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March 2019

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East Hanningfield, A130 06:50
2 Buzzard perched on fence posts in the area of St Peters Way Footbridge. Tim Davis.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:00
1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay in birch tree in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Monday 18th March 2019westerly, partly cloudy, showers, max10°c

Southend, Prittle Brook 08:05
2 Grey Wagtail between Victoria Avenue and Prittlewell Chase. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:30 to 12:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m+f), Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, 2 female Chaffinch, 3 Wren, 4 Robin, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 6 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 20+ Blue Tit, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Coot, 20+ Gadwall, 50+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 20+ Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail. Steve Jellett.

RSPB Wallasea Island 10:00 to 12:30
6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Mute Swan, 8 Greylag Geese, 1 Brent Goose, 6 Canada Geese, 22 Teal, 6 Mallard, 11 Wigeon, 35 Shelduck, 45 Shoveler, 3 Pintail, 18 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 28 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron. Denis Warren.

Leigh on Sea 10:30 and 12:45
Male Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard over garden. Graham Mee.

Benfleet, Fernlea Road 16:35 to 16:40
1 Brambling (female) first sighting in garden this year. Richard Gray.

Sunday 17th March 2019westerly, showers, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:38 to 11:05
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 7 Redwing, 65+ Teal, 10 Wigeon [Oozedam Fm], 1 Shoveler [Oozedam Fm], 1 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 12 Curlew, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present. Richard Fahey.

Abberton Reservoir 10:00 to 13:45
2 Jackdaw, 6 Collared Dove, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 25 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 13 Magpie, 17 Rook, 25 Mute Swan, 3 Kestrel, 9 Woodpigeon, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 12 House Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Pheasant [m/f], 2 Coot, 2 Egyptian Goose [m/f], 10 Skylark, 45 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Mallard, 30 Wigeon, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Pochard, 2 Shoveler [drake/female], 30 Teal, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stock Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Cormorant, 7 Grey Partridge, Jay, Little Egret, Common Gull, Robin. M. Hill & S, Jackson.

South Woodham Ferrers, Marsh Farm 12:30
Marsh Harrier flying over Alpaca enclosure at Marsh Farm. John Attfield.

Daws Heath 13:15
Red Kite flying over Westwood. Neil Latham.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
80+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 60+ Coot, 50+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylag Geese, 7 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 100+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 15:30
Female Blackcap on fat balls in back Garden. John Attfield.

A130 Rettendon 16:00 to 16:05
2 Common Buzzard (both these birds were very white one with lots of white on it's head sitting on fencing by the side of the road). Robert Harris.

Hullbridge, Watery Lane 16:15 to 16:20
5 Little Egret. Robert Harris.

Canewdon, Creeksea Ferry Road, Garden by the S bend 17:00 to 17:05
2 Green Woodpecker (pair), 3 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:10 to 18:10
2 Short-eared Owl (possibly 3), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 4 Shelduck, 16 Mallard, 5 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 50+ Corn Bunting, 20+ Linnet, 3 Skylark, 20+ Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 100+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Saturday 16th March 2019south westerly, windy, mostly cloudy, max12°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:20 to 16:05
200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 9 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 18 Common Pheasant, 3 Skylark, 40+ Corn Bunting, 9 Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck, 4 Mute Swan, 27 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 250+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Friday 15th March 2019westerly, windy, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Near Shoebury East Beach 11:25
Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on purple flowers. Jeff Elliott.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:10 to 13:25
1 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Blackbird, 27 Moorhen, 40+ Woodpigeon, 34 Carrion Crow, 9 Rook. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 14:30 to 14:55
100+ Wigeon, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 9 Canada Geese, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 15 Rook, 27 Jackdaw, 14 Carrion Crow, 19 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 14 Black-headed Gull, 28 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:40 to 15:55
15 Mallard, 60+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 1 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 5 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 4 Gadwall, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 70+ Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Red Kite, 4 Pochard. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh, Eastwood Road 17:45
Large flock Pied Wagtail roosting in tree outside shops diagonally opposite Marks & Spencer. Denis Warren.

Thursday 14th March 2019west north west, windy, cloud, max14°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:15 to 18:30
1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted, 4 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 50+ Coot, 3 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 13th March 2019westerly, showers, max11°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:30
1 Red Kite. Jerry Stock.

Tuesday 12th March 2019south south west, windy, mostly cloudy, rain, max10°c

No reports received for this day

Monday 11th March 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:58 to 11:02
1 Green Sandpiper, 70+ Teal, 7 Wigeon [Oozedam Fm.], 11 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 4 Little Grebe [single pairs Oozedam Fm. and Manorway Fleet], 10+ Stock Dove [included pair displaying near creek]. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:20 to 12:19
2 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier (single male and female), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 2 Stock Dove, 3 Little Egret. Jeff Kinnerman, Mel Lengden, Judith McFedries.

Sunday 10th March 2019westerly, windy, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
80+ Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall, 1 Blackbird, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Mallard, 180+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 100+ Canada Geese, 80+ Greylag Geese, 80+ Woodpigeon 100+ Coot, 3 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Saturday 09th March 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Thurrock, EWT Thameside Nature Park 10:00 to 13:00
4 Jackdaw, 6 Woodpigeon, 5 Blackbird, 6 Magpie, 20 House Sparrow, 30 Starling, 3 Herring Gull, 5 Chaffinch, 12 Carrion Crow, 4 Common Gull, 25 Curlew, 28 Teal, 35 Redshank, 20+ Sanderling, 30 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Blue Tit, 12 Avocet, 3 Robin, 8 Great Tit, Wren, 30 Tufted Duck, 20 Pochard, 45 Dunlin, 80+ Black-tailed Godwit (with at least ten in breeding plumage), 4 Cormorant, 10 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 16 Wigeon, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan, Little Egret, Collared Dove. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

North Fambridge 16:30 to 17:00
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Robin, 12 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Dunnock, 6 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 40+ Starling, 3 Collared Dove, 27 Woodpigeon 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Southend Airport 16:52 to 16:55
2 Little Owl (together). Jeff Kinnerman, Mel Lengden, Judith McFedries.

Friday 08th March 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max11°c

Southchurch Park East 08:35 and 12:45
1 Water Rail feeding in r/hand reedbed, 8.35am, 2 Water Rail, one larger/1 smaller, one feeding on lower grass bank and one feeding in r/hand reedbed, usual crooked tree area, 12.45am. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:02 to 11:45
1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 160+ Teal, 13 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 1 Shoveler [creek], 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Jay, 2 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:30 to 12:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Curlew, 3 Redshank, Teal. Mick Roe.

North Fambridge 15:40 To 16:00
1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 3 Mallard, 2 Blackbird, 12 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 40+ Starling, 36 Black-headed Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 21 Woodpigeon, 9 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Thursday 07th March 2019west south west, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 10:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (flew south across the lake and turned west along the tide line). Richard Mander.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 13:30
74+ Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Curlew, 4 Redshank (Timmermans Creek), 30+ Shelduck (Vange Wick). David Shepherd.

Wednesday 06th March 2019southerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 12:00 to 12:20
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Common Buzzard, 33 Moorhen, 250+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Jackdaw, 50+ Rook, 23 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 13:30 to 13:50
3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 24 Woodpigeon, 33 Carrion Crow, 30+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:10 to 14:25
5 Gadwall, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 64 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 12 Woodpigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 05th March 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max12°c

Leigh Golf Range-Benfleet Path 07:10 to 08:20
1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Oystercatcher, 25+ Wigeon, 15 Teal, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe (on pond by LMBC), 7 Mallard, 2 Robin, 5 Reed Bunting, 6 Coot, 1 Curlew, 2 Tufted Duck (pr), 9 Canada Geese, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 7 Avocet, 9 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 1 Pheasant. Sue Lusk.

Basildon Town Centre 09:35
1 Peregrine Falcon seen low over old Toys R us building. Peter Hardy.

North Shoebury 10:03
2 Jay over (unusual here). Terry Strong.

Shoplands 12:23
Common Buzzard over. Terry Strong.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
1 Carrion Crow, 5 Mallard, 3 Coot, 3 Mute Swan, 38 Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Egyptian Goose, 7 Greylag Geese, 60+ Canada Geese, 45 Cormorant, 7 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Monday 04th March 2019west south west, partly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:28
25+ Wigeon [15+ Oozedam Fm.], 50+ Teal, 7 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 4 Shoveler [Oozedam Fm.], 500+ Black-tailed Godwit [500+ high beyond shrub mound, 200+ earlier at creek], 14 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 9 Shelduck, 400+ Black-headed Gull [mostly Oozedam Fm., with a few Common Gull and Herring Gull on passage]. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 09:00
Stock Dove on back lawn. John Attfield.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane /Crow Lane 12:00 to 12:20
100+ Jackdaw, 50+ Rook, 23 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 27 Moorhen, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Pheasant, 60+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 12:30 to 12:55
1 Robin, 4 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Common Pheasant, 40+ Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 36 Herring Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Mallard, 1 Redshank, 32 Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:40 to 14:05
2 Blackbird, 12 Woodpigeon, 8 Carrion Crow, 50+ Greylag Geese, 60+ Canada Geese, 100+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Tufted Duck, 47 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Coot. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:00
75 Shoveler, 50+ Teal, 30 Wigeon, 16 Pochard, 6 Pintail, 8 Shelduck, 6 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 29 Greylag Geese, 8 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

Sunday 03rd March 2019south westerly, cloud, rain, max14°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:20
400+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Canada Geese, 80+ Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 100+ Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 6 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 200+ Wigeon, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Carrion Crow (most of the birds were on the fields either side of the Causeway not many birds on the water). Robert Harris.

Saturday 02nd March 2019south westerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 11:43
2 Green Sandpiper [1 Oozedam Farm], 25+ Wigeon [18 Oozedam Fm.], 60+ Teal, 3 Shoveler [Oozedam Fm.], 6 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.], 11 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, c.9 Shelduck [6 over Oozedam Fm.]. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:35
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 16 Common Pheasant, 12 Carrion Crow, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Moorhen, 10 Mute Swan, 3 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Friday 01st March 2019variable, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Hullbridge 07:30 to 09:00
21 Common Frog in our small garden pond (1m x 1.5m) amazing sight to watch, don't know where they all hide the rest of the year! Steve Jellett.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 09:45
4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs). John Pitts.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 13:10
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 16 Common Pheasant, 33 Canada Geese, 15 Mute Swan, 200+ Black-headed Gull 3 Skylark, 7 Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Bunting, 60+ Starling, 100+ Woodpigeon, 15 Shelduck, 3, Coot, 2 Moorhen, 5 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 40+ Herring Gull. Robert Harris.



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