South East Essex RSPB Field Walk and Coach Trip Reports 2017

Best species count so far - 104 at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk on the 14/05/06
Best birds - Black-winged Pratincole, Stodmarsh NNR, Kent 17/05/09
Red-footed Falcon, RSPB Lakenheath Fen, 19/05/13
Glossy Ibis, Wat Tyler Country Park, 11/09/15

Field Walk

Wakering Stairs - Sunday 26th March 2017

sunny, windy

Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Little Egret, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Snipe, Curlew, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank.

Species count: 28

Canada Geese, Wakering Stairs
Canada Geese, Wakering Stairs

Field Walk

Abberton Reservoir - Monday 13th March 2017

warm, sunny

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Smew (2 drake, 2 female), Goosander, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Ruff, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Great Black-backed Gull, Jay, Dunnock, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Wren, Long-tailed Tit. From Abberton Church EWT viewpoint: Black-necked Grebe, Scaup, Yellowhammer (x3), 100+ Corn Bunting.

Species count: 60

RSPB group at Abberton Reservoir.

Field Walk

RSPB Cliffe Pools, Kent - Monday 20th February 2017

warm, sunny

Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Common Gull, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Rook, Pheasant, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Stonechat (pair), Stock Dove, Linnet, Collared Dove, Wigeon, Golden Plover. Stoat.

Species count: 50

RSPB Group at Cliffe Pools

Field Walk

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir - Sunday 12th February 2017

cold, overcast

Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Pochard, Shoveler, Shelduck, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Ruff, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Jay, Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Linnet.

Also seen: Red Fox, Muntjac.

Species count: 51

Coal Tit
Coal Tit, Hanningfield Reservoir

Field Walk

RSPB Wallasea Island - Tuesday 31st January 2017

cold, drizzle

Skylark, Teal, Stonechat, Carrion Crow, Great Black-backed Gull, Starling, Lapwing, Mallard, Linnet, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Curlew, Redshank, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting, Cormorant, Twite (4), Brent Goose, Dunlin, Kestrel, Shelduck, Grey Plover, Stock Dove, Hen Harrier (2 ringtails/1 male), Oystercatcher, Meadow Pipit, Shoveler, Herring Gull, Wigeon, Common Gull, Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Moorhen.

Species count: 40

Field Walk

Southend Pier - Sunday 15th January 2017

cold, rain and drizzle

Great Northern Diver, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull (included white rings 3E72 and 3KRY), Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Song Thrush singing in tree in Royal Terrace. 4 Grey Seal.

Species count: 17

Grey Seal
Grey Seal from Southend Pier.