|Mistley||3 Black Swan|
|Vange Marsh RSPB||2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit|
|Bowers Marsh (RSPB)||2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler|
|Abberton Reservoir||1 Ortolan Bunting, 3 Black Tern|
|Wivenhoe||1 Cetti's Warbler|
|Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge||1 Garganey, 1 White Wagtail|
|Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford||3 Garganey|
|Abberton Reservoir||1 Ortolan Bunting, 2 Garganey, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler|
Submission of Records
Whether via the website or by other means the society encourages the submission of all records of observations as these form the backbone of the Essex Bird Report which is published annually. Clearly the more that are submitted, the more accurate a picture the Report will give of each birding year.
Depending on the species more detailed descriptions may be required in order to be accepted as a record for the Bird Report and to this end the society has drawn up guidelines (see Essex Bird List) for what information is required for each of these species. These requirements are reviewed and updated annually to ensure they take into account the decline or increase in any particular species.
For any species that is considered sufficiently rare the any records will either be need to be reviewed by British Rarities Committee (BBRC) if it has national significance or by the Society's own identification panel (EBWSIP) for locally rare species. The Essex Bird List identifies which panel, if any, is appropriate for each species. Please note that there are very specific requirements for submission of some records. Many records get rejected - not because the sighting was necessarily invalid but because the supporting documentation was not sufficient to convince the panel beyond any doubt of its authenticity. The following link provides an example form of the type of information that should be provided when submitting a record of species where full descriptions are required.