South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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September

Sunday 24th September 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:30
1 Wheatear, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel present, 10+ Swallow, a few Meadow Pipit, 25+ Teal, a few Curlew, 150+ Redshank, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. A few Clouded Yellow. Richard Fahey.

EWT Ingrebourne Valley 11:00 to 14:00
1 Spotted Crake, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper. 1 Comma. Mick Roe.

Sutton, Shopland Road 16:45
Very pale Common Buzzard in field. Steve Day.

Saturday 23rd September 2017southerly to easterly, partly cloudy, max18°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 10:00 to 14:00
3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff. Robin Peppiatt.

Wakering Stairs 11:15 to 12:55
141 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 37 Swallow (west), 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Linnet. David Selley.

Coryton 18:15 to 19:15
1 Grey Wagtail flew northwest calling over Manorway Fleet, 1 Shoveler and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Common Buzzard. Richard Fahey.

Friday 22nd September 2017south westerly, clear, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:50 to 10:55
1 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Manorway Fleet), 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, c.5 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipit, c.15 Swallow, 1 House Martin, c.30 Teal, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge 08:56 to 09:10
30+ House Martin feeding around tops of poplar trees. Colin Knight.

Barling Magna all Saints to Sea Wall 10:00 to 12:30
Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 21 Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 5 Mallard, 25 Staring, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Robin, 8 Collared Dove, 3 Great Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (feeding), 7 Blue Tit, 15 House Sparrow, 3 Coot, 3 Blackbird, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 150+ Redshank, 70 Oystercatcher, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Sedge Warbler, 20 Black-headed Gull, Dunnock. Common Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 11:48 to 15:32
2 Grey Wagtail (over calling), 1 Sparrowhawk in pursuit of the House Sparrows. 1 Clouded Yellow (fleeting visit to garden). Jeff Kinnerman.

A130 Old/New Junction 16:00
Peregrine Falcon flying purposefully towards Rayleigh. Dean Wright.

Thursday 21st September 2017south south west, scattered clouds, max19°c

Grays, Highfield Gardens 07:00
Hobby zipped through at rooftop height upsetting the local Starlings. Dean Wright.

Prittlewell Station 07:30
15 Brent Geese in a V heading south over the station. Neil Pavett.

Gunners Park 07:53 to 13:15
10 Greenfinch, 1 Stonechat (male), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 11 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Sandwich Tern, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Meadow Pipit. Hirundines Count: 07:53 - 09:54, 1 Sand Martin, 76 House Martin, 221 Swallow. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Basildon, Northlands Park 08:45
2 Kingfisher. Rebecca Warren.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:30
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew (from the screen only). Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:20
5 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 7 Carrion Crow, 100+ Herring Gull, 400+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Magpie, 1 Mute Swan, 100+ Woodpigeon, 15 Common Pheasant, 12 House Sparrow, 6 Linnet, 1 Marsh Harrier. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:00 to 16:30
1 Scaup (female), 70+ Pochard, 80+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Cormorant, 250+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 300+ Coot, 7 Carrion Crow, 100+ Herring Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Blackbird, 17 Mute Swan, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 20th September 2017south south west, scattered clouds, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:00
1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, a few Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 350+ House Martin, 60+ Swallow, 2 Wigeon, c.35 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Long-tailed Tit. Richard Fahey.

Southend Pier 09:03 to 13:10
20 Meadow Pipit (north), 244 Swallow (south and west), 13 Mediterranean Gull (10 adult winter, 1 second winter, 2 first winter), 125 Little Egret (west in drifts), 4 Sand Martin (north and west), 39 House Martin (north and west), c.120 Turnstone, 1 Black Tern (adult winter), 1 Brent Goose (west), 1 Shag (juvenile), 2 Common Tern. 1 Common Seal. Jeff Kinnerman.

Westcliff on Sea, Cavendish Gardens 09:45
Sparrowhawk capturing prey and landing in a front garden. S. Whitaker.

EWT Ingrebourne Valley 10:15 to 12:30
1 Spotted Crake Photo available - click here, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kestrel. 1 Wren. David Lee, Colin Knight.

A127/Wingletye Lane 12:15
Hobby flying over, going south. Dave Dove.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:15 to 15:45
10 Avocet, 9 Mute Swan, 33 Coot, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint Photo available - click here, 8 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), c.400 mixed Canada/Greylag Geese Photo available - click here, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, c.150 Wood Pigeon, 100 Carrion Crow following harvesting tractor, 3 Jay, 2 Magpie, 12 Swallow, 23 Goldfinch, c.500 Starling Photo available - click here, 3 Blue Tit. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
43 Pochard, 50+ Mallard, 25 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Cormorant, 250+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 300+ Coot, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Scaup (female), 40+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 19th September 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Brent Goose 
Our Brent Geese are coming back - first report today!

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:58 to 13:52
2 Kestrel (females), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat (first years), 5 Reed Bunting (females), c.100 Goldfinch, 17+ House Martin, 3 Corn Bunting, c.55 Meadow Pipit, c.80 Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 7 Greenfinch, 110+ Teal, c.260 Wigeon, 5 Lapwing, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 23+ Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper (East Haven Creek), 1 Swift, 5 Bearded Tit, 1 Hobby, 10 Avocet, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Stock Dove, c.1000 Starling (including a leucistic individual), 1 Jay. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Canvey Island 10:15 to 11:30
2 Arctic Skua, 15 Gannet, 63 Brent Geese, 26 Little Egret, 12 Ringed Plover, 300+ Oystercatcher,6 Swallow, 1 House Martin. Terry Blackwell.

North Fambridge 13:30 to 14:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Collared Dove, 30 Woodpigeon, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Robin, 3 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane 11:30 to 11:50
12 Red-legged Partridge, 25+ Common Pheasant, 17 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 1 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 1 Blackbird. 2 Grey Squirrel. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 17:00
70 Greylag Geese, 89 Black-tailed Godwit, 125+ Lapwing, 30 Gadwall, 9 Mute Swan, 5 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 3 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (both adult males, both hunting together). David Shepherd.

Daws Heath 20:30 to 20:45
Female Tawny Owl calling - no response from a male bird. Mike Sagrott.

Monday 18th September 2017north north westerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

Canvey Point 09:00 to 10:30
1 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 19 Gannet, 23 Common Scoter, 20+ Teal, 20 Wigeon, 5 Brent Geese, 14 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 50+ Grey Plover, 40+ Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 30+ Redshank, 20 Curlew, 200+ Oystercatcher, 10 Little Egret, 30+ Swallow, 1 Grey Heron. Terry Blackwell.

Southend Pier 09:33 to 13:09
32 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern (juvenile), 5 Dunlin, c.80 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mediterranean Gull (5 adult winter, 3 first winter), 5 Gannet (1 adult, 4 second winter), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Arctic Skua (juvenile), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 175+ Turnstone. 1 Large White, 1 Forest Bug (Shield bug species). Jeff Kinnerman.

Sunday 17th September 2017north weserly, scattered clouds, rain, max16°c

Canvey Point 07:30 to 10:00
3 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 18+ Gannet, 6 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 20+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 80+ Curlew, 20+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 20+ Teal. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:10 to 12:15
1 Greenshank present earlier over at "shrub mound pond", 1 Green Sandpiper over area, 1 Little Owl in barn by horse paddock (flew off), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff present, 1 Sand Martin, 80+ Swallow, a few House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 immature drake Tufted Duck landed on creek south of barrier (unusual habitat, must be migrant), 7 Teal, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit on Holehaven Creek, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit (1 on "shrub mound pond"), 20+ Curlew, 200+ Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Gadwall and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 100+ Goldfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker at Holehaven Creek. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:00
1 juvenile Black Tern present on Aveley Flash - this is its 6th day hawking over this pool. Can be seen from visitor centre, but even better from northern boardwalk. Andrew Gouldstone.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:00
10+ Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (all in mixed flock with plenty of Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit). Dean Wright.

Barling, Millennium Wildlife Park 10:20 to 12:20
Jackdaw, 12 Woodpigeon, 15 Collared Dove, 3 Carrion Crow, 7 Magpie, 10 Starling, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 8 Great Tit, 9 House Sparrow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Jay, Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Goldfinch, Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, Herring Gull, 7 Greylag Goose, 2 Blackbird, 15 House Martin. Broad-bodied Chaser. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:00
6 Ruddy Shelduck. Peter.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 14:00 to 16:00
2 Sparrowhawk (male and female), 1 Buzzard (in dog fight with Sparrowhawks), 1 Yellow Wagtail (fly over), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3-4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff. Robin Peppiatt.

Saturday 16th September 2017north westerly, scattered clouds, rain, max14°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:22 to 10:42
2 Common Whitethroat, 200+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 50+ Dunlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret. 1 Seal. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country park, Boatyard 13:00
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 50+ Swallow/House Martin. Aaron & Alex Sapatsch.

River Roach Seal Trip, 14:00 to 16:00
14 Little Egret, 18 Avocet (first sighting in the Roach this autumn) Photo available - click here, 7 Ringed Plover, 33 Redshank. 23 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Great Wakering Common Pond 16:00
Juvenile Drake Mandarin Duck, 6 Moorhen, 2 Collard Dove. John Carson.

Canvey Point 17:00 to 18:15
3 Arctic Skua, 3 Black Tern, 1 Guillemot, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover. 1 Porpoise. Terry Blackwell.

Canewdon 18:10 to 18:25
2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swift, 7 Common Pheasant, 4 Magpie, 60+ Starling, 30 Woodpigeon. 1 small Bat. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:30 to 19:15
7 Redshank, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 20+ Common Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 7 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Swallow,, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Friday 15th September 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:00
2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher (1 Manorway Fleet), 2 Sand Martin, 10+ Swallow, a few House Martin, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, a few Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 5 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Purdeys Industrial Estate, River Roach 09:00
2 Little Egret feeding, pair of Moorhen and a Kingfisher flew the length of the river behind The Factory Shop. Phil Lusher.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:30 to 12:45
90+ Coot, 1 Little Egret, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 100+ Cormorant, 60+ Mallard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, 50+ Herring Gull, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Canada Geese, 60+ Greylag Geese. Rob Harris.

Canvey Point 17:45 to 18:40
1 Manx Shearwater, 10 Artic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 1 Sabine's Gull (thanks to Tim Bourne), 20 Ringed Plover, 22 Grey Plover, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Turnstone. Terry Blackwell.

Thursday 14th September 2017westerly, showers, max17°c

Westcliff on Sea, Sandown Avenue 07:00
Great Spotted Woodpecker on dead tree. S. Whitaker.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 08:30 to 08:50
300+ Swallow/House Martin (Low over water across reservoir), 300+ Coot, 1 Little Egret, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Carrion Crow, 150+ Cormorant, 50+ Mallard, 35 Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard, 4 Mute Swan, 50+ Herring Gull, 33 Great Crested Grebe. Rob Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Cattle Egret across Vange Creek, 300 Starling (one all white leucistic bird) Photo available - click here. Graham & Kris Mee.

Southend, North Avenue/Seaforth Grove 14:45
12 Jackdaw flying around calling at each other. S. Jackson.

Wednesday 13th September 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max18°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper. 3 Holly Blue, 1 Large White. Mick Roe.

Benfleet Creek Hadleigh/Leigh 14:00 to 15:30
60 Redshank, 300 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here, 40 Avocet Photo available - click here, 2 Grey Heron Photo available - click here, 3 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 80 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Swallow, 6 Swift, 200 Starling, 150 Wood Pigeon, 100 Carrion Crow, 3 Coot, 4 Teal. Denis Warren.

Tuesday 12th September 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:28
2 Peregrine Falcon over east to west constantly calling to each other. Graham Mee.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 13:45
1 Swift passed through overhead. Jeff Kinnerman.

Monday 11th September 2017south westerly to westerly, scattered clouds, max19°c

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane 13:00 to 13:20
40+ Red-legged Partridge, 9 Common Pheasant, 30+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Magpie, 5 House Sparrow. Rob Harris.

Sunday 10th September 2017south westerly, cloud, rain, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:30
1 Hobby west from seawall, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, a few Common Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff present, 30+ Swallow, 9 Teal, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Gadwall and Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Great Wakering Common Pond 10:00
2 Mandarin Duck, 30+ Mallard on road side and more in the water. John Carson.

Two Tree Island East 15:00
48 Little Egret, 3 Greenshank, 2 Swift, 1 Curlew. Richard Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:00 to 16:40
50+ Swallow/House Martin, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 100+ Mallard, 150+ Cormorant, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 130+ Coot, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 250+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 6 Egyptian Geese, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 4 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 16 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Saturday 09th September 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max18°c

Foulness Island 08:30 to 09:30
Common Buzzard, Barn Owl, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, Curlew, c.50 Mallard. Steve and Fran Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:15 to 14:00
7 Magpie, 8 Collared Dove, 20 Woodpigeon, 6 Robin, 5 Blue Tit, 7 Dunnock, 18 Great Tit, 150+ Tufted Duck, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 100 Pochard, 200+ Coot, 5 Teal, 40 Mallard, 250 Cormorant, 4 Chaffinch, 100+ Canada Goose, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 20 Mute Swan, 5 Wren, 27 Little Grebe, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, 16 Gadwall, 3 Little Egret, 2 Swift, 4 Blackbird, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 80+ Greylag Goose, 4 Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Carrion Crow, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow. Grey Squirrel, Weasel. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Wakering Stairs 11:00 to 12:50
4 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 270 Oystercatcher, 30 Curlew, 7 Stock Dove, 8 Sand Martin, 61 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Jay, 5 Linnet. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:40 to 15:30
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Carrion Crow, 22 Woodpigeon, 100+ Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Canewdon 17:20 to 17:30
2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Common Pheasant, 1 Magpie. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 18:15
1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30+ Common Pheasant, 9 Linnet, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 23 Starling, 1 Little Egret, 32 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Coot, 4 Mallard. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:30 to 19:10
60+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Pochard, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Cormorant, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Coot, 8 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Friday 08th September 2017south westerly, scattered clouds, rain, max19°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
100+ Cormorant, 130+ Coot, 50+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 150+ Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 40+ Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 250+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 5 Carrion Crow, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 7 House Sparrow, 6 Moorhen, 50+ Swallow and House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail. Rob Harris.

Thursday 07th September 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 10:45
1 Wheatear, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Yellow Wagtail, 55+ Swallow, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher Manorway Fleet, 7 Teal, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:15
1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue, Large White. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 11:33 to 13:47
1 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Large White, 1 Peacock. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wednesday 06th September 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max18°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:37 to 12:46
1 Common Whitethroat, c.250 Starling, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel (females), 2 Hobby (together), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (female, all birds of prey viewed south of reserve), 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 2 Bearded Tit (including one heard only), 1 Water Rail (heard only), 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Egret (both species at East Haven Creek). 2 Common Lizard. Jeff Kinnerman.

South Woodham Ferrers 09:00
Raven over. see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hizEyGpQV6s). John Meyn.

One Mile South East of Canvey Point 11:30
1 Guillemot, small bill suggests a juvenile. Chris Cook.

Hockley 13:00
Pale form Buzzard sitting on post in a rough pasture for about 15 minutes, then flew off towards Rawreth. Neil Latham.

Two Tree Island 11:00 to 13:30
c.2000 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here, 42 Greenshank Photo available - click here, 18 Lapwing, 2 Grey Plover in summer plumage Photo available - click here, 100 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 55 Curlew, 73 Redshank, 40 Ringed Plover Photo available - click here, 2 Dunlin, 25 Mallard, 16 Teal, 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen. Denis Warren.

Two Tree Island West 13:00 to 15:30
Wryneck seen briefly along central path in area level with western end of model aircraft field, flew into long grass north of large Bramble patch, unable to relocate, Wheatear on aircraft field. Peter Studholme.

Tuesday 05th September 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 07:58 to 09:45
3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 110+ Lapwing, c.30 Black-tailed Godwit (together), 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Stock Dove, 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wigeon (ecliptic male), 1 Reed Bunting (male). . Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 09:30 to 09:45
Cattle Egret Viewed by standing on concrete block next to car park Marina area. Les Costin.

RSPB Wat Tyler Country Park 09:57 to 12:17
5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 25+ Redshank, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Cormorant, c.45 Lapwing (together), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Jay, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret (Marina viewpoint). Jeff Kinnerman.

South Woodham Ferrers, Marsh Farm 11:00 to 14:00
1 Yellow Wagtail (in field with sheep), several Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, Swallow, a few House Martin. J. Howell.

RSPB Wallasea island 11:30
4 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine (male and female), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 50+ Golden Plover. Michael Sullivan.

River Roach Seal Trip, 11:30 to 14:00
64 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 12 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier (on Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 25 Redshank Photo available - click here, 43 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 12:30
1 Cattle Egret Photo available - click here on the marsh opposite the marina. David Lee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30
1 Cattle Egret. Terry Gleave.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30
1 Cattle Egret. Mick Roe.

Abberton Reservoir 15:00
1 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Hobby, 1 Marsh Harrier. Strong passage House Martin, Swallow and small numbers of Swift and Sand Martin at both Hanningfield and Abberton. Michael Sullivan.

Eastwood 15:45
1 Sparrowhawk in my garden. Colin Newman.

Monday 04th September 2017south south west, mostly cloudy, max23°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
1 Kingfisher (showed three times), 1 Sparrowhawk (not seeing me landed on viewing screen), 3 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Snipe. 1 Holly Blue. Mick Roe.

Canvey 15:00
30 Black-tailed Godwit flying S across to Kent. Chris Cook.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 15:00 to 16:00
4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine perched on fence seen from observation mound. Mike Sagrott.

A127/M25 Warley 17:30 to 17:30
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 18:00 to 18:40
200+ Cormorant, 100+ Coot, 60+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 50+ Mallard, 7 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 9 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 150+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese. Rob Harris.

Sunday 03rd September 2017south south east, partly cloudy, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 10:40
1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, a few House Martin, 3 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Gadwall and 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 2 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 10:00 to 11:00
16 Sanderling, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinch. Richard Mander.

Chalkwell 17:30
1 female Peregrine hunting low over estuary then high over Shoebury. Michael Sullivan.

Saturday 02nd September 2017variable, scattered clouds, max20°c

Shoebury, Gunners Park 08:15 to 11:45
1 Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Common Gull, 1 Peregrine over Southend High Street. David Chivers.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 09:00 to 10:00
3 Willow Warbler, 1 Redstart (SE corner of reserve), 2 Linnet. Richard Mander.

Bicknacre 10:35
2 Red Kite. Terry Soame.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 14:16
1 Buzzard (very light bird high over garden north. Graham Mee.
Buzzard over garden

Daws Heath 17:45
Buzzard disturbed by Crows flying tree height across garden. Neil Latham.

Friday 01st September 2017variable, scattered clouds, max20°c

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 08:20 to 08:40
37 Swallow on overhead wires, including several family parties with young being fed. David Selley.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 12:00
Swallow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Black-headed Gull, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Little Egret, Stock Dove, Mallard, Coot, 150+ Black-tailed Godwit, Collared Dove, Whitethroat, Teal, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 100+ Dunlin, Little Stint (in with the Black-tailed Godwits), Great Tit, Starling. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:15 to 13:15
Woodpigeon, Grey Heron, Robin, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Coot, Canada Goose, Ringed Plover, Carrion Crow, 30 Lapwing, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Redshank, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Mute Swan, Starling, M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Canvey Island 14:00
2 Common Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk seen well from garden in Thelma Avenue. David Davies.

Daws Heath 21:00 to 21:10
Male and female Tawny Owl heard from my garden. Mike Sagrott.



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