Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Boreham 19 Mar 2019 06:40 - 07:45 Light SW, high cloud, good vis. 4.5C at 06.40; Boreham Patch Birding. Further signs of migration Graham Ekins Redshank (Summer plumage, NFY), 3 Shoveler (2MM, 1F, NFY), 36 Wigeon (Significant increase cf last 2 days. Presumably some new passage birds), 7 Pochard (Decrease continues ), 28 Tufted Duck (Numbers have doubled overnight, presumably involves passage birds from further S and W.), 4 Reed Bunting (All males, increase of 1 on yesterday), 4 Chiffchaff (2 apparently new arrivals as in new areas.), 11 Fieldfare (First since the 15th March, feeding as one tight group. Presumed new passage birds), Redwing (First since early December, feeding with Fieldfares. ), 500 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on Oil Seed Rape. This flock has been moving up and down valley for last week.)
Ford End 19 Mar 2019 13:00 - 13:15 Breezy, sun Barry Beischer 3 Buzzard
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 19 Mar 2019 07:45 - 08:30 Overcast with light drizzle, all sightings from bridge and flooded field to north, low tide Matt Turner 8 Oystercatcher, 35 Redshank, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 20 Gadwall, 5 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 30 Wigeon, 9 Avocet, 2 Blue Tit, Blackbird, Wren, 2 Dunnock, 9 Shelduck, Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Teal, 10 Lapwing, Cormorant
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 19 Mar 2019 06:30 - 08:00 Mostly cloudy some sunshine 4c Richard Gray Stock Dove (singing.), Ring-necked Parakeet (flying over wood calling.), Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming.), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (drumming in usual spot - just to left of entrance.), Song Thrush (singing.), 2 Mistle Thrush (singing - 1 in Criers Wood.), 2 Chiffchaff (1 heard whilst watching another.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (pair.), 2 Coal Tit (pair.), 3 Treecreeper (at least - only one singing.)
Tilbury 19 Mar 2019 10:00 - 10:30 Broken cloud, light SW wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 18 Wigeon (On river near new landfill), 9 Gadwall (On river near new landfill), 71 Teal (On river near new landfill)
Epping 19 Mar 2019 15:35 - 15:45 Dull, light winds Roger Emmens 3 Red Kite (Soaring together, presumed pair then left towards NW and the other towards SW)
University of Essex, Colchester 19 Mar 2019 11:45 - 11:45 Mild and grey Sean Nixon 24 Jackdaw (Including adult Nordic Jackdaw near middle lake), Little Owl (Calling near sports centre)
Holland Haven 19 Mar 2019 10:30 - 12:00 Liz Huxley 20 Sanderling (on sea defense rocks), 20 Curlew (+), 50 Stock Dove (+), 30 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, 9 Avocet (on Scrape), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Lapwing (+ incl displaying), 6 Shoveler (3 male), Buzzard, 5 Wheatear (+), 3 Reed Bunting (+), Bearded Tit (in reeds at S end of golf course)
Roxwell 18 Mar 2019 12:00 - 12:00 Martin Henry Red Kite (drifting south)
Wrabness 18 Mar 2019 14:00 - 15:00 Cool, breezy and showers Paul Saward Chiffchaff (Seen and heard), Cetti's Warbler (Heard only but id not in doubt)
Copford SW, near Stanway 18 Mar 2019 14:30 - 15:30 Sunny and showers Emma Robinson Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail (+), 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard drumming ), 2 Song Thrush
Langham 18 Mar 2019 09:30 - 11:00 sunny but breezy Martin Peers 32 Mute Swan, 12 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 2 Little Grebe (calling males - Docura's Farm), Great Crested Grebe (Docura's Farm), 14 Coot (7 pairs), 2 Oystercatcher (pair @ lagoons), 2 Redshank (territorial birds - Broomhouse flash), Kestrel (male at lagoons), 12 Skylark (territorial males), Cetti's Warbler (singing male - Broomhouse flash), Mistle Thrush (male below the church), 2 Greenfinch (territories [2018= 3]), 12 Linnet, 6 Yellowhammer (+), 14 Reed Bunting
Ardleigh Reservoir 18 Mar 2019 11:15 - 12:15 sunny intervals Martin Peers 13 Tufted Duck, 11 Great Crested Grebe (one nest, 5 pairs), 10 Coot (5 pairs in top half of reservoir), Lapwing (gravel pit), 3 Green Sandpiper (gravel pit 2; upper dam 1), 2 Common Gull (all gulls on gravel pit), 30 Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff (singing males), Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males), 2 Greenfinch (pair), Reed Bunting (singing male beside upper dam)
Great Waltham 18 Mar 2019 14:00 - 16:00 Mike Hardwick Chiffchaff (In wood between Gt Waltham and Pleshey)
Bicknacre 18 Mar 2019 08:00 - 16:00 Sun and cloud, slight breeze, sightings from garden and Thrift Wood afternoon walk. Paul Fletcher 12 Goldfinch (On sunflower heart feeders ), 4 Greenfinch (On sunflower heart feeder.), Redpoll sp. (Garden tick seen on sunflower hearts with other finches.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 regulars on feeders, 1 seen in Thrift Wood + 2 more heard drumming), 20 Great Tit (+ ), 20 Blue Tit (+), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dunnock, 5 Blackbird, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Robin (Pair seen together and going into ivy on neighbouring house this morning ), Green Woodpecker (Seen in Thrift Wood.), Wren (Near pond in wood), 50 Fieldfare (+ maybe more, a very large group disturbed from trees on edge of wood/farmland)
Coggeshall 18 Mar 2019 11:00 - 11:30 Bright & Dry Stuart Anderson 5 Buzzard (Very High, circling and drifting east)
Abberton Reservoir 18 Mar 2019 10:30 - 17:00 Sunshine & showers, light W breeze, max 14c. Sightings with Brenda. Sightings from LDH Causeway, Gwens hide & old road. David Hale 9 Goosander (4 drakes 5 females.), 8 Scaup (3 drakes 5 females.), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Pintail (Females.), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 20 Goldeneye (Plus.), 2 Little Grebe, Barn Owl (Hunting from 13 25 for an hour along far bank opposite VC. Ended up hunting in front & behind Gwens hide. Heavy shower did not deter it.), Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (On pumping station.), Dunlin, Chiffchaff (Old road.), Green Woodpecker (Old road, very vocal.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair VC car park.), 4 Reed Bunting (2 pair.), 6 Chaffinch (At least.), 15 Goldfinch (Circa.), 8 Skylark, Great White Egret, Grey Heron
Epping 18 Mar 2019 14:30 - 14:35 Roger Emmens 3 Buzzard (Soaring together, looked like pair plus single territorial dispute)
Boreham 17 Mar 2019 06:30 - 07:20 Light W/NW breeze; scattered high cloud, good vis. ; Boreham Patch Birding; vis. migration occuring Graham Ekins Fieldfare (No sign of any this morning. Last seen 15th (does not accept 0 counts)), 3 Gadwall (2MM, new in Friday 16th March), Goldeneye (Male still present, was NFS on the 12th. ), 12 Wigeon (Decrease continues, record count of 52 on the 12th.), 8 Pochard (3 FF, decrease continues), 2 Little Grebe (first seen 12th), Little Egret (First seen 12th an adult in summer plumage), 5 Skylark (First singing males for 8 days. ), 3 Reed Bunting (Males very mobile NFY), 8 Meadow Pipit (2 flocks of 3 and 5 high N between 06.35 and 06.50.), Marsh Harrier (Female type plumage very high N at 07.05 (NFY)), 2 Teal (Pair and first for 22 days. )
Thorndon CP (North) 17 Mar 2019 09:00 - 11:00 Andrew Stroud 3 Chiffchaff (singing in area between Hatch Farm & golf course), 4 Greenfinch (around Hatch Farm), 2 Bullfinch (in same area as Chiffchaffs ), 2 Buzzard, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet (calling at north end of South park), 3 Grey Heron (flyin from & around Childerditch Pond), 5 Chaffinch, 100 Jackdaw, Stock Dove
Fingringhoe Mill 17 Mar 2019 09:15 - 10:00 Sunny with cloud, strong Westerly Ashley Gooding Green Woodpecker (calling), Great Spotted Woodpecker (flew into nearby wood), 20 Teal (10 pairs), 2 Redshank, 18 Black-headed Gull (various ages), 2 Pied Wagtail (pair), 2 Sparrowhawk (male and female diplaying), 8 Buzzard (came out of wood to west, friday wood?)
Heybridge Basin 17 Mar 2019 06:15 - 08:30 High tide & strong NW wind. No spring migrants heard or seen during this visit! Tony Kennelly 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair with black-headed gulls), 3 Bearded Tit (3 seen but Possibly more as individuals called), Greenshank, 40 Avocet, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), Little Egret, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Fingringhoe 17 Mar 2019 10:15 - 10:45 Sunny with cloud, strong Westerly Ashley Gooding 17 Curlew, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper (all on previously flooded area), 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Teal (five pairs)
Boxted 17 Mar 2019 10:30 - 11:30 sunny with broken cloud Martin Peers 2 Gadwall (pair Boxted Lake), 40 Tufted Duck, Goldeneye (brownhead), 2 Goosander (pair), Little Grebe, 6 Coot (3 pairs), 2 Stock Dove (males - Boxted total now 4), 3 Chiffchaff (singing males), Mistle Thrush (Boxted total now 3 territories [3]), 2 Siskin (at bird table)
Abberton Reservoir 17 Mar 2019 11:00 - 14:30 Very windy with occasional rain and hail - Highlights from 46 species recorded Ben Mapp 3 Egyptian Goose (2 under centre feeders, 1 from Billets screen), 6 Shelduck (5 LBC, 1 Wig Bay), 8 Gadwall, 4 Teal, Pochard (Male), 6 Scaup (E of LDLH with Tufted Ducks), 2 Long-tailed Duck (E of LDLH near tern raft), 20 Goldeneye (+), 6 Goosander (4 LDLH, 2 Billets screen), 3 Smew (Redhead W LBC), Black-necked Grebe (E of LDLH with Tufted Ducks and Scaup), Pheasant, 10 Grey Heron (LBC), 3 Buzzard (Over Hide Bay Hide), 3 Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull (LBC), Stock Dove (Billets Farm), 10 Skylark (+), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Along old entrance road), 4 Chaffinch (Visitor Centre), 2 Reed Bunting
Heybridge Basin 17 Mar 2019 15:00 - 15:30 Only managed 300 yards from car park before torrential hail/rain stopped play! Ben Mapp 200 Brent Goose (+), 8 Pintail (4 pairs), 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, Dunlin, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (+, many in summer plumage), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Curlew, 5 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Heard)
Hanningfield Reservoir 17 Mar 2019 16:25 - 16:50 Quick look at Grazing Meadow and Chesnut Wood only Ben Mapp 3 Egyptian Goose (Grazing Meadow), 200 Wigeon (+), 2 Oystercatcher (Meadow Pool), 13 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch (All singing)
Navestock 17 Mar 2019 17:00 - 17:15 Andrew Stroud Barn Owl (Quartering Navestock Heath by Loft Hall. The first I've ever seen at this site.)
Stapleford Tawney 17 Mar 2019 17:45 - 18:00 Andrew Stroud Tawny Owl (Emerged to edge of large hole in tree, then skunk back inside as I slowly drove along Tawney Lane), 2 Little Owl (Pair Tawny Lane), 8 Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge
Frinton-on-Sea 17 Mar 2019 07:00 - 18:00 Fresh W, showers early pm, then wind easing. Good vis. Movement generally to south Paul Brayshaw 3 Fulmar, 41 Red-throated Diver, 332 Cormorant, 130 Chaffinch (small groups in off and continuing N/NW during the morning), 20 Meadow Pipit (in off/N), 28 Linnet (in off/N)
Holland Haven 17 Mar 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Paul Brayshaw Wheatear (male, in fields between Golf Course and Great Holland), 140 Linnet (fields between Golf Course and Great Holland)
East Mersea 17 Mar 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Rewsalls seawall between coopers beach & youth camp Stephen Entwistle Wheatear (Male. Seen by Dougal Urquhart. the earliest record for merse.last record ivy dock seawall 19 March 93,)
Great Waltham 17 Mar 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Barry Beischer 3 Buzzard (Circling, heading north )
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 17 Mar 2019 10:00 - 14:00 Stiff westerly breeze with sun and occasional showers with hail. Falling tide. Robert Pease 2 Chiffchaff (Obs garden), Cetti's Warbler (Othona pond area), Kittiwake (An adult into the river), Buzzard (Sandbeach)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 17 Mar 2019 08:15 - 14:00 Sunny, strong W wind, falling tide Paul Larkin Stonechat (Male singing from wires near Golden Gates), Fieldfare (Rather sickly looking bird sitting in field near Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 26 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 38 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 66 Teal (One Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 7 Goldeneye (Including two drakes, Golden Gates), 70 Tufted Duck (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, he rest Golden Gates. Pair seen copulating), 13 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing Golden Gates), 15 Pochard (Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (One each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), Goldcrest (Golden Gates), Aythya sp. (Female PochardxTufted on the pit to the south of the tip), Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults Golden Gates), 1326 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 135 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 7 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 25 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 181 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 10 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), Sparrowhawk (Over the river from Kent), 67 Dunlin (In the managed retreat)
Stanway Green 17 Mar 2019 13:10 - 13:15 Malcolm Corbett Red Kite (Seen by Graham Barber opposite Dyers Road.)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 17 Mar 2019 18:15 - 18:30 David Pallash Chiffchaff
Langdon Hills NR EWT 16 Mar 2019 08:15 - 09:30 Cloudy, windy. Andrew Cox 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Both males, Lincewood), Treecreeper (Singing Male, Lincewood), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing males.)
Naze, The 16 Mar 2019 06:10 - 11:00 high tide - ebbing, overcast, very strong south-west wind, mild; 17 species in song Brian Combes Barn Owl (Hunting north of the Tower), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 3 in or around John Weston Reserve and 3 further south), 50 Chaffinch (+, south), 100 Starling (+, south), 2 Firecrest (1 singing by escarpment, 1 in John Weston Reserve ), Fulmar (South, first of the Spring ), 12 Gannet (9 north, 3 south ), 9 Red-throated Diver (7 north, 2 south ), 8 Goldcrest, Peregrine Falcon (Flying towards Stone Point with prey), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing by sewage works ), 4 Redwing
Maldon 16 Mar 2019 10:00 - 12:15 Cloudy. Sightings from Promenade Park Thomas Gilbert 120 Redshank, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher (2 pairs), 4 Canada Goose (On river), 4 Little Grebe (+), 10 Tufted Duck (On lake), 20 Mallard, 70 Teal, 2 Curlew, 2 Egyptian Goose (Flew from Heybridge over the park), Cormorant (European type), 15 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch, 800 Starling, Greenshank, 10 Herring Gull
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 16 Mar 2019 09:30 - 15:00 Cloudy, very strong SW wind. With Simon Papps. Simon Satchell 2 Water Pipit, 2 Peregrine Falcon (possibly 3), Wheatear (male), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), Barn Owl
Abberton Reservoir 16 Mar 2019 12:00 - 14:00 Windy Yvonne Watling 5 Smew, 3 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, 5 Goldeneye, 5 Skylark
Thorndon CP (South) 15 Mar 2019 08:15 - 09:15 Sun & cloud. Windy. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (Possibly two), 2 Treecreeper (Male singing.), Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 20 Redwing (At least.), Goldcrest (Singing Male low in hawthorn. Showing well.), 4 Goldfinch, 50 Jackdaw (At least.)
Thorndon CP (North) 15 Mar 2019 09:15 - 09:45 Sun & cloud. Windy. Andrew Cox Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling near Hatch Farm/golf course/ Deer Park crossroads. Seen briefly.), Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.)
Chigborough Lakes 15 Mar 2019 09:55 - 11:40 And 12:45 to 13:20. Cloud with sun, brisk W wind. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 4 Mute Swan (Two pair.), 13 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe (One pair, Bean Mere, one pair Gadwall Lake.), 5 Grey Heron (Minimum occupied nests in heronry, Main Lake.), 3 Little Egret, 16 Cormorant (Minimum occupied nests in heronry, Main Lake.), Buzzard, 70 Black-headed Gull (+. Main Lake.), Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), Bullfinch (Male.)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 15 Mar 2019 11:40 - 12:45 Cloud with sun, brisk W wind. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mute Swan (Pair, large lake.), 30 Shelduck, 11 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, Kestrel (Male.), Skylark (Singing.), Song Thrush (Singing.), Reed Bunting (Female.), 200 Black-headed Gull (+. Large lake, feeding.)
TL8313 15 Mar 2019 13:50 - 13:50 Malcolm Corbett Red Kite (Seen by Graham Barber near Blue Mills.)
Stanford-le-Hope 15 Mar 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Dry, sun & cloud, strong W wind. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 4 Blue Tit (Sightings from riverside hide.), 6 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch (2 pairs.), Marsh Harrier (Female, crossed mud from Port to reserve.), Kestrel, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 40 Shelduck (At least.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 100 Avocet (Circa.), 40 Teal, 30 Curlew, 200 Redshank (Plus.), 200 Dunlin (Circa.), 12 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Chaffinch (Pair.), 2 Mallard (Pair.), 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), Lesser Black-backed Gull, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus.), 2 Blackbird (Pair.), Skylark
Abberton Reservoir 15 Mar 2019 17:30 - 17:45 Stiff NW wind, but mild Sean Nixon 2 Long-tailed Duck (All E of LdlH c/way), 8 Scaup, 18 Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 59 Tufted Duck