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November

Saturday 18th November 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fields either side of B186, between St Mary's Lane and A127 08:15
1 Barn Owl, 3 Buzzard (all low over newly ploughed field), 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk all seen within a couple of hundred yards travel down the road. Dave Dove.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30 to 12:30
3 Water Pipit, 1 Black Redstart (immature female), 1 male Marsh Harrier, 5 Stonechat, 6 Avocet on river, 3 Ruff. Andrew Gouldstone.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:45 to 09:00
4 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, male Green Woodpecker in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Friday 17th November 2017north westerly, clear, max9°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail running across scrape into reed stands then swimming short distance into opposite reeds underneath large willow/Vicars bench SE of lake. Excellent! earlier arrival than last year by 10 days. Robert Dobinson.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 09:45
15 Goldfinch in one large flock or charm, 12 Little Grebe. John Pitts.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:48 to 14:41
10 Skylark, 200+ Lapwing, 2 Egyptian Goose (together), 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Meadow Pipit, 5 Snipe (together), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), c.150 Wigeon, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Kestrel (females), c.45 Teal, 1 Pintail (drake), 17 Black-tailed Godwit (together), 5 Stonechat (2 pairs, single male), 2 Little Egret, 7 Bearded Tit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier (females hunting together), c.50 Stock Dove, 1 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 6 Common Buzzard (together, soaring), 1 Green Woodpecker (male), 2 Brambling (females at the sunflower strip). 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:25 to 10:35
5 Mute Swan, 150+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 43 Mallard, 50+ Cormorant, 1 Blackbird, 7 Tufted Duck. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:30 to 14:45
4 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Moorhen, 6 Mallard, 5 Teal, 80+ Shelduck, 27 Redshank, 11 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 31 Herring Gull, 1 Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail, 250+ Lapwing, 30+ Golden Plover, 200+ Starling, 23 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Corn Bunting, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 13:00
2 Coal Tit and 2 Long-tailed Tit on feeders with Blue and Great Tit. John Attfield.

Southend, Navestock Gardens 13:15
1 Goldcrest. John Pitts.

Thursday 16th November 2017variable, partly cloudy, max14°c

Thundersley 10:15
8 Goldfinch eating the seeds from the catkins on my Silver Birch. John Bennett.

Wednesday 15th November 2017variable, overcast, max12°c

Southend Pier 09:25 to 13:20
56 Brent Goose (together on the shore), 1 Grey Wagtail, c.80 Turnstone, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet (4 juveniles, 1 sub adult), 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 2 Red-throated Diver (together east), 6+ Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Mediterranean Gull (11 adults, 1 second winter), c.25 Common Scoter (together east), 1 Shag (juvenile), 3 Common Gull, 2 Oystercatcher. 1 Common Seal. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes 12:00
Marsh Harrier, c.30 Red-breasted Merganser in Salcott channel, Woodcock near viewing point, fly by of c.50 Avocet heading down to main river. Mike Hardwick.

Tuesday 14th November 2017west south west, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Hockley, Glencrofts 08:30
1 Goldcrest. Irwin Lewis.

Hockley 11:45 to 12:30
1 Coal Tit on peanut feeder, first one seen in our garden, 1 juvenile Redpoll feeding on niger seed in our garden, first one this winter. George Kempen.

Southchurch Park East and Kensington Road 12:50 and 13:45
1 (possibly 2) Water Rail heard calling near Bloomfield bench area/reedbed edge. Kensington Road: 1 Grey Squirrel gathering nuts below feeder and stashing around flowerbeds, cat sitting 20ft with back to Squirrel and oblivious to presence. Robert Dobinson.

Canvey Point 14:30 to 15:00
4 Red-breasted Merganser, 51 Common Scoter, 200+ Brent Geese, 800+ Wigeon, 72 Shelduck, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ringed Plover, 50+ Grey Plover, 200+ Dunlin, 20 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 12 Knot, 50+ Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone. Terry Blackwell.

Vange 15:00
1 Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock from garden. Mick Roe.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 19:50
1 Tawny Owl heard ("kee-wick" call). David Selley.

Monday 13th November 2017north westerly, clear, max8°c

Chelmsford, River Chelmer 07:15
1 Grey Wagtail (Bond Street). Tim Davis.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:14 to 14:50
9 Greenfinch, c.200 Lapwing, 5 Reed Bunting, 9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 4 Cetti's Warbler (two viewed, two heard only), 13 Black-tailed Godwit (together), 24 Teal, 2 Kestrel (females), 1 Avocet, c.105 Wigeon, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail (over, calling), 3 Pintail (including two drakes), 5 Fieldfare, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Bearded Tit (pair), 1 Little Egret, c.50 Stock Dove, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 1 Sparrowhawk (female). 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel (Church Road). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:50
1 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 23 Canada Geese, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 4 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 11 Fieldfare, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Moorhen, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin Photo available - click here, 60+ Woodpigeon, 3 Redshank, 30+ Common Pheasant, 250+ Lapwing, 150+ Starling, 100+ Golden Plover, 4 Pied Wagtail. Rob Harris.

Barling, Millennium Nature Park 14:15 to 15:50
40 Starling, 250 Black-headed Gull, 30 Carrion Crow, 3 Common Gull, 30 Rook, 15 Woodpigeon, 4 Magpie, 25 House Sparrow, 17 Blue Tit, Moorhen, 2 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, Pheasant. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:45 to 16:00
250+ Lapwing, 225+ Wigeon, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 8 Redshank, 6 Snipe, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 1 Stonechat, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

Sunday 12th November 2017north westerly, scattered clouds, max8°c

Hockley, Glencrofts 08:40
1 Coal Tit. Irwin Lewis.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:35
1 Whimbrel, c.9 Wigeon, 160+ Teal, 7 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 6 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing other side of creek, 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, a few Meadow Pipit. 1 Fox. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 09:00 to 10:45
9 Common Scoter, 1000+ Wigeon, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 800+ Dunlin. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes 12:00
2 Red-breasted Merganser in channel, Peregrine over marsh on short walk. Mike Hardwick.

Saturday 11th November 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:10 to 14:45
1 Goldcrest with Long-tailed Tit flock, 1 Redwing, 1 Whimbrel, 30+ Wigeon, 180+ Teal, 13 Shoveler (10 Manorway Fleet, others creek), 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Grebe (1 Manorway Fleet, others creek), 2 Green Woodpecker, 150+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:35
19 Mute Swan, 4 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 23 Teal, 9 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Corn Bunting Photo available - click here, 1 Blue Tit, 200+ Lapwing, 40+ Common Pheasant, 200+ Starling, 30+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Herring Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Canewdon 15:45 to 15:50
5 Fieldfare Photo available - click here, 8 Common Pheasant, 6 Moorhen, 3 Carrion Crow, 12 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Paglesham 16:00 to 16:20
40+ Common Pheasant, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 23 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Friday 10th November 2017west north west, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Abberton Reservoir 08:23 to 10:50
c.300 Pochard, 3 Egyptian Goose, 70+ Shoveler, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Goldeneye (including 3 drakes), 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kestrel (female), 5 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, c.300 Teal, 2 Stonechat (pair), 4 Pintail (drakes), 6 Wigeon, c.25 Dunlin, 1 Common Buzzard. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

EWT Abbotts Hall 10:58 to 14:49
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 6 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (female), 3 Curlew, 180+ Lapwing, 62 Cormorant, 1 Grey Plover, 350+ Brent Goose, 200+ Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 14 Gadwall, 1 Ring-necked Duck (drake showing well on pond), c.250 Stock Dove, c.50 Golden Plover, 1 Bullfinch (stunning male ground feeding with Chaffinches), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (together), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

Wakering, Fleet Head 13:30 to 15:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, pair of Stonechat, 12 Mute Swan in the air. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
200+ Lapwing, 175+ Wigeon, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 2 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Marsh Harrier (both males), 1 Sparrowhawk, 100+ Starling (dropped in to reeds to roost). David Shepherd.

Chelmsford, Leez Priory 16:00 to 16:30
1 juvenile Osprey still present perched in tree by lake. John Wilson.

Thursday 09th November 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max15°c

Canvey Point 10:30 to 12:00
1 Gannet, 5 Common Scoter, 1000+ Wigeon, 50+ Brent Geese, 50+ Grey Plover, 15 Lapwing, 20 Redshank, 5 Curlew, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Dunlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:30 to 14:00
Short circuit around the sunflower set-aside field: 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Brambling amongst scores of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch. Peter Bowden.

Rayleigh 16:20 to 16:40
c.100 Pied Wagtail, pre-roost gathering in street trees and on roofs opposite M & S Foodhall. David Selley.

Wednesday 08th November 2017north north west, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Brentwood 07:00 to 08:00
Ring-necked parakeet in and around our garden. Jayne.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:46 to 11:08
6 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.9 Wigeon, 110+ Teal, c.14 Shoveler (3 on Manorway Fleet and the rest south past barrier), 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 10+ Lapwing, 7 Curlew, c.15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe (singles on creek and Manorway Fleet), 1 Peregrine Falcon (landed on pylon), 2 Marsh Harrier singles, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 15+ Chaffinch, 4 Meadow Pipit. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:40
3 Red-breasted Merganser, 800+ Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Brent Geese, 3 Gannet, 3 Grey Heron, 600+ Oystercatcher, 50+ Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 20+ Redshank, 17 lapwing. Terry Blackwell.

River Roach Seal Trip 10:30 to 13:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 85 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 200+ Wigeon, 400+ Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 18 Pheasant (on Wallasea), 215 Avocet Photo available - click here, 104 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here, 12 Curlew. 6 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:25
250+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 7 Egyptian Geese, 70+ Mallard, 50+ Shoveler, 67 Tufted Duck, 90+ Pochard, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Moorhen, 100+ Coot, 3 Grey Heron, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 150+ Cormorant, 1 Common Pheasant. Rob Harris.

Two Tree Island 13:45 to 15:15
East end and salt marshes: 250 Brent Goose, 24 Teal, 2 Wigeon, Shoveler, 16 Mallard, 4 Shelduck, Coot, 2 Moorhen, 68 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 26 Curlew, 2 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk Photo available - click here, Kestrel, 5 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 3 Wren, 4 Blue Tit, Robin, Cetti's Warbler heard, 3 Blackbird. Denis Warren.

Chelmsford, Springfield Lock 13:55 to 14:00
1 Kingfisher south of stone bridge. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 07th November 2017southerly, mostly cloudy, max12°c

Southchurch Park 08:10 to 10:40
1 Mute Swan cygnet landed in back garden of house in south Lifstan way around 8.10, sorted out by Anna of the RSPCA and popped back in pond at 10.40am. Robert Dobinson.

Chelmsford, Leez Priory 16:00 to 16:50
3 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Little Grebe, 30 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing. John Wilson.

Southend, North Avenue 09:15
Pair of Jay in the back garden. S. Jackson.

Southend, Wyatts Drive 11:30
Great Spotted Woodpecker drinking from bird bath. Alec Beanse.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:40
2 Little Egret, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 30+ Starling, 25 Mallard, 2 Corn Bunting, 30+ Common Pheasant, 40+ Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Blackbird, 12 Herring Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Moorhen. 1 Stoat. Rob Harris.

Chelmsford, Leez Priory 16:00 to 16:50
1 juvenile Osprey, 1 Green Sandpiper. John Wilson.

Monday 06th November 2017southerly, clear, max10°c

Southchurch Park 08:35
7 Mute Swan flew length of pond east to west, 5 cygnets flew on to estuary and returned after doing two park flypasts 8 minutes later. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:40 to 14:57
10 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 41 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel (female with prey, possibly a vole), 1 Fieldfare, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, c.185 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Little Egret, 1 Avocet, 12 Redshank, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting (together), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker (male), 1 Brambling (female around Sunflower strip area), 1 Redwing. 1 Red Fox. 1 Red Admiral. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 10:30 to 13:00
30 Carrion Crow, 5 Starling, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 7 Magpie, 10 Woodpigeon, 22 Little Egret, 4 Robin, Teal, Green Woodpecker, 8 Blackbird, 9 Blue Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard and seen), 400 Brent Goose, 12 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Sanderling, Mallard, Little Grebe, 2 female Gadwall, 4 Great Tit, Dunnock, Wren, Fieldfare, Jay, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Gull, Pied Wagtail, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
300 Lapwing, 57 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Wigeon, 15 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Egret, 2 Little Stint, 1 Kingfisher (catching small fry from the sea wall,) 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

Sunday 05th November 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max10°c

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:07 to 12:28
2 Stonechat, 15+ Wigeon, 60+ Teal, 1 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 10+ Curlew, 3 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret (immature, green legs, pale bill), 4 Cetti's Warbler singing (3 near Fobbing village/manorway), 3 Green Woodpecker (near Fobbing village), 200+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island, Marsh Flats Trail 10:45 to 11:30
2 Little Grebe in the dyke by car park, 5 Mute Swan flying along the Roach, 4 Little Egret, 6 Oystercatcher, 105 Lapwing, c.250 Golden Plover, 10 Redshank, 200+ Starling, 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat - 2 pairs. David Selley.

A130 Rettendon 13:50 to 13:55
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Saturday 04th November 2017southerly to westerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

Danbury 10:00
1 Whooper Swan associating with approx. 50 Greylag Geese all feeding on OSR, 1 Green Woodpecker. John S.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:30 to 11:15
1 Firecrest in woodland, 2 Goldcrest, c.35 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Redwing. 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Brambling in bushes near visitor centre feeding station. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
2 Blue Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Corn Bunting, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Little Egret, 60+ Lapwing, 40+ Golden Plover, 30+ Common Pheasant, 25 Mallard, 36 Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 7 Linnet. Rob Harris.

Friday 03rd November 2017southerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

River Roach, Purdeys Industrial Estate 07:30
Kingfisher flying length of creek, 2 Little Egret fishing in river. Phil Lusher.

Foulness Island 08:30 to 09:00
Half hour garden watch: at least 4 Brambling, Goldcrest, Wren, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Blackbird on fallen apples, c.25 each of Goldfinch and Chaffinch, 3 Robin, c.20 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit. Steve Giles.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 08:41 to 13:54
3 Goldcrest, 14 Greenfinch (together), 400+ Starling, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 29 Little Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 3 Little Egret, 1 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Rail (showed well feeding on island in lake). 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Red Admiral. On Estuary: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Brent Goose, 32+ Turnstone, 78 Ringed Plover (on jetty), c.1000 Sanderling (with juvenile and 7 Dunlin opposite Coastguard station). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 09:15 to 10:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 09:30 to 09:45
1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 180+ Coot, 60+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Pochard, 150+ Herring Gull, 100+ Mallard, 50+ Shoveler, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Cormorant, 5 Carrion Crow, 17 Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield, Crowsheath Wood 13:00 to 13:50
2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Carrion Crow, 7 Woodpigeon. 7 Grey Squirrel. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 14:30 to 14:40
Male and female Siskin on feeder. Steve Giles.

Thursday 02nd November 2017north westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 11:00 to 13:30
1 Cattle Egret on Wennington Marsh, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Swallow. Andrew Gouldstone.

Benfleet Creek 15:35 to 17:15
47 Little Egret - singles and small groups west along creek until almost dark, 12 Teal, 12 Moorhen, 4 Oystercatcher, c.50 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 29 Redshank, 144 Avocet - impressive single flock east along creek, 33 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark. 2 Pipistrelle around conifers by Leigh golf range. David Selley.

Daws Heath 18:00 to 18:10
Female Tawny Owl calling at rear of the Garden. Mike Sagrott.

Wednesday 01st November 2017south westerly, clear, max15°c

Rayleigh 07:30 to 08:30
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Robin, pair Blackcap Photo available - click here, Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Dunnock. Denis Warren.

Two Tree Island 07:45
Kingfisher showing well at sewage ponds. Richard Frisby.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:38 to 11:15
1 Swallow around Coryton east gate, 4 Redwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, c.14 Teal, 2 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 1 Curlew, 7 Song Thrush, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Little Grebe (2 on Manorway Fleet and 1 on creek), 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Cetti's Warbler singing. Richard Fahey.

Brentwood 09:00
Grey Heron by our fish pond. Have seem him many times. Jayne.

RSPB Old Hall Marshes (permit only reserve) 12:00
Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and female Merlin repeatedly stooping at a butterfly but the speed of her movement blew the butterfly away on several occasions, Green Sandpiper. Mike Hardwick.

Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 14:15
2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 40+ Lapwing, 4 Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron Photo available - click here, 4 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 200+ Wigeon Photo available - click here, 40+ Shoveler, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Pintail Photo available - click here, 200+ Coot, 25 Teal, 250+ Cormorant, 14 Mute Swan, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese, 4 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 30+ Starling, 3 Moorhen, 15 Woodpigeon. 1 Brown Rat, 4 Grey Squirrel. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:15 to 15:00
Wren, 4 Robin, 3 Blackbird, Blue Tit, 66 Starling, 17 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, Stonechat, 4 Cetti's Warbler heard, 4 Moorhen, Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Redshank, Spotted Redshank Photo available - click here, Curlew, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, c.100 Lapwing Photo available - click here, 18 Gadwall, 30 Teal, Shelduck, 15 Wigeon, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, 3 Mute Swan + 5 juveniles, Pheasant. Denis Warren.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:30
220 Lapwing, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Shoveler, 100+ Wigeon (flew in from the Creek), 20 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff, 1 Marsh Harrier (with some kind of prey). 4 Curlew. David Shepherd.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:30 to 16:00
Park marine area: 150 Starling, 60 Carrion Crow, 6 Collared Dove, 30 Chaffinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit Photo available - click here, Robin, 3 Blackbird, 2 Curlew, 2 Moorhen, Grey Heron, 2 Redshank, Cattle Egret on creek Photo available - click here, large flock Canada Geese on opposite fields. Denis Warren.



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