Date Details Sitename
Saturday 20 Apr

The Hythe, Colchester 19:30 to 20:30, Calm sunset although someone had started a fire on north bank near Wivenhoe. Called fire brigade who extinguished.
1 Snipe 2 Ruff 1 Green Sandpiper 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard singing, couldn't locate) 2 Yellowhammer 1 Reed Bunting (One calling) 1 Whitethroat (Heard one phrase, not seen) 1 Song Thrush 1 Swallow [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Saturday 13 Apr

The Hythe, Colchester 07:45 to 09:30, Cold and overcast, no sign of stone curlew
2 Ruff 2 Yellowhammer (both males, 1 singing, 1 calling) 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing male, not seen) 2 Avocet 1 Green Sandpiper 3 Kestrel 3 Buzzard 1 Reed Bunting 1 Song Thrush 5 Linnet 1 Meadow Pipit 2 Grey Heron 1 Little Egret 3 Blackcap (singing males) [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Sunday 07 Apr

The Hythe, Colchester 17:15 to 19:00,
2 Blackcap (Both singing males, one bird doing intermittent subsong that sounded very much like garden warbler) 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flew up river at 17.30, not hunting and nothing flushed) 2 Yellowhammer (Both male, 1 singing, 1 calling) 35 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Song Thrush 15 Linnet 6 Curlew 1 Little Egret 2 Reed Bunting 1 Green Sandpiper (flushed from pool near path on way out and on way back, presume same bird) 24 Shelduck 2 Shoveler (Pair on lagoon) 40 Teal 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard) 2 Gadwall (Pair on lagoon) 1 Long-tailed Tit [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Friday 29 Mar

The Hythe, Colchester 17:15 to 18:45, Calm, tide low, setting sun.
21 Shelduck 1 Greenshank 3 Yellowhammer (1 very close male and 2 more singing) 2 Green Woodpecker (Both heard calling) 1 Reed Bunting (Heard not seen) 3 Ruff (Def 3 in with redshank distant back lagoon in fading light) 92 Teal 109 Black-tailed Godwit 20 Redshank 4 Linnet 20 Curlew (+ probably more hidden from sight) 2 Oystercatcher (Noisily announced their arrival in the middle of the lagoon) 1 Song Thrush (Singing as I left) 1 Little Egret [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Saturday 02 Mar

The Hythe, Colchester 15:00 to 15:00, Fine
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard but not seen from the Wivenhoe Trail, on the university side near the propagation pond) [Graham Upton]

The Hythe, Colchester
Friday 01 Mar

The Hythe, Colchester 14:30 to 17:00, Low tide
1 Song Thrush (Singing male) 1 Yellowhammer (Male) 1 Rock Pipit 1 Green Sandpiper (on lagoon) 30 Curlew (+) 6 Shoveler (5m, 1f) 100 Teal (+) 1 Buzzard (Heard calling) 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard) 2 Reed Bunting (Heard) 2 Snipe (Flushed from marsh) 20 Black-tailed Godwit (1 coming into breeding plumage) [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Friday 22 Feb

The Hythe, Colchester 07:15 to 08:00, Thick fog, left bins in car. Only recorded what I could ID by call/song - good practice for me in the fog!
2 Dunnock (Rival males singing in close proximity) 2 Wren 2 Song Thrush 1 Robin 6 Greenfinch 1 Goldfinch 1 Jackdaw 1 Carrion Crow 1 Green Woodpecker 1 Great Tit 1 Chaffinch 1 Blue Tit 5 Teal 1 Moorhen 2 Redshank 1 Curlew 1 Reed Bunting 2 Linnet 2 Skylark 1 Lapwing 2 Magpie [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Saturday 16 Feb

The Hythe, Colchester 07:30 to 08:30, Frosty with mist lifting
20 Linnet 1 Snipe 2 Song Thrush (Both singing) 1 Little Egret 4 Little Grebe 4 Yellowhammer (3m singing, 1f) 120 Teal 4 Black-tailed Godwit 2 Greenfinch (singing males) 4 Shoveler (3m, 1f) 1 Reed Bunting (singing male) 15 Curlew 2 Green Woodpecker (Both heard, still not seen one this year!!) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard drumming) 70 Lapwing 6 Meadow Pipit 2 Corn Bunting (1 singing) 2 Oystercatcher (Flew up river, then back down - calling all the time) 1 Grey Heron (Over Wiv wood) [Matt Turner]

The Hythe, Colchester
Friday 15 Feb

The Hythe, Colchester 09:00 to 13:00, sunny, 10C, low tide
70 Teal 72 Lapwing 8 Curlew 14 Redshank 40 Black-tailed Godwit 2 Buzzard 2 Kestrel (pair over UoE campus) 2 Yellowhammer (pair) 1 Reed Bunting (female) 3 Linnet [Michael Lane]

The Hythe, Colchester
Wednesday 06 Feb

The Hythe, Colchester 10:30 to 12:00, Hythe Lagoons
5 Greenfinch 2 Corn Bunting 20 Reed Bunting (+) 2 Yellowhammer (+) 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Song Thrush (+) 250 Teal (+) 1 Ruff 1 Water Pipit 1 Skylark (+) 1 Green Woodpecker 40 Lapwing (+) [Liz Huxley]

The Hythe, Colchester