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October

Wednesday 18th October 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:40 to 10:40
1 Goldcrest, 1 Whimbrel on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40+ Teal, 3 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, c.9 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 09:00 to 13:00
c.12 Goldfinch in the silver birch trees, 1 Red-legged Partridge in our garden. Ian Smith.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:20
30+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 20+ Linnet, 23 Mallard, 30+ Common Pheasant, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 18 Woodpigeon, 15 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 17th October 2017south westerly, clear, max15°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 10:07 to 11:40
3 Brent Goose, 1000+ Avocet, 70+ Curlew, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Grey Plover, 300+ Dunlin, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Peregrine Falcon, c.14 Little Grebe on moat, 1 Mistle Thrush. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:00 to 12:05
1 Cattle Egret in field next to brown cows, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 400+ Brent Geese, 3 Little Egret. John Wilson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 14:00
160+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 31 Great Crested Grebe, 150+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Pochard, 150+ Coot, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Cormorant, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 7 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Monday 16th October 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:00
19 Jackdaw in a noisy fly-around. David Selley.

Sunday 15th October 2017south westerly, clear, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:25 to 12:25
2 Goldcrest (1 flying into bush calling and another calling from nearby bush, both ID by Peter Worland), 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Avocet (Holehaven Creek), 3 Dunlin of probable Sakhalina race (came up from saltmarsh near Holehaven Creek seawall, when they looked like Dunlin, but were noticeably larger with slower, more direct flight but couldn't see them again when they landed among Redshank. I'm sure they weren't of the race that winters here and think they were of the Russian or Siberian form), 200+ Black-tailed Godwit flew south, 10+ Curlew, 4 Wigeon (Holehaven Creek), 20+ Teal, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, a few Meadow Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Egret, 9 Cetti's Warbler singing over area, 1 Gadwall and Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet,60+ Goldfinch. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 10:00 to 11:30
1115 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 675 Oystercatcher, 17 Ringed Plover, 40 Grey Plover, c.450 Knot, c.200 Dunlin, 220 Bar-tailed Godwit, 77 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 10 Skylark (fly-overs), 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 45+ Goldfinch (single flock west across Havengore Creek), 6 Linnet. 1 Weasel, many Red Admiral butterflies. David Selley.

Foulness Island 14:00 to 15:00
2 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 18 Avocet, c.25 Lapwing and Golden Plover, c.35 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Little Grebe, male Stonechat, also earlier in garden birdbath, male Black Redstart. Steve and Fran Giles.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:50
5 Little Egret, 100+ Carrion Crow, 40+ Lapwing, 20+ Common Pheasant, 2 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 Kestrel. 1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:30
150+ Lapwing, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Snipe, 30+ Wigeon, 8 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 3 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat. David Shepherd.

Saturday 14th October 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 08:33 to 10:12
1 Kingfisher, 20+ Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Goldfinch moving through. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 10:00
Brent Goose, Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Little Egret, Carrion Crow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, Starling, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Dunnock, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Curlew, Wood Pigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Black-tailed Godwit, Great Tit, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Magpie. Noel Barnes.

North Fambridge 13:30 to 14:10
1 Grey Heron, 20+ Lapwing, 40+ Starling, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Blackbird, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 18 Goldfinch, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Cormorant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 15:00
200+ Coot, 150+ Cormorant, 250+ Greylag Geese, 300+ Canada Geese, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 150+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 5 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 9 Mute Swan, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Chelmsford, Tile Kiln 18:00 to 18:05
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Noctule Bat (1 Noctule Bat flying around near Lathcoats Orchard and then a female Sparrowhawk came in and started chasing the Noctule Bat!). Thomas Gilbert.

Friday 13th October 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Great Leighs 16:00
1 Red Kite flying over woods and fields. Ben & Denise Matz.

Hullbridge, Ferry Road 16:35
1 Peregrine Falcon flew over Ferry Road. David Chivers.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 17:25
1 Sparrowhawk took a sparrow from roost in ivy, c.40 House Sparrow (very unlucky Friday 13th for one). David Selley.

Two Tree Island 18:00
California Quail escaped bird - on the main path around 50 yards from the bench at the Far East end. John Tozer.

Thursday 12th October 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Hadleigh Castle 08:00
47 Goldfinch on my feeding station and on the ground. Roger Shinn.

Two Tree Island 11:00 to 14:00
Californian Quail escaped bird (50m east of feeders calling away, fairly tame - likely escape), Brent Geese, 2 Kingfisher (1 in sewage work area - the other in the far eastern side pond), Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Blackbird, Starling, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Stonechat, Canada Goose, 20 Long-tailed Tit (from hide), 2 Greenshank. 8 Redshank, 3 Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Robin, Dunnock, 1 Snipe, 12 Teal, 1 Black=tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Great Tit. Noel Barnes.

Southend Hospital 11:30
Yellow coloured Ring-necked Parakeet. Nicky Lee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:30 to 12:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank. Mick Roe.

RHS Hyde Hall 12:15
5 Common Buzzard calling and circling high over garden. N. Oliver.

Wednesday 11th October 2017south westerly, overcast, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:15
1 Whimbrel present, 2 Marsh Harrier, 10 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50+ Stock Dove, 80+ Goldfinch. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:20
1 Little Egret, 200+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Common Pheasant, 15 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 3 Kestrel, 4 Mute Swan, 15 Linnet, 28 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 34 Starling. Rob Harris.

Woodham , Edwin Hall Lane 14:00 to 14:15
300+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Common Pheasant, 50+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 7 Moorhen, 34 Starling. Rob Harris.

Two Tree Island East 15:00 to 16:35
5600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (I spent some time trying get a precise count of this large flock and think this figure is a slight underestimate), 83 Little Egret on roost at 16:30, 4 Grey Heron, 245 Curlew, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Greenfinch on feeders with Blue Tit and Great Tit. David Selley.

North Fambridge 15:10 to 15:40
30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Common Pheasant, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 7 Starling, 12 Curlew, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:15 to 16:30
200+ Lapwing, 30 Wigeon, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 52 Greylag Geese, 8 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 4 Ruff, 8 Curlew, 12 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 1 Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:10 to 16:40
20+ Woodpigeon, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Coot, 250+ Cormorant, 100+ Mallard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 34 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 10th October 2017west south west, mostly cloudy, max17°c

No reports received for this day.

Monday 09th October 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:50
40+ Common Pheasant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 43 Starling, 24 Linnet, 150+ Woodpigeon, 4 Little Egret, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 40+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Sunday 08th October 2017westely, scattered clouds, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 10:45
1 Green Sandpiper, c.7 Meadow Pipit, 30+ Teal, 2 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip, 10:00 to 12:00
21 Little Egret, 127 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose (with Canada Geese), 1 Buzzard on Foulness, 1 Avocet, 44 Lapwing. 14 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:15 to 14:00
Jackdaw, 4 Collared Dove, 15 Woodpigeon, 30 Starling, 300 Canada Goose, 250+ Greylag Goose, 40 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Herring Gull, 200+ Coot, 5 Stock Dove, 150 Mallard, 20 Mute Swan, 30 Blue Tit, 200+ Cormorant, 40 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 3 Common Gull, 15 Moorhen, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Robin, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 40+ Grey Heron, 180 Black-headed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 26 Teal, 3 Lapwing, 26 Little Grebe, 3 Ruff, Redshank, 8 Wigeon, 4 Black-tail Godwit, Jay, Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 18 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Buzzard, 5 Gadwall. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hockley 13:40 to 17:00
2 Coal Tit, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 male, 2 female), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk. Tim Davis.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:45 to 17:45
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 4 Kestrel, 40+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 40+ Lapwing, 50+ Common Pheasant, 60+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 20+ Linnet, 3 Skylark, 4 Reed Bunting, 30+ Starling. Rob Harris.

Saturday 07th October 2017westerly, scattered clouds, rain, max17°c

Thameside Nature Park 14:00 to 16:00
400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 233 Shelduck Photo available - click here, Stonechat. Graham & Kris Mee.

Gunners Park 15:00
Mute swan, Mallard, 13 Little Grebe, 30 Swallow, 8 House Martin, Starling, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Little Egret, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, Ringed Plover, 50 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, Moorhen, Coot, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, 12 Brent Goose. Noel Barnes.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:00 to 18:25
1 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 150+ Cormorant, 100+ Coot, 100+ Greylag Geese, 60+ Canada Geese, 40+ Mute Swan, 60+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Mallard, 50+ Pochard, 23 Woodpigeon, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Friday 06th October 2017north westerly, partly cloudy, max15°c

First migrant report First Local Winter Migrant Report - Redwing

Southchurch Park 08:10
5 Mute Swan cygnets all flew off from pond and out toward the estuary, all arrived back safely 10 minutes later. Last of the five now up and flying strongly. Robert Dobinson.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 09:30
10 Little Grebe. John Pitts.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:20 to 10:45
1 Buzzard, 5 Redwing flew west at 10:45. David Selley.

Rettendon Turnpike 11:30 to 11.35
1 Common Buzzard mobbed by Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 14:15
1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12 Little Egret, 50+ Redshank, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Stonechat, 40+ Linnet, 3 Mute Swan, 54 Starling, 12 Mallard, 4 Common Pheasant, 4 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Woodpigeon, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Goldfinch, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. 2 Clouded Yellow Butterfly, 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral. Rob Harris.

Thursday 05th October 2017west north west, scattered clouds, max16°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:30 to 12:30
1 Kingfisher, 2 Hobby mobbing a Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Greenfinch. Mick Roe.

Two Tree Island East 15:20 to 16:35
71 Little Egret and 2 Grey Heron on the saltmarsh off Old Leigh, 830 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 28 Wigeon, 16 Teal, c.50 Black-tailed Godwit, 85 Curlew, 15 Redshank, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler. 1 Painted Lady and many Red Admiral butterflies on ivy flowers by the sewage lagoon hide. David Selley.

Wednesday 04th October 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:38
1 Stonechat near old bungalow (bird had a pale stripe above the eye that made it look like Whinchat, but colour below like Stonechat and wholly black tail with no white. Hovered twice before flying off. This was an odd one, and think it's a northern race), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 40+ Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Southend, North Avenue 09:30
2 House Martin and a Pied Wagtail flying over. S. Jackson.

River Roach Seal Trip, 11:00 to 13:30
27 Little Egret, 130 Canada Goose, 200+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose (constant stream from North Sea), 6 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 1 Kestrel (on Potton), 4 Avocet, 15 Grey Plover, 44 Redshank. 22 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 12:30 to 15:00
1 Red Kite across Thames from Kent then inland, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 4 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1100 Avocet, 16 Little Grebe, 10 Swallow, 40 House Martin. Andrew Gouldstone.

Southchurch Park East 12:00
Kingfisher reported flying low over the reed bed east to west.

Tuesday 03rd October 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max16°c

Rainham 12:00
2 Red Kite at quite a good height, they drifted about in the wind for a couple of minutes, a great sight. Gary Jennings.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 14:00 to 16:00
1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Garganey, 2 Swallow, 5 Stonechat. Andrew Gouldstone.

Foulness Island 14:30
Firecrest in garden. Steve Giles.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:30
150+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 4 Little Stint, 2 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 12 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 26 Snipe, 30 Gadwall, 62 Wigeon, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male and adult female), 3 Little Egret. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:45 to 16:10
1 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 250+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Canada Geese, 200+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Coot, 60+ Mute Swan, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 250+ Cormorant, 7 Lapwing. Rob Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 16:40 to 17:30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 1 Green Sandpiper. John Wilson.

Monday 02nd October 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max18°c

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 17:45 to 18:00
1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth on the Abelia in our garden. Ian Smith.

Sunday 01st October 2017south westerly, cloud, rain, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:23 to 12:25
1 Wheatear and Stonechat near horse paddock/barns, 1 Whimbrel up calling from creek, 1 Chiffchaff, 50+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 20+ Meadow Pipit at Holehaven Creek, 50+ Curlew, 5 Dunlin on Holehaven Creek, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 5 Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Gadwall and Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 18:10
1 Kestrel, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 40+ Lapwing, 17 Common Pheasant, 1 Skylark, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.



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