South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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April 2019

Sunday 21st April 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:30
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 10+ Teal, 1 Curlew, c.6 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, c.5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap [Coryton], 2 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton], 2 Cuckoo present, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 10 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [Oozedam Fm. and Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, c.5 Stock Dove, c.10 Linnet, 9 Shelduck, 2 Feral Pigeon [pair]. 1 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 12:45
1 drake Mandarin duck in SE corner of lake and up lower edge of grass bank, Reed Warbler now heard in all areas of reed bed. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, 13:00 and 14:00
2 Buzzard circled over garden and then drifted west 13:00. 1 Buzzard low south 14:00, Sparrowhawk east. Graham & Kris Mee.
Buzzard over garden

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 14:30
37 Mallard, 2 Shoveler 6 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 40+ Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 50+ Coot, 50+ Greylag Geese, 40+ Canada Geese, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Mute Swan, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackcap. Robert Harris.

Saturday 20th April 2019east north east, clear, max22°c

South Woodham Ferrers, Marsh Farm 06:00
1 Cuckoo heard. David Chivers.

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Seven Spotted Ladybird on oak tree trunk in Wildflower meadow, 1 Green Woodpecker calling from Poplar in NE corner. Robert Dobinson.

Southchurch Park East 12:50
1 drake Mandarin SE corner of water and out on grass bank. Robert Dobinson.

Shoeburyness 13:00
Red Kite over Bishopsteignton. Nicola Wybrow.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
37 Cormorant, 29 Greylag Geese, 17 Canada Geese, 19 Coot, 27 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 Starling. Robert Harris.

Friday 19th April 2019east north east, clear, max19°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Nightingale and Lesser Whitethroat

South Fambridge 08:30
2 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker. Lisa.

Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 09:00
Reed Warbler heard in three different areas of the reed beds, 1 Mallard female has two ducklings left, 1 choccy, 1 normal. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:25
Mediterranean Gull present [c.3 could be heard, but only P. Worland later saw one briefly high far away], 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler [Manorway Fleet, where also heard singing], 1 Lesser Whitethroat [seen and heard], c.7 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler singing [near Manorway Fleet], 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo, c.10 Teal, Curlew present, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Blackcap [singing, Manorway Fleet], 2 Chiffchaff [Coryton, one seen], 1 Lapwing, Oystercatcher present, 4 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.7 Stock Dove, c.4 Linnet. 1 Orange Tip. c.6 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:10 to 13:15
Cormorant, Greylag and Canada Geese, 7 Mute Swan, 70+ Carrion Crow, 10 Skylark, 12 Mallard, 3 Lapwing, 18 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Avocet, 2 Common Tern, 2 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Tufted Duck, 23 Pochard, 2 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck, 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Little Grebe, Pair Gadwall, 1 Goldfinch, Reed Warbler (heard only), Peregrine flew over our heads with a bird in it's claws, 2 Marsh Harrier mating on pylons. 24 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. Chris Henry (see photos on Facebook).

RSPB Wallasea Island 10:00 to 12:45
Reed Bunting, c.500 Black-headed Gull, 4 Cormorant, 58 Avocet, Common Crow, c.50 Skylark, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult and juvenile), Blackbird, Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, c.40 Shelduck, 3 Common Tern, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Swallow, 8 Mute Swan, 5 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler, 8 Greylag Goose, 6 Mallard, 6 Pheasant, 4 Corn Bunting (in trees RHS by entrance gate on entry), 2 Yellow Wagtail, Common Gull. Noel Barnes.

River Crouch, Hullbridge to Battlesbridge 10:30 to 13:30
2 Common Buzzard, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Swallow, 6 Whimbrel, 5 Stock Dove. David Chivers.

Shoebury Park 10:38
Numerous Mallard (at least 11 Ducklings), 2 adult Egyptian Geese + 5 Goslings, Green Woodpecker heard. Terry Strong (see photos on Facebook).

Westcliff on Sea, St. George's Drive 11:00 to 14:25
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine Falcon (together), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults, together), 2 Swallow (north). Jeff Kinnerman.

Wickford 14:00 to 14:30
1 Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock in garden. Robert Harris.

Great Wakering 15:15 to 16:40
Cupid's Chase to seawall: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Greenfinch. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 18:30
2 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 9 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 7 Skylark, 8 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 5 Starling, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier. 1 Oil Beatle, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Red Admiral. Robert Harris.

Foulness Island 20:20 to 20:25
3 Pipistrelle Bats flying around garden. Steve and Fran Giles.

Foulness Island
Firecrest and Cuckoo in garden this afternoon. Steve and Fran Giles.

Thursday 18th April 2019east north east, clear, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Common Tern, Sand Martin and Cuckoo

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:50
1 Great White Egret over going east. Unmistakably larger than a Little Egret, (Grey Heron size), with much slower more languid wing beats. David Selley.

River Roach Seal trip 10:00 to 13:00
2 Great Crested Grebe (pair), 1 Buzzard (on Wallasea), 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 2 Peregrine Falcon (together, flew from Wallasea to Foulness), 6 Avocet, 1 Herring Gull (Orange ring YZ (or 7?) LT), 4 Common Tern (first on the Roach this year). 18 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal. (see photos on Facebook) Graham Mee.

Rochford 11:30
3 Buzzard high above Oxford Road heading South East. John.

Foulness Island 11:40
Cuckoo heard then seen in garden. Steve Giles.

Billericay 12:30 to 15:05
3 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip in my garden today. Chris Henry.

Herongate 15:30
1 Red Kite being harassed by Crows. Pete and Dawn.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 18:00
240 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 16 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Pochard, 4 Shelduck, House Martin, Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Sedge Warbler singing only on east side. David Shepherd.

Foulness Island 17:30
Male Brambling again on feeders. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 19:50 to 20:05
1 Swan Goose, 1 Mute Swan, 40+ Tufted Duck, 16 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 12 Coot, 2 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 17th April 2019variable, haze, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Reed Warbler and Yellow Wagtail

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:00 to 08:30
4 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Goose, 40 Greylag Goose, 2 White-fronted Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 4 Shelduck, 22 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 5 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 7 Avocet, 70 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 300 Carrion Crow, 8 Blackbird, 10 Skylark, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Cetti's Warbler (heard). The White-fronted Geese were swimming around the main lagoon on the west side but later took off and flew east but I was able to get a good flight photo. Denis Warren.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:18 to 14:45
11 Skylark, 10 Redwing, 3 Swallow, 8 Blackcap, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 5 Greenfinch, 9 Reed Bunting, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 2 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall, 97 Avocet, 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Teal, 4 Wigeon (pairs), 1 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 5 Pochard, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Stock Dove. 1 Common Lizard, 1 Red Fox. 1 Green-veined White, 7 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip, 25+ Peacock. Church Road: 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew past calling), 4 Common Buzzard (together). Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:30
1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Coryton], 3 Whitethroat singing, 1 Sedge Warbler singing [Coryton], 30+ Teal [included pair Oozedam Fm.], 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier [1 green wing tagged bird], 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 3 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [singles Oozedam Fm. and Manorway Fleet], 3 Blackcap [2 singing, Coryton], 3 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton and other side of creek], 5 Linnet, 10+ Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mute Swan. 1 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30 to 11:30
1 drake Garganey on winter pool on Aveley Marsh, showing well all day, 2 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 4 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Buzzard. Andrew Gouldstone.

Two Tree Island East 11:30 to 12:30
2 pairs of Mallard. A pair of Coot, a pair of Moorhen. 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, 4 Peacock butterflies. 1 water vole. Trevor Masters.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 17:10 to 17:25
50+ Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 26 Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow. Robert Harris.

East Hanningfield, Creephedge Lane 17:30 to 17:35
2 Common Buzzard, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:50 to 18:10
18 Greylag Geese, 8 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 4 Pochard, 15 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 180+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 5 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 12 Woodpigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Starling, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
2 Egyptian Geese. RSPB South Essex Team.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Teal, Shelduck, Tufted Duck. Marsh Harrier, Shoveler, Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, Snipe, Chaffinch, Skylark, Pochard, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Corn Bunting, Mediterranean Gull, Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk. Orange-tip 20+ Peacock. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 16th April 2019east north east, haze, max13°c

Foulness Island 09:10 to 09:20
Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Little Owl, all seen driving off island. Steve Giles.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 13:00
2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard. Mick Roe.

Monday 15th April 2019east north east, partly cloudy, max11°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 9:00 to 19:45
30+ Common Pheasant, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 5 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 1 Skylark, 1 Little Egret, 60+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
40+ Cormorant, 40+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 32 Mallard, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Coot, 2 Gadwall, 5 Starling, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Wren, 63 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:30
250+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Garganey (all drakes), 18 Avocet, 11 Snipe, 3 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 19 Shelduck. David Shepherd.

Wickford 18:00 to 18:05
1 Peregrine Falcon flying high over garden went into stoop into Nevendon playing field. Robert Harris.

Sunday 14th April 2019easterly, partly cloudy, max12°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:30
35+ Fieldfare, 65+ Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Curlew, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Chiffchaff [1 singing and 1 calling Coryton], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 1 Pochard [Oozedam Fm.], 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Grebe [pair Oozedam Farm and single Manorway Fleet], c.9 Linnet, c.4 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 17 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:30 to 13:00
8 Great Crested Grebe, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, House Sparrow, Starling, 6 Collared Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 7 Magpie, Little Egret, 20 Mallard, 16 Great Tit, 4 Robin, 75+ Cormorant, 12 Blue Tit, 20 Coot, 10 Mute Swan, 40 Greylag Goose, Dunnock, Jay, 6 Stock Dove, Chaffinch, 6 House Martin, 50+ Canada Goose, Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Wren, 5 Blackbird, Blackcap, 2 Marsh Harrier [females], Little Gull, Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, Lesser black-backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, 2 Wigeon, Mistle Thrush, Herring Gull, Goldcrest, Common Gull, Redshank, Grey Heron. Muntjac Deer. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Foulness Island 13:00
Male and female Brambling on feeders again a number of times during day. Steve and Fran Giles.

Foulness Island 15:00 to 16:15
5 Common Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, c.20 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, c.100 Redshank, pair Teal, 14 Avocet, 7 Corn Bunting, Green Woodpecker. Steve and Fran Giles.

Saturday 13th April 2019east north east, partly cloudy, showers, max9°c

River Roach Seal Trips 11:00 to 15:00
1 Buzzard (very light bird flew from Wallasea to Dengie), 14 Avocet. 22 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Foulness Island 12:45
male and female Brambling on feeders again. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 13:50
1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Starling, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 1 Swan Goose, 40+ Greylag Geese, 32 Canada Geese, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 23 Herring Gull, 18 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 47 Cormorant, 40+ House Martin, 1 Mute Swan, 16 Coot. Robert Harris.

Hockley Woods 15:00 to 17:00
2 Buzzard being mobbed by one crow, small flock of long-tailed Tit, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Jay, 2 Blackcap, lots of Great Tit and Blue Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, many Blackbird and Robin, 4 Wren. 20+ Grey Squirrel. David Z.

North Fambridge 15:20 to 15:40
3 Collared Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 12 Mallard, 3 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:45 to 19:45
1 Marsh Harrier, 15 Corn Bunting, 3 Magpie, 1 Little Egret, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 5 Canada Geese, 40+ Common Pheasant, 4 Blackbird, 7 Starling, 6 Skylark, 18 Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon. 1 Red Fox. Robert Harris.

Friday 12th April 2019east north east, partly cloudy, max10°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Willow Warbler

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:33 to 11:12
1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, 1 Whimbrel [probably still wintering bird lingering], 2 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Manorway Fleet], 55+ Teal, 7 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe [1 on creek, migrant], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Jay, 6 Stock Dove, 8 Shelduck, c.6 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 11:45 to 12:45
Several sightings of male Brambling in with House Sparrow and Goldfinch on feeders right by my back door. A garden first! Peter Bowden.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
9 Coot, 1 Mute Swan, 26 Mallard, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 39 Greylag Geese, 24 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 40+ Cormorant, 1 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:10
4 Coot, 10 Mute Swan, 31 Mallard, 400+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 12 Canada Geese, 40+ Corn Bunting, 16 Skylark, 20+ Linnet, 30+ Carrion Crow, 38 Common Pheasant, 3 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Blackbird, 40+ Stock Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Foulness Island 15:20 to 15:25
Male and female Brambling on feeders, 3 Marsh Harrier and 2 Common Buzzard. Steve Giles.

Wakering Stairs 15:45 to 17:00
14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (including one keeping close company with, then flying off with, a pair of Canadas), 2 Canada Goose, 3 Little Egret, c.100 Oystercatcher, 47 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Jay, 1 Willow Warbler in Blackthorn by the "N Battery" sign, 1 Chiffchaff heard, 3 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 male Reed Bunting. David Selley.

Writtle 16:00 to 18:00
Lesser Whitethroat (in horses paddock behind Skeggs Farm), 2 Oystercatcher on Titchmarsh Reservoir, 4 Swallow over Titchmarsh Reservoir, 2 Little Egret along river Can. 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap.

Southchurch Park East 17:15
6 Mallard ducklings (incl. 3 dark brown) with female Mallard. Robert Dobinson.

Thursday 11th April 2019east north east, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Southchurch Park 08:15 to 12:40
2 Canada Geese flying onto lake area and chased off by Mute Swan male, then headed to estuary. Robert Dobinson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00
4 Greenfinch on feeders - 2 male, 2 female. David Selley.

Wickford 14:00 to 14:10
2 Peacock Butterfly in garden. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:50 to 15:05
2 Carrion Crow, 3 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Coot, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 1 Swan Goose, 34 Greylag Geese, 34 Canada Geese, 1 Common Gull, 36 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Barling Millennium Wildlife Park 15:05 to 16:05
2 Buzzard - pair displaying, 4 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 7 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting - both singing males, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Wednesday 10th April 2019north north east, partly cloudy, max10°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Common Whitethroat and House Martin

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 08:03 to 13:02
7 House Sparrow, 2 Blackcap (heard only), 1 Stock Dove, 1 House Martin, 1 Kestrel (male), 3 Common Gull, 3 Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear (male, reserve), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults), 1 Green Woodpecker, 45 Redshank (on island in lake). 1 Speckled Wood. Estuary: c.250 Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 2 Curlew, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Dunlin. Jeff Kinnerman. 

River Roach Seal Trip 09:00 to 12:00
18 Oystercatcher, 23 Avocet (much displaying and mating going on), 28 Curlew. 6 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:03 to 11:18
1 Whimbrel [probably still wintering bird], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton], 45+ Teal, 8 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 3 Little Grebe [pair Oozedam Fm. and single Manorway Fleet], c.10 Linnet, 7 Stock Dove, 10 Shelduck [6 lagoon]. Richard Fahey.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 11:00 to 14:00
2 Mute Swan, 18 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Mallard, 9 Shoveler,10 Tufted Duck, 32 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 12 Teal, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 4 Coot, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Goldfinch, 18 Linnet, 2 Wren, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Whitethroat, 11 Magpie, c.80 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 9 Skylark. 2 Female Adder, 10 Peacock butterfly, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 large White. Denis Warren.

Billericay 12:45
Coal Tit, Great Tit and Blue Tit in garden all collecting dog fur for nesting material. 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on yellow wallflowers. Marion Burch.

North Fambridge 15:50 to 16:10
3 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 5 Goldfinch, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Collared Dove, 37 Woodpigeon, 4 Mallard, 12 Starling, 31 Black-headed Gull, 17 Herring Gull, 7 Rook, 36 Carrion Crow, 14 Jackdaw. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 17:00 and 17:15
2 Swallow flying over and around pond, Coot chicks hatched on nest near cafe/footbridge. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 09th April 2019north easterly, partly cloudy, max10°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:00 to 14:15
1 Little Gull, 7 Swallow. 1 Red Fox. Mick Roe.

Pound Wood 14:30 to 15:30
4 Buzzard circling over Pound Wood, calling, Tawny Owl calling later, heard from my Daws Heath garden. 1 Female Muntjac, 3 Red Fox. Mike Sagrott.

Monday 08th April 2019variable, mist, light rain, max13°c

Great Stambridge 09:00 to 10:00
1 Kestrel (hovering overhead), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush (probably two, nest building) in garden. Steve Sanford.

Terling, Essex 12:30 to 13:00
10 Buzzard circling above Owls Hill. Glyn Hodges.

Barking, Park Lake 13:00
2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose with 3 goslings, numerous Coot including 11 nesting, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Pochard. Steve Wall.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:00
1 Black Tern, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Spotted Redshank, 16 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 15 Pochard, 5 Little Egret, 6 Shelduck. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
46 Greylag Geese, 23 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 26 Cormorant, 7 Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 12 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 07th April 2019northerly, overcast, max10°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Black Redstart

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:56 to 11:45
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton], c.55 Teal, 1 Avocet, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard [pair], 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 5 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, c.9 Stock Dove [Oozedam Fm.], c.10 Shelduck, 4 Coot [adults with 2 chicks on Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 13:55 to 14:00
1 Black Redstart on SSSI. David Chivers.

Saturday 06th April 2019north north east, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Barking, River Roding, Near Tesco Roundabout 09:00
c.20 Sand Martin, regular nesting visitors. Steve Wall.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 12:00
8 Swallow (from paddock), 1 Peregrine, 3 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Avocet. Jeff Elliott.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
46 Greylag Geese, 32 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Coot, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Pochard, 45 Cormorant, 12 House Martin, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull. 1 Muntjac Deer. Robert Harris.

Friday 05th April 2019south east to east north east, partly cloudy, max14°c

Pitsea, St.Margaret's Churchyard, Church Road 08:40 to 08:45
1 Greenfinch (male singing), 2 Blackcap (pair), 1 Song Thrush (singing). Jeff Kinnerman

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:51 to 13:48
3 Reed Bunting, 12 Meadow Pipit (together), 15 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 94 Avocet, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (pair), 2 Bearded Tit (pair), 6 Pochard, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Egret, 2 White-fronted Goose, 10 Curlew, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover (together), 3 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow (over paddock), 2 House Sparrow (pair). 1 Common Lizard. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:15
1 Spoonbill (west side), 2 Marsh Harrier. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:45 to 13:00
1 Grey Heron, 32 Greylag Geese, 45 Canada Geese, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 48 Cormorant, 14 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 12 Coot, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 15:30
1 adult Spoonbill (last seen on saline lagoon), 260+ Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck, 3 Ruff. Davis Shepherd.

North Fambridge 13:50 to 14:05
2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 16 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Dunnock, 2 Teal, 7 Mallard, 2 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 14:30 to 14:45
50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Moorhen, 50+ Carrion Crow, 40+ Jackdaw 60+ Rook, 1 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:40
4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Mallard, 16 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 22 Greylag Geese, 9 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 17 House Martin, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 14 Cormorant 30+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Thursday 04th April 2019south south east, showers, partly cloudy, max11°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:19 to 11:30
2 Blackcap singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton], 30+ Teal, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Marsh Harrier [including green winged tagged bird near barrier], 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [Oozedam Fm.], c.5 Stock Dove [Oozedam Fm.], 6 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park 11:30 to 13:00
River: 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 32 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard. Reserve: (tree clearance around pond ongoing and noisy) 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blue Tit (1 pair in nesting on box), 6 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 male Blackcap, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Magpie, 2 Crow, 2 Dunnock. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
32 Greylag Geese, 43 Canada Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Coot, 5 Gadwall, 17 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 2 Magpie, 9 Woodpigeon, 50+ Cormorant, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 50+ House Martin, 12 Starling, 5 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 03rd April 2019calm, partly cloudy, max10°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:30 to 11:30
2 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Teal. 1 Peacock. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:10 to 15:25
5 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 7 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 37 Cormorant, 47 Greylag Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, 6 Gadwall, 3 Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 39 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 29 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 25 Coot. Robert Harris.

Chelmsford, River Chelmer 16:10
2 Grey Wagtail feeding by automatic weir. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 02nd April 2019west north west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
2 Red Crested Pochard (pair), 8 Mallard, 14 Coot, 12 Starling, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 60+ Cormorant, 42 Greylag Geese, 34 Canada Geese, 5 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:30 to 18:45
7 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Pied Wagtail, 27 Greylag Geese, 48 Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 50+ Coot, 50+ House Martin, 6 Carrion Crow, 36 Starling, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull. 12 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Monday 01st April 2019east north east, clear, max11°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Swallow

RSPB Vange Marsh 09:48 to 12:30
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Egret, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Avocet, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 2 Pochard (pair), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel (female), 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Blackcap (heard only), 1 Swallow (Pitsea Hall Lane, flying north). Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Tollesbury 12:30
1 Osprey flying low near Marina being mobbed by a few gulls. Jonathan Cowley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:51 to 14:32
5 Blackcap (female, four heard only), 3 Chiffchaff (one viewed, two heard only), 2 Kestrel (pair), 1 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 3 Pochard (two drakes, one female). 1 Comma. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 13:50
40+ Canada Geese, 32 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 12 Coot, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 21 Woodpigeon, 6 Carrion Crow, 78 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 16:20
Car park to viewing screens and back: 7 Little Egret, 4 Gadwall, 3 Kestrel including an obvious pair, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 6 Curlew, 20+ Mediterranean Gull with the Black-headed Gulls on Grass Farm Lagoon, 2 Stock Dove, 16 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting. David Selley.

North Fambridge 14:50 to 15:15
43 Black-headed Gull, 27 Herring Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 3 Collared Dove, 35 Woodpigeon, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Magpie 9 Rook, 1 Dunnock. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:30
130+ Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Avocet, 3 Ruff, 5 Shelduck, 2 Spotted Redshank, 8 Snipe, 4 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 6 Wigeon. David Shepherd.



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