South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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January 2021

Tuesday 26th January 2021Latest news on Facebook    

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
1 Common Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 54 Tufted Duck, 28 Mallard, 60+ Lapwing, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 6 Blackbird, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Mute Swan, 60+ Cormorant, 30 Starling, 35 Woodpigeon, 150+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 26 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 5 Pochard, 2 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

Foulness Island 15:02
Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard with prey all seen within 400m of each other whilst driving off Island. Steve Giles.

Monday 25th January 2021westerly, partly cloudy, max5°c

Billericay 09:20 to 09:40
2 Redwing feeding on holly tree in garden. Chris Henry.

River Crouch towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 09:30 to 12:00
2 Jay, 2 Magpie, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit (at least), 1 Wren (heard), 2 Carrion Crow (over), 44 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 68 Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 female Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 10 Wigeon, 6 Turnstone. 9 Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Eastwood Brook, Aviation Way 11:00
1 Kingfisher flew from under Cherry Orchard Way then perched midway. Tim Davis.

North Shoebury 11:05
Sparrowhawk over mobbed by Crow. Terry Strong.

Hullbridge (Woodham Side) 13:30 to 15:00
32 Mute Swan, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 50+ Golden Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, Mallard, 3 Dunnock, Robin, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, 3 Pied Wagtail. John Attfield.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:30
150+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck (two hybrid females with large white blaze above the beak), 1 Grey Heron, 100+ Graylag Geese, 70+ Canada Geese, 3 Pied Wagtail, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 19 Coot, 60+ Cormorant, 15 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 24th January 2021variable, partly cloudy, max4°c

Paglesham 07:30 to 09:00
Near boat yard: Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 2 Marsh Harrier, 8 Mute Swan, 60 Greylag Goose, c.100 Canada Goose, 12 Little Grebe, Common Pheasant, 2 Cormorant, 11 Shelduck, Teal, c.50 Brent Goose (fly over), Magpie, 2 Collard Dove, Wood Pigeon, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, Starling, House Sparrow, Skylark. Noel Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:30
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, c.60 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 6 Avocet, 80+ Lapwing, 15+ Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 6 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 5 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 10+ Stock Dove, 2 Shelduck. 1 Weasel, 1 Fox. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:00 to 10:30
1 Grey Heron (over), 2 Robin (together), 5 Redwing in garden birch tree, 4 Blue Tit, 7 Greenfinch. Graham & Kris Mee.

Billericay 10:40 to 13:00
2 Jackdaw, 5 Starling, Woodpigeon, Wren, 8 Goldfinch in garden. Chris Henry.

Foulness Island 11:30 to 13:15
Pair Peregrine Falcon, male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, c.1000 Brent Geese, c.400 Lapwing, 8 Little Egret, 11 Fieldfare, male Snow Bunting (thanks T and D). Steve and Fran Giles.

Wickford 15:00 to 15:05
6 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Carrion Crow in garden. Robert Harris.

Saturday 23rd January 2021variable, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Southchurch Park East 08:20
1 Water Rail flew full length of brook to reed bed cover from under footbridge at east end of pond then heard calling from the thicket (first full sighting this season on this water). Robert Dobinson.

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 10:15 to 10:20
Grey Wagtail in rill in garden. Norman Oliver.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 10:30
1 Black Redstart. Brian Coveney.

Hullbridge 10:30
1 female Sparrowhawk did a lap of the garden at full speed, Jackdaw on neighbours ridge tiles, 2 pair of Blue Tit looking at nest boxes, 1 pair Robin looking around too. 2 Wood Mice at least taking food at night as well as regular fox in front garden both spotted on trail cam. Steve Jellett.

Two Tree Island 11:00
1 Kingfisher. Josie Smith.

RHS Hyde Hall 13:30 to 15:00
1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Wren, 3 Kestrel, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 4 Magpie, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard). Steve Jellett.

Friday 22nd January 2021west south west, clear, max7°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:30 to 12:00
2 Tawny Owl calling 6:30am, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 House Sparrow (male) on the bird table - first one this year - rarely see them in the garden, 6 Long-tailed Tit on bird table, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on bird table. Robin Peppiatt.

Southend, Navestock Gardens 08:30
2 Ring-necked Parakeet trying to access my neighbour's bird feeders. John Pitts.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:00 to 14:30
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit (numerous flocks throughout marsh), Pied Wagtail numerous flocks throughout marsh), Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Cetti's Warbler (heard), 3 male Bearded Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling murmuration, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. Russ Payne.

Rochford Golf Course 12:10 to 12:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Egyptian Goose (one with a limp), 2 Buzzard. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 13:30
5 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Moorhen, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 100+ Canada Geese, 80+ Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Mallard, 12 Coot, 180+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 70+ Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
100+ Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Shoveler, Teal, 4 Pintail (3 male, 1 female), 1 male Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 1 immature). David Shepherd.

Benfleet, Tile Wood 14:00 to 16:00
3 Common Buzzard together in the air, mewing, 1 Hawfinch, 1 Song Thrush from my garden singing morning and evening for the last two weeks. Mike Sagrott.

Thursday 21st January 2021south westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Cherry Orchard Country Park 10:55
1 Muntjac Deer just off bridleway along south perimeter. Tim Davis.

Stambridge, River Roach 11:30
Green Sandpiper. Steve Atkinson.

North Fambridge 14:30 to 15:10
250+ Canada Geese, 5 Curlew, 100+ Wigeon, 6 Redshank, 2 Kestrel, 160+ Lapwing, 29 Herring Gull, 23 Black-headed Gull, 27 Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Cormorant, 12 Woodpigeon, 1 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 20th January 2021south south west, rain, max10°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:30
3 Bearded Tit low in reeds south side of marsh near bench, Chaffinch, many Tufted Duck, few different flocks of Greylag Geese plus Canada Geese, Stonechat (pairs). Ben Fleet.

Rochford, Ark Lane 12:20
1 male Sparrowhawk perched. Tim Davis.

Canvey Point 13:50 to 15:10
1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 800+ Knot, 1500+ Dunlin, 51 Sanderling, 62 Ringed Plover, 10 Grey Plover, 200+ Oystercatcher, 3 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 3 Curlew. Terry Blackwell.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 15:15 to 15:30
Male Sparrowhawk sat in our garden birch tree. Graham & Kris Mee.

Tuesday 19th January 2021south westerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Woodham to Wickford A132 16:00 to 16:55
5 Kestrel along the route. Robert Harris.

Monday 18th January 2021south westerly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Rochford, Southend Airport Business Park 10:00
1 Black Redstart - showed week on boarded compound wall for two minutes, 1 Grey Wagtail. Robin Peppiat.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00 to 12:20
1 Little Egret over, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch (quite unusual here). 3 Greenfinch. Several Buff-tailed Bumblebees feeding on Mahonia flowers. David Selley.

North Benfleet 11:00 to 15:00
North Benfleet Hall Fishery: Fieldfare flock c.30 over east, lots of Canada Geese grazing on banks joined by around 6 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, large flock of Starling over East c.100, lots of Black-headed Gull over all day, 2 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Paul Adams.

Thorpe Bay 12:00
2 Ring-necked Parakeet. Brett Andrews.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 14:15
Male Black Redstart, male Blackcap. Judith Burrell.

Billericay 15:10
1 female Sparrowhawk in garden trees eating a large unidentified carcass. Marion Burch. 

Sunday 17th January 2021westerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:32 to 10:53
1 Whimbrel, 500+ Lapwing, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50+ Teal, 8 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 11 Curlew, 1 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 25+ Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles present], 1 Little Egret, 17 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Southend Airport Business Park 10:00
1 Black Redstart (very elusive) in and around boarded off area, 4 Corn Bunting. Robin Peppiatt.

Southchurch park East 10:00
2 Red-crested Pochard. Brett Andrews.

Rochford Golf Course 13:00 to 13:05
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker. Tim Davis.

Rochford, Ark Lane 13:35
1 Sparrowhawk flew low across my path. Tim Davis.

Two Tree Island 14:00 to 15:30
2 Peregrine (watched distantly - one hunting waders at Canvey Point before being mobbed by another), 1 Marsh Harrier (looked like imm. male over saline lagoon at about 14:40), Merlin (over Saline Lagoon shortly after Marsh Harrier, flew towards Canvey), Grey Plover, Avocet, Knot, Curlew, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Linnet, Fieldfare, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Little Grebe. Joe Dickens.

Hockley Woods 14:30
1 Sparrowhawk, second of the day to fly low in front of me. Tim Davis.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 15:00 to 15:05
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

Saturday 16th January 2021southerly, rain, max7°c

Burnham on Crouch 10:30
1 Yellow-browed Warbler in my garden. Gavin Thompson.

Foulness Island 13:45 to 15:00
4 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, c.150 Fieldfare (one flock), c.300 Lapwing, c.150 Brent Geese, c.100 Canada Geese, c.50 Little Egret, c.50 Mallard, Shoveler, c.60 Blackbird. Steve and Fran Giles.

Friday 15th January 2021northerly, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Canvey Point 09:30 to 11:30
9 Kittiwake (2 adults and 7 1st winter), 6 Red-throated Diver (landed in one group), 1 Common Scoter (female), 1 Marsh Harrier, 27 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 120+ Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 60 Ringed Plover, 200+ Grey Plover, 200+ Knot, 1000+ Dunlin, 200+ Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 8 Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Terry Blackwell.

Southend Airport Business Park 10:50
8 Lesser Redpoll. Steve Atkinson.

Two Tree Island 12:00 to 14:30
30+ Brent Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 30+ Teal, 12 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe, 50+ Wood Pigeon, 4 Moorhen, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 8 Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, 20 Avocet, 20 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone, Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, 5 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 10 Blackbird, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Starling (yes - just 1 !!), and a Wren and Robin mobbing a Weasel about 6 feet in front of me, right by the exit gate/road. Birds with no number counts = numerous. Dave Dove.

Southend Airport Business Park 12:55
1 Black Redstart still in the area of drainage ditch/boarding. Tim Davis.

Hockley, Gusted Hall Woods 13:30
70+ Redwing. Tim Davis.

Leigh on Sea, Lindisfarne Avenue 14:10
12 Redwing. Scott Ambrose.

Pound Wood 15:30 to 15:50
2-3 Hawfinch, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Redwing, Great Black-backed Gull. Joe Dickens.

Thursday 14th January 2021easterly, light rain, max5°c

Canvey Seafront 08:45 to 11:45
3 Razorbill, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Red-throated Diver, 37 Kittiwake (20, 14 adults and 3 1st winter), 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 20 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 8 Cormorant, 10 Brent Geese, 200+ Dunlin, 14 Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 10 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull. Terry Blackwell.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:15 to 09:45
1 female Green Woodpecker, 4 Blue Tit, 15 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hockley 13:55
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2m, 1f) on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Wednesday 13th January 2021variable, rain, max6°c

Hockley 09:10
1 Goldcrest in front garden fir. Tim Davis.

Hockley Woods 09:40 to 10:15
4 Goldcrest, 4 Treecreeper. 1 Muntjac Deer. Tim Davis.

Foulness Island 13:00
2 Hen Harrier. Matthew Elmer.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 15:40
37 Jackdaw in a noisy pre-roost gathering in neighbour's tree. David Selley.

Tuesday 12th January 2021north westerly, cloud, rain, max9°c

Billericay 10:30
1 Red Kite flying over garden. Marion Burch.

Prittlewell 11:05
50+ Fieldfare in my crab apple tree as soon as they landed they all flew off and came back again and stayed for a few minutes. J. Goodman.

Battlesbridge 11:24
1 Great White Egret, Churchgate Lake off Woodham road near Battlesbridge. Paul Adams.

Hockley Woods 11:30 to 13:30
All around Black/white house area: 1 Buzzard (creamy headed individual searching under canopy), 2 Nuthatch (obvious pair), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 heard), 2 Treecreeper (pair), 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, numerous Blue Tit, Robin (very confiding), Great Tit, Blackbird, Carrion Crow. Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 12:30
6 Redwing feeding on holly bush. Fieldfare flock still around. Russ Payne.

Cherry Orchard Country Park 13:40
c.20 Lesser Redpoll in woods SE corner of the park. Steve Atkinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:30 to 16:00
67 Cormorant, 180+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 6 Pied Wagtail, 29 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag Geese, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:30 to 16:30
from Car park only: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier (at distance), 2 Kestrel, 11 Linnet. Steve Jellett.

Monday 11th January 2021west south west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Canvey Island 08:20 to 09:20
1 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 20 Cormorant, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 20 Turnstone, 30 Wigeon, 100+ Lapwing, 300+ Knot, 12 Curlew, 28 Brent Geese. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:40 to 16:10
250+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 80+ Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 17 Starling, 60+ Coot, 34 Mallard. Robert Harris.

Sunday 10th January 2021westerly, misty, max3°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:13 to 11:11
2 Great White Egret [further away on north saltmarsh, one later beside a Little Egret for comparison], 1 Whimbrel, 40+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 2 Little Grebe [creek], 100+ Lapwing, 23 Curlew, 30+ Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Little Egret, 10+ Shelduck, 1 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Shoeburyness 12:00
Goldcrest, approx. same time every year one or two Goldcrest turn up in small conifer tree in garden. Steve Day.

Wickford 14:30 to 14:40
2 Little Egret, 15 Starling, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Herring Gull from garden. Robert Harris.

Barling Hall Creek 15:00
5 Avocet, 1 Buzzard, 10 Wigeon, 20 Redshank. Matthew Elmer.

Saturday 09th January 2021west north west, mist, max5°c

Southchurch Park 08:35
4 Mute Swan cygnets took off east to west and flew full length of pond, one cygnet flying the across the back of the park W to E and making it to the estuary just off of Camper Road. Robert Dobinson.

Southend Airport Business Park 10:45 to 11:15
1 Black Redstart showing well in the morning sunshine, 1 Kestrel. Tim Davis.

Stambridge, Fisheries to River Roach 12:00 to 15:00
c.50 Carrion Crow, Magpie, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, c.100 Wood Pigeon, 20 Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Curlew, c.80 Greylag Goose (in field by farm buildings), Blue Tit, Great Tit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 4, Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 14 Reed Bunting, 3 Little Egret, Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Coot, Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 8 Twite (small group in tree top opposite pill-box on river Roach bank). On River Roach: c.50 Sanderling, Redshank, Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, c.30 Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Turnstone, Lapwing, Mallard, Oystercatcher. Noel Barnes.

Wickford 15:30
2 Little Egret flying over garden. Robert Harris.

Friday 08th January 2021north westerly, cloudy, max1°c

Hullbridge 02:35 and 02:55
2+ Wood Mice, 1 Red Fox (both on garden trail cam). Steve Jellett.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 10:30
14 Goldfinch in silver birch tree. Ian Smith.

Hullbridge 12:00 to 12:15
1 male Blackcap, 2 Long-tailed Tit in garden. Steve Jellett.

Rochford, Primrose Wood 13:40 to 13:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, both drumming. Tim Davis.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park 14:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker chasing each other around. Steve Jellett.

Billericay 14:30
35+ Redwing at top of neighbouring tree. Marion Burch.

Southend, Wyatts Drive 15:10
2 Ring-necked Parakeet in a neighbours tree. Alec Beanse.

Thursday 07th January 2021north westerly, partly cloudy, max3°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:25
1 Pintail [drake with Teals on mud not far south of barrier], 115+ Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Shoveler [Coryton], c.25 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 15+ Linnet, 1 Little Egret, 7 Shelduck, 6 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 10:15
Raven flying low and cronking, being chased by a Herring Gull. Neil Latham.

Hockley, Wadham Park Farm 12:25 to 12:30
6 Little Egret on farm field, 1 Buzzard. Tim Davis.

Billericay 12:40
12 Redwing at the top of large neighbouring tree, 2 Robin in garden daily, 1 Coal Tit. Marion Burch.

Two Tree Island East 14:00 to 15:30
Observations from settlebed beds hide: 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 11 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, c.12 Twite by seawall on opposite side of saltmarsh level with skate park. Ross Gardner.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:30 to 15:30
Multiple Reed Bunting pairs, Harrier (not sure if Marsh/Hen) on south east side of the main lagoon flying west across reeds. Ben Fleet.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:31
Short-eared Owl. Neil Cooper.

Southend, Wyatts Drive
2 Great White Egret on Thorpe Hall Golf Course (they always appear after the golf course floods), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet. Mark Sadler.

Wednesday 06th January 2021northerly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Southend, Priory Park 12:05 to 12:15
1 Kingfisher at the pond. Tim Davis.

Southend, Warners Bridge Park 12:55 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk perched over the brook. Tim Davis.

River Crouch towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 13:00 to 15:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 2 Robin, 1 Magpie, 1 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 9 Fieldfare, 2 female Reed Bunting, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Shelduck, 1 female Kingfisher, 1 pair Stonechat, 34 Mallard, 4 Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 1 Teal, 125+ Lapwing, 5 Little Grebe, 12 Wigeon, c.50 Redshank, 2 Cormorant, 2 Robin, 12 Turnstone, 44 Mute Swan. 1 Rabbit, 9 Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Hockley, Glencrofts 14:00
3 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 3 Magpie, 5 Blue Tit. Irwin lewis.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:30
Male and female Reed Bunting (multiple pairs). Ben Fleet.

Canvey Point 14:30 to 14:40
1 Eider (drake still on water feeding). Terry Blackwell.

North Fambridge 15:10 to 15:35
2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Meadow Pipit, 14 Lapwing, 50+ Wigeon, 17 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 19 Herring Gull, 10 Black-Headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 15:50 to 16:10
3 Kestrel, 2 Blackbird, 60+ Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 24 Starling, 23 Common Pheasant, 5 Red-Legged Partridge, 1 Dunnock, 1 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 05th January 2021northerly, rain, max3°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:30 to 12:45
1 juvenile Black-throated Diver (from RAWL hide), 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Robin, c.250 Wigeon, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15+ Gadwall, 75+ Coot, 1 Chiffchaff, 25+ Teal, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 10+ Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Shoveler, 1 male Chaffinch. Steve Jellett.

Thorpe Bay 11.00 to 12.00
male Green Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit. Irene Williamson.

Rochford, Ark Lane 11:45 to 12:30
1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tim Davis.

Canvey Point 13:30 to 14:30
1 Eider (drake), 8 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull, 137 Great Crested Grebe, 250+ Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin. Terry Blackwell.

Southend Airport Business Park 14:15
Group of 5 Twite. Steve Atkinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:00 to 15:25
61 Cormorant, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 4 Coot, 14 Greylag Geese, 6 Canada Geese, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Monday 04th January 2021northerly, rain, max5°c

Canvey Point 08:30 to 15:30
7 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 2 Skua sp. , 14 Gannet, 12 Kittiwake, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Peregrine, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 30+ Avocet, 500+ Grey Plover, 300+ Dunlin, 100+ Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Turnstone, 400+ Brent Geese. 3 Grey Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Sunday 03rd January 2021northerly, rain, max6°c

EWT Bluehouse Farm 08:15 to 10:30
Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Collard Dove, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Magpie, House Sparrow, (previous all around car park feeders), Wren, Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 6 Skylark, c.1000 Brent Goose, c.100 Canada Goose, c.200 Greylag Goose, 25 Mallard, c.100 Teal, 40 Wigeon, c.2000 Golden Plover (huge roost from 1st hide) 20 Grey Plover, c.1000 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen, 6 Coot, c.80 Carrion Crow, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit (showing nicely from 3rd hide), 6 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, c.30 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 11 Curlew, 2 Common Pheasant, Sanderling, Redshank, Dunlin, Cormorant, Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Turnstone. Noel Barnes.

Canvey Point 09:40 to 12:10
6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 2 Pochard, 8 Wigeon, 100+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kittiwake, 200+ Grey Plover, 150+ Knot, 600+ Dunlin, 12 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 16 Cormorant. 1 Skua sp. very distant. Terry Blackwell.

EWT Woodham Fen 12:30
1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Redwing. 3 Water Vole. Holly Forster.

Chelmsford, River Chelmer 13:00 to 13:30
1 Kingfisher perched by footbridge to Tesco’s, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Curlew which took flight over University campus. Tim Davis.

Paglesham 13:00 to 13:30
2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 40+ Woodpigeon, 5 Moorhen, 3 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Common Pheasant, 25 Starling. Robert Harris.

Rawreth, Carpenters Arms/Chelmsford Road 13:30
Great White Egret standing on roadside before flying very low over road into adjacent field. D. Warner.

Hockley, Glencrofts 14:40
Small flock of Redwing feeding on silver birches. Irwin lewis.

Saturday 02nd January 2021north westerly, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Paglesham 11:00 to 15:00
40+ White-fronted Geese with 2000+ Brent Geese Clements Marsh, 5 Goldeneye (two males Paglesham Reach area), 4 Goldeneye (2 males south end of Paglesham lagoon), 1 Pintail at north end of lagoon. Jeff Elliott, Steve Green.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 11:15 to 11:45
20 Fieldfare in and around garden. Russ Payne.

Southend Airport Business Park 11:40
1 Black Redstart. Tim Davis.

Friday 01st January 2021westerly, cloudy, max4°c

Thorpe Bay 09:00 to 09:05
1 male Sparrowhawk. Irene Williamson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:00 to 11:00
c.700 Teal, c.400 Wigeon, 23 Mute Swan, c.80 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 18 Coot, c.50 Mallard, 6 Cormorant, c.500 Brent Goose (more in flight), 20 Little Egret, Carrion Crow, c.400 Lapwing, 6 Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Robin, 2 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Common Pheasant, 4 Canada Goose, 12 Skylark, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Magpie, Wood Pigeon, 6 Goldfinch (in flight). Noel Barnes.

Canvey Point 09:40 to 11:40
4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 24 Common Scoter, 10 Teal, 84 Wigeon, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 1000+ Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 5 Redshank, 300+ Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew. Terry Blackwell.

Shoeburyness, Cranley Gardens 10:00
Green Woodpecker in the back garden. Matthew Elmer.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:30
4 Raven flew over the fresh water lagoon. David Lee.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:30 to 12:45
78 Wigeon, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 36 Mallard, 7 Coot, 43 Cormorant, 9 Carrion Crow, 180+ Canada Goose, 7 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Woodham Walter 13:00 to 13:05
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

Southend Airport Business Park 13:50
1 Black Redstart, fleeting view perched on fence surrounding large drainage ditch then dropped down into cover (TQ86107 89665), seen again on returning walk. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
60+ Cormorant, 100+ Black-Headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Great Black-Backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 100+ Canada Geese, 40+ Greylag Geese, 3 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 14:30 to 14:50
60+ Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel, 200+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 5 Magpie, 20+ Rook, 5 Common Pheasant, 6 Blue Tit, 8 Blackbird, 30+ Starling. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 15:10 to 15:25
36 Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 36 Wigeon, 30+ Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Collared Dove, 35 Woodpigeon, 7 Starling. Robert Harris.



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