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

Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Wednesday 25 Nov East Mersea 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (In with Dark-bellied Brent Geese), 350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 2 Sparrowhawk (Immature female and immature male), 3 Stonechat, 1 Yellowhammer, 600 Knot, 170 Wigeon Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 11:30
Wednesday 25 Nov Westley Heights 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (Two in song.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 7 Goldcrest (At least.), 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 4 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (One noted sitting still & quiet high in a tree for some time.), 14 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:45 to 11:45 Cloudy, murky. Cool.
Wednesday 25 Nov Rolls Farm, nr Tollesbury 2 Red-necked Grebe (On River Blackwater, opposite St Lawrence.) Darrell Stile 08:10 to 09:00
Wednesday 25 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfare (Flying over adjacent arable field.), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker (Female, feeding on recreation ground.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 08:45 Cloudy, murky. Cool. Lincewood.
Tuesday 24 Nov Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone 2 Short-eared Owl (Hunting in usual rough ground ), 40 Ring-necked Parakeet Melvin Shepherd-Wells 15:30 to 16:10
Tuesday 24 Nov Stanford Warren 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 12:15 to 13:15 Mostly sunny, breezy
Tuesday 24 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 12:00 to 13:00 overcast, fairly mild, brief stop LDHC
Tuesday 24 Nov Fishers Green, Lea Valley 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 11:30 to 14:30
Tuesday 24 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 11:30 to 14:30 Mild with light wind and cloud. Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , , , , , , ,
Tuesday 24 Nov Holland Haven 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 10:30 to 12:30 Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 24 Nov 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Tuesday 24 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 10:10 to 16:10 Sun & cloud, cool S breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Low tide. Stonechat at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 24 Nov 2020, (David Hale)
Tuesday 24 Nov Thorndon CP (South) 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 10:00 to 10:45 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Tuesday 24 Nov Laindon 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flying over Tescos car park.), 2 Little Egret (Overhead. ) Andrew Cox 07:45 to 08:05 Cloudy, cool.
Monday 23 Nov Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water 1 Hen Harrier (Adult Male.) Darrell Stile 16:00 to 16:30
Monday 23 Nov TM1531 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 12:00 to 16:45 sunny clouding late on light wind / moderate wind SW Blackbird at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , , , ,
Monday 23 Nov Westley Heights 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Nuthatch Andrew Cox 11:30 to 12:45 Sunny, some cloud.
Monday 23 Nov Mistley 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 11:00 to 13:00 Walls & Quay
Monday 23 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 10:40 to 13:20 Blue sky, not windy, moderate temperature. Water level quite low at Hide Bay hide.
Monday 23 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 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 09:15 to 11:30 Sunny, some cloud. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
Monday 23 Nov Thorndon CP (South) 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Foraging in Scots pines.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:00 Sunny, some cloud & mist. Cold.
Monday 23 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 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 07:30 to 16:00 Early watch then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to south
Monday 23 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 07:00 to 16:00 Plus escaped White-cheeked Pintail
Sunday 22 Nov TQ5993 12 Greenfinch (all birds London Road Cemetery, Brentwood), 41 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch Andrew Stroud 15:00 to 16:00
Sunday 22 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 14:45 to 15:45 Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Good visibility and light maintained as the day wore on.
Sunday 22 Nov Epping 15 Ring-necked Parakeet Roger Emmens 14:30 to 15:30
Sunday 22 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 14:00 to 15:00 Calm, bright sunshine, viewing from LDHC
Sunday 22 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Raven (Heard cronking, flew low over Mark's Hill. Unmistakable) Karl Price 13:00 to 13:05 Sunny, clear
Sunday 22 Nov Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 1 Raven (Flying over calling ) Paul Frampton 11:15 to 11:20 Sunny with light breeze
Sunday 22 Nov Hanningfield Reservoir 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 11:15 to 11:15 Clear sky with odd cloud.
Sunday 22 Nov TM2227 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 11:00 to 15:00 sunny light wind 10c Reed Bunting at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , , ,
Sunday 22 Nov West Mersea 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 11:00 to 13:30 Walk along Strood channel, tide low, light breeze, warm for November
Sunday 22 Nov Salcott 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 10:30 to 14:00 Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Pleasant in decent periods of sunshine.
Sunday 22 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 10:30 to 13:00 Selected sightings Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , , , , , , ,
Sunday 22 Nov Great Totham 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 10:30 to 10:30 Sunny.
Sunday 22 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 10:15 to 16:15 Mild and bright. Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , , , ,
Sunday 22 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 09:00 to 12:00 Layer Breton cway and Wigborough Bay only
Sunday 22 Nov Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 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 08:15 to 13:30 Broken cloud, light WSW wind, LT
Sunday 22 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 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 07:30 to 16:00 W-NW1 warm in the sun. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated.
Sunday 22 Nov Walton-on-The-Naze 1 Tawny Owl (Male calling woke me up! First record in two decades living here.) Brian Combes 05:30 to 05:45 Night!
Saturday 21 Nov Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 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 15:15 to 16:15 Cloudy and slight wind
Saturday 21 Nov Witham 2 Blackcap (male and female on separate days, in garden on Callicarpa berries) Paul Shuttleworth 12:00 to 13:00
Saturday 21 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 11:30 to 13:00 Black Brant at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , , , ,
Saturday 21 Nov Westley Heights 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 30 Goldfinch (At least. Including a group of ten feeding on birch seeds.) Andrew Cox 10:30 to 11:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Saturday 21 Nov Alresford 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 10:00 to 11:00 Sightings from where Alresford Creek meets the River Colne. Blustery wind, low tide rising
Saturday 21 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 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 09:30 to 10:30 sun & cloud. Breezy. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
Saturday 21 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 09:00 to 13:45 windy but not too cold
Saturday 21 Nov Weald CP, near South Weald 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 08:00 to 09:00
Saturday 21 Nov Tilbury 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 08:00 to 09:00 Overcast, light SW wind, LT
Saturday 21 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 1044 Great Black-backed Gull, 110 Common Scoter, 12 Great Skua, 33 Gannet (1N 32S) Paul Brayshaw 07:30 to 16:00 NW2-3. Intermittent watching throughout the day. Movement to south unless stated. Selected totals
Saturday 21 Nov Naze, The 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 07:00 to 12:15 mild, overcast, blustery SW wind, ebbing tide
Friday 20 Nov Tilbury 7 Common Scoter (Single flock on the river) Paul Larkin 15:00 to 15:45 Light rain, S wind, HT
Friday 20 Nov Fobbing 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 13:30 to 15:15 Fobbing Marsh. Overcast, breezy, light rain.
Friday 20 Nov Wivenhoe 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 12:00 to 13:00 Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies) , ,
Friday 20 Nov Wivenhoe 1 Greylag Goose (This bird was flying in the opposite direction of a large flock - probably lost) Michael Davies 11:00 to 13:00 Dry, Cool Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 20 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies)
Friday 20 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 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 09:30 to 12:00 Cloudy,cold. Plotlands & Lincewood.
Friday 20 Nov Stanford-le-Hope 1 Sparrowhawk (Adult Male (3rd different Autumn Spawk to visit our Linford Garden)) Steve Swinney 09:00 to 09:30 Light frost Sparrowhawk at Stanford-le-Hope on 20 Nov 2020, (Steve Swinney) , , , , ,
Friday 20 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 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 07:00 to 16:00 W0-6. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Movement to south unless stated
Thursday 19 Nov Thaxted 15 Red Kite (There was approx 15 + at lt bardfield) Chris Turner 15:30 to 15:45
Thursday 19 Nov Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 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 14:15 to 15:45 Cold NW wind and sunny. Very high tide nearly all the wader roost under water. Peacock butterfly
Thursday 19 Nov Shrub End 1 Red Kite (low over house) Oliver Cottis 13:30 to 13:35
Thursday 19 Nov Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury 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 12:15 to 13:15 Overcast, a few showers
Thursday 19 Nov Lawford, near Manningtree 230 Avocet, 500 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Egyptian Goose (By flooded area between railway and Brantham road) Simon Banks 11:00 to 12:00 Blue sky, brisk wind, cool, tide quite high
Thursday 19 Nov Bradfield 1 Mistle Thrush (Alarm-calling on edge of village towards Mistley) Simon Banks 10:50 to 11:00 Clear. cool, quite windy
Thursday 19 Nov Mistley 26 Pink-footed Goose (Flock flew low north-east over field between Bradfield and Mistley on Essex Way) Simon Banks 10:40 to 10:41 Rather windy, clear
Thursday 19 Nov Great Holland Pits NR 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 10:00 to 12:00
Thursday 19 Nov Wrabness 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 09:40 to 14:00 Two visits on long walk: at first, mainly clear, occasional squalls; later, clear and very high tide. Quite windy.
Thursday 19 Nov Thorndon CP (North) 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 09:00 to 09:45 Cloudy, occasional clear patches.
Thursday 19 Nov High Ongar 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeding on Berries in Garden) Neil Warner 09:00 to 09:15 Good
Thursday 19 Nov East Tilbury 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 08:15 to 13:00 Cloudy, occasional showers, NW wind, rising tide
Thursday 19 Nov Thorndon CP (South) 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 08:15 to 09:00 Cloudy, some clear patches. Light shower.
Thursday 19 Nov Roman River Valley 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 07:15 to 08:45
Thursday 19 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 110 Siskin, 143 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow, 76 Redpoll sp., 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 16:00 W-NW3-4 Early watch then glances to sea. Movement to south unless stated
Wednesday 18 Nov Laindon 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 14:30 to 15:30 Overcast, breezy. Back garden.
Wednesday 18 Nov Kirby-le-Soken 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 14:15 to 15:30 seawall overlooking Backwaters - high tide just turning
Wednesday 18 Nov High Ongar 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeding on Berries in Garden) Neil Warner 14:00 to 14:15 Good
Wednesday 18 Nov Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary 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 12:00 to 15:45 Sunny periods clouding brief rain shower 3pm but mild 15c light moderate SSW wind Blue Tit at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 18 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) ,
Wednesday 18 Nov East Tilbury 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 12:00 to 13:20 Bright n Breezy turning overcast. Walk: East Tilbury Stn to Goldengates Lake - Highlights - full record on Birdtrack.
Wednesday 18 Nov Thorndon CP (North) 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 09:30 to 10:15 Sunny, warm. Some cloud.
Wednesday 18 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 09:00 to 15:30
Wednesday 18 Nov Little Waltham 5 Blue Tit David Saville 09:00 to 10:00 sunny Blue Tit at Little Waltham on 18 Nov 2020, (David Saville) ,
Wednesday 18 Nov The Hythe, Colchester 1 House Martin Phil Carter 09:00 to 09:05
Wednesday 18 Nov Thorndon CP (South) 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 08:45 to 09:30 Sunny, warm. Some cloud.
Wednesday 18 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 75 Goldfinch, 64 Siskin, 47 Redpoll sp. Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 16:00 SW3-4 Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Movement to south
Tuesday 17 Nov Beeleigh 51 Magpie (All wandering around on maldon golf course fairway next to the canal, more flying in in ones and two's) David Torrice 16:00 to 16:00 Cloudy
Tuesday 17 Nov Thaxted 2 Raven (Croaking noticeably deeper than neighbouring corvids and larger size apparent) Stephen Dutton 15:00 to 15:05 Overcast, breezy
Tuesday 17 Nov Gunners Park, Shoebury 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 13:30 to 15:30 Dry, sun & cloud, SW breeze, 13c. High tide. Sightings with Brenda.
Tuesday 17 Nov Walton-on-The-Naze 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel David Curle 13:00 to 15:15 Windy and overcast. High tide. Hen Harrier at Walton-on-The-Naze on 17 Nov 2020, (David Curle)
Tuesday 17 Nov Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 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 12:15 to 13:15 Heronry Shaw Lake. Mostly cloudy. Kestrel at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 17 Nov 2020, (Jamie Thornton)
Tuesday 17 Nov Jaywick 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 12:00 to 14:00 Mild sunny periods moderate SW wind Sanderling at Jaywick on 17 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler, Nikon ED III 82mm x 3210x50 Kowa) , ,
Tuesday 17 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Marsh Harrier, 5 Rock Pipit James Hudson 10:30 to 15:30
Tuesday 17 Nov Naze, The 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 10:30 to 12:30
Tuesday 17 Nov Laindon 8 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 10:30 to 11:00 Sun & clouds. Back garden.
Tuesday 17 Nov Shoeburyness 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 10:25 to 12:50 Dry, sun & cloud, SW breeze, 15c. High tide 13 34, 6.3 m. Sightings with Brenda. Sanderling at Shoeburyness on 17 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , , , ,
Tuesday 17 Nov Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 1 Great White Egret (Seen from riverside carpark.. ) Dawn James 09:17 to 09:30 Sunny , low tide.
Tuesday 17 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 1 Pink-footed Goose (With Brent Geese) Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 13:00 Sightings by Marion Houlding and Alan Blois Pink-footed Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 17 Nov 2020, (Steve Grimwade)
Tuesday 17 Nov Great Totham 300 Jackdaw (+. Conservative estimate. Regular sighting of post roost(?) flock noisily flying N over garden Great Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 07:00 to 07:10
Monday 16 Nov Arkesden 5 Red Kite Chris Turner 14:00 to 14:30
Monday 16 Nov Brightlingsea 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Knot, 350 Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Curlew, 6 Grey Partridge, 2 Green Woodpecker David Curle 13:30 to 15:15 Windy and overcast. High tide. Rock Pipit at Brightlingsea on 16 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , , , , , , ,
Monday 16 Nov TQ6593 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 10:15 to 10:45 Cloudy with fresh SW wind
Monday 16 Nov Copford 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 10:00 to 11:30 Local patch walk
Monday 16 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 09:30 to 11:30
Monday 16 Nov Westley Heights 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 09:15 to 12:00 Cloudy, some clear patches. Breezy, cool.
Monday 16 Nov Highwood, Mill Green 2 Raven (Works patch sighting first for me here. Flew over from South heading towards Ongar.) Matthew Davison 09:00 to 13:00 Overcast
Monday 16 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 10 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch Andrew Cox 08:45 to 09:15 Cloudy, cool. Lincewoodonly.
Monday 16 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 142 Goldfinch, 64 Siskin, 114 Redpoll sp., 1 Crossbill Paul Brayshaw 07:00 to 16:00 SW3-4 Early watch then glances during the day. Movement to the south
Sunday 15 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 14:45 to 15:30 sunny, stiff breeze then rain stopped play, selected highlights Wig' bay.
Sunday 15 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 11 Fieldfare (Flying over), 3 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Mixed tit flock.) Andrew Cox 14:15 to 15:00 Sunny, then clouding over& rain. Plotlands.
Sunday 15 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 14:00 to 16:30 Selected sightings
Sunday 15 Nov Mistley 1 Osprey (Seen fishing off the quay), 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 14 Pintail, 1 Mediterranean Gull Matt Turner 13:00 to 15:00 Mix of sunshine with cloudy spells Osprey at Mistley on 15 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , , ,
Sunday 15 Nov Abberton Reservoir 1 Caspian Gull (1 cy on point from Gwen's Hide), 3 Stonechat, 5 Great White Egret Sean Nixon 13:00 to 13:00 Sunny and stiff breeze, before cloud and heavy rain (13.00-16.00) Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 15 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , , ,
Sunday 15 Nov Lawford, near Manningtree 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 12:25 to 14:40 Clear sky after earlier heavy rain; wind moderate
Sunday 15 Nov Thundersley 1 Red Kite Mark Willett 11:00 to 11:15
Sunday 15 Nov Colchester 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 10:00 to 11:30 Cymbeline Meadows
Sunday 15 Nov TL9324 1 Siskin (Male on feeders. First in garden since March 2020.) Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 09:00 Garden sightings
Sunday 15 Nov Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 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 08:30 to 13:45 Bands of heavy rain, strong SW wind, rising tide, very few birds around
Sunday 15 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 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 07:00 to 16:00 SSW6-7, later SW4, heavy rain for a time. Movement to south unless stated
Saturday 14 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 2 Raven (12.00-15.45 visit), 1 Whimbrel (Along Tollesbury channel. Slightly anomylous bird, but gave whimbrel call.), 7 Marsh Harrier Sean Nixon 12:00 to 13:00 Grey and mild. Raven at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 14 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , , ,
Saturday 14 Nov Abberton Reservoir 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 11:00 to 16:00 Cloudy
Saturday 14 Nov Ardleigh Reservoir 1 Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail Matt Turner 10:30 to 12:00
Saturday 14 Nov South Woodham Ferrers 1 Lesser Redpoll (flying about Washlands LNR calling) Alan Shearring 10:30 to 10:30 Drizzle
Saturday 14 Nov Mistley 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 10:00 to 10:15 Overcast, breezy, mild, water high, fairly quiet on the water bar the late Osprey
Saturday 14 Nov Westley Heights 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 08:45 to 11:45 Overcast, occasional clear patches. Some light showers. Mild.
Saturday 14 Nov East Tilbury 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 08:15 to 13:00 Rising tide, broken cloud, S wind, occasional rain
Saturday 14 Nov Frinton-on-Sea 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 07:00 to 13:00 S5-6, selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Saturday 14 Nov Naze, The 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 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!)
Friday 13 Nov Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 1 Pintail (Female found by D Cousins ) Brian Bolton 15:30 to 16:30 Overcast and chilly Pintail at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Nov 2020, (Brian Bolton) ,
Friday 13 Nov Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 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 15:15 to 16:00 Clear and cloudy, slight breeze, sightings from white gate only
Friday 13 Nov WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 1 Dartford Warbler Clive Atkins 14:00 to 14:10
Friday 13 Nov Stow Marsh 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 13:30 to 15:30 Nice mild sunny afternoon. SW wind tide going out. Common seal in Crouch.
Friday 13 Nov Thorndon CP (North) 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll Andrew Cox 11:00 to 11:30 Cloudy, occasional sun.
Friday 13 Nov Kelvedon Hatch 1 Raven (Seen calling from top of BT mast for c15 minutes at least) David Jobbins 10:45 to 11:00
Friday 13 Nov Thorndon CP (South) 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch Andrew Cox 10:15 to 11:00 Cloudy, occasional sun. Some light showers.
Friday 13 Nov Abberton Reservoir 1 Pintail (White cheeked pintail One on layer Breton causeway) Daryl Morgan 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Nov 2020, (Daryl Morgan)
Friday 13 Nov Laindon 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Greenfinch (At least.), 11 Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.) Andrew Cox 08:00 to 09:00
Thursday 12 Nov Maldon 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, by C&B Navigation, Elms Farm Park.) Malcolm Corbett 16:00 to 16:00
Thursday 12 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 13:00 to 16:30
Thursday 12 Nov Terling 5 Fieldfare (In bush next to lane) Martin Iddon 12:00 to 12:05 Patchy sun with light breeze
Thursday 12 Nov Maldon 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Rock Pipit, 291 Avocet (+/-) David L Smith 10:30 to 15:00 From The Prom, falling tide Avocet at Maldon on 12 Nov 2020, (David L Smith) ,
Thursday 12 Nov Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 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 10:30 to 12:30 Bright & breezy - Ebbing Tide Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , ,
Thursday 12 Nov Chigborough Lakes 5 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 30 Cormorant, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only (thanks GHB)), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch Malcolm Corbett 10:05 to 11:30 Sunny, brisk SW wind. Little about.
Thursday 12 Nov Dovercourt 2 Marsh Harrier (One adult female, one probably juv male.), 82 Brent Goose, 2 Sanderling (Irlam's Point), 20 Grey Plover Simon Banks 09:40 to 12:00 Mild, sunny
Thursday 12 Nov Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 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 09:10 to 10:05 And 11:30 to 12:00. Cloud clearing to blue sky, brisk SW wind.
Thursday 12 Nov Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 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 09:00 to 13:00
Thursday 12 Nov Little Waltham 10 Yellowhammer David Saville 09:00 to 13:00 sunny Yellowhammer at Little Waltham on 12 Nov 2020, (David Saville, ) ,
Thursday 12 Nov Colne Pt 2 Peregrine Falcon (big imm female and ad male), 3 Stonechat Richard Allen 09:00 to 13:00
Thursday 12 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 09:00 to 13:00 Bright and a little breezy
Thursday 12 Nov TQ5993 1 Blackcap (Female in back garden holly tree this morning, Brentwood ) Andrew Stroud 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny
Thursday 12 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 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 09:00 to 12:45 Sunny, breezy, mid. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
Wednesday 11 Nov Copt Hall, Little Wigborough 1 Short-eared Owl (Sitting on bushes towards Abbotts Farm), 25 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker David Allen 14:30 to 16:15 Pleasant.
Wednesday 11 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 75 Fieldfare (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch Andrew Cox 14:15 to 15:15 Cloudy, breezy. Lincewood/ Great Berry.
Wednesday 11 Nov Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Cormorant (Flying north), 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackbird (Male, feeding on berries), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing (Flew off with possible three others), 1 Kestrel (South side of lake perched on treetop), 1 Chaffinch (Male), 1 Buzzard (Other side of railway line perched on treetop), 1 Long-tailed Tit (Heard), 1 Magpie, 1 Robin Jamie Thornton 12:15 to 13:15 Heronry Shaw Lake. Overcast. Buzzard at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 11 Nov 2020, (Jamie Thornton)
Wednesday 11 Nov The Naze at Walton 1 Great White Egret (Flew South.) Darrell Stile 11:26 to 11:27
Wednesday 11 Nov Laindon 2 Collared Dove, 1 Robin, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit (At least.), 5 Chaffinch (At least.), 6 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 11:00 to 12:00 Cloudy, cold.
Wednesday 11 Nov Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and adult female), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 9 Stonechat, 7 Rock Pipit, 2500 Golden Plover, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Sandpiper Steve Grimwade 09:00 to 13:00 Full circuit
Wednesday 11 Nov Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 19 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 20 Goldfinch (At least. Feeding on ash keys.) Andrew Cox 08:15 to 09:15 Murky, damp,cool. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Wednesday 11 Nov Shrub End 1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel (sitting on a fence post), 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbed by jackdaw), 10 Meadow Pipit (small flock), 27 Starling (all in the garden), 1 Common Gull (with 10 black headed gulls on neighbouring roof), 2 Coal Tit Oliver Cottis 07:30 to 13:00
Wednesday 11 Nov Abberton Reservoir 4 Cattle Egret (Left roost at 6.50am and headed to fields to feed), 2 Red-necked Grebe (Hide Bay (found by Daryl Rhymes)), 1 Grey Partridge (Sadly found as roadkill on LDLH cway), 3 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Great White Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier Steve Grimwade 06:45 to 15:00 Early and late visits