Compiled by Howard Vaughan
RSPB Rainham Marshes
There were a few late waders to be seen in the early days of June including 20 Tundra Ringed Plovers but by the 18th the first Green Sandpipers were actually returning to the reserve and eight limosa race Black-tailed Godwits dropped in on the 30th! Duck broods were popping up all over the place and the drake Garganey was last seen on the 6th while our Short-eared Owls were last seen mid-month when I think the incredibly lush vegetation pushed them to perhaps a more coastal area. Marsh Harriers were still carrying food and a Red Kite on the 14th continued this year’s run. The river was quiet with a couple of Sandwich Terns (4th) and regular Med and Yellow-legged Gulls but it was the singing male Golden Oriole on the 10th that stole the show for the month being new for the reserve and it was even seen by several lucky observers.
Metropolitan Essex (LHNS recording area)
A drake Common Scoter on the 2nd at Fairlop Waters CP was a good site record while a Common Crane over Hornchurch on the 5th managed to sneak through without anyone else picking it up – well done Russ! Red Kites were reported on several dates including three over Lambourne End on the 21st. Spotted Flycatchers were to be found in the regular churchyards around the Tawneys and Yellow Wagtail and Yellowhammers also seem to be doing well in the surrounding farmland. A pair of Black-necked Grebes was on Walthamstow Reservoir on the 17th with three on the KGV on the 26th. At least two male Black Redstarts were found on territory in the Olympic Park area and the first Crossbill of the summer was over Gidea Park on the 28th. The only Turtle Dove was seen in Aveley on the 27th.
South East Essex
There was a late off shore movement of Brent Geese on the 2nd with 107 seen off of Foulness from a boat along with a Bonxie. Five more were at Bradwell BO on the 6th when a Turtle Dove and female Montagu’s Harrier were also seen. Short-eared Owls were seen on Fobbing (12th) and at RSPB Bowers Marsh (7th) and a Black-winged Stilt was reported again at RSPB Vange Marsh on the 7th. A Spoonbill and four Med Gulls were at Coryton on the 7th and five more Meds were at Hanningfield Reservoir on the 13th. A fine drake Eider was off Gunners Park on the 2nd and 3rd and Turtle Doves were reported from the usual spots. There were several Red Kite sightings and a Black Kite showed well over Thriftwood on the 12th.
A duo of Wood Sandpipers was at RSPB Old Hall Marshes on the 7th with another at Fingringhoe Wick on the 19th when three male Turtle Doves were seen. Red Kites were reported around Colchester with some regularity and a Black-necked Grebe was a nice find at Heybridge GP on the 21st.
Simon Cox caught a smart little Greenish Warbler at the Naze on the 4th and Brian Coombs found an equally dapper Kentish Plover there the same day. Red Kites continued to be seen along the upper M11 corridor near the Cambs boundary. The 1st saw a good movement of 148 Gannets off Frinton along with five Kittiwakes and four Fulmars while the following day the Brent movement noted offshore from Maplin Sands was mirrored here with 144 seen along with 122 Gannet and 16 Scoter. The 3rd saw another 28 Brent and a Great Egret and an unseasonal Black Redstart was seen on the 22nd.