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Bird News - Report of Recent Sightings

Abberton Reservoir
Tuesday 20 Apr, 14:45 to 15:45, Mostly sunny, calm, warm (all sightings from LDLH causeway and Old Road)
1 Buzzard, 1 Little Ringed Plover (NE corner of LDLH causeway), 1 Dunlin (NE corner of LDLH causeway), 5 Common Tern (minimum), 3 Nightingale (Heard at least 3, but observed one from about 15m away about halfway along East side of Old Road for at least 10 mins, sitting on wire fence/flying down to road surface and hopping around twice/sitting on fence post, always completely in the open and singing most of the time - absolutely spellbinding experience.), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap [Paul Hargreaves]
Tuesday 20 Apr, 09:15 to 16:00, Warm, light E breeze, hazy sunshine. 12c. Sightings with Brenda.
3 Nightingale (Fleeting views, many heard. Old Road.), 4 Blackcap (Males. One Clouded Yellow Butterfly, Old Road.), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm Screen. All males.), 6 Skylark (Billets Farm screen.), 4 Common Tern, 15 Grey Heron (LBC.), 13 Little Egret (LBC.), 1 Cuckoo (Heard in distance, LBC.), 2 Oystercatcher (LBC.), 1 Kestrel, 2 Wren, 6 Chiffchaff (More heard.), 1 Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch (Circa.), 8 Mallard (Pair with 6 ducklings, LBC.), 1 Little Ringed Plover (LDHC. VC end.), 1 Black Swan (Billets Farm screen.) [David Hale] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 20 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 20 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Tuesday 20 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
4 Nightingale (4+ 3 old road( 1 showing well next to barrier)1 otherside of road SE), 10 Blackcap (10+ everywhere old road + other side of the road SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 18 Apr, 08:15 to 13:00
2 Bar-tailed Godwit (LDLH causeway ), 4 Nightingale (3 old road and 1 on reserve ), 3 Willow Warbler, 50 Yellow Wagtail (Near Island hide) [Glen Moore] Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 18 Apr 2021, (Glen Moore)
Saturday 17 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny, but cool NE wind (16.00-19.00 visit)
2 Bar-tailed Godwit (LdlH c/way), 12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 3 Whitethroat, 40 Fieldfare, 10 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover [Sean Nixon] Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Bar-tailed Godwit at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Whitethroat at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Fieldfare at Abberton Reservoir on 17 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Wednesday 14 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Very cold (7degrees), sunshine and cloud (18.20-19.00 visit)
45 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Swallow, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit [Sean Nixon] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Water Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Water Pipit at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Tuesday 13 Apr, 12:40 to 16:15, Sun & cloud, light breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda. Billets Farm & both Causeways only.
50 Swallow (Circa.), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Linnet, 1 Common Tern, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall (Drake.), 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Mallard (Pair with 3 ducklings.), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Egyptian Goose (Pair with I Gosling.) [David Hale] Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Egyptian Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny and cool (17.30-19.15 visit)
1 Nightingale (Near entrance to EWT reserve), 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White / Pied Wagtail (Intermediate male LdlH c/w) [Sean Nixon] Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , Nightingale at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , White / Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon) , White / Pied Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 13 Apr 2021, (Sean Nixon)
Monday 12 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny with light breeze
11 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Little Ringed Plover [Paul Chamberlain] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 12 Apr 2021, (Paul Chamberlain)
Saturday 10 Apr, 07:00 to 15:00, Overcast - Wind North Easterly moderate to fresh. 9c/48f
2 Little Egret ( Layer Breton Causeway), 2 Shoveler (Bay hide♂♀), 1 Pochard (LDLH Causeway♂), 10 Goldeneye (At least), 12 Shelduck, 10 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), 4 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher ( Layer Breton Causeway), 3 Snipe (Bay hide), 2 Green Sandpiper ( Layer Breton Causeway), 2 Redshank (LDLH Causeway), 8 Common Tern (Tern Rafts), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Old Road), 150 Swallow, 2 House Martin (LDLH Causeway), 600 Sand Martin (Both Causeways, and most numbers from Abberton church), 3 Song Thrush, 18 Blackcap, 20 Yellow Wagtail (18 next to Gwen's hide, and 2 West side of Wood-mouse trail), 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Heard only - Billets Farm), 2 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 1 Jay (Heard only), 1 Willow Warbler (Heard only - Old road (With Steve Grimwade)) [Mick Woodruff]
Friday 09 Apr, 10:00 to 13:00, bright, sunny, 14c warmer then of late
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel (Billets Farm), 2 Goldeneye (Main causeway, tucked away under overhanging branches), 1 Common Tern (Main causeway) [Ron Colson] Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Ron Colson) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Ron Colson)
Friday 09 Apr, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
1 Whimbrel (Originally by EWT visitor centre and then flew south to Billetts Farm and remained until late morning.), 1 Snipe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 House Martin, 150 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 1 Yellowhammer (Male), 27 Goldeneye, 11 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 26 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Egyptian Goose (1 pair with 2 chicks and another adult seen), 8 Goosander, 7 Little Ringed Plover [Steve Grimwade] Whimbrel at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Great White Egret at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Egyptian Goose at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Mediterranean Gull at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 09 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Thursday 08 Apr, 13:00 to 13:00, Cold and grey
35 Yellow Wagtail (LdH c/w), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier [Sean Nixon]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 12:00 to 16:00, Cold
5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Grey Heron, 50 Cormorant, 200 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 10 Pied Wagtail, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Skylark, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (Egyptian Goose ), 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Merlin, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Yvonne Watling]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:15 to 11:30, Very cold NW wind, 8c felt colder due to wind chill. Sun & cloud. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Blackcap (M & F, more heard singing. ), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only.), 3 Yellow Wagtail (LDHC & Billets Farm 15 00 to 17 00.), 1 Redshank (LDHC.), 20 Swallow (Plus. LDHC.), 12 Skylark (Circa, Billets Farm.), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper (Billets Farm flood.), 15 Linnet (Circa, Billets Screen.), 1 Kestrel (LDHC.), 2 Chiffchaff (More heard.), 2 Wren, 6 Chaffinch (At least. ), 4 Blue Tit, 1 Wigeon (Billets Screen.), 1 Egyptian Goose (LDHC.), 10 Little Ringed Plover (Billets Farm flood. We both counted birds several times, 10 birds for sure.) [David Hale] Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale) , Redshank at Abberton Reservoir on 07 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Alresford
Friday 16 Apr, 11:10 to 13:10, Alresford Creek circuit from St Peter's
4 Swallow, 3 Buzzard (+), 3 Blackcap (+), 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Nuthatch, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (c) [Liz Huxley]
Ashdon
Wednesday 21 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Swallow (First sighting this year ) [Phil Harling ]
Saturday 17 Apr, 12:30 to 13:00, Sunny
2 Buzzard [Phil Harling ]
Backwarden, Danbury
Friday 16 Apr, 07:45 to 10:30, Sunshine then clouding over later with cold wind.
6 Robin (Several paired up), 6 Chiffchaff (+ two busy near nesting sites with materials), 6 Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare (Seen resting in top of large tree), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (Singing male heard only), 1 Buzzard (Calling overhead) [Paul Fletcher]
Beckton
Sunday 18 Apr, 07:45 to 13:00, Sunny, light NE wind
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 12 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Tern, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Gary A James]
Sunday 11 Apr, 08:30 to 13:00, Sun/Cloud. Cold
6 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, 25 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 4 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing) [Gary A James]
Billericay
Wednesday 07 Apr, 07:30 to 08:00, Freezing - Overcast - Windy
1 Blackcap (In subsong in garden in SW Billericay), 11 Greenfinch (In garden on sunflower heart feeders in SW Billericay), 9 Goldfinch ( In garden on sunflower heart feeders in SW Billericay), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Nest building in garden in SW Billericay) [John Smart]
Birch
Sunday 11 Apr, 13:50 to 13:50
1 Red Kite (Circling over rear of Colchester Zoo) [Steve Grimwade]
Birdbrook
Wednesday 07 Apr, 16:30 to 17:00
12 Golden Plover (Flock included eight stunning summer-plumaged males, in field just south of village.), 45 Fieldfare (In field opposite plover.) [Barry Williams]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge
Sunday 18 Apr, 18:35 to 20:30, Fine and dry, chilly
3 Skylark, 2 Avocet, 8 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Linnet, 2 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 14 Barnacle Goose (+) [Paul Everett] Avocet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Barn Owl at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Linnet at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Meadow Pipit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Barnacle Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Sunday 18 Apr, 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny and mild with cool breeze
1 Hobby (Seen distantly from sea wall and then seen well from fields in front of 2nd hide from car park. Assume same bird.), 5 Cattle Egret (At least 5. 2 birds seen with cattle from sea wall and then 3 birds seen with cattle near farm. ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Disturbed by Kestrel in front of 1st hide from car park.), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (At least on scrapes at 1st hide), 3 Ruff (On scrapes at 1st hide), 2 Mediterranean Gull (2 adults on pond right of 2nd hide from car park) [Martin Singleton] Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Martin Singleton) , Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Martin Singleton) , Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Martin Singleton) , Cattle Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 18 Apr 2021, (Martin Singleton)
Sunday 11 Apr, 09:32 to 12:10, Fine, sunny, windy and cold
2 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Curlew, 4 Brent Goose, 4 Skylark, 2 Grey Heron, 58 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 11 Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Goose, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Shoveler, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow, 32 Shelduck, 5 Avocet, 5 Cattle Egret (In field with cattle- small stature and obvious yellow bill (Thanks to Ben for pointing them out))), 1 Dunnock, 1 Lapwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Barnacle Goose [Paul Everett] Kestrel at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Little Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Brent Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Brent Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Black-tailed Godwit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 11 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Saturday 10 Apr, 07:00 to 09:00, Cloudy with wind increasing making it cold. Walk from car park to first hide area, hides are closed. Selected species.
2 Grey Heron, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 2 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Lapwing, 6 Barnacle Goose [Paul Fletcher] Skylark at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Corn Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Reed Bunting at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Meadow Pipit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Lapwing at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher) , Barnacle Goose at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Fletcher)
Friday 09 Apr, 07:00 to 09:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 20 Avocet, 4 Swallow (Feeding in cattle field), 1 Whimbrel (feeding with curlews), 2 Mediterranean Gull (on scrape by first hide & then flew south west), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male between third hide & seawall), 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting & then roosting in reed bed between carpark & first hide) [Tony Kennelly]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 16:00 to 19:00, Broken Cloud with a chilly NNW wind. Only certain species recorded.
1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Purple Heron (Seen in flight), 2 Raven (Flew east towards Burnham-on-Crouch, calling.), 1 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Allen]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 16:00, Selected highlights
1 Purple Heron (Adult in area west of first hide), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Immature), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Ruff [Steve Grimwade]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, sunny
1 Golden Plover, 5 Oystercatcher [David Saville] Golden Plover at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 07 Apr 2021, (David Saville) , Oystercatcher at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 07 Apr 2021, (David Saville)
Borley
Tuesday 20 Apr, 12:00 to 15:00, Clear blue sky 16c / 64f
2 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Whitethroat, 30 Fieldfare (Estimated, Brown Hare x8) [Mick Woodruff]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB)
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:00 to 13:30, Selected highlights
4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sedge Warbler, 40 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Bearded Tit, 11 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade]
Canvey Island, Thames Estuary
Tuesday 13 Apr, 13:50 to 16:00, Sightings from Canvey Wick
1 Nightingale (Singing), 8 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Raven (2 adults very vocal over southern edge of reserve) [Steve Grimwade]
Chigborough Lakes
Thursday 15 Apr, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Buzzard [Graham Barber ]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:30 to 12:15, Sun & cloud, dry, gentle breeze, 12c. Sightings with Brenda.
2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Male, more heard singing.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler (Pair, back & forth to nest site with material.), 2 Shelduck, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, 4 Chiffchaff (Many heard.), 3 Robin, 6 Blackbird (Males.), 2 Great Tit (Pair.), 2 Blue Tit [David Hale] Dunnock at Chigborough Lakes on 13 Apr 2021, (David Hale)
Clavering
Wednesday 21 Apr, 14:45 to 14:45
2 Red Kite (Circling over cricket pitch ) [Chris Turner]
Cockaynes Wood, near Alresford
Friday 16 Apr, 14:15 to 15:45
4 Blackcap (+), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nightingale, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair on fishing lake), 3 Chiffchaff (+) [Liz Huxley]
Coggeshall
Sunday 18 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Shoveler (Pair), 3 Reed Bunting (Pairs), 2 Shelduck (Pair), 8 Sand Martin, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Coot (Pairs), 7 Linnet, 4 Red-legged Partridge (Pairs), 2 Raven (Pair over pit being harassed by lesser black backed gulls), 6 Teal (3 pairs), 5 Lapwing (Pairs), 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 pairs main pit 1 on other pit ), 1 Red Kite, 3 Bullfinch [Andrew Goodey]
Copford
Tuesday 13 Apr, 19:50 to 19:55, Clear skies
1 Tawny Owl (Flying around the garden) [Nico Devereaux]
Sunday 11 Apr, 10:00 to 11:00
20 Fieldfare (near Church ), 1 House Martin [Emma Robinson]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 07:30 to 07:30
2 Little Owl [Steve Grimwade]
Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary
Friday 16 Apr, 11:00 to 17:00, Sunny Periods quite warn in shelter out of north east wind
10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 14 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 9 Treecreeper (4 pairs), 1 Goldcrest, 4 Linnet, 3 Buzzard, 29 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Brent Goose, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 1 Skylark, 21 Blackcap, 1 Nightingale, 160 Blue Tit (loads most common species), 45 Great Tit, 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Red Kite (drifted north to Suffolk bank) [Malcolm Riddler] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Treecreeper at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Buzzard at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Red-breasted Merganser at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Redshank at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Blackcap at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler) , Lesser Redpoll at Copperas Bay, Stour Estuary on 16 Apr 2021, (Malcolm Riddler)
Copperas Wood
Monday 19 Apr, 11:10 to 13:00
1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap (+), 3 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (males), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Swallow [Liz Huxley]
Danbury
Sunday 11 Apr, 14:30 to 16:30, Danbury Country Park. Stoat also seen
5 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults around lakes), 2 Linnet, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Swallow (feeding over lakes), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair on lake) [James Hudson]
Danbury Common
Sunday 18 Apr, 09:00 to 10:15, Warm and sunny
2 Nightingale (Two singing males), 6 Jay (Flock of 6 moving together through wood), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap [David Pallash]
Wednesday 14 Apr, 08:15 to 09:30, Bright, sun, cool
1 Nightingale (First this year at Danbury. Brief burst of song. Chiffchaffs actively nesting. 10+ Blackcaps both male and female.), 1 Goldcrest [Doug & Tina Holden]
Doddinghurst
Friday 16 Apr, 20:00 to 20:00, still but cold
1 Little Owl (on barn roof Cow Farm, Frog Street ) [Andrew Stroud]
Dovercourt
Friday 09 Apr, 07:20 to 08:30, Quite cold, clear
1 Blackcap (Male in bay tree. Come on - a female on Sunday and a male now? This is a small urban garden!) [Simon Banks]
Earls Colne
Thursday 08 Apr, 14:00 to 16:00, Partly cloudy
1 Red Kite (Near chalkney wood), 2 Grey Wagtail (Pair at river colne by Chappel along with water vole footprints) [Nico Devereaux]
East Tilbury
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:40 to 15:00, Broken cloud, ENE wind, showers, rising tide
6 Redshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 571 Black-tailed Godwit, 99 Curlew, 69 Shelduck, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Little Egret, 30 Common Gull (Including two adults), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Third calendar year), 43 Grey Plover, 12 Oystercatcher, 70 Avocet, 3 Great Crested Grebe (One on the river, two on the fleet), 6 Pintail (Three pairs on the river), 5 Pochard (Three drakes), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Stonechat (Males on the sea wall and the old landfill), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Over calling), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 177 Teal, 200 Dunlin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 08 Apr, 09:30 to 14:50, Broken cloud, SW wind, rising then falling tide
10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Corn Bunting, 94 Curlew, 42 Shelduck, 4 Grey Plover, 50 Linnet (On the old landfill), 19 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 46 Avocet, 1 Stonechat (Male on the old landfill), 105 Teal (West of Coalhouse Point), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Larkin] White Wagtail at East Tilbury on 08 Apr 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
Elsenham
Sunday 11 Apr, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Goldcrest [Anthony Gales]
Epping
Monday 12 Apr, 11:45 to 12:00, Cold, partly sunny, occasional light sleet showers
2 Swallow (Probably wishing they were still in Africa...) [Roger Emmens]
Felsted
Monday 19 Apr, 19:00 to 19:00, Sunny and warm
2 House Martin (Back on breeding grounds at flitch green) [Brian Bolton]
Fingringhoe GP
Friday 09 Apr, 11:40 to 12:40, Sunny; 5/8
3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Sand Martin, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Lapwing [Andrew Goodey]
Fingringhoe Mill
Saturday 10 Apr, 15:00 to 17:30, Walk from Mill to Rowhedge along Roman River, plus brief look into Fingringhoe GP. Selected highlights
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 11 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Linnet, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Teal [Marsh Stitchman]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT
Thursday 15 Apr, 10:00 to 15:30, sun/cloud, some rain/hail showers, cold wind
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 6 Blackcap (+), 14 Shelduck, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Nightingale (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shoveler, 1 Swallow, 16 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose [Liz Huxley] Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 15 Apr 2021, (Liz Huxley)
Sunday 11 Apr, 13:00 to 15:00, Highlights
1 Whimbrel, 22 Redshank, 19 Oystercatcher, 11 Grey Plover, 52 Shelduck, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 9 Teal, 12 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Lone bird on saltmarsh with shelduck, sharp demarcation between dark breast and underparts which appeared very pale, almost whitish in bright sunlight.) [Marsh Stitchman]
Sunday 11 Apr, 11:30 to 13:30, Selected sightings in area around old carpark
1 Crane (2 adults circled the reserve and drifted off southwest), 3 Nightingale, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult), 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff [Steve Grimwade] Crane at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Peregrine Falcon at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade) , Chiffchaff at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 11 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade)
Friday 09 Apr, 13:00 to 16:00, Low tide, dry, part cloud.
100 Black-tailed Godwit (Most showing summer colour), 4 Swallow (Visitor centre meadow), 5 Nightingale (2 seen the rest heard. Not in full song yet but good to hear.), 12 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (With prey.), 6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Ken Hudgell]
Friday Wood
Saturday 10 Apr, 11:00 to 14:00, Cold
3 Coal Tit, 15 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 4 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunnock, 12 Teal, 1 Egyptian Goose [Yvonne Watling]
Friday 09 Apr, 07:00 to 11:30, Sunny, 4/8
1 Water Rail (Berechurch marsh calling), 2 Little Egret (Berechurch marsh), 2 Nuthatch (Park farm wood), 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Gadwall, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Blackcap, 2 Shelduck (Berechurch marsh), 1 Tawny Owl (Disturbed from hollies by crows and chased by them and other passerines), 4 Jay, 1 Nightingale (First of year here at a territory used since late 1980s at least), 12 Teal, 28 Chiffchaff, 1 Egyptian Goose (Berechurch marsh), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Berechurch marsh) [Andrew Goodey]
Frinton-on-Sea
Thursday 08 Apr, 10:01 to 10:31, Windy, cold, clear
1 Gannet (Adult flew north, 10:18) [Simon Banks]
Galleywood, near Chelmsford
Thursday 08 Apr, 10:00 to 12:00, Cloudy with cool breeze
4 Blackcap (Singing males. Probably more.), 7 Swallow, 7 Jay (In flight together.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Kestrel (Female harassing sparrowhawk), 12 Greenfinch, 6 Chiffchaff [Kevin Cook]
Gosfield
Monday 12 Apr, 09:15 to 13:00, Sunny, 5/8
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Pairs on lake), 1 Swallow, 2 Siskin (Rayne hatch wood), 1 Nuthatch (Moat Wood), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (Lake), 1 Willow Warbler (Singing Rayne Hatch Wood), 9 Redpoll sp. (1 over lake, 8 over Rayne hatch wood), 3 Marsh Tit (Rayne Hatch Wood) [Andrew Goodey]
Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Sunday 18 Apr, 10:00 to 10:00, Sunny and warm
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from scrub along canal near Bridge by Babbow Road carpark) [Brian Bolton]
Friday 16 Apr, 08:45 to 09:30, Sunny and cold
2 Yellow Wagtail (Flew north ), 6 Skylark, 8 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting (First male back for summer), 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow [David Pallash]
Great Leighs
Sunday 18 Apr, 12:15 to 12:15, Sunny and Dry; Church End
1 Red Kite [Paul Everett]
Friday 16 Apr, 08:50 to 09:44, Fine, dry and bright. Sandslay and Moat Woods EWT
1 Treecreeper, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 1 Buzzard [Paul Everett] Treecreeper at Great Leighs on 16 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Treecreeper at Great Leighs on 16 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Wednesday 14 Apr, 15:00 to 16:00, cloudy
1 Red Kite, 1 Grey Heron [David Saville] Red Kite at Great Leighs on 14 Apr 2021, (David Saville) , Grey Heron at Great Leighs on 14 Apr 2021, (David Saville)
Wednesday 07 Apr, 07:00 to 08:30, Sunny cold; Leez Reservoir
1 Great Crested Grebe (Pair), 1 Little Grebe (Pair), 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Singing males), 20 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting (Singing male), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Little Egret [Andrew Goodey]
Great Totham
Wednesday 21 Apr, 09:15 to 10:15, Overcast, moderate NE wind.
7 Tufted Duck (Totham Pit.), 1 Red Kite (Low over Prince of Wales Road at 09:15.), 1 Buzzard (South Wood.), 1 Kestrel (Totham Pit.), 2 Linnet (Pair, Totham Pit.), 2 Goldfinch (Pair, St. Peter's Church.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 20 Apr, 09:00 to 10:00
2 Mute Swan (One on nest. Totham Pit.), 2 Buzzard (Together in South Wood.), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Sains Farm drive.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 19 Apr, 11:10 to 11:20, Sunny, light E wind.
2 Red Kite (Both calling. Over village and Captain's Wood. Probably same birds up again together at 13:30.), 4 Jackdaw (Carrying nesting material to chimney pot nests.), 1 Blackcap (Singing strongly last few days from neighbour's silver birch.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Sunday 18 Apr, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny, light N. wind.
1 Red Kite (High over village moving S to N.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Saturday 17 Apr, 16:25 to 16:45, Sunny, light E. wind.
3 Red Kite (Two together over Totham Pit area, briefly seen off by third from arable field before continuing to circle together over village. Regular sightings over village this spring but never tire of these magnificent birds.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 16 Apr, 09:00 to 10:00, Sun and cloud, light N wind.
1 Red Kite (Leisurely circling over Totham Pit area.), 2 Buzzard (One, South Wood. One, Sheepcoates Farm.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming, Totham Pit.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Calling, Totham Pit.), 8 Jackdaw (+. Several individuals collecting nesting material, including hair straight from horses' backs. Horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.), 4 Linnet (Including pair and one carrying nesting material, Scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 12:20 to 12:30, Sun and cloud, light W. wind.
2 Red Kite (Together briefly N. of Captain's Wood.), 2 Buzzard (Up together from Captain's Wood following brief appearance of two red kite.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 12 Apr, 13:50 to 14:00, Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
2 Red Kite (Circling together, slowly moving S. over Captain's Wood.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Saturday 10 Apr, 09:45 to 11:00, Cloudy, moderate E wind
1 Red Kite (Possibly two. One low over Gt.Totham South, 09:45 and one high over village from Captain's Wood, 11:00.), 1 Buzzard (Over Captain's Wood. Brief interaction with R.Kite,11:00), 1 Song Thrush (Singing. Recreation Ground.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 09 Apr, 11:30 to 12:00, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
2 Red Kite (Together just above roof level, Gt. Totham South (11:30).), 3 Buzzard (Pair seeing off one other over Captain's Wood (12:00).) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 09 Apr, 08:45 to 09:45, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
1 Buzzard (Over South Wood.), 6 Jackdaw (Three pair nesting in chimney pots, Prince of Wales Road.), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing. Captain's Wood, Totham Pit (2), South Wood.), 1 Goldcrest (Totham Pit.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing, Totham Pit.), 2 Yellowhammer (One singing, hedgerows adj. Pan Grove.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thursday 08 Apr, 14:50 to 15:00, Sunny, moderate SW wind.
6 Red Kite (Up together over Gt. Totham South before dispersing 3 N, 2 W, 1 S.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Hall Marsh Scrape, Lea Valley
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, breeze
1 White Stork (released), 1 Garganey (drake) [Quentin Given]
Hamford Water
Sunday 11 Apr, 09:30 to 14:40, Mainly dry, cool, rather windy, tide quite high and rising
2 Swallow (2 near Beaumont Quay), 2 Reed Bunting (Singing), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing), 1 Great White Egret (West of Skipper Island), 2 Little Egret [Simon Banks]
Hanningfield Reservoir
Tuesday 20 Apr, 12:30 to 15:30, Mainly sunny, cold breeze. Hides still closed.
2 Oystercatcher (pair on island), 1 Common Tern (very distant, on buoy. Presumed commmon), 1 Mistle Thrush (Grazing Meadow), 2 Fieldfare (very late? Farside of Grazing Meadow, near footpath), 10 Blackcap (at least. 4 seen), 1 Lapwing (on island), 7 Chiffchaff (at least. 1 seen), 4 Red-crested Pochard (around the island. No females seen.) [Ian Swanson]
Sunday 18 Apr, 16:45 to 17:00, Sunny, quick look at causeway
1 White Wagtail (with 4 Pied Wagtails on causeway bank), 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Gadwall (two pairs) [Ben Mapp]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 15:00 to 16:45, Light cloud
3 Goldeneye (male and 2 females), 1 Bar-headed Goose (asleep on Grazing Meadow with Greylags, Canada & 2 Egyptian geese), 4 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck (On water, moved to Grazing Meadow ), 6 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck (approx), 2 Oystercatcher (Grazing Meadow ), 3 Blackcap (singing males ), 20 Wigeon (on Grazing Meadow ), 50 Mallard (approx. 1 with 14 ducklings by Causeway road), 20 Teal (+), 4 Chiffchaff (Heard) [Ian Swanson]
Harlow
Wednesday 07 Apr, 16:00 to 16:00, Cold, sunny, breezy
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Hatfield Forest
Tuesday 13 Apr, 10:15 to 15:15, Bright with some sun, 5 to 12C. Sightings by David
4 Buzzard, 6 Swallow (Over Lake), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 investigating bank of Lake - nesting soon?), 2 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail (On bank of Lake), 1 Reed Bunting (Close to Marsh), 7 Coot (3-4 nests on Decoy Lake), 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch (By Lake), 2 Red Kite [Winifred Simmonds]
Henny Street
Monday 19 Apr, 12:00 to 13:00, Clear blue sky
1 Fieldfare (Overhead), 1 Grey Wagtail (Near Swan Pub), 1 Willow Warbler (East of Village), 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker [Mick Woodruff]
Holland Haven
Monday 19 Apr, 13:30 to 14:45, Selected highlights
5 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver (Winter plumage), 1 Whitethroat [Steve Grimwade] Purple Sandpiper at Holland Haven on 19 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Whimbrel at Holland Haven on 19 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Hutton
Tuesday 20 Apr, 05:58 to 08:48, Hutton Country Park. Dense fog to start. Clear sky. 4-8 degrees
7 Green Woodpecker, 19 Blackcap (17 males, 2 females), 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Herring Gull (pair on pylon last 3 visits), 3 Whitethroat, 1 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, 22 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Bullfinch (2 pairs) [James Hudson]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 06:10 to 09:35, Hutton Country Park. Clear sky. Freezing conditions first thing.
1 Kestrel, 24 Blackcap (23 males, 1 female), 7 Jay, 5 Green Woodpecker, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 10 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Mandarin Duck (male flushed from river by Buzzard), 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch (2 single males and 2 pairs) [James Hudson]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 06:20 to 09:05, Hutton Country Park. Clear sky. Cold.
15 Blackcap (14 singing males, 1 female), 8 Redwing, 5 Skylark, 10 Jay, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 25 Chiffchaff, 10 Greenfinch, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew north) [James Hudson]
Kelvedon Hatch
Wednesday 21 Apr, 12:00 to 12:15
2 Red Kite (SW over village) [David Jobbins]
Wednesday 21 Apr, 09:20 to 09:25
1 Red Kite (Low NE over village) [David Jobbins]
Tuesday 20 Apr, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Red Kite (High SE over garden.) [David Jobbins]
Laindon
Wednesday 21 Apr, 14:15 to 14:30, Sunny, breezy. Back garden.
1 Red Kite (South.), 1 Buzzard (North.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 21 Apr, 07:45 to 10:15, Sunny, clouding over. Becoming chilly.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Over garden. Drifted off westwards.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing male. First I've heard here for a long time.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Greenfinch (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 18 Apr, 07:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, 1°C to 8°C
10 Blackcap (6 seen), 8 Chiffchaff (4 seen), 5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Red Fox, 3 Chinese Muntjac [Richard Chew]
Friday 16 Apr, 07:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, 1°C to 5°C
9 Blackcap, 6 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 5 Chiffchaff [Richard Chew]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 06:30 to 09:00, Dry, sunny, light wind, -1°C to 3°C
8 Blackcap (3 seen, 5 heard), 1 Goldcrest, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Red Fox, 3 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Chiffchaff (1 seen, 5 heard), 1 Pied Flycatcher (Male watched feeding and singing for 45 minutes) [Richard Chew] Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew) , Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew) , Laindon on 13 Apr 2021, (Richard Chew)
Sunday 11 Apr, 10:00 to 10:30, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze.
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults. Circled over house.) [Andrew Cox]
Langdon Hills NR EWT
Saturday 17 Apr, 08:00 to 08:00, Sunny, chilly. Plotlands.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Whitethroat (Male. Not singing.), 10 Blackcap (Nine singing males (at least). One female.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing males.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.. ) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 10 Apr, 08:15 to 09:00, Cloudy,cold. Plotlands.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warbler (Singing.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 09 Apr, 10:15 to 11:30, Sun & clouds, becoming warmer. Willow Park & Lincewood.
4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (Pair, Willow Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Layer Breton
Thursday 08 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy dry
30 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe [Michael Davies] Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Great Crested Grebe at Layer Breton on 08 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Layer-de-la-Haye
Tuesday 20 Apr, 14:00 to 15:50, Circular walk around Village
1 Nightingale, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Steve Grimwade]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge
Thursday 15 Apr, 13:00 to 14:00
12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Graham Barber ]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:10 to 11:00, Sun and cloud, light W wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Canada Goose (Pair.), 18 Greylag Goose (Inc. at least six pair.), 5 Mute Swan (Two pair plus one juv.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 4 Pochard (Three male.), 66 Tufted Duck (44 male.), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 2 Blackcap (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing.), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 14 Mallard (Inc. three pair.), 80 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:15 to 10:50, Sunny, then clouding over. Cold, gusty, NW wind.
5 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Greylag Goose (Two pair.), 7 Mute Swan (Three pair and one juv.), 2 Shelduck (Pair.), 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard (Together.), 2 Skylark (Singing.), 11 Swallow (Feeding over carp lake.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Pied Wagtail, 10 Mallard (Five pair.), 4 Moorhen (Two pair.), 350 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing.), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Maldon
Friday 16 Apr, 11:30 to 15:30, Sunny, 4/8; Promenade area
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2100 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Mediterranean Gull (Very vocal and much chasing over small island off promenade), 18 Knot, 5 Common Tern [Andrew Goodey]
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:10 to 09:45, Sunny, moderate NE wind. Elms Farm Park.
2 Canada Goose (Pair on lake.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail. Over by-pass then settled in tree by Railway Pond. Same vicinity as March 12th.), 5 Chiffchaff (Four singing.), 1 Blackcap (Singing.), 1 Whitethroat (Singing), 1 Song Thrush [Malcolm Corbett]
Monday 12 Apr, 16:15 to 16:15, Sun and cloud, light NW wind.
1 Nightingale (Singing from deep in copse SE of Elms Farm Park lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Friday 09 Apr, 06:00 to 16:00, Garden sightings
1 Red Kite (Heading west over garden at 12pm), 2 Sparrowhawk (2 circling together, Pair or territorial defence?), 1 Chiffchaff (singing male), 1 Blackcap (singing male) [Tony Kennelly]
Thursday 08 Apr, 09:10 to 09:40, Cloudy, moderate SW wind. Elms Farm Park.
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (On lake.), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. By lake.), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Pair.), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 2 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Manuden
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud, cold
1 Red Kite (Over village), 2 Buzzard (Pair displaying), 1 Chiffchaff (Singing) [Mark Pegrum]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
Friday 16 Apr, 09:45 to 09:45, Sunny with a cold NE breeze Low tide. Very quite
14 Blackcap, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel (on Crouch mud), 8 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch), 1 Cuckoo (calling in the distance), 1 Sedge Warbler (sub song) [Alan Shearring]
Friday 09 Apr, 09:45 to 09:45, Tide coming in, sunny SW breeze
5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 3 Wheatear (in field east of Saltcoats), 10 Great Crested Grebe (in Clements Green Creek), 4 Swallow, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Stow Marsh), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Raven (in a field), 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Alan Shearring]
Mersea Island
Monday 19 Apr, 09:00 to 17:30
1 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU 1st on island this year), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 strood, 2 maydays ), 4 Whimbrel (1 strood DU, 3 maydays MC ), 2 Whitethroat (1 strood DU AF, 1 maydays MC ), 1 Sedge Warbler (Maydays MC ), 1 Common Tern (Maydays MC), 1 Yellowhammer (Maydays MC), 1 Red Kite (F/O strood hill layby 4.10pm SE), 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 strood hill layby DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 18 Apr, 09:00 to 17:30
1 Green Sandpiper (Reeves hall marshes pool am MC ), 1 Whimbrel (Reeves hall pools MC SE), 38 Black-tailed Godwit (Pye fleet off shop lane MC SE), 2 Avocet (Pye fleet off shop lane MC SE), 10 Pochard (Cudmore grove pond SE), 1 Fieldfare (Fish pond wood shoplane MC), 2 Tufted Duck (Pr cudmore grove pond SE), 2 Little Grebe (1pr cudmore grove pond SE ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel (DU) ), 4 Swallow (3 Strood channel DU ,1 east Mersea road SE), 1 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Sparrowhawk (Over ray Island DU ), 2 Corn Bunting (Feldy view cemetery DU ), 1 Common Tern (Pye fleet off Reeves hall marshes SE . RED SQUIRREL Shop lane SE), 4 Cetti's Warbler (1.oyster fishery , 2 cudmore grove park pond SE .1 Strood hill layby SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Saturday 17 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Sedge Warbler (Cudmore grove park pond MT,ST), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Path shop lane to meeting lane DU), 3 Yellowhammer (1p path shop to meeting lane DU. 1 m maydays SE ), 8 Chiffchaff (4prs path shop to meeting lane DU ), 4 Marsh Harrier (3 langenhoe, 1 maydays SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 16 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whitethroat (Path shop lane to meeting lane MC ), 8 Blackcap (All singing males, 4 reymeads wood SE, 4 cross lane SE), 6 Swallow (2 cross lane SE, 2 hard around dabchicks sailing club SE, 2 boating lake youth camp DU ), 3 Eider (Off cross lane DU 2 male ), 2 Yellowhammer (1pr waldegraves DU ), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp DU), 5 Buzzard (Youth camp boating lake DU), 2 Great Northern Diver (Off cross lane DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 15 Apr, 17:00 to 19:00
4 Yellow Wagtail (On centre bank between both boating lakes next to youth camp ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Common Tern (Hard /coast road DU), 6 Avocet (Strood channel SB), 1 Swallow (Strood channel SB), 1 Sedge Warbler (Cudmore grove park pond AF ), 1 Blackcap (Mimicking segel Warbler & blackbird AF) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 14 Apr, 09:00 to 16:30
2 Yellow Wagtail (1 east Mersea MC 1 strood channel DU ), 2 Willow Warbler (1 feldy view cemetery SE . 1 back footpath firs chase caravan park SE), 5 Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU), 1 Golden Plover (Cudmore grove MC), 1 Black Brant (Strood channel nr old jetty bottom firs chase caravan park DU), 1 Firecrest (Lovely coloured one fish pond wood shop lane MC SE), 1 Short-eared Owl (Reeves hall marshes (MC)), 1 Great Northern Diver (Off Victoria esplanade SE ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (East Mersea MC ), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (With black brant DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Yellow Wagtail (Cudmore grove DU), 2 Sedge Warbler (cudmore grove pond DU), 8 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove (DU)), 3 Snipe (Grazing fields cudmore grove DU ), 1 Mistle Thrush (Nr bus turning at golf house DU), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore grove DU ), 4 Buzzard (Cudmore grove DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Monday 12 Apr, 09:00 to 15:30
1 Little Owl (Cross lane SE ), 4 Blackcap (2pr cross lane ), 3 Song Thrush (Singing cross lane SE ), 1 Willow Warbler (Feldy view DU ), 2 Whimbrel (Ray Island DU ), 7 Swallow (4 Strood channel DU . 3 east Mersea MC ), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU), 6 Buzzard (Strood channel (DU) ), 2 Golden Plover (East Mersea MC), 12 Chiffchaff (3prs cross lane SE . 8 east Mersea MC), 1 Redstart (Feldy view cemetery found by jon B ,seen by DU . Seen 45min by a couple locals only (notme)), 3 Cetti's Warbler (East Mersea between park & oyster fishery MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Sunday 11 Apr, 09:00 to 17:30
1 Greenshank (From strood causeway 5.15pm SE ), 1 Swallow (Youth camp boating lake DU), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp seen fro seawall 6th popular tree back DU), 1 Great Northern Diver (Off waldegraves DU), 25 Great Crested Grebe (Off waldergraves DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Saturday 10 Apr, 12:45 to 19:30
1 Great White Egret (Dropped in strood channel next to layby SE), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female strood channel SE), 3 Yellowhammer (Maydays DU also CHINESE WATER DEER ( DU )) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 09 Apr, 17:45 to 18:00
1 Hen Harrier (Male east to west along strood channel IAN BLACK), 1 Whimbrel (Strood channel IB), 1 Wheatear (Male strood channel IB) [Stephen Entwistle]
Friday 09 Apr, 09:00 to 12:00
1 Wheatear (Male on sandy point st Peter's meadow SE), 5 Blackcap (Male singing st Peter's meadow SE ,3 cudmore grove MC.1 firs chase garden DU ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Pr cudmore grove park pond MC), 5 Sand Martin (Cudmore grove MC), 5 Buzzard (3 Cudmore grove MC , 2 over firs chase caravan park DU), 4 Snipe (Grazing fields cudmore grove MC), 5 Swallow (Coast rd hard(nr company shed) DU (Mr rusty is back.a very rusty breast coloured one)), 1 Whimbrel (Strood channel DU), 6 Canada Goose (Strood channel (DU) ), 1 Black Brant (Strood channel DU ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove MC), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Strood channel DU ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 08 Apr, 15:00 to 19:30
50 Linnet (2×25 cross lane), 1 Whimbrel (Off waldegraves seawall SE), 1 Little Owl (Youth camp seen from seawall 6th popular tree back SE), 3 Corn Bunting (Cross lane SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 08 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Sedge Warbler (Showed well cudmore grove park pond AF SE), 5 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF SE), 6 Long-tailed Tit (3prs cudmore grove AF), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing cudmore grove ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove (SE)), 2 Blackcap (Cudmore grove (SE) ), 1 Great White Egret (Strood channel pond DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thursday 08 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Sedge Warbler (Showed well cudmore grove park pond AF SE), 5 Snipe (Cudmore grove AF SE), 6 Long-tailed Tit (3prs cudmore grove AF), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Singing cudmore grove ), 4 Chiffchaff (Cudmore grove (SE)), 2 Blackcap (Cudmore grove (SE) ), 1 Great White Egret (Strood channel pond DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 17:30
2 Barn Owl (Pr cudmore grove park DU), 1 Siskin (Fm on feeders firs chase garden DU ), 1 Short-eared Owl (PM Reeves hall marshes/maydays marshes SE), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing maydays Barrow dyke SE), 7 Linnet (Maydays SE ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male langenhoe .fm maydays SE), 2 Mute Swan (1pr maydays ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Mistley
Saturday 17 Apr, 11:00 to 13:00, sunny with a cool breeze
1 Sparrowhawk (male mobbing Buzzard), 26 Avocet (mainly near Manningtree), 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Turnstone, 40 Knot, 1 Greenshank (Manningtree), 4 Swallow, 1 Whimbrel, 600 Dunlin, 2 Black Swan, 1 White Wagtail (male) [Martin Peers]
Moverons, near Brightlingsea
Wednesday 07 Apr, 18:30 to 20:00, Chilly, still, broken cloud
1 Barn Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Redshank [Marsh Stitchman]
Navestock
Monday 12 Apr, 17:30 to 17:30, Bright but cold
1 Hobby (Flying along tree lined part of lane ) [Ann Darnell]
Naze, The
Monday 19 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Selected highlights
5 Red-throated Diver (4 summer plumage and 1 winter plumage), 1 Eider (Female), 5 Sparrowhawk (Including 4 circling together), 23 Sanderling, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Coot (1 flew north past the tower!), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Sand Martin, 750 Dunlin, 4 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Grimwade] Eider at Naze, The on 19 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Sparrowhawk at Naze, The on 19 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, ) , Mediterranean Gull at Naze, The on 19 Apr 2021, (Steve Grimwade, )
Saturday 17 Apr, 10:00 to 14:00, cold, bright
25 Knot (towards Stone Point - unusual), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Tower car park - very vocal), 1 Black Brant (last Sunday - from seawall with small group of Brent Geese), 200 Dunlin (+), 30 Sanderling (+), 4 Grey Plover (mainly summer plumage) [Martin Richards]
Saturday 17 Apr, 06:15 to 10:30, cold first thing, clear, N wind, low tide; 18 species in song
4 Blackcap (Singing ), 6 Swallow (1 around the Centre first thing, 3 north, 2 sewage works ), 1 Sand Martin (North), 1 Barn Owl (Quartering the Common first thing, super views ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe (Walton Hall Marshes ), 1 Yellow Wagtail (North ), 25 Shoveler (Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Avocet (Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Golden Plover (Roosting, Walton Hall Marshes ), 8 Chiffchaff (5 singing ), 1 Fulmar (North along the cliffs, typical spring record), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 drainage ditch north of decoy ponds, 1 decoy ponds) [Brian Combes]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 10:00 to 12:00
4 Skylark (+), 2 Blackcap (males), 1 Jay, 67 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Eider (female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Shoveler (male), 1 Greenfinch (+), 8 Chiffchaff (+), 50 Dunlin (incl 1 in breeding plumage), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Liz Huxley]
Saturday 10 Apr, 14:05 to 14:05, EWT visitor centre
1 Black Redstart (briefly on patio outside visitor centre) [Liz Huxley]
Saturday 10 Apr, 06:30 to 10:15, cool, overcast, brisk N wind swinging E, high tide; 18 species in song
4 Swallow (North, first thing, singles keeping low), 4 Blackcap (3 singing ), 3 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing ), 2 Goldcrest, 15 Linnet, 6 Mediterranean Gull (Adults, three pairs over sewage works ), 34 Shoveler (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Gadwall (Walton Hall Marshes ), 20 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 12 Golden Plover (Roosting, Walton Hall Marshes ), 7 Chiffchaff (4 singing ), 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 4 in and around John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 north of decoy pond) [Brian Combes]
Friday 09 Apr, 06:30 to 10:00, SW wind, cool, clear, high tide; 17 species in song
3 Sparrowhawk (Several sightings and three in the air together at one point), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (2 singing ), 2 Swallow (North ), 3 Chinese Muntjac, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Willow Warbler (First of the year, 1 singing ), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Sedge Warbler (First of the year, in subsong), 1 House Martin (North, first of the year), 12 Chiffchaff (+, 3 singing), 1 Black Redstart (Sunny Point ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch and 3 John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 06:20 to 08:45, clear, cold, icy N wind, high tide; 14 species in song
2 Blackcap (1 singing ), 1 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin (North), 6 Chiffchaff (3 singing ), 5 Meadow Pipit (North ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (North), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 3 John Weston Reserve ) [Brian Combes]
North Weald
Wednesday 07 Apr, 14:45 to 15:00, Cold, breezy
1 Red Kite [Paul Shuttleworth]
Northey Island, Blackwater Estuary
Friday 16 Apr, 09:00 to 09:15, Sunny, warm
1 Common Tern (Mid-river, resting on lobster(?) cage at low tide) [Jon Clark]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Wednesday 14 Apr, 12:30 to 17:00, Cloudy, cold, some sunny intervals. Short Walk.
2 Marsh Harrier (pair displaying; female carrying reeds.), 2 Spotted Redshank (partial summer plumage. Very close to path near windmill. ), 2 Ruff (with Black Tailed Godwits on large freshwater pool, south wall. Also a silver Bahama Pintail pointed out & identified for me.), 125 Avocet (At least.), 1 Barn Owl (near Car Park. Flew straight towards me. ), 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Little Ringed Plover (with Spotted Redshanks.), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Ian Swanson]
Monday 12 Apr, 11:50 to 15:00, Mixed! Sunshine, rain & hail
2 Spotted Redshank (1 summ plumage), 7 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (Heard calling from main reed bed area but not seen), 3 Whimbrel [Jon Clark]
Point Clear, St Osyth
Wednesday 21 Apr, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny, but cool
16 Sanderling, 9 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Ringed Plover, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose [Graham Upton]
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 17 Apr, 10:30 to 15:00, Sunny and very mild, highlights from 64 species recorded
4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 13 Avocet (Aveley Bay), 1 Ruff (Target Pools), 4 Snipe, 1 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Sedge Warbler (+), 6 Whitethroat (+), 1 Willow Warbler (singing near turnstile), 20 Linnet (+), 2 Wigeon, 1 Dunlin, 1 Red Kite (high over landfill late morning), 1 Peregrine Falcon (high over Butts Hide), 2 Spoonbill (showing very well on Purfleet Scrape from river wall), 20 Cetti's Warbler (+, extremely vocal) [Ben Mapp]
Saturday 10 Apr, 09:30 to 12:00, Cold and Overcast
2 Common Scoter (Pair together on the river diving and feeding mid channel), 1 Ring Ouzel (Mobile up and down sea wall , occasionally on the reserve), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Mobile around Aveley Pools), 1 Raven (Mobbed by Lapwing flying over the reserve), 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Swallow (Small flock feeding over the pools) [Ben Green]
Rayne
Wednesday 21 Apr, 11:15 to 12:05, Dry , sunny with cloud - Flitch Way
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaff (further heard), 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit [Paul Everett] Sparrowhawk at Rayne on 21 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Sparrowhawk at Rayne on 21 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Chiffchaff at Rayne on 21 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Chiffchaff at Rayne on 21 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Great Tit at Rayne on 21 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Sunday 11 Apr, 07:00 to 08:30, Sunny;2/8; Oak Meadow NR
1 Willow Warbler (Singing ), 2 Stock Dove (Pair ), 20 Fieldfare (On cricket pitch) [Andrew Goodey]
Rickling Green
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 09:00
62 Golden Plover (In fields west of village toward Berden) [Alan Harris]
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford
Tuesday 20 Apr, 16:15 to 16:45, Dry and overcast
2 Common Tern (First back for GP this year? ) [Brian Bolton]
Tuesday 20 Apr, 07:50 to 09:04, Sunny and Dry
1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Crested Grebe (pair), 1 Grey Heron (Flying over and mobbed by BH Gulls), 1 Common Tern, 2 Chiffchaff (heard ), 1 Mallard (with 8 ducklings), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair, on pump platform) [Paul Everett] Blackcap at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 20 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Great Crested Grebe at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 20 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Mallard at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 20 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 20 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Common Tern at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 20 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Saturday 17 Apr, 11:15 to 12:00, Sunny but chilly
1 Kittiwake (Still showing very well from Gate or layby looking healthier now ) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, Nikon / Tamron 150-600mm) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, Nikon / Tamron 150-600mm) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 17 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Friday 16 Apr, 07:00 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still east side of pit), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Dropped in very briefly then flew off N) [Brian Bolton]
Thursday 15 Apr, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still on East Side of pit ) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 14 Apr, 07:15 to 08:00, Sunny
1 Kittiwake (Still hanging on) [Brian Bolton]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 07:30 to 08:00, Sunny and cold
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well on South Side of pit looking unwell) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 13 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Monday 12 Apr, 12:00 to 13:30, Sunny. Light NW wind
1 Kittiwake (1st winter still present on water in NE corner of pit), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Pair flew in calling and settled on water for c20 minutes then flew S over road towards working gravel pits), 1 Whimbrel (Heard overhead but not seen) [George Brown] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Mediterranean Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens) , Mediterranean Gull at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 12 Apr 2021, (George Brown, Canon 1200D camera 75-300mm lens)
Saturday 10 Apr, 15:45 to 15:55, Cold, overcast
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well from layby), 5 Swallow (+) [Paul Everett] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 10 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Saturday 10 Apr, 10:30 to 10:45, Cloudy and breezy. Only certain species recorded.
1 Kittiwake (1st Winter ), 2 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant [Andrew Allen]
Friday 09 Apr, 16:30 to 17:00, Overcast
1 Kittiwake, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Gadwall [Stuart Anderson] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Stuart Anderson)
Friday 09 Apr, 15:30 to 16:00, Overcast and chilly
1 Kittiwake (Still showing well from Gate ) [Brian Bolton] Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, ) , Kittiwake at Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford on 09 Apr 2021, (Brian Bolton, )
Friday 09 Apr, 12:00 to 13:00, Sunny; W wind.
1 Kittiwake (1st winter among Black-headed gulls on and over water), 1 Whitethroat (calling and singing in hedge along S side of pit) [George Brown]
Thursday 08 Apr, 17:45 to 18:30, Overcast, dry
6 Gadwall (4M 2F), 2 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 2 Oystercatcher (One seen briefly within the vegetation on the top of the island) [Paul Everett]
Thursday 08 Apr, 07:30 to 08:00, Dry and chilly
1 Willow Warbler (Singing in trees to left past entrance gate ), 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Oystercatcher (Pair plus one then flew off ), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Pochard (Male) [Brian Bolton]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 17:30 to 18:00, Dry with strong wind
6 Sand Martin (Probably more), 6 Swallow (Probably more), 2 House Martin, 4 Common Gull, 1 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair) [Brian Bolton]
Shenfield
Sunday 18 Apr, 09:00 to 09:10, Sunny
1 Bullfinch [Trevor Bufton]
Thursday 08 Apr, 16:10 to 16:10
1 Red Kite (flew south-west along Sebastian Avenue at rooftop height) [James Hudson]
Shrub End
Saturday 17 Apr, 10:15 to 11:30, All sightings from Westlands country park, Bright and moderate breeze
3 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush (singing male.), 3 Blackcap (at least, all singing males), 1 Jay, 1 Skylark (singing male), 3 Linnet, 2 Collared Dove (pair), 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Magpie, 15 Robin (mostly singing males some carrying food items), 1 Meadow Pipit, 28 Wood Pigeon, 16 Blackbird, 7 Wren (mostly singing males), 6 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 8 Chiffchaff (mostly singing males, one seen carrying nesting material.), 6 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 5 Starling [Ashley Gooding]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 17:00 to 17:15
1 Red Kite [Oliver Cottis]
South Woodham Ferrers
Friday 16 Apr, 09:00 to 09:00, Clear, bright and cold.
2 Mediterranean Gull (Two adult over my house calling and heading NW.) [Robert Pease]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:45 to 09:45
1 Long-eared Owl (roosting in dense blackthorn cover) [Alan Shearring]
Monday 12 Apr, 09:45 to 09:45, North of the town. Sunny cold SW breeze
6 Blackcap, 6 Buzzard (resident birds including a pair displaying), 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Nightingale (brief subsong), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over farmland), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 White Wagtail [Alan Shearring]
Stanford Warren
Wednesday 14 Apr, 13:15 to 14:15, Mostly cloudy
2 Coot (Fishing lakes), 4 Cormorant (On pylon by fishing lakes), 1 Buzzard, 4 Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Greylag Goose (Flying south towards TTNP), 1 Little Grebe (Pond in reedbed south of fishing lakes), 4 Goldfinch (Scrub), 4 Linnet (Scrub), 1 Song Thrush (Scrub), 3 Swallow (Fishing lakes), 3 House Martin (Fishing lakes), 2 Sand Martin (Fishing lakes), 1 Mallard (+ 4 ducklings. Footbridge over Hassenbrooke River), 8 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 6 Cetti's Warbler (4 heard in reedbeds west of fishing lakes, 2 heard in reedbed south of fishing lakes) [Jamie Thornton]
Stansted Airport Lagoons
Tuesday 20 Apr, 09:25 to 10:45, Bright and sunny
2 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 1 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Male), 5 Blackcap (singing M's), 2 Whitethroat (singing M), 1 Willow Warbler (singing M), 3 Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff (singing M's), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ring Ouzel (Male frequenting bushes and track at north end of lagoons) [Mike Harris]
Stanway Green
Friday 09 Apr, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Willow Warbler (heard only) [Oliver Cottis]
Stapleford Tawney
Saturday 17 Apr, 13:00 to 19:30, Blue sky. Significant sightings only recorded.
1 Yellow Wagtail (1+ Yellow Wagtail(s) back on territory ), 1 Little Owl (In usual area), 1 Red Kite (One seen perched) [Nicholas Weston]
Thursday 15 Apr, 16:30 to 19:30, Cold, Rain,
1 Little Owl (At nest sight), 12 Linnet (3 small flocks), 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Pheasant, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 2 Red Kite (Two birds, in flight, feeding and perched.) [Nicholas Weston] Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston) , Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston) , Red Kite at Stapleford Tawney on 15 Apr 2021, (Nicholas Weston)
Thorndon CP (North)
Monday 19 Apr, 09:15 to 09:45, Misty, cold.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male. Golf course.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.. ), 3 Linnet, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 18 Apr, 08:15 to 09:30, Sunny chilly.
2 Buzzard (Pair.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Male. Hunting over Childerditch Meadow.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow (Vicinity of Hatch Farm. All appeared to be males.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Coal Tit (Singing males.), 1 Treecreeper (Singing male.), 4 Nuthatch (From three territories.), 2 Linnet (Both males.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 10:00 to 10:45, Sunny, cold breeze. Becoming cloudier.
3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (Singing Male.), 1 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (Singing males.), 1 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Linnet (Two pairs.) [Andrew Cox]
Thorndon CP (South)
Wednesday 21 Apr, 14:45 to 15:30, Sunny, breezy.
2 Buzzard (Pair, pavillion meadow.), 1 Tufted Duck (Male.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Yellowhammer (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 19 Apr, 08:15 to 09:15, misty, cold.
6 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Yellowhammer (At least. Car park.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 16 Apr, 08:15 to 09:30, Sun& clouds. Cool.
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Singing males.), 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush (One feding on pavillion meadow; one singing male near goats inclosure.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (Singing Male.. ), 5 Goldfinch (At least.), 3 Linnet (Al males, two singing.), 1 Yellowhammer (Over pavillion meadow.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 14 Apr, 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, cool.
3 Buzzard (Including pair displying, Pavillion meadow.), 2 Sparrowhawk (Pair displaying.), 1 Kestrel (Female.), 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 9 Fieldfare (Heading east.), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch (From three territories.), 2 Goldfinch (At least.), 2 Linnet (At least.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling, near goats inclosure.) [Andrew Cox]
Monday 12 Apr, 09:00 to 10:15, Cloudy, cold.
5 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 5 Nuthatch (Pair plus three other singing males; including one on the edge of the golf course.), 2 Raven (Pair.), 2 Yellowhammer (Pair.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 11 Apr, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, cold.
4 Green Woodpecker (Including a pair feeding together on short grass east of Mill Wood.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming.), 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing male showing well, NE area.), 1 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer (In hedgerow next to car park.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male feeding among the branches of a young hornbeam, at no great height. Wooded area NE of Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 10:45 to 12:15, Cloudy, some sun. Cold breeze.
4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (Male carrying prey item Pastures area. Pair displaying over Mill Wood.), 1 Green Woodpecker (Jury Hill.), 13 Swallow (At least. Most around propery just west of Jury Hill.), 1 House Martin (With swallows.), 6 Song Thrush (At least. Feeding on the floor in Mill Wood.), 1 Nuthatch (Singing male, Mill Wood.), 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet (At least.), 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Andrew Cox]
Wednesday 07 Apr, 08:15 to 10:00, Sunny, cold breeze.
5 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Two visiting different nest holes. One carrying food item inside; presumably for incubating mate.), 3 Nuthatch (Female looked to be clearing out a potential nest hole. Male singing nearby. Another singing male in another territory.) [Andrew Cox]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT)
Tuesday 20 Apr, 09:30 to 11:00, Misty, thick fog over the river. Eventually sunny & warm.
1 Yellow Wagtail (Male, overhead.), 2 Swallow, 1 Stonechat (Male.), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing males.), 7 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 1 Reed Bunting (Male.), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing Male. Heard only.), 1 Greenfinch (Singing Male.) [Andrew Cox]
Sunday 18 Apr, 08:00 to 14:30, Fine and sunny, rising tide
2 Little Egret (Stanford Creek and the managed retreat), 2 Corn Bunting (Singing males on the approach road to the VC), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the approach road to the VC), 6 Mediterranean Gull (Adults over west during the day), 5 Whitethroat (Singing males), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 14 Pochard (10, six drakes, Golden Gates, four, three drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 49 Tufted Duck (32, 17 drakes, Golden Gates, 17, 11 drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip), 22 Coot (14 Golden Gates, eight on the pit to the south of the tip), 25 Greylag Goose (Plus broods of seven and 12, Golden Gates), 1 Goldeneye (Female Golden Gates), 13 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 1 Reed Warbler (Golden Gates), 11 Blackcap (Singing males), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Mute Swan (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Shoveler (Pair on the pit to the south of the tip), 1 Aythya sp. (Female hybrid Tufted X Pochard), 195 Rook (Occupied nests including the satellite colony), 1 Nightingale (Butts Lane/TTNP entrance road), 13 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 1 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 2 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 46 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 6 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 50 Teal (Two Golden Gates, six on the pit to the south of the tip, 42 Mucking Bay), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing males), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Sunday 11 Apr, 08:00 to 13:00, Broken cloud NNW wind, HT
4 Stonechat (A pair and a male near the VC, male Golden Gates), 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male near VC), 54 Tufted Duck (30 (16 drakes) Golden Gates, 24 (11drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 11 Pochard (Six (five drakes) Golden Gates, five (three drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Swallow (Golden Gates), 4 Sand Martin (Golden Gates), 8 Greylag Goose (Plus a brood of seven Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 20 Mediterranean Gull (Three, two adults and a 2nd summer Golden Gates, plus at least 17 over during the day, including a flock of five), 4 Shoveler (On the pit to the south of the tip), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 186 Rook (Occupied nests, Golden Gates), 2 Red-legged Partridge (Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 56 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 4 Oystercatcher (In the managed retreat), 3 Pintail (Mucking Bay), 12 Curlew (In the managed retreat), 2 Wheatear (Pair near the VC), 2 Willow Warbler (Golden Gates), 38 Teal (Two Golden Gates, four on the pit to the south of the tip, 32 Stanford Creek), 2 Egyptian Goose (Over the tip to Golden Gates), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Singles by the outer car park and Golden Gates) [Paul Larkin]
Tilbury
Saturday 17 Apr, 07:00 to 08:00, Fine and sunny, calm, LT
1 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of the old P Stn site), 6 Curlew (East of the old P Stn site), 1 Whimbrel (On foreshore by the ferry terminal, then up river) [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 15 Apr, 08:00 to 09:40, Fine and sunny, ENE wind, showers, rising tide
12 Shelduck (Six in the fort, the rest on foreshore near the new landfill), 1 Mute Swan (In the moat), 2 Canada Goose (In the horse fields), 16 Sand Martin (Hawking round the Fort), 1 Little Egret (In the moat), 1 Green Sandpiper (Around the fort), 1 Blackcap (In the STW), 39 Linnet (Around the fort), 4 Oystercatcher (On foreshore by the new landfill), 2 Red-legged Partridge (On the new landfill), 6 Curlew (On foreshore by the new landfill), 4 Mallard (Around the fort), 11 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Starling (Single flock around the fort) [Paul Larkin]
Thursday 08 Apr, 08:15 to 09:30, Broken cloud, SW wind, rising tide
1 Buzzard (Sitting on fence in horses paddock), 11 Shelduck (Two on the foreshore, the rest around the fort), 1 Mute Swan (In the moat), 2 Wheatear (Males around the moat), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (On the STW outfall), 2 Ringed Plover (Pair on the foreshore by the new landfill), 2 Oystercatcher (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 18 Curlew (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 4 Avocet (On the foreshore east of the old P Stn site), 38 Teal (Two on the foreshore east of the old P Stn site, the rest on the STW outfall), 8 Mallard (On the foreshore and around the fort), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Heard), 1 Cetti's Warbler (In the ditch near the World’s End) [Paul Larkin] Wheatear at Tilbury on 08 Apr 2021, (Paul Larkin, )
TL6907
Wednesday 21 Apr, 09:30 to 09:30, Bright
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (In tree to south of Beachs Drive. Same place as seen on 12 April) [Winifred Simmonds] Ring-necked Parakeet at TL6907 on 21 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Monday 12 Apr, 09:15 to 09:15, Bright - seen by David alone!
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (In tree just west of Beach's Mill Bridge and then flying nw) [Winifred Simmonds] Ring-necked Parakeet at TL6907 on 12 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
TQ5791
Wednesday 14 Apr, 12:15 to 13:15, Warley. Horse paddock along Dark Lane at 51.601539, 0.279953
2 Mistle Thrush (in field with Ouzel), 1 Song Thrush (in field with Ouzel), 3 Redwing (in field with Ouzel), 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven (pair in tree top), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Ring Ouzel (male in field with horses) [James Hudson] Raven at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson) , Ring Ouzel at TQ5791 on 14 Apr 2021, (James Hudson)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea
Monday 19 Apr, 12:30 to 17:00, Sunny, cold breeze.
2 Bar-tailed Godwit (Pair feeding just east of slipway as tide came in. Male SP.), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 4 Whimbrel (At least. Slipway area.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Slipway area. Looked to betwo pairs. One pair often feeding in the car park.), 4 Common Tern (Slipway. Often very close.), 7 Whitethroat (All singing males.), 1 Reed Bunting (Lagoon.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Distant, heading NW over island.) [Andrew Cox]
Thursday 08 Apr, 11:00 to 15:15, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze.
14 Avocet (Lagoon.), 32 Grey Plover (Mudflats east of slipway. One or two moulting into SP.), 3 Knot (East of slipway.), 2 Turnstone (Lagoon.), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 11 Bar-tailed Godwit (East of slipway. ), 1 Greenshank (Lagoon.), 5 Common Gull (Two adults, three 1st winters.), 7 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Adults.), 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Reed Bunting (Male, lagoon.), 90 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (At least. Slipway at high tide.) [Andrew Cox]
Vange Marsh RSPB
Wednesday 14 Apr, 13:45 to 16:15, Sun & cloud. Chilly breeze. All waders NW corner.
2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Adult male & immature male.), 2 Oystercatcher, 31 Avocet, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 3 Spotted Redshank (Gradually attaining SP.), 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult & 2nd summer.), 4 Swallow (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Saturday 10 Apr, 10:45 to 13:15, Cloudy, breezy,cold.
2 Marsh Harrier (Pair.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Western end of old tip.), 2 Oystercatcher (Pair.), 19 Avocet, 4 Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank (High tide. Moulting into SP.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Three adults, one 2nd summer.), 21 Swallow (At least.), 5 House Martin (At least.), 4 Sand Martin (At least.), 2 Wigeon (Pair.), 55 Teal (At least.), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair,circling over old tip.) [Andrew Cox]
Walton-on-The-Naze
Monday 12 Apr, 11:00 to 14:00, Partly cloudy, wind North Easterly light. 12c / 54f
2 Pintail (♂♀ John Weston Reserve), 2 Brent Goose (John Weston Reserve), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 19 Turnstone (Hamford Water), 1 Snipe (John Weston Reserve), 1 Green Woodpecker (John Weston Reserve), 4 Swallow, 6 Blackcap (Heard more than seen), 8 Teal (John Weston Reserve), 16 Wigeon (John Weston Reserve), 2 Lapwing (Overhead), 6 Chiffchaff (Heard more than seen), 12 Greenfinch (Estimated), 3 Cetti's Warbler (3 different birds calling, one sighting) [Mick Woodruff]
Warley
Sunday 18 Apr, 09:45 to 10:39, Sunny and Dry, Dark Lane,
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew over) [Paul Everett] Raven at Warley on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens) , Raven at Warley on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
Friday 16 Apr, 17:15 to 17:35, sunny but cold
1 Ring Ouzel (male still in paddock at bottom of hill on Dark Lane ), 2 Redwing, 15 Starling, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Red Kite [Andrew Stroud]
Thursday 15 Apr, 16:00 to 16:30, Cold, sunny with brief hail shower
1 Ring Ouzel (Male), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush [Jon Clark]
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Ring Ouzel [Martin Henry] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Martin Henry)
Thursday 15 Apr, 09:00 to 10:00, Fine and dry, sunny but cold
2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, 2 Swallow, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Canada Goose (along with a black and white hybrid of uncertain origins), 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 5 Jackdaw (+), 1 Chiffchaff (heard only), 1 Ring Ouzel (Male , showing well) [Paul Everett] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett)
Thursday 15 Apr, 06:45 to 07:30, Dark Lane, Boyles court, sunny and cold, still with ground frost. 2degrees C
1 Ring Ouzel (Male in spring plumage showing well at back of meadow), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Drinking from a pond and flying over calling.), 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 8 Redwing (Some in spring plumage) [Clive Tanner] Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Clive Tanner) , Ring Ouzel at Warley on 15 Apr 2021, (Clive Tanner)
Warley Place NR
Sunday 18 Apr, 11:15 to 11:15, Sunny , dry
1 Red Kite [Paul Everett] Red Kite at Warley Place NR on 18 Apr 2021, (Paul Everett, SONY A77ii with 150-500 lens)
West Bergholt
Wednesday 07 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Whitethroat (singing Hill House Wood), 2 Nuthatch (Hill House Wood) [Richard Allen]
West Mersea
Saturday 10 Apr, 11:15 to 12:00, Overcast & breezy
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club), 1 Black Brant (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club), 9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (In Strood Channel just beyond Dabchicks Sailing Club) [Andrew Allen]
Westley Heights
Sunday 18 Apr, 19:00 to 19:45, Calm , cold sunny evening in Combe Wood
2 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male calling and drumming, watched for 15 + mins) [Clive Tanner]
Thursday 15 Apr, 08:00 to 12:15, Sunny, cool. Becoming warmer & cloudier.
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Pair, Coombe Wood. Male prospecting tree hole & calling to female.), 7 Green Woodpecker (From four likely territories.), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including a pair mating in Coombe Wood.), 1 Swallow (Male, Dry Street meadow.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 2 Treecreeper (At least.), 7 Nuthatch (Four territories: pair near nest hole in The Park; pair seen mating in Coombe Wood. Male noticeably more brightly coloured than his mate. Pair seen indulging in courtship behaviour & feeding,horse paddock. Singing male seen at likely nest hole in copse near car park. New site; or hitherto undiscovered.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult female, heading east.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Male,showing well drumming in Coombe Wood.) [Andrew Cox]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 08:00 to 09:00, Sunny, some cloud. Cool. CoombeWood & The Park.
2 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper (At least.), 3 Nuthatch (Pair in The Park seen displaying & mating. Female entering nest hole. Singing male briefly in Coombe Wood.), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling. North side of top path in The Park.) [Andrew Cox]
Friday 09 Apr, 08:00 to 10:15, Sunny, chilly.
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Singing Male.), 2 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (Pair in The Park attending nest hole; singing male near water tower: most likely from the Hall Wood territory; male singing & attending nest hole near horse paddock.) [Andrew Cox]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham
Saturday 17 Apr, 09:15 to 10:00, sunny, light breeze
1 Red Kite (Over Blue Mills direction) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wickford
Sunday 11 Apr, 13:00 to 14:00, Sunny, broken cloud, slight wind
2 Yellowhammer (Wickford Memorial Park, path by the River Crouch under the railway bridge), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Buzzard [Les Finn]
Witham
Saturday 10 Apr, 08:00 to 08:00, Cloudy, 8 degrees
1 Kingfisher (On river near the duck pond) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wivenhoe
Friday 16 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
1 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greylag Goose, 1 Blackcap [Michael Davies] Redshank at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Blackcap at Wivenhoe on 16 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wednesday 14 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
6 Redwing (early in Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Reed Warbler (singing Ferry Marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (at least singing Ferry Marsh) [Richard Allen]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 09:00 to 13:00, Dry, sunny
1 Robin (Nest building), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 5 Greylag Goose [Michael Davies] Robin at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Black-tailed Godwit at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Little Egret at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 13 Apr 2021, (Michael Davies)
Wix
Wednesday 07 Apr, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny spells
1 Goshawk (Considered to be second calendar year due to plumage and female due to size - slightly longer than Buzzard, wing span similar. Rounded tip to the tail, slight buldging to the secondaries and extended head and neck and powerful soaring. 14:40 gained height then soared in proximity to single Common Buzzard, which casually buzzed it. Shortly after when out of sight big eruption of gulls and a few Rooks from a field being worked could have been caused by this bird ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Swallow, 3 Buzzard, 1 Cormorant [James Davidson] Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson) , Goshawk at Wix on 07 Apr 2021, (James Davidson)
Wormingford, Colchester
Friday 16 Apr, 10:30 to 12:30, A walk around the perimeter of the airfield
4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Snipe, 30 Linnet, 6 Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 30 Skylark (Not sure how many, singing all the way round.), 3 Meadow Pipit [Glen Moore]
Wrabness
Wednesday 21 Apr, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny but breezy
7 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 4 Nightingale (Excellent views of one, fleeting view of another ), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Sand Martin (Not one at the site. The fencing has been cut down so this may have disturbed them.), 1 Grey Heron, 3 Shelduck, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Many.) [Peter Brittain]
Monday 19 Apr, 14:00 to 16:00
1 Swallow (+), 2 Shelduck, 8 Blackcap (+), 2 Whitethroat, 200 Sand Martin (approx), 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Nightingale, 14 Linnet, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 4 Chiffchaff (+), 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx), 2 Bullfinch [Liz Huxley]
Monday 19 Apr, 13:30 to 13:30, Sunny and Warm
1 Sand Martin (Estd. 60 back at the Holes ) [Peter Brittain]
Thursday 15 Apr, 14:15 to 14:15, Sunny
2 Mistle Thrush (In first paddock from car park), 2 Nightingale (Heard but not seen), 5 Blackcap [Peter Brittain]
Wednesday 14 Apr, 08:00 to 09:45, Cloud cover 2/8, cool but warming, hardly any wind. Tide well out.
4 Blackcap (2 singing at reserve; 1 singing, one other seen, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 2 Whitethroat (2 singing, reserve.), 2 Nightingale (singing on reserve.), 2 Yellowhammer (singing on reserve.), 1 Swallow (Shore Farm), 135 Brent Goose (12 Shore Farm/chalets; 120+, reserve.), 2 Green Woodpecker (2 yaffling, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming, reserve.), 1 Buzzard (Shore Farm area), 1 Kestrel (reserve), 5 Great Crested Grebe (3 off Shore Farm/chalets area, 2 off reserve), 1 Little Egret (Shore Farm area), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair, near Shore Farm.), 7 Chiffchaff (4 singing, 2 others seen, reserve; 1 singing, Shore Farm/chalets.), 2 Greenfinch (2 singing, Shore Farm/chalets area.), 2 Bullfinch (Pair, reserve near hide over Stour) [Simon Banks]
Tuesday 13 Apr, 14:30 to 17:00, Fine but with a cold wind.
1 Whimbrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Avocet, 9 Oystercatcher, 18 Curlew, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 203 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Dunlin, 14 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 8 Chiffchaff [David Allen]
Monday 12 Apr, 14:30 to 16:15, Sunny and overcast at times
6 Redshank, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Mid river), 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 4 Blackcap (2 pairs), 1 Reed Bunting (Female), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (I watched it drumming, down Wall Lane), 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin (I looked at the site and found the wire fencing had dropped over most of the holes so this may well be the reason they deserted this site which is a great shame.), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Estd 140), 8 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 Chiffchaff (I’ve never seen so many in one Reserve, maybe more than 7) [Peter Brittain]
Writtle
Sunday 18 Apr, 16:00 to 17:30, Clear blue skies. Only certain species recorded. Fox also seen.
2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Buzzard, 5 Canada Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Monday 12 Apr, 17:15 to 19:30, Sunny spells and cool. Only certain species recorded.
1 Black Redstart (Female. Found by Daryl Rhymes at 16.50 around the barns at Sturgeons Farm. Still present at 18.40 when I left.), 3 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Tufted Duck (Titchmarsh Reservoir) [Andrew Allen]
Sunday 11 Apr, 13:45 to 14:00, Sunny but cool
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On our feeders) [Peter Allen] Ring-necked Parakeet at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Peter Allen)
Sunday 11 Apr, 09:15 to 11:00, Bright. cool. Highlights of sightings with David
2 Blackcap (Both males - singing), 2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Yellow Wagtail (On bank of reservoir), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Fishing in River Can at Beach's Mill), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen (One probably on nest between Beach's Mill and Tower Gardens), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flying in stoop west of reservoir) [Winifred Simmonds] Snipe at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Snipe at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Yellow Wagtail at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds) , Little Egret at Writtle on 11 Apr 2021, (Winifred Simmonds)
Friday 09 Apr, 15:30 to 17:30, Broken cloud with a fresh breeze. Only certain species recorded.
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Snipe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 House Martin (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 10 Swallow (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (Heard only), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 3 Yellowhammer, 10 Linnet, 6 Greylag Goose [Andrew Allen]