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Tilbury 22 Oct 2021 08:00 - 09:00 Large cloud bank, later clearing to the SE, SW wind Paul Larkin 736 Wood Pigeon (Initially moving SW then turning SE over the river), 107 Teal (On foreshore near the STW outfall)
East Tilbury 21 Oct 2021 08:15 - 13:30 Strong WNW wind, variable cloud, rising tide Paul Larkin 18 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 53 Curlew, 102 Grey Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 780 Avocet, 483 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 59 Shelduck, 33 Wigeon, 4 Mute Swan, 19 Magpie (Single flock), Marsh Harrier (Female type), 6 Shoveler, Little Stint, 8 Gadwall, 66 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Stonechat, 13 Brambling (Single flock feeding in leaf litter), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet
Wix 21 Oct 2021 11:20 - 11:20 Fresh NW breeze James Davidson 2 Swallow (Flew through SW)
TL9230 21 Oct 2021 15:30 - 16:00 Sunny Steve Hallam Peregrine Falcon (Female, checking out the finches feeding in seed strips on the north side of the airfield), Green Sandpiper (On side of irrigation lagoon on the south side of the airfield)
Naze, The 21 Oct 2021 07:15 - 11:00 strong westerly wind, overcast with some sharp showers, cool, high tide Brian Combes 3 Goldcrest, 9 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 25 Goldfinch (South), Fieldfare (West), Sparrowhawk, 18 Meadow Pipit, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, feeding on foreshore), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Redwing (West), 150 Wood Pigeon (+, feeding on fields west of the double hedge ), Snipe (West), Chiffchaff, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 45 Starling (West), Guillemot (On the sea)
Beckton 21 Oct 2021 09:30 - 12:00 Cloudy, fresh NW wind Gary A James 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 24 Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Sabine's Gull (Adult upriver @ 09.48)
The Naze at Walton 20 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk Steve Grimwade Spotted Flycatcher, Red-throated Diver, Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Song Thrush
Hanningfield Reservoir 20 Oct 2021 16:45 - 17:00 Bright and dry. David Curle Black-necked Grebe (Seen from causeway favouring NW end.)
Witham 20 Oct 2021 15:30 - 15:45 River Walk David L Smith 2 Mandarin Duck (Pair on duck pond), Sparrowhawk (Male)
Great Totham 20 Oct 2021 10:00 - 10:01 Great Totham South. Malcolm Corbett Sparrowhawk (Juvenile briefly rested on feeding station after unsuccessful attempt at local House Sparrows that visit in numbers up to 40 at a time.)
Thorndon CP (South) 20 Oct 2021 14:30 - 15:15 Sun & clouds. Breezy, warm. Andrew Cox Kestrel, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker
Abberton Reservoir 20 Oct 2021 10:00 - 14:00 Oliver Cottis 2 Egyptian Goose, 8 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 30 Pintail, 9 Red-crested Pochard (LDLH Causeway), 8 Goldeneye, Goosander (LDLH Causeway, 10:00), 130 Ringed Plover, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ruff, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper (hide bay), 2 Spotted Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 10 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier (fem type), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven (flew north from Layer Church), 20 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Common Tern (probably same individual, seen from Island Hide and Wig Bay)
Holland Haven 20 Oct 2021 14:00 - 16:30 Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk Steve Grimwade 2 Stonechat, 18 Snipe, 3 Buzzard, Marsh Harrier
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 20 Oct 2021 14:30 - 16:20 Dry, bright, very windy Paul Everett 50 Wigeon (+), 100 Teal (+), 7 Redshank, 2 Greylag Goose, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Little Egret, Shelduck, Shoveler, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Turnstone, 4 Grey Plover, Green Woodpecker
Abberton Reservoir 20 Oct 2021 16:40 - 17:05 Dry, bright, windy LBC Paul Everett 7 Egyptian Goose, 2 Teal (Pair. ), 3 Moorhen, 2 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, Baikal Teal (Cross breed with Teal)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 19 Oct 2021 10:00 - 12:00 high tide 12.30pm. windy SW Liz Huxley 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 200 Golden Plover (+), 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, Ruff, 20 Ringed Plover (+), Kestrel
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 19 Oct 2021 12:30 - 16:30 Sun & clouds. Warm; gusty breeze. Andrew Cox Kestrel (Immature.), Peregrine Falcon (Adult.), 80 Ringed Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 360 Grey Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 500 Dunlin (At least. East of slipway.), 25 Turnstone (Ròsting on a boat near the slipway.), Greenshank (Lagoon.), 72 Black-headed Gull (Slipway area. More elsewhere.), 30 Common Gull (Slipway area. More elsewhere.), 2 Rock Pipit (Near slipway.)
Naze, The 19 Oct 2021 07:00 - 11:00 very mild, overcast but mainly dry, strong SW wind Brian Combes 10 Blackbird, 21 Redwing (Moving inland, including a flock of 14), 8 Chiffchaff (Including at least 4 with one of the tit flocks ), 15 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 300 Wood Pigeon (+, including 250+ feeding in the fields west of double hedge), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch and 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 8 Skylark (West), 2 Gannet (South, 1 adult, 1 immature), 7 Goldcrest, 7 Goldfinch (South), 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Chaffinch (South), Swallow (South), 2 Song Thrush
Mersea Island 19 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Seen Dougal urquhart Strood channel Stephen Entwistle 2 Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, 20 Blackbird (Plus), Blackcap, Small Copper (Worn my west Mersea garden SE.)
Layer Breton 19 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Dry, sunny very windy Michael Davies 3 Mute Swan, 3 Lapwing, 20 Black-headed Gull, 10 Greylag Goose, 20 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100 Tufted Duck, Coot
Wrabness 19 Oct 2021 14:45 - 16:00 Overcast Peter Brittain 80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimated ), 150 Wigeon (At least), 10 Oystercatcher, 8 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 15 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, Jay, Kestrel, 3 Great Crested Grebe
Mersea Island 18 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Sightings Dougal urquhart/Martin cock. Stephen Entwistle Red-throated Diver (Off Coopers beach DU.), Peregrine Falcon (Rewsells marsh DU. ), Rock Pipit (Coopers beach.), 2 Kingfisher (Maydays seawall sluice MC.), Little Owl (Maydays. ), 2 Buzzard (Maydays. ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Maydays. ), 2 Sparrowhawk (Maydays. ), Mistle Thrush (Cudmore carpark SE.)
Dovercourt 18 Oct 2021 12:00 - 12:02 Simon Banks Jay (One bird flying west, high, just behind my garden. Not a usual Dovercourt/Harwich bird. Strongly suspect it had just come in off the North Sea.)
Naze, The 18 Oct 2021 07:00 - 11:30 mild, mainly overcast, southerly wind Brian Combes 285 Wood Pigeon (+, including a flock of 40+ in off ), Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 north of escarpment and 2 John Weston Reserve ), Pallas's Warbler (Undercliff below Sunny Point, favouring a stand of birch but mobile and very elusive, seen at 8:40 when calling a lot and 11:00 when it wasn’t. An absolute delight (Thanks Nik!)), 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 85 Starling (In off), 19 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 15 Goldfinch (South), 2 Redpoll sp. (South), 2 Chinese Muntjac
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 18 Oct 2021 11:30 - 16:30 High tide c11:40 - highlights David L Smith 2 Water Rail (One seen and another heard), Kingfisher, Merlin (Male - Geedon Marsh), 5 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Buzzard (+), 3 Kestrel (+), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ ), Stonechat
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester 18 Oct 2021 16:00 - 16:00 Oliver Cottis Brambling (closely associating with a pair of chaffinch, amongst a larger flock of tits (Butcher's Wood)), 2 Chaffinch, 17 Blue Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (quite late. With some long-tailed tits), 35 Skylark (roughly), 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, Kestrel, Buzzard, 5 Goldfinch, Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 150 Jackdaw (at-least)
Wivenhoe 18 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Dry, breezy, cloudy Michael Davies Kestrel, 4 House Sparrow, Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Goose
East Tilbury 18 Oct 2021 12:30 - 12:35 Overcast south wind Paul Larkin White Stork (Seen circling low and moving west near Bowater’s Farm the bird has primary missing from the right wing)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 17 Oct 2021 09:00 - 14:15 Overcast, light SSE wind, over the HT Paul Larkin 7 Stonechat (Pairs by the VC, the VC approach road, by the railway line and a male by the pit to the south of the tip), 48 Curlew (In the managed retreat), Pintail (Female with Shelduck in Mucking Bay), Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 45 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 5 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 171 Teal (In the managed retreat), 177 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 2 Mute Swan (In the managed retreat), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat and Stanford Creek), 29 Mallard (In the managed retreat), Peregrine Falcon (Over the VC), 14 Pochard (Golden Gates), 39 Tufted Duck (Golden Gates), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 25 Shoveler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Golden Gates), Water Rail (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 171 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 41 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 208 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay)
Mersea Island 17 Oct 2021 14:00 - 14:15 Seen by Dougal urquhart Stephen Entwistle 6 Cattle Egret (Seen from Mersea side of pye fleet, flown west from Langenhoe ranges ,after one seen sitting on a cow.)
Frinton-on-Sea 17 Oct 2021 09:53 - 10:53 Clear, brisk wind from SSW. Simon Banks 55 Wigeon (flew south between 10.12 and 10.16), Gannet (Flew south, 10.20), Lesser Black-backed Gull
Copford 17 Oct 2021 11:00 - 12:00 Pits Wood Oliver Cottis Mandarin Duck (Female on pond), 2 Mallard, 200 Wood Pigeon (large flocks over the farmland), 2 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, Jay, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 3 Meadow Pipit, Linnet
Thorndon CP (South) 17 Oct 2021 08:15 - 09:40 Cloudy, cool. Andrew Cox 2 Egyptian Goose (Flying over.), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Heard calling, Rookery Wood.), Grey Wagtail (Near Hatch Farm. Perched on a horse trough.), 2 Redwing, 17 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Goldfinch (At least. Car park.), 2 Yellowhammer (Car park hedge.)
Dovercourt 17 Oct 2021 12:50 - 14:30 Mainly sunny, but a few drops of rain. Tide fairly far out. Brisk wind from SW easing. Simon Banks Yellow-browed Warbler (In bushes behind seawall from caravan park to Bramble Island, SW of reservoir and just before footpath to Little Oakley. Very actively and noisily feeding at about 1:15; not to be seen on my return later.), Stonechat, 188 Brent Goose, Kestrel (Male), 20 Linnet, Stock Dove
Bradwell-on-Sea 17 Oct 2021 09:00 - 16:00 Selected highlights from EBwS Field Trip Steve Grimwade Merlin (1cy male), 2 Marsh Harrier, Gannet, 6 Common Scoter, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Brambling, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Bearded Tit, Water Rail, Peregrine Falcon, 12 Corn Bunting
Wormingford, Colchester 17 Oct 2021 09:45 - 10:45 Neil Murphy 120 Skylark, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Meadow Pipit, 550 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer, 30 Corn Bunting
Mersea Island 17 Oct 2021 09:00 - 19:30 Sightings by dougal urquhart/Andy field. Second update Stephen Entwistle 2 Knot (Ivy dock. ), 4 Green Sandpiper (3 reeves hall, 1 maydays. ), Greenshank (Strood ), 16 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe point roost AF.), 2 Buzzard (Langenhoe point .), Short-eared Owl (Over on Langenhoe DU.), 2 Merlin (Langenhoe point roost AF. 1 hard coast road DU.), Peregrine Falcon (Langenhoe point roost AF.), Reed Warbler (Ivy dock. ), 1000 Starling (Reeves hall marsh. ), 2 Stonechat (A pr golf house.)
Abberton Reservoir 17 Oct 2021 17:00 - 18:30 With Matt Turner Steve Grimwade 4 Cattle Egret, 29 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail
Frinton-on-Sea 16 Oct 2021 07:00 - 16:30 S1-2 later sw3 8/8 Paul Brayshaw 439 Wigeon, 32 Red-throated Diver (29s 3n), 181 Starling, 1095 Goldfinch (In 73 flocks. Passage stopped my 1215), 87 Siskin, 282 Chaffinch, 36 Skylark, 35 Brambling, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 74 Meadow Pipit, 146 Linnet, 2 Arctic Skua, 54 Gannet (46n 8s), 2 Guillemot, 6 Sandwich Tern (2n 4s), 3 Redpoll sp., 2 Sparrowhawk (Singles in off), 24 Reed Bunting, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (High flying singles), 27 Jay, Black-throated Diver
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water 16 Oct 2021 17:15 - 18:30 Paul Brayshaw 15 Marsh Harrier (Bramble island roost - interestingly no ad or subad males), 5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (Calling from reeds and borrowdyke), 4 Bearded Tit (In reedbed), Tawny Owl, 43 Little Egret (Little Oakley quay roost), Great White Egret (Little Oakley quay roost), 4 Cattle Egret (Little Oakley quay roost - rather a surprise given local scarcity)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 16 Oct 2021 16:15 - 17:15 Fine and dry Paul Everett 269 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 5 Wigeon, Pintail, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Cormorant
Naze, The 16 Oct 2021 07:00 - 12:40 gentle SE wind swinging round to SW, mainly overcast, mild, high tide Brian Combes 6 Chiffchaff, 27 Meadow Pipit, 287 Wood Pigeon (+), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 3 John Weston Reserve and 1 by the drain on the northern edge of Walton Hall Marshes (not heard here before)), 2 Goldcrest, 8 Jay, 4 Sparrowhawk (Including 2 moving slowly south just offshore, first thing), 19 Skylark (In off ), 3 Redwing, 15 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Red-throated Diver (South), 3 Buzzard, 153 Oystercatcher (Roosting on Stone Point ), Short-eared Owl (West over marshes, probably freshly in), 2 Stonechat (Pair, just north of decoy ponds), Great White Egret (West over Walton Channel and Horsey Island ), 3 Marsh Harrier, 321 Starling (In off and continuing west, mainly in small groups mid morning onwards )
Wivenhoe 16 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Dry, cloudy, low tide Michael Davies 40 Canada Goose, Curlew, 4 Magpie, 2 Teal, 4 Redshank, 8 Lapwing, 4 Greylag Goose
Abberton Reservoir 16 Oct 2021 12:00 - 16:00 Mild Yvonne Watling 5 Spotted Redshank (Wig bay), 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ruff, 8 Snipe (Around reservoir ), 50 Pintail, 9 Goosander, Cattle Egret (In cow field ), 25 Great White Egret (Wigbay), 30 Goldeneye, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 20 Egyptian Goose, 400 Cormorant (Rough estimate ), 3 Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester 16 Oct 2021 14:30 - 16:00 Oliver Cottis 70 Skylark (enormous flock on the fields), 3 Meadow Pipit, 60 Lapwing (flock in flight), 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Sparrowhawk (pair circling together), Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail (flying over. Good local record), 3 Jay
Mersea Island 16 Oct 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Sightings by DU (,unless added extra). Stephen Entwistle Little Owl (Cross lane. ), Merlin (Waldegraves. ), Short-eared Owl (High Over rewsells marsh.), Cetti's Warbler (Youth camp. ), 300 Golden Plover (Rewsells marsh. ), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells marsh. ), Rock Pipit (Rewsells marsh. )
Thorndon CP (South) 16 Oct 2021 08:00 - 09:15 Cloudy, cool. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Heading north.), 3 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 6 Mistle Thrush (At least. Close to car park.), 10 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 4 Linnet
Harwich 16 Oct 2021 08:00 - 11:00 2/8 then clouded over Andrew Goodey Yellow-browed Warbler (In amongst tit flock; a year to the day since I had one here), 2 Goldcrest, Siskin, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 4 Jay, 4 Blackbird
Beeleigh 15 Oct 2021 17:30 - 17:30 David Torrice Cattle Egret (In field with cows between weir and museum of power.)