South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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August 2020

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Friday 07th August 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:33 to 10:35
1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles west of seawall and Manorway Fleet], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, c.10 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Stock Dove. 1 Weasel. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Goldfinch (and all around the site), 2 Kestrel, 12+ Greenfinch, 4 Bearded Tit, Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Avocet, Stonechat, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 06th August 2020southerly to easterly, partly cloudy, max28°c

Hullbridge 09:40
Southern Hawker. First sighting for couple of years in garden. Steve Jellett.

Hockley 11:20
1 juvenile Bullfinch found in our garden shed caught and released back into the garden. Sat on my hand for a time before flying off. George Kempen.

Westcliff, Sandown Avenue 21:00
2 Bats swooping low over back garden. S. Whitaker.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Hobby, Buzzard, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Whinchat, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 House Martin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper. RSPB South Essex Team.

Wednesday 05th August 2020south south west, clear, max26°c

Prittlewell, East Street 08:30
2 Swift screaming and wheeling high overhead - at least 100' up I estimate. Peter Walker.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:30 to 12:55
1 Green Sandpiper, 50+ Lapwing, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 300+ Coot, 250+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 120+ Mallard, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 70+ Cormorant, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Carrion Crow, 32 Woodpigeon, 4 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 14:50
18 little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 20+ Egyptian Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 150+ Mute Swan, 150+ Cormorant, 300+Tufted Duck, 200+ Mallard, 200+ Pochard, 5 Common Tern, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, 60+ Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 04th August 2020south south west, clear, max24°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 08:00
54+ Lapwing, 12 Little Egret, 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:00 to 13:45
Avocet, Black-headed Gull, Common Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Corn Bunting, 3 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel, Linnet, 20 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Shelduck, Skylark, Sparrowhawk (M & F), 1 Spoonbill (Grass Farm Lagoon), Starling, Swallow, Wood Pigeon, Yellow Wagtail (numerous throughout reserve). John Attfield, Norman Oliver, Russ Payne.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:25
36 Mute Swan, 43 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Moorhen, 200+ Coot, 70+ Mallard, 180+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 50+ Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 16 Woodpigeon 36 Great Crested Grebe. Robert Harris.

Monday 03rd August 2020north north west, partly cloudy, max23°c

Southend, Sandringham Road 13:00
5 or 6 Swift wheeling around, sometimes at near-rooftop level. Peter Walker.

Canvey Point 17:00 to 18:00
1 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 12 Little Egret, 50+ Curlew, 100+ Oystercatcher, 2 Common Buzzard. 4 Porpoise (3 adults and 1 calf), 2 common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Sunday 02nd August 2020westerly, clear, max24°c

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:10 to 12:05
5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Teal [Manorway Fleet], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Chiffchaff ["Fobbing wood"], 2 Cetti's warbler [present "Fobbing wood" and west of seawall], 8 Swallow, 4 Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Kestrel. Richard Fahey.

Prittlewell, East Street 08:30
2 Swift wheeling high overhead. Peter Walker.

Southchurch, Kensington Road 08:30 and 09:45
1 young Robin feeding on newly laid turf, 1 Sparrowhawk lurking in low Ivy and spooked by me then flew right past me. Robert Dobinson.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 11:00 to 13:00
River towards Battlesbridge: 64 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 1 Wren, 11 Lapwing, 1 Whitethroat. 25+ Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown, 6 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath, 1 Small 25+ Skipper, 1 Emperor, 5 Ruddy Darter, 1 Common Blue, Kendal Park: 2A +1Juv Sparrowhawk, 1 Wren, 2 Ringlet, 3 Common Blue, 5 Speckled Wood, 12 Gatekeeper. Reservoir: 24 Little Egret, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow. 1 Southern Migrant Hawker. Steve Jellett.

RHS Hyde Hall 14:00 to 17:00
25+ Greylag Geese, 18 Canada Geese, 5 Coot (incl. 3 juveniles), 1 Little Grebe, 3 Swallow, Green Woodpecker (heard), Reed Warbler. 1 Emperor, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10+ Ruddy Darter, 10+ Small Red Eyed, 5+ Blue tailed, 5+ Common Blue, 25+ Gatekeeper, 4 Common Blue, 10+ Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, numerous Whites, Steve Jellett.

Wickford 17:00 to 17:05
9 Long-tailed Tit in garden. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park 17:30
1 Egyptian Goose on NE feeding station. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 01st August 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max26°c

Rochford 07:20 to 08:00
4 Swift low over North Street and still entering nest site, 21 House Martin, 2 Mediterranean Gull. David Selley.

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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