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South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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October

Friday 19th October 2018Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
250+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Cormorant, 50+ Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 4 Grey Heron, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 37 Herring Gull, 120+ Mallard, 50+ Teal, 6 Carrion Crow, 9 Mute Swan, 32 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 5 Gadwall, 100+ Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebe. Rob Harris.

Thursday 18th October 2018northerly, partly cloudy, max16°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:50 to 08:10
13 Blackbird in the garden this morning - an obvious autumn influx of what seemed to be all 1st winter males. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:25
1 Whimbrel [up calling from creek], 110+ Teal, 1 Stonechat, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], c.80 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 13:10 to 13:45
4 Common Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 12 Moorhen, 40+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 5 Jay, 2 Collared Dove, 40+ Woodpigeon, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:30
250+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 47 Lapwing, 70+ Shoveler, 90+ Mallard, 250+ Cormorant, 15 Mute Swan, 16 Carrion Crow, 13 Woodpigeon, 100+ Coot, 52 Tufted Duck, 42 Pochard, 14 Gadwall. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 17th October 2018southerly to northerly, partly cloudy, rain, max16°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 07:30 to 09:35
13 Magpie, 17 Black-Tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 50+ Teal (on pond by Motor Boat Club), 1 Cormorant, 5 Shoveler, 6 Common Sandpiper, 50+ Little Egret (on TTI lagoon), 4 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 4 Mallard, 27 Avocet, 1 Curlew. Sue Lusk.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 17:00
1 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female sitting on the seawall), 10 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 10+ Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler. David Shepherd.

Tuesday 16th October 2018southerly, clear, max21°c

Hutton, Hanging Hill Lane 13:30
1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 Common Buzzard (1 pale and 1 very dark ). I noticed a common buzzard circling high and then go into a stoop and then mob a previously unnoticed buzzard that was below roof level two gardens away. I caught a brief sight of the white rump but not convinced. It was chased out of sight during which time I had convincing views. Immediately after, a dark phase Buzzard was seen. I have seen RL Buzzard annually on Sheppy. Last week I had 6 Buzzard and a Red Kite, first sightings since the early spring. Michael Sullivan.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Jay. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:00 to 13:20
200+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 160+ Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Shoveler, 100+ Teal, 60+ Tufted Duck, 45 Pochard, 12 Gadwall, 180+ Coot, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Lapwing, 12 Mute Swan, 5 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 17:00 to 17:20
17 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 130+ Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 3 Collared Dove, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Monday 15th October 2018variable, rain, max16°

Canvey Island 12:40 to 13:50
65 Gannet (35 in one group), 3 Great Skua, 1000+ Brent Geese, 1200+ Wigeon, 400+ Oystercatcher, 42 Ringed Plover, 40 Grey Plover, 80+ Redshank, 20 Curlew, 30 Dunlin, 2 Sandwich Tern, 12 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Merlin, 28 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron. Terry Blackwell.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 14:05 to 15:45
Avocet, 10 Wigeon, 100+ Teal, c.100 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, Grey Plover, 2 Stonechat, 3 Little Egret, 35+ Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:30 to 17:00
1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 9 Starling, 43 Lapwing, 7 Mute Swan, 1 Redshank, 40+ Canada Geese, 17 Greylag Geese, 100+ Cormorant, 70+ Shoveler, 50+ Teal, 60+ Mallard, 23 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 140+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, 46 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 7 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Sunday 14th October 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, rain, max20°c

Abberton Reservoir 09:45 to 13:30
3 Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, 4 House Sparrow, 25 Starling, 175 Black-headed Gull, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Collared Dove, 11 Woodpigeon, 2 Little Egret, 90 Mute Swan, 25 Rook, Dunnock, 3 Kestrel, 7 Herring Gull, Magpie, 170+ Cormorant, 80 Tufted Duck, 30 Shoveler, 25 Pochard, 50 Canada Goose, 2 Pintail, 2 Black Swan, 18 Lapwing, 8 Grey Heron, 120 Coot, 5 Wigeon, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, Great Black-backed Gull, 16 Teal, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Egyptian Goose, Common Gull, Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (male & female), Skylark, 15 Gadwall, Snipe, 3 Great White Egret, Blue Tit, 25 Mallard, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 5 Jackdaw, Robin, 3 Dunlin, Moorhen, Chinese Swan Goose. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:30
Cattle Egret still present on Aveley Marsh, 3 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 1 male Marsh Harrier, many Cetti's Warbler calling. Andrew Gouldstone.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:40 to 16:00
1 Grey Heron, 35 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 180+ Cormorant, 50+ Lapwing, 100+ Teal, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Shoveler, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard, 100+ Coot, 7 Mute Swan, 5 Pied Wagtail, 43 Greylag Geese, 60+ Canada Geese, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 6 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Saturday 13th October 2018southerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 15:00
8 Little Egret, 2000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Peregrine Falcon (hovering over Clement Court East in the Broadway), 18 Curlew. Graham Mee.

Southchurch Park 14:00 to 16:00
6 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan with 4 cygnets, 2 Cormorant. John Bennett.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 15:00 to 15:30
53 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Common Pheasant, 150+ Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 12 Woodpigeon, 11 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:00 to 17:30
200+ Canada Geese, 64 Greylag Geese, 190+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 4 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Shoveler, 70+ Teal, 80+ Tufted Duck, 33 Pochard, 160+ Mallard, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Carrion Crow, 23 Woodpigeon, 2 Grey Heron. Rob Harris.

Friday 12th October 2018southerly, windy, partly cloudy, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:22 to 10:30
3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Oozedam Farm], 7 Wigeon, 130+ Teal, 1 Stonechat, c.10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 105+ Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Kestrel. Mick Roe.

Two Tree Island 12:00 to 16:00
East side: 50+ Little Egret on sewage lagoon roost and on creek, countless Brent Geese and Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, Blackcap and Chiffchaff heard, c.2 Cetti's Warbler heard - the first for me since last winter. 1 Comma. West Side Scrape: 200+ Redshank, a few Greenshank, 20+ Grey Plover, 20+ Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Grey Heron, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk causing havoc over river and scrape, 1 Buzzard over Benfleet Downs harassed by crows, 4 common Tern along river margins, Pied wagtail and Meadow Pipit on airfield, Kestrel over seawall, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Greenfinch heard. 1 Red Admiral. Peter Bowden.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 18:00
300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 150+ Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 22 Curlew, 6 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 20 Wigeon, 40 Shoveler, 8 Redshank, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 female, 1 immature ). David Shepherd.

Wakering Stairs 16:10 to 17:40
2,025 Dark-bellied Brent Goose counted between the high tide wader roost and Haven Point, 13 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 460 Oystercatcher, 41 Ringed Plover, 127 Curlew, Redshank, Sanderling, Dunlin and Turnstone present but not counted, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark. David Selley.

Thursday 11th October 2018southerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30 to 12:30
1 Spoonbill, 80 Redwing over. Andrew Gouldstone.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 12:42 to 14:22
10+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 1000+ Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Curlew, 20+ Dunlin, 200+ Redshank. Richard Fahey.

EWT Lion Creek 13:00 to 13:30
5 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 350 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Skylark, 89 Lapwing. 1 Rabbit, 1 Adder (brown female). Lower Raypits until 16.00: 32 Goldfinch, 1 female Kestrel Photo available - click here, 2 Green Sandpiper Photo available - click here, 26 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 500 Starling, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pheasant, 1 Kingfisher flying along adjacent dyke. Denis Warren.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:00
150 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Pheasant, 12 Shelduck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mute Swan cygnets Photo available - click here, 6 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 30 Starling. Denis Warren.

Wednesday 10th October 2018calm, clear, max19°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:12
2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wigeon, 170+ Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], c.60 Stock Dove, 2 Jay. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 12:30 to 13:30
300+ Brent Geese, 800+ Wigeon, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Oystercatcher, 7 Gannet. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
2 Grey Heron, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Coot, 150+ Mallard, 70+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 100+ Teal, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 170+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Carrion Crow, 6 Woodpigeon, 17 Mute Swan, 250+ Cormorant. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:00 to 17:00
3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 14 Redshank, 11 Snipe, 5 Curlew, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 120+ Lapwing, 2 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier. David Shepherd.

Tuesday 09th October 2018south south westerly, clear, max20°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 drake Mandarin Duck Photo available - click here near crooked tree in and out of water, 3 Mute Swan flying from lower River Roach direction to Estuary, then one flew back n the same direction 10 minutes later, Yesterday: 1 Mute Swan (one year old), picked up from lower Kensington Road and popped on estuary after landing in Southchurch Park then being chased off. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00
1 Cattle Egret still present and showing well. Andrew Gouldstone.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:15
Hummingbird Hawk Moth Photo available - click here back on Salvia in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:45 to 16:10
150+ Coot, 150+ Mallard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard, 60+ Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 3 Moorhen, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 21 Mute Swan, 50+ Herring Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Carrion Crow, 60+ Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 3 Pied Wagtail 160+ Cormorant, 200+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Monday 08th October 2018south westerly, partly cloudy, max16°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:00
Hummingbird Hawk Moth on fence in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 13:00
30 Mute Swan, 5 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 3 Jay, 170+ Black-headed Gull, 20 Woodpigeon, 2 Moorhen, 20 Collared Dove, 30 Starling, 10 House Sparrow, 3 Jackdaw, 120 Mallard, 200 Coot, 150 Canada Goose, 100 Cormorant, 11 Blue Tit, 21 Great Tit, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60 Greylag Goose, 3 Robin, Wren, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Pintail, 5 Little Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Dunnock, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Heron, 15 Shoveler, 2 Coal Tit, 39 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 4 Common Gull, 30 Teal, Herring Gull, 2 Redshank, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Little Egret, Kestrel. Muntjac Deer. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 12:00
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 1 Kestrel. Mick Roe.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:58 to 15:40
1 Stonechat, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Teal, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 2 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea 15:30
Buzzard south low over Belfairs Woods. Graham & Kris Mee.

Sunday 07th October 2018northerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 08:10 to 08:20
6 Redwing over going west, 7 Jackdaw, 5 Chaffinch in the garden - quite unusual here. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:20 to 08:35
5 Cormorant including two juveniles on and off Island fishing, Southchurch Park. 1 Albino Mallard duck feeding near crooked tree, Southchurch East Pk, 8.35am. Robert Dobinson.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 09:45 to 10:00
17 Coot, 16 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 6 Canada Geese flying east, 1 Sparrowhawk which attempted a grab at prey but missed. John Pitts.

Foulness Island 11:50 to 12:00
Turtle Dove, 2 Common Buzzard before start of visitor day. Steve Giles (and others).

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:30
8 Grey Heron, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 60+ Lapwing, 250+ Cormorant, 16 Mute Swan, 200+ Coot, 200+ Mallard, 70+ Pochard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Shoveler, 60+ Teal, 32 Gadwall, 3 Moorhen, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Carrion Crow, 26 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 15:15
2 Great White Egret. Ben and Denise Matz.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 17:00
7 Little Egret, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 27 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 27 Redshank, 23 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 4 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 24 Common Pheasant, 70+ Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Starling, 1 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Saturday 06th October 2018northerly, cloud, rain, max12°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 10:55
2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [2 present Manorway Fleet], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 260+ Stock Dove, 2 Pheasant. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 10:00 to 12:30
23 Cormorant, 1 Shag (in River Crouch on post west of Wallasea car park ), 22 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 48 Avocet, 3 Golden Plover, 8 Curlew. 20 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Canvey Point 10:45 to 12:45
49 Gannet, 2 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 200+ Brent Geese, 300+ Wigeon, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 20+ Cormorant, 200+ Oystercatcher, 50+ Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 4 Swallow. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:45 to 13:10
26 Mute Swan, 180+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 43 Herring Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Lapwing, 1 Little Grebe, 140+ Mallard, 160+ Coot, 14 Gadwall, 80+ Teal, 24 Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 100 Cormorant, 2 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Friday 05th October 2018variable, partly cloudy, max21°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:00 to 15:30
200+ Coot, 150+ Mallard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard, 33 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 7 Moorhen, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 31 Mute Swan, 2 Common Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 60+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Blackbird, 160+ Cormorant, 200+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Wakering Stairs 15:55 to 17:10
2 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel heavily mobbed in mid-hover by Swallows, 1 Green Sandpiper, 17 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 11 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Thursday 04th October 2018south westerly, fog, partly cloudy, max18°c

Southend, Cromwell Road 08:00
Albino Blackbird feeding on windfall apples on lawn. Pure white with a bright yellow bill, shot off before I could get a photo of it. Phil Lusher.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00
1 Cattle Egret on Aveley Marsh with cattle. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 15:00 to 17:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat (on bush nr viewing benches). Peter Bowden.

Wednesday 03rd October 2018westerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

Leigh Golf Club Range to Benfleet 07:40 to 09:00
1 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Kestrel, 25+ Teal, 7 Little Egret, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Mallard, 1 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Redshank, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Canada Goose, 18 Ringed Plover, 4 Robin, 3 Magpie, Sue Lusk.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:55 to 10:27
1 Green Sandpiper [present Oozedam Farm], 4 Avocet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, c.50 Teal, 20+ Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Coryton], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 75+ Stock Dove, 3 Jay. 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet]. Richard Fahey.

Westcliff on Sea, Holyrood Drive 10:45
4 Jackdaw on chimney and roof of a house in Holyrood Drive. S. Whitaker.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:40 to 15:00
100+ Canada Geese, 70+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Cormorant, 17 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 90+ Lapwing, 4 Little Grebe, 150+ Coot, 40+ Shoveler, 130+ Mallard, 60+ Teal, 3 Pintail, 35 Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 02nd October 2018west north west, mostly cloudy, max19°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30
3 Great White Egret seen from the great pound viewpoint. David Davies.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 15:00
1 Redshank, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 60+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Starling, 100+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 30+ Gadwall, 100+ Mallard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Pochard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 150+ Coot, 4 Moorhen, 35 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:30
3 Marsh Harrier (2 female 1 male) 2 Buzzard, 120+ Lapwing, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Snipe, 11 Curlew, 6 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal. David Shepherd.

Monday 01st October 2018north westerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

Leigh Golf Range to Benfleet 07:30 to 08:30
1 Robin, 1 Blackbird (male), 2 Reed Bunting (pr), 25+ Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Shoveler, 25+ Teal, 20+ Goldfinch (flock), 1 Moorhen, 7 Magpie, 1 Green Woodpecker (on golf range), 6 Avocet. Sue Lusk.

Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon via Bartonhall Creek and Return 08:56 to 16:25
6 Common Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Jay, 5 House Martin, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Little Egret, 67 Redshank, 5 Corn Bunting, 9 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, c.160 Teal, 54 Curlew, 31 Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 133 Lapwing, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, c.100 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Pied Wagtail (cricket pitch). 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Paglesham Lagoon: 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 26 Little Grebe. Jeff Kinnerman.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 10:00
24 Little Grebe. John Pitts.

Canvey Point 14:00 to 16:00
33 Gannet, 500+ Dunlin, 50 Brent Geese, 800+ Wigeon, 50 Grey Plover, 26 Ringed Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwit. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:35 to 17:10
3 Marsh Harrier together low over Marsh Flats trail (now open), 4 House Martin over Grapnells. David Selley.



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