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February 2020

Tuesday 18th February 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Basildon, Gloucester Park Lake 12:00
Kingfisher. Mark Fisher.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:15 to 14:40
60+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 8 Coot, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Herring Gull, 100+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, Swan Goose, 2 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 16:00 to 16:20
1 Curlew, 40+ Lapwing, 50+ Wigeon, 3 Mallard, 2 Teal, 7 Herring Gull, 40+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Starling, 4 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 3 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 16:45 to 17:05
18 Common Pheasant, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 500+ Woodpigeon, 500+ Carrion Crow, 2 Kestrel (pair), 2 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Monday 17th February 2020south westerly, mostly cloudy, rain, max10°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:50
150+ Starling, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 6 Common Pheasant, 1 Stonechat, 200+ Wigeon, 14 Mallard, 30+ Corn Bunting, 4 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 500+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing, 30+ Mute Swan, 100+ Herring Gull, 12 Shelduck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark, 3 Grey Heron, 40+ Woodpigeon, 15 Moorhen, 3 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 12 House Sparrow. Robert Harris.

Two Tree Island East 15:00 to 17:00
Barn Owl (vicinity of horseshoe lagoon), 150+ Curlew, 40+ Grey Plover, Turnstone, Redshank, Little Egret, many Dunlin, many Brent Geese, 6+ Song Thrush heard. Peter Bowden.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:40
100+ Canada Geese, 27 Greylag Geese, 5 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 3 Goldeneye, 12 Coot, 2 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 17 Herring Gull, 6 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Belfairs Nature Reserve 16:15 to 17:00
Goldcrest, Coal Tit (at least a couple of each). Ross Gardner.

Sunday 16th February 2020south westerly, rain, max13°c

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 11:45
2 female Blackcap visiting our feeders, also the male is still around. Peter Bowden.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:10 to 17:20
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 350+ Lapwing, 3 Skylark, 2 Corn Bunting, 27 Common Pheasant, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 400+ Golden Plover, 45 Mute Swan, 700+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Mallard, 7 Cormorant, 9 Canada Geese, 100+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Starling. Robert Harris.

Saturday 15th February 2020south south west, mostly cloudy, showers, max12°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Green Woodpecker feeding busily on grass 40ft away, watched for more than five minutes. Robert Dobinson.

Canvey Point 11:15 to 12:15
5000+ mixed Knot, Grey Plover, Dunlin, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 15 Brent Geese. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:40 to 12:10
2 Hen Harrier (ringtails) and 2 Short-eared Owl in aerial interaction over Marsh Flats and towards the White Gate, 2 Kestrel, 180 Starling, 9 Corn Bunting - singles on posts and prominent bits of vegetation, 1 Reed Bunting. David Selley.

Hockley 15:33 to 15:40
1 Little Egret walking about in a meadow next to our garden. George Kempen.

Friday 14th February 2020south south west, clear, max11°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:20 to 10:40
Common Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 11 Corn Bunting, c.80 Starling, 8 Pheasant, c.1000 Golden Plover, 30 Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 20 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Cormorant, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Redshank, c.300 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 8 Reed Bunting, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed gull, Little Egret, c.60 Skylark, Shoveler, Mallard, 4 Pintail, c.50 Shelduck, Meadow Pipit, c.50 Woodpigeon, 20 Tufted Duck. Noel Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:26
1 Redwing, 1 Marsh Harrier, 85+ Teal, 2 Curlew, 30+ Redshank, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Little Grebe [singles creek and Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 2 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler [Manorway Fleet], 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 10 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 15:15
200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 100+ Shoveler, 100+ Teal, 100+ Mallard, 31 Gadwall, 32 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Smew, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 22 Goldeneye, 150+ Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Ferruginous Duck, 50+ Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 40+ Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Brambling, 2 Chaffinch, 60+ Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 1 Blue Tit, 60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 4 Stonechat, Pochard, Wigeon (very large numbers), Tufted Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Shelduck, Lapwing, Kestrel, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Buzzard. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 13th February 2020south south west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:50 to 15:00
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 3 Curlew, 300+ Lapwing, 100+ Dunlin, 700+ Golden Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 100+ Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 40+ Shelduck, 40+ Mute Swan, 14 Canada Geese, 6 Cormorant, 2 Stonechat, 5 Skylark, 8 Corn Bunting, 6 Pied Wagtail, 18 Common Pheasant, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 19 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot. Robert Harris.

Ashingdon 14:35 to 14:40
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 12th February 2020west south west, clear, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:45 to 11:28
1 Red Kite [over near Fobbing Horse Creek and north bank before flying north], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 110+ Teal, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

A130 Rettendon 12:15 to 12:20
2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. Robert Harris.

Two Tree Island 13:30 to 15:30
Flooded Eastern saltmarsh: 30+ Curlew, 30+ Brent Geese, 1 Common Snipe, 4 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron. Western lagoon: 1 Pintail, 2 Mallard (1 leucistic), 2 Teal, small flock Knot and Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Avocet, Redshank, Lapwing, Egret pool: c.15 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen. Richard Lytheer.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
4 Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 35 Greylag Geese, 100+ Cormorant, 5 Gadwall, 12 Coot, 6 Mallard, 14 Coot, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Jay, 35 Herring Gull, 65 Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Curlew, Marsh Harrier, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Redshank, Starling (very large flock). RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 11th February 2020west south west, windy, clear, max7°c

Hockley 09:00 to 10:00
On suet feeders in garden: 1 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 10+ Blue Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird. Chris Radley.

Ballards Gore 13:00 to 13:10
400+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:45
c.700 Black-tailed Godwit, 400+ Lapwing, 30,Teal, 40 Shoveler, 20 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 130 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:50 to 15:00
100+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 43 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 6 Magpie, 60+ Carrion Crow, 5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1000+ Golden Plover, 400+ Lapwing, 30+ Mute Swan, 40+ Shelduck, 100+ Herring Gull, 14 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Starling, 7 Brent Geese, 3 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Pheasant, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Skylark, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:40 to 16:00
400+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Coot, 46 Cormorant, 180+ Canada Geese, 80+ Greylag Geese, 3 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Monday 10th February 2020west south west, windy, showers, max10°c

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 09:00 to 10:00
Both male and female Blackcap still coming to garden feeders. Male has been around at least since 3/01 and Fem since 19/01 Peter Bowden.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:30 to 12:50
200+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 22 Herring Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Cormorant, 17 Coot. Robert Harris.

Hullbridge 11:30
Male Sparrowhawk, second visit in as many days plus female has flown through on two further occasions last week. Steve Jellett.

Basildon, Gloucester Park 12:00
Kingfisher at lake inlet. Mark Fisher.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:20
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Pheasant, 2 Dunnock, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, 1 Moorhen, 20+ Jackdaw, 50+ Carrion Crow, 24 Rook, 19 Herring Gull, 40+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park
5 Yellowhammer other side of Timbermans Creek. RSPB South Essex Team.

Sunday 09th February 2020south south west, gale force wind, mostly cloudy, max13°c

No reports received for this day due severe weather.

Saturday 08th February 2020south westerly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Hockley 09:20
2 Coal Tit on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Rayleigh, Bramfield Road East 11:20
2 Grey Wagtail by the River Roach. Tim Davis.

Friday 07th February 2020easterly to southerly, clear, max9°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:33 to 15:22
2 Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel, 2 House Sparrow, 500+ Lapwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 26 Stock Dove, c.35 Greenfinch, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Bearded Tit, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Curlew, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12 Pochard, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Pintail, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only). Jeff Kinnerman.

Thundersley 10:00 to 16:00
Female Blackcap feeding on my bird table, feeders and patio. This bird has been visiting regularly since 04.02.20. The male Blackcap hasn't been since 03.02.20. John Bennett.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:40 to 11:30
1 Song Thrush singing, 2 Greenfinch - female then a male on feeders, not together, 1 Peacock butterfly in flight. David Selley.

Canewdon, Gardeners Lane 13:45 to 13:50
2 Kestrel (pair) both sitting on same pole. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 5 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 7 Corn Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 70+ Woodpigeon, 14 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Moorhen, 17 Canada Geese, 40+ Mute Swan, 60+ Shelduck, 40+ Mallard, 70+ Wigeon, 6 Coot, 1000+ Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwing, 6 Redshank. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Lapwing, Shelduck, Shoveler, 4 Pintail, Bearded Tit, 20+ Greenfinch, Buzzard, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting.

Thursday 06th February 2020calm, clear, max9°c

Leigh on Sea 13:35 to 13:40
Pair Buzzard circling together east of garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Wednesday 05th February 2020variable, clear, max8°c

Southend, North Avenue 07:50
Goldcrest in the tree in the back garden. S. Jackson.

A130 Between Rayleigh and Chelmsford 09:20 to 09:30
2 Buzzard. One Sitting in roadside bush the other flying along hedgerow. Norman Oliver.

Hullbridge, River Crouch and Kendal Park 10:30 to 14:30
River towards Battlesbridge: 1 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 36 Mute Swan, 8 Turnstone, 65+ Redshank, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull. River towards Brandy Hole: 8 Oystercatcher, 30+ Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cormorant, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 15 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull. Park: 2 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 3 Wren, 4 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Steve Jellett.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
464 Lapwing, 186 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 5 Pintail, 14 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Avocet, 1 Greenshank. David Shepherd.

Wednesday 05th February 2020variable, clear, max8°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 04:55
1 Little Owl heard. David Selley.

EWT Blue House Farm 08:54 to 16:41
6 Greenfinch, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Kestrel, 400+ Brent Goose, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 450+ Lapwing, 8 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon (distant), 20 Gadwall, c.125 Golden Plover, 4 Yellowhammer, 2 Fieldfare. 1 Red Fox. Crouch Estuary: 1 Grey Plover, 39 Curlew, 28 Avocet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Smew (male), 1 Goldeneye (female keeping close to the Smew). Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:29 to 12:10
1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 15 Teal, 15 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 4 Stock Dove, 2 Shelduck. 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Prittlewell 13:00
One male Blackcap eating crab apples in tree in back garden. J. Goodman.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:15
100+ Canada Geese, 18 Greylag Geese, 60+ Cormorant, 32 Mallard, 52 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 3 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Southend, North Avenue 16:00
Long-tailed Tit in back garden (first visit). S. Jackson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Wigeon, Shoveler, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Teal, Pochard, 6 Curlew, Marsh Harrier, Redshank, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Skylark. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 04th February 2020west north west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10;00 to 12:00
Stonechat, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Skylark, Coot, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Starling, Stock Dove, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Avocet, Pochard, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Rook, Long-tailed Tit, Curlew, Marsh Harrier, Snipe, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, Shelduck, Goldfinch, Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Robin, Jay, Blackcap, Blackbird. Jeff Kinnerman.

Monday 03rd February 2020west south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Daws Heath 09:00 to 11:30
1 female Sparrowhawk through garden, 2 Jay, 1 Wren. 3 Grey Squirrel. Mike Sagrott.

Thundersley 09:00 to 15:00
Male Blackcap feeding on my bird table and patio on and off all day. John Bennett.

Hockley Woods 09:02 t0 12:50
5 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hullbridge, River Crouch and Kendal Park 10:30 to 12:30
River: 2 Cormorant, 18 Turnstone, 36 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard following river from Battlesbridge towards Brandy Hole, 2 Oystercatcher, 20+ Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 25+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull. Park: 2 Magpie, 1 Wren, 4 Blackbird, 16 House Sparrow, 4 Robin, 10+ Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Goldfinch, many Woodpigeon, Collared Dove and Carrion Crow. Signs of Sparrowhawk kill. 6+ Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 14:00
1 Redshank, 65 Woodpigeon, 120+ Carrion Crow, 7 Magpie, 200+ Wigeon, 120+ Mallard, 50+ Gadwall, 300+ Tufted Duck, 250+ Pochard, 100+ Teal, 12 Shoveler, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 60+ Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 100+ Cormorant, 100+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Lapwing, 100+ Canada Geese, 70+ Greylag Geese, 2 Goosander, 40 Coot, 3 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
200+ Lapwing, 220 Wigeon, 6 Pintail (3 pair), 8 Shelduck, Teal, Gadwall, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 4 Meadow Pipit. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:00
2 Great White Egret, minimum 2 possible maximum of 5 Short-eared Owl (2 over washed, 1 20 minutes later over the scrub, 2 at 15:00 over the sea wall/car park), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher (sluice south of the screens). Steve Atkinson.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:15
50+ Jackdaw, 60+ Rook, 150+ Carrion Crow, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Great Tit. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 14:50 to 15:10
1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Collared Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Little Grebe, 50+ Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 10 Herring Gull, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Lapwing, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cormorant. Robert Harris..

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 15:00 to 16:00
On garden feeders: male and female Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed Tit, many Goldfinch, and 1 male Greenfinch - the first we've seen in the garden for a long time. Peter Bowden.

Sunday 02nd February 2020west south west, clear, max13°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:09 to 11:47
2 Green Sandpiper [singles], 2 Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 2 Little Grebe [creek], 20+ Curlew, 40+ Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:35 to 13:15
Magpie, Collared Dove, Starling, Blue Tit, Great Tit, many Coot, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, 1 Pintail, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 22 Shelduck, many Canada and Greylag Geese, 18 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Jay, 100+ Lapwing, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant. Chris Henry.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
100+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 4 Greylag Geese, 3 Mallard, 60+ Cormorant, 42 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 5 Grey Heron. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:40 to 16:30
7 Cormorant, 40+ Mute Swan, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 50+ Redshank, 14 Common Pheasant, 100+ Starling, 6 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 400+ Lapwing, 2000+ Golden Plover, 60+ Shelduck, 50+ Mallard, 400+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 400+ Dunlin, 14 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Wigeon. Robert Harris.

Saturday 01st February 2020west south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 08:15 to 08:30
8 Magpie in tree at back of garden, normally only 2 or 3 Norman Oliver.

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 10:30
Female Blackcap still visiting garden fat balls. Peter Bowden.

RSPB Wallasea Island 07:30 to 09:45
2 Woodpigeon, c.1000 Starling (two very large flocks at car park), 1 Marsh Harrier, 500+ Wigeon, Tufted Duck, 500+ Teal, c.100 Wigeon, c.100 Grey Plover, Redshank (river mostly), 3 Meadow Pipit, Cormorant, 60 Mute Swan, Carrion Crow, 12 Little Egret, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Kestrel, Oystercatcher, 8 Pintail, c.1000+ Lapwing, Curlew, Moorhen, Coot, 300+ Shelduck, Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 6 Grey Heron, 20 Skylark, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin (on main gate as I arrived), 65 Canada Goose, 20 Greylag Goose, 50 Brent Goose, 9 Pheasant, Stock Dove, Black-headed Gull, 60 Shoveler, 1 Cetti's Warbler (calling), 1 Buzzard (on post back of reserve near Paglesham pool 100m from Buzzard), 1 Short-eared Owl. Noel Barnes.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 13:00
24 House Sparrow, 16 Blue Tit, 7 Starling, 3 Robin, 9 Carrion Crow, Wren, 21 Great Tit, Jackdaw, 3 Collared Dove, 4 Woodpigeon, 8 Magpie, 20 Herring Gull, 100+ Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 11 Canada Goose, 150+ Black-headed Gull, Dunnock, Goldeneye [2 male + 1 female], 4 Mute Swan, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird, 6 Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, Chaffinch, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Redshank. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
2 Carrion Crow, 3 Woodpigeon. 60+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Cormorant, 5 Mallard. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 16:00 to 16:20
5 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Common Pheasant, 2 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 34 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East
1 Mute Swan cygnet flew off before 8.20am and had not returned before 5.15pm, couldn't be seen on estuary so could have fledged. So five out of six successfully fledged 2019/20, a 97% survival rate with this breeding pair in 11 years. Southchurch Park. 2 Mute Swan settling in at Southchurch East Park all day. Robert Dobinson.



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