Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Langdon Hills NR EWT 19 Jan 2020 08:15 - 09:15 Sunny, cold. Lincewood & Marks Hill. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), Coal Tit (Mark's Hill.), Treecreeper (Singing, Lincewood.), 2 Nuthatch (One each in Lincewood & Marks Hill.)
Westley Heights 19 Jan 2020 09:15 - 10:30 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrush (At least.), 2 Coal Tit, Nuthatch
Abberton Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 07:30 - 10:30 Tony Kennelly 2 Whooper Swan (LBC flew to W), 16 White-fronted Goose (Fields to SW of LBC), 3 Smew (LBC Red heads), Water Rail (Heard calling LBC), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay), Buzzard (Wig bay), Golden Plover (With 100 lapwing wig bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair billets farm screen), Swallow (LdlHC), Chiffchaff (Trees W of LdlHC), 2 Great White Egret (Trees W of LdlHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlHC), Black-throated Diver (E of LdlHC), Green Sandpiper (LdlHC), 1000 Teal, 500 Wigeon, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goosander (LdlH), Marsh Harrier (M LdlH), 50 Great Crested Grebe (2 in breeding plumage)
Hanningfield Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny ,cold breeze Matthew Davison 6 Goosander (Point Hide), Marsh Harrier (Male distant reed bed Rawl Hide), 15 Goldeneye, 8 White-fronted Goose (Field next to causeway)
Naze, The 19 Jan 2020 11:00 - 15:00 cold, but very nice day - from seawall Martin Richards Short-eared Owl, 35 Avocet (at mouth of Twizzle), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ majority in single flock in Walton Channel between Eagles hard and concrete barge)
Witham 19 Jan 2020 11:30 - 13:00 River Walk David L Smith 200 Pied Wagtail (+ AW Plant), 2 Grey Wagtail (River Walk & AW Plant), 2 Meadow Pipit (AW Plant), 2 Little Egret, Harris's Hawk, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (River Walk & Town Park), Blackcap (Male - garden feeders)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 19 Jan 2020 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 10 Barnacle Goose, 20 Pintail (At least.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Immatures.), Kestrel, Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly from adjacent reeds.), Stonechat (Female.)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 19 Jan 2020 15:00 - 17:00 Sunny but cold Mark Buckley Hen Harrier (Ringtail - likely adult female)
Abberton Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 11:00 - 14:00 Sunny and bright, light breeze, chilly. Kevin Colling Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over fields around Abberton Church. ), 50 Corn Bunting (Being spooked by hen harrier. ), 4 Stonechat, 6 Yellowhammer, Pintail (Male in with wigeon), 20 Wigeon, Great White Egret, Kestrel, 4 Goosander, Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit
Thorndon CP (North) 18 Jan 2020 08:00 - 10:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox Egyptian Goose, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper (Including a pair investigating possible nest site.), 5 Nuthatch (Including what appeared to be two pairs.), 4 Siskin (At least. Feeding in alders.), Lesser Redpoll (At least. Heard in flight.)
Ardleigh Reservoir 18 Jan 2020 08:00 - 09:30 Cloudy then sunshine, calm Matt Turner Great White Egret (Hunting at very far end then flew east), 6 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron, Little Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret
Abberton Reservoir 18 Jan 2020 10:00 - 12:30 bright and sunny Martin Peers 15 White-fronted Goose (Layer Breton c/way [13 adults]), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 6 Egyptian Goose (3 pairs), 10 Pintail, 170 Goldeneye (+), 9 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 60 Skylark (+, VC & Billets), Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair Billets screen), 20 Meadow Pipit (+, Billets)
Naze, The 18 Jan 2020 07:40 - 10:30 clear, cold, north-westerly breeze, ebbing tide - very quiet Brian Combes Chinese Muntjac, Marsh Harrier, 37 Skylark (+, feeding on marsh between tidal lagoons and Stone Point ), 4 Rock Pipit, Grey Heron
Naze, The 18 Jan 2020 11:00 - 15:00 cold, but lovely day Martin Richards Merlin (Stone Point), 30 Bar-tailed Godwit (near Stone Point), 300 Cormorant (roosts on Pye Sands and Oakley beach)
Vange Marsh RSPB 18 Jan 2020 13:45 - 16:45 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 14 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon (At least.), 5 Teal (On flood. More on creek.), 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 21 Shoveler, 4 Pintail (Two pairs.), Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Female/imm.), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, 400 Lapwing (Approx.), 6 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 400 Black-headed Gull (Approx.), 20 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Pair.)
West Mersea 18 Jan 2020 13:15 - 16:00 Lower Kingsland Road and Victoria Esplanade, rising tide David L Smith Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, Mediterranean Gull, 30 Sanderling (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard
East Tilbury 18 Jan 2020 07:45 - 12:45 Cold, fine and sunny, falling tide Paul Larkin 52 Linnet, Twite (With Linnet flock), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 343 Grey Plover, 2 Barn Owl, 643 Black-tailed Godwit, 312 Teal, Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew down river), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), Buzzard, 10 Oystercatcher, 86 Curlew, 14 Wigeon (On the river), Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 9 Knot, 15 Ringed Plover
Thorndon CP (South) 17 Jan 2020 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, some cloud. Mild. Andrew Cox 5 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 2 Kestrel (Male & female.)
Thorndon CP (North) 17 Jan 2020 09:00 - 10:00 Sunny, some cloud. Mild. Andrew Cox 5 Egyptian Goose, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Male plus one other calling nearby. Edge of Childerditch Wood.)
Colchester 17 Jan 2020 09:00 - 09:05 Phil Carter Black Redstart (Female in Silverton's yard, Haven Rd.)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 16 Jan 2020 09:05 - 11:20 Bright. Light but increasing S. wind. Malcolm Corbett 8 Canada Goose, 49 Greylag Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose (Together on ploughed field.), Shoveler (Silt lake.), 5 Gadwall (Silt lake.), 3 Pochard (Carp lake.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa. Carp lake.), 4 Little Grebe (Carp lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Trout lake. Displaying.), Great White Egret (Flew over from north. Appeared to drop into Chig. Lakes E.W.T. (Clearly much larger than Little Egret with yellow bill)), Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Skylark (At least three singing.), 12 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch
West Canvey Marshes RSPB 16 Jan 2020 10:00 - 12:30 Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen. David Hale Marsh Harrier (Male. After quartering the marsh he eventually caught a wader of some kind.), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 1000 Lapwing (Large flock up over Bowers Marsh.), 200 Wigeon (Circa.), 50 Teal (Circa.), 6 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (2 pair.), Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Skylark, 20 Goldfinch (At least.), 300 Starling (At least. Mobile flocks.), 4 Moorhen, 9 Barnacle Goose, Green Sandpiper (Flushed by M Harrier.), 2 Curlew, 100 Canada Goose (Circa.), 20 Greylag Goose, 4 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull (Circa.)
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 16 Jan 2020 12:45 - 13:45 Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. David Hale Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Female.), 20 Teal (Circa.), 20 Shoveler (Circa. ), Little Egret, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, 10 Cormorant (Not one gull on or over scrape.)
Braxted Park 16 Jan 2020 14:15 - 15:45 warm.sunny/cloudy with slight breeze. Malcolm Cresswell Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 4 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Gloucester Park, Basildon 16 Jan 2020 12:00 - 13:00 Mark Fisher Kingfisher (By the inlet & then in the inlet tunnel. I could hear it calling.), Grey Wagtail (On the outlet bridge)
Fingringhoe 16 Jan 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Grey, light drizzle and some sunshine Sean Nixon 3 Chiffchaff (At least 2 common chiffchaff and 1 Tristis-type at Sewage Farm found by Richard Allen. Not calling.), Grey Wagtail
Hanningfield Reservoir 16 Jan 2020 13:00 - 15:00 Overcast with some light rain Matt Turner 2 Goosander (both female), 19 Goldeneye, Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 120 Common Gull (+), 3 Buzzard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Jay
TL6907 15 Jan 2020 11:00 - 11:15 Dull and wet 6C Winifred Simmonds 4 Redwing
Mistley 15 Jan 2020 12:45 - 13:30 Simon Cox Black Guillemot (Found by Adrian Kettle & entered Essex waters behind the Co-op), Kingfisher
Gloucester Park, Basildon 15 Jan 2020 12:15 - 12:45 Mark Fisher Kingfisher (Along the island), Little Egret
Burnham-on-Crouch 15 Jan 2020 14:00 - 16:00 Highlights: Burnham Wick to the mouth of the Roach at high tide Steven Swaby Short-eared Owl (On seawall; flew towards Wallasea), Barn Owl, 2500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estimate. Numbers are building up rapidly on the wheat fields; approx 25% juvs), Whimbrel (Overwintering bird still present this year), 2 Stonechat, 90 Corn Bunting
Ardleigh Reservoir 14 Jan 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Calm and dry, overcast. Sightings from Lodge Lane causeway Matt Turner 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 4 Goosander (2 pairs), 40 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 14 Jan 2020 08:50 - 10:30 Overcast, calm, brief hazy rain to start. Malcolm Corbett 6 Canada Goose, 84 Greylag Goose (Trout lake, inc. one very pale individual.), 8 Mute Swan, 6 Egyptian Goose (Carp lake.), 3 Gadwall (Silt lake.), Pochard (Carp lake.), 82 Tufted Duck (81 Carp lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Trout lake, displaying.), 5 Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chaffinch
Fingringhoe 14 Jan 2020 09:00 - 09:15 Richard Allen Chiffchaff (Prob Siberian "tristis" at sewage works from Ferry Lane footpath in first elder on left in compound, pale grey chiffchaff with well marked off white supercilium, no hint of olive green, Simon Patient's photos show chestnut on ear coverts, but didn't call )
TQ5993 13 Jan 2020 07:30 - 07:30 Andrew Stroud 40 Pied Wagtail (in birches by Highway House, Brentwood Station, preparing to leave the nightime roost)
Great Braxted 13 Jan 2020 11:20 - 11:25 Strong SW wind with light and variable cloud Graham Ekins 2 Red Kite (A pair of adults appeared to be in display above the entrance road to Great Braxted Hall)
Boreham 13 Jan 2020 12:30 - 12:35 Strengthening SW wind with inccreasing cloud Graham Ekins Red Kite (Immature soaring high over Church and drifting NE. 1st patch record in 2020 and 3rd in Essex today. )
Holland Haven 13 Jan 2020 09:45 - 11:30 Liz Huxley 3 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice), 2 Kestrel, 400 Lapwing (circa), 16 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 11 Curlew, 9 Snipe, Water Rail, Bearded Tit (heard only)
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 13 Jan 2020 10:15 - 15:00 Dry , sunny, clouding over pm. S breeze,10c. Sightings with Brenda. VC to Ken Barrett hide & back. David Hale 12 Snipe (Purfleet scrape.), 20 Pintail (Circa.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 30 Shoveler (Circa.), 3 Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa. ), Grey Heron (River.), Little Egret (River.), 1000 Lapwing (Circa.), 2 Pochard (Drakes.), 10 Gadwall (Ken Barrett hide.), 50 Teal (Circa.), Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 2 female.), Barn Owl (Showing in usual box.), 2 Kestrel, 500 Starling (Plus. Large flock over tip), 1000 Black-headed Gull (Plus. Huge mixed gull flocks over tip.), Grey Wagtail (Ken Barrett hide.), Robin (Feeding from hand without hesitation. )
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 13 Jan 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Dry and bright, becoming windy. Michael Padmore 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Bullfinch, 400 Avocet, Ruff, Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, Greenshank, 40 Golden Plover, 50 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone, 150 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Brent Goose
Hatfield Forest 13 Jan 2020 08:00 - 09:00 Tony Kennelly 4 Hawfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Bullfinch, Buzzard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Little Egret, 8 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (Singing males), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males), 9 Pied Wagtail