The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Tuesday 18 Jun 2024
Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth, 13:00 to 16:30, Warm and sunny, low tide
5 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 7 Swift, Wood Pigeon ((Countless)), 2 Collared Dove, 2 Oystercatcher, Lapwing ((Mobbing Red Kite)), 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker ((Heard)), 3 Kestrel, Jay, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Skylark, 3 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler ((Heard)), 2 Chiffchaff ((heard)), Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Wren, House Sparrow, 8 Goldfinch [Richard Salenius ]
Colchester, 10:00 to 10:15
22 Swift (Over breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ), Red Kite (Over garden new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:15 to 10:45, Sun& cloud. Warm. High tide.
2 Cuckoo (Male & female.), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat (Pair near the visitor centre, male elsewhere.), 8 Linnet (At least.), Corn Bunting (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:00, mainly overcast, light northerly wind, warm, high tide c.10:00
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 3 Little Grebe, 25 Ringed Plover (Including 4 chicks (broods of 3 and 1)), 4 Curlew (2 south), 8 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, Little Gull (First summer bird still present), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 5 Little Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 Fulmar (2 together round cliffs first thing, 1 south), Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 30+ Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 escarpment, 1 common, 1 cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing, 1 in subsong away from breeding habitat will be a bird on the move), 6 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 9 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 4 Linnet, 2 Tufted Duck [Brian Combes]
Monday 17 Jun 2024
Colchester, 12:00 to 12:15
8 Red Kite (Over newly cut field near Brickwall farm maldon Road ) [Graham Barber ]
Kelvedon, 11:00 to 11:00, Sunny.
Red Kite (Over E bound A12 junction.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 07:40 to 07:40
Corn Bunting (Sitting in tree on Hammonds Road, flew off as I stopped the car.) [Ross Wilkins]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:40, clear, warm, SW wind, high tide
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Swift, 3 Little Grebe (Adult with two juvs), 11 Avocet (1 chick), 18 Ringed Plover (One brood of 3 chicks), 5 Curlew (1 south), 14 Turnstone, 5 Knot (Including one colour-ringed bird. It was ringed on 16th December 2023 as a juvenile on The Wash (Terrington). Knot don’t migrate to their breeding grounds until their third calendar year so where these young birds disperse to after winter is of particular interest.), 6 Dunlin, Little Gull (First summer bird, west over Stone Point), 12 Sandwich Tern, 9 Little Tern, Gannet (North), Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 25+ Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 common, 1 escarpment, 1 north of sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 11 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 7 Linnet [Brian Combes] Knot at Naze, The on 17 Jun 2024, (Brian Combes)
Sunday 16 Jun 2024
Colchester, 20:45 to 20:50
16 Swift (Over breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 11:30 to 12:00
3 Corn Bunting (2 singing birds ) [Marsh Stitchman]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 11:10 to 14:10, Sun & cloud becoming warm. Breezy.
2 Shelduck (Pair.), 4 Shoveler (Three females & a male.), 6 Teal (Two pairs plus two males.), Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Western end of main lagoon.), Red Kite, Kestrel (Male.), 2 Bearded Tit (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:15 to 08:55, Cloudy. Light shower.
Red Kite (Flew W into South Wood.), 2 Pied Wagtail (Recreation Ground.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Saturday 15 Jun 2024
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:10, Sun & cloud. Cool. Cloud increasing, breezy.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juveniles. At least two.), Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 2 Nuthatch (At least.), Treecreeper (At least.), Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Limbourne Creek, Blackwater Estuary, 06:00 to 08:00, Cool & breezy, increasing cloud cover
20 Swift (Feeding over the fields), Cuckoo (Singing at the dump pool & later at the decoy pond ), 8 Stock Dove (Feeding on the fields ), 2 Little Grebe (Pair on the creek ), Curlew (On saltmarsh), 2 Barn Owl (Pair hunting over the fields ), 2 Kestrel, Yellow Wagtail (Male flew over the seawall ), 12 Greenfinch (Fledglings with the pairs around the cottages), 8 Corn Bunting (Several pairs close to south house farm ), Yellowhammer (Singing male near to south house farm ) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 14 Jun 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:30 to 17:45, Sun & cloud. Brisk sw breeze. Rising tide.
58 Oystercatcher (Mudflats.), 25 Curlew (Mudflats.), 5 Mediterranean Gull (At least three adults plus two 1st summers.), Roseate Tern (Heading upriver.), 25 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Heybridge Basin, 10:00 to 13:00, Sunny spells, rain shower, breezey
Canada Goose (GP), 2 Greylag Goose (GP), 6 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, Pochard (GP), 8 Swift (Over car park), 20 Wood Pigeon (Numerous), 6 Collared Dove, 2 Moorhen (GP), 2 Coot (GP), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Estuary), 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet (Estuary), Curlew (Estuary), 4 Redshank (Estuary), 20 Black-headed Gull (Numerous), Mediterranean Gull (Estuary), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Estuary), 10 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Estuary), 4 Common Tern (GP and Estuary), Arctic Tern (Estuary - this was a flyover which appeared to have a much longer tail, could not get better ID), 2 Cormorant (Estuary ), 7 Little Egret (Estuary), Kingfisher (Canal), 10 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, Raven (Estuary), 2 Blue Tit (Canal), Great Tit (Canal ), Skylark (Behind canal), 2 Swallow (Estuary), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Canal), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Canal), 10 Chiffchaff (Numerous), 4 Reed Warbler (Canal and GP), 2 Blackcap (Canal), Garden Warbler (Canal), 3 Whitethroat (Canal and GP), 4 Wren (Canal), 10 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 3 Robin (Canal), 10 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock (Canal), 8 Greenfinch (Canal and GP), 4 Linnet (GP), 4 Goldfinch (GP), 3 Reed Bunting (GP), 8 Tufted Duck (GP) [Paul Dawtrey]
TL5242, 09:00 to 13:00, Cool and cloudy
2 Corn Bunting [Gerard Clinton] Corn Bunting at TL5242 on 14 Jun 2024, (Gerard Clinton)
Thursday 13 Jun 2024
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 17:45 to 19:30, Overcast windy with a some rain
Barnacle Goose, Shoveler, Gadwall, Swift, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Redshank, Common Tern, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Linnet, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting [Bob Hoskinz]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:20 to 16:50, Overcast, Dry, some Breeze.
100+ Canada Goose, 150+ Greylag Goose, 42+ Mute Swan, 10+ Egyptian Goose, 20+ Gadwall, 9 Red-crested Pochard (Inc. pair with 4 ducklings), 4 Pochard, 12+ Swift, Cuckoo, 200+ Coot, 10+ Great Crested Grebe, 12 Lapwing, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 20+ Carrion Crow, 8+ Sand Martin, 80+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 4 Blackcap, 5 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Tufted Duck [Bruce Brown]
North Weald, 11:10 to 12:30,
14 Greylag Goose (Flew over village), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite (Weald Common), Hobby (Over golf course towards farmland with fishing lake), Garden Warbler (Weald Common), 2 Goldcrest (In evergreens near railway station), 15 House Sparrow (9 adult, 6 young near village hall), Bullfinch (Male, Weald Common) [Paul William]
The Hythe, Colchester, 09:45 to 11:15, Bright and sunny
2 Mute Swan (Plus 2 cygnets), 5 Shelduck, Shoveler (f on lagoon), 18 Mallard (Plus 6 ducklings), 7 Swift, 2 Cuckoo (1 m flew close by and joined up with a second bird heading south, heard calling by one some minutes later. ), 10 Wood Pigeon (Numerous around site), 3 Collared Dove, Moorhen, 10 Coot, 5 Little Grebe (1m on river 4 on lagoon), Oystercatcher, 10 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker (Contact call by the lagoon), Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Skylark, Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing by footpath), 6 Chiffchaff (Numerous), 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat (Fairly continuous along footpath), Wren, 12 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, Wheatear (Came up on Merlin but no sighting), 5 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting [Paul Dawtrey]
TQ7691, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, slight wind
24 Canada Goose (including goslings who have started to get their adult markings), 2 Cuckoo (one spotted, plus calling), 2 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 2 Swallow (Sweeping fields and lake), 4 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch (Calling males), 6 Goldfinch [Les Finn]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 13:20, Cloud increasing 5/8 to 8/8. Light SW wind. 12 to 16c. With Graham Barber.
Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, 6 Greylag Goose (Plus two young.), 5 Mute Swan (Two pairs (with young) and one immature.), Egyptian Goose, 10 Mallard (Plus a brood of nine well grown young.), 4 Swift, Cuckoo (Calling.), 12 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 3 Moorhen, 26 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (Two pairs, one with two young.), 6 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern (Flew over.), 7 Cormorant (Five flyovers.), 2 Grey Heron (Flyovers.), 4 Little Egret (Flyovers.), 2 Buzzard (Pair.), Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (Two sightings thought to be different birds. ), 8 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Skylark (One singing.), 4 Swallow, 10 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Chiffchaff (Five singing.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 11 Wren (Singing.), 50 Starling (+. ), 4 Blackbird (Two singing.), Song Thrush (Singing.), 7 Robin (Five singing.), 11 House Sparrow (Including pair feeding young in nest box.), Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch (Three singing.), 3 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 22 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:10 to 09:10, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer.
6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Kestrel (Inc a young bird calling from probable nest site.), 3 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 3 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
TL6812, 08:03 to 11:30, Cloud and sun. Warm. Brisk SW wind. A few of the spots from this morning
6 Swift, Red Kite, Buzzard, 19 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 11 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting [Brian Priestley]
High Ongar, 08:00 to 08:05, good
Yellow Wagtail (walking/feeding on garden lawn in Nine Ashes Road) [Neil Warner]
Wednesday 12 Jun 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 14:30 to 16:00, Dry, overcast, calm, 20c. Sightings with Brenda from road side screen, RSPB West Canvey Marsh.
2 Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 10 Swift (Circa.), 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Avocet (Chasing gulls from the meadow.), 2 Lapwing (Chasing gulls from the meadow.), 50 Black-headed Gull (Circa.), 2 Herring Gull, Marsh Harrier (Male.), 2 Skylark, 40 Starling (At least, single flock. ), 2 House Sparrow, 16 Tufted Duck [David Hale]
Great Leighs, 13:30 to 15:30, Bright
10 Wood Pigeon (Numerous ), Red Kite (Over fields), Buzzard (Over fields), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 3 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw (On adjacent field), 6 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit (Utilising one of the EWT nest boxes), 2 Great Tit, 6 Chiffchaff (Numerous through wood), 3 Blackcap (2m and 1f), Goldcrest (Footpath outside reserve), 6 Wren (Numerous through wood), Treecreeper (In oak by footpath), West European Song Thrush, 5 Robin, 3 Dunnock [Paul Dawtrey]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 10:50 to 14:10, Calm, overcast, dry & warm. 20c. Sightings from Green Centre hide with Brenda.
2 Canada Goose (On scrape.), 15 Greylag Goose (On scrape.), 4 Mallard, 2 Pochard (Females.), 2 Cuckoo (One was perched close to hide for 30 plus minutes.), 2 Stock Dove, 100 Black-headed Gull (At least.), 3 Common Tern, 3 Grey Heron (1 caught & swallowed a Carp of at least 2 pound on scrape. ), 2 Buzzard, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Skylark, Reed Warbler, Blackbird (Male.), Chaffinch (Harassing one of the Cuckoo's, made it move away. ), Goldfinch [David Hale] Cuckoo at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 12 Jun 2024, (David Hale) , Cuckoo at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 12 Jun 2024, (David Hale)
Wrabness, 09:15 to 10:45, Mild, some cloud, no rain. Tide high.
4 Turtle Dove (At least 4 purring), 30 Sand Martin (Didn't check the nest-holes), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (2 singing), 2 Song Thrush (2 singing), 2 Nightingale (2 singing) [Simon Banks]
Tuesday 11 Jun 2024
High Ongar, 10:30 to 10:30, good
Barn Owl (In flight in field adjacent to a lane at Norton Mandeville) [Neil Warner]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:25 to 10:35, Cloud & sun. Becoming warm.
Cuckoo (Male.), Mediterranean Gull, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 3 Corn Bunting (Singing males.) [Andrew Cox]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:10 to 10:55, Sunny at times. Variable cloud, 5/8 - 7/8. Light NW wind. 11 to 14c.
2 Pheasant, 2 Greylag Goose (Pair with two young.), 4 Mute Swan (Two pairs with four and two young.), Egyptian Goose, 13 Mallard, Pochard (Male.), 30 Swift (circa.), Cuckoo (Calling.), 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Moorhen, 15 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair with young.), Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Cormorant (Flyovers.), Grey Heron (Flew over.), Little Egret (Flew over.), 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, 10 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 14 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 Skylark (Four singing.), Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (circa.), 15 House Martin (circa,), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 4 Whitethroat (Singing.), 7 Wren (Six singing.), 7 Starling, Blackbird, 5 Robin (Singing.), 2 House Sparrow, 5 Dunnock (Three singing.), 4 Greenfinch (Singing.), 3 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, Corn Bunting (Singing.), 2 Reed Bunting, 26 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 07:00 to 07:00
2 Corn Bunting (Male sat on wires along Hammonds Road. As he flew off, another bird joined him from out of cover.) [Ross Wilkins]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:30, brisk NW wind, cool, high tide ebbing, mainly overcast
15 Swift, 16 Avocet (Including 4 chicks (broods of 2, 1, 1)), 19 Ringed Plover (Including one brood of 3 chicks ), Curlew (South), 8 Turnstone, 13 Dunlin, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Tern, Marsh Harrier, 25+ Sand Martin, 9 Swallow (7 north), 5 House Martin, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 Sunny Point, 1 escarpment, 1 south of cricket pitch, 1 north of sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), Reed Warbler (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 10 Whitethroat (Singing), 180+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing ), 6 Linnet, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Monday 10 Jun 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 11:30 to 17:30, Cloud & sun. Cold northerly breeze. Showers out in the estuary. Rising/high tide.
100 Turnstone (At least. Heading for the Point late pm.), 6 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Mostly adults. One 2nd summer.), 2 Sandwich Tern, 25 Common Tern (At least. Over melee which developed briefly late pm.), 15 Gannet [Andrew Cox]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 08:15 to 09:30, Cool. Rain with occasional breaks and sun. NW wind.
35 Canada Goose (17 Young), 25 Greylag Goose (1 white hybrid), 2 Mute Swan, 9 Egyptian Goose, 10 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 12 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 131 Black-headed Gull (41 young on island or in water near it), Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Reed Warbler (Heard), 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Wren (Heard), 2 Robin, 29 Tufted Duck [Brian Priestley]
Sunday 09 Jun 2024
Woodham Fen EWT, 13:30 to 15:30, Breezy, muggy Tide coming in
35 Swift (light passage west plus nine over the breeding site), Cuckoo, Red Kite (hunting low over the fen), 4 Buzzard (soaring), 2 Kestrel (pair hunting together over the fen) [Alan Shearring]
Billericay, 11:55 to 11:55
Grey Wagtail (singing male seen on roof of Co-Op, Queen's Park.) [Simon Satchell]
Westley Heights, 09:15 to 12:00, Sunny, becoming cloudier. Beezy.
Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 7 Nuthatch (At least. Inc a family group of six.), 3 Song Thrush (At least.), 3 Robin (Adult with two young.), 7 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 06:30 to 09:30, Part sunny part cloudy bit breezy
Cuckoo, 5 Lapwing, 10+ Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Nightingale (I seen 3 heard), Yellow Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting [Bob Hoskinz]
Naze, The, 06:10 to 12:30, clear first thing, becoming overcast, cool, fresh NW wind, low tide rising
13 Barnacle Goose, 6 Gadwall, 49 Swift (North in small groups, mainly low and first thing), Great Crested Grebe, 21 Avocet (5+ chicks), 4 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover (Chicks), 4 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, 6 Sandwich Tern, 5 Little Tern, 15+ Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 farm pond, 1 north of sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing; 2 in light subsong, away from breeding habitat, will be birds on the move), 3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Whitethroat (Singing), 210+ Starling (Four post-breeding flocks on the marshes), Spotted Flycatcher (Hedge edge by field north of John Weston ), 4 Linnet, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Wrabness, 05:35 to 05:35
2 Spoonbill (Flew west along southern shore of River Stour, low to mid height ) [James Davidson]
Saturday 08 Jun 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:30, Sun and cloud, warm, breezy. 47 species seen so just a few mentioned here
91 Mute Swan, Garganey (Male LBC), 47 Common Tern, 1+ Great White Egret (I seen clearly.), 17 Swallow, Willow Warbler (Seen half way between play area and Old Road), 2 Garden Warbler (1 seen close to path to Hide Bay Hide.) [Brian Priestley] Garganey at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Jun 2024, (Brian Priestley) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Jun 2024, (Brian Priestley) , Spoonbill at Abberton Reservoir on 08 Jun 2024, (Brian Priestley)
South Woodham Ferrers, 09:00 to 09:00
Nuthatch (Very rare here. Unfortunately dead in Town Centre, presumably having struck a window) [Alan Shearring]
Great Totham, 08:40 to 08:50
Little Owl (To and from Gt.Totham Hall where breeding confirmed last year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Rayne, 08:40 to 08:40
Crossbill (calling bird south over garden 8.40am ) [Andy Goodey]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:00 to 09:10, Sunny, some cloud. Quite warm.
7 Swift (At least.), 4 Coal Tit (At least.), 6 Swallow (At least.), 3 House Martin, Goldcrest (Singing male.), 10 Nuthatch (At least. Several broods involved.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), Linnet, 3 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
TM0127, 07:45 to 07:45, Sunny
7 Canada Goose (Flew in v formation over my garden. A nice new one for my garden list) [David Gotts]
Friday 07 Jun 2024
Colchester, 20:35 to 20:40
20 Swift (Over breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:10 to 11:45, Sunny, warm.
37 Mute Swan, 14 Egyptian Goose, 14 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Cuckoo (Calling males.), 10 Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, 7 Common Tern (At least.), Little Egret, Red Kite, Garden Warbler (Singing male.), Treecreeper (Singing male. Car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Fine and sunny, W wind, rising tide
Kittiwake (Adult up river) [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 06 Jun 2024
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:30, Sunshine and some clouds
Cuckoo, 2 Avocet, 10 Lapwing, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 5 Linnet [Maria Cummins]
Ramsey Island, Blackwater Estuary, 10:30 to 15:00, F3NW, dry, sunny intervals
2 Shelduck, Cuckoo (call), 19 Avocet (19 adults, some young), 2 Mediterranean Gull (seen by Dave Carr), Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (male seen by Dave Carr), Barn Owl (hunting, seen with prey at 12:25, 2 further sorties next hour), Skylark, Cetti's Warbler (probably more), Reed Warbler (call) [Rob Smith] Barn Owl at Ramsey Island, Blackwater Estuary on 06 Jun 2024, (Rob Smith)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 20:00
3 Cuckoo (2males chasing a female Barrow hill (R Lee)), 2 Ringed Plover (2 Chicks on E M stone point AF), 3 Sandwich Tern (10.30am off oyster fishery MC, then flying west from E M stone point AF ), 3 Marsh Harrier (Reeves hall AF ), Barn Owl (Reeves hall AF ), 3 Little Owl (1 entrance cudmore Grove, 1 Bromans lane, 1 east road (M Thomson), 2 Corn Bunting (1 reeves hall AF, 1 cudmore Grove grazing fields ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Alresford, 09:00 to 13:00
Turtle Dove (at bottom of Ford Lane), Little Owl (Plumptons) [Richard Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:40 to 11:55, Sunny. Cloud increasing, 2/8 to 6/8. V.light W wind. 11 to 16c.
2 Red-legged Partridge (Pair.), Pheasant, 5 Mute Swan (Plus broods of 3 and 4.), 10 Mallard, Pochard (Male.), 5 Swift, Cuckoo (Calling.), 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, 12 Coot, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (Plus two broods.), Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard (Pair.), Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 14 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Skylark (Singing.), 8 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Two singing.), Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat (Five singing.), 8 Wren (Singing.), 8 Starling, Blackbird, 6 Robin (Singing.), 10 Dunnock (Four singing.), 4 Greenfinch (Singing.), 2 Linnet (Pair.), Corn Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.), 20 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:15, Sunny cool. Becoming warm.
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 8 Nuthatch (At least. From several broods.), Treecreeper, 4 Mistle Thrush (Appeared to be a family party.), Greenfinch [Andrew Cox]