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ESSEX compiled by Howard Vaughan

RSPB Rainham Marshes

Wader passage trickled onwards with the first Wood Sandpiper from the 4th-6th, two from 19th-23rd and another two on the 29th. Two Ruff (19th) and two Bar-tailed Godwit (13th) added interest amongst the Blackwits, Greenshank, Green and Common Sandpipers but it was Max Hellicar’s Pectoral Sandpiper on the 29th and 30th that attracted a few people. A juvenile Garganey was seen from the 29th and the lone Egyptian Goose persisted. The Thames was fairly quiet with a peak of 40 Yellow-legged Gulls along with several Meds including nice scaly juveniles and two Caspians. Sandwich Terns were seen on the 13th, 19th and 20th and the first three Arctics were noted on the 19th. A female Common Scoter was seen on the 10th and 14th and two imposing Great Egrets loafed around on the 15th and Bearded Tits were most obliging. An early Whinchat was seen the same day and a few Yellow Wagtails were moving through while up in the skies both broods of Marsh Harrier were on the wing.

Metropolitan Essex (LHNS area)

The KGV Reservoir was the place to be (with a permit) and a very good selection of waders was noted on the concrete rim including up to 45 Common Sandpipers, Sanderling, Greenshank and Turnstone. A Goldeneye and Black-necked Grebe were amongst 1100 newly arrived Tufted Ducks on the 16th and two Scoter dropped in on the 23rd with another six on the 25th.  A single Little Tern was seen with Common Terns on the 27th but it was the Manx Shearwater that paddled around on the 21st and 22nd that was most appreciated.  Elsewhere there were good numbers of Common Sands with 21 on the Walthamstow complex (23rd) and at least ten at Creekmouth while Green Sandpipers were seen at many muddy spots but the only Wood Sandpipers were one in the William Girling relief channel from the 25th to 31st and another at Fairlop Waters CP on the 30th. The Rainham Great Egrets were predictably seen in the Mardyke Valley on the 16th after leaving their roost with the Little Egrets in Warren Gorge but were not seen subsequently and a Cattle Egret was seen circling Ingrebourne Hill on the 22nd. At least 13 Yellow-legged Gulls were noted at Thames Barrier Park with others on Wanstead Flats and in Grays where a Bar-tailed Godwit was seen on the 8th. There were still two Red-crested Pochards in the Ingrebourne Valley and a juvenile Bearded Tit was seen in Rainham Creek suggesting that they may have bred in the Ingrebourne. The only early passage migrant was a Redstart on Wanstead Flats on the 2nd and Red Kites continued to pop up across the region.