Date Details Sitename
Monday 13 Jan

Boreham 12:30 to 12:35, Strengthening SW wind with inccreasing cloud
1 Red Kite (Immature soaring high over Church and drifting NE. 1st patch record in 2020 and 3rd in Essex today. ) [Graham Ekins]

Tuesday 09 Apr

Boreham 06:30 to 07:45, Light NE, heavily overcast; 8C at 06.30; Superb Boreham Patch Birding last few days
2 Common Tern (Over Trifarm Pit at 14.00 on 8th April, no sign this morning. One day later than 1st record in 2018.) 1 Yellow Wagtail (2nd bird of the spring early am on Sunday 7th April. ) 1 Little Ringed Plover (NFY, First of spring here on 7th April, gravel is now overgrown and so breeding unlikely) 1 Black-tailed Godwit (NFY, Summer plumage bird on pit all day 8th April, only 2nd patch record after one last April. No sign this morning) 1 Greenshank (NFY, First patch record for 2 years, flying over pit on arrival) 2 Redshank (Pair roosting on Trifarm Pit, left at 07.05 heading N. 2nd record this spring. ) 125 Sand Martin (None yesterday pm but am came in from N while scanning, presumably from pits N of Boreham.) 22 Swallow (None yesterday pm but this group feeding low over pit, number slowly dropping during visit) 2 House Martin (Over pit and NFY. ) 1 Iceland Gull (An intriguing bird flew along the Chelmer heading towards Maldon at 06.45. Suggested a 2nd year bird but one distant shot shows P10 to 8 with shadow!) 6 Wigeon (This is getting late for my patch.) 2 Gadwall (first for a week. ) 6 Teal (New arrivals, first for a week. ) 2 Pochard (2 drakes, very late for my patch.) 5 Blackcap (4 singing along Chelmer Monday 8th April and another singing in garden.) [Graham Ekins]

Wednesday 03 Apr

Boreham 14:30 to 16:15, Wind a light S/SW with one heavy squally shower otherwise felt warm in the sunshine; Patch Birding Visit; signs of migration
1 Yellow Wagtail (male dropped in during the rain shower, fed actively around N edge of pit.) 22 Sand Martin (None on arrival, appeared during rain and left as sun came out) 2 Swallow (Arrived with the Sand Martins and left at same time.) 8 Linnet (First this spring; mobile flock) 2 Teal (pair feeding along N edge) 1 Gadwall (All have left as have the Pochard & Shoveler) 12 Wigeon (Steady decrease in recent days. ) 12 Coot (22 have left in last 3 days. ) 4 Robin (Pair in back garden have young 5 days old; front garden pair still incubating) 4 Wood Pigeon (2 pairs both building in front hedges of neighbours and our hedges. ) 2 Blackbird (Well grown young in nest in front hedge.) 8 House Sparrow (4 pairs in colony nest boxes on front wall of house. ) 1 Song Thrush (Unpaired male singing still in oak in back garden. ) 6 Buzzard (Flock very high and circling at 16.00, drifting N, presumed migrants. ) [Graham Ekins]

Wednesday 20 Mar

Boreham 06:20 to 07:30, Light SW, increasingly overcast; 7.5C at 06.20; Boreham Patch Birding. Plus additional records from pm 19th March.
1 Swallow (Feeding over Trifarm Pit at 16.05 on 19th March then flew off N at 16.12.No sign this morning. NFY and earliest ever. ) 300 Starling (Feeding in a tight flock in pea field with Fieldfare 19th from 16.00 . Record sized flock and not present am 20th) 65 Fieldfare (Feeding with Starlings pm 19th;this large flock not present am 19th or this morning (20th). Both species very wary.) 2 Teal (pair on pit) 58 Tufted Duck (Still increasing. ) 5 Gadwall (Still increasing. Shoveler have moved on) 1 Kingfisher (First by bridge since February. Most recent records Paper Mill Lock) 1 Grey Wagtail (Flew west up river at 06.45 (NFY)) [Graham Ekins]

Tuesday 19 Mar

Boreham 06:40 to 07:45, Light SW, high cloud, good vis. 4.5C at 06.40; Boreham Patch Birding. Further signs of migration
1 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) 1 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.) [Graham Ekins]

Sunday 17 Mar

Boreham 06:30 to 07:20, Light W/NW breeze; scattered high cloud, good vis. ; Boreham Patch Birding; vis. migration occuring
1 Fieldfare (No sign of any this morning. Last seen 15th (does not accept 0 counts)) 3 Gadwall (2MM, new in Friday 16th March) 1 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) 1 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.) 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type plumage very high N at 07.05 (NFY)) 2 Teal (Pair and first for 22 days. ) [Graham Ekins]

Friday 15 Mar

Boreham 06:50 to 08:10, Force 3 SW increasing; dry and mild at 11.5C. Boreham Patch Birding summary for the 11th to 15th March. One NFS.
1 Willow Warbler (male sining intermittently in Blackthorn just S of Church on 11th and 12th but not since; earliest ever.) 2 Chiffchaff (Singing birds from the 27th February in Willows alongside Chelmer.) 14 Lapwing (In one tight flock on the 11th; presumed migrants as local birds all on territory and displaying. ) 2 Oystercatcher (One bird from 25th February pair from 11th March. ) 3 Shelduck (2MM, 1F new in this morning (15th)) 32 Fieldfare (Still present on 14th feeding in pea field with 40 Starlings) 40 Starling (Presumed late winter visitors feeding with Starlings on 14th. Otherwise uncommon in valley.) 145 Black-headed Gull (Virtually all in full summer plumage feeding on insect hatch this morning; presumed Russel Green Pit colony birds.) 5 Cormorant (present this morning. Have uploaded an image of a juv male carbo and an adult female summer sinensis, nice comparison.) 1 Goldeneye (Adult male arrived on 12th and present to the 14th. New for Site and long overdue. ) 24 Pochard (6 being FFs, on the 12th still 15 this morning. A record count.) 52 Wigeon (on the 12th is late for here and this is also a record count for my patch. ) [Graham Ekins]

Tuesday 19 Feb

Boreham 08:30 to 10:00, Light S/SW, clear with high, scattered cloud; mild. First Boreham patch recording for some time.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male trying to take Sparrow from one of or nest boxes) 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male flew rapidly east down valley at 09.05. ) 22 Egyptian Goose (A recprd count) 28 Lapwing (have been absent most of the winter) 9 Pochard (7 MM, a record count) 26 Tufted Duck (A high count here) 1 Kingfisher (By bridge) 320 Black-headed Gull (Another high count, none in full summer. ) 5 Common Gull (adults still with winter plumage neck streaking) 15 Fieldfare (Low numbers all winter) 3 Buzzard (Displaying) 25 Stock Dove (Feeding in oilseed rape field) 325 Greylag Goose (A record count, feral population continues to increase.) 1 Oystercatcher (First spring record. ) [Graham Ekins]

Tuesday 09 Oct

Boreham 05:45 to 06:00, Clear skies, light S with dew, 9.5C; Early morning jog around the village.
2 Tawny Owl (For 2 of the last 5 mornings I have heard a Tawny Owl calling around the chruch yard in the middle of the village. On the 6th another answered from the Old rectory opposite. ) 4 Robin (This morning 4 in sub-song on my jogging circuit, to me it was still dark but I guess Main Road, Boreham street lights changed this. ) [Graham Ekins]

Tuesday 14 Aug

Boreham 06:30 to 07:30, Early morning run, mild at 16.5C, wind a light W and no cloud. Moth trapping has taken up all of my time for the last 2 months.
55 Linnet (First flock of the autumn on unploughted stubble) Wheatear (On stubble east of village, 1st of autumn) 15 Chaffinch (Unusual to have a flock this early. Appeared to be feeding on Hemlock) 25 Goldfinch (Feeding with the Chaffinches) 3 Yellowhammer (Feeding with Goldfinches and Chaffinches) 10 House Martin (3 nests on one house east end of village. Did not start nest building until beginning of June. 2nd brood just hatched. ) [Graham Ekins]