Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Hanningfield Reservoir 09 Dec 2019 10:45 - 14:30 Dry, sunny, NW wind, 8c. Most birds sheltering tight to W bank. Sightings With Brenda from Rawl, Lyster hides & Causeway. David Hale 12 Goosander (9 drakes, 3 females.), 10 Goldeneye (Circa.), 200 Wigeon (Circa. Grazing meadow.), 1000 Coot (At least.), 100 Teal (Circa. ), 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 6 Mallard (3 pair. ), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 5 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Plus. ), Black-tailed Godwit (Wind felled tree across woodland footpath !.), Peregrine Falcon (Looking like a juvenile. Failed sortie in front of Rawl hide.), 2 Buzzard (Red Fox & Muntjac Deer, Rawl hide.), 3 Jay, 4 Mute Swan
Wickford 08 Dec 2019 09:15 - 09:15 Sunny and breezy David Petts Blackcap (Male in my garden . Now had wintering blackcaps for 17 years in a row)
Broadfields Farm, Cranham 08 Dec 2019 08:15 - 09:30 Sunny, chilly. Some breeze. Andrew Cox Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker (Including one with no tail.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail (Golf course.), 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (At least.), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golf course.)
The Hythe, Colchester 08 Dec 2019 08:00 - 11:00 Alf Mullins Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 2 Stonechat
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 08 Dec 2019 14:15 - 16:00 Dry and overcast and very cold wind Brian Bolton Hen Harrier (Female type ), Short-eared Owl (Distantly over seawall), 2 Great White Egret
Thorndon CP (North) 07 Dec 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Cloudy, cool. Andrew Cox Kestrel (Male.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 10 Siskin (At least.)
Thorndon CP (South) 07 Dec 2019 09:00 - 10:00 Cloudy, cool. Andrew Cox Kestrel (Female.), Green Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, Yellowhammer (Calling.)
Colne Pt 07 Dec 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Chris Balchin 5 Snow Bunting
Naze, The 07 Dec 2019 07:20 - 12:30 cool, overcast, brisk westerly wind, ebbing tide Brian Combes Chiffchaff (Double hedge ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, Grey Heron, Merlin (Near Stone Point Lagoon, later this bird or another Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair sitting on Horsey Island seawall across from Stone Point ), 15 Snow Bunting (Tip of Stone Point, flew in from Horsey, fed for a while, flew back to Horsey and then after a few minutes returned to the Point), Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), Green Woodpecker, 10 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 18 Little Grebe (Walton Channel )
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 07 Dec 2019 13:00 - 15:45 Sun & clouds. Chilly. Low tide. Andrew Cox 26 Great Crested Grebe, Peregrine Falcon (Stooping at waders.), 45 Grey Plover (At least.), 2000 Knot (At least.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail
Abberton Reservoir 07 Dec 2019 14:00 - 15:00 Mild and dry David Curle Scaup (East of LDLH Causeway. Thanks Sean for the heads up,), Black-necked Grebe (East of LDLH Causeway.)
Abberton Reservoir 07 Dec 2019 12:30 - 16:00 Mild, still and grey Sean Nixon 2 Long-tailed Duck, Scaup, 29 Goosander (Lodge Lane), 7 Goldeneye, 4 Great White Egret, 41 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, 23 Skylark
West Mersea 07 Dec 2019 12:00 - 12:15 Grey, mild Sean Nixon Black Brant
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 07 Dec 2019 10:30 - 12:30 cloudy, mild, windy Sean Gregory Little Egret, Blackcap (male), Redwing
Langdon Hills NR EWT 06 Dec 2019 10:45 - 11:45 Cloudy, breezy, mild. Lincewood only. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing, Goldcrest (At least.)
The Hythe, Colchester 06 Dec 2019 11:00 - 12:00 Alf Mullins 4 Water Rail
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 06 Dec 2019 13:45 - 16:30 Cloud & sun. Breezy, showers, some heavy. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Adult male, over the old tip. Tussling with peregrine.), Peregrine Falcon (Looked like an immature female. Tussling with marsh harrier over the old tip.), Kestrel, Water Rail (Calling near hide.), 150 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 31 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), Spotted Redshank (Flushed from creek by marsh harrier.), Green Woodpecker, Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly near hide.)
Manningtree 06 Dec 2019 13:45 - 14:00 James Davidson 2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female, age not determined (birds which frequent the pylons reported by Matt T) showing very well quite low over river just behind Coop)
Tilbury 05 Dec 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Broken cloud, light SW wind, LT Paul Larkin 21 Avocet (On foreshore), 107 Teal (90 on foreshore, 27 in the fort), 2 Buzzard (Sparring over the old P Stn site, one eventually flew over to Kent), Shelduck (On foreshore), 18 Lapwing (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 6 Redshank (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 50 Goldfinch (In the fort), 30 Linnet (In the fort), 43 Canada Goose (In the fort), 5 Greylag Goose (In the fort), Grey Wagtail (In the fort), Snipe (In the fort), 31 Little Grebe (In the moat), Little Egret (In the fort)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 05 Dec 2019 09:35 - 13:30 Becoming brighter, light SW wind. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), Goldeneye (Male, carp lake. An almost duck free site of late.), 3 Sparrowhawk (One male. Two female, one of which carrying blackbird.), Buzzard, 70 Lapwing (circa. On arable field just east of Lofts Farm perimeter.), Snipe (Trout lake.), Kestrel, 100 Rook (+. South of South Wood.), 60 Carrion Crow (circa. On ploughed field.), 10 Skylark (+. With lapwings.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), Goldcrest, 40 Starling (+. With lapwings.), Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20 House Sparrow (circa.), 6 Meadow Pipit (+. With skylarks.)
The Hythe, Colchester 05 Dec 2019 09:00 - 09:00 Alf Mullins Swallow
Vange Marsh RSPB 05 Dec 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Cold frosty morning, quick look before visit to Wat Tyler with Terry Malby Matt Turner 80 Lapwing, 4 Common Gull, Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 05 Dec 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Calm, cold and a bit misty Matt Turner 30 Fieldfare, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Reed Bunting, Marsh Harrier (Stunning female hunting then perched to west), Peregrine Falcon (Adult male), Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, 8 Curlew, Little Grebe, Snipe, Raven (1/2 second very distant glimpse in flight from behind, thought it was a raptor but kronked as it disappeared)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 04 Dec 2019 10:15 - 14:45 John Sutherby Sparrowhawk (Imm male.), 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (Hunting over Obs saltmarsh, dropped down and caught something, then flew inland carrying the prey.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel (1 male. 1 female.), Merlin (Imm male.), Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat (1 male, 1 female.), Twite (On sea wall between Othona and Sales Point.)
Abberton Reservoir 04 Dec 2019 10:00 - 14:00 bright sunshine; cold Martin Peers 2 Bewick's Swan (Wig Bay), 54 Pintail, 295 Shoveler, 100 Pochard (+), 6 Scaup (drake + 5 females), 45 Goldeneye, 36 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret (4 between Hide Bay and road), 250 Great Crested Grebe (circa), Marsh Harrier (male across road towards VC), Sparrowhawk (female Billets), 500 Lapwing (+), 5 Ruff (with Lapwings at Billets), Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank (others reported 3), 50 Common Gull (Layer Breton), 2 Kestrel (first winter birds), 2 Stonechat (pair), Grey Wagtail (Billets), 100 Linnet (circa near church; also c40 Skylarks)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 04 Dec 2019 09:50 - 11:50 Sunny, light SW wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), Shoveler (Female, Trout lake.), Goldeneye (Male, Carp lake.), 10 Grey Heron (+.), Sparrowhawk (Male.), Buzzard, 12 Lapwing (On ploughed field.), Green Woodpecker, 14 Long-tailed Tit (+.), Chiffchaff (East end of Public Footpath.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair. Garden area.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 03 Dec 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Cold and sunny, splodge frozen Matt Turner 2 Peregrine Falcon (Young male and adult female on pylon), Greenshank, 5 Stock Dove, Snipe, Goldcrest (Heard only)
Tilbury 03 Dec 2019 11:00 - 12:00 Fine and sunny, light SW wind, low tide Paul Larkin 43 Avocet (On foreshore), 15 Teal (On foreshore), 32 Mallard (On foreshore)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 03 Dec 2019 10:00 - 11:30 Sunny, quite warm though chilly breeze. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Stonechat (Pair, close to centre.), Black Redstart (Close to centre, edge of play area.), 2 Greenfinch
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 03 Dec 2019 12:10 - 16:20 Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, 10c dropping to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from sea wall just up from car park. David Hale 5 Short-eared Owl (First one showing at 14 15.), 3 Hen Harrier (Ringtails.), 6 Marsh Harrier (At least.), Merlin, 6 Kestrel (At least. ), 200 Golden Plover (Plus. conservative estimate.), 200 Lapwing (Circa.), 100 Dunlin (Plus. ), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair.), 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 100 Wigeon (Circa.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 02 Dec 2019 07:45 - 09:15 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 12 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 18 Goldfinch (At least.), Bullfinch (Male.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 02 Dec 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Bright and cold winter morning, all sightings from white bridge Matt Turner Buzzard (In rapid flight east), Peregrine Falcon (Very distant on pylon through bins only, looked like female size), 2 Egyptian Goose (Feeding on splodge), 23 Little Grebe (All diving close to white bridge), 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret
TL7106 02 Dec 2019 08:15 - 08:15 bright, still and cold after frost Mark Gregory Sparrowhawk (female flew north across river, north of ERO, upsetting the black-headed gulls)
Goldhanger 02 Dec 2019 09:45 - 14:00 Bright and clear Mike Hardwick Rock Pipit (Showing really well on seawall), Peregrine Falcon (Female hunting river edge isolated a redshank and stooped 10 / 12 times unsuccessfully. Redshank eventually forced down and ditched in river. Peregrine made a similar number of attempts to take bird from surface but each time redshank dipped under. Eventually peregrine moved off doubt if redshank would get airborne againm), Marsh Harrier (Female hunting over meadows), 2 Stonechat (At least two hunting among cows), 12 Turnstone (Doing what turnstones do on shoreline. )
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 02 Dec 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Sunny, cold, gentle NW wind. Very wet underfoot. Malcolm Corbett 2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), Goldeneye (Male. Carp lake. Only duck present apart from two Tufted and a few Mallard.), Great Crested Grebe (Only one seen.), 3 Herring Gull, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Trout lake island.), 5 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch (Pair), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.)