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July

Thursday 27th July 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:00 to 16:40
6 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Cormorant, 100+ Pochard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 150+ Coot, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Scaup, 3 Red-Crested Pochard, 200+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 3 Common Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 50+ Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 26th July 2017south south west, rain showers, max22°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive, 06:32 to 09:45
c.40 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk (east). 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:25
250+ Swift feeding across both parks/water/field at all heights, 20 House Martin feeding just above pond surface. Robert Dobinson.

Shoebury, East Beach 11:45 to 11:00
2 Grey Plover in full summer plumage. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:30 to 16:30
60 Mute Swan, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 75 Cormorant Photo available - click here, 8 Lapwing, 40 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Tern, 600 Coot Photo available - click here, 6 Gadwall, 17 Pochard, 43 Tufted Duck Photo available - click here, 15 Great Crested Grebe, mixed flocks of c.300 Canada and Greylag Geese, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Blackbird, Great Tit, 2 Moorhen. Denis Warren.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:40 to 15:40
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Kestrel (1 adult, 3 juvenile close to nest box). Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir 17:30 to 18:15
10 Pied Wagtail, 34 Cormorant, 100+ Pochard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Mallard, 7 Coot, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red-crested Pochard Photo available - click here, 1 Blackbird, 200+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 40+ Mute Swan, 3 Moorhen, 6 Gadwall, 1 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 25th July 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:20
20+ Swift over garden (smaller groups heading south). Kris Mee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:10 to 11:40
1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 12 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Swallow. Mick Roe.

River Roach Seal Trips, 10:30 to 15:00
8 Greylag Goose Photo available - click here, 22 Shelduck Photo available - click here, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Wallasea to Foulness), 8 Common Tern Photo available - click here, 32 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Foulness Island 13:20
2 Common Buzzard. Steve Giles.

Benfleet, Sandown Road 13:28
1 Red Kite drifting south over garden. Don Wildish.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
100 Carrion Crow on recently ploughed field, 11 Little Egret, 22 Coot, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Reed Warbler, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 90 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Blackbird, 50 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Starling, Magpie. Many Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, 4 Magpie Moth. Fox. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:10 to 16:55
From car park to just the first section of the Marsh Flats trail: 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egret, 13 Canada Goose, 1 presumed Greylag Goose hybrid - interesting but strange looking bird with Canadas, 11 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 Common Tern, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Monday 24th July 2017north westerly, overcast, max177deg;c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive 09:25
14 Swift together over garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 18:40
7 Cormorant, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 6 Mallard, 50+ Woodpigeon, 16 Corn Bunting, 4 Common Pheasant, 200+ Starling, 1 Kestrel, 2 Swift, 3 House Martin, 2 Marsh Harrier. Rob Harris.

Sunday 23rd July 2017westerly, scattered clouds, rain, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:05 to 11:25
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper over area, c.4 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 3 Yellow Wagtail on passage, 20+ House Martin on passage, c.15 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 4 Gadwall, Pochard and Little Grebe (2 chicks) on Manorway Fleet, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 3 Linnet. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, steady southwards movement of Swifts for the second day here. David Selley.

Two Tree Island 12:00 to 15:00
Sluice pool east end: 1 Common Sandpiper Photo available - click here, 35 Little Egret Photo available - click here. Saltings south side: c.100 Curlew. Lagoon west end: c.1000 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here in 3 main flocks, 70 Starling, c.200 Black-headed Gull, 8 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher, 16 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 2 Moorhen Photo available - click here, 3 Blackcap heard, 2 Song Thrush heard, 1 Kestrel. Denis Warren.

Two Tree Island 19:00 to 19:30
150+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Curlew, 100+ Redshank, 20+ Dunlin, 30+ Woodpigeon, 60+ Herring Gull, 2 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Saturday 22nd July 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive,11:35 to 13:30
3 Swift, 3 Goldfinch (together feeding on Common Knapweed seed heads), c.45 House Sparrow (together in Holly, including 3 males, 2 juveniles), 1 Jay. Jeff Kinnerman.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 16:00 to 19:30
150+ Swift. Steady southwards movement all afternoon. I counted 150 in about 10 minutes just after 16:00, and they were present in similar numbers every time I looked up for the next couple of hours. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 19:30 to 20:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 90+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 2 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 20+ Corn Bunting, 4 Linnet, 2 Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift, 12 Common Pheasant, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Tern. Rob Harris.

River Roach Seal Trip, 17:00 to 19:15
1 Grey Heron, 19 Greylag Goose, 8 Shelduck (6 ducklings), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Redshank, 12 Common Tern Photo available - click here. 22 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Friday 21st July 2017southerly, scattered clouds, max22°c

Jones Memorial Park 04:45
One Little Owl on the goal post and one in the 'Ginko' tree which swooped under the bushes and returned to his post in the tree with a small rodent. Phil Lusher.

Southchurch Park East 08:30
2 Canada Geese on grass bank, both very friendly and one fed by hand, 2 others also on water earlier in morning. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 13:16
1 Wood Sandpiper. Colin Knight.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 14:00
1 Scaup, 120+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 40+ Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Cormorant, 20+ Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 15 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie,2 Carrion Crow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 150+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swift. Rob Harris.

Thursday 20th July 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 11:00
c.15 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 4 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker Coryton (1 juvenile), 1 Blackcap singing Manorway Fleet, 3 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:30
1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. 2 Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:45 to 14:05
Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 9 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon, 5 Skylark, 12 Corn Bunting, 7 Linnet, 60+ Starling, 2 House Martin, 5 House Sparrow, 12 Common Pheasant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail. 1 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:25
1 Scaup, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 60+ Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Cormorant, 40+ Mute Swan, 5 Moorhen, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 15 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 17 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 19th July 2017easterly to south westerly, scattered clouds, max25°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 09:30 to 10:30
1 Common Snipe, 1 Curlew, 4 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank. James Palmer.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 12:00
2 female Bearded Tit,1 Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, Linnet, Goldfinch. Mick Roe.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:30
3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Gull. James Palmer.

Barling Magna Wildlife Park, All Saints to Sea Wall 12:00 to 13:45
Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Coot, Little Grebe, Wren, Moorhen, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew, Blackbird, Greenfinch. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

EWT Blue House Farm 14:00 to 15:00
6 Shelduck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Golden Plover, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1-2 Corn Bunting. James Palmer.

Wakering Stairs 16:30 to 17:50
2 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 6 Grey Plover, 16 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 juvenile Back-headed Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Turtle Dove flew over Stairs Road, 4 Stock Dove, 15+ Red-legged Partridge - 3 adults with party of young. David Selley.

Eastwood, Rawreth Hall Woods 17:40 to 17:45
1 Barn Owl perching and flying by meadow east of Rawreth Hall Woods appeared to have a jess on one of its legs. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 18th July 2017east north east, clear, max24°c

River Roach Seal Trip, 15:30 to 17:20
14 Little Egret, 3 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Black-headed Gull (juveniles) Photo available - click here, 8 Common Tern. 32 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Shenfield School 15:50
5 Green Woodpecker hopping around together. Tony Stevens.

Monday 17th July 2017northerly to easterly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 17:00 to 17:40
1 Little Egret, 4 Gadwall, 30+ Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 50+ Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 35 Cormorant, 40+ Herring Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Woodpigeon, 30+ Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 17:30 to 19:00
80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 12 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Common Tern, 14 Little Egret, 50+ Greylag Geese, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler. David Shepherd.

Sunday 16th July 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max25°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:55
2 Blackbird and 1 Song Thrush singing - female Blackbird collecting nest material again. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:40 to 11:30
1 juvenile Whinchat west of track/barns (pretty sure it's a bird from Europe), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Pochard with 4 chicks, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 House Martin (at least 3 passing through), 1 Swallow, a few Corn Bunting. c.5 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 19:00 to 19:55
3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit. 100+ Starling, 12 Mallard, 33 Linnet, 16 Common Pheasant, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 5,Common Tern, 7 House Sparrow, 8 Corn Bunting 550+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Skylark, 40+ Woodpigeon, 5 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 19:00 to 21:00
2, possibly, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, pair Little Owl, c.10 Kestrel including young, c.70 Little Egret including 34 on roost, 3 Grey Heron, 9 Avocet including 4 young, c.15 young Black-headed Gull on new scrape, Shelduck with 5 young, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Steve and Fran Giles.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 20:05 to 20:15
c.45 Swift (together). Jeff Kinnerman.

Saturday 15th July 2017west south west, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 06:18 to 09:50
13 Swift (together), 3 Goldfinch (together, one feeding on Common Knapweed seed head). Jeff Kinnerman.

Rochford 07:40 to 08:00
14 Swift and 8 House Martin over town centre. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:30 and 08:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair) cracking open bark on half dead cracked willow tree near Bloomfield bench, 1 Cormorant on island grooming. Robert Dobinson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:20 to 11:40
116 Swift counted in 20 minutes - all going east ahead of rain. David Selley.

Hockley, Woodlands Road 12:00 to 13:00
2 Green Woodpecker squabbling on the lawn, 6 Goldfinch flitting on and off aerial, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Collared Dove which needed rescuing having flown through the opening of the trampoline netting, 2 Jay. David Z.

River Roach Seal Trip, 12:30 to 17:15
16 Little Egret, 14 Greylag Goose (11 goslings), 12 Shelduck (4 adults, 8 chicks) Photo available - click here, 1 Peregrine Falcon (over the Crouch), 8 Common Tern Photo available - click here. 74 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Wakering Stairs 15:40 to 16:40
2 Little Egret - 1 adult and 1 juvenile flying together, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Friday 14th July 2017north westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

No reports received for this day.

Thursday 13th July 2017south south east, clear, max20°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 07:00
1 Whimbrel flying West. David Chivers.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 11:00
1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Teal on Manorway Fleet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, pair of Common Tern high over Coryton, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap singing Manorway Fleet, 1 Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk. 2 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:30
50+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Carrion Crow, 60+ Herring Gull, 120+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40+ Cormorant, 30+ Woodpigeon, 140+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Goldfinch. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 15:00
20+ Red Crested Pochard, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Common Tern. 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 10 Meadow Brown. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:30 to 15:30
7 Red Crested Pochard, 4 Pochard, 5 Common Tern, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Redshank, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, House Sparrow, Gadwall. John Attfield.

Hullbridge 18:48
7 Swift over. Colin Knight.

Wednesday 12th July 2017northerly, scattered clouds, max21°c

River Roach Seal Trip, 10:30 to 13:00
8 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 34 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 2 Great Black-backed Gull Photo available - click here. 48 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:20 to 15:40
1 Hobby, 1 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, Common Tern. 3 Marbled White, 2 Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Large White. Mick Roe.

Tuesday 11th July 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, rain, max21°c

Southend High Street 09:25 to 10:00
2 Peregrine Falcon (both on HSBC building, one very vocal), 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults together south over High Street). Jeff Kinnerman.

Wickford 11:00 to 11:05
1 Sparrowhawk. Rob Harris.

Benfleet, Fernlea Road, 11:00 to 11:10
5+ Goldcrest (family party, young still being fed by parents). Richard Gray.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:15 to 12:15
1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Swift. 40+ Gatekeeper. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
70+ Linnet, 7 Corn Bunting, 2 Skylark, 30+ Starling, 7 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 8 House Martin, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Monday 10th July 2017variable, partly cloudy, max27°c

Barking, Near Town Centre 08:00
c.30 Swift flying at rooftop height. Steve Wall.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 15:50 to 17:20
1 female Sparrowhawk low through the garden, 40+ Swift and 5 Mediterranean Gull with a mostly Black-headed Gull anting flock, 5 Swallow. 1 Wood Mouse. 2 Red Admiral and 1 Peacock butterflies. David Selley.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 08:40 to 15:20
11 Swift (together), 8 House Sparrow (together at bird bath including one male). 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Wool Carder Bee. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:25
30+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 9 Gadwall, 20+ Lapwing, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 17 Cormorant, 23 Woodpigeon, 200+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Sunday 09th July 2017east south east, partly cloudy, max26°c

Foulness Island 08:30 to 09:00
Marsh Harrier, Little Owl. Common Seal. Fran Giles.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:16 t0 11:55
1 Green Sandpiper, 20+ Redshank, 1 Lapwing west near Fobbing village, 1 Peregrine in aerial fight with 2 of 3 Common Buzzard present, 1 Little Grebe with 2 chicks, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, c.7 Swallow, 2 pairs of Linnet. c.4 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Paglesham Eastend 10:15 to 11:45
1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 7 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.20 Swallow including young being fed on one of the wrecks, 2 House Martin, 1 Skylark, 3 juvenile Pied Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting. David Selley.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 10:35 to 11:10
7 Swift (together, active and screaming). 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Wool Carder Bee. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 20:00 to 20:30
3 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting, 7 Carrion Crow, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Magpie. 1 Brown Hare Photo available - click here. Rob Harris.

Saturday 08th July 2017variable, partly cloudy, max25°c

Rochford 07:45 to 08:00
17 Swift low over the town - pleasingly birds were emerging from 2 nest sites I thought had not been used this year. David Selley.

River Roach Seal Trip, 08:30 to 14:45
10 Little Egret, 21 Greylag Goose (12 goslings) Photo available - click here, 200+ Canada Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (female on Foulness), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Foulness), 14 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern Photo available - click here, Herring Gull caught crab Photo available - click here. 62 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 09:40
Buzzard, 30+ mixed flock Swallow and House Martin and young perched on overhead wire, around all day yesterday as well. An unusual sighting. Russ Payne.

Hamstel Road Allotments 10:35
Red Tailed Mason Bee feeding on Lavender, Six Spot Burnet seen again, Essex Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper. Mick Holland.

Vange Marsh 13:00 to 14:00
1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Little Egret, 8 Curlew, 2 Common Tern. 1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly, 50+ Marbled White, 30+ Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large White, Small Skipper. Mick Roe.

Stambridge, Footpath Opposite Memorial Hall 16:30 to 17:30
15 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Skylark singing, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting. 50+ Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral butterflies. David Selley.

Friday 07th July 2017variable, clear, max29°c

Hamstel Road Allotment 10:00
Six Spot Burnet Moth feeding on Lavender. Mick Holland.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 15:15
10+ Swift flying high over back garden. John Attfield.

Thursday 06th July 2017easterly, clear, max26°c

River Roach Seal Trip 11:00 to 14:00
4 Little Egret, 22 Greylag Goose Photo available - click here, 200+ Canada Goose, 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 6 Curlew, 5 Common Tern Photo available - click here, 1 adult Little Tern. 54 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Vange 17:00
Hobby over garden. Mick Roe.

RSPB Vange Marsh 19:30 to 21:00
1 Marsh Harrier (immature male), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Little Egret, 32 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 20+ Gadwall, 40 Greylag Geese, 50 Canada Geese, 110+ Coot, 8 Bearded Tit (very active birds), 3 Reed Bunting. David Shepherd.

Wednesday 05th July 2017east south east, clear, max24°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:10
Marbled White  on Verbena (first record for garden). Graham & Kris Mee.

Gunners Park 10:00 to 13:00
Collared Dove, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Swallow (20 fledglings), Magpie, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, House Martin, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Redshank, Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Mute Swan, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Coot, Turnstone, Little Egret, Linnet, Mallard, Moorhen, Sedge Warbler, Common Gull, Song Thrush, Jay, Chaffinch. Large White, Small White, Small Heath, Comma, Common Blue. M.Hill & S.Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 15:00
1 Small Heath butterfly, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Comma, Large White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet. 2 Muntjac Deer. Mick Roe.

Barling Millennium Wildlife Park 15:00 to 16:50
1 Redstart - female or juvenile, (this was a surprise to say the least but little doubt as it sat on the top of a bush at quite close range with constant tail flicking, rusty red tail with pale buffish upper body), 1 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 17 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Tuesday 04th July 2017variable, scatterd clouds, max24°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 06:20
3 Grey Heron together and calling over garden south to north. Graham Mee.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive 08:00 to 13:20
1 Peregrine Falcon (juvenile high flying north), c.35 Swift (together screaming and very active). 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady (fleeting visit to Knapweeds), 1 Small Skipper. Jeff Kinnerman.

Shoebury 08:10
1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, Red Admiral. Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Steve Day.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:08
2 Grey Heron together over garden heading south. Graham Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 20:30 to 21:00
3 Kestrel, 1 Magpie, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 4 Skylark, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Common Pheasant, 8 Corn Bunting Photo available - click here, 9 Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 9 Black-headed Gull, 2 Blackbird. 1 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Rawreth Church 21:50 to 22:00
2 Little Owl. Rob Harris.

Monday 03rd July 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max23°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 07:45
18 Little Egret, 21 Redshank (saline lagoon), 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Beaded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 20 Gadwall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Swift. David Shepherd.

Sunday 02nd July 2017north westerly, scattered clouds, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:03 to 11:25
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Pochard with 4 chicks, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff present Coryton, group of 7 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.6 Stock Dove. A few Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive, 11:00 to 11:33
1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth (fleeting visit to the Verbena bonariensis), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown. Jeff Kinnerman.

River Roach Seal Trips 12:30 to 17:00
1 Brent Goose Photo available - click here, 32 Canada Geese, 4 gadwall (2 adults with ducklings), 2 Little Tern, 8 Common Tern Photo available - click here, 1 Redshank, 6 Curlew. 52 Common Seal Photo available - click here with 20 pups. Graham Mee.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 14:00 to 16:00
An afternoon gardening produced: 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch, 10 Swift, 6 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush. 3 Marbled White, 1 Ringlet, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 20+ Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood. Robin Peppiatt.

Saturday 01st July 2017north westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Hullbridge, Pooles Lane 07:00
c.60 Swift over Pooles Lane. David Chivers.

River Roach Seal Trip, 11:30 to 16:15
8 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 205 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard (on Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 5 Common Tern Photo available - click here, 68 Common Seal (included 22 pups) Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Wakering Stairs 15:40 to 17:10
4 Turtle Dove heard (only 1 of which seen) from footpath between the Broomway and Havengore Bridge - 3 from previously noted locations, 4 Little Egret, 2 Swift, 6 Swallow, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. David Selley.

Foulness Island 19:00 to 21:00
Common Buzzard, female Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Little Owl, 5 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Cuckoo seen in flight twice, 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret, 3 pairs Shelduck with young, two with 4 the other 5, c.125 Starling, 12 Skylark, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Whitethroat. 4 Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden seen all day every day. Steve and Fran Giles.



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