Friday 28 Jan 2022
TL7306, 15:00 to 15:30, Clear, cold and breezy
40+ Carrion Crow (On Sewage treatment works filter beds), Grey Wagtail (On Sewage treatment works filter beds), 11 Pied Wagtail (On Sewage treatment works filter beds), 2 Goldfinch [Kevin Poulton]
Holland Haven, 14:45 to 16:45
40 White-fronted Goose, 5 Shoveler, 2 Avocet, 220+ Lapwing, 37 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Turnstone, Grey Heron, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat (male) [Liz Huxley] White-fronted Goose at Holland Haven on 28 Jan 2022, (Liz Huxley)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 14:00 to 15:30, bright but chilly
400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (no sign of RB Goose with flock, not seen by other birders on site either), Black Brant, 5 Shelduck, 250 Wigeon, 12 Little Grebe, 20 Avocet, 7 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, 500 Dunlin, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (flushed Brent flock), 2 Skylark, 50 Linnet [Ben Mapp]
TL9002, 13:30 to 13:40, Hazy Sun
2 Red Kite (Circling around) [Dave Smith]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:00 to 15:00
Red-breasted Goose (with 750+ Brent Geese, but commuting between here, the river & S Fambridge) [Neil Murphy]
Salcott, 13:00 to 13:30, Hazy sunshine, light winds
Hen Harrier (Ringtail) [Gary Mowles]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Black Brant (With 350+ Brent Geese) [Neil Murphy]
Great Totham, 09:20 to 09:30, Sun and cloud, light SW wind.
8 Goosander (6m. 2f. Totham Pit.), 3 Fieldfare (Scrub adj. Totham Pit.), Song Thrush (Singing. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hatfield Forest, 08:30 to 08:45
Red Kite (Woodside Green), Raven (Woodside Green) [Andrew Goodey]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:30, Sunny, some cloud. Cold.
3 Goosander (Two males, one female.), Woodcock (Flew into Ruin Wood.), Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Treecreeper (Probably two pairs.), 6 Redwing (At least.), 2 Mistle Thrush, Linnet, 4 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Hamford Water, 08:00 to 11:15, cold first thing with sharp frost, westerly wind, sunny periods; high tide ebbing - south shore
223 Avocet, 1100 Lapwing (+, large flocks on fields, mobile), 47 Golden Plover, 32 Curlew, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), Green Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Corn Bunting, 41 Yellowhammer (In stubble field/hedges by seawall north of Birch Hall, probably more than 50 birds but birds scattered and mobile, decent sized winter flock and largest I’ve seen here), 4 Reed Bunting, Brown Hare [Brian Combes]
Thursday 27 Jan 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 16:30
4 Barnacle Goose (LBCW East.), Smew (Redhead LBCW centre west.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (LDLH SE close corner. ), Ruff (LDLH SE close corner. ), 6 Cattle Egret (Garr farm with sheep .(quick look).), Grey Wagtail (LDLH south east close corner. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:20 to 16:00, Becoming sunny & quite warm.
28 Curlew (Marina.), 32 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), Kestrel, Raven (Flying along the old tip.), 19 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 13:00 to 14:00
250 Herring Gull, 2 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon (flying over the valley, toward the zoo), Goldcrest, 4 Siskin [Oliver Cottis]
Layer Breton, 13:00 to 14:00
50 Canada Goose, 50 Greylag Goose, 6 Moorhen, 10 Coot, 30 Black-headed Gull, 10 Cormorant, 2 Great White Egret, Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 27 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 15:00, High tide c07:00 - highlights
20 Red-breasted Merganser (+), Water Rail (Heard ), Red-throated Diver, Sparrowhawk (Female), 4 Marsh Harrier (+), 4 Buzzard (+), 3 Kestrel (+), Peregrine Falcon (Female) [David L Smith]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 12:45, Dry, overcast, light S breeze. 10c. Tide dropping. Sightings with Brenda
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa.), 2 Black Brant (With Dark bellied Brent's. Showing large white flanks & larger white neck ring. ), Red-breasted Goose (Red black & white patterned goose, small black bill, black legs & feet.), 9 Mute Swan, 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 6 Curlew, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa), 50 Dunlin (Circa. ), 10 Redshank, Black Swan [David Hale]
Hockley Woods, 10:00 to 12:00
3 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Blackbird, 4 Robin, Dunnock [Richard Mander] Nuthatch at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Nuthatch at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Nuthatch at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Nuthatch at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Blackbird at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Robin at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Dunnock at Hockley Woods on 27 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 10:00 to 12:00, With Matt Turner
2 Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade] Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 27 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 27 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 27 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 27 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, )
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:55 to 11:45, Overcast, moderate W wind, brief light drizzle.
5 Red-legged Partridge, 19 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 46 Gadwall, 16 Mallard, 36 Wood Pigeon, Moorhen, 212 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 14 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 8 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 13 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 5 Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 3 Robin, 18 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:15 to 09:20
2 Raven (Pair flew from east to west over Layer Breton causeway) [Jon Clark]
East Tilbury, 09:00 to 13:45, Overcast, SW wind, LT
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 233 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 12 Pochard, 16 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 14 Oystercatcher, 718 Avocet, 114 Grey Plover, 43 Curlew, 967 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 21 Redshank, 4 Little Egret, 6 Stonechat (Three pairs), 3 Water Pipit, 8 Corn Bunting, 4 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Water Rail (3 calls from 2 diff birds , seen 1 ivy dock SE.), Red-throated Diver (Close in off ivy dock East Mersea SE.), Meadow Pipit (Close on seawall fence ivy dock SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny with a light breeze.
3 Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 30 White-fronted Goose, 3 Scaup [Paul Chamberlain] Barnacle Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 27 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Pink-footed Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 27 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , White-fronted Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 27 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 27 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain)
Blake's Wood, near Danbury, 07:30 to 09:20, With Matt Turner
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (drumming briefly), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 21 Hawfinch, 35 Siskin [Steve Grimwade] Hawfinch at Blake's Wood, near Danbury on 27 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, )
Wednesday 26 Jan 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 16:45, Cold and very bright.
Long-tailed Duck, 145 Goldeneye, 2000 Lapwing ((+)), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 93 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Stonechat, 4 Pied Wagtail [David Allen]
TL6807, 15:00 to 15:15, sunny,bright and still.
Little Egret (Feeding on the River Can.), Red Kite (Flying over Old Chelmsfordians sports ground towards Chignal.) [Malcolm Cresswell]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 14:00 to 16:30
10 Pheasant, 20 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose (with Canada flock), 30 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 20 Wigeon, 12 Pintail, 50 Teal, 4 Pochard, 12 Little Grebe, 60 Oystercatcher, 100+ Lapwing, 500+ Golden Plover (Pool Marsh), 20 Ringed Plover, 6 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 500+ Knot (Several flocks across Pool Marsh), 28 Dunlin, 18 Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female), Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over southern seawall and Foulness island), Kestrel, Stonechat (first winter female), Meadow Pipit [Richard Mander] Stonechat at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 26 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander) , Stonechat at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 26 Jan 2022, (Richard Mander)
Wivenhoe, 14:00 to 15:00, Dry, sunny, low tide

6 Mute Swan, 6 Ringed Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, Little Egret, Buzzard

[Michael Davies] Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Ringed Plover at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 26 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 14:30
c30 White-fronted Goose (On field south of the western section of the reservoir) [John Thorogood]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:15 to 15:00, Hazy sunshine giving good visibility.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose [Paul Chamberlain] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain)
TM1112, 12:30 to 15:30, Sunny and cold, no breeze
Shoveler, 220 Oystercatcher, 9 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 40 Curlew, Knot, 2 Redshank (Mating), 5 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Mobbed by crows), Buzzard (Sitting on fence post), 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting [Richard Salenius ]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 12:30 to 15:00, via River Walk
Sparrowhawk (Female), 3 Red Kite (Including yellow wing-tagged individual - presumably 4F?), 6 Buzzard (+), 2 Kestrel, Goldcrest, 3 Meadow Pipit, 12 Siskin (+ Feeding in Alders) [David L Smith]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 15:00, sunny, no wind 8Celsius

400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flock moving frequently between field and River Crouch.), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Especially well seen during flight landing - see Photos), 2 Black Brant (Very distinctive & fitting with Collins Bird Guide and several scientific papers. I have just completed an article for RSPB on the close sited breeding of bernicla and nigricans pairs in Russian Arctic deltas which would allow for wrongly directed migration of nigricans westwards with the dark-bellied bernicla rather that eastwards towards America. The same close breeding arrangements of dark-bellied brents and red-breasted goose sometimes results in their mixed migratory flight to UK .), Red-breasted Goose (Highly visible Photographed grazing and in flight)

[Alan Thorpe] Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Alan Thorpe) , Red-breasted Goose and Pale-bellied Brent at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Alan Thorpe) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Alan Thorpe) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Alan Thorpe) , Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 26 Jan 2022, (Alan Thorpe)
Halstead, 11:40 to 11:50, Cold, still and dull.
15 Siskin (mobile, mainly feeding in Alders along the River Colne. ) [Jeremy Hurley]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 14:30, Cloudy in the morning, brightening up in the afternoon, light wind
Hen Harrier (male), Peregrine Falcon, Snow Bunting (seen along northern sea wall) [Ian Carle]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:30, cold, low tide rising, westerly wind, overcast; Wrabness Nature Reserve and Jacques Bay
2 Pintail, 16 Goldeneye, 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 2 Song Thrush, Rock Pipit, Bullfinch (Male), 6 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:40 to 11:00, Cloudy, some sun. Cold.
Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 4 Nuthatch (At least. One heard singing.), 3 Treecreeper (Including two singing.), 14 Redwing (At least.), Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 16:20, Selected highlights from Swallow Birding guided walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
4 Barnacle Goose, 2 Goosander, 3 Spoonbill, 6 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 2 Buzzard, Merlin, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Stonechat, 3 Corn Bunting [Steve Grimwade]
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 14:45, Sunny
64 Black-headed Gull (In field near School.), Little Gull (1 in field with other gulls near school. Very unusual as I have never seen it before in Coggeshall. Flew towards the centre of Village.), 3 Mediterranean Gull (In field near school.), 2 Great Black-backed Gull (In field near school.), Red Kite (Flying early this morning.), 2 Buzzard (Calling while circling around.), 3 Blue Tit (On feeders.), Great Tit (On feeders.), 6 Blackbird (In bushes.), 61 Goldfinch (In trees near school.) [Zane Sargent ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
18 Red-breasted Merganser (8 vic esp, 10 mersea quarter's SE.), 14 Great Crested Grebe (Victoria esplanade SE. ), 2 Red-throated Diver (Victoria esplanade SE. ), 2 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade SE. ), Peregrine Falcon (Mobbing marsh harrier over feldy marsh.DU.), 2 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Bewick's Swan, 3 Shelduck, 14 Pintail, 5 Scaup (3 male, 2 female. LDLH Causeway), Long-tailed Duck (Island Hide), 40 Goldeneye, 7 Goosander, 2 Slavonian Grebe (Island Hide), 56 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 14 Dunlin, 63 Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Billets), 5 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Pipit, 10 Linnet [Oliver Cottis]
Blake's Wood, near Danbury, 08:00 to 08:50
2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (drumming male and calling female), 27+ Hawfinch (Mainly in hornbeams / alders around clearing beyond gulley with power lines 300m N of National Trust car park), 65 Siskin [Adrian Dally]
Hatfield Forest, 07:00 to 09:00, Full cloud
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming birds), 6 Marsh Tit, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 15 Hawfinch (Possibly more but short visit confined to Elgins area. A couple alongside Marsh Tits on ground), 2 Bullfinch, 8 Siskin [Andrew Goodey]
Tuesday 25 Jan 2022
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 14:30 to 15:45, Cold and bright.
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (thanks to Lee Evans for spotting it sitting down), 2 Black Brant (male and female), Red-breasted Goose, 5 Moorhen, 9 Little Grebe, 20 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 2 Reed Bunting [David Allen]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:15 to 15:45, Overcast, murky, cold.
250 Great Crested Grebe, 100 Grey Plover (At least. In flight.), 50 Knot (Approx.), 50 Sanderling (Old jetty & adjacent environs.), 100 Dunlin (At least.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 3 Red-throated Diver [Andrew Cox]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:30 to 14:30
250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Black Brant (Excellent view with the Brent Goose flock from the River Crouch sea wall east of the end of Marsh Farm Road), Red-breasted Goose (Excellent view with the Brent Goose flock from the River Crouch sea wall east of the end of Marsh Farm Road), 16 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard, 3 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 10 Little Grebe, 6 Oystercatcher, 50 Lapwing, 23 Curlew, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, Cormorant, Little Egret [Richard Chew]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:15 to 13:40, Overcast and cold
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose [Paul Chamberlain] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 25 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 25 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 25 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 25 Jan 2022, (Paul Chamberlain)
Shenfield, 12:05 to 12:05
Red Kite (Flew south west along Kilworth Avenue) [James Hudson]
Mersea Island, 11:45 to 16:00
150 Avocet (Plus off maydays seawall SE. ), 72 Knot (Off maydays seawall SE.), 2000 Dunlin (Off maydays seawall SE. ), 2 Buzzard (Off maydays SE.), Kingfisher (Maydays sluice SE.), 25 Fieldfare (Maydays SE. ), 5 Redwing (Maydays SE. ), 71 Linnet (Maydays set a side SE.), 3 Corn Bunting (Maydays set a side SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Danbury, 11:00 to 14:30
Red Kite, 2 Nuthatch, 100 Redwing, 23 Hawfinch (Feeding flock of at least 23), 20 Siskin [Daryl Rhymes] Hawfinch at Danbury on 25 Jan 2022, (Daryl Rhymes) , Hawfinch at Danbury on 25 Jan 2022, (Daryl Rhymes)
Stebbing, 10:30 to 10:30
Red Kite (over A120) [Neil Murphy]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 12:30
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with dark bellied brents on foreshore near lagoons) [Liz Huxley] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Naze, The on 25 Jan 2022, (Liz Huxley) , Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Naze, The on 25 Jan 2022, (Liz Huxley)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:45 to 10:30
33 White-fronted Goose (On the water E of LBC at 1015 then flew W but circled round and last seen flying toward Garr Farm), Smew (Redhead LBC), Water Rail (LBC) [Simon Cox]
Hatfield Forest, 09:00 to 10:15
6 Gadwall (On lake), 2 Stock Dove (Singing), Great Crested Grebe (On lake), Coal Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 26 Hawfinch (could be as many as 40+), 6 Bullfinch, 2 Siskin [Neil Murphy]
Holland Haven, 07:30 to 10:45, cold, low cloud with light mist, still, low cloud; walk from Frinton to Haven
34 Russian White-fronted Goose (+, minimum count - flock, feeding on field north of hide, partly obscured by hedge), 7 Shoveler, 32 Curlew (South), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 8 Red-throated Diver (2 north, 6 on the sea), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs), Rock Pipit, Reed Bunting, Red Fox [Brian Combes] Turnstone at Holland Haven on 25 Jan 2022, (Brian Combes)
Monday 24 Jan 2022
Great Totham, 15:30 to 15:30, Overcast, calm.
Little Owl (Church Road. Usual perch.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Great Holland Pits NR, 14:30 to 16:00
8 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Gadwall (pair on Lake), 2 Teal (pair on Lake), Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest [Liz Huxley]
Mistley, 13:30 to 15:30, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
40 Pintail, 8 Goldeneye, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 500 Knot (including colour ringed bird AYY that is 18 years old!), Mediterranean Gull (Adult), Buzzard, 2 Black Swan [Steve Grimwade] Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Knot at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Knot at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Black Swan at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Black Swan at Mistley on 24 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, )
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00, Dull, overcast, flooding tide
4 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, 4 Redshank [Michael Davies] Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Lapwing at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Curlew at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 24 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:30 to 14:45
838 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose [James Hudson] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 24 Jan 2022, (James Hudson) , Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 24 Jan 2022, (James Hudson) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 24 Jan 2022, (James Hudson)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00
2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Plus reeves hall SE MC.), 48 Shoveler (Golf house pools AF DU.), 4 Pintail (Off maydays point AF DU.), 48 Red-breasted Merganser (Off cudmore Grove AF DU.(webs count).), 7 Little Grebe (Off maydays seawall SE. ), 74 Great Crested Grebe (Off west mersea from old hall. Colin Mac.), 237 Avocet (Plus pye fleet DU AF.), 280 Curlew (Off maydays seawall DU AF.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Off maydays SE.), 104 Knot (Pye fleet (webs count) DU AF.), 2300 Dunlin (Plus cudmore to maydays AF DU.), 16 Red-throated Diver (Mid estuary heading towards power station off west mersea seen from old hall..Colin Mac.), 3 Great Northern Diver (Off west Mersea from old hall ,(5 harbour seals.).Colin Mac.), Shag (Top of tall post off hard car park DU.), 6 Marsh Harrier (Off seawall cudmore to maydays AF DU.), 4 Buzzard (Off seawall maydays/Langenhoe AF SE.), 2 Kestrel (Langenhoe SE MC.), 30 Fieldfare (Plus maydays SE MC.), 6 Redwing (Plus maydays SE MC.), Stonechat (Cudmore Grove DU AF.), 3 Rock Pipit (Maydays to cudmore AF SE.), 20 Corn Bunting (maydays set of side , AF DU.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 14:00, calm, cloud cover. Long walk, with Mike Harris
70 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 130 Avocet, 800 Golden Plover, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 2 Red-throated Diver (on the blackwater side), 3 Great Northern Diver (off east end), 7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin (both on bushes seen on long walk. One female, one imm prob male), Bearded Tit, 4 Stonechat [John Slee]
Wrabness, 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
2 Egyptian Goose, Great Northern Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Yellowhammer [Steve Grimwade]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 10:00, Overcast, calm.
Little Grebe (Totham Pit.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming. Totham Pit.), Chiffchaff (Scrub adj. Totham Pit.), 50 Fieldfare (+. Arable field.), 2 Song Thrush (Horse paddock adj. St. Peter's Church.), Greenfinch (Calling. Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 07:45 to 12:00, cool, low cloud with mist developing, still, low tide
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Feeding with Brents on foreshore, below cliffs, first thing - presumably the same bird last seen on December 15th), Egyptian Goose (North, just offshore - uncommon here, only my second record for the site), 7 Red-breasted Merganser (Off Stone Point ), 3 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point ), 41 Avocet, 4 Red-throated Diver (South), Great Northern Diver (On sea, south of Stone Point ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point ), Peregrine Falcon (Over Horsey Island ), Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), Song Thrush, 23 Pied Wagtail (On shore by tidal lagoons first thing), 4 Rock Pipit, 45 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting (2 on Stone Point ), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 23 Jan 2022
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 16:20 to 16:55, Cloudy,Dusk
3 Curlew (Flying around Marsh.), Buzzard (On pole next to Car Park.), Short-eared Owl (Flying not too far from Car Park.), Wren (Flying across paths.) [Zane Sargent ]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 15:05 to 16:05, Cloudy, Only highlights!
6 Red-breasted Merganser (Distant viewing from Geedon Hide.), Turnstone (With Lapwings at Geedon Hide.), Yellow-legged Gull (On top of pole in Geedon Marsh.), 5 Marsh Harrier (Flying around at Geedon Hide.), 2 Hen Harrier (Male and Female(Ringtail). Male flying and landing at Geedon Marsh and Ringtail landed nearby. Viewing from Geedon Hide.), Great Spotted Woodpecker (On top of tree near Visitor Centre.) [Zane Sargent ]
Birch, 14:15 to 14:45, Cloudy
16 Wood Pigeon (Flying.), Green Woodpecker (Flying and Calling.), 2 Coal Tit (In tit flock.), 14 Blue Tit (In tit flock.), 8 Great Tit (In tit flock.), Wren (Flying around near bushes.), 12 Blackbird (In trees.), 80+ Fieldfare (In field.), 20+ Redwing (In field.), 5 Song Thrush (In field.), 2 Mistle Thrush (In field and Calling.), 3 Robin (In bushes.), 2 Dunnock (In bushes.), 14 Pied Wagtail (In field.), 21 Chaffinch (Flying through.), Brambling (With Chaffinches.), 4 Greenfinch (With Goldfinches.), 16 Goldfinch (Flying through.) [Zane Sargent ]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:30, cold but still, sightings with Toby Mapp
Barnacle Goose (fishing lodge bay), 400 Wigeon, 20 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander (6m 5f), Grey Heron, Jay, Coal Tit, 50 Long-tailed Tit (at least, many flocks in woodland), 4 Goldcrest, 4 Mistle Thrush (grazing meadow), 23 Meadow Pipit (grazing meadow), 2 Chaffinch [Ben Mapp]
Alresford, 12:45 to 13:15, Overcast, calm, cool
50 Chaffinch (At least - Large flock of mixed finches and buntings in game crop), 10 Linnet (At least), 10 Corn Bunting (At least), 10 Yellowhammer (At least), 10 Reed Bunting (At least) [Paul Hargreaves]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:15 to 10:30, Low Cloud. Only certain species recorded.
400 Brent Goose, Red-breasted Goose (Often out of view over a ridge.) [Andrew Allen]
Billericay, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, partial cloud cover and cold.
52 Jackdaw (Circling in a loose flock over garden at medium height in SW Billericay.), 6 Chaffinch (On feeders in garden with other finches.), 12 Greenfinch (On feeders in garden with other finches.), 20 Goldfinch (On feeders in garden with other finches.) [John Smart]
Gosfield, 10:00 to 11:00
1200 Wood Pigeon, Woodcock (Flew off from side of hedgerow) [Andrew Goodey]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 09:30 to 11:30, Cloudy, milder
Buzzard, 3 Siskin, 6 Yellowhammer (Mixed males and females. Never seen one here before let alone a small flock) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00
Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Late pm behind dabclicks sailing club DU. ), Black Brant (Late pm Behind dabclicks sailing club DU. ), 38 Shoveler (Plus golf house pools/dyke SE.), 10 Red-breasted Merganser (Plus off Coopers beach SE. ), 8 Slavonian Grebe (4pm(together). just east of Coopers beach club house SE.), 250 Dunlin (Plus off cudmore Grove SE.), 7 Snipe (Golf house saltings pools SE.), 3 Skylark (Cudmore Grove SE.), Mistle Thrush (Coopers beach caravan park SE. ), 2 Rock Pipit (Cudmore Grove SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:30 to 10:00, Cloudy, mild.
5 Mute Swan (Family party.), 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 8 Goosander (At least.), Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 5 Treecreeper (Two singing.), 5 Redwing, Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Mistle Thrush (One singing.), 2 Goldfinch, 30 Siskin (At least.), 7 Tufted Duck [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 22 Jan 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 16:15
38 Goosander (Wig bay), 37 Snipe (Wig bay), Caspian Gull (First-winter in hide bay), Yellow-legged Gull (Adult in hide bay) [Daryl Rhymes] Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Jan 2022, (Daryl Rhymes) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Jan 2022, (Daryl Rhymes) , Yellow-legged Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Jan 2022, (Daryl Rhymes)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 14:30 to 16:00, Sunshine to cloud 6°, high tide, Crawshaw hide.
80+ Avocet (Flying up river on rising tide), 3 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 2 female.), Hen Harrier (Adult male), Peregrine Falcon (Adult male perched on post Geedon saltings.) [Ashley Gooding]
Colne Pt, 13:45 to 15:00, from Colne Point sewage works
10 Grey Partridge, 200+ Lapwing, 20+ Curlew, 10+ Snipe, 6 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Siberian Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit [Liz Huxley] Siberian Chiffchaff at Colne Pt on 22 Jan 2022, (Liz Huxley)
Ardleigh Reservoir, 12:45 to 13:00
6 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail [Philip Chalk]
Mistley, 12:40 to 13:20, Cold, some ice on lake, little wind
40 Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming) [Simon Banks]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:05, Partly Cloudy, Only Highlights
5 Bewick's Swan (Underneath Pumping Station viewing from Island Hide.), 3 Scaup (At LDHC.), Long-tailed Duck (Female. At Island Hide.), 2 Ruff (At Abberton Church on mud flats.), 11 Snipe (At Billets Screen.), Green Sandpiper (At Island Hide.), Red-throated Diver (Distant viewing from the Visitor Centre.), 7 Cattle Egret (In field going to junction near LBC. ), 5 Great White Egret (2 at Reserve, 2 at LDHC and 1 at Billets Screen.), 3 Buzzard (On poles around reservoir.), 2 Kestrel (Hovering on reserve.), Peregrine Falcon (On top of Pumping Station viewing from Island Hide.), Meadow Pipit (At LDHC.), Rock Pipit (At Hide Bay Hide.) [Zane Sargent ]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:00 to 16:00, calm, sunny but some freshwater areas frozen, tide rising
5 Red-breasted Merganser, 50 Avocet, 750 Golden Plover (Est.), Jack Snipe (in flight), Great Northern Diver, 8 Marsh Harrier, Merlin (Female) [Marsh Stitchman]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 12:00 to 16:00, Dry, sun & cloud. Light breeze. Sightings with Brenda scanning from car park.
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. Over river.), 6 Mute Swan, 6 Wigeon (Over river.), 50 Wood Pigeon (Plus. Roosting birds.), 50 Lapwing (Circa. ), 500 Golden Plover (Circa. High over river.), 3 Curlew, 2 Black-headed Gull, 100 Cormorant (Plus. On route back to Abberton Reservoir. ), 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret (Feeding on meadow.), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 10 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 4 Robin [David Hale]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 11:50 to 12:12, Cold, little wind, tide quite low
4 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (By Co-op Fiveways, close to Essex bank) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 16:00
6 Red-breasted Merganser (Pye fleet from maydays DU. ), 25 Snipe (Reeves hall marsh DU. ), 4 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe from maydays DU. ), Hen Harrier (Male flew over maydays/reeves hall flushing 25 snipe.DU.), 4 Buzzard (Vocal over firs chase garden DU. ), Little Owl (Maydays farm paddock seen from seawall DU.), Short-eared Owl (Over on Langenhoe from maydays seawall DU.), 30 Fieldfare (Maydays set a side DU. ), Stonechat (Maydays/reeves hall DU. ), 10 Corn Bunting (Maydays set a side from seawall DU. ), Yellowhammer (Maydays set a side DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00
Eider (resident female), Purple Sandpiper (with Ringed Plovers towards Stone Point), Marsh Harrier (Stone Point), Short-eared Owl (Stone Point), 60 Linnet (+) [Martin Richards]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 13:00, sunny and still
250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Black Brant, Red-breasted Goose [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 22 Jan 2022, (Sean Nixon) , Red-breasted Goose at Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers on 22 Jan 2022, (Sean Nixon)
Witham, 10:30 to 13:00, River Walk (upstream, beyond Chipping Hill) - highlights
Woodcock (Flushed), 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Treecreeper (One seen, another heard) [David L Smith]
The Naze at Walton, 10:30 to 12:00, Sunny, still. Photos by David.
Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (We watched it hovering, then dropping for a kill and finally devouring a vole) [Winifred Simmonds] Bar-tailed Godwit at The Naze at Walton on 22 Jan 2022, (Winifred Simmonds) , Redshank at The Naze at Walton on 22 Jan 2022, (Winifred Simmonds) , Kestrel at The Naze at Walton on 22 Jan 2022, (Winifred Simmonds) , Kestrel at The Naze at Walton on 22 Jan 2022, (Winifred Simmonds)
Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford, 10:15 to 12:30, most sightings in Villa Wood
3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Coal Tit, Nuthatch (first I've seen at this site), Treecreeper, 20+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 10+ Lesser Redpoll, 30+ Siskin, Yellowhammer [Liz Huxley]
Wrabness, 09:50 to 10:30, Cold, frosty, mainly clear, little wind; tide half out
2 Red-breasted Merganser (Pair), 4 Snipe (By shore, later), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, Raven (On floods by reserve), 8 Skylark, 25 Linnet (Flock) [Simon Banks]
Dobbs Weir, Nazeing, 09:30 to 10:00
Little Grebe (on north end of Nazeing Mead) [Paul Gymer]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 09:15 to 12:00, Frosty start but nice sunshine. Tide coming in
620 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (got flighty after 11am split into three flocks of which one went down river.), Black Brant (in brent flock), Red-breasted Goose (in brent flock), 33 Little Grebe (on Crouch), 62 Avocet, 44 Grey Plover, Ruff (in lapwing flock), 1350 Dunlin, Little Stint (in with the dunlin), Raven (flew high west), 8 Redwing, Stonechat (female) [Alan Shearring]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 14:00, Overcast, WNW wind, rising tide
5 Mute Swan ( On the moat), 16 Shelduck (On foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 14 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 46 Wigeon (On foreshore near the old landfill With Teal), 228 Teal (53 on the STW outfall, the rest near the old landfill), 10 Little Grebe (On the moat), Oystercatcher (On foreshore by the new landfill), 13 Avocet (On foreshore by the fort), 85 Lapwing (25 on foreshore near the old landfill, the rest west of the ferry terminal), 6 Grey Plover (On foreshore by the new landfill), 4 Ringed Plover (On foreshore by the new landfill), 20 Curlew (On foreshore by the new landfill), 8 Redshank (Near the old PStn site), Little Egret (In field by the old landfill), Marsh Harrier (Male east over the fort), Stonechat (Female by the old landfill) [Paul Larkin]
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny and still
10 Grey Partridge, 6 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Siberian Chiffchaff [Sean Nixon] Grey Partridge at Colne Pt on 22 Jan 2022, (Sean Nixon) , Siberian Chiffchaff at Colne Pt on 22 Jan 2022, (Sean Nixon) , Siberian Chiffchaff at Colne Pt on 22 Jan 2022, (Sean Nixon)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Frosty, sunny, low tide
10 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 6 Ringed Plover, 8 Redshank, Little Egret [Michael Davies] Wigeon at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Teal at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Ringed Plover at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Ringed Plover at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 22 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 12:05, Sunny
Whooper Swan (In field driving to Feering from Coggeshall.), 4 Buzzard (Flying.), 2 Kestrel (On poles.), Greenfinch (Male singing on top of tree near graveyard.) [Zane Sargent ]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 11:40, Sunny, cold, dry
400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 30 Canada Goose (+), 3 Mute Swan, 29 Shelduck, 9 Teal, 3 Oystercatcher, 50 Lapwing (+), 114 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Dunlin (+), 5 Redshank, 4 Skylark, Wren, Corn Bunting, 8 Reed Bunting [Paul Everett] Reed Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 22 Jan 2022, (Paul Everett)
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:30, Sunny, some cloud. Cold.
Buzzard, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Treecreeper (Singing.), 11 Fieldfare (At least.), 12 Redwing (At least.), 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Greenfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Dovercourt, 07:05 to 07:40, Cold, frosty, mainly clear, little wind
Blackcap (Male in my Manor Lane garden by bird feeders. First this winter.) [Simon Banks]
Friday 21 Jan 2022
Westley Heights, 14:15 to 15:00, Cloudy, cold.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Wix, 12:00 to 15:00
Marsh Harrier (Adult male), Peregrine Falcon (Male) [James Davidson]
Little Waltham, 11:45 to 13:00, Cold and overcast
2 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard, 10+ Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, 6 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Carrion Crow, 8 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit (On Alder Carr), Goldcrest (On Alder Carr), Wren, 7 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 3 Robin, Goldfinch, 15+ Siskin (On Alder Carr) [Kevin Poulton]
Fishers Green, Lea Valley, 10:30 to 14:00, Sunny chilly dry
2 Goosander (Pair on Canal), Little Grebe, 45 Lapwing, Snipe, Little Egret, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Redwing, 4 Siskin [Melvin Shepherd-Wells] Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 21 Jan 2022, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 21 Jan 2022, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells) , Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 21 Jan 2022, (Melvin Shepherd-Wells)
Thorndon CP (North), 10:30 to 13:30, Overcast, chilly.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 5+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing (Various flocks around woods), 3+ Song Thrush, Bullfinch [Pete Smith]
Hamford Water, 10:30 to 13:00, cold, clear then clouding over, westerly wind, rising tide; south shore
1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (++, very mobile), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (With a small group of Brents north of Kirby Quay), 92 Avocet, 350 Lapwing (++), 150 Golden Plover (++), 420 Knot, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming, always a delight to hear - from SW of Kirby Quay, first I’ve heard this calendar year), Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting [Brian Combes]
Manningtree, 10:00 to 16:00, to Mistley
200+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Shoveler, 20+ Gadwall, 20+ Pintail, 20+ Goldeneye, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 400+ Avocet, 23 Ringed Plover, 16 Turnstone, 3000+ Knot, 3 Snipe, 3 Greenshank (2 behind Co-op, 1 W of White Bridge), Mediterranean Gull (Mistley Quay), Kingfisher, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (Mistley Quay), 2 Black Swan [Liz Huxley]
Chelmer Village, Chelmsford, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, cool
9 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, 4 Magpie, 6 Long-tailed Tit [Philip Davie]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:30
3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Off maydays seawall MC.), Greenshank (Maydays MC. ), Great White Egret (Strood channel west side dykes just east firs chase caravan park DU.), 4 Marsh Harrier (Maydays MC. ), Hen Harrier (Male ,midday maydays marsh MC, 5.20pm flying around Langenhoe roost, dropped in at 5.25pm SE.), Barn Owl (East Mersea Road at bocking hall 5.20pm in my car lights S.), 40 Fieldfare (Maydays MC. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Copford, 09:00 to 09:00
Red Kite (Flying west over the garden) [Steve Grimwade] Red Kite at Copford on 21 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade)
Great Leighs, 08:40 to 09:50, EWT Sandslay and Moat woods. Sunny and cold
2 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 10 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Treecreeper, 10 Redwing, Song Thrush [Paul Everett]
Coggeshall, 08:30 to 12:00, Sunny but Cold
3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Small group in field near school.), 5 Blue Tit (On feeders.), 2 Great Tit (On feeders.), Chiffchaff (In trees early this morning near Graveyard.), Wren (Flying around hedges near feeders.), 7 Blackbird (Flying around near feeders.), 4 Redwing (Flock flying towards Colchester.), 2 Dunnock (Underneath feeders.), 56 Goldfinch (Huge flock flying around.) [Zane Sargent ]
Great Totham, 08:30 to 09:30, Sun, cloud, light W wind.
15 Goosander (At least. Flew off due to disturbance by anglers. Totham Pit.), Little Owl (Usual perch. Church Road.), 2 Fieldfare (Scrub adj. Totham Pit.), Greenfinch (Calling. Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 20 Jan 2022
Fordham, 15:00 to 15:00, Cloudy
3 Bullfinch [Steve Hallam]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:15 to 16:15, Sun & clouds. Breezy. Cold.
7 Pintail (At least.), Water Rail (Calling.), 2 Avocet (Saline.), 102 Grey Plover (Saline o rising tide. Later some flew to the main lagoon.), Bar-tailed Godwit (Saline. Kept itself apart from its relatives.), 26 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline.), 60 Dunlin (Saline.), 36 Redshank (Saline.), Great White Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier (Two adult males, one sub-adult male, two immatures.), Barn Owl (Hunting the seawall surrounding the saline, late afternoon.), Kestrel, 2 Bearded Tit (At least.), Rock Pipit (Saline.) [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 16:00, High tide, part cloudy, NW breeze, cold.
26 Red-breasted Merganser (River and Geedon Creek at high tide), 300 Avocet (+ Intertidal area), 100 Bar-tailed Godwit (+ intertidal area), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+ Intertidal area), 8 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (On post, Geedon Saltings), Siskin (Female, lakeside alders) [Ken Hudgell]
Shrub End, 11:00 to 11:15
Blackcap (Male. Only my 2nd garden record, and potentially the same individual as seen at Westlands CP (very close by) a couple of weeks ago.) [Oliver Cottis]
Great Totham, 10:20 to 10:30, Bright and sunny.
Red Kite [David Allen]
Backwarden, Danbury, 09:45 to 12:00, Cloudy, 4 degrees
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tit (Probably more, but very mobile as usual), 4 Redwing [Paul Shuttleworth]
Great Leighs, 09:40 to 09:40, Sunny, dry, cold. Blackly lane horse paddock
4 Fieldfare, Redwing [Paul Everett]
Great Leighs, 09:25 to 09:25, Sunny and cold
Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
15 Little Grebe (Rewsells lakes/ saltings AF.), Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells saltings AF. ), 40 Sanderling (Plus off youth camp AF. ), 4 Red-throated Diver (Off old hall ,Colin Mac.), 5 Great Northern Diver (Off old hall ,Colin Mac.), Shag (End of hammer head pier 'hard car park' MC SE.), Marsh Harrier (Maydays. Also 5 muntjac shop lane ,6pm in dark with night bins MC SE.), 5 Fieldfare (2 Rewsells marsh AF. 3 maydays SE.), 10 Redwing (Rewsells marsh AF.), 3 Mistle Thrush (2 On mistletoe tap tree track to golf house SE. 1 rewsells marsh AF. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, Sunny, light breeze half-tide
30 Wood Pigeon, Oystercatcher, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, Little Egret, Song Thrush [Michael Davies] Wood Pigeon at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Song Thrush at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:00, Cold. Little wind to start with, but blowing up quite windy. Medium tide. Sky mainly clear.
30 Pintail, 32 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Grebe, 2000 Lapwing, 500 Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 200 Knot, Great Northern Diver (In flight between channels), Grey Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (One of each sex), Fieldfare, Stonechat, Rock Pipit [Simon Banks]
TL7115, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny

15 Fieldfare

[David Saville] Fieldfare (David Saville) , Fieldfare (David Saville)
Danbury, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny intervals cold 4 Celsius

Blackcap ( female: Has been a regular visitor to the garden seed feeders and bird bath and probably bred here this summer. She scoots great tits away from her favourite feeder. )

[Alan Thorpe] Blackcap (Alan Thorpe) , Blackcap (Alan Thorpe)
Wix, 08:50 to 08:55
Merlin (Female, pursuing passerine over fields between Bradfield Road and Spinnels Lane) [James Davidson]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:45 to 09:15, Sunny, cold, dry
Mute Swan, 11 Shoveler, Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Blackbird, Robin, 8 Tufted Duck [Paul Everett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:20 to 09:40, Sunny, cold.
2 Teal (Pair, Hatch Farm pond.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including two probable pairs.), 3 Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Singing male.), Treecreeper, 6 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 12:30, Fine and sunny, NW wind, rising tide
71 Teal, 12 Pochard, 11 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Oystercatcher, 631 Avocet, 133 Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Turnstone, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, White Stork, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 6 Stonechat (Three pairs), Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:50 to 13:00, cold first thing with frost, rising tide, northerly wind, mainly overcast
4 Red-legged Partridge (Walton Hall Marshes ), 14 Shoveler (Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Gadwall (Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes), Eider (Off Stone Point ), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (Mouth of Walton Channel ), 33 Avocet (Roosting on marsh south of The Twizzle at its eastern end), 300+ Lapwing (Flock over Horsey Island ), 260 Black-headed Gull (Roosting by tidal lagoons), 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owl (Stone Point ), 40 Skylark (+, majority on or towards Stone Point ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 escarpment and 1 in John Weston Reserve ), 3 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes), 6 Rock Pipit, 40 Linnet (+), 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Short-eared Owl at Naze, The on 20 Jan 2022, (Brian Combes) , Skylark at Naze, The on 20 Jan 2022, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 19 Jan 2022
Shenfield, 15:35 to 15:35
Peregrine Falcon (Flew northwest over Crossways) [James Hudson]
Mountnessing, 15:30 to 16:00, light cloud, excellent light, light breeze. seasonally normal temp
48 Jackdaw (flock feeding in horse paddock), 38 Fieldfare (flock feeding in horse paddock), 10 Redwing (with Fieldfare), 2 Song Thrush (with Fieldfare slightly apart), 2 Chaffinch (one with thrushes, one called over), 4 Yellowhammer (dispersed pair and individuals) [Neil Sumner]
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water, 15:00 to 16:30, raptor roost
200+ Lapwing, 100+ Curlew, 10+ Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 14+ Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (adult male came in to roost 4.05pm), 4+ Buzzard, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Redwing, Yellowhammer [Liz Huxley]
Billericay, 12:00 to 13:30, Weak sun and cold.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 Male & 1 Female but not behaving as a pair - Aggressive male!), Grey Wagtail (Bathing and preening by garden pond for c.15 minutes - First winter / female type plumage.), 6 Chaffinch (3 Male & 3 Female but not paired on sunflower heart garden feeders), 14 Greenfinch (On sunflower heart gardenfeeders), 2 Goldfinch (On sunflower heart garden feeders) [John Smart]
Roman River Valley, 11:45 to 12:45
3 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (pair), Treecreeper, 3 Redwing, 4 Siskin [Oliver Cottis] Goldcrest at Roman River Valley on 19 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis) , Treecreeper at Roman River Valley on 19 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis)
Holland Haven, 10:15 to 12:00
Avocet, 13 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Peregrine Falcon, Rock Pipit [Liz Huxley]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny, increasing cloud, light W wind.
2 Pheasant, 4 Canada Goose, 250 Greylag Goose (circa.), 43 Mute Swan, 7 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 15 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 40 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Moorhen, 190 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 70 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 5 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 5 Cormorant, Buzzard, Barn Owl, 3 Jay, 8 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Skylark, 7 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 5 Goldfinch, 5 Yellowhammer, 24 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Ingatestone, 09:45 to 09:45, Cold bright
2 Bullfinch (Pair) [Ann Darnell]
Mersea Island, 09:01 to 17:00
2 Black Brant (1 Behind dabclicks sailing club DU. 1 on sea off youth camp AF.), 4 Red-breasted Merganser (1pr off youth camp AF. 1pr behind dabclicks sailing club SE.), 30 Little Grebe (18 rewsells area including natural side lake AF. 12 behind dabclicks sailing club SE.), Slavonian Grebe (Off youth camp AF.), 10 Grey Plover (Rewsells saltings AF. ), 50 Ringed Plover (Rewsells saltings AF. ), 125 Curlew (Rewsells saltings AF.), Black-tailed Godwit (Rewsells saltings AF. ), 30 Turnstone (Rewsells saltings AF. ), 150 Dunlin (Rewsells saltings AF.), 100 Redshank (Rewsells saltings AF. ), Great Northern Diver (Off youth camp AF.), Shag (Mid day around mooring behind dabclicks sailing club DU. ), Great White Egret (Bowers hall marsh MC, flew west to Strood channel dyke firs chase end.DU.), 3 Marsh Harrier (From hard coast road looking over to old hall SE.), 2 Buzzard (Rewsells marsh AF. ), 30 Fieldfare (Maydays MC. ), 5 Redwing (Maydays MC. ), Stonechat (Strood channel DU. ), 40 Linnet (Plus maydays MC. ), 13 Corn Bunting (12 Plus maydays MC. 1 Strood channel DU. ), 3 Yellowhammer (1 maydays MC. 2 rewsells AF.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights from a Swallow Birding Guided Walk (www.swallowbirding.co.uk)
30 White-fronted Goose, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, Spotted Redshank, 4 Great Northern Diver, 9 Cattle Egret (Feeding in cattle field east of Abbotts Hall Farm), 2 Great White Egret, 8 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Bearded Tit [Steve Grimwade] Bearded Tit at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , White-fronted Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Great Northern Diver at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Marsh Harrier at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 19 Jan 2022, (Steve Grimwade, )
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 14:30, Sunny, light wind
34 Wood Pigeon (Being chased by Sparrowhawk.), 2 Herring Gull (Pair on field near school.), Sparrowhawk (Chasing Wood pigeon near school.), 6 Skylark (Flying over field and Calling.) [Zane Sargent ]
Layer Breton, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, light breeze
6 Egyptian Goose, 50 Mallard, 2 Pochard, 4 Coot, Great White Egret, 4 Chaffinch, 100 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pochard at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Chaffinch at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Chaffinch at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 19 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:40 to 08:30, Sun & clouds. Cool. Plotlands.
2 Mute Swan (Usual pair.), 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 08:30
3 Scaup, 8 Cattle Egret, 5 Great White Egret, 2500 Jackdaw, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing males), Grey Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 18 Jan 2022
Wickford, 15:30 to 15:30, Clear, still
Raven (Flew over Southend Road toward Memorial Park ‘cronking’) [David Petts]
Thaxted, 14:45 to 14:45, Misty 4 deg, gentle southerly breeze
2 Bullfinch (Flew across just north of town, only occasionally recorded here now ) [Stephen Dutton]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 13:30, Extremely misty after mid-day. Only did the main reserve and Billet's/Wigborough
2 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Bewick's Swan (Distant from Island Hide), 5 Egyptian Goose, 6 Shelduck, Long-tailed Duck (Island Hide. With Goldeneye flock), 60 Goldeneye, 13 Goosander, 900 Lapwing, Golden Plover, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 32 Snipe (Mainly feeding in-front of Billets Screen), 3 Redshank, Common Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 4 Skylark, 50 Fieldfare (field behind Layer Church), 2 Stonechat, Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting [Oliver Cottis] Ruff at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Thick fog.
12 Gadwall (Cudmore Grove pond hide DU. ), Pintail (Male cudmore Grove from pond hide. DU.), Bar-tailed Godwit (Cudmore Grove DU. ), 3 Snipe (Cudmore Grove DU. ), Buzzard (Cudmore Grove DU. ), Kingfisher (Maydays sluice MC ), 15 Fieldfare (Maydays MC. ), 6 Redwing (Maydays, Chinese water deer. MC.), Stonechat (Cudmore Grove DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Holland Haven, 07:50 to 10:30, foggy first thing gradually clearing, calm, cold with heavy frost, rising tide; walk from Frinton to Haven
3 Red-throated Diver (South), 3 Stonechat (Pair and single male), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Reed Bunting, Red Fox [Brian Combes] Stonechat at Holland Haven on 18 Jan 2022, (Brian Combes) , Stonechat at Holland Haven on 18 Jan 2022, (Brian Combes)
Monday 17 Jan 2022
High Ongar, 15:00 to 15:15, fine
5 Fieldfare (Feeding in paddock beyond garden in Nine Ashes Road) [Neil Warner]
West Mersea, 14:30 to 16:00, Sunny. Viewed from Victoria Esplanade.
60 Brent Goose, 12 Little Grebe (viewed from jetty), 42 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 18 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 7 Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Black-throated Diver [David Allen]
Writtle, 14:25 to 14:55, All birds at Titchmarsh Reservoir on on the university estate. Sunny and mild
115 Canada Goose, 215 Greylag Goose, 10 Mallard, Moorhen, 15 Coot, Little Grebe, 16 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 30 Redwing, 3 Siskin, 19 Tufted Duck [Oliver Cottis]
High Ongar, 13:00 to 13:05, fine
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeding on bird feeders in garden in Nine Ashes Road) [Neil Warner]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:30 to 13:30, via River Walk - highlights
Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 5 Buzzard (+), Kestrel, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Grey Wagtail, 200 Pied Wagtail (+ AW Water Treatment Works) [David L Smith]
Great Notley, 11:15 to 12:10, Fine, dry, sunny
Green Woodpecker (Heard only), Kestrel, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch (Female), Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 15:45, High tide. Sunny and quite warm
160 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Whooper Swan (Blackwater), 50 Pintail, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Great Crested Grebe (Blackwater, floated out with the tide), 250 Avocet, 200 Golden Plover, 35 Curlew (on fields), 5 Sanderling, 7 Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Red-throated Diver (Blackwater floated out with the tide), 2 Great Northern Diver (together off Shinglehead Point), Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Rock Pipit, 6 Greenfinch (with the goldfinch), Lesser Redpoll (with the goldfinch), 50 Goldfinch (feeding on weeds) [Alan Shearring]
TL6806, 11:00 to 13:00, Clear, cold
2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 2 Dunnock [Kevin Poulton]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:50 to 11:30, Sunny, cold. Becoming warmer.
4 Little Grebe (Fleet.), 11 Avocet (Marina.), 19 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. Marina.), 2 Greenshank (One marina, one Timbermans Creek.), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Imm.), Kestrel [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 09:10 to 09:15, Sunny, light W wind.
Little Owl (Usual perch. Church Road.), Chiffchaff (Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00, SR Stuart Read, DU Darren Underwood, JH Jeff Higgott.
2200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (1000 Boating lake, rewsells DU. 1200 reeves hall marshes MT.), Black Brant (On boating lake Rewsells DU.), 680 Great Crested Grebe (Plus of Coopers beach,SR,DU,JH ( 557 seen DU.).), 7 Slavonian Grebe (Off Coopers beach SR,DU,JH. (4 same DU. )), 70 Sanderling (Off waldegraves DU. ), 2 Snipe (Rewsells marsh DU. ), Greenshank (Rewsells marsh DU. ), 2 Red-throated Diver (Off Coopers beach DU, SR, DU, JH.), Black-throated Diver (Victoria esplanade (David Allen)), 3 Great Northern Diver (2 Victoria esplanade SE /Kingsland road SR,DU,JH. 1 off Coopers beach SR,DU ,JH. / off cross lane DU.), Shag (Hard ,coast road SR.DU.JH.), 14 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe point roost MT.), Hen Harrier (Male 16.40pm Langenhoe point roost MT.), Kingfisher (Rewsells marsh DU.), 800 Starling (Plus reeves hall marshes MT.), 70 Fieldfare (Waldegraves DU.), 30 Redwing (waldegraves DU.), 5 Pied Wagtail (Coopers beach MT.), White Wagtail (Coopers beach MT.), 50 Linnet (Youth camp DU.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 15:00, Sunny,Bright
52 Black-headed Gull (Flying around near school.), 2 Common Gull (Pair. In field near school.), 6 Great Black-backed Gull (Flying together near school.), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (In field near school.), Lesser Black-backed Gull (On field near school.), Red Kite (Flying over near school.), 4 Blue Tit (On feeders.), Great Tit (On feeders.), 6 Robin (Around feeders. ), 11 Goldfinch (Small flock flying and on feeders.) [Zane Sargent ]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, tide well in
Greylag Goose, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 6 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Redshank at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Wivenhoe on 17 Jan 2022, (Michael Davies)
Laindon, 08:30 to 10:00
Chiffchaff ( First heard calling and then quickly seen in the cemetery of St. Nicholas Church (my local patch site)) [Richard Chew]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 15:00, Sunny, calm
2 Scaup (Hide Bay, females ), Long-tailed Duck (Layer de la Haye causeway ), Red-necked Grebe (Abberton Church ), Red-throated Diver (Layer de la Haye causeway ) [Jan Lewis]
Naze, The, 08:00 to 12:00, cold first thing with frost, light NW wind, clear, rising tide
2 Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 on the common ), 3 Chiffchaff (By sewage works), 2 Goldcrest (With the tit flock), Redwing, Song Thrush, 5 Rock Pipit, 56 Linnet (Flock of 10 just north of tidal lagoons and flock of 46 at Stone Point, highest count this winter), 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 16 Jan 2022
Stambourne, near Steeple Bumpstead, 16:00 to 16:15, Clear,cold
Blackcap (Female,on feeder ) [Ian Tarbin]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 15:00 to 16:00
Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owl (From car park ), 30 Fieldfare, Redwing [Yvonne Watling]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:40 to 15:10, Bright, dry, Cold - all sightings LdlHC
6 Teal (+), 5 Goldeneye (4 male, 1 female), Goosander (male), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit [Paul Everett] Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Jan 2022, (Paul Everett) , Meadow Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Jan 2022, (Paul Everett) , Rock Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 16 Jan 2022, (Paul Everett)
Abberton Reservoir, 14:05 to 15:45, Sunny,Bright, Only Highlights!
4 Barnacle Goose (At LBC.), 6 Bewick's Swan (Group on bank near Hide Bay Hide.), 5 Pintail (3 males and 2 females at Wig Bay.), 3 Scaup (1 at LBC and 2 at LDHC.), Slavonian Grebe (Distant. Viewing from Island Hide and near Pumping Station.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Pair flying over near Hide Bay Hide.), Great Northern Diver (1 distant. Viewing from Island Hide and Right of Pumping Station.), 7 Great White Egret (2 at LDHC. 3 at Hide Bay Hide. 2 at Wig Bay.), 6 Stonechat (6 in small flock near Island Hide.), 2 Meadow Pipit (1 at LDHC and 1 near Visitor Centre.), Rock Pipit (At LDHC.) [Zane Sargent ]
Coggeshall, 14:05 to 14:10, Fine and bright, cold
70 Fieldfare (On field next to football ground) [Paul Everett]
Rayne, 13:00 to 14:30, sunny
Red Kite (Once again the kite taking in the garden ) [Mark Bicknell] Rayne on 16 Jan 2022, (Mark Bicknell)
Great Totham, 12:45 to 12:45, Sunny, light W wind.
Red Kite (Over horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Dovercourt, 10:30 to 11:00, Quite cold, mainly overcast, little wind, tide high
90 Brent Goose, Stonechat (Female), Rock Pipit [Simon Banks]
Navestock, 10:15 to 11:15, Misty to start, then becoming brighter. Best viewing area is - TQ5383197729. Only certain species recorded.
20 Stock Dove, Red Kite, Buzzard, 20 Skylark (+), 20 Fieldfare, 50 Chaffinch, 250 Brambling (approximately.), 4 Yellowhammer [Andrew Allen]
Great Totham, 09:40 to 09:40, Dull, light W wind.
5 Goosander (3 m. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 17:00
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Plus Reeves hall marsh AF. DU.), 9 Red-breasted Merganser (8 maydays, 1 Strood channel DU. ), 300 Great Crested Grebe (Plus off Coopers beach MC .), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Off Coopers beach MC.), Red-throated Diver (Off Coopers beach MC. ), Sparrowhawk (From reeves hall seawall AF. ), 17 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe point roost AF. ), Hen Harrier (Male 16.40pm Langenhoe point roost AF. ), Barn Owl (Langenhoe marshes AF.), Short-eared Owl (Langenhoe marshes AF.), Peregrine Falcon (Langenhoe marshes AF. ), Goldcrest (Side fishpond wood shop lane AF.), 20 Fieldfare (Maydays seawall DU.), 2 Redwing (Maydays seawall DU. ), Stonechat (Strood channel DU. ), 10 Corn Bunting (Maydays seawall DU. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 13:00, Misty
100+ Brent Goose, Red-breasted Goose (In with Brent geese), 40 Golden Plover, 20 Dunlin, Marsh Harrier [Gloria Lamb]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny but cold
Red-necked Grebe (Below Abberton church ), Raven (Hide bay erea) [Yvonne Watling]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:45 to 09:05, Misty, murky, damp.
Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (Together, feeding on hornbeam seeds.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:40, Overcast, sunny later, getting near HT
Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 85 Shelduck (In the managed retreat.), 9 Shoveler (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 142 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 188 Teal (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 12 Pochard (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 27 Stock Dove (A flock over the tip), 29 Coot (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat.), 312 Avocet (In the managed retreat.), Grey Plover (In the managed retreat.), 58 Curlew (In the managed retreat.), 70 Redshank (In the managed retreat.), Mediterranean Gull (Adult following a ship up river), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (In the alder wood and flew into the rookery wood), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (In the alder wood), 5 Stonechat (Two pairs by the railway line, a male by the pit to the south of the tip), 3 Lesser Redpoll (In the alder wood), 12 Siskin (In the alder wood), 81 Tufted Duck (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:45, Misty, murky, damp.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (At least. One in song.), 4 Greenfinch (Car park.), 20 Yellowhammer (At least. Old Thorndon Pastures area.) [Andrew Cox]
Blake's Wood, near Danbury, 08:00 to 11:00
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female), 2 Marsh Tit, Firecrest, 10 Nuthatch, 85 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 19+ Hawfinch (In gulley 300m N of NT car park), 20 Siskin [Adrian Dally]
Saturday 15 Jan 2022
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water, 15:00 to 17:00
2 Woodcock, 23 Marsh Harrier (increase to 4 males), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails, one from direction of Horsey Island 1600 to roost at 1610, other from Dovercourt/north at 1635. A surprise given the lack of local sightings this winter), 10 Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, Merlin (probable male seen twice but distantly), Peregrine Falcon (adult female) [Paul Brayshaw]
Chigborough Lakes, 14:15 to 15:00, Cold & overcast. Only certain species recorded.
2 Little Egret, Chiffchaff [Andrew Allen]
Rayne, 14:00 to 14:15, cloudy
Red Kite (Taking wast food from my garden ) [Mark Bicknell] Rayne on 15 Jan 2022, (Mark Bicknell)
West Mersea, 12:45 to 13:45, All birds from Victoria Esplanade. Extremely misty. Visibility slowly got better from 13:00.
50 Brent Goose, 9 Shelduck, Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 15 Curlew, 30 Turnstone, 25 Sanderling, 55 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Gull, Great Northern Diver, 8 Cormorant, Marsh Harrier (Strood, seen from car) [Oliver Cottis] Curlew at West Mersea on 15 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis) , Mediterranean Gull at West Mersea on 15 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis) , Mediterranean Gull at West Mersea on 15 Jan 2022, (Oliver Cottis)
Coggeshall, 12:30 to 16:50, Cloudy,Cold
14 Wood Pigeon (On wires. ), 8 Collared Dove (On wires.), 4 Black-headed Gull (Flying around.), 4 Jackdaw (In graveyard.), 21 Rook (In graveyard.), 3 Carrion Crow (In graveyard.), 14 Blue Tit (On and around feeders.), 5 Great Tit (On and around feeders.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Flying past feeders.), 12 Starling (Flying around.), 19 Blackbird (In graveyard.), Redwing (In graveyard with Blackbirds.), 6 Robin (Underneath feeders and in graveyard.), 11 House Sparrow (On feeders.), 2 Dunnock (Pair in bushes.), Greenfinch (Male. On feeders.), 52 Goldfinch (Huge flock flying around with some on feeders.) [Zane Sargent ]
Holland Haven, 11:00 to 13:00, Moderately cold, little wind. Growing foggy.
2 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Buzzard, Rock Pipit [Simon Banks]
Mersea Strood, 10:15 to 14:00, walk E from The Strood. v foggy!
800+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Avocet, 50+ Lapwing, 30+ Golden Plover, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 20+ Fieldfare, 10+ Rock Pipit, 30+ Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 50+ Reed Bunting (weedy field) [Liz Huxley]
Frinton-on-Sea, 09:52 to 10:52, Moderately cold, little wind. Sea-mist clearing. Mainly clear overhead.
3 Brent Goose (2 south at 10:01; 1 south at 10:20), 12 Eider (Flock north at 10:48), 2 Red-throated Diver (Singles flew north at 9:59 and 10:27.) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Woodcock (Seen only on Shop lane shoot. ), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Shop lane SE.), Goldcrest (Side of fishpond wood shop lane , 1 red squirrel seen twice from outside wood. SE.) [Stephen Entwistle]
East Tilbury, 08:30 to 14:30, Foggy early clearing later, observations either side of HT
2 Mute Swan, 76 Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 32 Wigeon, 185 Teal, Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 136 Grey Plover, 31 Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, 755 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, 7 Little Egret, 2 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, Stonechat (Male), 4 Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 5 Corn Bunting, 3 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Norsey Wood, Billericay, 08:00 to 09:30, Still, thawing frost, clear vis
18 Wood Pigeon, Sparrowhawk (detected by Blue tits alert. Anecdotally, sprawk alerts happen less often in the wood nowadays ), 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker (all dectected through calls except two drumming), 4 Green Woodpecker, 9 Jay, 9 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 3 Coal Tit, 34 Blue Tit (well dispersed. largest group was 8 ), 17 Great Tit (brief songs from around 8 males), 26 Long-tailed Tit (best ever count - could be just lucky with finding feeding flocks. In six groups, largest = 12), 8 Wren, 6 Nuthatch (3 giving song, well dispersed so hope for 4 territories in the spring), 3 Treecreeper (two detected through brief bursts of song, one a lucky spot), 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush (brief burst of song), 18 Robin (almost all singing ), 2 Dunnock, 4 Chaffinch (individuals by call. No sign of feeding parties in usual spots under hornbeams), 6 Goldfinch, 9 Siskin (one call, + party of eight) [Neil Sumner]