The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Wednesday 24 Jul 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 11:30 to 17:00, Sunny with clouds, then clouding over. Quite hazy out on the estuary.
8 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 13 Mediterranean Gull (At least. ), Common Gull (Adult.), 3 Sandwich Tern (Two adults, one juv.), 100 Common Tern (At least, with gull melee & around buoys.), Long-tailed Skua (Probable adult heading upriver.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 23 Jul 2024
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:00 to 13:00
Mandarin Duck (prob juv male), 2+ Turtle Dove, Avocet, 20+ Grey Plover, 15+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 3 Knot, Spotted Redshank, 5+ Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, Osprey (flew up river c12.45pm), Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, 1+ Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (male), 2+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat (family group), 2 Goldcrest, 2+ Nightingale [Liz Huxley] Mandarin Duck at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 23 Jul 2024, (Liz Huxley) , Turtle Dove at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 23 Jul 2024, (Liz Huxley) , Spotted Redshank at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 23 Jul 2024, (Liz Huxley)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:25 to 10:45, Cloudy, some sun. Warm.
Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 2 Stonechat (Males.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 13:30, high tide c. 14:00, mainly overcast with some heavy showers, northerly wind, warm
100+ Swift (Over common and farm first thing), 6 Avocet, 6 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 31 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Turnstone, 41 Sanderling, 18 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (First summer bird still on Cormorant Creek ), 43 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, 40+ Sand Martin, 23 Swallow (21 trickling north over saltmarsh after the rain ), Cetti's Warbler (Singing, undercliff), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing), 2 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Whitethroat (Singing ), 150+ Starling, 2 Song Thrush (Singing), Yellow Wagtail (Juv), 10 Pied Wagtail, 7 Linnet, Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Monday 22 Jul 2024
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 13:30 to 17:15, Overcast, some light rain. Then sun & clouds. Becoming warm.
2 Whimbrel (Lagoon & slipway.), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon. At least.), 2 Common Sandpiper (Lagoon.), 10 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Two lagoon, rest from slipway area.), 45 Common Tern (At least. 11 adults, one 1st summer & three chicks on lagoon. At least 30 across from slipway.s. from two pairs. Two more still appeared to be sittingon lagoon), 2 Sparrowhawk (Female carrying small prey item. Male later.) [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 10:45 to 11:45
4 Shoveler, 3 Swift, 13 Avocet, 15+ Curlew, 38+ Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ads, 1 juv), Buzzard [Liz Huxley]
Hamford Water, 10:00 to 12:00, High-tide c. 13:20, overcast, mild, brisk southerly wind; south shore
Cuckoo (Begging fledgling ), 2 Whimbrel, 47 Curlew, 26 Bar-tailed Godwit, 244 Black-tailed Godwit (All adults), Knot, 19 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing) [Brian Combes] Cuckoo at Hamford Water on 22 Jul 2024, (Brian Combes)
Great Notley, 09:40 to 09:40, seen by Jacqui over Great Notley village centre
20 Swift [Paul Everett]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 15:00, Cloudy
50+ Swallow, 40 House Martin (Both flying over garden at different times ) [Phil Harling ]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:15, Overcast, cool. Great Berry/Lincewood.
Goshawk (Seen in flight quite low over arable area between Lincewood & the Plotlands.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 21 Jul 2024
Copford SW, near Stanway, 20:00 to 22:00, Very still, warm evening
6 Red Kite (Roosting in oaks), 5 Tawny Owl (1 male, 1 female & 3 young seen across two locations), 4 Raven (Roosting in oak tree), Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Linnet [Nico Devereaux]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:50 to 18:00
157 Mute Swan, Ruddy Shelduck, 36 Gadwall (plus), 4 Mallard (1 plus 3 (1C )), 4 Moorhen, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Common Tern, 4 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 25 Little Egret, 2 Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, 3 Swallow, 35 Long-tailed Tit (flock at LDLHC), Chiffchaff, 14 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch (M), 4 Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
Hamford Water, 14:30 to 17:00, mainly overcast, warm, ebbing tide; south shore
5 Whimbrel, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Osprey (Drifting west over The Wade at 16:45), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer (Singing) [Brian Combes]
Lawford, near Manningtree, 10:40 to 11:30, Tide high. Mainly clouded. Not hot, but warming up. Little wind.
8 Shelduck, 120 Black-tailed Godwit (5 on the flooded triangle; rest on estuary), 4 Dunlin (Flooded triangle), Little Stint (Flooded triangle), 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Quite possibly more among the LBBs), 7 Little Egret [Simon Banks]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:00 to 11:30, Fine rain,Overcast,sunny and humid
30 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe (At centre), Lapwing, 25 Little Tern, 3 Cattle Egret (LBC), 6 Great White Egret (Hide bay hide wig hide and LBC), 20 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Female near hide bay hide), 2 Marsh Harrier (1 LBC and 1 hide bay hide), Red Kite (Over farmland near LBC), Buzzard, 10 House Martin [Bob Hoskinz]
Limbourne Creek, Blackwater Estuary, 06:00 to 09:00, Overcast & breezy
Quail (Singing in the fields south of limebrook way ), Whimbrel (In the channel opposite the creek ), 20 Curlew, 10 Common Sandpiper (Feeding in low tide channel at mundon wash sluice ), 3 Greenshank (Off northey Island ), 2 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (F hunting around the creek ), 2 Kestrel, Hobby (Heading west over the fields south of limebrook way ), 20 Whitethroat (Family groups ), 30 Linnet (Family groups ), 20 Corn Bunting (Family groups ), 6 Yellowhammer [Tony Kennelly]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:30 to 18:00, Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
6 Teal, 703 Swift, 32 Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, 55 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Arctic Skua, Red Kite (Drifted out to sea, gained height and departed high south towards Thanet ), 26 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Brayshaw]
Saturday 20 Jul 2024
Copford, 20:00 to 22:00, Still, warm, summer evening
Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, 5 Red Kite (Several roosting in tree), Buzzard (Three nests observed with calling young), 3 Tawny Owl (Several at different points, including one calling juvenile), Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 2 Raven, Wren, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, Greenfinch [Nico Devereaux]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 18:50 to 20:00, Warm , clear
4 Turtle Dove (seen and heard- mobile around site), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 3 Reed Warbler [Paul Everett]
Copford, 18:15 to 18:15
2 Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Bradfield, 15:00 to 15:00
Osprey (Feeding (successfully) on The Stour Estuary north of Nether Hall, then flew towards Stutton, delightful) [Brian Combes]
TL9018, 14:00 to 14:30
Green Woodpecker [Paul Everett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 13:00 to 16:00, Sun & cloud. Warm. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One juv.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch (All Willow Park (two Long Wood).), Treecreeper (Willow Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 06:00 to 09:00
Whimbrel (Foreshore ), 5 Curlew (Foreshore ), 80 Black-tailed Godwit (40 on round marsh & 40 on foreshore ), 4 Dunlin (In breeding plumage feeding on the foreshore ), 4 Green Sandpiper (Round marsh ), Wood Sandpiper (Round marsh ), Greenshank (Round marsh ), 30 Little Egret (C20 in shallow pools close to the railway, seen from round marsh hide ), 10 Yellow Wagtail (Fledglings seen ) [Tony Kennelly]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:40 to 20:00, Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Common Scoter, 52 Oystercatcher, 45 Whimbrel, 27 Curlew, 2 Knot, Kittiwake, 24 Sandwich Tern (23n 1s), 11 Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker (High n), Tufted Duck [Paul Brayshaw]
Friday 19 Jul 2024
Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green, 13:15 to 15:30
Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard ), 2 Green Woodpecker (heard), Long-tailed Tit (heard), 3 Blackbird (2 seen 1 heard) [Paul Everett]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 10:30 to 15:00, Sunny, hot. All records from lagoon unless otherwise specified.
180 Oystercatcher (At least.), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 250 Redshank (At least.), 15 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (Two from slipway.), 4 Common Gull (Slipway area.), Sandwich Tern (Slipway area.), 14 Common Tern (11 adults, one 1st summer,two newly hatched young. Two more birds sitting on nests.) [Andrew Cox] Common Tern at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 19 Jul 2024, (Andrew Cox) , Common Tern at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 19 Jul 2024, (Andrew Cox)
Walton-on-The-Naze, 10:00 to 12:00, Clear, hot. Little wind.
2 Sandwich Tern (Off Walton just before the Naze), Green Woodpecker (On telegraph pole on approach to Walton from Harwich), Hobby (Cliffrs near the tower, briefly), 5 Swallow (Around the tower area), Whitethroat (Singing, bushes just past the tower) [Simon Banks]
Heybridge GP, 09:00 to 17:00, High tide c12:00 - highlights
10+ Swift, 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Kestrel, 6+ Bearded Tit (Juveniles and others heard, in 4 locations), 4+ Sand Martin (Low, heading SE), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), Stonechat [David L Smith]
TL6613, 08:20 to 10:40, Hot, light wind. A few of the spots listed
11 Mallard (1 adult with 10 Ducklings), 11 Moorhen (4 adults, 7 chicks), Common Sandpiper (Beside one of the farm reservoirs.), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 7 Yellowhammer [Brian Priestley]
Great Totham, 08:10 to 08:15, Sunny. Clear sky.
22 Swift (Noisily together briefly over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 08:50, Sunny, warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (At least.), Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:50 to 13:00, Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
12 Teal, 184 Common Scoter, 59 Oystercatcher, 14 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Sandwich Tern (25N 2S), 5 Crossbill [Paul Brayshaw]
Thursday 18 Jul 2024
Rayne, 16:00 to 17:00, Very warm and sunny - Rayne Meadow
Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Carrion Crow [Paul Everett]
Finchingfield, 12:00 to 13:00, Hot and sunny
2 Kingfisher (On Finchingfield Brook, which hardly seems big enough to support them. I've seen many kingfishers over the years but I think this is the first time I've seen two together.) [James Harvey]
Great Totham, 11:55 to 11:55
16 Swift (Over Gt.Totham South heading SW.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Heybridge Basin, 11:30 to 13:30, Very warm and clear - falling tide- very quiet
Oystercatcher (heard), 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 10 House Sparrow (+) [Paul Everett]
Chelmsford City Centre, 10:10 to 10:15
25 Swift (Flying and screaming over King's Road. Humid and warm) [Winifred Simmonds]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:30 to 16:30, High tide c10:30 - highlights
2+ Turtle Dove (Seen & heard), 6+ Avocet, Whimbrel, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, Red Kite, Buzzard, 3 Kingfisher (Sightings at Trout Pools, Lake and Kingfisher hide), 2 Kestrel, Hobby, Yellowhammer (Heard near VC) [David L Smith]
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 11:00, Sun/cloud, warm
2 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern (immature), 2 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, Hobby, Reed Warbler [Gary A James]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:45 to 11:40, Sunny. 4/8 cloud. V.light SSW wind. 18 to 22c. With Graham Barber.
Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan (Plus three cygnets.), 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 15 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 2 Moorhen, 66 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe (One pair displaying and pair with recent brood of two.), 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Female with prey.), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Kestrel (Male.), Jay, 10 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 7 Swallow, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler (Three singing.), Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 8 Wren (Six singing.), 8 Blackbird (One singing.), Song Thrush, 9 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, Chaffinch (Female.), 13 Greenfinch (Three singing.), 11 Linnet (Including one carrying nest material.), 2 Goldfinch, 8 Tufted Duck (Plus two broods, 4 and 1.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Frinton-on-Sea, 05:50 to 19:00, Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
34 Common Scoter, 2 Common Gull (First returning adults), 32 Little Tern (Groups of 8, 22, 2), Willow Warbler (First autumn bird on undercliff, juv) [Paul Brayshaw]
Wednesday 17 Jul 2024
Rayne, 21:30 to 21:30, Warm and clear
Barn Owl (In flight along side river) [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 14:45 to 15:15, Layer Breton Causeway
42 Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, 7 Spoonbill, 6+ Cattle Egret (at nests in heronry), Great White Egret [Liz Huxley]
Witham, 11:45 to 12:00, Over town centre
5 Swift (Silent mode), Sparrowhawk (Female ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit (At least.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 5 Nuthatch (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (At least. Possibly two broods.), 4 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 07:30 to 07:30, Sunny. Clear sky.
18 Swift (Together feeding over Gt.Totham South.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 10:15, Clear, warm, northerly wind, high tide
25+ Swift (3 north), 2 Little Grebe (Juvs), Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 18 Curlew, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Turnstone, 26 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (North of Cormorant Creek ), 45 Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (Juvs), 20+ Sand Martin, 27 Swallow (Trickling north first thing), Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Whitethroat (Singing ), 60+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 20+ House Sparrow (Post-breeding flock, southern edge of Walton Hall Marshes) [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 16 Jul 2024
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:15 to 18:30, Fine some cloud
12 Swift (Patching Hall Lane) [Bruce Brown]
Vange Marsh RSPB, 13:45 to 17:45, Sun & clouds. Brief sharp shower. Warm.
Garganey (Female.), 2 Oystercatcher, 12 Avocet (Eight adults, four young, mixed ages.), 16 Lapwing, 9 Curlew, 150 Black-tailed Godwit (At least.), 2 Ruff (Males.), Green Sandpiper, 37 Redshank (At least.), Wood Sandpiper (Western end of main lagoon.), Spotted Redshank (Starting to moult.), Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier (Female.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:20 to 10:50, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Kestrel, Hobby, 500 Starling (Est.), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 08:45 to 08:50
18 Swift (Briefly together over Gt.Totham South before splitting up to leave the regular three.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:20, mainly clear, mild, westerly wind, high tide ebbing
41 Barnacle Goose (Horsey Island), 13 Swift (South), Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Turnstone, 21 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Little Gull (First summer bird, mobile between Walton Hall Marshes and Cormorant Creek ), 50 Sandwich Tern (24 juvs), 2 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Short-eared Owl (Hunting over Horsey Island ), Green Woodpecker, 40+ Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing), 2 Blackcap (Singing), Whitethroat (Singing), 60+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 9 Pied Wagtail, 33 Linnet [Brian Combes]
Monday 15 Jul 2024
Colchester, 19:00 to 19:05
Red Kite (Over garden new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 18:00 to 18:10, overcast
2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) [Bruce Brown]
Elmstead, 10:00 to 13:00, Warm with light cloud
Water Rail ((Heard only)), 5 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker ((Heard)), Kestrel, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, Skylark, 5 Swallow, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer [Richard Salenius ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
7 Mallard (Adult with 6 ducklings Strood channel DU ), 110 Swift (Strood channel over houses DU ), Little Grebe (Strood channel DU ), 4 Lapwing (Strood channel DU ), Whimbrel (Strood channel DU ), 50 Curlew (Strood channel DU ), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (Near Dabchicks sailing club DU ), 200 Redshank (Strood channel DU ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU ), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel DU ), Sparrowhawk (Strood channel DU ), Marsh Harrier (Strood channel DU ), 2 Buzzard (Strood channel DU ), Kestrel (Strood channel DU ), Skylark (Strood channel DU ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Whitethroat (Strood channel DU ), Stonechat (Strood channel DU ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 14 Jul 2024
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 17:00, Obs from both causeways and reserve - not all species recorded
45 Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck (LBC), Swift, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpiper (LBC- in flight), 4 Common Tern (LBC), 2 Spoonbill (LBC), 4 Cattle Egret (clearly seen - yellow bills and beige markings-LBC), 7 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret (LBC), 23 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (heard- Reserve), Blackbird, 17 Pied Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch (Reserve) [Paul Everett]
Abberton Reservoir, 12:40 to 14:40, Partly Sunny,Only Highlights!
Ruddy Shelduck (On the East Side of LBC,showed very well. ), 14 Common Tern, 3 Spoonbill (From LBC.), 4 Cattle Egret (From LBC.), 5 Great White Egret (2 from LBC and 3 from Wig Bay Screen.), 3 Kestrel, Reed Warbler (In pond reeds next to visitor centre.), Grey Wagtail (Flew over visitor centre towards LDHC. ), 8 Linnet [Zane Sargent ] Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Hanningfield Reservoir, 12:00 to 13:00, Partly cloudy, sunny, warm
Red-crested Pochard [Catherine Studd]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:00 to 14:15, Warm, sunny to start then clouding over.
6 Wigeon (5 males and 1 female.), 14 Avocet (Plus 2 young chicks.), 40+ Lapwing, 16 Curlew, 102 Black-tailed Godwit (In a mix of plumages.), Common Sandpiper, 60+ Redshank, 6 Spotted Redshank (Moulting adults.), Little Gull (1st summer.), 11 Marsh Harrier (At least, definitely 2 different males and females and at least 7 juveniles.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Males.), Hobby, 10 Bearded Tit (4 flew over and at least another 6 heard.), Cetti's Warbler (Singing male.), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing males at least.), 6 Stonechat (2 pairs one with 2 juveniles.), Corn Bunting (Singing male.) [Ashley Gooding]
South Woodham Ferrers, 10:00 to 12:00, Broken sun - warm
Greenshank (Clements Green Creek), 5 Corn Bunting (Singing males around the eastern field of Marsh Farm) [Robert Pease]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00
Shelduck (Pye fleet off maydays DU ), 5 Swift (Maydays DU ), 10 Stock Dove (Maydays DU ), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Maydays DU ), 3 Common Tern (Off maydays DU ), 4 Little Egret (Maydays DU ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Over on Langenhoe DU ), Hobby (Maydays DU ), 5 Sand Martin (Maydays DU ), House Martin (Maydays farm house DU ), Cetti's Warbler (Maydays DU ), 2 Reed Warbler (Maydays dyke DU ), 3 Stonechat (Maydays DU ), 2 Yellowhammer (Males maydays seawall DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Colchester, 08:00 to 08:05
22 Swift (Screech party over the breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) [Graham Barber ]
Finchingfield, 07:00 to 12:00, Sunny cloudy later
2 Red Kite (probable pair in usual area probably breeding ), 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher (A bird watched coming into Gt Howe Wood, perching and calling for about a minute then flying off high from wood for quite a distance) [Andy Goodey]
Saturday 13 Jul 2024
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 18:50 to 20:00
8 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Turtle Dove (1 seen 3 heard around site), 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Redshank, Cormorant, 2 Tawny Owl (at 2200hrs 1 seen 1 heard - poss young calling), 2 Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Reed Warbler (2 seen 1 heard), Goldfinch [Paul Everett]
TQ7692, 16:00 to 17:00, Overcast
12 Swift (At least. Screech party above the house), Greenfinch (Female. On bird feeder clearly showing signs of trichomonosis. Sterilised feeding station and bird bath again. Gutted as it's the first one in the garden for over a year.) [Les Finn]
North Fambridge, 14:50 to 17:30, Blue House Farm EWT Reserve,Overcast,Only Highlights from a very active reserve!
17 Barnacle Goose (Including 8 juveniles present. ), 12 Avocet (Including 2 juveniles.), 50+ Black-tailed Godwit (Many summer plumaged adults. ), 2 Ruff (In middle part of reserve on water. ), 2 Green Sandpiper (1 from 1st Hide and 1 in middle of reserve on water. ), 10 Common Tern (Including 2 juveniles (one learning to fish).), Marsh Harrier (Juvenile from this year flying around. ), Barn Owl (In 1 of the owl boxes.), 4 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 8 Meadow Pipit (Including 5 juveniles.), 2 Corn Bunting (Including 1 showing very well along fence line. ), 5 Reed Bunting, Black Swan [Zane Sargent ] Barnacle Goose at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Tern at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Corn Bunting at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 21:00
16 Black-tailed Godwit (On mud near Dabchicks sailing club DU ), 6 Barn Owl (A pr with 4 chicks in nest box at cudmore Grove Park pond AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Frinton-on-Sea, 08:56 to 09:46, Moderate wind from west. Cloud cover 5/8. Visibility good.
7 Wood Pigeon (7 south during 8:58 - 9:17), Arctic Skua (Dark phase, far out, flying south, picked up at 9:12 and followed in scope) [Simon Banks]
Holland Haven, 06:30 to 09:20, overcast with light rain, southerly wind, cool, ebbing tide
17 Swift (South), 4 Oystercatcher, 41 Avocet, 16 Lapwing, 14 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 21 Swallow, 6 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Singing), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing), 40+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 17 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnet, 2 Siskin (South), 5 Reed Bunting (Singing) [Brian Combes]
Friday 12 Jul 2024
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, 13:45 to 17:45, Sun & cloud. Chilly northely breeze.
Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-tailed Godwit (SP), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 20 Common Tern (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Birdbrook, 13:00 to 15:00, Cloudy, light winds.
Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding 2 young in nest under next-door neighbours porch.) [Barry Williams] Spotted Flycatcher at Birdbrook on 12 Jul 2024, (Barry Williams)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 09:30 to 13:00, Low tide 11.20. Cloud with occasional sun. 15-18deg. Strongish NE wind. A few of the spots here
Barnacle Goose, 15 Oystercatcher, 31 Avocet, 16 Lapwing, 14 Curlew (Flew over), 72 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Sedge Warbler (Others heard), Reed Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Reed Bunting, Black Swan [Brian Priestley] Black-tailed Godwit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Jul 2024, (Brian Priestley)
Barking Bay/Marsh, 09:20 to 11:50, Cloudy, north wind
Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (adult), 24 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, Little Egret [Gary A James]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 14:00
250 Canada Goose (Plus ), 120 Greylag Goose (Plus ), 100 Mute Swan (Plus), Common Sandpiper (LBCW W ,(second one seen by others)), 11 Spoonbill (Roosting on small island LBCW W mid day), 8 Cattle Egret (In nesting trees LBCW W), 5 Great White Egret, 18 Goldfinch (On feeders visitor centre ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, cold. Then clearing a little & warming up.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Juv.), 5 Green Woodpecker (Inc one juv.), Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Treecreeper (At least.), 5 Spotted Flycatcher (Pair feeding a fledged brood of three.), Yellowhammer (Pastures.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:00, northerly wind, cool, overcast with showers, ebbing tide
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (South), 5 Avocet, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Turnstone, 7 Sanderling (First of the autumn, fairly early; adults in breeding plumage), 14 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Gull (First summer bird still, Walton Hall Marshes), 20+ Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, 40+ Sand Martin, 37 Swallow (SW over the marshes), 8 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), Reed Warbler (Singing), Blackcap (Singing), 5 Whitethroat (Singing), 150+ Starling, Song Thrush (Singing), 38+ Linnet (Post-breeding flock of 30+ on Walton Hall Marshes ) [Brian Combes]