South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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July 2020

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Saturday 11th July 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Shoebury Park 10:25
8 Egyptian Geese (2 adults, 4 goslings). 10+ Brown Rat. St. Mary's Green: 2 Jay. 1 Grey Squirrel. Terry Strong.

Friday 10th July 2020west north west, partly cloudy, max18°c

Foulness Island 10:00 to 11:15
Bike ride: male Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 Little Egret, Grey Heron, c.20 Skylark, c.20 Yellow Wagtail (mainly juveniles), c.6 Corn Bunting, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden this morning and Elephant Hawk Moth yesterday evening. Steve Giles.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 15:20 to 15:25
3 Buzzard circling and calling overhead. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:20 to 15:50
43 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 7 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail, 60+ Mute Swan, 300+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 1 Common Buzzard, 12 Cormorant, 40+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Mallard, 150+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Grey Heron. Robert Harris.

Great Wakering 15:50 to 17:00
MoD footpath from Cupids Corner to seawall: 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Turtle Dove heard, 5 Stock Dove, 86 Swallow at seawall end including 45 mostly juveniles on fence around Blackgate restricted area, 4 Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Corn Bunting. 30+ Meadow Brown, 10 Gatekeeper, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Ringlet butterflies. David Selley.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 16:10 to 16:35
40+ Jackdaw, 60+ Carrion Crow, 8 Magpie 2 Common Pheasant, 5 Collared Dove, 60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 16:50 to 17:306
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel 2 Jackdaw, 14 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 5 Collared Dove, 20+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Starling, 5 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Thursday 09th July 2020south westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Hockley Woods 11:30 to 13:30
1 Swift, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 1 Chiffchaff (heard). 10+ Grey Squirrel. 3 Purple Hairstreak, 25+ Ringlet, 7 Meadow Brown, 3 Gatekeeper, 3 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral. 1 Ruddy Darter, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:40
250+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 60+ Mallard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Woodpigeon, 14 Cormorant, 8 Mute Swan, 40+ Coot. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 08th July 2020west south west, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Southend, North Avenue 07:32
1 young Fox running across the back of car park. S. Jackson.

North Fambridge 14:00 to 14:30
2 Little Egret, 1 Common Gull, 7 Black-headed Gull, 3 Blackbird, 5 Collard Dove, 16 Woodpigeon, 8 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close
Long-tailed Tits are back (10 on fat balls), numerous Blue Tit, Great Tit, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Jay, Magpie, 3 Dunnock, Stock Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, 5 Feral Pigeon. John Attfield.

Tuesday 07th July 2020west south west, mostly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 08:00
10 Avocet +6 young, 45 Lapwing, 4 Shelduck, 6 Bearded Tit, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Swan +6 Cygnet. David Shepherd.

Southend, North Avenue 07:35
43 Swift over North Ave and Central Ave and Lonsdale Ave. S. Jackson.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 08:30 to 11:00
Garden butterflies: 1 Purple Hairstreak (unusually sunning itself on the lawn early morning), 2 Comma, 3 Ringlet, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock. Robin Peppiatt.

Billericay 10:15 to 11:30
1 Gatekeeper butterfly, 5 Peacock butterfly on the buddleia in garden. Chris Henry.

Canvey Way Ditch 11:00 to 13:00
6 Southern Migrant Hawker (3 full male blues), 50+ Ruddy Darter, 3 Southern Emerald (2 by hedge, 1 in ditch), 30+ Scarce Emerald, 2 Essex Skippers, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 20+ Marbled Whites, 15+ Ringlet, 1m Common Blue, 1 Cinnabar Moth. Steve Jellett.

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 13:40
150+ Mute Swan, 400+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Canada Geese, 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 300+ Tufted Duck, 300+ Pochard, 200+ Mallard, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Swallow and House Martin, 15 Sand Martin, 100+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Lapwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Herring Gull 70+ Cormorant. Robert Harris.

Tollesbury Fleet 14:00 to 14:20
1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Little Egret, 60+ Starling, 50+ Herring Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:45
14 Lapwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackbird, 4 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Swallow and House Martin, 60+ Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant, 18 Mute Swan, 100+ Coot, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 350+ Greylag Geese, 180+ Canada Geese, 60+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Gadwall. Robert Harris.

Monday 06th July 2020west north west, partly cloudy, max20°c

Hullbridge 13:30 and 18:05
Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden, 2 Buzzard circling over, lower one being mobbed by gulls. Steve Jellett.

Hockley, Woodlands Road 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush (very vocal), 4 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk over garden, 1 male Blackbird taking fruit from blueberry bush, 2 Long-tailed Tit. 1 Peacock butterfly. David Z.

Two Tree Island
Re the ringed Black-headed Gull 2LBT (see below). I have recorded this bird on Two Tree Island 14 times since 20th December 2016. Seen 2016 1, 2017 not recorded, 2018 1, 2019 8, 2020 4 (last time 12th February). Glad to see the bird is still alive. Clive Jolly.

Sunday 05th July 2020west south west, partly cloudy, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:40 to 11:11
1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 House Martin [going west], 50+ Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [heard singing], 1 Blackcap [heard singing, Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff [heard singing Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler [heard singing, Coryton], 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 4 Stock Dove, 1 Shelduck, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Kestrel. 8 Marbled White, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 11:30 to 14:00
Kendal Park: 1 Chiffchaff (heard). 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 8 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Large Skipper. River Loop Towards Battlesbridge: 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Pheasant (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 7 Swallow (6 at reservoir),1 Black Swan (with mutes), 50 Mute Swan. 3 Gatekeeper (my first of year), 3 Comma, 25+ Ringlet, 2 Large Skipper, 2 Red Admiral, 50+ Marbled White, 3 Peacock, 30+ Small Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Heath, 50+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Small White, 1m Emperor, 5 Ruddy Darters, 3 Common Blue Damsels, Blue-tailed (1pr in CoP). 1 Rabbit. Steve Jellett.

Little Bardfield 13:00
Total of 9 Red Kite hovering over fields between Little Bardfield and Oxen End. Michael Bray.

Prittle Brook Between Fleming and Tankerville 15:00
Female Blackbird and two Goldfinch mobbing fledgling Cuckoo. Steve Atkinson.

North Fambridge 16:10 to 16:20
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Collared Dove, 30 Woodpigeon, 7 Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:00 to 18:25
19 Woodpigeon, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Mallard, 150+ Coot, 300+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Pochard, 200+ Canada Geese, 400+ Greylag Geese, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Cormorant, 7 Mute Swan, 150+ Swallow and House Martin, 60+ Swift. Robert Harris.

Saturday 04th July 2020south westerly, windy, mostly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:30
From white gate only: 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Swallow, 31 Swift, 7 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting. 1 Weasel ran across road by Baltic Wharf. David Selley.

Friday 03rd July 2020south westerly, windy, partly cloudy, max21°c

Click here for details of Black-headed Gull with yellow ring 2LBT as observed by Angela Fletcher.


RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 08:30
11 Avocet +4 chicks, 4 Swan +6 Cygnet, 2 Little Grebe +2 chicks, 6 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 9 Lapwing, 8 Little Egret, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit, 4 Swift, 20+ Sand Martin. David Shepherd.

Basildon 10:05
Osprey flying overhead in Southerly direction towards Vange Marshes mobbed by two gulls. Ryan.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:00 to 13:00
187 Swift moving SW in an hour, but with a steady trickle all morning. Have just seen that 45844 were counted going south in one day at Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire at the beginning of the week, (Lincs. Bird Club count), so our high local numbers are perhaps not surprising. David Selley.

Hullbridge 14:30
1 Grass Snake (crossing road! Encouraged into back garden). Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir 17:10 to 18:00
450+ Greylag Geese (1 White hybrid), 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Coot, 400+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 1 Red Crested Pochard (male), 150+ Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackbird, 4 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 12 Cormorant, 14 Mute Swan, 50+ Swallow and House Martin, 60+ Swift, 50+ Woodpigeon, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 29 Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

Thursday 02nd July 2020west south west, showers, max19°c

Rayleigh Ferndale Road 11:00
4 Siskin, 2 Marbled White. Mr Robin Peppiatt.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 21:10 to 21:35
2 Kestrel, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird, 1 Common Pheasant. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 01st July 2020south westerly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Canvey Way Ditch 10:30 to 12:50
2 Teneral Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter, 50+ Ruddy Darter, 8 Ringlet, 30+ Meadow Brown, 3 Peacock, 3 Essex Skipper, 25+ Small Skipper, 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 25+ Marbled White, 3 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Steve Jellett.

Rochford, Sutton Road 12:00 to 12:30
c.300 Swift - large feeding flock very low over fields and the road. Stopped at the garden centre to watch them and try to count, terrific sight. David Selley.

Southend, Cliff Gardens 12:35
1 Kestrel hovering, viewed from Prittlewell Square. Tim Davis.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 21:10 to 21:25
3 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon. 4 Rabbit. Robert Harris.



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