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Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir 17:30 to 17:45, Stiff NW wind, but mild
2 Long-tailed Duck (All E of LdlH c/way) 8 Scaup 18 Goldeneye 1 Black-necked Grebe 15 Great Crested Grebe 59 Tufted Duck [Sean Nixon]

Vange Marsh RSPB

Vange Marsh RSPB 13:15 to 17:30, Cloudy, windy. Showers.
2 Pintail (Pair.) 115 Shoveler 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & female.) 2 Water Rail (Calling, eastern reedbed.) [Andrew Cox]


Stanford-le-Hope 10:30 to 16:00, Dry, sun & cloud, strong W wind. Sightings with Brenda.
4 Blue Tit (Sightings from riverside hide.) 6 Great Tit 4 Dunnock 4 Greenfinch (2 pairs.) 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, crossed mud from Port to reserve.) 1 Kestrel 1 Grey Heron 1 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.) 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull 500 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus.) 2 Blackbird (Pair.) 1 Skylark [David Hale]


TL8313 13:50 to 13:50,
1 Red Kite (Seen by Graham Barber near Blue Mills.) [Malcolm Corbett]

Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge

Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 11:40 to 12:45, Cloud with sun, brisk W wind. With Graham Barber.
2 Mute Swan (Pair, large lake.) 30 Shelduck 11 Pochard 13 Tufted Duck 1 Kestrel (Male.) 1 Skylark (Singing.) 1 Song Thrush (Singing.) 1 Reed Bunting (Female.) 200 Black-headed Gull (+. Large lake, feeding.) [Malcolm Corbett]

Chigborough Lakes

Chigborough Lakes 09:55 to 11:40, And 12:45 to 13:20. Cloud with sun, brisk W wind. With Graham Barber.
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.) 1 Buzzard 70 Black-headed Gull (+. Main Lake.) 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.) 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.) 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]

Great Leighs

Great Leighs 14:30 to 16:00, Overcast with a breeze. Phyllis Currie NR EWT Reserve
1 Red Kite 1 Buzzard 1 Little Grebe 1 Sparrowhawk 2 Mute Swan 3 Mallard 6 Moorhen 1 Mistle Thrush 2 Long-tailed Tit 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 Pheasant [Andrew Allen]

Thorndon CP (North)

Thorndon CP (North) 09:15 to 09:45, Sun & cloud. Windy.
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling near Hatch Farm/golf course/ Deer Park crossroads. Seen briefly.) 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.) 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]

Thorndon CP (South)

Thorndon CP (South) 08:15 to 09:15, Sun & cloud. Windy.
2 Green Woodpecker 1 Nuthatch (Possibly two) 2 Treecreeper (Male singing.) 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.) 20 Redwing (At least.) 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male low in hawthorn. Showing well.) 4 Goldfinch 50 Jackdaw (At least.) [Andrew Cox]


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]