South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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January

Wednesday 17th January 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Southchurch Park East 08:50 and 12:55
1 drake Teal, 1 Water Rail in left hand reed bed stumps below Bloomfield bench, 2 Cormorant circling the park a few times. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:15 to 10:50
60+ Cormorant, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 5 Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 4 Dunnock. Rob Harris.

Ilford, 11:23
Goldfinch on garden feeders. Bob Leighton.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
200+ Wigeon (most were on the creek), 4 Shelduck, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 7 Gadwall, 29 Shoveler, 2 Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 male Marsh Harrier. David Shepherd.

Tuesday 16th January 2018westerly, scattered clouds, max7°c

Benfleet, EWT Pound Wood 11:30 to 15:30
1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 3 Hawfinch. Mike Sagrott.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00
4 Smew (1 drake, 3 female). R. Shepherd.

Benfleet, EWT Pound Wood 14:00 to 15:30
2 Hawfinch, 1 Bullfinch. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:40 to 15:10
3 Little Egret, 2 Magpie, 12 Corn Bunting, 9 Carrion Crow, 150+ Brent Geese, 4 Common Pheasant, 7 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Hockley 15:05
1 male Blackcap in garden. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:15 to 16:00
Several hundred Greylag and Canada Geese grazing fields adjoining Photo available - click here, 2 large mixed flocks of Teal and Wigeon, 60 Cormorant Photo available - click here, 35 Gadwall, 3 Ruff, c.50 Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, hundreds mixed Gull Photo available - click here. 3 Muntjac Deer Photo available - click here. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:15
250+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Cormorant, 14 Carrion Crow, 6 Mallard. Rob Harris.

Monday 15th January 2018westerly, scattered clouds, max7°c


Detailed history of Mediterranean Gull seen on the Pier on Sunday

White E494 left Bruxelles E924236 pullus 12/06/2010 De brakke kreek, Doelpolder Noord, Doel, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N Wittevrongel, Hugo
White E494 v 12/07/2010 De brakke kreek, Doelpolder Noord, Doel, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,14E Spanoghe, Geert
White E494 p 10/01/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Buckell, Simon
White E494 v 27/02/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 13/11/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 19/12/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
White E494 v 24/12/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Hughes, Christopher
White E494 v 27/12/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Hawkins, Paul
White E494 v 08/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
White E494 v 11/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Jobbins, David
White E494 p 14/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Jellet, Steve
White E494 v 14/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 27/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Green, Nick
White E494 v 27/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Delve, Jeff
White E494 v 10/11/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 15/12/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 12/01/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
White E494 v 27/02/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Redfern, Martin
White E494 p 06/03/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Cherry, Peter
White E494 v 02/04/2013 Elms Farm, Icklesham, Rye, Sussex, GB 50,55N 0,41E Rye Bay Ringing Group
White E494 p 13/11/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Murray, Kenneth
White E494 v 26/12/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Wojciechowska, Beata
White E494 v 26/12/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Blad, Artur
White E494 v 12/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
White E494 v 16/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Ekins, Graham
White E494 p 17/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Foulston, Dan
White E494 v 17/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
White E494 v 25/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Sammels, Craig
White E494 p 02/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Bonser, Richard
White E494 p 02/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Delve, Jeff
White E494 v 16/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Haines, Bill
White E494 v 26/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Haines, W G
White E494 p 07/12/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
White E494 v 04/01/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
White E494 v 17/03/2015 Icklesham, Sussex, England, GB 50,51N 0,4E Rye Bay Ringing Group
White E494 v 19/03/2015 Icklesham, Sussex, England, GB 50,51N 0,4E Rye Bay Ringing Group
White E494 v 09/08/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Huig, Naomi
White E494 v 09/08/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Huig, Ronald
White E494 v 27/12/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Howard, Richard
White E494 p 28/12/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Altmann, Erika
White E494 p 18/01/2016 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Harris, Stephen
White E494 p 07/02/2016 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Harris, Stephen
White E494 p 23/07/2017 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Wasse, Jonathan
White E494 p 14/01/2018 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham


Billericay, Lake Meadows 10:30 to 11:00
3 male Goosander (2 male, 1 female), 2 Cormorant, numerous Goldfinch. Marion Burch.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 12:50 and 13:00
1 Water Rail popping out of left hand reed bed for food below Bloomfield bench, 1 Cormorant. Robert Dobinson.

Benfleet, EWT Pound Wood 13:30 to 15:30
4 Hawfinch (one bird perched for some time with great views then later three together at 15:00). Mick Roe.

Sunday 14th January 2018variable, partly cloudy, max7°c

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:35 to 12:40
5 Bearded Tit (Fobbing reed bed), 1 Goldcrest with a few Long-tailed Tit, 8 Redwing (7 Fobbing wood), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 500+ Avocet (with a few Lapwing high above and southeast of shrub mound), 3 Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 200+ Lapwing, 25 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, a few Meadow Pipit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Fobbing wood), 1 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Fobbing wood), 1 Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe present (Manorway Fleet), 2 Mute Swan (Corringham Marsh). Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 09:45 to 11:20
10 Red-throated Diver, 100+ Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Southend Pier 10:30 to 13:00
Brent Goose, Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver (x6), Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Sanderling, Turnstone, Kittiwake Photo available - click here, Black-headed Gull Photo available - click here, Mediterranean Gull (including rung bird; white E494) Photo available - click here, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Guillemot, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling. South East Essex RSPB Local group.

Rayleigh 12:00 to 14:30
3 Blackbird, 7 Redwing Photo available - click here, 1 Song thrush, 1 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie. 1 Grey Squirrel all in garden. Denis Warren.

RHS Hyde Hall Garden 12:15 to 15:05
62 Rook, 7 Jackdaw, 4 Tufted Duck on the garden reservoir, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 17 Fieldfare, 1 Coal Tit in a mixed flock with Blue Tit, Great Tit and 9 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:20 to 14:20
1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck. Mick Roe.

Rettendon A130 14:30 to 14:40
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk. Rob Harris.

Chelmsford, High Street 17:00
c.200 Pied Wagtail roosting in tree outside Debenhams. Tim Davis.

Saturday 13th January 2018south easterly, overcast, max6°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:45 to 13:00
32 Corn Bunting, 30 Linnet, 12 Reed Bunting, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 immature male Marsh Harrier, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.50 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, Water Rail heard, 1 pair Stonechat, 2 Skylark. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:15 to 15:30
300 Wigeon, 27 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan. David Shepherd.

Friday 12th January 2018variable, overcast, max7°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 09:25 to 09:40
3 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 25 Mallard, 40+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Canvey Point 09:30 to 10:30
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-Throated Diver, 111 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 70+ Brent Geese, 150+ Dunlin, 26 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, 120+ Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover. 4 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Thundersley 11:50 to 11:55
1 male Blackcap preening in my apple tree. John Bennett.

Boreham, River Chelmer 12:30 to 15:00
Church Road Boreham to Paper Mill Lock and back: 11 Egyptian Geese, numerous Greylag and Canada Geese, 4 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Coot, few Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 100+ Fieldfare, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren. Peter Bowden.

Foulness Island 15:10
Goldcrest on peanut feeder. Steve Giles.

Thursday 11th January 2018north westerly, cloud, rain, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 11:45
c.5 Bearded Tit (3 well seen, others brief views/calling, Fobbing reed bed), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Whimbrel present, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 80+ Wigeon lagoon/creek, 120+ Teal, 4 Shoveler lagoon, 40+ Lapwing, c.15 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe (Manorway Fleet), 2 Cetti's Warbler singing (1 other side of creek), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Coryton), 1 Green Woodpecker, c.8 Blackbird (Coryton). Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:10 to 12:40
2 Little Egret, 25 Common Pheasant, 9 Carrion Crow, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Magpie, 14 Herring Gull, 7 Black-headed Gull, 6 Moorhen, 5 Mallard. Rob Harris.

Ilford 12:20
Male Firecrest. Bob Leighton.

Canewdon 13:00 to 13:10
6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Moorhen, 5 Common Pheasant, 7 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon, 3 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:40 to 13:50
8 Mute Swan, 5 Carrion Crow, 9 Mallard, 100+ Herring Gull, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 30+ Cormorant. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 10th January 2018south westerly, scattered clouds, max10°c

Heybridge 09:45 to 11:15
2 Kingfisher, many Pochard and Tufted Duck and one apparent hybrid, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 3 Bearded Tit. Black-headed Gull with yellow ring 2TFH) Photo available - click here. Paul Gymer.

Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:00
1000+ Dunlin, 200+ Knot, 25 Ringed Plover, 50+ Grey Plover, 12 Redshank, 8 Curlew, 47 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:05 to 14:45
c.70 Fieldfare (together in stubble field), c.300 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel (females), 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Skylark, 1 House Sparrow (female), 150+ Wigeon, 4 Stonechat (two single males, male of pair with silver ring to left leg), 11 Teal, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Shoveler, 9 Snipe (together), 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stock Dove, 20 Curlew (together), 9 Tufted Duck (including three drakes), 1 Redwing, 1 Little Stint (on main lagoon viewed from benches), 1 Corn Bunting, c.30 Linnet. Jeff Kinnerman.

Abberton Reservoir 12:30 to 15:00
8 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, c.35 Long-tailed Tit Photo available - click here, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 2 Grey Heron, c.70 Cormorant, 1 Shag Photo available - click here, 12 Redshank Photo available - click here, c.250 Lapwing Photo available - click here, 3 Goldeneye Photo available - click here, 15 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, large flocks Teal and Wigeon. Denis Warren.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 15:00
1 shag (right in the edge of the causeway, fantastic close views), 1 Smew, 1 Stonechat. Joe.

Tuesday 09th January 2018variable, overcast, drizzle, max7°c

Billericay, Lake Meadows 10:15
2 male Goosander, 1 Redhead, 1 Green Woodpecker and pair Great Spotted Woodpecker. Marion Burch.

Runwell 10:25 to 10:35
20+ Fieldfare. Rob Harris.

Rayleigh, Garden 12:00 to 13:00
5 Blackbird feeding on apple windfalls, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Magpie, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 1 Feral Pigeon. 1 Grey squirrel. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:35 to 15:50
200+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Mute Swan, 14 Mallard, 6 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Monday 08th January 2018easterly, overcast, max5°c

Canvey Point 09:00 to 10:45
30 Red-throated Diver, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1000+ Dunlin, 250+ Brent Geese, 50+ Wigeon, 40 Grey Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 09:05 and 12:35
1 Water Rail coming along left-hand reed bed edge for food opposite Bloomfield bench. 1 Mute Swan cygnet returned to pond and chased off by resident parent pair. Robert Dobinson.

Billericay, Lake Meadows 11:20
2 male Goosander. Marion Burch.

Crows Lane, Woodham Ferrers to Stow Maries Aerodrome 12:00
100+ Fieldfare, 100+ Starling, 20 Redwing on stubble field, 2 male Bullfinch in hedgerow, 2 Common Buzzard. Russ Payne.

Canvey Point 13:45 to 15:50
28 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Little Gull, 4 Kittiwake (Thanks to Neil Chambers), 2 Eider Duck, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. Terry Blackwell.

Rettendon 13:50 to 14:00
50+ Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:10 to 14:40
8 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 32 Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 2 Magpie, 17 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 15:30
249 Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 1 Avocet, 7 Mute Swan. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:00 to 16:15
19 Woodpigeon, 12 Mallard, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Cormorant, 150+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Sunday 07th January 2018east north east, overcast, max5°c

Chelmsford, Paper Mill Lock 08:30 to 10:05
6 Cormorant flew over river towards Nounsley, c.50 Meadow Pipit, 9 Pied Wagtail, 1 Brambling (In a distant tree with flock of finches/tits, possibly more), 50+ Siskin, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 40+ Goldfinch, 40+ Chaffinch, 50+ Blue Tit, 50+ Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Jay (Heard when a Sparrowhawk flew into woods), 1 Mute Swan flew over none on river, 4 Common Sandpiper (flushed by a dog walker), 2 Robin, 3 Wren, 8 Moorhen, 20 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, c.50 Woodpigeon. Also saw unknown type of large fish. Thomas Gilbert.

Hockley 09:10
1 Sparrowhawk perched in garden. Tim Davis.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:23 to 11:40
1 Whimbrel, 1 Stonechat, 4 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 800+ Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 14:00 to 15:30
2 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, c.1000 Brent Geese, c.150 Lapwing, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, pair Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker. Steve and Fran Giles.

Saturday 06th January 2018northerly, partly cloudy, max6°c

Southchurch Park East 08:34 to 08:40
1 Water Rail feeding/swimming around open reed bed area for six minutes below Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Prittlewell, Near Priory Park 08:45
4 Redwing (in my garden in tall tree, never seen before). Noel Barnes.

Southchurch Park 09:45 and 16:15
1 Mute Swan cygnet flew NE toward River Roach, 1 Mute cygnet (last of the 5 hatched in 2017) flew off in the same direction at 4.15pm. Earliest the Mute Swan cygnets have fledged in 9 years. Robert Dobinson.

Canvey Point 11:15 to 14:15
8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 2 Great Skua, 10 Shelduck, 30+ Cormorant, 50+ Brent Geese, 1000+ Dunlin, 200+ Grey Plover, 90+ Curlew, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Oystercatcher. Terry Blackwell.

Canewdon 14:40 to 14:50
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Rob Harris.

Shotgate, River Crouch 14:45
c.50 Yellowhammer in stubble field adjacent to river Crouch east of Shotgate sewage works. Stuart Fleming.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:40
1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 20+ Linnet, 15+ Goldfinch, 200+ Lapwing, 100+ Starling, 1 Oystercatcher, 100+ Brent Geese, 1 Curlew, 15 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Bunting, 17 Common Pheasant, 40+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

North Shoebury 16:20
Pair of Goldcrest in back garden - the pair returns to the same tree every day at dusk. Jackie Bliss.

Friday 05th January 2018south westerly, rain, cloud, max9°c

EWT Blue House Farm 08:19 to 14:51
2 Greenfinch, 2 House Sparrow, 15 Curlew, c.250 Lapwing, 250+ Golden Plover, 2 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit, c.400 Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel (female), 400+ Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier (female and a single over the Crouch), 9 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush. 1 Brown Hare, 1 Red Fox. River Crouch: 107 Shelduck, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Oystercatcher, 7 Reed Bunting, 300+ Dunlin, 11 Redshank, 12 Grey Plover, 1 Stonechat (male), c.150 Stock Dove, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Ringed Plover, 40+ Sanderling. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:42 to 09:00
1 Water Rail feeding around a clockwise circuit of open reed bed area for eight minutes below Bloomfield bench, 3 Mute Swan cygnets flew westerly the length of pond and off to the estuary. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:15 to 11:57
1 Whimbrel, 1 Pochard, 3 Shoveler and a few Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 2 Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 30+ Lapwing, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Little Grebe (Manorway Fleet), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Song Thrush, c.5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 11:45 to 11:59
Sparrowhawk Sitting on back fence preening. Norman Oliver.

North Fambridge 12:00 to 13:00
7 Greenfinch Photo available - click here, 8 Goldfinch Photo available - click here, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock Photo available - click here, 4 Robin Photo available - click here, 3 Great Tit, 70+ Starling, 1 Collared Dove v, 49+ Woodpigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 40+ Mallard, 14 Wigeon, 7 Pochard, 12 Teal, 9 Shelduck, 200+ Lapwing, 200+ Sanderling, 50+ Golden Plover, 8 Snipe, 100+ Dunlin, 30+ Ringed Plover, 200+ Herring Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Rob Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:30
30+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 6 Moorhen, 4 Common Pheasant, 9 Blackbird, 50+ Starling, 50+ Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:20
14 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Moorhen, 1 Blackbird, 17 Starling, 1 Magpie, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 80+ Cormorant, 30+ Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Rob Harris.

Thursday 04th January 2018westerly, scattered clouds, max13°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 10:13 to 12:40
1 Merlin (towards lagoon/seawall), 3 Green Sandpiper (2 Coryton), 7 Gadwall and 3 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 10 Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 1000+ Lapwing (including movement of many southwest), c.10 Curlew, a few Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe (singles creek and Manorway Fleet), 3 Marsh Harrier (singles), 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Song Thrush. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:30 to 13:10
4 Robin, 1 Coal Tit, c.40 Blue Tit, c.10 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, c.20 Mallard, 4 Stock Dove, 7 Mute Swan, c.100 Tufted Duck, c.50 Cormorant, 1 Goosander (male - Lyster Hide), c.100 Black-headed Gull, c.10 Herring Gull, c.40 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Pochard, c.15 Carrion Crow, c.30 Greylag Goose, c.100 Canada Goose, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Redshank, c.30 Teal, c.300 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 4 Black-tailed Godwit (grazing meadow), 3 Dunnock, 1 Meadow Pipit, c.30 Pied Wagtail, 2 Pheasant, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.30 Gadwall, 5 Lapwing, 3 Starling, c.50 Coot, 1 Goldfinch, c.20 Goldeneye (Oak/Point/Rawl Hides), 1 Jay, 1 Great Northern Diver (juvenile, distant views from Oak Hide. Watched for five minutes before it dived and couldn't relocate), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie. Heard only - Green Woodpecker, Wren. 10 Grey Squirrel. Ben and Jane Mapp.

Canvey Point 11:30 to 14:30
6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 200+ Brent Geese, 40 Wigeon, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Oystercatcher, 500+ Dunlin, 60+ Curlew, 10 Turnstone, 200+ Grey Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Brentwood, Thorndon County Park 13:00 to 14:00
4 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Magpie, 1 Brambling, 10 Blue Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 15+ Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin. 30+ Grey Squirrel. Joe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 15:00
2 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chaffinch, 7 Carrion Crow, 8 Skylark, 50+ Lapwing, 100+ Brent Geese, 40+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Common Pheasant, 7 Teal, 1 Moorhen, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Corn Bunting. Very high tide one van in half submerged in ditch on the Causeway two other drivers came to his rescue. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 15:45
300+ Wigeon, 20 Lapwing, 36 Greylag Geese, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 2 Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female). David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:45 to 16:00
7 Carrion Crow, 200+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 35 Mute Swan, 60+ Cormorant, 50+ Mallard, 5 Teal, 5 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 03rd January 2018westerly, high winds, scattered clouds, max14°c

Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:15
72 Ringed Plover, 25 Grey Plover, 1000+ Dunlin, 14 Sanderling, 5 Knot, 8 Redshank, 600+ Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 4 Turnstone, 21 Shelduck, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:30 to 14:15
1 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Great Northern Diver (good views from Oak hide). Joe.

Westcliff Seafront 12:30 to 13:30
48 Sanderling Photo available - click here, 12 Turnstone Photo available - click here, 2 Mute Swan. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:45 to 15:45
14 Pied Wagtail, 2 Ruff, c.100 Cormorant on various rafts Photo available - click here, several flocks of Coot Photo available - click here, c.20 Lesser Black-backed Gull. 25 Canada Geese, 20 Mallard. 40 Gadwall. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 02nd January 2018westerly, scattered clouds, max13°c

Canvey Point 08:30 to 11:15
10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 90+ Great Crested Grebe, 30 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 50+ Brent Geese, 10 Cormorant. 6 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Shoeburyness 10:30
Red-legged Partridge in garden. Richard Harris.

Southchurch Park East 12:50
1 Water Rail feeding in opening of reedbed stumps only 8ft away opposite Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Ashingdon, Allerton Close 13:00
1 Brambling in the garden. Steve Sanford.

Monday 01st January 2018variable, partly cloudy, rain, max8°c

Southchurch Park 08:25
1 Cormorant circling west pond for five minutes, 1 Mute Swan starting to bully 1 cygnet to leave territory. Robert Dobinson.

Belfairs Nature Reserve 08:55 to 09:00
1 Firecrest. Richard Gray.

Canvey Point 09:30 to 11:40
12 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Guillemot, 3 Great Skua, 60+ Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Brent Geese, 1 Shelduck, 200+ Oystercatcher, 8 Cormorant, 20 Turnstone, 1 Peregrine Falcon. 4 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:45 to 13:30
4 female Bullfinch in woodland, 3 Ruff (2 male 1 female), 5 Golden Plover, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 male Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl, Water Rail heard, 1 Brent Goose. Andrew Gouldstone.

Thundersley 10:00 to 10:30
4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Starling, 1 Wood Pigeon all in garden. John Bennett.

Rochford, Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park 12:10
1 male Sparrowhawk. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:15
30+ Cormorant, 16 Mute Swan, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 5 Mallard, 3 Carrion Crow, 12 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
200+ Wigeon, 27 Greylag Geese, 50+ Lapwing, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant. David Shepherd.



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