Wednesday 17 Apr 2024
Tylers Common, Upminster, 18:30 to 19:30, cold, breezy
2 Mallard, Buzzard, Ring-necked Parakeet, Magpie, 2 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff (calling), Grasshopper Warbler (heard reeling by Colin Jupp in surprisingly dense understorey by S pond), 5 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (calling by car & near Warley Road), 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wren, 3 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Nightingale (singing by S pond), Linnet [Rob Smith]
Tylers Common, Upminster, 18:00 to 18:30, cold, breezy
2 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Swallow, 28 Pied Wagtail (single flock on horse field, Tylers Hall Farm, with Colin Jupp) [Rob Smith]
Fingringhoe GP, 14:30 to 14:45
6 Shelduck, 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 40 Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail [Oliver Cottis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:15 to 11:15, Sunny, cold breeze.
9 Red-crested Pochard (Two females, seven males.), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 House Martin, Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 09:45 to 12:30
Lesser Scaup (drake on flood, Walton Hall Marshes), 4 Stock Dove, 6 Sanderling, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 9 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4+ Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 8+ Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Whitethroat [Liz Huxley] Lesser Scaup at Naze, The on 17 Apr 2024, (Liz Huxley)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 14:30
60 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 10 Oystercatcher, 8 Curlew, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 17 Chiffchaff, 22 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, Firecrest (Singing next to Nightingale Hide for a half hour, seen briefly. Then flew South), 17 Nightingale (15 singing, 2 croaking), 2 Greenfinch, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Redpoll sp. [Oliver Cottis]
Backwarden, Danbury, 09:30 to 11:00, Sunny, breezy 10°
Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker (Also speckled wood and orange tip butterfly, common lizard and muntjac), Chiffchaff (Several), Blackcap (Several), Nightingale (Early for reserve, not in full song) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
30 Teal (Golf house area AF), 2 Pochard (Cudmore Grove DU (2 adders)), 2 Lapwing (A pr golf house grazing fields AF ), Whimbrel (Reeves hall marsh AF ), 70 Curlew (Reeves hall marsh AF ), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Off golf house seawall AF ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Reeves hall marsh AF ), Buzzard (Shop lane AF ), 4 Sand Martin (Cudmore Grove DU ), 3 Swallow (Cudmore Grove DU ), Cetti's Warbler (Shop lane to gyants AF ), 3 Willow Warbler (1 shop lane to gyants AF, 2 cudmore Grove Park DU), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (1 Shop lane to gyants AF, 2 cudmore Grove DU ), 3 Whitethroat (1 Shop lane to gyants AF, 2 cudmore Grove DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wix, 08:20 to 08:20
Hen Harrier (Ringtail flew low NE over Bradfield Road ) [James Davidson]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 13:30, Sunny periods, strong northerly wind, ebbing tide, cool
3 Pintail, Lesser Scaup (Male on main flood on Walton Hall Marshes, found by Darrell Stile), Swift (Very high north over Walton Hall Marshes, first of year), Whimbrel (Over, first of the year), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Egret (South), 4 Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 12 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of sycamore clump, 4 John Weston Reserve, 2 Walton Hall Marshes), 9 Willow Warbler (Singing), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 14 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 9 Linnet, 4 Siskin (Over), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 16 Apr 2024
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 17:15 to 18:30, Cold and sunny - fields behind farm shop
3 Skylark, 23 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Linnet [David Pallash]
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 13:45 to 14:15, Birds seen and heard whilst on an afternoon run!
Mandarin Duck (Female, flying along Roman River, toward the EWT Reserve), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (Butcher’s Wood) [Oliver Cottis]
Mountnessing, 12:40 to 13:50, Footpath from Rayleigh Road to Mountnessing Hall
Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear (Male in crop field between railway and River Wid), Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Yellowhammer (Male ) [James Hudson] Wheatear at Mountnessing on 16 Apr 2024, (James Hudson)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:15 to 10:30, Cloudy, breezy. Cold.
7 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults, two 2nd summers.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Nightingale (Singing males.), Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00
3 Greylag Goose (Cudmore Grove grazing fields CW ), 2 Mute Swan (A pr cudmore Grove pond CW ), 5 Shelduck (Cudmore Grove grazing fields CW ), Pochard (Male cudmore Grove Dyke CW ), 2 Avocet (A pr on golf house saltings pools CW ), Ringed Plover (Cudmore Grove Beach CW), 50 Redshank (Golf house saltings pools CW ), 2 Kestrel (A pr in kestrel nest box cudmore Grove Park CW), 6 Skylark (Golf house paddock CW ), 3 Sand Martin (Cudmore Grove dyke CW ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore Grove dyke ,1 cudmore Grove pond CW ), 3 Chiffchaff (Cudmore Grove park CW), 11 Blackcap (6 Shop lane to gyants MC , 1 golf house path CW, 4 Cudmore Grove CW), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Shop lane to gyants MC ), 2 Whitethroat (Shop lane to gyants MC ), Siskin (Gyants MC ), 2 Tufted Duck (A pr in cudmore Grove Grove dyke CW ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 09:00
Cuckoo, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, 50 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Nightingale, 3 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:40, mainly overcast, strong NW wind, cool, ebbing tide
3 Pintail, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel ), 4 Avocet, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Mediterranean Gull (South), 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Sand Martin (West), 8 Swallow (West), 12 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds), 5 Willow Warbler (Singing), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 12 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 6 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 2 Meadow Pipit (North), Hawfinch (South over Sunny Point first thing), 6 Linnet (North), 18 Goldfinch (12 south, 6 north), 27 Siskin (19 north, 8 south), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Monday 15 Apr 2024
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:15 to 17:00, Sun & clouds. Windy. Some light showers.
15 Mute Swan, Whooper Swan (Adult, showing close to furher viewpoint.), 24 Teal, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline.), Green Sandpiper (Saline.), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Bearded Tit, 10 Sand Martin (At least.), 10 Swallow (At least.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox] Whooper Swan at Vange Marsh RSPB on 15 Apr 2024, (Andrew Cox, ) , Whooper Swan at Vange Marsh RSPB on 15 Apr 2024, (Andrew Cox, ) , Whooper Swan at Vange Marsh RSPB on 15 Apr 2024, (Andrew Cox, )
Saffron Walden, 13:00 to 13:00
Peregrine Falcon (female on church in town with possibly a second bird very briefly seen in same area) [Andy Goodey]
Shenfield, 08:45 to 08:55
Willow Warbler (Singing in hedge at TQ 60708 95697) [James Hudson]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 08:50
Swallow (Gt.Totham Hall. My first this year around the village.) [Malcolm Corbett]
North Weald, 07:30 to 08:40, Cool, breezy. Widespread waterlogged areas now drying out rapidly.
Grey Heron (Over Weald Common.), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard (Railway cutting, perched in tree.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Railway cutting.), Green Woodpecker (Weald Common.), 2 Kestrel, Ring-necked Parakeet (Weald Common), 3 Jay, 13 Skylark (Singing over arable & livestock fields & at Weald Common.), 15+ Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap (Widespread including 3 at railway cutting.), 7 Whitethroat (Singing at 5 different locations. ), 6 Goldcrest (3 pairs at different evergreen clumps.), 6 Song Thrush (3 singing Weald Common area.), 2 Bullfinch (Railway cutting.) [Paul William]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 12:40, SW gale, heavy clouds with ferocious rain/sleet showers, cool
4 Pintail, Green-winged Teal (Male still present on the main flood on Walton Hall Marshes, though distant - lovely ), 4 Avocet, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff (Walton Hall Marshes), 20 Sanderling, Spotted Redshank (Flooded stubble field southern end of Walton Hall Marshes), 13 Mediterranean Gull (South), 3 Sparrowhawk, 8 Swallow (West against the wind), 11 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 double hedge, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 1 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 7 Whitethroat (Singing), Song Thrush (Singing ), 3 Wheatear, Blue-headed Wagtail (Male in stunning summer plumage, Walton Hall Marshes, west of main drain), 5 Linnet, Siskin (Over) [Brian Combes]
Sunday 14 Apr 2024
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:15 to 12:30, Sunny, warm. Lincewood.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler (Singing male), Nuthatch, Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:30 to 13:00, Warm sun.
Raven (Soaring high over my garden drifting to Saltcoats.) [Robert Pease]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 10:15 to 13:15
2 Shelduck, 20 Shoveler (at least), 10 Gadwall (at least), 20 Mallard (at least), 20 Pochard (at least), 10 Moorhen (at least), 20 Coot (at least), 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (including a nesting pair), 10 Lapwing (at least), 2 Little Ringed Plover (assumed pair), Snipe, 10 Redshank (at least seen plus many heard calling), Cormorant, Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (female soaring high over reserve), 2 Bearded Tit (1 seen plus another heard calling), Skylark (singing male heard but unseen), 16 Cetti's Warbler (1 singing male seen very well plus at least 15 other singing males heard), Willow Warbler (singing male heard but unseen), 7 Chiffchaff (all singing males heard but none seen), 11 Sedge Warbler (7 singing males seen plus 4 other singing males heard), 4 Reed Warbler (singing male seen plus 3 other singing males heard), 6 Blackcap (2 singing males seen plus 4 other singing males heard), Lesser Whitethroat (male heard singing and briefly seen), 3 Whitethroat (all singing males seen), 4 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting (both singing males), 30 Tufted Duck (at least) [Richard Chew]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 15:30, Sunny, warm, gentle breeze
5 Teal (Kingfisher Hide), Cuckoo (Heard Only), 3 Little Grebe (Visitors Centre Lake, Kingfisher Hide), Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew (Margaret Hide), 500 Black-tailed Godwit (At least), 50 Dunlin (Circa), 3 Little Egret (Geedon Marsh), Osprey (Geedon Marsh on post), Red Kite (Margaret Hide), Buzzard (Margaret Hide), 3 Sand Martin (Margaret Hide), 19 Swallow, 3 House Martin (Margaret Hide), Cetti's Warbler (Robbie's Hide), 20 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Nightingale, 4 Linnet (Visitor Centre) [Mick Woodruff]
Westley Heights, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny, becoming warm.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch (From five territories.), Mistle Thrush (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:40 to 12:40, Dry, hazy sun, calm, warm. Selected sightings.
2 Little Ringed Plover (West side of LDLHC, southern half of causeway support), Green Sandpiper (Just above water level under concrete dam by heronry), 6 Mediterranean Gull (At least, with black-headed gulls in field behind Billetts flood ), 2 Spoonbill (In heronry west of LBC), 2 Red Kite (Over field behind Billetts flood), 3 Swallow (At least, west of LBC ), Garden Warbler (Old road), 2 Yellow Wagtail (In field behind Billetts farm) [Paul Hargreaves]
Maldon, 09:00 to 13:00
14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Great White Egret [Andy Goodey]
TQ7691, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, slight breeze
6 Canada Goose, 7 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, Sparrowhawk (Circling above the park), Buzzard (Circling above the park), 3 Blackcap (Several singing also), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch [Les Finn]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, cool.
6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), Coal Tit, 3 Skylark (Arable next to Octagon.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 4 Nuthatch (From the four territories.), Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Great Leighs, 07:00 to 13:00, Sunny; 2/8. Mann Wood area
8 Mallard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 4 Coal Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Song Thrush, Chaffinch, 2 Linnet [Andy Goodey]
Saturday 13 Apr 2024
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 17:00 to 17:30
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet [Oliver Cottis]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 16:30 to 18:45
2 Shelduck, Cuckoo (Distant), Little Grebe, 6 Grey Plover (+), 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard), Kestrel, 5 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff (2 seen 3 heard), 2 Robin, 7 Nightingale (2 seen 5 heard), Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
Felsted, 09:00 to 13:00
Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail (pair by mill along Mill Road) [Andy Goodey]
Writtle, 08:30 to 12:15, Bright, with a moderate breeze. Only certain species recorded here.
Pheasant, 3 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir ), 2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir ), Red Kite (Drifted Northwest over Sturgeons Farm.), 2 Buzzard, Coal Tit (Heard only ), Lesser Whitethroat (First of the year. Singing Male, in hedge along Lordship Road.), 2 Whitethroat (First of the year. One along Lawford Lane and the other Titchmarsh Reservoir.), 8 Linnet, Reed Bunting (Male in song. Titchmarsh Reservoir.), 6 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir ) [Andrew Allen]
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, warm.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, Willow Warbler (Singing male.), 3 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Beeleigh, 07:00 to 09:00, Low tide
Cuckoo (Singing male & flew west, my first of the year & potentially for Maldon area), Little Egret (Feeding in the river by the bypass ), Buzzard (In tree west of the bypass), Kingfisher (At weir & flew west along the canal ), Sand Martin (Heading upstream along the river by the ironworks nature reserve ), 12 Chiffchaff (One seen carrying a feather so potentially lining a nest ), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males with 2 at the ironworks nature reserve ) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 12 Apr 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:20
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck (Billets scrape), Shoveler (M - Billets scrape), 7 Mallard, 8 Stock Dove, 4 Coot, Little Ringed Plover (Billets scrape), 10 Black-headed Gull, 5 Cormorant (+), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Jay, 3 Magpie, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Skylark, Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Chiffchaff (1 seen 2 heard), Blackcap (M), Lesser Whitethroat (Hide bay), 3 Nightingale (1 seen 2 heard), Yellow Wagtail (Billets scrape), 5 Pied Wagtail (Billets scrape), 2 Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:10 to 17:00, Sun & cloud. Breezy, warm.
92 Avocet, 15 Curlew, 95 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 160 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), Red Kite, Bearded Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler (Heard only.), 2 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Chalkney Wood, 12:00 to 13:30
2 Buzzard (heard), Jay, Blue Tit (heard), Great Tit (heard), 2 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Blackcap (2 males chasing with female), Nuthatch (herad) [Paul Everett]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 11:45 to 13:45, Sun/Cloud. Strong SW wind
Buzzard, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear [Gary A James]
Wrabness, 10:45 to 13:00, Good. Tide out.
4 Greenshank (With Redshanks on edge of tide.), 25 Sand Martin (Estd.), 7 Chiffchaff (All seen), 5 Blackcap (All Males), Wren, 5 Nightingale (4 heard 1 actually seen,good views.), Dunnock, 20 Linnet (Estd ), 20 Goldfinch (Estd.) [Peter Brittain]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 17:30, Bright, dry and windy. Long walk from Salcott and back. 72 species noted. Highlights only.
3 Little Ringed Plover (Bale Field), Spotted Redshank (Salcott Creek ), 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver (North Channel), 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer [David Curle]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 13:40, Low tide 10.04. Sun and cloud. 12-21deg. Brisk SW wind
Pheasant, 100+ Canada Goose, 47 Greylag Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 50+ Shelduck, 30+ Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 14 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 10 Teal, 23 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Oystercatcher, 100+ Avocet, 50+ Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 10+ Redshank, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 10+ Rook, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Skylark, 1+ Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (On Merlin, not seen), 5 Starling, 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush (heard not seen), 3 Robin, House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, c40 Tufted Duck, Black Swan [Brian Priestley] Skylark at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Apr 2024, (Brian Priestley) , Pied Wagtail at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Apr 2024, (Brian Priestley) , Black Swan at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Apr 2024, (Brian Priestley)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Shoveler (A pr Strood channel DU ), 50 Mediterranean Gull (Plus Strood channelpassing over northeast DU ), Swallow (Strood channel DU ), Willow Warbler (Willoughby car park SB), 6 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Stow Marsh, 09:00 to 12:30, Low tide, sunny fresh SW
7 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 5 Avocet, 185 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel (caught a field vole), Swallow (heading rapidly low NW), 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (Saltcoats reedbed), 6 Blackcap (5 males singing and a female nesting), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Corn Bunting (singing) [Alan Shearring]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:25, Sunny becoming warm.
Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler (Singing male. Ar park hedge.), Whitethroat (Singing male.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (Singing males.), 2 Yellowhammer [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 08:00 to 09:00, Warming up, moderate south wind strengthening a bit. Very thin cloud cover with blue patches. Tide low.
102 Brent Goose, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker (Behind chalets), 2 Skylark (Singing), Willow Warbler (Singing between caravan park and chalets), 2 Chiffchaff (2 singing), Blackcap (Singing, behind chalets), 5 Whitethroat (Singing), 9 Wren (9 singing - 8 in chalets and caravan park area!), Song Thrush (Singing, edge of Stour Woods), 2 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (I singing at Stour Woods end, one by track to caravan park) [Simon Banks]
North Weald, 07:20 to 08:05, Brightening, cool. Still waterlogged areas.
6 Egyptian Goose (2 adults with 4 young in recently vacated livestock field.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At railway cutting, both drumming. ), Green Woodpecker (Weald Common), Kestrel (Weald Common), 6 Skylark (Over various arable & livestock fields), 3 Swallow (Over horse paddock), 9 Blackcap (Widespread, singing males.), 2 Whitethroat (Weald Common, first sighting this spring.), 2 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 2 Mistle Thrush (Railway cutting), 3 Bullfinch (At least 2 males, at railway cutting.), 4 Linnet [Paul William]
Thursday 11 Apr 2024
Stanway GP, 16:30 to 17:30
2 Sparrowhawk (Including continental female), 3 Buzzard, 3 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Nightingale, 7 Linnet [Oliver Cottis] Sparrowhawk at Stanway GP on 11 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis) , Sand Martin at Stanway GP on 11 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis)
Stanway GP, 15:00 to 17:00, Partly cloudy
Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Nightingale [Nico Devereaux] Willow Warbler at Stanway GP on 11 Apr 2024, (Nico Devereaux) , Nightingale at Stanway GP on 11 Apr 2024, (Nico Devereaux)
Beazley End, 11:00 to 15:30
3 Lapwing, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard calling), 4 Blue Tit (+), 3 Skylark [Paul Everett]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00
Cuckoo, Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 10+ Chiffchaff (heard/seen), 5+ Blackcap (heard/seen), Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 14+ Nightingale (heard/seen), 4+ Lesser Redpoll [Liz Huxley]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 10:45, Cloudy SW wind
45 Shelduck, 4 Teal, Buzzard, 2 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Wheatear [Gary A James]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 13:30, 7-8/8 Cloud. Occasional sun. Light WSW wind. 14-17c. With Graham Barber.
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pheasant, 11 Canada Goose, 21 Greylag Goose, 7 Mute Swan, 13 Mallard, 27 Pochard, 4 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 6 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant (Three flyovers.), 7 Grey Heron (Flyovers.), 2 Little Egret (Flyovers.), Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (Female.), Red Kite, 5 Buzzard (At least. ), Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 3 Jay, 7 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit (Four singing.), 9 Skylark (Six singing.), 4 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 6 Blackcap (Singing.), Whitethroat (Singing.), 11 Wren (Ten singing.), 4 Starling, 3 Blackbird (One male carrying food.), 4 Song Thrush (One singing.), 15 Robin (Thirteen singing.), House Sparrow, 8 Dunnock (Two singing.), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Greenfinch (Two singing.), 5 Linnet (One singing.), 7 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 52 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 10:30, mild, light southerly wind, overcast
9 Turnstone, 12 Mediterranean Gull, Grey Heron (South), 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (Ringtail west over Walton Hall Marshes ), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Female dropped in to John Weston, appeared to be in off), Green Woodpecker, Sand Martin, 9 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 common, 1 escarpment, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of sycamore clump, 4 John Weston Reserve ), 11 Willow Warbler (Singing, influx since yesterday ), 11 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 7 Blackcap (Singing), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 4 Whitethroat (Singing), Firecrest (Double hedge), Song Thrush (Singing), Nightingale (Singing, top of escarpment ), 6 Linnet, 3 Siskin (Over) [Brian Combes]
Wednesday 10 Apr 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 14:10 to 15:50
10+ Egyptian Goose (10+ adults, incl pair with goslings), Cuckoo, Greenshank (flood opp Billets), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 4 Common Tern (LBC), Buzzard, 20+ Sand Martin (LBC), Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcap, Nightingale, 20+ Yellow Wagtail (Billets) [Liz Huxley]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:00 to 16:00, Cloudy, breezy. All records from lagoon.
14 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 200 Curlew (At least. Flushed from mainland by low flying helicopter. Most settled on lagoon.), 18 Bar-tailed Godwit (All wp), 250 Black-tailed Godwit (Approx. Most sp.), 100 Redshank (At least.), Spotted Redshank (Moulting into summer plumage.), 2 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (All adults.), Peregrine Falcon [Andrew Cox]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 12:45 to 12:45, Cloudy and gusty SSW wind
Osprey (medium height heading east) [Alan Shearring]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Stock Dove, 250+ Black-tailed Godwit, Kestrel, Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcap, 4 Nightingale, 6 Tufted Duck (4 male, 2 female) [Liz Huxley]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:30 to 10:45, Sun/cloud. Calm then increasing SW wind
30 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 2 Skylark, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Wheatear [Gary A James]
Tilbury, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, light SW wind, tide just turning, all sightings just east of the old P Stn site
11 Shelduck, 8 Teal, 2 Curlew, 312 Black-tailed Godwit [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:30, Sunny, becoming warm.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Willow Warbler (Singing male.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 5 Nuthatch (Four territories.), Treecreeper, 2 Goldfinch (Singing males in the car park.), Yellowhammer (Male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Stansted Airport Lagoons, 08:00 to 09:30, Very light haze, sunny.
16 Gadwall, 20 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap [Jonathan Forgham] Green Sandpiper at Stansted Airport Lagoons on 10 Apr 2024, (Jonathan Forgham)
Leez Reservoir, 06:30 to 07:40
2 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen, Cormorant, 2 Barn Owl (usual pair by Leez priory), 2 Kingfisher (Pair by fishing lake), 7 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Singing birds), 4 Blackcap (Singing males ), 3 Song Thrush (singing males ), 8 Bullfinch (4 Pairs ), 4 Yellowhammer (2 pairs), 4 Reed Bunting (2 pairs), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair on fishing lake) [Andy Goodey]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:40, Clear becoming overcast, cool, southerly wind, rising tide; 24 species in song
2 Pintail, 3 Pochard, 6 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 15 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 common, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 north of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve, 4 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), Willow Warbler (Singing), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 8 Blackcap (Singing), 5 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Firecrest (1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 singing south of John Weston Reserve ), Ring Ouzel (Male still in eastern paddock of John Weston Reserve ), 3 Redwing, Song Thrush (Singing), 11 Linnet, 5 Siskin (North), 3 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 09 Apr 2024
Kirby Cross, 21:50 to 21:50
Barn Owl (flying along verge in headlights, Thorpe Road (B1033) just W of The Firs care home) [Liz Huxley]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:20 to 11:50, Overcast. Light showers, Strong SSW wind. 9 to 10c.
4 Pheasant, 13 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag Goose, 6 Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, 9 Shelduck, 16 Mallard, 15 Pochard, Goosander (Male.), 7 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 80 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 3 Collared Dove, 2 Moorhen, 14 Coot (Two nests.), Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Cormorant (Two flyovers.), 2 Grey Heron (Flyovers.), Little Egret (Flew over.), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 6 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 14 Carrion Crow, 12 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit (Four singing.), 4 Skylark (Singing.), 3 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow (circa.), 15 House Martin (circa.), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 10 Chiffchaff (Seven singing.), 6 Blackcap (Two singing.), 10 Wren (Nine singing. One carrying nest material.), 4 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 11 Robin (Seven singing.), 2 House Sparrow (Pair.), 4 Dunnock (Singing.), Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Greenfinch (Singing.), 5 Linnet, 35 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 10:30, Southerly gale, overcast with sharp showers, rising tide, cool
4 Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, 6 Swallow (4 west, 2 feeding over reserve), 9 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 double hedge, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 1 north of cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve ), Willow Warbler (Singing), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 4 Blackcap (Singing), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing; earliest record here for me by three days), 4 Whitethroat (Singing), Ring Ouzel (Male still in east paddock of John Weston Reserve although elusive), Nightingale (Singing, south edge of cricket pitch; third consecutive year singing birds have been heard here in the spring), 4 Linnet, 5 Siskin (3 over, 2 grounded), 4 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 09 Apr 2024, (Brian Combes)
Monday 08 Apr 2024
Wrabness, 14:30 to 16:00
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 1+ Kestrel, 50+ Sand Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 4+ Nightingale, c100 Linnet [Liz Huxley]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:00 to 16:15, Cloud and sun. Mild (16-17deg) SE wind. Water level high
c70 Canada Goose, c40 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, c35 Mallard (One blue head), c30 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 28 Great Crested Grebe, c70 Black-headed Gull, 10+ Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Cormorant, Buzzard, 15 Magpie, 11 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 5+ Blue Tit, 5+ Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Wren, 5 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 5+ Robin, 2 Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, c150 Tufted Duck [Brian Priestley]
Wrabness, 13:45 to 15:45, NIce and sunny but high tide so no waders.
Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard near new pond.), 2 Chiffchaff (Seen), Blackcap (Male), Mistle Thrush (In paddock), 2 Nightingale (Both near second hide), 2 Dunnock, 4 Linnet [Peter Brittain]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:00 to 16:00, Dry and bright.
2 Garganey (On central flooded field.) [David Curle] Garganey at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 08 Apr 2024, (David Curle)
Wrabness, 12:30 to 15:15
2 Kestrel, 35 Sand Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Nightingale, 6 Dunnock, 40 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch [Graham Barber ]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 14:00
Goosander, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern, Cattle Egret, 16 Buzzard, Kestrel, 23 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Grimwade] Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Apr 2024, (Steve Grimwade) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Apr 2024, (Steve Grimwade) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Apr 2024, (Steve Grimwade)
Mersea Island, 09:45 to 14:30, Cloudy initially with blue sky breaking through. Warming up. Moderate south wind. Tide rising till midday, then falling.
50 Brent Goose, Pochard (Female, Cudmore Grove lake), Cuckoo (Calling and then seen, last area of hawthorn scrub after leaving Cudmore Grove eastwards), Stock Dove, 5 Little Grebe, 8 Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper (With two Dunlin, water body behind seawall, western Reeveshall Marsh), 6 Little Egret, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker (Yaffling), 2 Cetti's Warbler (2 singing), Willow Warbler (1 calling), 2 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 6 Blackcap (5 singing), Whitethroat (1 singing, back of Cudmore Grove), 2 Song Thrush (2 singing), Reed Bunting (Male) [Simon Banks]
Holland Haven, 09:40 to 12:00
20+ Shoveler, 3 Gadwall (2 male, 1 female), 30+ Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet, 5 Mediterranean Gull (4 adults), Marsh Harrier, Swallow, 9 Cetti's Warbler (vocal & visible!! 5 in country park, 4 by golf course), 2 Sedge Warbler (by golf course), Blackcap (male), 2 Wheatear (by moth enclosure), 6 Reed Bunting (all males) [Liz Huxley]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 09:00 to 12:00, All sightings at RSPB Canvey Wick
Pheasant (unseen bird heard calling), 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (at least still present), 20 Shelduck (at least), 6 Mallard, Wood Pigeon, 10 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 10 Redshank (at least), 10 Black-headed Gull (at least), 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 pairs flew over calling), Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (male in flight carrying what seemed to be a Brown Rat), Great Spotted Woodpecker (unseen bird heard “drumming”), Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 15 Cetti's Warbler (at least, including 2 singing males seen), Long-tailed Tit, 15 Chiffchaff (at least, including 6 singing males seen), 15 Blackcap (at least, including 2 singing males and 2 females seen), 5 Whitethroat (all singing males), Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, 8 Nightingale (all singing males, 2 seen well and 1 photographed), Dunnock, Chaffinch (unseen singing male), 10 Greenfinch (at least, mostly singing males), Reed Bunting (male) [Richard Chew] Nightingale at Canvey Island, Thames Estuary on 08 Apr 2024, (Richard Chew, )
Abberton Reservoir, 08:20 to 14:45
Cuckoo (Heard in scrub opposite entrance road to visitor centre), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Billet's flood), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier (Female from Hide Bay hide), 6 Buzzard (At least), Willow Warbler (Singing close to Hide Bay hide), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing close to Hide Bay hide), 4 Whitethroat (Around reserve), 5 Nightingale (Old Road area), 12 Yellow Wagtail (Billet's Farm), White Wagtail (Billet's Farm) [James Hudson] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Apr 2024, (James Hudson)
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 14:00, Cloudy, becoming sunny & warm.
Red Kite, 7 Buzzard (Three pairs plus.), 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. From at least six probable territories.), 5 Green Woodpecker (At least. From at least five probable territories.), 2 Kestrel (Female & male. Different territories.), 2 Raven (Probable pair.), 4 Coal Tit (Courting pair plus two others.), 18 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Mostly paired up.), 4 Goldcrest (Three singing males.), 7 Nuthatch (Three pairs plastering/lining nest holes. Calling male from 4th territory.), 5 Treecreeper (At least. ), 5 Song Thrush (Singing males. At least.), 3 Mistle Thrush (Pair mobbing a crow plus singing male.), Greenfinch (At least one male singing.), 5 Linnet (At least.), 7 Goldfinch, 4 Yellowhammer (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Danbury Common, 07:15 to 08:30, Overcast, dry, still and warm
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Plus good numbers of Blue and Great Tits), 8+ Chiffchaff (Pairing, but not all singing now), 9+ Blackcap (Males in full song), 5 Blackbird (2 Nesting), 2 Song Thrush, 7 Robin, 10 Nightingale (Seen and heard in same locations as previous years) [Doug & Tina Holden]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 12:00, overcast, mild, southerly wind, rising tide
3 Barnacle Goose (Walton Hall Marshes), 4 Pochard, 4 Avocet, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Turnstone, 27 Mediterranean Gull (Including 12 west first thing), 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier (Including 1 in off), Hen Harrier (Ringtail, south over Walton Hall Marshes (presumably the wintering bird)), 4 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Sand Martin (Including 1 by the colony site), 2 Swallow (West), 14 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 common, 1 cricket pitch, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve, 4 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing), 11 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 11 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Whitethroat (First of the spring, all singing), Ring Ouzel (East paddock of John Weston Reserve (probably Saturday’s bird)), Song Thrush (Singing), 7 Linnet, 3 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:15 to 18:00, S2 8-0/8. Selected totals, concerted watch to 0800 then glances. Movement to south unless stated
2 Whimbrel, 90 Mediterranean Gull (North. 14 flocks, almost all full ad, incl groups of 18 and 22. Very unusual spring movement for here), Hobby (In off), 36 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 61 Linnet, 44 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
TQ7694, 05:45 to 06:45, Cloudy, 10 degrees, calm.
Pheasant, Mallard, 10+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Moorhen (2 males fighting), 3 Black-headed Gull (Overhead), Cormorant (Flew low overhead twice), Buzzard (Flushed on entry), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming), 7 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 6 Wren, Blackbird (Male singing), Song Thrush, 5 Robin, 2 Goldfinch [Ben Setterfield]
Sunday 07 Apr 2024
Wrabness, 18:46 to 19:45, Dry sunny
2 Barn Owl (Sitting on nest box ), 10 Sand Martin (Flaying over horses field), Swallow (Flying over horses fields ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Near 2nd hide other near wood area ), Nightingale (Near 2 hide ) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Great Leighs, 15:55 to 16:50, EWT Sandslay and Moat woods
Red Kite, Magpie, 6 Blue Tit (4 heard 2 seen), 5 Chiffchaff (heard), Wren (heard), Nuthatch (calling constantly), Song Thrush (heard), 2 Robin (! seen 1 heard) [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 14:30, Very windy, but sunny and mild
Green Sandpiper (Billets screen), 4 Common Tern (Raft from visitor centre), Cattle Egret (With sheep opposite Billets), 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Along old road), 2 Whitethroat (Near visitor centre (dog walking area)), 2 Nightingale (Along old road ), 11 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm) [Marsh Stitchman]
Tylers Common, Upminster, 12:15 to 13:15, strong breeze, some sunshine
Nightingale (singing male by south pond) [Rob Smith]
TQ7691, 11:00 to 12:00, Sunny, dry
Mute Swan (First seen on the lake in a while), Moorhen (Sitting on nest in Alder Carr), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap (Starting to be more present), Greenfinch (Male singing), 6 Goldfinch [Les Finn]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:45 to 14:15, via River Walk - highlights
Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males - first heard on site for some years), 6+ Blackcap (Singing males ), 2 Grey Wagtail (Pair, including ringed male) [David L Smith]
Fingringhoe Mill, 10:20 to 12:05, Sunny with cloud, strong wind, 16 deg. Very high tide.
24 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher (High tide roost.), Curlew (Over ), 42 Black-tailed Godwit (High tide roost.), Sparrowhawk (Male over wood.), 3 Buzzard (Over wood ), 2 Green Woodpecker (Heard.), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing males.), Reed Warbler (Seen in reeds.), 4 Blackcap (Singing males.), Pied Wagtail [Ashley Gooding]
Great Notley, 10:10 to 12:00, Country park and village areas
2 Red-legged Partridge (on scrape), 3 Mute Swan, 6 Mallard (5M 1F), 2 Coot, Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing (on scrape), 4 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 12 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit (2 seen 1 heard), Skylark, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff (1 seen 3 heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard), 3 Wren (heard), Blackbird, 3 Robin (2 seen 1 heard), Goldfinch (heard) [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel DU ), Avocet (Behind Dabchicks sailing club DU ), Swallow (Fishpond wood( Jack Hoy)), 2 Chiffchaff (Feldy view cemetery DU ), Blackcap (Feldy view DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:15, Sunny, some cloud. Breezy.
2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Whitethroat, Goldcrest (Singing male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper, 3 Mistle Thrush (Inc two singing males.), 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 06 Apr 2024
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 19:05 to 19:35
4 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard (included 1 F with 7 ducklings), Pochard (M), Moorhen, 7 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 21 Tufted Duck [Paul Everett]
Naze, The, 14:15 to 16:00
6+ Gadwall, c20 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 5 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Ring Ouzel (male in John Weston Reserve paddock) [Liz Huxley] Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 06 Apr 2024, (Liz Huxley)
Great Leighs, 13:10 to 15:30, Fine, Dry. E.W.T Phyllis Currie Reserve.
2 Mallard, 2 Stock Dove, 20+ Wood Pigeon, 3 Moorhen, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Carrion Crow, 20+ Blue Tit, 20+ Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 12+ Dunnock, 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.) [Bruce Brown]
The Naze at Walton, 09:50 to 13:30, Quite warm. Brisk wind off sea. Blue sky at start, but clouding over. Tide high at start, but falling.
2 Ringed Plover, Buzzard, Swallow (Back of John Weston), 5 Cetti's Warbler (5 singing), 10 Chiffchaff (8 singing), 2 Blackcap (Singing (must have been more)), Nightingale (Short burst of song from hedge opposite John Weston gate), Redstart (Male, just inside John Weston left of path, accepted by one Robin, harassed by the other) [Simon Banks]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 11:30
2 Pochard, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 5 Nightingale, 3 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Redpoll sp. [Oliver Cottis] Pochard at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 06 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis) , Nightingale at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 06 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis) , Redpoll sp. at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 06 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis) , Redpoll sp. at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 06 Apr 2024, (Oliver Cottis)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:55 to 11:55, Hazy sun. 7/8 cloud. Strong SSE turning S wind. 14 to 19c.
Red-legged Partridge, 5 Pheasant, 7 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 9 Pochard, 7 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (Flew over.), 25 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 4 Moorhen, 14 Coot, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant (Three flyovers.), Grey Heron (Flew over.), 2 Red Kite (Flew over together.), 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), Jay, 5 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 12 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit (Two singing.), 6 Skylark (Four singing.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 13 Chiffchaff (Ten singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), Whitethroat (Singing.), 10 Wren (Singing.), 14 Starling, Blackbird, 13 Robin (Eleven singing.), Nightingale (Singing.), 6 Dunnock (Two singing.), 2 Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch (Singing.), 2 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, 43 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:40, Sunny, some cloud. Mild.
Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Great Notley, 07:00 to 09:30, 3/8 cloud. Gt Notley Country Park
Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing (Pairs displaying ), Golden Plover (Calling overhead ), Little Ringed Plover (on edge of ‘scrape’ area), Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 13 Rook (Active nests in nearby Rayne rookery), Swallow (at nearby Rayne), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing males at Country Park), 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Yellow Wagtail (Calling overhead), Bullfinch (Pair), 2 Yellowhammer (Pairs), Reed Bunting (Pair) [Andy Goodey]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, mainly overcast, mild, rising tide, strong southerly wind; 19 species in song
2 Pintail, 4 Avocet, 28 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 13 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 farm pond, 1 escarpment, 1 sycamore clump, 4 John Weston Reserve, 4 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing), 11 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing,Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Blackcap (Singing, + several others including first females of the spring), Ring Ouzel (Stunning male in the east paddock of John Weston Reserve first thing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), Wheatear, Tree Pipit (Flew north over Walton Hall Marshes, calling - very scarce here in the spring), 9 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 5 Siskin (Over) [Brian Combes] Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 06 Apr 2024, (Brian Combes) , Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 06 Apr 2024, (Brian Combes)
Chigborough Lakes, 06:30 to 08:30
12 Cormorant (Nest with chicks), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 10 Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler (Singing near the heronry ), 16 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch (Singing by road), 10 Greenfinch [Tony Kennelly]
TM0128, 05:00 to 05:15
Tawny Owl (Hooting ), Nightingale (Singing distantly near Cherry tree lane Fridaywoods . My first of year here. ) [Simon Patient]
Friday 05 Apr 2024
Great Totham, 15:40 to 15:40
Red Kite (Over B1022, Gt.Totham North.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Writtle, 13:05 to 13:55, university lake and reservoir area
4 Mallard, 4 Coot, 6 Herring Gull, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Magpie, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff (2 seen and further 2 heard), 2 Blackcap (Singing males), Greenfinch [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 13:00 to 18:00
Great Crested Grebe (Strood channel DU ), 5 Mediterranean Gull (1 F/o golf house SE, 4 strood channel DU ), 2 Kestrel (Strood channel DU ), Swallow (Ivy dock dyke MT ), 2 Chiffchaff (Strood channel DU ), 2 Blackcap (Strood channel DU ), 3 House Sparrow (Golf house turning/parking), 5 Chaffinch (Golf house turning parking SE ), 2 Greenfinch (Golf house turning, parking SE), 12 Goldfinch (Golf house turning/Parking SE), 4 Siskin (Golf house turning/parking, in trees & puddles SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
TL6613, 12:30 to 15:30, Cloud and sun. Mild (c17 deg) strong SW wind gusting to over 30mph
15 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Pheasant, 13 Canada Goose, 21 Greylag Goose, 6 Mallard, 50+ Wood Pigeon, 2 Moorhen, 5 Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Buzzard, 4 Magpie, 60+ Rook, 30+ Carrion Crow, 15+ Blue Tit, 5+ Great Tit, 2 Skylark, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2+ Chiffchaff (Many others heard throughout), Wren, 4 Blackbird, 3+ Robin, Dunnock, 8 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, 8 Tufted Duck [Brian Priestley]
Chelmsford City Centre, 12:15 to 12:50, Oaklands Park
3 Wood Pigeon (plus one deceased.), Carrion Crow, 2 Coal Tit (pair observed calling and mating), 6 Blue Tit (+), 2 Great Tit, Blackcap (heard), 2 Robin (pair) [Paul Everett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:10 to 13:40, Cool, becoming warmer. Brisk SW wind strengthening considerably. Mostly clear sky. Tide high to start with, but falling.
120 Brent Goose, 8 Wigeon, 5 Pochard, 20 Avocet, 30 Grey Plover, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier (4 males, two females), Tawny Owl (Unless someone was playing a tape, one calling at 13:30 near car park. ), 2 Bearded Tit (At least two calling from reedbed, south side), 3 Cetti's Warbler (3 singing), 3 Chiffchaff (3 singing), 3 Blackcap (3 singing), 2 Yellowhammer (2 singing), Reed Bunting [Simon Banks]
Manningtree, 10:00 to 12:00, walk along the river - Co-op to White Bridge
17 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (only a few left now), 2 Barnacle Goose (over Cattawade Marshes), 10+ Gadwall, 5 Red-breasted Merganser (2 male, 3 female), 4 Stock Dove, 1000+ Black-tailed Godwit (most in breeding plumage), 2 Red Kite, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Chiffchaff [Liz Huxley]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 09:40 to 14:00, From the Point. Sun & clouds. Strong sw breeze.
45 Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, 20 Sanderling, 3 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), Common Gull (1st summer.), House Martin [Andrew Cox]
Benfleet, 08:45 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy. Creek adjacent station.
Oystercatcher, 12 Avocet, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:45 to 12:00, overcast with showers gradually clearing, strong SW wind, mild, high tide c. 09:40
18 Gadwall, 5 Pintail, 4 Avocet, 53 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Barn Owl, 5 Swallow (1, 2, and 2 west over marshes), 9 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 undercliff, 1 farm pond, 1 common, 2 John Weston Reserve, 3 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds), 10 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), Black Redstart (On rubble west of decoy ponds then flew into caravan park), 2 Redstart (Stunning males (one looked to be first summer), feeding together along lane between seawall and John Weston Reserve first thing), Wheatear, 8 Greenfinch, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Thursday 04 Apr 2024
TM0129, 13:00 to 13:30, Sunny
40+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Magpie, 12 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff (Only 1 seen), 4 Wren, 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 6 Greenfinch, Linnet (Heard), Yellowhammer (heard) [David Gotts]
Chigborough Lakes, 10:00 to 12:00, variable sunlight, light drizzle
6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Willow Warbler, 9+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 20 Tufted Duck [Jonathan Forgham]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Red-legged Partridge (From east mersa road opposite Bocking hall AF MC), 2 Canada Goose (Cudmore Grove grazing fields AF MC), 4 Greylag Goose (Cudmore Grove grazing fields AF MC), Sparrowhawk (Around cudmore Grove pond AF MC ), Barn Owl (In nest box from cudmore Grove pond hide AF MC), Cetti's Warbler (Showed from cudmore Grove hide AF MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
North Weald, 08:15 to 11:45, Cloud clearing, breezy. Still widespread waterlogged ground.
Herring Gull (Over Church Lane LNR), Grey Heron (Mobbed by 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls), Green Woodpecker (Weald Common), 3 Skylark (Fields by Church Lane LNR), 8 Chiffchaff (4 at Church Lane LNR), 3 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail (Stream by allotments), 2 Yellowhammer (Pair at regular site near water works) [Paul William]
Great Totham, 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny. 2/8 cloud. Moderate SW wind. 11c.
Grey Heron (Bog Grove.), 2 Buzzard (South Wood.), Little Owl (Church Road.), Green Woodpecker (Totham Pit.), 6 Skylark (Singing.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), Greenfinch (Singing. Gt.Totham Hall.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny with clouds. Becoming warmer. Breezy.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Swallow, Goldcrest (Singing male.), 4 Nuthatch (All singing/calling males.), Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]