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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Wednesday 29 Jan 2020
Galleywood, near Chelmsford, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Red Kite (Seen from A12 over Galleywood exit) [David Jobbins]
Tuesday 28 Jan 2020
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 14:30, Sunny, but cold with stiff wind
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 64 Corn Bunting [Sean Nixon] Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Peregrine Falcon at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Corn Bunting at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Corn Bunting at Abberton Reservoir on 28 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 16:00, Dry, cold wind, high tide
23 Red-breasted Merganser (Most in Geedon Creek at HT), 400 Avocet (+), 150 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 8 Turnstone, 500 Knot (+), 500 Dunlin (+), 1 Goosander (Female on river), 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 3 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 400 Grey Plover (+), 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch (1m 5f), 100 Oystercatcher (+) [Ken Hudgell]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:45 to 15:45, Dry, sun & cloud, cold SW wind. 8c. Sightings with Brenda. Rising tide.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pair. Entrance woodland.), 8 Fieldfare, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Feeders.), 8 Great Tit (Circa. Feeders.), 8 Blue Tit (Circa. Feeders.), 1 Blackbird (Male.), 4 Dunnock, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2000 Dunlin (Circa.), 4 Oystercatcher, 10 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 200 Redshank (Circa.), 40 Curlew (At least.), 1 Avocet (One only !.), 100 Shelduck (Plus.), 50 Wigeon (Circa.), 20 Teal, 6 Mallard (3 pair.), 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat (Male.), 6 Chaffinch (M & F.) [David Hale] Ring-necked Parakeet at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Blue Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goldfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Chaffinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Chaffinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 28 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
The Hythe, Colchester, 10:15 to 10:30
1 Black Redstart (On and around Lightship in docks.) [Alf Mullins] Black Redstart at The Hythe, Colchester on 28 Jan 2020, (Alf Mullins)
Little Waltham, 09:00 to 09:30, sunny
8 Fieldfare [David Saville] Fieldfare at Little Waltham on 28 Jan 2020, (David Saville)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 08:40, Sunny and cold, sightings from white bridge to PVC factory
1 Snipe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Little Grebe, 500 Lapwing (+), 6 Curlew, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 25 Redshank, 30 Wigeon [Matt Turner]
Monday 27 Jan 2020
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 15:30, Flooded. Kingfisher hide out of bounds. You needed an aqualung for the inter-tidal footpath rather than wellingtons.
130 Bar-tailed Godwit, 310 Avocet, 100 Knot (+), 120 Grey Plover (+), 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Water Rail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Turnstone, 120 Lapwing, 4 Little Grebe, 11 Little Egret [David Allen]
Hatfield Forest, 10:00 to 12:00, Bright and still
2 Red Kite (Flying high over lake), 2 Treecreeper, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher (Flying across main lake), 4 Greenfinch (Near entrance kiosk, with chaffinches, but no hawfinches), 6 Chaffinch, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Courtship Display on lake), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel (over reedbed) [Winifred Simmonds]
Sunday 26 Jan 2020
Rayne, 12:30 to 12:30, Dull with some sunshine
1 Red Kite (Felsted end of the village over the A120) [Chris Turner]
West Mersea, 12:00 to 13:45, Bright. cold, infinite dog walkers.
1 Great Northern Diver (Flew from close in on sea near Esplanade towards East Mersea at 1:30), 10 Sanderling, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pied Wagtail [David Allen]
Westley Heights, 11:45 to 13:30, Cloudy, some sun.
1 Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:20 to 15:45, Highlights from 55 species recorded - Thanks to Steve & co. for leading the guided walks!
200 Brent Goose (+), 2 Wigeon (Pair flew S along river), 8 Gadwall, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Drake on river), 1 Goosander (Drake flew along river), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier (Distant birds), 4 Buzzard, 400 Avocet (+), 300 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Turnstone, 2 Kingfisher (On post from Laurie's Hide & flew along river by Robbie's Hide - possibly the same bird), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair over river), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Flock in car park), 10 Linnet (+), 1 Woodcock (Flushed by car along entrance/exit road) [Ben Mapp]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 16:00, Joint Essex Birdwatching Society and Swallow Birding Winter Birding Day. Thanks to everyone who visited!
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male and Adult female interacting over River Colne), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males, 1cy Male and adult female), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Goosander (Male flew down river), 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 1000 Knot, 250 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Avocet, 60 Chaffinch, 3 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 42 Little Egret, 250 Brent Goose [Steve Grimwade]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
11 White-fronted Goose (On grazing meadow viewable from EWT reserve ), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Goosander [David Jobbins]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:45, Cloudy, some sun.
1 Mute Swan (Flying over), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing, close to car park.), 1 Nuthatch (Possibly two. Octagon Plantation, close to car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 07:45 to 09:45
1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv male), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven (Flying over to East about 0815 giving flight contact calls. Deja vu from my last sighting in spring 2018. Is it the pair previously seen around barling?), 20 Barnacle Goose, 30 Curlew, 200 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat (Pair along ditch between first 2 hides. ), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker (Pair in nearest field to car park), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming male near car park), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Fieldfare [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 25 Jan 2020
East Tilbury, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast 6C, S6. Walk from Gobions Park to Goldengates
1 Goldeneye (Female on Goldengates), 1 Water Rail (Heard calling Goldengates nr Alders), 1 Buzzard (Enovert Landfill), 1 Kestrel, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 drumming ), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Over Linford Wood), 494 Rook (446 flew into Goldengates Rookery the rest Linford Wood), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling Goldengates ), 13 Fieldfare (Flushed from streamside hedgerow - largest no. of winter so far), 4 Redwing, 40 Linnet (Circa. Enovert landfill), 1 Greenfinch (First on patch for year and becoming alarmingly scarce) [Steve Swinney]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 13:00 to 14:00, Dull, warm
6 Goosander, 5 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher (Flying along lake), 2 Nuthatch, 8 Goldfinch [Ian Swanson]
Woodham Walter, 11:30 to 11:30, Overcast light SW wind
3 Bullfinch (Possibly 4) [Paul Jeffries]
Hatfield Forest, 11:00 to 13:00, overcast, cold
2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (calling), 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, 10 Hawfinch (mobile about 100 yds from entrance track south of path), 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Mark Gregory]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:30, Dry, overcast, cold S breeze, 6c. Sightings with Brenda, both causeways & Billets Farm only.
1 Ring-necked Duck (W side LDHC. See photo.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (1 each side of LDHC.), 15 Goosander (Possibly more. ), 100 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 25 Gadwall (Circa.), 30 Goldeneye (Plus.), 1 Black-throated Diver (From Billets Farm Screen. Good views.), 100 Teal (At least.), 50 Shoveler (Circa.), 100 Wigeon (Plus), 3 Pintail (1 drake, 2 female.), 1 Smew (Female, LDHC.), 1 Scaup (Female. LDHC.), 3 Great White Egret (Large yellow dagger bill, tall large Egret.), 5 Grey Heron, 40 Common Gull (Plus, LBC.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, LDHC.), 3 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 500 Lapwing (Plus.), 100 Golden Plover (Fly over's with Lapwing, Billets Farm.), 1 Stonechat (Male. B F screen.), 500 Starling, 20 Jackdaw (Plus.), 100 Rook (Circa.), 15 White-fronted Goose (Fields approaching LBC.) [David Hale] Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 25 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 10:15 to 12:30, Overcast, cold.
14 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (Female & imm.), 1 Kestrel, 6 Snipe (At least.), 2 Water Pipit, 3 Stonechat [Andrew Cox]
Heybridge Basin, 09:30 to 12:45, Cloudy & Still, rising tide
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 20 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher (Along the canal), 1 Curlew, 40 Avocet (At least), 1 Little Grebe, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Lapwing, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunnock, 30 Ringed Plover (At least), 1 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Egret, 7 Greenfinch [Stuart Anderson] Kestrel at Heybridge Basin on 25 Jan 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Pintail at Heybridge Basin on 25 Jan 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Avocet at Heybridge Basin on 25 Jan 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Dunnock at Heybridge Basin on 25 Jan 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Ringed Plover at Heybridge Basin on 25 Jan 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Warley, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Woodcock (Flew from damp cover whilst I was running in Warley Country Park), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mute Swan (Circled over Brentwood Station area and flew off north), 10 House Sparrow [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 15:00
5 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 600 Jackdaw, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Marsh Harrier (One adult female sat on a Teal for 5 minutes in deep water. When it flew off with the Teal, the duck was still alive and escaped. A very lucky duck!), 57 Goosander, 2 Scaup, 3 Redshank, 6 Bewick's Swan (4 adults Wigborough Bay, 2 in Hide Bay), 7 Egyptian Goose, 3 Smew (Redheads), 15 White-fronted Goose, 15 Shelduck, 8 Stonechat (4 pairs), 800 Lapwing, 1 Black-throated Diver, 53 Skylark, 2 Buzzard, 2 Woodcock, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male), 68 Corn Bunting, 8 Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Whooper Swan (On water from Layer Breton cway then flew southwest to fields), 1 Ring-necked Duck (Drake) [Steve Grimwade]
Naze, The, 07:30 to 11:00, heavy low cloud, cold, southerly breeze, rising tide; 5 species singing
1 Barn Owl (Hunting over common first thing, the first for a while), 1 Merlin (On saltmarsh towards Stone Point ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Stunning male, hunting over Stone Point and then moved south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Half-heartedly chasing and swooping on group of oystercatcher low over the sea off Stone Point ), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Off Stone Point ), 3 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Unusual here, in winter - John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
3 Great Northern Diver (2 Victoria esplanade 1 off coast rd AF), 7 Slavonian Grebe (Off cudmore grove AF), 10 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove AF), 4 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF), 9 Red-breasted Merganser (7 Victoria esplanade 2 off monkey steps AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 24 Jan 2020
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 15:30 to 16:45, Overcast, damp.
2 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck (Two pairs.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male & immature.), 2 Water Rail (At least.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, near the Green Centre hide.) [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:30 to 15:15, Overcast, damp.
25 Teal (On the flood. Many more on the creek.), 6 Pintail (Three pairs.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 1 Oystercatcher, 800 Lapwing (Approx.), 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 360 Black-headed Gull, 37 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:30 to 15:00, Light drizzle, misty and grey
1 Hen Harrier, 2 Bewick's Swan, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 51 Corn Bunting, 10 Yellowhammer, 15 White-fronted Goose [Sean Nixon] Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , White-fronted Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , White-fronted Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 13:15 to 13:30, Very overcast, drizzling
1 Cattle Egret (In field below church) [Paul Hargreaves]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:15 to 13:15, Layer Breton cway only
15 White-fronted Goose, 3 Smew (Redheads) [Steve Grimwade]
Great Totham, 11:50 to 11:55, Overcast, drizzle.
14 Goosander (10 male. Totham Pit (M.A.S. lake) Gt.Totham South. (No sign at 15.30)) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 11:30 to 15:30, Misty and drizzle. High tide then going out.
4 White-fronted Goose (flew up Tollesbury Fleet), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 125 Curlew, 5 Stock Dove, 800 Wigeon, 150 Linnet, 55 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 5 Rock Pipit, 320 Avocet, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 900 Grey Plover, 19 Red-breasted Merganser, 2000 Dunlin, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 150 Knot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 100 Golden Plover [Alan Shearring]
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 13:00, High tide, continuous light drizzle
1 Great Northern Diver (Off Victoria Esplanade at 12:00), 12 Sanderling (Off Victoria Esplanade at 12:00), 4 Slavonian Grebe (Off Coopers Beach at 12:30) [Paul Hargreaves]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 13:00, Dull and drizzly (total of 62 species seen) selected highlights
3 Brambling, 120 Linnet, 50 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 120 Avocet, 600 Knot, 47 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350 Brent Goose, 180 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 37 Little Egret, 200 Dunlin, 19 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Kestrel, 9 Little Grebe [Steve Grimwade]
Mistley, 09:00 to 10:00, Fine drizzle
1 Mediterranean Gull (Usual 2w bird at Quay), 3 Scaup (2m, 1f distant near green buoys), 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 40 Goldeneye (+), 12 Pintail, 2 Black Swan, 150 Dunlin, 30 Knot, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Song Thrush, 49 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Matt Turner] Mediterranean Gull at Mistley on 24 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Scaup at Mistley on 24 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Goldeneye at Mistley on 24 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Black-tailed Godwit at Mistley on 24 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Song Thrush at Mistley on 24 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:30, Misty, murky, moisty. Mild. Plotlands & Lincewood.
2 Mute Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 5 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Singing.), 4 Chaffinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:30 to 08:30, Grey and damp
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Green Woodpecker (Both Heard), 1 Song Thrush (Heard), 3 Little Grebe [Matt Turner]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
300 Black-tailed Godwit (Cudmore grove DU), 10 Slavonian Grebe (Cudmore grove DU), 10 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove DU), 112 Great Crested Grebe (Cudmore grove (DU)), 17 Red-breasted Merganser (Cudmore grove DU), 1 Firecrest (Hedge side of Firs chase caravan just below feldview cemetery DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 23 Jan 2020
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 15:55 to 16:15
1 Cattle Egret (In field below church / parking, close at times, then off towards Old Hall.) [James Astley]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher (It caught a stickleback) [Mark Fisher]
Tilbury, 09:45 to 11:45, Overcast, no wind, HT
14 Canada Goose (In the fort), 26 Lapwing (In the fort), 5 Redshank (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 10 Mallard (In the moat), 54 Teal (In the moat), 5 Shelduck (On foreshore by STW outfall), 1 Shoveler (Drake in the moat with Teal), 1 Grey Heron (In the fort), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 29 Little Grebe (In the moat), 1 Snipe (In roadside ditch) [Paul Larkin]
Great Totham, 09:00 to 09:05, Fog. Hazy rain.
9 Goosander (7 male. Totham Pit, (M.A.S. lake) Gt. Totham South. [Still present at 15.30]), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Hall Road, nr. Totham Pit.), 40 House Sparrow (+. Usual numbers at feeders in observer's garden throughout day.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Firecrest (Down side Firs chase caravan site(DU)), 3 Goldcrest (Down side Firs chase caravan site DU), 1 Stonechat (Strood channel DU), 2 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU), 1 Coal Tit (Firs chase garden DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 22 Jan 2020
Stanford Warren, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Witham, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Mandarin Duck (Male), 1 Blackcap (Male), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail [David L Smith]
TQ6194, 15:45 to 16:15, Very still with heavy cloud and light drizzle
11 Lesser Redpoll (Flying around tops of Birch and feeding) [Clive Tanner]
Heybridge Basin, 14:30 to 16:00, Low tide, cloudy, flat calm
1 Marsh Harrier (Female or juvenile with gap in tail feathers, sat on a bush beside the lake for a while then flew off over Northey island.), 4 Pintail (2 pairs beside low water channel beyond the boat pontoon.), 1 Greenshank (In front of the bench on corner of sea wall), 150 Avocet (Stopped counting at 150), 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Golden Plover (Plus, flock sits in front of the dutch barge moored off Northey island), 20 Ringed Plover (Probably a lot more in amongst the dunlins both sides of the low water channel. Far too many other ducks and waders to list. The path along the sea wall is very muddy in places but parking is free in daisy meadow car park, well worth a visit at low tide.) [David Torrice]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Overcast, cool, little breeze, misty viewing.
1 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough bay), 1 Great White Egret (South end of lbc), 1 Buzzard (South end of lbc, perched in tree), 14 White-fronted Goose (South end lbc), 20 Red-breasted Merganser (East of ldlhc.), 1 Scaup (Female, east of ldlhc) [Paul Saward]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Kingfisher [Mark Fisher]
Thaxted, 10:00 to 10:15, 5 deg damp misty no wind
1 Bullfinch (Male visiting gardens, first seen around the town for about a year. Also Reed Bunting in garden, maybe effected by the cold spell) [Stephen Dutton]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade (MC)(AF)), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Coopers beach AF MC), 1 Fieldfare (Maydays farm AF MC), 2 Hen Harrier (Male & ringtail maydays AF MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 21 Jan 2020
Stanford Warren, 16:30 to 17:00
2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes) [Mark Fisher]
Great Totham, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Totham Pit, Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Elsenham, 14:15 to 14:20, Bright and clear 3/10 cloud cover 4c Wind 5 west
1 Raven (Picked up calling then flying in direction of Stan air ) [Michael Rimmell]
Mistley, 12:45 to 13:45, bright and cold
250 Avocet (circa), 8 Ringed Plover (Cattawade), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 750 Black-tailed Godwit (circa [+150 on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Knot (+ [mostly on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Dunlin (circa [as for Knot]), 200 Redshank (+), 1 Greenshank [Martin Peers]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 13:30, Cold still sunny. Much ice LBC end
3 Long-tailed Duck (East of LDHC), 1 Scaup (F. East of LDHC), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (on LDHC wall est side), 50 Goldeneye (Wigborogh bay and Est of LDHC) [David Dives]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:20 to 16:15, Low tide, flat calm, lagoons partly iced over.
1 Hen Harrier (Male hunting over far end of reserve), 4 Stonechat (1 pair around the beach and another beside short walk causeway), 2 Barn Owl (Hunting along short walk causeway.), 1 Great Northern Diver (On the estuary between mersea island and the power station, I didnt see it but did manage a common seal very close to shore.) [David Torrice]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 15:45, Falling tide
5 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great White Egret, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Kingfisher [David L Smith]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny
1 Kingfisher (By the inlet) [Mark Fisher]
Fingringhoe Mill, 11:45 to 12:00
2 Water Pipit (+), 30 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Bullfinch (Male ) [David L Smith]
Warley Place NR, 11:00 to 15:30, Dry & bright, calm, 6c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Coal Tit, 1 Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Great Tit (At least.), 10 Blue Tit (At least.), 3 Moorhen, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird (M & F.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male. Twice landed on feeders having missed it's prey.), 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin [David Hale] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Nuthatch at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Nuthatch at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Coal Tit at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Moorhen at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Jackdaw at Warley Place NR on 21 Jan 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wrabness, 10:15 to 11:45, bright and sunny
86 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 26 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe (+ 4 more in Suffolk water [Holcombe Bay].) [Martin Peers]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest (With long tailed tit flock in Holly, Alresford Grange wood) [Richard Allen]
Doddinghurst, 08:30 to 08:30
30 Fieldfare (On ploughed field along Frog Street) [Andrew Stroud]
Monday 20 Jan 2020
Hanningfield Reservoir, 14:30 to 15:50, Dry, calm, clear sunny sky. Cold 6c. Sightings with Brenda from W end of causeway.
1 Goosander (Fly by female.), 200 Wigeon (Circa, on grazing meadow.), 50 Greylag Goose (Circa.), 1 White-fronted Goose (Flew in with 7 Greylag, landing out of site behind meadow hedge.), 50 Canada Goose (Circa.), 16 Common Gull (On fence posts.), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Jay, 8 Fieldfare (At least. Feeding on worms behind meadow hedge. ), 1 Blackbird (Female.), 1 Robin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 4 Mallard (2 pair. ), 4 Great Crested Grebe [David Hale]
Wivenhoe, 14:30 to 14:45, Low tide, sunny, cold
1 Little Egret [Michael Davies] Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 20 Jan 2020, (Michael Davies)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 12:30 to 15:15, Sun and cloud then sunny later.
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel [Paul Chamberlain] Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 20 Jan 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:45 to 17:00, Highlights: BHF to Burnham along the Crouch. Cold, clear and very still conditions.
1 Marsh Harrier (Hunting on reserve and over Bridgemarsh Island), 7 Buzzard (3 reserve, 3 Althorne, 1 Creeksea), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 45 Avocet, 1 Short-eared Owl (E end of reserve; briefly mobbing the Marsh Harrier), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Bearded Tit (BWA hide) [Steven Swaby]
TQ6293, 09:45 to 13:15, Very light westerly wind, cold and sunny
30 Fieldfare (Flying West to East as a loose flock then landing in local fields), 1 Mistle Thrush (Territory singing), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Calling as flew North) [Clive Tanner]
Wivenhoe, 09:15 to 09:30
1 Firecrest (in holly with tit flock Alresford Grange wood), 7 Goosander (flew over) [Richard Allen]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Grey Heron [Matt Turner] Kingfisher at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Egyptian Goose at Ardleigh Reservoir on 20 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Mersea Island, 00:00 to 00:00
12 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman)), 1 Water Rail (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 19 Jan 2020
Colne Pt, 15:45 to 16:45, 3 Chinese Water Deer
1 Little Owl (at sewage works), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Snipe [Richard Allen]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 15:00 to 17:00, Sunny but cold
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail - likely adult female) [Mark Buckley]
East Mersea, 15:00 to 17:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), 1 Merlin (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), 1 Hen Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF), 13 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, cold.
10 Barnacle Goose, 20 Pintail (At least.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Immatures.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly from adjacent reeds.), 1 Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Witham, 11:30 to 13:00, River Walk
200 Pied Wagtail (+ AW Plant), 2 Grey Wagtail (River Walk & AW Plant), 2 Meadow Pipit (AW Plant), 2 Little Egret, 1 Harris's Hawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (River Walk & Town Park), 1 Blackcap (Male - garden feeders) [David L Smith]
Mundon, 11:30 to 11:45
1 Short-eared Owl (One hunting over fields between Mundon Oaks and sea wall) [John Buchanan]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cold, but very nice day - from seawall
1 Short-eared Owl, 35 Avocet (at mouth of Twizzle), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ majority in single flock in Walton Channel between Eagles hard and concrete barge) [Martin Richards]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunny and bright, light breeze, chilly.
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over fields around Abberton Church. ), 50 Corn Bunting (Being spooked by hen harrier. ), 4 Stonechat, 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Pintail (Male in with wigeon), 20 Wigeon, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit [Kevin Colling]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 10:30, Sunny, cold.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrush (At least.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny ,cold breeze
6 Goosander (Point Hide), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male distant reed bed Rawl Hide), 15 Goldeneye, 8 White-fronted Goose (Field next to causeway) [Matthew Davison]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny, cold. Lincewood & Marks Hill.
1 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 1 Coal Tit (Mark's Hill.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing, Lincewood.), 2 Nuthatch (One each in Lincewood & Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 07:45 to 15:15, Bright and sunny, light NW wind, LT
1 Stonechat (Near the creek), 165 Tufted Duck (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 16 Pochard (Nine on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 48 Coot (17 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 118 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 11 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Two each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 31 Gadwall (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Raven (W over Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Buzzard (On the tip), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Water Rail (In the alder wood), 1 Goldeneye (Female on GoldenGates), 25 Ringed Plover (Mucking Bay), 630 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 219 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 1296 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 692 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 126 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), 132 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 38 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders in the outer car park) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 10:30
2 Whooper Swan (LBC flew to W), 16 White-fronted Goose (Fields to SW of LBC), 3 Smew (LBC Red heads), 1 Water Rail (Heard calling LBC), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay), 1 Buzzard (Wig bay), 1 Golden Plover (With 100 lapwing wig bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair billets farm screen), 1 Swallow (LdlHC), 1 Chiffchaff (Trees W of LdlHC), 2 Great White Egret (Trees W of LdlHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlHC), 1 Black-throated Diver (E of LdlHC), 1 Green Sandpiper (LdlHC), 1000 Teal, 500 Wigeon, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goosander (LdlH), 1 Marsh Harrier (M LdlH), 50 Great Crested Grebe (2 in breeding plumage) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 18 Jan 2020
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 16:45, Sunny, cold.
14 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon (At least.), 5 Teal (On flood. More on creek.), 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 21 Shoveler, 4 Pintail (Two pairs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female/imm.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 400 Lapwing (Approx.), 6 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 400 Black-headed Gull (Approx.), 20 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
West Mersea, 13:15 to 16:00, Lower Kingsland Road and Victoria Esplanade, rising tide
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Sanderling (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Naze, The, 11:00 to 15:00, cold, but lovely day
1 Merlin (Stone Point), 30 Bar-tailed Godwit (near Stone Point), 300 Cormorant (roosts on Pye Sands and Oakley beach) [Martin Richards]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 12:30, bright and sunny
15 White-fronted Goose (Layer Breton c/way [13 adults]), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 6 Egyptian Goose (3 pairs), 10 Pintail, 170 Goldeneye (+), 9 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 60 Skylark (+, VC & Billets), 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair Billets screen), 20 Meadow Pipit (+, Billets) [Martin Peers]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Blackcap (Firs chase garden (DU) male) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 10:00, Sunny, cold.
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), 3 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper (Including a pair investigating possible nest site.), 5 Nuthatch (Including what appeared to be two pairs.), 4 Siskin (At least. Feeding in alders.), 1 Lesser Redpoll (At least. Heard in flight.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 09:30, Cloudy then sunshine, calm
1 Great White Egret (Hunting at very far end then flew east), 6 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret [Matt Turner] Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Great White Egret at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Heron at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Grey Wagtail at Ardleigh Reservoir on 18 Jan 2020, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
East Tilbury, 07:45 to 12:45, Cold, fine and sunny, falling tide
52 Linnet, 1 Twite (With Linnet flock), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 343 Grey Plover, 2 Barn Owl, 643 Black-tailed Godwit, 312 Teal, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew down river), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), 1 Buzzard, 10 Oystercatcher, 86 Curlew, 14 Wigeon (On the river), 1 Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 9 Knot, 15 Ringed Plover [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:40 to 10:30, clear, cold, north-westerly breeze, ebbing tide - very quiet
1 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Marsh Harrier, 37 Skylark (+, feeding on marsh between tidal lagoons and Stone Point ), 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Heron [Brian Combes]
Friday 17 Jan 2020
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (pair fast NW over Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Mersea Strood, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Kingfisher (Strood channel DU), 1 Stonechat (Strood (DU)male), 6 Reed Bunting (Strood channel DU), 1 Buzzard (Strood channel DU), 105 Shelduck (Strood channel DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, some cloud. Mild.
5 Egyptian Goose, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Male plus one other calling nearby. Edge of Childerditch Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Colchester, 09:00 to 09:05
1 Black Redstart (Female in Silverton's yard, Haven Rd.) [Phil Carter]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Mild.
5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing (At least.), 6 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 2 Kestrel (Male & female.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 16 Jan 2020
Braxted Park, 14:15 to 15:45, warm.sunny/cloudy with slight breeze.
1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Malcolm Cresswell]
Fingringhoe, 14:00 to 15:00, Grey, light drizzle and some sunshine
3 Chiffchaff (At least 2 common chiffchaff and 1 Tristis-type at Sewage Farm found by Richard Allen. Not calling.), 1 Grey Wagtail [Sean Nixon] Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe on 16 Jan 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:00 to 15:00, Overcast with some light rain
2 Goosander (both female), 19 Goldeneye, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 120 Common Gull (+), 3 Buzzard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Jay [Matt Turner]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 12:45 to 13:45, Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide.
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female.), 20 Teal (Circa.), 20 Shoveler (Circa. ), 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stock Dove, 10 Cormorant (Not one gull on or over scrape.) [David Hale]
Gloucester Park, Basildon, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Kingfisher (By the inlet & then in the inlet tunnel. I could hear it calling.), 1 Grey Wagtail (On the outlet bridge) [Mark Fisher]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 10:00 to 12:30, Dry, sun & cloud, S breeze, 8c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
1 Marsh Harrier (Male. After quartering the marsh he eventually caught a wader of some kind.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1000 Lapwing (Large flock up over Bowers Marsh.), 200 Wigeon (Circa.), 50 Teal (Circa.), 6 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (2 pair.), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Skylark, 20 Goldfinch (At least.), 300 Starling (At least. Mobile flocks.), 4 Moorhen, 9 Barnacle Goose, 1 Green Sandpiper (Flushed by M Harrier.), 2 Curlew, 100 Canada Goose (Circa.), 20 Greylag Goose, 4 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull (Circa.) [David Hale]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 09:05 to 11:20, Bright. Light but increasing S. wind.
8 Canada Goose, 49 Greylag Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose (Together on ploughed field.), 1 Shoveler (Silt lake.), 5 Gadwall (Silt lake.), 3 Pochard (Carp lake.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa. Carp lake.), 4 Little Grebe (Carp lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Trout lake. Displaying.), 1 Great White Egret (Flew over from north. Appeared to drop into Chig. Lakes E.W.T. (Clearly much larger than Little Egret with yellow bill)), 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Skylark (At least three singing.), 12 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch [Malcolm Corbett]
East Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00
30 Fieldfare (Meetings lane DU), 1 Redwing (Meetings lane D) [Stephen Entwistle]