The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Date Site Sightings Observer Duration Conditions Custom
Thursday 25 Jul Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 2 Pheasant, 82 Greylag Goose, 8 Mute Swan (Including four well grown cygnets.), 5 Egyptian Goose, 19 Mallard (Plus two recent broods.), 7 Pochard, 11 Swift, 7 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 5 Moorhen, 97 Coot, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Plus brood of three.), 10 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 11 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 14 Carrion Crow, 25 Blue Tit (circa. Including many juveniles.), 8 Great Tit, 4 Skylark, 40 Swallow (circa. Around 50% juveniles.), 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Wren, 2 Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 13 Tufted Duck Malcolm Corbett 08:30 to 11:25 Overcast. Moderate SW wind. 16-19c.
Wednesday 24 Jul Canvey Island, Thames 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 11:30 to 17:00 Sunny with clouds, then clouding over. Quite hazy out on the estuary.
Tuesday 23 Jul Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 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 10:00 to 13:00 Mandarin Duck at Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT on 23 Jul 2024, (Liz Huxley) , ,
Tuesday 23 Jul Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 2 Stonechat (Males.) Andrew Cox 09:25 to 10:45 Cloudy, some sun. Warm.
Tuesday 23 Jul Naze, The 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 06:15 to 13:30 high tide c. 14:00, mainly overcast with some heavy showers, northerly wind, warm
Monday 22 Jul Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 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 13:30 to 17:15 Overcast, some light rain. Then sun & clouds. Becoming warm.
Monday 22 Jul Holland Haven 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 10:45 to 11:45
Monday 22 Jul Hamford Water 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 10:00 to 12:00 High-tide c. 13:20, overcast, mild, brisk southerly wind; south shore Cuckoo at Hamford Water on 22 Jul 2024, (Brian Combes)
Monday 22 Jul Great Notley 20 Swift Paul Everett 09:40 to 09:40 seen by Jacqui over Great Notley village centre
Monday 22 Jul Ashdon 50+ Swallow, 40 House Martin (Both flying over garden at different times ) Phil Harling 09:00 to 15:00 Cloudy
Monday 22 Jul Langdon Hills NR EWT Goshawk (Seen in flight quite low over arable area between Lincewood & the Plotlands.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.) Andrew Cox 07:30 to 08:15 Overcast, cool. Great Berry/Lincewood.
Sunday 21 Jul Copford SW, near Stanway 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 20:00 to 22:00 Very still, warm evening
Sunday 21 Jul Abberton Reservoir 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 14:50 to 18:00
Sunday 21 Jul Hamford Water 5 Whimbrel, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Osprey (Drifting west over The Wade at 16:45), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer (Singing) Brian Combes 14:30 to 17:00 mainly overcast, warm, ebbing tide; south shore
Sunday 21 Jul Lawford, near Manningtree 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 10:40 to 11:30 Tide high. Mainly clouded. Not hot, but warming up. Little wind.
Sunday 21 Jul Abberton Reservoir 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 08:00 to 11:30 Fine rain,Overcast,sunny and humid
Sunday 21 Jul Limbourne Creek, Blackwater Estuary 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 06:00 to 09:00 Overcast & breezy
Sunday 21 Jul Frinton-on-Sea 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 05:30 to 18:00 Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Saturday 20 Jul Copford 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 20:00 to 22:00 Still, warm, summer evening
Saturday 20 Jul Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 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 18:50 to 20:00 Warm , clear
Saturday 20 Jul Copford 2 Red Kite Paul Everett 18:15 to 18:15
Saturday 20 Jul Bradfield Osprey (Feeding (successfully) on The Stour Estuary north of Nether Hall, then flew towards Stutton, delightful) Brian Combes 15:00 to 15:00
Saturday 20 Jul TL9018 Green Woodpecker Paul Everett 14:00 to 14:30
Saturday 20 Jul Langdon Hills NR EWT 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (One juv.), 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch (All Willow Park (two Long Wood).), Treecreeper (Willow Park.) Andrew Cox 13:00 to 16:00 Sun & cloud. Warm. Marks Hill & Willow Park.
Saturday 20 Jul Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 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 06:00 to 09:00
Saturday 20 Jul Frinton-on-Sea 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 05:40 to 20:00 Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Friday 19 Jul Brookes Reserve EWT, near Greenstead Green Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard ), 2 Green Woodpecker (heard), Long-tailed Tit (heard), 3 Blackbird (2 seen 1 heard) Paul Everett 13:15 to 15:30
Friday 19 Jul Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 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 10:30 to 15:00 Sunny, hot. All records from lagoon unless otherwise specified. Common Tern at Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea on 19 Jul 2024, (Andrew Cox) ,
Friday 19 Jul Walton-on-The-Naze 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 10:00 to 12:00 Clear, hot. Little wind.
Friday 19 Jul Heybridge GP 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 09:00 to 17:00 High tide c12:00 - highlights
Friday 19 Jul TL6613 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 08:20 to 10:40 Hot, light wind. A few of the spots listed
Friday 19 Jul Great Totham 22 Swift (Noisily together briefly over Gt.Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 08:10 to 08:15 Sunny. Clear sky.
Friday 19 Jul Thorndon CP (South) 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 08:05 to 08:50 Sunny, warm.
Friday 19 Jul Frinton-on-Sea 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 05:50 to 13:00 Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Thursday 18 Jul Rayne Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Carrion Crow Paul Everett 16:00 to 17:00 Very warm and sunny - Rayne Meadow
Thursday 18 Jul Finchingfield 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 12:00 to 13:00 Hot and sunny
Thursday 18 Jul Great Totham 16 Swift (Over Gt.Totham South heading SW.) Malcolm Corbett 11:55 to 11:55
Thursday 18 Jul Heybridge Basin Oystercatcher (heard), 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 10 House Sparrow (+) Paul Everett 11:30 to 13:30 Very warm and clear - falling tide- very quiet
Thursday 18 Jul Chelmsford City Centre 25 Swift (Flying and screaming over King's Road. Humid and warm) Winifred Simmonds 10:10 to 10:15
Thursday 18 Jul Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 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 09:30 to 16:30 High tide c10:30 - highlights
Thursday 18 Jul Barking Bay/Marsh 2 Common Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern (immature), 2 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, Hobby, Reed Warbler Gary A James 09:20 to 11:00 Sun/cloud, warm
Thursday 18 Jul Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 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 08:45 to 11:40 Sunny. 4/8 cloud. V.light SSW wind. 18 to 22c. With Graham Barber.
Thursday 18 Jul Frinton-on-Sea 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 05:50 to 19:00 Selected totals, movement to south unless stated
Wednesday 17 Jul Rayne Barn Owl (In flight along side river) Paul Everett 21:30 to 21:30 Warm and clear
Wednesday 17 Jul Abberton Reservoir 42 Egyptian Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, 7 Spoonbill, 6+ Cattle Egret (at nests in heronry), Great White Egret Liz Huxley 14:45 to 15:15 Layer Breton Causeway
Wednesday 17 Jul Witham 5 Swift (Silent mode), Sparrowhawk (Female ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard David L Smith 11:45 to 12:00 Over town centre
Wednesday 17 Jul Thorndon CP (South) 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 08:00 to 09:15 Sun & clouds. Warm.
Wednesday 17 Jul Great Totham 18 Swift (Together feeding over Gt.Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 07:30 to 07:30 Sunny. Clear sky.
Wednesday 17 Jul Naze, The 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 06:20 to 10:15 Clear, warm, northerly wind, high tide
Tuesday 16 Jul Broomfield, Chelmsford 12 Swift (Patching Hall Lane) Bruce Brown 18:15 to 18:30 Fine some cloud
Tuesday 16 Jul Vange Marsh RSPB 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 13:45 to 17:45 Sun & clouds. Brief sharp shower. Warm.
Tuesday 16 Jul Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 500 Starling (Est.), 4 Stonechat (Two pairs.) Andrew Cox 09:20 to 10:50 Sun & clouds. Warm.
Tuesday 16 Jul Great Totham 18 Swift (Briefly together over Gt.Totham South before splitting up to leave the regular three.) Malcolm Corbett 08:45 to 08:50
Tuesday 16 Jul Naze, The 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 06:20 to 11:20 mainly clear, mild, westerly wind, high tide ebbing
Monday 15 Jul Colchester Red Kite (Over garden new farm Road stanway ) Graham Barber 19:00 to 19:05
Monday 15 Jul Broomfield, Chelmsford 2 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) Bruce Brown 18:00 to 18:10 overcast
Monday 15 Jul Elmstead 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 10:00 to 13:00 Warm with light cloud
Monday 15 Jul Mersea Island 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 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 14 Jul Abberton Reservoir 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 13:00 to 17:00 Obs from both causeways and reserve - not all species recorded
Sunday 14 Jul Abberton Reservoir 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 12:40 to 14:40 Partly Sunny,Only Highlights! Ruddy Shelduck at Abberton Reservoir on 14 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent )
Sunday 14 Jul Hanningfield Reservoir Red-crested Pochard Catherine Studd 12:00 to 13:00 Partly cloudy, sunny, warm
Sunday 14 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 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 11:00 to 14:15 Warm, sunny to start then clouding over.
Sunday 14 Jul South Woodham Ferrers Greenshank (Clements Green Creek), 5 Corn Bunting (Singing males around the eastern field of Marsh Farm) Robert Pease 10:00 to 12:00 Broken sun - warm
Sunday 14 Jul Mersea Island 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 09:00 to 13:00
Sunday 14 Jul Colchester 22 Swift (Screech party over the breeding site st Albrights new farm Road stanway ) Graham Barber 08:00 to 08:05
Sunday 14 Jul Finchingfield 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 07:00 to 12:00 Sunny cloudy later
Saturday 13 Jul Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 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 18:50 to 20:00
Saturday 13 Jul TQ7692 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 16:00 to 17:00 Overcast
Saturday 13 Jul North Fambridge 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 14:50 to 17:30 Blue House Farm EWT Reserve,Overcast,Only Highlights from a very active reserve! Barnacle Goose at North Fambridge on 13 Jul 2024, (Zane Sargent ) , , ,
Saturday 13 Jul Mersea Island 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 09:00 to 21:00
Saturday 13 Jul Frinton-on-Sea 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 08:56 to 09:46 Moderate wind from west. Cloud cover 5/8. Visibility good.
Saturday 13 Jul Holland Haven 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 06:30 to 09:20 overcast with light rain, southerly wind, cool, ebbing tide
Friday 12 Jul Canvey Island, Thames Estuary Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-tailed Godwit (SP), 4 Mediterranean Gull (Adults.), 20 Common Tern (At least.) Andrew Cox 13:45 to 17:45 Sun & cloud. Chilly northely breeze.
Friday 12 Jul Birdbrook Spotted Flycatcher (Feeding 2 young in nest under next-door neighbours porch.) Barry Williams 13:00 to 15:00 Cloudy, light winds. Spotted Flycatcher at Birdbrook on 12 Jul 2024, (Barry Williams)
Friday 12 Jul Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 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 09:30 to 13:00 Low tide 11.20. Cloud with occasional sun. 15-18deg. Strongish NE wind. A few of the spots here Black-tailed Godwit at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 12 Jul 2024, (Brian Priestley)
Friday 12 Jul Barking Bay/Marsh Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (adult), 24 Common Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, Little Egret Gary A James 09:20 to 11:50 Cloudy, north wind
Friday 12 Jul Abberton Reservoir 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 09:00 to 14:00
Friday 12 Jul Thorndon CP (South) 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 08:00 to 09:00 Cloudy, cold. Then clearing a little & warming up.
Friday 12 Jul Naze, The 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 06:30 to 11:00 northerly wind, cool, overcast with showers, ebbing tide
Thursday 11 Jul Broomfield, Chelmsford 10 Swift (Patching Hall Lane.) Bruce Brown 18:00 to 18:10 In front of Large Black Cloud.
Thursday 11 Jul Tollesbury Wick NR EWT 9 Greylag Goose, 5 Mute Swan (1 adult with 4 cignets), 12 Shelduck (2 adults plus 10), 3 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Collared Dove, 16 Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (juvenile), 6 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 9 Redshank, Spotted Redshank, 11 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (male - good views - pale grey upper wings with black tips. flew over and towards Blackwater), Kestrel, Hobby, Magpie, Blue Tit, Skylark, Swallow, 12 House Martin (near marina and from hide), Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 25 Starling (+), Blackbird, 15 House Sparrow (near marina), 4 Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Tufted Duck Paul Everett 17:15 to 20:30 Great Crested Grebe at Tollesbury Wick NR EWT on 11 Jul 2024, (Paul Everett) , ,
Thursday 11 Jul Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 8 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Egyptian Goose, 19 Shelduck, Teal, 20 Pochard (+), Moorhen, 4 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 59 Oystercatcher, 15 Avocet, 12 Lapwing, 5 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 5 Redshank, 5 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 2 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), Whitethroat (heard), Stonechat, Pied Wagtail Paul Everett 15:00 to 16:35
Thursday 11 Jul North Weald 3 Red Kite (Circling slowly over village, reappeared several times over hour or so), 3 Buzzard (Weald Common, circling on thermals), Kestrel (Weald Common), Raven (Over Weald Common, mobbed briefly by resident Carrion Crow pair, drifted away), Skylark (Briefly singing over Weald Common), 3 Bullfinch (Weald Common, male and female seen, 3rd bird calling nearby) Paul William 12:00 to 14:30 Prolonged sunny periods
Thursday 11 Jul Whetmead NR, nr Witham 30+ Swift (Screaming parties over Whetmead and River Walk ), Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 6+ Buzzard, 4+ Kingfisher (1 seen & at least 3 others heard), Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 6+ Swallow, 6+ House Martin, 4+ Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail David L Smith 09:00 to 16:00 via River Walk, downstream from Chipping Hill - highlights (also White-legged Damselfly)
Thursday 11 Jul Mersea Island 4 Shelduck (Strood channel DU ), 40 Swift (Over houses from Strood channel DU ), Lapwing (Strood channel DU ), 2 Whimbrel (Reeves hall marsh AF ), 10 Curlew (Strood channel DU ), Bar-tailed Godwit (Reeves hall marsh very pale possibly Leucistic AF), 18 Black-tailed Godwit (4 From Reeves hall seawall AF , 14 strood channel DU ), 2 Turnstone (Reeves hall marsh AF ), Common Sandpiper (Strood channel sluice DU), 90 Redshank (Strood channel DU ), Greenshank (Strood channel DU ), Mediterranean Gull (Strood channel DU ), 5 Common Tern (2 Pye fleet reeves hall AF , 3 Strood channel DU ), 8 Marsh Harrier (2 Strood channel DU, 6 From Reeves hall seawall AF (2/3 juv)), 4 Buzzard (Strood channel DU ), 43 Carrion Crow (Strood channel DU ), Skylark (Strood channel DU ), Nightingale (Calling loudly on Ray Island DU ), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), 2 Corn Bunting (1 Singing reeves hall AF , 1 strood channel DU ) Stephen Entwistle 09:00 to 13:00
Thursday 11 Jul Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge Pheasant, 5 Greylag Goose, 3 Mute Swan (Plus four young.), 17 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 6 Swift, 25 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon (circa.), 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Moorhen, 68 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 13 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Skylark (Singing.), 12 Swallow, House Martin, Chiffchaff (Singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 4 Blackcap (Two singing males, two females.), 4 Whitethroat (One singing.), 6 Wren (Five singing.), 2 Blackbird (One singing.), Robin, 3 House Sparrow (One carrying food.), Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch (Singing.), 3 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch (Two singing.), 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Tufted Duck (Plus brood of five.) Malcolm Corbett 08:45 to 12:10 Variable cloud cover, 4/8 to 7/8. Light W wind. 16-20c. With Graham Barber.
Thursday 11 Jul Great Totham 18 Swift (High over Gt.Totham South.) Malcolm Corbett 07:30 to 07:35