South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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March

Friday 24th March 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

RSPB Rainham Marshes 08:35 to 14:01
30 House Sparrow (together), 60+ Shelduck, 20+ Lapwing, 6 Pintail (including 4 drakes), 10+ Teal, 250+ Wigeon, c.200 Starling, 4 Gadwall, 35+ Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Skylark, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Cetti's Warbler (heard only, 1 viewed briefly), 2 Greenfinch, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Common Buzzard (together, high above), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 5 Pochard, 1 Water Pipit (Butts Scrape), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel (male), 2 Reed Bunting. Estuary: 2 Oystercatcher, 75+ Wigeon, 27 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 3 Reed Bunting, c.15 Linnet (together), 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Dove. Jeff Kinnerman.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:55 to 10:05
210 Starling on overhead wires, roofs, and TV aerials - arrived in small groups from all directions, then flew off NW as a single flock. David Selley.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 15:30 to 15:45
11 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 17 Carrion Crow 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen, 30+ Woodpigeon, 17 Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Thursday 23rd March 2017north easterly, partly cloudy, max10°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 12:00
1 Chiffchaff singing at Coryton, 1 Water Rail present at Manorway Fleet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 6 Wigeon by 'south pool', 20+ Teal, 11 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 30+ Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, c.7 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:45
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 12 Mallard, 15 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 3 Corn Bunting, 18 Avocet, 2 Blackbird, 60+ Woodpigeon 7 Starling. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 22nd March 2017southerly, mostly cloudy, rain, max9°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 16:45
1 Spoonbill circling above Aveley Marsh, then landed on Target pools. Andrew Gouldstone.

Basildon, Gloucester Park 09:10 to 10:00
2 Mute Swan, Moorhen, Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Tit, 1 Snow Goose amongst Canada Geese, Ring-necked Parakeet heard not seen. Peter Hardy.

Tuesday 21st March 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max11°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:02 to 10:40
4 Stock Dove, 4 House Sparrow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 250+ Wigeon, 7 Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron, 10+ Teal, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Little Egret, 7 Skylark, c.150 Avocet, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Marsh Harrier (distant female), 1 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Pochard, 3 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Common Buzzard. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 10:30 to 12:00
4 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Turnstone, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 36 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 4 Wren, 5 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Goldfinch. 5 Grey Squirrel. 1 Comma. Steve RJ.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:52 to 12:36
19 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Common Buzzard (together mobbed by a single Carrion Crow), 3 Pochard, 10 Avocet, 4 Little Grebe. 1 Brown Hare. Jeff Kinnerman.

EWT Warley Place 13:30 to 16:30
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Buzzard, 2 Mandarin duck (on first pond), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 1 Moorhen, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock. Jim and Tricia.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:30
150+ Wigeon, 70,Shoveler, 20+ Teal, 7 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egret, 3 Avocet, 1 Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier (adult male, adult female, 2 juvenile). David Shepherd.

North Fambridge 16:10 to 16:55
1 Oystercatcher Photo available - click here, 3 Common Pheasant, 50+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit Photo available - click here, 2 Dunnock, 5 Collared Dove, 3 Chaffinch, 30+ Black Headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 7 Mallard, 7 House Sparrow. Rob Harris.

Monday 20th March 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, showers, max14°c

Brentwood 08:00
Harris Hawk escaped bird has constructed a large nest nearby. A Red Kite was called down by the Hawk and it spent 20 minutes over the nest. It drifted away and returned a few hours later and there was a mutual greeting between the two. It returned the next day, but I have not heard any further news. Quite remarkable. Mike Sullivan.
Harris Hawk

Sunday 19th March 2017west south west, mostly cloudy, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Swallow

South Fambridge 09:40 to 10:50
1 Swallow (over the old shellfish packing station), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 120+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 20 Shelduck, 2 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher (4 pairs), 9 Curlew, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Skylark (singing), 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting (singing male). David Selley.

Hadleigh, West Woods 11:45
Woodcock. Jason Barnes.

Saturday 18th March 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Prittlewell Brook between Southbourne Grove and Westbourne Grove 10:45
2 Goldcrest in conifer hedge, very close up, was not fazed by us. S. Whitaker.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:00 to 13:15
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 14 Shelduck, 22 Teal, 115 Avocet, 21 Curlew, 50+ Redshank. 8 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Graham Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:30
1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Little Egret, 50+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Herring Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Mallard, 27 Common Pheasant, 1 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 9 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow 7 Starling. Rob Harris.

Friday 17th March 2017weaterly, partly cloudy, max11°c

EWT Thurrock Thameside Nature Park 09:04 to 15:38
3 Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 30+Shelduck, c.12 Curlew, 97 Avocet, 43+ Teal, Wigeon, 9 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Stock Dove, 250+ Dunlin, 800+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, c.5 Common Scoter (distant views,together on river), 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Linnet, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. 1 Brown Hare. Jeff Kinnerman, Scott Ambrose.

EWT Warley Place 11:00 to 13:00
Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Jay, 2 Magpie, Great Tit, Blue Tit, drake and female Mandarin Duck, drake and female Malllard. Michael Holland.

Hockley Woods 11:30 to 12:50
1 Jay, 3 Magpie, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Buzzard being moved on by Crows, 40+ Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove. 11 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Canewdon, Creeksea Road 12:20 to 12:30
2 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Pheasant, 2 Collard Dove, 2 Coal Tit. 1 Stoat very smart dark head and tail with cream chest. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:40 to 13:30
16 Common Pheasant, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 3 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 9 Mallard, 7 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Little Egret, 30+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Priory Park 14:45
2 Grey Wagtail in brook. John Attfield.

South Fambridge 16:20 to 17:40
29 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Shelduck, 1 Redshank, 8 Moorhen, 70+ Rook (constant movement of birds from the North Fambridge rookery crossing the river and returning), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer (both females), 2 Reed Bunting (pair), 1 Corn Bunting. Davis Selley.

Rochford, Craven Close 18:00
Pheasant seen strutting across neighbour's garden. Richard Goring.

Thursday 16th March 2017south south west, partly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:03 to 11:10
1 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 1 Stonechat, c.15 Wigeon and 5 Gadwall on lagoon, 60+ Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, c.5 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park East 08:35
1 Water Rail, 6+ Goldfinch on tree blossom inside Bowling Green, 1 Grey Wagtail feeding in sluice gate pit. 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley Woods 12:00 to 13:30
2 Green Woodpecker (plus others heard), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 13 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 5 Magpie, 2 Jay, 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove. 7 Grey Squirrel. 5 Comma, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Steve RJ.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:35
2 Little Egret, 16 Carrion Crow, 9 Magpie, 50+ Woodpigeon, 1 Shelduck, 6 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 22 Common Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Blackbird, 14 Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 7 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 3 Stock Dove. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 15th March 2017variable, partly cloudy, max17°c

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 05:20 to 06:00
14 Redwing over north west, Song Thrush calling. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hadleigh Castle Country Park 09:45 to 11:30
2 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, David Chivers.

Southend-on-Sea, Prittle Brook 10:20
2 Grey Wagtail feeding together. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:30 to 11:30
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Jay, Avocet, Curlew, Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit. Mick Roe.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:30
Brimstone in garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Stansted, M11 11:30
4 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite. 1 Brimstone. Mike Sullivan.

Rochford 11:50
3 Buzzard directly overhead in Oxford Road, Rochford. John & June Ford.

Southchurch Park East 13:30
Pair Mute Swan Photo available - click here, 6 Mallard Photo available - click here, Chiffchaff calling. Comma butterfly. Graham Mee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
200+ Wigeon, 50 Shoveler, 42 Teal, 5 Shelduck, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 19 Avocet, 18 Curlew, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female). David Shepherd.

Hullbridge, River Crouch 16:15
1 Kingfisher. David Chivers.

Southchurch Park East 17:15
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 14th March 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:55 to 13:03
c.11 Corn Bunting, 14 Linnet (together), 7 Skylark, 250+ Wigeon, 26 Teal, 5 Lapwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Kestrel, 10 Shelduck, 11 Redshank, 1 Pintail (drake), 70 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Curlew, 2 Pied Wagtail, 90 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Cetti's Warbler (all heard), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 35 Pochard (including 18 drakes), 1 Barnacle Goose (in aerial flock with 10 Canada Geese), 2 House Sparrow (pair), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:55
7 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, 7 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 19 Common Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 60+ Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Starling, 4 Oystercatcher, 30+ Herring Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Lapwing, 5 Skylark. Rob Harris.

Monday 13th March 2017north westerly, clear, max14°c

Hullbridge, Ferry Road 07:00
c.50 Redwing -over Ferry road near Anchor Pub. David Chivers.

Fobbing and Corringham Marshes/Coryton 08:45 to 12:25
3 singing Chiffchaff (1 by Fobbing village and 2 by Manorway), 1 Whimbrel up calling from creek, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 100+ Teal, 2 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler on lagoon, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 5 Cetti's Warbler present over area, a few Corn Bunting singing on inner marshes (1 had yellow fringes to primaries and secondaries. Not known this before), 3 Green Woodpecker over area, 1 Jay near Fobbing village. Richard Fahey.

Little Leighs 09:40
8 Buzzard high over garden. Ben Matz.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 12:00 to 13:30
2 Skylark, 10+ Carrion Crow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Reed Bunting. 1 female Adder, 1 Grass Snake. Steve RJ.

EWT Warley Place 12:30 to 13:50
2 Common Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Blackbird, 3 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow 2 Chaffinch, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Robin. Rob Harris.

Hadleigh Downs 15:00 to 16:00
1 Chiffchaff seen at the bottom of the mountain bike course, another in the country park proper, and several others singing, Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 2 Crow above the bike visitor centre. Peter Bowden.

Foulness Island 15:00 to 16:30
3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Avocet, 23 Shelduck, c.50 Wigeon,, c.30 Greylag Geese, 18 Canada Geese, c.600 Brent Geese, c.50 Chaffinch, 6 Long-tailed Tit, at least 6 Skylark singing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker. Steve Giles.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 18:00
2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail), 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl. Jeff Eliott, John Leggatt, Mark Tregunno.

Hadleigh, Church Road 16:45
1 female Sparrowhawk plucking then eating Starling in our garden, beautiful bird! Ellen Hume.

Sunday 12th March 2017variable, scattered clouds, drizzle, max14°c

Southchurch Park East 08:25
1 Water Rail. 1 Black-headed Gull (Yellow ring on right leg, number 2TPR) badly oiled and looking waterlogged on grass bank, but mobile. 1 Albino Badger feeding in middle of grass bank. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Warley Place 11:00
1 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 17:00
Male Hen Harrier showing well today. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 18:10
1 Barn Owl, 2 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 16 Common Pheasant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Corn Bunting, 70+ Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 7 Moorhen, 14 Herring Gull, 15 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mallard. Rob Harris.

Saturday 11th March 2017easterly, partly cloudy, max14°c

Southchurch Park East 08:25 and 17:10
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh RSPB 08:30 to 11:30
2 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Corn Bunting, 3 Bearded Tit, 5 Barnacle Goose, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Pintail. David Chivers.

Eastwood, Belgrave Road Brook 10:45
2 Grey Wagtail. Singles are quite regular along the brook, but this the first time I've seen a pair together. Les Costin.

Two Tree Island 14:00
5 Avocet, a pair of Teal, lots of Long-tailed Tit. Nicky-Lee.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 15:00 to 15:30
2 Short-eared Owl. One flying and one perched on gate post. My first sighting of this bird. Marion Burch.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:45
2 Grey Heron, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 2 Blackbird, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Starling, 2 Moorhen, 4 Skylark, 3 Mute Swan, 16 Carrion Crow, 12 Common Pheasant, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 15 Mallard, 170+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Friday 10th March 2017southerly, partly cloudy, max14°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:43 to 12:25
300+ Black-tailed Godwit and 30+ Avocet Holehaven Creek, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 80+ Wigeon over area, 40+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, pair of Gadwall around by shrub mound, 60+ Dunlin Holehaven Creek, 2 pairs of Oystercatcher, 10+ Curlew, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, c.6 Cetti's Warbler present, Little Grebe singles Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:17 to 14:26
2 Corn Bunting, 11 Reed Bunting, 3 House Sparrow, 10 Skylark, c.200 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 20 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mediterranean Gull (in summer plumage), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Pied Wagtail, c.75 Avocet, 17 Redshank, c.35 Stock Dove, 3 Gadwall, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cetti's Warbler (3 heard only, 1 showed well singing), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (both males together showing territorial behaviour). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:00 to 13:10
Magpie, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Mute Swan, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, 11 Skylark, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Greylag Goose, Starling, Long-tailed Tit, 80 Avocet, 5 Oystercatcher, Redshank, Teal, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Mallard, Coot, Canada Goose, 20 Lapwing, 30 Shelduck, 15 Shoveler, 40 Wigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Wren, Great Black-backed Gull, Meadow Pipit, Tufted Duck, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Cetti's Warbler (seen and heard), 30 Pochard, Great Tit, Robin, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Blackbird, House Sparrow. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 15:00
3 Little Egret, adult male Marsh Harrier, ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard on prey on field Photo available - click here, 2 Kestrel Photo available - click here, 3 Short-eared Owl (two displaying), 8 Skylark, male and female Reed Bunting. Graham & Kris Mee.

North Fambridge 12:30 to 13:10
7 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 7 House Sparrow, 10 Brent Geese, 2 Wigeon, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 7 Collard Dove, 5 Blackbird, 2 Starling, 30+ Woodpigeon, 40+ Herring Gull, 12 Black-headed Gull, 21 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:30 to 14:30
2 Buzzard circling, 1 female Marsh Harrier close by, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Dunnock. Mick Roe.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 14:00 to 14:20
2 Blue Tit, 9 Collard Dove, 6 Blackbird, 21 Starling, 60+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Carrion Crow, 9 Common Pheasant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:40 to 15:10
1 Blue Tit, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Blackbird, 50+ Starling, 20+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 26+ Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 50+ Coot, 200+ Wigeon, 32 Tufted Duck, 50+ Mallard, 200+ Canada Geese. 4 Moorhen, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Common Pheasant, 40+ Cormorant, 5 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

Thursday 09th March 2017north north west, scattered clouds, max16°c

Victoria Avenue 10:15 to 10:25
1 Coal Tit heard singing amongst conifers in garden, 1 Sparrowhawk high above mobbed by Herring Gulls. Jeff Kinnerman.

Rayleigh 11:45
Comma butterfly in garden. P. Adams.

Hockley 12:45
1 male Brimstone butterfly flying over the flower beds in our garden. George.

Daws Heath Wood 12:55
1 Red Kite,1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Brimstone butterfly. Don Wildish.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 13:00
Male Blackcap still coming to seed feeder every day. Comma and Brimstone butterflies in garden. John Attfield.

Wednesday 08th March 2017westerly, cloud, rain, max14°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 17:00
1 Mute Swan constructing nest, 1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley 09:00 to 09:30
A pair of House Sparrow starting to build a nest in one of the nest boxes on the side of our bungalow. George.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:15
14 Mute Swan (around Canewdon), 205 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier Photo available - click here, 1 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl Photo available - click here, 6 Skylark. Graham & Kris Mee.

Tuesday 07th March 2017north west to south west, partly cloudy, max11°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Canvey Wick 10:30 to 12:30
Buzzard being mobbed by crows, Linnet, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Song Thrush heard singing, Woodpecker heard drumming, 1 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Terry Gleave.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 15:00 to 16:30
50 Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Turnstone, 46 Mute Swan, 6 Mallard, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Dunnock (singing), 7 Blackbird, 9 Robin (many singing), 10+ Collared Dove, 15+ Woodpigeon. 5 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

North Shoebury 16:30
Male Sparrowhawk disturbed (by me) while feeding on fresh kill in back garden (large pigeon). The bird did not return to carcass before dusk - (my cat decided to go and guard the pile of feathers for 90 minutes). 8:30 am following day - Male Sparrowhawk feeding on carcass. Lack of distinctive head markings and much darker rufus colouration on chest indicate this was not one of the two males that regularly visit our garden. Jackie & Mike Bliss.

Hullbridge, Garden
Blackbird collecting nesting material, Blue Tits looking at bird box, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 20+ House Sparrow, 15 Starling, 12 Collared Dove, 4 Woodpigeon. 2 Grey Squirrel. Comma (first butterfly of the year), Frog Spawn in pond. Name: Steve RJ

Monday 06th March 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max11°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:20 to 12:20
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 30+ Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, a few Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present (at Manorway Fleet and other side of creek), pair of Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Shoebury Park 09:40 to 10:25
Woodpigeon, Black-headed Gull, Magpie, Goldfinch, Carrion Crow, Mallard, Robin, Moorhen, Blackbird, Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Song Thrush, Coot, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose (pair), Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw. M. Hill.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 09:50 to 10:00
1 Buzzard circling over garden and being harassed by noisy gulls. David Selley.

Shoeburyness, Friars Park 10:32 to 11:25
Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Dunnock, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Magpie, House Sparrow, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Pheasant Jay, Carrion Crow, M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Basildon 11:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk over garden. The hawk was calling and Mobbing the Buzzard. David Shepherd.

Leigh on Sea, Stonehill Road 11:05 to 11:15
1 Red Kite being mobbed by Gulls and a Crow. Laurie Greenwood.

Barling Magna, Millennium Park NR 11:30 to 12:25
Carrion Crow, Robin, Starling, Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Magpie, Long-tailed Tit, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Mute Swan, Brent Goose, Song Thrush, Herring Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Great Wakering 12:15
6 Buzzard soaring above in quite close proximity. Brett Andrews.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:50
1 Barn Owl, 1 Kestrel, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Mallard, 7 Shelduck, 8 Carrion Crow, 7 Redshank, 60+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Lapwing, 60+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Magpie, 2 Little Egret. Rob Harris.

EWT Ingrebourne Valley 13:15 to 15:15
Kestrel, Jay, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Brambling, Reed Bunting Photo available - click here around feeders. Graham & Kris Mee, Steve Sanford.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
Saline lagoon only: 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 5 Curlew,1 Grey P!over, 10+ Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

Southchurch Park East 17:00
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Sunday 05th March 2017southerly, cloud, rain, max12°c

EWT Blue House Farm 06:30 to 10:00
30+ Avocet (first hide), 3+ Snipe, 20+ Canada Geese, 15+ Barnacle Geese, 10+ Greylag Geese, 8+ Shoveler (pairs), 5+ Teal, 8+ Shelduck, 50+ Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 100+ Golden Plover, 10+ Coot, 20+ Mallard, 10+ Pintail (pairs), 50+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3+ Carrion Crow. Jamie and Clare.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 07:39
Peregrine over garden. Graham Mee.

Southchurch Park East 08:30
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 13:30
1 Coal Tit, 1 Buzzard, 4 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck. 1 Muntjac. Mick Roe.

Southchurch Park East 12:45 and 17:00
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 04th March 2017south westerly, cloud, rain, max11°c

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 11:30
1male Bullfinch in central woods, 2 Marsh Harrier, Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Teal, Barn Owl in box. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:00 to 17:00
Male and female Marsh Harrier, male and ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Twite. 6 Brown Hare. Andrew Gouldstone.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:45 to 15:30
120+ Wigeon, 40 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male). David Shepherd.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 14:20 to 15:18
5 Common Scoter flying north, 1000+ Avocet, 2000+ Dunlin, 10+ Grey Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, a few Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew, a few Teal, 5 Tufted Duck and 1 Pochard on moat, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

A130 Rettendon Turnpike 15:00 to 15:05
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Wakering Stairs 15:00 to 16:30
Wader roost area: 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Shelduck, 16 Cormorant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher (amazingly for here in early March only 1 pair were present), 147 Grey Plover, 5890 Knot, c.900 Dunlin, 144 Bar-tailed Godwit, 223 Curlew, 29 Redshank, 22 Turnstone, 2 Kittiwake flying up-river. David Selley.

North Fambridge 15:15 to 15:50
1 Kingfisher, 2 Teal Photo available - click here, 7 Mallard, 6 Wigeon Photo available - click here, 25 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 60+ Lapwing, 8 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 1 Oystercatcher Photo available - click here, 19 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Friday 03rd March 2017south south east, partly cloudy, max11°c

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.

Vange 12:00
2 Greenfinch in garden. Mick Roe.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:55 to 16:00
1 Barnacle Goose with flock of Greylag and single Canada Goose between seawall and track (as I came closer, it flew off with 5 Greylag, landing near shrub mound. I think this is one of the recent Bowers Marsh birds which I assume were wild birds), 1 Kingfisher, c.45 Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 3 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Marsh Harrier singles, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler present Coryton, Little Grebe present Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

North Fambridge 13:15 to 14:15
2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 17 Black-headed Gull, 2 Shelduck, 19 Wigeon, 1 Ruff, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 18 Woodpigeon, 4 Collard Dove. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 14:15 to 15:15
Ringtail Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, also among others in garden today: male Blackcap, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Steve Giles.

Leigh-on-Sea, Belton Way West 15:43 to 15:47
1 Song Thrush, heard only. Martin Johnson.

Thursday 02nd March 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max12°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 08:35 to 12:30
4 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 400 Wigeon (circa), 6 Gadwall (3 pairs), 9 Teal, 7 Pochard (5 drakes,2 females), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (in summer plumage), 8 Stock Dove, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only). 1 Weasel (by first hide). Jeff Kinnerman.

EWT Warley Place 13:10: to 16:00
1 Wren, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kestrel, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 6 Great Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Blue Tit. Jim & Tricia.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:45
2 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat Photo available - click here, 1 Robin Photo available - click here, 1 Blackbird, 3 Twite, 3 Reed Bunting, 16 Common Pheasant, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 17 Herring Gull, 60+ Lapwing, 70+ Brent Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Skylark, 5 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 200+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 01st March 2017south westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c

North Shoebury 08:00
Male Sparrowhawk on usual perch in our garden for around 30 minutes. A few minutes off to hunt, then back with a male sparrow and onto the regular eating spot - the roof of the bird table. Jackie & Mike Bliss.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:10 to 13:40
Goldfinch, 16 Corn Bunting (together), 5 Skylark, 11 Linnet, c.300 Wigeon, 2 Pintail (pair), 19 Teal, Shoveler, c.85 Lapwing, c.40 Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipit, 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat (pair), Tufted Duck, 6 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine Falcon (hunting together), 13 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Marsh Harrier (mobbed by single Carrion Crow), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 29 Pochard (12 drakes, 17 females), 5 Little Grebe, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Gadwall (pair), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cormorant, 1 Jay, c.35 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel (female), 5 Redwing. Jeff Kinnerman.

Thundersley Common 13:50
1 Muntjac Deer. Steve Simmons.

Great Wakering Seawall 14:00 to 15:30
300 Brent Geese overflying. 1 Little Egret. 25 Pochard. 3 Shelduck. Brian Coveney.

Southchurch Park East 17:15
1 Water Rail. Robert Dobinson.



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