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December

Thursday 14th December 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:05 to 11:02
1 Kingfisher north past shrub mound, 50+ Teal, 100+ Lapwing, 15 Curlew further inland, 3 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 12:50 to 14:15
1 Guillemot, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 14 Common Scoter, 150+ Wigeon, 20 Teal, 30 Shelduck, 50+ Brent Geese, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 1000+ Dunlin, 800+ Grey Plover and Knot, 25 Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 100+ Oystercatcher, 10 Cormorant, 7 Black-tailed Godwit. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:20
13 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 6 Goosander, 17 Gadwall, 100+ Mallard, 70+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 30+ Teal, 50+ Shoveler, 60+ Coot, 7 Moorhen, 18 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 32 Woodpigeon. Name: Rob Harris.

Wednesday 13th December 2017south westerly, rain, max9°c

Stanford 12:00
Coal Tit on feeder first for garden plus 6 Gold Finches on sunflower hearts. Jim Cockram.

Canvey Point 13:15 to 13:50
1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Common Scoter, 32 Shelduck, 200+ Wigeon, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Dunlin, 50 Brent Geese, 10 Curlew, 50+ Redshank. Terry Blackwell.

Tuesday 12th December 2017south westerly, clear, max6°c

South Woodham 12:30 to 12:35
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 12:45 to 13:30
2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Red-legged Partridge, 16 Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 28 Carrion Crow, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 9 Blackbird, 5 Moorhen, 2 Collared Dove, 70+ Woodpigeon, 1 Mistle Thrush, 15 Starling, 2 Redwing, 3 Robin. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
Viewed from unfrozen Saline lagoon: 200+ Wigeon, 40 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 adult male). David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:40
2 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 24 Gadwall, 40+ Shoveler, 60+ Teal, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard, 200+ Coot, 9 Greylag Geese, 12 Canada Geese, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Cormorant, 13 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

Monday 11th December 2017east north east, light rain, max3°c

No reports received for this day.

Sunday 10th December 2017west north west, snow, max4°c

Rayleigh, Garden 14:00 to 15:30
6 Goldfinch Photo available - click here, 5 Greenfinch Photo available - click here, Magpie, 6 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, Robin Photo available - click here, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Woodpigeon. Denis Warren.

Hockley Woods 10:25
1 Common Buzzard perched in the centre of woods. Tim Davis.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 14:40
56 House Sparrow on and around our feeders,(record garden count). David Selley.

Saturday 09th December 2017westerly, clear, max4°c

Eastwood 09:35
1 Sparrowhawk in garden. Colin Newman.

Hockley, Glencrofts 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk diving at feeders. Irwin Lewis.

Hockley 12:35
2 Coal Tit. Tim Davis.

Southchurch Park East 12:35
Drake Teal taking off from reedbed below Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Shoebury (Wakering Road/Poynters Lane) 13:30
Common Buzzard hunting low over field opposite TreeFella, mobbed by Black-headed Gull. Jackie Bliss.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
30+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 24 Shoveler, 100+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, 150+ Mallard, 5 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 40+ Coot, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 60+ Cormorant, 6 Goosander, 27 Woodpigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 3 Pied Wagtail, 7 Goldfinch. Rob Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 15:10 to 15:30
2 Kestrel, 12 Common Pheasant, 4 Magpie, 30 Woodpigeon 40+ Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 4 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Friday 08th December 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max4°c

Daws Heath, Pound Wood 08:30
1 Hawfinch obliging individual giving good views. Richard Gray.

Canvey Point 13:20 to 14:40
2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 150+ Brent Geese, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Cormorant, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 200+ Oystercatcher, 6 Redshank, 14 Turnstone, 4 Curlew, 450+ Dunlin. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea 13:40 to 14:20
9 Brent Geese, 6 Mute Swan, 12 Shelduck, 20+ Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Stonechat, 30+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Kestrel, 70+ Starling, 2 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, 1 Blackbird, 3 Meadow Pipit. Rob Harris.

Thursday 07th December 2017south westerly, overcast, rain, max12°c

Canvey Point 14:20 to 15:20
3 Red-throated Diver, 19 Common Scoter, 50+ Brent Geese, 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 10 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret. Terry Blackwell.

Wednesday 06th December 2017south westerly, overcast, max10°c

Basildon 14:30
Our normal flock of Sparrows (around 20ish), 4 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest (there has never been one in the garden, I think it was with the Long-tailed Tits). Dawn and Pete.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:50 to 15:30
50 Dunlin, 200 Lapwing, 10 Grey Plover, 15 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 5 Avocet, 120 Wigeon Photo available - click here, 6 Pochard, 30 Teal, 6 Shoveler, Moorhen, 3 Coot, Tufted Duck, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Little Egret, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler heard, 80 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 2 Jay, flock of 100 Chaffinch being hunted by Sparrowhawk and later a Kestrel, 200 Starling. Fox. Hundreds mixed gull and when the explosions occurred the sky was filled with thousands of alarmed birds. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 05th December 2017west south west, overcast, max9°c

Southchurch Park East 08:33
1 Water Rail swimming from right-hand reedbed to left-hand reedbed, below the Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Heybridge Canal/Riverside 11:00 to 13:00
1 Firecrest near Harebridge with several Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 1 Bearded Tit calling near corner bench, Brent Geese, Avocet, Wigeon, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Little Egret. J. Howell.

Old Leigh Quayside. 13:30 to 14:30
Several flocks mixed Gull Photo available - click here, c.200 Brent Geese 400yds off shore, 80 Turnstone, 100 Sanderling Photo available - click here, 4 Pied wagtail. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 15:00
300+ Canada Geese, 60+ Greylag Geese, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 80+ Shoveler, 150+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 120+ Mallard, 7 Teal, 40+ Coot, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 3 Greater Black-backed Gull, 9 Mute Swan, 60+ Cormorant, 27 Woodpigeon, 5 Great Crested Grebe. Rob Harris.

Monday 04th December 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max9°c

No reports received for this day.

Sunday 03rd December 2017north westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Hockley, Glencrofts 08:30
1 Goldcrest. Irwin Lewis.

Canvey Point 08:40 to 11:40
8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 1 Great Skua, 2 Gannet, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 500+ Wigeon, 45 Teal, 200+ Brent Geese, 31 Shelduck, 800+ Dunlin, 100+ Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling, 12 Cormorant, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Oystercatcher. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:25 to 11:57
1 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 4 Shoveler and 1 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 1 Grey Plover, c.8 Black-tailed Godwit, c.10 Curlew, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing. Richard Fahey.

Thorndon Park 10:00 to 12:00
4 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker. Mick Roe.

Hawkwell, Magnolia NR 11:00 to 12:20
14 Mallard, 2 Jay, 20+ Blackbird (all seemed to be males), 13 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Long-tailed Tit in a mixed flock with Blue Tit and Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 female Bullfinch. 4 Brown Rat. David Selley.

Hutton, Arnolds Lane 13:15
10 Grey Partridge in field by water tower. Michael Sullivan.

Hullbridge. River Crouch 13:30
1 Kingfisher. David Chivers.

Saturday 02nd December 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

Canvey Point 08:15 to 11:15
9 Red-throated Diver, 1 Guillemot, 40 Common Scoter, 2 drake Pintail, 40 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 14 Lapwing, 100+ Grey Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Pleshey Church 09:00
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Hawfinch. Mike Hardwick.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:55 to 11:15
500+ Avocet, 3 Brent Goose, c.20 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler flying inland, 120+ Teal, 9 Little Grebe on moat, 1 Little Egret, 40+ Curlew, a few Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Grey Plover, 1 Redwing. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park 11:25 to 11:35
7 Mute Swan. As I walked towards the lake, the 5 Cygnets were flying overhead in an Easterly direction. They were too high to have just taken - off I estimated that they flew as far as Maplin Way before turning and successfully landing back on their home lake and being reunited with their parents. John Bennett.

Wakering Stairs 11:30 to 12:50
Just over high tide at the tidal wader roost: 2022 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Little Egret, 268 Oystercatcher, 144 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 3880 Knot, c.1500 Dunlin, 117 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Redshank, 111 Curlew, 37 Turnstone. 1 Common Seal. David Selley.

Daws Heath 13:00 to 16:00
2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Long-tailed Tit. 3 Grey Squirrel. Mike Sagrott.

Friday 01st December 2017northerly, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Rayleigh 13:30 to 15:00
Garden: 5 Blackbird, 1 Feral Pigeon, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch Photo available - click here, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Denis Warren.

North Fambridge 14:00 to 14:40
3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, 30+ Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 100+ Starling, 22 Woodpigeon, 17 Herring Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 1 Ruff. Rob Harris.

Pleshey 15:00
Several Hawfinch at least one pair and then several individuals in two separate woods. Excellent views birds didn't mind me being there at all. Mike Hardwick.



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