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MET­RO­POL­I­TAN ES­SEX: Waxwings in­cluded 46 around Col­lier Row, 30 in Harold Hill and 50 in Hornchurch. Thir­teen Bram­blings were 13 in War­ley. Firecrests were at four sites, with Com­mon Sand­pipers and Lesser Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers at three. Two Bit­terns were in the In­gre­bourne Val­ley with one in War­ren Gorge. An­other was at Seventy Acres in the Lee Val­ley, with four Smew. Fish­ers Green had 14 Rus­sian White­fronts. A Great White Egret was in the Mardyke. Waltham­stow Reser­voir logged a Scaup, Black Red­start, Caspian Gull and Siberian Chif­fchaff. Gir­ling Reser­voir had seven Black-necked Grebes and a Slavo­nian Grebe. Fourteen Goosanders were at Weald Park. Ten Caspian Gulls, with sev­eral Mediter­ranean and Yel­low-legged Gulls were be­tween Creek­mouth and Leamouth. Two Short-eared Owls were at Fair­lop Wa­ters CP and one in the In­gre­bourne. Seven Turn­stones were at Grays.

MID ES­SEX: The Black­wa­ter’s held 70 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, ten Scaup, 20 Long-tailed Ducks, 30 Gold­eneyes, a Vel­vet Scoter, all three divers, seven Slavo­nian Grebes, a Black-necked Grebe, 50 Great Crested Grebes and a Shag. A Great White Egret was near Earls Colne. West Mersea logged a Black Brant, six Wood­cocks, a Glossy Ibis and six Mediter­ranean Gulls. The ibis also ap­peared at Brightlingsea and Old Hall Marshes, where a pale-bel­lied Brent Goose, Marsh Har­ri­ers, Mediter­ranean Gull, Mer­lin, Shag and eight Goosanders were also noted. A Mer­lin and 14 Marsh Har­ri­ers were recorded at Lan­gen­hoe. A Waxwing was seen in Mal­don. Ab­ber­ton Reser­voir logged a to­tal of 96 Scaup, 30 Goosanders, seven Smew, four Red-crested Pochards, a Bit­tern, Short-eared Owl, two Bewick’s Swans and a Mediter­ranean Gull.

NORTH ES­SEX: The Stour held a Long-tail Duck, Slavo­nian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Eider, Shag, 28 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, 19 Gold­eneyes and three Vel­vet Scot­ers. A Black Brant and Short-eared Owl were at The Naze. Eight La­p­land Buntings were at Wig­boro Wick Farm, St Osyth and nine Snow Buntings at Jay­wick. Frin­ton logged 35 Guillemots. The Hooded Crow re­mained around Bul­mer. Fif­teen Rus­sian White­fronts were at Broom­house Flash, Lan­ham.

RAINHAM MARSHES: High­lights in­cluded five Rus­sian White­fronts, five Brent Geese, five Egyp­tian Geese, an Oys­ter­catcher, Avo­cets, 300 Black-tailed God­wits, Jack Snipe, two Short-eared Owls, four Marsh Har­ri­ers, Pere­grines, Buz­zards, Ravens, a Mer­lin, Lit­tle Gull, two Mediter­ranean Gulls, sev­eral Caspian Gulls, a Waxwing, three Black­caps, Bearded Tits, a Bram­bling, Siskin and four Wa­ter Pip­its. SOUTH EAST ES­SEX: Wal­lasea logged the Lesser White-fronted Goose and 29 Rus­sian White­fronts from Foul­ness, a Black Brant, three Marsh Har­ri­ers, eight Short-eared Owls, two Mer­lins, three Twite and a Great White Egret. A tun­dra Bean Goose and Great Grey Shrike were on Foul­ness. Gun­ner Park recorded two Black-throated and two Great North­ern Divers. Can­vey Point had three Great North­ern Divers, two Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Black-throated Divers, 23 Red-throated Divers and a Pur­ple Sand­piper. The Bewick’s Swan re­mained at Vange Marsh. Fourteen Mediter­ranean Gulls and a Long-tailed Duck were at West­cliff, with an­other Long-tail off Althorne. A Lit­tle Stint was at Wak­er­ing Stairs. East Til­bury held 1,321 Avo­cets, 1,125 Black-tailed God­wit and 11 Com­mon Scot­ers. Two Caspian Gulls and a Glau­cous Gull were at Bow­ers Marsh. Wa­ter Pip­its were there, at Can­vey Heights and Rop­ers Farm. An­other was at Stow Marsh with 20 Grey Par­tridges, a Mer­lin, Ruff and Jack Snipe. A Firecrest was in Hock­ley Woods and a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker in Norsey Woods. Fifty Waxwings were in Ben­fleet and 20 in Bil­ler­icay. Han­ning­field Reser­voir held a Goosander, two Knot, six Ruff and a Black-tailed God­wit. Howard Vaughan

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