Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Bradwell-on-Sea 11 Dec 2018 14:30 - 15:00 Sunny and calm - High tide Tony Thomas Eider (Lone female 100m off Power station)
Abberton Reservoir 11 Dec 2018 12:00 - 14:00 sunny with light breeze Peter Triston Scaup (Female east of LBC), 49 Little Egret (East of LBC), Great White Egret (East of LBC), 50 Goosander (Spread over Res (conservative estimate)), 2 Buzzard (LDLH causeway), Black-necked Grebe (LDLH causeway)
Goldhanger 10 Dec 2018 10:00 - 13:00 Quite mild slight breeze dull Mike Hardwick Spoonbill (Flying off estuary towards water treatment works), Marsh Harrier (Young bird hunting Delph ditches), Barn Owl (Presumably just one hunting various meadows near caravan park at least once successfully), 6 Shoveler (Maybe more on treatment works reservoirs)
West Mersea 10 Dec 2018 11:00 - 13:00 Sunny with light breeze Paul Chamberlain Great Northern Diver, Black Brant, 14 Sanderling, 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Abberton Reservoir 10 Dec 2018 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny with light breeze Paul Chamberlain 6 Great White Egret, 40 Little Egret, Black-necked Grebe, Smew, 34 Goosander, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Grey Wagtail
West Mersea 09 Dec 2018 09:00 - 11:00 Stephen Entwistle 2 Great Northern Diver (Off coast road)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 09 Dec 2018 08:30 - 10:15 Sun & clouds. Breezy. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Male.), 8 Meadow Pipit (Arable field between Lincewood & Plotlands.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Goldfinch (At least. Feeding in alders by the lake.), 7 Redwing (At least.)
Sudbury, Suffolk 09 Dec 2018 09:00 - 10:15 breezy and showery Martin Peers 10 Red-legged Partridge (All records from BULMER), Red Kite, 23 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, Mistle Thrush (male in song), 100 Chaffinch (+ game mix Sandy Lane, out of wind), 100 Linnet (circa - game mix near church), 30 Yellowhammer (mostly Sandy Lane), 2 Reed Bunting (with Yellowhammers)
University of Essex, Colchester 09 Dec 2018 09:15 - 09:30 Graham Upton 6 Goosander (3 male and 3 female)
Wivenhoe 09 Dec 2018 09:40 - 10:15 I got very wet Graham Upton 9 Gadwall (Smaller pond), 2 Egyptian Goose (Larger pond), 5 Shoveler (Flooded field ), Teal (Flooded field), 4 Snipe (Flooded field)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 09 Dec 2018 09:00 - 14:45 Essex Birdwatching Society field trip Steve Grimwade Short-eared Owl, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, Siskin, 450 Fieldfare, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Corn Bunting, 3 Stonechat, 2500 Dunlin, 4 Goldeneye, 30 Skylark, 200 Avocet, Peregrine Falcon, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 60 Goldfinch, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 180 Shelduck
Holland Haven 09 Dec 2018 08:00 - 09:45 Very windy Thomas Gilbert 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Also a group of 4 grey geese heading south. ), Little Auk (Heading north at around 8:30 close inshore.), 2 Stonechat, Kestrel, 10 Shelduck
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 09 Dec 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Cold and bright. NW wind 3-4 Graham Smith Red-throated Diver, 27 Little Egret, 280 Pintail, 580 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, Merlin, 2 Barn Owl (2 long dead birds in old buildng on Lure Field.), 750 Lapwing, 2500 Golden Plover, 3800 Dunlin, 14700 Knot ( Spectacular displays above Obs beaches), 250 Bar-tailed Godwit
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 09 Dec 2018 08:30 - 14:30 Broken cloud, strong WNW wind, HT Paul Larkin 18 Shoveler (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 76 Tufted Duck (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Three on Golden Gates, one on the Thames), 4 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 31 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 170 Fieldfare (Single flock south over Golden Gates), Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 74 Teal (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest mainly in the creek), 6 Stonechat (Three pairs, one near the VC, one Golden Gates, one on the tip), 2 Siskin (Golden Gates with a flock of a dozen Goldfinch), Water Rail (Golden Gates), 114 Redshank (Roosting in the creek and on salt marsh), 368 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 232 Wigeon (In the managed retreat And Mucking Bay), 121 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 65 Grey Plover (Roosting on salt marsh), 3 Turnstone (Roosting in the creek), 867 Dunlin (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), 327 Black-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat), 71 Avocet (Riding out the tide in Mucking Bay), 27 Ringed Plover (Flew into the managed retreat with Dunlin on the falling tide), Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river)
Abberton Reservoir 09 Dec 2018 13:30 - 15:30 sunny cold wind Ashley Gooding 30 Goosander (+, impossible to count properly as in feeding frenzy! ), 3 Great White Egret, 15 Little Egret (all the above LDLH causeway), Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, Black-necked Grebe (all the above from billets farm screen, on return counted 57 Goosander LDLH)
Abberton Reservoir 09 Dec 2018 13:00 - 17:00 windy Mark Webb Bewick's Swan (hide next to gwen hide juvenile with black beak), 6 Goosander (layer breton causeway), 9 Great White Egret (layer breton and layer de la haye causeway and bewicks swan hide), 2 Black-necked Grebe (layer breton), Redshank (layer de la haye), 30 Little Egret (loads in trees), 12 Great Crested Grebe (layer breton)
Thorndon CP (North) 08 Dec 2018 08:15 - 10:15 Sunny, chilly breeze. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 10 Fieldfare (At least.), 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (Including one singing.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch (Female. Possibly two more.)
Tilbury 08 Dec 2018 08:00 - 09:00 Fine and sunny, strong SW wind, LT Paul Larkin 128 Fieldfare (Flock flew west), 135 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 28 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort)
Hanningfield Reservoir 08 Dec 2018 13:00 - 13:15 Overcast and breezy Brian Bolton 2 Tundra Bean Goose (Still from causeway)
Naze, The 08 Dec 2018 07:15 - 12:00 mild, strong westerly wind, mainly clear, rising tide Brian Combes Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, Chinese Muntjac, 2 Snipe, Merlin (Towards Stone Point), Great Crested Grebe (North), 2 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon (Over Horsey Island), 3 Chiffchaff (At least 3 along lane next to sewage works), Cetti's Warbler (Singing in John Weston Reserve), 3 Stonechat (Walton Hall Marshes)
Frinton-on-Sea 08 Dec 2018 08:00 - 14:00 Selected totals Paul Brayshaw 10 Great Skua (south)
Hamford Water 08 Dec 2018 09:00 - 13:00 Viewing from below Little Oakley Paul Brayshaw 16 Marsh Harrier (min roost count, repeatedly 14-16 in the air together), 2 Hen Harrier (Male arrived near roost @ 1530 then sat on saltmarsh before flying into roost @ 1615, ringtail from 1605), Merlin (male), Peregrine Falcon (adult female)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 08 Dec 2018 12:30 - 14:45 Cloudy, shower, high tide. David Curle Pink-footed Goose (In field with brent geese and 1 greylag goose.), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 23 Skylark, Greylag Goose, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Fieldfare, 150 Starling, 5 Golden Plover (In same field as geese.), Marsh Harrier (Male.), 3 Jackdaw, 4 Stock Dove
South Woodham Ferrers 08 Dec 2018 11:00 - 13:00 Bright clouding over Robert Pease Ring-necked Parakeet (Passing through my garden, briefly.)
Hanningfield Reservoir 08 Dec 2018 10:45 - 11:30 Thomas Gilbert Scaup (Male), 10 Goldeneye (+), 4 Goosander (At least), 150 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 20 Lapwing, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 08 Dec 2018 14:45 - 16:00 Some cloud, showers. Breezy. Andrew Cox Mediterranean Gull (Ist winter, with gull flock near slipway.), 10 Avocet (Lagoon), 4 Snipe (Lagoon), 100 Teal (At least, lagoon. Many more around island generally), 35 Wigeon (Lagoon. More around island.), 8 Shoveler (Six on lagoon, two on eastern borrowdyke.), 30 Ringed Plover (At least, mud near slipway.), 4 Grey Plover (On lagoon. More on mudflats.), 100 Dunlin (At least. Many on mudflats), 100 Knot (At least. Many on mudflats.)
Mistley 07 Dec 2018 12:00 - 12:15 High tide, raining and windy. Viewing from midway along walls. Paul Saward 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Shelduck
Sudbury, Suffolk 07 Dec 2018 14:45 - 16:00 clear after rain; windy Martin Peers Sparrowhawk (ALL RECORDS FROM BULMER AREA; female), Woodcock (flushed from ditch), 200 Jackdaw (circa), 300 Rook (circa), 2 Raven, Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer
Abberton Reservoir 07 Dec 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Sunshine and stiff breeze Sean Nixon 4 Smew (incl 1 drake E of LB c/way), 71 Goosander, 8 Great White Egret
West Mersea 07 Dec 2018 14:30 - 15:30 Sean Nixon Black Brant, 2 Great Northern Diver (off Victoria esplanade)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 07 Dec 2018 07:15 - 08:30 Overcast, rain. Breezy. Dunton Plotlands. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher
Vange Marsh RSPB 07 Dec 2018 13:45 - 16:30 Sun & cloud, breezy. Light shower; becoming colder. Andrew Cox 6 Mute Swan (Pair with one well grown cygnet; plus three other adults.), 6 Shelduck, 16 Mallard (At least), 76 Shoveler, 82 Gadwall, 11 Pintail (Five males, six females.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe (At least.), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), 2 Water Rail (At least.)
Wivenhoe 06 Dec 2018 10:00 - 11:00 Richard Allen 5 Goosander (Essex University lake), Jackdaw (prob "soemmerringii" race), 2 Firecrest (In holm oak Woodland Way)
Heybridge GP 06 Dec 2018 10:15 - 12:15 Also 3 Cinnamon Teal (2 males, 1 female) together along southern edge in and out of the reeds. John Sutherby 4 Goldeneye (2 males, 2 females.), Red-necked Grebe (Along southern edge but moved further up around the reeds and out of sight.), Marsh Harrier (Over Northey Island.), 400 Avocet (c. High tide roost on river.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (c. High tide roost on small island.), 4 Greenshank, Kingfisher (Cindy Lawes.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling.)
Chigborough Lakes 06 Dec 2018 10:00 - 11:35 And 12:40 to 13:20. Overcast. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 37 Gadwall, 51 Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 15 Goldfinch (+), Bullfinch (Male, with Goldfinches)
Mistley 06 Dec 2018 14:00 - 14:30 Overcast and darkish, cool but still. All sightings from the shelter. Paul Saward 3 Slavonian Grebe (Three together.), 20 Red-breasted Merganser
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 06 Dec 2018 11:35 - 12:40 Overcast. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 6 Egyptian Goose (Four to begin with, joined by two others before three flew out. Very vocal.), Goldeneye (Male. Flew out during visit.), 18 Cormorant, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker
East Tilbury 06 Dec 2018 08:15 - 12:30 Dull and overcast, light W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 95 Curlew, 112 Teal, 22 Knot, 138 Grey Plover, 356 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 963 Avocet, 2700 Dunlin, 138 Fieldfare, 60 Mallard (All on the fleet), Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier (Juv type), Rock Pipit
Audley End 06 Dec 2018 09:30 - 09:45 overcast Martin Peers Black Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 8 Coot, Bullfinch
Elmdon 06 Dec 2018 09:55 - 11:25 overcast and dull, becoming breezy Martin Peers 100 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 6 Grey Partridge (small covey), 3 Red Kite (Redlands), 2 Buzzard, 150 Lapwing (towards Elmdon village), Barn Owl (Redlands), Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 30 Skylark, 50 Starling, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch (finches noticeably scarce today), 30 Yellowhammer, 34 Corn Bunting (Redlands)
Strethall 06 Dec 2018 11:30 - 13:00 overcast, breezy with rain later Martin Peers 60 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Grey Partridge (pair Strethall Field; one calling elsewhere), 2 Red Kite (Strethall Field), 3 Buzzard, 15 Common Gull (Coploe Hill), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (adult - Strethall Field), 30 Fieldfare (Coploe Hill), 2 Song Thrush (males in song), 6 Linnet (difficult to find today), 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting (Coploe Hill. Also 70 Fallow Deer (2 white harts) Strethall Field)
Rettendon 06 Dec 2018 12:30 - 12:30 Alan Shearring 250 Fieldfare (flew north over the Lodge)
Holland Haven 06 Dec 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Overcast with S-SW breeze, 2 hours seawatch then scrape Matt Turner Great Northern Diver (flying N), 2 Black-throated Diver (1 bird on sea, then 1 flying N 45 mins later (poss same bird?)), 6 Red-throated Diver (2 on sea, 4 N), Great Skua (Flying low N), 3 Common Scoter (flying S), 4 Brent Goose (3 S, injured Juv near scrape), Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Calling, 2 close front of main hide)
Warley 05 Dec 2018 12:00 - 12:15 overcast Andrew Stroud Blackcap (male feeding in ivy on edge of La Plata Wood, Brentwood Town Centre)
Hanningfield Reservoir 05 Dec 2018 10:30 - 12:00 Steve Wilkinson Scaup (Female), Peregrine Falcon (Viewed from hide hunting ducks), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Frinton-on-Sea 05 Dec 2018 08:00 - 15:00 S4-SW2, rain early am clearing. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated Paul Brayshaw 62 Red-throated Diver (north), 2 Black-throated Diver (north), 3 Eider (1N 2S), 2 Velvet Scoter (@ 1230), 2 Great Skua (north @ 1245, 1433), 4 Whooper Swan (Probable - high flying adult large swans N over coastal strip@ 1132 - too directly overhead to confirm!), 28 Guillemot (including groups of 6,4 and 8. Majority soon after the rain ceased), Black Guillemot (1st winter @ 1040 close-mid range)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 04 Dec 2018 12:30 - 12:30 Generally overcast, still withoccasional sun. Tide just going out. Paul Saward Green Sandpiper (On splodge. Distant but clearly teetering hence id.)
Colne Pt 04 Dec 2018 15:00 - 16:00 Quick look around sunset Matt Turner 300 Golden Plover (+ roosting on mudbank), 11 Curlew (Feeding and calling), Ringed Plover (Heard calling, not seen), 7 Grey Plover, Common Gull, Stonechat (Female), 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit