South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit your own sightings. I can also be contacted on the following telephone numbers: Home (01702) 525152 or Mobile: 07805 418751. If you happen to see a real rarity I would appreciate a text to my mobile number so that the news can be put out as quickly as possible.

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Friday 05th February 2016Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Basildon, Lee Chapel North, 08:00
6 Siskin, 1 Blackcap. Vince Briggs.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 12:30
1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Marsh Harrier, Dartford Warbler reported as showing well near Ken Barrett hide. Andrew Gouldstone.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park
1 Water rail emerging from reeds for food and on open water in clear view for 10 minutes, Southchurch East Pk. 2 Mute Swan flying full length of pond east to west, always a sight/sound that always takes my breath away, 12.45am, Southchurch Pk. Red Fox hoovering up peanuts under bird feeder in back garden Kensington Rd. Robert Dobinson.

Thursday 04th February 2016westerly, mostly cloudy, max13°c

Thorpe Bay
Please look out for a male Sparrowhawk in the Thorpe Bay area with garden netting caught round it’s legs. It flew off from the garden before we could get to it and I am afraid that it could become entangled in a tree somewhere. David Davis.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 09:00 and 12:45
1 Moorhen sitting on nest in SW corner of island, built overnight, exactly same timing and position as last year when the chicks got predated by two Great Black-Backed Gulls as no green cover on island when hatched. So fingers crossed for better this time. 1 Water Rail coming out of reeds onto open water to feed in the usual Bloomfield bench area. Robert Dobinson.

Daws Heath, Pound Wood 14:30 to 16:30
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 female Kestrel. 4 Red Fox. Mike Sagrott.

Wednesday 03rd February 2016westerly, partly cloudy, max8°c

Leigh On Sea, Ronald Hill Grove 07:45
11 Jackdaw (single flock on rooftop). Jeff Kinnerman.

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 07:50 to 08:05
2 Song Thrush singing, 1 Jay, 1 male Bullfinch flew from hedgerow just in front of me, never seen one here before. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:20 to 10:20
Male Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl. Neil.

Shoebury East Beach 09:30 to 09:45
141 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. John Vanderloo.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:30 to 11:02
2 House Sparrow, 14 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 male Chaffinch, 2 Siskin (pair), 4 Lesser Redpoll (1 male, 3 female). 1 Fox. Kris Mee, Web Author.

EWT Blue House Farm 10:00 to 14:00
5 Marsh Harrier (M+F up at same time), 75+ Barnacle Geese, 60+ Greylag Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, 4 Grey Heron, 1 male Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 6 Collared Dove, 20+ Starling, 20+ Teal, 12 Pintail, 2 Ruff, 50+ Lapwing, 25+ Golden Plover, 4 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 20+ Mallard, 15+ Carrion Crow, 1 Wren, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Little Egret. Steve RJ.

Danbury Lakes 12:00 to 13:00
4 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 20+ Mallard, 10 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 2 Tufted Duck, Goosander, 2 Goldcrest, Jay. Thomas Sewell.

Farmland Near Mountnessing Hall 14:00
1 Grey Wagtail. Denis Warren.

Daws Heath, Pound Wood 15:00 to 17:00
1 Common Buzzard. 3 Red Fox. Mike Sagrott.

Tuesday 02nd February 2016westerly, partly cloudy, max11°c

Hullbridge, Keswick Avenue 07:39 to 07:43
1 Barn Owl flying very low over fields. Colin Knight.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:45 and 09:00
2 Mute Swan already building a roughed out twiggy nest and male sitting on bowled out area, only two days after moving on last cygnet. 1 Water Rail picking food just inside reedbed in the usual area. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 12:00 to 12:05
3 Robin all fighting each other! 1 female Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll Photo available - click here on sunflower hearts feeder in garden. Web Author.

Woodham (Crow Lane) 12:00 to 12:15
300+ Carrion Crow Photo available - click here, 50+ Woodpigeon, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Blackbird, 5 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 12:00 to 12:30
1 Kingfisher showing well in bright sunlight, 2 Green Woodpecker. Brett Andrews.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:40 to 14:45
150+ Teal, 1000+ Lapwing (most flying on other side of creek), 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Little Egret, 40+ Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Abberton Reservoir 13:15 to 14:30
40+ Starling, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 400+ Black-headed Gull, 250+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Teal, 33 Coot, 100+ Cormorant, 150+ Shoveler, 9 Grey Heron, 160+ Wigeon, 40+ Mute Swan, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Swan Goose, 2 Little Egret, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slovenian Grebe Photo available - click here, 1 Kestrel, 250+ Canada Geese, 150+ Mallard, 200+ Herring Gull, 100+ Carrion Crow, 16 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 9 Moorhen, 300+ Pochard, 40+ Lapwing, 3 Blue Tit, 200+ Greylag Geese, 5 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 7 Pied Wagtail, 150+ Woodpigeon, 3 Chaffinch. Rob Harris.

Ashingdon, TQ 867934 14:00
1 adult Marsh Harrier seen circling in an anti clockwise motion, looking for food. Jay.

Hadleigh Country Park 15:00 to 16:00
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 25 Golden Plover over on Two Tree Island. 1 Rabbit. Mike Sagrott.

Monday 01st February 2016south westerly, mostly cloudy, max14°c

North Shoebury 07:00 to 10:00
Juvenile Sparrowhawk - over the last month, this bird has become an increasingly regular visitor to our back garden. Now seen most days perched in a shrub next to a bird feeder (15 yards from house). It has stayed for over two hours at a time. Jackie & Mike Bliss.

Southchurch Park East 08:45
1 Water Rail dashing through the reedbed to pickup some food and back to the NW point, usual Bloomfield bench area. Robert Dobinson.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 13:00
6 Magpie, 5 Robin, 5 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Lapwing, 30+ Teal, 10+ Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Barn Owl (in nest box). Steve R J.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:00 to 14:45
8 Magpie, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 30+ Fieldfare, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 6 Mallard. Steve R J.(

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:30 to 16:30
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 150+ Starling, 4 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 3 Magpie, 1 Common Pheasant, 15 Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 5 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 100+ Lapwing. Rob Harris.

Disclaimers: Some of our sightings are reported by a single observer (who may or may not be known to us) and will not always have been corroborated. In all cases the observers name will accompany the report. We cannot always check the sightings directly and we have to rely on the experience of the observer. The Web Author retains the right not to publish some reports until further evidence has been submitted. In the case of major rarities the observer may be asked to submit a description to the county recorders.

Please note that this is just a local group website and it is just myself that keeps it updated. Although I would dearly love to add your sightings as they arrive, I am afraid that I work full time, this means that our sightings page can only get updated in the evenings or when I am on holiday. I have considered allowing a feedback form that writes straight to the page but have rejected this because we do get quite a number of spurious reports and I feel that this would only encourage this. I hope that you understand as our visitor reports are very much appreciated and read by a lot of people. Web Author.

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