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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Alresford
Sunday 14 Feb, 14:30 to 14:30
6 Jack Snipe [Darrell Stile]
Sunday 14 Feb, 12:00 to 13:00, Bitterly cold, ice and snow cover.
3 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 5 Rock Pipit, 200 Avocet [Sean Nixon] Jack Snipe at Alresford on 14 Feb 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Jack Snipe at Alresford on 14 Feb 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Jack Snipe at Alresford on 14 Feb 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Saturday 13 Feb, 13:00 to 13:00
3 Jack Snipe, 1 Firecrest [Darrell Stile]
Bardfield
Wednesday 24 Feb, 08:00 to 08:30, sunny, fairly mild - huge flock in field
150 Fieldfare [Matt Trevillion]
Billericay
Wednesday 17 Feb, 10:40 to 12:30, Lake Meadows
60 Redwing (60+ in one flock feeding in leaf litter. Many others flying around.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair on lake), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Tufted Duck (On lake) [James Hudson]
Black Notley
Wednesday 17 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Mainly dull, mild, SW wind.
4 Lesser Redpoll (at Niger feeders in garden) [George Brown]
Braintree
Saturday 20 Feb, 12:30 to 12:30, Fine, clear and warm
4 Red Kite (In flight in area above A120), 1 Buzzard (In flight being mobbed by Corvids) [Paul Everett]
Brightlingsea
Friday 26 Feb, 09:15 to 09:25, Tide out
4 Black-tailed Godwit (Feeding on mud), 2 Oystercatcher (Feeding on mud), 6 Mallard (Feeding on mud), 2 Redshank (Feeding on mud), 1 Little Egret (On the stretch of water next to horse fiekd opposite), 2 Black-headed Gull (On mud) [Susie Jenkins]
Wednesday 24 Feb, 16:55 to 16:55
1 White Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart [Darrell Stile]
Sunday 21 Feb, 12:00 to 17:00
2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Woodcock [Darrell Stile]
Sunday 14 Feb, 10:30 to 11:00, Frozen ground some lingering snow and ice
4 Marsh Tit (Small mature woodland remnant in town with pine trees) [Susie Jenkins] Marsh Tit at Brightlingsea on 14 Feb 2021, (Susie Jenkins)
Burnham-on-Crouch
Thursday 25 Feb, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler (First singing bird this year, Burnham Wick), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Photographed in a Burnham garden at lunchtime today) [Steven Swaby]
Burstead
Monday 15 Feb, 14:30 to 15:30, Overcast
2 Lesser Redpoll (1m, 1f (laindon common, little burstead) ) [Jan Lewis]
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford
Tuesday 23 Feb, 17:30 to 18:30, Dusk
2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron [Philip Davie]
Sunday 21 Feb, 15:30 to 17:00, Dry, sunny.
1 Little Grebe, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Cormorant, 9 Rook, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 3 Great Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Wood Pigeon (30+), 1 Skylark [Philip Davie]
Chigborough Lakes
Friday 26 Feb, 09:30 to 11:15, Sunny, light N. wind. Lots of common birdsong.
4 Mute Swan, 3 Shoveler (2m.), 1 Gadwall, 100 Mallard (circa.), 19 Pochard, 70 Tufted Duck (circa.), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Cormorant (circa. Some nesting.), 8 Grey Heron (Some nesting.), 1 Buzzard (Harassed by crows.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male and female), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Jay (Pair.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (Three groups.), 5 Greenfinch (One singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 14 Feb, 12:00 to 13:30, Cold, Dry
1 Jay (feeding on ground with 2 male Blackbirds), 8 Fieldfare, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant (in flight), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck (2 m 1f), 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Shoveler (1m 1f), 1 Kestrel (Hovering over Chigborough Rd), 10 Gadwall (7m 3f - mainly on Pochard lake), 1 Robin, 20 Coot, 20 Mallard [David Webb]
Cindery Island, Brightlingsea Creek
Tuesday 16 Feb, 08:45 to 09:15, Overcast. War. Tide out
1 Song Thrush (Singing from the hedge down Back Waterside Lane), 1 Redshank (Feeding on the mudflat next to the sea wall opposite Cindery Island), 3 Turnstone (Feeding on the mudflat next to the sea wall opposite Cindery Island) [Susie Jenkins] Redshank at Cindery Island, Brightlingsea Creek on 16 Feb 2021, (Susie Jenkins)
Colchester
Friday 26 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Salary Brook/Churn Wood area
7 Red Kite (drifting east), 12 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 50 Redwing [Richard Allen]
Thursday 18 Feb, 13:00 to 13:05, Overcast, windy - Cymbeline Meadows
1 Great White Egret [Matt Trevillion]
Tuesday 16 Feb, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Blackcap (Male in my garden) [John Thorogood]
Sunday 14 Feb, 10:00 to 13:00, Cold and breezy, still some lying snow
1 Blackcap (Male feeding on apples still adhering to tree. Also reported from nearby in the same O.S square by another observer in the last day or so.), 1 Fieldfare (1 or more feeding on apples in same tree as blackcap.) [John Thorogood]
Copford
Thursday 25 Feb, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male flew wesr), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 150 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 600 Black-headed Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 22 Feb, 17:30 to 18:10
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl (Male calling at dusk), 2 Little Owl (Pair calling), 1 Little Egret, 3 Song Thrush (Singing males) [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 18 Feb, 17:40 to 18:00
2 Little Owl (Pair calling in potential nesting habitat), 2 Tawny Owl (Pair heard in Copford Sewage Works), 2 Little Egret, 3 Song Thrush [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 16 Feb, 17:50 to 18:00, Clear skies
2 Little Owl (Heard calling and seen) [Nico Devereaux]
Monday 15 Feb, 09:50 to 09:50
1 Great White Egret (Flew south past Copford Church towards Abberton/Layer Breton until lost to view), 50 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Little Egret (In wet meadows) [Steve Grimwade]
Copford SW, near Stanway
Thursday 25 Feb, 09:00 to 09:45
100 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 31 Chaffinch [Steve Grimwade]
Monday 15 Feb, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 300 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 25 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 30 Redwing, 1 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch (Male) [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 13 Feb, 09:00 to 10:30, Sunny and chilly
500 Linnet (+), 20 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (Heard), 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret (Roman River ), 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard) [Emma Robinson]
Danbury
Sunday 14 Feb, 11:00 to 13:30, Overcast and cold
1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Robin, 4 Goldfinch, 8 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Magpie, 4 Chaffinch, 100 Jackdaw (+), 9 Red-legged Partridge, 50 Carrion Crow (+), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 6 Moorhen, 13 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Wren, 12 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Buzzard, 55 Wood Pigeon (+), 50 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Meadow Pipit [David Pallash]
Danbury Common
Saturday 13 Feb, 15:00 to 16:00, Overcast and cold
2 Robin (One recently deceased on ground. No signs of predation. ), 2 Bullfinch, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit [David Pallash]
Doddinghurst
Thursday 25 Feb, 14:30 to 16:00, Dull, cloudy, fairly warm. Fields between Doddinghurst Rd & Days Lane
1 Red Kite (2 sightings a mile apart (probably same bird)), 2 Green Woodpecker (At least 2 heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing), 120 Fieldfare ( flock of 120-150c flying around trees & fields), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Red-legged Partridge (Seen 2 previous days in same field) [Ian Swanson]
Tuesday 23 Feb, 12:00 to 12:00, Fair breezy
2 Buzzard (Flying together ) [Ann Darnell]
Monday 22 Feb, 14:00 to 16:00, Dull, warm
1 Siskin, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wren (all above in garden this morning), 2 Starling (rare visitor to garden: first time more than 1!), 1 Tawny Owl (heard briefly first wood, Days Lane at 2pm!), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Yellowhammer (all at top of adjacent trees, calling. Days Lane), 1 Red Kite (Fields nr Doddinghurst Rd), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flying, Swallows Cross a.m.) [Ian Swanson]
Saturday 20 Feb, 15:00 to 15:15
1 Great White Egret (still in arable field just east of Arllaide Boarding Kennels, Wyatts Green), 1 Red Kite (by sewage treatment works, Wyatts Green ) [Andrew Stroud]
Saturday 20 Feb, 11:00 to 11:30, Warm, spring-like, clear sky.
4 Buzzard (Circling and displaying.), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (regular fly-overs), 1 Wren, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Redwing, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush (Singing from perch high in tree), 3 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 1 Jay [Gary Boyes]
Friday 19 Feb, 17:00 to 17:15
1 Great White Egret (by ditch in arable field just east of Arlaide Boarding Kennels between Wyatts Green and Swallows Cross.) [Andrew Stroud]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 14:30 to 16:30, Dull, drizzle.
1 Buzzard, 250 Common Gull (Approx. On fields along Warren Lane, with a few Lesser black backed, herring and black headed gulls), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flying over fields), 1 Green Woodpecker (On Playing Field.), 20 Pied Wagtail (Approx,, with meadow pipits), 10 Meadow Pipit (Approx) [Ian Swanson]
Dovercourt
Saturday 13 Feb, 07:30 to 16:05, Cold, snow on ground but no new snow
1 Fieldfare (Not only the first ever in my garden, but the first I've seen in Harwich/Dovercourt!), 1 Greenfinch (Footpath near Harwich oil refinery. First of the year!), 14 Goldfinch (Flock, Ramsey) [Simon Banks]
Epping
Tuesday 23 Feb, 15:00 to 16:30, Breezy, mild
2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 20 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff (Tantalisingly, not a good enough view, but looked a bit Tristis like.) [Roger Emmens]
Fingringhoe
Tuesday 23 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap [Richard Allen]
Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey
Friday 26 Feb, 14:00 to 14:10, Sunny mild
2 Grey Wagtail (Breach barns mobile home site), 1 Red Kite (Breach barns mobile home site), 6 Goldfinch (Breach barns mobile home site), 4 Red-legged Partridge (Breach barns mobile home site) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Thursday 25 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Mild overcast
4 Yellowhammer (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)), 3 Red Kite (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)), 5 Red-legged Partridge (All sightings at Breach barns (near greenhouses)) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford
Sunday 14 Feb, 07:15 to 10:00, Cloud with very cold breeze. Sightings Beehive lane Deadmans lane and Firecrest Road.
1500 Fieldfare (Probably closer to 2000 across all of Lathcoats orchards.), 3 Redwing (2 with fieldfare 1 in holly tree Firecrest Road.), 1 Lapwing (In field with horse jumps.), 1 Sparrowhawk (In orchards ), 6 Greenfinch (Singing/calling from trees), 1 Chaffinch, 2 Mistle Thrush (Heard only), 2 Green Woodpecker [Kevin Cook] Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, Sony bridge camera DSC-HX400V) , Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, Sony bridge camera DSC-HX400V) , Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, Sony bridge camera DSC-HX400V) , Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, Sony bridge camera DSC-HX400V) , Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, ) , Fieldfare at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, ) , Redwing at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, ) , Lapwing at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 14 Feb 2021, (Kevin Cook, )
Good Easter
Sunday 21 Feb, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Red Kite (first locally since Oct 29th and 26th locally since 2008 !) [Martin Henry]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Sunday 21 Feb, 14:45 to 15:45, Warm and sunny
8 Skylark, 23 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 3 Robin, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Wren, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 60 Black-headed Gull (+), 5 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Gull (Rare for patch ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Starling, 50 Wood Pigeon (+), 7 Cormorant, 30 Carrion Crow (+), 10 Magpie [David Pallash]
Saturday 13 Feb, 10:00 to 11:30, Sunny, sub-zero temps and wind chill.
6 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 14 Lapwing (Flock flew in to rest), 1 Snipe, 30 Carrion Crow (+), 1 Magpie, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 2 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush (A lot more than usual), 1 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 4 Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 100 Black-headed Gull (+), 3 Herring Gull, 1 Wren, 40 Wood Pigeon (+), 3 Cormorant [David Pallash]
Great Leighs
Saturday 20 Feb, 15:15 to 17:45, Patch Birding , Great Leighs racecourse area, weather fine, dry and warm
1 Green Woodpecker (Heard in Lyndeswood), 23 Rook (Flew over from Race course towards London Road), 1 Bullfinch ((Male) with blue tits), 1 Chaffinch ((Male) ), 1 Wren, 3 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Coot (On gravel pit lake nearest to footpath), 2 Mallard (Pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Pheasant ((Cock)), 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock [Paul Everett]
Great Notley
Wednesday 24 Feb, 07:03 to 09:30, Sunny and dry
8 Long-tailed Tit (including a group of 4), 10 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Dunnock (displaying), 1 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker (in flight), 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch [Paul Everett] Long-tailed Tit at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 24 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett)
Tuesday 23 Feb, 13:00 to 13:45, sunny, dry slight wind
1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Siskin (Female in bushes near to Reed bed) [Paul Everett]
Sunday 14 Feb, 14:05 to 15:40, Cold and dry. Patch birding - Great Notley and CP
2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Dunnock, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Black-headed Gull ((+) One starting to develop breeding plumage), 3 Great Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail (With flock of Meadow Pipit), 18 Meadow Pipit (drinking from thawing ice), 1 Kestrel, 2 Redwing (With Pipits and Wagtails), 1 Bullfinch (Male feeding on tree buds) [Paul Everett] Dunnock at Great Notley on 14 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Black-headed Gull at Great Notley on 14 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Meadow Pipit at Great Notley on 14 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Bullfinch at Great Notley on 14 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Bullfinch at Great Notley on 14 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Saturday 13 Feb, 15:30 to 17:00, Cold and dry, brisk wind. Patch Birding Great Notley, CP and surrounding fields
3 Redwing, 1 Great Tit, 13 Magpie, 5 Robin, 1 Jay, 30 Mallard (On lake, males and females), 6 Mute Swan (2 adults with 4 juvenile), 5 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 6 Blackbird, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Wren, 1 Snipe (in flight, put up from hedgerow), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Dunnock (Missing its tail feathers), 1 Carrion Crow, 5 Yellowhammer (2 males and 3 females) [Paul Everett] Redwing at Great Notley on 13 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Redwing at Great Notley on 13 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 13 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Great Notley on 13 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett)
Great Oakley
Saturday 13 Feb, 07:30 to 07:35, Cold snow about cold strong cold wind
1 Woodcock (Flying over stones green road ), 200 Fieldfare (With mix of redwings ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Great Totham
Friday 26 Feb, 16:00 to 17:00, Sunny, light N. wind.
1 Goosander (Female. Totham Pit.), 100 Fieldfare (+. Forrester Park golf course.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Spickets Brook, Spickets Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 24 Feb, 10:40 to 11:10, Sun & cloud, light S. wind. Sadly also found eight dead red fox in various stages of decay, some very recent, dumped together
3 Buzzard (Over South Wood. Possibly Lofts Farm birds seen earlier.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 23 Feb, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, light but strengthening S. wind.
3 Goosander (3f flew up from Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (Harassed by jackdaws.), 3 Jay (Pair + one. South Wood.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing, South Wood. One, Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 21 Feb, 15:50 to 15:50, Bright, mild.
1 Red Kite (Over B1022 nr. Gt. Mountains Farm. ) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 21 Feb, 09:15 to 09:30, Mild. All Totham Pit.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 19 Feb, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Red Kite (Checking out horse paddocks Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 19 Feb, 09:10 to 09:45
5 Goosander (2m, 3f. Totham Pit.), 2 Little Grebe (Totham Pit.), 4 Skylark (Singing. Arable fields.), 8 Redwing (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 09:50 to 10:00, Overcast.
7 Goosander (3m, 4f. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Over St. Peter's Church.), 8 Redwing (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 15 Feb, 10:55 to 11:30, Overcast, light SW wind.
4 Goosander (3m. 1f. Totham Pit.), 2 Little Grebe (Totham Pit.), 1 Buzzard (South Wood.), 1 Carrion Crow (Individual with some v. prominent white wing and tail feathers.), 21 Redwing (circa. One, horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church. Others flying strongly NE.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Saturday 13 Feb, 09:45 to 09:45, Sunny, cold SE. wind, frozen ground.
1 Snipe (Flushed from ditch off Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Greensted Green
Sunday 14 Feb, 10:15 to 11:45, Great Monks Wood
1 Red Kite, 1 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 20 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush [Neil Murphy]
Halstead
Wednesday 24 Feb, 10:00 to 10:10, Mild and bright with a moderate southerly breeze.
1 Blackcap (the singing male still present in my garden) [Jeremy Hurley]
Monday 22 Feb, 11:30 to 11:40, Mild, light cloud and a gentle breeze.
1 Blackcap (a male in sub-song, heard only, in my garden. ) [Jeremy Hurley]
Sunday 21 Feb, 16:15 to 16:15, Mild with sunny periods and a gentle breeze. A pleasant, spring-like afternoon.
1 Stonechat (a female along a hedgerow, in fields south of town. A personal first sighting of this species for the area.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Sunday 21 Feb, 10:30 to 10:45, Sunny Intervals , Light Southerly Wind, Temp 11 C
2 Siskin (On feeders, Sunflower Hearts), 5 Goldfinch (On feeders feeding on Sunflower Hearts ignoring Niger) [Peter Dwyer]
Hanningfield Reservoir
Thursday 18 Feb, 13:45 to 15:00, 10 degrees. Sunshine. Light wind
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (with Canada Geese in field next to causeway), 1 White-fronted Goose (1st winter feeding with Greylags on grazing marsh close to pond by track to RAWL hide), 2 Egyptian Goose [James Hudson] White-fronted Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Feb 2021, (James Hudson) , White-fronted Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 18 Feb 2021, (James Hudson)
Harlow
Wednesday 24 Feb, 15:15 to 15:45, Town Park adventure playground area
1 Red Kite (flew south), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch (calling), 1 Song Thrush (singing) [James Hudson]
Heybridge Basin
Friday 19 Feb, 14:00 to 15:00, Overcast, dry
1 Bar-tailed Godwit (30+), 1 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher [David Webb]
High Ongar
Friday 26 Feb, 14:00 to 14:00, Good
1 Chiffchaff (Clear sighting perched in shrub singing in back garden) [Neil Warner]
Friday 26 Feb, 14:00 to 14:00, Good
1 Chiffchaff (Clear sighting perched in shrub singing in back garden) [Neil Warner]
Thursday 25 Feb, 15:00 to 15:00, Good
1 Red Kite (Gliding over Nine Ashes Road, Nine Ashes) [Neil Warner]
Saturday 13 Feb, 12:45 to 12:45, icy
1 Red Kite (clear sighting gliding across garden) [Neil Warner]
Kelvedon Hatch
Thursday 18 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Raven (One flew from mast, second calling and visible near top. Am going to suspend reports for a few weeks.) [David Jobbins]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 12:45 to 12:45, Dull, light showers
1 Red Kite [Ian Swanson]
Sunday 14 Feb, 10:00 to 10:30
2 Raven (On and around BT mast), 3 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit [David Jobbins]
Laindon
Wednesday 24 Feb, 12:30 to 13:30, Sun & clouds. Quite warm. Back garden.
1 Red Kite (South.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Mobbing Buzzard. Seen several times.), 7 Greenfinch (At least.), 6 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 13:30 to 15:00, Overcast, breezy. Back garden.
2 Robin, 1 Blackbird (Male.), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 21 Greenfinch (At least.), 14 Goldfinch (At least.), 6 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 16 Feb, 07:15 to 08:45, Overcast. Back garden.
2 Green Woodpecker (Likely a pair.), 6 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 15 Feb, 10:30 to 12:00, Cloudy, milder. Back garden.
2 Redwing, 4 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit (Pair.), 5 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Robin [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT
Friday 26 Feb, 07:30 to 08:15, Sunny, chilly. Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk (Female. Attacked a group of magpies. Unsuccessful.), 1 Kestrel (Perched on an oak branch, feeding on unknown prey item.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 25 Feb, 07:45 to 08:15, Coudy, mild. Plotlands ridge field.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Redwing [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 24 Feb, 08:00 to 08:30, Sun, some cloud. Breezy, mild. Plotlands ridge.
1 Buzzard (Seen over the open land to the west.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 1 Blackcap (Singing male, close to the entrance to 'Duckingham Palace' pond), 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 21 Feb, 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, mild. Plotlands/Lincewood path.
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 8 Song Thrush (All singing.), 2 Long-tailed Tit [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 08:45 to 11:15, Cloudy, breezy, some light rain. Mild. Plotlands.
10 Tufted Duck (Seven males, three females.), 2 Mute Swan (Pair. No sign of last years cygnets.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 2 Fieldfare (Flying over.), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Goldfinch (At least. Six near the lake. Three feeding on elm buds at the top of the ridge could have been some of these birds.), 10 Siskin (At least. Feeding on alder seeds by the lake. First this winter.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 14 Feb, 08:45 to 11:15, Cloudy, some weak sun. Still snowy, cold.
3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 25 Fieldfare (At least. Mostly overhead. Some still feedingin scrub.), 2 Goldcrest, 10 Chaffinch (At least.), 4 Greenfinch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch (At least. Two males,one female. Feeding on blackthorn buds. Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Little Waltham
Thursday 18 Feb, 16:00 to 16:15, sunny, dusk
1 Red Kite [David Saville] Red Kite at Little Waltham on 18 Feb 2021, (David Saville)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
Wednesday 24 Feb, 08:50 to 10:30, Sun & cloud, light S.wind.
3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Canada Goose (Damaged wing.), 2 Greylag Goose, 20 Mute Swan, 1 Shoveler (Male.), 8 Mallard, 70 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 21 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair displaying.), 120 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Buzzard (Two pair?), 8 Skylark (Six singing.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Together.), 1 Greenfinch (Calling.), 6 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 18 Feb, 09:10 to 10:45, Sunny then overcast. S. breeze.
1 Canada Goose (Damaged wing.), 12 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal (Trout lake.), 5 Red-crested Pochard (4m, 1f. Trout lake.), 98 Pochard (90% males.), 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye (Female. Carp lake.), 64 Coot, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Lapwing (Flew over.), 2 Common Gull, 3 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay (Pair.), 100 Carrion Crow (circa.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Chaffinch (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 15 Feb, 09:10 to 10:40, Overcast, some early light drizzle, light SW wind.
1 Canada Goose (Usual individual with damaged wing.), 16 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 9 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 4 Pintail (Males. Trout lake.), 5 Red-crested Pochard (4m, 1f. Trout lake.), 97 Pochard (90% males.), 14 Tufted Duck, 84 Coot, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redpoll sp. [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon
Thursday 25 Feb, 09:15 to 09:45, Overcast, mild. Elms Farm Park.
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff (Calling.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 17 Feb, 09:00 to 09:30, Overcast, light rain. Elms Farm Park.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush (Singing.), 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch (Calling.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 14 Feb, 16:00 to 16:30, Overcast, cold, mod S wind. Elms Farm Park.
1 Buzzard, 10 Magpie (+.), 10 Redwing, 15 Pied Wagtail (circa.), 4 Meadow Pipit [Malcolm Corbett]
Saturday 13 Feb, 16:00 to 16:30, Cold SE. wind, frozen ground. Elms Farm Park.
1 Buzzard, 25 Redwing (circa. With pied wagtails on meadow.), 4 Song Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtail (With redwings on meadow.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Manuden
Wednesday 17 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Dull
1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male attacking bird feeders) [Mark Pegrum]
Sunday 14 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Cold and dry
2 Redpoll sp. (Probably Lesser Redpoll), 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare [Mark Pegrum]
Markshall Wood, Coggeshall
Saturday 13 Feb, 08:00 to 10:00
2 Woodcock, 3 Buzzard, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (1 Pr), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 1 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 40 Redwing [Neil Murphy]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
Friday 19 Feb, 12:00 to 13:00, Mild, breezy and overcast
2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimate. These birds were grazing east marsh, which is the eastern most field on Marsh Farm. ), 20 Curlew (Feed on a wet meadow.), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimate. Feeding on a wet meadow with curlew.), 2 Stonechat (A pair. I believe this pair have been here all winter.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from reed bed.) [Robert Pease]
Mersea Island
Tuesday 16 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Velvet Scoter (Between colney point & mersea seen by chris Balchin), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp MC), 1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel DU), 13 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Monday 15 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Fm maydays farm MC ), 1 Woodcock (Cudmore grove DU), 1 Purple Sandpiper (Cudmore grove DU), 1000 Wigeon (Cudmore grove (DU)), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Cudmore grove DU), 20 Snipe (Cudmore grove DU), 3 Pochard (Cudmore grove pond DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 14 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Woodcock (Cudmore grove AF below alders 100yds before hide in/out of ditch), 1 Water Rail (Cudmore grove AF same ditch), 20 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF same area), 28 Yellowhammer (Mayday farm SE feeding on grain), 1 Corn Bunting (Maydays SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Saturday 13 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Woodcock (Cudmore grove AF), 1 Water Rail (Cudmore grove SE), 2 Song Thrush (Cudmore grove ), 1 Redwing (Cudmore grove) [Stephen Entwistle]
Navestock
Sunday 21 Feb, 07:45 to 11:00, Mild, little wind
6 Brambling (in tall trees along Old Road), 3 Yellowhammer (from footpaths around Alma pub), 4 Linnet (from footpaths around Alma pub) [James Hudson]
Saturday 13 Feb, 12:00 to 16:00
250 Stock Dove, 250 Wood Pigeon, 2 Snipe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 120 Skylark, 500 Jackdaw, 50 Carrion Crow, 20 Rook, 12 Brambling, 1 Linnet, 150 Chaffinch, 20 Yellowhammer (all birds in maize stubble fields Alma Arms / Old Road / Tan House Road / Sabines Road area of Navestock ), 10 Fieldfare [Andrew Stroud]
Naze, The
Saturday 20 Feb, 06:50 to 10:30, mild; S wind; light cloud; ebbing tide; 11 species singing
4 Song Thrush (Singing ), 4 Barnacle Goose (North), 2 Barn Owl (At least 2, 1 quartering the common first thing and 2 John Weston Reserve/Walton Hall Marshes ), 14 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of escarpment and 3 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Woodcock (Flushed from John Weston Reserve ), 1 Grey Heron (Flew high and east, got over the sea then changed its mind, turned round and headed W), 5 Skylark (South) [Brian Combes]
Thursday 18 Feb, 14:40 to 17:00, sunny! high tide 3.50pm
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Woodcock, 30 Turnstone (+), 60 Sanderling (+), 10 Dunlin (+), 20 Ringed Plover (+), 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Liz Huxley] Purple Sandpiper at Naze, The on 18 Feb 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Saturday 13 Feb, 07:00 to 12:30, below freezing with significant wind chill; strong, penetrating SE wind; mainly clear; icy; some snow remaining; tide flooding
2 Firecrest (Together below Sunny Point, first thing - delightful in the early morning light), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 38 Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Woodcock (Flushed, one from edge of cricket pitch, one in John Weston Reserve, one from Walton Hall Marshes ), 27 Chaffinch, 1 Eider (Immature male off Stone Point ), 65 Avocet (Roosting southern end of Walton Channel ), 2 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Rayne
Monday 22 Feb, 07:30 to 13:00, Full cloud; mild
1 Merlin (Female seen twice harassing Skylarks over arable), 9 Yellowhammer (Singing males), 10 Skylark (Singing males), 1 Little Grebe (On small farm reservoir ), 1 Reed Bunting (Small farm reservoir), 10 Greylag Goose, 8 Canada Goose, 8 Rook (Nests in small rookery), 5 Siskin (Shalford green) [Andrew Goodey]
Roman River Valley
Friday 26 Feb, 10:30 to 11:30, hot, sunny, no clouds
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest (1 singing, 1 with coal tits), 1 Buzzard (heard), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Long-tailed Tit [Oliver Cottis]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
Sunday 21 Feb, 13:30 to 14:30, Sunny, dry and clear
6 Mallard (3 pairs), 19 Greylag Goose, 5 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Goose (On fishing lake), 4 Cormorant, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit [Paul Everett] Canada Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett) , Cormorant at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 21 Feb 2021, (Paul Everett)
Seventy Acres Lake, Lea Valley
Saturday 13 Feb, 14:00 to 16:00
1 Bittern (flew over reedbed at 1430), 1 Smew (redhead) [Alan Harris]
Shrub End
Wednesday 24 Feb, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk [Oliver Cottis]
Saturday 20 Feb, 14:00 to 15:00, All sightings Westlands country park exercise walk, 14 Degrees, cloud with sun, windy from South.
25 Robin (all singing males), 23 Blue Tit, 10 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 35 Wood Pigeon, 2 Dunnock (singing males), 10 Great Tit, 2 Starling, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit (pair gathering nest material), 3 Collared Dove, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll (flying between feeding areas), 1 Song Thrush (singing male) [Ashley Gooding]
Stanford Warren
Thursday 25 Feb, 13:00 to 14:00, Overcast
14 Coot (Fishing lakes), 7 Mallard (Fishing lakes), 6 Canada Goose (Fishing lakes), 2 Tufted Duck (Fishing lakes), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lakes), 2 Moorhen (1 on fishing lake, 1 on pond in reedbed), 2 Cormorant (On pylon by fishing lakes), 10 Wood Pigeon (Along border of reedbed north of footpath), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Trees on western border of lakes), 1 Greenfinch (Trees on western border of lakes), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 5 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (On wooden pylon in reedbed south of the lakes), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Robin [Jamie Thornton]
Sunday 21 Feb, 17:45 to 17:45
1 Barn Owl (Flying over reedbed south of the fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Tuesday 16 Feb, 12:15 to 13:15, Overcast then light shower
25 Coot (Fishing lakes), 6 Canada Goose (Fishing lakes), 5 Tufted Duck (Fishing lakes), 2 Moorhen (1 fishing lakes, 1 Hassenbrooke River), 5 Cormorant (1 fishing lakes, 4 on adjacent pylon), 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 2 Mallard (Flying south towards TTNP), 9 Wood Pigeon, 50 Redwing (At least, flying east), 3 Blackbird, 4 Magpie, 3 Robin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Wharf Road, in between fishing lakes), 1 Dunnock (Wharf Road, in between fishing lakes), 1 House Sparrow (Wharf Road, in between fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Stanway GP
Monday 15 Feb, 11:00 to 11:00
21 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 17 Gadwall, 8 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk [Steve Grimwade]
Stapleford Tawney
Tuesday 23 Feb, 17:45 to 17:45, Dusk windy
1 Little Owl (Just coming out of roost) [Ann Darnell]
Sunday 21 Feb, 12:00 to 14:00, Very mild light winds bright
1 Skylark (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 3 Robin (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 7 Blue Tit (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 20 Fieldfare (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 1 Wren (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 4 Buzzard (Kettling above arable field ), 2 Red Kite (Kettling with Buzzards), 2 Blackbird (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ), 4 Goldfinch (All records from EWT Hawksmere Springs ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Thursday 18 Feb, 16:15 to 16:45, Fair but cold
6 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard (Resident), 2 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite [Ann Darnell]
Tuesday 16 Feb, 16:15 to 16:45, Dusk. Very wet fields
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair in fields (large flock of Canada geese often in area)), 1 Kestrel (Over farmyard resident), 6 Pied Wagtail (Farmyard residents), 6 Yellowhammer (Often in farmyard), 10 Collared Dove (Roosting in their bush) [Ann Darnell]
The Hythe, Colchester
Saturday 13 Feb, 11:00 to 13:00, Bitterly cold. Heavy snow cover & ice.
6 Rock Pipit (6 birds along salt marsh, including a female ringed at Maletagen, Norway in September 2017) [Sean Nixon] Rock Pipit at The Hythe, Colchester on 13 Feb 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Thorndon CP (South)
Friday 19 Feb, 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, some sun. Chilly breeze.
2 Goosander (Pair on the lake.), 1 Kestrel, 10 Black-headed Gull (Lake.), 17 Common Gull (Feeding on Old Park area.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove (At least. Two pairs.), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (At least.), 1 Skylark (Singing from arable field adjacent car park.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Small stream in woods north of lake.), 100 Redwing (At least.), 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Two singing.), 1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Kingfisher (Lake.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury
Friday 26 Feb, 09:00 to 11:00, Find and sunny, rising tide, variable light wind
26 Teal (On STW outfall), 4 Avocet (To the east of the fort), 2 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 1 Redshank (By the ferry terminal), 2 Gadwall (Gravesend Reach), 13 Wigeon (Gravesend Reach), 1 Red Kite (Over west), 8 Buzzard (Local pairs chasing off passing dispersing birds), 2 Oystercatcher (To the east of the fort), 2 Sparrowhawk (Over east) [Paul Larkin]
Monday 15 Feb, 11:00 to 13:00, Low tide
64 Teal (On STW outfall), 16 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 1 Avocet (On foreshore in front of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 13 Feb, 10:30 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, SE wind, rising tide
20 Dunlin (On foreshore in front of the fort), 51 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Avocet (On foreshore in front of the fort), 1 Grey Plover (On foreshore in front of the fort), 38 Teal (On STW outfall), 4 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 5 Wigeon (Drifting up with the tide), 1 Great Northern Diver (Drifting up with the tide), 1 Kittiwake (Adult down river) [Paul Larkin]
TL6807
Monday 22 Feb, 09:30 to 10:00, Warm and bright. Sightings by David
3 Little Egret (1 on ground, 2 in trees), 1 Green Woodpecker [Winifred Simmonds] Little Egret at TL6807 on 22 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Green Woodpecker at TL6807 on 22 Feb 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
TL9324
Sunday 14 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Garden Sightings
1 Little Egret (Flew past garden), 14 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on seed in garden ), 4 Stock Dove (Feeding on seed), 9 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 20 Blue Tit, 9 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Carrion Crow (Family group), 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Wren, 7 Pheasant (4 males and 3 females feeding on seed), 10 Great Tit [Steve Grimwade]
Saturday 13 Feb, 09:00 to 11:00, Garden sightings
4 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 7 Pheasant, 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Robin, 1 Stock Dove [Steve Grimwade]
TL9423
Monday 15 Feb, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Great White Egret (A second bird flew over me coming in from low east (Tollgate) and dropped into Roman River Valley), 1 Water Rail (1 calling from reed-fringed pond at Bellhouse Farm), 8 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 33 Lapwing, 5 Mallard, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel [Steve Grimwade] Great White Egret at TL9423 on 15 Feb 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
TM0224
Sunday 21 Feb, 09:45 to 11:45, Sunny, calm, mild (all sightings in Salary Brook valley between Goldcrest Close and Clingoe Hill on exercise walk from home)
1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (Heard squealing, then saw it at edge of brook), 2 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff (In trees near where water rail observed), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, near where water rail observed) [Paul Hargreaves]
TQ7899
Friday 26 Feb, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny
1 Little Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Canada Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe [Andrew Ducat]
Walton-on-The-Naze
Sunday 21 Feb, 08:00 to 10:00, low tide, grey skies, gentle breeze 8C
1 Barn Owl (Beautiful owl very busy hunting), 100 Lapwing (Lapwings taking flight (numbers too many to count)) [Claire Panting] Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Barn Owl at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Lapwing at Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting) , Walton-on-The-Naze on 21 Feb 2021, (Claire Panting)
West Bergholt
Friday 26 Feb, 09:00 to 10:00, Walk along Essex Way from Eight Ash Green to West Bergholt and Fordham
3 Red Kite, 31 Buzzard (Kettles of 9 & 12 were probably migrants which all drifted northeast plus at least 5 other pairs (resident birds)), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kingfisher (Perched on roadbridge briefly near Fordham), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 200 Fieldfare (Large flock near Fordham), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel, 14 Skylark [Steve Grimwade]
Westley Heights
Thursday 25 Feb, 08:30 to 11:30, Cloudy, mild.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Looked to be a male, by size.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Pair.), 24 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch (Coombe Wood/ Hall Wood territories.), 1 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Tawny Owl (Calling to each other, Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 22 Feb, 08:30 to 12:00, Cloudy, mild.
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Pair, Coombe Wood. Displaying plus calling & drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 9 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Now starting to pair up.), 2 Treecreeper (Both heard singing. Hall Wood & Coombe Wood.), 2 Nuthatch (Coombe Wood & horse paddock.), 30 Chaffinch (Approx. Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham
Sunday 14 Feb, 11:30 to 12:00, Cold wind, 3 degrees
1 Red Kite (Sighted over the golf club, usual place) [Paul Shuttleworth]
White Colne
Monday 15 Feb, 10:00 to 12:30
1 Great White Egret (Chalkney Mill), 2 Raven (Flew along line of pylons ), 1 Woodcock (Flushed in Chalkney Wood) [Glen Moore] Great White Egret at White Colne on 15 Feb 2021, (Glen Moore) , Great White Egret at White Colne on 15 Feb 2021, (Glen Moore)
Wickford
Saturday 13 Feb, 10:00 to 12:00, Dry, sunny & cold -1c. SE cold breeze. Garden sightings with Brenda. Wick Meadows Estate.
20 Fieldfare (At least, frequent flights over garden & in Oak tree again.), 10 Redwing (At least, in with Fieldfare.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Sent the Thrushes out of the Oak in panic. ), 30 Starling (Taking Mealworms off lawn. ), 1 Blackbird (Regular to Mealworms. Male.), 2 Magpie [David Hale] Fieldfare at Wickford on 13 Feb 2021, (David Hale) , Fieldfare at Wickford on 13 Feb 2021, (David Hale)
Saturday 13 Feb, 09:15 to 09:30, Sunny, Breezy, Sub-zero
1 Blackcap (Male, in garden) [David Petts]
Witham
Sunday 21 Feb, 11:00 to 11:00, Cloudy/sunny, warm
1 Bullfinch (Male, over Blue Mills bridge) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Friday 19 Feb, 11:00 to 11:00, Town Centre
1 Red Kite (Drifting east) [David L Smith]
Friday 19 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy.
1 Blackcap (Apart from sightings in November and December of male and female blackaps ive currently logged this female in my garden every day since 31st December, jealously guarding the sunflower seeds!) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Saturday 13 Feb, 11:00 to 12:00, Sunny, icy cold with wind -2 degrees
1 Kingfisher (On R. Brain, water still very muddy) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wivenhoe
Friday 26 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Collared Dove [Michael Davies] Collared Dove at Wivenhoe on 26 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Friday 26 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Chiffchaff (singing in garden) [Richard Allen]
Wednesday 24 Feb, 08:00 to 16:00
3 White-fronted Goose (Over garden, due SW), 2 Whooper Swan (Over garden, due WNW toward University ) [Glyn Evans]
Friday 19 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudt, windy
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Blue Tit [Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies) , Blue Tit at Wivenhoe on 19 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Monday 15 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Windy, cold
1 Blackbird (Feathers ruffled in high wind) [Michael Davies] Blackbird at Wivenhoe on 15 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Sunday 14 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Hazy, windy
1 Redwing (In tree rear garden) [Michael Davies] Redwing at Wivenhoe on 14 Feb 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wix
Tuesday 16 Feb, 09:15 to 09:15, Overcast
1 Great White Egret (Flew over NW, assumed to be same bird seen at Cattawade about 30mins later) [James Davidson]
Woodford Green
Wednesday 24 Feb, 15:30 to 15:35, Blustery, mild for time of year, clear sky, dry
1 Red Kite (A single bird being mobbed by gulls flying Northwards) [Nick Taylor]
Wormingford, Colchester
Sunday 21 Feb, 09:00 to 13:00, Thin, broken cloud
1 Corn Bunting (Singing persistently from the top of a bush next to an irrigation lagoon on the airfield) [Steve Hallam]
Wrabness
Friday 19 Feb, 10:00 to 13:00, Fairly mild, no precipitation, mostly overcast, tide well out but coming in
2 Gadwall (Pair. On floods alongside reserve. Year tick!), 1 Shoveler (Female on floods.), 1 Pintail (Male on floods.), 130 Wigeon (Estimate. On floods, plus some on estuary.), 150 Teal (Estimate - on floods.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe (Flew from shore to floods. Year tick.), 400 Dunlin (Estimate. On estuary.), 200 Knot (Estimate. On estuary.), 11 Red-breasted Merganser (On estuary), 12 Goldeneye (On estuary), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimate. On estuary.), 7 Skylark (Singing.), 35 Lapwing (Estimate. Some on estuary, some on floods.) [Simon Banks]
Writtle
Sunday 21 Feb, 09:00 to 11:00, Warm 12C; Bright. Only highlights
1 Wren, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Redwing, 8 Linnet, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Jay, 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Goldfinch [Winifred Simmonds]
Saturday 20 Feb, 15:00 to 16:30, Bright clear skies. Only certain species recorded.
1 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Wigeon (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Gadwall (Pair on Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (+, Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Allen]
Monday 15 Feb, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Little Egret (asleep on the front lawn of Writtle Ag Coll Lordship Rd Writtle) [Martin Henry]
Sunday 14 Feb, 10:00 to 12:00, Dry with a cold wind. Only some species recorded
2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Yellowhammer (+), 6 Reed Bunting (+), 100 Linnet (+) [Andrew Allen]
Saturday 13 Feb, 11:45 to 13:30, Bright but with a very chilly wind blowing. Selected avian highlights.
1 Mandarin Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Teal (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Wigeon (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Kestrel, 5 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]