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August 2019

Friday 16th August 2019Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

River Roach Seal Trip 10:00 to 13:00
12 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper on Potton, 8 Common Tern, 100+ Swallow (constant passage south during the duration of the trip), Shelduck family (see photos on Facebook page). 35 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
2 Grey Heron, 200+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 150+ Mallard, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Coot, 47 Mute Swan, 150+ Swallow/House Martin, 47 Cormorant, 43 Lapwing, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpiper, Bearded Tit, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier, 40+ Goldfinch, Swift, 20+ Avocet, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 10+ Swallow, Red-legged Partridge. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 15th August 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:09 to 10:13
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swift, 50+ Swallow, 5 House Martin, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew, 100+ Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trips 10:00 to 15:00
10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck (pair with 11 young), 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 100+ Redshank, 14 Common Tern. 47 Common Seal in Shelford Creek. Graham Mee.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:45
2 female Scaup + 4 duckling, 1 Swan Goose, numerous Coot, Tufted Duck and Mute Swan, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe. Marion Burch.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
50+ Canada Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 9 Lapwing, 100+ Pochard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Mallard, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 56 Mute Swan, 350+ Coot, 3 Carrion Crow, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 41 Cormorant, 42 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 14th August 2019south south west, showers, max15°c

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:30 to 11:55
46 Lapwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Swallow/House Martin, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Carrion Crow, 250+ Coot, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 160+ Mallard, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 2 Scaup (5 Duckling). Robert Harris.

Tuesday 13th August 2019westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 08:30 to 09:30
2 Wood Sandpiper from the roadside hide. David Davies.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:43 to 11:15
1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler [1 juvenile], 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Swallow, c.10 House Martin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Linnet, 3 Cormorant. 1 Weasel. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 10:00
Good numbers of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit in garden these past few weeks. 12 Long-tailed Tit on fatballs today. John Attfield.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:30 to 13:30
150 Canada Goose, 30 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, 6 Pochard (2FF + 4Y), 15 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 50 Swallow (minimum), 100 Yellow Wagtail (minimum), 2 Wheatear. 20 Large White, 10 Small White, 50 White spp., 3 Clouded Yellow, 50 Common Blue, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 10 Painted Lady, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath. 1M Migrant Hawker. Mike Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 11:35 to 11:55
400+ Coot, 2 reported Scaup, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 52 Mute Swan, 1 Swan Goose, 45 Cormorant, 38 Black-headed Gull, 16 Herring Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 7 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Southchurch Park East 14:20 to 14:25
Male Mute Swan viciously attacked and killed by waters edge by medium/large brindle dog let off lead by owner. The Swan was very well liked and had a friendly nature. His mate was killed last year in Shoebury Park at about the same time of the year also by a dog. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 16:00 to 17:00
6 Mute Swan, 5 Little Egret, 34 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 8 Coot, 5 Lapwing, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Carrion Crow, 70 Goldfinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Swallow, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant. Denis Warren.

Hockley 17:10
1 Coal Tit on garden feeder. Tim Davis.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:40 to 18:00
2 Pied Wagtail, 23 Lapwing, 37 Mute Swan, 1 Carrion Crow, 6 Woodpigeon, 3 reported Scaup (1 drake, 2 female, 9 duckling), 32 Cormorant, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.

Monday 12th August 2019variable, rain showers, max17°c

Hullbridge 12:30
1 large female Sparrowhawk devouring Woodpigeon in garden. Steve Jellett.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:30 to 14:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Reed Warbler. Mick Roe.

Sunday 11th August 2019south south west, windy, partly cloudy, max23°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:05 to 11:19
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.9 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Gadwall [Manorway Fleet], 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 1 Stock Dove, 10+ Linnet. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Canvey, Tewkes Creek 09:30
c.60 Grey Plover in summer plumage, 3 Knot in summer plumage. David Davies.

EWT Thurrock Thameside Nature Park 09:35 to 13:15
House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Greenfinch, Redshank, Great Tit, Curlew, Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, Yellowhammer [m/f], Wren, Goldfinch, Jackdaw. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:20 to 12:40
2 Scaup (females, only 4 duckling now) 200+ Coot, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 160+ Mallard, 14 Mute Swan, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 84 Lapwing, 40+ Cormorant, 5 Gadwall, 30+ House Martin, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail. Robert Harris.

Saturday 10th August 2019south westerly, gale, partly cloudy, max22°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
4 white Mallard dusks on water SW corner of lake. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley 13:50
1 Sparrowhawk (male) in garden. Tim Davis.

Friday 09th August 2019south south west, partly cloudy, max26°c

Abberton Reservoir 13:45 to 14:30
23 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Cattle Egret (breeding plumage), 100+ Mute Swan, 400+ Pochard, 400+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Mallard, 50+ House Martin, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 50+ Lapwing, 40+ Egyptian Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 300+ Black-headed Gull. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:50 to 16:10
15 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Scaup (5 Duckling), 400+ Coot, 200+ Mallard, 300+ Tufted Duck, 300+ Pochard, 5 Red Crested Pochard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 37 Lapwing, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 45 Cormorant, 47 Mute Swan, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Kestrel chasing a Goldfinch (unsuccessful), 50+ Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 5 Cormorant, Lapwing, 40+ Black-tailed Godwit, Pied Wagtail, 7 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Avocet, Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, Skylark. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 08th August 2019mainly west south west, partly cloudy, max22°c

Daws Heath Garden 04:00 to 15:00
1 or 2 Tawny Owl calling at dawn and dusk. 1 Painted Lady on Verbena, 1 female Emperor Dragonfly circled my pond, then picked off and eaten in flight by Woodpigeon! Mike Sagrott.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 10:30
12 Red Crested Pochard, 250+ Pochard, 300+ Tufted Duck, 120+ Mallard, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 18 Lapwing, 300+ Coot, 4 Carrion Crow, 23 Woodpigeon, 34 Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 07th August 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:40 to 14:15
5 Little Egret, 400+ Starling, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Pheasant, 50+ Woodpigeon, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Moorhen, 7 Greylag Geese, 18 Black-headed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 6 House Martin. Robert Harris.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
80 Canada Geese, 32 Greylag Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 8 Coot + 2 chicks, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Skylark, 9 Goldfinch, 3 Whitethroat, huge flock of Starling performing over Canvey. Denis Warren.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 16:05
15 Swift. David Selley.

Tuesday 06th August 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max24°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:27 to 11:00
2 Whimbrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, c.10 House Martin, 1 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 5 Little Grebe [3 chicks Manorway Fleet], 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Feral Pigeon, 2 Swallow, 12 Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch, 3 Kestrel. 1 Painted Lady. Richard Fahey.

Eastwood, Aviation Way 08:40
1 Kingfisher. Mel Lengden.

Abberton Reservoir 14:00 to 14:30
200+ Pochard, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Tufted Duck, 23 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Cattle Egret, 40+ Mute Swan, 100+ Mallard, 42 Lapwing. Robert Harris.

Monday 05th August 2019south westerly, partly cloudy, max24°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Avocet, 20+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Heron. RSPB South Essex Team.

Woodham Edwin Hall Lane/Crow Lane 20:30 to 20.45
1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 40+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 04th August 2019south easterly, mostly cloudy, max25°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 11:00
2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper [Coryton], 4 Whimbrel, c.20 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ House Martin, 4 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 3 Swallow, 1 Little Grebe [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Feral Pigeon, c.8 Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:00 to 16:00
8 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female flew from Wallasea to Foulness), 34 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. 33 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Foulness 14:45 to 15:45
1 Sandwich Tern heading flock of gulls along the shoreline northwards. Denis Warren.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 17:15
8 Mallard ducklings (2 days old) with mum on water, 1 Coot chick hatched. Robert Dobinson.

Saturday 03rd August 2019variable, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Rochford 15:50 to 16:35
17 House Martin - 4 active nests seen. David Selley.

Friday 02nd August 2019north north east, partly cloudy, max25°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:35 to 11:15
1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail, c.5 House Martin, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler [present Manorway Fleet], 1 Swallow, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip 12:00 to 15:00
8 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (on Potton), 3 Buzzard (together circling over Wallasea), 33 Redshank, 300+ Herring Gull, 6 Common Tern. 42 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Billericay Garden 13:00 to 13:15
5 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral & 1 Painted Lady butterflies all on a Buddleia at the same time today. Chris Henry.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh
Curlew Sandpiper west of the reservoir. RSPB South Essex Team.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Goldfinch, Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, Skylark, 5 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, 3 Cormorant, Avocet, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, Swallow, Shelduck, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Green Woodpecker. RSPB South Essex Team.

Thursday 01st August 2019north westerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

River Roach Seal Trips 10:00 to 15:30
25 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Curlew, 14 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. 41 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

Hockley, Woodlands Road 17:05
1 Sparrowhawk (female) flew across road and perched on bungalow rooftop. Tim Davis.

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