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The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Thursday 03 Dec 2020
Weald CP, near South Weald, 13:15 to 13:30, Wet and chilly
1 Great White Egret (Still at large lake Weald Park. There since yesterday.), 14 Goosander, 2 Gadwall [Andrew Stroud]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 11:45 to 11:45
24 White-fronted Goose (Russian White-fronts) [Clive Atkins]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:00 to 10:30
4 Cattle Egret (Garr House Farm), 5 Tundra Bean Goose (West of Layer Breton cway), 2 White-fronted Goose (West of Layer Breton cway with Greylags) [Steve Grimwade]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:30 to 11:30, Drizzle, then rain. Stopped early when optics became fogged up. With Mike Harris.
1 Red-necked Grebe (distantly with GCGs from Hide Bay), 6 Bewick's Swan (incl 1 juv. On bar between Wigboro Bay and Billets Farm screen), 3 White-fronted Goose (LBC), 10 Shelduck, 60 Pintail, 3 Long-tailed Duck (E of LDLH Causeway), 20 Goldeneye, 20 Goosander, 4 Cattle Egret (in sheep field S of Wigboro Bay ), 6 Great White Egret, 520 Golden Plover (Wigboro Bay ), 1000 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin (Wigboro Bay ), 4 Ruff (Wigboro Bay ), 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (Hide Bay), 1 Stonechat (Billets Farm), 1 Curlew (heard only) [John Slee]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 09:30, Drizzle, dull.
6 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 50 Mallard (+), 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck (circa.), 1 Scaup (F or 1w. (Thanks to Graham Barber) Associating with tufties on carp lake but flew off together towards Chig. Lakes Res. ), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 02 Dec 2020
Boreham, 15:00 to 16:05, Patch Birding; lightly overcast but dry.
3 White-fronted Goose ((1 presumed juv-distant and almost dark) Came in with Greylags and Canada Geese from NE, 2nd record in 3 days ), 1 Barn Owl (Hunting along edge of Chelmer at dusk), 1 Green Sandpiper (On partially flooded field), 55 Pied Wagtail (Loose flock actively feeding before leaving to roost), 61 Lapwing (largest flock this autumn), 25 Golden Plover (Flew over high to east; has been a scarce species this autumn.), 82 Greylag Goose (Came in from NE with other geese), 18 Canada Goose (came in with other geese to flooded field), 18 Wigeon (Trifarm Pit), 1 Green Woodpecker (feeding along edge of Trifarm Pit), 3 Tufted Duck (1 male, on Trifarm Pit), 12 Egyptian Goose (On Trifarm Pit), 1 Kingfisher (Flew W along Chelmer by bridge), 42 Cormorant (One flock high from NE to SW, presumably roosting at Hanningfield Reservoir) [Graham Ekins]
Mill Meadows, Billericay, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Firecrest [Neil Sumner]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 13:30 to 13:30, Report on behalf of Graham Barber.
1 Scaup (F or 1w. With Tufted Ducks on carp lake. Seen by Graham Barber.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 13:00 to 14:00

7 White-fronted Goose (in meadow behind lyster hide)

[Robin Peppiatt]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 13:00 to 13:45, Cold.
1 Barn Owl (sitting/sleeping in berry bush from car park), 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel [David Allen]
Stow Marsh, 12:45 to 15:30, High tide, cold. No sign of the cattle egret flock of last week
210 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Shoveler, 1040 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier (2 cy male, also hunting East Marsh), 2 Ruff (in with the lapwing flock), 1050 Golden Plover, 600 Dunlin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Buzzard (on the fields), 1 Greenshank, 7 White-fronted Goose (flew in from the NW as I left) [Alan Shearring]
Jaywick, 12:30 to 15:00, Chilly some bright periods 5c light / Moderate Westerly
6 Brent Goose (flew W along shore), 2 Shelduck, 50 Cormorant (Small groups heading W into Colne), 12 Great Black-backed Gull (8 roosting on rock groyne), 56 Herring Gull (20 roosting on rock groyne), 12 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 35 Sanderling (20 foraging at high tide 15 roosting on groyne), 8 Turnstone (roosting on rock groyne), 4 Oystercatcher (roosting on rock groyne), 1 Dunlin, 18 Ringed Plover (roosting on rock groynes), 20 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (feeding on dunes), 250 Starling (two groups feeding on dunes), 3 Pied Wagtail (feeding along strand line), 1 Skylark, 2 Snow Bunting (past west foraging along dunes ?), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Carrion Crow [Malcolm Riddler] Sanderling at Jaywick on 02 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sanderling at Jaywick on 02 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Starling at Jaywick on 02 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Carrion Crow at Jaywick on 02 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Jaywick on 02 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 12:30 to 13:15, Overcast and chilly
4 White-fronted Goose (2 x adults 2x juvs with Greylags) [Brian Bolton] White-fronted Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 Dec 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , White-fronted Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 Dec 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , White-fronted Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 Dec 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , White-fronted Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 Dec 2020, (Brian Bolton, ) , White-fronted Goose at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 02 Dec 2020, (Brian Bolton, )
TL7417, 11:45 to 12:15, Overcast, chilly
1 Red Kite (Forked tail clearly seen in flight.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Fieldfare [Paul Everett] Red Kite at TL7417 on 02 Dec 2020, (Paul Everett) , Red Kite at TL7417 on 02 Dec 2020, (Paul Everett)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 11:15 to 15:45, Dry, overcast, light W breeze. High tide 13 29, 5.7m. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (Pair.), 2 Blackbird (Males.), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kingfisher (Male. 3 visits to W end scrape. Catching plenty of fish in sluice area.), 500 Knot (Circa.), 100 Grey Plover (Plus), 1000 Dunlin (Circa.), 50 Bar-tailed Godwit (Circa. ), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Avocet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 15 Curlew, 50 Ringed Plover (Circa.), 5 Turnstone, 30 Lapwing, 50 Redshank, 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Plus.), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Gull, 2 Shoveler (Pair.), 50 Wigeon (Circa.), 30 Shelduck (Circa.), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 30 Teal, 20 Oystercatcher [David Hale] Rock Pipit at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Stonechat at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Grey Plover at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Redshank at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Mediterranean Gull at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Mediterranean Gull at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Common Gull at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale) , Common Gull at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 02 Dec 2020, (David Hale)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:15 to 15:30, Cold. 3 degrees. Visited Copt all on route to Abberton Church.
1 Caspian Gull, 6 Bewick's Swan (5 adults and one juvenile at Abberton Church), 2 Raven (first at pylon at Layer Church then one attacking kestrel at Abberton Church), 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Cattle Egret, 7 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret [David Allen]
TL7412, 11:00 to 11:30, overcast, chilly
4 White-fronted Goose (2 adults and 2 juveniles with Greylags. Probably the same group seen by Brian Bolton at the GP's later in the day), 2 Canada Goose (With Greylags), 200 Greylag Goose (All in field opposite junction with Cranham Lane), 1 Kestrel [Paul Everett] White-fronted Goose at TL7412 on 02 Dec 2020, (Paul Everett) , White-fronted Goose at TL7412 on 02 Dec 2020, (Paul Everett) , Kestrel at TL7412 on 02 Dec 2020, (Paul Everett)
Kelvedon Hatch, 10:50 to 11:00
1 Raven (Flew E over Swan Lane towards BT mast but may not have landed as there was no sight/sound when mast checked c30 minutes later.) [David Jobbins]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 15:00, Cloudy, some sun. Cold.
4 White-fronted Goose (At least three adults & one juv. With main goose flock near old barn.), 4 Barnacle Goose (With main goose flock near old barn.), 6 Pintail (Two males, four females. Made off east when management work commenced.), 1 Marsh Harrier (Immature.), 1 Kestrel, 6 Avocet (Saline.), 100 Grey Plover (Approx. Saline area. Some in flight around main lagoon.), 120 Dunlin (Approx. Saline area. Some in flight around main lagoon.), 1 Snipe (In flight.), 18 Black-tailed Godwit (Saline area.), 7 Curlew (Saline area.), 30 Redshank (At least. Saline area.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit (Saline area.), 7 Stonechat (Three pairs; plus a male (chased by a robin).), 42 Fieldfare (At least.), 10 Bearded Tit (At least. Including four males in view together, feeding on Reed plumes.), 1 Raven (Flying over.), 32 Goldfinch (At least.), 15 Reed Bunting (At least. ) [Andrew Cox]
Coopersale, 10:30 to 11:00, Gernon Bushes - fine, calm
1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Roger Emmens]
Beazley End, 10:15 to 10:30
1 Blackcap [Ian Tarbin]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 10:15 to 10:15
16 White-fronted Goose (Russian White-fronts, flew in with Greylags) [Clive Atkins]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:00 to 12:30, Still, chilly - tide coming in
200 Canada Goose, 8 Greylag Goose, 24 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Ringed Plover, 8 Oystercatcher, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Redshank, 200 Lapwing (At least), 45 Starling, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 3 Goldfinch, 28 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret [Stuart Anderson] Buzzard at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 02 Dec 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Buzzard at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 02 Dec 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Clavering, 09:30 to 12:30, 7/8 cloud; village and castle area
2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Firecrest, 23 Red Kite (at least in general area), 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 40 Redwing [Andrew Goodey]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 08:45 to 15:15, Full circuit
1 Black Brant, 2 Great White Egret, 7 White-fronted Goose, 6 Barnacle Goose, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Peregrine Falcon, 28 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Bearded Tit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 7 Marsh Harrier, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 1 Scaup (1st winter drake), 1500 Golden Plover, 12 Stonechat [Steve Grimwade]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30
2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Egret, 24 Gadwall, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 24 Fieldfare (+), 12 Redwing, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe [Matt Turner] Gadwall at Ardleigh Reservoir on 02 Dec 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Fieldfare at Ardleigh Reservoir on 02 Dec 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Redwing at Ardleigh Reservoir on 02 Dec 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Redwing at Ardleigh Reservoir on 02 Dec 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Grey Heron at Ardleigh Reservoir on 02 Dec 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000)
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 16:00, Early and late visits
3 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Caspian Gull, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Tundra Bean Goose, 3 White-fronted Goose, 2 Bewick's Swan, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Black Swan, 9 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk [Steve Grimwade]
Tuesday 01 Dec 2020
Finchingfield, 15:00 to 15:15, Cloudy; Spain’s Hall area
1 Barn Owl, 6 Yellowhammer [Andrew Goodey]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 16:20, Bright, nippy with Stiff wind
7 White-fronted Goose (With Greylags on long walk), 2 Merlin (Female seen across fields at far side of the long walk. 2nd seen late in poor light chasing a Pipit over the short cropped fields on way back car park), 3 Marsh Harrier (1 female and 2-3 males ), 3 Barnacle Goose (With Brents in field near car park) [Paul Kingston]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 14:30, Sunny with light breeze
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Cattle Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Pintail, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Wigeon, 30 Starling, 1 Kestrel [Paul Chamberlain] Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Marsh Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Wigeon at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Starling at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 01 Dec 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Holland Haven, 12:00 to 14:00, sunny but cool. nagging NW wind.
600 Brent Goose (flushed by Gas Operated Bird Scarer - Crow Banger from farmland to north of NR), 100 Greylag Goose, 85 White-fronted Goose (Constantly flushed by GOBS), 2 Tundra Bean Goose (magpie), 1 Grey Heron, 65 Lapwing, 100 Teal, 55 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Sanderling, 6 Purple Sandpiper (fascinating to watch... Opportunity missed for Environment Agency to design seawalls that contribute and enhance local biodiversity objectives.), 60 Herring Gull, 90 Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 4 Mute Swan, 4 Magpie, 10 Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stonechat, 5 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Great Tit, 1 Firecrest (ellusive shelterbelt along STW), 7 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 37 Starling, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 Shelduck [Malcolm Riddler] White-fronted Goose at Holland Haven on 01 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 01 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 01 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 01 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Stonechat at Holland Haven on 01 Dec 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 15:30, 5 degrees, bright pleasant and cold!
1 Hen Harrier (male flew from Wigborough Bay to Layer de la Haye causeway), 5 Bean Goose (Layer Breton causeway late afternoon), 1 White-fronted Goose (Layer Breton causeway flew towards opposite causeway late afternoon), 1 Red-crested Pochard (LdlH causeway), 1 Scaup, 6 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 40 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Ruff, 110 Pintail, 130 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing (at least), 2 Linnet, 1 Snipe, 28 Egyptian Goose, 1 Stonechat [David Allen]
Colne Pt, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Hen Harrier (Male), 5 Grey Partridge, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat [Steve Grimwade]
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries, 10:00 to 14:00

37 White-fronted Goose (Tillets Marsh with Canada Goose), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven, 4000 Knot, 2000 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat

[Robin Peppiatt]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:00 to 12:00, walk along Walton Channel
8 Pied Wagtail (+), 2 Stonechat (pair), 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 2 Kestrel (+), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 6 Rock Pipit (+), 30 Skylark (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Gadwall, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Mediterranean Gull (winter adults) [Liz Huxley]
Tilbury, 09:30 to 11:00, sunny, strong NW west, rising tide
94 Teal (On foreshore in front of the fort), 7 Mute Swan (Just off shore), 1 Curlew (On foreshore in front of the fort), 12 Redshank (On foreshore in front of the fort), 12 Mallard (On STW outfall), 4 Avocet (On foreshore in front of the fort), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (On foreshore in front of the fort), 1 Lapwing (On foreshore in front of the fort), 25 Canada Goose (Up river and landed behind the fort), 1 Greylag Goose (Up river and landed behind the fort With Canadas), 1 White-fronted Goose (Juv up river and landed behind the fort with Canadas) [Paul Larkin]
Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth, 09:30 to 10:45
17 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Stonechat [Steve Grimwade]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:30 to 10:15, Sunny, breezy, cold.
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair.), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail [Andrew Cox]
Monday 30 Nov 2020
The Naze at Walton, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Tundra Bean Goose (Walton Hall Marsh.), 8 White-fronted Goose (Walton Hall Marsh. Russian White-Fronted Goose.) [Darrell Stile]
Holland Haven, 10:30 to 12:15
150 Greylag Goose (+), 48 White-fronted Goose, 1 Kestrel (male), 6 Blackbird (+), 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat (pair), 60 Lapwing (+), 2 Tundra Bean Goose, 1 Song Thrush [Liz Huxley]
Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth, 10:30 to 11:50
4 White-fronted Goose [Simon Cox]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 10:00 to 10:15
5 Bewick's Swan (3 ads 2 imm), 4 White-fronted Goose (Russian White-fronted Goose), 1 Barnacle Goose, 131 Greylag Goose [Clive Atkins]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:45 to 12:30, Misty, murky, cold. Marks Hill, Lincewood, Great Berry.
1 Tawny Owl (Calling, Marks Hill.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 4 Redwing (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 1 Coal Tit, 16 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 25 Goldfinch (At least. Looked to be feeding on ash keys & possibly buds. Also seen feeding in a field maple; but not clear what they were eating.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:30 to 09:30, Quite misty, chilly.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfare (At least.), 5 Redwing (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, Glances to sea during the day - very poor vis initially, NW3 later and light rain. Movement to south unless stated
96 Blackbird (in off throughout the day), 22 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 176 Brent Goose, 404 Lapwing (12 flocks in off or south over the sea.), 8 Red-throated Diver (North), 389 Shelduck (23 flocks 2-42, interesting that very few other ducks were moving today, and very few Shelduck yesterday), 33 White-fronted Goose (6+ (6 seen, more heard in the murk) @ 0942, 5 in, on sea then south 1116-1122, 22 @ 1156), 9 Tundra Bean Goose (8 in off with 5 White-Fronts, sat fairly close offshore 1116-1122 before departing south. 1 south with 6 Brent @ 1157) [Paul Brayshaw]
Sunday 29 Nov 2020
TQ5993, 15:00 to 15:00, Overcast but still
2 Pink-footed Goose (Small flock calling overhead hidden in low cloud as I was working in the garden, Brentwoog) [Andrew Stroud]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 14:10 to 15:40, Dull, murky. Cold. Plotlands.
4 Mute Swan (Usual family.), 15 Black-headed Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Redwing (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 4 Siskin [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Grey, misty and still
1 Caspian Gull (1cy on point opp Gwen's hide), 10 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad Wig Bay), 15 Goosander, 5 Cattle Egret (Great Wigborough), 1 Black Brant (Salcott-cum-Virley), 1 Short-eared Owl (Salcott-cum-Virley), 8 Great White Egret, 35 Ringed Plover, 76 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Dunlin, 15 Ruff, 1 Raven (East of Layer church), 18 Corn Bunting (Salcott), 1 Red-necked Grebe (Hide Bay), 2 White-fronted Goose [Sean Nixon] Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Common Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Common Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Raven at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Red-necked Grebe at Abberton Reservoir on 29 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Abberton Reservoir, 11:00 to 15:45, Overcast and still.
1 Red-necked Grebe (Hide Bay), 7 Great White Egret, 40 Goldeneye, 22 Goosander, 30 Pintail, 9 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 11 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Grey Wagtail [Marsh Stitchman]
Hullbridge, 11:00 to 13:00, Overcast
1 Great White Egret [M Savage]
Laindon, 11:00 to 12:00, Cloudy, cold.
2 Collared Dove, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Magpie [Andrew Cox]
Tilbury, 10:30 to 11:30, Overcast light NE wind, rising tide
75 Teal (On foreshore by the fort ), 23 Mallard (On STW outfall), 1 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Up and out again) [Paul Larkin]
Hamford Water, 10:20 to 14:15, Tide very high at start; low by finish. Quite mild, little wind, overcast, no rain.
3 Scaup (2 ducks, 1 drake: near Kirby end of seawall walk), 3 Pink-footed Goose (Flew over low: circling when I picked them up, then off in direction of Skipper Island. ), 50 Cormorant (36 in one tight flock flew over heading NW, about 10:40.), 3 Grey Heron (2 in fields), 2 Greylag Goose, 800 Brent Goose, 3 Pintail, 400 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Knot, 15 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:15 to 09:00, Misty, murky. Cool. Lincewood & Plotlands.
3 Green Woodpecker (Feeding together on recreation ground.), 8 Fieldfare (Over nearby arable fields.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, E2-0 8/8. Murky at times, grey sea merging with sky.Selected totals, movement to south
799 Brent Goose (786S 13N), 36 Red-throated Diver (29S 7N), 2 Great Skua, 560 Cormorant (8S 552N), 1 Short-eared Owl (in off), 833 Teal, 346 Wigeon, 189 Common Scoter, 12 White-fronted Goose (8 @ 1325 over town, 4 @ 1328 over sea), 6 Pintail, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Red-breasted Merganser [Paul Brayshaw]
The Naze at Walton, 07:30 to 15:00
11 White-fronted Goose (3 West @11:40. 6 South @13:18. 1West @14:12. 1 on sea @15:00. 2 Groups West, mid morning, heard only.,), 1 Great Northern Diver (South @ 09:15), 2 Woodcock, 3 Firecrest [Darrell Stile]
Saturday 28 Nov 2020
Stapleford Tawney, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Red Kite (Along roadside near The Mole Trap pub) [Andrew Stroud]
Stanford Rivers, near Chipping Ongar, 14:45 to 14:45, Overcast
2 Red Kite (Around woodland at Easter end of Berwick Lane) [Andrew Stroud]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:30 to 15:30, Dry, Fine with some haziness.
33 Mallard, 15 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 20 Shelduck, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Curlew (Also saw a flock in flight of around 20-30, pointed out by someone else ), 100 Canada Goose (100+), 4 Greylag Goose (With the Canada Geese), 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (20+ Dark between legs readily seen), 40 Lapwing (40-50 approx), 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher [Paul Everett] Shelduck at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Shoveler at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Stonechat at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Reed Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Yellowhammer at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Oystercatcher at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 28 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett)
TM0420, 11:00 to 16:00, Hazy Sunny relatively mild light SE wind - High tide Count Fingringhoe Lagoon (coastal retreat)
49 Brent Goose, 2 Mute Swan (over), 33 Wigeon, 25 Pintail, 23 Mallard, 40 Teal, 45 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Shoveler, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 390 Avocet, 190 Bar-tailed Godwit, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 51 Grey Plover, 50 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 90 Golden Plover, 50 Dunlin, 17 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 5 Blackbird, 5 Redwing, 10 Lapwing, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redpoll sp., 5 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 4 Wren, 11 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 12 Starling, 2 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 7 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 50 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 9 Dunnock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 15 Turnstone, 1 Stonechat [Malcolm Riddler] Shelduck at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Avocet at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Avocet at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Bar-tailed Godwit at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Meadow Pipit at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Stonechat at TM0420 on 28 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:25 to 15:00
1 Short-eared Owl (furthest point on long walk, hunting), 1 Merlin (long walk, female on a fence post), 20 Avocet, 600 Golden Plover (roughly), 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 5 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Northern Diver (seen by someone else), 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pintail (salcott channel) [Oliver Cottis]
Copt Hall, Little Wigborough, 09:30 to 11:30
20 Golden Plover, 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Stonechat (Male and female ) [Emma Robinson]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:20 to 12:20, Misty, murky. Eventually clearing to become sunny. Plotlands, Lincewood & Marks Hill.
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing (At least.), 1 Fieldfare, 5 Goldcrest (At least.), 19 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Marks Hill.), 6 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair, Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 09:45, Heronry Shaw Lake. Foggy.
1 Kestrel, 100 Starling (At least), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Great Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 60 Fieldfare (At least, near Sandpit), 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Jamie Thornton]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, E2-3. Variable visibility. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
12 Pintail, 52 Wigeon (46S 6N), 21 Siskin, 2 Kittiwake (North), 48 Common Scoter (43S 5N), 1 Black-throated Diver (in from the south then sat offshore), 8 Shoveler, 2 Great Skua, 1 Guillemot (N), 1 Long-tailed Duck (fem type N), 2 Velvet Scoter (N), 2 Eider (N), 1504 Cormorant (1495N 9S), 16 Red-throated Diver (13N 3S), 1 Short-eared Owl (south offshore) [Paul Brayshaw]
The Naze at Walton, 07:30 to 15:00
10 Grey Partridge (Flushed from middle Naze, obviously something to do with adjacent farmland.), 3 Firecrest [Darrell Stile]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 11:30, mild, overcast and misty slowly clearing, easterly wind, high tide; a few thrushes on the move
61 Blackbird, 4 Firecrest (+, at least three first thing beneath Sunny Point and one in John Weston Reserve ), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 near farm pond, 1 escarpment and 2 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 13 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Fieldfare, 8 Greenfinch, 22 Goldfinch, 5 Redwing, 33 Meadow Pipit (Mainly on Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 10 Stonechat (Five pairs, Walton Hall Marshes, spread out along sea wall drain from John Weston Reserve to decoy ponds), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel ), 1 Buzzard, 4 Rock Pipit [Brian Combes]
Friday 27 Nov 2020
Good Easter, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Blackcap (male...in same holly as the female earlier) [Martin Henry] Blackcap at Good Easter on 27 Nov 2020, (Martin Henry)
Stow Marsh, 12:00 to 15:00, Cold still with heavy cloud. Tide going out
3 Buzzard (on fields), 1 Rock Pipit, 10 Cattle Egret (the flock was very mobile in fields north of railway line, eventually came down to the Red Hills opposite Saltcoats), 1 Water Pipit (bottom of seawall), 700 Golden Plover, 2 Raven (flew fairly high calling from Southend direction towards the ridge. Our resident birds.), 14 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 16 Avocet, 75 Corn Bunting (gathering on bushes pre roost), 2 Stonechat (pair), 900 Wigeon [Alan Shearring]
Good Easter, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Blackcap (female.....eating holly berries in the garden) [Martin Henry]
Thorndon CP (North), 10:45 to 11:30, Cloudy, murky, cold.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (Male. At least one.), 2 Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 09:45 to 10:45, Cloudy, murky, cold.
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest (At least.), 4 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
The Naze at Walton, 09:30 to 10:30
1 Dusky Warbler (Present for 2nd day, North West corner of common.) [Darrell Stile]
Rayne, 09:00 to 11:20, Fog; local walk round village
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 45 Redwing, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Jackdaw, 14 Wood Pigeon (Includes one finally rescued from chimney. Had been there at least two days as could be heard moving occasionally. Flew off minus tail this morning), 2 Stock Dove, 3 Chaffinch [Andrew Goodey]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 16:30
2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Great White Egret, 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3500 Jackdaw, 26 Dunlin, 28 Egyptian Goose, 31 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Ruff, 12 Golden Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 2 Green Woodpecker [Steve Grimwade]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, N1-2, fog for a time. Early watch then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to south
111 Common Scoter, 67 Gannet (adults, most in pm), 42 Blackbird (in off during fog 0830-1000), 7 Fieldfare (in off during fog 0830-1000), 37 Starling (in off during fog 0830-1000), 2 Redpoll sp., 17 Siskin [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 26 Nov 2020
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 13:30 to 13:30
3 Great White Egret (Seen from Chig. Lakes flying S. over Lofts. Reported by Graham Barber.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 16:00, Still and generally overcast. Cold and damp!
1 Red-necked Grebe (In Hide Bay, with Great Crested Grebes.), 1 Caspian Gull (The first-winter individual still present, showing nicely from Gwen's Hide.), 1 Hen Harrier (A "ring-tail", probably female, judging by size.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Elmstead, 11:30 to 13:00, Elmstead Woods
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay (+), 40 Redwing (+), 1 Buzzard, 4 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 25 Corn Bunting (+), 40 Linnet (+) [Liz Huxley] Lesser Redpoll at Elmstead on 26 Nov 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Witham, 11:00 to 13:30, River Walk only
2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [David L Smith]
The Naze at Walton, 10:51 to 13:00
1 Dusky Warbler (Showing well in North West corner of common.) [Darrell Stile]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 10:30 to 13:00, Overcast & Still
250 Canada Goose, 20 Greylag Goose, 110 Brent Goose, 70 Rook, 50 Starling, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Little Egret, 40 Teal, 20 Avocet, 12 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 12 Cormorant, 80 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 25 Oystercatcher, 30 Shelduck, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Buzzard [Stuart Anderson] Fieldfare at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 26 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Little Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 26 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson) , Cormorant at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 26 Nov 2020, (Stuart Anderson)
Holland Haven, 10:30 to 11:30, Fine and still
1 Kestrel, 3 Purple Sandpiper (Sluice jetty), 2 Stonechat (`Harbour rocks') [Graham Upton] Kestrel at Holland Haven on 26 Nov 2020, (Graham Upton) , Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 26 Nov 2020, (Graham Upton)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:50 to 15:00, Dry, sun & cloud, light N breeze, 9c. Sightings from both Causeways & Billets Farm with Brenda.
42 Egyptian Goose, 1000 Tufted Duck (Circa.), 23 Goosander (13 Drakes, 10 females. ), 20 Goldeneye (Circa.), 4 Kestrel, 300 Shoveler (Circa.), 30 Gadwall (Circa), 30 Teal (Circa.), 50 Pochard (Plus.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 30 Pintail (1 White Cheeked Pintail, obvious escapee.), 5 Cattle Egret, 6 Great White Egret, 2 Redshank, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa.), 500 Lapwing (Circa.), 4 Shelduck, 40 Mallard, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LBC.), 12 Chaffinch (Flock of.), 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Stonechat (Male.), 50 Great Crested Grebe (At least), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Common Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female, LDHC.) [David Hale] Tufted Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Goldeneye at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pintail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.) , Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (David Hale, NIKON BRIDGE.)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 16:00
3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Merlin (Adult female and 1cy female ), 13 Marsh Harrier, 2 Great Northern Diver, 27 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Common Scoter (5 females and 1 immature male), 4 Bearded Tit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3500 Knot, 2500 Golden Plover, 130 Avocet, 17 Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Barnacle Goose [Steve Grimwade]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, part cloudy
100 Greylag Goose (Several V formations of Greylag Geese arriving for the winter) [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 26 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies)
Thorndon CP (South), 08:30 to 09:30, Cloudy, some clear patches.
2 Cormorant (Perched on trees in Old Pastures area.), 1 Kestrel (Possibly two.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (Feeding on whitebeam berries.), 2 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing (At least.), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Raven (Perched on tree in Old Pastures area. Calling at cormorants.), 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Ardleigh Reservoir, 08:00 to 08:30, Selected sightings from both causeways
40 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 24 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Linnet, 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 1 Little Egret, 8 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay [Matt Turner] Fieldfare at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Fieldfare at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Fieldfare at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Redwing at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Green Sandpiper at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Linnet at Ardleigh Reservoir on 26 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000)
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Razorbill (Pitched in on sea.), 1 Black-throated Diver (On sea.) [Darrell Stile]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:15 to 08:35
3 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Cattle Egret, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Great White Egret [Steve Grimwade]
Wednesday 25 Nov 2020
TM1412, 14:00 to 16:00, dull, very brief sunny spell / relatively mild 12c light S wind
10 Common Gull (beach at low tide), 30 Black-headed Gull (beach at low tide), 60 Herring Gull (throughout 20 on beach), 6 Great Black-backed Gull (beach an general drift of birds west), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (beach and general drift of birds west along coast), 80 Starling (local resident groups), 3 Skylark (on dune), 1 Meadow Pipit (strand line), 4 Pied Wagtail (strand line), 8 House Sparrow (Sea buckthorn), 2 Wood Pigeon (sand dunes), 2 Cormorant (feeding around rocks), 4 Brent Goose (flew west), 2 Sanderling (singles foraging at low tide), 3 Turnstone (on rock groynes), 5 Carrion Crow (on rock groynes) [Malcolm Riddler] Herring Gull at TM1412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Herring Gull at TM1412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Great Black-backed Gull at TM1412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Sanderling at TM1412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
South Woodham Ferrers, 13:30 to 14:30, Overcast
10 Cattle Egret (From farm gate on Hogwell Chase look west towards SWF) [Dawn James]
TL7412, 11:20 to 11:35, Overcast
100 Greylag Goose (Circa 100 in field), 2 Canada Goose (with Greylag geese in field) [Paul Everett] Greylag Goose at TL7412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Canada Goose at TL7412 on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett)
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:00 to 13:10, Overcast
1 Slavonian Grebe (showing well in front of Point Hide and distantly from causeway), 20 Goldeneye (from causeway. Some males displaying) [James Hudson] Hanningfield Reservoir on 25 Nov 2020, (James Hudson)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 10:15 to 11:15, Overcast
5 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 30 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel [Paul Everett] Tufted Duck at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Wigeon at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Teal at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett) , Shoveler at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 25 Nov 2020, (Paul Everett)
Wivenhoe, 10:00 to 13:00, Dry, part cloudy
80 Greylag Goose (More Greylag Geese arriving over Wivenhoe) [Michael Davies] Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 25 Nov 2020, (Michael Davies)
East Mersea, 09:00 to 11:30
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (In with Dark-bellied Brent Geese), 350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Female), 2 Sparrowhawk (Immature female and immature male), 3 Stonechat, 1 Yellowhammer, 600 Knot, 170 Wigeon [Steve Grimwade]
Westley Heights, 08:45 to 11:45, Cloudy, murky. Cool.
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (Two in song.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 7 Goldcrest (At least.), 7 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 4 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (One noted sitting still & quiet high in a tree for some time.), 14 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Rolls Farm, nr Tollesbury, 08:10 to 09:00
2 Red-necked Grebe (On River Blackwater, opposite St Lawrence.) [Darrell Stile]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 08:45, Cloudy, murky. Cool. Lincewood.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfare (Flying over adjacent arable field.), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker (Female, feeding on recreation ground.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 24 Nov 2020
Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone, 15:30 to 16:10
2 Short-eared Owl (Hunting in usual rough ground ), 40 Ring-necked Parakeet [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Stanford Warren, 12:15 to 13:15, Mostly sunny, breezy
5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 35 Coot (Fishing lake), 4 Mallard (Fishing lake), 3 Canada Goose (Fishing lake), 1 Mute Swan (Fishing lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fishing lake), 6 Cormorant (On pylons), 2 Teal (Mucking Creek), 1 Kingfisher (By sluice), 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Magpie [Jamie Thornton]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, overcast, fairly mild, brief stop LDHC
1 Caspian Gull (1st winter bird, larger than nearby Herring Gulls, white head, dark beady eye, striking white underwing.), 3 Great White Egret, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 150 Lapwing, 5 Goldeneye, 15 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier [Marsh Stitchman]
Fishers Green, Lea Valley, 11:30 to 14:30
6 Goldcrest (In various Tit flocks), 25 Long-tailed Tit (In various Tit flocks), 3 Great Tit (In Various Tit flocks), 6 Blue Tit (In Various Tit flocks), 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Lapwing, 10 Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 6 Mallard, 1 Stonechat, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Common Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Goldfinch [Melvin Shepherd-Wells]
Abberton Reservoir, 11:30 to 14:30, Mild with light wind and cloud.
3 Long-tailed Duck, 14 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Great White Egret, 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel [Paul Chamberlain] Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Goosander at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Red-crested Pochard at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Marsh Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain) , Kestrel at Abberton Reservoir on 24 Nov 2020, (Paul Chamberlain)
Holland Haven, 10:30 to 12:30
2 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 3 Purple Sandpiper (by sluice), 2 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat (pair), 20 Teal (+), 40 Lapwing, 1 Great Skua (south), 9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (south), 8 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel [Liz Huxley] Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 24 Nov 2020, (Liz Huxley)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:10 to 16:10, Sun & cloud, cool S breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Low tide.
2 Merlin (Possible same bird seen twice. ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On field with cattle then up harassing waders. Male.), 3 Kestrel, 4 Marsh Harrier (M & F. Possibly more.), 2 Buzzard, 2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. ), 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 500 Golden Plover (Circa.), 50 Grey Plover (Plus.), 30 Curlew (Plus.), 40 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa.), 40 Dunlin (Circa.), 12 Ringed Plover, 8 Avocet, 200 Lapwing, 70 Redshank (Circa.), 60 Pintail (Circa, M & F.), 100 Wigeon (Circa.), 12 Shelduck, 24 Shoveler, 100 Teal (Plus), 1 Raven (Landed amongst Cattle. Very large Corvid, dwarfing Crows.), 6 Stonechat (3 pair.), 1 Greenfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit (Circa. ), 6 Skylark (5 Brown Hare. ) [David Hale] Stonechat at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 24 Nov 2020, (David Hale)
Thorndon CP (South), 10:00 to 10:45, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least. Many milling about among the trees.), 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Laindon, 07:45 to 08:05, Cloudy, cool.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Flying over Tescos car park.), 2 Little Egret (Overhead. ) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 23 Nov 2020
Oakley Marshes, Hamford Water, 16:00 to 16:30
1 Hen Harrier (Adult Male.) [Darrell Stile]
TM1531, 12:00 to 16:45, sunny clouding late on light wind / moderate wind SW
18 Wren (heard ), 1 Firecrest (Old tree along foreshore), 4 Goldcrest, 25 Blue Tit, 11 Great Tit, 28 Long-tailed Tit (mobile 2or3 x feeding groups), 86 Blackbird (birds calling at dusk probably more), 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 23 Wood Pigeon, 15 Robin, 11 Dunnock, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 45 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 24 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 35 Carrion Crow, 450 Jackdaw (100 at dusk flew NW to Suffolk bank callling further large number to roost south Wrabness ), 40 Rook (NW to Suffolk bank at dusk calling in with jackdaw), 1 Blackcap (Female feeding on Sloe), 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (declining at this site (Use to see at least 2-3)), 500 Dunlin (best estimate of numbers in Jacques Bay), 250 Knot, 600 Grey Plover, 3 Little Egret, 16 Oystercatcher, 25 Redshank, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Common Gull, 57 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Goldeneye, 10 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 3 Pintail (along shore), 12 Shelduck, 55 Wigeon, 1 Little Owl, 10 Curlew, 150 Brent Goose [Malcolm Riddler] Blackbird at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Blackcap at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Barn Owl at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Dunlin at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Grey Plover at TM1531 on 23 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
Westley Heights, 11:30 to 12:45, Sunny, some cloud.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest (At least.), 5 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Nuthatch [Andrew Cox]
Mistley, 11:00 to 13:00, Walls & Quay
500 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 100 Avocet (+), 1 Greenshank (Walls), 1 Grey Wagtail (Walls), 4 Black Swan (Quay), 12 Pintail (Quay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Quay), 1 Goldeneye (male. Quay), 1 Coal Tit (by Towers) [Liz Huxley]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:40 to 13:20, Blue sky, not windy, moderate temperature. Water level quite low at Hide Bay hide.
20 Goosander, 24 Goldeneye (2 Hide Bay hide, 22 Billet's Farm), 8 Great White Egret, 9 Stock Dove (In flock with similar number of Woodpigeons, from Hide Bay hide to west.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Mostly from Layer-de-la-Haye causeway, east side), 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat (Billet's Farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Egyptian Goose [Simon Banks]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:15 to 11:30, Sunny, some cloud. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Sparrowhawk (Appeared to be carrying prey. Marks Hill.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 12 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), 1 Bullfinch (Female, Marks Hill.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:15 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud & mist. Cold.
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch (Foraging in Scots pines.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, Early watch then glances to sea. Selected totals, movement to south
74 Common Scoter, 24 Red-throated Diver (1N 23S), 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe (bizarrely leading a flock of Scoter), 124 Starling (in off), 1 Swallow (@ 1204) [Paul Brayshaw]
Abberton Reservoir, 07:00 to 16:00, Plus escaped White-cheeked Pintail
1 Caspian Gull (1cy), 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Raven, 5 Cattle Egret, 13 Great White Egret, 36 Goosander, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Leucistic Male ), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female and immature male), 4 Marsh Harrier, 9 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Scaup, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 80 Skylark (Large flock west of EWT reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2cy and adult) [Steve Grimwade]
Sunday 22 Nov 2020
TQ5993, 15:00 to 16:00
12 Greenfinch (all birds London Road Cemetery, Brentwood), 41 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch [Andrew Stroud]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:45, Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Good visibility and light maintained as the day wore on.
1 Caspian Gull (The first-winter individual still present, viewable from Gwen's Hide. All salient features noted. Seen in company with Sean Nixon who took more photos of the bird.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Epping, 14:30 to 15:30
15 Ring-necked Parakeet [Roger Emmens]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:00 to 15:00, Calm, bright sunshine, viewing from LDHC
3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 14 Goosander, 500 Pochard (estimate), 500 Tufted Duck (estimate), 600 Teal (estimate), 8 Great White Egret [Marsh Stitchman]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 13:05, Sunny, clear
2 Raven (Heard cronking, flew low over Mark's Hill. Unmistakable) [Karl Price]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 11:20, Sunny with light breeze
1 Raven (Flying over calling ) [Paul Frampton]
Hanningfield Reservoir, 11:15 to 11:15, Clear sky with odd cloud.
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (One with tit flock behind oak hide briefly viewed.), 1 Slavonian Grebe (Viewable from both Oak and Point hides) [Kevin Cook]
TM2227, 11:00 to 15:00, sunny light wind 10c
1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 14 Meadow Pipit (coming to roost on saltmarsh), 29 Skylark (in stubble field including 1 singing bird), 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Water Rail, 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Moorhen, 11 Curlew (arable field stubble), 14 Common Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull, 38 Herring Gull (Loafing off shore ), 140 Golden Plover (flush off distant stubble field to north), 100 Starling (roosting in reedbed), 5 Robin, 2 Dunlin, 13 Chaffinch (feeding on apples), 1 Brambling (in with chaffinch), 9 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 35 Wood Pigeon, 9 Pheasant, 60 Lapwing (over north east), 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Short-eared Owl (1 foraging along sea wall and borrow dyke reedbed (Roost) second over saltmarsh ), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 28 Linnet (in to roost shrub along borrow dyke and Pines), 2 Cetti's Warbler (calling), 55 Little Egret (coming to roost in pines (maybe more)), 14 Redshank, 5 Grey Plover, 28 Carrion Crow (stubble field), 4 Rook, 2 Mallard, 10 Shelduck, 1 Stonechat [Malcolm Riddler] Reed Bunting at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Short-eared Owl at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Short-eared Owl at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler) , Stonechat at TM2227 on 22 Nov 2020, (Malcolm Riddler)
West Mersea, 11:00 to 13:30, Walk along Strood channel, tide low, light breeze, warm for November
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Kestrel, 11 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 100 Cormorant (most flying over in V formations), 20 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing, 200 Redshank, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 12 Knot, 10 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit [Marsh Stitchman]
Salcott, 10:30 to 14:00, Still and quiet. Partly cloudy. Pleasant in decent periods of sunshine.
1 Pink-footed Goose (In company with Brent Geese.), 1 Merlin (A female in pursuit of a Skylark.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (An adult, showing very well perched on a post.) [Jeremy Hurley]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:30 to 13:00, Selected sightings
2 Cattle Egret, 6 Great White Egret, 3 Long-tailed Duck (Adult & 2 juv), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Hen Harrier (Stunning male found by Steve Grimwade), 3 Ruff, 12 Dunlin, 11 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Scaup, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Caspian Gull (1w) [Matt Turner] Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Cattle Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Long-tailed Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Hen Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Scaup at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000) , Caspian Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 22 Nov 2020, (Matt Turner, Nikon D5500/P1000)
Great Totham, 10:30 to 10:30, Sunny.
30 House Sparrow (+. Present as soon as feeders topped up. 40+ not uncommon. Gt. Totham South.), 1 Song Thrush (Regularly singing at first light of late.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:15 to 16:15, Mild and bright.
1 Spotted Redshank (Salcott Creek), 17 Red-breasted Merganser (One group in Salcott Channel.), 8 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owl (One over field on Old Hall Marshes towards end of Salcott Channel. Three interacting over Abbotts Hall.), 11 Greenfinch (One flock.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 20 Pintail (Abbotts Hall managed breach area.) [David Curle] Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Red-breasted Merganser at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Sparrowhawk at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Short-eared Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle) , Short-eared Owl at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 22 Nov 2020, (David Curle)
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 12:00, Layer Breton cway and Wigborough Bay only
1 Hen Harrier (2cy Male hunting over fields at Wigborough Bay), 5 Cattle Egret (In sheep fields near Garr House Farm), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bullfinch (Male and female west of Layer Breton causeway), 3 Stonechat, 7 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Dunlin, 28 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 8 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Swan, 43 Pintail, 7 Goosander, 60 Fieldfare [Steve Grimwade]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:15 to 13:30, Broken cloud, light WSW wind, LT
3 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 22 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 85 Tufted Duck (Eighteen on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Water Rail (One each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female Golden Gates), 28 Gadwall (Ten on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 18 Teal (Three on the pit to the south of the tip, two Golden Gates, the rest Mucking Bay), 4 Moorhen (Two each on the pit to the south of the tip and Golden Gates), 32 Mallard (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 14 Fieldfare (Golden Gates), 18 Pochard (On the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 5 Redwing (Golden Gates), 1 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 572 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 55 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 64 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 97 Lapwing (Mucking Bay), 1 Little Egret (In the managed retreat), 1 Stonechat (Male on the approach road to the VC), 87 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 11 Grey Plover (Mucking Bay), 12 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 10 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 16 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 1 Aythya sp. (The usual female Tufted x Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, W-NW1 warm in the sun. Selected totals, Movement to south unless stated.
1 Great Black-backed Gull (224), 8 Great Skua, 412 Common Scoter (4N 408S), 53 Goldfinch, 15 Redpoll sp., 63 Siskin, 3 Kittiwake, 203 Red-throated Diver (1N 202S. Heavy, distant passage from c0900-1100), 264 Cormorant, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider (female), 7 Gannet, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow (south together @ 0916, then seen at Holland Haven where a further 3 seen (Matt Lonsdale)), 3 Little Gull (adults), 1 Shag (adult), 1 Guillemot (N) [Paul Brayshaw]
Walton-on-The-Naze, 05:30 to 05:45, Night!
1 Tawny Owl (Male calling woke me up! First record in two decades living here.) [Brian Combes]
Saturday 21 Nov 2020
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 15:15 to 16:15, Cloudy and slight wind
5 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 20 Wigeon, 1 Pochard (Solitary male ), 1 Teal (Solitary Male with Tufted Ducks), 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe (non breeding plumage), 1 Kestrel (Hunting over island), 2 Cormorant (In Flight) [Paul Everett]
Witham, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Blackcap (male and female on separate days, in garden on Callicarpa berries) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:30 to 13:00
1 Black Brant (Salcott-cum-Virley (11.30-14.30 visit)), 1 Pink-footed Goose (Salcott-cum-Virley), 100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 90 Golden Plover, 39 Avocet, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Cattle Egret (Great Wigborough), 1 Great White Egret [Sean Nixon] Black Brant at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Black Brant at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Pink-footed Goose at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon) , Cattle Egret at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 21 Nov 2020, (Sean Nixon)
Westley Heights, 10:30 to 11:00, Sun & clouds. Breezy.
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (At least.), 30 Goldfinch (At least. Including a group of ten feeding on birch seeds.) [Andrew Cox]
Alresford, 10:00 to 11:00, Sightings from where Alresford Creek meets the River Colne. Blustery wind, low tide rising
300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 250 Shelduck, 500 Teal, 200 Wigeon, 2000 Knot, 1000 Dunlin, 200 Avocet, 180 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 30 Grey Plover, 75 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 2 Cormorant [Marsh Stitchman]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 09:30 to 10:30, sun & cloud. Breezy. Lincewood, Marks Hill & Willow Park.
1 Woodcock (Lincewood. Flew past a couple of feet from my head after coming down through the canopy almost like a sparrowhawk.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch (Willow Park.), 10 Goldfinch (At least. Scattered.) [Andrew Cox]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 09:00 to 13:45, windy but not too cold
1000 Golden Plover, 15 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 21 Pintail, 2 Barnacle Goose (with canada geese), 55 Avocet, 11 Red-breasted Merganser (Salcott channel), 5 Slavonian Grebe (Salcott channel), 5 Marsh Harrier, 8 Kestrel, 8 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 13 Rock Pipit, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Buzzard, 8 Little Egret [Oliver Cottis]
Weald CP, near South Weald, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Raven (in oaks just outside park entrance by Brookweald Cricket Club. Calling loudly. I'm now seeing them low down. In the past they were normally calling from some height), 10 Redwing [Andrew Stroud]
Tilbury, 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light SW wind, LT
8 Shelduck (On foreshore I front of the fort), 37 Teal (On foreshore I front of the fort), 2 Curlew (On foreshore I front of the fort), 13 Mallard (On STW outfall), 4 Gadwall (On STW outfall) [Paul Larkin]
Frinton-on-Sea, 07:30 to 16:00, NW2-3. Intermittent watching throughout the day. Movement to south unless stated. Selected totals
1044 Great Black-backed Gull, 110 Common Scoter, 12 Great Skua, 33 Gannet (1N 32S) [Paul Brayshaw]
Naze, The, 07:00 to 12:15, mild, overcast, blustery SW wind, ebbing tide
13 Blackbird, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Goldfinch (South ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Common Scoter (South ), 11 Goldcrest, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 north of escarpment, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Stonechat (Walton Hall Marshes, 2 pairs and a single), 37 Linnet (Flock, Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Merlin (On a hunting run, low over Walton Hall Marshes, over the sea wall and across to Horsey), 600 Brent Goose (+, in two large flocks on Walton Hall Marshes and small flock on Walton Channel ), 1 Great Crested Grebe (Walton Channel), 22 Avocet (Roosting on mud at eastern end of The Twizzle) [Brian Combes]