South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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February

Sunday 25th February 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:15
1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], 110+ Teal, 6 Wigeon, 200+ Lapwing [along creek and maybe some of same, later between shrub mound and pillbox], c.6 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Water Rail feeding in right hand reed bed. Robert Dobinson.

Thurrock. EWT Thameside Nature Park 09:45 to 13:15
Carrion Crow, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Mute Swan, Magpie, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Dunnock, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Redshank, 30 Shelduck, 150 Avocet, Blue Tit, Robin, Brent Goose, Knot, Sanderling, Curlew, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Little Egret, Dunlin, Teal, Kittiwake, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:15
1 Coal Tit on feeders - only the second garden sighting in 20+ years, 3 Blue Tit, c.30 House Sparrow. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 2 Black-headed Gull. Gill Edwards.

Barling Magna, Millennium Nature Park 14:00 to 14:48
Herring Gull, Kestrel, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, 40 Lapwing, Common Gull, 15 Blackbird, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Robin, 50 Fieldfare, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Starling, Magpie. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Southend, Wyatts Drive 15:20
Song Thrush in garden. Alec Beanse.

Saturday 24th February 2018easterly, clear, max4°c

Foulness Island 16:30
Ringtail Hen Harrier. Steve Giles.

Friday 23rd February 2018east north east, scattered clouds, max4°c

Basildon, Park 07:00 to 08:15
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (both drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Cormorant. David Shepherd.

Canewdon, Gays Lane to River Crouch (Upper Raypitts) and return 08:50 to 10:49
1 Green Woodpecker, 350+ Lapwing, 1 Yellowhammer, c.200 Golden Plover, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Stonechat (female), 7 Stock Dove, 250+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 3 Little Grebe, c.25 Avocet, 1 Kestrel (male). Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Basildon 09:30
Great Tit, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Dunnock. Gill Edwards.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:30 to 12:30
Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, 8 Goldeneye (2 male, 6 female), 7 Goosander (2 male, 5 female), Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Robin, 8 Stock Dove, Teal, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Woodpigeon. Norman Oliver.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:07 to 16:24
800+ Brent Goose, c.110 Shelduck, 22 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel, 250+ Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 28 Oystercatcher, 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin (female/juvenile viewed from School House), 8 Shorelark (together feeding by first mud mounds east of conveyor belt), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Pintail (including two drakes on river Crouch). 2 Brown Hare. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Canvey Point 14:40 to 16:10
12 Red-Throated Diver, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 15 Cormorant, 2 Kittiwake, 1400+ Dunlin, 31 Curlew, 20 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 150 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank. Terry Blackwell.

Thursday 22nd February 2018easterly, mostly cloudy, max5°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail feeding in right-hand reeds, crooked tree area. Robert Dobinson.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 08:30 to 13:00
2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap (male), Song Thrush, 2 Robin, Dunnock, Magpie, 2 Jay, 6 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 3 Blackbird, Wren, 4 Goldfinch. John Attfield.

Thundersley, EWT Tile Wood 12:02 to 12:51
3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Jay, 1 Common Buzzard. Jeff Kinnerman.

EWT Pound Wood 12:51 to 14:09
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 1 Redwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (taking food from the bird table). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 17:00
2 Hen Harrier (1 male, 1 female), 1 Kestrel. Thomas Bradford.

Wednesday 21st February 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Chelmsford, Tile Kiln 08:20
Flock of c.40 Goldfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Dunnock singing, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit. Thomas Gilbert.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:33 to 11:08
2 Goldcrest [singles], 1 Whimbrel, 110+ Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Avocet, 40+ Lapwing, c.30 Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 3 Reed Bunting, a few Chaffinch and Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 13:00 to 14:15
2 Red-Throated Diver, 120+ Great Crested Grebe, 15 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 200+ Brent Geese, 12 Cormorant, 600+ Dunlin, 90+ Grey Plover, 40 Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 10 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 440+ Oystercatcher. Terry Blackwell.

Tuesday 20th February 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 09:45
2 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe. John Pitts.

Leigh on Sea, Manchester Drive, Prittle Brook 12:30
Pair of Mallard. S. Whitaker.

Monday 19th February 2018southerly to northerly, overcast, drizzle, max10°c

No reports received for this day.

Sunday 18th February 2018variable, clear, max10°c

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:05 to 12:30
1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap [female Fobbing wood], 3 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting [near Fobbing village], 150+ Teal [c.15 inner marshes], 2 Wigeon, 100+ Lapwing, 18 Curlew [inner marshes], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [present Fobbing wood/near village], 1 Song Thrush [Fobbing Wood], 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Fobbing wood], 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Rochford, River Roach 10:45 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, Grey Plover, Brent Goose, Curlew, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, 40 Pintail. David Chivers.

Saturday 17th February 2018calm, clear, max9°c

Southchurch Park East 08:25
1 Water Rail feeding halfway up grass bank in full sight. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, 08:40 to 08:45
Pair Great Spotted Woodpecker in garden. Graham Mee.

Barling Magna, Millennium Wildlife Park 11:45 to 13:19
Magpie, Jackdaw, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Starling, Mute Swan, Carrion Crow, Linnet, Chaffinch, Stock Dove, Kestrel, Collared Dove. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 12:25 to 13:53
500+ Avocet, 2000+ Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, c.6 Fieldfare, c.6 Redwing, 3 Little Grebe on moat. Richard Fahey.

Two Tree Island West 13:30 to 15:00
Brent Goose, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Peregrine, Water Rail, Avocet Photo available - click here, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit (displaying) Photo available - click here, Greenshank, Redshank. Graham & Kris Mee.

Friday 16th February 2018variable, clear, max9°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:07 to 10:45
1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Manorway Fleet), 100+ Teal, 1 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler (2 each at creek and Manorway Fleet), 2 Gadwall (Manorway Fleet), 200+ Lapwing (flying, further north), c.30 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe (singles creek and Manorway Fleet), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cetti's Warbler (present Manorway Fleet). Richard Fahey.

Two Tree Island 08:32 to 14:58
2 Song Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler (both heard only), 1 Kingfisher (viewed on old sewage ponds and later on lagoon, likely to be the same bird), 1 Little Egret, 300+ Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Peregrine Falcon, c.90 Lapwing, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 1000+ Dunlin (prior to incoming tide), 2 Water Rail (one heard, one viewed on lagoon), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat (male), 46 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover. 1 Red Fox. Lagoon: 38 Avocet, 40+ Grey Plover, c.300 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 4 Snipe (together), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, c.65 Knot. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hockley Woods 09:25 to 11:05
4 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Common Buzzard. Tim Davis.

Foulness Island 11:30
6 Buzzard soaring and calling over garden. Trevor Waterhouse.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:35 to 14:40
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) near tractor water tanker, 1 Kestrel. Tim Davis.

A130 14:45
3 Buzzard between Rettendon and Howe Green beside A130. Graham & Kris Mee.

Wakering Stairs 16:05 to 17:05
1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Brambling - male with the small Chaffinch flock, 6 Chaffinch. David Selley.

Thursday 15th February 2018west south west, scattered clouds, max10°c

Southchurch Park East 08:28 to 09:39
1 Water Rail, 1 Song Thrush, c.100 Black-headed Gull, 8+ House Sparrow. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park East 08:32
1 Water Rail feeding in right-hand reeds and up lower part of grass bank by crooked tree. Robert Dobinson.

Daws Heath 09:00
Frogspawn in my pond. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:00 to 11:30
10 Barnacle Geese, 4 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Dunnock, Redshank, Wigeon, Teal, Greylag Geese. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Southend Pier 10:10 to 13:32
8 Cormorant, 275+ Turnstone, 1 Knot (with the Turnstones), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe (on water NE of pier head showing well albeit distant), 11 Mediterranean Gull (one 1st winter, two 2nd winter, 8 adult winter with two coming into summer plumage). 1 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal. Jeff Kinnerman.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:15 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap (female feeding on ivy berries), 1 Wood Pigeon apparently incubating eggs in our Arbutus tree, 3 Greenfinch on feeders. David Selley.

Canvey Wick 10:30 to 11:30
1 Cetti's Warbler (two others heard), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Kestrel, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker (heard), Goldfinch (heard). 1 Bumblebee queen flew past but too quick to identify. Thomas Bradford.

EWT Warley Place 10:30 to 15:00
Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Goldcrest Photo available - click here, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit Photo available - click here, Long-tailed Tit Photo available - click here, Nuthatch, Wren, Goldfinch. Graham & Kris Mee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:28
Black-tailed Godwit. Rocio De Marigny.

A127 Near Dunton 15:30
Buzzard on fence post alongside A127. Graham & Kris Mee.

Foulness Island 16:15
Ringtail Hen Harrier. Steve Giles.

Wednesday 14th February 2018southerly, cloud, rain, max7°c

Rayleigh 08:45
Coal Tit in my neighbour's garden off of Grove Road briefly before being seen off by a Robin. Paul Adams.

Hockley Woods 08:46 to 12:06
10+ Jackdaw, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Jay, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chaffinch (female), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Buzzard (together over). Fields: 33 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing (all thrushes feeding together), 1 Skylark. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 10:30 to 12:30
1 Kingfisher Photo available - click here on the old sewage works, 3 Little Egret, 3 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, A huge roost of Knot Photo available - click here. David Lee.

Rochford, The Bramleys 11:25 to 11:35
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 13th February 2018south south east, rain, cloud, max5°c

Abberton Reservoir 09:00 to 14:30
Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, 1 Black Swan, 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, 3 Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, 12 Curlew, Dunnock, 4 Egyptian Goose, Fieldfare, Gadwall, Golden Plover, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Oystercatcher, Goosander (1 female, 1 male), Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Great Tit, Pochard, 1 Great White Egret, 1 female Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, Robin, Greylag Goose, Rook, Herring Gull, Shelduck, Jackdaw, Shoveler, Kestrel, Skylark, Lapwing, Smew (4 female, 2 drake, see photos on our Facebook page), Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 3 Song Thrush, Linnet, Starling, Little Egret, Teal, 20 Long-tailed Tit, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Wigeon, Moorhen, Wood Pigeon, Mute Swan. Name: Russ Payne, Norman Oliver, John Attfield.

Westcliff, Cavendish Gardens 10:10
17 Redwing perched in bare tree at end of garden for five minutes. Largest number seen this winter but present from one to seven birds from January. P. North.

Billericay 10:30
1 male Blackcap drinking from birdbath in garden. Marion Burch.

Rayleigh, Garden 12:00 to 15:00
4 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 6 Wood Pigeon, 3 Feral Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Blackbird (still attracted by our apples), 3 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Goldcrest . 1 Grey Squirrel. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:30
15 Mallard, 12 Carrion Crow, 21 Common Pheasant, 50+ Linnet, 2 Stonechat, 12 Herring Gull, 18 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 40+ Lapwing, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Monday 12th February 2018south westerly, clear, max6°c

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:40
1 Water Rail, 1 drake Teal, Mute Swan cygnets flew in from the east. Robert Dobinson.

Barling, Millennium Nature Park 11:15 to 11:50
Black-headed Gull, 4 Curlew, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Lapwing, Carrion Crow, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Magpie, Collared Dove, Starling. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Sunday 11th February 2018westerly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Priory Park 08:12 to 10:02
14+ Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Moorhen, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Common Gull, c.155 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (coming into summer plumage, all gulls together on football pitches), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (first winter, feeding in brook), 1 Starling, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush. 1 Brown Rat, 1 Grey Squirrel. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 17:10
1 Water Rail feeding in right-hand reed bed. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:30 to 12:00
1 Merlin (Holehaven Creek), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper present, 250+ Avocet, 2,500+ Dunlin and 100+ Black-tailed Godwit at Holehaven Creek, 2000+ Lapwing (over and along creek), 1 Kingfisher (Manorway Fleet), 1 Water Rail (present in reed bed below Holehaven Creek seawall), 200+ Teal, 9 Shoveler (south along Holehaven Creek), a few Wigeon (Holehaven Creek), 2 Gadwall (Manorway Fleet), 1 Oystercatcher, c.15 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler (present below Holehaven Creek seawall), 1 Little Grebe (Manorway Fleet). Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 09:50 to 13:35
17 Carrion Crow, 7 Woodpigeon, 12 Magpie, Mute Swan, 6 Blackbird, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Herring Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull, 4 Cormorant, 150+ Lapwing, Mallard, 5 Canada Geese, 30 Golden Plover, 20 Starling, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Coot, 9 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 4 Robin, 7 Teal, 6 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Little Egret. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Canewdon, Creeksea Ferry Road 10:50
1 male Merlin chasing small passerine along hedge top. David Selley.

Rayleigh, Garden 14:00 to 16:00
4 Blackbird, 1 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 male Blackcap foraging around the evergreens by the pond, 1 Wren, 1 Robin. 1 Grey Squirrel. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea island 14:30 to 17:20
1 Male Hen Harrier driving into reserve on left left bank, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Buzzard by white gate on way out. Jeff Elliott.

Saturday 10th February 2018south south west, clear then rain, max9°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 08:45
1 Water Rail in right-hand reed bed feeding, 1 drake Teal. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island
c.11 Shorelark. Gloria Lamb.

Friday 09th February 2018west north west, light rain, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 12:00
Song Thrush showing well digging in flower borders. Coming in everyday at the moment. John Attfield.

Rayleigh, Garden 12:00 to 14:00
4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Stock Dove Photo available - click here, 4 Carrion Crow moving around in the surrounding trees, 1 Magpie, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Grey Heron flew low over our pond and scared all the garden birds. 1 Grey squirrel. Denis Warren.

M25 Thurrock 13:30 to 13:35
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Thursday 08th February 2018south westerly, clear, max7°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:32 to 11:26
3 Bearded Tit (on sluice by the reed bed), 11 Snipe, 6 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 4 Gadwall (Manorway Fleet), 300+ Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Little Grebe (Manorway Fleet). Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:08 to 14:41
9 Reed Bunting, 6 Skylark, 12 Pied Wagtail (together in field), 1 Brambling (female by sunflower strip with c.25 Chaffinch), 18 Meadow Pipit, c.140 Rook, c.35 Jackdaw, 10 Barnacle Goose (feeding with Canada and Greylags), 6 Stonechat (three pairs), 300+ Lapwing, 52 Linnet (together), 300+ Wigeon, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Corn Bunting, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Kestrel, 5 Curlew, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Snipe (together), 8 Gadwall (including five drakes), 15 Teal, 1 Little Stint (main lagoon from benches), 4 Pintail (two pairs), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Pochard (drake), 1 Green Woodpecker. 1 Weasel (by the sunflower strip, seen here in past visits). Jeff Kinnerman.

Leigh-on-Sea 10:30
2 Dunnock foraging in my garden at regular intervals. Taking cover in large evergreen very close to foraging site. Nicola.

Barling Magna, Millennium Wildlife Park 10:30 to 11:40
Herring Gull, 115 Black-headed Gull, 25 House Sparrow, Little Egret, 16 Carrion Crow, 14 Blackbird, Kestrel, 7 Woodpigeon, 7 Stock Dove, 22 Great Tit, 25 Blue Tit, 8 Robin, 50 Lapwing, 6 Dunnock, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 40 Fieldfare, 15 Mute Swan, Wren, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Westcliff on Sea, Sandown Avenue 11:30
2 Redwing on fence eating cotoneaster berries. S. Whitaker.

Wednesday 07th February 2018north north west, mostly cloudy, max5°c

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 07:45
Male Blackcap and 2 Long-tailed Tit on fat balls outside dining room window, 3 Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tit on fat balls at top of garden. John Attfield.

Southchurch Park East 08:35
Water Rail moving through reeds. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley, Glencrofts 09:00
1 Song Thrush feeding on mealworms. Irwin Lewis.

Canvey Point 10:15 to 11:15
2 Red-Throated Diver, 164 Great Crested Grebe, 71 Cormorant, 8 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 400+ Brent Geese, 1500+ Dunlin, 20 Grey Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Rayleigh, Garden 11:00 to 13:00
3 Woodpigeon,1 Feral Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch Photo available - click here, 1 Robin. The song thrush returned later and was singing his beautiful song from a neighbouring tree for half hour. 2 Grey Squirrel. Probably a pair as one gathering leaves for a drey. Denis Warren.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 12:10 to 12:35
4 Red-legged Partridge Photo available - click here, 7 Common Pheasant, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 24 House Sparrow, 200+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard Photo available - click here, 9 Blackbird, 300+ Lapwing, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Woodham Mortimer 12:45 to 12:55
1 Common Buzzard Photo available - click here. Rob Harris.

North Fambridge 13:35 to 13:55
6 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 8 Dunnock, 12 House Sparrow, 4 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 5 Starling, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 40+ Woodpigeon, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 36 Carrion Crow, 40+ Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 8 Mallard, 3 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Pound Wood 14:30 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, several Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:35 to 14:55
1 Kestrel, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 40+ Canada Geese, 50+ Cormorant, 1 Magpie, 3 Moorhen, 12 Herring Gull, 3 Blackbird. 1 Muntjac Deer Photo available - click here. Rob Harris.

EWT Warley Place 16:40
Pair of Mandarin Duck. Mark & Jim, & Tricia.

Tuesday 06th February 2018northerly, scattered clouds, max3°c

Two Tree Island West 14:00
4 Fieldfare, 10+ Avocet, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Snipe. Richard Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:00
5 Little Egret, 40+ Shelduck, 50+ Redshank, 7 Mute Swan, 30+ Corn Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Common Pheasant, 150+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 22 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Goldfinch, 8 Mallard, 6 Magpie, 8 Moorhen, 50+ Starling (1 Leucistic bird). 1 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
227 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 4 Mute Swan, 6 Redshank, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female). David Shepherd.

Old Leigh Cockle Sheds 15:30
100+ Sanderling, 100+ Turnstone, 300+ Knot, 20+ Brent Geese. 1 Peregrine, Richard Shepherd.

Monday 05th February 2018north north easterly, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Canvey Point 12:30 to 14:20
11 Red-Throated Diver, 2 Black-Throated Diver, 100+ Great Crested Grebe, 4000+ Dunlin, 400+ Knot, 500+ Oystercatcher, 100+ Grey Plover, 12 Curlew, 10 Turnstone, 20 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Skylark, 40+ Linnet, 5 Common Pheasant, 7 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Carrion Crow, 100+ Brent Geese, 23 Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 1 Leucistic Starling. (on its own on entrance gate post). Rob Harris.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 15:00
Stock Dove at ground feeder. John Attfield.

Sunday 04th February 2018north north east, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Southchurch Park East 08:45 and 12:45
1 Water Rail walking up toward the top of grass bank within 6ft from me to pickup food, awesome sighting best view yet. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:52 to 11:38
1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2,500+ Lapwing (mostly over and along other side of creek), 10 Curlew, 200+ Wigeon (circled over north saltmarsh, landing further north), 80+ Teal creek, 6 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 09:30
Lovely Song Thrush on back lawn as snow was falling. Fox in feeding on sunflower hearts late yesterday afternoon. John Attfield.

Two Tree Island East 10:00 to 11:30
13 Woodpigeon, 30 Starling, 13 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 150 Black-headed Gull, 10 House Sparrow, 16 Blackbird, 15 Redshank, 25 Great Tit, 39 Blue Tit, 4 Dunnock, 16 Mallard, 6 Curlew, 2 Coot, Reed Bunting, 5 Robin, 3 Chaffinch, Kestrel, 3 Herring Gull, 34 Sanderling. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

EWT Blue House Farm 10:00 to 12:30
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, 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. SE Essex RSPB Group.

Barling, Millennium Nature Park 12:30 to 13:15
4 Magpie, 6 Blackbird, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Dunnock, 34 Great Tit, 40 Blue Tit, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 500+ Brent Geese, 2 Wren, 3 Chaffinch, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Robin, 9 Woodpigeon, 5 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker [female], 20 Starling, Common Gull, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Maldon 13:00 to 13:25
2 Avocet, c.5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, 100+ Lapwing, 50+ Teal, 1 Red-necked Grebe diving along one part of river. Thomas Gilbert.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 15:00
7 Smew (2 drakes), 3 Goosander (2 drakes) Photo available - click here, 10 Goldeneye Photo available - click here. Richard Shepherd.

Canvey Point 15:30 to 16:00
3 Red-throated Diver, 100+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Saturday 03rd February 2018variable, partly cloudy, light rain, max5°c

Hockley 11:05
2 Coal Tit on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Pitsea, Tesco 12:30
1 Peregrine Falcon emerged from a cloud of feral pigeons from the town with a pigeon dinner, heading towards Wat Tyler CP. Thomas Bradford.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30 to 13:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 1 Jay. Mick Roe.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:00 to 13:15
1 Kestrel, 7 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Magpie, 60+ Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Blue Tit, 11 Moorhen, 70+ Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 3 Jackdaw. 1 Muntjac Deer. Rob Harris.

North Fambridge 13:50 to 14:00
3 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 7 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Collared Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 22 Starling, 30+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 3 Blackbird, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Redshank, 50+ Lapwing, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 1 Cormorant, 2 Common Pheasant, 6 House Sparrow. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:35 to 15:45
80+ Coot, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 41 Cormorant. Rob Harris.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park
1 drake Teal, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot building nest on south ramp of island. Robert Dobinson.

Friday 02nd February 2018north westerly, mostly cloudy, max7°c

River Roach (N), Mill Lane-Paglesham Lagoon (via Bartonhall Creek) and return to Stambridge Road (via Hampton Barns) 08:32 to 15:36
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, c.85 Curlew, 100+ Redshank, c.80 Shelduck, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 350+ Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 400+ Wigeon, 16 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone, 535 Dunlin (together on temporary tidal retreat), 250+ Brent Goose, 9 Fieldfare, 150+ Black-tailed Godwit (including two coming into summer plumage), c.180 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Woodpecker, 68 Oystercatcher, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Pintail (together, over), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Golden Plover, 1 Stonechat (male). 1 Grey Squirrel, 4 Brown Hare, 1 Red Fox (sadly deceased). Paglesham Lagoon: 19 Goldeneye (including seven drakes), 75+ Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, c.90 Pochard, 3 Pintail, 7 Cormorant. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 12:20 to 12:45
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 7 Moorhen, 27 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Southend Pier 13:00 to 14:30
2 Crow, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 75 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, 6 Cormorant, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver (divers in flight heading up river toward Canvey), 20 Starling, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail. 5 Grey Seal. Noel Barnes.

Canvey Point 13:00 to 15:15
6 Red-Throated Diver, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 141 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Teal, 25 Brent Geese, 40+ Cormorant, 300+ Grey Plover, 400+ Dunlin, 8 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 10 Curlew, 250+ Oystercatcher. 3 Grey Seal. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:45 to 16:00
250+ Wigeon, 6 Shelduck, 30+ Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Buzzard circling together, 1 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male, immature female). David Shepherd.

Thursday 01st February 2018west north west, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:06 to 11:45
1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Pochard, 10 Gadwall and 8 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 200+ Teal, 1,500+ Lapwing (mostly over near Canvey barrier), 15+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Grebe Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:12 to 14:38
6 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Egret, 35 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Skylark, 400+ Wigeon, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Pintail (including 9 drakes), c.100 Lapwing, 10 Teal, 8 Stock Dove, 11 Grey Plover, 2 Meadow Pipit, 28 Dunlin, 1 Stonechat (male), 6 Pochard (including 5 drakes), 11 Gadwall (including 7 drakes), c.130 Rook, 1 Redwing, 1 Jay. 2 Red Fox (together resting). Jeff Kinnerman.

Canvey Point 13:00 to 14:00
3 Red-Throated Diver, 3 Guillemot, 60+ Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Cormorant, 50+ Brent Geese, 400+ Oystercatcher, 500+ Dunlin, 40 Knot, 20 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 12 Linnet, 1 Peregrine. Terry Blackwell.

RHS Hyde Hall 14:00 to 14:30
c.100 Fieldfare. Norman Oliver.

Brentwood, EWT Warley Place 14:30
4 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Buzzard low in a small group. Spectacular Snowdrop, Crocus, and Narcissus walks. Mike Sullivan.



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