South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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June 2019

Thursday 20th June 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:30
1 Swift [going west], 5 Cuckoo [3 Manorway Fleet, 2 other singles], 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap [singles], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 5 Stock Dove, c.10 Linnet, 3 Shelduck, 2 Coot [1 chick, Manorway Fleet]. 1 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 10:00 to 13:00
5 Little Egret, 230 Canada Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male over Foulness), 1 Kestrel (over Wallasea), 6 Avocet, 37 Common Seal + 22 pups. Graham Mee.

Westcliff on Sea , St, George's Drive 11:30 to 14:25
Painted Lady, Brimstone in garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Rayleigh, Rawreth Lane 14:30 to 16:00
Swift, Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, male Yellowhammer with juvenile. John Attfield.

Wednesday 19th June 2019variable, mostly cloudy, light rain, max20°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:05
2 Song Thrush, one close by and one in the distance, both singing in the rain. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East 12:50
Dozens of Goldfinch feeding on thistle heads around park perimeter. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 18th June 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Jones Memorial Park 07:30
c.30 Swift feeding over playing fields. Phil Lusher.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:36 to 11:13
3 Cuckoo [singles], 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Kestrel, 10 Shelduck. 1 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Monday 17th June 2019south south west, partly cloudy, max22°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:30
53 Lapwing, 6 Avocet, 7 Shelduck, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover. David Shepherd.

Sunday 16th June 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:36 to 11:11
1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Swallow [2 juveniles], c.7 House Martin, 4 Cuckoo [2 pairs], 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting, c.5 Reed Warbler present, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 5 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe [juvenile, Manorway Fleet], c.5 Stock Dove, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Shelduck. 1 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Two Tree Island West 12:00
Lagoon: 10 Avocet, 10 Lapwing, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Egret. Steve Wall.

River Roach Seal Trip 15:30 to 18:00
2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 35 Common Seal (now 15 new pups). Graham Mee.

Saturday 15th June 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Wakering Stairs 10:15
1 Turtle Dove purring (heard). Jackie Bliss.

RHS Hyde Hall 10:15 to 11:30
Goldcrest. 15+ Painted Lady Butterflies. Norman Oliver.

Southend, Jones Memorial Park 10:30
c.40 Swift feeding high above back field, 2 Carrion Crow mobbing a Buzzard over the football pitches (the Buzzard didn't seem to be taking much notice, drifted off towards Rochford), Whitethroat, Jay, Long-tailed Tit. Phil Lusher.

Friday 14th June 2019south south west, partly cloudy, max20°c

Old Leigh 10:00 to 11:00
3 Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull with yellow ring 2J97. Graham Mee.

Southchurch Hall Park 10:45 to 11:15
2 Jay, 1 Red Admiral, 10+ Holly Blue, 1 Common Blue, dozens of native Seven Spotted Ladybird feeding on Black aphids all across north bank of moat. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, 3 Swift, Avocet + chicks (everywhere), Lapwing + chicks, 2 Cuckoo, Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher + 2 chicks, Shelduck, Cormorant, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Whitethroat feeding chick, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Blackcap. South Essex RSPB Team.

Thursday 13th June 2019south south westerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:30 to 17:00
200+ Swift, 20+ House Martin, 500+ Coot, 100+ Gadwall, 100+ Mallard, 4 Red crested Pochard (1 female, 3 drake), 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 30+ Cormorant, 4 Common Tern, 50+ Greylag Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blackcap, 7 Great Tit. Steve Jellett.

Wednesday 12th June 2019north north east, showwers, max16°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00
1 Cuckoo over calling. David Selley.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Lapwing + chicks, Shelduck, Avocet, Reed Warbler, Greenfinch, Swallow, Skylark, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull + 2 chicks, Red Kite, Redshank, Peregrine Falcon. 2 Stoat hunting 2 Water Vole. South Essex RSPB Team.

Tuesday 11th June 2019variable, partly cloudy, max19°c

River Roach Seal Trip 10:30 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (pair over Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 4 Avocet, 27 Common Seal (5 new born pups, one very small seemed deceased. Graham Mee.

Seal Pup, River Roach.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:00 to 13:00
1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sedge Warbler. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:45
40+ Cormorant, 250+ Canada Geese, 300+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 40+ Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 23 Mallard, 60+ Coot, 23 Mute Swan, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 130+ Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 16 Woodpigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Swift. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 20:50 to 21:10
17 Carrion Crow, 3 Blackbird, 19 Woodpigeon, 1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

Monday 10th June 2019north north east, heavy rain, max14°c

North Fambridge 14:00 to 14:30
3 Shelduck, 16 Black-headed Gull, 27 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 19 Woodpigeon, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Blue Tit, 6 House Sparrow, 2 House Martin, 6 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 5 Rook. Robert Harris.

Thundersley 15:45 to 16:00
4 Great Tit (juveniles), 6 Blue Tit (juveniles), 1 Greenfinch (juvenile) on my seed/peanut feeders in garden. All feeding independently of adults. John Bennett.

Sunday 09th June 2019variable, showers, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:56 to 10:32
3 Common Tern, 2 Tufted Duck [pair Manorway Fleet], 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 3 Cuckoo [pair and single], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting, c.5 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Linnet, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [present Manorway Fleet], c.8 Stock Dove, 6 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea 09:30
Female Sparrowhawk over garden. Kris Mee.

Chelmsford, Near Hylands Park 11:00
2 Red Kite soaring up on the thermals. Nadine St. Claire.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:10 to 17:25
200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 4 Common Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 37 Cormorant, 45 Coot, 50+ Pochard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 19, Mallard, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackbird, 4 Carrion Crow, 6 Mute Swan, 12 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

A130 Near Rettendon 18:30
2 Common Buzzard perched on roadside fencing within 20ft of all passing traffic, so really good sighting of them. Denis Warren.

Saturday 08th June 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, rain, max19°c

Southend Hospital 16:00
Swifts flying around tower block. John Attfield.

Wakering Stairs 16:30 to 17:20
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 2 Turtle Dove, 4 Common Tern, 43 Swift in off the sea (presumed weather related movement rather than arrivals), 1 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 20:10 to 20:30
White gate only: 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Linnet, 4 Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackbird, 2 Common Pheasant, 18 Woodpigeon, 3 Swift, 40+ Herring Gull, 12 Black-headed Gull, 19 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Friday 07th June 2019easterly, showers, max16°c

Thursday 06th June 2019west south west, partly cloudy, max19°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:00 to 13:15
3 Cuckoo (2 heard 1 seen), 4 Greenfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 30+ Lapwing, 30+ Avocet, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Shelduck, Reed Warbler (heard only), 1 Blackbird, Many Greylag and Canada Geese. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:00 to 16:30
48 Canada Geese with numerous goslings, 51 Greylag Geese with numerous goslings, 1 Cormorant, 41 Avocet plus lots of chicks, 30 Coot some chicks, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Mute Swan, 9 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 4 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe + chick, 4 Cuckoo (3 heard, 1 seen flying over), 1 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, flock of 50 Starling, numerous scattered Carrion Crow, 1 Bearded Tit (heard), 10 Blue Tit, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 21 Reed Warbler (mostly heard), 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Skylark, 10 Whitethroat (mostly heard), 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Collared Dove. Denis Warren.

Billericay 14:50
1 Hummingbird Hawk-Moth feeding on Red Valerian in garden. Marion Burch.

Foulness Island 16:30 to 17:30
Cuckoo (2 heard), at least 6 Hummingbird Hawk Moth from kitchen door. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 21:10 to 21:25
40+ Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, 100+ Greylag Geese, 2 Cormorant, 20 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 23 Coot, 12 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 05th June 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Great Stambridge 09:00 to 10:00
In and around the garden: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (drifting over), 1 Kestrel (hunting), 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush. Steve Sanford.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:42 to 12:12
3 Tufted Duck [pair and single drake Manorway Fleet], 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo [singles], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting, c.10 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 4 Stock Dove, 8 Shelduck, 3 Redshank, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Moorhen [2 Chicks, Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 14:20 to 16:50
1 male Sparrowhawk, 7 Swift, 1 House Martin, 23 Jackdaw - looked like several family parties. Seen while waiting for the D-Day Dakotas, (which passed almost directly overhead), a terrific and moving sight. David Selley.

Bicknacre 13:00 to 13:05
1 Red Kite. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
2 Cuckoo, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Lapwing + chicks, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Greylag Geese + chicks, Canada Geese, Shoveler, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Cormorant, Skylark, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, 4 Swallow. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 04th June 2019easterly, showers, max18°c

Danbury Lakes 11:00 to 13:00
1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Nuthatch (family, young being fed moving around old oak tree). J. Howell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
60+ Greylag Geese, 26 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 29 Coot, 33 Cormorant, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 40+ Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 15:30
Blue-winged Teal x Shoveler. Possibly the same bird I saw two years ago at Vange marsh. Mark & Jim.

Monday 03rd June 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Paglesham, Churchend 16:30 to 17:10
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Swallow, 1 Common Tern carrying a fish, 2 Whitethroat, 10+ Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Southend, Thorpe Hall Avenue 17:00
2 Jackdaw in flight. Win O'Sullivan.

Sunday 02nd June 2019south south west, partly cloudy, max28°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:18 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Tufted Duck [pair and single drake Manorway Fleet], 1 Lapwing, 4 Cuckoo [2 pairs], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Swallow, 3 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Linnet, 2 Shelduck [pair]. Richard Fahey.

Southend, North Avenue 09:15 to 15:00
Lots of Holly Blue in the garden. S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:10 to 14:25
100+ Greylag Geese (1 white hybrid), 60+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 130+ Black-headed Gull, 404 Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 23 Mallard, 12 Coot, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Carrion Crow, 17 Woodpigeon, 32 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Hullbridge 14:30
6 Swift. Steve Jellett.

Southend, Royal Terrace 17:00
1 Skylark. Win O'Sullivan.

Saturday 01st June 2019south westerly, clear, max24°c

Leigh on Sea 09:15 and 14:45
2 Buzzard one over Belfairs Woods 09.15 and over high west to east 14.45. Graham & Kris Mee.

Stambridge 17:05 to 17:40
Footpath opposite Memorial Hall: 18 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Greenfinch. David Selley.

Southend, St Ann's Road 19:00 to 20:00
15 Swift giving a amazing flying display. Trevor Masters.

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