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