South East Essex RSPB Field Walk and Coach Trip Reports 2018

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
Radde's Warbler, Dungeness 15/10/17

ILB Coach Trip

EWT Fingringhoe Wick - Saturday 2nd June 2018

sunny, warm

Little Grebe, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Species count: 27

Nightingale
Nightingale. Photo by David Lee.



Coach Trip

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk - Sunday 20th May 2018

sunny, cool

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pheasant, Cormorant, Bittern, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Swift, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Treecreeper, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Barnacle Goose (feral flock), Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Common Gull, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Whimbrel, Great Black-backed Gull, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail (12), Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat, Wheatear. Also seen: Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green Hairstreak and Red Deer and Muntjac Deer. Dartford Warbler at Dunwich Heath.

Species count: 84

Marsh Harrier
Marsh Harrier, RSPB Minsmere.



Field Walk

EWT Fingringhoe Wick - Sunday 13th May 2018

sunny, warm

Woodpigeon, Shelduck, Swallow, Black-headed Gull, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Great Tit, Mallard, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Coot, Nightingale (6), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cuckoo (1), Bullfinch (male), Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Great Crested Grebe, Sedge Warbler (heard only), Magpie, Whimbrel (1), Canada Goose, Cormorant, Common Buzzard, House Martin, Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Common Tern, Reed Warbler, Greylag Goose, Swift, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Dunlin (c.50), Grey Plover (c.15), Stock Dove, Marsh Harrier (male), Mute Swan, Skylark, Greenshank (2), Jay, Willow Warbler, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Pheasant, Lapwing, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Turtle Dove. Sand Quarry Visit: Sand Martin (colony of 75+), Rook, Common Sandpiper (1), Pied Wagtail.

Species count: 63



Field Walk

Wakering Common - Wednesday 9th May 2018

sunny, hot

Starling, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Common Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Swift, Jay, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Magpie, Sparrowhawk, Goldfinch, Mallard, Blackcap, House Martin, Robin, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Swallow, Blue Tit, Reed Warbler, Wren, Green Woodpecker, Little Egret, Whimbrel, Pheasant, Yellow Wagtail, Kestrel, Skylark, Cormorant, Sedge Warbler, Oystercatcher, Pochard, Little Grebe, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Common Buzzard. Butterfly species: Peacock, Orange Tip, Green-veined White.

Species count: 46

Bluebells
Bluebells, Wakering Common.



Field Walk

EWT Chafford Gorges - Sunday 29th April 2018

cloudy, cold

Jackdaw, Swallow, Great Crested Grebe (including pair with three juveniles), Stock Dove, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Moorhen, Greylag Goose, Magpie, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Collared Dove, Mallard, Cormorant, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat (heard), Blackbird, Chaffinch, Reed Warbler (heard), Blackcap, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose, Coot, Common Whitethroat, Ring-necked Parakeet, Blue Tit, Kingfisher, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Woodpigeon.

Species count: 34




Field Walk

EWT Abberton Reservoir - Monday 16th April 2018

sunny, warm

Mute Swan, Black Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Shelduck, Dunnock.

Species count: 59

Rook on Feeder
Rook on feeder at Abberton. Photo by Graham Mee.




Field Walk

EWT Warley Place - Monday 19th March 2018

cloudy, very cold

Mallard, Buzzard, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Wren, Treecreeper, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Goldfinch.

Species count: 25

Nuthatch
Nuthatch, EWT Warley Place




Field Walk

South Fambridge - Sunday 4th March 2018

sun then cloud and rain

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, 30+House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 33




Field Walk

Hockley Woods - Monday 19th February 2018

cloud, rain

Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Jay, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wren, Robin, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Mallard, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Bullfinch (male), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit (heard only). Muntjac.

Species count: 21




Field Walk

EWT Blue House Farm - Sunday 04th February 2018

Partly cloudy, cold - very cold!

Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Mallard, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Pheasant, Lapwing, Ruff, Skylark.

Species count: 55

Sheep at Blue House Farm
Sheep at Blue House Farm



Field Walk

Southend Pier - Sunday 14th January 2018

Sunny, warm

Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver (x6), Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Sanderling, Turnstone, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Guillemot, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling.

Species count: 17

Kittiwake
Kittiwake, Southend Pier.