South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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May 2021

Saturday 08th May 2021Latest news on Facebook    

North Shoebury 09:12
2 Mallard over. Terry Strong.

Friday 07th May 2021westerly, partly cloudy, max14°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:04 to 10:15
1 Willow Warbler [singing, Coryton], 3 Swift, 5 Swallow [including local one], 10 Whimbrel, 1 Nightingale [singing, Manorway Fleet], 3 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Gadwall [on pool by north track], 1 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, c.5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap [singles singing], 1 Chiffchaff [singing, Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler singles present], Reed Warbler [present over area], 8 Stock Dove, 2 Shelduck, 1 Mute Swan. 1 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Stambridge Mills 10:20
Woodchat Shrike showing well. John Attfield.

Barling, Sea Wall Near Church 10:40
Nightingale heard, House Martin, Swallow, Cuckoo heard. Name: Peter Walker

North Shoebury 13:10
1 Swallow over. Terry Strong.

Wakering Stairs 15:00 to 16:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cuckoo (3 heard of which 2 seen), 5 Pheasant, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nightingale heard (possibly 2), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 6 Blackbird singing, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Corn Bunting singing. David Selley.

Thursday 06th May 2021west south west, partly cloudy, showers, max11°c

Wyatts Drive 06:20
2 Ring-necked Parakeet. Margaret Lloyd.

Billericay 11:30
2 Buzzard over garden. Marion Burch.

Southchurch Park 12:45
4 Mute Swan cygnets on the water with parents and then back on the nest on the island. Robert Dobinson. 

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:10 to 17:35
2 Common Tern, 1 Egyptian Goose, 16 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag Geese, 50+ Swift, 40+ Swallow, 8 House Martin, 17 Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan, 40+ Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 40+ Mallard, 19 Coot, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Blackbird, 6 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow, 9 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Starling. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 05th May 2021westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Stambridge Mills 08:40 to 09:20
1 Woodchat Shrike looking cracking in the morning sunshine. Tim Davis.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:06
22 Whimbrel, 6 Swallow, 1 Nightingale [singing, Manorway Fleet], 1 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 4 Lapwing, 2 Cuckoo [singles], 1 Sedge Warbler [Manorway Fleet], Reed Warbler [present over area], 2 Lesser Whitethroat [singing], c.7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap [singing, Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler singles present], 10 Stock Dove, 4 Shelduck. 2 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 12:15
1 Whinchat near picnic tables. David Davies.

Hadleigh Castle 14:00
Buzzard chick at the top of Hadleigh Castle tower and adult Buzzard. Sally Nash.

Rochford, Stambridge Mills 14:10 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodchat Shrike. Robert Harris.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park 15:00 to 17:00
2 Wren, 50 Mute Swan (Crouch), 1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Shelduck (Crouch), 2 Whimbrel (Crouch), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 male Blackcap (singing). 14 Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Tuesday 04th May 2021westerly, partly cloudy, showers, max13°c

Southchurch Park East 08:15 to 08:30
1 Redshank in flight from SE corner of lake and then back again after five minutes, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet flying directly overhead and screeching as it headed toward Lifstan Way. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Canvey Wick and RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:30 to 13:30
Canvey Wick 09:30-11:30: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Collard Dove, 1 Cuckoo, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat (heard), Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Reed Warbler, Robin, Shelduck, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren (heard). Bowers Marsh Manorway footpath to Great Pound and return only 12:00-13:30: Blue Tit, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Chaffinch, Coot, Gadwall, Garden Warbler (heard), Greylag Goose, House Martin, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler (heard), Rook, Shelduck, Skylark, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift. Russ Payne, John Attfield.

Rochford, Mill Lane 10:30 to 12:00
1 Woodchat Shrike (distant far side of paddock), 6 House Martin. 1 Stoat. Steve Jellett.

Barling Magna Nature Reserve 16:00 to 16:45
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 3 Great Tit, 2 Robin. Richard Mander.

Witham, Braxted Park 19:40 to 20:35
1 Red Kite, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 37 Common Pheasant, 2 Ring-necked Pheasant, 6 Melanistic Pheasant, 24 Herring Gull, 3 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 14 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 15 Mallard. 2 Muntjac Deer, 2 Brown Hare. Robert Harris.

Monday 03rd May 2021south westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Stambridge Mills 07:15 to 08:00
Woodchat Shrike present this morning. Brett Andrews.

EWT Two Tree Island 07:15 to 09:30
Whitethroat, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Common Pheasant, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Linnet, Magpie, Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, House Martin, Goldfinch, Sedge Warbler, Little Egret, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Curlew, Brent Goose, Canada Goose (from lagoon hide), Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank, 4 Avocet, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, 1 Little Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Lapwing, Cormorant. Noel Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:02 to 10:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 27 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Nightingale [singing just north of Manorway Fleet], 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff [singing], 2 Great Crested Grebe [on creek, think migrants], 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 3 Cuckoo [flying together], 1 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cetti's Warbler [including one singing and then flying from cover], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, c.7 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler [singing], [singing, Manorway Fleet], 2 Linnet, 1 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 7 Shelduck, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 11:00 to 13:20
1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swallow, 5 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Nightingale (snatch of song heard only, not repeated), 4 Chaffinch. David Selley.

Stambridge Mill 12:30 to 13:00
Woodchat Shrike still showing well along north side of the horse paddock. Richard Mander.

Southchurch Park 12:45
2 Mute Swan cygnets hatched and seen under mum. Robert Dobinson.

Garons Park GC 14:30
1 Nightingale (heard). Brian Coveney.

Sunday 02nd May 2021variable, partly cloudy, max12°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:20 to 10:30
Blackbird, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Cuckoo (male and female), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Starling, Robin, Bearded Tit, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Little Egret, Pochard, Mallard, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (near saline lagoon steps), Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Cormorant, Redshank, Greylag Goose, Pied Wagtail, Canada Goose, Dunlin, Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel -(saline lagoon), Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Stock Dove, Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler (near Great Pound), Wood Pigeon, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Skylark, Swallow, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Greenfinch, Magpie, Avocet. Noel Barnes.

Wickford 17:00 to 17:20
2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Little Egret, 5 Herring Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling in garden. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park 17:35
3 Swallow feeding over the pond surface, they have been present at the same time every evening for the last four days. Robert Dobinson.

Rochford, Horse Paddock by Roach Near Stambridge Mills 18:30 to 19:00
Woodchat Shrike still present (big thanks to Jeff Delve, Steve and others present for pointing it out to me). Jackie Bliss.

Saturday 01st May 2021northerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Stambridge Mills 12:00 to 13:40
Woodchat Shrike (in a little horse paddock not far from the bridges over the Roach and was still there at 19:20 this evening), Raven, Common Sandpiper. Joe Dickens.

Benfleet, Near Woodside Cemetery Lake 13:00
Female Red-crested Pochard. Ray Harvey.

Canvey Point 15:15 to 16:45
40+ Common Tern, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin. 1 Porpoise. Terry Blackwell.

Wakering, Vicinity of Millhead Cottages 16:20
1 Cuckoo heard from direction of Wakering Boatyard while a second Cuckoo flew in opposite direction towards St Nicholas Church. Jackie Bliss.

Hadleigh Castle 17:00
3 Swallow, 1 House Martin flying over open water swim lake. Denis Warren.

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