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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Sunday 09 Dec 2018
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 11:00 to 16:00, Cold and bright. NW wind 3-4
1 Red-throated Diver, 27 Little Egret, 280 Pintail, 580 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Barn Owl (2 long dead birds in old buildng on Lure Field.), 750 Lapwing, 2500 Golden Plover, 3800 Dunlin, 14700 Knot ( Spectacular displays above Obs beaches), 250 Bar-tailed Godwit [Graham Smith]
Wivenhoe, 09:40 to 10:15, I got very wet
9 Gadwall (Smaller pond), 2 Egyptian Goose (Larger pond), 5 Shoveler (Flooded field ), 1 Teal (Flooded field), 4 Snipe (Flooded field) [Graham Upton]
University of Essex, Colchester, 09:15 to 09:30
6 Goosander (3 male and 3 female) [Graham Upton]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:00 to 14:45, Essex Birdwatching Society field trip
1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Siskin, 450 Fieldfare, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Corn Bunting, 3 Stonechat, 2500 Dunlin, 4 Goldeneye, 30 Skylark, 200 Avocet, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 60 Goldfinch, 200 Black-tailed Godwit, 180 Shelduck [Steve Grimwade]
West Mersea, 09:00 to 11:00
2 Great Northern Diver (Off coast road) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sudbury, Suffolk, 09:00 to 10:15, breezy and showery
10 Red-legged Partridge (All records from BULMER), 1 Red Kite, 23 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (male in song), 100 Chaffinch (+ game mix Sandy Lane, out of wind), 100 Linnet (circa - game mix near church), 30 Yellowhammer (mostly Sandy Lane), 2 Reed Bunting (with Yellowhammers) [Martin Peers]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:30, Broken cloud, strong WNW wind, HT
18 Shoveler (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 76 Tufted Duck (15 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (Six on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Three on Golden Gates, one on the Thames), 4 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 31 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 170 Fieldfare (Single flock south over Golden Gates), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 74 Teal (One on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest mainly in the creek), 6 Stonechat (Three pairs, one near the VC, one Golden Gates, one on the tip), 2 Siskin (Golden Gates with a flock of a dozen Goldfinch), 1 Water Rail (Golden Gates), 114 Redshank (Roosting in the creek and on salt marsh), 368 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 232 Wigeon (In the managed retreat And Mucking Bay), 121 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 65 Grey Plover (Roosting on salt marsh), 3 Turnstone (Roosting in the creek), 867 Dunlin (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), 327 Black-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat and on the salt marsh), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over from Kent), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Roost in the managed retreat), 71 Avocet (Riding out the tide in Mucking Bay), 27 Ringed Plover (Flew into the managed retreat with Dunlin on the falling tide), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up river) [Paul Larkin]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 10:15, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male.), 8 Meadow Pipit (Arable field between Lincewood & Plotlands.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 10 Goldfinch (At least. Feeding in alders by the lake.), 7 Redwing (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 08:00 to 09:45, Very windy
2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Also a group of 4 grey geese heading south. ), 1 Little Auk (Heading north at around 8:30 close inshore.), 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 10 Shelduck [Thomas Gilbert]
Saturday 08 Dec 2018
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 14:45 to 16:00, Some cloud, showers. Breezy.
1 Mediterranean Gull (Ist winter, with gull flock near slipway.), 10 Avocet (Lagoon), 4 Snipe (Lagoon), 100 Teal (At least, lagoon. Many more around island generally), 35 Wigeon (Lagoon. More around island.), 8 Shoveler (Six on lagoon, two on eastern borrowdyke.), 30 Ringed Plover (At least, mud near slipway.), 4 Grey Plover (On lagoon. More on mudflats.), 100 Dunlin (At least. Many on mudflats), 100 Knot (At least. Many on mudflats.) [Andrew Cox]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:00 to 13:15, Overcast and breezy
2 Tundra Bean Goose (Still from causeway) [Brian Bolton]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 12:30 to 14:45, Cloudy, shower, high tide.
1 Pink-footed Goose (In field with brent geese and 1 greylag goose.), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 23 Skylark, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Fieldfare, 150 Starling, 5 Golden Plover (In same field as geese.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Male.), 3 Jackdaw, 4 Stock Dove [David Curle] Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle) , Pink-footed Goose at Copt Hall, Little Wigborough on 08 Dec 2018, (David Curle)
South Woodham Ferrers, 11:00 to 13:00, Bright clouding over
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Passing through my garden, briefly.) [Robert Pease]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 11:30
1 Scaup (Male), 10 Goldeneye (+), 4 Goosander (At least), 150 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 20 Lapwing, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags) [Thomas Gilbert]
Hamford Water, 09:00 to 13:00, Viewing from below Little Oakley
16 Marsh Harrier (min roost count, repeatedly 14-16 in the air together), 2 Hen Harrier (Male arrived near roost @ 1530 then sat on saltmarsh before flying into roost @ 1615, ringtail from 1605), 1 Merlin (male), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult female) [Paul Brayshaw]
Thorndon CP (North), 08:15 to 10:15, Sunny, chilly breeze.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Fieldfare (At least.), 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (Including one singing.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (Female. Possibly two more.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 14:00, Selected totals
10 Great Skua (south) [Paul Brayshaw]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Fine and sunny, strong SW wind, LT
128 Fieldfare (Flock flew west), 135 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 28 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 12:00, mild, strong westerly wind, mainly clear, rising tide
1 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Snipe, 1 Merlin (Towards Stone Point), 1 Great Crested Grebe (North), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Over Horsey Island), 3 Chiffchaff (At least 3 along lane next to sewage works), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing in John Weston Reserve), 3 Stonechat (Walton Hall Marshes) [Brian Combes]
Friday 07 Dec 2018
Sudbury, Suffolk, 14:45 to 16:00, clear after rain; windy
1 Sparrowhawk (ALL RECORDS FROM BULMER AREA; female), 1 Woodcock (flushed from ditch), 200 Jackdaw (circa), 300 Rook (circa), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer [Martin Peers]
West Mersea, 14:30 to 15:30
1 Black Brant, 2 Great Northern Diver (off Victoria esplanade) [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Black Brant at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, ) , Great Northern Diver at West Mersea on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon, )
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 14:15, Sunshine and stiff breeze
4 Smew (incl 1 drake E of LB c/way), 71 Goosander, 8 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Smew at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon)
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 16:30, Sun & cloud, breezy. Light shower; becoming colder.
6 Mute Swan (Pair with one well grown cygnet; plus three other adults.), 6 Shelduck, 16 Mallard (At least), 76 Shoveler, 82 Gadwall, 11 Pintail (Five males, six females.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe (At least.), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), 2 Water Rail (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Mistley, 12:00 to 12:15, High tide, raining and windy. Viewing from midway along walls.
6 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Shelduck [Paul Saward]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:15 to 08:30, Overcast, rain. Breezy. Dunton Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 06 Dec 2018
Mistley, 14:00 to 14:30, Overcast and darkish, cool but still. All sightings from the shelter.
3 Slavonian Grebe (Three together.), 20 Red-breasted Merganser [Paul Saward]
Rettendon, 12:30 to 12:30
250 Fieldfare (flew north over the Lodge) [Alan Shearring]
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 16:00, Overcast with S-SW breeze, 2 hours seawatch then scrape
1 Great Northern Diver (flying N), 2 Black-throated Diver (1 bird on sea, then 1 flying N 45 mins later (poss same bird?)), 6 Red-throated Diver (2 on sea, 4 N), 1 Great Skua (Flying low N), 3 Common Scoter (flying S), 4 Brent Goose (3 S, injured Juv near scrape), 1 Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Calling, 2 close front of main hide) [Matt Turner]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 11:35 to 12:40, Overcast. With Graham Barber.
6 Egyptian Goose (Four to begin with, joined by two others before three flew out. Very vocal.), 1 Goldeneye (Male. Flew out during visit.), 18 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Strethall, 11:30 to 13:00, overcast, breezy with rain later
60 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Grey Partridge (pair Strethall Field; one calling elsewhere), 2 Red Kite (Strethall Field), 3 Buzzard, 15 Common Gull (Coploe Hill), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult - Strethall Field), 30 Fieldfare (Coploe Hill), 2 Song Thrush (males in song), 6 Linnet (difficult to find today), 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting (Coploe Hill. Also 70 Fallow Deer (2 white harts) Strethall Field) [Martin Peers]
Heybridge GP, 10:15 to 12:15, Also 3 Cinnamon Teal (2 males, 1 female) together along southern edge in and out of the reeds.
4 Goldeneye (2 males, 2 females.), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Along southern edge but moved further up around the reeds and out of sight.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Over Northey Island.), 400 Avocet (c. High tide roost on river.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (c. High tide roost on small island.), 4 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher (Cindy Lawes.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling.) [John Sutherby]
Chigborough Lakes, 10:00 to 11:35, And 12:40 to 13:20. Overcast. With Graham Barber.
37 Gadwall, 51 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldfinch (+), 1 Bullfinch (Male, with Goldfinches) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wivenhoe, 10:00 to 11:00
5 Goosander (Essex University lake), 1 Jackdaw (prob "soemmerringii" race), 2 Firecrest (In holm oak Woodland Way) [Richard Allen]
Elmdon, 09:55 to 11:25, overcast and dull, becoming breezy
100 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 6 Grey Partridge (small covey), 3 Red Kite (Redlands), 2 Buzzard, 150 Lapwing (towards Elmdon village), 1 Barn Owl (Redlands), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 30 Skylark, 50 Starling, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch (finches noticeably scarce today), 30 Yellowhammer, 34 Corn Bunting (Redlands) [Martin Peers]
Audley End, 09:30 to 09:45, overcast
1 Black Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 1 Bullfinch [Martin Peers]
East Tilbury, 08:15 to 12:30, Dull and overcast, light W wind, rising tide
95 Curlew, 112 Teal, 22 Knot, 138 Grey Plover, 356 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 963 Avocet, 2700 Dunlin, 138 Fieldfare, 60 Mallard (All on the fleet), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv type), 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Larkin]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

m Peregrine, 20 Avocets, 30 Snipe, 2f, imm M & Green ZR Marsh Harriers, 20 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, 1500 Lapwing, 37 Black-Tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 3 Dunlin (Ian Plume, HTV, Alan Tanner)

[East London Birders Forum]
Wednesday 05 Dec 2018
Warley, 12:00 to 12:15, overcast
1 Blackcap (male feeding in ivy on edge of La Plata Wood, Brentwood Town Centre) [Andrew Stroud]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Scaup (Female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Viewed from hide hunting ducks), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Steve Wilkinson]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 15:00, S4-SW2, rain early am clearing. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
62 Red-throated Diver (north), 2 Black-throated Diver (north), 3 Eider (1N 2S), 2 Velvet Scoter (@ 1230), 2 Great Skua (north @ 1245, 1433), 4 Whooper Swan (Probable - high flying adult large swans N over coastal strip@ 1132 - too directly overhead to confirm!), 28 Guillemot (including groups of 6,4 and 8. Majority soon after the rain ceased), 1 Black Guillemot (1st winter @ 1040 close-mid range) [Paul Brayshaw]
Ingrebourne Valley

Marsh Harrier (DMcG)

[East London Birders Forum]
Roding Valley Meadows NR

Little Grebe; 6 Little Egret; 14 Lesser Redpoll (BJ)

[East London Birders Forum]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

Raven, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1500 Lapwing (HTV)

[East London Birders Forum]
Tuesday 04 Dec 2018
Colne Pt, 15:00 to 16:00, Quick look around sunset
300 Golden Plover (+ roosting on mudbank), 11 Curlew (Feeding and calling), 1 Ringed Plover (Heard calling, not seen), 7 Grey Plover, 1 Common Gull, 1 Stonechat (Female), 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Matt Turner]
Burnham-on-Crouch, 14:45 to 15:00, Cold and still, tide low
3 Eider (feeding on the Crouch near Royal Corinthians Yacht Club) [Steven Swaby]
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT, 14:00 to 16:00, Bright and calm.
1 Ring-necked Duck (asleep for most of the time in the same place I first saw it on 7th Nov 2017!!), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Yellowhammer (calling), 40 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 12 Curlew, 5 Gadwall [David Allen]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 14:00 to 14:45
6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 9 Blackbird (No sign of Ring Ouzel), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 4 Red-legged Partridge [Matt Turner]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:30 to 13:30, Bright and calm.
1 Long-tailed Duck (to the right of tern raft, but more distant), 6 Great White Egret, 25 Little Egret, 58 Goosander, 5 Smew (one male from LB causeway looking towards LdlH causeway), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper (Billet's Farm car park screen), 8 Ruff (Billet's Farm seated screen area), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin [David Allen]
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge, 12:30 to 12:30, Generally overcast, still withoccasional sun. Tide just going out.
1 Green Sandpiper (On splodge. Distant but clearly teetering hence id.) [Paul Saward] Green Sandpiper at Cattawade Marsh/Splodge on 04 Dec 2018, (Paul Saward)
Dedham, 12:00 to 12:30
4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing (At least 2 males in full song, fantastic!) [Matt Turner]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 11:25 to 15:30, Dry, calm, clear sky quickly clouding over. 16c dropping to 8c at 15 30. Sightings with Brenda.
4 Short-eared Owl (First bird spotted at 12 05.), 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails, showing well for first hour or so. ), 3 Marsh Harrier (Male & 2 females. ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (High on edge of large Golden Plover flock before settling on distant mast.), 2 Kestrel, 2000 Golden Plover (At least.), 500 Lapwing (At least.), 1000 Starling (Circa. Large mobile flock.), 100 Stock Dove (Circa. Large flock.), 50 Skylark (Circa.), 20 Linnet (Circa. ) [David Hale]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 10:15 to 15:00, Sunny ,gradually overcast pm
2 Marsh Harrier (Both female), 2 Hen Harrier (Both ringtails), 4 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper (flying along sluice), 90 Stock Dove (Large flock west of reserve), 4 Short-eared Owl (Hunting mainl pm) [Peter Heath] Short-eared Owl at Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries on 04 Dec 2018, (Peter Heath)
Heybridge GP, 09:35 to 11:35, Bright, clear sky, v.light E wind. High tide 10:13. Two Cinnamon Teal present at Hall Road end.
120 Canada Goose (circa.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 150 Teal (+. Nos. continuing to build as I left.), 40 Shoveler (+.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa.), 2 Goldeneye (Males.), 11 Little Grebe, 4 Ringed Plover, 100 Lapwing (+.), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (circa.), 9 Greenshank, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 20 House Sparrow (+.), 3 Reed Bunting (One male.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 16:00, W1-2 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south
72 Fieldfare (5 flocks in off/S), 1 Great Northern Diver (N @ 1030), 8 Blackbird (in off) [Paul Brayshaw]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Wetlands

6 Goldeneye, 2 Stonechats, 9 Fieldfare (Walthamstow Birders)

[East London Birders Forum]
Belhus Woods CP

31 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 33 House Sparrow, 31 Starling, Nuthatch, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 30 Blue Tit, 31 Great Tit, 29 Long tailed Tit, Firecrest, 18 Goldcrest, 25 Robin, 13 Wren, 13 Dunnock, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 20 Blackbird, 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 6 Green Woodpecker, 77 Ring necked Parakeet, 16 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch, Bullfinch, 10 Crow, 14 Magpie, 4 Jay, 10 jackdaw, 21 Wood Pigeon, 154 Black headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Snipe, 48 Lapwing, Water Rail, 42 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 18 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 8 Great crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 12 Wigeon, 27 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 26 Gadwall, 19 Mallard, 12 Pochard (RB)

[East London Birders Forum]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

Short-eared Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier (ATw)

[East London Birders Forum]
Monday 03 Dec 2018
Great Braxted, 14:30 to 15:30, Sun, rain, a rainbow and finally a black sky!
1 Nuthatch (a magnificent male down the track in an oak opposite the 3 alder trees), 1 Red Kite (also down the track above the 3 alder trees), 3 Siskin (in the oak opposite the 3 alder trees), 60 Redwing (at least), 200 Pheasant (at least), 1 Stock Dove [David Allen]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:30, Tipping down!
2 Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Ruff, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard [David Allen]
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 11:55 to 15:00, Sun & cloud, heavy showers, Rainbows, dramatic skies, light SW breeze, 16c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Keeping scrape birds etc on the move.), 20 Mallard (Pairs at least.), 6 Shoveler (3 pairs.), 10 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret (Fly by.), 50 Fieldfare (Circa. Feeding with Starling flocks.), 4 Blackbird (Males.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 20 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa.), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bearded Tit (Heard close to hide.), 50 Carrion Crow (1 bird feeding on Sloe's next to hide.) [David Hale] Carrion Crow at Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea on 03 Dec 2018, (David Hale)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 14:00, sunny with increasing wind and cloud
113 Little Egret (Between causeways (the most I've ever seen)), 7 Great White Egret (From LDLH causeway), 88 Goosander (Between causways and east of LDLH (52F and 36M)), 3 Smew (From LBC (2F and 1M)) [Peter Triston]
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Ring-necked Duck (On lake with tufties), 1 Mandarin Duck (On lake), 1 Redpoll sp. (Calling overhead), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting N marsh, heading W), 1 Marsh Harrier (Hunting S marsh, heading W), 1000 Golden Plover (+), 64 Fieldfare, 1 Tawny Owl (Male heard calling twice near main building at 12.30! ) [Matt Turner] Ring-necked Duck at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Mandarin Duck at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Fieldfare at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Fieldfare at Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Abberton Reservoir, 08:45 to 10:30
1 Smew (Red head E LBC), 60 Goosander (+ Between causeways and E LHC), 1 Scaup (1w Male E LBC), 4 Great White Egret (Between causeways), 7 Goldeneye (2m 5f) [Matt Turner] Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 03 Dec 2018, (Matt Turner)
Wivenhoe, 08:00 to 09:00
120 Fieldfare (low west), 50 Redwing (west), 1 Brambling, 1 Greenshank (off West Quay), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Ferry Marsh), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult on pylon opposite The Hythe) [Richard Allen]
Orsett Fen

8 Pheasant, 13 Red legged Partridge, 263 Starling, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 14 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 9 Lon g tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, 4 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 4 Song Thrush, 97 Redwing, 310 Fieldfare, 17 Blackbird, 11 Meadow Pipit, 31 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 31 Chaffinch, 27 Skylark, 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Pied Wagtail, 122 Wood Pigeon, 35 Crow, 12 Magpie, 6 Moorhen (RB)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Waterworks NR

Woodcock (Quentin Given)

[East London Birders Forum]
Upminster, Tylers Common

Woodcock, 40 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (CRJ)

[East London Birders Forum]
RSPB Rainham Marshes

Jay, 20 redwing, 12 Snipe, 4 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (RSPB)

[East London Birders Forum]
Wanstead Flats

8 Meadow Pipit, 300+ Co mmon Gull, 20 + Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, Little Egret (Nick Croft)

[East London Birders Forum]
Lee Valley, Walthamstow Reservoirs

m Goosander, m Sparrowhawk, (Lol Bodini

[East London Birders Forum]
Leyton Flats, Eagle Pond

4w Caspian Gull (Quentin Given)

[East London Birders Forum]
Sunday 02 Dec 2018
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 16:15, Gloomy.
2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from LB causeway), 10 Great White Egret, 39 Little Egret, 16 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall [David Allen]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Very mild.Occasional sun and clouds. A few light showers. All sightings from causeway
100 Canada Goose, 200 Greylag Goose, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags then flew on to grass with Greylags and Canadas.), 50 Cormorant, 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 50 Coot, 30 Mallard, 15 Goldeneye, 10 Herring Gull [Thomas Gilbert] Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Thomas Gilbert, Canon PowerShot SX410IS) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Thomas Gilbert, Canon PowerShot SX410IS)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 13:45, Windy
60 Goosander (+30 LBC,20west LDLH,22eastLDLH), 11 Great White Egret (8 LDLH,3LB), 150 Pintail (at least Wig Bay), 9 Golden Plover (Wig Bay), 1 Ruff (Wig Bay and LDLH), 10 Curlew (Wig Bay), 4 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 3 Smew (East LBC Redheads), 1 Marsh Harrier (West LBC), 30 Goldeneye (+ scattered over Breton to Abb Church), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay) [Barbara Leport]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 09:45 to 11:30, Sun and cloud very mild for time of year.
2 Tundra Bean Goose (Seen from Causeway amongst Greylag), 200 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 5 Grey Heron, 10 Pied Wagtail, 100 Black-headed Gull (+) [Paul Fletcher] Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher) , Tundra Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 02 Dec 2018, (Paul Fletcher)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:30 to 14:15, Showery, SSW wind, LT.
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 22 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Tufted Duck (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (Golden Gates), 26 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 100 Teal (Three Golden Gates, one on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest in the managed retreat), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 2 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), 1 Siskin (Golden Gates. With a flock of 20 Goldfinch), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay), 1 Chiffchaff (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 43 Fieldfare (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 145 Rook (Golden Gates), 469 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 161 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 4 Grey Plover (In he managed retreat), 26 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 7 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 361 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 121 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 31 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 24 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 46 Great Black-backed Gull (Mucking Bay. Apart from one YLG the only large gull species present!), 37 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 227 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair near the VC) [Paul Larkin]
Westley Heights, 08:30 to 10:45, Sun & cloud. Mild.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest (At least), 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:00 to 14:00, Selected totals. Movement to south
3 Great Skua, 13 White-fronted Goose (south with 28 Greylags @ 0957, 5ad), 427 Great Black-backed Gull [Paul Brayshaw]
Epping Forest, Highams Park

20 Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest (J-P Elmes)

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Ingrebourne Valley

f Marsh Harrier, 4 Snipe, 100 Teal (SHa)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

ad Med Gull (SHa) 1s w Caspian Gull (PHa)

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Lee Valley, KGV

7 Goldeneye (Christopher Wright)

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

pr Peregrine, 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat (RSPB, John Ferguson, Chris Barnes)

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Lee Valley, KGV

Scaup, m Goosander, (DMi) 2 Great Northern Diver (NSm)

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Lee Valley, Walthamstow Marshes

4 Stonechat, Kestrel (Alastair Dent)

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Saturday 01 Dec 2018
Hanningfield Reservoir, 15:30 to 16:00, Cloudy, all sightings from causeway
2 Bean Goose (With greylags), 120 Greylag Goose (At least, several large flocks), 20 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 200 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, 25 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 100 Cormorant (Probably more) [Thomas Gilbert]
Copford SW, near Stanway, 15:00 to 16:00, Grey.
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker [David Allen]
Laindon, 14:00 to 14:15, Overcast, mild.
60 Goldfinch (Approx. Around the area most of the day; some on garden feeders but most feeding on plane tree seeds.), 1 Sparrowhawk [Andrew Cox]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 13:30 to 14:30, Cold and grey
1 Black-throated Diver (adult on lake), 12 Little Grebe, 19 Fieldfare, 43 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On mudflats) [Sean Nixon] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 01 Dec 2018, (Sean Nixon)
Shoeburyness, 12:00 to 13:00, Counted waders and wildfowl on extensive mud at low tide
827 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 657 Oystercatcher, 550 Redshank, 320 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 43 Carrion Crow [Lee G R Evans]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 12:00 to 13:00, Overcast but rain ceased - fairly mild
1 Black-throated Diver (An apparent moribund partial breeding-plumaged adult showing to a few yards. In distress and possibly lightly oiled - requires veterinary attention to survive. Spent long periods just shutting its eyes and had attempted to climb on to the bank), 12 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Song Thrush (Singing male), 35 Starling [Lee G R Evans]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:30 to 09:30, Overcast, light rain becoming heavier. Mild. Dunton Plotlands.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 07:15 to 11:45, Mild, strong south-west breeze, overcast, dry initially then persistent rain, high tide ebbing
8 Fieldfare, 9 Goldcrest, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 19 Redwing, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Stone Point) [Brian Combes]
Friday 30 Nov 2018
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, 14:45 to 16:45, Sunny, chilly.
1 Marsh Harrier (Immature), 1 Buzzard, 25 Black-tailed Godwit (At least. Marina.), 1 Snipe (Marina.), 5 Redshank (At least. Marina/creek.), 11 Curlew (At least. Marina/creek.), 50 Fieldfare (At least. Roosting in scrub at dusk.), 10 Redwing (At least. Roosting in scrub at dusk.) [Andrew Cox]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny & mild, low tide
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 9 Curlew, 200 Golden Plover (plus), 100 Lapwing (plus), 100 Brent Goose (plus), 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Pheasant [Stuart Anderson]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:00 to 14:30, Sunny, chilly.
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pintail (Two males, one female.), 3 Pochard (One male, two females.), 100 Greylag Goose (At least.), 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 30 Snipe (At least.), 1 Stonechat (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 13:00 to 13:45, Sunny, mild for time of year
1 Black-throated Diver, 11 Little Grebe [Peter Heath] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Heath)
Belchamp Otten, near Sudbury, 11:15 to 12:30, Bright sunshine
3 Buzzard (all records PAUL'S HALL & DOLLERY WOOD), 30 Common Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 30 Starling, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush (male in song), 2 Bullfinch (pair) [Martin Peers]
North Fambridge, 11:00 to 15:00, Walk to Bridgemarsh Island and back Low tide
550 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 270 Dunlin, 2300 Lapwing, 11 Little Grebe, 25 Stock Dove, 23 Avocet, 130 Pintail, 1000 Wigeon, 470 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Purple Sandpiper (roosting on Horseshoe), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 100 Shelduck [Alan Shearring]
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 11:00 to 12:30, sunny with light breeze
1 Black-throated Diver [Paul Chamberlain] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Paul Chamberlain)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 10:45 to 15:45, Dry, sun & cloud, light breeze, max 12c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile from Rawl hide. Resting, bathing & making fruitless sorties over reservoir.), 4 Goosander (3 drakes 1 female.), 18 Goldeneye (7 drakes 11 females.), 11 Grey Heron, 100 Shoveler (Plus.), 100 Wigeon (Plus.), 2 Bean Goose (On meadow with Greylags from Causeway. Thanks to David.), 2 Ruff (West Bank.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (West Bank) [David Hale] Bean Goose at Hanningfield Reservoir on 30 Nov 2018, (David Hale)
Gunners Park, Shoebury, 10:45 to 13:00, SUNNYWITH LIGHT SOUTH WESTERLY WIND
1 Black-throated Diver (On main lake), 5 Little Grebe [Peter Triston] Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens) , Black-throated Diver at Gunners Park, Shoebury on 30 Nov 2018, (Peter Triston, Nikon D7200 with Sigma 150-600 lens)
Thorndon CP (North), 10:45 to 12:00, Sunny, chilly.
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Wrabness, 10:30 to 12:30, sunny. lt SW. low tide
1 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 30 Fieldfare (+), 10 Redwing (+), 1 Jay, 2000 Knot (+), 30 Red-breasted Merganser (+), 10 Goldeneye (+), 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female) [Liz Huxley]
Chigborough Lakes, 09:15 to 11:15
9 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 27 Cormorant, 30 Coot (+), 50 Fieldfare (circa.), 1 Goldcrest [Malcolm Corbett]
Clavering, 09:00 to 13:00, More like a spring day
1 Red Kite, 40 Canada Goose (Both sightings at deers green) [Chris Turner]
Great Yeldham, 09:00 to 11:00, bright sunshine
1 Buzzard (All records from RIDGEWELL AIRFIELD AT ASHEN), 18 Golden Plover, 100 Common Gull (+), 4 Stock Dove, 36 Skylark, 38 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 40 Chaffinch (circa), 8 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 24 Yellowhammer, 15 Reed Bunting [Martin Peers]
Colne Pt, 09:00 to 10:00
6 Grey Partridge (on approach road), 2 Stonechat, 2 Marsh Harrier (imm and young male) [Richard Allen]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:55 to 09:15, And 11:15 to 12:15
17 Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose (Main lake.), 8 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye (Male.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush (In song.), 7 Magpie, 50 Carrion Crow (+.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 29 Nov 2018
Southend-on-Sea, 13:00 to 16:00, Southend Pier. Sun & cloud. Very windy, easing off towrds late afternoon. Two grey seals (male & female) close to pier.
25 Mediterranean Gull (20 adults, two 2nd winters, three 1st winters.), 400 Turnstone (Approx. Roosting on old jetty & pier deck adjacent. Very tame.), 3 Sanderling (Arrived with a flock of turnstones but did not settle.), 2 Great Crested Grebe [Andrew Cox]
Clavering, 13:00 to 13:30, Windy sunny
2 Red Kite (Deers green) [Chris Turner]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 07:45 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Adult male.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Immature male.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male Obs feeders.), 15 House Sparrow (Obs feeders.), 1 Tree Sparrow (Obs feeders.), 20 Chaffinch (Obs feeders.), 1 Brambling (Female Obs feeders.), 10 Greenfinch (Obs feeders.), 12 Goldfinch (Obs feeders.) [John Sutherby]
Wednesday 28 Nov 2018
Jaywick, 14:00 to 14:45
4 Snow Bunting (On beach opposite car boot sale site), 9 Sanderling, 1 Red-throated Diver (Flew from St Osyth direction overland towards sea), 9 Skylark [Steve Grimwade] Snow Bunting at Jaywick on 28 Nov 2018, (Steve Grimwade, )
Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth, 09:00 to 12:30
1 Kittiwake (1st winter flew over marsh towards Thorrington), 3 Marsh Harrier (2 adult males and 1 adult female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Male), 3 Bullfinch, 2 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 350 Jackdaw, 100 Teal, 6 Grey Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing [Steve Grimwade] Kittiwake at Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth on 28 Nov 2018, (Steve Grimwade, )
RSPB Rainham Marshes:

imm Shag, 17+ Caspian Gull 10x1w 2x2w 2x3w 2x4w ad, Avocet, 5 Fieldfare

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Beckton SW

2 Common Buzzard, Green Sandpiper, 63 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Dunlin, 55 Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit

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Tuesday 27 Nov 2018
Abberton Reservoir, 15:00 to 16:00, Damp, grey, cold and unpleasant, much like the reporter.
1 Spoonbill (Distantly from LDLH causeway.), 9 Great White Egret, 1 Smew, 44 Goosander, 8 Egyptian Goose (one appeared different with mostly white wings in flight), 21 Little Egret [David Allen]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Ring Ouzel [Clive Atkins]
Frinton-on-Sea, 13:15 to 14:00, seawall by golf course
1 Snow Bunting [Liz Huxley] Snow Bunting at Frinton-on-Sea on 27 Nov 2018, (Liz Huxley) , Snow Bunting at Frinton-on-Sea on 27 Nov 2018, (Liz Huxley)
Holland Haven, 10:15 to 12:00
300 Lapwing (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Herring Gull (adult with red leg ring V3HT (has been submitted)), 1 Water Rail, 2 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (poss 2), 4 Stock Dove [Liz Huxley]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:00 to 11:00, foggy
2 Corn Bunting (but no Reed B), 6 Linnet, 7 Snipe (First hide), 40 Pintail (approx; second hide, with Wigeon, Teal & Shoveler) [Paul Gymer]
Lee Valley, KGV Res

2 Great Northern Diver , pr Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, 45 Linnet, 11 Meadow Pipit

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Epping Forest, Strawberry Hill Ponds

24 Mandarin; 10 Redwing; 16 Siskin

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RSPB Rainham Marshes

ad Shag, pr Red-breasted Merganser, 13+ Caspian Gull (7x1w 2w 2x3w 4w 2xad), 19 Avocet, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 200 Dunlin, 11 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush

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