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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Monday 06 Jul 2020
Great Braxted, 14:00 to 16:00, Bright, cloudy.
1 Raven (correct tail shape and called), 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Buzzard, 1 Jay [David Allen] Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, Nikon D500+Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, ) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, ) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, Nikon D500+Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm)
Terling, 14:00 to 15:30
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding in oaks by cricket pitch), 4 Mistle Thrush (Adults & 2 juveniles on pitch), 1 Bullfinch (Male feeding by footbridge), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 10 Swift, 4 Swallow [Tony Kennelly]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:45, Sun & clouds. Warm, some breeze. Includes Hartswood.
6 Mallard (Female with five well grown young, Childerditch Pond.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 7 Green Woodpecker (Including two adults with two young, top of Childerditch Meadow. Two Hartswood (adult & young).), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit (Hartswood.), 3 Treecreeper (Hartswood.), 7 Nuthatch (At least. Four Hartswood) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 05 Jul 2020
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:15 to 16:30, Sunny, some clouds. Breezy, warm.
6 Little Ringed Plover (Main flood, western end.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (SW corner of main flood.), 35 Redshank (Approx. SW corner of main flood.), 1 Greenshank (Eastern end of main lagoon.), 1 Common Tern (Mobile.), 1 Bearded Tit (Female.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing male & female. Opposite ends.) [Andrew Cox]
Billericay, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny - Breezy
1 Red Kite (Seen from garden in SW Billerica) [John Smart]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:30 to 13:15, Hot and windy
6 Cattle Egret (With the cattle in a SE field), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Sand Martin, 50 Pochard (atleast), 5 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler [Oliver Cottis]
Terling, 10:30 to 10:30, Hot and very windy
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Very briefly near cricket pitch) [Martin Iddon]
Hamford Water, 09:50 to 14:20, Clear, windy from west
1 Corn Bunting (1 singing in cornfield) [Simon Banks]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 11:25, Sunny, occasional showers, strong W wind
173 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 53 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Common Tern (Plus one young, Golden Gates), 43 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus two broods of three, Golden Gates), 7 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 55 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Two plus two young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.) [Paul Larkin]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 09:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy. Warm.
1 Egyptian Goose (Main lake.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Main lake.), 3 Green Woodpecker (Inc. One juv.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 5 Mistle Thrush (Together.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 4 Coal Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 05:30 to 08:00, Very windy
2 Barn Owl (1 salcott seawall, 1 on reserve), 2 Whimbrel (Salcott channel), 4 Curlew (Salcott channel), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing male ), 10 Spotted Redshank (4 in salcott channel & 6 in reserve pools), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spoonbill (Joyce's head fleet), 1 Bearded Tit (Heard calling in reed beds by Joyce's), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 40 Common Tern (Fledgling & chicks), 20 Avocet (Fledglings & chicks), 10 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 6 Pied Wagtail (Family party feeding) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 04 Jul 2020
Wendens Ambo, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Red Kite (besdie M11) [Neil Murphy]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 14:00 to 16:00, Mild overcast dry
9 Mandarin Duck (6 Juvenile, 3 Adult Female ), 5 Moorhen (4 Juvenile 1 Adult ), 4 Blackcap (2 Juvenile 2 Adults ), 6 Wren, 2 Magpie [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Epping, 14:00 to 14:05
1 Red Kite (Back of High Street above Pelly Court) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells] Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells)
Boreham, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (Male singing) [Neil Murphy]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:15 to 13:00, High tide, overcaste and breezy
6 Cattle Egret (All adults at SE end with cattle (11.30-14.00)), 3 Marsh Harrier (including 2 juvs.), 1 Hobby (Hunting hirundines over Salcott village), 110 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 41 Avocet (including good numbers of fledged young.), 40 Common Tern (+, with good numbers of young) [Sean Nixon] Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Marsh Harrier at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Hobby at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Avocet at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Common Tern at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Witham, 10:45 to 11:30
1 Mandarin Duck (Female on pond on River walk) [Neil Murphy]
Laindon, 09:15 to 09:15, Windy, grey
1 Red Kite (Being mobbed by a Crow above the Triangle shop's) [Karl Price]
Writtle, 09:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, breezy
41 Swift (Flying south west towards Writtle), 1 Kestrel (Making a kill in "Horse" Field, flying off towards Old Chelmsfordians), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chaffinch (Female, on Bowls Green, Tower Gardens, not commonly seen here) [Winifred Simmonds]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, breezy, warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Perched on protruding post.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males, pavillion meadow & adjacent arable.), 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin (At least. Hawking above properties on western edge.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (In flight. Headed for Jury Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Shrub End, 08:00 to 08:45, overcast
2 Little Owl (pair) [Oliver Cottis]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:00, mild, overcast, mainly dry, strong SW wind, rising tide, 17 species in song
15 Whitethroat (Singing ), 104 Swift (First thing, low and in small groups or individually, south or south-west), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dispersing juvenile), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 42 Sandwich Tern (4 south, 8 on beach and 30 roosting on marsh ), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 1 Buzzard, 129 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek - stunning), 7 Dunlin, 8 Avocet, 4 Little Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk [Brian Combes]
Colchester, 01:30 to 02:30, Walk at Cymbeline Meadows, by the station.
3 Reed Bunting (two seen, a third heard), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 10 House Martin (atleast), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Blackcap (heard), 30 Starling (flock), 5 Swallow (atleast), 5 Swift (atleast), 3 Skylark, 2 Moorhen (1 juv) [Oliver Cottis]
Friday 03 Jul 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:00, windy, light rain.
1 Great White Egret (Layer Breton Causeway), 1 Ruff (summer plumage from Layer Breton Causeway) [Drew Lyness]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:30 to 18:30, Strong wind from west, selected sightings
1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard LBC), 70 Pochard (+), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay, 1 LDHC), 1 Hobby (In tree in Hide Bay), 1 Ruff, 2 Garganey (Very distant in Hide Bay from church, probable pair with male in eclipse. 90% sure, small, longish grey bills, eyestripes, dabbling at edge although too distant to be 100%), 25 Egyptian Goose (+ mix of adults and young birds) [Matt Turner] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2020, (Matt Turner)
Maldon, 16:30 to 17:00
1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 4 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Blackcap (Singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:00 to 16:00, windy
7 Cattle Egret (McClure's Marsh), 1 Spoonbill, 10 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 200 Black-tailed Godwit [Drew Lyness] Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 Jul 2020, (Drew Lyness) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 Jul 2020, (Drew Lyness)
Lawford, near Manningtree, 10:45 to 11:40, Fair, warm
1 Green Sandpiper (With 3 Redshanks, TMO832. None of these records were actually in Lawford, but the website won't recognise any correct description, e.g. Stour Estuary.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male mobbed by Avocet , TM0932), 4 Avocet (One mobbing Marsh Harrier, TM0932), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with 2 well-grown young, TMO832) [Simon Banks]
Writtle, 09:30 to 11:30, Blowy, sunny, sightings by David
1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Swift (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Lapwing (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Little Egret (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Grebe (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 House Martin (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Blackcap (At Beach's Weir) [Winifred Simmonds] Greenfinch at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds) , Buzzard at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds) , Blackcap at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds)
Ingrebourne Valley, 08:15 to 11:15, Cloudy, then sunny. Warm.
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets.), 9 Mallard (Female with eight young.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (Possibly two.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Flying over, carrying fish. Heading NE.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (Two singing males.), 3 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin (At least.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Juvs.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 02 Jul 2020
Braintree, 20:00 to 20:00
4 Sparrowhawk (Pr finally eggs hatched & at least 2 white downy young being fed in large willow tree beyond back garden) [Neil Murphy]
Witham, 18:00 to 18:00, Over town centre
1 Red Kite (Carrying something, being mobbed by 2 LBBGs, flew low, heading south east), 2 Swift [David L Smith]
Elsenham, 16:30 to 16:45, Showers
4 Red Kite [Anthony Gales]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:15 to 16:15, Showers, at times very heavy.
1 Spoonbill (sleeping near Joyces, flew off towards Copt Hall. Probably the bird I saw yesterday at Abberton), 6 Bearded Tit (5 juveniles with black patches and one adult female all formed at the top of the reeds after a massive shower), 8 Spotted Redshank (all near the windmill), 10 Grey Plover (Salcott channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (some juveniles), 125 Avocet (several near adult juveniles), 50 Common Tern (many juveniles), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 14 Swift [David Allen]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 11:00, Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
95 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Sand Martin, 106 Shelduck, 39 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 95 Avocet, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudy.
4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Goldcrest (Two singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Singing males.), 2 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 01 Jul 2020
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 17:00 to 17:30, Cloudy.
4 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 17:20, Dry but rain around.
1 Spoonbill (Was behind the concrete barrier by heron nesting area then flew towards main causeway on the other side ), 2 Mandarin Duck (Under tree edge below herons nests), 1 Hobby (Flew from wigborough bay side across reservoir past visitors centre), 40 Sand Martin (At least) [Ian Dewsnap]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 17:00, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, warm.
1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 2 Common Tern, 7 Pied Wagtail (Two adults with five young.), 50 Swift (Approx.), 4 House Martin (At least.), 2 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Mele & female; opposite ends of the reserve.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:00, Fair, but poured later when spoonbill flew.
1 Spoonbill (Layer Breton causeway where it flew the entire length), 1 Peregrine Falcon (In familiar tree from Layer Church), 1 Great White Egret (seems to favour same spot from Layer Church), 50 Sand Martin, 3 Mandarin Duck (no adult male plumage), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (one juvenile with adults), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (one friendly juvenile), 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Little Egret [David Allen] Abberton Reservoir on 01 Jul 2020, (David Allen) , Abberton Reservoir on 01 Jul 2020, (David Allen)
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 12:30 to 13:00, Cloudy.
2 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk [Bruce Brown]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, mild, cloudy
49 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant creek all in fine plumage), 1 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Avocet (2 juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 21 Sandwich Tern (together in small flock) [Martin Richards]
Witham, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny, moderate breeze
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles calling, Willow Park.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Four Willow Park, one Lincewood.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.), 4 Treecreeper (At least. One Willow Park, three Lincewood, including juv.), 1 Nuthatch (Mark's Hill.), 5 Goldfinch (Four adults, one young. Willow Park. Feeding on thistles.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Selected sightings from both causeways
1 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Swift (Low-mid level feeding and skimming water), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Adult and juv, juv disappeared into tree then adult back and forth feeding), 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, one juv), 4 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard) [Matt Turner]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least one adult & one young calling.), 5 Swallow (Two adults with three young.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Adult with young. Feeding on wild cherries.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Some feeding on wild cherries.), 2 Whitethroat (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Boreham, 06:00 to 08:00, Force 2/3 SW & overcast, dry; Boreham Patch birding
4 Crossbill (Calling flock flew west over garden at 06.25; last sighting was 10 years ago. ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (male of islandica race on Trifarm Pit at 07.30 but no sign at 08.30 but someone swimming!), 120 Swift (08.00-Active feeding on western edge of village. largest group for several years. Local population 12. ), 1 Kingfisher (By Little Baddow bridge at 07.45 on 1st July. ) [Graham Ekins]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:00 to 08:00, Basking adder on gabion basket of a footbridge
2 Grasshopper Warbler (2 males reeling in scrub field in South East corner), 3 Common Sandpiper (From viewing point), 2 Green Sandpiper (Along stream by tip), 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Bearded Tit (2 family groups, including 1 by viewing point), 2 Mediterranean Gull (On nesting island with black-headed gulls), 1 Black-necked Grebe [Tony Kennelly]
Tuesday 30 Jun 2020
Little Baddow, 17:00 to 17:15, Cloudy, mild
200 Swift (Anywhere between 200-300, maybe more. Impossible to count. All feeding above fields between Baddow and Nounsley. Have never seen anything like it!) [Ross Wilkins]
Holland Haven, 13:00 to 13:00, Grey, still and light drizzle, clearing.
5 Black-tailed Godwit (4 islandica birds and 1 Dutch colour-ringed limosa (sightings 14.25-15.25)), 11 Avocet, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher [Sean Nixon] Black-tailed Godwit at Holland Haven on 30 Jun 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Black-tailed Godwit at Holland Haven on 30 Jun 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Black-tailed Godwit at Holland Haven on 30 Jun 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Stapleford Tawney, 12:00 to 15:00, Cloudy, Drizzle
2 Little Owl (1 Adult & 1 Juvenile), 5 Yellow Wagtail (2+ Adults & 3 Juveniles in fields either side of footpath at TQ 509987), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Calling bird in bushes close to the Mole Trap pub), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel [Nicholas Weston]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 13:00
4 Reed Bunting (males), 8 Reed Warbler (at least 2 families), 10 Linnet, 9 Shelduck, 12 Avocet (incl juvs), 3 Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (incl a Dutch-ringed limosa), 200 Swift (+ feeding low over marshes during rain), 7 Oystercatcher (incl pair with 3 chicks), 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 Mediterranean Gull (max count 20 but plenty of coming and going), 2 Sandwich Tern [Liz Huxley]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 13:00, low tide, cool, squally showers
1 Turtle Dove (Heard behind car park at 12.45), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Many in summer plumage), 20 Common Tern (Several nesting on islands on scrape), 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark (rising and singing), 20 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier [Winifred Simmonds]
Braintree, 09:30 to 09:31, Drizzly
1 Kestrel (First sighting here....near junction of Godlings and Notley Rd on Hoppits Mead reserve.) [Martin Iddon]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:15 to 14:45, Cool, overcast with showers, light breeze. 16 to 18c. Sightings with Brenda. Wig Bay & LDH Causeway only.
1 Great White Egret (Wig Bay. ), 5 Little Egret, 10 Common Tern (Circa.), 100 Swift (Plus.), 1 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Circled Wig Bay.), 2 Oystercatcher (Wig Bay.), 20 Lapwing (Circa.), 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (LDHC.), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least, mostly juveniles.), 2 Kestrel, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 6 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa. 2 Pair with 1 & 2 young. ), 50 Mallard (Circa. 4 Ducklings.) [David Hale]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:00 to 11:00, Cloudy, drizzly
1 Kingfisher, 12 Swift (Hawking for insects over rivers), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat (Singing/churring), 1 Chiffchaff (Calling), 1 Sparrowhawk (Unsuccessful pursuit of starling), 2 Little Egret [Paul Shuttleworth]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:00
70 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Several groups of up to 30 sighted between Church Rd. and Broad Street Green while walking Jake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:45, Cloudy, breezy. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 1 Nuthatch (At least. Lincewood.), 15 Swift, 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Kelvedon Hatch, 04:45 to 05:00
1 Raven (One calling from the BT mast at 04.45 this morning.) [David Jobbins]
Marks Tey, 01:00 to 01:30, Warm but cloudy
1 Yellowhammer, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap (heard), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel [Oliver Cottis]
Monday 29 Jun 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 18:30 to 19:00, Dry and overcast with stiff W breeze, brief look off both causeways
2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Greylag Goose (2 adult, 4 young), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 10 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail (Adult and juv) [Matt Turner] Common Tern at Ardleigh Reservoir on 29 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner) , Mallard at Ardleigh Reservoir on 29 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner)
Coggeshall, 17:30 to 18:30, Bradwell GPs
1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 Prs), 6 Common Tern (3 Prs), 4 Little Grebe (2 Prs), 12 Lapwing, 50 Sand Martin (breeding nearby in sand quarry ?), 6 Mute Swan (Pr + 4 well grown cygnets) [Neil Murphy]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:00 to 16:00, Cloudy with some sunshine and quite strong WSW wind.
1 Black-tailed Godwit (Adult, feeding at muddy edge, 3 to 3.15p.m.), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 8 Tufted Duck (Female with 7 small ducklings.) [George Brown] Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 29 Jun 2020, (George Brown)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, some sun. Very windy.
2 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, moulting.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (At least.), 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 8 Common Tern (At least.), 2 House Martin, 1 Bearded Tit (At least. Pinging near viewpoint.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:00 to 11:00, Cloudy, sunny intervals, blustery SW wind.
6 Mute Swan (+. Three pair with young.), 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Mallard (+. Female with five recent young.), 30 Pochard (circa.), 25 Tufted Duck (circa.), 17 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. four nesting.), 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 50 Swift (+.), 200 Rook (circa. On meadow.), 10 Sand Martin (circa.), 20 House Martin (circa. No swallows.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Brief song.), 3 Pied Wagtail (One carrying food.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
8 Egyptian Goose (Three adults with five downy young. Private pond near Hatch Farm.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, briefly.), 8 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 04:30 to 21:00, SW6-7 8/8 clearing then variable cloud during the day. Selected totals, movement to south
17180 Swift (Superb passage over sea and coastal strip. Peak movement from 0430-0610 with c12,000, then pulses totalling 2,200 0615-0705 when passage stopped as cloud cleared. Next band of cloud 0800-0915 and 1571, 437 during glances during the day (little passage evident), then 972 1830-2000), 67 Siskin (5 flocks - 4, 33, 8, 8, 14), 23 Crossbill (single flock @ 0621), 2 Hobby (south @ 0652 and hunting Swift over fields towards Great Holland in evening), 32 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 28 Jun 2020
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 16:00 to 17:00, showery with sunny spells and breezy
1 Rose-coloured Starling (Immature in flock of around 500 Starling in field by pill box west of observatory. Flock very flighty ), 500 Starling, 2 Corn Bunting, 20 Swallow, 5 Swift [Andrew Stroud]
Tilbury, 11:15 to 12:00, Broken cloud strong SW wind
57 Lapwing (In the fort), 3 Oystercatcher (In the fort), 4 Shelduck (Plus two well grown young in the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 25 Sand Martin, 1 Cormorant (In the moat), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Two adults and a recently fledge young), 2 Great Crested Grebe (In the moat) [Paul Larkin]
Langham, 09:00 to 10:00, sunny periods but blustery wind
3 Egyptian Goose (female + 2 goslings (lagoons)), 11 Gadwall (female + 5 ducklings (lagoons); female + 4 ducklings (Broomhouse flash)), 2 Oystercatcher (+ pair with begging calls from (hidden) young bird(s) (lagoons)), 9 Lapwing (4 adults + 5 juvs. All remaining records from Broomhouse flash), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sand Martin (with 20 House Martins), 4 Reed Warbler (territorial males), 1 Sedge Warbler (alarming), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male on territory), 3 Reed Bunting (territorial males) [Martin Peers]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 11:00, Broken cloud, strong SW wind
106 Swift (Over the tip), 95 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 1 Common Sandpiper (Adult, Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Plus one young, Golden Gates), 14 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 139 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 37 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 118 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 27 Tufted Duck (Four, all drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 10 drakes, plus a downy brood of six, Golden Gates ), 13 Pochard (Eight, including one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including two drakes, plus a brood of three, Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two, plus two young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling near the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 13 Mallard (Golden Gates), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:00 to 10:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy, cooler.
4 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with two young.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 9 Coot (Adult with four young on nest (main lake); plus pair with two young (lower lake).), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Terling, 07:45 to 08:30, Sunny spells, windy
2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 behind cricket pavilion, 1 near trailer blocking path by village hall), 2 Mistle Thrush (on cricket pitch), 1 Buzzard [Simon Satchell]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00, SW6-8 occ showers. Movement to south
354 Swift, 1 Cuckoo [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 27 Jun 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 18:30 to 19:00, Sightings from both causeways, dry but breezy
2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Mute Swan, 15 Sand Martin (+), 2 Swallow, 1 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Greylag Goose (Adult + 4 young), 20 Long-tailed Tit (+ Delightful family calling and flying along Lodge Lane), 2 Greenfinch (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Chiffchaff (Calling) [Matt Turner] Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Mute Swan at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Common Tern at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Common Tern at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Common Tern at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Yellow Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Witham, 13:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, breezy, drizzly
1 Red Kite (Flying south east, as usual, with gull escort...) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 11:15 to 13:15, Cloudy, breezy, some rain. Warm.
2 Little Grebe, 10 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets; plus two more adults.), 18 Teal (At least.), 1 Shoveler (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 30 Lapwing (At least.), 1 Curlew, 14 Black-tailed Godwit (Dropped in for a while, western end of main flood. Most in summer plumage.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Bearded Tit (At least. Western reedbed.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:45 to 10:50
8 Black-tailed Godwit (Flew over heading south ) [David Pallash]
Tilbury, 09:30 to 10:30, Showers, S wind, falling tide
1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summer) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Cloudy, warm. Some rain. Plotlands.
4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (At least. One looked to be a juv.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00, S2-4, showers, then SW7-8. Movement to south
1443 Swift, 4 Crossbill, 1 Fulmar, 20 Curlew [Paul Brayshaw]
Boreham, 03:50 to 07:45, Light SSW, occasional rain showers; moth trapping late evening and very early morning has resulted in some interesting records
2 Swallow (Juveniles rapidly south at 09.40 on 27th June. Early migration?), 1 Hobby (Daily sightings currently, most pm of singles), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Small male heading SE at 09.15. 3rd sighting in 3 weeks.), 1 Curlew (Heard high overhead 16th June 04.00-heading south), 1 Green Sandpiper (one calling over head quite low 23.00 on 25th. Heading NW, presumably to Russell Green Pits), 1 Blackbird (3rd nesting occuring 27th June in ivy covered tree,re-lining old nest), 11 Lapwing (7 young fledged from 4 broods on Boreham patch, most successful year since set-a-side.) [Graham Ekins]
Friday 26 Jun 2020
Stapleford Tawney, 21:30 to 21:35, Very warm still light
1 Little Owl (Perching on unused barn door) [Ann Darnell] Little Owl at Stapleford Tawney on 26 Jun 2020, (Ann Darnell)
Laindon, 11:00 to 11:30, Sunny, hot, humid. Back garden.
1 Hobby, 50 Swift (Approx. Overhead, noisy.) [Andrew Cox]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny 29 C
1 Spoonbill, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Two pairs), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling in late morning) [Clive Woodward]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, hot, humid. Lincewood & Plotlands.
4 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00, SW1-2, thunder storms wind up to F4. Movement to south
9 Siskin, 1 Fulmar, 578 Swift, 57 Sand Martin [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 25 Jun 2020
Radwinter, 13:00 to 13:00, Very hot and still
2 Reed Bunting (Pair in farm ditch between Bendysh Hall and Red Oaks Hill, male counting) [Alan Roscoe]
Hullbridge, 09:00 to 10:00, Bright
33 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing [M Savage]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny, hot. Hall Wood only.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 07:30, Sunny, hot. Lincewood only.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. ) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 24 Jun 2020
Wickford, 21:35 to 21:35, Dry, clear, calm. 20c. Garden sightings with Brenda.
1 Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk low over garden with c 20 Swift in pursuit.), 20 Swift (Circa.) [David Hale]
Laindon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
1 Buzzard, 20 Swift (Overhead, noisy.) [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 07:30 to 13:00, Sunny, warm
1 Carrion Crow (Sitting in a tree by River Colne), 1 Little Egret (Fishing in River Colne), 2 Reed Bunting (Caught in flight,just..) [Michael Davies] Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2020, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2020, (Michael Davies) , Reed Bunting at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2020, (Michael Davies)