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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
Thursday 29 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Kestrel (Female, perched & flying among the woods at the top of the Plotland ridge.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest Andrew Cox 08:45 to 09:30 Overcast, light rain. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Wednesday 28 Oct Doddinghurst 1 Buzzard (Flying over woods), 15 Yellowhammer (Hedge in large field off Days Lane), 250 Carrion Crow (At least, with jackdaws, in large field off Days Lane), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Seen or heard daily this week, Doddinghurst Rd) Ian Swanson 15:00 to 15:45 Cloudy. Heavy shower.
Wednesday 28 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10 Cattle Egret (In sheep field on right as enter old hall lane ) Brian Bolton 12:30 to 15:00 Overcast chilly with showers Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 28 Oct 2020, (Brian Bolton) ,
Wednesday 28 Oct Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead 95 Golden Plover (Flying between fields ) Ian Tarbin 12:00 to 12:05
Wednesday 28 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Great White Egret (All around ), 1 Hooded Crow (Wig bay hybrid ), 3 Snipe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Stonechat, 4 Egyptian Goose, 300 Cormorant, 200 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 6 Pintail, 10 Goosander, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Redshank Yvonne Watling 11:00 to 15:30 Sunny and windy with odd showers
Wednesday 28 Oct Chigborough Lakes 4 Shoveler, 100 Mallard (circa.), 2 Little Grebe, 32 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker Malcolm Corbett 10:10 to 11:00 Sunny, light breeze. Little about.
Wednesday 28 Oct Hamford Water 6 Yellowhammer (Flock), 50 Avocet, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Redwing (Small flock moving inland), 700 Knot, 400 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove Simon Banks 09:45 to 14:50 Fairly mild; clear and sunny to start with, becoming overcast as wind freshened and then bouts of heavy rain
Wednesday 28 Oct Abberton Reservoir 10 Great White Egret (Probably more in most areas), 3 Red-crested Pochard (Male / female & eclipse type), 1 Long-tailed Duck (In South East corner LDLH), 6 Ruff (WigBorough Bay screen ), 1 Grey Wagtail (LBC), 10 Goosander (Probably more. Males & females LDLH), 6 Goldeneye (Probably more. males and females LBC) Brian Bolton 09:30 to 12:00 Overcast and chilly
Wednesday 28 Oct Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 12 Greylag Goose, 32 Mute Swan, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 39 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 29 Cormorant, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 15 Goldfinch Malcolm Corbett 09:15 to 10:10 And 11:00 to 11:20. Sunny, light breeze.
Wednesday 28 Oct East Mersea 1 Snow Bunting (Stone point), 1 Purple Sandpiper (Stone point), 16 Lesser Redpoll (Cudmore grove (in trees near pond)), 2 Siskin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier (1cy and adult male), 1 Sparrowhawk (Adult male), 4 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 10 Skylark, 3 Greenfinch Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 16:00 Red Squirrel seen too! Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 28 Oct 2020, (Steve Grimwade, )
Wednesday 28 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin (At least.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:15 to 08:00 Sunny, cool. Plotlands & Great Berry.
Wednesday 28 Oct Little Waltham 1 Fieldfare David Saville 07:00 to 08:00 sunny Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 28 Oct 2020, (David Saville, ) ,
Tuesday 27 Oct Writtle 300 Greenfinch Martin Henry 12:00 to 13:00 rain
Tuesday 27 Oct Wix 5 Crossbill (Flew over SW 7am), 2 House Martin (Slowly moved SW), 1 Moorhen (1st winter in garden, first in garden record), 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 40 Pied Wagtail (Approx in tilled field), 15 Meadow Pipit (Approx in tilled field), 4 Cormorant (Flew east), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male flew SE, recent sightings have been of a female), 4 Skylark James Davidson 07:00 to 13:00 Overcast, rain at times
Monday 26 Oct Abberton Reservoir 20 Great White Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Goosander, 6 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Lapwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 110 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Swan David Allen 15:30 to 17:30 Fine and clear.
Monday 26 Oct High Roding 23 Buzzard, 200 Lapwing (Both species were in the same field on the ground) Chris Turner 15:00 to 15:30
Monday 26 Oct Coryton 1 Great Grey Shrike, 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk Steve Grimwade 14:00 to 16:30 With Steve Swinney and Matt Turner
Monday 26 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 20 Siskin (Approx.), 1 Lesser Redpoll Andrew Cox 11:00 to 12:30 Sunny, becoming cloudier. Warm.
Monday 26 Oct Shrub End 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk Oliver Cottis 10:00 to 11:00
Monday 26 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Possibly three.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Two flocks.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One feeding on acorns.), 18 Goldfinch, 2 Crossbill (Heard calling but flew away before being located.), 4 Siskin, 4 Mistle Thrush Andrew Cox 09:00 to 11:00 Sunny, becoming cloudier. Warm.
Monday 26 Oct Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury 1 Dartford Warbler (Female/immature in SSSI with Stonechats), 12 Stonechat, 1 Brambling, 1 Spoonbill (Immature flew east towards TTNP), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult and immature hunting waders), 1 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 9 Yellow-legged Gull Steve Grimwade 08:00 to 13:00 With Elaine & Steve Swinney and Matt Turner
Monday 26 Oct Little Waltham 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit David Saville 08:00 to 09:00 sunny Sparrowhawk at Little Waltham on 26 Oct 2020, (David Saville, ) , ,
Monday 26 Oct Naze, The 16 Goldcrest, 23 Blackbird, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Redwing, 9 Siskin (South ), 4 Crossbill (South), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of escarpment, 2 north of escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 7 Skylark (West ), 13 Chaffinch (South ), 15 Meadow Pipit (South ), 8 Song Thrush, 12 Lesser Redpoll (South), 17 Goldfinch (South ), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Swallow (North), 2 Tree Sparrow (West), 1 Firecrest (John Weston Reserve ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 250 Wood Pigeon (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (North) Brian Combes 06:30 to 10:30 clear first thing gradually clouding over, cool, brisk S wind, high tide; light movement mainly first thing
Sunday 25 Oct Copford 1 Barn Owl Steve Grimwade 19:15 to 19:15
Sunday 25 Oct Bedfords Park EWT, Havering-atte-Bower 26 Ring-necked Parakeet (going to roost....possibly more....view partially obstructed) Martin Henry 16:00 to 16:00
Sunday 25 Oct Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv.), 1 Water Rail (Calling.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Green Sandpiper (Saline lagoon.), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 1 Bearded Tit (At least.), 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow (Past sluice area.) Andrew Cox 14:00 to 15:45 Sun & clouds.
Sunday 25 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10 Pintail, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Shelduck, 40 Knot (roughly (All above in Salcott Channel)), 1 Peregrine Falcon (above the car park, juvenile plumage), 4 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier, 250 Brent Goose (roughly), 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 7 Shoveler, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl, 10 Little Egret Oliver Cottis 13:30 to 17:30
Sunday 25 Oct Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 2 Little Grebe, 70 Teal (At least. Marina.), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Active around marina & on pylons. It or another seen to perch on pylon from scrape hide.), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), 1 Kingfisher (Marina. Perched on boat.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Roof of old toilet block.) Andrew Cox 11:00 to 13:45 Sun & clouds. Showery.
Sunday 25 Oct Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead 4 Greenfinch (1 Leucistic , been using feeder for 3/4 weeks ) Ian Tarbin 11:00 to 11:30 Greenfinch at Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead on 25 Oct 2020, (Ian Tarbin) ,
Sunday 25 Oct Braintree 1 Buzzard (Over Hoppit Mead local nature reserve) Martin Iddon 10:45 to 10:47 Warm and windy
Sunday 25 Oct Whetmead NR, nr Witham 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only and very mobile. Has been seen and photographed on reserve recently), 13 Swallow (1 group of 5 followed shortly by 8, heading south east), 1 Kestrel Paul Shuttleworth 09:30 to 11:00 sunny, breezy
Sunday 25 Oct Braintree 1 Buzzard (Over Hoppits Mead nature reserve) Martin Iddon 09:00 to 13:00 Bright warm and windy
Sunday 25 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 36 Ring-necked Parakeet (Single flock flying over south, presumably from a roost site), 90 Tufted Duck (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (Seven on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Golden Gates, first of the autumn), 13 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 29 Shoveler (25 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Water Rail (Golden Gates), 102 Teal (Five on the pit to the south of the tip, four Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 46 Gadwall (Initially four then flock of 42 flew in from the W to Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (A pair on the tip), 7 Corn Bunting (On the approach road to the VC), 1 Spoonbill (Juv in the managed retreat), 66 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 11 Turnstone (Mucking Bay), 231 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 62 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 154 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 129 Great Black-backed Gull (Mucking Bay), 11 Dunlin (Mucking Bay) Paul Larkin 07:00 to 11:45 Sunny with heavy showers, S wind Spoonbill at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 25 Oct 2020, (Paul Larkin, )
Sunday 25 Oct TL9607 2 Peregrine Falcon (1 on Bradwell Power Station and one near Tollesbury Wick), 6 Greenshank (Heybridge GP’s), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great White Egret (On Northey Island am and then presumably same bird flew north out of Maylandsea Creek at dusk), 6 Marsh Harrier (2 Colne Estuary, 2 Colne Point and 2 Blackwater Estuary), 3000 Golden Plover (St. Lawrence Bay), 700 Knot, 3 Rock Pipit (Flew south over Blackwater Estuary), 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 200 Avocet (150 Heybridge and 50 Pyefleet Channel) Steve Grimwade 06:30 to 18:30 Topsail Charters/Swallow Birding Thames Barge Trip (selected highlights) + both Common and Grey Seals
Saturday 24 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Kingfisher (SE corner Layer Breton causeway), 2 Common Gull, 5 Great White Egret (minimum count), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Drake and duck SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Pintail (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Long-tailed Duck (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), 1 Peregrine Falcon David Curle 15:30 to 16:15 Overcast, windy, light showers. Kingfisher at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Oct 2020, (David Curle) , , ,
Saturday 24 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Mute Swan (Pair with two well grown cygnets.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Female.), 5 Moorhen (Four adults, one juv.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskin (At least.) Andrew Cox 13:00 to 14:30 Cloudy. Breezy. Some light rain.
Saturday 24 Oct Naze, The 9 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawk (1 drifting out to sea), 8 Meadow Pipit (South), 31 Chaffinch (South ), 5 Skylark (West ), 29 Siskin (South), 33 Goldfinch (South ), 7 Lesser Redpoll (South ), 10 Redwing (West ), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of escarpment 2 north of escarpment 3 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Greenfinch (South ), 22 Linnet (South ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Song Thrush (West ), 2 Stonechat (On The Common) Brian Combes 07:15 to 11:15 clear first thing quickly clouding over, mild, strong and strengthening S wind, ebbing tide; light movement mainly first thing
Friday 23 Oct Stow Marsh 800 Wigeon (Clements Green Creek), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Saltcoats), 500 Teal (Clements Green Creek), 300 Golden Plover, 450 Redshank, 4 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female and two 2cy males one of which spent a lot of the time walking around the fields), 7 Buzzard (4 soaring and 3 perched on posts in the fields), 1 Rock Pipit, 105 Linnet, 11 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 1 Corn Bunting, 10 Dunlin (not many have arrived yet), 36 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Stonechat (5 first winters in a group on a bush plus a separate pair), 260 Lapwing, 9 Grey Plover, 2 Cetti's Warbler (one at Saltcoats and one in a reedbed on Stow Marsh 1 1/4 miles east of their usual locations) Alan Shearring 14:00 to 16:30 Rain then lovely sunshine, a bit windy W. Tide coming in
Friday 23 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare (Heard overhead.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Heard overhead.) Andrew Cox 11:30 to 12:00 Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm.
Friday 23 Oct Roydon 1 Kingfisher Paul Gymer 09:45 to 10:00
Friday 23 Oct Westley Heights 2 Sparrowhawk (Female & male.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One inspecting & entering nest hole from spring. Horse paddock territory.), 10 Chaffinch (At least.), 6 Siskin (At least. Mobile & elusive.), 2 Lesser Redpoll (At least. In flight.) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 11:30 Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm.
Friday 23 Oct Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 7 Crossbill (All west/southwest ), 110 Redpoll sp. (Flocks of c40, 30, 2 x 20 all southwest except the 40 which flew north. Presumed Lesser Redpolls), 50 Siskin (Southwest), 1 Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 80 Golden Plover, 300 Knot, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Cetti's Warbler (2 seen and 1 heard), 2 Redwing, 120 Avocet, 5 Yellowhammer, 7 Corn Bunting, 300 Chaffinch (Groups moving west all morning.), 75 Skylark (All southwest) Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 16:30 Selected highlights
Friday 23 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 6 Cattle Egret (In paddocks next to car park), 1 Merlin (Female on post short walk), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Crossed lower marsh), 2 Rock Pipit (Long walk bottom), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (Juveniles long walk bottom), 1 Green Sandpiper (Long walk Salcott side) Mike Hardwick 09:00 to 13:00 Few showers blustery
Friday 23 Oct Shrub End 1 Pied Wagtail (flew over garden), 1 Greenfinch (flew over garden), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit (pair), 2 Great Tit (pair), 30 Starling (flock flying around) Oliver Cottis 09:00 to 10:30
Thursday 22 Oct Roman River Valley 8 Tawny Owl (8 individuals heard), 1 Little Owl (heard briefly) Oliver Cottis 18:30 to 20:00 evening walk
Thursday 22 Oct Gosfield 5 Crossbill (Rayne Hatch Wood, Penny Pots area, present throughout visit but flighty around the pine area of wood, possibly more present), 1 Marsh Tit (In tit flock) Andrew Goodey 16:00 to 17:30 Sunny clear
Thursday 22 Oct Abberton Reservoir 9 Goosander (Layer de la Haye causeway, all females), 1 Pintail (Layer de la Haye causeway, female) Simon Banks 14:30 to 14:45 Mild, sunny
Thursday 22 Oct Abberton Reservoir 1 Bittern (North east of Layer Breton causeway over reed beds), 20 Great White Egret (Distributed across reservoir with 12+ visible from Layer de la Haye causeway) Andrew Wilson 12:00 to 12:39 Sunny, breezy, mild
Thursday 22 Oct Hanningfield Reservoir 3 Buzzard, 1 Raven (Crossed water from W bank to right of Rawl hide. Large Corvid Cronking in flight. ), 40 Wigeon (Circa.), 3 Pintail (Drakes.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Rawl hide. ), 2 Ruff, 30 Shoveler (Circa.), 100 Teal (At least.), 77 Mute Swan, 7 Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 4 Common Gull David Hale 11:00 to 16:00 Dry, S breeze, sun & cloud, 16c. Sightings with Brenda. Common Gull at Hanningfield Reservoir on 22 Oct 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Thursday 22 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Lesser Redpoll (At least.) Andrew Cox 11:00 to 12:00 Sun & clouds. Mild.
Thursday 22 Oct East Mersea 1 Honey Buzzard (Seen 10:25 over channel between Langenhoe Marsh and Reeveshall Marsh, dark bird, probable juv, flew off towards Brightlingsea. Description follows!), 1 Rock Pipit, 40 Avocet, 20 Snow Bunting (NOT seen by me, but reliable description from two casual birders of flock of about 20 rising from saltmarsh just west of Mersea Stone. Good description - couldn't have been anything else. ) Simon Banks 10:00 to 13:45 Sunny, mild, brisk wind from WSW
Thursday 22 Oct East Tilbury 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 11 Little Grebe, 42 Curlew, 156 Shelduck, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 66 Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 535 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Merlin (Female), 5 Stonechat (Two pairs and a male), 82 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv), 1 Kingfisher Paul Larkin 10:00 to 13:30 Fine and sunny, W wind, LT
Thursday 22 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer (At least.) Andrew Cox 10:00 to 11:00 Sun & clouds. Mild.
Thursday 22 Oct Rayne 1 Crossbill (Over village) Andrew Goodey 09:40 to 09:40 Sunny 2/8
Thursday 22 Oct Holland Haven 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Calling from willows at south end of carpark) James Astley 09:15 to 09:30
Thursday 22 Oct Tilbury 28 Lapwing (In the fort), 78 Teal (12 in the fort, the rest on the foreshore by the STW), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore by the STW), 16 Mallard (On the STW outfall), 2 Curlew (On the foreshore by the STW), 1 Grey Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Sparrowhawk (In the fort) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 09:30 Fine and sunny, W wind, LT
Wednesday 21 Oct Colchester 1 Raven (quite high, mobbed by a sparrowhawk), 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbing raven) Oliver Cottis 14:00 to 14:05
Wednesday 21 Oct Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 1 Arctic Skua (PP adult upriver.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.) Andrew Cox 13:00 to 16:00 Cloudy, some rain. Clear spells interspersed with quite murky periods.
Tuesday 20 Oct Rayne 1 Raven (Flying between Rayne and Gt Saling, calling) Andrew Goodey 16:45 to 16:45 Sunny cloudy
Tuesday 20 Oct Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 1 Cattle Egret (With cattle other side of creek. Short stocky white Egret with yellow bill, at feet of cattle. ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 1 Kestrel (Harassing the Marsh Harrier.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair, other side of creek.), 4 Curlew David Hale 15:40 to 16:30 Warm & dry, S breeze, sun & cloud. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from Marina area.
Tuesday 20 Oct Maldon 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Beside canal, Elms Farm Park.) Malcolm Corbett 15:30 to 15:30 Sunny, warm, breezy.
Tuesday 20 Oct Vange Marsh RSPB 2 Little Grebe, 7 Mute Swan (Usual pair with five well grown cygnets.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female & immature.), 1 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail (At least.), 3 Grey Plover (In flight from sluice.), 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Noisy & active around sluice/creek.), 13 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Grey Wagtail (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Male.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (At least.) Andrew Cox 15:00 to 18:00 Sunny, warm.
Tuesday 20 Oct Althorne 1 Merlin (Adult male, Bridgemarsh Island), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat Steven Swaby 15:00 to 18:00 Mild, sunny, light S wind moving SE. Highlights during WeBS count.
Tuesday 20 Oct Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 1 Canada Goose, 17 Greylag Goose, 27 Mute Swan, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 40 Pochard (circa.), 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 18 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 3 Pied Wagtail Malcolm Corbett 13:45 to 15:10 Sunny, warm, brisk S wind.
Tuesday 20 Oct Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 1 Great White Egret (On distant tide line. No mistaking the large Egret even at distance. Unmistakable size, large dagger bill.), 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 500 Wigeon (Conservative estimate, probably twice this number.), 500 Oystercatcher (Circa. ), 100 Dunlin (Circa.), 15 Curlew (Circa.), 50 Grey Plover (Circa.), 30 Turnstone (Circa. ), 5 Redshank, 7 Swallow (Going South. ), 2 Great Crested Grebe David Hale 11:15 to 13:45 Warm S breeze, sun & cloud, 20c. Incoming tide. Sightings with Brenda.
Tuesday 20 Oct Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 16 Avocet, 24 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 24 Brent Goose, 60 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull Stuart Anderson 10:30 to 13:00 Dry, breezy on river wall. Rising Tide
Tuesday 20 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male. Emerging from Saltcoats red marsh.) Robert Pease 09:30 to 10:15 Overcast, still, 12degs. Very few birds about.
Tuesday 20 Oct Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and adult female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel, 3 House Martin (South), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin, 100 Curlew, 4 Stonechat (2 pairs), 15 Corn Bunting, 20 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch, 500 Cormorant, 1 Jay, 20 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pintail (Juvs south), 10 Reed Bunting, 60 Grey Plover, 8 Greenfinch Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 16:00
Monday 19 Oct Writtle 1 Kingfisher (flew over road, towards lake/streams) Oliver Cottis 15:00 to 15:15 overcast
Monday 19 Oct Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (usual pair, all the first winters of 16/10 have moved on), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 100 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret (roosting on saltmarsh), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 900 Starling Alan Shearring 13:00 to 14:30 High tide
Monday 19 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 5 Buzzard, 9 Robin, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (flew from hedge to oak tree branch, called once and disappeared forever), 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff Alan Shearring 11:30 to 12:30 Sunny with a south breeze. Walk along bridle path towards Wellinditch
Monday 19 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least. Exploring inside a tree hole for at least a minute at one point.), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Flying over.) Andrew Cox 10:15 to 11:45 Sunny, warm. Breezy. Lincewood only.
Monday 19 Oct Good Easter 1 Red Kite (drifting north), 190 Linnet (second largest flock locally) Martin Henry 10:00 to 10:00
Monday 19 Oct Nazeing, Lea Valley 4 Lesser Redpoll Thomas Simon 08:45 to 09:15
Sunday 18 Oct Cudmore Grove CP, Mersea Island 1 Snow Bunting (Still south of stone point near steps to point), 1 Rock Pipit (With snow burning ), 1 Meadow Pipit (With snow Bunting ) Stephen Entwistle 15:50 to 16:00
Sunday 18 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 1 Woodlark (flying NE then more E, very vocal ) Alan Shearring 14:45 to 14:45
Sunday 18 Oct Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret (In flight past saline viewpoint.), 45 Wigeon (At least.), 39 Teal, 36 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (At least.), 288 Lapwing (At least.), 12 Snipe (Flock in flight.), 10 Curlew, 189 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 21 Redshank, 5 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 200 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 5 Common Gull (At least.), 16 Herring Gull (At least.), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher (Active & noisy around the creek/sline lagoon area.), 1 Grey Wagtail (Abstraction ditch.) Andrew Cox 12:45 to 17:15 Cloudy, occasional sun. Mild.
Sunday 18 Oct Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 4 Marsh Harrier (One male), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Merlin (Female/juvenile ), 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Shoveler, 40 Shelduck, 15 Grey Plover, 3500 Golden Plover (Estimate count), 100 Dunlin, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 25 Skylark, 20 Wigeon, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 27 Ringed Plover, 8 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan, 7 Grey Heron, 20 Pintail (20+), 43 Buzzard (In a single thermal, moving north at the east end of reserve), 20 Canada Goose, 15 Herring Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Snipe Ian Dewsnap 12:00 to 14:00 Still and clear. Some occasional sun
Sunday 18 Oct Mistley 1 Corn Bunting (TM1230 near remains of St Mary's Church, on wires with 20 Linnets in are where there were 1-2 singing males last two years), 2 Stock Dove (TM1131 near artificial lake) Simon Banks 11:20 to 12:05 Overcast, mild
Sunday 18 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 1 Dusky Warbler (A vocal bird, that showed well on and off.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock Andrew Allen 10:45 to 13:00 Occasional sunny spell. Viewing along lane south of Tennis Club towards pumping station.
Sunday 18 Oct South Woodham Ferrers 4 Cetti's Warbler (3 around Saltcoats reed marsh and and one I in the orchard area.), 800 Wigeon (At least. Clements Green Creek.), 2 Water Rail (Heard only. One in Saltcoats Reed marsh and one in reed on East Marsh.) Robert Pease 10:30 to 11:00 Mild, overcast and still.
Sunday 18 Oct Wrabness 19 Red-breasted Merganser (Two groups both downriver of Wrabness reserve), 2 Stonechat (Just east of Wrabness chalets) Simon Banks 10:05 to 10:30 Overcast, mild
Sunday 18 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 10 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 59 Tufted Duck (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 22 Pochard (19 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 91 Teal (Two on Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 18 Shoveler (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest a Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 38 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 14 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 562 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 51 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 157 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 3 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 134 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 20 Curlew (In the managed retreat.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 8 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 33 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat) Paul Larkin 08:15 to 12:30 Broken cloud, lightW wind, rising tide
Sunday 18 Oct Beckton 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 17 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff Gary A James 07:45 to 13:00 Cloudy no wind
Saturday 17 Oct Fingringhoe Mill 9 Pied Wagtail (min'), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (over), 2 Little Egret, 8 Jay (lots of activity around Oaks), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 28 Teal, 9 Magpie, 1 Curlew, 31 Lapwing, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron Ashley Gooding 14:00 to 15:45 dull and overcast, wind light, high tide.
Saturday 17 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin (3-4.30pm visit)), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard Sean Nixon 13:00 to 13:00 Still and sunny Dusky Warbler at Frinton-on-Sea on 17 Oct 2020, (Sean Nixon) , , ,
Saturday 17 Oct Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Cormorant (flying over), 1 Stonechat, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel Emma Robinson 09:30 to 11:30 Overcast
Saturday 17 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 40 Starling (Horse paddock near Hatch Farm.), 20 Chaffinch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll (At least.) Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:15 Cloudy, cool.
Saturday 17 Oct Ulting 1 Red Kite (Red Kite seen flying over Maldon road near Ulting. ) Michael Lane 09:00 to 13:00
Saturday 17 Oct Gunners Park, Shoebury 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Still present for 5th day in trees adjacent toddler play area) Robin Peppaitt 08:30 to 11:00
Saturday 17 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (At least.), 4 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 12 Chaffinch (At least.), 10 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Cloudy,cool.
Saturday 17 Oct Naze, The 70 Goldcrest (+), 2 Brambling (1, below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond), 15 Song Thrush (Mainly west), 43 Redwing (Mainly west), 81 Goldfinch (Mainly south), 27 Chaffinch (Mainly south), 9 Siskin (South), 16 Lesser Redpoll (South), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 11 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark (West), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 42 Swallow (N, a trickle in small groups from mid morning on), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (S), 3 Firecrest (2 with goldcrests, 1 below Sunny Point, 1 farm pond + one John Weston Reserve (in the hand, thanks to Simon and Pat Cox)), 1 Dusky Warbler (East edge of cricket pitch in low scrub; initially calling from cover, then gave some brief but decent views before moving north into deeper cover. Did not call or show again, over the next half an hour or later in the morning.) Brian Combes 07:00 to 11:30 overcast first thing then some sun, light N wind, cool, flooding tide - some finch and thrush movement, mainly first thing
Saturday 17 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 1 Dusky Warbler (Still present this morning along hedge on west side of lane running south from tennis club towards Anglian Water pumping station. Best viewed from field edge. Access via the tennis club car park (which they are happy for birders to use). A message has been left for the farmer so please be respectful along the field edge which is private land ) Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 10:00
Friday 16 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 1 Dusky Warbler (Found by Max Martin in an area with no public access, still present at dusk. If present in the morning then access arrangements will be made and location shared) Paul Brayshaw 16:00 to 18:15
Friday 16 Oct Stow Marsh 10 Meadow Pipit (feeding on saltings), 29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Turnstone, 6 Stonechat (pair and the others were 1st winters), 2 Buzzard (hunting fields), 29 Linnet, 1 Merlin (female), 890 Wigeon (appeared from the east as tide went out), 25 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler Alan Shearring 14:00 to 16:00 Tide going out NE wind. Partridge shoot
Friday 16 Oct Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 3 Cattle Egret (On Salt Marsh across Creek. Showing well. Proof photo's.), 20 Redshank (Circa.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 1 Buzzard (On Salt Marsh post.), 6 Wigeon (3 pair.), 10 Teal (Circa.), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe David Hale 13:40 to 15:00 NW breeze, dry, overcast, 12 c. Sightings with Brenda from Marina car park area. Approaching low tide. Cattle Egret at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 16 Oct 2020, (David Hale) ,
Friday 16 Oct Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 2 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Stonechat (all looked like 1st winters), 2 Sparrowhawk, 500 Starling, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Snipe, 20 Linnet, 160 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush Alan Shearring 12:30 to 14:00 High tide NE wind
Friday 16 Oct Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 2 Great Crested Grebe (East of the slipway.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 23 Oystercatcher (Lagoon.), 91 Avocet (Lagoon), 100 Ringed Plover (Lagoon.), 25 Grey Plover (Lagoon.), 20 Golden Plover (Approx. Saltmarsh bordering Canvey.), 35 Lapwing (Lagoon.), 250 Dunlin (Lagoon.), 16 Knot (Lagoon.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Lagoon.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 9 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 2 Kingfisher (Eastern satmarsh (from coastguards) & lagoon. Latter seen to catch & eat quite a large fish. One of these (or a third) hovering close to the seawall between lagoon & car park. ), 3 Rock Pipit (Near slipway.), 1 Stonechat (Male.) Andrew Cox 12:00 to 16:00 Cloudy, mild. Becoming colder.
Friday 16 Oct Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank (Circa.), 30 Curlew (Plus.), 2 Avocet, 150 Shelduck (At least.), 28 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier (Kent bank side. ), 6 Greenfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit (Circa.), 50 Linnet (Estimated flock. ), 30 Goldfinch (At least. ), 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Stonechat (Pair & single male. ), 2 Little Egret, 5 Brent Goose David Hale 09:50 to 13:20 NW breeze, overcast, dry, 12c. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from vandalised hide !.
Friday 16 Oct Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 1 Scaup (Flew into the river), 9 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Auk (12:45 First seen by Dave Wagstaff occasionally landing on the sea whilst passing the Obs and then seen by Cindy Lawes and myself flying past Sales Point and then into the river.), 5 Swallow, 10 Goldcrest, 300 Chaffinch (+ going north in groups of 20 or so? Strange considering the big southerly movement in previous days.), 30 Siskin (Going north? Once again strange.) John Sutherby 09:45 to 17:00
Friday 16 Oct Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 5 Cattle Egret (With cattle on short walk), 1 Pink-footed Goose (With Greylag long walk), 2 Eider (Main estuary), 2 Green Sandpiper (Long walk), 6 Rock Pipit (Long walk) Mike Hardwick 09:00 to 15:00 Little sun or wind but pleasant
Friday 16 Oct South Hanningfield 4 Red-crested Pochard (From the southern causeway - 4Ms + 4Fs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Across from the Fishing Lodge loafing with other gull species), 24 Great Black-backed Gull (Loafing on shore across from the Fishing Lodge), 5 Ruff, 175 Starling (In flight in a loose flock - Seen from the southern causeway), 35 Lapwing (In flight - Seen from the southern causeway) John Smart 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny - Breezy
Friday 16 Oct Mistley 1 Shag (Juvenile - SW of railway bridge), 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 2 Kingfisher (Maybe 3 individuals?), 10 Swallow (Heading SW), 3 Snipe (Splodge), 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 10 Pintail David L Smith 08:30 to 17:15 from Manningtree
Friday 16 Oct WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Ring Ouzel Clive Atkins 08:15 to 08:15
Friday 16 Oct Tilbury 144 Teal (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Curlew (On foreshore in front of the fort), 15 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 09:00 Overcast, light NW wind, LT
Friday 16 Oct Harwich 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Briefly in Beacon Hill fort area with tit flock. Also heard to call ), 30 Goldcrest (Mostly in Beacon Hill park), 20 Blackbird (In park), 7 Siskin, 2 Redpoll sp. Andrew Goodey 07:30 to 11:30 4/8 cloud
Friday 16 Oct Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (Showing well by the lake. Often perched quite high in trees.), 1 Swallow, 20 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Noisy flock.), 7 Chaffinch (At least.), 3 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch (At least.), 15 Siskin (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 09:00 Cloudy, mild. Plotlands.
Friday 16 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 115 Goldcrest (+ notable arrival early am with 50+ birds moving inland, still 65+ between Connaught Avenue and Queens Road at lunchtime), 1 Firecrest (+ zig-zag path to beach below Connaught Avenue at lunchtime), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in tamarisk behind beach huts between 3rd and 4th Avenue 0910-0920.) Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 14:00 0700-0945, 1330-1400. Selected totals from undercliff - fantastic arrival of crests
Thursday 15 Oct Whetmead NR, nr Witham 2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (Heard only), 10 Siskin (+) David L Smith 12:00 to 14:30
Thursday 15 Oct Kelvedon Hatch 1 Red Kite (Drifting east to N of village), 1 Raven (Calling from BT mast) David Jobbins 11:00 to 13:00
Thursday 15 Oct Naze, The 1 Sparrowhawk, 25 Goldcrest (+), 1 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing (c), 1 Jay (+), 1 Swallow (+), 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Woodcock, 1 Pallas's Warbler (with goldcrests in sycamore clump), 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Brambling, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c), 10 Siskin (c), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Crossbill (c, over N), 1 Kestrel Liz Huxley 10:00 to 12:00
Thursday 15 Oct Stebbing 4 Red Kite (over A120 at Stebbingford Bridge) Neil Murphy 10:00 to 10:00
Thursday 15 Oct East Tilbury 15 Little Grebe, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 68 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 834 Dunlin, 2 Little Stint, 23 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river), 2 Marsh Harrier (Juv and female type over from Kent), 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Shoveler, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff Paul Larkin 09:30 to 13:45 Broken cloud, NNE wind, HT
Thursday 15 Oct Thorndon CP (North) 5 Skylark (At least. Some interchange with South.), 2 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 6 Redwing (Some interchange with South.), 2 Treecreeper (One singing.), 1 Brambling Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:00 Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
Thursday 15 Oct Thorndon CP (South) 3 Green Woodpecker, 20 Skylark (At least.), 10 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Male.), 53 Redwing (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (In flight.), 1 Tree Pipit (Flying over, calling.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
Thursday 15 Oct Ardleigh Reservoir 3 Chiffchaff (Calling), 4 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 1 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Grebe Matt Turner 08:00 to 08:30 Sightings from A12 end of reservoir
Thursday 15 Oct Deal Hall, Dengie 70 Wigeon (+), 15 Pintail, 3 Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Goosander (Drake offshore flying N), 23 Swallow, 3 Ring Ouzel, 30 Blackbird (+), 17 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 30 Redwing (+), 7 Chiffchaff, 80 Goldcrest (+ Most in Deal Hall thicket and Coney Hall garden; two on the seawall), 1 Firecrest (Coney Hall garden), 2000 Starling (+), 4 Brambling, 16 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin Steven Swaby 07:30 to 15:00 NE wind, bright spells with cloud, high/falling tide. Highlights (seen with Dave Wagstaff and Chris Harris)
Thursday 15 Oct Rayne 1 Brambling (My first of autumn here), 2 Redpoll sp., 15 Greenfinch, 12 Linnet, 1 Siskin, 40 Redwing Andrew Goodey 07:30 to 08:00 Showers, 4/8
Thursday 15 Oct Frinton-on-Sea 464 Goldfinch (N), 38 Siskin (N), 40 Redpoll sp. (N), 24 Goldcrest (+ undercliff and gardens), 1 Firecrest (undercliff, early am only), 25 Swallow (N), 4 Eider (N), 4 Short-eared Owl (S offshore together @ 1044 - amazing sight!) Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 10:00 +glances to sea during the day. Selected totals