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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Friday 13 Dec 2019
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 14:00 to 16:00, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze.
56 Sanderling (Castle Point yacht club. Feeding on the shoreline & on bird seed left on the path.), 120 Turnstone (As sanderlings.) [Andrew Cox]
Halstead, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female again very briefly) [Barbara Leport]
Mistley, 12:15 to 13:15, Grey, cold.
7 Scaup (incl 2 1W drakes), 21 Goldeneye, 6 Pintail, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Grey Wagtail [Sean Nixon] Scaup at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Goldeneye at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Pintail at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 13 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Westley Heights, 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy, breezy, chilly.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush (At least.), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy, chilly. Lincewood only.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 12 Dec 2019
Mistley, 11:00 to 12:00, Steady rain, high tide. All sightings from Quay
30 Red-breasted Merganser, 40 Goldeneye, 38 Pintail, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Grebe, 7 Scaup [Matt Turner] Red-breasted Merganser at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Goldeneye at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Goldeneye at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Pintail at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Scaup at Mistley on 12 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 10:45 to 13:00, Rising tide. Vile rain plus sleet. Thanks ITV, great job.
1 Red-necked Grebe (three quarters the way from marina to pill box), 50 Avocet, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Curlew, 30 Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 50 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling, 5 Skylark, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush [David Allen]
Wrabness, 09:30 to 10:45, Overcast and cold with a bit of rain
3 Bullfinch (Poss 4 - 3 seen and 1 heard later), 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goldeneye (Distant females), 4 Common Scoter (4 Juv birds flew west ), 90 Wigeon (circa), 1 Curlew (Feeding in paddock), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+) [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 15:00, Dry,cold start becoming wet and cold later. Miserable day weather wise!
1 Black-necked Grebe (Gwen's Hide), 1 Little Grebe (LDLH Causeway), 1 Cattle Egret (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide - Towards School Lane), 7 Great White Egret (5 from Bay Hide), 8 Pintail (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 4 Scaup (Gwen's Hide), 1 Ring-necked Duck (LDLH Causeway), 2 Long-tailed Duck (Gwen's Hide), 33 Goosander (Most from the LDLH Causeway), 1 Smew (Female - LDLH Causeway), 6 Shelduck (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Black Swan (LBC), 2 Bewick's Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 2 Buzzard (Billets Farm), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female - Visitor Centre), 3 Marsh Harrier (1 male,2 Females), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Bay Hide), 4 Kestrel (At least), 2 Green Sandpiper (Bay Hide), 6 Redshank (LDLH Causeway), 1 Dunlin (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 1 Ruff (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 150 Fieldfare (Estimated - Reserve), 1 Stonechat (Male - Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 3 Goldcrest (Bay Hide/Billets Farm. 71 Species recorded today at Abberton with help from Steve Grimwade and Glen Moore) [Mick Woodruff]
Wednesday 11 Dec 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:00, 5 degrees.
1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Bewick's Swan, 6 Great White Egret (4 in Wigborough Bay), 900 Coot, 8 Pintail, 4 Gadwall, 250 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 30 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Goldeneye, 2 Scaup [David Allen]
Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, 10:45 to 15:30
3 Twite (c1m NE of fort by seawall), 27 Corn Bunting [Sean Huggins]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:15 to 15:00
1 Dartford Warbler (Female. Now half mile south of Obs in Suaeda.) [John Sutherby]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 13:00
50 Chaffinch (+), 1 Brambling, 10 Linnet (+), 10 Reed Bunting (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Lapwing (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 10 Skylark (+), 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 300 Avocet (+), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male) [Liz Huxley]
Wormingford, Colchester, 09:30 to 13:00, bright and sunny
3 Buzzard, 20 Golden Plover (circa - only 3 on airfield), 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair chasing Kestrel on airfield), 100 Skylark (circa - 70 on airfield), 100 Starling (+ - 70+ on airfield), 40 Blackbird (circa - dispersed), 100 Fieldfare (+ all on airfield), 2 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, 40 House Sparrow (village), 120 Meadow Pipit (+ - 60 on airfield), 100 Linnet (circa - 70 on airfield), 15 Yellowhammer [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:10 to 11:10, Sunny, calm. Low numbers on lakes lately; weekly (Fri) shoot a factor?
2 Egyptian Goose (South House Farm.), 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Buzzard, 150 Wood Pigeon (circa. South House Farm.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Fieldfare [Malcolm Corbett]
Halstead, 08:30 to 08:30, Cold and brighter
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female on peanut feeder briefly again) [Barbara Leport]
Tuesday 10 Dec 2019
Halstead, 10:00 to 10:15, Dull
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female on peanut feeder) [Barbara Leport]
The Hythe, Colchester, 08:00 to 10:00
2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Sandpiper [Alf Mullins]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:45 to 08:30, Cold, dry, low tide. All sightings from bridge, splodge frozen
60 Wigeon, 8 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 4 Egyptian Goose (Flying west), 8 Curlew (Flying west) [Matt Turner]
Monday 09 Dec 2019
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 14:30, Dry, sunny, NW wind, 8c. Most birds sheltering tight to W bank. Sightings With Brenda from Rawl, Lyster hides & Causeway.
12 Goosander (9 drakes, 3 females.), 10 Goldeneye (Circa.), 200 Wigeon (Circa. Grazing meadow.), 1000 Coot (At least.), 100 Teal (Circa. ), 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 6 Mallard (3 pair. ), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 5 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Plus. ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Wind felled tree across woodland footpath !.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Looking like a juvenile. Failed sortie in front of Rawl hide.), 2 Buzzard (Red Fox & Muntjac Deer, Rawl hide.), 3 Jay, 4 Mute Swan [David Hale]
Sunday 08 Dec 2019
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 14:15 to 16:00, Dry and overcast and very cold wind
1 Hen Harrier (Female type ), 1 Short-eared Owl (Distantly over seawall), 2 Great White Egret [Brian Bolton]
Wickford, 09:15 to 09:15, Sunny and breezy
1 Blackcap (Male in my garden . Now had wintering blackcaps for 17 years in a row) [David Petts]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 08:15 to 09:30, Sunny, chilly. Some breeze.
1 Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker (Including one with no tail.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail (Golf course.), 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (At least.), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golf course.) [Andrew Cox]
The Hythe, Colchester, 08:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 2 Stonechat [Alf Mullins]
Saturday 07 Dec 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:00, Mild and dry
1 Scaup (East of LDLH Causeway. Thanks Sean for the heads up,), 1 Black-necked Grebe (East of LDLH Causeway.) [David Curle] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (David Curle) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (David Curle)
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:00 to 15:45, Sun & clouds. Chilly. Low tide.
26 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stooping at waders.), 45 Grey Plover (At least.), 2000 Knot (At least.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult.), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 16:00, Mild, still and grey
2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Scaup, 29 Goosander (Lodge Lane), 7 Goldeneye, 4 Great White Egret, 41 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Bullfinch, 23 Skylark [Sean Nixon] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Fieldfare at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Stonechat at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon)
West Mersea, 12:00 to 12:15, Grey, mild
1 Black Brant [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 10:30 to 12:30, cloudy, mild, windy
1 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Redwing [Sean Gregory]
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 13:00
5 Snow Bunting [Chris Balchin] Snow Bunting at Colne Pt on 07 Dec 2019, (Chris Balchin)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel (Female.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (Calling.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel (Male.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One feeding on hornbeam seeds.), 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 10 Siskin (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:20 to 12:30, cool, overcast, brisk westerly wind, ebbing tide
1 Chiffchaff (Double hedge ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin (Near Stone Point Lagoon, later this bird or another Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair sitting on Horsey Island seawall across from Stone Point ), 15 Snow Bunting (Tip of Stone Point, flew in from Horsey, fed for a while, flew back to Horsey and then after a few minutes returned to the Point), 1 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Pintail (Walton Hall Marshes ), 18 Little Grebe (Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 06 Dec 2019
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:45 to 16:30, Cloud & sun. Breezy, showers, some heavy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, over the old tip. Tussling with peregrine.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Looked like an immature female. Tussling with marsh harrier over the old tip.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (Calling near hide.), 150 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 31 Black-tailed Godwit (Marina.), 1 Spotted Redshank (Flushed from creek by marsh harrier.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly near hide.) [Andrew Cox]
Manningtree, 13:45 to 14:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female, age not determined (birds which frequent the pylons reported by Matt T) showing very well quite low over river just behind Coop) [James Davidson]
The Hythe, Colchester, 11:00 to 12:00
4 Water Rail [Alf Mullins]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 10:45 to 11:45, Cloudy, breezy, mild. Lincewood only.
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 05 Dec 2019
Tilbury, 10:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud, light SW wind, LT
21 Avocet (On foreshore), 107 Teal (90 on foreshore, 27 in the fort), 2 Buzzard (Sparring over the old P Stn site, one eventually flew over to Kent), 1 Shelduck (On foreshore), 18 Lapwing (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 6 Redshank (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 50 Goldfinch (In the fort), 30 Linnet (In the fort), 43 Canada Goose (In the fort), 5 Greylag Goose (In the fort), 1 Grey Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Snipe (In the fort), 31 Little Grebe (In the moat), 1 Little Egret (In the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:35 to 13:30, Becoming brighter, light SW wind. With Graham Barber.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male, carp lake. An almost duck free site of late.), 3 Sparrowhawk (One male. Two female, one of which carrying blackbird.), 1 Buzzard, 70 Lapwing (circa. On arable field just east of Lofts Farm perimeter.), 1 Snipe (Trout lake.), 1 Kestrel, 100 Rook (+. South of South Wood.), 60 Carrion Crow (circa. On ploughed field.), 10 Skylark (+. With lapwings.), 15 Long-tailed Tit (circa.), 1 Goldcrest, 40 Starling (+. With lapwings.), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20 House Sparrow (circa.), 6 Meadow Pipit (+. With skylarks.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 09:00 to 13:00, Calm, cold and a bit misty
30 Fieldfare, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier (Stunning female hunting then perched to west), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 8 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Raven (1/2 second very distant glimpse in flight from behind, thought it was a raptor but kronked as it disappeared) [Matt Turner] Marsh Harrier at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 05 Dec 2019, (Matt Turner)
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Swallow [Alf Mullins]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 08:00 to 09:00, Cold frosty morning, quick look before visit to Wat Tyler with Terry Malby
80 Lapwing, 4 Common Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon [Matt Turner]
Wednesday 04 Dec 2019
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:15 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk (Imm male.), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (Hunting over Obs saltmarsh, dropped down and caught something, then flew inland carrying the prey.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel (1 male. 1 female.), 1 Merlin (Imm male.), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat (1 male, 1 female.), 1 Twite (On sea wall between Othona and Sales Point.) [John Sutherby]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 14:00, bright sunshine; cold
2 Bewick's Swan (Wig Bay), 54 Pintail, 295 Shoveler, 100 Pochard (+), 6 Scaup (drake + 5 females), 45 Goldeneye, 36 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret (4 between Hide Bay and road), 250 Great Crested Grebe (circa), 1 Marsh Harrier (male across road towards VC), 1 Sparrowhawk (female Billets), 500 Lapwing (+), 5 Ruff (with Lapwings at Billets), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank (others reported 3), 50 Common Gull (Layer Breton), 2 Kestrel (first winter birds), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Grey Wagtail (Billets), 100 Linnet (circa near church; also c40 Skylarks) [Martin Peers]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:50 to 11:50, Sunny, light SW wind.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Shoveler (Female, Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male, Carp lake.), 10 Grey Heron (+.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 12 Lapwing (On ploughed field.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 14 Long-tailed Tit (+.), 1 Chiffchaff (East end of Public Footpath.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair. Garden area.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 03 Dec 2019
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:10 to 16:20, Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, 10c dropping to 8c. Sightings with Brenda from sea wall just up from car park.
5 Short-eared Owl (First one showing at 14 15.), 3 Hen Harrier (Ringtails.), 6 Marsh Harrier (At least.), 1 Merlin, 6 Kestrel (At least. ), 200 Golden Plover (Plus. conservative estimate.), 200 Lapwing (Circa.), 100 Dunlin (Plus. ), 100 Redshank (Plus.), 4 Stonechat (2 pair.), 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 100 Wigeon (Circa.) [David Hale]
Tilbury, 11:00 to 12:00, Fine and sunny, light SW wind, low tide
43 Avocet (On foreshore), 15 Teal (On foreshore), 32 Mallard (On foreshore) [Paul Larkin]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:00 to 11:30, Sunny, quite warm though chilly breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 6 Meadow Pipit (At least.), 2 Stonechat (Pair, close to centre.), 1 Black Redstart (Close to centre, edge of play area.), 2 Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 09:00, Cold and sunny, splodge frozen
2 Peregrine Falcon (Young male and adult female on pylon), 1 Greenshank, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Snipe, 1 Goldcrest (Heard only) [Matt Turner]
Monday 02 Dec 2019
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny, cold, gentle NW wind. Very wet underfoot.
2 Egyptian Goose (Trout lake.), 1 Goldeneye (Male. Carp lake. Only duck present apart from two Tufted and a few Mallard.), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Only one seen.), 3 Herring Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (Trout lake island.), 5 Fieldfare, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch (Pair), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Goldhanger, 09:45 to 14:00, Bright and clear
1 Rock Pipit (Showing really well on seawall), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female hunting river edge isolated a redshank and stooped 10 / 12 times unsuccessfully. Redshank eventually forced down and ditched in river. Peregrine made a similar number of attempts to take bird from surface but each time redshank dipped under. Eventually peregrine moved off doubt if redshank would get airborne againm), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female hunting over meadows), 2 Stonechat (At least two hunting among cows), 12 Turnstone (Doing what turnstones do on shoreline. ) [Mike Hardwick]
TL7106, 08:15 to 08:15, bright, still and cold after frost
1 Sparrowhawk (female flew north across river, north of ERO, upsetting the black-headed gulls) [Mark Gregory]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 08:30, Bright and cold winter morning, all sightings from white bridge
1 Buzzard (In rapid flight east), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Very distant on pylon through bins only, looked like female size), 2 Egyptian Goose (Feeding on splodge), 23 Little Grebe (All diving close to white bridge), 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret [Matt Turner]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 09:15, Sunny, cold.
2 Green Woodpecker, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 18 Goldfinch (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 01 Dec 2019
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 14:30 to 16:00, Cold. Clear.
1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Little Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 140 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Dunlin, 10 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 6 Golden Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females very close in), 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Harrier [David Allen]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 13:45 to 16:45, Cloudy, some sun. Light showers.
23 Wigeon (At least. Creek.), 40 Teal (At least. Creek.), 60 Shoveler (Approx. End of the fleet.), 1 Kestrel (Male.), 1 Water Rail, 100 Lapwing (At least. Scrape.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Some feeding on the creek; other flying over towards Vange.), 11 Curlew (Creek.), 8 Redshank (At least. Creek.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Creek. Possibly three. One appeared to have an injured leg.), 2 Barn Owl (Over Green Centre car park at dusk.), 1 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 14:15, Cold. Clear.
5 Cattle Egret (Opposite side of road to Billets Farm, distantly with feeding cattle), 6 Bewick's Swan (Great Wigborough Bay. 3 awake, 3 asleep.), 1 Stonechat, 2000 Tufted Duck (plus!!!), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Ruff, 160 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard [David Allen]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
4 Hen Harrier (Adult male, adult female, 1cy male and 1cy female), 7 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Male and female hunting together ), 2 Merlin (Females), 15 Marsh Harrier, 12 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Glaucous Gull (2nd/3rd cy flew east up River Crouch), 6 Stonechat, 3000 Golden Plover, 600 Wigeon, 70 Pintail, 40 Black-tailed Godwit [Steve Grimwade]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Long-tailed Duck (Female/juv type), 2 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Black-tailed Godwit [David Jobbins]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy North wind
1 Pochard, 1 Curlew, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Redshank, 2 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Fieldfare [Gary A James]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, cold.
1 Nuthatch (Feeding on hornbeam seeds.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:45, Cold and sunny, NNE wind, rising tide
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders by the outer car park), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the managed retreat), 93 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 15 Lapwing (Mucking Bay), 1497 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 789 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 189 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 67 Teal (Mucking Bay), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Singles in Mucking Bat and Golden Gates, two on the pit to the south of the tip), 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river then out again), 108 Tufted Duck (Eleven on the tip to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 112 Coot (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 9 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female on Golden Gates), 12 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 9 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat, including one in partial breeding plumage), 18 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1024 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 1 Red-throated Diver (On the Thames, eventually flew down river), 12 Common Scoter (Up river then on the water off Blyth Sands), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult into the managed retreat), 2 Stonechat (Pair by the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cold.
4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]