Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Thorndon CP (North) 08 Dec 2018 08:15 - 10:15 Sunny, chilly breeze. Andrew Cox Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 10 Fieldfare (At least.), 11 Redwing (At least.), 3 Goldcrest (At least.), 2 Treecreeper (Including one singing.), 3 Nuthatch (At least.), 3 Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch (Female. Possibly two more.)
Tilbury 08 Dec 2018 08:00 - 09:00 Fine and sunny, strong SW wind, LT Paul Larkin 128 Fieldfare (Flock flew west), 135 Teal (On STW outfall), 60 Gadwall (On STW outfall), 28 Mallard (On STW outfall), 2 Buzzard, 2 Shelduck (On foreshore by the fort)
Hanningfield Reservoir 08 Dec 2018 13:00 - 13:15 Overcast and breezy Brian Bolton 2 Tundra Bean Goose (Still from causeway)
Mistley 07 Dec 2018 12:00 - 12:15 High tide, raining and windy. Viewing from midway along walls. Paul Saward 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Shelduck
Sudbury, Suffolk 07 Dec 2018 14:45 - 16:00 clear after rain; windy Martin Peers Sparrowhawk (ALL RECORDS FROM BULMER AREA; female), Woodcock (flushed from ditch), 200 Jackdaw (circa), 300 Rook (circa), 2 Raven, Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer
Abberton Reservoir 07 Dec 2018 14:00 - 14:15 Sunshine and stiff breeze Sean Nixon 4 Smew (incl 1 drake E of LB c/way), 71 Goosander, 8 Great White Egret
West Mersea 07 Dec 2018 14:30 - 15:30 Sean Nixon Black Brant, 2 Great Northern Diver (off Victoria esplanade)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 07 Dec 2018 07:15 - 08:30 Overcast, rain. Breezy. Dunton Plotlands. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher
Vange Marsh RSPB 07 Dec 2018 13:45 - 16:30 Sun & cloud, breezy. Light shower; becoming colder. Andrew Cox 6 Mute Swan (Pair with one well grown cygnet; plus three other adults.), 6 Shelduck, 16 Mallard (At least), 76 Shoveler, 82 Gadwall, 11 Pintail (Five males, six females.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe (At least.), 3 Marsh Harrier (Adult male, adult female & immature.), 2 Water Rail (At least.)
Wivenhoe 06 Dec 2018 10:00 - 11:00 Richard Allen 5 Goosander (Essex University lake), Jackdaw (prob "soemmerringii" race), 2 Firecrest (In holm oak Woodland Way)
Heybridge GP 06 Dec 2018 10:15 - 12:15 Also 3 Cinnamon Teal (2 males, 1 female) together along southern edge in and out of the reeds. John Sutherby 4 Goldeneye (2 males, 2 females.), Red-necked Grebe (Along southern edge but moved further up around the reeds and out of sight.), Marsh Harrier (Over Northey Island.), 400 Avocet (c. High tide roost on river.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (c. High tide roost on small island.), 4 Greenshank, Kingfisher (Cindy Lawes.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling.)
Chigborough Lakes 06 Dec 2018 10:00 - 11:35 And 12:40 to 13:20. Overcast. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 37 Gadwall, 51 Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 15 Goldfinch (+), Bullfinch (Male, with Goldfinches)
Mistley 06 Dec 2018 14:00 - 14:30 Overcast and darkish, cool but still. All sightings from the shelter. Paul Saward 3 Slavonian Grebe (Three together.), 20 Red-breasted Merganser
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 06 Dec 2018 11:35 - 12:40 Overcast. With Graham Barber. Malcolm Corbett 6 Egyptian Goose (Four to begin with, joined by two others before three flew out. Very vocal.), Goldeneye (Male. Flew out during visit.), 18 Cormorant, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker
East Tilbury 06 Dec 2018 08:15 - 12:30 Dull and overcast, light W wind, rising tide Paul Larkin 95 Curlew, 112 Teal, 22 Knot, 138 Grey Plover, 356 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 963 Avocet, 2700 Dunlin, 138 Fieldfare, 60 Mallard (All on the fleet), Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier (Juv type), Rock Pipit
Audley End 06 Dec 2018 09:30 - 09:45 overcast Martin Peers Black Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 8 Coot, Bullfinch
Elmdon 06 Dec 2018 09:55 - 11:25 overcast and dull, becoming breezy Martin Peers 100 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 6 Grey Partridge (small covey), 3 Red Kite (Redlands), 2 Buzzard, 150 Lapwing (towards Elmdon village), Barn Owl (Redlands), Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 30 Skylark, 50 Starling, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch (finches noticeably scarce today), 30 Yellowhammer, 34 Corn Bunting (Redlands)
Strethall 06 Dec 2018 11:30 - 13:00 overcast, breezy with rain later Martin Peers 60 Red-legged Partridge (released birds), 3 Grey Partridge (pair Strethall Field; one calling elsewhere), 2 Red Kite (Strethall Field), 3 Buzzard, 15 Common Gull (Coploe Hill), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (adult - Strethall Field), 30 Fieldfare (Coploe Hill), 2 Song Thrush (males in song), 6 Linnet (difficult to find today), 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting (Coploe Hill. Also 70 Fallow Deer (2 white harts) Strethall Field)
Rettendon 06 Dec 2018 12:30 - 12:30 Alan Shearring 250 Fieldfare (flew north over the Lodge)
Holland Haven 06 Dec 2018 12:00 - 16:00 Overcast with S-SW breeze, 2 hours seawatch then scrape Matt Turner Great Northern Diver (flying N), 2 Black-throated Diver (1 bird on sea, then 1 flying N 45 mins later (poss same bird?)), 6 Red-throated Diver (2 on sea, 4 N), Great Skua (Flying low N), 3 Common Scoter (flying S), 4 Brent Goose (3 S, injured Juv near scrape), Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Calling, 2 close front of main hide)
Warley 05 Dec 2018 12:00 - 12:15 overcast Andrew Stroud Blackcap (male feeding in ivy on edge of La Plata Wood, Brentwood Town Centre)
Hanningfield Reservoir 05 Dec 2018 10:30 - 12:00 Steve Wilkinson Scaup (Female), Peregrine Falcon (Viewed from hide hunting ducks), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Frinton-on-Sea 05 Dec 2018 08:00 - 15:00 S4-SW2, rain early am clearing. Selected totals, movement to south unless stated Paul Brayshaw 62 Red-throated Diver (north), 2 Black-throated Diver (north), 3 Eider (1N 2S), 2 Velvet Scoter (@ 1230), 2 Great Skua (north @ 1245, 1433), 4 Whooper Swan (Probable - high flying adult large swans N over coastal strip@ 1132 - too directly overhead to confirm!), 28 Guillemot (including groups of 6,4 and 8. Majority soon after the rain ceased), Black Guillemot (1st winter @ 1040 close-mid range)
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 04 Dec 2018 12:30 - 12:30 Generally overcast, still withoccasional sun. Tide just going out. Paul Saward Green Sandpiper (On splodge. Distant but clearly teetering hence id.)
Abberton Reservoir 04 Dec 2018 12:30 - 13:30 Bright and calm. David Allen Long-tailed Duck (to the right of tern raft, but more distant), 6 Great White Egret, 25 Little Egret, 58 Goosander, 5 Smew (one male from LB causeway looking towards LdlH causeway), 2 Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper (Billet's Farm car park screen), 8 Ruff (Billet's Farm seated screen area), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT 04 Dec 2018 14:00 - 16:00 Bright and calm. David Allen Ring-necked Duck (asleep for most of the time in the same place I first saw it on 7th Nov 2017!!), Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, 2 Grey Plover, Yellowhammer (calling), 40 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 12 Curlew, 5 Gadwall
Burnham-on-Crouch 04 Dec 2018 14:45 - 15:00 Cold and still, tide low Steven Swaby 3 Eider (feeding on the Crouch near Royal Corinthians Yacht Club)
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 04 Dec 2018 11:25 - 15:30 Dry, calm, clear sky quickly clouding over. 16c dropping to 8c at 15 30. Sightings with Brenda. David Hale 4 Short-eared Owl (First bird spotted at 12 05.), 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails, showing well for first hour or so. ), 3 Marsh Harrier (Male & 2 females. ), Peregrine Falcon (High on edge of large Golden Plover flock before settling on distant mast.), 2 Kestrel, 2000 Golden Plover (At least.), 500 Lapwing (At least.), 1000 Starling (Circa. Large mobile flock.), 100 Stock Dove (Circa. Large flock.), 50 Skylark (Circa.), 20 Linnet (Circa. )
Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries 04 Dec 2018 10:15 - 15:00 Sunny ,gradually overcast pm Peter Heath 2 Marsh Harrier (Both female), 2 Hen Harrier (Both ringtails), 4 Kestrel, Buzzard, Green Sandpiper (flying along sluice), 90 Stock Dove (Large flock west of reserve), 4 Short-eared Owl (Hunting mainl pm)
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth 04 Dec 2018 14:00 - 14:45 Matt Turner 6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 9 Blackbird (No sign of Ring Ouzel), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Female), 4 Red-legged Partridge
Dedham 04 Dec 2018 12:00 - 12:30 Matt Turner 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing (At least 2 males in full song, fantastic!)
Colne Pt 04 Dec 2018 15:00 - 16:00 Quick look around sunset Matt Turner 300 Golden Plover (+ roosting on mudbank), 11 Curlew (Feeding and calling), Ringed Plover (Heard calling, not seen), 7 Grey Plover, Common Gull, Stonechat (Female), 2 Reed Bunting, 16 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit
Heybridge GP 04 Dec 2018 09:35 - 11:35 Bright, clear sky, v.light E wind. High tide 10:13. Two Cinnamon Teal present at Hall Road end. Malcolm Corbett 120 Canada Goose (circa.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 150 Teal (+. Nos. continuing to build as I left.), 40 Shoveler (+.), 100 Tufted Duck (circa.), 2 Goldeneye (Males.), 11 Little Grebe, 4 Ringed Plover, 100 Lapwing (+.), 300 Black-tailed Godwit (circa.), 9 Greenshank, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.), 20 House Sparrow (+.), 3 Reed Bunting (One male.)
Frinton-on-Sea 04 Dec 2018 08:00 - 16:00 W1-2 0/8. Selected totals, movement to south Paul Brayshaw 72 Fieldfare (5 flocks in off/S), Great Northern Diver (N @ 1030), 8 Blackbird (in off)
Abberton Reservoir 03 Dec 2018 08:45 - 10:30 Matt Turner Smew (Red head E LBC), 60 Goosander (+ Between causeways and E LHC), Scaup (1w Male E LBC), 4 Great White Egret (Between causeways), 7 Goldeneye (2m 5f)
Abbotts Hall Farm NR EWT 03 Dec 2018 11:00 - 12:30 Matt Turner Ring-necked Duck (On lake with tufties), Mandarin Duck (On lake), Redpoll sp. (Calling overhead), Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting N marsh, heading W), Marsh Harrier (Hunting S marsh, heading W), 1000 Golden Plover (+), 64 Fieldfare, Tawny Owl (Male heard calling twice near main building at 12.30! )
Hanningfield Reservoir 03 Dec 2018 12:00 - 13:30 Tipping down! David Allen 2 Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Ruff, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Buzzard
Great Braxted 03 Dec 2018 14:30 - 15:30 Sun, rain, a rainbow and finally a black sky! David Allen Nuthatch (a magnificent male down the track in an oak opposite the 3 alder trees), Red Kite (also down the track above the 3 alder trees), 3 Siskin (in the oak opposite the 3 alder trees), 60 Redwing (at least), 200 Pheasant (at least), Stock Dove
Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea 03 Dec 2018 11:55 - 15:00 Sun & cloud, heavy showers, Rainbows, dramatic skies, light SW breeze, 16c. Sightings with Brenda from scrape hide. David Hale Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Keeping scrape birds etc on the move.), 20 Mallard (Pairs at least.), 6 Shoveler (3 pairs.), 10 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, Little Egret (Fly by.), 50 Fieldfare (Circa. Feeding with Starling flocks.), 4 Blackbird (Males.), 50 Lapwing (Circa.), 20 Great Black-backed Gull (Circa.), Song Thrush, Bearded Tit (Heard close to hide.), 50 Carrion Crow (1 bird feeding on Sloe's next to hide.)
Abberton Reservoir 03 Dec 2018 11:00 - 14:00 sunny with increasing wind and cloud Peter Triston 113 Little Egret (Between causeways (the most I've ever seen)), 7 Great White Egret (From LDLH causeway), 88 Goosander (Between causways and east of LDLH (52F and 36M)), 3 Smew (From LBC (2F and 1M))
Wivenhoe 03 Dec 2018 08:00 - 09:00 Richard Allen 120 Fieldfare (low west), 50 Redwing (west), Brambling, Greenshank (off West Quay), Cetti's Warbler (Ferry Marsh), Peregrine Falcon (adult on pylon opposite The Hythe)
Westley Heights 02 Dec 2018 08:30 - 10:45 Sun & cloud. Mild. Andrew Cox Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest (At least), Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch
Hanningfield Reservoir 02 Dec 2018 12:00 - 13:00 Very mild.Occasional sun and clouds. A few light showers. All sightings from causeway Thomas Gilbert 100 Canada Goose, 200 Greylag Goose, 2 Tundra Bean Goose (With greylags then flew on to grass with Greylags and Canadas.), 50 Cormorant, 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan, Teal, 50 Coot, 30 Mallard, 15 Goldeneye, 10 Herring Gull
Abberton Reservoir 02 Dec 2018 11:00 - 13:45 Windy Barbara Leport 60 Goosander (+30 LBC,20west LDLH,22eastLDLH), 11 Great White Egret (8 LDLH,3LB), 150 Pintail (at least Wig Bay), 9 Golden Plover (Wig Bay), Ruff (Wig Bay and LDLH), 10 Curlew (Wig Bay), 4 Dunlin (Wig Bay), 3 Smew (East LBC Redheads), Marsh Harrier (West LBC), 30 Goldeneye (+ scattered over Breton to Abb Church), Black-tailed Godwit (Wig Bay)
Hanningfield Reservoir 02 Dec 2018 09:45 - 11:30 Sun and cloud very mild for time of year. Paul Fletcher 2 Tundra Bean Goose (Seen from Causeway amongst Greylag), 200 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 5 Grey Heron, 10 Pied Wagtail, 100 Black-headed Gull (+)
Abberton Reservoir 02 Dec 2018 15:30 - 16:15 Gloomy. David Allen 2 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from LB causeway), 10 Great White Egret, 39 Little Egret, 16 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 02 Dec 2018 08:30 - 14:15 Showery, SSW wind, LT. Paul Larkin 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 22 Shoveler (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 69 Tufted Duck (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 9 Pochard (Golden Gates), 26 Coot (14 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Goldeneye (Golden Gates), 100 Teal (Three Golden Gates, one on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest in the managed retreat), Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 2 Mute Swan (Golden Gates), Siskin (Golden Gates. With a flock of 20 Goldfinch), 2 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), Yellow-legged Gull (Mucking Bay), Chiffchaff (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 43 Fieldfare (Near the pit to the south of the tip), 145 Rook (Golden Gates), 469 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 161 Redshank (Mucking Bay), 4 Grey Plover (In he managed retreat), 26 Ringed Plover (In the managed retreat), 7 Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 361 Black-tailed Godwit (Mucking Bay), 121 Wigeon (Mucking Bay), 31 Curlew (Mucking Bay), 24 Avocet (Mucking Bay), 46 Great Black-backed Gull (Mucking Bay. Apart from one YLG the only large gull species present!), 37 Lapwing (In the managed retreat), 227 Shelduck (Mucking Bay), 2 Stonechat (Pair near the VC)
Frinton-on-Sea 02 Dec 2018 08:00 - 14:00 Selected totals. Movement to south Paul Brayshaw 3 Great Skua, 13 White-fronted Goose (south with 28 Greylags @ 0957, 5ad), 427 Great Black-backed Gull
Gunners Park, Shoebury 01 Dec 2018 13:30 - 14:30 Cold and grey Sean Nixon Black-throated Diver (adult on lake), 12 Little Grebe, 19 Fieldfare, 43 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On mudflats)