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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

Thursday 29 Oct 2020
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 09:30, Overcast, light rain. Lincewood & Plotlands.
1 Kestrel (Female, perched & flying among the woods at the top of the Plotland ridge.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 28 Oct 2020
Doddinghurst, 15:00 to 15:45, Cloudy. Heavy shower.
1 Buzzard (Flying over woods), 15 Yellowhammer (Hedge in large field off Days Lane), 250 Carrion Crow (At least, with jackdaws, in large field off Days Lane), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Seen or heard daily this week, Doddinghurst Rd) [Ian Swanson]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 15:00, Overcast chilly with showers
10 Cattle Egret (In sheep field on right as enter old hall lane ) [Brian Bolton] Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 28 Oct 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 28 Oct 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 12:00 to 12:05
95 Golden Plover (Flying between fields ) [Ian Tarbin]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:30, Sunny and windy with odd showers
1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Great White Egret (All around ), 1 Hooded Crow (Wig bay hybrid ), 3 Snipe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Stonechat, 4 Egyptian Goose, 300 Cormorant, 200 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 6 Pintail, 10 Goosander, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Redshank [Yvonne Watling]
Chigborough Lakes, 10:10 to 11:00, Sunny, light breeze. Little about.
4 Shoveler, 100 Mallard (circa.), 2 Little Grebe, 32 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Hamford Water, 09:45 to 14:50, Fairly mild; clear and sunny to start with, becoming overcast as wind freshened and then bouts of heavy rain
6 Yellowhammer (Flock), 50 Avocet, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Redwing (Small flock moving inland), 700 Knot, 400 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove [Simon Banks]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 12:00, Overcast and chilly
10 Great White Egret (Probably more in most areas), 3 Red-crested Pochard (Male / female & eclipse type), 1 Long-tailed Duck (In South East corner LDLH), 6 Ruff (WigBorough Bay screen ), 1 Grey Wagtail (LBC), 10 Goosander (Probably more. Males & females LDLH), 6 Goldeneye (Probably more. males and females LBC) [Brian Bolton]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:15 to 10:10, And 11:00 to 11:20. Sunny, light breeze.
12 Greylag Goose, 32 Mute Swan, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 39 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 29 Cormorant, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 15 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
East Mersea, 09:00 to 16:00, Red Squirrel seen too!
1 Snow Bunting (Stone point), 1 Purple Sandpiper (Stone point), 16 Lesser Redpoll (Cudmore grove (in trees near pond)), 2 Siskin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier (1cy and adult male), 1 Sparrowhawk (Adult male), 4 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 10 Skylark, 3 Greenfinch [Steve Grimwade] Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 28 Oct 2020, (Steve Grimwade, )
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, cool. Plotlands & Great Berry.
1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin (At least.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Little Waltham, 07:00 to 08:00, sunny
1 Fieldfare [David Saville] Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 28 Oct 2020, (David Saville, ) , Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 28 Oct 2020, (David Saville, )
Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
Writtle, 12:00 to 13:00, rain
300 Greenfinch [Martin Henry]
Wix, 07:00 to 13:00, Overcast, rain at times
5 Crossbill (Flew over SW 7am), 2 House Martin (Slowly moved SW), 1 Moorhen (1st winter in garden, first in garden record), 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 40 Pied Wagtail (Approx in tilled field), 15 Meadow Pipit (Approx in tilled field), 4 Cormorant (Flew east), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male flew SE, recent sightings have been of a female), 4 Skylark [James Davidson]
Monday 26 Oct 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 17:30, Fine and clear.
20 Great White Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Goosander, 6 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Lapwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 110 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Swan [David Allen]
High Roding, 15:00 to 15:30
23 Buzzard, 200 Lapwing (Both species were in the same field on the ground) [Chris Turner]
Coryton, 14:00 to 16:30, With Steve Swinney and Matt Turner
1 Great Grey Shrike, 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk [Steve Grimwade]
Thorndon CP (North), 11:00 to 12:30, Sunny, becoming cloudier. Warm.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 20 Siskin (Approx.), 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Shrub End, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk [Oliver Cottis]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny, becoming cloudier. Warm.
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Possibly three.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Two flocks.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One feeding on acorns.), 18 Goldfinch, 2 Crossbill (Heard calling but flew away before being located.), 4 Siskin, 4 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 08:00 to 13:00, With Elaine & Steve Swinney and Matt Turner
1 Dartford Warbler (Female/immature in SSSI with Stonechats), 12 Stonechat, 1 Brambling, 1 Spoonbill (Immature flew east towards TTNP), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult and immature hunting waders), 1 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 9 Yellow-legged Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Little Waltham, 08:00 to 09:00, sunny
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit [David Saville] Sparrowhawk at Little Waltham on 26 Oct 2020, (David Saville, ) , Coal Tit at Little Waltham on 26 Oct 2020, (David Saville, ) , Coal Tit at Little Waltham on 26 Oct 2020, (David Saville, )
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:30, clear first thing gradually clouding over, cool, brisk S wind, high tide; light movement mainly first thing
16 Goldcrest, 23 Blackbird, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Redwing, 9 Siskin (South ), 4 Crossbill (South), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of escarpment, 2 north of escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 7 Skylark (West ), 13 Chaffinch (South ), 15 Meadow Pipit (South ), 8 Song Thrush, 12 Lesser Redpoll (South), 17 Goldfinch (South ), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Swallow (North), 2 Tree Sparrow (West), 1 Firecrest (John Weston Reserve ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 250 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (North) [Brian Combes]
Sunday 25 Oct 2020
Copford, 19:15 to 19:15
1 Barn Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Bedfords Park EWT, Havering-atte-Bower, 16:00 to 16:00
26 Ring-necked Parakeet (going to roost....possibly more....view partially obstructed) [Martin Henry]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 14:00 to 15:45, Sun & clouds.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv.), 1 Water Rail (Calling.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Green Sandpiper (Saline lagoon.), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 1 Bearded Tit (At least.), 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow (Past sluice area.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 13:30 to 17:30
10 Pintail, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Shelduck, 40 Knot (roughly (All above in Salcott Channel)), 1 Peregrine Falcon (above the car park, juvenile plumage), 4 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier, 250 Brent Goose (roughly), 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 7 Shoveler, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl, 10 Little Egret [Oliver Cottis]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 11:00 to 13:45, Sun & clouds. Showery.
2 Little Grebe, 70 Teal (At least. Marina.), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Active around marina & on pylons. It or another seen to perch on pylon from scrape hide.), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), 1 Kingfisher (Marina. Perched on boat.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Roof of old toilet block.) [Andrew Cox]
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 11:00 to 11:30
4 Greenfinch (1 Leucistic , been using feeder for 3/4 weeks ) [Ian Tarbin] Greenfinch at Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead on 25 Oct 2020, (Ian Tarbin) , Greenfinch at Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead on 25 Oct 2020, (Ian Tarbin)
Braintree, 10:45 to 10:47, Warm and windy
1 Buzzard (Over Hoppit Mead local nature reserve) [Martin Iddon]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny, breezy
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only and very mobile. Has been seen and photographed on reserve recently), 13 Swallow (1 group of 5 followed shortly by 8, heading south east), 1 Kestrel [Paul Shuttleworth]
Braintree, 09:00 to 13:00, Bright warm and windy
1 Buzzard (Over Hoppits Mead nature reserve) [Martin Iddon]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:00 to 11:45, Sunny with heavy showers, S wind
36 Ring-necked Parakeet (Single flock flying over south, presumably from a roost site), 90 Tufted Duck (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Golden Gates, first of the autumn), 13 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 29 Shoveler (25 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Water Rail (Golden Gates), 102 Teal (Five on the pit to the south of the tip, four Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 46 Gadwall (Initially four then flock of 42 flew in from the W to Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (A pair on the tip), 7 Corn Bunting (On the approach road to the VC), 1 Spoonbill (Juv in the managed retreat), 66 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 11 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 231 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 62 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 154 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 129 Great Black-backed Gull (Mucking Bay), 11 Dunlin (Mucking Bay) [Paul Larkin] Spoonbill at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 25 Oct 2020, (Paul Larkin, )
TL9607, 06:30 to 18:30, Topsail Charters/Swallow Birding Thames Barge Trip (selected highlights) + both Common and Grey Seals
2 Peregrine Falcon (1 on Bradwell Power Station and one near Tollesbury Wick), 6 Greenshank (Heybridge GP’s), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great White Egret (On Northey Island am and then presumably same bird flew north out of Maylandsea Creek at dusk), 6 Marsh Harrier (2 Colne Estuary, 2 Colne Point and 2 Blackwater Estuary), 3000 Golden Plover (St. Lawrence Bay), 700 Knot, 3 Rock Pipit (Flew south over Blackwater Estuary), 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 200 Avocet (150 Heybridge and 50 Pyefleet Channel) [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 24 Oct 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 16:15, Overcast, windy, light showers.
1 Kingfisher (SE corner Layer Breton causeway), 2 Common Gull, 5 Great White Egret (minimum count), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Drake and duck SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Pintail (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Long-tailed Duck (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Peregrine Falcon [David Curle] Kingfisher at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Oct 2020, (David Curle) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Oct 2020, (David Curle) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Oct 2020, (David Curle) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Oct 2020, (David Curle)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 14:30, Cloudy. Breezy. Some light rain.
4 Mute Swan (Pair with two well grown cygnets.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Female.), 5 Moorhen (Four adults, one juv.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 11:15, clear first thing quickly clouding over, mild, strong and strengthening S wind, ebbing tide; light movement mainly first thing
9 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawk (1 drifting out to sea), 8 Meadow Pipit (South), 31 Chaffinch (South ), 5 Skylark (West ), 29 Siskin (South), 33 Goldfinch (South ), 7 Lesser Redpoll (South ), 10 Redwing (West ), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of escarpment 2 north of escarpment 3 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Greenfinch (South ), 22 Linnet (South ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Song Thrush (West ), 2 Stonechat (On The Common) [Brian Combes]
Friday 23 Oct 2020
Stow Marsh, 14:00 to 16:30, Rain then lovely sunshine, a bit windy W. Tide coming in
800 Wigeon (Clements Green Creek), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Saltcoats), 500 Teal (Clements Green Creek), 300 Golden Plover, 450 Redshank, 4 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female and two 2cy males one of which spent a lot of the time walking around the fields), 7 Buzzard (4 soaring and 3 perched on posts in the fields), 1 Rock Pipit, 105 Linnet, 11 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 1 Corn Bunting, 10 Dunlin (not many have arrived yet), 36 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Stonechat (5 first winters in a group on a bush plus a separate pair), 260 Lapwing, 9 Grey Plover, 2 Cetti's Warbler (one at Saltcoats and one in a reedbed on Stow Marsh 1 1/4 miles east of their usual locations) [Alan Shearring]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:30 to 12:00, Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare (Heard overhead.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Heard overhead.) [Andrew Cox]
Roydon, 09:45 to 10:00
1 Kingfisher [Paul Gymer]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 11:30, Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm.
2 Sparrowhawk (Female & male.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One inspecting & entering nest hole from spring. Horse paddock territory.), 10 Chaffinch (At least.), 6 Siskin (At least. Mobile & elusive.), 2 Lesser Redpoll (At least. In flight.) [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 16:30, Selected highlights
7 Crossbill (All west/southwest ), 110 Redpoll sp. (Flocks of c40, 30, 2 x 20 all southwest except the 40 which flew north. Presumed Lesser Redpolls), 50 Siskin (Southwest), 1 Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 80 Golden Plover, 300 Knot, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Cetti's Warbler (2 seen and 1 heard), 2 Redwing, 120 Avocet, 5 Yellowhammer, 7 Corn Bunting, 300 Chaffinch (Groups moving west all morning.), 75 Skylark (All southwest) [Steve Grimwade]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:00, Few showers blustery
6 Cattle Egret (In paddocks next to car park), 1 Merlin (Female on post short walk), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Crossed lower marsh), 2 Rock Pipit (Long walk bottom), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (Juveniles long walk bottom), 1 Green Sandpiper (Long walk Salcott side) [Mike Hardwick]
Shrub End, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Pied Wagtail (flew over garden), 1 Greenfinch (flew over garden), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit (pair), 2 Great Tit (pair), 30 Starling (flock flying around) [Oliver Cottis]
Thursday 22 Oct 2020
Roman River Valley, 18:30 to 20:00, evening walk
8 Tawny Owl (8 individuals heard), 1 Little Owl (heard briefly) [Oliver Cottis]
Gosfield, 16:00 to 17:30, Sunny clear
5 Crossbill (Rayne Hatch Wood, Penny Pots area, present throughout visit but flighty around the pine area of wood, possibly more present), 1 Marsh Tit (In tit flock) [Andrew Goodey]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 14:45, Mild, sunny
9 Goosander (Layer de la Haye causeway, all females), 1 Pintail (Layer de la Haye causeway, female) [Simon Banks]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 12:39, Sunny, breezy, mild
1 Bittern (North east of Layer Breton causeway over reed beds), 20 Great White Egret (Distributed across reservoir with 12+ visible from Layer de la Haye causeway) [Andrew Wilson]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Dry, S breeze, sun & cloud, 16c. Sightings with Brenda.
3 Buzzard, 1 Raven (Crossed water from W bank to right of Rawl hide. Large Corvid Cronking in flight. ), 40 Wigeon (Circa.), 3 Pintail (Drakes.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Rawl hide. ), 2 Ruff, 30 Shoveler (Circa.), 100 Teal (At least.), 77 Mute Swan, 7 Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 4 Common Gull [David Hale] Common Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thorndon CP (North), 11:00 to 12:00, Sun & clouds. Mild.
1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Lesser Redpoll (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
East Mersea, 10:00 to 13:45, Sunny, mild, brisk wind from WSW
1 Honey Buzzard (Seen 10:25 over channel between Langenhoe Marsh and Reeveshall Marsh, dark bird, probable juv, flew off towards Brightlingsea. Description follows!), 1 Rock Pipit, 40 Avocet, 20 Snow Bunting (NOT seen by me, but reliable description from two casual birders of flock of about 20 rising from saltmarsh just west of Mersea Stone. Good description - couldn't have been anything else. ) [Simon Banks]
East Tilbury, 10:00 to 13:30, Fine and sunny, W wind, LT
1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 11 Little Grebe, 42 Curlew, 156 Shelduck, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 66 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 535 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Merlin (Female), 5 Stonechat (Two pairs and a male), 82 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv), 1 Kingfisher [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 10:00 to 11:00, Sun & clouds. Mild.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Rayne, 09:40 to 09:40, Sunny 2/8
1 Crossbill (Over village) [Andrew Goodey]
Holland Haven, 09:15 to 09:30
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Calling from willows at south end of carpark) [James Astley]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:30, Fine and sunny, W wind, LT
28 Lapwing (In the fort), 78 Teal (12 in the fort, the rest on the foreshore by the STW), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore by the STW), 16 Mallard (On the STW outfall), 2 Curlew (On the foreshore by the STW), 1 Grey Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Sparrowhawk (In the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Wednesday 21 Oct 2020
Colchester, 14:00 to 14:05
1 Raven (quite high, mobbed by a sparrowhawk), 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbing raven) [Oliver Cottis]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 16:00, Cloudy, some rain. Clear spells interspersed with quite murky periods.
1 Arctic Skua (PP adult upriver.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
Rayne, 16:45 to 16:45, Sunny cloudy
1 Raven (Flying between Rayne and Gt Saling, calling) [Andrew Goodey]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 15:40 to 16:30, Warm & dry, S breeze, sun & cloud. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from Marina area.
1 Cattle Egret (With cattle other side of creek. Short stocky white Egret with yellow bill, at feet of cattle. ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 1 Kestrel (Harassing the Marsh Harrier.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair, other side of creek.), 4 Curlew [David Hale]
Maldon, 15:30 to 15:30, Sunny, warm, breezy.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Beside canal, Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Althorne, 15:00 to 18:00, Mild, sunny, light S wind moving SE. Highlights during WeBS count.
1 Merlin (Adult male, Bridgemarsh Island), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat [Steven Swaby]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 15:00 to 18:00, Sunny, warm.
2 Little Grebe, 7 Mute Swan (Usual pair with five well grown cygnets.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female & immature.), 1 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail (At least.), 3 Grey Plover (In flight from sluice.), 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Noisy & active around sluice/creek.), 13 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Grey Wagtail (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Male.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 13:45 to 15:10, Sunny, warm, brisk S wind.
1 Canada Goose, 17 Greylag Goose, 27 Mute Swan, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 40 Pochard (circa.), 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 18 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 3 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 11:15 to 13:45, Warm S breeze, sun & cloud, 20c. Incoming tide. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Great White Egret (On distant tide line. No mistaking the large Egret even at distance. Unmistakable size, large dagger bill.), 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 500 Wigeon (Conservative estimate, probably twice this number.), 500 Oystercatcher (Circa. ), 100 Dunlin (Circa.), 15 Curlew (Circa.), 50 Grey Plover (Circa.), 30 Turnstone (Circa. ), 5 Redshank, 7 Swallow (Going South. ), 2 Great Crested Grebe [David Hale]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:30 to 13:00, Dry, breezy on river wall. Rising Tide
16 Avocet, 24 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 24 Brent Goose, 60 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull [Stuart Anderson]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:30 to 10:15, Overcast, still, 12degs. Very few birds about.
1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male. Emerging from Saltcoats red marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:00 to 16:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and adult female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel, 3 House Martin (South), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin, 100 Curlew, 4 Stonechat (2 pairs), 15 Corn Bunting, 20 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch, 500 Cormorant, 1 Jay, 20 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pintail (Juvs south), 10 Reed Bunting, 60 Grey Plover, 8 Greenfinch [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 19 Oct 2020
Writtle, 15:00 to 15:15, overcast
1 Kingfisher (flew over road, towards lake/streams) [Oliver Cottis]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:00 to 14:30, High tide
2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (usual pair, all the first winters of 16/10 have moved on), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 100 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret (roosting on saltmarsh), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 900 Starling [Alan Shearring]
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny with a south breeze. Walk along bridle path towards Wellinditch
5 Buzzard, 9 Robin, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (flew from hedge to oak tree branch, called once and disappeared forever), 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff [Alan Shearring]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:15 to 11:45, Sunny, warm. Breezy. Lincewood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least. Exploring inside a tree hole for at least a minute at one point.), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Flying over.) [Andrew Cox]
Good Easter, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (drifting north), 190 Linnet (second largest flock locally) [Martin Henry]
Nazeing, Lea Valley, 08:45 to 09:15
4 Lesser Redpoll [Thomas Simon]
Sunday 18 Oct 2020
Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island, 15:50 to 16:00
1 Snow Bunting (Still south of stone point near steps to point), 1 Rock Pipit (With snow burning ), 1 Meadow Pipit (With snow Bunting ) [Stephen Entwistle]
South Woodham Ferrers, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Woodlark (flying NE then more E, very vocal ) [Alan Shearring]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 12:45 to 17:15, Cloudy, occasional sun. Mild.
1 Little Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret (In flight past saline viewpoint.), 45 Wigeon (At least.), 39 Teal, 36 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (At least.), 288 Lapwing (At least.), 12 Snipe (Flock in flight.), 10 Curlew, 189 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 21 Redshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 200 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 5 Common Gull (At least.), 16 Herring Gull (At least.), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher (Active & noisy around the creek/sline lagoon area.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Abstraction ditch.) [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:00 to 14:00, Still and clear. Some occasional sun
4 Marsh Harrier (One male), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Merlin (Female/juvenile ), 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Shoveler, 40 Shelduck, 15 Grey Plover, 3500 Golden Plover (Estimate count), 100 Dunlin, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 25 Skylark, 20 Wigeon, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 27 Ringed Plover, 8 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan, 7 Grey Heron, 20 Pintail (20+), 43 Buzzard (In a single thermal, moving north at the east end of reserve), 20 Canada Goose, 15 Herring Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Snipe [Ian Dewsnap]
Mistley, 11:20 to 12:05, Overcast, mild
1 Corn Bunting (TM1230 near remains of St Mary's Church, on wires with 20 Linnets in are where there were 1-2 singing males last two years), 2 Stock Dove (TM1131 near artificial lake) [Simon Banks]
Frinton-on-Sea, 10:45 to 13:00, Occasional sunny spell. Viewing along lane south of Tennis Club towards pumping station.
1 Dusky Warbler (A vocal bird, that showed well on and off.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock [Andrew Allen]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:30 to 11:00, Mild, overcast and still.
4 Cetti's Warbler (3 around Saltcoats reed marsh and and one I in the orchard area.), 800 Wigeon (At least. Clements Green Creek.), 2 Water Rail (Heard only. One in Saltcoats Reed marsh and one in reed on East Marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Wrabness, 10:05 to 10:30, Overcast, mild
19 Red-breasted Merganser (Two groups both downriver of Wrabness reserve), 2 Stonechat (Just east of Wrabness chalets) [Simon Banks]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 12:30, Broken cloud, lightW wind, rising tide
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 10 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 59 Tufted Duck (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 22 Pochard (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 91 Teal (Two on Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 18 Shoveler (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 38 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 14 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 562 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 51 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 157 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 3 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 134 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 20 Curlew (In the managed retreat.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 8 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 33 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Beckton, 07:45 to 13:00, Cloudy no wind
1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 17 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Saturday 17 Oct 2020
Fingringhoe Mill, 14:00 to 15:45, dull and overcast, wind light, high tide.
9 Pied Wagtail (min'), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (over), 2 Little Egret, 8 Jay (lots of activity around Oaks), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 28 Teal, 9 Magpie, 1 Curlew, 31 Lapwing, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron [Ashley Gooding]
Frinton-on-Sea, 13:00 to 13:00, Still and sunny
1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin (3-4.30pm visit)), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard [Sean Nixon] Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 09:30 to 11:30, Overcast
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Cormorant (flying over), 1 Stonechat, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel [Emma Robinson]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, cool.
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 40 Starling (Horse paddock near Hatch Farm.), 20 Chaffinch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ulting, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Red Kite seen flying over Maldon road near Ulting. ) [Michael Lane]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 08:30 to 11:00
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Still present for 5th day in trees adjacent toddler play area) [Robin Peppaitt]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy,cool.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (At least.), 4 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 12 Chaffinch (At least.), 10 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, overcast first thing then some sun, light N wind, cool, flooding tide - some finch and thrush movement, mainly first thing
70 Goldcrest (+), 2 Brambling (1, below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond), 15 Song Thrush (Mainly west), 43 Redwing (Mainly west), 81 Goldfinch (Mainly south), 27 Chaffinch (Mainly south), 9 Siskin (South), 16 Lesser Redpoll (South), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 11 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark (West), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 42 Swallow (N, a trickle in small groups from mid morning on), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (S), 3 Firecrest (2 with goldcrests, 1 below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond + one John Weston Reserve (in the hand, thanks to Simon and Pat Cox)), 1 Dusky Warbler (East edge of cricket pitch in low scrub; initially calling from cover, then gave some brief but decent views before moving north into deeper cover. Did not call or show again, over the next half an hour or later in the morning.) [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 10:00
1 Dusky Warbler (Still present this morning along hedge on west side of lane running south from tennis club towards Anglian Water pumping station. Best viewed from field edge. Access via the tennis club car park (which they are happy for birders to use). A message has been left for the farmer so please be respectful along the field edge which is private land ) [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 16 Oct 2020
Frinton-on-Sea, 16:00 to 18:15
1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin in an area with no public access, still present at dusk. If present in the morning then access arrangements will be made and location shared) [Paul Brayshaw]
Stow Marsh, 14:00 to 16:00, Tide going out NE wind. Partridge shoot
10 Meadow Pipit (feeding on saltings), 29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Turnstone, 6 Stonechat (pair and the others were 1st winters), 2 Buzzard (hunting fields), 29 Linnet, 1 Merlin (female), 890 Wigeon (appeared from the east as tide went out), 25 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:40 to 15:00, NW breeze, dry, overcast, 12 c. Sightings with Brenda from Marina car park area. Approaching low tide.
3 Cattle Egret (On Salt Marsh across Creek. Showing well. Proof photo's.), 20 Redshank (Circa.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 1 Buzzard (On Salt Marsh post.), 6 Wigeon (3 pair.), 10 Teal (Circa.), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe [David Hale] Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 16 Oct 2020, (David Hale) , Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 16 Oct 2020, (David Hale)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:30 to 14:00, High tide NE wind
2 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Stonechat (all looked like 1st winters), 2 Sparrowhawk, 500 Starling, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Snipe, 20 Linnet, 160 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush [Alan Shearring]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:00 to 16:00, Cloudy, mild. Becoming colder.
2 Great Crested Grebe (East of the slipway.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 23 Oystercatcher (Lagoon.), 91 Avocet (Lagoon), 100 Ringed Plover (Lagoon.), 25 Grey Plover (Lagoon.), 20 Golden Plover (Approx. Saltmarsh bordering Canvey.), 35 Lapwing (Lagoon.), 250 Dunlin (Lagoon.), 16 Knot (Lagoon.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Lagoon.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 9 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 2 Kingfisher (Eastern satmarsh (from coastguards) & lagoon. Latter seen to catch & eat quite a large fish. One of these (or a third) hovering close to the seawall between lagoon & car park. ), 3 Rock Pipit (Near slipway.), 1 Stonechat (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:50 to 13:20, NW breeze, overcast, dry, 12c. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from vandalised hide !.
25 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank (Circa.), 30 Curlew (Plus.), 2 Avocet, 150 Shelduck (At least.), 28 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier (Kent bank side. ), 6 Greenfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit (Circa.), 50 Linnet (Estimated flock. ), 30 Goldfinch (At least. ), 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Stonechat (Pair & single male. ), 2 Little Egret, 5 Brent Goose [David Hale]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 09:45 to 17:00
1 Scaup (Flew into the river), 9 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Auk (12:45 First seen by Dave Wagstaff occasionally landing on the sea whilst passing the Obs and then seen by Cindy Lawes and myself flying past Sales Point and then into the river.), 5 Swallow, 10 Goldcrest, 300 Chaffinch (+ going north in groups of 20 or so? Strange considering the big southerly movement in previous days.), 30 Siskin (Going north? Once again strange.) [John Sutherby]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 15:00, Little sun or wind but pleasant
5 Cattle Egret (With cattle on short walk), 1 Pink-footed Goose (With Greylag long walk), 2 Eider (Main estuary), 2 Green Sandpiper (Long walk), 6 Rock Pipit (Long walk) [Mike Hardwick]
South Hanningfield, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny - Breezy
4 Red-crested Pochard (From the southern causeway - 4Ms + 4Fs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Across from the Fishing Lodge loafing with other gull species), 24 Great Black-backed Gull (Loafing on shore across from the Fishing Lodge), 5 Ruff, 175 Starling (In flight in a loose flock - Seen from the southern causeway), 35 Lapwing (In flight - Seen from the southern causeway) [John Smart]
Mistley, 08:30 to 17:15, from Manningtree
1 Shag (Juvenile - SW of railway bridge), 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 2 Kingfisher (Maybe 3 individuals?), 10 Swallow (Heading SW), 3 Snipe (Splodge), 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 10 Pintail [David L Smith]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Ring Ouzel [Clive Atkins]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light NW wind, LT
144 Teal (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Curlew (On foreshore in front of the fort), 15 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Harwich, 07:30 to 11:30, 4/8 cloud
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Briefly in Beacon Hill fort area with tit flock. Also heard to call ), 30 Goldcrest (Mostly in Beacon Hill park), 20 Blackbird (In park), 7 Siskin, 2 Redpoll sp. [Andrew Goodey]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Cloudy, mild. Plotlands.
1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (Showing well by the lake. Often perched quite high in trees.), 1 Swallow, 20 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Noisy flock.), 7 Chaffinch (At least.), 3 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch (At least.), 15 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 14:00, 0700-0945, 1330-1400. Selected totals from undercliff - fantastic arrival of crests
115 Goldcrest (+ notable arrival early am with 50+ birds moving inland, still 65+ between Connaught Avenue and Queens Road at lunchtime), 1 Firecrest (+ zig-zag path to beach below Connaught Avenue at lunchtime), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in tamarisk behind beach huts between 3rd and 4th Avenue 0910-0920.) [Paul Brayshaw]