Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Braintree 25 Oct 2020 10:45 - 10:47 Warm and windy Martin Iddon Buzzard (Over Hoppit Mead local nature reserve)
Braintree 25 Oct 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Bright warm and windy Martin Iddon Buzzard (Over Hoppits Mead nature reserve)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham 25 Oct 2020 09:30 - 11:00 sunny, breezy Paul Shuttleworth Cetti's Warbler (Heard only and very mobile. Has been seen and photographed on reserve recently), 13 Swallow (1 group of 5 followed shortly by 8, heading south east), Kestrel
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 25 Oct 2020 11:00 - 13:45 Sun & clouds. Showery. Andrew Cox 2 Little Grebe, 70 Teal (At least. Marina.), 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Active around marina & on pylons. It or another seen to perch on pylon from scrape hide.), 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), Kingfisher (Marina. Perched on boat.), Grey Wagtail (Roof of old toilet block.)
Vange Marsh RSPB 25 Oct 2020 14:00 - 15:45 Sun & clouds. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Juv.), Water Rail (Calling.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Green Sandpiper (Saline lagoon.), Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), Bearded Tit (At least.), Reed Bunting
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead 25 Oct 2020 11:00 - 11:30 Ian Tarbin 4 Greenfinch (1 Leucistic , been using feeder for 3/4 weeks )
TL9607 25 Oct 2020 06:30 - 18:30 Topsail Charters/Swallow Birding Thames Barge Trip (selected highlights) + both Common and Grey Seals Steve Grimwade 2 Peregrine Falcon (1 on Bradwell Power Station and one near Tollesbury Wick), 6 Greenshank (Heybridge GP’s), Kingfisher, Great White Egret (On Northey Island am and then presumably same bird flew north out of Maylandsea Creek at dusk), 6 Marsh Harrier (2 Colne Estuary, 2 Colne Point and 2 Blackwater Estuary), 3000 Golden Plover (St. Lawrence Bay), 700 Knot, 3 Rock Pipit (Flew south over Blackwater Estuary), 7 Red-breasted Merganser, Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 200 Avocet (150 Heybridge and 50 Pyefleet Channel)
Copford 25 Oct 2020 19:15 - 19:15 Steve Grimwade Barn Owl
Naze, The 24 Oct 2020 07:15 - 11:15 clear first thing quickly clouding over, mild, strong and strengthening S wind, ebbing tide; light movement mainly first thing Brian Combes 9 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawk (1 drifting out to sea), 8 Meadow Pipit (South), 31 Chaffinch (South ), 5 Skylark (West ), 29 Siskin (South), 33 Goldfinch (South ), 7 Lesser Redpoll (South ), 10 Redwing (West ), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of escarpment 2 north of escarpment 3 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Greenfinch (South ), 22 Linnet (South ), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, Chinese Muntjac, 6 Song Thrush (West ), 2 Stonechat (On The Common)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 24 Oct 2020 13:00 - 14:30 Cloudy. Breezy. Some light rain. Andrew Cox 4 Mute Swan (Pair with two well grown cygnets.), Buzzard, Kestrel (Female.), 5 Moorhen (Four adults, one juv.), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskin (At least.)
Abberton Reservoir 24 Oct 2020 15:30 - 16:15 Overcast, windy, light showers. David Curle Kingfisher (SE corner Layer Breton causeway), 2 Common Gull, 5 Great White Egret (minimum count), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Drake and duck SE Layer de le Haye causeway), Pintail (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), Long-tailed Duck (SE Layer de le Haye causeway), Peregrine Falcon
Shrub End 23 Oct 2020 09:00 - 10:30 Oliver Cottis Pied Wagtail (flew over garden), Greenfinch (flew over garden), Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit (pair), 2 Great Tit (pair), 30 Starling (flock flying around)
Roydon 23 Oct 2020 09:45 - 10:00 Paul Gymer Kingfisher
Westley Heights 23 Oct 2020 09:15 - 11:30 Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm. Andrew Cox 2 Sparrowhawk (Female & male.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (One inspecting & entering nest hole from spring. Horse paddock territory.), 10 Chaffinch (At least.), 6 Siskin (At least. Mobile & elusive.), 2 Lesser Redpoll (At least. In flight.)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 23 Oct 2020 11:30 - 12:00 Sunny, becoming cloudy. Warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, Fieldfare (Heard overhead.), 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Lesser Redpoll (Heard overhead.)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 23 Oct 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Few showers blustery Mike Hardwick 6 Cattle Egret (In paddocks next to car park), Merlin (Female on post short walk), Peregrine Falcon (Crossed lower marsh), 2 Rock Pipit (Long walk bottom), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (Juveniles long walk bottom), Green Sandpiper (Long walk Salcott side)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 23 Oct 2020 09:00 - 16:30 Selected highlights Steve Grimwade 7 Crossbill (All west/southwest ), 110 Redpoll sp. (Flocks of c40, 30, 2 x 20 all southwest except the 40 which flew north. Presumed Lesser Redpolls), 50 Siskin (Southwest), Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 80 Golden Plover, 300 Knot, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Cetti's Warbler (2 seen and 1 heard), 2 Redwing, 120 Avocet, 5 Yellowhammer, 7 Corn Bunting, 300 Chaffinch (Groups moving west all morning.), 75 Skylark (All southwest)
Stow Marsh 23 Oct 2020 14:00 - 16:30 Rain then lovely sunshine, a bit windy W. Tide coming in Alan Shearring 800 Wigeon (Clements Green Creek), Lesser Redpoll (Saltcoats), 500 Teal (Clements Green Creek), 300 Golden Plover, 450 Redshank, 4 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female and two 2cy males one of which spent a lot of the time walking around the fields), 7 Buzzard (4 soaring and 3 perched on posts in the fields), Rock Pipit, 105 Linnet, 11 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), Corn Bunting, 10 Dunlin (not many have arrived yet), 36 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Stonechat (5 first winters in a group on a bush plus a separate pair), 260 Lapwing, 9 Grey Plover, 2 Cetti's Warbler (one at Saltcoats and one in a reedbed on Stow Marsh 1 1/4 miles east of their usual locations)
Rayne 22 Oct 2020 09:40 - 09:40 Sunny 2/8 Andrew Goodey Crossbill (Over village)
Thorndon CP (South) 22 Oct 2020 10:00 - 11:00 Sun & clouds. Mild. Andrew Cox Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), Treecreeper, 9 Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Yellowhammer (At least.)
Thorndon CP (North) 22 Oct 2020 11:00 - 12:00 Sun & clouds. Mild. Andrew Cox Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Lesser Redpoll (At least.)
Abberton Reservoir 22 Oct 2020 12:00 - 12:39 Sunny, breezy, mild Andrew Wilson Bittern (North east of Layer Breton causeway over reed beds), 20 Great White Egret (Distributed across reservoir with 12+ visible from Layer de la Haye causeway)
Holland Haven 22 Oct 2020 09:15 - 09:30 James Astley Yellow-browed Warbler (Calling from willows at south end of carpark)
Hanningfield Reservoir 22 Oct 2020 11:00 - 16:00 Dry, S breeze, sun & cloud, 16c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 3 Buzzard, Raven (Crossed water from W bank to right of Rawl hide. Large Corvid Cronking in flight. ), 40 Wigeon (Circa.), 3 Pintail (Drakes.), Black-necked Grebe (Rawl hide. ), 2 Ruff, 30 Shoveler (Circa.), 100 Teal (At least.), 77 Mute Swan, 7 Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 4 Common Gull
East Mersea 22 Oct 2020 10:00 - 13:45 Sunny, mild, brisk wind from WSW Simon Banks Honey Buzzard (Seen 10:25 over channel between Langenhoe Marsh and Reeveshall Marsh, dark bird, probable juv, flew off towards Brightlingsea. Description follows!), Rock Pipit, 40 Avocet, 20 Snow Bunting (NOT seen by me, but reliable description from two casual birders of flock of about 20 rising from saltmarsh just west of Mersea Stone. Good description - couldn't have been anything else. )
Abberton Reservoir 22 Oct 2020 14:30 - 14:45 Mild, sunny Simon Banks 9 Goosander (Layer de la Haye causeway, all females), Pintail (Layer de la Haye causeway, female)
Gosfield 22 Oct 2020 16:00 - 17:30 Sunny clear Andrew Goodey 5 Crossbill (Rayne Hatch Wood, Penny Pots area, present throughout visit but flighty around the pine area of wood, possibly more present), Marsh Tit (In tit flock)
Tilbury 22 Oct 2020 08:00 - 09:30 Fine and sunny, W wind, LT Paul Larkin 28 Lapwing (In the fort), 78 Teal (12 in the fort, the rest on the foreshore by the STW), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore by the STW), 16 Mallard (On the STW outfall), 2 Curlew (On the foreshore by the STW), Grey Wagtail (In the fort), Sparrowhawk (In the fort)
East Tilbury 22 Oct 2020 10:00 - 13:30 Fine and sunny, W wind, LT Paul Larkin Ring-necked Parakeet, 11 Little Grebe, 42 Curlew, 156 Shelduck, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 66 Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, 535 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, Merlin (Female), 5 Stonechat (Two pairs and a male), 82 Teal, Marsh Harrier (Juv), Kingfisher
Roman River Valley 22 Oct 2020 18:30 - 20:00 evening walk Oliver Cottis 8 Tawny Owl (8 individuals heard), Little Owl (heard briefly)
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 21 Oct 2020 13:00 - 16:00 Cloudy, some rain. Clear spells interspersed with quite murky periods. Andrew Cox Arctic Skua (PP adult upriver.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult.)
Colchester 21 Oct 2020 14:00 - 14:05 Oliver Cottis Raven (quite high, mobbed by a sparrowhawk), Sparrowhawk (mobbing raven)
South Woodham Ferrers 20 Oct 2020 09:30 - 10:15 Overcast, still, 12degs. Very few birds about. Robert Pease Marsh Harrier (2cy male. Emerging from Saltcoats red marsh.)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 20 Oct 2020 10:30 - 13:00 Dry, breezy on river wall. Rising Tide Stuart Anderson 16 Avocet, 24 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 24 Brent Goose, 60 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 20 Oct 2020 13:45 - 15:10 Sunny, warm, brisk S wind. Malcolm Corbett Canada Goose, 17 Greylag Goose, 27 Mute Swan, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 30 Mallard (circa.), 40 Pochard (circa.), 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 18 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk (Female.), Buzzard, Kestrel (Male.), 3 Pied Wagtail
Maldon 20 Oct 2020 15:30 - 15:30 Sunny, warm, breezy. Malcolm Corbett Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Beside canal, Elms Farm Park.)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 20 Oct 2020 09:00 - 16:00 Steve Grimwade 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and adult female), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Female), Kestrel, 3 House Martin (South), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin, 100 Curlew, 4 Stonechat (2 pairs), 15 Corn Bunting, 20 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch, 500 Cormorant, Jay, 20 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pintail (Juvs south), 10 Reed Bunting, 60 Grey Plover, 8 Greenfinch
Vange Marsh RSPB 20 Oct 2020 15:00 - 18:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Little Grebe, 7 Mute Swan (Usual pair with five well grown cygnets.), Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female & immature.), Kestrel, 4 Water Rail (At least.), 3 Grey Plover (In flight from sluice.), 3 Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Noisy & active around sluice/creek.), 13 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Grey Wagtail (At least.), Stonechat (Male.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (At least.)
Rayne 20 Oct 2020 16:45 - 16:45 Sunny cloudy Andrew Goodey Raven (Flying between Rayne and Gt Saling, calling)
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary 20 Oct 2020 11:15 - 13:45 Warm S breeze, sun & cloud, 20c. Incoming tide. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale Great White Egret (On distant tide line. No mistaking the large Egret even at distance. Unmistakable size, large dagger bill.), 4 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 500 Wigeon (Conservative estimate, probably twice this number.), 500 Oystercatcher (Circa. ), 100 Dunlin (Circa.), 15 Curlew (Circa.), 50 Grey Plover (Circa.), 30 Turnstone (Circa. ), 5 Redshank, 7 Swallow (Going South. ), 2 Great Crested Grebe
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 20 Oct 2020 15:40 - 16:30 Warm & dry, S breeze, sun & cloud. High tide. Sightings with Brenda from Marina area. David Hale Cattle Egret (With cattle other side of creek. Short stocky white Egret with yellow bill, at feet of cattle. ), Marsh Harrier (Female.), Kestrel (Harassing the Marsh Harrier.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair, other side of creek.), 4 Curlew
Althorne 20 Oct 2020 15:00 - 18:00 Mild, sunny, light S wind moving SE. Highlights during WeBS count. Steven Swaby Merlin (Adult male, Bridgemarsh Island), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Wheatear, 2 Stonechat
Good Easter 19 Oct 2020 10:00 - 10:00 Martin Henry Red Kite (drifting north), 190 Linnet (second largest flock locally)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 19 Oct 2020 10:15 - 11:45 Sunny, warm. Breezy. Lincewood only. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, Treecreeper (At least.), Nuthatch (At least. Exploring inside a tree hole for at least a minute at one point.), Lesser Redpoll (Flying over.)
Writtle 19 Oct 2020 15:00 - 15:15 overcast Oliver Cottis Kingfisher (flew over road, towards lake/streams)
South Woodham Ferrers 19 Oct 2020 11:30 - 12:30 Sunny with a south breeze. Walk along bridle path towards Wellinditch Alan Shearring 5 Buzzard, 9 Robin, Yellow-browed Warbler (flew from hedge to oak tree branch, called once and disappeared forever), Grey Partridge, Chiffchaff
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers 19 Oct 2020 13:00 - 14:30 High tide Alan Shearring 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (usual pair, all the first winters of 16/10 have moved on), Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 100 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret (roosting on saltmarsh), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 900 Starling
Nazeing, Lea Valley 19 Oct 2020 08:45 - 09:15 Thomas Simon 4 Lesser Redpoll
Frinton-on-Sea 18 Oct 2020 10:45 - 13:00 Occasional sunny spell. Viewing along lane south of Tennis Club towards pumping station. Andrew Allen Dusky Warbler (A vocal bird, that showed well on and off.), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Wren, Dunnock
Wrabness 18 Oct 2020 10:05 - 10:30 Overcast, mild Simon Banks 19 Red-breasted Merganser (Two groups both downriver of Wrabness reserve), 2 Stonechat (Just east of Wrabness chalets)