Originally Posted by JamesA
Submission of sightings should be sent to the County Recorder, who I believe is still Les Steward. His address is 6 Creek View, Basildon, SS16 4RU. Email: [email protected]
. Pages 4 and 165 of the most recent Essex Bird Report provide guidelines for submission.
Basically, it is best if you submit all the records you wish to submit at the end of the year, on an Excel spreadsheet of 5 columns: species; location; number; date; and comment. Where a description is asked for, put it in the comment column.
For your Woodlark, perhaps you could make some comment about features you saw in flight (say, tail pattern, wing shape and size, etc), plus some commemt about the call and the number of times it called. (I'm aware that descriptions of calls can often involve some weird combination of letters - 'sweeeeechet, sweeeechet! (which is not my attempt to imitate a Woodlark, by the way!)). Also how close to you was the bird? It might also be worth mentioning that Paul Brayshaw saw the same, or another, bird on the same day - indicating that passage of Woodlark was taking place.
Hope this helps. Others might like to add comments.