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Old Tuesday 20th May 2014, 06:42   #3451
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Having never been to Wallasea, I'm assuming the only directions needed are to follow Creeksea Ferry Road? Any other info would be gratefully received.

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Old Tuesday 20th May 2014, 07:41   #3452
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That is correct. Once on Wallasea keep going east towards Gapnall's Farm and turn right at the farm and park at the end of the dead end road at the white gate and view ploughed field from there.

Alternatively continue along the road to the RSPB car park and park at the north end of the ploughed field by the 'Spoonbill' sign and view from there. There is a car park at the end of the road, on either side, and birding can be made along the seawall from here.
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Old Tuesday 20th May 2014, 07:42   #3453
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That is correct. Once on Wallasea keep going east towards Gapnall's Farm and turn right at the farm and park at the end of the dead end road at the white gate and view ploughed field from there.

Alternatively continue along the road to the RSPB car park and park at the north end of the ploughed field by the 'Spoonbill' sign and view from there. There is a car park at the end of the road, on either side, and birding can be made along the seawall from here.
Cheers Steve, much appreciated.

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Old Tuesday 20th May 2014, 10:18   #3454
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I don't know if it's been looked for today.

Yesterday it was present in the field till 7.20pm when it flew high to the south. This may have happened previously as someone else was on site prior to me arriving and the bird wasn't present for about 50mins but flew in high over them from the south calling and landed in the field. Perhaps it has some other area it also favours?

Hopefully it will pitch itself up again for others to see it, it is a cracking individual.
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Old Monday 26th May 2014, 22:42   #3455
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Old Tuesday 27th May 2014, 07:47   #3456
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I'm not, off to Fair Isle tomorrow.

Pretty quiet birding wise at present, best I had over the weekend was a Caspian and Adult MedGulls at Bowers Marsh along with the lond staying tip leucistic Great Black-backed Gull. A Peregrine there also plus one over the garden, still no Buzzards over the garden this year which is odd as they were near daily last year.

Shame the Blyths Reed Warbler at Writtle didn't linger for the Essex listers..
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Old Tuesday 27th May 2014, 12:04   #3457
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Turtle Dove

Hi, I've had a lovely Turtle Dove in my tiny garden for the last two days. It's been hanging about with the Collared Doves, but is much more timid than them and flies off at the slightest disturbance. Photos below taken through the (rather dirty) double glazed patio doors, and the constant drizzle, so are rubbish naturally. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it!
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Old Tuesday 27th May 2014, 19:59   #3458
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Hi, I've had a lovely Turtle Dove in my tiny garden for the last two days. It's been hanging about with the Collared Doves, but is much more timid than them and flies off at the slightest disturbance. Photos below taken through the (rather dirty) double glazed patio doors, and the constant drizzle, so are rubbish naturally. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it!
That's a great one Debbie!! I have been looking out for one, not seen one yet.
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Old Tuesday 27th May 2014, 21:01   #3459
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Thanks zomerset, it was my first too - been looking for two years and it just dropped into the garden. Still around this evening so I'm hoping it will be around tomorrow when the weather will be better for photos.
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Old Wednesday 28th May 2014, 13:42   #3460
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We get many collared doves in my mums garden,am always checking in there just in case we get a turtle but never have,I dream that one day we will.
Coal tit is the best I can manage today,reasonably regular in the Central upminster garden but not for a while
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Old Wednesday 28th May 2014, 15:20   #3461
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Our regular mob are: Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Magpie, Blackbird, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, and that's it, with flyover gulls and Crows as we are close to the beach. Had a Robin for a while but not for a few months, and a Sparrowhawk once last year. Only been in this house since last October, so hope the flyovers at least will increase, but having had this Turtle Dove, who knows what else might drop in for a snack?
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Old Monday 2nd June 2014, 17:22   #3462
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Old Saturday 7th June 2014, 20:24   #3463
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Old Sunday 8th June 2014, 06:43   #3464
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Does anyone know anything with regards to the Alpine Swift that was seen in Braintree last night?

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Old Sunday 8th June 2014, 08:06   #3465
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Does anyone know anything with regards to the Alpine Swift that was seen in Braintree last night?

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" Briefly among common swifts drifting north from my garden. Clearly much larger than common and white belly very obvious" David Porter

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Old Monday 9th June 2014, 20:35   #3466
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" Briefly among common swifts drifting north from my garden. Clearly much larger than common and white belly very obvious" David Porter

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OK, that's my birding strategy for the rest of the summer: lay back on the sun-lounger; binoculars ready at one side; a cool frothy drink ready at the other side; and watch the swifts in the sky over the garden. Tried it today, but no luck; though large periods of time seem blank!

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Old Wednesday 11th June 2014, 10:57   #3467
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SHORT-TOED EAGLE 1 at Bradwell-on-Sea. Flew SSW over Bradwell Bird Observatory (11:26am)
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2014, 11:58   #3468
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Possible SHORT TOED EAGLE flew SSW over Blue House Farm, Essex Wildlife Trust at 11:36 via BirdGuides
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2014, 13:08   #3469
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Beeleigh Weir, Maldon on lunch break. Red Kite, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Common Tern, Little Egret, Cygnets and Ducklings but no Short-toed Eagle
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2014, 18:42   #3470
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We reckon that the Bradwell and Bluehouse Short-toed Eagle were the same bird. The Bradwell bird flew SSW which would have taken it over Blue House. It then flew in the direction of Hockley over SOG airspace. When the eagle appeared, it as a fantastic ten minutes until it disappeared from sight!
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Old Wednesday 11th June 2014, 19:10   #3471
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We reckon that the Bradwell and Bluehouse Short-toed Eagle were the same bird. The Bradwell bird flew SSW which would have taken it over Blue House. It then flew in the direction of Hockley over SOG airspace. When the eagle appeared, it as a fantastic ten minutes until it disappeared from sight!
That must have been a heart-stopping moment when you first realised what you were looking at. Well done Terry. A first record for Essex!

Was the consensus that the bird had come in off the sea?

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Old Thursday 12th June 2014, 11:15   #3472
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We were alerted by the gulls making an almighty din. The original call was for an Osprey but once the others got on it, it was immediately recognised as a Short-toed Eagle. It was low down over the shingle bank looking out from Obs. But once the Herring Gulls and a pair of Peregrine started attacking, it went higher and higher and higher. I had never seen one before but the regulars had seen STE many times in Europe, Africa and Asia. I was struck by the dark hood and the white underparts.

I wasn't sure where it came from, it was suddenly there! It went so high, the scopes were almost vertical, then it was immediately over the Obs and free of mobbing birds it drifted off SSW. Observers were marvelling at the bird, there was no thought of a camera. Someone said "put the news out" and there was more than one call of "I'm not taking my eyes of this bird!"

When we lost it we put the news out to various bird agencies and friends. One Obs. regular was at Bluehouse Fm and saw the STE fly over followed by a Common Buzzard which was much smaller in comparison. A detailed description has been produced for scrutiny. However, as has been said on another forum, we know what we saw. I never thought I'd see such a magnificent bird.

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Old Friday 13th June 2014, 07:46   #3473
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immature Night Heron reported at Dusk at Rainham last night, flew over new the entrance apparently, via Twitter
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Old Monday 16th June 2014, 08:54   #3474
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Is it me or is Essex totally dead at the moment?
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Old Monday 16th June 2014, 10:10   #3475
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It's not dead, it's June. Nothing is moving and we're left with the residents/breeders, most of which are spread thin these days.

For what it's worth, (and making an assumption about what you mean by "totally dead"), perhaps change your expectations about what constitutes a good day birding in June?

I spent a happy couple of hours last weekend surrounded by corn bunts, yellowhammers, linnets, yellow wagtails and skylarks, with a little owl for good measure, at a patch of farmland way inland. I suppose in other months, 10 corn buntings wouldn't make a good birding trip. But in June, corn bunts singing and carrying food is an excellent day out, made all the better in a bittersweet way by the knowlege that in our lifetimes they just won't be there. So enjoy them while they are, along with all the rest, before the county really is "totally dead".
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