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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 24 Aug 2019
Epping Forest, 09:15 to 10:30, Warm dry sunny
7 Nuthatch (3 singles + family party 4), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Broomhouse, Langham, 07:45 to 09:15, warm and sunny after misty start
12 Gadwall (two broods now joined by third from lagoons), 20 Teal, 14 Moorhen (8 juvs), 37 Lapwing, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler (+) [Martin Peers]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 09:30, Sunny, becoming warm.
5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow (At least.), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Blackcap (Pair plus another female.), 1 Whitethroat [Andrew Cox]
Kelvedon Hatch, 05:00 to 05:30
1 Raven (Calling from BT mast at dawn) [David Jobbins]
Friday 23 Aug 2019
Wrabness, 19:00 to 20:00
2 Turtle Dove (Seen together in flight), 50 Linnet (Small flock overhead), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Curlew, 5 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 1 Bullfinch (Rotund silhouette in flight only, sun behind. ) [Matt Turner]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 16:00 to 17:30, Sunny, warm.
2 Kestrel, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 16 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher (Showing well, fishing by the sluice near the saline lagoon.), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Flew over saline lagoon at no great height.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Stow Marsh, 13:45 to 16:15, Sunny, hot, tide coming in.Good views of the BBMF going from Southend to Clacton
46 Yellow Wagtail, 260 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Whinchat, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 12 Dunlin, 1 Buzzard (in the fields), 1 Hobby (low along the borrowdykes took a small bird) [Alan Shearring]
Epping, 11:30 to 11:45
1 Hobby [Roger Emmens]
Beeleigh, 09:30 to 10:30, R. Chelmer between Tesco and Beeleigh Weir.
8 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Still in summer plumage.), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Beckton, 08:15 to 10:30, Sunny warm Light sw wind
3 Common Sandpiper, 800 Black-headed Gull (+), 6 Common Tern, 1 Tree Pipit [Gary A James]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swallow (Some juvs.), 1 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 08:30, Fine and sunny, light E wind, falling tide
2 Raven (Over south into Kent), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 1 Common Sandpiper (Over from Kent), 30 Common Tern (Up river, largest flock 23) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 15:30, Sunny,Clear Blue Sky, Light South Westerly Wind 25c
50 Little Egret (At least), 2 Great White Egret (Bay Hide), 40 Teal (At least), 1 Garganey (Male - Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 3 Wigeon (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 8 Red-crested Pochard (LB Causeway 7 males+1 female), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (LDLH Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Gwen's Hide), 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (Abberton Church Viewpoint, Visitor Centre Car Park), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female- Billets Farm), 1 Hobby (Abberton Church Viewpoint), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 48 Black-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 3 Greenshank (Bay Hide), 1 Ruff (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Kingfisher (LB Causeway), 2 Green Woodpecker (Old Road), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LDLH Causeway), 1 Skylark (Billets Farm), 1 Treecreeper (Old Road), 1 Willow Warbler (Billets Farm), 3 Chiffchaff (Old Road), 7 Blackcap (Old Road), 45 Yellow Wagtail (20 at Billets Farm,69 Species seen today at Abberton Reservoir) [Mick Woodruff]
Thursday 22 Aug 2019
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 18:20 to 20:20
6 Little Grebe (Inc. two young.), 25 Great Crested Grebe (circa.), 1 Little Egret (None roosting at end of visit.), 10 Cormorant (Flew over to Chigborough EWT.), 1 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff (circa.), 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 17:00 to 18:30, Sunny, warm.
15 Little Egret (At least; some settled out of sight behind a sallow.), 1 Cattle Egret (Flew several times around the scrape. Yellow bill obvious. Eventually went down in fields between Pitsea Marsh & Bowers.), 1 Oystercatcher, 50 Lapwing (At least.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Summer plumage.), 3 Greenshank (Roosting on the scrape.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (Three adults & one juvenile.), 50 Swallow (At least, around horse sanctuary. Many juveniles.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 15:00 to 20:00, Calm and sunny, high tide
25 Sandwich Tern (Very vocal and plunge diving), 9 Sanderling (1 adult, 8 juv), 6 Turnstone, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Swift, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Jay [Matt Turner] Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 22 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 22 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 22 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 11:00, Sunny
3 Green Sandpiper (Fremnals lagoon), 36 Lapwing (Causeway), 2 Little Gull (From RAWL hide flying along west bank), 2 Blackcap (Female), 6 Chiffchaff [David Petts]
Wormingford, Colchester, 08:30 to 10:30, warm and sunny
5 Tufted Duck (female + 4 juvs: all records WORMINGFORD AIRFIELD), 10 Little Grebe (2 pairs each with 1 dependant youngsters; 2 failed pairs from elsewhere.), 1 Great Crested Grebe (adult), 1 Sparrowhawk (adult female not yet fully moulted), 1 Buzzard (young calling from Wormingford Hall), 12 Coot (3 pairs each with 2 juvs), 3 Green Sandpiper (small farm reservoir), 2 Kestrel (juvs hunting together), 1 Hobby (flew NE across airfield towards village), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (juvs), 3 Whitethroat (juvs), 70 Starling (near large reservoir), 1 Wheatear (first winter female), 2 Yellow Wagtail (potatoes), 30 Linnet (several family parties), 20 Yellowhammer (min 10 juvs; also 50+ Painted Ladies on airfield.) [Martin Peers]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:30, Fine and sunny, SW breeze, falling tide
59 Knot, 2498 Black-tailed Godwit, 53 Curlew, 72 Ringed Plover, 26 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 77 Grey Plover, 2 Sparrowhawk, 8 Teal, 1 Garganey (Eclipse drake), 1 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:45 to 13:30, Combined total from myself and Darrell Stile
10 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Marsh Tit (I finally caught up with it on my 3rd visit. Present 18 days) [Glen Moore] Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 22 Aug 2019, (Glen Moore) , Pied Flycatcher at Naze, The on 22 Aug 2019, (Glen Moore)
Wednesday 21 Aug 2019
Childerditch, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher (fly catching in trees at back of car park of The Greyhound pub.) [Andrew Stroud]
Epping, 14:00 to 15:30, (Swaines Green) Warm, watery sunshine, light southerly breeze
55 Linnet, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (At least 3), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Roger Emmens]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Behind metal gates just before house), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear (In field behind metal hide), 15 Swallow (All over), 15 House Martin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Avocet, 3 Dunlin [Yvonne Watling]
Friday Wood, 08:45 to 10:00, field near sub-station corner
1 Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Yellow Wagtail [Richard Allen]
Tilbury, 07:30 to 08:45, Fine and sunny, light W wind, falling tide
187 Common Tern (Largest flock 93 all high up river bar nine which returned down), 2 Sandwich Tern (With flock of nine Common Tern all eventually turned and went back down river), 1 Common Sandpiper (Over from Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 05:50 to 10:10, warm, westerly wind, sunny
3 Pied Flycatcher (1 by path leading to Sunny Point, 1 at south end of double hedge, 1 on southern edge of John Weston Reserve ), 20 Willow Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 35 Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 5 Swift (South first thing), 40 House Martin (+, circling around the Tower first thing), 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Owl (By farm pond), 2 Reed Warbler (Passage birds, south of escarpment ), 1 Marsh Tit (Near sycamore clump, located by call and then seen briefly. Very unusual here, this bird has been here for a number of days. ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Sparrowhawk [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 20 Aug 2019
Great Braxted, 16:00 to 18:00, Sunny. Excellent visibility especially of the hornets nest 50 yards from the Golf Club entrance.
1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 5 Buzzard, 10 Linnet, 4 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 52 Pheasant, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch [David Allen]
Naze, The, 15:15 to 16:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Blackcap (+), 10 Whitethroat (+), 2 Willow Warbler (+), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Painted Lady [Liz Huxley] Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 20 Aug 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Dagnam Park, Harold Hill, 14:15 to 17:30
1 Wood Warbler (in oaks around small ponds east of car park with Tit flock (all birds seen by Colin Jupp)), 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Hobby (adult), 3 Swift [Andrew Stroud]
Rettendon, 14:00 to 16:15, Warm and sunny with a light breeze.
10 Chiffchaff (Hyde Hall RHS gardens - At least around the gardens.), 1 Hobby (Hyde Hall RHS gardens - Low overhead.) [Robert Pease]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 12:25 to 15:00, Dry, bright & breezy. Sun & cloud, 24c. Incoming tide. Sightings with Brenda from hide.
32 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 100 Avocet (Circa.), 100 Redshank (At least.), 4 Little Egret, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 20 Mallard, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Greenfinch (Juveniles.), 2 Great Black-backed Gull [David Hale] Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 20 Aug 2019, (David Hale)
Friday Wood, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny and breezy
1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Goldcrest (In with tit flock), 1 Coal Tit, 10 Blackcap (Seen around the woods), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 5 Buzzard (Circling over my home but came from the woods ) [Yvonne Watling]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 10:00 to 12:00, Dry, bright & breezy. 20c. Sightings with Brenda from roadside screen.
2 Common Sandpiper (Water very low.), 1 Avocet, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 50 Goldfinch (Circa. A nice Charm, most appeared to be juveniles.), 1 Swallow, 12 Black-headed Gull, 10 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 3 Shoveler (Females.), 12 Mallard [David Hale] Goldfinch at West Canvey Marshes RSPB on 20 Aug 2019, (David Hale)
Colne Pt, 09:45 to 11:30
6 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Partridge (chased by Red-i Partridge), 2 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Sparrowhawk (ad f), 6 Kestrel, 10 Swift [Richard Allen]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 11:15, warm, mainly clear, westerly wind, low tide
26 Willow Warbler, 27 Swift (South, first thing ), 18 Blackcap, 19 Lesser Whitethroat, 50 House Martin (+, over Old Hall Lane first thing), 31 Whitethroat, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler (Passage bird north of the Tower ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juveniles, dispersing birds), 3 Tree Pipit (John Weston Reserve, together in north paddock), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (John Weston Reserve, north paddock ), 52 Sandwich Tern (Roosting on beach), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Whinchat (Walton Hall Marshes ), 15 Wheatear (Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Common Sandpiper (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Ruff (Walton Hall Marshes ), 171 Black-tailed Godwit (Roosting in Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Monday 19 Aug 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 19:00 to 20:30, Calm, outgoing tide, setting sun
4 Green Sandpiper (2 on splodge and 2 over calling), 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (inc 1 Juv moulting into 1w on splodge), 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Young male had an unsuccessful pop at a passing stock dove that ended up sitting above him!!), 1 Greenshank (Feeding at sunset), 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 80 Greylag Goose (circa - 5 flocks of 10-20 over calling), 1 Barn Owl (Spotted on quick scan before I headed home) [Matt Turner] Common Sandpiper at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Black-tailed Godwit at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Peregrine Falcon at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Greenshank at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Barn Owl at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 19 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 18:45 to 19:30, Mild and calm with hazy sun.
25 Sand Martin (Passing through south), 2 Golden Plover (Clements Green Creek), 8 Turnstone (Clements Green Creek.) [Robert Pease]
Epping, 16:30 to 16:35
1 Sparrowhawk (Female. There's been daily sightings of a male and a female, sometimes together, for the past several days) [Roger Emmens]
Epping, 13:30 to 13:35
2 Buzzard (Male and female on size) [Roger Emmens]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 16:00
1 Ruddy Shelduck, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Goldeneye (Female (possibly an oversummering individual)), 2 Great White Egret, 30 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ruff, 95 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Spotted Redshank (Wigborough Bay with Godwits), 1 Greenshank (Heard), 1 Wheatear (Billets Farm viewpoint) [John Thorogood]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:05 to 11:15, Sunny, some cloud, moderate SW wind.
14 Mute Swan (Two pair with seven and three well grown young still present.), 9 Little Grebe (Inc. one young.), 2 Cattle Egret (Roosting with G. Heron and Cormorant in fallen tree, Pochard Lake. (Yellow bill, greenish legs). Seen around 10:00.), 10 Grey Heron, 14 Cormorant, 15 Moorhen (+.), 2 Kingfisher (Gadwall Lake.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 4 Willow Warbler (Some brief song.), 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
Epping, 09:00 to 09:00
2 Hobby (Male and female on size, no bins so couldn't assess age) [Roger Emmens]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:00 to 09:05, And 11:15 to 11:50. Sunny, light to moderate SW wind.
45 Tufted Duck (+. Inc. 20+ young in two broods.), 1 Little Grebe, 29 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two juvenile.), 7 Grey Heron, 10 Cormorant, 70 Coot (circa.), 3 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (Female.), 40 Sand Martin (circa.), 5 Swallow, 40 House Martin (circa.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 5 Willow Warbler (+.), 15 Chiffchaff (+.), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 18 Aug 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 15:50 to 16:00
1 Osprey (Found by yvonne flying poss tollesbury way), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Close in LDLH east side) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wrabness, 15:00 to 17:00, Dry sunny warm
1 Spotted Flycatcher (In oak tree near entrance EWT), 8 Blackcap (In elder bushes ), 2 Pied Wagtail (In horse field), 13 Swallow, 17 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (In elder bushes with whitethroat), 16 Blue Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 6 Goldfinch [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:15 to 15:15, Sun & cloud. Warm, breezy.
5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male.), 23 Curlew (Roosting on dry area. ), 2 Redshank (Saline lagoon.), 2 Greenshank (Saline lagoon.), 3 Green Sandpiper (Saline lagoon.), 3 Common Sandpiper (Saline lagoon.), 100 Black-headed Gull (At least. Roosting on dry area.), 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Roosting on dry area.), 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Goldfinch (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:30, Clear with W wind, rain midday, rising tide
12 Mute Swan (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (One, plus four juvs, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 148 Tufted Duck (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (Golden Gates), 184 Coot (13 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 35 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 20 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 26 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 207 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 52 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 1 Teal (Mucking Bay), 8 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 8 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 27 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 643 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 241 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 86 Mallard (Mucking Bay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult down river), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Hates) [Paul Larkin]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, some sun. Warm.
1 Red Kite, 7 Green Woodpecker (At least. Including at least two juvs.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Heybridge GP, 06:00 to 08:30, Low tide
32 Golden Plover (Most in summer plumage), 1 Grey Plover (Summer plumage), 1 Turnstone, 4 Greenshank, 50 Redshank, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (1 adult losing breeding plumage & 1 juvenile), 1 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper (Small corner pit), 1 Common Sandpiper (Small corner pit), 6 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 10 Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), 10 Pied Wagtail (Leaving reed bed roost), 40 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swift (With swallows) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 17 Aug 2019
Alresford, 18:30 to 20:30
3 Hobby (Hawking above woods and showing very well), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 100 Goldfinch (Flock of 100 plus) [Chris Stuttle]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 18:15 to 18:30
2 Egyptian Goose (New for patch), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Linnet [David Pallash]
Wivenhoe, 18:00 to 18:00
2 Swift [Michael Padmore]
Bradwell-on-Sea, 15:30 to 18:00, sunny, light westerly breeze
40 Swallow (around observatory bushes. Feeding on insects then resting in elm clump), 21 Swift, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 400 Black-headed Gull (Feeding on flying ants emerging above salt marsh and land behind sea wall) [Andrew Stroud]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 12:00 to 17:30, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Kestrel, 15 Teal, 12 Oystercatcher (Lagoon.), 50 Avocet (Lagoon), 50 Ringed Plover (At least. East of slipway.), 50 Grey Plover (At least. Across from slipway, roosting on salt marsh. Many in summer plumage.), 26 Lapwing (Lagoon.), 11 Dunlin (At least. East of slipway.), 7 Knot (Roosting on lagoon with Godwits. Four in summer plumage.), 2 Turnstone (Flew across to Canvey side from near slipway.), 2 Whimbrel (At least.), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of slipway. Winter plumage/ juvenile.), 2000 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Roosting on lagoon.), 16 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 1 Common Sandpiper (Lagoon.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult, from slipway.), 5 Common Gull (Slipway.), 1 Common Tern (Close to slipway. Many more across creek, roosting on wooden jetty.), 5 Sandwich Tern (One very close to slipway. Others roosting across creek; or in flight.), 3 Little Tern (Across from slipway, fishing saltmarsh edge & channels.), 4 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Including a still nicely coloured male having a dust bath in the slipway car park.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Flew over lagoon.), 30 Goldfinch (At least, landward side of bridge. Mostly juveniles.), 5 Greenfinch (Landward side of bridge.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:35 to 16:15, sunny, clouding over; breezy
2 Great White Egret (Hide Bay Hide), 2 Red-crested Pochard (male + female, Wigborough bay), 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Ring-necked Duck (male eclipse LdLH c'way SE corner), 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay Hide), 5 Common Sandpiper (at least), 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank (Gwen's Hide), 1 Whimbrel (Wigborough Bay), 2 Mediterranean Gull (juveniles Gwen's Hide), 2 Swift, 1 Wheatear (Wigborough Bay), 5 Yellow Wagtail (at least) [Mark Gregory]
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Raven (Calling from BT mast), 1 Buzzard [David Jobbins]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, warm. Some breeze.
2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow (At least.), 10 House Martin (At least.), 4 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 07:45 to 11:00
1 Raven (Flew over Sand pit Lane northwards calling (probably one of the Kelvedon Hatch birds)), 1 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (Group of 4, & 2 together. Lots of calling going on), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 2 Willow Warbler (1 in swallows just west of Sand pit Lane, & 1 at South Weald Cricket ground), 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 3 Swift, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Two large mobile tit flocks. One in the valves are and the other in the sandpits) [Andrew Stroud]
Friday 16 Aug 2019
Holland Haven, 14:15 to 15:30, rather wet & windy!
2 Willow Warbler (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 15 Avocet (most juvs), 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [Liz Huxley]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:35 to 11:35, Overcast, moderate SW wind.
8 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 21 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk (Males, up together.), 17 Moorhen, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby (Perched by Gadwall Lake.), 1 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 12:15, Clouding over, breeze picking up, starting to rain at end of visit
8 Little Egret (Hide Bay), 2 Great White Egret (Hide Bay), 3 Cattle Egret (Adult in breeding plumage, 2 juveniles all in tree south west of LDLHC), 1 Egyptian Goose (In flight in Hide Bay), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (On reservoir bank, south-east corner of LDLHC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (On reservoir bank, south-east corner of LDLHC with coot and tufted duck), 2 Ringed Plover (One on north side of Hide Bay, one in Wigborough Bay), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (At least, in Wigborough Bay), 1 Greenshank (Wigborough Bay), 4 Green Sandpiper (North side of Hide Bay), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Distant, on bund to left of viewing screen in Wigborough Bay), 2 Common Sandpiper (North side of Hide Bay), 1 Common Gull (Wigborough Bay), 1 Swift (Many over reservoir with swallows and sand martins), 4 Stock Dove (North side of Hide Bay) [Paul Hargreaves]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:15 to 13:15, SW breeze, overcast, light showers pm. Sightings with Brenda.
7 Common Sandpiper (Rawl hide.), 1 Greenshank (Rawl hide.), 50 Swift (Circa.), 20 House Martin (Circa.), 100 Sand Martin (Plus. ), 1 Turnstone (Point hide.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak hide.), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Oak hide.), 3 Little Grebe (Oak hide.), 15 Red-crested Pochard (Circa. Oak hide.), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Point hide.), 1 Common Tern, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing (Oak hide.) [David Hale] Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale) , Common Sandpiper at Hanningfield Reservoir on 16 Aug 2019, (David Hale)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 10:15, Cloudy, warmish. Breezy.
5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Swallow (At least. Feeding over Westley Heights, often at ground level. Many juvs.), 30 House Martin (At least. Feeding over Westley Heights. Mostly higher up than the swallows.), 1 Sand Martin (At least one among the other hirundines.), 1 Whitethroat (Male.), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Male & female.), 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 10 Goldfinch (Several juvs.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:55 to 09:35, And 11:35 to 11:55. Overcast, moderate SW wind.
26 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two juveniles.), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Swift, 40 Swallow (+.), 50 House Martin (+. Circa twenty moved SW.), 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 18:00, W1-SW5, cloudy, rain from early pm. Selected totals, movement to south
15 Willow Warbler (influx on undercliff early am), 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Great Skua [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 15 Aug 2019
The Hythe, Colchester, 17:30 to 19:15, Dry and calm, lagoon bone dry
2 Peregrine Falcon (Both sat on tallest pylon, looked like male and female from distance), 24 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Being mobbed by a crow), 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Swift, 7 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 100 Starling, 2 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing [Matt Turner] Buzzard at The Hythe, Colchester on 15 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner) , Sparrowhawk at The Hythe, Colchester on 15 Aug 2019, (Matt Turner)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 17:00 to 18:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron [Andrew Cox]
Sudbury, Suffolk, 12:00 to 14:00, cloudy then sunny; breezy
8 Mute Swan (pair + 4 cygnets & pair: all records GLEMSFORD PITS), 20 Moorhen (including 8 juvs + 2 small chicks), 1 Herring Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (one juv.), 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Tit (+), 1 Whitethroat (juv), 1 Nuthatch (calling), 2 Bullfinch (juvs) [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:50 to 13:15, Cloudy, sunny intervals, fresh W. wind. Lots of hirundine and warbler movement. With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Large lake.), 23 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Tern, 3 Swift, 1 Kingfisher (Male.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 100 Sand Martin (circa. Two separate flocks during visit, most feeding low over lake.), 3 Swallow, 150 House Martin (+. Three separate flocks during visit, most feeding high over lakes.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+. Among mixed warbler flock.), 5 Willow Warbler (+. Conservative estimate. Among mixed warbler flock moving E to W along hedgerows.), 40 Chiffchaff (circa. Conservative estimate. Had counted 13 individuals before encountering mixed warbler flock working their way W along hedgerows.), 2 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat (+. Conservative estimate. Among mixed warbler flock moving W. along hedgerows.), 1 Song Thrush [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 14:00, Cloudy, stiff W breeze, high tide
10 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 35 Avocet, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Dunlin, 8 Ruff, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 12 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper, 40 Common Tern (about 30% juveniles), 1 Wheatear, 2 Bearded Tit [John McLaughlin]
Wrabness, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast and windy
12 Sand Martin (C12 + 3 young at the entrance of a hole), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 15 Goldfinch (Adults with young), 1 Buzzard (Calling,over car park.) [Peter Brittain]
Chigborough Lakes, 08:40 to 10:50, And 13:15 to 14:00. Overcast, becoming brighter, fresh W. wind. With Graham Barber.
3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Willow Warbler (Possibly two. Brief song heard.), 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 12:30, Overcast, W wind, rising tide
33 Yellow-legged Gull, 105 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 114 Ringed Plover, 165 Dunlin, 48 Lapwing, 11 Knot (All grey birds bar one), 48 Grey Plover, 3567 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Juv), 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Little Grebe (Plus one downy young), 97 Shelduck (Plus a crèche of four), 5 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SW1-4, selected totals, movement to south
12 Mediterranean Gull (including three juveniles), 1 Tree Pipit (@ 1302) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 14 Aug 2019
TL7006, 17:30 to 17:45, no rain after heavy showers
6 Swift (Birds low over Central Park, Chelmsford as the storm clouds cleared briefly), 3 House Martin [Andrew Stroud]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 11:45, Cloudy turning to rain. All sightings from walk to 1st hide, all waders on Scrape
8 Skylark (+ In second field), 40 Starling (+ mobile ), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 5 Pied Wagtail, 6 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (Female and large ducklings), 1 Greenfinch (Car park area), 1 Goldfinch (On feeders at car park), 1 Robin (Near feeders at car park), 12 Curlew (+ Overhead dropping into field to far left of hide) [Paul Fletcher] Common Sandpiper at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 14 Aug 2019, (Paul Fletcher) , Wood Sandpiper at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 14 Aug 2019, (Paul Fletcher)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry, warm and overcast
4 Common Sandpiper (At least), 2 Greenshank (On West shore), 1 Snipe (On West shore), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Female type & juv on South shore) [Brian Bolton] Greenshank at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Greenshank at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton) , Snipe at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 14 Aug 2019, (Brian Bolton)
Rayne, 06:45 to 06:45, Clear sunny
1 Tree Pipit (One flew over village calling three times) [Andrew Goodey]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 19:00, SW1-6, rain setting in during pm. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
2 Black-tailed Godwit (a scarce seawatch record), 21 Redshank (a good day total), 2 Arctic Skua (offshore @ 0600 then north, my first autumn birds), 1 Fulmar (north), 1 Black Tern (@ 1354), 1 Kittiwake (north), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit (@ 0707), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 131 Swift [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 13 Aug 2019
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:30 to 19:00
7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank [Matt Turner]
Wrabness, 16:00 to 17:30, Sunny and pleasant
2 Turtle Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 8 Pied Wagtail, 30 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Goldfinch [David Allen]
Tilbury, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunshine, some cloud, warm with SW 3 breeze, ebbing/low tide
1975 Avocet (on foreshore from Coalhouse Fort to Mucking Bay, counted from Cliffe), 58 Grey Plover (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, counted from Cliffe), 120 Curlew (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, counted from Cliffe), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, one flying across to Higham Bight), 210 Black-tailed Godwit (on foreshore near Coalhouse Fort, before arrival of roosting birds from Cliffe) [Murray Orchard]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:30 to 17:00, Sun and cloud.
1 Wheatear (Along river wall.), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Whinchat (Along fence line between hides two and three.), 1 Kestrel (Hide one.), 3 Buzzard [David Curle] Wheatear at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Corn Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Whinchat at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Whinchat at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle) , Kestrel at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 13 Aug 2019, (David Curle)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 11:30 to 13:30, High Tide. Also 3 Clouded Yellows.
150 Canada Goose, 30 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, 6 Pochard (2FF + 4Y), 15 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 50 Swallow (Minimum), 100 Yellow Wagtail (Minimum), 2 Wheatear [Mike Harris]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 11:00 to 15:00, High tide SW breeze sunny. 5 Southern migrant hawkers
12 Swallow, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby (chasing a pied wagtail unsuccessfully around scrape), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Marsh Harrier (one with red wing tags, to far away to read.), 2 Whinchat, 1 Ruff, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 10 Teal, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Avocet, 3 Wheatear [Alan Shearring]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, sunning spells, 18c
1 Common Sandpiper (From a boat trip out nr Horsey Island), 8 Barnacle Goose (Horsey Island) [Ron Colson] Common Sandpiper at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Common Sandpiper at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Barnacle Goose at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson) , Barnacle Goose at Walton-on-The-Naze on 13 Aug 2019, (Ron Colson)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:50 to 16:50, Dry, sun & cloud, light W breeze, max 24c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Wheatear (Juveniles, Billets Farm.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Billets Farm.), 10 Swallow (Circa. Pair with 2 juveniles Billets Farm.), 1 Wood Sandpiper (Hide Bay hide, far bank.), 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail (LBC.), 2 Great White Egret (1 Hide Bay hide, 1 Wig Bay screen.), 8 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 50 Sand Martin (Circa, Billets Farm.), 1 Ruff (Gwens hide.), 12 Egyptian Goose, 3 Greenshank, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Pair, Wig Bay screen.), 12 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay screen.), 2 Buzzard (2 Brown Hare.), 3 Kestrel (1 juvenile Gannet, fly over on route at Maldon.), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (LDHC.), 12 Pied Wagtail (At least.), 12 Stock Dove (At least.) [David Hale]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:10 to 11:15, Sunny, warm, light to fresh W. wind.
10 Little Grebe (Inc. two young.), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. one juvenile.), 3 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret (Nine Pochard Lake, seven Main Lake.), 25 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard (Heard only.), 16 Moorhen, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch (Male.), 1 Greenfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:50 to 09:10, Sunny, light W. wind.
21 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two juveniles.), 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin (circa.), 7 Swallow, 30 House Martin (circa.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
South Woodham Ferrers, 07:15 to 08:15, Clear overnight and a clear sunny early morning.
6 Lesser Whitethroat (One adult and five juveniles working the hawthorn and brambles around Saltcoats marsh.), 8 Reed Warbler (Saltcoats marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Saltcoats marsh. Three calling birds in three separate areas.), 1 Buzzard (Saltcoats grazing meadows) [Robert Pease]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Dry and sunny & chilly
6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turtle Dove (On usual wires then flushed by Sparrowhawk) [Brian Bolton]
Monday 12 Aug 2019
Wix, 15:30 to 16:00, Overcast
1 Cuckoo (Juv flew along back of gardens ), 1 Hobby (Regularly 1 or 2 about for last couple of weeks), 1 Yellow Wagtail (+ Still about) [James Davidson]
Wrabness, 14:00 to 15:00, Fine - walking Essex Way
10 Lapwing (River Stour - low tide), 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Whitethroat [Stuart Anderson]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 09:30, Broken cloud then heavy rain with nil visibility, HT
5 Common Tern (Single flock up river), 1 Arctic Tern (Up river with Common Tern flock) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 18:30, SW-NW1-3, occ showers. Selected totals movement to south. Early morning arrival of warblers on the undercliff
23 Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 102 Sand Martin, 55 Swallow, 205 Swift, 30 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 24 Golden Plover [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 11 Aug 2019
Mistley, 19:00 to 20:30, From Quay and walls
7 Greenshank, 80 Turnstone, 7 Common Tern (4 adult, 3 juv), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Swan [Matt Turner]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 18:00 to 18:30, Sightings from bridge and splodge
2 Green Sandpiper (Feeding on splodge), 3 Common Sandpiper (Bathing and preening east of bridge), 2 Hobby (High to the west, looked in hunting mode - lots of swallows around.), 1 Swift [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:40 to 16:30, Warm but very windy
8 Egyptian Goose (7 LBC, 1 Island Hide ), 1 Ruddy Shelduck (On bank E of LDLH), 1 Shelduck (Juvenile at Wig Bay), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Females E of LBC), 1 Ring-necked Duck (With Tufted Ducks close in at SE end of LDLH), 2 Great White Egret (One either side of LBC), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay), 2 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (2 LBC, 1 distant from Island Hide), 30 Stock Dove (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Whitethroat (Scrub near VC) [Ben Mapp]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny and breezy
1 Great White Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30 Egyptian Goose [Yvonne Watling]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 12:30, Bright & warm with a breeze
1 Wood Sandpiper (Oak Hide), 5 Egyptian Goose (Oak Hide), 6 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak Hide), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Oak Hide), 1 Buzzard (Rawl Hide), 100 Tufted Duck (+, Fremnells Causeway), 20 Lapwing (+, Fremnells Causeway), 20 Common Sandpiper (+, Mainly from Rawl Hide, but also noted from both Oak & Point Hide), 5 Grey Heron (Rawl Hide), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak Hide), 5 Sand Martin (+, Fremnells Causeway) [Andrew Allen]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:15, Broken cloud, strong W wind, falling tide
91 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 5 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 2 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 8 Knot (In the managed retreat, including two juvs and four red birds), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat, bp birds), 3273 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat, including the first juv), 31 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 1 Dunlin (In the managed retreat, juv), 15 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 151 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Little Egret (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 35 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 129 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 11 Mute Swan (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 63 Tufted Duck (Golden Gates), 11 Pochard (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 24 Canada Goose (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sun/cloud Sw wind
12 Common Tern, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff [Gary A James]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:15 to 09:15, Warm, sunny
2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest (Tit flock on the Belvedere) [Andrew Stroud]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit [Andrew Cox]