South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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April 2020

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Foulness Island 11:30 to 12:30
Walk across fields: 4 Little Egret, 5 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, male Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, at least 30 Skylark. 8 Brown Hare. Steve and Fran Giles.

Friday 03rd April 2020west south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Priory Park 07:48 to 10:53
1 Blackcap (heard only), 6 Stock Dove (pairs), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Gull, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Little Egret, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Cormorant (flyover), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit (heard only), 1 Jay, 1 House Sparrow (male), 2 Chaffinch (pair), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult). Prittle Brook (between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase) 10.56: 1 Grey Wagtail. Jeff Kinnerman.

Foulness Island 11:00 to 12:00
Daily bike ride: 6 Marsh Harrier (same area), Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 11 Little Egret, 5 Canada Geese, 10+ pairs Pochard, 8 Mallard, c.15 Shelduck, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Skylark. Steve Giles.

Rayleigh (Rawreth) 16:00
c.4 Yellowhammer. Steve Rothon.

Thursday 02nd April 2020westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c

Priory Park 07:58 to 10:17
15 Black-headed Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 5 Stock Dove, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush (pair), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 2 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron. Jeff Kinnerman.

Foulness Island 11:00 to 12:00
Daily bike ride: 7 Marsh Harrier (all in same area), 3 Common Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 9 Little Egret, 7 Canada Geese, 9 Shelduck, 7 Pochard, 6 Mallard, 3 Avocet, 4 Lapwing, pair Stonechat, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12+ Skylark. Steve Giles.

Thundersley, Sandown Road 11:05
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk over garden. Don Wildish.

Hawkwell, Magnolia NR, Kirby's Area 15:00 to 16:10
5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (male), many Blue Tit and Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Robin, 2 Jay, 8 Magpie, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch (singing males), 1 Bullfinch (female). Grey Squirrel, 3 Rabbit. David Selley.

Eastwood, Lundy Close 20:09 to 21:40
1 Pipistrelle. 3 Red Fox, 1 Badger. Mel Lengden.

Wednesday 01st April 2020variable, partly cloudy, max9°c

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 09:00 to 11:00
Kendal Park: 6 Magpie, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush (heard) and what a sound!, 1 Robin. River Crouch towards Battlesbridge: 6 Little Egret, c.125 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Redshank, 10+ Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 18 Mute Swan, 2 Wigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 2 Skylark (heard), 2 Shelduck. Steve Jellett.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:50
2 Buzzard circling and calling. Although not too unusual now, this still makes the garden sound more like Exmoor than Essex to me! David Selley.

Leigh on Sea 09:50 to 09:55
Pair Sparrowhawk circling, 2 Jackdaw over. Graham Mee.

Foulness Island 10:45 to 11:45
On daily bike ride: 3 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Mute Swan, 6 Little Egret, 9 Canada Geese, 7 Shelduck, c.10 pair Mallard, 1 male and 2 female Pochard, 2 Coot, 3 Pied Wagtail, at least 10 Skylark singing. Steve Giles.

Hockley, Blount Wood 10:50 to 11:30
1 Woodcock (flushed), c.10 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard (over), Goldcrest. Tim Davis.

Barling 12:45 to 13:45
Chiffchaff, several heard but not seen, 1 Buzzard. Peter Walker.

South Benfleet 14:30
1 female Siskin on garden seed feeder. Richard Gray.

Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park to Hockley woods 16:00 to 19:00
House Sparrow, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Robin, Dunnock, Mallard, Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Blackcap, Wren, Skylark, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Pheasant, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Rook, Magpie, c.30 Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, Greenfinch, Chaffinch. 10 Grey Squirrel, Muntjac Deer (barking). Noel Barnes.

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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