South East Essex RSPB Field Walk and Coach Trip Reports 2014

Best species count so far - 104 at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk on the 14/05/06
Best birds - Black-winged Pratincole, Stodmarsh NNR, Kent 17/05/09
Red-footed Falcon, RSPB Lakenheath Fen, 19/05/13



Field Walk

Paglesham Lagoon - Sunday 21st December2014

Cloudy, cold

60+ Mute Swan, 100s Avocet, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Goldeneye, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Chiloé Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Common Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Little Egret, Cormorant, Lapwing, Redshank, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Stonechat.

Species count: 52

Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard



Coach Trip

EWT Thameside Nature Park and RSPB Rainham Marshes - Sunday 16th November 2014

Cloudy warm, rain pm

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park species observed: Shelduck, Teal, Wood Pigeon, Little Egret, Cormorant, Pied Avocet, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Species count: 29

RSPB Rainham Marshes species observed: Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Snipe, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Cetti's Warbler heard, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 52



Coach Trip

RSPB Dungeness, Kent - Sunday 19th October 2014

Sunny warm

Species observed: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Common Pheasant, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe (x2), Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Water Rail (heard), Moorhen, Coot, Bittern, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Gannet, Cormorant, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Turnstone, Ruff, Dunlin, Little Stint, Common Snipe, Kittiwake, Little Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Wren, Starling, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Whinchat, Wheatear, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Tree Sparrow at Dungeness

Species count: 77

Also seen: Clouded Yellow. Fox.



Field Walk

RSPB Wallasea Island - Sunday 05th October 2014

Sunny warm

Species observed: Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Common Pheasant, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Skylark, Reed Warbler, Starling, Robin, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting. 20+ Clouded Yellow, 3 Pained Lady, Red Admiral. Red Fox.

Little Egret

Species count: 42



Field Walk

Wat Tyler Country Park - Sunday 28th September 2014

Sunny warm

Species observed: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Kestrel, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Cettiā€™s Warbler (heard), Robin, Blackbird, Bearded Tit (what a spectacle! At least 30 possibly as many as 40 perched in the treetops making a hell of a racket!). Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch ( a number of large flocks), House Sparrow, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow. Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large White.

Species count: 38



Coach Trip

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, East Sussex - Sunday 01st June 2014

Warm, partly cloudy

Species observed: Avocet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler, Chaffing, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Common Scoter, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Curlew, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Plover, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Hobby, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Whitethroat Linnet, Little Egret, Little Tern, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nightingale, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Sandwich Tern, Sedge Warbler, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Tufted Duck, Wheatear, Whimbrel, Whitethroat, Wood Pigeon, Wren.

Species count: 78



Field Walk

EWT Fingringhoe Wick Nature reserve - Sunday 11th May 2014

Sun and showers

Species observed: Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Swift, Cuckoo, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Curlew, Turnstone, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Little Tern, Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Nightingale, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.

Bullfinch at Fingringhoe
Bullfinch. Graham Mee.

Species count: 69



Coach Trip

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex - Sunday 27th April 2014

Sun and showers

Species observed: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Garganey, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Pheasant, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Lapwing, Redshank, Herring Gull, Buzzard, Hobby, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Nightingale (great views), House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch.

Nightingale
Nightingale at Pulborough. Graham Mee

Species count: 60



Field Walk

RSPB West Canvey Marsh - Sunday 20th April 2014

Sun then rain

Species observed: Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Teal, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Moorhen, Coot, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Wren, Common Whitethroat, Robin, Blackbird, Starling, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, House Sparrow.

Species count: 31

Caterpillars at RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Caterpillars at RSPB West Canvey Marsh




Field Walk

Hockley Woods, - Sunday 30th March 2014

Sunny, warm

Species observed: Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Black-headed Gull, Pheasant, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker (heard), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (heard and seen briefly), Skylark, Dunnock, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Treecreeper, Wren, Chaffinch, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 29




Coach Trip

RSPB Rye Meads and Fishers Green - Sunday 23rd February 2014

Cloudy, cold

Species observed at RSPB Rye Marsh: Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Common Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch.

Species count: 45

Species observed at Fishers Green: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Common Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Smew, Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Common Pheasant, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Wren, Dunnock, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 48

Long-tailed Tit at Fishers Green
Long-tailed Tit at Fishers Green. Web Author



Field Walk

Thameside Nature Park, Thurrock - Sunday 09th February 2014

Sunny, windy

Species observed: Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Cormorant, Kestrel, Coot, Lapwing, Knot, Curlew, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 27
Thameside Nature Park storm wrecked boat




Field Walk

Southend Pier - Sunday 12th January 2014

Sunny, cold

Species observed: Cormorant, Red-throated Diver, Brent Goose, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Kittiwake, Great Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Guillemot, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 10

Mediterranean Gulls