South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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March


2015 Essex Corn Bunting Survey - from Simon Carpenter

Essex Birdwatching Society and RSPB are teaming up to complete a survey of Corn Bunting breeding populations in Essex during early summer.

The Corn Bunting has undergone a catastrophic decline of 90% in the UK from 1970-2011 (The State of the UK's Birds 2013). Recent trends show a UK decline of 34% from 1995-2011 (Breeding Bird Survey 2012). The survey will build on data gathered during a similar study carried out by RSPB/EBS volunteers in 2007, allowing comparisons to be made and providing evidence on the state of Corn Bunting breeding populations in the county.

As you will appreciate, the scale of the survey is huge, and we cannot undertake the surveys without the valuable assistance of volunteers. We are looking for volunteers to help survey for corn buntings this summer and are very much hoping that you can help out. Please help us to find out how this important Essex bird is faring. To assist you with any questions you may have - I have included below a brief introduction to the surveying methods which we would like surveyors to use:

Brief Introduction to the Survey Methods
The aim of the 2015 Essex Corn Bunting survey is to count the numbers of territory-holding male Corn Buntings in a sample of tetrads (2 km x 2 km square) in the County. Tetrad distribution will be selected on the basis of statistical analysis and provision of representative samples of the county. In addition to this, information is being gathered on the habitat occupied by the birds.

We require surveyors to:

Please let me know if you are interested in taking part in the survey or if you have any further questions - I can be contacted via email simon.carpenter@rspb.org.uk or by phone on 07703 749727

Simon Carpenter
Assistant Warden, Wallasea Island & Foulness

Friday 27th March 2015Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Basildon 08:29
Sparrowhawk eating a pigeon. Ethan Whitcomb.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 10:30 to 14:00
Magpie, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Black-headed Gull, Starling, 30 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Blackbird, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunnock, 40 Teal, 30 Shelduck, 100 Dunlin, Wigeon, 45+ Redshank, Common Gull, Rook, Cormorant, Wren, Chaffinch, female Reed Bunting, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Westcliff, Shorefield Road Car Park 13:15 to 13:30
2 Sparrowhawk - pair flew towards the seafront together causing mass pigeon panic, the female returning alone after about 10 minutes. David Selley.

Stanford Warren 14:10 to 15:00
12 Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Blackbird, Dunnock, Domestic Dove, Mallard, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Starling, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Coot, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Chaffinch, Mute Swan, Collared Dove. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:45 to 16:00
100+ Mallard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Pochard, 12 Coot, 40+ Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 90+ Herring Gull, 40+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 16:07
2 Buzzard Photo available - click here displaying over garden. Kris Mee, Web Author.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:00
Half an hour leaning on the white gate: 5 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard distant towards Foulness, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Skylark singing, 18 Corn Bunting, 1 Brown Hare. David Selley.

Thursday 26th March 2015west north west, partly cloudy, max13°c

A130 Rettendon 13:45 to 13:50
1 Common Buzzard, 5 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Hawkwell, Potash Nursery 15:00
Buzzard pulling twig from poplar tree behind nursery. Aidan James.

Between Hatfield Peverel and Ulting 15:30
1 Red Kite being mobbed by 2 Crows Ben and Denise Matz.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 18:20
1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 40+ Woodpigeon, 16 Herring Gull, 39+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 25th March 2015north westerly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Edwin's Hall Road (Hawe's Wood) Woodham 14:00 to 14:10
2 Pheasant, 14 Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird. Also 5 Guinea Fowl. Rob Harris.

Wickford, Garden 14:00 to 14:15
1 male Blackcap Photo available - click here, 1 male Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch (3 rare sightings for our garden), 1 pair Blue Tit using nest box, resident c.12 House Sparrow, 1 pair Blackbird, 1 pair Great Tit, 6 Collared Dove, 4 Wood Pigeon, many Starling, 1 Sparrowhawk circling high over estate gardens. David & Brenda Hale.

Southend, Victoria Avenue 16:00
A pair of Peregrine Falcon have been "worrying" the local pigeon population for a few days now often around 16:00 but they have appeared at various other times too. Seen from Alexander House circling around Baryta House which is next to where the now demolished Portcullis House used to be. Mark Allington.

Tuesday 24th March 2015variable, partly cloudy, max9°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 06:45 to 06:50
1 male Blackcap singing in the garden. David Selley.

Foulness 07:45
2 Black Redstart in garden. Trevor Waterhouse.

Paglesham Boatyard 08:40
Barn Owl hunting over field and sea wall to east, Red Kite flew the yard. Buzzard yesterday. Gary Dunn.

Tollesbury 10:15
1 Chiffchaff singing and enjoying a brief sunny moment. Nigel Norton.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 13:00
Chiffchaff Pantiles area. Vince Briggs.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:30
3 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 12 Linnet, 25 Corn Bunting, 9 House Sparrow, 2 Little Egret, 9 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Pheasant, 80+ Woodpigeon, 13 Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Skylark. 23 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 40+ Starling. Rob Harris.

Monday 23rd March 2015south westerly, scattered clouds, max12°c

Two Tree island 10:00 to 12:00
1 Red Kite heading west, 1 Buzzard also heading west, 7 Avocet on western lagoon, 2 Water Rail seen in ditches at eastern end. Andrew Gouldstone.

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 13:00
Greenfinch, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Coot, Mallard, 250+ Wigeon, 200+ Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Robin, Blue Tit, 4 Stock Dove, Common Gull, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Shelduck, Coal Tit, Cormorant, Dunnock, Great Crested Grebe (pair), Marsh Harrier, Teal, Shoveler, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pochard, Starling, Jackdaw, Chaffinch. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 12:30
53 Great Crested Grebe offshore. Andrew Gouldstone.

Hullbridge, Kendall Park 13:30 to 14:10
Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Robin, Great Tit, Blackbird, Mallard, 38 Mute Swan, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:30
3 Short-eared Owl, 30+ Corn Bunting, 12 Reed Bunting, 40+ Linnet, 50+ Starling, 1 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 30+ Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 100+ Woodpigeon, 6 Pheasant, 100+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Redshank, 7 Teal, 1 Curlew, 30+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 2 Moorhen, 5 Greylag Geese, 5 Brent Geese, 8 Shelduck, 7 Skylark. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 17:00
40 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 100+ Teal, 60+ Shoveler, 40+ Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Pintail (pair), 2 Mute Swan, 8 Shelduck, 15 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher, 13 Curlew, 10 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Harrier 1 female and 1 juvenile male both hunting reeds along Pitsea Creek. David Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 17:00
3 Short-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 female Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 17 Corn Bunting. 2 Brown Hare. Andrew Gouldstone.

Two Tree Island 14:30
100 Curlew over island, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 7 Snipe, 11 Dunlin, 100+ Redshank, 10 Avocet, 20+ Oystercatcher, 4 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Reed Bunting, 70+ Brent Geese, 7 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Richard Shepherd.

Sunday 22nd March 2015variable. mostly cloudy, max8°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Black Redstart

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 10:40
1 Chiffchaff heard singing at Manorway Fleet, 1 Snipe, 4 Avocet on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper on lagoon, 32 Wigeon, 2 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 7 Shoveler included 5 on Manorway Fleet, pair of Gadwall at Coryton, 80+ Teal mostly on creek, 30+ Curlew, c.4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe at Coryton, a few Cetti's Warbler heard at Manorway Fleet and the manorway. Richard Fahey.

Cudmore Grove Country Park 10:00 to 14:30
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch. Kevin Taylor.

Canvey Point 10:45 to 11:30
400+ Brent Geese, 1 Red-throated Diver, 100+ Oystercatcher, 60+ Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 6 Curlew, 20 Shelduck, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:00 to 16:00
Marsh Harrier, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, Avocet, Shoveler, Shelduck, Cetti's Warbler, Wren, Lapwing. Steve and Trish Day.

Southend, Norwich Avenue Allotments 14:00
1 female Black Redstart flitting and sitting on sheds and bins. Mike Bunker.

Two Tree Island West 14:00 to 17:00
2 Canada Goose, c.90 Brent Goose, 2 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, c.40 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, Oystercatcher, 8 Avocet, 2 Turnstone, Redshank, c.200 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Snipe, c.70 Black-headed Gull in lagoon area, many elsewhere, 1 Short-eared Owl. Martin Jonson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 16:00
3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, many Corn Bunting. 2 Brown Hare and 1 Badger. Hilary and Colin Knight.

Galleywood, Cormorant Walk 14:50 to 15:00
2 Red Kite soaring high together over house. Janice Bright.

Paglesham 15:15 to 15:35
60+ Corn Bunting, 10 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Robin, 30+ Starling, 8 Common Pheasant, 23 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 17:10
3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 30+ Corn Bunting, 1 Blackbird, 2 Reed Bunting, 50+ Starling, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 40+ Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 11 Redshank, 100+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Pheasant, 20+ Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Greylag Geese, 20+ Shelduck, 1 Curlew, 2 Teal. Rob Harris.

Saturday 21st March 2015northerly, mostly cloudy, max8°c

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 08:00 to 08:10
2 Kestrel - an obvious pair flying and hovering together. David Selley.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:30 to 10:10
1 female Sparrowhawk caught, plucked, and almost completely eat a Wood Pigeon in the garden. David Selley.

Foulness Island 11:15 to 11:45
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, 8 Canada Geese, c.250 Brent Geese. Steve and Fran Giles.

A12 15:00 and 18:00
1 Red Kite over Ingatestone Garden Nursery by A12 at 3pm, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard by A130 junction with A12 at 6pm all sighted from car on A12, getting like the M40! Mike Sullivan.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:00 to 17:20
50+ Mallard, 32 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 50+ Cormorant, 3 Mute Swan, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 50+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 16 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Pheasant, 2 Moorhen, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Friday 20th March 2015variable, haze, max20°c

Earls Hall Avenue 08:00
Woodcock sitting on lawn. Pat Dandridge.

North Shoebury 08:47
Great Spotted Woodpecker on peanut feeder in garden. Terry Strong.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 10:30 to 12:30
c.2,500 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Avocet, 6 Redshank, 1 Wren, 1 female Reed Bunting. Denis Tuck.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:30
2 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 1 Red Kite Photo available - click here, 3 Kestrel, 30+ Corn Bunting, 40+ Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 60 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 30+ Mallard, 3 Oystercatcher, 100+ Woodpigeon, 100+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 16 Redshank, 3 Pheasant, 20+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 3 Moorhen, 2 Greylag Geese. Rob Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 15:30 to 17:30
Magpie, Little Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Skylark, Mallard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, Coot, Lapwing, Avocet, Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, Teal, Black-headed Gull, Pochard, Redshank, 1 Shelduck, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, 2 Rook. Chris Cole.

Thursday 19th March 2015northerly, overcast, max8°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 18:05
1 Little Egret, 15 Herring Gull, 12 Black-headed Gull, 7 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 19 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 3 Pheasant, 30+ Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 50+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Starling. 2 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Paglesham 18:15 to 18:30
30+ Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 12 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 12 Pheasant, 6 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 18th March 2015northeryly, mostly cloudy, max9°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 13:10
Magpie, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, 8-10 Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Rook, Mute Swan, Greylag Geese, Feral Pigeon, Starling, Canada Geese, Woodpigeon, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, Herring Gull, Corn Bunting, Dunlin, Avocet, Teal, Common Gull, Curlew, Mallard, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, Wigeon, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Lapwing, Kestrel, Jay, Great Tit, Collared Dove. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Foulness Island 13:15
2 Little Owl seen regularly last few days around previous nest site. Steve Giles.

Tuesday 17th March 2015variable, scattered clouds, max12°c

No reports received for this day.

Monday 16th March 2015easterly, overcast, max8°c

Tollesbury Wick 10:00 tp 12:00
4 Sanderling, 134 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover, 500 Dunlin, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier, 700 Brent Goose, 8 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 1 Skylark, 10 Lapwing, 24 Curlew, 200 Wigeon. John Wilson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:15 to 16:20
30+ Corn Bunting, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 40+ Mallard, 3 Pheasant, 70+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kestrel, 30+ Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Curlew, 14 Shelduck, 30+ Redshank, 1 Moorhen, 14 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 1 Reed Bunting. Rob Harris.

Sunday 15th March 2015north easterly, cloud, rain, max7°c

Foulness Island 12:30 to 12:35
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Little Owl. Steve Giles.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:10 to 13:30
100+ Mallard, 60+ Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 30+ Coot, 200+ Wigeon, 30+ Cormorant, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 3 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Moorhen, 3 Great Crested Grebe. 2 Muntjac Deer. Rob Harris.

Saturday 14th March 2015northerly, most;y cloudy, max8°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 08:00
1 Chiffchaff. Robin Peppiatt.

North Fambridge 12:30 to 12:50
4 Shelduck, 4 House Sparrow. 2 Dunnock, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Blackbird, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 50+ Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 250+ Brent Geese, 2 Redshank, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:10
6 Corn Bunting, 12 Linnet, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 100+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Brent Geese, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Rob Harris.

Halstead 17:30
c.150 Fieldfare in field recently drilled with spring barley. Last week a similar number of Redwing in my friend's garden in White Colne. Andrew Edwards.

Friday 13th March 2015easterly, clear, max11°c

Tollesbury Wick 10:00 to 15:00
Little Egret, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Coot, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow. Kevin Taylor.

Thursday 12th March 2015south south easterly, clear, max12°c

Rochford 10:30 to 11:00
4 Buzzard circling high over Dalys Road area, 4 Pied Wagtail by the library. David Selley.

Benfleet 14:30
Pair of Long-tailed Tit. Brian Allard.

Wednesday 11th March 2015southerly, clear, max12°c

Arnolds Farm Lane, Mountnessing 12:45
Red Kite flew south towards Billericay. Green Woodpecker. Dudley Shayler.

Upminster 13:00
Red Kite hovering Upminster side of A127 being mobbed by crows. Roy Fynn.

EWT Warley Place 13:10 to 14:00
7 Great Tit Photo available - click here, 8 Blue Tit Photo available - click here, 4 Robin Photo available - click here, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Wren Photo available - click here, 5 Mallard Photo available - click here, 1 Moorhen, 3 Magpie Photo available - click here, 7 Carrion Crow, 14 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 1 Sparrowhawk. Rob Harris.

Kensington Road and Southchurch Park East
1 Sparrowhawk sitting on shed roof then flying off at 3.45pm, Kensington Road, Today. 2 Water Rail feeding and chasing each other around scrape/in out of holt below Bloomfield bench, much fun to watch and very colourful show, 2 drake Teal and 1 female feeding and calling each other around same area. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 10th March 2015variable, clear, max12°c

Leigh-on-Sea, Tattersall Gardens 10:20
1 Sparrowhawk circling above field to west, then flew off south east towards Belton Gardens. Martin Johnson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:10 to 14:00
5 Skylark, 50+ Corn Bunting, 7 Magpie, 12 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Carrion Crow, 150+ Woodpigeon, 60+ Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Blackbird, 1 Chaffinch, 50+ Linnet Photo available - click here, 40+ Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Brent Goose, 6 Redshank, 5 Meadow Pipit. Rob Harris.

Two Tree Island West 15:30
1 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 5 Snipe, 14 Avocet, 2 Shelduck, 20+ Teal, 10+ Grey Plover, 20+ Redshank, 1 little Egret, 5 Turnstone, 1 Curlew. Richard Shepherd.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:30 to 15:50
100+ Mallard, 24 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 5 Coot, 40+ Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 100+ Black-headed Gull Photo available - click here, 50+ Herring Gull Photo available - click here, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 5 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Hockley, Lower Road 16:00
2 Common Buzzard. Steve Giles.

Monday 09th March 2015south westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 10:45 to 16:30
3 Marsh Harrier, (1 male, 2 female,) c.100 Wigeon, 1 drake Red Crested Pochard, 1 drake Goosander, 5 pair Goldeneye, few Teal, Shoveler, Mallard, Pochard, many Tufted Duck, Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, few Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Pied Wagtail Photo available - click here, 1 Wren, Song Thrush, few pair Blackbird. 3 Muntjac Deer grazing together on island. David & Brenda Hale.

Hawkwell, Footpath Between Ironwell Lane and Hall Lane 11:00
3 Yellowhammer, 1 pair Reed Bunting, Buzzard. Judy and Neil.

Sunday 08th March 2015westerly, scattered clouds, max15°c

Wickford 08:30 and 13:00
Female Sparrowhawk in our garden three times. Got a sparrow twice, from our bush. Pam and Terry Bigland.

South Fambridge 09:45 to 10:30
4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, c.600 Brent Goose, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Skylark (singing), 2 male Reed Bunting. Steve Sanford.

Hawkwell, Magnolia Park 10:10 to 11:40
Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Magpie, 70 Great Tit, 20 Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Moorhen, Mallard, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Robin, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Rook, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Wren, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Two Tree Island 11:00 to 12:00
1 Glossy Ibis on old sewage ponds, saw it fly in about 11:25, 1 Water Rail seen from other open hide on same side of access road, several Snipe on western lagoon. Helen Buckley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:50 to 14:10
Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Robin, Starling, Common Gull, Carrion Crow, Kestrel, Grey Heron (pair), Skylark, Mallard, Herring Gull, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Teal, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan, Great Black-backed Gull, Shelduck, Little Egret {pair), Marsh Harrier, Shoveler, Pheasant, Collared Dove, Jackdaw. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Hutton 12:30
1 Harris Hawk escaped bird with jessies drifting over Hanging Hill Lane towards Billericay much to the delight of the local Jackdaws. Michael Sullivan.

Foulness Island 13:00 to 15:00
2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 15 Avocet, c.12 Skylark, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Steve and Fran Giles.

Leigh on Sea, Park View drive 13:05
Buzzard south then circled east. Kris Mee, Web Author.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 15:40 to 15:50
1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard seen at the same time, both drifting north east. David Selley.

Two Tree Island East 17:00 to 18:15
3 Little Egret, 9 Shoveler (6 drake, 3 female), 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Song Thrush singing, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 Water Vole. David Selley.

Saturday 07th March 2015south south westerly, clear, max16°c

Hawkwell, Rectory Road 07:20
15+ Jackdaw milling around on the pavement - no obvious food source and flew off as I drove past. David Selley.

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park 09:55 to 10:45
2 Avocet, 1 Stonechat, 70+ Teal, 2 Oystercatcher. Richard Fahey.

EWT Blue House Farm 10:50 to 18:15
Sightings, car park to new hide and back: 2 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl. 1 pair Stonechat Photo available - click here, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, many Meadow Pipit, 4 Stock Dove, c.40 Fieldfare, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 pair Dunnock, 1 Robin, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Snipe, c.100 Golden Plover Photo available - click here, c.50 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 65 Shelduck, c.50 Wigeon, c.100 Gadwall, few Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, 1 drake and 4 female Pintail, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe. David & Brenda Hale.

Takeley, North Essex, Langthorns Plantery 12:15 to 12:45
Buzzard Photo available - click here. 1 Peacock, 2 Brimstone. Kris Mee, Web Author.

Friday 06th March 2015south westerly, clear, max12°c

Rayleigh, Fishing Lake, Hullbridge Road, 06:30 to 12:15
Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Pheasant, Long-Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker. 1 Water Vole. Keith Bartels.

Daws Heath 12:30
2 Buzzard spiralling in the thermals over my garden before flying west. Mike Sagrott.

Eastwood, Aviation Way 12:15
1 Grey Wagtail by stream. Martin Johnson.

Little Baddow, River Chelmer 13:05
2 Buzzard. Tim Davis.

Gunners Park 15:00 to 15:30
3 Serin showing very well close to the small pond beside the car park. Brian Coveney.

Foulness Island 15:00 to 15:30
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, c.10 Skylark. Steve Giles.

Thursday 05th March 2015westerly, scattered clouds, max11°c

Chelmsford, River Chelmer (Moulsham Mill) 07:35
2 Goosander (pair), 4 Little Grebe. Tim Davis.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 15:00 to 16:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin. Ross Gardner.

South Fambridge 16:40 to 17:40
1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl over seawall just east of village, 150+ Fieldfare in a single flock on field by Fambridge Road, Blackbird and Song Thrush singing. David Selley.

Wednesday 04th March 2015west north west. scattered clouds, max11°c

Hawkwell, Craven Close, 08:45
1 female Sparrowhawk perched in leylandii in west side rear garden for 20+ minutes then swooped westward in pursuit and disappeared. Richard Goring.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:45 to 14:30
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch. Kevin Taylor.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:00 to 12:15
Jackdaw, Magpie, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Mallard, 500+ Wigeon, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Pochard, Teal, Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Gunners Park 11:35 to 14:45
Sightings made within 100 metres of car park: 1 Serin Photo available - click here, 2 male Stonechat Photo available - click here, 1 Redwing, few Great Tit, Blue Tit, few Greenfinch, Dunnock, Goldfinch, 2 pair Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 3 Wren, few Starling, Magpie, Collared Dove. David & Brenda Hale.

Tuesday 03rd March 2015westerly, partly cloudy, max9°c

Canewdon, Lambourne Hall Road 07:40
1 Barn Owl on fence post by the pond, 1 Song Thrush singing. David Selley.

Chelmsford, River Chelmer (Moulsham Mill) 07:30 to 07:35
2 Goosander (pair), 2 Little Grebe. Tim Davis.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:00 to 12:15
Jackdaw, Magpie, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Cormorant, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Mallard, 500+ Wigeon, Herring Gull, Lapwing, 8 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Pochard, Teal, Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Reed Bunting, Little Egret, House Sparrow. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

EWT Warley Place 10:30 to 16:30
Many Great Tit, Blue Tit, 4 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 pair Mallard, 2 Moorhen, many Jackdaw, 1 Magpie, few Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch heard. 1 Bank Vole, 2 Rabbit. David & Brenda Hale.

South Fambridge 17:00
1 Short-eared Owl. 1 Song Thrush (singing). Steve Sanford.

Monday 02nd March 2015westerly partly cloudy, max8°c

Foulness Island 13:45
1 ringtail Hen Harrier. Steve Giles.

Sunday 01st March 2015west south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Gunners Park 11:00
Serin in bushes near car park, Long-tailed Tit, Stonechat, Greenfinch, Blackbird. Norman Jones.

Ramsden Heath 13:30
Red Kite flying low. Pam Bigland.

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