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July

Sunday 15th July 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:39 to 10:00
2 Whimbrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting present, c.13 Stock Dove, 10+ Redshank. 5 Marbled White, 1 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

Saturday 14th July 2018variable, clear, max24°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 08:00 to 12:15
c.40 Swift (screaming). 1 Peacock, 1 Large White, 1 Comma, 2 Small White, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Jeff Kinnerman.

River Roach Seal Trips 10:00 to 18:00
8 Little Egret, 215 Canada Goose (with large crèche), 12 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet (pair with chicks), 27 Curlew, 8 Common Tern, 53 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:40 to 11:45
4 Buzzard circling together and calling, 4 Robin (juveniles in garden), 2 Wren (one carrying nest material or food). 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth on verbena, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary in the kitchen - rescued and released. David Selley.

Two Tree Island 13:00
Flock of around 100 Curlew off the southern side of the island. Caroline Reay.

Friday 13th July 2018east south east, clear, max21°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 13:35
1 Silver-washed Fritillary in the garden. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 19:45 to 20:05
2 Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Woodpigeon, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 60+ Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Coot, 45 Cormorant, 150+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 47 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull. 5 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 20:00 to 20:30
5 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Blackbird, 1 Common Pheasant, 28 Woodpigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit. Rob Harris.

Thursday 12th July 2018variable, partly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 10:30 to 14:00
Walk from car park along the sea wall to just past the triangle on the Jubilee Marsh Trail: 1 Whitethroat in bush near car park, 2 Mute Swan adults and 2 Cygnets, c.40 Black-tailed Godwit in Pool Marsh, 1 Pochard and 5 ducklings in borrow dyke, Reed Warbler (heard only), 20+ Avocet, 70+ Black-headed Gull including many immature, 8 Oystercatcher, 10+ Common Tern several fishing the borrow dyke, 2 Curlew, 20+ Greylag Geese, 20+ Canada Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting, 10 Swallow near the conveyor, 6 Little Egret, 30+ Shelduck, 2 Yellow Wagtail overflying, 3 Cormorant, 4 Redshank, 2 Kestrel flying together, 8 Woodpigeon. 6 Hare. Ron Johnson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:15
2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 2 Curlew. 1 Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large White. Mick Roe.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 13:00
1 immature Spoonbill still present on Aveley Flash. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Corn Bunting, 5 Linnet, 2 Skylark, 3 Common Pheasant, 1 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 9 Herring Gull, 36 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret. Rob Harris.

Barling Millennium Wildlife Park 16:00 to 17:35
1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher - pair persistently circling and alarm calling, 3 Stock Dove, 6 Swift, 14 Swallow, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Greenfinch - mostly juveniles, 12 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting. Large White, Small White, Common Blue, many Gatekeeper, many Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Brimstone and Peacock butterflies. David Selley.

Basildon, Garden 19:45
1 Hobby chasing 5 Swift, an unexpected sighting. David Shepherd.

Wednesday 11th July 2018northerly to easterly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Hockley 05:55
2 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:15 to 08:00
2 Mute Swan, 18 Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker (on golf range), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Oystercatcher, 15+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Skylark, 1 Grey Heron. Sue Lusk.

Southchurch Park East 08:30
2 Mute Swan (new pair) arrived last night. Original pair left two weeks ago just before moult, so they will be elsewhere for at least 8 weeks. Water level lowest for 5 years. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
100 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag Geese, 2 Mute Swan with 7 cygnets, 120 Coot, 1 Cormorant, 17 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Avocet, 12 Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck + 10 duckling, 11 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 9 Skylark, 20 Goldfinch, 250 Woodpigeon. 4 Peacock, 12 Gatekeeper, 51 Marbled White. Numerous Red Dragonfly. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 10th July 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max22°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:15
1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Oystercatcher. Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Marble White. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:25
1 Grey Heron, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 12 Woodpigeon, 3 Pied Wagtail, 250+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 100+ Coot, 80+ Mallard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 100+ Pochard, 6 Mute Swan, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Cormorant, 6 Lapwing. Rob Harris.

Wickford, Garden 23:45 to 23:50
1 Privet Hawk Moth. Rob Harris.

Monday 09th July 2018variable, partly cloudy, max27°c

Hockley 05:25
1 Coal Tit on garden feeder. Tim Davis.

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 07:50
6 Goldfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (chasing Goldfinch), 3 Skylark, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, Black-headed Gull (small flock at rest), 7 Little Egret, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank, 2 Curlew. Sue Lusk.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:38 to 10:10
2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff singing at Coryton, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Linnet, c.7 Stock Dove. 2 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Great Stambridge 09:30 to 10:25
In and around the garden: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (circling overhead), 1 Kestrel (male hunting), 1 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male, female and juvenile). Steve Sanford.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
200+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Coot, 100+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Lapwing, 30+ Cormorant, 22 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Sunday 08th July 2018variable, clear, max27°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:15 to 08:00
3 Skylark, 2 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 17 Little Egret, Black-headed Gull (flock at rest on the island), 3 Curlew, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Avocet (in flight), 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Shelduck (in flight), 3 Swift, Starling (small flock), 4 Goldfinch. 5 Large White, 3 Marbled White, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Skipper. Sue Lusk.

Rochford 08:00
11 Swift screaming around the Congregational Church. David Selley.

Rayleigh Ferndale Road 08:30 to 18:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker. 3+ Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Letter Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral (first ever in garden- stayed over an hour), 1 Marbled White, 1 Silver-Washed Fritillary (flew though without stopping), 1 Comma, 3 Peacock (newly emerged), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Meadow Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, 3 Ringlet, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 10 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Best day in the garden can remember for butterflies! Max numbers shown). Robin Peppiatt.

Southend, North Avenue 09:30 to 10:00
20 House Sparrow (included c.15 juveniles), 10 Starling (mainly juveniles), 2 juvenile Robin. Large White, Red Admiral, Comma, Small Heath. Honey Bee, Buff-tailed Bee. S. Jackson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:20 to 10:30
1 Buzzard and 1 Red Kite over the garden about 5 minutes apart - each being chased by crows. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:15 to 12:30
100+ Canada Geese, 160+ Greylag Geese, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Pochard, 40+ Mallard 7 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Cormorant, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Carrion Crow, 8 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Wickford, Garden 20:00 to 20:30
150+ Starling, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 House Sparrow, 8 Swift, 9 Herring Gull. 2 Red Admiral, 4 Large White. Rob Harris.

Saturday 07th July 2018calm, clear, max28°c

Daws Heath 11:00
3 Common Buzzard riding the thermals over the garden, calling occasionally. Mike Sagrott.

Friday 06th July 2018variable, clear, max29°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 11:00
1 immature Spoonbill on Aveley Flash - has been present most of the week. Andrew Gouldstone.

Foulness Island 16:00
Turtle Dove and 2 Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden. Steve Giles.

Thursday 05th July 2018variable, clear, max27°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:30
4 Goldfinch, Starling (flock about 25), 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, Black-headed Gull (large flock 50+), 9 Little Egret, 6 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 15 Redshank, 1 Avocet, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Swift, 3 Magpie, 1 Chaffinch, 7 Woodpigeon. 2 Small Skipper, 6 Marbled White, 7 Large White. 1 Marsh Frog (heard only). Sue Lusk.

EWT Thameside Nature Park, Thurrock 10:00 to 12:30
3 Swift, Jay, 8 Carrion Crow, 15 Mute Swan, 11 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 8 Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, 100 Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Skylark, Kestrel, 15 Avocet, 100 Shelduck, 20 Redshank, 2 Cormorant, 7 Herring Gull, 6 Curlew, 2 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Great Black-backed Gull, Wren, Pied Wagtail. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

EWT Stanford Warren 12:45 to 13:45
2 Blackbird, 3 Wren, 14 Woodpigeon, 6 Carrion Crow, 7 Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron, 2 Coot, Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 30 Black-headed Gull, 5 Magpie, 9 Canada Goose, 6 Mallard, 11 Greylag Goose, Moorhen, Stock Dove, Robin, 2 Bearded Tit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 6 Starling, 8 Swift. 16 House Sparrow. Painted Lady, Large White, Small White, Speckled Brown, Small Heath, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Common Hawker, Southern Hawker. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 14:00
1 male Bullfinch. Robin Peppiatt.

Wallasea Marina 15:00
Juvenile Wheatear. Graham Mee.

Southend, St. Ann's Road 17:00 to 21:30
20+ Swift giving a wonderful display, 2 Wren. 2 Comma. Mrs Mary H Masters.

Wednesday 04th July 2018easterly, clear, max22°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:23 to 10:55
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 5 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting present, 1 Green Woodpecker. 8 Stock Dove, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. 6 Marbled White. Richard Fahey.

Purdeys (River Roach) 11:00 to 11:30
2 Little Egret, pair of Teal, 2 pairs of Mallard, Jay and a male Bullfinch. Immaculate Comma. Phil Lusher.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:45 to 15:30
2 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Skylark, 1 Blackbird, 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 3 Common Pheasant, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 16 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 3 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 8 Redshank, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Leigh on Sea 16:10
Male Hobby south over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Tuesday 03rd July 2018east north east, clear, max22°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 1 Common Tern. Mick Roe.

Abberton Reservoir 10:00 to 14:30
3 Swift, 150 Mute Swan, 9 Magpie, 15 Carrion Crow, 11 Woodpigeon, 2 Rook, 3 Blackbird, Chaffinch, 12 Jackdaw, 50 Starling, 200 Black-headed Gull, 5 Coot with young, 22 Skylark, 2 Pheasant, 15 Meadow Pipit, 40 Common Tern, 50 Goldfinch, 7 Herring Gull, Egyptian Goose, 300 Canada Goose, 170 Greylag Goose, 11 Swallow, 20 Tufted Duck, 30 Mallard, Black Swan, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Common Gull, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Grey Wagtail (pair on the causeway), 6 Collared Dove, Robin, Dunnock. Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Small Heath, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Common Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Monday 02nd July 2018east north east, clear, max25°c

Sweyne Park 09:15 to 10:15
200+ Marbled White, 150 Meadow Brown, 10+ Ringlet. Robin Peppiatt.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 09:30 to 09:50
1 Painted Lady feeding on Knapweed in garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

River Roach Seal Trip 09:45 to 12:15
4 Little Egret, 13 Shelduck (4 adults with 9 ducklings), c.200 Canada Geese, 12 Common Tern. 42 Common Seals with pups. Graham Mee.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 12:00
Garden Butterflies: 5 White-letter Hairstreak in tops of elms, 6 Purple Hairstreak on oak, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Ringlet. Robin Peppiatt.

Hockley Woods 13:00 to 14:00
3 White Admiral, 1 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green-Veined White. Robin Peppiatt.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 14:15
Female Kestrel on birdbath with a rat in its talons. John Attfield.

Southend Seafront 18:00
c. Mediterranean Gull on sea defences and shore at high tide. Dean and Lauren Wright.

Sunday 01st July 2018east north east, clear, max24°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 07:00 to 17:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Swift, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin. 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White-Letter Hairstreak, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Comma. Robin Peppiatt.

Southend, North Avenue 07:15
20+ Swift flying around. S. Jackson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:45 to 10:30
3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Curlew, 6 Lapwing, 15 Pochard [singles with broods of 6 and 7 each], 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Coryton], 4 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler seen, 6 Stock Dove. 7 Marbled White, 1 Speckled Wood. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 11:30 to 13:00
2 Spoonbill (Aveley pool), 1 Ruff, 6 Redshank. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:40
4 Skylark, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Little Grebe, 7 Mallard, 2 Moorhen 25 Common Pheasant, 2 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Common Tern, 9 Herring Gull, 9 Canada Geese, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.



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