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

Tuesday 24 Nov 2020
Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone, 15:30 to 16:10
2 Short-eared Owl (Hunting in usual rough ground ), 40 Ring-necked Parakeet [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Stanford Warren, 12:15 to 13:15, Mostly sunny, breezy
5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 35 Coot (Fishing lake), 4 Mallard (Fishing lake), 3 Canada Goose (Fishing lake), 1 Mute Swan (Fishing lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lake), 6 Cormorant (On pylons), 2 Teal (Mucking Creek, not far north of sluice), 1 Kingfisher (By sluice), 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Magpie [Jamie Thornton]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, overcast, fairly mild, brief stop LDHC
1 Caspian Gull (1st winter bird, larger than nearby Herring Gulls, white head, dark beady eye, striking white underwing.), 3 Great White Egret, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 150 Lapwing, 5 Goldeneye, 15 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier [Marsh Stitchman]
Fishers Green, Lea Valley, 11:30 to 14:30
6 Goldcrest (In various Tit flocks), 25 Long-tailed Tit (In various Tit flocks), 3 Great Tit (In Various Tit flocks), 6 Blue Tit (In Various Tit flocks), 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 1 Stonechat, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Common Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Goldfinch [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 14:30, Mild with light wind and cloud.
3 Long-tailed Duck, 14 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Great White Egret, 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel [Paul Chamberlain] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Marsh Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Holland Haven, 10:30 to 12:30
2 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 3 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice), 2 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat (pair), 20 Teal (+), 40 Lapwing, 1 Great Skua (south), 9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (south), 8 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel [Liz Huxley] Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 24 Nov 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:10 to 16:10, Sun & cloud, cool S breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Low tide.
2 Merlin (Possible same bird seen twice. ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On field with cattle then up harassing waders. Male.), 3 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier (M & F. Possibly more.), 2 Buzzard, 2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. ), 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 500 Golden Plover (Circa.), 50 Grey Plover (Plus.), 30 Curlew (Plus.), 40 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa.), 40 Dunlin (Circa.), 12 Ringed Plover, 8 Avocet, 200 Lapwing, 70 Redshank (Circa.), 60 Pintail (Circa, M & F.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 12 Shelduck, 24 Shoveler, 100 Teal (Plus), 1 Raven (Landed amongst Cattle. Very large Corvid, dwarfing Crows.), 6 Stonechat (3 pair.), 1 Greenfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit (Circa. ), 6 Skylark (5 Brown Hare. ) [David Hale] Stonechat at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 24 Nov 2020, (David Hale)
Thorndon CP (South), 10:00 to 10:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Many milling about among the trees.), 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 07:45 to 08:05, Cloudy, cool.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Flying over Tescos car park.), 2 Little Egret (Overhead. ) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 23 Nov 2020
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water, 16:00 to 16:30
1 Hen Harrier (Adult Male.) [Darrell Stile]
TM1531, 12:00 to 16:45, sunny clouding late on light wind / moderate wind SW
18 Wren (heard ), 1 Firecrest (Old tree along foreshore), 4 Goldcrest, 25 Blue Tit, 11 Great Tit, 28 Long-tailed Tit (mobile 2or3 x feeding groups), 86 Blackbird (birds calling at dusk probably more), 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 23 Wood Pigeon, 15 Robin, 11 Dunnock, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 45 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 24 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 35 Carrion Crow, 450 Jackdaw (100 at dusk flew NW to Suffolk bank callling further large number to roost south Wrabness ), 40 Rook (NW to Suffolk bank at dusk calling in with jackdaw), 1 Blackcap (Female feeding on Sloe), 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (declining at this site (Use to see at least 2-3)), 500 Dunlin (best estimate of numbers in Jacques Bay), 250 Knot, 600 Grey Plover, 3 Little Egret, 16 Oystercatcher, 25 Redshank, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Common Gull, 57 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 3 Pintail (along shore), 12 Shelduck, 55 Wigeon, 1 Little Owl, 10 Curlew, 150 Brent Goose [Malcolm Riddler] Blackbird at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Blackcap at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Barn Owl at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Dunlin at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Grey Plover at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
Westley Heights, 11:30 to 12:45, Sunny, some cloud.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Mistley, 11:00 to 13:00, Walls & Quay
500 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 100 Avocet (+), 1 Greenshank (Walls), 1 Grey Wagtail (Walls), 4 Black Swan (Quay), 12 Pintail (Quay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Quay), 1 Goldeneye (male. Quay), 1 Coal Tit (by Towers) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:40 to 13:20, Blue sky, not windy, moderate temperature. Water level quite low at Hide Bay hide.
20 Goosander, 24 Goldeneye (2 Hide Bay hide, 22 Billet's Farm), 8 Great White Egret, 9 Stock Dove (In flock with similar number of Woodpigeons, from Hide Bay hide to west.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Mostly from Layer-de-la-Haye causeway, east side), 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat (Billet's Farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Egyptian Goose [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:15 to 11:30, Sunny, some cloud. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Sparrowhawk (Appeared to be carrying prey. Marks Hill.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 12 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Female, Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud & mist. Cold.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Foraging in Scots pines.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, Early watch then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to south
74 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver (1N 23S), 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe (bizarrely leading a flock of Scoter), 124 Starling (in off), 1 Swallow (@ 1204) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 16:00, Plus escaped White-cheeked Pintail
1 Caspian Gull (1cy), 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Raven, 5 Cattle Egret, 13 Great White Egret, 36 Goosander, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Leucistic Male ), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female and immature male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Scaup, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 80 Skylark (Large flock west of EWT reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2cy and adult) [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 22 Nov 2020
TQ5993, 15:00 to 16:00
12 Greenfinch (all birds London Road Cemetery, Brentwood), 41 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:45, Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Good visibility and light maintained as the day wore on.
1 Caspian Gull (The first-winter individual still present, viewable from Gwen's Hide. All salient features noted. Seen in company with Sean Nixon who took more photos of the bird.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Epping, 14:30 to 15:30
15 Ring-necked Parakeet [Roger Emmens]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:00, Calm, bright sunshine, viewing from LDHC
3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 14 Goosander, 500 Pochard (estimate), 500 Tufted Duck (estimate), 600 Teal (estimate), 8 Great White Egret [Marsh Stitchman]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 13:05, Sunny, clear
2 Raven (Heard cronking, flew low over Mark's Hill. Unmistakable) [Karl Price]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 11:20, Sunny with light breeze
1 Raven (Flying over calling ) [Paul Frampton]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:15 to 11:15, Clear sky with odd cloud.
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (One with tit flock behind oak hide briefly viewed.), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Viewable from both Oak and Point hides) [Kevin Cook]
TM2227, 11:00 to 15:00, sunny light wind 10c
1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 14 Meadow Pipit (coming to roost on saltmarsh), 29 Skylark (in stubble field including 1 singing bird), 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Water Rail, 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Moorhen, 11 Curlew (arable field stubble), 14 Common Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull, 38 Herring Gull (Loafing off shore ), 140 Golden Plover (flush off distant stubble field to north), 100 Starling (roosting in reedbed), 5 Robin, 2 Dunlin, 13 Chaffinch (feeding on apples), 1 Brambling (in with chaffinch), 9 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 35 Wood Pigeon, 9 Pheasant, 60 Lapwing (over north east), 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Short-eared Owl (1 foraging along sea wall and borrow dyke reedbed (Roost) second over saltmarsh ), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 28 Linnet (in to roost shrub along borrow dyke and Pines), 2 Cetti's Warbler (calling), 55 Little Egret (coming to roost in pines (maybe more)), 14 Redshank, 5 Grey Plover, 28 Carrion Crow (stubble field), 4 Rook, 2 Mallard, 10 Shelduck, 1 Stonechat [Malcolm Riddler] Reed Bunting at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Short-eared Owl at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Short-eared Owl at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Stonechat at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
West Mersea, 11:00 to 13:30, Walk along Strood channel, tide low, light breeze, warm for November
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Kestrel, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 100 Cormorant (most flying over in V formations), 20 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing, 200 Redshank, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 12 Knot, 10 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit [Marsh Stitchman]
Salcott, 10:30 to 14:00, Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Pleasant in decent periods of sunshine.
1 Pink-footed Goose (In company with Brent Geese.), 1 Merlin (A female in pursuit of a Skylark.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (An adult, showing very well perched on a post.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 13:00, Selected sightings
2 Cattle Egret, 6 Great White Egret, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Adult & 2 juv), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Hen Harrier (Stunning male found by Steve Grimwade), 3 Ruff, 12 Dunlin, 11 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Scaup, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Caspian Gull (1w) [Matt Turner] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000)
Great Totham, 10:30 to 10:30, Sunny.
30 House Sparrow (+. Present as soon as feeders topped up. 40+ not uncommon. Gt. Totham South.), 1 Song Thrush (Regularly singing at first light of late.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:15 to 16:15, Mild and bright.
1 Spotted Redshank (Salcott Creek), 17 Red-breasted Merganser (One group in Salcott Channel.), 8 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owl (One over field on Old Hall Marshes towards end of Salcott Channel. Three interacting over Abbotts Hall.), 11 Greenfinch (One flock.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 20 Pintail (Abbotts Hall managed breach area.) [David Curle] Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Red-breasted Merganser at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Sparrowhawk at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Short-eared Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Short-eared Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 12:00, Layer Breton cway and Wigborough Bay only
1 Hen Harrier (2cy Male hunting over fields at Wigborough Bay), 5 Cattle Egret (In sheep fields near Garr House Farm), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bullfinch (Male and female west of Layer Breton causeway), 3 Stonechat, 7 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Dunlin, 28 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 8 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Swan, 43 Pintail, 7 Goosander, 60 Fieldfare [Steve Grimwade]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:30, Broken cloud, light WSW wind, LT
3 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 22 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 85 Tufted Duck (Eighteen on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Water Rail (One each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female Golden Gates), 28 Gadwall (Ten on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Teal (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 4 Moorhen (Two each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 32 Mallard (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 14 Fieldfare (Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 5 Redwing (Golden Gates), 1 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 572 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 55 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 64 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 97 Lapwing (Mucking Bay), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 1 Stonechat (Male on the approach road to the VC), 87 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 11 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 12 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 10 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 16 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 1 Aythya sp. (The usual female Tufted x Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, W-NW1 warm in the sun. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated.
1 Great Black-backed Gull (224), 8 Great Skua, 412 Common Scoter (4N 408S), 53 Goldfinch, 15 Redpoll sp., 63 Siskin, 3 Kittiwake, 203 Red-throated Diver (1N 202S. Heavy, distant passage from c0900-1100), 264 Cormorant, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider (female), 7 Gannet, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow (south together @ 0916, then seen at Holland Haven where a further 3 seen (Matt Lonsdale)), 3 Little Gull (adults), 1 Shag (adult), 1 Guillemot (N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 05:30 to 05:45, Night!
1 Tawny Owl (Male calling woke me up! First record in two decades living here.) [Brian Combes]
Saturday 21 Nov 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:15 to 16:15, Cloudy and slight wind
5 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 20 Wigeon, 1 Pochard (Solitary male ), 1 Teal (Solitary Male with Tufted Ducks), 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe (non breeding plumage), 1 Kestrel (Hunting over island), 2 Cormorant (In Flight) [Paul Everett]
Witham, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Blackcap (male and female on separate days, in garden on Callicarpa berries) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:30 to 13:00
1 Black Brant (Salcott-cum-Virley (11.30-14.30 visit)), 1 Pink-footed Goose (Salcott-cum-Virley), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 90 Golden Plover, 39 Avocet, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Cattle Egret (Great Wigborough), 1 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Pink-footed Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Westley Heights, 10:30 to 11:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 30 Goldfinch (At least. Including a group of ten feeding on birch seeds.) [Andrew Cox]
Alresford, 10:00 to 11:00, Sightings from where Alresford Creek meets the River Colne. Blustery wind, low tide rising
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 250 Shelduck, 500 Teal, 200 Wigeon, 2000 Knot, 1000 Dunlin, 200 Avocet, 180 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 30 Grey Plover, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 2 Cormorant [Marsh Stitchman]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 10:30, sun & cloud. Breezy. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Woodcock (Lincewood. Flew past a couple of feet from my head after coming down through the canopy almost like a sparrowhawk.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch (Willow Park.), 10 Goldfinch (At least. Scattered.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:45, windy but not too cold
1000 Golden Plover, 15 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 21 Pintail, 2 Barnacle Goose (with canada geese), 55 Avocet, 11 Red-breasted Merganser (Salcott channel), 5 Slavonian Grebe (Salcott channel), 5 Marsh Harrier, 8 Kestrel, 8 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 13 Rock Pipit, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Buzzard, 8 Little Egret [Oliver Cottis]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Raven (in oaks just outside park entrance by Brookweald Cricket Club. Calling loudly. I'm now seeing them low down. In the past they were normally calling from some height), 10 Redwing [Andrew Stroud]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light SW wind, LT
8 Shelduck (On foreshore I front of the fort), 37 Teal (On foreshore I front of the fort), 2 Curlew (On foreshore I front of the fort), 13 Mallard (On STW outfall), 4 Gadwall (On STW outfall) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, NW2-3. Intermittent watching throughout the day. Movement to south unless stated. Selected totals
1044 Great Black-backed Gull, 110 Common Scoter, 12 Great Skua, 33 Gannet (1N 32S) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:15, mild, overcast, blustery SW wind, ebbing tide
13 Blackbird, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Goldfinch (South ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Common Scoter (South ), 11 Goldcrest, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Stonechat (Walton Hall Marshes, 2 pairs and a single), 37 Linnet (Flock, Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Merlin (On a hunting run, low over Walton Hall Marshes, over the sea wall and across to Horsey), 600 Brent Goose (+, in two large flocks on Walton Hall Marshes and small flock on Walton Channel ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel), 22 Avocet (Roosting on mud at eastern end of The Twizzle) [Brian Combes]
Friday 20 Nov 2020
Tilbury, 15:00 to 15:45, Light rain, S wind, HT
7 Common Scoter (Single flock on the river) [Paul Larkin]
Fobbing, 13:30 to 15:15, Fobbing Marsh. Overcast, breezy, light rain.
1 Buzzard (Fields adjacent to Marsh Lane ), 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Redshank (Parting Gut), 1 Robin, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 100 Fieldfare (At least) [Jamie Thornton]
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (Chasing a flock of wood pigeons), 1 Redshank (Eating alone at half tide River Colne), 2 Mallard (Pair of Mallards swimming on small pond inside seawall on Ferry Marsh, Wivenhoe) [Michael Davies] Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies)
Wivenhoe, 11:00 to 13:00, Dry, Cool
1 Greylag Goose (This bird was flying in the opposite direction of a large flock - probably lost) [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 12:00, Cloudy,cold. Plotlands & Lincewood.
1 Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan (Usual pair with family.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Redwing (At least.), 3 Song Thrush (At least.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Three flocks.), 4 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Stanford-le-Hope, 09:00 to 09:30, Light frost
1 Sparrowhawk (Adult Male (3rd different Autumn Spawk to visit our Linford Garden)) [Steve Swinney] Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney)
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:00, W0-6. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Movement to south unless stated
2 Little Gull (ad+imm N), 1 Arctic Tern (juv N @ 0826), 2 Goldeneye, 3 Pintail, 78 Common Scoter, 7 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (distant immature N @ 1230), 2 Kittiwake (N), 1 Snow Bunting (on beach and seawall opposite GC between beach huts and raised tee), 113 Goldfinch, 87 Siskin, 58 Redpoll sp., 14 Blackbird (in off), 5 Fieldfare (in off), 1 Black-throated Diver [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 19 Nov 2020
Thaxted, 15:30 to 15:45
15 Red Kite (There was approx 15 + at lt bardfield) [Chris Turner]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 14:15 to 15:45, Cold NW wind and sunny. Very high tide nearly all the wader roost under water. Peacock butterfly
42 Grey Plover, 6 Siskin (on Washlands in the morning, flew off west. ), 550 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail (Saltcoats reedbed), 600 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 650 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 70 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100 Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler (pools reedbed), 1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male hunting the wader roost), 70 Golden Plover [Alan Shearring]
Shrub End, 13:30 to 13:35
1 Red Kite (low over house) [Oliver Cottis]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 12:15 to 13:15, Overcast, a few showers
2 Magpie, 8 Mallard, 6 Corn Bunting, 2 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 4 House Sparrow, 7 Linnet, 1 Kestrel (Male, paddocks), 1 Jay, 2 Pheasant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male, hunting low on edge of moat), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Robin [Jamie Thornton]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 11:00 to 12:00, Blue sky, brisk wind, cool, tide quite high
230 Avocet, 500 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Egyptian Goose (By flooded area between railway and Brantham road) [Simon Banks]
Bradfield, 10:50 to 11:00, Clear. cool, quite windy
1 Mistle Thrush (Alarm-calling on edge of village towards Mistley) [Simon Banks]
Mistley, 10:40 to 10:41, Rather windy, clear
26 Pink-footed Goose (Flock flew low north-east over field between Bradfield and Mistley on Essex Way) [Simon Banks]
Great Holland Pits NR, 10:00 to 12:00
8 Blackbird (+), 10 Redwing (+), 2 Goldcrest (+), 20 Goldfinch (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Lesser Redpoll (c), 1 Mealy Redpoll (with lessers - markedly paler bird), 20 Long-tailed Tit (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (+), 1 Jay (+), 1 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch (+), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Kestrel (male) [Liz Huxley]
Wrabness, 09:40 to 14:00, Two visits on long walk: at first, mainly clear, occasional squalls; later, clear and very high tide. Quite windy.
1100 Grey Plover (Before 10:00 a.m. Few around by early afternoon.), 3 Common Scoter (Around 14:00, late visit. ), 700 Dunlin (Late visit, around 14:00, when tide very high. Much lower numbers in morning.) [Simon Banks]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 09:45, Cloudy, occasional clear patches.
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (Possibly two.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (Probable pair.), 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
High Ongar, 09:00 to 09:15, Good
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeding on Berries in Garden) [Neil Warner]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:00, Cloudy, occasional showers, NW wind, rising tide
121 Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 2721 Dunlin, 56 Curlew, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Low up river), 1 Marsh Harrier (Immature male), 1 Gannet (Juvs high up river), 9 Little Grebe, 47 Knot, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male), 2 Little Egret, 19 Redshank, 267 Avocet, 4 Tufted Duck, 330 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 64 Shelduck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat (Pair and a fem), 1 Water Rail [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy, some clear patches. Light shower.
2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Male.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 15 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Roman River Valley, 07:15 to 08:45
500 Wood Pigeon, 8 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch (male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush (singing at the top of a tree), 1 Goldcrest, 6 Stock Dove, 3 Common Gull (standing in a field), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female) [Oliver Cottis]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:00, W-NW3-4 Early watch then glances to sea. Movement to south unless stated
110 Siskin, 143 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow, 76 Redpoll sp., 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 18 Nov 2020
Laindon, 14:30 to 15:30, Overcast, breezy. Back garden.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Robin, 1 Goldcrest (Foraging in dogwood. In company with long tailed tits.), 5 Long-tailed Tit (Briefly on peanuts.), 3 Blue Tit (Two together in birdbath.), 2 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch (Noted feeding on hornbeam buds (presumably leaf buds). On feeders too.), 6 Goldfinch (At least. Also feeding on hornbeam buds; & on ash keys. As well as on feeders.) [Andrew Cox]
Kirby-le-Soken, 14:15 to 15:30, seawall overlooking Backwaters - high tide just turning
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 400 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 5000 Knot (+), 400 Avocet (+), 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (singing!) [Liz Huxley]
High Ongar, 14:00 to 14:15, Good
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeding on Berries in Garden) [Neil Warner]
Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary, 12:00 to 15:45, Sunny periods clouding brief rain shower 3pm but mild 15c light moderate SSW wind
25 Herring Gull, 30 Common Gull (resting off Copperas Bay R Stour on tide), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (possible more singles flying downriver mid channel ), 55 Black-headed Gull (loafing in field further small number in with raft of Common gulls), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redpoll sp. (Copperas woods along access track but mobile + singles over heard), 1 Siskin (in alder just south of railway bridge ), 25 Goldfinch (along oak along river ), 2 Chaffinch (only two I could find?), 2 House Sparrow (Over River), 1 Nuthatch (Heard only), 5 Treecreeper (Heard ), 7 Goldcrest (Singles associating with mixed tit flocks), 15 Blue Tit (most common species when occasional tit flocks encountered), 25 Long-tailed Tit (tit flocks ), 1 Coal Tit (single with tit flock), 2 Great Tit, 45 Wood Pigeon (frequent singles an small flocks throghout), 2 Collared Dove, 5 Starling, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 14 Carrion Crow, 100 Jackdaw [Malcolm Riddler] Blue Tit at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 18 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 18 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
East Tilbury, 12:00 to 13:20, Bright n Breezy turning overcast. Walk: East Tilbury Stn to Goldengates Lake - Highlights - full record on Birdtrack.
1 Goldeneye (female Goldengates in open water feeding with Tufties ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Sand pit), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female Over Gobions mobbed by Crow; Male Goldengates), 1 Kestrel (Old Landfill - from Sand pit), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Over E Tilbury), 1 Skylark (Calling), 5 Cetti's Warbler (1 Sand pit, 1 FP147; 3 Goldengates), 1 Long-tailed Tit (3 distinct tit flocks inc 10+ LT Tits,), 2 Chiffchaff (1 working South Gobions Pk; 1 with Tit flock Goldengates), 1 Fieldfare (Goldegates (South side flooded tree area)), 1 Redwing (as per Fieldfare), 1 Siskin (fem - as per Fieldfare) [Steve Swinney]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:30 to 10:15, Sunny, warm. Some cloud.
1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing.), 1 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 15:30
2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Merlin (Adult female, 1cy male and 1cy female), 1 Bearded Tit, 7 Stonechat, 3 Common Scoter, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Egyptian Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 2000 Golden Plover, 130 Avocet, 4 Rock Pipit, 7 Kestrel, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard [Steve Grimwade]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 10:00, sunny
5 Blue Tit [David Saville] Blue Tit at Little Waltham on 18 Nov 2020, (David Saville) , Blue Tit at Little Waltham on 18 Nov 2020, (David Saville)
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:00 to 09:05
1 House Martin [Phil Carter]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Some cloud.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male.), 1 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (Feeding on whitebeam berries.), 1 Fieldfare, 4 Goldfinch (At least.), 10 Yellowhammer (At least.), 1 Reed Bunting (At least. With yellowhammers.), 1 Raven [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:00, SW3-4 Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Movement to south
75 Goldfinch, 64 Siskin, 47 Redpoll sp. [Paul Brayshaw]
Tuesday 17 Nov 2020
Beeleigh, 16:00 to 16:00, Cloudy
51 Magpie (All wandering around on maldon golf course fairway next to the canal, more flying in in ones and two's) [David Torrice]
Thaxted, 15:00 to 15:05, Overcast, breezy
2 Raven (Croaking noticeably deeper than neighbouring corvids and larger size apparent) [Stephen Dutton]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 13:30 to 15:30, Dry, sun & cloud, SW breeze, 13c. High tide. Sightings with Brenda.
100 Carrion Crow (Plus. We counted 100 roosting birds, many more showing.), 20 Redshank (Sitting out hide tide on lake island.), 11 Little Grebe (Usual high count on lake. Very few birds anywhere here today) [David Hale]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 13:00 to 15:15, Windy and overcast. High tide.
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel [David Curle] Hen Harrier at Walton-on-The-Naze on 17 Nov 2020, (David Curle)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 12:15 to 13:15, Heronry Shaw Lake. Mostly cloudy.
2 Magpie, 2 Stonechat (Pair), 1 Kestrel (North side of lake, perched on wooden pylon), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 3 Siskin, 1 Blackbird [Jamie Thornton] Kestrel at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 17 Nov 2020, (Jamie Thornton)
Jaywick, 12:00 to 14:00, Mild sunny periods moderate SW wind
25 Sanderling (Roosting but mobile along beach), 10 Turnstone, 45 Ringed Plover (Roosting but mobile, ), 120 Starling, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Shore Lark (at high tide along strandline...No Photo : (), 2 Cormorant, 5 Black-headed Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Gull [Malcolm Riddler] Sanderling at Jaywick on 17 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler, Nikon ED III 82mm x 3210x50 Kowa) , Ringed Plover at Jaywick on 17 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler, Nikon D500 / 600mm) , Common Gull at Jaywick on 17 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler, Nikon ED III 82mm x 3210x50 Kowa)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 15:30
16 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Marsh Harrier, 5 Rock Pipit [James Hudson]
Naze, The, 10:30 to 12:30
1 Jay, 1 Rock Pipit (+), 20 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Ringed Plover, 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Liz Huxley]
Laindon, 10:30 to 11:00, Sun & clouds. Back garden.
8 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Shoeburyness, 10:25 to 12:50, Dry, sun & cloud, SW breeze, 15c. High tide 13 34, 6.3 m. Sightings with Brenda.
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa.), 200 Sanderling (Plus.), 200 Dunlin (Plus.), 200 Oystercatcher (Circa. 1 Leucistic bird. White head, black & white elsewhere.), 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 10 Common Gull, 6 Shelduck, 30 Turnstone (At least.) [David Hale] Sanderling at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Sanderling at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Dunlin at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Dunlin at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Ringed Plover at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:17 to 09:30, Sunny , low tide.
1 Great White Egret (Seen from riverside carpark.. ) [Dawn James]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:00, Sightings by Marion Houlding and Alan Blois
1 Pink-footed Goose (With Brent Geese) [Steve Grimwade] Pink-footed Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 17 Nov 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
Great Totham, 07:00 to 07:10
300 Jackdaw (+. Conservative estimate. Regular sighting of post roost(?) flock noisily flying N over garden Great Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 16 Nov 2020
Arkesden, 14:00 to 14:30
5 Red Kite [Chris Turner]
Brightlingsea, 13:30 to 15:15, Windy and overcast. High tide.
3 Rock Pipit, 3 Knot, 350 Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Curlew, 6 Grey Partridge, 2 Green Woodpecker [David Curle] Rock Pipit at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Knot at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Oystercatcher at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Grey Plover at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Curlew at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Grey Partridge at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Grey Partridge at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Green Woodpecker at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle)
TQ6593, 10:15 to 10:45, Cloudy with fresh SW wind
18 Fieldfare (Feeding on Holly berries and moving to tree tops), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flying over head calling as a group, moving south west.), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker [Clive Tanner]
Copford, 10:00 to 11:30, Local patch walk
2 Bullfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 300 Herring Gull, 250 Starling [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 11:30
9 Great White Egret, 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Goosander (+), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Hide Bay), 15 Stock Dove, 3 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Caspian Gull (1cy - on point opposite Gwen's Hide), 3 Cattle Egret (with cattle opposite Billetts Farm), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Egyptian Goose [Liz Huxley]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 12:00, Cloudy, some clear patches. Breezy, cool.
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing (At least.), 3 Song Thrush (At least. One singing.), 2 Mistle Thrush (One singing.), 1 Blackcap (Female.), 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Highwood, Mill Green, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast
2 Raven (Works patch sighting first for me here. Flew over from South heading towards Ongar.) [Matthew Davison]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:45 to 09:15, Cloudy, cool. Lincewoodonly.
10 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:00, SW3-4 Early watch then glances during the day. Movement to the south
142 Goldfinch, 64 Siskin, 114 Redpoll sp., 1 Crossbill [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 15 Nov 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:30, sunny, stiff breeze then rain stopped play, selected highlights Wig' bay.
9 Ruff (all males), 2 Dunlin, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Lapwing (+), 41 Mute Swan (1 juv'), 1 Great White Egret, 51 Black-headed Gull (all adults, one with almost full hood.), 2 Common Gull (adults), 3 Stock Dove (on artificial osprey nest.) [Ashley Gooding]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:15 to 15:00, Sunny, then clouding over& rain. Plotlands.
11 Fieldfare (Flying over), 3 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Mixed tit flock.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 16:30, Selected sightings
13 Great White Egret, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Very distant in hide bay from church), 1 Kestrel (Calling loudly directly overhead), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female hunting opposite Bilets), 6 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female from church), 1 Cattle Egret (With Great and Little Egrets SE of LBC at 16.15) [Matt Turner]
Mistley, 13:00 to 15:00, Mix of sunshine with cloudy spells
1 Osprey (Seen fishing off the quay), 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 14 Pintail, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Matt Turner] Osprey at Mistley on 15 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Osprey at Mistley on 15 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 15 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 15 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000)
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:00, Sunny and stiff breeze, before cloud and heavy rain (13.00-16.00)
1 Caspian Gull (1 cy on point from Gwen's Hide), 3 Stonechat, 5 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Stonechat at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Lawford, near Manningtree, 12:25 to 14:40, Clear sky after earlier heavy rain; wind moderate
6 Egyptian Goose (Three pairs between railway station path and road bridge), 140 Teal (Stour Between railway station path and road bridge), 20 Wigeon (Stour Between railway station path and road bridge), 1 Gadwall (Drake), 1 Song Thrush (Singing near Manningtree station) [Simon Banks]
Thundersley, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Red Kite [Mark Willett]
Colchester, 10:00 to 11:30, Cymbeline Meadows
2 Kestrel (females), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (juv), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Coot, 3 Mute Swan (2 adults, 1 juv) [Oliver Cottis]
TL9324, 09:00 to 09:00, Garden sightings
1 Siskin (Male on feeders. First in garden since March 2020.) [Steve Grimwade]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 13:45, Bands of heavy rain, strong SW wind, rising tide, very few birds around
47 Wigeon (In the managed retreat), 49 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 68 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 15 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 16 Teal (One on the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Unsuccessfully chasing a lone Lapwing over the river), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 2 Avocet (In the managed retreat), 46 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 31 Goldfinch (Golden Gates), 61 Tufted Duck (24 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female on Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Two Golden Gates, one on the pit to the south of the tip), 18 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 3 Little Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 16 Gadwall (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Water Rail (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Shoveler (On the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 16:00, SSW6-7, later SW4, heavy rain for a time. Movement to south unless stated
20 Gannet (12N 8S), 5 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (dark juvenile N @ 0742, also seen at Holland Haven), 840 Starling (in off immediately following the rain) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 14 Nov 2020
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:00 to 13:00, Grey and mild.
2 Raven (12.00-15.45 visit), 1 Whimbrel (Along Tollesbury channel. Slightly anomylous bird, but gave whimbrel call.), 7 Marsh Harrier [Sean Nixon] Raven at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 14 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Whimbrel at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 14 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Whimbrel at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 14 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Whimbrel at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 14 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Cloudy
1 Red-necked Grebe (Hide bay erea ), 1 Scaup, 1 Raven (Heard only), 10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat, 15 Great White Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Cattle Egret (Opposite billets farm), 3 Ruff, 3 Golden Plover, 6 Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Skylark, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Goosander, 30 Great Crested Grebe [Yvonne Watling]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail [Matt Turner]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:30 to 10:30, Drizzle
1 Lesser Redpoll (flying about Washlands LNR calling) [Alan Shearring]
Mistley, 10:00 to 10:15, Overcast, breezy, mild, water high, fairly quiet on the water bar the late Osprey
1 Osprey (Over estuary around Quay and The Walls), 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Cormorant, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Shelduck (+), 50 Mute Swan (+ and a Black Swan) [James Davidson]
Westley Heights, 08:45 to 11:45, Overcast, occasional clear patches. Some light showers. Mild.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush (At least.), 5 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 13:00, Rising tide, broken cloud, S wind, occasional rain
16 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 62 Lapwing (Single flock flying high down river), 10 Ringed Plover, 71 Grey Plover, 3646 Dunlin, 21 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult and imm male), 7 Teal, 32 Corn Bunting, 2 Little Stint, 10 Little Grebe, 38 Curlew, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 151 Avocet, 24 Knot, 2 Stonechat (Pair), 2 Water Rail, 5 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:00 to 13:00, S5-6, selected totals, movement to south unless stated
354 Gannet (N), 6 Kittiwake (N), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (N), 7 Great Skua (+ up to 4 o/s for a time), 1 Velvet Scoter (drake, also seen at Landguard and Holland Haven), 1 Pomarine Skua (pale headed juv @ 1149) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:50, overcast, strong S wind, mild, rising tide (I badly judged the tide and had to take off my boots and wade across the creeks!)
5 Meadow Pipit (South ), 10 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 13 Chaffinch (South ), 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll (South), 1 Common Scoter (North ), 1 Red-throated Diver (North ), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 south of John Weston Reserve and 2 in it), 5 Goldfinch (South ), 2 Brambling (John Weston Reserve then west ), 23 Turnstone, 19 Sanderling, 5 Rock Pipit, 54 Grey Plover (On Stone Point Lagoon roost), 2 Merlin (One heading north towards Harwich, one on marsh south of Stone Point ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail, quartering marshes just south of Stone Point Lagoon, lovely), 1100 Dunlin (+, on Stone Point Lagoon roost), 80 Knot (+, on Stone Point Lagoon roost), 1 Marsh Harrier, 18 Linnet [Brian Combes]
Friday 13 Nov 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:30 to 16:30, Overcast and chilly
1 Pintail (Female found by D Cousins ) [Brian Bolton] Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Nov 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Nov 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 15:15 to 16:00, Clear and cloudy, slight breeze, sightings from white gate only
1 Merlin (Female sitting on bench to the rear of reserve), 1 Hen Harrier (Male, over sea wall towards Burham), 3 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant (Many ), 8 Corn Bunting (Left of gate on bushes), 2 Stonechat, 3 Marsh Harrier (Imm/females distant), 50 Canada Goose (+), 5 Cormorant, 1 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch [Ian Dewsnap]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 14:00 to 14:10
1 Dartford Warbler [Clive Atkins]
Stow Marsh, 13:30 to 15:30, Nice mild sunny afternoon. SW wind tide going out. Common seal in Crouch.
1250 Dunlin, 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (an adult different to last week), 1100 Wigeon, 1250 Teal, 2 Buzzard (hunting the fields), 800 Golden Plover, 1 Bearded Tit (one pinging in the reeds), 3 Stonechat, 11 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male plus a 2cy male), 8 Pink-footed Goose (group flew fairly high up along the Crouch Valley then headed towards Hanningfield at 14.45), 29 Avocet [Alan Shearring]
Thorndon CP (North), 11:00 to 11:30, Cloudy, occasional sun.
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:45 to 11:00
1 Raven (Seen calling from top of BT mast for c15 minutes at least) [David Jobbins]
Thorndon CP (South), 10:15 to 11:00, Cloudy, occasional sun. Some light showers.
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Pintail (White cheeked pintail One on layer Breton causeway) [Daryl Morgan] Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Nov 2020, (Daryl Morgan)
Laindon, 08:00 to 09:00
2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Greenfinch (At least.), 11 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 12 Nov 2020
Maldon, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, by C&B Navigation, Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 13:00 to 16:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (female sitting in a field like a duck), 5 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Rock Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit (female on top of reeds and 2 more flying past), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Avocet, 1 Pintail, 2 Barnacle Goose (with canada geese), 2 Raven (seen by someone else, flying towards Tollesbury) [Oliver Cottis]
Terling, 12:00 to 12:05, Patchy sun with light breeze
5 Fieldfare (In bush next to lane) [Martin Iddon]
Maldon, 10:30 to 15:00, From The Prom, falling tide
1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Rock Pipit, 291 Avocet (+/-) [David L Smith] Avocet at Maldon on 12 Nov 2020, (David L Smith) , Avocet at Maldon on 12 Nov 2020, (David L Smith)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:30 to 12:30, Bright & breezy - Ebbing Tide
33 Curlew, 140 Brent Goose (at least), 60 Canada Goose (at least), 20 Shelduck, 80 Lapwing, 30 Avocet, 4 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch [Stuart Anderson] Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Meadow Pipit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Chigborough Lakes, 10:05 to 11:30, Sunny, brisk SW wind. Little about.
5 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 30 Cormorant, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only (thanks GHB)), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Dovercourt, 09:40 to 12:00, Mild, sunny
2 Marsh Harrier (One adult female, one probably juv male.), 82 Brent Goose, 2 Sanderling (Irlam's Point), 20 Grey Plover [Simon Banks]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 10:05, And 11:30 to 12:00. Cloud clearing to blue sky, brisk SW wind.
1 Canada Goose, 33 Greylag Goose, 13 Mute Swan, 16 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Little Egret, 18 Cormorant, 50 Black-headed Gull (+.), 1 Common Gull, 1 Barn Owl (At roost.), 1 Kestrel (Female.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 2 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:00, Bright and a little breezy
1 Merlin (On post on long walk), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Large imm on long walk on ant mound. Large female on grass in field with wind mill. ), 2 Sparrowhawk (Both on short walk), 1 Buzzard (Long walk), 2 Marsh Harrier (1 male 1 female long walk), 4 Kestrel (Around reserve inc car park), 12 Red-breasted Merganser (Could have been more inc 2 males Salcott channel), 1 Great Northern Diver (Salcott channel) [Mike Hardwick]
TQ5993, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Blackcap (Female in back garden holly tree this morning, Brentwood ) [Andrew Stroud]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 7 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 250 Avocet, 400 Golden Plover, 12 Chaffinch [Steve Grimwade]
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
10 Yellowhammer [David Saville] Yellowhammer at Little Waltham on 12 Nov 2020, (David Saville, ) , Yellowhammer at Little Waltham on 12 Nov 2020, (David Saville, )
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (big imm female and ad male), 3 Stonechat [Richard Allen]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:00 to 12:45, Sunny, breezy, mid. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest (At least.), 12 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]