South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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June 2020

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Friday 05th June 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Foulness Island 14:00 to 17:00
All from garden: 2 Cuckoo, 8 Swift, 3 House Martin. Hummingbird Hawk Moth (1st this year). Steve Giles.

Thursday 04th June 2020north westerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

RHS Hyde Hall 10:30 to 14:30
2 male Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat (incl. nesting pair), 1 Buzzard, 4 Swallow, 1 Wren (heard), 15+ Canada Geese (incl. 4 goslings), 6 Coot (incl. 4 chicks), 2 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe. 3 Large Skipper, 5+ Meadow Brown, 25+ Small Heath, 6 Four spotted Chasers, 1m Emperor, 10+ Black tailed Chasers (males at lake, females/imm in long grasses), 25+ Blue tailed (incl 4nr Rufecens and 1 Violacea forms), 25+ Common Blue. 1 Brown Hare. Steve Jellett. Note: Hyde Hall is only open for RHS members and guests at present and strictly by pre-booking.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 14:50
20 Egyptian Geese plus Goslings, 22 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Common Tern, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 150+ Greylag Geese, 100 Canada Geese, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Mute Swan, 60+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 50+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Pochard, 50+ Swift, 35 Swallow, 40+ House Martin. Robert Harris.

Canewdon, Lambourne Hall Road 19:00 to 19:10
1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 10 House Martin, 12 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 03rd June 2020variable, partly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:42 to 11:10
3 Avocet, 7 Cuckoo [including 2 pairs, 2 singles other side of creek], 1 Blackcap [singing, Manorway Fleet], 2 Chiffchaff [including 1 other side of creek], 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 7 Swallow [including 5 Oozedam Fm.], 2 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 1 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Egret, 11 Stock Dove, 6 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Ramsden Heath Village 15:00 to 15:05
1 Muntjac Deer. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 20:20 to 20:50
White gate only: 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 21 Canada Geese. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 02nd June 2020north westerly, clear, max24°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:00 to.08:00
29 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 12 Avocet, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Swan +6 Cygnet, 4 Shelduck, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Cormorant, 3 Swift, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cuckoo (heard on old tip), 1 female Marsh Harrier. David Shepherd.

Leigh on Sea, Elmsleigh Drive 08:00
Baby Goldcrest in garden. Sitting very still in tree for half an hour. No parents to be seen. Nicky Lee.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:00 to 12:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush singing. 5 Holly Blue, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady - earliest I've seen one here, was quite bright and fresh looking, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood. David Selley.

Gusted Hall and Cherry Orchard Jubilee Park 10:30 to 12:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift (skimming the lake), 4 Whitethroat, 4 Magpie, 3 Moorhen, 16 Mallard (incl. a clutch of 11 ducklings!). 5 Holly Blue, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Black tailed Skimmers, 1f Broad bodied Chaser (ovipositing), 8 Red Eyed, 10+ Blue Tailed, 10+ Common Blue, 6 Banded Demoiselle. Steve Jellett.

North Shoebury 10:48
1 Sparrowhawk over. Valerie Strong.

Thundersley, Sandown Road 10:50
3 Buzzard over garden drifting West. Don Wildish.

Canvey Way Ditch 16:00 to 17:30
3 Whitethroat, 3 Goldfinch. 1 female Adder (basking in ditch!), 50+m and 50+f Scarce Emerald, 4 Ruddy Darters emerged, 5 Small Heath. Ditch now dry along first 1/3rd of length. Steve Jellett.

Billericay 16:45
Great Spotted Woodpecker (about the only bird seen on my feeders all day). Christopher Henry.

Foulness Island 19:20 to 19:25
2 Cuckoo seen together in garden, at least one heard most days especially at 04.45! Steve Giles.

Monday 01st June 2020east north east, clear, max22°c

Wickford from Giddings Copse east along the Crouch 09:00 to 12:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Skylark, 4 Yellowhammer, Kestrel, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting (male), Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Pheasant. Common Blue, Red Admiral, Small White, Banded Demoiselle. David Hope.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 09:55 to 10:25
1 Swallow, 1 Red Kite (east), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Swift. Jeff Kinnerman.

Kendal Park and River Crouch 10:30 to 12:30
River and fleet towards Battlesbridge: 3 Whitethroat, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Magpie, 1 Wren (heard), 1 Skylark (heard), 1 female Cuckoo, 2 Shelduck, 5 Little Egret, 52 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard and 8 ducklings, 1 Oystercatcher, 6 Gadwall (reservoir), 3 Moorhen (reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (reservoir). 1 Emperor, 4 Four spotted Chasers, 2 Hairy Dragonflies, 1 male Black tailed Skimmer, 20+ Blue tailed, 25+ Azure, 2 Red Eyed, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Common Lizard. Park: 3 Grey Squirrel, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Wren (heard), 1 Magpie, 2 Long-tailed Tit. Steve Jellett.

North Shoebury
2 Swift over, 2 House Martin over, Green Woodpecker in garden feeding on lawn. Terry Strong.

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.

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