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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Sunday 13 Oct 2019
Holland Haven, 14:00 to 17:30, EBWS field trip part 2 highlights
3 Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 1 Avocet (1st year ), 1 Snipe, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female hunting close front of hide), 1 Buzzard, 1 Whinchat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush [Matt Turner]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 10:00 to 16:00, Occasional rain to early afternoon then clear sky’s
1 Gannet (Juvenile heading north), 4 Sandwich Tern, 12 Kittiwake, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juvenile ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin (Sitting on the shell beach.), 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow (North Fambridge) [Robert Pease]
Brightlingsea, 10:00 to 14:00, Brightlingsea to Wivenhoe on barge "Thistle" with Yvonne Watling
4 Swallow, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Peregrine Falcon (m & f hunting Geedon), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Purple Sandpiper (on Point Clear with Turnstones), 1 Eider (female) [Richard Allen]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Stonechat (At least), 100 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Buzzard [David Pallash]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:00, Highlights from EBWS field trip part 1
5 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Rock Pipit, 4 Sandwich Tern, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 20 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Curlew [Matt Turner]
Beckton, 08:15 to 12:30, Cloudy sw wind, rising tide
1 Great White Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (upriver), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Redshank, 1 Black Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Gary A James]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 08:00 to 16:00
4 Ring Ouzel, 24 Siskin, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Clive Atkins]
Saturday 12 Oct 2019
South Woodham Ferrers, 14:30 to 14:45, More rain
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (50+ tit flock moving through the Washlands including a calling YB warbler) [Alan Shearring]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:30, Raining with slight breeze
2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Great White Egret, 5 Ruff, 2 Goosander, 1 Redshank, 2 Stonechat, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 10 Pintail, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 200 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Yvonne Watling]
West Mersea, 11:00 to 13:30, Firs road cemetery found by dougal urquhart
1 Ring Ouzel (Male very mobile) [Stephen Entwistle]
Naze, The, 10:45 to 13:45, Heavy showers, with periods of lighter rain. Light wind.
1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Siskin, 5 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 10 Blackbird, 5 Blackcap, 8 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest [Sean Nixon] Yellow-browed Warbler at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow-browed Warbler at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Ring Ouzel at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Blackcap at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Naze, The on 12 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Black-necked Grebe (Black-necked Grebe still Golden gates lake TTNP Mucking Essex. NE side. 11 am) [Steve Swinney] Black-necked Grebe at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 12 Oct 2019, (Steve Swinney)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:45 to 15:30, Constant light rain, calm, 14c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Long-tailed Duck (Gwens hide.), 2 Egyptian Goose (Gwens hide.), 1 Wheatear (On Tern raft, Gwens hide.), 2 Swallow (Gwens hide, heading South.), 7 Great White Egret (4 LBC, 3 Billets Screen. Large Egrets, yellow dagger bill, towering over Little Egrets.), 13 Little Egret, 30 Common Gull (Circa. ), 40 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa. With Common Gull on shore between Gwens & Island hides.), 15 Pintail (Circa, Billets Screen.), 43 Goldeneye (Rafts of 25 & 18, Island hide. ), 500 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 50 Pochard (Circa.), 300 Shoveler (Circa.), 200 Teal (At least.), 25 Lapwing (Plus.), 30 Meadow Pipit (Circa.), 50 Goldfinch (Plus, Gwens hide.), 1 Redshank (LDHC.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (New Bay hide.), 2 Kestrel, 5 Grey Heron, 20 Great Crested Grebe (Circa.), 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 7 Skylark (Gwens hide.) [David Hale]
Manningtree, 07:45 to 08:30, From white bridge to Co-op, low tide; usual blackwits, redshank, lapwing, teal etc.
2 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Egyptian Goose, 9 Little Egret [Matt Turner] Avocet at Manningtree on 12 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Avocet at Manningtree on 12 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
South Woodham Ferrers, 07:30 to 07:30, Rain
1 Ring Ouzel (First winter dived into cover on the Washlands) [Alan Shearring]
Naze, The, 06:50 to 13:45, mild, overcast with frequent showers, light westerly wind, high tide
23 Chiffchaff, 11 Redwing, 21 Goldcrest, 50 Robin (+), 18 Meadow Pipit (South), 15 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Grey Heron (Flushed from ‘cricket pitch’), 1 Ring Ouzel (1 of 2 males present on the common), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 in hedge to the west of main sycamore clump with tit flock and 1 with goldcrests below west side of escarpment), 8 Swallow (South), 6 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 13 Skylark (South) [Brian Combes]
Friday 11 Oct 2019
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:15 to 12:15, North of the town. Wet and windy from the SW
1 Song Thrush (the only thrush apart from one blackbird), 1 Buzzard, 3 Swallow (heading south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (low south), 1 Hobby (heading east along the ridge), 6 House Martin (in one group south) [Alan Shearring]
Naze, The, 10:00 to 13:00
4 Jay (4-5), 6 Goldcrest (+), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Sandwich Tern (c), 2 Common Scoter (females), 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 5 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Chiffchaff (7-8), 1 Stonechat (female), 4 Cetti's Warbler [Liz Huxley]
Thursday 10 Oct 2019
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 17:30 to 17:45
1 Kingfisher (Mucking sluice) [Mark Fisher]
Stanford Warren, 17:00 to 17:15
1 Kingfisher (Regular on the fishing lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 14:30 to 14:45, Cloudy; fresh W wind
1 Great White Egret (flying over NW, but not stopping, at 2.40p.m.), 1 Red Kite, 25 Wigeon [George Brown]
Tilbury, 12:30 to 14:00, Sunny, st.rong W wind, HT
3 Teal (In the fort), 38 Mallard (18 in the fort, the rest on the STW outfall), 23 Pied Wagtail (In the fort), 1 Grey Heron (In the fort), 3 Little Egret (In the fort), 1 Kingfisher (In the fort), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (On the foreshore), 1 Curlew (In the fort), 19 Little Grebe (In the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Wrabness, 11:30 to 13:00, Fine / Tide on the ebb
70 Brent Goose (c), 5 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit (Blue tit), 3 Great Tit, 1 Jay [Peter Brittain]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:00 to 14:00, via River Walk (also egg-laying Willow Emerald Damselflies)
3 Kingfisher, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Linnet, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bullfinch [David L Smith]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 10:55 to 12:55, High Tide. Strong Westerly. Bright and Sunny.
10 Little Grebe (On Mere), 1 Sparrowhawk (West), 80 Ringed Plover (Barge Pier), 350 Sanderling (Barge Pier), 100 Turnstone (Barge Pier), 300 Redshank (Mere island), 29 Swallow (West), 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat (MFF), 3 Ring Ouzel (M,F,1stW), 2 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (M), 2 Chiffchaff, 200 Starling, 25 House Sparrow, 10 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch (M), 4 Reed Bunting [Mike Harris]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:30 to 14:30, Sunny, W. wind, falling tide
3 Little Egret, 50 Brent Goose, 45 Oystercatcher, 12 Grey Plover, 25 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 18 Turnstone, 20 Sandwich Tern, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Snow Bunting (at Stone Point) [John McLaughlin]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:00, All seen from visitor centre
3 Spoonbill (1st years flew in from west and roosted in front of Gwen’s hide then flew east), 5 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 4 Kestrel [Steve Grimwade]
Harwich, 09:00 to 09:00, Fine
1 Wheatear (Same place as yesterday) [Peter Brittain]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 12:00, Sunny, strong W wind, rising tide
2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1195 Dunlin, 22 Ringed Plover, 276 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (Juv), 95 Curlew, 1 Knot, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 15 Chiffchaff, 51 Lapwing, 76 Teal, 54 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Stonechat (Males) [Paul Larkin]
Holland Haven, 08:00 to 12:00
4 Chiffchaff, 15 Meadow Pipit, 100 Linnet (+), 150 Goldfinch (+ Small flocks moving south along with linnet), 6 Stonechat, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Snipe, 1 Avocet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 5 Wigeon, 1 Tree Pipit (Over south calling), 20 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Redwing [Matt Turner]
Wednesday 09 Oct 2019
Holland Haven, 14:30 to 16:15
1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 1 Yellow Wagtail (1st winter on greensward with Pieds), 4 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Avocet, 1 House Martin, 24 Swallow [Steve Grimwade]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 15:30
2 Kingfisher (Lake), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Avocet (+), 6 Greenshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon (+), 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+) [Liz Huxley]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 16:30, Dry, sun & cloud, brisk SW breeze, 14c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk (All Raptors over W bank treetops.), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Rawl hide.), 32 Black-tailed Godwit (Oak & Rawl hide.), 1 Ringed Plover (Rawl hide.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Rawl hide.), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Oak hide.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 1 Great White Egret (Rawl hide. W bank with L Egret. Much taller than L Egret, large yellow dagger bill.), 7 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron (Rawl hide.), 3 Ruff (Lyster hide.), 1 Wheatear (Juvenile, Point hide. Our first ever at Hanningfield Res.), 30 Meadow Pipit (Plus.), 50 Pied Wagtail (At least. Point & Oak hide. ), 12 Long-tailed Tit (Circa. Comma, Small White & Red Admiral butterflies on the wing), 1 Goldcrest (In with L T Tits, Lyster hide.), 6 House Martin (At least.), 3 Wigeon (1 drake, 2 female.) [David Hale]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:50 to 11:25, Sunny, light but increasing SW wind.
74 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose (Pochard Lake.), 60 Shoveler (circa. Main Lake.), 15 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 43 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 House Martin (Heading south.), 1 Willow Warbler (Briefly in song. (Another observer reported "several" among a mixed flock with chiffchaff and long-tailed tit).), 7 Chiffchaff (One in full song.), 3 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch (Males.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 09:00 to 13:45
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Both Yellow-browed and Firecrest in main Sycamores), 1 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear (Early morning only ), 1 Common Scoter (Female south), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Sandwich Tern, 1 Barred Warbler (1st winter found by Darrell Stile and Nick Allen), 1 Short-eared Owl (High over marsh flew towards Harwich), 1 Marsh Harrier (Green wing-tagged individual over Walton Hall marshes), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 17 Jay, 2 Stonechat, 9 Skylark, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 60 Brent Goose, 8 Turnstone, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Swallow [Steve Grimwade]
Harwich, 09:00 to 09:00, Fine
1 Wheatear ((F) near Low Lighthouse. Seen yesterday and today), 1 Grey Heron, 50 Turnstone, 5 Brent Goose, 3 Pied Wagtail [Peter Brittain]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 09:50, And 11:25 to 11:45. Sunny, light but increasing SW wind.
2 Egyptian Goose (Large lake.), 21 Pochard, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Arctic Tern (Juvenile. Seen at rest and in flight on large lake; short legs, dark bill, extensive but not full black cap, grey upper parts with noticeable white trailing edge to upper wing. (Thanks to SDW).), 1 Kingfisher [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 08 Oct 2019
Beeleigh, 09:00 to 10:45
3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher (at the weir), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Sandpiper (near Beeleigh Abbey) [Paul Gymer]
Manningtree, 07:45 to 08:30, Sightings between white bridge and Co-op, high tide
1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 55 Ringed Plover, 24 Little Egret, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (Roosting on Hogmarsh Island), 6 Skylark (Overhead calling), 4 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 6 Knot, 3 Curlew, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail (Flying high east) [Matt Turner] Ringed Plover at Manningtree on 08 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Little Egret at Manningtree on 08 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Black-tailed Godwit at Manningtree on 08 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Greenshank at Manningtree on 08 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Monday 07 Oct 2019
TQ6293, 11:45 to 12:30, Grey and heavy cloud , very light wind.
50 House Martin (50 plus all flying through feeding between 10 - 50m), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Along with Crowsf lying over tree tops chasing a Sparrow Hawk ) [Clive Tanner]
Warley, 11:00 to 11:00, overcast
10 Redwing (flying over walrley hill) [Andrew Stroud]
Rayne, 09:00 to 13:00, cloudy 4/8 cloud
1 Brambling (overhead calling), 3 Redwing, 6 Meadow Pipit (south) [Andrew Goodey]
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 10:30
40 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 6 Song Thrush (dropped in), 2 Marsh Harrier (ad m, juv), 4 Corn Bunting [Richard Allen]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 14:30
1 Yellow-browed Warbler (In main Sycamore clump but v elusive), 1 Ring Ouzel (Fem/I’m at northern end of double hedge then flew north), 1 Firecrest (Naze Park Road), 1 Brambling, 37 Blackbird, 36 Song Thrush, 60 Robin, 20 Redwing, 27 Jay, 32 Goldcrest, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 180 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch, 18 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl (Heard), 1 Reed Bunting (High north), 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sparrowhawk, 15 Swallow, 35 House Martin, 23 Sandwich Tern, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 06 Oct 2019
Good Easter, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Wheatear, 195 Linnet [Martin Henry]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 16:15, Grey and breezy
10 Great White Egret (West of LdlH c/way) [Sean Nixon] Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Oct 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Manningtree, 09:30 to 10:30, Steady rain, sightings from Co-op to splodge
2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Greenshank, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Snipe, 33 Avocet, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Dunlin (Flew overhead), 1 Grey Plover, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush [Matt Turner] Grey Wagtail at Manningtree on 06 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Beckton, 09:00 to 11:00, Cloudy NW wind
2 Little Egret, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Gary A James]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 14:30, Wet early with ESE wind, dry later W wind, falling tide
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Outer car park), 91 Teal (Singles Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 53 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 449 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 69 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 30 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 7 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 95 Tufted Duck (23 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 10 Pochard (Five each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 23 Gadwall (Five on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 182 Coot (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Merlin (Male chasing Skylarks on the track to the VC), 1 Sparrowhawk (Over the tip), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Golden Gates), 244 Rook (Golden Gates), 68 Shoveler (63 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid on the pit to the south of the tip), 3 Buzzard (Over the tip), 10 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 16 Knot (Mucking Bay), 1204 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 611 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 4 Yellow-legged Gull (In the managed retreat), 36 Curlew (Mucking Bay) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 05 Oct 2019
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 14:00 to 15:30, Sunny Intervals 15C Fading easterly
1 Water Rail (Goldengates), 1 Black-necked Grebe (Goldengates : NE end - Now into 3rd week) [Steve Swinney] Black-necked Grebe at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 05 Oct 2019, (Steve Swinney)
Tilbury, 14:00 to 15:00, Overcast, light E wind, rising tide
55 Brent Goose (Up river then out again, two flocks 35 and 20), 5 Common Tern (Up river then out again, single flock) [Paul Larkin]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:30 to 17:00, Sun & clouds, chilly. Canvey Point.
1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter (Female quite close on the water. Male & four more females further out in flight.), 1 Buzzard (Crossing from Kent.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Great Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull (At least.), 1 Little Gull (Adult, briefly with feeding flock.), 1 Sandwich Tern (Adult.), 4 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:15 to 15:30, Cloudy then sun, tide coming in. First Wall butterfly for the area since 1997!
64 Wigeon, 42 Golden Plover, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Water Pipit (flew across Crouch to Brandy Hole), 135 Curlew, 115 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Merlin, 44 Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) [Alan Shearring]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 16:00, mild - highlights from seawall
50 Sandwich Tern (+), 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard [Martin Richards]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 09:30 to 16:45, Hummingbird Hawkmoth near VC
6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Cetti's Warbler (including 3 seen well), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Snipe, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Stonechat (+), 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 16 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 50 Meadow Pipit (+) [Simon Satchell] Kestrel at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 05 Oct 2019, (Simon Satchell) , Kestrel at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 05 Oct 2019, (Simon Satchell)
North Weald, 09:30 to 09:30, Mild dry
5 House Martin [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy SE wind
2 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Iceland Gull (2nd Winter), 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting [Gary A James]
East Tilbury, 09:00 to 11:00, Quiet 13C Cloud 8/8 Light easterly increasing to 10mph : Viz 5/5 HT 8am : Highlights and noteworthy sightings
1 Mute Swan (River), 1 Shelduck, 32 Shoveler (Fleet), 1 Grey Heron (Flats), 7 Little Grebe (Moat), 4 Little Egret (Moat), 1 Sparrowhawk (Adult Male - Paddocks), 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven (South Over River from west of Radar Tower 11am), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper (Fleet), 4 Green Woodpecker (St Catherines), 2 Jay (St Catherines), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (ET Village), 10 Blackbird (at least - Paddocks - notable increase - 9 males), 9 Redwing (9-9:30 3, 4, 2 over south), 6 Song Thrush (4 in Paddocks notably increased), 2 Mistle Thrush (St Catherines), 6 Stonechat (4 in SSSI May have also seen Whinchat but could not refind), 1 Meadow Pipit (at least - Continuous trickle of 2's and 3's thoughout), 1 Rock Pipit (Sea Wall), 1 Blackcap (female - Paddocks Hedgrow), 5 Chiffchaff (at least), 1 Greenfinch, 41 Lapwing [Steve Swinney]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel (Male, perched upon a telegraph wire. Eleven meadow pipits in close attendance.), 1 Hobby (Mobbed by Corvid.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit (Guarding kestrel.), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (Male.), 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Linnet [Andrew Cox]
Warley, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Redwing (warley country park), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Stroud]
Colchester, 07:15 to 07:15
1 Cuckoo (Heading NW over Stanway. It's the wrong way you blithering idiot!) [Phil Carter]
Tilbury, 07:00 to 08:00, Overcast, light E wind, falling tide
5 Knot (On foreshore in front of fort, my first record here), 12 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of fort), 17 Teal (On foreshore in front of fort), 1 Mute Swan (Juv on foreshore in front of fort), 12 Brent Goose (Single flock flew up river then out again) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 06:45 to 12:45, south-easterly wind, mild, mainly overcast, ebbing tide
4 Song Thrush, 93 Brent Goose (Mainly south), 6 Blackcap, 13 Goldcrest, 62 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Stonechat (2 first thing, 1 undercliff and 1 on the common, and two pairs on Walton Hall Marshes ), 35 Pied Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Wheatear (Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 04 Oct 2019
Braintree, 22:00 to 22:15
1 Tawny Owl (Calling near Hoppits Mead next to main road) [Martin Iddon]
Wrabness, 15:00 to 15:00
80 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (C 80) [Peter Brittain]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 12:45 to 14:15, overcast with light drizzle later
600 Shelduck (circa; joint-county), 64 Cormorant (high tide roost.), 25 Little Egret, 13 Little Grebe (on river by RSPB reserve), 110 Avocet (circa - in flight on Suffolk side of river), 43 Ringed Plover, 86 Lapwing, 24 Knot, 100 Dunlin (+), 780 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 2 Greenshank, 350 Redshank (circa), 96 Turnstone [Martin Peers]
Gosfield, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast, windless, dry
1 Red Kite (Male. Low over garden) [Steve Nichols]
Harwich, 08:30 to 08:30
23 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Peter Brittain]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:45 to 09:00, Cloudy, cool.
1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 5 Song Thrush (At least.), 13 Redwing (At least.), 4 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:45 to 08:15, Cold, overcast, low tide
1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover (Flew up river calling then back again 5 mins later), 2 Egyptian Goose, 20 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher [Matt Turner]
Thursday 03 Oct 2019
Stapleford Tawney, 19:00 to 19:15, Just dark. Still with light rain
1 Barn Owl (Hunting and hovering across field) [Ann Darnell]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 17:00 to 18:30, Cloudy, chilly.
1 Great White Egret (Scrape & adjacent trees.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Spotted Redshank (Individual with injured right leg. Still seemed to be feeding ok.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Swallow (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Stanford Warren, 17:00 to 18:00
1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 14:00, Still, cool, excellent visibility. All sightings from Abberton Church.
1 Long-tailed Duck (in group of coots and tufted ducks from whicker viewpoint), 1 Ring-necked Duck (in same group), 3 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill (near the pumping house) [David Allen]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 11:00 to 13:30, Via River Walk
2 Kingfisher (River Brain), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest (Home), 1 Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:15 to 14:45, In addition to Steve and Dave's birds
1 Little Gull (Adult winter,Wig Bay), 30 Corn Bunting (Abberton Church) [Barbara Leport]
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:00 to 10:00, Low tide, lagoon still dry
2 Stonechat (Pair near hide), 8 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 4 Redshank, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Robin (Doing a great impression of Cetti's Warbler!), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 5 Jay [Matt Turner] Redshank at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner)
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 15:00, Overcast, light S wind, rising tide
7 Little Grebe, 11 Wigeon (Single flock up, then down, river), 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 95 Curlew, 39 Ringed Plover, 402 Dunlin, 198 Grey Plover, 1897 Black-tailed Godwit, 63 Knot, 27 Teal, 1 Wheatear, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv), 2 Stonechat (Pair) [Paul Larkin]
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 09:00
56 Redwing (west), 4 Song Thrush (dropped in), 3 Jay (high north, kept on going), 20 Skylark (east) [Richard Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 12:30
2 Ring-necked Duck (Drakes (1 west of LDLH cway and 1 from Abberton church)), 1 Grey Plover (In Wigborough Bay with 2 Golden Plover then seen flying south over Layer Breton cway), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Spoonbill (Layer Breton early morning only), 5 Great White Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Rock Pipit (Flew high south over LDLH cway), 7 Ruff, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 35 House Martin, 70 Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk (Male), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier (1st year) [Steve Grimwade]
Wednesday 02 Oct 2019
Stanford Warren, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Kingfisher (Regular on the fishing lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:30, Brief look at Layer Breton causeway
2 Spoonbill, 10 Great White Egret, 2 Buzzard, 7 Ruff, 11 Black-tailed Godwit [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 14:00, fine few clouds NW winds
2 Spoonbill (LBC), 8 Great White Egret (total from both causeways), 1 Ring-necked Duck (male distantly from LdLHc towards LBC), 30 Pintail (approx. Billets Farm), 16 Egyptian Goose (at least), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper (LBC), 2 Common Sandpiper (LBC), 8 Ringed Plover (Billets Farm screen), 6 Ruff (Billets Farm screen), 1 Kingfisher (heard from LBC) [Sean Gregory]
Heybridge GP, 11:45 to 15:30, Rising Tide
8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, including 2 seen), 5 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover, 53 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:00, Sunny with cool breeze.
2 Spoonbill, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Black Swan [Paul Chamberlain] Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Oct 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Oct 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 02 Oct 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Colne Pt, 10:30 to 12:30, sunny, cold W wind, low tide
6 Little Egret, 35 Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 130 Oystercatcher, 10 Sanderling, 40 Curlew, 12 Swallow, 50 Linnet [John McLaughlin]
Chigborough Lakes, 10:25 to 12:20, Sunny, fresh NW wind.
60 Canada Goose (Pochard and Gadwall Lake.), 60 Shoveler (+. Main Lake.), 29 Gadwall, 9 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 39 Cormorant (Main and Pochard Lake.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Males, one in noisy pursuit of the other.), 3 Buzzard (Up together.), 1 Tawny Owl (Heard only, possibly calling in response to noisy sparrowhawks.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby (Reliable third party report.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, by Bean Mere.), 40 Long-tailed Tit (circa. Roving flocks.), 7 Chiffchaff (Contact calling.), 4 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:30, Sunny but cold NW wind
5 Egyptian Goose, 3 Buzzard, 24 Pintail, 6 Wigeon, 1 Ruff, 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Red Kite, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 150 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff (in tit flock) [Alan Shearring]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:25 to 10:25, And 12:20 to 12:45. Sunny, fresh NW wind.
8 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose (Island, large lake.), 19 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 28 Pochard, 11 Little Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear (Between gravel drive and small lake.), 2 Bullfinch (By public footpath exit to Scraley Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Burnham-on-Crouch, 09:00 to 12:00, Clear, sunny, cool NW breeze.
14 Chiffchaff (1 Sibe calling in gardens c.9:00 am; 13 Common Chiffs between BoC and Creeksea), 6 Goldcrest (all between BoC and Creeksea), 1 Treecreeper (Creeksea Place; seen very briefly with roving tit flock ) [Steven Swaby]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:45 to 10:30
3 Wheatear (on golf course), 4 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Swallow, 8 Sandwich Tern (north), 2 Purple Sandpiper (on rocks 2/3 way along GC), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Reed Bunting [Richard Allen]
Heybridge GP, 08:30 to 10:15
6 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Swallow (flying south), 50 Little Egret (circa, in several groups along estuary), 500 Golden Plover (circa, on estuary), 30 Avocet (circa, at Heybridge Basin), 1 Skylark, 20 Wigeon (circa, off Maldon prom, still in eclipse plumage, also large numbers of Teal), 2 Grey Heron (on estuary), 1 Dunlin (one solitary individual, with large numbers of Redshank & Black-tailed Godwit, and small numbers of Curlew and Ringed Plover) [Paul Gymer]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, NW wind, falling tide
12 Sandwich Tern (Two and a flock of ten up river) [Paul Larkin]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:15 to 08:15, Low tide, sunny morning
6 Egyptian Goose (Flying east, giving my entry to next years photographer of the year comp!!), 1 Greenshank, 35 Little Egret, 6 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff (Calling same location as yesterday), 1 Sparrowhawk [Matt Turner] Egyptian Goose at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 02 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner)
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:30
3 Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Blackcap, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), 26 Sandwich Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Goldcrest, 18 Goldfinch, 37 Chiffchaff, 52 Meadow Pipit, 9 Brent Goose, 11 House Martin, 9 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st winter), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 01 Oct 2019
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 15:30 to 17:00, Showery
1 Little Owl, 60 Corn Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier (from sea wall), 1 Jay, 4 Linnet, 110 Golden Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 20 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Turnstone (from sea wall), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellowhammer [David Allen]
Burnham-on-Crouch, 15:30 to 17:00, Bright at first with light SW breeze; front moved in from W, bringing rain. Clouded Yellow and Wall Brown on seawall too.
1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 3 Kestrel, 6 Stonechat (All in the same spot at Burnham Wick), 1 Wheatear, 34 Swallow (Three parties heading S and W), 8 House Martin (Two parties moving W, brought low by incoming rain) [Steven Swaby]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 15:15, Mainly bright. Some drizzle occasionally.
7 Buzzard (LB causeway), 3 Chiffchaff (by visitor centre gates), 4 Stock Dove, 7 Dunlin (Billets Farm), 8 Great White Egret, 1 Goldeneye (female from LB causeway), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Hobby (LB causeway), 40 Lapwing, 2 Mandarin Duck (two sleeping females LB causeway + 2 other possible hybrids), 20 Meadow Pipit (Billets Farm), 14 Ringed Plover (Billets Farm), 20 Pintail (+), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Black Swan, 18 Ruff (Billets Farm), 32 Swallow (Billets Farm), 8 House Martin (Billets Farm), 10 Skylark (Billets Farm), 1 Whinchat (On posts in field opposite Billets Farm), 2 Stonechat (On posts in field opposite Billets Farm), 1 Wheatear (On roof of Billets Farm ), 1 Green Sandpiper (LB causeway), 3 Common Sandpiper (LB causeway), 1 Cetti's Warbler (LB causeway) [David Allen]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:15 to 08:15, Low tide
2 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juv male back after 4 week absence, hurrah!), 2 Buzzard, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 20 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Chiffchaff (feeding in finch flock in bushes past railway) [Matt Turner] Kingfisher at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 01 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Peregrine Falcon at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 01 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Little Grebe at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 01 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Greenshank at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 01 Oct 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)