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December 2019

Thursday 12th December 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Southchurch Park East 08:30
10-12 Long-tailed Tit noisily feeding along tree canopies south of lake. No sign of winter Water Rail yet. Robert Dobinson.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 10:30 to 11:30
Garden: Numerous Blue and Great Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit on fat balls, 2 Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Blackbird, Magpie, Wood Pigeon. 3 Grey Squirrel. John Attfield.

Wednesday 11th December 2019south south west, clear, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:18 to 11:45
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Fieldfare, 25 Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 40+ Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Grebe [creek], 10+ Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present], 1 Stock Dove, 23 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

EWT Bradwell Bird Observatory 09:29 to 14:44
9+ Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Curlew, 7 Little Egret, 3 Turnstone, 45 Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 1 Yellowhammer (male, north of Obs.), 1 House Sparrow (male), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel (male), c.15 Pintail, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350+ Knot, 1 Dartford Warbler (female, south of Obs). Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:30
1 ringtail Hen Harrier hunting the river wall and Aveley Marsh, later also seen over Wennington Marsh. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 13:50
2 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Corn Bunting, 12 House Sparrow, 3 Magpie, 24 Carrion Crow, 4 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 600+ Golden Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 5 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ Brent Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 47 Herring Gull, 100+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Starling. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
1 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, 25 Mallard, 43 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 400+ Coot, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 38 Herring Gull, 46 Cormorant, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 150+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 12 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Robert Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:30 to 15:30
Timmermans creek only: 8 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 3 Black- tailed Godwit, 2 little Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Teal. David Shepherd.

Tuesday 10th December 2019southerly, showers, max11°c

Canvey Point 11:15 to 12:45
3 Red-throated Diver, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Brent Geese, 250+ Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 5 Redshank, 1 Sanderling, 400+ Oystercatcher, 9 Cormorant, 4 Mediterranean Gull. Terry Blackwell.

Monday 09th December 2019west north west, clear, max8°c

Thundersley Glen 09:00
Probable Hen Harrier flying at about 200ft moving in a westerly direction. Paul Rossiter.

Sunday 08th December 2019west south west, windy, cloud, max11°c

Foulness Island 13:00 to 15:00
Short-eared Owl, 5 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 8 Kestrel, Great White Egret, c.15 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, c.250 Brent Geese, c.50 Lapwing, c.40 Redwing, c.10 Fieldfare, c.25 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush. Steve and Fran Giles.

Saturday 07th December 2019west south west, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Rochford 08:35
1 Peregrine Falcon, (probable female - quite large), flew from old hospital chimney - seen from Dalys Road. David Selley.

EWT Thameside Nature Park 09:45 to 13:45
House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, 50+ Shelduck, 30+ Redshank, Curlew, Dunnock, 60+ Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin, Avocet, 7 Mallard, 26 Teal, 6 Greenfinch, 13 Sanderling, Meadow Pipit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Cormorant, Little Egret, 10 Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, 3 Herring Gull, Stonechat [pair], Goldfinch, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Mute Swan, Common Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hockley 10:45 to 10:55
2 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest feeding in garden. Tim Davis.

Friday 06th December 2019south westerly, rain, max13°c

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 13:30 to 13:50
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Pheasant, 14 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 16 Moorhen, 150+ Woodpigeon, 3 Jackdaw, 40+ Carrion Crow, 7 Rook, 2 Dunnock. Robert Harris.

Thursday 05th December 2019south westerly, light rain, max13°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:20 to 12:00
1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 50+ Wigeon, 155+ Teal, 30+ Lapwing, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, c.5 Curlew, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Stock Dove, 3 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
2 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Lapwing, 300+ Coot, 60+ Mallard, 70+ Teal, 80+ Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 40+ Cormorant, 12 Mute Swan, 160+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 13:40 to 14:00
5 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 14 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Common Pheasant, 300+ Woodpigeon, 23 Moorhen, 6 Jackdaw, 14 Rook, 40+ Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 7 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 04th December 2019south westerly, clear, max8°c

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 09:30 to 11:00
28 Mute Swan, 8 Little Grebe, 10 Turnstone, 25+ Redshank, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 75+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull (one with red ring on left leg looked like XA4Z also metal ring on R leg but number not visible another one with red ring on L leg R9XT), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 20+ House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock. Steve Jellett.

Tuesday 03rd December 2019south westerly, clear, max8°c

Great Stambridge to Paglesham Lagoon 11:00 to 14:00
Large flocks of Woodpigeon, flock of Starling on wires, hundreds of Lapwing and Golden Plover scattered across fields, Chaffinch among the drying crops in large numbers and Reed Bunting flocks, 16 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wren, 8 Magpie, 2 Jay, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron. Lagoon: Black-headed, Common and Lesser Black-backed Gull, many Teal, Mallard, 50+ Shoveler, 20 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Canada Geese (dead Canada in nearby pool below telephone wires likely to have hit them). Return walk along sea wall: scattered flocks Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Redshank, Curlew, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier, Cormorant, Tufted Duck. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 03rd December 2019south westerly, clear, max8°c

Cherry Orchard Way, Eastwood Brook 10:20
1 Kingfisher. Tim Davis.

Monday 02nd December 2019west north west, clear, max6°c

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 07:00
Single Redwing, 35 Starling on Fat balls. Norman Oliver.

Leigh on Sea 08:30
12 Fieldfare north over garden. Graham Mee.

Leigh on Sea 11:44
Buzzard being mobbed by 3 Crows west to east over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:03 to 15:30
1 Grey Wagtail [Oozedam Fm.], 1 Green Sandpiper [Oozedam Fm.], c.10 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, c.10 Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 80+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin [few south of barrier], Curlew [a few], 1 Song Thrush, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Buzzard [other side of creek], 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker,1 Stock Dove, 4 Cormorant. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
187+ Wigeon, 56 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 170 Lapwing, 12 Canada Geese, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:40 to 15:00
100+ Wigeon, 32 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 80+ Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 8 Mute Swan, 150+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 70+ Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Cormorant, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

Sunday 01st December 2019northerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:53 to 11:30
1 Cattle Egret [noticed yellow bill before it landed between stye and plastic trough behind fence near cattle by north track. Behind an incline, only the head and neck could mostly be seen but the thick yellow bill was noticeable, soon took off east noticing black legs and feet], 1 Barn Owl [at barns/"horse paddock" before off south], 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 50+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 1 Grey Plover, 20+ Lapwing [15+ northeast over Manorway Fleet], 8 Curlew, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush [other side of creek], 10+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Grebe [creek], 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler [both species on fleet near barns/"horse paddock"], 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Coryton], 1 Jay, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 09:00 to 12:00
60+ Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter (female), 1 Eider (female), 500+ Wigeon, 30 Brent Geese, 4 Red-throated Diver, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 600+ Dunlin, 200+ Grey Plover, 32 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 1000+ Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 1 Little Stint (flying with the turnstone ), 8 Mute Swan, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:25
3 Shoveler, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 35 Lapwing, 27 Mallard, 70+ Teal, 41 Cormorant, 6 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay. Robert Harris.

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Please note that this is just a local group website and it is just myself that keeps it updated. Although I would dearly love to add your sightings as they arrive, I am afraid that I work full time, this means that our sightings page can only get updated in the evenings or when I am on holiday. I have considered allowing a feedback form that writes straight to the page but have rejected this because we do get quite a number of spurious reports and I feel that this would only encourage this. I hope that you understand as our visitor reports are very much appreciated and read by a lot of people. Web Author.

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