South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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Wednesday 16th August 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:55 to 12:28
2 Kestrel (females), 11 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting (including 3 females), 20 Teal, 3 Black-winged Stilt (juveniles together NW of main lagoon), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Lapwing, 9 Yellow Wagtail (together including juveniles), 3 Common Whitethroat, c.80 Goldfinch (together including juveniles), 3 Bearded Tit (juvenile female, 2 others heard only), 2 Sand Martin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 3 Whinchat (together west of single turbine near bridge), 1 Mediterranean Gull. East Haven Creek: 1 Greenshank, 7 Little Egret, 5 Avocet. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:00 to 12:30
3 Black-winged Stilt (juveniles), 3 Whinchat, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Hobby, 1 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenfinch, Linnet, 1 Kestrel. Mick Roe.

Two Tree Island 14:18
1 Cuckoo seen on EWT side. Don Wildish.

Tuesday 15th August 2017westerly, clear, max23°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 06:55
1 Kingfisher flew past near Anchor Pub. David Chivers.

Hadleigh Downs 13:15
Dead Slow worm on cycle path, only recently been run over. 1 Adder. Don Wildish, Les May.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 17:00
400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 4 Common Tern, 80 Lapwing, 30 Gadwall, 122 Greylag Geese, 6 Little Egret, 9 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 8 Mute Swan (2 adult 6 cygnets). David Shepherd.

Monday 14th August 2017southerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Canvey Wick 08:24 to 12:17
17 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, c.30 Swallow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk (together), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon. Holehaven Creek: 4 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 32 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:30 to 12:00
1 Kingfisher (with fish), 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper. 1 Small Heath, 2 Holly Blue. Mick Roe.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 12:21 to 14:41
7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, 16 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 10 Yellow Wagtail (including juveniles), 2 Common Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, 2 Snipe (together), 12 Stock Dove, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank (East Haven Creek). Jeff Kinnerman.

Hockley 17:05 to 18:30
1 Marsh Tit made four visits to feed in garden, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male). Tim Davis.

Sunday 13th August 2017variable, clear, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:35 to 09:42
2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 10+ Common Whitethroat, 3 House Martin, c.10 Swallow, 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present Manorway Fleet, 2 Gadwall, 4 Pochard and 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Linnet. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 09:32 to 09:34
4 Swift (together east). Jeff Kinnerman.

Chelmsford, Essex Record Office 10:20
c.50 House Martin. Tim Davis.

Hockley 15:00 to 15:25
1 Marsh Tit made three visits to feeders then not seen for the rest of the day. Tim Davis.

North Shoebury 19:50
1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth (first sighting in our garden this year). Jackie Bliss.

Saturday 12th August 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max22°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive 15:14 to 15:30
1 Swift (west), 1 Grey Heron (circling), 1 Sparrowhawk (female with prey). Jeff Kinnerman.

Stambridge Meadows 16:10 to 17:20
1 Peregrine Falcon, 11 House Martin around the care home - numbers here seem much reduced from last year, 1 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker - adult with 2 juveniles, 20+ House Sparrow on stubble. David Selley.

Friday 11th August 2017west south west, partly cloudy, max22°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:18 to 10:00
3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 10+ Reed Warbler in bushes (mostly heard, but seems like a small "fall"), a few Common Whitethroat (1 Phylloscopi), 2 Yellow Wagtail, a few Swallow and House Martin, 1 Kingfisher at Manorway Fleet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present Manorway Fleet, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard and 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Linnet. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:52 to 14:05
5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 7 Swallow, 3 Bearded Tit, c.50 Linnet (together), 1 Skylark, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (together), 8 Corn Bunting (together), 70+ Goldfinch (together including juveniles), 4 Stock Dove, 9 Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Avocet, 1 Greenshank, 5 Teal, 3 Whinchat (1 male and 2 females by single turbine), 3 Black-winged Stilt (juveniles together). Common Blue, Holly Blue, 2 Wall, 1 Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Heath. Red Darter, Common Darter, Emperor, Southern Migrant Hawker. 1 Wasp Spider. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:45
3 juvenile Black-winged Stilt on the NW corner of the fresh water lagoon. David Lee.

Hullbridge, Riverside Garden Centre 14:00
Pair Grey wagtail on lawn . Graham & Kris Mee.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:40
Just over high tide: 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1995 Oystercatcher (including 20 juveniles - probably quite a few more), 13 Ringed Plover, 143 Grey Plover, 5 Sanderling, 290 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 62 Bar-tailed Godwit, 91 Curlew, 25 Sand Martin and 7 Swallow flying SW across the saltmarsh, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, 21 Linnet. 1 Painted Lady butterfly. David Selley.

A127 Near West Horndon 16:30
1 Red Kite drifting south towards West Horndon. John Pitts.

Rayleigh 16:35
Hornet mimic hoverfly (volucella zonaria) in garden, Dorothy Farm Road. Paul Adams.

Thursday 10th August 2017northerly, mostly cloudy, max18°c

River Roach Seal Trip, 10:15 to 13:00
18 Little Egret, 12 Greylag Goose, 12 Shelduck (incl. 8 ducklings), 14 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 13 Redshank, 1 Herring Gull (Orange ring D0ZT) Photo available - click here, 4 Common Tern. 27 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 12:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Willow Warbler, Linnet, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper. Mick Roe.

Canvey Point 11:00 to 13:00
1 Long-tailed Skua, 30+ Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 2 tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 3 Brent Geese, 15+ Ringed Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 200+ Oystercatcher, 15+ Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron. Terry Blackwell.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive, 15:12 to 15:16
8 Swift together over garden before flying east. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wednesday 09th August 2017variable, rain, max17°c

No reports received for this day.

Tuesday 08th August 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Canvey Point 11:00 to 12:00
4 Brent Geese, 7 Dunlin (5 in full summer plumage), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 200+ Oystercatcher, 30+ Curlew, 10 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Yellow Wagtail. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:00 to 12:30
1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Linnet, Goldfinch, Black-tailed Godwit. Mick Roe.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:00 to 13:00
2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 6 Goldfinch, small flocks of Linnet and Corn Bunting. David Z.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 18:25
1 Cuckoo (seawall by car park), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 14 Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, 20+ Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 60+ Starling, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 7 Corn Bunting, 20+ Linnet, 30+ Woodpigeon, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Blackbird, 5 Swallow. 1 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Hockley 17:55 to 18:40
1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap (female), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female and juvenile), 8 Long-tailed Tit on feeders. Tim Davis.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 19:30
1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding on phlox. Russ Payne.

Monday 07th August 2017south westerly, scattered clouds, max21°c

Jones Memorial Park 07:00
Kestrel hunting over back field, continually dropping down into the long grass. Turned out that it was picking up grasshoppers, 2 House Martin around changing rooms, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 2 Linnet. Phil Lusher.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:48 to 13:54
22+ Swallow, 1 Barn Owl, 13 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (female), 3 Kestrel (together hunting), 3 Avocet, 4 Bearded Tit (pair with 2 juvenile males), 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Common Tern, 6 Swift, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-winged Stilt (pair with 3 juveniles), 1 Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper (together), 1 Lapwing, 7 Sand Martin, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 House Martin, 2 Peregrine Falcon (together), 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting (male), 1 Willow Warbler. East Haven Creek: 1 Whimbrel, 6 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank. 1 Banded Demoiselle (male). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, Swift. Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:15 to 13:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Tern. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Westcliff-on-Sea, Earl's Hall Avenue 15:40 to 17:36
5 Willow Warbler (together), c.20 House Sparrow, 15+ Swift, 1 Blackcap (female), 1 Chaffinch (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Common Gull, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only), 1 Wren (heard only). 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth (visited Buddleia). Pat Dandridge, Jeff Kinnerman.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive, 21:01
2 Common Pipistrelle (together, fleeting visit to garden). Jeff Kinnerman.

Sunday 06th August 2017south westerly, clear, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:27 to 10:00
5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler seen and a few heard Coryton (seemed to be a fair passage of warblers), 1 Yellow Wagtail, a few Swallow, c.20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret over area, 2 Gadwall, 4 Pochard and 3 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Manorway Fleet, 3 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Saturday 05th August 2017variable, scattered clouds, showers, max21°c

Hockley 07:35
1 Marsh Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile) on feeders. Continued observations mid-afternoon Marsh Tit made numerous visits to feeders until 18:55. Tim Davis.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive ,08:59 to 13:06
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon (high overhead), c.70 House Sparrow, 1 Common Buzzard (high in distance), 1 Swallow (south), c.80 Swift (passed through together west). 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Large White, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral. Jeff Kinnerman.

River Roach Seal Trips, 10:45 to 17:30
22 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 12 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 14 Common Tern. 41 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:00 to 19:10
1 Kestrel, 15 Little Egret, 5 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 40+ Woodpigeon, 12 Common Pheasant, 8 Corn Bunting, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 9 Shelduck, 60+ Starling, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 3 Curlew, 2 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Linnet. 1 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Friday 04th August 2017west south west, partly cloudy, max22°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 07:00 to 09:00
1 Little Ringed Plover from second hide, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker. David Davies.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:45 to 09:42
8 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler in bush (migrants), 10+ House Martin, a few Swallow, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 3 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker by Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 08:00 to 08:10
18 Swift flying west. David Selley.

Cherry Orchard Park 10:00 to 12:30
Magpie, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Swift, Whitethroat, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Collared Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, Jay, Cormorant, Wren, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Blackbird, Starling, House Martin, Robin. Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Large Heath, Small Heath. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hullbridge, River Crouch 14:15 to 16:00
Whimbrel (close up view), 11 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 36 Mute Swan, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Little Grebe, Swallow, 20+ House Sparrow, 50+ Starling. John & Valerie Attfield.

Billericay 14:40
1 juvenile Green Woodpecker, 20 Magpie. Mayflower School playing field. Marion Burch.

Westcliff, Westcliff Parade 13:15
Peregrine Falcon upsetting the gulls. Graham & Kris Mee.

Great Wakering 15:15
1 young female Sparrowhawk lurking in bushes glaring at the bird feeders like she was taught. After a blank 20 minutes she flew to the bird table and engaged in decorous preening. John Harwood.

Wakering Stairs 15:50 to 17:00
9 Whimbrel south over the estuary, 1 Kestrel, 48 Sand Martin - steady trickle south-west, 6 Swallow. Note: At present Qinetiq are keeping the barrier to Wakering Stairs closed at Landwick Gate at all times. However if the green "Road Open" sign is showing just drive up to the barrier and wait - you will be let through. David Selley.

Hockley 17:00 to 18:35
1 Marsh Tit a number of visits to feeders, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male and juvenile). Tim Davis.

Thursday 03rd August 2017south westerly scattered clouds, max21°

Southend, Cromwell Road 07:30
Female Sparrowhawk having a drink out of my pond before being chased away by a dozen Starlings, male Blackcap and half a dozen juvenile Long-tailed Tit on the feeders. Phil Lusher.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:50
1 Sparrowhawk - large female caught a Collared Dove on our driveway. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 09:45 to 10:10
1 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 1 Swift, 40+ Cormorant, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 150+ Coot, 5 Mute Swan, 7 Woodpigeon, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 150+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:00 to 11:30
3 Marsh Harrier (1 male, 2 female), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, 2 Shoveler. Wall Brown, Gatekeeper. Mick Roe.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:00
22 Black-tailed Godwit on scrape, 1 Kestrel. Mick Roe.

Hockley 17:50 to 18:55
1 Marsh Tit a number of visits to garden feeders, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male and juvenile). Tim Davis.

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive, 18:42 to 18:47
6 Swift over garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wednesday 02nd August 2017southerly, rain, max19°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive, 08:09
8 Swift together over garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park 08:30
100-150 Swift feeding at all heights over middle of park/water. Robert Dobinson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:00 to 10:15
5 Swift, 1 Swallow. 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on salvias. David Selley.

Hockley 17:55 to 18:40
1 Marsh Tit Photo available - click here, 2 Coal Tit, 2 male Great Spotted Woodpecker on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 01st August 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max24°c

Shenfield 08:10
1 Red Kite circled off towards Brentwood. Never seen one in this area before. Neil Saunders.

River Roach Seal Trips 12:00 to 17:10
8 Little Egret, 14 Greylag Goose, 14 Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper Photo available - click here, 4 Common Tern. 37 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Hockley 17:55 to 18:15
1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female and juvenile) on garden feeders. Tim Davis.

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