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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Saturday 16 Feb 2019
Stapleford Tawney, 16:30 to 17:00
1 Little Owl (In old roadside tree btw the church and The Moletrap pub), 15 Red-legged Partridge, 100 Jackdaw (Large corvid flock in grazing fields), 75 Carrion Crow, 1 Buzzard, 8 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove [Andrew Stroud]
Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 15:30 to 16:30, Cloudy
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least, calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (Amongst tit flock), 2 Coal Tit, 2 Mute Swan (Flying), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 1 Jay, 1 Firecrest (Singing), 10 Long-tailed Tit (+), 20 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit [Thomas Gilbert]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 13:30 to 15:00, overcast, light winds; mild. Sightings from outer car park to Golden Gates
1 Goldeneye (female), 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (heard), 7 Ring-necked Parakeet (at least; 2 pairs on south side of Golden Gates Lake; 3 flying to GGL), 2 Short-eared Owl, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat (pair) [Mark Gregory]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 13:00 to 16:45, Cloudy, mild.
24 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult Male & immature.), 8 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. Along the river.), 10 Snipe, 30 Dunlin (Approx.), 2 Glaucous Gull (Juvenile & 2nd winter.) [Andrew Cox]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB, 11:00 to 13:00, Grey, but mild
1 Glaucous Gull (3cy on Thames before flying to landfill), 71 Common Gull (circa.), 22 Meadow Pipit [Sean Nixon] Glaucous Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 16 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Glaucous Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 16 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Glaucous Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 16 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Common Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 16 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Common Gull at Rainham Marshes NR RSPB on 16 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Fingringhoe, 11:00 to 12:00, Cloudy
2 Water Pipit (On flooded field opposite the mill), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Red Kite (Over Colchester ), 15 Curlew, 30 Pied Wagtail [Yvonne Watling]
Rainham, 10:15 to 12:00, Overcast, mild; High tide going out; Riverside Path east from Barges to Coldharbour Point (CHP)
1 Snipe (barges), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (first winter birds), 1 Glaucous Gull (second winter bird on top east of CHP. First winter bird seen on river by others) [Mark Gregory]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 16:15, Dull and overcast, light S wind, falling tide
31 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 142 Teal (In the managed retreat), 175 Redshank (In the managed retreat), 1 Sparrowhawk (On the tip), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (One near the outer car park, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Goldeneye (Females, Golden Gates), 81 Tufted Duck (11 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 30 Pochard (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 34 Coot (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 13 Shoveler (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 1 Bittern (Golden Gates (Courtesy of Messrs Wood and Merchant)), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard type Golden Gates), 1 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 1154 Dunlin (In the managed retreat and Mucking Bay), 893 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 24 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 579 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 85 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 39 Corn Bunting (Pre roost gathering near the creek), 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Calling against each other near the creek), 50 Fieldfare (Near the outer car park) [Paul Larkin]
Westley Heights, 07:30 to 09:15, Sun & cloud. Becoming overcast. Mild.
4 Green Woodpecker (At least. All calling.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. All drumming.), 75 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush (Singing.), 6 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Warley, 07:30 to 08:45
2 Green Woodpecker (1 in Clements Park, 1 Chindits Lane - both calling), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 Shenfield common - drumming, 2 drumming Clements Park, 2 Donkey lane plantation (1 drumming), 1 drumming Chindits Lane), 2 Treecreeper (Pair - Shenfield Common ), 4 Nuthatch (1 Shenfield Common 1 Chindits Lane, 2 Clements Park), 1 Buzzard (Shenfield Common - being mobbed by the local crows ), 1 Mistle Thrush (Shenfield Common ) [Andrew Stroud]
The Hythe, Colchester, 07:30 to 08:30, Frosty with mist lifting
20 Linnet, 1 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush (Both singing), 1 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Yellowhammer (3m singing, 1f), 120 Teal, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenfinch (singing males), 4 Shoveler (3m, 1f), 1 Reed Bunting (singing male), 15 Curlew, 2 Green Woodpecker (Both heard, still not seen one this year!!), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard drumming), 70 Lapwing, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Corn Bunting (1 singing), 2 Oystercatcher (Flew up river, then back down - calling all the time), 1 Grey Heron (Over Wiv wood) [Matt Turner]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:30, cool, south-west breeze, clear first thing then overcast with some mist, high tide ebbing; 15 species in song
2 Red-throated Diver (North), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff (By sewage work), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Off Stone Point ), 1 Chinese Muntjac, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing - 2 north of escarpment, 2 in John Weston Reserve ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (Singing), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 27 Little Grebe (Walton Channel ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 15 Feb 2019
Colchester, 15:00 to 15:15, Sunny and mild
2 Stock Dove (In town centre back garden) [Sean Nixon] Stock Dove at Colchester on 15 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Stock Dove at Colchester on 15 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Great Totham, 14:00 to 14:15, Calm, sunny, clear sky.
9 Buzzard (Up together over Gt. Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Stow Marsh, 11:30 to 15:45, Sunny warm. Low tide. Peacock butterfly on saltmarsh
49 Mute Swan (Marsh Farm), 67 Little Grebe (in Crouch), 1 Marsh Harrier (female hunting Marsh Farm), 40 Ringed Plover, 700 Golden Plover, 1150 Dunlin, 1 Merlin (female chasing waders Brandy Hole), 8 Great Crested Grebe, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Avocet, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in scattered mobile flocks), 900 Teal, 800 Wigeon, 750 Stock Dove, 101 Grey Plover (good count this far up the Crouch), 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (a very confiding individual allowing approach within 30 feet, hunting the borrow dykes) [Alan Shearring]
Wickford, 09:30 to 10:30, Dry, bright, cold & calm. Back garden sightings.
1 Blackcap (Female, feasting on apple, suet & Sunflower hearts.), 2 Robin, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird (Male.), 2 Dunnock, 9 Starling, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Collared Dove [David Hale] Blackcap at Wickford on 15 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Blackcap at Wickford on 15 Feb 2019, (David Hale)
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny, 10C, low tide
70 Teal, 72 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (pair over UoE campus), 2 Yellowhammer (pair), 1 Reed Bunting (female), 3 Linnet [Michael Lane]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, calm, sunny clear sky. 14c. Sightings with Brenda. Low water.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming in entrance tree's.), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Great Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 50 Starling (Circa. 2 birds taking material into 2 nesting sites.), 1 Greenfinch, 4 Robin, 2 Short-eared Owl (Showing together at 16 30.), 2 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 500 Avocet (Plus), 1000 Dunlin (Circa.), 100 Shelduck (Plus.), 24 Curlew, 12 Brent Goose, 100 Redshank (At least.), 2 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover (Circa.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunnock, 100 Lapwing (Circa.)

[David Hale] Long-tailed Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 15 Feb 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great Tit at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 15 Feb 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Greenfinch at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 15 Feb 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Dunnock at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) on 15 Feb 2019 (© David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 08:30, Sunny but cold, splodge frozen - all sightings from bridge
11 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 7 Redshank, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Carrion Crow (Eating dead black headed gull on frozen splodge!), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Black-backed Gull (Flew over and sent the Lapwing up), 300 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall (Pair), 2 Greylag Goose, 15 Canada Goose, 1 Red-legged Partridge (In distant field), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Cormorant, 3 Stock Dove [Matt Turner]
Thursday 14 Feb 2019
Dedham, 17:30 to 17:30, Quick look in usual spot on way back from excellent day in Brecks
1 Little Owl [Matt Turner]
Layer Breton, 17:15 to 17:30, Clear.
1 Little Owl [David Allen]
Tilbury, 14:30 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, S wind, rising tide
121 Teal (On STW outfall), 81 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 1 Oystercatcher (On STW outfall), 4 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 14:00 to 17:00, Sunny and clear.
1 Marsh Harrier, 600 Knot, 310 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Turnstone, 10 Ringed Plover (by pill box), 1 Little Grebe, 350 Lapwing, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (distantly), 3 Meadow Pipit, 120 Grey Plover, 700 Golden Plover, 150 Teal, 1350 Wigeon, 2150 Dunlin (honestly!), 2 Sanderling (by pill box), 11 Shelduck, 7 Redshank, 22 Curlew, 60 Greylag Goose, 4 Skylark [David Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 12:15 to 13:20, Calm, sunny, clear sky. With Graham Barber.
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe (Pair), 7 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. 3 pair.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Inc. 2 singing males.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Slough House Farm, near Heybridge, 12:05 to 12:10, Sunny, calm, clear sky. With Graham Barber.
1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing. ) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 13:30, Sunny and clear.
3 Great White Egret, 5 Scaup (2 males), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Egyptian Goose, 2 Corn Bunting (Abberton Church), 4 Yellowhammer (Abberton Church), 5 Goosander, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 40 Shoveler, 2 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Egret [David Allen]
Eastwood, near Southend-on-Sea, 11:00 to 11:15, Sunny and mild for time of year
1 Little Owl [Peter Heath] Little Owl at Eastwood, near Southend-on-Sea on 14 Feb 2019, (Peter Heath) , Eastwood, near Southend-on-Sea on 14 Feb 2019, (Peter Heath)
Chigborough Lakes, 10:00 to 11:20, And 13:20 to 14:00. Early fog clearing to sunny, clear sky. With Graham Barber.
20 Shoveler (Pochard Lake.), 19 Gadwall (17 Pochard Lake, 2 Teal Pond.), 5 Pochard (Pochard lake.), 16 Tufted Duck (Pochard Lake.), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair, Pochard Lake.), 7 Grey Heron (Heronry), 25 Cormorant (+.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Displaying. Seen from Lofts Farm.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. 2 seen, 2 heard drumming.), 1 Song Thrush, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch (Male.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair, male singing.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Easton Lodge, near Dunmow, 08:30 to 08:45, Fog
2 Grey Partridge [Andrew Goodey]
Wednesday 13 Feb 2019
Epping, 20:30 to 20:45, Mild, clear, calm
152 Pied Wagtail (Roost in Epping High St. - 99 in tree outside Post Office, 53 outside Speakeasy (both trees above pillar boxes - are they sponsored by Royal Mail?)) [Roger Emmens]
Layer Breton, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Little Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Stapleford Tawney, 17:30 to 17:30, Dusk. fair mild
1 Barn Owl (Hunting. Exact same spot as Sunday sighting), 1 Buzzard (Nesting in trees at side of lane. Regular pair sighted) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 16:00 to 17:15
1 Barn Owl, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Scaup, 3 Great White Egret [Steve Grimwade]
Great Totham, 15:45 to 16:30, All Gt. Totham South.
32 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit, 20 male.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (St. Peter's churchyard.), 3 Song Thrush (Singing. One School Rd, one Bog Grove, one heard only South Wood.), 45 House Sparrow (+. 20+ Captain's Wood. 25+ Prince of Wales Rd.) [Malcolm Corbett]
West Mersea, 12:15 to 12:45
2 Great Northern Diver (Opposite beach huts Esplanade) [Barbara Leport]
Wivenhoe, 11:45 to 13:15
2 Lesser Redpoll (In trees by smaller fishing lake / old gravel pit.), 1 Stock Dove, 5 Reed Bunting (In bushes/trees behind Paddock Way; not regular here, but a small group has been here for at least a week now.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Still on flood pond near Keelar's Lane. Up to two have been here for several weeks.) [Keith Brooke]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 16:30, cold but bright with sun
12 Lesser Redpoll (Mobile flock feeding on Silver Birch), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Linnet, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 30 Blue Tit (+), 10 Great Tit (+), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinch (A pair calling), 20 Curlew (+ Large flock flew in from fields to Intertidal area), 300 Brent Goose (+ Continuous flocks flying over from estuary to fields), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Wren, 5 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10 Mallard (+), 100 Lapwing (+), 1 Grey Plover, 30 Redshank (+), 12 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Pheasant, 4 Magpie, 1 Jay, 4 Carrion Crow [Steve Jellett] Lesser Redpoll at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 13 Feb 2019, (Steve Jellett) , Lesser Redpoll at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 13 Feb 2019, (Steve Jellett) , Lesser Redpoll at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 13 Feb 2019, (Steve Jellett)
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, 10:45 to 12:00, mild and sunny
3 Mute Swan (last year's family), 10 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove (singing male at church), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Coal Tit (territorial bird), 3 Skylark (males [2017= 2]), 1 Nuthatch (church), 5 Song Thrush (singing males [5]), 10 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (singing male [1]), 2 Jay, 10 Yellowhammer (oilseed rape) [Martin Peers]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:20 to 16:45, Dry, sun & cloud, cool SW breeze, max 10c. Sightings with Brenda.
5 Scaup (3 male 2 female, LDH Causeway.), 2 Long-tailed Duck (LDH Causeway.), 20 Pintail (Circa.), 100 Teal (Plus.), 100 Shoveler (Plus.), 50 Gadwall (Plus.), 50 Mute Swan (Plus.), 100 Pochard (Plus.), 8 Goosander (5 male, 3 female. Hide Bay hide.), 1 Ruff (LDH.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (LDH.), 9 Smew (1 Drake, 8 females. LBC.), 200 Wigeon (At least.), 100 Lapwing (Circa.), 2 Buzzard (All Raptors from New Bay hide.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male, hovered over a Teal that dived to escape, only to be taken when it surfaced. M Harrier stayed on the Teal, drowning it before lifting off with its kill.), 100 Tufted Duck (Plus.), 1 Great White Egret (LDH Causeway, distant.), 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (LBC.), 20 Goldeneye (Circa.), 6 Skylark (LDH Causeway.) [David Hale]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:00 to 12:00
1 Kingfisher, 5 Fieldfare (+), 5 Redwing (+), 50 Avocet (+), 1 Linnet [Pete Smith]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 12:00, lovely spring morning. low tide
2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel (male), 10 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit (flock c20 behind intertidal area), 5 Ringed Plover, 400 Lapwing (approx), 2 Song Thrush, 30 Linnet (+), 12 Lesser Redpoll (c12 feeding in birches), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Liz Huxley] Lesser Redpoll at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 13 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Belchamp Walter, near Sudbury, 09:15 to 10:45, fine and sunny
4 Red-legged Partridge (all records for BULMER parish), 4 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove (2 pairs), 3 Green Woodpecker (males - stable), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest (song), 2 Coal Tit (territories - Auberies), 17 Skylark (males [2017= 21]), 1 Nuthatch (song - Auberies), 25 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush (singing males [7]), 1 Mistle Thrush (singing male - Auberies), 40 House Sparrow (village), 50 Chaffinch (circa - game mix Sandy Lane), 4 Greenfinch (males [5]), 30 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet (circa - Sandy Lane), 18 Yellowhammer (2 males in weak song), 10 Reed Bunting (Sandy Lane) [Martin Peers]
Tollesbury Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 15:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (Immature Male ), 1 Hen Harrier (Female ), 1 Merlin (Female), 8 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Barn Owl, 5 Corn Bunting, 25 Skylark, 125 Avocet, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Great White Egret, 600 Wigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 House Sparrow [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:45 to 10:45
60 Corn Bunting (On wires at Abberton Church), 4 Smew (Male and 3 redheads Layer Breton) [Barbara Leport]
Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 17:15, Still and cool
6 Black-necked Grebe (E of LDLH c/way), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup [Sean Nixon]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 17:00, Low tide, cool dry, light W wind.
6 Marsh Harrier (Geedon Saltings), 4 Bullfinch, 12 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Brambling (With large Chaffinch, Reed Bunting flock in game cover ), 200 Avocet (+), 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1200 Dunlin (+), 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 27 Turnstone (Unusually high count for FW.), 16 Ringed Plover (Intertidal area. Very few birds on there today) [Ken Hudgell]
South Woodham Ferrers, 12:00 to 14:00, North of town. Nice and sunny
1 Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Kite (soaring then perched in tree), 3 Buzzard, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Redwing, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Alan Shearring]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:45 to 13:30, sunny with breeze
4 Scaup, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Goldeneye [Paul Chamberlain] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Goldeneye at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
Holland Haven, 10:00 to 12:15
30 White-fronted Goose, 2 Purple Sandpiper (seen later by Mick Rodwell) [Simon Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 15:30, Fine and sunny, light S wind, LT
10 Stonechat (2 pairs either side of VC, pair on approach road, pair on the tip, pair Golden Gates), 38 Pochard (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 16 Gadwall (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 66 Teal (Four Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 60 Tufted Duck (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 30 Coot (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Shoveler (Golden Gates), 18 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 7 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Chiffchaff (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Aythya sp. (Female TuftedXPochard Golden Gates), 22 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 6 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 2 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 744 Dunlin (Spread between Mucking Bay and the managed retreat), 87 Redshank (Mainly in the creek), 215 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 33 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 744 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 939 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 216 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 277 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Kittiwake (Adult and 1st winter following ship up river) [Paul Larkin]
Monday 11 Feb 2019
Abberton Reservoir, 16:30 to 17:00, Still, cold and bright
1 Scaup (Drake E of Ldlh c/way), 2 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlH c/way), 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Ring-necked Duck (W of LdlH c/way) [Sean Nixon] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Jaywick, 12:00 to 12:30, Sunny and cool
2 Snow Bunting (On the beach near the Martello Tower. Very tame and difficult to see - only found as they had were being photographed by a helpful couple.), 2 Sanderling (On the waters edge near the tower.) [Brian Dodd]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:50, Dry, cool NW breeze, sun & cloud, 8c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Red Kite (West bank tree tops.), 5 Buzzard (Up together, W bank.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, W bank reed bed.), 1 Wren, 10 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 5 Goldeneye (3 Drake, 2 female.), 1 Shelduck, 2 Herring Gull (Adult with 2 leg rings. Right leg, small silver ring, left leg, red ring, number D6FT.), 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 300 Wigeon (Circa. 1 Red Fox, 1 Muntjac Deer from Rawl hide.), 1 Blackbird (Male.), 30 Cormorant (Circa.) [David Hale] Cormorant at Hanningfield Reservoir on 11 Feb 2019, (David Hale)
Copford, 11:00 to 13:00
9 Buzzard (All heading north) [Steve Grimwade]
Fingringhoe, 10:15 to 12:00, sunny, 6C, light NW breeze
120 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 17 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit (minimum), 2 Water Pipit (all pipits & wagtails on MoD training bog on W side of Rowhedge Rd) [Michael Lane]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 08:00 to 08:30
600 Lapwing (+), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 2 Song Thrush (Both singing), 2 Dunnock (Both singing), 3 Long-tailed Tit [Matt Turner]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

m Goldeneye (DS et al), 3w Caspian Gull, 27 Avocet, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechats (SHu) Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 20 Golden Plover, m Blackcap, m Peregrine, (RSPB)

[East London Birders Forum]
Ingrebourne Valley

2m Song Thrush (DMcG)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Wetlands

m Scaup, 4 Goosander, 6 Goldeneye (Terr y Rawlins/ David Bradshaw)

[East London Birders Forum]
South Ockendon, Mollands Lane Pits

Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Goosander (PHa)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, KGV Res

5 Egyptian Geese (NSm)

[East London Birders Forum]
Sunday 10 Feb 2019
Stapleford Tawney, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Barn Owl (Dusk. Hunting at side of lane) [Ann Darnell]
East Mersea, 17:00 to 17:00, Came into roost Langenhoe seen by Darrell stile from Brightlingsea also came in last night 9th feb
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail) [Stephen Entwistle]
TL8511, 14:45 to 14:50
8 Buzzard (Together over Gt. Totham South. (Reliable third party sighting).) [Malcolm Corbett]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 13:25 to 16:10, Cold but sunny. Highlights from 50 species seen
100 Brent Goose (At least), 1 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck (On lake), 2 Goosander (Pair on intertidal area), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (2 drakes and 1 female on river from Crawshaw Hide), 16 Pheasant, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 400 Avocet (At least, Intertidal Area), 100 Grey Plover (At least), 1000 Knot (At least), 100 Dunlin (At least), 8 Turnstone (Crawshaw Hide), 24 Black-tailed Godwit (Intertidal Area), 4 Curlew (Crawshaw Hide), 1 Green Woodpecker (Visitor Centre), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Bullfinch (4 males and 2 females in scrub in front of Crawshaw Hide), 1 Reed Bunting (Same bush as Bullfinches) [Ben Mapp]
Halstead, 12:00 to 12:00, Rain
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Female still visiting garden feeders. Present on and off since 23/12/2018.) [Anthony Wells] Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Halstead on 10 Feb 2019, (Anthony Wells)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 12:45, Very cold and windy - Highlights from 39 species seen
6 Scaup (3 pairs E of LDLH), 20 Goldeneye (At least), 2 Smew (Redheads W of Layer Breton), 3 Goosander (2 drakes and 1 female E of LDLH), 6 Pheasant, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Viewed from visitor centre in front of Gwen's Hide although distant), 1 Great White Egret (LDLH between causeways), 1 Skylark, 1 Wren, 8 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Female on feeders) [Ben Mapp]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:30, Blustery NW wind, grey and drizzle, brightening mid-afternoon
8 Scaup (3 ad drakes, 1 first-winter drake, 1 first-winter female, 3 ad female E of LdlH c/way), 3 Black-necked Grebe (E of ldlH c/way), 5 Goosander, 4 Smew (incl 1 drake), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Ruff (Billets farm), 28 Golden Plover (Billets), 140 Lapwing (Billets) [Sean Nixon] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, ) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 10 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon, )
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 11:30, Cold
1 Blackcap (Male on sunflower hearts feeder in the garden.) [Dawn James]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest (in garden) [Richard Allen]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 09:30, Off Victoria esplanade seen by Graham Ekins
3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (Female) [Stephen Entwistle]
Westley Heights, 08:45 to 09:15, Overcast, light rain. Hall Wood only.
1 Green Woodpecker (Calling.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 07:30 to 07:30
3 Siskin, 2 Goosander [Steve Grimwade]
Braintree, 05:15 to 10:00, Dull and drizzly but very mild
1 Song Thrush (Male singing since before light and still going strong. In Hoppits Mead nature reserve in Notley Rd. Bird happily not displaced by some recent severe tree felling.) [Martin Iddon]
Lee Valley, KGV Res

ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Shelduck (A.Middleton)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

60 Golden Plover, 4 Bearded Tits, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 30 Avocet, 4 Marsh harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine, Blackcap (RSPB)

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Ingrebourne Valley

Bittern, Peregrine, Mistle Thrush, 4 Water Rail (PHa)

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Saturday 09 Feb 2019
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 13:00 to 13:30, Sunny &windygray
2 Grey Partridge (Sheltering /in garden), 1 Woodcock ( Feeding in hedge) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 12:15 to 12:30, Sunny & windy
1 Red Kite (Flying over garden) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Halstead, 11:15 to 11:16, Bright and mild; gusty S.W. wind.
1 Blackcap (Wintering female still present and coming to fat at my garden bird table.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:15 to 14:15, Dry, sun & cloud, SW gusty wind, 8c. Sightings from V Centre & meadow only.
12 Goldeneye, 20 Common Gull (Circa.), 1 Goosander (Female.), 4 Chaffinch (2 pair.), 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 6 Mallard, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Stock Dove, 50 Redwing (at least, on meadow.), 4 Mistle Thrush (On meadow.), 8 Great Tit (Circa.), 8 Blue Tit (Circa.), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 200 Wigeon (Circa, meadow.), 1 Dunnock [David Hale]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00
3 Black-necked Grebe (East of LDLH), 1 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Scaup, 1 Redshank [Richard Allen]
Thorndon CP (North), 09:00 to 09:45, Sun & cloud. Windy.
1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (One singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Sun & cloud. Windy.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Goldfinch, 10 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 07:30 to 08:30, Very windy - had to leave scope in car!
600 Lapwing (+ most I've seen here), 1 Greenshank, 25 Redshank, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Cormorant, 14 Greylag Goose, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 7 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, 1 Green Sandpiper (First time I've seen one here this year), 1 Curlew, 5 Canada Goose, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Normally a lot more on flooded field), 3 Rock Pipit [Matt Turner]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 10:30, very strong and gusty southerly wind, mild, clear, low tide, 6 species in song
2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve), 5 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (By sewage works), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh

5 Little Egret, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler (Simon Papps)

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Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows

Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, Water Rail (Simon Papps)

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Wanstead Park

30 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 7 Shoveler, Pochard, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Simon Raper)

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Epping Forest, Highams Park Lake

Pr Goosander, pr Little Egret, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, 8 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 30 Chaffinch, c30 Redwing, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Joe Dickens) Kingfisher (Mike Smith)

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Lee Valley, Walthamstow Wetlands

m Scaup, 5 Goldeneye (David Bradshaw, Lol Bodini)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

4 Avocet, Blackcap, 3 Marsh Harrier (HTV) Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 20 Golden Plover (Martin Smith)

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Lee Valley, Hall Marsh

30 Shoveler, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail, m Mistle Thrush (Simon Papps)

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Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake

m Ferruginous Duck, 14 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper (Tony Brown, Neil Anderson

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Wanstead Flats

2 Skylark, 9 Reed Bunting, 30 Goldfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 23 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)

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Lee Valley, Bowyer's Water

rh Smew, 20 Pochard, 80 Shoveler, 50 Gadwall (Simon Papps)

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Beckton STW (no public access)

2 Black Redstart, 2 Common Sandpipers, 7 Fieldfare, 62 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 Buzzard, pr Kestrels (DMo)

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Friday 08 Feb 2019
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 15:15 to 16:45, Windy, light rain; becoming heavier & more persistent.
1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult female & immature.), 15 Curlew (Timbermans Creek.), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Timbermans Creek.), 300 Lapwing (Scrape.), 2 Snipe (Scrape.), 1 Greenshank (Timbermans Creek.), 1 Spotted Redshank (Timbermans Creek.), 1 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
TQ5993, 12:00 to 12:15
1 Blackcap (male again on fat balls in my garden) [Andrew Stroud]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 10:30 to 14:15, Windy, heavy showers.
1 Kestrel, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 124 Avocet (At least.), 350 Dunlin (At least.), 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover (At least.), 100 Wigeon (At least.), 1 Kingfisher (Stanford Warren.) [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Turnstone (+), 10 Goldeneye (+), 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair), 200 Knot (+), 50 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Yellowhammer, 30 Redwing (+) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 10:00, Grey and very blustery
1 Long-tailed Duck (Immature drake E of LdlH c/way), 4 Smew (incl 1 drake LB c/way), 5 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (male hunting over waterfront), 6 Goosander (flew over) [Richard Allen]
Fingringhoe Mill, 08:30 to 09:00, Grey and blustery
1 Water Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 Pied Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew [Sean Nixon] Water Pipit at Fingringhoe Mill on 08 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon) , Water Pipit at Fingringhoe Mill on 08 Feb 2019, (Sean Nixon)
Thursday 07 Feb 2019
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 17:30 to 17:45, Dry and clear
1 Woodcock (One flew across the car from the pit while waiting at the temp filter lights) [Brian Bolton]
Epping, 14:15 to 15:45, (Coopersale Fields) Sunny, breezy, very mild
1 Nuthatch, 1 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch [Roger Emmens]
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 16:00, sunny, cloud cover and strong S-S/W wind, eased later for brief sea watch by car
8 Cormorant (On scrape), 2 Buzzard, 19 White-fronted Goose (Viewed from hide), 6 Curlew, 2 Gadwall (Pair on scrape), 60 Wigeon (+), 500 Lapwing (Large flock on back fields), 3 Stonechat (Female by golf course, pair near pillbox), 1 Turnstone (Feeding at base of sea wall at high tide), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult winter bird along front), 1 Great Northern Diver (Flew north at 15.45), 1 Red-throated Diver (Followed GND north 10 minutes later) [Matt Turner] Cormorant at Holland Haven on 07 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner)
Sible Hedingham, 11:00 to 13:00, Breezy, sunny, mild
1 Red Kite (Quartering field near Castle Hedingham) [Brian Goodey]
Warley Place NR, 10:55 to 15:15, Dry, sun & cloud, cool gusty wind. Sightings with Brenda from first hide only.
20 Jackdaw (Circa.), 10 Great Tit (Circa.), 10 Blue Tit (Circa.), 2 Blackbird (Pair.), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 4 Moorhen, 3 Mallard (2 Drakes 1 Female. Mating pair.), 3 Coal Tit (Possibly more.), 2 Magpie [David Hale] Great Tit at Warley Place NR on 07 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Blue Tit at Warley Place NR on 07 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Nuthatch at Warley Place NR on 07 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Mallard at Warley Place NR on 07 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Coal Tit at Warley Place NR on 07 Feb 2019, (David Hale)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 10:55 to 12:05, Sunny, strong W wind. With Graham Barber.
70 Greylag Goose (+.), 3 Egyptian Goose (Two on small lake island, one on main lake.), 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Snipe (Main Lake.), 3 Curlew (Meadow.), 100 Carrion Crow (+.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Slough House Farm, near Heybridge, 10:25 to 10:30, Sunny, strong W wind. With Graham Barber.
20 Fieldfare (+. Seen from Chig Lakes.), 25 Redwing (+. Seen from Chig Lakes.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:55 to 10:55, And 12:05 to 13:05. Sunny, strong W wind. With Graham Barber.
30 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 33 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 1 Bullfinch (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Holyfield Marsh, Lea Valley, 09:00 to 11:00, Quite windy but bright and sunny; 9 degrees C
1 Ferruginous Duck (An adult drake of unknown origin on the west side of Holyfield Lake showing well, presumably of suspect origin. Very tame and came to bread), 4 Goosander (On Holyfield Lake), 1 Red-crested Pochard (Single drake on Holyfield Lake), 4 Pochard, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron [Lee G R Evans]
West Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00, Strood channel (DU)
16 Avocet, 200 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 100 Shelduck, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Wigeon, 10 Black-tailed Godwit [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 06 Feb 2019
Fingringhoe Mill, 14:15 to 15:30, Field north of Roman River on west side of road
1 Little Egret, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 10 Meadow Pipit (minimum), 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Water Pipit (minimum, hiding behind tussocks), 20 Pied Wagtail (minimum), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Hargreaves]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:15, from causeways
100 Lapwing (+), 8 Scaup (2 ad male, 1 imm male, 5 female), 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female), 6 Smew (1 male, 5 redhead) [Liz Huxley] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Black-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley) , Ring-necked Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Copford SW, near Stanway, 12:30 to 13:00
20 Pied Wagtail (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush [Liz Huxley]
Jaywick, 12:00 to 15:00
7 Snow Bunting [Keith Brooke] Snow Bunting at Jaywick on 06 Feb 2019, (Keith Brooke) , Snow Bunting at Jaywick on 06 Feb 2019, (Keith Brooke) , Snow Bunting at Jaywick on 06 Feb 2019, (Keith Brooke)
Fishers Green, Lea Valley, 11:30 to 13:30, Sunny with light breeze
1 Ferruginous Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Goosander [Paul Chamberlain] Ferruginous Duck at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ferruginous Duck at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Ferruginous Duck at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-crested Pochard at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-crested Pochard at Fishers Green, Lea Valley on 06 Feb 2019, (Paul Chamberlain)
The Hythe, Colchester, 10:30 to 12:00, Hythe Lagoons
5 Greenfinch, 2 Corn Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting (+), 2 Yellowhammer (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Song Thrush (+), 250 Teal (+), 1 Ruff, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Skylark (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 40 Lapwing (+) [Liz Huxley] Water Pipit at The Hythe, Colchester on 06 Feb 2019, (Liz Huxley)
Kirby-le-Soken, 10:30 to 10:30, Cloudy, overcast, mild 9oC
1 Sparrowhawk (Walton Road nr Island Road, Hedgerow chasing Starling) [Ron Colson]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 11:00
1 Ring-necked Duck (Immature? drake west of Layer de la Haye cway with Aythya flock), 8 Scaup (2 drakes west of LDLH cway, 1 drake, 1st winter drake & 4 female/juv east of LDLH cway), 2 Long-tailed Duck (east of LDLH cway), 2 Black-necked Grebe (east of LDLH cway), 6 Smew (1 drake and 5 redheads west of Layer Breton cway), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret, 3 Corn Bunting (singing males Billetts Farm) [Steve Grimwade] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 06 Feb 2019, (Steve Grimwade, )
West Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00, Off Coast road & Victoria esplanade (Andy Field)
5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 27 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 1 Rock Pipit, 20 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Black Swan (Flying up Ray channel with mites (DU)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Grays Riverside

Oystercatcher, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, Curlew, Marsh Harrier (Nick Croft)

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Lee Valley, Bow Creek Ecology Park

5 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (Paul Hyland)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

juv Glaucous Gull, 5 1w Caspian Gull, ad Mediterranean Gull (DSh, ATw) 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Avocet, 2000 Lapwing, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Long-tailed Tits, m Blackcap, Little Egret, 3 Curlew (HTV, Tim Micallef, Peter Gurr)

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Woodford Green

m Blackcap, Coal Tit (Steve Howey)

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West Thurrock Marshes

3 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 20 Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, 550 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 42 Lapwing, Little Egret, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 40 Linnet (Nick Croft)

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Lee Valley, Waterworks NR

3 Greenfinch (Alastair Dent)

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Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake

m Ferruginous Duck (ATw)

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Woodford Green

m Blackcap, 3 Siskin, 5 Goldfinch, 20 Chaffinch, Tawny Owl, 2 Treecreeper, Little Egret, f Sparrowhawk. (Ken Murray)

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Ilford

m Blackcap (Barbara Miller)

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Tuesday 05 Feb 2019
Great Braxted, 14:00 to 16:00, Dull.
1 Red Kite, 45 Fieldfare, 7 Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, 9 Buzzard, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Goldcrest, 65 Goldfinch [David Allen]
Fingringhoe Mill, 13:30 to 14:15, Field by Roman River on west side of road
5 Water Pipit (Minimum, much movement & hiding behind tussocks), 2 Rock Pipit (Plus 2-3 distant birds that were Rock or Water ), 20 Meadow Pipit (Min.no.), 2 Grey Wagtail, 25 Pied Wagtail (Min. No.), 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier (Hunting ad.Male spooked everything), 6 Black-tailed Godwit [Chris Poole]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 13:30, Drizzly
1 Ring-necked Duck, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Scaup (One male.), 1 Black Swan, 5 Smew (One male), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female) [David Allen]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 10:55 to 14:40, Dry, overcast, light S breeze, 10c. Sightings with Brenda from W scrape hide.
1 Water Rail (Showing well.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 6 Turnstone, 100 Redshank (Circa.), 2000 Knot (Circa.), 2000 Dunlin (Circa.), 2 Little Egret, 40 Grey Plover (Circa.), 3 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 30 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 30 Oystercatcher (Circa.), 8 Snipe, 50 Avocet, 50 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 5 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Shelduck, 50 Brent Goose (Circa.), 30 Canada Goose [David Hale] Knot at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 05 Feb 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Knot at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 05 Feb 2019, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:45 to 11:15
25 Twite (circa, a very noisy flock in the trees at the northern edge of the woodland area near the marsh sowthistle patch, good views through scope) [Paul Gymer]
Langham, 09:30 to 11:30, overcast and misty
28 Wigeon (Broomhouse flash), 35 Teal (Broomhouse flash), 1 Grey Partridge (male feeding on corn with Pheasants & Red-legged Partridges.), 6 Little Grebe (Docura's Farm reservoir), 210 Lapwing (Broomhouse flash), 3 Green Woodpecker (males), 45 Skylark (flock of 30 + 15 singing males), 3 Song Thrush (singing males), 40 Chaffinch (game crop.), 30 Goldfinch (alders), 50 Linnet (game mixes), 2 Bullfinch, 30 Yellowhammer (game mix), 40 Reed Bunting (with Yellowhammers) [Martin Peers]
Colchester, 08:00 to 08:15
1 Blackcap (Male feeding on honeysuckle berries in my garden) [John Thorogood]
Warley, 07:00 to 07:15
1 Firecrest (singing weakly in Holly Wood as I cycled to work) [Andrew Stroud]
Braintree, 05:45 to 07:00, Mild damp
1 Song Thrush (Singing at dawn in wood near Hoppits Bridge, Notley Rd) [Martin Iddon]
Rayne, 02:00 to 02:15, Cold clear
1 Tawny Owl (Calling bird) [Andrew Goodey]
West Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00, Strood channel (DU)
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat (Pair), 1 Rock Pipit, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Packing shed (Steve hunting)), 1 Red Kite (Flyover Martin cock ) [Stephen Entwistle]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

juv Glaucous Gull, Short-eared Owl (Davey Leach)

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Monday 04 Feb 2019
Navestock, 14:45 to 15:00, Overcast drizzle
2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:30 to 16:03, Drizzly all day and vile.
2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Smew (One male), 2 Buzzard [David Allen]
West Mersea, 11:30 to 13:30, Drizzly all day and vile.
1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Sanderling, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Grebe, 18 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 14 Turnstone [David Allen]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 13:00, Pye fleet off maydays farm /Martin cock
1 Goosander (Female ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 03 Feb 2019
Writtle, 17:15 to 17:30, Darkness setting in
1 Barn Owl (Hunting rough grassland behind our house in Northwest Chelmsford) [Andrew Allen]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 16:00 to 17:00, Bright but cold
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 6 Short-eared Owl (At least 6 individuals), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Kestrel [David Pallash]
Little Clacton, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Waxwing (found by Matt Lansdown at junction of Tan Lane & Thorpe Road) [Simon Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 15:15 to 16:15, Sunny, cold.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 21 Redwing (At least.), 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 16 Goldfinch (Near lake.) [Andrew Cox]
Navestock, 15:15 to 16:00
2 Bullfinch (pair along Sabines Road ), 50 Chaffinch (In stubble field at road corner - Lady's Hill), 15 Stock Dove (Murthering Lane), 1 Kestrel (female), 5 Pheasant [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny
1 Barn Owl (Hunting around the visitor centre ) [Yvonne Watling]
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:15, Cold clear
1 Red Kite [Ann Darnell]
Thorndon CP (South), 15:00 to 15:10, Sunny
1 Coal Tit [Andrew Knight]
Fingringhoe Mill, 13:00 to 13:45, Sunny and rather cold. Light W wind. HT 11.30a.m. Wet field on W side of road and N side of river. (Numbers approximate).
3 Water Pipit (3 or more ), 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit (Several), 8 Pied Wagtail (Several), 1 Ruff, 10 Redshank (Several), 1 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Several), 20 Lapwing (Numerous), 15 Teal (Numerous) [George Brown]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 15:30, Sunny
3 Buzzard, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 50 Avocet, 100 Pintail, 30 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat [Yvonne Watling]
Mountnessing, 12:00 to 12:10, Sightings from St Giles Church and farmland area - Little Owl seen here yesterday at 13:00
1 Buzzard (Distant), 1 Kestrel (Female on overhead wires), 12 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail (Barn roof), 2 Robin, 5 Fieldfare (Graveyard), 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 Carrion Crow [Ben Mapp]
Heybridge GP, 11:00 to 13:00, Bright but breezy
2 Goosander, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard on!y), 8 Goldeneye, 4 Reed Bunting, 60 Avocet (+), 6 Pochard (+), 10 Shoveler (+), 10 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Shelduck, 50 Dunlin (+), 6 Grey Plover (+), 6 Tufted Duck (+), 20 Brent Goose [Andrew Allen]
The Naze at Walton, 10:45 to 13:30, sunny, with cold breeze
1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Horsey Island), 12 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (male - Horsey Island), 8 Avocet (Horsey Island), 40 Lapwing, 45 Grey Plover, 20 Ringed Plover, 100 Curlew (+), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit (Walton channel), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Sanderling (towards Stone Point), 500 Dunlin (+), 1 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank (Walton Hall marshes (as all below)), 2 Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet [Martin Peers]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 10:15 to 11:45, Mild and sunny - Highlights from 28 species seen
12 Shoveler (6 pairs on almost frozen lake), 1 Pheasant (Heard), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard (Over the grazing area), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male near Stock Pond), 1 Green Woodpecker (Lake Field, flushed by 6 Fallow Deer), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest (With mixed tit flock at viewpoint near church), 4 Long-tailed Tit (Viewpoint near church), 2 Jay, 1 Chaffinch (Male outside centre), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (At least 2 heard over Grazing Area) [Ben Mapp]
Wickford, 10:00 to 15:30, Dry, calm, bright sunshine. Thermometer hit 10c when in the suns rays. Otherwise still feeling cold.
1 Blackcap (Male still to & fro to feeders all day. Singing well for a time, i feel it is calling for his mate that has not shown since 24th Jan.) [David Hale] Blackcap at Wickford on 03 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Blackcap at Wickford on 03 Feb 2019, (David Hale) , Blackcap at Wickford on 03 Feb 2019, (David Hale)
Slough House Farm, near Heybridge, 10:00 to 10:15, Bright
1 Little Owl (In Oak tree along Scraley Road) [Andrew Allen]
Mill Green, 09:00 to 13:00, Ravens and Nuthatches, but v quiet otherwise, a bit more coppicing/pollarding wouldn't go amiss here
3 Raven (Single over High Wood and a pair feeding on ground in Barrow Wood), 3 Nuthatch (One singing Barrow Wood, pair together Birch Spring) [Richard Allen]
Warley, 08:45 to 09:15
2 Blackcap (pair in my garden This morning feeding on fat balls), 1 Siskin [Andrew Stroud]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 15:45, Sunny and cold, light W wind, rising tide
25 Meadow Pipit (On approach road to VC first thing), 50 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 21 Grey Plover (In the managed retreat), 804 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 203 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 381 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 205 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 37 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 120 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 72 Teal (Four Golden Gates, 14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Mucking Bay), 101 Avocet (In the managed retreat), 3 Stonechat (Male by the VC, pair near Golden Gates), 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (One in the outer car park, three Golden Gates), 36 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 24 Shoveler (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 45 Pochard (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 112 Tufted Duck (Four on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 24 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 5 Gadwall (Golden Gates), 2 Buzzard (One on the tip, one Golden Gates), 189 Rook (Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates, first I've heard for a while), 1 Snipe (Golden Gates), 3 Short-eared Owl (On the tip) [Paul Larkin]
The Hythe, Colchester, 08:15 to 10:00, Bright sunshine
19 Curlew, 40 Lapwing, 12 Reed Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer (At least 2 pairs), 15 Linnet (Small flock mixed with buntings and yellowhammers), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit (Poss 2, only saw through camera. Not sure about 2nd bird in background - looks more like mipit?), 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenfinch, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Dunnock [Matt Turner] Reed Bunting at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner) , Water Pipit at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner) , Black-tailed Godwit at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner) , Black-tailed Godwit at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner) , Greenfinch at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner) , Dunnock at The Hythe, Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner)
Braintree, 08:00 to 10:00, bright sunny cold (Dorewards Hall to Bocking)
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 9 Meadow Pipit [Andrew Goodey]
Colchester, 07:45 to 08:00
3 Waxwing (Feeding near bus stop on Turner Road. Thanks to Sean Nixon :)) [Matt Turner] Waxwing at Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Waxwing at Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Waxwing at Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Waxwing at Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS) , Waxwing at Colchester on 03 Feb 2019, (Matt Turner, ATS80/S6 -Canon SX50HS)
Bocking, 07:35 to 07:35, Sunny and calm though somewhat cold.
1 Barn Owl (Flew over the A131 at High Garrett, heading west.) [Jeremy Hurley]
West Mersea, 00:01 to 00:01, Maydays farm Seen by Dougal Urquhart
2 Peregrine Falcon (Poss 3), 1000 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Blackcap (Firs chase (female )) [Stephen Entwistle]
West Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00
1 Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade seen by Steve Entwistle), 11 Yellowhammer (Maydays farm (SE)), 1 Corn Bunting (Mayday farm (SE)), 5 Reed Bunting (Maydays farm (SE)), 50 Linnet (Maydays farm (SE)), 1 Marsh Harrier (Maydays farm (SE)), 1 Merlin (Off maydays farm / langenhoe ), 1 Barn Owl (Off maydays farm/langenhoe ), 1 Short-eared Owl (Off maydays farm / langenhoe), 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard [Stephen Entwistle]
East Mersea, 00:00 to 00:00, Cudmore grove seen by Andy field
8 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-throated Diver [Stephen Entwistle]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

Green Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe (DMi, PRH)

[East London Birders Forum]