South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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RSPB Wallasea Island new paths: The new path circles the wet grazing pasture at the western end of the reserve and is 4.5Km long in total and takes in a viewing mound, offering elevated views across lagoons and saltpans. For the less adventurous, a 1.5Km route can also be taken. Benches are placed at points on the route for rest and sign posts placed indicating the route. The new path allows a circular route to be taken from/to the car park. The path offers walkers new perspectives in the reserve habitats and hopefully closer views of of the extensive bird life that is now using this new nature reserve.

RSPB Wallasea Island Footpaths

Please note: Would anyone visiting RSPB Wallasea Island to photograph the SEO and Harriers please be sensible about stopping in the passing bays to ensure leaving enough room for their intended purpose – we have had a few gatherings on favoured locations that block the whole bay and we’d rather people didn’t have to go onto the grass to get past as it will get more wet and slippery and someone is going to get stuck (and chew up the verge).

Wednesday 07th December 2016Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:32 to 12:12
1 Chiffchaff, 200+ Fieldfare, 250+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 10 Shoveler on creek, 2 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Dunlin, 100+ Lapwing, c.20 Curlew (11 west of barns), a few Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Stonechat near Fobbing village, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 Little Grebe (5 on creek), 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Song Thrush, 30+ Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00 to 12:30
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Redwing. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:30 to 14:45
2 Grey Heron, 160+ Lapwing, 45 Teal, 30+ Shoveler, 60+ Cormorant, 50+ Mallard, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 36 Coot, 3 Magpie, 7 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 06th December 2016south westerly, clear, max14°c

Hornchurch 08:00
Pair of Peacock on garage roof! Brenda Jones.

Southchurch Park East 08:50
2 Water Rail feeding by Bloomfield bench. Bob Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:20 to 15:50
15+ White Fronted Geese in with big flock of Canada Geese and a few Greylag Geese in field near the barn, 1 male Stonechat, 1 female Reed Bunting, many Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 5 or 6 Song Thrush feeding together on ground/smashing snails on path, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, numbers of Shoveler and Teal, small flock of Jackdaw over, 1 Merlin, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard. Peter Bowden.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 14:55
3 Smew (2 female, 1 drake) Photo available - click here, 100+ Teal, 200+ Pochard, 100+ Shoveler, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Mallard, 200+ Coot, 60+ Mute Swan, 70+ Carrion Crow, 9 Magpie, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 9 Moorhen, 200+ Black Headed Gull Photo available - click here, 200+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Cormorant, 6 Pied Wagtail, 60+ Greylag Geese, 40+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Canvey Point 14:40 to 15:15
4 Velvet Scoter (diving and feeding on crabs), 12 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 25 Brent Geese, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Dunlin, 10 Sanderling, 15 Redshank, 150+ Oystercatcher, 10 Grey Plover, 12 Curlew, 3 Turnstone, 3 Little Egret, 8 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

Monday 05th December 2016variable, clear. max7°c

Hawkwell, Magnolia Nature Reserve 08:45 to 09:45
4 Bullfinch (2 male, 2 female), 3 Blue Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, Robin singing. 1 Rabbit. Debbie Haynes.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:45 and 12:50
1 Grey Wagtail feeding from ice shelf near footbridge, 1 Water Rail in and out of reed bed to feed on barley/corn on ice, watched on and off for 15 minutes, 1 Teal in NW corner of reedbed opposite Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Sunday 04th December 2016easterly, clear, max8°c

Southchurch Park 08:30
1 Grey Wagtail feeding in sluice gate area and showing well in sunlight, 1 Wren singing away on a small tree near bowling green. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:05 to 11:57
150+ Fieldfare, 1 Whimbrel on creek, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 90+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 2 Shoveler on creek, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 30+ Lapwing, 10+ Curlew (nine west of barns), a few Black-tailed Godwit, Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 14:15 to 15:00
2 Velvet Scoter (drakes). Terry Blackwell.

Kensington Road 21:00
1 female Badger feeding on peanuts under bird feeder and foraging in borders in back garden, watched for 10 minutes until she strolled away. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 03rd December 2016easterly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Canvey Point 09:00 to 10:00
7 Velvet Scoter, 12 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 19 Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

A127 Basildon 11:35
2 Red Kite, high, drifting towards Wickford, betrayed by Herring Gulls! Michael Sullivan.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:00
Male Hen Harrier showing well in front of haystacks and hunting along sea wall. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:30
2 Hen Harrier (1 male, 1 female), 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 10+ Kestrel, 20+ Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, Pheasant, 100+ Golden Plover, 1 Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 5 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. E. Gilbert.

Friday 02nd December 2016north westerly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:32 to 15:45
16 Stock Dove, 19 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 10+ Reed Bunting, 4 House Sparrow, c.100 Lapwing, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ Little Egret, 50+ Redshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (pair frequently viewed hunting), 54 Curlew, 170+ Teal, 25 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel (female), 7 Linnet (together), c.50 Shelduck, 9 Grey Plover, 8 Golden Plover, c.450 Wigeon, 3 Oystercatcher (2 on River Roach), 9 Turnstone, 7 Cormorant, 750+ Brent Goose (drifting in large flocks onto River Crouch), 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Pintail (drake over), 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail hunting over fields viewed from conveyor belt), 2 Stonechat (pair), 350+ Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Short-eared Owl (pair and single hunting low over fields opposite car park, very active with ringtail Hen Harrier from approx. 3pm onwards). 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Southchurch Park East 08:45 to 08:55
1 Water Rail emerging from reed bed onto remaining ice and feeding on corn/barley mix, only 6ft away at times. A delicate little bird up close, with awesomely marked plumage. Watched for 10 minutes below Bloomfield bench. Please no rampaging in reedbed borders for sightings. If you wait it will appear, with feed left in the area. Robert Dobinson.

Hullbridge to Brandy Hole 09:50 to 10:40
11 Little Grebe, 15+ Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, many Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull 2 Cormorant. Colin Knight.

Canvey Point 15:50 to 16:15
5 Velvet Scoter, 7 Sanderling, 12 Turnstone, 150+ Brent Geese, 300+ Oystercatcher, 3 Teal. Terry Blackwell.

Thursday 01st December 2016westerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

North Shoebury 08:25
Juvenile male Sparrowhawk on his usual spot in our garden (lower branches of large shrub) until a pair of Magpies took exception. Sparrowhawk and one Magpie maneuvered around the branches, sometimes inches apart, until the Magpie got into a position to take a hefty peck at the Sparrowhawks tail. After several direct hits on the tail and mobbing flights from the ground, the Sparrowhawk moved on. Mike & Jackie Bliss.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:07 to 11:58
1 Common Buzzard, 60+ Fieldfare (include earlier flock north), 1 Whimbrel on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 50+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 1 Grey Plover, 20+ Dunlin far south of barrier, 20+ Lapwing, a few Black-tailed Godwit, c.9 Curlew over area, 3 Marsh Harrier singles, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,1 Green Wooodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 13:15
Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Fieldfare, Magpie, 8 Jay, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Mallard, Stock Dove, Moorhen, 10 Robin, Long-tailed Tit, 12 Blue Tit, 50+ Gadwall, 30+ Cormorant, 70 Greylag Geese, Black-headed Gull, 5 Grey Heron, 30 Tufted Duck, Herring Gull, 10 Blackbird, Shoveler, 25 Canada Geese, 50+ Teal, 8 Pied Wagtail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Wren, Little Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan, Common Gull, Lapwing, House Sparrow, Starling, Rook. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Corringham, Gable Hall School 11:00
1 Grey Wagtail feeding on the roof with 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard flew south west towards Canvey (identified by black end on white tail and black underbelly). Aston Phillips.

Hullbridge, Kendel Park 13:30 to 13:50
Pied Wagtail, Starling, Woodpigeon, Mute Swan, Collared Dove, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Tit, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Wren, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Little Egret, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:00
300+ Starling, 2 Hen Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 5 Moorhen, 40+ Mallard, 4 Stonechat, 7 Corn Bunting, 5 Reed Bunting, 16 Carrion Crow, 23 Common Pheasant, 60+ Shelduck, 30+ Teal, 34 Redshank, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Skylark, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Canvey Point 14:00 to 15:00
5 Velvet Scoter (3 adults and 2 immature), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 11 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin, 6 Turnstone, 3 Redshank, 300+ Oystercatcher, 54 Brent Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:15
5 Short-eared Owl, male Hen Harrier (being mobbed by SEO along approach road), 2 Marsh Harrier, Merlin chasing Starlings over stubble area north of entrance road. Mike Bliss.

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