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September 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Eastwood, Aviation Way 06:53
1 Kingfisher. Mel Lengden.

Southchurch Park 08:15
1 Mute Swan cygnet flew off yesterday morning before 12.30am, of the two remaining one is being urged to leave by the Mum Swan and it is coming and going on and off the estuary. This is all happening 4 months earlier than any previous years. Hard winter maybe? Rowanberry bushes etc are heaving with fruits and it's only September! Robert Dobinson.

Friday 20th September 2019easterly, clear, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:05
1 Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Meadow Pipit, 40+ Teal, 2 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 5 Stock Dove, 8 Long-tailed Tit, c.10 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Two Tree Island East 11:30 to 13:00
34 Little Egret, 343 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Kingfisher (on reservoir). Graham Mee.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Spotted Crake showing well, Cetti's Warbler, Chaffinch, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Lapwing, Cormorant, Whinchat, Stonechat, Buzzard, Goldfinch, Marsh Harrier. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 19th September 2019variable, clear, max20°c

   The Brent are back!

Leigh on Sea
25 Brent Geese arrived today. Reported by residents telephone call.

River Roach (N), Coombes Farm (via Bartonhall Creek) to Paglesham Lagoon and Return 07:35 to 15:47
7 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker, 18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Little Egret, 5 Skylark, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 77 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher (heard only, Bartonhall Creek), 21 Golden Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, c.675 Canada Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Swallow. 1 Common Lizard. Lagoon: 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 114 Common Gull, 4 Common Buzzard (together), 39 Little Grebe, 1 Common Whitethroat. Jeff Kinnerman.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 08:00
28 Canada Geese in a flock on the lake. Male Swan wanted to take them all on but gave up after about 5/10 minutes John Pitts.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:00 to 11:30
450+ Coot, 200+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 2 Moorhen, 4 Little Grebe, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 1 Swan Goose, 40+ Canada Geese, 60+ Greylag Geese, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 44 Mute Swan, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 12 Gadwall, 46 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:30 to 14:00
18 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (juveniles together over Wallasea), 1 Kestrel (on Potton), 1 Kingfisher (flew under the ramp at Wallasea Marina). 12 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

RHS Hyde Hall Garden 13:00 to 16:20
3 Hobby (together) catching dragonflies over the dry garden, 2 Buzzard. Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock and Painted Lady butterflies. David Selley.

Wednesday 18th September 2019north easterly, clear, max18°c

See trip report for Two Tree Island guided walk.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 08:00
11 Little Grebe. John Pitts.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:15
1 Spotted Redshank [creek], 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 25 Teal, 1 Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 25 Stock Dove, c.15 Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge 10:10
Female Sparrowhawk sitting on distant rooftop and then through garden. Steve Jellett.

Southchurch Park 12:40
First Mute Swan cygnet that left to the estuary on the 8th August (9 days), returned at 12.40am, looked like the 2 adults were not going to accept it back but when it moved toward the 3 cygnets they greeted it like it had not been away at all. Not seen a cygnet accepted back after anymore than 3 days before, so a new one to note for future. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 17th September 2019north easterly, clear, max18°c

Southchurch Park 08:15
3 Mute Swan cygnets flew SE to the estuary together for the first time as a group. 4 Mute Swan adults also been seen regularly on the estuary either side of the pier, as from RNLI volunteers. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Gunners Park 11:00 to 16:00
1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat (SSSI), 1 Spotted flycatcher (SSSI), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (SSSI), 2 common Whitethroat (SSSI), 4 Blackcap, 2 Kestrel, 200+ Redshank (mainly on island but some on beach at tide line), 200+ Sanderling (all on Barge pier), 25 Ringed Plover (Barge pier), 1 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Heron (SSSI). 4 Small Heath, 8 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, Many whites, 6 Migrant Hawkers, 5 Common Darters (1pr in CoP). Steve Jellett

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
200+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 100+ Cormorant, 200+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 180+ Pochard, 14 Gadwall, 400+ Coot, 48 Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 140+ Herring Gull, 9 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 40+ Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:00 to 15:00
80 Lapwing, 30 Graylag Geese, 8 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Swallow, 20+ Goldfinch (feeding on thistle plants), 5 Little Egret. David Shepherd.

Monday 16th September 2019variable, mostly cloudy, max19°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:42 to 14:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 44 Avocet, 4 Gadwall, 40 Lapwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Kestrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Gull (adult), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 43 Stock Dove, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Blackcap, 3 Stonechat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Raven (flew north calling), 1 Greenfinch, 3 Little Egret, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Jay, 2 Marsh Harrier (pair), 2 Pochard, 1 Hobby, 1 Snipe. 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel (Church Road). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 14:30
8 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Swallow (saline lagoon). 16 Curlew (dry area). David Shepherd.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Spotted Crake eastern reed bed from benches. RSPB South Essex Team.

Sunday 15th September 2019south south west, clear, max25°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:58
1 Grey Wagtail [flying north calling], 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier, 23 Teal, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Shoveler [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 17 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 11:20 to 14:30
Seen during WeBS Count: 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard, 7 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit. Many Red Admiral, 4 Rabbit. David Selley.

Saturday 14th September 2019variable, clear, max20°c

Southchurch Park East 08:10
Last 2 Mute Swan cygnets flew circuits of the park and landed on the estuary by Chester Road, brilliant to see them mastering the craft of flying. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:30 to 09:30
2 Spoonbill. David Davies.

Ashingdon 12:00 to 12:15
5 Buzzard circling together over Beckney Wood. David Selley.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park/River Crouch 14:15 to 14:20
Kingfisher flew past then settled on a boat 20 metres away. Fran Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
400+ Coot, 32 Mute Swan, 9 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron, 250+ Cormorant, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull 150+ Herring Gull, 44 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard. Robert Harris.

Great Wakering 16:20 to 16:45
30 House Martin over Morley's Nursery. David Selley.

Friday 13th September 2019variable, clear, max20°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 07:31 to 11:43
2 Swallow, 200+ Lapwing, 7 Stock Dove, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Jay, 4 Blackcap, 7 Greenfinch, 7 Cattle Egret (viewed from marina), 2 Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Buzzard (harassed by a Sparrowhawk and Carrion Crow), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel. 1 Red Fox. 1 Small Heath. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30 to 13:15
Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Starling, Herring Gull, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Cetti's Warbler, Great Tit, Dunnock, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 10 Lapwing, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Carrion Crow, Blackcap, Robin, 4 Ruff, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 3 Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard, Blackbird, Wren, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Marsh Harrier [young male], 2 Swallow, Moorhen, Blue Tit, Mute Swan. Common Hawker, Ruddy Darter. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Rayleigh Mount 11:10 to 11:25
Family group of Long-tailed Tit (2 adults + 5 juveniles), 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 4 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit. 4 Grey Squirrel. 5 Red Admiral, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 2 Migrant Hawkers. Steve Jellett.

Hockley, Lower Road 11:30
4 Buzzard (three soaring high up over Riverside Garden Centre; a fourth bird came flying from direction of the Crouch, calling, and started soaring on same thermal). P. North.

RSPB Vange Marsh 12:13 to 12:32
Screen only: 9 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe. Jeff Kinnerman.

Foulness Island 14:00 to 15:00
Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, c.30 Lapwing, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Steve and Fran Giles.

Southchurch Park East 17:00
1 more Mute Swan cygnet on the estuary flew SW, visible standing 500ft out on foreshore off Chester Road. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:15 to 17:40
300+ Canada Geese, 300+ Greylag Geese, 450+ Coot, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 150+ Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 9 Red Crested Pochard, 32 Great Crested Grebe, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Lapwing, 12 Pied Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, 43 Cormorant, 42 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Benfleet, Elmhurst Avenue 18:30
Single Spotted Flycatcher, in the hedge between the recreation field and the meadow, catching flies. Clive Dobson.

Thursday 12th September 2019west south west, mostly cloudy, max24°c

Gunners Park 08:20 to 12:38
2 Little Egret, 20 Sand Martin, 50+ House Martin, 250+ Swallow (south and west), 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Jay, 3 Sandwich Tern (estuary), c.130 Redshank (island), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (shoreline), 1 Whinchat (reserve), 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Common Gull, c.50 Sanderling (estuary). 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southend Beach 09:00
1 Mute Swan cygnet in water near beach/Sealife Centre. I walked down to it and called it and it came within 15ft stood up (so likely our 4th cygnet from Southchurch Park/flew off last Sunday). It had a good groom, swam off/tail up and looking good. Orsett Wildlife hospital said Monday that the cygnet from Southchurch Park, via Woodgrange Drive garden and taken to Orsett on August 23rd, is recovering well and out with the other Swans now. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:12 to 11:40
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin, 24 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, c.25 Teal, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 4 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 5 Stock Dove, 10+ Linnet. 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:30 to 14:00
30 Little Egret, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag Geese, 125 Canada Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier (over Foulness), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Wallasea being mobbed by Sparrowhawk), 100 Swallow (+ steady passage south for duration of trip). 22 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Bocking 16:00
Red Kite, earlier in the day, in different locations between Witham and Finchingfield, a Buzzard. Brown Hare. Peter Walker.

Wednesday 11th September 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
2 Kestrel, Peregrine feeding, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Grey Heron. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 10th September 2019variable, partly cloudy, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:02 to 11:30
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, c.7 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Phyllos' Warbler, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Linnet, 3 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Stock Dove. 1 Grey Squirrel [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal trip 10:00 to 12:30
18 Little Egret, 18 Greylag Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female from Potton to Wallasea), 14 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover. 22 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 16:30
3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 4 Little Egret (saline logoon), 25 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier (dry area). David Shepherd.

Theydon Bois 16:00
Red-breasted Goose on the village pond. Ken Maunder.

Monday 09th September 2019variable, rain, max15°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh
4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear. RSPB South Essex Team.

Sunday 08th September 2019north westerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:37 to 11:13
1 Whinchat, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Sand Martin, 100+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Teal, 1 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 20 Stock Dove, 10 Linnet. 1 Red Admiral, 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East and the Estuary 08:45
1 Mute Swan cygnet from Southchurch Park flew to the estuary for the first time just off the Premier Inn. Seen at 9am just off Ocean Beach cafe. Much earlier on the estuary than last year. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 12:25
Marsh Flats stroll: 14 Greylag Goose over, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard over Paglesham, 6 Swallow, 8 Skylark, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, small Linnet flock. 1 Clouded Yellow, numerous Small Heath, 2 Common Blue and 2 Red Admiral butterflies. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 12:30
200+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 250+ Greylag Geese, 350+ Coot, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Magpie, 60+ Mute Swan, 200+ Mallard, 150+ Pochard, 180+ Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhen, 200+ Cormorant, 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Lapwing. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 14:50
4 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 16 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Mute Swan, 6 Egyptian Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 180+ Pochard, 160+ Tufted Duck, 180+ Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 30+ Great Crested Grebe. Robert Harris.

EWT Blue House Farm/Crouch Estuary 14:30 to 16:00
2 Cormorant, 26 Barnacle Goose, 2 Mallard, 1 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, c.10 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear. Ross Gardner.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 15:00 to 16:00
3 Mute Swan, 10 Mallard, 14 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Redshank, 20 Carrion Crow, 70 Starling, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin. Denis Warren.

A130 Rettendon 16:00 to 16:05
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

Saturday 07th September 2019north north west, partly cloudy, max18°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:10
1 Box Tree Moth in the garden. First I've seen, but reported from Hockley and from Landguard, (Suffolk), in the last few days so perhaps establishing locally. David Selley.

Canewdon, Creeksea Ferry Road 17:00 to 17:20
1 Grey Heron and 4 Little Egret on saltmarsh at Lion Creek, 1 Hobby, 20+ Swallow west. David Selley.

Hadleigh Marsh/Benfleet Creek (Two Tree Island Lagoon) 18:00 to 19:00
c.30 Oystercatcher, c.15 Avocet, 16 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, c.200 Black-tailed Godwit, c.200 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Sandwich Tern. Ross Gardner.

Southchurch Park East 18:10
1 Mute Swan male, large bird 26lb+, 2 1/2 to 3/4 yrs old beak almost completely orange, seems not nervous, so could be one on the local cygnets returned. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 19:30 to 19:45
44 Mute Swan, 50+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 21 Canada Geese, 45 Mallard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Moorhen, 40+ Cormorant, 13 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Friday 06th September 2019variable, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Canvey Point 09:30 to 10:40
2 Arctic Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 35+ Common Tern, 1 Eider, 8 Shelduck, 25 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Little Egret, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 200+ Oystercatcher, 10 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield 11:00 to 12:30
20 House Martin, Swallow, Sand Martin, 2 Hobby. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:20
150+ Cormorant, 150+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 200+ Swallow and House Martin, 6 Pied Wagtail, 5 Carrion Crow, 17 Woodpigeon, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 300+ Coot, 4 Moorhen, 100+ Mallard, 100 +Tufted Duck, 60+ Pochard, 54 Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 36 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
2 Kestrel, Reed Bunting, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Swallow, House Martin, 4 Little Egret, Tufted Duck, Spotted Redshank, Whinchat, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Buzzard, Corn Bunting, Blackcap. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 05th September 2019north westerly, partly cloudy, max18°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:54 to 14:05
2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.25 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 32 Lapwing, 1 Pochard (male), 50+ Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Egret, c.40 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whinchat (SW of reserve), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cuckoo (juvenile), c.65 Black-tailed Godwit. 1 Bank Vole (deceased). 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 15:30
Sighted from Sea wall by car park: 1 Common Buzzard hunting by the southern sea wall doing a passable impression of a kestrel, using the wind to hover remarkably proficiently. 2 Kestrel, 4 Grey Heron and 3 Little Egret on the old sea wall in Allsfleet Marsh. 10+ Redshank strung along the sluice channel. Flock of 20 to 30 Golden Plover flying east along the old sea wall. 2 Yellow Wagtail catching insects along the sea wall. Sighted on a stroll from the car park to the farm track and back via the screens: 1 Peregrine Falcon flying across Pool Marsh, 1 partially eaten eclipse male Mallard on the farm track; presumably the Peregrine’s lunch, mixed flock of Linnet, Reed and Corn Bunting, probably around 150 individuals, predominantly Linnet; feeding along the farm track. 1 Marsh Harrier (female) hunting along the bund across the Southern Pools, 100+ Canada Geese, 4 Cormorant, 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull and 2 Little Egret on or around the islands towards the back of Grass Farm Lagoon. 1 Greenshank on the NE shore of Grass Farm Lagoon. Ron Johnson.

Wednesday 04th September 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:53 to 12:05
4 Spotted Redshank [creek], 4 Greenshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 9 Teal, 25+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 4 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
24 Red Crested Pochard, 100+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhen, 300+ Coot, 52 Mute Swan, 33 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 160+ Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 7 Carrion Crow, 31 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 03rd September 2019west south west, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Hockley 10:00
Box Tree Moth found in spiders web (we have no box plants in our garden). George Kempen.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:20 to 12:40
40+ Mute Swan, 1 Swan Goose, 150+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Coot, 7 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Carrion Crow, 9 Cormorant, 12 Greylag Geese, 6 Canada Geese, 17 Woodpigeon, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30
1 Cattle Egret (by marina), 1 Buzzard, 300+ Starling (scrape). Mick Roe.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 12:30
1 Spoonbill on Aveley Flash, 6 Whinchat on Aveley Marsh near the 'numbers'. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Kestrel, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Pied Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow. RSPB South Essex Team.

Monday 02nd September 2019south west, partly cloudy, max21°c

Shoebury, Maitland Place 09:30
Female Sparrowhawk plucking fresh kill in back garden (another House Sparrow), Coal Tit visiting feeder. Jackie Bliss.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 14:10
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 50+ Linnet, 31 Black-headed Gull, 2 Moorhen, 5 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 9 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:30 to 16:00
800+ Coot, 1 Moorhen, 50+ Mute Swan, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Swan Goose, 250+ Greylag Geese, 200 Canada Geese, 4 Lapwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, 300+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 8 Red Crested Pochard, 160+ Mallard, 3 Carrion Crow, 9 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker. RSPB South Essex Team.

Sunday 01st September 2019variable, partly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 11:00
1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], c.7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Phyllos Warbler, c.9 Whitethroat, 10+ House Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Teal, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Water Rail [present Manorway Fleet], 2 Common Buzzard [one hovering other side of creek], 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 10+ Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redshank [a pale grey bird on creek looked like a Spotted Redshank, but think it was an Iceland race bird as nothing else about it looked right and I knew it wasn't when it flew]. 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Shoebury, Maitland Place 10:00
Male Sparrowhawk plucking freshly killed House Sparrow in back garden (4 feet from patio door!), the fourth Sparrowhawk kill in three days in our garden. (We've found in the past that two kills in one day means that a recently fledged Sparrowhawk is being shown the ropes by its parent). Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Wakering Stairs 10:15 to 12:45
1 Brent Goose (in front of X Tower), 11 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (over Foulness), 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1000+ Oystercatcher, 200 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adw), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 15 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (also 5+ Phylloscs spp.). Insects included 20 Large White, 20 Small White, 10 White spp. 5 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 male Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Migrant Hawker. Mike Harris.

Benfleet, Fernlea Road 11:30
1 Coal Tit briefly. 1 Speckled Bush-Cricket (female), 10+ Field Grasshopper, 1 Hornet Hover Fly, 1 Common Scorpion Fly all in garden. 2 House Crickets calling from neighbour’s front gardens during recent hot weather. Richard Gray.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 13:50
14 Red Crested Pochard, 130+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Mallard, 250+ Coot, 31 Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Lapwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Canada Geese, 9 Greylag Geese, 5 Carrion Crow (one with white flight feathers on both wings). Robert Harris.

Wakering Stairs 14:55 to 17:00
4 Little Egret, 205 Oystercatcher, 49 Curlew, 100 Dunlin, 30 Knot, 396 Bar-tailed Godwit, 106 Grey Plover, 7 Redshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull (all sub-adult), 67 Swallow south-west, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Wheatear, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat. Several Red Admiral and Painted Lady and 1 Clouded Yellow butterflies. David Selley.

Billericay 16:30
2 juvenile Green Woodpecker on Mayflower school field. Marion Burch.



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