South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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September

Monday 26th September 2016Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:05 to 15:30
1 Snipe up from fleet, 1 Common Sandpiper on creek, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow going south west, 100+ Teal, 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, c.5 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. 1 Speckled Wood. Richard Fahey.

Sunday 25th September 2016west south west, scattered clouds, max21°c

Hadleigh Hills
In trees East from Benfleet Station: 50+ Little Egret roosting in a group amongst trees denuded of foliage probably by guano over the summer. Clearly boomed in numbers this year. Gordon McCain.

Saturday 24th September 2016west south west, partly cloudy, max21°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 07:00
1 Kingfisher by Anchor Pub. David Chivers.

Two Tree Island 08:30 to 10:00
2 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 150+ Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 15 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Corn Bunting, 5 Linnet, 1 Kestrel. Chris Wakeling.

Southend, Willingale Way 08:55
1 Grey Wagtail. John Pitts.

Hockley, Garden 09:30 to 10:00
Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 2 Collard Dove, 2 male Blackbird, 7 Goldfinch, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Woodpigeon, juvenile Robin, Wren, 9 Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock. Red Admiral, Small White, Large Copper feeding on ivy blossom. George Kempen.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 13:00
5 Black-tailed Godwit, 250+ Coot, 23 Mute Swan, 45 Lapwing, 11 Pied Wagtail, 200+ Cormorant, 12 Moorhen, 200+ Pochard, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Greater Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 15 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 12 Shoveler, 40+ Teal, 40+ Gadwall, 7 Wigeon, 1 Snipe, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Temminck's Stint, 4 Ruff, 14 Grey Heron, 200 Canada Geese, 200 Greylag Geese, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 12 Starling, 3 Chaffinch. Rob Harris.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 12:45
2 Mute Swan flew over S. Park and did one very low 10ft circuit of cricket field, you could see they were running put of steam. Cob landed in Basketball court, Pen on Manor football pitch. Picked up cob and put him with pen then chased them to take off on pitch length. No doing today. So picked up pen took to S.E Pk, missed cob he took off and landed on lake, resident 10 Mutes not having that. Rescued cob from sluice gate wall and took too S.East Pk. What a pair, they do this once every year, as they get their wings again, 1 Yellow Wagtail around sluice gate area, 8.15am, Southchurch Pk. Robert Dobinson.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park & River Crouch 14:00 to 16:00
6 Little Egret, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Redshank, c.60 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Collared Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 2 Robin. 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper, 5 Common Darter, 3 Migrant Hawker. Attended reptile survey along river wall. 50 mats placed out last week for flood defence repairs. 6 juvenile Common Lizard and a dead juvenile Slowworm seen. Steve RJ.

Friday 23rd September 2016south south west, clear, max20°c

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 07:50 and 08:15
8 Mute Swan cygnets flew east to west the length of ponds, one pulled up at footbridge, two landed in Kensington Road and got walked back into park (one seems to have got a slight knock), one did a full aerial circuit of the park then landed safely back with the others, 2 Teal asleep at the edge of reedbed opposite the Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:10 to 11:45
1 Hobby, 1 Chiffchaff present, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 2 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall and 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 110+ Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, c.6 Cetti's Warbler singing across area, 30+ Stock Dove Coryton, 30+ Linnet. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 12:00
1 Temminck's Stint, 1 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 1 Black Swan. John Wilson.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:30 to 14:50
3 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 250+ Coot, 30+ Mute Swan, 40+ Lapwing, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 200+ Cormorant, 15 Moorhen, 200+ Pochard, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Greater Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 25+ Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Shoveler, 45 Gadwall, 60+ Teal, 300+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 6 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon. 2 Muntjac Deer. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 16:00 to 16:30
2 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, c.25 Mute Swan, c.30 Lapwing. Hummingbird Hawk Moth in garden. Steve Giles.

Thursday 22nd September 2016south westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Priory Park 06:20 to 12:30
1 Common Pipistrelle (flew low around work yard), 7 Little Egret (flew over together north). 1 Speckled Wood. Jeff Kinnerman.

RHS Hyde Hall Garden 11:30 to 15:15
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Sand Martin, 300+ Swallow - continuous westward movement over 3 hours, 16 House Martin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, 5 Mistle Thrush together, Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting. Red Admiral, Comma and 1 Painted Lady butterflies. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:00
1 Common Buzzard low over scrape mobbed by a few gulls. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:00 to 13:45
5 Black-tailed Godwit, 250+ Coot, 17 Mute Swan, 40+ Lapwing, 12 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Cormorant, 15 Moorhen, 200+ Pochard, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Greater Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Shoveler, 42 Gadwall, 30+ Teal, 250+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

North Fambridge 15:15 to 15:50
2 Magpie, 60+ Carrion Crow, 80+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kestrel, 5 Mallard. 3 Lapwing, 1 Blue Tit, 30+ Goldfinch, 25 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane 16:00 to 16:10
6 Moorhen, 15 Common Pheasant, 60+ Red-legged Partridge, 2 Magpie, 50+ Carrion Crow, 80+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Wyatts Drive 22:12
A number of geese were heard flying over while walking dog. Both flight sounds and honking were heard but nothing seen. Alec Beanse.

Wednesday 21st September 2016south easterly, partly cloudy, max22°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 07:30 to 11:48
3 Little Egret, 6 Snipe, Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Pied Wagtail, 80+ Lapwing, 60+ Teal, 60+ Wigeon, Shoveler, 40+ Goldfinch (single flock), 2 Grey Heron, 10 Mute Swan (2 adults/8 juveniles), 4 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Bearded Tit (single flock), c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Meadow Pipit (flew through), 1 Kingfisher, c.50 Greylag Goose (single flock), 2 Greenfinch, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel (female hovering), 1 Chiffchaff, 3Ruff. 1 Adder (female), 2 Blue Emperor, 4 Clouded Yellow. Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:18 to 11:40
1 Little Owl flushed from tree by barn and horse paddock, 1 Wheatear, c.3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper flew to ditch west of track, 100+ Teal, 3 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing over area, c.8 Meadow Pipit. 2 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Pound Wood 10:00 to 12:30
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby. Mike Sagrott.

Colchester, Hythe Lagoon, 11:00 to 11:45
1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 10 Snipe. John Wilson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:30 to 13:30
3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 10+ Snipe, 1 Water Rail. Mick Roe.

Seafront/Ocean Beach 13:00
6 Grey Heron on the waterline as the tide came in, watched for 30 minutes they moved inshore until the tide reached the paddling pool then they took off in pairs, it was wonderful to watch them. Jill Parsons.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:15 to 14:50
5 Black-tailed Godwit, 250+ Coot, 17 Mute Swan, 33 Lapwing, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 100+ Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 200+ Pochard, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Greater Black-backed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 150+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 24 Shoveler, 40+ Gadwall, 70 Canada Geese, 50 Greylag Geese, 30+ Teal, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Two Tree Island East 14:50 to 16:30
c.100 Brent Goose, c.500 Wigeon rafting on high tide to ESE and SE of saltings and much disturbed and driven away to S by leisure boating. Martin Johnson.

Hullbridge 18:50
1 female Sparrowhawk feeding on Collared Dove on the ground of the Pooles Lane car park. David Chivers.

Tuesday 20th September 2016north westerly, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Woodham, Edwin Hall Lane 14:00 to 14:05
11 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:30 to 17:00
10 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Coot, 20+ Mute Swan, 3 Lapwing, 40+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 80+ Cormorant, 8 Moorhen, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Greater Black-backed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 150+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 9 Carrion Crow, 14 Shoveler, 40+ Gadwall, 45 Canada Geese, 26 Greylag Geese, 30+ Teal, 5 Magpie Photo available in our wildlife gallery - click here, 30+ Woodpigeon, Temminck's Stint, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 17:15 to 18:00
Common Buzzard, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, c.20 Little Egret. Steve Giles.

Monday 19th September 2016north westerly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Daws Heath 09:00 to 12:00
1 Grey Heron in garden checking out my pond, chased off by 2 Crows, 2 Common Buzzard over Pound Wood both pursued by Crows. Mike Sagrott.

River Blackwater 10:30 to 12:30
c.400 Oystercatcher, 4 Turnstone, 29 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 8 Shelduck, 17 Cormorant, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Swallow, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kestrel. Denis Warren<./p>

Canvey Wick 13:15 to 14:00
1 Spotted Flycatcher showing really well by asphalt circles left of main entrance, 1 Kestrel, 30 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Mick Roe.

Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 14:45
7 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 30+ Mute Swan, 4 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Gadwall, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Greater Black-backed Gull, 00+ Herring Gull, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 6 Carrion Crow, 9 Shoveler, 30+ Lapwing, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 45 Canada Geese, 26 Greylag Geese, 1 Black Swan, 30+ Teal, 2 Magpie, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Rochford Hospital 15:20 to 15:40
85 House Martin over in 20 minutes in steady westward passage. David Selley.

Two Tree Island West 15:30 to 16:00
2 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Dunlin, 50+ Ringed Plover, 30+ Golden Plover, 50+ Grey Plover, 100+ Redshank, 13 Avocet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit. Richard Shepherd.

Sunday 18th September 2016north westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

Wakering Stairs 07:30
Wood Pigeon, Robin, Blue Tit, 1 Wheatear, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, Rook, Carrion Crow, 4 Rock Pipit, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Dunnock, Starling, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Pheasant, 15 Brent Geese (inbound flying towards Foulness), 6 Swallow, Kestrel, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Robin, 11 Swallow, Collared Dove, Stock Dove. Noel Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:35 to 11:10
1 Spotted Redshank on creek (later flew north), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, a few Yellow Wagtail, 1 Swallow, c.3 House Martin, 1 Kingfisher, 20+ Teal, 4 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, c.6 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, c.8 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Little Grebe Manorway Fleet. 1 Red Admiral. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 09:10 to 10:30
12 Gannet, 7 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 30 Grey Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 10 Brent Geese, 40+ Little Egret, 200+ Wigeon, 10 Teal, 22 Bar tailed Godwit, 200+ Oystercatcher, 25 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern. 13 Common Seal. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 16:45
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Black Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Egyptian Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Temminck's Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Robin, Blue Tit, Magpie, Starling, Chaffinch. Also seen today from the Dragonfly pool: Migrant Hawkers, Southern Hawkers and 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly. Kevin Taylor.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 10:20 to 12:30
Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Jay, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Great Black-backed Gull, Swallow, Lapwing, Moorhen, Common Gull, Great Tit, Dunnock, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Redpoll, House Martin, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Blackbird, Wren, Robin, House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, Jackdaw, Reed Bunting. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Wakering Stairs (WeBS Count) 11:25 to 14:40
153 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Shelduck, 21 Wigeon, 14 Pintail, 44 Common Scoter, 3 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 101 Oystercatcher, 59 Ringed Plover, 222 Grey Plover, 20 Knot, 45 Dunlin, 108 Bar-tailed Godwit, 240 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 596 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 77 Common Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 248 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 11 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting. 1 Common Seal. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:30 to 13:50
2 Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 30+ Mute Swan, 8 Pied Wagtail, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 30+ Gadwall, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 12 Carrion Crow, 14 Shoveler, 16 Lapwing, 40+ Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 3 Greater Black Backed Gull. Rob Harris.

Daws Heath 14:30
Willow Warbler, Treecreeper and numerous Goldcrest around the garden. Neil Latham.

Galleywood Road 14:30 to 14:35
10+ Guinea Fowl just off the A12 on green. Rob Harris.

Saturday 17th September 2016north north westerly, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:00 & 14:00 to 15:00
15 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 14 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 4 Brent Geese, 50 Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 300+ Oystercatcher, 50+ Redshank, 20+ Curlew, 4 Dunlin, 10 Little Egret, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 8 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 40+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin. Terry Blackwell.

Epping 13:30
1 Red Kite East of M25, near M11 junction. Paul Adams.

RHS Hyde Hall 13:45
Leveret in vegetable garden. Obviously couldn't see the sign "Don't eat our crops". Norman Oliver.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:40
Red-crested Pochard on scrape. Mick Roe.

Friday 16th September 2016north westerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:05 to 11:30
1 Snipe, 2 Wheatear singles, c.7 Yellow Wagtail, 25+ Swallow moving east and north, 1 Common Whitethroat, Whimbrel and Green Sandpiper heard, 1 Wigeon on creek, 40+ Teal, 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Lapwing, c.7 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe Manorway fleet, c.8 Meadow Pipit moving west. Richard Fahey.

Thorpe Bay Beach 09:30 to 10:00
Large number of Turnstone, few Sanderling (some in summer plumage). 1 Stoat running under beach huts! Richard Mander.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:40 to 11:50
60 Swallow in 10 minutes all going southwest. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:00 to 16:30
Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 30+ Mute Swan, 8 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Gadwall, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 2 Moorhen, 14 Carrion Crow, 14 Shoveler, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 250+ Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 1 Black Swan, 20 Teal, 3 Magpie, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Thursday 15th September 2016east, clear, max27°c

Steeple and River Blackwater 10:00 to 14:00
2 Mute Swan, 36 Little Egret, 4 Redshank, 6 Curlew, 22 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, 200 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Shelduck, 150 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Swallow, 64 Carrion Crow, flock of about 100 Rook, 7 Common Buzzard with prey Photo available in our wildlife gallery - click here, 2 Kestrel, 13 Collared Dove, 6 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 76 House Sparrow, 150 Starling, 2 Wheatear Photo available in our wildlife gallery - click here. 1 Stoat. Denis Warren.

St Thomas More Playing Field 11:30
2 Buzzard gliding north east towards Southend Airport. S. Whitaker.

Leigh on Sea, Treecot Drive 12:00
Jackdaw flying over calling. S. Whitaker.

Wednesday 14th September 2016south south east, clear, max27°c

Brent Goose 
Our Brent Geese are coming back!

EWT Blue house Farm 07:00 to 13:30
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 5 Ruff, 6 Greenshank, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Ringed Plover. Dave Blackwell.

Canvey Point 08:30 to 09:15
12 Brent Geese, 10 Little Egret, 5 Teal, 5 Cormorant, 35 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 40 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 20 Curlew, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 250+ Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard. Terry Blackwell.

North Essex, Broxted 14:45
Common Buzzard Photo available in our wildlife gallery - click here. Graham Mee.

Tuesday 13th September 2016easterly, clear, max30°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 00:30
4-5 Tawny Owls calling. Robin Peppiatt.

EWT Blue House Farm 09:30 to 15:30
Blackbird, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Ruff, Lapwing, Buzzard, Teal, Grey Heron, Swallow, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Hobby, Starling, Little Stint, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Snipe, Woodpigeon, Rook, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Collared Dove. Kevin Taylor.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00 to 13:00
3 Hobby, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher. Steve Wall.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 14:05 to 16:30
1 very dark Marsh Harrier, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull on creek (among Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Swallow, 40+ Teal, 20+ Lapwing, a few Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Little Grebe Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

North Fambridge 15:00 to 15:40
5 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 6 House Sparrow, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Starling, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Collared Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Crow Lane/ Edwin Hall Lane 15:50 to 16:00
90+ Red-legged Partridge, 20+ Common Pheasant, 2 Blackbird, 40+ Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:20 to 17:00
300+ Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 30+ Mute Swan, 12 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 15 Gadwall, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 5 Moorhen, 14 Carrion Crow, 11 Shoveler, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Canada Geese, 4 Egyptian Geese, 60+ Greylag Geese, 12 Teal. Rob Harris.

Monday 12th September 2016southerly, partly cloudy, max26°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 12:05 to 12:15
4 Buzzard drifting south together. David Selley.

Westcliff Sea Front 12:15
16 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron all in a fairly small area. Norman Oliver.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:00 to 16:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 7 Linnet, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Mallard, 2 Magpie, 40+ Woodpigeon, 9 Herring Gull, 23 Black-headed Gull, 30+ Starling. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:30 to 17:10
350+ Coot, 70+ Cormorant, 40+ Mute Swan, 7 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 8 Gadwall, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Mallard, 250+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Pochard, 2 Moorhen, 14 Carrion Crow, 1 Grey Heron, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 350+ Canada Geese, 8 Egyptian Geese, 300+ Greylag Geese, 12 Teal Photo available in our wildlife gallery - click here. Rob Harris.

Sunday 11th September 2016south south west, partly cloudy, max26°c

Wakering Stairs 07:15 to 09:30
Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, c.2000 Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, 30 Little Egret, Swallow, House Martin, Curlew, Green Woodpecker, Carrion Crow, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Blue Tit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher in thicket south of guard hut, Rook, Jay, Redshank, 3 Greenshank, Grey Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Starling, Blackbird, 4 Canada Goose, Cormorant. Noel Barnes.

Thundersley 09:00 to 09:15
2 Green Woodpecker (one Juvenile) perched in my Bramley Apple tree "hammering" at the Apples. The Apples are infested with Codling Moth caterpillars. John Bennett.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:27 to 11:12
2 Common Buzzard singles, 1 Water Rail pecking on path by Manorway Fleet for up to two minutes before slowly going into reeds, 1 Wheatear behind horse paddock, 1 Whimbrel in field near seawall, 2 Green Sandpiper singles (included one later flying northeast from Coryton), 25+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff singing other side of Manorway, 2 Kingfisher on dry mud just above creek (included 1st year with green back and patchy breast), c.6 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing over area, c.25 Stock Dove Coryton. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Park View drive 11:00
Comma Photo available - click here and Tortoiseshell on verbena in garden. Graham Mee.

Fobbing Marshes 11:00
1 Common Buzzard. Jim Ockram.

Leigh-on-Sea, Tattersall Gardens 11:10 to 11:13
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk thermalling very high. Martin Johnson.

East Tilbury, Linford Woods 11:30
9 Buzzard circling above the woods. Mick Roe.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort and Sea Wall 12:30 to 15:00
1 Kingfisher, c.4 Little Grebe, 1 Stonechat, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, c.3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), c.50 Grey Plover, c.24 Avocet, c.4 Yellow Legged Gull (at least), 2 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, c.12 Knot (some in partial summer plumage), c.12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, c.40 Teal, c.20 Shelduck, many Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull. Red Admiral, many Small White, 2 Clouded Yellow, many Wall Butterfly. Lots of Emperor and Common Darter Dragonflies. Martin Singleton.

Hullbridge 12:38
1 Sparrowhawk over garden. Colin Knight.

Saturday 10th September 2016south south west, mostly cloudy, max27deg;c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 08:00 to 12:00
4 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stint, 1 Sanderling, 60 Grey Plover, 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.150 Avocet, 2 Spoonbill (1 adult, 1 immature), 1 Black Tern, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler heard. 10 Common Seal hauled out on edge of mudflat. Andrew Gouldstone.

Hadleigh, Salvation Army Field 08:39
c.50 Canada Goose in NE corner of field. Martin Johnson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 09:00 to 10:30
6 Whinchat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Shoveler (female), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Little Egret. Chris Wakeling.

Foulness Island 11:15 to 12:15
Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Kingfisher, 5 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c.100 Swallow. Steve and Fran Giles.

Friday 09th September 2016south south west, partly cloudy, max23°c

Priory Park 07:00
3 Goldcrest together in Yew tree. Jeff Kinnerman.

Rochford, Back Lane 08:05
1 Swift. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 10:25
1 Whinchat east of track, c.6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow west, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper over area, 60+ Teal, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe on creek, 31 Little Egret (most flying towards seawall). Richard Fahey.

Thursday 08th September 2016westerly, partly cloudy, max25°c

Jones Memorial Park 06:00
2 Little Owl, one on the fence in 'Boots and Laces and the other on the goalpost in the park, female Kestrel, robin, 2 Jay, Green Woodpecker. Phil Lusher.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30 to 14:15
Magpie, Little Egret, Grey Heron Photo available - click here, Marsh Harrier Photo available - click here, Buzzard, Hobby Photo available - click here, Lapwing, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe Photo available - click here, Mallard, Black-tailed Godwit, Mute Swan, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch. Marsh Frog Photo available - click here. Ruddy Darter Photo available - click here, Emperor Dragonfly. Wood Mouse. Chris Henry.

Southchurch Park 10:48
1 Tufted Duck. Viv Carbines.

Southchurch Park East 12:45
4 Teal feeding in the NW corner of the pond. Bob Dobinson.

Wednesday 07th September 2016easterly, partly cloudy, max26°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St George's Drive 05:52 to 06:00
2 Common Pipistrelle. 1 Red Fox in garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 07:40
1 Spoonbill flying over heading east following the shoreline. Richard Frisby.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 10:55
1 Snipe up from fleet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap and 2 Common Whitethroat at Coryton, 17 Teal, 2 Lapwing, c.5 Curlew, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, c.40 Little Egret (all but one or 2, flock flying west; must be a roost at Fobbing), 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Stock Dove Coryton/west fence. Richard Fahey.

Hockley, Riverside Nursery 09:20 to 10:00
45+ Swallow over the shrub sales area with at least 12 young being fed, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch. David Selley.

Southend Pier 09:30
Many Mullet Photo available - click here swimming alongside pier. Graham Mee.

Great Wigborough 14:30 to 14:35
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Great Totham 15:50 to 15:55
1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:30 to 17:00
200+ Coot, 40+ Cormorant, 30+ Mute Swan, 4 Pied Wagtail, 23 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull, 4 Gadwall, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 4 Moorhen, 7 Carrion Crow, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Canada Geese, 250+ Greylag Geese. Rob Harris.

Southchurch Park East 17:00
3 Teal (2 drake, 1 female feeding in NW shallows on water), Possible and unconfirmed report of female Ring Ouzel feeding in short grass/near sluice gate SW/just outside railings, same area as sighting in previous years. Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 06th September 2016south westerly, mostly cloudy, max25°c

River Roach Seal Trip, 11:30 to 14:30
18 Little Egret, c.200 Golden Plover flew in from mouth of Crouch to Wallasea Island. 32 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 12:05 to 13:48
1 Little Stint with Dunlin flock, 1 Whinchat, 200+ Common Tern/"Commic" Terns on passage (mostly by Kent), 2 Sand Martin, a few House Martin, c.9 Swallow, a few Yellow Wagtail, 1 Phyllos' Warbler, 2 Knot, 200+ Avocet, a few Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, a few Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew, 20+ Teal, 1 Stonechat, 1 Little Grebe on moat. Richard Fahey.

Basildon, Gloucester Park 13:25
1 Ring-necked Parakeet, first I have seen this far east. Ben Setterfield.

Monday 05th September 2016southerly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 14:30
Jackdaw, Jay, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Collared Dove, Rook, Herring Gull, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Robin, Chaffinch, Coot, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Grey Heron, 30 Swift, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Long-tailed Tit, 6 Egyptian Goose, Dunnock, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Greylag Goose, 3 Ruff, Red-crested Pochard, Common Tern, Carrion Crow, Wren, Blackbird, Canada Goose, Black Tern, Stock Dove, Yellow-legged Gull, Blackcap, Swallow, Starling, House Sparrow. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Canvey Point 14:50 to 16:00
1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 120+ Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 15 Little Egret. 2 Harbour Porpoise. Terry Blackwell.

Sunday 04th September 2016westerly, mostly cloudy, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 10:30
2 Green Sandpiper singles at fleet and "shrub mound pond", a few Yellow Wagtail with cattle Coryton, 10+ Teal, 10 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 4 Little Egret, 5 Cormorant (included 4 flying southwest). Richard Fahey.

Southchurch, Castleton Road 09:30
1 Common Whitethroat (a garden first). Richard Mander.

Foulness Island 10:45
Female Siskin on feeder in garden. Steve Giles.

Foulness Island, 15:30 to 19:00
4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Marsh Harrier Photo available - click here (2 adult female, 1 juvenile), 2 Buzzard Photo available - click here (incl. very pale bird), 4 Kestrel, 300+ Red-legged Partridge, c.100 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Jackdaw, 33 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin (juvenile and adult female on feeders). 2 Weasel, 20+ Brown Hare Photo available - click here. 1 Holly Blue. Graham Mee. (Stag Red Deer, Roe Deer, Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer all reported on Island recently).

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 16:15 to 17:30
4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 8 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 12 Lapwing, 3 Little Grebe, 16 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Reed Bunting. Chris Wakeling.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:00 to 18:30
2 Kestrel, 20+ Common Pheasant, 300+ Canada Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 1 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 8 House Martin, 1 Little Egret, 5 Herring Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Hullbridge 22:12
1 Hedgehog in garden. Colin Knight.

Saturday 03rd September 2016south westerly, partly cloudy, max22°c

Hamstel Road allotments 11:30
Whitethroat heard. Carpenter Bee, Small Copper. Mick Holland.

Thundersley, Sandown Road 13:00
2 Buzzard over garden. Don Wildish.

Little Baddow, Papermill Lock 14:00
1 Chiffchaff, 20+ Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch, 4 adult Moorhen all with well grown young. J. Howell.

Hanningfield Reservoir 17:15 to 18:10
200+ Coot, 40+ Cormorant, 3 Magpie, 14 Mute Swan, 18 Pied Wagtail, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Little Grebe, 200+ Herring Gull, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Mallard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 100+ Pochard, 1 Scaup, 4 Moorhen, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese 14 Carrion Crow, 23 Lapwing, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Gadwall. Rob Harris.

Friday 02nd September 2016south westerly, mostly cloudy, max22°c

Foulness Island 07:00
Juvenile Siskin on feeder. Steve Giles.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:05 to 10:35
2 Hobby flew south east, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper over area, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 20+ Swallow on passage west, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, 1 Avocet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 20+ Teal, 4 Gadwall and 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, c.4 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Stock Dove Coryton/west fence, 6 Meadow Pipit. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 08:50
6 Mute Swan cygnets (18 weeks old) almost getting off the water and in the air, from the island/through the narrows about 100ft in all, all cygnets very excited when landed, 1 female Teal. Robert Dobinson.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 10:00 to 14:00
450 Avocet, 17 Curlew Sandpiper (incl. 2 adults), 2 Little Stint, 75 Grey Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 30 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow. 3 Grey Seal. Andrew Gouldstone.

Priory Park, 10:55
2 Grey Wagtail flew over museum. Jeff Kinnerman.

Thursday 01st September 2016south south west, partly cloudy, max25°c

Westcliff-on-Sea, St. George's Drive, 08:19
4 Swift together drifting slowly and quietly west viewed from garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:30 to 14:00
3 Mute Swan Photo available - click here, 23 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 female Marsh Harrier on Foulness, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 32 Redshank. 62 Common Seal Photo available - click here (highest count this year). Graham Mee.

Two Tree Island West 15:30
12+ Avocet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Greenshank, 50+ Redshank, 50+ Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Starling, 4 Dunlin. Richard Shepherd.

Southend, Westbury Road 18:15
3 Goldfinch drinking from bird bath. Mick Holland.



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