Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Tendring 26 Mar 2020 08:30 - 08:45 Very high thin cloud, bright, dry with a light breeze, still chilly. Tony Faulkner 2 Grey Partridge (Pair , wondering round my vegatable garden)
Westley Heights 26 Mar 2020 07:15 - 08:00 Sunny, cool. Hall Wood only. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), Blackcap
Langdon Hills NR EWT 26 Mar 2020 08:00 - 08:15 Sunny, cool. Lincewood only. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Tilbury 26 Mar 2020 09:00 - 10:00 Fine and sunny, light E breeze, rising tide Paul Larkin 467 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore near the new landfill)
Laindon 26 Mar 2020 13:15 - 13:30 Sunny, warm. Breezy. Andrew Cox 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults; circled over house.)
TL9324 26 Mar 2020 11:00 - 15:00 Garden birding Steve Grimwade 9 Buzzard (2 local pairs plus 5 presumed migrants all heading northeast), 3 Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Carrion Crow (I pair nesting), 12 Herring Gull (All heading northeast), 7 Black-headed Gull (All heading northeast ), 5 Stock Dove, 3 Starling, 2 Greenfinch (On feeders), 6 Goldfinch (On feeders), 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Pheasant
Friday Wood 26 Mar 2020 11:00 - 12:00 Sunny Yvonne Watling 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Frinton-on-Sea 26 Mar 2020 05:30 - 17:00 NE2-4 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north. Early watch then glances from lunchtime Paul Brayshaw 765 Chaffinch (266 by 0555, 510 by 0610, 710 by 0815), 101 Siskin (45 by 0555, 80 by 0610), 26 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet, 173 Red-throated Diver (strong passage 1330-1500), Great Northern Diver (winter plumaged bird @ 1348), 15 Gannet
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 26 Mar 2020 14:00 - 17:30 Sunny but breezy Paul Kingston 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing individuals (not seen) at 3 locations ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female spotted twice, poss same bird), 50 Avocet (Numerous pairs on lagoon and surrounding area), 3 White-fronted Goose (With Greylags and Canada’s in fields East of lagoon. ), Merlin (Female hunting in same fields as geese then over towards Canvey Marsh. ), Reed Bunting (Smart male on tip side of reserve)
Wivenhoe 25 Mar 2020 08:45 - 09:00 Michael Davies Great Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, 2 Greylag Goose
Shrub End 25 Mar 2020 08:30 - 09:00 Sunny Oliver Cottis 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating, male was drumming last week.), 2 Chiffchaff (Two males singing)
Kirby-le-Soken 25 Mar 2020 14:00 - 14:10 Sunshine,bright 8c Ron Colson 2 Siskin (on bird feeder containing sunflower hearts.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 25 Mar 2020 06:45 - 07:30 Sunny, cool. Poltlands. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap
Doddinghurst 25 Mar 2020 13:00 - 14:00 Still Spring Day, Blue sky, minimal breeze Gary Boyes Raven (Fly over, heading SE, from Kelvedon Hatch where a pair are seen/heard frequently.), 3 Greenfinch (Infrequent visitor nowadays), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (Feeding), 5 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit (Regular pair), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dunnock, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, Song Thrush, Pheasant (Cock), Chaffinch (Surprisingly rare for the past 3 months), Blackcap (Heard only), 5 Magpie (Nest building), Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard (Flyover), 3 Jackdaw (Flyover), 5 Buzzard (Soaring around all day, two resident birds and three poss. migrants.)
Ardleigh Reservoir 25 Mar 2020 16:45 - 17:45 Matt Turner 5 Goosander (1m, 4f), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler (2 pairs), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail
Great Holland 25 Mar 2020 15:30 - 16:00 Liz Huxley 2 Black Redstart (male + female around paddocks near the church)
TL9324 25 Mar 2020 11:00 - 11:00 Steve Grimwade 4 Buzzard (Local pair plus two interlopers), Sparrowhawk, Siskin (Flew high west ), Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, Chiffchaff
Frinton-on-Sea 25 Mar 2020 05:45 - 17:00 SE3-NE2 0/8. Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, movement to the north Paul Brayshaw 532 Black-headed Gull (strong late pm passage), 3 Sandwich Tern (@ 1629), 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), Black Redstart (fem in Old Parish Churchyard (end of Connaught Avenue @ 1715)), 51 Chaffinch
Writtle 24 Mar 2020 10:45 - 11:15 Clear blue skies with an easterly breeze. First Comma and Brimstone butterfly of 2020 observed Andrew Allen 2 Egyptian Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Kestrel (Female), 6 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 6 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir)
Leyton Flats 24 Mar 2020 14:15 - 14:15 Sunny/clear Gary A James Osprey (Over garden going north, mobbed by Gulls towards Leyton Flats)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 24 Mar 2020 07:45 - 08:00 Sunny, chilly. Lincewood only. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Westley Heights 24 Mar 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), Nuthatch (Singing Male.)
Laindon 24 Mar 2020 12:00 - 15:30 Sunny, becoming warm. Back garden. Andrew Cox 2 Buzzard (At least. ), Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming nearby. Occasional visits to feeders.), 2 Blue Tit (At least. Including pair showing interest in nest hole in neighbours house.), 2 Great Tit (At least.), Robin, 4 Greenfinch (At least. Two pairs.), 7 Goldfinch (At least. Several singing.), 5 Chaffinch (At least.)
Fairstead, near Terling 24 Mar 2020 13:30 - 16:00 Sunny, light breeze David Torrice Peregrine Falcon (Female circled over galleygate wood alongside the pylons then set its wings and glided off towards fullers cross), 5 Buzzard (At least a dozen sightings of pairs and individuals as i exercised my legs across the fields but some must have been of the same birds.), 4 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Naze, The 24 Mar 2020 12:00 - 16:00 lighter wind, very bright. Small Tortoiseshells on the wing around seawall. Martin Richards Buzzard, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), Black Redstart (f, JW reserve), 2 Chiffchaff
TL9324 24 Mar 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Steve Grimwade 3 Buzzard (Pair displaying and 1 high north), Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull
Abberton Reservoir 24 Mar 2020 14:30 - 16:00 Sunny. Causeways. Fly ridden. A good walk with the wife. Still 2 dead road killed pheasants! David Allen Whooper Swan, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Serious fight taking place. Three's a crowd), Buzzard, 6 Egyptian Goose
Halstead 24 Mar 2020 09:00 - 17:00 Barbara Leport Chiffchaff (Singing along river), Blackcap (Singing on allotment), Greenfinch (On allotment)
Little Waltham 24 Mar 2020 08:00 - 09:00 sunny David Saville Fieldfare
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 23 Mar 2020 09:45 - 10:45 Bright cloudless sky with a cold wind. Martin Iddon 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating. Soft call beforehand. First for me.), Treecreeper, 3 Stock Dove
Great Totham 23 Mar 2020 08:45 - 09:45 Blue sky. Cold SE wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), Green Woodpecker (South Wood.), Kestrel (Male. Totham Pit.), Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 2 Pied Wagtail (Playing Field.)
Kelvedon Hatch 23 Mar 2020 13:00 - 13:05 David Jobbins Raven (Sparring with Common Buzzard), Buzzard
Wivenhoe 23 Mar 2020 12:30 - 13:00 Michael Davies 2 Little Egret, Little Egret
Terling 23 Mar 2020 13:45 - 13:45 Bright sunshine David Torrice 2 Red Kite (Pair sharing a thermal and interacting with 2 buzzards. All 4 slowly drifting towards boreham. Couple of minutes later either side of fullers cross came across 4 more buzzards and another red kite.gh up)
Copford SW, near Stanway 23 Mar 2020 12:00 - 13:45 Steve Grimwade 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (Female), Grey Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff (Singing males), Blackcap (Singing male), 20 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, Goldcrest (Singing)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 23 Mar 2020 08:30 - 13:45 Fine and sunny, strong ENE wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 53 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Two on the tip the rest Mucking Bay), 1657 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 5 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 67 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 58 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), Marsh Harrier (Over to Kent), 141 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 61 Teal (39 Stanford Creek, 12 Golden Gates, 10 on the pit to the south of the tip), 23 Greylag Goose (Eight on the tip, the rest Golden Gates), Aythya sp. (On the pit to the south of the tip), 30 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Goldeneye (Fems, Golden Gates), 72 Tufted Duck (31 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Three each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), Kingfisher (Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Two near the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (GoldenGates), 60 Rook (45 occupied nests Golden Gates)
Naze, The 23 Mar 2020 09:00 - 13:00 bright, wind not quite as horrendous as last two days. From seawall Martin Richards 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, Walton Channel), Buzzard, 10 Tufted Duck (five pairs), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ mainly over Horsey)
Ardleigh Reservoir 23 Mar 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Sightings from both causeways Matt Turner 3 Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush (Singing from same area as last week), 3 Chiffchaff (All singing), 7 Goosander (3m, 4f), 40 Tufted Duck, Green Sandpiper, Stock Dove (heard only), 6 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker (heard only)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 23 Mar 2020 07:30 - 09:00 Sunny, cool. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Goldcrest
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 23 Mar 2020 09:00 - 13:00 David Pallash 2 Woodcock (In flight heading north)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 23 Mar 2020 10:30 - 15:15 Bright and sunny with a cold easterly wind Alan Shearman Black-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 221 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel, 70 Lapwing, 12 Linnet, 2 Marsh Harrier
Thorndon CP (South) 22 Mar 2020 08:15 - 09:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 15 Chaffinch (At least.)
Thorndon CP (North) 22 Mar 2020 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, some cloud. Breezy. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch (Including a pair active close to a previously used nest site.), 2 Greenfinch
Mistley 22 Mar 2020 12:30 - 15:00 Sunny with cool breeze. Paul Chamberlain 2 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, Mediterranean Gull, 5 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 47 Knot
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 22 Mar 2020 07:30 - 09:30 Sunny but windy, sightings from white bridge to Co-op Matt Turner 2 Red Kite (Hunting low over north Marsh, flushing everything!), Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males, 1 female), 150 Brent Goose (circa - flushed by Kites), Egyptian Goose, 6 Curlew, Reed Bunting, 60 Redshank (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), Chiffchaff (Heard only), 2 Pintail (Distant pair north Hogmarsh), 6 Avocet, 4 Knot
Mistley 22 Mar 2020 09:30 - 10:30 Sightings from Quay, high tide, water choppy Matt Turner Peregrine Falcon (Adult female), 4 Pintail (2 pairs), Goldeneye (female), 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black Swan
Abberton Reservoir 22 Mar 2020 16:00 - 17:30 Quick look off LDHC, sunny but v windy & left camera at home! Matt Turner 2 Little Ringed Plover, White Wagtail (Looked like female, thanks to David Curle for heads up. Pic is best I could digiscope in blustery conditions. Showed pale rump clearly at one point), Snipe
Stondon Massey 22 Mar 2020 13:45 - 14:45 Andrew Stroud Red Kite (Viewed from old road between Church Road, Kelvedon Hatch & Tipps Cross), Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper
Abberton Reservoir 22 Mar 2020 17:30 - 18:30 Sunny. Getting colder. David Allen 2 Little Ringed Plover, White Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail (Billets Farm), Goosander, 3 Skylark
Stapleford Tawney 22 Mar 2020 15:00 - 15:15 Bright sunny but cold Ann Darnell Grey Wagtail (Near very large puddle in farmyard )