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
Saturday 22 Feb Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 2 Marsh Harrier (Female & imm.), 1 Kestrel (Usual box.), 2 Greenshank (Flew along Timbermans Creek, towards marina.), 1 Chiffchaff (Hedgerow parallel to entrance track.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing from entrance track hedgerow.) Andrew Cox 15:00 to 16:45 Cloudy, windy.
Saturday 22 Feb Vange Marsh RSPB 6 Pintail (Three pairs.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Carpeting the shallow areas. Many moulting into summer plumage.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (One adult, with almost full black hood. One 2nd winter, still with winter head.) Andrew Cox 13:45 to 14:45 Sun & cloud. Windy.
Saturday 22 Feb Wivenhoe 1 Great Black-backed Gull Michael Davies 12:45 to 13:00 Dry, windy, sunny Great Black-backed Gull at Wivenhoe on 22 Feb 2020, (Michael Davies)
Saturday 22 Feb Abberton Reservoir 2 Great White Egret (LB Causeway), 4 Pintail (LB Causeway), 3 Long-tailed Duck (LDLH Causeway), 5 Goosander (At least), 1 Smew (female - LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Billets Farm), 2 Whooper Swan (LB Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (female - Bay Hide Bay), 3 Redshank (LDLH Causeway), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male between the two entrance gates), 1 Stonechat (Male - Gwen's Hide..... 56 Species on a tough days birdwatching) Mick Woodruff 09:00 to 15:30 Overcast - Wind South Westerly- Strong
Saturday 22 Feb Westley Heights 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (At least.) Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:00 Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy,
Saturday 22 Feb Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 8 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 272 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 44 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 85 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 6 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 3 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 119 Teal (18 Golden Gates, 16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 101 Tufted Duck (one on the Thames, 30 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 66 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 4 Canada Goose (Two in field by the VC, two Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair near a Golden Gates), 30 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 24 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 15 Pochard (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 6 Lesser Redpoll (Very confiding flock feeding on fallen alder cones on the main path through the alder wood), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park) Paul Larkin 08:45 to 13:45 Overcast, strong WSW wind, rising tide. Very few waders on the flats, probably because on the wind.
Saturday 22 Feb Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Green Woodpecker (All feeding on the recreation ground adjacent to Lincewood.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Singing male Lincewood. One Mark's Hill.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Cloudy, occasional sun. Breezy, mild. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
Friday 21 Feb Warley 90 Pied Wagtail (Birds ready to roost in birches by Highway House LV office, Brentwood station.) Andrew Stroud 18:00 to 18:00
Friday 21 Feb Abberton Reservoir 3 Great White Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Whooper Swan (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Smew (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Ldlh causeway ), 2 Scaup, 5 Goosander, 10 Goldeneye Yvonne Watling 12:30 to 16:00 Windy
Friday 21 Feb Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 20 Canada Goose, 230 Greylag Goose, 17 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Gadwall, 20 Mallard (+.), 27 Pochard, 51 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail Malcolm Corbett 10:00 to 11:45
Friday 21 Feb Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Goosander (2m, 4f), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male), 75 Tufted Duck, 11 Coot, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Song Thrush (Heard) Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:25 Overcast, calm Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 21 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , ,
Thursday 20 Feb Great Totham 14 Goosander ( Possibly more. Nine male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 16:40 to 16:45
Thursday 20 Feb Witham 2 Mandarin Duck (Courtship display) David L Smith 12:00 to 12:00
Thursday 20 Feb Holland Haven 10 Snipe (+), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Lapwing (+), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice) Liz Huxley 11:30 to 12:45 very windy!
Thursday 20 Feb Rayne 2 Red Kite (All sightings are at great sailing), 3 Buzzard Chris Turner 08:15 to 08:45 Very windy
Wednesday 19 Feb TQ5490 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (flying SW of Harold Wood station) Mark Gregory 17:00 to 17:00 overcast, cool
Wednesday 19 Feb Great Totham 10 Goosander (5 Male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.), Gt. Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 15:50 to 16:00 Overcast, drizzle.
Wednesday 19 Feb Gloucester Park, Basildon 1 Kingfisher Mark Fisher 12:00 to 13:00
Wednesday 19 Feb Witham 1 Harris's Hawk, 1 Buzzard David L Smith 10:45 to 10:45 Over River Walk Harris's Hawk at Witham on 19 Feb 2020, (David L Smith)
Wednesday 19 Feb Abberton Reservoir 60 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (west of Layer Breton c/way), 6 Pintail (east LdlH c/way), 1 Scaup (east LdlH), 2 Long-tailed Duck (east LdlH), 120 Goldeneye (excluding Hide Bay (not counted)), 3 Smew (LdlH & Peldon Bay (1)), 6 Goosander, 1 Ferruginous Duck (west LdlH), 1 Grey Partridge (below Abberton church - my first for this site), 1 Mistle Thrush (LdlH church), 2 Stonechat (pair Billets), 70 Linnet (Ab church), 6 Corn Bunting (flushed below Ab church) Martin Peers 10:30 to 14:30 bright & sunny - cloud & rain later
Wednesday 19 Feb Dovercourt 10 Sanderling (Spa Beach) Peter Brittain 10:00 to 10:00 Excellent
Wednesday 19 Feb Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard, 3 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunnock, 2 Little Grebe Alan Shearman 09:45 to 13:45 Sunny start, began to rain early afternoon
Wednesday 19 Feb Little Waltham 1 Jay David Saville 08:00 to 08:30 Sunny and frosty Jay at Little Waltham on 19 Feb 2020, (David Saville)
Tuesday 18 Feb Beeleigh 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Elms Farm Park.) Malcolm Corbett 16:00 to 16:00 Rain.
Tuesday 18 Feb Colchester 5 Stock Dove (Under bird feeders in back garden), 1 Song Thrush (feeding in back garden) Sean Nixon 14:30 to 14:45 Grey and mild Stock Dove at Colchester on 18 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , ,
Tuesday 18 Feb Stow Marsh 1 Kingfisher (by sluice), 1 Pintail, 400 Starling (on fields), 700 Rook (on fields), 26 Avocet, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (very wary due to the wind) Alan Shearring 13:30 to 15:30 Low tide. Very windy then rain, not a good day to go birding!
Tuesday 18 Feb Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 10 Marsh Harrier (+), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female on Geedon Marsh), 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 450 Avocet (+), 1 Bullfinch (Heard only) David L Smith 12:00 to 16:00 Low Tide
Tuesday 18 Feb Gloucester Park, Basildon 1 Kingfisher Mark Fisher 12:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 18 Feb Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Peregrine Falcon (Along bank past hide.), 1 Kestrel, 25 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 1000 Avocet (Circa. Injured bird still present & feeding alone. See photo.), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 30 Curlew (Circa.), 9 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 20 Greylag Goose (Circa.), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa, flock over river.), 100 Dunlin (At least.), 1 Turnstone, 50 Wigeon, 2 Canada Goose, 6 Mallard, 20 Teal, 100 Shelduck (Circa.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair. Entrance road.), 8 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair.), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Probable pair.), 4 Greenfinch (2 pair.), 4 Chaffinch (2 pair.), 500 Black-headed Gull (Circa.) David Hale 10:30 to 17:00 Dry, sun & cloud, strong SW wind. Short heavy shower at 16 30, 8c. Low water all day. Sightings with Brenda. Avocet at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 18 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , , , , ,
Tuesday 18 Feb Kelvedon 1 Red Kite (Drifted east over A12) Steve Grimwade 10:15 to 10:15
Tuesday 18 Feb Ardleigh Reservoir 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Goosander (4m, 3f), 1 Kingfisher (Male), 4 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting (Male in song), 1 Sparrowhawk (Probable female distant and brief), 60 Tufted Duck Matt Turner 07:30 to 09:00 Sunny and calm Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , , , , , ,
Monday 17 Feb Epping 2 Red Kite (Pair on patrol) Roger Emmens 14:00 to 14:15
Monday 17 Feb Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 750 Knot, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 700 Brent Goose, 170 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 300 Dunlin Steve Grimwade 10:30 to 12:30
Monday 17 Feb Abberton Reservoir 2 Whooper Swan (East of LBC, then joined the 50 mute swans on the field to the south.), 1 Ferruginous Duck (West of LBC but hiding amongst the trees with the Aythya flock.), 3 Long-tailed Duck (East of LdlHC), 1 Scaup (East of LdlHC), 1 Black Swan (East of LdlHC), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (Flew over from the fields to the North), 2 Great White Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat (Female near the island hide), 1 Slavonian Grebe (In hide bay), 2 Oystercatcher (By gwen's hide) Tony Kennelly 07:00 to 13:00
Sunday 16 Feb Writtle 1 Barn Owl (Hunting in meadow behind house ), 2 Mallard (In flooded field), 1 Kestrel (Male), 2 Moorhen (In flooded field), 15 Magpie (+, pre-roost gathering.) Andrew Allen 16:15 to 16:45 Northwest Chelmsford Garden, Rain finally stopped
Sunday 16 Feb Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 55 Shelduck, 36 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 5 Oystercatcher, 423 Avocet (Flight upriver towards HT Roost), 200 Lapwing (c. Distant towards Cliffe), 2 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 9 Turnstone (Roosting on Landfill Barge by Yellow Barrel Mooring), 419 Dunlin (Flight from Stanford Wharf (RSPB) upriver towards HT Roost (at least 5 other similar uncounted flights from locations downriver)), 200 Redshank (c. in Flight within RSPB Stanford Wharf), 1 Marsh Harrier (Distant Flew S over river), 1 Barn Owl (Hunting Mucking creek 16:55), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male: Hide Feeders), 9 Greenfinch (Hide Feeders (peanuts)) Steve Swinney 15:00 to 17:00 Clearing after the passing of Storm Dennis; Rising Tide HT 18:15; Sightings from Mucking Flats Hide; Selected totals Great Spotted Woodpecker at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 16 Feb 2020, (Steve Swinney)
Sunday 16 Feb Abberton Reservoir 2 Smew (2 Redhead off LBC), 2 Whooper Swan (In field SW of LBC), 3 Great White Egret (Roosting between causeways), 2 Scaup (Pair with Aythya flock east of LDHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (In same Aythya flock), 1 Merlin (Stunningly marked male on distant post at Wig Bay, flew south), 1 Goosander (Female east of LDHC) Matt Turner 15:00 to 17:00 End of storm Dennis interspersed with occasional glimpses of the sun Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) ,
Sunday 16 Feb Abberton Reservoir 3 Long-tailed Duck (indulging in some calling), 2 Scaup, 2 Smew, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Goosander, 15 Goldeneye Sean Nixon 15:00 to 16:45 Heavy rain, clearing Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , , , ,
Sunday 16 Feb Great Totham 6 Goosander (Four male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.), 1 Cormorant (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South. Fairly irregular here.), 1 Buzzard (Just north of Captains Wood. Rooks in attendance.), 5 Magpie (Totham Pit (M.A.S.) Gt. Totham South.), 40 House Sparrow (circa. At feeders, Prince of Wales Rd.) Malcolm Corbett 09:45 to 10:15 Brief period with no rain. Wind much reduced.
Sunday 16 Feb Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 3 Hen Harrier (Adult female, 1cy Male and 1 cy Female (May have been a fourth bird too!)), 1 Merlin (Female on posts), 4 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Stonechat, 20 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 1 Raven (Distantly over southern sea wall), 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Pintail, 500 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 2 Snipe Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 12:00 EBwS February Field Trip. Well done to those who turned out on such a horrendous conditions. Selected sightings
Saturday 15 Feb Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 2 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (Imm.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher (Marina.), 22 Curlew (Marina & creek.), 24 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina. One moulting into summer plumage.), 8 Redshank (At least. Marina & creek.), 1 Greenshank (Creek.), 4 Spotted Redshank (Creek.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. Past hide.), 1 Common Gull (Past hide.), 2 Bullfinch (At least. In scrub opposite gun cotton pond.) Andrew Cox 13:45 to 16:45 Cloudy. Windy. Rain.
Saturday 15 Feb TL5406 200 Jackdaw, 200 Rook, 100 Carrion Crow (Mixed forbid flock, probably more than the 500 birds, in horse paddocks between Moreton and Shelley) Andrew Stroud 13:00 to 13:15
Saturday 15 Feb Weald CP, near South Weald 2 Goosander (Pair visible on lower lake as I drove slowly along Weald Road) Andrew Stroud 12:30 to 12:30
Saturday 15 Feb Abberton Reservoir 2 Smew (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Whooper Swan (Layer breton causeway ), 3 Great White Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Ferruginous Duck (Viewed from Layer breton causeway on the south side between causeway briefly ), 5 Goosander, 2 Pintail, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Redshank Yvonne Watling 10:00 to 14:00 Very windy
Saturday 15 Feb Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Goldcrest Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Cloudy, windy.
Saturday 15 Feb Naze, The 1 Chiffchaff (Double hedge, briefly singing), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Merlin (Hunkered down in dunes north of Stone Point Lagoon ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Hunkered down in front of sea wall on Horsey Island ), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Off Stone Point ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point ), 1 Grey Heron, 6 Goldcrest Brian Combes 07:00 to 11:30 mild, overcast, very strong south westerly wind, ebbing tide; 9 species in song
Friday 14 Feb Epping 1 Red Kite (With my previous siting (4 Red Kite in one day)) Melvin Shepherd-Wells 15:45 to 15:45 Dry mild
Friday 14 Feb Colchester 2 Peregrine Falcon (Both adults around Jumbo) Sean Nixon 15:30 to 16:00 Breezy and grey Peregrine Falcon at Colchester on 14 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon) , ,
Friday 14 Feb Galleyhill Wood, near Waltham Abbey 3 Red Kite (In one field towards Breach Barns (my highest single count)), 15 Red-legged Partridge Melvin Shepherd-Wells 15:30 to 15:30 Dry mild
Friday 14 Feb Thorndon CP (North) 1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 1 Nuthatch Andrew Cox 11:30 to 12:30 Sunny, some cloud.
Friday 14 Feb Abberton Reservoir 1 Ferruginous Duck (Rich dark brown colour, white patch under tail, white eye. NW corner of LDHC.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (LDHC, one each side.), 4 Scaup (Drake & 3 females, VC side of LDHC.), 100 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 100 Pochard (Plus.), 50 Goldeneye (Circa.), 50 Wigeon (Circa.), 50 Gadwall (At least.), 20 Shoveler (Circa.), 20 Mallard (Circa.), 1 Smew (Female, LBC.), 1 Goosander (Drake, LBC.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male, Hide Bay hide, perched in dead tree.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male. Hide Bay hide.), 70 Mute Swan (Plus. Grazing on approach to LBC, W side.), 2 Whooper Swan (With Mute Swan.), 2 Great White Egret (Large white Egret, yellow dagger bill.), 4 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide, far bank.), 4 Redshank (LDHC.), 2 Oystercatcher (Hide Bay Hide.), 1 Common Gull David Hale 11:15 to 16:30 Dry, sun & cloud, brisk SW wind max 10c. Sightings with Brenda. Peregrine Falcon at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , , , , ,
Friday 14 Feb Abberton Reservoir 1 Ferruginous Duck, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Smew, 2 Pintail Paul Chamberlain 10:00 to 13:00 Sun and cloud with light breeze. Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Feb 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , , , , ,
Friday 14 Feb Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 1 Peregrine Falcon (Far side of Round Marsh flooded area, perched), 1 Short-eared Owl (From Round Marsh hide huntingover reed bed), 1 Marsh Harrier (From Round Marsh hide, also other sightings ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 1 Starling (Large flocks over marsh areas), 1 Lapwing (Large flocks a.b.), 1 Barnacle Goose (With Canada geese), 300 Brent Goose (Only 1 flock seen), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Oystercatcher (On river shore), 1 Curlew (On shore and fields), 10 Wigeon (On river) Paul Shuttleworth 09:30 to 11:30 Sunny, calm then very windy on wall by river
Friday 14 Feb Naze, The 120 Bar-tailed Godwit (+ towards Stone Point on low water line), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (Walton channel from Stone Point - 3m, 1f. ), 400 Cormorant (+ on Oakley beach), 4 Rock Pipit Martin Richards 09:00 to 13:00 bright, cool increasing wind
Friday 14 Feb Witham 1 Bullfinch (Male, in hedgerow again just outside railway station ) Emma Robinson 08:00 to 08:00
Friday 14 Feb Langdon Hills NR EWT 9 Tufted Duck (Five males, four females.), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch (Singing.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male, displaying.) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 08:30 Sunny, cool. Plotlands.
Friday 14 Feb Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Song Thrush (Heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Little Egret, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:15 All sightings from Lodge Lane
Thursday 13 Feb Abberton Reservoir 1 Ferruginous Duck, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 5 Goosander, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 35 Common Gull Sean Nixon 15:30 to 17:00 Milder with sunshine and showers. Ferruginous Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Sean Nixon, ) , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Thursday 13 Feb Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 26 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 209 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 7 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 4 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 204 Shelduck (One on Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 4 Knot (Mucking Bay), 129 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 11 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 110 Teal (Four each on Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted x Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 33 Coot (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 22 Pochard (Sixteen on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 102 Tufted Duck (18 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Buzzard (On the tip), 1 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Barn Owl (On fence posts by the outer car park), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Near the outer car park) Paul Larkin 12:00 to 16:00 W wind, showery, rising tide
Thursday 13 Feb Gloucester Park, Basildon 1 Kingfisher (Side of lake) Mark Fisher 12:00 to 13:00
Thursday 13 Feb Great Totham 2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Goosander (Male. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Song Thrush (Singing.) Malcolm Corbett 09:10 to 09:40
Thursday 13 Feb Abberton Reservoir 5 Goosander (2m, 3f), 2 Scaup (Pair), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ferruginous Duck (Still along treeline to NW) Matt Turner 09:00 to 10:00 Sightings from LDHC, dry and windy Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner) , ,
Thursday 13 Feb East Tilbury 22 Oystercatcher, 119 Grey Plover, 22 Greenfinch, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Brambling, 3815 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl Paul Larkin 08:30 to 11:45 W wind, showery, LT
Wednesday 12 Feb Epping 114 Pied Wagtail (Roost in Epping High Street (outside Speakeasy)) Roger Emmens 21:00 to 21:30 Light rain
Wednesday 12 Feb Wrabness 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Pintail, 2 Greenfinch Steve Grimwade 13:30 to 15:30
Wednesday 12 Feb South Woodham Ferrers 1 Great White Egret (in Fen Creek then flew east over my back garden) Alan Shearring 13:30 to 13:30 Very high tide
Wednesday 12 Feb Mistley 10 Pintail David Saville 12:00 to 12:30 sunny Pintail at Mistley on 12 Feb 2020, (David Saville)
Wednesday 12 Feb Farnham, near Bishops Stortford 1 Raven (flew over woodland towards A120 Hadham road), 1 Red Kite (also presumed same in Bishop's Stortford earlier in morning), 1 Buzzard Andrew Goodey 10:30 to 11:00 cold, clear
Wednesday 12 Feb Abberton Reservoir 1 Ferruginous Duck (ad drake, NW of LDLH causeway early afternoon), 1 Long-tailed Duck (E of LDLH causeway), 1 Smew (redhead E of LDLH causeway), 2 Scaup (m&f E of LDLH causeway), 10 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (Hides bay), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier Sean Huggins 10:15 to 15:15
Wednesday 12 Feb Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 20 Canada Goose, 42 Greylag Goose, 13 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 39 Pochard, 63 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Meadow Pipit Malcolm Corbett 09:05 to 10:50 Sunny. Brisk, cold W. wind.
Wednesday 12 Feb Mistley 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male), 2 Greenshank, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Scaup (Male), 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd winter), 250 Avocet, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Buzzard, 30 Pintail, 2 Black Swan Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 13:00
Wednesday 12 Feb Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 4 Snipe (West of bridge), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male hunting Cattawade marsh), 2 Egyptian Goose (Male and Juv on splodge), 1 Meadow Pipit (Bathing in river), 8 Cormorant, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Curlew Matt Turner 07:45 to 08:30 Low tide, sightings from white bridge to plastics factory Snipe at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 12 Feb 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , ,
Wednesday 12 Feb Rayne 1 Barn Owl (Oak Meadow Nature Reserve) Andrew Goodey 06:30 to 06:45 cold, clear
Tuesday 11 Feb East Tilbury 10000 Dunlin (circa), 50 Curlew, 200 Grey Plover, 7 Oystercatcher, 14 Reed Bunting, 6 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1000 Avocet (circa) Steve Swinney 14:00 to 16:00 Exceptional High Tide post Storm - Salt marsh flooded : Selected circa Totals from Spectacular Murmeration Dunlin at East Tilbury on 11 Feb 2020, (Steve Swinney) ,
Tuesday 11 Feb Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 1 Red Kite (Furneaux Lane), 1 Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Kestrel (South Green), 12 Red-breasted Merganser (+) David L Smith 11:30 to 16:00 Over high (surge) tide
Tuesday 11 Feb Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1000 Dunlin (Circa.), 70 Curlew, 25 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 1 Turnstone, 1 Avocet (Same bird with injured leg seen 2 weeks ago.), 10 Oystercatcher, 60 Wigeon (Plus.), 200 Shelduck (At least.), 30 Greylag Goose (Circa. Flyby's.), 10 Teal, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret, 6 Mallard (3 pair.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Probable pair. Entrance wood.), 6 Stock Dove, 2 Greenfinch David Hale 10:40 to 16:00 Dry, sun & cloud, gusty & strong SW wind. High hide at 14 39, 6.2 metres. Sightings with Brenda. Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Feb 2020, (David Hale)
Tuesday 11 Feb Connaught Water, Epping Forest 6 Mandarin Duck, 5 Goosander (3 Drakes), 3 Grey Heron, 30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck Andrew Allen 10:15 to 11:30 Breezy.
Tuesday 11 Feb Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Barn Owl (Roosting.) Malcolm Corbett 09:10 to 09:10 Bright. Strong,gusty W. wind.
Tuesday 11 Feb Witham 1 Bullfinch (Male, in hedgerow just outside railway station ) Emma Robinson 08:00 to 08:00 Sunny and windy
Monday 10 Feb Colchester 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male in north facing alcove on Jumbo), 2 Stock Dove (Under feeders in back garden) Sean Nixon 15:00 to 15:15 Blustery and grey
Monday 10 Feb Epping 450 Jackdaw (Feeding flock on meadows beside Swaines Green) Roger Emmens 14:00 to 14:15
Monday 10 Feb Gloucester Park, Basildon 1 Kingfisher (Lake inlet) Mark Fisher 12:00 to 13:00
Monday 10 Feb Abberton Reservoir 3 Long-tailed Duck (North east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.), 1 Smew (South east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.), 2 Scaup (Male and female east of Layer de la Haye Causeway.) David Curle 10:00 to 12:30 Windy and bright. Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2020, (David Curle) , ,
Monday 10 Feb TL7106 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing occasionally near green bridge) Mark Gregory 07:55 to 08:00 windy, fine; river high after heavy rain
Sunday 09 Feb Hatfield Peverel 1 Grey Wagtail (Lone bird (unsure of sex), blown across garden and onto neighbours roof during storm Ciara.) Ross Wilkins 12:00 to 16:00 Gail force winds, torrential rain.
Sunday 09 Feb Doddinghurst 2 Bullfinch (Pair in hedge in my father's garden) Andrew Stroud 11:00 to 11:00
Sunday 09 Feb Wivenhoe 1 Cormorant (Smaller pond), 70 Greylag Goose (Flooded field), 8 Shoveler (Flooded field), 40 Gadwall (Flooded field), 3 Teal (Flooded field), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Larger pond) Graham Upton 10:00 to 11:00 Gale. Fish ponds and flooded field west of Keelers Lane
Sunday 09 Feb University of Essex, Colchester 11 Goosander (7 male, 4 female) Graham Upton 09:30 to 09:45 Fountains sending water sideways!
Sunday 09 Feb TQ5894 3 Lesser Redpoll (1M & 2F on Sunflower hearts feeder, have been here all week on & off.) Clive Tanner 08:30 to 14:30 Very High winds/gusts and heavy rain after midday