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Site Date Time Conditions Observer Sightings Media
Layer Breton 25 May 2022 09:30 - 11:00 Dry, windy, cloudy Michael Davies Shelduck, 10 Grey Heron, 10 Swift, 4 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Carrion Crow, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, Whitethroat
Thorndon CP (South) 25 May 2022 08:05 - 09:05 Cloudy, breezy, cool. Andrew Cox Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Adult in flight plus active nest.), 2 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 2 Goldcrest (Singing males.), 2 Treecreeper (Singing males.), Yellowhammer (Singing male. Car park hedge.), 5 Chaffinch (Pair with at least three young.)
Alresford 25 May 2022 09:00 - 13:00 Richard Allen 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin, Cuckoo
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 24 May 2022 07:30 - 07:30 Overcast and drizzle Brian Bolton Turtle Dove (On wires & ground near height barrier. From double metal gate opposite monument )
Mersea Island 23 May 2022 09:00 - 18:00 MC Martin Cock, DU= Dougal Urquhart Stephen Entwistle 3 Reed Warbler (Male Strood channel DU ), Knot (Still on stone point AF), 3 Grey Plover (Off cudmore Grove area AF), 4 Turnstone (Off cudmore Grove area AF ), 4 Ringed Plover (Off east mersea AF), 8 Curlew (Off east Mersea AF ), 6 Whimbrel (1 off east Mersea AF, 5 along Strood channel DU ), 5 Sedge Warbler (2 cudmore Grove area AF, 3 males Strood channel DU ), Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU ), 3 Yellow Wagtail (Strood channel DU ), 2 Cuckoo (Strood channel DU ), 15 Swift (Strood channel DU ), 3 Avocet (Strood channel DU ), 2 Common Tern (Strood channel DU )
Ingrebourne Valley 23 May 2022 09:50 - 12:30 cloudy with light rain around noon Ben Mapp 2 Gadwall (pair), 4 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler (drakes), Red Kite, 3 Stock Dove, 20 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Cuckoo (M+F both heard), 10 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Swallow, 20 House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler (+), 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler (singing), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 5 Whitethroat
Westley Heights 23 May 2022 10:45 - 13:15 Cloudy, mild. Then lightbrain. Andrew Cox 2 Swift, 2 Buzzard (Pair with nest.), 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 9 Nuthatch (At least. Adult feeding young in first Hall Wood nest; 2nd adult calling nearby. At least one adult feeding young in the second Hall Wood nest. Pair feeding young in nordic walkers bench nest. At least four birds near car park copse included adult feeding fledged young. No activity at nest hole. No activity at Coombe Wood nest hole.), 3 Treecreeper (Singing males.), 3 Goldfinch (At least.)
Manningtree 22 May 2022 08:00 - 16:00 River Stour to Flatford and return - highlights David L Smith 3 Cuckoo (+ Heard), 3 Hobby, Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Nightingale (Heard), Bullfinch (Female)
Langdon Hills NR EWT 22 May 2022 07:15 - 08:15 Sunny, warm. Andrew Cox 2 Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 11 Whitethroat (Pair with at least three young close to visitor centre. Six other singing males.)
Great Totham 22 May 2022 09:15 - 09:15 Sunny, warm. Malcolm Corbett Little Owl (In usual Oak tree, Church Road.)
Ashdon 22 May 2022 09:00 - 10:30 Sunny Phil Harling Barn Owl, 5 Swallow, Goldfinch
Langdon Hills NR EWT 22 May 2022 12:00 - 13:00 Sunny, warm. Plotlands. Andrew Cox 2 Grey Wagtail (Female feeding fledged young.), Swallow
Wrabness 22 May 2022 11:00 - 14:30 Warm and sunny Richard Salenius 2 Nightingale (One singing in car park but hidden), 9 Whitethroat, 2 Pheasant (Two males fighting ), 5 Goldfinch, 2 Jay, 2 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Turtle Dove, Chiffchaff, 5 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 4 Dunnock
Wrabness 22 May 2022 14:30 - 15:30 Fine Peter Brittain Cuckoo (Seen roosting at same position as last week and photographed. Although I know where to find this bird I have not heard it call and Ive not been able to confirm if it’s a M or F)
Stanford Warren 22 May 2022 07:00 - 08:00 Fine and sunny, E breeze, falling tide Paul Larkin 7 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cuckoo (Pair), Buzzard, Pochard (Drake), 3 Canada Goose (In Stanford Creek), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT) 22 May 2022 09:00 - 13:15 Fine and sunny, E breeze, falling tide Paul Larkin 2 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 3 Greylag Goose (Golden Gates), 2 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 50 Shelduck (Mucking Flats), 2 Gadwall (Pair on the pit to the south of the tip), 7 Pochard (Four, three drakes, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including two drakes, Golden Gates), 2 Cuckoo (Pair), 6 Moorhen (Two on the pit to the south of the tip,the rest Golden Gates), 25 Coot (Eight on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 6 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 5 Great Crested Grebe (Two on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 2 Oystercatcher (Mucking Flats), 13 Curlew (Mucking Flats), Sparrowhawk (Golden Gates), Red Kite (Over south), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Mainly Golden Gates. Plus a recently fledged young there.), 3 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), 6 Stonechat (Pairs near the VC, at the west end of the approach road, and by the railway line), Corn Bunting (In song on the VC approach road), 28 Tufted Duck (Two, one drake, on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest, including 14 drakes, Golden Gates)
Frinton-on-Sea 22 May 2022 05:30 - 09:00 W1 becoming SE by 0800, high cloud, v hazy. Selected totals, movement to north unless stated Paul Brayshaw 627 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (18 flocks heading east and away, all prior to 0630 (folloiwng 363 and 244 over the past two days)), Red-rumped Swallow (Single north over the Greensward at 0834), 18 Common Scoter
Gunners Park, Shoebury 21 May 2022 16:35 - 17:00 Sunny, southerly breeze about 1 hour before high tide Richard Mander Black Guillemot (Fantastic summer plumage bird just east of Goggs Berth), Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstone, 2 Linnet, 40 Starling, 12 Carrion Crow
Mersea Island 21 May 2022 09:00 - 17:30 DU= Dougal Urquhart, AF = Andy Stephen Entwistle Spotted Flycatcher (Briefly shop lane AF), 7 Pochard (1 maydays DU, 6 golf house area AF), Gadwall (Maydays DU ), 4 Whimbrel (Maydays DU ), 2 Cuckoo (Maydays DU ), 2 Grey Partridge (A pr maydays DU), 6 Common Tern (2 maydays DU, 4 reeves hall to stone point AF), Hobby (Shop lane AF ), 8 Long-tailed Tit (Family shop lane AF ), 2 Lapwing (Poss 3 large chicks reeves hall pool AF), 2 Buzzard (Reeves hall marshes AF), 2 Marsh Harrier (Reeves hall AF ), 10 Whitethroat (Plus reeves hall to stone point AF ), Lesser Whitethroat (East Mersea ), 2 Reed Warbler (Reeves hall to stone point AF), Little Tern (Off stone point distant AF), Cetti's Warbler (St Peters meadow well SE )
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 21 May 2022 08:30 - 11:45 Richard Chew 3 Cuckoo (1 calling male seen plus 2 other calling males heard), 5 Swift, 2 Swallow, 27 Whitethroat (16 singing male seen, at least 5 other singing males heard, 6 other birds seen ), 8 Reed Warbler (1 singing male seen, at least 5 other singing males heard, 2 other birds seen), 6 Blackcap (3 singing males seen plus at least 3 others heard), 6 Chiffchaff (1 singing male heard plus at least 5 others heard), 5 Cetti's Warbler (5 singing males heard), Reed Bunting (male), 11 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Dunlin, 2 Common Tern, 12 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 8 Canada Goose, 7 Moorhen, 5 Coot (including 1 juvenile), Sparrowhawk (female), 5 Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Starling, Blue Tit, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Pheasant
Heybridge GP 21 May 2022 08:30 - 16:00 High tide c17:30 - highlights (also 2 Painted Lady) David L Smith 9 Cuckoo (+ sightings and others heard (2+ females and at least 4 males)), 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard (+), Marsh Harrier (Female), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 6 Cetti's Warbler (+ singing males), Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Whitethroat
Naze, The 21 May 2022 06:00 - 11:00 warm, mainly clear, westerly wind, ebbing tide; 20 species in song Brian Combes 23 Whitethroat (Singing ), 13 Little Egret (2 south first thing, 11 on Walton Hall Marshes ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Cuckoo (Singing ), 6 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), Spotted Flycatcher (Double hedge ), 2 Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Chinese Muntjac, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sand Martin, Buzzard, 2 Swift (North), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing ), Cattle Egret (Walton Hall Marshes, flooded northern section), 2 Garganey (Males, Walton Hall Marshes, flooded northern section), 2 Greenshank (Cormorant Creek ), 2 Grey Heron, 7 Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit (Walton Channel ), Wheatear
Wrabness 21 May 2022 10:30 - 12:30 mainly sunny, mild. Low tide incoming Mark Gregory Mediterranean Gull (heard), 2 Turtle Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush
Abberton Reservoir 21 May 2022 13:35 - 15:00 mainly sunny, light winds, mild. Causeways only; notable sightings from LBC - different those reported by others Mark Gregory 2 Red Kite, Marsh Harrier (female), Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Goldeneye (females), Cetti's Warbler (singing), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Abberton Reservoir 21 May 2022 14:10 - 15:50 Sunny, Only Highlights!!! Zane Sargent Mandarin Duck (Male at LBC.), Cuckoo (Male flying and also singing. At LBC.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair at LDHC.), Greenshank (Quite far away before flying away. At LDHC.), Spoonbill (At LBC in trees. ), Great White Egret (At LBC on branch.), Hobby (Flying near Wig Bay.), 5 Yellow Wagtail (1 at LBC and 4 at LDHC.), Black Swan (Distant at LBC.)
Layer Breton 21 May 2022 09:30 - 11:00 Sunny, light breeze Michael Davies Spoonbill, Cormorant, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Egyptian Goose, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Greylag Goose, Shoveler, 2 Coot, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 6 Grey Heron, Cuckoo, Chaffinch, Shelduck
Great Baddow, Chelmsford 21 May 2022 10:00 - 12:00 Muggy, periods of sun David Pallash 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 15 Whitethroat (+), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Chiffchaff
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge 21 May 2022 07:21 - 09:37 Fine, dry, slight breeze Paul Everett 3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Hide 2), 38 Canada Goose (+), Barnacle Goose (BIF), 35 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, Pochard (Male), Cuckoo (BIF calling), Little Grebe, 8 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet (Hide 2), 3 Lapwing, Curlew, 4 Common Tern (Appeared to be nesting with Avocets on small island at Hide 2), 5 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Jackdaw, 8 Skylark, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Heard), Chiffchaff (heard around car park), 2 Blackbird (Male), 2 Robin, 5 Corn Bunting (at least 2 appeared to be juveniles), 2 Reed Bunting (Male- singing)
Thorndon CP (South) 21 May 2022 08:00 - 09:15 Light cloud with some sun. Cool at first, becoming warmer. Andrew Cox 8 Tufted Duck (Paur plus male on the lake. Four males plus one female on Hatch Farm Pond.), Buzzard, 7 Moorhen (Adult with six young Hatch Farm Pond.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least. Active nest. Adult nearby.), 2 Skylark (Singing males. One near Hatch Farm; another arable adjacent car park.), Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrush (Including singing male.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), Goldfinch (At least.), Yellowhammer (Singing male, car park hedge.)
Mersea Island 20 May 2022 09:00 - 13:00 Seen by Dougal Urquhart Stephen Entwistle 20 Sanderling (Some in full summer plumage ), 7 Avocet (Golf house saltings pools ), 6 Common Tern (Off golf house, / stone point ), Cuckoo (Golf house area )
Colchester 19 May 2022 20:30 - 20:45 Graham Barber 12 Swift (Over breeding site)
TL4803 19 May 2022 10:30 - 10:45 Sunny Thomas Simon Firecrest (Singing away, moved south of Epping Ongar Railway in to Green Acres Burial Ground.)
Coggeshall 19 May 2022 11:00 - 12:30 Overcast before sun came out Nico Devereaux Cuckoo (Heard, not seen), Greenfinch (Heard, not seen), 12 House Martin, Swift, 6 House Sparrow
Great Totham 19 May 2022 16:30 - 17:15 Sunny, warm, light W wind. Malcolm Corbett 2 Swallow (Pair, Gt. Totham Hall), 2 Green Woodpecker (Scrub adj. Totham Pit.), Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit area.), Nightingale (Singing. Hall Road adj. Totham Pit.)
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 19 May 2022 14:15 - 16:15 Warm (20C), sunny, high tide. Sightings with David. Highlights Winifred Simmonds Barn Owl (Flying in field by car park), 2 Cuckoo (1 seen and heard; 1 just heard), Great White Egret, Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 20 Lapwing (Some with chicks), 20 Avocet (Some with chicks), 2 Grey Heron (Flying together), Whitethroat, Blackcap, 7 Mute Swan (Adult with 6 cygnets)
Naze, The 19 May 2022 06:00 - 09:00 overcast with showers, warm, southerly wind; 21 species in song Brian Combes 11 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Song Thrush (Singing ), 5 Sand Martin, 2 Cuckoo (1 singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (NE corner of common ), Wheatear (On the common ), Barn Owl (Quartering the common first thing - first for a while), 4 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), Sparrowhawk, 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing), 5 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 4 Mediterranean Gull
Wrabness 19 May 2022 16:30 - 17:30 Warm, clear; EWT reserve Brian Combes 10 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 3 Nightingale (Singing), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), Yellowhammer (Singing), 3 Turtle Dove (At least one purring and displaying ), 3 Buzzard
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT 19 May 2022 11:30 - 17:00 High tide c15:20 (also 4+ Green Hairstreak and 1 Painted Lady) David L Smith 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose, 2 Swift, Cuckoo (1 male seen and at least 2 others heard), 9 Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover (Furneaux Lane), 4 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Mediterranean Gull (Heard only), Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 6 Buzzard (+), 3 Kestrel, 50 Sand Martin (+ Furneaux Lane), 10 Swallow (+), Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ), Garden Warbler (1 male seen and at least 3 others heard), Lesser Whitethroat (Heard only), 2 Song Thrush (+), 8 Nightingale (+ singing males), Bullfinch (Heard only), 4 Curlew (+)
Mersea Island 19 May 2022 12:00 - 17:00 Seen by MC = Martin Cock Stephen Entwistle 36 Swift (Strood fields DU), 5 Cuckoo (3 ray Island, 2 firs chase caravan park DU), 2 Sandwich Tern (Flyover stone point MC), 8 Little Tern (Seen off east Mersea stone point MC), 3 Sedge Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Warbler (Strood channel DU ), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Along Strood channel DU ), Corn Bunting (Strood channel DU ), 3 Reed Bunting (Strood channel DU ), Nightingale (Singing on ray Island heard from Strood channel mersea DU)
Frinton-on-Sea 19 May 2022 13:00 - 14:00 Stephen Entwistle Mediterranean Gull (Full summer adult west end on seafront SE), 2 House Martin (House Martins & swallows flying around toilets west (tennis club end. SE)
Chignall St James 18 May 2022 10:30 - 11:30 Warm, gentle breeze Stuart Anderson Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Wheatear, 2 Lapwing, Yellowhammer, 3 Chiffchaff (Heard), Whitethroat (Heard)
Billericay 18 May 2022 10:00 - 10:15 Cloudless blue sky John Smart 2 Swift (Hawking insects high over the town)
Mersea Island 18 May 2022 09:00 - 13:00 Stephen Entwistle Cuckoo (Martins west Mersea garden MC), 2 Sparrowhawk (Cudmore Grove pond hide SE ), Cetti's Warbler (Cudmore Grove pond hide SE ), 2 Blackcap (2 singing cudmore Grove pond hide SE, nearby 10+ azures damselflies. )
Beeleigh 18 May 2022 15:00 - 15:15 Sunny with a warm breeze. Michael Lane Nightingale (Nightingale see moving between low hedges and calling. )
Wrabness 18 May 2022 13:45 - 16:30 Sunny. High Tide Peter Brittain Cuckoo (Male), 2 Buzzard, Jay, 3 Turtle Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat
Naze, The 18 May 2022 06:30 - 10:30 warm, clear, southerly wind, rising tide; 21 species in song Brian Combes Cuckoo (Singing), 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing ), 4 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 21 Whitethroat (Singing), 3 Song Thrush (Singing), Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher (South of John Weston Reserve )
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford 18 May 2022 07:30 - 08:00 Sunny and warm Brian Bolton 2 Oystercatcher (2 adults 2 chicks on island), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing close to monument ), 16 Common Tern (Probably more ), 5 Egyptian Goose (2 adults & 3 surviving youngsters ), Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap