Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
South Woodham Ferrers 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Saltcoats Marsh, sunny, bright and warm. Robert Pease Cetti's Warbler (Calling), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), Reed Bunting, Cuckoo (Calling)
Hanningfield Reservoir 20 Apr 2019 09:00 - 09:45 Sunny, cool wind Andrew Wilson Garganey (Drake from Rawl Hide. )
Kelvedon Hatch 20 Apr 2019 10:20 - 10:25 David Jobbins Red Kite (High east at 10.20am)
Twinstead 20 Apr 2019 07:00 - 09:00 sunny; warming up after cool start Martin Peers 10 Red-legged Partridge (5 pairs), Little Grebe (male), 5 Stock Dove (territories - my first complete survey here), Kestrel (male on church tower), Goldcrest (singing male), Marsh Tit (singing male in usual territory), 2 Swallow (territories), 12 Chiffchaff (territorial males), 14 Blackcap (territorial males), Lesser Whitethroat (male back on territory), Nuthatch (singing - village), 7 Song Thrush (territories - my first complete count), 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males - village [2018= 1]), Nightingale (male - continued decline here: part of territory chopped down and planted with "lollipop" trees), 20 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer (4 pairs - first complete survey here)
Langford, near Maldon 20 Apr 2019 09:20 - 10:30 Sunny, warm Stephen Shelley Cuckoo (Heard not seen), Greenfinch (First one seen this year), Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (At least; heard not seen), 5 Chiffchaff (At least; more heard), 6 Blackcap (At least - four seen at once; more heard), 2 Linnet, Swallow, Buzzard, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck (Three pairs)
Thorndon CP (North) 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox Kestrel (Leaving nest site.), Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), Garden Warbler (Singing Male. Possibly two.), Willow Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (At least.), Goldfinch (Singing male.), Linnet (Singing Male.)
Thorndon CP (South) 20 Apr 2019 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), Linnet
Beckton 20 Apr 2019 07:15 - 10:30 Sunny/clear light east wind Gary A James 3 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 8 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Matt Turner Marsh Harrier (Female flying east), Whimbrel (To east of bridge), Knot (Single winter plumage still present)
Moverons, near Brightlingsea 20 Apr 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Chris Poole Raven (While watching a high flying prey carrying M Harrier the Raven appeared from above, briefly harried it & then carried on its way W. over Colne ), 12 Sedge Warbler (Singing males), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males), Nightingale (Singing), 5 Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males), Cuckoo (Calling), Marsh Harrier (Male), 14 Lapwing (At least 7 pairs some displaying & sitting), 30 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing)
Danbury Common 20 Apr 2019 10:00 - 10:30 Thomas Gilbert 8 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (Singing near car park), 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Sedge Warbler
Maldon 20 Apr 2019 12:00 - 13:30 High tide, sightings from Promenade Park Thomas Gilbert 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, Oystercatcher, Reed Warbler (Singing in reeds on lake), 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Tern, Little Grebe (On lake), Swallow
Naze, The 20 Apr 2019 06:10 - 10:30 clear, warm, northerly wind, rising tide, 22 species in song Brian Combes 11 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Whimbrel, 35 Sand Martin (+, around colony), 2 Wheatear, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 3 south of John Weston Reserve, 2 around the Reserve, 1 by decoy ponds and 1 in drainage ditch north of those ponds), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing), Fulmar (South), Cuckoo (Singing from Walton Hall Marshes, first of the spring ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing, Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Buzzard, 21 Golden Plover (Walton Hall Marshes ), Chinese Muntjac, Red Fox (On salt marsh north of Cormorant Creek, jumped creek and made its way south across the mud)
Wrabness 20 Apr 2019 15:00 - 16:00 Kevin Colling 2 Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroat
Clacton-on-Sea 20 Apr 2019 10:45 - 11:00 Full sun, warm with very light breeze Tony Faulkner Buzzard (Soaring over Waterglade Retail Park, being mobbed by gulls.)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 14:30 Fine and sunny, light E wind, HT Paul Larkin 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Greylag Goose (Four on the tip, eight Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the approach road), 2 Cuckoo (One by the creek, one Golden Gates), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 8 Blackcap (One by the creek, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Chiffchaff (One by the outer car park, two Golden Gates), Fieldfare (Golden Gates), 33 Coot (10 in the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 52 Tufted Duck (44(20 drakes) Golden Gates, eight (5 drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Pochard (Including 3 drakes Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Reed Warbler (Golden Gates), 7 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults and 1st and 2nd summers hawking insects over the tip), 3 Buzzard (Soaring over the tip), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 538 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 3 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 254 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 15 Teal (In the managed retreat), 3 Common Tern (On the river), Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 45 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 122 Redshank (In the managed retreat)
Rowney Wood, Debden 20 Apr 2019 15:00 - 17:00 Lovely 23 deg Stephen Dutton 10 Blackcap (singing males), 6 Willow Warbler (Singing males out numbering singing Chiffchaff, including interesting interaction. Willow Warbler “hovering “ and trilling as they chased around the favoured trees), Garden Warbler (Singing high from tree top ), Cuckoo (Heard only from east side of wood.), Buzzard
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 20 Apr 2019 16:30 - 18:00 Sightings from Galleywood Common Thomas Gilbert 5 Speckled Wood, 40 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 12 Blackcap (At least), Goldcrest (Singing), 2 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mallard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only), 3 Song Thrush (2 heard, 1 seen), 4 Mistle Thrush, 20 Robin, 20 Blackbird, 4 Chaffinch (Singing), Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 6 Swallow, Jay, 2 Greenfinch
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 20 Apr 2019 10:45 - 16:00 sunny, few clouds, occasional light breeze; warm Mark Gregory Cattle Egret (mobile on Purfleet Marshes), 3 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (2 males+ female - Butts scrape), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 2 Hobby (behind shooting butts), Sparrowhawk, Snipe, 2 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Avocet, 3 Ruff (target pools), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults east along Thames), Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (seen + more singing), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat
Elsenham 20 Apr 2019 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny Anthony Gales Blackcap (Male singing)
Broomhouse, Langham 19 Apr 2019 07:45 - 08:30 warm and sunny Martin Peers 2 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall (2 pairs), 30 Teal, Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing (2 pairs [failed elsewhere?] - males displaying), 3 Redshank (pair + guarding male), Snipe, Goldcrest (Broomhouse farm), House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (males), 4 Sedge Warbler (singing males [my best here since 2016]), 3 Reed Warbler (singing males), 3 Reed Bunting (territories)
Beckton 19 Apr 2019 07:45 - 10:30 Sunny warm Light east wind Gary A James 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (North 08.20), Greenshank, 8 Mediterranean Gull (over), Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern, 5 Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap
Hanningfield Reservoir 19 Apr 2019 09:00 - 13:00 David Jobbins Garganey (Drake from RAWL hide)
Rayne 19 Apr 2019 13:00 - 13:45 Sunny light breeze Chris Turner 4 Crane (Circling over Rayne heading towards gt Leighs and chelmsford), 2 Buzzard
Tilbury 19 Apr 2019 10:00 - 12:00 Fine and sunny, light E wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 26 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 4 Teal (On STW outfall)
Burnham-on-Crouch 19 Apr 2019 07:00 - 09:00 Sunny spring morning, Burnham Wick area Steven Swaby 6 Whitethroat (singing males), Cetti's Warbler (singing male still on territory), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 5 Swallow, Spotted Redshank (Calling over Crouch towards Wallasea), Turnstone, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 2 Wheatear (male and female), 24 Corn Bunting (including 14 singing individuals)
Abberton Reservoir 19 Apr 2019 09:30 - 17:15 Dry, warm, sunny, 20c. S breeze. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 8 Nightingale (Circa. VC entrance old road, alive with song & showing birds.), 4 Blackcap (2 pair. Probably more. Old road.), 6 Chiffchaff (Circa. Heard only. Old road.), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm.), 20 Skylark (Circa.), 15 Common Tern (At least.), 2 Swallow (Billets Farm.), 4 Goldeneye (I drake, 3 female. LBC.), 2 Scaup (Pair, LDH.), 20 Little Egret (Circa, LBC.), 9 Grey Heron, 4 Mallard (Females with broods of 1,4,7 & 10. ), Common Sandpiper (Billets Farm screen. ), 3 Greenshank (2 LDH, 1 Wig Bay screen.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Buzzard (LBC.), 2 Wigeon (Pair.), Ring-necked Duck
Abberton Reservoir 19 Apr 2019 08:15 - 10:00 sunny and warm light breeze Ashley Gooding Willow Warbler (singing East of LDLH causeway), 3 Scaup (2 males and 1 female East of LDLH causeway), Cuckoo (flew over billets screen), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults high over billets screen), 2 Corn Bunting (males singing billets), Whitethroat (snatch of song near billets), Green Sandpiper (LDLH causeway edge)
Fingringhoe Mill 19 Apr 2019 10:15 - 11:15 sunny and warm light breeze Ashley Gooding 2 Mediterranean Gull ((all sightings from just West of mill)adults high over), 2 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Little Ringed Plover (pair seen mating), Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Sedge Warbler (singing), 3 Buzzard
Fingringhoe GP 19 Apr 2019 11:30 - 12:00 sunny and warm light breeze Ashley Gooding 50 Sand Martin (+or - lots of holes being excavated), Peregrine Falcon (male flew in to attack Sand Martins), 3 Buzzard (together distantly)
Elsenham 19 Apr 2019 19:00 - 19:15 Sunny Anthony Gales 2 Yellow Wagtail (First sighting here in 15 years)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 19 Apr 2019 17:30 - 18:30 Sunny evening, all the usual birds from bridge Matt Turner Knot (winter plumage Knot still feeding by bridge), 5 Avocet, Peregrine Falcon (On top of pylon), 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Langham 19 Apr 2019 09:30 - 09:30 Sunny Matt Turner Swift (Seen briefly whilst stuck in traffic on A12)
Danbury Common 19 Apr 2019 16:45 - 18:15 David Pallash 6 Nightingale (Singing males - maybe more), 8 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Jay, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Slow-worm, Grass Snake, Adder
Great Totham 19 Apr 2019 21:40 - 21:40 Malcolm Corbett Barn Owl (Calling. North of Captains Wood.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 19 Apr 2019 11:00 - 13:30 Sunny and warm Emma Robinson 5 Nightingale (Heard and one seen), 8 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff
Warley 18 Apr 2019 18:30 - 19:30 Andrew Stroud Wheatear (female - Tyler's common), 2 Swallow (Boyle's Court), 3 Redwing (Dark Lane), Goldcrest (singing - Dark Lane), 20 Starling (Boyle's Court), 5 Fieldfare (in grazing fields - Boyle's Court), 30 Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush
Backwarden, Danbury 18 Apr 2019 08:45 - 10:15 Paul Gymer Buzzard, 2 Nightingale, Willow Warbler
Danbury Common 18 Apr 2019 08:45 - 10:30 Paul Gymer Cuckoo, 3 Nightingale
Chigborough Lakes 18 Apr 2019 10:10 - 12:15 Sunny, warm, light ESE wind. Malcolm Corbett 8 Mute Swan (Pairs nesting on Main and Pochard Lakes. Pairs on Bean Mere and private lake just south of reserve.), Garganey (Male. Gadwall Lake. Briefly out in open for good views at 11:00 then very elusive.), 5 Mallard (Pair with three young. Gadwall Lake.), 4 Little Grebe (Pairs on Main and Pochard Lakes.), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Pair nesting Gadwall Lake. Pair Pochard Lake.), 10 Grey Heron (+. Heronry.), 20 Little Egret (+. Heronry.), 50 Cormorant (Circa. Heronry. 20+ occupied nests.), Buzzard (Heard only.), 2 Collared Dove (Pair.), Cuckoo (Calling from Rook Hall.), Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 4 Cetti's Warbler (One seen, three heard only. All near Main Lake.), 11 Chiffchaff (Five singing, others contact calls only.), Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 14 Blackcap (All males.), Whitethroat, 13 Wren (Singing.), 8 Robin (Singing.), 2 Chaffinch (Pair.), 2 Brimstone (Male and female. Large, Small and Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma and Speckled Wood also seen.)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 18 Apr 2019 09:20 - 10:10 And 12:15 to 12:45. Sunny, warm, light ESE wind. Malcolm Corbett 4 Mute Swan (Pairs on large and small lake.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Flew from large lake.), 15 Shelduck, 10 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), Chiffchaff (Singing.), 6 Blackcap (Singing.), Song Thrush (Singing.), Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting (Female.)
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 18 Apr 2019 09:40 - 14:30 Sunny, light NE wind. Simon Satchell 2 Snipe, 23 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 8 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, Barn Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (2 male, 2 female), 21 Redshank, 12 Skylark (+), 2 Curlew, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 10 Reed Bunting (+), Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, 4 Whitethroat, Whimbrel, Raven, 10 Swallow, Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit (+, heard)
Heybridge GP 18 Apr 2019 09:00 - 13:00 sunny and warm Robert Pease 5 Common Tern, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler (Heard only), Sedge Warbler (Heard only)
Wrabness 18 Apr 2019 15:30 - 15:30 Peter Brittain 4 Whimbrel (Flying very close inshore )
Naze, The 18 Apr 2019 06:00 - 10:15 misty then clear, easterly wind, mild, rising tide, 21 species in song Brian Combes 8 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Whitethroat (Singing), 25 Sand Martin (+, around colony ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 around John Weston Reserve and 3 south of it), 12 Swallow (A trickle moving north), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), Wheatear, Brambling (North), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler (Singing), Buzzard, 7 House Martin (North ), Chinese Muntjac
Naze, The 18 Apr 2019 06:40 - 06:50 Brian Combes Chiffchaff (ACTUALLY IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF BUT THIS SITE STILL UNABLE TO ACCEPT THIS SPECIES. Bird singing by farm pond at 6:40 for a few minutes before disappearing. Relocated by other birders later in the morning and photographed by Simon Cox. )
Goldhanger 18 Apr 2019 12:15 - 12:30 Sunny David Pallash Cuckoo (Flew over car)
Vange Marsh RSPB 18 Apr 2019 17:00 - 18:45 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox Marsh Harrier (Adult Male.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe (At least.), 2 Whimbrel (Settled for a while, before flying off.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx.), 4 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, Spotted Redshank (Moulting into summer plumage.), Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow (At least.), 20 Sand Martin (At least.), Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (Singing, western end. Not seen.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least. Western end.)
Naze, The 18 Apr 2019 17:00 - 18:00 Frest easterly blowing but clear and dry Lee G R Evans Mediterranean Gull (Adult summer paired up with Black-headed Gull), 10 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 10 House Sparrow, 10 Greenfinch, 30 Starling