South East Essex RSPB Field Walk and Coach Trip Reports 2016

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

Stambridge Mill - Wednesday 14th December 2016

sunny, very warm

Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Pheasant, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. Brown Hare, Weasel.

Bird count: 48

Stambridge Mill



Field Walk

RSPB Bowers Marsh - Sunday 04th December 2016

sunny, cold

Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, Starling, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Robin, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Rook, Canada Goose, Magpie, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Lapwing, Skylark, Wigeon, White-fronted Goose (12), Fieldfare, Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Snipe, Blackbird, Little Egret, Tufted Duck, Great Black-backed Gull, Teal, Coot, Little Grebe, Gadwall, Pied Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Grey Plover, Redshank, Kestrel, Common Gull, Dunlin, Grey Heron, Shoveler, Cormorant, Pochard, Mallard, Green Sandpiper, Long-tailed Tit, Pheasant, Wren, Goldfinch, Greenfinch. Red Fox.

Bird count: 54



Field Walk

EWT Chigborough Lakes and Heybridge Basin - Sunday 27th November 2016

cloudy, cold

EWT Chigborough Lakes
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Great Tit, Common Gull, Moorhen.

Heybridge Basin
Wigeon, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Moorhen, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Teal, Curlew, Starling, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Little Egret, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Coot, Blue Tit, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Brent Goose, Kestrel, Robin, Shag, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Linnet, Blackbird, Reed Bunting, Greylag Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit, Wren.

Bird count Chigborough: 40

Bird count Heybridge: 40

Canada geese
Canada Geese, EWT Chigborough Lakes



Field Walk

EWT Two Tree Island - Monday 14th November 2016

Rain then cloud

Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Greenshank, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Green Woodpecker, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Grey Plover, Grey Heron, Great Black-backed Gull, Canada Goose, House Sparrow.

Bird count: 56

Two Tree Island Waders
Knot and Dunlin on lagoon



Field Walk

EWT The Naze - Sunday 30th October 2016

sunny mild

Black-headed Gull, Rook, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Starling, Robin, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Brent Goose, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Blue Tit, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Jay, Great Tit, Dunnock, Mallard, Kestrel, Cormorant, Little Egret, Teal, Stonechat, Redshank, Turnstone, Common Buzzard, Curlew, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Linnet, Great Black-backed Gull, Dunlin, Woodcock, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, House Sparrow. Common Seal. Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Small White. Walton-on-the Naze (The Parade): Mediterranean Gull (adult).

Bird count: 47



Coach Trip

Dungeness Bird Observatory and RSPB Dungeness - Sunday 16th October 2016

rain shower, windy and some sun

Mute Swan, Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Scoter, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Egret, Great White Egret (15!), Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Starling, Ring Ouzel, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Bird count: 60

Great White Egret
Great White Egret



Field Trip

Wat Tyler Country Park and RSPB Vange Marsh - Tuesday 4th October 2016

warm, windy, cloudy

Wat Tyler Country Park
Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Cettis Warbler, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Wall, Weasel.

Bird count: 35

RSPB Vange Marsh
Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Snipe, Ruff, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail.

Bird count: 27



Field Trip

Bradwell Bird Observatory - Sunday 25th September 2016

warm, windy, cloudy

Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Curlew, Turnstone, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Swallow, House Martin, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Wheatear, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Cetti's Warbler (heard).

Species count: 34

Wheatear
Wheatear



Field Trip

Canvey Sea Watch - Monday 19th September 2016

warm, cloudy

Brent Goose, Shelduck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Common Scoter, 5x Skua sp., Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern, Woodpigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Great Black-backed Gull, Starling, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Carrion Crow, Pintail, Sand Martin.

Species count: 34

Swallow
Swallow, Canvey Seafront



Field Trip

Rutland Water Nature Reserve - Monday 31st July 2016

warm sunny spells

Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Great White Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, Osprey, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, Pied Wagtail. Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Robin, Wood Pigeon, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Teal, Herring Gull, Bullfinch, Jackdaw, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Pheasant, Rook.

Species count: 65

Hobby
Hobby, Rutland water

Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrows, Rutland Water



Coach Trip

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - Sunday 22nd May 2016

cloudy, rain showers, cool

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Swift, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Nightingale, Wheatear, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 71

Mistle Thrush
Mistle Thrush Rye.

Rye Harbour



Field Walk

Wakering Common Dawn Chorus - Tuesday 17th May 2016

warm, sunny

Greylag Goose, Mallard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Swift, 6 Skylark, Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, Wren, Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, Dunnock, House Sparrow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting.

Species count: 25



Field Walk

Abberton Reservoir and EWT Fingringhoe Wick - Sunday 08th May 2016

sunny, hot

Abberton Reservoir
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Black Tern (x6), Common Tern, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo (x2), Rook, Carrion Crow, Nightingale (heard), Skylark, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Pheasant, Shelduck, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Jackdaw (+6).

Species count: 39

EWT Fingringhoe Wick
Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Starling, Nightingale, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch (x3), Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove, Blackbird, Wren, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern, Brent Goose, Cormorant, Avocet, Goldfinch, Linnet, Sedge Warbler, Coot, Green Woodpecker, Mute Swan, Whimbrel (+20).

Species count: 58

Shoveler at Abberton
Shoveler at Abberton



Coach Trip

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk - Sunday 24th April 2016

sunny, showers, cool

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Bittern, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Avocet, Stone-curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Woodpigeon, Little Owl, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Bearded Tit, Sand Martin, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Dartford Warbler, Wren, Blackbird, Robin, Redstart, Stonechat, Wheatear, Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Long-tailed Tit, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Sedge Warbler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Heron, Shoveler, Goldcrest.

Species count: 80

Redstart
Redstart, RSPB Minsmere



Field Walk

EWT Blue House Farm - Tuesday 19th April 2016

sunny, warm

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, male Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Golden Plover in summer plumage, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bearded Tit, Skylark, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Wheatear, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 56

Sheep at Blue House farm



Field Walk

Hadleigh Castle Country Park - Sunday 17th April 2016

sunny, cool

Grey Heron, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker (heard), Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush (singing), Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 30

Hadleigh CP
Hadleigh CP Photo by John Attfield.



Field Walk

South Fambridge - Sunday 20th March 2016

cloudy, mild

Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Red-breasted Merganser (pair), Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard (x4), Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 49

Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Buzzard
Buzzard



Field Walk

Two Tree Island - Tuesday 08th March 2016

cloudy, cold

Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Water Rail, Coot, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher (possibly 2-1 on the West and 1 on the East), Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Cetti's Warbler, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow.

Species count: 42



Coach Trip

RSPB Rye Meads and Lee Valley Park Farm - Sunday 21st February 2016

cloudy, mild

RSPB Rye Meads
Canada Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 42

Lee Valley Park Farm
Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll.

Species count: 39

Kingfisher RSPB Rye Meads



Field Walk

Hockley Woods - Tuesday 16th February 2016

Sunny, cold

Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Species count: 22

Robin Hockley Woods



Field Walk

RSPB Rainham Marshes - Sunday 07th February 2016

Windy, scattered clouds

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler. Pochard, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Common Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, Starling, Moorhen, Shelduck.

Species count: 52

RSPB Rainham Marshes



Field Walk

Hampton Barns - Wednesday 27th January 2016

Windy, rain

Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Little Grebe, Mute Swan (27) Curlew, Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Coot, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Lapwing, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull.

Species count: 33

Mute Swan



Field Walk

Southend Pier - Sunday 10th January 2016

Windy, dry with cloud

Carrion Crow, Brent Goose, Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Knot, Dunlin, Turnstone, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull. 5 Grey Seal.

Species count: 17

Mediterranean Gull