South East Essex RSPB Field Walk and Coach Trip Reports 2015

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
Glossy Ibis, Wat Tyler Country Park, 11/09/15

Field Walk

RSPB Wallasea Island - Sunday 13th December 2015

cloud, drizzle

Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan (50+), Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier (a nice male), Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Corn Bunting, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Common Gull, Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit.

Species count: 39



Field Walk

RSPB Bowers Marsh - Wednesday 02nd December 2015

rain at first then sun and clouds

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier (x3), Kestrel, Coot, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, lack-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare (x130), Redwing, Robin, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail (x120), Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Snipe, Canada Goose, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Greenfinch.

Species count: 45

Reed Bunting
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Field Walk

Tollesbury Wick - Tuesday 17th November 2015

sunny spells, cold

Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Coot, Moorhen, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Stonechat, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 35



Field Walk

Two Tree Island - Sunday 08th November 2015

sun and cloud

Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Lapwing, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Cettiā€™s Warbler (heard), Redstart, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 52



Coach Trip

RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex - Sunday 25th October 2015

warm, sunny

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Common Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (x2), Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Robin, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Shoveler, Skylark.

Also seen: Herd of Fallow Deer including stag, Brown Rat, Ruddy Darter Dragonfly.

Species count: 57

Coal Tit
Coal Tit



Field Walk

Wat Tyler Country Park and RSPB Vange Marsh - Sunday 11th September 2015

warm, cloudy

Wat Tyler Country Park
Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti's Warbler, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Coot, Cormorant, Curlew, Gadwall, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey heron, Greylag goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jay, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Peregrine Falcon, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Robin, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Teal, Woodpigeon, Glossy Ibis.

Species count: 40

RSPB Vange Marsh
Avocet, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Carrion Crow, Dunlin, Gadwall, Grey heron, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pied wagtail, Redshank, Ruff, Shoveler, Snipe, Teal, Wigeon.

Species count: 20

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis by Colin Knight



Field Walk

Canvey Seawatching - Tuesday 15th September 2015

warm, cloudy

Brent Goose, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Sandwich Tern, Tern (sp), Swallow.

Species count: 13



Field Walk

Bradwell Bird Observatory - Sunday 13th September 2015

Warm, cloudy

Brent Goose, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Egret, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 39



Coach Trip

NWT Weeting Heath and RSPB Lakenheath Fen - Sunday 24th May 2015

Warm, light patchy rain

NWT Weeting Heath
Common Pheasant, Stone-curlew, Lapwing, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Firecrest, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer.

Species count: 24

RSPB Lakenheath Fen
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shoveler, Mallard, Common Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, Swift, Cuckoo, Moorhen, Coot, Common Crane (x3), Bittern, Little Bittern (heard), Little Egret, Cormorant, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Hobby, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Bearded Tit, Wren, Starling, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 46

Wren at Weeting
Treecreeper at Weeting Heath



Field Walk

Foulness island - Sunday 17th May 2015

Warm, sunny

Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Little Grebe, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Cuckoo (heard), Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, female Marsh Harrier, adult female Montagu's Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Skylark, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (heard), Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Turtle Dove seen just off island.

Orange Tip butterfly and many Brown Hare.

Species count: 59

Avocet on Foulness
Avocet on Foulness



Field Walk

EWT Chafford Gorges - Sunday 10th May 2015

Warm, sunny

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose with Goslings, Mallard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Cuckoo (heard), Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Hobby, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Reed Warbler (heard), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Orange Tip.

Species count: 36

Greylag and goslings
Greylag Goose and Goslings



Coach Trip

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk - Sunday 36th April 2015

Cloudy, cold

Mute Swan, Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Garganey, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Common Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Swift, Moorhen, Coot, Common Crane (x4), Fulmar, Bittern, Grey Heron, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cormorant, Stone-curlew, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Knot, Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Redshank, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Hobby, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler (heard), Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Bearded Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Starling, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Wheatear, Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Also seen: Red Deer and Weasel carrying dead Water Vole in its mouth!

Species count: 95

Marsh Harrier at RSPB Minsmere



Field Walk

RSPB Bowers Marsh - Sunday 19th April 2015

Cloudy, cold

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Swallow, Skylark, Chiffchaff (heard), Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat(heard), Blackcap (heard), Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Reed Warbler (heard), Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 60

Mute Swan

Field Walk

Two Tree Island - Sunday 01st March 2015

Sunny, windy

Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Little Egret, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush heard, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Cetti's Warbler heard.

Species count: 45

Canada Geese, Two Tree Island
Canada Geese, Two Tree Island

Coach Trip

WWT London Wetland Centre - Sunday 15th February 2015

cool, sunny

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Little Egret, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Coot, Bittern (x3), Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lapwing, Common Snipe, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Species count: 50

Rose-ringed Parakeets
Rose-ringed Parakeets at the London Wetland Centre.

Field Walk

Wakering Stairs - Sunday 01st February 2015

Very cold, windy, rain showers

1000+ Brent Goose. Common Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Stonechat (pair), Meadow Pipit.

Species count: 31

Bird flock at Wakering Stairs

Field Walk

Southend Pier - Sunday 04th January 2015

Cold, thick fog!

Brent Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Wood Pigeon, Turnstone, Sanderling, 18 Mediterranean Gull (incl. white ring 3E72 and white ring E494), Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull.

Species count: 10

Mediterranean Gull