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October 2020

Tuesday 20th October 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Two Tree Island 11:15 to 15:30
1000+ Brent Goose, 6 Shelduck, 100+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe (old sewage works), Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 70+ Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, Moorhen, 50+ Oystercatcher, 60+ Ringed Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 25 Lapwing, 20 Dunlin, 2 Snipe (Lagoon), 45 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 100+ Redshank (Lagoon), 6 Greenshank (Lagoon), Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, 3 Kingfisher (2 old sewage works, 1 slipway, 1 Kingfisher on sluice in lagoon, probably the same bird patrolling the island), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, 50 Starling, Chaffinch. Russ Payne, John Attfield.

Monday 19th October 2020southerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:30
1 Tawny Owl calling. Robin Peppiatt.

River Crouch towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 11:30 to 13:15
36 Mute Swan (incl. 10 Cygnets), 2 Great White Egret (in fleet again), 15+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 75+ Black-headed Gull, 36 Mallard, 1 Skylark, 1 Moorhen (reservoir), 2 Gadwall (reservoir), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cormorant, 2 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 44 Lapwing, 50+ Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret. 2 Rabbit. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:00 to 17:25
100+ Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Tufted Duck, 250+ Coot, 34 Mallard, 4 Teal, 36 Pochard, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 90+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 3 Pied Wagtail, 31 Woodpigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 7 Lapwing. Robert Harris.

Sunday 18th October 2020variable, mostly cloudy, max13°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:45 to 10:45
Mallard, Pheasant, 100+ Skylark, 22 Reed Bunting, 2 Moorhen, 80+ Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting, 30 Starling, 8 Mute Swan, 200+ Shoveler (pool marsh), 150+ Golden Plover (pool marsh), Pied Wagtail, 2 Pintail, 4 Cormorant, 4 Goldfinch (flight), 150+ Canada Goose, 4 Brent Goose, Carrion Crow, 25 Little Egret, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, 150+ Lapwing (pool marsh- mostly), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (flight). On estuary: significant flock 300+ Golden Plover, Teal, Dunlin, Magpie. Noel Barnes.

Hullbridge 12:00
1 Buzzard over fields off Keswick Avenue. David Chivers.

Saturday 17th October 2020north north west, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 08:30 to 11:00
1 Yellow-browed Warbler - still present for a 5th day - in trees/bushes adjacent to Gunners Park Toddlers play area. Very elusive and only called twice. Finally gave good, if brief, views at 10.45. Robin Peppiatt.

Fields Opposite 173 New Road 09:10
Marsh Harrier Again flying low Level scanning whole field opposite me. Huge bird, wonderful sight. Terence Wheaton.

Billericay 09:55
2 Coal Tit on feeders in garden. Marion Burch.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:45 to 12:05
200+ Cormorant, 150+ Coot, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 6 Mute Swan, 14 Starling, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blackbird, 5 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 4 Teal, 1 Moorhen, 60+ Mallard, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Pochard, 40+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Two Tree Island 12:00 to 13:30
1 Kingfisher on sluice lagoon, 70+ Avocet also on lagoon, 1 Spotted Redshank, 100+ Little Egret, 3 Snipe from most easterly point reserve end. Jeff Elliott.

North Fambridge 12:45 to 13:10
1 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Little Egret, 12 Mallard, 10 Wigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 35 Black-headed Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 2 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

Friday 16th October 2020northerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:30
2-3 Tawny Owl calling just before dawn. Robin Peppiatt.

Canvey Point 09:00 to 10:30
1 female Eider, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2000+ Wigeon, 220+ Brent Geese, 53 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Avocet, 100+ Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 18 Grey Plover, 300+ Oystercatcher. Terry Blackwell.

Two Tree Island 13:00 to 16.00
Two Tree eastern saltmarsh: 70+ Little Egret (none on Old Sewage Works), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew flying, numerous Brent Geese in the creek, flock of Starling, several Carrion Crow. Two Tree western lagoon: 40+ Avocet, 20+ Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 1 Kingfisher on the sluice. Two Tree ebbing ray: 2 Shelduck, 1 Curlew, 10+ Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, Teal. Richard Lytheer.

Witham, Braxted Park 14:30 to 14:50
80+ Common Pheasant, 12 Blue/Green Kansas Pheasant, 3 Ring-necked Pheasant, 40+ Red-legged Partridge, 4 Guinea Fowl, 60+ Carrion Crow, 7 Magpie, 4 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Wakering Stairs 15:50 to 17:25
Falling tide: 5700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose in a continuous broad swathe from the Broomway to Havengore Head, 850 Wigeon, 17 Little Egret. David Selley.

Thursday 15th October 2020northerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Canvey Point 07:30 to12:00
4 Eider (2m, 2f), 3 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Auk Sp., 5 Shelduck, 1000+ Wigeon, 500+ Brent Geese, 3 Swallow, 1 female Marsh Harrier. Terry Blackwell.

Abberton Reservoir 09:30 to 14:06
16 Little Egret, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Goldcrest, c.350 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Goldeneye (4 females, 2 males), 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Brent Goose, 6 Great White Egret, 850+ Cormorant, 125+ Great Crested Grebe, 4 Stonechat, 5 Common Buzzard, 1 Black Swan, 7 Goosander (females), 1 Ruff, 650+Pochard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard). Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:15 to 13:40
3 Pied Wagtail, 10 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 70+ Lapwing, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 200+ Cormorant, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 250+ Coot, 100+ Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 150+ Greylag Geese, 180+ Canada Geese, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron. Robert Harris.

Saddlers Farm Roundabout 15:30
c.30 Fieldfare flying over towards A127. Stuart Fleming.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 17:10 to 17:45
60+ Woodpigeon, 5 Rook, 7 Herring Gull, 60+ Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 2 Common Buzzard 2 Kestrel, 40+ Common Pheasant, 1 Moorhen, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 18:00 to 18:20
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 35 Wigeon, 38 Black-headed Gull, 12 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Lapwing, 24 Woodpigeon, 19 Herring Gull, 50+ Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 14th October 2020north north east, showers, max14°c

Canvey Point 07:30 to 13:30
119 Gannet, 6 Razorbill, 22 Common Scoter, 2 Eider (males), 2 Raven, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 14 Shoveler, 6 Pintail (females), 14 Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 300+ Brent Geese, 200+ Dunlin, 10 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Siskin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 10+ Skylark. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:39 to 10:53
2 Green Sandpiper [singles over area], 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Wigeon, 105+ Teal, 2 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 15+ Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 15+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park 09:00
30+ Swallow (four coming down to feed on pond for five minutes before moving off to join the others as they flew SW at height), 20+ Long-tailed Tit moving between the trees north of the pond. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 10:00 to 10:35
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 400+ Starling, 2 Little Egret, 40+ Dunlin, 15 Greylag Geese, 1 Stonechat, 40+ Corn Bunting, 12 Skylark, 4 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Two Tree Island East 11:00 to 12:30
1 male Hen Harrier heading towards Leigh at altitude, 2 Curlew, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Turnstone. 1 Red Admiral. Steve Jellett.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:15 to 14:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Canada Geese. Nicky Lee.

North Fambridge 11:35 to 12:05
2 Buzzard, 3 Magpie, 1 Jay, 40+ Carrion Crow, 34 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 27 Starling, 50+ Wigeon, 3 Curlew, 14 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Robin, 25 Lapwing, 1 Blackbird, 2 Cormorant, 21 Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 12:20 to 12:50
5 Magpie, 60+ Carrion Crow, 8 Rook, 15 Jackdaw, 60+ Woodpigeon, 9 Starling, 25 Red-legged Partridge, 33 Common Pheasant, 3 Blackbird, 30+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Gunners Park 12:30 to 15:00
14 Little Grebe, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, c.30 Oystercatcher, c.150 Brent Geese, 2 Wheatear, 77 Redshank, c.50 Sanderling, 23 Turnstone. 1 Migrant Hawker. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 13:30
2 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 23 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Cormorant, 80+ Lapwing, 120+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 250+ Coot, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Mute Swan, 40+ Mallard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe. Robert Harris.

Hadleigh Downs (close to The Hub) 15:45 to 16:15
1 male Black Redstart. 1 Redwing. Ross Gardner.

Wickford 17:10 to 17:15
9 Long-tailed Tit in garden. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 13th October 2020northerly to easterly, rain, max11°c

First migrant report Winter Migrant Report - Brambling

Canewdon 11:00
Brambling in garden. Stuart Livings.

South Hanningfield Reservoir 11:30 to 14:30
8 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 15+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 300+ Coot, 90+ Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Red-crested Pochard, 8 Pintail, 150+ Greylag Geese, 75+ Canada Geese, 150+ Cormorant, 23 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 60+ Pied Wagtail. 1 Red Fox. Steve Jellett.

Monday 12th October 2020south westerly, rain, max13°c

Thorpe Bay Broadway 10:20
Pied Wagtail running along the pavement by Thorpe Bay Broadway car park. Alec Beanse.

Priory Park 10:45
1 Ring-necked Parakeet. Pat Dandridge.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 13:00
63 Lapwing, 55+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 1 male Stonechat, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 4 Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal, 3 Little Egret. David Shepherd.

Ingrave A128 14:45
Flock of 30 Ring-necked Parakeet flew alongside road. Graham & Kris Mee.

Sunday 11th October 2020north westerly, partly cloudy, showers, max13°c

First migrant report Winter Migrant Report - Redwing and Fieldfare

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 08:00 to 09:30
300-400 Redwing moving West in small groups of 4-5, every minute or two. Robin Peppiatt.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 11:10
3 Green Sandpiper [over area], 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wigeon, 65 Teal, c.8 Curlew, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles present], 1 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 15 Stock Dove, 5 Feral Pigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey, Peter Worland.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:00 to 10:30 and 23:15
40 Redwing in small groups going west in the morning and calls heard at about 23:15, c.45 House Sparrow - numbers building in the last week or so, 1 Blackcap with Blue Tits on feeders. 3 Wood Mouse. David Selley.

River Crouch towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 10:30 to 12:45
1 Great White Egret (reported separately), 28 Mute swan (incl. 6 Cygnets), 20+ Mallard, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Kingfisher (1 by Beeches sluice near 3 others in Fleet before 1st pylon), 1 female Kestrel, 1 Wren (heard), 25+ Redshank, 20+ Lapwing, 22 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Magpie. 5 Common Darter (1pr in cop), 3 Rabbit. Steve Jellett.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 12:00
30 Starling, 4 Corn Bunting, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat, c.30 Skylark, c.100 Shelduck, c.100 Shoveler, 8 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 20 Lapwing, Carrion Crow, Pied Wagtail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Pintail, 2 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, Wood Pigeon. Noel Barnes.

River Crouch, Fleet Point 12:30
1 Great White Egret. Steve Jellett.

Hockley 14:00
Red Kite spotted flying over the road leading into Hockley High Street from Ashingdon end. Lisa.

Canvey Point 14:00 to 17:30
40 Gannet, 12 Razorbill (6,5,1), 45 Kittiwake (24,12,9), 500+ Brent Geese, 2000+ Wigeon, 13 Canada Geese, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 180+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 16 Little Egret. Terry Blackwell.

Foulness Island 14:15 to 15:45
3 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Merlin, c.300 Canada Geese, 15 Brent Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 24 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, fall of c.100 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff. Steve Giles.

Old Leigh 15:00 to 17:00
18 Little Egret, c.1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 36 Black-tailed Godwit. Graham & Kris Mee.

Saturday 10th October 2020west south west, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Southchurch Park 08:00 thru 11:10
2 Mute Swan from Southchurch Park East landed in Southchurch Park at 8am, resident Mute Swans unaware for 45 minutes due to wind direction, but eventually chased off. 1 Mute Swan cygnet that left Southchurch Park on the 29th September returned this morning at 9.40am and chased off by resident adults eventually. Good to know it fledged safely 10 days ago to return briefly, looking in good condition. 2 Mute Swan cygnets flew to estuary for the first time and returned after 10 minutes, 11.10am, Southchurch Park. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:45 to 09:15
Female Green Woodpecker, 1 Robin, 2 Jay (pair hunting for spiders), 5 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch. Kris & Graham Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:05 to 12:52
House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, 11 Carrion Crow, 20 Magpie, Jackdaw, Robin, 100 Black-headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, Jay, Buzzard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Cormorant, 12 Mute Swan, 20 Mallard, Grey Heron, Pheasant [m/f], Blackbird, Moorhen, Coot, Common Gull, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Stock Dove, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, 4 Shoveler, Pied Wagtail, 25 Great Crested Grebe, Goldfinch, Dunnock, 10 Red-crested Pochard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Little Grebe, Little Egret. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
25 Starling, House Sparrow, Blackbird, 6 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 15 Common Crow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Pied Wagtail, 20 Black-headed Gull, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, 3 Little Egret, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Great Tit, 2 Little Grebe. 1 Shrew. Noel Barnes.

Witham, Braxted Park 14:00 to 14:50
180+ Carrion Crow, 7 Magpie, 1 Jay, 40+ Jackdaw, 30+ Rook, 1 Wren, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 3 Common Buzzard, 90+ Red-legged Partridge, 100+ Common Pheasant, 23 Kansas Thunder Blue/Green Pheasant, 80+ Woodpigeon, 1 Woodcock flushed from ditch, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 47 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Daws Heath 14:30
4 Long-tailed Tit in garden with Blue Tit. 2 Grey Squirrel. Male Tawny Owl called 03.30 a.m., as it had the previous morning. Mike Sagrott.

Abberton Reservoir 15:15 to 16:10
12 Great White Egret, 45 little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 300+ Tufted Duck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 16:30 to 17:00
3 little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Golden Plover, 3 Lapwing, 29 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 12 Wigeon, 13 Carrion Crow, 14 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Friday 09th October 2020west south west, partly cloudy then rain, max14°c

Braxted Park 13:15 to 13:30
37 Common Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Kansas Thunder Blue/Green Pheasant, 100+ Carrion Crow, 25 Jackdaw, 20+ Rook, 50+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 13:50 to 14:30
150+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 50+ Shoveler, 21 Egyptian Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 70+ Canada Geese, 40+ Little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Goosander, 100+ Cormorant, 50+ Starling. Robert Harris.

Basildon 14:00
17 House Sparrow on feeders in garden, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wood Pigeon. David Shepherd.

North Fambridge 15:40 to 16:10
100+ Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 20+ Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 7 Starling, 38 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Thursday 08th October 2020variable, rain, max18°c

No reports recieved for this day.

Wednesday 07th October 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max15°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:10 to 17:35
9 Pied Wagtail, 15 Carrion Crow, 2 Moorhen, 100+ Coot, 24 Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Mallard, 7 Red Crested Pochard, 50+ Pochard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 7 Mute Swan, 200+ Cormorant, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 160+ Greylag Geese, 27 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Lapwing, 2 Starling, 31 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 07th October 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max15°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:00
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 90+ Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [singles present, including 1 other side of creek], 1 Green Woodpecker, 30+ Goldfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00
1 Raven, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pintail, 20+ Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe. Robin Peppiatt.

Canvey Point 14:45 to 15:30
1000+ Brent Geese, 2 Common Scoter (female), 2 Teal, 100+ Wigeon. Terry Blackwell.

Tuesday 06th October 2020west south west, mostly cloudy, max16°c

Two Tree Island 13:45 to 16:00
Slipway on an incoming tide: 6 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 7 Ringed Plover, 35 Black-headed Gull, 8 (2nd winter juv) Common Gull, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 8 Swallow, 12 Little Egret, 2 Carrion Crow, 50 Starling, 7 Pintail, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 42 Oystercatcher, 21 Grey Plover, 16 Dunlin. Old Sewage Works: 70+ Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 4 Teal, 1 Blackcap, 2 Pheasant. East End Bench: 4 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 700+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 300+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal. Russ Payne.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
150+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 19 Mute Swan, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Blackbird, 8 Starling, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Pochard, 7 Red Crested Pochard, 6 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, 300+ Coot, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Cormorant, 5 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Woodpigeon, 12 Lapwing, 3 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 16:00 to 16:20
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Pheasant, 3 Blackbird, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Mallard, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Robin, 40+ Carrion Crow, 2 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 16:30 to 17:00
1 Kestrel, 46 Common Pheasant, 21 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Blackbird, 6 Herring Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 60+ Woodpigeon, 6 Chaffinch, 120+ Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 5 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Monday 05th October 2020west south west, light rain, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:35 to 09:58
2 Chiffchaff, 20+ Swallow, c.10 Meadow Pipit, 15 Teal, 30+ Mallard, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge 11:30 to 13:15
2 Jackdaw over garden (seems to have been many more sightings of civics this year). Wall butterfly in back garden (3rd visit of this species this year having only ever recorded it once before). Steve Jellett.

Sunday 04th October 2020south south west, rai9n, max11°c

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 17:30 and 17:40
1 Sparrowhawk quartering for five minutes over SW corner of park before flying north, 20+ Pied Wagtail feeding on cricket pitch, Southchurch Park. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley 12:50
A Sparrowhawk flew into our garden and caught a Blue Tit that was feeding on fat balls behind the bars of the feeder. The Sparrowhawk pulled the Blue Tit out through the bars before flying of with the Blue Tit in its claws. George Kempen.

A130 14:00
Passing in car just past A12/A130 junction towards chelmsford, probable Red Deer body on side verge of A130 going by size of carcass. Stephen Day.

Braxted Park 16:20 to 16:35
12 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 29 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 40+ Common Pheasant, 20+ Kansas Thunder Pheasant, (colours ranging from Green, Blue to Black), 1 Kestrel, 50+ Woodpigeon, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird. 1 Rabbit, 1 Brown Hare. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 17:00 to 18:10
10 Great White Egret, 14 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Black Tailed Godwit. Robert Harris.

Saturday 03rd October 2020southerly, rain, max15°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:30 to 12:10
1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Marsh Harrier, c.700 Golden Plover took off from field just east of Grapnells with 65 Lapwing, 15 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:50 to 18:10
124 Greylag Geese, 25 Canada Geese, 38 Cormorant, 24 Lapwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 6 Red Crested Pochard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 35 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 6 Carrion Crow, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 36 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Hullbridge 18:10
1 Barn Owl over field off Keswick Avenue. David Chivers.

Friday 02nd October 2020easterly, rain, max14°c

Canvey Seafront 09:15 to 13:15
169 Gannet, 4 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Guillemot, 1 Fulmer, 1 Red-throated Diver, 20 Common Scoter, 4 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 12 Grey Plover, 10 Dunlin, 16 Turnstone, 5 Redshank. Terry Blackwell.

Wakering Stairs 15:55 to 16:40
Quick walk to Broomway in horizontal rain: 218 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Little Egret, c.700 Oystercatcher, 34 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover, 22 Turnstone, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler, c.30 Long-tailed Tit - appeared to be arriving from different directions to roost in bramble thicket. David Selley.

Thursday 01st October 2020variable, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Southchurch Park 08:45
Long-tailed Tit in Willow tree near footbridge, 1 Mute Swan at height flying in from the estuary NW then out again SE over Southchurch East Park, 1 Egyptian Goose back again after a couple of days. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:00 to 13:00
50+ Avocet, 2 Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 7 Pheasant, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing,1 Ruff (brilliant white plumage), Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, 7 Stonechat (4m & 3f), 3 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen, 2 heard), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe, Robin. John Attfield, Russ Payne.

North Shoebury 09:32
1 Jay again over garden 4th day in a row. Seems to have taken up local residence. Terry Strong.

Jones Memorial Park 10:00
2 Carrion Crow and 2 Black-headed Gull feeding on hundreds of Crane Flies on the side of the changing rooms. Phil Lusher.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:55
1 Sparrowhawk - female low through the garden in close pursuit of a Collared Dove. David Selley.

Kensington Road 13:15
100's of Ivy Bees feeding on the my huge flowering Ivy/Elderberry stand (7m high) in garden, buzzing of them is something else. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
10 Red Crested Pochard, 36 Pochard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 40+ Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 400+ Coot, 8 Mute Swan, 36 Lapwing, 60+ Cormorant, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Greylag Geese, 120+ Canada Geese, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 1 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

Barling, Millennium Wildlife Park 16:00 to 17:05
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Siskin - small flock east to west, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. David Selley.



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