Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Langdon Hills NR EWT 02 Apr 2020 07:00 - 08:00 Sunny, cool. Plotlands. Andrew Cox 2 Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap (Singing males.), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing males.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Goldfinch
Wivenhoe 01 Apr 2020 10:30 - 11:30 Michael Davies 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 4 Teal
Thaxted 01 Apr 2020 12:15 - 12:30 Overcast light breeze Stephen Dutton Kingfisher (Flying along the west side of the river Chelmer )
Friday Wood 01 Apr 2020 12:00 - 13:00 Cloudy Yvonne Watling 2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 10 Chiffchaff (Singing around patch), 20 Redwing, 3 Blackcap (Singing ), Coal Tit, 2 Buzzard
Shrub End 01 Apr 2020 10:00 - 11:00 mild Oliver Cottis 3 Buzzard (Soaring on thermals above the quarry with 50-100 gulls), Sparrowhawk (Female soaring on thermals above Gosbeck's roundabout), Kestrel (Male perched in tree)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 01 Apr 2020 15:30 - 16:00 Cloudy, cool. Andrew Cox 2 Swallow (Hawking high over the Dunton Lake.)
Shrub End 01 Apr 2020 01:30 - 02:30 mild, cloudy Oliver Cottis Coal Tit (Briefly visited the garden feeders), Goldcrest (Foraging, in and out of the garden's bushes for an hour or so. Presumably one individual)
Ardleigh Reservoir 01 Apr 2020 14:15 - 15:15 Overcast and chilly, sightings from Lodge Lane to Wick Lane footpath Matt Turner 7 Chiffchaff, 24 Tufted Duck, Buzzard, 4 Blackcap (2 males seen, another 2 heard), 4 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker
TL9324 01 Apr 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Exercise walk around local patch and garden birding Steve Grimwade Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (2 pairs in different locations), Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 4 Green Woodpecker (2 pairs in different locations), 4 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing), Buzzard, Coal Tit (Singing ), 5 Greenfinch (2 singing males and 3 females), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 9 Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, 2 Jay, Blackcap (Singing male), Song Thrush (Singing)
Billericay 01 Apr 2020 07:30 - 19:30 All day watch from house and garden, sightings from everyone in family - 23 species recorded today, a record for us! Ben Mapp 50 Wood Pigeon (at least, many flying over), 4 Carrion Crow, 9 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Our regular local birds), 3 Starling, 2 Blue Tit, Jay (In garden @ 7:55, second day running), 4 Goldfinch, Coal Tit (Heard in nearby conifers @ 12:30, second record this year), Green Woodpecker (Heard distantly), 2 Buzzard (Two soaring dots picked up by scope from upstairs window!), 2 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, Dunnock, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Regular birds), 20 Herring Gull (at least, all seen distantly), Sparrowhawk (Very distant bird soaring ), Robin, 2 Collared Dove, 13 Black-headed Gull, Chaffinch (Male, second record this year), Blackbird, House Sparrow, 11 Canada Goose (Over garden @ 19:10)
Frinton-on-Sea 01 Apr 2020 05:45 - 19:30 Brilliant spring movement. NE1-NW-SW1, 0/8 then 8/8 from 11am. Selected totals, movement to north. Glances to sea 09-17 Paul Brayshaw 656 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet, 261 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1867 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Movement early am (1364) and evening (503)), 573 Wigeon (Evening movement), Grey Heron, 732 Black-headed Gull, 25 Mediterranean Gull (all adults bar one 1yr, all in am, including a flock of 10), Common Tern, 2 Glossy Ibis (high over @1530, appeared to be dropping in height towards the backwaters. Very lucky spot as flew through my view whilst watching Buzzards), 26 Buzzard (groups of 3,2,8,1,1,1,3,4,3), 3 Red Kite (1 @ 1116, 2 @ 1316), Hen Harrier (1cy male from Holland Haven (thanks to Matt Lonsdale) gained height over the town and then departed high south out to sea until lost from sight), 2 Sparrowhawk (singles in off), Peregrine Falcon (male @ 1530), Yellow Wagtail, 388 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 2 Brambling, 82 Common Gull
Little Waltham 01 Apr 2020 16:00 - 16:45 grey and cloudy David Saville 2 Treecreeper
Maldon 31 Mar 2020 07:45 - 08:00 Bitter cold wind dry & sunny Brian Bolton Cetti's Warbler (Singing from bushes along canal by Tesco car park), Chiffchaff (Singing from car park)
Westley Heights 31 Mar 2020 07:15 - 08:00 Sunny, chilly. Hall Wood only. Andrew Cox Sparrowhawk, Buzzard (Calling.), 2 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. All drumming/ calling.), Song Thrush (Singing Male.), Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Nuthatch (Pair, nest hole.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 31 Mar 2020 08:00 - 08:15 Sunny, cold. Lincewood only. Andrew Cox 4 Green Woodpecker (One calling from Butlers Grove area. Two calling Lincewood proper. One feeding on recreation ground.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Singing Male.), Blackcap (Singing Male.), 2 Chaffinch (At least.)
Little Waltham 31 Mar 2020 09:00 - 09:30 sunny David Saville Redwing
Kelvedon Hatch 31 Mar 2020 09:40 - 10:10 David Jobbins 2 Red Kite (Flying E at rooftop height five minutes apart), 2 Raven (Calling from BT mast and in fight (arrived from west)), Buzzard
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing 31 Mar 2020 11:15 - 12:00 Paul Gymer 3 Cetti's Warbler
Good Easter 31 Mar 2020 12:45 - 12:45 Martin Henry Raven (third sighting locally this year)
Thaxted 31 Mar 2020 11:30 - 12:30 Sunny periods 8deg Northerly breeze Stephen Dutton 20 Fieldfare (All sightings on morning walk west of Thaxted), 5 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, Brambling (With Chaffinches), 4 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff
Whetmead NR, nr Witham 31 Mar 2020 11:45 - 13:00 via River Walk David L Smith Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Harris's Hawk, 4 Blackcap (3 singing males, 1 female)
Elsenham 31 Mar 2020 13:45 - 14:00 Bright & clear, good visibility. Good views with binoculars, but too distant for iphone. Michael Rimmell White-tailed Eagle (Probable watched for 15 minutes varying distance till flew off East )
Kelvedon Hatch 31 Mar 2020 17:20 - 17:35 David Jobbins Red Kite (North over our garden - 3rd sighting today.)
Epping 31 Mar 2020 16:00 - 17:30 (Swaines Green and nearby fields) Sunny, light winds, cool. Roger Emmens Buzzard, Moorhen (First for some time - back to breed?), 145 Wood Pigeon (Flock of 120 over towards east plus c25 local birds), 8 Skylark (Four pairs), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 4 Greenfinch (Singing males), 25 Linnet (Flock feeding in wheat), Green Woodpecker
The Hythe, Colchester 31 Mar 2020 11:00 - 13:00 Sunny intervals Matt Turner 25 Shelduck, 100 Teal (+), 16 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 4 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 12 Curlew, Ruff, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, Kestrel, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret
TL9324 31 Mar 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Garden sightings Steve Grimwade Sparrowhawk (Female), 8 Chaffinch (Increase in numbers), 2 Stock Dove, 6 Pheasant, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Magpie, 2 Collared Dove, 9 Wood Pigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, Wren, 2 Robin
Halstead 31 Mar 2020 15:30 - 16:00 Cloudy Anthony Wells Black Redstart (Present in cricket club car park)
Frinton-on-Sea 31 Mar 2020 06:30 - 18:00 ENE24-0/8 good vis. Good early passage up to c8am, then glances to sea for rest of day. Selected totals, movement to north. Paul Brayshaw 121 Red-throated Diver, Fulmar (south), 255 Wood Pigeon, 1320 Chaffinch (in 68 flocks), 36 Siskin, 4 Brambling (+), 75 Goldfinch, 32 Greenfinch, 28 Carrion Crow
Stapleford Tawney 31 Mar 2020 15:15 - 15:30 Bright but cold and breezy Ann Darnell 12 Yellowhammer (Small flock feeding on the remains of horses field hay)
Wickford 31 Mar 2020 08:00 - 18:00 Dry, bright & cold. Garden sightings & photo's with Brenda. Trying to lift our spirits & yours. Locked in for 12 weeks !. David Hale 2 Robin (Pair, male seen feeding female 3 times. Too brief for photo.), 8 House Sparrow (First fledgling seen on porch roof.), 6 Goldfinch (Daily visitors to Sunflower Hearts.), Greenfinch (Female.), Sparrowhawk (High on thermals.), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Over roof tops.), 6 Black-headed Gull (Over roof tops.), 6 Herring Gull (Over roof tops.), 2 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Blackbird (Pair. No Song Thrush lately.), 15 Starling (Circa.), 2 Great Tit (Obvious pair.), 4 Blue Tit, 2 Carrion Crow, 8 Magpie (Together on roof tops.)
West Bergholt 31 Mar 2020 16:00 - 16:00 Overcast but still Jeff Martin Barn Owl (Found dead . Appears top be a young male. Flange not well formed and very white around the neck. Bird was ringed and has been reported to the BTO.)
Good Easter 30 Mar 2020 10:00 - 10:00 Martin Henry 125 Fieldfare, Blackcap (singing)
Tilbury 30 Mar 2020 07:30 - 09:00 Over cast, NNW wind, falling tide Paul Larkin 598 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore near the new landfill), Knot (With Black-tailed Godwits), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female type over from Kent)
Mountnessing 30 Mar 2020 09:45 - 09:46 David Jobbins Red Kite (Heading north)
Margaretting 30 Mar 2020 10:45 - 10:46 David Jobbins Red Kite (Heading east - different individual from earlier sighting over Mountnessing. Both sightings from car on essential shopping trip.)
Ardleigh Reservoir 30 Mar 2020 14:30 - 15:00 Fruitless half hour hoping for White Tailed Eagle to fly over.... Matt Turner Swallow (My first of year (apart from Abberton bird of course!)), Buzzard (Tried to convince myself it was a very small eagle!), 7 Egyptian Goose (Adult pair with 5 young)
Kelvedon Hatch 30 Mar 2020 17:15 - 17:20 David Jobbins Red Kite (SW over village, seen from my garden. Third seen today.)
Great Leighs 30 Mar 2020 08:30 - 19:00 Sunshine and showers, sightings from kitchen looking over back garden, fields and woods. David Torrice 2 Goldcrest (Todays star birds inspecting the garden conifer before moving on also 3 greenfinch showing most of the day. Species count from the house today was 25 plus 2 red kite spotted from the end of the road whilst on way to tesco at great notley. )
Great Totham 30 Mar 2020 15:30 - 17:00 Just walking Jake the dog. Malcolm Corbett 2 Mute Swan (Pair. Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 9 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit [M.A.S.]), 4 Buzzard (Pair over Captains Wood saw off a third which then joined a fourth in display flight over South Wood.), 200 Black-headed Gull (circa. Following tractor at Lofts Farm.), 3 Skylark (Singing. Two at Sains Farm, one north of South Wood.), Chiffchaff (Singing. South Wood.), Greenfinch (Calling. Totham Pit.), 25 Siskin (circa. Flying to and from tree between fields north of South Wood. Very vocal group.)
Wix 30 Mar 2020 13:35 - 13:40 Cloudy James Davidson White-tailed Eagle (Juv glided quite high NW between here and Wrabness, seen shortly afterwards by others over Lawford), Brambling (Female, in garden earlier in the day)
TL9324 30 Mar 2020 11:00 - 12:30 Exercise walk from home to Copford Church and back Steve Grimwade Buzzard, Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail
Frinton-on-Sea 30 Mar 2020 06:30 - 18:00 NE2-4, variable cloud, occ light rain. Early watch then glances to sea during the day. Selected totals, movement to north Paul Brayshaw 288 Red-throated Diver (steady passage mid-am to mid-pm. I will have missed many more as most scans revealed multiple birds passing), Gannet, Great Skua (@1449), 46 Chaffinch (early morning drizzle seemed to halt passage today)
Ingatestone 30 Mar 2020 16:45 - 17:00 Ross Wilkins Red Kite (Single bird, drifting north west over A12 towards Mill Green.)
Wickford 29 Mar 2020 08:15 - 08:15 Clear David Petts Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming on telegraph pole in St David’s Way)
Witham 29 Mar 2020 14:00 - 15:00 Wind, hail, sun, wind sun, hail. Local patch River Walk Paul Shuttleworth 4 Song Thrush (Definite separate sightings), Grey Heron (Trying to land in hail storm), Kingfisher
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead 29 Mar 2020 09:00 - 09:15 Ian Tarbin Blackcap (Male)
Great Leighs 29 Mar 2020 10:00 - 18:30 Wintery showers sunny evening. All sightings from kitchen window over garden, fields and woods. David Torrice 3 Greenfinch (Garden feeders), 2 Goldfinch (Garden feeders), 4 Chaffinch (Under feeders), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Garden feeders), 6 House Sparrow (Using feeders), Dunnock (Under feeders), Robin, Wren, 2 Blackbird (Under feeders), 9 Jackdaw (On and under feeders), 2 Rook (Under feeders), Collared Dove (Under feeders), 6 Pheasant (On ploughed field), 150 Wood Pigeon (Plus a few hundred assorted jackdaws, rooks, crows and gulls on ploughed field.), 12 Magpie (Group on edge of field and wood), 9 Buzzard (At various times over fields and woods, one very pale one almost white from underneath except for carpals and necklace.), Sparrowhawk (Couple of passes causing mass panic amongst the gulls pigeons and corvids.), Grey Heron (Flyby), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (In field), 2 Herring Gull (In field)
Great Leighs 29 Mar 2020 19:15 - 19:15 Calm evening David Torrice 11 Pied Wagtail (Groups of 5 and 6 just flew over probably heading for roost in small tree outside main entrance to tesco at great notley. Several dozen there some nights.)
Frinton-on-Sea 29 Mar 2020 06:30 - 17:00 NE6-8, wintry showers. Early watch then went inside! Glances to sea during rest of the day. Movement to North, selected total Paul Brayshaw 13 Red-throated Diver, Gannet, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin