Please note there is currently a severe tick problem at Old Hall Marshes. Dog walkers should avoid and birdwatchers need to make regular checks to legs and avoid any strands of grass hanging over the footpath. This is a really bad infestation.
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Bird News - Table of Recent Sightings

Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Wednesday 26 Jun Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Reserve car park.), 1 Kestrel, 7 Goldfinch (Reserve car park and chase.), 8 Skylark (+), 2 Corn Bunting, 20 Avocet (+), 11 Shelduck (+), 2 Lapwing, 5 Teal, 2 Redshank, 5 Little Egret, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Oystercatcher (+), 3 Common Tern (Adults +4 fledged chicks on Lower Fleet.) Nick Boxall 14:45 to 18:30 Warm, overcast with sunny spells, gentle breeze.
Wednesday 26 Jun Chigborough Lakes 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat Tony Thomas 14:15 to 15:30 Warm & breezy. Saw american mink on Gadwall lake with waterfowl chick in it's jaws, couldn't tell what species.
Wednesday 26 Jun Abberton Reservoir 150 Mute Swan (all records Abberton church/Peldon bay), 2 Common Tern, 20 Swift, 1 Hobby, 12 Swallow (families - spooked by Hobby), 100 Starling (many juvs), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male in cereals - Peldon Bay), 14 Linnet (including group of 12 with youngsters), 3 Yellowhammer (territories), 2 Reed Bunting (males on territory- Peldon Bay), 1 Corn Bunting (male on territory - Peldon Bay) Martin Peers 12:30 to 14:00 sunny intervals
Wednesday 26 Jun Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 8 Mute Swan (Adults, inc.pair still present with five cygnets and at least one other territorial pair.), 45 Pochard, 52 Tufted Duck, 16 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one on nest, two pair nest building.), 3 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 30 Coot (circa. Inc. one on nest and one with one young.), 3 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark (Two pair?), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing just south of site.), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing.), 1 Essex Skipper (Small Skipper and nine other species of butterfly.) Malcolm Corbett 10:10 to 12:45 Overcast, cool NNE breeze.
Wednesday 26 Jun Tilbury 5 Little Egret (In the moat), 17 Lapwing (In the fort. Two very territorial and so may have chicks, none seen though), 7 Mallard (Three in the fort, four on the foreshore), 2 Grey Heron (In the fort), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult In the fort), 1 Shelduck (Adult plus two downy young, one well grown young and one intermediate), 1 Great Crested Grebe (In the moat), 6 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore), 4 Ringed Plover (Two on the new landfill, two on the foreshore), 1 Buzzard (Over the new landfill), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Sub adult on the foreshore), 1 Common Gull (First summer on the foreshore), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult in off from Kent), 53 Swift (Hawking low over the fort), 4 Little Grebe (In the moat) Paul Larkin 10:00 to 14:00 Overcast, NE breeze, falling tide
Wednesday 26 Jun Wivenhoe 2 Yellow Wagtail (adult carrying food, and 2 birds seen in flight, Keeler's Lane) Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Wednesday 26 Jun Tollesbury Wick NR EWT 1 Little Grebe (trilling near marina entrance to reserve), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 16 Oystercatcher (8 pairs - 3 pairs probably with young), 3 Avocet (scrape, included one juv), 8 Lapwing (juvs feeding with cattle and Rooks), 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel (heard then seen), 9 Curlew, 6 Redshank (territories - at least 3 with nests or young), 3 Common Tern (carrying fish), 1 Little Tern (fishing off Shinglehead Point), 1 Cuckoo (female flew through), 2 Kestrel (pair hunting), 1 Hobby, 34 Skylark (territorial males), 6 Swallow (family), 28 House Martin (nests on flats by marina - most occupied), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing male - nest close by [2017= 1]), 3 Whitethroat (males, all with active nests [3]), 6 Sedge Warbler (territorial males [11]), 16 Reed Warbler (males [15]), 300 Starling (circa), 10 Meadow Pipit (territories [18]), 10 Linnet (5 pairs + family of 5), 18 Reed Bunting (territories - some feeding young [23]) Martin Peers 08:30 to 11:45 overcast and breezy at first then sunny intervals later
Tuesday 25 Jun Great Totham 4 Swift (Four only, regularly over Gt. Toham South the last few nights compared to 20+ this time last year.) Malcolm Corbett 20:40 to 21:00
Tuesday 25 Jun Epping 1 Sparrowhawk (Over fast and low pursued by posse of swallows) Roger Emmens 16:00 to 16:00
Tuesday 25 Jun Thaxted 2 Yellow Wagtail (2 birds frequently calling anf flying in field , north side of town) Stephen Dutton 15:00 to 16:00 Warm Overcast Yellow Wagtail at Thaxted on 25 Jun 2019, (Stephen Dutton)
Tuesday 25 Jun Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 3 Black-necked Grebe (2 adults with one chick hitching a ride.), 50 Avocet (Circa, many chicks of all sizes.), 4 Tufted Duck (2 pair with 5 & 11 tiny ducklings.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair with two chicks.), 4 Oystercatcher ( Pair with single chick.), 10 Redshank (Circa, pair with 2 chicks. ), 6 Lapwing (Pair with 2 chicks.), 4 Mute Swan (2 pair with 3 & 2 small cygnets.), 6 Pochard (3 pair.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Top of distant pylon. Many Meadow Brown, few Small Skipper , 1 Marbled White, 1 Painted Lady & 1 Red Admiral Butterfly. 2, 6 Spot Burnet Moth's.), 10 Skylark (Circa.), 2 Swallow, 1 Blackcap (Male.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Fly over in breeding colours.) David Hale 11:15 to 15:00 Dry, hot & humid. Light breeze & overcast made it bearable. Sightings with Brenda from the benches viewpoint.
Tuesday 25 Jun Colne Pt 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Grey Partridge, 10 Stock Dove (+), 5 Reed Bunting (4 males), 10 Oystercatcher (+), 8 Redshank (+), 4 Curlew, 10 Swift (+), 1 Kestrel (+), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male), 100 Starling (+ around jetty incl many juvs), 1 Barn Owl (opp sewage works) Liz Huxley 11:00 to 14:30 Barn Owl at Colne Pt on 25 Jun 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Tuesday 25 Jun Arkesden 1 Red Kite (Both sightings in hampit road), 1 Bullfinch (Male) Chris Turner 10:00 to 10:30 Warm overcast
Monday 24 Jun Wivenhoe 1 Turtle Dove (purring across river at Priors gravel workings), 3 Buzzard (ad plus 2 juvs), 1 Sparrowhawk (male carrying prey), 3 Tawny Owl (2 calling juvs at bottom of garden in Wivenhoe Wood, adult seen to catch a frog) Richard Allen 19:00 to 20:00
Monday 24 Jun Abberton Reservoir 1 Mandarin Duck (Female skulking near baby little egrets LBC. Extremely elusive), 34 Little Egret (Many young), 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults + 2 young LDLHC. 1 adult + 1 young Billets Farm.), 34 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Avocet (Billets Farm) David Allen 13:30 to 18:30 Pleasant.
Monday 24 Jun Epping 1 Nuthatch (First at this location for at least a year), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male), 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 2 Linnet (Singing males), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker Roger Emmens 11:00 to 12:30 (Swaines Green) High cloud, humid, warm, light winds
Monday 24 Jun Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 2 Marsh Harrier (Pair.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Top of distant pylon.), 6 Avocet, 5 Bearded Tit (Plus. 5 on grit tray together, 2 female, 3 juvenile's.), 6 Reed Warbler (At least, in front of hide.), 20 Common Tern (Circa, nesting birds.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus. Many chicks.), 4 Swift, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard (Low on pylon.), 1 Cuckoo (Male, heard only.) David Hale 10:45 to 15:00 Calm, humid, overcast. Light shower. 26c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. Bearded Tit at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 24 Jun 2019, (David Hale) , ,
Monday 24 Jun Chigborough Lakes 1 Tufted Duck (Female with six young. Pochard Lake.), 3 Little Grebe (Inc. pair with young. Main Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with one young (previously two). Gadwall Lake.), 20 Little Egret (+. Heronry.), 2 Coot (Pair with three young. Main Lake.), 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 1 Kingfisher (Main Lake. My first since January.), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 9 Blackcap (Eight singing. One female.), 12 Wren (Singing.), 10 Blackbird (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 10:10 to 12:00 Overcast, humid, light SW wind.
Monday 24 Jun Witham 1 Red Kite (Flying SE (also frequent painted lady butterflies)) Paul Shuttleworth 10:00 to 10:15 Humid, still, 25 degrees
Monday 24 Jun Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 150 Greylag Goose (+.), 11 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with five cygnets.), 28 Pochard (26no. male.), 37 Tufted Duck, 18 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair nest building.), 1 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing.), 1 Essex Skipper (Small White, Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Heath also seen.) Malcolm Corbett 09:05 to 10:10 And 12:00 to 12:30. Overcast, humid, light SW wind.
Sunday 23 Jun The Hythe, Colchester 1 Barn Owl (Hunting behind the lagoon briefly, long distance record shot), 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female low over hedge line then later harassing hovering kestrel), 4 Green Sandpiper (Feeding on lagoon), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Adults on lagoon), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing male), 2 Yellowhammer (Both heard singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard on way back to car) Matt Turner 19:30 to 21:00 Barn Owl at The Hythe, Colchester on 23 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner)
Sunday 23 Jun Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Barn Owl (TL949117 flying over field opposite, just on entering Old Hall Lane towards reserve.), 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo (Heard 2, saw 1 in flight near Bale field, heading towards wind pump.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard along hedgerow near Flying field, opposite Old Hall Creek.), 4 Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 14 Oystercatcher (+), 13 Avocet, 17 Lapwing (+), 10 Gadwall (+), 10 Shoveler (+), 20 Greylag Goose (+ possibly three times that number here.), 20 Shelduck (+ ) Nick Boxall 09:30 to 14:30 Very warm, bright, sunny spells but mostly overcast.
Sunday 23 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swift (Approx. Feeding over field of rape.), 1 Nuthatch (In belt of trees between Lincewood & Plotlands.) Andrew Cox 09:30 to 11:00 Cloudy, warm. Breezy. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Sunday 23 Jun Boxted 7 Tufted Duck (all records at or near Boxted Lake), 1 Buzzard (young bird calling (my first in 2019)), 1 Common Tern, 1 Tawny Owl (flushed from lower branch of oak tree) Martin Peers 09:00 to 09:30 hazy sunshine, quite warm
Sunday 23 Jun Westley Heights 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 5 Treecreeper (Pair visiting nest in crack: at least two young inside. Coombe Wood. At least one adult in Hall Wood.) Andrew Cox 08:30 to 09:30 Cloudy, some sun. Warm, breezy.
Sunday 23 Jun Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Buzzard (On the tip), 137 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 33 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Pair with one chick, Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Male and female Golden Gates), 53 Coot (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (11 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 29 Tufted Duck (11 plus brood of 8 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus another brood of 8, Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (One each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Plus two broods of two and one of one on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Kingfisher (On the pit to the south of the tip), 8 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 1 Stonechat (Recently fledged young on the approach road to the VC), 3 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 3 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Four 3rd cy and a sub adult In the managed retreat), 17 Curlew (In Mucking Bay), 7 Avocet (In Mucking Bay), 5 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 26 Shelduck (In Mucking Bay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult on the river), 1 Sparrowhawk (North over the VC) Paul Larkin 08:15 to 14:00 Overcast, E breeze, rising tide
Sunday 23 Jun Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female in flight inc food pass from m-f), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Young male bird harassed by gulls before settling on top of regular pylon), 1 Kestrel, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 14 Avocet (+ mix of juv/adult with some 2nd breed chicks), 1 Greenshank (Early autumn bird?), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer bird at Mistley Quay), 10 Swallow (+ inc 5 fledglings waiting to be fed), 6 Linnet, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Goldcrest (Heard calling), 2 Greenfinch, 8 Curlew Matt Turner 07:15 to 11:15 Sunny morning, met up with fellow EBS member Terry Malby for a great mornings birding. Peregrine Falcon at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 23 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , ,
Saturday 22 Jun Great Baddow, Chelmsford 2 Yellow Wagtail (Appear to be a nesting pair ), 2 Buzzard (Local pair hunting after grass has been bailed), 1 Reed Bunting David Pallash 18:30 to 19:30 Sunny evening
Saturday 22 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch (Pair.) Andrew Cox 15:45 to 16:15 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands
Saturday 22 Jun Abberton Reservoir 7 Little Ringed Plover (4 adults and 3 juveniles ), 1 Yellow Wagtail Emma Robinson 15:00 to 15:30 Sunny and warm
Saturday 22 Jun Wrabness 1 Turtle Dove (Sat on a tree near to hide. Did not call), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Common Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Cormorant, 34 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer David Allen 13:30 to 15:00 Sunny and pleasant.
Saturday 22 Jun Colchester 5 Peregrine Falcon (2 young birds have left the nest; one remains. Both adults nearby. Female brought a wood pigeon to young on top of the water tower. Remains of a magpie found below nest.), 1 Buzzard (Circling over the water tower.) Michael Padmore 10:00 to 13:00
Saturday 22 Jun Thorndon CP (South) 2 Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch (Rookery Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), 2 Yellowhammer (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:00 Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
Saturday 22 Jun Thorndon CP (North) 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
Saturday 22 Jun Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and Female over north marsh), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Sitting on top of north pylon), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with young), 4 Common Tern, 6 Linnet, 1 Curlew (Heard singing to north) Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:30 Sunny morning Lesser Whitethroat at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) ,
Friday 21 Jun Copford SW, near Stanway 2 Grey Wagtail (one young), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush (near church), 3 Goldcrest David Allen 15:30 to 17:00 Sunny and warm.
Friday 21 Jun Vange Marsh RSPB 9 Teal (Seven males, two females.), 10 Shoveler (Two pairs swimming, six birds loafing. Beginning to mount into eclipse.), 12 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (Adult.), 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Avocet, 53 Lapwing, 2 Spotted Redshank (Feeding/preening at the rear of the lagoon. Eventually on saline lagoon. Both summer plumage, one more intense than the other: Male & female?), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (Male, calling.), 2 Swallow (Pair around the Woodward.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 14:30 to 18:00 Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudier.
Friday 21 Jun Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 2 Black-necked Grebe (Feeding their humbugs), 2 Barnacle Goose, 4 Avocet (with young), 2 Redshank (with young), 1 Little Ringed Plover Paul Chamberlain 10:30 to 13:00 Sunny with light breeze Black-necked Grebe at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 21 Jun 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , , , ,
Friday 21 Jun Southend-on-Sea 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Three adults, one second summer, three first summer, including one with an all black head.), 5 Sandwich Tern (At least, a couple showing white flecks on head.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Razorbill (Auk sp.flying down river. ) Andrew Cox 10:15 to 13:15 Sunny, warm. Some breeze. End of the pier.
Friday 21 Jun Hanningfield Reservoir 3 Blackcap (Male with 2 females.), 1 Wren, 3 Mistle Thrush (On foreshore, Point hide.), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Hobby, 3 Buzzard, 6 Swift, 10 Common Tern (Young on raft.), 24 Lapwing, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Redshank, 18 Red-crested Pochard (12 drakes 6 females.), 2 Teal (Drakes.), 50 Mallard (Circa. 1 female with 15 tiny ducklings in tow. ), 24 Gadwall (Most in eclipse.), 6 Little Egret (6 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, many Meadow Brown Butterflies.), 6 Grey Heron (At least.) David Hale 09:45 to 16:30 Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda. Lapwing at Hanningfield Reservoir on 21 Jun 2019, (David Hale) , ,
Friday 21 Jun Alresford 1 Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), 46 Redshank, 9 Turnstone Richard Allen 09:00 to 09:30 creek, low tide
Friday 21 Jun Colchester 10 Swift (Seen around Sixth Form College, incl. individuals entering two of the new nest boxes) Michael Padmore 07:00 to 08:00
Thursday 20 Jun Maldon 2 Avocet, 1 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Sandwich Tern (Party flew high East), 2 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 1 Barn Owl John Buchanan 19:00 to 20:00
Thursday 20 Jun Great Horkesley 4 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch (Heard calling then brief glimpse as it flew), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 2 Blackcap (singing males), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing ) Matt Turner 19:00 to 19:45 Quick look in meadow near Green Lane as I was waiting for Mrs!
Thursday 20 Jun Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Marsh Harrier (Female. Chased off by terns & gulls.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Avocet, 15 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Usual adult on the right hand island & hybrid on the left.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), 1 Cuckoo (Male.) Andrew Cox 17:00 to 18:30 Sun & cloud. Some breeze.
Thursday 20 Jun Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 15 Little Egret, 4 Egyptian Goose (2 pairs), 2 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 90 Avocet (includes c. 25 young), 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 80 Common Tern, 3 Little Tern (at least; 3 individuals returned to nesting area, then 3 left shortly after. Possibly 3 pairs?), 4 Cuckoo (Another observer saw 6 in the air at once!), 4 Sedge Warbler, 30 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler John McLaughlin 10:45 to 14:45 Warm, cloud cover increasing, rising tide
Thursday 20 Jun Chigborough Lakes 2 Mallard (Females with two and eight young. Main Lake.), 1 Pochard (Female with five young. Main Lake.), 2 Little Grebe (Main Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with two young. Gadwall lake. (Adult Terrapin basking on island of this lake).), 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 8 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 6 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing.), 2 Whitethroat (Pair feeding fledglings.), 7 Wren (Singing.), 4 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:50 to 11:45 And 12:55 to 13:30. Sunny at first, cloud increasing to overcast, dry. With Graham Barber. Red-eared Terrapin on Gadwall Lake.
Thursday 20 Jun WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Montagu's Harrier (Ringtail between Wigboro and sewage works) Clive Atkins 08:00 to 09:30
Thursday 20 Jun Colne Pt 1 Montagu's Harrier (first year bird present 8-9.30 at least), 2 Cuckoo (around beach car park feeding from posts, acting like migrants grounded by overnight rain) Richard Allen 08:00 to 09:30 Montagu's Harrier at Colne Pt on 20 Jun 2019, (Richard Allen)
Thursday 20 Jun The Naze at Walton 12 Barnacle Goose, 8 Gadwall (female + 7 juvs), 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (male), 26 Oystercatcher (including adult + 3 chicks on Horsey Island), 9 Avocet (2 families of 2+2 young - Horsey Island), 4 Ringed Plover (territories), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 4 Redshank (3 pairs near Stone Point; one pair with single Lapwing in field where sheep are - no waders breeding here), 30 Little Tern (fishing off Stone Point), 25 Swift, 2 Kestrel (pair taking food towards probable nest-site), 1 Hobby, 15 Skylark (males ), 12 Sand Martin (8 nests? Naze cliffs), 6 Swallow (including two pairs on Naze toilets), 20 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing - Naze area), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Naze (John Weston reserve)), 13 Whitethroat (males in song), 5 Sedge Warbler (territories - all with nest or young [my average here= 5]), 10 Reed Warbler (territories [10]), 60 Starling (30+ juvs), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male), 20 Meadow Pipit (10 pairs), 6 Linnet (3 pairs), 6 Reed Bunting (territorial males - also one young bird.), 20 Shelduck (2 adults with a creche of 18 ducklings) Martin Peers 07:30 to 11:30 sunny and breezy after early rain
Wednesday 19 Jun Abberton Reservoir 6 Little Ringed Plover (Adult pair with 4 chicks), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male west over Billets), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LBC), 2 Cetti's Warbler (LBC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (Very close north east LBC) Matt Turner 19:00 to 20:30 Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 19 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , , ,
Wednesday 19 Jun Holland Haven 29 Avocet, 8 Reed Warbler (+), 4 Reed Bunting (+ incl 2+ juvs), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Lapwing (+ incl 2+ juvs), 4 Bearded Tit (+ incl 1 male and 2+ juvs), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 30 Shelduck (+ incl 8 juvs) Liz Huxley 15:30 to 17:15
Wednesday 19 Jun Colchester 5 Peregrine Falcon (Both adults and 3 juveniles ) Sean Nixon 14:15 to 14:30 Grey and misty
Wednesday 19 Jun Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 2 Egyptian Goose (By white bridge), 1 Black Swan (By white bridge), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Top of pylon closest to north marsh.), 6 Cormorant (West of white bridge), 3 Oystercatcher (Flying over white bridge), 1 Little Grebe (Splodge) Paul Saward 14:00 to 14:30 Warm, overcast. Close to high tide.
Wednesday 19 Jun Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 3 Pochard (pair + 1 male), 3 Tufted Duck (pair + 1 male), 5 Reed Warbler ( ), 3 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 2 Curlew, 8 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl Liz Huxley 10:00 to 13:00
Wednesday 19 Jun Alresford 1 Turtle Dove (heard purring off Ford Lane at gravel workings) Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 18 Jun Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 3 Cuckoo (2 males, 1 female calling & showing well. All 3 perched together briefly on branch to left of hide.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male over scrape.), 6 Reed Warbler (At least, showing well.), 8 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Took a kill to top of distant pylon.), 1 Blackcap (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Bearded Tit (Pair in front of hide.), 6 Gadwall, 20 Common Tern (Circa, breeding birds.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus pairs of breeding birds) David Hale 14:15 to 16:30 Dry to start, heavy showers arriving at 13 40. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. Cuckoo at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 18 Jun 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , ,
Tuesday 18 Jun West Canvey Marshes RSPB 2 Grey Heron (One bird caught a Mirror Carp of about 2lb.), 2 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck (2 pair.), 1 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Teal (Drakes.), 6 Skylark, 2 Swift, 2 Tufted Duck (Pair), 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 6 Mallard David Hale 10:30 to 13:00 Dry, warm, calm, sun, becoming overcast. Humid 24c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen. Grey Heron at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 18 Jun 2019, (David Hale) ,
Tuesday 18 Jun Thaxted 28 Swift (Seen as 2 groups about 1 Km apart, SW and NE of town. 16 max seen at one time, one location ), 1 Song Thrush (1 singing it’s head off in built up area, brilliant.) Stephen Dutton 08:45 to 09:00 Warm 17 deg Hazy sunshine, light breeze
Tuesday 18 Jun Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Peregrine Falcon (On usual pylon, beginning to think it's glued on!), 1 Sparrowhawk (Flying south), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, 1 Song Thrush (Male singing beautifully), 4 Stock Dove, 28 Avocet, 2 Skylark, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Bullfinch (Heard singing/calling in hedge to right of splodge pillbox - couldn't locate) Matt Turner 07:30 to 08:30 Linnet at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 18 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Tuesday 18 Jun Warley 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew over Warley Country park - southwards), 10 Starling (on playing field by bowling club), 2 Robin Andrew Stroud 06:45 to 07:15
Monday 17 Jun Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Kingfisher (Flew low across road as I pulled up, glad I was pulling up!!), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron (did a complete circuit calling regularly then settled in far reed bed), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Blackcap (2 singing males, 3rd bird calling), 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Common Tern (Pair hunting together, beautiful), 15 Swift, 1 Buzzard (Flew low over water heading south), 1 Chiffchaff (singing male) Matt Turner 18:45 to 19:30 Sightings from Lodge Lane
Monday 17 Jun Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 7 Mute Swan (Inc. Pair with five cygnets not long off nest.), 1 Egyptian Goose (Small lake island.), 51 Pochard (44 male.), 30 Tufted Duck (25 male.), 11 Great Crested Grebe (Inc one nest building.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing.), 1 Brimstone (Common Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Small Heath also seen.) Malcolm Corbett 14:05 to 15:40 Sunny, warm.
Monday 17 Jun Borley 5 Mute Swan (pair + 3 cygnets (Foxearth fishing lake)), 1 Tufted Duck (drake), 13 Coot (3 pairs - 2 with 4,3 young (Foxearth lake)), 1 Cuckoo (male - Foxearth meadows reserve), 1 Kingfisher (Foxearth lake), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (males - all records Foxearth meadows & lake), 1 Nuthatch, 60 Blue Tit ( with 40 Great Tits and several Coal & Long-tailed Tits), 7 Chiffchaff (males; also a few juvs in tit flock), 7 Blackcap (males), 3 Garden Warbler (territorial males), 1 Whitethroat (male), 5 Reed Warbler (territorial males), 2 Reed Bunting (males on territory; also 10 spp dragonflies & 9 spp butterflies) Martin Peers 14:00 to 15:15 warm and sunny
Monday 17 Jun Liston 4 Mute Swan (pair + 2 cygnets), 2 Red-legged Partridge (pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark (males), 5 Swallow (pair + 3 young birds), 3 Chiffchaff (territorial males), 7 Blackcap (territorial males), 4 Whitethroat (territorial males, some nests & young), 6 Reed Warbler (3 pairs), 6 Linnet (3 pairs), 3 Yellowhammer (territorial males), 1 Reed Bunting (male on territory; also 3 Brown Hares) Martin Peers 12:30 to 13:45 warm and sunny
Monday 17 Jun Wivenhoe 1 Turtle Dove (one heard purring across river at Prior gravel workings) Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 16 Jun Great Waltham 2 Bullfinch (Assumed a pair as flew off together) Paul Shuttleworth 11:00 to 11:00 Sunny
Sunday 16 Jun Weald CP, near South Weald 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 8 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Reed Bunting (Singing Male, lower lake.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:45 Cloudy, breezy. Some light rain.
Saturday 15 Jun WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Red-backed Shrike (Male still this evening) Clive Atkins 20:15 to 20:15
Saturday 15 Jun Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 2 Mediterranean Gull (One adult plus the usual hybrid.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Cuckoo (Male & female. Possibly a second Male.) Andrew Cox 16:15 to 17:15 Cloudy, breezy.
Saturday 15 Jun Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Wren, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only.) Nick Boxall 15:45 to 16:30 Warm, overcast and breezy.
Saturday 15 Jun WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Red-backed Shrike (Nice male ) Clive Atkins 13:45 to 13:45
Saturday 15 Jun Vange Marsh RSPB 12 Teal (Males; one female.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby (Hunting dragonflies from the ditch.), 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Appeared to be display lighting.), 40 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (Summer plumage. Far SE corner, then feeding all along the back of the flood. Resting occasionally.), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern (Flying over , heading north. One carrying a fish.), 1 Cuckoo (Male, somewhere on the old tip.), 10 Swift (At least.), 4 Bearded Tit (At. Least. Male carrying food & at least one young.) Andrew Cox 12:45 to 16:00 Cloud & sunny intervals. Breezy.
Saturday 15 Jun Abberton Reservoir 7 Little Ringed Plover (3 adults 4 tiny chicks. Usual corner on LDH Causeway.), 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Common Tern (Circa.), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least. ), 50 Sand Martin (Plus. Hide Bay hide.), 10 Swallow (Circa.), 10 House Martin (Circa.), 1 Black Swan (New Bay hide.), 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide.), 1 Cuckoo (Seen & heard, LDHC.), 1 Nightingale (Old road, VC entrance.), 1 Blackcap (Male. Old road.), 1 Chiffchaff (Seen, few more heard. Old Road.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Old Road.), 4 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, Hide Bay hide.), 2 Kestrel, 5 Shoveler (3 drakes, 2 female.), 6 Teal (Drakes.), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Fly over's, Billets Farm.), 100 Mute Swan (Circa. Pair with 2 small Cygnets.), 5 Egyptian Goose, 20 Skylark (At least.) David Hale 10:00 to 16:30 Dry, sun & cloud, light SW breeze. Warm 20c. Sightings with Brenda. Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Jun 2019, (David Hale) ,
Saturday 15 Jun Nayland 1 Cuckoo (male calling - all records Nayland & Little Horkesley), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Skylark (males), 2 Swallow (pair), 6 Chiffchaff (males - several families), 6 Blackcap (males - some with young), 1 Garden Warbler (male), 10 Whitethroat (males - most with nests or young), 1 Reed Warbler (male), 2 Grey Wagtail (+), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 3 Yellowhammer (males) Martin Peers 09:30 to 11:00 sunny then cloudy
Saturday 15 Jun Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Red Kite (Gliding over grazing area near car park.), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (In flight around Flying Fields, heard another across saltings towards Tollesbury.), 1 Curlew, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Immediate Car park area and Reed beds by wooden steps leading to the sea wall.), 1 Sedge Warbler, 13 Avocet (+), 6 Redshank, 3 Swallow, 10 Lapwing (+), 10 Oystercatcher (+), 5 Common Tern, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only, car park area), 4 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Little Egret, 10 Shelduck (+ ), 10 Pochard (+), 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 10 Greylag Goose (+), 10 Canada Goose (+) Nick Boxall 09:15 to 15:00 Warm, cloudy with Sunny intervals, moderate breeze.
Saturday 15 Jun Thorndon CP (North) 2 Buzzard, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 5 Swallow (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch (Pair.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.. ) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:30 Sunny, becoming cloudier & breezy.
Saturday 15 Jun Thorndon CP (South) 1 Kestrel (Female, chasing crow.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:15 Sunny, some clouds. Warm.
Saturday 15 Jun Chipping Ongar 2 Whitethroat (Near reserve car park, Bobbingworth Nature Reserve) Nick Boxall 08:00 to 08:15 Warm, some cloud but bright.
Friday 14 Jun Wrabness 40 Sand Martin (+), 12 Swallow, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Bullfinch (both males), 4 Turtle Dove (At least 4 on site, possibly more), 3 Common Tern, 10 Linnet, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Whitethroat Matt Turner 19:00 to 21:00 Sunny evening, slight breeze Bullfinch at Wrabness on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner) , ,
Friday 14 Jun Abberton Reservoir 1 Ring-necked Duck (Layer Breton Causeway ) David Curle 15:00 to 17:00 Bright, mild and breezy. Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jun 2019, (David Curle) , ,
Friday 14 Jun Ardleigh Reservoir 100 Greylag Goose (+, including many juvs), 40 Canada Goose (pair + 6 juvs & 30+ adults), 4 Gadwall (duck with 3 fully grown juvs), 1 Tufted Duck (male), 8 Great Crested Grebe (4 pairs; 2 nests seen), 2 Common Tern, 6 Sand Martin (a few persist despite destruction of nesting cliff by contractors in March), 1 Garden Warbler (territorial male), 3 Reed Warbler (territorial males), 2 Bullfinch (pair, probably with nest) Martin Peers 13:20 to 13:55 sunny but breezy
Friday 14 Jun Broomhouse, Langham 8 Mute Swan (pair + 6 cygnets (2 'Polish' types)), 10 Shelduck (no sign of duckling today), 5 Gadwall (duck with 4 ducklings ), 8 Coot (including pair + 4 juvs [Docura's Farm]), 2 Oystercatcher (pair with nest in crops [another pair at lagoons]), 24 Lapwing (20 failed breeders (many in moult); pair with chicks in crops), 2 Redshank (pair with suspected young in cover), 2 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warbler (male in song; female? alarming), 1 Sedge Warbler (+ feeding young in nest), 1 Yellow Wagtail (in barley [Docura's Farm]), 1 Grey Wagtail (+ female with calling young at pump station. Also noted one adult + one hind Fallow Deer) Martin Peers 11:45 to 13:00 sunny intervals, breezy
Friday 14 Jun Great Horkesley 6 Canada Goose (pair with 4 goslings - all wildfowl records from lakes near Ridgnalls), 36 Mallard (including two broods), 8 Tufted Duck (6 males), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge (pair flushed near Ridgnalls), 3 Little Grebe (trilling males), 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair), 3 Moorhen (broods), 9 Coot (including pair + 3 fully grown juvs), 6 Stock Dove (3 pairs), 1 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (5 pairs), 4 Chiffchaff (territories), 5 Blackcap (territories), 3 Whitethroat (territories), 3 Reed Warbler (territorial males - Ridgnalls), 3 Spotted Flycatcher (pair in large garden corner Green Lane; singing male in large garden Holly Lane opposite Coveneys), 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (male Ridgnalls) Martin Peers 09:45 to 10:30 overcast, breezy
Friday 14 Jun Boxted 3 Mallard (brood), 2 Buzzard, 1 Turtle Dove (Boxted Hall - male purring), 1 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (5 pairs - all with nests), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (territories, at least one with nest [2018= 2]), 7 Whitethroat (territories - all with nests [8]), 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (pair with nest at Boxted Hall), 2 Bullfinch (pair with nest) Martin Peers 08:30 to 11:15 cloudy, with occasional sunny spells; breezy
Friday 14 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Male singing.) Andrew Cox 08:30 to 10:15 Sun & cloud. Breezy. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
Friday 14 Jun Westley Heights 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 10 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 7 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 09:30 Cloudy with sunny intervals. Breezy.
Friday 14 Jun TL6808 1 Turtle Dove (Visiting back garden in West Chelmsford) Stuart Anderson 07:45 to 08:00 Overcast Turtle Dove at TL6808 on 14 Jun 2019, (Stuart Anderson) ,
Friday 14 Jun Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female in same area as before), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv male flew low over bridge then onto pylon), 1 Kestrel, 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, 1 young), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males north and south of bridge), 1 Red-legged Partridge (north marsh), 2 Stock Dove, 22 Avocet Matt Turner 07:30 to 08:30 stiff southerly breeze, overcast Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 14 Jun 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , , ,
Thursday 13 Jun Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 4 Little Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, 30 Black-headed Gull (At least), 30 Herring Gull (At least) Stuart Anderson 20:00 to 21:15 Cold & Windy - RSPB boat trip out of West Mersea
Thursday 13 Jun Ardleigh Reservoir 3 Great Crested Grebe (Female on nest with male close by and another bird opposite side), 1 Grey Heron (Landed near the female GCG and the male came to her rescue and saw the heron off!), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 15 Swift (Feeding very low over water at 20:30, I could hear their wings over my head), 2 Common Tern, 25 Sand Martin (+), 1 Kingfisher (Very brief glimpse low over waters edge near causeway), 2 Blackcap (singing males ), 3 Cormorant, 50 Jackdaw (+ noisy roost frequently taking to the air), 1 Bullfinch (called twice) Matt Turner 19:30 to 20:30 Sightings from Lodge Lane causeway
Thursday 13 Jun Broomfield, Chelmsford 1 Turtle Dove (Observed in back garden by my wife Christine (2nd visit in a week)) Stuart Anderson 19:00 to 19:15 Windy
Thursday 13 Jun Colchester 1 Turtle Dove (Had top down in light rain as collecting bookcase. Not too happy until I heard t/d purring at a12/a120 junction!) Matt Turner 17:45 to 17:45
Thursday 13 Jun Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult Male.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 60 Black-headed Gull (At least 60 young, many well grown.), 20 Common Tern (At least. Including at least four hatched young.), 4 Cuckoo (Three males, one female.), 4 Swift, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least. Male & at least three young.) Andrew Cox 17:15 to 18:30 Cloudy, breezy.
Thursday 13 Jun Harlow 1 Red Kite (Gliding overhead, heading south over Templefields.) Nick Boxall 16:45 to 16:45 Rain, warm breeze and overcast.
Thursday 13 Jun Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 200 Greylag Goose (circa. On and around small lake.), 7 Mute Swan (Inc. one nesting.), 2 Shelduck, 2 Mallard (Females with six and seven well grown young.), 28 Pochard (22 male.), 9 Tufted Duck (Eight male.), 12 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 30 Coot (circa.), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (Calling.), 5 Swift, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Hobby, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Swallow, 10 House Martin (+.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:40 to 10:55 Overcast, sunny spells, brisk S. wind, dry. Red Admiral and Painted Lady butterfles also seen.