Wednesday 06 Jul 2022
Heybridge Basin, 14:00 to 16:00
50 Black-tailed Godwit [Ian Tarbin]
Mersea Island, 13:00 to 15:30, MC = Martin Cock , SE= me
2 Shelduck (A pr with 6 young off shop lane/reeves hall MC ), 32 Avocet (Off shop lane MC. ), Whimbrel (Off maydays SE.), 20 Curlew (Pye fleet SE MC), 87 Black-tailed Godwit (1 summer,1 winter maydays, SE, 85 off shop lane MC), 20 Redshank (Off maydays SE), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Maydays ), 3 Marsh Harrier (Off shop lane MC), Peregrine Falcon (Juv chasing curlews of maydays seawall, then sat on Langenhoe seawall.SE), 6 House Martin (Maydays farm house SE. ), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing maydays dyke SE), Yellowhammer (Male bill full of inspects maydays dyke SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 14:00, Cloudy
17 Swallow (Same place as yesterday ) [Phil Harling ]
Langenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Cattle Egret (On private land), Great White Egret (Private land) [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 08:50
3 Green Woodpecker (Two together, Sains Drive. One, Totham Pit.), 25 Swallow (circa. Inc many juveniles. In and around farm buildings, Sains Farm.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 10:30, Sunny periods, warm, light wind, ebbing tide; 16 species singing
Cuckoo (Independent juvenile, Walton Hall Marshes ), 11 Avocet (Walton Hall Marshes ), Whimbrel (First of the autumn), 44 Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Hall Marshes and Cormorant Creek), 3 Greenshank (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juvenile ), 3 Green Woodpecker (1 juvenile), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 north of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 11 Blackcap (Singing ), 12 Whitethroat (Singing ), 3 Song Thrush (2 singing, 1 dispersing juvenile on seawall ), Stonechat (Juvenile, Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Juvenile birds, 2 by Tower and 2 Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Linnet, Chinese Muntjac, Brown Hare (Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes] Cuckoo at Naze, The on 06 Jul 2022, (Brian Combes) , Yellow Wagtail at Naze, The on 06 Jul 2022, (Brian Combes) , Yellow Wagtail at Naze, The on 06 Jul 2022, (Brian Combes)
Tuesday 05 Jul 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny
300 Canada Goose, 60 Greylag Goose, 180 Mute Swan, 20 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 2 Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 12 Little Egret, 2 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldfinch [Richard Salenius ]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 11:00, Dry, warm, cloudy, light breeze
2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies)
Naze, The, 10:00 to 15:00, warm, broken cloud
Turnstone (with Dunlin), 4 Dunlin (all in summer plumage), 3 Sandwich Tern, 10 Little Tern (in single group flying in off sea to Horsey), 3 Common Tern, Short-eared Owl (disturbed from hide wall - very surprising for July) [Martin Richards]
Layer Breton, 09:30 to 10:30, Dry, warm, cloudy, light breeze

50 Canada Goose, 50 Greylag Goose, 10 Egyptian Goose, 4 Common Tern, 15 Cormorant, Spoonbill, 4 Grey Heron, Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail

[Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Carrion Crow at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 05 Jul 2022, (Michael Davies)
Ashdon, 09:00 to 16:30, Sunny spells
10 Swallow (Adults feeding juveniles on telephone wire , been here all day ) [Phil Harling ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 10:40, 1 white letter hairstreak SW corner play area brambles 30yds behind danger cliff sign.(coupleShop la BeforeStepsSidefishwood
Barn Owl (9.15am Sitting in front of triangular nest box back of pond from cudmore Grove pond hide.( feeding young)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:20 to 11:25, Mostly sunny, cloud increasing, light W wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge, Canada Goose (with Greylags.), 69 Greylag Goose (Trout Lake.), 6 Mute Swan (Plus two broods, 5 and 5, on Carp Lake.), 22 Mallard (Plus a brood of seven.), 11 Pochard, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, 40 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 3 Collared Dove, 8 Moorhen, 137 Coot, 5 Little Grebe (Plus two young.), 11 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two nesting on Carp Lake.), 57 Black-headed Gull (Mostly on recently cut meadow.), 9 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern (Trout Lake.), 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Male and female. Female harassed by three Magpie.), 10 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 5 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 4 Skylark (Singing.), 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (Two singing.), 6 Reed Warbler (Four singing.), Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Wren (Singing.), 2 Starling, 8 Blackbird, Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Robin (One juvenile.), 6 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch (Singing.), Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, 27 Tufted Duck (Plus brood of seven.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 04 Jul 2022
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:00 to 18:10, Cloudy
2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane) [Bruce Brown]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:30, mainly clear, westerly wind, mild; 17 species in song
12 Swift, Curlew (West), 2 Sandwich Tern, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juvenile), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 escarpment, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 1 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing ), 13 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 03 Jul 2022
Maldon, 18:00 to 20:00, Evening walk along south side of river Blackwater from Maldon
3 Teal (Dump Pool), 2 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 113 Black-tailed Godwit (88 opposite Dump Pool, 25 east of causeway), 10 Redshank, 4 Tufted Duck (Dump Pool- bred again (female & 3 ducklings)) [John Buchanan]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:55 to 17:05, Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
6 Little Ringed Plover (At LDHC.), Caspian Gull (At LBC before flying off towards LDHC!!!), Spoonbill (At LBC.), 2 Cattle Egret (Pair at LBC.), Great White Egret (At LBC.), Kestrel (At LDHC.), Linnet (At LDHC.), Black Swan (At LDHC.) [Zane Sargent ] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Linnet at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Linnet at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:00 to 16:00, via River Walk - highlights
20+ Swift, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 8+ Buzzard, Kestrel, Song Thrush [David L Smith]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 16:00, Partly cloudy with good spells of sunshine. 23c
Teal (♂-Kingfisher Hide), 10 Little Grebe (Kingfisher Hide and Lake), 17 Avocet (Margaret Hide), 115 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Greenshank (Laune's Hide), 3 Common Tern (Margaret Hide), 7 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (♂-Margaret Hide), Marsh Harrier (♀- Geedon Marsh), 2 Buzzard (Geedon Marsh), Green Woodpecker (Heard only), Jay (Lake), 2 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Song Thrush (Visitor Centre), 2 Yellowhammer (Fenced Paddocks) [Mick Woodruff]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:00, Old road ,next to entrance to visitors centre with D Rhymes
4 Chiffchaff ( (Up to 3 possible 4 Purple Emperor's seen around oaks on left)), 4 Blackcap (Plus singing), Garden Warbler (On left before wooden gate with barber wire on), Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Nightingale (Possibly 6+ croaking/loud ticking and feeding alot on edges of old road.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Copford, 09:50 to 10:00
2 Red Kite (along School Road) [Andrew Goodey]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, SimonPatient 4 white letterhairstreak at cudmore Grove in overflow car park SW corner elms,& SW corner of play area nr cliffs
3 Swift (Empress drive SE. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:00 to 11:45, Fine and sunny, west wind, rising tide
Red-legged Partridge (On the tip), 28 Canada Goose (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 66 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 175 Shelduck (Mucking Flats), 37 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 2 Teal (Golden Gates), 13 Pochard (One, plus one downy young, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 27 Swift (Golden Gates), Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 2 Moorhen (Two each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 66 Coot (18 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Including a well grown juv Golden Gates), 4 Oystercatcher (Mucking Flats), 43 Curlew (Mucking Flats), Green Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Flats), Buzzard (Over the tip), 3 Green Woodpecker (Two by the railway line and one Golden Gates), 3 Peregrine Falcon (Two female juvs and an adult male on the cranes), Ring-necked Parakeet, Sand Martin (Golden Gates), Nightingale (Juv by the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Stonechat (Pair by the railway line), 31 Tufted Duck (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 02 Jul 2022
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:30 to 18:40, Cloudy
2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane) [Bruce Brown]
Halstead, 14:45 to 18:25, Sunny, All birds seen between Halstead and Greenstead Green (Fields) unless said, Only Highlights!!!
26 Swift, Red Kite (Flying in Halstead.), Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Flying.), 4 Skylark, 11 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, Chaffinch (Male singing.), 2 Linnet, 12 Yellowhammer (Many across fields!) [Zane Sargent ] Red Kite at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Buzzard at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Skylark at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Skylark at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , House Martin at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Chaffinch at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Linnet at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Linnet at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellowhammer at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellowhammer at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellowhammer at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellowhammer at Halstead on 02 Jul 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury, 13:30 to 15:00, warm and sunny with cloud later
3 Moorhen (2 juveniles), Coot (on nest - pools behind St Andrews church), Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (female + 2 fledged young near St Andrews church), 2 Swallow (presumed pair Belchamp St Paul), House Martin (Belchamp St Paul), Reed Warbler (+ calling from reedbed behind St Andrews church), 3 Whitethroat (singing males (at least one family)), Bullfinch (+ , family party), 2 Greenfinch (+, family party), 4 Yellowhammer (males on territory), 2 Reed Bunting (singing males in oilseed rape.) [Martin Peers]
Hornchurch, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry and Sunny
Black Swan (At Harrow Lodge Park Hornchurch ) [Bill Hedden] Black Swan at Hornchurch on 02 Jul 2022, (Bill Hedden)
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:15, mainly clear, warm, brisk southerly wind; 14 species singing
Cuckoo (Juvenile, independent), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juvenile), Green Woodpecker, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 south of John Weston Reserve and 2 in it), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing ), Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing ), 9 Blackcap (Singing), 15 Whitethroat (Singing ), Song Thrush (Singing ) [Brian Combes]
Maldon, 04:30 to 07:00
Quail (Singing male in wheat field south of limebrook way), 2 Nightingale (croaking call heard where singing birds were in may) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 01 Jul 2022
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 19:40 to 19:45, Low cloud
3 Swift [Bruce Brown]
TL4741, 13:00 to 13:00
2 Yellow Wagtail (In field possibly breeding area) [Andrew Goodey]
Mersea Island, 09:01 to 18:01
Pochard (Fm With 2+ chick's cudmore dyke ), 2 Ringed Plover (A pr with 2 chicks(4 chicks in there).stone point ), Hobby (Flypass at junction haycocks Lane/Chapman lane ), 3 Sand Martin (Golf house dyke ), 9 Long-tailed Tit (Cudmore ), 4 Reed Warbler (Cudmore Grove ), 3 Blackcap (Cudmore ), 2 Linnet (A pr Stone point ), 2 Reed Bunting (Both males cudmore Grove ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 30 Jun 2022
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 17:00, High tide. Clear, warm and dry, light breeze.
12 Shelduck, 12 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Swallow (including adults feeding 3 fledglings on jetty), Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Heard), Lesser Whitethroat (Heard), Whitethroat, Song Thrush (Heard), Nightingale (Heard) [Ken Hudgell]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:50 to 13:45, Cloudy. Light SW wind. With Graham Barber.
5 Canada Goose, 63 Greylag Goose, 7 Mute Swan (Plus two broods 5,5. ), 2 Gadwall, 23 Mallard (Plus three broods, 7,4,1.), 9 Pochard, 2 Swift, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 25 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 2 Collared Dove, 5 Moorhen, 96 Coot, 6 Little Grebe (Plus one young.), 9 Great Crested Grebe (Inc, pair possibly nesting on Carp Lake.), 5 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern (Trout Lake.), 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron (Flyovers.), 8 Little Egret (Inc. two flyovers.), Buzzard (Present throughout visit.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 7 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Carrion Crow, 8 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Skylark (Three singing.), 8 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Inc. five singing. Two carrying food.), 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat (Two singing.), 3 Wren (Singing.), 10 Blackbird (Inc. two singing and a pair nesting.), Song Thrush (Singing.), 2 Robin, 4 Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch (Three singing.), 6 Linnet, 22 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting (Males.), 31 Tufted Duck (Plus brood of seven on Carp Lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Cloud & sun. Cool. Plotlands.
Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Possibly two, close to lake.), Kestrel (Male.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 07:30 to 12:30, Overcast, light W wind, rising tide
13 Greylag Goose, 3 Mute Swan (Plus 4 young), 102 Shelduck, 35 Gadwall (Plus two broods of nine), 8 Teal (On the river), 10 Pochard (Plus a brood of six), Cuckoo (Male), 4 Stock Dove, 12 Little Grebe (Plus a brood of two), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Plus two young), 12 Oystercatcher (Plus a brood of one), 335 Avocet, 13 Lapwing, Ringed Plover, 9 Little Ringed Plover (Including a moribund juvenile), Whimbrel, 70 Curlew, 234 Black-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull (Adult), Common Gull (Adult), 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile), 10 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:30, overcast with some rain, light southerly wind, warm; 19 species in song
4 Swift (South), 2 Lapwing (South), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Heard), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk, Little Owl (By farm pond), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dispersing juvenile ), Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 cricket pitch, 1 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 15 Whitethroat (Singing ), Song Thrush (Singing ) [Brian Combes] Little Owl at Naze, The on 30 Jun 2022, (Brian Combes) , Little Owl at Naze, The on 30 Jun 2022, (Brian Combes) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Naze, The on 30 Jun 2022, (Brian Combes) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Naze, The on 30 Jun 2022, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 29 Jun 2022
Great Totham, 18:05 to 18:05
24 Swift (circa. Four flying over Gt.Totham South briefly joined by 20 circa others. Most I've seen over village this year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Layer Breton, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, dry, light breeze
100 Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, 100 Greylag Goose, 6 Egyptian Goose, 2 Moorhen, 2 Spoonbill, 15 Little Egret, Starling, 4 Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Barnacle Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Barnacle Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Barnacle Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 29 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:00 to 15:00, Cloudy, some sun. Breezy, mild. Plotlands.
20 Swift (At least.), 12 Moorhen (Pair with four well grown young & six newly hatched young from 2nd brood.), 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker (Juv.), 2 Kestrel (Male & female. Not together.), 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Copford, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Nuthatch (Pits Wood ) [Emma Robinson]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 12:00 to 12:15, Cloudy
5 Swift (Woodhall Parade shops.) [Bruce Brown]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:15 to 16:30, Sunny spells, lots of cloud. Light SW breeze, 20c. Sightings with Brenda from Rawl hide.
10 Mallard (2 females, with 4 & 6 ducklings.), 3 Teal (2 drakes 1 female.), 3 Red-crested Pochard, 30 Swift (At least. ), 3 Moorhen (Juveniles.), 100 Coot (Circa. ), Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing (Circa.), Little Ringed Plover, 20 Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Tern, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Red Kite (Slowly flying South over West Bank tree's at 13 50 hours. ), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Tufted Duck (2 pair. ) [David Hale]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00
4 Pochard (female with 3 large juvs), 9 Swift, 4 Little Grebe (incl 2 juvs), Whimbrel, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel (juvs), 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat [Liz Huxley]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Rising tide, S wind, overcast
5 Common Tern (Single flock down river) [Paul Larkin]
The Naze at Walton, 09:30 to 12:30, Mostly cloudy, just a few spots of rain, quite cool but becoming warmer, little wind, tide half out
10 Brent Goose (On sea (early, late, or never left?)), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair), 8 Ringed Plover (3 definite pairs (I was below high tide mark!)), Redshank (Displaying), 3 Chiffchaff (3 singing), 3 Blackcap (3 singing), 2 Garden Warbler (2 singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (3 singing), 8 Whitethroat (8 singing), Nightingale (Near John Weston - seen not heard), 2 Linnet [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by MC = Martin Cock at east mersea Stone point
7 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover (With 4 chicks), 10 Curlew, 2 Common Tern [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Cloudy, warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least. Including two juvs.), 2 Coal Tit (At least.), Goldcrest, 6 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Treecreeper (At least. Including an adult with at least one young.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 28 Jun 2022
Copford, 13:30 to 13:30
Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford, 12:00 to 13:30, Sun, cloud, breezy
5 Canada Goose, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Canada Goose at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Blue Tit at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Blue Tit at Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford on 28 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies)
Westley Heights, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny & clouds. Breezy, warm.
2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, MC = Martin Cock shop lane
Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat [Stephen Entwistle]
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing, 09:00 to 09:30
Cetti's Warbler [Paul Gymer]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:30 to 11:55, Sunny at first, cloud increasing, light to moderate S wind.
7 Canada Goose, 77 Greylag Goose (Trout Lake.), 7 Mute Swan (Adults. Inc. two pair with young, (5 and 5) on Carp Lake.), 11 Mallard (Plus eight young 7 and 1.), 18 Pochard (Carp lake.), Cuckoo (Calling.), 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 2 Collared Dove, 5 Moorhen (Plus one dead on north bank of Trout lake.), 86 Coot, 6 Little Grebe (Plus two young.), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Black-headed Gull (Following hay cutting.), 18 Herring Gull (Following hay cutting.), 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Following hay cutting.), 2 Common Tern (Trout Lake.), 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron ( ), 2 Little Egret (Flyovers.), Red Kite (Prolonged flight over meadow area being cut for hay.), 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 5 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler (Singing. Three, Trout Lake, one Holding Pond.), Blackcap (Female.), 4 Whitethroat (Three singing.), 2 Blackbird (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (Singing.), Chaffinch (Singing.), 3 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting (Male. ), 21 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 08:45, Sunny, warm. Plotlands.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker ( One adult & at least two juvs.), Nuthatch (At least. First record from the Plotlands.) [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 06:30 to 10:15, warm, mainly clear, brisk SE wind - Frinton/Haven/Farm loop; 20 species in song
7 Swift, 10 Lapwing (South), Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 30 Swallow (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing), Blackcap (Singing ), 6 Whitethroat (Singing ), Goldcrest (Juvenile), Song Thrush (Singing), 2 Stonechat (Juveniles ), Yellow Wagtail (West over golf course), 10 Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting (3 singing), 4 Reed Bunting (Singing ) [Brian Combes]
Monday 27 Jun 2022
Coggeshall, 20:10 to 20:12, Sunny,1 Bird!!!
Sparrowhawk (Juvenile. Flew onto branch before flying off 15 seconds later!) [Zane Sargent ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Corn Bunting (Singing at maydays (Martin cock)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 10:15, mainly clear, southerly wind, warm; 15 species in song
Cuckoo, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juvenile, presumably a dispersing bird), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 by cricket pitch, 1 John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 14 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Chinese Muntjac, Brown Hare (Walton Hall Marshes, first record for me at The Naze) [Brian Combes]
Sunday 26 Jun 2022
Stanway Green, 12:00 to 16:30, At Colchester Zoo
Swift, Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, Raven (Flew east, carrying food), Swallow, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, 10:45 to 11:45, sunny with a fresh breeze
5 Mallard (included 3 juvenile. All records near Belchamp Walter church.), 6 Moorhen (included 2 juveniles), 2 Buzzard (pair), Kingfisher (calling - traditional site), 3 Reed Warbler (adults plus minimum one unfledged young), 4 Whitethroat (two active nests), 3 Goldcrest (at least one calling young), Nuthatch (calling from traditional territory), Treecreeper (as Nuthatch), 3 Chaffinch (singing males: at least one with unfledged young.) [Martin Peers]
Sudbury, Suffolk, 09:30 to 10:45, warm and sunny with strong breeze
Red-legged Partridge (calling. All records near Bulmer village, Essex), Red Kite (over church), 5 Skylark (singing males), 18 Swallow (4 families), Lesser Whitethroat (singing male), 10 Whitethroat (3 families + 2 singing males), 3 Pied Wagtail (male + 2 fledged young), 3 Chaffinch (singing males), 5 Greenfinch (2 males; at least one with family), 2 Linnet (pair), Yellowhammer (singing male) [Martin Peers]
Great Totham, 09:05 to 09:15, Sunny, moderate S wind.
Little Owl (Usual perch. Church Road.), 6 Swallow (Pair with four recent young. The Old Vicarage, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:00 to 11:00, Fine and sunny, south wind, rising tide
49 Canada Goose (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 75 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 6 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 176 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 8 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 20 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including three drakes, Golden Gates), 17 Swift (Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Pair Golden Gates), 3 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 66 Coot (16 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 17 Curlew (In the managed retreat), Green Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), Marsh Harrier (Female type west over the pit to the south of the tip), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Golden Gates), 55 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 4 Cetti's Warbler (One by the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Stonechat (Pair plus a juv near the railway line), 30 Tufted Duck (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 17 drakes, Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 05:30 to 09:30, sunny & strong SE breeze, 12c - 19c
3 Cuckoo (single by salcott & pair by southern end of short walk (a hepatic female & I mistook it for a kestrel at first)), 23 Grey Plover (non breeding plumage by abbots hall breech), 9 Bar-tailed Godwit (non breeding plumage), 4 Black-tailed Godwit (breeding plumage), 2 Green Sandpiper (possibly 3 ), 2 Spotted Redshank (only brief & distant flying views, still in breeding plumage), Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, 8 Bearded Tit (possibly 3-4 family groups along the short walk & joyce's head fleet reedbeds, plenty of pinging heard) [Tony Kennelly]
Chigborough Lakes, 04:40 to 04:45, Sunrise. The fields & back roads north of the reserve
2 Little Owl (I have eventually found the resident pair by accident, after several years of trying.), Lesser Whitethroat (singing male), Corn Bunting (singing male), 4 Yellowhammer (pair) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 25 Jun 2022
Maldon, 17:00 to 17:05
2 Mute Swan (Pair with seven cygnets (originally eight). Elms Farm Park Lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:30, Cloudy, strong wind
Goldeneye, 5 Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, 10 Cormorant [Michael Davies] Goldeneye at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies)
Layer Breton, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, strong wind

4 Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern, 2 Spoonbill, 10 Sand Martin, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Tufted Duck

[Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Sand Martin at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Sand Martin at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Sand Martin at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 25 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:00 to 11:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy, warm. Lincewood.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 08:15 to 11:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy, warm.
30 Swift (At least.), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 5 Green Woodpecker (Two juveniles.), Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit (At least on juv.), 3 Goldcrest (Two singing males.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:45, mainly overcast, brisk southerly wind, warm; high tide; 18 species in song
2 Avocet (Walton Hall Marshes ), Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 by cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 10 Whitethroat (Singing), 280 Starling (++, Walton Hall Marshes ), Song Thrush (Singing ), 30 House Sparrow (+, post-breeding flock north of decoy ponds), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Friday 24 Jun 2022
Wivenhoe, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, warm, stiff breeze, lowish tide
2 Oystercatcher, 20 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 20 House Sparrow [Michael Davies] Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lesser Black-backed Gull at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jun 2022, (Michael Davies)
Walton-on-The-Naze, 12:00 to 15:00, Partly cloudy, Wind South Westerly light to Moderate. 24c / 75.2f
24 Barnacle Goose, Shoveler (♀), Teal (♂), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Avocet, 5 Lapwing, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier (♀), 2 Kestrel (♂♀), Cetti's Warbler (Heard Only), Chiffchaff (Heard Only), 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Heard Only), 10 Whitethroat (At Least), 4 Meadow Pipit (Circular Walk) [Mick Woodruff]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) [Bruce Brown]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Golden Plover (Golf house saltings pools MC SE), 2 Ringed Plover (With 4 chicks on stone point MC), 3 Sanderling (At high tide on stone point MC SE), 4 Common Tern (Off cudmore Grove SE), Barn Owl (Shows well from cudmore Grove pond hide best as park opens 8am) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
Sparrowhawk (young calling Wivenhoe Wood), Firecrest (singing in Wivenhoe Wood), 2 Goldcrest (Wivenhoe Wood), 2 Treecreeper (Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, warm. Breezy.
Cuckoo (Male in flight. Silent.), 6 Coot (Pair with four well grown young, Hatch Farm Pond.), 3 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (At least two juvs; separate locations.), 2 Kestrel, 3 Skylark (Singing males, including one near Hatch Farm.), 4 Swallow (At least one juv.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 10 Tufted Duck (Pair plus female with at least seven young, Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]