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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
Monday 06 Jul Great Braxted 1 Raven (correct tail shape and called), 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Buzzard, 1 Jay David Allen 14:00 to 16:00 Bright, cloudy. Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, Nikon D500+Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm) , , ,
Monday 06 Jul Terling 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding in oaks by cricket pitch), 4 Mistle Thrush (Adults & 2 juveniles on pitch), 1 Bullfinch (Male feeding by footbridge), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 10 Swift, 4 Swallow Tony Kennelly 14:00 to 15:30
Monday 06 Jul Thorndon CP (North) 6 Mallard (Female with five well grown young, Childerditch Pond.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 7 Green Woodpecker (Including two adults with two young, top of Childerditch Meadow. Two Hartswood (adult & young).), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit (Hartswood.), 3 Treecreeper (Hartswood.), 7 Nuthatch (At least. Four Hartswood) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:45 Sun & clouds. Warm, some breeze. Includes Hartswood.
Sunday 05 Jul Vange Marsh RSPB 6 Little Ringed Plover (Main flood, western end.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (SW corner of main flood.), 35 Redshank (Approx. SW corner of main flood.), 1 Greenshank (Eastern end of main lagoon.), 1 Common Tern (Mobile.), 1 Bearded Tit (Female.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing male & female. Opposite ends.) Andrew Cox 13:15 to 16:30 Sunny, some clouds. Breezy, warm.
Sunday 05 Jul Billericay 1 Red Kite (Seen from garden in SW Billerica) John Smart 12:00 to 13:00 Sunny - Breezy
Sunday 05 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 6 Cattle Egret (With the cattle in a SE field), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Sand Martin, 50 Pochard (atleast), 5 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler Oliver Cottis 11:30 to 13:15 Hot and windy
Sunday 05 Jul Terling 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Very briefly near cricket pitch) Martin Iddon 10:30 to 10:30 Hot and very windy
Sunday 05 Jul Hamford Water 1 Corn Bunting (1 singing in cornfield) Simon Banks 09:50 to 14:20 Clear, windy from west
Sunday 05 Jul Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 173 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 53 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Common Tern (Plus one young, Golden Gates), 43 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus two broods of three, Golden Gates), 7 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 55 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Two plus two young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.) Paul Larkin 08:15 to 11:25 Sunny, occasional showers, strong W wind
Sunday 05 Jul Weald CP, near South Weald 1 Egyptian Goose (Main lake.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Main lake.), 3 Green Woodpecker (Inc. One juv.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 5 Mistle Thrush (Together.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 4 Coal Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:45 Sun & clouds. Breezy. Warm.
Sunday 05 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 2 Barn Owl (1 salcott seawall, 1 on reserve), 2 Whimbrel (Salcott channel), 4 Curlew (Salcott channel), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing male ), 10 Spotted Redshank (4 in salcott channel & 6 in reserve pools), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spoonbill (Joyce's head fleet), 1 Bearded Tit (Heard calling in reed beds by Joyce's), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 40 Common Tern (Fledgling & chicks), 20 Avocet (Fledglings & chicks), 10 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 6 Pied Wagtail (Family party feeding) Tony Kennelly 05:30 to 08:00 Very windy
Saturday 04 Jul Wendens Ambo 1 Red Kite (besdie M11) Neil Murphy 15:30 to 15:30
Saturday 04 Jul Wintry Wood, Epping Forest 9 Mandarin Duck (6 Juvenile, 3 Adult Female ), 5 Moorhen (4 Juvenile 1 Adult ), 4 Blackcap (2 Juvenile 2 Adults ), 6 Wren, 2 Magpie Melvin Shepherd-Wells 14:00 to 16:00 Mild overcast dry
Saturday 04 Jul Epping 1 Red Kite (Back of High Street above Pelly Court) Melvin Shepherd-Wells 14:00 to 14:05 Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , ,
Saturday 04 Jul Boreham 1 Cetti's Warbler (Male singing) Neil Murphy 11:30 to 12:00
Saturday 04 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 6 Cattle Egret (All adults at SE end with cattle (11.30-14.00)), 3 Marsh Harrier (including 2 juvs.), 1 Hobby (Hunting hirundines over Salcott village), 110 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 41 Avocet (including good numbers of fledged young.), 40 Common Tern (+, with good numbers of young) Sean Nixon 11:15 to 13:00 High tide, overcaste and breezy Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , , , , , ,
Saturday 04 Jul Witham 1 Mandarin Duck (Female on pond on River walk) Neil Murphy 10:45 to 11:30
Saturday 04 Jul Laindon 1 Red Kite (Being mobbed by a Crow above the Triangle shop's) Karl Price 09:15 to 09:15 Windy, grey
Saturday 04 Jul Writtle 41 Swift (Flying south west towards Writtle), 1 Kestrel (Making a kill in "Horse" Field, flying off towards Old Chelmsfordians), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chaffinch (Female, on Bowls Green, Tower Gardens, not commonly seen here) Winifred Simmonds 09:00 to 09:30 Cloudy, breezy
Saturday 04 Jul Thorndon CP (South) 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Perched on protruding post.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males, pavillion meadow & adjacent arable.), 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin (At least. Hawking above properties on western edge.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (In flight. Headed for Jury Hill.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:45 Cloudy, breezy, warm.
Saturday 04 Jul Shrub End 2 Little Owl (pair) Oliver Cottis 08:00 to 08:45 overcast
Saturday 04 Jul Naze, The 15 Whitethroat (Singing ), 104 Swift (First thing, low and in small groups or individually, south or south-west), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dispersing juvenile), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 42 Sandwich Tern (4 south, 8 on beach and 30 roosting on marsh ), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 1 Buzzard, 129 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek - stunning), 7 Dunlin, 8 Avocet, 4 Little Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk Brian Combes 06:30 to 10:00 mild, overcast, mainly dry, strong SW wind, rising tide, 17 species in song
Saturday 04 Jul Colchester 3 Reed Bunting (two seen, a third heard), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 10 House Martin (atleast), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Blackcap (heard), 30 Starling (flock), 5 Swallow (atleast), 5 Swift (atleast), 3 Skylark, 2 Moorhen (1 juv) Oliver Cottis 01:30 to 02:30 Walk at Cymbeline Meadows, by the station.
Friday 03 Jul Abberton Reservoir 1 Great White Egret (Layer Breton Causeway), 1 Ruff (summer plumage from Layer Breton Causeway) Drew Lyness 17:00 to 18:00 windy, light rain.
Friday 03 Jul Abberton Reservoir 1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard LBC), 70 Pochard (+), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay, 1 LDHC), 1 Hobby (In tree in Hide Bay), 1 Ruff, 2 Garganey (Very distant in Hide Bay from church, probable pair with male in eclipse. 90% sure, small, longish grey bills, eyestripes, dabbling at edge although too distant to be 100%), 25 Egyptian Goose (+ mix of adults and young birds) Matt Turner 16:30 to 18:30 Strong wind from west, selected sightings Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2020, (Matt Turner)
Friday 03 Jul Maldon 1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 4 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Blackcap (Singing male) Tony Kennelly 16:30 to 17:00
Friday 03 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 7 Cattle Egret (McClure's Marsh), 1 Spoonbill, 10 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 200 Black-tailed Godwit Drew Lyness 12:00 to 16:00 windy Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 Jul 2020, (Drew Lyness) ,
Friday 03 Jul Lawford, near Manningtree 1 Green Sandpiper (With 3 Redshanks, TMO832. None of these records were actually in Lawford, but the website won't recognise any correct description, e.g. Stour Estuary.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male mobbed by Avocet , TM0932), 4 Avocet (One mobbing Marsh Harrier, TM0932), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with 2 well-grown young, TMO832) Simon Banks 10:45 to 11:40 Fair, warm
Friday 03 Jul Writtle 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Swift (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Lapwing (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Little Egret (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Grebe (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 House Martin (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Blackcap (At Beach's Weir) Winifred Simmonds 09:30 to 11:30 Blowy, sunny, sightings by David Greenfinch at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds) , ,
Friday 03 Jul Ingrebourne Valley 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets.), 9 Mallard (Female with eight young.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (Possibly two.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Flying over, carrying fish. Heading NE.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (Two singing males.), 3 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin (At least.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Juvs.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 11:15 Cloudy, then sunny. Warm.
Thursday 02 Jul Braintree 4 Sparrowhawk (Pr finally eggs hatched & at least 2 white downy young being fed in large willow tree beyond back garden) Neil Murphy 20:00 to 20:00
Thursday 02 Jul Witham 1 Red Kite (Carrying something, being mobbed by 2 LBBGs, flew low, heading south east), 2 Swift David L Smith 18:00 to 18:00 Over town centre
Thursday 02 Jul Elsenham 4 Red Kite Anthony Gales 16:30 to 16:45 Showers
Thursday 02 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Spoonbill (sleeping near Joyces, flew off towards Copt Hall. Probably the bird I saw yesterday at Abberton), 6 Bearded Tit (5 juveniles with black patches and one adult female all formed at the top of the reeds after a massive shower), 8 Spotted Redshank (all near the windmill), 10 Grey Plover (Salcott channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (some juveniles), 125 Avocet (several near adult juveniles), 50 Common Tern (many juveniles), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 14 Swift David Allen 12:15 to 16:15 Showers, at times very heavy.
Thursday 02 Jul East Tilbury 95 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Sand Martin, 106 Shelduck, 39 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 95 Avocet, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret Paul Larkin 08:00 to 11:00 Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
Thursday 02 Jul Thorndon CP (North) 4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Goldcrest (Two singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Singing males.), 2 Bullfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:00 Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudy.
Wednesday 01 Jul Broomfield, Chelmsford 4 Swift Bruce Brown 17:00 to 17:30 Cloudy.
Wednesday 01 Jul Abberton Reservoir 1 Spoonbill (Was behind the concrete barrier by heron nesting area then flew towards main causeway on the other side ), 2 Mandarin Duck (Under tree edge below herons nests), 1 Hobby (Flew from wigborough bay side across reservoir past visitors centre), 40 Sand Martin (At least) Ian Dewsnap 17:00 to 17:20 Dry but rain around.
Wednesday 01 Jul Vange Marsh RSPB 1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 2 Common Tern, 7 Pied Wagtail (Two adults with five young.), 50 Swift (Approx.), 4 House Martin (At least.), 2 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Mele & female; opposite ends of the reserve.) Andrew Cox 13:45 to 17:00 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, warm.
Wednesday 01 Jul Abberton Reservoir 1 Spoonbill (Layer Breton causeway where it flew the entire length), 1 Peregrine Falcon (In familiar tree from Layer Church), 1 Great White Egret (seems to favour same spot from Layer Church), 50 Sand Martin, 3 Mandarin Duck (no adult male plumage), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (one juvenile with adults), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (one friendly juvenile), 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Little Egret David Allen 12:30 to 16:00 Fair, but poured later when spoonbill flew. Abberton Reservoir on 01 Jul 2020, (David Allen) ,
Wednesday 01 Jul Broomfield, Chelmsford 2 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk Bruce Brown 12:30 to 13:00 Cloudy.
Wednesday 01 Jul Naze, The 49 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant creek all in fine plumage), 1 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Avocet (2 juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 21 Sandwich Tern (together in small flock) Martin Richards 11:00 to 15:00 mild, cloudy
Wednesday 01 Jul Witham 1 Red Kite Paul Shuttleworth 10:15 to 10:15 Sunny, moderate breeze
Wednesday 01 Jul Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles calling, Willow Park.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Four Willow Park, one Lincewood.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.), 4 Treecreeper (At least. One Willow Park, three Lincewood, including juv.), 1 Nuthatch (Mark's Hill.), 5 Goldfinch (Four adults, one young. Willow Park. Feeding on thistles.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
Wednesday 01 Jul Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Swift (Low-mid level feeding and skimming water), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Adult and juv, juv disappeared into tree then adult back and forth feeding), 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, one juv), 4 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard) Matt Turner 08:00 to 08:30 Selected sightings from both causeways
Wednesday 01 Jul Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker (At least one adult & one young calling.), 5 Swallow (Two adults with three young.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Adult with young. Feeding on wild cherries.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Some feeding on wild cherries.), 2 Whitethroat (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
Wednesday 01 Jul Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 2 Grasshopper Warbler (2 males reeling in scrub field in South East corner), 3 Common Sandpiper (From viewing point), 2 Green Sandpiper (Along stream by tip), 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Bearded Tit (2 family groups, including 1 by viewing point), 2 Mediterranean Gull (On nesting island with black-headed gulls), 1 Black-necked Grebe Tony Kennelly 06:00 to 08:00 Basking adder on gabion basket of a footbridge
Wednesday 01 Jul Boreham 4 Crossbill (Calling flock flew west over garden at 06.25; last sighting was 10 years ago. ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (male of islandica race on Trifarm Pit at 07.30 but no sign at 08.30 but someone swimming!), 120 Swift (08.00-Active feeding on western edge of village. largest group for several years. Local population 12. ), 1 Kingfisher (By Little Baddow bridge at 07.45 on 1st July. ) Graham Ekins 06:00 to 08:00 Force 2/3 SW & overcast, dry; Boreham Patch birding
Tuesday 30 Jun Little Baddow 200 Swift (Anywhere between 200-300, maybe more. Impossible to count. All feeding above fields between Baddow and Nounsley. Have never seen anything like it!) Ross Wilkins 17:00 to 17:15 Cloudy, mild
Tuesday 30 Jun Holland Haven 5 Black-tailed Godwit (4 islandica birds and 1 Dutch colour-ringed limosa (sightings 14.25-15.25)), 11 Avocet, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher Sean Nixon 13:00 to 13:00 Grey, still and light drizzle, clearing. Black-tailed Godwit at Holland Haven on 30 Jun 2020, (Sean Nixon) , ,
Tuesday 30 Jun Stapleford Tawney 2 Little Owl (1 Adult & 1 Juvenile), 5 Yellow Wagtail (2+ Adults & 3 Juveniles in fields either side of footpath at TQ 509987), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Calling bird in bushes close to the Mole Trap pub), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel Nicholas Weston 12:00 to 15:00 Cloudy, Drizzle
Tuesday 30 Jun Holland Haven 4 Reed Bunting (males), 8 Reed Warbler (at least 2 families), 10 Linnet, 9 Shelduck, 12 Avocet (incl juvs), 3 Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (incl a Dutch-ringed limosa), 200 Swift (+ feeding low over marshes during rain), 7 Oystercatcher (incl pair with 3 chicks), 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 Mediterranean Gull (max count 20 but plenty of coming and going), 2 Sandwich Tern Liz Huxley 11:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 30 Jun Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Turtle Dove (Heard behind car park at 12.45), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Many in summer plumage), 20 Common Tern (Several nesting on islands on scrape), 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark (rising and singing), 20 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier Winifred Simmonds 10:00 to 13:00 low tide, cool, squally showers
Tuesday 30 Jun Braintree 1 Kestrel (First sighting here....near junction of Godlings and Notley Rd on Hoppits Mead reserve.) Martin Iddon 09:30 to 09:31 Drizzly
Tuesday 30 Jun Abberton Reservoir 1 Great White Egret (Wig Bay. ), 5 Little Egret, 10 Common Tern (Circa.), 100 Swift (Plus.), 1 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Circled Wig Bay.), 2 Oystercatcher (Wig Bay.), 20 Lapwing (Circa.), 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (LDHC.), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Juveniles.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least, mostly juveniles.), 2 Kestrel, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 6 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa. 2 Pair with 1 & 2 young. ), 50 Mallard (Circa. 4 Ducklings.) David Hale 09:15 to 14:45 Cool, overcast with showers, light breeze. 16 to 18c. Sightings with Brenda. Wig Bay & LDH Causeway only.
Tuesday 30 Jun Whetmead NR, nr Witham 1 Kingfisher, 12 Swift (Hawking for insects over rivers), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat (Singing/churring), 1 Chiffchaff (Calling), 1 Sparrowhawk (Unsuccessful pursuit of starling), 2 Little Egret Paul Shuttleworth 09:00 to 11:00 Cloudy, drizzly
Tuesday 30 Jun Great Totham 70 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Several groups of up to 30 sighted between Church Rd. and Broad Street Green while walking Jake.) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 10:00
Tuesday 30 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 1 Nuthatch (At least. Lincewood.), 15 Swift, 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:45 Cloudy, breezy. Lincewood & Mark's Hill.
Tuesday 30 Jun Kelvedon Hatch 1 Raven (One calling from the BT mast at 04.45 this morning.) David Jobbins 04:45 to 05:00
Tuesday 30 Jun Marks Tey 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap (heard), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel Oliver Cottis 01:00 to 01:30 Warm but cloudy
Monday 29 Jun Ardleigh Reservoir 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Swift, 15 Sand Martin, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Greylag Goose (2 adult, 4 young), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 2 Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 10 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail (Adult and juv) Matt Turner 18:30 to 19:00 Dry and overcast with stiff W breeze, brief look off both causeways Common Tern at Ardleigh Reservoir on 29 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner) ,
Monday 29 Jun Coggeshall 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 Prs), 6 Common Tern (3 Prs), 4 Little Grebe (2 Prs), 12 Lapwing, 50 Sand Martin (breeding nearby in sand quarry ?), 6 Mute Swan (Pr + 4 well grown cygnets) Neil Murphy 17:30 to 18:30 Bradwell GPs
Monday 29 Jun Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Adult, feeding at muddy edge, 3 to 3.15p.m.), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Adult), 8 Tufted Duck (Female with 7 small ducklings.) George Brown 15:00 to 16:00 Cloudy with some sunshine and quite strong WSW wind. Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 29 Jun 2020, (George Brown)
Monday 29 Jun Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 2 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, moulting.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (At least.), 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 8 Common Tern (At least.), 2 House Martin, 1 Bearded Tit (At least. Pinging near viewpoint.) Andrew Cox 11:00 to 13:00 Cloudy, some sun. Very windy.
Monday 29 Jun Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 6 Mute Swan (+. Three pair with young.), 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Mallard (+. Female with five recent young.), 30 Pochard (circa.), 25 Tufted Duck (circa.), 17 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. four nesting.), 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 50 Swift (+.), 200 Rook (circa. On meadow.), 10 Sand Martin (circa.), 20 House Martin (circa. No swallows.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 3 Reed Warbler (Brief song.), 3 Pied Wagtail (One carrying food.) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 11:00 Cloudy, sunny intervals, blustery SW wind.
Monday 29 Jun Thorndon CP (North) 8 Egyptian Goose (Three adults with five downy young. Private pond near Hatch Farm.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, briefly.), 8 Nuthatch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:45 Cloudy, some sun. Breezy.
Monday 29 Jun Frinton-on-Sea 17180 Swift (Superb passage over sea and coastal strip. Peak movement from 0430-0610 with c12,000, then pulses totalling 2,200 0615-0705 when passage stopped as cloud cleared. Next band of cloud 0800-0915 and 1571, 437 during glances during the day (little passage evident), then 972 1830-2000), 67 Siskin (5 flocks - 4, 33, 8, 8, 14), 23 Crossbill (single flock @ 0621), 2 Hobby (south @ 0652 and hunting Swift over fields towards Great Holland in evening), 32 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow Paul Brayshaw 04:30 to 21:00 SW6-7 8/8 clearing then variable cloud during the day. Selected totals, movement to south
Sunday 28 Jun Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Immature in flock of around 500 Starling in field by pill box west of observatory. Flock very flighty ), 500 Starling, 2 Corn Bunting, 20 Swallow, 5 Swift Andrew Stroud 16:00 to 17:00 showery with sunny spells and breezy
Sunday 28 Jun Tilbury 57 Lapwing (In the fort), 3 Oystercatcher (In the fort), 4 Shelduck (Plus two well grown young in the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 25 Sand Martin, 1 Cormorant (In the moat), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Two adults and a recently fledge young), 2 Great Crested Grebe (In the moat) Paul Larkin 11:15 to 12:00 Broken cloud strong SW wind
Sunday 28 Jun Langham 3 Egyptian Goose (female + 2 goslings (lagoons)), 11 Gadwall (female + 5 ducklings (lagoons); female + 4 ducklings (Broomhouse flash)), 2 Oystercatcher (+ pair with begging calls from (hidden) young bird(s) (lagoons)), 9 Lapwing (4 adults + 5 juvs. All remaining records from Broomhouse flash), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sand Martin (with 20 House Martins), 4 Reed Warbler (territorial males), 1 Sedge Warbler (alarming), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male on territory), 3 Reed Bunting (territorial males) Martin Peers 09:00 to 10:00 sunny periods but blustery wind
Sunday 28 Jun Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 106 Swift (Over the tip), 95 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 1 Common Sandpiper (Adult, Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Plus one young, Golden Gates), 14 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 139 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 37 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 118 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 27 Tufted Duck (Four, all drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 10 drakes, plus a downy brood of six, Golden Gates ), 13 Pochard (Eight, including one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including two drakes, plus a brood of three, Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two, plus two young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling near the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 13 Mallard (Golden Gates), 1 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 11:00 Broken cloud, strong SW wind
Sunday 28 Jun Weald CP, near South Weald 4 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with two young.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 9 Coot (Adult with four young on nest (main lake); plus pair with two young (lower lake).), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 10:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy, cooler.
Sunday 28 Jun Terling 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 behind cricket pavilion, 1 near trailer blocking path by village hall), 2 Mistle Thrush (on cricket pitch), 1 Buzzard Simon Satchell 07:45 to 08:30 Sunny spells, windy
Sunday 28 Jun Frinton-on-Sea 354 Swift, 1 Cuckoo Paul Brayshaw 05:00 to 21:00 SW6-8 occ showers. Movement to south
Saturday 27 Jun Ardleigh Reservoir 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Mute Swan, 15 Sand Martin (+), 2 Swallow, 1 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Greylag Goose (Adult + 4 young), 20 Long-tailed Tit (+ Delightful family calling and flying along Lodge Lane), 2 Greenfinch (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Chiffchaff (Calling) Matt Turner 18:30 to 19:00 Sightings from both causeways, dry but breezy Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 27 Jun 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , , , , , ,
Saturday 27 Jun Witham 1 Red Kite (Flying south east, as usual, with gull escort...) Paul Shuttleworth 13:00 to 13:00 Cloudy, breezy, drizzly
Saturday 27 Jun Vange Marsh RSPB 2 Little Grebe, 10 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets; plus two more adults.), 18 Teal (At least.), 1 Shoveler (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 30 Lapwing (At least.), 1 Curlew, 14 Black-tailed Godwit (Dropped in for a while, western end of main flood. Most in summer plumage.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Bearded Tit (At least. Western reedbed.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) Andrew Cox 11:15 to 13:15 Cloudy, breezy, some rain. Warm.
Saturday 27 Jun Great Baddow, Chelmsford 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Flew over heading south ) David Pallash 10:45 to 10:50
Saturday 27 Jun Tilbury 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summer) Paul Larkin 09:30 to 10:30 Showers, S wind, falling tide
Saturday 27 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (At least. One looked to be a juv.) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 08:45 Cloudy, warm. Some rain. Plotlands.
Saturday 27 Jun Frinton-on-Sea 1443 Swift, 4 Crossbill, 1 Fulmar, 20 Curlew Paul Brayshaw 05:00 to 21:00 S2-4, showers, then SW7-8. Movement to south
Saturday 27 Jun Boreham 2 Swallow (Juveniles rapidly south at 09.40 on 27th June. Early migration?), 1 Hobby (Daily sightings currently, most pm of singles), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Small male heading SE at 09.15. 3rd sighting in 3 weeks.), 1 Curlew (Heard high overhead 16th June 04.00-heading south), 1 Green Sandpiper (one calling over head quite low 23.00 on 25th. Heading NW, presumably to Russell Green Pits), 1 Blackbird (3rd nesting occuring 27th June in ivy covered tree,re-lining old nest), 11 Lapwing (7 young fledged from 4 broods on Boreham patch, most successful year since set-a-side.) Graham Ekins 03:50 to 07:45 Light SSW, occasional rain showers; moth trapping late evening and very early morning has resulted in some interesting records
Friday 26 Jun Stapleford Tawney 1 Little Owl (Perching on unused barn door) Ann Darnell 21:30 to 21:35 Very warm still light Little Owl at Stapleford Tawney on 26 Jun 2020, (Ann Darnell)
Friday 26 Jun Laindon 1 Hobby, 50 Swift (Approx. Overhead, noisy.) Andrew Cox 11:00 to 11:30 Sunny, hot, humid. Back garden.
Friday 26 Jun Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Spoonbill, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Two pairs), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling in late morning) Clive Woodward 09:00 to 13:00 Hot and sunny 29 C
Friday 26 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00 Sunny, hot, humid. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Friday 26 Jun Frinton-on-Sea 9 Siskin, 1 Fulmar, 578 Swift, 57 Sand Martin Paul Brayshaw 05:00 to 21:00 SW1-2, thunder storms wind up to F4. Movement to south
Thursday 25 Jun Radwinter 2 Reed Bunting (Pair in farm ditch between Bendysh Hall and Red Oaks Hill, male counting) Alan Roscoe 13:00 to 13:00 Very hot and still
Thursday 25 Jun Hullbridge 33 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing M Savage 09:00 to 10:00 Bright
Thursday 25 Jun Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:00 Sunny, hot. Hall Wood only.
Thursday 25 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. ) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 07:30 Sunny, hot. Lincewood only.
Wednesday 24 Jun Wickford 1 Sparrowhawk (Sparrowhawk low over garden with c 20 Swift in pursuit.), 20 Swift (Circa.) David Hale 21:35 to 21:35 Dry, clear, calm. 20c. Garden sightings with Brenda.
Wednesday 24 Jun Laindon 1 Buzzard, 20 Swift (Overhead, noisy.) Andrew Cox 12:00 to 13:00 Sunny, hot. Back garden.
Wednesday 24 Jun Wivenhoe 1 Carrion Crow (Sitting in a tree by River Colne), 1 Little Egret (Fishing in River Colne), 2 Reed Bunting (Caught in flight,just..) Michael Davies 07:30 to 13:00 Sunny, warm Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2020, (Michael Davies) , ,
Tuesday 23 Jun Wickford 1 Hobby (Low flyover Hobby going South, with c20 Swift giving chase.), 20 Swift David Hale 21:15 to 21:15 Dry, warm, clear & calm. 20c. Garden sightings with Brenda.
Tuesday 23 Jun Friday Wood 1 Nightingale (Singing male. Latest I’ve heard one. ) David Pallash 18:30 to 18:50 Sunny
Tuesday 23 Jun Wrabness 20 Sand Martin (54 nest holes in colony believed to be new in sand cliffs between Wrabness reserve and chalets.), 3 Turtle Dove (3 purring, Wrabness Reserve) Simon Banks 14:15 to 15:00 Warm, light wind, clear
Tuesday 23 Jun Thaxted 1 Red Kite (Heading lazily NE to SW above the town ), 16 Swift (Feeding group quite low, another observer reported c 20 on a recent evening. After a slow start numbers have increased and are indicative of our maximum counts at Thaxted ) Stephen Dutton 11:00 to 12:00 22 deg blue skies
Tuesday 23 Jun Wivenhoe 1 Crossbill (over garden calling) Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 23 Jun Braintree 20 House Sparrow (Guesstimate of numbers. Thriving colony nesting in very dense bushes near postbox in Godlings. Few suitable sites in nearby houses with modern eaves and fascias. ) Martin Iddon 09:00 to 13:00 Cloudless sky temperature rising
Tuesday 23 Jun Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Lincewood.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:30 Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.