South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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Wednesday 21st March 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Rayleigh 09:10
1 Woodcock west over Grove Wood School, flying low out of Grove Woods, really good view. Paul Adams.

Leigh on Sea 10:56
Buzzard over garden south to north. Graham Mee.

Basildon, Burnt Mills 11:35
1 Red Kite circling really low. Pete and Dawn.

Tuesday 20th March 2018north north easterly, scattered clouds, max8°c

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:40 through to 12:45
1 Water Rail feeding on lower grass bank and reeds, 2 Mute Swan building nest in the usual position, 1 Red-Legged Partridge running along footpath south of bowling green. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:00 to 10:10
33 Greylag Geese, 42 Canada Geese, 7 Mallard, 1 Maggie, 3 Carrion Crow (water level very high and two to three foot waves apart from the Mallard no birds on the water). Rob Harris.

R.H.S. Hyde Hall 11:00 to 11:15
c.30 Fieldfare. Norman Oliver.

Monday 19th March 2018north easterly, mostly cloudy, max2°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 07:27 to 07:28
3 Redwing (together, fleeting visit to neighbour's tree). Jeff Kinnerman.

Foulness Island 07:35
Male Hen Harrier. Steve Giles.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:35 to 11:04
1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 110+ Teal, 6 Gadwall [Oozedam/Manorway Fleet], 4 Shoveler [lagoon/creek], 3 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], c.10 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 09:40 to 19:00
33 Greylag Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mallard, 1 Magpie, 14 Mallard, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Coot, 5 Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Southend, Cromwell Road 11:00
Stunning female Sparrowhawk taking shelter in our cherry tree for about 30 minutes, needless to say there were no other birds to report. Phil Lusher.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
170 Wigeon, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 10 Avocet, 5 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

Steeple View 15:25
1 Red Kite. Pete and Dawn.

Two Tree Island 15:30 to 16:30
4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Grey Plover,2 Oystercatcher, 10 Avocet, mixed flock of about 1500 waders mostly Knot with some Godwit, Grey Plover and Dunlin, 5 Shelduck, 4 Canada Geese. Denis Warren.

Sunday 18th March 2018east north east, light snow, max2°c

Canvey Point 10:30 to 12:30
3 Little Gull, 1400+ Knot, 1000+ Dunlin, 50+ Redshank, 10 Sanderling, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 4 Curlew, 100+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 10:45 to 10:50
Little Egret landed on garden fence then after a minute flew down to side of pond, stayed for five minutes then flew off. Norman Oliver.

Barling Magna, Millennium Wildlife Park 12:30 to 13:20
Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Stock Dove, Wren, Great Tit, Robin, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Jay, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Little Egret, Chaffinch, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

North Fambridge 16:10 to 16:40
5 Blackbird, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greenfinch, 27 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 30+ Carrion Crow, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Whimbrel, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 20+ Redshank, 3 Shelduck, 7 Lapwing, 40+ Dunlin, 20+ Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 9 Mallard. Rob Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 16:50 to 17:10
3 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 2 Kestrel, 50+ Carrion Crow, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Common Pheasant, 50+ Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Saturday 17th March 2018north easterly, light snow, max6°c

Southchurch Park East 17:10
1 Water Rail feeding on lower grass bank right of crooked tree. Robert Dobinson.

Friday 16th March 2018southerly to east north east, partly cloudy, max14°c

Abberton Reservoir 09:14 to 14:36
Layer Breton Causeway: 2 Egyptian Goose (together), 2 Common Buzzard (circling together), 1 Kingfisher, c.65 Common Gull, 5 Smew (including 2 drakes, distant), 1 Shelduck, 7 Goldeneye (including 3 drakes), 400+ Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull (summer plumage), 1 Kestrel, 26 Pochard, 1 Starling. Layer de La Haye Causeway: 5 Linnet (together), 18 Goosander (including 10 drakes), 100+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal, 9 Gadwall, 1 Lapwing. Reserve: 2 Reed Bunting (males), 2 Skylark, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Barling Magna, Millennium Wildlife Park 11:45 to 12:30
Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Stock Dove, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Robin, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Herring Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove. Brimstone butterfly! M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:30 to 13:50
2 Kestrel, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Common Pheasant, 100+ Fieldfare, 3 Blackbird, 60+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 4 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 15:30
Saline only: 4 Avocet, 14 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 female Marsh Harrier, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shelduck. David Shepherd.

North Fambridge 15:00 to 15:30
2 Common Pheasant, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Wigeon, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 23 Herring Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Collared Dove, 50+ Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier - ringtail over Havengore Island, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Mediterranean Gull - adults all in breeding plumage and making a lot of noise, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17.00 to 18.00
1 Short-Eared Owl, 1 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, a flock of Dark Bellied Brent Geese which landed in field by sea wall (400+ birds), too many gulls to count (mostly Black-headed but some Mediterranean and Lesser Black-backed), 30+ Pheasant, 2 Grey Partridge, 50+ Carrion Crow. 2 Brown Hare. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Thursday 15th March 2018south easterly, rain, cloud, max10°c

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:30
1 Jay, 1 Rook, 3 Magpie, 70+ Carrion Crow, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Robin, 3 Common Pheasant, 200+ Woodpigeon, 6 Moorhen, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 14:30 to 16:30
12+ Fieldfare, 6 Stock Dove, 1 male Peregrine (fly over), 1 female Peregrine on ground feeding on freshly caught Moorhen, 1 Barn Owl hunting alongside Benfleet Creek. Mike Sagrott.

North Fambridge 15:00 to 15:20
2 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Common Pheasant, 20+ Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Great Tit, 3 Redshank, 30+ Wigeon, 23 Mallard, 30+ Herring Gull, 26 Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 14th March 2018southerly to easterly, partly cloudy, max12°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 07:00
1 Peregrine over the Anchor Pub being mobbed by Gulls. David Chivers.

Gunners Park 08:49 to 13:20
7 Greenfinch, 13 House Sparrow, c.50 Carrion Crow, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel (pair), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 1 Rook, 6 Little Grebe, 6 Redshank, 2 Sparrowhawk (pair), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, 150+ Starling, 2 Jay, 13 Ringed Plover, c.40 Sanderling (both species together on barge jetty). 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel. Uncle Tom's Cabin, 12 Common Gull, c.105 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull (in summer plumage). Jeff Kinnerman.

Prittle Brook 09:30
Path near Westbourne Grove: Pair of Mallard, 2 Grey Wagtail. S. Whitaker.

Abberton Reservoir 10:45 to 13:25
Rook, Blackbird, Pheasant, Kestrel, Magpie, House Sparrow. Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Red-legged Partridge, Jackdaw, Herring Gull, Mallard, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 100+ Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Skylark, Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Goldeneye, Meadow Pipit, Starling, Mute Swan, Teal, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Moorhen, Common Gull, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:00 to 11:20
1 Slavonian Grebe Photo available - click here, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 40+ Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 3 Carrion Crow, 23 Greylag Geese, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East
Mute Swan laid first egg on Monday on Southchurch Park island, 1 Water Rail feeding in right-hand reedbed and lower grass bank by crooked tree. Bob Dobinson.

Tuesday 13th March 2018variable, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Wickford 13:00 to 13:05
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Hutton, 15:54
2 Red Kite over Hutton, circling and drifting to Brentwood. Michael Sullivan.

Monday 12th March 2018easterly to westerly, overcast, rain, max11°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 13:50
52 Fieldfare, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 30+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Mallard, 7 Pochard, 6 Mute Swan, 9 Carrion Crow, 35 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Sunday 11th March 2018easterly mostly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:26 to 12:15
20+ Fieldfare, 130+ Teal, 45+ Wigeon [two groups lagoon and by shrub mound], 8 Gadwall [Coryton Ozzedam], 12 Shoveler [lagoon/creek, maybe two of same later Manorway Fleet], 6 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 15 Shelduck, c.15 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard. Richard Fahey.

Barling, Millennium Wildlife Park 11:30 to 12:35
Blackbird, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Mallard, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Jay, Chaffinch, Magpie, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Starling, Long-tailed Tit, Mute Swan, Wren, Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Saturday 10th March 2018southerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Two Tree Island 08:10 to 08:15
Car park next to golf range: 1 Muntjac at far end of field from car park. Took off into the scrub in a westerly direction and disappeared from view in the undergrowth! First time I have seen one south of the railway line. Ellen Hume.

Friday 09th March 2018east south east, partly cloudy, rain, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:27 to 11:15
1 Goldcrest, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Great Crested Grebe [creek], 110+ Teal, c.10 Wigeon [mostly by shrub mound, later flew east], 9 Gadwall [Coryton Ozzedam], c.10 Shoveler [mostly Coryton Ozzedam], 4 Pochard [Manorway Fleet, 3 drakes], c.15 Curlew, c.10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Great Wakering 08:30
1 Goldcrest in garden. Jan Coveney.

Westcliff on Sea, Sandown Avenue 11:30
3 Jackdaw on rooftop 'chacking'. S. Whitaker.

Thursday 08th March 2018west south west, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:35 to 08:55
1 Water Rail feeding on lower part of grass bank, 6ft away in full view, 2 Mute Swan mating after full courtship display and final heart/neck ritual. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:30 to 12:00
Marsh Flats Trail: 50+ Starling, 1 Coot, Skylarks singing in abundance, 1 male Hen Harrier (not sure which of us was the more surprised when he flew over the south sea wall about 10 feet from me. He quartered the water vole habitat then headed north across the grazing marsh), 1 Grey Heron, 1 female Kestrel, 30+ Shelduck on the salt-pan, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Ringed Plover on the islands in Grass Farm Lagoon. 4 pairs Wigeon, 10 pairs Mallard, 2 Herring Gull, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 female Marsh Harrier. Ron Johnson.

Benfleet 10:00
1 Goldcrest Photo available - click here in garden. Richard Shepherd.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:25 to 13:50
House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Starling, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Lapwing, Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Pintail, Pochard, Gadwall, Shelduck, Canada and Greylag Geese, Carrion Crow, Curlew. Bar-tailed Godwit. Chris Henry.

Abberton Reservoir 11:00 to 13:00
1 Great White Egret, 6 Smew Photo available - click here, 6 Goosander Photo available - click here, 4 Scaup Photo available - click here, 1 Black-necked Grebe Photo available - click here, 4 Pintail. Richard Shepherd.

EWT Fingringhoe Wick 14:30
3 Red-crested Merganser. Richard Shepherd.

Wednesday 07th March 2018westerly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Vange 09:30
2 Redwing, Long-tallied Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit in garden. Mick Roe.

Little Leighs 10:45
1 male Bullfinch in our garden. Ben & Denise Matz.

Barling Magna, Millennium Wildlife Park 13:45 to 14:40
Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, House Sparrow, Robin, Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Mute Swan, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Brent Goose, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, Coot, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S, Jackson.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 13:38 to 13:39
1 male Blackcap, fleeting visit to neighbour's tree. Jeff Kinnerman.

Tuesday 06th March 2018south westerly, mostlt cloudy, max10°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal. Mick Roe.

Benfleet Downs 13:00 to 15:00
1 Woodcock. Richard Shepherd.

Chelmsford, River Can 16:10
1 Kingfisher flying south under Can Bridge Way. Tim Davis.

Monday 05th March 2018southerly to easterly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Ashingdon, Allerton Close 08:45
1 male Blackcap in garden. Steve Sanford.

Great Dunmow 11:00
Red Kite, flying above Tescos car park then flew towards the lakes at great Easton. Elaine Phillips.

Pound Wood 11:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard Photo available - click here, several Great Spotted Woodpecker Photo available - click here, 1 Green Woodpecker, plenty of Blue and Great Tit. Richard Shepherd.

Rettenden 11:45
Common Buzzard circling fairly low. Norman Oliver.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
200+ Wigeon, 10 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier (2 male,1 female). David Shepherd.

Sunday 04th March 2018variable, light rain, max8°c

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 07:30 to 07:45
2 male and 3 female Greenfinch. Norman Oliver.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:30
1 Whimbrel, 10 Fieldfare, 100+ Wigeon, 220+ Teal, c.10 Shoveler [creek], 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 40+ Lapwing, 30+ Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Brandy Hole, River Crouch 10:00 to 12:15
1 Buzzard, Avocet, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Brent Goose, 1 Snipe, Little Egret, Dunlin, Skylark, 5 Stock Dove, Black-tailed Godwit, Fieldfare, Curlew. David Chivers.

Canvey Point 11:10 to 12:50
1 Great Northern Diver, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 47 Shelduck, 50+ Brent Geese, 6 Cormorant, 1500+ Dunlin, 44 Sanderling, 80+ Knot, 25 Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover, 500+ Oystercatcher, 30 Curlew, 12 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. Terry Blackwell.

Southchurch Park East 17:10
1 Water Rail feeding on edge of fast water of brook mouth, then taking flight onto reed stem top. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 03rd March 2018easterly, overcast, max4°c

Hadleigh, Church Road 06:50
2 Canada Geese flew low over house in a northerly direction, was the honking that alerted me! Ellen Hume.

Southchurch Park East 08:20 and 12:50
3 Water Rail (two feeding on frozen pond right-hand reed bed and calling to each other, another peeping out of same area), 3 Teal (2 drake, 1 female), 1 Grey Heron. Robert Dobinson.

Westcliff on Sea, Merilies Close 08:45 to 09:00
1 Woodcock seen in back garden Friday afternoon, and now again today, foraging and feeding confidently. Richard Hooper.

Leigh on Sea, park View Drive 08:50
Fieldfare Photo available - click here, 2 Redwing, Song Thrush and 5 Blackbird feeding on chopped apples and grapes. Graham & Kris Mee.

Southend Seafront 09:00
1 Green Woodpecker walking around the grass on cliff gardens opposite the seafront. Emily.

Ashingdon, Allerton Close 10:30
Blackcap in the garden. Steve Sanford.

Billericay 11:00
1 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, one feeding on apples all day. Marion Burch.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 11:52 to 12:31
2 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare (together), 13 Redwing (together, all either dropped in or were feeding on Pyracantha berries in garden). Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 13:00 to 15:00
East: 1 Little Egret. 1 Kestrel Photo available - click here. West: 700+ Dunlin, 50+ Avocet, 50+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 2 Teal, 5 Ringed Plover, 10+ Curlew Photo available - click here, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Brent Geese flew down Creek. Richard Shepherd.

Priory Park 13:15
4 snipe on the silted-up stream below the lake outlet. Peter Walker.

Barling, Millennium Wildlife Park 13:30 to 14:15
Jackdaw, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Stock Dove, Lapwing, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, 100 Brent Geese, Herring Gull, Starling, Common Gull, House Sparrow, Collared Dove. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Eastwood, Garden 14:00
14 House Sparrow, male Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 14 Black-headed Gull, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Blackbird (4 male, 1 female), 1 Wren, 3 Herring Gull (1 first winter), 2 Collared Dove, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Dunnock, 6 Starling, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Crow, 3 Magpie, 3 Robin (2 male), 6 Mallard (3 pairs in brook running beside house), 2 Moorhen in brook, 1 little Egret in brook, 2 Redwing. Wendy Meddle.

Wickford 14:15
1 Song Thrush feeding in garden. Terry Gleave.

Thaxted 15:00
4 Buzzard, all flying around above the big church in Thaxted. Elaine Phillips.

Leigh on Sea 15:30
1 Woodcock in back garden. Alex.

Woodcock Photo available - click here in garden. Reported to John Attfield.

2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird, 30+ Fieldfare on tree in neighbour's garden and our own. Gill Edwards.

Friday 02nd March 2018easterly, light snow, max1°c

Saffron Walden, 07:20
Fieldfare in garden. We left apples on the tree for the Blackbirds and have ended up with a regular visit from this Fieldfare. Adam Auger.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:30
Redwing Photo available - click here, Fieldfare (both arrived within thirty minutes of putting chopped apple and purple grape out), 7 Blackbird, 2 Robin (one still being fed by the other), male and female Chaffinch in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hullbridge 08:35
1 Avocet, 8 Wigeon, 20 Mallard, 40 Teal, Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Woodpigeon. David Findlay.

Thundersley, Garden 10:15 to 10:30
1 Song Thrush (first sighting in garden for 20 years), 1 Carrion Crow and 2 Jackdaw (rare visitors). John Bennett.

Runwell 13:00
1 solitary Lapwing on the footpath searching for food on this very cold morning. Sue Braham.

Rochford, Craven Close 13:30
Fieldfare feasting on cotoneaster berries, 1 male Chaffinch picking up dropped seeds below feeders. Richard Goring.

Wickford 13:45 to 13:50
2 Song Thrush feeding as usual under table in garden, 1 Chaffinch on peanut feeder. Terry Gleave.

Leigh on Sea 14:00
4 Song Thrush eating berries and seed from the ground. First time in our garden in 26 years. Kevin Bonham.

Thursday 01st March 2018easterly, overcast, snow, max1°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:55 to 08:15
1 Song Thrush and 3 Redwing (very tame - feeding virtually at my feet), in garden. David Selley.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 09:10 to 12:00
1 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Starling, c.21 House Sparrow, 3 Blackbird (including two males), 12 Fieldfare (fleeting visit to neighbour's tree), 2 Redwing (accompanied Fieldfares remaining to feed on Pyracantha berries in garden). Jeff Kinnerman.

Rochford, Weir Pond Road 10:00
1 Woodcock (briefly landed in a front garden during heavy snow before flying off towards NW). L. Pawley.

Wickford 10:00 to 10:45
3 Song Thrush feeding under table in garden. Terry Gleave.

Basildon, Garden 11:30 to 12:00
6 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 8 House Sparrow on feeders, 4 Redwing, 3 Wood Pigeon in the hedge. David Shepherd.

Foulness Island 11:30 to 12:30
Max seen in garden at one time: male Brambling, c.30 Blackbird, c.40 Chaffinch, c.25 Goldfinch, c.20 Greenfinch, c.15 each of Blue and Great Tit, c.20 House Sparrow, c.10 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Wren, Pied Wagtail, 3 Moorhen. Steve and Fran Giles.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:35
Song Thrush in garden, first record since 2009. Graham & Kris Mee.

Billericay, Garden 12:00 to 15:00
1 Fieldfare (a first for the garden record), 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Collared Dove, 5 Wood Pigeon, 3 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit. Marion Burch.

Barling, Garden 12:00 to 17:30
1 Woodcock foraging through the snow, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 8 Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Wren, Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Pheasant. Jenny Jones.

Canvey Seafront 12:15 to 13:30
1 Great Skua, 1 Goosander, 3 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 33 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

Westcliff on Sea, Sandown Avenue 12:30
Redwing in cotoneaster. S. Whitaker.

Hullbridge, Poole's Lane 12:40
1 Tawny Owl flew off after being disturbed from tree. David Chivers.

Rayleigh, Garden 13:00 to 15:00
4 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 6 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush Photo available - click here, 1 Redwing Photo available - click here, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock. 1 Grey Squirrel. Denis Warren.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close (last two days)
Fieldfare eating holly berries, 2 Song Thrush, male Blackcap, Carrion Crow, 6 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 7 Blackbird, 4 Jay, 2 Magpie, Wren, Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Black-headed Gull. John Attfield.

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