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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Tuesday 02 Jun 2020
Great Totham, 21:00 to 21:10, Cool, clear sky.
15 Swift (At least. Together over Gt. Totham South, screaming briefly.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Epping, 20:15 to 20:15, Sunny, calm, warm
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (possibly 5. in trees behind Buckingham Road/Lower Bury Lane area, then took flight chasing Jackdaws. Seem to be favouring this area, but most I've seen at once) [Graham Pentelow]
TQ5993, 15:45 to 16:30
1 Red Kite (flew high heading north over Brentwood ), 2 Peregrine Falcon (circling over Brentwood. ), 3 Swift, 3 Magpie (One taking early plums on tree as food) [Andrew Stroud]
Laindon, 14:00 to 18:00, Sunny, warm. Back garden.
1 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 8 Swift, 6 Blue Tit (Adult & five young.), 3 Great Tit (At least. Adult & two young.), 1 Chaffinch (Male.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair.), 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 13:15 to 14:15, Warm & bright sunshine, light cloud
1 Lesser Whitethroat (Lindsey Street pumping station), 12 Swift (+ above junction of B181 & B182 Lindsey Street & Bury Lane & 4 @ Shaftesbury Farm. Good to finally see regular counts of hirundines. Juvenile fox peeped out of hedge/cover South of the farm), 1 Buzzard (same location), 6 House Martin (+ @ Shaftesbury Farm), 6 Swallow (+ @ Shaftesbury Farm. Pair at Lindsey Street pumping station) [Graham Pentelow]
Goldhanger, 12:00 to 13:00, Hot with a light breeze
1 Turtle Dove (Purring at end of playing field furthest from road.) [Martin Iddon]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 11:35 to 11:37, Blue skies and clouds.
1 Red Kite (High over garden drifting East.) [Kevin Cook]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:00 to 13:00
2 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 20 Swift (+ Screaming party), 1 Cuckoo (Heard only ), 8 Mute Swan (Parents + cygnets) [David L Smith]
Colchester, 10:00 to 10:30
2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult with downy chick on opposite side of water tower to previous nest sites.), 6 Swift [Michael Padmore]
Rivenhall End, 09:45 to 09:45
1 Red Kite (Drifting west over A12) [Steve Grimwade]
Epping, 09:25 to 09:25, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (in top of tree by Epping Tennis club) [Graham Pentelow]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny, warm.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nest, near Lee Chapel Lane entrance.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing male, nearby garden.), 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.. ), 4 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 01 Jun 2020
Alresford, 20:00 to 21:45
1 Turtle Dove (heard purring off Ford Lane at gravel workings), 2 Little Owl (pair with nest, at least 1 young), 2 Tawny Owl (pair duetting) [Richard Allen]
Elsenham Hall, near Stansted Mountfitchett, 19:30 to 19:35, Bright clear and warm, light easterly breeze
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew low over garden calling loudly ) [Michael Rimmell]
Brightlingsea, 15:00 to 16:00, Picnic lunch by the tower, sunny with slight breeze, tide out
1 Mediterranean Gull (1s bird ), 2 Little Tern (Very distant in flight past East Mersea, bins view only but small and fast wingbeats), 1 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Cuckoo (Heard), 1 Skylark (Heard), 2 Swift, 2 Little Egret, 1 House Martin [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:05 to 14:20, Beautifully sunny. Light wind.
2 Turtle Dove (pair in tree SW of Layer Breton causeway behind weir), 1 Great White Egret (from Layer Church in Hide Bay), 1 Mandarin Duck (male LBC), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 14 Egyptian Goose, 3 Nightingale (by reserve gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (in reeds on LBC), 2 Goldeneye (females LBC), 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Little Egret, 230 Mute Swan (all in Wigborough Bay), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow (no other hirundines seen), 2 Corn Bunting (Billets Farm screen), 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck [David Allen]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 10:40 to 12:00, Warm, sunny
3 Mandarin Duck (3 adult females with 3 broods totalling 17 ducklings), 2 Mallard (Male and female with 3 ducklings), 2 Canada Goose (Pair with 6 goslings), 2 Moorhen (2 adults seen but no chicks observed), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [Roger Emmens]
Writtle, 10:15 to 11:00, Hot & Sunny - All sightings on or around Titchmarsh Reservoir
1 Kestrel, 4 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch, 4 House Martin, 12 Swift, 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Robin [Stuart Anderson]
Thorndon CP (North), 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, warm.
1 Kestrel (Chasing jacksaw away from nest site used last year.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including two occupied nests.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing male plus a female carrying food from 2nd territory.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 1 Linnet (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One occupied nest.), 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Garden Warbler (Singing Male.), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 18:00, NE2 0/8. Movement to north
141 Brent Goose (late movement continuing a bit later this year! 5 flocks), 2 Kittiwake, 1 Hobby (in off @ 0950) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 31 May 2020
TQ5893, 17:00 to 17:00
25 Starling (flock flew over Ongar Road, Brentwood ) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:15 to 13:30, Sunny with light breeze.
3 Nightingale, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Chamberlain] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Warley, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Red Kite (One flew north over Clements Park) [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny, strong Easterly wind
1 Great Crested Grebe (Greatt Crested Grebe on nest East of Abberton Causeway) [Michael Davies] Great Crested Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 31 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:00 to 13:15, Fine and sunny, E breeze, HT
6 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 2 Common Tern (Pair, one sitting for the third year running, failed every time!), 6 Pochard (Four, one drake, Golden Gates, two, one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip), 29 Tufted Duck (14, nine drakes, Golden Gates, 15, 11 drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 78 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 16 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Cuckoo (Male, Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Little Egret (Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 20 Sand Martin (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Layer Breton, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny, strong Easterly wind
4 Mute Swan (Cygnets by Layer Breton Causeway), 3 Greylag Goose (Sleeping in lee of Layer Breton Causeway) [Michael Davies] Mute Swan at Layer Breton on 31 May 2020, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 31 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
TQ5893, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny
5 Greenfinch (St Faiths Park. Flock of 4 & a single), 18 Starling (Flock of 10 St Faiths pk & 8 Sawyers Hall Lane), 18 House Martin (Estimated nesting pairs: 5 Brentwood School (Ingrave Road), 4 Greenshaw, 2 Highwood Hospital) [Andrew Stroud]
Wrabness, 08:00 to 11:00, Sunny with light breeze
4 Turtle Dove, 1 Buzzard, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 42 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff [Paul Chamberlain] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Buzzard at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Whitethroat at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Linnet at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Sand Martin at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Sand Martin at Wrabness on 31 May 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Stanford Warren, 07:45 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, E breeze, HT
1 Cuckoo (Female), 1 Nightingale (Occasional song from footpath near railway crossing to Rainbow Lane) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 08:30, Sunny, warm. Willow Park, Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest in Mark's Hill. Previously recorded site.), 2 Song Thrush, 6 Whitethroat (Singing males, all Willow Park.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male. Lincewood.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing male, Lincewood.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 20:00, NE1-6 0/8. Movement to north, selected totals
130 Brent Goose, 2 Eider (ff) [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 30 May 2020
Writtle, 18:30 to 20:45, Sunny. Selected avian highlights. 14 species heard only in total
1 Little Owl, 2 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Cormorant (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 9 Mallard (Including 5 ducklings), 1 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit (Heard Only), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard Only), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 House Martin, 1 Swift (+.), 8 Magpie (In one group.), 4 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
North Weald, 14:00 to 16:00, Hot sunny light breeze
1 Yellowhammer (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 25 Swift (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Swallow (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Whitethroat (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 3 Mallard (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 2 Chiffchaff (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 8 Stock Dove (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 9 Wood Pigeon (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve), 2 Little Egret (All sitings are for Bobbingworth Nature Reserve) [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Copford, 12:00 to 12:00, Local patch walk
1 Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 09:15, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Swallow (At least. Dry Street territory.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (At least. Adult with fledged young near horse paddock. Adult feeding at least one young at a nest hole in Coombe Wood; 4th nest hole located this year.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 18:00, E2-3 0/8. Movement to north. Selected totals
87 Brent Goose [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 29 May 2020
Wickford, 18:00 to 19:00, Sunny, mild breeze
1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose [Les Finn]
Black Notley, 16:45 to 16:50, Sunny and warm, E wind.
1 Hobby (over garden at 4.50p.m. circling for a while and moving S.) [George Brown]
Laindon, 16:30 to 17:30, Sunny, warm. Back garden.
6 Blue Tit (One adult & at least five young.), 4 Goldfinch (Two adults, two young.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 House Sparrow (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Coopersale, 14:00 to 15:00, (Gernon Bushes NR) Warm, sunny
2 Mistle Thrush (Mobbing a Buzzard perched in the canopy), 1 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail (Feeding on Coopersale cricket pitch), 1 Jay [Roger Emmens]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 13:00 to 14:00, Warm, sunny
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least 2 of these were juveniles still being fed), 2 Mallard (Pair with brood of at least 4 ducklings (different pond and brood from that reported yesterday)) [Roger Emmens]
Thorndon CP (North), 12:45 to 14:00, Sunny, hot.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nests.), 4 Swallow (At least. Hatch Farm area.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least one adult with at least two fledged young.), 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet (Two pairs.), 1 Bullfinch (Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 12:30 to 12:45, Warm & bright sunshine
4 Coal Tit (Parent feeding 3 young in fruit tree above my head, back garden Crows Road) [Graham Pentelow]
Wickford, 11:30 to 11:35, Dry, hot, clear skies. Garden sightings with Brenda.
1 Buzzard, 2 Carrion Crow (Harassing Buzzard at height over garden. ), 1 Red Kite (Fleeing from Buzzard/Crow aggro.), 4 Swift [David Hale] Buzzard at Wickford on 29 May 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Red Kite at Wickford on 29 May 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wrabness, 10:30 to 11:40, Dry sunny warm
1 Hobby (Hawking over sheep fields near first hide), 10 House Martin (Feeding over sheep field with sandmartin) [Kevin Tunnicliffe]
Epping, 10:15 to 10:15, Cool breeze, bright sunshine
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Low overhead on path behind St Johns High School near Lower Bury Lane & Epping Tennis Club) [Graham Pentelow]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 13:00, Warm
5 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo [Yvonne Watling]
Nayland, 10:00 to 10:15, Sunny
1 Red Kite (Two sightings 15 minutes apart, probably the same bird) [Steve Hallam]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Swift (Two swift boxes being used in my garden) [Kevin Poulton]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 10:15, Sunny, light E wind. With Jake.
1 Buzzard (South Wood, briefly harassed by Kestrel.), 1 Cuckoo (Calling, Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swift (St. Peter's Church.), 1 Kestrel (South Wood, briefly harassing Buzzard.), 4 Jackdaw (+. Two pair feeding young, chimney pots, Prince of Wales Road.), 1 Skylark (Singing over horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Swallow (Sains Hall.), 2 House Sparrow (Breeding? St. Peter's Church tower.), 1 Linnet (Male calling, Totham Pit scrubland.), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing, Sains Farm) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 07:45, Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Males, one singing; one carrying food.) [Andrew Cox]
TQ5993, 06:30 to 13:00
10 House Martin (Brentwood School Ingrave Road), 2 Swift, 2 Treecreeper (Shenfield Common), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Andrew Stroud]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 08:45, warm, high tide, easterly wind, clear - 18 species in song
2 Sparrowhawk, 21 Whitethroat (Singing ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ) [Brian Combes]
Abberton Reservoir, 04:40 to 08:30
3 Nightingale, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Little Gull (1st summer), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck (Males), 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Goldeneye (Female), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 27 Black-tailed Godwit (2 groups high north), 10 Yellow Wagtail, 130 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Egyptian Goose, 3 Barnacle Goose, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel [Steve Grimwade]
Thursday 28 May 2020
Epping, 19:45 to 19:45, Breezy, sunny
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew down Shaftesbury Road from Lindsey Street), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Possible, heard potential calls from gardens between Crows Road & Tower Road throughout past couple of days) [Graham Pentelow]
South Weald, 18:00 to 20:00
2 Mandarin Duck (Pair flew out of wooded area by cricket ground), 1 Buzzard [Andrew Stroud]
Wrabness, 15:30 to 15:30, Very nice
1 Cuckoo (Very Vocal and very good sighting) [Peter Brittain]
Wintry Wood, Epping Forest, 14:00 to 16:00, Fine, warm
6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 70 Rook (Flock feeding on forest floor), 20 Jackdaw, 1 Mallard (Adult male with 5 ducklings), 1 Mandarin Duck (Adult female with 5 ducklings), 2 Moorhen (Pair with at least 3 chicks) [Roger Emmens]
Danbury Common, 13:00 to 14:30, Sunshine, warm with a SE breeze.
5 Nightingale (Three adults and two recently fledged juveniles seen that lingered along the edge of the gravel path. One adult seen giving alarming calls at a Magpie and two Jays that were searching the gorse. The peep alarm call was so persistent that at first though I was hearing a ‘Tree frog’.), 10 Chiffchaff (Perhaps more. Four singing males, five calling birds and an adult carrying food.), 5 Blackcap (Singing males.), 2 Buzzard [Robert Pease]
Chignall St James, 12:45 to 13:00, Bright and still
2 Cuckoo (Pair seen in flight and one heard bubbling. Meadows to the immediate west of the village.) [Alan Roscoe]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 12:30 to 13:00, Fine and sunny, E wind
1 Common Tern (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Epping, 11:30 to 12:00, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Red Kite (low over my head over Epping Foresters cricket ground, chased by corvids!), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling from woodland either side of Green Ride track, ca 0.5 miles south of Bell Common tunnel) [Graham Pentelow]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 13:30, Hot and sunny. Walked the loop around the causeways.
1 Buzzard (Visitors Centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH), 1 Kestrel (LDLH), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Both Causeways), 2 Common Tern, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (North path between causeways), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB), 4 Egyptian Goose (LB), 1 Shelduck (LB), 1 Goldeneye (Female, LB), 1 Pochard (Male, LB), 6 Wigeon (LB), 1 Shoveler (Male, LB), 1 Kingfisher (LB), 1 Yellowhammer (LB), 1 Marsh Harrier (LB), 2 Cuckoo (Both causeways), 1 Reed Bunting (male singing, LB), 1 Reed Warbler (LB), 1 Cetti's Warbler (LB, heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB, heard), 3 Nightingale (heard), 1 Willow Warbler (heard on the North path between causeways) [Oliver Cottis]
Fordham, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Adult flew south over Essex Way footpath) [Steve Grimwade]
Ingatestone, 09:00 to 13:00, Garden
1 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Kite [Graham Smith]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:55 to 11:20, Sunny, fresh E. wind.
60 Greylag Goose (+. Inc. eleven young.), 4 Mute Swan (Two pair, one with three cygnets, other nesting.), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with two well grown young.), 2 Shelduck (Resting on barn roof.), 4 Mallard (Females with 28 young [5, 6, 8, 9]), 11 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 4 Moorhen (+. Two pair with six young [4, 2]), 6 Coot (+. Three pair, two with young [3, 4], one nest building. ), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo (At least. Two calling, one from Chig. Lakes. Pair seen flying together.), 1 Barn Owl, 6 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 20 Starling (+.), 2 Reed Bunting (Males.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wivenhoe, 08:30 to 13:00, Sunny, light cloud, tide half ebb
2 Oystercatcher (Flying downstream), 2 Mute Swan (Feeding on grass on bank of River Colner), 2 Mallard (Guarding her mate in the reeds) [Michael Davies] Oystercatcher at Wivenhoe on 28 May 2020, (Michael Davies) , Mute Swan at Wivenhoe on 28 May 2020, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Wivenhoe on 28 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
East Tilbury, 07:30 to 13:30, Fine and sunny, E wind, falling tide
430 Shelduck, 5 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs with broods of 3 and one), 4 Cuckoo (At least one female), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female type.) [Paul Larkin]
Westley Heights, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, warm.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (At least. Near horse paddock nest site.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 27 May 2020
TM0520, 18:30 to 19:30
2 Nightingale [John Thorogood]
Dunton, 17:50 to 20:00, Warm, Sunny
1 Cuckoo (Calling frequently and mobile but mostly SE Corner S.Essex Golf Course, Herongate) [David Cornwell]
The Hythe, Colchester, 16:00 to 18:00
2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard, 4 Greenshank, 6 Avocet, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Shelduck, 25 Swift, 1 House Martin, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Sedge Warbler [Matt Turner] Black-tailed Godwit at The Hythe, Colchester on 27 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Swift at The Hythe, Colchester on 27 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Long-tailed Tit at The Hythe, Colchester on 27 May 2020, (Matt Turner)
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 11:45 to 13:00, sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
7 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 14:30, Dry, hot, sunny. Sightings with Brenda.
4 Nightingale (At least. Very vocal. Crossing Old Road, at times in pairs.), 2 Blackcap (Males. Lot's of birdsong along Old Road.), 4 Chiffchaff (2 seen. ), 1 Cuckoo (Old Road, heard only.), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Circa, family flock.), 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 pair each end of LDHC. ), 3 Linnet (Adult males, LDHC.), 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Whitethroat (Nesting pair, LBC.), 1 Reed Bunting (Back & forth to nest site, LBC.), 20 Little Egret (Circa, LBC.), 14 Grey Heron (At least.), 1 Cattle Egret (Heading for Heronry, LBC.), 8 Shoveler (4 pair.) [David Hale]
Mountnessing, 09:15 to 13:30, the country park to the east.
1 Grey Heron, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Skylark, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (including 1 active nest TQ6497), 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven (mobbed by carrion crow), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 pair TQ6596), 4 Reed Bunting, 10 Swallow (+), 1 Sedge Warbler (singing, TQ6698) [Simon Satchell] Swallow at Mountnessing on 27 May 2020, (Simon Satchell)
Goldhanger, 09:15 to 09:20, Warm with light breeze
1 Cuckoo (Near mooring area) [Martin Iddon]
Goldhanger, 09:00 to 10:30, Warm with light breeze
1 Turtle Dove (Calling near moorings) [Martin Iddon]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:00, Sunny with light cloud, calm. Selected sightings
2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Stunning summer plumage), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Heard only), 2 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo [Matt Turner]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest near visitor centre site; 2nd for Plotlands, 5th for EWT reserve.) [Andrew Cox]
Beeleigh, 06:45 to 07:00, Beeleigh Weir
1 Teal (Drake), 2 Mute Swan (Pair with cygnets), 1 Goldcrest (Singing male), 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jay, 2 Reed Warbler [Tony Kennelly]
Maldon, 05:00 to 08:00
1 Corn Bunting (Singing male on telegraph wires in fields between mundon & Fambridge roads, heard then seen from Limebrook way.), 1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof tops of industrial estate), 20 Swift, 1 Kestrel (Male hunting over seawall by Tesco), 1 Cuckoo (Heard over elms farm park & golf course) [Tony Kennelly]
Tuesday 26 May 2020
Braintree, 13:30 to 13:30, Hot and very humid
8 Swift (Calling high over garden in Notley Rd. Better late than never. A strong case can be made for some boxes on or near St.Michaels church.) [Martin Iddon]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny
20 Little Egret (On nests), 10 Grey Heron, 1 Cattle Egret (Layer breton causeway ), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 50 Cormorant (On nest), 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Wigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 20 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Swan, 50 Mute Swan [Yvonne Watling]
Epping, 10:20 to 10:40, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Red Kite (Drifting high above Swaines Green & away east of Epping), 1 Cormorant (Flying east over Watermelon playing fields) [Graham Pentelow]
Copford, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Red Kite (West towards Navestock), 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap [David Jobbins]
Rayne, 07:45 to 07:45, Sunny clear
1 Reed Warbler (Singing in garden (garden tick)), 1 Blue Tit (Adults feeding fledged young on greenfly one honeysuckle), 8 Swift (Screaming party over garden) [Andrew Goodey]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 15:00, Clear blue sky becoming partly cloudy 25c
20 Little Egret (At Least), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB Causeway), 1 Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (LDLH Causeway), 1 Buzzard (Woodmouse trail), 1 Sparrowhawk (LDLH Causeway), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female -Perched on Visitors centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Cuckoo (At least - including a very Rufus female), 1 Mistle Thrush (LDLH Causeway), 1 Song Thrush (Woodmouse trail), 3 Nightingale (Old road -glimpses across the road, plus at least another 2 singing males), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Garden Warbler (At least ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (At least), 10 Yellow Wagtail (At least), 2 Bullfinch (Old Road), 7 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway and Woodmouse trail - 69 Species recorded) [Mick Woodruff]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 06:45 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including one active nest in Marks Hill; 4th for EWT reserve.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:45 to 20:45, Ne-NE3 0-8/8 high cloud. Selected totals
1 Red-footed Falcon (1st summer male from 2028-2032 over coastal strip before being seen off to the north by the local Kestrel. I have retrieving the washing to thank for this sighting!), 5 Mediterranean Gull (minimum count of adults along beach and greensward during the day) [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 25 May 2020
Epping, 19:30 to 20:00, Calm, warm, light cloud
6 House Martin (Shaftesbury Road, just south of junction with Lindsey Street), 4 Swift (same location) [Graham Pentelow]
TQ5993, 17:00 to 19:00, Sunny
1 Red Kite (Drifted east over garden), 12 Swift (Small groups around Brentwood station area) [Andrew Stroud]
TL9622, 16:00 to 16:15, Very warm and sunny
1 Nightingale (In song in a location used for a number of seasons) [John Thorogood]
Epping, 13:30 to 14:00, Sunny, very warm, light cloud
1 Swallow (Shaftesbury Farm), 1 Buzzard (Drifting west towards B181/B182 junction west of Lindsey Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 11:50 to 11:50, Sunny with the odd cloud.
1 House Martin (Circled the garden a couple of times.), 6 Swift (Circling over territory on the estate all the time now.) [Kevin Cook]
Wickford, 11:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot, low breeze
2 Buzzard (2 Circling high over the wick estate. 1 was being mobbed by a crow) [Les Finn]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 11:00 to 11:30, Hot and still
1 Cuckoo (Outside the wood) [Martin Iddon]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 10:45 to 13:00, sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden.
3 Swift [Bruce Brown]
Copford, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Nightingale (Distant brief song) [Emma Robinson]
Shut Heath Wood NR EWT, Gt Totham, 10:30 to 10:30, Hot and still
1 Treecreeper, 1 Blackcap (Feeding young in nest very low to ground) [Martin Iddon]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:25 to 09:30, Sunny & Clear sky
1 Red Kite (Flying high over house on Tile Kiln Estate) [Janice Bright] Red Kite at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 25 May 2020, (Janice Bright) , Red Kite at Galleywood, near Chelmsford on 25 May 2020, (Janice Bright)
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny. Beach walk along Seaview to Waldegraves. Low tide.
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo (heard distantly), 1 Great White Egret (On the shoreline. Views were with binoculars only but sure of ID), 2 Whitethroat (both heard) [Oliver Cottis]
Wrabness, 08:00 to 12:00, Warm and sunny
3 Turtle Dove (At least 3 birds seen/heard, maybe more), 3 Nightingale, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 10 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo [Matt Turner] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Little Egret at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner) , Cuckoo at Wrabness on 25 May 2020, (Matt Turner)
Heybridge GP, 07:30 to 08:00, Search for nesting larger gulls. In past were on roof of Recycling Centre, this year on smaller rooves to west of The Causeway
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Colony is mixed but LBB predominates. At least 17 prs vs at least 6 prs of Herring Gull), 6 Herring Gull [John Buchanan]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands & Great Berry
1 Kestrel (Near Tescos.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult carrying food, active nest.), 2 Swallow (Probable nest site on Lower Dunton Road.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least. At least one family party, close to lake.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00, SE1 0/8. Selected totals, movement to north
119 Brent Goose (Four flocks, two of which swam north!), 1 Serin (Calling bird N over the back garden @ 1420) [Paul Brayshaw]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:45 to 08:30
6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Garganey (Drake on main pool), 4 Bearded Tit (2 pairs, 1 with fledglings), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing males), 1 Buzzard (On pylon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 6 Oystercatcher (Pair with chicks), 10 Lapwing (Pairs with chicks), 3 Wigeon (1 drake & 2 ducks), 3 Water Rail, 1 Swift (3 Drinking passes in front of me, my first seen) [Tony Kennelly]
Sunday 24 May 2020
Epping, 19:45 to 20:45, Sunny, calm, warm
1 Red Kite (Drifting west over Swaines Green towards Bury Lane), 6 Blackcap (at least, multiple sites on the footpath loop following the perimeter of field inside of B181 & B182 west of Shaftesbury Farm), 2 Song Thrush (same location), 3 Skylark (same location) [Graham Pentelow]
Tiptree, 17:00 to 17:00, Overcast, warm. Tiptree Heath EWT.
1 Nightingale (Singing, near carpark.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (North), 15:30 to 16:30, Sun, some cloud. Warm.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two active nests.), 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 14:30 to 14:30, Overcast.
3 Swift (Together over Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Colchester, 12:30 to 12:45
1 Red Kite (Over Hilly Fields), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Balkerne Hill) [Sean Nixon]
TL7205, 12:15 to 13:00, overcast, breezy
1 Red Kite (drifted east - mobbed by two black-headed gulls), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel [Sean Gregory]
Writtle, 10:30 to 13:00, Bright with a breeze. Red Fox, Grey Squirrel & Rabbits seen. Selected avian highlights.
1 Red Kite (Over Writtle College ), 1 Lapwing (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Grey Heron (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 1 Kestrel (Sturgeons Farm), 2 Song Thrush (Heard Only) [Andrew Allen]
Friday Wood, 10:00 to 12:00, Sunny and windy
5 Nightingale, 7 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Jay, 8 Swift, 2 Swallow [Yvonne Watling]
Copford, 09:30 to 11:00, Local patch walk
1 Red Kite (Thanks to Emma Robinson for finding it and for the call!), 9 Swift, 5 House Martin, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest [Steve Grimwade]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 09:00 to 21:00
1 Barn Owl (Flying on grass field near fishing lake ), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Red Kite (Flew east ) [David Pallash]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 09:00 to 10:00, Cloudy & warm
1 Red Kite (Feeding in garden on scraps) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 09:25, Cloudy.
2 Mute Swan (Pair with recent cygnets. Totham Pit.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Bog Grove.), 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), 2 Yellowhammer (M & F, Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:45, Broken cloud, W wind, rising tide
1 Peregrine Falcon (Over the tip), 1 Buzzard (Over the tip), 33 Swift (Over the tip), 50 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Golden Gates), 56 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (One drake on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including six drakes, Golden Gates), 34 Tufted Duck (12, eight drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates), 23 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 8 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (One near the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Including two males Golden Gates), 32 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 31 Mallard (In the managed retreat), 2 Avocet (In the managed retreat) [Paul Larkin]
Braintree, 08:00 to 08:00, Warm and breezy
1 Jay (Flew across Notley Road from Hoppits Mead reserve) [Martin Iddon]
Westley Heights, 07:00 to 09:15, Cloudy, cool. Becoming sunnier& warmer.
2 Buzzard (Adult with nearby nest. One young calling.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Two calling in Hall Wood. One active nest behind the Crown. Fourth found in C. Park this season.), 2 Swallow (At least.), 3 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.. ), 6 Nuthatch (Pair visiting nest hole in The Park. At least one young visible at entrance. Adult collecting food in Coombe Wood. At least one adult & one fledged young in Hall Wood.), 2 Goldfinch (At least. Pair, Dry Street meadow.), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 20:00, W5-6 8/8. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
2 Fulmar (North), 34 Brent Goose (North), 312 Swallow, 62 House Martin, 14 Sand Martin, 102 Swift, 5 Crossbill, 2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Pochard (Male @ 1511 - less than annual passing offshore) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 05:30 to 08:30
7 Nightingale (1 LBC, 2 LdlHC, 4 old road), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Goldeneye (2 females west of LBC), 1 Cattle Egret (LBC heronry), 1 Yellow Wagtail (LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair LdlHC), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over LdlHC), 1 Wigeon (Drake East of LBC), 2 Cuckoo (1 at each causeway), 1 Yellowhammer (Male LBC weir) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 23 May 2020
Colchester, 18:00 to 18:00, Sunny - very windy
1 Hobby (Hunting over Keepers Green and golf course) [Steve Hallam]
Tiptree, 16:10 to 16:50, Tiptree Heath EWT
1 Red Kite (Driven east by single corvid.), 5 Chiffchaff (At least. Singing.), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 18:00, Sunny with cloud, strong breeze, all sightings LDHC unless stated
3 Nightingale (Heard), 5 Grey Heron, 40 Swift (+), 2 Goldeneye (Females off LBC), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), 1 Cuckoo (Heard LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard (Heard only), 4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Cattle Egret (Adult breeding plumage in Egret roost LBC) [Matt Turner] Swift at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000) , Corn Bunting at Abberton Reservoir on 23 May 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon P1000)
Abridge, 14:00 to 15:00, Theydon mount / Hobbs Cross
1 Yellowhammer, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Red Kite, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 2 Skylark [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy with sunny intervals strong winds.
1 Cuckoo (Seen from garden, calling as it flew over houses towards Lathcoats orchards.), 4 Swift (Flew over house.) [Kevin Cook]
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (Soaring high up on very strong southerly wind) [Michael Davies] Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 23 May 2020, (Michael Davies)
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 10:30, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Red Kite, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One active nest, top of Hall Wood. Third nest located this year so far.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush (Including an adult with two young. Two other singing males.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (Pair with at least two fledged young. Close to nest hole, horse paddock territory.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:00 to 08:30
2 Cuckoo (Calling simultaneously from South Wood and Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swallow (Just a pair now at Sains Hall.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Broadfields Farm, Cranham, 07:30 to 09:00, Sunny, breezy.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 3 Willow Warbler (Singing males.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 05:15 to 10:45, Mainly sunny, strong westerly wind, rising tide, warm - 22 species singing
26 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 1 Cuckoo (Singing ), 4 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 1 Nightingale (Singing, north-west corner of common, brief subdued song, bird had been present a few days), 8 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (1 south of John Weston Reserve, 3 together north of sewage works ), 28 House Martin (North in small groups ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Little Tern, 2 Sanderling, 4 Barnacle Goose (With greylags on Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Gadwall, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet [Brian Combes]
Friday 22 May 2020
Laindon, 18:00 to 21:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
2 Swift, 1 Wren (Singing Male.), 6 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Epping, 10:00 to 11:00, Mostly sunny, stiff breeze
72 Wood Pigeon (Feeding on school playing fields), 400 Starling (Feeding on school playing fields) [Roger Emmens]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:00 to 09:30, Dry and sunny & windy
14 Common Tern (6 possible pairs plus two others ), 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair with 3 chicks), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing [Brian Bolton] Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 22 May 2020, (Brian Bolton) , Oystercatcher at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 22 May 2020, (Brian Bolton)
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 09:00, Cloudy, breezy, warm. Some sun.
3 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two occupied nests.), 4 Swallow (Two pairs, Dry Street site.), 5 Song Thrush (At least. Two singing males, one juv.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Two singing males.), 3 Nuthatch (At least. One adult visiting nest in The Park. At least two in trees close to nest site near paddock.), 1 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 06:00 to 20:00, SE-SW3 8/8. Selected totals
223 Brent Goose (N), 1 Fulmar (S) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 21 May 2020
Copford, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Cuckoo (Heard) [Emma Robinson]
Epping, 19:45 to 20:00, Cloudy, fine, very muggy

5 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Junction of Epping High Road & Lower Bury Lane, heading West)

[Graham Pentelow]
Epping, 19:30 to 19:30, Cloudy, fine, very muggy
4 Swift (Top of Crows Road & High Street) [Graham Pentelow]
Beeleigh, 19:00 to 19:05
2 Mute Swan (Pair with ten very recent cygnets. Elms Farm Park lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
TQ6596, 18:45 to 21:00, some sightings TQ6597, TQ66977, TQ6698 and TQ6596. West of Billericay.
2 Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, 12 Skylark, 9 Yellowhammer, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Owl [Simon Satchell]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 13:00, Hot, sunny
3 Nightingale (Confirmation of breeding in Willow Park) [Karl Price] Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, ) , Nightingale at Langdon Hills NR EWT on 21 May 2020, (Karl Price, )
Hullbridge, 10:30 to 10:40, Warm and Sunny, Light Breeze
1 Lapwing (Solitary sighting near Battlesbridge, opposite Beeches sluices), 9 Little Egret (Various, including in Willow tree on SWF side of R Crouch) [M Savage]
Thaxted, 09:00 to 13:00, 24 deg sunny light breeze
1 Garden Warbler (Singing by river between Folly Mill and Duton Hill), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker [Stephen Dutton]
Colchester, 09:00 to 11:00, Hot and Sunny. Walk through Cymbeline meadows
1 Cuckoo, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing on the edge of a water meadow), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 2 Moorhen [Oliver Cottis]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:35 to 10:25, Sunny, warm.
4 Greylag Goose (Two pair with young), 4 Mute Swan (Pair with two(?) young and pair nesting.), 1 Egyptian Goose (Adult with two well grown young.), 1 Shelduck (On barn roof.), 2 Mallard (Females with eight and one young.), 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe (No young seen.), 2 Buzzard (Pair.), 2 Coot (With broods of four and one.), 1 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo (Calling. One seen, another heard from Chig. Lakes.), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Swift, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail [Malcolm Corbett]
East Tilbury, 08:00 to 12:30, Overcast early, fine later, light W wind, rising tide
2 Cuckoo (Male chasing female), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 10 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Stonechat (Male), 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard (Drake), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Tiptree, 07:00 to 10:30, Warm, cloudy then cleared. EWT Tiptree Heath
3 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Song Thrush (+ (some juveniles)), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (heard only), 7 Blackcap (all singing males), 2 Garden Warbler (both singing males), 4 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Blackbird, 1 Nightingale (heard only), 5 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo (male and female, two more males sighted but could have been same bird), 6 Jackdaw, 8 Wood Pigeon, 4 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 2 Swallow [Ross Wilkins]
Copford, 07:00 to 08:30, Walk around local patch
2 Nightingale (Singing males in two new locations), 8 Song Thrush (Singing males (an increase in numbers locally)), 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 1 Lapwing (A lockdown patch tick!), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail [Steve Grimwade]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:00, Sun & cloud. Warm, muggy. Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Beeleigh, 06:00 to 07:00, Footbridge to / from beeleigh Abbey is closed. Muntjac fawn seen!
1 Grey Wagtail (Male at weir), 1 Teal (Make below weir), 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Tern (Carrying food), 1 Tawny Owl (Beeleigh Abbey car park), 1 Cuckoo (Singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Maldon, 05:00 to 16:10
1 Black Redstart (Singing male on roof top of industrial estate), 1 Red Kite (Heading N), 5 Buzzard (Circling together over Fambridge road before separating. Found by call so possible territorial dispute), 2 Cuckoo (Golf course / elms farm park), 12 Reed Warbler (Riverside reed beds from Tesco to beeleigh weir), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Feeding in low tide pools by Tesco), 1 Hobby (Stooping dive into poets estate!) [Tony Kennelly]
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Laindon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny, hot. Back garden.
2 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (West. Same bird as yesterday, with missing inner primary.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults north, at some distance.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 4 Swift (At least.), 1 House Martin, 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Mundon, 11:30 to 11:30, Sunny, hot
1 Red Kite (Over Purleigh village) [Ian Swanson]
Epping, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, light cloud, warm
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (over Crows Road) [Graham Pentelow]
Kelvedon Hatch, 09:00 to 10:45
1 Grey Wagtail (On roof of St Nicholas's Church), 1 Willow Warbler (Beacon Hill), 1 Meadow Pipit [David Jobbins]
Holyfield Hall Farm, Lea Valley, 08:45 to 10:00
1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler (and numerous Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs), 1 Skylark, 1 Cuckoo (at least), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swallow (There seem very few in the Lea Valley), 12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher (Pair plus one chick, on island on Holyfield Lake), 4 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (and several Common Whitethroats) [Paul Gymer]
Great Totham, 08:00 to 09:00, Warm, sunny.
1 Cuckoo (Calling. Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Yellowhammer (Singing. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:00 to 08:15, Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood.
2 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including two active nests in Lincewood.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males. Mark's Hill.), 2 Treecreeper (At least. Mark's Hill.) [Andrew Cox]