Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Rochford 09 May 2021 13:00 - 16:00 Warm, sunny Karl Price Woodchat Shrike (Showing very well at times. Stunning bird.)
Good Easter 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Martin Henry Goldcrest (frequent visitor to garden pond this week)
Danbury Common 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Martin Henry 9 Nightingale
Thorndon CP (South) 09 May 2021 08:00 - 09:00 Sunny, quite warm. Andrew Cox 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (At least. Singing males, arable field next to car park.), Swallow, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Coal Tit, 3 Treecreeper (Pair carrying material into nest site; singing male elsewhere.), Nuthatch
Writtle 09 May 2021 09:30 - 12:30 Warm but breezy. Only certain species recorded. Several Orange-tips on the wing. Andrew Allen Common Sandpiper (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Greylag Goose (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Mute Swan (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), Little Grebe (Titchmarsh Reservoir), 5 Swift (+), 2 Willow Warbler (Heard only), 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard Only), 2 Moorhen (1 youngster.), Kingfisher (River Can.)
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 09 May 2021 12:55 - 13:00 Cloudy with odd patch of clear sky. Kevin Cook 2 Swift (Over house tile kiln estate slowly moving north.), Long-tailed Tit (Flew over garden.), Greenfinch (Flew over garden.)
Blake's Wood, near Danbury 09 May 2021 04:45 - 05:45 Dawn chorus walk highlights. Muntjac deer & pipistrelle bat also present Tony Kennelly Tawny Owl, 2 Nightingale, Garden Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09 May 2021 10:00 - 14:15 Mixed sun and cloud, quite windy 18 Deg's. Selected sightings. Ashley Gooding Cuckoo (heard and seen several times), 63 Avocet (probably more), 23 Common Tern (at least), 30 Grey Plover (at least), Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Whimbrel (at least), Knot (full summer plumage), 2 Brent Goose, 2 Buzzard, 6 Marsh Harrier (3 pairs, one male took coot chick.), Kestrel (male), Sparrowhawk (male), 2 Hobby (distantly fly catching), Golden Oriole (Male flew in over Salcott channel and fed from low bushes on bank, then flew back.), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Spoonbill (2 immatures and adult)
Beckton 09 May 2021 08:15 - 13:00 Sun/cloud Gary A James 2 Buzzard, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Tern, 20 Common Tern, 5 Swift, 18 Swallow, 7 Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler (Singing), Reed Bunting
Naze, The 09 May 2021 10:00 - 14:00 overcast, cool. Good number of Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaff and Cetti's. Painted Lady at the point Martin Richards 75 Ringed Plover (+), Knot, 30 Sanderling, 5 Wheatear (3 hide wall, 2 on cliff just north of tower), Little Tern (Horsey, opposite the point), Sandwich Tern (Walton Channel), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 200 Dunlin (+ Stone Point lagoon over high tide.), 3 Bar-tailed Godwit
Friday Wood 09 May 2021 10:30 - 13:00 Sunny becoming cloudy Andrew Goodey Firecrest (male singing for c20 minutes in suitable breeding habitat), 5 Garden Warbler (singing males in general area of sandpit and nearby heathland), Mistle Thrush (pair on heath by Cherry Tree Lane ), 6 Whitethroat, 6 Nightingale (singing males either side of Cherry Tree Lane. In good numbers this year)
Epping 09 May 2021 17:30 - 17:30 Graham Pentelow 2 Swift (wheeling over Crows Road in direction of High Street)
Wrabness 09 May 2021 09:30 - 11:30 Simon Cox 6 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 8 Nightingale (estimated number of singing males), 10 Swift, 8 Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer
Abberton Reservoir 09 May 2021 06:45 - 16:30 Dry and mainly overcast with a few sunny spells. Wind South Westerly moderate. 19c Mick Woodruff Little Grebe (LDLH Causeway), 2 Gadwall (♂♀ LDLH Causeway), 5 Shoveler (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), Goldeneye (♀ LB Causeway), 2 Buzzard (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide), Sparrowhawk (♀ Old Road), Hobby (LDLH Causeway), 2 Oystercatcher (LDLH Causeway), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 9 Common Sandpiper (LDLH Causeway), Spotted Redshank (Wigbourgh Bay viewing hide), 3 Cuckoo (♂♂♀ Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 150 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB Causeway), 10 House Martin (LB Causeway), Wheatear (♂ LDLH Causeway), 3 Nightingale (Old Road), 3 Garden Warbler (Woodmouse Trail+Old Road), 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Reserve), 4 Yellow Wagtail (Billets Farm), 3 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway+Woodmouse Trail), Green Woodpecker (Reserve - Heard only), Song Thrush (Woodmouse Trail - Heard only), Reed Warbler (LB Causeway - Heard only ... 80 Species seen and Heard)
Broomfield, Chelmsford 09 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Clear, warm Kevin Poulton 6 Swift (Back over swift boxes about a week later than last year)
Writtle 09 May 2021 19:30 - 19:50 Broken cloud Andrew Allen Cuckoo (Heard calling along the River Wid nr. Skeggs. Farm.)
Writtle 09 May 2021 07:30 - 20:15 Oliver Cottis 2 Common Sandpiper (Titschmarsh reservoir), Cuckoo (flew past Titschmarsh reservoir calling), Yellow Wagtail (Titschmarsh res), Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Coot, 7 Mallard, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap
Danbury Common 09 May 2021 10:45 - 12:30 Oliver Cottis 5 Nightingale, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard
TQ5993 09 May 2021 09:00 - 20:00 Andrew Stroud House Martin (Returning breeding bird at Brentwood School), 6 Swift (Screeching over Brentwood town centre this evening, returning breeding birds)
Heybridge Basin 09 May 2021 17:30 - 19:00 Sunny, clear, warm Paul Everett 4 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black Brant, Little Grebe, 6 Canada Goose (including pair with 8 goslings), 3 Goldfinch, 20 Shelduck (+), 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Abberton Reservoir 08 May 2021 09:30 - 13:00 Steve Grimwade Garganey (Drake), 2000 Swift, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellowhammer, Nightingale
Epping 08 May 2021 19:10 - 19:10 Heavy overcast, strong southerly winds Roger Emmens Hobby (Heading low and fast northerly)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 08 May 2021 12:00 - 13:00 Showers clearing, stiff S/SW wind Sean Nixon Golden Oriole (Male), 2 Spoonbill
Naze, The 08 May 2021 05:45 - 10:00 S wind, cool, overcast, dry at first then persistent driving rain at times heavy, rising tide; 18 species in song Brian Combes 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 escarpment, 1 north of cricket pitch, 2 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 19 Swallow (6 south, 13 sewage works ), 3 Greenshank (Walton Hall Marshes ), Yellowhammer (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Swift (First of the year for me, high south), 3 Little Tern (Walton Channel ), 2 Wheatear (1 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 6 Tufted Duck (Walton Hall Marshes ), 2 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 63 Dunlin (Cormorant Creek, mainly in summer plumage), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing), Reed Warbler (Singing)
Halstead 08 May 2021 14:00 - 15:30 Cloudy and mild with a brisk south-westerly wind. Jeremy Hurley Garden Warbler (A male, in song, showing intermittently in my garden. The first occurrence for this site since moving here in 2011.)
Tiptree 08 May 2021 10:15 - 10:15 Raining. Moderate S wind. Malcolm Corbett Nightingale (Singing. Just SW of car park, Tiptree Heath.)
Writtle 08 May 2021 05:30 - 07:15 Oliver Cottis Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (pair feeding in a field), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing males), 2 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove (2 in a field, one in an oak), 7 Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, 9 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 9 Blackbird, 7 Robin, Greenfinch, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Mallard, 5 Dunnock, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 16 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Wren
Boreham 08 May 2021 06:15 - 07:10 "Boreham Patch" Increasingly heavy rain, wind light SSE; heavily overcast; Short circuit after emptying moth traps Graham Ekins Turtle Dove (New bird in garden at 07.45. 4th bird this spring & 2nd female. ), Wheatear (Bright and large male presumably leucorhoa; distantly on top field. NFY as missed one seen by dog walker in April.), Common Sandpiper (On Trifarm Pit at 06.30. NFY.), Tufted Duck (Male on Trifarm. 1st for 6 days.), Kingfisher (1 flew along brook at 06.55. 1st sighting for 6 days. )
Great Leighs 07 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 sunny David Saville Sedge Warbler, Treecreeper, 2 Mute Swan
Langdon Hills NR EWT 07 May 2021 07:15 - 08:00 Sunny, cool. Great Berry & Plotlands ridge. Andrew Cox Peregrine Falcon (Adult male.), Sparrowhawk (Possibly two.), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark (Singing Male. Adjacent arable.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing Male.)
Epping 07 May 2021 12:00 - 12:10 Bright, breezy, some cloud Graham Pentelow Swift (my 1st hirundine of the year, ahead of Swallows or House Martins. Heading west across Tower Road & Lower Swaines junction)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 07 May 2021 08:30 - 10:30 Sun and cloud, light NW wind. Malcolm Corbett 4 Red-legged Partridge, 30 Greylag Goose (+. Adults, inc. eight pairs with young.), 15 Mute Swan, Shelduck, 2 Pochard (Pair.), 21 Tufted Duck, 50 Swift (+. Conservative estimate. Feeding over carp lake throughout visit.), Cuckoo, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard (Together, harassed by a crow.), Barn Owl, Kestrel, 2 Skylark (Singing.), 100 Swallow (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with martins), 100 House Martin (circa. Briefly feeding as passing through with swallows), Long-tailed Tit (Adult feeding recent fledgling.), 10 Reed Warbler (Singing.), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing.), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Pair), 2 Goldfinch (Pair.), Mallard (Female with six young.), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing.), Peregrine Falcon (High above swifts but no attack seen.)
Wormingford, Colchester 07 May 2021 09:30 - 12:00 All from airfield perimeter road Glen Moore 5 Wheatear (including 4 together ), 6 Corn Bunting (singing males), 8 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swift, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 20 Skylark
Great Totham 07 May 2021 11:00 - 11:00 Malcolm Corbett Sparrowhawk (Male. St. Peter's Church.)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 07 May 2021 14:00 - 15:00 Sunny with chilly wind Ian Gooday 2 Spoonbill (Feeding in channel near Joyce's Head)
Whetmead NR, nr Witham 07 May 2021 10:00 - 19:00 via River Walk David L Smith 8 Buzzard (+), 2 Sparrowhawk (+), 4 Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper (In different locations), Cuckoo (Heard only), Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (Heard only), Sedge Warbler (New for site?), 3 Red Kite (Possibly 4 ), 3 Kingfisher (2 flying and at least one other heard in different locations), Egyptian Goose, 10 Swift (+ Mostly heading NW in 2 & 3s)
Abberton Reservoir 07 May 2021 09:00 - 17:30 Dry, sun & cloud, cool W breeze, 14c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Nightingale (Seen crossing the old road in pairs, many more heard. ), 4 Blackcap (2 pairs.), 2 Chiffchaff (Seen, more heard.), Wren, 8 Whitethroat, 10 Chaffinch (At least), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Common Tern (Circa.), 20 Yellow Wagtail (Circa.), Cuckoo (Plus another heard.), 100 Swift (Plus.), 2 House Martin, 20 Swallow (Plus.), 2 Mandarin Duck (Drakes. NE corner of LBC. ), 4 Common Sandpiper (LBC.), Wheatear (Male. Billets screen.), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair. Billets screen.), 10 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher
Good Easter 07 May 2021 11:00 - 13:00 Martin Henry Goldcrest
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 07 May 2021 07:09 - 08:10 Fine, sunny Paul Everett Swallow, Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher (pair), Great Tit, Blackcap, 2 Linnet
Boreham 07 May 2021 08:20 - 08:50 Sunny, Fine and dry- Tri farm Pit area Paul Everett Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair + goslings), Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch
Harlow 06 May 2021 08:30 - 08:30 Sunny and mild Jan Swan Lesser Whitethroat (1 singing male)
Fishers Green, Lea Valley 06 May 2021 10:00 - 11:30 Paul Gymer Cuckoo, 1000 Swift (too many to count, along with groups of House Martins and Swallows), Nightingale (near the bittern hide), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Gadwall (pair)
South Woodham Ferrers 06 May 2021 11:00 - 11:00 Sunny South west corner Alan Shearring Whimbrel, Cuckoo, Nightingale (in full song), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler (reeling from reedbed)
Layer Breton 06 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Dry, cloudy Michael Davies Coot, 20 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose
Mersea Island 06 May 2021 09:00 - 13:00 Stephen Entwistle Willow Warbler (New in feldy view cemetery SE ), 3 Cuckoo (1 copt hall way ,2 strood channel SE), Great White Egret (F/o firs chase caravan park SE), Black Brant (Cobmarsh Island DU ), Pale-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 120 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Cobmarsh Island DU ), 12 Whimbrel (1 strood channel SE 11 F/o firs chase garden DU )
Westley Heights 06 May 2021 07:30 - 08:30 Sunny, chilly. Andrew Cox 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Pair.), 2 Nuthatch (Both visiting nest holes in The Park & Coombe Wood.)
Vange Marsh RSPB 06 May 2021 09:00 - 14:00 Sun & cloud. Then cloudier with very light rain. Andrew Cox 5 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler (Pair.), 5 Pochard (At least.), 4 Tufted Duck (Two pairs.), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit (Saline lagoon.), 3 Greenshank (Saline lagoon.), 2 Spotted Redshank (Saline lagoon. SP.), 2 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (Saline lagoon. Then creek.), 2 Common Tern, 30 Swift (At least.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (At least. Main lagoon, northern edge.), 50 Swallow (At least. Big mixed flock of hirundines.), 10 House Martin (At least.), 15 Sand Martin (At least.), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing males.), 18 Reed Warbler (singing males.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 5 Reed Bunting (Pair plus three males.), 4 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover (Western end.), 3 Bearded Tit (At least.), 4 Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo (Male calling briefly.), Nightingale (Singing briefly from old tip.)
Tiptree 06 May 2021 16:30 - 16:30 Sunny, light NW wind. Malcolm Corbett Willow Warbler (Singing. Tiptree Heath.)
Chigborough Lakes 06 May 2021 11:00 - 12:20 Sun and cloud Graham Barber 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swallow (+), Cuckoo, 10 House Martin (+)
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 06 May 2021 07:30 - 08:00 Sunny but chilly Brian Bolton Garden Warbler (By gate), 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (By layby), 3 Chiffchaff