Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Rayne 26 May 2020 07:45 - 07:45 Sunny clear Andrew Goodey Reed Warbler (Singing in garden (garden tick)), Blue Tit (Adults feeding fledged young on greenfly one honeysuckle), 8 Swift (Screaming party over garden)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 26 May 2020 06:45 - 08:15 Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including one active nest in Marks Hill; 4th for EWT reserve.), Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.), Greenfinch (Singing Male.)
Epping 26 May 2020 10:20 - 10:40 Sunny, light cloud, warm Graham Pentelow Red Kite (Drifting high above Swaines Green & away east of Epping), Cormorant (Flying east over Watermelon playing fields)
Kelvedon Hatch 26 May 2020 09:00 - 10:30 David Jobbins Red Kite (West towards Navestock), 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap
Braintree 26 May 2020 13:30 - 13:30 Hot and very humid Martin Iddon 8 Swift (Calling high over garden in Notley Rd. Better late than never. A strong case can be made for some boxes on or near St.Michaels church.)
Abberton Reservoir 26 May 2020 12:30 - 15:00 Sunny Yvonne Watling 20 Little Egret (On nests), 10 Grey Heron, Cattle Egret (Layer breton causeway ), Yellow Wagtail, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 50 Cormorant (On nest), 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, Goldeneye, Wigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 20 Great Crested Grebe, Black Swan, 50 Mute Swan
Abberton Reservoir 26 May 2020 07:00 - 15:00 Clear blue sky becoming partly cloudy 25c Mick Woodruff 20 Little Egret (At Least), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB Causeway), Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide ), Peregrine Falcon (LDLH Causeway), Buzzard (Woodmouse trail), Sparrowhawk (LDLH Causeway), Marsh Harrier (Female -Perched on Visitors centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Cuckoo (At least - including a very Rufus female), Mistle Thrush (LDLH Causeway), Song Thrush (Woodmouse trail), 3 Nightingale (Old road -glimpses across the road, plus at least another 2 singing males), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Garden Warbler (At least ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (At least), 10 Yellow Wagtail (At least), 2 Bullfinch (Old Road), 7 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway and Woodmouse trail - 69 Species recorded)
Copford 26 May 2020 09:15 - 09:15 Emma Robinson Red Kite
Langdon Hills NR EWT 25 May 2020 07:00 - 08:15 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands & Great Berry Andrew Cox Kestrel (Near Tescos.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult carrying food, active nest.), 2 Swallow (Probable nest site on Lower Dunton Road.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least. At least one family party, close to lake.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch
Heybridge GP 25 May 2020 07:30 - 08:00 Search for nesting larger gulls. In past were on roof of Recycling Centre, this year on smaller rooves to west of The Causeway John Buchanan 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Colony is mixed but LBB predominates. At least 17 prs vs at least 6 prs of Herring Gull), 6 Herring Gull
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 25 May 2020 09:25 - 09:30 Sunny & Clear sky Janice Bright Red Kite (Flying high over house on Tile Kiln Estate)
Wickford 25 May 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Sunny, hot, low breeze Les Finn 2 Buzzard (2 Circling high over the wick estate. 1 was being mobbed by a crow)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 25 May 2020 11:50 - 11:50 Sunny with the odd cloud. Kevin Cook House Martin (Circled the garden a couple of times.), 6 Swift (Circling over territory on the estate all the time now.)
Epping 25 May 2020 13:30 - 14:00 Sunny, very warm, light cloud Graham Pentelow Swallow (Shaftesbury Farm), Buzzard (Drifting west towards B181/B182 junction west of Lindsey Street)
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 25 May 2020 10:30 - 10:30 Hot and still Martin Iddon Treecreeper, Blackcap (Feeding young in nest very low to ground)
West Mersea 25 May 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Hot and sunny. Beach walk along Seaview to Waldegraves. Low tide. Oliver Cottis Oystercatcher, Cuckoo (heard distantly), Great White Egret (On the shoreline. Views were with binoculars only but sure of ID), 2 Whitethroat (both heard)
TL9622 25 May 2020 16:00 - 16:15 Very warm and sunny John Thorogood Nightingale (In song in a location used for a number of seasons)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 25 May 2020 05:45 - 08:30 Tony Kennelly 6 Yellow Wagtail, Garganey (Drake on main pool), 4 Bearded Tit (2 pairs, 1 with fledglings), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), Buzzard (On pylon), Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 6 Oystercatcher (Pair with chicks), 10 Lapwing (Pairs with chicks), 3 Wigeon (1 drake & 2 ducks), 3 Water Rail, Swift (3 Drinking passes in front of me, my first seen)
Wrabness 25 May 2020 08:00 - 12:00 Warm and sunny Matt Turner 3 Turtle Dove (At least 3 birds seen/heard, maybe more), 3 Nightingale, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 10 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Little Egret, Cuckoo
Epping 25 May 2020 19:30 - 20:00 Calm, warm, light cloud Graham Pentelow 6 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road, just south of junction with Lindsey Street), 4 Swift (same location)
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 25 May 2020 11:00 - 11:30 Hot and still Martin Iddon Cuckoo (Outside the wood)
Copford 25 May 2020 10:30 - 10:30 Emma Robinson Nightingale (Distant brief song)
Great Totham 24 May 2020 08:20 - 09:25 Cloudy. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mute Swan (Pair with recent cygnets. Totham Pit.), Green Woodpecker (Bog Grove.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), 2 Yellowhammer (M & F, Church Road.)
Westley Heights 24 May 2020 07:00 - 09:15 Cloudy, cool. Becoming sunnier& warmer. Andrew Cox 2 Buzzard (Adult with nearby nest. One young calling.), Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two calling in Hall Wood. One active nest behind the Crown. Fourth found in C. Park this season.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 3 House Martin, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.. ), 6 Nuthatch (Pair visiting nest hole in The Park. At least one young visible at entrance. Adult collecting food in Coombe Wood. At least one adult & one fledged young in Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least. Pair, Dry Street meadow.), Spotted Flycatcher (Coombe Wood.)
Richmond's Green, Thaxted 24 May 2020 09:00 - 10:00 Cloudy & warm Elizabeth Leeder Red Kite (Feeding in garden on scraps)
TL7205 24 May 2020 12:15 - 13:00 overcast, breezy Sean Gregory Red Kite (drifted east - mobbed by two black-headed gulls), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
Writtle 24 May 2020 10:30 - 13:00 Bright with a breeze. Red Fox, Grey Squirrel & Rabbits seen. Selected avian highlights. Andrew Allen Red Kite (Over Writtle College ), Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Willow Warbler (Heard only), Kestrel (Sturgeons Farm), 2 Song Thrush (Heard Only)
Copford 24 May 2020 09:30 - 11:00 Local patch walk Steve Grimwade Red Kite (Thanks to Emma Robinson for finding it and for the call!), 9 Swift, 5 House Martin, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest
Colchester 24 May 2020 12:30 - 12:45 Sean Nixon Red Kite (Over Hilly Fields), Peregrine Falcon (Over Balkerne Hill)
Friday Wood 24 May 2020 10:00 - 12:00 Sunny and windy Yvonne Watling 5 Nightingale, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 3 Jay, 8 Swift, 2 Swallow
Thorndon CP (North) 24 May 2020 15:30 - 16:30 Sun, some cloud. Warm. Andrew Cox 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two active nests.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males.), Treecreeper (Singing Male.)
Great Totham 24 May 2020 14:30 - 14:30 Overcast. Malcolm Corbett 3 Swift (Together over Gt. Totham South.)
Tiptree 24 May 2020 17:00 - 17:00 Overcast, warm. Tiptree Heath EWT. Malcolm Corbett Nightingale (Singing, near carpark.)
Epping 24 May 2020 19:45 - 20:45 Sunny, calm, warm Graham Pentelow Red Kite (Drifting west over Swaines Green towards Bury Lane), 6 Blackcap (at least, multiple sites on the footpath loop following the perimeter of field inside of B181 & B182 west of Shaftesbury Farm), 2 Song Thrush (same location), 3 Skylark (same location)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 24 May 2020 09:00 - 21:00 David Pallash Barn Owl (Flying on grass field near fishing lake ), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Red Kite (Flew east )
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 24 May 2020 08:00 - 13:45 Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin Peregrine Falcon (Over the tip), Buzzard (Over the tip), 33 Swift (Over the tip), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 56 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including six drakes, Golden Gates), 34 Tufted Duck (12, eight drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates), 23 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Including two males Golden Gates), 32 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 31 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 2 Avocet (In the managed retreat)
Braintree 24 May 2020 08:00 - 08:00 Warm and breezy Martin Iddon Jay (Flew across Notley Road from Hoppits Mead reserve)
Abberton Reservoir 24 May 2020 05:30 - 08:30 Tony Kennelly 7 Nightingale (1 LBC, 2 LdlHC, 4 old road), Garden Warbler, 2 Goldeneye (2 females west of LBC), Cattle Egret (LBC heronry), Yellow Wagtail (LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair LdlHC), Marsh Harrier (Female over LdlHC), Wigeon (Drake East of LBC), 2 Cuckoo (1 at each causeway), Yellowhammer (Male LBC weir)
Great Totham 23 May 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Malcolm Corbett 2 Cuckoo (Calling simultaneously from South Wood and Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swallow (Just a pair now at Sains Hall.)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 23 May 2020 10:30 - 10:30 Cloudy with sunny intervals strong winds. Kevin Cook Cuckoo (Seen from garden, calling as it flew over houses towards Lathcoats orchards.), 4 Swift (Flew over house.)
Broadfields Farm, Cranham 23 May 2020 07:30 - 09:00 Sunny, breezy. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Singing Male.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Pair.)
Westley Heights 23 May 2020 09:15 - 10:30 Sun & clouds. Breezy. Andrew Cox Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One active nest, top of Hall Wood. Third nest located this year so far.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush (Including an adult with two young. Two other singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (Pair with at least two fledged young. Close to nest hole, horse paddock territory.), Goldfinch
Wivenhoe 23 May 2020 09:30 - 13:00 Michael Davies Buzzard (Soaring high up on very strong southerly wind)
Abridge 23 May 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Theydon mount / Hobbs Cross Melvin Shepherd-Wells Yellowhammer, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Red Kite, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Swift, Buzzard, 2 Skylark
Tiptree 23 May 2020 16:10 - 16:50 Tiptree Heath EWT Malcolm Corbett Red Kite (Driven east by single corvid.), 5 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing.), 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail
Naze, The 23 May 2020 05:15 - 10:45 Mainly sunny, strong westerly wind, rising tide, warm - 22 species singing Brian Combes 26 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), Cuckoo (Singing ), 4 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), Nightingale (Singing, north-west corner of common, brief subdued song, bird had been present a few days), 8 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (1 south of John Weston Reserve, 3 together north of sewage works ), 28 House Martin (North in small groups ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Little Tern, 2 Sanderling, 4 Barnacle Goose (With greylags on Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet
Abberton Reservoir 23 May 2020 14:00 - 18:00 Sunny with cloud, strong breeze, all sightings LDHC unless stated Matt Turner 3 Nightingale (Heard), 5 Grey Heron, 40 Swift (+), 2 Goldeneye (Females off LBC), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), Cuckoo (Heard LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Kestrel, Buzzard (Heard only), 4 Egyptian Goose, Corn Bunting, Cattle Egret (Adult breeding plumage in Egret roost LBC)
Colchester 23 May 2020 18:00 - 18:00 Sunny - very windy Steve Hallam Hobby (Hunting over Keepers Green and golf course)
Laindon 22 May 2020 18:00 - 21:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy. Andrew Cox 2 Swift, Wren (Singing Male.), 6 Goldfinch
Epping 22 May 2020 10:00 - 11:00 Mostly sunny, stiff breeze Roger Emmens 72 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on school playing fields), 400 Starling (Feeding on school playing fields)