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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Abberton Reservoir
Wednesday 12 Dec, 09:45 to 14:15, sunny and breezy
2 Bewick's Swan (below Abberton church), 50 Gadwall (+), 20 Pintail (Wigborough Bay), 160 Shoveler (+), 520 Pochard (+), 2 Long-tailed Duck (east of LdLH, distant - swimming and diving together between tern raft and right-hand shore @ 13:10), 40 Goldeneye, 1 Smew (drake with Goosanders west of LdLH c/way), 90 Goosander (present across all areas of reservoir), 30 Little Egret, 11 Great White Egret (between causeways, Wig Bay, below LdLH church), 300 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Black-necked Grebe (east of LdLH c/way), 1 Marsh Harrier (creamhead across from church), 1 Avocet (all waders Wig Bay), 20 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 4 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult) [Martin Peers]
Tuesday 11 Dec, 12:00 to 14:00, sunny with light breeze
1 Scaup (Female east of LBC), 49 Little Egret (East of LBC), 1 Great White Egret (East of LBC), 50 Goosander (Spread over Res (conservative estimate)), 2 Buzzard (LDLH causeway), 1 Black-necked Grebe (LDLH causeway) [Peter Triston] Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens)
Tuesday 11 Dec, 09:45 to 16:00, Dry, light SE breeze, sun & cloud, max 8c. Sightings with Brenda. 2 Causeway's, Billets Farm & Wig Bay only.
70 Goosander (Plus. Widespread.), 4 Smew (Redheads, LBC), 20 Goldeneye (Circa.), 200 Pochard (Plus.), 200 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 20 Pintail (Circa, Wig Bay.), 40 Wigeon (Circa.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (LDH Causeway.), 1 Redshank (LDH.), 20 Dunlin (Circa. Wig Bay), 10 Ruff (Wig Bay.), 500 Lapwing (Large flock to roost late pm.), 1000 Golden Plover (Large flock over Layer Marney.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Stonechat (Female, Billets Farm.), 1 Wren (Billets Farm.), 20 Fieldfare (Wig Bay.), 10 Meadow Pipit (Billets Farm.), 1 Curlew (Wig Bay.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay.), 6 Great White Egret, 28 Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron, 100 Common Gull (Circa, large flock on water, LBC.), 2 Egyptian Goose (LDH.) [David Hale] Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Stonechat at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Little Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Dec 2018, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Monday 10 Dec, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny with light breeze
6 Great White Egret, 40 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Smew, 34 Goosander, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Chamberlain] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain)
Sunday 09 Dec, 13:30 to 15:30, sunny cold wind
30 Goosander (+, impossible to count properly as in feeding frenzy! ), 3 Great White Egret, 15 Little Egret (all the above LDLH causeway), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 1 Black-necked Grebe (all the above from billets farm screen, on return counted 57 Goosander LDLH) [Ashley Gooding]
Sunday 09 Dec, 13:00 to 17:00, windy
1 Bewick's Swan (hide next to gwen hide juvenile with black beak), 6 Goosander (layer breton causeway), 9 Great White Egret (layer breton and layer de la haye causeway and bewicks swan hide), 2 Black-necked Grebe (layer breton), 1 Redshank (layer de la haye), 30 Little Egret (loads in trees), 12 Great Crested Grebe (layer breton) [Mark Webb]
Friday 07 Dec, 14:00 to 14:15, Sunshine and stiff breeze
4 Smew (incl 1 drake E of LB c/way), 71 Goosander, 8 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon)
Tuesday 04 Dec, 12:30 to 13:30, Bright and calm.
1 Long-tailed Duck (to the right of tern raft, but more distant), 6 Great White Egret, 25 Little Egret, 58 Goosander, 5 Smew (one male from LB causeway looking towards LdlH causeway), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper (Billet's Farm car park screen), 8 Ruff (Billet's Farm seated screen area), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin [David Allen]
Monday 03 Dec, 11:00 to 14:00, sunny with increasing wind and cloud
113 Little Egret (Between causeways (the most I've ever seen)), 7 Great White Egret (From LDLH causeway), 88 Goosander (Between causways and east of LDLH (52F and 36M)), 3 Smew (From LBC (2F and 1M)) [Peter Triston]
Monday 03 Dec, 08:45 to 10:30
1 Smew (Red head E LBC), 60 Goosander (+ Between causeways and E LHC), 1 Scaup (1w Male E LBC), 4 Great White Egret (Between causeways), 7 Goldeneye (2m 5f) [Matt Turner] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Sunday 02 Dec, 15:30 to 16:15, Gloomy.
2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from LB causeway), 10 Great White Egret, 39 Little Egret, 16 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall [David Allen]
Sunday 02 Dec, 11:00 to 13:45, Windy
60 Goosander (+30 LBC,20west LDLH,22eastLDLH), 11 Great White Egret (8 LDLH,3LB), 150 Pintail (at least Wig Bay), 9 Golden Plover (Wig Bay), 1 Ruff (Wig Bay and LDLH), 10 Curlew (Wig Bay), 4 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 3 Smew (East LBC Redheads), 1 Marsh Harrier (West LBC), 30 Goldeneye (+ scattered over Breton to Abb Church), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay) [Barbara Leport]
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT
Tuesday 04 Dec, 14:00 to 16:00, Bright and calm.
1 Ring-necked Duck (asleep for most of the time in the same place I first saw it on 7th Nov 2017!!), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Yellowhammer (calling), 40 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 12 Curlew, 5 Gadwall [David Allen]
Monday 03 Dec, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Ring-necked Duck (On lake with tufties), 1 Mandarin Duck (On lake), 1 Redpoll sp. (Calling overhead), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting N marsh, heading W), 1 Marsh Harrier (Hunting S marsh, heading W), 1000 Golden Plover (+), 64 Fieldfare, 1 Tawny Owl (Male heard calling twice near main building at 12.30! ) [Matt Turner] Ring-necked Duck at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Mandarin Duck at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Fieldfare at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Fieldfare at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Audley End
Thursday 06 Dec, 09:30 to 09:45, overcast
1 Black Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 1 Bullfinch [Martin Peers]
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury
Friday 30 Nov, 11:15 to 12:30, Bright sunshine
3 Buzzard (all records PAUL'S HALL & DOLLERY WOOD), 30 Common Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 30 Starling, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush (male in song), 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Martin Peers]
Belhus Woods CP
Tuesday 04 Dec

31 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 33 House Sparrow, 31 Starling, Nuthatch, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 30 Blue Tit, 31 Great Tit, 29 Long tailed Tit, Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 25 Robin, 13 Wren, 13 Dunnock, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 20 Blackbird, 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 6 Green Woodpecker, 77 Ring necked Parakeet, 16 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch, Bullfinch, 10 Crow, 14 Magpie, 4 Jay, 10 jackdaw, 21 Wood Pigeon, 154 Black headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Snipe, 48 Lapwing, Water Rail, 42 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 18 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 8 Great crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 12 Wigeon, 27 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 26 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 12 Pochard (RB)

[East London Birders Forum]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO)
Sunday 09 Dec, 11:00 to 16:00, Cold and bright. NW wind 3-4
1 Red-throated Diver, 27 Little Egret, 280 Pintail, 580 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Barn Owl (2 long dead birds in old buildng on Lure Field.), 750 Lapwing, 2500 Golden Plover, 3800 Dunlin, 14700 Knot ( Spectacular displays above Obs beaches), 250 Bar-tailed Godwit [Graham Smith]
Bradwell-on-Sea
Tuesday 11 Dec, 14:30 to 15:00, Sunny and calm - High tide
1 Eider (Lone female 100m off Power station) [Tony Thomas]
Burnham-on-Crouch
Tuesday 04 Dec, 14:45 to 15:00, Cold and still, tide low
3 Eider (feeding on the Crouch near Royal Corinthians Yacht Club) [Steven Swaby]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge
Tuesday 04 Dec, 12:30 to 12:30, Generally overcast, still withoccasional sun. Tide just going out.
1 Green Sandpiper (On splodge. Distant but clearly teetering hence id.) [Paul Saward] Green Sandpiper at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 04 Dec 2018, (Paul Saward)
Chigborough Lakes
Thursday 13 Dec, 09:15 to 10:50, And 12:00 to 12:35. Increasingly cold SE wind. With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Gadwall Lake.), 10 Shoveler (Gadwall Lake.), 5 Little Grebe, 60 Cormorant (circa. Mostly Main Lake.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Males.), 1 Water Rail, 50 Coot (circa. Mostly Pochard lake.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 15 Goldfinch (+.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 06 Dec, 10:00 to 11:35, And 12:40 to 13:20. Overcast. With Graham Barber.
37 Gadwall, 51 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldfinch (+), 1 Bullfinch (Male, with Goldfinches) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 30 Nov, 09:15 to 11:15
9 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 27 Cormorant, 30 Coot (+), 50 Fieldfare (circa.), 1 Goldcrest [Malcolm Corbett]
Clavering
Friday 30 Nov, 09:00 to 13:00, More like a spring day
1 Red Kite, 40 Canada Goose (Both sightings at deers green) [Chris Turner]
Colne Pt
Tuesday 04 Dec, 15:00 to 16:00, Quick look around sunset
300 Golden Plover (+ roosting on mudbank), 11 Curlew (Feeding and calling), 1 Ringed Plover (Heard calling, not seen), 7 Grey Plover, 1 Common Gull, 1 Stonechat (Female), 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Matt Turner]
Friday 30 Nov, 09:00 to 10:00
6 Grey Partridge (on approach road), 2 Stonechat, 2 Marsh Harrier (imm and young male) [Richard Allen]
Copford SW, near Stanway
Saturday 01 Dec, 15:00 to 16:00, Grey.
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker [David Allen]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough
Saturday 08 Dec, 12:30 to 14:45, Cloudy, shower, high tide.
1 Pink-footed Goose (In field with brent geese and 1 greylag goose.), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 23 Skylark, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Fieldfare, 150 Starling, 5 Golden Plover (In same field as geese.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 3 Jackdaw, 4 Stock Dove [David Curle] Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle)
Dedham
Tuesday 04 Dec, 12:00 to 12:30
4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing (At least 2 males in full song, fantastic!) [Matt Turner]
East Mersea
Thursday 13 Dec, 11:45 to 11:46
1 Shore Lark (Cudmore grove at stone point(playing hard to get)seen by Simon patient) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 12 Dec, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Shore Lark (Stone point found by dougal urquhart (still there)) [Stephen Entwistle]
East Tilbury
Thursday 13 Dec, 08:30 to 12:30, Fine and sunny, strong E wind, LT
2 Raven (Flew low over church towards Coalhouse Point, calling. Later the same or another pair seen heading towards Thurrock Nature Park mobbed at various points by a Buzzard and Crows), 504 Lapwing, 120 Grey Plover, 96 Curlew, 377 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type over to Kent), 24 Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 06 Dec, 08:15 to 12:30, Dull and overcast, light W wind, rising tide
95 Curlew, 112 Teal, 22 Knot, 138 Grey Plover, 356 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 963 Avocet, 2700 Dunlin, 138 Fieldfare, 60 Mallard (All on the fleet), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv type), 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Larkin]
Elmdon
Thursday 06 Dec, 09:55 to 11:25, overcast and dull, becoming breezy
100 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 6 Grey Partridge (small covey), 3 Red Kite (Redlands), 2 Buzzard, 150 Lapwing (towards Elmdon village), 1 Barn Owl (Redlands), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 30 Skylark, 50 Starling, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch (finches noticeably scarce today), 30 Yellowhammer, 34 Corn Bunting (Redlands) [Martin Peers]
Epping Forest, Highams Park
Sunday 02 Dec

20 Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest (J-P Elmes)

[East London Birders Forum]
Frinton-on-Sea
Saturday 08 Dec, 08:00 to 14:00, Selected totals
10 Great Skua (south) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 05 Dec, 08:00 to 15:00, S4-SW2, rain early am clearing. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
62 Red-throated Diver (north), 2 Black-throated Diver (north), 3 Eider (1N 2S), 2 Velvet Scoter (@ 1230), 2 Great Skua (north @ 1245, 1433), 4 Whooper Swan (Probable - high flying adult large swans N over coastal strip@ 1132 - too directly overhead to confirm!), 28 Guillemot (including groups of 6,4 and 8. Majority soon after the rain ceased), 1 Black Guillemot (1st winter @ 1040 close-mid range) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 04 Dec, 08:00 to 16:00, W1-2 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
72 Fieldfare (5 flocks in off/S), 1 Great Northern Diver (N @ 1030), 8 Blackbird (in off) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 02 Dec, 08:00 to 14:00, Selected totals. Movement to south
3 Great Skua, 13 White-fronted Goose (south with 28 Greylags @ 0957, 5ad), 427 Great Black-backed Gull [Paul Brayshaw]
Goldhanger
Monday 10 Dec, 10:00 to 13:00, Quite mild slight breeze dull
1 Spoonbill (Flying off estuary towards water treatment works), 1 Marsh Harrier (Young bird hunting Delph ditches), 1 Barn Owl (Presumably just one hunting various meadows near caravan park at least once successfully), 6 Shoveler (Maybe more on treatment works reservoirs) [Mike Hardwick]
Great Braxted
Monday 03 Dec, 14:30 to 15:30, Sun, rain, a rainbow and finally a black sky!
1 Nuthatch (a magnificent male down the track in an oak opposite the 3 alder trees), 1 Red Kite (also down the track above the 3 alder trees), 3 Siskin (in the oak opposite the 3 alder trees), 60 Redwing (at least), 200 Pheasant (at least), 1 Stock Dove [David Allen]
Great Yeldham
Friday 30 Nov, 09:00 to 11:00, bright sunshine
1 Buzzard (All records from RIDGEWELL AIRFIELD AT ASHEN), 18 Golden Plover, 100 Common Gull (+), 4 Stock Dove, 36 Skylark, 38 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 40 Chaffinch (circa), 8 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 24 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting [Martin Peers]
Gunners Park, Shoebury
Saturday 01 Dec, 13:30 to 14:30, Cold and grey
1 Black-throated Diver (adult on lake), 12 Little Grebe, 19 Fieldfare, 43 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On mudflats) [Sean Nixon] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon)
Saturday 01 Dec, 12:00 to 13:00, Overcast but rain ceased - fairly mild
1 Black-throated Diver (An apparent moribund partial breeding-plumaged adult showing to a few yards. In distress and possibly lightly oiled - requires veterinary attention to survive. Spent long periods just shutting its eyes and had attempted to climb on to the bank), 12 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 35 Starling [Lee G R Evans]
Friday 30 Nov, 13:00 to 13:45, Sunny, mild for time of year
1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Little Grebe [Peter Heath] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Heath)
Friday 30 Nov, 11:00 to 12:30, sunny with light breeze
1 Black-throated Diver [Paul Chamberlain] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain)
Friday 30 Nov, 10:45 to 13:00, SUNNYWITH LIGHT SOUTH WESTERLY WIND
1 Black-throated Diver (On main lake), 5 Little Grebe [Peter Triston] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens)
Hamford Water
Saturday 08 Dec, 09:00 to 13:00, Viewing from below Little Oakley
16 Marsh Harrier (min roost count, repeatedly 14-16 in the air together), 2 Hen Harrier (Male arrived near roost @ 1530 then sat on saltmarsh before flying into roost @ 1615, ringtail from 1605), 1 Merlin (male), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult female) [Paul Brayshaw]
Hanningfield Reservoir
Wednesday 12 Dec, 15:00 to 15:30, Bright and clear
10 Pink-footed Goose (A flock of 10 at the west end of the reservoir near to Crowsheath farm. Associating with Greylags.) [Robert Pease] Hanningfield Reservoir on 12 Dec 2018, (Robert Pease)
Wednesday 12 Dec, 09:00 to 09:00
2 Tundra Bean Goose (In distant group of Greylag on water), 7 Goldeneye (4m, 3f), 1 Goosander, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Mistle Thrush [Matt Turner] Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 12 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Saturday 08 Dec, 13:00 to 13:15, Overcast and breezy
2 Tundra Bean Goose (Still from causeway) [Brian Bolton]
Saturday 08 Dec, 10:45 to 11:30
1 Scaup (Male), 10 Goldeneye (+), 4 Goosander (At least), 150 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 20 Lapwing, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags) [Thomas Gilbert]
Wednesday 05 Dec, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Scaup (Female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Viewed from hide hunting ducks), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Steve Wilkinson]
Monday 03 Dec, 12:00 to 13:30, Tipping down!
2 Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Ruff, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard [David Allen]
Sunday 02 Dec, 12:00 to 13:00, Very mild.Occasional sun and clouds. A few light showers. All sightings from causeway
100 Canada Goose, 200 Greylag Goose, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags then flew on to grass with Greylags and Canadas.), 50 Cormorant, 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 50 Coot, 30 Mallard, 15 Goldeneye, 10 Herring Gull [Thomas Gilbert] Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Thomas Gilbert, Canon PowerShot SX410IS) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Thomas Gilbert, Canon PowerShot SX410IS)
Sunday 02 Dec, 09:45 to 11:30, Sun and cloud very mild for time of year.
2 Tundra Bean Goose (Seen from Causeway amongst Greylag), 200 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 5 Grey Heron, 10 Pied Wagtail, 100 Black-headed Gull (+) [Paul Fletcher] Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher)
Saturday 01 Dec, 15:30 to 16:00, Cloudy, all sightings from causeway
2 Bean Goose (With greylags), 120 Greylag Goose (At least, several large flocks), 20 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 200 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, 25 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 100 Cormorant (Probably more) [Thomas Gilbert]
Friday 30 Nov, 10:45 to 15:45, Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, max 12c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile from Rawl hide. Resting, bathing & making fruitless sorties over reservoir.), 4 Goosander (3 drakes 1 female.), 18 Goldeneye (7 drakes 11 females.), 11 Grey Heron, 100 Shoveler (Plus.), 100 Wigeon (Plus.), 2 Bean Goose (On meadow with Greylags from Causeway. Thanks to David.), 2 Ruff (West Bank.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (West Bank) [David Hale] Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 30 Nov 2018, (David Hale)
Heybridge GP
Thursday 06 Dec, 10:15 to 12:15, Also 3 Cinnamon Teal (2 males, 1 female) together along southern edge in and out of the reeds.
4 Goldeneye (2 males, 2 females.), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Along southern edge but moved further up around the reeds and out of sight.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over Northey Island.), 400 Avocet (c. High tide roost on river.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (c. High tide roost on small island.), 4 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher (Cindy Lawes.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling.) [John Sutherby]
Tuesday 04 Dec, 09:35 to 11:35, Bright, clear sky, v.light E wind. High tide 10:13. Two Cinnamon Teal present at Hall Road end.
120 Canada Goose (circa.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 150 Teal (+. Nos. continuing to build as I left.), 40 Shoveler (+.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa.), 2 Goldeneye (Males.), 11 Little Grebe, 4 Ringed Plover, 100 Lapwing (+.), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (circa.), 9 Greenshank, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 20 House Sparrow (+.), 3 Reed Bunting (One male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Holland Haven
Sunday 09 Dec, 08:00 to 09:45, Very windy
2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Also a group of 4 grey geese heading south. ), 1 Little Auk (Heading north at around 8:30 close inshore.), 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 10 Shelduck [Thomas Gilbert]
Thursday 06 Dec, 12:00 to 16:00, Overcast with S-SW breeze, 2 hours seawatch then scrape
1 Great Northern Diver (flying N), 2 Black-throated Diver (1 bird on sea, then 1 flying N 45 mins later (poss same bird?)), 6 Red-throated Diver (2 on sea, 4 N), 1 Great Skua (Flying low N), 3 Common Scoter (flying S), 4 Brent Goose (3 S, injured Juv near scrape), 1 Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Calling, 2 close front of main hide) [Matt Turner]
Ingrebourne Valley
Wednesday 05 Dec

Marsh Harrier (DMcG)

[East London Birders Forum]
Sunday 02 Dec

f Marsh Harrier, 4 Snipe, 100 Teal (SHa)

[East London Birders Forum]
Laindon
Saturday 01 Dec, 14:00 to 14:15, Overcast, mild.
60 Goldfinch (Approx. Around the area most of the day; some on garden feeders but most feeding on plane tree seeds.), 1 Sparrowhawk [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT
Sunday 09 Dec, 08:30 to 10:15, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 8 Meadow Pipit (Arable field between Lincewood & Plotlands.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Goldfinch (At least. Feeding in alders by the lake.), 7 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 07 Dec, 07:15 to 08:30, Overcast, rain. Breezy. Dunton Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 01 Dec, 08:30 to 09:30, Overcast, light rain becoming heavier. Mild. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Lee Valley, KGV
Sunday 02 Dec

Scaup, m Goosander, (DMi) 2 Great Northern Diver (NSm)

[East London Birders Forum]
Sunday 02 Dec

7 Goldeneye (Christopher Wright)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Marshes
Sunday 02 Dec

4 Stonechat, Kestrel (Alastair Dent)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Reservoirs
Monday 03 Dec

m Goosander, m Sparrowhawk, (Lol Bodini

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Wetlands
Tuesday 04 Dec

6 Goldeneye, 2 Stonechats, 9 Fieldfare (Walthamstow Birders)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Waterworks NR
Monday 03 Dec

Woodcock (Quentin Given)

[East London Birders Forum]
Leyton Flats, Eagle Pond
Monday 03 Dec

4w Caspian Gull (Quentin Given)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
Thursday 13 Dec, 10:50 to 12:00, Increasingly cold SE wind. With Graham Barber.
6 Egyptian Goose (On field north of farmhouse.), 1 Kestrel (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 06 Dec, 11:35 to 12:40, Overcast. With Graham Barber.
6 Egyptian Goose (Four to begin with, joined by two others before three flew out. Very vocal.), 1 Goldeneye (Male. Flew out during visit.), 18 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 30 Nov, 08:55 to 09:15, And 11:15 to 12:15
17 Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose (Main lake.), 8 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush (In song.), 7 Magpie, 50 Carrion Crow (+.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mistley
Friday 07 Dec, 12:00 to 12:15, High tide, raining and windy. Viewing from midway along walls.
6 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Shelduck [Paul Saward]
Thursday 06 Dec, 14:00 to 14:30, Overcast and darkish, cool but still. All sightings from the shelter.
3 Slavonian Grebe (Three together.), 20 Red-breasted Merganser [Paul Saward]
Naze, The
Saturday 08 Dec, 07:15 to 12:00, mild, strong westerly wind, mainly clear, rising tide
1 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Snipe, 1 Merlin (Towards Stone Point), 1 Great Crested Grebe (North), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Horsey Island), 3 Chiffchaff (At least 3 along lane next to sewage works), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing in John Weston Reserve), 3 Stonechat (Walton Hall Marshes) [Brian Combes]
Saturday 01 Dec, 07:15 to 11:45, Mild, strong south-west breeze, overcast, dry initially then persistent rain, high tide ebbing
8 Fieldfare, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 19 Redwing, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stone Point) [Brian Combes]
North Fambridge
Friday 30 Nov, 11:00 to 15:00, Walk to Bridgemarsh Island and back Low tide
550 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 270 Dunlin, 2300 Lapwing, 11 Little Grebe, 25 Stock Dove, 23 Avocet, 130 Pintail, 1000 Wigeon, 470 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Purple Sandpiper (roosting on Horseshoe), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 100 Shelduck [Alan Shearring]
Orsett Fen
Monday 03 Dec

8 Pheasant, 13 Red legged Partridge, 263 Starling, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 14 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 9 Lon g tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, 4 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 4 Song Thrush, 97 Redwing, 310 Fieldfare, 17 Blackbird, 11 Meadow Pipit, 31 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 31 Chaffinch, 27 Skylark, 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Pied Wagtail, 122 Wood Pigeon, 35 Crow, 12 Magpie, 6 Moorhen (RB)

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Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Wednesday 12 Dec, 09:30 to 15:30, Another excellent Swallow birding local birder day. Mixed sunshine with cold SE breeze
1 Great White Egret (Flying west), 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen briefly), 3 Marsh Harrier (1m), 14 Pintail, 45 Snipe (Probably more, lots of birds on islands on scrape), 5 Stonechat, 19 Avocet, 250 Dunlin, 1 Caspian Gull (Probable 1st winter bird from distance), 1 Buzzard (Being mobbed by 30+ corvids), 1 Bearded Tit (Heard pinging in reedbed), 1 Water Rail (Calling near bearded tit), 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush [Matt Turner] Pintail at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 12 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Rettendon
Thursday 06 Dec, 12:30 to 12:30
250 Fieldfare (flew north over the Lodge) [Alan Shearring]
Roding Valley Meadows NR
Wednesday 05 Dec

Little Grebe; 6 Little Egret; 14 Lesser Redpoll (BJ)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes
Thursday 06 Dec

m Peregrine, 20 Avocets, 30 Snipe, 2f, imm M & Green ZR Marsh Harriers, 20 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, 1500 Lapwing, 37 Black-Tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 3 Dunlin (Ian Plume, HTV, Alan Tanner)

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Wednesday 05 Dec

Raven, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1500 Lapwing (HTV)

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Tuesday 04 Dec

Short-eared Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (ATw)

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Monday 03 Dec

Jay, 20 redwing, 12 Snipe, 4 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (RSPB)

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Sunday 02 Dec

ad Med Gull (SHa) 1s w Caspian Gull (PHa)

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Sunday 02 Dec

pr Peregrine, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat (RSPB, John Ferguson, Chris Barnes)

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Shoeburyness
Saturday 01 Dec, 12:00 to 13:00, Counted waders and wildfowl on extensive mud at low tide
827 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 657 Oystercatcher, 550 Redshank, 320 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 43 Carrion Crow [Lee G R Evans]
South Woodham Ferrers
Saturday 08 Dec, 11:00 to 13:00, Bright clouding over
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Passing through my garden, briefly.) [Robert Pease]
Stow Marsh
Wednesday 12 Dec, 13:00 to 15:30, Sunny but cold with a moderate SE breeze. High tide
570 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard (perched in fields late afternoon), 2000 Dunlin, 1000 Golden Plover, 4 Rock Pipit, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 500 Stock Dove, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair constantly setting up all the birds on the fields, then perched on the ground), 1 Merlin (female trying to ambush linnets in the game cover), 36 Grey Plover, 10 Pink-footed Goose (flew west along the Crouch, presumably those turning up at Hanningfield.), 50 Linnet, 31 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk (male trying to ambush birds going into the reed bed roost) [Alan Shearring]
Strethall
Thursday 06 Dec, 11:30 to 13:00, overcast, breezy with rain later
60 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Grey Partridge (pair Strethall Field; one calling elsewhere), 2 Red Kite (Strethall Field), 3 Buzzard, 15 Common Gull (Coploe Hill), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult - Strethall Field), 30 Fieldfare (Coploe Hill), 2 Song Thrush (males in song), 6 Linnet (difficult to find today), 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting (Coploe Hill. Also 70 Fallow Deer (2 white harts) Strethall Field) [Martin Peers]
Sudbury, Suffolk
Sunday 09 Dec, 09:00 to 10:15, breezy and showery
10 Red-legged Partridge (All records from BULMER), 1 Red Kite, 23 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (male in song), 100 Chaffinch (+ game mix Sandy Lane, out of wind), 100 Linnet (circa - game mix near church), 30 Yellowhammer (mostly Sandy Lane), 2 Reed Bunting (with Yellowhammers) [Martin Peers]
Friday 07 Dec, 14:45 to 16:00, clear after rain; windy
1 Sparrowhawk (ALL RECORDS FROM BULMER AREA; female), 1 Woodcock (flushed from ditch), 200 Jackdaw (circa), 300 Rook (circa), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer [Martin Peers]
Thorndon CP (North)
Saturday 08 Dec, 08:15 to 10:15, Sunny, chilly breeze.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Fieldfare (At least.), 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (Including one singing.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (Female. Possibly two more.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 30 Nov, 10:45 to 12:00, Sunny, chilly.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
Sunday 09 Dec, 09:00 to 14:45, Essex Birdwatching Society field trip
1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Siskin, 450 Fieldfare, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Corn Bunting, 3 Stonechat, 2500 Dunlin, 4 Goldeneye, 30 Skylark, 200 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 60 Goldfinch, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 180 Shelduck [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 09 Dec, 08:30 to 14:30, Broken cloud, strong WNW wind, HT
18 Shoveler (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 76 Tufted Duck (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Three on Golden Gates, one on the Thames), 4 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 31 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 170 Fieldfare (Single flock south over Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 74 Teal (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest mainly in the creek), 6 Stonechat (Three pairs, one near the VC, one Golden Gates, one on the tip), 2 Siskin (Golden Gates with a flock of a dozen Goldfinch), 1 Water Rail (Golden Gates), 114 Redshank (Roosting in the creek and on salt marsh), 368 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 232 Wigeon (In the managed retreat And Mucking Bay), 121 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 65 Grey Plover (Roosting on salt marsh), 3 Turnstone (Roosting in the creek), 867 Dunlin (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), 327 Black-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat), 71 Avocet (Riding out the tide in Mucking Bay), 27 Ringed Plover (Flew into the managed retreat with Dunlin on the falling tide), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Sunday 02 Dec, 08:30 to 14:15, Showery, SSW wind, LT.
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 22 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Tufted Duck (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (Golden Gates), 26 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 100 Teal (Three Golden Gates, one on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest in the managed retreat), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 2 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 1 Siskin (Golden Gates. With a flock of 20 Goldfinch), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay), 1 Chiffchaff (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 43 Fieldfare (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 145 Rook (Golden Gates), 469 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 161 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 4 Grey Plover (In he managed retreat), 26 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 7 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 361 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 121 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 31 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 24 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 46 Great Black-backed Gull (Mucking Bay. Apart from one YLG the only large gull species present!), 37 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 227 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair near the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Tilbury
Tuesday 11 Dec, 10:30 to 14:00, Fine and sunny, light E wind, rising tide
8 Redshank (One in the fort the rest on foreshore by ferry terminal), 1 Grey Wagtail (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 12 Fieldfare (In horse paddocks), 10 Redwing (In horse paddocks), 14 Pied Wagtail (In the fort), 3 Little Egret (Two in the fort, one in ditch by old landfill), 29 Canada Goose (In the fort), 26 Little Grebe (In the moat), 33 Avocet (Three on foreshore near the ferry terminal, the rest just east on the P Stn), 6 Shelduck (Two east of the P Stn, four by the STW outfall), 87 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 87 Teal (On STW outfall), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the fort), 37 Mallard (On STW outfall), 11 Curlew (On foreshore east of the P Stn), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the old landfill), 83 Linnet (Flocks of 24 in the fort, 59 on the new landfill), 2 Rock Pipit (One roosting on the P Stn jetty, one feeding on disturbed ground in the fort, the latter colour ringed, presumably a Scandinavian bird, the third in three years at this site from that ringing scheme), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 08 Dec, 08:00 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, strong SW wind, LT
128 Fieldfare (Flock flew west), 135 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 28 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
Saturday 08 Dec, 14:45 to 16:00, Some cloud, showers. Breezy.
1 Mediterranean Gull (Ist winter, with gull flock near slipway.), 10 Avocet (Lagoon), 4 Snipe (Lagoon), 100 Teal (At least, lagoon. Many more around island generally), 35 Wigeon (Lagoon. More around island.), 8 Shoveler (Six on lagoon, two on eastern borrowdyke.), 30 Ringed Plover (At least, mud near slipway.), 4 Grey Plover (On lagoon. More on mudflats.), 100 Dunlin (At least. Many on mudflats), 100 Knot (At least. Many on mudflats.) [Andrew Cox]
University of Essex, Colchester
Wednesday 12 Dec, 09:30 to 10:30, Sunny and cold
50 Jackdaw (50+, including 1 adult Nordic jackdaw), 5 Goosander (incl 3 drakes on lower lake), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron [Sean Nixon] Jackdaw at University of Essex, Colchester on 12 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Jackdaw at University of Essex, Colchester on 12 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Mistle Thrush at University of Essex, Colchester on 12 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Kestrel at University of Essex, Colchester on 12 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Kestrel at University of Essex, Colchester on 12 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, )
Sunday 09 Dec, 09:15 to 09:30
6 Goosander (3 male and 3 female) [Graham Upton]
Upminster, Tylers Common
Monday 03 Dec

Woodcock, 40 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (CRJ)

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Vange Marsh RSPB
Friday 07 Dec, 13:45 to 16:30, Sun & cloud, breezy. Light shower; becoming colder.
6 Mute Swan (Pair with one well grown cygnet; plus three other adults.), 6 Shelduck, 16 Mallard (At least), 76 Shoveler, 82 Gadwall, 11 Pintail (Five males, six females.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe (At least.), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), 2 Water Rail (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 30 Nov, 13:00 to 14:30, Sunny, chilly.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pintail (Two males, one female.), 3 Pochard (One male, two females.), 100 Greylag Goose (At least.), 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 30 Snipe (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries
Thursday 13 Dec, 10:45 to 15:15, Bitterly cold wind,mostly sunny
2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails), 1 Short-eared Owl (Late afternoon), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Barn Owl [Barbara Leport]
Tuesday 04 Dec, 11:25 to 15:30, Dry, calm, clear sky quickly clouding over. 16c dropping to 8c at 15 30. Sightings with Brenda.
4 Short-eared Owl (First bird spotted at 12 05.), 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails, showing well for first hour or so. ), 3 Marsh Harrier (Male & 2 females. ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (High on edge of large Golden Plover flock before settling on distant mast.), 2 Kestrel, 2000 Golden Plover (At least.), 500 Lapwing (At least.), 1000 Starling (Circa. Large mobile flock.), 100 Stock Dove (Circa. Large flock.), 50 Skylark (Circa.), 20 Linnet (Circa. ) [David Hale]
Tuesday 04 Dec, 10:15 to 15:00, Sunny ,gradually overcast pm
2 Marsh Harrier (Both female), 2 Hen Harrier (Both ringtails), 4 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper (flying along sluice), 90 Stock Dove (Large flock west of reserve), 4 Short-eared Owl (Hunting mainl pm) [Peter Heath] Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2018, (Peter Heath)
Friday 30 Nov, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny & mild, low tide
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 9 Curlew, 200 Golden Plover (plus), 100 Lapwing (plus), 100 Brent Goose (plus), 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Pheasant [Stuart Anderson]
Wanstead Flats
Monday 03 Dec

8 Meadow Pipit, 300+ Co mmon Gull, 20 + Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, Little Egret (Nick Croft)

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Warley
Wednesday 05 Dec, 12:00 to 12:15, overcast
1 Blackcap (male feeding in ivy on edge of La Plata Wood, Brentwood Town Centre) [Andrew Stroud]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea
Monday 03 Dec, 11:55 to 15:00, Sun & cloud, heavy showers, Rainbows, dramatic skies, light SW breeze, 16c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Keeping scrape birds etc on the move.), 20 Mallard (Pairs at least.), 6 Shoveler (3 pairs.), 10 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret (Fly by.), 50 Fieldfare (Circa. Feeding with Starling flocks.), 4 Blackbird (Males.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 20 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bearded Tit (Heard close to hide.), 50 Carrion Crow (1 bird feeding on Sloe's next to hide.) [David Hale] Carrion Crow at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 03 Dec 2018, (David Hale)
Friday 30 Nov, 14:45 to 16:45, Sunny, chilly.
1 Marsh Harrier (Immature), 1 Buzzard, 25 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. Marina.), 1 Snipe (Marina.), 5 Redshank (At least. Marina/creek.), 11 Curlew (At least. Marina/creek.), 50 Fieldfare (At least. Roosting in scrub at dusk.), 10 Redwing (At least. Roosting in scrub at dusk.) [Andrew Cox]
West Mersea
Monday 10 Dec, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny with light breeze
1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Brant, 14 Sanderling, 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Paul Chamberlain] Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Dark-bellied Brent Goose at West Mersea on 10 Dec 2018, (Paul Chamberlain)
Sunday 09 Dec, 09:00 to 11:00
2 Great Northern Diver (Off coast road) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 07 Dec, 14:30 to 15:30
1 Black Brant, 2 Great Northern Diver (off Victoria esplanade) [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, )
Westley Heights
Sunday 02 Dec, 08:30 to 10:45, Sun & cloud. Mild.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest (At least), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth
Tuesday 04 Dec, 14:00 to 14:45
6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 9 Blackbird (No sign of Ring Ouzel), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 4 Red-legged Partridge [Matt Turner]
Wivenhoe
Tuesday 11 Dec, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Blackcap (male Ferry Marsh), 1 Greenshank (West Quay), 15 Corn Bunting (over garden from roost down by river) [Richard Allen]
Sunday 09 Dec, 09:40 to 10:15, I got very wet
9 Gadwall (Smaller pond), 2 Egyptian Goose (Larger pond), 5 Shoveler (Flooded field ), 1 Teal (Flooded field), 4 Snipe (Flooded field) [Graham Upton]
Thursday 06 Dec, 10:00 to 11:00
5 Goosander (Essex University lake), 1 Jackdaw (prob "soemmerringii" race), 2 Firecrest (In holm oak Woodland Way) [Richard Allen]
Monday 03 Dec, 08:00 to 09:00
120 Fieldfare (low west), 50 Redwing (west), 1 Brambling, 1 Greenshank (off West Quay), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Ferry Marsh), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult on pylon opposite The Hythe) [Richard Allen]
Wrabness
Friday 30 Nov, 10:30 to 12:30, sunny. lt SW. low tide
1 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 30 Fieldfare (+), 10 Redwing (+), 1 Jay, 2000 Knot (+), 30 Red-breasted Merganser (+), 10 Goldeneye (+), 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female) [Liz Huxley]