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
Sunday 21 Apr Danbury Common 6 Nightingale (At least singing), 3 Blackcap Brian Bolton 17:30 to 18:30 Very warm and sunny
Sunday 21 Apr Witham 1 Red Kite Paul Shuttleworth 15:00 to 15:00 Hot, 21 degrees
Sunday 21 Apr Audley End 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron (juvs), 8 Coot (one nest), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Goldcrest (male), 2 Coal Tit (males), 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Nuthatch (on territories), 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males), 1 Grey Wagtail (male), 3 Greenfinch (males) Martin Peers 10:00 to 12:00 sunny and warm
Sunday 21 Apr Stansted Airport Lagoons 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male), 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (Singing), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff Mike Harris 09:35 to 10:35 Sunny and warm. Largely calm and 0/8 cloud.
Sunday 21 Apr Roydon 1 Nightingale (Singing in same territory as last two years. Singing since 16th April. ), 1 Garden Warbler (Noticed singing for last two days. ), 4 Common Tern (Flying over), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Reduced in number during last four years, from 3 singing males. ), 1 Marsh Tit (Calling. Flitty. ), 4 Blackcap (4 singing male territories on site. ), 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail (Nest around the canal here each year), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Nesting) Andy Hawksworth 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny, 20°C, light easterly wind.
Sunday 21 Apr Tendring 1 Song Thrush (Under Oak tree in garden gathering nesting material) Tony Faulkner 08:45 to 09:00 Full sun, light breeze
Sunday 21 Apr Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Green Woodpecker (Three Lincewood, one Mark's Hill.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing males, all Willow Park.) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 09:00 Sunny, warm.
Sunday 21 Apr Maldon 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male along Limebrook way hedgerow), 1 Whitethroat (Singing male along Limebrook way hedgerow), 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch Tony Kennelly 07:30 to 15:00
Sunday 21 Apr Beckton 1 Buzzard, 3 Wheatear, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat Gary A James 07:15 to 11:00 Sunny clear
Saturday 20 Apr The Hythe, Colchester 1 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard singing, couldn't locate), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting (One calling), 1 Whitethroat (Heard one phrase, not seen), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Swallow Matt Turner 19:30 to 20:30 Calm sunset although someone had started a fire on north bank near Wivenhoe. Called fire brigade who extinguished.
Saturday 20 Apr Chigborough Lakes 2 Cuckoo (Heard, not seen), 2 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap (9 male, 3 female), 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen, 2 heard only), 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Song Thrush (I found a piece of camera equipment in disused hide on main lake. If anyone lost this when visiting please let me know and can arrange return.) Tony Thomas 18:30 to 19:30 Sunny
Saturday 20 Apr Galleywood, near Chelmsford 5 Speckled Wood, 40 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 12 Blackcap (At least), 1 Goldcrest (Singing), 2 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mallard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only), 3 Song Thrush (2 heard, 1 seen), 4 Mistle Thrush, 20 Robin, 20 Blackbird, 4 Chaffinch (Singing), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 6 Swallow, 1 Jay, 2 Greenfinch Thomas Gilbert 16:30 to 18:00 Sightings from Galleywood Common
Saturday 20 Apr Wrabness 1 Cuckoo (Heard.seen.photographed), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (Heard only), 20 Sand Martin (On beach cliff) Peter Brittain 16:00 to 17:30 Excellent
Saturday 20 Apr Rowney Wood, Debden 10 Blackcap (singing males), 6 Willow Warbler (Singing males out numbering singing Chiffchaff, including interesting interaction. Willow Warbler “hovering “ and trilling as they chased around the favoured trees), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing high from tree top ), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only from east side of wood.), 1 Buzzard Stephen Dutton 15:00 to 17:00 Lovely 23 deg
Saturday 20 Apr Wrabness 2 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroat Kevin Colling 15:00 to 16:00
Saturday 20 Apr Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 100 Brent Goose (At least.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 3 Whimbrel (At least.), 2 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 1 Turnstone (Lagoon), 10 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Mainly from the slipway area & adjacent saltmarsh.), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern (Across from slipway.), 8 Common Tern (Slipway area.) Andrew Cox 13:00 to 17:00 Sunny, warm. Cool breeze.
Saturday 20 Apr Stow Marsh 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 142 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Whimbrel, 38 Teal, 6 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Pink-footed Goose (heading high west over the Crouch), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 26 Stock Dove, 2 Tree Pipit (feeding on seawall), 1 Lesser Whitethroat Alan Shearring 13:00 to 15:15 High tide, very warm East breeze
Saturday 20 Apr Elsenham 1 Blackcap (Male singing) Anthony Gales 13:00 to 14:00 Sunny
Saturday 20 Apr Maldon 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Reed Warbler (Singing in reeds on lake), 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Grebe (On lake), 1 Swallow Thomas Gilbert 12:00 to 13:30 High tide, sightings from Promenade Park
Saturday 20 Apr Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 1 Cattle Egret (mobile on Purfleet Marshes), 3 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (2 males+ female - Butts scrape), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 2 Hobby (behind shooting butts), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Avocet, 3 Ruff (target pools), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults east along Thames), 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (seen + more singing), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat Mark Gregory 10:45 to 16:00 sunny, few clouds, occasional light breeze; warm
Saturday 20 Apr Clacton-on-Sea 1 Buzzard (Soaring over Waterglade Retail Park, being mobbed by gulls.) Tony Faulkner 10:45 to 11:00 Full sun, warm with very light breeze
Saturday 20 Apr Kelvedon Hatch 1 Red Kite (High east at 10.20am) David Jobbins 10:20 to 10:25
Saturday 20 Apr Danbury Common 8 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat (Singing near car park), 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Sedge Warbler Thomas Gilbert 10:00 to 10:30
Saturday 20 Apr Moverons, near Brightlingsea 1 Raven (While watching a high flying prey carrying M Harrier the Raven appeared from above, briefly harried it & then carried on its way W. over Colne ), 12 Sedge Warbler (Singing males), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males), 1 Nightingale (Singing), 5 Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males), 1 Cuckoo (Calling), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 14 Lapwing (At least 7 pairs some displaying & sitting), 30 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) Chris Poole 09:30 to 12:00
Saturday 20 Apr Langford, near Maldon 1 Cuckoo (Heard not seen), 1 Greenfinch (First one seen this year), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (At least; heard not seen), 5 Chiffchaff (At least; more heard), 6 Blackcap (At least - four seen at once; more heard), 2 Linnet, 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck (Three pairs) Stephen Shelley 09:20 to 10:30 Sunny, warm
Saturday 20 Apr Thorndon CP (South) 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 1 Linnet Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:00 Sunny, warm.
Saturday 20 Apr Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Garganey (Drake from Rawl Hide. ) Andrew Wilson 09:00 to 09:45 Sunny, cool wind
Saturday 20 Apr Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Greylag Goose (Four on the tip, eight Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the approach road), 2 Cuckoo (One by the creek, one Golden Gates), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 8 Blackcap (One by the creek, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Chiffchaff (One by the outer car park, two Golden Gates), 1 Fieldfare (Golden Gates), 33 Coot (10 in the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 52 Tufted Duck (44(20 drakes) Golden Gates, eight (5 drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Pochard (Including 3 drakes Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Reed Warbler (Golden Gates), 7 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults and 1st and 2nd summers hawking insects over the tip), 3 Buzzard (Soaring over the tip), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 538 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 3 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 254 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 15 Teal (In the managed retreat), 3 Common Tern (On the river), 1 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 45 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 122 Redshank (In the managed retreat) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 14:30 Fine and sunny, light E wind, HT
Saturday 20 Apr Thorndon CP (North) 1 Kestrel (Leaving nest site.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male. Possibly two.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Goldfinch (Singing male.), 1 Linnet (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Sunny, warm.
Saturday 20 Apr South Woodham Ferrers 1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Cuckoo (Calling) Robert Pease 08:00 to 09:00 Saltcoats Marsh, sunny, bright and warm.
Saturday 20 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Marsh Harrier (Female flying east), 1 Whimbrel (To east of bridge), 1 Knot (Single winter plumage still present) Matt Turner 08:00 to 08:30 Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 20 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , ,
Saturday 20 Apr Beckton 3 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 8 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff Gary A James 07:15 to 10:30 Sunny/clear light east wind
Saturday 20 Apr Twinstead 10 Red-legged Partridge (5 pairs), 1 Little Grebe (male), 5 Stock Dove (territories - my first complete survey here), 1 Kestrel (male on church tower), 1 Goldcrest (singing male), 1 Marsh Tit (singing male in usual territory), 2 Swallow (territories), 12 Chiffchaff (territorial males), 14 Blackcap (territorial males), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (male back on territory), 1 Nuthatch (singing - village), 7 Song Thrush (territories - my first complete count), 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males - village [2018= 1]), 1 Nightingale (male - continued decline here: part of territory chopped down and planted with "lollipop" trees), 20 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer (4 pairs - first complete survey here) Martin Peers 07:00 to 09:00 sunny; warming up after cool start
Saturday 20 Apr Naze, The 11 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Whimbrel, 35 Sand Martin (+, around colony), 2 Wheatear, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 3 south of John Weston Reserve, 2 around the Reserve, 1 by decoy ponds and 1 in drainage ditch north of those ponds), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing), 1 Fulmar (South), 1 Cuckoo (Singing from Walton Hall Marshes, first of the spring ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing, Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Buzzard, 21 Golden Plover (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Red Fox (On salt marsh north of Cormorant Creek, jumped creek and made its way south across the mud) Brian Combes 06:10 to 10:30 clear, warm, northerly wind, rising tide, 22 species in song
Friday 19 Apr Great Totham 1 Barn Owl (Calling. North of Captains Wood.) Malcolm Corbett 21:40 to 21:40
Friday 19 Apr Elsenham 2 Yellow Wagtail (First sighting here in 15 years) Anthony Gales 19:00 to 19:15 Sunny
Friday 19 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Knot (winter plumage Knot still feeding by bridge), 5 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon (On top of pylon), 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose Matt Turner 17:30 to 18:30 Sunny evening, all the usual birds from bridge Knot at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Friday 19 Apr Danbury Common 6 Nightingale (Singing males - maybe more), 8 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Grass Snake, 1 Adder David Pallash 16:45 to 18:15 Nightingale at Danbury Common on 19 Apr 2019, (David Pallash) , ,
Friday 19 Apr Rayne 4 Crane (Circling over Rayne heading towards gt Leighs and chelmsford), 2 Buzzard Chris Turner 13:00 to 13:45 Sunny light breeze
Friday 19 Apr Fingringhoe GP 50 Sand Martin (+or - lots of holes being excavated), 1 Peregrine Falcon (male flew in to attack Sand Martins), 3 Buzzard (together distantly) Ashley Gooding 11:30 to 12:00 sunny and warm light breeze
Friday 19 Apr Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 5 Nightingale (Heard and one seen), 8 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff Emma Robinson 11:00 to 13:30 Sunny and warm Blackcap at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 19 Apr 2019, (Emma Robinson, ) ,
Friday 19 Apr South Weald 4 Raven (A pair appeared overhead whilst I was working at the cricket ground which were joined by another pair. One lingered for some time wheeling high above Weald Park (Ravens are normally solitary / in pairs but I have seen small groups previously on my visits to Sicily)), 3 Swallow, 3 Sparrowhawk (2 females spaddinv, and a male) Andrew Stroud 10:30 to 12:45 Raven at South Weald on 19 Apr 2019, (Andrew Stroud, lumix dmc fz72) , , , , ,
Friday 19 Apr Fingringhoe Mill 2 Mediterranean Gull ((all sightings from just West of mill)adults high over), 2 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Little Ringed Plover (pair seen mating), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 3 Buzzard Ashley Gooding 10:15 to 11:15 sunny and warm light breeze
Friday 19 Apr Tilbury 26 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 4 Teal (On STW outfall) Paul Larkin 10:00 to 12:00 Fine and sunny, light E wind, rising tide
Friday 19 Apr Abberton Reservoir 8 Nightingale (Circa. VC entrance old road, alive with song & showing birds.), 4 Blackcap (2 pair. Probably more. Old road.), 6 Chiffchaff (Circa. Heard only. Old road.), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm.), 20 Skylark (Circa.), 15 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Swallow (Billets Farm.), 4 Goldeneye (I drake, 3 female. LBC.), 2 Scaup (Pair, LDH.), 20 Little Egret (Circa, LBC.), 9 Grey Heron, 4 Mallard (Females with broods of 1,4,7 & 10. ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Billets Farm screen. ), 3 Greenshank (2 LDH, 1 Wig Bay screen.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Buzzard (LBC.), 2 Wigeon (Pair.), 1 Ring-necked Duck David Hale 09:30 to 17:15 Dry, warm, sunny, 20c. S breeze. Sightings with Brenda. Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 19 Apr 2019, (David Hale)
Friday 19 Apr Langham 1 Swift (Seen briefly whilst stuck in traffic on A12) Matt Turner 09:30 to 09:30 Sunny
Friday 19 Apr Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Garganey (Drake from RAWL hide) David Jobbins 09:00 to 13:00
Friday 19 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Willow Warbler (singing East of LDLH causeway), 3 Scaup (2 males and 1 female East of LDLH causeway), 1 Cuckoo (flew over billets screen), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults high over billets screen), 2 Corn Bunting (males singing billets), 1 Whitethroat (snatch of song near billets), 1 Green Sandpiper (LDLH causeway edge) Ashley Gooding 08:15 to 10:00 sunny and warm light breeze
Friday 19 Apr Beckton 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (North 08.20), 1 Greenshank, 8 Mediterranean Gull (over), 1 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern, 5 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap Gary A James 07:45 to 10:30 Sunny warm Light east wind
Friday 19 Apr Broomhouse, Langham 2 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall (2 pairs), 30 Teal, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing (2 pairs [failed elsewhere?] - males displaying), 3 Redshank (pair + guarding male), 1 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest (Broomhouse farm), 1 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (males), 4 Sedge Warbler (singing males [my best here since 2016]), 3 Reed Warbler (singing males), 3 Reed Bunting (territories) Martin Peers 07:45 to 08:30 warm and sunny
Friday 19 Apr Burnham-on-Crouch 6 Whitethroat (singing males), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing male still on territory), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 5 Swallow, 1 Spotted Redshank (Calling over Crouch towards Wallasea), 1 Turnstone, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 2 Wheatear (male and female), 24 Corn Bunting (including 14 singing individuals) Steven Swaby 07:00 to 09:00 Sunny spring morning, Burnham Wick area
Friday 19 Apr Heybridge GP 1 Cuckoo (Mobile singing male), 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Greenshank, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Avocet, 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Flying over gull colony), 200 Black-headed Gull, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew, 20 Oystercatcher, 2 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 50 Shelduck, 4 Swallow, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet Tony Kennelly 06:00 to 08:30
Thursday 18 Apr Warley 1 Wheatear (female - Tyler's common), 2 Swallow (Boyle's Court), 3 Redwing (Dark Lane), 1 Goldcrest (singing - Dark Lane), 20 Starling (Boyle's Court), 5 Fieldfare (in grazing fields - Boyle's Court), 30 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush Andrew Stroud 18:30 to 19:30
Thursday 18 Apr Felsted 2 House Martin ( First birds back to usual breeding area in Flitch Green) Brian Bolton 18:00 to 18:30 Warm and calm
Thursday 18 Apr Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult Male.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe (At least.), 2 Whimbrel (Settled for a while, before flying off.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 4 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (Moulting into summer plumage.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow (At least.), 20 Sand Martin (At least.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing, western end. Not seen.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least. Western end.) Andrew Cox 17:00 to 18:45 Sunny, warm.
Thursday 18 Apr Naze, The 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult summer paired up with Black-headed Gull), 10 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 10 House Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 30 Starling Lee G R Evans 17:00 to 18:00 Frest easterly blowing but clear and dry
Thursday 18 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Black Tern (Seen between causeways then overhead at LDH heading east), 20 Yellow Wagtail (+ Billets Farm), 2 Scaup (Pair close west of LDH), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Pair in front of Gwens hide), 1 Greenshank (Heard calling near Billets, not seen), 1 Green Sandpiper (Flight calling LDH, not seen), 20 Common Tern (+), 3 Swallow Matt Turner 16:45 to 18:00 Sunny, slight easterly breeze Black Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , , , ,
Thursday 18 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Black Tern, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 43 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier Sean Nixon 16:30 to 18:45 Warmand sunny with breeze Black Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon) , ,
Thursday 18 Apr Wrabness 4 Whimbrel (Flying very close inshore ) Peter Brittain 15:30 to 15:30
Thursday 18 Apr Wrabness 7 Linnet, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Nightingale (Heard two singing in different areas then, whilst I stood listening to one singing,two flew behind me into another bush.) Peter Brittain 14:00 to 16:15 Very good
Thursday 18 Apr Danbury Common 3 Nightingale (One seen and a further two heard.), 1 Cuckoo (Seen and heard), 3 Blackcap (Heard only), 3 Chiffchaff (Seen and heard) Robert Pease 14:00 to 14:30 Sunny and warm
Thursday 18 Apr Goldhanger 1 Cuckoo (Flew over car) David Pallash 12:15 to 12:30 Sunny
Thursday 18 Apr Hatfield Forest 9 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Marsh Tit Martin Henry 11:00 to 13:00 hazy and warm
Thursday 18 Apr Chigborough Lakes 8 Mute Swan (Pairs nesting on Main and Pochard Lakes. Pairs on Bean Mere and private lake just south of reserve.), 1 Garganey (Male. Gadwall Lake. Briefly out in open for good views at 11:00 then very elusive.), 5 Mallard (Pair with three young. Gadwall Lake.), 4 Little Grebe (Pairs on Main and Pochard Lakes.), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Pair nesting Gadwall Lake. Pair Pochard Lake.), 10 Grey Heron (+. Heronry.), 20 Little Egret (+. Heronry.), 50 Cormorant (Circa. Heronry. 20+ occupied nests.), 1 Buzzard (Heard only.), 2 Collared Dove (Pair.), 1 Cuckoo (Calling from Rook Hall.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 4 Cetti's Warbler (One seen, three heard only. All near Main Lake.), 11 Chiffchaff (Five singing, others contact calls only.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 14 Blackcap (All males.), 1 Whitethroat, 13 Wren (Singing.), 8 Robin (Singing.), 2 Chaffinch (Pair.), 2 Brimstone (Male and female. Large, Small and Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood also seen.) Malcolm Corbett 10:10 to 12:15 Sunny, warm, light ESE wind.
Thursday 18 Apr Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 2 Snipe, 23 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 8 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (2 male, 2 female), 21 Redshank, 12 Skylark (+), 2 Curlew, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Reed Bunting (+), 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Raven, 10 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit (+, heard) Simon Satchell 09:40 to 14:30 Sunny, light NE wind.
Thursday 18 Apr Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 4 Mute Swan (Pairs on large and small lake.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Flew from large lake.), 15 Shelduck, 10 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 6 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting (Female.) Malcolm Corbett 09:20 to 10:10 And 12:15 to 12:45. Sunny, warm, light ESE wind.
Thursday 18 Apr Heybridge GP 5 Common Tern, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (Heard only), 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard only) Robert Pease 09:00 to 13:00 sunny and warm
Thursday 18 Apr Danbury Common 1 Cuckoo, 3 Nightingale Paul Gymer 08:45 to 10:30
Thursday 18 Apr Backwarden, Danbury 1 Buzzard, 2 Nightingale, 1 Willow Warbler Paul Gymer 08:45 to 10:15 Nightingale at Backwarden, Danbury on 18 Apr 2019, (Paul Gymer)
Thursday 18 Apr Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (BHF), 16 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler (All BHF), 2 Reed Warbler (Both Riverside Park, Burnham), 14 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler (Burnham), 2 Yellowhammer (singing males, BHF), 3 Bearded Tit (BWA hide, BHF), 22 Great Crested Grebe (All summer-pl ads, Crouch), 23 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat (Pair perched on fence with Wheatear, Althorne), 1 Bullfinch (Creeksea), 1 Tree Pipit (flushed calling from edge of reserve), 1 Snipe, 4 Ruff (Round Marsh, BHF), 3 Greenshank, 20 Whimbrel, 5 Common Tern, 7 Corn Bunting (singing males, BHF and Althorne), 22 Golden Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard Steven Swaby 08:00 to 15:00 Foggy start, warm and sunny later. BHF to Burnham-on-Crouch along the estuary. Also 10 butterfly species on the wing today.
Thursday 18 Apr East Tilbury 2 Snipe, 1 Stonechat (Male), 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard (Pair), 4 Sedge Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 1 Barn Owl, 3 Mediterranean Gull (Adults over), 2 Whimbrel, 49 Grey Plover, 1 Shoveler (Drake), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Red Kite (To the west over the old landfill), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Greenshank, 4 Swallow (North), 141 Teal, 4 Common Tern, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Curlew, 951 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 29 Dunlin Paul Larkin 07:45 to 14:15 Sunny but rather murky with pollution haze, strong E wind, HT
Thursday 18 Apr Naze, The 1 Chiffchaff (ACTUALLY IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF BUT THIS SITE STILL UNABLE TO ACCEPT THIS SPECIES. Bird singing by farm pond at 6:40 for a few minutes before disappearing. Relocated by other birders later in the morning and photographed by Simon Cox. ) Brian Combes 06:40 to 06:50
Thursday 18 Apr Naze, The 8 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Whitethroat (Singing), 25 Sand Martin (+, around colony ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 around John Weston Reserve and 3 south of it), 12 Swallow (A trickle moving north), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Wheatear, 1 Brambling (North), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing), 1 Buzzard, 7 House Martin (North ), 1 Chinese Muntjac Brian Combes 06:00 to 10:15 misty then clear, easterly wind, mild, rising tide, 21 species in song
Wednesday 17 Apr Abberton Reservoir 2 Garganey (Pair from Billets screen), 2 Little Gull (ads. Wigborough Bay), 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear (Billets), 50 Yellow Wagtail (Minimum, Billets), 8 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 4 Corn Bunting Sean Nixon 17:00 to 19:00 Misty, cooler and light breeze Garganey at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , , , ,
Wednesday 17 Apr Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 1 Little Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel David Allen 15:15 to 16:00 Sunny and pleasant. Knee deep in dog walkers as ever.
Wednesday 17 Apr Burnham-on-Crouch 1 Black Kite (Flew in from SE and drifted W over the town, rising higher (15:18–15:20)) Steven Swaby 15:15 to 15:30 Hazy sunshine, light E wind
Wednesday 17 Apr Debden 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing about 50m apart, also several Chiffchaff and Blackcaps) Stephen Dutton 14:30 to 15:00 Clear sunny slight breeze
Wednesday 17 Apr Colchester 3 Buzzard (Circling over Riverside Estate/Roman Road) Sean Nixon 13:30 to 13:30 Warm and light breeze
Wednesday 17 Apr Abberton Reservoir 3 Nightingale, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff Paul Chamberlain 12:30 to 15:00 sunny with light breeze Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , ,
Wednesday 17 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Garganey, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Nightingale, 10 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Greenshank, 1 Buzzard, 23 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting David Allen 11:45 to 15:00 Sunny and no wind.
Wednesday 17 Apr Galleywood, near Chelmsford 2 Wood Pigeon (On nest in garden), 30 Blue Tit (Pair at nest box and mating in garden), 20 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit (Singing), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Sparrowhawk (2f displaying and 1m yesterday), 10 Blackcap (Lots singing at Galleywood Common, male in garden yesterday), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, 2 Grey Squirrel, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only) Thomas Gilbert 10:00 to 15:00
Wednesday 17 Apr Maldon 1 Buzzard (Heard only.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 4 Jay, 25 Blue Tit (+.), 15 Great Tit (+.), 5 Skylark (Singing over adjacent fields.), 4 Long-tailed Tit (Two pair.), 13 Chiffchaff (Including eight singing.), 11 Blackcap (Nine male, two female.), 10 Wren (Singing.), 11 Robin (Singing.), 2 Chaffinch (Pair.) Malcolm Corbett 09:45 to 12:00 Maldon Wick EWT Reserve. Sunny, warm.
Wednesday 17 Apr Maldon 1 Cetti's Warbler (Burst of song 6 times at least along canal adjacent to Tesco carpark), 1 Willow Warbler (Also along canal) Brian Bolton 08:00 to 08:00 Dry and sunny
Wednesday 17 Apr Naze, The 1 Chiffchaff (ACTUALLY IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF BUT THE EBWS SITE APPEARS UNABLE TO ACCEPT THE SPECIES!!! Bird singing in double hedge 100m north of farm pond. Initially singing just after 7:00; also heard at this time by Darrell Stile. We then heard the bird sing and call, on and off, until 8:30. Brief views gave the impression of a pale bellied bird with a relatively strong supercilium. Song and call were recorded and are diagnostic for this species. Not relocated. A real surprise and a real delight!!) Brian Combes 07:05 to 08:30
Wednesday 17 Apr Abberton Reservoir 5 Nightingale (4 singing along old road near vis centre 2 seen and 1 in thicket N end of L.B Causeway), 6 Blackcap (5 singing males and 2 females seen), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing males ), 4 Wren (+ singing 2 seen), 5 Common Tern (both causeways), 1 Great White Egret (From L.D.L.H. Causeway), 1 Ring-necked Duck (With Tufted duck west side L.B. Causeway) Paul Fletcher 06:45 to 10:30 Glorious sunrise but misty and slightly overcast slight SE breeze. Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , , ,
Wednesday 17 Apr Naze, The 3 Whitethroat (Singing, first of the spring), 20 Sand Martin (+, around colony and a few north), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 3 around John Weston Reserve and 3 south of it), 7 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Willow Warbler (Singing), 1 Whimbrel (Heard, first of the spring), 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Eider (North), 1 Firecrest (Singing, by sewage works ) Brian Combes 06:15 to 12:15 cool first thing, south-east wind, misty first thing then mainly overcast, high tide, 21 species in song.
Tuesday 16 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Little Ringed Plover (Still on splodge, got pics this time), 1 Greenshank Matt Turner 18:30 to 18:45 Quick stop on way home to check if LRP still there Little Ringed Plover at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 16 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner) ,
Tuesday 16 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Ring-necked Duck, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (Old road), 7 Blackcap, 1 Nightingale (Old road), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper Sean Nixon 17:00 to 19:30 Overcaste and warm. Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon, )
Tuesday 16 Apr Wrabness 8 Redwing (In paddock,far side), 2 Linnet, 1 Swallow (First Ive seen this year), 1 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cuckoo (Heard only once,last year it turned up on the 14th), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff Peter Brittain 14:45 to 17:00 Overcast
Tuesday 16 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Ring-necked Duck (Drake NW of LB c/way), 1 Great White Egret (NW of LdlH c/way), 1 Willow Warbler (N of LB c/way), 1 Cuckoo (At W end) Sean Nixon 13:00 to 13:45 warm(!) and sunny Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) ,
Tuesday 16 Apr Stanford Rivers, near Chipping Ongar 1 Red Kite (low over The Lawns, Berwick Lane ) Andrew Stroud 13:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 16 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Ring-necked Duck (Drake NW of Layer Breton causeway, asleep most of the time at 12.30p.m.; still there at 5.30p.m. when diving then bathing and preening. Ringed on right leg.), 1 Cuckoo (heard cuckooing W of Layer Breton causeway), 43 Yellow Wagtail (at grass field behind Billets Farm buildings. 10 here at 2p.m. then 43 at 5p.m.), 1 White Wagtail (SE of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway at 3p.m.), 1 Corn Bunting (seen from Billets Farm observation screen, 2.10p.m.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (pair, Layer-de-la-Haye causeway), 3 Scaup (Pair + another drake nearby W of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway, 3.15p.m.), 20 Goldeneye (seen from Gwen's Hide) George Brown 12:30 to 17:45 Cloudy then sunnier later; light E wind. Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Apr 2019, (George Brown)
Tuesday 16 Apr WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Redstart (Male in garden) Clive Atkins 11:00 to 18:45
Tuesday 16 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Red Kite, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Nightingale, 1 Cuckoo, 10 Common Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Skylark Yvonne Watling 11:00 to 16:00 Cold
Tuesday 16 Apr West Bergholt 2 Buzzard (coasting west to east ), 2 Buzzard (soaring west to east, might be local pair. These birds were seen 14.10 hrs), 1 Black Kite (coasting with occasional short soaring flights south to north. Positive ID seen at 14.25. First ever here.) Jeff Martin 11:00 to 11:00 Sunny and still
Tuesday 16 Apr Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 12 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Corn Bunting, 35 Avocet, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Sand Martin Sean Huggins 10:45 to 15:30 Tide high then falling
Tuesday 16 Apr Heybridge GP 57 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 19 Mallard (Pair with 12 young. Female with 4 young.), 50 Teal (circa.), 10 Pochard (+.), 40 Tufted Duck (circa.), 1 Red Kite (Flew north over pit from Promenade.), 1000 Black-headed Gull (+.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 11 Cetti's Warbler (Three seen. Others heard only.), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 10 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush, 12 House Sparrow (+.), 3 Greenfinch (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:45 to 12:15 High tide 11:17
Tuesday 16 Apr Abberton Reservoir 5 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander (pair below Abberton church), 24 Little Egret (including 20 at heronry), 1 Sparrowhawk (male LB), 2 Oystercatcher (pair LDLH), 1 Lapwing (flew over LB), 1 Common Sandpiper (LB), 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay), 1 Snipe (Billets), 3 Kestrel (territories), 20 Skylark (circa - territorial males), 2 Cetti's Warbler (LB), 13 Chiffchaff (males), 4 Willow Warbler (males), 15 Blackcap (males), 2 Nightingale (males singing and establishing territories - permissive path near VC), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 1 White Wagtail (LDLH), 10 Meadow Pipit (Billets Farm), 3 Corn Bunting (singing males -LB(1); BF(2)), 15 Common Tern Martin Peers 07:45 to 11:15 overcast at first then sunny.
Tuesday 16 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 36 Turnstone, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank, 17 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover (On splodge), 1 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male flying north), 4 Avocet, 1 Egyptian Goose, 9 Oystercatcher, 9 Gadwall, 1 Knot, 1 Swallow (First I've seen here this year), 1 Ruff (Very distant brief view in flight), 1 Red-legged Partridge Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:30 All sightings from bridge Greenshank at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 16 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner) ,
Tuesday 16 Apr Arkesden 1 Lesser Whitethroat (one singing male) Alan Harris 07:00 to 07:00
Tuesday 16 Apr Lawford, near Manningtree 1 Willow Warbler (Singing by Manningtree Station approach road ), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff James Davidson 07:00 to 07:00 Sunny but with high cloud
Monday 15 Apr Abberton Reservoir 26 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Common Tern Sean Nixon 17:00 to 18:00 Cold and breezy, but sunny Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , , , , , ,
Monday 15 Apr Birch 1 Red Kite (One was also seen over Tiptree at 1 pm by a reliable observer), 1 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 1 Blackcap (male) David Allen 16:25 to 16:33 Hardy's Green near fishing lake. Sunny with a cold wind.
Monday 15 Apr Felsted 116 Golden Plover (on arable field beside B1417 N of Bannister Green) George Brown 16:15 to 16:30 Sunny, cool E wind. B1417 N of Bannister Green near Felsted
Monday 15 Apr Hatfield Broad Oak 8 Teal, 2 Mandarin Duck (Pr), 2 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard (2Pr), 2 Lapwing (Pr), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 50 Fieldfare (Minimum) Mike Harris 15:30 to 16:30 Pincey Brook
Monday 15 Apr Copford 1 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Wren, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Mandarin Duck (Male - along Roman River ), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming ) Emma Robinson 14:30 to 16:00 Sunny (sightings Pits Wood)
Monday 15 Apr Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 30 Canada Goose (+.), 50 Greylag Goose (+.), 16 Pochard, 8 Great Crested Grebe (Four pair.), 1 Buzzard, 200 Black-headed Gull (+.), 4 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay (Pair.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) Malcolm Corbett 12:15 to 13:15 Sunny. Light ESE wind.
Monday 15 Apr Wrabness 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat Paul Saward 12:00 to 13:00 Bright, sunny but an intermittent cool breeze
Monday 15 Apr Chigborough Lakes 6 Mute Swan (Pair Bean Mere and pairs nesting on Main and Pochard Lakes.), 2 Gadwall (Pair Teal Pond.), 2 Pochard (Pair Gadwall Lake.), 8 Tufted Duck (Three male, three female Gadwall Lake. Pair Bean Mere.), 5 Little Grebe (Two pair Pochard Lake. One Main Lake.), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two pair Pochard Lake. One Bean Mere.), 9 Little Egret (Heronry. Some nesting.), 45 Cormorant (+. 20+ occupied nests. Heronry.), 1 Buzzard ( ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (North of Main Lake. Heard only.), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 12 Blackcap (Singing.), 13 Wren (Singing.), 9 Robin (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 10:40 to 12:15 Sunny. Light ESE wind.
Monday 15 Apr Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Water Rail, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunlin (summer plumage) Alan Shearring 10:00 to 13:00 Sunny but a cold fresh east wind. Tide going out. Never known it so quite.
Monday 15 Apr Beeleigh 1 Cetti's Warbler (near Tesco Maldon), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Two south of river, either side of by-pass, the third near Tesco), 17 Teal, 4 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Linnet, 4 Greenfinch Paul Gymer 09:00 to 10:45
Monday 15 Apr Hanningfield Reservoir 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap (+), 9 Red-crested Pochard (8 drakes, 1 female), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redwing, 120 Wigeon (+), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 15 Shelduck, 2 Garganey (pair, Rawl Hide), 1 Common Sandpiper (Rawl Hide), 2 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Treecreeper Simon Satchell 08:30 to 13:45 Sunny, strong east wind
Monday 15 Apr Abberton Reservoir 2 Great White Egret (In sluice with 2 little egret & 1 grey heron!), 4 Common Tern, 40 Mute Swan, 10 Great Crested Grebe (1 pair carrying out mating display) Tony Kennelly 07:15 to 07:45 Layer Breton causeway
Monday 15 Apr Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming males), 1 Buzzard (Heard calling over), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing male), 2 Red-legged Partridge (In arable field) Tony Kennelly 06:00 to 07:00
Monday 15 Apr Corbets Tey

m Cuckoo (Mike Limehouse)

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Monday 15 Apr Lee Valley, Walthamstow Wetlands

m Scaup, 10 Shelduck, 31 Shoveler, 2m Brambling, Common Sandpiper, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Reed Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, Peregrine, Water Rail (Walthamstow Birders)

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Monday 15 Apr RSPB Rainham Marshes

f merlin, Greenshank, 6 Ruff, 2 Wheatear (ATw) Short-eared Owl, 4 Avocet (ATw) pr Kingfisher (HTV) 9 Med Gulls, 20 Curlew, 10 Swallow, House Martin (ATw, HTV)

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Monday 15 Apr Ingrebourne Valley

Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Mike Limehouse)

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Monday 15 Apr Lee valley, KGV Res

m Smew, 2 Wheatear (ARe)

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Monday 15 Apr Lakeside Retail Park, Alexander Lake

m Redstart (HTV)

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Sunday 14 Apr Stansted Airport Lagoons 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Swallow (+), 2 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin (+), 2 White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff Mike Harris 16:50 to 17:50 Bright with cold SE wind
Sunday 14 Apr Walton-on-The-Naze 1 Wheatear ((m) in field opposite Harbour Lights rest. Titchmarsh Marina.) Ron Colson 15:30 to 15:30 Bright, cold breeze
Sunday 14 Apr Birch 50 Fieldfare (Flock in fields with 2 Redwing near Birch Hardy's Green) Barbara Leport 14:45 to 15:00
Sunday 14 Apr TQ5993 2 Robin (Adult feeding young bird in back garden), 3 Blackcap (2 singing males and a female - La Plata Wood), 2 Goldfinch, 1 Stock Dove Andrew Stroud 14:00 to 16:00
Sunday 14 Apr Wrabness 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 7 Redwing (In horse paddock) Peter Brittain 14:00 to 16:00 Fair / Tide Low
Sunday 14 Apr Abberton Reservoir 2 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH), 6 Common Tern (LDLH), 2 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH), 6 Yellow Wagtail (Billets farm), 1 Green Sandpiper (LB), 1 Great White Egret (LB), 20 Swallow (LB), 20 Sand Martin (LDLH), 2 Corn Bunting (LB), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing Layer Breton causeway), 1 White Wagtail (LDLH) Barbara Leport 10:30 to 14:30 Cold,Windy and hail showers
Sunday 14 Apr Wickford 1 Song Thrush (Still appearing in back garden. Just spent a week in Suffolk, never spotted one.) David Hale 09:30 to 09:45 Cold, damp after a shower of hail at 07 30 this morning when it was -1c. Calm & cloudy. Song Thrush at Wickford on 14 Apr 2019, (David Hale) ,
Sunday 14 Apr Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 20 Skylark (+), 65 Linnet (+, including 2 flocks of 20+ that joined briefly.), 9 Reed Bunting, 3 Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 160 Teal, 32 Wigeon, 47 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Ruff, 145 Shoveler, 31 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 63 Shelduck, 10 Swallow (+), 9 Gadwall, 105 Golden Plover, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier (females), 5 Grey Heron (+), 4 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Bearded Tit (+), 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 38 Stock Dove, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Corn Bunting, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Ring Ouzel (At east end of reserve, flew towards Althorne.), 1 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker Simon Satchell 08:45 to 13:30 Sunny spells and wintery showers, east wind. High Tide ~08.00.
Sunday 14 Apr Weald CP, near South Weald 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Green Woodpecker (At least four territories.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Mistle Thrush (One singing.), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 1 Firecrest (Singing Male.. ), 5 Coal Tit (At least.), 9 Nuthatch (At least. Six-nine territories.), 2 Treecreeper (One collecting material & taking it to a nest site; plus a singing Male elsewhere.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Raven (Pair.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 10:15 Sun & cloud. Cold wind.
Sunday 14 Apr Beckton 1 Pochard, 1 Snipe, 20 Redshank, 2 Arctic Tern, 28 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Ring Ouzel (male), 3 Blackcap Gary A James 07:45 to 13:00 CLoud/sun cold. ENE wind
Sunday 14 Apr Essex 1 Brambling (Male, under our garden bird feeders. Northwest Chelmsford) Andrew Allen 06:30 to 07:00 Frosty & still
Sunday 14 Apr Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (1 on fence post by railway seen from 1st & 2nd hides, 1 flew east from 3rd hide), 1 Snipe, 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males by seawall), 30 Golden Plover (High tide roost), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (High tide roost), 2 Swallow, 2 Blackcap (Only warblers heard during my visit!), 3 Ruff, 20 Avocet, 20 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 12 Wigeon Tony Kennelly 06:00 to 09:00 Frosty start & sunny
Sunday 14 Apr Beckton, Gallions Reach

Pochard, Snipe, 20 Redshank, 2 Arctic Tern, 28 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, m Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackcap (GAJ)

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Sunday 14 Apr Weald Park

Buzzard, Kestrel, 4pr Green Woodpecker, 3pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Mistle Thrush, m Song Thrush, 2m Goldcrest, m Firecrest, 5 Coal Tit, 9pr Nuthatch, pr Treecreeper, 4 Goldfinch, pr Raven (ACo)

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Saturday 13 Apr TQ5795 1 Red Kite (Low over Ongar Road / Coxtie Green Road junction), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet Andrew Stroud 18:00 to 18:30
Saturday 13 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Scaup (Drake W of ldlH c/way), 7 Common Tern, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail (LB c/way), 9 Pied Wagtail, 29 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 5 Little Ringed Plover Sean Nixon 17:00 to 18:30 Sunshine and showers, cold (6 degrees) White Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon) , , , , , ,
Saturday 13 Apr Danbury Common 1 Nightingale, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch David Pallash 17:00 to 18:30 Overcast and sunny
Saturday 13 Apr Chigborough Lakes 1 Cuckoo (Heard only, Rook Hall lake), 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Pochard (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker Andrew Allen 15:45 to 16:30
Saturday 13 Apr Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Garganey (Male, SE part of flood.), 15 Avocet, 2 Black-winged Stilt, 170 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 3 Snipe (At least.), 4 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Settled on flood. Six more over, heading south.), 2 Common Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull Andrew Cox 15:15 to 17:45 Sun & cloud. Cold wind.
Saturday 13 Apr Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Little Gull (Adult summer), 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 15 Shelduck Andrew Allen 15:00 to 15:30 Sunny
Saturday 13 Apr Hanningfield Reservoir 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 20 Wigeon (+), 1 Lapwing, 20 Swallow (+, Small flocks passing through ahead of weather fronts), 20 Teal (+), 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Jay Andrew Allen 11:30 to 14:00 Mixed to say the least.
Saturday 13 Apr Abberton Reservoir 2 Little Gull (Ads. E of ldlH c/way), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 5 House Martin, 23 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Redshank, 6 Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing at West End) Sean Nixon 10:00 to 11:30 Sleet/hail/rain and sunshine. Cold.
Saturday 13 Apr Thorndon CP (South) 1 Kestrel (Male. Seen to catch a small prey item & fly off. Shortly returned to same hunting area.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (Probable pair.), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing Male.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:15 Sun & cloud.
Saturday 13 Apr Frinton-on-Sea 14 Fulmar (11N 3S), 57 Sand Martin (5 flocks in off), 1 Hobby (in off then south @ 1110), 11 Red-throated Diver, 14 Whimbrel, 113 Curlew (late pm/evening movement), 38 Common Tern, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Guillemot, 127 Gannet Paul Brayshaw 09:00 to 13:00 NE4-5 showers am, selected totals, movement to north
Saturday 13 Apr Thorndon CP (North) 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 6 Nuthatch (At least. Pair at best hole: female with a beak full of mud, plastering. Male calling nearby. Four other territories.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Cloud, some sun.
Saturday 13 Apr Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over towards Stanford Warren), 13 Greylag Goose (Six on the tip, seven Golden Gates), 107 Teal (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 114 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 458 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 13 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 1219 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 6 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 25 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 99 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 10 Great Crested Grebe (Two each in Mucking Bay and the pit to the south of the tip, six Golden Gates, ), 24 Swallow (17 Golden Gates, the rest on the pit to the south of the tip), 8 Blackcap (Two by the outer car park, six Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 47 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 5 Goldeneye (Including a drake Golden Gates), 60 Tufted Duck (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 33 Coot (12 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 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 8 Little Grebe (Two Golden Gates, six on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Buzzard (Golden Gates), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult over Golden Gates), 97 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 5 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 16:00 Broken cloud, frequent showers, NE wind, LT
Saturday 13 Apr The Hythe, Colchester 2 Ruff, 2 Yellowhammer (both males, 1 singing, 1 calling), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing male, not seen), 2 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Linnet, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Blackcap (singing males) Matt Turner 07:45 to 09:30 Cold and overcast, no sign of stone curlew Ruff at The Hythe, Colchester on 13 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner)
Saturday 13 Apr Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Tawny Owl (Roosting in oak between the large Holly/Ivy Trees ), 4 Treecreeper (2 pairs left hand corner of wood through entrance ), 1 Woodcock (Flushed out whilst walking), 2 Bullfinch (Bottom right corner of wood through entrance ), 1 Blackcap (Single male feeding), 2 Sparrowhawk Bill Hedden 07:00 to 11:00 Cloudy with bright spells Tawny Owl at Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham on 13 Apr 2019, (Bill Hedden) ,
Friday 12 Apr Abberton Reservoir 3 Little Gull (2 ads and 1 First summer, W of LdlH c/way), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 26 Swallow, 22 Sand Martin, 8 Common Tern Sean Nixon 17:30 to 18:30 Cold (9 degrees) and cloudy, NE wind Little Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Apr 2019, (Sean Nixon) , , , , , , , ,
Friday 12 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Little Gull (Adult hawking for insects over Hide Bay among Black-headed gulls, 4.20p.m.), 6 Scaup (3 pairs together NE of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway (with 2 Long-tailed ducks nearby), 4.45p.m.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Still present NE of Layer-de-la-Haye causeway near group of 6 Scaup, 4.45p.m.), 2 House Martin (at least 2 with Swallows and Sand martins W of Layer Breton causeway, 5p.m.) George Brown 16:15 to 17:00 Cloudy; NE wind.
Friday 12 Apr Writtle 1 Lesser Whitethroat (In horse paddock behind Skeggs Farm), 2 Oystercatcher (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Swallow (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Egret (Along river Can), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Linnet, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker Andrew Allen 16:00 to 18:00 Overcast & not very warm.
Friday 12 Apr Elsenham 1 Bullfinch (Female) Anthony Gales 14:30 to 14:30
Friday 12 Apr Great Holland 1 Red Kite (over fields beside B1032) Liz Huxley 13:30 to 13:30
Friday 12 Apr Abberton Reservoir 1 Willow Warbler (In bushes between Island hide and Bay hide) Peter Heath 12:15 to 13:05 Bright with cold NE breeze Willow Warbler at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Apr 2019, (Peter Heath)
Friday 12 Apr Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 1 Ruff (1st hide), 1 Little Ringed Plover (1st hide), 4 Avocet (Pairs), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (On river), 7 Swallow (3 rd hide), 1 Yellow Wagtail (1 1st hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (3 hide) Dave Dawson 11:00 to 15:00 Ruff at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Apr 2019, (Dave Dawson) ,
Friday 12 Apr Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 Stock Dove (+), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Nightingale, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Grey Heron (at nests), 4 Little Egret (at nests), 2 Skylark (+), 20 Curlew (c), 3 Linnet Liz Huxley 10:30 to 12:30
Friday 12 Apr Thaxted 3 Buzzard (Both sightings monk Street thaxted), 1 Blackcap (Male) Chris Turner 10:00 to 10:30 Sunny some cloud
Friday 12 Apr Whetmead NR, nr Witham 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Blackcap (At least), 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff (At least), 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Long-tailed Tit (With nest in blackthorn) Paul Shuttleworth 09:30 to 11:00 Sunny then overcast
Friday 12 Apr Westley Heights 2 Buzzard, 7 Green Woodpecker (Four territories.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 7 Blackcap (At least. Six males, one female.), 2 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch (At least. Three, probably four territories.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 10:30 Sunny, chilly breeze.
Friday 12 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 25 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper (On splodge), 12 Turnstone (Most I've seen in this area), 3 Little Egret, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Teal, 4 Avocet, 4 Shoveler (All male), 2 Skylark, 1 Snipe, 2 Wigeon (Pair), 6 Gadwall (3 pairs), 5 Lapwing Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:15 All sightings from bridge before work! Green Sandpiper at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 12 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) ,
Friday 12 Apr Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Weed dancing pair), 1 Marsh Harrier Tony Kennelly 07:00 to 07:30
Friday 12 Apr Chigborough Lakes 1 Garganey (Male on gadwall lake), 4 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Mute Swan, 4 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 12 Cormorant Tony Kennelly 06:15 to 08:15
Friday 12 Apr Frinton-on-Sea 111 Gannet, 53 Linnet, 16 Red-throated Diver, 2 Fulmar Paul Brayshaw 06:00 to 19:00 NE5-3, Selected totals, movement to north
Thursday 11 Apr Vange Marsh RSPB 25 Teal (At least.), 2 Pintail (Pair.), 11 Avocet, 3 Snipe (At least.), 250 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 4 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 50 Sand Martin (At least.), 5 House Martin (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit Andrew Cox 17:00 to 18:45 Sunny, cold breeze.
Thursday 11 Apr Wix 1 Swallow (First for year locally), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult and 2nd calender year bird flew over) James Davidson 16:00 to 18:00 Sunny spells light wind from E/NE
Thursday 11 Apr Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Great White Egret (Flew out from southern end of Main lake.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Gull (Very active on Main Lake. (Thanks S.Patient.)), 3 Common Tern (Main Lake.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Reed Bunting (Males.) Malcolm Corbett 12:05 to 14:00 Sunny, fresh NE wind. Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock & Comma also seen. With Graham Barber.
Thursday 11 Apr Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 2 Chiffchaff (one a 'tristis' singing and moving about in a bush only about ten feet away, a normal one close by for comparison ), 1 Cetti's Warbler Alan Shearring 12:00 to 12:15 Saltcoats area. Sun breaking through
Thursday 11 Apr Tilbury 2 Little Ringed Plover (In the fort), 1 Mute Swan (In the fort), 19 Shelduck (Four in the fort, eight on foreshore by the fort, the rest on foreshore by the old landfill), 23 Mallard (Five in the fort, 16 on STW outfall, the rest on foreshore near the new landfill), 201 Teal (Eight in the fort, 12 on STW outfall, 181 on foreshore by old landfill), 1 Grey Heron (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 2 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 1 Green Sandpiper (In the fort), 2 Blackcap (Singles in the STW and near the new landfill), 1 Chiffchaff (In the STW), 2 Oystercatcher (On foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Buzzard (Over the new landfill), 5 Curlew (On foreshore by new landfill), 2 Ringed Plover (On foreshore by new landfill), 4 Skylark (Singing on old landfill), 1 Garganey (Drake asleep with Teal on foreshore by old landfill), 2 Red-legged Partridge (On the old landfill), 115 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by old landfill), 1 Whitethroat (Near new landfill), 3 Redshank (On foreshore by old landfill) Paul Larkin 10:15 to 13:45 Broken cloud, strong NE wind, LT Garganey at Tilbury on 11 Apr 2019, (Paul Larkin, )
Thursday 11 Apr Chigborough Lakes 2 Mute Swan (Pair nesting Pochard Lake.), 1 Garganey (Male. Gadwall Lake. Still present at 14:30.), 2 Gadwall (Pair on Teal Pond.), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Including pair nesting Gadwall Lake.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling from Rook Hall.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 14 Blackcap (Thirteen singing males, one female.), 1 Whitethroat (Heard only. N of carpark.), 11 Wren (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush Malcolm Corbett 10:00 to 11:50 And 14:00 to 14:35. Sunny, fresh NE wind. Orange Tip & Comma also seen. With Graham Barber.
Thursday 11 Apr Cressing, near Braintree 1 Swallow (NFY, usually nest in the barns), 2 Kestrel, 1 Greenfinch (Not seen/heard here before) Paul Shuttleworth 09:00 to 13:00 Cold wind, overcast
Thursday 11 Apr Heybridge Basin 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Avocet, 12 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 20 Shelduck, 10 Oystercatcher Tony Kennelly 07:00 to 08:00
Wednesday 10 Apr Kirby-le-Soken 6 Greenfinch (number increase over two weeks), 1 Robin (First one since early February.) Ron Colson 14:30 to 14:30 Sunny, cold breeze Greenfinch at Kirby-le-Soken on 10 Apr 2019, (Ron Colson) ,
Wednesday 10 Apr Wivenhoe 2 Cetti's Warbler (both heard, one seen), 1 Swift (Heard only, sounded very high but couldn't find it) Matt Turner 14:00 to 14:30
Wednesday 10 Apr Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Mediterranean Gull (Pair? (found by George Brown) ), 1 Sand Martin Brian Bolton 12:30 to 13:00 Cold dry chilly East wind Mediterranean Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Wednesday 10 Apr Abberton Reservoir 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Common Tern Alan Shearring 11:30 to 11:45 Sunny but windy. From Gwen's hide
Wednesday 10 Apr Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 2 Marsh Harrier, 10 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 6 Buzzard, 30 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Merlin, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Cetti's Warbler Ken Hudgell 11:00 to 16:30 Clear, dry strong NE Breeze
Wednesday 10 Apr Borley 6 Red-legged Partridge (3 pairs), 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Jay (2 pairs), 28 Skylark (males [2018= 30]), 7 Chiffchaff (males [7]), 8 Blackcap (males [8]), 216 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush (singing male), 5 Redwing, 6 Linnet (3 pairs), 6 Yellowhammer (3 pairs) Martin Peers 09:00 to 10:30 sunny with brisk wind
Wednesday 10 Apr Hatfield Peverel 1 Brambling (Female, here for the last 2 days.) Ken Hudgell 09:00 to 09:00 Dry, clear, NE breeze Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 10 Apr 2019, (Ken Hudgell, ) ,
Wednesday 10 Apr Holland Haven 2 Peregrine Falcon (Settled on pool behind scrape), 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female flying low north over scrape), 2 Water Pipit (stunning breeding plumage), 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 4 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 3 Curlew, 1 Garganey (stunning drake dropped into pool near hide) Matt Turner 08:30 to 12:30 Strong NE wind, sunny Peregrine Falcon at Holland Haven on 10 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner) , , ,
Wednesday 10 Apr Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Yellow Wagtail (In paddock North if fishing pit adjacent to demolished building ), 1 Green Sandpiper (In South Side of pit), 2 Oystercatcher Brian Bolton 07:30 to 08:00 Bright & cold easterlies
Wednesday 10 Apr Frinton-on-Sea 100 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 2 Sandwich Tern Paul Brayshaw 06:00 to 19:00 Selected totals, movement to north
Tuesday 09 Apr Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 3 Avocet, 1 Dunlin (on north bank to west of bridge, unusual to see this far up river), 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 1 Skylark, 5 Oystercatcher, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shelduck, 10 Teal Matt Turner 18:30 to 19:00 Bitterly cold NE wind, sightings from bridge Dunlin at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 09 Apr 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Tuesday 09 Apr Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Common Tern, 6 Sand Martin (Maybe more), 15 Golden Plover (On ploughed field east of pit (thanks George) ), 4 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard Brian Bolton 17:30 to 18:00 Cold dry chilly East wind
Tuesday 09 Apr Wrabness 2 Red-legged Partridge (In field near car park.), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch (Male +Female) Peter Brittain 15:00 to 16:30 Good
Tuesday 09 Apr Wrabness 10 Magpie, 1 Blackcap, 40 Brent Goose, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Kestrel, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wren, 1 Moorhen, 6 Chiffchaff Paul Saward 14:00 to 15:00 Sunny but a chill wind.not far short of high tide. First speckled wood seen.
Tuesday 09 Apr West Mersea 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Shag, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 25 Turnstone, 4 Curlew, 5 Redshank David Allen 12:00 to 14:00 Sunny, but with a cold wind. 9 degrees.
Tuesday 09 Apr Burnham-on-Crouch 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier Steven Swaby 11:00 to 12:00
Tuesday 09 Apr Beckton 12 Common Scoter (upriver at 10.58 then back down at 11.05.), 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 8 Common Tern Gary A James 10:30 to 13:00 Cloudy/Drizzle, East wind
Tuesday 09 Apr Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 2 Willow Warbler (At least singing), 2 Blackcap (At least singing), 2 Egyptian Goose (But flew off at 7 50am), 4 Shoveler ((3 m) (1f)), 1 Common Tern (No sign of yesterday's X2 (won't allow 0)) Brian Bolton 07:30 to 08:00 Misrty calm & dry
Tuesday 09 Apr West Bergholt 2 House Martin (Our earliest date ever in 40 years. Probably arrived yesterday evening) Jeff Martin 07:25 to 07:25 Overcast but still
Tuesday 09 Apr Frinton-on-Sea 28 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 141 Chaffinch, 41 Linnet, 52 Gannet (all adults, some v close during pm), 250 Brent Goose (7 flocks moving north v close inshore during the pm), 146 Sandwich Tern (unprecedented spring movement including four flocks of 10+, ), 14 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern (@ 1548, close) Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 19:30 Very limited observations during the morning, 1500-1930 NE5-6 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north
Tuesday 09 Apr Boreham 2 Common Tern (Over Trifarm Pit at 14.00 on 8th April, no sign this morning. One day later than 1st record in 2018.), 1 Yellow Wagtail (2nd bird of the spring early am on Sunday 7th April. ), 1 Little Ringed Plover (NFY, First of spring here on 7th April, gravel is now overgrown and so breeding unlikely), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (NFY, Summer plumage bird on pit all day 8th April, only 2nd patch record after one last April. No sign this morning), 1 Greenshank (NFY, First patch record for 2 years, flying over pit on arrival), 2 Redshank (Pair roosting on Trifarm Pit, left at 07.05 heading N. 2nd record this spring. ), 125 Sand Martin (None yesterday pm but am came in from N while scanning, presumably from pits N of Boreham.), 22 Swallow (None yesterday pm but this group feeding low over pit, number slowly dropping during visit), 2 House Martin (Over pit and NFY. ), 1 Iceland Gull (An intriguing bird flew along the Chelmer heading towards Maldon at 06.45. Suggested a 2nd year bird but one distant shot shows P10 to 8 with shadow!), 6 Wigeon (This is getting late for my patch.), 2 Gadwall (first for a week. ), 6 Teal (New arrivals, first for a week. ), 2 Pochard (2 drakes, very late for my patch.), 5 Blackcap (4 singing along Chelmer Monday 8th April and another singing in garden.) Graham Ekins 06:30 to 07:45 Light NE, heavily overcast; 8C at 06.30; Superb Boreham Patch Birding last few days
Tuesday 09 Apr Naze, The 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 15 Redwing (North), 1 House Martin (North), 3 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing - 3 around escarpment and 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 7 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest (1 by escarpment, 1 by main sycamore clump; later 1 singing near John Weston Reserve may have been an additional bird), 50 Chaffinch (+, north), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Buzzard Brian Combes 06:15 to 10:15 overcast; easterly breeze; cool; ebbing tide; 17 species in song
Monday 08 Apr Writtle 1 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail (In newly ploughed field by Titchmarsh reservoir), 2 White Wagtail (In newly ploughed field by Titchmarsh reservoir), 10 Pied Wagtail (+, in newly ploughed field by Titchmarsh reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh reservoir), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 15 Linnet Andrew Allen 16:30 to 18:00 Hazy. Selected species only.
Monday 08 Apr Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Swan Goose (Causeway bank with Greylags), 1 Egyptian Goose (Field next to causeway), 1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard ), 2 Blackcap (Singing in trees other side of causeway ), 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes and 2 females, VC end of causeway) Ben Mapp 15:30 to 15:45 Sightings from causeway Swan Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 08 Apr 2019, (Ben Mapp) ,
Monday 08 Apr Rowney Wood, Debden 6 Raven (3 pairs seen separately but all high, calling and flying steadily south. No evidence of 2 birds circling and hence repeated counts c), 10 Chiffchaff (Plus ), 10 Blackcap (Plus), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Nuthatch (Plus, Including 2 squabbling making varied sharp calls ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard (Included 1 interested in 2 of the aforementioned Ravens ) Stephen Dutton 15:00 to 16:30 Overcast some hazy sun, light wind
Monday 08 Apr Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer flew over visitor centre), 2 Swallow (Visitor Centre), 9 Blackcap (Singing males), 15 Chiffchaff (Singing males ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing male), 1 Bullfinch, 800 Black-tailed Godwit Steve Grimwade 13:00 to 15:00 Good sighting of Adder, Peacock Butterfly, Comma, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White
Monday 08 Apr Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 20 Linnet (circa), 10 Skylark (maybe more), 4 Meadow Pipit (but not singing), 2 Swallow, 10 Ruff (at hide 1), 15 Avocet, 40 Lapwing (especially on grazing pasture), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 55 Golden Plover (many in splendid summer plumage), 10 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier (over estuary; the first one looked slender enough and pale enough to be the Hen Harrier which was reported yesterday, but two Hen Harriers seems unlikely - views too distant to be sure; both disappeared up into the cloud), 7 Stock Dove, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel, 40 Shoveler (circa, and similar numbers of Pochard, Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal), 10 Gadwall (and similar numbers of Mallard and Tufted Duck), 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Mediterranean Gull (at hide 1) Paul Gymer 10:00 to 12:30 Misty; low cloud