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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
Tuesday 02 Jun Great Totham 15 Swift (At least. Together over Gt. Totham South, screaming briefly.) Malcolm Corbett 21:00 to 21:10 Cool, clear sky.
Tuesday 02 Jun Epping 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (possibly 5. in trees behind Buckingham Road/Lower Bury Lane area, then took flight chasing Jackdaws. Seem to be favouring this area, but most I've seen at once) Graham Pentelow 20:15 to 20:15 Sunny, calm, warm
Tuesday 02 Jun TQ5993 1 Red Kite (flew high heading north over Brentwood ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (circling over Brentwood. ), 3 Swift, 3 Magpie (One taking early plums on tree as food) Andrew Stroud 15:45 to 16:30
Tuesday 02 Jun Laindon 1 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 8 Swift, 6 Blue Tit (Adult & five young.), 3 Great Tit (At least. Adult & two young.), 1 Chaffinch (Male.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair.), 3 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 14:00 to 18:00 Sunny, warm. Back garden.
Tuesday 02 Jun Epping 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Lindsey Street pumping station), 12 Swift (+ above junction of B181 & B182 Lindsey Street & Bury Lane & 4 @ Shaftesbury Farm. Good to finally see regular counts of hirundines. Juvenile fox peeped out of hedge/cover South of the farm), 1 Buzzard (same location), 6 House Martin (+ @ Shaftesbury Farm), 6 Swallow (+ @ Shaftesbury Farm. Pair at Lindsey Street pumping station) Graham Pentelow 13:15 to 14:15 Warm & bright sunshine, light cloud
Tuesday 02 Jun Goldhanger 1 Turtle Dove (Purring at end of playing field furthest from road.) Martin Iddon 12:00 to 13:00 Hot with a light breeze
Tuesday 02 Jun Galleywood, near Chelmsford 1 Red Kite (High over garden drifting East.) Kevin Cook 11:35 to 11:37 Blue skies and clouds.
Tuesday 02 Jun Whetmead NR, nr Witham 2 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 20 Swift (+ Screaming party), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only ), 8 Mute Swan (Parents + cygnets) David L Smith 10:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 02 Jun Colchester 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult with downy chick on opposite side of water tower to previous nest sites.), 6 Swift Michael Padmore 10:00 to 10:30
Tuesday 02 Jun Rivenhall End 1 Red Kite (Drifting west over A12) Steve Grimwade 09:45 to 09:45
Tuesday 02 Jun Epping 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (in top of tree by Epping Tennis club) Graham Pentelow 09:25 to 09:25 Sunny, light cloud, warm
Tuesday 02 Jun Westley Heights 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nest, near Lee Chapel Lane entrance.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing male, nearby garden.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.. ), 4 Goldfinch (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:15 to 08:00 Sunny, warm.
Monday 01 Jun Alresford 1 Turtle Dove (heard purring off Ford Lane at gravel workings), 2 Little Owl (pair with nest, at least 1 young), 2 Tawny Owl (pair duetting) Richard Allen 20:00 to 21:45
Monday 01 Jun Elsenham Hall, near Stansted Mountfitchett 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew low over garden calling loudly ) Michael Rimmell 19:30 to 19:35 Bright clear and warm, light easterly breeze
Monday 01 Jun Brightlingsea 1 Mediterranean Gull (1s bird ), 2 Little Tern (Very distant in flight past East Mersea, bins view only but small and fast wingbeats), 1 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Cuckoo (Heard), 1 Skylark (Heard), 2 Swift, 2 Little Egret, 1 House Martin Matt Turner 15:00 to 16:00 Picnic lunch by the tower, sunny with slight breeze, tide out
Monday 01 Jun Abberton Reservoir 2 Turtle Dove (pair in tree SW of Layer Breton causeway behind weir), 1 Great White Egret (from Layer Church in Hide Bay), 1 Mandarin Duck (male LBC), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 14 Egyptian Goose, 3 Nightingale (by reserve gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (in reeds on LBC), 2 Goldeneye (females LBC), 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Little Egret, 230 Mute Swan (all in Wigborough Bay), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow (no other hirundines seen), 2 Corn Bunting (Billets Farm screen), 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck David Allen 11:05 to 14:20 Beautifully sunny. Light wind.
Monday 01 Jun Wintry Wood, Epping Forest 3 Mandarin Duck (3 adult females with 3 broods totalling 17 ducklings), 2 Mallard (Male and female with 3 ducklings), 2 Canada Goose (Pair with 6 goslings), 2 Moorhen (2 adults seen but no chicks observed), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch Roger Emmens 10:40 to 12:00 Warm, sunny
Monday 01 Jun Writtle 1 Kestrel, 4 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch, 4 House Martin, 12 Swift, 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Robin Stuart Anderson 10:15 to 11:00 Hot & Sunny - All sightings on or around Titchmarsh Reservoir
Monday 01 Jun Thorndon CP (North) 1 Kestrel (Chasing jacksaw away from nest site used last year.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including two occupied nests.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing male plus a female carrying food from 2nd territory.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 1 Linnet (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 10:00 to 11:00 Sunny, warm.
Monday 01 Jun Thorndon CP (South) 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One occupied nest.), 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Pair.) Andrew Cox 09:00 to 10:00 Sunny, warm.
Monday 01 Jun Frinton-on-Sea 141 Brent Goose (late movement continuing a bit later this year! 5 flocks), 2 Kittiwake, 1 Hobby (in off @ 0950) Paul Brayshaw 05:00 to 18:00 NE2 0/8. Movement to north
Sunday 31 May TQ5893 25 Starling (flock flew over Ongar Road, Brentwood ) Andrew Stroud 17:00 to 17:00
Sunday 31 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Nightingale, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail Paul Chamberlain 12:15 to 13:30 Sunny with light breeze. Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) ,
Sunday 31 May Warley 1 Red Kite (One flew north over Clements Park) Andrew Stroud 11:30 to 11:30
Sunday 31 May Abberton Reservoir 1 Great Crested Grebe (Greatt Crested Grebe on nest East of Abberton Causeway) Michael Davies 11:00 to 13:00 Sunny, strong Easterly wind Great Crested Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 31 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
Sunday 31 May Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 6 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Pair, one sitting for the third year running, failed every time!), 6 Pochard (Four, one drake, Golden Gates, two, one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip), 29 Tufted Duck (14, nine drakes, Golden Gates, 15, 11 drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 78 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 16 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Cuckoo (Male, Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Little Egret (Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 20 Sand Martin (Golden Gates) Paul Larkin 10:00 to 13:15 Fine and sunny, E breeze, HT
Sunday 31 May Layer Breton 4 Mute Swan (Cygnets by Layer Breton Causeway), 3 Greylag Goose (Sleeping in lee of Layer Breton Causeway) Michael Davies 10:00 to 13:00 Sunny, strong Easterly wind Mute Swan at Layer Breton on 31 May 2020, (Michael Davies) ,
Sunday 31 May TQ5893 5 Greenfinch (St Faiths Park. Flock of 4 & a single), 18 Starling (Flock of 10 St Faiths pk & 8 Sawyers Hall Lane), 18 House Martin (Estimated nesting pairs: 5 Brentwood School (Ingrave Road), 4 Greenshaw, 2 Highwood Hospital) Andrew Stroud 09:00 to 13:00 Sunny
Sunday 31 May Wrabness 4 Turtle Dove, 1 Buzzard, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 42 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff Paul Chamberlain 08:00 to 11:00 Sunny with light breeze Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , , , , , ,
Sunday 31 May Stanford Warren 1 Cuckoo (Female), 1 Nightingale (Occasional song from footpath near railway crossing to Rainbow Lane) Paul Larkin 07:45 to 09:00 Fine and sunny, E breeze, HT
Sunday 31 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest in Mark's Hill. Previously recorded site.), 2 Song Thrush, 6 Whitethroat (Singing males, all Willow Park.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male. Lincewood.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing male, Lincewood.) Andrew Cox 06:45 to 08:30 Sunny, warm. Willow Park, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
Sunday 31 May Frinton-on-Sea 130 Brent Goose, 2 Eider (ff) Paul Brayshaw 05:30 to 20:00 NE1-6 0/8. Movement to north, selected totals
Saturday 30 May Writtle 1 Little Owl, 2 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 9 Mallard (Including 5 ducklings), 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit (Heard Only), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard Only), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 House Martin, 1 Swift (+.), 8 Magpie (In one group.), 4 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir) Andrew Allen 18:30 to 20:45 Sunny. Selected avian highlights. 14 species heard only in total
Saturday 30 May North Weald 1 Yellowhammer (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 25 Swift (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Swallow (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Whitethroat (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Mallard (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 2 Chiffchaff (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 8 Stock Dove (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 9 Wood Pigeon (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 2 Little Egret (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve) Melvin Shepherd-Wells 14:00 to 16:00 Hot sunny light breeze
Saturday 30 May Copford 1 Red Kite Emma Robinson 12:00 to 12:00 Local patch walk
Saturday 30 May Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Swallow (At least. Dry Street territory.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (At least. Adult with fledged young near horse paddock. Adult feeding at least one young at a nest hole in Coombe Wood; 4th nest hole located this year.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 07:30 to 09:15 Sunny, warm.
Saturday 30 May Frinton-on-Sea 87 Brent Goose Paul Brayshaw 05:30 to 18:00 E2-3 0/8. Movement to north. Selected totals
Friday 29 May Wickford 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose Les Finn 18:00 to 19:00 Sunny, mild breeze
Friday 29 May Black Notley 1 Hobby (over garden at 4.50p.m. circling for a while and moving S.) George Brown 16:45 to 16:50 Sunny and warm, E wind.
Friday 29 May Laindon 6 Blue Tit (One adult & at least five young.), 4 Goldfinch (Two adults, two young.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 House Sparrow (Pair.) Andrew Cox 16:30 to 17:30 Sunny, warm. Back garden.
Friday 29 May Coopersale 2 Mistle Thrush (Mobbing a Buzzard perched in the canopy), 1 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail (Feeding on Coopersale cricket pitch), 1 Jay Roger Emmens 14:00 to 15:00 (Gernon Bushes NR) Warm, sunny
Friday 29 May Wintry Wood, Epping Forest 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least 2 of these were juveniles still being fed), 2 Mallard (Pair with brood of at least 4 ducklings (different pond and brood from that reported yesterday)) Roger Emmens 13:00 to 14:00 Warm, sunny
Friday 29 May Thorndon CP (North) 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nests.), 4 Swallow (At least. Hatch Farm area.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least one adult with at least two fledged young.), 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet (Two pairs.), 1 Bullfinch (Male.) Andrew Cox 12:45 to 14:00 Sunny, hot.
Friday 29 May Epping 4 Coal Tit (Parent feeding 3 young in fruit tree above my head, back garden Crows Road) Graham Pentelow 12:30 to 12:45 Warm & bright sunshine
Friday 29 May Wickford 1 Buzzard, 2 Carrion Crow (Harassing Buzzard at height over garden. ), 1 Red Kite (Fleeing from Buzzard/Crow aggro.), 4 Swift David Hale 11:30 to 11:35 Dry, hot, clear skies. Garden sightings with Brenda. Buzzard at Wickford on 29 May 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) ,
Friday 29 May Wrabness 1 Hobby (Hawking over sheep fields near first hide), 10 House Martin (Feeding over sheep field with sandmartin) Kevin Tunnicliffe 10:30 to 11:40 Dry sunny warm
Friday 29 May Epping 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Low overhead on path behind St Johns High School near Lower Bury Lane & Epping Tennis Club) Graham Pentelow 10:15 to 10:15 Cool breeze, bright sunshine
Friday 29 May Friday Wood 5 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo Yvonne Watling 10:00 to 13:00 Warm
Friday 29 May Nayland 1 Red Kite (Two sightings 15 minutes apart, probably the same bird) Steve Hallam 10:00 to 10:15 Sunny
Friday 29 May Broomfield, Chelmsford 4 Swift (Two swift boxes being used in my garden) Kevin Poulton 09:00 to 13:00
Friday 29 May Great Totham 1 Buzzard (South Wood, briefly harassed by Kestrel.), 1 Cuckoo (Calling, Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swift (St. Peter's Church.), 1 Kestrel (South Wood, briefly harassing Buzzard.), 4 Jackdaw (+. Two pair feeding young, chimney pots, Prince of Wales Road.), 1 Skylark (Singing over horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Swallow (Sains Hall.), 2 House Sparrow (Breeding? St. Peter's Church tower.), 1 Linnet (Male calling, Totham Pit scrubland.), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing, Sains Farm) Malcolm Corbett 09:00 to 10:15 Sunny, light E wind. With Jake.
Friday 29 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Males, one singing; one carrying food.) Andrew Cox 06:45 to 07:45 Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Friday 29 May TQ5993 10 House Martin (Brentwood School Ingrave Road), 2 Swift, 2 Treecreeper (Shenfield Common), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker Andrew Stroud 06:30 to 13:00
Friday 29 May Naze, The 2 Sparrowhawk, 21 Whitethroat (Singing ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ) Brian Combes 05:45 to 08:45 warm, high tide, easterly wind, clear - 18 species in song
Friday 29 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Nightingale, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Little Gull (1st summer), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck (Males), 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Goldeneye (Female), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 27 Black-tailed Godwit (2 groups high north), 10 Yellow Wagtail, 130 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Egyptian Goose, 3 Barnacle Goose, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel Steve Grimwade 04:40 to 08:30
Thursday 28 May Epping 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew down Shaftesbury Road from Lindsey Street), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Possible, heard potential calls from gardens between Crows Road & Tower Road throughout past couple of days) Graham Pentelow 19:45 to 19:45 Breezy, sunny
Thursday 28 May South Weald 2 Mandarin Duck (Pair flew out of wooded area by cricket ground), 1 Buzzard Andrew Stroud 18:00 to 20:00
Thursday 28 May Wrabness 1 Cuckoo (Very Vocal and very good sighting) Peter Brittain 15:30 to 15:30 Very nice
Thursday 28 May Wintry Wood, Epping Forest 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 70 Rook (Flock feeding on forest floor), 20 Jackdaw, 1 Mallard (Adult male with 5 ducklings), 1 Mandarin Duck (Adult female with 5 ducklings), 2 Moorhen (Pair with at least 3 chicks) Roger Emmens 14:00 to 16:00 Fine, warm
Thursday 28 May Danbury Common 5 Nightingale (Three adults and two recently fledged juveniles seen that lingered along the edge of the gravel path. One adult seen giving alarming calls at a Magpie and two Jays that were searching the gorse. The peep alarm call was so persistent that at first though I was hearing a ‘Tree frog’.), 10 Chiffchaff (Perhaps more. Four singing males, five calling birds and an adult carrying food.), 5 Blackcap (Singing males.), 2 Buzzard Robert Pease 13:00 to 14:30 Sunshine, warm with a SE breeze.
Thursday 28 May Chignall St James 2 Cuckoo (Pair seen in flight and one heard bubbling. Meadows to the immediate west of the village.) Alan Roscoe 12:45 to 13:00 Bright and still
Thursday 28 May Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Common Tern (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates) Paul Larkin 12:30 to 13:00 Fine and sunny, E wind
Thursday 28 May Epping 1 Red Kite (low over my head over Epping Foresters cricket ground, chased by corvids!), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling from woodland either side of Green Ride track, ca 0.5 miles south of Bell Common tunnel) Graham Pentelow 11:30 to 12:00 Sunny, light cloud, warm
Thursday 28 May Abberton Reservoir 1 Buzzard (Visitors Centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH), 1 Kestrel (LDLH), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Both Causeways), 2 Common Tern, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (North path between causeways), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB), 4 Egyptian Goose (LB), 1 Shelduck (LB), 1 Goldeneye (Female, LB), 1 Pochard (Male, LB), 6 Wigeon (LB), 1 Shoveler (Male, LB), 1 Kingfisher (LB), 1 Yellowhammer (LB), 1 Marsh Harrier (LB), 2 Cuckoo (Both causeways), 1 Reed Bunting (male singing, LB), 1 Reed Warbler (LB), 1 Cetti's Warbler (LB, heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB, heard), 3 Nightingale (heard), 1 Willow Warbler (heard on the North path between causeways) Oliver Cottis 10:30 to 13:30 Hot and sunny. Walked the loop around the causeways.
Thursday 28 May Fordham 1 Red Kite (Adult flew south over Essex Way footpath) Steve Grimwade 10:00 to 13:00
Thursday 28 May Ingatestone 1 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite Graham Smith 09:00 to 13:00 Garden
Thursday 28 May Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 60 Greylag Goose (+. Inc. eleven young.), 4 Mute Swan (Two pair, one with three cygnets, other nesting.), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with two well grown young.), 2 Shelduck (Resting on barn roof.), 4 Mallard (Females with 28 young [5, 6, 8, 9]), 11 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 4 Moorhen (+. Two pair with six young [4, 2]), 6 Coot (+. Three pair, two with young [3, 4], one nest building. ), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo (At least. Two calling, one from Chig. Lakes. Pair seen flying together.), 1 Barn Owl, 6 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 20 Starling (+.), 2 Reed Bunting (Males.) Malcolm Corbett 08:55 to 11:20 Sunny, fresh E. wind.
Thursday 28 May Wivenhoe 2 Oystercatcher (Flying downstream), 2 Mute Swan (Feeding on grass on bank of River Colner), 2 Mallard (Guarding her mate in the reeds) Michael Davies 08:30 to 13:00 Sunny, light cloud, tide half ebb Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 28 May 2020, (Michael Davies) , ,
Thursday 28 May East Tilbury 430 Shelduck, 5 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs with broods of 3 and one), 4 Cuckoo (At least one female), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type.) Paul Larkin 07:30 to 13:30 Fine and sunny, E wind, falling tide
Thursday 28 May Westley Heights 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (At least. Near horse paddock nest site.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:00 Sunny, warm.
Wednesday 27 May TM0520 2 Nightingale John Thorogood 18:30 to 19:30
Wednesday 27 May Dunton 1 Cuckoo (Calling frequently and mobile but mostly SE Corner S.Essex Golf Course, Herongate) David Cornwell 17:50 to 20:00 Warm, Sunny
Wednesday 27 May The Hythe, Colchester 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard, 4 Greenshank, 6 Avocet, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Shelduck, 25 Swift, 1 House Martin, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Sedge Warbler Matt Turner 16:00 to 18:00 Black-tailed Godwit at The Hythe, Colchester on 27 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , ,
Wednesday 27 May Broomfield, Chelmsford 7 Swift Bruce Brown 11:45 to 13:00 sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
Wednesday 27 May Abberton Reservoir 4 Nightingale (At least. Very vocal. Crossing Old Road, at times in pairs.), 2 Blackcap (Males. Lot's of birdsong along Old Road.), 4 Chiffchaff (2 seen. ), 1 Cuckoo (Old Road, heard only.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Circa, family flock.), 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 pair each end of LDHC. ), 3 Linnet (Adult males, LDHC.), 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Whitethroat (Nesting pair, LBC.), 1 Reed Bunting (Back & forth to nest site, LBC.), 20 Little Egret (Circa, LBC.), 14 Grey Heron (At least.), 1 Cattle Egret (Heading for Heronry, LBC.), 8 Shoveler (4 pair.) David Hale 10:30 to 14:30 Dry, hot, sunny. Sightings with Brenda.
Wednesday 27 May Mountnessing 1 Grey Heron, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Skylark, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (including 1 active nest TQ6497), 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven (mobbed by carrion crow), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 pair TQ6596), 4 Reed Bunting, 10 Swallow (+), 1 Sedge Warbler (singing, TQ6698) Simon Satchell 09:15 to 13:30 the country park to the east. Swallow at Mountnessing on 27 May 2020, (Simon Satchell)
Wednesday 27 May Goldhanger 1 Cuckoo (Near mooring area) Martin Iddon 09:15 to 09:20 Warm with light breeze
Wednesday 27 May Goldhanger 1 Turtle Dove (Calling near moorings) Martin Iddon 09:00 to 10:30 Warm with light breeze
Wednesday 27 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Stunning summer plumage), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Heard only), 2 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo Matt Turner 07:30 to 11:00 Sunny with light cloud, calm. Selected sightings
Wednesday 27 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest near visitor centre site; 2nd for Plotlands, 5th for EWT reserve.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:00 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands
Wednesday 27 May Beeleigh 1 Teal (Drake), 2 Mute Swan (Pair with cygnets), 1 Goldcrest (Singing male), 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jay, 2 Reed Warbler Tony Kennelly 06:45 to 07:00 Beeleigh Weir
Wednesday 27 May Maldon 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male on telegraph wires in fields between mundon & Fambridge roads, heard then seen from Limebrook way.), 1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof tops of industrial estate), 20 Swift, 1 Kestrel (Male hunting over seawall by Tesco), 1 Cuckoo (Heard over elms farm park & golf course) Tony Kennelly 05:00 to 08:00
Tuesday 26 May Braintree 8 Swift (Calling high over garden in Notley Rd. Better late than never. A strong case can be made for some boxes on or near St.Michaels church.) Martin Iddon 13:30 to 13:30 Hot and very humid
Tuesday 26 May Abberton Reservoir 20 Little Egret (On nests), 10 Grey Heron, 1 Cattle Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 50 Cormorant (On nest), 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 20 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Swan, 50 Mute Swan Yvonne Watling 12:30 to 15:00 Sunny
Tuesday 26 May Epping 1 Red Kite (Drifting high above Swaines Green & away east of Epping), 1 Cormorant (Flying east over Watermelon playing fields) Graham Pentelow 10:20 to 10:40 Sunny, light cloud, warm
Tuesday 26 May Copford 1 Red Kite Emma Robinson 09:15 to 09:15
Tuesday 26 May Kelvedon Hatch 1 Red Kite (West towards Navestock), 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap David Jobbins 09:00 to 10:30
Tuesday 26 May Rayne 1 Reed Warbler (Singing in garden (garden tick)), 1 Blue Tit (Adults feeding fledged young on greenfly one honeysuckle), 8 Swift (Screaming party over garden) Andrew Goodey 07:45 to 07:45 Sunny clear
Tuesday 26 May Abberton Reservoir 20 Little Egret (At Least), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (LDLH Causeway), 1 Buzzard (Woodmouse trail), 1 Sparrowhawk (LDLH Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female -Perched on Visitors centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Cuckoo (At least - including a very Rufus female), 1 Mistle Thrush (LDLH Causeway), 1 Song Thrush (Woodmouse trail), 3 Nightingale (Old road -glimpses across the road, plus at least another 2 singing males), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Garden Warbler (At least ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (At least), 10 Yellow Wagtail (At least), 2 Bullfinch (Old Road), 7 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway and Woodmouse trail - 69 Species recorded) Mick Woodruff 07:00 to 15:00 Clear blue sky becoming partly cloudy 25c
Tuesday 26 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including one active nest in Marks Hill; 4th for EWT reserve.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 06:45 to 08:15 Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
Tuesday 26 May Frinton-on-Sea 1 Red-footed Falcon (1st summer male from 2028-2032 over coastal strip before being seen off to the north by the local Kestrel. I have retrieving the washing to thank for this sighting!), 5 Mediterranean Gull (minimum count of adults along beach and greensward during the day) Paul Brayshaw 05:45 to 20:45 Ne-NE3 0-8/8 high cloud. Selected totals
Monday 25 May Epping 6 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road, just south of junction with Lindsey Street), 4 Swift (same location) Graham Pentelow 19:30 to 20:00 Calm, warm, light cloud
Monday 25 May TQ5993 1 Red Kite (Drifted east over garden), 12 Swift (Small groups around Brentwood station area) Andrew Stroud 17:00 to 19:00 Sunny
Monday 25 May TL9622 1 Nightingale (In song in a location used for a number of seasons) John Thorogood 16:00 to 16:15 Very warm and sunny
Monday 25 May Epping 1 Swallow (Shaftesbury Farm), 1 Buzzard (Drifting west towards B181/B182 junction west of Lindsey Street) Graham Pentelow 13:30 to 14:00 Sunny, very warm, light cloud
Monday 25 May Galleywood, near Chelmsford 1 House Martin (Circled the garden a couple of times.), 6 Swift (Circling over territory on the estate all the time now.) Kevin Cook 11:50 to 11:50 Sunny with the odd cloud.
Monday 25 May Wickford 2 Buzzard (2 Circling high over the wick estate. 1 was being mobbed by a crow) Les Finn 11:00 to 13:00 Sunny, hot, low breeze
Monday 25 May Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Cuckoo (Outside the wood) Martin Iddon 11:00 to 11:30 Hot and still
Monday 25 May Broomfield, Chelmsford 3 Swift Bruce Brown 10:45 to 13:00 sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
Monday 25 May Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham 1 Treecreeper, 1 Blackcap (Feeding young in nest very low to ground) Martin Iddon 10:30 to 10:30 Hot and still
Monday 25 May Copford 1 Nightingale (Distant brief song) Emma Robinson 10:30 to 10:30
Monday 25 May Galleywood, near Chelmsford 1 Red Kite (Flying high over house on Tile Kiln Estate) Janice Bright 09:25 to 09:30 Sunny & Clear sky Red Kite at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 25 May 2020, (Janice Bright) ,
Monday 25 May West Mersea 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo (heard distantly), 1 Great White Egret (On the shoreline. Views were with binoculars only but sure of ID), 2 Whitethroat (both heard) Oliver Cottis 09:00 to 13:00 Hot and sunny. Beach walk along Seaview to Waldegraves. Low tide.
Monday 25 May Wrabness 3 Turtle Dove (At least 3 birds seen/heard, maybe more), 3 Nightingale, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 10 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo Matt Turner 08:00 to 12:00 Warm and sunny Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , , ,
Monday 25 May Heybridge GP 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Colony is mixed but LBB predominates. At least 17 prs vs at least 6 prs of Herring Gull), 6 Herring Gull John Buchanan 07:30 to 08:00 Search for nesting larger gulls. In past were on roof of Recycling Centre, this year on smaller rooves to west of The Causeway
Monday 25 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Kestrel (Near Tescos.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult carrying food, active nest.), 2 Swallow (Probable nest site on Lower Dunton Road.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least. At least one family party, close to lake.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:15 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands & Great Berry
Monday 25 May Frinton-on-Sea 119 Brent Goose (Four flocks, two of which swam north!), 1 Serin (Calling bird N over the back garden @ 1420) Paul Brayshaw 06:00 to 20:00 SE1 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north
Monday 25 May Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Garganey (Drake on main pool), 4 Bearded Tit (2 pairs, 1 with fledglings), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), 1 Buzzard (On pylon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 6 Oystercatcher (Pair with chicks), 10 Lapwing (Pairs with chicks), 3 Wigeon (1 drake & 2 ducks), 3 Water Rail, 1 Swift (3 Drinking passes in front of me, my first seen) Tony Kennelly 05:45 to 08:30
Sunday 24 May Epping 1 Red Kite (Drifting west over Swaines Green towards Bury Lane), 6 Blackcap (at least, multiple sites on the footpath loop following the perimeter of field inside of B181 & B182 west of Shaftesbury Farm), 2 Song Thrush (same location), 3 Skylark (same location) Graham Pentelow 19:45 to 20:45 Sunny, calm, warm
Sunday 24 May Tiptree 1 Nightingale (Singing, near carpark.) Malcolm Corbett 17:00 to 17:00 Overcast, warm. Tiptree Heath EWT.
Sunday 24 May Thorndon CP (North) 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two active nests.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.) Andrew Cox 15:30 to 16:30 Sun, some cloud. Warm.
Sunday 24 May Great Totham 3 Swift (Together over Gt. Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 14:30 to 14:30 Overcast.
Sunday 24 May Colchester 1 Red Kite (Over Hilly Fields), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Balkerne Hill) Sean Nixon 12:30 to 12:45
Sunday 24 May TL7205 1 Red Kite (drifted east - mobbed by two black-headed gulls), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel Sean Gregory 12:15 to 13:00 overcast, breezy
Sunday 24 May Writtle 1 Red Kite (Over Writtle College ), 1 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 1 Kestrel (Sturgeons Farm), 2 Song Thrush (Heard Only) Andrew Allen 10:30 to 13:00 Bright with a breeze. Red Fox, Grey Squirrel & Rabbits seen. Selected avian highlights.
Sunday 24 May Friday Wood 5 Nightingale, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Jay, 8 Swift, 2 Swallow Yvonne Watling 10:00 to 12:00 Sunny and windy
Sunday 24 May Copford 1 Red Kite (Thanks to Emma Robinson for finding it and for the call!), 9 Swift, 5 House Martin, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest Steve Grimwade 09:30 to 11:00 Local patch walk
Sunday 24 May Great Baddow, Chelmsford 1 Barn Owl (Flying on grass field near fishing lake ), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite (Flew east ) David Pallash 09:00 to 21:00
Sunday 24 May Richmond's Green, Thaxted 1 Red Kite (Feeding in garden on scraps) Elizabeth Leeder 09:00 to 10:00 Cloudy & warm
Sunday 24 May Great Totham 2 Mute Swan (Pair with recent cygnets. Totham Pit.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Bog Grove.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), 2 Yellowhammer (M & F, Church Road.) Malcolm Corbett 08:20 to 09:25 Cloudy.
Sunday 24 May Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over the tip), 1 Buzzard (Over the tip), 33 Swift (Over the tip), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 56 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including six drakes, Golden Gates), 34 Tufted Duck (12, eight drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates), 23 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Including two males Golden Gates), 32 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 31 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 2 Avocet (In the managed retreat) Paul Larkin 08:00 to 13:45 Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
Sunday 24 May Braintree 1 Jay (Flew across Notley Road from Hoppits Mead reserve) Martin Iddon 08:00 to 08:00 Warm and breezy
Sunday 24 May Westley Heights 2 Buzzard (Adult with nearby nest. One young calling.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two calling in Hall Wood. One active nest behind the Crown. Fourth found in C. Park this season.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 3 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.. ), 6 Nuthatch (Pair visiting nest hole in The Park. At least one young visible at entrance. Adult collecting food in Coombe Wood. At least one adult & one fledged young in Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least. Pair, Dry Street meadow.), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Coombe Wood.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 09:15 Cloudy, cool. Becoming sunnier& warmer.
Sunday 24 May Frinton-on-Sea 2 Fulmar (North), 34 Brent Goose (North), 312 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 14 Sand Martin, 102 Swift, 5 Crossbill, 2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Pochard (Male @ 1511 - less than annual passing offshore) Paul Brayshaw 05:30 to 20:00 W5-6 8/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Sunday 24 May Abberton Reservoir 7 Nightingale (1 LBC, 2 LdlHC, 4 old road), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Goldeneye (2 females west of LBC), 1 Cattle Egret (LBC heronry), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair LdlHC), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over LdlHC), 1 Wigeon (Drake East of LBC), 2 Cuckoo (1 at each causeway), 1 Yellowhammer (Male LBC weir) Tony Kennelly 05:30 to 08:30
Saturday 23 May Colchester 1 Hobby (Hunting over Keepers Green and golf course) Steve Hallam 18:00 to 18:00 Sunny - very windy
Saturday 23 May Tiptree 1 Red Kite (Driven east by single corvid.), 5 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail Malcolm Corbett 16:10 to 16:50 Tiptree Heath EWT
Saturday 23 May Abberton Reservoir 3 Nightingale (Heard), 5 Grey Heron, 40 Swift (+), 2 Goldeneye (Females off LBC), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), 1 Cuckoo (Heard LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard (Heard only), 4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Cattle Egret (Adult breeding plumage in Egret roost LBC) Matt Turner 14:00 to 18:00 Sunny with cloud, strong breeze, all sightings LDHC unless stated Swift at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , , , , ,
Saturday 23 May Abridge 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Red Kite, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark Melvin Shepherd-Wells 14:00 to 15:00 Theydon mount / Hobbs Cross
Saturday 23 May Galleywood, near Chelmsford 1 Cuckoo (Seen from garden, calling as it flew over houses towards Lathcoats orchards.), 4 Swift (Flew over house.) Kevin Cook 10:30 to 10:30 Cloudy with sunny intervals strong winds.
Saturday 23 May Wivenhoe 1 Buzzard (Soaring high up on very strong southerly wind) Michael Davies 09:30 to 13:00 Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 23 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
Saturday 23 May Westley Heights 1 Red Kite, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One active nest, top of Hall Wood. Third nest located this year so far.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush (Including an adult with two young. Two other singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (Pair with at least two fledged young. Close to nest hole, horse paddock territory.), 1 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 09:15 to 10:30 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Saturday 23 May Great Totham 2 Cuckoo (Calling simultaneously from South Wood and Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swallow (Just a pair now at Sains Hall.) Malcolm Corbett 08:00 to 08:30
Saturday 23 May Broadfields Farm, Cranham 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Pair.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 09:00 Sunny, breezy.
Saturday 23 May Naze, The 26 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo (Singing ), 4 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 1 Nightingale (Singing, north-west corner of common, brief subdued song, bird had been present a few days), 8 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (1 south of John Weston Reserve, 3 together north of sewage works ), 28 House Martin (North in small groups ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Little Tern, 2 Sanderling, 4 Barnacle Goose (With greylags on Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet Brian Combes 05:15 to 10:45 Mainly sunny, strong westerly wind, rising tide, warm - 22 species singing
Friday 22 May Laindon 2 Swift, 1 Wren (Singing Male.), 6 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 18:00 to 21:00 Sun & clouds. Breezy.
Friday 22 May Epping 72 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on school playing fields), 400 Starling (Feeding on school playing fields) Roger Emmens 10:00 to 11:00 Mostly sunny, stiff breeze
Friday 22 May Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 14 Common Tern (6 possible pairs plus two others ), 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair with 3 chicks), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing Brian Bolton 08:00 to 09:30 Dry and sunny & windy Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 22 May 2020, (Brian Bolton) ,
Friday 22 May Westley Heights 3 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two occupied nests.), 4 Swallow (Two pairs, Dry Street site.), 5 Song Thrush (At least. Two singing males, one juv.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Two singing males.), 3 Nuthatch (At least. One adult visiting nest in The Park. At least two in trees close to nest site near paddock.), 1 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 07:15 to 09:00 Cloudy, breezy, warm. Some sun.
Friday 22 May Frinton-on-Sea 223 Brent Goose (N), 1 Fulmar (S) Paul Brayshaw 06:00 to 20:00 SE-SW3 8/8. Selected totals
Thursday 21 May Copford 1 Cuckoo (Heard) Emma Robinson 20:30 to 20:30
Thursday 21 May Epping

5 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Junction of Epping High Road & Lower Bury Lane, heading West)

Graham Pentelow 19:45 to 20:00 Cloudy, fine, very muggy
Thursday 21 May Epping 4 Swift (Top of Crows Road & High Street) Graham Pentelow 19:30 to 19:30 Cloudy, fine, very muggy
Thursday 21 May Beeleigh 2 Mute Swan (Pair with ten very recent cygnets. Elms Farm Park lake.) Malcolm Corbett 19:00 to 19:05
Thursday 21 May TQ6596 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, 12 Skylark, 9 Yellowhammer, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Owl Simon Satchell 18:45 to 21:00 some sightings TQ6597, TQ66977, TQ6698 and TQ6596. West of Billericay.
Thursday 21 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 3 Nightingale (Confirmation of breeding in Willow Park) Karl Price 13:00 to 13:00 Hot, sunny Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , , ,
Thursday 21 May Hullbridge 1 Lapwing (Solitary sighting near Battlesbridge, opposite Beeches sluices), 9 Little Egret (Various, including in Willow tree on SWF side of R Crouch) M Savage 10:30 to 10:40 Warm and Sunny, Light Breeze
Thursday 21 May Thaxted 1 Garden Warbler (Singing by river between Folly Mill and Duton Hill), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker Stephen Dutton 09:00 to 13:00 24 deg sunny light breeze
Thursday 21 May Colchester 1 Cuckoo, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing on the edge of a water meadow), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 2 Moorhen Oliver Cottis 09:00 to 11:00 Hot and Sunny. Walk through Cymbeline meadows
Thursday 21 May Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 4 Greylag Goose (Two pair with young), 4 Mute Swan (Pair with two(?) young and pair nesting.), 1 Egyptian Goose (Adult with two well grown young.), 1 Shelduck (On barn roof.), 2 Mallard (Females with eight and one young.), 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe (No young seen.), 2 Buzzard (Pair.), 2 Coot (With broods of four and one.), 1 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo (Calling. One seen, another heard from Chig. Lakes.), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Swift, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail Malcolm Corbett 08:35 to 10:25 Sunny, warm.
Thursday 21 May East Tilbury 2 Cuckoo (Male chasing female), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 10 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Stonechat (Male), 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard (Drake), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Ringed Plover Paul Larkin 08:00 to 12:30 Overcast early, fine later, light W wind, rising tide
Thursday 21 May Tiptree 3 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Song Thrush (+ (some juveniles)), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (heard only), 7 Blackcap (all singing males), 2 Garden Warbler (both singing males), 4 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Blackbird, 1 Nightingale (heard only), 5 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo (male and female, two more males sighted but could have been same bird), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Wood Pigeon, 4 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 2 Swallow Ross Wilkins 07:00 to 10:30 Warm, cloudy then cleared. EWT Tiptree Heath
Thursday 21 May Copford 2 Nightingale (Singing males in two new locations), 8 Song Thrush (Singing males (an increase in numbers locally)), 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 1 Lapwing (A lockdown patch tick!), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail Steve Grimwade 07:00 to 08:30 Walk around local patch
Thursday 21 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:00 Sun & cloud. Warm, muggy. Plotlands.
Thursday 21 May Beeleigh 1 Grey Wagtail (Male at weir), 1 Teal (Make below weir), 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Tern (Carrying food), 1 Tawny Owl (Beeleigh Abbey car park), 1 Cuckoo (Singing male) Tony Kennelly 06:00 to 07:00 Footbridge to / from beeleigh Abbey is closed. Muntjac fawn seen!
Thursday 21 May Maldon 1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 1 Red Kite (Heading N), 5 Buzzard (Circling together over Fambridge road before separating. Found by call so possible territorial dispute), 2 Cuckoo (Golf course / elms farm park), 12 Reed Warbler (Riverside reed beds from Tesco to beeleigh weir), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Feeding in low tide pools by Tesco), 1 Hobby (Stooping dive into poets estate!) Tony Kennelly 05:00 to 16:10
Wednesday 20 May Laindon 2 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (West. Same bird as yesterday, with missing inner primary.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults north, at some distance.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 4 Swift (At least.), 1 House Martin, 2 Goldfinch Andrew Cox 12:00 to 13:00 Sunny, hot. Back garden.
Wednesday 20 May Mundon 1 Red Kite (Over Purleigh village) Ian Swanson 11:30 to 11:30 Sunny, hot
Wednesday 20 May Epping 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Crows Road) Graham Pentelow 10:00 to 11:00 Sunny, light cloud, warm
Wednesday 20 May Kelvedon Hatch 1 Grey Wagtail (On roof of St Nicholas's Church), 1 Willow Warbler (Beacon Hill), 1 Meadow Pipit David Jobbins 09:00 to 10:45
Wednesday 20 May Holyfield Hall Farm, Lea Valley 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler (and numerous Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs), 1 Skylark, 1 Cuckoo (at least), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swallow (There seem very few in the Lea Valley), 12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher (Pair plus one chick, on island on Holyfield Lake), 4 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (and several Common Whitethroats) Paul Gymer 08:45 to 10:00
Wednesday 20 May Great Totham 1 Cuckoo (Calling. Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Yellowhammer (Singing. Church Road.) Malcolm Corbett 08:00 to 09:00 Warm, sunny.
Wednesday 20 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two active nests in Lincewood.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males. Mark's Hill.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Mark's Hill.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:15 Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
Tuesday 19 May Beeleigh 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Near the lake, Elms Farm Park.) Malcolm Corbett 17:30 to 17:30
Tuesday 19 May Doddinghurst 2 Mandarin Duck (Pair by pond in woods. Also seen there yesterday), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (In field off Brook Lane. Flew into trees. noisily), 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff ((1 seen, 2 more heard)) Ian Swanson 16:30 to 17:30 Warm & sunny
Tuesday 19 May Epping 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Whilst sitting in the Cemetery. Along with other obs as follows. Have noted a lot of Jackdaws since moving to Epping. Mind, they seem to have expanded along with Magpies everywhere), 12 Jackdaw (+ ), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Buzzard (Drifting over the fields S of cemetery), 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap Graham Pentelow 15:30 to 16:00 Sunny, light cloud, warm
Tuesday 19 May Holland Haven 1 Cuckoo (Heard in ringing compound then flew over scrape), 2 Common Sandpiper, 21 Avocet (18 adult, 3 chicks), 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit (Briefly in flight over boardwalk), 2 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard from hide), 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard Matt Turner 15:00 to 19:00 Sunny and calm, selected sightings
Tuesday 19 May Laindon 1 Red Kite (Quite low, heading NW.) Andrew Cox 14:30 to 14:30 Sunny, hot. Back garden.
Tuesday 19 May Thaxted 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling at 14:00 then seen flying back around the town outskirts at 16:00), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Circling undulating flight above cereal field) Stephen Dutton 14:00 to 16:00 Sunny22 deg
Tuesday 19 May Shrub End 1 Red Kite Oliver Cottis 14:00 to 14:00
Tuesday 19 May Toot Hill 1 Red Kite (Near S Tawney church), 1 Little Owl (In Oak in black cows Field 1/3 mile beyond Hawksmere Springs EWT Reserve) Melvin Shepherd-Wells 12:45 to 12:45 Very warm sunny
Tuesday 19 May Colne Pt 1 Eider (Male, came up onto beach to preen.), 2 Little Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier Michael Padmore 11:30 to 14:30 Warm sun, ebbing tide.
Tuesday 19 May Elmdon 2 Corn Bunting (About a mile north on road to GT Chrishall) Stephen Dutton 11:00 to 11:15 Warm 20 deg sunny
Tuesday 19 May Galleywood, near Chelmsford 1 Cuckoo (Heard from front garden distant though , assume same bird as heard 18/05/2020 behind Abercorn nursery.), 7 Swift (at least, possibly 9.) Kevin Cook 10:00 to 10:00 Clear skies
Tuesday 19 May Ingatestone 1 Hobby (Over garden) Graham Smith 09:00 to 13:00
Tuesday 19 May Hanningfield Reservoir 1 Cuckoo (Calling on west side. Heard from causeway.) Andrew Wilson 09:00 to 11:00 Warm, sunny, moderate breeze
Tuesday 19 May Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Green Woodpecker (Lincewood.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least. From three broods. One Lincewood, two Plotlands.) Andrew Cox 07:00 to 08:15 Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands.
Tuesday 19 May Great Dunmow 1 Red Kite Paul Chamberlain 06:15 to 06:30 Sunny with light breeze.
Tuesday 19 May Frinton-on-Sea 1 Hawfinch (South @ 0618), 92 Brent Goose (North) Paul Brayshaw 06:00 to 20:00 SW1 0/8 warm. Selected totals