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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 04 Apr 2020
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 08:30, Sunny, cool. Hall Wood only.
4 Stock Dove (At least.), 3 Green Woodpecker (Two in Hall Wood, one calling from adjacent Butlers Grove.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Probably two.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 07:30, Sunny, cool. Lincewood only.
2 Green Woodpecker (Feeding on recreation ground.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (Presumably a pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 03 Apr 2020
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:45 to 13:45, Cloud & sun. Warm. Lake & meadows area.
2 Buzzard, 7 Black-headed Gull (One around lake. Rest over.), 2 Common Gull (Over.), 4 Herring Gull (Over.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Swallow (Possibly three.), 1 Wren (Singing.), 2 Dunnock (One singing, one fly-catching.), 2 Robin, 3 Blackcap (Singing males.), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit (Two pairs.), 2 Great Tit (Pair.), 5 Blue Tit (At least. Two pairs plus.), 2 Chaffinch (At least. Pair.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 13:30
1 Herring Gull (A young one), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greylag Goose [Michael Davies] Herring Gull at Wivenhoe on 03 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 03 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 03 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 11:40 to 11:45, Cloudy & light breeze
1 Red Kite (Flying over house on Tile Kiln Estate Galleywood) [Janice Bright]
Billericay, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Cuckoo (Flew over garden.) [John Bright]
Billericay, 11:10 to 11:10
1 Red Kite (circling, drifting east), 1 Sparrowhawk [Simon Satchell]
TL9423, 10:00 to 12:30, Exercise walk around local patch
11 Buzzard (4 obvious pairs (1 pair watched mating) and three individuals moving high nort), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 24 Skylark (12 pairs singing and displaying ), 6 Meadow Pipit (3 pairs singing and displaying), 5 Linnet, 1 Redpoll sp. (Flew west), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Coal Tit (Singing), 3 Goldcrest (Singing), 6 Red-legged Partridge (3 pairs), 3 Song Thrush (Singing) [Steve Grimwade]
Shrub End, 10:00 to 10:30, Warm with clouds
2 Goldcrest (Pair foraging in the garden), 2 Coal Tit (Pair foraging in the garden) [Oliver Cottis]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:30 to 11:30, Calm, cloudy
3 Sparrowhawk (Circling together and calling), 8 Chiffchaff (At least calling), 2 Blackcap (Either singing or alarm calling), 4 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard (Together plus other single sightings), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay (Pair, with male displaying), 2 Red Kite (Circling low together), 1 Greenfinch [Paul Shuttleworth] Jay at Whetmead NR, nr Witham on 03 Apr 2020, (Paul Shuttleworth)
Mersea Island, 08:01 to 09:01
3 Eider (All female type plumage ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Great Northern Diver [Stephen Entwistle]
TQ5993, 07:30 to 09:30
9 Redwing (Small flock flew over garden), 1 Fieldfare (Heard calling flying over), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 5 Canada Goose (Small flock heard flying over Brentwoood station area. Garden list 32 species for 2 days), 12 Wood Pigeon (Three small group passing over garden northwards) [Andrew Stroud]
Thursday 02 Apr 2020
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 16:15 to 17:15, Bright, NW breeze, cool.
122 Black-tailed Godwit (Clements Green Creek, East Marsh and the Crouch), 15 Curlew (East Marsh), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Salcoates marsh), 4 Chiffchaff (Country park along Creekview Road.), 25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (East marsh.) [Robert Pease]
Wix, 13:25 to 13:35, Dry bright
1 Red Kite (New garden tick flying over garden towards great Oakley ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
TL9324, 12:00 to 15:00, All sightings from office window
1 Sparrowhawk (2cy bird chasing Blackbird in garden ), 2 Stock Dove (Pair), 2 Collared Dove (Pair), 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Robin, 3 Blackbird (2 males and 1 female), 18 Herring Gull (Flew north) [Steve Grimwade]
Witham, 11:30 to 12:00, Over Newland Street
5 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Harris's Hawk, 1 Grey Heron [David L Smith]
Epping, 10:30 to 10:45, Mostly cloudy, bright, light breeze
6 Buzzard (three pairs soaring and calling) [Roger Emmens]
TQ5993, 07:30 to 16:30, still with warm spells
1 Peregrine Falcon (probably the same bird (male) flew over at 10.30 and 1.30. Resident in Brentwood, although i'm not sure where it / they hang out currently), 1 Red Kite (10.30 drifted north over my garden ), 1 Sparrowhawk (resident female 8.30am), 2 Buzzard (2 very high at 1.30, & 1 over La Plata Wood 3.30pm), 1 Chiffchaff (singing La Plata Wood), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Blackbird, 8 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Starling (impersonating several wader speices), 2 Collared Dove (all birds from my garden near Brentwood stataion) [Andrew Stroud]
TQ5993, 07:30 to 16:30, still with warm spells
1 Peregrine Falcon (probably the same bird (male) flew over at 10.30 and 1.30. Resident in Brentwood, although i'm not sure where it / they hang out currently), 1 Red Kite (10.30 drifted north over my garden ), 1 Sparrowhawk (resident female 8.30am), 2 Buzzard (2 very high at 1.30, & 1 over La Plata Wood 3.30pm), 1 Chiffchaff (singing La Plata Wood), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Blackbird, 8 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Starling (impersonating several wader speices), 2 Collared Dove (all birds from my garden near Brentwood stataion) [Andrew Stroud]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, cool. Plotlands.
2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap (Singing males.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing males.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Roman River Valley, 06:30 to 08:15, cold but bright
7 Chiffchaff (All males singing), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (4 males drumming and 1 female seen), 1 Kingfisher (Perched briefly on low branch over the river), 2 Nuthatch (Pair), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Blackcap (Singing along the edge of Layer rd), 1 Coal Tit (Trees by Layer rd) [Oliver Cottis]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 19:00, NW1, variable cloud, good vis. Selected totals, movement to north. Strong early gull movement, very little after 8am
227 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (@ 0716, seen earlier off Albany Gardens Clacton by Matt Lonsdale), 178 Herring Gull, 224 Common Gull, 668 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 96 Chaffinch [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 01 Apr 2020
Little Waltham, 16:00 to 16:45, grey and cloudy
2 Treecreeper [David Saville] Treecreeper at Little Waltham on 01 Apr 2020, (David Saville)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 15:30 to 16:00, Cloudy, cool.
2 Swallow (Hawking high over the Dunton Lake.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 14:15 to 15:15, Overcast and chilly, sightings from Lodge Lane to Wick Lane footpath
7 Chiffchaff, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 4 Blackcap (2 males seen, another 2 heard), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker [Matt Turner] Chiffchaff at Ardleigh Reservoir on 01 Apr 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Thaxted, 12:15 to 12:30, Overcast light breeze
1 Kingfisher (Flying along the west side of the river Chelmer ) [Stephen Dutton]
Friday Wood, 12:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 10 Chiffchaff (Singing around patch), 20 Redwing, 3 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Buzzard [Yvonne Watling]
TL9324, 11:00 to 12:30, Exercise walk around local patch and garden birding
1 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (2 pairs in different locations), 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 4 Green Woodpecker (2 pairs in different locations), 4 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit (Singing ), 5 Greenfinch (2 singing males and 3 females), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 9 Stock Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jay, 1 Blackcap (Singing male), 1 Song Thrush (Singing) [Steve Grimwade]
Wivenhoe, 10:30 to 11:30
10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 4 Teal [Michael Davies] Bar-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 01 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 01 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies) , Teal at Wivenhoe on 01 Apr 2020, (Michael Davies)
Shrub End, 10:00 to 11:00, mild
3 Buzzard (Soaring on thermals above the quarry with 50-100 gulls), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female soaring on thermals above Gosbeck's roundabout), 1 Kestrel (Male perched in tree) [Oliver Cottis]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest (singing in Wivenhoe Wood at bottom of garden) [Richard Allen]
Billericay, 07:30 to 19:30, All day watch from house and garden, sightings from everyone in family - 23 species recorded today, a record for us!
50 Wood Pigeon (at least, many flying over), 4 Carrion Crow, 9 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Our regular local birds), 3 Starling, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Jay (In garden @ 7:55, second day running), 4 Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit (Heard in nearby conifers @ 12:30, second record this year), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard distantly), 2 Buzzard (Two soaring dots picked up by scope from upstairs window!), 2 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 1 Dunnock, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Regular birds), 20 Herring Gull (at least, all seen distantly), 1 Sparrowhawk (Very distant bird soaring ), 1 Robin, 2 Collared Dove, 13 Black-headed Gull, 1 Chaffinch (Male, second record this year), 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 11 Canada Goose (Over garden @ 19:10) [Ben Mapp]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 19:30, Brilliant spring movement. NE1-NW-SW1, 0/8 then 8/8 from 11am. Selected totals, movement to north. Glances to sea 09-17
656 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 261 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1867 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Movement early am (1364) and evening (503)), 573 Wigeon (Evening movement), 1 Grey Heron, 732 Black-headed Gull, 25 Mediterranean Gull (all adults bar one 1yr, all in am, including a flock of 10), 1 Common Tern, 2 Glossy Ibis (high over @1530, appeared to be dropping in height towards the backwaters. Very lucky spot as flew through my view whilst watching Buzzards), 26 Buzzard (groups of 3,2,8,1,1,1,3,4,3), 3 Red Kite (1 @ 1116, 2 @ 1316), 1 Hen Harrier (1cy male from Holland Haven (thanks to Matt Lonsdale) gained height over the town and then departed high south out to sea until lost from sight), 2 Sparrowhawk (singles in off), 1 Peregrine Falcon (male @ 1530), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 388 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 2 Brambling, 82 Common Gull [Paul Brayshaw]
Shrub End, 01:30 to 02:30, mild, cloudy
1 Coal Tit (Briefly visited the garden feeders), 1 Goldcrest (Foraging, in and out of the garden's bushes for an hour or so. Presumably one individual) [Oliver Cottis]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Red Kite (Drifting s/e) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
Kelvedon Hatch, 17:20 to 17:35
1 Red Kite (North over our garden - 3rd sighting today.) [David Jobbins]
Epping, 16:00 to 17:30, (Swaines Green and nearby fields) Sunny, light winds, cool.
1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen (First for some time - back to breed?), 145 Wood Pigeon (Flock of 120 over towards east plus c25 local birds), 8 Skylark (Four pairs), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 4 Greenfinch (Singing males), 25 Linnet (Flock feeding in wheat), 1 Green Woodpecker [Roger Emmens]
West Bergholt, 16:00 to 16:00, Overcast but still
1 Barn Owl (Found dead . Appears top be a young male. Flange not well formed and very white around the neck. Bird was ringed and has been reported to the BTO.) [Jeff Martin]
Halstead, 15:30 to 16:00, Cloudy
1 Black Redstart (Present in cricket club car park) [Anthony Wells]
Stapleford Tawney, 15:15 to 15:30, Bright but cold and breezy
12 Yellowhammer (Small flock feeding on the remains of horses field hay) [Ann Darnell]
Elsenham, 13:45 to 14:00, Bright & clear, good visibility. Good views with binoculars, but too distant for iphone.
1 White-tailed Eagle (Probable watched for 15 minutes varying distance till flew off East ) [Michael Rimmell]
Good Easter, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Raven (third sighting locally this year) [Martin Henry]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:45 to 13:00, via River Walk
1 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Harris's Hawk, 4 Blackcap (3 singing males, 1 female) [David L Smith]
Thaxted, 11:30 to 12:30, Sunny periods 8deg Northerly breeze
20 Fieldfare (All sightings on morning walk west of Thaxted), 5 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (With Chaffinches), 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff [Stephen Dutton]
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing, 11:15 to 12:00
3 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Gymer]
TL9324, 11:00 to 16:00, Garden sightings
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 8 Chaffinch (Increase in numbers), 2 Stock Dove, 6 Pheasant, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Magpie, 2 Collared Dove, 9 Wood Pigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Wren, 2 Robin [Steve Grimwade] Stock Dove at TL9324 on 31 Mar 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
The Hythe, Colchester, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny intervals
25 Shelduck, 100 Teal (+), 16 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 4 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Curlew, 1 Ruff, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kestrel, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret [Matt Turner] Buzzard at The Hythe, Colchester on 31 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner) , Ruff at The Hythe, Colchester on 31 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner) , Black-tailed Godwit at The Hythe, Colchester on 31 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner) , Little Grebe at The Hythe, Colchester on 31 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:40 to 10:10
2 Red Kite (Flying E at rooftop height five minutes apart), 2 Raven (Calling from BT mast and in fight (arrived from west)), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 09:30, sunny
1 Redwing [David Saville] Redwing at Little Waltham on 31 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Wickford, 08:00 to 18:00, Dry, bright & cold. Garden sightings & photo's with Brenda. Trying to lift our spirits & yours. Locked in for 12 weeks !.
2 Robin (Pair, male seen feeding female 3 times. Too brief for photo.), 8 House Sparrow (First fledgling seen on porch roof.), 6 Goldfinch (Daily visitors to Sunflower Hearts.), 1 Greenfinch (Female.), 1 Sparrowhawk (High on thermals.), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Over roof tops.), 6 Black-headed Gull (Over roof tops.), 6 Herring Gull (Over roof tops.), 2 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Blackbird (Pair. No Song Thrush lately.), 15 Starling (Circa.), 2 Great Tit (Obvious pair.), 4 Blue Tit, 2 Carrion Crow [David Hale] Robin at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , House Sparrow at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , House Sparrow at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goldfinch at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goldfinch at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goldfinch at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Wood Pigeon at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Blackbird at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Starling at Wickford on 31 Mar 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Sunny, cold. Lincewood only.
4 Green Woodpecker (One calling from Butlers Grove area. Two calling Lincewood proper. One feeding on recreation ground.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Maldon, 07:45 to 08:00, Bitter cold wind dry & sunny
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from bushes along canal by Tesco car park), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing from car park) [Brian Bolton]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (Calling.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. All drumming/ calling.), 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair, nest hole.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 18:00, ENE24-0/8 good vis. Good early passage up to c8am, then glances to sea for rest of day. Selected totals, movement to north.
121 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar (south), 255 Wood Pigeon, 1320 Chaffinch (in 68 flocks), 36 Siskin, 4 Brambling (+), 75 Goldfinch, 32 Greenfinch, 28 Carrion Crow [Paul Brayshaw]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
2 Buzzard (Strood channel DU), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU pair), 1 Chiffchaff (Strood channel DU), 50 Linnet (Strood channel DU), 2 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade seen by MC ), 1 Eider (Victoria esplanade seen by MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Monday 30 Mar 2020
Kelvedon Hatch, 17:15 to 17:20
1 Red Kite (SW over village, seen from my garden. Third seen today.) [David Jobbins]
Ingatestone, 16:45 to 17:00
1 Red Kite (Single bird, drifting north west over A12 towards Mill Green.) [Ross Wilkins]
Great Totham, 15:30 to 17:00, Just walking Jake the dog.
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 9 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 4 Buzzard (Pair over Captains Wood saw off a third which then joined a fourth in display flight over South Wood.), 200 Black-headed Gull (circa. Following tractor at Lofts Farm.), 3 Skylark (Singing. Two at Sains Farm, one north of South Wood.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 1 Greenfinch (Calling. Totham Pit.), 25 Siskin (circa. Flying to and from tree between fields north of South Wood. Very vocal group.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:00, Fruitless half hour hoping for White Tailed Eagle to fly over....
1 Swallow (My first of year (apart from Abberton bird of course!)), 1 Buzzard (Tried to convince myself it was a very small eagle!), 7 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with 5 young) [Matt Turner] Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 30 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Wix, 13:35 to 13:40, Cloudy
1 White-tailed Eagle (Juv glided quite high NW between here and Wrabness, seen shortly afterwards by others over Lawford), 1 Brambling (Female, in garden earlier in the day) [James Davidson] White-tailed Eagle at Wix on 30 Mar 2020, (James Davidson) , White-tailed Eagle at Wix on 30 Mar 2020, (James Davidson)
TL9324, 11:00 to 12:30, Exercise walk from home to Copford Church and back
1 Buzzard, 1 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Margaretting, 10:45 to 10:46
1 Red Kite (Heading east - different individual from earlier sighting over Mountnessing. Both sightings from car on essential shopping trip.) [David Jobbins]
Good Easter, 10:00 to 10:00
125 Fieldfare, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Martin Henry]
Mountnessing, 09:45 to 09:46
1 Red Kite (Heading north) [David Jobbins]
Great Leighs, 08:30 to 19:00, Sunshine and showers, sightings from kitchen looking over back garden, fields and woods.
2 Goldcrest (Todays star birds inspecting the garden conifer before moving on also 3 greenfinch showing most of the day. Species count from the house today was 25 plus 2 red kite spotted from the end of the road whilst on way to tesco at great notley. ) [David Torrice]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 09:00, Over cast, NNW wind, falling tide
598 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Knot (With Black-tailed Godwits), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type over from Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 18:00, NE2-4, variable cloud, occ light rain. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Selected totals, movement to north
288 Red-throated Diver (steady passage mid-am to mid-pm. I will have missed many more as most scans revealed multiple birds passing), 1 Gannet, 1 Great Skua (@1449), 46 Chaffinch (early morning drizzle seemed to halt passage today) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 29 Mar 2020
Great Leighs, 19:15 to 19:15, Calm evening
11 Pied Wagtail (Groups of 5 and 6 just flew over probably heading for roost in small tree outside main entrance to tesco at great notley. Several dozen there some nights.) [David Torrice]
Witham, 14:00 to 15:00, Wind, hail, sun, wind sun, hail. Local patch River Walk
4 Song Thrush (Definite separate sightings), 1 Grey Heron (Trying to land in hail storm), 1 Kingfisher [Paul Shuttleworth]
Great Leighs, 10:00 to 18:30, Wintery showers sunny evening. All sightings from kitchen window over garden, fields and woods.
3 Greenfinch (Garden feeders), 2 Goldfinch (Garden feeders), 4 Chaffinch (Under feeders), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Garden feeders), 6 House Sparrow (Using feeders), 1 Dunnock (Under feeders), 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird (Under feeders), 9 Jackdaw (On and under feeders), 2 Rook (Under feeders), 1 Collared Dove (Under feeders), 6 Pheasant (On ploughed field), 150 Wood Pigeon (Plus a few hundred assorted jackdaws, rooks, crows and gulls on ploughed field.), 12 Magpie (Group on edge of field and wood), 9 Buzzard (At various times over fields and woods, one very pale one almost white from underneath except for carpals and necklace.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Couple of passes causing mass panic amongst the gulls pigeons and corvids.), 1 Grey Heron (Flyby), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (In field), 2 Herring Gull (In field) [David Torrice]
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 09:00 to 09:15
1 Blackcap (Male) [Ian Tarbin]
Wickford, 08:15 to 08:15, Clear
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming on telegraph pole in St David’s Way) [David Petts]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
4 Tufted Duck (Three males, one female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 11 Redwing, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 17:00, NE6-8, wintry showers. Early watch then went inside! Glances to sea during rest of the day. Movement to North, selected total
13 Red-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 28 Mar 2020
South Weald, 14:30 to 15:30
1 Linnet (Fly over), 1 Tawny Owl (Called briefly from conifers in garden of Langtons, Sandpit Lane - all birds on my once a day exercise), 10 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard [Andrew Stroud]
Ingatestone, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Red Kite (Flew ovetr garden heading east.) [Graham Smith]
TL9324, 08:45 to 09:45, Walk home to Copford Church and back
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Blackcap (Singing), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Goldcrest (Singing), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 08:30, Fine and sunny, NE breeze, LT
995 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore by the new landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 17:00, N3-4 0/8 becoming NE 4-5 8/8 for a time. Selected totals, movement to north
1466 Chaffinch (in 80 groups of up to 105), 24 Brambling (including groups of 8 and 12 that paused on undercliff trees before moving on), 113 Siskin (in 14 group of up to 30), 42 Carrion Crow (in off or moving over the sea), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male with large prey (Woodpigeon) hounded out to sea by the local Herring Gulls), 1 Fulmar [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 27 Mar 2020
TL9324, 11:00 to 15:00, Garden sightings
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Male), 1 Mallard (Male), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 27 Wood Pigeon, 3 Pheasant, 14 Chaffinch (All high northeast ), 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren [Steve Grimwade]
Broomhouse, Langham, 11:00 to 13:00, Local birding/exercise in glorious sunshine
2 Shoveler (Pair), 10 Teal, 7 Shelduck, 2 Red Kite (Possibly 3 birds, 1 seen early then 1 poss 2 seen over an hour later), 7 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Barnacle Goose (In mixed Greylag/Canada flock. Probably dodgy but considering the current situation I'm counting it!), 42 Mute Swan, 4 Chiffchaff, 22 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Skylark [Matt Turner] Red Kite at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Meadow Pipit at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Barnacle Goose at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Chiffchaff at Broomhouse, Langham on 27 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Robin [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 27 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 27 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:40 to 17:00, N1-NE4-5, 0/8 murky at sea. Concerted watch to 0800. Selected totals, movement to north
145 Red-throated Diver (steady movement as the wind picked up mid-late morning to early pm), 18 Little Gull (tight flock of adults close N @ 1335 - rather unexpected!), 2059 Chaffinch (in 98 groups up to 130 strong. 1477 by 0700, 1910 by 0740), 59 Goldfinch, 345 Wood Pigeon, 4 Redwing, 59 Carrion Crow (moving either over the sea or arriving in off (as per other Corvids)), 14 Rook, 26 Jackdaw, 72 Siskin, 11 Meadow Pipit, 41 Greenfinch, 16 Brambling, 4 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Whimbrel (calling bird N @ 0618), 1 Merlin (female N), 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm male in off sea @ 0640), 1 Sparrowhawk (big fem in off sea), 1 Wheatear (male) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 26 Mar 2020
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 17:30, Sunny but breezy
3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing individuals (not seen) at 3 locations ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female spotted twice, poss same bird), 50 Avocet (Numerous pairs on lagoon and surrounding area), 3 White-fronted Goose (With Greylags and Canada’s in fields East of lagoon. ), 1 Merlin (Female hunting in same fields as geese then over towards Canvey Marsh. ), 1 Reed Bunting (Smart male on tip side of reserve) [Paul Kingston]
Laindon, 13:15 to 13:30, Sunny, warm. Breezy.
2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults; circled over house.) [Andrew Cox]
TL9324, 11:00 to 15:00, Garden birding
9 Buzzard (2 local pairs plus 5 presumed migrants all heading northeast), 3 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Carrion Crow (I pair nesting), 12 Herring Gull (All heading northeast), 7 Black-headed Gull (All heading northeast ), 5 Stock Dove, 3 Starling, 2 Greenfinch (On feeders), 6 Goldfinch (On feeders), 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Pheasant [Steve Grimwade]
Friday Wood, 11:00 to 12:00, Sunny
9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Yvonne Watling]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 10:00, Fine and sunny, light E breeze, rising tide
467 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore near the new landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Tendring, 08:30 to 08:45, Very high thin cloud, bright, dry with a light breeze, still chilly.
2 Grey Partridge (Pair , wondering round my vegatable garden) [Tony Faulkner]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:15, Sunny, cool. Lincewood only.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, cool. Hall Wood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Blackcap [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 17:00, NE2-4 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north. Early watch then glances from lunchtime
765 Chaffinch (266 by 0555, 510 by 0610, 710 by 0815), 101 Siskin (45 by 0555, 80 by 0610), 26 Greenfinch, 28 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet, 173 Red-throated Diver (strong passage 1330-1500), 1 Great Northern Diver (winter plumaged bird @ 1348), 15 Gannet [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 25 Mar 2020
Ardleigh Reservoir, 16:45 to 17:45
5 Goosander (1m, 4f), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler (2 pairs), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail [Matt Turner]
Great Holland, 15:30 to 16:00
2 Black Redstart (male + female around paddocks near the church) [Liz Huxley] Black Redstart at Great Holland on 25 Mar 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Kirby-le-Soken, 14:00 to 14:10, Sunshine,bright 8c
2 Siskin (on bird feeder containing sunflower hearts.) [Ron Colson]
Doddinghurst, 13:00 to 14:00, Still Spring Day, Blue sky, minimal breeze
1 Raven (Fly over, heading SE, from Kelvedon Hatch where a pair are seen/heard frequently.), 3 Greenfinch (Infrequent visitor nowadays), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (Feeding), 5 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit (Regular pair), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (Pair), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dunnock, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pheasant (Cock), 1 Chaffinch (Surprisingly rare for the past 3 months), 1 Blackcap (Heard only), 5 Magpie (Nest building), 1 Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard (Flyover), 3 Jackdaw (Flyover), 5 Buzzard (Soaring around all day, two resident birds and three poss. migrants.) [Gary Boyes]
TL9324, 11:00 to 11:00
4 Buzzard (Local pair plus two interlopers), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Siskin (Flew high west ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade]
Wivenhoe, 08:45 to 09:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Starling, 2 Greylag Goose [Michael Davies] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 25 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Shrub End, 08:30 to 09:00, Sunny
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating, male was drumming last week.), 2 Chiffchaff (Two males singing) [Oliver Cottis]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 07:30, Sunny, cool. Poltlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 17:00, SE3-NE2 0/8. Early watch then glances during the day. Selected totals, movement to the north
532 Black-headed Gull (strong late pm passage), 3 Sandwich Tern (@ 1629), 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Black Redstart (fem in Old Parish Churchyard (end of Connaught Avenue @ 1715)), 51 Chaffinch [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 24 Mar 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:00, Sunny. Causeways. Fly ridden. A good walk with the wife. Still 2 dead road killed pheasants!
1 Whooper Swan, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Serious fight taking place. Three's a crowd), 1 Buzzard, 6 Egyptian Goose [David Allen]
Leyton Flats, 14:15 to 14:15, Sunny/clear
1 Osprey (Over garden going north, mobbed by Gulls towards Leyton Flats) [Gary A James]
Fairstead, near Terling, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny, light breeze
1 Peregrine Falcon (Female circled over galleygate wood alongside the pylons then set its wings and glided off towards fullers cross), 5 Buzzard (At least a dozen sightings of pairs and individuals as i exercised my legs across the fields but some must have been of the same birds.), 4 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [David Torrice]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 16:00, lighter wind, very bright. Small Tortoiseshells on the wing around seawall.
1 Buzzard, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Black Redstart (f, JW reserve), 2 Chiffchaff [Martin Richards]
Laindon, 12:00 to 15:30, Sunny, becoming warm. Back garden.
2 Buzzard (At least. ), 1 Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming nearby. Occasional visits to feeders.), 2 Blue Tit (At least. Including pair showing interest in nest hole in neighbours house.), 2 Great Tit (At least.), 1 Robin, 4 Greenfinch (At least. Two pairs.), 7 Goldfinch (At least. Several singing.), 5 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
TL9324, 11:00 to 13:00
3 Buzzard (Pair displaying and 1 high north), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull [Steve Grimwade]
Writtle, 10:45 to 11:15, Clear blue skies with an easterly breeze. First Comma and Brimstone butterfly of 2020 observed
2 Egyptian Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Egret (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Kestrel (Female), 6 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 6 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Halstead, 09:00 to 17:00
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female on peanut feeder briefly again), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing along river), 1 Blackcap (Singing on allotment), 1 Greenfinch (On allotment) [Barbara Leport]
Little Waltham, 08:00 to 09:00, sunny
1 Fieldfare [David Saville] Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 24 Mar 2020, (David Saville)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Lincewood only.
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Monday 23 Mar 2020
University of Essex, Colchester, 15:00 to 15:00, Fine.
1 Cetti's Warbler (Call heard near the river) [Graham Upton]
Terling, 13:45 to 13:45, Bright sunshine
2 Red Kite (Pair sharing a thermal and interacting with 2 buzzards. All 4 slowly drifting towards boreham. Couple of minutes later either side of fullers cross came across 4 more buzzards and another red kite.gh up) [David Torrice]
Kelvedon Hatch, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Raven (Sparring with Common Buzzard), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 23 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 23 Mar 2020, (Michael Davies)
Copford SW, near Stanway, 12:00 to 13:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 1 Blackcap (Singing male), 20 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest (Singing) [Steve Grimwade]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 15:15, Bright and sunny with a cold easterly wind
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 221 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel, 70 Lapwing, 12 Linnet, 2 Marsh Harrier [Alan Shearman] Black-necked Grebe at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 23 Mar 2020, (Alan Shearman) , Lapwing at Bowers Marsh (RSPB) on 23 Mar 2020, (Alan Shearman)
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 09:45 to 10:45, Bright cloudless sky with a cold wind.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair mating. Soft call beforehand. First for me.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling very briefly), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Stock Dove [Martin Iddon]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, bright, wind not quite as horrendous as last two days. From seawall
2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, Walton Channel), 1 Buzzard, 10 Tufted Duck (five pairs), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ mainly over Horsey) [Martin Richards]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Woodcock (In flight heading north) [David Pallash]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 09:45, Blue sky. Cold SE wind.
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit (M.A.S.)), 1 Green Woodpecker (South Wood.), 1 Kestrel (Male. Totham Pit.), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), 2 Pied Wagtail (Playing Field.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 13:45, Fine and sunny, strong ENE wind, rising tide
53 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 172 Shelduck (Two on the tip the rest Mucking Bay), 1657 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 5 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 67 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 58 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over to Kent), 141 Redshank (Stanford Creek), 61 Teal (39 Stanford Creek, 12 Golden Gates, 10 on the pit to the south of the tip), 23 Greylag Goose (Eight on the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (On the pit to the south of the tip), 30 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Goldeneye (Fems, Golden Gates), 72 Tufted Duck (31 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Gadwall (Three each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 10 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Kingfisher (Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Two near the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (GoldenGates), 60 Rook (45 occupied nests Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Sightings from both causeways
3 Grey Heron, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing from same area as last week), 3 Chiffchaff (All singing), 7 Goosander (3m, 4f), 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove (heard only), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only) [Matt Turner] Goosander at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Green Sandpiper at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 23 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny, cool.
1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 22 Mar 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 17:30 to 18:30, Sunny. Getting colder.
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail (Billets Farm), 1 Goosander, 3 Skylark [David Allen] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (David Allen) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (David Allen)
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 17:30, Quick look off LDHC, sunny but v windy & left camera at home!
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail (Looked like female, thanks to David Curle for heads up. Pic is best I could digiscope in blustery conditions. Showed pale rump clearly at one point), 1 Snipe [Matt Turner] White Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner)
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:15, Bright sunny but cold
1 Grey Wagtail (Near very large puddle in farmyard ) [Ann Darnell]
Stondon Massey, 13:45 to 14:45
1 Red Kite (Viewed from old road between Church Road, Kelvedon Hatch & Tipps Cross), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Stroud]
Nazeing GP, Lea Valley, 13:30 to 13:30
2 Egyptian Goose (with five downy goslings on north basin) [Alan Harris]
Mistley, 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny with cool breeze.
2 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 47 Knot [Paul Chamberlain] Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Naze, The, 10:00 to 15:00, strong easterly wind, but bright. Still haven't seen a Wheatear since early one three weeks ago.
2 Red-breasted Merganser (females, Stone Point), 40 Ringed Plover (+ Stone Point lagoon with a few Dunlin), 50 Shelduck (+ flooded fields with nice assortment of Teal, Wigeon, Shoveller and Gadwall), 4 Goldcrest, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Martin Richards]
Mistley, 09:30 to 10:30, Sightings from Quay, high tide, water choppy
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female), 4 Pintail (2 pairs), 1 Goldeneye (female), 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black Swan [Matt Turner] Peregrine Falcon at Mistley on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch (Including a pair active close to a previously used nest site.), 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
TQ5894, 08:30 to 09:15, Sunny, dry with strong , cold NE wind
2 Lesser Redpoll (On sunflower seed feeder with Goldfinch) [Clive Tanner]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 15 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 09:30, Sunny but windy, sightings from white bridge to Co-op
2 Red Kite (Hunting low over north Marsh, flushing everything!), 1 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males, 1 female), 150 Brent Goose (circa - flushed by Kites), 1 Egyptian Goose, 6 Curlew, 1 Reed Bunting, 60 Redshank (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only), 2 Pintail (Distant pair north Hogmarsh), 6 Avocet, 4 Knot [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Marsh Harrier at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 22 Mar 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)