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July 2019

Friday 19th July 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:06 to 10:45
1 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Lapwing, c.30 Redshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap [singles singing, Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting present, 2 Swallow, 3 Linnet, 3 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 15 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. 3 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 14:00
1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lapwing, 14 House Martin, 250+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 60+ Mallard, 300+ Coot, 34 Cormorant, 23 Herring Gull, 100+ Greylag Geese, 60+ Canada Geese, 1 White Hybrid Goose (With orange beak but seems to be paired with a Canada Goose) 2 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Thursday 18th July 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:35 to 12:40
House Sparrow, 20 Blue Tit, Starling, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50 Coot, 30 Mallard, 50+ Cormorant, 25 Great Tit, 20 Mute Swan, 2 Robin, 40 Greylag Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, 3 Carrion Crow, 150+ Tufted Duck (with 1 female with 13 young), 3 Common Tern, 30 Canada Goose, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, Red-crested Pochard (drake and female with 3 young), 3 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Grey Heron, Magpie, Little Egret, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Common Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

River Roach Seal Trips 10:00 to 15:15
14 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male on Potton), 19 Dunlin (all summer plumage), 10 Curlew, 22 Redshank, 18 Common Tern, 37 Common Seal. Graham Mee (photographs on our Facebook page).

Wednesday 17th July 2019southerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:18 to 10:58
1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Yellowhammer present, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Egret, 6 Stock Dove, 3 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. 10+ Marbled White, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 10:00 to 13:00
22 Little Egret, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 18 Common Tern (mainly juveniles), 50+ Common Seal. Graham Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:40 to 16:10
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Skylark, 9 Corn Bunting, 5 Starling, 2 Moorhen, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 50+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh 18:30
1 Red Kite over FitzWimarc School. Russ Payne.

Southend, St Ann's Road 19:00 to 21:00
30+ Swift wheeling and tail chasing, 10 Herring Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Doves. Trevor Masters.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 21:15
1 Tawny Owl calling and seen. Robin Peppiatt.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Lapwing, Avocet, Grey Heron, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Tufted Duck, Peregrine Falcon, 4 Oystercatcher, Skylark, Shelduck, Reed Bunting, large flock of Starling, House Sparrow. Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Peacock butterflies. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 16th July 2019southerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

Southend, Kensington Road 10:50
1 Sparrowhawk flying NE and being mobbed by 25-30 Swift and 1 Gull, very noisy even at height. Robert Dobinson.

Belfairs Nature Reserve 11:00 to 12:30
1 Silver Washed Fritillary, 2 Purple Hairstreak, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Ringlet. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:50
300+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 7 Mute Swan, 400+ Coot, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 50+ Mallard, 6 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Cormorant, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 17 Woodpigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 13:00
6 Swift screaming overhead, 4+ House Martin, 2 Common Tern feeding young off the coast. 10+ Gatekeeper butterflies. Gill Edwards.

Foulness Island 18:00 to 2020
2 Turtle Dove in garden, one the past couple of evenings, also 3 Hummingbird Hawk Moth also a leveret has made our garden home the last month. Steve and Fran Giles.

Monday 15th July 2019northerly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Wyatts Drive 01:50
Awakened by crashing and banging that was caused by a badger from Thorpe Hall Golf Course raiding the food waste bin. It also had the lid of the dustbin. Alec Beanse.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
From screen: 5 Spotted Redshank, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Curlew, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit. Mick Roe.

Sunday 14th July 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 11:40
1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], c.6 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 3 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 10+ Linnet, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel. 10+ Marbled White, 1 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

Abberton Reservoir 09:30 to 14:03
House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Magpie, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Moorhen, Skylark, Swallow, lots of Canada Geese, Mallard, Coot, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, Cormorant, Common Tern, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, lots of Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Little Egret, Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Rook. Gatekeeper, Small White, Large White, Small Skipper, Peacock, Red Admiral. Common Damselfly mating, Common Darter. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Saturday 13th July 2019north north west, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Prittlewell 12:00
8 screaming swifts flying very low and under my soffit boards. J. Goodman.

River Roach Seal Trip 15:15 to 17:15
39 Common Seal, mums and pups doing well. Graham Mee.

Friday 12th July 2019north westerly, mostly cloudy, max25°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Swallow, Goldfinch, Skylark, Lesser Whitethroat, Avocet, Lapwing, Little Grebe, 3 Ringed Plover, 8 Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Bearded Tit heard, Reed Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Chaffinch, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit. Marbled White, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Essex Skippers butterflies. South East Essex RSPB Team.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 17:30
2 Marbled White on Knapweed in garden. Robin Peppiatt.

Wakering Common 17:30 to 18:15
75+ Swallow, (many juveniles), on wires and over Wakering Boatyard car park, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch. Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Painted Lady, and Meadow Brown Butterflies. David Selley.

Thursday 11th July 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max26°c

Billericay 11:15
1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on flowers in garden. Marion Burch.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 14:00 to 15:10
1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Painted Lady, and 2 Peacock butterflies through the garden. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 20:10 to 20:30
1 Swan Goose, 30+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 12 Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 9 Cormorant, 4 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 200+ Coot, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 27 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 10th July 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

Southend, North Avenue 07:45
Swifts flying over North Avenue. S. Jackson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:30
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 25+ Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Kestrel, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Swallow. c.30 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 20:10 to 20:30
300+ Greylag Geese, 62 Canada Geese, 350+ Coot, 14 Cormorant, 50+ Tufted Duck, 43 Pochard, 26 Mallard, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 09th July 2019east south east, mostly cloudy, max19°c

River Roach Seal Trips 13:30 to 18:00
4 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 17 Shelduck (2 pairs with 13 ducklings), 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female on Foulness), 4 Redshank (2 adults with 2 chicks), 2 Herring Gull (rung individuals H6LT, TA4Z), 8 Common Tern. 37 Common Seal (very small dead pup observed). Graham Mee.

Chigborough Lakes 14:50 to 15:15
7 Little Egret, 4 juvenile Cattle Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:30
18+ Redshank, 4 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Avocet, 30+ Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting (singing male). David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:50 to 17:10
300+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 17 Mute Swan, 400+ Coot, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 50+ Mallard, 3 Lapwing, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 41 Cormorant, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 26 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Foulness Island 17:00 to 17:20
Turtle Dove in garden, also Hooded Crow seen a number of times the past few weeks by a number of residents. Steve Giles.

RSPB Bowers Marsh Bowers
2 adult Black-necked Grebe + 1 chick, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 10 Swift, Grasshopper Warbler heard. South Essex RSPB Team.

Monday 08th July 2019southerly, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Leigh on Sea
Swifts are back, and nesting at the top of two drainpipes. Pam Jones.

Daws Heath, Garden 23:00
2,possibly 3 Tawny Owl heard calling. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
2+ Marsh Harrier, 14+ Avocet, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, c.11 Lapwing, 14+ Linnet (single flock), South Essex RSPB Team.

Sunday 07th July 2019south easterly, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:42 to 11:12
2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, Curlew present, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, c.8 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Egret, 9 Stock Dove [3 other side of creek], 1 Feral Pigeon, 3 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Kestrel, 6 Linnet, 2 Oystercatcher. 25+ Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Brentwood, Hatch Road 13:47
Red Kite and Buzzard over. Graham & Kris Mee.

Two Tree Island 17:00
c.30 Avocet, 80+ Redshank, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, c.50 Whimbrel. Caroline Reay.

Saturday 06th July 2019north westerly, mostly cloudy, max23°c

Rochford 11:20 to 11:30
9 Swift still in and out of nests, 8 House Martin. David Selley.

Leigh on Sea, Pall Mall 15:10 to 15:20
33 Swift over Pall Mall/Dawlish Drive. David Selley.

Friday 05th July 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max24°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:21 to 11:00
4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Coryton], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 15+ House Martin [Shell Haven], 1 Swallow, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 5 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.10 Linnet, 3 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen [1 juvenile]. 40+ Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 16:10 to 17:30
3 Turtle Dove, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (both males singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Skylark, 4 Greenfinch. 3 Painted Lady, 100+ Essex Skipper, and some Small Skipper butterflies - was able to view many quite closely with optics and most were Essex. David Selley.

Thursday 04th July 2019south easterly, partly cloudy, max22°c

River Roach Seal Trip, 10:00 to 14:00
12 Little Egret, 8 Greylag Goose (incl. 1 gosling), 250 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose (with Canada Geese), 2 Shelduck (pair with four ducklings), 1 Herring Gull (orange ring Y2BT), 11 Common Tern, 55 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Battlesbridge 13:45 to 13:47
1 Sparrowhawk. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:20 to 14:45
1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Little Egret, 15 Mallard, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Corn Bunting, 6 Linnet, 1 Skylark, 60+ Woodpigeon, 1 Starling, 2 Coot, 1 Common Buzzard, 17 Carrion Crow, 7 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Hockley, Glencrofts 19:30
1 Song Thrush. Irwin Lewis.

Wednesday 03rd July 2019easterly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 00:20
1 Little Owl heard. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:23 to 11:00
3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Blackcap [Coryton], 2 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, c.9 Reed Warbler [1 seen], 4 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Linnet, 15+ Goldfinch, 4 Kestrel, 1 Shelduck. 20+ Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Southend Airport Retail Park 11:45
Hobby hawking insects over. Graham Mee.

Barling Magna Reserve 14:30 to 16:00
1 Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Goldfinch, Moorhen, many Swallow. Many Small Skipper, 1 Marbled White, Small Heath, many Red Admiral, Small White, Meadow Brown. Irwin Lewis.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 18:00
120+ Black-tailed Godwit, 25+ Lapwing, 8 Avocet, 10 Little Egret, 7 Shelduck, 3 Curlew, 2 Reed Bunting (males singing), 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Beaded Tit, 3 Marsh Harrier (male, female and immature all up together, female persistently calling and chasing the immature bird). David Shepherd.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Skylark, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Heron, Egyptian Geese, Avocet, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kestrel, Tufted Duck + 11 chicks, Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch. Marbled white and Essex Skipper in abundance. South Essex RSPB Team.

Tuesday 02nd July 2019east south east, partly cloudy, max20°c

No reports received for this day.

Monday 01st July 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:15
Single Curlew flew over garden. Graham Mee.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:22 to 10:25
4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10+ Teal, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher. Richard Fahey.

North Shoebury 19:00 to 20:00
Juvenile Siskin on seed feeder in garden. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

RSPB Vange Marsh
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), c.70 Lapwing, c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Avocet, c.25 Redshank, 5 Bearded Reedling (including 3 juveniles). South Essex RSPB Team.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
1 female Peregrine, 7 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and Blackcap song heard. South Essex RSPB Team.

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