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January 2019

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Southchurch Park East 08:45 and 12:45
1 Water Rail feeding in reeds close to bank edge, r/hand of crooked tree. Robert Dobinson.

Two Tree Island 09:43 to 13:03
2 Greenfinch, 5 Meadow Pipit, 38 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone, 31 Grey Plover, 25 Avocet, 2 Grey Heron, c.150 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe (together, lagoon), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.1000 Dunlin, 1000+ Knot, 102 Curlew, 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Fieldfare (together), 4 Little Egret (together), 1 Peregrine Falcon. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 13:30
2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 2 Reed Bunting. 1 Red Fox. Mick Roe.

EWT Warley Place 12:30
1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 21 Blue Tit, 12 Great Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Wren. Lynn Morris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:30
4 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 200+ Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 60+ Rook, 23 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Pheasant, 40+ Woodpigeon, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Lapwing. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:15 to 15:30
50+ Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 9 Snipe, 3 Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal. David Shepherd.

Thursday 17th January 2019north westerly, clear, max12°c

Hanningfield, EWT Crowsheath Wood 10:00 to 11:30
1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 10+ Blackbird, 15+ Blue Tit, 20+ Great Tit, 4 Carrion Crow (over), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 2 Jay, 1 Magpie, 4 Robin, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Cherry Orchard Park Lake 12:10
1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker. lynn Morris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30 to 13:30
Scrape only: 13 Cormorant, 4 Shoveler, 60+ Lapwing (put up by Sparrowhawk), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Grey Heron. David Shepherd.

Shoebury Park 14:00
2 Egyptian Goose, 10 House Sparrow, 15 Black-headed Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, 1 Blackbird, 1 Magpie, 20+ Mallard, 8 Herring Gull, 4 Moorhen, 2 Coot. Michael Guilford.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
200+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 1 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Pied Wagtail, 27 Lapwing, 60+ Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 26 Great Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40+ Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 40+ Teal, 15 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Benfleet Downs/Hadleigh Castle 14:00 to 16:30
2 Goldcrest near SE corner gate/cattle grid, 1 Marsh Harrier along seawall borrowdyke, 200+ Brent Geese on field between railway and seawall, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, several Wren, countless Woodpigeon on fields and in trees. Peter Bowden.

Wednesday 16th January 2019south south westerly, mostly cloudy, showers, max12°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:20 to 12:06
20 Redwing (together), 50 Pintail, 9 Fieldfare (together), 5 Greenfinch, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 350+ Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 2 Ruff, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 35 Pochard, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Gull, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:20 to 13:37
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 17 Cormorant, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk. Jeff Kinnerman.  

Tuesday 15th January 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Priory Park, Prittlebrook 08:30
Grey Wagtail feeding in brook near Victoria avenue by bridge. Noel Barnes.

Hadleigh Downs 08:48 to 10:54
17 House Sparrow, c.424 Brent Goose (on field), 2 Common Buzzard (together), 2 Stonechat (pair near Castle), 2 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 10:30 to 12:00
Kendal Park: 2 Jay, 2 Magpie, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 6 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 50+ Woodpigeon, 25+ Collared Dove, 4 Carrion Crow. 6+ Grey Squirrel. River Crouch (towards Battlesbridge): 15+ Redshank, 2 Curlew, 9 Lapwing, 58 Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 30 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 16 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher. Steve Jellett.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:50 to 11:20
27 Lapwing - groups of 12, 6, and 9 flying northwest. David Selley.

Hockley Woods 12:17 to 14:12
1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 4 Jay, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:30
2 Barnacle Geese among the Canada's from the causeway. Pete Jackson.

Monday 14th January 2019north westerly, cloudy, showers, max8°c

A127 08:45
Red Kite mobbed by crows and 2 magpies 500m after Laindon turn off London bound. Noel Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:30
1 Green Sandpiper, c.14 Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 6 Gadwall [Coryton], 2 Shoveler [Coryton], 4 Shelduck, 100+ Lapwing, 13 Curlew, c.9 Redwing, 2 Little Grebe [singles on creek and Manorway Fleet], 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:30
200+ Wigeon, 50+ Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, 4 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 5 Shelduck, 18 Lapwing, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female). David Shepherd.

Little Leighs, Church Lane 14:05
1 Goldcrest in trees at edge of lane. Ben & Denise Matz.

Sunday 13th January 2019westerly (windy), mostly cloudy, max12°c

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 15:20
8 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Bewick's Swan, 2 Scaup, 1 Smew (Red Head}, 3 Goldeneye, 130+ Cormorant, 3 Linnet, 50+ Goosander, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 60+ Mute Swan, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 2 Swan Geese. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 11:30 to 11:45
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 45 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 4 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 15:00
1 Great White Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 60+ Goosander, 2 Smew and several Goldeneye. Richard Shepherd.

Southchurch Park 14:45 to 16:15
1 Mute Swan cygnet, after a lot of toing and froing, left the pond between 2.45-4.15pm. Last one of the original 6 this year to leave. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 12th January 2019westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 12:45
1 Mute Swan flew off just after dawn, one more flew toward estuary at 8.30am, so 1 cygnet now left to depart the pond, 1 Water Rail in the edge of the reedbed feeding, r/hand of crooked tree. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:15
40+ Mallard, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon, 19 Canada Geese, 17 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:20
2 Blackbird, 16 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Common Pheasant, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Moorhen, 36 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Friday 11th January 2019west north west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 14:15
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 200+ Lapwing, 250+ Golden Plover, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher, 60+ Redshank, 100+ Dunlin, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Shelduck, 50+ Teal, 34 Mallard, 100+ Corn Bunting, 40+ Linnet, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Blackbird, 150+ Woodpigeon, 5 Mute Swan, 16 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 200+ Starling, 23 Herring Gull, 10 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

Foulness Island 14:20 to 15:00
2 Common Buzzard, Short-eared Owl, 5 Little Egret, c.50 Fieldfare, c.20 Redwing. Steve Giles.

Wakering Stairs 15:20 to 16:30
48 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 3 Green Sandpiper, a few each of Redshank, Oystercatcher and Curlew, c.50 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 30+ Blackbird, 2 Stonechat, 6 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting. 1 Grey Seal, 1 Common Seal. David Selley.

Thursday 10th January 2019north westerly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:27 to 11:58
1 Water Rail [seen by end of the north fleet], 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Avocet, 20+ Lapwing, c.10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, c.25 Wigeon, 70+ Teal, 7 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 2 Shoveler [on fleet by east fence], 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 20+ Redwing, 5+ Fieldfare, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

RHS Hyde Hall Garden 12:00 to 14:40
3 Little Grebe and 9 Gadwall on the "new" lake, 65 Fieldfare, 7 Mistle Thrush, 9 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush. David Selley.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:10 to 13:25
9 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Pheasant, 12 Blackbird, 5 Blue Tit, 100+ Woodpigeon, 16 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

A130 14:15
1 Short-eared Owl perched in roadside bushes south side half way between Rettendon and Chelmsford. Denis Warren.

North Fambridge 14:30 to 14:50
16 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 33 Dunlin, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover, 1 Little Grebe, 60+ Brent Geese, 16 Herring Gull, 4 Collared Dove, 5 Blackbird, 40+ Woodpigeon, 2 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh Weir 15:20
10 Siskin feeding on birch catkins on the north side of Homebase car park, (by the ambulance station). David Selley.

Wednesday 09th January 2019north north westerly, partly cloudy, max6°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:47 to 14:48
2 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, c.30 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 White-fronted Goose (with Greylag and Canada Geese), 275 Lapwing, 17 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 5 Greenfinch (together), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Skylark, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 27 Pochard, 7 Pintail (three drakes, four females), 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Bearded Tit (male), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel (female), 2 Yellowhammer (pair, SW of reserve), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman, David Lee.

Canvey Point 11:10 to 13:00
12 Red-throated Diver, 170+ Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Brent Geese, 70 Knot, 500+ Dunlin, 30 Grey Plover, 8 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 25+ Cormorant, 1 Peregrine Falcon. 4 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Two Tree Island 14:00 to 15:30
Massive flock of 2000-3000 Knot and Dunlin with some Grey Plover and Turnstone, 30 Redshank, 8 Avocet all on the scrape, c.100 Brent Geese on the adjoining creek, 6 Pochard, 15 Teal, 2 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier. Denis Warren.

Foulness Island 15:00 to 15:30
Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, c.250 each of Lapwing and Golden Plover in same field. Steve Giles.

Tuesday 08th January 2019north westerly, clear, max9°c

Hadleigh Castle, West Side Downs 11:00 to 12:30
4 Greenfinch, 3 Dunnock, 12 Blackbird, 3 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Jay, 4 Magpie, 7 Moorhen, 2 Coot. 2 Rabbit. Denis Warren.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30
Lapwing heard but not seen, 10+ Curlew on marsh, 2 Teal, 3 Wigeon, large flock of Rook and Jackdaw in flight. Gill Edwards.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:45 to 15:30
6 Mallard, 25 Teal, 16 Pochard, 8 Pintail, c.100 Canada Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, c.400 Lapwing, 8 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Blackbird, Bearded Tit (heard), c.50 Starling. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:50
2 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black=backed Gull, 24 Shoveler, 32 Mallard, 5 Coot, 36 Teal, 60+ Cormorant, 300+ Woodpigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 250+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese. Robert Harris.

Monday 07th January 2019west south west, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Hockley 08:45
Merlin flying low over stubble fields hunting Meadow Pipits. Neil Latham.

Canvey Point 13:10 to 14:45
5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 6 Gannet, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 200+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield, EWT Crowsheath Wood 14:00
Siskins in the trees feeding and a stock dove in the same tree. Gareth Powell.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:30 to 14:50
1 Common Buzzard, 300+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 12 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Common Pheasant, 1 Blue Tit, 24 Moorhen, 100+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 15:40 to 16:00
2 Blackbird, 15 Woodpigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 80+ Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher, 40+ Golden Plover, 50+ Lapwing, 60+ Wigeon, 25 Herring Gull, 2 Redshank. Robert Harris.

Sunday 06th January 2019variable, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Canvey Point 08:50 to 11:40
23 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 23 Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 220+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:30
15+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 5 Gadwall [Coryton], 6 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 10+ Shelduck, 300+ Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 20+ Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
7 White-fronted Geese (by pools, seen from 1st gate nr picnic tables), many Canada and Greylag Geese, 30+ Fieldfare, 4 Marsh Harrier (at least 2 birds male and female), 12+ Pintail, 20+ Pochard, many Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, 2 Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal. Peter Bowden.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 14:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Mick Roe.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:50 to 15:05
250+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Carrion Crow, 3 Moorhen, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, Dunnock. Robert Harris.

Saturday 05th January 2019north westerly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Canvey Point 08:50 to 11:15
45 Gannet, 21 Red-throated Diver (one in summer Plumage), 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck, 200+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:30 to 11:45
50+ Coot, 2 Moorhen, 3 Gadwall, 50+ Mallard, 21 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 60+ Teal, 40+ Shoveler, 6 Lapwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Barnacle Geese, 300+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Woodpigeon, 36 Cormorant, 140+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Friday 04th January 2019westerly, mostly cloudy, max4°c

Chelmsford, High Street 07:05
c.200 Pied Wagtail roosting in tree outside Debenhams. Tim Davis.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:00pm to 12:40
Young female Mute Swan with a red ring on its right leg, 1 Water Rail walking around the left hand side on top of the grass bank/usual area, in clear view 15ft away. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:28
20+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 7 Gadwall [Coryton], 1 Shoveler [Coryton], 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 100+ Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Stonechat, 20+ Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Skylark, 4 Little Grebe [2 each on creek and Manorway Fleet], 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Hadleigh Castle Country Park 10:25 to 12:42
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Greenfinch (together), 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Foulness Island 10:50 to 11:00
Ringtail Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, c.50 Fieldfare. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:15
4 Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenshank, 24 Shoveler, 27 Teal, 50+ Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 60+ Cormorant, 4 Magpie, 14 Mallard, 9 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Eastwood Brook 13:11 to 13:31
1 Kingfisher. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Terling, Owls Hill 13:50
1 Red Kite being mobbed by Jackdaws. Ben and Denise Matz.

Rettendon 15:00 to 15:05
2 Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Wakering Stairs 15:30 to 16:05
1 Buzzard, 40 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler. David Selley.

Barling, Barrow Hall Road 16:15
1 Kestrel and 1 Little Owl sitting on adjacent roadside telephone poles. David Selley.

Thursday 03rd January 2019north westerly, partly cloudy, max6°c

Canvey Point 08:30 to 11:15
27 Gannet (all actively feeding), 14 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Eider, 3 Shelduck, 200+ Great Crested Grebe (1 group of 181), 100+ Brent Geese, 20+ Cormorant. 5 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch East Park 08:30 to 16:15
3 young Mute Swan (interlopers) doing circuits of both parks, 1 Mute Swan male from S. East Pk on estuary & flying back, 1 lone adult Mute Swan also offshore, so maybe a new pair for S. East Pk forming. 5 Mute Swan cygnets from Southchurch Park on estuary somewhere 12.40 to mid afternoon, on returning two adults Swans starting to chase cygnets from pond. Robert Dobinson.

River Roach (N), Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon via Bartonhall Creek and return 09:07 to 16:00
9 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 4 Jay, 2 Mistle Thrush, 16 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 280 Dunlin, 18 Meadow Pipit (together), 51 Curlew, 150+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker, 500+ Lapwing, 230 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 40+ Turnstone, 22 Brent Goose, 5 Fieldfare, 12 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Bartonhall Creek), 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Reed Bunting, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Buzzard, 115 Avocet, 8 Goldeneye, 230 Black-tailed Godwit, 156 Pochard (lagoon), 4 Pintail (lagoon), c.50 Gadwall (lagoon), 1 Stonechat (male, Hampton Barns), 51 Curlew, 30 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 11 Corn Bunting (together), 1 Bee (species). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
100+ Teal, 60+ Wigeon, 37 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 9 Snipe, 6 Redshank, Gadwall. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:45 to 15:30
1 Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier (female, 1 with fresh kill on ground), 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel. Mike Sagrott.

Hockley 14:30
6 Common Buzzard circling together, slowly moving south. Neil Latham.

Wednesday 02nd January 2019north north westerly, mostly cloudy, max7°c

Canvey Point 08:40 to 11:15
24 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 16 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 160 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Brent Geese. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:30
1 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], 60+ Teal, 8 Gadwall [Coryton], 1 Shoveler [Coryton], 70+ Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Southend High Street 10:25
1 Peregrine Falcon over calling. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 2 Redshank. Mick Roe.

EWT Blue House Farm 12:00 to 15:00
5 Bewick's Swan, first heard coming in from the south calling, they circled around the scrape then landed. 1000+ Golden Plover, 500+ Lapwing, several Marsh Harrier sightings. 2 Yellowhammer. 30+ Curlew. Shelduck, Greylag, Canada and Barnacle Geese. Peter Bowden.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 12:40 to 12:50
1 Water Rail feeding in reeds close to collapsed grass bank in the usual area, 5 Mute Swan cygnets out on the estuary. Robert Dobinson.

Southend Pier 14:00 to 15:30
4 Gannet, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, Brent Goose, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, flocks of Knot and Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Carrion Crow. 1 Grey Seal (close to pierhead), 1 Common Seal. Ross Gardner.

Tuesday 01st January 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:18 to 08:30
5 Mute Swan cygnets taking off from park and doing circuits of area for 5 minutes before landing, 1 Water Rail feeding around right-hand of grass bank/crooked tree, 3 Teal landing on pond. Robert Dobinson.

Canvey Point 13:00 to 14:00
1000+ Knot, 500+ Dunlin, 100+ Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 10 Redshank, 12 Cormorant, 152 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Brent Geese, 1 Wigeon. Terry Blackwell.



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