Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 15 Feb 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Sunny but cold, splodge frozen - all sightings from bridge Matt Turner 11 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 7 Redshank, 4 Little Grebe, Carrion Crow (Eating dead black headed gull on frozen splodge!), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Great Black-backed Gull (Flew over and sent the Lapwing up), 300 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Greylag Goose, 15 Canada Goose, Red-legged Partridge (In distant field), Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Cormorant, 3 Stock Dove
Great Totham 15 Feb 2019 14:00 - 14:15 Calm, sunny, clear sky. Malcolm Corbett 9 Buzzard (Up together over Gt. Totham South.)
Colchester 15 Feb 2019 15:00 - 15:15 Sunny and mild Sean Nixon 2 Stock Dove (In town centre back garden)
Stow Marsh 15 Feb 2019 11:30 - 15:45 Sunny warm. Low tide. Peacock butterfly on saltmarsh Alan Shearring 49 Mute Swan (Marsh Farm), 67 Little Grebe (in Crouch), Marsh Harrier (female hunting Marsh Farm), 40 Ringed Plover, 700 Golden Plover, 1150 Dunlin, Merlin (female chasing waders Brandy Hole), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Avocet, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in scattered mobile flocks), 900 Teal, 800 Wigeon, 750 Stock Dove, 101 Grey Plover (good count this far up the Crouch), 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (a very confiding individual allowing approach within 30 feet, hunting the borrow dykes)
Wickford 15 Feb 2019 09:30 - 10:30 Dry, bright, cold & calm. Back garden sightings. David Hale Blackcap (Female, feasting on apple, suet & Sunflower hearts.), 2 Robin, 6 Goldfinch, Blackbird (Male.), 2 Dunnock, 9 Starling, 2 Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, 2 Collared Dove
Easton Lodge, near Dunmow 14 Feb 2019 08:30 - 08:45 Fog Andrew Goodey 2 Grey Partridge
Chigborough Lakes 14 Feb 2019 10:00 - 11:20 And 13:20 to 14:00. Early fog clearing to sunny, clear sky. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 20 Shoveler (Pochard Lake.), 19 Gadwall (17 Pochard Lake, 2 Teal Pond.), 5 Pochard (Pochard lake.), 16 Tufted Duck (Pochard Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair, Pochard Lake.), 7 Grey Heron (Heronry), 25 Cormorant (+.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Displaying. Seen from Lofts Farm.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. 2 seen, 2 heard drumming.), Song Thrush, 8 Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch (Male.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair, male singing.), Reed Bunting (Male.)
Slough House Farm, near Heybridge 14 Feb 2019 12:05 - 12:10 Sunny, calm, clear sky. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett Sparrowhawk (Female.), Mistle Thrush (Singing. )
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 14 Feb 2019 12:15 - 13:20 Calm, sunny, clear sky. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe (Pair), 7 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. 3 pair.), Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Inc. 2 singing males.)
Eastwood, near Southend-on-Sea 14 Feb 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Sunny and mild for time of year Peter Heath Little Owl
Dedham 14 Feb 2019 17:30 - 17:30 Quick look in usual spot on way back from excellent day in Brecks Matt Turner Little Owl
Tilbury 14 Feb 2019 14:30 - 16:00 Fine and sunny, S wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 121 Teal (On STW outfall), 81 Gadwall (On STW outfall), Oystercatcher (On STW outfall), 4 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort)
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT 14 Feb 2019 14:00 - 17:00 Sunny and clear. David Allen Marsh Harrier, 600 Knot, 310 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Turnstone, 10 Ringed Plover (by pill box), Little Grebe, 350 Lapwing, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (distantly), 3 Meadow Pipit, 120 Grey Plover, 700 Golden Plover, 150 Teal, 1350 Wigeon, 2150 Dunlin (honestly!), 2 Sanderling (by pill box), 11 Shelduck, 7 Redshank, 22 Curlew, 60 Greylag Goose, 4 Skylark
Abberton Reservoir 14 Feb 2019 11:00 - 13:30 Sunny and clear. David Allen 3 Great White Egret, 5 Scaup (2 males), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Corn Bunting (Abberton Church), 4 Yellowhammer (Abberton Church), 5 Goosander, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 40 Shoveler, 2 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Little Egret
Layer Breton 14 Feb 2019 17:15 - 17:30 Clear. David Allen Little Owl
Wivenhoe 13 Feb 2019 11:45 - 13:15 Keith Brooke 2 Lesser Redpoll (In trees by smaller fishing lake / old gravel pit.), Stock Dove, 5 Reed Bunting (In bushes/trees behind Paddock Way; not regular here, but a small group has been here for at least a week now.), Black-tailed Godwit (Still on flood pond near Keelar's Lane. Up to two have been here for several weeks.)
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury 13 Feb 2019 09:15 - 10:45 fine and sunny Martin Peers 4 Red-legged Partridge (all records for BULMER parish), 4 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 3 Green Woodpecker (males - stable), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Goldcrest (song), 2 Coal Tit (territories - Auberies), 17 Skylark (males [2017= 21]), Nuthatch (song - Auberies), 25 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush (singing males [7]), Mistle Thrush (singing male - Auberies), 40 House Sparrow (village), 50 Chaffinch (circa - game mix Sandy Lane), 4 Greenfinch (males [5]), 30 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet (circa - Sandy Lane), 18 Yellowhammer (2 males in weak song), 10 Reed Bunting (Sandy Lane)
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury 13 Feb 2019 10:45 - 12:00 mild and sunny Martin Peers 3 Mute Swan (last year's family), 10 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Buzzard, Stock Dove (singing male at church), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit (territorial bird), 3 Skylark (males [2017= 2]), Nuthatch (church), 5 Song Thrush (singing males [5]), 10 Redwing, Mistle Thrush (singing male [1]), 2 Jay, 10 Yellowhammer (oilseed rape)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 13 Feb 2019 10:00 - 12:00 lovely spring morning. low tide Liz Huxley 2 Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel (male), 10 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit (flock c20 behind intertidal area), 5 Ringed Plover, 400 Lapwing (approx), 2 Song Thrush, 30 Linnet (+), 12 Lesser Redpoll (c12 feeding in birches), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Totham 13 Feb 2019 15:45 - 16:30 All Gt. Totham South. Malcolm Corbett 32 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit, 20 male.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (St. Peter's churchyard.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing. One School Rd, one Bog Grove, one heard only South Wood.), 45 House Sparrow (+. 20+ Captain's Wood. 25+ Prince of Wales Rd.)
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT 13 Feb 2019 09:00 - 15:30 Steve Grimwade Peregrine Falcon (Immature Male ), Hen Harrier (Female ), Merlin (Female), 8 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 14 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, Cetti's Warbler (Heard), Barn Owl, 5 Corn Bunting, 25 Skylark, 125 Avocet, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Song Thrush, Great White Egret, 600 Wigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 House Sparrow
Abberton Reservoir 13 Feb 2019 16:00 - 17:15 Steve Grimwade Barn Owl, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Scaup, 3 Great White Egret
Layer Breton 13 Feb 2019 17:30 - 17:30 Steve Grimwade Little Owl
Stapleford Tawney 13 Feb 2019 17:30 - 17:30 Dusk. fair mild Ann Darnell Barn Owl (Hunting. Exact same spot as Sunday sighting), Buzzard (Nesting in trees at side of lane. Regular pair sighted)
Abberton Reservoir 13 Feb 2019 08:45 - 10:45 Barbara Leport 60 Corn Bunting (On wires at Abberton Church), 4 Smew (Male and 3 redheads Layer Breton)
West Mersea 13 Feb 2019 12:15 - 12:45 Barbara Leport 2 Great Northern Diver (Opposite beach huts Esplanade)
Abberton Reservoir 13 Feb 2019 10:20 - 16:45 Dry, sun & cloud, cool SW breeze, max 10c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 5 Scaup (3 male 2 female, LDH Causeway.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (LDH Causeway.), 20 Pintail (Circa.), 100 Teal (Plus.), 100 Shoveler (Plus.), 50 Gadwall (Plus.), 50 Mute Swan (Plus.), 100 Pochard (Plus.), 8 Goosander (5 male, 3 female. Hide Bay hide.), Ruff (LDH.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (LDH.), 9 Smew (1 Drake, 8 females. LBC.), 200 Wigeon (At least.), 100 Lapwing (Circa.), 2 Buzzard (All Raptors from New Bay hide.), Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, Marsh Harrier (Male, hovered over a Teal that dived to escape, only to be taken when it surfaced. M Harrier stayed on the Teal, drowning it before lifting off with its kill.), 100 Tufted Duck (Plus.), Great White Egret (LDH Causeway, distant.), Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (LBC.), 20 Goldeneye (Circa.), 6 Skylark (LDH Causeway.)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 13 Feb 2019 10:00 - 12:00 Pete Smith Kingfisher, 5 Fieldfare (+), 5 Redwing (+), 50 Avocet (+), Linnet
Epping 13 Feb 2019 20:30 - 20:45 Mild, clear, calm Roger Emmens 152 Pied Wagtail (Roost in Epping High St. - 99 in tree outside Post Office, 53 outside Speakeasy (both trees above pillar boxes - are they sponsored by Royal Mail?))
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 13 Feb 2019 11:00 - 16:30 cold but bright with sun Steve Jellett 12 Lesser Redpoll (Mobile flock feeding on Silver Birch), 4 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Heard only), Linnet, 7 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 30 Blue Tit (+), 10 Great Tit (+), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinch (A pair calling), 20 Curlew (+ Large flock flew in from fields to Intertidal area), 300 Brent Goose (+ Continuous flocks flying over from estuary to fields), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Wren, 5 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10 Mallard (+), 100 Lapwing (+), Grey Plover, 30 Redshank (+), 12 Shelduck, Marsh Harrier, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Pheasant, 4 Magpie, Jay, 4 Carrion Crow
Abberton Reservoir 12 Feb 2019 11:45 - 13:30 sunny with breeze Paul Chamberlain 4 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, 4 Goldeneye
South Woodham Ferrers 12 Feb 2019 12:00 - 14:00 North of town. Nice and sunny Alan Shearring Siskin, Chiffchaff, Red Kite (soaring then perched in tree), 3 Buzzard, Bullfinch, 5 Redwing, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Holland Haven 12 Feb 2019 10:00 - 12:15 Simon Cox 30 White-fronted Goose, 2 Purple Sandpiper (seen later by Mick Rodwell)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 12 Feb 2019 12:00 - 17:00 Low tide, cool dry, light W wind. Ken Hudgell 6 Marsh Harrier (Geedon Saltings), 4 Bullfinch, 12 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Brambling (With large Chaffinch, Reed Bunting flock in game cover ), 200 Avocet (+), 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1200 Dunlin (+), 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 27 Turnstone (Unusually high count for FW.), 16 Ringed Plover (Intertidal area. Very few birds on there today)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 12 Feb 2019 08:15 - 15:30 Fine and sunny, light S wind, LT Paul Larkin 10 Stonechat (2 pairs either side of VC, pair on approach road, pair on the tip, pair Golden Gates), 38 Pochard (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 16 Gadwall (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 66 Teal (Four Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 60 Tufted Duck (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 30 Coot (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), Chiffchaff (Near the pit to the south of the tip), Aythya sp. (Female TuftedXPochard Golden Gates), 22 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 6 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 2 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 744 Dunlin (Spread between Mucking Bay and the managed retreat), 87 Redshank (Mainly in the creek), 215 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 33 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 744 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 939 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 216 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 277 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Kittiwake (Adult and 1st winter following ship up river)
Abberton Reservoir 12 Feb 2019 17:00 - 17:15 Still and cool Sean Nixon 6 Black-necked Grebe (E of LDLH c/way), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup
Fingringhoe 11 Feb 2019 10:15 - 12:00 sunny, 6C, light NW breeze Michael Lane 120 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 17 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit (minimum), 2 Water Pipit (all pipits & wagtails on MoD training bog on W side of Rowhedge Rd)
Copford 11 Feb 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Steve Grimwade 9 Buzzard (All heading north)
Hanningfield Reservoir 11 Feb 2019 11:00 - 15:50 Dry, cool NW breeze, sun & cloud, 8c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale Red Kite (West bank tree tops.), 5 Buzzard (Up together, W bank.), Marsh Harrier (Female, W bank reed bed.), Wren, 10 Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jay, 5 Goldeneye (3 Drake, 2 female.), Shelduck, 2 Herring Gull (Adult with 2 leg rings. Right leg, small silver ring, left leg, red ring, number D6FT.), 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 300 Wigeon (Circa. 1 Red Fox, 1 Muntjac Deer from Rawl hide.), Blackbird (Male.), 30 Cormorant (Circa.)
Abberton Reservoir 11 Feb 2019 16:30 - 17:00 Still, cold and bright Sean Nixon Scaup (Drake E of Ldlh c/way), 2 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlH c/way), 2 Black-necked Grebe, Ring-necked Duck (W of LdlH c/way)
Jaywick 11 Feb 2019 12:00 - 12:30 Sunny and cool Brian Dodd 2 Snow Bunting (On the beach near the Martello Tower. Very tame and difficult to see - only found as they had were being photographed by a helpful couple.), 2 Sanderling (On the waters edge near the tower.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 11 Feb 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Matt Turner 600 Lapwing (+), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), Little Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 2 Song Thrush (Both singing), 2 Dunnock (Both singing), 3 Long-tailed Tit
Westley Heights 10 Feb 2019 08:45 - 09:15 Overcast, light rain. Hall Wood only. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker (Calling.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.)
Braintree 10 Feb 2019 05:15 - 10:00 Dull and drizzly but very mild Martin Iddon Song Thrush (Male singing since before light and still going strong. In Hoppits Mead nature reserve in Notley Rd. Bird happily not displaced by some recent severe tree felling.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 10 Feb 2019 13:25 - 16:10 Cold but sunny. Highlights from 50 species seen Ben Mapp 100 Brent Goose (At least), Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck (On lake), 2 Goosander (Pair on intertidal area), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (2 drakes and 1 female on river from Crawshaw Hide), 16 Pheasant, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 400 Avocet (At least, Intertidal Area), 100 Grey Plover (At least), 1000 Knot (At least), 100 Dunlin (At least), 8 Turnstone (Crawshaw Hide), 24 Black-tailed Godwit (Intertidal Area), 4 Curlew (Crawshaw Hide), Green Woodpecker (Visitor Centre), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Bullfinch (4 males and 2 females in scrub in front of Crawshaw Hide), Reed Bunting (Same bush as Bullfinches)
South Woodham Ferrers 10 Feb 2019 11:00 - 11:30 Cold Dawn James Blackcap (Male on sunflower hearts feeder in the garden.)
Stapleford Tawney 10 Feb 2019 17:30 - 17:30 Ann Darnell Barn Owl (Dusk. Hunting at side of lane)
Ardleigh Reservoir 10 Feb 2019 07:30 - 07:30 Steve Grimwade 3 Siskin, 2 Goosander