South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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May

Friday 25th May 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Foulness Island 08:30
Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Brown Hare all in garden. Steve Giles.

River Crouch, Gays Lane (Canewdon) to Lions Creek (via Upper Raypits and EWT Lower Raypits) 08:37 to 13:49
8 House Sparrow, 10 Swallow, 4 Greenfinch, 9 Common Whitethroat, 7 Corn Bunting, 15 Skylark, 4 Yellow Wagtail (pair and singles), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 4 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Common Tern, 11 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe (together on river), 3 Brent Goose (together), 3 Redshank, 1 Gadwall (drake on river), 2 Cuckoo (together over river, singles viewed and heard calling throughout morning), 9 Avocet (EWT Lower Raypits), 4 Common Sandpiper (two pairs together), 2 Swift (together), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult). 2 Adder (together including female). 1 Brown Argus (male), 7 Small Heath. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:57 to 11:45
2 Swallow north, 1 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 3 Cuckoo [flying together], 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Cetti's Warbler singing [Coryton], 1 Corn Bunting singing, 5 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 3 Oystercatcher [2 north over Coryton], 3 Little Egret, 8 Shelduck [6 flying together], 2 pairs of Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:30
3 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 9 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 9 Black-headed Gull, 2 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Red-legged Partridge. Rob Harris.

Stambridge 17:15 to 17:55
5 House Martin high over care home, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cuckoo - calling male. David Selley.

Thursday 24th May 2018east north east, partly cloudy, max21°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:10
4 Goldfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Mallard (all drakes), 6 Canada Geese with Goslings, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Cormorant, 1 Coot, 5 Magpie, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Skylark, 4 Black-headed Gull. Sue Lusk.

Stanford Wharf and Farmland 09:15 to 12:15
2 Cuckoo, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 4 Common Tern, 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Yellow Wagtail (two pairs), 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Black Tern heading west over Thames. Andrew Gouldstone.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 10:50 to 12:00
1 Cuckoo heard, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Avocet, 2 Shelduck, 1 Common Seal (surfacing). 2 Wall, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small White. Mick Roe.

Two Tree Island, East End 16:00 to 17:10
154 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, (counted from Mollie Drake's bench - very late in the spring for a three figure count), 31 Shelduck, 3 Cuckoo - a pair flying together and a third distantly calling, 11 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch. David Selley.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018northerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Rayleigh, The Paddocks 11:30 to 11:35
6 Swift Screaming over garden. Norman Oliver.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:00
30 Mute Swan +4 Cygnet, 19 Pochard, 9 Shelduck, 2 Common Tern, 1 Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, large number of Swift and Swallow feeding over the marsh. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:00 to 18:15
2 Common Tern, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 32 Cormorant, 30+ Mallard, 5 Pochard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Greylag Geese, 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

Southend, Cromwell Road 21:30
Little Owl once again over garden and in the cherry tree. Phil Lusher.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018northerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 07:50
2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 4 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Mallard, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 5 Canada Geese, 7 Black-headed Gull, 9 Herring Gull (some juveniles), 5 Swift, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck (drake), 3 Cormorant (1 juvenile), 2 Pheasant (heard only). Sue Lusk.

River Roach and Farmland 09:30 to 12:30
Five mile circular walk from Great Stambridge via Barton Barns to sea wall and back via farmland: 6 Cuckoo heard at various points, 8 Blackcap (heard), 3 Chaffinch, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 4 Skylark, 2 Corn bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail Photo available - click here, 1 Reed Bunting Photo available - click here, 1 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 34 Mallard, 12 Shelduck Photo available - click here, 4 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Buzzard, 8 Carrion Crow, flock of c.50 Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove. Denis Warren.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 09:35
2 Shelduck (pair). John Pitts.

Canvey Wick 10:30 to 12:00
2 Nightingale heard, 1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet. 1 Green Hair Streak, 2 Small Heath. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Hockley Woods/Bull PH 11:25
Red Kite over Hockley Road/Woods. Russ Payne.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:30 to 13:35
2 Red-legged Partridge, 12 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 1 Common Pheasant, 3 Blackbird, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail. Rob Harris.

Monday 21st May 2018variable, partly cloudy, max21°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:15
4 Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 3 Swift, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Pheasant (heard only), 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher (heard only). 3 Marsh frogs (heard only). Sue Lusk.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:40 to 12:42
1 Yellowhammer (male flew to hedge adjacent to sunflower strip near reserve entrance), 9 Lapwing, 2 Swift, 8 Swallow, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo (calling, distant), 42 Reed Warbler (twenty three viewed), 1 Little Egret, 9 Skylark, 2 Corn Bunting (one viewed singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch (together), 3 Gadwall (including two drakes), 3 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern (together), 8 Pochard (together including one female), 35 Avocet (adults), 1 Wigeon (drake), 3 Stock Dove, 4 Common Whitethroat (three viewed), 2 Greenshank (together, East Haven Creek), 7 Reed Bunting (including six males), 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together over calling), 3 Blackcap (one male viewed), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Bearded Tit (male). 1 Wall Brown (bridle path), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Azure Damselfly. Jeff Kinnerman.

Daws Heath Garden 08:00 to 16:00
2 Swallow in and out of my garden shed for 10 minutes, presumably prospecting a nest site until deterred by squirrel activity, 2 Common Buzzard together riding the thermals. Mike Sagrott.

Southchurch Park East 08:15
3 Mallard duckling (1 choccy hybrid) just like the mum, 4 to 5 Moorhen chicks with adults, all around SW corner area. Robert Dobinson.

Barling, Millennium Nature Park 09:00 to 11:00
Blackbird, House Sparrow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Collared Dove, Starling, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Black-headed Gull, Robin, Blackcap, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great Tit, Swallow, 2 Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, Greenfinch, Moorhen, Sedge Warbler, Herring Gull, Grasshopper Warbler, Wren, Stock Dove. Common Lizard. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Great Stambridge 09:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo (male heard calling for much of the time west of the garden). Steve Sanford.

Hockley 11:10 to 11:20
1 adult Fox with 3 young playing together at the bottom of the garden. George Kempen.

Barling, All Saints to Sea wall 11:15 to 12:00
Blackbird, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Whitethroat, Little Grebe, 2 Swift, 15 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, 2 Cuckoo ( flew 10 feet in front of our faces from teft to right), Pheasant, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Spotted Flycatcher, Moorhen, Wren, Little Egret, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Grey Heron, Robin. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 13:50
2 Blackbird, 8 Linnet, 3 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Common Pheasant, 3 Swallow, 5 Common Tern, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel, 3 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Sunday 20th May 2018easterly, scattered clouds, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:53 to 10:43
4 Avocet, Cuckoo present, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Manorway Fleet], 1 Swallow, pair of Corn Bunting, pair of Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 1 Gadwall [drake on lagoon], 2 Little Egret, 7 Stock Dove [a raptor soaring high, southeast of the track at Oozedam Farm looked very much like a Black Kite, except I didn't notice any tail twisting like the one I saw here last year. Looked like Common Buzzard at first, but noticed tail fork, that reminded me of Red Kite but was much shallower as were the broader wings than on that one I saw here last month and the colouring was dark brown with no other features noticeable. Flew off east over shrub mound]. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 08:30 to 09:30
1 juvenile Robin, 2 juvenile Blackbird, 3 juvenile Starling (first young seen this year), 1 Stock Dove, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Jay, 12 Starling, 1 pair Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Woodpigeon, 3 Dunnock, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Field Vole all seen in our garden. George Kempen.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes 10:00 to 14:00
Egyptian Goose, Avocet, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit. Water vole on short circuit. Mike Hardwick.

Hutton 13:30
1 Red Kite harassed by a crow. Michael Sullivan.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:30 to 19:30
1 Kestrel, 6 Skylark, 3 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Linnet, 34 Woodpigeon, 45 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 7 House Sparrow. Rob Harris.

Saturday 19th May 2018easterly, clear, max16°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:45 to 08:10
2 Coot, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Reed Warbler, 7 Mallard, 2 Cuckoo (1 seen, 1 heard distant), 1 Pheasant (heard only), 1 Moorhen, 5 Magpie, 1 Skylark. 3 Marsh Frog (heard only). Sue Lusk.

Prittle Brook (Between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase) 10:43
2 Grey Wagtail (adult and juvenile). Jeff Kinnerman.

Rochford 11:05
3 Swift entering traditional nest sites. David Selley.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 16:00
3 Cuckoo (2 on the wires, 1 on the old tip), 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Reed Warbler (heard only), 4 Avocet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 12 Pochard, 3 Shelduck, 7 Common Tern, 29 Mute Swan + 4 Cygnets, 11 Swift, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. David Shepherd.

Canewdon 17:30 to 18:00
50 Swift over the solar farm, (viewed from St. Andrew's Church Ashingdon). David Selley.

Friday 18th May 2018east south east, scattered clouds, max15°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 07:52 to 14:18
Estuary: 4 Common Tern, 10 Cormorant (on the water), 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Corn Bunting, 20 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Reserve: 5 Pochard (including two pairs), 8 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 19+ Lapwing, 6 Common Whitethroat (four viewed), 33 Reed Warbler (nine viewed), 2 Cuckoo (together, one calling. Single bird showing well for most of the day), 2 Swallow, 1 Raven (circling), 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Bearded Tit (one viewed, other heard calling), 2 Sedge Warbler, 10 Hobby (together hunting over Target Pools), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (one male viewed), 1 Long-tailed Tit (juvenile), 1 Greenfinch, 4 Gadwall (including pair), 1 Reed Bunting (male), 2 Marsh Harrier (pair), 1 Skylark, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe. Marsh Frog (very vocal throughout reserve), 1 Northern Water Vole. Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:00 to 10:58
1 Swift and 4 Swallow north, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Cuckoo [including pair], 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 3 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cetti's Warbler singing {Coryton], 7 Pochard [including pair Manorway Fleet], 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 1 Corn Bunting singing. 1 Water Vole Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Prittlewell 10:00
Herring Gulls have a nest in between my chimney pots. J. Goodman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Swift. 2 Small White. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:45 to 14:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 3 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan + 4 Cygnets, 6 Common Tern, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Coot, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 6 Linnet, 14 Common Pheasant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 1 Avocet, 32 Herring Gull, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Basildon 13:00
3 House Martin above the houses the first I have seen over the houses this year. S. Hillier.

Daws Heath 14:00
2 Common Buzzard over garden with attendant Crows. Mike Sagrott.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:15
(Wakering Stairs open as usual this weekend). 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Oystercatcher (3 pairs), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale, 3 Cuckoo (2 calling males heard and a 3rd, presumed female, prospecting hawthorns along Stairs Road), 5 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Chaffinch. 15+ Rabbit with a lot of mating going on. 1 Painted Lady, 2 Orange Tip, and 10 Wall butterflies. David Selley.

Hockley 16:44
Cuckoo heard then seen flying over our garden, first one heard and seen this year. George Kempen.

Thursday 17th May 2018north easterly, partly cloudy, max15°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 08:15
4 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Whitethroat, 5 adult Mallard and 3 ducklings, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Pochard (2prs), 1 Shelduck, 1 Moorhen, 8 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 3 Chaffinch. Sue Lusk.

EWT Two Tree Island 07:13 to 13:20
22 Common Whitethroat (fourteen viewed), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Reed Warbler (both heard only), 2 Avocet (lagoon), 6 Common Tern (lagoon), 1 Skylark, 1 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting (male), 3 Swift (together), 2 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo (calling, distant), 9 Greenfinch, 6 Blackcap (two males viewed), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together over, calling), 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, c.125 Brent Goose (on the water, east side, three on west). 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 3 Orange Tip (males), 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park East 08:45
30-40 Swift feeding high above back gardens of houses on Shaftesbury Ave/Southchurch Park East Pk. 1 Yellow Flag Iris opened east of footbridge, first of the season. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 09:30 to 11:30
10 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Swallow, 3 Avocet, 1 Little Egret, 4 Skylark, 10 Lapwing (some defending nests from crows), 1 Redshank, 4 Mute Swan, 4 Coot, 2 Cuckoo (seen on far bank of creek in bushes), 2 Oystercatcher (in creek). Mark Allington.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:30
1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, 2 Swift. 10 Green-veined White. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Rochford, Back Lane Car Park 12:00 to 12:15
2 Swift, 1 Cuckoo (male calling from direction of reservoir), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush. David Selley.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:00 to 17:00
2 Corn Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Swallow, Peregrine, Greylag Geese + goslings, Canada Geese, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Gadwall, Mallard, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, 80+ Avocet + chicks, 20+ Lapwing, 4 Hobby working the dykes (same bird possibly), Cuckoo (possibly 2), Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (heard only), Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (heard only). Peter Bowden.

Canvey, Hole Haven Creek 17:00 to 18:00
20+ Linnet, 10+ Sand Martin, 3 Little Egret (in flight), 7 Artic Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk. Mark Allington.

RSPB Stanford Wharf 20:00
2 Nightingale singing. Mark Fisher.

Wednesday 16th May 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:40 to 08:05
2 Pheasant (heard only), 5 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Skylark, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull (3 juvenile), 6 Canada Geese (three pairs with 14 goslings), Shelduck (pair), 1 Grey Heron. Sue Lusk.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:04 to 13:51
5 Lapwing, 33 Reed Warbler (four viewed), 3 Oystercatcher (pair in the car park), 8 Skylark, 14 Linnet (together), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 38 Avocet, 9 Reed Bunting (all males), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel (female), 3 Blackcap (heard), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (one viewed), 4 Common Whitethroat (two viewed), 13 Swift (together), 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 31 Stock Dove (together), 7 Pochard (three drakes, two females and pair), 5 Little Grebe, 3 Bearded Tit (two males, one with juvenile), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Cuckoo (viewed twice, calling), 1 Wigeon (drake), 8 Swallow. 1 Wall Brown (bridle path). Jeff Kinnerman.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
22 Mallard, 7 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 31 Cormorant, 1 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 40+ Swallow, 150+ Swift, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Herring Gull, 17 Black-headed Gull, 18 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 16:00
17 Mute Swan, 25 Greylag Geese + 5 gosling, 15 Canada Geese + 14 gosling Photo available - click here, 6 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Coot, 2 Moorhen + 1 chick, 5 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Cuckoo, 6 Whitethroat (3 heard), 4 Chaffinch (2 heard), 3 Swift, 1 House Martin, 8 Swallow. 1 Fox cub. Denis Warren.

Hole Haven Creek, Canvey Time: 17:00 - 18:00 Sightings: 20+ Linnet, 10+ Sand Martin, 3 Little Egret (in flight), 7 Artic Tern, 2 Oyster Catchers, 1 Heron, 1 Sparrow Hawk, Name: Mark Allington

Eastwood (Between Western Approaches and Bookers) 18:19
1 Little Egret in brook, regularly seen here. Mel Lengden.

Tuesday 15th May 2018north north west, partly cloudy, max22°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 08:00
1 Goldfinch, 1 Pheasant (heard only), 6 Greylag Geese, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Coot, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard. 1 Oak Eggar Moth Caterpillar. Sue Lusk.

River Roach (Coombes Farm-Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek) 07:29 to 10:54
8 Swallow, 5 Corn Bunting, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff (heard only), 2 Reed Warbler (one viewed), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 3 Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Blackcap (heard only), 4 Common Whitethroat (three viewed), 6 Skylark, 2 Little Egret, 2 Reed Bunting (males), 2 Common Tern, 19 Grey Plover (together, including four in summer plumage), 4 Dunlin (together, one in summer plumage), 1 Cuckoo (calling, distant), Kestrel (female), 3 Redshank, 5 Pied Wagtail, 7 Great Crested Grebe. 4 Orange Tip (including three males). 6 Brown Hare (including one chasing a Carrion Crow). Jeff Kinnerman.

Ingatestone, Burnthouse Lane 08:30
2 Red Kite being mobbed by Rooks. Jan Wootton.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:45
Hobby west over garden. Kris Mee.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:10
Pair of Swift screaming and mating on the wing over garden. Graham Mee.

Leigh on Sea, Pall Mall 15:20 to 15:50
5 Swift chasing and screaming. David Selley.

Southend 17:00
1 Hobby over Sainsbury's car park. David Selley.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 18:15 to 18:25
1 Buzzard circling over garden before drifting off, quite low, to the east. David Selley.

Great Stambridge 21:15
1 Cuckoo (singing male). Steve Sanford.

Monday 14th May 2018north north west, clear, max18°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:45 to 19:55
6 Goldfinch, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Pheasant (heard only), 1 Coot, 5 Mallard, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Pochard (2 pairs), 6 Canada Geese (adults), 1 Shelduck (drake), 6 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull. Sue Lusk.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:59 to 09:52
Short walk to the lagoon: 12 Reed Warbler (three viewed), 2 Stock Dove, 3 Common Whitethroat (one viewed), 2 Skylark, 32 Avocet, 5 Lapwing, 2 Blackcap (one male viewed), 17 Swift, 1 Little Egret, 4 Swallow, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Reed Bunting (male), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 3 Pochard (drakes), 2 Common Tern, 1 Wigeon (drake), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard). Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:50
1 Avocet, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Cuckoo [singles], 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 4 Swallow, 2 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing [Coryton], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Corn Bunting, pair of Linnet, 2 pairs of Stock Dove. 2 Speckled Wood. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:30 to 13:18
Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Starling, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Blackcap, Stock Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Robin, Great Tit, Robin, 2 Swallow, Coot, Mute Swan, 10 Red Crested Pochard, Pochard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Wren, Common Tern, Hobby, Blue Tit, Kestrel, Little Egret, House Sparrow. Muntjac Deer. Orange Tip, Small White, Large White, Speckle Brown, Peacock, Red Admiral. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:07 to 13:31
1 Kestrel (Hole Haven Creek), 5 Swift, 4 Greenfinch, 4 Skylark, 4 Lapwing, 4 Common Whitethroat (one viewed), 1 Blackcap (heard), 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 5 Swallow, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Yellow Wagtail (pair), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Grebe. 1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:30 to 12:30
1 Cuckoo (on bush in front of hide), 1 Bearded Tit. 3 Green Veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange Tip. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Eastwood (Between Britannia House and Bookers) 17:40
1 Sparrowhawk (male). Mel Lengden.

Sunday 13th May 2018west north west, scattered clouds, max17°c

Daws Heath Garden 16:30
1 Common Buzzard over, pursued by a Crow. Mike Sagrott.

Saturday 12th May 2018variable. light rain, max16°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:15 to 12:45
1 Common Tern, 3 Coot, 7 Mallard, 19 Common Pheasant, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 4 Linnet, 5 Yellow Wagtail Photo available - click here, 3 Corn Bunting Photo available - click here, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Moorhen, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Friday 11th May 2018variable, partly cloudy, rain, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:18 to 10:57
1 Wheatear, 7 Swallow, 3 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Sedge Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 3 Pochard [3 Manorway Fleet], 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Linnet. 2 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Westcliff-on-Sea, Sweyne Avenue 10:00 to 10:05
1 Goldcrest (singing and showing well from conifer).

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 12:20 to 12:37
1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile viewed dismantling a House Sparrow on back lawn). Jeff Kinnerman.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:25
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 1 Kestrel, 4 Turtle Dove heard, 2 of which seen, at Stairs Road near O-P-Q Battery sign, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat. David Selley.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:30
34 Mute Swan, 9 Pochard, 28 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 1 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk chasing Starlings, 2 Little Egret. David Shepherd.

Thursday 10th May 2018north westerly, partly cloudy, max16°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:50 to 07:45
4 Goldfinch, 2 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo (heard only). Sue Lusk.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:16 to 14:17
18 Swallow, 15 Lapwing, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Little Egret, 9 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Redshank, 4 Gadwall, 12 Swift, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Reed Bunting, 12 Common Whitethroat (including three heard only), Pochard (including four drakes), 25 Avocet, 3 Common Tern, 1 Garganey (drake on main lagoon), 1 Wigeon (drake), 2 Kestrel, 30 Reed Warbler (including three viewed), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (including three viewed singing), 4 Blackcap (all heard only), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 2 Bearded Tit (including one male), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover (both viewed at East Haven Creek). Orange Tip, Peacock, Azure Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Four Spot Chaser. Jeff Kinnerman.

Heybridge Basin 12:30 to 16:00
61 Dark-bellied Brent Goose roosting and feeding on mud banks (high count for second week in May), 8 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Swallow, 3 Reed Warbler. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:00 to 14:00
200+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Common Tern, 10 Swift, 2 Hobby, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Harrier (male). David Shepherd.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:00 to 15:40
1 Cuckoo, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Common Tern. 4 Carp (in fleet). Mick Roe.

Wednesday 09th May 2018variable, partly cloudy, max20°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:45 to 07:50
2 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Canada Geese (pair with five goslings), 5 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 2 Greylag Geese, 1 Shelduck, 1 Moorhen, 5+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Pheasant (heard only). 2 Marsh Frog (heard only). Sue Lusk.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:07 to 10:45
1 Greenshank, 3 Avocet, 1 Swallow west, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap [present Coryton], 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], 9 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 4 Oystercatcher [included two north calling over Coryton], 1 Little Egret, 1 Corn Bunting, pair of Linnet, Little Grebe [present Manorway Fleet]. 2 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Thurrock, EWT Thameside Nature Park 09:45 to 12:41
Mute Swan, Starling, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Magpie, Great Tit, Robin, Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Kestrel, 7 Skylark, 30 Shelduck, 15 Curlew, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Redshank, Rook, Wren, Dunnock, Mediterranean Gull, Canada Goose, Goldfinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellowhammer, Blue Tit, Cormorant. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 12:50
5 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 2 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Common Pheasant, 50+ Woodpigeon, 23 Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Moorhen, 6 Mallard. Rob Harris.

EWT Stanford Warren 12:45 to 13:10
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Coot, Sedge Warbler, Jackdaw, Blackcap, Cuckoo, Bearded Tit, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Reed Warbler, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Pied Wagtail, Starling, House Sparrow, Mute Swan, Collared Dove. Common Blue, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Speckled Brown. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
40+ Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Coot, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall, 40+ Greylag Geese, 12 Canada Geese, 35 Cormorant, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:40 to 18:00
29 Mute Swan, 14 Shelduck, 13 Pochard, 37 Greylag Geese + 5 chicks, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Hobby, 11 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. David Shepherd.

Southchurch Park East 17:30 to 18:50
9 Mallard ducklings rescued from sluice gate pit by installing a wooden ramp, 1 duckling still to get out. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 08th May 2018south westerly, clear, max26°c

Leigh on Sea 07:10
Hobby north over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Leigh on Sea 09:05
Little Egret low over garden. Graham Mee.

Shoebury Park 09:27
2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Canada Geese. (new arrivals). Terry Strong.

Prittlewell 19:30
4 screaming Swift over my house my first sighting this year. J. Goodman.

EWT Fingringhoe Wick 15:00 to 16:00
Cuckoo several heard only, Nightingale several heard only, 1 Turtle Dove heard only. J. Howell.

Monday 07th May 2018easterly, clear, max24°c

Great Stambridge, Garden 04:15 to 14:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose (a pair), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (drifting east), 1 Kestrel (hunting), 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Swallow, 2 Robin (feeding six young), 1 Song Thrush (singing male), 1 Blackcap (female). Steve & Ros Sanford.

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 06:30
2 Shelduck (pr), 2 Great Crested Grebe (pr), 5+ Oystercatcher, 4 Canada Geese (2 prs), 1 Coot, 3 Mallard, 1 Cuckoo (heard only). 2 Marsh Frog (heard only). Sue Lusk.

River Roach Seal Trip 12:30 to 18:15
2 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard (on Foulness), 4 Avocet, 12 Curlew, 27 Common Tern Photo available - click here, 2 Black Tern. 18 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Wakering Stairs 15:35 to 17:40
2 Canada Goose on sea at high tide, 2 Greylag Goose, 6 Shelduck (3 pairs), 1 Grey Heron, 14 Oystercatcher (including 3 pairs), 17 Whimbrel going east, 4 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cuckoo heard, 5 Swallow, 1 Nightingale heard, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting (singing male). David Selley.

A130, Rettendon Area
1 Buzzard. Keith Hammond.

Sunday 06th May 2018east north east, clear, max20°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 06:00 to 09:00
Barn Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl, 2 Cuckoo, Nightingale, Wheatear, Sand Martin colony growing each visit. Dean Wright.

Southchurch Park 08:25
7 Mute Swan cygnets hatched, six on water with dad, one still on nest with mum. 7 out of 8 hatched this time. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:05 to 11:55
3 Whimbrel, 1 Swallow north, 4 Cuckoo [pair Manorway Fleet], 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Chiffchaff [Coryton], 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Corn Bunting, pair of Linnet. Richard Fahey.

South Fambridge 11:00 to 12:00
5 Coot (pair feeding 3 small young), 2 Cuckoo (calling males - one heard north of river), 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 20+ House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting (singing males). David Selley.

Barling 13:00
Red Kite flying above garden. Jenny Jones.

Leigh on Sea, 13:40 to 14:10
1 Grey Heron (high west), 4 Sparrowhawk (in close proximity over Belfairs) over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:30 to 18:00
24 Mute Swan, 15 Shelduck, 6 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 26 Greylag Geese, 10 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 4 Reed Warbler (heard only). 1 Whitethroat. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 19:00 to 19:30
3 Corn Bunting, 1 Blackbird, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Common Pheasant, 7 Carrion Crow, 300+ Assorted Gull Flock 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Saturday 05th May 2018east north east, clear, max19°c

Southchurch Park 08:25
6 Mute Swan cygnets now hatched, 1 egg still to hatch. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:45 to 14:15
Mute Swan, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Starling, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Chaffinch, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Coot, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Dunnock, Little Egret, Mallard, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Blue Tit, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Wren, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Nightingale, Jay, Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel. Gadwall, Moorhen, Pochard, Herring Gull, Greenfinch, Little Grebe, Robin. Peacock, Small White, Large White, Common Blue, Brimstone, Red Admiral. Lots of Marsh Frogs. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

River Roach Seal Trip, 11:30 to 16:00
2 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (female on Wallasea), 1 Buzzard (on Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 5 Avocet Photo available - click here, 9 Common Tern Photo available - click here. 23 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:20 to 14:57
5 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 2 Little Egret, 3 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 11 Shelduck [lagoon], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. 2 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 16:30 to 17:40
2 Cuckoo (calling males), 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Nightingale, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. Peacock, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip and Holly Blue butterflies. David Selley.

Southend United Pitch 19:25
Grey Wagtail on pitch after final whistle. Steve Giles.

Friday 04th May 2018east south east, clear, max19°c

Abberton Reservoir, Layer de la Haye Causeway 08:15 to 08:54
2 Common Tern, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Southchurch Park 08:30 to 09:00
1 Mute Swan cygnet dead at base of nest, 2 more hatched and looking OK, 3-4 still to hatch, 1 Coot chick snatched by Great Black-Backed Gull, 6 Coot chicks left now. 1 Cormorant circling pond area a few times then flying NE. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Fingringhoe Wick 09:21 to 14:52
15 Nightingale (10 heard only, 4 fleeting views singing, 1 showing well singing), 2 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 15 Blackcap (including 5 heard only), 18 Chiffchaff (including 14 heard only), 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Dunlin, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Grey Plover, 4 Common Tern, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 2 Bullfinch (pair), 3 Reed Warbler (including 1 viewed), 3 Common Whitethroat (including 1 viewed), 2 Little Egret, 1 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (including 2 viewed), 3 Little Grebe. 2 Orange Tip, Peacock (in abundance). 1 Muntjac. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Thursday 03rd May 2018variable, mainly clear, max15°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Turtle Dove

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 08:17 to 12:59
6 Skylark, 9 Common Whitethroat (two heard only), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 1 Stock Dove, 7 Reed Warbler (one viewed only), 2 Swift, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck (drake, two pairs), 2 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo (calling, distant), 17 Swallow, 1 House Sparrow (male), 4 Gadwall (three drakes, one female), 8 Shelduck, 4 Lapwing, 2 Shoveler (drakes), 1 Reed Bunting (male), 1 Kestrel (hovering, distant), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (one viewed singing, one heard only), 2 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only). 1 Red Fox. 1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White. Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 11:00
5 Whimbrel, c.30 Swallow, 2 Cuckoo present, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Blackcap singing [Coryton], 1 Chiffchaff singing [Manorway Fleet], 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing [Manorway Fleet], pair of Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Corn Bunting, pair of Linnet. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 12:30 to 16:00
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting Photo available - click here, 1 Kestrel Photo available - click here, many Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler Photo available - click here, 7 Whimbrel Photo available - click here, 7 Wheatear Photo available - click here, many Whitethroat Photo available - click here. 2 Cetti's Warbler. Richard Shepherd.

Southchurch Park 12:45
1 Mute Swan cygnet seen hatching and under mum, looks like 6 more eggs to go, 7 Coot chicks left now, one small one not being fed much. Robert Dobinson.

Wakering, Fleet Head 15:55 to 17:05
9 Greylag Goose, 17 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 40 Swallow, 4 Skylark, 3 Linnet. David Selley.

Great Wakering 17:20 to 18:00
First few hundred metres of MOD footpath at Cupid's Chase: 1 Turtle Dove, 5 Nightingale, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler. 1 Brown Hare, 1 Grass Snake. David Selley.

Wednesday 02nd May 2018southerly, partly cloudy, rain, max13°c

No reports received for this day.

Tuesday 01st May 2018west south west, partly cloudy, max15°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:05 to 13:39
9 Common Whitethroat, 50+ Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 9 Skylark, 19 Reed Warbler, 4 Swift, 10 Reed Bunting, 3 Stock Dove, 54 Avocet, 3 Blackcap (all heard only), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wigeon (drake), 1 Common Tern, 2 Common Buzzard (one mobbed by six Carrion Crows), 1 Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (both heard only), 2 Cetti's Warbler (one viewed, the other heard only), 10 Wheatear (five viewed from bridleway, two females, three males. Five on stubble field, three females, two males), 1 Cuckoo (calling, distant), 2 Little Egret, 1 Hobby (flew through), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel. 1 Green-veined White, 1 Brimstone, 5+ Peacock, 1 Orange Tip (male), 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park 09:00
9 Coot chicks being fed by dad and mum, a few in and out of water, nest near Cafe. Robert Dobinson.

Two Tree Island 13:00 to 15:00
West: 4 Greenshank Photo available - click here, 10 Avocet, 4 Common Tern, 6 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here, 6 Whimbrel Photo available - click here, 1 Knot, many Whitethroat Photo available - click here, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, 2 Shelduck. East: 1 Greenshank, 2 Chiffchaff Photo available - click here, 4 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, many Whitethroat. Richard Shepherd.



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