The EBwS Bird News provides a summary of sightings for the past 14 days.
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Tuesday 17 May 2022
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:55 to 11:30, Sun and cloud, light S wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge (Home Field.), Pheasant, 25 Greylag Goose (Adults. Plus four broods of 4,4,2 and 1 young.), 17 Mute Swan (Adults, inc. one on nest and pair with five young.), 13 Mallard (Adults inc. two females with young (2,2)), Cuckoo (Calling.), 18 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 4 Moorhen, 30 Coot (Inc. two on nests and three pairs with young, 2,2 and 2), 4 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lapwing (Lake Field.), 50 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 3 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard (Together.), Green Woodpecker, Jay, 10 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit (Two singing. One carrying food.), 4 Skylark (Singing.), 3 Swallow (One, Northlands. Two around farm buildings.), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing.), 12 Reed Warbler (Eight, Trout Lake. Three, Silt Lake. One, Holding Pond), 3 Blackcap (Singing.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Four singing.), 8 Wren (Singing.), 30 Starling (circa. ), 4 Blackbird (One singing.), 11 Robin (Ten singing.), 3 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock (Two singing.), Chaffinch (Singing.), Greenfinch (Singing.), 6 Goldfinch (One singing.), 30 Tufted Duck (Inc. at least ten pairs) [Malcolm Corbett]
Boreham, 07:30 to 07:30, Sunny
Corn Bunting (Male singing from telegraph wires on Hammonds Road, almost same place I saw one/him last year!) [Ross Wilkins]
Writtle, 04:30 to 05:10, Broken cloud
Cuckoo (Along river Wid, opposite Skeggs Farm. First heard calling on Sunday 15th May ) [Andrew Allen]
Friday Wood, 04:15 to 04:30
Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Golden Oriole (Singing bird audible from my house, top end of cherry tree lane just south of Army cadet buildings. ), Nightingale [Simon Patient]
Monday 16 May 2022
Great Notley, 21:00 to 21:00, Fading light, fine and dry, warm
5 Swift (Possibly more. Low pass over village. No sign at usual nesting site. ) [Paul Everett]
Coggeshall, 17:30 to 18:45, Partly Cloudy, Only Highlights!!!
13 Swift (Around Graveyard.), Swallow (Seems to be hanging around near Graveyard.), House Martin (Above Graveyard.), Chiffchaff (Only heard.) [Zane Sargent ]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, warm, clear becoming overcast, SW wind, rising tide; 21 species in song
18 Swift (2 north, 16 over town), 2 Cuckoo (1 singing ), 4 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 58 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper (1 seen, 1 heard), Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow (10 north including a group of 7), 4 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 by cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 9 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 10 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 28 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 double hedge, 1 sycamore clump ), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), 2 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Sunday 15 May 2022
Wrabness, 13:45 to 13:46, Overcast and Drizzle
2 Swift (Over Garden ), 3 Turtle Dove (First time I’ve seen all three together.), 3 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Blackbird (Maybe more most Unusual ) [Peter Brittain]
Copford, 13:00 to 13:00
Nightingale [Emma Robinson]
Stour Reserve, 10:25 to 13:20, Cloudy, Only Highlights!!!
400+ Brent Goose (All over estuary.), 3 Stock Dove (Flew together over fields.), Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (All seen.), 5 Jay (Very noisy but all seen.), 3 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper [Zane Sargent ] Brent Goose at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Brent Goose at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Stock Dove at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Buzzard at Stour Reserve on 15 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
The Naze at Walton, 09:45 to 13:00, Cool, windy. Slight drizzle just before and after visit. Tide quite high and rising.
8 Ringed Plover, Curlew, 11 Turnstone (All waders except Curlew were feeding along tideline.), 24 Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, Kestrel, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 8 Whitethroat (singing) [Simon Banks]
Southminster, 09:00 to 15:00, Sunny with odd light shower
2 Cuckoo, Turtle Dove (Purring intermittently and showing well from power lines) [Tony Thomas]
Beckton, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloud/Rain, East wind.
30 Swift, Cuckoo, Kittiwake (Imm), 15 Common Tern, Buzzard [Gary A James]
Ashdon, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
12 Swift (Flying around church ) [Phil Harling ]
Friday Wood, 07:00 to 13:00, Dull, cloud, drizzle
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck (pair), 4 Mallard, 4 Cuckoo (including one female), 2 Stock Dove, Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Tawny Owl (calling at 11.25), Kingfisher (along river south of wood), 18 Rook (Abberton Manor), Raven, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 12 Garden Warbler (singing males southern area of wood and Berechurch ), Lesser Whitethroat, 26 Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 13 Nightingale (singing males, at least 32 singing males in general area), Siskin (flew over Berechurch Marsh calling), 2 Reed Bunting [Andrew Goodey]
Billericay, 06:50 to 08:30, organised morning walk around Lake Meadows park
10 Mallard (inc pale yellow duckling), 2 Swift, 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Great Crested Grebe (pair with 3 young), Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 2 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 2 Nuthatch (possibly more), Chaffinch [Ben Mapp]
Saturday 14 May 2022
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 19:00 to 19:30, Fine, slight breeze
4 Canada Goose (1 pair with 1 gosling plus a lone adult.), 2 Mute Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose (Pair and 3 young), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Black-headed Gull (+ and 4 chicks on Island), 17 Common Tern (nesting on island), Chiffchaff (Heard), 16 Tufted Duck [Paul Everett]
Copford, 17:00 to 18:00
Cuckoo, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [Emma Robinson]
Stanway Green, 11:00 to 16:30, sightings from Colchester Zoo, mainly flyovers
3 Canada Goose, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 8 Buzzard (+), 20 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (males in nature area), Whitethroat (nature area), 4 Greenfinch [Ben Mapp]
Mersea Island, 11:00 to 11:30, AF= Andy field, DU = Dougal Urquhart
2 Grey Partridge (Maydays MC ), 4 Swift (Express drive SE), 2 Cuckoo (1 Male shop lane seawall AF , 1 maydays DU ), 4 Whimbrel (Coopers beach saltings AF), 2 Common Tern (Off maydays DU ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Shop lane to meeting lane AF), 11 Buzzard (1 Shop lane to meeting lane AF , 10+ over on Langenhoe DU), Hobby (Over on Langenhoe DU), 6 Reed Warbler (Maydays DU ), 8 Whitethroat (Shop lane to meeting lane AF ), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Entrance to reeves hall farm from galv gate SE), Corn Bunting (Maydays DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Maldon, 10:00 to 15:00
20 Swift (pair entered nesting space in high street building), Red Kite (seen over St.Peter's Hospital (am) & over my garden (pm)), 2 Buzzard (pair circling over maldon seen from my garden), Peregrine Falcon (seen over fullbridge heading towards heybridge) [Tony Kennelly]
Langford, near Maldon, 10:00 to 11:00, Sunny, warm
7 Mallard (mother still with six ducklings), 2 Cuckoo (at least; one seen close-to in trees along canal before being chased off by jackdaw with a second heard calling at the same time; another seen later in the canal trees from Ulting Lane), Grey Heron, Buzzard (heard, not seen), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (heard, not seen), 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat (at least) [Stephen Shelley]
Beckton, 07:30 to 10:30, Sun/Cloud Light wind
Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 15 Common Tern, Buzzard, Skylark [Gary A James]
Naze, The, 06:00 to 12:00, warm, SW breeze, clear, rising tide; 24 species in song
3 Swift (In off), Cuckoo (Singing ), 5 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (On Walton Hall Marshes, just south of main east-west drain, first spring birds here for me since 2017), 4 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 cricket pitch, 1 decoy ponds, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 3 Blackcap (Singing ), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 28 Whitethroat (Singing ), Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (East of decoy ponds), Nightingale (Singing Sunny Point ), 4 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Bradwell Bird Observatory (BBO), 05:00 to 06:30
Cuckoo (singing male by othona), 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (2 fast hunting flights through), Kestrel (female on the chapel), Lesser Whitethroat (singing male near to the pond), Wheatear (female on pillbox between carpark & Obs), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Corn Bunting [Tony Kennelly]
Latchingdon, 04:35 to 04:40
Little Owl (on telegraph pole between fambridge road & LADS) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 13 May 2022
Great Totham, 16:20 to 16:25
3 Swift (Feeding. First over village this year.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 13:30 to 15:45, Sunny, warm but fresh west wind. Lots of hairy dragonflies and small heath butterflies. Tide going out
Brent Goose (Brandy Hole), 8 Pochard (in the borrowdyke down from 36 last week), Cuckoo, 6 Great Crested Grebe (on the Crouch), Whimbrel, 2 Common Tern (fishing in borrowdyke), Arctic Tern (fishing with the common terns), Swallow, Corn Bunting (on territory) [Alan Shearring]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 12:30 to 13:30, Cloudy, breezy. Becoming sunny & warm. Plotlands.
5 Swift (At least.), 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, 13 Swallow (At least.), 14 House Martin (At least.), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 12:00 to 16:30, Clear, breezy. High tide 11:55
Canada Goose (Margaret Hide), 4 Greylag Goose (Kingfisher Hide), 2 Mute Swan (From Crawshaw Hide), 40 Shelduck (At least From Margaret hide), 10+ Mallard, 2 Pochard (Kingfisher hide), 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, Little Grebe (Thurstable Hide), 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover (From Margaret Hide), 20+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern (Margaret Hide), 2 Cormorant (Margaret Hide), Grey Heron (Thurstable Hide), 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male by nest box by Crawshaw hide), 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler (Heard only), 6 Chiffchaff (At least throughout reserve), 2 Reed Warbler (Males, heard only at Kingfisher hide and pond), Blackcap, 6 Wren (Males at least heard only singing throughout reserve), Blackbird, 6 Nightingale (Males heard only singing throughout reserve), 4 Chaffinch, Greenfinch (Seen from Robbie's hide), Goldfinch, 3 Tufted Duck [Kevin Poulton]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 10:30 to 13:15, mainly cloudy, SW breeze, high tide just going out (short walk)
Cuckoo, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, 4 Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat [Sean Gregory]
Copford, 10:30 to 10:30
Red Kite [Emma Robinson]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00, DU= Dougal urquhart
2 Greylag Goose (Cudmore Grove pond SE ), 4 Pochard (Cudmore Grove pond , plus 3 brimstone SE SE), 2 Avocet (A pr rewsells natural side lake DU), 2 Common Sandpiper (Rewsells saltings & natural side lake DU), 2 Common Tern (A pr rewsells natural side lake DU), 2 Sand Martin (Rewsells area), House Martin (Cross lane DU , 2 green hairstreaks firs chase garden DU ), Reed Warbler (Rewsells area DU), 6 Whitethroat (Singing cudmore Grove SE also hairy dragonfly SE), Wheatear (Rewsells area DU) [Stephen Entwistle]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 09:00 to 15:30
Swift, Cuckoo (Female bubbling call heard), Turtle Dove (Purring but not seen), 9 Grey Plover, 12+ Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Hobby [John Thorogood]
Naze, The, 05:45 to 11:30, mild, brisk westerly wind, mainly clear, high tide; 20 species in song
8 Barnacle Goose (South, over sea), 12 Shelduck (South, over sea), Garganey (Male, Walton Hall Marshes ), Pochard, 11 Swift (In off), Cuckoo (Singing ), 14 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, Red Kite (North over John Weston Reserve and towards Stone Point ), 5 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes ), 5 Willow Warbler (3 singing ), 4 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 6 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 6 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 27 Whitethroat (Singing ), 7 Spotted Flycatcher (2 Sunny Point, 2 sycamore clump, 1 John Weston Reserve, 2 east of decoy ponds, second significant fall in three days, other birds elsewhere on site), Nightingale (Singing below Sunny Point ), Redstart (Female, south of the new sea-wall), 10 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 13 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Thursday 12 May 2022
The Naze at Walton, 17:20 to 19:40, Fine, bright
Kestrel, 3 Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Swallow, Whitethroat, Whinchat (male) [Paul Everett]
Maldon, 16:15 to 16:15
Cuckoo (Calling. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Harwich, 15:45 to 15:45
2 Swift (Over garden, first for me this year), Buzzard (Also over garden) [Peter Brittain]
Laindon, 15:15 to 16:00, Sun, some cloud. Warm.
15 Swift, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 4 Swallow [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:20 to 15:05, sunny, mild, sw winds
2 Goldeneye (females - LBC), Little Ringed Plover (LdLH ), Common Sandpiper (LdLH ), 2 Great White Egret (LBC), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail (lbc), Grey Wagtail (LBC), 2 Black Swan (Billets Farm) [Sean Gregory]
Shenfield, 10:30 to 16:30, Sebastian Avenue
7 Swift (1 flew south-west morning, screaming party of 6 early afternoon then 6 seen again late afternoon. Likely same birds), Red Kite (flew north-west at 16:20) [James Hudson]
Heybridge GP, 10:30 to 15:30, High tide c.10:30 - highlights (also 4+ Green Hairstreak & 2 Small Heath)
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ Still about), 10 Swift (+ Over Bentall Centre), 2 Cuckoo (Maybe a third calling male?), 20 Common Tern (+), Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, 6 Swallow (+), House Martin (Just the one), 6 Cetti's Warbler (+), 10 Sedge Warbler (+), 10 Reed Warbler (+) [David L Smith]
Fingringhoe Wick NR EWT, 10:30 to 13:00, sunny, mild sw winds; tide high and outgoing
Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Cuckoo, 4 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 2 Little Tern, 4 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (possibly two), Lesser Whitethroat [Sean Gregory]
Layer Breton, 10:30 to 12:00, Sunny, cloudy, dry
10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldeneye, Moorhen, Coot, 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, 2 Tufted Duck [Michael Davies] Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Goldeneye at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Moorhen at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Coot at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Skylark at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Pied Wagtail at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Tufted Duck at Layer Breton on 12 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Heybridge Basin, 09:47 to 12:20, Tide high, cloud cover less than half, moderate wind, moderate temperature
30 Brent Goose, Pochard (male), 40 Common Tern, Kestrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 3 Whitethroat (singing), Greenfinch (singing) [Simon Banks]
Beckton, 09:30 to 12:30, Sun/Cloud SW wind
2 Swift, 500 Herring Gull (+. Mainly imms), Osprey (Over west @ 10.22), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 3 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 4 House Martin [Gary A James]
Westley Heights, 09:30 to 12:00, Sunny, warm.
Swift, 3 Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (At least.), 3 Green Woodpecker (At least.), 2 Swallow, House Martin, 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 7 Nuthatch (From four nests. No sign of activity at the fifth.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), 2 Goldfinch [Andrew Cox]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:06 to 12:30, Fine, Bright
2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), Pochard (M), 2 Goldeneye (Female- LBC), Cuckoo (heard LBC), 18 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 M 1 F), 5 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (heard LBC), 2 Whitethroat, Reed Bunting (M) [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal urquhart Cudmore Grove county park by Dougal urquhart
4 Pochard (Pond), 8 Swift (4 over firs chase garden DU. 4 Empress drive SE), 5 Lapwing (Grazing fields ), 9 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 20 Dunlin, 7 Sand Martin (Cliffs), Sedge Warbler (Pond) [Stephen Entwistle]
Langford, near Maldon, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny and fresh
7 Mallard (female with six ducklings on shrinking pond in cow field), 2 Cuckoo (one seen perched and in flight, with at least one (possibly two) more also calling simultaneously), Little Egret (in flight), Swallow (in flight), Reed Warbler (in a willow tree along the canal, near to the stile into the cow field), 5 Whitethroat (at least) [Stephen Shelley]
Great Totham, 08:20 to 08:20, Also seen. Red Fox at Totham Pit.
Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:15, Sunny, chilly.
Buzzard (Mobbed by male kestrel.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male. Mobbed buzzard.), Swallow, Garden Warbler (Singing male. Near Rookery Wood.), 5 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing male.) [Andrew Cox]
Coggeshall, 07:50 to 21:00, Mostly Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
25+ Swift (Many around Coggeshall and possibly more.), 2 Cuckoo (1 near School and 1 at the Abbey. Both seen.), Sparrowhawk (Female flying low.), Red Kite (Flying extremely low and getting mobbed by Rooks.), 5 Buzzard (4 flying together.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 at the Abbey Farm and 1 at the River.), 2 Green Woodpecker (At the Abbey Fields.), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Low near the Abbey Farm.), 5 Swallow (Pair on school field and 3 at the Abbey Fields.), 14 House Martin (In the Main Village.), 3 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (At the River.), 4 Linnet (On school field.) [Zane Sargent ] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Peregrine Falcon at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , House Martin at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Song Thrush at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Song Thrush at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Grey Wagtail at Coggeshall on 12 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Ashdon, 07:00 to 13:00, Sunny
Cuckoo (Calling), Grey Heron (In flight) [Phil Harling ]
Naze, The, 06:15 to 10:29, warm, SW wind, clear, high tide; 24 species in song
5 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), Grey Heron (In off), 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 10 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve ), 5 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), Reed Warbler (Singing), 9 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 23 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Spotted Flycatcher (Double hedge), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), Whinchat (Below Sunny Point ), 4 Wheatear, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes] Lesser Whitethroat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 12 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Wednesday 11 May 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 19:40 to 20:20, Sunny,All sightings from LBC, Only Highlights!!!
Little Ringed Plover (On causeway before flying towards LDHC.), 16 Common Tern (Photobombing Black Swan.), Yellow Wagtail, Black Swan (Distant but came close after a while.), Hooded Merganser (Male with Tufted Ducks originally before moving on it’s own.) [Zane Sargent ] Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black Swan at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Saffron Walden, 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy
20 Swift, 16 House Martin ((Approx)) [Phil Harling ]
Wivenhoe, 09:00 to 13:00
Cuckoo (calling Wivenhoe Wood), Osprey (low over garden and Wivenhoe wood mobbed by gulls, headed NE 08.20), Bullfinch (calling Wivenhoe Wood) [Richard Allen]
Abberton Reservoir, 09:00 to 13:00, overcast and cold
Little Ringed Plover, Black Swan, Hooded Merganser [Paul Chamberlain] Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain) , Hooded Merganser at Abberton Reservoir on 11 May 2022, (Paul Chamberlain)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, Seen by Dougal Urquhart seawall along Strood channel
20 Swift (Strood hill. ), 10 Whimbrel, Hobby [Stephen Entwistle]
Great Totham, 08:30 to 09:30, Cloudy, moderate SW wind.
2 Red-legged Partridge (On autumn sown wheat field.), Cuckoo (Calling. Totham Pit.), Yellowhammer (Female. Church Road.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, warm, strong and gusty SW wind, overcast; 21 species in song
24 Swift (12 north and great to hear 12 screaming over the town), Cuckoo (Singing ), 10 Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Knot, 12 Dunlin, 3 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 decoy ponds ), 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 5 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing ), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 22 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing), 4 Spotted Flycatcher (3 double hedge, 1 John Weston Reserve, always lovely to see, other birds also on site), Nightingale (Singing, Sunny Point ), Whinchat (Double hedge, briefly ), 2 Wheatear [Brian Combes] Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Spotted Flycatcher at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whinchat at Naze, The on 11 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Richmond's Green, Thaxted, 05:30 to 18:00, Showers
Nightingale (Singing in garden early mornings and evenings) [Elizabeth Leeder]
Tuesday 10 May 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 20:00 to 20:30, Fine and dry
9 Egyptian Goose (One pair and 7 young), Mandarin Duck ((M)- LBC), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair - LdlHc), Great White Egret (LBC), Cetti's Warbler (Heard LBC), Nightingale (heard - LdlHc), Pied Wagtail [Paul Everett]
TL7006, 19:00 to 19:05, Bit cloudy
Ring-necked Parakeet (Solo overhead, first one I've seen in Chelmsford ) [James Bremner]
Witham, 17:30 to 17:30, Town centre
Swift (then 2 later on ), Red Kite, 2 Buzzard [David L Smith]
Wrabness, 17:00 to 18:00, Sunny and warm
2 Turtle Dove (One showing well & display flight), 10 Sand Martin (At least ), 6 Swallow (Probably more ), 6 House Martin (Probably more), Lesser Whitethroat (By car park), Yellowhammer [Brian Bolton] Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, ) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, ) , Turtle Dove at Wrabness on 10 May 2022, (Brian Bolton, )
Broomfield, Chelmsford, 16:00 to 18:00, Clear, breezy
3 Swift (Back over boxes. One day later than last year.) [Kevin Poulton]
Mersea Island, 15:30 to 17:30, From Maydays seawall (windy)
2 Greylag Goose (Over on Langenhoe marshes ), 33 Shelduck, 3 Curlew, Great White Egret (On saltings ), Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat [Stephen Entwistle]
Tendring, 14:55 to 15:00, Partial cloud, dry, light variable breeze.
2 Grey Partridge (In pea field next to Wolfs Hall Farm.) [Tony Faulkner]
Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge, 13:00 to 16:00, Bright and dry.
3 Swift, Cuckoo, 8 Ringed Plover (From sea wall.), Great White Egret (Summer plumaged adult from middle hide.), Hobby [David Curle] Great White Egret at Blue House Farm EWT, North Fambridge on 10 May 2022, (David Curle)
Thorndon CP (South), 09:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, mild. Light rain.
3 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit (Singing male.), 4 Swallow, 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. North end of the Old Park, near the pond.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing males. ), Goldcrest (Singing male.), Treecreeper (Singing male.), Yellowhammer (Singing male. Car park hedge.), 6 Tufted Duck (Three pairs, Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Dovercourt, 08:00 to 08:30
Gannet (Looked very exhausted, someone must have reported it and it was taken into care.) [Peter Brittain]
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 07:40 to 11:00, Cloudy, light to moderate SW wind, brief light shower.
2 Pheasant, 13 Greylag Goose, 33 Mute Swan (Adults, inc. one on nest and pair with five young.), 23 Mallard (Adults, inc. female with three young.), 30 Swift (+.), 2 Rock Dove / Feral Pigeon, 40 Wood Pigeon (circa.), Collared Dove, 7 Moorhen, 27 Coot (Adults, inc. two pairs with young, ), 10 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel (Male.), 7 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit (Inc, two feeding young at nest.), 9 Great Tit (Two singing.), 5 Skylark (Three singing.), 13 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), Chiffchaff (Singing.), 11 Reed Warbler (Singing. Five, Trout Lake. Two, Carp Lake. Four, Silt Lake.), 4 Blackcap (Singing.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Whitethroat (Singing.), 11 Wren (Singing.), 30 Starling (circa.), 8 Blackbird (Two singing.), 2 Song Thrush (One singing.), 12 Robin (Ten singing), 4 Dunnock (Two singing.), 4 Chaffinch (Singing.), 2 Greenfinch (Singing.), 15 Tufted Duck, Black Swan (Carp Lake.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Naze, The, 06:20 to 11:15, warm, overcast with some light rain, brisk southerly wind; 23 species in song
24 Swift (8 in off first thing, 16 north ), Cuckoo (Singing ), Grey Plover, Whimbrel, 23 Dunlin, Buzzard, 2 Sand Martin, 23 Swallow, House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 sycamore clump, 3 John Weston Reserve ), Wood Warbler (Singing mid-morning John Weston Reserve, keeping to cover but showing well periodically, delightful), 6 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 2 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 5 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 24 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), Nightingale (Singing below Sunny Point ), 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Over), Siskin (North), Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Bicknacre, 04:15 to 04:30, Dawn Chorus in full song heard from bed room window
2 Tawny Owl (Male and female calling to each other quiet close) [Paul Fletcher]
Monday 09 May 2022
Abberton Reservoir, 20:00 to 21:00, Layer Breton Causeway
80 Mute Swan (came in to roost from fields), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair with goslings), 2 Black-winged Stilt (feeding between islands in SW corner), Kingfisher, 2 Hobby (came out to hawk the billions of insects that emerged as night fell.), 2 Nightingale (singing male at either end), Yellow Wagtail [Tony Kennelly]
Abberton Reservoir, 19:30 to 20:00, Sunny, Only 1 Bird!!!!!!
2 Black-winged Stilt (Pair at LBC sitting on 1 island most of the time before flying around a bit.) [Zane Sargent ] Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Maldon, 16:00 to 16:30, Sun, cloud, moderate SW wind.
2 Coot (Adults with six very recent young. Elms Farm Park Lake.), Sparrowhawk (Male. Elms Farm Park.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Heybridge GP, 14:00 to 17:30
2 Bearded Tit (Watched in same area of reeds ,l guess nesting ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Seen), Sedge Warbler (Calling ), Reed Warbler (1 seem well others calling /windy.) [Stephen Entwistle]
Abberton Reservoir, 13:00 to 16:00

2 Goldeneye (females LBC), 2 Black-winged Stilt (LBC), Lapwing (Wig Bay), 2 Little Ringed Plover (LC), Little Gull (Wig Bay), Spoonbill (LBC), Marsh Harrier (LBC), Red Kite (LBC), Kestrel (Wig. Bay), Cetti's Warbler (LBC), 2 Yellow Wagtail (Wig Bay)

[John Thorogood] Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (John Thorogood, ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (John Thorogood, ) , Black-winged Stilt at Abberton Reservoir on 09 May 2022, (John Thorogood, )
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 11:45 to 12:15, Sunny, warm. Willow Park.
Nightingale (Singing male) [Andrew Cox]
Westley Heights, 11:15 to 11:45, Sunny, warm.
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Calling in Coombe Wood.), 3 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (Car park copse nest. ) [Andrew Cox]
TQ7799, 10:55 to 10:57, Clear skies
Nightingale (Sang briefly. Beside BHN nursery.) [Kevin Cook]
Wivenhoe, 10:00 to 11:00, Dry, sunny, light breeze
Kestrel, 8 Jackdaw [Michael Davies] Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 09 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 09 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 09 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Jackdaw at Wivenhoe on 09 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Jackdaw at Wivenhoe on 09 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 09:40 to 11:00, Sunny, warm.
Cuckoo (Possibly two.), 2 Stonechat (Pair. Male in song occasionally.), 2 Corn Bunting (One singing male.j) [Andrew Cox]
Coggeshall, 09:00 to 18:10, Mostly Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
16 Swift (Biggest amount seen yet here around Graveyard!), Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Flew very low over Graveyard.) [Zane Sargent ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00, AF= Andy Field, MC= Martin cock
2 Red-legged Partridge (Cudmore Grove area AF), 5 Pochard (Cudmore Grove pond AF.), 4 Swift (3 over empress drive SE. 1 in West Mersea nest box AF), Cuckoo (Cudmore Grove area AF), 4 Whimbrel (4 Off cudmore Grove AF , 30 flew over west Mersea garden MC.), Knot (Still on stone point AF), Greenshank (Off cudmore Grove AF ), Marsh Harrier (Cudmore Grove area AF), 5 Sand Martin (Cudmore Grove AF ), 20 Swallow (Cudmore/oyster fishery AF MC), 10 Blackcap (Cudmore to oyster fishery AF MC), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Cudmore/oyster fishery AF MC), 10 Whitethroat (Cudmore Grove to oyster fishery AF MC.), Wheatear (Stone point AF MC ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Middleton, 09:00 to 16:00, warm, overcast
Cuckoo (Heard , not seen (daily)) [Keith Price]
Gosbeck's Farm, Colchester, 08:00 to 09:00
Kestrel, 8 Swallow, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail, Bullfinch (Male, end of Oliver's Lane), 2 Corn Bunting [Oliver Cottis]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:00, clear, warm, light southerly wind, ebbing tide; 24 species in song
6 Swift, Cuckoo (Singing), 2 Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Dunlin (Flock flew low over the Marshes heading east), 3 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 sycamore clump, 2 John Weston Reserve, 3 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 7 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 7 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing ), 7 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 25 Whitethroat (Singing ), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Nightingale (Singing) [Brian Combes]
Sunday 08 May 2022
Great Baddow, Chelmsford, 20:15 to 20:55
2 Cuckoo (Male seen. Female heard. ), 2 Nightingale (Singing males), Yellow Wagtail [David Pallash]
TL9323, 20:00 to 21:00, Clear cool evening,
Cuckoo ( Calling continuously, deep in a grove of trees), 3 Nightingale (Singing males) [Nico Devereaux]
Abberton Reservoir, 18:30 to 20:00, Bright and sunny, stiff chilly wind.
10 Swift, Cuckoo (Male seen and heard from LBCW), 14 Stock Dove (In field opposite wig'bay), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair LDLH), 5 Greenshank (Wig' bay), Little Gull (Second calendar year bird hawking insects with Black headed gulls wig' bay), Cetti's Warbler (Heard from LBCW), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Wig' bay), 6 Yellow Wagtail (In field opposite wig' bay) [Ashley Gooding]
TL9622, 16:00 to 16:05
2 Nightingale (Heard) [John Thorogood]
Abberton Reservoir, 15:30 to 17:30, Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
Mandarin Duck (Male at LBC.), 2 Swift (At LDHC.), 4 Stock Dove (At Wig Bay.), 2 Little Ringed Plover (Pair at LDHC.), 12 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier (Pair at Wig Bay.), Hobby (Sitting on top of post for a while before flying around and landing again. At LDHC.), 9 Swallow, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtail (2 at LBC and 1 at Wig Bay.) [Zane Sargent ] Mandarin Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Mandarin Duck at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Little Ringed Plover at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Common Tern at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Marsh Harrier at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Hobby at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Yellow Wagtail at Abberton Reservoir on 08 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Wrabness, 15:00 to 17:30, EWT reserve
3 Turtle Dove (Good view's sitting in trees ,flight & plenty of calling ), Buzzard (Flying overhead), Chiffchaff (Calling ), Lesser Whitethroat (Calling ), 3 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, Nightingale (Calling only ), Bullfinch (Female sitting in open l could not get on male.before flushed. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
TL9522, 14:30 to 15:30
Shelduck, Common Tern, Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 3 Nightingale (Heard) [John Thorogood]
Felsted, 14:00 to 14:05, Sunny and warm
Swift (Flying around Felsted church my 1st for this year) [Brian Bolton]
Howlands Marsh NR, St Osyth, 12:00 to 16:00, Sunny, clear with cool breeze
13 Canada Goose, 7 Shelduck, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard ((One harried by rooks)), 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler ((One seen, two heard)), 3 Whitethroat, Wren, Robin [Richard Salenius ]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, MC= Martin cock, SE= Steve Entwistle
12 Grey Plover (Most full summer maydays MC), 2 Whimbrel (Maydays MC ), 20 Dunlin (Plus most summer maydays MC), 3 Buzzard (Maydays MC), Hobby (Maydays MC), Peregrine Falcon (Being mobbed by kestrel over bonners barn SE), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Maydays MC ), 2 Reed Warbler (Maydays MC ), Blackcap (M feldy view SE ), Lesser Whitethroat (Feldy view SE) [Stephen Entwistle]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 08:15 to 17:30, via River Walk (beyond Ebenezer Close to Whetmead)
2 Cuckoo (1 seen, another heard), 3 Sparrowhawk, Red Kite (4F and another), 9 Buzzard (+), 4 Kingfisher (2 seen, another 2 heard at different locations), Kestrel, 4 Swallow (+), 2 House Martin, Garden Warbler (Seen), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (+ heard), Treecreeper, 4 Grey Wagtail (inc fledglings) [David L Smith]
Beckton, 08:15 to 13:00, Sunny/clear
6 Common Tern, Goshawk (Female over at 12.45), 3 Buzzard, Sand Martin, 3 Swallow [Gary A James]
Abberton Reservoir, 08:13 to 09:30, Sunny, dry, warm. All sightings at LBC
12 Mute Swan (More on fields to South West), Mandarin Duck (Male - with mallards), 5 Gadwall (4 m, 1f), Cuckoo (Heard only), 8 Great Crested Grebe (4 pairs), Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 80 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (female in flight), Kestrel, Swallow, 3 Whitethroat (Singing), Nightingale (Heard), Pied Wagtail [Paul Everett]
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (EWT), 08:00 to 13:00, Fine and sunny, E wind, falling tide
2 Red-legged Partridge (Golden Gates), 8 Canada Goose (Golden Gates), 5 Egyptian Goose (Golden Gates), 61 Shelduck (Mucking Flats), Swift (Golden Gates), Cuckoo (Golden Gates), Stock Dove (Golden Gates), 2 Moorhen (On the pit to the south of the tip), 21 Coot (10 on the pit to the south of the tip, the rest Golden Gates), 4 Little Grebe (On the pit to the south of the tip), 2 Oystercatcher (Mucking Flats), 2 Whimbrel (Mucking Flats), 2 Curlew (Mucking Flats), 2 Buzzard (Golden Gates), Cetti's Warbler (Golden Gates), 4 Chiffchaff (Golden Gates), Sedge Warbler (By the VC car park), Lesser Whitethroat (Golden Gates), Nightingale (In Butts Lane by the Park entrance), 4 Stonechat (Pair each but the VC and the railway line), Corn Bunting (Singing male on the VC approach road), South African Shelduck (Apparently paired with an Egyptian Goose) [Paul Larkin]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:00 to 09:30, Sunny, breezy.
Cuckoo (Male, calling near lake.), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Garden Warbler (Singing male.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 8 Whitethroat (Singing males. ), Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Singing male.), 8 Goldfinch (At least.), 3 Yellowhammer (Singing males.), 2 Tufted Duck (Pair, Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Stanway Green, 08:00 to 09:00
Sand Martin, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Nightingale [Oliver Cottis]
West Canvey Marshes RSPB, 07:45 to 09:00
3 Swift, 2 Greenshank (on scrape), Little Gull (1st winter on the back of the NE corner scrape , seen from road.), 2 Common Gull [Tony Kennelly]
Danbury Common, 05:20 to 09:00
2 Cuckoo (males), 2 Tawny Owl (male and female counter-calling at 08h35 mobbed by Jays and Magpies), 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (drumming at north and south ends of site), 2 Garden Warbler (singing males), 24 Nightingale (singing males, including 10 in vicinity of National Trust car park, and 3 on adjacent land south to Sandon Brook) [Adrian Dally]
Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:00 to 07:30
Swift, Little Ringed Plover (on freshwater lagoon island), Greenshank (on saline lagoon), 4 Mediterranean Gull (with the black headed gulls on freshwater lagoon island), Marsh Harrier (male), Peregrine Falcon (flew over towards east) [Tony Kennelly]
Saturday 07 May 2022
Russell Green GPs, near Chelmsford, 18:15 to 18:30, overcast, fine, dry
4 Canada Goose (Pair, with just one gosling now. Lone Goose, chased off by male from pair ), 2 Mute Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose (pair with 3 young), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Black-headed Gull (+ conservative estimate. On island and around gravel pit), 9 Common Tern (On island), 2 Long-tailed Tit (Bushes near layby), 5 Tufted Duck (+ small number - not counted) [Paul Everett]
Mersea Island, 18:00 to 20:00
2 Swift (First to return to our road. 2 first seen early morning, seenwell in evening ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Cressing, near Braintree, 16:15 to 18:00, Bradwell area near Cressing. Overcast with bright spells, dry.
3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Pheasant (2 male , 1 female), 2 Stock Dove, Buzzard, Swallow, Yellowhammer [Paul Everett] Grey Partridge at Cressing, near Braintree on 07 May 2022, (Paul Everett) , Grey Partridge at Cressing, near Braintree on 07 May 2022, (Paul Everett) , Grey Partridge at Cressing, near Braintree on 07 May 2022, (Paul Everett)
Coggeshall, 14:30 to 18:30, Mixed Weather, All on Grange Barn River Walk unless said, Only Highlights!!!
2 Swift (Flying near Graveyard.), Cuckoo (At Abbey near Farm Calling and seen sitting on wire before flying off.), Stock Dove (Flying.), 8 Buzzard, Kingfisher (Near Bridge. Very quick fly past.), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 at Abbey and other at Grange Barn’Walk.), 14 Green Woodpecker (5 at Abbey rest at Grange Barn’Walk.), 3 Kestrel, 7 Swallow (Abbey Farm.), 3 House Martin (Abbey Farm.), 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Singing and seen near Bridge.), 32 Whitethroat (All seen. 4 at Abbey others at Grange Barn’ Walk.), 11 Wren, Grey Wagtail (At the Abbey Farm.), 5 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet (All near A120 at Grange Barn’Walk.), 2 Reed Bunting (Pair near reeds.) [Zane Sargent ] Cuckoo at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Buzzard at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Buzzard at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Great Spotted Woodpecker at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Kestrel at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Chiffchaff at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Whitethroat at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Whitethroat at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Whitethroat at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Wren at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Chaffinch at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Reed Bunting at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Reed Bunting at Coggeshall on 07 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
TM0020, 13:20 to 16:30, Cloudy bright with some drizzly rain showers
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair), Mandarin Duck (Male), 2 Gadwall (Pair), Cuckoo, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard (Pair), Kestrel, 25+ Rook (Flourishing at Abberton Manor), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only), c8 Chiffchaff (Heard), 2 Reed Warbler (Heard only), c9 Blackcap (Heard), c8 Whitethroat (Heard), 4 Song Thrush (Heard only), 3 Nightingale (Heard only) [John Thorogood]
Lingwood Common, 12:30 to 13:30, Overcast
Raven (Heard), Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Nightingale [David Pallash]
Danbury Common, 11:00 to 12:00, Overcast with sunny spells
2 Cuckoo (Male and female), 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Nightingale (+ singing males at least across the reserve. Appear to be more this year. Some may still disperse across rest of Danbury woodland as low numbers elsewhere. ) [David Pallash]
Abberton Reservoir, 10:50 to 13:15, overcast, at first then showers around 11:45. Sightings from LB Causeway & VC car park
2 Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck (male), 2 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, Cuckoo, 2 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier (female), 4 Buzzard, 3 Hobby (2 Wigborough bay; 1 LB causeway), Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingale [Sean Gregory]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 11:00, Showery, light N wind, LT
2 Egyptian Goose (Pair on the foreshore by the ferry terminal with five downy young), Marsh Harrier (Male over from Kent) [Paul Larkin]
Wrabness, 09:30 to 11:30, Changeable / Showers and sunshine
100+ Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, Stock Dove, 3 Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Whimbrel, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker (Heard calling), 20+ Sand Martin, 5+ Swallow, 3+ House Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush (Probably nesting near EWT car park), 2+ Nightingale (Heard singing), 4 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer [David Webb]
Layer Breton, 09:30 to 11:00, Dry, cloudy, light breeze
7 Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck, 2 Common Tern, 5 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, Great White Egret, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail [Michael Davies] Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Egyptian Goose at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Mandarin Duck at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Mandarin Duck at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Mandarin Duck at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Common Tern at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Cormorant at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Heron at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Great White Egret at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Whitethroat at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Whitethroat at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Whitethroat at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Grey Wagtail at Layer Breton on 07 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Westley Heights, 08:00 to 12:00, Cloudy, some sun. Warm.
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming in Coombe Wood.), 4 Green Woodpecker (Including a male excavating a nest hole.), Kestrel (Male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest (Singing male.), 7 Nuthatch (Pair around nest hole, car park copse. Female seen to enter first Hall Wood nest hole; male calling nearby. One bird active near second Hall Wood hole. Male seen feeding an unknown occupant in the Nordic Walkers bench nest hole: probably the female.), 3 Treecreeper (Pair plus singing male.), 2 Mistle Thrush [Andrew Cox]
Chipping Ongar, 07:00 to 08:30, overcast but little or no wind
Cuckoo (calling between Langford Bridge & Hallsford Bridge ), Kingfisher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (called briefly in woodland between Great & Little Myles), 3 Rook, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler (singing around Great Myles lakes), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, Bullfinch (all birds in OS grid between Langford Bridge & Hallsford Bridge in OS grid BTO breeding bird survey ), 3 Yellowhammer [Andrew Stroud]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 12:00, rain first thing gradually clearing, overcast, light wind, warm, mid-tide; 23 species in song
Swift (North ), Cuckoo (Singing), Avocet, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Stint (Walton Hall Marshes ), Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 1 on the common, 1 cricket pitch, 3 John Weston Reserve, 2 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 8 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 9 Blackcap (Singing ), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 26 Whitethroat (Singing), 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Nightingale (Sunny Point and escarpment ), 2 Wheatear [Brian Combes]
Maldon, 05:00 to 11:00, Cool & overcast, with drizzle & sunshine later
12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on river blackwater seen from prom park), 4 Swift (over prom park), Swallow (over town centre), 3 Reed Warbler (2 singing in ditches & 1 singing from old bathing pond in prom park), 3 Garden Warbler (singing males along maldon wick EWT), 6 Nightingale (singing males along maldon wick EWT), 8 Corn Bunting (in fields south of limebrook way), 10 Yellowhammer (in fields south of limebrook way) [Tony Kennelly]
Friday 06 May 2022
Great Totham, 16:45 to 16:45
Nightingale (Singing from dense scrub adj. Totham Pit.) [Malcolm Corbett]
Epping, 15:45 to 15:50
Goshawk (Female heading north over town centre) [Roger Emmens]
Whetmead NR, nr Witham, 10:30 to 15:30, via River Walk
2 Cuckoo (Calling males), Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard (+), Kestrel, Raven (Flew north-east), Swallow (Flying north), 10 Blackcap (+), Lesser Whitethroat (Singing distantly), 6 Whitethroat (+), 2 Grey Wagtail, Linnet, Siskin (Flew west, calling) [David L Smith]
East Tilbury, 10:00 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, W wind, rising tide
24 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 145 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 4 Teal, Pochard, 2 Cuckoo (Male and female), Great Crested Grebe, 11 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, Peregrine Falcon (Mobbed by gulls over the scrape), 2 Sand Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Stonechat (Male near the old landfill), 8 Tufted Duck [Paul Larkin]
Tilbury, 10:00 to 16:00, Fine and sunny, W wind, LT
4 Mute Swan, 12 Shelduck (In the fort), Cuckoo (High in off the river from Kent being mobbed by a gull), 2 Oystercatcher (By the ferry terminal), Little Ringed Plover (Near the new landfill), 2 Common Sandpiper (Roosting on rocks near the fort), Little Egret, Lesser Whitethroat [Paul Larkin]
Witham, 09:45 to 10:00, Sunny
3 Red Kite (Soaring together) [Paul Shuttleworth]
Wrabness, 09:10 to 11:00, Fairly warm, clear. Tide a bit more than halfway out.
104 Brent Goose, 4 Turtle Dove (4 purring), Kestrel, 30 Sand Martin (About 30 occupied holes), Garden Warbler (1 singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (3 singing), 8 Nightingale (8 singing) [Simon Banks]
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 18:00, MC= Martin Cock (golf house to oyster fishery). SE = Steve Entwistle (off Victoria esplanade)
31 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Behind cobmarsh Island SE ), Shoveler (Flypass Victoria esplanade SE ), Cuckoo (MC), 8 Great Crested Grebe (Victoria esplanade SE ), 4 Avocet (Golf house saltings pools MC), Whimbrel (MC), 4 Common Tern (MC), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male MC), Buzzard (MC), 2 Peregrine Falcon (On Bradwell power station SE), 5 Cetti's Warbler (MC), 2 Sedge Warbler (MC), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (MC), 6 Whitethroat (MC) [Stephen Entwistle]
Thorndon CP (South), 08:05 to 09:30, Sunny, warm.
Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 2 Skylark (Singing males from arable field adjacent to car park.), Swallow, 2 Garden Warbler (Singing males. Pond area at the north end of the Old Park.), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing males.), 12 Whitethroat (Singing males.), Goldcrest, Treecreeper (Singing male.), Mistle Thrush (Singing male.), 3 Goldfinch (All singing males.), 2 Yellowhammer (Singing males.), 6 Tufted Duck (Three pairs, Hatch Farm Pond.) [Andrew Cox]
Holland Haven, 06:20 to 11:15, still first thing then easterly breeze, clear, warm; 23 species in song; golf course/Haven/farm
2 Cuckoo (Singing ), 21 Whimbrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 26 Swallow (+), 8 House Martin (Local birds collecting mud), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing), Willow Warbler (Singing), 3 Chiffchaff (Singing ), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 6 Blackcap (Singing ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 19 Whitethroat (Singing ), Whinchat (Female near farm), Stonechat (Male), 3 Wheatear, 7 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting (Singing ), 2 Brown Hare [Brian Combes] Swallow at Holland Haven on 06 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Swallow at Holland Haven on 06 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , House Martin at Holland Haven on 06 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Whitethroat at Holland Haven on 06 May 2022, (Brian Combes) , Corn Bunting at Holland Haven on 06 May 2022, (Brian Combes)
Thursday 05 May 2022
Great Leighs, 19:00 to 20:30
5 Stock Dove (including pair with juvenile perched just above Barn Owl nest hole), Barn Owl (hunting in usual area, caught prey and took to nest tree), Little Owl (single bird adjacent to Barn Owl nest tree again) [Andrew Goodey]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 17:30 to 17:30
Whinchat (Male) [Clive Atkins]
Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, 14:00 to 16:45, Sunny, some clouds. Warm.
172 Brent Goose (At least. Slipway area.), Grey Plover (SP in flight close to slipway.), 15 Whimbrel (At least. One lagoon for a short while. Most around slipway & nearby saltmarsh.), 7 Bar-tailed Godwit (Lagoon. Two SP males.), Black-tailed Godwit (Lagoon.), Greenshank (Lagoon.), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adult & 2nd summer.), 4 Common Tern (Two pairs, lagoon.) [Andrew Cox]
Coggeshall, 12:35 to 20:55, Sunny, Only Highlights!!!
5 Swift (Flying above and around near Graveyard.), Cuckoo (Male. Heard singing and also seen flying over! Seen at the Abbey Fields.), 2 Grey Heron (Sitting in the fields near the River.), 3 Buzzard, 4 Green Woodpecker (1 seen and 4 only heard.), Kestrel, 3 Jay (Seen at the Abbey Fields.), Swallow (Flew past near Graveyard.), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Very brief view at the Abbey Fields.), 2 Whitethroat (Both seen and heard.), 2 Song Thrush (Both seen.), Grey Wagtail (At the River.), Chaffinch [Zane Sargent ] Swift at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Grey Heron at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Grey Heron at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Kestrel at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Chiffchaff at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent ) , Lesser Whitethroat at Coggeshall on 05 May 2022, (Zane Sargent )
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 11:11 to 14:02, Sunny, dry, warm
2 Canada Goose, 22 Greylag Goose (+. also single goslings seen on two occasions), 4 Mute Swan (including one on nest), Egyptian Goose, 35 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 19 Pochard (+), 2 Cuckoo (Heard only), Water Rail (Heard only), Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Oystercatcher (+), 47 Avocet, 9 Lapwing (+), Bar-tailed Godwit, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Tern (+), 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (males), 3 Jackdaw, Skylark, 5 Cetti's Warbler (Heard. Only one fleeting sighting), 2 Chiffchaff (heard only), Sedge Warbler (others calling), 2 Whitethroat, Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting (Males) [Paul Everett]
Shrub End, 10:15 to 10:20
2 Swift [John Thorogood]
Colchester, 10:15 to 10:15, Sunny
Red Kite, Buzzard [Steve Hallam]
TL8019, 10:00 to 10:15, Sunny
20 Mallard (Resident here), 5 Moorhen (Adult and four juveniles. I saw a chick here about a week ago and it seems definite that they are breeding) [Julia Todd]
Wormingford, Colchester, 09:45 to 11:30
Red Kite, Nightingale (Singing ), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Corn Bunting (Singing males ) [Glen Moore]
Wivenhoe, 09:30 to 11:00, Dry, cloudy, warm
2 Canada Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck, Buzzard (Crow shown in error -was buzzing the Buzzard!), Kestrel, 20 Starling, Robin [Michael Davies] Canada Goose at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Greylag Goose at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Shelduck at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Buzzard at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Starling at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 05 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
Walton-on-The-Naze, 09:00 to 13:00, Light breeze
Kestrel [Claire Panting] Kestrel at Walton-on-The-Naze on 05 May 2022, (Claire Panting) , Kestrel at Walton-on-The-Naze on 05 May 2022, (Claire Panting)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, SE Steve Entwistle, AF= Andy Field
6 Pochard (2m 4fm cudmore Grove pond SE ), Swift (Over his west Mersea garden AF.), Little Grebe (Cudmore Grove pond SE ), Marsh Harrier (M Langenhoe SE ), Peregrine Falcon (Langenhoe SE), 11 Sand Martin (Cudmore Grove cliffs SE), 4 Tufted Duck (2prs cudmore Grove pond SE ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Hamford Water, 09:00 to 13:00, Light breeze, low tide.
2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Egret [Claire Panting] Mute Swan at Hamford Water on 05 May 2022, (Claire Panting) , Mute Swan at Hamford Water on 05 May 2022, (Claire Panting) , Little Egret at Hamford Water on 05 May 2022, (Claire Panting)
Lofts Farm GPs, Heybridge, 08:55 to 13:15, Cloud and sun, light NW wind. With Graham Barber.
Pheasant, 14 Greylag Goose, 27 Mute Swan (Adults, inc. pair with five very recent young [Silt Lake] and pair on nest [Carp Lake}. Also possible nest on Trout Lake island.), 22 Mallard (Adults. Also four broods of 4,2,2 and 1 young. ), 5 Swift, 20 Wood Pigeon (circa.), 3 Moorhen, 23 Coot (Adults, inc. Two pairs with young and two on nests.), 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Inc. two pairs.), 50 Black-headed Gull (circa.), 15 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Common Tern (At least.), 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (Probably more, multiple sightings.), Barn Owl, Kestrel, 4 Jay, 4 Magpie, Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 8 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit (Inc. two singing and one carrying food.), 10 Skylark (Inc. six singing.), 16 Swallow, 18 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (Singing.), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Chiffchaff (Seven singing.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing. Three around Trout Lake and four Silt Lake.), 5 Blackcap (Singing.), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing.), 7 Whitethroat (Singing.), 6 Wren (Singing.), 16 Starling, 7 Blackbird (One singing.), Song Thrush (Singing.), 13 Robin (Singing.), 4 House Sparrow (Two carrying food.), 3 Dunnock (One singing.), 4 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch (Singing.), 6 Linnet (Three pairs.), 7 Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, 25 Tufted Duck [Malcolm Corbett]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 07:30 to 08:30, Sun & clouds. Warm.
2 Mute Swan, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat (Singing male.), 3 Whitethroat (Singing males.), 3 Goldfinch (At least.), 10 Tufted Duck (Nine males, one female. Flew off southwards.) [Andrew Cox]
Naze, The, 06:30 to 11:30, mainly clear, mild, light westerly wind, ebbing tide; 28 species singing
Cuckoo (Singing ), Great Crested Grebe, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (Walton Hall Marshes ), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Singing, 2 on the common, 3 John Weston Reserve, 1 Walton Hall Marshes, 1 decoy ponds ), Willow Warbler (Singing by decoy ponds ), 6 Chiffchaff, 9 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing ), 8 Blackcap (Singing), Garden Warbler (Singing and seen briefly in John Weston Reserve ), 8 Lesser Whitethroat (Singing ), 24 Whitethroat (Singing ), Firecrest (Singing east of cricket pitch, a bird singing NE of escarpment may have been a second bird), Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush (Singing ), 2 Nightingale (Singing, 1 below Sunny Point, 1 below escarpment ), 2 Chinese Muntjac [Brian Combes]
Wednesday 04 May 2022
Billericay, 16:15 to 17:15, Cloudy, sightings from Lake Meadows park
20 Canada Goose (inc. 4 goslings), 6 Coot (2 pairs, one with 2 young), 2 Great Crested Grebe (resident pair), 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit (singing), 3 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (in the woodland), 4 Blackcap, Nuthatch (calling), 2 Greenfinch [Ben Mapp]
Coggeshall, 15:25 to 18:10, Rainy,Not much to report except a new summer migrant for here!
3 Swift (Flying above and near the Graveyard.), Buzzard [Zane Sargent ]
Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB, 12:30 to 15:00, Warm. Overcast with rain showers
4 Cuckoo (likely more), Turtle Dove (heard only in dense bushes behind seawall near car park), 8 Whimbrel (almost certainly more), 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female seen), 4 Hobby (hunting together over Joyce's Head Fleet, frequently perching on fence), Peregrine Falcon [James Hudson] Cuckoo at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 May 2022, (James Hudson) , Spotted Redshank at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 May 2022, (James Hudson) , Hobby at Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB on 04 May 2022, (James Hudson)
Wivenhoe, 12:00 to 13:00, Cloudy, damp, light breeze
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, 4 Robin [Michael Davies] Great Spotted Woodpecker at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Kestrel at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies) , Robin at Wivenhoe on 04 May 2022, (Michael Davies)
TL7406, 10:00 to 12:15, overcast, mild, humid
2 Buzzard, Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon [Sean Gregory]
TL7206, 10:00 to 12:15, cloudy, overcast, mild and humid
3 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), Grey Wagtail, Corn Bunting [Sean Gregory]
TL7306, 10:00 to 12:15, cloudy, overcast, mild & humid
Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, Nightingale (singing) [Sean Gregory]
WigboroWick Farm, St Osyth, 09:25 to 09:25
Wood Sandpiper [Clive Atkins]
TM2523, 09:00 to 13:00, Low tide, low wind, rain just stopped
21 Little Egret (Little Egrets are feeling amorous.) [Claire Panting] TM2523 on 04 May 2022, (Claire Panting) , TM2523 on 04 May 2022, (Claire Panting) , TM2523 on 04 May 2022, (Claire Panting)
Mersea Island, 09:00 to 13:00, MC= Martin cock, SE= Steve Entwistle, AF= Andy Field.
13 Grey Plover (Most full summer pye fleet from reeves hall seawall MC.), 3 Common Tern (Pye fleet from maydays seawall MC. ), 3 Marsh Harrier (2 From maydays seawall MC. 1 shop lane AF.), 9 Swallow (8 nests shop lane SE ), 6 House Martin (Maydays farm house MC.), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Shop lane AF), 2 Chiffchaff (Stop lane SE.), 7 Reed Warbler (Singing from maydays seawall MC. ), 6 Blackcap (2.Shop lane SE. 6 seen shop lane AF), 10 Whitethroat (4 Maydays seawall MC. 6 shop lane AF), 2 Song Thrush (1 Shop lane SE. 2 shop lane AF), Corn Bunting (Reeves hall seawall MC. ) [Stephen Entwistle]
Langdon Hills NR EWT, 08:00 to 09:00, Cloudy, mild.
2 Mute Swan (Pair. Nest appears to have been predated.), Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinch (At least.) [Andrew Cox]
Great Totham, 07:45 to 07:50, Overcast, showers overnight.
Little Owl (Usual Oak, Church Road. First sighting since 1st April.), Blackbird (Female carrying food. Gt.Totham Pit.), Song Thrush (Carrying food. Hall Road front garden.) [Malcolm Corbett]