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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Tuesday 14 Jul 2020
Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford, 19:30 to 21:09, Overcast warm
2 Yellowhammer (1 mail 1 female ) [David Livings] Yellowhammer at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 14 Jul 2020, (David Livings) , Yellowhammer at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 14 Jul 2020, (David Livings) , Yellowhammer at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 14 Jul 2020, (David Livings) , Yellowhammer at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 14 Jul 2020, (David Livings)
Thorndon CP (South), 11:30 to 12:30, Cloudy, warm.
1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush (Two adults, one juv.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Braintree, 11:25 to 11:30, Humid and overcast
12 Swift (About 12 low down hunting and going under eaves of a house in Buckwood Rd) [Martin Iddon]
Cornmill Meadows, Lea Valley, 11:00 to 13:30, Mild overcast occasional sunshine light breeze
2 Hobby (Catching dragonflies low over cereal crop), 2 Reed Warbler (Juveniles ), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Swift, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Wren, 3 Magpie, 1 Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Blackmore, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Turtle Dove (One seen on 1st July, 2 on 2nd July, calling 3rd July, and seen on regular basis over the next fortnight ) [Colin Miers]
Braintree, 09:00 to 13:00, Oppressive overcast with black clouds
14 Swift (Guesstimate. Birds circling and nesting under eaves of medical centre by traffic lights where London Rd and Clare Rd meet.) [Martin Iddon]
Monday 13 Jul 2020
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 11:45 to 14:00, Dry, sun & cloud, humid, light breeze. 30c in hide !. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide.
2 Cetti's Warbler (Adult male feeding youngster. Good scoped sighting on Fleet edge bush.), 8 Reed Warbler (At least, adults & juveniles. ), 2 Swallow, 5 Swift, 2 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 2 Shoveler (Females.), 3 Teal (Females.), 2 Tufted Duck (Drakes.), 5 Stock Dove, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Mallard (Circa.), 20 Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Goose, 2 Moorhen (1 juvenile.), 1 Coot [David Hale]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, warm, sunny
50 Sandwich Tern (+ ), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel [Martin Richards]
TQ6293, 10:30 to 13:00, Sunny and calm to start increasing to fresh breeze from the West
7 Swift (Screaming around barn buildings and flying offf in groups), 2 Linnet (Breeding pair back and forth to scrub), 3 Goldfinch, 4 Buzzard (Up over meadow and flying South West), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk (Low over meadow into thick hedge) [Clive Tanner]
Sunday 12 Jul 2020
Hanningfield Reservoir, 16:00 to 16:00, Dry, sunshine and light breeze
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female and chick close to causeway) [Ian Dewsnap]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 12:15 to 13:00, Sunny
11 Common Tern, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 6 Mute Swan, 150 Black-headed Gull [Stuart Anderson] Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Jul 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Jul 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Jul 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Jul 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Great Notley, 11:30 to 14:00, Warm & Sunny
1 Red Kite (One single bird seen circling over the Whitecourt estate at Gt.Notley over a period of a couple of hours. There have now been a number of sightings of a single Red Kite since Friday 3rd July-20) [Brian Barber]
Great Totham, 11:15 to 11:45, Cloudy, warm. Great Totham South.
500 Black-headed Gull (circa. Mixed flock, majority B-h G. Feeding frenzy. In from SE and moved off E.), 30 Swift (+. Screaming party. Feeding ahead of gull flock. Most seen over village this year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, bright, some cloud
1 Cuckoo (saltmarsh), 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 3 Whimbrel [Martin Richards]
Copford, 10:00 to 11:00
5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 adults and 3 juveniles in churchyard ) [Emma Robinson]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny, scattered clouds. Warm.
3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (At least. Vicinity of Hatch Farm.), 1 House Martin (Vicinity of Hatch Farm.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 4 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 3 Treecreeper, 5 Nuthatch, 1 Bullfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 13:00
4 Mandarin Duck, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon (2cy female), 5 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults and 4 chicks), 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, scattered clouds. Warm.
4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing male, adjacent arable.), 2 Goldcrest (In trees next to car park.), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Bullfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:45 to 13:15, Fine and sunny, light SE wind, LT
3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Plus one fledged chick, Golden Gates), 173 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Two, plus two young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 109 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 29 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 10 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 17 Pochard (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 30 Gadwall (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 76 Tufted Duck (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male over the tip), 4 Common Sandpiper (Stanford Creek), 1 Stonechat (Female near the VC), 10 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 50 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 2 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 84 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 227 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 292 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult in Mucking Bay), 8 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay), 1 Corn Bunting (Sing near the approach road to the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Beckton, 07:45 to 13:00, Sun/Cloud
3 Little Egret, 1 Pochard, 1 Hobby, 9 Common Sandpiper, 1000 Black-headed Gull (+ feeding on flying insects), 16 Swift, 1 Garden Warbler [Gary A James]
Saturday 11 Jul 2020
Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford, 21:00 to 21:30, Clear skies
1 Peregrine Falcon [David Livings] Peregrine Falcon at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 11 Jul 2020, (David Livings) , Peregrine Falcon at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 11 Jul 2020, (David Livings) , Peregrine Falcon at Shotgate Thickets, near Wickford on 11 Jul 2020, (David Livings)
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cloudy, light breeze
2 Hobby (quite far out over the sea), 1 Cuckoo (salt marsh), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (very smart plumage), 38 Dunlin, 1 Knot (with Whimbrel), 41 Sandwich Tern (some juv), 4 Whimbrel [Martin Richards]
Easton Lodge, near Dunmow, 11:00 to 12:00, Dry 17 deg
3 Great Crested Grebe (Adult and 2 juvs) [Stephen Dutton]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 08:15 to 10:30, Sunny, warm.
2 Little Grebe, 60 Avocet (Approx.), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew (At least.), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summer. Near tower.), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Female/ juv.), 20 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair.), 10 Linnet (At least. At least four males singing.), 3 Reed Bunting (Two singing males; female elsewhere.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, NW wind, LT
16 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 3 Raven (Two adults and a juv), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult down river), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Female over from Kent with kill) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 09:30, Mainly clear, mild, SW wind, ebbing tide - 18 species in song
4 Blackcap (Singing ), 9 Whitethroat (Singing + plenty of fledglings), 9 Swift (West), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Siskin (South), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (West, dispersing juvenile), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Common Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 17 Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Avocet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 80 House Sparrow (+, probably in three digits but mobile and split flock, post breeding flock southern end of Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 10 Jul 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 10:30 to 10:30
2 Black-tailed Godwit [Martin Henry] Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Jul 2020, (Martin Henry) , Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Jul 2020, (Martin Henry)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 12:45, Sun & clouds. Some breeze, occasional light showers. Warm
3 Little Grebe (Adult with two young.), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male.), 1 Hobby (Hunting low along edge of landfill. Later it (or another) shot low across the track leading to the first viewpoint.), 3 Oystercatcher (Saline lagoon.), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Four flew across the Manorway. Seven on saline lagoon.), 2 Greenshank (Main lagoon.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Main lagoon.), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Tern (At least. Much coming & going. Some carrying fish.), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Pair, with female carrying food to presumed nest site in a wheat field. Juvenile not far from car park.), 2 Sand Martin (At least.), 1 Swallow, 3 Stonechat (Male with at least two young in tow. Associating with white throats & goldfinches.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing male.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least. Male & at least one juv.), 5 Greenfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (Pair), 7 Reed Bunting (Five males (four singing). Two females.), 1 Corn Bunting [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Fine and sunny, NW wind, LT
3 Shelduck (On foreshore in front of the fort), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 08:00 to 09:15, Sun & clouds. Cool.
3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 8 Goldfinch (At least. Including a pair with three young.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 09 Jul 2020
Writtle, 17:45 to 19:15, Drizzle but warm. Only certain species counted.
27 Black-tailed Godwit (Summer plumaged birds dropped in at Titchmarsh Reservoir around 6pm ), 1 Common Tern (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 6 House Martin (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Swift (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Moorhen (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Stock Dove (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (Heard Only), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir.) [Andrew Allen]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:00 to 15:00, Overcast
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (disturbing gulls/waders), 1 Barn Owl (Joyce's head), 2 Spotted Redshank (salcott channel), 2 Redshank (salcott channel), 4 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (Joyce's head, male and female, possibly a third with them), 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Green Sandpiper (reserve pools), 2 Common Sandpiper (McClures marsh) [Oliver Cottis]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast
1 Black-tailed Godwit (On mud. Not sure about race though? ), 1 Little Ringed Plover (On mud), 12 Common Tern (Approx plus juvs on island) [Brian Bolton] Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Jul 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Jul 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Black-tailed Godwit at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Jul 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 11:00 to 11:00, Overcast
5 Green Woodpecker (2 adults + 3 Juveniles West Park, Chelmsford nowhere near Broomfield) [Stuart Anderson]
Beckton, 09:45 to 12:00, Cloudy light drizzle
1 Curlew, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 61 Common Tern (feeding flock), 6 Swift [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, some breeze. Warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 10 Siskin (Approx.) [Andrew Cox]
Alresford, 09:00 to 13:00, low tide at the creek
18 Shelduck (pair with 16 young), 4 Oystercatcher (pair with 2+ nearly grown young), 4 Kestrel (ad plus 3 fledged young), 1 Greenshank, 30 Black-tailed Godwit [Richard Allen]
Cressing, near Braintree, 09:00 to 12:00, Overcast
1 Kingfisher (Unusual for here), 1 Swift (Numerous groups heading south/south west all morning. All sightings at Cressing Temple Barns) [Paul Shuttleworth]
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 12:15, Overcast, W wind, rising tide
73 Curlew, 403 Avocet, 19 Yellow-legged Gull (Including several adults), 7 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 503 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Oystercatcher, 11 Little Grebe, 11 Tufted Duck, 344 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type over from Kent), 2 Little Egret, 27 Sand Martin, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Including a juvenile), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Black-headed Gull (Juvenile, only the second I’ve seen this year), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Corn Bunting (In song) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, some breeze. Warm.
1 Common Tern (Perched on post in lake.), 6 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males. Adjacent arable.), 10 Swallow (At least. Some juveniles. Many feeding round & round a big hedgerow oak.), 10 House Martin (At least. Hawking above fringing properties westward.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing male.), 1 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 08 Jul 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:00, Overcast but dry, selected sightings from both causeways
2 Turtle Dove (Heard then seen in flight - headed north), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hobby (Swallows alarm calls notified me, bird high up hawking insects), 1 Sparrowhawk (Distant female with prey), 1 Buzzard (Heard only), 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Reed Warbler (1 juv), 5 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 1 Song Thrush (Heard), 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 3 Blackcap (Heard), 2 Great Crested Grebe [Matt Turner] Turtle Dove at Ardleigh Reservoir on 08 Jul 2020, (Matt Turner) , Yellow Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 08 Jul 2020, (Matt Turner)
Little Waltham, 15:00 to 16:00, overcast
1 Chiffchaff [David Saville] Chiffchaff at Little Waltham on 08 Jul 2020, (David Saville)
Harold Wood SW, 15:00 to 15:30, Clear sky
1 Sparrowhawk (Male hunting in back garden tried to take a juvenile starling feeding on the grass but was unsuccessful.), 1 Red Kite (Juvenile Red Kite circling extremely low over gardens around this area) [Claire Hodgr] Harold Wood SW on 08 Jul 2020, (Claire Hodgr)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:30 to 16:00, Cloudy, some light showers. Warm.
2 Oystercatcher, 17 Avocet (Including four young.), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 80 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank (Approx.), 4 Spotted Redshank (All summer plumage.), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Boreham, 10:30 to 10:45, Light SSW, occasional rain showers;mild.
2 Sandwich Tern (2 adults Flew west at a moderate height. rare here, less than annual. ), 2 Turtle Dove (Both male and female of one of the 2 pairs has visited over the last 24 hours but sightings much reduced over the last 3 days. ) [Graham Ekins]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:00, Cloudy
6 Green Sandpiper (Layer breton causeway ), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 50 Egyptian Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Lapwing, 30 Cormorant, 5 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig bay), 2 Greenshank (Wig bay), 20 Common Tern, 5 Little Ringed Plover (2 adults 3 chicks ), 1 Hobby, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Linnet, 100 Swift, 50 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 15 House Sparrow, 3 Skylark [Yvonne Watling]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 10:00, Cloudy, warm, damp. Plotlands.
2 Bullfinch (Including male.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday Wood, 09:00 to 16:00
1 Hobby, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 10 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kestrel, 10 Swift, 2 Common Tern, 1 Siskin (Northwest), 1 Treecreeper [Steve Grimwade]
Maldon, 05:00 to 08:00, walk to & from Beeleigh Weir
2 Grey Wagtail (Beeleigh weir), 1 Common Sandpiper (On river Blackwater near beeleigh weir), 6 Song Thrush (Singing males), 1 Black Redstart (Male singing in industrial estate), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (On river Blackwater by Prom Park), 11 Little Egret (Fishing together in low tide pool) [Tony Kennelly]
Frinton-on-Sea, 04:45 to 20:00, W-SW2-3 8/8 rain in morning and evening. Movement to south unless stated
2448 Swift (2079 during light rain to c0600 when heavier rain stopped passage. 369 ahead of evening rain), 6 Siskin, 54 Curlew, 45 Whimbrel, 2 Crossbill (@ 1158), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-headed Gull (first fledged juveniles here), 4 Mediterranean Gull (including first fledged juvenile here), 3 Kittiwake (2 north) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 01:00 to 15:00, very grey but warm - from seawall. Nice mixed species high tide roost on Cormorant Creek
1 Cuckoo (on salt marsh), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Avocet [Martin Richards]
Tuesday 07 Jul 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:45 to 17:15, Overcast and drizzle
3 Little Ringed Plover (All adults (pair +1?)), 18 Common Tern (Approx includes juvs. ), 20 Tufted Duck (At least plus 7 ducklings ) [Brian Bolton] Little Ringed Plover at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 07 Jul 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 07 Jul 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Great Totham, 12:00 to 12:05, Cloudy, breezy and warm.
1 Red Kite (Low over Gt. Totham South. Harassed by corvids and glided NE.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:45 to 14:45, Overcast after a sunny start. Light SW breeze. Sightings with Brenda.
6 Little Ringed Plover (3 adults & 3 tiny chicks. LDHC.), 4 Green Sandpiper (3 LBC, 1 Wig Bay.), 1 Whitethroat (LBC.), 12 Swallow (Circa.), 4 Sand Martin, 20 Swift (Circa. LBC), 1 Sparrowhawk (LBC. ), 2 Buzzard (LBC.), 1 Kestrel, 30 Lapwing (Circa. ), 18 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 15 Common Tern (Circa, 1 chick. Most from Abberton Church.), 18 Egyptian Goose (10 juveniles.), 1 Great White Egret (From Abberton Church), 3 Linnet, 1 Skylark [David Hale]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, warm, mainly sunny
2 Cuckoo (on tamarisk / marsh around hide wall), 2 Grey Plover (flying past Stone Point), 3 Dunlin, 1 Fulmar (along cliff edge), 6 Sandwich Tern [Martin Richards]
Ingrebourne Valley, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm. All sighting from Bonnetts Wood, except the bullfinches; these from Berwick Glades.
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Singing males.), 2 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet (Pair.), 2 Bullfinch [Andrew Cox]
Braintree, 07:45 to 07:48, Overcast
1 Kingfisher (Near bridge at Hoppits bridge), 1 Song Thrush (In patio garden...first for months) [Martin Iddon]
Rolls Farm, nr Tollesbury, 07:30 to 08:00, Low tide
130 Curlew (Feeding on the mudflats at low tide) [Jonathan Smith]
Monday 06 Jul 2020
Great Braxted, 14:00 to 16:00, Bright, cloudy.
1 Raven (correct tail shape and called), 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Buzzard, 1 Jay [David Allen] Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, Nikon D500+Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, ) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, ) , Spotted Flycatcher at Great Braxted on 06 Jul 2020, (David Allen, Nikon D500+Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm)
Terling, 14:00 to 15:30
2 Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding in oaks by cricket pitch), 4 Mistle Thrush (Adults & 2 juveniles on pitch), 1 Bullfinch (Male feeding by footbridge), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 10 Swift, 4 Swallow [Tony Kennelly]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:45, Sun & clouds. Warm, some breeze. Includes Hartswood.
6 Mallard (Female with five well grown young, Childerditch Pond.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 7 Green Woodpecker (Including two adults with two young, top of Childerditch Meadow. Two Hartswood (adult & young).), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit (Hartswood.), 3 Treecreeper (Hartswood.), 7 Nuthatch (At least. Four Hartswood), 1 Raven (Near Childerditch Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00, W-NW3-5, 4-8/8. Movement to south
1051 Swift, 104 Sand Martin, 106 Siskin (12 flocks 2-20), 59 Crossbill (12 @ 0550, 2 @ 0630, 10 @ 0810, 33 @ 1320, 2@ 1728) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 05 Jul 2020
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:15 to 16:30, Sunny, some clouds. Breezy, warm.
6 Little Ringed Plover (Main flood, western end.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (SW corner of main flood.), 35 Redshank (Approx. SW corner of main flood.), 1 Greenshank (Eastern end of main lagoon.), 1 Common Tern (Mobile.), 1 Bearded Tit (Female.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing male & female. Opposite ends.) [Andrew Cox]
Billericay, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny - Breezy
1 Red Kite (Seen from garden in SW Billerica) [John Smart]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:30 to 13:15, Hot and windy
6 Cattle Egret (With the cattle in a SE field), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Sand Martin, 50 Pochard (atleast), 5 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler [Oliver Cottis]
Terling, 10:30 to 10:30, Hot and very windy
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Very briefly near cricket pitch) [Martin Iddon]
Hamford Water, 09:50 to 14:20, Clear, windy from west
1 Corn Bunting (1 singing in cornfield) [Simon Banks]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 11:25, Sunny, occasional showers, strong W wind
173 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 53 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Common Tern (Plus one young, Golden Gates), 43 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus two broods of three, Golden Gates), 7 Pochard (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 55 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Two plus two young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (On the pit to the south of the tip.), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip.) [Paul Larkin]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 09:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy. Warm.
1 Egyptian Goose (Main lake.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Main lake.), 3 Green Woodpecker (Inc. One juv.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 5 Mistle Thrush (Together.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 4 Coal Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 05:30 to 08:00, Very windy
2 Barn Owl (1 salcott seawall, 1 on reserve), 2 Whimbrel (Salcott channel), 4 Curlew (Salcott channel), 1 Yellowhammer (Singing male ), 10 Spotted Redshank (4 in salcott channel & 6 in reserve pools), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spoonbill (Joyce's head fleet), 1 Bearded Tit (Heard calling in reed beds by Joyce's), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 40 Common Tern (Fledgling & chicks), 20 Avocet (Fledglings & chicks), 10 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 50 Pochard, 4 Wigeon, 6 Pied Wagtail (Family party feeding) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 04 Jul 2020
Wendens Ambo, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Red Kite (besdie M11) [Neil Murphy]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 14:00 to 16:00, Mild overcast dry
9 Mandarin Duck (6 Juvenile, 3 Adult Female ), 5 Moorhen (4 Juvenile 1 Adult ), 4 Blackcap (2 Juvenile 2 Adults ), 6 Wren, 2 Magpie [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Epping, 14:00 to 14:05
1 Red Kite (Back of High Street above Pelly Court) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells] Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Red Kite at Epping on 04 Jul 2020, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells)
Boreham, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (Male singing) [Neil Murphy]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:15 to 13:00, High tide, overcaste and breezy
6 Cattle Egret (All adults at SE end with cattle (11.30-14.00)), 3 Marsh Harrier (including 2 juvs.), 1 Hobby (Hunting hirundines over Salcott village), 110 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 41 Avocet (including good numbers of fledged young.), 40 Common Tern (+, with good numbers of young) [Sean Nixon] Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Marsh Harrier at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Hobby at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Avocet at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Common Tern at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 Jul 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Witham, 10:45 to 11:30
1 Mandarin Duck (Female on pond on River walk) [Neil Murphy]
Laindon, 09:15 to 09:15, Windy, grey
1 Red Kite (Being mobbed by a Crow above the Triangle shop's) [Karl Price]
Writtle, 09:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, breezy
41 Swift (Flying south west towards Writtle), 1 Kestrel (Making a kill in "Horse" Field, flying off towards Old Chelmsfordians), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chaffinch (Female, on Bowls Green, Tower Gardens, not commonly seen here) [Winifred Simmonds]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, breezy, warm.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Perched on protruding post.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males, pavillion meadow & adjacent arable.), 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin (At least. Hawking above properties on western edge.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (In flight. Headed for Jury Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Shrub End, 08:00 to 08:45, overcast
2 Little Owl (pair) [Oliver Cottis]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:00, mild, overcast, mainly dry, strong SW wind, rising tide, 17 species in song
15 Whitethroat (Singing ), 104 Swift (First thing, low and in small groups or individually, south or south-west), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dispersing juvenile), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 42 Sandwich Tern (4 south, 8 on beach and 30 roosting on marsh ), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 1 Buzzard, 129 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant Creek - stunning), 7 Dunlin, 8 Avocet, 4 Little Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00
1614 Swift [Paul Brayshaw]
Colchester, 01:30 to 02:30, Walk at Cymbeline Meadows, by the station.
3 Reed Bunting (two seen, a third heard), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 10 House Martin (atleast), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Blackcap (heard), 30 Starling (flock), 5 Swallow (atleast), 5 Swift (atleast), 3 Skylark, 2 Moorhen (1 juv) [Oliver Cottis]
Friday 03 Jul 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:00, windy, light rain.
1 Great White Egret (Layer Breton Causeway), 1 Ruff (summer plumage from Layer Breton Causeway) [Drew Lyness]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:30 to 18:30, Strong wind from west, selected sightings
1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard LBC), 70 Pochard (+), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay, 1 LDHC), 1 Hobby (In tree in Hide Bay), 1 Ruff, 2 Garganey (Very distant in Hide Bay from church, probable pair with male in eclipse. 90% sure, small, longish grey bills, eyestripes, dabbling at edge although too distant to be 100%), 25 Egyptian Goose (+ mix of adults and young birds) [Matt Turner] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2020, (Matt Turner)
Maldon, 16:30 to 17:00
1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 4 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Blackcap (Singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:00 to 16:00, windy
7 Cattle Egret (McClure's Marsh), 1 Spoonbill, 10 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 200 Black-tailed Godwit [Drew Lyness] Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 Jul 2020, (Drew Lyness) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 03 Jul 2020, (Drew Lyness)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:00 to 16:30, via River Walk
1 Kingfisher (3 sightings of presumably the same bird), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Swift, 10 Swallow (+), 3 House Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Garden Warbler (Juveniles) [David L Smith]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 10:45 to 11:40, Fair, warm
1 Green Sandpiper (With 3 Redshanks, TMO832. None of these records were actually in Lawford, but the website won't recognise any correct description, e.g. Stour Estuary.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male mobbed by Avocet , TM0932), 4 Avocet (One mobbing Marsh Harrier, TM0932), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with 2 well-grown young, TMO832) [Simon Banks]
Writtle, 09:30 to 11:30, Blowy, sunny, sightings by David
1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Swift (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Lapwing (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Little Egret (By Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Little Grebe (On Titchmarsh Reservoir), 8 House Martin (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard (Over Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Blackcap (At Beach's Weir) [Winifred Simmonds] Greenfinch at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds) , Buzzard at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds) , Blackcap at Writtle on 03 Jul 2020, (Winifred Simmonds)
Ingrebourne Valley, 08:15 to 11:15, Cloudy, then sunny. Warm.
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan (Pair with six cygnets.), 9 Mallard (Female with eight young.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (Possibly two.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Tern (Flying over, carrying fish. Heading NE.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylark (Two singing males.), 3 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin (At least.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Juvs.), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 02 Jul 2020
Braintree, 20:00 to 20:00
4 Sparrowhawk (Pr finally eggs hatched & at least 2 white downy young being fed in large willow tree beyond back garden) [Neil Murphy]
Witham, 18:00 to 18:00, Over town centre
1 Red Kite (Carrying something, being mobbed by 2 LBBGs, flew low, heading south east), 2 Swift [David L Smith]
Elsenham, 16:30 to 16:45, Showers
4 Red Kite [Anthony Gales]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:15 to 16:15, Showers, at times very heavy.
1 Spoonbill (sleeping near Joyces, flew off towards Copt Hall. Probably the bird I saw yesterday at Abberton), 6 Bearded Tit (5 juveniles with black patches and one adult female all formed at the top of the reeds after a massive shower), 8 Spotted Redshank (all near the windmill), 10 Grey Plover (Salcott channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (some juveniles), 125 Avocet (several near adult juveniles), 50 Common Tern (many juveniles), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 14 Swift [David Allen]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 11:00, Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
95 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Sand Martin, 106 Shelduck, 39 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 95 Avocet, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm. Becoming cloudy.
4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 3 Goldcrest (Two singing males.), 1 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Singing males.), 2 Bullfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 01 Jul 2020
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 17:00 to 17:30, Cloudy.
4 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 17:20, Dry but rain around.
1 Spoonbill (Was behind the concrete barrier by heron nesting area then flew towards main causeway on the other side ), 2 Mandarin Duck (Under tree edge below herons nests), 1 Hobby (Flew from wigborough bay side across reservoir past visitors centre), 40 Sand Martin (At least) [Ian Dewsnap]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 17:00, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, warm.
1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult. ), 2 Common Tern, 7 Pied Wagtail (Two adults with five young.), 50 Swift (Approx.), 4 House Martin (At least.), 2 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.), 2 Reed Bunting (Mele & female; opposite ends of the reserve.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:00, Fair, but poured later when spoonbill flew.
1 Spoonbill (Layer Breton causeway where it flew the entire length), 1 Peregrine Falcon (In familiar tree from Layer Church), 1 Great White Egret (seems to favour same spot from Layer Church), 50 Sand Martin, 3 Mandarin Duck (no adult male plumage), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (one juvenile with adults), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (one friendly juvenile), 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Little Egret [David Allen] Abberton Reservoir on 01 Jul 2020, (David Allen) , Abberton Reservoir on 01 Jul 2020, (David Allen)
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 12:30 to 13:00, Cloudy.
2 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk [Bruce Brown]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, mild, cloudy
49 Black-tailed Godwit (Cormorant creek all in fine plumage), 1 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Avocet (2 juv), 1 Marsh Harrier, 21 Sandwich Tern (together in small flock) [Martin Richards]
Witham, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny, moderate breeze
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles calling, Willow Park.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Four Willow Park, one Lincewood.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.), 4 Treecreeper (At least. One Willow Park, three Lincewood, including juv.), 1 Nuthatch (Mark's Hill.), 5 Goldfinch (Four adults, one young. Willow Park. Feeding on thistles.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Selected sightings from both causeways
1 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Swift (Low-mid level feeding and skimming water), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Adult and juv, juv disappeared into tree then adult back and forth feeding), 3 Egyptian Goose (2 adult, one juv), 4 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard) [Matt Turner]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least one adult & one young calling.), 5 Swallow (Two adults with three young.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Adult with young. Feeding on wild cherries.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Some feeding on wild cherries.), 2 Whitethroat (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Boreham, 06:00 to 08:00, Force 2/3 SW & overcast, dry; Boreham Patch birding
4 Crossbill (Calling flock flew west over garden at 06.25; last sighting was 10 years ago. ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (male of islandica race on Trifarm Pit at 07.30 but no sign at 08.30 but someone swimming!), 120 Swift (08.00-Active feeding on western edge of village. largest group for several years. Local population 12. ), 1 Kingfisher (By Little Baddow bridge at 07.45 on 1st July. ) [Graham Ekins]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:00 to 08:00, Basking adder on gabion basket of a footbridge
2 Grasshopper Warbler (2 males reeling in scrub field in South East corner), 3 Common Sandpiper (From viewing point), 2 Green Sandpiper (Along stream by tip), 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Bearded Tit (2 family groups, including 1 by viewing point), 2 Mediterranean Gull (On nesting island with black-headed gulls), 1 Black-necked Grebe [Tony Kennelly]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00
2671 Swift (south) [Paul Brayshaw]