Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Wivenhoe 19 May 2019 09:00 - 10:00 humid. Fishpond data Graham Upton Cetti's Warbler (Heard ), 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing
University of Essex, Colchester 19 May 2019 09:00 - 09:00 almost damp Graham Upton Cormorant (Lake near the library.)
Abberton Reservoir 19 May 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Mild slight drizzle Yvonne Watling Little Ringed Plover, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Cuckoo, Hobby, Little Gull, 2 Black Tern, Corn Bunting, Nightingale (Heard ), 3 Reed Bunting
Westley Heights 19 May 2019 08:30 - 09:45 Cloudy, mild. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Swallow, 4 Song Thrush (Two singing males in Coombe Wood. Two together in Crown Wood.), 2 Treecreeper (Hall Wood.), 6 Nuthatch (Plus. At least two in Hall Wood. Pair visiting usual nest hole in Coombe Wood. At least two in Westley Heights, close to nest hole, but not seen to visit.), Greenfinch, Goldfinch (Singing Male.)
Wrabness 19 May 2019 09:00 - 13:30 Warm, calm and overcast. light rain towards midday. Nick Boxall Cuckoo (Possibly more then one, Heard only, area backing on to storage depot mainly.), 4 Turtle Dove (4 seen at the least, lots of turring throughout the reserve, possibly good numbers here.), 6 Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (Heard only, main path from car park), 10 Sand Martin (10+ seen at beach end of reserve.), 5 Swallow (Over paddock next to car park.), Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard many more throughout the reserve.), 5 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Kestrel, 2 Shelduck (Beach end of reserve.), 2 Dunnock, Wren
Holyfield Marsh, Lea Valley 19 May 2019 13:00 - 13:00 Alan Harris 2 Red-crested Pochard (pair)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 18 May 2019 04:30 - 08:30 Leading EWT Dawn Chorus walk Steve Grimwade Turtle Dove (Singing male), 2 Cuckoo, 16 Nightingale (Singing males), 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males ), 18 Blackcap (Singing males), 12 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch (Males), Marsh Harrier, 3 Sand Martin, Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting
Thorndon CP (North) 18 May 2019 08:15 - 09:15 Cloud & sun. Warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One occupied nest.), 2 Swift, Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (Both visiting separate nests.)
Thorndon CP (South) 18 May 2019 09:15 - 10:15 Cloud & sun. Warm. Andrew Cox Kestrel (Male, close to presumed nest site.), 3 Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Yellowhammer (One singing Male.)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 18 May 2019 11:15 - 12:15 Sun & cloud. Warm. Andrew Cox 3 Black-necked Grebe, Ring-necked Duck (Male.), Kestrel, 3 Common Tern (Overhead.), Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail (Singing Male, sitting on wire fence.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing males. At least.)
Beckton 18 May 2019 08:00 - 11:00 Cloud/sun no wind Gary A James Great White Egret (Over at 09.05 east), Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Swift
Rayne 18 May 2019 10:00 - 10:00 Warm with clouds Martin Iddon 2 Common Tern (At least two being very vocal at fishing lakes between Rayne and Braintree)
Naze, The 18 May 2019 05:30 - 12:00 light wind, mist first thing then clear, warm, rising tide - 24 species singing Brian Combes 15 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 4 south of John Weston Reserve, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 north of decoy ponds), 2 Cuckoo (Singing), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), Green Woodpecker, 22 Sanderling (Stone Point ), 3 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), Wheatear (Walton Hall Marshes )
Hylands Park, Chelmsford 18 May 2019 12:00 - 13:15 Thomas Gilbert 10 Blue Tit, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (Male singing), Goldcrest (Singing), 2 Chaffinch, 4 Treecreeper (Possibly more), Spotted Flycatcher (In woods by playground), 4 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming ), Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 10 Rook, 10 Jackdaw, Kestrel, 2 Buzzard
Friday Wood 18 May 2019 09:00 - 12:00 sunny clear (Ball Farm to main wood) singing males Andrew Goodey Cetti's Warbler, 12 Nightingale, 9 Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler (this site had well over 100 singing males in 1980s), Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 18 May 2019 15:00 - 16:30 Bright and warm Mike Harris Peregrine Falcon (Adult on Pylon, crop full), Wryneck (Calling fairly consistently as it moved through the brambles/scrub on the tip face from the southern boundary. Despite a twenty minute wait it refused to show itself), 2 Bearded Tit
Rayne 17 May 2019 06:00 - 07:00 cloudy 8/8 Andrew Goodey Kingfisher (one calling along river), Hobby
Dovercourt 17 May 2019 14:30 - 14:30 Overcast Peter Brittain 4 Swift (Over my house, first I’ve seen this year)
Abberton Reservoir 17 May 2019 08:30 - 11:30 Steve Grimwade Garganey (Male), Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 800 Swift, 3 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Shelduck
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT 17 May 2019 12:00 - 13:45 Poor light.Cold.NE wind Peter Heath Sparrowhawk (Female in front of hide at freshwater lake.), Turtle Dove (Heard in vicinity of lake.), Cuckoo (Rufous morph female in trees in lake.)
Colchester 17 May 2019 19:00 - 19:10 Cool cloudy and breezy John Thorogood 2 Swift (Screaming, first Swifts seen in the area this year)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 17 May 2019 07:15 - 08:30 Cloudy. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.)
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 17 May 2019 11:45 - 16:30 Cloudy, some light rain. Andrew Cox 7 Great Crested Grebe (River.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), 2 Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, Kestrel, 30 Ringed Plover (At least.), Grey Plover (Summer plumage.), Dunlin (Summer plumage.), Greenshank (Purfleet scrape.), Common Sandpiper (River edge.), 5 Arctic Tern (Down river.), Cuckoo
Vange Marsh RSPB 17 May 2019 17:45 - 18:30 Cloudy. Andrew Cox 4 Pochard, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Tern (Flying over.), 2 Blue Tit (Two nests on Pitsea station: one in a destination gantry support; the other in the top of a CCTV pole.)
Tiptree 16 May 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Tiptree Heath Paul Gymer 7 Willow Warbler (maybe more)
Fordham 16 May 2019 07:45 - 10:45 warm and sunny Martin Peers 2 Swift (pair - village), 2 Green Woodpecker (territories - Fordham Woodland Trust reserve [2]), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Kestrel (males at opposite ends of reserve), 6 Skylark (males on reserve [2018= 9]), 3 Swallow (territories round village), 4 House Martin (village), 22 Chiffchaff (territories on reserve [2017= 24]), 3 Willow Warbler (males [2018= 3]), 19 Blackcap (males [17]), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (males [4]), 25 Whitethroat (males [2017= 28]), 2 Song Thrush (males [2018= 2]), 4 Greenfinch (males [4]), Bullfinch (male [3]), 14 Yellowhammer (males [14]), Reed Bunting (singing male by river ; first time I've not heard Cuckoo here in 10 years)
Tilbury 16 May 2019 09:00 - 12:00 Fine and sunny, E wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 32 Arctic Tern (Flocks of 3,7,8, & 14 down river), 13 Swift, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret (In the fort), 2 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore by the ferry terminal), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo (In the P Stn), Nightingale (In the STW), 3 Common Tern (Down river, probably local birds), 12 Mallard (In the fort, all drakes bar one), 2 Grey Heron (In the fort), 7 Shelduck (In the fort)
TQ5993 16 May 2019 12:30 - 13:00 Andrew Stroud 4 Swift (small group over Brentwood station)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 16 May 2019 17:15 - 18:30 Sunny, chilly breeze. Andrew Cox 2 Pochard (Males.), Hobby (Near entrance gate. Flew over horse sanctuary.), Water Rail (Calling in front of hide.), Oystercatcher, 200 Black-headed Gull (At least.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Adults.), 15 Common Tern (At least.), Cuckoo (Male. Possibly two.)
Abberton Reservoir 16 May 2019 17:30 - 18:45 Sunny, but cool E wind Sean Nixon 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, Garganey, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Swift (circa.), 32 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper
Maldon 16 May 2019 16:00 - 16:45 Fresh Easterly wind, clear sky, low water Paul Jeffries 2 Shelduck (Pair with 10 ducklings Hythe Quay)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham 15 May 2019 09:20 - 11:00 Sunny, warm, light E wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mute Swan (Pair nest building, R. Blackwater.), 5 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, Cuckoo (Heard only.), Kestrel (Male.), 4 Song Thrush (Singing.)
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT 15 May 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Liz Huxley 4 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (+), 4 Whitethroat, Buzzard, Turtle Dove (male at Lake), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 3 Pochard (2 males, 1 female), Cuckoo, Reed Bunting (male), Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail
Wormingford, Colchester 15 May 2019 08:45 - 11:45 warm and sunny Martin Peers 2 Mallard (juvs - airfield unless stated), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), Great Crested Grebe, Swallow (territory), 8 House Martin (4 pairs), Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat (males on territory), 3 Yellow Wagtail (males on territory [2018= 4]), 20 Linnet (10 pairs), 8 Yellowhammer (males on territory (airfield= 6)), Reed Bunting (male in oilseed rape), 11 Corn Bunting (males on territory (mostly paired) [10 year average= 11])
Mount Bures 15 May 2019 10:00 - 11:00 Martin Peers 2 Grey Partridge (pair - not far from airfield Site A, where not recorded since 2017), 2 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), Turtle Dove (purring male near last year's territory), Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (males), 2 Swallow (territories), 5 Chiffchaff (territories), 5 Blackcap (territories), Garden Warbler (male on territory (Sergeant's Orchard EWT)), 8 Whitethroat (territories), 2 Song Thrush (territories), Mistle Thrush (male on territory), 3 Greenfinch (males), 10 Linnet (5 pairs), Bullfinch (Sergeant's Orchard EWT), 2 Yellowhammer (territories)
Stow Marsh 15 May 2019 14:30 - 16:30 Low tide warm East wind Alan Shearring 2 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Saltcoates), 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard (three of which came low from the east), 4 Teal (two pair), Whimbrel, 4 Stock Dove
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 15 May 2019 11:00 - 11:30 Sunny, calm. Nick Boxall Cuckoo (Heard only.), 2 Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Chiffchaff
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 15 May 2019 12:15 - 16:15 Sunny, calm. Nick Boxall Cuckoo (Heard only, near car park and again from direction of wind pump.), Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk (Female, flew over car park), 5 Sand Martin, 2 Avocet, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, 3 at least, car park area particularly noisy, and path back to car park from Flying Field.), 3 Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 10 Redshank (10+ uncounted), 6 Oystercatcher, 20 Pochard (20+ uncounted.), 20 Gadwall (20+ uncounted), 18 Shelduck (18+ uncounted.), 4 Shoveler, 20 Lapwing (20+ uncounted.), 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch (In car park), Chaffinch, Kestrel, Buzzard
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 15 May 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Paul Gymer 4 Nightingale (singing), Turtle Dove (purring), 2 Garden Warbler (singing)
TL6011 15 May 2019 13:30 - 13:30 Andrew Stroud Red Kite (Flying over the A1060 Margaret Roding)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 14 May 2019 07:00 - 07:30 Sunny and mild Brian Bolton 3 Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck (Pair), Greenshank (Along South Bank of pit), Yellowhammer (From fishing pit area)
Vange Marsh RSPB 14 May 2019 17:15 - 18:15 Sunny, breezy. Andrew Cox 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.), Little Ringed Plover, 30 Swift (At least.), 3 House Martin (At least.)
Epping 13 May 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny, mild, light winds Roger Emmens 10 Linnet (Maybe 5 pairs along Bolt Cellar Lane, up on recent years)
Kelvedon Hatch 13 May 2019 09:00 - 13:00 David Jobbins Red Kite, Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Swallow, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 13 May 2019 08:35 - 09:55 And 11:40 to 12:05. Sunny, light E wind. Malcolm Corbett 3 Mute Swan (Inc. pair nesting.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 27 Tufted Duck (14 males.), Cuckoo, 16 Swift, Hobby, 4 Skylark (Two pair.), 2 Swallow, 15 Long-tailed Tit (+. Two family groups.), Willow Warbler (Singing.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing.), Reed Bunting (Singing.)
Chigborough Lakes 13 May 2019 09:55 - 11:40 Sunny, light E wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Cuckoo (Heard simultaneously.), 4 Swift, Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. North of Main Lake.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+. Two family groups.), 8 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 9 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 16 Blackcap (15 singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing.), 14 Wren (Singing.), Song Thrush (Singing.), Mistle Thrush, Nightingale (Singing. North of Teal Pond.), Reed Bunting (Singing.)
Stanford Warren 13 May 2019 17:00 - 17:15 Mark Fisher Nightingale (Singing)