Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 25 Jun 2019 11:15 - 15:00 Dry, hot & humid. Light breeze & overcast made it bearable. Sightings with Brenda from the benches viewpoint. David Hale 3 Black-necked Grebe (2 adults with one chick hitching a ride.), 50 Avocet (Circa, many chicks of all sizes.), 4 Tufted Duck (2 pair with 5 & 11 tiny ducklings.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair with two chicks.), 4 Oystercatcher ( Pair with single chick.), 10 Redshank (Circa, pair with 2 chicks. ), 6 Lapwing (Pair with 2 chicks.), 4 Mute Swan (2 pair with 3 & 2 small cygnets.), 6 Pochard (3 pair.), Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Male.), Peregrine Falcon (Top of distant pylon. Many Meadow Brown, few Small Skipper , 1 Marbled White, 1 Painted Lady & 1 Red Admiral Butterfly. 2, 6 Spot Burnet Moth's.), 10 Skylark (Circa.), 2 Swallow, Blackcap (Male.), Reed Bunting (Male.), Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit (Fly over in breeding colours.)
Colne Pt 25 Jun 2019 11:00 - 14:30 Liz Huxley Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Grey Partridge, 10 Stock Dove (+), 5 Reed Bunting (4 males), 10 Oystercatcher (+), 8 Redshank (+), 4 Curlew, 10 Swift (+), Kestrel (+), Corn Bunting (singing male), 100 Starling (+ around jetty incl many juvs), Barn Owl (opp sewage works)
Witham 24 Jun 2019 10:00 - 10:15 Humid, still, 25 degrees Paul Shuttleworth Red Kite (Flying SE (also frequent painted lady butterflies))
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 24 Jun 2019 09:05 - 10:10 And 12:00 to 12:30. Overcast, humid, light SW wind. Malcolm Corbett 150 Greylag Goose (+.), 11 Mute Swan (Inc. pair with five cygnets.), 28 Pochard (26no. male.), 37 Tufted Duck, 18 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. pair nest building.), Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), Blackcap (Singing.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), Reed Bunting (Singing.), Essex Skipper (Small White, Holly Blue, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small Heath also seen.)
Chigborough Lakes 24 Jun 2019 10:10 - 12:00 Overcast, humid, light SW wind. Malcolm Corbett Tufted Duck (Female with six young. Pochard Lake.), 3 Little Grebe (Inc. pair with young. Main Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with one young (previously two). Gadwall Lake.), 20 Little Egret (+. Heronry.), 2 Coot (Pair with three young. Main Lake.), Cuckoo (Calling.), Kingfisher (Main Lake. My first since January.), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 9 Blackcap (Eight singing. One female.), 12 Wren (Singing.), 10 Blackbird (Singing.)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 24 Jun 2019 10:45 - 15:00 Calm, humid, overcast. Light shower. 26c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. David Hale 2 Marsh Harrier (Pair.), Peregrine Falcon (Top of distant pylon.), 5 Bearded Tit (Plus. 5 on grit tray together, 2 female, 3 juvenile's.), 6 Reed Warbler (At least, in front of hide.), 20 Common Tern (Circa, nesting birds.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus. Many chicks.), 4 Swift, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Grebe, Buzzard (Low on pylon.), Cuckoo (Male, heard only.)
Abberton Reservoir 24 Jun 2019 13:30 - 18:30 Pleasant. David Allen Mandarin Duck (Female skulking near baby little egrets LBC. Extremely elusive), 34 Little Egret (Many young), 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults + 2 young LDLHC. 1 adult + 1 young Billets Farm.), 34 Black-tailed Godwit (Billets Farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Avocet (Billets Farm)
Wivenhoe 24 Jun 2019 19:00 - 20:00 Richard Allen Turtle Dove (purring across river at Priors gravel workings), 3 Buzzard (ad plus 2 juvs), Sparrowhawk (male carrying prey), 3 Tawny Owl (2 calling juvs at bottom of garden in Wivenhoe Wood, adult seen to catch a frog)
Epping 24 Jun 2019 11:00 - 12:30 (Swaines Green) High cloud, humid, warm, light winds Roger Emmens Nuthatch (First at this location for at least a year), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male), Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Linnet (Singing males), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Westley Heights 23 Jun 2019 08:30 - 09:30 Cloudy, some sun. Warm, breezy. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 5 Treecreeper (Pair visiting nest in crack: at least two young inside. Coombe Wood. At least one adult in Hall Wood.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 23 Jun 2019 09:30 - 11:00 Cloudy, warm. Breezy. Lincewood & Plotlands. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swift (Approx. Feeding over field of rape.), Nuthatch (In belt of trees between Lincewood & Plotlands.)
Boxted 23 Jun 2019 09:00 - 09:30 hazy sunshine, quite warm Martin Peers 7 Tufted Duck (all records at or near Boxted Lake), Buzzard (young bird calling (my first in 2019)), Common Tern, Tawny Owl (flushed from lower branch of oak tree)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 23 Jun 2019 07:15 - 11:15 Sunny morning, met up with fellow EBS member Terry Malby for a great mornings birding. Matt Turner 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female in flight inc food pass from m-f), Peregrine Falcon (Young male bird harassed by gulls before settling on top of regular pylon), Kestrel, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 14 Avocet (+ mix of juv/adult with some 2nd breed chicks), Greenshank (Early autumn bird?), Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull (1st summer bird at Mistley Quay), 10 Swallow (+ inc 5 fledglings waiting to be fed), 6 Linnet, Song Thrush, Red-legged Partridge, Goldcrest (Heard calling), 2 Greenfinch, 8 Curlew
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 23 Jun 2019 09:30 - 14:30 Very warm, bright, sunny spells but mostly overcast. Nick Boxall Barn Owl (TL949117 flying over field opposite, just on entering Old Hall Lane towards reserve.), 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo (Heard 2, saw 1 in flight near Bale field, heading towards wind pump.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard along hedgerow near Flying field, opposite Old Hall Creek.), 4 Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chaffinch, 5 House Sparrow, Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 14 Oystercatcher (+), 13 Avocet, 17 Lapwing (+), 10 Gadwall (+), 10 Shoveler (+), 20 Greylag Goose (+ possibly three times that number here.), 20 Shelduck (+ )
The Hythe, Colchester 23 Jun 2019 19:30 - 21:00 Matt Turner Barn Owl (Hunting behind the lagoon briefly, long distance record shot), 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Female low over hedge line then later harassing hovering kestrel), 4 Green Sandpiper (Feeding on lagoon), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Adults on lagoon), Sedge Warbler (Singing male), 2 Yellowhammer (Both heard singing), Cetti's Warbler (Heard on way back to car)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 23 Jun 2019 08:15 - 14:00 Overcast, E breeze, rising tide Paul Larkin Buzzard (On the tip), 137 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 33 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Pair with one chick, Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Male and female Golden Gates), 53 Coot (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (11 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 29 Tufted Duck (11 plus brood of 8 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus another brood of 8, Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (One each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Plus two broods of two and one of one on the pit to the south of the tip), Kingfisher (On the pit to the south of the tip), 8 Gadwall (Golden Gates), Stonechat (Recently fledged young on the approach road to the VC), 3 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 3 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Four 3rd cy and a sub adult In the managed retreat), 17 Curlew (In Mucking Bay), 7 Avocet (In Mucking Bay), 5 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 26 Shelduck (In Mucking Bay), Mediterranean Gull (Adult on the river), Sparrowhawk (North over the VC)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 22 Jun 2019 07:45 - 08:30 Sunny morning Matt Turner 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and Female over north marsh), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Sitting on top of north pylon), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with young), 4 Common Tern, 6 Linnet, Curlew (Heard singing to north)
Thorndon CP (North) 22 Jun 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, warm. Some breeze. Andrew Cox 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch
Thorndon CP (South) 22 Jun 2019 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, warm. Some breeze. Andrew Cox 2 Kestrel, Nuthatch (Rookery Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), 2 Yellowhammer (Singing males.)
Abberton Reservoir 22 Jun 2019 15:00 - 15:30 Sunny and warm Emma Robinson 7 Little Ringed Plover (4 adults and 3 juveniles ), Yellow Wagtail
Wrabness 22 Jun 2019 13:30 - 15:00 Sunny and pleasant. David Allen Turtle Dove (Sat on a tree near to hide. Did not call), Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Common Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Cormorant, 34 Mute Swan, Little Egret, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 22 Jun 2019 18:30 - 19:30 Sunny evening David Pallash 2 Yellow Wagtail (Appear to be a nesting pair ), 2 Buzzard (Local pair hunting after grass has been bailed), Reed Bunting
Colchester 22 Jun 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Michael Padmore 5 Peregrine Falcon (2 young birds have left the nest; one remains. Both adults nearby. Female brought a wood pigeon to young on top of the water tower. Remains of a magpie found below nest.), Buzzard (Circling over the water tower.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 22 Jun 2019 15:45 - 16:15 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch (Pair.)
Alresford 21 Jun 2019 09:00 - 09:30 creek, low tide Richard Allen Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), 46 Redshank, 9 Turnstone
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 21 Jun 2019 10:30 - 13:00 Sunny with light breeze Paul Chamberlain 2 Black-necked Grebe (Feeding their humbugs), 2 Barnacle Goose, 4 Avocet (with young), 2 Redshank (with young), Little Ringed Plover
Hanningfield Reservoir 21 Jun 2019 09:45 - 16:30 Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze. 20c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 3 Blackcap (Male with 2 females.), Wren, 3 Mistle Thrush (On foreshore, Point hide.), 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Hobby, 3 Buzzard, 6 Swift, 10 Common Tern (Young on raft.), 24 Lapwing, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Redshank, 18 Red-crested Pochard (12 drakes 6 females.), 2 Teal (Drakes.), 50 Mallard (Circa. 1 female with 15 tiny ducklings in tow. ), 24 Gadwall (Most in eclipse.), 6 Little Egret (6 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, many Meadow Brown Butterflies.), 6 Grey Heron (At least.)
Southend-on-Sea 21 Jun 2019 10:15 - 13:15 Sunny, warm. Some breeze. End of the pier. Andrew Cox 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Three adults, one second summer, three first summer, including one with an all black head.), 5 Sandwich Tern (At least, a couple showing white flecks on head.), Common Tern, Razorbill (Auk sp.flying down river. )
Vange Marsh RSPB 21 Jun 2019 14:30 - 18:00 Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudier. Andrew Cox 9 Teal (Seven males, two females.), 10 Shoveler (Two pairs swimming, six birds loafing. Beginning to mount into eclipse.), 12 Gadwall, Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), Kestrel, Hobby (Adult.), Oystercatcher, 53 Lapwing, 2 Spotted Redshank (Feeding/preening at the rear of the lagoon. Eventually on saline lagoon. Both summer plumage, one more intense than the other: Male & female?), Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo (Male, calling.), 2 Swallow (Pair around the Woodward.), 4 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.)
Copford SW, near Stanway 21 Jun 2019 15:30 - 17:00 Sunny and warm. David Allen 2 Grey Wagtail (one young), Sparrowhawk, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (near church), 3 Goldcrest
Colchester 21 Jun 2019 07:00 - 08:00 Michael Padmore 10 Swift (Seen around Sixth Form College, incl. individuals entering two of the new nest boxes)
The Naze at Walton 20 Jun 2019 07:30 - 11:30 sunny and breezy after early rain Martin Peers 12 Barnacle Goose, 8 Gadwall (female + 7 juvs), 10 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (male), 26 Oystercatcher (including adult + 3 chicks on Horsey Island), 9 Avocet (2 families of 2+2 young - Horsey Island), 4 Ringed Plover (territories), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 4 Redshank (3 pairs near Stone Point; one pair with single Lapwing in field where sheep are - no waders breeding here), 30 Little Tern (fishing off Stone Point), 25 Swift, 2 Kestrel (pair taking food towards probable nest-site), Hobby, 15 Skylark (males ), 12 Sand Martin (8 nests? Naze cliffs), 6 Swallow (including two pairs on Naze toilets), 20 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing - Naze area), Lesser Whitethroat (Naze (John Weston reserve)), 13 Whitethroat (males in song), 5 Sedge Warbler (territories - all with nest or young [my average here= 5]), 10 Reed Warbler (territories [10]), 60 Starling (30+ juvs), Yellow Wagtail (male), 20 Meadow Pipit (10 pairs), 6 Linnet (3 pairs), 6 Reed Bunting (territorial males - also one young bird.), 20 Shelduck (2 adults with a creche of 18 ducklings)
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 20 Jun 2019 08:00 - 09:30 Clive Atkins Montagu's Harrier (Ringtail between Wigboro and sewage works)
Chigborough Lakes 20 Jun 2019 09:50 - 11:45 And 12:55 to 13:30. Sunny at first, cloud increasing to overcast, dry. With Graham Barber. Red-eared Terrapin on Gadwall Lake. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mallard (Females with two and eight young. Main Lake.), Pochard (Female with five young. Main Lake.), 2 Little Grebe (Main Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with two young. Gadwall lake. (Adult Terrapin basking on island of this lake).), Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, Cuckoo (Calling.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 8 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 6 Blackcap (Singing.), Garden Warbler (Singing.), 2 Whitethroat (Pair feeding fledglings.), 7 Wren (Singing.), 4 Song Thrush (Singing.), Greenfinch (Singing.)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 20 Jun 2019 10:45 - 14:45 Warm, cloud cover increasing, rising tide John McLaughlin 15 Little Egret, 4 Egyptian Goose (2 pairs), 2 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 4 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 90 Avocet (includes c. 25 young), 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 80 Common Tern, 3 Little Tern (at least; 3 individuals returned to nesting area, then 3 left shortly after. Possibly 3 pairs?), 4 Cuckoo (Another observer saw 6 in the air at once!), 4 Sedge Warbler, 30 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 20 Jun 2019 17:00 - 18:30 Sun & cloud. Some breeze. Andrew Cox Marsh Harrier (Female. Chased off by terns & gulls.), Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Usual adult on the right hand island & hybrid on the left.), 20 Common Tern (At least.), Cuckoo (Male.)
Maldon 20 Jun 2019 19:00 - 20:00 John Buchanan 2 Avocet, Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Sandwich Tern (Party flew high East), 2 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, Barn Owl
Great Horkesley 20 Jun 2019 19:00 - 19:45 Quick look in meadow near Green Lane as I was waiting for Mrs! Matt Turner 4 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch (Heard calling then brief glimpse as it flew), 3 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 2 Blackcap (singing males), Mistle Thrush (Singing )
Colne Pt 20 Jun 2019 08:00 - 09:30 Richard Allen Montagu's Harrier (first year bird present 8-9.30 at least), 2 Cuckoo (around beach car park feeding from posts, acting like migrants grounded by overnight rain)
Alresford 19 Jun 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Richard Allen Turtle Dove (heard purring off Ford Lane at gravel workings)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 19 Jun 2019 14:00 - 14:30 Warm, overcast. Close to high tide. Paul Saward 2 Egyptian Goose (By white bridge), Black Swan (By white bridge), Peregrine Falcon (Top of pylon closest to north marsh.), 6 Cormorant (West of white bridge), 3 Oystercatcher (Flying over white bridge), Little Grebe (Splodge)
Colchester 19 Jun 2019 14:15 - 14:30 Grey and misty Sean Nixon 5 Peregrine Falcon (Both adults and 3 juveniles )
Abberton Reservoir 19 Jun 2019 19:00 - 20:30 Matt Turner 6 Little Ringed Plover (Adult pair with 4 chicks), Marsh Harrier (Male west over Billets), Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker (LBC), 2 Cetti's Warbler (LBC), Ring-necked Duck (Very close north east LBC)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 19 Jun 2019 10:00 - 13:00 Liz Huxley Buzzard, 3 Pochard (pair + 1 male), 3 Tufted Duck (pair + 1 male), 5 Reed Warbler ( ), 3 Nightingale, Garden Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 2 Curlew, 8 Common Tern, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, Barn Owl
Holland Haven 19 Jun 2019 15:30 - 17:15 Liz Huxley 29 Avocet, 8 Reed Warbler (+), 4 Reed Bunting (+ incl 2+ juvs), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Lapwing (+ incl 2+ juvs), 4 Bearded Tit (+ incl 1 male and 2+ juvs), Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 4 Gadwall, 30 Shelduck (+ incl 8 juvs)
Warley 18 Jun 2019 06:45 - 07:15 Andrew Stroud Ring-necked Parakeet (flew over Warley Country park - southwards), 10 Starling (on playing field by bowling club), 2 Robin
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 18 Jun 2019 07:30 - 08:30 Matt Turner Peregrine Falcon (On usual pylon, beginning to think it's glued on!), Sparrowhawk (Flying south), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, Song Thrush (Male singing beautifully), 4 Stock Dove, 28 Avocet, 2 Skylark, Reed Warbler, Bullfinch (Heard singing/calling in hedge to right of splodge pillbox - couldn't locate)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 18 Jun 2019 14:15 - 16:30 Dry to start, heavy showers arriving at 13 40. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. David Hale 3 Cuckoo (2 males, 1 female calling & showing well. All 3 perched together briefly on branch to left of hide.), Marsh Harrier (Male over scrape.), 6 Reed Warbler (At least, showing well.), Peregrine Falcon (Took a kill to top of distant pylon.), Blackcap (Female.), Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Bearded Tit (Pair in front of hide.), 6 Gadwall, 20 Common Tern (Circa, breeding birds.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus pairs of breeding birds)