Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Danbury Common 14 Apr 2021 08:15 - 09:30 Bright, sun, cool Doug & Tina Holden Nightingale (First this year at Danbury. Brief burst of song. Chiffchaffs actively nesting. 10+ Blackcaps both male and female.), Goldcrest
Thorndon CP (South) 14 Apr 2021 08:00 - 09:30 Sunny, cool. Andrew Cox 3 Buzzard (Including pair displying, Pavillion meadow.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Pair displaying.), Kestrel (Female.), 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, 9 Fieldfare (Heading east.), Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (From three territories.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (At least.)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 14 Apr 2021 07:15 - 08:00 Sunny Brian Bolton Kittiwake (Still hanging on)
Wivenhoe 14 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Richard Allen 6 Redwing (early in Wivenhoe Wood)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 13 Apr 2021 07:30 - 08:00 Sunny and cold Brian Bolton Kittiwake (Still showing well on South Side of pit looking unwell)
Westley Heights 13 Apr 2021 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, some cloud. Cool. CoombeWood & The Park. Andrew Cox 2 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Singing Male.), Coal Tit, Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (Pair in The Park seen displaying & mating. Female entering nest hole. Singing male briefly in Coombe Wood.)
Hutton 13 Apr 2021 06:10 - 09:35 Hutton Country Park. Clear sky. Freezing conditions first thing. James Hudson Kestrel, 24 Blackcap (23 males, 1 female), 7 Jay, 5 Green Woodpecker, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 28 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, Mandarin Duck (male flushed from river by Buzzard), 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch (2 single males and 2 pairs)
Shrub End 13 Apr 2021 17:00 - 17:15 Oliver Cottis Red Kite
Mersea Island 13 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Stephen Entwistle Yellow Wagtail (Cudmore grove DU), 2 Sedge Warbler (cudmore grove pond DU), 8 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove (DU)), 3 Snipe (Grazing fields cudmore grove DU ), Mistle Thrush (Nr bus turning at golf house DU), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore grove DU ), 4 Buzzard (Cudmore grove DU)
Wivenhoe 13 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Dry, sunny Michael Davies Robin (Nest building), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, 5 Greylag Goose
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 13 Apr 2021 09:10 - 11:00 Sun and cloud, light W wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Canada Goose (Pair.), 18 Greylag Goose (Inc. at least six pair.), 5 Mute Swan (Two pair plus one juv.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 14 Mallard (Inc. three pair.), 4 Pochard (Three male.), 66 Tufted Duck (44 male.), Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 80 Black-headed Gull (circa.), Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), Song Thrush, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch (Singing.)
Great Totham 13 Apr 2021 12:20 - 12:30 Sun and cloud, light W. wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Red Kite (Together briefly N. of Captain's Wood.), 2 Buzzard (Up together from Captain's Wood following brief appearance of two red kite.)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 13 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:30 Selected highlights Steve Grimwade 2 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 40 Mediterranean Gull, Whitethroat, 11 Cetti's Warbler
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 13 Apr 2021 13:50 - 16:00 Sightings from Canvey Wick Steve Grimwade Nightingale (Singing), 8 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven (2 adults very vocal over southern edge of reserve)
Hatfield Forest 13 Apr 2021 10:15 - 15:15 Bright with some sun, 5 to 12C. Sightings by David Winifred Simmonds 4 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 6 Swallow (Over Lake), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 investigating bank of Lake - nesting soon?), 2 Jay, Wren, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail (On bank of Lake), Reed Bunting (Close to Marsh), 7 Coot (3-4 nests on Decoy Lake), Chaffinch (By Lake)
Copford 13 Apr 2021 19:50 - 19:55 Clear skies Nico Devereaux Tawny Owl (Flying around the garden)
Chigborough Lakes 13 Apr 2021 09:30 - 12:15 Sun & cloud, dry, gentle breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Male, more heard singing.), Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler (Pair, back & forth to nest site with material.), 2 Shelduck, 2 Goldfinch, Dunnock, 4 Chiffchaff (Many heard.), 3 Robin, 6 Blackbird (Males.), 2 Great Tit (Pair.), 2 Blue Tit
Hanningfield Reservoir 13 Apr 2021 15:00 - 16:45 Light cloud Ian Swanson 3 Goldeneye (male and 2 females), Bar-headed Goose (asleep on Grazing Meadow with Greylags, Canada & 2 Egyptian geese), 4 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck (On water, moved to Grazing Meadow ), 6 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck (approx), 20 Wigeon (on Grazing Meadow ), 50 Mallard (approx. 1 with 14 ducklings by Causeway road), 20 Teal (+), 2 Oystercatcher (Grazing Meadow ), 4 Chiffchaff (Heard), 3 Blackcap (singing males )
Naze, The 13 Apr 2021 10:00 - 12:00 Liz Huxley Greenfinch (+), 4 Skylark (+), 8 Chiffchaff (+), 2 Blackcap (males), Jay, 67 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, Eider (female), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Buzzard, 50 Dunlin (incl 1 in breeding plumage), Shoveler (male)
Abberton Reservoir 13 Apr 2021 12:40 - 16:15 Sun & cloud, light breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Billets Farm & both Causeways only. David Hale 50 Swallow (Circa.), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Linnet, Common Tern, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, Gadwall (Drake.), Reed Bunting, 8 Grey Heron, Chaffinch, 2 Mallard (Pair with 3 ducklings.), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Egyptian Goose (Pair with I Gosling.), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove
Laindon 13 Apr 2021 06:30 - 09:00 Dry, sunny, light wind, -1°C to 3°C Richard Chew Pied Flycatcher (Male watched feeding and singing for 45 minutes), 8 Blackcap (3 seen, 5 heard), 6 Chiffchaff (1 seen, 5 heard), Goldcrest, 4 Green Woodpecker, Cormorant, Red Fox, 3 Chinese Muntjac
Wivenhoe 13 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Richard Allen Reed Warbler (singing Ferry Marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (at least singing Ferry Marsh)
Abberton Reservoir 13 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny and cool (17.30-19.15 visit) Sean Nixon Nightingale (Near entrance to EWT reserve), 3 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, White / Pied Wagtail (Intermediate male LdlH c/w)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 12 Apr 2021 12:00 - 13:30 Sunny. Light NW wind George Brown Kittiwake (1st winter still present on water in NE corner of pit), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Pair flew in calling and settled on water for c20 minutes then flew S over road towards working gravel pits), Whimbrel (Heard overhead but not seen)
TL6907 12 Apr 2021 09:15 - 09:15 Bright - seen by David alone! Winifred Simmonds Ring-necked Parakeet (In tree just west of Beach's Mill Bridge and then flying nw)
Thorndon CP (South) 12 Apr 2021 09:00 - 10:15 Cloudy, cold. Andrew Cox 5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 5 Nuthatch (Pair plus three other singing males; including one on the edge of the golf course.), 2 Raven (Pair.), 2 Yellowhammer (Pair.)
Great Totham 12 Apr 2021 13:50 - 14:00 Sun and cloud, light NW wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Red Kite (Circling together, slowly moving S. over Captain's Wood.)
Epping 12 Apr 2021 11:45 - 12:00 Cold, partly sunny, occasional light sleet showers Roger Emmens 2 Swallow (Probably wishing they were still in Africa...)
Walton-on-The-Naze 12 Apr 2021 11:00 - 14:00 Partly cloudy, wind North Easterly light. 12c / 54f Mick Woodruff 2 Pintail (♂♀ John Weston Reserve), 2 Brent Goose (John Weston Reserve), Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 19 Turnstone (Hamford Water), Snipe (John Weston Reserve), Green Woodpecker (John Weston Reserve), 4 Swallow, 6 Blackcap (Heard more than seen), 8 Teal (John Weston Reserve), 16 Wigeon (John Weston Reserve), 2 Lapwing (Overhead), 6 Chiffchaff (Heard more than seen), 12 Greenfinch (Estimated), 3 Cetti's Warbler (3 different birds calling, one sighting)
Mersea Island 12 Apr 2021 09:00 - 15:30 Stephen Entwistle Little Owl (Cross lane SE ), 4 Blackcap (2pr cross lane ), 12 Chiffchaff (3prs cross lane SE . 8 east Mersea MC), 3 Song Thrush (Singing cross lane SE ), Willow Warbler (Feldy view DU ), Redstart (Feldy view cemetery found by jon B ,seen by DU . Seen 45min by a couple locals only (notme)), 2 Whimbrel (Ray Island DU ), 7 Swallow (4 Strood channel DU . 3 east Mersea MC ), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU), 6 Buzzard (Strood channel (DU) ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (East Mersea between park & oyster fishery MC ), 2 Golden Plover (East Mersea MC)
Gosfield 12 Apr 2021 09:15 - 13:00 Sunny, 5/8 Andrew Goodey Grey Wagtail, Common Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Pairs on lake), Swallow, 9 Redpoll sp. (1 over lake, 8 over Rayne hatch wood), 2 Siskin (Rayne hatch wood), Nuthatch (Moat Wood), 3 Marsh Tit (Rayne Hatch Wood), Coal Tit, Treecreeper (Lake), Willow Warbler (Singing Rayne Hatch Wood)
Abberton Reservoir 12 Apr 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny with light breeze Paul Chamberlain 11 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Little Ringed Plover
Maldon 12 Apr 2021 16:15 - 16:15 Sun and cloud, light NW wind. Malcolm Corbett Nightingale (Singing from deep in copse SE of Elms Farm Park lake.)
Wrabness 12 Apr 2021 14:30 - 16:15 Sunny and overcast at times Peter Brittain Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estd 140), 6 Redshank, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Mid river), 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 8 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 Chiffchaff (I’ve never seen so many in one Reserve, maybe more than 7), 2 Kestrel, 4 Blackcap (2 pairs), Reed Bunting (Female), Great Spotted Woodpecker (I watched it drumming, down Wall Lane), 2 Swallow, Sand Martin (I looked at the site and found the wire fencing had dropped over most of the holes so this may well be the reason they deserted this site which is a great shame.)
Writtle 12 Apr 2021 17:15 - 19:30 Sunny spells and cool. Only certain species recorded. Andrew Allen Black Redstart (Female. Found by Daryl Rhymes at 16.50 around the barns at Sturgeons Farm. Still present at 18.40 when I left.), 3 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Yellow Wagtail (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir)
South Woodham Ferrers 12 Apr 2021 09:45 - 09:45 North of the town. Sunny cold SW breeze Alan Shearring 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 6 Buzzard (resident birds including a pair displaying), 2 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, Nightingale (brief subsong), Yellow Wagtail (over farmland), 2 Stock Dove, White Wagtail, Snipe
Navestock 12 Apr 2021 17:30 - 17:30 Bright but cold Ann Darnell Hobby (Flying along tree lined part of lane )
Thorndon CP (South) 11 Apr 2021 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 4 Green Woodpecker (Including a pair feeding together on short grass east of Mill Wood.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), Nuthatch (Singing male showing well, NE area.), Linnet, Yellowhammer (In hedgerow next to car park.)
Copford 11 Apr 2021 10:00 - 11:00 Emma Robinson 20 Fieldfare (near Church ), House Martin
Laindon 11 Apr 2021 10:00 - 10:30 Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults. Circled over house.)
Writtle 11 Apr 2021 09:15 - 11:00 Bright. cool. Highlights of sightings with David Winifred Simmonds 2 Blackcap (Both males - singing), 2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Yellow Wagtail (On bank of reservoir), Peregrine Falcon (Flying in stoop west of reservoir), Willow Warbler, Little Egret (Fishing in River Can at Beach's Mill), Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Moorhen (One probably on nest between Beach's Mill and Tower Gardens)
Writtle 11 Apr 2021 13:45 - 14:00 Sunny but cool Peter Allen 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On our feeders)
Beckton 11 Apr 2021 08:30 - 13:00 Sun/Cloud. Cold Gary A James 6 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, 25 Redshank, Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 4 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Redpoll
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 11 Apr 2021 11:30 - 13:30 Selected sightings in area around old carpark Steve Grimwade Crane (2 adults circled the reserve and drifted off southwest), 3 Nightingale, Peregrine Falcon (Adult), 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff
Birch 11 Apr 2021 13:50 - 13:50 Steve Grimwade Red Kite (Circling over rear of Colchester Zoo)
Elsenham 11 Apr 2021 16:00 - 16:15 Anthony Gales Goldcrest
Wickford 11 Apr 2021 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny, broken cloud, slight wind Les Finn 2 Yellowhammer (Wickford Memorial Park, path by the River Crouch under the railway bridge), Grey Wagtail, Buzzard
Mersea Island 11 Apr 2021 09:00 - 17:30 Stephen Entwistle Greenshank (From strood causeway 5.15pm SE ), Swallow (Youth camp boating lake DU), Little Owl (Youth camp seen fro seawall 6th popular tree back DU), Great Northern Diver (Off waldegraves DU), 25 Great Crested Grebe (Off waldergraves DU)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 11 Apr 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Highlights Marsh Stitchman Whimbrel, 22 Redshank, 19 Oystercatcher, 11 Grey Plover, 52 Shelduck, 2 Blackcap (singing), Swallow, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 9 Teal, 12 Chiffchaff (singing), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Lone bird on saltmarsh with shelduck, sharp demarcation between dark breast and underparts which appeared very pale, almost whitish in bright sunlight.)
Rayne 11 Apr 2021 07:00 - 08:30 Sunny;2/8; Oak Meadow NR Andrew Goodey Willow Warbler (Singing ), 2 Stock Dove (Pair ), 20 Fieldfare (On cricket pitch)