COVID-19:  New Government guidelines allow one person to meet one other person from outside their household outdoors - as long as they stay more than 2m apart. We are allowed to spend more time outdoors for multiple times a day with no time limit and are free to drive as far as we like to outdoor open spaces. Please continue to record your sightings whether at home or as part of your exercise. Also should you observe any rare species during this time it would be advisable not to post these at this time in order to prevent unwanted attention. By all means forward them to the county recorder or make a note to enter them when restrictions are lifted.

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

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

EBwS Headline Bird News

Tuesday 24 Nov
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Caspian Gull, 3 Great White Egret, 15 Goosander, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier
Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone: 2 Short-eared Owl, 40 Ring-necked Parakeet
Laindon: 1 Peregrine Falcon
Stanford Warren: 1 Kingfisher
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 2 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Raven
Holland Haven: 3 Purple Sandpiper
Monday 23 Nov
Langdon Hills NR EWT: 1 Bullfinch
Mistley: 4 Black Swan
Abberton Reservoir: 36 Goosander, 13 Great White Egret, 4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Raven, 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Scaup
Frinton-on-Sea: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water: 1 Hen Harrier
TM1531: 1 Firecrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch
Sunday 22 Nov
Langdon Hills NR EWT: 2 Raven
Hanningfield Reservoir: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Slavonian Grebe
Abberton Reservoir: 1 Hen Harrier, 5 Cattle Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Great White Egret, 1 Black Swan, 14 Goosander, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Black-necked Grebe
Bowers Marsh (RSPB): 1 Raven
Salcott: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon
TM2227: 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Brambling, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT): 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet
Frinton-on-Sea: 15 Redpoll sp., 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Little Gull, 1 Shag
Epping: 15 Ring-necked Parakeet
Saturday 21 Nov
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 2 Barnacle Goose, 5 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Brant, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret
Naze, The: 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Merlin
Weald CP, near South Weald: 1 Raven
Friday 20 Nov
Frinton-on-Sea: 2 Little Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Snow Bunting, 58 Redpoll sp., 1 Black-throated Diver
Thursday 19 Nov
Thorndon CP (North): 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Lesser Redpoll
Lawford, near Manningtree: 2 Egyptian Goose
Mistley: 26 Pink-footed Goose
Shrub End: 1 Red Kite
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers: 1 Cetti's Warbler
Great Holland Pits NR: 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch
Thaxted: 15 Red Kite
Frinton-on-Sea: 76 Redpoll sp., 1 Great Northern Diver
High Ongar: 4 Ring-necked Parakeet
Wednesday 18 Nov
Thorndon CP (South): 1 Raven
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Merlin, 1 Bearded Tit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Egyptian Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose
East Tilbury: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Cetti's Warbler
High Ongar: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet
Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary: 2 Redpoll sp.
Frinton-on-Sea: 47 Redpoll sp.
Tuesday 17 Nov
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers: 1 Great White Egret
Thaxted: 2 Raven
Walton-on-The-Naze: 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Great White Egret
Jaywick: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Shore Lark
Naze, The: 1 Purple Sandpiper
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB: 1 Pink-footed Goose
Monday 16 Nov
Highwood, Mill Green: 2 Raven
Westley Heights: 1 Lesser Redpoll
Copford: 2 Bullfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll