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METROPOLI­TAN ES­SEX: Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, Red­starts, Whin­chats and Wheatears were wide­spread. Three Pied Fly­catch­ers, six Tree Pip­its and an Or­tolan Bunt­ing were at Wanstead Flats. Black Red­starts re­mained at the Olympic Park. Waltham­stow Reser­voir logged the first Red­wings, an Arc­tic Tern, Knot, Osprey and three Spoon­bills. A Knot, Turn­stone, Slavo­nian Grebe, Smew, Black-necked Grebe and 55 Yel­low Wag­tails were at King Ge­orge V Reser­voir. A Great White Egret and 74 Lit­tle Egrets were in the Mar Dyke. Red Kites flew over Buck­hurst Hill and They­don Bois. A Caspian Gull was at the Thames Bar­rier Park, with 39 Sand­wich Terns and a Lit­tle Tern at Gal­lions Reach.

MID ES­SEX: A Lesser Yel­lowlegs was at The Hythe. The Colne held 1,310 Black-tailed God­wits. A Wood Sand­piper was at Wiven­hoe. Ospreys were at Fin­gringhoe and Lan­gen­hoe, where the Glossy Ibis was seen spo­rad­i­cally. Tree Pip­its flew over there, Al­res­ford and Cud­more Grove. A Tur­tle Dove was at Marks Tey (6th). A noc­tur­nal Stone-curlew flew over Mal­don. Six Curlew Sand­pipers and 36 Green­shanks were at Hey­bridge GP. Ab­ber­ton Reser­voir held two Lit­tle Stints, 18 Red-crested Pochards, 21 Black Terns and a Wry­neck.

NORTH ES­SEX: A Great White Egret toured the Stour. Red-necked and Black-necked Grebes were off Brad­field. Ravens were around Ford­ham and Lit­tle­bury Green. An Osprey flew over Man­ningtree. Two Cranes cir­cled Le­marsh. A Manx Shear­wa­ter picked up in Brain­tree, was re­leased at Hol­land Haven, where a Wry­neck was seen. A Hoopoe was in a Hol­land-on-sea gar­den. There were 600 San­der­ling at Colne Point. Two Red­starts were there, with an­other at Wig­boro Wick, where a Hen Har­rier was seen. Frin­ton logged 15 Robins, five Whin­chats, a Wry­neck, Osprey, Pied Fly­catcher, 14 Tree Pip­its, two La­p­land Bunt­ings, 100 Yel­low Wag­tails, two Gar­ganeys, four Great Skuas, six Lit­tle Gulls, a Serin, 1,400 Swal­lows, three La­p­land Bunt­ings, a Spot­ted Fly­catcher, Black Red­start, 1,982 Brent Geese, a Sooty Shear­wa­ter, Hobby, 720 Meadow Pip­its, a Field­fare, 11 Tree Spar­rows and two Bram­blings.

RAIN­HAM MARSHES: High­lights in­cluded Green­shanks, two Curlew Sand­pipers, three Knot, 15 Ruff, six Caspian Gulls, 51 Yel­low-legged Gulls, Sand­wich, Arc­tic, Com­mon and Black Terns, an Arc­tic Skua, Black-necked Grebe, two Gar­ganeys, Yel­low Wag­tails, Tree Pip­its, Wheatears, Whin­chats, a Red­start, Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Red Kite, 25 Buz­zards and Hob­bies.

SOUTH EAST ES­SEX: A Pec­toral Sand­piper and Great White Egret were at Blue House Farm. A La­p­land Bunt­ing was at Stow Marsh. Brad­well Bird Ob­ser­va­tory logged an Osprey, Hen Har­rier and 15 Mediter­ranean Gulls. An Osprey was at Mun­don. There were 2,070 Brent Geese and 134 Lit­tle Egrets at Leigh-on-sea. Sea­watch­ing off Can­vey pro­duced a Sooty Shear­wa­ter, Manx Shear­wa­ter and four Mediter­ranean Gulls. A Spoonbill was on Two Tree Is­land. East Til­bury had two Spoon­bills, three Lit­tle Stints, 22 Curlew Sand­pipers and a Red­start. A Gar­ganey was at TTNP. A Black-necked Grebe was at Bow­ers Marsh. Vange hosted three Curlew Sand­pipers. A Great Skua was at West Thurrock Marshes. A Night­jar was at Co­ry­ton. Han­ning­field Reser­voir held two Black Terns, a Gar­ganey, Lit­tle Stint, San­der­ling, Tem­minck’s Stint and Osprey. Howard Vaughan

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