Sitename Details
East Tilbury

East Tilbury 09:15 to 15:30, Fine and sunny, light W wind, falling then rising tide
51 Canada Goose 25 Greylag Goose 34 Ringed Plover 60 Dunlin 167 Black-tailed Godwit (Count only round Coalhouse Point) 72 Yellow-legged Gull 76 Curlew 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv) 5 Little Grebe (In the moat) 12 Yellow Wagtail 128 Grey Plover 8 Little Tern (On the foreshore with Common and Black Terns, eventually up river) 60 Common Tern (Initially resting on foreshore then up river) 1 Black Tern (With Common and Little Terns) 5 Stonechat 87 Teal 1 Bar-tailed Godwit 162 Shelduck 2 Hobby 17 Knot 16 Arctic Skua (Single flock up river flew past Coalhouse Point in Gravesend Reach, then back down) [Paul Larkin]

Vange Marsh RSPB

Vange Marsh RSPB 17:15 to 19:00, Sunny, warm.
1 Marsh Harrier (Adult female) 1 Sparrowhawk 2 Pintail 11 Snipe (At least) 35 Black-tailed Godwit 3 Spotted Redshank 2 Greenshank 1 Marsh Sandpiper (Resting with two greenshanks & a common redshank. Slightly smaller than the redshank, consierably smaller than the greenshanks. Legs obviously green. Bill fine, very dark without obvious upcurve.) 5 Green Sandpiper 7 Ruff (At least) 1 Mistle Thrush 1 Bearded Tit [Andrew Cox]

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 15:15 to 16:00, High tide, splodge only
5 Snipe 1 Green Sandpiper 4 Ruff [Matt Turner]


Mistley 16:15 to 19:00, Tide receding, dry and sunny
3 Black Swan (Quay) 1 Kingfisher (Quay) 2 Buzzard (Walls, far side) 69 Turnstone (On boats at walls) 63 Little Egret (Roosting on far side at walls) 96 Grey Plover (Quay, tide going out) 150 Dunlin (Quay, tide going out) 8 Knot (Mixed with Dunlin) 7 Ringed Plover (With Dunlin and Grey Plover) [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester

The Hythe, Colchester 07:15 to 09:15, Early morning sunshine, chilly, tide going out. Didn't walk far as looking for Whinchat (unsuccessfully!)
1 Peregrine Falcon (Calling from tallest pylon) 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Kestrel 2 Lesser Whitethroat 15 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Curlew (Heard calling) 2 Linnet 1 Greenfinch [Matt Turner]

Lower Raypits, R. Crouch

Lower Raypits, R. Crouch 13:15 to 15:00, Warm, bright.
24 Teal 8 Snipe 3 Green Sandpiper 15 Lapwing 2 Buzzard 1 Yellow Wagtail 17 Goldfinch 3 Linnet 1 Stone Curlew (Flew in at 14.25 LHS of hide.) [David Curle]

Chigborough Lakes

Chigborough Lakes 09:20 to 11:10, And 12:20 to 12:55. Active hornet nest by seat north of Gadwall lake. With Graham Barber.
12 Mute Swan (Usual pairs on Main and Pochard Lakes with five and three young respectively.) 7 Little Grebe (Three on Main Lake, four on Pochard Lake.) 12 Little Egret (Heronry.) 4 Buzzard 1 Kestrel (Male.) 1 Hobby (Abundant supply of dragonflies.) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Blackcap (Male.) 1 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Whitethroat 15 Long-tailed Tit (+.) 2 Bullfinch (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]


Wivenhoe 09:00 to 13:00,
1 Fieldfare (over Lower Lodge calling with a Mistle Thrush) [Richard Allen]