Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Danbury Common 22 Apr 2019 09:30 - 10:45 Thomas Gilbert 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 5 Whitethroat (Singing on heath), 5 Nightingale, 7 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Chinese Muntjac (On footpath), Garden Warbler, 2 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Copford 22 Apr 2019 10:00 - 10:00 Sunny and warm Emma Robinson 4 House Martin
Ford End 22 Apr 2019 12:30 - 12:30 Sunny warm David Pallash Red Kite (Flew over B1008 near Howe Street roundabout)
Hanningfield Reservoir 22 Apr 2019 09:45 - 12:25 sunny, light winds, warm Mark Gregory 3 Wigeon (2 males + female), 2 Garganey (pair RAWL hide), 6 Teal, 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 males + female), Sparrowhawk (male), 3 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Witham 22 Apr 2019 13:00 - 13:00 Fine and dry Paul Threadgold 2 Crane (Seen heading towards tiptree area)
Tiptree 22 Apr 2019 14:00 - 16:00 Sunny, warm and light breeze Brian Dodd Merlin (Shot across the garden. Second sighting today, at 11.00 flew fairly slowly overhead.), Red Kite (At 16.35 glided over the garden, was visible for several minutes.)
Colchester 22 Apr 2019 09:00 - 13:00 Brian Goodey Nightingale (First we've heard singing here for c.10 years), 3 Willow Warbler (Three singing, one more than last year. Two in main wood near Centre, one by lake.)
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 22 Apr 2019 13:15 - 16:00 Thomas Gilbert 5 Barnacle Goose, 8 Canada Goose, 40 Avocet, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 30 Lapwing, 15 Shelduck, 20 Shoveler, 30 Teal, Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon (1st hide), Marsh Harrier (Male, 1st hide), Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler (Male singing), 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 10 Linnet
Westley Heights 22 Apr 2019 08:00 - 09:30 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 6 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (All in Hall Wood.), Skylark (Singing Male, arable adjacent to Hall Wood.), 2 Nuthatch (Including one visiting nest hole, Coombe Wood.), Treecreeper, Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest (At least.)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 22 Apr 2019 13:00 - 15:30 Sunny, warm. Hazy. Andrew Cox 2 Grey Plover (Still in winter plumage.), 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel (At least.), 4 Mediterranean Gull (At least two adults. Two 1st summers.), 4 Common Tern (Two near slipway. Two on lagoon. Courtship notes.), Yellow Wagtail (Saltmarsh.), Sedge Warbler (Singing Male.), 2 Reed Warbler (Singing males.)
Abberton Reservoir 22 Apr 2019 16:00 - 17:00 Bright, warm. David Curle Ortolan Bunting (From Billets Farm)
Abberton Reservoir 22 Apr 2019 16:30 - 17:45 Sunny with light breeze Paul Chamberlain Ortolan Bunting
Dovercourt 22 Apr 2019 10:30 - 11:00 Very good. Tide Out Peter Brittain 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 4 House Martin (Up near first creek), 6 Turnstone
Ardleigh Reservoir 22 Apr 2019 18:45 - 19:30 Matt Turner 2 Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Whitethroat (At least), 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Tern, 12 Sand Martin, Swallow
Stondon Massey 22 Apr 2019 07:45 - 08:45 Andrew Stroud Garden Warbler (Singing by Great Myles lake), 2 Buzzard, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Skylark, Bullfinch (All birds on BBS grid)
South Weald 22 Apr 2019 12:45 - 12:45 Andrew Stroud Red Kite (High over Wigley Bush Lane)
Naze, The 22 Apr 2019 08:00 - 12:30 Sunny with slight NE breeze Matt Turner 15 Whitethroat (+), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cuckoo, 4 Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull (1 adult, 1 3cy flying north calling), 12 Blackcap (+ including 5 in one bush all singing and squabbling!), 17 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin (Breeding plumage), 2 Buzzard, 5 Cetti's Warbler
Stanford-le-Hope 22 Apr 2019 13:40 - 13:45 Sunny with light breeze Paul Frampton Red Kite (Drifting south )
Abberton Reservoir 22 Apr 2019 15:00 - 16:00 Sunny and pleasant. David Allen Ortolan Bunting (Billets Farm), 5 Black Tern, 30 Yellow Wagtail (at least)
Tendring 21 Apr 2019 08:45 - 09:00 Full sun, light breeze Tony Faulkner Song Thrush (Under Oak tree in garden gathering nesting material)
Stansted Airport Lagoons 21 Apr 2019 09:35 - 10:35 Sunny and warm. Largely calm and 0/8 cloud. Mike Harris 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail (Male), 5 Blackcap, Whitethroat (Singing), Willow Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff
Beckton 21 Apr 2019 07:15 - 11:00 Sunny clear Gary A James Buzzard, 3 Wheatear, Sand Martin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat
Langdon Hills NR EWT 21 Apr 2019 07:45 - 09:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 4 Green Woodpecker (Three Lincewood, one Mark's Hill.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing males, all Willow Park.)
Audley End 21 Apr 2019 10:00 - 12:00 sunny and warm Martin Peers 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron (juvs), 8 Coot (one nest), Stock Dove, Goldcrest (male), 2 Coal Tit (males), 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Nuthatch (on territories), 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males), Grey Wagtail (male), 3 Greenfinch (males)
Witham 21 Apr 2019 15:00 - 15:00 Hot, 21 degrees Paul Shuttleworth Red Kite
Maldon 21 Apr 2019 07:30 - 15:00 Tony Kennelly Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male along Limebrook way hedgerow), Whitethroat (Singing male along Limebrook way hedgerow), 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch
Danbury Common 21 Apr 2019 17:30 - 18:30 Very warm and sunny Brian Bolton 6 Nightingale (At least singing), 3 Blackcap
Galleywood, near Chelmsford 21 Apr 2019 13:30 - 13:40 Warm & Sunny Janice Bright 5 Buzzard (In a group circling over house on Tile Kiln Estate)
Wix 21 Apr 2019 09:00 - 16:00 James Davidson Red Kite (Flew over north), Cuckoo (Calling, first for year), 5 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Corn Bunting (Flew over), Yellow Wagtail (On nearby muck heap, already 2 about locally)
Hatfield Broad Oak 21 Apr 2019 15:45 - 17:00 Pincey Brook Mike Harris 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, Red Kite, 4 Mandarin Duck (2prs), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing (Territorial Male), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males)
South Woodham Ferrers 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 09:00 Saltcoats Marsh, sunny, bright and warm. Robert Pease Cetti's Warbler (Calling), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Whitethroat (Singing), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing), Sedge Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing), Reed Bunting, Cuckoo (Calling)
Hanningfield Reservoir 20 Apr 2019 09:00 - 09:45 Sunny, cool wind Andrew Wilson Garganey (Drake from Rawl Hide. )
Kelvedon Hatch 20 Apr 2019 10:20 - 10:25 David Jobbins Red Kite (High east at 10.20am)
Twinstead 20 Apr 2019 07:00 - 09:00 sunny; warming up after cool start Martin Peers 10 Red-legged Partridge (5 pairs), Little Grebe (male), 5 Stock Dove (territories - my first complete survey here), Kestrel (male on church tower), Goldcrest (singing male), Marsh Tit (singing male in usual territory), 2 Swallow (territories), 12 Chiffchaff (territorial males), 14 Blackcap (territorial males), Lesser Whitethroat (male back on territory), Nuthatch (singing - village), 7 Song Thrush (territories - my first complete count), 2 Mistle Thrush (territorial males - village [2018= 1]), Nightingale (male - continued decline here: part of territory chopped down and planted with "lollipop" trees), 20 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer (4 pairs - first complete survey here)
Beckton 20 Apr 2019 07:15 - 10:30 Sunny/clear light east wind Gary A James 3 Mediterranean Gull (Adults), 8 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff
Cattawade Marsh/Splodge 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 08:30 Matt Turner Marsh Harrier (Female flying east), Whimbrel (To east of bridge), Knot (Single winter plumage still present)
Moverons, near Brightlingsea 20 Apr 2019 09:30 - 12:00 Chris Poole Raven (While watching a high flying prey carrying M Harrier the Raven appeared from above, briefly harried it & then carried on its way W. over Colne ), 12 Sedge Warbler (Singing males), 2 Willow Warbler (Singing males), Nightingale (Singing), 5 Wheatear, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males), Cuckoo (Calling), Marsh Harrier (Male), 14 Lapwing (At least 7 pairs some displaying & sitting), 30 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing)
Danbury Common 20 Apr 2019 10:00 - 10:30 Thomas Gilbert 8 Nightingale, 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (Singing near car park), 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Sedge Warbler
Maldon 20 Apr 2019 12:00 - 13:30 High tide, sightings from Promenade Park Thomas Gilbert 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, Oystercatcher, Reed Warbler (Singing in reeds on lake), 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Tern, Little Grebe (On lake), Swallow
Clacton-on-Sea 20 Apr 2019 10:45 - 11:00 Full sun, warm with very light breeze Tony Faulkner Buzzard (Soaring over Waterglade Retail Park, being mobbed by gulls.)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 20 Apr 2019 08:00 - 14:30 Fine and sunny, light E wind, HT Paul Larkin 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Greylag Goose (Four on the tip, eight Golden Gates), 2 Stonechat (Pair on the approach road), 2 Cuckoo (One by the creek, one Golden Gates), 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (By the outer car park), 8 Blackcap (One by the creek, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Chiffchaff (One by the outer car park, two Golden Gates), Fieldfare (Golden Gates), 33 Coot (10 in the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 52 Tufted Duck (44(20 drakes) Golden Gates, eight (5 drakes) on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Pochard (Including 3 drakes Golden Gates), 2 Goldeneye (Females Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Reed Warbler (Golden Gates), 7 Mediterranean Gull (Five adults and 1st and 2nd summers hawking insects over the tip), 3 Buzzard (Soaring over the tip), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 538 Dunlin (In the managed retreat), 3 Whimbrel (In the managed retreat), 254 Black-tailed Godwit (In the managed retreat), 15 Teal (In the managed retreat), 3 Common Tern (On the river), Turnstone (In the managed retreat), 45 Shelduck (In the managed retreat), 122 Redshank (In the managed retreat)
Rowney Wood, Debden 20 Apr 2019 15:00 - 17:00 Lovely 23 deg Stephen Dutton 10 Blackcap (singing males), 6 Willow Warbler (Singing males out numbering singing Chiffchaff, including interesting interaction. Willow Warbler “hovering “ and trilling as they chased around the favoured trees), Garden Warbler (Singing high from tree top ), Cuckoo (Heard only from east side of wood.), Buzzard
Rainham Marshes NR RSPB 20 Apr 2019 10:45 - 16:00 sunny, few clouds, occasional light breeze; warm Mark Gregory Cattle Egret (mobile on Purfleet Marshes), 3 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (2 males+ female - Butts scrape), 2 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 2 Hobby (behind shooting butts), Sparrowhawk, Snipe, 2 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Avocet, 3 Ruff (target pools), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults east along Thames), Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (seen + more singing), 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit
Elsenham 20 Apr 2019 13:00 - 14:00 Sunny Anthony Gales Blackcap (Male singing)
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 20 Apr 2019 13:00 - 17:00 Sunny, warm. Cool breeze. Andrew Cox 100 Brent Goose (At least.), Sparrowhawk, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), 3 Whimbrel (At least.), 2 Greenshank (Lagoon.), Turnstone (Lagoon), 10 Mediterranean Gull (At least. Mainly from the slipway area & adjacent saltmarsh.), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern (Across from slipway.), 8 Common Tern (Slipway area.)
Stow Marsh 20 Apr 2019 13:00 - 15:15 High tide, very warm East breeze Alan Shearring Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 142 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Whimbrel, 38 Teal, 6 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Pink-footed Goose (heading high west over the Crouch), Cuckoo, Swallow, 26 Stock Dove, 2 Tree Pipit (feeding on seawall), Lesser Whitethroat
Wrabness 20 Apr 2019 16:00 - 17:30 Excellent Peter Brittain Cuckoo (Heard.seen.photographed), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale (Heard only), 20 Sand Martin (On beach cliff)
The Hythe, Colchester 20 Apr 2019 19:30 - 20:30 Calm sunset although someone had started a fire on north bank near Wivenhoe. Called fire brigade who extinguished. Matt Turner Snipe, 2 Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler (Heard singing, couldn't locate), 2 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting (One calling), Whitethroat (Heard one phrase, not seen), Song Thrush, Swallow
Chigborough Lakes 20 Apr 2019 18:30 - 19:30 Sunny Tony Thomas 2 Cuckoo (Heard, not seen), 2 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap (9 male, 3 female), 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen, 2 heard only), 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Jay, 2 Song Thrush (I found a piece of camera equipment in disused hide on main lake. If anyone lost this when visiting please let me know and can arrange return.)