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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 22 Feb 2020
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 15:00 to 16:45, Cloudy, windy.
2 Marsh Harrier (Female & imm.), 1 Kestrel (Usual box.), 2 Greenshank (Flew along Timbermans Creek, towards marina.), 1 Chiffchaff (Hedgerow parallel to entrance track.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing from entrance track hedgerow.) [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 14:45, Sun & cloud. Windy.
6 Pintail (Three pairs.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Carpeting the shallow areas. Many moulting into summer plumage.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (One adult, with almost full black hood. One 2nd winter, still with winter head.) [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 12:45 to 13:00, Dry, windy, sunny
1 Great Black-backed Gull [Michael Davies] Great Black-backed Gull at Wivenhoe on 22 Feb 2020, (Michael Davies)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 15:30, Overcast - Wind South Westerly- Strong
2 Great White Egret (LB Causeway), 4 Pintail (LB Causeway), 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH Causeway), 5 Goosander (At least), 1 Smew (female - LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Billets Farm), 2 Whooper Swan (LB Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (female - Bay Hide Bay), 3 Redshank (LDLH Causeway), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male between the two entrance gates), 1 Stonechat (Male - Gwen's Hide..... 56 Species on a tough days birdwatching) [Mick Woodruff]
Westley Heights, 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy,
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:45 to 13:45, Overcast, strong WSW wind, rising tide. Very few waders on the flats, probably because on the wind.
8 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 272 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 44 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 85 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 6 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 3 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 119 Teal (18 Golden Gates, 16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 101 Tufted Duck (one on the Thames, 30 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 66 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 4 Canada Goose (Two in field by the VC, two Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair near a Golden Gates), 30 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 24 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 15 Pochard (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 6 Lesser Redpoll (Very confiding flock feeding on fallen alder cones on the main path through the alder wood), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy, mild. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
4 Green Woodpecker (All feeding on the recreation ground adjacent to Lincewood.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing male Lincewood. One Mark's Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 21 Feb 2020
Warley, 18:00 to 18:00
90 Pied Wagtail (Birds ready to roost in birches by Highway House LV office, Brentwood station.) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:00, Windy
3 Great White Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Whooper Swan (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Smew (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Ldlh causeway ), 2 Scaup, 5 Goosander, 10 Goldeneye [Yvonne Watling]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:00 to 11:45
20 Canada Goose, 230 Greylag Goose, 17 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Gadwall, 20 Mallard (+.), 27 Pochard, 51 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:45 to 08:25, Overcast, calm
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Goosander (2m, 4f), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male), 75 Tufted Duck, 11 Coot, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush (Heard) [Matt Turner] Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 21 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Reed Bunting at Ardleigh Reservoir on 21 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 21 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Thursday 20 Feb 2020
Great Totham, 16:40 to 16:45
14 Goosander ( Possibly more. Nine male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Witham, 12:00 to 12:00
2 Mandarin Duck (Courtship display) [David L Smith]
Holland Haven, 11:30 to 12:45, very windy!
10 Snipe (+), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Lapwing (+), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice) [Liz Huxley]
Rayne, 08:15 to 08:45, Very windy
2 Red Kite (All sightings are at great sailing), 3 Buzzard [Chris Turner]
Wednesday 19 Feb 2020
TQ5490, 17:00 to 17:00, overcast, cool
3 Ring-necked Parakeet (flying SW of Harold Wood station) [Mark Gregory]
Great Totham, 15:50 to 16:00, Overcast, drizzle.
10 Goosander (5 Male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.), Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher [Mark Fisher]
Witham, 10:45 to 10:45, Over River Walk
1 Harris's Hawk, 1 Buzzard [David L Smith] Harris's Hawk at Witham on 19 Feb 2020, (David L Smith)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 14:30, bright & sunny - cloud & rain later
60 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (west of Layer Breton c/way), 6 Pintail (east LdlH c/way), 1 Scaup (east LdlH), 2 Long-tailed Duck (east LdlH), 120 Goldeneye (excluding Hide Bay (not counted)), 3 Smew (LdlH & Peldon Bay (1)), 6 Goosander, 1 Ferruginous Duck (west LdlH), 1 Grey Partridge (below Abberton church - my first for this site), 1 Mistle Thrush (LdlH church), 2 Stonechat (pair Billets), 70 Linnet (Ab church), 6 Corn Bunting (flushed below Ab church) [Martin Peers]
Dovercourt, 10:00 to 10:00, Excellent
10 Sanderling (Spa Beach) [Peter Brittain]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:45 to 13:45, Sunny start, began to rain early afternoon
45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard, 3 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunnock, 2 Little Grebe [Alan Shearman]
Little Waltham, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny and frosty
1 Jay [David Saville] Jay at Little Waltham on 19 Feb 2020, (David Saville)
Tuesday 18 Feb 2020
Beeleigh, 16:00 to 16:00, Rain.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Colchester, 14:30 to 14:45, Grey and mild
5 Stock Dove (Under bird feeders in back garden), 1 Song Thrush (feeding in back garden) [Sean Nixon] Stock Dove at Colchester on 18 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Stock Dove at Colchester on 18 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Song Thrush at Colchester on 18 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, )
Stow Marsh, 13:30 to 15:30, Low tide. Very windy then rain, not a good day to go birding!
1 Kingfisher (by sluice), 1 Pintail, 400 Starling (on fields), 700 Rook (on fields), 26 Avocet, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (very wary due to the wind) [Alan Shearring]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 16:00, Low Tide
10 Marsh Harrier (+), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female on Geedon Marsh), 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 450 Avocet (+), 1 Bullfinch (Heard only) [David L Smith]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher [Mark Fisher]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:30 to 17:00, Dry, sun & cloud, strong SW wind. Short heavy shower at 16 30, 8c. Low water all day. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Along bank past hide.), 1 Kestrel, 25 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 1000 Avocet (Circa. Injured bird still present & feeding alone. See photo.), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 30 Curlew (Circa.), 9 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 20 Greylag Goose (Circa.), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa, flock over river.), 100 Dunlin (At least.), 1 Turnstone, 50 Wigeon, 2 Canada Goose, 6 Mallard, 20 Teal, 100 Shelduck (Circa.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair. Entrance road.), 8 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair.), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Probable pair.), 4 Greenfinch (2 pair.), 4 Chaffinch (2 pair.), 500 Black-headed Gull (Circa.) [David Hale] Avocet at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Blue Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Chaffinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-headed Gull at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Kelvedon, 10:15 to 10:15
1 Red Kite (Drifted east over A12) [Steve Grimwade]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny and calm
2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Goosander (4m, 3f), 1 Kingfisher (Male), 4 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting (Male in song), 1 Sparrowhawk (Probable female distant and brief), 60 Tufted Duck [Matt Turner] Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Green Sandpiper at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Kingfisher at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Reed Bunting at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner)
Monday 17 Feb 2020
Epping, 14:00 to 14:15
2 Red Kite (Pair on patrol) [Roger Emmens]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:30 to 12:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 750 Knot, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 700 Brent Goose, 170 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 300 Dunlin [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 13:00
2 Whooper Swan (East of LBC, then joined the 50 mute swans on the field to the south.), 1 Ferruginous Duck (West of LBC but hiding amongst the trees with the Aythya flock.), 3 Long-tailed Duck (East of LdlHC), 1 Scaup (East of LdlHC), 1 Black Swan (East of LdlHC), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (Flew over from the fields to the North), 2 Great White Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat (Female near the island hide), 1 Slavonian Grebe (In hide bay), 2 Oystercatcher (By gwen's hide) [Tony Kennelly]
Sunday 16 Feb 2020
Writtle, 16:15 to 16:45, Northwest Chelmsford Garden, Rain finally stopped
1 Barn Owl (Hunting in meadow behind house ), 2 Mallard (In flooded field), 1 Kestrel (Male), 2 Moorhen (In flooded field), 15 Magpie (+, pre-roost gathering.) [Andrew Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 17:00, End of storm Dennis interspersed with occasional glimpses of the sun
2 Smew (2 Redhead off LBC), 2 Whooper Swan (In field SW of LBC), 3 Great White Egret (Roosting between causeways), 2 Scaup (Pair with Aythya flock east of LDHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (In same Aythya flock), 1 Merlin (Stunningly marked male on distant post at Wig Bay, flew south), 1 Goosander (Female east of LDHC) [Matt Turner] Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 15:00 to 17:00, Clearing after the passing of Storm Dennis; Rising Tide HT 18:15; Sightings from Mucking Flats Hide; Selected totals
55 Shelduck, 36 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 5 Oystercatcher, 423 Avocet (Flight upriver towards HT Roost), 200 Lapwing (c. Distant towards Cliffe), 2 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 9 Turnstone (Roosting on Landfill Barge by Yellow Barrel Mooring), 419 Dunlin (Flight from Stanford Wharf (RSPB) upriver towards HT Roost (at least 5 other similar uncounted flights from locations downriver)), 200 Redshank (c. in Flight within RSPB Stanford Wharf), 1 Marsh Harrier (Distant Flew S over river), 1 Barn Owl (Hunting Mucking creek 16:55), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male: Hide Feeders), 9 Greenfinch (Hide Feeders (peanuts)) [Steve Swinney] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 16 Feb 2020, (Steve Swinney)
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:45, Heavy rain, clearing
3 Long-tailed Duck (indulging in some calling), 2 Scaup, 2 Smew, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Goosander, 15 Goldeneye [Sean Nixon] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, )
Great Totham, 09:45 to 10:15, Brief period with no rain. Wind much reduced.
6 Goosander (Four male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.), 1 Cormorant (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South. Fairly irregular here.), 1 Buzzard (Just north of Captains Wood. Rooks in attendance.), 5 Magpie (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.), 40 House Sparrow (circa. At feeders, Prince of Wales Rd.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 12:00, EBwS February Field Trip. Well done to those who turned out on such a horrendous conditions. Selected sightings
3 Hen Harrier (Adult female, 1cy Male and 1 cy Female (May have been a fourth bird too!)), 1 Merlin (Female on posts), 4 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Stonechat, 20 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 1 Raven (Distantly over southern sea wall), 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Pintail, 500 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 2 Snipe [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 15 Feb 2020
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:45 to 16:45, Cloudy. Windy. Rain.
2 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher (Marina.), 22 Curlew (Marina & creek.), 24 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina. One moulting into summer plumage.), 8 Redshank (At least. Marina & creek.), 1 Greenshank (Creek.), 4 Spotted Redshank (Creek.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. Past hide.), 1 Common Gull (Past hide.), 2 Bullfinch (At least. In scrub opposite gun cotton pond.) [Andrew Cox]
TL5406, 13:00 to 13:15
200 Jackdaw, 200 Rook, 100 Carrion Crow (Mixed forbid flock, probably more than the 500 birds, in horse paddocks between Moreton and Shelley) [Andrew Stroud]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 12:30 to 12:30
2 Goosander (Pair visible on lower lake as I drove slowly along Weald Road) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 14:00, Very windy
2 Smew (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Whooper Swan (Layer breton causeway ), 3 Great White Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Ferruginous Duck (Viewed from Layer breton causeway on the south side between causeway briefly ), 5 Goosander, 2 Pintail, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Redshank [Yvonne Watling]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, windy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, mild, overcast, very strong south westerly wind, ebbing tide; 9 species in song
1 Chiffchaff (Double hedge, briefly singing), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Merlin (Hunkered down in dunes north of Stone Point Lagoon ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Hunkered down in front of sea wall on Horsey Island ), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Off Stone Point ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point ), 1 Grey Heron, 6 Goldcrest [Brian Combes]
Friday 14 Feb 2020
Epping, 15:45 to 15:45, Dry mild
1 Red Kite (With my previous siting (4 Red Kite in one day)) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Colchester, 15:30 to 16:00, Breezy and grey
2 Peregrine Falcon (Both adults around Jumbo) [Sean Nixon] Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 14 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 14 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 14 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey, 15:30 to 15:30, Dry mild
3 Red Kite (In one field towards Breach Barns (my highest single count)), 15 Red-legged Partridge [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Thorndon CP (North), 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny, some cloud.
1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:15 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, brisk SW wind max 10c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Ferruginous Duck (Rich dark brown colour, white patch under tail, white eye. NW corner of LDHC.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (LDHC, one each side.), 4 Scaup (Drake & 3 females, VC side of LDHC.), 100 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 100 Pochard (Plus.), 50 Goldeneye (Circa.), 50 Wigeon (Circa.), 50 Gadwall (At least.), 20 Shoveler (Circa.), 20 Mallard (Circa.), 1 Smew (Female, LBC.), 1 Goosander (Drake, LBC.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male, Hide Bay hide, perched in dead tree.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male. Hide Bay hide.), 70 Mute Swan (Plus. Grazing on approach to LBC, W side.), 2 Whooper Swan (With Mute Swan.), 2 Great White Egret (Large white Egret, yellow dagger bill.), 4 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide, far bank.), 4 Redshank (LDHC.), 2 Oystercatcher (Hide Bay Hide.), 1 Common Gull [David Hale] Peregrine Falcon at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:00, Sun and cloud with light breeze.
1 Ferruginous Duck, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Smew, 2 Pintail [Paul Chamberlain] Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 11:30, Sunny, calm then very windy on wall by river
1 Peregrine Falcon (Far side of Round Marsh flooded area, perched), 1 Short-eared Owl (From Round Marsh hide huntingover reed bed), 1 Marsh Harrier (From Round Marsh hide, also other sightings ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 1 Starling (Large flocks over marsh areas), 1 Lapwing (Large flocks a.b.), 1 Barnacle Goose (With Canada geese), 300 Brent Goose (Only 1 flock seen), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Oystercatcher (On river shore), 1 Curlew (On shore and fields), 10 Wigeon (On river) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, bright, cool increasing wind
120 Bar-tailed Godwit (+ towards Stone Point on low water line), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Walton channel from Stone Point - 3m, 1f. ), 400 Cormorant (+ on Oakley beach), 4 Rock Pipit [Martin Richards]
Witham, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Bullfinch (Male, in hedgerow again just outside railway station ) [Emma Robinson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:30, Sunny, cool. Plotlands.
9 Tufted Duck (Five males, four females.), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch (Singing.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male, displaying.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:45 to 08:15, All sightings from Lodge Lane
1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Song Thrush (Heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Little Egret, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay [Matt Turner]
Thursday 13 Feb 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 17:00, Milder with sunshine and showers.
1 Ferruginous Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 5 Goosander, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 35 Common Gull [Sean Nixon] Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Whooper Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, )
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 12:00 to 16:00, W wind, showery, rising tide
26 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 209 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 7 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 4 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 204 Shelduck (One on Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 4 Knot (Mucking Bay), 129 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 11 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 110 Teal (Four each on Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted x Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 33 Coot (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 22 Pochard (Sixteen on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 102 Tufted Duck (18 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Buzzard (On the tip), 1 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Barn Owl (On fence posts by the outer car park), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Near the outer car park) [Paul Larkin]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher (Side of lake) [Mark Fisher]
Great Totham, 09:10 to 09:40
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Goosander (Male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 10:00, Sightings from LDHC, dry and windy
5 Goosander (2m, 3f), 2 Scaup (Pair), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ferruginous Duck (Still along treeline to NW) [Matt Turner] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner)
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 11:45, W wind, showery, LT
22 Oystercatcher, 119 Grey Plover, 22 Greenfinch, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Brambling, 3815 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl [Paul Larkin]
Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
Epping, 21:00 to 21:30, Light rain
114 Pied Wagtail (Roost in Epping High Street (outside Speakeasy)) [Roger Emmens]
Wrabness, 13:30 to 15:30
1 Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Pintail, 2 Greenfinch [Steve Grimwade]
South Woodham Ferrers, 13:30 to 13:30, Very high tide
1 Great White Egret (in Fen Creek then flew east over my back garden) [Alan Shearring]
Mistley, 12:00 to 12:30, sunny
10 Pintail [David Saville] Pintail at Mistley on 12 Feb 2020, (David Saville)
Farnham, near Bishops Stortford, 10:30 to 11:00, cold, clear
1 Raven (flew over woodland towards A120 Hadham road), 1 Red Kite (also presumed same in Bishop's Stortford earlier in morning), 1 Buzzard [Andrew Goodey]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 15:15
1 Ferruginous Duck (ad drake, NW of LDLH causeway early afternoon), 1 Long-tailed Duck (E of LDLH causeway), 1 Smew (redhead E of LDLH causeway), 2 Scaup (m&f E of LDLH causeway), 10 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (Hides bay), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier [Sean Huggins]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:05 to 10:50, Sunny. Brisk, cold W. wind.
20 Canada Goose, 42 Greylag Goose, 13 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 39 Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Meadow Pipit [Malcolm Corbett]
Mistley, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male), 2 Greenshank, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Scaup (Male), 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd winter), 250 Avocet, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Buzzard, 30 Pintail, 2 Black Swan [Steve Grimwade]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:45 to 08:30, Low tide, sightings from white bridge to plastics factory
4 Snipe (West of bridge), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male hunting Cattawade marsh), 2 Egyptian Goose (Male and Juv on splodge), 1 Meadow Pipit (Bathing in river), 8 Cormorant, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Curlew [Matt Turner] Snipe at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 12 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Egyptian Goose at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 12 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Cormorant at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 12 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Rayne, 06:30 to 06:45, cold, clear
1 Barn Owl (Oak Meadow Nature Reserve) [Andrew Goodey]
Tuesday 11 Feb 2020
East Tilbury, 14:00 to 16:00, Exceptional High Tide post Storm - Salt marsh flooded : Selected circa Totals from Spectacular Murmeration
10000 Dunlin (circa), 50 Curlew, 200 Grey Plover, 7 Oystercatcher, 14 Reed Bunting, 6 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1000 Avocet (circa) [Steve Swinney] Dunlin at East Tilbury on 11 Feb 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Peregrine Falcon at East Tilbury on 11 Feb 2020, (Steve Swinney)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 16:00, Over high (surge) tide
1 Red Kite (Furneaux Lane), 1 Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Kestrel (South Green), 12 Red-breasted Merganser (+) [David L Smith]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:40 to 16:00, Dry, sun & cloud, gusty & strong SW wind. High hide at 14 39, 6.2 metres. Sightings with Brenda.
1000 Dunlin (Circa.), 70 Curlew, 25 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 1 Turnstone, 1 Avocet (Same bird with injured leg seen 2 weeks ago.), 10 Oystercatcher, 60 Wigeon (Plus.), 200 Shelduck (At least.), 30 Greylag Goose (Circa. Flyby's.), 10 Teal, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret, 6 Mallard (3 pair.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Probable pair. Entrance wood.), 6 Stock Dove, 2 Greenfinch [David Hale] Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Feb 2020, (David Hale)
Connaught Water, Epping Forest, 10:15 to 11:30, Breezy.
6 Mandarin Duck, 5 Goosander (3 Drakes), 3 Grey Heron, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck [Andrew Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 09:10, Bright. Strong,gusty W. wind.
1 Barn Owl (Roosting.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Witham, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny and windy
1 Bullfinch (Male, in hedgerow just outside railway station ) [Emma Robinson]
Monday 10 Feb 2020
Colchester, 15:00 to 15:15, Blustery and grey
1 Peregrine Falcon (Male in north facing alcove on Jumbo), 2 Stock Dove (Under feeders in back garden) [Sean Nixon]
Epping, 14:00 to 14:15
450 Jackdaw (Feeding flock on meadows beside Swaines Green) [Roger Emmens]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher (Lake inlet) [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:30, Windy and bright.
3 Long-tailed Duck (North east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.), 1 Smew (South east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.), 2 Scaup (Male and female east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.) [David Curle] Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2020, (David Curle) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2020, (David Curle) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2020, (David Curle)
TL7106, 07:55 to 08:00, windy, fine; river high after heavy rain
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing occasionally near green bridge) [Mark Gregory]