Egret (Rewsalls marsh saltings DU), 100 Swallow (Plus along coast off youth DU ), 2 Wheatear (Youth camp DU ), 80 Meadow Pipit (Plus going west along coast off youth camp DU ), 2 Clouded Yellow (East Mersea A) [Stephen Entwistle]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 17:00, Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated
2 Red-throated Diver, 358 Swallow, 73 House Martin, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Grey Wagtail, 165 Meadow Pipit (first notable autumn movement) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 15 Sep 2021
Wix, 17:50 to 17:50
6 Siskin (Flew over SE, first of autumn) [James Davidson]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:15 to 16:30, Low tide c13:30
2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 4 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, Kingfisher, 3 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [David L Smith]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:20 to 11:50, Cloudy, occasional sun.
Pintail, Black-necked Grebe (WP.), Ringed Plover, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Male, over tip.), Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Hobby (Adult.), Bearded Tit (At least.), Redstart (Flashed across the road as we drove away (between church & A13).), 50 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Witham, 09:55 to 09:55, Town Centre
Swift (Feeding, whilst heading NE! ) [David L Smith]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:35 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, 20c. Sightings with Brenda.
15 Egyptian Goose (Circa. One all white leucistic bird. LBC. ), 15 Wigeon, 50 Pintail (Circa), 50 Lapwing (Circa. ), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay. ), 17 Ruff (Most from Wig Bay screen. ), Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper (Still in front of Billets Farm screen. ), 500 Black-headed Gull (Plus), Common Gull (LDHC. ), 7 Common Tern (LDHC. ), 16 Grey Heron, 15 Great White Egret, 63 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Wig Bay), 3 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (Abberton Church. Viewing point new fence too high to see over !.), 2 Kestrel, Jay, 3 Swallow (Wig Bay.) [David Hale]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 14:00
120 Curlew (Maydays MC ), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Strood channel DU AF, ), 5 Greenshank (3 maydays MC, 2 strood channel DU AF, ), 6 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU AF, ), 2 Sandwich Tern (Maydays MC ), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel DU AF, ), 14 Grey Heron (Maydays MC ), 2 Sparrowhawk (Maydays MC ), Marsh Harrier (Maydays MC, ), 12 Buzzard (5 Maydays MC, 7 strood channel DU AF, ), Kingfisher (Maydays MC ), 2 Sand Martin (Strood channel DU AF, ), 50 Swallow (Strood channel DU AF, ), Cetti's Warbler (Strood channel DU AF,), Whitethroat (Maydays MC, ), 2 Whinchat (1 strood channel DU AF, 1 maydays MC, ), Wheatear (Strood channel DU AF ), 7 Yellow Wagtail (1 maydays MC, 6 strood channel DU AF, ), 10 Meadow Pipit (4 strood channel DU AF, 6 maydays MC, ), 100 Linnet (Strood channel DU AF, ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:00 to 11:15, Cloudy, light NW wind.
21 Canada Goose (Carp Lake.), 32 Mute Swan (21 Trout Lake, 11 Carp Lake.), 12 Egyptian Goose (Carp lake.), 26 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 38 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 3 Moorhen, 210 Coot (81 Trout Lake, 129 Carp Lake.), 15 Little Grebe (3 Trout Lake, 12 Carp Lake.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (3 Trout Lake, 17 Carp Lake.), 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kingfisher (Carp Lake.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 6 Long-tailed Tit, Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Robin, Yellow Wagtail, 33 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:15, Cloudy, cool.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (One juv.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 13:00, Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated
8 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 108 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 293 Teal, 30 Common Scoter (28S 2N), Arctic Skua, Guillemot [Paul Brayshaw]
Stanway Green, 06:00 to 07:00
50 Canada Goose, Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 38 Lapwing, White Stork (Same bird as yesterday evening. Definitely no ring on it. Flew west at 6:45, toward Warren Lane), Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Tufted Duck (male) [Oliver Cottis]
Tuesday 14 Sep 2021
Stanway Green, 19:15 to 20:00
67 Canada Goose, White Stork (In the quarry. Adult bird, with no obvious ring. Watched it until dark, do it definitely roosted on site.), 2 Tawny Owl [Oliver Cottis] White Stork at Stanway Green on 14 Sep 2021, (Oliver Cottis) , White Stork at Stanway Green on 14 Sep 2021, (Oliver Cottis)
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 17:00, Misty, murky. Some rain. Mild.
8 Common Scoter (Flew upriver, then back down shortly after.), 20 Sandwich Tern (At least. ), 45 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Black Tern (Around the area all afternoon. One came fairly close just before 17:00.), 6 Great Skua (Settled out on the river until disturbed by a nearby boat's wash. Flew back east.), Arctic Skua (DP juv chasing terns. Close inshore at one point.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:15 to 15:00
2 Garganey (From Abberton Church), 2 Ringed Plover, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 17 Great White Egret, 70 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (Female), 4 Yellow Wagtail [Daryl Rhymes]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Greenshank (Strood channel DU ), 12 Sandwich Tern (Plus off golf house seawall MC), 60 House Martin (40 golf house/cudmore MC, 20 over wellhouse DU ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golf house to cudmore SE), Whitethroat (Golf house to cudmore MC), 1000 Starling (Strood channel/grebe DU), Wheatear (Golf house to cudmore MC ), Yellow Wagtail (Golf house to cudmore MC), 100 Linnet (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 06:30 to 13:30, Selected highlights
48 Sanderling, 4 Sandwich Tern, Great White Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:10, overcast with light rain, easterly wind, mild, ebbing tide; very light migration
36 Sanderling, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk (In air together, with a bit of sparring), Green Woodpecker, 14 Swallow (South), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 to the west of sycamore clump, 1 John Weston Reserve ), 3 Chiffchaff (One singing), 4 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear (Car park at end of session), Yellow Wagtail (South), 3 Grey Wagtail (2 south, 1 over sewage works ), 14 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit (South) [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated. Disappointing given a fresh ESE
53 Teal, 6 Red-throated Diver, Fulmar [Paul Brayshaw]