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November 2019

Thursday 21st November 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
350+ Coot, 35 Mallard, 130+ Teal, 150+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 9 Shoveler, 100+ Lapwing, 50+ Cormorant, 15 Mute Swan, 2 Pied Wagtail, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 36 Herring Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 14 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 20th November 2019south easterly, clear, max7°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:06 to 11:45
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, 20 Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 2 Little Grebe [singles creek and Manorway Fleet], 2 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, Meadow Pipit [a few], 10+ Chaffinch, Song Thrush [a few], 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 15 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:00 to 10:20
2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Lapwing, 6 Shoveler, 37 Mallard, 80+ Teal, 500+ Coot, 1 Swan Goose, 300+ Greylag Geese, 300+ Canada Geese, 36 Mute Swan, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 43 Cormorant. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:45 to 16:00
White gate only: 2 Great White Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat. Graham Mee.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Teal, Wigeon, Lapwing, Shoveler, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Harrier, Reed Bunting, Red Kite, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Dunnock, Greylag Geese, Redshank, Little Egret, 2 Stonechat. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 19th November 2019variable, clear, max6°c

Kendal Park and River Crouch Hullbridge 09:30 to 11:00
River towards Battlesbridge: 100+ Black-headed Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Cormorant, 30+ Redshank, 7 Wigeon, 23 Mallard, 2 Curlew, 50+ Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe. Kendal Park: 6 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Magpie, 1 Jay, 2 Robin. Steve Jellett.

Great Stambridge 10:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (over, calling), 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail in and around the garden. Steve Sanford.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 13:00
3 Great White Egret, ringtail Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl. Andrew Wilson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:30 to 13:30
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 5 Marsh Harrier (2 male), 1 Shorted-eared Owl, 3 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, Corn Bunting, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Shelduck, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Golden Plover, Knot, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard. Russ Payne.

Southend, Priory Park 11:50
1 Kingfisher (female) over pond. Tim Davis.

RSPB Vange Marsh 12:30 to 15:00
163+ Wigeon, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:20
4 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Short-eared Owl, 4 Marsh Harrier 2 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Common Pheasant, 9 Carrion Crow, 40+ Linnet, 8 Mallard, 9 Moorhen, 3 Magpie. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:30
3 possibly up to 5 Short-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Pheasant, 1 Little Owl in wood yard on leaving. 3 Vole running across road. Steve Jellett.

Monday 18th November 2019north westerly, partly cloudy, max8°c

Gunners Park 10:30
1 Kingfisher (flew over path onto barge pier). Richard Mander.

Sunday 17th November 2019variable, clear, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:30
2 Goldcrest, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper [over area], 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 30+ Wigeon, 85+ Teal, 250+ Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 20+ Meadow Pipit [Oozedam Fm.], 20+ Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Cetti's Warbler [present over area], 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 7 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 11:45
1 Barn Owl. Denis Warren.

Foulness Island 11:45 to 13:30
6 Common Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, c.10 Kestrel, c.1000 Brent Geese, c.50 Avocet, c.40 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, Kingfisher. Steve and Fran Giles.

Wakering Stairs 12:20 to 15:55
"Others" seen during WeBS Count: 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit, 43 Blackbird - almost all males, 2 Redwing, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. Several fresh molehills on seawall including one with soil still moving. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:40
8 Grey Heron, 150+ Greylag Geese, 120+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 4 Ruff, 40+ Lapwing, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 27 Mute Swan, 150+ Teal, 3 Shoveler, 60+ Mallard, 40+ Starling, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 1 Common Pheasant, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Cormorant, 7 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Hockley 14:30 to 14:35
1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile) mantling in garden conifers then took prey to ground behind fence. Tim Davis.

Saturday 16th November 2019calm, mostly cloudy, max7°c

Foulness Island 11:30 to 12:30
Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, c.100 Brent Geese, c.50 Avocet, c.40 Shelduck, c.30 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 8 Long-tailed Tit, also in garden earlier 2 Goldcrest. Steve and Fran Giles.

Canvey Point 11:30 to 14:00
3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Eider, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Shelduck, 1000+ Wigeon, 200+ Dunlin, 800+ Oystercatcher, 150+ Golden Plover, 40+ Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper. Terry Blackwell.

Foulness Island 13:50
Short-eared Owl. Steve Giles.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
120+ Lapwing, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Wigeon, 15 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:50 to 16:15
1 Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwing, 1 Stonechat, 40+ Linnet, 9 Carrion Crow, 200+ Starling, 9 Common Pheasant, 15 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Friday 15th November 2019northerly, rain, max8°c

Canvey Point 08:30 to 13:15
1 Gannet, 18 Common Scoter, 4 Red-throated Diver, 6 Eider, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Pintail, 35 Teal, 40+ Wigeon, 5 Shelduck, 300+ Brent Geese, 150+ Redshank, 600+ Dunlin, 120+ Grey Plover, 20 Curlew, 3 Avocet, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 400+ Oystercatcher, 4 Mediterranean Gull. 1 Grey Seal, 2 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 09:40 to 09:55
17 Cormorant, 16 Greylag Geese, 20 Canada Geese, 64 Teal, 23 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 47 Lapwing, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 31 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Pheasant, 4 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Canvey Seafront 13:05
1 Purple Sandpiper at the Chapman sands sailing club jetty. David Davies.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Kestrel, Goldfinch, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Marsh Harrier, Skylark, 30+ Avocet, 100+ Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 2 Curlew, Stonechat, Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Pheasant, Redwing. Stoat. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 14th November 2019south easterly, mostly cloudy, max7°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:33 to 12:12
1 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 35+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 1 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 12 Meadow Pipit [Oozedam Fm.], 15+ Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 20+ Stock Dove, 3 Shelduck, 7 Long-tailed Tit. 1 Seal. Richard Fahey.

Rettendon A130 12:45 to 12:50
1 Common Buzzard (very white bird). Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:05
2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Common Buzzard, 9 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 100+ Woodpigeon, 60+ Starling, 200+ Lapwing, 400+ Golden Plover, 16 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 40+ Linnet, 1 Robin, 2 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park
Bittern reported over scrape.

Wednesday 13th November 2019variable, partly cloudy, max9°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 07:00 to 08:00
30+ Teal (right side of path in creeks), 30+ Lapwing (flock over TTI), 6 Shoveler (TTI lagoon), 36 Canada Geese (TTI lagoon and Hadleigh Ray), 8 Black-tailed Godwit (Ray), 6 Avocet (Ray), 6 Moorhen (creeks), 2 Coot (pond by LMBC), 1 Curlew (Ray), 2 Little Egret (Ray), 10 Shelduck (Ray). Sue Lusk.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:30 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 9 Common Pheasant, 600+ Starling, 1 Goldfinch, 6 Stonechat, 15 House Sparrow, 16 Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipit, 14 Corn Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Little Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Teal, 80+ Shelduck, 1 Mandarin Duck, 100+ Brent Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, 70+ Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 4 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 700+ Golden Plover, 150+ Lapwing, 8 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 14 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 200+ Woodpigeon 100+ Herring Gull, 120+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Robin. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
107 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat (possibly two), 1 Barn Owl (hunting along bottom of the old tip, good views), 20+ Pied Wagtail, few Teal. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:15 to 15:30
5 Marsh Harrier (2 male), 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, huge flock of Golden Plover. Russ Payne.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:50 to 15:05
250+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 37 Lapwing, 70+ Teal, 3 Shoveler, 41 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 100 + Herring Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Cormorant, 12 Mute Swan, 16 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Teal, Wigeon, Lapwing, Shoveler, 60+ Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Skylark, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Curlew, Sparrowhawk. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 12th November 2019west south west, clear then mostly cloudy, max8°c

Southchurch Park 15:30
1 Mute Swan female 2 1/2 to 3 year old interloper on west grass bank and stressed out after being chased off pond by four resident Swans. Picked her up and popped her on the estuary off Camper Road, flew off South Westerly. Tricky pickup/lively Swan. Robert Dobinson.

Monday 11th November 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Abberton Reservoir 13:00 to 14:20
1 Smew (red head), 500+ Coot, 2 Golden Eye, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 100+ Shoveler, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Teal, 50+ Wigeon, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Redshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Dunlin, 31 Mute Swan, 160+ Black-headed Gull, 36 Cormorant, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:40 to 16:00
5 Grey Heron, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 44 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 80+ Teal, 57 Mallard, 27 Mute Swan, 250+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 43 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Starling, 60+ Cormorant, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Pied Wagtail, 12 Lapwing, 12 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 10th November 2019variable, partly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:55 to 12:30
2000+ Black-tailed Godwit [Holehaven Creek/Canvey Island barrier], 10+ Avocet [Holehaven Creek/Canvey Island barrier], 1 Green Sandpiper, 500+ Dunlin [Holehaven Creek/Canvey Island barrier], 1 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, c.20 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 1 Shoveler, 3 Curlew, 10+ Lapwing, c.5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 15+ Chaffinch, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe, 40+ Shelduck, 4 Pied Wagtail. Richard Fahey.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:00 to 12:00
Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Robin, Stonechat, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. RSPB Local Group.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:20 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk mobbing 3 Buzzard very high, 2 Skylark west. Seen while watching 3 bi-planes going north. David Selley.

Saturday 09th November 2019variable, mostly cloudy, rain, max8°c

Canvey Point 13:00 to 13:35
1 Gannet, 1 Common Scoter, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1000+ Dunlin, 40 Knot, 500+ Oystercatcher, 5 Turnstone, 3 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 10 Grey Plover, 20+ Wigeon, 10 Brent Geese. 3 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:50
1 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Short-eared Owl, 100+ Lapwing, 12 Moorhen, 17 Mallard, 9 Common Pheasant, 27 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 30+ Canada Geese, 50+ Starling, 30+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Chelmsford, River Can 14:20
1 Kingfisher by viaduct. Tim Davis.

Friday 08th November 2019north westerly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:28 to 12:07
1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Avocet, 6 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, c.5 Curlew, Dunlin [small group south of barrier], 50+ Teal, 3 Shoveler [Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [singles creek and Manorway Fleet], Meadow Pipit [a few], 10+ Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Stock Dove, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Shelduck. Richard Fahey.

Southend Pier 10:17 to 14:07
40+ Turnstone, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Guillemot, 3 Common Gull (adults), 19 Mediterranean Gull (two 1st winter, two 2nd winter, fifteen adult winter including a white ringed individual 3KRY). 1 Common Seal. Foreshore: 22 Brent Goose, 51 Little Egret, 2 Curlew. Jeff Kinnerman.

Rayleigh 12:00 to 13:00
In Garden: 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit (very nervous keeps flitting on and off bird feeder to hide in shrubs, but very pretty), 1 Collared Dove. Denis Warren.

Leigh on Sea, London Road, Waitrose 12:15
Male Sparrowhawk chasing Grey Wagtail around car park of Waitrose for a good minute before being lost to view. Graham Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:15
1 Common Buzzard on post South Sea wall, 3 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Lapwing, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 350+ Golden Plover, 34 Carrion Crow, 11 Magpie, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, 7 Collared Dove, 160+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Canada Geese, 40+ Mallard, 32 Moorhen, 100+ Woodpigeon, 15 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 60+ Starling. Robert Harris.

Thursday 07th November 2019west south west to south south west, mostly cloudy, rain, max9°c

Southchurch Park 08:15
4 Mute Swan in 2 pairs of cygnets taking off in the dark from footbridge end (W) landing at (E) end of lake, only second time in 12 years I have seen them flying at night. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 15:00
2 Stonechat (pair), Little Grebe, 200+ Wigeon, 200+ Canada Geese, Shoveler, Teal, 8+ Avocet, 10+ Curlew, 4 Redshank, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (heard call, then it flew over saline lagoon viewing area towards Benfleet), 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Skylark, 2 Redwing, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Heron, possible Great White Egret over far side of saline lagoon from viewing area. 1 Fox. Peter Bowden.

Two Tree Island (both East & West) 10:40 to 14:35
Many Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Teal, Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Golden Plover, Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Great Tit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Avocet, 5 Wigeon, Starling, 8 Magpie, Moorhen, 9 Curlew, 12 Little Egret, 13 Shoveler, 21 Carrion Crow, 33 Brent Geese. Chris Henry.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:30 to 12:50
200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 160+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 35 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 37 Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Teal, 100+ Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Mute Swan, 6 Carrion Crow, 40+ Starling, 70+ Cormorant, 60+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:40
800+ Golden Plover, 15 Redshank, 200+ Lapwing, 36 Mallard, 2 Stonechat, 25 Common Pheasant, 5 Kestrel, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 30+ Canada Geese, 6 Corn Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 100+ Starling, 4 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 06th November 2019northerly to south easterly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:47 to 11:15
1 Grey Wagtail ["horse" paddock/pill box area], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier [flew out of reeds Manorway Fleet], 160+ Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe [2 creek], 18 Lapwing, Fieldfare present, 2 Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Skylark [a few of both], c.20 Chaffinch, 2 Little Egret, 5 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.7 Stock Dove, 3 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen [creek, probably migrant], 1 Red-necked Grebe [on creek, north of barrier, thought it was probably Slavonian Grebe, but bigger although smaller than Great Crested Grebe [tawny brown above, with sides of neck continuing to rear forming a vertical, dark line while the dark crown couldn't be distinguished from the cheeks. The neck was noticeably tinged red. Bill pale but colour not really noticeable, but thought tinged yellow. It was stout and shorter than a Great Crested Grebe's bill. Head noticeably well-rounded]. Richard Fahey.

Southend, Priory Park 10:35
1 Kingfisher over pond. Tim Davis. Tim Davis.

Hockley Woods 12:00 to 13:30
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (plus one heard), 3 Goldcrest, 5 Magpie, 6 Jay, 10+ Blue Tit, 15+ Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 4 Robin, 3 Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon. 20+ Grey Squirrel. Steve Jellett.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
400+ Coot, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Mallard, 25 Shoveler, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 70+ Teal, 60+ Lapwing, 2 Egyptian Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 36 Starling, 90+ Cormorant, 45 Mute Swan, 2 Blackbird, 12 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:00
9 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20+ Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 60+ Canada Geese (put to flight by a chasing dog), 2 Little Grebe. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:30 to 16:45
All from car park: 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 3 Stonechat, 3 Pheasant, 3 Little Egret, Lapwing. Steve Jellett.

Woodham Edwin Hall Road/Crow Lane 16:00 to 16:20
5 Common Pheasant, 18 Moorhen, 32 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 5 Blackbird, 40+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blue Tit. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
300+ Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, 2 Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Redshank, male Marsh Harrier, Skylark, Oystercatcher, Little Egret. RSPB South Essex Team.

Tuesday 05th November 2019northerly, partly cloudy, max12°c

Southend Seafront 08:40 and 08:50
2 Little Egret fishing on foreshore/tidal pools opposite Bryant Avenue, 2 Mute Swan cygnets from Southchurch Park (flew from park at 8am) near pier east foreshore corner. Robert Dobinson.

Abberton Reservoir 09:19 to 14:49
Layer Breton Causeway: 3 Goosander (one male, two females), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Grebe. Billett's Farm: 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Kestrel, c.175 Pochard. Layer de la Haye Causeway: 5 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 1 Painted Lady. Reserve: 10 Skylark, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Common Buzzard, 25 Goldeneye (together), 54 Gadwall, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great White Egret, 7 Dunlin, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Goldcrest, c.80 Lapwing. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Ashingdon 14:30 to 14:35
1 Common Buzzard. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:45 to 16:00
2 Moorhen, 2 Robin, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 40+ Canada Geese, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 6 House Sparrow, 12 Common Pheasant, 100+ Lapwing, 700+ Golden Plover, 4 Grey Heron, 20+ Mallard, 7 Linnet, 30+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 3 Corn Bunting, 26 Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Monday 04th November 2019variable, partly cloudy, max12°c

Hockley 10:00 to 10:25
1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark along footpath from Hockley Woods to Rawreth Hall Wood. Tim Davis.

Rettendon, Hyde Hall 14:00 to 14:15
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Common Pheasant, 3 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
107 Lapwing, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper , 6 Curlew, 50+ Canada Geese, Wigeon, Mallard. David Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
250+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 27 Mallard, 60+ Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Lapwing, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 46 Cormorant, 34 Mute Swan, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 4 Grey Heron, 37 Starling. Robert Harris.

Two Tree Island East 15:30 to 16:00
129 Little Egret on the saltmarsh and in the roost trees, (counted from the footpath behind the skate-park car park). David Selley.

Sunday 03rd November 2019south south westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Rayleigh, Glasses Lane 09:00
20+ very lively Blackbirds in the ash tree in my back garden. Peter Bowden.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:12 to 12:00
1 Goldcrest [from bush to other side of creek], 1 Grey Wagtail ["horse" paddock/barns], 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 110+ Teal, 10+ Wigeon, 60+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit [a few], 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 13 Shelduck. 1 Speckled Wood. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 14:00 to 15:00
2 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, c.10 Long Tailed Tit, c.30 Blackbird. Steve and Fran Giles.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 16:10
5 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hen Harrier, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 150+ Lapwing, 100+ Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Skylark, 7 House Sparrow, 21 Common Pheasant, 36 Canada Geese, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Carrion Crow, 40+ Corn Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 3 Magpie, 12 Mallard, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Herring Gull, 12 Teal, 1 Curlew. Robert Harris.

Saturday 02nd November 2019south westerly, rain, max14°c

Canvey Point 13:00 to 14:30
8 Common Scoter, 9 Shelduck, 500+ Brent Geese, 400+ Wigeon, 2000+ Dunlin, 30 Grey Plover, 10 Knot, 200+ Oystercatcher, 20 Turnstone, 120+ Curlew, 12 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:40
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 250+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Cormorant, 25 Mute Swan, 100+ Lapwing, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Teal, 23 Mallard, 5 Grey Heron, 100+ Starling, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 6 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Friday 01st November 2019south westerly, drizzle, max15°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 10:05 to 12:30
1 Water Rail [at end of "north fleet"], 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper [across area], 1 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, Avocet [a few down to Holehaven Creek further south], 60+ Lapwing, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Curlew, 160+ Teal, 3 Wigeon, c.7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Peregrine Falcon [earlier on post below seawall], 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Yellowhammer, 30+ Stock Dove, 10+ Chaffinch. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 11:50 to 12:10
2 Coal Tit, 2 Brambling (male & female), 1 Blackcap (male) feeding in back garden. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
1 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Mallard, 50+ Teal, 14 Shoveler, 17 Mute Swan, 80+ Starling, 100+ Lapwing, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Swan Goose, 60+ Greylag Geese, 36 Canada Geese, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 9 Cormorant, 3 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 16 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:40 to 16:40
Marsh Flats and footpath/seawall above car park: c.200 Canada Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 43 Lapwing, 130 Golden Plover, 1 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Raven flying over the fresh water lagoon, Goldfinch, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechat, Curlew, 40+ Lapwing, Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Corn Bunting, Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret. RSPB South Essex Team.



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