South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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June 2021

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Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 08:10
7 or 8 Wren - 2 adults with 5 or 6 young in the garden. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:52 to 11:15
2 Avocet [lagoon], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 4 Cuckoo [2 pairs], 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles present], 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Blackcap [singing, Coryton], Chiffchaff present [Coryton], 3 Reed Warbler [1 seen and heard], c.4 Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 1 Linnet, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Feral Pigeon, 2 Kestrel, 1 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Hockley, Glencrofts 11:30
1 Jay on peanut feeder. Irwin Lewis.

Saturday 12th June 2021west north west, clear, max24°

Southchurch Park East 08:15
5 Moorhen chicks hatched and on water being fed by parents. Robert Dobinson.

Westcliff, St George’s Park Avenue 10:50
Red Kite west over garden. Joe Dickens.

Westcliff 12:00
Red Kite over Rochford Hundred Golf Course. Les Sweeney.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 14:34
Buzzard being mobbed by Sparrowhawk over. Graham & Kris Mee.

Friday 11th June 2021south westerly, mostly cloudy, max25°c;

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:30 to 13:00
Avocet, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Common Tern, Cormorant, Corn Bunting, Cuckoo, Gadwall, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler (heard), Shelduck, Skylark, Spoonbill, Starling, Swallow, Tufted Duck, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Yellow Wagtail. Russ Payne, Norman Oliver, John Attfield.

A127 East of Brook Road Industrial Estate 16:00
Hobby following A127 tree line adj. to Lower Wyburns allotments, Blackcap singing. Peter Bowden.

Priory Park 18:00
Several Mallard and ducklings, Moorhen. Tench spawning on south side of western lake, Common Carp up to about 20lb, Goldfish approx. 3lb. 3 dead Eels, making four seen this week, other fish seem to be OK. Peter Walker.

Thursday 10th June 2021south westerly, mostly cloudy, max24°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:22 to 09:25
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 1 Yellowhammer, 4 Lapwing, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler [singing, Manorway Fleet], c.7 Reed Warbler [present over area], 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles present], 1 Blackcap [singing, Manorway Fleet], 3 Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 Stock Dove, 6 Shelduck, 2 Cormorant [2, Manorway Fleet]. 1 Fox. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00 to 12:00
1 female Bearded Tit. 2 Cetti's Warbler, numerous Sedge Warbler, Redshank, Lapwing, Little Egret, Goldfinch, Greylag Geese with goslings. Marion Burch.

Southend Seafront, By Olivers 10:55
Great Crested Grebe diving repeatedly about 10m from shore. Jane Attwell.

Wednesday 09th June 2021south westerly, clear, max26°c

Southchurch Park East 08:15
1 Yellow Flag Iris opened east of footbridge, two weeks later than last year. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley Woods 10:00 to 12:00
6 Heath Fritillary, 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 4 Common Blue. Steve Jellett.

Westcliff High School for Girls 13:15
Peregrine circling low over school (year 8 were fairly interested when I pointed it out to them!). Joe Dickens.

Belfairs NR 14:30 to 16:00
6 Heath Fritillary, 6+ Brimstone, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Slow-worm. Steve Jellett.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 21:30 to 21:55
1 Blackbird, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Little Owl. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 08th June 2021south south west, clear, max24°c

Barking, River Roding Near Tesco Roundabout 09:30
Sand Martins busily feeding their young. Steve Wall.

North Shoebury 10:31
3 Buzzard over. Terry Strong.

North Fambridge 12:20 to 12:40
12 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Goldfinch, 35 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, 1 Jay, 16 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Rettendon A132 13:00 to 13:05
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 21:30 to 22:00
2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 22:30 to 23:00
Fledged Tawny Owl heard calling. First time for a number of years. Russ Payne.

Monday 07th June 2021east south east, clear, max23°c

River Crouch Towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 10:30 to 12:00
1 Cuckoo (heard), 3 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap (heard), 1 Song Thrush (heard). 3 Red Eyed, 15 Azure, 3 Blue Tailed, 3 Hairy, 5 Four spotted Chaser, 1m Emperor, 1f Broad bodied Chaser, 5 Common Blue, 8 Small Heath, 2 Holly Blue, 1m Orange Tip. 5 Smooth Newt. Steve Jellett.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 21:30 to 21:55
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 12 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Sunday 06th June 2021variable, clear, max22°c

Cherry Orchard Country Park 10:30 to 12:30
1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 5+ Magpie, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 Wren (heard), 2 Jay, 1 Chaffinch (heard). 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 15+ Common Blue, 4 Blue tailed, 8 Red Eyed, 25+ Banded Demoiselle. Steve Jellett.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:55
Buzzard over west. Graham Mee.

Witham, Braxted Park 16:10 to 16:45
2 Jay, 3 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Turtle Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 12 Common Pheasant, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 10 House Sparrow, 1 House Martin, 5 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 17:00 to 17:35
1 Cuckoo, 70+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 15 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron. Robert Harris.

Rettendon, A130 18:30 to 18:34
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 21:00 to 21:20
4 Blackbird, 1 Little Egret, 2 Herring Gull, 200+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 8 Starling. 6 Rabbit. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 21:30 to 21:35
1 Little Owl, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Saturday 05th June 2021north westerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

EWT Blue House Farm 10:30 to 12:00
All to and from 1st hide: 1 male Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Common Tern, 4 Skylark, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 10+ Black-headed Gull, c.30 Avocet, 1 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Redshank, 26 Shelduck. 1 Small Heath, 1 Blue tailed, 5 Azure, 3m Hairy. 3 Common Lizard. Steve Jellett.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:55 to 10:57
Red Kite drifted west, Great Spotted Woodpecker in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.
Red Kite over garden

EWT Backwarden Reserve 13:00 to 14:30
1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 Nightingale (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 6 Jackdaw. 25+ Azure, 2m+1f (ovipositing) Hairy, 1m+1f (ovipositing) Four spotted Chaser, 1m Broad bodied Chaser. 2 Brimstone, 1 Peacock. Steve Jellett.

Lower Wyburn Allotments 15:00 to 17:00
1 male Blackcap (more heard). 1 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip. Peter Bowden.

Hullbridge 15:25
Leucistic Starling in garden. Steve Jellett.

Circular Walk from/to Barling Church via Seawall Taking in Barling Magna Reserve 16:00 to 19:00
Cuckoo perched on fence between Barling Tip and seawall where Barling Creek meets The Voilet, flying along fence to other perches (not calling so perhaps female). 8 Linnet, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Redshank, numerous Black-headed Gull, 50+ Carrion Crow in field alongside tip, 1 Kestrel, 2 Great Tit, several Wren, 4 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat. 1 Brown Hare. 1 Painted Lady, several Small Heath. In Barling Magna reserve: Cuckoo showing well in tree (not calling, female again?), plus Cuckoo calling at other end of reserve and flying/showing well in tree, + Cuckoo calling from direction of Barling church; large number of Swallow over meadow and pond. Jackie Bliss.

West Hanningfield 16:30
4 Buzzard soaring together over Hicks Farm/Three Compasses. Ray Norman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 17:00 to 19:00
3 Goldfinch, 3 Little Egret, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 male Cuckoo, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Common Lizard. 1 Red Fox, 1 Blue tailed, Azure, 1 Large Red. Steve Jellett.

Friday 04th June 2021north westerly, rain, max16°c

Southend, North Avenue 07:40 to 07:55
10 Swift hawking between North Ave and Central Ave. S. Jackson.

Ashingdon 16:00 to 16:05
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:20 to 16:45
1 Common Pheasant, 6 Carrion Crow,2 Magpie, 6 Skylark, 40+ Starling, 50+ Woodpigeon, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Shelduck, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull 1 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier. Robert Harris.

Wickford (Garden) 18:50 to 19:55
1 Sparrowhawk. Robert Harris.

Thursday 03rd June 2021south westerly, clear, max25°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:00 to 08:00
16 Avocet +10 chicks, 4 Shelduck +10 ducklings, 2 Mute Swan +5 cygnets, 9 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 4 Bearded Tit, 1 Cuckoo. David Shepherd.

Leigh on Sea, park View Drive 10:00 to 10:15
Sparrowhawk over. Painted Lady on rosemary in garden. Graham Mee.

Heybridge Basin 14:30 to 14:35
1 Red Kite heading east. Tim Davis.

Wickford, Beauchamps Estate 15:15
Red Kite being harassed by Carrion Crow. Stuart Fleming.

Footpath Between Cupid's Corner and Wakering Stairs Sea Wall 21:00
Nightingale singing for several minutes (recorded). Jackie Bliss.

Wednesday 02nd June 2021easterly, clear, max23°c

No reports received on this day.

Tuesday 01st June 2021east north east, clear, max23°c

Leigh on Sea 09:45
Buzzard mobbed by a crowd of Crows over Belfairs. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:30 to 13:00
6 Greylag Geese, 6 Red Crested Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 1 Wren (heard), 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (heard). 1 Comma, 1 Green-veined White, 1 small Copper, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Orange Tip. 1 Grass Snake (pond). 1 Broad bodied Chaser, 2 Hairy, 5 Blue-tailed, 20+ Azure (some in cop and ovipositing), 2 Large Red. Steve Jellett.

Canvey Point 13:30 to 14:30
75 Brent Geese, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 35 Oystercatcher, 7 Curlew, 5 Cormorant, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow, 1 Swift. 1 Grey Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 14:20 to 14:30
2 Yellowhammer (singing males), 7 Swallow, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. David Selley.

Hadleigh Country Park 15:00 to 17:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Little Egret, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow. 1 Peacock, 1 male Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue. 5 Broad bodied Chasers, 3 Hairy, 3 Large Red, 10+ Blue tailed. 5 Grass Snake. Steve Jellett.

Witham, Braxted Park 19:10 to 19:45
2 Grey Heron, 26 Woodpigeon, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Common Pheasant, 5 Blackbird, 7 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Robert Harris.

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