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June

Monday 18th June 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:05
1 Wren, 5 Mallard, 7 Oystercatcher, 20+ Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 6 Canada Geese (3 pairs with 12 Goslings), 1 Kestrel. Sue Lusk.

Eastwood 13:01
1 juvenile Little Owl showing very well. Mel Lengden.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:35
3 White-legged Damselfly with 8 Blue Damselfly on nettle, plants and wild rose bush next to the walkway to the second bird hide. George Kempen.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:00
34 Mute Swan +2 Cygnets, 100+ Coot, 39 Greylag Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon (pair), 5 Shelduck, 50+ Gadwall, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 12 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female), 5 Goldfinch, 10 Swift. David Shepherd.

Maldon, Mundon 16:00
1 Red Kite. Sandra Potts.

Sunday 17th June 2018south westerly, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:30
3 Magpie, 18 Redshank, 3 Cormorant, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 3 Mallard, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow. Sue Lusk.

A130 Rettendon Turnpike c.11:00
1 Buzzard seen at close range from X30 bus. Peter Bowden.

Great Wakering
Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker supervising and sometimes feeding their juvenile in garden. Daily recharging peanut feeder has paid off. Also, 1 Green Woodpecker on grass feeding on ants eggs. John Harwood.

Saturday 16th June 2018south westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:05
1 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Mallard, 9 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Canada Geese (2 pairs with 7 goslings), 1 Cormorant, 1 Pheasant (heard only), 2 Avocet, 2 Moorhen. Sue Lusk.

River Roach 11:00
10 new born Common Seal pups. Steve Barker.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern, 24 Black-headed Gull, 3 Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Corn Bunting, 4 Common Pheasant, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 36 Woodpigeon, 2 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Paglesham, Church End 17:10 to 17:25
20 Swift and 11 Swallow low over wheat field. 1 Brown Hare. David Selley.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 20:10 to 20:25
2 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 21 Woodpigeon, 9 Carrion Crow, 3 Moorhen, 6 Goldfinch. Rob Harris.

Friday 15th June 2018northerly to southerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

Rayleigh, Downhall Road 09:00
6+ Swift high in sky above bus stop. John Attfield.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:00 to 16:00
1 Cuckoo (fly by), 1 Buzzard, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Common Tern. Mick Roe.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:30
36 Mute Swan, 52 Greylag Geese, 8 Shelduck, 30+ Gadwall, 3 Wigeon (drakes), 13 Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 6 Swift, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 11 Goldfinch. David Shepherd.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:20
9 Shelduck - 2 adults with 7 young, 4 Mallard, 3 Moorhen - 1 adult with 2 young, 8 Oystercatcher - 4 pairs, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel including a pair hunting closely together, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, 1 Nightingale seen, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet. David Selley.

Chelmsford, Fuller Street to Great Leighs Road 16:10
1 Red Kite flying over fields/wood. Ben & Denise Matz.

Thursday 14th June 2018south south westerly, mostly cloudy, max23°c

River Roach, Purdeys Industrial Estate 09:00
Female Cuckoo flew the length of the creek behind Factory Shop, pair of Teal and a Little Egret on the back water. Phil Lusher.

RHS Hyde Hall 10:30 to 11:00
c.25 Swift circling the fields at garden entrance. Also Buzzard over Rettenden. Norman Oliver.

Jones Memorial Park 11:00
c.25 Swift feeding over middle field. Phil Lusher.

Leigh on Sea 12:32
1 male Blackcap and female bathing together in garden. Male also seen bathing last 2 days. Pat Holden.

Wednesday 13th June 2018southerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Chelmsford, Springfield Basin 07:35
2 Grey Wagtail. Tim Davis.

Rayleigh, Tillingham Way-Tendring Avenue Footpath 09:56 to 11:40
1 Rose-coloured Starling Photo available - click here (adult male, two brief views flying over gardens then showed well at times in willow), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Chaffinch. Jeff Kinnerman, David Lee.

Daws Heath Garden 10:00 to 16:00
1 Grey Heron at pond, 1 juvenile Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker carrying food, 1 Red Kite (over 14.00hrs), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift. Mike Sagrott.

A130/A127 Fairglen Interchange 13:00
1 Red Kite. Mark Robinson.

Little Leighs 15:07
2 Swift flying high over gardens. Ben & Denise Matz.

Southend, Warrior Square 17:00
Pair of Black-backed Gulls on roof/chimney with 3 chicks. Chrissie F.

Eastwood 18:45 to 18:53
3 Little Owl (adults with juvenile). Mel Lengden, Jeff Kinnerman.

Tuesday 12th June 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 09:15 to 10:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher. Mick Roe.

Monday 11th June 2018east north east, cloudy then clear, max21°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 08:30
1 Skylark, 2 Magpie, 5 Mallard, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Canada Geese +4 Goslings, 1 Cormorant, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck (pair), 5 Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Swift, 1 Pied wagtail. Sue Lusk.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail. 20+ Small Heath, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Large White. Mick Roe.

Rayleigh 13:05
Rose-coloured Starling sitting on a TV aerial to the west of the playground behind Tillingham Way. David Hope.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:50 to 15:40
1 Cuckoo (in bush), 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck. Mick Roe.

Sunday 10th June 2018east north east, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 06:00 to 10:00
2 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler (in song - near railway - unusual), 1 Lesser Whitethroat in song, 1 Skylark (song), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby. (no Common Whitethroat at all yet this year - usually the commonest warbler mid summer). Robin Peppiatt.

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 08:15
5 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Whitethroat, Starling (flock), 5 Mallard, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Coot, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Magpie, 5 Wood Pigeon. Sue Lusk.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:49 to 10:48
10+ House Martin [mostly on passage], 1 Teal [north along creek and over saltmarsh], 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cetti's Warbler singing [Coryton], 2 Swallow, 2 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher [included pair], 4 Little Egret, 1 Pochard and Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, pair of Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Shoeburyness East Beach 10:00 to 10:30
50+ Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 200 Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, 4 Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 3 Magpie, 7 Blackbird, 4 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Tit. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Southchurch Park East 10:45 to 11:35
6 Black-headed Gull, 10 Starling, 5 Collared Dove, 2 Magpie, Robin, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Coot 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Woodpigeon, 16 Mallard, 2 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wren, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blackcap, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler, Moorhen, Water Rail (heard in the reeds). M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Southchurch Hall Park 11:45 to 12:51
8 Collared Dove, 3 Moorhen +2 young, 2 Robin, 6 Woodpigeon, 25 Starling, 10 Black-headed Gull, 12 Blackbird, 5 Swift, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Magpie, 3 Jay +1 young, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Wren, Green Woodpecker, 3 Carrion Crow, 6 House Sparrow, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

A130 Rawreth 13:00 to 13:05
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Red Kite. Rob Harris.

Two Tree Island 16:15 to 17:00
West side: Hobby hunting between the air field and the lagoon. Fantastic views. Also seen on Saturday the 9th at the same time. John Tozer.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:00 to 18:20
100+ Greylag Geese, 23 Cormorant, 30+ Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan +3 Cygnets, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 44 Black-headed Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 40+ Mallard, 3 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Rayleigh, Little Wheatleys Estate 18:10
1 Rose-coloured Starling present at playground between Tendring Avenue and Tillingham Way. Robin Peppiatt.

Saturday 09th June 2018north easterly to easterly, partly cloudy, max18°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
6 Coot chick (c.3 days old) with parents feeding, 7 Mallard duckling feeding with mum. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:30
29 Mute Swan +4 Cygnet, 49 Greylag Geese +7 goslings, 20+ Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 7 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Avocet, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Tern, 4 Lapwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 15+ House Martin. David Shepherd.

Leigh on Sea, 16:45
1 Peregrine Falcon being mobbed by gulls above Leigh Broadway. Graham & Kris Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 18:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow, 2 House Martin, 40+ Woodpigeon, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 8 Little Grebe, 6 Coot, 4 Linnet, 7 Skylark, 6 Corn Bunting, 2 Whitethroat, 50+ Starling, 6 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 4 Magpie 40+ Carrion Crow, 9 Common Pheasant, 1 Avocet. Rob Harris.

Friday 08th June 2018northerly to easterly, scattered clouds, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:58 to 10:42
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin [going north], 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank [including pair], 4 Little Egret. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 08:30
4 Mallard duckling (c.2 days old) with mum feeding. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
4 Shelduck, 14 Pochard, 4 Little Egret, 2 tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Lapwing (very active), 4 Mute Swan (2 pair one bird on nest), 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank (in summer plumage), 4 Skylark, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting (heard only). David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:20
50+ Cormorant, 50+ Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 80+ Greylag Geese, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 23 Coot, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:20 to 16:20
2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 6 Pochard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Blackbird (with white head). Mick Roe.

Rayleigh, Langham Drive
Rose-coloured Starling. D. Warner.

Thursday 07th June 2018easterly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 08:30
1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 5 Mallard, 9 Black-headed Gull, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Pheasant (heard only). Sue Lusk.

Wednesday 06th June 2018easterly, clear, max19°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:05
2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 9 Black-headed Gull, 1 Curlew (see Facebook page), 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Coot, 1 Pochard, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Cuckoo (heard only). Sue Lusk.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:34 to 12:03
1 Yellowhammer (female flew past near reserve entrance), 2 Greenfinch, 25 Reed Warbler (seven viewed), 12 Lapwing (together), 2 Little Egret, 57 Avocet (including twenty two juveniles), 4 Skylark, 10 Reed Bunting, 1 Swallow, 30 Swift, 15 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon (drakes), 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 House Sparrow (male), 2 House Martin, 3 Pochard (drakes), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Garganey (drake), 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only). Black-tailed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Ruddy Darter, Emperor Dragonfly, Four Spot Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser. Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Green-veined White, Brimstone moth. Jeff Kinnerman.

Leigh on Sea 11:35
Pair Great spotted Woodpecker feeding juvenile from fat slab in garden, Red Kite drifting west over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Two Tree Island 12:30 to 14:30
East end of Island: 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 12 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot on nest, 5 Black-headed Gull, 40 Starling, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 8 Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady. West end of Island: 1 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:50
1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern, 6 Common Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot and 6 chicks, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 40+ Woodpigeon, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Skylark, 5 House Sparrow, 9 Starling, 5 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Blackbird. 2 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Leigh to Hadleigh Sea Wall 15:00 to 17:00
5 Oystercatcher, 7 Mallard, 1 Moorhen Photo available - click here, 1 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 12, Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Carrion Crow Photo available - click here, 5 Magpie, 3 Starling, 5 Skylark, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Wren, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch. 5 Small Tortoiseshell Photo available - click here, Beautiful Lobelia Photo available - click here growing wild along sea wall. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 05th June 2018north easterly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

No reports received for this day.

Monday 04th June 2018east north east, mostly cloudy, max17°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:30 to 07:50
6 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Magpie, 9 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Avocet, 1 Cormorant, 1 Redshank, 1 Canada Goose, 7 Black-headed Gull, 7 Rook, 4 Oystercatcher. 2 Marsh Frog. Sue Lusk.

Leigh on Sea 07:50
Adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding juvenile in garden. Graham & Kris Mee. 

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:15
1 Cuckoo heard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Swift, 20 Sand Martin, 2 Avocet, 5 Pochard. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Hockley, Rossilyn Close 10:45
Young pure white starling on feeders and lawn with parent. Barry Bridge.

Hockley 11:55 to 12:20
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker in garden, m/f taking turns to feed juvenile. Tim Davis.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 5 House Sparrow, 6 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting, 6 Skylark, 1 Common Tern, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 5 Common Pheasant, 4 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 60+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Stambridge 16:00 to 17:00
Footpath opposite Memorial Hall: 1 Kestrel, 10 House Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush singing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch. 2 Brown Hare, 4 Rabbit. David Selley.

Sunday 03rd June 2018easterly, mostly clear, max23°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:00 to 07:30
8 Goldfinch, 9 Mallard, 3 Shelduck, 3 Magpie, 1 Cormorant, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Coot, 2 Swift, 1 Pheasant (heard only), 6 Black-headed Gull, 1 Blue Tit. Sue Lusk.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 11:00
1 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler [seen singing at Manorway Fleet], 1 Swallow, 1 Corn Bunting singing, 1 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, pair of Redshank, 4 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 3 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Great Stambridge 09:00 to 11:00
In and around the garden: 1 Cuckoo (male heard and seen), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (hunting), 1 Buzzard (circling overhead), 2 Sparrowhawk. 1 Brimstone, 1 Cinnabar Moth. Steve Sanford.

Two Tree Island 10:30 to 12:30
Jackdaw, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 20 Carrion Crow, 46 Starling, 50 House Sparrow, 3 Magpie, 20 Woodpigeon, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Nightingale, 16 Greenfinch, 4 Blackbird, 4 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, 10 Mallard + 8 ducklings, Little Egret, Moorhen, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Coot on nest, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Swift, Redshank, Robin, Swallow, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove. Lots of Common Blue, Small White, Large White. Lots of small Common Blue Damsefly. M.Hill & S. Jackson.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 10:45
10 Starling (noisy juveniles together over garden). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:00
Spoonbill (landed in front of benches on the fresh water lagoon. then flew to salt water lagoon.) Vince Briggs.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:30
36 Mute Swan +4 cygnet, 11 Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 7 Shelduck, 29 Greylag Geese, 3 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo (heard only). David Shepherd.

Saturday 02nd June 2018westerly, scattered clouds, max24°c

Wickford 09:15 to 09:40
2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Blackbird, 9 Starling in garden. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:40
1 Grey Heron, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 23 Coot, 8 Cormorant, 30+ Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 45 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Collared Dove, 9 Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 3 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:50 to 17:35
From white gate: 1 Buzzard over Paglesham, 1 Hobby - seen while watching Swifts, 65 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting. Many Small Heath butterflies. David Selley.

Friday 01st June 2018south westerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Leigh on Sea, 15:35 to 15:40
1 female Sparrowhawk circling over garden, 10 Blue Tit (adult pair feeding 8 fledglings). Graham & Kris Mee.

Great Wakering 16:10 to 17:50
MoD footpath at Cupid's Chase to seawall: 4 Cuckoo, 2 Turtle Dove heard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit carrying food, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Whitethroat including 2 carrying food (green caterpillars), 2 Lesser Whitethroat heard, 6 Blackcap including female feeding 3 fledglings, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting. Orange Tip, Small Heath and many Common Blue butterflies. Many Marsh Frog heard in reedbeds and ditches beyond fence in MoD restricted area. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:10 to 17:30
2 Mute Swan, 40+ Mallard plus 9 duckling, 1 Red Crested Pochard (drake), 3 Carrion Crow, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 31 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 7 Cormorant, 9 Coot, 6 Canada Geese, 37 Greylag Geese, 2 Gadwall, 1 Blackbird, 3 Moorhen. Rob Harris.



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