South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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February

Tuesday 28th February 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Southchurch Park East, 10:11
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh-on-Sea, Tattersall Gardens 09:10 to 09:13
1 Sparrowhawk wheeling high mobbed by a Carrion Crow, eventually disappearing to NE. Martin Johnson.

Canvey Point 09:45 to 10:25
Mute Swan, Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Canada Goose, 75+ Brent Goose, 4 Cormorant, 90+ Sanderling, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 80+ Dunlin, 5 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 20 Herring Gull, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 10:30 to 12:00
46 Mute Swan, 6 Mallard, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 pairs of Robin plus 2 singles, 5 Blackbird, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 pair Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Wren (heard singing, 20+ Woodpigeon, 15+ Collared Dove. 5 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:40 to 12:00
Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Great Tit, Collared Dove, Magpie, House Sparrow, 30 Canada Goose, Herring Gull, 15 Greylag Goose, 45+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, Mallard, Coot, 15+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Robin, 6 Shoveler, Common Gull, Skylark, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Kestrel, Mute Swan. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Monday 27th February 2017south westerly, cloud, rain, max10°c

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Dawes Heath 09:45
Crow carrying twigs, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, and Frogspawn in my garden pond. Mike Sagrott.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:00 to 12:05
2 Sparrowhawk - a male and what I took to be a smallish female, followed by 16 very vocal Jackdaw. David Selley.

Sunday 26th February 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Hockley 07:55
3 Common Frog with frogspawn in the wildlife pond in our garden early this morning. George.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:19
Pair of Sparrowhawk over garden. Graham and Kris Mee.

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:33 to 12:25
260+ Avocet and 450+ Black-tailed Godwit on Holehaven Creek, 1 Green Sandpiper Coryton, a few Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 120+ Wigeon (40+ earlier up from inside Coryton east gate, maybe some of these on creek), 50+ Teal, 2 Shoveler over Coryton, 1 drake Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 3 Marsh Harrier (later altogether at Coryton), 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, Little Grebe present at Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:30 to 12:45
1200 Avocet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, c.200 Grey Plover, 7 Common Scoter (4 female, 3 immature drake), 1 Sparrowhawk, c.6 Stonechat, 8 Skylark, Green Woodpecker heard. Andrew Gouldstone.

Hawkwell, Magnolia NR 10:00 to 11:35
3 Bullfinch - 1 male and 2 female in bushes by Kirby's reedbed, 1 Jay, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, many Blue Tit and Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit. David Selley.

Epping Forest, Connaught Water 14:00
4 Mandarin Duck (2 drake 2 female), 1 female Smew. Mark & Jim.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive/Prittlewell Chase 15:55 to 16:00
c.400 Starling together noisily in trees. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 16:35
150+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Brent Geese, 20+ Common Pheasant, 3 Kestrel, 3 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Little Egret, 9 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Blackbird. 4 Brown Hare. Rob Harris

Southend, Earls Hall Avenue
Female Grey Wagtail in garden. Kev Cotter.

Saturday 25th February 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Hullbridge, Pooles Lane 07:00
8 Fieldfare. David Chivers.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 16:10 to 16:20
2 Common Buzzard, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Pheasant, 7 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Friday 24th February 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:13 to 12:12
1 Rock Pipit flying north calling, 500+ Avocet south of barrier, 1 Green Sandpiper present, 40+ Wigeon at lagoon, 30+ Teal, 4 Shoveler and 1 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 18 Shelduck, 400+ Lapwing at creek, c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Grebe (2 creek and present Manorway Fleet), 2 Corn Bunting. Richard Fahey.

Westcliff-On-Sea, Highfield Gardens 09:50
Grey Wagtail in back garden feeding under bird table and also taking insects from pond. Robin & Tracy Guppy.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:30
200+ Woodpigeon, 180+ Wigeon, 150+ Brent Geese, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Corn Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Blackbird, 7 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mallard 2 Mute Swan. Name: Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 17:00
Common Buzzard flew past kitchen window approx. 125 yards away. Steve Giles.

Thursday 23rd February 2017westerly, high winds, partly cloudy, max12°c

Southend Seafront 10:50 to 11:05
2 Peregrine Photo available - click here - pair hunting pigeons over Palace Hotel and Pier entrance at amazing speeds in the high winds. Kris & Graham Mee.

Hockley 13:30
1 Common Frog swimming in the small wildlife pond in our garden. George.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017west south west, mostly cloudy, max14°c

Southend, Wyatts Drive 07:32
Song Thrush feeding on lawn. A welcome sighting after far too long. Name: Alec Beanse.

Southchurch, Kensington Road 09:10
1 Sparrowhawk on Buddleia branch, finishing off Sparrow caught earlier, then flying off when disturbed. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Chafford Gorges 09:40 to 12:45
Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Robin, Moorhen, Coot, Blackbird, Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Tufted Duck, Jay, Wren, Collared Dove, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Kingfisher, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Starling, House Sparrow, Little Egret, Common Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Ashingdon, Rectory Avenue 11:40 to 12:50
1 male Sparrowhawk, watched it from my lounge window for over an hour as it feasted on a Collard Dove on my patio 4ft away. Debbie Haynes.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:00 to 14:30
1 Kestrel (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Meadow Pipit, 100+ Teal, 4 Skylark, 50 Canada Goose, c.200 Lapwing, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Avocet (looked injured, only one seen), 20 Shelduck, 6 Pochard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 30 Stock Dove, 11 Curlew, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Shoveler, 1 Ruff, 3 Mute Swan, 500+ Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 300+ Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, 30 Wood pigeon, 12 Oystercatcher. Noel Barnes.

Tuesday 21st February 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 14:00
2 Kestrel, 1 male Hen Harrier (hunting by car park), 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Twite (near fencing by first scrape) 100+ Shelduck, 100+ Curlew, 1 Great White Egret (situated at far side of reserve spooked and flew up the river Roach), 40+ Redshank, Dunlin, 100+ Lapwing, 5 Little Egret, Pheasant, Blackbird, Robin, 10 Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Mallard, Oystercatcher, 3 Magpie, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 House Sparrow, 14 Starling, 3 Pied Wagtail, 20 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 50+ Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Linnet, 16 Skylark, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit. 2 Brown Hare. Noel Barnes.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 14:00 to 15:15
5 Little Egret, 5 Cormorant, 18 Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 31 Mute Swan, 25 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, c.50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Tit, 20+ Collared Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk over, 4 Blue Tit, 5 pair Robin, 5 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay. Steve RJ.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
150+ Wigeon, 4 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female). 1 Red Fox. David Shepherd.

Hadleigh, Church Road 15:45 to 15:50
Male Sparrowhawk sitting on the fence in our garden. Ellen Hume.

Monday 20th February 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max17°c

Daws Heath Nature Reserve 09:30 to 12:00
1 Buzzard over Tile Wood, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders by Pound Wood. David Chivers.

Leigh-on-Sea, Tattersall Gardens 12:58 to 12:59
1 Kestrel mobbed by 1 Carrion Crow and driven off west over Salvation Army field. Martin Johnson.

EWT Warley Place 14:45 to 16:00
1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit. Tricia & Jim C.

Canewdon Road 15:00 to 15:15
2 Buzzard. Steve RJ.

Sunday 19th February 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 08:00 to 08:15
1 Greenfinch - male singing and display flying, 1 Song Thrush singing, 7 Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 14 House Sparrow on feeders. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:02 to 12:20
2 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 3 Gadwall (one creek and pair Manorway Fleet), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (1 large, immature bird over north saltmarsh, behaved like a Harrier, flying slowly and quartering low on upraised wings), 3 male Kestrel at barrier, 60+ Lapwing, 10+ Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present at Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 30+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Billericay 09:10
2 Goldcrest drinking from pond. Marion Burch.

Southend, Fossets Way NR 10:30 to 12:00
1 male Kestrel, 2 (possibly 3-4) Green Woodpecker, 2 Dunnock, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 15 Woodpigeon, 2 Crow, 30+ Black-headed Gull over. 5 Rabbit. Steve RJ.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 17:00
4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 male Hen Harrier, Merlin chasing Skylark then joined male Hen Harrier chasing same bird. All birds seen from car park area. Jeff Elliott.

A130 Rettendon Turnpike 16:00 to 16:02
1 Common Buzzard, 5 Carrion Crow. (All having a fight over some road kill). Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:30
2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Corn Bunting, 70+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Lapwing, 12 Common Pheasant, 30+ Redshank, 3 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 14 Dunlin, 31 Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 3 Oystercatcher, 36 Starling, 7 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Rob Harris.

Saturday 18th February 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:20 to 11:50
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Mute Swan, 50+ Coot, 5 Moorhen, 60+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Mallard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 27 Pochard, 7 Teal, 130+ Canada Geese, 40+ Greylag Geese, 60+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30+ Cormorant. Rob Harris.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 12:30
1 Short-eared Owl hunting near marshland discovery zone, Skylark in song, Stonechat, 2 Kestrel. Andrew Gouldstone.

Foulness Island 13:15 to 13:30
Ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard. Steve Giles.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane /Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:05
Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 14:00 to 15:30
48 Mute Swan, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Mallard, 2 Crow, 5 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 20+ Woodpigeon, 10+ Collared Dove. 5 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Friday 17th February 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Vange 08:15
2 Goldcrest in garden. Mick Roe.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:58
1 Whimbrel on creek, 2,500+ Lapwing (nearly all above Canvey Island), 13 Wigeon, 140+ Teal, 8 Shoveler over area, 1 Gadwall and 3 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 10+ Curlew, 3 Marsh Harrier singles, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

North Fambridge 15:15 to 16:15!
4 Collared Dove, 17 Woodpigeon, 4 Great Tit, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Blackbird, 23 Starling, 1 Curlew Photo available - click here, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Lapwing, 100+ Golden Plover, 12 Dunlin, 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Robin. Rob Harris.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 16:00
1 Short-eared Owl hunting near Marshland Discovery Zone - has been seen most evenings this week. Andrew Gouldstone.

Thursday 16th February 2017west south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
1 Bewick's Swan, 2 Marsh Harrier, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Redshank. Mick Roe.

Boreham Gravel Pit 14:45 to 15:15
2 Egyptian Geese on the lake. Joe.

Thundersley, West Wood, Prittle Brook 15:00
Grey Wagtail by bridge in wood. Don Wildish.

Wednesday 15th February 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:22 to 12:30
1 Whimbrel on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper, 140+ Wigeon (70 to 80 of these by "shrub mound pond" where I heard them earlier, the rest at lagoon), 100+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 20 Shelduck, 1000+ Lapwing at creek, 2 pairs of Oystercatcher on creek, c.15 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Jay, 3 Song Thrush (included singing bird Manorway Fleet), 1 Green Woodpecker, 50+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Thurrock, EWT Thameside Nature Park 09:55 to 13:30
Magpie, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Common Gull, 8 Dunnock, House Sparrow, 20+ Skylark, Curlew, 90+ Avocet, 50+ Redshank, Cormorant, 15 Shelduck, Blue Tit, 60+ Black-tailed Godwit, Great Tit, 3 Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, Robin, 3 Stonechat, 80+ Dunlin, Meadow Pipit, Herring Gull, Mallard, Kittiwake, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 10:20
1 male Blackcap in garden. Ian Smith.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:15 to 14:30
8 Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Starling, 40+ Skylark, 20+ Carrion Crow, c.10 Mallard, 25+ Shelduck, 30+ Curlew, 250+ Brent Goose, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1500+ Lapwing, 100+ Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, c.20 Canada Goose, 10+ Common Gull, 10+ Pheasant, c.15 Corn Bunting, c.6 Mute Swan, 10+ Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 25+ Shoveler, 100+ Teal, 2 Wigeon, c.10 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, c.6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, c.4 Meadow Pipit, 100+ Dunlin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Hen Harrier. 1 Peacock butterfly! Martin & Marie Singleton.

Foulness Island 13:20
Kingfisher in garden pond. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:55
200+ Canada Geese Photo available - click here, 60+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Coot, 30 Pochard, 70+ Mallard Photo available - click here, 60+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Wigeon, 24 Teal, 7 Mute Swan, 35 Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull Photo available - click here, 70+ Herring Gull, 5 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 14th February 2017east south east, partly cloudy, max9°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard and 1 Marsh Harrier circling together, 1 Peregrine on pylon, 1 Barn Owl in nest box, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal. Mick Roe.

Southchurch Park East 12:05 and 17:10
1 Water Rail, 1 drake Teal. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley 13:15
1 Red Admiral butterfly seen flying in garden. George.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
1 Bewick's Swan, 3 Mute Swan, 200+ Wigeon, 161 Lapwing, 61 Shoveler, 11 Curlew, 4 tufted Duck, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 juvenile males, 1 adult female). 1 Weasel. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:10 to 14:35
3 Magpie, 2 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Coot, 30+ Cormorant, 7 Teal, 21 Mallard, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Wigeon, 5 Mute Swan, 10 Carrion Crow, 100+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Canewdon 15:50 to 16:00
16 Mute Swan, 1 Common Buzzard Photo available - click here, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinch, 20+ Common Pheasant, 30+ Woodpigeon, 5 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:20 to 17:00
200+ Brent Geese, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Starling, 30+ Redshank, 3 Short-eared Owl, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 24 Common Pheasant, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 7 Mallard, 6 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Monday 13th February 2017easterly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 12:00
80+ Wigeon, 120+ Teal, 1 drake Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 1000+ Lapwing (nearly all over and along creek), c.15 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Cetti's Warbler present at Manorway Fleet, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, 40+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Eastwood, Fairfield Crescent 13:13
Female Sparrowhawk Photo available - click here in garden. Colin Newman.

Canvey Point 13:45 to 15:00
1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Turnstone, 400+ Oystercatcher, 150+ Dunlin, 200+ Brent Geese, 40 Grey Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Rayleigh 15:50 to 16:25
Male Sparrowhawk on top of bush in garden plucking and eating what looks to be a female blackbird. Didn't see it take it. Flown off now and left carcass. N.Oliver.

Sunday 12th February 2017easterly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Southchurch Park East 08:40 and 17:00
2 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, Lindisfarne Avenue 13:15
1 Grey Wagtail in back garden. Scott Ambrose.

Canewdon, Gardeners Lane 15:00 to 15:15
7+ Yellowhammer, 9 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 12 House Sparrow, 4 Blackbird, 20+ Common Pheasant, 5 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 6 Starling, 5 Moorhen, 3 Magpie. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:15 to 16:15
2 Blackbird, 20+ Common Pheasant, 15 Carrion Crow, 100+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Starling, 2 Magpie, 7 Moorhen, 200+ Brent Geese, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 20+ Shelduck, 3 Mallard, 200+ Lapwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Oystercatcher, 40+ Herring Gull, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Redshank, 3 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Billericay 16:30
20 Waxwing briefly in garden before flying SE towards Basildon. Andrew Wilson.

Saturday 11th February 2017northerly, overcast, max3°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Friday 10th February 2017north north easterly, overcast, light rain, max3°c

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 09:00 to 14:39
5 Stock Dove, 5+ Pied Wagtail, c.200 Teal (together grazing), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 4 Goldcrest, 3 Shoveler, c.25 Cormorant, 5 Goldeneye (3 drakes, 2 females), c.160 Gadwall, 1 Ruff, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 600+ Wigeon (together grazing), 5 Goosander (4 drake, 1 female together in front of Rawl Hide), c.70 Redwing, c.20 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush (mixed Thrush flock in field), 1 Coal Tit (visitors centre feeders). 1 female Muntjac. Jeff Kinnerman & Scott Ambrose.

Canvey Point 09:15 to 11:30
2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 500+ Oystercatcher, 400+ Dunlin, 60 Grey Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 17 Sanderling, 200+ Brent Geese, 9 Teal, 60+ Curlew, 35 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 3 Redshank, 10 Turnstone. Terry Blackwell & Richard Howard.

Southend, Wyatts Drive 09:35
Female Green Woodpecker feeding on lawn in garden. Alec Beanse.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:35 to 12:22
1 Whimbrel up calling from creek, 1 Green Sandpiper up from "south fleet", 3 Gadwall, 1 drake Shoveler and 5 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 140+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Harrier singles, 200+ Lapwing, 10+ Curlew, c.9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 10:00 to 14:00
Goldcrest, male Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 7 Blackbird, Jay, 2 Magpie, 5 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove. 3 Grey Squirrel all in garden. John Attfield.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 10:30 to 12:00
1 Wren, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 25+ Collared Dove, 25+ Woodpigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Mallard, 40 Mute Swan. 2 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 12:40 and 17:00
1 Coot building a nest in SW corner of island, earliest I can recall in this location in 11 years, 1 Water Rail being bullied by a Moorhen for food across to right-hand reed bed. Robert Dobinson.

Westcliff Seafront 14:50 to 15:00
Long-tailed Duck just east of Casino, 3 Great Crested Grebe. Graham & Kris Mee.

Thursday 09th February 2017northerly, haze, light rain, max2°c

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane /Crow Lane 11:00 to 11:20
4 Moorhen, 5 Red-legged Partridge, 70+ Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 1 Magpie, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 5 Blackbird, Rob Harris.

North Fambridge 13:00 to 13:50
12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 4 House Sparrow, 5 Dunnock, 3 Great Tit, 2 Collared Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Curlew, 27 Lapwing, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 16 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 9 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, 1 Red Crested Pochard (female), 1 Cormorant, 3 Starling, 3 Shelduck, 2 Sanderling, 12 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Little Grebe. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 16:00
3 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, c.100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Kestrel, 350+ Lapwing, 2 Short-eared Owl hunting seawall, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Twite on usual wire fence, 4 Reed Bunting. Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Mee.

Wednesday 08th February 2017northerly, light rain, max4°c

Southchurch Park East 08:40 to 12:50
1 Water Rail.  Robert Dobinson.

EWT Gunners Park 10:00
1 Kingfisher perched on overhanging branch at man made pit adjacent to Barge Pier. John Harwood.

East Tilbury. Coalhouse Fort 10:23 to 11:20
11 Common Scoter, 4000+ Dunlin. c.10 Grey Plover, a few Teal, 6 Pochard and 4 Tufted Duck on moat. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 13:30 to 14:30
44 Mute Swan, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 12 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 5 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 20+ Woodpigeon, 10+ Collared Dove. Steve RJ.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:15 to 16:00
275 Canada Geese, 1200 Wigeon, 114 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 96 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 68 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 120 Coot, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull, 1 Ruff, 170 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 16 Blackbird, 10 Robin, 11 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail. Fox. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 07th February 2017easterly to northerly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Water Rail swimming from south bank reed bed to right-hand reed bed then pickup some brown bread, in and around reed stands, opposite the Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, Prittlebrook 11:00
Goldcrest seen in garden. Haven't seen in garden for years. Nicky-Lee.

Tilbury Fort Road 11:30
1 Red Kite, Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 20+ Starling. Brenda Sumpter.

Westcliff on Sea, Merilies Close 12:00
1 female Goldcrest very busy in front garden heath shrub for five minutes or so. Richard Hooper.

Vange 14:00
1 Song Thrush, 3 Long-tailed Tit in garden. Mick Roe.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
40 Greylag Geese, 57 Canada Geese, 1 Snow Goose in with the Canada Geese, 80 Lapwing, 300+ Wigeon, 4 Shelduck, 17 Curlew, 8 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (the female bird was mobbing the other Harrier). David Shepherd.

Southchurch Park East 17:10
1 Water Rail in left-hand reed bed just 6ft away from me, feeding for 5 minutes then flying across to right-hand reedbed and moving around reed bed stumps for 5 minutes opposite Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Monday 06th February 2017variable, partly cloudy, max8°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:53 to 14:01
Bearded Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Rail (all heard only), 1 Kestrel (female), 10 Meadow Pipit, 250+ Wigeon, 6+ Skylark, 2 White-fronted Geese, 350+ Lapwing, Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail (3 drakes, 1 female), 3 Avocet, 1 Shelduck, Pochard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stock Dove, Teal, 1 Ruff, 1 Oystercatcher, 3+ Greenfinch, 10 Curlew (including 6 in field), 1 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.40 Linnet (together), 3 Snipe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 House Sparrow (male), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, c.13 Redwing (with 10+ Linnet), 1 Jay. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 11:15 and 17:00
3 Mute Swan cygnets flew off pond westerly toward estuary at 10.15am, they were out there for one hour and returned from the same direction, landed back on the pond and were harassed immediately by their 2 parent Swans, 1 Water Rail swimming from south bank reed bed to right-hand reed bed to feed, opposite Bloomfield bench. Rob Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:30 to 12:15
Car park to conveyor area: 5 Grey Heron, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier (male), 1 Little Egret. Tim Davis.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:30
6 Short-eared Owl (4 on rocky island in breach of seawall), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. John Attfield, Russ Payne.

A127 Warley 16:00 to 16:02
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Sunday 05th February 2017northerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

Wakering Stairs 07:00 to 08:20
400+ Brent Geese, 500+ Dunlin, 80 Curlew, 84 Oystercatcher (main body all in one large flock), 4 Mallard, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Grey Plover, 22 Teal, 40 Sanderling, 15 lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 500+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cormorant, 10 Magpie, 4 Stock Dove, 50+ Wood Pigeon, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Stint, 2 Little Egret, 200+ Redshank, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 30 Turnstone, 3 Robin, 15 Blackbird, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Shelduck, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock. 2 Common Rabbit. Noel Barnes.

Rochford, Hall Road Cemetery 08:20 to 08:40
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker. Tim Davis.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:53 to 12:00
1 Little Owl flew from behind and in front of pill box to somewhere near horse paddock, 1 Whimbrel up calling from creek, 50+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 10+ Shoveler on lagoon/creek, 2 Gadwall Coryton, 2 drake Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 1000+ Lapwing, c.10 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cetti's Warbler present at Manorway Fleet, 1 Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe present on Manorway Fleet, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker by Manorway. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 08:55 to 09:05
1 Water Rail swimming from south bank reed bed to right-hand reed bed then feeding in and around reed stands for 10 minutes opposite the Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 09:15 to 10:50
1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 60+ Teal, 100+ Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Skylark, 100+ Canada Geese, 15 Reed Bunting, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 12 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 3 Lapwing. Chris Wakeling.

Thundersley Glen 09:45
1 Coal Tit singing just south of pond. Richard Gray.

North Shoebury 10:00
Our garden is now being visited by 2 male Sparrowhawk - in addition to our regular juvenile male, an older adult male is also using the favoured perch in our buddleia as a hunting post. We watched it chase a Blue Tit around the garden, but the tit out-maneuvered it and got away. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Barling Millennium Wildlife Park 10:20 to 11:30
1 male Blackcap on the feeders with many Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow and 2 Chaffinch, c.50 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 5 Mistle Thrush - all thrushes flying west. David Selley.

EWT Warley Place 14:00
Firecrest. Mark & Jim.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 15:30
Pair of Robin carrying nesting material into nestbox in ivy by back door, male Blackcap coming in every day feeding on fatballs and sunflower hearts. John Attfield.

Saturday 04th February 2017south south east, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Westcliff on Sea, Bridgewater Drive 09:15
2 Jackdaw on a chimney pot. S. Whitaker.

Prittlewell 10:40
Little Egret first on fence post then landed in garden to check the pond, then frightened by other birds and left. A first. Dave Griffiths.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:55
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Short-eared Owl, (6 roosting on sea wall breach by car park 3 hunting sea wall reptile and bird cover), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Shelduck, 2 Curlew, 40+ Redshank, 50+ Dunlin, 80+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 20+ Common Pheasant, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Stonechat, 6 Moorhen, 14 Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 200+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 3 House Sparrow, 14 Starling, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Pied Wagtail, 12 Teal. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:05 to 16:00
All sightings from white gate: 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier - adult male, 2 Merlin - male and female, 415 Dark-bellied Brent Goose on field just east of Grapnell's Farm, 37 Lapwing, 6 Golden Plover, 3 Skylark, 10 Corn Bunting. The female Merlin and the Hen Harrier spent five minutes in joint (unsuccessful) pursuit of a Skylark - quite a strange spectacle watched at very close quarters. David Selley.

Friday 03rd February 2017south south east, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Hawkwell, Magnolia Nature Reserve 08:25
1 male Bullfinch. Debbie Haynes.

Southchurch Park 08:45
3 Mute Swan cygnets flew off pond east toward estuary, they reappeared after 10 minutes flying over S.East Pk to Shoebury. Looks like they were at last to leave, then they came back off the estuary over Southchurch Pk turned and landed. Looks good for them to move on on their own any day now. Latest we have had the last to leave is 7th February in 2016. Robert Dobinson.

Westcliff on Sea, Prittle Brook 11:21
1 Grey Wagtail opposite Gainsborough Park. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:30 to 12:15
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Red Fox. Mick Roe.

Thorpe Bay, Navestock Gardens 12:30
1 Red Admiral Butterfly. John Pitts.

Thorpe Bay, Barnstaple Road
In our back garden this week had 6 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap Photo available - click here, 3 Redwing Photo available - click here all on the apples we put out. Dave & Maggie Davis.

Thursday 02nd February 2017southerly, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Southend, North Avenue 08:10
Sparrowhawk in a tree at the end of the garden, but did not catch anything. Spencer Jackson.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 08:45
1 Cormorant on island drying out wings Then popping into water and flying SW toward estuary, Green Woodpecker heard calling from SE copse area, 2 drake Teal calling to each other a meeting in the middle of pond NW corner. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:42 to 11:58
1 Whimbrel on creek, 60+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 13 Gadwall (all on creek but one), 2000+ Lapwing, a few Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:30 to 16:30
320 Canada Geese, 450 Wigeon, 250 Coot, 120 Teal, 100 Tufted Duck, 60 Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, 8 Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 50 Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan cygnet, 200 Black-headed Gull, 30 Common Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Moorhen, 106 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 25 Carrion Crow, 5 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 2 Chaffinch. 1 Muntjac. Denis Warren.

Wednesday 01st February 2017southerly, overcast, rain, max11°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30
1 Waxwing - single bird still present around the visitor centre and wildlife garden - this is the 13th day its been present - its very confiding, but please respect its personal space. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Wallasea island 14:40
Male Hen Harrier. Mike and George Bunker.



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