The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
  • Headline News highlights interesting birds categorised as locally scarce or where the EBwS requires full notes/descriptions
  • Reports provides the full details of the sightings submitted to this website as well as other records e.g. from the East London Birders Forum
  • Table provides the same information as Reports but in a tabular format
  • Photos highlights the latest photos that have been uploaded to the website

Amber indicates a local or uncommon species, red indicates EBwS requires notes, bold red indicates EBwS requires a description.

Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Friday 15 Jan 2021
Waltham Abbey, 15:00 to 15:10, Light Drizzle (All sightings for field beyond Holyfield farm Crooked Mile Road)
1 White-fronted Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ), 1 Greylag Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ), 1 Canada Goose (Mixed flock of 100+Geese individual quantities unknown ) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:15 to 14:45, Cloudy, starting to clear. Cold. Plotlands.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 14:10 to 15:30, Cloudy
500 Fieldfare (In horse field Deadmans Lane. ), 300 Starling (In field with fieldfare), 1 Moorhen (In horse field.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (In bush.), 1 Jay (In road) [Kevin Cook]
Great Notley, 13:05 to 13:16, Cold, clear.
1 Bullfinch (Male( In bushes on footpath between London Road and Green)), 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird (male and female), 1 Blue Tit [Paul Everett]
Stanford-le-Hope, 12:00 to 13:15, Stanford Wharf RSPB. Overcast
1 Kestrel (Female, by information board, at one point literally on it! ), 1 Pied Wagtail (By information board), 1 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Reeds along ditch), 2 Stonechat (Reeds along ditch), 2 Redwing, 2 Canada Goose, 13 Mallard (11 on balancing pond, 2 other side of ditch), 1 Moorhen (2 on balancing pond, 2 other side of ditch), 4 Coot (Balancing pond), 2 Little Grebe (Balancing pond), 18 Corn Bunting (Near balancing pond), 1 Yellowhammer (Near balancing pond), 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Snipe (Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 1 Cormorant (Near Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 30 Curlew (At least, flying near Stanford-le-Hope Marshes), 300 Avocet (Atleast, on mudflats), 100 Redshank (Atleast, on mudflats), 10 Shelduck (On Mudflats), 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting [Jamie Thornton] Kestrel at Stanford-le-Hope on 15 Jan 2021, (Jamie Thornton)
Tilbury, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast, light NW wind, rising tide
249 Teal (29 on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest on the river in Gravesend Reach), 39 Avocet (Nine on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest just east of the old P Stn site), 1 Redshank (On the foreshore by the ferry terminal), 33 Shelduck (Three on the foreshore in front of the fort, the rest east of the old P Stn site), 1 Oystercatcher (East of the old P Stn site), 6 Gadwall (On the river in Gravesend Reach) [Paul Larkin]
Laindon, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast. Cold. Back garden & environs.
1 Dunnock, 2 Robin (Presumably a pair.), 3 Blackbird (Pair plus another male.), 3 Redwing (At least.), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 House Sparrow (Female.), 8 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Leigh-on-Sea, 09:00 to 09:20, Cloudy
15 Little Egret (Meadows north of railway line between Leigh-on-Sea and Benfleet) [Andrew Dodd]
Rayne, 07:30 to 12:15, Full cloud, bright
1 Barn Owl (Hunting in meadow by flooded river), 1 Grey Wagtail, 34 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose (On pond edge along Fairy Hall Lane), 1 Kestrel (Great Notley CP), 160 Redwing (Various small flocks), 1 Chiffchaff (Great Notley CP), 85 Fieldfare (Various small flocks) [Andrew Goodey]
Thursday 14 Jan 2021
Hatfield Peverel, 10:00 to 16:00, Cold, wet and miserable. Pouring down all day.
1 Brambling (Ringed male again.), 15 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing (On holly, not many berries left.), 2 Coal Tit (Arrived and left together so I guess we have a pair.) [Ken Hudgell] Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 14 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell) , Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 14 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell)
Waltham Abbey, 09:00 to 13:00, Light rain (All sightings for Breach Barns arable field near greenhouses)
9 Red-legged Partridge, 12 Yellowhammer (Largest flock I’ve ever seen), 100 Starling (Mixed flock of Starling,Fieldfare,Redwing all approx figures), 75 Fieldfare (Mixed flock of Starling,Fieldfare,Redwing all approx figures), 50 Redwing (Mixed flock of Starling,Fieldfare,Redwing all approx figures), 2 Egyptian Goose [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Laindon, 08:30 to 10:30, Overcast, raining. Back garden.
1 Blackbird (Female.), 2 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
Stanford Warren, 12:00 to 13:00, Light rain
55 Coot (Fishing lake), 6 Mallard (Fishing lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lake), 2 Cormorant (On pylon by fishing lake), 5 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird, 3 Moorhen (Hassenbrooke River), 6 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Kingfisher (Pond on the eastern edge of the reedbed south of the fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 09:30, Misty, murky. Some light rain. Plotlands & Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush (At least.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 6 Long-tailed Tit [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 12 Jan 2021
Dovercourt, 14:55 to 15:30, Relatively mild, sunny, little wind
1 Short-eared Owl (Fields west of caravan park) [Simon Banks]
Kelvedon Hatch, 14:30 to 14:45
2 Blackcap (Male and female feeding in garden), 1 Redwing [David Jobbins]
Little Waltham, 14:00 to 16:00, cloudy
1 Sparrowhawk (also Wood Pigeon) [David Saville] Sparrowhawk at Little Waltham on 12 Jan 2021, (David Saville)
TM1631, 12:00 to 16:00, cold sunny Temperature 3c
350 Brent Goose (150 flooded fields interchange with estuary where further 200 birds counted), 100 Wigeon (minimum), 90 Shelduck (minimum), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (offshore), 7 Goldeneye (long way off shore), 1 Grey Heron (floods), 200 Teal (minimum (good numbers on floods)), 30 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 55 Grey Plover (minimum), 65 Redshank (minimum - good numbers on flood), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 100 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 35 Oystercatcher, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Collared Dove, 45 Goldfinch, 35 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch (Annoyingly elusive), 20 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Robin, 3 Wren (not as many !), 10 Dunnock (showing really well), 2 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing (very mobile), 1 Fieldfare (not many seen), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit (lots around feeds and along access track), 1 Great Tit, 16 Long-tailed Tit (two groups), 1 Chiffchaff ((tristis)? did not hang about long enough for photo, Initial ID by frequent contact call ), 1 Moorhen, 1 Snipe (probably a lot more given the flooded grazing fields), 3 Little Egret [Malcolm Riddler] Bar-tailed Godwit at TM1631 on 12 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Buzzard at TM1631 on 12 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Bullfinch at TM1631 on 12 Jan 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:30 to 11:30, Cloudy, milder. Lincewood & Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing (At least.), 3 Fieldfare, 13 Blue Tit (Feeding in Elms at the top of the ridge. Many more generally.), 6 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cold Norton, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy with some occasional sunshine
1 Red Kite (Seen circling overhead ) [Paul Fletcher]
Shrub End, 09:30 to 10:30, morning run
1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming already), 2 Redwing, 10 Common Gull, 25 Lapwing [Oliver Cottis]
Great Leighs, 09:00 to 13:00, overcast
3 Red Kite [David Saville] Red Kite at Great Leighs on 12 Jan 2021, (David Saville)
Great Leighs, 09:00 to 13:00, overcast
3 Red Kite [David Saville] Red Kite at Great Leighs on 12 Jan 2021, (David Saville)
Bicknacre, 09:00 to 12:00, Cloudy with some occasional sunshine
8 Redwing (Feeding on holly berries in neighbours garden), 15 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 15 Blue Tit (+ coming and going on feeders ), 10 Great Tit (+ coming and going on feeders), 3 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 10 Stock Dove (number increasing with colder weather), 8 Collared Dove, 15 Starling, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie [Paul Fletcher] Redwing at Bicknacre on 12 Jan 2021, (Paul Fletcher)
Monday 11 Jan 2021
Wivenhoe, 12:40 to 12:40
1 Merlin (low over field to the north of Keelar's quarry road) [Keith Brooke]
Witham, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Red Kite (Over town centre) [David L Smith]
Colchester, 11:00 to 12:10, Walk round High Woods
4 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 40 Wood Pigeon, 6 Moorhen, 65 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 21 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 17 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Wren, 103 Redwing, 3 Robin, 10 Meadow Pipit [Oliver Cottis]
Witham, 10:00 to 10:00, Town Centre garden
1 Blackcap (Female), 2 Redwing [David L Smith]
Halstead, 09:00 to 13:00
12 Redpoll sp. (On Silver Birch tree behind house ) [Barbara Leport]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest (in Alresford Grange wood, singing a little) [Richard Allen]
Westley Heights, 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy, some clear patches. Breezy, cool. Hall Wood only.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Cloudy, some clear patches. Breezy, cool. Lincewood.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Both drumming.), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 10 Jan 2021
Little Baddow, 15:50 to 16:50, Cold, overcast
1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Lesser Redpoll (Flew overhead), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Teal, 12 Wren, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Carrion Crow (+), 30 Rook (+), 5 Dunnock, 10 Moorhen (+), 7 Stock Dove, 15 Wood Pigeon (+), 7 Blue Tit (Also potential water vole. Recognisable plop into water from river bank. ) [David Pallash]
Wormingford, Colchester, 15:30 to 16:00, Cloudy
33 Golden Plover (All sightings on north side of Wormingford airfield), 25 Lapwing, 30 Linnet, 50 Skylark, 30 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Buzzard [Steve Hallam]
Doddinghurst, 15:30 to 15:45, Cold, dull, muddy
1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Yellowhammer (At least. Hedges in fields between Days Lane & Doddinghurst Rd. Pair in tree in garden on Days Lane. ), 1 Great Tit (Very vocal everywhere) [Ian Swanson]
Wivenhoe, 15:15 to 16:15, Calm, chilly
3 Fieldfare (Essex University grounds), 19 Lapwing (Arable field near University), 30 Red-legged Partridge (Arable fields near University), 22 Mallard (University lakes) [Marsh Stitchman]
Wivenhoe, 15:15 to 15:15, Fine and still
1 Greenshank (On the mud with redshank at bottom of Bath street) [Graham Upton]
Billericay, 15:00 to 16:15, Footpaths and roads west to Mountnessing Church
9 Robin, 6 Greenfinch, 14 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 2 Kestrel, 26 Fieldfare, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Stock Dove, 37 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen [Simon Satchell]
Fordham, 15:00 to 15:00, Cloudy
1 Bullfinch [Steve Hallam]
Wrabness, 14:00 to 14:55, Cold, cloudy, little wind, tide out
2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Goldeneye, 17 Brent Goose (13 on flood by horse field), 8 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 14:00, Cloudy and very cold
2 Nuthatch (Coming to feeders in Mark's Hill), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two pairs. Regulars at the feeders in Mark's Hill), 8 Long-tailed Tit (On feeders at Marks Hill as well as numerous Blue and Great tits) [Karl Price] Nuthatch at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 10 Jan 2021, (Karl Price) , Nuthatch at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 10 Jan 2021, (Karl Price) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 10 Jan 2021, (Karl Price)
Alresford, 12:19 to 12:19
2 Raven (@ Plumptons Farm, In Cattle field.) [Darrell Stile]
Writtle, 11:00 to 13:00, Overcast and cold. Selected highlights only.
4 Teal (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Pintail (Drake still present on Writtle Duckpond.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret (River Can) [Andrew Allen]
Brightlingsea, 10:00 to 10:00, Frozen, low temperatures, no sun
1 Curlew [Susie Jenkins]
Leez Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
20 Reed Bunting (feeding on set aside / game cover), 40 Yellowhammer (feeding on set aside / game cover) [Neil Murphy]
Laindon, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast,frosy, cold. Back garden.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Eating sunflower hearts.), 2 Collared Dove, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 30 Redwing (At least. Mostly sitting in surrounding trees. At least the same number had flown over moments before.), 1 Fieldfare (Sitting in a tree overlooking garden, immediately behind.), 2 Blue Tit (Looks to be a pair.), 3 Great Tit, 9 Chaffinch (At least.), 17 Greenfinch (At least.), 11 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 10:30, Cold
1 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Goldeneye, 1 Little Owl (IN USUAL OAK TREE NEAR BUTTSBURY CHURCH) [Trevor Bufton]
Limbourne Creek, Blackwater Estuary, 08:00 to 10:00, High tide, Frosty & overcast. Northey Island causeway - Mundon wash sluice/southey creek.
250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200 Shelduck, 100 Pintail, 2 Rock Pipit (Mundon wash sluice), 1 Water Rail (calling from mundon wash), 1 Green Sandpiper (feeding in ditch), 200 Linnet (feeding between Limbourne creek & mundon road houses), 1 Marsh Harrier (m crossing southey creek), 1 Buzzard (resting on south tip of northey island & buzzed by harrier briefly) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 09 Jan 2021
Layer-de-la-Haye, 15:15 to 16:30, Clear and cold.
4 Song Thrush (the most I've seen for years in a garden near Follywood), 9 Redwing (two groups), 1 Moorhen (at the pond. [Too scared to go as far as the reservoir in case Derbyshire police come calling]) [David Allen]
Doddinghurst, 14:30 to 15:30, Sunny, cloudless, Icy
2 Buzzard (Calling), 20 Fieldfare (At least. Days Lane. Earlier in week, mixed flock of 80+ Fieldfares & Redwings - mainly fieldfares), 4 Siskin (Days Lane), 1 Coal Tit (Garden feeder a.m.), 4 Long-tailed Tit (Garden feeder a.m.), 1 Greenfinch (Garden feeder a.m.) [Ian Swanson]
Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone, 14:30 to 15:30, Cold but sunny, no breeze
2 Short-eared Owl [Matt Trevillion] Short-eared Owl at Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone on 09 Jan 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Short-eared Owl at Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone on 09 Jan 2021, (Matt Trevillion) , Short-eared Owl at Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone on 09 Jan 2021, (Matt Trevillion)
Great Waltham, 14:00 to 16:00, sunny
1 Grey Wagtail [David Saville] Grey Wagtail at Great Waltham on 09 Jan 2021, (David Saville)
Epping, 13:50 to 13:50, Frosty, misty, sun trying to break through
1 Redwing (Solitary in a garden shrub/tree with some House Sparrows. Corner of Tower Road & Lower Swaines) [Graham Pentelow]
Brightlingsea, 13:45 to 15:24
45 White-fronted Goose (c40, North @ 13:45. Plus 5 on Brett Agg pit @ 15:24.) [Darrell Stile]
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 16:30, Walk around town, river up to Cockayne's Wood
3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 150 Brent Goose (Distant in flight over Alresford ), 45 Teal, 1 Greenshank (Opposite sailing club hard), 200 Redshank, 6 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 100 Lapwing, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Jay, 20 Long-tailed Tit [Marsh Stitchman]
Silver End, 10:15 to 10:30, Clear sunny
28 Lapwing (On arable near village), 48 Fieldfare (On arable near village) [Andrew Goodey]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny
20 Redpoll sp., 12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel [Yvonne Watling]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 10:00 to 13:00, Clear sky, no wind, very cold. Trees iced up until 11am when it rained ice as they thawed
2 Buzzard, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only, one drumming), 20 Great Tit (+, many all over reserve ), 20 Blue Tit (+ , many all over reserve ), 6 Redwing (Made their way through reserve), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest (Two separate pairs seen), 2 Green Woodpecker (Seen separately ), 23 Lesser Redpoll (Seen twice as a group, maximum count), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch (Possible heard only once calling distantly, unable to confirm ), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Several small groups, max count), 3 Wren [Ian Dewsnap]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:00 to 13:00, via River Walk
3 Red Kite (Untagged), 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Egyptian Goose (First record for site), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Song Thrush (+), 12 Redwing (+), 6 Fieldfare (+), 1 Treecreeper [David L Smith]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold
1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch [Michael Davies] Blackbird at Wivenhoe on 09 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies, Sony RX 10 III Bridge.  Olympus OM-D E M10 Mk II 4:3rds) , Chaffinch at Wivenhoe on 09 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies, Sony RX 10 III Bridge.  Olympus OM-D E M10 Mk II 4:3rds)
Boreham, 08:35 to 10:00, Mist clearing, wind very light NW, misty but later sunny; near freezing; Patch Birding year total 76.
2 Reed Bunting (Feeding amongst flooded Chenopodiaceae; rare in winter), 5 Song Thrush (Feeding together amongst flooded Chenopodiaceae with 12 Redwings, very wary and I guess winter visitors.), 12 Redwing (Feeding with Song Thrushes amongst flooded Chenopodiaceae.), 3 Fieldfare (Scattered across patch; no sign of recent large flocks or any passage.), 12 Meadow Pipit (Feeding on ice amongst Phragmites), 22 Tufted Duck (Flock that arrived on 7th still present on Trifarm Pit. A good winter total.), 5 Teal (On edge of Trifarm Pit (NFY)), 1 Pochard (Female with Tufted Dicks (NFY)), 2 Gadwall (On Trifarm Pit), 1 Kingfisher (By weir, Mill House), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male back on pylon, last seen 7th), 225 Lapwing (On the 7th, near record winter count, arrived overnight and no sign of anytoday), 97 Mallard (Unusually high total, feeding actively in shallows on Trifarm Pit, arrived overnight), 3 Water Rail (3 different sites, birds rarely seen but calling. ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Bird called 3 times this am edge of Boreham Meads , last recorded in May. No sign of Jack Snipe or Snipe, ground frozen.), 1 Blackcap (Male now resident feeding on apples in garden), 11 Chaffinch (Feeding in garden), 33 Goldfinch (Increase in garden coincided with night frosts), 11 Long-tailed Tit (Evening of the 8th January in garden. ) [Graham Ekins] Blackcap at Boreham on 09 Jan 2021, (Graham Ekins)
Beeleigh, 08:00 to 10:00, Frosty walk from London road, maldon - beeleigh weir - Golf course seawall - fullbridge- prom park
5 Red-legged Partridge (fields off london road), 100 Redwing (probably more as heard & seen everywhere), 20 Fieldfare (golf course), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (with long-tailed tit flock by weir), 1 Chiffchaff ( heard calling from field by weir lock), 1 Grey Wagtail (1 seen by weir & 1 by supermarket), 1 Kingfisher ( heard calling as it flew away along river), 12 Little Grebe (pairs seen along river) [Tony Kennelly]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:30, Misty, cold. Lincewood, Plotlands.
3 Green Woodpecker (Two Lincewood.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two Lincewood. Looked to be a pair. Drumming heard.), 1 Song Thrush (At least.), 4 Redwing (At least.), 1 Great Tit (Singing. Many more generally.), 1 Nuthatch (Lincewood. ), 1 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:45 to 11:45, cold with sharp frost, light northerly wind, clear, ebbing tide
1 Firecrest (Below Sunny Point first thing, beautiful bird on a beautiful morning ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 26 Blackbird, 7 Goldfinch, 21 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 3 Rock Pipit [Brian Combes]
Friday 08 Jan 2021
Writtle Park, 16:00 to 16:00, cold, misty
1 Buzzard, 2 Raven (on telecoms mast west of park) [John McLaughlin]
Doddinghurst, 14:30 to 15:30, Cold, dull, foggy
1 Buzzard, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flying along Brook Lane), 1 Green Woodpecker (Brook Lane), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker ((Yesterday, Days Lane)), 1 Song Thrush (Garden), 1 Goldcrest (Wood between Dagwood & Days Lanes), 1 Coal Tit (Garden), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least, Garden (yesterday)), 1 Treecreeper (Dagwood Lane wood, with Goldcrest), 2 Greenfinch (Garden), 1 Bullfinch (Male in hedge between Playing Field & Brook Lane ) [Ian Swanson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:15 to 14:45, Overdast, murky. Cold. Plotlands.
4 Mute Swan (Flew off westwards. Lake mostly frozen.), 1 Grey Heron, 25 Mallard, 20 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Kestrel [Andrew Cox]
Hatfield Peverel, 11:00 to 15:00, Dry, overcast, cold
1 Brambling (Male, same ringed bird as seen 3 weeks ago.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Not actually seen, just a pile of Goldfinch feathers as evidence of it's visit), 2 Redwing, 6 Goldfinch [Ken Hudgell] Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 08 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell) , Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 08 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell)
Wrabness, 10:50 to 12:10, Cold, little wind; mist over estuary plus low tide meant no birds visible on water.
83 Black-tailed Godwit (Feeding on half-frozen flood), 1 Raven (By lane between reserve and woodland burial site) [Simon Banks]
Great Oakley, 10:40 to 10:45, Cold fog frost -1 day
200 Fieldfare (In apple trees in stones green road), 50 Redwing (With fieldfares in apple trees) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Brightlingsea, 10:00 to 10:30, The tide was out the Brent Geese flew over along the creek. The Dunnock & Robin were on Mill Lane
12 Turnstone, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 26 Brent Goose, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin [Susie Jenkins]
Laindon, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast. Cold. Back garden.
1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap (Male.), 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Jay, 1 Stock Dove, 10 Chaffinch (At least.), 16 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 07 Jan 2021
North Weald, 15:45 to 16:00, Crisp clear
39 Lapwing (In arable field Church lane near the cemetery ), 2 Mistle Thrush [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Wivenhoe, 15:00 to 16:00, short walk along Colne estuary
4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 7 Shelduck, 20 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover, 30 Lapwing, 18 Dunlin, 20 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Woodpecker (feeding on flooded meadow anthills), 3 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 20 Reed Bunting (at least in flock together over saltmarsh) [Marsh Stitchman]
Wivenhoe, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Robin [Michael Davies] Redshank at Wivenhoe on 07 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Plover at Wivenhoe on 07 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 07 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies)
Norsey Wood, Billericay, 11:30 to 13:00, Sunny
7 Siskin, 3 Coal Tit [Jan Lewis]
Hatfield Peverel, 10:00 to 16:00, Dry, part cloud
2 Brambling (m & f), 3 Redwing (Feeding on holly), 1 Coal Tit, 8 Goldfinch [Ken Hudgell] Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 07 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell) , Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 07 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell) , Brambling at Hatfield Peverel on 07 Jan 2021, (Ken Hudgell)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:00, Cold Northerly Wind, Brightening up by Midday
4 Goosander (Feeding near to RAWL hide, but mobile), 10 Goldeneye (Small flock of males and females - quite mobile), 1 Great Northern Diver (Close to, in front of RAWL hide, preening and fishing), 20 Teal (Small flocks feeding in margins, easily flushed), 20 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall [Ben Green]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Light west wind, broken cloud, LT
5 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 5 Avocet (On foreshore in front of the fort), 2 Redshank (On foreshore in front of the fort), 52 Teal (On STW outfall), 3 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 8 Mallard (On STW outfall) [Paul Larkin]
Brightlingsea, 09:30 to 09:40, grey. cold
11 Skylark [Susie Jenkins]
Waltham Abbey, 09:00 to 13:00, Bright crisp & sunny... all sightings Breach Barns
1 Raven (Flew to Pylon), 1 Red Kite, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Gull, 6 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Cloudy. Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Two drumming.), 1 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Coal Tit (Heard calling.), 1 Nuthatch (Heard calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 06 Jan 2021
Thaxted, 14:15 to 14:30, Cloudy and still
35 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing [Paul Chamberlain] Fieldfare at Thaxted on 06 Jan 2021, (Paul Chamberlain) , Redwing at Thaxted on 06 Jan 2021, (Paul Chamberlain)
Stanford Warren, 11:45 to 12:45, Mostly cloudy
50 Coot (At least, fishing lake), 2 Moorhen (Fishing lake), 1 Mute Swan (Fishing lake), 2 Canada Goose (Fishing lake), 10 Tufted Duck (Fishing lake), 7 Mallard (5 on fishing lake, 2 on pond in reedbed south of the fishing lakes), 3 Cormorant (Fishing lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lake), 50 Fieldfare (At least), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackbird, 3 Magpie, 3 Robin [Jamie Thornton]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 09:30, Cloudy, damp. Then starting to clear. Great Berry/Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Redwing (At least.), 13 Fieldfare (At least.), 5 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Bearded Tit (Strood channel DU), 2 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade AF), 1 Eider (Off st Peter's beach DU), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Off monkey steps AF), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Coast to monkey steps AF), 1 Purple Sandpiper (Off cudmore grove R brown) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 05 Jan 2021
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 16:00, Vile.
2 Great White Egret, 2 Smew (at last, a male and female off Layer Breton), 1 Scaup [David Allen]
Tilbury, 14:00 to 16:00, Strong NE wind, some rain, HT
105 Common Scoter (On the water in Gravesend Reach), 2 Kittiwake (Adult and first winter on the Thames), 1 Little Gull (Adult lingering on the Thames), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult on the Thames) [Paul Larkin]
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 13:30, Wet, chilly, medium tide, rising
1 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 12 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 14 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 26 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit [Marsh Stitchman]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:45 to 12:00, Rain
1 Black-throated Diver (From Rawl Hide) [Andrew Ducat]
Great Notley, 11:00 to 11:00, Damp, overcast
1 Bullfinch (Male in bushes on footpath between Green and London Road) [Paul Everett]
Dovercourt, 10:48 to 11:35, Steady rain, cold wind - could be summer.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from flooded pit by recycling centre), 1 Stonechat (Rough ground by pit), 1 Sanderling (Spit seaward of caravan park) [Simon Banks]
TL7205, 09:45 to 15:30, overcast NE winds with drizzle; observations except lunch break
1 Sparrowhawk, 32 Greenfinch, 4 Redwing, 2 Coal Tit (1 continental race - grey backed, more prominent wing bar and uniform underparts when compared to 1 British race; fed in conifers unlike British race that used feeders) [Sean Gregory]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:45 to 10:15, Cloudy, breezy. Light rain. Plotlands.
1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Both calling.), 4 Mute Swan (Usual family.), 1 Fieldfare (At least.), 12 Redwing (At least.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 09:00 to 19:15
1 Tundra Bean Goose (With Greylags this morning) [Clive Atkins]
Boreham, 08:15 to 09:20, Boreham Patch Birding circuit-very muddy|; Cool NNE, force 2, rain showers later; good visibility
1 Jack Snipe (On edge of Boreham Meads; NFY and only 2nd recent record.), 5 Snipe (Boreham Meads), 32 Wigeon (Trifarm Pit), 2 Gadwall (First for 3 days), 6 Tufted Duck (5 MM), 1 Water Rail (Calling by bridge in ditch but not seen; also seen & heard 4th & 3rd January), 42 Goldfinch (On garden feeders (have added extra!!) currently highest winter count pm 4th), 22 Wood Pigeon (Under garden feeders, highest winter count pm 4th), 3 Stock Dove (2MM, 1F under garden feeders with first winter sighting on 1st Jan), 1 Blackcap (Male feeding on apples placed on apple tree pm 4th. 3rd winter sighting.), 12 Mute Swan (7 were immatures, flew west along the Chelmer 09.15), 1 Little Egret (Adult showing signs of breeding plumage on Trifarm Pit 1st and 2nd January. ), 125 Fieldfare (Flew high W along Chelmer on 3rd in several flocks; found just 2 this am ), 15 Skylark (Flew west along Chelmer am on 3rd; none seen today.), 72 Lapwing (On rapidly diminishing flood.), 5 Great Crested Grebe (On Trifarm Pit), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 graelsii adults in winter plumage briefly on flood 08.30. ), 2 Green Woodpecker (Around Trifarm Pit ) [Graham Ekins]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
3 Snow Bunting (Stone point (DU)), 90 Greylag Goose (Grazing fields park DU ), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Off kingsland road MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Monday 04 Jan 2021
Goldhanger, 15:30 to 16:00, Approaching HT. Cold E wind.
350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa. On river.), 1 Little Egret (Playing field.), 6 Meadow Pipit (Sea wall.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tilbury, 14:15 to 15:15, Strong NNE wind, rain, HT
1 Dunlin (On foreshore in front of the fort), 38 Redshank (On foreshore in front of the fort), 8 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 22 Avocet (Just east of the P Stn site), 1 Kittiwake (1st winter up river) [Paul Larkin]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 12:30, Cold, windy, rain
1 Black-throated Diver (Juvenile showing well in front of RAWL hide. Also visible from Point Hide and distantly from causeway ) [James Hudson]
Langford, near Maldon, 11:00 to 11:30, Overcast; all sightings on a flooded field behind the back garden
1 Buzzard (attempted to capture a lone black-headed gull on the water), 1 Green Sandpiper (feeding on flooded field) [Stephen Shelley]
Tiptree, 09:15 to 09:45, Drizzle.
30 Fieldfare (circa. On ploughed field adjacent to Tiptree Heath.), 1 Song Thrush (Tiptree Heath.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:01 to 13:01, Seen by Dougal urquhart at maydays farm from seawall
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1000 Golden Plover, 70 Grey Plover, 3 Marsh Harrier, 50 Dunlin, 1 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare, 1000 Knot, 1 Red-breasted Merganser [Stephen Entwistle]
Highwood, Mill Green, 09:00 to 10:00, Cold and Dull.
10 Yellowhammer (Mixed Flock in trees next to my office. My local farmer has sown wild bird mix in the adjacent field and this has made a major difference this winter.), 6 Brambling (Mixed flock with Yellowhammers.), 1 Bullfinch (Male bird in hawthorn bush. ) [Matthew Davison]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:30, Overcast, breezy. Some light rain.
1 Sparrowhawk (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00, Both sightings seen by Martin cock
1 Purple Sandpiper (Shingle/stoney spite looking east fron steps to stone point east Mersea. About 3hrs before high tide it slowly gets covered. The spite is covered about 1 1/2 hr before high tide. To late then.), 3 Snow Bunting (On end of stone point east Mersea ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 03 Jan 2021
TL7608, 15:00 to 15:35, Cold, slight drizzle, overcast
1 Great Grey Shrike (male. In trees next to river chelmer.), 6 Mallard (2 pairs and two additional males), 1 Cormorant (Flew over), 1 Kestrel (Hunting), 1 Blackbird, 1 Grey Heron (Flew over) [Paul Everett] Great Grey Shrike at TL7608 on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Great Grey Shrike at TL7608 on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Great Grey Shrike at TL7608 on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Great Grey Shrike at TL7608 on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 14:40 to 16:10, Occasional drizzle.
122 White-fronted Goose (flew in around 3.), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 480 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (all in same field with white fronts), 110 Golden Plover (same field by sea wall), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Salcott Channel), 50 Knot, 40 Grey Plover, 60 Dunlin, 23 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Egret [David Allen]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 14:15 to 14:45, Cold and dull
53 Greylag Goose, 12 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant (Immature - on raft), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blue Tit (with the long tails), 1 Blackbird, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (when first seen appeared to be feeding on carrion), 3 Little Grebe [Paul Everett] Great Black-backed Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett) , Great Black-backed Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 03 Jan 2021, (Paul Everett)
Hamford Water, 13:00 to 15:30, mid, drizzle, grey not too windy
6 Avocet [Claire Panting] Avocet at Hamford Water on 03 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Avocet at Hamford Water on 03 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Avocet at Hamford Water on 03 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting)
Witham, 12:45 to 13:00, Town centre
1 Red Kite (Untagged adult) [David L Smith]
Mersea Island, 11:45 to 16:30
1 Purple Sandpiper (Stoney split 2 hours before high tide .near steps to stone point DU AF ), 4 Snow Bunting (Stone point DU ), 5 White-fronted Goose (Golf house flooded fields DU AF SE), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Victoria esplanade neil Murphy ), 13 Common Scoter (3 off park AF, 8 off west Mersea AF ,2 off Victoria esplanade DU ), 2 Eider (Victoria esplanade MC DU), 2 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade MC DU), 2 Goldeneye (1pr off Victoria esplanade(none last year) DU), 1 Shag (Victoria esplanade MC), 7 Bar-tailed Godwit (2 of cobmarsh Island, 5 west Mersea AF), 7 Red-breasted Merganser (Off west Mersea AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Woodham Walter, 11:30 to 13:00, Overcast
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (TL79099 06679 Woodham Walter Common), 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tit, 25 Redwing [Jan Lewis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Black-throated Diver (Showing well with Binoculars from RAWL Hide ) [Les Finn]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 10:35 to 13:20, Cold; starting clear, but intermittent rain coming in from south. Tide halfway to fairly high
1 Barnacle Goose (With Canadas, upriver of A137), 2 Egyptian Goose (Flood between A137 and railway), 800 Black-tailed Godwit (Estimate), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank (Feeding just opposite footpath from main road to estuary upriver of Co-op Fiveways), 1000 Knot (Estimate), 120 Avocet (Accurate estimate), 5 Stock Dove, 500 Dunlin (Estimate), 200 Lapwing (Estimate: about half each side of A 137), 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Pintail [Simon Banks]
Layer Breton, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kestrel [Michael Davies] Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 03 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 03 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Chaffinch at Layer Breton on 03 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 03 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Layer Breton on 03 Jan 2021, (Michael Davies)
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:30 to 10:30, clear and still
2 Raven (pair on BT mast, perched half way up), 1 Peregrine Falcon (also on BT mast. Flew around but got some but little response from Ravens. Maybe they live side by side comfortably out of the breeding season.) [Andrew Stroud]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:15 to 13:00
1 Black-throated Diver (From RAWL hide still) [David Jobbins]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, Cold, rain showers
1 Merlin (near Stone Point), 1 Short-eared Owl (on marsh north of Cormorant Creek), 1 Marsh Harrier (Horsey), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Stone point), 200 Cormorant (+ Oakley beach) [Martin Richards]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 12:00, With Annette Adams (82 species seen) Selected highlights
2 Great White Egret (Geedon Saltings (Reserve tick ✔️)), 1 Water Rail, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 1000 Knot, 300 Avocet, 250 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 24 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer [Steve Grimwade]
Good Easter, 09:00 to 09:15
1 Peregrine Falcon (12th record locally since 2006 and first since 31/12/15), 45 Redwing (been in garden for a week demolishing Cotoneaster and Holly berries) [Martin Henry]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, some clear patches. Chilly. Plotlands.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Redwing (At least. Scattered.), 50 Fieldfare (In trees around new centre area.), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 02 Jan 2021
Epping, 18:30 to 18:30, Cold, still, patchy cloud
50 Pied Wagtail ((no's easily in the region of 50). Roosting in the tree outside The Speak Easy bar on High Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:20, Chilly, light wind, Highlights only
1 Red-necked Grebe (Hide bay from Layer Church), 35 White-fronted Goose (Came in to roost at LBC just after dusk with Beans), 6 Tundra Bean Goose (in to roost with Whitefronts), 3 Goosander, 1 Great White Egret (LBC), 2 Grey Wagtail (1 each at LBC and LDLH), 1 Sparrowhawk (Chased by Crow at LBC) [Marsh Stitchman]
Writtle, 15:00 to 16:00, Becoming overcast. Only certain species recorded.
2 Wigeon (Pair on Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Wormingford, Colchester, 15:00 to 15:45, Cloudy, frosty, still
9 Golden Plover (In arable field on south side of airfield), 2 Raven (Flying east to west along northern side of airfield) [Steve Hallam]
Epping, 14:20 to 14:20, Bright, sunny spells
1 Red Kite (Drifted low over gardens, Crows Road) [Graham Pentelow]
Mersea Island, 13:00 to 16:00
1 Purple Sandpiper (Start of stone point stoney split near steps on rising tide.(seen by visiting birder)), 1 Black-throated Diver (Off cudmore grove country park. MT SE DCurle), 3 Great Northern Diver (1 off coopers. 2 off Victoria esplanade DU), 4 Snow Bunting (On stone point D curle + loads birders), 70 Fieldfare (Opp meeting lane DU), 12 Redwing (Off meeting lane DU), 200 Great Crested Grebe (Off boating lakes East Mersea DU), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Off boating lake DU), 45 Sanderling (Off waldegraves DU), 1 Kingfisher (Strood channel (JB)), 3 Slavonian Grebe (Off cudmore grove country park (green meadow)south west of carpark SEwest) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:00, Very cold, sunny (14.00-15.00 visit)
1 Merlin (Male, found by David Bradnum), 4 Cattle Egret (Gt. Wigborough), 1 Rock Pipit (LdLH causeway), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Bewick's Swan (Wig Bay) [Sean Nixon] Merlin at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Merlin at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Rock Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Rock Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Mediterranean Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Mediterranean Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Bewick's Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Bewick's Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Jan 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 13:00, Still, high tide, quite chilly 4-5 C
2 Tundra Bean Goose (with Greylags), 7 Purple Sandpiper (On shore by outfall, very tame), 70 Wigeon (On sea), 3 Great Crested Grebe (On sea), 1 Redwing (no doubt more in area) [Marsh Stitchman]
East Mersea, 11:00 to 12:00, Dry, overcast and cold.
4 Snow Bunting (Stone Point feeding on strand line.) [David Curle] Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (David Curle) , Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (David Curle) , Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (David Curle) , Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (David Curle) , Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (David Curle)
East Mersea, 11:00 to 12:00, Cold and dry
4 Snow Bunting (On the sand and in the low vegetation by the point - from Cudmore Grove walk to the beach and turn left then up to the point.) [Andy Webb] Snow Bunting at East Mersea on 02 Jan 2021, (Andy Webb)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 15:45, Cold. Mostly cloudy but cloud cleared mid afternoon. Selected highlights, lots of wildfowl and waders
12 Little Grebe (Salcott Channel), 2 Great Northern Diver (One at mouth of Salcott Channel, one off West Mersea), 113 White-fronted Goose (flew over from NE towards the Blackwater 11:15 then returned midday and appeared to land between Salcott Channel and Wigborough), 7 Barnacle Goose, 2 Eider (Female type off tip of reserve), 1 Long-tailed Duck (further up Salcott Channel than recent reports), 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank (Heard), 2 Barn Owl (Hunting at far end, one 1:15 - 1:45, the other 1:30 - 1:45), 1 Water Pipit (On pools within reserve not too far from metal caged structure in Salcott Channel ), 11 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 24 Corn Bunting (+ birds arriving and may have been joined by more gathering to roost beside dyke adjacent to Salcott Channel towards west end) [James Davidson]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Overcast, NW wind, rising tide
9 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 286 Teal (31 on STW outfall, 255 up towards Coalhouse Point), 11 Mallard (On STW outfall), 46 Avocet (Just E of the P Stn site) [Paul Larkin]
Mersea Island, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Red-necked Grebe (Now off kingsland road (monkey steps direction coast rd)), 2 Eider (Off kingsland road looked out to Nass post), 8 Red-breasted Merganser (Off kingsland road ), 1 Shag (On end off cobmarsh Island flew towards hard 0) [Stephen Entwistle]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:45 to 10:00, Still, cold, dull
1 Black-throated Diver (Easily viewable with binoculars directly in front of RAWL hide. Diving frequently.) [Andrew Wilson]
Epping, 09:15 to 09:15, Cloudy, fine
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flying SE across Kendal Avenue towards Station Road & tube station) [Graham Pentelow]
Horsey Wade, Hamford Water, 09:00 to 13:00, mid tide, misty
1 Redshank [Claire Panting] Redshank at Horsey Wade, Hamford Water on 02 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting) , Redshank at Horsey Wade, Hamford Water on 02 Jan 2021, (Claire Panting)
Naze, The, 07:45 to 12:00, northerly wind, cold, overcast with light rain at first, rising tide
4 Redwing, 35 Blackbird, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Chinese Muntjac, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Fieldfare, 22 Chaffinch, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Linnet (Stone Point ), 23 Skylark (Saltmarsh towards Stone Point ) [Brian Combes]
Limbourne Creek, Blackwater Estuary, 07:45 to 09:45, Northey Island Causeway - Mundon Wash Sluice
1 Little Owl (in barn), 1 Sparrowhawk (in barn), 2 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (by causeway), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard (On Northey island), 1 Little Egret, 2 Rock Pipit (by sluice), 1 Green Sandpiper (In field south of southey creek), 1 Greenshank (Southey Creek), 1000 Starling (Flying over SW from Chigborough roost), 150 Linnet, 1 Kingfisher (For once flew away in short hops & from at a much closer distance than usual so nice long views but shame it was early on & so dark still.), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200 Shelduck, 40 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 40 Magpie [Tony Kennelly]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:10 to 16:00
3 Cattle Egret (In roost and later seen in nearby fields (4 seen later)), 4 Great White Egret, 1 Scaup (Female), 4 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Smew (Redhead), 39 Goosander, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 5 Bewick's Swan, 1 Raven (Heard near Abberton Church), 6 Tundra Bean Goose, 30 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 8 Egyptian Goose, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, 500 Fieldfare (300 on Nature Reserve and at least 200 east side Wigborough Bay), 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 3 Ruff, 80 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Black Swan [Steve Grimwade]
Birch Lake, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Tawny Owl (Flew across road) [Steve Grimwade]