Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Great Totham 23 Jan 2020 09:00 - 09:05 Fog. Hazy rain. Malcolm Corbett 9 Goosander (7 male. Totham Pit, (M.A.S. lake) Gt. Totham South. [Still present at 15.30]), Song Thrush (Singing. Hall Road, nr. Totham Pit.), 40 House Sparrow (+. Usual numbers at feeders in observer's garden throughout day.)
Tilbury 23 Jan 2020 09:45 - 11:45 Overcast, no wind, HT Paul Larkin 14 Canada Goose (In the fort), 26 Lapwing (In the fort), 5 Redshank (On foreshore by ferry terminal), 10 Mallard (In the moat), 54 Teal (In the moat), 5 Shelduck (On foreshore by STW outfall), Shoveler (Drake in the moat with Teal), Grey Heron (In the fort), Little Egret (In the moat), 29 Little Grebe (In the moat), Snipe (In roadside ditch)
Gloucester Park, Basildon 23 Jan 2020 12:00 - 13:00 Mark Fisher Kingfisher (It caught a stickleback)
Thaxted 22 Jan 2020 10:00 - 10:15 5 deg damp misty no wind Stephen Dutton Bullfinch (Male visiting gardens, first seen around the town for about a year. Also Reed Bunting in garden, maybe effected by the cold spell)
Abberton Reservoir 22 Jan 2020 12:00 - 13:00 Overcast, cool, little breeze, misty viewing. Paul Saward Bewick's Swan (Wigborough bay), Great White Egret (South end of lbc), Buzzard (South end of lbc, perched in tree), 14 White-fronted Goose (South end lbc), 20 Red-breasted Merganser (East of ldlhc.), Scaup (Female, east of ldlhc)
Mersea Island 22 Jan 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Stephen Entwistle Great Northern Diver (Victoria esplanade (MC)(AF)), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Coopers beach AF MC), Fieldfare (Maydays farm AF MC), 2 Hen Harrier (Male & ringtail maydays AF MC)
Heybridge Basin 22 Jan 2020 14:30 - 16:00 Low tide, cloudy, flat calm David Torrice Marsh Harrier (Female or juvenile with gap in tail feathers, sat on a bush beside the lake for a while then flew off over Northey island.), 4 Pintail (2 pairs beside low water channel beyond the boat pontoon.), Greenshank (In front of the bench on corner of sea wall), 150 Avocet (Stopped counting at 150), 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300 Golden Plover (Plus, flock sits in front of the dutch barge moored off Northey island), 20 Ringed Plover (Probably a lot more in amongst the dunlins both sides of the low water channel. Far too many other ducks and waders to list. The path along the sea wall is very muddy in places but parking is free in daisy meadow car park, well worth a visit at low tide.)
Witham 22 Jan 2020 16:00 - 16:15 David L Smith Mandarin Duck (Male), Blackcap (Male), Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail
TQ6194 22 Jan 2020 15:45 - 16:15 Very still with heavy cloud and light drizzle Clive Tanner 11 Lesser Redpoll (Flying around tops of Birch and feeding)
Gloucester Park, Basildon 22 Jan 2020 12:00 - 12:30 Mark Fisher Kingfisher
Stanford Warren 22 Jan 2020 16:30 - 17:00 Mark Fisher 2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes)
Elsenham 21 Jan 2020 14:15 - 14:20 Bright and clear 3/10 cloud cover 4c Wind 5 west Michael Rimmell Raven (Picked up calling then flying in direction of Stan air )
Great Totham 21 Jan 2020 16:00 - 16:00 Malcolm Corbett Sparrowhawk (Male. Totham Pit, Gt. Totham South.)
Wrabness 21 Jan 2020 10:15 - 11:45 bright and sunny Martin Peers 86 Pintail, 5 Goldeneye, 26 Red-breasted Merganser, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe (+ 4 more in Suffolk water [Holcombe Bay].)
Mistley 21 Jan 2020 12:45 - 13:45 bright and cold Martin Peers 250 Avocet (circa), 8 Ringed Plover (Cattawade), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 750 Black-tailed Godwit (circa [+150 on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Knot (+ [mostly on Suffolk side of river]), 2000 Dunlin (circa [as for Knot]), 200 Redshank (+), Greenshank
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 21 Jan 2020 12:20 - 16:15 Low tide, flat calm, lagoons partly iced over. David Torrice Hen Harrier (Male hunting over far end of reserve), 4 Stonechat (1 pair around the beach and another beside short walk causeway), 2 Barn Owl (Hunting along short walk causeway.), Great Northern Diver (On the estuary between mersea island and the power station, I didnt see it but did manage a common seal very close to shore.)
Abberton Reservoir 21 Jan 2020 12:30 - 13:30 Cold still sunny. Much ice LBC end David Dives 3 Long-tailed Duck (East of LDHC), Scaup (F. East of LDHC), Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper (on LDHC wall est side), 50 Goldeneye (Wigborogh bay and Est of LDHC)
Warley Place NR 21 Jan 2020 11:00 - 15:30 Dry & bright, calm, 6c. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (At least.), 4 Coal Tit, Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Great Tit (At least.), 10 Blue Tit (At least.), 3 Moorhen, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird (M & F.), Sparrowhawk (Male. Twice landed on feeders having missed it's prey.), Dunnock, 2 Robin
Gloucester Park, Basildon 21 Jan 2020 12:00 - 13:00 Sunny Mark Fisher Kingfisher (By the inlet)
Stanford Warren 21 Jan 2020 16:30 - 17:00 Mark Fisher 2 Kingfisher (Vocal around lakes)
Doddinghurst 21 Jan 2020 08:30 - 08:30 Andrew Stroud 30 Fieldfare (On ploughed field along Frog Street)
Fingringhoe Mill 21 Jan 2020 11:45 - 12:00 David L Smith 2 Water Pipit (+), 30 Meadow Pipit (+), Bullfinch (Male )
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 21 Jan 2020 12:00 - 15:45 Falling tide David L Smith 5 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Water Rail, Great White Egret, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, Kingfisher
Wivenhoe 20 Jan 2020 09:15 - 09:30 Richard Allen Firecrest (in holly with tit flock Alresford Grange wood), 7 Goosander (flew over)
Ardleigh Reservoir 20 Jan 2020 08:00 - 08:30 Matt Turner Kingfisher, Little Egret, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron
Wivenhoe 20 Jan 2020 14:30 - 14:45 Low tide, sunny, cold Michael Davies Little Egret
Hanningfield Reservoir 20 Jan 2020 14:30 - 15:50 Dry, calm, clear sunny sky. Cold 6c. Sightings with Brenda from W end of causeway. David Hale Goosander (Fly by female.), 200 Wigeon (Circa, on grazing meadow.), 50 Greylag Goose (Circa.), White-fronted Goose (Flew in with 7 Greylag, landing out of site behind meadow hedge.), 50 Canada Goose (Circa.), 16 Common Gull (On fence posts.), 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jay, 8 Fieldfare (At least. Feeding on worms behind meadow hedge. ), Blackbird (Female.), Robin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 50 Black-headed Gull (Plus.), 4 Mallard (2 pair. ), 4 Great Crested Grebe
TQ6293 20 Jan 2020 09:45 - 13:15 Very light westerly wind, cold and sunny Clive Tanner 30 Fieldfare (Flying West to East as a loose flock then landing in local fields), Mistle Thrush (Territory singing), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Calling as flew North)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 20 Jan 2020 12:30 - 15:15 Sun and cloud then sunny later. Paul Chamberlain Hen Harrier (Ringtail), Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 20 Jan 2020 10:45 - 17:00 Highlights: BHF to Burnham along the Crouch. Cold, clear and very still conditions. Steven Swaby Marsh Harrier (Hunting on reserve and over Bridgemarsh Island), 7 Buzzard (3 reserve, 3 Althorne, 1 Creeksea), Peregrine Falcon, 45 Avocet, Short-eared Owl (E end of reserve; briefly mobbing the Marsh Harrier), Barn Owl, 2 Bearded Tit (BWA hide)
Mersea Island 20 Jan 2020 00:00 - 00:00 Stephen Entwistle 12 White-fronted Goose (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman)), Water Rail (Cudmore grove (Charlie Coltman)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 19 Jan 2020 08:15 - 09:15 Sunny, cold. Lincewood & Marks Hill. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Song Thrush (Singing.), Coal Tit (Mark's Hill.), Treecreeper (Singing, Lincewood.), 2 Nuthatch (One each in Lincewood & Marks Hill.)
Westley Heights 19 Jan 2020 09:15 - 10:30 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrush (At least.), 2 Coal Tit, Nuthatch
Abberton Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 07:30 - 10:30 Tony Kennelly 2 Whooper Swan (LBC flew to W), 16 White-fronted Goose (Fields to SW of LBC), 3 Smew (LBC Red heads), Water Rail (Heard calling LBC), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wig bay), Buzzard (Wig bay), Golden Plover (With 100 lapwing wig bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair billets farm screen), Swallow (LdlHC), Chiffchaff (Trees W of LdlHC), 2 Great White Egret (Trees W of LdlHC), 3 Long-tailed Duck (E of LdlHC), Black-throated Diver (E of LdlHC), Green Sandpiper (LdlHC), 1000 Teal, 500 Wigeon, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goosander (LdlH), Marsh Harrier (M LdlH), 50 Great Crested Grebe (2 in breeding plumage)
Hanningfield Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Sunny ,cold breeze Matthew Davison 6 Goosander (Point Hide), Marsh Harrier (Male distant reed bed Rawl Hide), 15 Goldeneye, 8 White-fronted Goose (Field next to causeway)
Naze, The 19 Jan 2020 11:00 - 15:00 cold, but very nice day - from seawall Martin Richards Short-eared Owl, 35 Avocet (at mouth of Twizzle), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ majority in single flock in Walton Channel between Eagles hard and concrete barge)
Witham 19 Jan 2020 11:30 - 13:00 River Walk David L Smith 200 Pied Wagtail (+ AW Plant), 2 Grey Wagtail (River Walk & AW Plant), 2 Meadow Pipit (AW Plant), 2 Little Egret, Harris's Hawk, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (River Walk & Town Park), Blackcap (Male - garden feeders)
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 19 Jan 2020 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 10 Barnacle Goose, 20 Pintail (At least.), 2 Marsh Harrier (Immatures.), Kestrel, Bearded Tit (Pinging briefly from adjacent reeds.), Stonechat (Female.)
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO) 19 Jan 2020 15:00 - 17:00 Sunny but cold Mark Buckley Hen Harrier (Ringtail - likely adult female)
Abberton Reservoir 19 Jan 2020 11:00 - 14:00 Sunny and bright, light breeze, chilly. Kevin Colling Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over fields around Abberton Church. ), 50 Corn Bunting (Being spooked by hen harrier. ), 4 Stonechat, 6 Yellowhammer, Pintail (Male in with wigeon), 20 Wigeon, Great White Egret, Kestrel, 4 Goosander, Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit
Colne Pt 19 Jan 2020 15:45 - 16:45 3 Chinese Water Deer Richard Allen Little Owl (at sewage works), Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Snipe
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 19 Jan 2020 07:45 - 15:15 Bright and sunny, light NW wind, LT Paul Larkin Stonechat (Near the creek), 165 Tufted Duck (12 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 16 Pochard (Nine on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 48 Coot (17 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 118 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 11 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Great Crested Grebe (Two each Golden Gates and the pit to the south of the tip), 31 Gadwall (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Raven (W over Golden Gates), Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), Buzzard (On the tip), Aythya sp. (Female Tufted X Pochard on the pit to the south of the tip), Water Rail (In the alder wood), Goldeneye (Female on GoldenGates), 25 Ringed Plover (Mucking Bay), 630 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 219 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 1296 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 692 Dunlin (Mucking Bay), 126 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), 132 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 38 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (On feeders in the outer car park)
East Mersea 19 Jan 2020 15:00 - 17:00 Stephen Entwistle Peregrine Falcon (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), Merlin (Perched up on langenhoe point AF), Hen Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF), 13 Marsh Harrier (Langenhoe roost AF )
Mundon 19 Jan 2020 11:30 - 11:45 John Buchanan Short-eared Owl (One hunting over fields between Mundon Oaks and sea wall)
Abberton Reservoir 18 Jan 2020 10:00 - 12:30 bright and sunny Martin Peers 15 White-fronted Goose (Layer Breton c/way [13 adults]), 4 Bewick's Swan (Wigborough Bay), 6 Egyptian Goose (3 pairs), 10 Pintail, 170 Goldeneye (+), 9 Goosander, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 60 Skylark (+, VC & Billets), Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair Billets screen), 20 Meadow Pipit (+, Billets)
Vange Marsh RSPB 18 Jan 2020 13:45 - 16:45 Sunny, cold. Andrew Cox 14 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon (At least.), 5 Teal (On flood. More on creek.), 2 Gadwall (Pair.), 21 Shoveler, 4 Pintail (Two pairs.), Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Female/imm.), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, 400 Lapwing (Approx.), 6 Snipe, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 400 Black-headed Gull (Approx.), 20 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Pair.)
West Mersea 18 Jan 2020 13:15 - 16:00 Lower Kingsland Road and Victoria Esplanade, rising tide David L Smith Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, Mediterranean Gull, 30 Sanderling (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard
East Tilbury 18 Jan 2020 07:45 - 12:45 Cold, fine and sunny, falling tide Paul Larkin 52 Linnet, Twite (With Linnet flock), 3 Stonechat (Pair and a male), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 343 Grey Plover, 2 Barn Owl, 643 Black-tailed Godwit, 312 Teal, Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Flew down river), 2 Common Scoter (On the river), Buzzard, 10 Oystercatcher, 86 Curlew, 14 Wigeon (On the river), Great Crested Grebe (On the river), 9 Knot, 15 Ringed Plover
West Mersea 18 Jan 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Stephen Entwistle Blackcap (Firs chase garden (DU) male)