South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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December 2020

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Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00
7 White-fronted Geese in grazing field near second pond with flock of Wigeon. Andrew Wilson.

Wednesday 02nd December 2020variable, mostly cloudy, max6°c

North Fambridge, EWT Blue House Farm 09:30 to 14:15
1 female Sparrowhawk, 11 Snipe, 3 Ringed Plover, c.75 Dunlin, 10 White-fronted Geese, 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Grey Heron, 8 Gadwall, 2 Stonechat, 6 Wigeon, 32 Barnacle Geese (incl. some Canada hybrids), 1 Wren, 4 Teal, 53 Curlew (in two large flocks plus numerous small groups), 22 Shelduck, c.350 Lapwing, c.500 Golden Plover, 9 Meadow Pipit, 53 Greylag Geese, c.300 Canada Geese, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Fieldfare, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:20 to 11:50
8 Egyptian Geese, 120+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 40 Lapwing, 5 Goldeneye, 140+ Mallard, 180+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 80+ Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 100+ Wigeon, 29 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Pied Wagtail, 200+ Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 12:20 to 12:30
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, 9 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 13:00 to 13:30
1 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 70+ Lapwing, 35 Wigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 50+ Carrion Crow, 17 Woodpigeon, 9 Mallard, 14 Herring Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 14:00
7 White-fronted Geese feeding with Canada Geese in meadow behind Lyster Hide. Robin Peppiatt.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:40
White gate only: 4 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 200+ Lapwing, 2000+ Knot, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 34 Common Pheasant, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 24 Carrion Crow, 100+ Woodpigeon, 5 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 01st December 2020north north west, partly cloudy, max8°c

Canvey Point 09:30 to 12:00
1 Razorbill, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Shelduck, 59 Great Crested Grebe, 1000+ Dunlin, 12 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover. Terry Blackwell.

Thorpe Bay 09:55
One female Grey Wagtail in back garden. Alec Beanse.

Two Tree Island East 10:00 to 11:45
5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dunnock, 14 Mallard, 5 Little Egret, 4 Redshank, c.150 Brent Geese, 1 Curlew (heard), 4 Lapwing. Steve Jellett.

RSPB Wallasea Island 10:00 to 14:00
37 White-fronted Goose (Tillets Marsh), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 4000 Knot, 2000 Golden Plover, 400+ Lapwing, 2 Raven. Robin Peppiatt.

River Crouch, South Woodham Ferrers 11:30
Common Seal. Holly Forster.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 12:00 to 13:00
1 Cormorant, 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 White-fronted Geese, 20 Canada Geese, 75+ Wigeon, 50+ Shoveler, 3 Cattle Egret. Steve Jellett.

Heybridge Basin 12:30
104 Curlew. Andy Johnson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 12:30 to 14:00
3 Cattle Egret, 10 White-fronted Goose (with thanks to John Wright), 6 Greylag Goose, 60 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 200+ Wigeon, 30+ Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard. Terry Blackwell.

Thorpe Hall Golf Course 13:30
Ring-necked Parakeet chasing a pigeon along the fairway. Mark Sadler.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:45
Large flocks of Greylag and Canada Geese with 6 White-fronted Geese amongst them on the west side of the reservoir. Denis Warren.

Southend, Marine Parade 13:50 to 13:55
1 Swallow swooping over beach, was still there at 14:45. Tim Davis.

North Fambridge 14:15 to 14:45
4 Little Egret, 2 Teal, 26 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 60+ Starling, 18 Woodpigeon, 60+ Carrion Crow, 8 Herring Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 2 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock. Robert Harris.

Disclaimers: Some of our sightings are reported by a single observer (who may or may not be known to us) and will not always have been corroborated. In all cases the observers name will accompany the report. We cannot always check the sightings directly and we have to rely on the experience of the observer. The Web Author retains the right not to publish some reports until further evidence has been submitted. In the case of major rarities the observer may be asked to submit a description to the county recorders.

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