The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Tuesday 03 Aug 2021
Wrabness, 10:45 to 13:00, Excellent
2 Canada Goose, Turtle Dove (From Sea Wall), 8 Oystercatcher, 5 Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sand Martin (Lots feeding young), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Parent and young.), 5 Whitethroat, 2 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch [Peter Brittain]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, warm.
Buzzard, 5 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 02 Aug 2021
Colchester, 18:25 to 18:25
Ring-necked Parakeet (Appeared to be this species. Flying noisily around Abbey Fields (athletic track area) but minus its tail..) [Paul Brayshaw]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:30 to 12:00, Sun & clouds. Warm. Lincewood.
2 Sparrowhawk (Adult with one young.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 10:00 to 11:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
Sparrowhawk (See above.), Buzzard (Mobbed by sparrowhawk.), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, Hobby (Immature, hunting over meadow. Often perched on dead trees/ branches.), 2 Swallow, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 11 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, warm.
Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, Bullfinch (At least. Sounded like a juv.), 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Fine and clear, light NE breeze, HT
4 Teal (Up river), Sandwich Tern (Up river), 11 Common Tern (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Sunday 01 Aug 2021
Maldon, 16:25 to 16:25, Cloudy.
Sparrowhawk (Male. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Mersea Island, 15:45 to 16:00
Great White Egret (Flying over the strood. Seen from the car) [Oliver Cottis]
Copford, 15:00 to 15:00
Red Kite (Circling over Copford Primary School) [Steve Grimwade]
Dovercourt, 10:00 to 10:20, Clear, fairly warm, rather sticky, tide half out
Sandwich Tern (Flying up and down just offshore) [Simon Banks]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 10:45, Warm and overcast
10 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Wheatear, 2 Corn Bunting [Andrew Ducat]
TQ6779, 09:00 to 09:30
2 Wood Pigeon, 6 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker (female - multiple visits throughout the morning), 3 Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, c.15 Starling, Blackbird (Female with food for young), Robin, 6 House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch [Steve Swinney] Great Spotted Woodpecker at TQ6779 on 01 Aug 2021, (Steve Swinney)
Beckton, 08:30 to 13:00, Cloudy
2 Pochard, 10 Swift, 5 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern (including juvs), Little Egret, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat [Gary A James]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:15, Broken cloud, SW wind, falling tide
35 Canada Goose (In the managed retreat), 63 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Mute Swan (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, one Golden Gates), 53 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), Shoveler (Golden Gates), Teal (Golden Gates), 11 Pochard (Six plus one, apparently unattached, half grown young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 23 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 2 Moorhen (Juveniles, Golden Gates), 34 Coot (Nine on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gares), 6 Little Grebe (Plus broods of two and one on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Great Crested Grebe (Five, including a full grown juv, Golden Gates, two on the pit to the south of the tip), 6 Oystercatcher (Mucking Bay), 52 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 4 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 92 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 43 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), Turnstone (Roosting on yellow buoy), Green Sandpiper (On the pit to the south of the tip), 15 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay), Cormorant (Golden Gates), 3 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 3 Stonechat (Males, two on the VC approach road, one by the VC), Corn Bunting (On the VC approach road), 68 Tufted Duck (Two plus two well grown young on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, plus broods of 9 and 3 downy young, on Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Saturday 31 Jul 2021
Ardleigh Reservoir, 18:30 to 19:45, Intermittent light rain - sightings from Lodge and Wick Lanes
50 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 43 Mallard (Inc two family groups), Stock Dove, 6 Wood Pigeon, 5 Moorhen, 9 Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebe (At least 2 chicks present), 4 Black-headed Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 15 Sand Martin, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Wren, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch [Matt Turner] Great Crested Grebe at Ardleigh Reservoir on 31 Jul 2021, (Matt Turner, D7500/150-600G2)
Copford, 14:00 to 16:00, Garden Sightings
4 Buzzard (All juveniles), Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 4 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird [Steve Grimwade]
Dovercourt, 13:45 to 15:00, Sunny, but stormclouds approaching from west; then brief, quite heavy rain
4 Swift (First ones I'd seen since 27th. Over and/or near my garden.), 2 Swallow (Over my garden. Very unusual for well inside Dovercourt. Appeared with Swifts ahead of stormcloud.) [Simon Banks]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 11:00 to 15:30, Warm
2 Little Grebe, 10 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 50 Curlew, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 4 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier [Yvonne Watling]
The Naze at Walton, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny, quite warm, little wind, tide well out
25 Turnstone, 10 Sanderling, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Willow Warbler (One in John Weston sang briefly.), 2 Chiffchaff [Simon Banks]
TL7700, 09:00 to 13:00, Overcast
Green Woodpecker [Andrew Ducat]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Avocet (Reeves hall marshes SE ), 104 Black-tailed Godwit (Pye fleet from Reeves hall marshes SE ), 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Reeves hall marshes SE ), White-letter Hairstreak (Side of fish pond wood SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
TL7700, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Blackbird [Andrew Ducat]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:20, Cloudy, some sun.
Buzzard (Calling.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (Including one calling juv.), Kestrel (Calling.), 8 Swallow (At least. Hatch Farm area.), Yellowhammer (Singing male, near car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:10, overcast, strong NW wind, warm, ebbing tide; 10 species in song
14 Swift (South, first thing), 5 Whimbrel, 16 Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel ), 12 Turnstone, 61 Sanderling (Between tidal lagoons and Stone Point ), 27 Dunlin (Between tidal lagoons and Stone Point ), Common Sandpiper, 10 Little Tern (Off Stone Point ), Common Tern, 2 Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles ), Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ), 4 Willow Warbler (First of the autumn, 2 north of cricket pitch, 2 by sewage works ), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler (Half-heartedly singing), 2 Wheatear (First of the autumn, towards Stone Point ), 10 Pied Wagtail [Brian Combes]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 15:00, W-NW4-5 decreasing, heavy showers. Movement to south, selected totals
167 Swift, 207 Oystercatcher, 45 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Arctic Tern (Adults in mixed group with common terns), Arctic Skua, 208 Sand Martin, 65 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler (Lovely lemon juvs on undercliff early am) [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 30 Jul 2021
Great Totham, 17:45 to 17:45, Cloudy, moderate W. wind.
1 Red Kite (Over Maypole Road, W of Captain's Wood. My first local sighting since 9th June.) [Malcolm Corbett]
TQ7080, 11:00 to 13:00, Lo Tide; Grey & breezy with storm blowing in from SW
27 Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, 77 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel, 67 Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, Peregrine Falcon (Female - flypast), Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, 3 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Whitethroat, Wren, 50+ Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, Goldfinch [Steve Swinney]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:02 to 13:00, Overcast
c.2 Coot, 2+ Tufted Duck [Andrew Ducat]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Wheatear (Juv Cudmore grove seawall DU ), 60 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus off cudmore grove DU ), 1 Mistle Thrush (On wires just north of cudmore grove park DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Clavering, 09:00 to 13:00
7 Raven (over minor road Manuden to Clavering) [Andrew Goodey]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel [Clive Atkins]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Sun& cloud. Breezy. Plotlands.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female from ridge field.), 2 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Overcast and stormy
4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Adults Plus re-count 5 x humbugs ), 2 Lapwing [Brian Bolton]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 17:00, S4-SSW7, heavy rain at times. Selected totals, movement to south
1231 Swift (1202 in am, most before rain at 7am over the sea (>1km offshore), then tight wader like flocks over sea and land during the heavier pulses of rain), 22 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Plover, 15 Whimbrel [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 29 Jul 2021
TQ6978, 19:00 to 20:30, Sunny. W breeze
Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, 3 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, 2 Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, 5 Oystercatcher, Avocet, 2 Lapwing, Whimbrel, 26 Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, Barn Owl, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Linnet, Reed Bunting [Steve Swinney]
Pyefleet Channel, Mersea Island, 13:30 to 15:00, Selected totals from a circumnavigation of Mersea on foot
6 Common Sandpiper (4 by maydays, 2 reeves hall), 2 Greenshank (Between reeves hall and Maydays), 1 Yellowhammer (Between maydays and Strood ) [Paul Brayshaw]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:30 to 12:00, Sun & cloud. Breezy. Lincewood.
2 Sparrowhawk (Juveniles calling.), 1 Green Woodpecker [Andrew Cox]
Wivenhoe, 11:00 to 13:00, Windy, sunny, tide flooding
20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 6 House Sparrow [Michael Davies] Black-headed Gull at Wivenhoe on 29 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 29 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , House Sparrow at Wivenhoe on 29 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
TQ6196, 11:00 to 11:00
Hobby [Philip Chalk]
East Tilbury, 10:00 to 14:00, Sunny, west wind, rising tide
43 Curlew, 25 Yellow-legged Gull (Mainly adults but a couple of juvs), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Flushed by Marsh Harrier), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 547 Avocet, 16 Oystercatcher, 48 Canada Goose, 25 Greylag Goose, 6 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 71 Shelduck, 5 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Teal, 3 Little Ringed Plover (One juvenile) [Paul Larkin]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:00 to 13:00, Windy
20 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Oystercatcher, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 15 Shelduck, 30 Redshank, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Yvonne Watling]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:45 to 16:30, Selected highlights
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Hobby, 27 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Whimbrel [Steve Grimwade]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Wheatear (By Reeves hall pools AF DU), 3 Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall pool AF DU), 3 Greenshank (Pye fleet AF ), 50 Grey Plover (Off Reeves hall marshes AF ), 2 Knot (Off Reeves hall marshes AF ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Reeves hall marshes AF ), 30 Curlew (Pye fleet AF DU ), 4 Avocet (Pye fleet AF DU ), 3 Sparrowhawk (Adult with youngsters AF), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male Reeves hall marshes AF ), 1 Mute Swan (Pye fleet DU ), 4 Dunlin (Pye fleet AF), 20 Lapwing (Reeves hall AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 10:00, Falling tide, sunny, west wind
3 Oystercatcher (East of the old P Stn site), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Juvenile near the ferry terminal), 2 Mute Swan (In the fort), 55 Sand Martin (Sitting on the mud in the moat), 5 Shelduck (Plus a brood on nine on the foreshore by the fort and a brood of two in the fort), 2 Little Grebe (In the moat), 1 Little Egret (In the fort), 3 Curlew (On foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 2 Lapwing (In the fort), 8 Mallard (On foreshore by the old P Stn site) [Paul Larkin]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:30 to 09:30, Selected highlights
2 Goldeneye, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier (juvenile), 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Westley Heights, 07:15 to 11:30, Sunny, breezy. Clouds increasing.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female.), 1 Kestrel (Female. Sparring with hobby at one point.), 2 Hobby (Pair, feeding over Hall Wood.), 4 Green Woodpecker (At least. Including one juv.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 15 Swift (At least.), 1 Swallow, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.), 1 Goldfinch, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female.) [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny and windy
1 Turtle Dove (On wires at back of fishing lake. If still present then Probably best viewed from metal fishing gates), 1 Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Plus 4 x humbugs still), 10 Common Tern (At least Inc juvs) [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 29 Jul 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 21:00, Watches 05-09, 19-21. W5 blustery am
11960 Swift (Heavy passage 0500-0645 peaking at over 120/min, gradually reducing thereafter plus a few in the evening. Passage over the coastal strip c0.5km inland. Very impressive constant stream with birds at all heights) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 28 Jul 2021
Shrub End, 14:00 to 15:00
25 Swallow, 1 Hobby (flew quite low over the fields, upsetting the swallows), 1 Sparrowhawk [Oliver Cottis]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 12:00 to 15:15, Sun, cloud & heavy showers. Brisk S wind. 20c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen.
3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Pochard (Females. ), 2 Tufted Duck (Females.), 6 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Coot, 2 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 12 Swallow (Circa. Gatekeeper Butterflies, 1 Marbled White.), 4 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Skylark, 18 Mallard, 1 Lapwing, 15 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 House Sparrow (Juveniles.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Eating a kill on distant power pole. ) [David Hale]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 13:00
50 Swallow, 50 House Martin (Low cloud , both sightings over garden briefly ) [Phil Harling ]
Tuesday 27 Jul 2021
Hamford Water, 15:30 to 17:30, boat trip
10 Swallow (+), 20 Turnstone (approx), 2 Marsh Harrier (+), 10 Little Egret (+), 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Oystercatcher (+), 10 Curlew (+), 40 Sandwich Tern (approx, incl juvs), 4 Little Tern, 12 Mediterranean Gull (+ incl 1+ juv), 60 Redshank (+), 30 Grey Plover (+), 30 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 12 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Eider (1 male, 1 female), 3 Whimbrel (+), 2 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin (+) [Liz Huxley] Eider at Hamford Water on 27 Jul 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Layer Breton, 11:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, cloudy
3 Spoonbill, 30 Greylag Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron [Michael Davies] Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Mallard at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 27 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Thorndon CP (North), 09:15 to 10:15, Cloudy, warm.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Swallow (Approx. Hatch Farm area. Some juvs.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, STROOD CHANNEL seen by dougal urquhart
3 Greenshank, 10 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover, 140 Redshank, 4 Common Tern [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 08:40 to 09:40, Cloudy.
1 Little Owl (Usual perch, Church Road.), 2 Green Woodpecker (One, South Wood. One, Pan Grove.), 2 Whitethroat (Together, contact calling and carrying food. Sains Farm drive.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:00 to 12:00, W3-SW2 8/8 occ light showers. Selected totals, movement to south
1353 Swift (Over coastal strip), 244 Sand Martin, 46 Swallow [Paul Brayshaw]
Monday 26 Jul 2021
Colchester, 20:20 to 20:25
20 Swift (+ St Albrights breeding area new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Great Totham, 17:30 to 17:35
7 Mute Swan (Pair with five young, inc. one leucistic cygnet. Totham Pit. (Confirmation of previous third party report).) [Malcolm Corbett]
Southend Pier, 15:00 to 16:15, Warm, light breeze, high tide 15:05
1 Peregrine Falcon (chasing feral pigeons near end of pier then flew towards Adventure Island), 1 Common Tern (on jetty close to Turnstones), 100 Turnstone (approx count roosting on slipway), 10 Mediterranean Gull (approx count) [James Hudson] Turnstone at Southend Pier on 26 Jul 2021, (James Hudson)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunshine and Humid. Only certain species recorded.
1 Common Gull (Point Hide), 4 Oystercatcher (Point Hide), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult from Oak Hide), 2 Common Sandpiper (Point Hide), 30 Mute Swan (+), 200 Coot (+), 2 Little Egret (Rawl Hide), 1 Little Grebe (Rawl Hide), 10 Pochard (2 broods of ducklings.), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Oak Hide) [Andrew Allen]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 10:50 to 14:30, Cloudy, some sun. Warm, becoming hot.
7 Pochard (Female with six well grown young.), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlew, 34 Redshank (At least.), 2 Spotted Redshank (WP.), 8 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Bearded Tit (Juvs, western end.) [Andrew Cox]
Beckton, 09:30 to 11:30, Cloudy/warm
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern (+), 4 Arctic Tern (upriver), 1 Sandwich Tern (downriver), 40 Swift (+), 15 House Martin [Gary A James]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 19:00
4 Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall marshes pool AF), 9 Whimbrel ((Plus)5 pye fleet AF, 4 cudmore grove SE ), 40 Curlew (Plus pye fleet AF ), 30 Grey Plover (Plus pye fleet AF ), 100 Redshank (Plus 50+ pye fleet AF. 50+ cudmore grove SE ), 2 Greenshank (Pye fleet AF ), 15 Turnstone (Plus 10+ cudmore grove SE, 5 pye fleet AF ), 1 Corn Bunting (Reeves/Maydays AF), 1 Yellowhammer (Reeves hall /maydays AF), 1 Marsh Harrier (Pye fleet AF ), 11 Black-tailed Godwit (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 12 Mediterranean Gull (Plus cudmore grove SE ), 2 Common Tern (Cudmore grove SE), 4 Little Tern (Off cudmore grove SE), 20 Lapwing (Pye fleet AF ), 50 Dunlin (Plus 45+ cudmore grove SE, 5 pye fleet AF ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 25 Jul 2021
Layer Breton, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, clouds
4 Spoonbill, 7 Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Common Tern, 7 Egyptian Goose [Michael Davies] Spoonbill at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 25 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 20:00
3 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel MC ), 1 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel MC ), 4 Corn Bunting (2 Strood channel MC ,2 maydays DU ), 2 Grey Heron (Strood channel MC), 3 Turnstone (Strood channel MC), 7 Whimbrel (3 Strood channel MC ,4 maydays SE ), 150 Redshank (100 Plus strood channel MC ,50 plus off maydays/Reeves hall SE), 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 Strood channel MC ,2 off Reeves hall DU ), 4 Common Sandpiper (Maydays sluice 3 DU, 4 SE), 2 Knot (Off Reeves hall DU ), 65 Grey Plover (Off Reeves hall DU ), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Off pye fleet DU ), 1 Stonechat (Juv Reeves hall DU ), 500 Rook (Plus mixed rooks/jackdaw maydays/Reeves hall DU), 1 Jackdaw (See rooks/jackdaw 500+ mixed), 1 Yellowhammer (Maydays DU ), 2 Green Sandpiper (F/o high street calling IB), 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Plus Maydays SE ), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Full summer plumage off Reeves hall SE ), 6 Greenshank (5 Off maydays SE , 1 strood channel MC ), 25 Curlew (Plus off maydays/Reeves hall SE), 1 Hobby (Flyover empress drive SE ), 12 Dunlin (Off Reeves hall DU ), 1 Spoonbill (Over geedon towards maydays Glyn Evans) [Stephen Entwistle]
Holland Haven, 09:00 to 09:30
2 Wood Sandpiper (On scrape, found by Pete loud) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Overcast, warm.
7 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 05:00 to 09:45, Low tide & overcast. Walk from Salcott village to Joyces Head Fleet & back
2 Whimbrel (Salcott channel), 8 Spotted Redshank (Salcott Channel), 3 Marsh Harrier (1m & 2f/juv hunting all over reserve), 3 Ruff (Pools), 1 Common Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper (Pools), 2 Green Sandpiper (Pools), 1 Greenshank (Salcott channel), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Salcott channel), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male), 4 Yellow Wagtail (fledglings along salcott channel seawall), 2 Bearded Tit (Heard at southern end of short walk) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 24 Jul 2021
Shrub End, 19:00 to 20:15
5 Corn Bunting (a family, with 3 chicks!), 18 Skylark, 100 Swift (minimum count), 13 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 9 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit (including at-least 2 individuals parachuting) [Oliver Cottis]
Birch, 18:40 to 18:48, Overcast, warm, dry
1 Yellowhammer (Singing) [Paul Everett] Yellowhammer at Birch on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett)
Abberton Reservoir, 17:00 to 18:40, Overcast, warm and dry
15 Pochard (+), 5 Great Crested Grebe (including young), 4 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cormorant (+), 6 Lapwing, 5 Egyptian Goose [Paul Everett] Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Cormorant at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Lapwing at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Jul 2021, (Paul Everett)
Stapleford Tawney, 16:00 to 17:00, Warm humid
1 Buzzard (Juvenile perching on telegraph pole each day), 6 Goldfinch, 4 Swallow (Have nested in farmyard), 2 Skylark (Over barley field ) [Ann Darnell]
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00
15 Starling, 8 Swallow [Michael Davies] Starling at Wivenhoe on 24 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Swallow at Wivenhoe on 24 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast, warm and dry
2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 1 Pochard, 4 Cormorant (1 on island, 3 on platform), 7 Common Tern, 6 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 4 chicks), 30 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Pied Wagtail (1 adult , 2 juv), 16 Greylag Goose (Flyover), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 2 Blue Tit (juv.) [Paul Everett]
Colchester, 10:00 to 11:30, (Cymbeline Meadows)
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk (heard only, from in dense woodland), 1 House Martin, 3 Swift, 3 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Jay, 2 Stock Dove, 8 Carrion Crow, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Wren, 9 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 76 Wood Pigeon, 6 Magpie, 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs. Unlikely to be the same pair twice unless they moved very far), 1 Kingfisher (heard only) [Oliver Cottis]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 20:00
1 Little Tern (Off golf house seawall DU ), 5 Common Tern (Off gulf house seawall DU ), 8 Mediterranean Gull (Off gulf house seawall DU ), 1 Common Gull (Pye fleet DU), 60 Black-tailed Godwit (Reeves hall to golf house pools DU ), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Reeves hall to golf house pools DU ), 13 Avocet (Reeves hall to golf house pools DU ), 35 Turnstone (Reeves hall to golf house pools DU ), 5 Shelduck (Shelduck-lings off Reeves hall DU ), 8 Common Sandpiper (1 strood channel JB, 7+ maydays SE ), 1 Hobby (Strood channel JB), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel JB), 2 Corn Bunting (1pr Strood channel JB ), 1 Green Sandpiper (Maydays SE ), 1 Knot (Red knot off Reeves hall SE ), 9 Grey Plover (Off Reeves hall SE ), 25 Curlew (Plus off Reeves hall SE ), 50 Redshank (Plus pye fleet SE ), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Plus pye fleet SE ), 40 Dunlin (Reeves hall to golf house pools DU ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Reeves hall to golf house DU ), 1 Short-eared Owl (Maydays SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Chipping Ongar, 09:00 to 13:00, Warm sunny evening
20 Swift (Very high over car park ) [Ann Darnell]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 16:00, Overcast with spots of rain and thunder, then becoming partly cloudy and warm.
500 Canada Goose (Estimated), 20 Gadwall (At Least - LB Causeway ), 22 Teal (LB Causeway ), 40 Lapwing (At least), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper (Both Causeways), 4 Spoonbill, 2 Great White Egret (Possibly 3? -LDLH Causeway), 25 Little Egret, Tawny Owl (Wood mouse Trail - West), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard only -Butterflies include Purple Emperor, Comma, Meadow Brown. ), 2 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), Hobby (Bay Hide Bay), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway ), Song Thrush (LB Causeway ), 5 Yellow Wagtail (Wood mouse Trail - West), 2 Bullfinch (♂♀ - Wood mouse Trail - West), Black Swan (Gwen's Hide) [Mick Woodruff]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 09:45, strong NE wind, overcast, warm, rising tide; 10 species in song
2 Reed Warbler (Singing), 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Sand Martin (Around colony), 33 Sanderling (On beach by tidal lagoons), 64 Sandwich Tern (51 roosting Cormorant Creek ), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles), 122 Black-tailed Godwit (+, including 75 feeding/roosting on Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Grey Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper (2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 Walton Channel ), 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel/Cormorant Creek ), 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Dunlin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Friday 23 Jul 2021
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 16:00 to 17:00
5 Little Egret (much disturbance from 6+ youths) [Martin Henry]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 18:00
27 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 430 Canada Goose, 130 Greylag Goose, 55 Mute Swan, 37 Pochard, 107 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe (including one chick), 3 Stock Dove, 50 Coot, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 19 Common Tern, 45 Cormorant, 3 Swallow, 4 Whitethroat, 11 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 50 Gadwall (plus), 1 Great White Egret, 13 Lapwing, 5 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 11 Egyptian Goose, 1 Black Swan, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Oliver Cottis]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 16:00, Sunny spells
53 Great Crested Grebe (Counted - maybe more), 8 Pochard, 300 Tufted Duck (Likely this quantity understated), 200 Coot (Likely this quantity understated), 20 Mute Swan (Likely this quantity understated), 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 Greylag Goose, 40 Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose (Spectacular bird even if an escape), 1 Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard in woods), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Heard in woods), 50 Mallard (Numerous), 50 Black-headed Gull (Numerous ), 1 Chiffchaff (Heard in woods ), 6 Red-crested Pochard (In Eclipse - near Fishing lodge), 20 Egyptian Goose [Paul Dawtrey] Bar-headed Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (Paul Dawtrey)
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 15:00, Dry, sun & cloud cooling E breeze 22c. Sightings with Brenda.
17 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Common Tern (At least.), 50 Linnet (Flock, Billets Farm.), 6 Swallow, 3 Stock Dove (Billets Farm.), 5 Skylark (Juveniles.), 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover (LDHC. East end. ), 1 Black Swan (LDHC. ) [David Hale] Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale) , Grey Heron at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale) , Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 23 Jul 2021, (David Hale)
Mersea Island, 09:01 to 13:01
1 Marsh Harrier (Male Reeves hall MC), 1 Buzzard (Reeves hall MC), 25 Avocet (Reeves hall marshes (MC)), 1 Yellowhammer (Reeves hall marshes MC), 1 Willow Warbler (Shop lane MC), 1 Whitethroat (Shop lane MC), 3 Green Woodpecker (Adult with 2 young meeting lane SE ), 1 Chiffchaff (Shop lane SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whinchat (Well marked summer male strood hill (first field from layby 25m from dyke on top of wheat, just as seawall straighten out.)) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 22 Jul 2021
Mersea Island, 18:00 to 20:00
1 Grey Heron (Strood channel SE ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flyover strood channel SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Harlow, 17:30 to 17:30
200 Swift (large flock feeding on flying ants over the Old town.), 1 Peregrine Falcon [Alan Harris]
Wickford, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, hot, calm. Garden sightings with Brenda.
40 Swift (Conservative estimate over garden most days. Usual number of summer birds.), 1 Sparrowhawk (Chased away by circa 20 plus Swift. Happens here every summer. ), 3 Blackbird (2 juveniles & one male taking Mealworms to it's 2nd brood. ), 20 House Sparrow (Circa. A successful breeding season in our porches again. ), 2 Goldfinch (Pair, regular visitors to our Sunflower Hearts. Often with juveniles in tow. ), 1 Great Tit (Pair bred in usual porch, young fledged about a month ago. ), 4 Collared Dove (Still nest behind Satellite dishes much to the delight of local Magpie's.) [David Hale] Blackbird at Wickford on 22 Jul 2021, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, very warm
2 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling [Michael Davies] Carrion Crow at Wivenhoe on 22 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 22 Jul 2021, (Michael Davies)
Shenfield, 08:35 to 08:35, Warm, sunny, no wind
1 Red Kite (drifted north-east over Sebastian Avenue) [James Hudson]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and warm
5 Common Sandpiper (Still), 1 Kingfisher (Male On fishing lake) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 21 Jul 2021
Friday Wood, 13:30 to 16:00, Sunny warm
1 Red Kite (Over Miltary corrective training centre into wood), 2 Bullfinch (Calling birds) [Andrew Goodey]
Naze, The, 12:00 to 15:00, Very hot - all sightings on beach towards Stone Point
26 Whimbrel (flying south in V formation and calling), 10 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 25 Knot (summer plumage), 31 Sanderling (summer plumage), 11 Dunlin (summer plumage), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern [Martin Richards]
Donyland Wood, 11:15 to 13:15, Sunny warm
1 Hobby (Watched hawking for dragonflies just by weir lane), 2 Nuthatch [Andrew Goodey]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Little Tern (Off stone point DU ), 300 Sand Martin (Plus cudmore grove DU ), 12 Mediterranean Gull (Off cudmore grove DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 11:00, Selected highlights
9 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Bearded Tit [Steve Grimwade]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny hot.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Common Tern, 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 4 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 08:45, Selected highlights
6 Cattle Egret (5 adults in breeding plumage and 1 juvenile), 1 Great White Egret, 2 Bullfinch (Male and Female), 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Mandarin Duck (Eclipse drakes) [Steve Grimwade] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 21 Jul 2021, (Steve Grimwade)