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Burnham-on-Crouch

Burnham-on-Crouch 11:00 to 12:00,
2 Yellow Wagtail 1 Green Sandpiper 1 Swallow 2 Blackcap 1 Chiffchaff 1 Cetti's Warbler 2 Marsh Harrier [Steven Swaby]

West Mersea

West Mersea 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, but with a cold wind. 9 degrees.
4 Great Northern Diver 1 Shag 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 25 Turnstone 4 Curlew 5 Redshank [David Allen]

Frinton-on-Sea

Frinton-on-Sea 07:00 to 19:30, Very limited observations during the morning, 1500-1930 NE5-6 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north
28 Redwing 8 Song Thrush 141 Chaffinch 41 Linnet 52 Gannet (all adults, some v close during pm) 250 Brent Goose (7 flocks moving north v close inshore during the pm) 146 Sandwich Tern (unprecedented spring movement including four flocks of 10+, ) 14 Common Tern 3 Arctic Tern (@ 1548, close) [Paul Brayshaw]

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge

Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 18:30 to 19:00, Bitterly cold NE wind, sightings from bridge
3 Avocet 1 Dunlin (on north bank to west of bridge, unusual to see this far up river) 25 Black-tailed Godwit 12 Redshank 3 Little Grebe 1 Wigeon 1 Skylark 5 Oystercatcher 6 Gadwall 5 Shelduck 10 Teal [Matt Turner]

Wrabness

Wrabness 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny but a chill wind.not far short of high tide. First speckled wood seen.
10 Magpie 1 Blackcap 40 Brent Goose 2 Oystercatcher 2 Kestrel 2 Shelduck 1 Wren 1 Moorhen 6 Chiffchaff [Paul Saward]

Wrabness 15:00 to 16:30, Good
2 Red-legged Partridge (In field near car park.) 1 Chiffchaff 2 Bullfinch (Male +Female) [Peter Brittain]

Beckton

Beckton 10:30 to 13:00, Cloudy/Drizzle, East wind
12 Common Scoter (upriver at 10.58 then back down at 11.05.) 1 Dunlin 1 Little Gull 1 Arctic Tern 8 Common Tern [Gary A James]

Naze, The

Naze, The 06:15 to 10:15, overcast; easterly breeze; cool; ebbing tide; 17 species in song
5 Chiffchaff (Singing) 15 Redwing (North) 1 House Martin (North) 3 Chinese Muntjac 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing - 3 around escarpment and 2 in John Weston Reserve ) 7 Goldcrest 2 Firecrest (1 by escarpment, 1 by main sycamore clump; later 1 singing near John Weston Reserve may have been an additional bird) 50 Chaffinch (+, north) 4 Blackcap (Singing ) 1 Buzzard [Brian Combes]

Boreham

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]

West Bergholt

West Bergholt 07:25 to 07:25, Overcast but still
2 House Martin (Our earliest date ever in 40 years. Probably arrived yesterday evening) [Jeff Martin]

Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford

Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 07:30 to 08:00, Misrty calm & dry
2 Willow Warbler (At least singing) 2 Blackcap (At least singing) 2 Egyptian Goose (But flew off at 7 50am) 4 Shoveler ((3 m) (1f)) 1 Common Tern (No sign of yesterday's X2 (won't allow 0)) [Brian Bolton]

Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 17:30 to 18:00, Cold dry chilly East wind
1 Common Tern 6 Sand Martin (Maybe more) 15 Golden Plover (On ploughed field east of pit (thanks George) ) 4 Shoveler 3 Buzzard [Brian Bolton]