Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Langdon Hills NR EWT 29 May 2020 06:45 - 07:45 Sunny, warm. Lincewood & Plotlands. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 Whitethroat (Males, one singing; one carrying food.)
Epping 29 May 2020 10:15 - 10:15 Cool breeze, bright sunshine Graham Pentelow Ring-necked Parakeet (Low overhead on path behind St Johns High School near Lower Bury Lane & Epping Tennis Club)
Great Totham 29 May 2020 09:00 - 10:15 Sunny, light E wind. With Jake. Malcolm Corbett Buzzard (South Wood, briefly harassed by Kestrel.), Cuckoo (Calling, Sheepcoates Farm.), 2 Swift (St. Peter's Church.), Kestrel (South Wood, briefly harassing Buzzard.), 4 Jackdaw (+. Two pair feeding young, chimney pots, Prince of Wales Road.), Skylark (Singing over horse paddocks, Prince of Wales Road.), 3 Swallow (Sains Hall.), 2 House Sparrow (Breeding? St. Peter's Church tower.), Linnet (Male calling, Totham Pit scrubland.), Corn Bunting (Singing, Sains Farm)
Epping 29 May 2020 12:30 - 12:45 Warm & bright sunshine Graham Pentelow 4 Coal Tit (Parent feeding 3 young in fruit tree above my head, back garden Crows Road)
Thorndon CP (North) 29 May 2020 12:45 - 14:00 Sunny, hot. Andrew Cox 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Active nests.), 4 Swallow (At least. Hatch Farm area.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), Treecreeper (Singing Male.), 3 Nuthatch (At least one adult with at least two fledged young.), Goldfinch, 4 Linnet (Two pairs.), Bullfinch (Male.)
Friday Wood 29 May 2020 10:00 - 13:00 Warm Yvonne Watling 5 Nightingale, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Little Egret, Cuckoo
Wrabness 29 May 2020 10:30 - 11:40 Dry sunny warm Kevin Tunnicliffe Hobby (Hawking over sheep fields near first hide), 10 House Martin (Feeding over sheep field with sandmartin)
Abberton Reservoir 29 May 2020 04:40 - 08:30 Steve Grimwade 3 Nightingale, 3 Cuckoo, Little Gull (1st summer), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck (Males), 3 Corn Bunting, Goldeneye (Female), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 27 Black-tailed Godwit (2 groups high north), 10 Yellow Wagtail, 130 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 14 Egyptian Goose, 3 Barnacle Goose, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel
Naze, The 29 May 2020 05:45 - 08:45 warm, high tide, easterly wind, clear - 18 species in song Brian Combes 2 Sparrowhawk, 21 Whitethroat (Singing ), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), Chinese Muntjac, 6 Blackcap (Singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing )
Black Notley 29 May 2020 16:45 - 16:50 Sunny and warm, E wind. George Brown Hobby (over garden at 4.50p.m. circling for a while and moving S.)
Broomfield, Chelmsford 29 May 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Kevin Poulton 4 Swift (Two swift boxes being used in my garden)
TQ5993 29 May 2020 06:30 - 13:00 Andrew Stroud 10 House Martin (Brentwood School Ingrave Road), 2 Swift, 2 Treecreeper (Shenfield Common), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Laindon 29 May 2020 16:30 - 17:30 Sunny, warm. Back garden. Andrew Cox 6 Blue Tit (One adult & at least five young.), 4 Goldfinch (Two adults, two young.), Goldcrest (Singing Male.), 2 House Sparrow (Pair.)
Wickford 29 May 2020 18:00 - 19:00 Sunny, mild breeze Les Finn Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose
Westley Heights 28 May 2020 07:00 - 08:00 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Song Thrush, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch (At least. Near horse paddock nest site.)
Abberton Reservoir 28 May 2020 10:30 - 13:30 Hot and sunny. Walked the loop around the causeways. Oliver Cottis Buzzard (Visitors Centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH), Kestrel (LDLH), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Both Causeways), 2 Common Tern, Corn Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat (North path between causeways), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB), 4 Egyptian Goose (LB), Shelduck (LB), Goldeneye (Female, LB), Pochard (Male, LB), 6 Wigeon (LB), Shoveler (Male, LB), Kingfisher (LB), Yellowhammer (LB), Marsh Harrier (LB), 2 Cuckoo (Both causeways), Reed Bunting (male singing, LB), Reed Warbler (LB), Cetti's Warbler (LB, heard), Great Spotted Woodpecker (LB, heard), 3 Nightingale (heard), Willow Warbler (heard on the North path between causeways)
Epping 28 May 2020 11:30 - 12:00 Sunny, light cloud, warm Graham Pentelow Red Kite (low over my head over Epping Foresters cricket ground, chased by corvids!), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling from woodland either side of Green Ride track, ca 0.5 miles south of Bell Common tunnel)
Danbury Common 28 May 2020 13:00 - 14:30 Sunshine, warm with a SE breeze. Robert Pease 5 Nightingale (Three adults and two recently fledged juveniles seen that lingered along the edge of the gravel path. One adult seen giving alarming calls at a Magpie and two Jays that were searching the gorse. The peep alarm call was so persistent that at first though I was hearing a ‘Tree frog’.), 10 Chiffchaff (Perhaps more. Four singing males, five calling birds and an adult carrying food.), 5 Blackcap (Singing males.), 2 Buzzard
East Tilbury 28 May 2020 07:30 - 13:30 Fine and sunny, E wind, falling tide Paul Larkin 430 Shelduck, 5 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, Buzzard, 4 Stonechat (Two pairs with broods of 3 and one), 4 Cuckoo (At least one female), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Harrier (Female type.)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 28 May 2020 12:30 - 13:00 Fine and sunny, E wind Paul Larkin Common Tern (Golden Gates), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Golden Gates)
Wrabness 28 May 2020 15:30 - 15:30 Very nice Peter Brittain Cuckoo (Very Vocal and very good sighting)
Fordham 28 May 2020 10:00 - 13:00 Steve Grimwade Red Kite (Adult flew south over Essex Way footpath)
Chignall St James 28 May 2020 12:45 - 13:00 Bright and still Alan Roscoe 2 Cuckoo (Pair seen in flight and one heard bubbling. Meadows to the immediate west of the village.)
Epping 28 May 2020 19:45 - 19:45 Breezy, sunny Graham Pentelow Ring-necked Parakeet (Flew down Shaftesbury Road from Lindsey Street), Spotted Flycatcher (Possible, heard potential calls from gardens between Crows Road & Tower Road throughout past couple of days)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge 28 May 2020 08:55 - 11:20 Sunny, fresh E. wind. Malcolm Corbett 60 Greylag Goose (+. Inc. eleven young.), 4 Mute Swan (Two pair, one with three cygnets, other nesting.), 4 Egyptian Goose (Pair with two well grown young.), 2 Shelduck (Resting on barn roof.), 4 Mallard (Females with 28 young [5, 6, 8, 9]), 11 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 4 Moorhen (+. Two pair with six young [4, 2]), 6 Coot (+. Three pair, two with young [3, 4], one nest building. ), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo (At least. Two calling, one from Chig. Lakes. Pair seen flying together.), Barn Owl, 6 Swift, Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, Swallow, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 20 Starling (+.), 2 Reed Bunting (Males.)
Wivenhoe 28 May 2020 08:30 - 13:00 Sunny, light cloud, tide half ebb Michael Davies 2 Oystercatcher (Flying downstream), 2 Mute Swan (Feeding on grass on bank of River Colner), 2 Mallard (Guarding her mate in the reeds)
Ingatestone 28 May 2020 09:00 - 13:00 Garden Graham Smith Hobby, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite
South Weald 28 May 2020 18:00 - 20:00 Andrew Stroud 2 Mandarin Duck (Pair flew out of wooded area by cricket ground), Buzzard
Langdon Hills NR EWT 27 May 2020 07:00 - 08:00 Sunny, warm. Dunton Plotlands Andrew Cox 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Including one active nest near visitor centre site; 2nd for Plotlands, 5th for EWT reserve.)
Goldhanger 27 May 2020 09:00 - 10:30 Warm with light breeze Martin Iddon Turtle Dove (Calling near moorings)
Goldhanger 27 May 2020 09:15 - 09:20 Warm with light breeze Martin Iddon Cuckoo (Near mooring area)
Beeleigh 27 May 2020 06:45 - 07:00 Beeleigh Weir Tony Kennelly Teal (Drake), 2 Mute Swan (Pair with cygnets), Goldcrest (Singing male), 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, Jay, 2 Reed Warbler
Maldon 27 May 2020 05:00 - 08:00 Tony Kennelly Corn Bunting (Singing male on telegraph wires in fields between mundon & Fambridge roads, heard then seen from Limebrook way.), Black Redstart (Singing male on roof tops of industrial estate), 20 Swift, Kestrel (Male hunting over seawall by Tesco), Cuckoo (Heard over elms farm park & golf course)
Broomfield, Chelmsford 27 May 2020 11:45 - 13:00 sunny, part cloudy. Over Garden. Bruce Brown 7 Swift
Bowers Marsh (RSPB) 27 May 2020 07:30 - 11:00 Sunny with light cloud, calm. Selected sightings Matt Turner 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Marsh Harrier (Female), Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, Black-necked Grebe (Stunning summer plumage), Grasshopper Warbler (Heard only), 2 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo
The Hythe, Colchester 27 May 2020 16:00 - 18:00 Matt Turner 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Buzzard, 4 Greenshank, 6 Avocet, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 34 Shelduck, 25 Swift, House Martin, Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit (+), 2 Sedge Warbler
Dunton 27 May 2020 17:50 - 20:00 Warm, Sunny David Cornwell Cuckoo (Calling frequently and mobile but mostly SE Corner S.Essex Golf Course, Herongate)
TM0520 27 May 2020 18:30 - 19:30 John Thorogood 2 Nightingale
Mountnessing 27 May 2020 09:15 - 13:30 the country park to the east. Simon Satchell Grey Heron, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Skylark, 10 Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (including 1 active nest TQ6497), 9 Yellowhammer, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, Raven (mobbed by carrion crow), 3 Yellow Wagtail (1 pair TQ6596), 4 Reed Bunting, 10 Swallow (+), Sedge Warbler (singing, TQ6698)
Rayne 26 May 2020 07:45 - 07:45 Sunny clear Andrew Goodey Reed Warbler (Singing in garden (garden tick)), Blue Tit (Adults feeding fledged young on greenfly one honeysuckle), 8 Swift (Screaming party over garden)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 26 May 2020 06:45 - 08:15 Sunny, warm. Mark's Hill & Lincewood. Andrew Cox Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Including one active nest in Marks Hill; 4th for EWT reserve.), Treecreeper (Singing Male, Mark's Hill.), Greenfinch (Singing Male.)
Epping 26 May 2020 10:20 - 10:40 Sunny, light cloud, warm Graham Pentelow Red Kite (Drifting high above Swaines Green & away east of Epping), Cormorant (Flying east over Watermelon playing fields)
Kelvedon Hatch 26 May 2020 09:00 - 10:30 David Jobbins Red Kite (West towards Navestock), 2 Swallow, 2 Skylark, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap
Braintree 26 May 2020 13:30 - 13:30 Hot and very humid Martin Iddon 8 Swift (Calling high over garden in Notley Rd. Better late than never. A strong case can be made for some boxes on or near St.Michaels church.)
Abberton Reservoir 26 May 2020 12:30 - 15:00 Sunny Yvonne Watling 20 Little Egret (On nests), 10 Grey Heron, Cattle Egret (Layer breton causeway ), Yellow Wagtail, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 50 Cormorant (On nest), 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin Duck, Goldeneye, Wigeon, 3 Stock Dove, 9 Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover (Ldlh causeway ), 20 Great Crested Grebe, Black Swan, 50 Mute Swan
Abberton Reservoir 26 May 2020 07:00 - 15:00 Clear blue sky becoming partly cloudy 25c Mick Woodruff 20 Little Egret (At Least), 3 Barnacle Goose (LB Causeway), Black Swan (Wigbourgh Bay Viewing Hide ), Peregrine Falcon (LDLH Causeway), Buzzard (Woodmouse trail), Sparrowhawk (LDLH Causeway), Marsh Harrier (Female -Perched on Visitors centre roof), 4 Little Ringed Plover (LDLH Causeway), 3 Cuckoo (At least - including a very Rufus female), Mistle Thrush (LDLH Causeway), Song Thrush (Woodmouse trail), 3 Nightingale (Old road -glimpses across the road, plus at least another 2 singing males), 2 Reed Warbler (LB Causeway), 3 Garden Warbler (At least ), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (At least), 10 Yellow Wagtail (At least), 2 Bullfinch (Old Road), 7 Yellowhammer (LB Causeway and Woodmouse trail - 69 Species recorded)
Copford 26 May 2020 09:15 - 09:15 Emma Robinson Red Kite
Frinton-on-Sea 26 May 2020 05:45 - 20:45 Ne-NE3 0-8/8 high cloud. Selected totals Paul Brayshaw Red-footed Falcon (1st summer male from 2028-2032 over coastal strip before being seen off to the north by the local Kestrel. I have retrieving the washing to thank for this sighting!), 5 Mediterranean Gull (minimum count of adults along beach and greensward during the day)
Wrabness 25 May 2020 08:00 - 12:00 Warm and sunny Matt Turner 3 Turtle Dove (At least 3 birds seen/heard, maybe more), 3 Nightingale, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 10 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Little Egret, Cuckoo
TQ5993 25 May 2020 17:00 - 19:00 Sunny Andrew Stroud Red Kite (Drifted east over garden), 12 Swift (Small groups around Brentwood station area)