South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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Sunday 28th May 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:22 to 12:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Cuckoo calling, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Swallow, 1 Pochard and Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 3 Little Egret, 2 Corn Bunting singing, group of 14 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 10:30 to 15:00
2 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck, 2 Avocet, 2 Curlew, 18 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Thundersley Common 14:50
Buzzard being mobbed by local crows drifting westward. Don Wildish.

Saturday 27th May 2017south south westerly, thunderstorm, partly cloudy, max24°c

Southend, North Avenue 08:10
Kestrel flying high over from Central Avenue towards Waitrose. S. Jackson.

Ramsden Heath 14:30
Red Kite - single adult over White Horse Pub. Carol Ledger.

Friday 26th May 2017easterly, clear, max23°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:00 to 06:30
2 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff. Robin Peppiatt.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:33 to 10:28
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 2 pairs of Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 pairs of Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 5 Cetti's Warbler present, 10+ House Martin Coryton, 1 Swallow, 3 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 5 Little Egret, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, pair of Linnet, 8 Mute Swan flew west (5 returning later). Richard Fahey.

Billericay 14:30
1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth on red valerian in garden. Marion Burch.

RSPB Canvey Wick 18:00 to 19:30
1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, a group of 20 Long-tailed Tit (around 6 adults, the rest fledglings), 1 Kestrel. Thomas Bradford.

Thursday 25th May 2017easterly, clear, max21°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:35 to 12:01
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Common Whitethroat (14 viewed), 4 Lapwing, 2 Blackcap (1 male viewed singing), 37 Reed Warbler (24 viewed), 1 Cuckoo (male heard only, distant), 5 Sedge Warbler (3 viewed), 1 Wigeon (drake), 38 Avocet, 6 Bearded Tit (including 2 juveniles), 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern, 5 Cetti's Warbler (1 showing well), 5 Great Crested Grebe (including 2 pairs), 19 Long-tailed Tit (together), 33 Starling (juveniles together). Brimstone, Small Heath, Peacock, Wall, Common Blue. Jeff Kinnerman.

Gunners Park 09:20
1 Cuckoo calling from dead tree before flying off still calling. John Pitts.

Braintree, Ranks Green 14:00
1 Red Kite. Alan.

Stambridge 16:50 to 17:30
From footpath 4 opposite Stambridge Memorial Hall: 35+ House Martin active around nests on care home, 6 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo - male heard towards Hampton Barns, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail - pair gathering food, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Blackcap singing, 1 Corn Bunting singing. 2 Painted Lady and several Holly Blue butterflies. David Selley.

Southchurch Park
3 Coot chicks hatched now on Cafe side of pond. All 3 eggs lost on Coot nest at opposite side on pond. Robert Dobinson.

Wednesday 24th May 2017variable, clear, max25°c

River Roach (N), Mill Lane-Paglesham Lagoon-Hampton Barns, 07:20 to 12:18
1 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Blackcap (1 viewed), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cuckoo (male), 3 Little Egret, 5 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Grey Plover (together, all in non summer plumage), 14 Turnstone (together, 5 in summer plumage, 1 ringed in the Netherlands), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Jay. Paglesham Lagoon: 12 Cormorant, 20+ Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Shoveler (drake), 3 Sedge Warbler (2 viewed), 8 Common Tern. 3 Brown Hare, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Large White, Common Blue. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 10:25 to 13:35
Herring Gull, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Starling, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Mallard, Great Tit, Robin, Yellowhammer, 10 Whitethroat, 30 Brent Geese, Sedge Warbler, 6 Little Egret, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, 8 Redshank, 12 Common Tern, 4 Shelduck, 8 Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Common Gull, 1 Avocet, Wren, Kestrel, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Pheasant, Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Swift. Adder. Peacock, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small White, Brimstone, Large White. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:30 to 13:00
4 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel. 1 Stoat, 1 Grass Snake. Peacock, Holly Blue, Small White. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:30 to 13:30
2 Buzzard being mobbed by Crow over garden. Numerous Holly Blue Photo available - click here. Red Damselfly on pond Photo available - click here. Graham & Kris Mee
Buzzards over garden

RSPB Vange Marsh 12:30 to 14:30
4 Goldfinch, 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush (heard), 2 Wren, 3 Robin, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Blackcap (heard), 7 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 5 House Sparrow, Blue Tit, 2 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Cuckoo (heard), Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), Pied Wagtail, Numerous Whitethroat (heard), 22 Greylag Geese, 16 Canada Geese, Little Egret, Grey Heron Photo available - click here, 12 Mallard, 10 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, c.60 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Common Buzzard. 3 Peacock butterfly. Denis Warren.

Shoeburyness, Church Road 15:10
Red-legged Partridge Photo available - click here touring our garden this afternoon, a delight to watch for five minutes. Jill and John Parsons.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:30 to 17:00
2 Wren, 4 Blackbird, Song Thrush (heard), Mistle Thrush (heard), Great Tit, 30 Greylag Geese, 25 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard, 12 Gadwall Photo available - click here, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 7 Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, c.100 Coot, 6 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Kestrel, Cuckoo (heard). Speckled Wood Butterfly. Denis Warren.

North Shoebury 20:25
3 House Martin in the locale. Terry Strong.

Braintree, Ranks Green
2 Red Kite. Alan.

Tuesday 23rd May 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh,07:49 to 12:53
11 Common Whitethroat, 6 Cetti's Warbler (1 viewed), 35 Reed Warbler (15 viewed), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 31 Avocet, 7 Sedge Warbler (5 viewed), 1 Wigeon (drake), 2 Little Egret, 6 Reed Bunting (including 2 juveniles), 4 Bearded Tit (adult male with 3 juveniles), 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Cuckoo (male), 4 Swift, 10 Swallow (together), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 4 Common Tern (together), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 8 Skylark. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hockley, Potash Garden Centre 13:55
2 Buzzard over. Graham & Kris Mee.

Monday 22nd May 2017variable, clear, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:02 to 11:30
2 Avocet, 1 Great Crested Grebe on Holehaven Creek, 3 Common Tern on Holehaven Creek, 3 Marsh Harrier (male and female later at Coryton), c.7 Cuckoo singles/pairs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing Manorway Fleet, 1 Chiffchaff at Manorway Fleet, 1 Swallow, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 4 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, Little Grebe present Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, c.7 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park 08:25
1 Cormorant on the island drying its wings, then flying off toward the estuary. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:45
2 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover seen from the Old Saltings viewpoint. David Davies.

Billericay 11:00
1 Red Kite soaring high above gardens again. Marion Burch.

Daws Heath 12:15
1 Common Buzzard over garden, mobbed by Crow and Hobby. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB Vange Marsh 12:30 to 14:00
1 Garganey by viewing screen, 1 Wood Sandpiper. Mick Roe.

Sunday 21st May 2017south south west, mainly clear, max19°c

Basildon, Norsey Wood 05:00
Tawny Owl calling. Michael Sullivan.

Hockley Woods 08:00
Nightingale calling. Michael Sullivan.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 12:05
6 Swallow (included 3 on passage), 1 House Martin west Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Owl, 1 male Yellowhammer present, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff at Coryton, 1 Common Buzzard, 6 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 5 Little Egret, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Redshank. Richard Fahey.

EWT Two Tree Island 09:45 to 13:17
Herring Gull, Starling, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Whitethroat, Swift, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Great Tit, Robin, Goldfinch, Nightingale, Black-headed Gull, Wren, Linnet, Sedge Warbler, Dunnock, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Coot, Greenfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Mallard, Moorhen, Pheasant, Magpie, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Swallow, 50+ Brent Geese, Blue Tit, Little Grebe, Common Gull, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Southchurch Park 10:00
2 Coot chicks Photo available - click here hatched on Cafe side/near bridge, one on water being fed by Dad and back on nest, one just hatched under Mum. Robert Dobinson./p>

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00 to 12:00
1 Common Crane on Wennington Marsh - flew in from north at 10.30am, settled into western fields. 2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wheatear. Andrew Gouldstone.

Southend, Matalan 10:30
1 Hobby over store. David Chivers.

RSPB Canvey West Marsh 11:00 to 12:45
7 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Carrion Crow, 1 Rook,1 Lapwing, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 heard only), 4+ Whitethroat (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 2 Linnet. 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 20+ Small Heath Butterflies, 4 Peacock, 2 Common Blue (my first this year). Steve RJ.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 11:30 to 14:00
1 Crane west of Butts hide, 3 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler. Mick Roe.

Saturday 20th May 2017south westerly to easterly, scattered clouds, max19°c

Billericay, Queen's Park Country Park 06:30 to 9:10
10+ Woodpigeon, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Blackcap, 3 Jay, 2 Robin, 2 Chiffchaff (many others singing), 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 5 Bullfinch (two pairs + single male), 7 Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 2 Cormorant, 1 Linnet, 3 Carrion Crow, 8 Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Starling, 2 Pheasant, 2 House Sparrow, 7 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, heard only: Song Thrush, Skylark, Dunnock, Wren, Jackdaw, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler (last 2 very distant). 3 Grey Squirrel, 1 Muntjac. Ben and John Mapp.

Rochford 07:50 to 08:10
7 Swift and 11 House Martin over North Street. David Selley.

Priory Park 11:30 to 13:00
12 Mallard, 3 Blackbird, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Tit 2 Blue Tit, 4 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 2 Long-tailed Tit. 1 Brown Rat. 10 Blue tailed Damselfly, 1 Azure, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue. Steve RJ.

Thundersley Common 12:13
Red kite drifting west. Sparrowhawk over garden also 2 swifts. Don Wildish.

River Roach Seal Trip 15:30 to 18:00
2 Little Egret, 4 Avocet. 25 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Friday 19th May 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max14°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:00
Starling fledglings Photo available - click here being fed by adults (on exactly the same date as last year!) Graham & Kris Mee.

Southchurch, Kensington Road 22:15
1 Badger feeding on peanuts under bird feeder. Robert Dobinson.

Thursday 18th May 2017variable, scattered clouds, rain, max16°c

No reports received for today.

Wednesday 17th May 2017easterly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:40 to 11:05
2 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, pair of Oystercatcher, 3 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 3 Cuckoo present, 3 male Blackcap Coryton, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Corn Bunting, 10+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Priory Park 12:00
Water vole watched for about 10 minutes. Peter Walker.

Billericay 16:30
1 Red Kite flying high over gardens in Stock Road. Marion Burch.

Great Wakering, Star Lane 17:15
Red Kite over. Luke Clark.

Tuesday 16th May 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

Southend, Central Avenue 07:00
Swift flying over. S.Jackson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:59 to 12:07
3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 5 Common Whitethroat, 16 Reed Warbler (3 viewed), 2 Swallow, 6 Lapwing, 8 Redshank, 63 Avocet (with 6 young), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 28 Gadwall (together), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon (drake), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Greenfinch (together), 1 Nightingale (heard only, bridle path). 1 Red Fox, 1 Northern Water Vole (south west of reserve). Small Heath, Wall, Small Tortoiseshell. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 12:45 and 17:15
2 Coot chicks with adults, 2 Moorhen chicks with adults, 3 Mallard duckling. First Yellow Flag Iris open by brook near footbridge. Robert Dobinson.

Barling Magna Millennium Park 09:44 to 11:20
Collared Dove, Magpie, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Robin, Wren, Cuckoo, Little Egret, Swallow, Moorhen, Mallard, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Goldfinch. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:20 and again at 14:15
Pair of Hobby calling over garden. Graham Mee.

Barling Magna to Sea Wall 11:30 to 12:35
Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Magpie, Collared Dove, Starling, Green Woodpecker, Robin, Cuckoo, Herring Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Chaffinch, 10 Swallow, Goldfinch, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Meadow Pipit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Shelduck, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Jackdaw. Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Large White. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 16:00
96.Black-Tailed Godwit, 8 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 6 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 6 Common Tern, 1 Marsh Harrier (male). David Shepherd.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 13:20 to 13:25
1 Buzzard over garden drifting east. Graham Mee.

Leigh on Sea, Pall Mall 14:40 to 15:15
2+ Jackdaw - pair with audible young nesting on my brother-in-law's roof, 5 Swift. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:45
5 Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Swallow, 2 Swift, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Pheasant, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Lapwing, 8 Tufted Duck, 12 Herring Gull. Lisa

Paglesham 19:20
4 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail. Lisa.

Monday 15th May 2017southerly, light rain, max19°c

Rochford Golf Course 12:30
1 Common Tern diving on the pond. Ian Smith.

Foulness Island 12:30
2 House Martin of roof. Trevor Waterhouse.

Sunday 14th May 2017westerly to south westerly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:25 to 12:28
3 Swallow (included Coryton pair), 1 male Yellowhammer present, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Cuckoo present, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing Coryton, 4 Pochard and 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker near Fobbing village, 3 Corn Bunting. 1 Orange-tip. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 10:00 to 11:55
Cupids Chase to seawall: 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 3 male Cuckoo, 1 Turtle Dove (probably 2) heard from both the south railway crossing and from the "new" footbridge, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 7 Nightingale, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat. Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall and Peacock butterflies. David Selley.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 15:00 to 16:30
1 drake Garganey (my first sighting of this beautiful bird), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby. Numerous Marsh Frog - very vocal and visible. Marion Burch.

Saturday 13th May 2017south westerly, scattered clouds, max18°

Thurrock, EWT Thameside Nature Park 10:00 to 13:00
Carrion Crow, Magpie, Mallard, Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Dunnock, Starling, Greylag Goose, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, 30+ Shelduck, Black-headed Gull, Rook, Herring Gull, Linnet, Cormorant, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Robin, Common Tern, Redshank, Common Gull, House Sparrow, Collared Dove. M.Hill & S.Jackson.

River Roach Seal Trip, 10:00 to 15:00
2 Greylag Goose, 15 Shelduck Photo available - click here, 2 Marsh Harrier on Wallasea, 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbing one of the Marsh Harrier), 8 Avocet, 22 Redshank, 10 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (flew over to Foulness), 18 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Wakering Stairs 16:10
2 Painted Lady butterflies in off the sea together at Haven Point. David Selley.

Hullbridge 16:30
4 Swift over Hullbridge. Steve RJ.

Friday 12th May 2017southerly, scattered clouds, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:55 to 10:28
2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 4 Swallow (including pair Coryton), 2 House Martin, c.4 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing Coryton, 1 Lapwing, pair of Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe on creek (seems odd here now, so think migrant), 3 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present. Richard Fahey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:20
9 Blackbird - 2 pairs nest building and 5 fledged young still present from their earlier broods. David Selley.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 15:00
2 Common Whitethroat - 2 birds singing (first birds of the year at last ! - 3 weeks late). Robin Peppiatt.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:30
140 Black-Tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male), 20+ Swift. David Shepherd.

Foulness Island 16:40
Male Siskin on feeders. Steve Giles.

Thursday 11th May 2017easterly, partly cloudy, max16°c

Hockley 00:12 to 00:29
1 Badger and 2 Foxes feeding together on peanuts under the security lights in our front garden, but the Badger made the Foxes keep their distance. George.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 07:54 to 13:53
Estuary: 2 Reed Warbler (1 viewed), 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Sandwich Tern (together), 1 Common Tern, 2 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage), 1 Avocet, 1 Wheatear (male), 3 Meadow Pipit (including juvenile), 1 Great Crested Grebe. RSPB Rainham Marshes: 20+ Lapwing, 2 Cuckoo (together), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (viewed singing), 28 Reed Warbler (9 viewed), 8 Sedge Warbler (4 viewed), 5 Cetti's Warbler (2 viewed), 1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Marsh Harrier (pair hunting), 10+ Redshank, c.14 Swift (together), 2 Swallow, 5 Reed Bunting (males), 3 Skylark, 1 Ring Ouzel (female, SW of reserve), 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Whimbrel (together, Purfleet Scrape), 2 Little Ringed Plover (together, Purfleet Scrape). 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip (male). Marsh Frog (in abundance, heard only, SW of reserve). Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park 14:00 to 15:15
Pair Mute Swan with 5 cygnets Photo available - click here, 6 Coot Photo available - click here, Pied Wagtail. Graham Mee.

Bicknacre, EWT Thrift Wood 14:30 to 15:30
2 Nightingale (both singing and chasing each other), 2 Whitethroat (heard). Steve RJ.

Wakering Stairs 17:20 to 18:00
Stairs road only: 1 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Nightingale, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting. David Selley.

Foulness Island 19:15 to 19:45
6 Brown Hare chasing each other, also later in garden Blue Tit fledgling, Song Thrush and many Swallow. Steve Giles.

Wednesday 10th May 2017easterly, scattered clouds, max16°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:00
1 Cuckoo, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, 2 Swift, 1 Chiffchaff, NB: All of the usual summer migrants have been seen, this year, in the garden with the exception of Common and Lesser whitethroats. Common Whitethroats usually arrive about 22nd April and there are usually 3-4 singing birds that "scratch" their way through the Summer. As yet none have been heard: I'm hoping they have been held up across the channel by the run of northerlies over the last three weeks and not, as I fear, indication of a population crash this year. Robin Peppiatt.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:50 to 08:15
2 Swift, 7 Swallow - all singles going east. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 11:25
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, c.5 Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 1 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Corn Bunting singing. Richard Fahey.

Priory Park 13:00
1 Grey Heron flying over towards Southend. Tommy.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 16:00
2 Ringed Plover, 12 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing (displaying flight), 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (taking insects in flight), Cuckoo calling on the old tip, also Nightingale singing on there too. David Shepherd.

Foulness Island 17:00 to 18:00
2 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, c.50 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Cuckoo, c.40 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, c.20 Linnet, male Reed Bunting. Steve Giles.

Tuesday 09th May 2017easterly, mostly cloudy, max11°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:50 to 13:04
3 Greenfinch, 12 Common Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl, 99 Avocet (with 6 young), 23 Swallow, 4 Reed Bunting (all males), c.55 Black-tailed Godwit (together), 2 Yellow Wagtail (together), 4 Lapwing, 12 Swift, 3 Bearded Tit (male and 2 females together), 2 Common Sandpiper (together), 2 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Greenshank (East Haven Viewpoint), 1 Cetti's Warbler (showed well singing), 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Kestrel, 33 Reed Warbler (including 8 viewed), 3 Skylark, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 2 Teal (pair), 1 Blackcap (male singing). 1 Wall Butterfly. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hockley 10:50
2 fledgling Blackbird having a bath in our garden pond, first young birds seen this year. George.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:00
1 Red Kite going NE. Looked up thanks to noise from the local crows. David Selley.

EWT Fingringhoe Wick 12:00 to 16:00
2 Turtle Dove, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cuckoo heard, several Nightingale heard, 1 Bullfinch. J.Howell.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 16:15
Stock Dove feeding at sunflower tray, first record for garden, Song Thrush singing at 11:15 on Hambro Hill this morning. John Attfield.

Monday 08th May 2017northerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Hullbridge 16:30
Female Sparrowhawk sitting in tree in garden, moved on still hungry. Steve RJ.

Romford, Gallows Corner 17:15
Hobby over. Michael Sullivan.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 18:25
Peregrine Falcon drifted over garden and was then mobbed by a Hobby. Graham & Kris Mee.

Sunday 07th May 2017northerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:20 to 12:25
1 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 3 House Martin, 9 Swallow, 1 Little Owl, 1 Nightingale singing, 1 drake Teal flying east Coryton, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Cuckoo (3 pairs), 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 3 Pochard, 1 little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, c.6 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 09:30 to 15:06
1 Common Buzzard, c.100 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat, 8+ House Martin, 40+ Swift, 2 Lapwing, 5 Avocet, 2 Reed Warbler (together), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 1 Snipe, 4 Wigeon (3 drakes, 1 female), 13 Greenshank (together), 2 Sand Martin, 1 Wood Sandpiper (NE of lagoon), 1 Bearded Tit (male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo (old tip), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (viewed). 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip (male), 2 Peacock. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:30 to 13:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, Swift, Swallow. Mick Roe.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 17:50
2 Swift over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Saturday 06th May 2017east north east, partly cloudy, max16°c

Wakering Stairs 07:30 to 09:00
2 Little Egret, 2 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Cuckoo (female), 11 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (both drilling and seen near the test bridge), 1 Robin, 2 Wren, 15 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Curlew, 3 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch (all in one small flock), 5 Starling. Noel Barnes.

Gunners Park 10:00 to 11:00
1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Whitethroat, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin. Richard Mander.

Foulness Island 10:40 to 10:45
3 young Robin being fed by parents in garden. Steve Giles.

Leigh-on-Sea, Tattersall Gardens 11:20 to 11.23
4 Swift. Martin Johnson.

Southchurch Park 12:15 and 17:45
5 Mute Swan cygnets on water feeding and then safely back on island with mum and dad. Robert Dobinson.

Benfleet Downs 14:00 to 16:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo (heard), 6 Whitethroat (heard), 2 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie. 4 Wall, 5 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 12 Green-veined White, 7 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 6 Small Heath, 4 Large Red Damselflies, 20+ Azure, 4 Blue-tailed. Steve RJ.

Wakering Stairs 15:15 to 16:50
Cupid's Chase to seawall: 2 Shelduck (pair), 1 Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo, 7 Nightingale (4 singing from hawthorn thickets by the footbridges, at least 2 more from beyond the MoD boundary fence, 1 by the footpath railway crossing), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Speckled Wood, Wall, and Orange Tip (male and female) butterflies. David Selley.

Southchurch, Castleton Road 18:00
4 Swift over our house. Richard Mander.

Friday 05th May 2017east north east, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Westcliff on Sea, Southborough Drive 08:15
Jackdaw flying towards Chalkwell Park calling. S. Whitaker.

Mill Lane-Paglesham Lagoon and Return to Hampton Barns 08:26 to 15:31
1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Swift, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Common Whitethroat, 11 Swallow, 6 Stock Dove, 6 Reed Bunting, 6+ Redshank, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile), 4 Greenfinch, 8 Grey Plover, 1 Skylark, 10 Dunlin (in summer plumage), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Common Tern, 2 Common Buzzard (singles, one mobbed by 2 Hobby near Paglesham Lagoon), 2 Hobby, 1 Jay, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 White Wagtail (together, male showing well on path at Hampton Barns), 3 Brown Hare. Paglesham Lagoon: c.30 House Martin, 11 Swift, 80+ Swallow, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 2 Yellow Wagtail (together), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Teal (female), 1 Marsh Harrier (female hunting over lagoon), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (both heard only), 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Gadwall (pair), Shoveler, Tufted Duck, 18 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron. Orange tip. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:00
1 Wheatear, 1 Swift, 1 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Nightingale seen and singing well at Manorway Fleet, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Coryton, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pochard and 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, pair of Corn Bunting, group of 10 Shelduck west of track. 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange-tip. Richard Fahey.

Gunners Park 09:45 to 12:45
Black-headed Gull, Starling, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Whitethroat, Herring Gull, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Robin, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Mallard, Coot, House Martin, Swallow, Shelduck, Redshank, Common Gull, Song Thrush, Mute Swan, Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Oystercatcher, Dunlin. Orange Tip, Small White, Red Admiral, Peacock. Name: M.Hill & S.Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:00
2 Linnet, 6 Shelduck, 1 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Spoonbill (on the NE side of the big lagoon south of the conveyor), 2 Little Egret, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Pheasant. Richard Mander.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 17:00
1 Swift flew over. Ian Smith.

Southchurch Park 17:30
4-5 Mute Cygnets hatched and on nest. Robert Dobinson.

Thursday 04th May 2017north easterly, overcast, max13°c

Two Tree Island 06:30 to 07:50
11 Redshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Avocet, 20 Black-headed Gull, 5 Oystercatcher, 12 Shelduck, 9 Canada Goose, 20 Curlew, 2 Coot, 3 Greenshank, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 Song Thrush, Cuckoo, 25 Whitethroat, 12 Blackbird, 5 Dunnock, 9 Greenfinch, 4 Robin, 4 Wren, 4 Mallard, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 30 Woodpigeon, 12 Magpie, 22 Brent Goose, 4 Common Gull. Noel Barnes.

Chelmsford, Canal at Wharf Road 09:30
1 Sedge Warbler singing furiously on three prolonged occasions from deep cover overhanging the canal. Seen at close quarters approx. 7-8 feet. Anthony Hood.

Southchurch Park 12:40
1 Mute Cygnet hatched and on the nest under mum. Robert Dobinson.

Priory Park 15:00
Grey Heron. This bird has been seen several times over the past few weeks. On 4th May I observed it fishing from floating planks of wood. I saw it catch two small fish (both roach I think) by the means of diving into water that was too deep for it to stand up in, flap/clamber back onto the plank and turn the fish and swallow it. Being on the plank enabled it to drift about in the wind and so cover a much greater area of water than would have been available to it if it had just been standing in the shallows. Impressive learned behaviour. Peter Walker.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:15
1 Swift. David Lee.

Wednesday 03rd May 2017north easterly, rain, max11°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 10:55
2 Whimbrel, 4 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail at Manorway Fleet, 4 male Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 3 Pairs of Pochard and 2 pairs of Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Lapwing, 1 pair of Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 20 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 12:45 and 17:15
50+ Swallow and 50+ House Martin feeding on mass above the water, 4 Moorhen chicks being fed by parents only 20ft away, 4-5 Coot chicks on north bank being fed by parents who were flying over to me for feed. Robert Dobinson.

Southend 15:25
12 House Martin over B&Q car park. David Selley.

Tuesday 02nd May 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max16°c

No reports received for this day.

Monday 01st May 2017east south east, scattered clouds, max16°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:15 to 10:55
Hide and scrape only: ]1 House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 1 Common Tern, Bearded Tit heard, pair of Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 17 Pochard, a few Tufted Duck, a few Little Grebe, pair of Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Cuckoo heard. Richard Fahey.

Stanford-Le-Hope, Gable Hall School 11:00
Possible (due to its light grey appearance with no white on the face and grey belly) 1st summer male Red-Footed Falcon flew over the school towards Coryton low and fast. Aston Phillips.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:30 to 13:30
1 Black Tern, 20+ Common Tern (from Point Hide), 1 Little Ringed Plover (on Island from Point Hide), c.6 Common Swift, 1 Marsh Harrier (Rawl Hide), many Blackcap in woodlands and Swallow on Reservoir, 1 Mistle Thrush in car park. Martin & Marie Singleton.

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