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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Sunday 18 Apr 2021
Great Leighs, 12:15 to 12:15, Sunny and Dry; Church End
1 Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Warley Place NR, 11:15 to 11:15, Sunny , dry
1 Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Great Totham, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny, light N. wind.
1 Red Kite (High over village moving S to N.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:00 to 10:00, Sunny and warm
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from scrub along canal near Bridge by Babbow Road carpark) [Brian Bolton]
Warley, 09:45 to 10:39, Sunny and Dry, Dark Lane,
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew over) [Paul Everett]
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Shoveler (Pair), 3 Reed Bunting (Pairs), 2 Shelduck (Pair), 8 Sand Martin, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Coot (Pairs), 7 Linnet, 4 Red-legged Partridge (Pairs), 2 Raven (Pair over pit being harassed by lesser black backed gulls), 6 Teal (3 pairs), 5 Lapwing (Pairs), 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 pairs main pit 1 on other pit ), 1 Red Kite, 3 Bullfinch [Andrew Goodey]
Danbury Common, 09:00 to 10:15, Warm and sunny
2 Nightingale (Two singing males), 6 Jay (Flock of 6 moving together through wood), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap [David Pallash]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:15 to 13:00
2 Bar-tailed Godwit (LDLH causeway ), 4 Nightingale (3 old road and 1 on reserve ), 3 Willow Warbler, 50 Yellow Wagtail (Near Island hide) [Glen Moore] Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore)
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 09:30, Sunny chilly.
2 Buzzard (Pair.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male. Hunting over Childerditch Meadow.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow (Vicinity of Hatch Farm. All appeared to be males.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing male.), 4 Nuthatch (From three territories.), 2 Linnet (Both males.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 07:45 to 13:00, Sunny, light NE wind
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 12 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Tern, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Gary A James]
Saturday 17 Apr 2021
Great Totham, 16:25 to 16:45, Sunny, light E. wind.
3 Red Kite (Two together over Totham Pit area, briefly seen off by third from arable field before continuing to circle together over village. Regular sightings over village this spring but never tire of these magnificent birds.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Stapleford Tawney, 13:00 to 19:30, Blue sky. Significant sightings only recorded.
1 Yellow Wagtail (1+ Yellow Wagtail(s) back on territory ), 1 Little Owl (In usual area), 1 Red Kite (One seen perched) [Nicholas Weston]
Ashdon, 12:30 to 13:00, Sunny
2 Buzzard [Phil Harling ]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 11:15 to 12:00, Sunny but chilly
1 Kittiwake (Still showing very well from Gate or layby looking healthier now ) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, Nikon / Tamron 150-600mm) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, Nikon / Tamron 150-600mm) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Mistley, 11:00 to 13:00, sunny with a cool breeze
1 Sparrowhawk (male mobbing Buzzard), 26 Avocet (mainly near Manningtree), 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Turnstone, 40 Knot, 1 Greenshank (Manningtree), 4 Swallow, 600 Dunlin, 2 Black Swan, 1 White Wagtail (male) [Martin Peers]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 15:00, Sunny and very mild, highlights from 64 species recorded
4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 13 Avocet (Aveley Bay), 1 Ruff (Target Pools), 4 Snipe, 1 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Sedge Warbler (+), 6 Whitethroat (+), 1 Willow Warbler (singing near turnstile), 20 Linnet (+), 2 Wigeon, 1 Dunlin, 1 Red Kite (high over landfill late morning), 1 Peregrine Falcon (high over Butts Hide), 2 Spoonbill (showing very well on Purfleet Scrape from river wall), 20 Cetti's Warbler (+, extremely vocal) [Ben Mapp]
Shrub End, 10:15 to 11:30, All sightings from Westlands country park, Bright and moderate breeze
3 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush (singing male.), 3 Blackcap (at least, all singing males), 1 Jay, 1 Skylark (singing male), 3 Linnet, 2 Collared Dove (pair), 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Magpie, 15 Robin (mostly singing males some carrying food items), 1 Meadow Pipit, 28 Wood Pigeon, 16 Blackbird, 7 Wren (mostly singing males), 6 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 8 Chiffchaff (mostly singing males, one seen carrying nesting material.), 6 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 5 Starling [Ashley Gooding]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 14:00, cold, bright
25 Knot (towards Stone Point - unusual), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Tower car park - very vocal), 1 Black Brant (last Sunday - from seawall with small group of Brent Geese), 200 Dunlin (+), 30 Sanderling (+), 4 Grey Plover (mainly summer plumage) [Martin Richards]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:15 to 10:00, sunny, light breeze
1 Red Kite (Over Blue Mills direction) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Plotlands.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Male. Not singing.), 10 Blackcap (Nine singing males (at least). One female.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.. ) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 08:00, Fine and sunny, calm, LT
1 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of the old P Stn site), 6 Curlew (East of the old P Stn site), 1 Whimbrel (On foreshore by the ferry terminal, then up river) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 10:30, cold first thing, clear, N wind, low tide; 18 species in song
4 Blackcap (Singing ), 6 Swallow (1 around the Centre first thing, 3 north, 2 sewage works ), 1 Sand Martin (North), 1 Barn Owl (Quartering the Common first thing, super views ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (North ), 25 Shoveler (Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Avocet (Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Golden Plover (Roosting, Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Chiffchaff (5 singing ), 1 Fulmar (North along the cliffs, typical spring record), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 drainage ditch north of decoy ponds, 1 decoy ponds) [Brian Combes]
Friday 16 Apr 2021
Doddinghurst, 20:00 to 20:00, still but cold
1 Little Owl (on barn roof Cow Farm, Frog Street ) [Andrew Stroud]
Warley, 17:15 to 17:35, sunny but cold
1 Ring Ouzel (male still in paddock at bottom of hill on Dark Lane ), 2 Redwing, 15 Starling, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Red Kite [Andrew Stroud]
Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford, 14:15 to 15:45
4 Blackcap (+), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nightingale, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair on fishing lake), 3 Chiffchaff (+) [Liz Huxley]
Maldon, 11:30 to 15:30, Sunny, 4/8; Promenade area
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2100 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Mediterranean Gull (Very vocal and much chasing over small island off promenade), 18 Knot, 5 Common Tern [Andrew Goodey]
Alresford, 11:10 to 13:10, Alresford Creek circuit from St Peter's
4 Swallow, 3 Buzzard (+), 3 Blackcap (+), 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Nuthatch, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (c) [Liz Huxley]
Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary, 11:00 to 17:00, Sunny Periods quite warn in shelter out of north east wind
10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 14 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 9 Treecreeper (4 pairs), 1 Goldcrest, 4 Linnet, 3 Buzzard, 29 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Brent Goose, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 1 Skylark, 21 Blackcap, 1 Nightingale, 160 Blue Tit (loads most common species), 45 Great Tit, 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Red Kite (drifted north to Suffolk bank) [Malcolm Riddler] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Treecreeper at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Buzzard at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Red-breasted Merganser at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Redshank at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Blackcap at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Lesser Redpoll at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Wormingford, Colchester, 10:30 to 12:30, A walk around the perimeter of the airfield
4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Snipe, 30 Linnet, 6 Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 30 Skylark (Not sure how many, singing all the way round.), 3 Meadow Pipit [Glen Moore]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:45 to 09:45, Sunny with a cold NE breeze Low tide. Very quite
14 Blackcap, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel (on Crouch mud), 8 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 1 Cuckoo (calling in the distance), 1 Sedge Warbler (sub song) [Alan Shearring]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
1 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greylag Goose, 1 Blackcap [Michael Davies] Redshank at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Blackcap at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:00, Sun and cloud, light N wind.
1 Red Kite (Leisurely circling over Totham Pit area.), 2 Buzzard (One, South Wood. One, Sheepcoates Farm.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming, Totham Pit.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling, Totham Pit.), 8 Jackdaw (+. Several individuals collecting nesting material, including hair straight from horses' backs. Horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.), 4 Linnet (Including pair and one carrying nesting material, Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Northey Island, Blackwater Estuary, 09:00 to 09:15, Sunny, warm
1 Common Tern (Mid-river, resting on lobster(?) cage at low tide) [Jon Clark]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:00 to 09:00, Clear, bright and cold.
2 Mediterranean Gull (Two adult over my house calling and heading NW.) [Robert Pease]
Great Leighs, 08:50 to 09:44, Fine, dry and bright. Sandslay and Moat Woods EWT
1 Treecreeper, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 1 Buzzard [Paul Everett] Treecreeper at Great Leighs on 16 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Treecreeper at Great Leighs on 16 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny and cold
2 Yellow Wagtail (Flew north ), 6 Skylark, 8 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting (First male back for summer), 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow [David Pallash]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:30, Sun& clouds. Cool.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males.), 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (One feding on pavillion meadow; one singing male near goats inclosure.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.. ), 5 Goldfinch (At least.), 3 Linnet (Al males, two singing.), 1 Yellowhammer (Over pavillion meadow.) [Andrew Cox]
Backwarden, Danbury, 07:45 to 10:30, Sunshine then clouding over later with cold wind.
6 Robin (Several paired up), 6 Chiffchaff (+ two busy near nesting sites with materials), 6 Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare (Seen resting in top of large tree), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (Singing male heard only), 1 Buzzard (Calling overhead) [Paul Fletcher]
Laindon, 07:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, 1°C to 5°C
9 Blackcap, 6 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Chiffchaff [Richard Chew]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still east side of pit), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Dropped in very briefly then flew off N) [Brian Bolton]
Thursday 15 Apr 2021
Mersea Island, 17:00 to 19:00
4 Yellow Wagtail (On centre bank between both boating lakes next to youth camp ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Stapleford Tawney, 16:30 to 19:30, Cold, Rain,
1 Little Owl (At nest sight), 12 Linnet (3 small flocks), 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Pheasant, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 2 Red Kite (Two birds, in flight, feeding and perched.) [Nicholas Weston] Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston) , Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston) , Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston)
Warley, 16:00 to 16:30, Cold, sunny with brief hail shower
1 Ring Ouzel (Male), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush [Jon Clark]
Wrabness, 14:15 to 14:15, Sunny
2 Mistle Thrush (In first paddock from car park), 2 Nightingale (Heard but not seen), 5 Blackcap [Peter Brittain]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 13:00 to 14:00
12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Graham Barber ]
Chigborough Lakes, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Buzzard [Graham Barber ]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 15:30, sun/cloud, some rain/hail showers, cold wind
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 6 Blackcap (+), 14 Shelduck, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Nightingale (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shoveler, 1 Swallow, 16 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose [Liz Huxley] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 15 Apr 2021, (Liz Huxley)
East Tilbury, 09:40 to 15:00, Broken cloud, ENE wind, showers, rising tide
6 Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 571 Black-tailed Godwit, 99 Curlew, 69 Shelduck, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Little Egret, 30 Common Gull (Including two adults), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Third calendar year), 43 Grey Plover, 12 Oystercatcher, 70 Avocet, 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the river, two on the fleet), 6 Pintail (Three pairs on the river), 5 Pochard (Three drakes), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Stonechat (Males on the sea wall and the old landfill), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Over calling), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 177 Teal, 200 Dunlin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Paul Larkin]
Maldon, 09:10 to 09:45, Sunny, moderate NE wind. Elms Farm Park.
2 Canada Goose (Pair on lake.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail. Over by-pass then settled in tree by Railway Pond. Same vicinity as March 12th.), 5 Chiffchaff (Four singing.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing), 1 Song Thrush [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Common Tern (Hard /coast road DU), 6 Avocet (Strood channel SB), 1 Swallow (Strood channel SB), 1 Sedge Warbler (Cudmore grove park pond AF ), 1 Blackcap (Mimicking segel Warbler & blackbird AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Warley, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Ring Ouzel [Martin Henry] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Martin Henry)
Hall Marsh Scrape, Lea Valley, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, breeze
1 White Stork (released), 1 Garganey (drake) [Quentin Given]
Warley, 09:00 to 10:00, Fine and dry, sunny but cold
2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Swallow, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose (along with a black and white hybrid of uncertain origins), 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 5 Jackdaw (+), 1 Chiffchaff (heard only), 1 Ring Ouzel (Male , showing well) [Paul Everett] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 12:15, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Pair, Coombe Wood. Male prospecting tree hole & calling to female.), 7 Green Woodpecker (From four likely territories.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including a pair mating in Coombe Wood.), 1 Swallow (Male, Dry Street meadow.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 7 Nuthatch (Four territories: pair near nest hole in The Park; pair seen mating in Coombe Wood. Male noticeably more brightly coloured than his mate. Pair seen indulging in courtship behaviour & feeding,horse paddock. Singing male seen at likely nest hole in copse near car park. New site; or hitherto undiscovered.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female, heading east.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male,showing well drumming in Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:40, Fine and sunny, ENE wind, showers, rising tide
12 Shelduck (Six in the fort, the rest on foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Mute Swan (In the moat), 2 Canada Goose (In the horse fields), 16 Sand Martin (Hawking round the Fort), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 1 Green Sandpiper (Around the fort), 1 Blackcap (In the STW), 39 Linnet (Around the fort), 4 Oystercatcher (On foreshore by the new landfill), 2 Red-legged Partridge (On the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore by the new landfill), 4 Mallard (Around the fort), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Starling (Single flock around the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still on East Side of pit ) [Brian Bolton]
Warley, 06:45 to 07:30, Dark Lane, Boyles court, sunny and cold, still with ground frost. 2degrees C
1 Ring Ouzel (Male in spring plumage showing well at back of meadow), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Drinking from a pond and flying over calling.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 8 Redwing (Some in spring plumage) [Clive Tanner] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Clive Tanner) , Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Clive Tanner)
Wednesday 14 Apr 2021
Great Leighs, 15:00 to 16:00, cloudy
1 Red Kite, 1 Grey Heron [David Saville] Red Kite at Great Leighs on 14 Apr 2021, (David Saville) , Grey Heron at Great Leighs on 14 Apr 2021, (David Saville)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 16:15, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze. All waders NW corner.
2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male & immature male.), 2 Oystercatcher, 31 Avocet, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 3 Spotted Redshank (Gradually attaining SP.), 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult & 2nd summer.), 4 Swallow (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Stanford Warren, 13:15 to 14:15, Mostly cloudy
2 Coot (Fishing lakes), 4 Cormorant (On pylon by fishing lakes), 1 Buzzard, 4 Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Greylag Goose (Flying south towards TTNP), 1 Little Grebe (Pond in reedbed south of fishing lakes), 4 Goldfinch (Scrub), 4 Linnet (Scrub), 1 Song Thrush (Scrub), 3 Swallow (Fishing lakes), 3 House Martin (Fishing lakes), 2 Sand Martin (Fishing lakes), 1 Mallard (+ 4 ducklings. Footbridge over Hassenbrooke River), 8 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 6 Cetti's Warbler (4 heard in reedbeds west of fishing lakes, 2 heard in reedbed south of fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 17:00, Cloudy, cold, some sunny intervals. Short Walk.
2 Marsh Harrier (pair displaying; female carrying reeds.), 2 Spotted Redshank (partial summer plumage. Very close to path near windmill. ), 2 Ruff (with Black Tailed Godwits on large freshwater pool, south wall. Also a silver Bahama Pintail pointed out & identified for me.), 125 Avocet (At least.), 1 Barn Owl (near Car Park. Flew straight towards me. ), 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Little Ringed Plover (with Spotted Redshanks.), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Ian Swanson]
TQ5791, 12:15 to 13:15, Warley. Horse paddock along Dark Lane at 51.601539, 0.279953
2 Mistle Thrush (in field with Ouzel), 1 Song Thrush (in field with Ouzel), 3 Redwing (in field with Ouzel), 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven (pair in tree top), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Ring Ouzel (male in field with horses) [James Hudson] Raven at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 16:30
2 Yellow Wagtail (1 east Mersea MC 1 strood channel DU ), 2 Willow Warbler (1 feldy view cemetery SE . 1 back footpath firs chase caravan park SE), 5 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU), 1 Golden Plover (Cudmore grove MC), 1 Black Brant (Strood channel nr old jetty bottom firs chase caravan park DU), 1 Firecrest (Lovely coloured one fish pond wood shop lane MC SE), 1 Short-eared Owl (Reeves hall marshes (MC)), 1 Great Northern Diver (Off Victoria esplanade SE ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (East Mersea MC ), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (With black brant DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Redwing (early in Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Very cold (7degrees), sunshine and cloud (18.20-19.00 visit)
45 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Swallow, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit [Sean Nixon] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Water Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Water Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Danbury Common, 08:15 to 09:30, Bright, sun, cool
1 Nightingale (First this year at Danbury. Brief burst of song. Chiffchaffs actively nesting. 10+ Blackcaps both male and female.), 1 Goldcrest [Doug & Tina Holden]
Wrabness, 08:00 to 09:45, Cloud cover 2/8, cool but warming, hardly any wind. Tide well out.
4 Blackcap (2 singing at reserve; 1 singing, one other seen, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 2 Whitethroat (2 singing, reserve.), 2 Nightingale (singing on reserve.), 2 Yellowhammer (singing on reserve.), 1 Swallow (Shore Farm), 135 Brent Goose (12 Shore Farm/chalets; 120+, reserve.), 2 Green Woodpecker (2 yaffling, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming, reserve.), 1 Buzzard (Shore Farm area), 1 Kestrel (reserve), 5 Great Crested Grebe (3 off Shore Farm/chalets area, 2 off reserve), 1 Little Egret (Shore Farm area), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair, near Shore Farm.), 7 Chiffchaff (4 singing, 2 others seen, reserve; 1 singing, Shore Farm/chalets.), 2 Greenfinch (2 singing, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair, reserve near hide over Stour) [Simon Banks]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, cool.
3 Buzzard (Including pair displying, Pavillion meadow.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Pair displaying.), 1 Kestrel (Female.), 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 9 Fieldfare (Heading east.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (From three territories.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (At least.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling, near goats inclosure.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still hanging on) [Brian Bolton]
Tuesday 13 Apr 2021
Copford, 19:50 to 19:55, Clear skies
1 Tawny Owl (Flying around the garden) [Nico Devereaux]
Shrub End, 17:00 to 17:15
1 Red Kite [Oliver Cottis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:45, Light cloud
3 Goldeneye (male and 2 females), 1 Bar-headed Goose (asleep on Grazing Meadow with Greylags, Canada & 2 Egyptian geese), 4 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck (On water, moved to Grazing Meadow ), 6 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck (approx), 2 Oystercatcher (Grazing Meadow ), 3 Blackcap (singing males ), 20 Wigeon (on Grazing Meadow ), 50 Mallard (approx. 1 with 14 ducklings by Causeway road), 20 Teal (+), 4 Chiffchaff (Heard) [Ian Swanson]
Wrabness, 14:30 to 17:00, Fine but with a cold wind.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Avocet, 9 Oystercatcher, 18 Curlew, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 203 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Dunlin, 14 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 8 Chiffchaff [David Allen]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:50 to 16:00, Sightings from Canvey Wick
1 Nightingale (Singing), 8 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven (2 adults very vocal over southern edge of reserve) [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:40 to 16:15, Sun & cloud, light breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Billets Farm & both Causeways only.
50 Swallow (Circa.), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Linnet, 1 Common Tern, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall (Drake.), 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Mallard (Pair with 3 ducklings.), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Egyptian Goose (Pair with I Gosling.) [David Hale] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Egyptian Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Great Totham, 12:20 to 12:30, Sun and cloud, light W. wind.
2 Red Kite (Together briefly N. of Captain's Wood.), 2 Buzzard (Up together from Captain's Wood following brief appearance of two red kite.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hatfield Forest, 10:15 to 15:15, Bright with some sun, 5 to 12C. Sightings by David
4 Buzzard, 6 Swallow (Over Lake), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 investigating bank of Lake - nesting soon?), 2 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail (On bank of Lake), 1 Reed Bunting (Close to Marsh), 7 Coot (3-4 nests on Decoy Lake), 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch (By Lake), 2 Red Kite [Winifred Simmonds]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 12:00
4 Skylark (+), 2 Blackcap (males), 1 Jay, 67 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Eider (female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Shoveler (male), 1 Greenfinch (+), 8 Chiffchaff (+), 50 Dunlin (incl 1 in breeding plumage), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Liz Huxley]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:45 to 09:45
1 Long-eared Owl (roosting in dense blackthorn cover) [Alan Shearring]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:30 to 12:15, Sun & cloud, dry, gentle breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Male, more heard singing.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler (Pair, back & forth to nest site with material.), 2 Shelduck, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 4 Chiffchaff (Many heard.), 3 Robin, 6 Blackbird (Males.), 2 Great Tit (Pair.), 2 Blue Tit [David Hale] Dunnock at Chigborough Lakes on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 11:00, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Canada Goose (Pair.), 18 Greylag Goose (Inc. at least six pair.), 5 Mute Swan (Two pair plus one juv.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 4 Pochard (Three male.), 66 Tufted Duck (44 male.), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 2 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 14 Mallard (Inc. three pair.), 80 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:30, Selected highlights
4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sedge Warbler, 40 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Bearded Tit, 11 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny and cool (17.30-19.15 visit)
1 Nightingale (Near entrance to EWT reserve), 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White / Pied Wagtail (Intermediate male LdlH c/w) [Sean Nixon] Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , White / Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , White / Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
1 Robin (Nest building), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 5 Greylag Goose [Michael Davies] Robin at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Yellow Wagtail (Cudmore grove DU), 2 Sedge Warbler (cudmore grove pond DU), 8 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove (DU)), 3 Snipe (Grazing fields cudmore grove DU ), 1 Mistle Thrush (Nr bus turning at golf house DU), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore grove DU ), 4 Buzzard (Cudmore grove DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Reed Warbler (singing Ferry Marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (at least singing Ferry Marsh) [Richard Allen]
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Cool. CoombeWood & The Park.
2 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (Pair in The Park seen displaying & mating. Female entering nest hole. Singing male briefly in Coombe Wood.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling. North side of top path in The Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and cold
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well on South Side of pit looking unwell) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Laindon, 06:30 to 09:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, -1°C to 3°C
8 Blackcap (3 seen, 5 heard), 1 Goldcrest, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Red Fox, 3 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Chiffchaff (1 seen, 5 heard), 1 Pied Flycatcher (Male watched feeding and singing for 45 minutes) [Richard Chew] Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew) , Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew) , Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew)
Hutton, 06:10 to 09:35, Hutton Country Park. Clear sky. Freezing conditions first thing.
1 Kestrel, 24 Blackcap (23 males, 1 female), 7 Jay, 5 Green Woodpecker, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Mandarin Duck (male flushed from river by Buzzard), 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch (2 single males and 2 pairs) [James Hudson]
Monday 12 Apr 2021
Navestock, 17:30 to 17:30, Bright but cold
1 Hobby (Flying along tree lined part of lane ) [Ann Darnell]
Writtle, 17:15 to 19:30, Sunny spells and cool. Only certain species recorded.
1 Black Redstart (Female. Found by Daryl Rhymes at 16.50 around the barns at Sturgeons Farm. Still present at 18.40 when I left.), 3 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Maldon, 16:15 to 16:15, Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
1 Nightingale (Singing from deep in copse SE of Elms Farm Park lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wrabness, 14:30 to 16:15, Sunny and overcast at times
6 Redshank, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Mid river), 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 4 Blackcap (2 pairs), 1 Reed Bunting (Female), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (I watched it drumming, down Wall Lane), 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin (I looked at the site and found the wire fencing had dropped over most of the holes so this may well be the reason they deserted this site which is a great shame.), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estd 140), 8 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 Chiffchaff (I’ve never seen so many in one Reserve, maybe more than 7) [Peter Brittain]
Great Totham, 13:50 to 14:00, Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
2 Red Kite (Circling together, slowly moving S. over Captain's Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 12:00 to 13:30, Sunny. Light NW wind
1 Kittiwake (1st winter still present on water in NE corner of pit), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Pair flew in calling and settled on water for c20 minutes then flew S over road towards working gravel pits), 1 Whimbrel (Heard overhead but not seen) [George Brown] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Mediterranean Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Mediterranean Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:50 to 15:00, Mixed! Sunshine, rain & hail
2 Spotted Redshank (1 summ plumage), 7 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling from main reed bed area but not seen), 3 Whimbrel [Jon Clark]
Epping, 11:45 to 12:00, Cold, partly sunny, occasional light sleet showers
2 Swallow (Probably wishing they were still in Africa...) [Roger Emmens]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 11:00 to 14:00, Partly cloudy, wind North Easterly light. 12c / 54f
2 Pintail (♂♀ John Weston Reserve), 2 Brent Goose (John Weston Reserve), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 19 Turnstone (Hamford Water), 1 Snipe (John Weston Reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker (John Weston Reserve), 4 Swallow, 6 Blackcap (Heard more than seen), 8 Teal (John Weston Reserve), 16 Wigeon (John Weston Reserve), 2 Lapwing (Overhead), 6 Chiffchaff (Heard more than seen), 12 Greenfinch (Estimated), 3 Cetti's Warbler (3 different birds calling, one sighting) [Mick Woodruff]
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:45 to 09:45, North of the town. Sunny cold SW breeze
6 Blackcap, 6 Buzzard (resident birds including a pair displaying), 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Nightingale (brief subsong), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over farmland), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 White Wagtail [Alan Shearring]
Gosfield, 09:15 to 13:00, Sunny, 5/8
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Pairs on lake), 1 Swallow, 2 Siskin (Rayne hatch wood), 1 Nuthatch (Moat Wood), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Lake), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Rayne Hatch Wood), 9 Redpoll sp. (1 over lake, 8 over Rayne hatch wood), 3 Marsh Tit (Rayne Hatch Wood) [Andrew Goodey]
TL6907, 09:15 to 09:15, Bright - seen by David alone!
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (In tree just west of Beach's Mill Bridge and then flying nw) [Winifred Simmonds] Ring-necked Parakeet at TL6907 on 12 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 15:30
1 Little Owl (Cross lane SE ), 4 Blackcap (2pr cross lane ), 3 Song Thrush (Singing cross lane SE ), 1 Willow Warbler (Feldy view DU ), 2 Whimbrel (Ray Island DU ), 7 Swallow (4 Strood channel DU . 3 east Mersea MC ), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU), 6 Buzzard (Strood channel (DU) ), 2 Golden Plover (East Mersea MC), 12 Chiffchaff (3prs cross lane SE . 8 east Mersea MC), 1 Redstart (Feldy view cemetery found by jon B ,seen by DU . Seen 45min by a couple locals only (notme)), 3 Cetti's Warbler (East Mersea between park & oyster fishery MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny with light breeze
11 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Little Ringed Plover [Paul Chamberlain] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Apr 2021, (Paul Chamberlain)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:15, Cloudy, cold.
5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 5 Nuthatch (Pair plus three other singing males; including one on the edge of the golf course.), 2 Raven (Pair.), 2 Yellowhammer (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 11 Apr 2021
Elsenham, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Goldcrest [Anthony Gales]
Danbury, 14:30 to 16:30, Danbury Country Park. Stoat also seen
5 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults around lakes), 2 Linnet, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Swallow (feeding over lakes), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair on lake) [James Hudson]
Birch, 13:50 to 13:50
1 Red Kite (Circling over rear of Colchester Zoo) [Steve Grimwade]
Writtle, 13:45 to 14:00, Sunny but cool
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On our feeders) [Peter Allen] Ring-necked Parakeet at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Peter Allen)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:00 to 15:00, Highlights
1 Whimbrel, 22 Redshank, 19 Oystercatcher, 11 Grey Plover, 52 Shelduck, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 9 Teal, 12 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Lone bird on saltmarsh with shelduck, sharp demarcation between dark breast and underparts which appeared very pale, almost whitish in bright sunlight.) [Marsh Stitchman]
Wickford, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, broken cloud, slight wind
2 Yellowhammer (Wickford Memorial Park, path by the River Crouch under the railway bridge), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Buzzard [Les Finn]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 13:30, Selected sightings in area around old carpark
1 Crane (2 adults circled the reserve and drifted off southwest), 3 Nightingale, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult), 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade] Crane at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Peregrine Falcon at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
Copford, 10:00 to 11:00
20 Fieldfare (near Church ), 1 House Martin [Emma Robinson]
Laindon, 10:00 to 10:30, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults. Circled over house.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:32 to 12:10, Fine, sunny, windy and cold
2 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Curlew, 4 Brent Goose, 4 Skylark, 2 Grey Heron, 58 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 11 Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Goose, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Shoveler, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow, 32 Shelduck, 5 Avocet, 5 Cattle Egret (In field with cattle- small stature and obvious yellow bill (Thanks to Ben for pointing them out))), 1 Dunnock, 1 Lapwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Barnacle Goose [Paul Everett] Kestrel at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Brent Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Brent Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-tailed Godwit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Hamford Water, 09:30 to 14:40, Mainly dry, cool, rather windy, tide quite high and rising
2 Swallow (2 near Beaumont Quay), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Great White Egret (West of Skipper Island), 2 Little Egret [Simon Banks]
Writtle, 09:15 to 11:00, Bright. cool. Highlights of sightings with David
2 Blackcap (Both males - singing), 2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Yellow Wagtail (On bank of reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Fishing in River Can at Beach's Mill), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen (One probably on nest between Beach's Mill and Tower Gardens), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flying in stoop west of reservoir) [Winifred Simmonds] Snipe at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Snipe at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Yellow Wagtail at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Little Egret at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:30
1 Greenshank (From strood causeway 5.15pm SE ), 1 Swallow (Youth camp boating lake DU), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp seen fro seawall 6th popular tree back DU), 1 Great Northern Diver (Off waldegraves DU), 25 Great Crested Grebe (Off waldergraves DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Beckton, 08:30 to 13:00, Sun/Cloud. Cold
6 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, 25 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 4 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Gary A James]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud NNW wind, HT
4 Stonechat (A pair and a male near the VC, male Golden Gates), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male near VC), 54 Tufted Duck (30 (16 drakes) Golden Gates, 24 (11drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 11 Pochard (Six (five drakes) Golden Gates, five (three drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Swallow (Golden Gates), 4 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 8 Greylag Goose (Plus a brood of seven Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 20 Mediterranean Gull (Three, two adults and a 2nd summer Golden Gates, plus at least 17 over during the day, including a flock of five), 4 Shoveler (On the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 186 Rook (Occupied nests, Golden Gates), 2 Red-legged Partridge (Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 56 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 4 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 3 Pintail (Mucking Bay), 12 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 2 Wheatear (Pair near the VC), 2 Willow Warbler (Golden Gates), 38 Teal (Two Golden Gates, four on the pit to the south of the tip, 32 Stanford Creek), 2 Egyptian Goose (Over the tip to Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Singles by the outer car park and Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cold.
4 Green Woodpecker (Including a pair feeding together on short grass east of Mill Wood.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing male showing well, NE area.), 1 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer (In hedgerow next to car park.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male feeding among the branches of a young hornbeam, at no great height. Wooded area NE of Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Rayne, 07:00 to 08:30, Sunny;2/8; Oak Meadow NR
1 Willow Warbler (Singing ), 2 Stock Dove (Pair ), 20 Fieldfare (On cricket pitch) [Andrew Goodey]
Saturday 10 Apr 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:45 to 15:55, Cold, overcast
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well from layby), 5 Swallow (+) [Paul Everett] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Fingringhoe Mill, 15:00 to 17:30, Walk from Mill to Rowhedge along Roman River, plus brief look into Fingringhoe GP. Selected highlights
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 11 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Linnet, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Teal [Marsh Stitchman]
Naze, The, 14:05 to 14:05, EWT visitor centre
1 Black Redstart (briefly on patio outside visitor centre) [Liz Huxley]
Mersea Island, 12:45 to 19:30
1 Great White Egret (Dropped in strood channel next to layby SE), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female strood channel SE), 3 Yellowhammer (Maydays DU also CHINESE WATER DEER ( DU )) [Stephen Entwistle]
West Mersea, 11:15 to 12:00, Overcast & breezy
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club), 1 Black Brant (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club), 9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club) [Andrew Allen]
Friday Wood, 11:00 to 14:00, Cold
3 Coal Tit, 15 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 4 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunnock, 12 Teal, 1 Egyptian Goose [Yvonne Watling]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 10:45 to 13:15, Cloudy, breezy,cold.
2 Marsh Harrier (Pair.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Western end of old tip.), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair.), 19 Avocet, 4 Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank (High tide. Moulting into SP.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Three adults, one 2nd summer.), 21 Swallow (At least.), 5 House Martin (At least.), 4 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Wigeon (Pair.), 55 Teal (At least.), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair,circling over old tip.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 10:30 to 10:45, Cloudy and breezy. Only certain species recorded.
1 Kittiwake (1st Winter ), 2 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant [Andrew Allen]
Great Totham, 09:45 to 11:00, Cloudy, moderate E wind
1 Red Kite (Possibly two. One low over Gt.Totham South, 09:45 and one high over village from Captain's Wood, 11:00.), 1 Buzzard (Over Captain's Wood. Brief interaction with R.Kite,11:00), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Recreation Ground.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 09:30 to 12:00, Cold and Overcast
2 Common Scoter (Pair together on the river diving and feeding mid channel), 1 Ring Ouzel (Mobile up and down sea wall , occasionally on the reserve), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Mobile around Aveley Pools), 1 Raven (Mobbed by Lapwing flying over the reserve), 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Swallow (Small flock feeding over the pools) [Ben Green]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy,cold. Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warbler (Singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Witham, 08:00 to 08:00, Cloudy, 8 degrees
1 Kingfisher (On river near the duck pond) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 15:00, Overcast - Wind North Easterly moderate to fresh. 9c/48f
2 Little Egret ( Layer Breton Causeway), 2 Shoveler (Bay hide♂♀), 1 Pochard (LDLH Causeway♂), 10 Goldeneye (At least), 12 Shelduck, 10 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 4 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher ( Layer Breton Causeway), 3 Snipe (Bay hide), 2 Green Sandpiper ( Layer Breton Causeway), 2 Redshank (LDLH Causeway), 8 Common Tern (Tern Rafts), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Old Road), 150 Swallow, 2 House Martin (LDLH Causeway), 600 Sand Martin (Both Causeways, and most numbers from Abberton church), 3 Song Thrush, 18 Blackcap, 20 Yellow Wagtail (18 next to Gwen's hide, and 2 West side of Wood-mouse trail), 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Heard only - Billets Farm), 2 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Jay (Heard only), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only - Old road (With Steve Grimwade)) [Mick Woodruff]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 07:00 to 09:00, Cloudy with wind increasing making it cold. Walk from car park to first hide area, hides are closed. Selected species.
2 Grey Heron, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 2 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Lapwing, 6 Barnacle Goose [Paul Fletcher] Skylark at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Corn Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Reed Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Meadow Pipit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Lapwing at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Barnacle Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher)
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:15, cool, overcast, brisk N wind swinging E, high tide; 18 species in song
4 Swallow (North, first thing, singles keeping low), 4 Blackcap (3 singing ), 3 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing ), 2 Goldcrest, 15 Linnet, 6 Mediterranean Gull (Adults, three pairs over sewage works ), 34 Shoveler (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Gadwall (Walton Hall Marshes ), 20 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 12 Golden Plover (Roosting, Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Chiffchaff (4 singing ), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 4 in and around John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 north of decoy pond) [Brian Combes]
Friday 09 Apr 2021
Mersea Island, 17:45 to 18:00
1 Hen Harrier (Male east to west along strood channel IAN BLACK), 1 Whimbrel (Strood channel IB), 1 Wheatear (Male strood channel IB) [Stephen Entwistle]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:30 to 17:00, Overcast
1 Kittiwake, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Gadwall [Stuart Anderson] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson)
Writtle, 15:30 to 17:30, Broken cloud with a fresh breeze. Only certain species recorded.
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 House Martin (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Swallow (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Heard only), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Yellowhammer, 10 Linnet, 6 Greylag Goose [Andrew Allen]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:30 to 16:00, Overcast and chilly
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well from Gate ) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:00 to 16:00, Low tide, dry, part cloud.
100 Black-tailed Godwit (Most showing summer colour), 4 Swallow (Visitor centre meadow), 5 Nightingale (2 seen the rest heard. Not in full song yet but good to hear.), 12 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (With prey.), 6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ken Hudgell]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny; W wind.
1 Kittiwake (1st winter among Black-headed gulls on and over water), 1 Whitethroat (calling and singing in hedge along S side of pit) [George Brown]
Fingringhoe GP, 11:40 to 12:40, Sunny; 5/8
3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Sand Martin, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Lapwing [Andrew Goodey]
Great Totham, 11:30 to 12:00, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
2 Red Kite (Together just above roof level, Gt. Totham South (11:30).), 3 Buzzard (Pair seeing off one other over Captain's Wood (12:00).) [Malcolm Corbett]
Stanway Green, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Willow Warbler (heard only) [Oliver Cottis]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:15 to 11:30, Sun & clouds, becoming warmer. Willow Park & Lincewood.
4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (Pair, Willow Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:00, bright, sunny, 14c warmer then of late
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel (Billets Farm), 2 Goldeneye (Main causeway, tucked away under overhanging branches), 1 Common Tern (Main causeway) [Ron Colson] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Ron Colson) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Ron Colson)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:45 to 09:45, Tide coming in, sunny SW breeze
5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 3 Wheatear (in field east of Saltcoats), 10 Great Crested Grebe (in Clements Green Creek), 4 Swallow, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Stow Marsh), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Raven (in a field), 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
1 Whimbrel (Originally by EWT visitor centre and then flew south to Billetts Farm and remained until late morning.), 1 Snipe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 House Martin, 150 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 1 Yellowhammer (Male), 27 Goldeneye, 11 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 26 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Egyptian Goose (1 pair with 2 chicks and another adult seen), 8 Goosander, 7 Little Ringed Plover [Steve Grimwade] Whimbrel at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Egyptian Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Mediterranean Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 12:00
1 Wheatear (Male on sandy point st Peter's meadow SE), 5 Blackcap (Male singing st Peter's meadow SE ,3 cudmore grove MC.1 firs chase garden DU ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Pr cudmore grove park pond MC), 5 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove MC), 5 Buzzard (3 Cudmore grove MC , 2 over firs chase caravan park DU), 4 Snipe (Grazing fields cudmore grove MC), 5 Swallow (Coast rd hard(nr company shed) DU (Mr rusty is back.a very rusty breast coloured one)), 1 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 6 Canada Goose (Strood channel (DU) ), 1 Black Brant (Strood channel DU ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove MC), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 09:45, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
1 Buzzard (Over South Wood.), 6 Jackdaw (Three pair nesting in chimney pots, Prince of Wales Road.), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing. Captain's Wood, Totham Pit (2), South Wood.), 1 Goldcrest (Totham Pit.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing, Totham Pit.), 2 Yellowhammer (One singing, hedgerows adj. Pan Grove.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 10:15, Sunny, chilly.
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (Pair in The Park attending nest hole; singing male near water tower: most likely from the Hall Wood territory; male singing & attending nest hole near horse paddock.) [Andrew Cox]
Dovercourt, 07:20 to 08:30, Quite cold, clear
1 Blackcap (Male in bay tree. Come on - a female on Sunday and a male now? This is a small urban garden!) [Simon Banks]
Friday Wood, 07:00 to 11:30, Sunny, 4/8
1 Water Rail (Berechurch marsh calling), 2 Little Egret (Berechurch marsh), 2 Nuthatch (Park farm wood), 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Gadwall, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Blackcap, 2 Shelduck (Berechurch marsh), 1 Tawny Owl (Disturbed from hollies by crows and chased by them and other passerines), 4 Jay, 1 Nightingale (First of year here at a territory used since late 1980s at least), 12 Teal, 28 Chiffchaff, 1 Egyptian Goose (Berechurch marsh), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Berechurch marsh) [Andrew Goodey]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 07:00 to 09:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 20 Avocet, 4 Swallow (Feeding in cattle field), 1 Whimbrel (feeding with curlews), 2 Mediterranean Gull (on scrape by first hide & then flew south west), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male between third hide & seawall), 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting & then roosting in reed bed between carpark & first hide) [Tony Kennelly]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:00, SW wind, cool, clear, high tide; 17 species in song
3 Sparrowhawk (Several sightings and three in the air together at one point), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (2 singing ), 2 Swallow (North ), 3 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Willow Warbler (First of the year, 1 singing ), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Sedge Warbler (First of the year, in subsong), 1 House Martin (North, first of the year), 12 Chiffchaff (+, 3 singing), 1 Black Redstart (Sunny Point ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch and 3 John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Maldon, 06:00 to 16:00, Garden sightings
1 Red Kite (Heading west over garden at 12pm), 2 Sparrowhawk (2 circling together, Pair or territorial defence?), 1 Chiffchaff (singing male), 1 Blackcap (singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Thursday 08 Apr 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:45 to 18:30, Overcast, dry
6 Gadwall (4M 2F), 2 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher (One seen briefly within the vegetation on the top of the island) [Paul Everett]
Shenfield, 16:10 to 16:10
1 Red Kite (flew south-west along Sebastian Avenue at rooftop height) [James Hudson]
Mersea Island, 15:00 to 19:30
50 Linnet (2×25 cross lane), 1 Whimbrel (Off waldegraves seawall SE), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp seen from seawall 6th popular tree back SE), 3 Corn Bunting (Cross lane SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 14:50 to 15:00, Sunny, moderate SW wind.
6 Red Kite (Up together over Gt. Totham South before dispersing 3 N, 2 W, 1 S.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Earls Colne, 14:00 to 16:00, Partly cloudy
1 Red Kite (Near chalkney wood), 2 Grey Wagtail (Pair at river colne by Chappel along with water vole footprints) [Nico Devereaux]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:00, Cold and grey
35 Yellow Wagtail (LdH c/w), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier [Sean Nixon]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 11:00 to 15:15, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze.
14 Avocet (Lagoon.), 32 Grey Plover (Mudflats east of slipway. One or two moulting into SP.), 3 Knot (East of slipway.), 2 Turnstone (Lagoon.), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of slipway. ), 1 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 5 Common Gull (Two adults, three 1st winters.), 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Adults.), 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Reed Bunting (Male, lagoon.), 90 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (At least. Slipway at high tide.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 10:01 to 10:31, Windy, cold, clear
1 Gannet (Adult flew north, 10:18) [Simon Banks]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 10:00 to 12:00, Cloudy with cool breeze
4 Blackcap (Singing males. Probably more.), 7 Swallow, 7 Jay (In flight together.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel (Female harassing sparrowhawk), 12 Greenfinch, 6 Chiffchaff [Kevin Cook]
East Tilbury, 09:30 to 14:50, Broken cloud, SW wind, rising then falling tide
10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Corn Bunting, 94 Curlew, 42 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 50 Linnet (On the old landfill), 19 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 46 Avocet, 1 Stonechat (Male on the old landfill), 105 Teal (West of Coalhouse Point), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Larkin] White Wagtail at East Tilbury on 08 Apr 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
Maldon, 09:10 to 09:40, Cloudy, moderate SW wind. Elms Farm Park.
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (On lake.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. By lake.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy dry
30 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe [Michael Davies] Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Sedge Warbler (Showed well cudmore grove park pond AF SE), 5 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF SE), 6 Long-tailed Tit (3prs cudmore grove AF), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing cudmore grove ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove (SE)), 2 Blackcap (Cudmore grove (SE) ), 1 Great White Egret (Strood channel pond DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Sedge Warbler (Showed well cudmore grove park pond AF SE), 5 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF SE), 6 Long-tailed Tit (3prs cudmore grove AF), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing cudmore grove ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove (SE)), 2 Blackcap (Cudmore grove (SE) ), 1 Great White Egret (Strood channel pond DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tilbury, 08:15 to 09:30, Broken cloud, SW wind, rising tide
1 Buzzard (Sitting on fence in horses paddock), 11 Shelduck (Two on the foreshore, the rest around the fort), 1 Mute Swan (In the moat), 2 Wheatear (Males around the moat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (On the STW outfall), 2 Ringed Plover (Pair on the foreshore by the new landfill), 2 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 18 Curlew (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 4 Avocet (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 38 Teal (Two on the foreshore east of the old P Stn site, the rest on the STW outfall), 8 Mallard (On the foreshore and around the fort), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Heard), 1 Cetti's Warbler (In the ditch near the World’s End) [Paul Larkin] Wheatear at Tilbury on 08 Apr 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry and chilly
1 Willow Warbler (Singing in trees to left past entrance gate ), 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Oystercatcher (Pair plus one then flew off ), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Pochard (Male) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 07 Apr 2021
Moverons, near Brightlingsea, 18:30 to 20:00, Chilly, still, broken cloud
1 Barn Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Redshank [Marsh Stitchman]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:30 to 18:00, Dry with strong wind
6 Sand Martin (Probably more), 6 Swallow (Probably more), 2 House Martin, 4 Common Gull, 1 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair) [Brian Bolton]
Birdbrook, 16:30 to 17:00
12 Golden Plover (Flock included eight stunning summer-plumaged males, in field just south of village.), 45 Fieldfare (In field opposite plover.) [Barry Williams]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 16:00 to 19:00, Broken Cloud with a chilly NNW wind. Only certain species recorded.
1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Purple Heron (Seen in flight), 2 Raven (Flew east towards Burnham-on-Crouch, calling.), 1 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Allen]
Harlow, 16:00 to 16:00, Cold, sunny, breezy
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
North Weald, 14:45 to 15:00, Cold, breezy
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wix, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny spells
1 Goshawk (Considered to be second calendar year due to plumage and female due to size - slightly longer than Buzzard, wing span similar. Rounded tip to the tail, slight buldging to the secondaries and extended head and neck and powerful soaring. 14:40 gained height then soared in proximity to single Common Buzzard, which casually buzzed it. Shortly after when out of sight big eruption of gulls and a few Rooks from a field being worked could have been caused by this bird ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Swallow, 3 Buzzard, 1 Cormorant [James Davidson] Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson)
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 16:00, Cold
5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Grey Heron, 50 Cormorant, 200 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 10 Pied Wagtail, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Skylark, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Egyptian Goose ), 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Merlin, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Yvonne Watling]
Thorndon CP (South), 10:45 to 12:15, Cloudy, some sun. Cold breeze.
4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (Male carrying prey item Pastures area. Pair displaying over Mill Wood.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Jury Hill.), 13 Swallow (At least. Most around propery just west of Jury Hill.), 1 House Martin (With swallows.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Feeding on the floor in Mill Wood.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing male, Mill Wood.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (At least.), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 10:00 to 10:45, Sunny, cold breeze. Becoming cloudier.
3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 1 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Linnet (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:15 to 11:30, Very cold NW wind, 8c felt colder due to wind chill. Sun & cloud. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Blackcap (M & F, more heard singing. ), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 3 Yellow Wagtail (LDHC & Billets Farm 15 00 to 17 00.), 1 Redshank (LDHC.), 20 Swallow (Plus. LDHC.), 12 Skylark (Circa, Billets Farm.), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper (Billets Farm flood.), 15 Linnet (Circa, Billets Screen.), 1 Kestrel (LDHC.), 2 Chiffchaff (More heard.), 2 Wren, 6 Chaffinch (At least. ), 4 Blue Tit, 1 Wigeon (Billets Screen.), 1 Egyptian Goose (LDHC.), 10 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm flood. We both counted birds several times, 10 birds for sure.) [David Hale] Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:15 to 10:50, Sunny, then clouding over. Cold, gusty, NW wind.
5 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Greylag Goose (Two pair.), 7 Mute Swan (Three pair and one juv.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard (Together.), 2 Skylark (Singing.), 11 Swallow (Feeding over carp lake.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 10 Mallard (Five pair.), 4 Moorhen (Two pair.), 350 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:30
2 Barn Owl (Pr cudmore grove park DU), 1 Siskin (Fm on feeders firs chase garden DU ), 1 Short-eared Owl (PM Reeves hall marshes/maydays marshes SE), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing maydays Barrow dyke SE), 7 Linnet (Maydays SE ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male langenhoe .fm maydays SE), 2 Mute Swan (1pr maydays ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
1 Purple Heron (Adult in area west of first hide), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Immature), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Ruff [Steve Grimwade]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
1 Golden Plover, 5 Oystercatcher [David Saville] Golden Plover at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 07 Apr 2021, (David Saville) , Oystercatcher at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 07 Apr 2021, (David Saville)
West Bergholt, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whitethroat (singing Hill House Wood), 2 Nuthatch (Hill House Wood) [Richard Allen]
Manuden, 09:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud, cold
1 Red Kite (Over village), 2 Buzzard (Pair displaying), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing) [Mark Pegrum]
Rickling Green, 09:00 to 09:00
62 Golden Plover (In fields west of village toward Berden) [Alan Harris]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 10:00, Sunny, cold breeze.
5 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Two visiting different nest holes. One carrying food item inside; presumably for incubating mate.), 3 Nuthatch (Female looked to be clearing out a potential nest hole. Male singing nearby. Another singing male in another territory.) [Andrew Cox]
Billericay, 07:30 to 08:00, Freezing - Overcast - Windy
1 Blackcap (In subsong in garden in SW Billericay), 11 Greenfinch (In garden on sunflower heart feeders in SW Billericay), 9 Goldfinch ( In garden on sunflower heart feeders in SW Billericay), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Nest building in garden in SW Billericay) [John Smart]
Copford, 07:30 to 07:30
2 Little Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Great Leighs, 07:00 to 08:30, Sunny cold; Leez Reservoir
1 Great Crested Grebe (Pair), 1 Little Grebe (Pair), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males), 20 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Little Egret [Andrew Goodey]
Hutton, 06:20 to 09:05, Hutton Country Park. Clear sky. Cold.
15 Blackcap (14 singing males, 1 female), 8 Redwing, 5 Skylark, 10 Jay, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 25 Chiffchaff, 10 Greenfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew north) [James Hudson]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 08:45, clear, cold, icy N wind, high tide; 14 species in song
2 Blackcap (1 singing ), 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin (North), 6 Chiffchaff (3 singing ), 5 Meadow Pipit (North ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (North), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 06 Apr 2021
Writtle, 16:15 to 17:15, Broken Cloud with a breezy & chilly NNW wind. Only certain species recorded.
1 House Martin (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Sand Martin (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 15 Swallow (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Pheasant (Heard only.), 1 Teal (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Kelvedon Hatch, 14:40 to 14:45
1 Red Kite (North at roof height.) [David Jobbins]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 14:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Snipe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow [Steve Grimwade]
Westley Heights, 13:00 to 13:00, Clear sky. Cold
1 Tawny Owl (heard call then seen in canopy of conifer in south-west corner of The Park) [James Hudson]
Tilbury, 12:00 to 16:30, Falling to low tide. NW wind, a bit of light snow
1 Whimbrel (With 9 Curlew), 2 Wheatear (Male and female, on horse field next to fort), 25 Linnet, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Over Thames) [Sean Huggins]
Kelvedon Hatch, 11:45 to 12:00
1 Red Kite (Low north along Mill Lane), 1 Sparrowhawk [David Jobbins]
Wrabness, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Whimbrel, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow [Simon Cox]
Danbury Common, 10:00 to 12:00, Clear skies and cold. Spring flowers are out - anemones - aconites - primrose and bluebells along the woodland trails.
2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Chiffchaff (At least singing.), 8 Blackcap (At least singing.) [Robert Pease]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:30 to 10:30, Sunny, cold, breezy.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult.), 2 Avocet, 4 Skylark (At least.), 10 Goldfinch (At least.), 8 Linnet (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
10 Fieldfare (NE over garden) [Richard Allen]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights
1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Swallow, 16 Bearded Tit, 40 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Water Rail (Heard only), 14 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males ) [Steve Grimwade]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great White Egret (Strood channel pond JonB), 20 Sanderling (Cobmarsh Island DU), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Cobmarsh Island DU), 2 Ringed Plover (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 50 Oystercatcher (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 1 Red-legged Partridge (Dawes lane SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Leighs, 08:56 to 09:40, Sunny, cold, dry. Sandylay and Moat Woods EWT
1 Blackcap (male singing), 2 Nuthatch (Calling), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard calling), 1 Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge (in field), 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock (Singing), 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Robin [Paul Everett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:30 to 17:00, NNW5-6, concerted watch to 0800 then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated
38 Red-throated Diver, 114 Gannet (110N 4S - mostly very distant passage only really visible in the afternoon light), 21 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua (@ 1532), 4 Fulmar, 207 Kittiwake (south in 9 groups 2-48 in pm - no doubt many more missed!), 73 Common Tern (two groups) [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 05 Apr 2021
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 17:20 to 19:30, Fine, cold wind, sunny spells
4 Pheasant (2 pairs), 1 Mute Swan, 14 Canada Goose (+), 11 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Shelduck (A further 15 on the river), 9 Little Egret (including 6 flying over in formation), 4 Oystercatcher (On river), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On river), 1 Avocet (On river), 2 Swallow, 5 Lapwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, 18 Barnacle Goose [Paul Everett] Little Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Oystercatcher at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Lapwing at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Barnacle Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 05 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Copford, 16:30 to 16:40, Dry and sunny
12 Fieldfare (Both by the enclosure on the far side of the lawn of Copford Hall ), 2 Redwing [Nico Devereaux]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 18:00, Chilly, sunny spells, moderate breeze
1 Snipe, 5 Goldeneye (2 m. 3 f), 14 Yellow Wagtail (LDLH, also Billet's), 3 Skylark (singing), 100 Swallow (Abberton church, estimate - many over Res.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 8 Little Ringed Plover (2 LDLH, 6 flood opposite Billet's farm), 1 Goosander (m. Abberton Church) [Marsh Stitchman]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny, cold wind
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Avocet, 1 Skylark, 8 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Lapwing, 3 Egyptian Goose [Matt Trevillion]
Tillingham, 13:15 to 13:30, Sunny and chilly
2 Yellow Wagtail (Surprised to see this early in the year.), 6 Pied Wagtail, 8 Swallow (Early this year.), 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard [Tony Thomas]
Mersea Island, 13:00 to 15:30
1 Golden Plover (Full summer golf house flooded fields Du), 1 Snipe (Golf house flooded fields SE), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Turning summer cudmore grove park grazing fields SE), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Golf house flooded fields SB), 15 Pied Wagtail (Golf house flooded fields/cudmore grove grazing fields SE), 1 Sparrowhawk (Cudmore grove SE also had RED SQUIRRELnext to hide), 1 Grey Plover (Pye fleet DU ), 4 Dunlin (Pye fleet DU ), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Cudmore grove grazing field/golf house main field found by Dougal urquhart DU .only possible 3 & 4 record for Mersea. Seem to disappear about 3pm.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Westley Heights, 11:15 to 12:30, In Coombe Wood, Cold Northly wind with cloud, sunny spells and snow flurries
6 Blackcap, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Jackdaw (Many starting to nest), 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Starling (Starting to nest in old woodpecker holes), 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male close to path pecking out a hole, Other L S Woodpecker close by in tree top hammering), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Sat in Cherry tree top) [Clive Tanner]
Doddinghurst, 10:00 to 11:00, Cold wind.
2 Nuthatch (Pair seen, regular visitors now and one collecting nest material.), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Pheasant (Cock bird), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (1 singing male), 3 Buzzard, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 2 Goldcrest (Likely breeding), 3 Goldfinch, 11 Jackdaw, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Chiffchaff (In normal territory, building in number), 2 Wren, 3 Robin, 7 Blue Tit (3 separate nest boxes active and a Great Tit also.), 2 Great Tit (1 active nest), 2 Mallard (Pair in nesting area), 5 Magpie, 2 Dunnock, 5 Starling, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet [Gary Boyes]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
12 Redwing (Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 09:30, Cool, windy.
1 Little Egret, 1 Pheasant [Philip Davie]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 19:00, NNE6 8-0/8 occ snow showers. Selected totals, movement to north
38 Gannet, 9 Fulmar, 1 Great Skua (very close south @ 0850), 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase @ 1050), 1 Spoonbill (adult @ 1306 well offshore) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:25 to 09:30
6 White Stork (6.25am Flying over great wigborough church JON NORGATE. 6.55am saw from Garr h farm seem to drop down 5 lakes salcott area by NEIL MURPHY. not seen since .hope !!! will roost again Gt wig church!!! ), 1 Ring Ouzel (9.30am reported at billits on rare bird guide ) [Stephen Entwistle]