South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit your own sightings. I can also be contacted on the following telephone numbers: Home (01702) 525152 or Mobile: 07805 418751. If you happen to see a real rarity I would appreciate a text to my mobile number so that the news can be put out as quickly as possible.

Please send us ALL of your wildlife sightings - not just the birds! Note that you can also add your photographs to our Facebook page click here.


Friday 14th December 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:10 to 13:25
20+ Fieldfare, 12 Blackbird, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Common Pheasant, 35+ Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldfinch, 50+ Carrion Crow, 100+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 14:10 to 14:40
1 Curlew, 18 Dunlin, I Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, 45 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Goldfinch, 9 Woodpigeon, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Thursday 13th December 2018east south east, partly cloudy, max7°c

No reports received for this day

Wednesday 12th December 2018south easterly, clear, max8°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:00 to 15:30
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Marsh Harrier, 4 White-Fronted Geese by second mound with Canada Geese. 1 Buzzard in usual place by sharp bends upon leaving. Jeff Elliott.

Tuesday 11th December 2018south easterly, partly cloudy, max8°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:10
2 Short-eared Owl flying. Alexandra and Lisa Burgess.

Monday 10th December 2018westerly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:52 to 11:27
c.50 Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 200+ Lapwing, c.9 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, c.30 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Sunday 09th December 2018west north west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Thurrock, EWT Thameside Nature Park 10:15 to 13:40
20 Starling, 15 House Sparrow, 150 Black-headed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 2 Collared Dove, Mute Swan, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 4 Cormorant, 2 Woodpigeon, 100+ Shelduck, 150+ Dunlin, 12 Tufted Duck, 60 Redshank, Mallard, 6 Greenfinch, 40 Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, 200+ Lapwing, 25 Wigeon, 20 Teal, Grey Heron, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, Dunnock, 4 Chaffinch, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Tit, 2 Common Gull, 1 Brent Goose, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Aviation Way, Eastwood 12:52 to 12:52
1 Little Owl flew from tree. Mel Lengden.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:45
c.3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier. Jeff Elliott.

Saturday 08th December 2018west south west, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Wakering Stairs 08:00 to 10:00
Little Egret, 80 Woodpigeon, Sanderling, 43 Brent Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 20 Carrion Crow, Starling, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Oystercatcher, Blackbird. Noel Barnes.

Foulness Island 10:15
Common Buzzard on tree in garden, second time this week. Fran Giles.

Southend, North Avenue 10:35
Red Admiral Butterfly in garden. S. Jackson.

Friday 07th December 2018south westerly, drizzle, max13°c

Wakering Stairs 15:30 to 16:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 200+ Fieldfare feeding on fields either side of Stairs Road, 11 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat. David Selley.

Thursday 06th December 2018south westerly, mostly cloudy, rain, max13°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:38 to 11:10
1 Snipe, 2000+ Lapwing [over and above other side of creek], c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 40+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, c.25 Shelduck, 90+ Fieldfare, 2 Yellowhammer, 10+ Chaffinch, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:45
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 16 Common Pheasant, 30+ Carrion Crow, 14 Linnet, 30+ Corn Bunting, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 600+ mixed flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover, 7 Mallard, 4 Magpie, 70+ Woodpigeon, 24 Canada Geese, 29 Mute Swan, 23 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 05th December 2018southerly, mostly cloudy, drizzle, max13°c

Canvey Point 11:00 to 12:30
5 Red-throated Diver, 40+ Common Scoter, 20 Knot, 50+ Dunlin, 10 Turnstone, 150+ Oystercatcher, 100+ Brent Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant Name: Terry Blackwell.

Tuesday 04th December 2018variable, clear, max7°c;

Abberton Reservoir 09:46 to 15:01
Layer Breton Causeway: 150 Cormorant, 12 Common Gull, c.150 Shoveler, 9+ Gadwall, 42 Little Egret, 10 Goldeneye (five drakes, five females), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Smew (drake), 36 Goosander (twenty females, sixteen drakes), 75+ Pochard, 4 Great White Egret. Billet's Farm/Wigborough Bay: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 350+ Lapwing, 300+ Teal, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 23 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, c.55 Pintail, 37 Dunlin. Layer-de-la-Haye: 4 Red-breasted Merganser (pair, two females), 45 Wigeon. Reserve: 11 Egyptian Goose (together), 17 Fieldfare (together), 8 Redwing (together), 4 Meadow Pipit. Journey home (near Goldhanger): 1 Common Buzzard. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 13:30
6 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Goose, 150 Greylag with 1 Tundra Bean Goose, large numbers Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, flocks of Teal, Wigeon, And Shoveler, 5 Goldeneye, large flocks of Coot, many scattered Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 3 Blackbird, 10 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:30
5 Short-Eared Owl seen in one scan, 1 Ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Stonechat. Jeffrey Elliott. 

Monday 03rd December 2018south westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 09:03 to 10:12
50+ Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Stonechat, 20+ Lapwing, 60+ Dunlin, 1 Little Egret. Richard Fahey.

Havengore Island 10:30
1 Merlin. Trevor Waterhouse.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00
40+ Pheasant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, Hen Harrier. Fergal.

Foulness Island 15:25 to 15:35
2 Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Kestrel. Steve Giles.

Sunday 02nd December 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:26
150+ Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 250+ Teal, c.7 Wigeon, 100+ Lapwing, c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe [creek], 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:45 to 13:30
50 Starling, 4 Magpie, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 16 Mallard, 7 Woodpigeon, 10 Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Goldcrest, 20+ Blue Tit, 30+ Great Tit, 100 Cormorant, 30+ Shoveler, 20+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Tundra Bean Goose, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Coal Tit, 130 Greylag Goose, 170 Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Wren, 150+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, Grey Heron, 6 Goosander, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Peregrine, Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Common Gull, Blackbird, Pheasant, Jay, 2 Collared Dove, 40 House Sparrow. Muntjac Deer. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Saturday 01st December 2018southerly, mostly cloudy, showers, max13°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:10
3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 26 Common Pheasant, 17 Carrion Crow, 60+ Linnet, 30+ Corn Bunting, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1000+ mixed flock of Lapwing and Golden Plover, 12 Mallard, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Book a seal trip

Disclaimers: Some of our sightings are reported by a single observer (who may or may not be known to us) and will not always have been corroborated. In all cases the observers name will accompany the report. We cannot always check the sightings directly and we have to rely on the experience of the observer. The Web Author retains the right not to publish some reports until further evidence has been submitted. In the case of major rarities the observer may be asked to submit a description to the county recorders.

Please note that this is just a local group website and it is just myself that keeps it updated. Although I would dearly love to add your sightings as they arrive, I am afraid that I work full time, this means that our sightings page can only get updated in the evenings or when I am on holiday. I have considered allowing a feedback form that writes straight to the page but have rejected this because we do get quite a number of spurious reports and I feel that this would only encourage this. I hope that you understand as our visitor reports are very much appreciated and read by a lot of people. Web Author.

No part of this website is to be reproduced without the express permission of the South East Essex RSPB Local Group.


Photo available - click here = Photograph Available (click icon).

escaped bird = Possible escaped or introduced bird.

Dark red Text = Confirmed local rarity or red list bird.

more information = More information is available. This will open a new window to the RSPB main site.

 Previous Bird Reports by Month

Most Recently Updated Pages:

Report Your Sightings


E-mail address:


Date of sighting(s):

Time(s) of sighting(s):

Birds seen:

* To help us update our website it would be greatly appreciated if you could enter your sightings in the format of number(s) seen then the species with a capital letter. For example: 3 Little Egret, 6 Avocet, etc.


Please also feel free to use this form if you have any comments about this web site or if there are any other pages/subjects you would like to see on this site.

Data Protection Act
We are registered under the above act. We are only collecting your email address to enable us to reply to any comments you might make. Your email address will not be passed on to third parties and will only be used within the South East Essex RSPB Local Group. Please read our privacy and visitor policy