The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Table of Recent Sightings

Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Sunday 20 Oct East Mersea 9 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe point roost), 2 Spoonbill (Langenhoe point roost), 1 Spotted Redshank (Mouth of our fleet), 1 Kingfisher (Oyster fishery (SE)) Stephen Entwistle 17:00 to 23:00 Seen by Andy Field
Sunday 20 Oct Tilbury 370 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (All but 17, which went down river again, SW into Kent, largest flock 256) Paul Larkin 15:00 to 16:30 Overcast, N wind, HT
Sunday 20 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Red-throated Diver (Tollesbury Fleet), 5 Bearded Tit (5 calling, one showed well), 110 Avocet, 105 Knot, 140 Grey Plover, 20 Golden Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 4 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 10 Greenshank, 55 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 22 Curlew, 3 Kestrel, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 24 Shelduck, 8 Mute Swan David Allen 14:45 to 16:45 Sunny. Crisp.
Sunday 20 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 22 Black-headed Gull (Feeding over lake.), 1 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 14 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 14:00 to 15:15 Cloudy, cool.
Sunday 20 Oct Alresford 1 Woodlark (Calling low overhead by old bridge), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv (found by Glyn Evans)), 36 Avocet, 26 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Stonechat Sean Nixon 10:45 to 12:45 Cool, but still and hazy
Sunday 20 Oct West Mersea 1 Redstart (Female Found by dougal urquhart seen by me.from seawall bottom of firs chase caravan site (briefly)), 2 Curlew Sandpiper (Juv maydays farm pye fleet seen Martin cock), 1 Wheatear (Maydays (MC)), 1 Greenshank (Maydays (MC)) Stephen Entwistle 10:45 to 10:45
Sunday 20 Oct Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 1 Great White Egret (A fly-by, east to west across the salt marsh 200m south of the Observatory.), 2 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile ), 1 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and female.), 1 Little Owl (Usual spot, easy to find opposite the Chapel.), 20 Meadow Pipit, 12 Skylark (New arrivals ), 1 Mistle Thrush (New arrivals ), 1 Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 80 Siskin (At least. Two flocks, 60 then 20 flew passed the Obs in tight formations.), 1 Brambling (Obs garden calling.), 10 Robin (An in flux since last week.), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (At least.) Robert Pease 10:00 to 16:00 Mild, some cloud, generally sunny and clear. Late afternoon tide.
Sunday 20 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper Andrew Cox 09:45 to 13:00 Sunny, some cloud. Chilly.
Sunday 20 Oct Beckton 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 70 Chaffinch Gary A James 09:30 to 13:30 Cloudy light North wind
Sunday 20 Oct Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Black-necked Grebe (From Lyster hide then flew to middle of res.) David Jobbins 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 20 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Raven (Flew over, at no great height, calling. Near Hatch Farm.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Sunny, some cloud. Chilly.
Saturday 19 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 10 House Martin (At least.), 5 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 15:00 to 16:00 Sun & cloud. Mild.
Saturday 19 Oct Naze, The 6 Goldcrest (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (pair), 1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear (usual place), 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Stonechat, 100 Golden Plover (+), 40 Swallow (+ drifting south) Martin Richards 12:00 to 16:30 bright, mild - highlights mainly from seawall
Saturday 19 Oct Abberton Reservoir 6 Great White Egret, 7 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 15 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Long-tailed Duck Yvonne Watling 12:00 to 16:00 Sunny
Saturday 19 Oct Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 1 Gannet (juvenile S from BBO), 8 Little Egret (at least ), 7 Red-breasted Merganser (drake + 6 female types), 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair), 1 Merlin (on shinglebank), 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl (calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit (at least) Sean Gregory 12:00 to 15:30 mainly sunny SW breeze increasing
Saturday 19 Oct Bradwell-on-Sea 1 Gannet (juvenile S from BBO), 8 Little Egret (at least ), 7 Red-breasted Merganser (drake + female types), 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair), 1 Hobby (on shinglebank), 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl (calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit (at least) Sean Gregory 12:00 to 15:30 mainly sunny SW breeze increasing
Saturday 19 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Harrier Anthony Gales 09:00 to 13:00 Mainly sunny Bearded Tit at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Oct 2019, (Anthony Gales)
Saturday 19 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Little Grebe (LBC), 10 Little Egret (At least), 4 Great White Egret (At least), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Female - In front of Visitors Centre), 6 Goosander (LBC - All females), 2 Shelduck (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 2 Egyptian Goose (LDLH Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Billets Farm), 2 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female - Billets Farm), 6 Golden Plover (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 1 Green Sandpiper (LDLHC Causeway), 1 Redshank (LDLHC Causeway), 6 Ruff (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide - At least), 1 Green Woodpecker (At least - Reserve), 1 Wheatear (Female-Tern Raft,front of Gwen's Hide), 3 Fieldfare (Wild Wood), 2 Stonechat (Front of Visitors Centre), 2 Cetti's Warbler (LBC 1 sighting+1 calling), 3 Goldcrest (Old Road - At Least 3), 2 Grey Wagtail (LBC), 1 Yellowhammer (LBC), 1 Kingfisher (LBC ( 65 species sighted today ) Mick Woodruff 08:00 to 16:00
Saturday 19 Oct Westley Heights 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 4 Nuthatch, 6 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:30 Sunny, mild.
Saturday 19 Oct Beckton 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Jackdaw (Unusual here) Gary A James 08:00 to 10:00 Sunny SW wind
Saturday 19 Oct Naze, The 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Song Thrush, 23 Blackbird, 40 Robin (+), 25 Goldcrest, 34 Meadow Pipit (South), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 80 Wood Pigeon (+, south), 6 Stonechat (2 first thing, 4 at the end of session - all on common), 6 Chiffchaff, 18 Chaffinch (South), 120 Goldfinch (+, south), 2 Blackcap, 6 Swallow (South) Brian Combes 07:00 to 10:30 mild, cool and strong south-westerly wind, some sun, ebbing tide
Friday 18 Oct East Mersea 2 Spoonbill (Roosting on langenhoe point ), 1 Kingfisher (Oyster fishery ), 12 Swallow (Oyster fishery ), 3 Stonechat (Oyster fishery ) Stephen Entwistle 16:45 to 16:45 Seen by M Cock
Friday 18 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Sparrowhawk (Took great tit from feeder.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Immature male.), 3 Avocet, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Turnstone, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat Andrew Cox 12:15 to 16:00 Sunny, breezy.
Friday 18 Oct Naze, The 8 Goldcrest (+), 1 Jay (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Sandwich Tern, 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 10 Turnstone (+), 1 Brambling Liz Huxley 11:30 to 13:00
Friday 18 Oct West Mersea 1 Ring Ouzel Stephen Entwistle 11:00 to 11:00 Firs road cemetery seen by A Field
Friday 18 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Linnet (At least.) Andrew Cox 09:45 to 10:45 Sunny, breezy.
Friday 18 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Ring Ouzel (1W male in Wild wood), 3 Song Thrush, 37 Stock Dove, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great White Egret Sean Nixon 09:30 to 11:30 Overcaste, with sun breaking through. SW breeze
Friday 18 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper Andrew Cox 08:45 to 09:45 Sunny, breezy.
Friday 18 Oct Chelmsford City Centre 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing near ERO) Sean Gregory 08:45 to 08:45 mainly sunny, still cool
Thursday 17 Oct Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult female & immature.), 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Meadow Pipit, 40 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 4 Bearded Tit (At least.), 30 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting (At least.) Andrew Cox 16:15 to 18:00 Sun & cloud. Mild. Showers.
Thursday 17 Oct Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult female & adult male.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Snipe (At least.), 3 Ruff (At least.), 1 Spotted Redshank (Bird with injured leg.), 1 Stonechat (Female.), 150 Lapwing (At least.), 28 Mallard (At least.), 15 Shoveler (At least.) Andrew Cox 13:30 to 16:00 Sun & clouds, warm. Becoming chillier with heavy shower.
Thursday 17 Oct Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 1 Scaup (Male on river, first I've seen here.), 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Geedon Saltings), 250 Avocet (Langenhoe point and intertidal area), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Geedon Saltings and intertidal area), 30 Wigeon (Intertidal area), 100 Grey Plover (Geedon saltings), 200 Redshank (+ All over), 100 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel Ken Hudgell 13:00 to 17:00 High tide, light winds, heavy shower later
Thursday 17 Oct Broomhouse, Langham 11 Mute Swan, 130 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Skylark (passage), 1 Chiffchaff (also 2 Migrant Hawkers + 8 Common Darters) Martin Peers 13:00 to 14:00 cloud building with heavy shower
Thursday 17 Oct Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult wp.), 1 Chiffchaff Martin Peers 12:00 to 12:15 clear and sunny
Thursday 17 Oct Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (M&F.), 1 Kestrel (Harassing Buzzard.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 100 Lapwing (Circa.), 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank (Suffering with injured leg.), 10 Shoveler (5 pair.), 4 Gadwall (2 pair.), 10 Mallard (Circa.), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 1 Stonechat (Female.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only from below hide.), 100 Starling (At least.), 4 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove David Hale 11:30 to 14:00 Sun, cloud & showers. S wind strengthening, 16c. Sightings with Brenda from Scrape hide.
Thursday 17 Oct West Mersea 1 Ring Ouzel (Feldy view (back of cemetery )), 1 Greenshank (Strood seawall), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Strood seawall), 1 Wheatear (Strood seawall) Stephen Entwistle 10:45 to 10:45 Firs road cemetery found by dougal urquhart
Thursday 17 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (South over top ridge.), 3 House Martin, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Sunny, cool. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Thursday 17 Oct Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 1 Sparrowhawk (Female chasing flock of linnet, then harassed by crow), 100 Lapwing, 10 Skylark (inc one in full flight song), 8 Meadow Pipit, 50 Linnet, 1 Kingfisher (Fishing off railway bridge), 3 Little Grebe, 3 Pintail (1 drake, 2f), 1 Dunlin (single juv feeding distant west, had to walk closer to confirm!), 1 Grey Plover (juv feeding same area as dunlin), 1 Shoveler (female), 20 Wigeon (+) Matt Turner 07:30 to 08:30 Low tide, all sightings from white bridge
Thursday 17 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 733 Wood Pigeon, 4475 Goldfinch (in 216 flocks up to 80 strong), 171 Meadow Pipit, 74 White / Pied Wagtail, 619 Chaffinch, 22 Reed Bunting, 1243 Linnet, 6 Jay, 104 Swallow, 91 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 46 Siskin, 6 Brambling, 475 Starling, 32 Greenfinch, 18 Redpoll sp., 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 15:30 SW2-3 initially 8/8 slowly clearing. Massive movement to south at all heights and ranges, selected totals
Wednesday 16 Oct Holland Haven 92 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in 4 groups heading S), 2 Shoveler, 4 Canada Goose, 107 Lapwing, 1 Avocet (imm), 2 Kestrel, 10 Reed Bunting (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat Liz Huxley 15:45 to 17:15
Wednesday 16 Oct East Mersea 2 Spoonbill (On golf house pools. (Flooded pools on saltings seen from seawall looking towards stone point.)only second time there) Stephen Entwistle 11:00 to 11:00 Seen by Brian
Wednesday 16 Oct Halstead 1 Ring Ouzel (Very briefly with Blackbirds at back of house.Only description I can give is black bird blackbird size and broad pure white band on neck.) Barbara Leport 09:15 to 09:15 Light rain
Tuesday 15 Oct Colne Pt 1 Peregrine Falcon (Prob young male distant on beach), 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Gannet (Juv east), 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Stonechat, 120 Golden Plover, 40 Wigeon, 20 Turnstone, 60 Dunlin, 25 Curlew (+), 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 15 Swallow, 22 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch Matt Turner 15:30 to 17:30 Dry, tide on way out
Tuesday 15 Oct Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 1 Wheatear (On sea wall. All other sightings from 3rd hide.), 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel David Curle 14:00 to 16:30 Mild and dry. Yellowhammer at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 15 Oct 2019, (David Curle) ,
Tuesday 15 Oct Stow Marsh 2 Raven (pair flew east at medium height calling at 10.30am), 6 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (male plus female), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing Saltcoats reedbed), 143 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Grey Plover, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Rock Pipit, 45 Linnet, 2 Stonechat (pair), 5 Greenshank, 500 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine Falcon (large female perched in its usual place in the fields), 1 Avocet, 460 Wigeon, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 700 Redshank (in high tide roost), 1 Water Rail (Saltcoats reedbed) Alan Shearring 13:00 to 15:45 Very high tide, sunny and warm
Tuesday 15 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 28 Curlew (28+ on Flying field, more seen on Joyce's Salting.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 15 Redshank (15+ seen at Irongate lake.), 5 Cattle Egret (5 seen on field opposite car park, amongst the cattle.), 11 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, 3 Little Egret (Mudflats adjacent to car park, tide in.), 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Near car park, hedgerow at start of path. 2nd from hedgerow along path at lower end of Flying Field/Irongate. 3rd at Wind Pump area. ), 20 Teal (20+ uncounted.), 12 Wigeon (12+ uncounted. Saltings, tide in.), 7 Brent Goose (7+ Likely more just out from clear sight. Saltings, tide in.), 20 Canada Goose (Possibly double that amount, uncounted.), 20 Greylag Goose (20+ uncounted, mostly Near Joyce's Head.), 7 Lapwing (Saltings, tide in.), 10 Shoveler (10+) Nick Boxall 11:30 to 15:30 Warm, overcast with sunny spells, gentle breeze.
Tuesday 15 Oct Abberton Reservoir 5 Goosander (Females, VC side of LDHC.), 2 Goldeneye (Pair. Today's sightings from both causeways & Billets Farm screen.), 100 Pochard (At least.), 200 Teal (Circa.), 200 Shoveler (At least.), 200 Tufted Duck (At least.), 4 Great White Egret (Between causeways.), 12 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper (Billets Farm screen.), 20 Meadow Pipit, 200 Goldfinch (Circa. 2 Large flocks of 100 plus. B F screen.), 20 Pied Wagtail (Circa.), 6 Skylark (B F screen.), 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail (LBC overflow.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Robin, 100 Starling (Circa.) David Hale 10:30 to 14:30 Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze. Max 24c. Sightings with Brenda. Grey Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Oct 2019, (David Hale)
Tuesday 15 Oct Wormingford, Colchester 1 Teal (all records from airfield unless stated), 1 Red-legged Partridge (calls only), 1 Grey Partridge (male), 3 Little Grebe, 1 Golden Plover (over and calling), 21 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 70 Common Gull (with 50 Black-headed), 50 Collared Dove (Wellhouse Farm), 1 Little Owl (calling -western edge of airfield), 2 Kestrel (1 juv), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male), 170 Skylark (circa), 5 Swallow (flew south), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush (just one Song Thrush), 70 Meadow Pipit (circa), 30 Chaffinch, 200 Linnet (circa), 2 Bullfinch, 30 Yellowhammer (+), 2 Reed Bunting, 15 Corn Bunting Martin Peers 09:00 to 12:00 overcast
Tuesday 15 Oct Wivenhoe 41 Song Thrush, 107 Redwing, 16 Skylark, 21 Chaffinch, 9 Siskin, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Blackbird, 1 Reed Bunting Richard Allen 07:45 to 08:45 vis mig, all birds going SW
Tuesday 15 Oct East Mersea 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Juv between golf house and lvy dock ), 2 Stonechat (Pair stone point ), 1 Tawny Owl (Calling from area triangle wood/victory road West mersea (DU)) Stephen Entwistle 00:00 to 00:00 Seen by Andy Field
Monday 14 Oct St Osyth 5 Little Gull (3 ads, 2 juvs east), 3 Swallow (in off), 10 Sanderling, 35 Ringed Plover Richard Allen 14:45 to 15:30
Monday 14 Oct East Mersea 1 Purple Sandpiper (East mersea stone point), 2 Gannet ((Imm) f/o high up colne), 1 Ring Ouzel (Waldergrave hol park main fishing lake (west mersea)) Stephen Entwistle 00:00 to 00:00
Sunday 13 Oct Holland Haven 3 Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 1 Avocet (1st year ), 1 Snipe, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female hunting close front of hide), 1 Buzzard, 1 Whinchat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush Matt Turner 14:00 to 17:30 EBWS field trip part 2 highlights
Sunday 13 Oct Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 1 Gannet (Juvenile heading north), 4 Sandwich Tern, 12 Kittiwake, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin (Sitting on the shell beach.), 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow (North Fambridge) Robert Pease 10:00 to 16:00 Occasional rain to early afternoon then clear sky’s
Sunday 13 Oct Brightlingsea 4 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Peregrine Falcon (m & f hunting Geedon), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Purple Sandpiper (on Point Clear with Turnstones), 1 Eider (female) Richard Allen 10:00 to 14:00 Brightlingsea to Wivenhoe on barge "Thistle" with Yvonne Watling
Sunday 13 Oct Naze, The 5 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Rock Pipit, 4 Sandwich Tern, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 20 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Curlew Matt Turner 09:00 to 13:00 Highlights from EBWS field trip part 1
Sunday 13 Oct Great Baddow, Chelmsford 3 Stonechat (At least), 100 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Buzzard David Pallash 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 13 Oct Beckton 1 Great White Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (upriver), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 1 Black Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler Gary A James 08:15 to 12:30 Cloudy sw wind, rising tide
Sunday 13 Oct WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 4 Ring Ouzel, 24 Siskin, 1 Peregrine Falcon Clive Atkins 08:00 to 16:00
Saturday 12 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (50+ tit flock moving through the Washlands including a calling YB warbler) Alan Shearring 14:30 to 14:45 More rain
Saturday 12 Oct Abberton Reservoir 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Great White Egret, 5 Ruff, 2 Goosander, 1 Redshank, 2 Stonechat, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Pintail, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 200 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon Yvonne Watling 13:00 to 15:30 Raining with slight breeze
Saturday 12 Oct West Mersea 1 Ring Ouzel (Male very mobile) Stephen Entwistle 11:00 to 13:30 Firs road cemetery found by dougal urquhart
Saturday 12 Oct Naze, The 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Siskin, 5 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 10 Blackbird, 5 Blackcap, 8 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest Sean Nixon 10:45 to 13:45 Heavy showers, with periods of lighter rain. Light wind. Yellow-browed Warbler at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , , , , , ,
Saturday 12 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Black-necked Grebe (Black-necked Grebe still Golden gates lake TTNP Mucking Essex. NE side. 11 am) Steve Swinney 10:00 to 11:00 Black-necked Grebe at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 12 Oct 2019, (Steve Swinney)
Saturday 12 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Long-tailed Duck (Gwens hide.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Gwens hide.), 1 Wheatear (On Tern raft, Gwens hide.), 2 Swallow (Gwens hide, heading South.), 7 Great White Egret (4 LBC, 3 Billets Screen. Large Egrets, yellow dagger bill, towering over Little Egrets.), 13 Little Egret, 30 Common Gull (Circa. ), 40 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa. With Common Gull on shore between Gwens & Island hides.), 15 Pintail (Circa, Billets Screen.), 43 Goldeneye (Rafts of 25 & 18, Island hide. ), 500 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 50 Pochard (Circa.), 300 Shoveler (Circa.), 200 Teal (At least.), 25 Lapwing (Plus.), 30 Meadow Pipit (Circa.), 50 Goldfinch (Plus, Gwens hide.), 1 Redshank (LDHC.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (New Bay hide.), 2 Kestrel, 5 Grey Heron, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 7 Skylark (Gwens hide.) David Hale 09:45 to 15:30 Constant light rain, calm, 14c. Sightings with Brenda.
Saturday 12 Oct Manningtree 2 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Egyptian Goose, 9 Little Egret Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:30 From white bridge to Co-op, low tide; usual blackwits, redshank, lapwing, teal etc. Avocet at Manningtree on 12 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) ,
Saturday 12 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 1 Ring Ouzel (First winter dived into cover on the Washlands) Alan Shearring 07:30 to 07:30 Rain
Saturday 12 Oct Naze, The 23 Chiffchaff, 11 Redwing, 21 Goldcrest, 50 Robin (+), 18 Meadow Pipit (South), 15 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Grey Heron (Flushed from ‘cricket pitch’), 1 Ring Ouzel (1 of 2 males present on the common), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 in hedge to the west of main sycamore clump with tit flock and 1 with goldcrests below west side of escarpment), 8 Swallow (South), 6 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 13 Skylark (South) Brian Combes 06:50 to 13:45 mild, overcast with frequent showers, light westerly wind, high tide
Friday 11 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 1 Song Thrush (the only thrush apart from one blackbird), 1 Buzzard, 3 Swallow (heading south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (low south), 1 Hobby (heading east along the ridge), 6 House Martin (in one group south) Alan Shearring 11:15 to 12:15 North of the town. Wet and windy from the SW
Friday 11 Oct Naze, The 4 Jay (4-5), 6 Goldcrest (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Sandwich Tern (c), 2 Common Scoter (females), 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 5 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Chiffchaff (7-8), 1 Stonechat (female), 4 Cetti's Warbler Liz Huxley 10:00 to 13:00
Thursday 10 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Kingfisher (Mucking sluice) Mark Fisher 17:30 to 17:45
Thursday 10 Oct Stanford Warren 1 Kingfisher (Regular on the fishing lakes) Mark Fisher 17:00 to 17:15
Thursday 10 Oct Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Great White Egret (flying over NW, but not stopping, at 2.40p.m.), 1 Red Kite, 25 Wigeon George Brown 14:30 to 14:45 Cloudy; fresh W wind
Thursday 10 Oct Tilbury 3 Teal (In the fort), 38 Mallard (18 in the fort, the rest on the STW outfall), 23 Pied Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Grey Heron (In the fort), 3 Little Egret (In the fort), 1 Kingfisher (In the fort), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore), 1 Curlew (In the fort), 19 Little Grebe (In the fort) Paul Larkin 12:30 to 14:00 Sunny, st.rong W wind, HT
Thursday 10 Oct Wrabness 70 Brent Goose (c), 5 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit (Blue tit), 3 Great Tit, 1 Jay Peter Brittain 11:30 to 13:00 Fine / Tide on the ebb
Thursday 10 Oct Whetmead NR, nr Witham 3 Kingfisher, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Linnet, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bullfinch David L Smith 11:00 to 14:00 via River Walk (also egg-laying Willow Emerald Damselflies)
Thursday 10 Oct Abberton Reservoir 3 Spoonbill paul jeffs 11:00 to 13:00 Sunny, calm Abberton Reservoir on 10 Oct 2019, (paul jeffs)
Thursday 10 Oct Gunners Park, Shoebury 10 Little Grebe (On Mere), 1 Sparrowhawk (West), 80 Ringed Plover (Barge Pier), 350 Sanderling (Barge Pier), 100 Turnstone (Barge Pier), 300 Redshank (Mere island), 29 Swallow (West), 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat (MFF), 3 Ring Ouzel (M,F,1stW), 2 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (M), 2 Chiffchaff, 200 Starling, 25 House Sparrow, 10 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch (M), 4 Reed Bunting Mike Harris 10:55 to 12:55 High Tide. Strong Westerly. Bright and Sunny.
Thursday 10 Oct Walton-on-The-Naze 3 Little Egret, 50 Brent Goose, 45 Oystercatcher, 12 Grey Plover, 25 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 18 Turnstone, 20 Sandwich Tern, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting (at Stone Point) John McLaughlin 10:30 to 14:30 Sunny, W. wind, falling tide
Thursday 10 Oct Abberton Reservoir 3 Spoonbill (1st years flew in from west and roosted in front of Gwen’s hide then flew east), 5 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 4 Kestrel Steve Grimwade 10:30 to 12:00 All seen from visitor centre
Thursday 10 Oct Harwich 1 Wheatear (Same place as yesterday) Peter Brittain 09:00 to 09:00 Fine
Thursday 10 Oct East Tilbury 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1195 Dunlin, 22 Ringed Plover, 276 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Juv), 95 Curlew, 1 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 15 Chiffchaff, 51 Lapwing, 76 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Stonechat (Males) Paul Larkin 08:15 to 12:00 Sunny, strong W wind, rising tide
Thursday 10 Oct Holland Haven 4 Chiffchaff, 15 Meadow Pipit, 100 Linnet (+), 150 Goldfinch (+ Small flocks moving south along with linnet), 6 Stonechat, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Snipe, 1 Avocet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 5 Wigeon, 1 Tree Pipit (Over south calling), 20 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Redwing Matt Turner 08:00 to 12:00
Wednesday 09 Oct Holland Haven 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 1 Yellow Wagtail (1st winter on greensward with Pieds), 4 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 1 House Martin, 24 Swallow Steve Grimwade 14:30 to 16:15
Wednesday 09 Oct Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 2 Kingfisher (Lake), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Avocet (+), 6 Greenshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon (+), 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+) Liz Huxley 11:30 to 15:30
Wednesday 09 Oct Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk (All Raptors over W bank treetops.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Rawl hide.), 32 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak & Rawl hide.), 1 Ringed Plover (Rawl hide.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Rawl hide.), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak hide.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 1 Great White Egret (Rawl hide. W bank with L Egret. Much taller than L Egret, large yellow dagger bill.), 7 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron (Rawl hide.), 3 Ruff (Lyster hide.), 1 Wheatear (Juvenile, Point hide. Our first ever at Hanningfield Res.), 30 Meadow Pipit (Plus.), 50 Pied Wagtail (At least. Point & Oak hide. ), 12 Long-tailed Tit (Circa. Comma, Small White & Red Admiral butterflies on the wing), 1 Goldcrest (In with L T Tits, Lyster hide.), 6 House Martin (At least.), 3 Wigeon (1 drake, 2 female.) David Hale 10:45 to 16:30 Dry, sun & cloud, brisk SW breeze, 14c. Sightings with Brenda.
Wednesday 09 Oct Chigborough Lakes 74 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose (Pochard Lake.), 60 Shoveler (circa. Main Lake.), 15 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 43 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin (Heading south.), 1 Willow Warbler (Briefly in song. (Another observer reported "several" among a mixed flock with chiffchaff and long-tailed tit).), 7 Chiffchaff (One in full song.), 3 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch (Males.) Malcolm Corbett 09:50 to 11:25 Sunny, light but increasing SW wind.
Wednesday 09 Oct Naze, The 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Both Yellow-browed and Firecrest in main Sycamores), 1 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear (Early morning only ), 1 Common Scoter (Female south), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Sandwich Tern, 1 Barred Warbler (1st winter found by Darrell Stile and Nick Allen), 1 Short-eared Owl (High over marsh flew towards Harwich), 1 Marsh Harrier (Green wing-tagged individual over Walton Hall marshes), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 17 Jay, 2 Stonechat, 9 Skylark, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 60 Brent Goose, 8 Turnstone, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Swallow Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 13:45
Wednesday 09 Oct Harwich 1 Wheatear ((F) near Low Lighthouse. Seen yesterday and today), 1 Grey Heron, 50 Turnstone, 5 Brent Goose, 3 Pied Wagtail Peter Brittain 09:00 to 09:00 Fine
Wednesday 09 Oct Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 2 Egyptian Goose (Large lake.), 21 Pochard, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Arctic Tern (Juvenile. Seen at rest and in flight on large lake; short legs, dark bill, extensive but not full black cap, grey upper parts with noticeable white trailing edge to upper wing. (Thanks to SDW).), 1 Kingfisher Malcolm Corbett 08:45 to 09:50 And 11:25 to 11:45. Sunny, light but increasing SW wind.
Tuesday 08 Oct Beeleigh 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher (at the weir), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Sandpiper (near Beeleigh Abbey) Paul Gymer 09:00 to 10:45
Tuesday 08 Oct Manningtree 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 55 Ringed Plover, 24 Little Egret, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Roosting on Hogmarsh Island), 6 Skylark (Overhead calling), 4 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 6 Knot, 3 Curlew, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail (Flying high east) Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:30 Sightings between white bridge and Co-op, high tide Ringed Plover at Manningtree on 08 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , , ,
Monday 07 Oct TQ6293 50 House Martin (50 plus all flying through feeding between 10 - 50m), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Along with Crowsf lying over tree tops chasing a Sparrow Hawk ) Clive Tanner 11:45 to 12:30 Grey and heavy cloud , very light wind.
Monday 07 Oct Warley 10 Redwing (flying over walrley hill) Andrew Stroud 11:00 to 11:00 overcast
Monday 07 Oct Rayne 1 Brambling (overhead calling), 3 Redwing, 6 Meadow Pipit (south) Andrew Goodey 09:00 to 13:00 cloudy 4/8 cloud
Monday 07 Oct Colne Pt 40 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush (dropped in), 2 Marsh Harrier (ad m, juv), 4 Corn Bunting Richard Allen 09:00 to 10:30
Monday 07 Oct Naze, The 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (In main Sycamore clump but v elusive), 1 Ring Ouzel (Fem/I’m at northern end of double hedge then flew north), 1 Firecrest (Naze Park Road), 1 Brambling, 37 Blackbird, 36 Song Thrush, 60 Robin, 20 Redwing, 27 Jay, 32 Goldcrest, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 180 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 18 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl (Heard), 1 Reed Bunting (High north), 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sparrowhawk, 15 Swallow, 35 House Martin, 23 Sandwich Tern, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier Steve Grimwade 07:00 to 14:30