South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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September 2020

Wednesday 23rd September 2020Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:12
1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Chiffchaff, 30+ Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 40 Teal, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler [2 at Manorway Fleet, present], 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

South Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 14:00
c.150 Coot, c.250 Cormorant, 75+ Tufted Duck, 1 Pheasant, 7 Grey Heron, 15+ Teal, c.100 Greylag Geese, c.125 Shoveler, 3 Ruff, 12 Pintail, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 6 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 15+ Lapwing, c100 Canada Geese, 5 Egyptian Geese, 1 Buzzard, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Wigeon, 12 Red Crested Pochard. 5+ Migrant Hawkers. Steve Jellett.

Hockley 12:45
2 Coal Tit on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Leigh on Sea 13:45 to 14:00
Around 700 Brent Geese on the tide line off Leigh and Chalkwell. David Lee.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 15:00 to 15:30
3 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 60+ Red-legged Partridge, 29 Common Pheasant, 150+ Woodpigeon, 9 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 18 Carrion Crow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 1 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

South Fambridge 15:30
Juvenile Sparrowhawk eating a pigeon on our lawn. Lisa Burgess.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:40 to 16:20
250+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 3 Egyptian Geese, 10 Red Crested Pochard, 120+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 100+ Mallard, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 300+ Coot, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 250+ Cormorant, 40+ Mute Swan, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 6 Starling, 40+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Green Sandpiper, Wigeon, 12+ Black-tailed Godwit, Shoveler, Teal, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 22nd September 2020south westerly, clear, max25°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:30 to 14:30
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wren, 1 Goldfinch, 16 Redshank, 20 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Greylag Geese, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Willow Warbler (heard), 2 Chaffinch, 2 Kestrel. Peacock, Brimstone, 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 5+ Common Darter, 1 unidentified d/fly of an overall yellow and black colouration, only brief view perhaps a late Black tailed Skimmer? Steve Jellett.

Monday 21st September 2020variable, clear, max22°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:07 to 15:14
3 Corn Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, c.55 Lapwing, c.190 Golden Plover, 5 Curlew, 1 Chiffchaff, 25+ Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great White Egret, 32 Avocet, 1 Common Buzzard. 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall. 1 Common Seal. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Barling, Millennium Wildlife Park 10:00 to 11:15
House Sparrow, Starling, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, 15 Siskin, Robin, Blackbird, Wren, Buzzard, Magpie, Grey Partridge, Carrion Crow, 4 Stock Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Oystercatcher, 4 Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Barling, All Saints to Sea wall 11:30 to 12:15
Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Moorhen, Collared Dove, Blackbird, House Sparrow, 8 Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe, Mallard, 40 Redshank, 20 Knot, Great Black-backed Gull, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Starling, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Canvey Point 11:45 to 12:45
120+ Brent Geese, 500+ Wigeon, 35 Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 72 Ringed Plover, 26 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 30+ Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 50+ Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 500+ Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstone, 3 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Shelduck, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow. Terry Blackwell.

Great Wakering 15:30
1 Marsh Harrier flying low Level scanning whole field next to me. Huge bird, wonderful sight. Terence Wheaton.

Sunday 20th September 2020north easterly, clear, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:02 to 10:12
1 Wheatear, 3 Green Sandpiper [over area], 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 17 Teal, 1 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 6 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler [singles present], 13 Goldfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail, 15 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 12:30 to 15:30
Highlights of WeBS Count: 119 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 112 Common Scoter, 1 Black Redstart (found by James Porter). David Selley.

Hadleigh Country Park 14:05
Osprey circled and flew WNW. Joe Dickens.

EWT Lion Creek 15:30
Red Kite Flying over Saltings. Jackie Bliss.

North Fambridge 17:50 to 18:25
1 Kingfisher, 1 Robin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 40+ Canada Geese, 9 Pied Wagtail, 2 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 30+ Woodpigeon, 14 Herring Gull, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 17 Starling, 1 Magpie, 1 Rook, 19 Carrion Crow, 2 Collared Dove, 5 House Sparrow. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 18:35 to 19:00
60+ Red-legged Partridge, 25 Common Pheasant, 40+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel. Robert Harris.

Saturday 19th September 2020north easterly, clear, max22°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 03:00
2 Tawny Owl calling. Robin Peppiatt.

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 09:00
3 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 5 Curlew, 37+ Lapwing, 110+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Mute Swan +4 Cygnet. David Shepherd.

Southchurch Park 07:40
1 Mute Swan cygnet landed on front drive of house at Shaftesbury Ave/Lifstan Way, cygnet okay and carried back to Southchurch Park pond, residents assisted. Robert Dobinson.

Canewdon, Creeksea Ferry Road 11:15 to 11:30
1 Merlin over saltmarsh towards Lion Creek, 3 Swallow. David Selley.

Abberton Reservoir 15:40 to 16:20
70+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 12 Pied Wagtail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 4 Lapwing, 30 Starling, 60+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Cormorant, 16 Egyptian Geese, 160+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Little Egret, 7 Great White Egret, 160+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 100+ Coot, 3 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Tollesbury Fleet 16:30 to 17:00
18 Carrion Crow, 80+ Woodpigeon, 10 Starling, 60+ Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, 6 Collared Dove. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 17:40 to 18:00
40+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 30+ Woodpigeon, 7 Pied Wagtail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 6 Starling, 7 Herring Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 18:10 to 18:35
2 Chaffinch, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 80+ Red-legged Partridge, 23 Common Pheasant, 1 Moorhen, 60+ Woodpigeon, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Little Stint from benches. RSPB South Essex Team.

Friday 18th September 2020east north east, clear, max19°c

Hullbridge 07:05
Hobby over. Steve Jellett.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:06 to 10:30
1 Wheatear [Oozedam Fm.], 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 30+ Teal, 1 Little Egret, 25+ Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail. Richard Fahey.

Jones Memorial Park 08:30
Skein of about 30 (very vocal) Brent Geese overflew the park, from N.E heading towards Leigh. Phil Lusher.

Two Tree Island 11:00 to 14:00
East: 17 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Greenshank. Lagoon: 30+ Avocet, numerous Black-Tailed Godwit and Redshank, 10 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing (but more arriving), 2 Little Egret. Steve Wall.

Canvey Island 13:20
Red Kite being chased by a flock of Starlings. Peter Fox.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:50
200+ Coot, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 36 Mute Swan, 160+ Cormorant, 200+ Tufted Duck, 29 Mallard, 90+ Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 56 Herring Gull, 17 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park and Arnold Ave 17:30 and 17:45
1 Mute Swan cygnet landing in Southchurch Park and quickly being chased off, flew north just between a gap in the trees/street lamp, then due west over the park, we saw it dip over Ken/Vic Rd, then Vic Rd/Arnold Ave. Five minutes later I got a call from an Arnold Ave resident, a Swan on the pavement at the top of road, police waved down by a local, lucky day. I drove round, Swan just fine, nice and calm, picked it up (young cygnet/adult 2 1/2 years old) still had grey feather patch in tail area. Police car trip to Camper Rd, blue lights 'n all, Swan popped on shoreline and flew off southerly, Nice! Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Goldfinch, Hobby, 50+ Avocet, Lapwing, 100+ Wigeon, Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 3 Whinchat, Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Swallow. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 17th September 2020east north east, partly cloudy, max20°c

Canvey Point 10:00 to 13:00
1 Osprey, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 3 Arctic Skua, 40+ Brent Geese, 50+ Wigeon, 12 Teal, 80+ Grey Plover, 50+ Turnstone, 60 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Common Tern, 12 Cormorant, 50+ Knot. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 12:30
150+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 200+ Coot, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gadwall, 60+ Mallard, 60+ Pochard, 5 Red Crested Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 160+ Cormorant, 29 Mute Swan, 130+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 7 Pied Wagtail, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Belton Hills Nature Reserve 13:45
Hobby over. Kris Mee.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 15:00 to 15:25
29 Carrion Crow, 40+ Red-legged Partridge, 12 Common Pheasant, 60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 15:55 to 16:25
3 Blackbird, 3 Common Pheasant, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull, 28 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 23 Starling, 2 Collared Dove. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 16th September 2020north north easterly, mostly cloudy, max24°c

Thorpe Bay 07:28
Pair of Goldfinch stopped by for a drink from the bird bath and then went on their way. A. Beanse.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:03 to 10:25
1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 42 Teal, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [including 2 Coryton, present], 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Little Grebe [including 2 chicks/juvs. Manorway Fleet], 9 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park 09:00
9 Canada Geese landed on pond and 1 in tennis court, much mayhem whilst being pursued by resident Mute Swan pair until all settling down for a feed. Robert Dobinson.

Rayleigh, Shotgate 10:30
2 Red Kite over field near A130. Peter Fox.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 16:30
1 Sparrowhawk, c.75 Great Crested Grebe, c.300 Tufted Duck, 28 Shoveler, 10+ Gadwall, c.150 Cormorant, 10+ Teal, 6 Little Grebe, 15+ Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 6 Grey Heron, c.100 Coot, 2 Avocet, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Pochard, 5 Egyptian Geese, 10+ Pied Wagtail, c.75 Greylag Geese, c.100 Canada Geese, 3 Ruff. 5+ Migrant Hawker, 3 Willow Emerald. 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma. 1 Fox. Steve Jellett.

Hullbridge 18:25
1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth Steve Jellett.

Tuesday 15th September 2020variable, clear, max29°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 08:45
17 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret (all feeding at same Spot), 2 Ruff, 85+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Stint. On saline lagoon: 3 Snipe, 4 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel. David Shepherd.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 12:30
Blackbird, 3m 1f Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, 5 Common Buzzard, 100+ Canada Geese, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Collard Dove, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 20+ Lapwing, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, Pheasant (heard), 2 Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Shoveler, 4 Sparrowhawk, Starling, 2 Stock Dove, Teal, Tufted Duck, 2 Whinchat, Wood Pigeon, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, 1 Great Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard). John Attfield, Norman Oliver, Steve Rothon, Russ Payne.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:30 to 14:00
1 Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat (thanks to others for pointing out), 1 female Pied Flycatcher, 3 Little Egret, 2 (m+f) Blackcap, 2 Kestrel, 2 Redshank, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 8 Little Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Magpie, 2 Moorhen. 1 Willow Emerald (RSPB pond), 5+ Migrant Hawker. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 13:30
3 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 30+ Mute Swan, 250+ Coot, 6 Red Crested Pochard, 100+ Pochard, 150 Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 47 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Cormorant, 7 Pied Wagtail, 26 Lapwing, 14 Starling, 12 Woodpigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 4 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Wick 13:00 to 13:45
5 Avocet, Black-headed Gull, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Canada Geese, Carrion Crow, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Ruff, Shoveler, Starling, Teal, Wood Pigeon. John Attfield, Norman Oliver, Steve Rothon, Russ Payne.

River Crouch towards Battlesbridge and Kendal Park 15:30 to 17:00
River to first bend only: 50 Mute Swan (incl. 8 Cygnets), 1 Black Swan, 5+ Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 20+ Lapwing. Park: 2 Jay, 2 Robin. 2 Speckled Wood. 1 Common Darter, 1 Migrant Hawker. Steve Jellett.

Monday 14th September 2020calm, clear, max26°c

Priory Park 11:30
Kingfisher skimming low over the lake. Jess Davey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:10 to 11:20
18 Mediterranean Gull in what looked like a late season anting flock. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:30
6 Red Crested Pochard, 50+ Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall with 2 young, 32 Mallard, 9 Mute Swan, 6 Pied Wagtail, 12 Lapwing, 32 Coot, 14 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag Geese, 28 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Carrion Crow, 22 Herring Gull, 37 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 13th September 2020south westerly, clear, max25°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:32 to 11:07
5 Cattle Egret [up from behind "north thicket" and then landing behind it again, and 2 later going north over north bank [thick, yellow bills]], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 15+ House Martin, 7 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 4 Cetti's Warbler [3 Coryton, present], 8 Goldfinch, 3 Little Grebe [including 2 chicks/juvs., Manorway Fleet], 6 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:57
12 Siskin over garden south west calling. Graham Mee.
(this is a good site to confirm calls and song of different species: https://www.xeno-canto.org/collection/species/all).

Daws Heath Garden 10:00 to 14:30
1 male Sparrowhawk a.m and p.m. 1 Grey Squirrel. 1 Small Copper. Mike Sagrott.

Foulness Island 14:30 to 16:00
15 Canada Goose, 50+ Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, Magpie, Jackdaw, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, male Wheatear, male Reed Bunting. Steve Giles, Graham & Kris Mee.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crows Lane 17:00 to 17:25
40+ Black-headed Gull, 15 Starling, 80+ Woodpigeon, 4 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 7 Canada Geese, 40+ Carrion Crow, 6 Common Pheasant, 50+ Red-legged Partridge, 2 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 18:00 to 18:20
24 Lapwing, 15 Golden Plover, 31 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 12 Canada Geese, 70+ Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Saturday 12th September 2020south westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 11:00
16 Siskin in Birches. 1 Wall. Robin Peppiatt.

Rawreth 12:30 to 15:00
4 Buzzard circling and calling south of W.H.G Mann & Son Nurseries. Sparrowhawk (with sound of juveniles) in copse to west, 4 House Martin, Swallow over. Graham & Kris Mee.

Thorpe Bay 13:45
Pair of Goldfinch flew in and landed on the bird bath, quick drink, and on their way. Alec Beanse.

Southchurch Park East 17:15
1 Ring-necked Parakeet in flight across SW corner of park toward Southchurch Park, 25 Brent Geese in a skane flying east. Kensington Road: 1 Sparrowhawk (1st year) on grass eating grubs. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 18:30 to 19:30
1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (showing well from 2nd mound), c.6 Ruff, Sedge Warbler, c.25 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover. Stuart Livings.

North Shoebury
After seeing no Ivy Mining Bees (Colletes Hederae) at all last year, we are delighted that yesterday morning they arrived in their hundreds to feed on the flowers of the ivy on the side of our house. Jackie Bliss.

Friday 11th September 2020south westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 08:30
150 Canada Geese, 32,Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Ruff, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing. David Shepherd.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:58 to 11:27
1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 4 House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, c.15 Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 4 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cetti's Warbler [including 2 Manorway Fleet, present], 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow [Oozedam Fm.], 3 Little Grebe [including 2 chicks/juvs., Manorway Fleet], 9 Stock Dove. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 16:30
2 Buzzard together over back garden, 7 Long-tailed Tit on fat balls. John Attfield.

Thursday 10th September 2020north westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:01 to 13:50
16 Swallow, 20+ Greenfinch, 3 Blackcap, c.65 Avocet, 3 Kestrel, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (immature), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Curlew, 4 Pintail, 80+ Lapwing, 5 Meadow Pipit. 1 Marsh Frog. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:30 to 12:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 1 Redshank, 100+ Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Reed Bunting, 6 Skylark, 50+ Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 30 Shelduck. 6 Clouded Yellow, 1 Wall, 100+ Common Blue, 50+ Small Heath, 1 Small Copper, 2 Gatekeeper, Small White, Large White. Robin Peppiatt.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:30 to 16:45
4 Mute Swan, mixed flocks of Canada and Greylag Geese including 1 pale variant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 13 Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen, c.100 Teal, 1 Redshank, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Grebe, 16 Goldfinch, 1 Whinchat. Denis Warren.

Wednesday 09th September 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

Hadleigh Road Garages 08:35
1 Peregrine Falcon. Robert Brown.

Hockley 15:50
1 Convolvulus Hawk Moth on the side of a fence post in our garden. George Kempen.

Rayleigh Mount 16:45
1 Common Buzzard over. David Chivers.

A12/A130 Howe Green 18:30 to 18:35
1 Red Kite. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, Swallow, Goldfinch, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 08th September 2020south westerly, mostly cloudy, max24°c

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 18:00 to 18:30
60+ Red-legged Partridge, 23 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 57 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 14 Jackdaw, 100+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Monday 07th September 2020south south west, mostly cloudy, max20°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:00 to 08:45
3 Great White Egret (flew towards Vange Wick), 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 6 Shoveler (all female). David Shepherd.

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 09:00 to 09:30
For the second morning running, countless Blue Tit, (possibly 30+), 10+ Great Tit also several Goldfinch Blackbird and Robin have briefly descended upon our back garden - on the feeders, bathing in house and garage gutters, all over the ash trees and shrubbery, even exploring the nest boxes - then they were gone! Peter Bowden.

Kendal Park and River Crouch, Hullbridge to Battlesbridge 09:30 to 11:30
10+ Lapwing, 4 Grey Heron, 20+ Redshank, 41 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 64 Mute swan (incl. 10 Cygnets), 1 House Martin, 25 Gadwall (reservoir), 1 Little Grebe (reservoir), 10+ Moorhen (reservoir), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Tufted Duck (reservoir), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Magpie, 22 Linnet. 1m Emperor, 1m Migrant Hawker, 2 Darters, 2 Small White, 4 Small Copper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath. Kendal Park: 2 Robin, 7 Grey Squirrel, 5+ Great Tit, 2+ Blue Tit. 3 Common Darter, 1f Southern Hawker. Steve Jellett.

Abberton Reservoir 10:00 to 13:25
House Sparrow, 100 Starling, 9 Collared Dove, Robin, Jackdaw, 70 + Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 9 Woodpigeon, 45 Mute Swan, 7 Magpie, 3 Blue Tit, 5, Great Tit, Moorhen, 80+ Cormorant, Blackcap, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, 200 Pochard, 30 Teal, 40 Coot, 45 Greylag Goose, Meadow Pipit, 15 Egyptian Goose, 5 Little Egret, Great White Egret, Black Swan, 30 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Wheatear, Swan Goose, Whinchat, 5 Rook, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Grey Partridge, Black-tailed Godwit. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:30
40+ Sand Martin, 200+ Coot, 50+ Canada Geese, 34 Greylag Geese, 14 Pied Wagtail, 4 Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Cormorant, 100+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Pochard, 22 Mute Swan, 40+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 31 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 12:45 to 13:00
100+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird, 14 House Sparrow, 29 Common Pheasant, 2 Chaffinch 1 Kestrel, 40+ Carrion Crow, 16 Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 13:45 to 14:20
25 Woodpigeon, 3 Blackbird, 1 Little Egret, 60+ Carrion Crow, 36 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 35 Canada Geese, 40+ Lapwing. Robert Harris.

Rochford, Sutton Road 16:10 to 16:25
2 Swift with hirundines, 30 Swallow, 10 House Martin. David Selley.

Lower Wyburns Allotments 16:30
2 Swallow. Peter Bowden.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 House Martin, steady passage of Swallow. RSPB South Essex Team.

Sunday 06th September 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Southchurch Park 07:50
1 Mute Swan cygnet flew into bridge railings. It is grooming, feeding and its tail is up so cross fingers that it has just superficial bruising. It is being monitored. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:11 to 10:28
2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], 13 Teal, 1 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 15+ Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 4 Cetti's Warbler [including 3 Manorway Fleet, present], 3 Little Grebe [including 2 chicks/juvs, Manorway Fleet], 3 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 12:00 to 13:15
25+ Ringed Plover, 12 Grey Plover, 14 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 25+ Curlew, 300+ Oystercatcher, 6 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 10 Turnstone. Terry Blackwell.

Burnham-on-Crouch 12:00 to 13:30
Female Common Redstart in scrub just East of Yacht Harbour, Sparrowhawk over, 20 Black-tailed Godwit on Crouch, 1-2 Marsh Harrier visible hunting over RSPB Wallasea. Joe Dickens.

Abberton Reservoir 17:00 to 18:10
2 Great White Egret, 12 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 14 Shoveler, 24 Egyptian Geese, 36 Pied Wagtail, 6 House Sparrow, 100+ Mute Swan, 300+ Canada Geese, 1 Black Swan, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 23 Swallow, 200+ Mallard, 300+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall. Robert Harris.

North Fambridge 19:00 to 19:25
3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 12 Golden Plover, 2, Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 24 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 50+ Carrion Crow, 16 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mallard. Robert Harris.

Saturday 05th September 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max18°c

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:15 and 08:30
1 Mute Swan cygnet now flying east to west over bridge, other five close to doing so, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk quartering the SE corner, 1 Grey Heron roosting on post, 1 female Pochard, 3 young Moorhen chicks (4 weeks old) feeding with parents in water, 2 returned resident Mute Swan pair settled back into routine, 8.30am, Southchurch East Park. Robert Dobinson.

Southchurch Park 10:45
1 Mute Swan cygnet landed in Kensington Road on pavement, gathered up be me and popped back in park pond. Robert Dobinson.

Westcliff on Sea 16:42
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift. Jeff Kinnerman.

Abberton Reservoir 18:00 to 18:35
2 Great White Egret, 11 Little Egret, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Grey Heron, 12 Pied Wagtail, 20 Swallow, 1 Black Swan, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Mute Swan, 23 Egyptian Geese, 200+ Cormorant, 3 Common Tern, 4 Chaffinch, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Coot, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Pochard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler, 16 House Martin, 180+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 50+ Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Friday 04th September 2020west south west, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 06:55
1 Kingfisher. David Chivers.

Canvey Point 12:00 to 12:30
1 Peregrine, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 8 Little Egret, 25 Ringed Plover, 11 Grey Plover, 7 Knot, 21 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

Lower Raypits 14:00
5 Quail on sea wall alongside River Crouch and Lower Raypits. Stuart Livings.

Wat Tyler Marina 14:00 to 14:20
2 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 17:50 to 18:10
60+ Red-legged Partridge, 50+ Pheasant, 100+ Woodpigeon, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit. 1 Brown Hare. Robert Harris.

Billericay 18:45
1 Coal Tit daily. 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on buddleia in garden, Marion Burch.

Thursday 03rd September 2020south westerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

Canvey Point 09:30
1 Curlew Sandpiper. David Davies.

Hullbridge 12:25
Female Sparrowhawk missed a few House Sparrows in garden. Steve Jellett.

Southend Airport 15:55
2 Buzzard over Eastwoodbury Lane and adjoining fields near Airport. Chris Graham.

Hullbridge, Ferry Road 16:35
1 Hobby. David Chivers.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Green Sandpiper. RSPB South Essex Team.

Wednesday 02nd September 2020south westerly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Southchurch Park East 08:15
Mute Swan pair (with new summer plumage) returned to pond, they left on June 9th. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 14:00
Large numbers of mixed Canada and Greylag Geese, 3 Mute Swan, 35 Avocet, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Greenshank, 7 Mallard, 2 Coot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 30 Goldfinch, 25 House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Whinchat, 1 Robin, 4 Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 Shoveler. 2 Marsh frog. Denis Warren.

Hockley 12:55 to 14:30
2 Coal Tit numerous visits to garden feeders. Tim Davis.

South Fambridge 13:10 to 14:20
1 Common Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk, 39 Swallow and 11 Sand Martin going south, 70 Jackdaw, 22 Rook, 1 Whitethroat, 45 House Sparrow. 10 Migrant Hawker and 1 Emperor Dragonfly along footpath to seawall, 1 Weasel crossing South Fambridge Road. David Selley.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
1 Osprey flying over, 2 Mute Swan +2 cygnets, 8 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, 1 Ruff, 12 Redshank, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Lapwing, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Yellow Wagtail. Denis Warren.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:30 to 17:10
300+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 50+ Lapwing, 100+ Coot, 62 Mallard, 120+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 31 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Pied Wagtail, 4 Gadwall, 150+ Cormorant, 15 Mute Swan, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 62 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 17:40
1 Hobby. David Selley.

Tuesday 01st September 2020variable, partly cloudy, max18°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:56 to 16:02
3 Kestrel, 15+ Swallow, 1 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap (pair), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 47 Black-tailed Godwit, c.45 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Greenshank, c.65 Avocet, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ruff, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Little Stint (flew across lagoon calling), 1 Willow Warbler. 2 Common Lizard, 2 Marsh Frog. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh Golf Club 09:00
1 Raven calling heading high east, 2 Siskin. Robin Peppiatt.

Canvey Point 09:00 to 11:00
Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Carrion Crow, Collard Dove, Cormorant, Curlew, Dunlin, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Magpie, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Starling, Swallow, Wood Pigeon. John Attfield, Norman Oliver, Russ Payne

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:20 to 09:55
2 Egyptian Geese, 26 Mute Swan, 59 Canada Geese, 47 Greylag Geese, 46 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall (pair), 200+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 54 Lapwing, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 12 Woodpigeon, 150+ Cormorant, 1 Blackbird, 1 Wren. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:30 to 14:30
Avocet, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Common Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Collard Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Pintail, Reed Warbler, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Shelduck, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Swallow, Teal, Tufted Duck, Whinchat, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff. John Attfield, Norman Oliver, Russ Payne.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 12:00
16 Siskin in silver birches. Robin Peppiatt.

North Fambridge 16:40 to 17:10
1 Collared Dove, 12 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 34 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Rook, 6 Jackdaw, 25 Carrion Crow, 17 Woodpigeon, 3 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Stow Maries 21:00
1 Nightjar seen in the headlights and then taking off. Gavin Thompson.



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